The Weekly Wrap – Term 1 Week 4 – 2024

We would like to say a big thank you for coming to our Acquaintance Evening last Monday! Your participation and support in the evening was greatly appreciated, especially given the hot weather. We were pleased to see so many students eagerly involved and sharing their early year learning experiences with families. Thank you also for taking the time to visit our specialist teachers’ learning spaces and OSHC service. Thanks once more for being there, we’re looking forward to more opportunities throughout the year where we can all come together as a school community.

Reading Workshop – Student Free Day

At last Friday’s student free day, reading expert Dr Sarah McDonagh led us (and local schools) through a reading workshop focusing on how to incorporate daily reviews and explicit direct instruction into our daily literacy block.

Daily reviews are a crucial component of our daily structured literacy routines because they reinforce and consolidate the concepts and skills that students are learning. By revisiting previously taught material on a regular basis, students have the opportunity to strengthen their understanding, reinforce their memory, and make connections between new and old knowledge. 

Daily reviews also help to identify any areas where students may need additional support or clarification, allowing teachers to adjust their instruction accordingly. Additionally, frequent review sessions help to build confidence and fluency in literacy skills, ultimately leading to greater success in reading, writing, and language development.

Reminder – Annual General Meeting – Monday 19th February 2024

A reminder to come along to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 19th February in the Library commencing at 6:30pm and concluding at 8.00pm. Prior to the meeting, light refreshments and nibbles will be available from 6:00pm. Crèche facilities will be available.

The AGM is a great opportunity for parents to come together with the Governing Council, Leadership team and staff to share in our school’s achievements and highlights of 2023.

The AGM also serves as an opportunity for parents to nominate for the 2024 Governing Council and / or join one of many sub-committees which provide support and direction for a range of school activities.

For further information including nomination details for Governing Council and Sub Committees please check in with the information poster earlier – Annual General Meeting 2024 – Information

Media Consent Form

Last week parents and carers should have received an updated Media Consent Form – Child/Student Permission to use image, video, voice, and/or creative work of students and children. Copies were provided in both digital (emailed) and paper forms (copy given to students to take home).

If you haven’t already done so, could you please complete and return the form to school as soon as possible so we can update our records.

Obtaining media consent also allows us to showcase images of our students engaged in learning and extra-curricular activities on our school website, news blog and Facebook Page. Additionally, consent allows teachers to post images, video and / or audio recordings of students and their work to parents and carers via Seesaw.

The updated Media Consent Form has been developed by the Department, for schools to obtain consent from parents / carers. On the form, there are 3 consent options – Full, Partial and Limited – please choose one only. If you are uncertain about which option to choose, then please feel free to contact us at school.

School Sports – Soccer and Netball

Craigburn Primary School has had a long and successful history of after school sports programs run by volunteer parents, which has provided students with opportunities to participate in a wide range of after school sports. After school sports programs are designed to encourage students to participate in and learn more about their chosen sport, developing game skills and teamwork, and importantly to foster a love of the sport.

After school sports programs already underway in 2024 are:

  • Cricket: Played in Terms 1 and 4 – for students in Years 2 -6. Teams are graded according to age and compete against other schools as part of the Sturt Districts Cricket Association.
  • Basketball: Played in Terms 1, 2, 3 and 4 – is for students in Years 3-6. Teams are graded according to year level and compete against other schools on weekday afternoons at the Blackwood High School Recreation Centre.

After school sports played in Terms 2 and 3


  • For students in Years 2-6, fixtures and rules of play are governed by the Southern District Junior Soccer Association (SDJSA).
  • Games for children in the Under 8’s to Seniors are played on Saturday mornings between 8.00am and 12.00pm.
  • Games are played at home (Craigburn Primary School) or away at other school facilities.
  • Training is scheduled weekly, one night after school.
  • For students in Reception and Year 1, children will play in the non-competitive Aliens team. Aliens sessions are once a week, on our school oval at a time determined by the coach. 


  • For students in Years 2 -6.
  • The season is organised by the Southern Area Junior Netball Association with games being played in Terms 2 and 3 on Saturday mornings at varying times and local school venues.
  • Games are played on Saturday mornings from 9.00am for the older teams (generally Years 4-6) and from 10.00am for the younger teams (generally Years 2 and 3).
  • Placement of players in teams is determined by the netball coordinators, team coaches and school personnel.
  • Training days and times are determined by the coordinators in consultation with team coaches – once teams have been finalised. Parents will be contacted at the earliest opportunity by the coach when teams have been notified.

Cross Country is also offered to students in Year 4 -6, who train before school leading up to the Southern Heights Cross Country Carnival at Belair in May.

Please stay tuned for Registration of Interest details.

Friendly Reminders

School Group Tours – Registration of Interest for the 2024 Mid Year Intake & 2025 School Year. 

We have scheduled the following dates for school group tours to commence this year. School group tours allow prospective school families to learn more about the learning programs offered at Craigburn by hearing from the leadership team and taking a tour of the school. Please book a tour via our website or through the front office by phone or email. School Tour dates for 2024

  • Wednesday 21st February
  • Wednesday 27th March
  • Wednesday 8th May
  • Thursday 23rd May
  • Friday 28th June 

All tours commence at 9.15am through to 10.30am.

Please note:

  • Registration of Interest forms to register interest in enrolling your child for the midyear intake 2024 and / or start year intake 2025, can be obtained through the front office by phone or email.
  • Families must use the ‘Find a School’ link on the department website to determine their zoned school.
  • Proof of residential address must be required prior to enrolment being offered.
  • Registrations of Interest will only be accepted for the midyear intake 2024 and start year intake 2025.

Student Use of Mobile Phones and Personal Devices Policy

A reminder that a ‘Student Use of Mobile Phones and Personal Devices Policy’ was introduced to schools in 2024. 

We ask that parents are familiar with this policy which relates to personal devices not being carried / worn by students during the school day. Note personal devices, include mobile phones and smart watches that are capable of sending or receiving messages or calls and/or able to connect to the internet.

Student Technology Update – iPads

We would like to inform you about an upcoming change regarding our student technology program. In the past, we’ve embraced a Bring Your Own iPad (BYO iPad) initiative, which has served us well in enhancing learning experiences. However, we will be transitioning to a school-managed iPad system and phasing out the BYO iPad program for many positive reasons.

  • Consistency and Compatibility: By managing the iPads used in school, we will be able to ensure uniformity across devices. This consistency streamlines classroom activities and ensures that all students have access to the same tools and resources.
  • Standardisation of Apps and Security Measures: With school-managed iPads, we will be able install and update necessary educational apps uniformly. Additionally, we will be able to implement robust security measures to protect students’ digital privacy and ensure a safe online environment.
  • Technical Support and Maintenance: Managing the iPads internally will enable us to provide efficient technical support. 
  • Financial Considerations: Transitioning to school-managed iPads will eliminate the need for parents to purchase iPads specifically for school use. This helps alleviate financial burdens and ensures that all students have equal access to educational technology resources.

We kindly request that parents refrain from purchasing iPads for school use moving forward, as we are now in a position to provide devices for all students. Please stay tuned for further information.

Term 1 Planner

Please save the dates for the following events:

  • Annual General Meeting – Monday 19th February
  • Adelaide Cup Public Holiday – Monday 11th March
  • NAPLAN starts – Years 3 and 5 – Wednesday 13th March
  • Year 3-5 Swimming – from Monday 25th – Thursday 28th March
  • Year 6 Aquatics – Wednesday 27th March
  • Good Friday / Easter Monday Public Holidays – Friday 29th March / Monday 1st April
  • Sports Day – Friday 5th April
  • Reception – Year 2 Swimming – Monday 29th April – Friday 3rd May

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