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Term 2 – Week 2 11th May 2011 Jeffries Street GOWRIE ACT 2904 Telephone (02) 62057822 Principal: Judy Hamilton Facsimile (02) 62057825 Deputy Principal: Jason Walmsley Executive: Andrew Jacobson Visit Gowrie online at: Board Chair: Jane Dickenson www.gowrieps.act.edu.au P & C President: Karen Johnston email@example.com Important Dates to Remember: MAY 13th Fri Gowrie Track and Field Carnival 16th Mon 5.30pm Gowrie Board Meeting 7.00pm Gowrie P&C Meeting 18th Wed ACT Rugby League 23rd Mon Kindergarten Parent Interviews commence (Week 4) 26th Thur Tuggeranong Track and Field Carnival JUNE 3rd Fri ACT Soccer Tuggeranong Chess Competition 13th Mon Public Holiday JULY 4th Mon Yrs 1 – 6 Parent Interviews commence (Week 10) 2011 TERM DATES Term 2 2nd May to 8th July Term 3 25th July to 30th September Term 4 17th October to 21st December 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 *** PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE Dear Parents and Carers, Staffing I am delighted to be able to finally announce that Jason Walmsley has been permanently appointed to the Deputy’s position at Gowrie. Jason has been acting in the position for nearly two years and has provided outstanding leadership during that time, particularly in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy. He has been instrumental in formulating and implementing our Literacy and Numeracy Strategy and is responsible for a great number of organisational and management roles within the school. His appointment has also provided the school with much needed stability in the executive structure. Hopefully by the end of the year we will have finalised all the executive appointments, with two School Leader C positions to be advertised and appointed during the remainder of the year. Kristel Shelly is back with us one day a week providing release across the school. Emily Huegh who was with us last term has accepted a contract at Hughes Primary, so Kristel and Gill Duncan will be stepping into her role. Interviews In Week 10 of this term we will be holding parent/ teacher interviews for students in Years 1-6. More information about this process will be included in future gazettes. With the earlier than expected release of the PIPS reports the Kindergarten teachers have decided to hold their interviews in Week 4 of this term. Accompanying today’s Gazette is a note for Kindy parents requesting nominations for preferred interview times. Interviews are an extremely important part of the communication process between school and home and provide a valuable opportunity for teachers and parents to exchange information and develop goals and strategies to support their children’s learning. We hope you will make the time to attend your child’s interview. Pupil Free Day All schools, including Government, Catholic and Independent, will be holding a Pupil Free Day on August 18. The aim of the day is for all teachers to participate in Professional Learning on the Australian Curriculum and the assessment and moderation procedures that accompany this important document. Please mark this date in your diary so that you can organise alternative care arrangements for your child/ren. Congratulations to all the students who represented Gowrie at Mondays’ Cross Country Carnival which was held at the Stromlo Running Track. Mr Jacobson was impressed by all the students’ efforts and their outstanding behaviour. Well done! Judy and staff Mrs Hamilton’s Well Done Awards Jack Froggatt Poppy Hancox Madison Dalton Jake Borman Ruby O’Hart Jordan Shaw Bailey Karjalainen Angus Long Alex Gray Mitchell Thomas Kyle Hunt Griffin Davis Lachlan Arnold Bowen West Cameron Black Rose Davis Shane Briant Aaron Evans Stephanie Winnett All of KC (for Fantastic Writing) WEEK 3 ASSEMBLY At next Tuesday’s Assembly the Ribbons for our School Cross Country and the Tuggeranong Swimming Carnival will be handed out. All parents and carers are most welcome to attend. The Assembly will commence at 2.15pm in the new hall. NEEDED URGENTLY – TOMORROW GLASS JARS WITH METAL LIDS The Yamba Unit will be making Green Tomato Jam tomorrow with the tomatoes from their garden. They need glass jars for the jam. If you have any at home could you please drop them off at the front office tomorrow morning. The Green Tomato Jam will be for sale next week for $4.00 a jar. MERIT AWARDS KC Caleb Clark Jesica-Lea Tarrant-Read K/1H Stephanie Winnett James McNeilly 1/2M Arnja Hill Jasmine Jose 2S Alex Gray Ruby O’Hart 3/4D Angus Greene (RAPP) Jack Taol James Greatbanks 3/4W Joshua Winnett Ashley Dunne 5/6B Shianne Fliedner Jessie McIntosh 5/6T Holly Hancox Nick Lawton ATHLLON UNIT - JUNIOR LSU Cameron Black YAMBA UNIT – SENIOR LSU Saxon Davis Jack Johnson (RAPP) Jack Froggatt BOOK CLUB Book Club is due next Friday 20 May 2011. Thank you for your support. Gowrie Book Club GOWRIE GREENIES Welcome back to a big term! This week we will be starting our garden projects with the chicken coop and some garden beds. Bunnings will be in on Thursday morning at about 9am and anyone wishing to be a part of it is welcome to come down and lend a hand. There will be many things happening around the school this term and we would love your help. We are looking for volunteers to help dig, build and carry while Bunnings is constructing. Also if there is anyone out there who is able to help us get some water tanks that would help us out immensely as we are trying to reduce our use of town water to help with conservation. The Greenies are all looking forward to helping the Bunnings people with the construction of all the gardens. Donations are greatly appreciated by the Gowrie Greenies no matter how big or small! Donations: - Worm farm and supplies – this was donated to the school by Lorraine Sheather who is a rep for Tumblweed. The website www.tumbleweed.com.au has lots of useful information about worm farms and composting. Enjoy your garden! The Gowrie Greenies! TUGGERANONG CROSS COUNTRY Yesterday we sent 41 Gowrie students to the Tuggeranong Cross Country at Mount Stromlo. It was a very cold and windy day but all the students represented Gowrie to the best of their abilities and a fun day was had by all. Thank you to all the parents for transporting students and your support on the day. Thank you also to our Pre-service Teachers Emily and Annette for their assistance and braving the cold. Special mention goes to our Year 6 cheer squad for cheering their team mates all day while waiting for their own race. We had some fantastic results and are now waiting to hear whether any Gowrie students qualified for ACT Cross Country. Cross Country Committee K-2 News The students of Gulla Gulla have all made a great start to the new term and programs are already underway. This term, report cards will be going home for the semester and parent interviews will take place. Kindy interviews (along with PIPs results) will be conducted before the rest of the school in Week 4. Please keep an eye out for nominating interview times. ATHLETICS CARNIVAL This Friday we will all be participating in our school’s Athletic Carnival. We are very excited about the carnival! The students are encouraged to come in their house colours. Adjustments have been made to our day, as we will be on the large oval for most of the day! Parents and families are more than welcome to join us on the day. All students will need hats, water bottles and running shoes! Students will participate in running races and novelty events and of course will be spectators in order to cheer on their house team members!! Mirri> Yellow Dyara> Red Burrai> White Remember to bring a warm jacket and your track pants to have on when you are not racing as the weather has been quite cool and windy lately. PARENT HELPERS Some of our programs wouldn’t run without the support and volunteered time by our parents! It’s a great opportunity to support your child in their learning and education. It’s also a wonderful time to see what takes place in our busy Gulla Gulla classrooms. If you are able to help out in the classroom please see the classroom teachers or complete the Parent Helpers form. We enjoy having parents help out in the classroom. HOMEWORK AND READERS Friendly Reminder - Please remind students to return their homework and home readers every WEDNESDAY. It’s imperative that all children read at home every night. Children may read home readers, books borrowed from school or public libraries and books from home. IBIC UNIT This term the children will be completing the Integrated Based Inquiry Unit on Australian Authors. They have been doing a lovely job engaging in this unit, as we study Margaret Wild, Mem Fox, Alison Lester and Graeme Base books. Later this term they will become “experts” on one favourite book from the unit. They will share their knowledge with other Gulla Gulla students. WINTER APPROACHING As it gets colder please remind children to use tissues to blow their nose and to wash their hands after doing so. Please ensure that jumpers, coats and beanies are labelled. Yours in Education, Amanda Horne Lyn Cleaver Kristy McCumiskey Amy Spence K/1H KC 1/2M 2S Teachers Lambrigg News 3/4 students came back from holidays relaxed and refreshed for another busy term of learning. This week is especially busy with the Tuggeranong Cross Country on Monday, NAPLAN testing for Year 3 and 5 students Tuesday to Thursday and our school Athletics Carnival on Friday. We are very excited to welcome Mrs Shelley back to Gowrie on Mondays. 3/4W has the pleasure of 90 minutes with her doing Maths and Spelling each week. Thank you parent helpers Last term flew by so quickly we forgot to thank our wonderful parent helpers for a hard term’s work. Every week Angela Batchelor, Tabitha Winnett and Nicole Field give up an hour of their time to assist our Guided Reading Program. Our mornings run so smoothly and quietly thanks to you. Homework A new style of homework is going home this week. Homework consists of reading, a Maths sheet, a Literacy activity. If your child wants more there is a Multiple Intelligence page for children to work on. The Multiple Intelligence page is an extra piece of work. We are still encouraging all children to read each night. Books can be borrowed from the school and library. It’s great to see the number of parents who are supporting their child by signing the reading chart and making positive comments about their child’s reading efforts Some ideas to help with reading Questions-Read with your child asking specific questions related to the text. Illustrations-Look at the pictures how do they connect with the story? Internet search-What other books has this author written? Word study-When looking at words in the story ask you child if they can think of another word to replace a word. Innovation of a story- As a fun activity read the story again now change the ending to make a different story. Find as many words in the story that end in “ed, ing, etc… CROSS COUNTRY Congratulations to all the children who participated in the cross country on Monday 9th May. EXPOSITIONS - 3/4 students have been learning about expositions. This exposition was written by 3/4W in small groups. We were focussing on writing a topic sentence and expanding our paragraphs. Should children be allowed to have holidays? 3/4W believes that we should have holidays. Firstly, children need holidays to relax their brain so their brain is fresh for the next term. Children need to relax so they can think about the things they need to, because if you don’t relax you will have too many things to think about when all the children do is hard work at school. Secondly, children should have holidays so they can spend time with their family because it is good for children to spend time with their family so they become closer. It would be good if your family became closer because you can pass it on to friends and family. And then the world will become a happy, caring, loving place. Thirdly, children should be allowed to have holidays because you get a rest from homework. We do four pages of homework for eight weeks which is thirty-two pages during the term and some of the homework is very hard for the children. We need to have a rest from homework in the holidays and get ready for the next thirty-two pages of homework. Finally, children should be allowed to have holidays because you can travel around the world. If you travel during the school term you don’t have much time to spend with your family and friends. If you travel around the world in the holidays you get to see more creatures, countries and people. 3/4W strongly believes that every child in every school should have holidays because we need to relax our brains, spend time with our families, have a break from homework and travel. Sharon Weickhardt and Sharon Donnan Lanyon News Welcome back to Term 2! Our students have begun the term in a focused and settled manner. We would like to welcome two Pre service Teachers, Emily Spratt and Annette Schubert from the University of Canberra who are currently undertaking their third year practicum. They will be working with the Lanyon students until 20th May. Our integrated Inquiry unit this term is Awesome Aussie Authors and will be asking the question: What can we find out about Australia and its people from Australian authors? Last week all families should have received a note about our excursion to the War Memorial on Monday 23rd May. We will be taking part in two educational programs looking at aspects of Australian History. Homework for the first three weeks is focusing on Rostrum where all students are asked to prepare a short speech (maximum 3 minutes) to present to the class. All students should have received a sheet containing all relevant information and tips for presenting. The speeches will be presented in week 4. We would like to congratulate our Year 5 students who are currently in the middle of the national testing program NAPLAN. They are working hard to do their best. A reminder that as the weather turns cooler we have many students arriving with their jumpers and then removing them throughout the course of the day. Unfortunately many of these are unlabelled and it makes it difficult to return them to the correct owners. We already have a huge amount of clothing in the lost property cupboard outside the canteen. We welcome any parents to come and have a look through to see if items can be reclaimed. Name Label Renee Broadhurst, Simone Thomas, Emily Spratt, Annette Schubert An introductory letter from our Pre-Service Teachers Hi our names are Annette Schubert and Emily Spratt. We would like to thank Gowrie Primary School; especially the Lanyon Unit for letting us complete our 3 week prac placement. We are currently in our third year at the University of Canberra studying Primary Education. We are looking forward to working along side the staff and working with the students at Gowrie Primary. Emily Spratt and Annette Schubert. Yamba News In Yamba we have had a busy start to Term 2. We are writing a lot in Literacy and Journal Writing. In Maths we are learning about graphs. In Circle Time we are learning how to be a good friend. In sport we are getting ready for the Athletics Carnival on Friday. We are all doing a fantastic job in class and we have only FIVE more Class Bonus Banks to go before we reach our next class reward. By Griffin Davis From The Board Your Board Representatives are: Board Chair: Jane Dickenson Parent Representative: Tania Arnold Parent Representative: Kylie Thomas Preschool Representative: Kylie Foley Teacher Representative: Karen Farrell Teacher Representative: Simone Thomas P&C News Board and P&C Meetings next week: Meeting arrangements: P&C – ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Monday 16th May 6.30pm Board th Monday 16 May 5.30pm FRIENDLY REMINDER The next P&C meeting will be held Monday 16th May starting at 6.30pm in the staff room. Pizza will be provided for those who are able to join us. All parents and carers are welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing some new faces. If you can’t make it at 6.30pm feel free to drop in a bit later and join in. The meeting will be finished by 8.30pm (allowing time for chewing in- between discussion). All welcome- the more input we get the better the outcomes for the children. If you have any questions about the meeting, or anything you wish to raise, please contact me on 0412 789949. Karen Johnston P&C President FUNDRAISING REPORT BBQ On Sunday the 17th April we held a fundraising BBQ at Harvey Norman Fyshwick. I would like to especially thank Tabatha and Darren Winnett for there great help in donating their barbeque equipment, transporting and setting up and packing down for the BBQ, thanks heaps. I would also like to thank all parents, friends and family who volunteered their time to make the day run smoothly. The BBQ was a great success as we made a profit of $1331.10. Fantastic effort everyone! Mother’s Day The Mother’s Day Stall was another great success. I would like to thank Marianna, Rachel Dunne, Rachel Greene, Melinda and Kristy for their help selling the gifts. Without your assistance on Thursday and Friday last week life would not have been as easy. Thanks heaps! The Mother’s Day Stall also made a profit of $65.00. We sold all the gifts that were available on the day. Amanda Hentish Fundraising Coordinator CANTEEN RESCUE UPDATE Gowrie Primary now has a box at the Customer Service Desk at the Hyperdome. ANY receipts from the 4th April are able to either be placed in the box or (if you want to keep your receipt) given to the lady/gent who will add it for you and give your back your receipts. We may not win the big prize (who knows!!) but please remember there are weekly prizes and we have as much chance as any other school to win. Head lice are back at Gowrie – could all families please check their children’s heads tonight and treat if necessary. If everyone participates in this exercise we should be able to get rid of head lice at Gowrie. Thanks for your support.
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