South Newman PS 17 february | Issue 1 newsletter

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 24 February - Room 1 Assembly
  • Wednesday 1 March - New Families Meet & Greet
  • Thursday 2 March - Early Years Phonics Program Parent Information Session 8:15am - Library
  • Monday 6 March - Labour Day (Pupil Free Day)

Principal's Report

Hello and Welcome to our first official newsletter

What a busy three weeks we have had so far. The classrooms are all bustling with excitement, learning and engagement. If you haven’t had a chance to pop in and meet your child’s teacher I strongly urge you to do so. The teachers are very keen to meet all parents and show you your child’s classroom. Many teachers have already had their parent meet and greet meeting and I sincerely thank those of you who have attended.

We have had five new teachers join our school this year, Miss Celeste Franklin, Mrs Maree Bateman, Mrs Amanda Henley, Ms Tracey McCarthy and Ms Louise Mohr. All ladies are lovely and very enthusiastic about their new roles and classrooms.

We’ve had 20 new student enrolments and we welcome all new families to our school and hope you enjoy your time here. Wednesday, 1st March at 3pm and another one at 6pm we will be having a Welcome to South Newman Primary School gathering. This is a time when all new families from last year and this year are welcome to our library for a light supper, meet the administration team and each other and find out about our school. I'd like to invite parents who have children in Years 1-3 to join Mrs Dickinson in the Library at 8:15am on the 2nd of March for an information session on the new Phonics program being implemented. Mrs Dickinson will conduct a short information session before taking you on a tour throughout the classrooms seeing explicit teaching of Phonics in action.

Attendance is critical to your child’s achieving at school. Please ensure that if your child is well and in town they attend school. If you do take time off to attend events or appointments elsewhere we can assist you in temporarily enrolling your child in another school.

A few special announcements I’d like to mention are:

Sonia Hammond is now our permanent deputy principal. Once the principal’s job was finalised we were able to advertise, recruit and select a deputy. There were a number of strong applicants and I am pleased that Sonia will continue in her role permanently into the future. Sonia has a multitude of skills from her diverse teaching background and she is a genuinely fantastic person and leader. Together with Jen Dickinson who is also so incredibly good at what she does, so kind and approachable, our administration team is now complete. As principal I feel incredibly fortunate to work with a strong team.

Liesl Pensio has been our town’s Speech Therapist for many years and has always made a huge effort in working with our staff and students. We would like to publicly acknowledge the contributions Liesl has made to our staff and students in the form of education, training and support for our students with speech difficulties. The work Liesl has done has been of benefit to a huge number of students and we regard her very highly.

Thank you to the families who filled in our school survey at the end of last year. Your feedback is very valuable to us in our future planning and direction.

May you all enjoy the slightly cooler weather. Lastly, please know if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions feel free to email me or make an appointment to chat with me.

Warm regards

Katie Wallace


New Staff

Tracey McCarthy - Room 12, Maree Bateman - Room 5, Amanda Henley Room 13 & 15, Celeste Franklin - Science

Merit Awards - Week 2

Staff Profile

Mrs Maree Bateman - Year 6 Teacher, Room 5

Hi, my name is Maree Bateman, I moved to Newman in July 2015 to work on a special program at Newman Senior High School. I am now delighted to be sharing South Newman Primary Schools journey. I am the mother of seven children, two who live locally with seven delightful grandchildren and another in Tom Price with four beautiful children. My other children are spread around the country-side in Kalgoorlie, Margaret River and Perth. My husband and I brought up a further four children long term and many more as foster children from 1970 - 2009 while farming in the Three Springs, Eneabba and Morawa Districts. We are the proud grandparents of eighteen grandchildren. Our passion is camping out, fishing at Green Head and gardening. I am still passionate about teaching and in fifty years have never found a child who couldn't learn to read. I haven't found anything I'm highly talented in but have managed to have a go at most things to a necessary, level. I believe in St Francis motto, first do what is necessary, then do what's possible, Before you know it you'll be doing what you thought was impossible. I have been the Vocation Education and Training Educatory at Applecross SHS for ten years, ran a Unit for Emotionally Traumatised youths for ten years at Melville SHS, taught at North Midlands Primary Schools for three stints where I taught up to three generations of families. My goal is to spend as much time as possible sharing my grandchildren's journey's as they grow.

Assembly Item - Room 10


Attendance Report

Congratulations to Room 11 with the highest attendance of 99%!

Student Councillors

The voting process took place on Monday the 6th February, Our Year 5 and 6 students had two minutes to pitch why they should be voted as a Student Councillor. Then all year 5 and 6 students were to vote for their preferred candidate. Successful candidates were announced at the Assembly on Friday the 10th of February.

Student Councillors of 2017...

Summer Houston & Taj Lockyer

"Humorous Histories"

Ms Marie and Mrs Gillian MacDonald

Buddy Reading

Mrs Claire Chalk and Miss Jacqui Wells - Year 4/5/6 and Mrs Niomi Johnson - Year 1/2

Being read to, and reading to others, has a dramatic positive impact upon a child's learning. The purpose of this buddy reading session was not only for the upper primary students to read to the lower primary students and to share their love of reading, but also for the lower primary students to read to the upper primary students. Even those emergent readers were able to tell a story based on the pictures and develop their concepts of print. Interestingly, a Year 6 student received a lesson on trucks from a Year 1, a Year 2 and Year 6 student engaged in a rather academic conversation about the book on oceans, and when it was time to go a couple of the 1/2’s were ready to leave with their new found friends!

Talk 4 Write

Miss Stacey Gardiner - Kindy / Pre Primary Teacher, Room 17

On Monday we had a shooting star crash into our classroom. We had star dust everywhere! For Talk 4 Write this week we are looking at the song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. We have made a story board by drawing pictures and are sequencing the events of the song.

Room 20 Classroom Upgrade Process

The works are still in progress, but we are very happy with what we are seeing so far...


Our year 4's from Room 1 spent an afternoon planting some gorgeous geraniums with Ms Marie to spruce up the front of the school.

Now we water, wait and watch them grow.

Voluntary Contributions

Family Meet & Greet Invitation

Art News

Our Art Room needs your tin cans for a spectacular project. If you have any please drop them off at the front office, Thank you!



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