Grange Primary School Newsletter

14 June 2019
Term 2 Week 7
From the Principal 
School Activities
School News
Dates to Remember
Community News
Grange Primary School
08 8353 2688
39c Jetty Street
Grange, South Australia, 5022

From the Principal 


Dear Parents and Caregivers, Konnichiwa!

External School Review

The External School Review for Grange Primary is scheduled for next term. This is an evidence-informed external evaluation of an individual school’s capacity to improve student learning. The purpose of external school reviews is to support schools to raise student achievement and sustain high performance.

External school reviews strengthen a school’s focus on learning by providing an expert external perspective to verify or challenge internal self-review processes and findings, the rigor of improvement practices, and the school’s capacity to achieve or sustain learning improvement over time.


The overarching review question in every external school review is:



Each school is generally externally reviewed every three years.

External school review is intentional and transparent, and contributes to the realisation of the department’s strategic plan to build a world best-practice education system and to be the best education system in Australia.


The purpose of an external school review -

As part of our continuous school improvement process, we will be involved in an external school review with a Department for Education review panel.


The purpose of external school reviews is to support us to raise achievement, sustain high performance and provide quality assurance to build public confidence in government schools. All government schools are externally reviewed every 3 years.


The focus of the external school review is to evaluate our school’s performance. The review panel includes a review officer and two trained review principals. Our school review will occur on 21-22 August 2019.


The review panel will identify aspects of our school’s improvement that have been verified through the review processes, as well as the improvements that we need to make in the future.


During the external school review, some students, parents, governing council members and staff will be asked to provide information to the review panel in a number of ways.


These include:

  • individual interviews
  • group discussions (with students, staff or parents)
  • meetings (governing council, staff meeting)
  • visits into classrooms.


Our Site Improvement Plan (SIP) highlights the areas of:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Mathematics

for school improvement. So the review team will seek evidence about improvement in these areas. I’ll provide further information about the review closer to the review time.



Regards, Grant

Grant Small, Principal

Grange Primary School 




School Activities



Room 21 Anglicare Visit

The Year 2s from Room 21 are making regular visits to Grange Anglicare this year.

On our last visit we performed songs including the Australian National Anthem, Feathers Furs and Fins and Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree. The residents enthusiastically joined in with us too.

To finish off our time together, the students and residents created an Australian animal picture together.




Caving at Camp Illawonga

‘Woosh’ as I rubbed my eyes because sand went in them. I thought it was a dream. As we walked deeper and deeper into the cave it got hotter and hotter.

On Wednesday when I got to camp I went caving with the Keen Beans.

‘Click, click, click’ everyone’s lights went out. We had to turn off our lights for thirty seconds. ‘Click’ the final light went out. I whispered “It will be alright there are no creepy crawlies in here.”

We walked, walked and walked until we finally got to where we could take a fossil home. “Yes” I got a fossil. “Yay” I said to myself. Darren checked it. It was just a rock that I found. I found a heart shaped fossil. “Finally, I have a fossil” I said to myself. It felt like a million years old.

After what felt like a thousand years inside the cave, we got to go back. I was so sad. ‘Zoom’ but we were not going back. We were going to the BIG TREE. We got to use our imaginations. My friends and I played a silly Harry Potter game.

We had to walk up the steep hill. We saw Darren and Jaz driving up the hill. “No fair” I said. I was super excited to tell all of my friends about my fun day.

By Eloise Year 3 Room 16



‘Doof, bang, clank’ went my helmet as I went through the small dusty holes. My light began to flicker.

On Wednesday afternoon the Keen Beans and I were caving for fossils in a cave along the Murray River.

‘Click, click, click’ I heard as everyone turned their torches off. Leila and I huddled up together. After a couple of seconds we turned our torches back on and kept on walking.

“Leila, Leila, Leila, look here I found a fossil.” I ran over to Jaz but I stumbled and lost my fossil. I kept on looking but it was no use so I just had to find a different one.

‘Doof’ went the boat as it hit the land. We all went out and walked through a couple of trees until we saw a gigantic old brown tree with tee-pees everywhere. Eloise, Leila and I played Harry Potter. We used sticks for brooms and we pretended that the tee-pees were Hogwarts. ‘Crunch, crunch, crunch’ went our feet.

After a tiring day we went back to the campsite wondering what we will do tomorrow.

By Lilah Year 3 Room 16



‘Screech, bam, clap, clap, clap’ I saw Tom shoot his bow and arrow. He nearly got a bullseye. “Next” said Shona. “I’m next,” I whispered to myself.

On Thursday it was the Keen Beans turn to go to archery. Before we went Ollie and I helped Shona set up.

When it was my turn I looked at the wall next to me and then turned my head to the target. ‘Screech, BAM.’ “Aww I missed it” I cried.

When it was my second shot I hit the target but it was the blue one. My next shot was even more accurate because it hit the bullseye!

When we were done at archery we headed to the Recreation Room and I played Table Tennis with Daniel and Tom. I was so happy that I hit a bullseye at archery.

By Manan Year 3 Room 16



School News

Canteen News

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

Your assistance is greatly appreciated. 


Term 2

 Week 8 2019

Monday - Help Needed

Tuesday - Help Needed

Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miige

Term 2

Week 9 2019

Monday - Help Needed

Tuesday - Help Needed

Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miige

Term 2

Week 10 2019

Monday - Help Needed

Tuesday - Help Needed

Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miige


Entertainment Books
Now Available From the Front Office!
Don't forget to purchase your copy today. 
Funds raised will help the school to upgrade outdoor play spaces for our students.  


Woolworths Earn & Learn

Woolworths Earn & Learn is happening again this year, between the 1st May and 25th June 2019. Collect as many stickers as you can and stick them on the sticker sheets and return them to Grange Primary School.

Collecting the stickers will help the school earn amazing resources for our students.



We previously advised that Hats and Bags would still be available from school via the Front Office or the Qkr App. However, it has been reported to us by our uniform supplier that many people have asked about having hats and bags on sale along with the clothing items. Therefore, starting immediately, hats and bags will only be available to purchase from Westside School Uniforms, either at the Westside shop or via their website. 

Prices will be as follows:

Medium Bags with logo                $40.00

Large Bags with logo                      $42.00

Hats  plain no logo                          $10.00


It has come to our attention also that people are having difficultly locating Westside Uniform shop. The majority of the shops in the block face Grange Road, however Westside are situated around the corner in Falkirk Avenue. Should you have any difficulties finding the shop please call Amanda at Westside on 0450 224 887. 


Dates to Remember

Term 2 2019

Term 2 Week 8

17th June - Governing Council Meeting 7pm

17th & 18th June - Zoo School Room 32

19th & 20th June - Zoo School Room 35

Term 2 Week 9

26th & 27th June - Zoo School Room 33

Term 2 Week 10

3rd & 4th July - Zoo School Room 37

5th July - Early School Closure 2.05pm

2019 School Terms

Term 2                          29th April - 5th July

Term 3                           22nd July - 27th September

Term 4                           14th October - 13th December

2019 Student Free Days

Term 2                          Monday, 10th June Public Holiday  

                                          Friday, 14th June

Term 3                           Friday, 30th August 

                                         Monday, 2nd September

Community News



Foster Care


ANZ Tennis Hot Shots


Cheerio Netball Club



AUSKICK@ Grange PS is now open. It will run from 3:15 - 4:15pm on the school oval in Term 3 (start date TBC)

Cost is $90 however sports vouchers can be used. 

Go to Auskick, learn more and follow the prompts to find the Grange PS Centre for Term 3. 


Kind Regards,

Nick Warren

Senior Leader

Learner Engagement 

Grange Primary School 


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