Dear Parents & Carers,
It is with great delight that I write to inform you that we will be commencing our gymnasium and performing arts building works at the end of Term 3. The Mitcham Primary School community have been advocating for a gym for over 20 years but unfortunately, the dollar cost was well beyond our means. However, thanks to the Government grant of $5 million, we will now be the proud recipients of a new gym and performing arts class that will meet both our teaching and learning needs for many years to come. The build, which commences in October, has a completion date of April 2022 meaning that we will have a lot of dust, noise and interesting things to watch and ponder.
The demolition of our aging gym, Kibby, Komlas and two transportable buildings will commence during the October school holidays. The timing of this was decided upon by the Department for Education, who are facilitating the build, and aimed at minimising any disruption to student learning. As some of these buildings contain asbestos sheeting, our whole site will not be accessible for the two weeks of the school holidays to enable the site to be cleared safely and to ensure the wellbeing of all members of our community.
The holiday timeline will impact greatly upon our Happy Haven OSHC vacation programme however, I have held recent discussions with our OSHC director, Kathryn Nielson, and Happy Haven’s regional director, Wayne Copley, to see how best they can continue to offer a service for those families who need vacation care during the two weeks of demolition.
Kathryn and Wayne will be providing information directly to those parents who use OSHC as soon as they have determined a suitable venue and received permission from their governing body to temporarily relocate their service to a new location. Rest assured that Happy Haven will be able to provide a vacation service for the October school holidays albeit in a new location.
During late Term 3 we will be relocating our Junior Primary Performing Arts programme to the French building as this building will disappear over the holidays and, with the demolition of the Kibby, the Primary Performing Arts programme will be relocated to the Kurraka. Our French class will also move, first to the Innovation Centre for term 4 and then to one of our classes in the Gillard building thereafter. The PE programme will continue as usual but with a focus on using our basketball/netball courts during the time of the build to minimise any disruption to student learning.
Our oval will still be accessible during the build however, it will have gates restricting access during build delivery times. This is something we have worked with in the past and our students and teachers have managed extremely well.
The demolition and building works will also cause difficulties for those private companies who hire our facilities during school time and afterhours. This includes the Karate programme, adult fitness groups and Private Music Instructors.
The Karate programme that currently uses our gym and Kibby buildings will be moving temporarily to Westbourne Park Primary School’s hall. Mike will be contacting his karate community soon once he has finalised his dates for his final sessions here and his commencement date at Westbourne Park. Mike assures me that he can’t wait to return to use our new gym and the facilities within it.
Our Private Music Instructors (PMIs) are also affected greatly by the demolition of the Komlos music rooms. Our wish was to include new music rooms within our new build however, this was not a possibility due to the restriction on floor space based upon the Department’s regulations on allocating a building size ratio based upon the number of students enrolled in our school.
The funding allocated to us by the Government only allows for teaching and learning spaces required for the Australian Curriculum PE and Performing Arts programmes, toilets, staff office, storage and kitchenette.
Sadly, we are unable to host the Private Music Instructors in our remaining buildings during school hours as we do not have the necessary learning spaces, or the soundproofing required, to minimise the impact upon our core business of the teaching and learning of the Australian Curriculum.
Governing Council and the school’s leadership team have met with PMI parent representatives to discuss various options to ensure the continuation of the much valued PMI programme here at Mitcham. The parent committee have also made contact with both the Minister of Education’s office and the Director of Capital Works and Assets to discuss the possibility of receiving extra funding to provide suitable spaces for these private music programmes. The outcome of these discussions will be shared with our community as soon as a response has been received.
I have also met with our PMIs to discuss their next steps and how best we can support the various music programmes during the remainder of the year and into the New Year. We value the music instruction that has been offered to our students over the years and, although we are not able to host the programmes during school time, we are certainly able to offer teaching and learning spaces before and after school hours. I have asked our PMIs to review this option and to contact their families to discuss it further.
Rest assured, we have explored many options to continue with the PMI programme in its current format since receiving the demolition timeline however, most have not been viable or have been cost prohibitive to the school. I understand that this news will cause distress for many but I am hopeful that these valuable programmes will continue to be supported heavily by our parent community, who value it too, in an after school timeslot.
Over the coming weeks I will be providing further news on the build to our staff, students and parents. We know we will experience some difficulties during the build but, as with the Gillard, courtyard and Innovation Centre redevelopments, our community of learners is resilient with change and manages extremely well. They will certainly enjoy the facilities this build will provide as, I’m sure, will all members of our great school community.
Warm regards, Scott
Please find below upcoming important dates and school events to record in your diary.
|Friday 2nd July||Last day Term 2 - Early Dismissal 2.15pm|
|Friday 2nd July||Casual Day|
|Monday 19th July||Term 3 Commences|
|Monday 23rd August - Friday 27th August||Book Week|
|Monday 6th September||School Closure Day|
|Saturday 11th September||Festival Choir Performance|
|Saturday 18th September||Quiz Night|
Our first casual day fundraiser for the year will be held on the last day of Term 2, Friday 2nd July. Through class meetings, students have elected the casual day dress theme to be sport.
Funds raised from this event will help our World Vision sponsor child, Aster, to reach her full potential and improve the health and well-being of many other children living in her community in Ethiopia. This is achieved through educational support, books and supplies, training for teachers, providing safe, clean drinking water and improved sanitation.
We look forward to seeing everyone in their favourite sports clothing and team colours. Don’t forget to bring along a gold coin donation to support Aster!
Twice a year, teachers send home reports to communicate with parents and carers about how their children are progressing at school. The reports contain a written description of each child’s strengths and areas for development and, in Years 1 to 7, are accompanied by A-E grades which relate to the Australian Curriculum achievement standards.
Reports will be distributed for students to bring home on Wednesday 30th June. Please follow this link to find further information about A-E grades and the achievement levels they represent.
Each year the school participates in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. The aim of the program is to encourage students to read more books, enjoy reading and improve literacy skills.
Many students have already completed this year’s Challenge and their name has been included in the library display. The Premier’s Reading Challenge closes on 3 September. It would be great if you could encourage your child to complete the Challenge. Forms are available in the library and more information can be found online http://www.premiersreadingchallenge.sa.edu.au/PRC/
Book Week will be held in Term 3 Week 6, 23-27 August. On Friday 27 August we will be celebrating Book Week with a dress up day and whole school parade. It would be wonderful to see students come to school dressed as their favourite book character or dress to the theme Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. Costumes don’t have to be elaborate or expensive – the most important thing is to have fun.
Also, this year we will be hosting a Great Book Swap with all funds raised going to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. We ask that you send your child with a book/s to donate to the Great Book Swap and during Book Week children will have the opportunity to choose a book to take home in return for a gold coin donation. Book donations will be accepted during weeks 1-5 next term. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation hopes to engage over 1000 schools and organisations across Australia in the Great Book Swap. Their goal is to raise $350,000 to gift over 35,000 culturally relevant books to children living in remote communities in 2021. After all, how can you learn to read if you have no books?
Congratulations to Nicole, who has accepted a position at another school and we wish her all the best. We are lucky to welcome Michelle Gabrisch to the library. Many of you will know Michelle from her sports and uniform roles which she will also be continuing.
Yours in reading,
Sophie and Michelle
Thank you to all our fantastic volunteers. We really appreciate your ongoing help! We are always in need of new volunteers so if you have a couple of hours between 9am and 1pm we would love to have your help.
Canteen volunteers need to complete the following before commencing in the canteen:
For more information on volunteering please see Jo in the front office or see Anita or Ann in the canteen to find out more about the canteen.
Unfortunately there are many outstanding bills from emergency lunches that have been provided this term. Payments can be made via the Qkr! app and it would be appreciated if you could finalise your payments promptly. Thank you.
Keep an eye out for the Showdown doughnuts which will be available on Friday 6th August.
We would like to thank all families for your continued support of the canteen. Have a great weekend!
Anita Viskic - Canteen Manager
We need your help!! Seeking auction items or vouches for our upcoming Quiz Night.
We are asking for support from our generous school community and local businesses, to donate auction items/vouchers of any goods or services you may be able to offer for our 90’s Music themed quiz night.
- Holiday Rental
- Sporting Club
Or anything else!
Local businesses will be advertised in our promotional material, as well as receiving recognition in the school newsletter prior to, and after the event.
Items and vouchers can be dropped into the front office or alternatively they can be emailed to Susan.Bowler422@schools.sa.edu.au.
Term 2 has been a busy and exciting time for exploring Physics. Classes have learnt that engineers and scientists use their knowledge of forces and motion to design things. Year 1's have explored light and sound through a variety of experiments and have learnt all about invisible sound vibrations and bending light through prisms to make rainbows.
Year 3's have made discoveries that metal materials conduct heat better than plastic and are therefore better for melting chocolate. Who doesn't love a chocolate fondue experiment? Yum!! All students have focused on developing their scientific language to describe forces on moving objects. (Paper helicopters, aeroplanes, hoop gliders, kites, physics toys, marble runs) It has been so rewarding observing students using scientific vocabulary in their speaking and writing.
Congratulations to the Mitcham Primary Festival of Music Choir! On Wednesday 16th June, they were visited by Festival of Music conductor Cathy who listened to their progress on this year’s repertoire. Cathy was impressed with the presentation of the choir, their general knowledge of the repertoire as well as their beautiful singing.
The choir will be performing in the Festival of Music at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday 11th September at 7:00pm. Tickets will go on sale through Ticketek on August 2. A special congratulations to Jonty who will be hosting two of the Festival of Music concerts. This will be an amazing experience and one that is well earned!
Concert Band students will need to arrive by 5:45pm on Wednesday night for warm-up and tuning. Parents will need to complete COVID check-in and adhere to the 2 adults per child rule. Extra adults attendees will be confirmed on Monday. Students must bring their instrument, music and be dressed in black.
Amanda Rugari - Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Year 7 Cohort were successful in gaining a grant for a sustainability project this year. We were competing with thousands of applicants from all over the country.
We plan to build and grow an edible garden with Australian product Vegepod, a safe, contained, portable and accessible raised garden bed. We will utilise Vegepod’s schooling program ‘Sprouters’ which includes sustainable food production, introducing agriculture to our students.
We plan to grow various herbs and vegetables, including some indigenous food plants, and use them in various ways over the next two terms. The children will be involved in the construction of Vegepods, preparing healthy soil and compost, growing edible plants by seed, caring for the edible garden including watering, harvesting, sharing, eating and cooking the produce. The children will be involved in critical thinking, teamwork, environmental stewardship, expression of creativity and problem-solving.
Representatives from Woolworths Mitcham marked this achievement by presenting our Year 7 Leaders with a certificate and cheque for $955 at our last school assembly.