Willunga Primary School Newsletter

Term 3 Week 6

From the Principal

In week 4 we celebrated our fabulous School Support Officers during SSO week.  SSOs support our school and students in so many ways.  In recognition of their work, each class presented them with a hand made card, and they went to Tealicous for an afternoon tea.

We are so grateful for the work this dedicated team undertake.  Schools are highly complex sites with constant (and sometimes conflicting) needs.  Supporting students socially, emotionally, through learning support, after accident or illness, or to make sure we have all their paperwork to undertake a camp or excursion, all fall within the role of SSO.  Along with that, we have dedicated Support Staff to maintain and improve our grounds, and also our ICT.  We also consider our Canteen staff and OSHC staff as part of our extended support staff.  That is an awful lot of people to thank! 

Student Free Day

MONDAY 2nd September is a STUDENT FREE DAY.

Teaching staff will be working with Chris Killey, developing our oral language focus further through vocabulary.  SSOs will be working through an online training around Interoception.

OSHC is available.

Please book direct via OSHC or call on 0438761656.

Grandparents & Special Persons Day a success

What a busy week we had in week 5 with Grandparents / Special Persons Day and Book Week assembly!  But what a success both events were.

Can you please thank your special people for coming along and joining in with the learning that takes place in classrooms each day.  I saw people playing games, reading aloud, chatting about the learning and just enjoying their time together.  So many children spoke to me over the day about how excited they were to have someone come and visit, with some coming from quite a distance for the event (one extended a trip from New Zealand!).

School is about so much more than just what happens day to day; including our loved ones in our learning adds value to all that we do.

Important Dates Term 3

  • 2nd September - Student Free Day
  • 4th September - Indigenous Book Swap
  • 10th September - Governing Council 7pm
  • 12th September - PSMF Choir Rehearsal
  • 14th September - PSMF Choir Performance @ Festival Theatre
  • 17th September - Readers Rap
  • 18th September - Sideshow Alley
  • 20th September - Casual Clothes Day & Assembly
  • 23rd & 24th September - 2A & 2B Adare Camp
  • 27th September - Last Day of Term 3 2:05 pm dismissal 

The SMS absence line: Text only 0429 632 559. Must include name, date, reason and class. Please check you are sending SMS to this number for absences.

Reminder - The schoolyard is NOT supervised until 8.30am, and OSHC have use of this space before this time. Students on the school grounds before 8.30am may be sent to OSHC at a cost to parents.

Great Book Swap


Our great book swap will be held on Wednesday 4th of September (Week 7).

We have a class by class competition going on with the class with the most donations receiving an ice-block and the coveted chairs at assembly for week 9 assembly!

 We are happy to take baby and toddler books, and books for children and young teens.  Fiction and Non Fiction more than happily accepted.

Please support the PROMOTIONS Student Action Team to make this event a success.

Father's Day and Special Person Stall

Thank you to the volunteers who helped make this possible, from setting up, serving students and making goods.

The stall was very successful and we have raised about $450 that will go towards flexible furniture for our classrooms.

We still have a few gifts remaining in the front office if you missed out or you wish to purchase more.

Student Services

Earlier this term High School enrollment packs were sent home with all year 7 students. These enrollment forms need to be returned to the High School as soon as possible.

If your child will not be returning to Willunga Primary School next year can you please let student services know in the front office.

Also, if you have a child at Kindy who will be starting school next year but doesn't go to the local kindy, you will need to contact Lynda at the front office for enrollment forms if eligible.


We value volunteers at Willunga Primary and if you would like to volunteer you just need to drop in to see Carmen in the front office for a volunteer booklet.  This booklet clearly shows the process and online courses that need to be undertaken.  Carmen will also arrange a meeting with a site leader at a convenient time for an induction. 

From July 1, the new Working with Children Check (WWCC) comes into being. Volunteers who have a current Relevant History Screening through DSCI / DHS are still clear to work with children. When this screening expires, you will then apply for the new WWCC. If you are applying for the first time, it will be a WWCC through the Department of Human Services. Further information is available at school.

A reminder that anyone on site after 9.00am, must be signed in through the front office and have completed the volunteer process

Sue Camac's News

This term we will be showcasing the wonderful talents of our students in Willunga’s Got Talent!  If you are in year 2 upwards, you can enter.   You need to pay 50c to Mrs Camac by the end of week 6 Friday 30th of August. A number of students have been practising since Term 1.  Performances will now start Week 8.  You will be notified when your performance is on! 

Our JP Willunga Country Show will be happening again this year in Week 7, on Friday 6th September.  All the JP classes will be involved.  They will have different categories to enter and will be able to have a show bag with goodies from a variety of organisations.  For all JP students, keep a look out for your booklet and information on Seesaw. 

As it was Book Week last week, I thought it was a good time to ask your family some questions related to books and reading.

What is your favourite time of day to read?

Which book character would you want as your best friend?

What would happen if people only ever read one book?

Orchid Club at the Show!

Orchid Club are presenting at the Royal Adelaide Show on Thursday, week 7.

The orchid club members work hard caring for their plants every week, guided by the expert hand of Trevor Gerrard.

They consistently win awards for their orchids at the show. We wish them the best of luck this year and if you happen to be down at the show, check out their beautiful orchids!

Fleurieu Folk Festival

This year we have a number of Year 7 students performing in the Welcome to Willunga show at the Fleurieu Folk Festival on Friday 25th October.

The Festival runs from October 25th-27th and has a great family program. We wish our students the best of luck for the performance and why not pop in and watch them perform?

It’s sure to be a great show!

Waste Management and Sustainability

The sustainability Student Action Team have distributed green buckets again to collect green waste.

Be on the look-out over the coming weeks for our new waste stations!

Library News

Thanks everyone for your support of Book Week 2019 - helping to organise costumes, attending our parade assembly and/or purchasing from the Book Fair!

A reminder that the Premier's Reading Challenge finishes on Friday 6 September - all forms must be received here by the end of the school day to be eligible for an award this year.

Do you have our apps? Skoolbag, Seesaw and Qkr

Classification of movies and digital games 2019: Does Australia's classification system suit your family's needs?

Australia's National Classification Scheme for movies, digital games and apps uses the classifications G, PG, M, MA15+ and R18+.     The Australian Council on Children and the Media [ACCM] is seeking your help with its 2019 survey of parents' and carers' satisfaction with the Australian National Classification Scheme (NCS) for movies, digital games and apps.  This survey will update information gathered in 2017, and takes between 5 and 10 minutes.  Its URL is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y7CTFSR   Your input will provide valuable data for ACCM's ongoing review of the usefulness of the NCS and levels of protection for children that it provides.

 As ACCM  is wanting to hear from as many parents and carers across Australia as possible over these next four weeks, it would be very grateful if you would circulate the survey amongst your own networks.

 For more information on ACCM, visit its Movie Review service [Know Before You Go] and its App Review Service [Know Before You Load].   

Australian Council on Children and the Media PO Box 1240, Glenelg South, SA, 5045 Ph 61-8 8234 9396  F:  61-8-8234 9396   Alt Ph/F 61-8-8376 2111 www.childrenandmedia.org.au 2019: 62 years’ service to Australia’s families and children 

Students who will be away from school for more than 3 consecutive days need to apply for an exemption. This is a Department for Education requirement and application forms can be collected from the front office.


A reminder next Monday 2/9/19 is a Student Free Day. OSHC is available!

If you require care for this day, please add your child’s name on the list in the OSHC room or contact us on 0438761656.

Please provide your child with a hat… No hat, no outside play!

Belinda Filkin, Director

Students doing great things

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent Onkaparinga in the upcoming 2019 Sapsasa State Hockey Carnival 9th to 12th September.


Well done to Angus W who was selected in the State Sapsasa Rugby team and represented SA in the recent competition held in Brisbane.

Well done to Charli L who was selected in the State Sapsasa Netball team. She will be representing SA in the competition to be held in Canberra in the coming weeks.

Congratulations to Jack B who has been selected to compete for SA in State Sapsasa Athletics, competing in Darwin in the coming weeks.

We wish all of our students success in their upcoming competitions.

Parent Morning Tea is on every Tuesday! Come to the OSHC room after dropping off your children for a coffee and a chat. This is a great time for parents to connect and get to know each other.

A reminder that as a Department for Education site, dogs are not allowed on school grounds. This includes the football oval between 8.30am and 3.30pm, and at drop off and pick up times.

23A and 23B News

This term 23A are learning all about measurement for maths. Over the last couple of weeks we have been measuring the perimeter and area of lots of different shapes. Here is some of our work. We also had the pleasure of sharing our learning with our grandparents and loved ones last week. It was great to show them our classroom and the things we have been learning about. Thank you to all the special people who joined us!

This past week, 23B has been very excited about it finally being book week. We’ve been working on our book reviews based around a book we’ve read this year. Everyone was able to pick the book that they would like to review and publish this for our display. With the theme for book week being ‘Reading is my superpower’, we have also been creating superhero comics starring us! After we’ve created these comics on paper, we’re then going to be making a mini video starring us as the superheros…. or super villains!