South Newman PS 15 september 2017 | issue 9 newsletter

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday 20 September - Talent Show 1:15 - 2:20pm
  • Friday 22 September - Footy Fever Friday - Free Dress
  • Friday 22 September - Music Assembly
  • Friday 22 September - 95% Attendance Rewards Day
  • Monday 9 October - First day of term four

Principal Report

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome to our last newsletter for Term Three.

I would like to thank Miss Ashlee Allinson and Newman Primary school staff, particularly, Mrs Hayley Meldrum, on the great job they did in organising the interschool athletics carnival. The day was held on Friday, 1st September and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. A big thank you to Newman Little Athletics as well, for the use of their equipment and support. Thank you to the parents who came along and supported their children and to those parents who were able to help. Congratulations to all those that competed and for the winners in each year level of Runner Up Champion boy and girl and Champion boy and girl. Our school took home the shield as overall winners, which was a great achievement. If you have any feedback about the day please forward it to our school.

Last week I attended some of the Year 6 camp in Perth along with Miss Hammond, Mrs Wheat, Mrs Chalk and Mrs Outram. The camp was superbly organised by Mrs Amanda Pitchers and Miss Hammond. The 39 students we took away were very busy doing a variety of activities centred on developing independence and resilience. Some students breezed through the activities and some found different activities very daunting. As a parent, I believe the greatest gifts we can give our children is the confidence to try new things, independence to do things for themselves and resilience to get back up and keep going when things get hard or tough. It was really lovely seeing the students care for one another when there were moments of missing family or when they felt unwell or a bit worried about the activities. We had students try caving, archery, abseiling, BMX riding and a raft of other things. Some of the places the students visited were Fremantle Prison, Scitech, Perth Zoo and Ten Pin Bowling. After five action packed days the happy bunch returned to the lovely warm weather of our great little town.

We will be having a Busy Bee in the Kindy/ Pre-primary area tomorrow morning and we are super keen to have as many parents to help out as possible. If you have a little bit of time to spare on Saturday morning from 8am we will feed you with Bacon and Egg burgers.

Next week we will have our Talent Show grand finale, parents are welcome to attend. Please see the advertisement in the newsletter for more details.

Unfortunately, we have had to suspend a few students this term for physical assaults or intimidation towards other students and/ or staff. This punishment is not something that is done lightly but a consequence of poor behaviour and poor choices. Can I please ask parents to remind their children of our Newman Way values and the expectations of good behaviour? We have employed a full time Social Worker, Loren Scott and a school psychologist, Rekah Pillai and fantastic staff to help with student concerns or issues. Working together to resolve any problems the students have and helping them to deal with situations in a positive manner is all of our responsibility.

If at any time parents would like to see what is happening in their child’s classroom please know you are always welcome to come in. There are so many great things happening at our school each day and we are always keen to show and celebrate what’s happening within our school grounds. Our school vegetable garden is flourishing under the superb farming hands of Mr Norm and Mrs Maree Bateman, our Music program led by Mrs Louise Mohr is so fantastic to watch and listen to, Miss Marie does amazing art with our students, Miss Celeste is always doing interesting experiments with our students in science, our Ipads, laptops and PCs are providing valuable learning opportunities for our students and classrooms are full of literacy and numeracy. We are having great success in writing with our Talk for Write teaching, improvements with reading and spelling using our new reading books and new phonics programs. So if anyone is keen to see what happens please contact the front office or see your child’s class teacher.

2018 is fast approaching and we are currently planning class structures. If you have an educationally based request for your child in 2018 please email me as soon as possible.

To all the families that are leaving us this term, may you all have a smooth and happy transition into your new school and home.

With the holidays just around the corner I would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday.

School for Term Four resumes on Monday, 9 October.

Best wishes

Katie Wallace

Merit Awards - Week 6

Merit Awards - Week 8

Attendance Report

Room 15 & 16 Assembly

Fathers Day BBQ

Kindy & Pre-primary

Interschool Carnival

Congratulations to South Newman Primary School for winning the shield at this years interschool carnival. A very big thank you to Newman Primary School for hosting the event this year. It is always great when our two primary schools get together for events like this one.

Books, Biscuits and Blankets

Friday 25 August, to celebrate Literacy Week, we spent lunch time in the sunshine with our blankets and biscuits reading our favorite books. Students loved reading in the sunshine and I am sure they enjoyed having the teachers and parents come along as well.

Thank you Mrs Dickinson for organising this lovely afternoon.

Room 7 Assembly

P&C Profile

Michelle Woolcock - P&C President

My name is Michelle Woolcock. I’m the P&C President for 2017; in 2015 & 2016 I was the Treasurer. My husband Beau and I have lived in Newman for five years. Our eldest daughter is in year two, and our youngest is two years old. I work full-time in Finance at the Whaleback mine site, and I love our busy lifestyle here.

Being involved in the P&C has given me more insight into the working of the school and how best to support my child’s learning. I’ve met great friends, felt a sense of achievement for the work we’ve done, and it’s helped my daughter realise how much I value her education as she sees me involved in school activities. I didn’t think I was the “kind of person” who would be involved in P&C, but I’ve since realised we all have something to bring to the table, and we all have something to gain from the experience.

The P&C run the uniform store and canteen, fundraising activities through the year, and promoting good educational outcomes. We are always looking for volunteers to help so if you can spare any time either ongoing or ad hoc – we would love to hear from you. Email us at or come along to the next meeting.

Maths Day

On Tuesday 5th September, the school participated in a Maths Fun Day! This involved the students from Pre-Primary to Year 2 and the students from Year 3 to Year 5 working together in their factions, participating in a series of fun Maths activities. The block of time in between recess and lunch, found the students visiting four different classrooms where they completed four different fun Maths activities ran by that classroom teacher. There were a range of great activities presented to the students, including dice games focused on the place value of numbers, making patterns, constructing and finding 2D and 3D shapes around the school, bingo, Numero, number, addition and subtraction games, the history of time, and a paper chain challenge to see who could make the longest chain using only one piece of A4 paper.

After the two-hour block of the students rotating through different classrooms, the Mathematics Committee hosted a range of fun Maths activities during lunch for the students to participate in. These included measuring how tall we are, heads and tails, guess how many jelly beans, Numero, tower construction, quoits, skittles, snakes and ladders and Jenga.

The purpose of this day was to promote the Mathematics learning area across the school, as well as to show the students that Maths can be fun!

A special thank you goes out to Mrs Brooke Donaldson for organising the rotational maths sessions, its so great to see students enjoying maths!

National Outside Classroom Day

Kindy & Pre-primary

Desert Feet

Remember when Desert Feet visited Newman for NAIDOC Week? This is what they came up with!


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