Henry Street, Five Dock, 2046
T: 9713 7044 F: 9712 1256
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Term 1, Week 9 - Wednesday 23 March 2011
Dear Parents/Caregivers and Students,
In spite of the rain last Sunday, the working bee organised by one of our OOSH Convenors, Melissa Wormleaton, went ahead. A
huge thank you to those people who braved the awful weather and gave of their time to tidy up and do some painting in the toilets
attached to E Block.
―Harmony is ...‖.
This week we are holding our Community Breakfast on Friday as a celebration of Harmony Week. Last Friday I worked with the
Student Leaders to put together a short presentation at our morning assembly. We talked about what harmony is and how it’s
important to us, not just at Five Dock Public School, but in the wider world. As always, the children come up with some fantastic
ideas and it is always a privilege to work with them and hear their ideas.
Over the last couple of weeks our training and development activities have involved closely analysing our NAPLAN data in the
area of numeracy. One of the areas of our students’ numeracy development we are focusing on is measurement and we have
been looking at different strategies to increase our students’ understanding of measurement concepts. Ways the parents/
caregivers can help their children develop their measurement concepts are to: Talk with them about time – how long until some-
thing happens, how long something took to do; have them help in the kitchen – estimating how many spoonfuls fill a container,
reading recipes that require measuring out quantities; those parents/caregivers in trades can talk about how they use measure-
ment; and, if gardening, talking about the size of a garden bed, how deep seeds need to be planted or the distance between
seeds. These are just a couple of suggestions. The important thing is for children to understand that what they learn at school
translates to real life.
The rule we are focusing on this week is:
ACHIEVE YOUR BEST
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The number of tokens for each of the houses were counted last Friday. The tally was:
Giallo – 84, Rosso – 61, Verde - 49 and Azzurro – 44.
2012 PROSPECTIVE ENROLMENT WALK THROUGH
A reminder that our first walk through will be tomorrow at 11:45am.
PRINCIPAL’S CLASS AWARD
This week’s Principal’s Award goes to Ironbark who are doing some wonderful work in Mathletics to achieve their best! Keep it
MANDY (AMANDA) DAWKINS,
150th Anniversary News
We need assistance mounting photos on display boards for our function on Saturday, 30 April. If you can spare an hour or so,
please let Kerry in the office, know.
If you have recipes you’d like to contribute, or photos, particularly ones from previous decades, please email them to morag-
email@example.com or the school, firstname.lastname@example.org or, drop in a hard copy. Any photos need to be in an enve-
lope with all your details for returning them to you. We realise that handing in photos for scanning/copying is giving over some-
thing that is special and want to ensure we can get them back to their owners safely.
If you know of anyone in the community; elderly neighbours or other people who have had a connection to the school, please
invite them to contact us so we can put them on our data base in order to provide them with regular updates of any functions that
may be coming up.
150th Anniversary Organising Committee
Bookclub orders are expected to arrive on Fri 1 April.
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Please note that whilst every effort is made to be accurate, omissions and errors do happen.
We will correct any mistakes as soon as we become aware.
Thu Mar 24 11.45 Walk through for prospective enrolments in 2012
Fri Mar 25 8-9.00 Community Breakfast to celebrate Harmony Day
Sat Mar 26 State election – helpers needed to work on barbeque and to organise cake stall
Week Mar 28 Year 1-6 Parent/Teacher Interviews
Fri Apr 1 Moonlight Cinema
Wed Apr 6 Cross Country—this date has changed from Thursday, 7 April
Fri Apr 8 Easter Hat Parade/Grandfriends’ Day
Wed Apr 27 Staff return to school for School Development Day
Thu Apr 28 Students return to school for Term 2
2012 Preschool enrolment applications open
Sat Apr 30 11am-1pm Launch of 150th Celebrations, Opening of School Hall and Oval
Fri May 6 2012 Preschool enrolment applications close
Kindergarten cake stall
Tue May 10 NAPLAN—Writing
Wed May 11 NAPLAN—Reading
7.30pm P&C Meeting in Library
Thu May 12 NAPLAN—Numeracy
Fri May 13 9.10 P&C follow –up meeting in Library
Wed May 18 School photos
Thu May 19 School photos
Wed May 25 Zone Cross Country
7.00pm Band Concert
Thu May 26 10.30 Walk through for prospective enrolments in 2012
Fri Jun 1 Year 1 cake stall
Tue Jun 7 2.15 Cuppa & Chat - OOSH room
Wed Jun 22 Yr 3-6 Athletics Carnival
Thu Jun 23 2.00 Walk through for prospective enrolments in 2012
Thu Jun 30 Yr 3-6 Field Events Carnival
Fri Jul 1 Year 2 cake stall
Term 2 concludes
There are still a number of literacy resources that need to be covered with contact. Any parents who could help with covering
these new resources please contact the office. The books can be taken home and covered at your convenience.
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The Community Language Program first began at the school in 1981. It is funded under the Community Language Program. All
students receive 2 lessons per week as part of the Italian program.
Learning Italian provides opportunities for students to become more accepting of diversity and more respectful of others. It en-
ables students to gain access to Italy's rich cultural, historical, artistic and literary contributions to the world. The program aims to
develop positive attitudes to further study of other languages and cultures.
Learning Italian supports literacy development. Students learning another language:
develop understandings of how languages work
gain an understanding of the English language by understanding the processes of learning another language
transfer literacy skills developed in another language to English
have access to different cultures and different ways of thinking
Italian language and culture are taught through a variety of activities such as drama, song, dance, art, games as well as more
traditional methods. The Italian program is integrated with class programs where possible.
CLASS TAUGHT BY ON
Boronia Signora Lopes & Signora Gatsas Monday & Friday
Coolabah Signora Lopes & Signora Gatsas Tuesday & Friday
Snow Gum Signora Caputo & Signora Gatsas Thursday & Friday
Gumnuts Signora Lopes & Signora Gatsas Monday & Wednesday
Wattle Signora Lopes & Signora Gatsas Monday & Wednesday
Waratahs Signora Lopes & Signora Caputo Monday & Thursday
Banksia Signora Lopes Monday & Tuesday
Grevillea Signora Lopes & Signora Gatsas Monday & Wednesday
Red Gum Signora Gatsas Wednesday & Friday
Ironbark Signora Gatsas & Signora Caputo Wednesday & Thursday
Xanthorrea Signora Caputo & Signora Gatsas Thursday & Friday
Orchid Signora Lopes & Signora Caputo Tuesday & Thursday
Tea Tree Signora Lopes & Signora Gatsas Tuesday & Wednesday
Please feel free to make an appointment to see the relevant teacher to discuss the program or
your child’s progress.
The Italian Teachers
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UPDATE YOUR DETAILS
Please provide the school with your new address or contact numbers if they change. We cannot stress how important it is for us
to maintain correct information. Please make sure your details are correct so that in the case of an emergency we can contact
you without delay.
HIGH SCHOOL ENTRY FORMS
If your child is in Year 6, this is a gentle reminder that all application forms for entry to high school should have been returned last
Friday 18 March. This form must be completed for every student in NSW, whether they will be going to a local, non-local, selec-
tive or private secondary school in 2012.
ELECTION DAY CAKE STALL - 26 March - 8am—12 noon
The P&C will be running a cake stall at the school on Saturday 26th March. The last Election Day Cake Stall
was a huge success, selling out of all cakes and treats and raising nearly $800 for the school. We are asking
all of the school community for your support again in making cakes (whole or cupcakes), slices, biscuits, and
other yummy things to sell on the day.
Paper cake boxes will be available from the canteen to collect, or alternatively please label clearly all your own containers wo
they can be returned the following Monday. Any potential allergens such as nuts, should be highlighted and ingredients included
if possible. Please drop off to canteen on Friday 25th March.
Thank you for your support.
ELECTION DAY BBQ - 26 March
Please support the Five Dock P & C to raise funds for electronic whiteboards while you vote this Saturday at the
Five Dock Public School hall.
There will be a BBQ selling yummy sausages and onion on a roll, as well as bacon and egg rolls. You can even have the lot!
The BBQ will start from 8am till we sell out!
WORKING BEE THANK YOU
Thank you to the following people who volunteered their time to help with the painting of the top toilet block, fitting new toilet
seats, cleaning of the bottom toilet block and library windows.
From OOSH Melissa Wormleaton Patricia Demicheli
Marye Joannidis Hannah White (Red Gum) Christian Persichetti (Iron Bark)
Imanta Harris Philip Jones & Charlotte Doud
Kate Harris (Xanthorrea) Niamh Jones (Red Gum)
Anna Stewart (Red Gum)
OOSH provided all of the paints, toilet seats and materials for this project. Stop by the top toilet block to view the improve-
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The following students received awards at last week’s K-6 Assembly.
Banksia Zoe H Red Gum Niamh J
Boronia Adrian J Snow Gum Evie M
Coolabah Leila H Tea Tree Maddy W
Grevillea Melanie P Waratahs Rhiannon C
Gumnuts Excel A Wattle Grace P
Ironbark Milla H Xanthorrea Matias P
Lillypilly Valentine S ESL Kornpol S
Orchid James F ICT Jack S
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Frequently Asked Questions
Thanks for the wonderful, enthusiastic response to the moonlight cinema. We are very much looking forward to it! If you have
already placed an order for tickets they will be distributed to your child’s class today (Wednesday 23 March).
Q. What date is the cinema on?
A. Friday 1 April
Q. What time does the movie start?
A. The gates will open at 6.00 pm with the movie starting at 7.30 pm. Registration for the Beyblade tournament will
be at 6.00 pm (if you haven’t pre-registered) with the competition starting promptly at 6.30 pm.
Q. How many people is a ―family‖
A. Up to 2 adults and 4 children.
Q. My child wants to play in the Beyblade tournament but doesn’t want to watch the movie. Is this OK?
A. To enter the Beyblade tournament you must purchase a movie ticket.
Q. Do we have to pre-order food? Can we buy extra sausages/drinks/popcorn or are we restricted to what we have ordered
A. It is really helpful to our catering if you pre-order your food. However, we will have extra food and drink available on the
night and look forward to serving you!
Q. When do I have to return my order?
A. You need to return your order by Thursday 31 March 2011. We will also be selling tickets at the gate, but really
appreciate everyone pre-ordering.
Q. I have some friends that would like to come. Are they allowed?
A. Yes definitely! Invite everyone. This event is open to the general public.
Q. I have lost my order form, can I get another one?
A. Yes, spare order forms are available at the school office and from OOSH.
Q. Can one child enter the Beyblade competition more than once?
A. I checked with Brad from Anime and you can only put in one entry per person.
On the night we will have the following items up for silent auction. Please come ready to bid!
Party for 10 at Corner Cubby House (value $250)
3 x Women’s Weekly Hard Cover cookbooks (these look fabulous). These will individually auctioned.
2 x $50 Bunnings Vouchers (indivicually auctioned)
2 x $50 Supabarn Vouchers (individually auctioned)
Plaster Painting Party to the value of $100
Do It Yourself Decorating Book
Wine Pack with platter
2 x bottles of wine (individualy auctioned)
Tennis camp at GM Tennis, Cintra Park valued at $150
Tennis court hire valued at $36
Tickets will be available to purchase on the night - $2 per ticket or 3 for $5. Thanks to our very generous donors for the following
2 prizes of a haircut, colour and style from Hair to Toe, Drummoyne (each prize valued at between $95 and $135)
Bunnings $100 gift voucher
Perfume Pack ($125)
Supabarn Voucher $100
Imagine Photography Session
There will be 6 winners drawn on the night during intermission. First person drawn gets first choice of the above prizes, second
person gets the next choice and so on!
Lolly Guessing Competition
We will also be running a guess the number of lollies in the vase competition. The vase is a beautiful Mikasa vase.
Please support our generous sponsors (see their ads that are attached). We
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