Grange Primary School Newsletter

18 May 2018
Term 2 Week 3
From the Principal 
School News
School Activities
Fundraising 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!



One of the foci for teacher professional learning this year is writing. Foundation classes have been working on “Bookmaking”.  Foundation student,  Ava Stevens has written a delightful book titled “Myself”. We include it below.  What an entertaining text, fantastic work Ava.

Across the school we have worked on the Seven Steps, or the building blocks to great writing. These are


* Plan for success

* Sizzling starts

* Tightening tensions

* Dynamic dialogue

* Show, don’t tell

* Ban the boring

* Exciting endings


More information can be found at:


This week the year 3, 5 and 7 students have undertaken the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy. In the writing test on Tuesday, I could see the students using the seven steps that they had learnt, constructing very productive text.


Garima, was telling me about her experience with the NAPLaN test and I asked her to record it for me which she has down below. A great attitude to learning Garima. Great job!


I am Garima Saddi and this year I am in year 7. 


All the years I have been at Grange Primary School, I have learnt to enjoy everything I do and participate in everything and let others stand up and have a say, even if they are younger or older than me. 


This week was a joyful week for me because the year 7’s had their final primary year of the NAPLaN test. For me NAPLaN is about putting in my best effort, as one of our school values at Grange Primary School is best effort. 


In my opinion I would say be OPTIMISTIC and give NAPLaN a go. 


If you don’t give it a go, you’ll get it wrong but if you at least guess or try, you may get it right. In year 3, I was nervous and stressed about what my results would be and if I would get the lowest mark but then in year 5, I learnt that PUSH yourself and take a guess. But now, it’s my final year of primary school, I have learnt to be optimistic about everything and just remember that I gave it my best.


Welcome to Jan Taylor

As you will be aware I am taking long service leave from the 21st of May until the end of term 2. In my absence, Jan Taylor will be the Acting Principal. Jan, currently Deputy Principal at Henley Beach Primary School, is a highly experienced leader and knows our local area and partnership very well. Carmel and I are spending my time away in Italy visiting family and friends in Southern Italy and doing a cruise around the Greek Islands. 


I look forward to seeing you all when I return in term 3.





Grant Small, Principal

Grange Primary School 

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School News

Introducing Caroline Harkins

Position at Grange: Room 30, Year 1 classroom teacher

Where were you teaching before you came to Grange: East Marden Primary School

Favourite Foods: Dark chocolate and seafood

Favourite Movie: Amelie

Things I like to do in my spare time: Spend time with family and friends, walk my dog Oscar, travel, read and go to the cinema.

Inspiring quote for students: Everyone makes mistakes. Learn from them and fix them up.



School Crossing Monitors


Term 2 - Week 4

21/5 - 25/5

Tarj S -  Room 37

Hugh N - Room 37

Nicole P - Room 37

Noah R (Reserve) - Room 33


Week 5

28/5 - 1/6

Noah R - Room 33

Molly F - Room 33

Joseph P - Room 33

Ava C - Room 32


Canteen News

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

Your assistance is greatly appreciated. 


Week 4

21/5 - 25/5


Tuesday - Jess Blairs

Wednesday - Zena Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miigge

Week 5

28/5 - 1/6

Monday - Domenica Tigani


Wednesday - Zena Spirdinoff

Thursday - Helen Orfanidis

Friday - Kelly Miigge



School Activities

Narratives in Rooms 24 and 25

In Room 24 and 25 the Year 1’s have been learning about Narratives. This week we read ‘The Paper Bag Princess’ and made Princesses. In Investigation we made fire-breathing dragons and painted our castle. We really enjoyed this story about the clever Princess and learnt about kindness.



Term 2 Performing Arts News

On Thursday the 21st June our school is privileged to host the performance of Datiwuy Dreaming at 9.30am and 11.30am. The ensemble comes from East Arnhem land and will perform music, dance and stories from the Yolngu culture. Currently in Performing Arts, students from F-4 are exploring and rehearsing song and dance content which will be performed at the concert. 


The notice regarding the concert will be distributed on 12th June. Parents are welcome to attend one of the concerts at no cost to them. 

Year 5 students are working diligently to learn their lyrics and melodies for the Primary Schools Music Festival. Next week, choir trainers will distribute the Concert Availability notice. To avoid student disappointment, please ensure that the signed note is returned by 30th May, 2018.  


Congratulations to Ambah Cameron-Boyce, who auditioned and won a place in Troupe. 

The Troupe consists of students from a variety of schools across the metro area. The group rehearses weekly in developing their music theatre skills. 


Fundraising News

Entertainment Books

The 2018/2019 Entertainment Books are now available for purchase.  You would have received an order form flyer earlier in the week.

$70 membership – Book or Digital 

Books can be purchased through the front office or online.

Digital Memberships must be purchased online. Visit:

Family and friends are also welcome to purchase through the school.


Our Obstacle-a-thon will take place on Friday 25th May.   Information was sent home last week. 


Session 1 - Foundation to Year 2 - 9.15 am - 10.55 am

Session 2 - Year 6 and 7 - 11.15 am - 12.45 pm

Session 3 - Years 3, 4 and 5 - 1.35 pm - 3.00 pm

We still require adults to assist on the day. Please return your response forms by Wednesday 23rd May.

Donations can be returned via the Front Office or paid on Qkr.

Thank you for your continued support.

Grange Primary School

Fundraising Committee


Sport News

After School Sports update


AFL Football

It has been a successful start to the season with both the 6/7 and 4/5 teams registering close wins in round 1.

We are still looking for players for Year 4/5 so if your child is interested in playing Australian Rules Football for the school, please see the Front Office for a registration form or call Nick on 0419806658 or email [email protected] to discuss further.


Nick Godlevsky

Grange Football Delegate


SAPSASA Knockout Competition

We currently have teams competing against other schools in the district in the SAPSASA Western District Knockout competition. Teams are made up of Year 6 and 7 students. Our AFL Football boys and girls teams played last Friday and both had victories meaning they will continue on in the competition. Thanks to Year 7 teacher Bryan Birchall for coaching and accompanying the teams to their games.

The Boys and Girls Soccer teams are yet to play but both have games shortly.  Thanks to Year 6/7 teacher John Mastropaolo for coaching those teams.

Our Netball girls will play their first game today (Friday 18th May) and at the time of publication no result was available. Thanks to Year 3 teacher Linda Follett for her time in coaching and accompanying the girls to their games.

Our Badminton team is also playing their first game today, so we wish them luck. Thanks to Nick Warren and Sonya Boeck for your assistance with the team. 

We have included a photo of the girls Football team taken after their game last Friday.


Community News

Kitchen Kids Cooking Classes

If you are aged 5 to 12 and want to learn to cook with hands on experience, creating and tasting delicious recipes each week 

Fulham Community Centre

5 weeks Monday afternoons 4pm to 5.30pm


Grange Baptist Church Kids Club


Learning through Music


World Taekwondo Sports Academy

TERM 2 enrolments open now

New beginners classes starting 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 2 2018

Week 3

Friday 18th May - SAPSASA Knockout Netball and Badminton

- Walk Safely to Local School - Rooms 24 and 25

Week 4

Wednesday 23rd May - Cleland Conservation Park Excursion - Rooms 21 and 29

Thursday 24th May - Cleland Conservation Park Excursion - Rooms 26 and 27

Friday 25th May - Obstacale-a-thon

Week 7


Week 8

Tuesday 19th June - Maritime Museum Excursion - Rooms 24, 25, 29, 30


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