The Weekly Wrap – Term 2 Week 10 – 2023

As we reach the midpoint of the 2023 school year, I would like to express my gratitude to everyone in our school community for the invaluable support you have provided over the first semester.  Thank you.

I would also like to extend my appreciation to all teaching and support staff for their efforts and work over the past two terms. I’m sure they are looking forward to a well earned holiday break, although I suspect many will be in and out of school over the break preparing for Term 3.

Wishing all families in our school community a wonderful mid-year break and I hope that you manage to spend some quality time together. 

Best regards, Paul

Mid-Year Student Reports

Mid-year reports will be sent home on Wednesday afternoon in a sealed labelled envelope. Over recent weeks, teachers have been busy writing students’ reports based on assessments and evidence of learning over the first semester.

When receiving and reading your child’s report, please take time to acknowledge their efforts and achievements as well as how they are progressing with their learning dispositions and character qualities. You may wish to use these conversation starters:

  • What is something you have achieved of which you are proud?
  • In what area do you feel you have improved?
  • What are the three most important things you learned?
  • What is something that was hard for you at the start of the year but is easy now?
  • What was the best piece of work / learning that you did? Why do you think it is your best?
  • What are three describing words (adjectives) that best describe your school year so far?

NAIDOC Week – For Our Elders

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and history and participate in celebrations of the oldest and continuous living cultures on earth. You can support and get to know your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities through activities and events held across the country. 

Last Day of Term – Friday 7 July

SRC Charity Fundraiser – Casual Clothes Day 

Student leaders have organised a casual clothes day in which all students are asked to bring along a small donation which will go directly towards supporting the Hutt Street Centre, dedicated to helping individuals experiencing homelessness.  Your contributions, no matter the amount, will go towards providing essential resources such as clothing, food, blankets and shelter, which will make a significant difference in the lives of those in need. Further details here.

Early Dismissal 

School finishes at 2.10pm on Friday. OSHC commences at this time.

To Note

Staff on Leave

  • Nicky Taylor (Deputy Principal) and Brooke Hamden (Year 2 teacher / Coordinator) are on leave this week and will return at the start of Term 3.

Gratitude Basket

  • The Craigburn gratitude basket has now been organised and can be found in the front office.  This meaningful project involves returning kindness to our local community by supporting those currently facing hardship.   This basket will serve as a central collection point for non-perishable food items and essential toiletries. The aim is to create an ongoing resource that can be shared with those in need within our local community.  We invite all able members of our school community to participate in this meaningful initiative. Read more here.

Whole School Photos

  • These are scheduled for Tuesday 15th August – Week 4 of Term 3. Details here.

Moving School in 2024? 

  • To support our staff and class planning for 2024, should your child/ren be leaving Craigburn Primary School (aside from current Year 6s) to attend another school next year, please notify us via the front office. Thank you.

Change of Contact Details 

  • To help us keep up to date with family and emergency contact details please contact the front office with your change of details.

Reception Enrolments for 2024 

  • As we are nearing the midpoint of the school year, we are starting to look at our Reception Enrolments for 2024. If you are a new family to Craigburn and would like to register interest for your child starting Reception in 2024, please contact the Front Office for a Registration of Interest form.

School Sports 

It’s been rewarding to see so many students and families involved in school sports this year. Our netball, soccer, cricket  and basketball competitions have provided great opportunities for children to learn what team sports are all about, with the emphasis on learning new skills and being part of a team. 

Special thanks to our sports coordinators who have done a fabulous job in organising their respective seasons of sport.

Thank you also to the parents who have assisted with coaching and managing teams – without these people the competitions would not go ahead.  

Similarly, the Sapsasa sports competitions have provided Craigburn students with the opportunity to represent their school and compete against students from other schools. Thank you to our PE teacher, Karen Pettman, who coordinates these opportunities, with thanks also to parents who have helped with coaching and supporting the teams.

**** Best wishes to our SAPSASA girl’s and boy’s soccer teams who play at Cumberland Park on Monday.

Weekend Soccer Results 

Another week of teamwork, resilience and sportsmanship from Craigburn.

Under 8’s –  Coach: Chris Evans

The boys had another great game with a hard fought win against a good opposition.  The team showed great defence and excellent movement of the ball. Khai had a great debut in goals. Well done boys!

Under 10’s – Coaches: Travis Bell/Gareth Bryant

U10s played in a nail biter against St Thomas, coming away with the win in the end 10-7, the game was goal for goal for the most part with Craigburn kicking away late. The defence were under fire all game and I’m really proud of the effort the team put in to hold the opposition up and convert this to scoring opportunities for our team late.

Reminder – Student Free Days / School Closure Dates for 2023

A reminder that our Governing Council has endorsed the remaining student free and school closure days for 2023. Please refer to the dates below.

Term 3

  • Student Free Day  – Friday 1 September – Term 3 Week 6
  • School Closure Day – Monday 4 September – Term 3 Week 7

Term 4 

  • Friday 17 November – Term 4 Week 5

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Yearly  Planner – Dates to Note

Please save the dates for the following events:

Term 2

  • End of Term – Friday 7 July – Early Dismissal

Term 3 

  • School Photos – Tuesday 15 August
  • Book Week Parade – Friday 25 August
  • Father’s Day Stall – Wednesday 30 August
  • Father’s Day Breakfast – Thursday 31 August
  • Student Free Day – Friday 1 September
  • School Closure Day – Monday 4 September
  • Premier’s Challenges End – Friday 8 September
  • RUOK Day – Thursday 14 September
  • End of Term – Friday 29 September – Early Dismissal

Term 4

  • World Teachers Day – Friday 27 October
  • Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday 7 November
  • Remembrance Day – School – Friday 10 November
  • Reception Transition 1 – Wednesday 15 November
  • Reception Transition 2 – Wednesday 22 November
  • Student Free Day – Friday 17 November
  • Reception Transition 3 – Wednesday 29 November
  • Craigburn’s Got Talent – Tuesday 5 December
  • Celebration Night – Monday 11 December
  • Year 6 Graduation – Wednesday 13 December