Diary Dates Term 1 and 2 2022

Please find below important dates and school events for the end of Term 1 and the start of Term 2.

Monday 11th April Pupil Free Day
Thursday 14th April  Last day of Term 1 - Early Dismissal 2.15pm
Monday 2nd May Pupil Free Day
Tuesday 3rd May  First day of Term 2
Monday 9th May to Friday 20th May R-2 Swimming

Finance News

Materials & Services Payment Now Due

Thank you to the families that have paid their Materials & Services invoices, applied for School Card or arranged Direct Debits/Payment Plans.

Materials & Services invoices are due to be paid by the end of Term 1. Any extension on this time can be arranged by setting up a Direct Debit or Payment Plan. Please email dl.0270.finance@schools.sa.edu.au for the authorization form.

School Card

The School Card Scheme offers financial assistance with school fees (Materials & Services charges). To check your eligibility and to apply online go to the SA.GOV website via the link:  www.sa.gov.au/education/schoolcard

If you are eligible for the School Card Scheme and have not yet applied, please do so as soon as possible. Eligible Families need to complete a new School Card application each school year. If you need help completing the form please contact the School Card section on 1800 672 758 (free call).

You will be notified by the School Card Section of the outcome of your application, please do not pay any money towards your Materials and Services charge until you know the outcome.

LAP-A-THON with a Splash of Colour 2022

We want to celebrate the end of first term and welcome in the Easter Holidays with a Splash of colour! On Thursday 14th April we will be holding a lap-a-thon fitness FUNdraising event with a splash of colour. All students will have 30 minutes to complete as many laps of the oval and obstacle course as they can.

We are delighted to be able to welcome parents to attend our first fundraising event for the year. Family support is key to our fundraising success and we encourage everyone to get involved. Class teachers will be asking for parent volunteers on the day to record laps and help with obstacles. Volunteers will need to sign in at the School Office before making their way to the oval. Whilst onsite we ask all parents for their cooperation with wearing a mask to support the safety and wellbeing of our school community. Click here for the timetable for the day.

Funds raised from the Lap-a-thon will go towards new indoor staging in our Gymnasium that is currently being built. This will be used during whole school assemblies and other special events.

Students will need to come along to the event dressed in a white t-shirt, old shorts and sneakers for running in. If students would prefer not to be squirted with water or colour, for any reason, they can bypass the water and colour stations and will not be squirted. We recommend children who do not wish to be squirted with colour wear a bright multi-coloured t-shirt (instead of a white one) as a way to still be colourful and bright on the day.

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To add some extra fun on the day there will be water obstacles as well as some other exciting challenges around the oval. As with last year’s event the colour powder used in the lap-a-thon is made of high quality corn starch and permitted food colours. It’s non-toxic, biodegradable, skin safe and environmentally friendly. An ingredient listing can be obtained from the School Office upon request. Students can recycle their sunglasses from previous events or bring in a pair from home to cover their eyes from the sun and the colour. If you have specific concerns about your child’s health needs, please talk to your child’s class teacher.

This year prizes will be given to the top 10 individual fundraisers, with a special pizza lunch for the class that raises the greatest total amount. Ice blocks will be provided to all students at the end of their laps.

Please note, all donations need to be finalised on or before May 6th. Student prizes and the pizza lunch will be given out at the beginning of Term 2.

Thank you in advance for your participation, and we look forward to seeing you at this FUN and COLOURFUL event! 

Happy fundraising!

Mothers Day Stall

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Sustainability STEM Learning - Vegepods

Last year we applied to Landcare Australia for a grant for us to obtain 3 Vegepods for students to grow their own vegetables and plants. With the disruptions of COVID last year we have finally had time to get our project rolling. Vegepods are a sustainable solution to growing with minimal stress on the environment.

Students in N5 and N6 have been looking at sustainability and how being more sustainable can help our future. This STEM unit will have students look for a sustainability problem to solve.

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Our students showed problem solving, collaboration, co-operation and resilience in constructing the Vegepods (all while having fun!).

The Vegepods are just the beginning!

We would like to thank Emma Hunt and Harry Ebert for organising the Vegepod grant, and Bunnings Edwardstown for kindly donating soil products, gardening tools, a seed raising mini greenhouse, seedlings, and seeds for us to plant and use. Without this wonderful donation the project may not have got off the ground. More gardening news to come later next term.

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Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop will be open for the following times for the remainder of Term1 and the first week of Term 2. There will be further updates in Term 2.

Tuesday 5th April 8.30am - 9.30am
Thursday 7th April 3.00pm - 4.00pm
Tuesday 12th April 8.30am - 9.30am
Thursday 5th May 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Pupil Free Day - Monday 11th April

A reminder that there is a Pupil Free Day on Monday 11th April

 A Pupil Free Day is scheduled for Monday 11th April. OSHC will be operating on this day.

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Governing Council 2022

On Wednesday we held our AGM where we shared the Mitcham Primary School 2021 Annual Report. The report is available on our website for parents to view, together with our Site Improvement Plan for 2022-2024.

After the AGM we held our first Governing Council meeting for the year and elected new members. Current members for 2022 are:

Chevonne Gourlay (Chairperson)

Elizabeth Boxall (Vice Chairperson)

Kim Grant (Finance)

Brendan Sawtell

Guy Blackabey

Sharon Beech

These members are joined by the school leadership team; Scott Greenshields, Sue Blight, Lexie Anderson and Susan Bowler, together with two staff representatives; Tricia Wadmore and Sue O’Shaughnessy.

This is quite a small group for a school of our size and we would love some more members to join us! Please email scott.greenshields603@schools.sa.edu.au if you are interested in finding out more and come along to our next meeting on Monday 4th April.

Governing Council is a wonderful way to become involved in the school. If you are interested in school governance and/or joining committees including Fundraising, Sports, Canteen, Grounds & Environment and Community Engagement, please consider joining our Governing Council. We meet twice a term after hours to discuss the school, our improvement priorities and financial reports. The Governing Council is a great way to contribute and as the COVID-19 restrictions lift, help us to rebuild our parent support networks and community events. We hope to see you at the next meeting!

Diary Dates Term 1 2022

Please find below important dates and school events for Term 1 2022.

Monday 14th March Adelaide Cup Day Public Holiday
Wednesday 16th March Swimming Carnival - Years 4 to 6
Monday 21st March Harmony Day
Tuesday 22nd March School Photos
Wednesday 23rd March School Photos
Thursday 24th March NAPLAN Online Practice test
Monday 28th March - Friday 8th April Parent-Teacher interviews 
Monday 11th April Pupil Free Day
Thursday 14th April Last day of Term 1 - Early Dismissal 2.15pm
Monday 2nd May Pupil Free Day
Tuesday 3rd May First day of Term 2

Chick Happenings

This term Rooms T1, T2, G1 and G2 have been lucky enough to have Henny Penny Chickens deliver 4 chicks and 12 eggs to our school. Over 2 weeks we watched the chicks hatch, grow, and begin to change into adult chickens.

The students kept a daily diary to record their observations and thoughts. At the end of the 2 weeks, some of the students engaged in the STEM design process, which involved designing and making their own chicken coop. Students listened to peer feedback and made modifications to their initial ideas.

Here is what we learnt...    

“They are really wet when they get out of the egg because of all the stuff inside the egg” – Stella G1

‘When the chicks hatched, they were breathing really fast and were very tired”- Isabel G2

We had 2 different breeds of chicks. The Lohmans were brown and the Leghorns were yellow as chicks and they will turn white” – Ashleigh T1

“They have to peck to get out of their shell” – Elsie T2

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We also observed some funny chick happenings ...

“One chick sat on another chick and pooped on its back. Another one nudged it off with its beak” – Cameron and Mara T1

 “They would run up to the camera when we were watching them on the whiteboard” – Maya T2

“It looked like one chick was dancing, moving its head up and down” – Christian G1

 “They poop a lot” – G2   

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