- Tuesday 21 March - World Harmony Day - Gold Coin Donation
- Tuesday 21 March - World Socks Day
- Thursday 23 March - SNPS Swimming Carnival
- Friday 24 March - Room 11 Assembly
- Thursday 30 March - Interschool Swimming Carnival
Welcome to our second newsletter for the term.
Firstly, I would like to sincerely thank all the parents, staff and students for the lovely feel in the school and the way in which people are interacting and being a part of our school. Parents please know you are always welcome at our school. You are welcome to join in with morning fitness, welcome to listen to the students read, welcome to offer a helping hand in the canteen, welcome to offer help in the class, welcome to join our P &C or welcome to help in our school vegetable garden. If you have a particular interest or strength that you would like to share with us please let me know and together we can no doubt utilise you. The same goes for if you have a concern, query or suggestion for us. We are always open to do things better for our students at South Newman Primary so please feel free to chat with me or any of the staff.
This term we have had many staff members attending professional learning in Perth on the highly evidenced based reading intervention program of MulitLit and MacqLit. Students from Years 1 -6 have been screened and those needing intensive intervention in the form of Direct Instruction have been accessing this program on a daily basis. Many other schools in the Pilbara have been doing the same program and getting excellent results. We look forward to assisting our students to improve their reading skills and confidence in literacy. Staff have also been trained in a writing program called Talk 4 Write. All classes have jumped on board with this very motivating and engaging way of having students write. Some of the work being produced is absolutely outstanding and I commend the teachers for their efforts in adopting these new programs.
Our Year 4-6 Academic Enrichment class is steaming along well, with the 24 students, Miss Wells and Mrs Chalk all eager to move into their new classroom. The new classroom is the one behind the canteen. The room has had new floorboards put in to replace the old carpet and lino, a fresh new paint job, and blinds put in. Very soon their new furniture will arrive and they can relocate. Again I would like to acknowledge BHP Billiton for their incredible financial support and contribution to our school for this project. This project is part of the Pilbara Education Partnership with BHP Billiton. Our school is only one of two in the state that has a class of this nature. Many other schools run extension programs but not full time.
Our Independent Public School review is on Tuesday 28 March and Wednesday 29 March, this year. This is where our school showcases every aspect of the school and has the review team give us feedback to make sure we are heading in the right direction for our students. We are reflecting on the Business Plan, 2015-2017. Staff have been working hard to ensure we have evidence to reflect on the targets and initiatives set in the Business Plan 2015-2017. There will be an opportunity for parents, staff and students to meet with the review team and give their insight to our school. This process is something every Independent Public School does every three years.
Later this term we are having our school swimming carnival and then our interschool swimming carnival for our Year 3-6 students. If you would like to help please feel free to let the front office know and we promise you a fun day.
Farewell to Miss Jazlyn East who has been working as an Aboriginal Islander Education Officer for us for the last year. Jazlyn is leaving us to study full time. We wish her well and thank her for her contribution to our school.
Sonia Hammond - Deputy Principal
I moved back to Newman at the start of 2016, after spending four years in Kununurra. I graduated from Newman Senior High School as Head Girl more years than I care to think about. I have two lovely daughters, one attending N.S.H.S. and another studying forensic science at university in Perth. I absolutely love the beach, fishing and camping, however; after travelling to Las Vegas last year I could be persuaded very easily to go back and enjoy the luxury. Talking to and seeing student's smiles is the highlight of every day for me at South Newman Primary.
Louise Mohr - Music Teacher
Merit Award Winners
Week 4 - Room 1
Week 6 - Room 8
Hello from Around the World
Year 4, 5, 6 Academic Enrichment Class
The Year 4, 5, 6 Academic Enrichment Class have begun exploring with Dash and Dot robots. These fabulous robots were received by a selection of Pilbara schools after some staff attended a Digital Technologies Conference in 2016.
Students collaboratively explored what Dash and Dot can do, by programming their robot using the iPad app, Tickle. In the short space of an hour students were successful in programming Dash to play the xylophone, to move in response to specific noises (such as clapping), and to change colour.
Mrs Claire Chalk - Newman Academic Enrichment Coordinator and Year 4, 5, 6 Teacher
Using iPads in Class
Seesaw in Room 10
“We have began using Seesaw in class to show our learning in many areas. In Mathematics, we have been practising and applying different addition strategies to complete number sentences. After practising a lot with Miss Green on whiteboards, we had a go at using the “drawing” tool on Seesaw to not only show our working out, but also voice record the process.”
Room 10 Students
As a teacher, I have found this to be such a powerful tool that documents and shows my students abilities and understanding. It provides insight into each student's explanation and sequence of steps, to then be able to assist, as I know exactly where to help. This entire process has made it possible for me as the teacher, to give authentic feedback, send tutorial videos back if students were stuck or getting a step wrong and it gives each student a voice. The students also have a sense of ownership over their learning and feel proud to send me the videos of their thinking. This is just the beginning and we look forward to sharing other amazing ways we document our learning in Room 10!
Miss Brittany Green - Year 3 Teacher, Room 10
Talk 4 Write - Miss Polly & Doctor Jacqui
During weeks 5 and 6 this term the Pre-Primary and Kindergarten students have been learning the rhyme Miss Polly Had a Dolly. We had a very sick Dolly and called for the Doctor to be quick, quick, quick over the school PA system. Doctor Jacqui arrived quickly and knocked on the door with a rat-a-tat-tat much to the students delight. She came in and told us to put Dolly straight to bed and wrote a note for a pill and said she would be back with the bill. The students have been innovating similar stories using the same story format. This week the Pre-primaries have invented their own story by drawing pictures and verbally sharing it with their teachers and peers.
Miss Stacey Gardiner - Room 17 Kindy / Pre-primary Teacher