Newsletter 16.08.2021

Issue 25


Event Calendar

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From the Principal

Congratulations to the teachers and students (and parents!) with the 100 days of school celebration. There were so many amazing costumes and it was good to focus on a celebration of the positive aspects of learning this year.

I have had the pleasure of seeing the wonderful work going on in the Art Room recently. Mandy and Caz always engage the children with fantastic Art learning. The creativity that happens is great to see. Having Kirsten join the team recently with her professional expertise and experience has complemented the children’s learning wonderfully well. I have been highly impressed with how all the children are so engaged with their art pieces and the quality of what is being produced. Well done everyone!

Once again, I would like to thank you for your support with COVID restrictions (masks, check ins etc). I know this is the new normal but it is comforting to know we can rely on our families to support us as we implement the DET and Health authority requirements. Here’s hoping we can continue to be relatively open among the difficulties people are facing to the north and south of us.

Michael Edwards

From the Office

Skiing refunds
Families who have paid for the skiing trips will receive an email with a refund/credit form attached.  Please indicate on the form whether you would like to have the money refunded into your bank account or left in your family account as credit.  For families with students in Year 6 with no siblings it will be expected that you request a refund.

Please return the form this week so refunds can be processed.  Thank you.

Scholastic Book Club
Students have today taken home Book Club brochures for Issue 6.  Please order via the Book Club Loop on the Scholastic web site.  Orders close on Tuesday 31st August.

Achievement Awards

Holly Lerch for self-extending tasks and seeking opportunities to grow her learning.
Bonnie McLeod for applying new learning in writing to create pieces with a clear “voice”.
Emerson Paull for using well-considered strategies to work out the area of different shapes.
Will Black for working hard to use WOW! Words in your own writing!
Hudson Street for fabulous focus with our Big Write ‘The Birthday Surprise”.
Spencer Dowsley for a high level of enthusiasm with finding patterns and rules with our Word Work focus!
Ella Joy for working hard on writing the learning intention at the beginning of learning tasks.
Jonathan Shepherd for being such a focused and engaged learner this term.  Keep it up!
Jed Walker for doing lots of reading activities at home and at school.
Kaia Allan for always being a hardworking and interested learner, especially during writing tasks.
Mim Martini for sensational improvement in letter and sound recognition.
Patrick McIntyre for impressive problem solving and recall of doubles facts.
Sonny Gorham for helping others with vortex skills
Charli Killen for demonstrating positive work habits in class.
Zoe Blair for a well crafted and edited writing piece.
Jim Wilson for his amazing creative writing piece, full of descriptive language, details and emotion.
Eli Willis for showing great enthusiasm and making excellent contributions to our Book Club discussions.
Saoirse Beatty for her fantastic creative writing, with excellent imagery that paints a picture in the reader’s mind.

Art News

Wanted in the art room – If anyone has some old flannel sheets lying around, the art room would love to have them.  Thanks.

Artwork of the week
Some action shots from the art room this week. Students from 3/4E beginning the process of making collagraph plates for printing.

Hot Lunch News

Hot lunch this week is a hamburger/veggie Burger.

Helpers are Bron Westbrook, Jane Shepherd, Mel Carne.  Another helper is required.  If you can assist please let Bron or Sandra know.

We also need another helper for next week if someone would like to volunteer for that as well.

Sports News

House Athletics Carnival
The House Athletics Carnival is taking place on Wednesday, August 25 (the back-up date is Tuesday, August 31st). Because of the unreliability of the current situation with the border, this year’s carnival will not be held in Albury. Instead, the carnival will be held at the Wodonga Athletics Complex (on Pearce Street, opposite the White Box Rise Shopping Centre). This year we also welcome Middle Indigo Primary School who will be joining us on this day. Although they will be grouped with our students, they will not be competing against them, but parallel to them.

We Need Your Help

Due to the current COVID-19 guidelines for schools, there will be no spectators allowed at the carnival. We are, however, allowed to have enough parent/carers to enable the carnival to run smoothly. With this in mind, we require approximately 20 parents and carers to assist on the day. You will require a current Working with Children Check and will be assigned an event to assist with, such as long jump, discus etc. (you do not have to have any expertise to assist). Ideally, you’d be available to help for the four hours between 10am and 2pm, but if you are unable to commit to all of the time, please let us know as you still may (or may not) be needed.

 If you are available to help out, please complete this short form at this link:

The buses will be leaving school at 9am and returning by 3.30pm – as there are no spectators allowed it will be expected that all students will travel on the bus.

Permission forms have been sent home tonight and need to be returned to school by Friday.  Cost is $10 per student – this was charged to families at the start of the year with the school fees.  If you have already paid you do not need to pay again. It has been highlighted on the permission form whether or not you have paid.

Information for the Competitors

  • There is no canteen available on the day, so please bring plenty of food and drink.
  • Be sure to wear your ‘house’ colours and weather appropriate clothing, such as a hat if it is sunny. If you are not sure of your ‘house’ colour, check with you teacher.
  • Children compete at the age they will be by the 31st of December, 2021. So, if a child is currently 8, but turning 9 by the end of the year, they will compete in the 9/10 year-old age group.
  • Although genders may be mixed for some groups, competitors are only competing against children of their own age and gender.
  • Ribbons are awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd for each event, with everyone who participates in an event, earning points for their ‘house’.
  • 5-8 year-olds will compete in: sprint running, distance running, long jump, soft shot, vortex throw, jumping sack race, bean bag balance, and ‘bounce, catch, and run’.
  • 9-13 year-olds will compete in: sprint running, distance running (200m), long jump, shot put, discus, high jump, triple jump, and hurdles. These events act as qualifying for the District Athletics Carnival, due to take place on September 15. As a general rule, students who place first and second for their age group and gender, will qualify for District, but only the first placed competitor will qualify for high jump and 200m.  Qualification for 800m and 1500m will take place at school. At the District Carnival, competitors can enter 5 individual events and 1 relay.

Thanks Brendan.


Year F/1/2 News

Students from Foundation to Grade 2 were finally able to celebrate 100 days of school on Friday 13th August. Some students dressed as people that were 100 years old or a creative interpretation of someone from that era.

2022 Enrolments

If you have a child starting at school next year Enrolment packs can be collected from the school office.  If you would like to book a school tour or have any questions please contact Michael or Sandra at school.


14th August – Grace Westbrook

14th August – Aidan Wall

14th August – Hayley McIntosh

15th August – Sullivan Lucas

16th August – Ella Joy

19th August – Hugh Mason

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