- Friday 7 April - Room 5 ANZAC Assembly
- Friday 7 April - Last day of Term One
- Wednesday 26 April - Students Return
Hello and Welcome to our last newsletter for Term One
What a wonderful to start to the year it has been. We have welcomed many new families this term and hope everyone is settling in to Newman and South Newman Primary School nicely.
Well done to the lightning fast swimming students from Years 3 to 6 who participated in our faction swimming carnival. All students should be very proud of themselves for their courage and team spirit. It was fantastic to see so many parents and families coming along to help on the day and cheer on their children. Congratulations to Ashburton who won the shield this year, your sportsmanship did not go unnoticed. Thank you and very big well done to Miss Ashlee Allinson, our fantastic physical education teacher who organised the event. Also a huge thank you to Doug and all staff from Newman Amateur Swimming Club for all their assistance with timing and recording during the event.
The interschool Swimming Carnival was held on Thursday, with 34 South Newman Primary School students attending. It was a fantastic day of great competition between the two schools, and we could not have been prouder of the sportsmanship and behaviour throughout the day. As an added bonus, South Newman Primary School were declared the winner of the carnival, bringing home the shield for 2017. Thank you to all the staff and students of Newman Primary School for your organisation of a wonderful day at the Aquatic Centre.
As we welcome in Term Two, we sadly say goodbye to one of our teachers, Mr Rowan Prescott. Mr Prescott is leaving to pursue other employment within Newman. We would like to wish Rowan and his family the warmest wishes and thank him for all his support over the years within Phys-Ed and his Math Coordinator role. All the Year 4s in Room 1 are going to miss him. Which brings me to Mrs Amanda Henley who begun with us at the beginning of this year and will be the new Room 1 teacher. Amanda is very excited to be teaching the Year 4 class and looking forward to the start of Term Two.
This week we have played host to two visitors from the Independent Public Schools Review Board. As a school, we have completed a rigorous process of self-reflection of the current school business plan, which occurs every three years. Mrs Sue Wilson and Mr Graham Rixon followed up with a visit to our school to witness all the wonderful things that we reported were happening at our school. This visit will be followed by a written review report that will become available online in the future. The preliminary conversations with Mrs Wilson and Mr Rixon were very positive and we look forward to sharing the report with you when it becomes available. Thank you to all the students, staff and especially parents and board members that made themselves available to speak with the reviewers whilst they were visiting our school.
We have had a few sightings of snakes over the past week or so. I will take this opportunity to ask you to remind your children of being extra vigilant in cases where they may see potentially harmful wild life. Safety procedures are in place at school to protect all children in the playground should this happen.
We welcome students back on Wednesday, 26 April. Have a wonderful and safe holidays and I look forward to seeing you all then.
Zoe Mitchell - Room 10
Merit Award Winners
Room 11 - Assembly Item
Faction Swimming Carnival
The 2017 Faction Swimming Carnival was a wonderful success. Congratulations to all students who participated and putting in your best efforts. Thank you parents and carers who went above and beyond on the day, your help is very much appreciated. Congratulations to Ashburton who won the shield for 2017 and to the students your Newman Way values were outstanding on the day, you were all showing Responsibility, Respect and Care & Compassion.
Miss Ashlee Allinson would like to thank Doug and everyone else from the Newman Amatuer Swimming Club.
Winners and Runner-ups
In 2016 the Pilbara Education Partnership was renewed for a further five years. This is a partnership between BHP Billiton Iron Ore and the Department of Education. One of the programs under this partnership involves providing Academic Enrichment to students in Years 4, 5 and 6.
A part of this program enabled a small group of students from across the six participating schools to experience a Leadership Camp (see Irene and Riley’s recount below). The camp was specifically developed to teach students leadership skills, and to identify what a good leader is.
All students did their schools proud, and I am taking this public opportunity to commend Irene Calica and Riley Sandell on their outstanding accomplishments.
Mrs Claire Chalk
Newman Academic Enrichment Coordinator
Six Pilbara schools. One Leadership camp. Three coffee addicted teachers. This was the Year 6 Leadership Camp funded by BHP.
On Tuesday 14 March four Newman student leaders united at the airport with their teachers. After a two hour flight delay and hearing too many of Mr G’s Dad jokes we were off! We arrived at the School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE) in Leederville and met the eight Hedland student leaders. We had some lunch, and then did a scavenger hunt around Leederville.
On Wednesday 15 March we rode the train from Leederville to Murdoch. We were all excited as we stepped onto the Murdoch University Campus. We searched the Uni for Bush Court, and our eyes lit up when we caught sight of those bean bags, deck chairs and all the green grass! We had hands on challenges: facial reconstructions, coding Lego robots, prepared and launched water bottle rockets, and finally an amazing race around campus.
On Thursday 16 March we went to Scitech and participated in the Innovation Festival. We got to create a mini tornado and race against a Para Olympian. We went into the planetarium, then trekked to Parliament House where we acted out the debate about ‘Hooning’ laws. Finally, we entered a really tall BHP building and were greeted by Chris, Charlie and Harmony. They gave us visitor cards and led us to a meeting room to discuss leadership. We got to see a view of Perth from Level 45!
On our last day, Friday 17 March, we went to the Halogen Student Leadership Conference. There were students from over 30 schools there. We listened to inspirational speakers: Tracey Vo, Peter Sharp, and two Hockey Roos, Ashley Nelson and Rach Lynch. They shared their stories about leadership and life. Our personal favourite was “I trust you, do you trust me hug” by Peter Sharp.
Sadly we flew back to Newman on Saturday 18 March – a 4:30am wake up call was too early!
It was a great camp and we had so much fun. We just wish it went for longer.
Irene Calica & Riley Sandell