Principal’s Message Week 5

Dear Parents and Carers

Book Week Assembly
This week is the ‘real’ Book Week, but we celebrated Book Week last week. Students in Years 3-6 visited the State Theatre on Thursday to see Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts, and on Friday Mrs Powell’s Year 4/5 class hosted a special Book Week assembly. The theme for this year’s Book Week and thus the Year 4/5 class’s assembly item was ‘Reading is My Secret Power’. We laughed and cheered as groups of students presented highly polished and entertaining performances that they had created and developed over several weeks. The evil Book Worm wreaked havoc with television sets, forcing people everywhere to rediscover a love of reading; reading infiltrated sporting events; and key literary elements (a ‘hook’, tension, resolution etc) were combined (in a cauldron, with a nod to Macbeth) to create amazing stories. Thank you to Mrs Powell and the students in 4/5P!









Public Speaking
The English Curriculum talks about both ‘creating’ and ‘responding to’ a range of texts. While the term ‘texts’ frequently conjures up an image of a written text, texts can also be visual, spoken and a combination of writing, speech and illustrations/diagrams/images. These days they are frequently ‘multi-modal’.  One of the focuses for the Year 6s recently has been the creation of a written text that is intended to be spoken, and persuasive. Mrs Knowles and I were privileged to hear a dozen students deliver a three-minute speech to their peers and teachers recently; with a view to selecting two of the twelve to participate in a public speaking event for Year 6 students in local schools. The event, organised by the Cambridge division of Rotary, was comprised of two heats which occurred in the last fortnight. One speaker from each heat would then participate at district level. On behalf of the teachers, Mrs Knowles and I, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the twelve students, particularly the two who went through to speak at the event last week – Jethro L who spoke about ‘Being Judged’ and Emily M who spoke about poverty in Australia. We would also like to commend Charleze B who was a very close runner-up at school level, and who continued to practise and refine her speech in case she was needed. Congratulations to these three students, and a particular high five to Emily who was runner up in last week’s local schools’ heat.










Up Close and Personal with a Phasmid and a Scorpion!
Yesterday, one of the children in PP2 brought his parents along … but they didn’t come alone. Have a look at who (or what) they brought with them later in the newsletter!

School Development Day

Just a reminder that we have a School Development Day this Friday. We will be focusing on Health and Wellbeing in the morning and Technology (coding and robotics) in the afternoon.

I look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday 4 September for the Faction Athletics Carnival and Friday 6 September for Mrs Tombides’ class assembly. The choir will also sing at this assembly!

Finally, and on that note, a huge congratulations to our Music Specialist Ms Sarina Li, who became engaged on the weekend!

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell