Principal: Judy Hamilton Jeffries Street GOWRIE ACT 2904
Deputy Principal: Jason Walmsley Telephone (02) 62057822
Executive: Karen Farrell Facsimile (02) 62057825
Visit Gowrie online at:
Board Chair: Jane Dickenson
P & C President: Leah Smith www.gowrieps.act.edu.au
Issue 39, 2010 Term 4 – Week 9 8 December 2010
TERM DATES 2010
Term 4 11 October to 17 December
TERM DATES 2011
Term 1 7th February to 15th April
Term 2 2nd May to 8th July
Term 3 25th July to 30th September
Term 4 17th October to 21st December
2011 student’s commencement days:
Kindergarten and new students: Monday 7th February 2011
All continuing students: Tuesday 8th February 2011
AFTER SCHOOL CARE – YMCA Program 3.00pm – 6.00pm daily
YMCA Office: 62300165 Mobile Contact After 2.30pm: 0404635730
*** We are an Approved Service for Child Care Benefits ***
WHAT’S ON TERM 4!
Thursday 9th December Year 6 Graduation Assembly 9.10am
Preschool Parent Breakfast
Monday 13th December Gowrie Talent Show 12.00noon
Tuesday 14th December Preschool Xmas Party
Thank You Afternoon Tea for
Parent Helpers 2.45pm
Wednesday 15th December Year 6 Dinner 6.00pm
Thursday 16th December Preschool Xmas Party
Friday 17th December Last Day of School for 2010
Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Carers,
Whilst it was disappointing to have to cancel our evening performance of the
Carol’s we had a terrific turnout for our impromptu afternoon show.
Unfortunately neither of our two halls are quite big enough to safely
accommodate the large number of students and families we were expecting to
attend on Thursday night. The weather did not disappoint us with torrential
rain falling during the afternoon concert and again around 6pm. It was
certainly a long week for both the teachers and students being cooped up
inside. We thank all the parents, particularly the P&C volunteers who had
organized the Sausage Sizzle, Cake Stall and Raffle for their patience and
support of the decision.
We are delighted to announce that our School Cook Book is available to
purchase. The book has been commercially printed and includes some
fantastic recipes form parents, students and teachers. Alison Baxter is the
mastermind behind the project and has done an outstanding job in producing a
book of such high quality. I can personally recommend the Sticky Date
Pudding recipe as absolutely delicious and a firm favourite in my house! Cook
Books are available form the front office for $10.
This week marks the end of our highly successful partnership with the Black
Mountain School. Unfortunately we have not been successful in securing
funding to continue the program next year. As a direct result of the
experience two students form Black Mountain have gained employment at
Cafe Ink, the Coffee Shop attached to the Woden Public Library. The
program has also provided selected students from Yamba the opportunity to
develop important life skills and connect with high school life.
A huge thank you to Pat and all the students for being such a positive part of
Gowrie this year and providing delicious lunches every Friday!
Thank you Afternoon Tea
Next Tuesday parents are invited to join us for afternoon tea in recognition
of the support they have provided the school and staff this year. We are
indebted to the large number of parents who support class programs,
excursions and special events. We have also had excellent support from the
P&C who have made a significant financial contribution to the school for the
purchase of classroom and ICT equipment, books and other resources. We
look forward to ‘thanking you’ personally next Tuesday at 2.45pm in the new
Jasmine Jose Maddie Arnold
Alex Gray Cody Hunt
Bailey Karjalainen Jordan Shaw
Lauren Thomas Jessie McIntosh
Misty Pocknall Maggie Alexander
Emily McNaught Jackson Miller
Thomas Greatbanks Emily Cook
NATIONAL ANTHEM AWARD
Bailey Karjalainen Shianne Fliedner
Erin Roberts Holly Stevens
Emily McNaught Rose Davis
Lucas Bernicke-McMillan Nathan Foley Eliza Bindoff
Mrs Hamilton’s Well Done List
Sinead Broadbend Erin Cowey Malianna Dalituicama
Lauren Thomas x 2 James Greatbanks Max Whitely
Thomas Greatbanks Suzy Krupa Jack Hughes
Message from the Deputy
This Friday is the Mpowerdome whole school excursion. At this stage it will
be on however, the P & C BBQ will probably be held back at school.
Unfortunately we are in the lap of the weather gods so fingers crossed for
fine weather on Friday.
Parent Helpers Afternoon Tea
We would like to thank all the parent and carer helpers for all the support
they have provided at school in 2010. We are holding an Afternoon Tea on
Tuesday 14th December in Week 10 at 2.45pm. Please come and share some
experiences with teachers and celebrate the many successful throughout the
It is time for all the Gowrie Talent to be on stage!! On Monday 13th December
at 12pm we will be hosting the Gowrie Talent Show. All parents and carers are
welcome to come and watch the fantastic talent on display.
End of Term School Disco!
When: Friday 17th of December, Middle Session (last day of term).
Theme: Dress up as your favourite rock star, character or just come in
your play clothes!
Gold coin donation on entry to disco is appreciated but not necessary.
Why: To raise money for the SRC fund. We are looking at purchasing
some portable AFL goals for the playground.
Ice Blocks will be on sale at lunch for $1 each.
This should be a fun day for all!
Booroomba – Gowrie Preschool
Preschool breakfast will be held for both groups this week to say
goodbye and thank you to the parents who have helped us this year.
The parents will be given gifts from the children and we end with a
couple of their favourite songs.
On their last day they will celebrate with a Christmas party, parents are
asked to bring a plate to share. Please see the notice board.
So this is the last insert into the Gowrie Gazette til 2011 we wish all families
a safe and happy Christmas and restful holidays.
A special thank you to our release teachers Jane and Amanda and our STA
Heidi for working with us this year.
Debbie, Kate, Karen, Jane, Amanda and Heidi
From The Board
Your Board Representatives are:
Board Chair: Jane Dickenson
Parent Representative: Tania Arnold
Parent Representative: Michelle Reardon
Preschool Representative: Bridget McNeilly
Teacher Representative: Jason Walmsley
Teacher Representative: Karen Farrell
P & C News
The P&C will running a small raffle. Tickets will be
50c each or 3 tickets for $1.00. They will be
available from the front office until the draw in
The prizes include:
2 x$50 vouchers from Saavy
3 bottles champagne
1 bottle red wine
5 x 2 children entries to Fun Factory Fyshwich
A reminder that today was the last day for the Gowrie Canteen for 2010.
The canteen will not be open next Wednesday (15th December). There will
be NO lunches available as the Canteen Committee will be cleaning the
canteen ready for the holidays.
A very big thank you to Rachel Greene and her band of merry helpers
for the great Wednesday lunches this year. We all look forward to the
canteen continuing next year.
POLICE APPEAL FOR VIGILANCE OVER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
Unfortunately the approaching school holiday period means school grounds in
your area will be empty from 17 December 2010, to 4 February 2011, making
them easily accessible to would-be offenders.
ACT Policing will be increasing pro-active patrols around schools during the
holidays, but we are also asking you, the community, to assist us in ensuring our
schools remain secure.
Anyone who observes anti-social behaviour or suspicious activity around schools
is urged to report this to police immediately on 131 444. This includes suspicious
persons or vehicles seen at odd hours of the night, and any signs of potential
criminal activity such as the sound of breaking glass, spray cans or electrical
equipment being used at odd hours.
By working together with police you can help to ensure that our schools
remain secure over the holidays, allowing our children to get the education
JAC Summer Holiday Workshop
& Primary Science
Scholarship/LEAP Trial course
Date: 17 Jan 2011 – 25 Jan 2011 (7 days)
Time: 9.30am – 12:30pm
Venue: Woden / Belconnen
For more information,
(w) 6295 5983 / (m) 0404 036 223
Parents and Carers are invited to
join the Gowrie Staff for a thank
you Afternoon Tea:
On: Tuesday 14th December
Please RSVP in person or phone
Gowrie Primary on 6205 7822 by
Friday 10th December for catering