Grange Primary School Newsletter

09 November 2018
Term 4 Week4
From the Principal 
School Activities
School 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!


School Improvement


Here at Grange our school is well  placed to achieve continuous improvement in the learning of every student, achieving at least 12 months growth each year. As I recorded in the last newsletter all Department for Education school improvement plans in 2019 are focused on literacy and numeracy. We are well one this journey at Grange through the outstanding work of our senior leaders in implementing our improvement plans over the past 3 years with literacy and numeracy as the key focus.


In 2019 this will be even further strengthened with the work of three new Coordinator Leadership positions, coaches in the areas of

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Technology

We are currently working through processes to select the coaches and I will let you the outcomes when they can be released.


The work of the coach is to co-plan, co-teach and model best practices alongside classroom teachers to extend their current good practice even further. By our school investing in developing the quality and consistency of our teachers we will develop even more students that are highly confident, capable and high achieving students that are the very best they can be.


The priorities for our Site Improvement Plan in 2019 are -

  1. To improve student achievement in writing, Foundation to Year 7
  2. To improve student achievement in reading, Years 3-7
  3. To improve student achievement in Mathematics, Foundation to Year 2

These areas build upon our improvement work in Literacy and Mathematics and identify our next steps for improvement. This doesn’t mean that we are not focussing on other year levels in reading and maths, but our next improvement steps are at the listed year levels.


To support our work we seek your feedback and comments on how we are going as a school. The online survey will only take you about 5 minutes. I would greatly appreciate your feedback to assist us in the implementation of our Department's directions in Literacy and Numeracy improvement with, of course, the total focus of our work at Grange in enabling every child to be the best they can be.


The survey link is


Regards, Grant

Grant Small, Principal

Grange Primary School 




School Activities

Physical Education Foundation to Year 7, Semester 2 Overview


Dear Parents and Caregivers, 


Term four is now upon us and even though it’s a short one it’s definitely the busiest and will be finished before we know it!! Last term saw my first F-2 fun day and 3-7 sports day which were ran a little different to previous years. We were lucky enough to score the best day of the week with everything running smoothly and overall it was a huge success. A big thank you to everyone that helped in supporting the day, without you the running of such a big event would not be possible. 


From our results of the 3-7 sports day we nominated our district team to compete in the SAPSASA Airport & Western Districts Athletics Day. Unfortunately, we were not so lucky with the weather and despite the rain and wind Grange won bringing home the cup for a second year running. From this we had 23 students nominated for the state SAPSASA competition held at Santos stadium allowing students to experience competition at its highest level. Well done all who were involved.


In our younger year levels, we have been building on the skills developed in Semester one. Students have become more confident in these areas that require good hand eye and foot eye coordination. Our F/1 classes are now starting to put these skills into game-based activities requiring them to work in teams and follow structured games that require students to follow rules. The year two classes have also been building on these skills but have looked closely at Basketball, AFL, Volleyball and Cricket. 


In our middle classes we have been working through and breaking down the skills needed for Football, Athletics, Volleyball and Cricket. Students have been learning the correct way to play each of these sports while developing different strategies to be more competitive. We have continued to value and respect one another in and out of PE making sure that we focus on being a good sport over winning a game. Year 4 students will be looking at their personal fitness again in regards to their height, wing span, grip test, leap test and 2m shuttle run, we will then look at the growth from this test in Term 1.


Our upper primary classes have also been working through Football, Athletics, Volleyball and Cricket. Students have been breaking down each sport and analysing different strategies to improve the outcome of a game. Students have really taken on the level system well with students helping out and working with fellow classmates in areas they are finding difficult. We will also be looking at their personal fitness as mentioned above with the year 4 groups. 


To our year 7 students, it’s been an absolute pleasure getting to know you and teaching PE to you for such a short time. I wish you all the best in 2019 and in the next chapter of your lives. Hopefully I will see you around the place once you have graduated from Grange Primary.


If you have any questions or queries and would like to catch up and find out more please feel free to see me at school. If I don’t see you have a fantastic Christmas break and I look forward to seeing you all in 2019. 


Kind regards,

Wade Ball 


Loose Parts Play

Engineering, Maths, problem solving and having fun in the Quad at lunch times


Room 6 Maths, Health and Environment Learning

There has been a change in lunchboxes in Room 6 all in the call for caring for our environment and aiming to reduce landfill.  In line with our maths learning, we have been collecting and recording our lunchbox data and realised the number of landfill was too high so have worked diligently to minimise rubbish.  What a change it has been going from 63 pieces down to 23 in one week.  A great effort by families and children working towards change!   Along with this we have looked a little bit at ingredients in our food and questioned what do the numbers on the back of packets actually stand for?  From this we have discussed food ideas and have a few healthy snack recipes kindly shared with some families we would like to share with you.


Healthy Easy Peasy Date Balls

1 cup dried dates

1 cup dessicated coconut

Extra coconut to roll


Soak dates in boiling water for 10 minutes until soft.

Drain and place into a food processor with coconut.

Blend until well combined and sticks together.

Firmly roll 1 teaspoon of mixture into a ball.

Roll into extra coconut and place into fridge. 

They keep for approx. 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.


Choc Chip Banana Bread

2 small ripe bananas

100g butter, melted

2 cups wholemeal SR Flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

½ cup coconut sugar

2 eggs

 ½ cup dark choc chips


Preheat oven to 180° C.

Mash banana into a large bowl then add flour, baking powder and coconut sugar and mix until combined.

Add eggs and melted butter and mix into the batter.

Next add choc chips and fold in.

Pour batter into a loaf tin then bake for 40-50 minutes until skewer comes out clean.

Slice and store in the fridge


Thanks Katie Nash for these recipe ideas.



Although the Wakakirri performance was in Term 3, we wish to congratulate those students who participated and recognise their achievements by listing all the awards won on behalf of the school.

Grange Primary School won:

  • Best Creative use of the Signature Item Award
  • Best Raising Awareness Story Award
  • Performance and Production Awards

The panel's comment included this statement,

"An entertaining performance and clever theme delivered fantastically."


Once again, congratulations to all students involved and to the parents who supported their children in the process.


Genius Hour - Rooms 32 and 33

Year 6 students in Rooms 32 and 33 are currently preparing for an Expo in Week 6 to showcase their products. Each student has identified a passion where they wish to learn skills or information in order to complete a finished product to showcase their learning. Examples include:

  • Cake Decorating
  • Henna Tattoos
  • Dress Making
  • Dinner Parties
  • Constructing a bike trailer, bedside table, dog kennel
  • Making Dog Treats
  • Quilt Making

Students at Grange will be able to view the Expo on Tuesday 20th November in Witungga Hall and parents and family will be invited to view the Expo that evening.


Rememberance Day Assembly

Please enjoy some photos from our Rememberance Day Assembly held on Friday 9th November. Thank you to Anne-Marie for organising and to everyone who attended to show their respect.


School News

School Uniform Update

From Monday 3rd December, uniform items for our school will only be available for purchase from our supplier, Westside School Uniforms.


Earlier this year, Westside moved into a retail premises and is now set up to sell directly to the public. This will mean that, from the above date, you will no longer be able to purchase uniforms from the Front Office or order via the Qkr app.


Westside have not had a price increase for a while so effective 3rd December 2018, prices will be as follows:


                                    Striped Polo Top                              $38.00                                  

Cargo Pants                                        $29.00

                                   Plain Polo Top                                    $28.00                                  

Jazz Pants                                           $25.00

                                    Hooded Jacket                                  $48.00                                  

Grange Dress                                     $52.00

                                  Rugby Top  Size 4-14                        $52.00                                  

Pleated Skort                                     $23.00

                                    Rugby Top Size XS – L                     $56.00                                  

Gabardine Skort                               $22.00

                                   Windcheaters                                      $33.00                                  

Cotton Lycra Skort                           $27.00

                                   Double Knees Track Pants            $27.00                                  

Microfiber Shorts                             $20.00

                                   Cuff Track Pants                               $26.00                                  

Sports Shorts                                     $20.00

                                  Girls Track Pants                               $27.00                                  

Cargo Shorts                                      $22.00


**Prices inclusive of GST**


We will be taking orders through the school at the Front Office and via the Qkr app until Friday 30th November. After this date you will need to visit Amanda at Westside, Shop 6, Falkirk Avenue, Seaton. Opening hours are Monday to Wednesday 10.00 a.m. and 5.30 p.m., Thursday 10.00 am to 8.00 pm and closed Fridays.  You will be able to try on and purchase most items listed above. If they are not in stock then you will be able to place an order on the spot. Alternatively, you can order online via the Westside website at   There will also soon be a link to Westside on our school website.  You can elect to either pick up your order from the shop or have it delivered to your home for a small fee.


We anticipate that the transition to this new way of buying our school uniforms will be a smooth one. Amanda Daly from Westside has been supplying Grange Primary School with our uniforms for almost 15 years and provides excellent quality service. Westside is a local business and all the uniforms are made and embroidered on site by Amanda.


We thank you for your cooperation during this change.



Congratulations to all students who participated in this year’s ICAS Competitions. The ICAS Assessments Series is designed to assess your students' ability to apply classroom learning in new contexts, using higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. It is fantastic that so many students from Years 2-7 participated this year and stretched themselves as learners.


Please see results below for the Digital Technologies, Science, Spelling, Writing, English and Maths papers below. Individual certificates and awards will be distributed at the next school assembly. Please note we are still waiting for the results from the Australian Mathematics Competition for 2018.
The ICAS test papers will continue in 2019 for students in Years 2-7. Please see the link below if you require more information.


Kind regards,
Alex Narcys
6/7 Senior Leader



School Crossing Monitors

Term 4 - Week 5

12/11 - 16/11

Dylan B - Room 34

Laine W - Room 34

Ellie D- Room 34

Finn A (Reserve) - Room 32


Term 4 - Week 6

19/11 - 23/11

Finn A - Room 32

Noah M - Room 32

David J - Room 32

Petra M (Reserve) - Room 32


Canteen News

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

Your assistance is greatly appreciated. 


Term 4 - Week 5

12/11 - 16/11

Monday - Aymee Lumsden

Tuesday - Simone McIntyre

Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis


Term 4 - Week 6

19/11 - 23/11

Monday -  HELP NEEDED 

Tuesday - Jess Blairs

Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miige

Josiah Mitton Award 2018

Congratulations to Year 7 student Hannah Moore of Room 35 for winning the Josiah Mitton Award for 2018.  The Josiah Mitton Prize is offered to the most outstanding or best "all round" student in all primary and high schools in the City of Charles Sturt. Hannah was recognised at a ceremony last Friday at Woodville Town Hall.


Sport News




Henley Sharks Netball Club

The Henley Sharks Netball Club are looking for  under 13 players for next Winter. To be eligible you must have been born 2006/2007. If your are interested, please email [email protected]


Community News


The new Foundation to year 2 playground is now completed and being used by our students.  The playground is a community project that was successfully awarded to our school by the Fund My Neighbourhood scheme.


The playground is utilised by our students from 8.35 a.m. to 3.05 p.m. and by OSHC students from 7 a.m. to 8.35 a.m. and 3.05 p.m. to 6 p.m. during school days. 


Outside of these school hours and on weekends/public holidays, Grange and local community children are welcome to use this playground, if accompanied by an adult.  Please make use of this excellent facility, accessible by the small gate situated on Jetty Street, next to the playground.



This year on the 21st of September, my older sister and I cut our hair and donated it to be made into wigs for people who have lost their hair due to medication or illnesses. One of our close friends suffered from hair loss due to cancer and we saw what a difference wearing a wig made to their life. We started a fundraising page through Variety, a children’s charity, and raised over $1000. 


Hannah Moore, Grange Primary School Student, Room 35


Well done to Hannah and her sister Maddy, also an ex-Grange student. We are very proud of you. We have included before and after photos of the girls.



Parenting SA Seminar

Parenting SA Seminar - 'The Secret Life of Teenage Girls'


A webcast of the presentation called 'The Secret Life of Teenage Girls' is now available online for the next four weeks.  Dr Justin Coulson, the presenter, is a parenting author, columnist and speaker.  The seminar explores: what it's like to be a girl in today's world; things girls worry about; how to support them; how to stay connected with your daughter; what this means for raising boys.  


I attended the live seminar at the Adelaide Convention Center earlier this week and highly recommend it to parents and caregivers of girls and boys.  Viewing of the seminar can be accessed until Monday 10th November by visiting the link below:


If you require any further information on any of the above, please email me on [email protected]


Debbie Moore

Parent & Community Liaison Officer



Findon High School Principals Tour


Anglicare Foster Care


Holiday Musical




Dates to Remember

Term 4 2018

Week 5

Thursday 15th November - CYP Competition - Alberton Oval - Room 37

Week 8

Thursday 6th December - Year 4/5 EOY Excursion

Sunday 9th December - Carols by Candlelight - Grange Primary School Oval

Week 9

Monday 10th December - Year 7 Graduation

Wednesday 12th December - Reports and Class placements go home

Thursday 13th December - Year 6/7 End of year Aquatics

Friday 14th December - Last day of year - Early dismissal 2.05 pm

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