Numurkah Primary School

15 February 2018
Issue Two
from the Principal's Desk
What's Happening?
Student Awards
Parents & Friends
Class Page - 56S
Student Wellbeing
Community Notices
Numurkah Primary School
(03) 5862 1426
10 Quinn Street
Numurkah, Victoria, 3636

from the Principal's Desk


Swimming has started off with a splash this week. It has been great to see so many smiling faces enjoying the challenge of moving up levels. Thank you to those parents who are currently helping out, but we would also like to encourage more parents at the pool. Just give us a call at school if you can assist in any way. Volunteers do require Working with Children Checks. These checks are free for volunteers and we certainly can assist you to get started especially if you are thinking about volunteering in the future.


This week at assembly we presented our school and house captains with their badges. I look forward to working with the children over the year and developing their leadership capacities. Sarah and Jaxon have started out well conducting our school assemblies and the house captains ran their first activities at the welcome BBQ last week.


We have also finalised our Junior School Councillors and will announce these at our next assembly with badges to be presented at the following assembly.


I hope you are enjoying our new newsletter format. This will be sent out every fortnight from now onward. Over the next few weeks we are also seeking to get all our new families onto Compass so that everyone has easy access to notices etc. If you have not received your log on details previously, please contact the office.


What's Happening?

Swimming Program

Our Swimming program is well underway and students are working well to improve overall confidence in the water, swimming strokes and knowledge about water safety. We have been lucky to have Ms Young testing as many students as possible to assess where they are at in regards to their swimming levels.


At the indoor pool, we have our beginners and learners doing a great job, whilst we also have many students at the outdoor pool really pushing themselves in regards to stamina, fitness and learning correct technique. Thank you to all of our volunteers who are doing a tremendous job to support our students. The weather has been brilliant and it is looking like more sunshine next week.


Goulburn Murray Division Swimming Trials

Division Swimming Trials will be taking place at Aquamoves, Shepparton on Tuesday 20th February. Students selected to participate were given the information and permission forms earlier in the week. Good luck to the students participating, we hope you enjoy the experience! 

School Swimming Sports

Our school Swimming Sports is scheduled for Thursday 1st March. This is a fantastic opportunity for all students to show off the skills they have learnt during the swimming program. All families are invited to come along to cheer the students on. 


Wanted for Art!


Cereal boxes. Please deliver to the front office.


Thanks – Michelle Davis Art/Music Teacher


Student Awards

Student of the Week - 02/02/2018

Prep/1S - Blake Agnew - For settling into Year 1 well. You have been a great helper and role model for our Preps. Keep it up!

Prep/1H - Harmony Jeanes - Congratulations on such a terrific start to Year 1! You have displayed all of our school values.

2/3C - Jaxson Stonehouse - For being so respectful this week and always remembering his manners.

2/3R - Harrison Smythe - For completing an amazing first week of term. Harrison has worked hard, stayed focused and completed all of his work. 

3/4S - Jade Smith - Jade, you have a lovely attitude to your class-mates and your learning. Your calmness is much appreciated by all!

4/5W - Ryley Lau - Well done on a great start to the school year. You are ready to learn everyday and well organised with your diary between home and school. keep it up!

5/6H - Angelina Crisara - For demonstrating excellent leadership skills in organising our Buddy reading for Term 1. You showed initiative, were motivated and were efficient in setting up the initial rosters for this program.

5/6S - Christopher Bodsworth - For showing great persistence, working cooperatively with others and successfully completing a range of Maths and English tasks. A great start to 2018!


Student of the Week - 09/02/2018

Prep/1S - Zavier Archer - You always put your head down and get your work done. What a fantastic start to school. Keep it up!

Prep/1H - Jordan Carter - Wow Jordan what a great start to Prep! You are a hard worker, you are kind and you are polite. Well done!

2/3C - Olivia Tervit - For working so hard to finish all activities on time and to the best of her abilities.

2/3R - Riley Crisp - For a wonderful week of hard work. Keep up the great work.

3/4S - Matilda Bannon - Matilda, you can be relied upon to listen carefully and try your hardest - and this was demonstrated with your exquisite Cold Write!

4/5W - Skye Young - Well done on thinking carefully about your learning and being a supportive class member to others.

5/6H - Jacob Woolley - For independently completing your problem solving maths task using a range of appropriate strategies.

5/6S - Xavier Dixon - For showing a responsible attitude as you successfully completed a range of individual tasks. You are also working hard to extend your leadership skills as you effectively organised games for other students.

Parents & Friends

Parents & Friends AGM and General Meeting

The Parents & Friends Annual General Meeting was held yesterday, Wednesday 14th February at 9am. New office bearers were elected for the coming year. We would like to welcome the following office bearers -

President - Tracey Bannon

Secretary - Natalie Hester (ongoing from 2017)

Treasurer - Cynthia Morgan

There was a good representation of existing and new members at the meeting and we would like to welcome families to come along and be involved throughout the year. There are a number of different activities and fundraisers planned throughout the year. We encourage parents to become involved as events planned and run by the P&F benefit all students within the school. 


Fundraising events for each term were discussed. Starting of this term with the Fete, 5c Challenge and a BBQ at the swimming sports. Please look out in upcoming newsletters for more details about each event. 


Friday 23rd March 5pm - 7:30pm

Come along for a fantastic evening! There will be lots of activities/stalls for all the family! The following activities/stalls are just some of the suggestions -

  • Chocolate Toss
  • Train Rides
  • Jumping Castles
  • Aeroplane toss
  • Sack Bag Races
  • Spinning Wheel
  • Showbags
  • Hired Photo Booth
  • Careful Cobbers
  • Lucky Dips – Blind Bags
  • Egg and Spoon races
  • Jumble Sale
  • Face Painting
  • Marble Race
  • Coffee Van
  • Cinnamon Donuts
  • Fairy Floss on a stick
  • BBQ
  • Hot Potatoes
  • Cake Stall
  • Snow Cones
  • Hot Chips

Now is a good time to have a clean out at home in preparation for our Jumble Sale! Donations of unwanted toys, books, clothes, shoes, bags etc in good clean condition are welcomed. We are also in need of plastic bags, and ice-cream containers please.  

Fete Meeting

The next Fete meeting will be held on Friday 23rd February at 9 am in the Staff Room. If you have any suggestions or are able to help out with the Fete please come along to the meeting.

Class Page - 56S

5-6S 2018: An Awesome Start!

Students have had an awesome start to the year! Students were asked about their highlights from Weeks 1 and 2. Some of their answers are below....


I think this year has been good so far and I love school; I love my class and I have made new friends. School has been very fun especially since we have started French and homework. I am very, very happy that we are starting French this year.


I have really enjoyed P.E especially playing chicken and downball with heaps of other people I don’t usually play with. I’ve got to know different people better already. I’ve really enjoyed playing capture the flag.


This year in class I have enjoyed doing read to self and read to partner. I have learnt to find a good fit book.


I have enjoyed designing the money for the class for this year.


I  have enjoyed  doing  mathematics it’s been fun enjoyable and amazing.


I like learning Maths and Writing and this school is great for making friends.


I am loving the 2018 year at school, we have been doing division, writing, sport and spelling.


Student Wellbeing


Numurkah Primary School student’s wellbeing and their sense of belonging and connectedness to school will influence their learning, engagement and general achievement outcomes. The engagement of our students, including attendance and participation in school activities, goes a long way towards supporting and helping to shape their experiences at school. Our students, staff, Parents & Friends, School Council, and school community, are always trying to think of new ways in which to support our students wellbeing at school. A few examples of Student Wellbeing at NPS include:

  • School Values – We are Learners, Carers, Responsible & Respectful
  • Bully Stoppers
  • Life Education Van
  • Personal Development Sessions (Yr 5-6)
  • Breakfast Club
  • Camps & Excursions
  • Sports Programs



Winner of the 2016 Children's Book Council Picture Book Award

Winner of the 2016 Children's Book Council Picture Book Award
This week 56H and 56S read and discussed the picture story book, Flight. Students used  their prediction skills and also discussed how images add extra meaning to texts. A point of discussion was also that picture story books are not just meant for young children and can be enjoyed by all. Indeed the content of some picture story books is sometimes not appropriate for younger readers. 

Tonight is the night.
The family has to flee.
They've been tipped off that the authorities are after their blood. 

Set in biblical times, a small family sets off across a desert in search of refuge from persecution in their own country, and an ancient story becomes a fable for our times. Their journey is beset by heat and thirst, threatening tanks and the loss of their donkey, but eventually they reach a refugee camp where they can wait in safety for asylum in another country. 

In this first-time collaboration between multi-award-winning author, Nadia Wheatley, and internationally-renowned illustrator, Armin Greder, words and images blend seamlessly to take readers on a journey they will never forget.



Canteen Helpers

Friday 16th February - Selyna Wilson

Monday 19th February  - Helper Required

Tuesday 20th February - Cynthia Morgan

Wednesday 21st February - Bree Thompson

Thursday 22nd February - Helper Required

Friday 23rd February - Selyna Wilson

Monday 26th February  - Toni Adams

Tuesday 27th February - Cynthia Morgan

Wednesday 28th February - Helper Required

Thursday 1st March - Helper Required

Friday 2nd March - Selyna Wilson


Volunteers Required - 

Our school canteen, selling chips, 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


If you are able to help out please let the office know which day suits you.


Canteen Menu - 

Our Canteen items and prices have remained the same as last year. A price list is attached below.


Lunch Orders

PALS are unable to provide lunch orders on Tuesday 20th February. Please ensure all students bring a packed lunch to school.


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

Parent's Social Meet & Greet

An opportunity to meet with other parents of special needs children, or just a chance to make new friends. Chat over a cuppa.  Share support and advice. Kids welcome.

When:  Tuesday Weekly

Where: Numurkah Community Learning Centre, President’s Room

Time: 10am – 12pm (Stay as long or as little as you like)

Contact for more Information:  Numurkah Community Learning Centre –

Jenna Simpson 58622249 or 0488004958

Play2Learn Supported Playgroup

Playgroup operates at Numurkah Primary School every Tuesday from 9 am - 11 am during school terms. Playgroup is run by Save the Children and is free, fun and full of activities for kids from 0-5 years. There is also a healthy snack provided! Everyone welcome!


Tuesday 20th February - Playgroup will be having a special visit from a Dietician. If families have any questions or would like more information please come along to Playgroup. 

When anger gets in the way- How to help your kids when they flip their lids!

The Department of Rural Health at the University of Melbourne invites you to attend a free public lecture by Dr Andrew Wake, titled When anger gets in the way- How to help your kids when they flip their lids!  

Do you find yourself tearing out your hair when you are confronted by an emotional outburst or tantrum from your child? Are you concerned about their development and your contribution as a parent? 

Dr Andrew Wake is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in both the public and private health systems and has recently released a book, 'The Good Enough Parent". He has extensive experience in giving talks and seminars and has a keen interest in helping parents and care giving adults to understand the emotional life and needs of the child in their life and helping them to provide 'enough' of the things they need.   


Date and time: Thursday 1st  March 2018, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

Venue: The Department of Rural  Health - 49 Graham Street

The University of Melbourne, Shepparton (Opposite GV Health)


Bookings are essential for this free public lecture. Please click here to reserve your seat. 


Numurkah Flood Mitigation Project

SAVE THE DATE! Stop this happening to Numurkah again!

Be at  the town meeting to support the Numurkah Flood Mitigation Project.

8pm - 1st March 2018 Numurkah Town Hall.
Why you need to be there?
Without an overwhelming show of community support at this meeting – (that is a gathering of the community like we see at Anzac Day) - flood mitigation for Numurkah will not proceed!
So please give a small amount of your time to this project and…be there for your town!

Numurkah Lions Club Inc. Market

  • The market will be held this Saturday, February 17th, from 8am to 12 noon.
  • South Bank of Broken Creek Numurkah.
  • There will be Cottage Craft, Produce, New and Second Hand Goods - Something for everyone!

Junior Tennis Tournament

Mooroopna Lawn Tennis Club Inc. will be holding a Junior Tournament including Round Robin Singles and Doubles. 

When: Sunday 25th February 2018

Venue: Mooroopna Grass Courts / Hard Courts

Time: Register 8:30 am for 9 am start for Singles Tournament. Register 11:30 am for 12:30 pm start for Doubles Tournament at the McLennan Centre - Lawn Tennis Club House

Entries close: Thursday 22nd February

For more information and registration please see attached file.


Katunga Football Netball Club

AFL 5ths Under 11 Competition.

The Picola DFNL has introduced an under 11 AFL competition into the league.

Katunga Swans are looking for extra girls and boys to join the Swannies team.

For more information or to register contact Rachael Howden on 0400 877 409,

or Chris Bethell 0409 936 100.

2018 St John’s Parish Sacramental Program

The Sacramental Program will commence early this term. If you would like your child/children to participate in the program please contact the office at St Joseph’s Primary School, Numurkah to register.


The dates for the Sacraments are as follows:


  •       Reconciliation-  27 February 2018
  •       Confirmation/ First Eucharist- 27 April 2018
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School Lunch Summer Menu .pdf
School Lunch Summer Menu .pdf
School Lunch Summer Menu .pdf