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Teesdale Primary School

Term four has arrived and there is a lot to fit in!  We have three camps, the kinder transition program and the year six graduation to look forward to in the busy weeks ahead!

Sandpit News
The Sandpit project is now complete!  All students are enjoying this new addition to our playground.  Families are most welcome to come up after school or on weekends to enjoy this new feature.  The “Opening” of our new sandpit was announced at assembly last week.  Special thanks to Golden Plains Shire for a Community Grant of $4500.00 to help fund this project.  Thank you to parent Jo Ridgeway for applying for the grant and also to parent Lana Van Galen for coordinating the work.  We were very excited on the wonderful news of our successful application for a sun shelter to be built over the sandpit!  This will enhance the new area immensely! 

Congratulations to Jack Warelow
Congratulations to Year 6 student, Jack Warelow, who has been awarded the Sport Scholarship for North Geelong Secondary School in 2017.  The Principal of North Geelong Secondary School, Mr. Nick Adamou, presented the award to Jack at a recent assembly. 

Patrick Sager and Mason Pavlanic competed in the Western Metropolitan Region Athletics at Keilor Park last Tuesday.  Mason competed in Long Jump and Patrick in the 100 and 200 metre events. Patrick ran in two heats and then the finals to achieve first in the 200 metres and second in the 100 metres.  He is now off to represent at State Level at Lakeside Albert Park next week.  Well done to both boys on your fantastic effort and best of luck to Patrick.

Somers Camp
Every two years Teesdale has the opportunity for a very small number of students in years 5 and 6 to attend Somers Camp.  Somers Camp is a Department of Education and Training school, located on the shores of Westernport, 90 kilometres south-east of Melbourne.  Each nine day camp provides opportunities for 160 children to participate.  This year Adam G, Mason P and Jorjah B will be attending in November.  We wish them well.

Teesdale PS Camps in November
This year the 3/4 students will head off to Camp Wilkin Angelsea for a three day camp.  Camp Wilkin is a well-established camp on the Great Ocean Road and close to the coast for beach activities.  Students are looking forward to archery, flying fox, ropes course and beach walks.  

Our 5/6 students will attend Camp Kangaroobie, situated on the Great Ocean Road at Princetown. During the camp, the students will visit the Apostles, go on a beach walk and participate in canoeing, an obstacle course, ropes course and many other fun activities.

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SAKGP Kitchen/Garden
This term we welcome back 3/4 students to the garden. The past two weeks we have spent completing three more wicking beds made from old fruit crates. This makes a total of nine wicking beds in our garden ready for spring crops. Since the weather has been rather wintery, we are only starting to put potatoes, zucchini and pumpkin in now. Students have also been sowing seeds of corn, celery and cucumber into handmade paper pots.  With so much rain, the weeds have been taking over, but with many hands and the help of parent volunteers, we’re now getting these under control. 

Last Friday our kitchen garden staff attended the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation’s National Professional Development Day and it was a huge thrill to have Stephanie Alexander in attendance conducting one of the workshops. It was a great day learning about planting for production, irrigation, fermentation techniques to preserve food and integration of our curriculum with the program. Teesdale Primary is one of the oldest schools in the program which we are extremely proud of. Next year we will celebrate our 10th year. 

The Foundation is looking for past students and parents associated with the program to send in a testimonial of their experience in the program. Please refer to the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation website for contact information.

Our Mudbrick Café has been a wonderful success this year. Thank you to the community for supporting this and we will continue this as part of our program next year. The final café for the year will be Wednesday 16 November with a Christmas theme. All welcome.

Parents and Friends Association (PFA)
Bunnings BBQ 
On Saturday the 22nd of October we held our Bunnings BBQ fundraiser. Despite terrible weather it was a great day raising $1550 for our school’s new play area. 

Thank you to the following people who generously donated their time on the day: Sam Laro-Bashford, Kim and Brad Andrews, Deb Smith, Pete Fisher, Scott Norton, Glenn Jeffrey, Andrea Van Der Meer, Mandy Thomas, Sonja Ginn and Grant Rau. Thank you also Anne Wise for helping with the shopping and all the families who came down to North Geelong and supported the stall. 

Special thank you to the following businesses who kindly donated supplies:
• King Broccoli Bannockburn for onions, 
• Bakers Delight Waurn Ponds for bread, and 
• J&B Automotive Bannockburn for the cool room. 

Your support is greatly appreciated.

When: Thursday 10 November from 7-9pm.
Where: 8 High Street, Inverleigh
Champagne on arrival.
Entry by gold coin donation and the chance to win one of three door prizes.

Selling the latest on trend and stylish homewares, unique furniture pieces, accessories and gifts. Higheight Home and Living’s products range from contemporary, retro, eclectic and French provincial.

10% off purchases on the night and 10% of total sales being generously donated to our school. Enjoy a relaxed night out and find some great Christmas gifts. 

Please share our facebook post with friends and family.  Friends welcome too.

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.

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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: 

Don’t forget to read our newsletters online at our website, or on the Parent Portal on Sentral.  Printed copies can still be obtained from the school office or at the Teesdale General Store.

•  Be smart, be SunSmart and slip, slop, slap, seek and slide!

•  Well done to our volunteer cooks at the Bunnings BBQ!

•  Don’t forget Pupil Free Day is Friday 2nd December!