Grange Primary School Newsletter

29 June 2018
Term 2 Week 9
From the Principal 
School News
School Activities
Sport News
Fundraising News
Community News
Dates to Remember
Grange Primary School
08 8353 2688
39c Jetty Street
Grange, South Australia, 5022

From the Principal 


Dear Parents and Caregivers, Konnichiwa!


There has been lots going on this term. Staff are well into Report writing at the moment with reports going home Wednesday Week 10. If you would like to make an appointment to talk to your child’s teacher, please contact them and make a time early in term 3.


Staff have been heavily involved in Professional Development in Maths, Learning Design and Moderation, Rite Bite and Bookmaking.  


Congratulations must go to John Mastropaolo and Nick Warren, who have been nominated in the Public Education awards 2018. Well deserved. 


Congratulations to Ella and Hannah from Sue Reynold’s Year 5 class who had their artwork shortlisted for the Refugee week exhibition. Well done!


Congratulations also goes to all students who took part in SAPSASA knock out / state carnival competitions including football, soccer, badminton, cross country and netball. 


The Festival Choir had its assessment and received a B-. Well done choir. I admire your persistence and willingness to give it a go. You will really enjoy your experience when you perform at the Festival Centre. It is something you will always remember.  


If you wandered through the yard last week  at lunch time you would have seen a wide variety of products being sold by students from year 6 in their $20 Boss project. Congratulations to Lia Taylor who organised it this year and the year 6 students. Some great products were produced. 


Grange has had so much on this term. We have had Debating, the Oliphant Science awards, ICAS competitions, the Great Obstacle-a-thon and Chess club. There have been excursions to the Zoo, Maritime Museum, Marine Discovery Centre, Meet the Writers, Cleland Wild Life Sanctuary, St Laurence’s visits and the  Data wuy Dreaming performance  as well as several special assemblies to add to the variety. 


Friday July 6th is our winter warmers casual day. Wear your gloves, scarf and beanie and bring a donation towards Juvenile Diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong autoimmune disease that usually occurs in childhood but can be diagnosed at any age. It affects over 120,000 people in Australia alone. Some interesting facts include:


* Type 1 diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children, it occurs more frequently than cancer, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy

* Approximately 2400 Australians are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes every year

* 10-14 years is the peak age of diagnosis

* In Australia, around 95% of the diabetes found in children is type 1 diabetes


If you haven’t already, drop into the front office to see our Gratitude tree. Students have been filling a leaf with something that they are grateful for. A great initiative by the Student Leadership group. 


There has been so much on this term ……… and its only half way through the year. 

Have a good holiday break.




Jan Taylor, Principal

Grange Primary School 




School News

Introducing Jonathon Webb

Position at Grange:  Year 2/3 STEM Teacher &  F - 7 Performing Arts Teacher

Where were you teaching before you came to Grange:  Technically, nowhere! This is my first year of teaching with my degree. While attending University, though, I taught during practicum placements at Lockleys, Largs, North Haven, and finally Grange Primary. 

Favourite Foods:  Lasagna and Pasta (Really anything with basil in it)

Favourite Movie:  Mrs Doubtfire (Robin Williams is an acting genius) 

Things I like to do in my spare time: Go for walks with the dogs, see friends and family, sing, and catch up on TV shows

Inspiring quote for students:  It's not about being the best, it's about doing your best - And if your best is also the best, then that's just an added bonus. 


Any job worth doing is worth doing well. 

(I know I was only supposed to write one, but I couldn't help myself)



School Improvements

Charles Sturt Council intend to install a fence along Surrey Street to stop children being dropped near the current Emu crossing.  This will mean that the drop and go zone will be further south down Surrey Street with the new student entrance being established at the big gates with a new garden and frontage of the school.  If this does not occur during the break it will not be too long afterwards.


Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

All schools are required to collect information about the numbers of students that they provide adjustments to under the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and Disability Standards of Education (2005). From 2018, this data will be used as the basis for national funding.


The NCCD involves the collection of:

*      the number of students receiving adjustments to enable them to participate in education on the same basis as other students

*     the level of adjustment provided to students

*     Student's type of disability if known


Under the model the definition of disability is broad and included leaning difficulties, health and mental health conditions.


If your child is identified for inclusion in the Collection, the required information will be inluded in this year's data collection.


If you have any questions about the data collection, please contact Carmen Fiedler at the school on 8353 2688.

Further information can be found at

School Crossing Monitors


Term 2 - Week 10

2/7 - 6/7

Petra M -  Room 32

Olivia K - Room 32

Kate D - Room 32

Ryder F (Reserve) - Room 32


Term 3 - Week 1

23/7 - 27/7

Ryder F - Room 32

Luke C - Room 32

Logan L - Room 32

Emily D (Reserve) - Room 34

Term 3 - Week 2

30/7 - 3/8

Emily D - Room 34

Ella S - Room 34

Devon T-E - Room 34

Indi F (Reserve) - Room 32


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 10

2/7 - 6/7

Monday - Aymee Lumsden

Tuesday - 

Wednesday - Zena Spirdinoff

Thursday - Renee Kortekkaas

Friday - Kelly Miigge

Term 3 - Week 1

23/7- 27/7


Tuesday - Simone McIntyre

Wednesday - Zena Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis


Term 3 - Week 2

30/7/ - 3/8



Wednesday - Zena Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miigge



School Activities

Maritime Museum Excursion 

Last Tuesday Rooms 24, 25, 29 and 30 went on an excursion to the Maritime Museum as part of our unit of work on history. We visited the Museum and also spent some time exploring some Port Adelaide attractions. We had a fantastic day! 

Rooms 24 and 25

"Yesterday me and my class went on an excursion. We had a really fun time.

My class went on a boat, I saw two dolphins. We all wore life jackets.

The next thing we did was climbing the lighthouse. I had a great view. I was a bit scared.

Then we went to the Maritime Museum. We went on the Pirate ship. I played a game with Ava and Annamia. I was having a great time. I and my class had some lunch.

My Dad came then we went to the rock pool, then we went back to the maritime museum then we went back to the bus.

It was a long day but the best day of my life." by Lucy F

Rooms 29 and 30

This is Sienna H recount of the day:


"On Tuesday, all the year ones went on an excursion to the Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide. We went because we were learning about HASS.


First, we went on the bus. I sat beside Sasha.


Then, we ate fruit and recess. When we finished fruit and recess we went into the Maritime Museum and got to go on the ketch. We got to go on the dolphin cruise. I saw a dolphin.


Finally, we went to school on the bus.


I loved going to Port Adelaide because it was fun. I felt happy because I was with my friends."


Refugee Interviews - Room 11

Interviewed: Ella W and Hannah J


Q: Who is a refugee?

A: Ella: It’s a person who has been forced to leave their country, because of a natural disaster or human-made disaster.


Q: How did you feel about refugees as you were researching and creating your art?

A:  Ella & Hannah: When we were researching we found it was sad because innocent, small children were kept in detention centres, when they should be raised in a safe and happy home.


Q: Your artwork was shortlisted for the SA refugee week youth poster exhibition 2018. What was your reaction when you found out that you were shortlisted?

A:  Ella: I was impressed in myself and I didn’t think I would get shortlisted. 

Hannah: When I was called out, I turned pink and felt honoured. 


Q: What does your artwork say about refugees?

A: Ella: That they deserve to stay in Australia and not go to detention centres, which is unfair and cruel. They are human beings too, just like you and your family.

 Hannah: That many people can become refugees, but anyone can support them.


Q: Where was the exhibition and what happened?

A: Ella & Hannah: The Refugee Exhibition was at the Hawke Centre in the city. There were presentations from many adults and after those presentations there was an 11 year -old boy from Iran who sang a song, he learnt from his father’s country. There was also a large variety of multicultural food at the end, which was delicious.


Q: After seeing all of the artwork at the exhibition, what do you understand about what it’s like for refugees?

A:  Ella & Hannah: I understand the hard life they’ve been through, and it’s amazing how so many people care so much about refugees.


Q: Were there any pieces of artwork that made you feel strongly about refugees, and what about them made you feel like that?

A:  Ella & Hannah felt empathy for the refugees, and that it would feel horrible leaving all the things they love behind.


Q: What do you think it would be like being a refugee?

A:  Hannah & Ella: It would be a really hard life losing your family and the things you love.


Q: What was the most powerful message you got from all of the artwork?

A: Ella & Hannah: That refugees lead a really hard life that they don’t deserve, and we are very fortunate and grateful that we have a home in the country we safely live in with our family.


Reporters: Kelly W and Maggie J


Lab on Legs - Light Shows

On Thursday the 28th of June, the Year 5's from Room 8, 9, 10 and 11 were lucky enough to have Frank from Lab on Legs come to Grange to set up some Light Shows experiments for students to investigate. Students engaged with four different stations looking at light absorption, reflection and refraction. 


"I enjoyed learning about which colour car absorbed the most heat from light."



"I thought using the temperature gun to discover which colour liquid heated up the quickest under the lamp was fun and informative. Blue was the colour to absorb the most heat."



"Using multiple mirrors to reflect light onto a target was my favourite experiment."




A Visit from the Crows

On Monday 25th June, four Crows players visited Grange and ran a super football clinic with Mr Tom's Year 3's and Ms Abela's Year 4's. Enjoy the photos below.


Sport News

SAPSASA Netball Competition

Congratulations to Jasmine B, Ruby B, Tia J and Abby B on being selected for the Western SAPSASA Netball Team.


The girls were involved in a competition during Week 5 which was  played at Priceline Stadium with students from many other schools around the state. When asked  what they enjoyed most about the experience they said "getting to know other students", "singing all the songs", "playing at Priceline Stadium" and "going to Fasta Pasta".


Well done girls.



SAPSASA Soccer Competition

The following students have been selected to compete in the SAPSASA Soccer Competition being held this week. Congratulations to you all.

Emilia V, Indi F, Jessica M, Tiana R,  Aimme S, Kuai D, David B, Kayne H, Dylan P, Jackson J and Josh G.


New Soccer Jumpers

A huge thank you to Dan and Diane, our Soccer coordinators, for coming up with the design and ensuring that children in our soccer teams are keeping warm this winter. These new jumpers don't only keep the children warm they are also making them feel a sense of belonging to their team and school. A big thank you to all the families that supported this initiative, the number was overwhelming. 

We think they look great!!


The ugly parent at sport

Do you know one?

Have you seen one?

Have you been one?

I have been coaching for over 30 years and if the truth be known, we all really have at some stage said something we shouldn't have....and later on thought "maybe I shouldn't have said, or done that!" ....and you cringe. We are human. We are adults and hopefully learn from our mistakes.

Coaches of kids sports are volunteers. Without them there would be no kid's sports. Grange is very blessed to have so many volunteer their time to coach sporting teams. The sports committee have written in consultation with Junior Sporting bodies a school sporting policy.

We include it below.


*     Remember that children play sport for their enjoyment, not yours.

*     Encourage children to participate, do not force them

*     Focus on the child's efforts and performance rather than winning or losing

*     Encourage children to always participate according to the rules

*     Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game

*     Remember that children learn best by example

*     Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities

*     Respect officials' decisions and teach children to do likewise

*     Show apreciation of volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could          not participate

*     Support your child(ren) to be punctual and to inform the coach if unable to attend practice or the               match

So when you go to sport this weekend, please think twice before you say, or do something. And remember to support the children out there playing and encourage them in a positive fashion. Lead by example. Remember to treat others the way you like to be treated, with respect.........isn't that one of our school values?


Fundraising News

Winter Warmth Casual Day

On Friday 6th July, Week 10, we will be have a Winter Warmth casual day. Students are asked to wear their warmest winter clothes and in turn bring a gold coin donation.


Money raised will be donated to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to assist in the research into Juvenile Diabetes. This cause is close to our hearts as one of our Year 4 students, Chloe, lives with diabetes and has done since she was diagnosed when she was 2 years of age.


Chloe and her mum, Jenna are flying to Canberra on 22nd August, to attend a meeting with our Federal Members of Parliament, where Chloe will tell her story and talk about the importance of  research into Juvenile Diabetes and to try to convince them to help raise more money. They were chosen to represent our state by a representative from the JDRF because they thought they were a "good match".


Please support Chloe and others like her by donating on Friday 6th July. Well done Chloe, you are an inspiration to many and we wish you all the best in Canberra.



Community News

Parenting Program


Kitchen Kids


White City Football Club - 2019


Dates to Remember

Term 2 2018


Week 10

Wednesday 4th July - Mid Year Reports go home

Friday 6th July - Last day of term - 2.05 pm dismissal


Term 3 2019

Week 1

Wednesday 25th July - Bike Ed - Year 5's

Friday 27th July - Year 6 Maths Emerging Technologies

Week 2

Wednesday 1st August - Bike Ed - Year 5's

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