Grange Primary School Newsletter

16 March 2018
Term 1 Week 7
From the Principal 
School News
School Activities
Fundraising News
Sport 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!


Foundation to Year 3 Vision Testing

Last week the Essilor Vision Foundation started conducting free vision testing of our early years students here at Grange Primary School for parents that indicated they were interested. This is an opportunity for free vision screening and follow up testing and free glasses if required. We had such a large response from parents that the optometrist and support personnel were only able to screen some classes. Rooms 6, 15, 16, 17, 21, 26 and 27 were screened last week. 


The Essilor Foundation will return on another day soon to complete the other early years classes, where parents have indicated their interest in the free eye screening, follow up full testing and provision of free glasses if required. 


This opportunity is by invitation to Australian schools and one that we felt was crucial for us to pick up and provide to our families. The importance of having good vision and any possible issues being addressed early on is absolutely critical and central to a child’s success in learning and their general confidence and wellbeing.


The optometrists and trainees that conducted the testing were excellent and quickly put students at ease and made them feel comfortable with the process. They commented on the excellent behaviour of our students, who saw it as just another assessment to help them be the best they can be.






Grant Small, Principal

Grange Primary School 

[email protected]                                               


School News

World's Greatest Shave

Zoe Dowsett, a student from Room 35, is taking part in the World's Greatest Shave on the 16th March in Rundle Mall. She will be shaving her head to help raise money for Blood Cancer and Leukaemia through the Leukaemia Foundation. This year is the World's Greatest Shave's 20th anniversary and Zoe is very excited to be participating.


We include below the reaction to Zoe's efforts from our Business Manager, Maureen Russo.


"I just want to give a huge shout out to Zoe Dowsett (a year 7 in Bryan's room).  Zoe will be heading into Rundle Mall on Friday to have her head shaved to support the World's Greatest Shave.  You may or may not know that this will support the Leukaemia Foundation with their research and the support of people with blood cancer.


This for me is something very close to my heart, as I have Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which is also a blood cancer and comes under the banner of the Leukaemia Foundation.  


I had a chat with Bryan's class last week about having blood cancer just to support Zoe in her raising money for this wonderful cause.  Having had to shave my own head, not to serve a cause but out of losing through chemotherapy, I can certainly identify with her.  This is such a huge ask for a young girl especially.  Hair is seen as extremely important to most women and having to shave your head certainly attracts "looks".  


Funnily enough, I said to Tom (Wilkinson) one day... "How is it that you can shave all your hair off and no-one says anything... as soon as I have no hair, everyone looks!"... lol!


Zoe will most certainly have lots of looks and questions in the yard and I say she is one brave, strong young lady to have such a wonderful commitment to the cause!"


You may have seen her posters around the school.  She also has some blue donation boxes, one in her classroom and another in the Front Office, so why not throw in a few gold coins to support Zoe in her commitment to helping others.   


If you see Zoe, give her some encouragement, she certainly deserves that and a lot of respect!


STEM at Grange Foundation to Year 3

We are excited to be teaching the Foundation to Year 3 students the new STEM Program.

STEM is the integrated learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. It includes Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies.

For the younger students we are teaching STEM through Literacy and Play with the integrated use of differing digital technologies such as iPads and laptops.

This term our main focus is on Design and Technologies and Engineering while encouraging the students to work collaboratively and problem solve.

We will be using the skills we learn to work through real life types of problems, such as how to help the Three Billy Goats Gruff when the bridge is swept away in a flood.

You are welcome to visit room 22 and join in!

Mr Webb and Ms Bev

*** Please collect junk materials for our design and build program and unwanted electrical items (with cords removed) for our Tinker table program – thankyou!! We have containers outside room 22 ready.


Canteen News

Canteen volunteers are always welcome. Please see Jo in the canteen to register your interest.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated. 


Week 8

19/3 - 23/3

Monday - Aymee Lumsden

Tuesday - Laura Fedele

Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff

Thursday- Helen Orfanidis

Friday- Kelly Miigge


Week 9

26/3 - 30/3

Monday - Anna Kostrova

Tuesday - Laura Fedele

Wednesday - Zena Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miigge

School Crossing Monitors

Week 8

19/3 - 23/3

Aarone T - Room 33

Callum R- Room 33

Jesse B -  Room 33

Zara K (Reserve) - Room 32

Week 9

26/3 - 30/3

Zara K - Room 32

Ella G - Room 32

Tia J - Room 32

Lachlan S (Reserve) - Room 32



Starting High School 

To Parents/Caregivers of Year 7 students,


We know that your child has just begun the school year and the last thing on your mind is enrolment in high school. Unfortunately this process begins early and we need to share some information with you to help you make the best decision for your child. Many of you have been through this process before but others have not.


By the end of this term, you will receive a package which will contain the ‘Starting Secondary School’ brochure, an enrolment form (ED176), and brochures prepared by your zoned government secondary school. 


We recommend that you check your local Messenger Newspaper as well as our school newsletter for dates of public and private school open days/nights. (We have included information from some schools below. Others will be included as they become available). These events are a good way to gain an idea about the individual schools, have a look around and ask any questions that are specific to each site. It is the parent/caregivers responsibility to visit the high schools you are considering for your child.


The DECD website is also a useful tool for parents during this time. The website address is go to the links ‘Enrolment information’ (on the right hand side of the screen) and ‘Enrolling in High School’.


You may or may not be aware that DECD secondary schools are zoned and you may not be in the correct zone for the school you wish your child to attend. Your child’s zoned school of right will automatically appear on the ED176 enrolment form. Students with siblings currently attending a high school will have the right to attend that same school (regardless of zoning issues.) However Adelaide High, Urrbrae Agricultural High School, Mitcham Girls High and Roma Mitchell Secondary College (Girls Campus) do not have sibling rights. For these schools you need to follow their separate enrolment policies.


If you have changed address recently,  it is vitally important that you update your details with us so we can make the necessary changes online with DECD. If you think that we do not have your correct address, please contact the Front Office. If your details are incorrect, it is a DECD requirement that you  provide proof of residency in the form of a utilities bill (Gas or Electricity) or a Bill of Sale or Rental agreement.


Anybody considering enrolment in Special Interest Schools for 2019 will need to either contact the specific secondary school direct or check their website to obtain further information about the program and an application form. All school web addresses are listed on the DECD website or simply “google” the required school.  Please be aware that the application process and due dates vary from school to school. These applications are due well before the general secondary enrolment process and application forms must be returned to the school of choice by the date listed on the application form. 


There are two single sex secondary schools for girls in the metropolitan area – Roma Mitchell Secondary College (Girls Campus) and Mitcham Girls High School. Neither of these two schools have district boundaries. Parents can obtain further information about enrolment from each of the schools.


Should you require any information at all regarding enrolment into secondary school,  do not hesitate to contact either myself or Merrill Battista on 8353 2688.


Thank you and good luck,

Alex Narcys

Senior Leader 

[email protected]


High School Open Days/Nights


School Activities

Clean-up Australia Day

On Friday 2nd of March it was clean-up Australia day. Our school participated and helped to clean up Australia by going around our school and picking up all the rubbish we could find. We had student leaders stationed around the yard with Clean-up Australia Day bags. Five bags were filled which might not sound like much but it means we take care of our school. We became involved with clean-up Australia day as we wanted to make a positive impact on the environment.

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped clean up our school.

Darcie (Room 32), Kendra, Laura, Mila, Danija, Nicole and Hannah (Room 35)



Our year 5/6 classes have loved participating in debating training over the past 3 weeks with expert trainers from Debating SA. Full day sessions consist of public speaking skills, debating structure, forming arguments and counter arguments, asking rhetorical questions, clever rebuttal, using evidence, finding fallacies and much more! If your child is in year 5, 6 and 7 and would like to join one of our many debating teams this year, please see your class teacher or the front office.


Fundraising News

2018 Easter Raffle

It's that time of the year again when our thoughts turn to Easter and with that in mind, the Grange Primary School Fundraising Committee will once again run an Easter Raffle. The money raised will go towards the purchase of further resources for our new STEM areas.


It would be greatly apprieciated if you could send along with your child a donation of Easter eggs, soft toys, colouring books, Easter cooking/baking products, baskets or boxes etc.


All donations can be handed into the front office by Friday 23rd March 2018.

Due to the overwhelming response to our raffle last year, we have decided to issue every child a book. Please do not hesitate to return any unsold books to the front office.


Thank you to Simone, Kim, Petrina, Alicia, Kerry, Helen, Megan, Melissa and Carla for helping to produce and distribute the raffle books.


 Tickets are $1.00 each. Good luck!


Sport News

After School Sports update


C Grade Lightning Carnival will be held on Saturday 17th March at Grange Oval. We have three teams involved so good luck to all our students taking part.


AFL Football

Registration continues for AFL Football in all year levels and will close on Wednesday 11th April.

Registration for Years 2/3 and 4/5 has been steady but there is still space in both for more players.

The response for Year 6/7 has been overwhelming so thank you to those who have already returned their form. Space in this team is very limited so if you have not yet registered your Year 6/7 student, please do so as soon as possible.

Nick Godlevsky

Grange Football Delegate


Community News

Inspire Fitness

The Grange Parents Fitness group has recently relocated to the Grange Baptist Hall on Surrey Street and is also at the new day and time of Friday at 9.00 am.

If you have thought about joining us now is the time. Perhaps you were unable to come on Wednesdays and Friday suits you better. Drop your kids at school, walk down the road to the church hall, get your workout done and you have the rest of the day to enjoy.


For more information about this and other sessions call or text Ryan on 0433 492 444 or
Max on 0431 533 736



Blitz Golf - School Holiday Fun

This is the first event of its kind in the world and it is being held at Glenelg Golf Club on Friday April 20th.   

We are supporting the Little Heroes Foundation with all proceeds from the day going to that charity.

The event will be free entry for everyone and there will also be free carnival rides for the children.  The event will include:

* Professional golf event (PGA Tour event) with leading professionals - The “T20" version of Golf

* Carnival with free rides, food trucks, live music and DJs

* Competitions for the whole family to win caravans, holidays and other prizes

* Junior clinics where the children get lessons from professional players who are in the competition

* Other attractions for the children

* Opportunities for children to meet players

This event is proudly supported by many of South Australia's leading brands as well as major national businesses and its' a great opportunity for our state to showcase a brand new event.

For more information to to the Facebook page-


Dates to Remember

Term 1 2018

Week 8

Parent Teacher Interviews begin this week

19/3 - Governing Council Meeting - 7.00 pm

20/3 - School Photos


Week 9




School Photos

School Photo day is Tuesday 20th March.

Have your child's school memories captured forever.

Please take time to read the relevant information on the MSP payment envelopes & remember these helpful points:

* Don't seal envelopes inside each other - You can pay for all children in one envelope however each      child needs to have their own envelope on photo day.

* Family envelopes are available at the school office upon request.

* Please enclose correct money as no change is given - cash, cheques and money orders only. Credit card payments can only be made online.


Please visit MSP website at

For photo enquires phone: (08) 8132 1148 or email: [email protected]

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