On Monday 31st August, Irymple Primary School had a record number of students participate in the Mini-Olympics at the Aerodrome Ovals. All of the 33 students involved showed good sportsmanship and put in their best effort in each event they represented the school in. We had excellent weather with sunny and still conditions and also had excellent results with many of our students receiving a ribbon for a top three finish.
The following students placed top 3 in their events:
Ollie Eaton -9/10yo Boys 1500m 1st
Xavier Floramo -9/10yo Boys Triple Jump 1st
Zack Talent -11yo Boys Long Jump 1st
Archer Hammond -11yo Boys Triple Jump 1st
Abby Rowbotham -11yo Girls High Jump 3rd
Macey Eaton -11yo Boys 100m Sprint 3rd
Gab Toutai -11yo Boys 200m Sprint 1st
Zach Stainer -11yo Boys 1500m 2nd
Paige McLean -12yo Girls Discus 3rd
Jack Oldham -12yo Boys Shot Put 1st
Heidi Wisneske -12yo Girls Triple Jump 1st
Mase Rogers-Devcic -12yo Boys High Jump 3rd
Lila Rouse -12yo Girls 80m Hurdles 3rd
Ella Baird -12yo Girls 200m Sprint 3rd
Paige McLean -12yo Girls 1500m 2nd
Congratulations to all students who were excellent participants on the day and well done to the 9 students who finished top two in their event and have qualified for the Regionals Championships which are to be held in Bendigo on Monday 12th October. A big thank you also to Ms McNerney, Mr Carra and Mr McInerney for assisting on the day.
Thank you to all the volunteers from the Parents’ Club for purchasing the extensive selection of goods to sell to the children. We also thank all the volunteers for assisting on the stall today. The wide selection gave all children something that appealed to them – on behalf of their Dad. Some had great difficulty deciding what to buy. We wish all dads, a very Happy Father’s Day. We have a number of children that attend our school who do not have a dad to celebrate with on this day and we have encouraged them to think about a significant other male in their life like a grandfather or uncle.
Last week we had our wonderful Book Day. Thank you to all the parents that assisted their children to have a character outfit for the day. We allow for up to 30 minutes of reading every day at school and we encourage all students to read between 20 and 30 minutes each day as a part of our homework program. It, however, is not just the reading for children in Primary school it is still vital to be read to at that young age. Unlike many pursuits like sports, reading can go on for as long as a person desires. The daily routine can continue.
- Make reading part of the daily routine. Make a bedtime story something to look forward to for Primary age children.
- Read regularly yourself and in front of your children to show them your enjoyment and how much you value reading.
- Join a local library, it is free and the selection is almost endless.
- Read books on different topics and find themes that interest you and your children.
Talk with your child: it builds communication skills, vocabulary and increases confidence. Talk to them about what you read and what they read. Build comprehension skills wherever possible.
Thank you to all the people that helped the school to raise some much needed funds for School Council. The final account of the effort was:
711 tickets sold
236 tickets returned unsold
1025 tickets lost.
It was a mighty effort from the people that sold tickets and we sincerely thank you. With no person being forced to take a book and everyone having the opportunity to return the book completely unsold, we should be able to reach a return rate of 100%. Hopefully we will get closer to this in 2016.
If you have a student in Years 2 to 5 at present please ensure that you have read the note sent home last week regarding the Netbook program for 2016 and beyond. The options are explained in detail. We have to work towards a sustainable provision of ICT with one to one access as we now operate in a user pay model as do Primary Schools across the State. We already have one of the best school Netbook programs in Sunraysia and this moves us to the most effective level of usage for all students.
Both camps are coming up and we wish the staff, students and parent helpers all the very best for the time they are away.
We welcome Josh and Lachy Bailey two new students from Melbourne to our school. We also welcome back the McKenzie children (Maia, Braith and Jordan) who had had a few weeks in Robinvale with extended family.
Students enjoyed the Sausage Sizzle on Tuesday prepared by Parents’ Club volunteers. A big thank you to Kerryn Harberger, Vicki Woodburn, Jenny Burgess, Joyce Schwarzbauer and to Richard Cavanagh for cooking the sausages.
A great day was had by all. It was so good to see so many unusual and clever outfits to celebrate book week today. Reading is a life skill and cannot be underestimated as a passport to the future. Thank you to Mrs Humphrey for her behind the scenes work for the day – it is appreciated by all the staff and students. Once again a big group of parents came to see the parade before the rotations commenced for the day.
Once again a big thank you to all the parents that attended Sports Day last Thursday and all the parents that also supported the School Canteen by buying a snack or lunch on the day. We are very grateful to a small group of parents past and present that manned the Canteen all day to cover the increased patronage. Thank you to Mr Gregor Allan and the Year 10 PE students from Irymple Secondary College also, as they did a fantastic job in supporting us on the day. Their assistance made it a special day for all the children and parents watching. We were lucky to have such good weather and were really pleased with the fact that so many parents were able to make it for part or the whole day. Thank you to Mr Pettit who co-ordinated and for all the staff who assisted him prior to and on the day. It was a really enjoyable day!
As from 1st September Government Schools are to follow Sunsmart recommendations and require all students to wear hats during all outdoor activities that involve exposure to the sun. To ensure a smooth transition back to hats please check that names are clearly visible on all hats as some tend to fade over time. Children are advised that they have sport on a particular day to have their own tube of sunscreen to apply. From day 1 next term, hats are not only recommended, but compulsory.