End of Year Holiday Wrap – 2023

Thank you for being part of our school community and supporting our programs and events throughout the 2023 school year. The community support we receive is truly valued and appreciated. This was evident at our end-of-year celebration morning on Friday with families and friends coming together to enjoy the fabulous song and dance performances. A special mention to Jimmy Marin for his excellent coordination of the event and to class teachers for preparing their classes. We hope everyone enjoyed the celebration and we look forward to seeing you at future community events in 2024.

Best wishes to all for safe and happy Christmas / New Year. School returns on Monday 29th January 2024. 

Warm regards, Paul

Year 6 Graduation

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our Year 6 students who graduated from primary school on Thursday evening at the Capri Theatre. The students had a wonderful time at their ceremony and have great memories of the evening to take away with them. Special thanks goes to the Year 6 teachers and support staff who invested a tremendous amount of time and effort into making this event a special and memorable one for students and families. 

We wish our year 6 graduates every success in high school and for their years ahead. 


Two awards were presented at the ceremony – The Shane Browne and Governing Council Awards. The names of past award recipients are recorded on the honour board in the front foyer.

Shane Browne Award

Shane Browne was an upper primary teacher at Craigburn who was tragically killed in an accident in 1990.  Shane showed great love and kindness in his interactions with children. His special loves were science, music and maths. The Shane Browne memorial garden (at the front of the school) was consecrated a year after his death, with a special plaque laid on 27th September, 1991, with the School Council creating an award in his memory.  The award is presented to two students each year who demonstrate the school values of self worth, caring and responsibility towards others. The criteria used to present the awards are:

  • Upholding and demonstrating the values of Craigburn – self-worth, caring and responsibility.
  • Acting as a positive role model for fellow students.
  • Contributing to the ethos of the school.
  • Preparedness to put in and help out.
  • Foresight and initiative to make the school a better place.

All students and teachers of year 6 graduating students were asked to nominate students based on this criteria. The students who received the most nominations are this year’s recipients of the award.

Congratulations to Talia Marks and Jack Argent.

Governing Council Award

The Governing Council presents two excellence awards each year to 2 students who have demonstrated: consistency in performance and behaviour, striving for excellence, accepting challenges and having an exceptional work ethic.

Congratulations to Anamika Jaimon and Mitchell McDougall.

Christmas Raffle and Salvos Christmas Appeal

Our sincere thanks to those who donated prizes for the Christmas Raffle and the Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal. There were many happy raffle prize winners and the generous food donations will put smiles on the faces of those most in need throughout the festive season. 

OSHC Vacation Care Details

Facilities Project – Toilet Refurbishment

Over the holiday break, three toilet blocks will be fully refurbished and ready for the start of the new school year.

School Grounds – Important Reminder

Students should not be on school grounds over the school holiday period unless accompanied by a parent. This includes bike riding. The OSHC Vacation program will be utilising the school’s outdoor facilities throughout this time.

Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating

A reminder that the school and OSHC service will be closed if and when the CFS declares a catastrophic fire danger rating for the Mt Lofty District for the day ahead. This declaration usually occurs after 4.30pm with the Minister for Education confirming school closures thereafter. Families utilising the service will be notified by email.

New School Year – 2024

Please note:

  • The Front Office will close for the Christmas / New Year holiday period from Thursday 21st December to Monday 22nd January. For any important / urgent messages during this time, please email the school at dl.1226.admin@schools.sa.edu.au
  • Teaching staff officially return to work on Wednesday 24th January in preparation for the new year, although most teachers will be preparing their learning spaces well in advance.
  • The first day of the school for students is Monday 29th January 2024.

Term 2024 Dates

  • Term 1        Monday 29th January – Friday 12th April 
  • Term 2        Monday 29th  April – Friday 5th July
  • Term 3        Monday 22nd July – Friday 27th September
  • Term 4        Monday 14th October – Friday 13th December

Student Free Days 2024 – Save the dates

As shared recently – 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.

Parent / Carer Contact Details

Please keep the school informed of any recent changes to your contact details before the start of the new school year.. Thank you.

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