School Development Day

Please remember that this Friday, June 2, is a school development day.

Students do not attend.

The staff will be engaged in a day of professional learning and meetings.

Our learning focus for the day will be on our continuing commitment to implementing Visible Learning with specific emphasis on Providing Effective Feedback.

Please check the Term Calendar on our website for the date of the Term 4 pupil free day so you can make a note and plan ahead.


Congratulations to all students for participating in the recent Lapathon so enthusiastically.

It was a great sight to see students, teachers and even some parents enjoying the glorious weather whilst walking or running to the music for the half-an-hour fundraiser, which was held over two days.

The P&C holds the Lapathon every second year, and students fundraise by gaining sponsorship for each lap they do or for a total amount.

Once collected, sponsorship pledges can be placed in the P&C letterbox at the back of reception in an envelope with the students’ name, room number and amount raised printed clearly on the front by Thursday, June 15.

Funds raised will be given back to the school by the P&C and used to provide facilities and resources that will benefit all our students.

In the past this has included our shade structures and additional drinking fountains.

This time money raised will go towards the cost of the wonderful new Library upgrade.

Thank you to Physical Education specialists Craig Fritchley and Matthew Paparone for their assistance in running the events.

Cross Country

Despite an unfavourable weather forecast in the lead-up to the event, the faction Cross Country went ahead as scheduled and without a hitch in Week 4.

Students from Years 3-6 participated in the races, with the Red Faction winning its first shield after gaining the most faction points.

The first six girls and six boys across the line for each year group secured a place in the schools’ interschool team, and will compete in the Interschool Cross Country event at Harmony Primary School on June 21.

Well done to Physical Education specialist Matthew Paparone for all his hard work organising the day.

Our Champion Girls Soccer Team!

A huge congratulations to our Girls soccer team, which successfully defended its Girls Pro Football Training Cup State Championship title recently.

After winning the Southern Regional Championship they went on to the State final in Spearwood and won 2-1 in a gripping Grand Final match.

Well done to Year 6 student Megan Bell for winning the MVP award for the carnival.

Congratulations also to coaches Brittany Woodfin and Emanuel Ribeiro for all their hard work and dedication in coaching the teams over the school holidays and in the weeks leading up to the event.

Year 6 Crazy Hair Day

The Year 6 Parent Fundraising Committee are planning a Crazy Hair Day on Friday June 9 to raise money for the Year 6s Big Week Out and Graduation Dinner Dance.

Students are invited to support the graduating class of 2017 by showcasing their crazy hair for a gold coin donation, which is to be paid to their classroom teacher on the day.

Sushi Making

Eager year 3 and 4 students have had the opportunity to learn how to make the Japanese staple sushi.

School Japanese specialist teachers Foulk Sensei and Jane Sensei held their second class for the year recently, during which 20 students were shown how to make sushi, before being able to have a go themselves.

They learnt how to spread cooked rice over the nori or seaweed sheets.

An array of fresh vegetables including cucumber, carrot and avocado could then be paired with a protein, whether it was chicken, smoked salmon, prawns or tuna.

Students then had to try their hand at rolling up the sushi with the assistance of a bamboo mat.

The sushi was then placed in plastic containers for the students to take home and enjoy.

Award-winning out of school care

She is a familiar sight for students and parents each day at Aubin Grove Primary School’s out of school care- cheerfully fussing over the children in her care.

And now Camp Australia coordinator Sandra Gay has been recognised nationally for her dedication by receiving one of her employers’ highest awards.

Ms Gay was recently named Camp Australia’s Coordinator of the Year ahead of 780 colleagues.

She first started at Aubin Grove in Term 4, 2015 in her first role with Camp Australia, having previously worked in roles providing long stay day care, and now heads up a staff of 18 people.

Ms Gay is so enamoured with the job and the children she is caring for, she makes a 100 kilometre round trip for work each day.

“I wouldn’t do it if I wasn’t enjoying the job,” she said.

While she received a $500 travel voucher for winning the award, the service at Aubin Grove has also won the Recognition and Reward prize for the past two terms, netting them $1000 each time.

This has allowed them to purchase new toys and materials they might normally not have been able to afford in their budget.

When she started at the school, Ms Gay said the brief she received from school principal Frank Pansini was that the service be well-integrated to feel like it was a part of the school.

And that certainly appears to be the case, with children constantly calling hello to staff as they walk past Learning Community 4 where Camp Australia operates from each morning from 7am until school begins, and again from the end of school until 6pm each afternoon.

An average of between 70 and 90 children use the service each day, where they are provided with breakfast or afternoon tea, depending on the time of the day.

Ms Gay said staff tried their best to make it fun for the children, and being on the school grounds meant they had access to the undercover areas, Spiderman playground and school oval, as well as hosting Homework and Cooking clubs.

Mr Pansini said that Sandra had been a wonderful acquisition to our school.

“Her warmness and commitment, her high level of care for the students in her care plus her dedication to upholding the values of our school in her role as Camp Australia coordinator has taken the service to a new level and made her a valuable and highly respected member of our school community,” he said.

Celebrating the month of Ramadan

I would like to wish all families in our school community who celebrate Ramadan, our very best wishes for this most important time of the year.

May this Ramadan bring joy, health and all things good to you.