Numurkah Primary School

16 November 2018
Issue Eighteen
From the Principal's desk
What's Happening?
Student Awards
 2019 Parent Payment Information
Student Wellbeing
Class Page - 23C
Community Notices
Numurkah Primary School
(03) 5862 1426
10 Quinn Street
Numurkah, Victoria, 3636

From the Principal's desk

Bring Your Own Device

Over the next few years our school will be transitioning into using ipads as our preferred tool for learning. To this end, next year students in Years 3 - 6 students may purchase through the Apple Education Space or bring to school ipads that are already owned that fit our specifications. The preferred model is the Wi-Fi 128GB which retails at $569. There are also other accessories available and purchasing options through this portal. Students wishing to purchase a netbook for next year may also continue to do so and we are currently updating the models available on this portal. Students will also be able to take their ipads or netbooks to Numurkah Secondary College after graduating. The school will be purchasing sets of ipads in the future to further support the learning of all students. As students in state education, teachers and students can also purchase Office 365 for free.  We will be providing extra information in an IT update next week.


Our recent Year 5 and 6 camp was a great success and a great time was had by all.  Next week we wish all our Year 3 and 4 students the best on their camp to SwanHill. I am also attending this camp and looking forward to spending time with the children.


Currently at school we have been transforming 'Mini Melville' room into a flexible space that will be used for Science and our Mother Goose program. Shantelle Hives attended professional development this week and has come back with lots of ideas for the program. We envisage the program will run once a week for an hour and will be free for any parents or carers in our community. We will be consulting with our community to find the best time. If you are interested or know anyone that may be interested please register your interest by contacting the school.




What's Happening?

Upcoming Dates

Friday 16th November - Kinder - Prep Transition Session

Wed 21st – Fri 23rd November - Yr 3/4 Camp Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement

Thursday 6th December - Prep/1 Activity Evening

Friday 7th December - P&F Barn Dance (more details to come)

Friday 7th December - Year 2 Sleepover

Tuesday 11th December - Orientation Day

Tuesday 18th December - Year 6 Graduation

Thursday 20th December - Year 6 BBQ Breakfast & Final Assembly

Thursday 20th December - Last Day of the Year for students

Friday 21st December - Pupil Free Day - Staff Planning for 2019

2019 Planning and Organisation

In order to effectively plan our school structure for next year (taking into account budgets, staffing, enrolment, rooms, etc), could the following be considered by parents:

Transfers/enrolments: If there are any parents still to enrol their children, would they please organise enrolment forms as soon as possible. If there are any families moving away from the district, etc and not returning to our school next year, please let Debbie know as soon as possible.

Special needs: There may be some parents who wish the school to consider their child’s special needs, regarding class placement for 2019. If this is the case, please collect a Special Needs Form from the General Office and return it in the confidential envelope to school by tomorrow Friday 16th NOVEMBER.

2018 Concert DVD

We are pleased to announce that the Concert DVD is now available to purchase. DVDs are $12 each and are available from the front office.



Student Awards

Student of the Week - 2/11/2018

Prep/1S - April Marcroft - For having a really settled week. You give 100% effort to all your work. Keep it up!

Prep/1H - Mya Wayman - For being a friendly and cheerful class member, making everyone feel welcome.

2/3C - Tyrell James - For a fantastic effort this week with your reading. Keep it up! 

2/3R - Teddy Smith - For staying fully focused and giving 100% effort during his on-line assessment tasks. 

3/4S - Tessa Warrin - For a wonderful week of learning, and for showing such kindness to others in the class. 

4/5W - Matthew Lourens - Well done on your writing tasks this week. Your 'writer's voice' that's developing in your work is impressive. 

5/6H - Noah Greco - For demonstrating increasing independence in your approach to all learning activities.

5/6S - Devlin Duncan - For having a positive attitude as you successfully completed a range of individual tasks. You also used effective startegies as you accurately completed comprehension tasks. 

Maths Master Award -

0/1H - Billie Harris

0/1S - Zavier Archer

2/3C - Annabella Boschetti

2/3R - Riley Crisp

3/4S -Marshall Duncan

4/5W - Zac Newby

5/6S - Christopher Bodsworth

Student of the Week - 9/11/2018

Prep/1S - Tamika Arundel - For being an excellent worker in and out of the classroom. You work so well that you have time to help others when you are finished. 

Prep/1H - Indy Lourens - For putting in a fantastic effort during literacy rotations this week.

2/3C - Charlotte Codiga - For working very cooperatively in buddies this week. 

2/3R - Jordan Cockerell and Holly Piacentini - Jordan and Holly showed great co-operation  to make an amazing colourful peacock for our Animal A to Z.

3/4S - Noah Johnson - For showing our school values every day. You are a wonderfully sensible and hard-working student.

4/5W - Charlie Hodge - Your enthusiasm whilst writing your autobiography this week was impressive. 

5/6H - Bayden Parkinson - For participating in the Marine Discovery Centre discussions in a knowledgeable and intelligent manner. You represented our school admirably throughout the entire camp. 

5/6S - Imogen Jeanes - For participating enthusiastically during all the Yr 5-6 Queenscliff camp activities. She worked cooperatively and took opportunities to extend her knowledge and understanding throughout the camp.

Maths Master Award -

0/1H - Cooper Lowden

0/1S - Emily Jeanes

2/3C - Riley Barker

2/3R - Sienna Kubeil

3/4S - Joel Callander

4/5W - Ryley Lau

5/6S - Jhett Eddy



The Young Australians Best Book Awards were recently announced. Some of our senior children participated in the voting for these awards and the books are currently available in the library and online at Wheelers. Reviews of these books are posted below.


The Fall 

byTristan Bancks
A fast-paced, action-packed story that will have readers on the edge of their seats, from the award-winning author of Two Wolves.

In the middle of the night, Sam is woken by angry voices from the apartment above.

He goes to the window to see what’s happening – only to hear a struggle, and see a body fall
from the sixth-floor balcony. Pushed, Sam thinks.

Sam goes to wake his father, Harry, a crime reporter, but Harry is gone. And when Sam goes downstairs, the body is gone, too. But someone has seen Sam, and knows what he’s witnessed.

The next twenty-four hours could be his last.


The 91-Storey Treehouse

by Andy Griffiths

The 91-Storey Treehouse is the seventh book of Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton's wacky treehouse adventures, where the laugh-out-loud story is told through a combination of text and fantastic cartoon-style illustrations.

Join Andy and Terry in their now 91-storey spectacular treehouse. They've added thirteen new levels, including the world's most powerful whirlpool, a mashed-potato-and-gravy train and a human pinball machine. Why not try your luck on the spin-and-win prize wheel or hang out in a giant spider web (with a giant spider), or you can always get your fortune told by Madam Know-it-all or eat a submarine sandwich the size of an actual submarine while deciding whether or not to push the big red button . . .

Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!


The Bad Guys Episode 5

by Aaron Blaybey

The bad news? The world is ending. The good news? The Bad Guys are back to save it! Sure, they might have to borrow a rocket . . . And there might be something nasty in one of the spacesuits . . . And Mr Piranha might have eaten too many bean burritos . . . But seriously, how BAD can it be? How bad?! SUPER BAD. Its one small step for the Sort-Of-International-League-Of-Good-Guys-Guys. Its one giant leap for The Bad Guys. 


Do Not Open This Book Again

by Andy Lee

He’s back! And only one thing's for certain – HE DOESN'T WANT YOU TO OPEN THE BOOK!

A Note from Andy Lee:
I wrote this book as a surprise for my sister and her husband to celebrate their son George's first birthday. He liked it. So when I heard my sister was pregnant again, it didn't seem fair to not have another book to celebrate the arrival of the new baby. This is that book.

 2019 Parent Payment Information

The Numurkah Primary School Council has set the Parent Contributions for 2019.  Please see the attached file for a detailed description of the payments and what each one covers. Charges will be added to family statements in 2019.  No payments required until 2019 school year.


In summary, the essential payments include -


Essential Student Item Curriculum/Assessment Materials

ICT – Mathletics, Reading Eggs, Wheelers on line library, Printing costs, Art materials,   , Physical Education- Sports Equipment, Music- Music Sheets, cooking items and Science materials.



EXCURSION / INCURSION LEVY (Essential - Curriculum )


Life Education Van - $10


Swimming Program (includes Transport by bus and pool entrance) - $15

Note: - Season Tags cannot be used in 2019. See note on attachment above.


Meerkat Performance Fractured Fairy Tales - $7.95


Total cost of $152.95 per student.


Additional school charges include camps, activities, school photographs, winter sports etc. These are optional activities and will be 'user pays' events.


For payment options and Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) Information please see the attached file above.


Student Wellbeing

Conflict and Respect

In our lives, most of us hope for a quiet and peaceful existence free from clashes and conflicts with others. Some conflict we can avoid – some we cannot. Very few of us want more battles in our lives – we hope we can get along well with family, friends and colleagues – but sadly this does not always happen. Resolving conflict does not come easy and yet it is an important life skill. Like most skills, we can improve with practice and help from others. The school playground is the perfect environment to learn and practice conflict resolution skills. I am so pleased when I see and speak with students who try and work on solutions to problems in helpful ways - they are already practicing strategies that will help them in the future.

Respect is the key ingredient in dealing with conflict. As one of our school values, we see the importance of respect in dealing with the problems that come our way. Whilst we may disagree with others, respect helps us find value in the person we may clash with and can show us the way out of conflict. Sadly, for some, a peaceful and respectful resolution to conflict is not always possible – but our community does have help for those who find themselves in an unsafe situation of conflict.

Let’s keep practicing our conflict resolution skills and respecting others!


Class Page - 23C

Our Weird Animal


In 2/3C this week, we invented a new animal! We used a program called Switch Zoo and chose the animal body parts as a team by voting on which body parts we wanted most on our weird animal. We ended up choosing the body of a cheetah, the head of a snake, the legs of a spider monkey and the tail of a fish. Then we each made up 5 facts about our new animal based on some of the facts that we already knew about the animals that were included in its design.

Here are some of the facts about our weird animal!

  • It can run as fast as a cheetah and is the fastest animal in the world.
  • It is venomous.
  • It can breathe underwater and is a very good swimmer.
  • It can climb trees.
  • They are omnivores (and their favourite foods are mice and berries!)
  • They are cold blooded and lay eggs.
  • They sleep during the day and hunt at night.

WARNING: This is a very dangerous animal and if you see one in the wild, you should run very very fast before it sees you.




Canteen Helpers

Friday 16th November - Selyna Wilson

Monday 19th November  - Junior School Council

Tuesday 20th November - No Canteen - Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday

Wednesday 21st November - Helper Required

Thursday 22nd November - Helper Required

Friday  23rd November - Selyna Wilson

Monday 26th November - Toni Adams

Tuesday 27th November - Alex Sanderson

Wednesday 28th November  - Kylie's Leadership Group

Thursday 29th November - Helper Required

Friday 30th November - 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

Head Lice


Numurkah Lions Club market


Numurkah Primary School
School Lunch Summer Menu .pdf
2019 Parent Contributions.pdf
2019 Parent Contributions.pdf
2019 Parent Contributions.pdf