Grange Primary School Newsletter

10 September 2018
Term 3 - Week 7
From the Principal 
School News
School Activities
Sport 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!


Student Writing

This year we have focussed on further developing teacher’s practice and skill in the teaching of writing. Teachers in the early years have been focussing on children creating their own books in bookmaking. In Foundation children have been writing their own books and you can see significant progress in the developmental stages of writing. For example you will see children moving from making marks on a page, using random letters, using spaces between words, understanding that writing is to entertain the reader and convey a message, forming letters correctly, using approximations of spelling and using high frequency words which are all steps on the writing journey.


 There is a critical connection between writing and reading, so when writing a child is also developing their skill as a reader. The explicit teaching of writing and the conventions of writing continues across all levels of schooling. The focus on the “Seven Steps to Writing Success” of-

Step 1: Plan for success

Step 2: Sizzling starts

Step 3: Tightening tensions

Step 4: Dynamic dialogue

Step 5: Show, don’t tell

Step 6: Ban the boring

Step 7: Exciting endings

supports enabling students to really entertain a reader and convey an intended message. More information on the seven steps to writing success can be found at


Evidence of progress in student writing at Grange was seen through the City of Charles Sturt Make a Book Literacy Challenge. Last Friday the Mayoral Make a Book literacy challenge held a celebration night of shortlisted and year level winners of the challenge. There were 663 entries from schools in the Council area and about 40 shortlisted and year level winners. Of these 40 outstanding writers, 23 were students from Grange. This is truly an amazing achievement. Congratulations to all Grange writers.




Some books have been uploaded to the Charles Sturt website  including

Westport Primary School Year 1 Class 6.3

Dimitri Fragogiannis  - Year 1 -  Westport Primary School

Gabriel Fernandez  - Year 3 -  Grange Primary school

Alfie Woolnough & Rocco Rositano - Year 4  - Grange Primary school

Hanh Ly – Year 5  - Whitefriars Catholic School

Tarj Simpson – Year 6  - Grange Primary School

Georgia Stephens – Year 6  - Henley Beach Primary School

Rosie Ranford – Year 7 – Henley Beach Primary School


Year 4 students, Rocco and Alfie were two of only three students asked to read their text. Rocco and Alfie read “Spaghetti, Silly Spaghetti" to the audience of about 200 people. They did an amazing job and did Grange Primary School proud as did all the students from Grange that entered the literacy challenge. Great job!



Regards, Grant


Grant Small, Principal


Grange Primary School 




School News

Kids in the House - JDRF

As a follow up to our article about Grange student Chloe D from Room 13, here is a short note from Chloe's mum Jenna about their recent trip to Canberra with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

"Thanks again to the school for their support of our recent JDRF fundraising. The “Kids in the House” Canberra trip was an amazing experience for Chloe. The kids secured approximately 100 meetings with MPs and Senators in Parliament House and were lucky enough to get a live cross to the Today Show on Thursday morning which was great publicity (and very fortunate given how much else was going on at Parliament House that day!).  Attached are some photos of the trip."


School Crossing Monitors

Term 3 - Week 8

10/9 - 14/9

Finlay B - Room 33

Angela C - Room 33

Sophie W - Room 33

Gianna H (Reserve) - Room 32

Term 3 - Week 9

17/9 - 21/9

Gianna H - Room 32

Ambah C-B - Room 32

Ava F - Room 32

Dylan N (Reserve) - Room 32


Canteen News

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

Your assistance is greatly appreciated. 


Term 3 - Week 8

10/9 - 14/9



Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miige

Term 3 - Week 9

17/9 -21/9

Monday -  Aymee Lumsden

Tuesday - Simone McIntyre

Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miige

Seaton High School Emerging Technologies Specialist Program 2020


School Activities

Sir Oliphant Congratulations


Congratulations to the 6 winners from Grange who are invited to an award ceremony on Friday 21 at Brighton Secondary School.

These students are:

Liam Curtin and Samuel Lawrence for Computer Programming and Robotics in Years F-2

Shamika Gorey for Computer Programming and Robotics in Years 3-5

Eloise Powell for Models and Inventions Years F-2

Fathima Umaira Nishad for Science Writing in Years F-2

Stephanie Delgadinho for Crystal Investigation in Years 3-5

Next week there will be a celebration at Grange for all students involved in the competition. I wish to congratulate not only our 6 winners but all the students who passed in an entry into the competition and thank the parents and caregivers who supported them.


Susan Wilson


Tournament of Minds

Congratulations to the 3 teams who presented at Flinders University on Sunday 9th of September. It was a major effort to work for 5 weeks on their solution to a problem and present this to a panel of judges, in front of an audience. Groups often met at 8 am in the mornings and at recess and lunch times to work on their presentations.

All teams should feel very proud of their efforts, just being able to present a solution in that time frame makes them a winner in my eyes. I wish to thank all parents and caregivers for their support on the day and during the 5 weeks of preparation. I would also like to thank teachers for releasing students to plan and work on their presentations, especially Chris Philbrook for his invaluable support and planning with one team in particular.


Susan Wilson


Sport News


Following on from our article last edition, Hudson B from Room 32 has since participatied in the second of three qualifying rounds and we are proud to announce that he has been chosen to represent South Australia in the National Under 12 Golf Championships in Geelong in November.  Well done, Hudson.



School Cricket Term 4

Time to register your interest in playing Cricket for the school in Term 4. Students from the following Year levels can participate.

Foundation to Year 2 (with no cricket experience) - Kanga Cricket

Years 2 (with some cricket experience)and 3  - C Grade

Years 4 to 7 - A and B Grade

Games are played on Saturday morning, and training will be one afternoon straight after school. The day for training will be determined once coaches have been appointed.

As usual, a program such as this cannot run without the help of volunteers. If you would like to coach or manage a team, please let us know.

To register your child or to express interest in volunteering to help, please email Nick Warren at [email protected] Further information will be sent home upon doing so.


Sports Day 2018

Sports day was a little different this year with two separate programs. Our Foundation to year 2 classes worked through a number of different games and activities, while our year 3 to year 7 classes had a more traditional program focussing on track and field events.


We couldn’t have asked for a better day with the weather being perfect to conduct our sports day. We had a super turn out with many family and friends coming along to support and watch students in their events and games. With the lead changing a number of times throughout the day it was the green team that was too strong winning on 1147 points closely followed by yellow, then blue and red.

The final results were:


1st-    Green 1147 points

2nd-  Yellow 1103 points

3rd-   Blue 941 points

4th -  Red 903 points


From our results collected throughout the day we have picked our district athletics team to represent Grange Primary School in the SAPSASA Airport & Western District Athletics Day where we look forward to seeing our students compete against other schools.


To finish a huge thank you needs to be given to all the parents, friends, community members, students and staff that worked so hard behind the scenes in the lead up and on the day. If it wasn’t for them, days like this would not be possible and would not run so smoothly.


This was a fantastic day for all involved and we all look forward to it next year.



A huge thank you to the following on behalf of the Fundraising Committee;


Jason from the Spare Room for providing the hot drinks

The Christophides family for donating the salad vegetables for the yiros

Grange Baptist Church - Donuts

Melissa and Guy Lewis and Specialty Foods for the donation of Yiros Meat and Cookies

Brent Dowsett for providing the shade cover for the bbq and our many volunteers who made the day a great success!


Community News



Little Athletics SA Holiday clinic will be held at the SA Athletics Stadium on Wednesday 3rd & 10th October 2018. The clinic provides a great opportunity for students to learn, have fun, and improve your athletic skills through the participation in event coaching with our experienced coaches! There is also other fun activities planned, as well as getting to meet Australian Olympic Race Walker Claire Tallent (3rd Oct), and Australian Para-Athlete Throw Daniel Kirk (10th Oct)!

Visit for more information.



Dates to Remember

Term 3 2018



Week 8

Tuesday 11th September - Debating Semi-Final, Rooms 24, 25 & 30 Zoo Excursion

Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September - Room 33 Zoo School


Week 9

Wednesday 19th September - Bike Ed - Year 5's

Thursday 20th and Friday 21st September - Room 32 Zoo School

Thursday 20th September - Festival of Music Choir Rehearsal

Sunday 23rd September - Festival of Music Choir Performance


Week 10

Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th September - Room 37 Zoo School

Friday 28th September - End of Term 3 - Early dismissal 2.05 pm



Monday 15th October - Pupil Free Day

Monday 5th to Friday 9th November - Foundation to 2 Swimming - Adelaide Aquatics Centre

Sunday 9th December - Carols by Candlelight - Sturt House

Monday 10th December - Year 7 Graduation


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