Casual Day - Friday 2nd July

Our first casual day fundraiser for the year will be held on the last day of Term 2, Friday 2nd July. Through class meetings, students have elected the casual day dress theme to be sport.

Funds raised from this event will help our World Vision sponsor child, Aster, to reach her full potential and improve the health and well-being of many other children living in her community in Ethiopia. This is achieved through educational support, books and supplies, training for teachers, providing safe, clean drinking water and improved sanitation.

We look forward to seeing everyone in their favourite sports clothing and team colours. Don’t forget to bring along a gold coin donation to support Aster!

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Mid Year Reports

Twice a year, teachers send home reports to communicate with parents and carers about how their children are progressing at school. The reports contain a written description of each child’s strengths and areas for development and, in Years 1 to 7, are accompanied by A-E grades which relate to the Australian Curriculum achievement standards.

Reports will be distributed for students to bring home on Wednesday 30th June. Please follow this link to find further information about A-E grades and the achievement levels they represent. 

From the Library Term 2 Week 9

Each year the school participates in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. The aim of the program is to encourage students to read more books, enjoy reading and improve literacy skills.

Many students have already completed this year’s Challenge and their name has been included in the library display. The Premier’s Reading Challenge closes on 3 September. It would be great if you could encourage your child to complete the Challenge. Forms are available in the library and more information can be found online http://www.premiersreadingchallenge.sa.edu.au/PRC/

Book Week

Book Week will be held in Term 3 Week 6, 23-27 August. On Friday 27 August we will be celebrating Book Week with a dress up day and whole school parade. It would be wonderful to see students come to school dressed as their favourite book character or dress to the theme Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. Costumes don’t have to be elaborate or expensive – the most important thing is to have fun.

Also, this year we will be hosting a Great Book Swap with all funds raised going to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. We ask that you send your child with a book/s to donate to the Great Book Swap and during Book Week children will have the opportunity to choose a book to take home in return for a gold coin donation. Book donations will be accepted during weeks 1-5 next term. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation hopes to engage over 1000 schools and organisations across Australia in the Great Book Swap. Their goal is to raise $350,000 to gift over 35,000 culturally relevant books to children living in remote communities in 2021. After all, how can you learn to read if you have no books?

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Congratulations to Nicole, who has accepted a position at another school and we wish her all the best. We are lucky to welcome Michelle Gabrisch to the library. Many of you will know Michelle from her sports and uniform roles which she will also be continuing.

Yours in reading,

Sophie and Michelle

Canteen News

Thank you to all our fantastic volunteers. We really appreciate your ongoing help! We are always in need of new volunteers so if you have a couple of hours between 9am and 1pm we would love to have your help.

Canteen volunteers need to complete the following before commencing in the canteen:

  • A Volunteer Application form
  • Have a current Working with Children Check (WWCC - available online)
  • Responding to Abuse and Neglect training (RAN - available online)
  • Completed a Volunteer General Induction training (online)
  • Signed Volunteer Agreement

For more information on volunteering please see Jo in the front office or see Anita or Ann in the canteen to find out more about the canteen.

Unfortunately there are many outstanding bills from emergency lunches that have been provided this term. Payments can be made via the Qkr! app and it would be appreciated if you could finalise your payments promptly. Thank you. 

Keep an eye out for the Showdown doughnuts which will be available on Friday 6th August.

We would like to thank all families for your continued support of the canteen. Have a great weekend!

Anita Viskic - Canteen Manager 

Quiz Night 2021

We need your help!! Seeking auction items or vouches for our upcoming Quiz Night.

We are asking for support from our generous school community and local businesses, to donate auction items/vouchers of any goods or services you may be able to offer for our 90’s Music themed quiz night.

  • Restaurant
  • Fashion/Retail
  • Holiday Rental
  • Photography
  • Beauty
  • Jewellery
  • Hairdressing
  • Sporting Club
  • Gardener

Or anything else!

Local businesses will be advertised in our promotional material, as well as receiving recognition in the school newsletter prior to, and after the event.

Items and vouchers can be dropped into the front office or alternatively they can be emailed to Susan.Bowler422@schools.sa.edu.au.

R-4 Science with Mrs Brace

Term 2 has been a busy and exciting time for exploring Physics.  Classes have learnt that engineers and scientists use their knowledge of forces and motion to design things.  Year 1's have explored light and sound through a variety of experiments and have learnt all about invisible sound vibrations and bending light through prisms to make rainbows.

Year 3's have made discoveries that metal materials conduct heat better than plastic and are therefore better for melting chocolate.  Who doesn't love a chocolate fondue experiment? Yum!!  All students have focused on developing their scientific language to describe forces on moving objects.  (Paper helicopters, aeroplanes, hoop gliders, kites, physics toys, marble runs) It has been so rewarding observing students using scientific vocabulary in their speaking and writing. 

"The clips we added to our paper helicopter caused gravity to pull it faster to the ground just like we had predicted."
 
 "We need to create more momentum to keep the marble moving."
 
 "Friction allowed us to control the speed of the marble run."
 
 "I can see my marble travelling through the transparent tube."
 
 Our second helicopter with larger wings flew to the ground slowly due to extra air resistance.
 
 "We designed a sneaker sole with lots of bumps and grooves adding friction so the basketballer wouldn't slip over."

Performing Arts News Term 2 Week 9

Congratulations to the Mitcham Primary Festival of Music Choir! On Wednesday 16th June, they were visited by Festival of Music conductor Cathy who listened to their progress on this year’s repertoire. Cathy was impressed with the presentation of the choir, their general  knowledge of the repertoire as well as their beautiful singing.

The choir will be performing in the Festival of Music at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday 11th September at 7:00pm. Tickets will go on sale through Ticketek on August 2. A special congratulations to Jonty who will be hosting two of the Festival of Music concerts. This will be an amazing experience and one that is well earned!

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Concert Band students will need to arrive by 5:45pm on Wednesday night for warm-up and tuning. Parents will need to complete COVID check-in and adhere to the 2 adults per child rule. Extra adults attendees will be confirmed on Monday. Students must bring their instrument, music and be dressed in black.

Amanda Rugari - Amanda.rugari434@schools.sa.edu.au

Landcare Australia/Woolworths Sustainability Grant

The Year 7 Cohort were successful in gaining a grant for a sustainability project this year. We were competing with thousands of applicants from all over the country.

We plan to build and grow an edible garden with Australian product Vegepod, a safe, contained, portable and accessible raised garden bed. We will utilise Vegepod’s schooling program ‘Sprouters’ which includes sustainable food production, introducing agriculture to our students.

We plan to grow various herbs and vegetables, including some indigenous food plants, and use them in various ways over the next two terms. The children will be involved in the construction of Vegepods, preparing healthy soil and compost, growing edible plants by seed, caring for the edible garden including watering, harvesting, sharing, eating and cooking the produce. The children will be involved in critical thinking, teamwork, environmental stewardship, expression of creativity and problem-solving.

Representatives from Woolworths Mitcham marked this achievement by presenting our Year 7 Leaders with a certificate and cheque for $955 at our last school assembly.

Sapsasa Sports

Netball

On Friday the 18th of June, the Year 6 and Year 7 Sapsasa netball knock-out teams braved the cold and rain and had a great day of competition. Our games were played at Glen Osmond Primary, with their two outdoor courts providing a great setting for both teams to play on the same day.

The first Year 7 game against Glen Osmond Primary School saw us win by a strong margin, with all girls playing their role on court and helping the team to our victory. The first Year 6 game for the day was against Highgate Primary School, and they were a very strong team. All of the girls fought right until the end of the match and gave it their all, but unfortunately, we couldn’t get the victory.

The second Year 7 game against Highgate saw a very close and physical match-up all over the court, with our girls fighting for every ball and working until the final whistle. They just missed out on two wins. The second game for the Year 6’s was against Glen Osmond Primary School they displayed great skill and endeavour and had a strong final win for the day.

Congratulations to all girls that were involved in the team on a successful and enjoyable day.

A further congratulations to Olivia D (year 7) and Chelsea B (year 6) who were selected into the City South Netball District team.

Laura Scriven, Year 4 Teacher at Mitcham

Soccer

On Fridy of Week 6 our Sapsasa Boys Soccer team competed at St Peter's College in a day carnival against St Peter's, Cabra Dominican College and Woodend Primary. The boys fought hard all day against some tough competition and unfortunately couldn't come away with a win. The highlight was their last game against Woodend with Mitcham coming together to create plenty of chances to score and putting one to the back of the net. Well done boys for continuing to compete hard all day and thankyou to David Wiltshire for coaching.

District Teams

Some of our students have been representing our district at the various sporting carnivals this term. Congratulations to Chelsea B and Olivia D for playing in the Year 6 and Year 7 Netball teams and to Jackson B and Jonny O in the Year 6 Football team.

Year 7 to High School in 2022 Update

In 2022, year 7 and 8 students will start high school in the same year for the first and only time. We are working hard to ensure the move is smooth and successful for all families and our broader school communities.

Please see attached flyer with an update on student transition to High School in 2022.