http://www.iona.ps.education.nsw.gov.au -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.