Numurkah Primary School

07 June 2018
Issue Nine
From the Principal's desk
What's Happening?
Student Awards
Parents & Friends
Student Wellbeing
Class Page - 56S
Community Notices
Numurkah Primary School
(03) 5862 1426
10 Quinn Street
Numurkah, Victoria, 3636

From the Principal's desk

Bully Bull Ring

Last Tuesday students enjoyed a performance by Meerkat Productions entitled,  'Bully Bull Ring.' The performance focused on strategies to manage bullying through singing, dancing and acting. Students were enthralled by the performance and eager participants in the show. 





It is really important that we have all our families connected through the secure portal of Compass. If you are unsure how to log in or have forgotten your password please contact the school. Reports will be uploaded at the end of the semester in Compass. Written reports will not be sent home unless requested. The easiest way to access Compass is to simply download the App on your phone or log on through the web. The parent portal allows you to:

  • Monitor your child’s attendance, and enter in explanations for late arrivals or absences.
  • Communicate with your child’s teachers and update family details.
  • Download and view your child’s progress and semester reports.
  • View ‘My News’, a news feed of school announcements, alerts and updates.
  • View your child's timetable and the school calendar

Link to Compass if viewing on a computer below:

App can be downloaded from:


Teacher Professional Development Day

On Friday June 1st, the staff participated in professional development around building a professional learning community and developing shared practice around the instruction of reading. Our instructional leaders, Shantelle Hives and Jenny Sartoria led the sessions around building a collaborative culture at Numurkah Primary School and Jacqueline Hope, our literacy leader, led the professional development around reading. It was great to see teachers working together and having robust discussions about learning. The day began with a short video of students sharing with us what they understand to be learning and finished with Michelle Davis introducing us to our new Drumbeat Program which she has started with a group of students this term. The program seeks to build resilience through rhythm and uses hand drumming to foster improved levels of personal and social confidence. She will work with a different group of students each term. 





What's Happening?

Upcoming Dates

Friday 8th June - Year 56 Winter Sport vs St Francis (away game)

Monday 11th June - Queens Birthday Public Holiday

Wed 13th / Thurs 14th June - Year 5/6 Debates Round 1

Friday 15th June - Last day for parent requests for printed reports

Monday 18th June - School Council Meeting 7pm

Tues 19th / Wed 20th / Thurs 21st June - Year 3/4 Debates Round 1

Mon 25th / Tues 26th / Wed 27th June - Year 3/4 Debates Round 1   

Wednesday 27th June - Pyjama Day! Wear your pyjama's to school and bring along a Teddy Bear.  Gold coin donation. 

Thursday 28th June - Reports published on Compass

Friday 29th June - Last day of Term 2. Students finish at 2:20pm


Winter Sport vs St Francis

The next Winter Sport games will be held on Friday 8th June. Our Year 5/6 students will compete against St Francis Primary School and will be travelling to Nathalia in our first away game. Students will travel to Nathalia via bus, leaving the school at 12:45pm. Football will be played at Nathalia Recreation Reserve and Netball (both games) will be played at St Francis Primary School. No lunch orders available - as students will be having an early lunch. Please bring  a water bottle that can be refilled and sports clothes as required. Families are welcome to come along and watch. Students will return to Numurkah Primary School via bus by approximately 3pm. 


2018 Debating Festival

This years debates have commenced, with students working very hard to research and present their side of the debates.


Year 5/6 Debating Round 1

Wednesday 13th June - Fluffy Puppies 101.20 vs Shining Stars

                                                  "Students should be paid for attending school!"

Thursday 14th June - Diamond Storm vs Masters of Debating

                               "All primary students should learn a musical instrument!"


Year 3/4 Debating Round 1

Tuesday 19th June - Haunted Spirit vs A Team

                                  "All plastic bags should be banned!"

Wednesday 20th June - Galaxy Gang vs Demolishing Debators

                                 "Trees are better than small flowering plants"

Thursday 21st June - Gold Buster vs Extreme Debators

                                  "Soccer is better than football (AFL)."

Monday 25th June - Girls Got Pop vs Princess Power

                                   "Junk mail should be banned."

Tuesday 26th June - Krazy Koalas vs Cats & Dogs

                                    "Winter is better than Summer."

Wednesday 27th June - The Flying Bananas vs The Gems

                                     "T.V. is better than books."



All debates will be held in ROOM SEVEN - Starting at 1.40pm.

Parents and friends are most welcome!

Any enquiries please speak to class teachers.

Student Awards

Student of the Week - 25/05/2018

Prep/1S - Declan Stockwin - For really bunkering down this week and thinking about your behaviour choices and making the positive choices in class. I am proud of you, keep it up!

Prep/1H - Levi Roper - Congratulations Levi on your impressive counting and number work. You always display our school values and you are a terrific friend. Well done!

2/3C - Riley Barker - For trying your best at all times and being a responsible leader for younger students.

2/3R - Teddy Smith - Teddy has completed a great week of learning. He has listened carefully to instructions and has produced some very pleasing work.

3/4S - Riley Banner - I am so impressed with the focus and stamina that you have shown this week.

4/5W - Declan Lowden - For always being a supportive class member and helping out your peers in class.

5/6H -  ​Jorjiah Moody - For being a positive role model for other students in the 45w classroom and on the footy field. Keep on smiling!

5/6S - Jake Salter - For showing a willingness to learn as you worked cooperatively with your partner during reading and spelling activities. It is great to see you reading and enjoying a variety of books.

Student of the Week - 1/06/2018

Prep/1S - Kaidee Riordan - For really taking off in your writing. I love that you are now looking to sounds in words. Keep it up! 

Prep/1H - Billie Harris - Well done Billie! A week of hard work and effort. Displaying our school values.

2/3C - Edith Crozier - For being such a helpful morning manager. Keep it up! I appreciate your assistance.

2/3R - Ella Carlisle - Ella is always eager to learn about new things. She has been a wonderful contributor to discussion and question times this week. 

3/4S - Savina D'Agostino - Savina, you have a bright and cheerful nature in the classroom - and you produce wonderful homework too!

4/5W - Whole Class - Congratulations! We have finally got the process of 'Earn and Learn' 

5/6H - Jacob Woolley - An excellent Write It, Draw It, Make It, Talk It about our Reconciliation Day visit to NSC. Well done!

5/6S - Jackson Jenner - For working enthusiastically and showing a very good understanding of strategies as you accurately completed a range of comprehension tasks. You are also showing great leadership as you effectively manage the Computer Team.

Parents & Friends

5c Challenge

The 5c Challenge is continuing until the end of Term 2. There is still plenty of time to get your 5c pieces in! 


Student Wellbeing

Breakfast Club

“Quick! We are running late – get in the car…no time for breakfast!” How many times has this sentence been said at your place? I have lost count of the times my family have raced off without a proper breakfast! There are a million-and-one reasons why we skip breakfast – and yet we all know it is the most important meal of the day.


1 in 7 kids go to school hungry


Breakfast Club Victoria is working with Food Bank to reduce this number; they “are helping to improve student learning, engagement and attendance” by providing a nourishing meal at school. They are also encouraging volunteer engagement with the aim of building “connections between students, teachers, parents and other members of their communities”.


Sharing a meal is more than simply ‘fuelling up’ for the day; it is also about nourishing our connections with others – sharing food and sharing life – this is vital for our individual and social well-being. We all enjoy our time at Brekky Club on Mondays and Thursdays – please let me know if you would like to become a volunteer at this important program.


Keep well!




Books on Wheelers

GEEK GIRL Model Misfit (Part: 2)

by Holly Small

"My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek."
MODEL MISFIT is the sequel to award-winning No. 1 UK debut GEEK GIRL.
Harriet Manners knows a lot of facts.
She knows that humans have 70,000 thoughts per day.
She knows that Geek + Model = a whole new set of graffiti on your belongings.
And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.
But Harriet doesn't know where she's going to fit in once the new baby arrives. And with her summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get away.
Can Harriet cope with the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother's 'chaperoning'. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes?
Will geek girl find her place on the other side of the world?
The sequel to the award-winning debut GEEK GIRL.


4F for Freaks

by Leigh Hobbs


4F is a mighty challenge for any teacher, with One-Eyed Eileen's gang of freaks and their naughty antics. But Miss Corker (alias Miss Schnorkel) works out a clever way to handle them. From the creator of Old Tom and Horrible Harriet, and inspired by 25 years of teaching, comes another unforgettable cast of hilarious characters.



The House with Chicken Legs

by Sophie Anderson


Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays in one place long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. For Marinka's grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next. Marinka longs to change her destiny and sets out to break free from her grandmother's footsteps, but her house has other ideas...



Students have all been enjoying their Science classes. Mrs Holmes has some fascinating activities planned but we need your help with some supplies. Items that are normally thrown in the bin, but will be useful in our Science class include -

  • Old CDs
  • Plastic bottle caps
  • Cardboard tubes e.g. from wrapping paper, glad wrap, foil etc. Please no toilet roll tubes.

If you are able to bring in any of these items please drop them off to Room 5, our Science room.

Thanks for your assistance!

Class Page - 56S

What works well, how can we be better?


Year 5/6S students are always keen to evaluate how they are progressing, and today they are sharing the things that they really like about learning in their classroom. Not content with looking at current success, they have also looked at ways that learning in the classroom could be enhanced in the future.


As students reflected on what they like about their room, it became clear that there are some highlights that are appreciated by many of the students. The class library has really increased students’ enthusiasm for read-to-self time, particularly because it has a variety of books and includes both fiction and non-fiction.


 A number of students are appreciative of displays around the room that help them with the tasks they need to do. They are also helped by the fact that there is a central stock of organised resources and equipment. An overview of the day provided on the board really helps students with their personal organisation and gives them a clear sense of what they will be involved in each day.


A good range of manageable homework activities, which give students the opportunity to practise the skills they have learnt in class and to consolidate their understanding, are surprisingly popular! It helps that the students also like the great range of activities that assist students to increase their skills, knowledge and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.


Another positive in the room, according to the students, is the variety of jobs that students can take on to help them develop their leadership skills. In addition, students report that the teacher, the aide and the students themselves are always willing to help each other, so that everyone feels valued.


 We are always looking for ways to improve, and amongst the top suggestions from students is a request to continue adding books to the class library and to develop a book recommendation system.


More sessions where computers are available – and possibly having a couple of computers in the room all the time – is a common request, as is continuing to include challenging activities such as students teaching small groups of their peers.


It is great to hear that extra Maths sessions are also regarded as a way of enhancing student learning. Students feel that extra opportunities to revise or extend understanding in specific maths areas would be another way to make life in 5/6S even better.


We are all keen to keep working together to create many positive learning moments in 2018.


Year 5/6 Winter Sports

Softball Report

NPS Lightning Loaders softball team played a great game of softball against Katunga South PS, on Friday May 25. Highlights of a high quality game included excellent use of game strategies, impressive running between bases and some great catches in the outfield. It was a close game, coming down the last innings, but Numurkah Primary school won by just two runs. The win was a great team effort, but worth particular mention, were the efforts of Oakley Austin and Jake Salter as catcher.

The following players also made valuable contributions during the game: Xavier Dixon,  Kaiden Hodgson, Christopher Bodsworth, Lloyd Jetten, Tyson Hill, Jaxson Harvey, Sarah Abdulamir, Joshua Moody and Declan Lowden.


Report Written by Xavier Dixon (Co Captain)


Football Report

On May 25, the Numurkah PS Football Team played against Katunga PS at the Numurkah Recreation Reserve. There were many spectacular passages of play. We helped Katunga out by lending them a couple of players. Therefore we were impressed when Jorjiah kicked an amazing goal – but just a bit disappointed that it was for the opposition! The game was played in good spirit. Our footballers worked hard throughout the game and there were some excellent passages of play. The final scores indicated that Katunga had won the game.


Best on Ground: Jorjiah Moody, Colby Miller, Cody Simpson, Zac Newby and Conner Waites.


Report was written by Bayden Parkinson



It was a really hot Autumn day when the Year 5 netball team, 5/5 Stars, played against the Katunga Year 5 netball team. We all did amazingly; we worked really well as a team to get the ball travelling down the court.  Breanna Inglis-Goodliffe and Keisha Broad shot some excellent goals, and Mitchell Harvey did a great job as Centre in the final quarter.

Katunga put up a fantastic fight and the score was 14 all going into the final quarter. The final score was 18-16 our way. Great work everyone!


Report by Keisha Broad



Year 6 Netball Report

On Friday the 25th the Year 6 Netball team played Katunga PS students. The score was 17-23 their way. Even though we lost by 6 goals everyone did a fantastic job of supporting each other and moving the ball down the court. Best on court were Angel Pollard and Maddi McGraw. We would also like to thank Karli Gerdtz-Suffern for stepping up and helping on the Year 6 team.


Report written by Cobie McGraw



Canteen Special - Friday 8th June

Fresh fruit Friday is back!


Fruit cups 50c each!
Friday 8th of June only.

No other canteen items will be available.

Canteen Helpers

Friday 8th June - Rachel Newham

Monday 11th June  - No school. Queens Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 12th June - Cynthia Morgan

Wednesday 13th June - Kylie's Leadership Group

Thursday 14th June - Helper Required

Friday 15th June - Selyna Wilson

Monday 18th June  - Junior School Council

Tuesday 19th June - Cynthia Morgan

Wednesday 20th June - Kylie's Leadership Group

Thursday 21st June - Helper Required

Friday 22nd June - 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. During Term one our canteen was only been open on limited days due to limited availability of volunteers. The canteen will be open more regularly this term as Julie Wilkinson and the Junior School Councillors and Kylie Jones with her Leadership Group will be assisting in the Canteen.


We still need 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

Supported Playgroup

A reminder to all families who attend playgroup that it will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room during Winter. New families always welcome!


Numurkah Singers




Our Winter School Holiday Program will start on Monday 2nd July and will run Monday to Friday of the two weeks of the holidays, with two shows to be performed on Saturday 14th July 2018.


Ages will be 8 years old up to Youths currently in Year 12.


This year our show will be Annie Jr and an information night will be held on Tuesday 12th June at 630pm at the Singers Shed.  Auditions will be held on Thursday 14th June.


Anyone who is interested, need to be available for the whole two weeks.  Please contact the Numurkah Singers Facebook page, email [email protected] or phone 0407 887 827 if you have any further questions.


Cobram Community House are running a MyTime Support Group for parents and carers of children with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition. Please see the attachment below for more details.


Goodstart Numurkah - Open Day


Goulburn Valley Library - School Holiday Program

A number of activities will be run at the Goulburn Valley Libraries during the July school holidays. For more details please see the attachment below.


Immersion Puppetry Workshop

This workshop will be held at Numurkah Library on Tuesday 3rd July at 2:30 pm. For more details please see the attachment below.


Little Bags of Magic - School Holiday Program

WINTER School Holiday Program

Monday – Thursday 8am – 4pm

To Book – simply pop into the shop or email [email protected]


Numurkah Primary School
School Lunch Summer Menu .pdf
GV Library July School Holiday Program.pdf
GV Library July School Holiday Program.pdf
Immersion Puppetry Workshop.pdf
MyTime Information.pdf