newsletter - Mount Barker Primary School

newsletter - Mount Barker Primary School

MOUNT BARKER PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER Number 7 Week 6, Term 2 2016 Principal: Ms Michele Duthy Email: [email protected] Web: www.mtbar...

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NEWSLETTER Number 7 Week 6, Term 2 2016

Principal: Ms Michele Duthy Email: [email protected] Web: Phone: 08 8391 1241 Fax: 08 8391 4208

CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONS !! On Tuesday, May 24th, 70 students were selected from MBPS to compete in the district SAPSASA Cross Country. It was a great day, and luckily MBPS, won the overall championship by 1 point ! The sportsmanship from our school was very encouraging for all the students who were competing in each race. We had 8 lucky students who were selected for the Barker State Cross Country team. Congratulations to all the students below: Jake Aish (13 boys) Ari Scott-Cowling (13 boys) Georgie Pedlar (13 girls) Nancy Kilkenny-Jones (12 girls) Malachi Wex (12 boys) Namoi Baird ( 11 girls) Holly Aish (11 girls) Charlotte McDonald (11 girls) And all the other students for participating. By Georgie Pedlar and Nancy Kilkenny-Jones.

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY ACTIVITIES – 15TH & 16TH JUNE To mark World Environment Day this year, classes will be participating in activities utilising the space on our revegetation block adjacent to the oval. Over the past 13 years or so, this block has been transformed from an unattractive space full of weeds to an area full of trees, shrubs and plants which are native, creating wonderful habitats for birds and animals. We thank the parents, community volunteers and staff led by Tanya Milne for their work in this area. Tanya has arranged for classes to be involved over two days (Wed 15th & Thurs 16th June) in activities out on the block such as spreading mulch, constructing the trail areas with logs, creating promotional material with videos etc., gathering data for trail signage, working on the Butterfly garden, working on the bush tucker garden and bird monitoring with Harry from the NRM board. Parents are welcome to help and teachers will be able to let you know which day and when their activity is. It would be a good idea to provide a jacket or old shoes / water boots for your child if the weather is ‘wintery’.

WHEN VISITING SCHOOL If parents/caregivers need to come to school other than to drop off or pick up children please remember to come to the office so that staff know you are on site. If you have a concern about your child, the office can assist you in arranging a time to meet with the teacher or a member of the Leadership Team. Sometimes social issues arise. These are best addressed by the teacher and direct contact with other students by parents is not the best way to resolve these. Parents are also reminded that the Out of School Hours Care program runs before and after school. This means that school grounds are not available for public use both during school hours or OSHC hours.

AEROSOLS As students mature, we understand that they may wish to bring deodorant to school for use during the day. Due to the potential for misuse/danger we do not allow students to bring any aerosols to school whether deodorant or other items. Please discuss an alternative with your child if needed e.g roll on.

DISABILITY PARKING There is one Disability park on the road outside the school’s Admin building. This is only for use by people who have the appropriate permit. Council inspectors may give fines for inappropriate use.

SECONDBITE PROGRAM – FOOD DONATIONS FROM COLES Are you able to help once a week to pick up a crate of food from Coles? We have two parent helpers who do this for us when they can around work and study commitments and we are looking for more help please. Coles donate fruit, bread and vegetables to us and it has been great to help children who have no lunch or healthy snack food. It would mean going to Coles in the morning around 9am, collecting a crate of food and bringing it in to the front office. If you are able to help please let Suzie or Andrea know.

REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCE There is a new (no reply) text line for reporting student absence. Text


and text your message. Be sure to give your child’s full name and class/teacher and the parent’s name. Messages will be checked and updated daily at 10am so please send your message before 10am. This line is ONLY for advising daily student absences.

BOOK FAIR - A BIG THANK YOU This year’s Book Fair raised nearly $2000. towards school book purchases. Many thanks to our volunteer helpers: Rebecca Douglass, Esther Mackie, Melissa May-Richards, Christy Seymour and Trish Jamieson.

EARLY YEARS EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE The Early Years children have been learning about the weather, how it changes and why. Australian Curriculum Content : Foundation Year Daily and seasonal changes in our environment, including the weather, affect everyday life. Year 1 Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape. Year 2 Earth’s resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways. As part of this week we have been looking at : - Day and night - Light, natural and man-made - The sky, moon, sun, clouds - Space / Movement - Seasons - Weather changes: rainbows/thunder/lightning/wind/rain - Our Environment During our lessons we share information with each other, we carry out experiments and record what we have found out. There are a number of photo posters in classrooms that show the range of activities the children have been taking part in. Ingrid Lippett

NATIONAL EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARDS NEiTA is an independent national awards program where communities can publicly recognise and encourage inspirational teachers, directors and principals who contribute excellence. This is a unique way to acknowledge and celebrate your child’s outstanding teacher. Nominations can be made on


‘MY TIME’ MEETING AT THE MOUNT BARKER LIBRARY MyTime, a local support group parents of for children with disabilities, is having an information session at the Mount Barker Library on Monday June 20 at 10am. Claire Wittwer Smith who operates a service called MyPlan Manager is presenting. She will manage National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plans for parents. There is no cost to parents as the NDIS will put extra money into a plan on separate line (section) of the plan to pay for management services. These plan managers will do paperwork, bills, source quotes, research therapies and therapists, as parents require. Anyone interested in coming can contact Sally Townsley, MyTime Group Facilitator, for catering purposes. Parents don't need to be MyTime members. Contact: [email protected]

DATES TO REMEMBER Term 2 Week 6 Friday 10/6/16 Week 7 Monday 13/6/16 Tuesday 14/6/16 Week 8 Monday 20/6/16 Tuesday 21/6/16 Week 9 Friday 1/7/16 Week 10 Monday 4/7/16 Friday 8/7/16

STUDENT FREE DAY (not the Unit) Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday STUDENT FREE DAY (Unit only) Assembly 9am in the Hall Governing Council - 7pm in the Staff room Monarto Zoo Excursion rooms 11 & 12 Assembly 9am. in the Hall End of Term - EARLY DISMISSAL 2.10pm Term 3 th

Term 3 commences Monday 25 July. Week 8 Thursday 8/9/16 Student Free Day Friday 9/9/16 School Closure Day

COMMUNITY NEWS – ask at the office for more information on: More foster carers are always needed to provide a safe and nurturing home for children and young people while their own families are unable to care for them. This voluntary service can be enormously rewarding both for the carer and the children placed in their care. Southern Cross Cultural Exchange is looking for families for overseas students (French& Italian). Call 83230973 or [email protected] Mitcham Girls High School – Gift Dance Program. Audition date: Monday 4th July 2016, 11.30am. To register interest go to Circus Oz show – TWENTYSIXTEEN. Supporting 2 charities including Nature Foundation SA. or direct through Thebarton Theatre.