Grange Primary School Newsletter

05 April 2019
Term 1 Week 10
From the Principal 
School Activities
School News
Dates to Remember
Community News
Grange Primary School
08 8353 2688
39c Jetty Street
Grange, South Australia, 5022

From the Principal 


Dear Parents and Caregivers, Konnichiwa!


Visit from Channel 9 News Presenters

Last week we were fortunate to have Channel 9 News presenters Kate Collins, Brenton Ragless and Chelsea Carey come out to Grange. Kate and Brenton worked with Years 5, 6 and 7 students to learn about how the news is produced and spoke about the careers involved in news production. They also shared their own career pathways to their presenting roles.


Later in the day the weather presenter Chelsea Carey came to the school and presented several live crosses from the Grange Primary School oval. Channel 9 supported us to have activities on the oval with a barbecue and jumping castles. The fundraising team of Grange Primary School parents again did a wonderful job in running the barbecue, as did Grange Primary School parent Jarrah Carr in providing the jumping castles and personnel to manage them. The obstacle run jumping castle was certainly a great attraction. Thanks again to the parent volunteers and to Jarrah for your ongoing support of our school.


Another big thank you to Grange Primary School parent, Sally Stevens who works at Channel 9 and enabled Grange Primary School to be on their visit list.


I am told by the Channel 9 team that this event at Grange Primary School was the most successful and highest attended of any that they have held at other sites. What this shows to me is the power of parents and the school working as a close collaborative and supportive team. It was also a great promotion of our school community.


Thanks again to everyone for making it such a success.


Parent/Teacher/Student interviews

Over the past two weeks we have been conducting parent-teacher interviews and, where appropriate, three way conferences involving the student as well. Using our online booking system made the process much more efficient. There were 733 scheduled interviews which means that we were able to meet with most families. Teachers are following up with the few families that were not scheduled so that they can meet with the family of every student.


If you are yet to schedule a time with your child’s teacher/teachers can you please do so by the end of this term?


Working as a team of parent/teacher/student is such an important part in supporting every student to be the best they can be. A member of the leadership team is always present at the school when an interview is held, so you may have seen us walking around. Teachers have shared back with me how much they value and appreciate this time with parents in sharing progress, successes and next steps for learning of your child.


As you can appreciate, with our aim to meet with the parents of every one of our 759 students it is a big demand on teachers, in making long working days for them. So thank you to our wonderful group of professional and committed classroom teachers and school leaders for all their time and effort in making the partnership with parent, teacher and student such a success.


Regards, Grant

Grant Small, Principal

Grange Primary School 




School Activities

News from Room 21

We read Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox which is about a boy, Wilfrid, who helps an elderly friend, Nancy, to regain some of her memory. We enjoyed discussing and sharing our memories. 

We talked about memories that make us laugh and make us sad, what makes us think of long ago, makes us feel warm inside and as precious as gold.



Room 21 visit Anglicare Grange 

Room 21 enjoyed their visit to Anglicare Grange.

After being welcomed by Kate Helimore, Lifestyle Coordinator, and learning about the centre, the children enthusiastically performed four songs to the residents in House 7.

Anglicare Grange is a residential home for elderly people ranging in age from 70 to 100 years .

This is the second year that the Year 2's in Room 21 have visited the nursing home on a regular basis, singing songs and taking part in activities with the residents at Anglicare Grange. The children certainly are sharing acts of kindness in their community. 

Lenny a friend from Anglicare Grange said he looks forward to the Grange Primary School children's visits. He remarked that they are more special and enjoyable than Christmas for him.



School News

School Fees

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

The school fees that you pay provide children with the necessary resources to enable learning.

Without these funds, our ability to provide classroom, library, STEM, technology and other resources is restricted.

For this reason, we ask all parents to pay school fees by the end of Term 1.

Where families are facing financial difficulties, we are open to accepting regular payment arrangements to assist them. Please contact our Front Office if you need to make a payment arrangement.

If you think you may be eligible for school card, please collect an application form from the Front Office.

Once again, I urge all families to pay their school fees, excursion and swimming fees by the end of Term 1.

Statements will be going home this week to parents where fees are still outstanding.


Yours sincerely,

Grant Small


Canteen News

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

Your assistance is greatly appreciated. 


Term 1

 Week 11 2019

Monday - Petrina Young

Tuesday - Petrina Young

Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miige

Term 2

Week 1 2019

Monday - Student Free Day

Tuesday - Melissa White

Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miige


Entertainment Books
Now Available From the Front Office!



We previously advised that Hats and Bags would still be available from school via the Front Office or the Qkr App. However, it has been reported to us by our uniform supplier that many people have asked about having hats and bags on sale along with the clothing items. Therefore, starting immediately, hats and bags will only be available to purchase from Westside School Uniforms, either at the Westside shop or via their website. 

Prices will be as follows:

Medium Bags with logo                $40.00

Large Bags with logo                      $42.00

Hats  plain no logo                          $10.00


It has come to our attention also that people are having difficultly locating Westside Uniform shop. The majority of the shops in the block face Grange Road, however Westside are situated around the corner in Falkirk Avenue. Should you have any difficulties finding the shop please call Amanda at Westside on 0450 224 887. 


Dates to Remember

Term 1 2019

Week 11

9th April - Literacy and Numeracy Morning

9th April - Year 7 High School Transition Parent Information Evening 6pm - 7pm

11th April - Easter Presentation

12th April - Last day of Term - early dismissal at 2:05pm 


Term 2 2019

29th April - Student Free Day

30th April - Students Return


2019 School Terms

Term 1                          29th January - 12th April

Term 2                          29th April - 5th July

Term 3                           22nd July - 27th September

Term 4                           14th October - 13th December

2019 Student Free Days

Term 2                           Monday, 29th April

                                         Friday, 14th June

Term 3                           Friday, 30th August 

                                         Monday, 2nd September

Literacy and Numeracy Morning


Community News

Volunteers Workshop:  Wellbeing and Resilience 

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

This workshop is being provided by the Department for Education to assist parents/caregivers in their work as volunteers.  The workshop will be held on Thursday, 23 May 2019, 9.00am to 12.30pm, at the Education Development Centre, 4 Milner Street Hindmarsh (lunch provided).

The workshop aims to inspire volunteers to take care of themselves and to learn positive and practical strategies to help themselves and others. Event details are in the attached flyer.

We personally invite our school volunteers to attend the free workshop.  To confirm your attendance, please register online by Friday 3 May 2019. Spaces are limited to 30 volunteers. 

Any queries, please email me on or


Debbie Moore

Parent & Community Liaison Officer


Mitcham Girls High School
Open Day


West Adelaide Basketball Club


Henley Sharks Football Club





Foster Care


DCM Dance


From ages 3+ yrs

Term 2 enrolments NOW OPEN online at 

Term 1 has seen many children come through our doors to try dance styles such as Hip Hop, Acrobatics and Jazz/Pop.  For Term 2 we have opened a brand new 'Combo Class', 30 min of Hip Hop and 30 min of Jazz/Pop for the 9-12+ age group! 

Parent comments:

"Thankyou for inspiring my beautiful girl... She's so confident already" 

"My daughter is so excited when its dance day"


Why should kids dance? 

Improved focus, concentration and memory skills 

Increased musicality and rhythm 

Better listening skills 

Increased self confidence and body awareness 

Having fun 

Increased strength and flexibility 

Developing accountability skills 

Improved determination and perseverance 
Children need to be active and dance is a fabulous extra curricular activity!

Bring your child along to DCM Dance Connect Move and choose from any of our dance styles AND GET ACTIVE! 

Visit our Facebook page for all the inside scoop on our fabulous activity over Term 1

DCM is also proudly a Sport Voucher Provider - $100 can be used towards dance tuition in 2019.  See our website,, for all the Sport Voucher details. 


We hope to see your boy or girl dancing with us soon!


Facebook: @DCMdance

Instagram: @dcmdanceschool.adelaide



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