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Teesdale Primary School

Extra-curricular activities
During term 4, there have been a large range of extra-curricular activities to broaden our education program.

Activities have included: the year 3/4 students visited Camp Baanya Biami at Anakie and the year P-2 students had a special BBQ / Games night at school. 

October was “Walk to School” month, Earth Ed Science came to visit Teesdale 5/6 students and the whole school travelled to Inverleigh to participate in the annual ball sports event with other MVA local schools.  

Australian Ballet Troupe performed and ran workshops for the whole school.

Gallipoli Oak Planting
Teesdale Primary School held a special commemorative ceremony in honour of Remembrance Day.  Mr Mal Johns, President of The Inverleigh RSL officiated at the service which culminated in the planting of a Gallipoli Oak and the unveiling of a plaque as part of the National Trust of Australia Gallipoli Oaks Project.

The Gallipoli Oak trees were grown from acorns originally sent to Australia by soldiers fighting at Gallipoli in World War 1.

Our senior students read reflections of their thoughts on “One Minutes Silence” in a moving tribute to our ANZACS.

Victorian School Garden Awards 
Teesdale PS entered the Victorian School Garden Awards and won in the category Primary School with 101-280 pupils for the South Western Region.

School representatives attended the VSGA Presentation Ceremony at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne to collect our certificate and prize. 

Junior School Sovereign Hill Excursion (report by the our students)
On Friday 6th November, the junior school went to Sovereign Hill. We have been exploring how the past was different for children. 

At Sovereign Hill, Lorne dressed up in olden day clothes. I got to pan for gold but did not find any gold. The weather was nice but it was wet on the ground. In the lesson I washed clothes and it was fun.
By Dan Norton 1/2L

We had a lesson at Sovereign Hill and did different activities. I played with the ball and cup. The ball and cup is a cup with a ball on a string. You had to get the ball in the cup. I had fun.
By Thomas Schmidt 1/2L

Orientation Day for our new students coming to Teesdale PS in 2016 will be held on Tuesday 8th December between 9:30 and 11am.  We invite new students to join the classroom activities and give them a chance to view the new school surroundings and make new friends.

Parents will meet with our staff for a short information session and tour of the school facilities.  We are looking forward to welcoming our new students and their families and hope that they have a smooth transition into our school in 2016.  

Please feel free to contact the school on 5281 5218 during school hours if you require any further information regarding enrolment.  

Year 6 Graduation
The end of the year concludes with our Year 6 Graduation celebration to be held in the Teesdale Hall on Thursday 17th December.  We hope that our graduating students and their families have a night to remember and we wish the students all the best for the future. 

Important Dates
Please mark these important dates in your calendar:

• Last day of school for this year is Friday 18th December and students finish early at 1:15pm

• Teachers resume school on Wednesday 27th January, 2016 and this is a State-wide Student Free Day.  

• All students start school on Thursday 28th January, 2016. 

• Prep students do not attend school on a Wednesday until after the Labour Day weekend in March.

• Thursday 21st January, 2016 is Book Pack Collection Day at school for A-L families

• Friday 22nd January, 2016 is Book Pack Collection Day at school for M-Z families

Parents and Friends Association (PFA) have worked tirelessly this year and organised many fun events.  The recent Walkathon was a great day and raised just over $3000 for our school with students receiving prizes.  Thank you families for supporting the day and to our generous sponsors.  Great effort!

Volunteers Morning Tea
We will be holding a special morning tea and school to thank everyone who has assisted us throughout the year.  Whether you have helped in and around the garden, helped the children cook up a storm, assisted in the classroom or been part of the tireless PFA, please come along and join us in this celebration of thanks on Tuesday 15th December at 11am.

As this is the last newsletter of the year, Teesdale Primary School would like to acknowledge the fantastic team effort there has been from our whole school community in 2015.  The students for their hard work, the staff for their dedication, the parents and volunteers for the amazing support they have given our school.

The staff and students would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas holiday break and look forward to seeing you return safe and well in 2016.

National School at Sovereign Hill