Library News

Premiers Reading Challenge

The Premiers Reading Challenge has concluded; a big congratulations to all 462 students who managed to complete it. Awards will be handed out towards the end of term four.

School Holiday Borrowing

Just a reminder that students are allowed and encouraged to borrow books over the school holidays. The break is a great time to get some reading done and many popular series have released new books this term for your kids to catch up on!

If you or your child have received an overdue notice please return the book promptly so that the next person can borrow it. If your child is unable to find a book please send me an email to let me know and I’ll mark the book as missing, ensuring they can borrow next time they visit the library. I understand books get lost or damaged and often misplaced books turn up at home and can be returned later.

Yours in reading - Vasi and Sunyoung 

Canteen News

We are excited to announce that our canteen will be renovated during the next school holidays, with the installation of new stainless steel benchtops, flooring and storage cupboards. As a result, we will be offering a reduced menu in week 10.

We apologise if your child's favourite menu item is not available but we will be back to our normal menu in term 4. We thank you for your understanding and continued support. 

Anita, Ann and Kerry - Canteen staff

Sapsasa Sports

State Metropolitan Athletics Carnival

On Tuesday 19th September six students represented our City South District at the State Athletics Carnival at SA Athletics Stadium.

Well done to Joseph C, Eli R, Lucy B, August M, William P and Alexander H. Congratulations to Eli who won the gold medal in Division 1 Shot Put. 

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Year 3 Soccer

The year 3 soccer team had a very competitive season this year.  We have learnt a lot and improved so much since last year.

We have had so much fun playing soccer and we can't wait for soccer to start again next year. Big thank you to our coaches and team manager 🙂

Canberra Accommodation Discount

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Diary Dates

Please see below the upcoming important dates and school events for the remainder of Term 3 2023.

Thursday 31st August Open Night
Friday 1st September School Closure Day
Wednesday 20th September Festival Choir
Friday 29th September End of Term 3 - Early dismissal 2.15pm
Monday 16th October Term 4 begins - Pupil Free Day
Tuesday 17th October Students return for term 4
Friday 27th October  Sports Day

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

After 22 years of both teaching and leadership at Mitcham Primary School, our Assistant Principal, Lexie Anderson has decided to retire at the end of this school year. Lexie has taught and supported the education and wellbeing of an enormous number of students’ within our community and we thank her for contributions over the years.

I know you will all wish Lexie well with her next exciting adventure.

I am pleased to announce that Lachlan Norman, our DigiTech Coordinator, was the successful applicant for the Assistant Principal position. Lachlan will commence his new role at the start of next year.

Regards, Scott

STEM Extension

On August 16, our Year 5/6 STEM Extension students travelled to the Cumberland Park Community Centre to showcase their Augmented Reality games which were designed with a goal to increase movement for older people from ECH. Augmented Reality (or AR) involves superimposing computer-generated images on the real world using a device. The most famous example is Pokémon Go but now, companies are using AR to help sell products, to display data, and to help those with disabilities.

The older participants were amazed at what the students had created and had plenty of fun learning how to play and hearing how the students made their games. The students also learned a lot, listening to the feedback on what made their games successful and enjoyable or otherwise! A big thank you to Sharon Beech of ECH for her work in helping facilitate the partnership.

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Meanwhile, our Year 3/4 STEM Extension students completed their learning on game design by inviting their younger buddies to come and play their games designed to teach the younger buddy a new concept or skill, such as addition and subtraction, or even responsibility!

It was a great way to cap off the enormous amount of work that the students had put into designing, coding, testing and refining their games over the past two terms.

STEM Extension is a funded program with limited positions, for students with exceptional academic performance. For further information about the program and entry criteria, please contact Digital Technologies Coordinator, Lachlan Norman at lachlan.norman451@schools.sa.edu.au.

Lachlan Norman - Digital Technologies Coordinator

From the Library

We have had such an exciting time celebrating Book Week this year – we even managed to stretch it over a few weeks. Children were busy hearing from visiting authors and performers, completing challenges in the library and participating in the Great Book Swap.

The winners of our Book Week competitions are: Oscar (G9), Sophia (M1), Alexandra (N8) and Matilda (N2). Thank you to all students who participated!

We’d like to thank everyone who brought along a book and a gold coin to swap; as a school we were able to raise $473.00 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. If you would still like to donate directly to our school’s fundraiser you can do that via this link https://edu.greatbookswap.org.au/mitchamprimarysgreatbookswap.

This year we were lucky enough to have some visitors to our school! In Week 2 this term, the year 4-6s heard from Oliver Phommavahn about how to craft an interesting story. In Week 4 the Receptions - Year 2s watched Way Too Cool! - a musical performance about the magic of this years Children’s Book Council Shortlisted books. In Week 5 Katrina Germein visited the Receptions – Year 3s to speak about how she finds inspiration for her stories. Mike Lucas taught the Year 4-6s how fun poetry can be! We are so grateful to have been able to have so many special visitors this book week and hope all the students loved hearing from someone new.

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Mitcham’s Big Read was held on Wednesday of book week. All students visited another class to read a story and participate in an activity related to that book. The children and teachers enjoyed a variety of activities – from dancing in a class disco to crafting animals from the stories they read.

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Finally, we ended Book Week with our parade on Friday. We were amazed by how many staff and students dressed up. It was so great to see everyone getting into the spirit of Book Week and it made our week! We would like to thank all the parents that came out to support our students, we loved having you there.

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Just a friendly reminder that the Premier’s Reading Challenge forms need to be returned to the library by Friday the 8th of September

Yours in reading - Vasi and Sunyoung

Marine Discovery Centre Excursion - T1 and T3

On Tuesday the 8th of August beautiful weather greeted the Year 2 classes from T1 and T3 as they excitedly headed off on an excursion to the Marine Discovery Centre at Henley Beach. The bus ride is always a big part of the fun and seeing a plane take off as we drove past the airport was met with big excitement!

In our Geography lessons, we have been learning about the use of spaces, as well as our city, our state, our country and our world. We think that Australia is lucky to have so many beautiful beaches. In our STEM lessons we’re also looking at being Waste Warriors and how important it is to keep our rubbish out of the sea.

We loved walking along the beach and hunting for many different things. We got to make sandcastles in the sunshine with our friends and we all loved that part.

In the Discovery Centre after lunch, we loved using the VR headsets to explore underwater, looked at recycling at the beach environment, and had hands on fun with microscopes, shells, fishing rods and so much more!

We came back tired but happy. We loved the excursion.

By Ms Wadmore’s Talented Turtles and Ms Day’s Shooting Star Year 2’s

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