Dear Year 5 families
Next year is a very special year for you, your child and for us with them.
Your child is part of a very special group of students in our school’s short history. They are our Foundation Kindy group, the very first group of students who began in our first year as kindergarten students and who have come though eight years to be graduating at the end of 2018. Like us, I am sure you are looking forward to making their graduation memorable for all the right reasons!
They are also special in that they are the largest group of Year 6s to ever graduate from Aubin Grove with an estimated number of 145, compared to this year’s group of 99. With such a large cohort of students heading into their final year of school, we believe it is vital that we start the planning now and so we would like to commence their transition to Year 6 this term.
The size of the cohort will significantly impact on many areas of the Year 6’s final year including the choice of venue for their Graduation Dinner Dance and the choice of their Big Week Out activities. It will require being proactive in securing venues very early on.
As you may know, parents of the Year 6s undertake the organizing of the graduation Dinner Dance while the school takes responsibility for the graduation ceremony and the Big Week Out.
In conjunction with the P & C, the parents group organizes the Dinner Dance and any fundraising activities they decide upon to reduce costs to parents for the Dinner Dance and the Big Week Out.
In order to get this going, we would like to call a meeting for Year 5 parents next Tuesday night, 14th November, at 7pm in the library to identify who will be involved and commence the committee work that is required.
On another note, our current Year 6’s Graduation Ceremony will be held on Friday 8th December at 9.00am in the undercover area. The Graduation Ceremony at Aubin Grove Primary is a very special occasion for the Year Six students at our school.
One aspect of the ceremony is having a celebration morning tea for the graduating students and their families after the graduation formalities. A lovely tradition, we commenced in our first year, was to have the Year 5 families organise and provide the morning tea for the graduating students and families. This gesture will be reciprocated, the following year, to your Year Six child by next year’s Year 5 families. This tradition encompasses everything we love about the Aubin Grove community spirit.
Usually one of our Year 5 parents, or a small group of parents, volunteer to coordinate the organisation of the morning tea for the Year 6 students and their families. All Year 5 families then assist with the food and help to serve the morning tea on the day. If you are willing to be the main coordinator or to be a part of the small organising group, can you please let your child’s teacher or myself know as soon as possible? Michelle O’Sullivan was the coordinator last year and she will be more than happy to meet to pass on any advice to the coordinator/s for this year. More information will be made available within the next few weeks regarding the provision of home cooked food and assisting on the day.
We look forward to seeing many of you next Tuesday night to commence the committee work that will enable your child to have a very memorable final year at Aubin Grove Primary as a student leader.