The Weekly Wrap – Term 3 Week 9 – 2023

Growing With Gratitude Report – from Jack, Cailtin and Sienna 

Craigburn Primary School has a big focus that promotes gratitude within the school. Due to this three of our students were selected by Ash Manuel, founder of Growing With Gratitude, to participate in ‘The World’s Biggest Gratitude Lesson’. 

Jack, Caitlin and Sienna, who are all student leaders,  accompanied Mrs McKay to the Department for Education to participate in this event. There were 165 classes who joined into the live event, with students from all across the world. The world online event aimed to spread the importance of gratitude to as many people as possible. 

Ash Manuel hosted the online event, with his three young co-hosts Jack, Caitlin and Sienna, discussing what gratitude is and the importance of it in our lives. Ash asked each of our students a variety of questions about gratitude, such as ‘Why do you think it is important to use gratitude towards the people in our lives?’ 

Students across the world then participated in a series of gratitude-based activities such as gratitude letters and drawings, in which Jack, Caitlin and Sienna shared their responses. For their amazing efforts all three students were presented with a copy of Ash’s book, Growing With Gratitude.

Cultivating gratitude is important to everyone at Craigburn Primary School and its  community. Please embrace our school’s gratitude focus by donating non-perishable food items or toiletries to the Gratitude Basket located in the Front Office. This basket presents us with an opportunity to give back to others in our community who are in need.

Caitlin – It was great to hear how students from India and Singapore practise gratitude every day by thanking their teachers and parents for being in their lives and being amazing people.

Sienna – I enjoyed writing a gratitude letter to my mum to thank her for all of the amazing things she does for me.

JackIt was a great experience to see how Ash has brought a global community of students together to learn and practise gratitude.

Janine McKay – Student Wellbeing Leader

Join a Craigburn Primary School  Sub-Committee – Katelyn Adams, Governing Council Chair

At Craigburn Primary School, we have many opportunities for parents to be active and engaged members of our school community through involvement of various subcommittees of our Governing Council. 

Subcommittees are small groups of parents and school staff who work together to focus on specific areas to make our school even better. These are in the areas of Canteen, OSHC, Friends of Craigburn (Fundraising), Finance, Environment and Sports. We would love to see more parents involved in supporting these areas of school life. You don’t need to be an expert to join – just bring your passion and interest. These committees meet a few times a term, usually for about an hour, so it’s quite manageable.

  • Friends of Craigburn: They make sure our school has fun events and fundraisers to build a fantastic community.
  • Out Of School Hours Care (OSHC): They ensure our OSHC program runs smoothly and keeps our kids safe.
  • Canteen: This group helps our canteen offer tasty and healthy food. They also recruit volunteers.
  • Finance: They work on money matters with the school’s business manager to keep our budget in check.
  • Environment: This committee cares for our Environmental Learning Centre and plans to develop outdoor spaces.
  • Sports: They help organise sports activities, making sure everyone plays fair and has fun.

Why Should You Join? Becoming a part of these groups means you can have a say in how our school grows and thrives. It’s a great way to get involved and make friends while supporting your child’s education.

If you would like to join any of these groups please complete the nomination form here – or contact the front office by email or phone for more information. Nominations will be forwarded to the relevant convenor who will provide further information about membership and meeting times.

Kind regards, Katelyn Adams – Chair, Governing Council

COVID Advice Update

We appreciate our community’s ongoing understanding and support in relation to the COVID advice we receive from the Department via SA Health and share to the community. Whilst there is no legal requirement to isolate if testing positive to COVID, to continue protecting others in our school community, we ask that you do not send your child to school if they have any COVID like symptoms. Please remember to contact the front office of your child’s absence in advance where possible.

Please note, we are still required to report positive cases to the Department and inform our community.

Temporary Relief Teachers

Teachers may be absent from teaching duties for a number of reasons, including when they (or a family member) fall ill, for short term leave, are released for professional learning or for the testing of students. On these occasions we do our best to employ temporary relief teachers (TRTs) who are known to our students and school. Given the high demand for TRTs across the schooling system, it is not always possible to employ our regulars or even access TRTs. On these occasions we do our best to adjust classes to support the continuity of learning programs.

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 17 September 2023

Term 3 

  • 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