Thursday, 21st November 2013 TERM 4 WEEK 7

Thursday, 21st November 2013
Last day for Bendigo School Banking
Indra Visit - Preps
Healthy Lunch Day - Preps
Indra Visit - Preps
Christmas Service 9.15am -10.45am
2 - 13
Carols Night - 5pm
Special Sushi Lunch
Creative Music Concert 4.15pm
Creative Music Concert 4.15pm
Last Day for Canteen
Parent Helper Morning Tea
Year 6 Graduation
Taskworks Excursion - Year 6
Term 4 Dismissal 1.30pm
January 2014 (new)
Uniform Shop open 9.30am - 11.00am
2014 Contributions payments 9.30am-11.00am
Curriculum Day
First day Term 1 - Grades 1 - 6 - 9.00am
Preps commence 9.00am - 12.30pm
Preps attend 9.00am - 12.30pm
It’s a bit confronting isn’t it, when you have a notice in front of
you saying, ‘Christmas Raffle’ – where did that year go? I was
also greeted by a child this week who asked me with such
enthusiasm if I had the Christmas AP on my phone, I clearly
looked confused and was promptly told about an app that you
can put on your phone that will tell you how many days, hours
and minutes till Christmas…..hmmm not sure I want to know.
Well I suppose we can’t put our head in the sand, so here goes.
We do have a Christmas raffle again this year, which will be
drawn at our carols night on the 5th December. You will have
received a set of 10 raffle tickets priced at $1 each and there are
some great prizes to be won. All money and stubs need to be
returned to the office by Friday 29th November, so good luck!!
Please pop in your calendar the school carols’ night. It is a
lovely opportunity to get together as a community and celebrate
not only the festive session, but also the end of the school year.
A sausage sizzle will be operating on the night; so come along,
have a meal with us and join in the festive singing and great
Last Friday evening the Year 6s ran their Graduation Disco. It
was so well attended and it was a terrific night. The kids clearly
enjoyed themselves and I think it was clear message that night
time discos are certainly the way to go. Funds raised will go a
long way to helping fund the Year 6 Graduation activities, which
is always such a highlight for the students.
On Tuesday we had our second Prep transition session, once
again all went smoothly and the little ones are clearly feeling
quite comfortable after all their sessions of story time and
spending so much time at school already. Transition for the rest
of the school will be starting very soon. We are working hard on
getting the classes for 2014 organised and there will be two
extra classes next year as our numbers have increased
significantly. We have recently employed two new teachers to
take those grades and we were absolutely thrilled with the
calibre of applicants this year, which made our decision very
difficult. Jennifer Tran and Tahnee Ramsey are the two
successful applicants and you will get a chance to meet them
over the next few weeks when we run our whole school
transition sessions.
As I have already let you know, we will be starting the building
works where we will be joining the two new portables together
and building a gallery and decking area. We are currently have
plans drawn up and tenders let and are hoping to start by the
end of the year. With Christmas and New Year it may be
difficult to have this space complete by the beginning of the
2014 school year so the four grades affected could be operating
out of different spaces until the building is complete. We will try
and keep this time to a minimum, however we are blessed with
having some excellent learning and teaching spaces around the
school that we will be able to use for this purpose in the short
term. We will keep you posted as to how this will play out.
Yesterday the Year 6s went on the annual ‘Walk to the G’, this is
our fundraiser for the important charity ‘State School Relief’.
This charity provides school clothing for families who are
struggling to afford the basics. Each walker needed to raise $25
to be eligible to walk to the MCG. The remaining students had a
mini walkathon back here at school and it was great to see the
all the children united in a common goal to raise money for a
worthy charity.
Our intensive swimming program is coming up in the next few
weeks starting on the 2nd December. This is clearly
disappointing for some who would like to start the program
earlier and have already turned up in their bathers ready to go –
very cute! If you haven’t yet completed the payments for the
swimming program please see Margaret in the office. Margaret
is currently very busy giving out 2014 book packs as families
pay their school fees. So when you are able, your child’s books
are ready and waiting for you in the office.
Well that’s all from me for this week.
Have a great weekend with your family.
Talk soon.
Glenda Schubert
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Metal to Metal
The last day you can dump your metal rubbish is Monday 25th
November by 4pm, as the bin is being collected on Tuesday
26th November. The products that are able to go into the bin
Stainless steel & Brass
Copper & Aluminium
Car & car parts
Clothes lines
Lawn mowers
Steel beams
White goods
Computer towers
Car batteries
Electrical cables
Hot water systems
Taps, pipes & plumbing
Colour bond fencing
Guttering & tools
Roof sheeting
Pots & Pans
Soft drink cans
Christmas Carols - Thursday 5th December - Sausage Sizzle
Thank you to all the people who have returned their forms. We
still have quite a few time spots that need filling, so if you are
able to help it would be much appreciated.
Christmas Raffle
Raffle tickets went home last week, and the winners will be
drawn on Carols Night at around 6pm. Prizes are listed on the
tickets and photos of these great prizes are in the main foyer,
atrium and the prep and grade 3 areas. Tickets and money
need to be returned by 29th November.
Market Night - May 2014
In order to run this night we need 20 stalls, so if you or anyone
you know would be interested in holding a stall please contact
Nicky on 0419 561 046.
Bronwyn McIlroy
Wednesday, 27th November
Sally Payne
Joanne Lamb
Friday, 22nd November
Sarah Wilson - 4JL
Swimming - 3rd instalment - $35.00 due 22nd Nov
2014 Contributions - payment in full due 13th December
or 1st instalment - $125.00 due 22nd November
Christmas Raffle Tickets - due 29th November
2014 Year 6 Camp - $100 deposit due 13th December
Last uniform orders for 2013 will be filled on Tuesday, 26th
November. Out of stock orders have been placed and we
expect delivery in the first week of December.
Uniform shop will open on Thursday 23rd January 2014
between 9.30am and 11.00am.
This is our final week for borrowing books from our Library. I
would like all parents and students to return their library
books by Friday, November 29th as we will be commencing
our annual stock take the following Monday.
Thank you to all the students who came and danced the night
away at the OGPS disco.
The disco was a huge success and we raised a good amount of
money to help out with Year 6 graduation expenses.
Hopefully it is even bigger and better next year!
Level 4 Team
Sean, Isaac - PK
Ryan - 3/4W
George, Kevin - PN
James - 4CM
Alannah - 1JM
Kayla, Erin - 5/6B
Tim - 1JS
Jacob - 5/6D
Joel, Sienna - 1SL
Lachlan - 5/6H
Tom, Jochem, Caelan, Tess, Penelope, Lily - 3DJ
Hamish - 3KT
Language Assistant
Orchard Grove has been successful in its application for a Spanish
Language Assistant next year. This is a program funded and run
by the Department of Education. Raquel is from Barcelona and is
a qualified translator/interpreter. She will be assisting at Orchard
Grove two days a week and Berwick Primary School the other two
days. She will be here in Australia for a year and will provide an
excellent opportunity for our students to learn more about Spanish
language and culture. We look forward to planning exciting
projects together.
Well, the end of term and the school year are fast approaching,
along with the wonderful spirit of Christmas, making us all very
busy and rushed to attend as many Christmas parties as possible.
So, to add to all the craziness I’d like to invite all the wonderful
canteen volunteers to attend a dinner/drinks night at “Groove
Train” (Burwood One) on Wednesday 11th December at 7.30pm.
I am so grateful to you all for volunteering your time and it will be
a treat to sit, eat, drink and relax with you all. If you’d like to
check out the Groove Train menu/prices please see their website.
Please RSVP by Wednesday 3rd December, to my mobile 0407 853
812 or write your name on the notice board at the canteen.
Looking forward to seeing you on the night.
Just a reminder there will be no hot food offered with lunch
orders from Monday 2nd December.
The last day of canteen will be Monday 16th December.
The children have been quite happy to get outside this week at
OSH Club! As we have had quite a few rainy days of late we have
been confined to inside - but fortunately we have been able to use
the PAC room to play a variety of ball games which the children
have enjoyed. We have also been able to AASC this week, and all
of the children enjoyed playing relays and a variety of sports
Christmas is around the corner, and we are beginning to get some
activities going to accommodate this. The children have been all
very consumed with making God’s eyes, and we have been decorating our room with them. The kids have done an excellent job of
this. Owing to continued requests we have almost run out of wool!
We hope you are getting ready for the big Christmas surge that
will be incoming soon!
Matt, Koz and all OSHC staff.
We are collecting items of food
for distribution to needy families
via the Wesley Mission.
If you are able to contribute to these
hampers, it would be very much
Please ensure that we receive food items
which have not reached the ‘use by’ date.
Collection point is at the office.
Thanking you in anticipation of a
generous response.
Margaret Gill (Social Service Coordinator)
Gingerbread House
Wow your friends and family with your very own hand made gingerbread house. Avenue Neighbourhood House at 87
Eley Rd. Blackburn South, is conducting a hands on session where your tutor will make a house during the class, and with
the tutors instruction you will make a gingerbread box, giving you the opportunity to practise piping and icing skills so
that you can go home and make your own house. At the end of the class you will have witnessed how to make a gingerbread house and you will take home a gingerbread box decorated and wrapped ready to give as a gift or put on your
Christmas table. Conducted on Saturday 30th November. Further details and bookings on 9808 2000.