Term 1 Week 7.pub - Balaklava Primary School

Term 1
Week 7
Mar 12th
2015
Balaklava Primary School
PO BOX 108 29 Wallace St, Balaklava SA 5461 Phone: (08) 88621660 Fax: (08) 88621009
e-mail: [email protected]
DIARY DATES:
TERM 1
MARCH
TOMORROW
Fri 13th Swimming
Carnival
Wed 18th Tony
Bones ‘Bullying’
performance
WK 9
Interview Week
TERM 2
Dear Families,
FAMILY/SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
We are always working towards improving student learning outcomes and
appreciate all communication and feedback from our families. We know that
parental encouragement and support for learning activities have a positive impact
on children’s learning, and parents need relevant information to enable them to
support the learning and achievement of their children. This fortnightly
newsletter is one of the ways we try to keep you informed and up to date about
learning and school events. We also use our Facebook page and are currently
updating the school’s website.
So how do you think we are doing in providing you with the information you
would like and need?
We often send surveys home with limited response so before the end of the term
you may receive a phone call to ask you how you think we are going and what
you would like to see us build on or do a bit differently. If you don’t receive a call
but would like to express your views please contact us and let us know.
MAY
Mon 4th—Wed
6th Rowland,
Richards, Churchett
camp
Week 3 NAPLAN
ASSEMBLIES
Term 1
Weeks 6, 8, 11
STUDENT/PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS
Interviews are another important way we communicate and provide important
information about your child’s learning. Notes have been sent home to arrange
times to meet with you for our student/parent/teacher interviews in week 9 and
we would encourage you to come along and find out how your child is doing. If
you can’t make an allocated time due to other commitments, please talk to your
child’s teacher to arrange another mutually convenient time.
BUSES
A large number of our children use the school buses to get to and from school.
To help drivers keep their attention on the road and keep everyone safe we have
a bus behaviour code that we expect all children will follow. This includes staying
seated while the bus is moving, wearing seatbelts and speaking and treating
others with respect. When children choose not to follow these rules it distracts
drivers and potentially could cause an accident. Drivers inform the school if
children are not following rules and fill in ‘blue slips’ These slips are posted
home. After a second blue slip we talk to students and make an effort to contact
parents to let them know a third blue slip will result in suspension from the bus
for up to 5 days. Serious incidents can result in immediate removal.
If your child travels by bus can you please remind them of our rules as safety is
our main aim.
.
If parents have any concerns regarding the buses or drivers please contact the
school directly and do not approach drivers. We will make all efforts to respond
in a timely manner. If you have not received a copy of the bus behaviour policy
we will be happy to forward one on to you.
Tricia Joseph
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From the Pastoral Support Worker
I love watching young people work together for a
common cause. This often occurs in sport, but it
does happen in other areas too.
On Tuesday this week I took
a group of 3 Year 7 students
(Joseph,
Jasmine
and
Ailisha) to Watervale Primary
School, to be part of a
Young
Environmental
Leaders forum. They met
with students from Watervale Primary and also
Auburn Primary, and spent the day looking at
“sustainability” and what it means with respect to
school and possible garden projects. They did a
number of activities, looked around Watervale
Primary School, and came back with many
thoughts floating through their heads with
respect to what can happen here at Balaklava
Primary.
The students had to work together on a couple of
things, with fairly rigid time expectations, and
come up with some quick and apt solutions.
Watching them organise each other, get ideas
down on paper, come up with workable concepts,
and cooperate to make things happen quickly was
impressive. In fact all the students present did it
very well. They were focussed, prepared to share
ideas, “bend a little” to engage somebody else’s
ideas, and all in all did a very good job at working
together. There was no designated leader,
nobody who “took charge” and nobody who
dominated the conversation. Everybody worked in
harmony to achieve a successful result. They will
now spend time back at school seeing how far
they can take their projects.
Working together was the key for the day. If one
person had dominated, or one person had not
participated and pulled their weight, then the day
would not have been successful.
This is what we try to do at school, when we
engage the students in group activities.
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t…
but today it worked….and the overall result was
excellent! Well done guys! An extremely good day
that hopefully produces some good results for the
school in the not so distant future.
Woody
COUNSELLOR’S CORNER
EVERYONE NEEDS A FRIEND
Children’s friendships often have their ups and
downs. When friendships are going well they
support children’s emotional wellbeing and
confidence, as well as providing someone to play
with.
Positive friendships help children have fun, and
also help them cope during periods of stress and
change. That is why having friends at school is
so important for children.
Core friendship skills for children.
Cooperation
•
How to share and take turns, how to work
together towards a common goal.
Communication
•
Using words to explain what you want and
listening to others respectfully
•
Paying attention to body language (eg.
making eye-contact, smiling, being able to
read others’ nonverbal reactions)
Understanding and managing feelings
•
Being able to express feelings in ways that
help others understand you
•
Recognising and responding to others’
feelings
Accepting and including others
•
Recognising others’ needs for respect and
friendship.
Cherie Cleary
YOUNG ENVIRONMENTAL
LEADERS FORUM
On Tuesday the 10th we went to Watervale
Primary School for a Young Environmental
Leaders (YEL) forum. We met students from
Watervale Primary and Auburn Primary. We
stayed for the whole day and did activities about
sustainability and environmental problems in the
world. We came up with a name and logo for our
school group. We are called the Balak Spiny
Daisies (BSD). We had a tour of Watervale
Primary and came up with ideas to improve our
school. Overall our day was a great success.
Joseph, Jasmine and Ailisha
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MUSIC NEWS
LIBRARY NEWS
PREMIER’S READING
CHALLENGE 2015
Diary Dates
Term 1
Week 8/9 Choir uniform fitting
Week 11 Choir assessment Tues 1:00 –3:00 pm
Term 2
Choir performs at Saturday Anzac Day ceremony,
Dawn Service—April 25th.(Last Saturday of the
Term 1 holidays)
Looking Ahead
Term 3
Week 2 Balaklava Eisteddfod: July 31st, Aug 1st,
Aug 2nd.
Week 6 & 9 Festival of Music Adelaide Rehearsal
Concert
“house team points awarded to students taking
part in out-of-school events”
Week 10 Balaklava Show—National Anthem
Uniforms
Again we are really encouraging you to have a
kilt made as we only have 17 in stock to lend and
30 girls in the choir.
Material is $18 per metre (from the Front Office)
and you will need approx. 1.5m. Liz Kibbler
charges $25 to make a kilt (address available)
unless you have someone else to do it. That is
approx. $60 and they are adjustable and last for
so long. We are considering purchasing them
back when your child has finished.
Bronny Cottle
TERM 1 PERFORMANCE
Tony Bones—Bully Bull-Ring will visit the school
for a performance next Wednesday 18th
March, 9am.
See across
Students who have not paid the annual
Performance fee will need to pay $7 per
performance. Money for the Tony Bones
performance must be paid before 3pm
Tuesday 17th March.
Due to the 9pm start no money can be accepted
on the day.
Around the World in 221 days
Now
boarding for
The
Philippines
Last week we achieved our first plane load of
PRC flyers who took off for Japan. We are now
boarding for the Philippines.
You can observe our journey on the board at
the western side of the OSU Well.
Cherie Cleary
PRC Pilot
BookClub
Scholastic Book Club orders are due on or
before Mon 16th March. Late orders can not be
accepted.
SAPSASA SUMMER CARNIVAL
Reports and Photos to come next newsletter.
If you have any photos , please email to
[email protected] They may be
used &/or will be stored for schools history.
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CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY
Sunday 1st March was ‘Clean Up Australia Day’
across Australia. Students at Balaklava Primary
School helped clean up Balaklava on Friday 27th
February. Classes cleaned up rubbish from
around the schools, swimming pool and town
oval and courts. Well done to the positive
attitude to the clean up by the students.
Mrs Wood’s class cleaned up the area around
the fence line of the school
Room 6 helped to clean up around the swimming pool and the BPS boundary fence
BUDDY READING
Each
week
Mrs
Leicester’s year 4/5
class
and
Mrs
Russell’s R/1 class
meet
for
Buddy
Reading. This is a
time
where
the
‘bigger’ buddies read
and promote reading
comprehension skills with the ‘younger’ buddies.
This is done by the
bigger
buddies
reading to the
younger buddies
whilst
using
coloured cards to
promote thinking
and questioning.
By engaging with
the story and by promoting oral language skills,
we can understand the text more easily than just
trying to read it by ourselves.
First the bigger
buddies choose a
book that they
think
their
younger buddies
will enjoy. Next
we meet up with
each other to
participate
in
reading.
We
need to make sure that we find a comfortable
spot to read. After that the bigger buddies read
the story to the younger buddies whilst using the
cue
cards
(question, surprise, disagree,
remember) to promote oral language skills. Then
the younger buddies give it a go at either reading
the story back or re-telling the story back to their
bigger buddies. Finally we draw a picture
together about our favourite part of the story.
It has been a great
success with the
children
looking
forward each week
to the Buddy Class
lesson with their
buddy.
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BPS SWIMMING CARNIVAL
When: Friday March 13th
Time: 9:10am—12:30pm
SAPSASA SWIMMING
Programs are being sent home today with all
children. There are a few minor alterations to
the program that appeared in the last School
Newsletter.
We aim for maximum involvement in the
Carnival so those children not involved in
Championship events will have class games in
the pool. Championship swimmers must be
competent swimmers who can swim a lap of
the pool without stopping. Year 3s have one
free-style championship that is across the big
pool. Teachers have assisted the House
Captains by providing information about the
swimmers in their classes.
If you are able to attend our carnival, please
bring a chair. After the presentation of the
shield at the pool, students will return to school
for lunch.
If you choose to take your child home,
please see your child’s teacher as you will
need to sign them out.
Thank you
Swimming Carnival Committee
FAMILY CONTACT DETAILS
Previously the Class Parent Reps of
PCC have been given contact
details of each family to enable them to
seek support around class and school activities
throughout the year. If you do not wish this
information to be given to PCC please contact
the school before the 20th March.
PCC
HOPPING MICE
Ms.Churchett has 2 pairs of "Mitchell's Hopping
Mice" to give away to good homes. Please contact the school if you are interested.
WORM FERTILIZER
Our "Wormy Squirmy" fertilizer will soon be
available to buy for $2 per 2 Litre bottle. Orders
are welcomed
On Monday 2nd March, swimmers went to Clare
to compete in the SAPSASA District Carnival for
a chance to be selected to go and compete in
the Country Championships. Everyone had a
great night but it was a bit cold. Over all we
came 6th and everyone did a great job considering we were against some really strong schools.
Over the whole night we had a number of place
-getters and we would like to say congratulations to Lachlan Hendry for his great effort in
backstroke and getting first place in his heat.
Also congratulations to Cody Redpath who was
chosen for the District Team. Thanks to all the
parents who helped out with transport and timing.
RIVERTON SWIMMING
On Tuesday 10th March, there were a number of
swimmers who went to Riverton to compete in
the inter school competition. We were up
against Clare, Kapunda and Riverton Primary
Schools. Everyone had a great night. In the end
it got a bit cold but everyone still had great fun.
Thanks to all the parents who helped out with
transport and timing.
Cody and Cooper
∗
CONGRATULATIONS
to Jayden and Lachlan
Hendry’s family with the
recent marriage of Kym and
Barry.
∗
to Ethan Trenerry and family on the safe
arrival of a baby girl, Ainslie Lily
∗
to Chase Grimwood and family on the safe
arrival of a baby girl, Harper
∗
to Diane Gregor (and the Georg family) on
the early but safe arrival of twin grandsons,
Archie and Finn.
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ASSEMBLY WEEK 6
OBSERVER’S AWARD:
Jorjah and Charli received the
Class Observer’s award for Ms
Wells’ class
PREMIERS READING CHALLENGE TRAVELLERS:
Back row: Icelle, Tori, Charli and Jorjah
Middle row: Brandon, Zoeanne, Sophie and Jai
Front row: Kyeasha, Dallas and Codie hold up their
boarding passes for the PRC flight to Japan.
LEXILE AWARDS:
Tyler, Madeleine, Tamika and Alex received Lexile Awards
GOOD MANNERS AWARD:
Macauley and Abbey accepted the
Good Manners trophy for Mrs
Leicester’s class
CLASS AWARDS:
Rear: Jacob, Joseph, Ailisha, Tyler and
Mackenzie
3rd: Clair, Sophie, Beauden, Charli and
Charlie
2nd: Emily, Kyle-Jonn, Jasmin and Paul
Front: Stella, Caleb and Aaliyah
received Class Awards
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COMMUNITY NEWS
BALAKLAVA NETBALL
CLUB
SENIOR SELECTIONS
Tues Mar 10
Mon Mar 16
All
players trying out for
Mon Mar 23
Seniors are required to
attend
6:30pm at the
courts
JUNIOR
TRAINING
Thurs Mar 26 at 4pm
Teas will be available after
training for all junior players
SENIOR TRAINING
Thurs Mar 26 at 6:30pm
Teas will be available after
training
Enquiries to C Michael
tel: 0428 631 281
NB: Balaklava Netball /
Football club are Sports
Voucher registered.
BALAKLAVA BASKETBALL CLUB
Junior & Senior WindUp
PRESENTATIONS
Juniors: 5:15 for a 5:30 Start
Tea: approx. 6:30
Seniors: 7pm-7:30pm
Wednesday 25th March
Sporting Clubrooms
$25.00 per family
One voucher is provided
opposite, further vouchers
can be obtained by accessing
the website as outlined in the
letter.
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COMMUNITY NEWS
Confused about which Car
Seat is the right one for your
child?
Unsure what the rules actually are?
Then join us for a FREE Community
Presentation by the RAA .
The presentation will help you understand:
•
Child restraint laws & standards
• How to choose the right restraint
for the size and age of
your
child
• And how to use it correctly.
There will also be a
demonstration showing
you:
•
How to find the anchorage points
in
your
car
• How to install the child restraint
correctly.
Monday 16th March 10:00-11:30 am
Balaklava Uniting Church (corner of
Fisher St & Edith Tce)
There will be a crèche provided for children 0-5 years old, as well as free
Morning Tea.
The presentation is free of charge and
open to everyone. For more information, please call Eleanor on 8862
2477.
This seminar is proudly brought to you
by MEG (Mother’s Encouragement
Group)
SCHOOL BANKING
If you would like to open an account at
BankSA for your child,
there are
registration packs available from the
Front Office.
BankSA will donate $10
to the school and $10 to
the child’s account, for all new
accounts before April 10th.
Hummocks Watchman Eagle Football Club
Junior training dates
Senior and Junior Colts training starts Wednesday 18th
March at Port Wakefield Oval.
Minis and Mini mini colts training starts Wednesday 8th
April at 5:30pm
Registration will be on the first training, unless you have
already done so. Parents need to be present.
All primary age players are eligible to use the Federal
Government sports voucher to cover the cost of 2015
subs! FREE SPORT!
New players welcome.