Glengarry Primary School
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May 6, 2021 - Term 2 Week 3

Acknowledgement of Country

From the Principal

Principal's Pen

Dear Parents & Community Members,

Our students in Years 3 and 5 commence the National Assessment Program, Literacy and Numeracy next week.  All assessments (apart from Year 3 Writing) are being conducted in an online environment spaced over two weeks.  Following disruptions last year due to COVID, testing online is still a relatively new phenomenon.  The question you may ask is “Why conduct NAPLAN online?”.  Using an interactive environment allows for testing to be tailored to the individual child and as such making the testing more engaging.  A significant advantage for schools relates to the far quicker release of results allowing for more relevant diagnosis and remediation if required.  If you would like to know / learn more about NAPLAN Online, please visit: https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site

The release of our revised Values and accompanying visual resources is a major development in the manner in which our school will teach and reinforce expectations of our students.  While our signage is highly visible and engaging, the most significant impact will be in classrooms where the Values will be taught, reinforced and enacted.

Finally, with cold days upon us, please check winter uniform supplies and make sure the school jumpers and jackets still fit.

 Peter Meston

Principal

Upcoming Events

MAY

Friday 7 - P&C Mother's Day Stall (8.30am & 3pm)

Tuesday 11 - NAPLAN begins

Friday 14 - Assembly: Room 5 (8.50am)

Term Two Planner

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Important Information

Around Glengarry

Mothers's Day Morning Tea

On Wednesday, the 5th of May, Pre primary students welcomed their masked up mums or special guest in for a Mother’s Day Morning of pampering, craft, and yummy scones.

A lot of laughs and fun was had by all that attended.  

ANZAC Commemoration

Glengarry Primary School held our ANZAC Commemoration Assembly on April 23, each student made an ANZAC Slouch Hat that was then used to decorate the lawn.  Student councillors ran the assembly, and worked hard throughout the week rehearsing to ensure the assembly would run smoothly.

On the day we were privileged to be joined by Warrant Officer Class Two, Gavin Kermode from the Australian Defence Force, who spoke about the ANZAC Legend and how it has impacted Australian culture, as well as the way it has spawned the definition of “mateship”.  We were also honoured to have Ms Samantha Marley join us, who beautifully played The Last Post and The Rouse during the commemoration. 

Representatives from each class paid their respects by laying a wreath made from flowers they had brought from home.  A special thanks goes to Mrs Christiane Hoetzel, who kindly volunteered her time to help make the class wreaths.

Our school choir sang ‘Lest We Forget’ by Paul McGee, and were conducted by Mrs Jan Ruscoe and accompanied by Mr Stewart Lillico.  Mrs Ruscoe and Mr Lillico also led the choir, and school, in the singing of the New Zealand National Anthem, as well as the Australian National Anthem.

Thank you to all parents and carers who joined us in commemorating this event as a school community. 

Pre-Primary Bus

Last week we took delivery of a very special, new piece of play equipment for the Pre-Primary outdoor area.  We now have a fabulous wooden bus for the children to play in and they absolutely love it!

A massive thank you from the Pre-Primary Teaching Team and all the children to our fantastic P&C who funded this project - we are all very grateful! 

Interschool: Winter Sport Report

Volleyball

Our first game was against Marmion where A team won 3 sets to 2 and B team sadly lost 1 set to 3.   

Last week we travelled by bus for 10 minutes to North Beach and their volleyball court was huge compared to ours!  It was the first game for North Beach, and even though they were really tall, Glengarry’s A team managed to beat them.  Although B team did not win, they did well and enjoyed their afternoon in the sun.

Hopefully next week in Volleyball both GPS teams will win!

Mia.R, Anabel, Bridget and Amelie

Football

Wow I am honoured to be the footy coach in 2021!!!  Our team is full of committed, enthusiastic go getters who get the job done with a smile on their faces. Despite not winning over the last two weeks, against Marmion and North beach, our skills have improved, our stamina has increased and we are handballing!!!  Some highlights include watching Luke G, Sam O, Jack C and Jett J rip up the midfield and Tate take some speckies.  It’s been great to watch the Year 6’s embrace their Year 5 comrads. Bring on Davallia! 

Mrs Rudd

Soccer

Our first game against Marmion was a draw even though it was extremely hot we kept our guard up and played on.  Our forwards played well especially as it was our first game and against the oppositions strong defence.   Mateo scored a very good goal.  Congrats to Scott and Imran who played extremely well and got the team award.

We can improve by running for the ball, forcing the opposition out of the pitch by getting low and not getting in the way of the keeper.  Our team has amazing physical strength, focus and attitude.

There was a plethora of reasons why we were the better team, we played better as a team, we had more shots on target, didn’t drop our heads when they scored, attitude was better and we kept going when times got tough. 

In week two, Glengarry vs North Beach was an exciting game where Glengarry United won by a lot of goals.  The score was a great 7-2 to Glengarry United and we had Ollie score two of the seven.  At the end of the game William and Chase got the Coaches “melted Freddo” award!  Our team played well by working together passing and helping to score and defend.

Luca, Chase, William, Joseph & Scott

Netball

On the 30th of April, we went on the bus to North Beach Primary School to play netball.  B team played on the oval and the A team played on the court.  B team won and A team lost but everyone did an amazing job.  The North Beach girls we versed were really nice and very welcoming.  All the Glengarry netball girls loved playing with them and we had a great time.

Hana and Miranda

Health and Hygiene

Is your child feeling unwell?

Please do not send your child to school if they are at all unwell.

Any child who demonstrates or complains of being unwell will be removed from the class, isolated and parents/carers contacted.

Our school is well stocked with hand sanitiser. This has been provided to all work areas (including classrooms) and children are expected to “sanitise out / sanitise in” at all times. Cleaning of hands following toilet use is also instructed.

Chaplain's Chat

Confidence versus Self-Doubt

Most of us have experienced thoughts like, “I’m not good enough,” “I can’t do this,” or “this is impossible” at some point in our lives.  The issue is not having negative thoughts, but what we do with them.  If we can learn to trust in our inner ability, acknowledge our thoughts without attaching to them, replace unproductive thoughts with positive thoughts, and resolve to move forward in spite of the risk of failure, we can strengthen our confidence and enhance opportunities for success. 

Here are a few ideas to build confidence and silence the voice of self-doubt:

·         Make a list of your strengths, achievements, and positive attributes.

·         Choose to live by your personal values instead of by the expectations of others.

·         Practice positive self-affirmations (place sticky note affirmations around your home or car).

·         Work towards progress, not perfection.

·         Spend time with optimistic, encouraging people who bring out the best in you.

So, the next time self-doubt creeps in, consider the children’s story, The Little Engine That Could and tell yourself, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…” 

Jennifer Wolff

Chaplain 

P&C News

Second Hand Uniform Shop

If you would like to look through the second hand uniforms, please email the coordinator Olga Petrakova at glengarryuniforms@gmail.com to make an appointment.

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Thanks for Lego

Thank you to the generous donations of LEGO from Glengarry Primary School families and members of the extended school community.  These contributions will create the opportunity for the teachers to support students to take a mental break from the classroom and participate in a fun, creative activity to refresh and refocus their energy!

A big thank you to P&C members Belinda Sanders and Amanda Schonfeld for facilitating and collecting donations from community members, their ongoing commitment to the P&C across multiple areas deserves a special mention.

The P & C are still happy to receive donations.  Please drop your donations off at the school office.

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