Grange Primary School Newsletter

23 November 2018
Term 4 Week 6
From the Principal 
School Activities
School News
Community News
Dates to Remember
Grange Primary School
08 8353 2688
39c Jetty Street
Grange, South Australia, 5022

From the Principal 


Dear Parents and Caregivers, Konnichiwa!


Moving from a great school to one that is consistently outstanding


As I shared with you in the last newsletter all Department for Education school improvement plans in 2019 are focused on literacy and numeracy. This means, for us at Grange that we will focus and strengthen our current improvement work in literacy and mathematics. The work of our Senior Leaders has been critical in supporting and enabling all teachers to continuously improve their practice.


In 2019 this will be even further strengthened by employing three new Coordinators. These positions have now been finalised and personnel selected to work in the role of Coach.


The successful applicants are:


* Literacy- Rebecca Lokan

* Mathematics- Maureen Hegarty

* Technology- Chris Philbrook


Each coach brings great skill and expertise in leading other teachers and most importantly having best teaching and learning practice. Every classroom and specialist teacher will have intensive support from the coaches to extend their current good practice even further.


The investment in a coaching model and intensive support for every teacher in developing the quality and consistency of teaching in literacy, mathematics and technology  will help to develop even more students that are highly confident, capable and high achieving students to be the very best they can be.


There are very exciting times ahead at Grange Primary School which will enable our school to move from a good and great school to one that is consistently outstanding and recognised as one of the best in Australia.


Regards, Grant

Grant Small, Principal

Grange Primary School 




School Activities

Genius Hour - Rooms 32 and 33

The search-engine giant, Google, allows its engineers to spend 20% of their time to work on any pet project that they want. The idea is very simple. Allow people to work on something that interests them, and productivity will go up. We followed a similar model.  We gave the students from Rooms 33 and 32, one hour a week to pursue a topic they were passionate about.


Goals of this project: 

* To promote, support, and model creative, innovative thinking and inventiveness 

* To allow students an opportunity to discover/investigate one of their passions and create/make/learn a new skill 

* Provide students with an opportunity to develop skill sets that are valuable in any learning situation (research, experimentation, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking) 

* To provide an opportunity for classes to share their Genius and Passion Projects with others 



* Once students had an idea of what project they wanted to pursue, they developed a pitch about the project to the rest of the class. Peer and teacher feedback is important to help students hone their ideas. 

* Each week, every student was required to write a journal entry to discuss their progress. They wrote about the week, what they worked on, what they learned, what challenges they faced, and what they anticipated in the future. 


* Students were given one hour a week to work on their projects. If students needed to be off-campus to work on their projects, they were welcome to do that on their own time during weekends or afternoons at home and use the scheduled class time as a productive tutorial period, meeting period, research or writing period.



This week on Tuesday 20th November, each child show-cased their work in the Witungga Hall. Students and teachers were invited to view the projects in the afternoon and parents and caregivers in the evening. Each student had to show their journal and be prepared to explain their journey and identify the new learning that occurred. 


We were very impressed with the work the student produced and wish to take this opportunity to thank parents and caregivers for their support. The photos will give you some idea of the projects that were submitted.


Lia Taylor and Susan Wilson


More Room 6 lunch box sharing ideas........

Thanks Damien Kerrison and family for this recipe.  Happy creating everybody!


Homemade muesli bars


125ml honey

125 g butter

3 cups rolled oats

1 cup rice bubbles

1 cup sultanas

½ cup chopped apricots

½ cup desiccated coconut

¼ cup pepitas



1. Preheat oven to 180 (160 fan-forced)

2. Grease and line a slice tray (31cm x 22cm) with baking paper

3. Combine honey and butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes until butter melts and sugar dissolves.  Bring to the boil and cook for 2 minutes of until syrup thickens slightly.  Remove from heat.

4. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour over the hot syrup and stir to combine.

5. Spoon into prepared pan and press firmly to make sure the mixture will stick together.

6. Bake in oven for 15- 20 minutes of until golden.

7. Cool and then refrigerate until well chilled and cut into 24 slices (about 2cm x 6cm)

School News

School Uniform Update

From Monday 3rd December, uniform items for our school will only be available for purchase from our supplier, Westside School Uniforms.


Earlier this year, Westside moved into a retail premises and is now set up to sell directly to the public. This will mean that, from the above date, you will no longer be able to purchase uniforms from the Front Office or order via the Qkr app.


Westside have not had a price increase for a while so effective 3rd December 2018, prices will be as follows:


                                    Striped Polo Top                              $38.00                                  

Cargo Pants                                        $29.00

                                   Plain Polo Top                                    $28.00                                  

Jazz Pants                                           $25.00

                                    Hooded Jacket                                  $48.00                                  

Grange Dress                                     $52.00

                                  Rugby Top  Size 4-14                        $52.00                                  

Pleated Skort                                     $23.00

                                    Rugby Top Size XS – L                     $56.00                                  

Gabardine Skort                               $22.00

                                   Windcheaters                                      $33.00                                  

Cotton Lycra Skort                           $27.00

                                   Double Knees Track Pants            $27.00                                  

Microfiber Shorts                             $20.00

                                   Cuff Track Pants                               $26.00                                  

Sports Shorts                                     $20.00

                                  Girls Track Pants                               $27.00                                  

Cargo Shorts                                      $22.00


**Prices inclusive of GST**


We will be taking orders through the school at the Front Office and via the Qkr app until Friday 30th November. After this date you will need to visit Amanda at Westside, Shop 6, Falkirk Avenue, Seaton. Opening hours are Monday to Wednesday 10.00 a.m. and 5.30 p.m., Thursday 10.00 am to 8.00 pm and closed Fridays.  You will be able to try on and purchase most items listed above. If they are not in stock then you will be able to place an order on the spot. Alternatively, you can order online via the Westside website at   There will also soon be a link to Westside on our school website.  You can elect to either pick up your order from the shop or have it delivered to your home for a small fee.


We anticipate that the transition to this new way of buying our school uniforms will be a smooth one. Amanda Daly from Westside has been supplying Grange Primary School with our uniforms for almost 15 years and provides excellent quality service. Westside is a local business and all the uniforms are made and embroidered on site by Amanda.


We thank you for your cooperation during this change.



Please find attached ICAS Mathematics results for Year 4 inadvertantly left out of our last newsletter.


Australian Mathematics Comptetion Results

Please find attached the Australian Mathematics Competition results for 2018.


School Crossing Monitors

Term 4 - Week 7

26/11 - 30/11

Petra M - Room 32

Olivia K - Room 32

Kate D - Room 32

Ryder F (Reserve) - Room 32


Term 4 - Week 8

3/12 - 7/12

Ryder F - Room 32

Luke C - Room 32

Logan L - Room 37

Devon T-E (Reserve) - Room 33


Canteen News

Canteen volunteers are always welcome. Please see Jo in the canteen to register your interest.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated. 


Term 4 - Week 7

26/11 - 30/11


Tuesday - Simone McIntyre

Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis


Term 4 - Week 8

3/12 - 7/12

Monday -  HELP NEEDED 


Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miige

Community News



Anglicare Foster Care




Little Athletics



Henley Sharks Football Club


Dates to Remember

Term 4 2018

Week 8

Wednesday 5th December - Assembly 9.00 am

Thursday 6th December - Year 4/5 EOY Excursion

Friday 7th December - Year 3 EOY Excursion

Sunday 9th December - Carols by Candlelight - Grange Primary School Oval

Week 9

Monday 10th December - Year 7 Graduation

Wednesday 12th December - Reports and Class placements go home

Thursday 13th December - Year 6/7 End of year Aquatics

Friday 14th December - Last day of year - Early dismissal 2.05 pm

Grange Primary School Newsletter
2018 ICAS Mathematics Year 4 results.pdf
AMC results 2018.pdf