Exploring the Microscopic World at Mitcham

One of the highlights of this term was the visit of an electron microscope right here at Mitcham Primary School!

Our enthusiastic science teachers, Mrs. Doull and Mrs. Brace, led the students on an extraordinary journey into the microscopic world, opening their eyes to the wonders that exist beyond what meets the naked eye. The electron microscope, provided by Inspire Education, brought the tiniest details of various objects into sharp focus, creating a week filled with awe and discovery.

Throughout the week, students had the opportunity to examine a diverse range of specimens, including insects, flowers, and various materials. The electron microscope revealed intricate details that are often overlooked in our day-to-day observations. The sense of wonder and amazement on the students' faces was truly heartwarming as they discovered the hidden beauty of the world around them.

Mrs. Doull and Mrs. Brace did an outstanding job guiding the students through this hands-on learning experience. They explained the scientific concepts in a way that was both engaging and sparked curiosity and encouraging questions from our young scientists.

In addition to the microscopic explorations, students were also involved in interactive activities and discussions, further enhancing their understanding of the microscopic world. The week was not only educational but also a lot of fun, as the students actively participated in each session with enthusiasm and curiosity.

We would like to extend our thanks to Inspire Education for bringing this incredible learning opportunity to Mitcham Primary School. Such experiences play a crucial role in inspiring a love for science and fostering a lifelong curiosity for the world around us.

As parents, we encourage you to engage with your children about their experiences during this special week. Ask them about the objects they observed under the microscope, and perhaps, even try exploring the microscopic world together at home!

Take a look below at some of our favourite images from the week!

Lachlan Norman - Digital Technologies Coordinator

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Family Night 2023

We look forward to seeing our Mitcham families next Tuesday 28th November for our end-of-year celebration Family Night. At this stage the weather forecast looks fine, however in the event of rain or extreme temperatures we may need to reschedule. We will advise families if this is the case by 3pm on Tuesday. Please see flyer attached for information. Families are welcome to come along from 5pm and enjoy a BYO picnic tea on the oval, while listening to some musical performances. Students will meet their teachers at the classroom at 5.40pm, ready for performances to begin at 6.00pm. It is going to be a fantastic night of music and dancing!

Library News

Borrowing in Term 4

Friday 1st December (week 7) will be the last day for student borrowing. All books should be returned by Wednesday 6th December (week 8). If your child is unable to find a book please pass a message through their teacher or email vasi.gelasakis474@schools.sa.edu.au.  

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Yours in Reading

Vasi and Sunyoung

Second Hand Uniforms

A reminder that the uniform shop not only sells new uniforms but also has a range of pre-loved uniforms at reasonable prices. Opening times are Tuesday from 8.30am to 9.30am and Wednesday 3.00pm to 4.00pm.

Canteen News

I would like to thank our fantastic volunteers for their ongoing support in the canteen this year, we really appreciate your assistance.

If your child has been given an emergency lunch order, could you please make your payment via Qkr! as soon as possible. As we are coming to the end of the year our menu options will be limited as we will not be replenishing stock until the new year.  

Anita, Ann and Kerry - Canteen Staff

Year 6 Graduation Disco

The Year 6 Mitcham Primary School Graduation Disco will be held on Friday 8th December. See flyer below for details.

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Science News - Citizen Science

Citizen Science opportunity this weekend!

The 'Great Southern BioBlitz', or 'GSB' for short, is an international period of intense biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within several designated areas across the Southern Hemisphere in Spring. The #GSB23 will be held from the 24th until the 27th of November, incorporating different communities, areas and regions across the Southern Hemisphere. See https://www.greatsouthernbioblitz.org/how-to-participate-in-the-gsb

It's a chance to contribute to some real international Citizen Science. Consider observing in your local park, backyard or even the school grounds! All you need to do is install and use the iNaturalist App to upload photos or sounds of living things in your location. Birds, plants, insects, lizards, fungi - anything living that you find. Focus on wild rather than cultivated examples. There's also some suggested challenges that you could try. Tip - you can change privacy settings between precise and approximate location for each observation, so you can upload the general area rather than your precise location. It would be great to see lots of observations near the school this year! Find something new with our #GSB23 Challenges

Diary Dates

Please see below the upcoming important dates and school events for term 4 2023.

Tuesday 28th November Family Night Concert
Friday 8th December Year 6 Social
Wednesday 13th December Whole School Transition
Thursday 14th December  Year 6 Graduation Ceremony
Friday 15th December  End of Term 4 - Early dismissal 2.15pm

 

Quiz Night 2023

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone for helping to make the 2023 - MPS Quiz Night a huge success.

The Quiz Night sold out in record time!!! With your support, we have managed to raise an incredible $17,000 to purchase outdoor seating and additional play equipment!!!

This year our theme ‘MPS’ allowed tables to come dressed as something that inspired them from these 3 letters. What a range of costumes  – from Police, Punks, Princesses, MerPeople, Millionaires, Prom and Mad scientists to name a few.  There was a lot of effort put into all of the costumes and this helped to make the evening so special. 

To the MPS parents & teachers who filled the 25 tables, it was wonderful to see you all answering quiz questions, dancing to some favourite songs, and especially enjoying each other’s company. To those who were unable to attend on the night, we thank you for purchasing raffle tickets and bidding in our online Silent Auction.

To the Fundraising Committee - Sophie, Chevonne, Caitlin, Jacqui, Diana, Tash, Arthur and Lauren – congratulations and a special thank you for helping to organise such a successful event.

We would like to acknowledge our major sponsor Ray’s Garage and all our other generous sponsors who donated prizes, vouchers, and wine for the event. We really appreciate your amazing contributions.

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A fun night was had by all and we look forward to your support of future fundraising events in 2024.

Library News

Premiers Reading Challenge

The Premiers Reading Challenge medals and certificates have arrived and will be handed out to classes shortly. A massive congratulations again to all students who completed this year!

Overdue Books

At the time of writing there are a whopping 340 overdue books! If your child has brought home an overdue notice or you have received an email about overdue books, please help them have a look for these books at home.

If you or your child is concerned about any books that are overdue please pass a message through their teacher or email vasi.gelasakis474@schools.sa.edu.au, we would much rather students are able to borrow books than worrying about a book they can’t find.

While we expect students to treat our library books with care, we do understand that all sorts of things can happen. Our focus is always to keep students enjoying reading!

Borrowing in Term 4

The last day for borrowing this term is Friday the 1st of December – Week 7. All books should be returned to the library by Wednesday 6th December (Week 8).

Yours in reading,

Vasi and Sunyoung