South Newman PS 24th June | issue 6 newsletter

What's coming up?

  • Monday 27 June - School reports to go home
  • Thursday 30 June - NAIDOC Day
  • Friday 1 July - Assembly Room 15 / Last day of school Term 2

Principal's Report

Dear Families,

Welcome to the last newsletter for Term 2. It’s my pleasure to announce that the art works our students produced for the Olympic Games competition, with Miss Marie, have been selected to be displayed in the Athlete’s Village in Rio. Students should feel very proud of their achievements and it is an honour that our works were selected for such an important event.

Term 3 is always an exciting time in Newman. We have our Twilight and Interschool Athletics carnivals, and the Fortescue Festival. This year Fortescue Festival weekend will be extra exciting as we will also be celebrating South Newman Primary School’s 40th Anniversary. There are several events planned for the weekend with more information to be given closer to the date.

As you may be aware, there will be some changes in our school next term. Due to increasing enrolments in Years 2, 3 and 4 we have created a new Year 3 class. It’s always a difficult decision to create a new class, due to the disruption it causes for students, but it’s one we have faced many times before, living in such a transient town. We will also be adding a third Kindy group, which will run on Wednesday afternoons, Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Mossman will be in touch on Monday with parents who have children on the Kindy wait list. We thank all families for their support with these changes.

Our school will also have a new Principal. After more than 14 years in Newman, I will be leaving to move closer to my family. I have won the Deputy Principal position at Jurien Bay District High School. I joined South Newman Primary School in 2002 as a Graduate teacher and have been extremely lucky to be part of such a wonderful school. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing staff and have had the pleasure of teaching some terrific students. I have loved being part of both the South Newman Primary School and the Newman communities, and will definitely cherish the time I’ve spent here. A new Principal will be appointed next term.

Myrissa Dix


Staff Spotlight

Sally Burton - Science Specialist

Hello! My name is Sally Burton and I have been teaching at South Newman Primary School since January 2010. I am currently teaching Science for years 1 - 6 and am really enjoying it! I started my teaching career in Port Hedland and I'm now living in Newman trying to conquer the Pilbara! I have taught both Physical Education and Art at this school and it is a great pleasure to teach so many students and form many strong friendships. My hobbies are swimming and playing soccer. I have two gorgeous girls, Stephanie in year 3 and Elouise in year 2. We have so many wonderful friends here and we're happy to call Newman home.

Julie Henare - Education Assistant

Hello! I am Julie Henare. I am an Education Assistant at our school and I currently work in Pre-Primary with the amazing Stacey Gardiner. I have been at SNPS for nearly 8 years, mostly working in Early Childhood. I moved to Newman in 2008, but originally came to Newman as a young 21 year old. Newman is where I met my husband Tiriki and went on to have my family - I have three boys. Some of the things I enjoy are spending time with my family and friends, watching the footy with my boys and I love listening to my musically talented family play.

Merit Awards - Week 8

Attendance Report

Congratulations to Room 8 with the highest attendance of 95% - well done!

School Board

Nominations will be open early in Term 3 for parents to request to join our School Board.

The School Board has a responsibility for endorsing school direction, priorities, policies such as homework, uniforms, budget approvals and community engagement.

As a board member you will be part of a group to guide the progress and future of our school. More information will follow.


Last Wednesday, we held our annual fun run on Goanna Oval to raise money for our school. Our focus this year for funds raised will be to re-establish our school garden.

Students were encouraged to walk, skip, hop or run around the oval for 1 hour with many special parents and staff joining in!

Thank you to everyone who sponsored the event - two prizes will be awarded for each class at our next assembly: one for the student who raises the most money and one for the student who ran the most laps!


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