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TERM DATES for 2013
Term 1 - Tue 29 Jan - Thu 28 Mar
Term 2 - Mon 15 Apr - Fri 21 June
Term 3 - Mon 15 Jul - Fri 20 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 8 Oct - Wed 4 Dec
TERM DATES for 2014
Term 1 - Wed 29 Jan - Fri 28 Mar
Term 2 - Mon 14 Apr - Fri 20 June
Term 3 - Mon 14 Jul - Fri 19 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 7 Oct - Wed 3 Dec
SIGNUP FOR THE NEWSLETTER
2014 Stationery Lists Now Available
The Stationery Lists for all Primary Classes are now available.
Please click on the relevant year level below to download your pdf copy. Tewantin Newsagency are our preferred supplier for 2014 and have been very accommodating to assist with the compilation of our lists, they will also donate a percentage of sales back to the College. Of course families are welcome to source these items from any supplier they wish. Information on how to order and delivery is included on the first page of every stationery list.
2014 Prep Stationery List
2014 Year 1 Stationery List
2014 Year 2 Stationery List
2014 Year 3 Stationery List
2014 Year 4 Stationery List
2014 Year 5 Stationery List
2014 Year 6 Stationery List
FROM THE HEAD OF PRIMARY
As I write this newsletter article, I realise just how fast the year has gone, as we are in the preparation mode for the end of year activities. However, with the year fast approaching the end, all students have been reminded that the expectations of them over the next few remaining weeks are exactly the same as it has been for the year. These expectations relate to their academic focus and attitude, their behaviour in the classroom and playground, adhering to the College dress code and their general demeanour about the school. As a staff, we want to ensure that the students’ final weeks of the year are enjoyable and productive; however, for this to occur, much of this depends on the students’ approach.
During the final weeks of Term Four, all classes will participate in the valuable Body and Relationships Education program. The students will also continue to consolidate complex topics and skills taught in their year level from the Australian Curriculum. In readiness for the 2014 academic year, teachers begin to expose students to concepts and skills that they will experience next year. Homework and tutoring will continue through until the end of Week Eight, which is Friday 29 November. Please be aware that we value the learning time for our students and we will be endeavouring to ensure that all students are engaged in learning and in preparation for 2014.
I would hope that all students remain committed to their school endeavours over the next three weeks so that they finish the school year in a really positive and rewarding manner.
Year 4 Parent Information Night
On Wednesday 27 November, an information night will be held for the current Year 4 parents regarding the Year 5 laptop program for 2014. This meeting will be held in the RGC and commence at 6.30 pm.
Classes – 2014
Over this term, the staff of the Primary school have been assisting me with determining the class lists for 2014. Many, many hours have been spent on ensuring that the class placement of every student within the primary school is carefully considered. It is a very thorough process and one which we take very seriously so that the “balance” of all classes is right. Great care is taken by the staff and me when considering the many associated issues with determining the classes. As this process is now nearing completion, I would like to stress to all families that I will not be making any changes to these lists or accepting any further requests from parents regarding class placements for next year, owing to the time, effort and care spent on devising them, keeping in mind that any change will have a big impact across the year level and cause an imbalance.
On Wednesday 4 December, the students will be informed of their class teacher for 2014 and have an opportunity to spend a session of time during the morning with their new class and teacher.
Swimming Carnival – Thursday 28 November
All the very best to the students for the upcoming Years 4 – 6 Inter-house swimming carnival, which will be held on Thursday 28 November. It would be great to see many parents there supporting and cheering on the students. In anticipation, thank you to the HPE staff for the organisation of the carnival and to the many parent supporters and workers.
Congratulations to the following students for being the recipients of our “Superstar of the Week” and “Deputy Principal’s Award” over the past fortnight:
“Superstar of the Week” – Sam Butler (Prep AC)
“Deputy Principal’s Award” – Jelyna Rubulis (Yr 6RF)
Important Dates for Term Four
There are some very important dates for the Primary School this term. Please put these into your diary:
China Friendship Schools’ 2014 Info Night: Tuesday 19 November 6.30pm
Year 5, 2014 Laptop information night: Wednesday 27 November 6.30pm
Years 4 – 6 Swimming Carnival: Thursday 28 November
Prep – Yr 3 Celebration of Learning: Friday 29 November 8.45am
Year 6 Celebration Day to Wet ‘N Wild: Monday 2 December
Yr 6 Transition Day: Tuesday 3 December
Years 4 – 6 Presentation Evening: Tuesday 3 December 6.30pm
Term Four concludes: Wednesday 4 December
I hope you have a restful weekend
Mr Robert Paterson
HEAD OF PRIMARY
FROM THE DEPUTY HEAD OF PRIMARY
Our Student Council this year have tried to focus more on service opportunities. Recently, they held a disco for the students in Prep to Year 4. This was a highly successful afternoon which was greatly enjoyed by the students. As a result of this event the students raised approximately, $1100.00. Last week they met and they have decided to contribute some money to the Philippine Typhoon, as well as providing sports equipment for lunch time play for each year level. Thank you to the College community for supporting this event and special thanks to the Student Council for their efforts this year.
Remembrance Day Service
This week two of our student leaders, Olivia Fleming and Oliver Fleming represented the College at the Coolum Remembrance Day service. They laid a wreath and were great ambassadors for St. Andrew’s, talking to community members and RSL representatives. Thank you to both Olivia and Oliver for representing our College. Our other Student Leaders were also involved in our St. Andrew’s Remembrance Day service which was held in the RGC.
Build habitual ways of showing affection
As we move towards the end of the year life becomes very busy and it is easy to overlook how important time and affection are for our children. The following tips from Dr Paula Barrett, Director of The Friends Program for Youth at Flinders University are a good reminder for us all:
‘Interpersonal rewards (time and affection) are more important than material rewards.’
- Ensure there is good one-to-one time with each child, each day – as simple as sitting on the bed to chat at bedtime.
- One parent says, ‘Find something that your child and you both like, and do it together’.
- Author Dr Ross Campbell says parents need to learn to give each child focused attention, with eye and physical contact. In How to Really Love Your Teenager, Dr Ross Campbell reminds parents that it is their responsibility to ‘emotionally nourish’ their children. It is wrong, he says, for parents to look to children for their own emotional support.
- Paula Barrett advises of the importance of being positive and encouraging, and avoiding negative refrains. She warns against an over-reliance on negative consequences and on cold shouldering as a means of discipline.
Miss Catherine Green
DEPUTY HEAD OF PRIMARY
Year 6 Allwell Test Results
The Year Six students who completed the Year Six Allwell Tests in October should have received the results of the tests. These point in time tests covered numeracy, literacy and reading, and they were facilitated by Robert Allwell & Associates Pty Ltd. This testing is aligned with NAPLAN and provided us with rich data on student understanding, improvement, and feedback on curriculum as well as teaching and learning. Each family received a report indicating individual student performance as well as additional material in the area of reading. The Bright Reading Ideas booklet with individual book suggestions for students to read were based on students’ results in the area of reading comprehension. Many of the suggested books are available for borrowing in the St Andrew’s Learning Centre. This book list is a guide only and it is recommended that families ensure that books chosen reflect your child’s age and maturity. Students who were absent for the test will sit them in February, 2014.
These results will be thoroughly reviewed by the teaching staff to ensure that individual student needs are catered for within School planning and teaching and learning programmes for 2013 and 2014.
SCIPHA Chess Tournament
On Monday November 4, twelve St Andrew’s students competed at the SCIPHA Chess Tournament at Immanuel Lutheran College. The twelve students who competed were :
Open – Primary A
Kai Tapley, Christopher Wade, Oliver Swenson, Ethan Ackroyd-Schwar
Novice – Primary
SAAC Red - Fenton Woodcock, Harry Sheppard, James Bennett, Lara Swenson
SAAC Navy - Sebastian Poxleitner, Brennan Campbell, Maya Brown, Rylan Sandford-Bell
St Andrew’s produced some pleasing results with the Open A team being placed seventh and the Novice teams placing equal fifth at the end of the tournament. Kai Tapley achieved an equal seventh in the very competitive Open A individual category while in the Novice Section, Fenton Woodcock finished equal second and Sebastian Poxleitner was equal fifth. This is the final competition for 2013 and special thanks must go to Mr Rob Paterson for his endless lunchtime games, Mr S for his wonderful guidance in the Year Three Chess program and to Mrs Candy Elley for her assistance on the day.
Ms Sue Bambling
Primary Teaching and Learning Leader
2013 Australasian Mathematical Olympiad - Years 5, 6 & 7
As an important aspect of the Mathematics Extension program students in Year 5, 6 and 7 have been involved in the Australasian Mathematical Olympiad competition. This has involved the students in the study of advanced level mathematical problem solving and then putting their skills to the test in five competitions held over a five month period. Students compete against schools across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. This year the students achieved wonderful results and both our Junior Team – Year 5 & 6 and our Senior team – Year 7, won outstanding team achievement awards for achieving team results in the top 10% of all schools competing. We also had some outstanding individual results. Madison Klinkhamer in Year 5 achieved a perfect score and the following students achieved a score in the top 10% of all competitors-
Susie – please insert Madison’s photo here
Year 5 – Madison Klinkhamer ( Perfect Score/Top Team score), Charlie Turner, Belinda Hotchin, Livvi Parfitt, Summer Gauld
Year 6 – Lillian Harding Bradburn, Moira Cairns, Jessica Collins, Charles Eldridge, Olivia Fleming, Estelle Fleming, Samuel Rieger, Marco Libera, Cheyenne Walstyn
Year 7 – Isabel Mathers (Top Team score), Adam Kahwati, Sarah Spilar, Charles Eldridge (Yr 6), Izzy Parfitt, Joshua Baker-Lahey, Eaemon Griffiths, Sarah Jackson, Lorenzo Libera, Angus Ryan, Meika Wood, Chavon Moccero-Long, Max Pettit, Saskia Rowles, Mia Smallman, Emma Wilkinson.
Congratulations to all students who competed in the 2013 Mathematical Olympiad.
Mrs Jillian Green
Head of Thinking Skills
Extension and Enrichment Coordinator
FROM THE CHINESE DEPARTMENT
Have you met our Frogs in Prep? We have been treasure hunting in Year 2, learning left and right in Year 1, chatterboxes in Year 3, counting in Year 4 and Years 5 and 6 have been revising colours. There is always so much going on in a busy Chinese classroom! Ask your child to teach you some of their new words for this term. Always feel free to email us in the languages department with any questions, or some Chinese word lists for at home on the fridge!
Megan Cleyne 陈美佳 中文老师
Teacher in Charge of LanguageS