Echuca Twin Rivers School 

21 February 2020
Issue Three

Resilience, Inclusion, Respect

This Week at Twin Rivers
Term Dates and Important Dates
Principal's Report
From the Office
Student Awards
School's Out 
Community News
Echuca Twin Rivers School
03 54 107 700
66 Wilkinson Drive

This Week at Twin Rivers

Swimming Carnival

Before we talk about Echuca Twin Rivers 2020 swimming carnival, we would like to thank all supporters, staff, guardians and helpers for being involved in our 2020 swimming carnival.

We left school at 9:00am to hop on the bus and it was quite squishy because we had to fit the 3/4s, 5/6s and staff but we survived. When we arrived, we got dressed into our bathers and split up into our house colours.

Our first stroke was freestyle. Mr. Cole organised the contestants to their starting positions. Then we had a life saver on board with Miss Pearson enjoying a swim!!!

Our next strokes were breaststroke and backstroke. After the boys 25 metre backstroke event we had our lunch. Then we had our last stroke which was butterfly. Surprisingly, a bucket load of people volunteered to compete after our last stroke so we lined up in our house colours ready for the relays.

After the relays finished, we sat back down under the shade thinking excitedly about the awards.

A big congratulations to all age champion winners and especially the winning house Djarring.

After the awards, we got back into our school clothes and hopped on the bus back to school.

And that was our time at the Echuca Twin Rivers 2020 swimming carnival.

Written by: Norah L, Mia C & Taylor C

Grade 5 Open Water Learning


Term Dates and Important Dates

Term Dates and Calendar Dates 

Term Dates 2020 

Term 1 - Thursday 30th January - Friday 27th March
Term 2 - Tuesday 14th April - Friday 26th June
Term 3 - Monday 13th July - Friday 18th September
Term 4 - Monday 5th October - Friday 18th December

Calendar Dates

Tuesday 25th 

Parent Chats - Early dismissal at 1pm. 

Wednesday 26th 
NO School for Preps (Rest Day)


Monday 2nd March

Parent Action Group - 9am 

Friday 6th

Campaspe Lawn Bowls Tournament
Monday 9th 
Labour Day Public Holiday - School Closed

Thursday 12th

Colour Fun Run - 5.30pm

Monday 23rd - Friday 27th 

Grade 5/6 Swimming Program

Wednesday 25th

Campaspe Team Tennis Tournament

Friday 27th

Easter Hat Parade & Sausage Sizzle

Principal's Report

Dear Families, 


This week I have had the pleasure of attending the Year 6 Camp. The Grade 6 students certainly did Twin Rivers proud by always demonstrating our school values and having a go at a range of activities. They always showed respect when visiting attractions and got a lot out of the experience.


On the camp we visited attractions or venues such as the MCG and the Shrine whilst also having some fun at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and ice skating. We even spotted the Western Plain Wanderers!


Back at school, I have heard that the Grade 5 students have enjoyed a Science excursion to Echuca College and the Open Water Swimming has been a huge hit with the Year 3-5 students. 



Echuca Twin Rivers School and Echuca Specialist School School Council meeting

Last night the ETRS and ESS School Councils met as we discussed the location of the schools. 2020 is a very exciting year with the opening of the gym called 'The Centre' and also our additional classrooms. At this stage we don't have a date when these will be handed over. I will keep you updated once we have more information. We will also update what the classroom spaces will be used for closer to the hand over date. The gym space is amazing and we are very lucky to have such a state of the art facility on our site. 


The opportunity to bring the two School Councils together allowed us to brain storm some questions for the Co-location that we will work through and communicate with families. This included such things as how will bus travel work, what will the bell times be and how will inclusion work across both sites. It is a very exciting time for us and an amazing opportunity to put the Twin Rivers Education Precinct on the map. 


The Echuca Specialist School are currently looking at a name change to incorporate Echuca Twin Rivers in their name and exploring uniform options. 


If you have any questions about the Co-Location, please don't hesitate to contact me.

ETRS Video 

If you haven't had a chance to view the new video on our school Facebook page and website, please go on and have a look. It showcases the great learning and facilities we have at Twin Rivers. Please share this on your Facebook page to get the message out their about the great work staff do here at Twin Rivers. A huge thank you to Justin Minchin for producing this video. 


Thank you to all of the families who have contacted the office and updated personal details, including email addresses. Teachers will be able to help you with this at the Meet and Greet Chats next week.


This ensures we can effectively communicate with all families.  We are continuing to use the inewsletter platform to distribute news about the school each week.


Please contact us if you have any feedback about the newsletter. The newsletter will be now published on a Friday, the same day as our assembly.


We will upload the newsletter to the website and Facebook each week.


 If you require a paper copy please contact the office. 



Thank you to all of our families who have signed up to the Sentral Portal. All families have received their login for the parent portal.


Please note bookings are open for the Meet and Greet Parent Teacher conversations.


We encourage all families to come along to the chats next week. If you need help booking a time and cannot get on Sentral, please contact the office to assist you. 


Meet and Greet Parent Teacher Conversations 

This year our Meet and Greet conversations between families and teachers will take place on Tuesday 25th February from 1pm to 6pm. Students will be dismissed at 1pm on the day and asked to attend the conversation with families. 

As a school, we feel that meeting your child's classroom teacher at the beginning of the year is invaluable in developing a positive home school partnership. We are also wanting students to be involved in this conversation to support their learning. If you need to speak with your child's teacher on your own, please don't hesitate to ask for another  meeting time. 

Bookings will be made via Sentral for this terms meetings. 

If your child is a bus traveller, we will supervise them with our specialist staff in the Library on the day. Please note all other students must be picked up. 


School's Out is available for Out of School Hours Care on the day.  

School Council Elections

We are seeking nominations for School Council in 2020.


If you would like to contribute to the school by being a part of the council please collect a nomination form from the office. 


Our AGM for 2020 will be held at 6:00pm on Monday 23rd March, everyone is invited to attend.


School Council meetings will be held on a Monday this year. 

School Wide Positive Behaviour Update

We are looking forward to our bulk order of Wally stickers arriving next week. Our students have been earning extra Wally stickers for showing responsibility by reading every night. Mrs Mathers and myself have been doing reading spot checks on a daily basis and awarding Wally stickers. Maybe your child's class will be next.

We will be hosting Lancefield Primary School staff at our school this week sharing our SWPB resources. We look forward to welcoming them to our  wonderful school. 


Next Week's Behaviour  Focus

Our Value focus next week is Responsibility.  


The SWPB focus is:

I will show respect by following teacher directions. 

Save the Date 

The PAG are currently in the midst of organising a Twilight Colour Run. This is our major fundraiser for the school year. We are raising money to purchase books for the classroom libraries.


We are hoping all families can join us on Thursday 12th March from 5.30pm. There will be a free sausage sizzle and lots of fun as members of the community join in the fun run. This event is open to members of the community and will be a great night. 


Information was sent home this week. Please check your child's bag for more details or contact the Office.


We are hoping to organise a t-shirt for the event. If there are any families or any local companies that you know of that would like to support us with sponsorship of a t-shirt please let the office know. 




Year Level Newsletters

All families will receive a Year Level Newsletter for each of your children at the start of next week. I apologise about the delay. This is due to technical issues. 


The newsletter will contain information about the learning in Term One, important dates and a timetable. These newsletters will be published each term to inform parents of the great learning happening at ETRS. 


These newsletters will be distributed in hard copy and also uploaded to the website. 

From the Office

School Run 4 Fun - Colour Run
Thursday 12th March at 5.30pm


Student Awards

Students of Week

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Student of the week on Friday 14th February. 


Prep A - Nyari EJ

Prep B - Amelia A


1/2A - Heath C

1/2B - Zander S

1/2C - Jack P


3/4 A - Alanna M

3/4B - Maddison H

3/4C - Sophie M

5/6A - Abbey C

5/6B - Tegan S

5/6C -Ryder J


Art - Ruby B and Henry M

Indonesian - Layla B

Student Leaders

Congratulations to our Student Leaders for Semester 1:


L’Val T

Emma K

Lila R

Dave L



House Leaders

Congratulations to our House Leaders for 2020.


Gurrburr (Green)

Barra (Yellow)

Burnanga (Blue)

Djarring (Red)


Tameika W

Kynan H


Dave L

Georgia C


Ryder J

L’Val T


Zac S

Emma K


Will N

Caitlin M



Faith S


Lila R

Gideon F


Will L

Stella H

School's Out 



Community News

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