Week 4, Term 3, 2020
Dear MOPS Families
Welcome to our newsletter for Week 4. This week concludes another busy time for our teachers as they have conducted our annual Three Way Conversations. This has been a very positive time with a significantly high attendance by families. It has been an opportunity for all stakeholders in our students’ education to come together and review each child’s learning achievements to date and to set goals for the remainder of the year. The overall aim is to have every child achieve at least one year’s growth for each school year as per the Department for Education mandate. As a staff we have been working to establish processes that allow us to monitor student achievement more frequently and effectively so we can inform you as families more accurately about the learning achievement of your respective child. If you were unable to make a time this week to speak to your child’s teacher(s) this week, then it is not too late. Please contact your respective child’s teacher and they will be happy to negotiate a time.
As mentioned last newsletter, activities to support Year 7 transition to high school have begun.On Tuesday of this week, our Year 7 students spent an enjoyable half day at Whyalla High School where they got to experience a small taste of high school for next year. Next Tuesday, 18th August, the Year 7’s will being visiting Stuart High School.
A committee to manage the process for naming the new high school has been formed and have already met to start this important step in the development of the new school. Congratulations to Rachel Barlow who will be representing our school on this committee. Students in years 5 to 7 have also had an opportunity to submit ideas of names for the new high school which I have forwarded on to our Education Director. Some if the suggestions include; Hummock Hill High School, Steel City High School, Mt Laura High School, Middleback High School / Secondary College and Flinders High School. I am confident the committee will come up with a suitable name that best reflects our city, region and the community it will be serving.
Again we have the privilege of welcoming a new family to the MOPS community. We warmly welcome the Pabst family who have returned to Whyalla after being away in another regional area. We welcome Gabriel, Rhylan and Silas to our school and trust that their time with us will be enjoyable.
Finally, although we still have four months left in the school year, it is that time of the year where schools begin their planning for next year, including the beginning stages of staffing. As you can appreciate, across the whole of the Department for Education with approximately one thousand individual sites to manage and the thousands of staff within these sites, it is a massive undertaking which needs to begin early. As a result of this process, I am sad to announce that Mrs Nadine Schofield will be leaving us at the end of this year and transferring back to Adelaide. Nadine has been successful in securing a teaching position at East Adelaide Primary School. Nadine has been with us for four years and has spent a total of five years away from her family teaching in the regional areas of our state. Whilst we are sad to be losing Nadine, we are excited that she gets to go home and be with her family once again. Obviously we will be celebrating Nadine further towards the end of her time with us.
School Values Award - Georgia Cartwright
Special Achievement Award - Tyson Bourne for showing effort and engagement in Technologies.
Special Achievement Award - Eryn Nolan for putting in 100% effort into her work this week.
Special Achievement Award – Stephanie Gill- Always trying her best in all areas of school.
School values Award - Oscar Evans- Being responsible in and outside the classroom.
School Values Award - Darcy Blair for showing great school values inside of the classroom.
Special Achievement Award - Logan Scarman for going above and beyond with his learning and helping others in the classroom.
Special Achievement Award - Ruben Wescombe for giving 100% effort in all aspects of his learning.
Special Achievement Award - Gemma Gebhardt for giving all tasks a try no matter how difficult they can be.
Special Achievement Award - Keenan Brereton for working hard to form his letters correctly and write on the lines in his workbook.
School Values Award - Blair Brownlow for consistently showing respect to teachers and peers.
Special Achievement Award - Ty Rogers for challenging himself in his learning.
Special Achievement Award - Meisha Watts for making a huge effort across all classroom curriculum areas.
School Values Award - Oscar Walkom for displaying all the schools values at all times.
Book work Awards
Room 16 - Bob Crentsil
Room 1 - Harli Lawrie
Room 21 - Peyton Norris
Room 6 - Phoenix Norris
Room 14 - Keeley Olds
Room 3 - Mayla Hebditch
Rom 7 - Olivia Bentley
Room 9 - Isabella Hurle
Room 15 - Sienna King
Room 11 - Kaleb Rollins