Newsletter 7/05/2014

Dates To Remember – Term 2
Sun 11 Mothers’ Day
Mon 12 CPR Training
Tue 13 NAPLAN Begins
Thu 15 NAPLAN Finishes / Aboriginal Flag Raising Ceremony
Sun 18 Newlands Primary School Fete / Education Week Starts
Tue 20 Education Week Tour
Fri 23 Year 7 transition forms returned
Sat 24 Education Week Tour
Wed 4 Excursion F-2 Royal Botannical Gardens
Fri 6 Parent/Teacher Booking Times open
Mon 9 Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Mon 16 School Council
Thu 19 Parent/Teacher Booking Times close
Fri 20 Student reports sent home
Tue 24 Parent/Teacher Meetings
Last Updated: 6/05/2014

From the Principal
Now the holidays are over we are heading towards a very busy time. The teachers will be starting to develop the mid-year reports and compiling student examples to support the student reports. The years 3 & 5 will be doing the NAPLAN next week; then it’s into Education Week!
I would like to extend a big thankyou to all those parents who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes on fundraising and the fete; it is really great to see and hear such positive energy being directed towards making a difference for the students at Newlands, thanks.
Today the new dentist came to the school with a donation of $600 they raised from the ‘Grand Opening at Coburg Hill’ sausage sizzle. They very pleased that their contribution will be going towards our grounds master plan. We would like to acknowledge the generosity of Emmanuel and Tan.

CPR Training
CPR training will be happening this Monday 12th May 4pm. Attached to this newsletter is a form for those parents who wish to do the CPR training with the staff at a minimal cost of $20 per person. We have limited spaces; 15. So first in best dressed applies to these limited spaces.
Ross Dudgeon

From the President
Aboriginal Flag Raising Ceremony
On Thursday 15 May Newlands Primary School will be honoured to receive a visit from Wurundjeri Elder, Bill Nicholson. Uncle Bill will be officiating at the raising of the Aboriginal flag on our new flagpole. He will talk to our children about Wurundjeri history and help them understand the significance of the Aboriginal flag – its symbolism and strength as part of Aboriginal history and Culture as a whole. This will be an important contribution to the study of Australian history that the kids are currently undertaking across the school.
All family and friends of Newlands Primary School and the Wurundjeri People are warmly invited to join us as we share in Uncle Bill’s stories and recognise the traditional custodians of our land.
The ceremony and activities will take place sometime between 10am and 1pm – more specific details regarding time may be provided closer to the day.
The raising of the flag at Newlands Primary School has been a joint effort between School Council and the Parents & Friends Association. In particular, Kristalo (Eleni’s mum) has worked tirelessly for well over a year to make this event possible.
We hope you can join us for this special occasion.
Melanie McGrath


Newlands Primary School Fete
Sunday 18th May 11-3pm
Tell your friends and families!
Lend a hand, come and enjoy – or do both!

There is a notice attached to the newsletter with details of all the different ways you can help out. We also have some gorgeous posters at the office ready for you to collect and put up at your favourite haunts.
Mim & Vanessa

Garden News
Our veggie garden beds have been re-composted and mulched and ready for Autumn planting. A big thanks to Marita, Jo and Mel for preparation and a big thanks to Isobel for seedlings. If you would like to come and plant seedlings with the kids at recess next Monday May 12 at 10.30 please join us. We will also be tidying, in preparation for the fete, in between drop off and recess if you feel like a spot of weeding. Hope to see you then!

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Parents & Friends Association
Our next meeting will be on May 7, so come along and help us make our great school even better. If you have any questions about the PFA you can find me in the aftercare room some evenings, behind a BBQ, or you can email me.
Adam Palmer – Chairperson

Policy Committee
The policy committee assists the school community through the review, consultation and communication of school policies.
We need your help to ensure the school has policies that represent the way our school runs and are easy to access.
If you are interested in finding out more, please contact me.
Sonia Mussawir

Out of School Hours Care Committee
Hi, if you have any questions or suggestions about the aftercare program please feel free to drop me a message.
Adam Palmer

Our beautiful mural has been growing progressively brighter and more colourful over recent weeks. I love catching a glimpse of it from a distance as I travel along Elizabeth Street. Thanks so much to Sue (Finn & Callum’s mum) and Jane (May’s mum) for all the time, effort and talent you have put into this project.

I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank Mulynda and Bianca for setting up the Friendship Circle. We are so fortunate to have a team of teachers at Newlands who consistently go above and beyond their roles in identifying our kids’ needs and caring for them.

Volunteers Needed
Can you spare an hour or two each week to visit a newly arrived refugee or migrant in the home and help them learn English and settle in Australia? We have isolated people in the Broadmeadows, Coolaroo, Meadow Heights, Roxburgh Park and Craigieburn areas who are waiting for help. Northern AMEP (NMIT) is currently seeking volunteers. Free training and support are provided. If you are interested in being part of our team, contact Liesl Trenfield on 9269 1085 or email

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