Numurkah Primary School

24 May 2018
Issue Eight
From the Principal's desk
What's Happening?
Student Awards
Mothers' Day
Parents & Friends
Student Wellbeing
Class Page - 01H
Community Notices
Numurkah Primary School
(03) 5862 1426
10 Quinn Street
Numurkah, Victoria, 3636

From the Principal's desk

Education Week

On Monday and Tuesday we welcomed a number of families to our school for a tour. It was great to see the smiling faces of children learning and classrooms alive with displays.

Since the start of term the school has been undergoing a planned maintenance upgrade. This is progressing smoothly and so far boards, cladding and some painting has been completed.

NAPLAN testing concluded last week and parents will receive reports on their students progress in September.

On Friday this week the Year 4 - 6 children will complete the Student Attitudes to School Survey. This is an annual survey that provides data to support student wellbeing, engagement, school improvement and planning in our school. As we move into the second half of the semester, teachers are beginning to finalise assessments and write children's reports. Reports will be published online on Compass. If you require a hard copy of reports please notify the school. Parents can also access reports from 2017 on Compass. If you require assistance logging onto Compass please contact the school.

Homework Club

Every Tuesday and Thursday between 15 - 20 students participate in Homework Club. Teachers and some volunteers from our community assist our children with their learning. Students complete homework, spend time reading, writing and going online to complete Reading Eggs and Mathletics activities. Snack time is also a great hit! Below are a few snaps from last week.

Missing Laptop

We always need to take care of our personal belongings but unfortunately mishaps sometimes occur. A laptop has gone missing on Tuesday afternoon from one of our school bus runs. The laptop is one purchased through the schools bring your own device program and is labelled with the students name on both the laptop and the case. The family are concerned and have informed the police, who have asked for everyone to be vigilant. If anyone has any information about the missing laptop can they please ring the school. 

What's Happening?

Upcoming Dates

Friday 25th May - Year 5/6 Winter Sport vs Katunga and Katunga South Primary Schools

Monday 28th May - School Council Meeting

Tuesday 29th May - Bully Bull Ring Performance

Friday 1st June - Staff Professional Development Day - No school for students.

Monday 4th June to Wednesday 6th June - Life Education Van

Monday 11th June - Queens Birthday Public Holiday

Friday 15th June - Last day for parent requests for printed reports

Wednesday 27th June - Pyjama Day! Wear your pyjama's to school and bring along a Teddy Bear.  Gold coin donation. 


Bully Bull Ring Performance

Permission forms and payment for this performance were due back today, Thursday 24th May. If you haven't returned your form, please hand it in to the office tomorrow. Some information about what the show covers is below.



The characters all perform their own song & dance numbers to help Bellamy understand different approaches to resolving the issues of bullying. The show focuses on strategies to manage both online and face to face bullying.  We also discuss Emotional Intelligence as Bellamy tries to understand and manage her emotional responses.  Includes lesson plans and a targeted question time incorporating the ideas of programs such as “You Can Do It” & “Better Buddies” just to name a few. Ideal for schools focussing on bullying into the future.


Key Themes: Bullying, Cyberbullying, Emotional Intelligence, Problem Solving, Self-Image.
Curriculum Areas: Personal & Social Capability; Ethical Capability; Heath & Physical Education; Critical & Creative Thinking; Arts.

Suitable for: Prep to Grade 6



Bellamy the young Bison Bull loves her enclosure at the zoo, but not the other Bison Bulls who bully her.  Being the focus of the “Bully Bull-Ring” is tough for a young Bison when none of the adult herd seem to notice.  Now name callingbeing left out getting roughed up have become part of everyday life. How much can one Bison bear??

Join Bellamy as she escapes her enclosure & travels the zoo learning the animal kingdom’s solutions to bullying. Will she “Rise Above It” like a giraffe or find a “Better Buddy” like the polar bear? Which way works best?

Winter Sport vs Strathmerton

The next Winter Sport games will be held on Friday 25th May. Our Year 5/6 students will compete against Katunga and Katunga South Primary School with the games commencing at 1:30 pm until 2:30 pm. Football will be played against Katunga PS at Numurkah Football Oval. Netball vs Katunga PS and Softball vs Katunga South PS  will be played at Numurkah Primary School. No lunch orders available - as students will be having an early lunch. Please bring  a water bottle that can be refilled and sports clothes as required. Families are welcome to come along and watch.


Life Education Van

Permission forms and payment for this activity are due by Monday 28th May. If you haven't returned yours, please hand it in to the office by Monday.


The Life Education Van is part of our Health Education Program, and is a mobile classroom that comes to our school. These visits are a valuable part of our curriculum and all students are expected to attend.


Class sessions will take place on Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th of June.  


Below are the names of the programs each grade will be attending.


The cost of the visit for each student is $9.00 (which includes a student workbook). Full payment is due by Monday 28th May.



Years Prep/1/2        SAFETY RULES                                1 hour

Years 3/4                    BCYBERWISE                                    90 mins

Years 5/6                    RELATE RESPECT CONNECT      90 mins


Uniform Reminder

Please ensure jumpers/jackets are clearly labelled, so that we can return them. We have had a number of jumpers handed in to lost property that are not named. If students are missing their jumper please remind them to check lost property in Room 5. Sometimes students will accidently take home the wrong jumper, if this happens please return them as soon as possible.

Student Awards

Student of the Week - 11/05/2018

Prep/1S - Zavier Moon - You have gained so much confidence in your writing skills in the last few weeks. I am so proud of you! 

Prep/1H - Angus Parkinson - Angus you continue to amaze me with your reading and maths skills. Top job! 

2/3C - Charles Waites - For trying his best to complete all work tasks this week. Keep it up! 

2/3R - Summer Gerity - Summer has worked hard on her handwriting and always takes pride in the presentation of her work.

3/4S - Lily Patrick-Oudeman - Another wonderful week from Lily. She shows our school values every day, works super hard and has a brilliant sense of humour!

4/5W - Ava Morgan-Trease - Well done on approaching all learning tasks in a confident manner this week.

5/6H -  ​Bayden Parkinson - For an excellent week's work both in and out of the classroom. you are motivated and conscientious and always make the most of all learning opportunities.

5/6S - Devlin Duncan - For using effective strategies as you successfully completed a range of comprehension tasks. You have also worked cooperatively during group activities. 

Student of the Week - 18/05/2018

Prep/1S - Emily Jeanes - I am very impressed to see how much you have learnt so far this year. Keep it up! 

Prep/1H - Dean Smith - What a wonderful week Dean. Great writing, fantastic spelling and awesome effort in maths. Displaying our values too! Top job! 

2/3C - Briley Boswell - For always being happy in class and putting in her best efforts. Keep it up! 

2/3R - Matthew Koeleman - For an amazing effort with his Cold write. Matthew gave great reasons for his choices of the best rewards we get at school. 

3/4S - Nate Warrin - Nate, you are always focused on your work, and you have done a brilliant job motivating Gold House too!

4/5W - Abigail Cormack - Impressed with your attention to details whilst completing reading and writing tasks. Well done. 

5/6H - Colby Miller - An excellent full week's work. Your efforts will pay off!

5/6S - Lucas Spokes - For showing great enthusiasm and interest as you read a range of books. You also used effective strategies as you successfully completed a range of comprehension tasks.

Mothers' Day

Mothers' Day Stall

Thank you to everyone for contributing to the mother’s day stall and raffle. Also a special thank you to Parents & Friends Members for the stall and raffle organisation! We hope mums, grandmas and aunts enjoyed their presents. Congratulations to all the raffle winners who took home some lovely prizes. Overall the school raised over $872!


Raffle Winners

Devlin Duncan

Noah Scott

Narelle Robertson

Tyler Bodsworth

Pam Borchard


Mothers' Day Morning Tea

There was a wonderful atmosphere in the Prep-3 Open Learning Area as we had many mums, stepmums, grandmas, nans, and aunts all come in for our Mothers' Day Morning Tea. Adults guests enjoyed some tasty treats and a hot cup of coffee or tea, while spending some time with students. Everyone was entertained by the school choir who sang 2 songs.


A special thank you to staff for helping out with the catering and in particular Deb McKeown and her helpers for preparing and setting up.



Parents & Friends

5c Challenge

The 5c Challenge is continuing until the end of Term 2. There is still plenty of time to get your 5c pieces in! Congratulations to 34S who look to be in front this week with a full jar!


Student Wellbeing

Growing our Learning

A vital sign of wellbeing is growth. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the garden. Lush green growing shoots and healthy vegetation reflect good soil preparation, hard work and diligent maintenance. Just look at our garden! Not only is it providing us with fruit, herbs, flowers and (eventually!) veggies but it is also giving us plenty of opportunities to grow our knowledge. We never stop learning – an active and inquisitive mind continues to grow as it keeps gaining fresh information. It has been fascinating gathering expert gardening knowledge and ideas from our parent helpers (thanks folks!) and a great reminder that we can gain so much from other people’s skills and experience.

Great gardens are happy and healthy; spaces for learning and practicing resilience – let’s face it, not every seed we plant will sprout! As we celebrate Education Week, let’s focus on what we can achieve as we work and grow our learning together.


HEADLICE – Everyone’s responsibility

There have been a number of cases of head lice across the school recently. We request that all parents check their children's hair regularly and ensure that any student with evidence of head lice is treated appropriately and thoroughly. Please see the information below for more details about head lice and how to treat them.

  • Head lice have been around for many thousands of years. Anyone can get head lice.
  • Head lice are small, wingless, blood sucking insects.
  • Their colour varies from whitish-brown to reddish-brown. Head lice only survive on humans. If isolated from the head they die very quickly (usually within 24 hours).
  • People get head lice from direct hair to hair contact with another person who has head lice. Head lice do not have wings or jumping legs so they cannot fly or jump from head to head. They can only crawl.


Finding head lice

Many lice do not cause an itch, so you have to look carefully to find them.</ >Head lice are found on the hair itself and move to the scalp to feed. They have six legs which end in a claw and they rarely fall from the head. Louse eggs (also called nits) are laid within 1.5 cm of the scalp and are firmly attached to the hair. They resemble dandruff, but can’t be brushed off. Lice can crawl and hide. The easiest and most effective way to find them is to follow these steps:

Step 1
Comb any type of hair conditioner on to dry, brushed (detangled) hair. This stuns the lice and makes it difficult for them to grip the hair or crawl around.

Step 2
Now comb sections of the hair with a fine tooth, head lice comb.

Step 3
Wipe the conditioner from the comb onto a paper towel or tissue.

Step 4
Look on the tissue and on the comb for lice and eggs.

Step 5
Repeat the combing for every part of the head at least four or five times

If lice or eggs are found, the hair should be treated. If the person has been treated recently and you only find empty hatched eggs, you may not have to treat, as the empty eggs could be from a previous episode.


Treating head lice

Treating head lice involves removing lice and eggs from the hair. There are two ways you can do this:

1. Buying and using a head lice lotion or shampoo, following the instructions on the product

2. Using the conditioner and comb method (described under ‘finding head lice’) every second day until there have been no live lice found for ten days.

If you choose to use a head lice product always read and follow the instructions provided with the product carefully.


The following points may also be helpful:

  • Head lice products must be applied to all parts of the hair and scalp.
  • No treatment kills all of the eggs so treatment must involve two applications, seven days apart.
  • The first treatment kills all lice; the second treatment kills the lice that may have hatched from eggs not killed by the first treatment.
  • Cover the person’s eyes while the treatment is being applied. A towel is a good way to do this.
  • If you are using a lotion, apply the product to dry hair.
  • If you are using a shampoo, wet the hair, but use the least amount of water possible.
  • Apply the treatment near the scalp, using an ordinary comb to cover the hair from root to tip. Repeat this several times until all the hair is covered.
  • There is no need to treat the whole family - unless they also have head lice.
  • Concentrate on the head - there is no need to clean the house or the classroom.
  • Only the pillowcase requires washing - either wash it in hot water (at least 60�C) or dry it using a clothes dryer on the hot or warm setting.





During Term 1 each year children across Victoria are asked to recommend their favourite Australian books to other children by nominating four Australian titles.

All nominations are collated and the 10 books with the most nominations in each of the award categories are the shortlisted books for that year. Students are then encouraged to read as many of these books across Term 2 and Term 3 that they can.

All this reading is leading to each student rewarding their very favourite book during the voting process in early Term 4.

Attached is the list of those books which have been nominated. I encourage all our students to have a look at this list, select some books to read and later vote on your favourite book.



On Thursday's Year 5 and 6s spend time in the library with Ms Oliver. During this time we explore new texts, practice our comprehension skills and read and borrow texts. Last term all students prepared a booktrailer to share with other students. Below are a few examples from the classes




Class Page - 01H

Visit to the Town Library


As part of our Literacy Block we visit the Town Library where we enjoy listening to a picture story book and then creating craft. Picture story books have rich language we don't use in every day conversations. This rich language helps build children's vocabulary and assists them in their reading, writing and spelling.


Division Cross Country

2018 Student Reflective comments from the Division Cross Country.


Girls aged 9/10 years

Bridget Brown, Jazmaine Broad, Lily Patrick-Oudeman, Jacinta Holmes, Tessa Warrin

Lots of these students indicated that participating in this event was an amazing experience and that they are already looking forward to doing it again next year! They liked running with and supporting their friends. Congratulations to Bridget Brown who came second in this event and will now compete in the Regional Cross Country.


Boys aged 9/10 years

Nate Warrin, Declan Lowden, Liam Lewis, Patrick Carlisle, Tyler Bodsworth, Brock Jenner, Arthur Smith

Many of the boys were a bit nervous to start with but they generally enjoyed the challenge of running in this event. They also liked running with their friends.


Girls aged 11 years

Keisha Broad, Brianna Inglis-Goodliffe, Gemma Poar

These girls were surprised by the large numbers of students competing in the events. However, this did not deter them as they ran hard and put in their best effort throughout the race. Overall, they thought the run was fun!


Boys aged 11 years

Jay Laffan-Moodie, Jackson Jenner, Kaiden Hodgson, Cody Peatling, Chris Bodsworth

These boys thought this 3000 metres run was pretty hard! However, they enjoyed the experience and showed great persistence. All successfully completed the run.


Girls aged 12 and over

Ainslie Trease

Ainslie thought participating in this event and running with over 100 other students was an amazing experience. The course was very muddy and she was nervous at the start, but she soon found her stride and successfully completed the run.


Boys aged 12 and over

Zac Newby, Xavier Dixon, Benjamin Norman

These boys thought that participating in this event was a fantastic experience. They felt proud of the way they put in their best effort during the race and persisted through the hard patches.


Year 5/6 Winter Sports


Softball Report

On Friday 18th May, the two NPS softball teams played a game to decide which team would take on Katunga South in the next Winter Sport match.

Players from both teams showed excellent skills.  All players ran the bases effectively and threw the ball accurately too.  A highlight of the game was the valuable contributions made by Xavier Dixon, Kaiden Hodgson, Declan Lowden and Jake Salter.

The final scores indicated that the Lightning Loaders had won the game 18-6, so they will play Katunga South this Friday.

Report written by Kaiden Hodgson (Lightning Loaders Co Captain)


Football Report

On Friday 18th May, Numurkah Primary School footballers played an entertaining game of footy against Strathmerton. The game was played at the Numurkah Football Oval.

All our players played really well. We kicked four goals which was an excellent effort. A highlight of the game was the way NPS players backed each other up and encouraged each other throughout the game.

Best on field: Conner Waites, Colby Miller, Jackson Jenner, Jay Laffan-Moodie, Bayden Parkinson. A special mention to Ben Norman for his goal just before the final siren!

The final score indicated that Strathy had won the game. However, NPS players were very proud of their efforts.

Report written by Conner Waites  (Team Co Captain)



On the 18th May 2018, the NPS Year 5 Netball Team, 5/5 Stars played a game of netball against the Strathmerton Year 5 Team. Our team did a lot of intercepting.

The highlights included Mitchell Harvey’s very good defence and Gemma Poar’s accurate passes and excellent catches when getting the ball down to our end. Even though Strathy won the game we felt very positive when reflecting on the way we played.

Report written by Connor Philpott


Year 6 Netball Report

On Friday 18th May NPS Year 6 netball team played against Strathmerton Primary. Best on court were Breanna Inglis-Goodliffe, Maddi McGraw and Caitrin Harrison.

Breanna shot three goals and played really well. Maddi also played well, throwing the ball accurately. Caitrin defended effectively and played really carefully.

The score was 29-6 their way, but we played fairly and had a great time too. Overall, despite the cold and soggy weather we all played really well. Afterwards, the girls felt pretty proud of themselves for persisting with their efforts for the entire game.

Report written by Jasmin Thompson (Team Captain)



Canteen Helpers

Friday 25th May - Selyna Wilson

Monday 28th May  - Junior School Council

Tuesday 29th May - Cynthia Morgan

Wednesday 30th May - Kylie's Leadership Group

Thursday 31st May - Helper Required

Friday 1st June - No school for Students

Monday 4th June  - Junior School Council

Tuesday 5th June - Cynthia Morgan

Wednesday 6th June - Melissa Hall

Thursday 7th June - Helper Required

Friday 8th June - Selyna Wilson


Volunteers Required - 

Our school canteen, selling chips, ice creams and icy poles,  is staffed by parent volunteers. If you would like to assist in the school canteen, a volunteer is required each day from 1:30pm - 2:10pm. During Term one our canteen was only been open on limited days due to limited availability of volunteers. The canteen will be open more regularly this term as Julie Wilkinson and the Junior School Councillors and Kylie Jones with her Leadership Group will be assisting in the Canteen.


We still need a parent volunteer on Thursday's, if you are able to help out please let the office know.


Canteen Menu

Our Canteen items and prices have remained the same as last year. A price list is attached below.


Lunch Orders


The Lunch Order menu has remained the same as last year. Please see the attachment below if you do not have a copy.



Community Notices

Men's Health Night


Goodstart Numurkah - Open Day


SYC Scorchers Hockey Club

The SYC Hockey Club are searching for more junior players to fill positions in our Under 12 and Under 14 teams
for the 2018 season.
Please see the attachment below for more information.


Numurkah Primary School
School Lunch Summer Menu .pdf
SYC-Junior-Flyer_v2 (2).pdf