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Teesdale Primary School


Welcome to term 2
This last month has been a busy one in sport for the students of Teesdale Primary School. Students had trained extremely hard throughout the term and were determined to achieve their personal best. This was fantastic to see.


Cross Country 
At the end of last term, all students from grade prep to grade 6 participated in the school cross country held at Don Wallace Reserve. Everyone had a go and should be extremely proud of their efforts. There were some outstanding efforts who were then able to participate in the MVA cross country against schools from our region. An extra congratulations to Dan Norton, Nyah Kent and Jack Warelow who all finished first in their individual events at the MVA cross country. A number of students will also be participating in the next round of cross country to be held at Geelong Grammar School on May 4th.

MVA Athletics Sports
On Tuesday 19th April, student’s from grade 3-6 were able to participate in our MVA Athletics Carnival held at Goldsworthy Reserve. All students demonstrated fantastic efforts on this day, enjoyed themselves and were able to make some new friends from other schools. Our incredible efforts meant we were able to finish 2nd overall as a school. We also had some outstanding individual efforts, with students Dan Norton, Zoe Grigsby, James Hose, Nyah O’Brien and Jess Norton all being successful in achieving age group champions. Congratulations to all students on their efforts!

MVA Aths Day Champions 2016

Sporting Schools Gymnastics
This term we have linked with Gymnastics Australia to provide students in grade 3-6 the chance to experience Gymnastics after school.

Dates: Mondays 2, 9, 16 and 23 May
Venue:  All sessions will be held at the school

New staff joining the Teesdale PS Learning Community
Two new staff members have joined our teaching team.   Both new members display a strong commitment to high quality teaching and a clear focus on optimising the learning opportunities for each individual student in their care.  

Miss Kate Wojcik started Monday 18th April as our 1/2B classroom teacher and as Leading Teacher of Curriculum.  Kate will oversee all curriculum planning and teaching and learning strategies.  She brings to our team a strong knowledge of curriculum and strategic planning. 

Miss Danielle Cameron joined our team on Monday 2nd May as our 5/6K classroom teacher.  Danielle has a great range of new skills to add to our team, including experiences in remote communities.  Danielle will be replacing Mrs Jacqui Kelly in our senior school, who commences Maternity Leave.  

ANZAC Day Service
The Inverleigh RSL Sub-Branch held a pre-ANZAC Day Service for the students of the five schools in our district on Thursday 21st April at the Bannockburn Monuments.  Our principal, Mr Grant Rau, attended with our school leaders to participate in the service and to lay floral tributes. The Teesdale staff and students would like to thank Mal Johns and Members of the Inverleigh RSL Sub-Branch for this opportunity and for the work they do with ANZAC badges and pins to fundraise for our Veterans. 

Up-coming NAPLAN – National Assessment Tasks for Years 3 and 5 
Parents of students in Years 3 and 5 are advised that their children will be undertaking the NAPLAN – National Assessment Program, Literacy and Numeracy, on May 10th (Language Conventions and Writing) May 11th (Reading) and May 12th (Numeracy).  It provides a strong framework to compare with our other assessment tasks and to support curriculum planning. Parents are most welcome to contact their child’s teacher to discuss any aspect of the assessment.   

It is anticipated that the school will receive the reports in October.

SAKGP Kitchen/Garden
To start term 2, we welcomed the grade 3s into the kitchen garden classes for the first time. It was great to see so much enthusiasm! The grade 4’s were also excellent mentors as we practiced using shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows. With a focus on soil health, we topped up two of our wicking beds with sheep manure, kindly donated by the Altmann family, in preparation for planting garlic. We also distributed bark mulch around the garden to top up the paths. We've harvested some beautiful broccoli heads, observed pea seedlings growing and we have a few pumpkins which may not mature but it's interesting to watch them growing, in particular one up the olive tree! 

The kitchen class focused on knife skills. They made potato and rosemary pizza using potatoes grown in our wicking bed and rosemary dried by the students. For dessert, we made spiced apple pastries. Everything was delicious!

SAKGP Mudbrick Café
Our Café is proving to be a great success.  There were over 30 customers present who were served and also entertained by our students.  The Café presents a wonderful real life opportunity for our students to develop customer service skills and performance skills.  

Don’t forget that our café is only open one Wednesday a month between 11:30am –12:15pm so make a note of the next date and come along to our next Café on Wednesday 8th June. All welcome!

Entertainment Books

ON SALE AT TEESDALE PS

$60.00 each with $12.00 going to our school

To order your Book or Digital Membership securely online visit: www.entbook.com.au/1131e48

Alternatively, call into the Teesdale school office and pick up your copy.

There are thousands of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers to enjoy, so purchase yours today!

Parents and Friends Association (PFA)
Staff and students enjoyed their ANZAC Cookies for recess snack.  

We hope Mum liked her gift the children selected from the PFA Mother’s Day Stall and enjoyed her special day celebration.

The next major fundraising for our school will be a Goal-a-thon on Friday 27 May.  This is a fun activity for all students to participate and raise money for their new “Sensory Play Space”.  Children can shoot kick or throw as many goals as they can in the allocated time in netball, basketball, soccer or football.  There is a variety of prizes to win so children are encouraged to start practicing now and to gain sponsors for the challenges they select.   

We really do appreciate the efforts of our fantastic volunteers and extend a very big thank you for the work you do.

If there is anyone in our local community who would like to volunteer at school, we would love to hear from you.  There are many ways to help out at our school.  You may like to volunteer in the kitchen/garden classes, donate home-grown produce to our school, sew, bake or just help out with activities on event days.  

All volunteers require a Working with Children’s Check, which is valid for 5 years at no cost for volunteers.

Connect with PFA on Facebook: 
Teesdale Primary School PFA: https://www.facebook.com/groups/355011767931490/

If you would like to know more about our school, please phone us during school hours on 5281 5218 or head to our website at: www.teesdaleps.vic.edu.au

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•  Well done to all our competitors at the recent sporting events!
•  Don’t forget to visit The Mudbrick Cafe!