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Newsletter No 16

October 17, 2017

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August 18, 2017

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July 26, 2017

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June 29, 2017

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June 15, 2017

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June 1, 2017

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May 18, 2017

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May 4, 2017

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April 20, 2017

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Newsletter No 4

March 23, 2017

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Newsletter No 3

March 9, 2017

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Newsletter No 2

February 23, 2017

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Newsletter No 1

February 9, 2017

Our first newsletter for 2017 is here.

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Welcome to 2017

February 2, 2017

Our Principal has posted her Welcome Letter here.

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Newsletter 15 December 2016

December 15, 2016

Our final newsletter for 2016. has been posted!  

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Newsletter 8 December 2016

December 8, 2016

The second last for 2017 can be found here.  

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Newsletter 1 December 2016

December 1, 2016

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Newsletter 24 November 2016

November 24, 2016

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Newsletter 17 November 2016

November 17, 2016

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Newsletter 10 November 2016

November 10, 2016

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Newsletter 3 November 2016

November 3, 2016

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Newsletter 27 October 2016

October 27, 2016

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Newsletter 20 October 2016

October 20, 2016

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Newsletter 13 October 2016

October 14, 2016

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Newsletter 6 October 2016

October 6, 2016

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Newsletter 15 September 2016

September 15, 2016

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Newsletter 8 September 2016

September 8, 2016

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Multicultural Day 2016

August 30, 2016

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Newsletter 25 August 2016

August 25, 2016

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Newsletter 18 August 2016

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Newsletter 11 August 2016

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Newsletter 4 August 2016

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Newsletter 28 July 2016

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Newsletter 21 July 2016

July 22, 2016

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Newsletter 14 July 2016

July 14, 2016

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Newsletter 23 June 2016

June 23, 2016

The final instalment for Term Two can be found here.

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The Learner’s Journey Performance and Program

June 16, 2016

The students of Grade 5/6 invite the school community to their performances to launch the Strathfieldsaye Primary School Learner Profile on Thursday 23 June from 9am to 4:30pm. These performances will be held at various times throughout the day in a number of locations in the school. Please see the program attached and make your way to as many session blocks as you can. (Audience members are requested to stay for a whole hour session if possible please to lessen…

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Newsletter 16 June

June 16, 2016

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Newsletter 8 June

June 8, 2016

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Newsletter 2 June

June 2, 2016

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Newsletter 27 May

May 27, 2016

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Blankets and coats for the Homeless and Refugees

May 26, 2016

Two of our senior students, Sarah and Sophie, are collecting blankets and coats for the homeless and refugees who don’t have Winter clothes. If you have any of these items sitting around and not being put to good use, please bring them to room 23 between 8:50 and 9:00am.  All old blankets and clothes will be washed before they are distributed. The 1st Strathfieldsaye Cub Scout group will look after them until 9th June and then they will be given…

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Newsletter 19 May

May 19, 2016

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New Enrolment Information Pack now available online

May 18, 2016

The New Enrolment Information Pack can now be conveniently downloaded from the documents section of our website as well as the Community - School Documentation section in Compass. 

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Newsletter 12 May

May 12, 2016

Exciting news! Our newsletter is now available on Compass so go ahead and log in and have a look. It can also be viewed by clicking below. Newsletter 12 May

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Mandurang South Outdoor Education Centre – Open afternoon

May 2, 2016

      As part of our Education Week celebrations we invite family and friends to an open afternoon at our Mandurang Sth Outdoor Education Centre between 1 and 6pm on Tuesday 17 May 2016. For more information please refer to the attached invitation/booking form below. 2016 Ed Week Invitation

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Education Week Activities & Dates

May 2, 2016

        Information Session for 2017 Prep Parents The first session will run on Tuesday May 17th from 9.30am to 11.00am.  This will include an information session, school tour and open classrooms. The evening session will run on Tuesday May 17th from 6.00pm to 7.00pm.  2017 Preps and Parents can choose to attend the session that is most convenient for them. Whole School Open Day Tuesday 17th May Families and community members welcome to visit classrooms.  

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Compass

May 2, 2016

Thank you to all the parents/caregivers who have logged onto Compass via computer or the smartphone app.  Almost all of our families have registered and many are enjoying the ease in which they can register student absences.  Please remember, however, that late arrivals and early dismissals are still processed through the office.  Therefore, students/parents will need to report to the office. Soon we will be using Compass to house documents that can be seen by all our school community members…

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Upcoming Sports Events

May 2, 2016

It's a busy time of year for our young athletics enthusiasts.  Although it was unfortunate that we had to call off last Friday's Cross Country due to heavy rainfall, we are hopeful that conditions are more favorable this Wednesday 4th of May between 12:30 and 1:30pm for our rescheduled event.  We look forward to seeing our students giving their best efforts and feeling proud of themselves regardless of overall placing. The top runners will progress to the Division Cross Country…

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Cooper’s Great Shave

March 15, 2016

  It is with great pride that we add a draw card to the Twilight Fair. Cooper is going to shave his head to raise money for cancer research. Come along to the fair and see Cooper shave his locks and support his fund raising efforts. Great initiative from one of our students wanting to make a difference in the world.

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Sign in to Compass

March 9, 2016

All parents and guardians are reminded to sign in to Compass at https://strathps.vic.jdlf.com.au/Login.aspx so that you can stay connected with all the news and access various organisational tools.  Also, don't forget to download the app for your tablet or smartphone.

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NO BULLYING AND VIOLENCE DAY!

March 9, 2016

NO BULLING AND VIOLENCE DAY  

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Mandurang South Outdoor Education Centre

March 9, 2016

  Look at the next stage of development at our Mandurang South Outdoor Education Centre. The shelter has been erected and will be a great support for our teaching and learning at this campus. How exciting! The next steps are to have the plumbers back to connect the 2 large tanks at the back of the shelter, the electricians back to connect power and install lights and look at putting in a sink with taps and bench along the end. Our…

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Life Education

March 3, 2016

As part of our drug and health education this term we are offering you the opportunity to visit our Life Education mobile classroom, while it’s here at our school.Have you ever considered the following :What is my child learning in Life Education?Have you seen inside the Life Education mobile classroom, or know of Harold?What drug education is appropriate for primary school students?Why do we have health and drug education?How is health and drug education integrated into your school’s curriculum?Want to…

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Fresh Fruit Friday

February 23, 2016

Fresh Fruit Friday is beginning again! We are very thankful that we have this opportunity. Fresh Fruit Friday Flyer  Visit by Bendigo Spirit player Kelsey Griffin to help our Student Leadership team cut up the fruit on Tuesday March 22nd. Kelsey then shot some hoop with the students at recess. We were very excited to have Kelsey along with Michael and Kylie from the McKern Foundation to share our fruit at recess.  

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Follow us on Instagram!

February 23, 2016

Strathfieldsaye PS now has its very own Instagram account so be sure to search us at Strathps.  The 5/6 Social Media Team will be busy taking photos and drafting captions and hashtags before staff upload the finished product.  Follow us! #exciting

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Premier’s Active April

February 23, 2016

In April this year we will be encouraging our students and staff to increase their physical activity levels as part of Premier’s Active April. The aim of the initiative is for all Victorians to participate in 30 minutes of physical activity for each day in April, and we would love it if all members of the Strathfieldsaye Primary School community joined us by being extra active during April.  Regular physical activity provides many benefits including stronger bones and muscles, a…

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Twilight Fair Information

February 18, 2016

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Awards – November 5

November 5, 2015

001 Prep Eden Pollard Ethan Gaul   Rhys Bolton For working to achieve her reading goal so that she is reading with fluency and expression. For working towards achieving his writing goal of writing 4-5 sentences on a topic. For using full stops and capital letters correctly and using the lines for correct letter formation. For achieving his goal of writing a very interesting journal when on holiday and for trying really hard to use the lines when writing in…

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Strath’s Got Talent

November 5, 2015

This year the decision was made to move the very popular Strath’s Got Talent from the Fair night to an in school experience for students. The time has now come to see just how much talent Strathfieldsaye has with entry forms now available from the General Office. Students can enter the competition for a Gold Coin donation and need to submit their entry form with their gold coin to Mrs Adams by Monday November 9. Semi Finals will be held…

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Remembrance Day

November 5, 2015

Next Wednesday November 11 is Remembrance Day. At 10.40am we will conduct the annual Remembrance Day service and we will observe a minute’s silence. Parents are more than welcome to attend the service. 

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Grade Placements

November 5, 2015

This week teachers have been busily working on Grade placements for 2015. This is a long and rigorous process where we endeavour to balance the needs of all students and take account of the requests of parents and students. We will be able to confirm Prep class and teacher placements on December 8 and the remainder of the school on December 15 for our whole school transition day.

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Money Grows on Trees

November 5, 2015

On Monday morning our school along with many others in Bendigo hand decorated one of a number Christmas trees at the Bendigo Marketplace for their Money Does Grow on Trees Challenge. Simply by shopping at the Bendigo Marketplace and dropping your receipt into the Strathfieldsaye Primary School box just outside the Woolworths, you will be helping us to gain points in the challenge. Each dollar on the receipt (from any Marketplace retailer) equals one point for the school. The school…

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Prep Orientation

November 5, 2015

Over the last two weeks we have welcomed our 60 new Preps to Strathfieldsaye Primary School with a series of transition visits to our Prep classrooms. These visits have provided invaluable time for our teaching team to get to know our incoming Preps and to aid in the development of their classes for 2016. To accommodate the current Prep group have been engaging in some special activities with Lou, the Grade 5/6 team and I. We appreciated the patience and…

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Lapathon

November 5, 2015

On Tuesday we held our annual Lapathon at the school. This year’s event started in humid conditions with hats, sunglasses and Mrs Howard’s spray bottle at the ready to deal with the heat.  Our Preps, Grade 1’s and Grade 2’s all put their best foot forward walking, running, skipping, hopping, dancing and rolling their way around the oval with parents, grandparents, friends and families all participating. With a total of almost 1500 laps completed by the junior students it was…

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2016 Planning

November 5, 2015

Last week we conducted a number of days of interviews to confirm our staffing for 2016. At the conclusion of this process I can confirm that Alice Adams has been appointed as our Music teacher and Ryan Edwards has been appointed as our Physical Education teacher whilst Dave Stevens has secured a classroom teaching position for 2016. In addition to these three appointments the school has also appointed three graduate teachers for 2016. Deanne Hocking and Jessica Edgar will be…

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State Athletics

November 5, 2015

I would like to congratulate all of our athletes who recently competed in the State Athletics Finals at Olympic Park in Melbourne. This was a tremendous achievement for all of the athletes involved – our two girls relay teams, Jamie Thomas in the sprinting and Hannah Ralston in the shot put. The attendance of the girls at this event would not have been possible without the support of parents who arranged transport for the girls to attend and Sam Milner…

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Prep Orientation Days

October 20, 2015

This week we started our orientation program for the latest group of Prep students with our annual transition days. Each 2016 Prep child will attend the school for an hour on a particularly day the next two weeks, engaging in activities with this year’s prep teachers. We see this as an invaluable experience for our new students and families and look forward to meeting the children and beginning our relationships with them and their families. If there are any other…

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Lapathon

October 20, 2015

On Melbourne Cup Day which this year is held on Tuesday November 3rd we are holding our annual Lapathon. The Lapathon is one of our most crucial fundraisers for the year along with the Fair as it ensures that we continue to run programs and provide equipment for students in essential areas of the curriculum. The support of families and friends in fundraising for this event is greatly appreciated and I encourage all families to get behind this initiative. There…

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State School’s Cycling Championships

October 20, 2015

Last weekend we had a number of students involved in the State School’s Cycling Championships with one students competing in the Mountain Bike Event at Spring Gully on Saturday and a number of students competing in the road cycling on Sunday in Bendigo. All of our students competed with great enthusiasm and the team achieved some great results. With all of our students working well together in the road race our highest finishing competitor on the day was Patrick Sebire…

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Regional Athletics

October 20, 2015

On Monday we had a small but passionate contingent of athletes go to the Regional athletics carnival in Bendigo. This carnival is the final step for students to qualify for the state finals at Olympic Park in Melbourne. On the day two of our girls relay teams were winners which qualify the 8 girls involved for the State Finals and Jamie Thomas recorded a first and a second in her two sprint events meaning that she qualifies for the State…

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Grade 5/6 Camp

October 20, 2015

This week all Grade 5/6 students spent three days at Queenscliff on school camp. Our Queenscliff camp allows students hands on opportunity to study the coastal environment in contrast to the bush environment they experienced last year at Roses Gap. The students stayed at Camp Wyuna and took advantage of the wonderful experiences available in and around Queenscliff. These activities included the touch tank at the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre, Marine Biology Cruise in Port Phillip Bay, Bach Activities,…

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Father’s Day Stall

September 8, 2015

On Sunday many of us engaged in Father’s Day celebrations which included a gift from our Annual Father’s Day stall. I would like to thank all of the parents who helped organise and contributed to the Father’s Day stall and its overall success. I would like to wish all Father’s in our community a belated Happy Father’s Day.

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School Planning 2016

September 8, 2015

The school is currently working on our plans for classes for next year including class structures and staffing. This work will continue over the break and early next term so any parents who are still to finalise enrolments, or have plans to relocate, please let the office know as soon as possible so that we can include this information in our planning. The school has had a good response to Prep enrolment and we are looking forward to welcoming all…

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Divisional Athletics

September 8, 2015

On Monday we will have 26 students from our school competing in the Divisional Athletics championships in Bendigo. These students have been training hard outside of hours with the support of Sam Milner and parents and have earned the right to compete at the next level. We wish them all of the best in their efforts on Monday and look forward to reporting on their results next week.

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Traffic Management

September 8, 2015

I would like to thank all of the families who so respectfully, patiently and courteously conducted themselves on Monday after noon when there was a traffic accident at the intersection of Strathfieldsaye Rd and Uxbridge St. These events are never positive or easy to manage but the way everyone conducted themselves on the day made managing the congestion, safety, and transport of everyone in the community much easier. This event just further highlights the traffic challenges in our community and…

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Sporting Teams in Grand Finals

September 8, 2015

This weekend we have a large number of students who are participating in Grand Finals in local football and netball competitions.  This is the culmination of months of early, cold and sometimes wet moorings getting families organised, attending training sessions, being parent volunteer and lots of hard work by the players. I would like to wish them all the best of luck in their games and I am sure that they will perform with the level of teamwork, respect and…

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Father’s Day Breakfast

September 8, 2015

On Friday morning the Parents Club held a Father’s Day breakfast to celebrate the start of Father’s Day festivities. This was a great initiative by the parents club and with a fantastic turnout on the morning to enjoy the great food off the BBQ AI can see this becoming an annual affair at the school. I would like to thank all of the parent volunteers who organised and ran the event and all of the families who participated in what…

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App of the Week – Learning Potential

September 8, 2015

Parents, families and carers are a child’s first and most important teachers. Parent engagement in education is about parents being positively involved in their child’s learning and school community - to help them learn and enjoy school. As a parent, you and your family play an important role in supporting your child’s education. The earlier you and your family become engaged, the better it is for your child’s learning. Parent engagement is more than being involved and informed about school activities. It…

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School Trailer

September 3, 2015

This year the school was lucky enough to receive a grant from the Strathfieldsaye and Districts Community Enterprise to help us build a school trailer.  The trailer will be used to transport school equipment such as sports gear, props and equipment for school productions and camping equipment. A big thank you is due to the Strathfieldsaye and Districts Community Enterprise and some people who helped with the project – Tom Floyd, Wally Morrison and Albert Zarb .  

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End of Term Arrangments

September 3, 2015

School will conclude for this term on Friday September 18 at 2:30. Please note that all buses will leave an hour earlier than usual and that After School Care will be available from 2:20.

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Mandurang South Outdoor Education Centre

September 3, 2015

Over the next two weeks we will begin to see some of the fruits of our labour at the Mandurang South Outdoor Education Centre with the beginning of our program starting at the site. Next week we will have all of our Prep Children visiting the site as part of their unit “From Little Things, Big Things Grow”. As part of this unit the Preps have been learning about ‘living things’ (plants and animals)and how they grow. To further these…

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App of The Week – SchoolMate

September 3, 2015

Victoria’s Department of Education and Training has released a new app that is designed to help parents become more engaged in their child’s education. SchoolMate provides parents with a roadmap to help aid their child’s learning at home and at school. It: shows parents what their children are learning in each subject, at each year level according to the Victorian curriculum (AusVELS) provides parents with tips for helping their child in the best way possible suggests apps, books, events and…

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Awards

August 27, 2015

This fortnight we are pleased to announce the following award winners from across the school:  H/G Student Name Reason for Award 001 Prep Lannah Mayman Chase Elliott For writing great journal entries every day that show she is learning about writing. For using wonderful getting along skills and always striving to do his best. 002 Prep Chloe Ingram Eli Egan For working in a confident and independent manner at all tasks. For taking his time and putting more effort to…

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Bendigo Energy Breakthrough

August 27, 2015

On the 22nd August 2015, 30 grade 5/6 students went to Ewing Park to race in the Bendigo HPV EEV Grand Prix (Human Powered Vehicle and Energy Efficient Vehicle) race. The race was supposed to go for 10 hours but was cut short to 9 hours because of track work. Each rider rode for 30 minutes and most rode twice. Everyone had the best time and enjoyed every second of the day. “I enjoyed hanging around the pits and riding…

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Victorian School’s Cycling Championship

August 27, 2015

On Thursday 30th July, some students from the grade 5/6 Energy Breakthrough Team went to a Victorian Schools Cycling Championship at the Bendigo Livestock Exchange. After many days of excitement, we finally got there and did great. All of us tried our best and enjoyed every second of getting to ride a road bike. The next stage of the race is later in the year, when we get to ride in the centre of Bendigo, which we are all excited…

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Father’s Day

August 27, 2015

Father’s Day gifts will be on sale next week from Room 022 in the 5/6 building on Wednesday 2nd September & Thursday 3rd September 8.15 to 8.50 am & 3.30 to 4.00 pm. Gifts from 50 cents to $5 The Parent Club will also hold a FREE Father’s Day breakfast at school from 8.00 am on Friday 4th September. Come along for a bacon and egg sandwich and a juice or coffee.   If you are interested in attending, please RSVP ‘YES’…

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IGA Community First

August 27, 2015

This week we received a cheque from Community 1st Supermarkets Strathfieldsaye for $1163.52 as a result of the community rewards program. We would like to thank everyone who participate in this program and would encourage all parents and community members to sign up for a swipe tag so that we continue to grow the funds from this program.

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Footy Colours Day

August 27, 2015

On Friday September 11 we will be celebrating footy colours day with students coming in their favourite teams colours. On the day we will also be having a special lunch order day with hot dogs and school pies on the menu.

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Multicultural Day

August 27, 2015

This term we are launching a new whole school initiative with our first ever Multi-Cultural Day on September 16.  This special day will involve each year level rotating through five different activities based on different cultures across the course of the morning session. Students are encouraged to dress in multi-cultural dress on the day and will have the opportunity to parade their outfits before lunch. After lunch all of the students will come together to watch an Indonesian puppet show.…

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Bike Ed

August 27, 2015

This week all Grade 5 students have engaged in the bike education program. Mr Milner and Mr Edwards have spent their week on their bikes ensuring that the students are given the training required to travel safely on the road.  The students have enjoyed the week immensely and gained some tremendous skills that will hold them in good stead when travelling to and from school and whilst engaging in leisure time on the weekend. This is a good opportunity to…

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NAPLAN

August 27, 2015

In May this year all of our year 3 and year 5 students completed the 2015 version of the NAPLAN tests in Reading, Writing, Numeracy, Spelling and Grammar and Punctuation. These tests are obviously a snapshot of student’s performance at a moment in time and can be used to inform teacher judgement of student performance as well as growth. Over the last two years the NAPLAN Data Service that provides results to schools has become more sophisticated and timelier meaning…

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Uniform

August 11, 2015

Kim and Cath in the uniform shop are busily organising the filling of the current batch of orders for the new school uniform. As the first lot of orders are being processed we are currently not taking any new orders. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through the roll out of the uniform.

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Canteen

August 11, 2015

This term with the appointment of Marcella Carr as the Canteen Manager we have seen some changes to the menu in the canteen. The menu was attached to the newsletter earlier this term and it would be appreciated if parents and students could take note of these changes when placing an order at the canteen. It is expected that there will be further changes to the menu in the coming weeks and these will again be communicated through the newsletter.…

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Vietnam Veteran Visit

August 11, 2015

For those of you familiar with the Redgum song I was only 19 you will know the lyric “Frankie kicked the mine the day that mankind kicked the moon". Last week Oliver Mayman, from Grade 5, organised for Frankie (Frank Hunt) to attend the school and speak to the Grade 5/6 students about his story including his time in the Vietnam War. The students hung on Franks every word as he recounted his role as a forward scout and his amazing…

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BLURBS Performance

August 11, 2015

Next Thursday August 20 we will be having our annual BLURBS Book Week performance where the BLURBS performers will sing, dance and act out skits related to the books that have been shortlisted for the annual book awards. This is a great day for students which coincide with a dress up day. The performance will run from 9:30 to 11:00 and I invite all families to come along and watch the performance.

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Grade 3/4 Camp

August 11, 2015

Next week all of our Grade 3/4 students will be attending our bi-annual camp at Camp Weekaway. There have been some changes to the activities that students will participate in on the camp and we look forward to the students enjoying the overnight trip. Mr Cowling and the team have put in a significant amount of planning into the camp and I thank him and the staff for their efforts.  

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Girls Football

August 11, 2015

On Thursday our Grade 5/6 Girls football team will be playing Greenhill’s Primary School in the North West Victorian Regional Final. This means that the girls are one of the top 8 girls football teams in the state for their age group. This is a great achievement for the girls and it was fantastic to see them profiled in the Bendigo Advertiser this week. The encouragement and support of the girls from the parent community has been sensational and we…

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Swimming Program

August 11, 2015

The last two weeks all of our students have had the opportunity to participate in the annual school swimming program. All of our students have represented the school exceptionally well with their attitude, skills and behaviour over the last two weeks. All of the students have thoroughly enjoyed the program and their enthusiasm has made the program a great success. I would like to thank Sam Milner for his organisation of the program and his co-ordination with the YMCA staff…

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BLURBS Performance

August 6, 2015

On Thursday 20th August the Blurbs will be performing music, drama and comedy items about the short listed books for 2015. This is a dress up day and all children are to come to school dressed as a favourite book character.Parents and pre-school children are most welcome. This year's book week theme is  “Books Light Up Our World”.  

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Energy Breakthrough

August 6, 2015

Our 2015 Energy Breakthrough Team has been working hard every Thursday on getting ready for not just the Maryborough event later in the year but also for the Bendigo event which is coming up on August 22nd at the Ewing Park precinct. This event will showcase local Bendigo school’s HPV teams and is a great warm up for the Maryborough challenge later in the year. I would encourage anyone who is interested in this event to get along at some…

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Parent Opinion Survey

August 6, 2015

Last week the Parent Opinion Survey was sent home to a randomly selected group of parents. This survey is conducted every year with a randomly sampled group of parents. The schools staff and school council value the feedback from parents and use this data to inform decisions within the school. These surveys were due to be returned to the school last Friday so any surveys that haven’t been returned need to be done so ASAP otherwise they will not count…

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Switch to Save

August 6, 2015

Last week your child bought home a pamphlet on the Bendigo Bank Switch to Save program. We have placed another copy of this pamphlet in today’s newsletter if you have misplaced yours. This program allows you to replace your old, energy thirsty halogen down lights with energy efficient LED down lights, installed in your home or business for FREE!! The program can save you more than $500 a year annually on your power bill. In addition $1 for every down…

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Girls Football

August 6, 2015

On Tuesday our Grade 5/6 Girls Football team made the trek up the road to Swan Hill to compete in the Loddon Mallee Regional Finals. With the girls all eager and excited they set off early with many parents in tow.  The girls all completed with great enthusiasm on the day and displayed their teamwork and collaboration skills. The girls represented themselves and the school with pride and we are proud of all of their efforts. At the end of…

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Student Opinion Survey

August 6, 2015

Each year we conduct the Student Opinion Survey in May where students have the opportunity to provide feedback against a range of areas in the school. This week we received the data from the survey and we have begun the process on analysing the results. However it is clear that our current initiatives around the Learner Profile are making an impact as we have shown good growth in the area of Stimulating Learning and improvement in measures of teacher effectiveness.…

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Swimming Program

August 6, 2015

This week we have run an incredibly successful first week of the swimming program with half of the school enjoying their lessons with the YMCA instructors at the Peter Krenz Centre. Students have had the opportunity to practice their swimming skills and develop their water safety awareness.   This coming week we have the second half often school attending the swimming program and we look forward to them having the same positive experience. It has been great to see so many…

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Parent Opinion Survey

July 29, 2015

Last week the Parent Opinion Survey was sent home to a randomly selected group of parents. This survey is conducted every year with a randomly sampled group of parents. The schools staff and school council value the feedback from parents and use this data to inform decisions within the school. If you are one of the randomly selected families who are chosen to complete this survey it is greatly appreciated if it can be returned to the general office before…

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Curriculum Day

July 29, 2015

On Monday the school held a curriculum day focused on our Learner Profile and our Mandurang South program.  Our Learner Profile sits centrally to all learning programs that we are developing at Strathfieldsaye Primary School and is a strong commitment to the learners that we strive to develop at the school.  Our Learner profile provides a list of learning characteristics across the curriculum that we see as central to the student’s lifelong learning journey. Monday was spent with teachers working in…

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Julie Brady

July 29, 2015

This week Julie Brady has started a period of Long Service Leave to travel overseas. During Julie’s leave the class will be taught by Ms Jen Dunstan.  Jen has extensive experience at Strathfieldsaye Primary School and has completed term long stints in our Prep Department previously, including the last three weeks in 002. Jen is a passionate member of our school community and is looking forward to working in partnerships with families in the class. We look forward to Jen…

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Swimming Program

July 29, 2015

Next week we will begin our annual swimming program at the Peter Krenz centre in Eaglehawk. The swimming program provides students with an intensive week long experience that helps to build and consolidate water awareness, survival and swimming skills. Swimming is an activity where the range of ability levels can vary dramatically and the school works hard with the instructors at the pool to cater for all students’ skills and experience. However it is also important to remember that for…

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Uniform Update

July 22, 2015

On Friday we held the official launch of our new uniform with a fashion parade at our first assembly of term 3. With students parading t-shirts, shorts, rugby jumpers, the new school jacket, school dress and hat it was a great display of the hard work that our fantastic volunteers Kim Elkington and Cath Schintler have put in to get the uniform to this point. This display was timed to fall in line with our sizing sessions on Friday of…

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Prep 100 Days

July 22, 2015

On Friday our 2015 Preps will celebrate their 100th Day at school. This is a great milestone that has become a tradition celebration at our school. This year we are pulling together the power of GAP Groups to also help the Preps with their celebration and we are looking forward to everyone joining in the festivities with enthusiasm. Julie Brady and the Prep team have put a significant amount of work into the day and I am sure it will…

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Girls Football

July 22, 2015

This week we have had our Grade 5/6 girls participating in interschool football. On Tuesday the girls, accompanied by Mr Milner, played in the annual round robin competition. The girls were incredibly enthusiastic about the opportunity to play in the tournament with many of them involved with the girl’s team at Strath Storm. The girls acquitted themselves very well on the day displaying great teamwork, respect and cooperation. The girls played some outstanding football across the course of the day…

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Boys Football

July 22, 2015

On Wednesday the Grade 5/6 boys participated in their own interschool football competition at Catholic College Bendigo. Helped by the coaching of Mr Stevens, the team played six games against Spring Gully PS, Maryborough, Girton Grammar, St Francis, St Monica’s and St Therese’s in the annual round robin competition. The boys were excited about their opportunity to play together in the same side and eager to test their skills against the opposition.  The boys represented the school with pride and…

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Inter-school Netball

July 22, 2015

Last Friday we had two teams, a girls’ team and mixed team, play in the annual inter-school netball tournament. The mixed team made a great fist of their opportunities on the day to finish with 5 wins and 2 loses and it was fantastic to see the students combining well and enjoying the opportunity. The girls were slotted into the top division on the day and tried hard in every game to finish winners in 3 out of the eight…

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Chocolate Drive Fundraiser

July 22, 2015

I am pleased to be able to announce that our 2015 chocolate drive raised $4,900 to be used to begin work on our playground. I would like to thank all of the families who supported this initiative and we will keep everyone updated on our progress with this work.

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School Banking

July 22, 2015

As you would have read in the school newsletter last week there have been some changes regarding the school banking program. From this term those children who bank with the commonwealth bank will have their bank books processed every second week. Those children who bank with the Bendigo Bank will still have their banking processed every week.  

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Switch to Save

July 22, 2015

Next week your child will bring home a pamphlet on the Bendigo Bank Switch to Save program. This program allows you to replace your old, energy thirsty halogen down lights with energy efficient LED down lights, installed in your home or business for FREE!! The program can save you more than $500 a year annually on your power bill. In addition $1 for every down light replaced in our community will come to the school. All you need to do…

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Parent Opinion Survey

July 22, 2015

In the coming weeks the school will be conducting the annual DEECD parent opinion survey. This survey is conducted every year with a randomly sampled group of parents. The schools staff and school council value the feedback from parents and use this data to inform decisions within the school. If you are one of the randomly selected families who are chosen to complete this survey it is greatly appreciated if it can be returned to the general office promptly.

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Parent Teacher Interview Thank you

July 22, 2015

Thank you to all families who have attended Parent/Teacher Interviews this week. This has been a great opportunity for parents and teachers to get together and discuss the academic and social and emotional progress of students across the first half of the year. It has been great to see so many families and students involved in the interviews and this provides us with tremendous feedback.   

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Welcome Back to Term 3

July 15, 2015

I would like to welcome all students and families to term 3, including all of the new students and families who have joined us for the beginning of term which has taken our enrolment numbers up to 487 students, 17 more than this time last year. This term will be another big one with highlights including the swimming program, Blurbs visit, Energy breakthrough training, interschool Netball, Basketball Football and Athletics, more exciting GAP activities, the father’s day stall and Parent/Teacher…

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Curriculum Day

July 15, 2015

As part of our work on our School’s Learner Profile and Mandurang South we will be having a curriculum day on Monday July 27 where students are not required at school.

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Education State Consultation

July 15, 2015

The current government has created the lofty goal of our state becoming known as the education state. As the government shapes what this will look like they are engaging in consultation with many stakeholders on a variety of issues. You can join in the consultation at the http://educationstate.education.vic.gov.au/ If you are a parent or carer of a child with a disability you can also engage in the review into how schools can better support students with special needs including autism…

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Nationally Consistent Data Collection

July 15, 2015

Some of you will remember that for the last two years the school has been involved in the Nationally Consistent Data Collection for students with a disability. This was a pilot program in 2013 that all schools in Victoria and most schools across Australia have participated in last year and again this year. This Data Collection is taking place in government, Catholic and Independent schools across Australia, and will provide valuable information about supports required for a broad group of…

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Parent/Teacher Interviews

July 15, 2015

Next week we will be holding our annual term 3 parent/teacher conferences. With the school moving towards student led conferences we are asking that all students attend the conferences next week with their parents and teachers. As I mentioned in last terms newsletters this will not preclude teachers or parents having a conversation without he student present as the student may be asked, by the teacher or the parent to leave the interview at any time. However we feel that…

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End of Term Arrangements

June 19, 2015

Friday June 26 is the final day of term and students will be dismissed from school at 2:30. For all bus travellers the school buses will leave an hour earlier than normal. School resumes on Monday July 13.  

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Divisional Soccer

June 19, 2015

On Wednesday the 17th of June we set off to play five games of soccer at Epsom. We were playing against all different schools from all around Bendigo. We did very well, and out of six teams in our division we ended up second on the ladder and we were really happy with our efforts and our results.  Team Members included Jack Macdonald, Liam Broad, Sam Rowe, Ethan Hocking, Caleb IK, Riley Joss, Kye Probert, Riley Roberts, Patrick Sebire, Tyler…

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Toblerone Draw

June 19, 2015

As part of our chocolate drive the school was provided with a 4.5kg Toblerone to use as part of our campaign. It was decided that it would be a great way to acknowledge the support of our families by placing the names of all families who donated and purchased chocolate boxes into a draw to be drawn on the last day of this term.   I am pleased to announce that at last week’s assembly we drew out Vitesse Gorrie as…

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Chocolate Drive

June 19, 2015

I would like to thank all families who participated in our school fundraiser through selling chocolate or donating money for the playground. It would be greatly appreciated if any money or left over chocolate boxes can be returned to the school by next Monday June 22 so we can move forward with our plans for the playground.  

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Term 3 Parent Teacher Interviews

June 19, 2015

As teachers are finalising reports for the first semester of learning it is an appropriate time for parents, teachers and students to come together for a shared conversation about the progress of the students. During week 2 of term 3 (July 20-24) we will be holding our annual half year interviews. These interviews are an opportunity to discuss the half year report which you will have been able to discuss with your children over the holiday break and to set…

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Making Accurate Reading Assessments

June 9, 2015

Reading is one of the central pillars of the education that we provide to the young people of Strathfieldsaye. Our school has a history of strong reading achievement for our students in all year levels and this is due to a number of factors including explicit teaching, teacher professional development, parent reading in classrooms and our home reading program. For a number of years our school along with many others has used the PM Benchmark Kits as our main means…

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Traffic Management

June 9, 2015

The management of traffic around a school often poses unique challenges and our school is no exception to this. Moving 481 students in and out of the school at both ends of the days means that we have many different forms of travel occurring – cars, buses, bikes and walking – in the space at the same time. The school and the Strathfieldsaye and District Community Enterprise have been active in lobbying for improvements to our road network and we…

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Special Lunch Order Day

June 9, 2015

On Friday June 19 we will be having our term 2 Special Lunch Order Day with students having the opportunity to order pizza on this day.  This special lunch order day is a great way to support our canteen and it’s a sensational way to provide additional variety to the canteen menu.

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Cold Weather

June 9, 2015

With the weather getting a little colder in the morning we have seen an increase in the number of jumpers being work to school in the morning. However as the day progresses and the sun comes out and inevitably the students move to the playgrounds and oval for recess and lunchtime they become hotter whipping the jumpers off, often to be forgotten. Some of these jumpers make their way to the lost property where named ones (which many are) are…

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Futsal

June 3, 2015

On Wednesday our Grade 5/6 Futsal team participated in the Bendigo schools Futsal competition. The boys played with great determination and cooperation as they teamed to keep every team they played against goalless whilst winning every game and repeating as champions. I want to thank all of the parents who assisted on the day to make it a great success and congratulate the boys on their results.

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Grade 5/6 Poetry

June 3, 2015

In recent weeks our grade 5 and 6 students have been developing their skills in poetry as part of our daily writing program.  They have had the opportunity to experiment with various types of poems and have used their poems as a way of sharing and displaying their knowledge in subjects such as History. Heath H produced this excellent acrostic poem on famous Australian opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba. Nelli, the Queen of Farewells, “More Farewells then Nellie Melba” they…

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