Numurkah Primary School

13 September 2018
Issue Fifteen
From the Principal's desk
What's Happening?
Student Awards
Debating Festival
Class Page - 4/5W
Student Wellbeing
Parents & Friends
Community Notices
Numurkah Primary School
(03) 5862 1426
10 Quinn Street
Numurkah, Victoria, 3636

From the Principal's desk

Our Athletics Day was very successful last Friday with all the children participating and generally having a great day. A big shout out to Mr Jenner for coordinating and organising the Sports and our  Parent and Friends for volunteering their time. This week the school is buzzing as children prepare for the school concert and I look forward to seeing all in action next week. I hope all our parents and the wider community take up the opportunity to see the talents of our children on display.


Literacy and Numeracy Tips for Parents

Research shows that families are the most significant influence on their children’s learning, development, health, safety and wellbeing. Your family can play a key role in helping your child prepare for school, and then succeed when they reach school.

The link to the booklet below provides handy tips and ways you can help your child develop literacy and numeracy skills. It provides fun, inexpensive, accessible and practical activities you can do with your child at home. The booklet also provides questions you can ask your child to help them learn. Doing these practical activities will help your child develop excellent reading and writing skills, and help them speak well and be a good listener.

Through everyday activities at home you can also help them develop their numeracy skills, such as calculating and using numbers, recognising patterns, and using language to develop mathematical understanding.


Mother Goose coming in 2019

The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program is a group experience for parents and their babies and young children (birth to 4 years) which focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs, and stories together. Next year we will be running this program at our school once a week for parents and children who would like to attend. Further details will be published in later newsletters.

What's Happening?

Upcoming Dates

Friday 14th September - Kinder - Prep Transition Session

Monday 17th September - No assembly

Wednesday 19th September - Afternoon Concert

Thursday 20th September - Evening Concert

Friday 21st September - End of Term Assembly 9am

Friday 21st September - Footy Colours Day and House Buddy Activities

Friday 21st September - Last day of Term 3 - Early finish 2:20 pm


Term 4

Monday 8th October - First day of Term 4

Friday 12th October - Prep-2 Melbourne Zoo Excursion


Footy Colours Day

Footy Colours Day is a national fundraising campaign held during the month of September where participants are encouraged to wear their favourite team's colours to raise funds for kids with cancer. 


We will be participating on Friday 21st September. Students and staff are encouraged to wear their footy colours to school in support of this campaign. A gold coin donation would be appreciated, with all money collected going towards supporting children with cancer. 


Last Day of Term 3 -
House Buddy Activities

  • All families are invited to come along to our final assembly which will be held at 9 am in the Prep - 3 Open Learning Area.
  • Students will participate in some special House Buddy activities during the morning.
  • Students will have an early lunch at 1:10 pm - lunch orders are available.
  • School dismissal at 2:20pm.

Prep-2 Excursion

The Melbourne Zoo Excursion for Prep-2 students is planned for Friday 12th October, the first Friday of Term 4. If you have not returned your permission form please return it as soon as possible so that we can confirm numbers. If you need a replacement form please contact the office.


During Term 4 students will be working on some 'Hat' projects. If anyone has any old hats they no longer need we would appreciate some donations to enable students to use them in their artwork. Donations can be left at the school office. Thank you!


This year, our concert’s songs and dances are based on an Art and History theme. Our concert is entitled ‘Viva la Vida’, named after the Frida Kahlo artwork and the Coldplay song. Each class has received a note detailing their song and costume. If you have any questions please see either the classroom teacher or Michelle Davis, Concert Co-Ordinator.


Tickets - These went on sale last week. Allocation of seats has begun and tickets will be sent home with the eldest student in each family once allocations have been completed.  If you have not ordered tickets yet, but plan on attending,  please order soon as as we do sell out fast. Tickets for the evening concert will not be available at the door. 


Wednesday Afternoon Performance: Tickets are only for sale at the door for the Wednesday afternoon (Sept 19th) performance. Tickets can be purchased from 11.30am with the performance commencing at 12.30pm.


Concert Update:

The children have been working hard at ‘fine-tuning’ their concert items for their performances.  We will be rehearsing most of Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th September at the Town Hall.


Please note: Children need to bring their costumes to school on Tuesday (for rehearsals) and Wednesday (for the afternoon performance). Also wear costumes to the Thursday evening performance.


Wednesday 19th September - the afternoon performance will commence at 12.30pm. 

~ Parents are asked to note that recess will be at 10.00am and lunch will be at 11.30am on Wednesday.  NO LUNCH ORDERS. 

~ Students will be heading down to the Town Hall from school, at about 12.00pm.

~ Tickets can be purchased at the door for the Wednesday afternoon performance only.


Thursday evening performance (20th September) - will commence at 7.30pm. 

~ Children are asked to meet their teachers at the Town Hall between 7.00 -7.10pm. 

~ Prep/1S, Prep/1H, 2/3C and 2/3R students will meet in the Supper Room (use supper room door)

~ 3/4S, 4/5W, 5/6H and 5/6S students will assemble at the side of the Town Hall  

~ Parents are asked to leave their children in the care of their teachers and move straight into the hall.

~ We would like the audience to be seated by 7.25pm to enable the concert to begin on time.

~ No prams or walkers are allowed in the main hall due to safety reasons

~ The concert should be finished by about 9.30pm.

~ After the ‘whole-school opening item’, students will be seated in the upstairs area and supervised by class teachers whilst not performing.

~ At the end of the concert, we encourage parents to wait in the main hall for a few moments while children come down from the stage and from the upstairs area to meet parents on the footpath area.






Student Awards

Student of the Week - 31/08/2018

Prep/1S - Angus Newham - For writing a lovely recount of your exciting weekend last Monday. Well done and keep it up! 

Prep/1H - Harmony Jeanes - Making a super effort in all learning areas. Harmony you try your hardest and are seeing progress as a result. 

2/3C - Olivia Tervit - For her help cleaning up the empty plates at the Fathers Day Breakfast BBQ.

2/3R - Will Robin - Will has produced some very creative art work related to our theme, particularly his very imaginative Picasso face.  

3/4S - Tyeisha Bostancioglu - For a really great week - particularly with some brilliant input in the 3/4 Debating Grand Final.  

4/5W - Monique Greco - Well done on settling into your new school and making friends.

5/6H - Darby Salter - For striving to achieve a new personal best on your multiplication grids. You are fast becoming a "Master of Times Tables"! 

5/6S - Kobi Pelchen - For effectively helping students submit their Library Learning Task. You also had a positive attitude and successfully completed a range of maths extension tasks. 

Reader of the Week - 31/08/2018

0/1H - Jake Tervit

0/1S - Emily Jeanes

2/3C - Jazmaine Broad

2/3R - Chloe Lawson

3/4S - Jacinta Holmes

4/5W - Blake Lawson

5/6H - Cooper Boswell

5/6S - Bobby Hall


Student of the Week - 07/09/2018

Prep/1S - Levi McKenzie - For a great day on Friday. You put in 110% effort all day. Well done!

Prep/1H - Khan-Lee Crowe - Fantastic participation in the Athletic Sports. Very responsible. Well done! 

2/3C - Colt Cowan - For excellent sportsmanship during our school athletics day. 

2/3R - The Whole Grade - For enthusiastic and responsible participation in the House Sports.  

3/4S - The Year Four Boys - You all worked really well to support and encourage each other!

4/5W - Oakley Austin - Congratulations on competing in an enthusiastic manner in all events at the Athletic Sports.

5/6H - Year Six Girls - For your outstanding sportsmanship. You were persistent, supportive of other competitors and made a genuine effort to enjoy the day. 

5/6S - Noah Scott - For showing great skills and persistence during the NPS Athletic Sports. You also managed yourself effectively throughout the day.  

Reader of the Week - 07/09/2018

0/1H - Myllah Koopman Paterson

0/1S - Angus Newham

2/3C - Blayke Hodgson

2/3R - Riley Crisp

3/4S - Jade Hester

4/5W - Tyler Cook

5/6H - Chase Dixon

5/6S - Keisha Broad

Aussie of the Month - August

0/1H - Charlie Jenner - For being a great learner, a responsible class captain, a caring friend and a respectful member of our class.

0/1S - Tamika Arundel - For playing well with others by letting them join her games. She works hard all the time in class and helps others who need help.

2/3C - Briley Boswell - For being a good friend who is caring, funny and always tries her best.

2/3R - Sienna Kubeil - Sienna is always a good listener and she stays focussed on her work. She is a responsible learner and she is caring towards others.

3/4S - Marshall Duncan - Marshall is a hard-working, quiet boy who has become an extremely valuable class member - we all love to see him grin!

4/5W - Bridget Brown - Your class members feel that you are improving in your learning and that you have a positive attitude towards your learning.

5/6H - Karli Gerdtz-Suffern - For always trying your best and asking questions when you need to. You are honest, kind and caring towards others and you are a good role model for our school values. 

5/6S - Lloyd Jetten - Is a responsible student. He is organised, works hard, plays fairly and makes good choices. He is a respectful , caring person who helps others. Lloyd is a valuable member of our school community.

Debating Festival

Year 3/4 Grand Final Report

On Wednesday 29th August, parents, teachers and students witnessed the Grand Final debate: “Country life is better than city life.”


The Affirmative Team

A Team

Marli Salter, Lily Patrick-Oudeman, Tessa Warrin and Ella Parkinson


The Negative Team

The Gems

Erin Norman, Arthur Smith, Jacinta Holmes and Tyeisha Bostancioglu.


The adjudicators, Mrs Oliver (Principal NPS), Mrs Hope and Ms Sartoria, congratulated all the debaters on the improvement in their skills, especially their rebuttal and their composure under pressure. Each speaker did a great job of explaining and arguing their point of view.


After all speakers had very capably expressed their arguments, the Chief Adjudicator – Mrs Oliver - announced that “A Team” (affirmative team) had narrowly won the debate.


Many thanks to Christopher Bodsworth who competently chaired the debate.


After the debate I asked the grand final debaters to share some of the experiences they had during the 2018 Debating Festival.


Thoughts from The GEMS…


Erin said she learnt how to rebut an argument and that she enjoyed the experience. Erin’s highlight was writing her speeches.

Arthur said he liked speaking during the debating. Working with friends was a highlight.

Jacinta said she really enjoyed competing in the Debating Festival. She learnt that it is important to speak loudly and clearly. She also learnt how to rebut arguments. A highlight was being in the Grand Final!

Tyeisha said debating was fun. She liked working as part of a team.  She learnt that it is important not to give up and to practise what to say.


Reflections from THE A TEAM…


Ella thought debating was a lot of fun. She enjoyed helping her team mates. She has become more confident and her highlight was winning the Grand Final.

Tessa enjoyed her debating experience. A highlight was winning the Grand Final. She liked speaking and explaining her arguments. Tessa also enjoyed working with her team mates.

Lily’s highlight was working with her team mates and winning the Grand Final. Participating in debating activities has helped Lily to feel more confident when speaking to an audience.

Marli said she liked the debating activities and working with her team.  She enjoyed being the researcher and helping her team.


I would like to sincerely thank all the parents, friends, teachers and students who have supported and assisted the debating students throughout this festival. It has been a pleasure to facilitate the Debating Festival again this year.


Jenny Sartoria

2018 Debating Festival Coordinator

Year 5/6 Grand Final Report

On Wednesday 29th August, parents, teachers and students witnessed the Grand Final debate: “That the Commonwealth Games are a waste of money!”


The Affirmative Team

Odd Ones

Jasmin Thompson, Ainslie Trease, Grace Mullane and Angelina Crisara



The Negative Team

Masters of Debating

Jackson Jenner, Conner Waites, Zavier Morris and Judah Moody



The adjudicators, Cassie Willis (NCS Teacher), Mrs Oliver (Principal NPS) and Mr Smith sat engrossed as speakers from both sides very passionately argued their opposing contentions, aiming to persuade the adjudicators to their point of view.


After all speakers had done their best to persuade the audience of their arguments, the Chief Adjudicator – Mrs Oliver  - announced that the “Odd Ones” (affirmative team) had taken out the grand final in a very tight competition.


Many thanks to Lloyd Jetten, who competently chaired the debate.


After the debate I asked the grand final debaters to share some of the experiences they had during the 2018 Debating Festival.


Thoughts from the Odd Ones…


Angelina said that she had learnt how to work as part of a team. She really enjoyed all the debating activities especially being the first speaker.

Ainslie enjoyed working with her team mates. She now feels more confident when speaking to a large audience. She liked speaking in the Grand Final debate.

Jasmin enjoyed her debating experience and learnt lots of interesting information when researching topics. Her highlight was speaking and explaining arguments in front of an audience. 

Grace said she learnt how to speak expressively while explaining her arguments. Her highlight was participating in the Grand Final.


Reflections from the Masters of Debating...


Jackson said he enjoyed the debating experience. He learnt how to work with his team mates and speak confidently to an audience. His highlight was participating in the Grand Final debate.

Judah said he had enjoyed competing in the debates, working with a great team and helping his team members with their arguments. Judah’s highlight was being in the Grand Final, which was fun and challenging.

Zavier liked creating points on a range of different debate topics and working with his team mates. Zavier’s highlight was being in the Grand Final and getting a trophy.

Conner said he liked the debating activities. He greatly increased his ability to speak in front of an audience. Conner’s highlight was being part of a team in the Grand Final debate.


I would like to sincerely thank all the parents, friends, teachers and students who have supported and assisted the debating students throughout this festival. It has been a pleasure to facilitate the Debating Festival again this year.


Jenny Sartoria

2018 Debating Festival Coordinator





New books


The Lost Books - The Scroll of Kings 

by Sarag Prineas

"A page-turner of a fantasy with elements of humor as well as intrigue, swordplay, and librarian-versus-hostile-book combat." -Booklist"A fast-paced, engaging adventure." -Publishers Weekly"One for the books." -Kirkus ReviewsFrom Sarah Prineas, author of the acclaimed Magic Thief series, comes a stunning new tween fantasy where books literally come to life!The powerful Lost Books at the palace library are infecting the rest with an evil magic, and two unlikely friends must figure out who, or what, is controlling the books and their power.If they can't, the entire kingdom could be at risk.Sarah Prineas returns to her classic middle grade roots with this imaginative, fast-paced adventure for book lovers everywhere.

Cass and the Bubble Street Gang Book 3

by Erica McGann

While helping with a car boot sale, Cass finds a very old diary. It talks about picking on the drama kids on the bus, and a horrible prank played during their end-of-year show. Who wrote the diary? Can the Bubble Street Gang unmask the wicked writer?



Henriette and the Perfect Night

by Martine Murray

Henrietta, the great go-getter, is going to be a big sister, but she'll have to wait half way to Christmas before the baby is ready. Five charming and quirky stories from the author of the CBCA shotlisted book Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars.

The Seven Signs Series


by Micael Adams

Enter the DARE awards . . . make your dreams come true! The seven winners of the inaugural DARE awards are thrust together on a life-changing journey, to cross seven continents in seven days. But on the eve of their adventure, they receive The First Sign. Before they can solve the puzzle of the mysterious symbols, a deadly attack throws one of them into a terrifying fight for life. Soon, all seven are battling an epic seven-day countdown to destruction. Can they stand together and solve The Seven Signs before their time is up? Seven teenagers. Seven signs. Seven days to save the world! 

Class Page - 4/5W

Mysterious Happenings In 4/5W

During Book Week, we learnt about dust jackets and blurbs. A dust jacket is a paper covering on the outside of a book. The blurb sets the scene for what the story is about.


We were required to design a dust jacket for a book title of our choosing and then create a blurb for that title. Here are our masterpieces.




NPS Athletics Day

Last Friday 7th September our students at NPS participated in our Athletics Carnival. Students competed in many athletic disciplines including running, throwing, jumping events, and our Prep – 2 games. Our Prep – 2 House Shield was won by Red House and our Yr 3-6 Shield was won by Gold House. It was pleasing to see these two houses win as they had not won the shield for many years. It was also wonderful to see so many families visiting and supporting our students and our school community. Thank you to everyone who helped in any way, and a big thank you to our Parents and Friends Committee for organising the BBQ and coffee van. Congratulations also to all our students who competed in line with our school values. The next focus here are our student trials for Division Day in Shepparton next Term.


Student Wellbeing

Keep On Moving!

What a fantastic sports day we had! We Aussies love our sport; so much fun to play but also great to cheer on our teams and competitors – congratulations to all involved last week. It was great to chat with so many of our parents and friends as we watched all the action unfold. An interesting point came up in some of our discussions – why do so many of us stop doing sport? Why do so many become less active as we get older? Why does this seem especially true for us girls?

There are far too many benefits of physical activity to list – some would argue it is essential to our well-being. So, let’s keep on moving- especially us girls! ‘This girl can’ has lots of ideas for how we can either stay or get active…check out their ideas…

Parents & Friends

Fathers Day Stall and Raffle

Congratulations to the winners of our Father's Day Raffle! The winners were -

1. Tahnee Tweed

2. Gemma Poar

3. Shaely Eddy

4. Darby Salter

5. Indy Lourens

6. Jay Moodie

7. Riley Banner


Thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes or stall gifts, we couldn't have done this without the assistance of our school community and families.


We hope everyone enjoyed their Father's Day!


Pie Drive

Thank you to everyone who submitted their orders for our Pie Drive. Collection will be on Thursday 20th September between 3 pm and 5:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room.


All money raised will be going towards new sporting equipment for the students.


Athletics Day

Thank you to all the volunteers who assisted at the BBQ on Athletics Day. It was greatly appreciated. 


Canteen Helpers

Friday 14th September - Selyna Wilson

Monday 17th September  - Junior School Council

Tuesday 18th September - Alex Sanderson

Wednesday 19th September - Melissa Hall

Thursday 20th September - Helper Required

Friday 21st September - No canteen - last day of Term 3


Term 4

Monday 8th October - Toni Adams

Tuesday 9th October - Alex Sanderson

Wednesday 10th October  - Kylie's Leadership Group

Thursday 11th October - Helper Required

Friday 12th October - Selyna Wilson

Monday 15th October - Junior School Council

Tuesday 16th October - Alex Sanderson

Wednesday 17th October  - Kylie's Leadership Group

Thursday 18th October - Helper Required

Friday 19th October - Selyna Wilson


Volunteers Required - 

Our school canteen, selling 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. 


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

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 Pre-School -
Enrolments 2019


If your child turns four before the 30th April 2019, then you are eligible to enrol for the 2019 Kindergarten Year.


Please collect an application form from Numurkah and District Kindergarten and Activity Centre, 18 McCaskill Street Numurkah, during opening hours 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Or phone the Service Coordinator on 58621569 Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.


A Funded Kindergarten Accredited Program

Table Tennis


Numurkah District Soccer Club -
Junior Disco


Postie Bikes


Show us ya Wheels


Pick my project


Numurkah Show

The Numurkah Show will be held on Wednesday 24th October. Colouring In sheets for the show have been sent home with students today. Please return to the office with your name on them by Wednesday October 17th.

Numurkah Primary School
School Lunch Summer Menu .pdf