South Newman PS 2nd June | issue 5 newsletter

What's Happening?

  • 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

Principal's Report

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.

Myrissa Dix

Staff Spotlight!

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

Attendance Report

Congratulations to Room 8 and Room 14 with the highest attendance of 94%
Thank you to Adam Miles-Woodland, Hope Muziringa & Thomas Nelson for assembling our new whiteboards and for helping us with various fix up jobs for classroom iPad use.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

Health & Fitness!

Rooms 1 and 3 have been learning about physical activities and how to maintain a healthy diet! Mrs Burton invited a special guest, Chelsea Randall V-Swans East Pilbara Regional Manager who thoroughly enjoyed speaking about her healthy eating habits and what physical activity she does to play women's AFL. During her talk she took the class outside to show some easy ways how to increase their heart rate.

Super Hero Day!

On Wednesday, our school was overtaken by many Super Hero's who came to save the day! Money raised went towards the Year 6's fundraising for their School Camp.

Scholastic Book Fair Update

Mrs Outram said that Book Fair was a fantastic success last week and lots of fabulous books were purchased. Book Fair is a fun event that allows children, parents and teachers to purchase high quality books at affordable prices, whilst earning free books for our school! Thank you to everyone who visited the Book Fair!

Olympic Village Art Competition

Schools around Australia have been invited to enter pieces of artwork for a competition where the winning entries will be put on display in the Australian Olympic Village. Miss Marie has worked with classes to research Olympic sports and the city of Rio de Janeiro. Students included elements of these in their artworks and wrote messages of good luck to our athletes.


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