Newsletter 31.08.2020

Issue 28


Event Calendar

December 2021
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From the Principal

We are entering week 8 of the term. There are three more weeks of term left, including this one. When the period of remote learning was set, the end date was the end of week 9. At this stage we have not heard from authorities about whether the remote learning period will conclude at the end of next week or if it will be extended. My best guess is that health authorities will wait until close to the end of next week to gather the data they need to make an informed decision. My advice is to be prepared for both options – remote learning to continue until the term holidays, and be ready to return to school for the final week.

While most have already assumed this, it is now official that the Sovereign Hill 5/6 camp has been cancelled. It is a little difficult at this stage to predict how the end of year will look. Hopefully restrictions will ease and we can have the usual assemblies, transitions and graduation night for senior students, however, until we get some more clarity on restrictions we are unable to make firm plans.

Well done to students and families on continuing the strong work with home learning. We appreciate your work.

Michael Edwards

From the Office

On-Site Attendance Forms

Please click on the link below to access the On-Site Attendance form.  This will also be emailed out to families today.  It is very important that we receive a form each week for any students who are attending school to enable us to organise staffing.

On-Site Attendance Form

Family Statements
Statements will be emailed out this week. Payment of outstanding amounts would be appreciated. 

Scholastic Book Club
A reminder that Book club orders close today.  The brochure can be at
Payment is via the LOOP only which can also be accessed on the above link.

Achievement Awards

Pippa Graham for fabulous fluent reading.
Archie Korn for writing a story with excellent sequencing of events.
Sierra Allan for comparing and contrasting two fairy tales using a Venn diagram.
Mary Nolan for her excellent use of poetry elements in her poem about lockdown.
Ollie Boddenberg for his extremely well structured and detailed report of Ms. Prlic’s migrant experience.
Niamh Stanyer for her incredible Art creation of the Once-Ler’s house!
Holly Lerch for developing her ability to write in an increasingly complex manner.
Harlan O’Brien for taking note of feedback to improve his writing.
Tom Wilson for using humour to great effect in his persuasive writing.
Madelyn Prentice for an enthusiastic approach to home learning.  Keep it up, Maddie!
Lenny Graham for always being motivated to complete home learning tasks.  Well done, Lenny!
William Maybury for great enthusiasm to complete literacy activities and doing so with good humour.  Nice work, Will!
Olive MacCalman for explaining volume and capacity succinctly and providing great examples in doing so.  Well done!
Taidhg James Hillier for finding 16 different types of shapes around the house on Monday for the maths task.
Claudia Grech for giving such detailed illustrations when completing her work on Thelma The Unicorn last week.
Sonny Gorham for working hard to improve his letter 'Nn' formations.
Grace Pritchard for her dedication to completing all set tasks and speaking confidently on her home videos.
Will Rooney for maintain a great work ethic and dedication to home learning
Amy Schilling for creating great mood and imagery in her poetry.
Henry Cole for showing great elements of poetry in his writing.

Art News

This week in Art, we are making a cross section drawing of Truffula Fruit in Foundation and Year 1/2 and a Super-Axe-Hacker in Year 3/4/5/6. A cross section drawing shows the internal structure and working parts, as though you had sliced down through an object from the top with a saw and looked at what you can see inside. Here are the links for the two Art videos, have fun!

Foundation & Year 1/2: Cross section drawing of Truffula Fruit

Year 3/4 & 4/5/6: Cross section drawing of a Super-Axe-Hacker

Artwork of the Week -
Drawings of the Once-ler from The Lorax by Dr Seuss

By Grace Pritchard FR

Maeve Van Duinen FR

Matilda Ridgeway 12C

Niamh Stanyer 456L - Once-ler's house

Alfie Bayne 12PS

Library News

Overdue Books 
I know I sound like a broken record, but there are A LOT of really overdue books at the moment. Please make the extra effort to ensure your children return any books, that they have finished reading, on a Friday so I can get them to students who may have requested them. For example, author Anh Do is currently VERY popular among our students, and WeirDo, Hotdog and Ninja Kid titles are flying off the shelves. It is hard for a student to move through the series when books are kept longer than needed elsewhere. Thank you for your help with this!

If you need to renew books to extend past the 2 week borrowing period, please email me.

Remote Borrowing & Requests 
A reminder how students can borrow from the Library during Stage 3 Lockdown and remote learning. Email specific requests to:

  1. for book title (like the next book in a series they might be reading);
  2. by topic (is your child really interested in Australian animals, Lego, art, Dinosaurs etc?);
  3. by genre (eg. adventure, humour, fantasy, historical fiction);
  4. by author (does your child love picture books by Aaron Blabey, Shaun Tan, Margaret Wild, Alison Lester?);
  5. OR let me surprise them by selecting some of our newest or best loved books- it’s a great way to introduce books to students that they may not have otherwise chosen themselves.

I’ll be in the Library each Friday from 1-4pm during remote learning, to ensure students are still able to access quality literature at home. Please make use of this service by emailing me requests by 12 midday each Friday, to ensure I can have your loans ready to collect with your child’s classroom learning pack, from 3pm onwards.

Returning Books
A big thank you to everyone who returned library books on Friday! For those who missed it- there is a labelled box in the School foyer for you to place any books you may be returning.

Keep calm and read a book!

Sarah McAlister


Over the last few weeks you would have seen a few new staff members working in OSHC.  We welcome Cassie Steel, Siobhan Moore & Zara McLean to our team.  You will see a lot of them in the coming weeks as Laura, Lachie & Jordan are on Uni placement.  

Vacation Care
The Vacation Care program will be running during the school holidays from Monday 21st September to Friday 2nd October.  Laura has planned a fun filled program including Tie dye a calico bag, mosaic, cooking, treasure hunt and Stufflers bears.  Unfortunately at this stage we are still unable to go on excursions.  The cost for the Stuffler bears is $15. The program can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
Bookings can be made through the school office or the OSHC room.

Vacation Care Program


30th August - Eva Brenton
1st September - Edward Boddenberg
1st September - Edith McInerney