Performing Arts News - Stars In The Arena

On Saturday 11 September, 51 Mitcham students participated in this years Festival of Music choir performance at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. It was a massive feat with students meeting at school at 12:30 travelling to the AEC to rehearse.

They were given a short break to eat and have photos taken before returning to the stage for the performance at 7:00pm. It was an amazing spectacle of sound, lighting and laser effects and even finished (to the surprise of students) with fireworks. Despite the teachers being exhausted, students were still full of energy and gave us a surprisingly good rendition of "Sweet Caroline" on the bus trip home. Congratulations to all performers!

Digital download spare forms are available in Mr Ebert's room and should be returned to the office upon payment. Links will be sent directly to families once the video has been published. Please be patient, it might take a few weeks.

 Amanda Rugari

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Library News

The Premiers Reading Challenge has now finished. Congratulations to the 504 students who completed the challenge. Awards will be handed out next term.

Great Book Swap

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Great Book Swap at Mitcham. Together we raised $740 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Money raised goes towards books and literacy resources for Indigenous Australians living in remote communities.

It’s nearly school holidays and I encourage our students to borrow books from the library to read while away from school. If you or your child have received an overdue notice please return the book promptly so that the next person can borrow it. If your child is unable to find a book please send me an email to let me know and I’ll mark the book as missing, ensuring they can borrow next time they visit the library. I understand books get lost or damaged and often misplaced books turn up at home and can be returned later.

Yours in Reading

Sophie

Science News

It has been an incredibly busy and messy term learning Chemistry.  Students have had so much fun exploring materials and how they react with each other.

Your children were involved in many of the following experiments: Oobleck slime, Borax slime, putty, wizard's brew, perfume potions, chromatography, lemonade, marshmallow towers, travelling ink, sherbet, bubbles, snow, chocolate dipped food,  melting experiments, gummy bears in different solutions, popcorn, rainbow paper, rainbow liquids & decomposing materials.  Students have learnt about solids, liquids and gases and their properties.  I have learnt to not give Receptions black sticky slime to play with!  (Just putty!!)

I have been so impressed by the way students have adopted new scientific language into their oral language when speaking with peers, as well as writing up experiments.  We have had a big focus this term to use Scientific vocabulary wherever possible.

I would love to give a great big thank you to Rick Irving, a grandparent in the school.  He has given up a lot of his time to collect and label rocks, fossils and seeds to donate to the Science room.  These donations make the Science room so engaging for students. 

I'm getting excited about putting away the slime for another year, and setting up a Biology classroom next term.  The room will be filled with plants and animals.  Students love donating mini beasts to the classroom (dead and alive) as well as beautiful flowers and plants from their garden.  All of these interesting items are greatly appreciated so I can provide many hands-on experiences. 

Have a lovely Spring break. See if you can collect things for the Science room.

Laura Brace - R-4 Science

Casual Day - Friday 24th September

Our next casual day fundraiser will be held on the last day of Term 3, Friday 24th September, supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Make-A-Wish is an Australian charity that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Several of our Mitcham students have received a wish, which has supported them and their families and provided a positive focus during challenging times.

Each child's Wish Journey is carefully planned and delivered over several stages to create a positive, lasting impact. Wishes are designed to complement a child's medical treatment, working to calm, distract and inspire at a time they need it most. When a wish is realised, a child discovers that despite their situation, anything is possible. In this way, wishes deliver both an immediate boost and long lasting effect on the lives of sick kids, their families and communities.

Through SRC discussions and class meetings, students have elected the casual day dress theme to be purple and yellow. These colours have historically been connected with Make-A-Wish.

We look forward to seeing everyone in their purple and yellow clothes. Students may wear a little colour or wear a lot, but please make it SunSmart! Don’t forget to bring along a gold coin donation.

Diary Dates Term 3 and 4 2021

Please find below updates to important dates and school events for Term 3 and 4 2021.

Friday 24th September Last Day Term 3 - Early Dismissal 2:15pm
Friday 24th September Casual Day - Gold coin donation
Monday 11th October Term 4 Commences
Friday 22nd October Pupil Free Day
Saturday 13th November Quiz Night

Quiz Night 2021

The MPS 90's Quiz Night is now on Saturday November 13th. Get your group of friends together, organise a table of 10 and decide on a table name. Table of 10 bookings are now open via Qkr!

Raffle tickets are also on sale via Qkr! 1 ticket for $5 or 5 tickets for $20. 

We would appreciate any support that can be offered in the way of donations (items or vouchers) that can be used for our silent auction or raffle. 

Do you own or work in:

  • a Holiday home
  • a Hair and Beauty salon
  • a restaurant
  • a fashion or retail store
  • a homewares store
  • a gardening service

All businesses will be advertised in our promotional material, as well as receiving recognition in the school newsletter prior to , and after the event. If you would like to email your business name/logo or a brochure, we will display these on the night as well.

Items and vouchers can be dropped into the front office or alternatively they can be emailed to susan.bowler422@schools.sa.edu.au

Click on the link for further information.

Uniforms

Uniforms are available to be ordered via the Qkr! app. Orders will be delivered to the child's classroom within a few days. It is therefore important that student details such as room number are updated in Qkr. Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions the Uniform Shop will not be open for the remainder of the year.

Please remember to name all hats and jumpers as we are inundated with lost property as the season changes. Lunch boxes and drink bottles should also be clearly named. Students are able to collect any lost items from the lost property cupboard in the Ngungana building any time. Younger students can take a buddy to help them find their belongings. 

Canteen News

Thank you to all the families that order from the canteen, we really appreciate your ongoing support. Some children have been asking when we will be serving over the counter again. At this stage we will be continuing with our current system of ordering recess online, keeping the windows closed for the rest of the year. This will be reviewed again at the end of term 4. 

We would like to send out a big thank you to our wonderful team of volunteers who have been a tremendous support, particularly during this time while Anita is out of action. 

We are experiencing supply issues with some of our stock, so there may be some favourite items missing from our menu for a while. In particular, we have a limited number of the Ice Mony Triangles, that once gone will be out of stock until Feb/Mar 2022. There are a couple of new iceblocks (Lemonade Icy Poles and Sour Zings – a tube in a choice of 3 flavours randomly selected) that we have added to QKR for your consideration. 

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The issue of dwindling numbers of volunteers is still a problem for us, so if you have, or know of someone who could help us out for a few hours even just once a month please contact the office and let them know of your expression of interest. There is a morning shift from 9.00am-11.30am and lunchtime shift from 11.00am -1.30pm every day or you may also stay for both if you wish, we would love to see you. 

Have a wonderful holiday and stay safe. 

Anita, Ann & Kerry 

Sports News

Cricket and Touch Football players are required. If your child would like to play cricket or touch football in term 4, please contact the sports coordinator, Michelle Gabrisch at michelle.gabrisch115@schools.sa.edu.au

Cricket urgently requires players in years 4, 5 and 6. Touch football is for years 4-7 only.

The year 3 soccer team participated in a soccer carnival on Monday 13th September. It was freezing cold, but the children had a lot of fun. Well done to all players.

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Jonny O’Donohue was selected in the Year 6 City South Football (Soccer) team to compete at the 2021 Sapsasa State Metro Football Carnival. Over three days, the City South team played twelve challenging matches and ended up coming 3rd overall which was a great result!

Year 5 Soccer Team - Very proud of this team as they have improved so much during the year. We had some great wins during the year and had a lot of fun. Looking forward to next year.

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Year 7 Camp 2021

The Year 7s will be going on camp to Iga Warta, in the Flinders Ranges, during Week 10.

This much anticipated trip will see students given opportunities to learn about the local culture and history of the area. Keep an eye of our Facebook page for daily updates. 

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