Grange Primary School Newsletter

30 August 2017
Term 3 Week 6
From the Principal 
School News
Sport 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!


Additional student activities at Grange

At Grange we work hard to provide a range of additional learning activities that engage, inspire and empower our students. Having a wide range of opportunities enables each child to participate in those things that interest them, that they want to learn more about and develop areas of passion.


Some of these activities include-

  • Wakakirri, the performing arts program for year 6/7 students
  • Choir for year 5 students
  • Debating for year 5-7 students
  • Sir Oliphant Science projects for Foundation to year 7 students
  • Afterschool sport F-7
  • Representing the school in sport through SAPSASA
  • Homework club for year 6/7 students
  • Mayoral Make a Book Program
  • Personal Learning Projects for year 6/7 students
  • Chess competitions

Deep student learning in these programs happens through spending the time to continually improve, often with significant out of hours’ time. Our teachers at Grange generously give their own time after school to run and support these initiatives. It is just outstanding to see what passion, enthusiasm and learning students gain - ones that rely so much on teacher support to make them happen.


The broad range of activities that add great value to the learning and disposition of our students, with such great staff support alongside wonderful parent support,  is what makes Grange Primary School such an outstanding community to be part of. When our Wakakirri performers were on stage at the Entertainment Centre 2 weeks ago, telling a very powerful story about inclusion. It was a community I certainly felt immensely proud to be part of.


THANK YOU Grange teachers, your efforts are most appreciated in making the most effective, inspiring, engaging and empowering learning environment here at Grange.


Regards, Grant



Grant Small, Principal

Grange Primary School 

[email protected]     




School News

Traffic Monitors



Week 7 - Term 3


Room 33 -Emelie I, Xavier M, Laura S

 (Reserve: Zoe D)


Week 8 - Term 3


Room 33 -Zoe D ,Connor R, Maggie R

 (Reserve: James R)


Week 9- Term 3


Room 33 -James R, Violet M, Ethan W

 (Reserve:Kendra S)


Week 10- Term 3


Rooms 37 & 33 -Kendra S, Tiana R, Olivia N

 (Reserve: Anthony N)

Canteen Roster

Canteen volunteers are needed for Term 3. Please see Jo in the canteen to register your interest.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated. 


Week 7 - Term 3


Monday -   HELP NEEDED

Tuesday - Ilianna B

Wednesday - Zina Spirdonoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - School Closure for Royal Show


Week 8 - Term 3




Wednesday - Zina Spirdonoff

Thursday - HELP NEEDED

Friday -Raye R


Week 9 - Term 3


Monday -  Aymee Lumsden


Wednesday -Zina Spirdonoff

Thursday - HELP NEEDED



Week 10 - Term 3



Tuesday - Renae

Wednesday -Zina Spirdonoff

Thursday - HELP NEEDED

Friday - Kelly Miggie


Student Thoughts

Our school is great because......................

- Close to the beach. Kobie, Year 4

- I love our teachers. Matilda, Year 1

- Science, maths and our library. Zeva, Year 2

- Playing with our friends. Breanna, Year 4

-It is very big and very kind. Kadeja, Year 5


Library Volunteers

The school Resource Centre is currently seeking volunteers to help with the shelving of books for approximately 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon.  If you are interested in volunteering for any morning or afternoon sessions, please contact me.


Debbie Moore

Parent & Community Liaison Officer

[email protected]  


Parenting Course


Book Week

Students and staff all got into the spirit of Book Week and dressed up as their favourite book character to mark this celebration. The costumes were colourful, creative and inspiring. Thank you to all students who participated.


Colds and Flu

We have a quite a number of students and staff currently battling cold and flu symptoms and there have been multiple reported cases of Influenza A.  If your child is unwell we ask that you keep them home so they can make a more comfortable recovery.


Spare Clothing for your Child

The sick room is running out of spare clothing in times of accidents and wet clothes due to the wet weather. If your child is needing clothing on occassions can you please supply a change of clothing in your child's school bag. In an event where your child does not have a change of clothes we will have to call the parents to bring some alternative clothing. 


Cherry Blossum Sushi Day and Picnic
Wednesday 13th September


Second Hand Uniform Shop - Friday 1st September

We are looking for volunteers on Friday 1 September as will be holding a second hand uniform stall during sports day.

Please see front office staff if you are able to help. Donations to the stall of pre loved uniforms will be accepted on the day.

Grange Primary School

Waste Management by Josh C


Maths Corner with Mr Narcys

Here is an article from Tierney Kennedy about how Maths can be incorporated into everyday tasks.

I hope you find it beneficial.


27 homework tasks that help make maths part of everyday life


Parents often want to help their kids with maths, but aren’t sure how to help.
Here are 27 ideas ranging from breakfast, to car trips, to grocery shopping, to afternoon tea, to pocket money and just about everything in between.


How many pieces of bread did I start with? (see 13)

  1. Ask them to get out the cups and plates for afternoon tea without telling them how many are needed
  2. Ask them to get the right number of pegs when hanging out the washing (e.g. shirts need two, socks need one)
  3. Talk about how things are similar and different (e.g. this one is pointy but this one is rounded), and classify the same group of objects in different ways (colours, shapes, “pointy”, “rough”…)
  4. With two or three objects, move them around and ask how many there are now. Keep experimenting until the child realises that moving the objects doesn’t make the number change – there are still the same amount.
  5. Don’t always count things in a line or from left to right. Try a circle or just a mixed up group. Also, count mixed groups of objects (e.g. a block, a lego man and a ball) rather than always the same things. Mix up the colours too.
  6. Give them different sized cups to play with in the bath instead of toys. Pour water from one to the other to compare which has the most.
  7. When building with Duplo or Lego, talk about the blocks as “a six block” or “an eight block”. Experiment with ways to cover an eight block with other smaller blocks.
  8. Play skittles (six plastic bottles works well). Talk about how many you knocked down and how many are left to get.
  9. Share groups of objects or food between multiple kids (fairly).
  10. When doing the groceries, ask the kids to collect numbers of items in the shop (e.g. 8 apples)
  11. Make “cool high fives” by using some fingers on each hand (e.g. 3 on one hand and 2 on the other). Repeat with other numbers bigger than 5.
  12. Cut bread in half in different ways and decide that no matter what shape it is, both halves are the same.
  13. Give all the toast for the whole family cut into halves on the one plate (or apples, or other fruit). Ask how many pieces of bread or fruit you started with.
  14. Play “what am I spying?” instead of “I spy”: Describe a 3D object that you can see, one clue at a time, while the other people try to guess what it is. (e.g. My object is bigger than the TV. It has smooth sides that are rectangles. It is white. It has two doors on it. It is very cold.)
  15. Look at maps of where you are going and let the kids try to follow the map while you get there. Find your street on a map.
  16. When another family is coming to dinner ask the kids how many people there will be. So how many pieces of potato will we need if everyone has two?
  17. Work out how many pieces of pizza you need for your family and how many pizzas that would be.
    Talk about how likely things are to happen (e.g. it is very likely to rain tomorrow so we had better pack your rain coat). Consider things that are totally made up in their games or that they see on TV too – how likely is it that the dinosaur bones that David Attenborough was just looking at actually came to life and walked around the museum?
  18. Get them to budget their pocket money (e.g. have a money box with four categories: spending, saving, charity and gifts). Work out how many weeks it would be before they could buy a certain toy.
  19. Get the kids to work out how many minutes there are left until something happens (e.g. how long until your swimming lesson?). Both digital and analogue clocks are great for this.
  20. When playing board games (e.g. snakes and ladders or monopoly), use two dice. Let the kids choose if they want to move forwards by both, back by both, or forwards by one and backwards by the other.
  21. Let the child work out the logistics for their birthday party (or dinner, or a camping trip etc.) – how many cups, plates, packets of lollies etc. for the guests… as well as the timing (e.g. everyone will be here by 4:00 so we will play games until 4:30 and then serve cake. That will take 15 minutes. Then…)
  22. Arrange groups of objects into different arrays (like 12 muffins in a tin vs 12 eggs in a carton). Use existing arrays for calculations (e.g. looking at a wall of shoes in a sports shop, work out how many shoes that represents, calculate how many rooms in a hotel by counting the floors and the number of windows in each floor)
  23. Talk about how likely a weather event is to happen and give your surety a numerical measure (e.g. a 50% chance of rain vs a 90% chance of rain according to the weather predictions)
  24. Let the kids cook – particularly recipes involving measuring fractions of cups etc.
  25. Plan routes on maps. Work out the total distances involved, but also talk about the traffic and whether one route would be faster.
  26. When on the highway, estimate how long it would take to get to the next town given the speed limit and distance.
  27. Budget and save for holidays or larger items. Work out a payment plan (e.g. washing up is worth $__ but mowing the lawn is worth $__). Get them to figure out how to earn the amount of money that they want. Consider incentives (e.g. every time you save $20 we will contribute another $5) or loans (yes you can borrow the $50 from us, but you have to pay us back $55).

F-2 Maths Game - How many are Hiding?
In this activity, children find the missing number to complete a number sentence while also seeing different representations made by their partner.  


10 cubes, or counters, or pasta shells etc. per player
A cup for each player

Task instruction
In this activity each person has the same number of cubes and a cup
They take turns hiding some of their cubes in the cup and showing the leftovers. E.g. with 10 counters, showing 6 and hiding 4. Children have to work out the answer to the question, “How many are hiding?” and say the full number combination.

Example: I have 10 cubes and I decide to hide 7 in my cup. My partner or group can see that I only have 3 cubes. Children should be able to say that I’m hiding 7 cubes and that 3 and 7 make 10. The total number can change to simplify or add more challenge to the task.

Year 3-5 Problem - Eight Dominoes
Using the 8 dominoes:

Make a square where each of the columns and rows adds up to 8.
How many possible solutions are there?

Year 6-7 Problem – Light Blue & Dark Blue and Line Up
1) Investigate the successive areas of light blue.
What fraction of the total area of the square does the area of light blue take up in each case?

2) Jane and Ken are standing in line to buy tickets. There are:
6 people between Jane and Ken.
18 people in front of Jane, including Ken.
13 people behind Ken, including Jane.

In total, how many people are in the line?

Sport News

Sports Day Information - Friday 1 September



Key points to remember:

*Opening ceremony commences promptly at 9:00am, please ensure your children are in their classrooms by 8:45am

*Student's must wear hats

*Coloured Hairspray is allowed to be applied at home PRIOR to coming to school, hair chalk and ribbons are allowed

*Only paint/colour on face allowed is 2 stripes of coloured zinc

* Please ensure your child has sun screen applied before attending school

* Canteen will operate from the Witungga Hall kitchen and will have water, pizza, ice blocks, chips and  lollies for sale

* Parents/caregivers and visitors can enjoy a Sports Day BBQ from 9.00-2.30pm

* Coffees and hot beverages will be available to purchase 

*Children's BBQ lunch will be delivered to their classrooms at 1.00pm

* There will be a second-hand uniform stall on the day

*Adults are NOT permitted to use the student toilets. The toilets available for adult use are the disabled toilets in the Witungga Hall, Junior Primary and 6/7 Building.

* Have Fun!


Olympic Football

Do you want your child to join in on playing the World Game in 2018? Come and sign up at Adelaide Olympic Football Club to experience a culture of development, friendship and soccer success.


Adelaide Olympic Football Club has teams from under 6’s through to under 16’s – trial dates are on 25th, 26th& 27th September. Times are as follows:


Under 5’s to Under 9’s – Registration only - No trials. 6pm-8pm

Under 10’s to Under 13’s – 25th, 26th & 27th September – 6pm-7pm

Under 14’s – 6.30pm-7.30pm

Under 15’s & 16’s – 7pm-8pm


Location: Ferryden Park Reserve, Ferryden Park


Email [email protected] for further enquiries.


Its time to register your interest in playing Cricket for Grange Primary School in Term 4. If you played in Term 1 you will need to register again for Term 4.

If you have not played before  but would like to please see the Front Office to express your interest.

Games will be played on Saturday mornings, training will be anafternoon, to be advised. Registration Fee is $25 for the term and payable once teams have been established.


We are currently offering Kanga Cricket for Foundation to Year 2 as well as B Grade for Years 3, 4 and 5. Coaches and players are needed for Years 6 and 7 if you are interested.


Please see the Front Office for a registration form to continue or join or to express your interest. 

Dates to Remember

Term 3

Week 6

29/8 - Way to Go - Bike Ed for Year 5

1/9- Sports Day 


Week 7

4/9 - Finance Meeting at 6.00pm

4/9 - Governing Council Executive Meeting at 7.00pm

8/9 - School Closure - Royal Show



Week 8

11/9 - School Photographs

11/9 - Governing Council Meeting 7:00pm

13/9- Cherry Blossom Picnic


Week 10

29/9 - Early Dismissal 2.05pm

1/10 - Daylight savings starts


Term 4

Week 1

16/10 - School Commences

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