Issue 15 Thursday 29 September 2022

We learn on the lands of the Ngadjuri Nation


Last Day of Term / Early Dismissal Time of 2:10pmFriday 30 September


**** Sports Day - Friday 28 October Term 4 ****

From The Principal

Today we will be farewelling our Nettie

These last two weeks have been very hard for our little school community. Our hearts have been breaking. Our sympathy and our love goes out to ‘our’ Ella, and her dad (Richi), her sister and brothers.

The students have been wonderful in the way in which they have coped so far. Our department has been very supportive, ensuring that social workers have been on-site and that other behind-the-scenes supports are in place to help them.

In addition, the Schools Ministry Group (Jennette’s employing body for her PCW role) have ensured that we have not been left to manage alone. Jo Herrmann has been ‘on loan’ to us from Lyndoch Primary School and has made lots of connections with our students in helping them cope. We are very fortunate that Jo has been granted some additional hours, which will mean that she will be with us for two days a week throughout Term 4. This will give us some continuity while we are still coming to terms with our loss.

Our staff, the teachers and SSOs, have been outstanding. They are coping with their own grief and sorrow, while still managing to teach and support students. For us, Jennette wasn’t just a colleague; she was a companion, a mentor, a shoulder to lean on. She baked us scones, listened to our stories and shared a laugh with us. She was a friend.

We have all been very appreciative of the understanding and support offered to us by the parents and families. We simply thank you all for that.

The students have many questions that they would like answered. Some were concerned to see things being moved out of the Wellbeing Room. I have reassured them that this was part of a long-term plan to upgrade the room: a plan that Nettie was very excited about. During the holidays, the Wellbeing Room will be painted, both inside and out. Funds for this are from YOUR generous donations, through our Governing Council fundraising efforts. Next term, the Wellbeing Room will look a bit different, but will still be the same.

The children have also asked about the Christmas Choir. We will honour Nettie by all being a part of her choir. All the classes will learn and rehearse some Christmas songs that they will all perform together at our end-of-year concert.

The other frequently asked question is about ‘Nettie’s Kindness Awards’. These have become a valuable part of every assembly and the children look forward to seeing who will receive them each fortnight. The recipients always felt proud to have been recognised for their kindness towards others. At yesterday’s assembly, I invited the students to come up with a solution for this. The awards are for them, so they should be the ones to determine what we should do in the future. I have asked them to talk to their teachers about their ideas and we will discuss it further in our SRC meetings.

As I reminded the students yesterday: kindness, however, isn’t about awards. Kindness is about how we talk to one another, how we treat other people, how we live our lives. Nettie embodied kindness. We can all continue to honour her through our kind acts every day. We can make Nettie proud by being kind.

Gail Holland


Festival of Music Choir

On Friday 16th September our Festival of Music students travelled to The Festival Centre to complete a final rehearsal before their evening concert on the same day. It was wonderful to see our students performing the songs that they have worked on throughout the year. We are very proud of the achievements of our choir as a whole. They have shown great commitment throughout the year, and their willingness to work hard to achieve the incredible final performance is to be commended. Congratulations!

Class Report

Year 1/2 Class

Once again, it has been a busy term. We have enjoyed our weekly investigations with the Reception class. In science, we have been learning about animal features and how animals can be sorted into different groups. We worked in groups to design our own zoo, then we created them either as a poster map or in 3D. Our class were so very grateful to receive our kind gift of beanie bears. We enjoyed spending the day with our special bears, and had a very industrious afternoon making different things for them, such as houses, beds and various forms of transport. This week has been exciting (and tiring!) as we splashed into our yearly swimming lessons. It has been great to have all of the class there enjoying this experience.

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. 

Term 3 Assembly Awards

Week 8

Nettie's Kindness Award

School Activities

Hotshots Tennis

Last Tuesday a group of Year 3 and 4 students attended the Hotshots Tennis Carnival at Nuriootpa Tennis Courts. Many schools in the district sent teams along and we played a round robin competition with approximately 150 students. Corey showed us how to play and then we competed in doubles matches throughout the day. We had a great day and learnt many new tennis skills. Thank you to all the parents for transporting all the students to and from the event, your help is greatly appreciated.

Sports Day 2022 Information For Families

Greenock Primary School Calendar Term 4, 2022

Parent Noticeboard

Greenock PS Governing Council

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