NEWSLETTER Ironside State School

Ironside State School
NEWSLETTER
16 September 2014 / Edition 17
2 Hawken Drive
St Lucia QLD 4067
Telephone: 07 3258 3111
DATE CLAIMERS
20.10.14 STUDENT FREE DAY
29.10.14 Junior Concert Band
MusicFest 2014 at Ferny
Grove State School
30.10.14 Kids Matter Information
Evening (6:00pm)
31.10.14 Senior Concert Band
MusicFest 2014 at Iona
College
5.11.14
Prep - Year 3 Art
Evening
6.11.14
Parent Reps Meeting
(2:00pm)
Instrumental Music Info
Night (6:30pm)
12.11.14 Years 4 - 7 Art Evening
Choral Workshop
(Years 3 - 7)
14.11.14 PUBLIC HOLIDAY (G20)
20.11.14 All Group Concert
(6:30pm)
21.11.14 Prep Orientation Day
(1:30pm - 3:00pm)
27.11.14 Festival of Carols
9.12.14
Year 6 Graduation
10.12.14 Year 7 Graduation
STUDENT ABSENCE LINE: 3258 3160
[email protected]
Facsimile: 07 3258 3100
Web: www.ironsidess.eq.edu.au
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Welcome back for Term 4. This is always a busy term finishing off 2014,
saying goodbye to our Year 7 students and for the first time our Year 6
students. We celebrate the great achievements in all areas of our
school and then set the wheels in motion for 2015 by electing our school
leaders and organising our classes. If you are not returning to Ironside
State School in 2015 please return the letter that went out this week or
contact our administration office on 32583111 to assist us to transition
smoothly to 2015.
Monday 20 October is a pupil free day. There will be no supervision at
the school on that day. Please check with afterschool care on 38709849
if you require supervision on that day. The staff will be participating in
professional development with International Educator, Lane Clark.
Lane has a well-earned reputation as an expert in powerful pedagogy
and in the design and delivery of engaging curriculum. Lane explores
the processes of learning while taking a light hearted look at some of
the current practices within many of our schools. Lane believes that in
the future, how we educate will be more important than what we
educate about, and that we need to work with students on how to
learn, how to think, and the relationship between the two.
PREP ORIENTATION DAY
Friday 21 November from 1:30pm - 3:00pm. This is a valuable opportunity
for children to come to school and get a “taste” of what is ahead in
2015. If you know families who have not enrolled for Prep in 2015 please
ask them to contact our office.
HIGH SCHOOL OPEN DAYS SMOOTH THE WAY
It’s an exciting time for both our Year 6 and Year 7 students who will
move to high school in 2015. No matter where your child will attend high
school, taking part in open events, information evenings and orientation
or taster days is an important step toward a smooth transition between
primary and secondary education.
Term 4 is normally the time that high schools open their classrooms to
incoming students, so be sure to check with your chosen high school
about upcoming opportunities for you and your child to tour the facilities
and meet the teachers.
We will continue to work closely with Indooroopilly High School to
support students to make a smooth transition.
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SCHOOL COUNCIL SURVEY
The School Council is responsible for guiding the broad strategic direction of the school. In viewing the
Strategic Plan, the Council is seeking the views of the school community regarding the important strategic issues
facing the school. The Council would therefore appreciate your participation in a short survey to assist the
Council in its strategic analysis. The survey consists of one question and can be accessed by the following link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B6GZWMY
What is the most important school/community issue you would like the school council to consider and address?
JOIN IN THE FIGHT AGAINST SUGAR, BY PETER VOZVOTECA
Help us solve the problem..."How might we help our kids make better decisions about sugar consumption, in the
face of conflicting and confusing information"
As a parent (with a child attending Ironside State School), I am concerned about childhood obesity and
obesity-related conditions which have reached alarming levels on a local and global scale. According to the
2007-2008 National Health Survey (NHS), 25% of Australian children are obese or overweight. Childhood obesity
is associated with both short-term and long-term physical and mental health conditions such as Type 2
Diabetes, Tooth Decay & Gum Disease, Cardio-vascular Disease and Orthopaedic disorders. Despite several
government initiatives to address the problem, the situation is deteriorating. In particular, we want to focus on
the main culprit; sugar!
If you are passionate about this problem, join the fight!
Several Brisbane-based social innovation designer are committed to engaging with the community to identify
meaningful solutions to this problem using Human-Centred Design methodology. The Ironside State School have
joined the fight and we are looking for the community (Parents, Students, Teachers, Experts) to participate in this
project on a number of levels including joining the project team. By providing us with your stories,
personal experiences and expertise we will achieve a deeper understanding of the problem space. We will use
this information in addition to other customer research to develop unique insights. These insights will then be
used to conduct community brainstorming sessions to generate unique and practical concepts.
For more information contact Peter Vozvoteca at [email protected] or download the
project information pack. You can also join the on-line Google+ Community to help us find innovative
and sustainable solutions to this problem.
Yours in Education
Angela Douglas
Principal
NEWS FROM THE OFFICE
YEAR 5 CAMP PAYMENTS
Could all parents/guardians of Year 5 students please ensure that the payment for camp is made by
Monday 20 October. Please contact the school office should you need to discuss this. Thank you.
Tanya Isherwood
Business Service Manager
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NEWS FROM MS RUDDICK
Welcome back to Term 4 and welcome any new families to the school. It is certainly going to be another busy
and rewarding term for everyone at Ironside.
STRING PROGRAMME IN 2015
A decision has been made to commence the String Programme from Year 2 in 2015. Ironside’s String Teacher,
Ms Weekes will be sending home further information to our current Year 1 parents.
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR KATYA
Sadly, past Ironside student, Katareeya (Katya) Epp lost her battle with cancer on 6 October. Katya graduated
from Year 7 in 2011. A memorial service is being planned and will be held at Ironside in the Hall on
Saturday 1 November commencing at 10am. Katya’s parents and younger sister, Tamarine will be flying to
Brisbane from Prague to attend the service. A morning tea will follow after the service. If you would like to assist
with the catering by bringing a plate on the day, please contact Lisa Napier. Lisa’s e-mail is [email protected] .
If anyone has any photographs they would like to share or speak at the service, please contact me. I also have
their mail address if anyone would like to send a card to the family. Our thoughts and prayers go to the Epp
family from the Ironside community.
PARENT REPS FOR 2014
The next Parent Rep meeting will be held on Thursday 6 November at 2:00pm in the staffroom.
ART EVENINGS
Wednesday 5 November from 6:00pm -7:30pm Prep-3 Art Evening in the Hall
Wednesday 12 November from 6:00pm -7:30pm Years 4-7 Art Evening in the Hall
Please see flyer on Page 5 for further information.
2015 PREP ENROLMENT
If you reside in the Ironside catchment area or have a sibling currently enrolled at Ironside and have not made
an appointment to enrol your child into Prep for 2015, please contact the main office to make a booking.
KIDS MATTER
Please see flyer on Page 4 about Ironside’s Information Evening on Thursday 30 October.
2015 DIARY DATE
For families who would like to wait until 2015 to purchase school uniforms and other requirements, the School
Shop will be opened on Thursday 22 January 2015 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. The school year commences on
Tuesday 27 January 2015.
Kind Regards
Janice Ruddick
Deputy Principal
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NEWS FROM MR KNIGHTS
STEM
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths)
program. The Ironside Students won two(2) of the categories. All of the students did an amazing job and I would
like to thank Mrs Murray for coordinating the students across the term.
CONTACT DETAILS AND EMAIL UPDATE FOR REPORT CARDS
In Term 4 all report cards will be sent electronically to parents and care givers. This is a whole school change
from the paper driven reports all schools have previously sent home. A letter has been sent home to the eldest
in the family asking for parents to check, and update where necessary, their contact details including their
place of residence, phone numbers and email addresses. This will be placed into the school system ready for
the reporting period in Term 4.
ICALe
Thanks to all parents who came to the parent information evening again last night. Expressions of interest will go
out tomorrow and will be due back in Week 4. The cost of the program is $1400 in total. To help accommodate
the 2015 classes new furniture is being ordered that will allow for better posture whilst working.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE)
All RE classes will commence tomorrow and finish on Friday 21 November with a combined class on
Friday 28 November to celebrate Christmas.
WEBSITE
Check out the Queensland Schools Smart App to keep in touch with Ironside. It’s available for Android, IOS and
also Win 8 computers.
MOBILE MUSTER
Mobile muster is on again. If you have any old and unwanted phones working or not please hand them in to
the front office and I will collate and send away. All mobile phones are sent away to be recycled into a number
of new item such as fence posts for country areas. This year we are aiming for 5kg of phones.
Adam Knights
Deputy Principal
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P&C News
Welcome back after the school holidays. Thinking about every student returning home safe each and every
day, the following safety tips from “A Queensland Guide to School Road Safety” spring to mind:

When driving and in the car, make sure your child uses the car door on the kerb side (known as the safety
door) not the roadside.

When driving near schools or school zones, be alert when passing a stationary bus as children often dash out
to cross the road.

Don’t park in no-stopping zones or use them as drop off areas. These zones are meant to be clear of
vehicles so that pedestrians and other motorists can see what’s going on.
SKIP-A-THON
Thank you to all the children who took part in this fun event; and thank you to all those who have made their
sponsorship payments.
Due to the skip-a-thon being delayed a week, it is recognised that it may have been difficult for some parents
and guardians to collect the funds raised before the end of Term 3, as originally proposed. Now in the second
week of Term 4, the P&C is working on bringing this fundraiser to a conclusion.
The awarding of the prize to the pupil that raised most money and the class that raised most money will be
based on the funds received as of 15 October 2014, the date of this newsletter, and will be announced at the
first available school assembly.
TUCKSHOP
The end of Term 3 sausage sizzle was a great success with a profit of over $750. Big thank you to IGA St Lucia for
giving us the sausages at cost price. Also thanks to Tim and Gina Noble, Ray Osborne, Isobel Khursandi, and
Iana Golitsyna for helping to make this day such a success.
As mentioned in the last Newsletter, Sushi is now available two times per week, on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Also, just a reminder that our tuckshop is now open Fridays. To all those who have volunteered for Friday
tuckshop, thank you! We are still a number of volunteers short across all tuckshop days however. If you could
assist on any day of the week would you please email Laurel at [email protected]
UNIFORM SHOP
As discussed at the past several P&C meetings and as previously reported in the school Newsletter, our Shops
Committee has conducted a review of uniform suppliers. All DETE preferred suppliers have obligations for the
provision of school uniforms as defined in the Deed of Agreement: DETESOA-101124. This agreement includes
obligations relating to pricing, compliance with standards, independent testing of fabric (fabric weight, colour,
colourfastness, shrinkage, pilling), delivery and packaging, stockholdings, service and support, and reporting.
Following this review, the P&C placed an order for uniforms with a new supplier and the Shops Committee has
recently approved the colour swatches. Also, a sample garment (not in Ironside colours) is still available in the
uniform shop should parents wish to assess the quality.
Once fully implemented, the Shops Committee expects to be able to reduce the value of uniform stock held by
the P&C from over $50,000 in 2014 to less than $20,000 in 2015, and continue to provide excellent garment
quality and service. Any reduction in stock value achieved represents a one-time freeing up of cash for the
P&C to use for the benefit of students at Ironside.
BOOKSHOP
2015 book lists have recently been sent home with the children. Online orders are due Monday 20 October or
return to the school by Tuesday 21 October. If you do not have your booklist for next year please contact your
classroom teacher for a copy.
By ordering through the P&C's bookshop you are ensuring that your children have all the correct school supplies
in a very convenient manner, at a reasonable price, and you will be supporting the P&C and your school.
Sincerely,
Stephen Dowdle
President - Ironside State School P&C Association
[email protected]
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YEAR 3 NEWS
Year 3 students have been developing their good writing skills through working with The Lorax. They have
explored nonsense words to add humour, added alliteration to create caring feelings in their readers and have
used onomatopoeia to bring a BANG! to the overall message ‘We are all responsible for looking after our
environment’. The students would like to share a sampling of their writing with the Ironside School Community
and hope you have a little chuckle as you remember your own experiences reading Dr Seuss.
….the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear . Unless someone like you cares a whole
awful lot, nothing is going to get better, It’s not…
“It was a peaceful day in Truffula Land with ripple-blue ponds and a lovely, sapphire sky. Oh! I forgot to mention
sweet, sweet Truffula fruit and a variety of colourful Truffula trees. KA-THUMP! I fell down the Truffula tree I was
trying to get a Truffula fruit from, when I saw a cart approach up a greeny-grass hill. It had ‘The Once-ler’ on it
and it was pulled by a donkey. “Oh,” came a sound from the cart “Truffula trees!” Some Creature got out of the
cart and built a weird-looking tent shop. Oh! I forgot to introduce myself: “William the Wise Brown Bar-Ba-loot at
your service.” I am a small, quick and curious Brown Bar-Ba-loot (I reckon so anyway).”
Lucy 3H
“Hi, I’m Flippers the humming fish! I love to swim with the Lorax, play ‘scratched you’ in the silvery, spiky sand
and do humming concerts under the feeble, green light of the sickle-sackle sea plants. I live in a beautiful,
healthy, magical world called Truffulaland.”
Hasara 3F
“…and then there was only me. I saw the axe coming closer. I closed my eyes. I felt my head fall to the ground
with a big thump! Everything turned upside down. I started to fall asleep. Everything faded away. I died.”
Jane 3S
“I am a brown Bar-ba-loot named Ed and I am going to tell you an amazing story. One day, I was happily
climbing to get some delicious, mouth watering Truffula fruit for the Hubba Bubba Feast. I loved climbing the
tall colourful Truffula Trees, eating their fruit and best of all, playing with my friends the Humming-Fish and
Swomme-Swans under the exquisite clouds and the glorious blue as glue sky. I felt very jolly like my head was
going to explode!
Later on a 'thing' came rolling along, squashing our pathway. Splash! It rode straight through our pond! A weird,
glassy monster stepped out and in his hand was a silvery stick. With a bulky hack, down came one of my
Truffula friends. I sighed with sorrow.”
Ethan 3L
“One day I awoke to a wild, wilder whack! Then a chop!, Then a smack! After that,
three trees fell to the ground.. Bang! Bang! Bang! Oh Ah, The great Lorax. He was
mighty distracted. I felt something terribly bad was going to happen. He was mad.
Steaming mad. Red as a hot red chillie pepper. I knew it was wrong. Something
terribly wrong. My stomach squeezed tight like I was going to vomit and bells rang
alarm in my ears.”
Annabelle 3K
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MUSIC NEWS
BAND STUDENTS – Woodwind, Brass & Percussion
MUSICFEST 2015 PERFORMANCES

Senior Concert Band – MusicFest 2014, Friday 31 October 7:00pm for 8:00pm performance – Iona College,
85 North Road, Wynnum West

Junior Concert Band – MusicFest 2014, Wednesday 29 October 7:10pm for 8:10pm performance – Ferny
Grove State School
Students will be required to wear their Music Performance uniforms with black socks and black shoes to
MusicFest performances.
RECRUITMENT FOR 2015
Letters of offer are being distributed this week. Parents of students who accept enrolment to commence
participation in the Instrumental Music Program in 2015 will be required to attend an information evening on
Thursday 6 November at 6:30pm in the hall. If your child has not received an offer in this round, there may be a
possibility that an offer will be received at a later date.
SMARTMUSIC SOFTWARE UPDATE
Term 4 assessment pieces are now available in your Smartmusic classes.
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES AND IMPORTANT REMINDERS
All Group Concert
Thursday 20 November
6:00pm for 6:30pm start
Festival of Carols
Thursday 27 November
TBA
Happy listening & happy music-making!
Ms Janelle Lee Long ([email protected])
Mr John Grainger ([email protected])
Instrumental Music Teachers - Band
SPORT NEWS
WEEK 3 (FRIDAY 24 OCTOBER) SPORT REARRANGEMENTS DUE TO YEAR 5 CAMP
Due to Year 5 camp in Week 3 this term, we have had to make the following rearrangements on 24 October to
compensate for absent staff and reduced student numbers. Thank you for your understanding and if you have
any concerns, please contact Mr Knights.

TaeKwon-Do, Ultimate Frisbee, Flippaball, Gymnastics, Cricket, Boys Basketball & Senior Girls Basketball will
go ahead as per usual.

Junior Girls Basketball - all Junior girls teams will forfeit and Mrs Cowan-Dillon will take the remaining four Year
6 girls with her to St Aidans, Ambiwerra, with the Senior Girls who will play as per usual.

Softball & Jump Rope - forfeit/cancel due to low numbers- all remaining students will to join Ultimate Disc on
the Ironside Oval.
Sarah Walters
HPE SPECIALIST
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FRIDAY SPORT RESULTS
Friday Sport 2014 Semester 2, Week 5 Date: 19/09/14
Sport
Division
Opposition
Score
Winners
Softball
Boys
Girls
Junior A
Sherwood
8-22
Sherwood
basketball
Junior B
Indooroopilly
24-0
Indooroopilly
Senior A
Toowong
8-14
Toowong
Senior B1
Indooroopilly
6-18
Ironside
Senior B2
Toowong
0-58
Ironside
Boys
Senior A1
Graceville
20-12
Ironside
basketball
Senior A2
Indooroopilly
11-7
Ironside
Senior B
Toowong
22-2
Toowong
Junior A
Graceville
16-16
Draw
Junior B
Toowong
6-4
Ironside
Blue Senior
Indooroopilly
-
Forfeit
Blue Junior
Indooroopilly
-
Forfeit
Green Senior
Sherwood
6-5
Sherwood
Green Junior
Sherwood
6-0
Ironside
Red Senior
Graceville
10-5
Graceville
Red Junior
Graceville
5-2
Ironside
Senior
Sherwood
197-162
Sherwood
Junior 1
Corinda
144-62
Corinda
Junior 2
Corinda
120-140
Ironside
Flippaball
Cricket
BYE
Friday Sport 2014 Semester 2, Week 6 Date: 10/10/14
Sport
Opposition
Score
Winners
Softball
Boys
Corinda
44-3
Ironside
Girls
Junior A
St Aidans
14-6
St Aidans
basketball
Junior B
Sherwood
8-6
Ironside
Senior A
St Aidans
6-4
St Aidans
Senior B1
Sherwood
10-2
Ironside
Senior B2
Corinda
4-28
Ironside
Boys
Senior A1
Corinda
24-20
Corinda
basketball
Senior A2
Senior B
Junior A
Graceville
20-18
Ironside
Junior B
Graceville
22-2
Graceville
Blue Senior
Graceville
7-3
Graceville
Blue Junior
Graceville
5-4
Ironside
Green Senior
Indooroopilly
13-7
Ironside
Green Junior
Indooroopilly
5-4
Indooroopilly
Red Senior
Sherwood
6-1
Sherwood
Red Junior
Sherwood
11-4
Ironside
Corinda
127-98
Corinda
Junior 1
CTK
143-69
Ironside
Junior 2
Corinda
157-92
Ironside
Flippaball
Cricket
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Division
Senior
Tuckshop News
Term 4 Week 3
Date
Tuckshop
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
20/10
21/10
22/10
23/10
24/10
Date
Homebake
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
20/10
21/10
22/10
23/10
PUPIL FREE DAY (No school)
Penny Garnett, Alfi Eustace, Siti Murtafiah (11:00am – 2:00pm)
Nicci Wackwitz, Samantha Nguyen, Jennifer Liu, Nicole Seeto, Carrie Furey (8:30am -11:00am)
Naomi Ito, Akiko Shirakawa, Chigusa Hasegawa, Yukie Ishioka
Iana Golitsyna, Behnaz Behi, Alison Crane, Gina Noble
PUPIL FREE DAY (No school)
Arava Rosenbaum, Treena Wigan, Nadia Fernandez
Mary Burrell, Fiona Himstedt, Nadia Fernandez
Lisa Fogden, Annette Hepburn
Term 4: Week 4
Date
Tuckshop
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
27/10
28/10
29/10
30/10
31/10
Date
Homebake
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
27/10
28/10
29/10
30/10
Sue Boulton, Maria Clark, Karen Barazza
Akiko Kitano, Yoko Igawa, Hitomi Kaneko, Emiko Ogake
Nicole Seeto, Samantha Nguyen, Miwa Kolb
Lily Lin, Uni Yang, Irene Tang, Siti Murtafiah (11:00am - 2:00pm)
Iana Golitsyna, Gina Noble, Ray Osborne, Wendy Nicholson
Ros Gilbert, Silvia Velez, Lisa Forster
Andrea Webb – Jolly, Weena Jayalath, Lori Graham
Helen Birchall, Cindy Davies, Maree Liessmann
Mara Christa, Linda Graham, Tania Ferguson
Jane Wurth (0409 060 653)
Tuckshop Convener
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