Numurkah Primary School

14 February 2019
Issue Two
From the Principal's desk
What's Happening?
Student Awards
Teaching and Learning
Class Page 5/6S
  Parents and Friends
Community Notices
Numurkah Primary School
(03) 5862 1426
10 Quinn Street
Numurkah, Victoria, 3636

From the Principal's desk

Tonight after school we will be holding our welcome BBQ. I look forward to catching up with everyone and I know the children look forward to showing family members their classrooms. It is also a great opportunity to have a chat with classroom teachers in a relaxed atmosphere.


On Friday afternoon at assembly, we will be presenting our School Captains, House Captains and Junior School Council with their leadership badges. The assembly will be held in the P-2 open area and begins at 2.50 pm. We have changed our assembly times to Friday afternoons so that we can utilise our valuable morning time and begin every Monday with our Reading Workshop.


I have had the pleasure over the last couple of weeks of moving around the school and gathering some great shots of our children enjoying school. I have included a variety of these below. Enjoy!



School Council Elections 2019


What is a school council and what does it do?


All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

Who is on the school council?


There are three possible categories of membership:

A mandated elected Parent category. More than one third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child's school.
A mandated elected DET employee category. Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.

An optional Community member category. Its members are co-opted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.

The term of office for members is two years. Half the members must retire each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.

Why is Parent membership so important?


Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school. Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

How can you become involved?


The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in February or March each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates, than there are positions vacant.
In view of this, you might seriously consider:

  • standing for election as a member of the school council
  • encouraging another person to stand for election.

Do I need special experience to be on school council?


No. What you do need is an interest in your child's school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school's future.

What do you need to do to stand for election?


The principal will issue a notice and call for nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March. For parents, this notice will probably be given to your child so you may need to check with them whether it has been sent home. If you decide to stand for election, you will need to arrange for someone to nominate and second you as a candidate in either the Parent category or DET employee category. Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the notice of election. If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted in the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.



  • Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do. 
  • Consider standing for election to council this year.
  • A school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
  • Be sure to vote in the elections if elections are needed.



  • An election is to be conducted for members of the school council of NUMURKAH PRIMARY SCHOOL.
  • Nomination forms may be obtained from the school office and must be lodged by 4.00 pm on 01/03/2019.
  • Following the closing of nominations a list of the nominations received will be posted at the school. 
  • If we have more nominations than vacancies, an election will be called and the ballot will close at 4 pm on 22/03/2018.



The terms of office, membership categories and number of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows:


- 3 parent positions (2 year tenure)

- 2 DET employees (2 year tenure)


Attached below are self and parent nomination forms. They are also available from our front office.




Debbie Oliver


What's Happening?

Term 1 2019


Wednesday 20th, 27th Feb - Preps do not attend school

Monday 11th Feb to Friday 22nd Feb - Swimming Program

Monday 18th February - School Council Meeting

Tuesday 19th February - Division Swimming

Friday 22nd February - Pool Picnic

Friday 1st March - School Council Nominations close

Monday 11th March - Labour Day Public Holiday

Monday 18th March - School Council AGM 7pm



Families with a current Health Care Card are able to apply for the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF). Through this fund students are eligible to receive $125 each to go towards the payment of camps, sporting events or excursions. If you have a valid Health Care Card and have not yet applied please contact the office. 

Pool Picnic

Our Pool Picnic will complete our 2019 Swimming Program, which includes a variety of water activities being organised to suit all age levels and swimming abilities.


Detailed information has been sent home with the eldest student in each family today. 


The note also includes an order form for  a BBQ lunch being organised by our Parents and Friends Committee. Parents and family members are also welcome to order lunch on the same form. All orders must be submitted to the office by Tuesday 19th February to allow for ordering of supplies. 




Annual Confidential Student Information - 2018

This annual form was sent home last week and is the main source of contact and general permission information, so please read the notes carefully, fill out the form and return it to school as soon as possible. This year the form is coloured YELLOW. They were due to be returned by 12th February, if you have not returned your form please do so ASAP.

Swimming Program

Our swimming program is currently running and is has been wonderful to see all the students participating and making improvements in their swimming ability. 

Parent helpers are vital to the successful running of our program. Thank you to those families members who have already volunteered to help. We are still in need of extra volunteers, particularly at the outdoor pool for the morning sessions. Helpers are not required to get into the pool and can assist from the side and will be guided by teachers/swimming instructors. If you have any questions or would like to help out please see the office or talk to the classroom teacher.

Goulburn Murray Division Swimming Trials

Division Swimming Trials will be taking place at Aquamoves, Shepparton on Tuesday 19th 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! 

2018 Concert DVDs

We still have some DVDs available from last years Concert, Viva La Vida. DVDs are $12 each. If you would like to purchase one please contact the office.


Uniform Policy

The School has a compulsory uniform policy with all children required to wear the school uniform.



Green & White check gingham dress.

Green and Gold Polo-Shirt with School Logo with Black (plain) Shorts / “Skorts”.

Plain Black or White Socks.

Bucket Style Hat (Bottle Green).

Please note - Netball Skirts are not approved uniform



Green and Gold Polo-Shirt with School Logo with Black Shorts (plain).

Plain Black or White Socks.

Bucket Style Hat (Bottle Green).


GIRLS WINTER UNIFORM                    

Black Skirt / “Skorts” 

Green or black tights, or plain black or white socks

Black Pants – Track or Slacks (Plain). No Leggings/Skins.        

Green and Gold Polo Shirt or Gold Skivvy with school logo.

Bottle Green Zip-front Jacket with school logo.



Black Pants – Track or Trousers (plain)  

Green and Gold Polo-Shirt or Gold Skivvy with School Logo

Plain Black or White Socks

Bottle Green Zip-front Jacket with school logo.





  • All Numurkah Primary School Uniform items and N.P.S. School Bags are available from McPherson's Mensland in Numurkah (preferred suppliers). Relevant items come with the school logo already embroidered on them.
  • Parents may request extra embroidery on items (eg names). The school recommends students’ names be: only their first name and initial of their surname.
  • At the start of each year, Yr. 6 students can order specially-designed polo-shirts and bomber jackets to wear during their final year of Primary School
  • Art Smock..... is required by all children for Art/Craft lessons.  An old thick shirt is suitable.  Good school clothes need to be protected from paint and other art materials.
  • The school has a limited range of good second-hand clothes that families can access to supplement their supplies.

NB. On the odd occasion when a child is unable to wear the school uniform, parents are asked to send along an explanatory note to the class-teacher.  


Additional Dress-Code Information

As stated in the school’s Student Dress Code policy, students should arrive at school neatly and safely presented (physical appearance, clothing, footwear), appropriate to primary age students.

The following guidelines are to be followed so that all students present themselves in a manner that is safe, presentable, modest and does not bring undue attention to oneself (ie for show-off purposes):


  • For students to be neatly presented the uniform needs to be: Regularly washed and stain-free whenever possible, free of rips, tears or frays and where possible holes or rips to be repaired
  • No elaborate or unsafe jewellery will be accepted: No more than 2 pairs of ear-rings that are small studs or close fitting sleepers (i.e. Ear-rings that are considered a safety issue at play, etc, particularly open dangling ones will not be accepted). One metal or plastic bangle or bracelet (that doesn’t interfere with safe work or play activities). One wristwatch. One necklace (that doesn’t interfere with safe work or play activities). Nose rings or studs, eyebrow rings or studs, (or any other body/facial piercing), choker necklaces, bolts will not be accepted.
  • Hair colouring and style will be “within reason” and “not noticeable”, eg. no elaborate/extreme/unnatural colouring or styles
  • No excessive facial make-up (especially mascara, lipstick), or elaborate nail-polish will be accepted.
  • Head Bands/ties to be black or bottle green.
  • For health & safety reasons, it is encouraged that long hair be tied back, particularly during sessions such as art, phys. ed., sport.
  • Under–garments such as T-shirts, boxer shorts, etc. should not extend beyond the hem-lines of the outer school uniform items.
  • Long-sleeve t-shirts worn under school polo-shirts should match the school uniform colour (green or black).
  • Winter coats/parkas, scarves, gloves, beanies, etc. are not to be worn inside (unless a particularly cold day & instructed by class teacher). The school colours of black or bottle green are preferable for the above clothing.
  • Sun Smart sunglasses (ASA approved, UV filtered) will be encouraged at recesses, lunchtimes and during sport from April 30th to September 1st.  However, during designated times (e.g. instruction, where eye-to-eye contact is required) the class-teacher may ask students not to wear them. The glasses are to be made of safe materials. The school reserves the right to not allow individuals or groups to wear these items. It will be the students’ responsibility to look after them.
  • No high-heel shoes or thongs will be accepted. Sandals need to have appropriate strapping across the foot and around the ankles. (Even on Out-of-Uniform days). Shoelaces need to be appropriate and matched to shoe color.
  • No skins/leggings to be worn at school with summer or winter dresses/skirts/skorts unless approved by the Principal for medical, religious or cultural reasons.
  • Examples of modest presentation incudes: Shorts that are not too tight, short or revealing revealing. Dress hemlines at appropriate length. Pants that do not slip down below waistline.



Student Awards

Student of the Week - 08/02/2019

Prep H - Ella Hamilton - Well done on a wonderful start to school. You are settled and ready to learn. 

Prep/1S - Jacob Mison - For a wonderful settled week. you settled quickly to do your work and take time and pride to complete it well. Keep it up! 

1/2C - Zavier Moon - For a wonderful start to 2019. Showing me that you are always ready to learn. 

2/3R - Urijah Saxton, Poppy McLean and Aleigha Wellman -  For making a great start in their new school.

3/4S - Jazmaine Broad - For an amazing start to 2019. Always sensible, focused and making the most of your learning time! 

3/4W - Tatum Wellman - Congratulations on settling into the routines of Numurkah Primary School so well.

4/5J - Hunter Kubeil - For an excellent start to 2019 and also for working well during the Reader's Workshop.

5/6H - Adam Kennedy - For role moelling excellent leadership skills during our Buddy sessions. keep up the good work. 

5/6S - Patrick Carlisle - For showing great persistence, working  cooperatively with others and successfully completing a range of Maths and English tasks.

Science - Jacinta Holmes - Excellent work ethic in Science this week, along with a positive attitude toward fellow students.

Music - Max Dudley - Great work keeping the bass line in time on the marimba!

Art - Charlie Payne - Excellent work on your self-portrait!

Values - Noah Johnson - Demonstrated the core school value of caring by looking after fellow students who were finding their first week back at school to be difficult.


New Books


By: Matt Shanks

A funny, eco-friendly, politically-relevant picture book by super-talent Matt Shanks.


Celine Beaufort was an ordinary girl. She did ordinary things, On ordinary days, In ordinary ways. But every now and then, Celine was a Queen, Of a kingdom by the sea. Celine Beaufort is queen of what she is quite certain is the most beautiful rock pool in the world. It's perfect. And to make sure nothing ever changes, she decides to build a wall around it. Unfortunately, that turns out to be a royal mistake. As self-proclaimed ruler, it's up to Celine to right her wrong and restore her rock pool to its former glory, this time with everyone welcome.



By: Jodi Toering
Illustrated by: Tannya Harricks

An extremely timely and beautiful picture book about the effects of drought and climate change in the Mallee.

The first people of the land call the Mallee “Nowie”. It means sunset country. When the sun goes down the red heat of the day bleeds into the sky and sets it on fire. Drought and rain – life under a Mallee Sky. This poetic text by emerging author Jodi Toering is beautifully accompanied by lush oil paintings by fine artist and illustrator Tannya Harricks.



By: Jackie French

The whisper in the darkness is: rebellion! (Or: death or liberty!) Frog is an orphan, a pickpocket, starving on the streets of Parramatta in 1804. But when the tall, commanding Irish rebel Mr Cunningham talks of freedom from tyranny and the lash, Frog creeps out to join the rebels, the 10,000 convicts who will take over the colony and proclaim the Republic of New Ireland. Will farmers like Barney and Elsie Bean join the battle against the corrupt New South Wales Corps? For the fate of the colony - and Australia - will be decided at Castle Hill.


Based on eyewitness accounts, this fifth title in The Secret Histories series uncovers the secrets that the colonial government hid for over 200 years.



By: Richard Newsome

Stella's excess energy and a mishap with a fire extinguisher (and the class guinea pig) have caught the attention of Principal Hinchliffe. In a bid to channel some of that energy into less destructive areas, Stella is given the challenge of creating a play for the annual talent show.


The result is a hilarious romp of misbehaving dogs, fart books, the musical CATS and Instagloat, the must-have app of the moment. This is HATING ALISON ASHLEY meets DORK DIARIES with a dash of MATILDA.

Teaching and Learning

Attention All Readers!

School’s back, it’s 9am and we’re ready to read!


Reading is our passion at NPS; teachers and students alike share their love of reading with one another in our daily Reader’s Workshop sessions.


We learn how to use a variety of comprehension strategies, such as predicting what might happen next or summarising the text, and students have lots of time to practise these strategies while reading books they love.


In the Reader’s Workshop there’s also time for reading together and talking about texts. Kids gather in small groups to engage in Guided Reading, Book Clubs and Literature Circles to deepen their understanding of texts and improve their reading fluency.  The Reader’s Workshop finishes with a reflection time where students share their learning.


So, remember the words of Dr. Suess:

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” And we’re going far with our reading at NPS!



Class Page 5/6S

Year 5-6S  Reading Picture Stories Books!

Students investigated picture story books, selecting a book of their choice and reading it aloud fluently and with expression. They also brainstormed reasons why picture story books can be a great choice!


Comments by Bridget and Lily

Picture story books are fun for all readers but they are particularly good for beginning readers in Foundation and Year 1 as some of them don’t have many words and the vocabulary is easier. However, there are also harder picture story books that are challenging for older readers.


Comments by Connor, Jorjiah and Jade

Picture books are fun and encourage children to read. This is important because we need to read to get a good job or to get a good grade!


Comments by Jhett, Tyson and Bobby

There is a really good variety of picture story books available, but one of the best things about them is reading Dr Seuss stories.


Comments by Kayla, Chianne, Erin & Keisha

The good thing about picture story books is that the pictures can help you understand what is happening if you are unsure of what the words mean. The font is also big and so it is easier to see and read the words.


Comments by Jackson, Patrick and Darby

Reading picture story books is good because the pictures allow you to see what is happening and you can tell from them what type of book it is.


Comments by Bayden, Riley and his little buddy Myllah

It is important for children to read because it can take you along the way in life; picture story books can be funny and you can learn from them.


Comments by Lloyd, Chris and Jake

It is easier to read a nice short book that doesn’t have too many words or pages and it really helps little kids – and older ones – to look at the pictures that go with the story.


Comments by Declan, Aiden and Cody

Picture story books are good to read because the pictures help us understand when the words are difficult.

Comments by Tyler and his little buddy Lil

Picture story books are great for older readers to share with younger readers – it is easy to find something they will be interested in.







Canteen Helpers

Monday 18th February - Alex Sanderson

Tuesday 19th February - Junior School Council

Wednesday 20th February - Kylie's Leadership Group

Thursday 21st February - Junior School Council

Friday 22nd February - Closed due to Pool Picnic

Monday 25th February - Alex Sanderson

Tuesday 26th February - Junior School Council

Wednesday 27th February - Kylie's Leadership Group

Thursday 28th February - Junior School Council

Friday 1st March - Help Required


Volunteers required for 2019 -

Our school canteen, selling ice creams and icy poles,  is opened by parent and staff volunteers. If you would like to assist in the school canteen, a volunteer is required each day from 1:30pm - 2:10pm. Please consider helping out in 2019. All volunteers require a current Working With Children Check, these are available free for volunteers. If you do not have a current check please visit the following website and apply for a check -


Canteen Menu

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


Lunch Orders

Please see the attachment below for the updated price list. 



  Parents and Friends


Friday 15th 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
  • 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.  


The P&F is seeking feedback and expressions of interest on running a hot food stall at the fete. The idea is that parents donate a simple meal like a lasagna, potato bake or casserole that is then portioned for sale. To make this viable 3 of each type of dish would be ideal. 3 parents would also be necessary to run the stall. If you are able to provide a dish or can help run the stall please contact the office.

Pool Picnic

The school will be holding their Pool Picnic on Friday 22nd February. The P & F will be running a BBQ with sausages in bread for lunch and a moosie. If anyone is able to help out with the BBQ please let the office know.

Community Notices



Registrations for the Autumn 2019 season are now open.

The season is planned to start the week of Monday 25th February. Registrations are online at the Cobram Basketball Association website. Payment of fees will be via credit card at time of registration.

Registrations will close on Wednesday 20th February 2019 to allow time for teams and draws to be arranged.

If you have any difficulties with registration please contact Ben Hamilton via email at or phone 0455 137 199



The Cobram Basketball Association will run an Aussie Hoops program for 6-10 year olds to learn the game, coached by senior players starting Tuesday 5th March. Refer to the Aussie Hoops tab on the website for details and registration.

Movies at Numurkah


Numurkah Lions Club Market




Rotary Club Business Breakfast




Support Group


Numurkah Primary School
Canteen Prices.pdf
2019 School Lunch Summer Menu.pdf
Uniform - Numurkah Primary School .pdf