From the Principal

Remembrance Day  (Friday 11 Nov)  

This is the day Australians remember those who have died in war. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice came into effect ending World War 1, bringing to an end four years of hostilities that saw 61,919 Australians die at sea, in the air and on foreign soil. Few Australian families were left untouched by the events of World War 1 - 'the war to end all wars'. Most had lost a father, son, daughter, brother, sister or friend.

Originally called Armistice Day, November 11th was set aside to pay tribute to all those who died in World War I. Following the end of World War 2 it was renamed Remembrance Day, and has become a day to honour all those who have died or suffered in wars serving Australia.  The symbol of Remembrance Day is the red Flanders poppy. This poppy is the symbol because it was the first flower to grow in the battlefields in Northern France and Belgium following the armistice.  Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps wrote a poem that soon became the unofficial anthem of the soldiers in the trenches where it was memorised and passed on by word of mouth.

In 1918 an American woman, Moira Michael, wrote a poem in response to “In Flanders Field”, titled "We shall keep the faith". In her poem she promised to wear a poppy to honour the dead. This was where the tradition to wear a poppy on Remembrance Day was first begun; a tradition that still exists today.

Asthma News  

Many children suffer from asthma and I have had requests to insert some information from the Asthma Foundation.

Asthma: 10 things to tell your doctor

Symptoms
1. If you wake up coughing, wheezing or breathless
2. If you struggle to keep up with normal activity

Triggers
3. Anything that seems to trigger/make your asthma worse
4. What you do about your triggers and whether this helps

Medication
5. How often you take your blue reliever puffer6. How often you take your preventer medication
7. How you use your device
8. If you are using any other medications or complementary therapies

Asthma plan

9. I would like an asthma action plan
10. I would like a regular asthma review

Could it be asthma?
Do you ever:• Get short of breath when you are not exercising or at unexpected times?

Find that your shortness of breath is seasonal, or that during some months or times of year your breathing is worse?

• Have cough or coughing spells even when you do not have a cold?
• Notice times when there is wheezing or whistling in your chest?
• Feel tightness in your chest when you are short of breath?
• Wake up at night with shortness of breath or wheeze?
• Notice wheeze, cough, or chest tightness in certain environments, such as hot/cold air, dustyplaces, or in certain homes?
• Wheeze when you exercise?

If you experience any of the above ask your pharmacist or doctor about a lung health check.

If you would like more information please call The Asthma Foundation of Victoria on 1800 645 130 or visit  www.asthma.org.au

 

Forthcoming events in November

Week 6 Tuesday 8 November: PFA Meeting @ 9.00 am
Week 7 Wednesday 16 November: Parent Information Evening on CyberSafety
Week 8 Wednesday 23 November: Prep Transition No 3
Week 8 Thursday 24 November: School Council No 8