Noarlunga Downs Primary School

Newsletter Term 2 Week 5

From the Principal

It is hard to believe that it is week 5 already.  During the holidays we had the flooring redone in both the west wing and east wing buildings.  It looks amazing.  The external painting of the school is now complete, and the roof of each building has been high pressure cleaned which has given our school a fresh new look.

The preschool outdoor area is taking a little longer than we had expected due to the wait times for trades however the plans look great, and we are eagerly anticipating this project.

In line with year 7 moving to high school we are changing our name.  The school will now be known as Noarlunga Downs Primary School instead of P-7.  Signs and school logos will change over the course of the year so that we are ready for next year when we become a P-6 school.  The uniform will change to reflect the new name however we are working to ensure that the changes are subtle and there will be a considerable time where both uniforms can be worn.

We are now taking enrolments for 2022 in both the school and preschool. If you have children who are not currently enrolled at our preschool or school, or if you have friends or neighbours with young children please let them know to contact the front office to get an enrolment pack and book a tour.

Rachael Courtney


Wellbeing news

Child Protection Curriculum

This term, all students are learning about relationships as part of the Child Protection Curriculum (CPC). The CPC is taught using age appropriate language, depending on the audience it is targeted to.


The Smith Family are running a program called TechPros on Monday after school this term. Students are led by a facilitator, organised through The Smith Family, to improve their IT skills, knowledge and build on their experiences. In session one students were assisted by mentors from Woodcroft College to improve their Microsoft Word knowledge. In session two students looked at keeping themselves safe online through various videos and then created a digital comic strip. The students are really engaged and are looking forward to improving their IT skills in the remaining sessions.

Port Power Tickets

With the assistance of the Port Adelaide Football Club’s Community Youth Programs and Variety Australia, we were lucky enough to send 2 students to the Port Power vs Adelaide Crows AFL Showdown. Jackson and James were fortunate to be chosen to represent our school. They were also involved in a media session, along with chatting about school and football with Port Power’s AFL player Darcy Byrne-Jones via video link.

Our students were given merchandise to wear at the game. The video was then shown on the big screen before the Showdown, along with being shared on Port’s social media site. Jackson and James said that they loved the noise at the game, the fireworks before the start, along with the crowd singing ‘Never tear us apart'. They also enjoyed Port winning. Well done boys on representing our school.

Labs N Life Program

Some of our students in room 11 have been working with some labradors during our Labs N life program. This program is designed to improve students confidence in training dogs, responsible dog ownership, improve communication, teach students to work as part of a team and solve problems with each other. Our students have gained confidence with the use of clear communication that must be displayed not only towards dogs, but also in day to day life.

Michael Sboro

Deputy Principal

Introducing Stay and Play

Room 11 Zoo Excursion

On Tuesday week 2 of this term, our class attended the Variety Picnic at Adelaide Zoo. As well as seeing our favourite animals, we were also lucky enough to have a lot of laughs watching a magician and we had a dance off with the Port Power mascot!

Students said they enjoyed seeing:

  • The baby giraffe
  • All of the meerkats but especially the white one (because we hadn’t seen one before)
  • The monkeys swing between the trees
  • Actually seeing Wang Wang and Funi (the pandas) walk around their enclosure!

Health and PE News

Our school was lucky enough to host the first Onkaparinga South districts cross country  in week 1 this term. We hosted the event for approximately 400 students from 16 different schools. Our school had numerous competitors who displayed great sportsmanship and resilience whilst competing in the race. One of our very own students finished in the top six of her field, earning her selection in the districts team which she will compete in later this term at Oakbank. The event was a great success and provided an excellent opportunity and exposure for our school to the community. A big thank you to all the parents who came to the event to cheer on our students.

During our health and physical education lessons, our upper primary students have been learning and engaging in invasion games and sports, identifying what components are key to invasion-based games and developing strategies to be successful within these activities. The junior primary has been developing their fundamental movement skills through play-based learning, with a strong focus on throwing, catching, running, and dodging. All year levels have been developing their fair play skills and understanding the emotions attached to success and failure.

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