Term 3 – Week 4 17th August 2011 Jeffries Street GOWRIE ACT 2904 Principal: Judy Hamilton Telephone (02) 62057822 Deputy Principal: Jason Walmsley Facsimile (02) 62057825 Executive: Andrew Jacobson Simone Thomas 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: AUGUST 18th Thursday ACT Schools Pupil Free Day – no supervision provided th 19 Friday Year 6 Combined Band at Gowrie 22nd Monday Book Week commences 23rd Tuesday Book Week Parade – K-2 Assembly 9.15am 25th Thursday Year 6 Sport Expo at Caroline Chisholm School 29th Monday Swim Program commences 30th Tuesday Wear Yellow Day – A celebration for Daffodil Day SEPTEMBER 1st Thursday School Photos Music Count Us In! – 11.30am Father‟s Day Stall 2nd Friday Father‟s Day Stall 9th Friday Swim Program finishes 15th Thursday Japanese – “Doing Things Together Day” 20th Tuesday “Pass It To Me” Participation Day 3/4 22nd Thursday Learning Journeys 28th Wednesday Floriade – Whole School Excursion 30th Friday World of Maths CANTEEN NOW OPEN WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS 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 *** We are collecting: Earn and Learn Dockets from Woolworths And Sports for Schools Vouchers from Coles 2011 TERM DATES Term 3 25th July to 30th September Term 4 17th October to 21st December 2012 TERM DATES NOTE: Term 1 3rd February to 13th April Kinder and New Students on 6th February - Monday All other Students on 7th February – Tuesday Term 2 20th April to 6th July Term 3 23rd July to 28th September Term 4 15th October to 21 December PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE Swimming Term 3 Thank you to all those parents who have returned their swimming enrolment forms. We have had an overwhelming response for the Swim and Survive program that will be running in weeks 6 and 7. Currently we have 90 students enrolled with only 10 more positions available. So if you would like your child to participate the enrolment forms need to be returned by this Friday. The school will have information regarding groups sometime next week so teachers can schedule a program for the students remaining at school. Pupil Free Day This Thursday 18th August (tomorrow) the teachers will be undertaking Professional Development as part of the implementation of the Australian Curriculum. There will be no supervision for students tomorrow. School will resume as normal on Friday. Therapy ACT On Monday the launch of the Therapy ACT Pilot Project in Schools was held at Gowrie Primary. ACT Community Services Minister Joy Burch launched the $647,000 pilot program seeking to explore the benefits that on-site therapists can have in improving student learning. The 12 month program will spread the load of three full-time therapists and four therapy assistants between Gowrie, Caroline Chisholm, Florey, Harrison, the Good Shepherd, Malkara and Cranleigh Schools. For more information please read the article from Tuesday 16th Augusts‟ Canberra Times which is attached to the Gazette ACT Sport Congratulations to Brodie Widdowson on attaining a Silver medal at the Primary School Rugby League National Carnival in Melbourne last week. Brodie represented the ACT playing a number of games and reaching the grand final for the first time against Queensland. A fantastic achievement for Brodie and we wish him all the success in his rugby league ambitions. KidsMatter A reminder to parents that we are looking for a Parent Representative to become involved in the renewal of the KidsMatter initiative. The KidsMatter Program focuses on four key areas to improve student mental health and wellbeing: A positive school community Social and emotional learning for students Parenting support and education Early intervention for students experiencing mental health difficulties Gowrie has been involved in this program for a number of years and we have recently received some further funding to attend professional development later this term and develop an action plan for 2012. Parent involvement is fundamental to the programs success and we are looking for a parent to accompany staff to the training day on the 15th September. Please let us know if you would be interested in being part of this important initiative by contacting the front office or Jason. Jason Walmsley Acting Principal MERIT AWARDS KC Ashlyn Morton Jai Jenkin K/1H Riley Davey Lachlan Odewahn 1/2M Ashleigh Dalton Ryan Ziman Erin Roberts 2S James McIntosh Gabby De Angelis Thomas Jones Kayden Dunne 3/4D Kyle Hunt Mitchell Thomas 3/4W Ashley Dunne 5/6B Danielle Jackson Jarrod Bacon Christine Britten 5/6T Joshua Buchs Jasmine Turl Tarek Hijazi ATHLLON UNIT - JUNIOR LSU Cameron Black GOWRIE GLEEKS Jessica Bateup Brodie Widdowson NATIONAL ANTHEM AWARD Ryan Leitch Eve Davis Erin Roberts Mandy Mitchell Harry Jones Maggie Alexander Kimberly Pocknall Connor Graham Dylan Whitely Poppy Hancox Mrs Hamilton’s Well Done Awards Thomas Greatbanks Kelly Bateup Cody Hunt Amber Graham Jai Jenkin Gabby De Angelis Felix Stevenson Charlie Leach Chelsea March Harrison Jaques Blake Burden Caleb Clark Samuel McAlpine Maddie Arnold Dylan Whitely ROCK THE BLOCK – Postponed to Term 4 Unfortunately the Rock the Block Dance Program will now run in Term 4 as the dance instructor is having surgery and will need time to recover. Any students who still wish to enrol for next term can see the front office. The program will run on Wednesday lunchtimes each week during term four. SCHOOL PHOTOS 1ST SEPTEMBER 2011 School Photo envelopes have been sent home today with the Gazette. Each child will receive one envelope with their name and class already on it. If your family requires a second envelope for each child please let Ali in the front office know and she will allocate a second envelope. Also sibling family photos will be taken on the day and these will be for sale when the photos are returned to school. The cost of the family photo is $10 and this is to be paid directly to the school not in the Portrait Gallery envelope. Book Week Parade and Celebration On Tuesday 23rd August the whole school will celebrate Book Week. As part of our school’s celebration we are inviting all children to dress up as their favourite author or book character. There will be a parade in the new hall starting at 9:15am. Please feel free to come along and look at the wonderful dress ups. Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 will be presenting their Assembly Items during this time. WOOLWORTHS EARN AND LEARN Thank you to those families who have been saving their Woolworths Dockets with the Learn and Earn points. We have so far accumulated 556 points which would enable us to purchase 3 Library books (for example). Please keep the vouchers coming in as the more we collect the more we can select free for the school. There is a Green Box in the front foyer for your dockets. COLES SPORTS FOR SCHOOLS Thank you to those families who have also been collecting the Coles Sport for School vouchers. We haven‟t counted the vouchers as yet but the box is quite full. Keep these coming in too!!! The big Blue Box is in the front foyer for the Coles dockets. BAND NEWS The Year 6 Band will be hosting a Combined Band Practice with Fadden Primary this Friday (August 19). Parents and families are invited to attend our 30 minute Concert after our practice. The Concert will be held in the New Hall from 12.00 – 12.30pm. Mr Evan Thomas from the IMP Program will be with us for most of the day. The Year 5 Band members will have an additional 1 hour lesson after the concert this week. There will be no band in the last session from 2.00pm- 3.00pm this Friday. There are only 6 more weeks until the Gowrie Band perform at Floriade!! Band members are being encouraged to make an extra effort over the next few weeks to practice for our Floriade performance at home. Yours in music! Amanda Horne Gowrie Band Supervisor K-2 News We are well underway with our energy unit. The children are showing their understanding of the need to conserve energy. Each class has „energy inspectors‟ who are taking an active role in monitoring any wastage in the units and around the school. For example; they are turning the lights off at lunch and recess times, reminding people to close the doors to keep the heat in, turning the computers off and reminding teachers to turn the smart boards off. They are doing a wonderful job of helping Gowrie to conserve energy usage. All classes in K-2 are hosting the school‟s Book Week parade on Tuesday 23rd August. We are encouraging the children to dress up as their favourite book character for the parade. It will be held in the old school hall at 9.15 am. We hope to see you there. Now that it is August, students need to make sure that they have a sun smart hat to wear at school. If they don‟t have one, they will be asked to play in the shade. We have many children in this situation at the moment. We would like to thank Andrew Richards and Renne Garland who were taking 2S whilst Ms Spence was away. They did a fantastic job and the students and teachers enjoyed working with them both. Welcome back Ms Spence!! From the K-2 Team Lyn Cleaver, Amanda Horne, Kristy McCumiskey & Amy Spence Lambrigg News Homework Thank you to all the parents and children who are participating in the weekly homework sessions. As you are aware, this term we are concentrating on mental maths computations. While the maths pages look similar each week, a few numbers on the maths pages have been changed to help child revise and quickly recall number facts. This week there is also a parent and child „Dice Roll and Match to 100 Game’. All children have played this game in class and should be able to support their parents with this activity. Have fun and let us know if you enjoyed the game. Reading Please fill in your child‟s reading log and return it to school each Monday. Graphic Organiser. This week‟s graphic organiser is for your child to read a book and then retell the book in their words. The aim of a retell is to recall all the information presented in the book from beginning to end. Congratulations to our new SRC people in Lambrigg. This is a very important role. Each Monday our four representatives attend a meeting in library and listen to new information about fundraising, the running of the school and any other matters of concern that need to be mentioned to their peers. The children then return to the class and provide feedback. 3 / 4 Donnan 3 / 4 Weickhardt Angus Greene Max Parker Maysa Hijazi Kailey Jitts UP and Coming Events- WEEK 9-Learning Journey and an excursion is also planned for Tuesday in Week 9. Details will be sent home soon with your child. Book Week Parade Next week (Tuesday 23rd August) is the schools Book Week Parade. Come along dressed in your favourite book character or author. This will be held in the old school hall at 9:15am. Parents and friends welcome Keep in touch. Sharon Donnan and Sharon Weickhardt. Lanyon News Please ensure your child has a hat for anytime they are outdoors. The senior students are the role models of the school and need to model the SunSmart Policy. Gowrie School Hats are available to purchase for $7.00 at the front office if needed. Year Six Combined Band is on this week at Gowrie, they will be joined by Fadden Primary. Next Thursday Year 6 students will be visiting Caroline Chisholm School for a Sports Expo as part of their High School Transition Program. A note about this has gone home; please return the permission slip along with the payment of $2.00 as soon as possible. Simone Thomas and Renee Broadhurst CONGRATULATIONS BRODIE on winning a Silver Medal as part of the ACT Rugby League Team at the National Primary School Rugby League Tournament in Melbourne last week. 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 8th August 7.00pm Board Monday 8th August 5.30pm GOWRIE TWILIGHT FETE RAFFLE Thank you to those families who have returned their raffle tickets already. It is great to see you sell them so fast. If you would like another Raffle Book to sell please fill in the order form below and return it to Ali in the Front Office. A new book will sent home the following day. GOWRIE TWILIGHT FETE RAFFLE TICKETS I would like to order ____ book/s of Raffle Tickets. Name: __________________________ Child‟s Name: _______________________ Class: ______ GOWRIE PRIMARY SRC REPRESENTATIVES SEMESTER 2, 2011 Congratulations to the following students who have been selected by their peers to represent their class on the SRC for Semester 2. Yamba: Saxon Davis Athllon: Joel Bohan Rose Davis LSC: Jake Borman Ayesha Holmes KC: Lewis Weickhardt Kelly Bateup K/1H: Perry Field Lara Karjalainen 1/2M : Ella Thompson Kieran Abel 2S: Ruby O‟Hart Cody Hunt 3/4D: Angus Greene Maysa Hijazi 3/4W: Max Parker Kailey Jitts 5/6B: Lauren Trump Joshua Arnold 5/6T: Nick Lawton Emily McNaught Father’s Day Stall Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd September All gifts $5.00 each Bring your money on the day to buy Dad a fantastic gift for Father’s Day. THE RE-USABLE LUNCH BAGS HAVE FINALLY COME IN! THE CANTEEN WILL BE HAVING A SPECIAL LUNCH THIS FRIDAY THE 19TH AUGUST THAT WILL INCLUDE ONE OF THESE RE-USABLE LUNCH BAGS The Canteen will be having a Special Lunch this Friday which will include a Re- usable Lunch Bag. We want to encourage everyone to use them as they are specifically designed for lunch orders and the perfect size to fit lunch orders into. They have a secure and separate pocket for money, they are easily wiped clean and we found that they don‟t trap food smells like normal lunch boxes can. Our Special Lunch will cost $10.00 and will include: Meal 1 and a Re-usable Lunch Bag (sold separately for $8.00 at the Canteen). If you have already purchased a Re-usable Lunch Bag from the Canteen, we are offering you Meal 1 for $2.50. (You can also order this Special Lunch in your own bag or lunch box for $2.50.) Meal 1 SPECIAL $2.50 Hot dog Popcorn Chocolate or Strawberry Milk + Re-usable Lunch Bag Other Menu items will be available on the Friday as well as Special Lunch Deal.
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