South Newman PS 5th August 2016 | issue 7 newsletter

Events Coming Up!

  • Monday 8 August - Constable Care visit
  • Friday 12 August - Year 3 Room 11 Assembly
  • Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 August - Science Week
  • Wednesday 17 August - Welcome to Newman (7pm Library)
  • Monday 22 August - Fortescue Festival Public Holiday
  • Wednesday 24 August - Book Character Dress Up Day
  • Friday 26 August - Year 4/5 Room 2 Assembly & P&C Meeting 8:30am

Principal's Report

Dear Parents, Carers and Community members it is my absolute pleasure to write this newsletter from the Principal’s chair.

As you will be aware Miss Dix was Acting Principal for the first half of this year and did a terrific job. Miss Dix won the primary school position of Deputy Principal at Jurien Bay District High School. She commenced that role this term. Miss Dix began her teaching career here at SNPS 14 years ago. In that time Miss Dix was a class teacher, Literacy Specialist teacher, Deputy Principal and Acting Principal. Miss Dix has been instrumental in leading our school in literacy, digital technologies and Kagan Cooperative Learning. We sincerely thank Miss Dix for the outstanding contributions she has made to our school and wish her the very best of luck for the future. Jurien Bay is very lucky to have such a highly skilled and committed educator move to their seaside town.

I have been asked to continue as Acting Principal until the end of the year and will do so very happily. A permanent Principal will be appointed later in the year to start 2017.

Mrs Dickinson will continue as Acting Deputy Principal until a permanent Deputy is appointed to start in Term Four.

Miss Sonia Hammond will be our second Acting Deputy until the end of the year.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate both Mrs Dickinson and Miss Hammond for winning their Acting roles and filling them with such strong professionalism, integrity and enthusiasm.

Mrs Dickinson ran a Reading information session for parents twice this week and it was very well received. The information presented was very worthwhile. If you would like to know more ways to help your child with reading please chat to your child’s teacher or feel free to contact Mrs Dickinson.

We would like to welcome the students from Kindy C who began full time last week with Mrs Armstrong as their teacher and Ms Parish as their Education Assistant.

Mrs Bowie is now teaching Kindy B as Mrs Malia is going to be doing an Oral Language role with Kindy, PP and Year 1 students.

Mr Prescott is now starting a Maths extension role as of Week 6. Miss Ashlee Allinson is going to be teaching Physical Education and Health Wednesday to Friday as of Week 6.

School Photos went well last Tuesday with staff and students looking fabulous in their school uniform and smiling brightly, even though it was a very chilly morning.

A huge thank you must go to Mr Prescott, Mrs Chalk and Miss Gardiner for organising our Twilight Carnival, Kindy carnival and Pre-primary to Year 1 carnivals. Thank you to the parents and carers who helped out and attended. It is always lovely to have parents, carers and community members involved in our school.

You may have noticed we are now starting our day with morning fitness. Classes from Year 1 to Year 6 spend the first 15 minutes of each day, Monday to Thursday doing morning fitness. We have seen an improvement of students arriving to school on time and being more focused to start the day.

We had a great turn out last Sunday for our school vegetable and chook pen Busy Bee. Thank you to everyone who came down and lent a hand or two. We look forward to growing our vegies again and raising chickens.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and please feel free to make contact with me if you have any concerns, ideas or general comments about our school.

Mrs Katie Wallace

Staff Spotlight

Farewell Miss Dix!

My first week at Jurien Bay DHS has gone by so quickly. I’m getting used to seeing kids in red shirts rather than green, and I have gotten to know a lot of new names and faces. Jurien Bay DHS is a lovely school and everyone has been very welcoming. I wish all staff, students and families the best for the rest of the year at South Newman Primary School.

Miss Stacey Gardiner - Pre-Primary, Room 17

Hi, my name is Stacey Gardiner. I started teaching at South Newman Primary School at the beginning of 2015. This is my second year of teaching Pre-Primary. I moved here from Busselton in the South West and grew up mostly in Albany. I travelled a bit as a child and have lived in Launceston, Melbourne, and Perth a few times over. I enjoy Aussie Rules Football and am a dedicated supporter of the West Coast Eagles. I am an insulin dependant diabetic diagnosed at 6 years old. I love going camping and four wheel driving with friends, I love to cook and have friends over for dinner. I am a sci-fi adventure movie and book fan and in any spare moments, I will have a read. I was excited to come to Newman as I travelled the Canning Stock Route and really enjoyed the climate. I have a cat named Mr Norris who always seems to be grumpy, but is happy to see me at the end of the day. I have made some beautiful friendships since moving up here and am excited to see what happens in the future.

Merit Awards - Week 2

Attendance Report

Congratulations to Room 9 for great attendance being 94% - well done!

Pride in PEAC Progress

In PEAC (primary extension and challenge) we come together to learn above and beyond our knowledge as a team. Last term we learnt about monarchs and how they lived their lives. From horrid Henry 8th to Queen Vicky, the PEAC students have scoured the past and returned to the present with the ins and outs of royal life. We all worked hard, but it was worth it!

Our unit covered all the main subjects. For Geography, we mapped where monarchs reigned in the past or those countries which are still ruled over today. For English we wrote a sneak peek at a monarch’s diary by researching a monarch and writing a journal entry from their perspective. For Maths we learnt about roman numerals, which was hard as not many of us knew much about them. Design and Technology was a popular activity where we recreated battle scenes, picnic scenes, constructed armour and crowns. Finally, the PEAC students recreated a meal fit for a king! We cooked creamy Coronation Chicken, elegant Eve’s Pudding and vivacious Vietnamese salad. South Newman Primary’s royalty (Mrs Wallace, Mrs Dickinson and Miss Hammond) attended and enjoyed the feast. It was a fitting celebration to the end of some awesome learning.

This year PEAC has been awesome so far. It has been challenging but the PEAC students have loved it. We are wondering what’s next!

Choose Maths

Voting is now taking place for the Choose Maths awards. Simply log onto - search for South Newman Primary School and vote for your favourite movie!

Pre-Primary Celebrations

100 Days Brighter at School!

On the 29th July we celebrated coming to school and learning for 100 days! We celebrated by inviting our parents to play math activities that involve us counting to 100. We counted items to 100, rolled dice and added them to 100, made ice creams by putting decades in order to 100, we talked about what we would buy if we had $100 and built towers with 100 red cups!!

Faction Athletics Carnival

Kindy Tabloid & Junior Carnival

On Wednesday, Kindy, Pre-Primary and Year 1 held their carnival which included team games, music and lots of fun! There were many parents and staff on hand to cheer them on. Thank you to Mrs Claire Chalk & Miss Stacey Gardiner and their support staff in organising a great day!

Twilight Carnival!

There were plenty of lights, camera and action shots during the evening of our Twilight Carnival! There were close calls, strategic team play and game faces were turned on! Congratulations to our Champions and Runners Up and also to DeGrey for being the overall faction winners of the night. A BIG THANK YOU to Mr Prescott and his support crew for organising a wonderful evening!


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