Week 6, Term 3, 2020
Dear MOPS Families
Welcome to our newsletter for Week 6; only four weeks to go until the end of another term. Apart from our usual learning programs, we have a lot of extras to fit in. At the end of next week, we can all look forward to a long weekend with Friday, September the 11th being a Student Free Day. This day is affectionately referred to as “Adelaide Show Day”, as a lot of regional towns take advantage of this day to go to Adelaide to attend this culturally significant event. Despite the fact that the Adelaide Show is not running this year, this day has still been granted to schools by the Department for Education. The following Friday, September 18th, is our annual Sports Day. This is a highlight of our school calendar and one that the whole school community gets excited about. Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, we are still able to hold this event which is good news. We will however need to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines currently in place which requires social distancing and hygiene practices. This means that families can only interact with their respective children, all other social interactions will require the recommended 1.5m distance between people. This will have specific importance when families are queuing at the canteen for food and drinks. The essential distancing markers will be in place. As well, COVID Marshalls will be present to assist families and help ensure the safety of everybody. In regard to food, it is important to note that this year we have the QKR app operating which allows families to place an order prior to the day. We are encouraging families to take advantage of this technology and pre-order where possible as it will greatly help management with catering and food handling. An information letter, complete with instructions on how to set up the app. should have been received by all families. Please contact the front office if you did not receive this information and we will gladly forward it on. But wait, there’s more! The following Monday, 21st September, is another Student Free Day. On this day, teachers will be working on Numeracy moderation and lesson design. Moderation is the process where teachers review and take into account student work and variety of other information and evidence to help them make fair, valid and reliable judgements about a student’s achievement in a subject area. This also highlights the importance of lesson and unit design where teachers need to make sure they are catering for the different achievement standards as outlined in the Australian Curriculum, in their planning to ensure students are given the learning opportunities to demonstrate the associated skills and learning. OSHC will be available on this day.
Last week saw Rooms 8 and 9 enjoy two fun filled days of activities as part of their annual sleep over. Activities included bowling, a visit to the beach, scavenger hunt and a visit from the D’Faces team who conducted some performing workshops. A big thanks goes to Miss Todd and Miss Armstrong for all their efforts in organising this memorable experience for their classes. Thanks also to the parents who attended and assisted the staff and students; Ben Izzard, Krissy Wescombe, Brony Bone, Rachel Barlow, Karinna Hass, Sarah Gebhardt and Louis and Lisa Colaruotolo. I think they all enjoyed the weekend where they could catch up on some much needed sleep.
I wish to acknowledge the efforts of several of our senior students who have been chosen to represent Whyalla in the Sporting Schools SA annual championship held in Adelaide each year. Last week, Sophie Redden and Rhani Hughes represented Whyalla in Hockey. Next week Noelani Taylor will be representing Whyalla in the combined netball team (coached by our own Mrs Mac Donald), and Teo Cayetano will be playing football. Congratulations to all these students who have been acknowledged for their outstanding prowess in their chosen sports; we know they have and will represent our school and town positively.
Finally, we welcome two more new students and their family to our school. Hayley Peatfield and Indiana Skipworth come to us from Queensland. They have already settled in well to their respective classes and the school as a whole. Great to have you with us Hayley and Indiana.
-Shaine Shaw for using amazing sizzling starts in her writing.
-Ava Bain for Handwriting.
Emily Clifton - For showing great school values inside and outside of the classroom.
-Jessica Kelsey for working neatly and carefully to write and illustrate pages on her Indonesian book ‘Keluarga Saya’ .
-Flick Mercer for working hard to understand our grammar topic: Adjectives.
-Rhylan Pabst for settling in well to a new school and following all the school values.
-Rohan Kirkwood for branching out of his comfort zone and trying new and complex maths with Miss Brown.
-Jacob Barrie for taking pride in his learning particularly during reading tutor.
- Hannah Mills for always challenging herself in maths.
- Leala Kriticos for always being responsible in class.
- Ruby Turner
-Jacob Barlow for doing well in his reading tests and achieving a level 18.
- Kayden Dimoulas for doing well in his reading tests and achieving above benchmark.
-Silas Pebst for settling into our classroom fantastically.
-Ryder Warner for showing great school values inside and outside of the classroom.
- Crystal Collins for consistently showing all school values.
- Skye Golding for challenging herself in her learning.
- Rico Crossan
- Tyson Bourne for demonstrating an outstanding attitude towards his learning.
- Rhys Chapman for demonstrating all of the school values in class and effectively using his learning time.
- Chloe Chapman
- Kendall Colyer
- Amayah Cockroft for displaying an understanding of fractions.
- Abbie Main-Rae for displaying the school values in everything that she does.
- Lauchlen Ervine for excellent persistence on his fractions work.
- Declan Flack for outstanding effort in poetry.
- Amaya Wilson
- Deacon Shaw
- Oliver Taylor for working hard to learn his sounds and participating during learning time.
- Jackson Brown
For showing all school values both in and outside the classroom.
- Molly Flack