The Weekly Wrap – Term 3 Week 8 – 2023

Tournament of Minds – Creative Thinkers

We extend our congratulations to the year 5 and 6 students who formed our three Tournament of Minds Teams: ‘The TOM-atoes,’ ‘The Secret Six’ and the ‘Money Makers.’ These remarkable young minds showcased their creativity as they presented their ingenious solutions to their long-term challenges before a panel of judges on Sunday at Adelaide High School. It was inspiring to witness the enthusiasm and enjoyment displayed by our students, who have dedicated the last six weeks to crafting innovative solutions to their challenges.

We would like to express our gratitude to Andrea Grant, Year 6 teacher, whose dedication and after-school efforts have guided and supported our teams throughout their journey. 

We also extend our thanks to all the parents who provided invaluable support to our teams on the day. Your encouragement and involvement were important to our students’ success.

Once again, congratulations to ‘The TOM-atoes,’ ‘The Secret Six’ and the ‘Money Makers’ for their outstanding achievements. 

Tournament of Minds (TOM) is a program for all primary and secondary students providing the opportunity to solve authentic, open-ended challenges that foster creative, divergent thinking whilst developing collaborative enterprise, excellence and teamwork. Challenges are set in the following disciplines… The Arts, Language Literature, Social Sciences and STEM.

School Sports – Netball

Our school netball season for this year has come to end. Our girls have had fun developing their skills and playing together as a team. Thank you to all the coaches for their commitment and time and to the parents for cheering on the teams every Saturday.

A huge thank you to Liann Delgado for coordinating the season of netball. Without Liann’s dedication and support, the season would not have gone ahead. Thank you Liann!

Parent Education Articles / Sites Worth a Read

Excellent article from Kirrilie Smout from Developing Minds 

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This Thursday is 14 September is RUOK Day – an important day and time to check in with each other and start an RUOK? conversation using these four steps:

  1. Ask R U OK?
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Check in

Some useful community resources here.

Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT)

Currently, our Year 2-6 students are undertaking the annual Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) in Reading and Maths. PAT-M (Maths) and PAT-R (Reading) are mandatory tests for students in years 3 – 10 in SA government schools. The tests 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.

PAT-M (Maths)

PAT-M tests have up to 40 multiple-choice questions. There is no audio component in any PAT-M test. Each PAT-M test includes Australian Curriculum content across multiple year levels. For example, PAT-M test 4 includes content from years 2 to 5.

The tests assess the strands:

  • algebra (from test 7)
  • geometry
  • measurement
  • number
  • probability (from test 4)
  • statistics.

PAT-R (Reading)

PAT-R tests 2 to 10 have up to 35 questions.Students need to either:

  • drag-and-drop answers
  • select multiple options from a list.

Each PAT-R test includes Australian Curriculum content across multiple year levels. For example, PAT-R test 4 includes content from years 1 to 5.

The tests assess the strands:

  • interpreting explicit information (IE)
  • interpreting implied information (II)
  • reflecting on text (RF)
  • retrieving directly stated information (RI).

Friendly Reminders

  • Planning for 2024 – Planning is underway for the 2024 school year, which includes organising staffing, class structures and placements. To assist with our planning, we would appreciate it if you could advise us if your child(ren) will not continue their schooling at Craigburn next year. If this is the case, please contact the school via phone 8270 4144 or email This does not include any current Year 6 students. Thank you.
  • It’s time for students to be wearing their SunSmart hats during school hours as UV levels are reaching 3 and above for most days. Good idea to check that hats are labelled with your child’s name.
  • Remaining student free day for 2023 is scheduled for Friday 17th November – Term 4 Week 5
  • School opens at 8.30am – students should not be on school grounds prior to this time unless supervised by a parent / carer.
  • Lost property continues to build up –the stall is situated in the breezeway adjacent to the gym – please check for any items that may have been misplaced. A reminder also to please label clothing, drink / food containers, hats etc. When they are labelled they easily find their way back to students.
  • Traffic and Parking. The local council has clear signage / road markings in relation to off-street parking. We respectfully ask families and friends to be extra mindful of adhering to the parking rules and regulations. This is in the best interest of safety for our students / families and local residents.

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Yearly Planner / Key Dates

Updated as 10 September 2023

Term 3 

  • Sunday 10/9 – Tournament of Minds – Adelaide High School
  • 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 4
  • Friday 27/10 – World Teachers Day
  • Monday 30/10 – Governing Council Meeting
  • Monday 30/10 to Wednesday 1/11 – Year 5 Camp
  • Friday 3/11 – Colour Fun Run
  • Monday 6/11 to Wednesday 8/11 – Year 6 Camp
  • 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
  • Thursday 14/12 – Year 6 Graduation
  • Friday 15/12 – Year 6 Celebration Day / Lunch, End of Term 4 – Early Dismissal