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Term 2 Week 1                                                                   Thursday, 30th April, 2009

  TERM 2

  Week 1
        Tuesday, 28th April – Staff Development Day (student free)
        Wednesday 29th April-students return to school for term 2; Anzac Day service at 11.00

  Week 2
        Monday - Student teachers from Newcastle University commence 2 week practicum –both
        classes
        Tuesday – Mr Sheppard to Writing Course – Rutherford all day
         Friday – Mr Sheppard and captains to Stewart House Presentation – Sydney
  Week 3
        Monday - Mr Sheppard at Small Schools Meeting & LMG Meeting - Maitland
        Tuesday – NAPLAN testing begins – Language and Writing
        Wednesday – NAPLAN – Reading
        Thursday – NAPLAN - Numeracy




                                                      SCHOOL NEWS

State Swimming Carnival

Our P5 relay team (Lachlan, Corey, James, Jarrad and Beau), and Siena for her 8 years freestyle, swam
at the State Swimming Titles at Homebush in the last week of term. Siena did a fantastic job, coming 5th
in her heat and swimming a personal best time in the process. Our P5 relay team also swam above
themselves, breaking their personal best time by 7 seconds. This was a fantastic experience, swimming
at the Olympic Pool—I know the children got a real ―buzz‖ about it, as did the parents!

Easter Egg Hunt/ Easter Hat Parade

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who supported our younger students at the Easter Hat
parade on the last day of term. All students looked fantastic in their creations, and it means so much to
them to have family support.
Canteen

Canteen is on Tuesday’s in term 2 starting next week. Please remember that all orders need to be in by
Monday afternoon. Volunteers are desperately needed, please put your name on the sheet on the
fridge.

Point Wolstencroft Excursion / Camp

Years 4/5/6 had an excellent time at the Point Wolstencroft Camp. We were lucky with the weather, with
the Monday being windy (and we went sailing), whilst Tuesday was very calm and warm (the day we
went canoeing). The children, parents and myself, all enjoyed the activities, which also included the
Giant Swing, biking, making damper, rock wall climbing (Kye is a natural), archery and the various night
activities. Everyone ate well, and enjoyed the excellent accommodation that was provided. I was very
proud of the children who represented our school in a wonderful manner. They all had a go and behaved
themselves in a manner reflecting their families values—well done! I would also like to sincerely thanks
Mrs Melisa Smith and Mrs Sharon Gillespie for being great company and so helpful over the 4 days. We
hope to include some photos and some stories over the next few weeks, reflecting the experiences from
the children.

Write Now! Children’s Literacy Award (reminder)

Maitland City Library is continuing their Literacy award competition this year. Their aim is to encourage
literacy development, foster creativity and promote pride in achievement for children in the local Maitland
area. There are a number of workshops presented by Bachelor of Arts (Primary Teaching) students from
the Newcastle University in May—they are:
     * Tuesday 19th May 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm ―getting started—researching your topic and choosing the
         text type for your audience‖;
     * Tuesday 26th May 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm, ―Constructing your text, including drafting, revising and
         conferencing‖; and
     * Tuesday 2nd June 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm ―editing, publishing and presenting your writing diary‖.
 These workshops are being held in the Maitland, East Maitland, Thornton and Rutherford Libraries
While attendance at these workshops is beneficial, it is not a pre-requisite for entrance to the award.
Further information is also available from any Maitland City Library branch or from their website at
www.maitland.nsw.gov.au/library/kids; or phone 49336952 for details. We have some entry forms in the
office for those interested. The subject is ―My Local Hero‖ with prizes awarded for Stage 1; Stage 2 and
Stage 3 students. The last day for a child’s submission is 19th June.

Anzac Day at Morpeth

We had a great turn out of children at Morpeth on Anzac Day. It was quite windy, but warm, with 22 of
our children participating in the march. It was also great to see so many parents, family and friends
supporting the children on the day. It was a wonderful expression of support for the war veterans.

Student Teachers

We will have 2 student teachers from Newcastle University starting at our school next Monday for a 2
week placement. They will also be returning for another 2 weeks in November. They are Sarah Bateman
on the Lower Division class and Abbey Hand on the Upper Division class. Please make them welcome in
the short time here.

Stewart House

Thank you for your support of our out of uniform day in Week 10. We raised $55 dollars for Stewart House.
As a result of your continued support for these Stewart House “mufty days”, we were recently advised
that Iona Public School is to receive a special award for the highest per capita contribution in the
Hunter / Central Coast region in 2008. The captains and I will be attending the Annual Presentation
Ceremony, to be held at Stewart House on Friday, 8th May from 12.30 – 3.00
STUDENT NEWS
Congratulations to the following students who received awards at our assembly in Week 10.
Birthdays: Happy birthday to the following students who are celebrating birthdays. Jacob turned 10 on
24th March, Georgia was 10 on 28th March, Charlotte celebrated turning 8 on 3rd April, Liam turned 7 on
5th April, Siena was 8 on 8th April and Olivia was 12 on 25th April.
Merit Awards were presented to Harry for wonderful work in literacy, Charlotte for great work in
handwriting, Emma for being a supportive role model for younger students, Lucinda for working well in
all areas and Thomas for great work in writing activities.
In Upper Division, awards were presented to Georgia for trying hard to improve, to Drew for her
excellent unit work and to Neve for trying hard with all work.
Teacher Nominated Citizenship was presented Jack for being an excellent role model.
Peer Nominated Citizenship was presented to Siena for being friendly in the playground.
Library Award was presented to Kiyarna for trying to help out in the library.
The Environmental Award was presented to Liam for being a helpful group member.
Healthy Food Award was presented to Drew for eating healthy vegetables.

School Cross Country

Next Thursday, 7th May, we are planning to hold a School Cross Country activity at the Redman’s
property from 2.00 to 3.15. The main aim of the afternoon is to select our school representatives for the
Zone Cross Country Trials being held at Tocal on Friday, 15th May. These trials are for children aged
from 8 yrs upwards only, but we will include all children in our School Cross day as a part of our Daily
Fitness program, and to give them an introduction to the whole concept of cross country running. All
parents are welcome to attend, and to encourage the children to run the distances. The Juniors (8, 9 and
10) are to run 2 km, and the seniors (11, 12) are to run 3 kms. We are still debating how far the younger
students (5,6,7) will run on the day.

P&C Meeting

The next P&C Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 12th May from 2.30 in the school library.

				
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