Term 4 Week 3 2022

What's Happening?

Term Dates 2022

Term 417th October to 16th December
1st, 2nd & 3rd NovemberState Cricket
4th NovemberPupil Free Day
8th - 10th NovemberScholastic Book Fair 
10th NovemberChildren's University Graduation 6pm
11th NovemberJP Zoo Excursion
11th NovemberYr 6 High School Transition
18th NovemberAssembly - Goudie/Shields & Gniel classes hosting
15th NovemberSwimming - Make Up Day
18th NovemberAssembly Goudie/Shields & Gniel Presenting
18th NovemberHang 6 on Tour
24th NovemberSchool concert
25th NovemberAngaston Christmas Parade
30th Nov - 2 DecemberYear 6 Aquatics Camp
2nd DecemberPremiers Reading Challenge Assembly
5th - 7th DecemberMiddle Primary Camp
13th DecemberYear 6 Graduation
14th DecemberClass Party and 2023 Class Move
15th DecemberSports Day
16th DecemberYear 6 Assembly
16th DecemberLast day of term- early dismissal 2:05pm

Kindy Transition Times 2022 Term 4

Week 5Friday 18th November8:50am to 11:05am
Week 6 Friday 25th November8:50am to 12pm
Week 7Friday 2nd December8:50am to 1:30pm
Week 8Friday 9th December8:50am to 2:30pm

From the Principal

Dear Families,

We have a really busy term ahead with sports carnivals, Book Fair, camps and graduation. Teachers will also be writing end of year summative reports. As well we have started working on the R-6 class configuration for next year. We will have eleven classes next year to cater for two straight reception classes, given we are now expecting 41 new Receptions. Staffing is now in progress for next year with teachers nominating their preferences for year levels, and contracts being appointed. We hope to have classes and staffing finalised before the end of term so that students can visit with their new teacher and class before the end of term, and parents notified in writing of their child’s placement for 2023.


COVID update

There are no isolation quarantine rules now but the Department for Education does strongly recommend staff and students who test positive for COVID isolate for 5 days. Last week we had three students test positive and one teacher, with some testing positive for a second time this year.


Despite the recent media hype about poor NAPLAN results Angaston has exceeded the NMS in all components of NAPLAN. As well we have achieved our target increasing the number of students in Yr 3 and 5 higher bands in Reading, Writing and Numeracy.


 Transition – Preschool to School

We recently held our Preschool to school parent meetings in preparation for the children starting their formal classroom visits in week 5. The preschool children will spend time in the classroom once a week for four weeks with visits progressing to nearly a full day. This will give the children and their families time to get to know Angaston Primary School and hopefully support a smooth start to Reception in 2023.


Transition - Year 6

All year 6 students will have a full day transition at Nuriootpa High School on Friday 11th November. This day will hopefully give our students a bit of an understanding about year 7 in high school and support them to make connections with the school and staff.


Teaching and Learning

This term we are focusing on a Reading and Maths area of improvement based on recent PAT data (term 3). Teachers have identified an area in Reading and Maths based on their classes results, and will use a modified Teaching and Learning Cycle approach to implement new/revised learning.

 Pupil Free Day

The Pupil Free Day on Friday will focus on analysing data gathered across the state in relation to our site improvement priorities in writing and maths. Staff will work collaboratively to review and evaluate our goals/targets, and next steps (actions for 2023).


Swimming Lessons – Our makeup swimming lesson will be on Tuesday 15th November.


Sports Day will now be held on Thursday 15th December.


World Teachers Day

World Teachers' Day is an international day held annually on 5 October to celebrate the work of teachers.

World Teachers' Day was celebrated across Australia on Friday 28 October. It's a chance to recognise and thank teachers who work in our public schools. At Angaston Primary we said thank you, and acknowledged the efforts and dedication of our teachers by having our students present each teacher with a small gift and thank you card. Teachers also enjoyed a lovely morning tea. We would also like to thank Ashton Hurn who dropped by to say thank you to our teaching staff with a lovely box of chocolate.

World Teacher's Day

School Concert

School Concert will now be held on Thursday 24th November. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather will improve and the oval will dry out but after the weather we’ve had I am not felling positive. As per the message sent out last week via Skoolbag, if the weather continues to be problematic we will move the concert inside.


Just a reminder that we are now well into the student placement process for 2023. If you haven’t already, please notify the school about anything you may want us to consider when placing your child.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Lynda Fitzpatrick-Brown

VOLUNTEERS- Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect Training

To work or volunteer with children and young people in education settings you must do training about your child protection responsibilities. This training is called Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care (RRHAN-EC), and it outlines your child protection role as a team member in education.

The RRHAN-EC training consists of:

  • A 2-hour Fundamentals Course (online, self-paced without a trainer)
  • Course type: Online, self-paced through the Department for Education’s Plink site.

    You can register and complete this course any time

    Length: 2 hours

    Cost: Free

    To register for a RRHAN-EC course:

  • Create a Plink account here. If you already have an account, you can log in.
  • Once logged in, you will arrive at your ‘home’ page.
  • Scroll down and select the RRHAN-EC course that applies to you. Hint: Make sure you read the titles and descriptions carefully!
  • Select ‘register.’
  • Follow the prompts.
  • Welcome

    Angaston Primary School would like to welcome Jayden W, Ariannah W and Ollie W to our school.

    Instrumental Music Lunchtime Concert

    Margaret Preston Inspired Printing- Mrs Darmody Year 5/6

    Year 2 Hall/Year 5/6 Darmody Buddies - planning a narrative together - What a great session!

    Year 5 Camp at Glenhaven Park

    Results from Kapunda Show

    Colouring Competition

    Winner  Year 3/4      Elsie Feist

    Winner Year 5/6       Samantha Zeunert

    Poster Competition 9 - 12 years

    1st Laila Harris

    2nd Samantha Zeunert

    3rd Petra Zanker

    German Day Colouring Competition

    Well done to the following students for winning the German Day colouring competition:

    Upper Primary - Acacia S, Middle Primary - Kenzie M, Junior Primary - Sophie S.

    The following students were winners of the Scavenger Hunt raffle: Yr 3 to 6 - Poppy W, Rec to 2 - Joan F.

    Thank you to everyone who supported the event, particularly to Sokhan for her work with our SLC Mentors.

    Danke, Heidi Shields

    Scholastic Book Fair 2023

    Scholastic Book Fair 2023 Angaston Primary School is holding our annual Book Fair next week. Thanks so much to the volunteers who will be helping.

    Students will tour through the Book Fair on Tuesday and might choose to write a “Wish List” of items they would like to purchase. Of course you are under no obligation to buy and we go to great effort to ensure students know it is only a wish and it is always up to families the ways in which they purchase books.

    If you choose to purchase, you can pay in 3 ways:

    1. Send the money with your child in the following days to purchase before or after school.

    2. Come in with your child before or after school to purchase with Eftpos or cash.

    3. Make the purchase online by looking at the back of the “Wish List” page for details. (Just remember that if you pay online you MUST return the Wish List with your receipt number written on it so we can hand out your books to your child)

    Again this year we will be running a Friday afternoon Parent Only (no students) buying time for ‘secret’ gift buying. We offer you this to come in and secretly purchase some Christmas gifts that also benefit the school community. This will run from 1:25 – 3:05pm on Friday 11th November. The Book Fair has raised thousands of dollars over the past few years, which has been spent directly on books for our school library, as well as games, technology equipment and lunchtime activities for students. While we understand that not all families might purchase books in this way, all students benefit from the Fair through the exciting books that we can buy for our Library from money raised, so we like to offer the Fair. However if you would prefer that your child/ren not tour the Fair and write a Wish List, we completely understand. Just fill in the form below and drop it in the form return boxes in each unit or to a class teacher or email me at by Monday 7th November. Otherwise your child can browse and write a Wish List if they choose to.

    The Book Fair will be open in the school library:

    Tuesday 8th November to Thursday 10th November Morning opening times - 8:20 – 8:50am

    Afternoon opening times – 3:05pm – 3:30pm (Friday afternoon 1:25 – 3:05pm Parents Only)

    Not all books will be available to take home on the day. If we run out of a title we may need to order it in. Delivery only usually takes 1 or 2 weeks.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Nicole Taylor A.P.S Teacher Librarian

    Book Fair Response Form I (parent/caregiver name) …………………………………………………………………………………………… would prefer that my child/ren not tour the Book Fair and write a Wish List this year. Student name/s: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Signed: ……………………………………………………………………………………. 

    Nat's Notes

    Congratulations to our first “What’s the Buzz” graduates. 

    These little buzzers met weekly for 8 weeks developing new social and emotional skills and had fun (I hope) while doing it. 

    It was an awesome little group and we loved working, playing, chatting and laughing together - and learning of course!!

    Congratulations Leif, Finn, Braxton, Aleeya and Amayah

    What's the Buzz? is an evidenced-based social and emotional skills program that encourages children to think about how to get along with others and explore the benefits of developing new social skills, touching on subjects like Empathy, Fitting In, Bullying, Conversation Skills and Winning and Losing. 

    Mrs Irwin’s Friendship Group also made tie- dye sheep (idea by Rani) after being inspired by the book Sheep on a Beach.

    I’m loving this sunshine .. let’s hope it stays a little longer!

    Nat xx 


    State Country Athletics Championship

     On Friday of week 9, 3 of our students represented the Barossa and Light SAPSASA District at the annual State Country Athletics Championships held at Bridgestone Athletics Club in Salisbury.

    Our students put in a fantastic effort and represented the school and the Barossa extremely well. It was a great experience for all involved. Great work by T French, Lewis L and Ruby H. Ruby ran in the 800m, Lewis the 200m and 4x100m relay finishing with a gold medal for the relay team. T French ran in the 100m, 800m, 1500m and the 4x100m relay finishing with an outstanding 4 silver medals.

    Well done to all involved, everyone at Angaston PS are extremely proud of your efforts. 😊

    Yours in Sport

    Mr Matt Bradley

    Health/PE Teacher

    SANFL Community Volunteers Awards Night

    A huge congratulations to Mr. Matt Bradley who was rewarded for his outstanding efforts in football this year at the SANFL Community Volunteers Awards night which was held at Adelaide Oval.

     Matt was a finalist for the 'South Australian Primary School Ambassador of the Year'.

    Matt took out his award for our region of the Central District FC Country Zone. Matt invests a lot of his time into school and community football and we greatly appreciate all his efforts for this.

     Again, a huge congratulations to Mr Bradley on another outstanding year in footy.


    Picture: Mr Bradley on the left. 

    Angaston Christmas Parade

    Swim Program 2022/2023

    Royal Life Saving SA's Holiday Swim Program is running again in the December 2022/ January 2023 Summer Holidays! Enrolments are opening on the 22nd of August 2022. We have many locations around South Australia and are wanting to get the word out there to the local communities. I was hoping it would be possible for you to put this flyer in your newsletter a few times between now and the end of the year, so your community has the opportunity to enroll their children if they wish. Many schools and communities have been sharing the flyer on their social media platforms as well. We appreciate your help in spreading the word. If you have any questions, please reach out to us by phoning 08 8210 4500 or email information can be found on our website:

    Instrumental Music

    Saxophone and clarinet reeds are available from the front office. Alto saxophone size 2.0 reeds are $5.05 and clarinet 2.0 reeds are $4.50.

    The SkoolBag app is the easiest way keep up with school events, last minute notices, newsletters and all school communications.


    Principal: Lynda Fitzpatrick-Brown

    Deputy Principal: Sokhan Greenwood