Boolarra Primary School – Dec. 2011

Window Breakage

We were extremely disappointed when vandals broke 6 windows at the school.  Our motto is “The Heart of The Community” and we are happy for people to use our grounds and facilities after hours. However, when school property is deliberately damaged in this manner it is very disheartening.  As a smaller school there are limited funds available for the programs we like to run for our students, let alone for fixing vandalised windows.  We are very grateful to Sean Peter who fixed the windows for us in his own time, saving us a great deal of money.  It has also been really pleasing to see the way our students and their families have been keeping a watch on the school in an attempt to apprehend or deter the vandals.  This is more like what we love about and expect from our Boolarra Community!

Our grade 5/6s in Ballarat

Ballarat Camp:  

Our grade 5/6s spent four days in Ballarat with students from Thorpdale and Narracan Primary Schools.  This experience really brought learning about the Gold Rush times to life.

Bullying Survey:

Each year we survey our students to find out what bullying problems we have. This year we learnt that we have very little undesirable behaviour happening and that most of our students feel safe at school. Physical bullying is rare but name-calling and exclusion is still an occasional problem for some students.  Outside school hours, cyber bullying causes some of our older students angst. This is clearly outside our control but we have urged parents to closely monitor what their children are doing when they are on the internet at home.

Prep / One Excursion: 

Our P/1s had the pleasure of travelling to the Warragul Art Centre to see a live performance of the much loved children’s story “Gruffalo”.  Some of our fabulous parents made this possible by helping with transport.

International Teachers’ Day:

It was lovely to have the opportunity to pay tribute to our sensational teachers on this day. The grade 2/3/4s worked together to create the following acrostic poems using the teachers’ surnames.

Caring

Available

Reading

Steering

Talking

Assisting

Involving

Reaching

Students

Explains

Spectacular

Terrific

Curriculum

Outstanding

Unbelievably Great

Radical

Thoughtful

Smiley

Magnificent

Invincible

Talented

Heroic

 

Helpful

Incredible

Lovely

Teaching

Organized

Nurturing

 

Loving

Accessible

Reassuring

Reasonable

Admirable

Delightful

 

Too kind

Wicked

Outrageous at Art

Motivational

Exquisite

Youthful

Latrobe Valley Sports Camp:

Each year a number of our sporty grade 5/6 students have the opportunity to attend this development camp.  Bella Papa, Daina Howard and Jasmin Carroll represented us this year and mixed with the elite athletes from across the Latrobe Valley.

Sports Day:

Our students enjoyed extra sports sessions with the Sports Education and Development Australia (SEDA) team focussing on kanga cricket and soccer skills. Our involvement in this program also highlights to our sporty students another possible pathway through the latter stages of Secondary College. We’re very grateful to the program coordinator, former student Eamon Flahavin, for arranging these sessions for us!

Family Murals:

The first family murals created by some of our families will appear on the fence around our car park soon.  We’re very excited about this as they all look fabulous!

Ms Dryden & the triumphant Bike Ed Team

More Bike Ed Success

We are extremely proud of our team who have won through to compete in the state final.  They are amazing!

Asian Feast Night

A team of parents worked tirelessly to conduct this major term 4 fundraiser.  At the time of going to print it has not been held, but with the fabulous prizes sourced and the help of lots of our great families we are certain that it will be a massive success!  Thanks to Gabrielle Francis for her vision and coordination and Tanya Herbert and Tracy Anderson for the many hours and lots of effort they put in to ensure the venture runs well.

Bounceback the Musical

Our whole school musical production, featuring every student at the school, is based on the resilience building program we follow during our Personal Development sessions.  It will be staged in the Boolarra Memorial Hall on Wednesday 21st December with both a matinee performance and an evening performance scheduled.  Tickets will need to be purchased from the school prior to the performances, as none will be sold at the door.

Leanne Emaond,
Principal.