Newsletter 6/11/2014

Dates to Remember – Term 4
Thu 6 Orientation-Foundation (Prep) 10-11am
Wed 12 Briefing for parents – Spanish Language
Thu 13 Orientation-Foundation 2-3.15pm
Mon 17 School Council Meeting
Thu 20 Orientation-Foundation 10-12pm / 2015 Foundation parent evening 6.30-7.30pm
Fri 21 Newlands Comedy Gala
Sat 29 State Election Fundraising
Thu 4 Foundation family picnic 5.30-7pm
Tue 9 2015 Secondary Transition Day
Thu 18 Official Last Day Term4, 2014
Fri 19 Pupil Free Day
Last Updated: 6/11/2014

From the Principal
2015 Structure
As a staff we are currently working to develop our grade structure for 2015. We anticipate that the structure will be similar to 2014 – 1 x Foundation, 1 x Year 1, 1x Year 2 (1/2 as we had in 2014), 1x Composite 3/4 and 1x Composite 5/6. Specialist programs will be Music, P.E and Art.
We will continue to provide a differentiated approach to literacy and numeracy learning in 2015, which has been very successful this year. This approach has provided groups of students with targeted and specific teaching based on the needs of the student, as opposed to only delivering general grade level content.
We will be implementing our Spanish bilingual program in the 1/2 teaching team. Although we had expected to offer it at the Foundation level, also, an effective bilingual program requires that both a Spanish-speaking teacher and an English-speaking teacher be allocated to the classroom. Currently our 2015 Foundation enrolments are not at a level to support two teachers.
We are, however, still committed to bilingual language education and will be introducing and developing it as part of the 1/2 grade level for 2015. Students in Foundation, 3/4, and 5/6 will undertake a more traditional LOTE program, with the Spanish teacher providing language instruction in the classroom for a set amount of time each week.
I can confirm that we will have a teacher in place for parents, staff and students to meet before we end the 2014 school year. To celebrate this new direction for Newlands Primary we will be organising a celebration later this term – date and time will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
In the meantime we have organised for the North-West Regional Language Advisor to meet with Newlands parents and provide an insight into what constitutes a contemporary language program in the modern primary classroom.
Ross Dudgeon – Principal

The Newlands Comedy Gala 2014
Friday 21 November, 7pm
Get your tickets now!
A dazzling lineup featuring: 
* Stella Young * Dave O’Neil * Josh Earl * Damian Callinan *
* Tina Del Twiste * Simon Palomares * George MacEncroe *
Hosted by Nelly Thomas 
Last year’s was sensational, so don’t miss this year’s Newlands Comedy Gala packed with a stellar line-up of amazing Melbourne comedians!
Mountain Goat beer and great wines for sale at prices you’ll love, as well as soft drinks and snacks.
Individual tickets are just $35/$25 or you can book a whole table with your friends or colleagues and get a free bottle of wine.
Book now at:
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More Newlands Art at the Peppertree Place Fiesta!
The Newlands Preps will have some recycled windmills they made in Art on display at the Fiesta being held at Peppertree Place this Saturday.  Please see the flyer for more information, looks like it will be a great family friendly day! All welcome.
Bianca Vecchio

State Election Volunteers
Hi everyone – We need state election volunteers to help the BBQ and with some baking!
The election is on the 29th of November. If you would like to help out please email Adam.
We look for to seeing you there!

Chocolate Drive
Just a reminder that you can return your money or unsold chocolates to the office at any time. You are also welcome to take additional boxes if you would like to sell more. We hope to have all the chocolates sold and money in by the end of November. Thank you to everyone who has supported this fundraiser.

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