On 15th & 18th February Brainstorm Productions presented their student wellbeing performance 'Buddies' for Years 2-4 & Years 5-7.
'Buddies' is a live educational theatre performance that follows the journey of Lucy and Charlie as they discover the secrets to building positive friendships and staying safe online.
Lucy is impulsive and breaks the rules to try to fit in. Charlie is being bullied, but he's afraid to stand up for himself and show his true feelings. As players in an exciting virtual reality video game, Charlie and Lucy must co-operate to navigate the cyber chamber, overcome the forces of Aggrator, earn the eight Friendship Discs and restore the Ancient Ring of Friendship. They learn important lessons about online safety, such as not sharing passwords, not talking to strangers, protecting their privacy on apps and games and asking for help if something makes them feel uncomfortable. Together they discover that a true friend is someone who is kind, tells the truth, listens, helps you feel safe and allows you to be yourself.
'Buddies' is part of our student wellbeing curriculum and has been developed by teachers and psychologists. This exciting live theatre experience gives students practical skills to make and keep good friends, take a stand against bullying and stay safe online.
Brainstorm Productions is one of Australia's largest and most respected theatre in education companies, performing to over 360,000 students every year. They offer a range of programs to help schools build healthy and harmonious environments, addressing issues such as cyber safety, bullying, resilience, diversity and inclusion.
If you would like to know more about Brainstorm Productions, you can visit their website: brainstormproductions.edu.au, or their Facebook page: facebook.com/Brainstorm.Productions.
|22/2/2021||Years 3-5 Swimming all week|
|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|
|2/4/2021||Good Friday - Public Holiday|
|5/4/2021||Easter Monday - Public Holiday|
|9/4/2021||End Term 1 - Early Dismissal 2.15pm|
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
Thank you, Sophie and Nicole