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Infants Athletics Carnival

Statistics from StatCounter.comRoss Hill Infants classes will be particpating in our Athletics Carnival at Varley Oval on Thursday, 20th September 2012. Students will travel by bus to Varley Oval. The classes will depart from Ross Hill Public School at 10:00am and will return to school at 2:30pm.

All parents and caregivers are invited to attend the carnival.

A canteen will be operating at the carnival selling pies, sausage rolls and sandwiches. Students can preorder a hotdog and popper for $3. Hotdog orders need to be returned to the canteen by Monday 17th September.


11th September, 2012


Walkathon Family Fun Day

Ross Hill Public School P & C will be holding a Walkathon Family Fun Day on 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2012 at our School Hall 9.30am to 2.30pm. The Walkathon Family Fun Day is open to the public.This is our major fundraiser for the year. The money raised from last year’s P & C Walkathon Family Fun Day and from the Canteen is being used to purchase and install playground equipment in the Primary playground. We will be having the following stalls:
Face Painting
Cakes, Slices, Biscuits
Chocolate and Sweets Stall
Books, Magazines and DVDS (DVDS can only be G-rated)
Lucky Dips and Gifts stall
Craft Stall
Plant and Fruit & Vegetable Stall
Monster Raffle tickets will be available to buy with prizes donated by local businesses and families.

Food and Drinks will be available for purchase from the Canteen.

Orders for a healthy hamburger and a drink costing $4 need to be taken to the Canteen by Tuesday 4th September, 2012. You will have a choice of a bun, meat pattie, lettuce, tomato, cheese and sauce. The order form is available from the online newsletters, week 7.

The Monster Raffle is $1 per ticket. Tickets will available from school students, Wade St Mini Mart, Inverell Firearms, Kenway & Clark, Inverell Rural Supplies, the school canteen and at the Walkathon Family Fun Day stall before lunchtime.

We would like to thank all School families who have donated goods or their time towards the organisation of the Walkathon Family Fun Day.

We thank the following businesses and families for their support of our Walkathon Family Fun Day.

Inverell Building Supplies, Inverell Rural Supplies, Inverell Firearms, Syretts Newsagency, New England Truck and Auto, Leah & Chris Taylor
Tasha & Andrew Kerr, Regency Jewellers, Premier Farmhouse, Campbell and Freebairn Chemists, Magnolia, House to Home, Lowes Petroleum, Vicki & Rick Holder, Me & Mr Jones, Kenway & Clark, Wade Street Meats, Wade St Mini Mart, Woolworths Inverell, Border Rivers – Gwydir CMA, Alannah’s Tans & Eyelashes, Commonwealth Bank, Subway Inverell, Fairdinkum Bargains, Target Country Inverell, Black Dot Music, Inverell Bunnings, Inverell Coles Supermarket, Georgia McDonald, All Terrain Gear, Inverell Young World, Essential Energy, Telstra Shop Inverell, Inverell Amcal Pharmacy, Dust Jacket, Ross Hill Public School families, Simply Sisters Stamping Up Demonstrators, Sharon Youman – Fleeting Moments Photography

We are also asking for donations of books, magazines and DVDs (G rated only). These can be taken to the school office during school hours.

31st August, 2012


Merry Christmas 2011

2011 has proven to be a highly rewarding year for Ross Hill Public School. We have enjoyed unprecedented funding via National Partnerships and Building the Education Revolution. Innovative programs such as Reading to Learn have proven to improve our student's reading and writing results. We enjoyed a highly motivating Training Day with Professor Michael Bernard founder of the 'You Can Do It!' Program.

Student attendance has improved and student behaviour has significantly improved with far lower rates of suspensions and negative behaviours than any year since 2000. We have once again farewelled another group of lovely Year 6 students who will begin their secondary education at either Inverell High School or Macintyre High School in 2012. We wish them the very best in their future endeavours.

Staff have enjoyed an outstanding professional learning program resulting in improved teacher quality and staff morale. Every classroom has state of the art technology and student surveys indicate improved student satisfaction at school. Our new six classroom building is complete along with new landscaped gardens. Students and staff are enjoying the lovely new facilities with outstanding lighting, withdrawal areas, interactive whiteboards and the building's incredible design ensuring year round interior temperature comfort.

Our Annual Parent Satisfaction survey indicated amazing satisfaction levels with 97.2% of parents indicating that our teachers set high standards and 100% of parents indicating they are happy with the services provided by Ross Hill Public School.

I would like to congratulate and thank all of the wonderful parents and community members for their exemplary support throughout the year.
I also thank our highly dedicated staff who make Ross Hill such an inspiring school to work at. Your efforts are so appreciated.
I wish all of our students, staff, families and community members a safe, relaxing and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.
I look forward to working with you in 2012.

Jenny Murray

8th December 2011


Priority Schools Funding

In 2012 one of the many new initiatives we will be looking to implement to enhance learning opportunities for our students is to make application for funding under the Priority Schools Program (PSP). To determine if we meet eligibility criteria, all parents of students in Kindergarten to Year 3 will be asked to complete a confidential survey.

On the 5th March we will be sending home the survey to parents and we will need to have the completed surveys returned by 9th March. Prior to this week we will be sending home information about the contents of the survey and how to complete it. We will be required to have a minimum of 85% of families complete the survey, but ideally we are hoping to get 100%.

Information will be sent home to parents early in 2012.

8th December 2011


Chaplaincy at Ross Hill

Two school chaplains are employed to work in partnership with teachers and parents to support our student’s spiritual, social, and emotional wellbeing. They work closely with the school to plan for and deliver student wellbeing services. They provide students, their families and staff with support when students are facing personal or emotional challenges or difficult situations. The chaplains assist teachers in Year 5 and Year 6 classrooms one day per week. They also assist in the playground. If parents do not wish for their child to take part in any voluntary programs provided by the chaplains, please notify the Principal in writing.

21st November 2011


Principal's Blog

Christina Howard and Year 1 staff.The term appears to be flying by and our students have enjoyed some very special events including so far this term including Year 2 Swim School, the Years 3 to 6 Gala Sports Day, Year 4 excursion to the Inverell Recycling Unit, the E-Gats Presentation Day, Bundarra Horse Sports Carnival, performances by the NSW Wind Orchestra at the Town Hall, the Sapphire City Festival, Kindergarten Orientation and the State Athletics Carnival to name just a few.

On 29th October we celebrated International Teachers Day and ... read more ...

14th November 2011


Opening of the New Building

Ross Hill Public School has officially opened the latest addition to our school: the new building. It has 6 brand new classrooms equipped with the latest smartboard and data projectors, document cameras and each room has access to a "pod" of computers in an adjoining room. Currently this building houses year 6 on the first floor, and year 4 on the ground floor.

The photo below is a composite photo of the whole school at the official opening, with parents and official guests.

The Opening of the New Building at Ross Hill Public School

3rd November 2011


Our Gallery - Updated

Have you seen our gallery lately? It's been updated with new photos for the: state dance group in Martin Place, the State Athletics Relay team, the 3/4 Excursion to the Recycling Plant.

2nd November 2011


Parents and Citizens - Open Garden

Open Garden soonRoss Hill P & C invite you to visit the magnificent "Oban" garden at 27 Brae St, Inverell, on Saturday 29th October, from 1pm - 5 pm.

Entry is by a gold coin donation.

Afternoon tea will be available for purchase.

24th October 2011


Principal's Blog - Week 3

Congratulations to Carissa, Jake, Sophie, Mark, Steven, Brooklyn, Sarah, Brianna and Walter on their impressive performances at the State Athletics Carnival held at the Homebush Athletics Stadium last week. The boys relay team achieved a personal best time and all of these students demonstrated great sportsmanship throughout the carnival. Thank you to the parents who drove all the way to Sydney and back and supported their children so well.

Thank you to ... read more... Ross Hill Public School - on parade!

24th October 2011


Compost Bin Donation
Jenny Murray and Children with a compost bin.THE Inverell Shire Council and Inverell Mitre 10 presented Ross Hill Public School with a 220 litre Tumbleweed compost maker on Thursday morning to introduce students to the advantages of recycling. ... read more at the Inverell Times.
20th September 2011


Principal's Blog - Last Week of Term 3
Term 3 has proven to be yet another very busy and hugely rewarding term for our students, staff and school community. There have been so many highlights. I congratulate everyone on their hard work and persistence this term. With the onset of spring and the warmer weather it has been wonderful enjoying the new blooms in our 'You Can Do It!' garden and the trees around the school, there is a very positive feel as you move around the school.

Congratulations to the Year 4 students and staff who ... read more
19th September 2011


Bullying - No Way

Students attend Ross Hill Public School to participate in a quality education that will help them to become self directed, lifelong learners who can create a positive future for themselves and the wider community.

Any inappropriate behaviour that interferes with the wellbeing of students or gets in the way of teaching and learning at the school will not be accepted. Students, teachers, parents, caregivers and members of the wider school community have a shared responsibility to create a safe and happy environment, free from all forms of bullying.

Bullying behaviour at Ross hill Public School is defined as intentional, repeated behaviour by an individual or group of individuals that causes distress, hurt or undue pressure. Bullying involves the abuse of power in relationships. Bullying can involve all forms of harassment (including sex, race, disability, homosexuality or transgender), humiliation, domination, intimidation and victimisation of others.

Bullying behaviour can be:
* verbal - name calling, teasing, abuse, putdowns, sarcasm, insults, threats
* physical - hitting, punching, kicking, scratching, tripping, spitting
* social - ignoring, excluding, ostracising, alienating, making inappropriate gestures
* psychological - spreading rumours, dirty looks, hiding or damaging possessions, threatening,

In today's world, the use of technology to engage in bullying behaviour is called cyber bullying and including the sending of malicious SMS and email messages and inappropriate use of phones or other communication devices.

Bullying of any form is not acceptable at Ross Hill Public School. Ross Hill Public School has an Anti-Bullying Plan that outlines how we prevent and deal with bullying.

For further information about Anti-Bullying strategies see the links below:

Sleep for Kids website
Australia's Safe and Supportive School Communities... Bullying No Way.
Our Kidz website The Kids Helpline Number: 1800 55 1800. A place for kids to feel that someone cares, and is willing to listen.

Raising Children A site dedicated to teenagers and all the issues that concerns them. Some content even created by teens.

Parenting Australia A resource that helps people make the most of the digital information that is now sweeping the world.

These links can be found permanently on the Parents page.

5th September 2011


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