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ISSUE 10 | OCTOBER 2017 SOUTH NEWMAN PRIMARY SCHOOL

Upcoming events

  • 22 - 23 & 28 - 29 November: Year 6 Orientation days at Newman Senior High School
  • 28 November - 1 December: Book fair
  • 7 December: Year 6 Graduation
  • 11 December: Whole School Christmas Concert
  • 12 December: 2018 Class Lists go up
  • 13 December: Term 4 95% Attendance Rewards day
  • 14 December: Students last day for 2017
  • 31 January: Students first day for 2018

Principal's Report

It gives me great pleasure to write to you for our second last newsletter for the year. It is hard to believe we only have 4 weeks of school left for this year. Where has the time gone?

Enrolments for next year have been flooding in with 69 Kindy students enrolled to start in 2018. Last week we had our Kindy information sessions and over the next few weeks, the Kindy students of 2018 will have the opportunity to come and see what school is like with orientation days planned.

As we are preparing for our newest students to start their schooling journey we are also preparing to farewell our biggest kids in the school, our Year 6s. Our Year 6 students start their transition into high next week with 4 days of orientation, 2 days next week and 2 days the following week. Interestingly, some of the concerns and questions the Year 6s have about high school revolve around ordering their lunch and whether they can have their mobile phones in class. Another significant event for the Year 6s is their graduation/ presentation ceremony and disco. This will be held on Thursdsay 7th December.

With our Year 6s departing that means it's time for our Year 5s to start thinking about the new opportunities for them as Year 6s. These opportunities include nominating for School Captain, Student Councillor, Sports Faction Captain and Vice Captain. The students who nominate will need to prepare a speech to give to the voters: year 2, 3, 4 and 5 students. Once votes are counted, all positions will be announced at our End of Year Concert, at 6:15pm on Monday 11 December.

Teachers are busier than usual at the moment finalising student assessments and writing reports. Student reports will be sent home on Monday 11 December. If you are away that final week of term, reports will be posted to the address we have on our system.

This week we have had Telstra install a Spark board for us to trial with Rossmoyne Senior High School for teaching the German language remotely. It is a large screen television that has multiple speakers and a range of functions to allow flexible teaching and learning. This device will allow our 2018 Year 3 students to access high quality teaching of German by staff at Rossmoyne Senior High School. It has been mandated that all Year 3 students will be taught a second language in 2018, in 2019 all Year 3s and 4s then 2020 all Year 3s, 4s and 5s and by 2021 all students from Years 3-6 will be taught a second language. We are looking forward to the many great opportunities this will create for our students and staff working with. Rossmoyne SHS.

In the coming months you will see many works happening around our school to improve facilities and create additional learning for our students. These include an outdoor kitchen and seating in the undercover area between B Block and C Block, shade structures over playground equipment and outside Room 15, a new sandpit near our canteen to start our Nature playground, decorative basketball hoops installed in the main undercover area and literacy and numeracy signs and paintings throughout our school.

We will be preparing class lists for 2018 in the coming weeks so if you have any concerns about your child and their placement for next year it is imperative you email me as soon as possible. We will accommodate where we can if we believe it is your child's best interest educationally and emotionally. 2018 class lists will be displayed around our school on Tuesday 12 December.

We would really appreciate you letting us know if you will be away or extending your Christmas vacation into the new school year. This will help us to ensure all notes and information you'll need for the start of the year is kept aside for you and you won't be bombarded with text messages or calls asking to explain your child's absence.

We will be asking everyone to participate in our annual survey over the next few weeks. It will be for parents, students and staff to give their feedback on SNPS during 2017.

If you have any concerns or ideas about our school please make contact with me or any of our staff. We are always happy to chat with you.

Thank you for your continued support of our school.

Enjoy the sunny weekend.

Warm regards

Katie Wallace

Merit Awards - Term 3, Week 10

Merit Awards - Term 4, Week 6

Attendance Report

Successful transitioning to secondary school

Children experience several milestones, or transitions, during their schooling.

These happen when children move:

  • from home to Kindergarten
  • from Kindergarten to full-time school in Pre-primary
  • from primary school to secondary school
  • to a different school
  • from secondary school to further study, training or employment.

Click on the links below for further information and great resources to help your child/ren learn including factsheets, booklets and videos.

There are many fun and exciting activities that stimulate children's curiosity and encourage their love of learning.

Changes to our playground... Watch this space!

We have lots of exciting projects happening around the school grounds over the coming months... keep an eye out for what's new!

BHP Water Treatment Excursion

Many thanks to the Water Services Team at BHP Billiton for hosting students on a Science excursion at the end of Week 2 this term.

Our misconception that Newman’s water comes from the dam were corrected. We learnt the town’s water supply is pumped from underground and then purified at BHP Billiton’s Water Treatment Plant.

An educational look at Science at work, improving and maintaining life in our town.

(All photos courtesy of BHP)

Testing the PH levels of Newman’s water

STEM Camp - Port Hedland

What is STEM? STEM is an acronym to highlight four learning areas: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and to illustrate how across these four learning areas learning is interconnected and interdisciplinary. The WA Chief Scientist, Peter Klinken, recently addressed a STEM Conference at Curtin University, and explained how we the world is changing at an unprecedented rate, and that what students need to be able to know and do is problem solve, be creative, be innovative and be entrepreneurs. To succeed in the future, students need to be able to identify and solve problems, to learn and re-learn, and to ask "what if?". STEM is the avenue for students to develop these skills, to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge and learning, and to collaborate with peers so they can all succeed in the future.

The 2017 STEM Expo was held at Hedland Senior High School, and students from Years 4-6 across the Pilbara travelled to participate. Team Newman had eight students from each of the two primary schools in town. Team Newman arrived into Port Hedland the day before the STEM Expo, and had the opportunity to engage in additional learning experiences of turtle monitoring and mangrove rehabilitation.

While in Port Hedland, Newman students participated in a turtle monitoring tour. We went to the beach and met our marine biologist who explained the flat back turtle is endemic to the area, and will travel from anywhere in the world back to Cemetery Beach to lay its eggs. During the tour we were lucky enough to see three turtles: two were digging their nests, and another was heading back to the ocean.

We also had an information session about the Mangrove Rehabilitation Project Sealanes are working on, and learnt about mangroves and how/ where they live. We learnt how the mangroves suffer when the land erodes away, and that they grow along the coastline in salt water. A mangroves roots stick up out of the mud. When a mangrove takes in water it filters out the salt, sometimes when they absorb salt, they push it out through their leaves. It was cool to learn that a mangrove seed germinates while still attached to the tree. After the presentation we got to re-plant a mangrove for the nursery - it had outgrown its pot.

During the 2017 STEM Expo in Port Hedland, students rotated through six hands-on STEM challenges. Although each activity had it's key focus, the challenges were carefully selected to highlight how knowledge from across each learning area connects. For example during one activity the task was for students to use 'little bits circuitry' to make a trike. In this task, students learnt about all four learning areas and applied this knowledge to design, make, test and re-design their final product.

At the STEM Expo, students rotated through six hands-on challenges:

  • ozobots - small robots that use infrared lights to read colour codes;
  • little bits trikes - snap together circuitry mounted onto a cardboard trike;
  • extending grabbers - an engineering challenge;
  • balloon powered boat building;
  • eyeball dissection; and
  • lava lamps.

Thank you

A big thank you must go to Mrs Amanda Henley.

Each morning for several months, Mrs Henley has diligently set up and run the breakfast station in the undercover area for any child who would like some breakfast.

We all appreciate the effort and dedication Mrs Henley always puts in each morning!

AFL superstar Charlie Cameron visits SNPS before joining the Brisbane Lions!

On Tuesday 24 October, Charlie Cameron who played for the Adelaide Crows visited SNPS to mentor young students to follow their dream and encouraged them not to give up. He spoke about being motivated and the pressures of being a player at an elite level.

Students were very engaged and asked a lot of questions. Our students loved the fact that Charlie’s career started in Newman.

We wish Charlie every success as he moves to Brisbane to play for the Brisbane Lions in 2018.

Cyber Safety Sessions

In Week 5, all Year 3 - 6 students participated in an information session about Cyber Safety with Senior Constable Dan Allen from Newman Police Station. He conducted four sessions with presentations for Year 3 - 4 and 5 - 6 students. Information that was covered included:

Year 3 & 4

  • Technology, Apps and Games
  • Usernames, Passwords and Settings
  • Age requirements and parental permission
  • Sharing of information
  • Online gaming
  • Cyberbullying
  • Getting help

Year 5 & 6

  • Technology, Apps and Games
  • Usernames, Passwords and Settings
  • Sharing of information
  • Safe searching and watching
  • Online gaming and messaging
  • Cyberbullying
  • Online grooming
  • Getting Help

Overall, the students were thoroughly engaged and interested in the information Senior Constable Allen discussed and many questions were asked and clarified. Cyber Safety is an aspect that we take seriously at South Newman Primary School and we value this as an area that, as a collective, we need to education our students on to help give them the tools and knowledge to keep themselves safe while online.

On behalf of SNPS, I would like to thank Senior Constable Dan Allen for his time and the effort he gave to presenting this information.

For more information these are some useful websites with information for parents and children:

Senior Constable Dan Allen talking about Cyber Safety

New Uniform Order Form online now!

The SNPS uniform shop is run by the P&C Association. Their email is southnewmanpc@gmail.com and you can also order directly online - www.quickcliq.com.au

The updated order form is below and can also be found on the Skoolbag App and SNPS website.

E: SouthNewman.PS@education.wa.edu.au

Ph: (08) 9175 1061 Fax: (08) 9177 8381

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