Boolarra Primary School – June 2011

Come As You Like Day

On the last day of term 1 our Junior School Council arranged an out of uniform day where students could dress however they liked.  Students came in pyjamas, dressed as spiders, fairies, movie characters and the like.  The teachers all got into the spirit of the day and came in Boolarra school uniform.  Everyone gave donations to go towards helping the victims of the floods in Queensland; $100 was raised in total.   The Junior School Councillors also sold fruit juice icy-poles and hotdogs and raised an additional $100 to donate to the victims of the earthquake in Japan.

Easter Activities

As is our tradition, we staged an egg roll down our play-ground hill just before the Easter break.  Competition was fierce with duck eggs proving to be very tough!  Everyone enjoyed a chocolate egg for competing and some students got to eat their boiled egg, if it wasn’t too battered.  Following a request to our Junior School Council (JSC), we also ran a Box Decorating competition and a Box Race down the hill.  There were some amazing boxes which made the judging job very hard for our JSC.  Our Easter activities provided an enjoyable finish a very productive term one.

Our School Cross Country

Rory & Samuel at the Yinnar & District Cross Country.

We commenced term 2 with our cross country run along the scenic Boolarra Rail Trail.  Everyone did a great job.  We were

particularly impressed with the effort of our grade 2 runners who competed in our cross country for the first time this year.  They all completed the 2km run with no complaints and posted some really impressive times!

Yinnar & District Cross Country

Congratulations to the 16 students selected to compete at the Yinnar & District Cross Country in Churchill: Kayla Napier, Lauren Alexander, Alannah Green, Eden Hassett, Samuel Birkbeck, Rory Peter, Bella Papa, Daina Howard, Airtrea Cupples, James Potter, Adam Pickett, Tyson Cameron (Grade 2!), Ella O’Kane, Lydia Reiske, Isabelle Reiske and Tilly Chalmers.  They all performed brilliantly and were clearly up for the challenge of running against the best runners from the other schools in our district.  Extra congratulations to Kayla who came 2nd in the 12/13 year girls’ age group, Ella who placed 3rd and Lydia 4th in the 9/10 girls’ age group.  These three girls qualified to represent the Yinnar & District schools in the Regional Cross Country at Birmingham Park on Friday 3rd June.  Special mention must also be made of Bella who placed 7th, narrowly missing out on going through to the next race, (and improving markedly on her 18th placing last year!  James (placing 10th) ) and Tyson (17th) might have been the smallest boys in their race but they definitely were not the slowest!

Milo Meeting:

Each term our principal Leanne likes to meet with senior students to get their thoughts on how our school could improve.  To help lubricate their voice boxes they have a Milo during the meeting.  The students make lots of great suggestions which we try to act upon.  At the most recent meeting they alerted us to some hazards (tree stumps, ant nests and very slippery ground).  They certainly earned their Milo!

Lollies in the Jar Competition:

Prep student Paige and her Mum, Tracy participated in a Walkathon to race money for Breast Cancer research.  Rather than bother us to sponsor them, they set up a competition to raise money.  Jude, Carlene, Tyson and Annabel guessed closest to the tally of 500 and therefore got equal shares in the lollies.  In total over $40 was raised through this venture.  Paige and her Mum raised an impressive $222 overall!

Mothers’ Day Stall:

We had an amazing range of gifts at our school stall thanks to the canny shopping of Anna Hall and Kristy Mills.  It was lovely to see how excited our students were with their purchases for their Mums and other special ladies in their lives.

New Building

After a very long wait our new building was finally handed over to us on Thursday 12th May, just in time for our scheduled moving working bee on Friday 13th.  The new building looks great and will comfortably house our grade 2-6s, our Library and Computer Lab.  Unfortunately, there is insufficient electrical cabling provision to fully heat the new building as we are operating on partial power; this will be rectified as soon as possible.  The grade prep / ones will occupy a spacious double classroom in the main building and the Art Room will be in the other double classroom opposite the P/1s.  The remaining single classroom (formerly our grade3/4 room) will become a resource room.  It is intended that the Budgeree Building (our former Art Room) will become a Community Resource Room at some point in the future.  We are very grateful to all the senior students and parents who helped with moving day.  Special thanks to community members Roz Carstairs, John Lubawski, Val Henderson and Neil Waack, along with our fabulous cleaner, Warwick Patience who also put in lots of time helping us to set up.

Leanne Emond,
Principal Boolarra PS.