Numurkah Primary School

26 April 2018
Issue Six
from the Principal's Desk
What's Happening?
Student Awards
Parents & Friends
Student Wellbeing
Class Page - 23R
Community Notices
Numurkah Primary School
(03) 5862 1426
10 Quinn Street
Numurkah, Victoria, 3636

from the Principal's Desk

from the Principal's desk

Yesterday it was great to see so many of our children and their families participating in the ANZAC dawn service and the town march. Tomorrow (Friday) at 9 a.m. we will be having our ANZAC assembly at the front gates. Families are most welcome to attend.


Once again I would like to encourage all families to ensure that you have downloaded the Compass App on your phone or accessed it through your computer. This is particularly important as semester student reports are being completed in Compass this year and hard copies will only be sent home on request.


In a few weeks time, on May 15th, 16th and 17th, NAPLAN testing for our Year 3 and 5 students in Numeracy, Reading, Writing and Language Conventions. Further information will be sent to the families of the year levels involved in the coming week.


On May 11th we will be holding our Mother's Day Morning Tea and would like to extend a welcome to all our Mums, Grandmas or other female family members who play a nurturing role in our student's lives. We would also like to ask for any donations for our Mother's Day stall which will also be held in the morning and is being coordinated by our Parent and Friends Committee.


This week we have also welcomed a new addition to our staff as Krysten Mynard joins us on Tuesdays to assist in our Koorie Literacy and Numeracy program. Krysten is a qualified teacher who has previously worked in our local schools. Last term we farewelled Julie Williamson who has been an integral part of our school for the last 8 years or more. Julie has worked with many of our students over the years and will be sadly missed. Her dedication and willingness to help out whenever needed was very much appreciated and I'm not sure that anyone will be able to quite cover a library book as well as Julie. We wish her all the best in her new life in Tasmania. 

What's Happening?

Upcoming Dates


Friday 27th April - School ANZAC Assembly 9am

Friday 27th April - Year 5/6 Winter Sport vs St Josephs

Sunday 29th April - NPS Working Bee 8 am - 11 am

Monday 30th April - School Council meeting

Thursday 3rd May - School Photos 

Friday 4th May - ICAS Spelling Competition entries due

Monday 7th May - Commonwealth Bank Account Opening Session 9:30am (More information below)

Friday 11th May - Mothers Day Morning Tea

Friday 11th May - Divisional Cross Country

Friday 11th May - Year 5/6 Winter Sport vs Strathmerton

Tues 15th to Thurs 17th May - NAPLAN for Year 3 & 5 students



NPS Working Bee


A Working Bee will be held on Sunday 29th April 8:00 am - 11:00 am.

Please join us to help tidy up a few areas of our school, even if you can only visit for a short time. General tidy up, sweeping of leaves and branches etc, weeding, and replacing a goal post has been planned.

Hope to see you there!


Winter Sport vs St Josephs


The first of the Winter Sport games will be held tomorrow, Friday 27th April. We apologise for the late notice but due to unforeseen circumstances the schedule had to be changed. Our Year 5/6 students will compete against St Josephs Numurkah with the games commencing at 1:45 pm until 2:45 pm. Football will be played at St Joseph's Primary School. Netball and Softball will be played at Numurkah Primary School. No lunch orders available - as students will be having an early lunch. Please bring  a water bottle that can be refilled and sports clothes as required. Families are welcome to come along and watch. Students involved have been given a detailed note today.


ICAS Spelling Competition


Year 3-6 Students have been given the opportunity to participate in this years International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Spelling Competition. Forms have been sent home today with all Year 3-6 students. If students would like to participate in this non-compulsory competition please return the form and payment by Friday 4th May. A copy of the form is below if you require a replacement. For more information please speak to Ms Sartoria in Room 6.



ANZAC Day Appeal


A fantastic effort by the whole school community meant we were able to raise a total of $125.20 for the ANZAC Appeal! Well done everyone!


A special thank you to Ms Robertson and her Yr 2-3 students who did a fabulous job of collecting from classrooms each day.


School Fees

Family statements were sent home last week with the eldest student in each family. Listed below are payment options available. If you have any questions please contact the office.




Numurkah Primary School is committed to improving our service to families by offering adaptable and convenient payment options for fees, excursion and other expenses.


We offer you the following payment options:-



Numurkah Primary School has been approved for the ‘Centrepay Scheme’, which is an easy way to pay your school account for those upcoming camps, excursions or fees.

This means that parents/guardians receiving a Centrelink payment can elect to have a minimum of $10.00 per fortnight deducted to pay your child’s education expenses.  What a fantastic way to get ahead for camps/excursions by paying small payments over a long period of time.  Please contact the office to collect the application form and discuss any further questions you may have.

Centrepay Reference No: 555-114-545-B

Don’t forget there are also the following existing payment options below available.



You may elect to make regular small payments weekly, fortnightly, monthly or lump sum payments by direct-transfer into our Numurkah Primary School bank account.

Name of Bank:            Commonwealth Bank

Account Number:        10051790

BSB:                             063524

Please ensure you insert your child’s name in the reference area.



Pay at our Office/Reception between 8.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday by cash, cheque or EFTPOS.


This range of options will hopefully be beneficial to families by providing different budget and payment options for school fees and activities.  This in turn should reduce stress levels when these lump sum requests are sent home. 

We hope that the above services are beneficial to families to help them budget.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the School office.

Commonwealth Bank Account Opening Session


Staff members from the Commonwealth Bank will be running an Account Opening Session at 9:30am after assembly on Monday 7th May. Parents will be able to open student banking accounts and ask questions. Parents are required to bring ID (Drivers Licence) and their child's Birth Certificate along to be able to open accounts. 


What's School Banking?

The School Banking program provides a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good saving habits. Run nationally since 1931 through participating primary schools, School Banking encourages children to regularly deposit money into their Youthsaver account and earn silver Dollarmites tokens, which can then be redeemed for an exciting reward through our School Banking Rewards Program. School Banking also provides fundraising support to schools through our School Banking Contributions Program.

The charismatic Dollarmites are ambassadors for the School Banking program. When children join the program they receive a Dollarmites deposit wallet to use when making School Banking deposits.

Children also receive a Platybank money box, along with a range of materials to help them learn and encourage them to save.


School Banking at Numurkah Primary School

Students are encouraged to bring their bank book in each week. Our school banking day is Tuesdays, and students need to place their bank book in the office locked letterbox. Their deposits will entered and their bankbook returned to the classroom. After each 10 deposits students are entitled to their reward, which is ordered by the school and issued to the student.

Student Awards

Student of the Week - 20/04/2018

Prep/1S - Jackson Morris - For always being focused in class and getting your work done. Keep it up!

Prep/1H - Indy Lourens - For presenting all work beautifully. Making sure you finish all tasks and developing your fine motor skills so well.

2/3C - Colt Cowan - For doing your best all week and putting in a tremendous amount of effort.

2/3R - Harrison Bannon - Harrison has stayed focused during all learning tasks and has completed some fantastic work.

3/4S - Tessa Warrin - Tessa, you are a hardworking and helpful student - a wonderful role model!

4/5W - Charlie Hodge - Great start to Term 2. You have been ready to learn everyday and the presentation of your work has been outstanding.

5/6H - Connor Philpott - For becoming a dedicated and skilled member of our Winter Sport team.

5/6S - Kayla Gerity - For always working hard to increase your knowledge and understanding. You are doing a great job of giving appropriate feedback and working cooperatively during read to partner sessions.



Congratulations to all of our students for their contribution towards yesterday's ANZAC Service. Well done to our School Captains Sarah and Jaxon who spoke at the Dawn service. Miss Davis and our choir students also performed well at the Morning Service.



Parents & Friends

5c Challenge



Mother's Day Stall

This year the Mother's day Stall will be held on Friday 11th May.


Please remember to send along some money with your child on Friday 11th May so they can buy a gift for Mother’s Day. Each child will be able to purchase one gift to start with, then once everyone has done so, there may be an opportunity for the children to come back and make a further selection if they wish, from what is left, e.g. for step mum or grandmother, nan, etc.


All gifts will be priced at $4-00.


We would be most grateful if each family would make a small donation towards our mother’s day stall, small things like candles, body products, gift ware, things we can add to our stall so under $4 value. Donations can be sent along to your child’s grade. Please support us as much as possible.


 (Please remember if you are supplying cooked items, a list of ingredients and your details needs to be provided to the office for our own records- the list will not go out with the goods)


If you are able to help on the stall, please come to the MULTI PURPOSE ROOM, 9.00 am on the day of the stall.

Student Wellbeing

Bully Stoppers Program

This year our students have been learning about the Bully Stoppers program. Out teachers and students have been participating in learning conversations and activities focused towards skills, awareness and knowledge, learning how to be a good friend, what is a bully, and strategies to deal with challenging situations. Here are a couple of examples of the conversation pointers that our teachers have used to prompt brainstorming and discussion in the junior classes.



Here is the link to the Education Departments Bully Stoppers website.

This is a helpful resource for our parents / carers and students to read and discuss. There are further link options here also for you to explore such as What is Bullying, Advice sheets, Cyberbullying, and information for Students and Parents. I hope you find this website useful, as it can also offer guidance towards conversation prompters for discussions you can have at home in regards to skills and strategies, and how to how to work together to best approach and prevent bullying.



Respect. Perhaps no other day in the Australian calendar typifies this value than ANZAC day when our entire nation comes alongside our New Zealand neighbours to pay respect to our fallen war heroes. It is a time for sharing stories and, most importantly, acknowledging the tremendous sacrifices that makes our nation the wonderful country we enjoy today.


Chaplains have played a vital role in supporting our armed forces by providing pastoral and well-being care -a tradition that continues to this day. I pay my respects to these brave men who came alongside our soldiers in their darkest hours, offering comfort – attempting to bring a moment of peace in the midst of war.


Let’s continue to show our respect, not just on special days, but every day – let’s continue to show our care and respect for every person – surely this is what our brave service men and women fought to achieve.


New books

The Extremely Weird Thing That Happened In Huggabie Falls

In Huggabie Falls, something like having a maths teacher who’s also a witch is normal, because Huggabie Falls is the weirdest town on Earth. But when something extremely weird happens! Kipp Kindle and his best friends Tobias Treachery and Cymphany Chan must take on the evil scientist Felonius Dark, Weirdness Eradicator, and contend with all kinds of madness: killer vampire bats, Dutch werewolves and a Portuguese-speaking lab rat – anything to keep Huggabie Falls from becoming normal!

The Extremely Weird Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls is packed with twists, turns, quirky illustrations from Andrew Weldon and a hilarious narrator who will remind you of Lemony Snicket. When the great Andy Griffiths calls it ‘wonderfully weird and lots of fun,’ you know you’re in for big laughs and crazy adventures.

The Extremely Weird Thing That Happened in Huggabie Falls is the Winner of the 2017 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing and is the first in the Huggabie Falls trilogy.



From an extraordinary novelist and an award-winning illustrator comes this lyrical and unforgettable story about a boy and the untameable wildness of a hand-reared joey.

This is a story about a boy called Pender and a kangaroo called Brindabella, about how they became friends, and all the things that happened to them because of it.

Pender and his father live in an old house made of honey-coloured stone in the bush by the river, with only the company of his father's paintings and the loyal dog, Billy-Bob. Then, on one winter morning, a gunshot amongst the trees changes everything.

When Pender rescues Brindabella from the pouch of her murdered mother, an unusual friendship blossoms between the lonely boy and the orphaned joey. But Brindabella is no ordinary kangaroo. And though Pender has saved her life, the untameable wildness of the bush--and freedom--call to her...

Lyrical and unforgettable, Brindabella explores the brutal beauty of the Australian bush.

Alfred's War

Just like so many other young Australian men, Alfred enlists to serve in World War I for adventure and travel. 

A young indigenous man, with no citizenship rights in his own country, Alfred finds comradeship and equality in the army.

He returns to Australia injured and finds a country still unable to embrace civil rights, or even honour his sacrifice.

Each year, Alfred quietly attends an ANZAC ceremony to remember his fallen mates. But Alfred is one of the forgotten soldiers, a man who fought bravely for his country and is plagued by the haunting memories of war, yet is still not classed as a citizen.

This confronting and beautiful story reveals the hostility indigenous people faced on a daily basis and the horrifying truth behind their crucial role in Australia's war efforts.

Captured with poignancy through illustrations in a soft wash of colours, this is a story to share with children, to help ensure such men are never forgotten again.

Class Page - 23R


2/3R hope you enjoy looking at all the different learning we have been doing.

Morning sharing is always a popular time and we all stay focussed during Read To Self times.

Our grade has been doing a great job going around all the classes to sell ANZAC badges.
Everyone looks forward to CHOICES time on a Friday afternoon.

This week in Maths we have been doing activities about collecting data and constructing graphs.

We really love all the exciting new take-home books that have been bought for everyone to use.

2/3R students love learning and we are all looking forward to the rest of the term.



Canteen Helpers

Monday 30th April  - Junior School Council

Tuesday 1st May - Cynthia Morgan

Wednesday 2nd May - Kylie's Leadership group

Thursday 3rd May - Helper Required

Friday 4th May - Selyna Wilson


Volunteers Required - 

Our school canteen, selling chips, 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. During Term 1 our canteen was only been open on limited days due to limited availability of volunteers. The canteen will be open more regularly this term as Julie Wilkinson and the Junior School Councillors and Kylie Jones with her Leadership Group will be assisting in the Canteen.


 We still need a parent volunteer on Thursday's, if you are able to help out please let the office know.


Canteen Special


Friday 27th April
Fresh Fruit & Yoghurt Cups available at the school Canteen for $1.
(No other canteen items will be sold on this day)


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

Numurkah Singers Presents.....

Anne of Green Gables

at the Numurkah Town Hall, Knox St, Numurkah.


Performances -

Saturday 5th May @ 8pm

Sunday 6th May @ 2pm

Friday 11th May @ 8pm

Saturday 12th May @ 2pm

Saturday 12th May @ 8pm


Tickets will be available from Monday 23rd April at

The Common Thread (Melville St, Numurkah, 5862 1943)


Ticket Prices

Children $10

Adult $20

Concession $15

Family $50

Numurkah Secondary College

An Information Evening will be held at Numurkah Secondary College on Wednesday 9th May at 6:30pm. For more information please see the attachment below.


CommBank Cyber Safety & Cyber Security Forum

The Commonwealth Bank and Australian Federal Police’s Think U Know Program have joined forces to provide simple, easy to understand advice on how to protect your businesses and families online. 

The CommBank Cyber Safety & Cyber Security Forum will include information from our speakers on the latest online threats and how best to respond. We will also provide you with the most recent edition of the SOS Guide to Online Safety. For more information, please refer to or email us for more information.

Martha  McKeen - Cyber Security Unit, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Clint Bopping - Senior Prevention Officer, Cyber & Child Safety/ThinkUKnow Team, AFP


Wednesday 2nd May 2018
8.30 am –10.30am
Go Tafe

200 Fryers Street


Smart Casual
Thursday 26 April to

[email protected]

St Mary of the Angels

Information Evenings for St Mary of the Angels Secondary College will be held in the coming weeks. For more information please see the attachment below.


Numurkah Primary School
School Lunch Summer Menu .pdf
St Mary of the Angels Information Evenings.pdf
2018 Information Evening Numurkah Secondary College.pdf