Grange Primary School Newsletter

12 April 2018
Term 1 Week 11
From the Principal 
School News
School Activities
Fundraising News
Sport News
Grange Primary School
08 8353 2688
39c Jetty Street
Grange, South Australia, 5022

From the Principal 


Dear Parents and Caregivers, Konnichiwa!


End of term 1, 2018

We now come to the end of a busy and productive term one. Our STEM facilities works were completed and we had the largest student numbers of 759, a record in the long history of Grange.


This term that has been a very calm and settled term of learning where our school values of 

· giving best effort

· showing respect

· being kind

can be seen in action every day and in every classroom. Great job!


The school vision of learning today for tomorrow is also in action preparing our children for a future of change, working in collaboration and continual learning. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative and increased online communications between school and home greatly supports this vision and use of technology as a tool for learning.


Last Friday we held a “Meet the Principal” session and tour for new families looking to enrol at Grange in the future. As you know Grange is a zoned school, which the Governing Council are enforcing for years 1-7, with some capacity in 2019 to take out of zone enrolments at Foundation level.


Over 50 people attended the morning with many positive comments about the visible friendliness, focus on learning, on task behaviour of our students, the welcoming nature of the school, use of technology and enacting of the values and vision that new families could see in action here at Grange.


This feedback reinforces that our work in moving Grange from a good and great school to one that is consistently outstanding is well on track.


Looking forward to another term of learning and progress in term 2.





Grant Small, Principal

Grange Primary School 

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School News

Introducing Cath McPhillips

Position at Grange: Room 29, Year 1/2 classroom teacher
Where were you teaching before you came to Grange: Aitken Creek Primary School, Craigieburn, Melbourne.
Favourite Foods: Pasta and Watermelon
Favourite Movie: The Sound of Music
Things I like to do in my spare time: sing, spend time with family and friends, bushwalking
Inspiring quote for students: Be creative and flip your thinking. 


Early dismissal 

A reminder that dismissal will be at 2.05 pm on Friday 13th April for the last day of term. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday. School resumes Tuesday 1st May as Monday 30th April is a Student Free Day.


School Crossing Monitors

Term 2 - Week 1

30/4 - 4/5

Finlay B - Room 37

Angela C - Room 37

Sophie W - Room 37

Gianna H (Reserve) - Room 33

Week 2

7/5 - 11/5

Gianna H -  Room 33

Ambah C-B - Room 33

Ava F - Room 33

Dylan N (Reserve) - Room 37



Canteen News

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

Your assistance is greatly appreciated. 


Term 2 - Week 1

30/4 - 4/5



Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff


Friday- Kelly Miigge

Week 2

7/5 - 11/5

Monday - Domenica Tigani

Tuesday - Melissa Lewis

Wednesday - Zena Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miigge


School Activities

Room 29 - Mathematics - 3D Objects

Using the text ‘Iggy Peck, Architect’, by Andrea Beaty, the children constructed a structure, using 3D objects. After completing a design brief, the children used chickpeas and toothpicks to bring their 2D plans to 3D life! The children were focused on beating challenges with this activity, by ‘giving their best effort’, ‘not giving up’ and ‘trying and trying again’. They then investigated the most common 3D object that was used and reasons for this.

“Cubes are easy to build onto” - Matilda Schicker.

“Pyramids are a strong base”  - Phoenix Figg.


Room 27 Baton Relay Visitor

Room 27 have been studying the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. On Tuesday 10th April we had a special visitor, Sam McDonald, one of the Commonwealth Baton runners. The class prepared questions and sent them to Sam before her visit. Sam spoke about her exciting experience running with the baton in the heart of Adelaide.


The baton weighs 1.4 kg and is made from recycled plastic from the beaches of Queensland and the wood of the macadamia tree. It also has a GPS built into it, a blue light that shines at night and the names of each of the Commonwealth countries on it. It carries a special message from the Queen, which was read at the opening ceremony of The Commonwealth Games.


Sam brought in a soveniour replica of the baton for the children to hold.


CAT Buddies Room 16 and 25


Room 16 and Room 25 are enjoying being CAT Buddies this year. Most recently we participated in a STEM challenge which required us to build a bridge that would be strong enough to hold a toy car. Popsticks and masking tape were the only materials we could use to create our constructions. We worked in small groups to design, construct and test our bridges. Every group worked collaboratively and many excellent bridges were tested and deemed successful by our teachers. Mr Tom and Miss McMahon were very impressed with our team work and the range of different features of each construction.


Fundraising News

Entertainment Books

The 2018/2019 Entertainment Books are now available for purchase.  You would have received an order form flyer earlier in the week.

$70 membership – Book or Digital 

Books can be purchased through the front office or online.

Digital Memberships must be purchased online. Visit:

Family and friends are also welcome to purchase through the school.


The Fundraising Committee has planned an Obstacle-a-thon fundraiser for Term 2 which will take place on Friday 25th May. We will send out further information by the end of Week 1, Term 2.


We would like to thank you for your continued support.


Grange Primary School

Fundraising Committee



Sport News

Cricket Presentations

After a successful Term 1 season, our Cricketers celebrated with pizza after school on Thursday 5th April. We had great participation this term, registering 5 teams, so thanks and well done to the following students.

C Grade Grange BLUE: Jack, Max, Hugo, Clayton, Sam, Cruz and Jayden - Coached by Andrew Kemp

C Grade Grange WHITE: Ruby, Billy, Chloe, Lucas, Luca, Lachlan and Jake - Coached by Brent Dowsett

C Grade Grange YELLOW: Kyle, Max, Hope, Zac, Tyler, Cooper and Hunter - Coached by Brad Dawson

Kanga Team Grange BLUE: Jackson, Liam, Louie, Laith, Max, Jack, Tom, Noah and Zeke - Coached by Stephen Thornett

Kanga Team Grange WHITE: Jordan, Enzo, Gavin, Maxwell, Zachary, Giovanni, Dominic - Coached by Rhys Hammond

Thank you also to the coaches who gave up their time for training and Saturday morning games. Your help is invaluable and truly appreciated. 

We look forward to Term 4 and another successful season.



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