Holbrook Public School

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ISSUE 19: Term 4, Week 5 - Monday, 1 November 2021

From the Principal's desk

Welcome to Week 5! - Since our last newsletter, we've had a wonderfully 'odd' day for our Funky Friday in Week 3, and now we are almost on the eve of our Book Week parade and Book Fair which is planned for this Friday. The Odd Day provided the opportunity for all students to break free from convention and be whoever they wanted to be. It also created a timely opportunity to discuss difference, creativity and individuality. Our Book Week activities are always an excellent opportunity to reinforce the value of reading. With reduced movement and mingling being encouraged for our area at the moment, what better time to purchase a new book at the Book Fair this Friday. Unfortunately, the community will not be able to join us for Friday's book parade. We will take lots of photos! 

Kindness - Last week, all classes came together to discuss kindness via Zoom. Hugh Mackay, the author of 'The Kindness Revolution', defines kindness as 'Anything we do to show someone else that we take them seriously.' This definition became the catalyst for our gathering, with the SRC members from each home class giving their meaning of kindness and how we could show this in our day-to-day interactions with all members of our school community. Their ideas were brilliant and included: being inclusive, showing empathy (putting yourself in someone else's shoes), treating others how you'd like to be treated yourself, showing respect, love and care for others, and being nice. They said that kindness could be shown by: listening and valuing what others say, helping others, looking at people when they are talking, smiling, saying hello and using people's names. Another important mantra, which came out of our talk, was that nobody is more important than anybody else, and we should not treat others as though this is the case. I encourage parents and carers to continue this conversation at home.

Dr Kerry Chant Visit - Last week, Dr Kerry Chant ran a series of meetings via Zoom with principals, P&C executive members and the broader Albury community. Whilst many schools in the Albury LGA will be distributing rapid antigen home testing kits to families for voluntary use this week, Holbrook falls within the Greater Hume Shire Council; therefore, this won't apply to us at this stage. As we are in the Albury Network of schools (Public Education only), we are being asked to follow the same school operation guidelines as Albury, which involves remaining in home class groups (cohorts) wherever possible and reducing mingling. Thank you to Damien Lindsay for attending on behalf of the P&C. Please get in touch with Damien or me if you would like to know more.

New School Playground - Due to the P&C having a lack of fundraising opportunities over the past two years but still wanting to contribute to the new playground, the P&C have reached out to some local businesses and companies to see if they would like the opportunity to contribute as a third party to the planned new playground. The P&C and school are in partnership and are aware that this is a once in a twenty-year opportunity to enhance the playground facilities for the children of Holbrook. If you, or anyone you know, would like to contribute, don't hesitate to contact a member of our P&C executive: Damien Lindsay, Kelly Boers, Stephanie Hartwich, Natasha Harbison, or email the P&C at: holbrookpublicschool@pandcaffiliate.org.au.

Attendance Update - Understandably, there are more absences than usual at this time due to the COVID outbreak in Albury. Please see below each class' cumulative attendance for this year.

1st place (gold medal position) - Year 5/6 - 94.04%

2nd place (silver medal position) - Year 4/5 - 93.68%

3rd place (bronze medal position) - Year 1 - 93.65%

4th place - Kindergarten - 92.74%

5th place - Year 2 - 92.63%

6th place - Year 3/4 - 91.07%

95% and above is where we should all aim individually, as year groups, classes, and as a whole school community. Every day counts; every moment matters.

Attendance Records During Learning from Home Period – A reminder to parents and carers, that from Week 6 to Week 9 in Term 3, if a child:

  • was not recorded as being online for a Zoom conference, and
  • did not submit any tasks online via email or Google Classroom, and
  • did not complete a set task for that day in their physical pack,

they have been marked as absent (unjustified). Attempts have been made to contact each family to who this may apply to discuss attendance and engagement at school. These absences will be evident in the Semester 2 reports.

Tell Them From Me survey - On Thursday, 4 November, Year 4-6 students will complete the Tell Them From Me survey (snapshot 2) as a check-in on their perceptions about school life, engagement and their interactions with teachers. This is a student voice initiative that we value. Individual student results are unidentifiable; however, the collection of cohort data does allow us to change and modify our practice to adjust to the needs of the students in our care.

Nathan Fisher

COVID-safe school operations framework - Updated 19 October 2021

 Level 3 Schools

The following Stage 3 restrictions will be in place at school until further notice:

  • COVID Symptoms - Students must not attend school if unwell, even with mild symptoms of COVID-19. Any person with any COVID-19 symptoms must be sent home and not return to school unless they have a negative COVID-19 test result and are symptom free.
  • Non-essential visitors not allowed on-site (including parents and carers). Those parents/carers who are invited onsite are asked to maintain physical distancing, wear masks and sign in using the QR code.
  • In circumstances where children have other medical reasons for recurrent symptoms, a letter from their GP is sufficient to negate the requirement for a negative test.

    • Introduction of staggered breaks and reduced mingling of student cohorts wherever possible
    • Activities such as singing, chanting, choirs, bands and school performances not permitted
    • No assemblies
    • No excursions
    • No community use
    • No uniform shops
    • No SRE
    • While on school sites, masks or face coverings are required for all staff and students in Year 7 and above and strongly recommended for all primary students.

    Transition to School - Wednesday, 20 and 27 October

    The incoming Kindergarten students have been popping in for a visit each Wednesday morning as part of the Transition to School program. 

    5 Green Speckled Frogs - Wednesday, 20 October 

    The children hopped on into Kindergarten for a morning of fun! We recited the 5 Green and Speckled Frogs song. Then we created five frogs of our own, which were stuck onto paddle pop sticks. After a lot of hard work, the children were ready for fruit break and a play! They were overjoyed to have the opportunity to play on the big kids playground while they were in class! It was great fun using the equipment and playing in the sandpit. 

    The Rainbow Fish - Wednesday, 27 October

    In Week 4, the incoming Kindergarten students made their very own rainbow fish. They used a fish template, tissue paper, googly eyes, and a very special, sparkly scale. The children did a wonderful job at managing the tissue paper with sticky fingers! 

    We look forward to seeing the incoming Kindergarten students on Wednesday for some more fun! The children will need: a hat, a fruit/veggie snack and a drink bottle.

    English Superstars

    I choose kindness - “Hey, Little Ant”

    This week, Year 1 has been learning about kindness and how to treat others from a range of perspectives. We have been focusing on the book 'Hey, Little Ant' to teach us how to be kind to everyone and everything. We have drawn our own ants and discussed a range of scenarios where we can make choices that may impact others. We would rather choose kindness and including others. Well done, Year 1 on some fabulous learning during Week 4 with Mr Powys.

    Imaginative Play

    Making Tree Houses with Mr Powys

    Meet our flag bearers

    Each day, Olly Davis and Jack Lennon raise and lower the National, Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander flags at the front of our school. Flag etiquette and protocol is very important as it shows respect for our country, people, government and dignitaries.

    Some of the protocols Olly and Jack have to observe each day, are that the flags are raised briskly and lowered with dignity and that they are flown as close to the top of the flag mast as possible (except on those occasions when the National flag is required to be flown at half mast). At no time should the flag be allowed to fall or lie upon the ground. It's a big job, but these diligent students handle it brilliantly. Thank you, Jack and Olly.

    Did you know? Someone who studies flags is a vexillologist, the art of flag design is vexillography, and a flag designer is a vexillographer. 

    Holbrook Library Book Week Competition!

    Students in Kindergarten to Year 6 will be completing an artwork to enter into the Greater Hume Council Libraries’ Book Week Competition. Students from Holbrook, Culcairn, Henty and Jindera schools have been invited to enter the competition. There will be two winners from both the K-2 and 3-6 competition. The winner will receive a book for themselves and one for their school. 

    This year's Book Week theme, and thus the competition theme, is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. The artworks will be displayed in the library, and on the library's social media pages (Facebook and Instagram). 

    Students may use any medium(s) they choose. 

    K-2 Students 

    K-2 students are required to draw a self-portrait of them in their old world, new world, or other world. 

    Years 3-6 Students 

    Students are to use the reflection in sunglasses to show their old world, new world, or other world. 

    The competition closes on Friday, 19 November.

    We look forward to seeing the wonderful creations!

    Book Week 2021

    This week, we are celebrating Book Week. The theme is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds​. Throughout the week, teachers will be reading and exposing students to texts that follow the theme. Students will be able to make a Wish List at the start of the week and then purchase on Friday. As parents/carers are unable to enter school grounds, they will either need to provide cash to their child/ren or make purchases through Scholastic, which is offering an online payment option for Book Fair purchases. Your child will be given a Wish List to take home, and should you wish to pay in advance online, simply go to scholastic.com.au/payment, select NSW, enter Holbrook Public School, your child's name  and the amount you would like your child to spend. Record the receipt number on the back of the Wish List for your child to  take back to school on the day of the Book Fair and present to the cashier as payment. Remember, Christmas is just around the corner.

    We will be holding two parades this year due to current COVID-19 restrictions. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative outfits. Unfortunately parents, carers and community members will not be able to attend this year.

    Monday, 1 November: K-2 Book Fair Wish List

    Tuesday, 2 November: 3-6 Book Fair Wish List

    Friday, 5 November:  Book Week Dress-up Parade (Theme: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds​) and book purchases. 

    Book Fair 2021 - 5 November 2021

    2021 Presentation Day

    At Presentation Day, we award students who have achieved excellence, consistent improvement, citizenship and sporting achievements. Each year, the local community sponsors the awards. If you would like to make a donation towards the book prizes this year, it would be greatly appreciated and your name will be listed in our newsletter. Donations of cash or cheques, made out to Holbrook Public School, can be handed in to our office.

    Need uniforms?

    Please ring or email your uniform order through to the office. Payments can be made online, by clicking the 'Make a Payment' option on our website or by credit card over the phone. We will then place your order in the front office for collection on Monday's Wednesdays and Fridays or give it to your child to take home with them.

    Pre-loved uniforms for sale from $5 each

    Uniform ItemSizes Available
    Summer Uniforms
    Short sleeve polo shirt4, 6, 8, 10, 12
    Shorts6, 10, 14, 16
    Summer dress4, 6
    Winter Uniforms
    Long sleeve polo shirt4, 6, 8, 12
    Fleece jacket4, 6, 8, 12, 14
    Long pants4, 6
    Tartan pants6, 8, 10
    Tartan skirt6, 8, 10
    Windcheater6. 8
    Sports Uniforms
    Sports shirt6, 8, 10
    Sports shorts6
    Track pants

    Class awards

    Sustainable Sam

    This award is given to the class who keeps their room tidy, consistently uses their recycling bin and turns off lights when the room is not in use.

    Year 1

    Yellow Star Card

    For excellent behaviour in the playground.

    Lucy Barr-Smith and Byron Flewin

    Blue Star Card

    For excellent behaviour in the classroom.

    Jessica Frana and Jasmine Purcell


    For actively displaying our school values: Care, Courtesy, Consideration and Co-operation

    Jett Coates

    Term 4, Week 4 award recipients

    Miss Hemphill

    Archie Finlay: For applying great focus and concentration to create an interesting piece of writing about monkeys

    Luke McCarthy: For the great effort he has been showing with his counting, adding and subtracting

    Arabella Landale: Sportsmanship

    Mrs Biar

    Logan McCarthy: For using his imagination to write interesting, creative stories that are neatly presented

    Georgina McGrath: For being a good friend to others and showing consideration and thoughtfulness

    Sophie Burey: Sportsmanship

    Mrs Ross

    Cess Lieschke: For his contributions to class discussions. Cess is always respectful of his teacher and peers when wanting to share ideas

    Lucy Ryan: For enthusiasm when writing. Lucy's ideas are clear and in a meaningful sequence. She is always responsive to teacher feedback.

    Miss Morgan

    Zamara Castles: For writing beautiful sentences using the senses, and for taking ownership by editing her work.

    Ben Yensch: For carefully aligning costs of items when calculating a budget for a party. Well done for focusing on accuracy.

    Braxton McKillop: Sportsmanship

    Miss Barraclough

    Lucy Barr-Smith: For demonstrating care towards her peers and sharing her knowledge and ideas

    Sarah Cattle: For writing a captivating and engaging piece using personification, similes and metaphors.

    Ned Dodds: For bringing his best attitude to learning and experimenting with different language devices to create an engaging piece of writing.

    Thomas Maclagan: Sportsmanship

    Miss Lavis

    Zayne Liddell: Being kind to other students in the playground and helping others join in their game

    Zye Liddell: Being kind to other students in the playground and helping others join in their game

    Year 3/4, Year 4/5 and Year 5/6: Approaching the Check-ins with maturity and positivity

    Cess Lieschke: Sportsmanship

    Tyler Warburton-Bell: Sportsmanship

    Mr Powys

    Isaac Bennetts: For using background information and clues (inferencing) to make connections with the text.

    Chace Liddell: For writing with increased fluency, quality and vivid descriptive language.

    Ryder McKillop: Sportsmanship

    Mrs Wedgwood

    Georgie Cardile: Concerted improvement and effort in creative writing and vocabulary use

    Harry Purcell: For always being enthusiastic about his learning

    Ryder McKillop: Sportsmanship

    Mr Leitch

    Lucy Boers: For displaying a positive attitude and always being willing to have a go. Well done, Lucy!

    Grace Bennetts: For displaying positive behaviours and having a go at all tasks.  Well done, Grace!

    Ryder McKillop: For his positive contributions to class discussion and collaboration with classmates during group work. Well done, Ryder! 

    Bonnie Cronin: Sportsmanship

    Mr Fisher

    Lucy Boers: Writing amazing sentences with great letter formation, spelling, capital letters and full stops.

    Byron Flewin: Writing with wonderful imagery, description and WOW words. Congratulations on being the Year 4/5 Author of the Week!

    Geordie Geddes: The use of brilliant descriptive vocabulary in his writing. Congratulations on being the Year 3/4 Author of the Week!

    Chace Liddell: For being awarded the Year 5/6 Author of the Week! Great writing, Chace!

    Cess Lieschke: Congratulations on being the Year 2 Author of the Week! Great writing, Cess!

    Arabella Pincott: A terrific writing response to the novel 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. Congratulations on being the Year 1 Author of the Week!

    Henry Lindsay: Sportsmanship

    Year 7 Selective High School Placement in 2023

    Dear Parent/Carer

    Selective high schools cater for academically gifted students with high potential who may otherwise be without sufficient classmates at their own academic standard. Selective high schools help these students to learn by grouping them with students of similar ability, and by using specialised teaching methods.

    If you would like to have your child considered for Year 7 selective high school entry in 2023, you need to apply on the internet using a valid email address (not the student’s email address).

    The Selective High School Placement Test will be held on Thursday, 10 March 2022.

    Detailed instructions on how to apply and the link to the online form will be available in early-October 2021 at https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-7

    Applications open on 19 October 2021 and close on 17 November 2021. You must apply before the closing date.

    You must submit only ONE application for each student.

    The tear-off slip below is NOT an application and the school CANNOT apply on your behalf

    Intention to apply form

    Applications for Year 7 entry to selective high schools in 2023 open on 19 October 2021 and close on 17 November 2021 at https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-7

    All candidates are required to sit the Selective High School Placement Test to be held on Thursday, 10 March 2022.

    Selective High Schools 2023

    Aurora College

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    Year 6 Orientation Day - Billabong High School

    Date and Time

    From Tuesday, November. 23rd, 9:00 am to Tuesday, November. 23rd, 3:30 pm


    Gordon Street, Culcairn NSW, AustraliaGet Directions


    Year 6 students who are attending Billabong High School in 2022 will spend the day following a timetable and attending classes in preparation for Term 1. They will take the opportunity to get the know staff, daily organisation and receive important information for starting high school.

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