Dear Parents and Caregivers,
We have come to the end of yet another busy term! Staff and students have been working extremely hard and will enjoy a well-earned break over the holidays.
At our recent pupil free day at the end of week 9, teachers spent the morning moderating student work samples and engaging in professional conversations. SSOs worked extremely hard creating Maths resources that will be used next term. In the afternoon our whole staff came together to develop our understanding of the Big Ideas in Number which develops number sense. We focused on the idea of Trusting the Count, which involves the flexible manipulation of numbers 1-9. Students at all year levels benefit from trusting the count as it builds fluency, good reasoning skills and a deeper understanding of operations.
We have a lot to look forward to next term, such as Book Week including the parade; the Year 6/7 camp and the Year 5 camp; Mr Turner’s favourite day – Sports Day; as well as many other events.
It has been a privilege to be Acting Principal for these last two weeks, an experience that I have thoroughly enjoyed. It has been fantastic to visit all classrooms and see the amazing learning going on each and every day. We are so lucky to have such incredible educators here at our school who go above and beyond in their dedication to their students.
Please take care over the holiday break. Stay safe and well and look after each other. We are looking forward to an exciting Term 4 filled with fantastic learning to finish off this year on a high note.
Our Father’s day Stall was a big success, proving to be very popular as we completely sold out over the three days. We were able to raise just over $600 towards our gardens which is a great effort. Thank you to the Hincks community for their support for our fundraising events. I hope everyone enjoyed their gifts and the special day.
This term in Design and Technology the Junior Primary classes have been learning about where food comes from. We learnt that most of our food comes from farms. We have watched videos on farms and food production and attempted to grow our own food. As part of the design process we decided to design, create and critique our own scarecrows. The persistence, teamwork and creativity the children demonstrated whilst designing and creating their scarecrows was outstanding. I would like to give a few big shout outs to LES HOSKING FROM WHYALLA FEED SUPPLIES for donating the straw for our scarecrows, OUR FAMILIES for donating clothing and THE WHYALLA COMMUNITY who donated lots of straw hats for our scarecrows. The scarecrows are displayed around the school and the children will be bringing home a photo of the scarecrow they designed, created and critiqued.
I hope everyone has a fabulous holiday break and we will see you all back safe and sound for Term 4.
All adults must continue to follow the density and physical distancing guidelines outlined by SA Health:
- no more than 1 person per 4-square metres in an enclosed space.
- maintain a minimum social distance of 1.5 metres in the yard.
Our last assembly for Term 3 was hosted by the Perfect Penguins. Along with our regular awards we also acknowledged our students who have an attendance rate of 95% or above. A lot of our students have achieved that this term and we encourage more students to aim for this next term.
This week we visit Miss Selby and the Little Llamas, one of our R / 1 classes.
In the Little Llamas we have been learning to add two numbers together to make a bigger number. We have moved around to different stations to use a variety of objects to help us add these equations together.
‘Curious creatures, Wild mind’s’
The parade will be held on Thursday 22nd October at 10.30am on the grass courtyard, by the Junior Primary classrooms. Dress up and win the prize for most ‘creative’ costume in you age group. There will be one prize for junior primary, middle primary and upper primary.
Last Tuesday our year 4 /5 /6 students attended a Whyalla Wide Tennis Carnival. The students were put into teams and played games of doubles, managing to come away with some wins. They all enjoyed their day, trying the best and displayed great sportsmanship throughout the entire day.
On Friday the 4th September our year 6/7 boys, along with Mr Turner and Kirsty, attended the Whyalla Wide Basketball Carnival. Only one of the students plays basketball outside of school, although most of the boys like to play the game during their lunch playtime so were very keen and confident they were going to play well. The boys played with a positive attitude all day, encouraging each other and playing great team basketball. They had a couple of very close games and managed to come away with a win, also finishing the day winning the attitude shield. The boys and their ‘coaches’ were very happy with their day.
On Wednesday the year 6/7 Legends held a Market Day. Students have been learning about how businesses work in their Economics and Business lessons. Students learnt about supply and demand and surveyed students around the school on what they would buy. They then organised advertising, a shopping lost (students had a budget of $5 each) and then they had to make their goods. Market Day was a huge success for the class.
The Clontarf program is a High School program designed for male Aboriginal students to keep them engaged with school. They visited our school and worked with our upper primary Aboriginals boys, introducing them to the program and allowing them to see what it is all about.
In an exciting step forward our local community, a shortlist of potential names for the new Whyalla secondary school has been released for community consultation.
The shortlist has been developed by a naming committee made up of local community members, the new Principal Trish Richman and the Department for Education.
The shortlisted names are:
- Whyalla Secondary College
- Whyalla Secondary School
- Spencer Gulf College
This new school will be a part of your local community. We encourage everyone to have their say about the proposed names.
Community consultation is open until 2 October 2020. To provide feedback on the name of the new Whyalla secondary school, visit: www.education.sa.gov.au/NewWhyallaSchool.
|Monday 12th October 2020||First Day of Term 3|
|19th - 23rd October 2020||Book Week|
|Thursday 22nd October 2020||Book Week Parade|
|Tuesday 20th October 2020||Peter Coombe Performance|
|28th - 30th October 2020||Year 7 Camp|
|4th - 6th November 2020||Year 5 Camp|