The Weekly Wrap – Term 3 Week 4 – 2022

We trust everyone is keeping well and enjoyed some quality family time over the weekend.

School Photo Day

On Tuesday  we look forward to seeing all students in their best Craigburn attire for school photos. Please see previous blog post for details.

An important reminder that if you would like family photos with siblings, a Family Photo envelope will need to be collected from the front office prior to photo day.

If your child is absent on the day, a make up day will be held on the morning of Wednesday 31st August.

Book Week 

We are excited to be celebrating Book Week from Monday 22 August through to Friday 26 August.

Please take time to read in with the recent post containing information about our annual Book Fair, Book Week Performance and Dress Up Day.

Families are welcome to join us for our whole school Dress Up Day Parade, which this year will be held outside (weather permitting) on the bottom court adjacent to the amphitheatre – starting at 9.15am. 

We ask that you register your attendance by Wednesday the 24th of August by completing the attached form. or by contacting the front office 8270 4144 or email.This will help us to safely follow current guidelines regarding social distancing.

Students can come dressed as a character related to the theme, Dreaming with eyes open, or their favourite book character. We encourage students and families to be creative when planning costumes and utilise what you already have at home. 

We are all looking forward to an enjoyable celebration of Book Week 2022.

Further details here.

COVID-19 Update

Whilst COVID-19 cases across the state are slowly decreasing, we remind families of the importance in keeping your child/ren at home if they are displaying even the mildest of symptoms.  

We ask for your ongoing support in informing us of any confirmed cases as soon as possible. 

We continue to follow the Department and SA Health advice and recommendations. These currently include:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended (but not required) when indoors for both adults and students (year 3-6).  
  • Children to remain home if mildly unwell
  • If your child is a close contact (family member COVID positive) but still well – continue to attend school, but do 5 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) over 7 days
  • If your child is a close contact (family member COVID positive) and is unwell – obtain a PCR test and stay home until you receive results

Once again, we thank you for your ongoing support as we work together to keep our children, staff and community safe.

Student Free Days / School Closure 

We remind families of the 3 remaining student free days and school closure day for 2022 – as below.

  • Student Free Day – Friday 2nd September – Term 3 Week 6
  • School Closure – Monday 5th September – Term 3 Week 7 (Royal Adelaide Show Week)
  • Student Free Day – Monday 17th October – Term 4 Week 1
  • Student Free Day – Friday 25th November – Term 4 Week 6

On student free days, staff will be undertaking professional learning relevant to our improvement priorities.

OSHC will be open for bookings on the student free days, however will be closed on the school closure day.

To Note / Reminders

  • Well done to our Sapsasa boys Basketball team who competed last Friday in the Sports SA knockout competition. 
  • If not already done so, we ask parents and caregivers to take a few moments to complete the Annual Parent Survey  that was recently emailed to parents (with a unique survey link via email or SMS). The results of the survey will help us better understand the things we’re doing well, where we can improve, and what’s important to you as a parent / caregiver. Your answers will not identify you or your child. Only collated feedback will be provided to our school.
  • Lost property is continuing to build up again – please check for any items that may have been misplaced.
  • Leaving Craigburn in 2023?
    • Aside from Year 6 students graduating at the end of this year – if your child will not be returning to Craigburn Primary School in 2023, please inform the front office, by phone 8270 4144 or email.
    • This will help us with our forward planning for the 2023 school year. Thank you.

Progressive Achievement Tests

Later this term, our Year 2-6 student will be participating in the annual Progressive Achievement Tests – PAT-Reading and PAT-Maths.

The Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) are online reading comprehension and maths assessments aligned to the Australian Curriculum. The tests are administered each year and provide teachers with information about the learning strengths and needs of their students.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

This year all our students in Year 1 will participate in a phonics screening check. The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check assesses how students blend sounds together to read a word. The data from these tests will inform our teachers of the teaching of reading for our  Year 1 students.

What is phonics?

Phonics is the relationship between letters and sounds and is vital in learning to read. Some children struggle with learning to read so it is important that these children are identified quickly so teachers can plan for any specific support they may need.

What is the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check?

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check is a short, quick assessment that tells teachers how your child is progressing in phonics. Your child will sit with the class teacher and will be asked to read 40 words aloud. These words include 20 real words and 20 nonsense words. The test normally takes a few minutes. If your child is struggling the teacher will stop the check. The check is carefully designed not to be stressful for your child.

Teachers then analyse the results and, if necessary, plan for any additional support that students might require.

Why use nonsense words?

The assessment includes pseudo or nonsense words to see if the student is able to use their knowledge of blending to read a word rather than their memory of having seen that word before.

More information

If you have any further questions, please talk to your child’s class teacher.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  •  year of schooling
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disabilities.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.

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Term 3 and 4 – Key Dates

Term 3 

  • Wednesday 10/8 – ICAS competitions start
  • Friday 12/8 – Sapsasa Boys Basketball
  • Monday 15/8 – Governing Council
  • Tuesday 16/8 – Whole School Photos
  • Monday 22/8 – Book Week begins
  • Friday 26/8 – Book Week Dress Up Day, Book Fair starts
  • Monday 29/8 to Tuesday 30/8 – Book Fair
  • Monday 29/8 – Footsteps begins 
  • Thursday 1/9 – Father’s Day Stall
  • Friday 2/9 – Student Free Day – Royal Adelaide Show begins
  • Monday 5/9 – School Closure
  • Friday 9/9 – Premiers Challenges End, Sapsasa Athletics Day – MIle End
  • Monday 19/9 – Governing Council
  • Friday 30/9 – End of Term 3 – Early Dismissal 2.10pm

Term 4 

  • Monday 17/10 – Student Free Day
  • Tuesday 18/10 – First Day of Term
  • Friday 28/10 – World Teachers Day, School Group Tour (9.15am) 
  • Monday 31/10 – Governing Council
  • Friday 4/11 – Sports Day
  • Friday 11/11 – Remembrance Day
  • Wednesday 16/11 – Reception Transition 1
  • Wednesday 23/11 – Reception Transition 2
  • Friday 25/11 – Student Free Day
  • Monday 28/11 – Governing Council
  • Wednesday 30/11 – Reception Transition 3
  • Tuesday 6/12 – Craigburn’s Got Talent
  • Monday 12/12 – Celebration Night
  • Wednesday 14/12 – Year 6 Graduation
  • Friday 16/12 – End of Term 4 – Early Dismissal