The Weekly Wrap – Term 3 Week 4 – 2023

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

School Photo Day – Tuesday 15 August

On Tuesday we look forward to seeing all students in their best Craigburn attire for school photo day. Details posted late last term.  If your child is unable to attend school on Tuesday, there will be a Photo Make-Up Day on Tuesday 22nd August from 9.00am in the Library. 

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

Please contact the front office for any further information.

Book Week 2023

We are excited to be celebrating Book Week from Monday 21 August through to Friday 25 August.

Please take a few moments to read the Book Week 2023 post containing information about the book fair, author visits, costume details for dress up day, and book week parade.

The Book Fair open on this Thursday afternoon, 17 August and will be open until Tuesday 22 August.

Families are welcome to join us for our annual whole school Dress Up Day Parade on Friday 25 August, which will be held outside (weather permitting) on the bottom court adjacent to the amphitheatre – commencing at 9.15am. Feel free to grab a coffee / tea / hot chocolate before the parade starts. We can’t wait to see you there, sharing in the joy of storytelling and imagination.

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

If you have any pre-loved costumes you would like to donate to our Pop Up Costume Shop please send them to school by Tuesday morning.

Please remember to drop by the Pop Up Costume Shop, which will be open on Tuesday 15 & Wednesday 16 August from 2:45pm – 3:45 pm at the undercover verandah outside of the Year 1 Unit (near the Gym).

An assortment of book character clothes and accessories will be available all priced under $5.00.

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA)

This Friday 18 August, is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). This year, the focus of NDA revolves around the theme of ‘Growing Connections’.

This chosen theme stems from valuable research that highlights the significance of strong bonds within the school community and the development of social skills as key factors in preventing bullying. These connections not only act as safeguards but also empower students to embrace positive behaviours and reach out for support when needed.

It’s worth noting that the term “bullying” can sometimes be used broadly. Children might label isolated incidents, like someone briefly taking their ball, as bullying. However, it’s essential to recognise that true bullying has a specific definition. It refers to ongoing and intentional misuse of power through repetitive actions that aim to harm another person. This could involve repeated verbal, physical, and/or social behaviours with the intention of causing physical, social, and/or psychological distress.

On a related note, “violence” pertains to the deliberate use of physical harm against someone, either through actions or threats, with the intent of causing psychological or physical harm.

At Craigburn, we will be taking time this week and on Friday to revisit our positive behaviour expectations based on our school values of Self Worth, Caring and Responsibilty and to discuss what bullying is and how to respond to it. 

Progressive Achievement Tests

Later this term, students in  years 2-6 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.

Friendly Reminders

Department for Education Parent Survey – Closes August 27 

If you’re a parent or carer of one of our students, we want to hear from you. The annual parent survey is now open and aims to get your views on:

  • what we’re doing well
  • where we can improve
  • what’s important to you as a parent.

Your feedback will inform our school improvement planning.

To complete the survey, follow the unique link emailed to you during the week beginning Monday 31 July or visit ( The survey takes less than 10 minutes – but hurry, it closes midnight Sunday 27 August.

Your answers won’t identify you or your child. Only collated feedback will be provided to our school.

Visit the department’s website for more information about the survey

Premier’s Reading Challenge 

Congratulations to students who have already completed the 2023 Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Reading Challenge remains open to the end of week 7, Friday 8 September, and requires students to read 12 books – 8 books from the Premier’s Reading Challenge booklist and 4 personal choice books. Eligible books include e-books, audio books, class/shared reading, prescribed books for school, non-fiction books, books read as research for assignments or books in another language. 

Every student needs a Student Reading Record, available from the library or one can be downloaded here.

The last day for submissions is Friday 8th September. Please hand in your completed forms to your class teacher. 

Lost Property 

Lost Property is continuing to build up again – please check for any items that may have been misplaced.

Leaving Craigburn in 2024?

  • 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 2024 school year. Thank you.

Student Free Days / School Closure Dates 

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

2024 Reception Transition

  • Families that have a sibling enrolment for starting Reception at Craigburn in 2024 should have received an offer of enrolment letter also outlining information for transition visits, which will occur over three consecutive Wednesdays on 15th, 22nd and 29th of November. 
  • Mid-year intake in schools – In 2024, schools will be introducing a mid-year intake, with children starting reception in Term 1 or Term 3. Term 1 students will complete 4 terms of reception and term 3 students will complete 6 terms of reception. Offers of enrolment will be provided in 2024 – the date still to be confirmed. 

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.

Gratitude Basket

  • Thank you to families who have contributed to the Craigburn gratitude basket which can be found in the front office.  This meaningful project involves returning kindness to our local community by supporting those currently facing hardship.  We invite all able members of our school community to participate in this meaningful initiative. Read more here.

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Yearly Planner / Key Dates

Updated as 12 August 2023

Term 3 

  • Tuesday 8/8 – Sapsasa Basketball
  • Monday 14/8 – ICAS competitions start
  • Monday 14/8 – Governing Council Meeting
  • Tuesday 15/8 – Whole School Photos
  • Thursday 17/8 – Book Fair Starts
  • Friday 18/8 – National Day Action – Bullying Prevention
  • Monday 21/8 – Book Week begins
  • Monday 21/8 – Festival of Music Choir Rehearsal
  • Tuesday 22/8 – Book Fair Starts
  • Friday 25/8 – Book Week Dress Up Day
  • Monday 28/8 – Footsteps begins – Mondays
  • Wednesday 30/8 – Young Environmental Leaders Visit – YELP
  • Thursday 31/8 – Father’s Day Breakfast and Stall
  • Friday 1/9 – Student Free Day – Royal Adelaide Show begins
  • Monday 4/9 – School Closure
  • Friday 8/9 – Premier’s Challenges End
  • Thursday 14/9 – RUOK Day
  • Monday 18/9 – Governing Council Meeting
  • Tuesday 19/9 – Festival of Music Choir – Festival Theatre Performance
  • Friday 29/9 – End of Term 3 – Early Dismissal 2.10pm

Term 4 

  • Monday 16/10 – Start Term 2
  • Friday 20/10 – Quiz Night
  • Friday 27/10 – World Teachers Day
  • Monday 30/10 – Governing Council Meeting
  • Friday 3/11 – Colour Fun Run
  • Tuesday 7/11 – Melbourne Cup
  • Friday 10/11 – Remembrance Day Assembly for Sat 11/11
  • Friday 10/11 – School Disco 
  • Wednesday 15/11 – Reception Transition 1
  • Friday 17/11 – Student Free Day
  • Wednesday 22/11 – Reception Transition 2
  • Monday 27/11 – Governing Council Meeting
  • Wednesday 29/11 – Reception Transition 3
  • Tuesday 5/12 – Craigburn’s Got Talent
  • Monday 11/12 – Celebration Night
  • Tuesday 12/12 – Early Years Fun Day
  • Wednesday 13/12 – Class Visits new classes for 2024, End of Year Reports sent home
  • Wednesday 13/12 – Year 6 Graduation
  • Thursday 14/12 – Year 6 Celebration Day / Lunch
  • Friday 15/12 – End of Term 4 – Early Dismissal