End of Term News

Wow, what a busy term we’ve had! Well done to all students and staff for your efforts over this time and thank you to Craigburn families for your support with our in-school and after-school hours programs. We hope everyone can enjoy some quality family time over the upcoming long weekend and two weeks of school holidays. No doubt there will be many families glued to the television screen or live at the big game in Melbourne (AFL Grand Final) on Saturday in anticipation of an Adelaide Crows win.

Term 3 has been typically busy with a range activities and events happening across the school including: School Sport & SAPSASA events, Festival of Music Choir, Pedal Prix, Tournament of Minds, ICAS competitions, Footsteps Dance, camps and excursions and various other year-level and class based programs. Congratulations to all students who participated in these extra-curricular activities.

I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our Craigburn Crew’sers Pedal Prix Team who competed over the last weekend in the 24 hour event at Murray Bridge. Despite the windy weather and delayed start, the Crew’sers did a fabulous job competing in this gruelling event. Once again, a big thank you to Mark Lemmey for coordinating this year’s team and to all parents who supported the Pedal Prix program this year.

Charity Fundraiser – Friday 29th September

As you would be aware this Friday, we are holding a student-led charity fundraiser supporting the One Girl organisation’s ‘Do it in a Dress’ campaign to raise funds to educate girls in Africa. The idea for this fundraiser stemmed from inquiry learning undertaken by the B9 Year 5 class who have been researching about education around the world. Through this learning, the students became aware of the inequity of girls accessing schooling in Africa which led to them wanting to take action by raising awareness within the school community.

To support our chosen charity, for a gold coin donation students and staff (families too) have the option of coming to school in casual clothes or ‘in a dress’, with the dress being the symbolic gesture inherent with the campaign. Only a very small number of African girls have the chance to go to school, and the school dress represents a better future for those lucky enough to have the privilege of wearing one.

We recognise that many students may choose not to wear a dress, and we want to reassure families that there is no expectation for students to do so. The choice of what clothes to wear on the day remains a family decision.

The campaign, which is held in the months of August, September and October, is now in its sixth year and has enjoyed the participation and support from many Australian primary and high schools. Please refer to the One Girl Fact Sheet (below) which further describes the campaign’s mission.

Given the unprecedented community support which has now gained international attention, the CEO of the One Girl organisation, Morgan Koegel, will be visiting Craigburn on Friday morning to talk to us at our end of term assembly (at 10.30am) about their work in African schools, supporting girls’ education. Morgan has kindly sent a message to us (below) and is very much looking forward to visiting and us.

 

We expect there will be media visiting the school on Friday morning where we will be able to share our positive story. This may involve a small number of students, staff and parents being interviewed – of course with prior consent.

The DECD Media Unit are also visiting and will be putting together a positive news story to share with other schools and the broader community, demonstrating how we engage students in learning about social justice issues, intercultural awareness and understanding and in taking positive action to support a worthy cause.

The current tally of funds raised on https://www.doitinadress.com/craigburn-primary-school is now over the $270 000 mark, which translates to just over 900 girls educated. We acknowledge the wonderful support, generosity and feedback from the Australian and international community. We are truly living in a global village.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, in the first instance please talk with your child’s teacher.

Best wishes to all Craigburn families for a restful and enjoyable holiday break. I hope everyone returns feeling refreshed ready for Term 4.

Kind regards

Paul

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