- 14 December: Students last day for 2017
- 31 January: Students first day for 2018
Welcome to our last newsletter for the 2017 school year. I would like to congratulate our students on their hard work and success at school, thank parents, our staff and the community for another good year at sunny South Newman Primary School.
As the year comes to a close our Year 6 are getting ready to move to High School. We wish them well for the future and thank them for the leadership they’ve shown the student population this year. Our Kindy students are ready for fulltime school in Pre-primary and everyone else is preparing for a new year.
This year we say goodbye to Sarah Stutt, Brittany Green, Kara Metcalf, Celeste Franklin, Tracey McCarthy, Samantha Gardner, Amanda Pitchers, Rachel Church, Rekha Pillai and Stacey Baird. I would like to sincerely thank all the ladies for the contributions they’ve made to our school and wish them all well for the future.
2017 saw a number of new ventures alongside all the regular events that kept us busy. I would like to acknowledge the outstanding work of our two deputies, Mrs Jen Dickinson and Miss Sonia Hammond. Both ladies work incredibly hard long hours ensuring the smooth running of our school and helping to make sure every child is catered for and cared for. They have both initiated new ways of doing things at our school, always researched based and with clear evidence of ways to make a difference to our students.
We trialled open classrooms whereby teachers worked closely together in teams to maximise the support and learning for students. Ability grouping of students in a few learning areas meant that students had their learning needs met. Room 101 began as an academic enrichment class partially funded by BHP and that has given a number of students from Year 4, 5 and 6 an opportunity to be extended and challenged in a range of ways. The teachers leading Room 101, Mrs Claire Chalk and Ms Jacqui Wells have exposed the students to a multitude of learning opportunities ranging from visits to BHP, participating in a STEM camp, writing rap songs and the list goes on. Next year Mrs Chalk will sharing her outstanding skills of extending students thinking into other classrooms giving them more opportunities for problem solving and creative thinking.
We have had visits from the Premier, Mr Mark McGowan, a visit by our local MLA Mr Kevin Michel and our Education Minister Mrs Sue Ellery. All three distinguished parliamentarians were very impressed with our students, their behaviour, attitude and enthusiasm. Having such high profile visitors to our school was an honour and not something that happens to every school, so we were delighted when they requested to see what we’re doing here.
That brings me to the other initiatives we’ve embarked on and they mostly centre around the curriculum, we have investigated best practice for teaching reading, writing, spelling and mathematics. This year we started Minilit for our lower primary students, Macqlit for our middle and upper primary students. Other early literacy programs were implemented throughout our school and are what other Pilbara schools are doing and having success with. We employed the very talented Louise Mohr a gifted musician to teach our classes music. Miss Marie has entered our school in many art competitions this year and most notably was the Banners in the Terrace where our school made a banner that was displayed in St Georges terrace in Perth. Mrs Donna Cappleman did an incredible job getting all of our students moving in the morning by helping tuning their bodies and brains into learning by organising our whole school morning fitness. Our school garden has been lovingly brought back to life with the help of Mr and Mrs Bateman, so a big thank you to you both. We employed a Mathematics specialist teacher Mrs Brooke Donaldson who has been working to improve the mathematics teaching and learning at our school,. Mrs Ginny McMaster started an Aboriginal Engagement class. We employed Loren Scott McIntosh who is a qualified social worker who has been working 5 days a week helping our students build resilience and deal with social and emotional concerns. We’ve just recently started a Boys Group led by Daniel Wheat from Save the Children to help boys deal with issues that they may need support with. In line with the WA Dept. guidelines regarding introducing all students in Year 3 to a language other than English we have Recently we have been trialling teaching German remotely by a teacher who is based at Rossmoyne Senior High School.
I would like to acknowledge our school board and in particular Mr Wayne Bennett who has been our school board chair for the past few years and has done a wonderful job assisting with the strategic planning and direction of our school. Due to his family relocating to Perth we have a new school board chair; Mrs Rowena Purdy as our new school board chair.
Our active P&C have again worked tirelessly to make it a great success in fun and fund-raising this year. The P&C helped with our school Lapathon in June, have organised a Mother’s Day and Father’s day stall. So a big thank you the P&C President Mrs Michelle Woolcock to them for 2017.
So where does 2018 take us? Onward and upward! We will be having the following starting day one of next year:
Our new Business Plan will come into effect and has been developed over the year by our staff and school board. Our 3 priorities will be attendance, literacy and numeracy. Some families would have received a letter from me regarding your child’s attendance. Our education dept are taking big steps to help schools improve their attendance and one way to improve it is by alerting parents to how important it is for your child to attend school if they are well and in town. All the data shows that the more the child attends the greater their achievement.
On Tuesday 30th January the day before the students start school we are opening all classrooms from 12:30-2pm to allow parents and students time to drop their child’s belongings into their new class and say a quick hello to the class teacher. Then the following morning students and parents can walk into the classrooms knowing where to go and hopefully relieving any anxiety.
Classroom doors will be open from 7:50am to allow teachers to hear students read and have brief chats to students and on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday’s students will need to wait in the undercover area until the siren goes as this is when teachers have their weekly housekeeping meeting.
Kindilinks will be open to all 3 year olds as of next year. This is a great initiative by our education dept. helping young children both aboriginal and non-aboriginal prepare for formal schooling.
- We will be having an outdoor kitchen built between rooms 13 and 7.
- A sandpit established near the canteen
- Walls in the undercover area will be filled with billboards of literacy and numeracy
- More shade in the Kindy Pre-primary area
- A new veranda built outside room 15
There will be so much happening at our school so keep an eye out in our newsletters and on our Skoolbag app.
In conclusion I would like to congratulate all the children on their hard work this year. I wish all those leaving us a successful future and look forward to seeing everyone else in the New Year. Don't forget to read some good books in the holidays!
2018 Voluntary Contributions
End of Year Concert
We had a wonderful evening on Monday 11 December with our students showcasing their amazing talents at our End of Year Christmas concert. Thank you to Miss Marie and the Concert Committee for all of their hours of hard work behind the scenes.
Jump Rope For Heart
During Term 4, our school took part in Jump Rope for Heart 2017, with a total amount of $1,420 raised! As a school, we practiced lots of skipping skills during our morning fitness routine.
The money fundraised will go towards heart health research to help reduce Australian families suffering from heart disease. The Heart Foundation is a charity dedicated to fighting the single biggest killer of Australians.
On 30 November, SNPS held our final jump off for Jump Rope for Heart. It was a fantastic success as the whole school was jumping with excitement and anticipation.
We would like to say big congratulations to our top 5 fundraisers for showing just how big their hearts are by fundraising the most amount of money:
- Jayde Taylor
- Tyler Adams
- Charlize Lockyer
- Mia Norbury
- Lilly Dhu
We would like to say a big thank you to all parents and students who participated and supported us during Jump Rope for Heart 2017!
Scitech Lab on Legs - Animatronics Workshop
The team at Scitech toured through the Pilbara, and stopped in at SNPS to conduct an animatronics workshop with a group of 15 Year 5 students. During the workshop, we used the software called Scratch and the hardware was the Hummingbird Robotics Kit. Students first learnt how Hummingbird and Scratch interact, and how the sensors, servos, motors and LEDs work. The challenge was then for students to choose how they were going to use the Hummingbird Robotics Kit to bring lifelike characteristics to their cardboard animal (animatronics). Mrs Chalk was very proud of all the students who participated, no-one gave up when it was too difficult, and their finished products were outstanding!
Year 6 Graduation Ceremony
On Thursday 7 December, South Newman Primary School said farewell to the Year 6 Students. What a momentous day for the students, parents and staff, filled with memories, tears and smiles. The Graduation Ceremony signified the end of one journey and the beginning of another, which was marked with a celebration of this year’s student accomplishments and a touching song, lead my Miss Mohr and the Year 6 Class of 2017. Following the ceremony families were invited to celebrate the Year 6 students with a morning tea. Thank you to all the staff, students and guests that contributed in making this day memorable and special for our graduating class.
In the evening student donned their finest outfits, looking like true celebrities for the Hollywood themed Year 6 Graduation Dance. Student strutted the red carpet, seeing their name amongst the stars and enjoyed a night filled with laughter, dancing and (of course) photos. It was wonderful to see the students enjoying one of the last events as primary school students. Congratulations to the 2017 Graduates.
Traditional Food Day
On Wednesday 6 December, Year 1 and 2 students from Room 13 participated in a Traditional Food Session as part of the Health lessons. Jackie Bickendorf and Nicole Jackman from the YMCA and Bronson Maher from the Remote School Attendance Strategy visited SNPS and shared their abundance of knowledge regarding traditional Martu food practices with the students.
Students were given the opportunity to try kangaroo, crocodile, and emu sausages, damper, and chutneys made from quandongs, Illawarra plums, and bush tomatoes. They used their five senses to determine whether they found the food tasty, with an overwhelming response to the kangaroo and riberry sausages which students concluded were “better than bacon.”