Grange Primary School Newsletter

21 September 2018
Term 3 Week 9
From the Principal 
School Activities
School News
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!


Extra Curricula Activities

What a busy time this term has been. At Grange we have so many additional opportunities for our students to excel and shine. Some of these extra curricula programs are now being finalised and celebrated, including-

  • Sir Oliphant Science Awards
  • Tournament of the Minds
  •  Wakakirri
  •  Numerous sporting teams and individual representation on district and State groups
  •  Sports day
  •  Choir
  •  Debating
  •  Chess
  •  Homework club
  •  Personal Learning Projects (PLP) and presentations
  •  Hirigana competition
  •  Instrumental music


All of these programs could not run without the support and leadership of our outstanding teaching staff. So many of them give so much extra on top of their classroom/specialist teaching role and in their own time. Fantastic job by our teachers, enabling our students to follow a passion, excel and shine.


STEM works opening

Last week the Minister for Education, the Honourable John Gardner officially opened our new STEM works. Student leaders confidently led John and the official party on a tour of the facilities works we have undertaken and showcased classes learning in the new spaces. 


John was very impressed by the extent of work across the school that we were able to achieve with the $1,000,000 of funding provided. 

While the new STEM facilities will support each and every one of our 762 students and their teachers, it is the continuous professional learning of teachers that will make the real difference.



An excellent example of this at Grange is in Mathematics that was recently showcased in a very positive story on the ABC news. Three of our year 6/7 students James, Ashden and Ellie summarised the key messages so well. 

Messages of-

  •  The importance of Mathematics in the world around us and the world of work 
  •  Engagement in real life problem solving
  •  Progress in student achievement

The attached link shows the ABC news story.  (This will take you to a SugarSync  file  to download and enjoy.)    


IMG_3532.TRIM.MOV (18.28 MB)


Preparing our students for this ever changing world requires us as a system, school and class teacher to best prepare our students to be the best they can be in this uncertain world. Text book and completion of sheets of numerical problems that is the same for all students is not going to be successful.


Real problem solving on tasks such as “designing your dream backyard” requires application of many mathematical skills- measurement, calculating, estimating, area, perimeter, volume and much more. Engaging, fun and deep learning in action.


Regards, Grant


Grant Small, Principal

Grange Primary School 




School Activities

Zoo Excursion - Year 1

This term, Rooms 24, 25 and 30 have been learning about animals. We have been researching animals to write information reports and also building habitat dioramas in Geography. Last Tuesday, as part of our unit of work, all 3 classes went on an excursion to the Adelaide Zoo. We had a fantastic time exploring the zoo and learning about habitats with a zookeeper. Thank you to all of the parents who came along to help us on the day. We are now definitely animal experts! 



Western Primary Schools' Hiragana Competition

On Wednesday the 19th of September eleven Yr 6 & 7 students attended this competition at Kidman Park Primary.

We competed against six other schools to be the fastest at reading Japanese sounds and words.

As we spent some lunchtimes and our own time practising, we felt we were well prepared.


The competition was extremely fierce, with the top three teams going on to  represent our region in the State Hiragana Competition next term.


Sadly, our three Grange teams did not get 1st, 2nd or 3rd but they enjoyed it and that’s what matters.


We’d like to thank Ms Buggy for supporting the eleven students. Thank you also to Kendra and Anthony’s Mums for transporting us.


By Wyliam H,  7S


Narrative Writing Room 29

Room 29 has been working on narrative writing this term. 


The most important things for a narrative are:


- Adjectives to describe nouns - Jake D

- Beginning, middle and ending - Millie P

- Problem and a solution - Laith A

- Proper nouns for our characters - Danilo M


We are now turning our narratives into Reader's Theatre by designing a set and puppets to share our stories. We are focusing on making sure our set designs match our setting and characters from our narrative. Here are some images of us using our plans to begin construction. 


Junior STEM News

We have been busy this term with our STEM Inquiry “How can we at Grange Primary help save water and keep our oceans healthy’. We have been learning to be scientists and do experiments using The Scientific Method. (see pics)


 We enjoyed learning about evaporation as a process in The Water Cycle when our Living Loan person from SA Water visited us. 


Some people even got wet! Please enjoy our photos.


Zoo School Fun Year 6

The 3 year 6 classes from Grange went on an excursion to the Adelaide Zoo for 2 days to learn all about the animals and threatened species. The day included an educational talk about endangered species, a behind the scenes tour of different areas in the Zoo to learn about feeding and care of the animals and finally a work sheet to learn more about the animals at the Zoo. Once the students had completed the tasks assigned, they were free to explore the Zoo to take a better look at the animals and their habitats. On behalf of all the year 6’s we would like to thank Ms Wilson, Ms Xenides, Ms Taylor and all the parents who came along, we couldn’t have gone on this amazing trip to the Zoo without you!

Kaitlyn  - Room 32


School News

School Crossing Monitors

Term 3 - Week 10

24/9  - 28/9

Dylan N - Room 37

Charlie R - Room 37

Indiana F - Room 37

Tarj S (Reserve) - Room 37

Term 4 - Week 1

15/10 - 19/10

Tarj S - Room 37

Hugh N - Room 37

Logan Lindley - Room 37

Noah R (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 3 - Week 10

24/9 - 28/9

Monday - Amyee Lumsden

Tuesday - N/A

Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miige

Term 4 - Week 1

15/10 - 19/10

Monday -  Student Free Day


Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miige

New Front Playground

Our new front playground was finally opened this week. We thought you might enjoy some photos of our students making great use of it.

Class Placement 2019

Please find attached information regarding Class Placement for 2019. 

Early Dismissal 

Reminder that dismissal will be at 2.05pm on Friday 28th September due to the end of Term 3.

Sport News

SAPSASA Western District Day

On Tuesday 11th September, 43 of our Year 4 to 7 students attended the Airport and Western District Day held at Henley Athletics Oval. It was a windy, rainy day but this did not deter our athletes, who had been chosen to represent Grange from times and distances recorded at our Sports Day held the previous Friday.

We are pleased and proud to announce that Grange Primary School, for the second year running, was awarded with the 1st place trophy for Large Schools - Western District. Congratulations to all who participated. As a result, we will have a record breaking 21 students representing our school at SAPSASA State Day to be held next Tuesday at SANTOS Stadium.

We would like to thank the teachers and parents who helped to record times and distances on Sports Day, to the parents who transported our students to district day because of the inclement weather and in particular to Wade Ball and Nick Warren for the time and effort required to make such a day happen.

We wish our athletes all the best at State Day and GO GRANGE!!!!


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.


AFL Football


The school would like to congratulate our Year 6/7 coach, David Penberthy, on being awarded the Woodville West Torrens SANFL Schools Coach of the Year.

It is a credit to David and his approach and attitude to all players, coaches and umpires in the competition to have won this award. 

Congratulations again David from all the Grange Primary School Football Community.

Season Wrap

The 2018 season of school football finished on Saturday 25th August with our last game being played that morning followed by presentations and a celebration of the season in the school hall.

It was a very competitive year for both of our teams with the obvious highlight being the Year 6/7 team winning the lightning carnival.

Of course we are not able to participate in the competition without parent support. We thank Shane Brow and Kane Godlevsky for helping with the Year 4/5 team and say thank you and goodbye to David Penberthy, Stuart Ramsay and Paul Hopkins for their contributions over the past 3 years with the Year 6/7 team. Thanks also to all the parents that helped out with various roles on game days. A special thanks to Rebecca Godlevsky for her work behind the scenes and with the BBQ/Canteen at our home games.

We would like to wish all players that are moving on to high school the best and hope to see the rest of you as well as some new faces next year. 


I have been involved with school football now for 12 years, the last 6 as coordinator, and as my youngest child is in year 7 next year, I am stepping aside as co-ordinator. The school is therefore looking for someone to take on this role for 2019 and beyond. I will be able to support and help with the handover during the year for anyone who is interested. I have found the role rewarding role over the years so if you enjoy the  great game of Australian Rules Football and would like to opportunity to support your school, please contact myself or Nick Warren if you would like more information.  



Nick Godlevsky

Grange PS Football Delegate

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.



Little Athletics SA 

If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Marotti on 08 8352 8133 or on email at [email protected].

Fulham United Football Club


Grange Surf Life Saving Club 


Dates to Remember

Term 3 2018

Week 9

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


Term 4 2018

Week 1

Monday 15th October - Pupil Free Day

Week 4

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

Week 5

Thursday 15th November - CYP Competition - Alberton Oval - Room 37

Week 8

Sunday 9th December - Carols by Candlelight - Sturt House

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
class placement 2019.pdf