Boolarra Primary School – Dec. 2010

Literacy / Numeracy Week

We recently staged a very well attended Open Evening to show-case the fantastic work being undertaken in our classes.  The students chose special work they wanted to display for their parents and other visitors.  Our Reading Recovery and Art teacher, Ms Karen Twomey organized a Scavenger Hunt on the evening, with clues in every classroom.  All the families that entered this competition won a prize and those who submitted correct entries won some extra goodies too.

Footy Theme Day

On the last day of term 3, Junior School Council held an out of uniform day, with everyone invited to come in their favourite team’s colours.  Collingwood were the best supported team with 14 followers, closely followed by Essendon who had 13 keen supporters.  Donations for State Schools Relief were collected on the day, this raised $41:05.  We finished up, as has become our tradition, with the 5/6s battling the staff and parents in a game of football.  As usual, this was a tightly contested battle with the ‘oldies’ prevailing by just 6 points.  The grade 3/4s did a magnificent job helping out with the umpiring, scoring and time keeping.  Best on Ground performance was awarded to Ms Megan Clymo.  Best legs went to Darren Cornell and Bravest on the Field (for tackling his teacher to the ground) went to Jason Pickett.  Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun!


To reinforce this very important core school value, we devoted a week to practising and celebrating respect. It was wonderful to hear from some of our students that respect is about treating others the way we want them to treat us and if we are kind to others they are more likely to be kind to us. Caterina in prep summed it all up beautifully when she said “We make ourselves and others happy by showing respect!”

Environment Week

On the last Wednesday of term 3 we staged a Save Power Day. Everyone went out of their way to reduce our use of electricity. Many students brought extra warm clothing so the heaters could be turned down and we did things such as turn off our computers and monitors at their power source.

Free Fruit Friday

Our students continue to enjoy a range of fruits each Friday. We are grateful to parent Amada Noy who sources this for us from Ritchies.

Fantastic Effort! :

Our fabulous Bike Ed team came third in the regional final. Some of our riders really improved on their previous individual scores, which was impressive since we’ve had little opportunity for them to practice.  This achievement earned $350 for the school (which will be used to purchase resources for our traffic education program) and qualified our team for the state final, to be staged on the 19th November.

Happy & Sad News

Ms Jo Dryden is on family leave and we are delighted to have Ms Roz Carstairs

Jo Dryden with her book made by grade
3/4 children

filling in for her and teaching our grade 3/4s. Ms Dryden had her babies on Thursday 28th October. Sadly one of her boys, Kayd Jack was stillborn but her other baby Kahil Robert is thriving and gorgeous! The grade 3/4s made a beautiful book for Ms Dryden’s baby called “Your Mummy”. Jo and Kahil will be visiting us at school as soon as possible.

Children’s Day

We recently marked Children’s Day with lots of fun and frivolity. Dressing up, cooking and riding bikes about the school were the order of the day!

Reading Recovery Works!

Some schools do not run this program as it is very labour intensive and expensive to provide such one on one support. We continue this program because it helps students who show early signs that they might have some literacy difficulties to overcome. We’ve gotten used to seeing our grade ones come ahead in leaps and bounds as they work with Ms Karen Twomey (and before this, Ms Cheryl Hilton). However one of our students has managed to achieve progress above and beyond anything we’ve ever seen before. Our most recent Reading Recovery Graduate, Declan has improved a massive 16 reading levels in his time on the program. Well done Declan!


Shari and Thomas received Ms Karen Twomey’s very special “Artist of the Term” awards. Some of the outstanding work they have produced during Art classes has been framed and will hang in pride of place near our main entranceway until later this term when Shari and Thomas will take it home.

Walk to School Day

On Wednesday 20th October our Junior School Council encouraged as many people as possible to walk to school. It was great that we had 39 students take this opportunity to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine whilst getting some exercises. On the day before we only had 19 students walk to school so we know that some extras were encouraged to walk through this initiative. Hopefully they will keep this up and boost their fitness and wellbeing in the process!

World Teachers’ Day:

Roz with Mia & Rory

It was lovely to have this opportunity to recognise the dedicated and capable teachers at our school who work hard to provide rich learning opportunities for our students and really care about their welfare. The students showed their appreciation by making large posters, developing

some rap music that celebrated our teachers (that we played as our come inside music all day) and presenting the teachers with special badges. Grade 6 students Georgina Brick found this quote that summed up the wh

James & his Dad, Luke at our Literacy Numeracy Week Breakfast

y we have such a day: “Teachers I believe are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.”

Thanks To You All!

We are very grateful to everyone who has collected Coles Sports Vouchers for us. We received well over 3,000 and are eagerly waiting to see what this will entitle us to. We think our Sports Shed should soon have lots more balls, at the very least!