14 September 2017
Acting Principal’s Report
Two weeks ago we held our annual school ball in our hall and once again we held separate balls for our early childhood and primary classes. It was fantastic to see all those who attended enjoying the event. The theme, decorations, dances and food along with student behaviour contributed to a fun and very successful event. I would like to say a very big thank to Mrs Milne-Viney for organising the balls and teaching the dances to students, Taryna for her work with decorating the hall and Mrs Maria and Mrs Jones for preparing the food. I would also like to thank all staff for their contribution to making the event so successful. We do appreciate and take on board feedback, so if parents have anything they would like to share that will go in improving the ball or other school events please let us know.
School Satisfaction Survey
This year, School Satisfaction Surveys for students, parents and staff will be conducted during September. These surveys contain questions on a range of matters about our school.
This survey provides an opportunity for students, parents and staff to provide important feedback. This feedback is valued by our school as a means of identifying what the school does well and opportunities for the school to make improvements.
Students in grade 5 and grade 6, parents and staff will be invited to participate. Students will complete the survey during school time.
You should have received a letter this week asking you to complete the parent survey. Your responses will be secure and anonymous. We encourage you to participate and complete the survey so that the school has a clear direction when planning for future programs and services for students.
To complete the survey online:
1. Find the URL link on our school Facebook page or type the following link into your internet address bar (NOT into your search engine):
2. Enter your unique access code which is a mixture of letters and numbers. Your unique access code can be found on the letter sent home this week with students who are the eldest in the family.
If you need assistance to complete the survey or you would like a paper version of the survey to complete, please contact the school on 6425 2195.
National Literacy Numeracy Week
National Literacy and Numeracy Week is an annual event celebrating the importance of literacy and numeracy to future learning, life participation and work opportunities. Last week students worked on practising their reading, writing 6 word stories and playing strategy games in maths. Come in and check out our class displays and read some 6 word stories!
REMINDER: Swimming and Water Safety Program
Our Swimming and Water Safety Program starts next week (Monday, 18th September) and runs for 2 weeks. Notices went home on Monday 11th September with all relevant information. Please remember that photos can only be taken of your own child/ren and the front foyer area needs to be kept clear to enable classes to move safely through this area.
Your child will need to bring along the following items every day throughout their program:
- Swimming gear – including bathers and swimming cap (swimming caps will be provided by the school).
- Towel and plastic bag to put wet swimming gear in.
- Any medication (e.g. Asthma medication) that may be needed at the poolside.
Woolworths Earn and Learn
Don’t forget to collect your Earn and Learn stickers from Woolworths and bring them into school by Tuesday 19th September. Thanks to Zoe, Amarli, Demi, Emmerson, Cara and Ella from 5/6B for helping put stickers on sheets.
Koinz 4 Kidz 7AD/SeaFM donation
On Friday at our Primary assembly we were very fortunate to host Darren from 7AD/SeaFM who gave us a cheque for $756 for our school.
This donation was generously provided from their Koinz 4 Kidz fundraiser. We appreciate their donation and all the people who gave towards this appeal.
CUA School Fun Run
Our school fun run highest fundraiser was Amber Scott-Peters from 1/2A. K/PA was our highest fundraising class raising $282.99. Our school raised a total of $2,476.59. Well done!
Children and Technology Workshop
Would you like to know:
- More about e-safety?
- How to set blocks?
- What are some good educational apps?
- How to conduct a good search?
- What are the recommendations for children using technology?
- Plus much more
We are hoping to run some free workshops for parents early in term 4, where you can bring your device along and practice, listen, learn and talk with an expert in the field of children safely using technology.
If you would be interested in attending please contact the front office on 64252195.
For more information please contact Kate Larcombe
Values card recipients
Assemblies are a time we celebrate the holders of School Values cards. One card is drawn each assembly from all classes celebrating the School Values of Respect, Relationships, Responsibility, Learning and Safety.
These were the recipients from the assembly on Friday 8th September.
K/P A- Rubie-Joye Arnold –
Respect & Learning
K/P B – Troy Robinson – Respect & Learning
1/2 A – Jaxson Smith- Responsibility & Learning
1/2 B – Jaxon Wing - Learning
3/4 A – Izayah Clark – Respect and Responsibility
3/4 B – Liam Snowden – Respect, Responsibility, Safety, Relationships, Learning
4/5 A – Maddison Ellison – Responsibility
5/6 A – Landon Dobson – Respect and Responsibility
5/6 B – Tyler Smith – Respect, Responsibility, Relationships and Learning
Aussie of the Month
Congratulations to Riley Small for being selected as our July Aussie of the Month. Riley always demonstrates school values and is polite and respectful to adults and children. When children are hurt or upset, Riley is the first child to check that they are ok.
Feature Class News – KPA & KPA
On Fridays in Kinder/Prep we have been engaging in STEAM – a subject which includes Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths.
This term we have been exploring the way things move. Last week, we compared heavy and light objects and tested the way they fell from the fort. We are planning to design and make our own parachutes next week.
We also had fun with a vinegar and bicarb soda experiment and watched a chemical reaction blow up our balloons.
Thursdays are the only day when all Kinders attend. We spend the whole morning outside engaging in a range of different learning activities. Adults have noticed a big change in the imagination and creativity of our kids, and how they are using the loose parts such as tyres, planks of wood and milk crates. We have noticed a change in weather and the frosty mornings, but really enjoy being outside!
Hannah Millar & Elisse McWhirter
Reading With Riley
Riley knows that reading is fun and the more you read, the better you get! We read in order to do things such as follow directions and instructions, find information and interact with others through social media. We use strategies to help us make meaning and understand (comprehend) what we read. We encourage all students to read every day.
We want all students to be enthusiastic readers who read a range of texts for both pleasure and information. Please talk to your child’s teacher if you would like more information about reading.
Reading in 4/5A
Aidan, Brylee, Callie, Ashley and Daisy are working with Ms Cox on making meaning. They are looking for and talking about subject specific words that will help them understand their text about Space.
Maths with Murphy
Murphy knows that maths is everywhere! He knows that we all use maths many times every day, often without realising it. Each fortnight Murphy will share a new easy maths problem and a hard maths problem that parents and students can do and talk about together at home.
Answers will be in the next newsletter.
When working on problems together, don’t forget to ask each other questions such as: how do you know?, what are you thinking about? and can you draw something to help you work it out?
Last Week’s Questions and Answers
Question: On average the teeth of an adult human are 1 ½ cm long and a great white shark are 7 ½ cm long. How many adult teeth, stacked end to end, would be needed to make the same length as the great white shark’s tooth?
Answer: 5 Adult Teeth
Question: If today is Tuesday, what day of the week will it be in 100 days from now?
This week’s Questions
Caitlin is on the 13th step of a giant slide.
She walked down 4 steps to talk to her friend Dana. Then she walked up 12 steps to the top. How many steps does the giant slide have?
Kevin read 20 pages of his new book on Saturday.
He read 1/4 of the remaining pages on Sunday.
He still has 36 pages to read.
How many pages are in Kevin's book?
Wanted Donations of books
Our free book exchange has been very popular, but is now running low on books. If you have any children’s books in good condition you would like to donate please drop them to the front office or Ms Larcombe’s office.
Slip Stream Circus
School Calendar of events
Friday 15th September
Grades 3,4 and 5 Charlie and the chocolate factory performance
Friday 15th September
Little Learners with BIG Ideas – Student Leaders
Monday 18th September
Tuesday 10th September
Aboriginal survival technology performance
Thursday 21st September
Hockey Grades 1 - 6
Thursday 21st September
Hockey Grades 1 - 6