St Andrews PS Newsletter

19th of July 2019

Upcoming Events

Term Three Dates

  • Friday July 19th - Pet Day from 9am
  • Monday July 22nd - 4/5/6 Tiger Paws Incursion
  • Thursday August 1 - School Council at 4pm
  • Monday August 5th - Thurs 8th - 4/5/6 Camp to Sovereign Hill
  • Sunday August 18th - Whole School Working Bee and BBQ
  • Monday Aug 19th - 23th - Book Week
  • Aug 20 or 21st - Band Night TBC
  • Friday Aug 23rd - Book Week Dress Up, Grandparents Day and Activities 
  • Thursday Aug 29th - 30th - 2/3 Camp 
  • Thursday Aug 29th - P/1 Kaboom Sports
  • Monday Sept 2nd - Author Visit
  • Thursday Sept 5th - School Council
  • Friday Sept 6th - District Athletics
  • Saturday Sept 7th - Big Night Out
  • Wednesday September 18th - Whole School Zoo Excursion
  • Friday Sept 20th -  End of Term Three  - 2:30 finish
  • Curriculum Day - TBA

Principal News

Welcome Back

We've had a lovely start to term this week. It was heartwarming to watch the students laughing and playing on day one, excited to reunite with one another. 

We were happy to welcome Kristie and Kerry to our staff this week! Kristie will be teaching in the 4/5/6 for the remainder of the year from Monday through Wednesday. Coming from a special development school background, she has a wealth of skills and knowledge that she brings to the classroom.

We're also fortunate to welcome Kerry to the school as our new Japanese teacher! Konnichiwa! Her first teaching day was on Wednesday and she and the students had an absolute ball! STEM with Chan, has now moved to a Friday morning. 

We've had some exciting news over the holidays as well, successfully receiving two grants from the FRRR, coming to a total of around $40,000. This money will go towards upgrading and replacing equipment in the Music Room and replacing the junior playground near the basketball court. 

To assist with the installation of the new playground, we encourage all families to join us on the Working Bee on Sunday August 18th and join us for a BBQ that afternoon. 

It was so lovely to have so many family members, pets and smiling faces at this morning's Echidna Council Pet Day. I am so proud of the organisational skills that the Echidna Council showed, and I'm so thankful to those who put in the effort to make the morning such a great success. Well done to the winners, Isla and Annie the Dog (the smartest), Tom and Killa the chicken (and her fertile eggs) (the youngest), Lilah and Teddy (the cutest), Ivy and Mango(the oldest at 14 years and 10 months), Amira and Franklin (the smallest), Olive and RainbowDash (the biggest), the Ernest-Tamblyn's and Gypsy (the best dressed), and Tom and Miley (the most unique)

The School Council are meeting next on Thursday August 1st. We're still looking for an additional member. If you're interested, please see a standing member, Mel Bartlett or myself. 

Special Mentions

While we had a lot of special visitors this morning at school, bringing pets to a new environment can be difficult and we had a range of animals that couldn't make it this morning. 

I was fortunate to received some very special pictures from students that wanted to share their precious pets with you all though. Enjoy Here you'll see Jack and his beloved ducks and Charlotte's rats, Skittles and Pavlov, in their fancy dress outfits. 

Classroom News

Term Three in Prep/One

The Prep/One classroom has had an exciting start to the term, enjoying their first week back being taught by Heide, Regan and Chris. Until Felicity is back in week 4, Heide will be teaching the class on Monday and Tuesday and Regan will be teaching them for the rest of the week. 

The Prep One class are excited to be exploring the topic of Animals this term, concluding with a trip to the Zoo. 

Term Three in 2/3 with Carla

What an exciting term we have ahead in 2/3! 

Some highlights include:

*Adventure Camp in Week 7

*Swimming in Weeks 8 and 9

*Zoo trip in week 10 

*All term - Mosaic creations in the Art Room with Sonja & our Inquiry unit on Living Things 

We can't wait to get started! Stay tuned for more information coming home soon! 

Term Three in 4/5/6 with Nat and Kristie

It looks to be a busy Term in 4/5/6 as well. 

We'll be off to Sovereign Hill in a few weeks for an adventure into the past. This will be a terrific commencement to our Integrated Unit on Asian Migration to Australia. 

We've warmly welcomed Kristie to our classroom this week as well! Kristie will be teaching the class from Monday to Wednesday and Nat, from Wednesday to Friday. Hayley be be popping in and out to work with individuals and small groups as well. 

We're very excited to be completing some wellbeing activities as part of the Tiger Paws Program this term, followed by AFL Activities thanks to Sporting in Schools funding and swimming with the 2/3s in weeks 8 and 9. 

Have an old mobile phone? They're calling on you!

Gorillas are on the brink of extinction. You can help save gorillas in Africa simply by donating your mobile phone.

We now have a drop off spot in our School Office. Spread the word and do you bit for the environment. 

For more information click here.