Issue 18 Friday 2 December 2022

We learn on the lands of the Ngadjuri Nation

Important Dates For End of Term

Year 6 Graduation DinnerThursday 8 December
Last Day of Term / Early Dismissal time of 2:10pmFriday 16 December

From The Principal


Last night was our 2022 school concert. It was wonderful to see so many families able to join us. The atmosphere was just lovely: friendly, happy and full of good cheer. The students did a fantastic job with their performances. They were all very entertaining and it was a delight to see their joyful little faces.

Special thanks to all the helpers. It was a big job to set everything up in the morning and an even bigger job to pack it all up at the end of the night. It was made much easier by the ‘many hands’. Thanks also to our BBQ crew: this was a great initiative by the Governing Council and was appreciated by everyone.


We will be fortunate to be able to maintain 5 classes for next year. This means that our staffing will also remain the same, which provides us with greater stability and continuity of learning. Next Tuesday, all the students will be having a ‘transition lesson’ with their 2023 class teacher. This will give them an opportunity to work in their new classroom and to meet their classmates and teacher.

The configuration of our classes will also remain the same:

·         Reception

·         Year 1/2

·         Year 2/3

·         Year 3/4

·         Year 5/6

For students in Years 2 and 3, we have carefully considered each child’s learning needs, relationships and the placement of siblings. Once we have had our ‘transition lesson’, parents will be invited to provide us with feedback.


In other good news, Jo Herrman has accepted the position of PCW at our school for next year. Jo will continue to work with us on two days of the week, which I know will make many students and families very happy.


We have a very bust two weeks coming up: the Tanunda Christmas parade, conclusion of Kindy transition, Year 6 Graduation, assemblies, the SMG Christmas seminar and the high achiever’s morning tea. Throughout all this, the teachers will keep a positive focus on learning and wellbeing.

Gail Holland


School Routines and Procedures – Update for End of Term 4/Start of 2023 School Year

Front Office Hours:

Open term time only. 

The office will be closed after the last day of term 4 for staff to conduct administrative end of year/beginning new year procedures and re-open on the first day of Term 1, 2023.

This ensures that the system is updated and we are organised for a smooth entry into Term 1, 2023.

With only 2 weeks to go, we ask that you attend to any business eg finalising outstanding invoices for the payment of fees and excursions etc and your Year Book orders (due Friday 16 December with EFT payment).

Uniform Purchasing:

Please organise the ordering/purchasing of your new school uniforms before the end of this term - the uniform shop will not be open during the holidays.

Uniforms can be purchased on Monday – Wednesday.  You can also order over the phone and quote your EFT payment reference number.  Please see Gail A.

Uniforms cannot be purchased outside of these times.

Preferred payment method is by EFT or Credit Card and uniforms will not be issued until payment is received.

Staff in the Front Office:

·         Monday         -      Gail  

·         Tuesday         -      Liz (am) & Gail

·         Wednesday   -      Mari & Gail

·         Thursday       -      Mari  

·         Friday            -       Mari  

Emergency Contacts:

***Please make sure you provide the school with a list of at least 2 emergency contacts OTHER THAN YOURSELVES that can be contacted if you are unavailable to collect your child due to illness or injury***      

Updating Student & Family Information

As of the start of 2023, the school will no longer be sending home student information forms to be updated at the beginning of each year. 

Therefore, so that we can best support your child at school, we ask parents & caregivers to keep the school informed throughout the year whenever there are changes to your family circumstances including:

*  home address (residential and/or postal)

*  contact phone number

* employment &/or place of employment

* email address

* emergency contacts

* student's medical condition

* custody information

You can let the school know by completing the 'Change of Details' eform on the Skoolbag App or contact the Front Office by phone or email. 

Student Health Information For 2023

Parents/caregivers please update your child's Healthcare Plan and medication at the beginning of the 2023 school  year so that it remains current  and your child will be covered for all activities throughout the year, including swimming lessons and camp.

Healthcare plans must be completed by your doctor/healthcare professional and all medication must be in the original packaging with the label attached.

Please note:  If your child no longer suffers from a medical condition a signed letter from your doctor is required.

Term 4 Class Reports

Year 5/6 Class

Year 5/6 Science

In Science, we are finishing up our unit of work about energy. During the unit we learned about a variety of types of energy, such as kinetic, electrical, gravitational, elastic and potential energy. We made Rube

Goldberg machines (a complex contraption designed to complete a simple task.) These machines use a set of tasks that work in succession and trigger one event after another until the final event. Different types of energy are transferred during the stages of the machine in order to reach the final step. We used different materials from around the classroom to see if we could create them. Here are some photos of us in the process of making and testing them.  

To complete our unit we have been making electrical circuits, to power lights and buzzers. 

Year 6 Aquatics

On Friday 21st October, the Year 6’s travelled to West Lakes to take part in the Aquatics Program. We were lucky to have reasonable weather, and our students enjoyed sailing, surfing, canoeing and kayaking. Our students were able to overcome some fears and work together really well as a team to encourage and support one another. We thoroughly enjoyed the day, as you can see by the photos. 

Year 1/2 Class

In week 5, the Reception and Year 1/2 students went on their first ever school excursion, which was very exciting! After checking out the extensive collection of historical artefacts at the Kapunda Museum, the students headed to the visitor centre and it’s safe to say the basement was a highlight for many. The students then enjoyed lunch, along with much fun and exploration, at the Lion’s playground before heading to the Jersey Fresh Dairy to learn all about milk production and see some very engaging demonstrations on making butter and icecream. While everyone was no doubt a little weary from the outing, hearing all of the kids’ thoughts and memories from the day once back at school was absolutely fantastic. A HUGE thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers - Courtney, Carolyn, Kylie and Danielle and also to the wonderful women at Jersey Fresh - Lisa, Paula and Amy. 

Year 2/3 Class

This term we have been busy harvesting and planting vegetables and mulching the garden for the summer. We picked some great carrots and we couldn't resist eating them straight away! We have also been learning about fractions and made some fairy bread fractions in Maths. For Art lessons we have been learning about different artists and their most used style. So far we have learnt about Paul Klee's expressionism, cubism and surrealism and created castles. We also learnt about Jackson Pollock's abstract art or 'action art' and Henri Matisse's fauvism and collages. We also had our turn at hosting the assembly which we really enjoyed. We hope you enjoy our photos. Year 2/3 Class.

Term 4 Assembly Awards

Class Awards

Indonesian Award

Class Awards

Festival of Music Choir - Participation Award

Class Awards

Premier's Be Active Award

Library News

Premier's Reading Challenge

The Premier’s reading challenge was promoted to students again this year. A total of 73 students completed the challenge.  The awards will be presented in Week 8 (December 7) at assembly. The awards are listed as follows, (16 Certificates (Year 1), 13 Bronze medallions (Year 2), 19 Silver medallions (Year 3), 9 Gold medallions (Year 4),  7 Champion medallions (Year 5),5 Legend medallions (Year 6), 4 Hall of fame medallion (Year 7). 

Scott Hewitt (South Australian children’s book author and animator) was asked to present the awards.  Scott has worked on hit movies such as The SpongeBob Movie, Goosebumps 2 and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 

End of year book returns

All books are due back to the library by Friday December 9 (end of week 8).  Students will be given a printed copy of their book loans during week 8 to help with this process.

Scholastic Book Club 2022 

The Scholastic Book Club has again earned the school hundreds of dollars in rewards.   A range of new books have been purchased with students given the opportunity to select books for the library.   During 2022 total sales were a huge $3,598 with the school earning $750 in rewards.  I would like to thank everyone who has supported the book club as it provides monetary rewards to the school library as well as providing a  wide range of book choices for children.

Liz Kennedy

Sports Day 2022

After regrettably having to postpone Sports Day, we could not have asked for better weather on Friday 11th November. Students showed a raft of impressive skills for each event as well as displaying excellent resilience, leadership, persistence and encouragement of others. Students put in their best efforts throughout the tabloid events and achieved great success. It was a delight to watch the cooperation and teamwork in the afternoon events and, the adults joining in with students for tug of war was a nice conclusion to the day's events. Thank you to all the staff and parents for volunteering their time to make Sports Day a great success for the students.

Sharee Richardson 

Greenock Primary School Calendar Term 4, 2022

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