A message from Margie   

It's great to be back! 

It's great to be back after 2 months away in Canada. 🦞🐻 🦝

It was a career highlight for me to come back to the children's warm welcome last Monday; I was struck with such a sense of gratitude for the privilege of being able to work with such a wonderful school community. A huge thank you to Troy for doing a fantastic job as Acting Principal in my absence!  


It's been a lovely quiet couple of weeks with no events to show, just lots of great learning! Here is a snapshot of life around the school yesterday afternoon, featuring all classes:

Queen Elizabeth II

We were saddened to hear of the death of our Head of State Queen Elizabeth II last week. Our flags are flying at half mast and like all of  Australia we will be observing the National Day of Mourning next Thursday September 22 and there will be no school on that day.   The Festival of Music performance scheduled for that day has been cancelled and we are awaiting news of rescheduling. 

Positive focus 

I have enjoyed seeing the children's participation in the Learn Stand Give Fly positive focus since I got back. Please keep adding to our Gratitude Tree in the main building! We will be celebrating our work in this area with a Day of Positivity on the last day of term, with all students participating in some of their teachers' favourite positive activities in cross age groups throughout the day, much like we did in Reconciliation Week.   Some examples of activities we are thinking of so far are: yoga, mindful drawing, song and dance, the Cup Song, Letter of appreciation, Treasure Hunt, play and writing. It should be a really fun and positive way to finish our term! 🤩    

Pupil Free Day 

Next term we have a Pupil Free Day on the first day of term, so there will be no school on Monday 17 October. Our staff will learn about student wellbeing and self-regulation, with the final training day of the Berry Street Education Model. This will be our last Pupil Free Day for the year; but we also have a School Closure day on Monday November 7th following the Uraidla Show. 

Vacation Care 

Most families use Vacation Care to help with childcare when they need to work. But have you ever thought of booking your children in for Vacation Care just so they can experience the great activities on offer, at a very reasonable cost? I am always impressed with the opportunities for students provided by our OSHC staff.  Here are some example from these upcoming holidays :  

  • Paint like Picasso
  • Soccer skills incursion run by Grasshopper soccer
  • Outer Space Dance Party
  • Cubby Building Day
  • Science Fun at Burnside by public bus

You can view the whole program in the 'School News' section of the newsletter.  


Have a great fortnight everyone!