Hannam Vale Public School
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Issue 10: 2011 - Term 1 - Week 11 “A proud member of the Camden Haven Community of Schools”
Monday 4 April 2011
Cross Country Carnival to be held on Welcome back!
Wednesday 6 April (weather permitting) Welcome back to Elki and Niah who will be visiting at
The Cross Country Carnival will now take place on our school for a short while. It’s good to see them
Wednesday 6 April 2011 for Kinder to Year 6 again at Hannam Vale Public School.
students at Coopernook Public School. Mrs Bensch
will be the supervising teacher at the carnival as Mrs Video Conference Debate Report by Mrs Xerri
Xerri is attending a two day professional Last Thursday, the Yrs 3-6 children participated in
development course. another video conference debate with Moorland,
Please be there by 9:15am to walk the course. Herons Creek, Mitchells Island and Lansdowne
Students are to report to Mrs Bensch on arrival. A Primary Schools.
Canteen and BBQ will be operating. The event will Our topic was ‘Should children’s bedrooms be
finish at approximately 2:00pm. electronically free?’ This week we discussed points
for the ‘negative’ sharing our ideas and listening to
Easter Activities and School Assembly other great ideas from the other schools. Early next
You are invited to attend our school assembly, term we will be debating against Herons Creek. We
Easter hat parade, Easter egg hunt, lunch and sport have been given the affirmative side.
afternoon with the children on Friday 8 April 2011. GOOD LUCK Hannam Vale!!!
Little brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews,
grandchildren and friends are welcome to join in Farm Safety – Farmer Questionnaire
with the Easter hat parade but will need to supply As part of the PDHPE curriculum the students are
their own hat. undertaking a unit of work on farm safety. Working in
small groups, Year 2 – 6 students have designed a
All students have created their own hats at school to short questionnaire for local farmers in relation to the
wear proudly on the day. The anticipated program of risks and safety measures implemented around farm
events for the day is as follows: animals, farm machinery, all-terrain vehicles and
chemicals. Each student has been asked to conduct
12:15 pm Easter Assembly
P & C Easter Raffle draw
the questionnaire with a person from two different
farms and return it to school by this Thursday. I have
1:00pm Easter Egg Hunt advised the children to speak to parents first before
approaching others to conduct the survey.
1:15pm Lunch with parents
Annual School Report
2:00pm Easter sport activities with parents
The 2010 Hannam Vale Annual School Report is
Parents are welcome to bring along a plate of food available for parents through our school website.
to share at lunch time. The canteen will also be Parents or community members who do not have
heating up and providing free of charge some pies, access to a computer may access a copy of the
sausage rolls and lasagnes to share. report through the school office.
The children are welcome to dress in mufti clothes
for this event, however they will need to wear closed Elki and Niah have each written a report which we
in shoes (like joggers) for the day as they will be have included in the newsletter this week. Well done
participating in sporting activities. girls! Thank you for sharing them with us.
Our school newsletter and student photos are P& C NEWS
regularly uploaded onto our school website. Our
school website can be found at hannamvale- POWERBALL
p.schools.nsw.edu.au or alternatively you can Congratulations to Cheryl Galati who was our
google Hannam Vale Public School which will give winner for last week’s Powerball.
you the link. If you have any suggestions as to how
we can improve our communication practices P&C ELECTION DAY BBQ
please let us know. Thank you to all the families who donated cakes and
biscuits for our stand and to all those parents,
Anzac Services community members and teachers who gave up
their time to support the school P&C. Also thanks to
Due to Anzac Day falling at the end of the holidays,
Ashleigh Mison who donated ice and bread.
we will not be holding a service at school. If you
Profit raised was $52.82.
wish to participate in a local commemoration, there
will be a dawn service held at both Coopernook and
Harrington starting at 6am, with a March and
Please return tickets and money to the school by
service at 11am at Harrington Memorial Hall.
this Thursday, ready for the draw on Friday.
Marchers are requested to assemble outside the
chemist at 10:45am. Any children wishing to
STUDENT INJURY INSURANCE INFORMATION
represent our school at the March are asked to ‘Accidents can happen to your children whilst they are at
wear full Hannam Vale Public School uniform. school or outside the school on excursions and organised
and supervised by the school.
New South Wales government schools may only be liable
new Cross Country Carnival permission note to pay compensation where they have breached their
& $4.00 for participants 8yrs (in 2011) and over. duty of care to the child. This is not always straight
forward and if the matter is litigated any determination
Donna Bensch may take considerable time. In fact, a number of
Principal accidents are simply that. An injury to your child could
occur through no fault of the school itself.
UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS In the event of such an accident although you have the
coverage from Medicare and possibly Private Health
Date Term 1 Insurance this may not cover all the expenses that could
flow from an accident. Dental and other Non-Medical
5 April Drama Enrichment day – student expenses can increase the pain on top of the injury your
leaders, Camden Haven HS child may suffer.
6 April K – 6 Cross Country Carnival
Coopernook PS Your school can ease the unexpected financial burden on
8 April 12:15pm Easter Assembly and families of your students by purchasing the Student Injury
activity afternoon insurance. This insurance not only offers a lump sum
Last day of Term 1 benefit for most injuries but also covers reimbursement of
other expenses. Although the premium is calculated on a
28 April Students return to school - Term 2 per student basis it is only available to the school as a
4 May 10:00 am Year 3 – 6 Small School whole, not on an individual student basis.’
debating program by video The Federation of Parents and Citizens' Associations
conference Debate with Herons of New South Wales
9:15 am P & C Meeting A more detailed document on Student Injury
20 May Walk safely to school day Insurance is available to read at the school office.
Just a reminder that families need to have this paid
REGULAR EVENTS before the Easter holidays.
Monday Student Banking
mornings Please hand in to office Samantha Pauline-Lennon
Tuesday Library Lesson
Please bring library bags
Thursdays Scripture 12.15pm
Please find attached a letter introducing our new
Friday Student homework returned to Canteen Supervisor, Kerryanne Curtis, and the new
school menu for Term 2, 2011.
School holiday tips
Looking for holiday reading? If you are unsure of an appropriate book for your child, why not try
something from the Premier’s Reading Challenge list? Great lists of books in various categories sorted
by age group can be found at: https://products.schools.nsw.edu.au/prc/booklist/home.html
Provide a safe and secure play area for children and supervise them to reinforce the following safety
always wear seatbelts or child restraints in farm vehicles
don’t ride on tractors, all-terrain vehicles or on the back of utes
always wear helmets when riding bikes, motorbikes and horses.
More farm safety tips at
School holiday activity ideas
If you are looking for something to entertain the kids during the holidays, here are some inexpensive
ideas that will keep them entertained:
flying a kite
helping in the garden – maybe your child could have part of the garden as their own
helping to organise a family barbeque or picnic
practising skills like soccer, catching, throwing, skipping or hitting a ball against a wall
playing with the family pet
helping to organise a garage sale
making an obstacle course and competing with their friends, siblings and you.
More ideas at www.community.nsw.gov.au/docswr/_assets/main/documents/survival_kit/activities.pdf
Free entry for primary school kids to NSW museums and galleries until 26 April
Primary school children in NSW can visit landmark arts and cultural attractions for free with the Kids’
Adventure Passport until April 26.
They can touch fossils at the Australian Museum, picnic in Elizabeth Farm’s historic grounds, or
explore the galaxies at Sydney Observatory. Several major venues are outside the city centre, and
regional museums and galleries across NSW are welcoming passport holders.
Passports are available at all participating venues, listed on the website
Children who collect three stamps can earn a certificate of achievement. And if they return their
passport slip by 3 May with one stamp or more they go into the draw to win prizes.
Visit www.kidspassport.nsw.gov.au for information about venues and prizes or find us on
Facebook and Twitter.
1. Type of creature and where it lives
The Nightjar is a bird which lives all around the world. They
prefer to live in ferns or in the branches of trees.
2. Special features
Nightjars have medium-sized body. Nightjars have short feet
to walk with. They usually sit along a branch not across it
like other birds. They hunt at night or early morning.
3. How it protects itself from predators
Nightjars have coloured feathers which look like bark or
leaves. This protects them from predators because they stay
very still on the tree branches all day long.
1. Type of creature and where it lives
The Arctic Hare lives in the Arctic in Alaska. It is a type of
2. Special features
The Arctic Hare can change colour. In summer it is a
brownish greyish colour and white on the belly. In the winter
time it is pure white. Baby hares can walk as soon as their
fur is dry.
Sometimes the hare will eat meat. They also eat twigs and
vegetables under the snow.
3. How it protects itself from predators
To protect itself from predators it blends in the snow so if
the predators came they cannot find it.