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Visit Gowrie online at Pips
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 email@example.com 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 Principal WHAT’S ON TERM 4! WEEK 3 Friday 29th October Year 5 Combined Band 9.00am WEEK 4 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 WEEK 5 Tuesday 9th November Yamba Assembly 2.30pm Thursday 11th November Remembrance Ceremony 10.30am WEEK 6 Tuesday 16th November 1/2W – 2C Assembly 2.30pm WEEK 7 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 WEEK 8 Tuesday 30th November Kinder / Year 1 Assembly 2.30pm Wednesday 1st December Preschool Info Night 6.30pm Thursday 2nd December Carol’s Night WEEK 9 Tuesday 7th December Preschool Parent Breakfast Thursday 9th December Preschool Parent Breakfast WEEK 10 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 KM Ryan Ziman Emily McArthur K/1C Felicity Bell Alex Gray 1/2W Nathan Morton Angus Long Rachael Batchelor 2C Bailey Karjalainen Jack Hughes Alex Lawton Jordan Shaw 3/4D Sinead Broadbent 3/4H Ashlee Kirkland Blake Ruffy-Welsh 5/6B Jack Spaven Brittany Hughes 5/6S Josh Buchs Claudia de Grave-Nott Yamba Marie Taylor Learning Centre Tabba Ellem Jake Borman Brendan Gray Emily Cook Band Emily McNaught Olivia Allum NATIONAL ANTHEM AWARD 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 Walkathon: 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 THERE WILL BE NO BLACK MOUNTAIN LUNCH ORDERS FOR WEEK 4 AS THE P&C ARE HAVING A SPECIAL SUBWAY LUNCH AT THE WALKATHON. 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: P&C To Be Advised Board 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 UNDERSTANDING AND MEETING THEIR NEEDS 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 site 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Regards 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 email@example.com.
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