Principal News Post

Excitement is building for Sports Day this coming Friday and we look forward to seeing as many parents and friends as possible joining in the day and cheering on their favourite house team.

Which house team will win this year’s Sports Day and have their name engraved onto the Sports Day House Shield? Will it be Bradman, Woodforde, Riley or Fraser?

A big thank you to our  specialist sports teacher Karen Pettman for leading the organisation of the day which promises to be an enjoyable one. Special thanks to our Sports Day House Leaders for their efforts in rehearsing team chants and the health hustle.

Please refer to the previous news post for details about the day and the program of events.

Student Free Days and School Closure

At our recent Governing Council meeting held on Monday evening the following days / dates were confirmed and endorsed:

Student Free Days

  • Friday 9 June – Teachers will be working on Learning Design and Moderation with Partnership schools
  • Monday 3 July – All staff will be attending a workshop run by Mark Le Messurier – Working with students with ASD and challenging behaviours
  • Monday 24 July – All staff will be participating in a workshop presented by Australia’s leading Growth Mindset trainer, James Anderson.

School Closure

– Friday 1 September – Start of the Royal Adelaide Show.

We thank the Governing Council for endorsing these remaining days for 2017 and value the support of our school community as we undertake these important professional learning programs.

Reminder re Hazard Alert – Cords, drawstrings and toggles in hats

Some weeks ago we were issued with a Hazard Alert by DECD regarding the following issue:

Cords, drawstrings and toggles in hats and children’s clothing may become entrapped in small gaps found in play equipment causing strangulation, severe injury, lacerations to the throat and damage to the vocal cords.

We ask all parents and caregivers to comply with this request. Please refer to the earlier post with detailed information. Thank you.

Swimming and Aquatics

A reminder also that next week students in Years 3-5 will be held next week from Monday 27 March through to Friday 31st March. We trust you have received adequate information regarding your child’s participation. The Year 6/7 students are looking forward to their Aquatics program from Monday to Thursday. A good idea to get the Sharpie / Marker out and label all swimming attire and towels in preparation for next week.

Facilities Upgrades and Maintenance

Over the last number of weeks we have tended to a number of maintenance issues which are managed by our school’s facilities management team, including roofing repairs, path restoration, tree pruning and removal. This type of work is ongoing in schools and we endeavour to maintain a safe and inviting school environment.

The Deck

As you may have recently noticed, the new deck overlooking the oval is soon to have balustrades installed. The surrounding area has been weeded in preparation for the landscaping and play spaces. We thank the generous and ongoing work of parents who have been working on weekends clearing this area, in preparation for the next stage of works.

Playground News

We are getting closer to the installation of new equipment on the primary oval playground. This will be exciting and rewarding to see this work undertaken and to celebrate and acknowledge our community’s effort in raising funds over the last 2 years and also for the supportive contribution from our OSHC program.


In an earlier post we advertised and promoted the annual International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) in Digital Technologies, Science, English, Spelling, Writing and Mathematics. I encourage you to consider discussing these academic competitions with your child as they are a fabulous enrichment and extension opportunity. Please refer to the earlier news post for information. Note entry forms can be downloaded via this post or are available in hard copy upon request from the front office.

Regards, Paul.

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