South Newman PS 16th SEPTEMBER 2016 | ISSUE 9 NEWSLETTER

Whats Happening?

  • Wednesday 21st September - Kindy A, B & C Assembly
  • Friday 23rd September - Last Day of School / Free Dress Footy Fever Friday / Junkadelic Brass Band visit to School

Principal's Report

Hello Parents, Carers and the Newman community

Welcome to our last newsletter for the term. Term Three has flown by so quickly it is hard to believe in a week another school term will be over.

Term Three has seen many wonderful things occur at South Newman Primary School. Our whole school morning fitness regime has helped improve students coming to school on time, enhanced a warm whole school feel and improved the attention level of some students. A huge thank you must go to Mrs Cappleman and Miss Harper who have worked hard to establish the morning routine and motivate everyone to join in.

We have begun Music lessons for some of our classes with the very talented Louise Mohr. Louise is a highly trained and gifted musician. Louise has been a private tutor in piano for over 15 years and is adept in playing the guitar and clarinet. Louise sings beautifully and has had our teachers and students totally enthralled when she delivers a lesson. Louise is currently working at our school one day a week with our middle primary students and we are hoping to have Louise work with our junior and senior students next term and into 2017. Louise is delivering a program that teaches the students rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tone colour using percussion instruments and the main sections of a song. These are just a few of the things the students will learn from Louise. Louise works with us on a Thursday. If you would like to see Louise in action please pop into the Music Room anytime on a Thursday and I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

It is with absolute pleasure I introduce Mrs Jennifer Dickinson as our substantive Deputy Principal. The recruitment and selection process is now complete and I’m sure you will, along with me, welcome Mrs Dickinson into her new permanent role.

Next term will see Mrs Cathy Muller take over the Year 6 class from Miss Hammond and various relief staff. I would like to acknowledge the students from Room 5, Year 6 who have had a number of teachers this term and the way they have been so mature and respectful towards them all. This term has been very challenging for the students with them having various teachers; Mrs Gerring, Mrs McMaster, Mr Prescott, Mrs Chalk and Mrs Jones. All the above mentioned teachers have done a wonderful job with the students and I thank them all for the efforts they’ve gone to ensuring the students have a solid education. The reason being Miss Hammond won the acting Deputy Principal role alongside Mrs Dickinson. Miss Hammond has planned every lesson for every day for the students to ensure continuity. This has been a massive task and shows the absolute commitment and dedication of Miss Hammond to her former class and to South Newman Primary School. Miss Hammond has also been doing an outstanding job as deputy principal. To the parents of Room 5, I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding in the time it took for us to recruit a fulltime teacher for your children.

Another thank you must go to both Mrs Hollee Mason and Mrs Jonlyn Smith. Both these ladies have initiated and created some Sensory Boxes for the students at our school. They have explained the boxes in the following pages. Their work will help so many students in our school. I sincerely thank them for the huge effort they’ve gone to in making our resources to enable students with sensory and anxiety needs to feel included, accepted and supported in our school.

On Wednesday of this week we had a picnic in the park to promote discussion for the parents of our Aboriginal students about attending and engaging in school. It was also an opportunity for our families to meet some of the staff from the Remote Schools Attendance Strategy. Thank you to Mrs Leonie Jones and Mrs Rachel Church for organising it. Thank you to the families that came and chatted to us. We always appreciate feedback from all of our families.

A big warm welcome to our new school board. Wayne Bennett, Katie Wallace, Jen Dickinson, Sonia Hammond, Nicola Lake, Georgie McInerney, Rowena Purdy, Gabe Franklyn, Gillian MacDonald, Ginny McMaster, Regina Oakley, Lynda Langlands and Monette Paewhenua. Thank you to Kelly Madson, Chris Dark, Rebecca Armstrong, Kylee Ryan, Lisa Mitchell, Dan Mossman and Myrissa Dix for their wonderful contributions and input to our school board.

This year sees the 40th Anniversary of our super school, South Newman Primary. Miss Hammond will be leading the events to celebrate this great milestone so look out for upcoming news about this.

Over the next 5 weeks we are going to be having the area between B Block and C Block improved. This is the area where the Science demountable was and now looks rather untidy. We are having a concrete floor laid and a permanent shelter erected. The area will be used as an outdoor classroom and somewhere in the shade for students to sit and socialise.

I will be on leave as of this afternoon until Wednesday, 12 October. Mrs Dickinson is also on leave next week. Sonia Hammond will be acting Principal and Claire Chalk and Rowan Prescott will be acting Deputy Principals.

Please keep your children safe over the holidays and when getting to and from school. Road safety is vitally important so please keep reminding them of the road rules.

Last but certainly not least we farewell the very lovely Mrs Amanda Mossman from the front office. Amanda, husband Dan and their treasured daughters Madison and Luci are heading to Perth next term. Amanda has been the kind and welcoming face of the South Newman Primary front office for the last few years. I would sincerely like to thank Amanda for the genuine care and compassion she shows to our students, families and visitors. Thank you to Dan for all his help with our school board and the various handy man jobs he’s been roped in for. Best of luck to you all.

Could all parents, carers and users of the car parks around our school be very vigilant when leaving our school? If you can reverse park your car that would be a safer option when leaving the school. Thanks.

Have a wonderful break whatever you might do or whenever you might go.

School resumes for the students on Wednesday, 12 October 2016.

Warm regards

Katie Wallace

Staff Spotlight

Miss Ashlee Allinson - Physical Education Teacher

Hello, my name is Ashlee Allinson. I moved to Newman in October 2015 and finished my teaching degree here. Home for me, is Mildura, in country Victoria, where I grew up with my four siblings. My Fiancé and I had spent the last 3 years travelling Australia in our caravan before coming to Newman. Our last destination was tropical Cairns in Far North Queensland. I have been teaching in the performing arts and amongst a variety of classes during this year and have really enjoyed the various year levels. Some things I enjoy doing are motocross, playing sport, and spending time with my fiancé travelling and exploring the outback. I am excited to take on the role as the P.E teacher at South Newman Primary School.

Merit Awards

Week 8 Merits

Interschool Carnival Years 2-6

Thank you to all of the staff and parents that helped out on the days and thank you to Newman Primary School for coming over and competing.

Here are the Winners and Runners Up

Final Score

SNPS 1352 – NPS 812

Congratulations to all

Pre-Primary & Kindy C Father's Day Lunch

On the 2nd of September we had a Father’s Day BBQ. We started the event with a tug of war from each classroom with the students challenging their Dads, Grandads, Pops and other family members. The activities included portrait painting, box construction, paper aeroplanes, cricket and football. We had a lovely picnic eating our sausages in bread on the grass and undercover area. Thank you to all the Dads, Grandads, Pops and other family members that found the time to come and enjoy the afternoon.

Miss Stacey Gardiner, PP Teacher Room 17

Mathematics Scavenger Hunt

During Week 6 the school Mathematics Committee held a Mathematics Scavenger Hunt. Students were able to participate on Thursday and Friday, by competing to solve maths problems that were placed around the school. It was marvelous to see so many students join in and show enjoyment for maths.

Mrs Tess Wheat, Curriculum Support Teacher

Well done to all those who participated and a big congratulations to the winners of the hunt.

Bloody Slow Excursion

This year the students from Year 4 in Room 1 will be presenting the Bloody Slow assembly. This term we have visited the Newman Police Station and on Wednesday morning we travelled to the bloody slow memorial site in remembrance of the four police officers who lost their lives. We were very fortunate to have Sergeant Mackinnon join us on our excursion who spoke about the significance of the site and why a memorial was made. We felt this trip was very important to continue building our understanding of why this event and yearly remembrance is so important to the people of Newman and the families involved. We would like to say a special thank you to Mr. John who drove us to the memorial site and a big thank you to Emma Jefferies who helped us find our way.

Mrs Hollee Mason, Year 4 Teacher Room 1


...Sensory Boxes

Young children learn with all their senses and to support this in our classrooms we are excited to introduce our newly developed sensory boxes. Each classroom block will be receiving two boxes in Term 4 that include resources such as social stories, fine motor targeted toys and sensory equipment that will be readily available to all staff to support and encourage inclusive education. Sensory play is crucial to brain development in children. We like to think of it as “food for the brain.” South Newman Primary School prides itself on our approach to inclusive learning and supporting all students in their learning journey.

A sensory box will be available for viewing in the front office with a selection of social stories for anyone interested in seeing what they’re all about.

Akirash - Artist in Residence

We had the pleasure of having Akirash, a world-renowned Artist working with some of our students on Friday, 16th of September. As you can see, they loved it!

Thank you, Akirash and to the Shire of East Pilbara for visiting our school.

Lunch and Uniform News

Ordering Lunches and Uniforms has been made easier thanks to Our Online CANTEEN. Lunches must be placed by 9am on the day of ordering and uniforms will be delivered to your childs classroom. Visit: Thank you to our lovely P&C

It's that time already!

Have a happy and safe school break


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