The Weekly Wrap – Term 2 Week 5 – 2024

Remembering John Spurr

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of John Spurr, our beloved groundsperson, who recently passed away after an illness.

John was a highly valued member of our school community, serving as a parent, teacher, and groundsperson.

He was known for his kindness and compassion, making a lasting impact on both students and staff.

Our thoughts are with John’s family during this difficult time.

As a school, we will be honouring John’s significant contributions to our community.

Please know that support services are available for those in need. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Reconciliation Week: ‘Now More Than Ever’

Reconciliation Week is an important time for Australians to reflect on our shared history, celebrate our diverse cultures, and work towards a unified future.  This year’s theme, ‘Now More Than Ever,’ underscores the urgent need for each of us to contribute to reconciliation in Australia. The chevron pattern will be a prominent symbol throughout the week.

At Craigburn, we have already been integrating Aboriginal perspectives into various subjects, including novel studies, songs, language learning, fluency passages, Science, and History and Social Sciences (HASS). 

To further acknowledge Reconciliation Week, we have a series of enriching activities planned.

Library Storytime

Our library will feature a special collection of books organised by age group. These stories will be shared and discussed during weekly library lessons. Additionally, there will be a collaborative art project led by our library educators, Emily and Krysten.

Garden Lessons

Our garden educator, Emily, will be conducting Kaurna language learning sessions in the school garden over the next fortnight, providing hands-on learning experiences for each class.

Buddy Class Activities

During Weeks 5 and 6, buddy classes will engage in various activities designed to foster understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal cultures.

PE Lessons – Indigenous Games

Students will be participating in traditional Indigenous games during PE lessons in Weeks 5 and 6. These activities will help students draw connections between the games they play and those enjoyed by First Nations Australians. For those interested in exploring more, Indigenous games can be found at Sport Australia.

Classroom Activities

Classes will be undertaking various activities including buddy class activities using various resources from Narragunnawali and Kaurna stories, such as Tjilbruke.

Outdoor Assembly

We will conclude Reconciliation Week with an outdoor assembly on Friday (pending weather). This will be an opportunity for  students and classes to share their learning and experiences. 

National Simultaneous Storytime

Last Wednesday, students and classes participated in the annual National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) organised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

Each year, a picture book by an Australian author is read at the same time in various locations across the country, including schools, libraries, and homes. 

This year’s picture book was ‘Bowerbird Blues’ written and illustrated by Aura Parker – which stars a beautiful bowerbird on the search for blue! It’s a moving story of longing and connection, that unfolds as the bowerbird’s search sends him soaring across the sea, sky and city. He swoops and snatches vibrant treasures for his collection, and soon his bower—a mix of natural and unnatural objects—attracts something greater and more fulfilling than he could ever have imagined.

Thank you to our library educators, Krysten and Emily, for facilitating this event and making it come alive in our library.

Netball Showdown

The nerves were high, the excitement was in the air. It was the Craigburn Netball Showdown! 

This was a brilliant game of netball to watch. Craigburn Gold (4/5) vs Craigburn Blue (3/4). To play against your peers can be very daunting, but both teams were encouraging of each other, and congratulated their opponent when they got a goal. 

Their sportsmanship represented the school values in every way possible.

On behalf of coaches Sara and Emma, I want to congratulate each student on their efforts.

The game was very well matched for the first three quarters, with Craigburn Gold jumping ahead in the last quarter to win 10-6. 

Congratulations again to every student on a fantastic game of netball. 

Year 5/6s Team

The girls came out ready to go this week and it is clear the team is starting to gel and work together. The defence against Tenison Woods was excellent, turning the ball over frequently. Just a little more work on passing and leading will see this lead to conversions. Unfortunately we went down 14-4.

Kim Altschwager – Netball Coordinator 

Thank You Sally

A shout out and thank you to Sally Harding (Craigburn mum of 2 children), and owner of KX Pilates Christie’s Beach, who ran a successful Pilates session at school on Wednesday evening. 

Proceeds of the evening are in support of our school’s fundraising ventures.

Friendly Reminders 

Plumbing Works – Front Entrance 

Please be reminded that due to ongoing plumbing earthworks adjacent to the school gym/hall, access to the main entrance path will be restricted. For the safety of everyone, we ask that children and families access the school through the car park area, which will be temporarily closed off to vehicles from 8.30am to allow safe entry to the school. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this time.

Student Free Days / School Closure

The following dates have been endorsed by the Governing Council:

  • Student Free Days
    • Tuesday 11th June – after long weekend – Term 2 Week 7
    • Friday 9th August – Term 3 Week 3 
    • Monday 25th November – Term 4 Week 7
  • School Closure 
    • Monday 2nd September – Term 3 Week 7 (Royal Adelaide Show)

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Yearly Planner 2024

Term 2

  • Reconciliation Week – Monday 27 May
  • Monarch’s Official Birthday – Public Holiday – Monday 10 June
  • Student Free Day – Tuesday 11 June
  • Mid-year Reception Transition 1 – Wednesday 12 June
  • Governing Council Meeting – Monday 24 June
  • Mid-year Reception Transition 2 – Wednesday 26 June
  • Mid-year Reception Transition 3 – Wednesday 3 July 
  • End of Term – Friday 5 July – Early Dismissal

Term 3 

  • Term 3 Starts – Monday 22 July
  • Student Free Day – Friday 9 August
  • Governing Council Meeting – Monday 12 August
  • National Science Week – Monday 12 August
  • Book Week Parade – Friday 23 August
  • Father’s Day Stall – Thursday 29 August
  • Father’s Day Breakfast – Friday 30 August
  • School Closure Day – Monday 2 September
  • Premier’s Challenges End – Friday 6 September
  • RUOK Day – Thursday 12 September
  • Governing Council Meeting – Monday 16 September
  • End of Term – Friday 27 September – Early Dismissal

Term 4

  • Term 4 Starts – Monday 14 October
  • World Teachers Day – Friday 25 October
  • Governing Council Meeting – Monday 28 October 
  • Year 4/5 Camp – Monday 28 – Wednesday 30 October
  • Year 6 Camp – Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 November
  • Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday 5 November
  • Remembrance Day – School – Monday 11 November
  • Reception Transition 1 – Wednesday 13 November
  • Governing Council Meeting – Monday 18 November 
  • Reception Transition 2 – Wednesday 20 November
  • Student Free Day – Monday 25 November
  • Reception Transition 3 – Wednesday 27 November
  • Celebration Night – Monday 9 December
  • Year 7 Graduation – Wednesday 11 December
  • End of Term / School Year – Friday 13 December