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									                                  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 33, 2010                      Term 4 – Week 3                          27th October 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

     NOTE:               2011 student‟s commencement days:
     Kindergarten and new students:        Monday 7th February 2011
     All continuing students:              Tuesday 8th February 2011

                             Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

Kindergarten PIPS Testing
The final assessment of PIPS (Performance Indicators in Primary School) is
being conducted with all Kindergarten children this week. PIPS is designed to
assess student Literacy and Numeracy at the beginning and end of their first
year of schooling. The Kindergarten teachers assess individual students with
each assessment taking between 15 and 20 minutes. Parents will be provided

          AFTER SCHOOL CARE – YMCA Program 3.00pm – 6.00pm daily
                                       Contact Numbers
        YMCA Office: 62300165              Mobile Contact After 2.30pm: 0404635730

                 ***   We are an Approved Service for Child Care Benefits   ***
with PIPS end-of-year reports outlining achievement from the beginning of
the year at the end of this term.
Warrambui Camp
Last Thursday students and teachers form Lambrigg set off to enjoy an
overnight camping experience. Their destination was the very picturesque
Warrambui which is located just off the highway near Murrumbateman. The
weather was perfect and the students enjoyed a range of outdoor activities
that got them close to nature and tested their problem solving and team
skills. A special thank you to the teachers, Liz Harding, Sharon Donnan, Jason
Walmsley and Learning Support Assistant Alison Baxter, who gave up their
own time to stay overnight with the students. It is their hard work and
commitment that ensures the students have access to such important extra
curricular activities.
School Satisfaction Survey
We have once again had some very positive results form the Department of
Education‟s School Satisfaction Survey administered earlier this year.
Teacher, parents and students in Years 5/6 were all invited to complete the
survey which asks a range of questions relating to their experiences and
beliefs about the school. On Monday night I presented a summary of these
results to the Board, some of the highlights include; 100% of students
believe that at Gowrie, they feel safe, enjoy learning, get useful feedback
from teachers, get along well with teachers and are treated fairly. With such
outstanding feedback we may be tempted to keep this group of students at
Gowrie forever! We also had some positive feedback from parents with 94%
satisfied with the school, 93% believing their enquiries are responded to
appropriately and 92% believing community partnerships are valued and
maintained. These results will be examined thoroughly by staff and used to
determine future priorities and school goals. Thank you to all the parents who
took the time to complete the survey and provide us with valuable feedback.

World Teachers Day
Friday 29th October is World Teachers Day when the contribution that
Teachers make to our children‟s education and well being is celebrated. It‟s a
chance to acknowledge all those extra things that they do, both in and
outside the classroom. Many are beyond the call of duty and they make a big
difference to the experiences our children have at school.

So Friday is a great opportunity for us to let all the teachers at Gowrie
Primary, know how wonderful they are. If you‟re down at the school you might
like to wish them a “Happy Teachers Day” or perhaps send a message with
your child, and thank them for all those extra special things that they do for
our children.

Judy Hamilton

                           WHAT’S ON TERM 4!
    Friday            29th October     Year 5 Combined Band 9.00am
    Monday            1st November     Last Day For SUBWAY Lunch Orders
    Tuesday           2nd November     Years 3 / 4 Assembly 2.30pm
    Thursday          4th November     Years 5 / 6 Debating 10.00am
    Friday            5th November     WALKATHON
                                       Special Subway Lunch
    Tuesday           9th November     Yamba Assembly 2.30pm
    Thursday          11th November    Remembrance Ceremony 10.30am
    Tuesday           16th November    1/2W – 2C Assembly 2.30pm
    Monday            22nd November    Scripture in Schools commences
    Tuesday           23rd November    Walkathon Prize Assembly
    Thursday          25th November    Kindy Information Night 6.00pm
                                       KidsMatter Transition Info Night
    Tuesday           30th November    Kinder / Year 1 Assembly 2.30pm
    Wednesday         1st December     Preschool Info Night 6.30pm
    Thursday          2nd December     Carol’s Night
    Tuesday           7th December     Preschool Parent Breakfast
    Thursday          9th December     Preschool Parent Breakfast
    Thursday          9th December     Year 6 Graduation Assembly 9.15am
    Tuesday           14th December    Preschool Xmas Party
    Wednesday         15th December    Year 6 Dinner 6.00pm
    Thursday          16th December    Preschool Xmas Party

                                Merit Awards
                  Ryan Ziman           Emily McArthur
               Felicity Bell           Alex Gray
               Nathan Morton           Angus Long        Rachael Batchelor
                 Bailey Karjalainen    Jack Hughes
                 Alex Lawton           Jordan Shaw
                 Sinead Broadbent
                 Ashlee Kirkland       Blake Ruffy-Welsh
                 Jack Spaven           Brittany Hughes
                Josh Buchs           Claudia de Grave-Nott
                Marie Taylor
          Learning Centre
                Tabba Ellem          Jake Borman
                Brendan Gray         Emily Cook
                Emily McNaught       Olivia Allum
          Cody Hunt            Ashlee Kirkland            William Peisley
          Elise Johnston       Brigitte Ford              Ashley Dunne
          Kyle Hunt            Jed McGrath-Sinclair       Max Whitely
          Nathan Morton        Lachlan Arnold             Kimberly Pocknall
          Chloe Arnold

                        Mrs Hamilton Well Done List

Noah Roberts                Tyson Box                    Ryan Crossling
Poppy Hancox                Claudia Costello             Ella Thompson
Cody Hunt                   Lachlan Rose                 Thomas Greatbanks
Jake Borman                 Bailey Karjalainen           Corey Foley
Ruby Alexander              Angus Long                   Tanner Callinan
Danielle Kelly              Josh Winnett x 2             Sinead Broadbent
Grace Batchelor             Isaac Turl                   Christine Britten
Paige Edwards x 2           Lily Hawthorn                Hayley Smith
William Peisley             Suzy Krupa x 2               Jessie McIntosh
                                 School News

     WALKATHON – Friday 5th November
Just take a look at the fabulous prizes that have been donated so far for the
   Our first prize Bike
   Quality Hotel Woden – 1 nights accommodation + 2 full breakfasts
     valued at $234
   Bunnings – Sun Lounge valued at $99
   Hogs Breath – Dinner voucher valued at $70
   Southern Cross Club – Dinner voucher at Peppercress Restaurant valued
     at $70
   Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing – Family Pass
   Questacon Family Pass – valued at $60
   Burns Club Dinner vouchers x 2 – valued at $50 each
   The Body Shop voucher – valued at $40
   Brumbies Signed Football and Book
   Zone 3 pass for a group of 10 people for 1 game
   Magnet Mart vouchers – 1 x $20 and 3 x $10
   AMF – Family Fun Pass
   PSW Quality Apparel Phillip – 2 x $25 gift vouchers
  Plus various smaller donated prizes including:
         Painting Sets
         Stationery Sets
         Mini Flying Kit
         Skipping Set
         Pavement Chalk Set
         Soft Toys

Keep collecting sponsors - for every $5 you raise you receive 1 raffle ticket
in the draw to win one of these fabulous prizes.

If you would like to add to the donated prizes you can leave your donation at
the front office.
                                Library News

                    Chief Minister’s Challenge Awards
The Ambassadors; Jessica Good and Jack Heath with Lauren Thomas, Harley
Ingram and Alex Perkins.

                        SRC NEWS
This term the SRC have voted to support the local RSPCA.

The RSPCA cares for and finds homes for many of Canberra‟s lost,
abandoned, sick and injured animals.

The SRC have decided to help out by running an Animal Food Drive.

Starting in week 4 a special box will be placed in the school foyer where you
can place any cat, dog or rabbit food that you would like to donate. We will
continue to collect food throughout week 4, 5, and 6.

The RSPCA have said they prefer dry dog and cat food as it is the most
healthy choice for their animals. They have also said that rabbit food and
dog and cat treats are in short supply and would be greatly appreciated.
                      BLACK MOUNTAIN LUNCHES

Subway Lunch order forms are being sent home today and must be returned
to school by Monday 1st November. NO late orders will be accepted.

                              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

                   Board P & C Meetings next week:
Meeting arrangements:
                             To Be Advised
                      Monday         6th December

                             GOWRIE CANTEEN
A reminder that the Gowrie Canteen is open every Wednesday for lunch
orders (please leave your order at the canteen by 9.00am) and counter sales
at lunch and recess.
                            COMMUNITY NEWS

                      GIFTED STUDENTS IN THE ACT
A free seminar for Parents, Teachers and Community Members interested in
gifted children, funded by the ACT Government as part of an ACT Budget
Initiative and in conjunction with the NSW Association for Gifted and
Talented Children/ACT Branch.

Topics to be discussed include: Gifted Students and Underachievement;
Understanding Sensory Sensitivities; Future Directions.

When:      Wednesday 10th November
Where:     Woden/Weston area – full venue details and map on the booking
Time:      7.00pm – 9.30pm
Cost:      Free – supper provided. Book display and sales

Registration Details: - bookings required for catering purposes.
All bookings must be made through our on-line booking system through the
website www.australiangiftedsupport.com and click on „Information Seminars‟.
Enquiries email gtenrichment@australiangiftedsupport.com or phone
Bernadette on 0434 491 424.

                   PCYC HALLOWEEN DISCO
The Canberra PCYC would like to invite you to our
next Bluelight Disco.
When:      Friday 29th October from 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Venue:     Canberra PCYC Erindale Centre – 36 Gratten Court Wanniassa
Cost:      $5 per child includes all activities except tattoos and canteen.
Theme:     HALLOWEEN
For more information phone PCYC on 62961292 or 62316497
                     CHRISTMAS KID'S BUSH DANCE
                    AT THE YARRALUMLA WOOLSHED
                    SATURDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2-4PM
        Lively bush dancing to live music, suitable for kid's of all ages.
                             Gold coin entry fee.

Bush dancing for fun, fitness and friendship The Kid's Bush Dance is being
run by the Monaro Folk Society a non-profit community group and is suitable
for kids of all ages and will be to live music. Please contact Barbara Court for
more information on the number below.


Barbara Court
Monaro Folk Society
ph 6161 2426
                  Pied Piper Productions
             Red Riding Hood
                  A short musical play by Robert A Danks
            Director Nina Stevenson, Musical Director John Yoon
                           24 – 27 November 2010
                   St Paul‟s Anglican Church Hall, Manuka

Pied Piper Productions is a music theatre school for children and youth. Our
junior group aged 6 – 13 are performing in a delightful short family musical
based on the fairy story Red Riding Hood which is a fun show for both boys
and girls. The show is funny and the costumes and music will keep even the
youngest audience entertained. Red Riding Hood is suitable for preschoolers
and primary school students.

We hope to encourage our young audiences to take an interest in participating
in live theatre and the cast, Director and Musical Director will be available to
take questions from the audience after the show.

The performance time is approximately 30 minutes followed by short
question time.

Public Performances:
                        6pm Friday 26 November
                      6pm Saturday 27 November
                  All tickets $5 available at the door
                 St Paul‟s Anglican Church Hall Manuka

If you have any concerns or questions, please call Nina Stevenson on
Ph: 6286 9122, Mobile: 0409 823 640 or email info@pied-piper.com.au.

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