Term 4 Week 1 16th Oct 2014 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 4 OCTOBER 13th Term 4 starts 24th PCC mtg 1.30pm 24th Assembly 2.30pm including Bus Driver farewells 29th Governing Council 31st Music is Fun band NOVEMBER 6th BPS Fun Fair 7th Student Free Day with BHS 10thвЂ”20th Swimming lessons Yrs R-5 21st Swimming Carnival 26th Governing Council DECEMBER 11th Year 7 Graduation 12th Last day Term 4 ASSEMBLIES Term 4 Weeks 2,3,6,8 to start at 2:30pm and farewell assembly Wk 9 (time to be confirmed) Dear families, Welcome to term 4. We would especially like to welcome new students, Madison and Kian Gorman and Michelle Jones to our school and welcome back Jessica Reed. Already we are gearing up for another busy and productive term with lots of exciting learning experiences planned. Fun Fair In week 4 we will be holding our Fun Fair and classes are busy finalising the arrangements for the activities for their stalls. We hope you can come along and share the experience with your children. Please let family and friends know the fair is happening and invite them along to this community event which will end with a concert at 6.30pm. Student Free Day Our last student Free Day for the year has been approved by our Governing Council for Friday the 7th of November and coincides with the High SchoolвЂ™s Student Free Day. These days are an important time for staff to work together on our Site Improvement Plan priorities and this term we will have a focus on reviewing and analysing our data and making plans for 2015. XOвЂ™s During Term 3 Mrs Wood, Mrs Richards and Miss McArdle completed an online training for XOвЂ™s. Each students in all the classes have received a device that is like a mini laptop. At the end of term 3, they arrived at school and were ready to go (Thanks to several SSOвЂ™s who set them up) and by Term 4 they were in classrooms ready for use. They have many different apps on them and students can access the internet through them as well. Everybody is loving them and getting along well with the new technology. PARENT OPINION SURVEY Annual survey will be out soon. Your feedback is valued and important to the school. Tricia Joseph Page 2 THE WAY to A As part of our whole school approach to positive behaviour, as well as supporting students with additional needs through the More Support for Students with Disabilities (MSSD) Grant we received this year, we have been introducing вЂ�The Way to AвЂ™ across the school. The Way to A is about students identifying when they are making A (strong) or B (weak) choices and understanding the consequences. The Way to A booklet was adapted by Kapunda Primary School and has been shared with other schools due to its success. On Monday 20th October at 2:30pm we will be holding a parent information session (approximately 30 mins) to share the Way to A with you and give out free Way to A booklets which you may find useful to refer to at home. If you are unable to attend this session but would like more information or a booklet sent home, please contact the school. PCC MEETING PCC are meeting on Friday 24th October вЂ”next week at 1.30pm in the Resource Centre. Everyone Welcome MDI SURVEY Middle Years Development Instrument Australia All Year 6 & 7 students yesterday received an invitation to be part of a project being conducted this year.If you wish to remove your childвЂ™s name from the participant list please contact us before Nov.10th. The survey will be done online at school and students are asked questions relating to development and wellbeing. Yr 6/7 teachers TERM 4 ASSEMBLIES We have returned to fortnightly Assemblies starting next week Wk 2, to be followed in Weeks 3,6 & 8. End of Year Assembly to be confirmed NB: Week 4 Assembly will be Week 3 Oct. 31st due to the Student Free Day Everyone Welcome Assembly Week 2 Managed by Mrs MardellвЂ™s Year 6/7 Items from Ms NowlanвЂ™s and Mrs MardellвЂ™s classes (PBL) POSITIVE BEHAVIOIUR for LEARNING This term we are having a postcard competition. Students have been asked to design a postcard based on one of our three whole school expectations of Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful. The winning entries will be announced at our Week 2 assembly and the winners will receive a $20 gift voucher and their postcards will be made up professionally and used to send home positive messages about students across the school. The criteria for the postcards are in this newsletter and we hope you will encourage your children to enter. Criteria: вЂў use template provided. вЂў only one expectation per post card вЂў make the writing stand out вЂў writing must be neat and easily read. вЂў make good use of colour вЂў show what would be happening if students at BPS are being respectful, or responsible, or safe. LIBRARY NEWS Scholastic Book Club is due back by Friday 24th October. Orders after that date cannot be accepted. Please continue to monitor your child(ren)вЂ™s library books. If you receive a note regarding overdue books please contact us to let us know that you are aware of the вЂ�missingвЂ™ books and have looked for them. Currently we have very few books being lost. Thank you to both students and parents for being responsible library users. STUDENT FREE DAY Friday 7th November has been agreed on for this terms Student Free Day (day after the Family Fun Night), by both BPS & BHS. Staff are undertaking data collation and 2015 planning. NB: Assembly moved to week beforeвЂ”Week 3 Oct. 31st Page 3 MUSIC NEWS DIARY DATES Term 4 Week 3 Friday 31st OctoberвЂ”Music is Fun Band concert 11am. All classes participate. Week 4 Wednesday 5th November вЂ”Rehearsals for Fun Fair Concert Thursday 6th NovemberвЂ”Technical Rehearsal for Fun Fair Concert 4-7pm BPS Fun Fair and concert Concert at approx. 6.30-7pm. Please refer to the costume note below. More detailed notes will go home for each class soon. Costume ideas for Fun Fair Concert: Ms Nowlan and Mrs Russell: The Three Little Pigs: plain coloured shorts and T shirts . Ear, noses, tails made at school. Mrs.Wood: Running Bear. Mrs Wood has some costumes and ideas. Mrs.Richards: The Old Bark Hut. Olden day clothes as per term 2. Swagman Bob to be chosen. Ms McArdle :What Does The Fox Say . Random animals as included in the words of the song. The children have ideas of what they would like to be. Ms Churchett: Roar : Jungle animals. Mrs. Rowland: Happy .Minions, Onesies, yellow skivvies or t shirts, blue shorts or jeans or overalls, glasses. Mrs. Cleary/Mr.Scobie may be Cinderella for some, announcing or Rockin Robin Rock n Roll gear. Mrs. Mardell Lets Get Ridiculous. Red Foo jackets pants and glasses. Our expectations are that all children will be available for the twilight outdoor concert which they have been working on in their music lessons term 3 and 4 and enjoying immensely. The concert will start around 6.30pm after the fun stalls and tea. There will be opportunities for buskers and performances by the school concert band and choir. Hopefully it wonвЂ™t be too hard or stressful to find gear but will be great if each child could be in a costume. Your teachers may also help you with ideas. Bronny Cottle Music Teacher. MUSIC IS FUN BAND Is on Thurs. 31st October. Those paying by individual performances will need to pay $7.00 per child to attend. This is an event we have booked year after year because of the whole school appealвЂ” everyone loves it. If you are unsure if you have paid, please contact the Front Office. We hope all students will be attending. Bronny Cottle DISCO THANKYOUS to Tanya Koenig for the donation of lollies, Tim Dixon for the loan of his disco lights and Bec Allen for the disco ball lights. Thanks to the staff who attended and the students who helped out with the refreshments stall. SRC DO YOU HAVE ANY .. вЂў Chook or bird feathers suitable for making Indian Headdresses. They are required for an item for the Family Fun Night. вЂў Empty 250/300 ml liquid hand soap containers with pumps. вЂў Milk Containers 1lt and 2lt. Cardboard and plastic (rinsed and with lids) вЂў Rose petals required for drying Thank You Please send into the Front Office if you can help. FUN FAIR on NOVEMBER 6th HELPERS Anyone interested in assisting the fundraising committee please talk to Jo Michalanney or Tania Allen. All welcome. Fundraising committee Page 4 MONSTER RAFFLE We are again running our fabulous 10 Monster Raffle this year. Each class collecting items and we hope that every is able to donate something. Goods can be received as of now вЂ”Thank You. Raffle Books will be coming home soon. hamper will be student start to BALAKLAVA HIGH SCHOOL FUN RUN On Friday 26th September students from Balaklava High School participated in a fun run to raise money for the students attending the World Challenge project Vietnam trip to Vietnam in 2015 Many of the Primary Students cheered on those participating. Pictured are: Garth, Austin, Jarrad, Jamie, Jessica and Gemma from BHS with Cameron, Angus, Gemma, Caleb, Katelin, Emily and Jack. BALAKLAVA SHOW THANKYOU At the end of September parents and families came together to provide a beautiful lunch and to successfully run the canteen at the Balaklava Show. BUS DRIVERвЂ™S FAREWELL Graham Wood retired from bus driving after many years last term and Tina Coles will be transferring after 31st October. We are very grateful for the support of our school community in the assistance you provide in donating food items or working on the day. We were also lucky the weather was good for a change! A farewell for both will be held at the Assembly on 24th October. (Week 2) The money raised from this fundraising event has gone towards our fabulous new Resource Centre redevelopment Fundraising committee. CHRISTMAS PAGEANT FLOAT Friday 19th Dec is the street parade. If you would like to see a Balaklava Primary School float in the parade can you contact Jo Michalanney and offer your ideas and assistance. Graham Wood pictured with Abbey, Lucy, Cherish, William & Cooper from the Nantawarra Run. Page 5 CHRISTIAN PASTORAL SUPPORT WORKER Over the years I have read many books, mostly fiction. But recently I have taken to reading biographies, and have found the stories of peopleвЂ™s lives more than fascinatingвЂ¦..they are a real insight into the past and present of people that I and many others would just take for granted. My latest book has been The Happiest Refugee, by Anh Do. What an incredible story about an remarkable man. The family escape from Vietnam, by boat, and the struggle to make it to Australia, along with settling into a new place and being accepted really is fascinating reading. There is one part where he gets a comedy вЂњgigвЂќ at a RSLвЂ¦.and doesnвЂ™t realize that his audience are all Vietnam veterans. He describes this occasion as вЂњthe hardest gig that you could ever have in all your life.вЂќ But he won the crowd over by telling jokes about farms, football, Datsun cars, Housing Commission accommodation and bull terriersвЂ¦.all to prove that he was just an Aussie kid (he was only 3 when he arrived in Australia). He describes that gig as the greatest gift ever, because he has never encountered an audience even remotely that tough since. If he could make them laugh, he could handle anything. Yr 1/2 ICESKATING EXCURSION Last term, Mrs Woods class went iceskating . The Yr1/2 students were a bbit over-awed as we entered Mt.Thebarton Ice Arena for our skating session, due to an Ice Hockey Tournament being in progressвЂ”lots of noise and lots of teenage students!. We has the small rink to ourselves and everyone took up the challenge and after a very hesitant вЂњfirst lapвЂќ the students found their skating feet and вЂќlet goвЂќ of the outside rail. By the end of the hour session people were skating across the middle and showing their turning skills. Great fun for everyone. When we are faced with situations that cause us grief and panic, we can either back away and hope the situation disappears, or we can do what Anh didвЂ¦.face it head on and make the most of a difficult situation. We have a choice, no matter how old we are, student or parent, to either run, hide and make excuses, or face up to what is in front of us and do our best. Running away is the easy way out, and more often than not the same situation arises again. Anh DoвЂ™s dad had a sayingвЂ¦. вЂњThere are two times in lifeвЂ¦.there is now or there is too lateвЂќ. Now is the best time to face those daunting situations, because tomorrow just may be too late. Worth a thought donвЂ™t you think? Woody вЂў вЂў вЂў Emma and Molly Josh, Miabella, Shyloh & Riley Miabella out on the ice enjoying themselves. Page 6 DISCO DAYS JP lunch-time disco Shyloh, Janna and Irish Natalie and Gemma Year 3-5 Disco Girls just wanna have fun! (Sorry - boys were too shy for photos) Left: Taylor, Madeleine, Makayla, Kaylea, Sami, Tahneil, Charlie, Brandon and Tyler, Ira, Icelle and Olivia wore their onesies at the disco Left: Kaye Ashley, Mackenzie, Alex, Jayden, Macauley and Jack Right: Will, Brayden, Jerry, Mitch, Ryen, Blade and Craig Right: Icelle, Emma, Chloe and Sianna Year 6/7 Disco Page 7 ASSEMBLY WEEK 9 Jorjah and Ella accept the Good Manners Trophy for Ms ChurchettвЂ™s class Back row: (partly obscured) Abbey, Kara, Olivia, Madeleine, Lachlan, Justin, Rhys, Mitchell, Bailey, Aaron and Adam Second row: Joseph, Kathleen, Sofia, Kile, Matt, Sami, Tori, Jack, Makayla, John, Tyler, Icelle, Ira, Jezar and Cory. Front row: Sophie, KayeAshley, Cooper, Jorja, Bailey, Steven and Jai Front row: Seth, Angus (for Mrs RussellвЂ™s class) and Brody Second row: Sophie, Cherish, Dallas, Kyeasha, Paige, Ethan, Matthew and Bryce Third row: Brandon, Hunter, Cory, Jayden, Jacob, Craig, Josh and Jake Fourth row: Kasey, Alex, Jayden , Kile, Ethan, Kathleen and Alanah Back row: Ethan, Justin, Blade and Abbey have all completed the PremierвЂ™s Reading Challenge Back row: Josh, Josh, Madeleine, Angelo, Mitchell, Cooper and Paige Mid row: Natthen, Olivia, Millie, Alex, Gemma and Janna Front row: Mia, Jade, Rylan, Blake, Rachel and Brooke received Class Awards Page 8 ASSEMBLY WEEK 10 Back row: Jezar, Joseph, Cooper, Thomas, Madeleine, Tamika, Olivia, Tahneil and Mitchell Mid row: Haydn, Cory, Kile, Icelle, Chloe, Taylor, Ailisha and Lachlan Front row: Jerry, Taylor, Ira, Charlie, Charli, Sianna, Emily, Jasmine and Jack received Play at Lunch Time Programme Award Congratulations to the recipients of Balco / Courthouse Gallery Awards : Madeleine, Olivia, Lucy, Georgia, Harrison, Charlie, Emily, Olivia and Alex. Congratulations to Liam who received a Bronze medal for 11year old Boys Discus at SAPSASA State Country Athletics Day at Santos Stadium on 22nd September XOвЂ™s in action Students in Mrs Richards class all enjoying the opportunity to work with their individual XOвЂ™s Page 9 XOвЂ™s are here Students in Miss McArdlesвЂ™s class hard at work using their individual XOвЂ™s Mrs Wood with her class busily learning how to use and engaged with their new XOвЂ™s Page 10 Page 11 COMMUNITY NEWS Wakefield Regional Council Every Generation Festival вЂ“ Hand in Hand On behalf of the participating services and organisations, Hand you are invited to our expo in the Triangle, Balaklava in Hand Wednesday 29th October 9.30am вЂ“ 1.30pm Free of charge Lots of things to see and do for adults and children Please come! For further details contact Pat Armstrong, Community Development Officer Wakefield Regional Council on 8862 0800 or [email protected] January 5-13 2015 Enrol online atwww.vacswimsa.com.au Page 12 COMMUNITY NEWS BALAKLAVA & DISTRICT LIONвЂ™S 2014 CHRISTMAS PAGEANT Friday December 19 5:45pm Prizes for Best Dressed Bike & Best Floats Magic Cave, Father Christmas Balaklava Business & Traders Raffle Drawn LionвЂ™s Club Raffle Drawn Music, Stalls, Late Night Trading ALL ENQUIRIES FOR STALLS TO PETER GUTHBERG 08 8862 1063 FLOAT RSVP TO KARLA MAY 0458 621 737 NO RSVP REQUIRED FOR BIKES, GOPHERS, WALKERS & VINTAGE CARS BPS needs your ideas and help if we are to have a float in the pageantвЂ” please offer your suggestions and support. BALAKLAVA SWIMMING POOL AUCTION Sunday 19th October 2014 Please support our Sundry Goods Auction to be held at Ralli Park at 9:30am. Start collecting any suitable goods for the auction. For more information contact: Peter Butterfield 0417884877 MILO CRICKET & T20 CRICKET At Balaklava Oval Starts Thursday 23rd October 4pmвЂ”5pm Contact Hayden Battle for more details 0438621750 NEWSLETTER ON THE WEBSITE The current newsletter can be found on the school website at www.balakr7.sa.edu.au.