Numurkah Primary School

16 August 2018
Issue Thirteen
From the Principal's desk
What's Happening?
Parents & Friends
Student Awards
Class Page - 3/4S
Student Wellbeing
Community Notices
Numurkah Primary School
(03) 5862 1426
10 Quinn Street
Numurkah, Victoria, 3636

From the Principal's desk

It was great last week to see so many of our children involved in their learning and interacting with other students and our wider community in positive ways. On Friday 3rd August I had the opportunity to go around to all our sporting venues and see our Year 5 and 6 children in action. A huge thank-you to Mr Jenner for organising the Lighthning Premiership, our Parent and Friends for catering at the netball courts and to all the staff for assisting in making it such a great day. 


It was also great to see last Wednesday our Prep - 2 children engaging with our visitors from Parks Victoria and Kaiela Art Gallery.  Children learnt about Aboriginal names and identifing animals from the Badja Bayaderra reader and applying the design features and symbols of SE Australian Aboriginal art to create their own totemic animal. 


In the upcoming weeks I look forward to Community Reading Day and looking at all the wonderful costumes our children will be wearing on Book Day.


What's Happening?

Upcoming Dates

Friday 17th August - Kinder-Prep Transition Session

Friday 17th August - Year 3/4 debate Semi Final

Monday 20th to Friday 24th August - Book Week

Thursday 23rd August - Book Week Parade 9 am

Thursday 23rd August - Prep - 2 Community Reading Day

Wednesday 29th August - Year 3/4 & 5/6 Debate Grand Finals 

Thursday 30th August - Father's Day Stall

Friday 31st August - Father's Day

Friday 7th September - House Athletic Sports

Camps Program

Year 3/4 Swan Hill Camp –

Expressions of Interest and Deposit notices are due by Friday 17th August. If you wish to use your CSEF to pay for the camp, please contact the office and we can advise you of your balance.


Year 5/6 Camp Wyuna, Queenscliff –

Expressions of Interest and Deposit notices are due by Friday 17th August. If you wish to use your CSEF to pay for the camp, please contact the office and we can advise you of your balance.


If you would like to make regular payments this can be done at the school office, we accept EFTPOS, cash or cheque. Payments can also be made through Direct Debit or Centrepay, please contact the office for more details.

Debating Festival

Congratulations to all students who have been participating in the debating festival. There has been lots of hard work and preparation put into presenting their arguments. Everyone has been very impressed with the high standard of the debates. Congratulations to the successful teams who have moved onto the next round.


The following Year 3/4 Semi Final debate will take place as listed below:


Friday 17th August - Princess Power vs The Gems

   "All primary aged children should have compulsory chores at home!"


The Semi Final debate will be held in Room 7, starting at 1:40pm. Families are welcome to come and watch the debate. If you have any questions please speak to classroom teachers or Ms Sartoria in Room 6.


Grand Final Debates for both Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 will be held on Wednesday 29th August. The successful debating teams, topics and times will be announced once Friday's Semi-Final has been completed. This information will be posted on Compass and Facebook for families to see. Families are encouraged to come along to the Grand Finals to watch.






Parents & Friends

Father's Day Stall

Father's day is fast approaching!


Parents and Friends will again be running a Father's Day Stall for students. If you could please donate some items either for the father's day stall gifts, or as raffle prizes they would be greatly appreciated. Some ideas include BBQ items, toiletries, car items, gardening items, coffee mugs/travel mugs, etc. We can also use some more lollies to put in the gifts (please can they be wrapped ones).

Please drop all items at the office.


The Father's Day Stall will be held on Thursday 30th August. All gifts will be priced at $4 and 50c raffle tickets will also be available. Students will attend with their class to purchase a gift. If there are gifts remaining students will then be given an option to purchase a second one. 


Thank you in advance from the P&F committee

Student Awards

Student of the Week - 03/08/2018

Prep/1S - Sieanna Lourens - You always settle down and get your work done. You are focused all the time. Keep it up!

Prep/1H - Savannah Hooker  - Great progress Savannah. Keep it up!

2/3C - Alia Wall - For trying hard to complete all learning tasks on time this week.

2/3R - Corey Cook - Corey has completed a wonderful week. He has worked independently on all tasks and has produced some pleasing work.

3/4S - Joel 'Flash' Callander - Flash you are a sensible hard working boy, and it is great to have you back!

4/5W - Cheyenne Callander - An excellent week in the classroom. You were listening carefully and ready to learn everyday. Well done!

5/6H - Angelina Crisara - For excellent teamwork and leadership demonstrated throughout the Lightning Premiership.

5/6S - Mahdi Abed - For successfully completing a range of Maths tasks, and accurately sharing your times tables answers with the whole class. A fantastic effort!

Reader of the Week - 03/08/2018

01H - Savannah Hooker

01S - Blake Agnew

23R - Liam Woolley

23C - Holly Piacentini

34S - Ella Parkinson

45W - Bridget Brown

56H - Tyson Hill

56S - Sarah Abdulamir

Student of the Week - 10/08/2018

Prep/1S - Larna D'Agostino - For trying your hardest in your weekend handwriting. You have shown us how much you have learnt so far this year.

Prep/1H - Mya Wayman - For working harder at her learning tasks and improving her home reading effort. 

2/3C - Asha Parry - For a tremendous amount of effort this week. Asha has really applied herself to complete tasks to a high standard. 

2/3R - Cadence Boswell - For being an enthusiastic, co-operative member of her debating team 'Cats and Dogs'. Great effort Cadence!

3/4S - Kyron Cook - For an excellent week of 'getting the job done!'

4/5W - Lily Mullane - Excellent procedural writing this week Lily. Well done!

5/6H - Cobie McGraw - For consistently being a responsible and respectful member of our class. You are an exceptional role model for others.

5/6S - Conner Waites - For using effective strategies as you successfully completed a range of comprehension tasks. You have also worked cooperatively during group tasks. 

Reader of the Week - 10/07/2018

01H - Eden McIntosh

01S - Liam Pearson

23R - Izaac Koeleman

23C - Harrison Smyth

34S - Riley Banner

45W - Skye Young

56H - Connor Philpott

56S - Sapphire Brown



Book Week is finally here!

Next week across Australia we celebrate book week. Each year, schools and public libraries across Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. The theme this year is 'Find your Treasure' The short listed books from the Australian Book Council can be found on the following link:

Here at Numurkah Primary School we have been focusing on reading all term. Each week we acknowledge students who have made great progress in their reading or who have shown a genuine love of reading. We have also purchased most of the shortlisted books either in our library or on wheelers.

On Thursday 24th August we have our annual book week parade. We encourage all our children to come dressed up as their favourite character. The parade will  take place at 9 am in the library courtyard. Families are most welcome to attend. Our Parent and Friends Committee has bought some great sets of books to present to the best dressed boy and girl in both the  P-2 and 3 - 6 grades.

 Our Prep-2 students will also be participating in the Community Reading Day between 10 - 11.30 in the main street of town and  our Year 3-6s will also be participating in book week activities here at school.



Lightning Premiership

Football Report

On Friday the 3rd August, the NPS football team went to the Numurkah Show Grounds to play footy.  We were all pumped, excited and ready to play!


Even though we lost all our games, players stayed positive, worked hard and helped each other during the day.  Our players kicked accurately and hand balled effectively. Overall, it was a great experience.


Report written by Darby Salter


Year 5 Netball Report


On Friday the 3rd August the NPS Year 5 netball team played in the Lightning Premiership.


We played against St Joseph’s, Nathalia and Strathmerton. We did really well in the first game: we scored 5 goals and St Joseph’s scored 6 goals. In our second game we scored 1 goal and Nathalia got 3. In our third and final game we drew 3-3 with Strathmerton.


Best on court were Breanna Inglis-Goodliffe for doing some amazing shooting, Karli Gertz-Suffern for getting in the spaces and moving the ball efficiently, Kayla Gerity for doing some good intercepts, Keisha Broad for doing great defending and Mitchell Harvey for goal keeping effectively.


Overall, all players put in their best effort and we had a successful day.


Report written by Kayla Gerity      


Year 6 Netball Report 


On the 3rd August the NPS Year 6 netballers walked down to the Numurkah district netball courts to compete in the Lightning Premiership.


At 10:40am the Year 6 netballers played their first game for the morning and won by 8 goals. At 11:00am the Year 6 netballers had their second game and won. The score for the second game was 10-1 our way. We had about a 40 minute break to have a snack and warm up because it was really, really cold. Soon it was 12:00pm and we had to get on court for the third game of the day, the score was 11-6 their way. At 12:20 we played our last game; we won by 8 goals; it was great to end the netball day with a win.


All players worked as a team and supported each other during all games. Overall, it was a great day of netball!


Report written by Jasmin Thompson


Bat Smashers Softball Report


On Friday 3rd August the NPS Bat Smashers played in the Lightning Premiership.


The Bat Smashers team played four games against other schools. We won three out of the four, which was a fantastic effort. All players tried their best and played really well. We scored lots of home runs because players ran the bases effectively. Best on the field was the whole team because they all did their best and took a lot of catches.


Even though we didn’t get in the grand final, we were very proud of how we played and supported each other throughout the day. I think the Lightning Premierships went really well.


The following players made valuable contributions during the games: Chase Dixon, Bobby Hall, Kobi Pelchen, Declan Crisp, Devlin Duncan, Aiden Woolley and Lucas Spokes. Odin Mutimer and Grace Mullane (Co-Captains) did a great job guiding the team.


Report written by Odin Mutimer (Co-Captain)


Lightning Loaders Softball Report


On 3rd August NPS Lightning Loaders softball team played in the Lighting Premiership.  Lots of teams from our area competed.


We played four games and won three of them, which was an excellent effort. It was a tough and exhausting day. Some of the highlights were Chris Bodsworth’s big hit, Kaiden Hodgson’s great throws and Jake Salter’s excellent catching.


The following players also made valuable contributions during the games: Xavier Dixon, Lloyd Jetten, Tyson Hill, Jaxon Harvey, Sarah Abdulamir and Joshua Moody.


Many thanks to Ms Young for her great umpiring.


Writing Report by Xavier Dixon (Team Co-Captain)



Class Page - 3/4S

Art History

As part of our Theme Work focusing on Art History, 3/4S have produced these magnificently detailed reworkings of Pharaoh Tutankhamun's death-mask, recovered from his tomb in 1922 by the famous archaeologist Dr. Howard Carter. 


Student Wellbeing

Harvest Time!

Hard work generally brings a good reward – this is certainly true in our garden! We are now beginning to reap a harvest; a delicious reward for care and attention.


Sometimes it takes time to see the results of hard work- this is also true in our educational efforts. The learning process is not always ‘fun’ – there can be challenges and times where we must persist and practice to get better.  The rewards show, however, that these efforts are worth it.


Setting goals, working toward and finally achieving targets helps us grow as individuals. Obstacles and difficulties must be overcome; helping us develop resilience and perseverance. Seeds do not spring up overnight; it takes time, patience and effort before we can enjoy our harvest!



Canteen Helpers

Friday 17th August - Selyna Wilson

Monday 20th August  - Junior School Council

Tuesday 21st August - Alex Sanderson

Wednesday 22nd August - Kylie's Leadership Group

Thursday 23rd August - Helper Required

Friday 24th August - Selyna Wilson

Monday 27th August - Toni Adams

Tuesday 28th August - Alex Sanderson

Wednesday 29th August  - Kylie's Leadership Group

Thursday 30th August - Helper Required

Friday 31st August - 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

Trivia Night - Numurkah Pre-School


St John's Parish Numurkah -Sacramental Program

The St John’s Parish Sacramental Program will commence in term 4. As the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist are to be celebrated early in 2019 the children who undertake the Parish Sacramental program will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on the 20th November 2018. If you would like to enroll your child in the St John’s Parish Sacramental Program please call the office at St Joseph’s Primary School (58621804) for further information.


Vanessa Hamilton - Information Session


Tatura Basketball Representative Squad Trials

Tatura Basketball Association will be holding trials for Representative Squads for the following age groups:

U12  Born 2008/09

U14 Born 2006/07

U16 Born 2004/05

U18 Born 2002/03

All players are invited to trial. 

For more information please contact Lisa via email - [email protected], or on 0428242889. If you are interested in trialing but unable to attend a trial please email Lisa.

Trial dates and times below:

Sunday  August 19th     U12 / U14        4-5.30

                                                U16 / U18         5.30-7 

Thursday August 23rd  U12 / U14       4.30 – 5.30

                                               U16 / U18        5.30 - 6.30 

Sunday August  26th    TBA


Movies at Numurkah


 Wanganui Event




Numurkah Primary School
School Lunch Summer Menu .pdf