Numurkah Primary School

28 February 2019
Issue Three
From the Principal's desk
What's Happening?
Attendance Policy
Student Awards
Teaching and Learning
Class Page 5/6H
  Parents and Friends
Community Notices
Numurkah Primary School
(03) 5862 1426
10 Quinn Street
Numurkah, Victoria, 3636

From the Principal's desk

Teaching and Learning Goals for 2019

This year we will continue to focus on improving outcomes in reading, writing and numeracy. Last year we were an 'Influence' school in reading growth, which means that we are on a positive trajectory with 85% of our students over the last three years showing medium to high growth. We wish to continue this trajectory, but this year we are also refining our approach to the way in which we teach writing. Across the whole nation and state, children are not achieving the same results in writing as they are achieving in reading.


Following a completion of a Leading Literacy course last year which introduced us to the latest research into literacy pedagogy, we have implemented a Reader's and Writer's Workshop model. Everyday students receive 2 hours of explicit instruction in reading and writing. The workshop model involves the teacher setting the learning goals and success criteria at the start of the lesson, then explicitly teaching and modelling the learning strategy before children break into independent reading or writing. Later in the workshop children work in small groups for activities like guided reading before at the end of the workshop, reflecting back on what they have learnt.


In writing we are now moving to explicitly teaching the process of writing and all children from Years 3 to 6 have a Writer's Workshop Notebook where we will have them constantly writing and hopefully enjoying the whole process by the end of the year. Our Preps to Year 2s are also working on a similar approach.


During 2019 David Jenner, Rob Smith and myself will also be completing a Leading Mathematics course and we hope to bring all the latest research and teaching pedagogy into our teaching of Mathematics at Numurkah Primary School.


Meanwhile as parents and carers, you can work in partnership with us by ensuring your child or children read with you every night. Also encourage them in their writing to think up original ideas, use great words, use challenging sentence structures and experiment with different text types.


Debbie Oliver


What's Happening?

Term 1 2019

Friday 1st March - School Council Nominations close

Wednesday 6th March - Preps start attending school on Wednesdays

Friday 8th March - Out of Uniform Day 

Monday 11th March - Labour Day Public Holiday

Friday 15th March - Fete 5 pm to 7:30 pm

Monday 18th March - National Young Leaders Day

Monday 25th March - School Council AGM 7pm

Tuesday 2nd April and Wednesday 3rd April - Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews


Out of Uniform Day - Friday 8th March

There will be an out of uniform day on Friday 8th March with each child asked to bring a pantry item donation. These items will be gathered into hampers for our 50/50 Market Stall. 


Donation ideas include a can or packet of food, bottle of drink, biscuits etc. Any food items that can be stored in the pantry. Please make sure items are not out of date. Items should be given to classroom teachers. 

Writing Competition


Fete Tickets


Pre-Paid Fete Vouchers

  • We have $10 “bundles” of vouchers made up of “$1 each” tickets, available this year.
  • The vouchers can be used at any stall or activity instead of money, except for some food and drinks and the camel rides.
  • As the children make a purchase the ticket/s they have spent are removed off the bundle.
  • The bundle is attached to a ribbon, which allows the children to hang the bundle around their necks.
  • This is intended to save the children having to walk around with lots of money in their hands on the night
  • We encourage parents to write their child’s name on the back of the vouchers in case these are lost
  • We strongly encourage everyone to make use of these vouchers- it saves a lot of time and effort for the organisers in counting money and arranging mountains of change. It is easier for the stallholders to handle.


If you would like to purchase these vouchers before the fete -


  • Put your money in an envelope
  • Clearly mark your child’s name on the outside of the envelope
  • Clearly state how many bundles of vouchers you would like to purchase
  • Send the envelope to school with your child
  • The vouchers you have purchased will be sent home with your child before the fete

2018 Concert DVDs

We still have some DVDs available from last years Concert, Viva La Vida. DVDs are $12 each. If you would like to purchase one please contact the office.

Attendance Policy

 It’s not OK to be away


When kids miss school, not only is their academic progress impeded, forcing them to catch up on missed work (which some never do), they often miss important interactions with their peers which can compound issues of social isolation and low self-esteem.


One of the most important things you can do to ensure your child has a bright future is to make sure he or she goes to school every day—and gets there on time. It sounds simple, but it’s true. The correlation between school attendance and children’s achievement levels is well-established. The more time kids spend at school, the more likely they are to experience school success. Conversely, according to a report from the Victorian Auditor General, students who are regularly absent from school are at the greatest risk of dropping out of school early, and of experiencing long-term unemployment. 


 Of course, most people know this intuitively, yet school absenteeism is a huge problem in Australian schools—and much of it is parent-condoned. It’s hard to get an accurate picture across the country but it would appear that Australian students miss an average of between 12 and 15 days per school year, with parent-condoned absenteeism highest among young primary-aged children. That adds up to a year’s lost schooling over the school-life of a child. In today’s highly competitive world, this rate of absenteeism is alarming, putting our kids at a distinct disadvantage.


The time is right to focus on improved attendance rates at Numurkah Primary School. Last year on average each student was absent for 15 days. This means that on average each student will miss 105 days of school during their time at our school. Let's work together to improve this!


Poor patterns of attendance place students at risk of not achieving their educational, social and future potential as adults. Once learners have begun to absent themselves from pre-school or school, and the initial cause of this remains undetected or unresolved, it is likely that the pattern of absence will continue and escalate through their subsequent schooling and adulthood.


Please remember that if you are experiencing difficulty in having your child attend school, discuss the matter with your child’s teacher or contact Ms Oliver or Mr Lelliott.





Student Awards

Student of the Week - 15/02/2019

Prep H - Maddison Burston - Well done Maddi! You work well and listen carefully! 

Prep/1S - Harper Tetley - You work hard and are always ready to learn. Keep it up!

1/2C - Cooper Lowden - For being so helpful in the classroom, always ready to do any job when asked.

2/3R - Max Dudley - For excellent work in all areas, particularly his written retell of 'Beware of the Cat!' Max has made a wonderful start to the year.   

3/4S - Marshall Duncan - Marshall you are modelling our school values so well, and working hard in the classroom and pool. 

3/4W - Riley Crisp - You have displayed all the school values this week. Keep up the good work!

4/5J - Baelan Saxton - For making an excellent start at his new school and also for a wonderful approach at swimming. 

5/6H - Breanna Inglis-Goodliffe - Demonstrating excellent leadership skills in the way you've fulfilled your duties as our Class Deputy Prime Minister. Always organised, punctual and efficient. Well done!

5/6S - Bobby Hall - For accurately following instructions and showing great persistence during swimming sessions. you re also enthusiastically reading a variety of texts.

Science - Eden McIntosh - For her outstanding Satellite project, strong work ethic and her kindness towards other students. 

Music - Will Robin - Excellent behaviour in Music. Well done playing the riff on the glock!

Art - Levi McKenzie - Well done on your 'Dot-Self-Portrait'.

Values - Skye Young - For her strong work ethic, caring nature, positive attitude and for her outstanding project work this week.

Student of the Week - 22/02/2019

Prep H - Mackenzie Arundel - Mackenzie you are a wonderful eager to learn. Great work on your 'Roll and Write' maths activity.  

Prep/1S - Sophia Cavallaro - This week you have gained so much confidence in the water. I am so proud of you!

1/2C - Billie Harris - For always showing our school values, being sensible and putting in your best efforts!

2/3R - Isaac Forman - For having a settled week where he has followed all the School Values and completed some very pleasing work. 

3/4S - Olivia Tervit - A smashing start to Year Three Olivia. You have a fabulous attitude to your work and friends!

3/4W - Carley Bowen - Amazing swimming progress. Well done on working hard during the entire program. 

4/5J - Lily Mullane - For a positive approach towards her reading and general learning. 

5/6H - Zac Newby - For an excellent and consistent effort during our swimming program. you've developed and improved your skills to a high level. Well done! 

5/6S - Chianne - For quickly settling into the 56S routine at NPS. you have also successfully completed a range of individual tasks and worked cooperatively during group activities. 

Science - Jordan Cockerell -For his outstanding work in Science this week, especially for his Mars (Egg) Rover experiment. 

Music - Anna Newham - Fantastic work with your Dot-Portrait. I loved how much care you took! 

Art - Savina D'Agostino - Great work in Music this week. Well done on the 'Somebody that I used to know' riff. 

Values - Patrick Carlisle - Caring - For his mcaring nature towards Prep students this week. Keep up the great work Patrick.  


Hive by A.J.Betts

So, when I was shopping in Big W recently for new books for our library, I was immediately struck by the cover of this book.

It was enough for me to pull the book from the shelf and read the back blurb below:


"All I can tell you is what I remember, in the words that I have.

Hayley tends to her bees and follows the rules in the only world she has ever known.

Until she witnesses the impossible: a drip from the ceiling.

A drip? It doesn't make sense.

Yet she hears it, catches it. Tastes it.

Curiosity is a hook.

What starts as a drip leads to a lie, a death, a boy, a beast, and too many awful questions."


'Yes!'  I thought.  Just the sort of book I would love to read; a dystopian novel where the writer has created a future  world that is less than idyllic and a teenager is going to save the day!


My second thought was, 'Yes, I know some students that would enjoy this novel.'


So in the trolley it went, through the cash register, and into my hot little hands. I read it over the weekend. 


And I am happy to say, I loved the book!


So to all the students that are enjoying reading the Michael Adams series or love books where young people save the world that adults have wreaked, this could be the book for you!


Ms Oliver



So what is it about?

Hive is the story of fifteen-year-old Hayley. Hayley lives in a different world. A world made of hexagons, and secrets and lies. A world with new meanings and assigned roles. A world where our world has completely disappeared from view.

Betts has created a new world order based upon the structure of a bee hive. Hexagons line up with hexagons and each pod plays a different purpose. Madness is abhored in Hayley’s hive. Hayley struggles to hide her head pains from the community for fear of being discovered as mad.

Hayley’s world is a world of order and confinement; where power is concentrated within  the hands of a few and where knowledge can be a powerful weapon. Hayley stumbles across the ‘drip’ and starts asking questions about its existence. Such questions place her life in terrible danger.

Hive is a well-constructed narrative and compelling reading. It is an easy-to-read book that will stay with readers long after you delve within its pages. My only complaint is I have to wait until next year to read the sequel, Rogue.

Teaching and Learning

Attention All Mathematicians!

We are ready to count, add, subtract, divide and problem solve!

Numeracy (Maths) is a crucial part of our teaching and learning at NPS, as teachers and students work daily to improve their Numeracy knowledge and skills.


We learn how to use a variety of mental strategies, such as counting forward or backwards to solve problem tasks. Our students also use concrete materials such as counters to support them with their visual understanding of concepts being explored.


Our students also work hard to build their automatic response to number, which means learning things off by heart, such as Times Tables. We are all looking forward to a brilliant year challenging out thinking in Numeracy at Numurkah Primary School!

So, remember the words of Albert Einstein (yes, he was actually a mathematician):  "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."




Swimming Program

Our Swimming program was a huge success this year. Throughout the two week program our students worked well to improve overall confidence in the water, swimming skills and knowledge about water safety. We were lucky to have Lyn Young volunteer to test as many students as possible to assess their swimming levels. At the indoor pool, our beginners and learners did a great job, whilst we also had many students at the outdoor pool really pushing themselves in regards to stamina, fitness and learning correct technique.




Last Friday we completed our Swimming Program with the Pool Picnic, a day where all of our school community was invited to attend and celebrate our students swimming efforts. Students enjoyed all of the rotational activities which gave them an opportunity to practice their learnt skills. The House Relay Race was won by Green House with Gold House a very close second. Green House Swimmers were Arthur Smith, Jackson Jenner, Bridget Brown and Mitchell Harvey. The race was a great spectacle as the whole school community watched, supported their houses and cheered. It was the same awesome atmosphere for the Adults versus Students Race, which the students won. Well done to all involved here!

Thank you to all of our volunteers including parents, helpers and Numurkah Secondary Students. Also, a huge well done to our House Captains who lead by example throughout the entire two week program.

Division Swimming

Last Tuesday 19th of February, 14 of our students competed at Division Swimming Trials at Aquamoves in Shepparton. All students tried their best and enjoyed the experience. A special mention for Arthur Smith who made it through to the next Regional stage for Breaststroke.

Quotes from the day:

Aiden Woolley: "I did a good job and tried my best. It was a fun day."

Bridget Brown: "I came 3rd in Freestyle and 4th in Breaststroke. My heart was racing faster than I was swimming."

Arthur Smith: "I came 2nd in Breaststroke and it was a really fun day. I am looking forward to the Regional stage next week."

Crystal Jarrott:  "I competed in the Butterfly and Freestyle events. The standard was pretty high this year, however I still enjoyed the experience."

Shaye Bowen:  "I really enjoyed the experience this year, even more than last year."

Tessa Warrin: "I came 2nd in my heat and then finished 5th in the Freestyle event."

Darby Salter: "This was my second year at division and I tried my hardest"

Matthew Koeleman: "I competed in Freestyle and I enjoyed it. I had a great time."

Jay Moodie: "I went really well against the other swimmers. I didn’t make it through however I am still really proud of my effort."

Zac Newby: "I did freestyle and I am proud of my day. I finished 5th in Freestyle."

Taesharn Crowe: "It was great fun and I swam in the Freestyle event."

Jorjiah Moody: "Division swimming was really fun. I competed in the Backstroke event and finished 4th."

Charlie Payne: "It was a really fun day. I enjoyed the backstroke event."

Riley Banner: "I was really happy with how I swam. I came 3rd in my Freestyle heat and swam the race in 49.73 seconds."




Class Page 5/6H

DIRECT from our Writer’s Workshops to YOU…

Extracts from our Holiday Recounts in 5-6H.

“There – my friend Sian – playing with my sticky, gooey and slimy slime. Suddenly some of the slime spilt on Sian’s clothes and on the carpet so I quickly got a cloth and wiped it up.”

Author: Crystal Jarrot

“In the squished car was me, my annoying sister, my two younger brothers and my mum. In the second car was my stepdad and our cute pet fish…7 ½ hours later…”

Author: Charlie Payne

“There – my parents – laughing, just married. I was about to cry to be honest. I looked around and saw Seiona smiling at me. After that, everyone wanted a picture, but I snuck off to see Seiona.”

Author: Karli Gerdtz-Suffern

“My dad fell asleep in the sun…his legs were like burnt tomatoes for the next 2 months.”

Author: Adam Kennedy

“I caught a big cod. I caught a different species I have never seen before. Just before the sun set we put up the tents.”

Author: Noah Greco

“When we came out of the Market Place I saw someone. I thought it was someone I know, but when I went up to him it wasn’t someone I knew, it was a boy taking a long, quick and smooth breath.”

Author: Matthew Lourens

“There – glaring at it – a pool table. It looked clean, strong and smooth. Suddenly Bill ripped off the cover of the silk table and asked ‘Do you want to play a game of pool?’ I replied, ‘Game on!’”

Author: Arthur Smith

“I was at Jade’s house. We pulled our bathers on and plopped sunscreen on. We saw our new floaties becoming bigger and bigger. We grabbed the floaties and ran out to the pool, threw our towels on the fence and chucked the squeaky floaties into the water”

Author: Jade Smith

  Parents and Friends


Friday 15th March 5pm - 7:30pm


Come along for a fantastic evening! There will be lots of activities/stalls for all the family! The following activities/stalls are just some of the suggestions -

  • Camel Rides
  • Train Rides
  • Jumping Castles
  • Spinning Wheel
  • Showbags
  • Hired Photo Booth
  • Careful Cobbers
  • Lucky Dips – Blind Bags
  • Jumble Sale
  • Face Painting
  • Coffee Van
  • Fairy Floss on a stick
  • BBQ
  • Hot Potatoes
  • Cake Stall
  • Snow Cones
  • Hot Chips

Now is a good time to have a clean out at home in preparation for our Jumble Sale! Donations of unwanted toys, books, clothes, shoes, bags etc in good clean condition are welcomed. We are also in need of plastic bags, and ice-cream containers please.  


Our fete is just a few weeks away. We are now at the stage of asking for helpers during the night.   Volunteers are required on the stalls between 5pm to 7:30pm, in half hour or hour timeslots. If you are able to help, please let the office.



Canteen Helpers

Monday 4th March - Alex Sanderson

Tuesday 5th March - Year 3/4 Community Helpers

Wednesday 6th March - Kylie's Leadership Group

Thursday 7th March - Year 3/4 Community Helpers

Friday 8th March - Selyna Wilson

Monday 11th March - Closed due to Labour Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 12th March - Year 3/4 Community Helpers

Wednesday 13th March - Kylie's Leadership Group

Thursday 14th March - Year 3/4 Community Helpers

Friday 15th March - Help Required


Volunteers required for 2019 -

Our school canteen, selling ice creams and icy poles,  is opened by parent and staff volunteers. If you would like to assist in the school canteen, a volunteer is required each day from 1:30pm - 2:10pm. Please consider helping out in 2019. All volunteers require a current Working With Children Check, these are available free for volunteers. If you do not have a current check please visit the following website and apply for a check -


Canteen Menu

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


Lunch Orders

Please see the attachment below for the updated price list. 



Community Notices



Permanent Care Parents


Numurkah Under 10 & Under 12 Football 2019 Sign Up


All players new and old must follow the link to our club website on the SDJFL website (Shepparton District Junior Football League) to register for our 2019 Under 10 and 12 Teams.  The Club cannot register you due to privacy laws.  You must also have an email address to complete the registration.


Final Registrations and Training commence Wednesday March 27. First game is after the school holidays, Saturday April 27.


Any questions contact Paul Arnel at or phone 0418 549 495.

Community Working Bee


Numurkah Primary School
Canteen Prices.pdf
2019 School Lunch Summer Menu.pdf
Attendance Policy.pdf