Thiele Primary School Newsletter

Thiele Primary School Newsletter Term 1 Week 1 2021

Campus Drive,  

Aberfoyle Park

SA 5159

Ph:  8270 4222  Fax:  8270 4773   

ABSENTEE LINE: 8270 4222                  ABSENTEE SMS : 0416 906 283

Principal:  Mrs Sharon Willoughby

Deputy Principal:  Mrs Lisa Horton

Email Address:

From the Principal

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

Welcome back! We hope you have had an enjoyable few weeks with your family and friends. It is wonderful to see the students return to school and settle into their classes and are pleased to announce that we have had a number of new enrolments in a variety of year levels and welcome them along with our 34 new Receptions to our school.

Our teachers for 2021 are:-

Ø  T1 – R/1 – Amy Curyer and Renee Sawyer

Ø  T4 – R/1 – Jenny Wuttke

Ø  T2 – Yr 1/2 – Aaron Sharp

Ø  T5 – Yr 1/2 – Amanda Allen

Ø  T10 – Yr 3/ 4 - James Geoghan

Ø  T12 – Yr 3/ 4 – Chris Gent

Ø  T 8 – Yr 4/ 5 – Jo Chesson

Ø  T13 – Yr 5/ 6 – Emma Dorman

Ø  T14 – Yr 6/ 7 – Carly Nash and Danni Gericke

Ø  T15 – Yr 5/6 – Lauren Hood

Ø  T16 – Yr 6/7 – Penny Evans

Ø  R – 4 Science – Skye Fletcher

Ø  Yr 3 – 7 Science – Danni Gericke

Ø  R-7 Japanese – Dale Bliss

Ø  Pastoral Care Worker – Roslyn Schmarewski

Ø  Campus Phys Ed – Renee Sawyer and Brett Middleton

Ø  Campus Music – Ally Cunningham and Rachel Baverstock

Ø  Campus Library – Carol Van der Wijngaart


Students are being reminded of the school rules including no hat no play – please ensure your child has a wide brimmed or legionnaires hat to wear each day to provide protection from the sun. Teachers supervise the students eating their lunch in the classroom and if students are eating at anytime in the yard they are expected to sit quietly until finished. Students are also reminded to walk on the paved areas.

We have ordered a number of new iPads and laptop computers ready for use by the students this year. This will ensure that there is a class set of devices to share between two classes or one device between two students. Mobile phones are required to be handed to teachers at the beginning of the day and collected before leaving to go home. Devices need to be turned off or set onto flight mode to ensure Smartwatches cannot receive data throughout the school day. Once students enter the school grounds mobile phones are not to be used, if students need to contact you they are to come to the Front Office or if you need to contact your child you may call the Front Office and we will get the information to your child.

Safer Internet Day is on Tuesday, 9th February and I encourage you to visit their website here. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to start conversations and learn more about keeping safe.


Acquaintance Night is scheduled for Tuesday, 2nd February to ensure social distancing please RSVP so that we can ensure we are meeting the current COVID restrictions. You will be required to sign in using a QR code as well as complete the class sign in sheet. Information sessions will be:-

  • Heysen – 6:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Spence – 6:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Coorong – 7:00pm – 7:30pm


Our AGM will be on the following Tuesday, 9th February at 7.00 pm. We encourage all parents/carers to attend and consider joining our Governing Council which meets twice a term in weeks 3 and 8 on Tuesday nights. The Governing Council is an opportunity for parents to become involved in school governance. We value your thoughts and ideas. Specialist teachers will provide information about their programs, our annual report and information about Yr7toHS will be shared during this meeting. This meeting will be offered face to face and via zoom.

Other ways you can become involved within the school is through volunteering and becoming involved in fundraising, canteen, listening to reading, etc. If you are interested in any of these speak to your child’s class teacher, Jayne at the Front Office, Lisa or myself.

Kind Regards,

Sharon Willoughby


Covid considerations

  • Check in using the QR code on your child’s classroom door
  • Remain outside of classrooms
  • Maintain social distancing of 1.5m between adults and 1 adult per 2m
  • Do not send your child to school if they are unwell

Fruit Fly Outbreak

If your school or workplace is in an affected area, fruit and fruiting vegetables that can be infected by fruit fly must not be included in lunch boxes or otherwise moved around while restrictions are in place. What fruit and fruiting vegetables can be infected by fruit fly? You can view the complete list of what you must not pack into lunch boxes at

What fruit or fruiting vegetables can I pack in lunchboxes as an alternative?

Fresh alternatives include pineapple, melons (watermelon, rockmelon, and honeydew), cucumber, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, celery, mushrooms, and asparagus. Other options include cooked fruit, processed fruit (such as fruit straps), fruit puree, canned fruit or frozen fruit.

How long will these restrictions be in place?

These restrictions will remain until at least Thursday 15 April 2021. The less fresh fruit is moved around, the lower the risk of potentially spreading fruit fly.

Are home-grown and purchased fruit still safe to eat?

Yes, home-grown and purchased fruit continue to be safe to eat. Buying South Australian fruit will support our growers.

Samaritan's Purse (Shoeboxes of Love)

Random Acts of Kindness

Acts of kindness are important and do not go unrecognised. Students who are noticed to be showing acts of kindness are recorded by staff. These students are acknowledged at assembly and in the newsletter. T13 students draw out one student’s name and that student is rewarded with a $2.00 voucher to spend at the canteen.

Mr Gno Me

Gno Me – classes have been allocated areas of the school yard to keep clean and tidy. The class who keeps their area the tidiest will be awarded our garden gnome ‘Gno’.


Palmy is an orang-utan who is at risk of becoming extinct due to the use of Palm Oil. Classes are encouraged to collect recyclable containers to support our sustainability initiatives. The class who collects the most recyclable containers will get to care for ‘Palmy’. T8 is responsible for counting the containers and handing Palmy to the successful class. 

Rubbish Raffle

Rubbish Raffle winners: - Some students volunteer to pick up rubbish and are rewarded with a raffle ticket which goes into a container. A ticket is drawn from the container, if their name is drawn out they win a $2.00 voucher to spend at our canteen. The class hosting the assembly is responsible for this. 

SunSmart School

Hats are compulsory in Terms 1, 3 and 4. All students are required to wear a wide brimmed or legionnaires hat this term. Students who do not have a wide brimmed or legionnaires hat will be required to follow our “No Hat, No Play” policy. If students are not wearing their hat during recess and lunch they are to sit in the area near the Coorong building. Hats and beanies are not to be worn in classrooms.

Skoolbag App

Have you downloaded the Skoolbag App yet?

It is available for various applications - iPhone, Android & Microsoft, you can may download to your phone, tablet or computer. Just go to your app store and download the Thiele Primary School - Skoolbag App for your device. You will then receive newsletters, notifications, alerts and much more.

Campus News

Campus Library

Introducing myself: Carol Van Der Wijngaart (pronounced win-gart) or Mrs V (which is far easier to say, write and spell). I am one of the 0.4 Teacher Librarians in the Campus Library. I will be working on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

About me: Married with two adult children, husband and one cat and recent granddaughter. I love the summer months and the warm weather, swimming, being at the beach, reading, walking, gardening, watching live football and being with my colleagues and friends.

My teaching background is in Special Education, Teacher Librarianship, Primary Years 3-7 and Early Years 1-2. As a leader, I have been a Deputy Principal, Acting Principal and State-wide Curriculum officer implementing the Australian Curriculum.

My greatest joy is being a part of students’ lives, watching them grow, mature and become engaged independent readers, thinkers and learners.

Canteen Fact

Did you know that you can order your child’s lunch by downloading the QKR app and ordering online, alternatively you can complete an order on a lunch bag insert the money. Your child will place the bag in the class lunchbox which will then be taken to the canteen. Lunches will be delivered to class ready to eat before play time.

Our canteen is open every day. Over the counter sales occur at recess and lunch times but are only snacks.

Campus Uniform Shop

The Campus Uniform Shop is open on:

Monday2.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Wednesday & Friday8.30 am - 9.30 am

QKR Online Canteen ordering

Canteen Online Ordering

Now Available through Qkr App

Each of the three schools on Campus have signed up to a QKR app which allows payments for various school payments online.

On each of the school’s apps the Canteen online ordering app has been added. This means that parents can now order lunch and recess orders online via their

schools QKR app

Just follow these easy steps below to get yourself set up:

1.        Download the QKR app from the APP Store

2.        Sign up

3.        Create an account for you – add profile

4.        Search for your schools QKR account (school name)

5.        Add credit card details

6.        Add your child/rens profile/information

7.        Click on Canteen

8.        Choose what you want add to cart and submit

9.        All orders must be placed by 9.15 am

10.      There is a communications page that will answer a lot of your questions

If you have any questions or require assistance please do not hesitate to contact your school front office.

The Campus Way

  • Respect others 
  • Respect yourself
  • Respect our place
  • Sitting while eating
  • Walking on pavers
  • Keeping out of garden areas, Courtyard/grass area is a quiet play space
  • No hat no play
  • Being a Nude Food Dude and bringing Litter Free lunch

Campus Play Cafe


Tuesday and Friday mornings in the Geoff Simpson Hall. Open to all community members with children aged birth to 5 years old. Come in enjoy a chat, have a coffee and snack while the children play.


Blinky Bill is on the Loose


From the Campus Library

“The Adventures of Blinky Bill’ - a well-known and classic book with colourful characters, comes to life at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens (or in your own home) during the coming Adelaide Fringe. 

Blinky Bill is On The Loose

Cheeky and courageous Koala, Blinky Bill is a truly iconic Australian character. In this world premiere musical theatre adventure for the whole family, Blinky goes on an adventure and meets many delightful new friends including Professor Wombat, Angelina Wallaby and Go-Go Goanna. 10 original songs will have the whole family toe tapping and humming all the way back home to their very own gumtree. Created by a team of highly experienced and professional South Australian theatrical artists, songwriters, playwrights, Blinky Bill gently explores the important role we all play in caring for and protecting our Aussie wildlife and environment. This is a unique and exciting not to missed production, presented by Presented by Koala Life and Theatre Bugs, whose focus is producing great stories which help make the world a slightly better place through education, fun, songs and smiles.

The performance is wrapped up in bundles of fun and performed in the stunning Adelaide Botanic Gardens, AmphiTheatre, 

Duration 60 minutes


There are two venues Adelaide Botanic Gardens or Watch from Home      

Dates and Times:

Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th March 6.40 p.m.

Tuesday 16th - Sunday 20th  March 6.40 p.m.

Watch from home Tuesday 16th March 6.40 p.m.

                             Thursday18th March 6.40 p.m.

                              Sunday  21st March 6.40 p.m.   


Book online – (transaction fee $2.70)

Full price $28

Child $19

Concession $19

Watch from home full price $15

Family: $80


Cyber Safety


Cyber Safety

Online Parent webinars

eSafety's parent guide to cyberbullying and online drama


This Safer Internet Day 2021 webinar will look at how parents and carers can support young people to have safe and respectful online relationships and what to do if things go wrong.


It will cover:

·         starting conversations with your child about their online friendships and positive ways to deal with changing relationships

·         understanding the rights, laws and community expectations that govern social media use

·         where to seek help if your child is involved in a cyberbullying incident.

The webinar will include case studies, research and targeted advice so you can support the young people in your life to have safe, enjoyable online experiences.


Dates (Australian Eastern Daylight Time):

·         Tuesday 9 February 7.30 to 8.30 pm

·         Wednesday 10 February 12.30 to 1.30 pm

·         Wednesday 10 February 7.30 to 8.30 pm

·         Monday 15 February 12.30 to 1.30 pm

·         Monday 22 March 12.30 to 1.30 pm

eSafety Parent Guide to popular Apps

eSafety Parent Guide to popular Apps

eSafety Parent Guide to popular Apps

eSafety Parent Guide to popular Apps

Nature Play - 25 things to do in Summer

Adelaide Botanic High School

Health & Sciences (STEM) Pathways Program

Applications NOW OPEN (close on 1 March 2021)

Selective Entry into Year 7 and Year 8 in 2022 – for students not in the Adelaide Botanic High School zone

Any student / family queries can be directed to Adelaide Botanic High School via

SA Dental

2021 Diary Dates

Term 1

Week 2

Tuesday 2nd February

Acquaintance Night 

Week 3

Tuesday 9th February

6.30 pm - Annual General Meeting

Week 7

Monday 8th March

Public Holiday - Adelaide Cup

Friday 12th March

Yr 6/7 Aquatics

Week 8

Monday 15th March

Yr 6/7 Aquatics

Tuesday 16th March

6.30 pm - Governing Council Finance Meeting

7.30 pm - Governing Council Meeting

Week 10

Friday 2nd April

Public Holiday - Good Friday

Week 11

Monday 5th April

Public Holiday - Easter Monday

The E?!lepsy Centre - South Australia & The Northern Territory

Driving the Power of Purple through Education and Awareness

Certificate of Recognition

Thiele Primary School

are now

Epilepsy Aware

Training completed on Thursday, January 21 2021