- Monday 26 June - Learning Journey 5pm - 7pm
- Thursday 29 June - NAIDOC Assembly 2pm
- Friday 30 June - Room 17 & 18 Assembly
- Friday 30 June - Last day of Term Two
- Monday 17 July - Students Return to School
Dear Parents and Caregivers
It gives me great pleasure writing the last newsletter for this term.
The last three weeks have been full of exciting events happening in our school as the photos throughout this newsletter highlight.
This term we sadly farewell another one of our fabulous teachers, Mrs Niomi Johnson. Mrs Johnson will be heading over to Queensland as her husband has won a job there and they will be closer to family. Mrs Johnson has been at our school for 8 years, as a parent, Education Assistant and starting last year as a teacher. Mrs Johnson taught science last year and this year has been teaching the delightful students in Room 14, Year 1 and 2. Mrs Johnson is a highly dedicated, motivated and enthusiastic teacher who will be a real asset to any school lucky to have her. The teacher who will be stepping into Room 14 is Miss Beth Thompson. Miss Thompson is currently teaching in Busselton and visited our school last Wednesday for a handover with Mrs Johnson. Miss Thompson is very excited about moving to Newman in the holidays and starting with us next term.
We are also saying goodbye to Gareth and Randa Richardson at the end of the term. Gareth and Randa have been working in our school in various roles since last year. Gareth or Mr G has been the coordinator for the Learning Club 3 afternoons per week and has also been a relief teacher for us throughout his time here. Randa has worked with us as a school officer on the front desk, an Education Assistant and a tutor for the Learning Club. Gareth and Randa are heading home to Ireland to start the next chapter of their life. We wish them all the very best and thank them for the wonderful contribution they’ve made to our school and the lives of so many of our students.
Mr Neil Darby, our Regional Executive Director visited us on Wednesday of this week and was full of praise for our school. He was very impressed with the various intervention programs our school has introduced this year, in particular, MiniLit and MacqLit. Mr Darby had a tour of our school and spoke with many staff members and students which all put a smile on his face.
A couple of weeks ago we had our annual Lapathon and it was again well attended by families. Thank you to the P & C for organising it and to everyone for supporting it. The money raised will all go towards a Nature Play area for our students to enjoy.
Food Sensations, a team of ladies with a science/nutrition degree visited us this week. They worked with our KindiLinks class and families and our Year 3 classes cooking healthy and easy meals with the students. This is a great project that we have each year and is funded by BHP. Thank you to BHP for their ongoing support with this worthwhile project.
Today eight students from each year level from Pre-primary to Year 6 will participate in an interschool cross country run with Newman Primary. We wish all competitors a fun time and good luck for the big run.
Next Monday your child will take his or her school report home. Please take time to read it with your child and if you have any questions please make an appointment with your child’s class teacher. Even though many teachers have ticked the box not requiring a parent interview if you would like one please feel free to make an appointment.
Our annual Learning Journey open evening will be held on Monday night. Classrooms will be open from 5pm until 7pm for you to view your child’s work so far this year. The Year 6 Camp students will be holding their last fund-raiser, selling food in the undercover area.
As this is our last newsletter for the term I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy holiday.
Merit Awards - Week 6
Room 101 Assembly
For Room 101’s assembly, we showcased the life stages of a Sakura (cherry blossom) tree. We explained the life cycle from seed to fruiting plant, and how it survived through a formidable winter. The stages were thoroughly explained through narrative, scientific observation, and with our actors.
The item explained how we integrated all our subjects for our learning in class each day. We made our props during Design and Technology, drama was the actors acting out the life cycle, the narrative was written during English and the scientific observations were made during Science, and we used Maths skills to measure leaves and other props. We were even able to show our Japanese skills by changing our script to use some of the everyday phrases we have been learning.
By Cheska Salva and Ashton Airton
Artists in Residence
Matt Aitken and Mei Swan Lim are an artist duo who look at storytelling and narrative for young people through a variety of artistic mediums. Mei has a background in visual arts, craft and music while Matt has a background in music, radio broadcasting and science, while also being a primary teacher. Both have a wide experience working in regional schools on projects, and specifically Matt has been in Newman before working with schools on a project with Scitech. They both bring a very interesting cross curricular approach to the arts and are great at working with groups of students on projects.
Billy Cart Races - Room 5
The Year 6 Students of Room 5 have been designing and building Billy Carts in class with their parents as part of a Technology and Engineering challenge. The Carts had to meet certain specifications and be able to handle an organised class race to determine the most successfully built Cart.
It was an exciting morning as parents observed the race and eventually had a much anticipated turn on the Carts.
Ricochet Circus Visit
When the Shire of East Pilbara invited Ricochet Circus to Newman for WA Weekend, Ricochet offered a small session to the Newman schools. As our school continues to promote the importance of attendance, the class with the highest attendance for that fortnight was Room 101.
Ricochet performed a comedic circus act to Room 101, demonstrated the use of their props and each student had a chance at the end to have a turn of all props.
Food Sensations healthy eating and cooking workshops are delivered free of charge to registered Foodbank School Breakfast Program schools. Students learn new recipes and ways to use ingredients that are both delicious and nutritious. Food Sensations is a hands on and fun way for students to learn how to eat well and the activities are linked to the Australian National Curriculum.
Room 10 and 11 were lucky enough to participate in some cooking lessons run by Food Sensations. The session began with a discussion about Superhero Foods and Zombie Foods. Students got into groups and sorted picture cards of different foods into the 2 food categories. Following this, the students worked in small groups to cook 6 different recipes in our wet area, being responsible for following the recipe and method as a team. The Sensations team, myself and a parent helper were there to assist with teaching a range of cooking skills, such as cutting and measuring. All students absolutely loved the opportunity to cook delicious, easy and healthy dishes. After the cooking was finished, the students plated up. The adults served the food and all students were encouraged to try all six dishes and compliment each group. To end the session, all students got to take home a recipe book that included some of the healthy recipes they cooked and more. It was a fantastic experience and we couldn't stop thanking the ladies from Food Sensations, as well as our parent helper Dani Airton.
Miss Brittany Green, Room 10