Grange Primary School Newsletter

24 August 2018
Term 3, Week 5
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!




Last week a group of about 60 our year 6/7 students performed at the Entertainment Centre as one of 38 schools in the South Australian Primary Schools division of Wakakirri.


Established in 1992, Wakakirri is Australia’s largest Story Dance Festival, involving over 20,000 students across every State and Territory each year.


Each year hundreds of schools across Australia create Story Dances for Wakakirri that reflect their students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations. These stories are performed in professional theatres in front of the official ‘Wakakirri Panel’ who are searching for ‘Story of the Year’. Over 1 million people watch Wakakirri performances each year.


The Aboriginal word Wakakirri means ‘to dance a story’ according to Wangaaypuwan people from Cobar NSW. It was chosen to give the event a distinctly Australian feel.


Our students were amazing presenting an outstanding performance. At the end of each item three students from each school described their performance to the host. Our three speakers India, Darcie and Grayson also did an outstanding job in public speaking to a large audience and all with no written notes, which was absolutely fantastic.


Well done to all the performers and to the volunteer helpers and staff, particularly Mary Xenides, Lia Taylor, Susan Wilson and Alex Narcys for putting so much effort and time in making it such an exceptional performance.


It is only the effort of our students, parents and staff working so hard together that enabled this wonderful opportunity for our students and one that only 38 primary schools participated in our State. Great job.


Please see the description of our performance and the feedback and awards from the judges.



for more information about Wakakirri.


Location: SA | Year: 2018 | Division: Division 1

Teachers Name: Mary Xenides, Lia Taylor


Internet Security - Does your child have Virtual Private Network (VPN) on their device?


We have recently discovered that some year 4/5/6/7 students have installed an app called' xVPN' on their iPads and/or phones in order to bypass the school internet filter.  


The school provides students with a secure and safe internet and VPN software which seeks to bypass the school security is not allowed.  We have discussed this with year 4/5/6/7 students and made them aware of cyber safety issues, that this software is not allowed and the consequences of this. Teachers and STEM specialist teachers will continue to reinforce the cyber safety message in all their classes.


Students have been asked to remove this software. We ask that parents also check their child's devices and remove any VPN software.


 The school can track any students using this software and any students detected using VPN software on the school internet connection will have their accounts frozen and parents will be contacted.


The service provider which supplies our internet filter recommended that parents be aware of students using VPN software at home, as it can bypass security and filters parents may have in place.  


Keeping your child physically, emotionally and cyber safe is of our highest concern and I thankyou for your cooperation on this matter.


Please talk to myself or your child's teacher if you need any further information.


Regards, Grant


Grant Small, Principal

Grange Primary School 




School News

Working Bee Thank you

Many thanks to the families who helped us at the Working Bee held on Sunday 12th August.  We have been able to recycle most of the furniture that was cleared out of the furniture shed.  Special thanks to Sarah Worrall (Ben & Tim) and Lyn Coleman (Jack) and Stephen Barber (Emily and Eric). Your help on the day was very much appreciated and great team work.


Nick Warren and Debbie Moore


Help us win a Veggie Patch Starter Kit


School Crossing Monitors


Term 3 - Week 6

27/8 - 31/8

Lachlan S - Room 33

Ruby B - Room 33

Darcie W - Room 33

Sophia W (Reserve) - Room 33

Term 3 - Week 7

3/9 - 7/9

Sophia W - Room 33

Alicia G - Room 33

Dylan P - Room 34

Finlay B (Reserve) - Room 33


Canteen News

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

Your assistance is greatly appreciated. 


Term 3 - Week 6

28/8 - 31/8



Wednesday - Zena Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis


Term 3 - Week 7

3/9 - 7/9


Tuesday - Simone McIntyre

Wednesday - Zena Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis




School Activities

Book Week 2018

On Wednesday 22nd August, as part of our Book Week celebrations, we held Read-In Night in Witungga Hall. Some of our year 2 and 3 students performed a 'Find Your Treasure' Song, Tim from Elizabeth O'Grady Kindergarten played the spoons for us and read 'The Bear under the Stairs' and South Australian children's author Jayne Dance had us on our feet dancing to her new book 'Dancing with Ruby'. Our Foundation students delighted in sharing the books they had created themselves and our book trading table was a huge success. We had an incredible turn out! Blankets, pillows and bean-bags covered the floor of the hall and we all enjoyed Hot Chocolates, Tea, Coffee and Mini-muffins for supper. A huge thank you to the fundraising committee and many of our wonderful staff members for helping us to set up and run the night. Thank you all for coming to celebrate Book Week with us -  Happy reading! 

Ms Carmen 


Book Week Parade 2018

Today we had our Book Week parade for 2018! Room 9 hosted it and organised where everybody was sitting. We saw some AWESOME costumes and everyone was outnumbered by Harry Potters. This year’s theme was ‘Find Your Treasure,’  so people went all out on the pirate theme. They had makeup, pirate clothes, parrots, one person even had a fake peg leg!


This Book Week was one of the best we have ever had, it will be a hard one to beat. Special thanks to Fin, Baylee, Tilly, Lara and Jordan, from Room 9, for doing amazing commentating and an amazing opening and closing speech. Thank you to Mr Webb for organising music and sound.

We hope everyone had a great Book Week!!


Community Walk Rooms 6 and 15

Room 6 and 15 spent a lovely afternoon wandering the Grange community looking at and discussing the heritage sites that surround us.  We were fortunate to be accompanied by parents thus allowing us to break into small groups to walk at our own leisure investigating different buildings.  This walk coincided with our History topic being changes over time in our local community.  It was a positive experience engaging with the beautiful historical buildings and environment that we are surrounded by.


TaikOz Drumming

This week TaikOz visited our school. The Sydney based Taiko company is the only professional Taiko drumming group in Australia.


The trio performed both traditional and contemporary Taiko music. Our students were very enthusiastic about joining the group on stage. Some students were fortunate to be picked to play Yatai Bayashi, a traditional Japanese carnival piece. Students performed a traditional Japanese dance to the mellow sounds of the Shinobue,  a Japanese bamboo flute.   


Sport News


A reminder that the football break-up and presentation will be on Saturday 25th August in Witungga Hall immediately after the last game for the season.



On Monday 13th August, three of our students, Hudson B from Room 32, Noah M from Room 32 and Jamie C from Room 36, participated in the first of three qualifying rounds to be chosen to represent South Australia in the National Under 13 Golf Championships. Hudson moves on to the next rounds to be played on 30th and 31st August. If successful, Hudson will then go on to play in the National Championships. Good luck, Hudson.


Congratulation to all of you. Grange Primary School is very proud of your achievements.

Fundraising News

Entertainment Books

Absolutely last chance to get your Entertainment Books from the Front Office.


Community News

Findon High School Principal's Tour


West Adelaide Bearcats Basketball Trials


Dates to Remember

Term 3 2018



Week 6

Tuesday 28th August​ - Red Riding Robin Hood  Years F-2 

Wednesday 29th August - Bike Ed - Year 5's

Thursday 30th August - Round 5 Debating

Friday 31st August - SHOW DAY - SCHOOL CLOSURE


Week 7

Monday 3rd September - Student Free Day

Friday 7th September - Sports Day


Week 8

Tuesday 11th September - Debating Semi-Final

Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September - Room 33 Zoo School


Week 9

Wednesday 19th September - Bike Ed - Year 5's

Thursday 20th and Friday 21st September - Room 32 Zoo School

Thursday 20th September - Festival of Music Choir Rehearsal

Sunday 23rd September - Festival of Music Choir Performance


Week 10

Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th September - Room 37 Zoo School

Friday 28th September - End of Term 3 - Early dismissal 2.05 pm



Monday 5th to Friday 9th November - Foundation to 2 Swimming - Adelaide Aquatics Centre


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