Diary Dates Term 1 2021

22/2/2021 Years 3-5 Swimming all week
1/3/2021 School Photos
2/3/2021 School Photos
5/3/2021 Lap-a-thon with a Splash of Colour
8/3/2021 Adelaide Cup Day public holiday
9/3/2021 KidzBiz Parent Session
17/3/2021 Years 4-7 Swimming Carnival
1/4/2021 Sports Day
2/4/2021 Good Friday - Public Holiday
5/4/2021 Easter Monday - Public Holiday
9/4/2021 End Term 1 - Early Dismissal 2.15pm


School Photos

This year our School Photos will be taken by Crackerjack Studios on the 1st and 2nd of March 2021. 

If there are any unexpected events due to covid the dates will change in accordance with regulations. Please note the sibling pack is separate and must be ordered for your children to be on the photographer's list. Photos will be delivered to the school when completed and sent home with your child. If you order ONLINE you DO NOT need an envelope.  You will need to fill out 1 simple form for your child/children and another for your sibling photos. Please click on the link to the Photographer's page to order your student photos. http://crackerjackstudios.com.au/mitcham-primary-school-photos-2021

Unley High School 2022

Principal's Tour for Prospective Year 7 & 8 Students

Tuesday 2 March 9:15-10:15am & 11:15am-12:15pm
Thursday 4 March 9:15-10:15am & 11:15am-12:15pm
Thursday 18 March 9:15-10:15am
Thursday 6 May  9:15-10:15am

* Booking system online via Unley High School site

Unley High School Twilight Open Night (Wednesday 3 March 5:00-7:00pm @ UHS

2 sessions: 5:00-6:00pm & 6:00-7:00pm

* Booking system online via UHS website

From the Library Term 1 Week 1

Hello and welcome back everyone! A special hello and welcome to students, parents and staff who are new to Mitcham this year. The library is located in the Tutt building at the end of the corridor. The library is a welcoming place where students can read, borrow, play with puzzles or create a masterpiece of design with our Lego wall. We are closed during recess but open for the lunch break. We are closed before and after school.

Borrowing Books

Class teachers have booked a time to bring their classes in for weekly borrowing lessons and students may borrow at lunch time too. Reception to year 2 students may borrow up to four books and years 3-7 students may borrow up to six. Students can keep books for up to two weeks. After two weeks the books are overdue and will need to be returned before anymore are borrowed.


Overdue Books

We would much rather students be able to continue borrowing than be worrying about a book they can’t find. Parents, please, if you or your child are concerned about any books that are overdue or lost, contact Sophie or Nicole in the library. While we expect students to treat our library books with care, we do understand all sorts of things can happen. Overdue notices will be sent directly to the parent email you have nominated for receiving notices. Years 3-7 students have a school email address to which we will also send overdue notices. 

Premier's Reading Challenge


Teachers will be distributing these forms in the classroom. When completed, reading challenge forms should be handed in person to Sophie or Nicole in the library. The library has spare forms if required. We have an excellent range of the Premier’s Reading Challenge books and we are always happy to help students locate them. The PRC website at https://premiersreadingchallenge.sa.edu.au/ has online lists you can check from home. In the Library these books can be identified by the coloured stickers on the books’ spine. Reception to Year 2 students have red stickers, Year 3-5 have green stickers and Year 6-7 books have yellow stickers. The Premier’s Reading Challenge concludes on 3 September.

Book Club

Our school is participating in Scholastic Book Club again this year. Twice a term, during the school year, I will send home a Club catalogue with a different selection of books offered for all ages. You will find award-winning books and bestsellers, as well as old and new favourites. Each order helps earn free books and teaching materials for our library, however there is never any obligation to order.

It is easy to order. The Book Club LOOP platform for parents allows you to pay by credit card. Your child’s order is submitted directly to school safe and sound and the books will be delivered to class. You can place your child’s order at scholastic.com.au/LOOP or using the LOOP app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Only orders requested and paid for online via LOOP will be accepted. We are unable to accept cash, cheque or credit card payments to the school.

The first catalogue will be sent home soon.

Help wanted!

Would you like to join our friendly volunteers? Whether it’s covering books, shelving or just tidying up, all help is very much appreciated. Even spending 5 to 10 minutes with us after you drop your child to school in the morning, or at the end of the day before you pick them up is a huge help. We have a lovely, friendly group of parents who cover books and newcomers are always welcome and we’ll provide the training. Clearance to volunteer in schools is essential for all library volunteers.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Sophie and Nicole

Off to a Great Start 2021

During the first 2-3 weeks of every year, classes focus on developing a collaborative, positive class culture as part of the Mitcham Primary School “Off to a Great Start” program. Students work together to build positive relationships and participate in group tasks and decision making.

They participate in activities that promote the uniqueness of each individual and take time to reflect on strengths and set future goals. Students work together to build safe, encouraging and productive classrooms. Off to a Great Start helps students to develop positive dispositions for a new year of learning and promotes high achievement in all areas.

During this time, students learn about character strengths and consider ways to demonstrate leadership qualities and the school values in everyday actions and choices. We aim for our students to;

  • Demonstrate positive relationships
  • Embrace mistakes and pursue solutions
  • Be resilient in work and social situations
  • Show gratitude and optimism
  • Accept responsibility for their own actions
  • Communicate effectively and work collaboratively
  • Show persistence and understand the value of working towards a goal
  • Use a range of strategies to problem solve

Cooperative team building activities are a crucial way for children to develop and practice these skills. This week, children have enjoyed participating in tasks such as team scavenger hunts, a Mitcham Amazing Race, group brainstorming, team challenges and games, voting on class names, role plays, developing agreements for learning, beginning a gratitude journal and learning about a growth mindset to name just a few! See the following photos for some more examples of how our classes are beginning the year, from our newest Receptions to our Year 7s.

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Student Achievement

Congratulations to Daniil Z in Year 5, who became the 2020 state champion in Men's Artistic Gymnastics SA recently.

This is the third year that Daniil has entered the state championships and this year he won 6 gold medals out of all 6 apparatuses and the 1st place overall. What a fantastic result Daniil. Congratulations on an amazing achievement.

Science News R-3 Week 7

Over the next two weeks students will be looking closely at plants and will be producing labelled diagrams of flowers, stems, roots, etc.. 

It would be wonderful if students could bring a beautiful flower or plant to draw at the beginning of week 8 and 9.  Plants will be on display and will be shared by all classes.  Please leave items outside the JP Science room. Thank you.

Laura Brace - R-3 Science

From the Library T4 Week 7

Volunteer Thank You

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you very much to our wonderful library volunteers. Our volunteers help with the shelving of returned books and the covering of all our new resources.

It’s been a particularly busy year and many of our volunteers have taken books home to cover – so thank you!  We greatly value the assistance of our volunteers and appreciate the time they make available for our school library.

End of Year

Borrowing has now finished for the year and all library books should be returned by the end of this week. Overdue notes and emails will come home showing books that are still outstanding.  If your child has any books borrowed on their name that can’t be found please help them have a look at home. The overdue note has a place where you can sign to acknowledge you have done this. Your child simply needs to return the note to us in the library and we will clear their borrowing record. Alternatively, please email Sophie on sophie.calvertsmith315@schools.sa.edu.au.

Thank you, Sophie and Nicole

Diary Dates Term 4 2020

4/12/2020 Year 7 Social
9/12/2020 Whole School Transition
10/12/2020 Graduation
11/12/2020 End of Term 4 - Early Dismissal - 2.15pm

Happy Haven Vacation Care Dec/Jan

The Vacation Care Program for December/January School Holidays is now available.

We are heading on some fun filled excursions to Mitcham Cinemas, The Plaster Fun House, ZONE Bowling, Mitcham Library and Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary. We will also be offering some exciting in days including a visit from Animals Anonymous, SCI World and BIKES SA. Book in now to avoid disappointment. Please note our new cancellation policy for Vacation Care is (Cancellations must be made two weeks prior to the day that has been booked)


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