Term 4 Week 3 2021

Important Dates Term 4

5th NovemberPUPIL FREE DAY 10th November
10th NovemberPreschool Transition 8:50am-11:05am
17th NovemberPreschool Transition 8:50am-12pm
19th NovemberScience Alive- rescheduled
24th NovemberPreschool Transition 8:50am -1:30pm
22nd - 24th NovemberYear 6 Aquatics Camp
24th - 26th NovemberYear 7 Aquatics Camp
30th NovemberYear 6 Graduation
1st DecemberPreschool Transition 8:50am-2:30pm
2nd - 3rd DecemberYear 4/5 Pt Hughes Camp
7th December Year 7 Graduation

Principal's Report

Dear Families,

The hot topic of conversation last week was definitely the hailstorm on Thursday. This is a photo taken of the oval straight after the storm passed. Fortunately there was only minor leaks in the classrooms. The admin block carpet is a bit water logged, and some staff have hailstorm damage to their cars. Compared to others in the community we were very lucky.

Welcome Back

We welcomed back Rhiannon Hall at the beginning of the term, she has resumed her position in the year 2/3 class sharing with Sarah Cameron. We also welcomed Sokhan Greenwood into the position of Deputy Principal.

Class Planning 2022

As mentioned in the last newsletter we are preparing for the 2022 school year. We will soon begin allocating students to new classes so it is very important we have accurate numbers for students continuing at Angaston Primary School. If you are NOT returning to the school next year (this is not including year 6 & 7 students moving onto high school in 2022) please contact the front office ASAP. We have a number of enrolment enquiries at the moment so any additional information from current families will support us to identify exactly how many students will be returning and therefore how many classes we will need.

Teachers and leadership will begin student placements for the 2022 year based on the needs of the child. If there is anything you would like us to consider when placing your child in a class for 2022 please email me at the school on or phone 85642215.

Transition to NHS

Year 6 & 7 students have already participated in an online meeting with Nuriootpa High School staff this term. Transition for students accessing the unit and special class has also begun. Additional transition for mainstream students has been organised to take place as required.

Transition From Kindergarten

We hosted two Information afternoons in week 2 for parents of 2022 Reception students.  Students will begin their formal visits in week 5 with parents invited to an informal coffee morning and an opportunity to complete their WWCC and RRHAN-EC.

Pupil Free Day

Pupil Free Day will be held on Friday 5th November. Staff will be analysing whole school data trends regarding NAPLAN, PAT Reading and PAT Maths. This will support the writing of our new site improvement cycle beginning 2022 in terms of goals and challenges of practice. We will also spend some time reviewing our current site improvement priorities.  

COVID Update

Parents, volunteers and visitors are welcome in schools and preschools providing COVID safe measures are in place and followed. All parents, visitors and volunteers are required to COVID-Safe check in when entering the school grounds. Masks are not required outdoors if adults can physical distance. This is consistent with community mask use requirements. We continue to discourage parents from entering classrooms as physical distancing is a challenge. If you need to speak with the classroom teacher please send a message and arrange a time to meet. If urgent please contact the front office.

Events held within school can now go ahead provided that:

  • recommended density and physical distancing requirements are able to be met by all attending adults.
  • masks are available and recommended for all adults (who are not staff and not performing) when indoors.
  • all attendees COVID-Safe check in.
  • appropriate hygiene provisions (e.g. sanitiser stations) are in place.

Recreational Swimming

We will begin recreational swimming in the school pool week 5 of this term. Teachers will send home notes to families with scheduled swimming times and the need for volunteers. Fingers crossed we get some warm weather before week 5. Recreational swimming occurs after lunch if the temperature is 23 degrees or above. We do not swim if it is above 36 degrees. Students must wear a rash vest or t-shirt when swimming.

Communication Survey

The recent parent survey raised a number of concerns about the use of SKoolbag to distribute whole school information. Comments received from parents mentioned that the app is unreliable and surely there is something else that can be used. This was discussed at Governing Council on Tuesday evening and a survey will be sent home to each family within the next couple of weeks to gauge preferences for communication heading into 2022.

It is going to be a very busy last few weeks of term with camps, graduations, transition, excursions, sports, report writing, class placement etc.

Sometimes sitting and doing nothing is the best something you can do! Karen Salmansohn

Lynda Fitzpatrick- Brown

RRHAN-EC training for volunteers

Volunteers including people on a governing council must update their Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect - Education and Care (RRHAN-EC ) training by 31 December 2021. 

 They must do this if: 

  • their current certificate has no expiry date, or 
  • they have no certificate. 

All volunteers in education do the same online fundamentals course. Volunteers need to access the course in Plink.  

 Volunteers who work with children (under 18 years) are mandated notifiers and are now required to update their training every 3 years. They must understand how to notify and report child abuse.  

Attached is a flyer you can give to your volunteers. It also includes ways sites can help volunteers complete their training. We suggest you print and display the attached poster in common areas that volunteers visit at your site.  

For more information, visit the organising RRHAN-EC for volunteers page on EDi or email

Many thanks 

The RRHAN-EC team  

Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse & Neglect–Education and Care RRHAN-EC training for volunteers

Ongoing volunteers must do mandatory notification training. The training is called Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care (RRHAN-EC). You must keep your RRHAN-EC certificate current by updating your training every 3 years. All volunteers in education do the same fundamentals course. You can access the course in Plink.

Site leaders can help you with things like:

• setting up a Plink account

• accessing a computer

• troubleshoot any problems you have with the course. Talk to your school about other delivery options if the online course is not the best option for you. Your site leader can contact us to find out more. What you need before you start

• A current individual email address.

• A computer or device with an internet connection and a recent web browser, like Google Chrome or Firefox. Register for a plink volunteer account

• Go to the website:

• Fill in your details: -in the field “Select Account type” select Volunteer -enter your email address (this will be your plink username), choose a password.

• Select “I accept the Terms of use” and then Select “Create Account”. Start the training

• Login to Plink and select the course Responding to Risk of Harm, Abuse and Neglect - Education and Care.

• Select “Register” please allow 2 hours to complete. Certificate Plink will send you an email when you finish your training with a link to your certificate. The site leader will need a copy of this certificate. You can use the certificate at any education site in South Australia.

Technical support and other RRHAN-EC queries Technical support for the course Contact your organisation’s ICT helpdesk Department for Education schools Email: Catholic Education SA schools Email: Association of Independent Schools of SA Email:

Ms Irwin’s & Ms Taylor’s Buddy Class Activities

This year our buddy class activities have been planned by Ms Taylor’s year 6/7’s. Together we have enjoyed a variety of activities including  Angaston Show Display, Fun Fit Fridays, Science Week, Outdoor games including a mini Olympics, Craft Activities and preparing for assemblies.  Last Friday 22nd October we got together and the students participated in skipping, basketball, sardines, obstacle course and Kick the Can.  Here are some photos from our last buddy class session.

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Music Is Fun (Swipe to see more photos)

Notes From Nat

This isn’t my material … I found it the other day when I was going through some old papers and I wanted to share it with you. In these times of difficulty and uncertainty it is a nice reminder to be kind and to not give up on one another. 

My dad has bees.?Today I went to his house and he showed me all of the honey he had gotten from the hives. He took the lid off of a 5 gallon bucket full of honey and on top of the honey there were 3 little bees, struggling. They were covered in sticky honey and drowning. I asked him if we could help them and he said he was sure they wouldn't survive. Casualties of honey collection I suppose.

I asked him again if we could at least get them out and kill them quickly, after all he was the one who taught me to put a suffering animal (or bug) out of its misery. He finally conceded and scooped the bees out of the bucket. He put them in an empty Chobani yogurt container and put the plastic container outside.

Because he had disrupted the hive with the earlier honey ? collection, there were bees flying all over outside.

We put the 3 little bees in the container on a bench and left them to their fate. My dad called me out a little while later to show me what was happening. These three little bees were surrounded by all of their sisters (all of the bees are females) and they were cleaning the sticky nearly dead bees, helping them to get all of the honey off of their bodies. We came back a short time later and there was only one little bee left in the container. She was still being tended to by her sisters. 

When it was time for me to leave we checked one last time and all three of the bees had been cleaned off enough to fly away and the container was empty.

Those three little bees lived because they were surrounded by family and friends who would not give up on them, family and friends who refused to let them drown in their own stickiness and resolved to help until the last little bee could be set free.

I loved this and think we could all learn a thing or two from these bees. ? ? ?

Bee kind always,

Nat xx 

Nat Wood Pastoral Care Worker, Angaston Primary School

Are You Interested In Learning An Instrument?

Barossa Valley Instrumental Music Concert Band Program

Students attending a DfE school in years 4 – 6 in 2022 have the opportunity to learn a concert band instrument – flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet and trombone.

Students will have the opportunity to attend an instrument demonstration on Monday November 8th (week 5, term 4). Usually when the world isn’t in a health crisis, a process of instrument matching (students try each instrument) would be undertaken to determine the instrument most suitable for each student. Since we have a Coronavirus pandemic, we must run things a little differently this year.

Students will be offered an instrument for study according to their suitability and in relation to the concert band being balanced.

Twelve Months of Tuition

Students taking up an instrument in 2022 are indicating commitment to a full year of lessons and attendance at organised ensemble activities. This includes the Barossa Combined Primary Schools Concert Band Workshop.  Students are encouraged to continue their tuition beyond the 12 months, if desired.

Instrument Hire and Music Diary

Participating students will need to have an instrument and purchase an instrumental music diary. An invoice will be issued to you.

If you do not have your own instrument, you will need to hire one through the school.

Depending on the instrument and which hire scheme your school uses, costs can be around $200-450 for the year.

For assistance with finance, please inform your school.

If your child would like to come along to the concert band instruments demo, please fill in the reply slip below and return to the front office as soon as possible.

Sonia Samain and Jacob Staehr

DfE Instrumental Music - Woodwind and Brass Teachers, Barossa Valley region


DfE Instrumental Music:  Barossa Valley Concert Band Program 2022

~ Expression of Interest ~

Student Name: ____________________________________Current year level: _______

Teacher’s Name: ____________________________________

Year Level in 2022: __________

I would like to attend the Instrumental Demo session on Monday November 8th, week 5, with the intention to commit to this program.

Parent/ Caregiver Name:_______________________ Signature:________________________

Mr Bradley's Broadcast


On Thursday 23rd of August, our Year 7 girls participated in the Netball finals of the School Sport SA state wide knockout netball competition. We played at Netball SA Stadium in Adelaide. The girls put in a fantastic consistent team performance. All the girls fought hard and played their role for the team and had a wonderful experience and day. Heidi Roesler coached the team with special help from Mr. Bradley and our wonderful work experience student Halle. Miss Natalie our German teacher also helped out on the day by umpiring our matches. Thankyou to all involved.

 Game 1

Crafers PS 33 defeated Angaston PS 11

  Round 2 

Angaston PS drew with Uraidla PS but unfortunately lost in extra time by a couple of goals

 Round 3

Clapham PS 30 defeated Angaston PS 22

 Angaston PS finished the day in 6th place however making the state finals is a huge achievement considering there were 60 plus schools that participated in the whole carnival. This is a huge achievement for the school and we are very proud of all the girl’s efforts. Great work girls you should all be proud of your performances. Top stuff!

State Athletics Day

On Monday 20th September 5 students from Angaston PS represented the Barossa and Light SAPSASA District at the State Athletics Day held down at the SA Athletics Stadium in Mile End. It was a freezing cold day but our Angaston students gave their all and represented the district well. Angaston PS students who participated were Julia H (4 Goudie), T French (5 Burne), Malaykai  (6/7 Taylor), Miyu E and Tahlia G-M from (6/7 Schultz) and Mr Bradley.

Special shout outs to T French who picked up 3 silver medals by coming 2nd in the 11 year old boys 1500m and 800m events. He also finished second in the 11 year old 4x100m relay team. Malaykai M picked up a bronze medal by finishing 3rd in the 13 year old boys 200m event.  Miyu E won a gold medal and in doing so became a state champion in the 13 year old girls Discus event. Well done to all on their achievements. 

State Girls Football Carnival

Wow a truly sensational week at the first ever SAPSASA girls state footy carnival held at West Beach. Our BLGW reps from both Barossa and Light and Gawler SAPSASA districts put in absolutely outstanding efforts and should all be extremely proud of their achievements.

There were 40 teams and nearly 700 girls from across the state participating which is incredible to see so many girls playing and loving their footy.

I was very fortunate to be able to coach our amazing Barossa and Light girls. We had 5 Angaston Primary School representatives in the team including. Miyu E, Latika S, Alana L from Year 6/7 Schultz and Shayla H and Sienna W-P from Year 6/7 Darmody.

After 3 days of nonstop football action in hot and windy conditions the Barossa girls finished an incredible 3rd overall out of 10 teams in division 2 winning 7 from 9 games. The resilience, hunger, dedication, passion and love for their footy was unreal to watch. I'm so proud, honoured and privileged to have made history with you all in the very first state girls football carnival. The way that you conducted yourselves and all the hard work and effort you put in to our brand of footy was sensational to watch.

The girls were also very fortunate and super excited to have a visit from Port Adelaide ruckman Scott Lycett.

The future is very bright for female footy in our Barossa region. ?

Year 6/7 Girls Knockout Cricket

On Monday 25th October a group of girls from the Year 6/7 classes participated in the statewide knockout cricket matches held at Stockwell Oval.  We played against Good Shepherd Lutheran School in the Angaston Showdown. The girls batted first but unfortunately the opening bowlers were just too good with brilliant bowling and shut our batters down. Good Shepherd ended up winning with 82 runs to Angaston PS 42. Special mentions go to Adeline H, Willow C  and Jemma K for batting out the innings as at one stage we were 7 for 8. So to make 42 runs in the end was a great display of character and resilience.

Well done to Bella K for getting a wicket when bowling and Miyu E for her fantastic fielding skills and a run out. This was a great experience for the girls involved as everyone who played had barely played a game of cricket before so it was a fantastic learning experience. They represented Angaston Primary School extremely well. Despite the result it was great day and the girls had fun displaying brilliant team work and cricket skills. Well done to all!  

Yours in Sport

Mr. Matt Bradley

Physical Education/Health Teacher

Angaston Primary School

Principal: Lynda Fitzpatrick-Brown

Deputy Principal: Sokhan Greenwood