Grange Primary School Newsletter

26 October 2018
Term 4 Week 2
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 planning for 2019


All State schools are now working on their improvement planning for 2019. The Department for Education has asked that all schools complete their plans for improvement by the end of this term in preparation for 2019. The focus of the plans is on literacy and numeracy. The priorities for our Site Improvement Plan are-


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




Over the last month I co-presented work of the Thinking Maths Project of the Department for Education and the work of Grange Primary School at two International Conferences (Evidence Based Learning Summit and Australian Council of Education Leaders) in Melbourne. A summary of the Thinking Maths project is provided in the link below.


I represented the work of the 158 schools involved in Thinking Maths. The work of Grange has been showcased at these conferences and is something to celebrate. Thinking Maths has enabled significant  growth in student achievement  in so many schools.

Regards, Grant


Grant Small, Principal

Grange Primary School 




School Activities

Seasons in Room 29

Room 29 have been investigating the seasons of the year. We have been making connections between the seasons we experience in Adelaide with the seasons experienced in the Indigenous land of the Kakadu, using the book 'Walking with the Seasons in Kakadu' by Diane Lucas and Ken Searle. 


Daniel said:  "They have two seasons, wet and dry" 

Dahlia said:  "Then they have six parts to the wet and dry seasons. They have a lot of seasons"

Leila noticed:  "A lot of their seasons begin with the letter g"


We then worked in small groups to create a riddle by 'working backwards'. We choose the season to focus on and then made up a riddle for the other children to guess the season. Here are some of our riddles. Can you work it out the answers? (They can be found in the 'School News' section of the newsletter.)

  • 1. 'I am sort of warm and sort of cold. The the wind blows, my leaves fall off. What season am I?'
  • 2. 'This season is very cold. You might need a beanie! The weather can be quite rainy. Bears hibernate. What season am I?'
  • 3. 'I'm a season that is quite close to the beginning of the year. It can be hot in this month and you need to be sun smart. What season am I?'
  • 4. 'It can be warm but also cold in this season. It's a little bit rainy and sometimes it hails. It's not winter. What season am I?' 


National Tree Day

Last term Rooms 34 and 21 enjoyed a beautiful morning celebrating National Tree Day. The students planted 100 trees and shrubs supplied by the Charles Sturt Council in the area across the road from the school and next to the creek. The gardeners from the council were brilliant assisting the students with the planting.



Primary Schools Music Festival

During September Year 5 Grange students were involved with the Primary Schools Music Festival at the Adelaide Festival Centre. The students’ contribution to this festival was an excellent life experience as they showcased their talent and confidence in a public arena. Students performed in a professional forum with other student choristers and musicians.


Our students demonstrated their commitment and Year 5 teachers and parents are to be congratulated in their encouragement of students.


Individual students also showcased their performing arts skills. Royce W performed on the piano, David J, on the cajón and Ambah C performed in Troupe.


In 2019, Year 6 and 7 students are invited to audition for an opportunity to participate in the Primary Schools Music Festival at the Festival Theatre. Students can audition for troupe, assisting artists and comperes.  Information for these auditions will be publicised early in Term one, 2019.


School News

School Crossing Monitors

Term 4 - Week 3

29/10 - 2/11

Ava C - Room 32

Sienna J - Room 32

Charlie W - Room 32

Kaitlyn E (Reserve) - Room 32


Term 4 - Week 4

5/11 - 9/11

Kaitlyn E - Room 32

Tate D - Room 32

Aimme S - Room 32

Tarj S (Reserve) - Room 37


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 3

29/10 - 2/11

Monday - Sarah Toming

Tuesday - Simone McIntyre

Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Penny Lindsay

Term 4 - Week 4

5/11 - 9/11

Monday -  HELP NEEDED 


Wednesday - Zina Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miige

Thank you

A big thankyou to Adami’s Sand and Metal for their support of our raised fairy garden in the front yard.

The children are enjoying the new play space.















The Charles Sturt Council donated the large tree trunks on the oval. A big thankyou to John and Mick from the Council. 


Answers to Room 29 Seasons Quiz

 1. Autumn               2. Winter            3. Autumn               

4. Spring


Term 4 School Planner


Sport News

School Cricket Term 4

Teams are ready, training has begun, so all that is left to do is play. Cricket, both Kanga and C Grade, begins this Saturday 27th October and will continue for the rest of this term and resume again in Term 1, 2019.

We attach the link to the 2018 fixture. Please check it regularly as the fixture may change over the first few weeks.

If you have any queries, please email Nick Warren at [email protected] or see Merrill in the Front Office.


SAPSASA Boys Basketball State Championships

On Thursday 20th September, our Year 6/7 Boys Basketball team represented our school in the SAPSASA State Championships at Wayville Showgrounds. The boys did extremely well, winning 6 out of 7 games, finishing in third place in the state. This is the best result in the history of our school.


Thank you to Rob Mackenzie for assisting on the day. Well done boys, you made the school very proud.


Rugby League Coaching

Over the past two weeks, students from  Years 3 - 5 have been involved in some Rugby League school coaching sessions, provided by the NRL, in which they have learnt the basic rules and strategies behind the game.

There is also an opportunity for anyone from those classes, who may be interested, in being involved in an after school program which is commencing next Wednesday afternoon on the school oval and will run for 6 weeks from 3.30 – 4.30 pm. For the $60.00 registration fee, they receive some products as shown on the flyer and of course the coaching program. To register go to and click on SA on the map and it will take you to the sign up page. For any more information please contact Dave Cohen on 0411 159 465.


Tennis Hot Shots

On Tuesday 23rd October we had 41 Year 3 and 4 students participate in an ANZ tennis hot shots round robin competition at the Grange Lawn Tennis Club.   The competition came at the back of 4 sessions of tennis coaching at the tennis club for a number of our students. This successful day was ran by Tennis SA in conjunction with the Grange Lawn Tennis coaches and members and gave our children a wonderful opportunity to participate in a number of games against both members from Grange and Whitefriars school.  The children participated with enthusiasm and it was fantastic to see their skills develop over the day along with their confidence in playing.   Thanks must go to the Grange Lawn Tennis Club community for their overwhelming support in hosting such a great day.


ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Program

We have places left on our Term 4 ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Program

Call David of What A Racket! Tennis Professionals at Grange Lawn Tennis Club, Tel 0431 906403, to book, or you can 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.


Kitchen Kids


We have a some places left in our Term 4 Kitchen Kids Children Cooking Classes. Classes run on a Monday afternoon 4.00pm to 5.30pm on Monday afternoons for 5 weeks starting on 29th October 2018.

Please contact us for bookings.



Resilience, Confidence, Discipline, Respect.


TERM 4 enrolments open now


·        Children can start at the age of 5

·        Experienced, qualified, DCSI approved Instructors

·        Olympic Sport Taekwondo


Enquiries Ph: 0412 909 500  or 0412 965 905

Email: [email protected]

Dates to Remember

Term 4 2018

Week 3

Monday 29th October - Year 5 STEAM Collaboration @ Seaton High School

Week 4

Monday 5th to Friday 9th November - Foundation to 2 Swimming - Adelaide Aquatics Centre

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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