Newsletter 21/05/2014

Dates To Remember – Term 2
Fri 23 Year 7 transition forms returned
Sat 24 Education Week Tour
Wed 4 Excursion F-2 Royal Botannical Gardens / PFA Meeting
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: 22/05/2014

From the Principal
‘The week that was!’
Last week was a very busy week for everybody; NAPLAN, Flag ceremony and the Fete.

Thank-you to the students, teachers and parents for accommodating this annual event without focusing on or investing too much emotional energy into it. Fortunately our teachers and community understand that NAPLAN is only one small element in assessing students and that our teachers have greater understanding about each and everyone of the students who attend Newlands Primary. Student NAPLAN reports will be available to parents in term three.

Aboriginal Flag Raising Ceremony
I would on behalf of all students, teachers and parents congratulate Kristalo on her efforts to secure funding for the flag pole and organise Uncle Bill to attend. It was a great morning and the children certainly engaged with Uncle Bill as he provided an insight into Koori history, culture and beliefs.


School Fete
What a great day! Weather gods were truly smiling down on Newlands on Sunday.
The atmosphere, food and entertainment were fantastic. An event like this doesn’t just happen it really does require a lot of time and effort put in by many dedicated parents; it also requires co-ordination. So, to Mim, Vanessa, and the whole team; thanks for all your hard work and in making Sunday such a great success. At last count it looks like the day raised just under $5000!

fete sack races

2015 Language Other Than English (LOTE) – Spanish
It’s been a long time coming for Newlands to say we have a LOTE operating in the classroom; and now we can!
As we all know we have been waiting to see what will be happening at Coburg Junior & Senior High in LOTE for 2015. We have been advised that Spanish will be operating at the high school, so being a feeder primary school it makes perfect sense that our students learn the same language.
While it is important to provide a LOTE we feel the teaching of it is extremely important. It is our intention to provide a bilingual immersion program starting in Foundation in 2015. All grade levels will receive Spanish language learning, but not as a bilingual program.
Attached to this newsletter is an information sheet outlining in more detail what the school intends for 2015.
As we keep growing and evolving I feel this type of program and the timing is right for Newlands and will provide further evidence to the broader community Newlands is here to stay. We look forward to your continued support for this new initiative.
Ross Dudgeon – Principal

From the Vice-President
On Thursday 15 May Newlands Primary School was honoured to receive a visit from Wurundjeri Elder, Bill Nicholson.
We invited Uncle Bill to officiate the raising of the Aboriginal flag on our new flagpole. He talked to our children about Wurundjeri history and Culture and the significance of the Aboriginal flag – its symbolism and strength as part of Aboriginal history and Culture as a whole.
We started the morning in perfect conditions….sunny with a blustery wind. After the flag was raised Uncle Bill welcomed us all to country with a smoking ceremony. Watching our children, staff and parents meander through our lovely gardens was a moving sight.

kids smoke small
The Preps-Grade 2 were then treated to Uncle Bill’s wonderful storytelling. Students learned about “Bunjil” the Eaglehawk Creator and “Waa” the crow. They were transported to the time of Creation through Bunjil; there were lots of happy performing jumping kangaroos and running emus scattered around the oval! Children also tried on a traditional possum skin cloak and learned about “marngrook”, a traditional game ball or “football” as we may know it and they were shown how to throw a boomerang.
Uncle Bill talked to Grades 3-6 about the effects of colonisation on traditional owners, providing an invaluable context for students to understand thousands of years of a complex story. He talked to them about the strength, resilience and great spirit of Aboriginal people. Students learned about the struggle and importance connected to land and the great contributions Aboriginal people have made to Australia.
I am delighted that we were able to have Uncle Bill at Newlands and for our school community to give recognition to the traditional custodians of the land, the Wurundjeri people, in such a moving way. Uncle Bill inspired dignity, awareness, understanding and appreciation as well as lots of laughs!

flag up small
The raising of the flag at Newlands Primary School has been a joint effort between School Council and the Parents & Friends Association. A big thanks to the PFA for funding such an important event.
Kristalo Hrysicos – School Council Vice-President

Coburg District Cross-Country
Nicholas in Grade 3/4 came 8th out of over 100 participants in the under 10 boys race at the recent Coburg District cross-country event that was held at the athletic track on May 7th.  Students who make the top 10 go through to the next round to represent the Coburg District at the inner north / Banyule and Moreland region cross country event.  Nicholas will run on Wednesday June 11th at Bundoora Park.  Mai and Jayden made the reserve list as they both finished in the top 20.  This is a fantastic achievement for Newlands! Well done to our fabulous 2014 cross-country team!
Bianca Vecchio


Face Paint by Children – an arts project
Our school has been approached by local Artists, Dan Goronsky and Briony Barr, to work with a group of senior school students on a community based Art project. Dan and Briony have received an Arts Grant from the Moreland City Council to work on a specific project entitled “Face Paint by Children” for the 2014 Coburg Carnivale, which will be held on Saturday June 14th.
Dan and Briony will run 3 workshops designed to help the students “tap into their unique artistic voice, take creative risks, empower them to make artistic choices and challenge their understanding of ‘what art is’”. These workshops will be held at school on Tuesday afternoons and will help equip students with the skills to run an exciting and innovating face-painting booth at the Coburg Carnivale.
If your child is in Grade 3-6 and is interested in being involved it is vital that they are available on June 14th to be part of the Coburg Carnivale. There are only 20 places available so please return the permission forms (that have already gone home) as soon as possible. If more than 20 students are interested we will draw names ‘out of a hat’ to ensure everyone has the same opportunity to participate.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me,
Bianca Vecchio – Art Teacher

Comedy Workshops – please see the attached flyer for information about Comedy Workshops being held with students.

Newlands Autumn Fete
Big thanks to all the hardworking volunteers on all of the stalls and also to those who setup and packed down.
All of the bakers out there – thankyou!!
Special thanks to –

  • Woolworths for the generous food donations.
  • Dimattina coffee for the generous coffee donation.
  • Nelson Alexander for all their promotion.
  • Tan from Coburg Hill Oral Care, who arrived very early in the morning to help us set up – thankyou Tan
  • CERES for their wonderful chai donation.
  • Kurt for his amazing bunting decoration!
  • All the musicians who donated their time so generously.
  • And Cheshire café for the gift voucher.

The weather was great, turnout was great, the atmosphere was great!
We feel it was a real success and we think we made around $5000 for the school!
Mim and Vanessa xx

fete capoiera

fete bean bags

Woolworths BBQ
On Friday and Saturday Woolworths Coburg Hill again demonstrated their support for our school, hosting and providing all the supplies for a fundraising BBQ outside the store.
Thank you to Jack at Woolworths and his staff. Thank you also to the School Councillors and staff who managed this BBQ so the rest of the school community could focus on the fete – Phill, Melanie, Ross, Kristalo, Sonya, Mel, and Robert. And a big thanks to the student teachers who so enthusiastically contributed their time and embraced the non-curriculum side of teaching life!

Maintenance Committee
What beautiful autumn weather we have been having the past two weeks. It just makes me want to get outside, dig, weed and simply feel the sun my back. Newlands grounds are looking great at present thanks to the gardening team that work away on a weekly basis. Thanks.
We need to start thinking about our next Sunday working bee, which is scheduled for June 15th starting at 10am and finishing with the usual BBQ feed at midday. At present I’d like to see a push for the long awaited sand pit, finish painting the park benches around the school and fix the picnic tables up near the prep classrooms.
If you have a burning passion to do something maintenance related or a nagging bugbear let me know. I’m looking for members to add to the current solo committee.
Respect and regards
Phillip Edwards: Mobile – 0408529725

Lunchtime Gardening
We had a great turn out to lunchtime planting in the veggie garden. With all hands on deck we were able to plant out the beds with kale, mizuna, beetroot and broccoli. It was very lovely to sit in the sun with our hands in the dirt underneath the beautiful mural!

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Parents & Friends Association
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday June 4, so come along and help us make our great school even better. If you have anything you’d like on the agenda please contact Adam or Alex.

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

There have been so many amazing things going on at Newlands in the last two weeks, that it’s hard to know where to start with all the thank you’s! You’ll see some of them mentioned elsewhere in the newsletter.
It is sadly impossible to thank everyone who contributed to the success on the fete on Sunday – the newsletter would go on for another three pages! But a big thank you to the Newlands community who always turn up ready to help and laugh when we put the call out.
Of course major thanks must go to Mim and Vanessa who created the magical day. They took our fete to the next level and have given us something marvellous to build on.
They were surrounded by a fantastic team; Fiona who managed all the promotion for the event; Sarah, who did the gorgeous poster design; Adam and Dave who managed the delicious hot food; Mandy & Julie who organised the wildly successful cake stall; Jo & Jane who handled the secondhand goods; Lucia who co-ordinated the facepainting; Marita who took charge of our gloriously green plant stall; Jo who brought together a wonderful day of entertainment; Shahid, our resident barista; our chai-masters; Mel & Andy who kept the kids running and laughing; and Nic who donated her talents all day and gave my baby his first ever haircut!
Thank you also to all the staff who gave up their weekends to support the life of the school – and especially Sonya and Ross who were volunteering for the school on both Saturday and Sunday.

fete Keiva

Terra Mare – a tarantella dance and music community project
Our own wonderful Rosa Voto (Noah C’s mum) is embarking on a very exciting new project funded by City of Moreland. The project will bring together people with a history or a connection to migration to share their stories and memories and put them together in a final performance based on dance/movement and music.
See the attached flyer for details about getting involved, and follow the project at:


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