Newsletter 12/08/2015

Dates To Remember – Term 3
Thu 13 Parents & Friends Association
Fri 14 Assembly – No class items
Mon 17 Swimming program week 5 of 6
Fri 21 Assembly – 3/4 class item / Visit Robin Scott MLA
Mon 24 Swimming program last week 6 of 6 / Book Week commences
Fri 28 Book Week finishes / Book character parade / No Assembly due to Book Parade
September
Tue 1 Athletics Day
Wed 2 F-2 excursion – Melbourne Museum
Fri 4 Assembly – 1/2 A&L class item
Mon 7 CERES 3 – 6 Excursion
Tue 8 F-6 Coach Approach
Fri 11 Assembly – No class items
Mon 14 PUPIL FREE DAY
Fri 18 LAST DAY TERM 3 Assembly in the morning only. Remember to book Aftercare for this day early if required.
Last Updated: 12/08/2015

From the Principal
Visit – Mr. Robin Scott MLA
The local Victorian State Government member Mr Robin Scott will be visiting our school next Friday; 21/08/2015. During his visit he will attend and address the school assembly, tour the school and meet with myself and the School Council President, Adam Palmer.

Tour of Europe!
I will be taking Long Service Leave for six weeks next term with Pam, my wife, to visit our son who’s been living in Germany for almost 12 months. We’re also taking the opportunity to visit several other countries as well. In my absence Sonya O’Brien will be Acting Principal and will continue working in her other roles until my return.

PUPIL FREE DAY
Monday 14th September
Students are not required at school on this day.
Teachers will be at school on this day as part of their school duties. The day will be used for planning and professional development around teaching and learning. We ask that you make alternative arrangements for your child to be cared for on this day.
Ross Dudgeon – Principal

NEWS & UPDATES
Book Week
24th of August to 28th of August Theme for this year’s Book week is “Books Light Up our World” At the conclusion of Book Week a Dress Up and parade will happen in the quadrangle. To find out more about Book Week go to: http://cbca.org.au/bookweek.htm

News from the Library 
Lunchtimes in the libraries have been cheerfully crowded with the kids loving the new couch and new shelving arrangements. We’ve just received a big influx of new books including new children’s Spanish books (thanks to Angela and her trip to Spain), books on Aboriginal art and culture donated by Allen & Unwin publishers, plus over 100 new picture books and novels donated by retired CBCA judge, Suzanne Thwaites.

In related bookish news, a fabulous new exhibition of children’s picture book art has just opened at the National Gallery of Victoria. “Bunyips and Dragons” showcases 80 original illustrations from Australian children’s books. We have copies of many of the books in the school library. If you’re in the city with your kids, check it out: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/bunyips-and-dragons/
Thanks.
Kirsty M

Visual Art News
Save the date!
Art Exhibition – Thursday October 29th
This year we will be having our Biannual Art Exhibition which will showcase the amazing work our students have created in Art. This is a major school event and the students have already been considering which art pieces they will put on display. There will be at least one piece framed from each student, plus a range of other art works including their impressive clay work, sewing projects, paintings, drawings, collage and mixed media.
The Art Exhibition will be held on Thursday October 29th which is in Term 4 (week 4). If you are interested in volunteering, please return the attached volunteer registration form.

2015 Parents and Friend’s Exhibition
I’m pleased to announce that we will be having another Parents and Friends Exhibition this year in conjunction with our Student’s Exhibition. In 2013, this was a popular component of our Art Show and it really highlighted to the students that Art is an important part of our community and it is something that is enjoyed by many, regardless of age and experience. It also demonstrated that we all have different skills and ways we can express ideas through different media and materials.
Any art work that is suitable for a general audience would be a welcomed contribution- including paintings, drawings, photography, textiles, sewing, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, etc. It doesn’t have to be something recent or something you create specifically for the event, the aim is to celebrate what a talented community we are part of! A form will be sent out soon calling for any expression of interest from those wishing to submit artwork soon. Nicola Cowling, (Luther’s mum) has kindly offered to curate this event. Thank you Nicola.

Want to see what has been happening in the Art Room?
Check out the Art Blog! 
Bianca Vecchio
Visual Art Specialist
Mondays and Tuesdays

COMMITTEES & GROUPS
Parents & Friends Association
Don’t miss the PFA meeting this Thursday night, 13th August at 7.15pm.
Book Character Day is fast approaching, post Readathon, and the PFA will be helping organise a morning tea. Also to discuss is the upcoming Art Show and the Monster Auction so come along and share some ideas.
The PFA drives the fundraising here at Newlands and every contribution from parents matters towards developing our school and learning experiences for our students.
Hope to see you there,
Co-Presidents:
Marita Wallace 
Kristalo Hrysicos
Secretary: Robert Larocca 

Private Instrumental Lessons
Evelyn Morris – Piano, Drums, Song writing – Tuesdays & Fridays
Joe Foley – Guitar, beginner’s piano – Wednesdays
For more information please contact Evelyn

FUNDRAISING
Read-a-thon
27th of July until Sunday 9th August
Forms and Money due back 18th of August.
Certificates and Prizes will be awarded on Friday the 28th of August to everyone that has honoured their pledge for the readathon.
Also, a morning tea will be held after the book parade on the 28th of August, all parents and friends welcome.  Arranged by the PFA.

THANK YOU!
Thanks once again to our master chocolate seller, Tash (Cooper’s mum). Tash not only sold boxes and boxes and boxes of chocolate – but she’s also organising the read-a-thon! Thanks so much for coming on board Tash and giving so much to the school.

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