- Friday 3rd June - School Development Day (pupil free)
- Monday 6th June - WA Day Public Holiday
- Wednesday 15th June - Lap-a-thon!
- Friday 17th June - Room 12 Assembly & P&C Meeting afterwards
- Friday 24th June - Crazy Hair Day!
- Thursday 30th June - NAIDOC Day
- Friday 1st July - Room 15 Assembly
Dear parents and carers,
Last week the 3 schools in Newman had the pleasure of hosting the Pilbara Leaders’ Forum. Pilbara Principals and Deputy Principals, current and previous Directors and special guests spent 3 days at the conference learning about new initiatives and discussing relevant issues in education.
Guests from out of town attended a tour of Mt Whaleback mine on Thursday afternoon. I’d like to thank BHP Billiton for hosting the tour and Pilbara Car and Truck Rental for providing a bus and driver.
It was fantastic to be able to highlight some of the wonderful business we have in town. Newman Whole Foods Café catered the dinner for the forum on Thursday night and high praise was given for the delicious buffet.
Over the last few weeks we have had an increase in students who arrive at school too early in the morning. Supervision is not provided until 7.50am but we’ve had students arriving at 7am. Please make sure your child does not enter school grounds until 7.50am.
At the assembly today Senior Sergeant Miller and Sergeant McKinnon presented our school with a framed 2015 Bloody Slow Cup jersey designed by one of students, Lockyer Smith. The jersey is now proudly on display in our front office. We look forward to seeing the wonderful designs students create for this year's competition.
This Friday, June 3, is a school development day. Staff from the 3 Newman schools will be combining to spend the day refining the teaching and assessment of the Australian Curriculum, with a focus on History and Social Sciences. It’s a great opportunity to work with colleagues from other schools and compare teaching practices.
As always please contact your child’s teacher if you have any concerns or questions regarding their education or development at our school.
Gillian McDonald - Room 12 Year 3/4
Hi, I'm Gillian MacDonald and I'm the Y3/4 teacher. I have been teaching for nearly 250 years - the surgery keeps me young - and I still love it. I'm a Geordie, from the NE of England. My husband and I have been in Australia for 9 years, with 4 months being in Newman. I love travelling, camping and seeing new places so I'm looking forward to exploring the Pilbara & the Kimberley. I love lots of things; reading, music, going to concerts, Christmas pudding, ice cold Coca-Cola and pugs for starters. My head, so I'm told, is full of random information and I still want to learn more!
Sarah Stutt - ICT Support
My name is Sarah Stutt and I have been a teacher at South Newman Primary School for 6 years. My family and I moved to Newman when I was 6 years old. I attended SNPS as a child from Year 1 to Year 7. I then went on to complete high school at Newman Senior High School. I left Newman to pursue my passion for teaching attending Curtin University. I returned to Newman and completed my final teaching practical in the Pre-primary here at South Newman. I was then lucky enough to be offered a teaching position here. I enjoyed 3 years teaching Pre-primary and then taught Year 2 before going on maternity leave. I have recently returned to work as the ICT Coordinator. Witnessing the children learn and thrive while using technology in the classroom has been quite inspiring. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my husband and my 1 year old son. I also love cooking and baking, especially when I can share my creations with family and friends.
Jonlyn Smith - Education Assistant
Hello, I am Jonlyn Smith and I have been a Education Assistant (Special Needs) since 2014. I am very passionate about working with children with special needs and I am extremely lucky to work with so many amazing kids here at South Newman Primary! My career background is in Business and Administration but following a new career path was the best thing I ever did! I was lucky enough to live in the USA for two years before starting a family. My family and I moved to Newman in 2013 - all the way from Nhulunbuy in far North East Arnhem Land, NT. My husband Terry works for BHP and my two sons, Locky and Sonny both attend South Newman Primary. I was born and raised in Jabiru, which is a small town in Kakadu National Park in the NT so I grew up fishing, camping, 4W driving and loving the outdoors. Not much has changed, my family and I love camping and 4W driving at many of the beautiful places around Newman. I am also a self confessed 'foodie' I love experimenting with new foods and cuisines and I also love baking up a storm! Prince, Michael Jackson and Madonna top my iPod play list, I am a total 80's music tragic!
Merit Awards - Week 4
Merit Awards - Week 6
Congratulations to Room 8 and Room 14 with the highest attendance of 94%