26 August 2015

Dates To Remember – Term 3
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: 15/07/2015

From the Principal
Visit – Mr. Robin Scott MLA
On Friday Mr. Scott attended the school assembly and was very encouraging to our students on the virtues of getting a great state government education and the wonderful diversity of cultures we have in this great country. This was followed with a tour of the school with my-self and Adam Palmer the school council president. He showed great interest in the broad programs on offer to our students; Spanish and Performing Arts given the small enrolment.
The visit concluded with a wonderful exchange of ideas between himself and my-self around school funding (Gonski) and the condition of the school buildings. He completed his visit with a Q&A session with the Year 5/6’s.

Robin Scott
NAPLAN
All student NAPLAN assessment reports have been sent home by post. The results for Newlands PS were excellent. The results continue to support the notion that, as a school our teachers are making a difference and providing an excellent learning environment for all students attending Newlands.
Our Year 3 students have since 2012 consistently been nearly a whole Band level above both State and National standards. For the second year in a row the Year 5 students have also been above both State and National standards. This year our Year 5’s are almost a complete Band level above both State and National standards.
School Strategic Plan
The final draft of the School Strategic Plan was presented and ratified by school council at the last meeting. The document is the culmination of many hours of work by our staff to develop a vision for our school; that is representative of the feedback from; staff, parents and students through many annual surveys. The key points of the document are:
– Addressing our need to provide a language across the school – Bilingual Spanish
– Addressing our extra-curricula needs – Performing Arts in place and developing for the future.
– Providing a quality Language, Numeracy and Enquiry curriculum. We will continue to improve these areas by developing consistent teacher delivery and addressing student engagement.
– School marketing. This SSP will focus on significantly addressing the issues of market reach and wider community knowledge about Newlands Primary School and what we offer.
A copy of the School Strategic Plan will be available from the school foyer and an information session will be organised by the PFA for later this term.
Ross Dudgeon – Principal

NEWS & UPDATES
Book Week Parade & Morning Tea – Friday 28 August
This week is Book Week and on Friday morning Newlands Primary School will hold a Book Character Parade.
All the students are encouraged to come along dressed as their favourite book character – and it’s always fun to see what the teachers come as!
Certificates and prizes for the Readathon will also be presented.
After the parade the children will participate in a set of literacy activities, while all parents and guests are invited to join the Parents & Friends Association for a morning tea.
On that note, if anyone is able to bring along a cake or other yummy morning tea treat, please drop it at the office prior to the Parade.
Happy Book Week!

Athletics Day – forms due back
Athletics Day is next Wednesday 1st September for students from Grades 3-6. Please remember to return forms for all participating students.

Puberty Education – forms due back
Puberty Education for students in Grades 5 and 6 will take place on 2nd and 9th September. Please return your forms to school ASAP.
Mulynda Blease

Parents of NPS, can you help with a big and important school project?
There is a project underway to make the high cyclone wire fence surrounding our school into something lovely, playful and inviting and that reflects the exciting changes that are happening in the school.
The present plan is to attach life-sized silhouettes of people from the school and local community to the wire; other elements such as words expressing the school’s values and some decorative features are also part of the design.
There are many ways you can help:
– Conduct workshops with students;
– Lend your “name” to launch the project;
– Help with publicity;
– Assist with setting up a workshop, production, logistics and the final installation;
– And, importantly, help find contacts in the metal-working industry.
A lot of equipment is needed. It would be great if you could lend or donate any of the things below.
– Compressor and spray gun
– Masks
– Large Brushes
– Buckets & rags
– Industrial heaters
– Trestle tables
– Drop sheets
– Cable-tie gun
– Nibbler (for cutting metal)
We are applying for a grant and looking for sponsorships to enable the project. Your commitment to help with any of the above will go a long way in securing them.
If you can help, please email me or phone me 0409 961 525.
Sarah Harper (Dunk), Grace’s mum

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 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
Did you know the PFA is responsible for helping raise funds for our school and spending 20% of all funds raised towards a range of great things?
At the last meeting we bought the following:
1. Library bags for our new 2016 prep class and for the junior school.
2. Art drying rack for the art room
3. New library books to support the Sustainability theme this term.

If you would like to have a say in future spending you can sign up to become a member.
Complete a membership forms at the office – small gold donation is needed
OR
Simply leave your contact details at the office….complete a short proposal form and place it into the PFA Suggestion Box to share your ideas and receive regular email updates.
OR
Directly contact us/come to our next meeting….Thursday 17 September at 7.15pm
Marita Wallace & Kristalo Hrysicos, Co-Presidents
Robert Larocca, Secretary

FUNDRAISING
SAVE THE DATE
Third Annual Newlands Comedy Gala
Friday 27th November
It’s going to be a doozy.
Keep an eye on upcoming newsletters for a link to our Facebook page.

SWIMMING
Newlands students all enjoyed the 6 week swimming program and looked forward to learning and practicing their skills each week – Rima Skilling
I think going to swimming is valuable because learning to swim is an important part of life – Willow Kopsidas
I liked the last day it was so much fun. My favourite things were going on the jumping castle and the pole fighting! – Javier Moderana

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