Issue 12 Thursday 25 August 2022

We learn on the lands of the Ngadjuri Nation


Some Important Dates for Term 3

Swimming Forms (R-5) Due Wednesday 31 August
School Closure (Show Day)Monday 5 September
Pupil Free DayTuesday 6 September
Governing Council MeetingTuesday 13 September
Festival of Music Choir PerformanceFriday 16 September
Swimming Lessons (R-5)Monday 26  -  Friday 30 September
Last Day of Term / Early Dismissal Time of 2:10pmFriday 30 September

From The Principal

Book Week 2022 - Dreaming With Eyes Open

This week is, of course, Book Week! Since 1945,

when the theme was United Through Books,

Australian children have celebrated books during

Book Week.   

Every year, our dedicated librarian, Liz Kennedy, ensures that our library is stocked with all the shortlisted books from the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards. Class teachers have been using these books as part of their learning program with children. 

Our parade for Book Week was held on Tuesday morning and we were very fortunate to have sunshine for the duration of our parade and photo sessions. We were doubly blessed by the presence of so many parents and family members. Our parade felt very special this year, because we had families invited back into our school grounds for the first time in two years. We were also able to invite our playgroup children and their mums to join us. The whole morning felt like a celebration of community, as well as of books and the joy of reading.

Students also took photos of themselves, in their costumes, in front of the green screen. They have been working with Mr Gliese in Technology to create special fantasy photos by placing themselves in front of a variety of backgrounds. We hope to be able to share them with you soon, meanwhile here is a sample of a few:

SSO Week

This week we also celebrate our wonderful support staff, without whom we could not operate. Our SSOs support the education of our students, enable the functioning and smooth running of our school and ensure our facilities and grounds are kept in optimum condition. For everything they do within their roles and above and beyond, the teaching staff are truly grateful.

Gail Holland


Book Week Photos

Class Report

Year 3/4 Class

It has already been super busy in our year 3/4 class this term! In English, the students have been exploring the true-life story of ‘The Peasant Prince’ - Li Cunxin (Schwin Sing) - a famous Ballet dancer who grew up in poverty in China before being selected to ‘try out’ for the ballet. He left his family at just 9 years of age and trained at the Beijing Dance Academy for the rest of his childhood, before moving to America and becoming a world-renowned professional dancer. We are finishing off the unit with writing recommendations about The Peasant Prince. We will move on to a new unit next week based on ‘The Fantastic Mr Fox’, which the students are excited for! We have all enjoyed Book Week so far, especially the spectacular display of dress ups! We have read a couple of the shortlisted picture books and used the positive mindset theme that is running through to create some positive mindset affirmation graffiti walls on the computers. They look great!

During Math’s so far, we have explored 2D and 3D shapes, creating and discussing features that are unique to each type of shape, we have investigated symmetry, practiced more complicated addition and subtraction problems and we are currently learning about time.

Last term during art, we explored Picasso and Cubism, the students had fun creating their own versions of Picasso’s famous Cubism portraits and ‘The Rooster’. This term we are having a go at performing some Reader’s Theatre, using the script from ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ by Roald Dahl to explore how we can bring characters to life. We are having fun so far!

The students were all excited about their HASS excursion in week 3 and shared lots of highlights after their adventure; the sighting of the ‘giant squid’ at the museum and a sneaky visit to the Haigh’s Chocolate shop, being the most discussed events!! 

School Routines and Procedures - Update

Updating Student & Family Information

The school will no longer be sending home student information 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 when 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. 

Swimming Lessons - Reminder

All forms are to be completed and returned to school no later than Wednesday 31 August.

Students with a medical condition must have a current healthcare plan and medication.  

Pool instructors may exclude students from participating and will provide standard first aid only if plans/medications are not provided or are out of date.

If you have credit you wish to apply to the cost of swimming lessons please contact the finance officer.

Payment terms are 30 days from issue of the invoice and payment can be made by EFT or Credit Card/Eftpos.

Illness & Injuries at School:

Colds, the flu and bugs are around every winter for us to watch out for and are passed on if unwell children attend school.

Students who have recovered from Covid can still be at risk of getting these viruses etc that are circulating in the community.

If your child is sent to the Front Office/First Aid room due to illness or for an injury that is considered more serious eg a hard knock to the head, they will be sent home. 

Parents will always be contacted first and you will need to collect your child promptly and keep them at home until they are fully recovered. 

If you are unable to collect your child, please organise your emergency contact and let the school know who this will be.

Make sure you have provided the Front Office with an updated list of your emergency contacts in case we are unable to contact you.

Student Health Update & Reminder

Parents/Caregivers please make sure you have provided the school with an updated healthcare plan and current medication if your child needs support at school for a medical condition and in readiness for excursions & outings and swimming lessons which are in week 10 this term (pool staff may refuse to allow your child to participate and will provide standard first aid only).

Asthma Care, Allergic Reaction plans and Medication Agreement forms are available on the Skoolbag App for parents to access and take to your doctor or you can ask at the Front Office. 

Keep a copy of plans & medication expiry dates at home for your reference and ensure that they are updated in a timely manner.

If you are unsure of expiry dates, contact the Front Office. 

NB:  Parents will now receive an email reminder from school if plan/medication has not been updated.

 Expired medication can not be administered by staff and will be sent home.  

Semester 2 SRC Induction

At our Week 3 assembly, we inducted the Semester 2 SRC class reps. Students in Reception to Year 3 serve on the SRC for one semester. So, we thanked the following students for their service in Semester 1: George, Sophie R, Ari, Phoebe B, Dylan, Minna, Leroy and Darcy.

In Semester 2, we welcome the following students to the SRC:

Jacob (absent), Olivia C, Alex W (absent), Tempest (absent), Teddy K, Bella, Adam and Olivia R

Term 3 Assembly Awards

Week 4

Kindness Award

Nettie's Natter

August 25 ‘22

Hi everyone,

Wow, what a day! This morning, I got to school at 7am to get on a bus with our school choir and Mrs Sitters, and travel to Adelaide for the Festival of Music rehearsal. It was fabulous. Our students were so very well behaved and really enjoyed themselves, as did we, too!

So much work goes into putting these events together and everyone has a job to do and everyone is important. The songs are great. I have a couple of favourites but one that is very special is the one where our own Abigail sings a solo. What a fabulous job she does. I’m really looking forward to the actual concert in September.

I go on a bit about preparation but it is so very important to prepare for things. Outings, events in our control, and also for those that are out of our control. Spring is about a week away, so we will all start preparing our gardens for summer veggies and preparing for the bushfire season. If our teachers didn’t do all their preparation for their classes, well, it goes without saying, it would be chaos!

A Priest was talking to one of his servers and said to him, “have you got the vowels I prepared for you?” The server said, “I think I may have misunderstood you and the assignment.” The Priest said, “Just read what you have, son.”  He replied, “Okay,” took a deep breath and said, “A E I O U.”

You know, life doesn’t come with an instruction manual. We just have to learn as we go and do the best we can. Though a lot of negative things happen in life, we should never underestimate the power of a joke, a smile, a hug, and be prepared. Nonetheless, we know that things happen all the time that people aren’t prepared for, because, life doesn’t exactly come with a crystal ball that accurately predicts the future.

Sometimes this means that we can be surprised by joy when the unexpected takes our breath away. And other times, we can simply be shocked.

Whether you had a bad day or just want something to make you smile, remember positive thinking and the power of a smile can pay off and miracles can happen every day when you least expect it.

So, be prepared, expect the unexpected.                                                                                     



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