Term 3 2021 | Week 3

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News from the Principal

Welcome back to term 3. What a crazy unfortunate start to this term. I would like to congratulate you for following the expectations set by our Government and  Education Department. Incredible thanks must go to teaching and support staff who worked extremely hard to prepare work packs that were sent home with students. Thank you to our amazing students for working on your work packs. I thoroughly enjoyed checking in with students via TEAMS on a daily basis. It was interesting to hear what they had been doing whilst in lock down. From making pizza,  cooking biscuits, cleaning their rooms, painting and completing science experiments our students learnt a lot whilst they were away from school.

If we were to have another forced lock down as a school we need to know why your student is absent from school. They are: Working from home due to COVID lockdown, sick or family reasons. By signing into TEAMS daily we register your child as working from home due to COVID lockdown (Day/ explained) What we cannot have is an unexplained absence. You may have had staff call you to identify the reason for your child’s absence during lockdown. This is my Department’s process and one we must enforce. We as a school and as a system must know where every student is every day. This is the reason for the follow up phone calls. Thank you for all of your support through this time.

I will keep you posted as to any changes to restrictions as soon as they can be advertised.

We are happy to have our students back at school and look forward to getting back to our new normal.

Thank you once again for your support during this latest lock down. Please keep safe. 

Bryan Rotherham



Senior Leader

Well, what a start to Term 3! We welcomed students back for 2 days before our snap lockdown. During the lockdown I was able to set up TEAMS groups for all of our classes. If you did not receive your child's log in details please let your child's teacher know and they will be able to get these to you in case we head into lockdown again.

Mrs Utting and myself will begin Read Write Inc retesting for our R-3 students next week. We continue to be pleased with the success that students are gaining through this program. It is great to see kids using their Fred Fingers to assist them to spell new words.

Later this term all students in Years 1-7 will participate in the annual PAT testing process for both Reading and Maths. These tests are completed online and give us vital information about our students, both individually as well as by year level, so we can identify common areas of need and successes. More information will come out about this closer to the testing period.

Thank you for supporting the state wide lockdown, I trust that you all stayed safe to help stop the spread of this virus.

Jodie Turpin

Senior Leader

Student Wellbeing Leader News

The parent engagement survey is an annual, voluntary survey for parents and caregivers. It aims to gauge the level of parent engagement within our school.

The survey occurs annually in term 3 of the school year. The first survey was done in 2020. It is centrally coordinated to avoid adding administrative workloads onto our school.

Parents and caregivers in our school community will be sent individual survey links. This will allow the Department to keep track of responses and send reminder emails to families who have not yet completed the survey.

The survey asks families about how they perceive their child’s school, including how well the school:

  •  Supports their child’s learning and wellbeing
  • Communicates with students and families. 

Survey results will help us understand:

  • What we are doing well
  • Where we can improve
  • What’s important to parents and caregivers

The survey will be open for 4 weeks, from Monday 2 August to Sunday 29 August. The survey is open to parents and caregivers of school-aged children and young people. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

We encourage parents and caregivers in our school community to complete the survey.

Personal information and the identity of participants (and their children) will remain anonymous. 

Becc O’Neil 

Wellbeing Leader

Diary Dates


Monday 9thJeans 4 Genes Day
16th - 20thScience Week
23rd - 27thBook Week
Tuesday 24thBook Week Parade
Thursday 26thRed Ball Teams
Friday 27thColour Run
Thursday 2ndRegional Basketball Carnival
Friday 3rdSchool Photos
Thursday 9thGirls Football
Friday 10thSchool Closure Day
Monday 13thStudent Free Day
Friday 17thSoccer

What's Happening in ........

Room 11

In Room 11, we have  looked at what criteria is involved in writing an information report. After comparing the values displayed at our school and at the Olympic games, we researched various current athletes who are competing in Tokyo. This involved looking at their results  as well as other achievements and memorable moments they have experienced and any adversities they had to endure to reach their ultimate goal.  These are a few of the posters that were constructed.


Room 11

Around our School

Thanks to Whyalla City Council for our free trees!

Community Informaton

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Masks in Schools