Numurkah Primary School

14 December 2018
Issue Twenty
From the Principal's desk
What's Happening?
Student Awards
Class Page - 2018 Highlights 
Student Wellbeing
Community Notices
Numurkah Primary School
(03) 5862 1426
10 Quinn Street
Numurkah, Victoria, 3636

From the Principal's desk

As the year draws to an end I would like to thank all our students, teachers and families for making this year a great year. This year we have seen a huge improvement in our reading data and the development of a vibrant reading culture at Numurkah Primary School. Our library not only is bursting with new books, physically and electronically, but also we have a new interactive television, new tables, chairs and couches. There have been numerous highlights throughout the year including: swimming program, athletic sports, Community Reading Day, Dramatic performance by Meerkat Productions, School Concert, Earn and Learn, Debating Festival, Barn Dance and numerous other activities.


Please check the below attachment with details about our Bring Your Own Device program. Students in Years 3-6 can either purchase a netbook through the Learning with Technologies Portal or an ipad through the Apple Education website. It was great to see some parents taking the opportunity to attend our parent information session last week. 



I hope everyone has a relaxing, but sometimes exciting holiday break, and enjoys Christmas and the New Year with family and friends. I look forward to seeing everyone in 2019.


What's Happening?

Upcoming Dates

Monday 17th December - Thank You Lunch

Tuesday 18th December - Year 6 Graduation

Thursday 20th December - Year 6 BBQ Breakfast & Final Assembly

Thursday 20th December - Reports Published on Compass

Thursday 20th December - Last Day of the Year for students

Friday 21st December - Pupil Free Day - Staff Planning for 2019

Friday 21st December - Numurkah Lions Christmas Carols Choir Performance 7pm


Term 1 2019


Wednesday 30th January - Years 1-6 commence school

Wednesday 30th January - Prep attendance for a short interview time

Thursday 31st January - Preps commence school

Monday 11th Feb to Friday 22nd Feb - Swimming Program

Friday 22nd February - Pool Picnic

2019 Term Dates

Term  1         

  • Tuesday 29th January:  Staff commence (no students)
  • Wednesday 30th January:  Years 1-6 Students commence school
  • Wednesday 30th January: Prep attendance for a short interview time (by appointment)
  • Thursday 31st January: Preps commence school
  • Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Feb:  Preps do not attend school
  • Friday 5th April:  End of Term One

Term  2

  • Tuesday 23rd April:  Start of Term Two
  • Friday 28th June:  End of Term Two

Term  3

  • Monday 15th July:  Start of Term Three
  • Friday 20th September:  End of Term Three

Term  4

  • Monday 7th October:  Start of Term Four
  • Thursday 19th December: Final Day of Term Four for students
  • Friday 20th December: End of Term Four (Pupil-Free Day)

2018 Concert DVD

There are still some copies of the Concert DVD available for purchase at the office for $12 each. 



Orientation Day

On Tuesday 11th December we welcomed our 2019 Prep students to the school. They all enjoyed spending a day in their new classrooms and meeting teachers and friends. We look forward to all the new students starting at Numurkah Primary School in 2019.


Student Awards

Student of the Week - 30/11/2018

Prep/1S - Ben Smith - For always working hard on your tasks. You give 100% all the time. Keep it up! 

Prep/1H - Grace Johnson - Working well in all areas and displaying our values in all settings. 

2/3C - Annabella Boschetti - You have been really focused this week and have tried hard to stay on task.

2/3R - Rihanna Williams - Rihanna has worked hard all week and has completed some excellent work.

3/4S - Josh Lyons - Josh your lovely, calm demeanour is very special!

4/5W - Jade Holmes - Congratulations on improving your speed and accuracy on your Blitz Master sheet this week. 

5/6H - Caitrin Harrison - For designing an eye-catching poster for Year 6 Graduation that reflects so much about your interests and personality.  

5/6S - Kayla Gerity - For consistently going about her learning in a respectful, responsible manner, caring for others and increasing her knowledge and skills in all curriculum areas. She is an effective leader who always produces quality work! 

Maths Master Award -

0/1H - Charlie Jenner

0/1S - April Marcroft

2/3C - Isaac Forman

2/3R - Arianna Hope

3/4S - Hunter Kubeil

4/5W - Gemma Poar and Shaye Bowen

5/6H - Karli Gerdtz-Suffern and Angelina Crisara

5/6S - Odin Mutimer

Student of the Week - 07/12/2018

Prep/1S - Aiden Power - For completing an excellent weekend handwriting piece last week. Well done! 

Prep/1H - Kayden Tetley - For producing an excellent recount of his fun night at the P/1 Activity Evening. 

2/3C - Blayke Hodgson - For your excellent dancing during our Grade 2 Sleepover.

2/3R - All the Year 2's - For managing themselves responsibly during the Year Two Sleepover!

3/4S - Marshall Duncan - Marshall is a spectacular learner, and he never takes his foot off the gas!

4/5W - Zac Newby - Your writing this week has been excellent. Your poem created a fabulous picture of a farmer.

5/6H - Jorga Wakefield - For being a kind and caring class member. You are always polite and respectful to others. 

5/6S - Bobby Hall - For having a positive attitude as you creatively completed a range of individual tasks. You help others in a constructive way showing great leadership. 


Maths Master Award -

0/1H - Jordan Carter

0/1S - Sieanna Lourens

2/3C - Charlotte Codiga

2/3R - Holly Piacentini

3/4S - Patrick Carlisle

4/5W - Monique Greco

5/6H - Jorjiah Moody

5/6S - Mitchell Harvey



During the holidays I encourage children to borrow from Wheelers as it will be available over the entire holidays (even if you are going into Year 7 next Year).

Funny Kid Get Licked (Funny Kid, Book 4)


by Matt Stanton

'MY NEW ULTIMATE FAVOURITE BOOK!'-- Lachie, aged 11, on Funny Kid for President Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen. And it's about time he used his talents for a good cause! Max is the funny kid ... and there are endangered animals to save! Putting the fun in fundraising, launching a puppy-smuggling operation, fighting the great Redhill canteen war and planning a secret theme park are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends in this brand-new Funny Kid adventure!For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates and WeirDo, FUNNY KID is the mega-bestseller from author-illustrator Matt Stanton. MORE PRAISE FOR FUNNY KID'my mum laughed out loud!' -- Aidan'my favourite thing in the book was everything' -- Elliott'better than Wimpy Kid, Big Nate and Tom Gates combined!' -- Ally'humour is injected into every page' -- Children's Book Council of Australia's Reading Time'If you're a fan of the Wimpy Kid series this book is right up your street' -- Mania magazine' absolutely hilarious' -- Tim Harris, author of the Exploding Endings series


Class Page - 2018 Highlights 

Prep - 2 Highlights

We have had a fabulous year in Prep-2. So much learning, so much fun. Here are some of our highlights.

  • We made a splash with the swimming program.
  • We did lots of exploring during Investigations.
  • The school concert was a blast.
  • The school excursion was wild.
  • The Prep/1 Activity Evening was fun and the Year 2 Sleepover was fantastic.


Year 3/4 Highlights

Zoom! Athletics Sports Day kept all the Year Three and Four Pupils on their toes. The Parents and grown- ups won the relay with some determined (and sometimes amusing!) efforts.


Splash! What better way to finish to finish off our swimming program than a spectacular pool picnic and swimming sports day. The weather was wonderful too! Well done to Parents and Friends for organising some wonderful refreshments!


Making Fruit-Fly Traps

Buzz! Many of the Year Three and Four students were lucky enough to be invited to a session to discover more about the horrid fruit-fly. Children made their own traps to keep the pest at bay and enjoyed a delicious sausage sizzle. A big thank you to the Rotary Club for organising the morning!


Once upon a time, the children from the Year Three and Four classes got themselves thoroughly involved in a wonderful Community Reading Day. They all dressed up as their favourite book characters and lived happily ever after!

Honourable Audience, The Debating Festival was one of the highlights of our school Year! With teams representing all the classes containing Year Three and Four students, the competition was hot, with the ‘A Team’ claiming a narrow victory over ‘The Gems’ in a tense Grand Final!

Swan Hill: November 2018

Crash! The children found themselves dumped smack bang wallop into the middle of the 19th Century as the Year Three and Four pupils hit the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement for a jam-packed experience for all the children as they extended their independence, made new friendships and consolidated older ones as they buddied up in new study groups and their sleeping quarters!



Year 5/6 Highlights

Winter Sports / House Sports / Swimming Sports / Table Tennis Tournament

Having the chance to improve our sporting skills in Netball, Softball and Football during our Winter Sports program was excellent. Playing softball grand finals in the rain was fantastic because it tested the endurance of the students who were playing. Participating in the Lightning Premiership was also a terrific experience – it tested our skills, teamwork and physical fitness.  Leading up to and on Athletics Day, having the opportunity to improve our athletic skills and participate in the more unusual events such as discus and shot put was really enjoyable. We developed the skills to do things we didn’t think we could ever do! Running in the Yr 6 relay at the House Sports was really fun; trying to beat the teacher’s team was a real challenge!  Improving our swimming strokes and competing against our peers during the swimming sports was an exciting challenge and lots of fun. The Table Tennis Tournament was a terrific challenge – it was great to compete against our peers and improve our skills in this sport.


Young Leaders Day

Meeting Consertino the magician at the Young Leaders Day was a fantastic experience. Listening to other leaders and learning from their experiences was invaluable.


Debating Festival

Participating in the Debating Festival was a unique experience and challenge. Participating in, and supporting our classmates, in the Debating Grand Finals was really rewarding.



We were challenged to remember our lines, speak clearly before a large audience and work as a team to present our dance item. Developing our confidence individually and as a group during our concert rehearsals and on the night was an excellent experience.


Queenscliff Camp

Camp Activities at Queenscliff were awesome! Learning how to ride a mountain bike, enjoying the scenery, making pizzas from scratch and eating them, and snorkeling amongst the stingrays and other fish were fantastic new experiences for all of us. The Queenscliff Fort was so interesting – we got to see things we wouldn’t normally see otherwise like the historic guns, lighthouse and soldiers uniforms.  Oh, and the food on camp was delicious!


Helping around our school

We had the opportunity to help around our school in lots of ways this year including assisting with Prep-1 activities, Buddy Reading with our junior students, recycling and tending our school gardens. Helping out next year’s new preps on orientation day was really interesting and a good responsibility to take on. Our Yr 5 helpers gained some excellent leadership experience and really enjoyed meeting our 2019 preps.


Numeracy & Literacy

Learning all our times tables to 12x12, completing a time stable grid or Blitzmaster sheet in under 8 minutes, measuring angles, algebra lessons, extension maths sessions, converting fractions to decimals and learning about prime numbers were just some of the maths challenges we enjoyed this year. In Literacy, we enjoyed improving our spelling skills, adding personal voice, interesting vocab and more detail to our writing pieces and improving our handwriting.


Specialist Subjects

In Art, our favourite activities were making clay animals and creating things out of Paper Mache. In Music, writing and playing our own songs was really challenging and fun. We learned new cords on the ukulele and different drumming techniques. Science was amazing this year! We especially enjoyed programming robots, making solar cars, exploring electronics and making slime.

It’s been a fabulous year of learning for our 5/6 students!


Dress like a Farmer day and Barn Dance

Thank you to everyone that supported the fundraiser! Students had a fantastic time dancing at the Disco and enjoyed their popcorn, cordial and hot dogs. We were pleased to be able to donate a total of $409 to Buy A Bale as a result of this fundraiser. Thank you!


Student Wellbeing

Thank you and take care!

As we draw near to the end of the school year, we reflect on the year that has been – full of bustle, activity, learning and productivity. We all hope that we are wiser than we were a year ago – more able to face life’s challenges and more willing to help others. 


I have learnt so much this year – for example, how to make marshmallow pikelets (try it!).


Our garden has provided an opportunity for sharing learning and trying new things – (thanks Lauren and Melissa!).


Numurkah Primary School provides an amazing opportunity for children to grow, explore and be creative. As we look forward to the Christmas break, let’s take time to thank someone who has helped us this year – so here is a big thank you from me – to all the staff and volunteers for your amazing commitment – thank you! And, of course, thank you to every child who makes NPS the joyous place it is!


Take care – see you next year,    Tam 


Canteen Helpers

Friday 14th December - Helper Required

Monday 17th December  - Junior School Council

Tuesday 18th December - Alex Sanderson

Wednesday 19th December - Melissa Hall

Thursday 20th December - Canteen Closed - Last day of term 4


Thank you to our volunteers!

Thank you to parents and staff who volunteered their time in the canteen this year. Students and the school appreciate your help with keeping the canteen running.


Volunteers required for 2019 -

Our school canteen, selling 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. Please consider helping out in 2019.


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

GV Library School Holiday Program


Berry Street

Berry Street is a local child and family service provider who continually need to recruit foster carers to meet the demand for the many children/ young people who are not able to live at home with their families.


As we approach the festive season we may be able to reach many families who have or are contemplating becoming foster carers. If you would like further information about becoming a foster carer please see the attachment below.


Christmas Service


Moira Shire - Immunisations 


Numurkah Primary School
Own Your Own Device Information.pdf
School Lunch Summer Menu .pdf
Berry Street.pdf