Please see below for upcoming important dates and school events.
|Thursday 8th September||Open Night|
|Friday 9th September||School Closure day - Royal Adelaide Show|
|Friday 23rd September||Pupil Free Day|
|Friday 30th September||End of Term 3 - Early Dismissal 2.15pm|
|Monday 17th October||Term 4 start|
As part of our Site Improvement Plan, we are seeking your feedback on your experiences with the Seesaw communication platform this year.
Please use the link below to complete a 5-minute survey which will assist our planning moving forward.
Lachlan Norman - Digital Technologies Coordinator
Mitcham Primary School - Sequins and Sneakers Quiz Night is in the new Gym on Saturday 12th November 2022
We look forward to welcoming the MPS school community to see some of the great work that is happening in classrooms at our Open Night on Thursday 8th September. You will also be able to walk through the new gymnasium and enjoy a sausage sizzle from 5.30pm. Please click here to see the flyer for details.
Please note that there will be a limit of 15 people per classroom at one time to ensure appropriate distancing in indoor spaces. Masks and sanitiser will be available for visitors.
The following day, Friday 9th September, is a School Closure Day which is scheduled during the Royal Adelaide Show week. If you require OSHC for that day please contact Happy Haven as soon as possible.
Do you have a child who is due to begin Reception in January 2023 but you haven’t submitted an enrolment form yet?
We are now beginning to plan next year’s classes so it’s really important that we have your child’s enrolment form as soon as possible.
Is your child leaving MPS in 2023?
If your child is in Reception to Year 5 this year and will not be returning to Mitcham in 2023, please contact the front office by email or in person to obtain a Clearance Form, and return it as soon as possible. This will allow us to confirm our student numbers and begin the class placement process.
If you would like an enrolment form or a clearance form, please contact the front office on 8271 2227 or email: email@example.com
When an ice block or icecream is ordered on Qkr! with lunch, children must return to the canteen to collect it after they have finished eating their lunch. We have a swap system in place where children give us the empty lunch bag and we will give them their ice block. This will ensure that frozen items stay cold until they are ready to be eaten, particularly as we move into warmer weather. Please remind your child to come to the canteen after eating their lunch if you have placed an ice-block order.
There are still many outstanding emergency lunch payments that have not been paid. Please pay on Qkr! ASAP. Thank you. Have a great weekend.
Anita Viskic - Canteen manager
Student wellbeing at Mitcham this term has focussed on building an awareness of the importance of mindfulness to support self-regulation.
At Mitcham we have two Wellbeing rooms, quiet respectful places which students can visit, regroup their emotions, have access to an adult to assist with this, and receive sensory and emotional support before returning to class. Students who use these rooms say:
- "It feels like my safe place at home and is a good place to calm down".
- “There are so many things to help me calm down and the room is perfectly nice".
- “It’s calming and it’s got all these things to help people calm down sometimes”.
- “I can go there and it helps me calm down”.
- “I like the sensory tiles and toys”.
- “When I go there it helps me calm down”
- “It’s quiet, I like the sensory tiles and trampoline, it helps me calm down”.
- It helps me calm down when I’m upset. I like the interoception exercises, puzzles and games.
Some of the strategies we use are:
- Interoception exercises, students focus on stretches and notice where they feel this in their body, they then repeat the exercise focusing on a particular muscle and notice where they feel it in their body this time.
- Learning to recognise big feelings, and strategies to slow down, breathe and regulate their emotions.
- Talking about what happened and how they feel, how they can restore the situation and what they can do in similar situations.
- Mindful techniques (colouring, short mindful practices).
- Sensory tools
- Puzzles and games
Students who have been using the room are creating an inspiration board around the word ‘Be’ and also discussing what they are “Grateful” for.
We also support the development of social skills and friendships by offering structured groups at lunchtime where students can join us in the yard to play board games. Students practise the skills of joining in groups, taking turns and learning how to win and lose gracefully.
There will be a display of wellbeing resources used at school for parents to look at during Open Night. We hope you have a chance to visit this display that will be located in the Courtyard.
Julie Ascher-Ellis and Susan Bowler
Congratulations to Lucas in year 4 who was selected to represent South Australia in the School Sport Cross Country championships in late August.
It is an honour to have the opportunity to compete in these championships and we are very proud of his effort.
Just a reminder that tickets for Mitcham Primary School's Choir performance on Wednesday the 14th of September at the Festival Of Music are now on sale.
To order your tickets to the performance go to the Ticketek Festival of Music tickets page for Wednesday 14 September 2022, 7pm performance.
Also, a reminder that any girl student who'd like to attend a free workshop run by the Australian Girls' Choir, needs to have a signed permission slip on the day of the workshop, which is on the brochure attached. The workshop will be held at 11:30am on Wednesday the 21st of September in the gym.
Josh Fielder - Performing Arts Teacher
Book Week Costumes
If you have any book week costumes that you no longer need please send them in to Gayle Judd, JP Music Teacher, who will be able to put them to good use. Thank you.
Gayle Judd - JP Music
We are excitedly watching the final stages of the gym construction and landscaping, and are on track for handover within the next fortnight. Students and teachers are very keen to get inside for their first look! Once handover has occurred, classes will have an opportunity to tour the building and garden areas with their teachers. We know they will enjoy students using the outdoor space at play times.
Fencing is anticipated to be removed by the end of next week, apart from additional sections of paving which we have requested to be replaced. Access to and from the oval may be impacted during this time, with students and families asked to use the pathway on the southern side of the gym.
We will have a staged approach to moving our programs, resources and equipment into the new gym, which will occur over the remaining weeks of Term 3. We expect to move the PE program into the gym by late August, followed by primary Performing Arts approximately 2 weeks later. At this stage we hope OSHC will be able to move in prior to the end of term, however this will be confirmed closer to the time.