As we approach the end of the school year, we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our students, staff and parents for their ongoing work, efforts and support.
Throughout the year, Craigburn students have demonstrated positive attitudes to learning, upheld our school values, and engaged in numerous whole school and year level activities – many of which were showcased at last week’s learner achievement assembly. Whether it’s learning accomplishments, showcasing talents, or undertaking acts of gratitude and kindness, each and every student has contributed to making our school a vibrant learning community. We trust they’ve enjoyed their year and are looking forward to the holidays.
Our teaching and support staff have once again demonstrated their commitment and passion for ensuring a safe and nurturing learning environment. They have approached their work with positivity, enthusiasm and a focus on continuous improvement. We thank them for providing quality learning experiences for students and families and wish them all the best for a happy and safe holiday.
We are very grateful for the ongoing support from parents and friends in our community. Your participation and engagement in school life demonstrates a shared commitment to the success and wellbeing of our students. Special appreciation goes to parents and friends who have led and supported various school activities and services, including: classroom support, canteen, uniform shop, after-hour sports, committees, fundraisers, excursions, camps etc, enabling us to offer enriching and valuable extra-curricular learning opportunities and school services.
Thank you to the members of this year’s Governing Council for their ongoing advocacy and support of our school. Special thanks to Katelyn Adams (Chair), Belinda Cece, Bec May, Tara Bell, Kim Altschwager, Liann Delgado, Sally-Ann Prince, Annika Reinke and Bridget Dansie. Strong parental support contributes to our school in so many positive ways. A mention as well to Sue and Kylie for their respective efforts and work in providing two important services, canteen and out of school hours care, to students and families.
Congratulations to our graduating Year 6 students; they are a wonderful group of young people with bright futures ahead, and we wish each of them every success for their secondary years of schooling. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the Year 6 teaching team and support staff for organising the graduation to be held at the Capri Theatre on Thursday night.
Each year we also say farewell to families, many of whom have been involved in school life for over 7 years. Your long standing support has been appreciated and we extend our best wishes for your future endeavours. Thank you for being part of the Craigburn Primary School community.
We look forward to an enjoyable last week and will sign off next Sunday with our final ‘Holiday Wrap’ for the year.
Celebration Night – Monday 11th December
The recent weather conditions have been quite extreme, featuring a wide range of temperatures, heavy rainfall, and strong winds over the past three days. Regrettably, these conditions have impacted several community events over the weekend, leading to the cancellation of many outdoor activities.
As many of you are aware, our annual Celebration Night is scheduled for Monday evening. In consideration of the current weather conditions and the forecast indicating a chance of a thunderstorm, our primary concern is ensuring the safety of everyone during the outdoor event.
With the forecast predicting strong winds in the morning, gradually lessening in the afternoon, we plan to make a decision regarding the event’s status around midday on Monday. The final decision will be communicated to our community via email promptly.
We acknowledge the significant amount of organisation and the dedication of both students and staff in preparing for the evening. We understand the importance of our school community coming together at this time of the year. Rest assured, we are closely monitoring the weather conditions and will make the decision that prioritises the safety and wellbeing of all attendees.
Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to celebrating together, provided it is safe to do so.
General Information – Reminder
Celebration Night is about celebrating the end of the school year through song and dance performances from all classes and an opportunity for us to acknowledge and thank our students, staff and parent community for their support throughout the year. The school choir will be leading the singing of a number of Christmas carols as part of the evening festivities. On the Night we also extend our best wishes and say farewell to the graduating year 6 students and families.
The Canteen will be running a sausage sizzle from 5.00pm for those needing a quick bite to eat. If you are able to volunteer to help run the sausage sizzle, please contact Bron or Sam at the front office on 82704144 or email email@example.com
Please check in for the finer details here.
On the night our annual Christmas Raffle will be drawn. A big thank you to all families who were able to make a donation.
Craigburn’s Got Talent
Congratulations to all the students who participated in Craigburn’s Got Talent. Shout out to our judges and many of the acts. We have many talented students at Craigburn, who put on a fabulous show.
End of Year Reports
Teachers have finalised the end of year student reports, which will go home with students on Wednesday along with their class placement. Please take the time to read these carefully and take time to share in your child’s successes and discuss areas for future growth.
Early Dismissal – Friday 2.10pm
Students will be dismissed at 2.10pm on Friday afternoon. We ask that students do not remain on school grounds without a family adult member. Please be careful if collecting your child at this time, and be especially mindful of local parking and traffic regulations.
Teacher staffing appointments have been finalised for 2024. Each year brings about a change to our staff list with: new teacher appointments, teachers leaving / appointed to other sites, teachers returning from or taking leave, and teachers increasing / decreasing their fraction of time. There will also be a number of teachers working in a part-time capacity where classes will be shared. On Wednesday, we will share our updated staff list with families via your child’s class placement letter on Craigburn Connections.
Farewell Adriana and Thank You
This week early year’s educator, Adriana Mezic (Miss Adriana), completes her teaching journey with us at Craigburn. We want to express our gratitude to Adriana for her tireless dedication and commitment to teaching young children where she has made a positive impact on the students she has taught over many years. We wish Adriana all the best in her future endeavours.
Congratulations and Best Wishes Sophie
A special mention to Miss Sophie (McDonald) who takes a week’s leave in preparation for her wedding next Saturday with partner, Alex. We extend our best wishes to Sophie and Alex for their special day.
Class Structure and Class Placement for 2024
As posted recently, our class structure to begin the new school year with 16 classes has now been finalised, based on our projected enrolments and the requirements of the department’s student centred funding model. The class structure supports our ethos of teachers working in teams and smaller class sizes in the early years of schooling. As is the case in most schools, we will have a mixture of straight year level and composite classes due to the varying numbers of students across each year level.
Students will be informed of their placement on Wednesday 13th December, where they will visit their new class for 2024 after Recess. On the same day, parents / carers will be informed via a class placement letter along with their child’s end of year report. Parents / carers of children starting in reception will receive placement letters via email.
Supporting Your Child
We ask parents and carers to have a positive and supportive conversation with your child regarding their new class. It is common for children to come home from a transition visit with a range of emotions. In most cases, children will come home excited as they have met their new teacher/s and class, whilst in some cases, it is natural for children to come home feeling upset or worried about their placement.
Please reassure your child that their current teacher/s, and school leaders have considered the best placement for their learning and wellbeing. Encourage them to speak with their current class teacher the following day who will also provide reassurance.
Please know that your child/ren will adjust to their new learning environment and make new friends. Students generally adapt to their new class quickly. Early in the new school year students, teachers and parents will have the opportunity to establish positive relationships and connections at our annual Acquaintance Evening.
- We will not be in a position to move students. Moving a student from one class to another inevitably changes the environment of multiple class groupings and for this reason, we will not be in a position to move students.
- We respectfully ask that parents / caregivers do not approach current teachers regarding class placements.
Please read the recent post Class Placement Update for further information.
Year 6 Graduation – Thursday 14th December
At this time of the year, we prepare to say farewell to our graduating year 6 students. The graduation ceremony will take place on Thursday 14th December at the Capri Theatre, Goodwood (Invitations emailed to families). This is a special time for students, staff and families where we acknowledge and celebrate the graduating students of 2023.
SRC Casual Day Fundraiser
Our Student Representative Council (SRC) has planned our final casual day fundraiser for the year, to be held on the last day of the school year, Friday 15th December. Please check in with the details here.
Salvation Army Christmas Appeal and SRC Casual Clothes Day
To support the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal, we will be having our final Casual Clothes Day on Friday 15th of December. Instead of the regular gold coin donation, we are asking our school community for assistance through the collection of non-perishable food items. Further details here.
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 2024, please inform the front office. This will help us with our forward planning for the 2024 school year. Thank you.
There are a number of remaining items in the lost property area near the second hand uniform shop. Items include jumpers, hats, lunchboxes and drink bottles.
Parent / Carer Contact Details
Please keep the school informed of any recent changes to your contact details. Thank you.
Student Free Days 2024 – Save the dates
As shared in last week’s post – 2 student free days are confirmed for 2024, as follows:
- Friday 16th February – Term 1 Week 3
- Friday 9th August – Term 3 – Week 3
A further 2 student free days will be scheduled and communicated to families early in the new school year. A school closure day (a day of local significance) will also be scheduled, which typically aligns with the week of the Royal Adelaide Show.
- Library Reminder
- Lost Property Collection – FINAL CALL
- Class Structure / Placement for 2024 – Update
- December 2023 & January 2024 Vacation Care
- Salvation Army Christmas Appeal – Casual Clothes Day
- Celebration Night – Monday 11th December – 2023
- QKR! app on new android phones
- OSHC Christmas Closure
Yearly Planner / Key Dates
Current as at Sunday 10th December 2023
- 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