From the PRINCIPAL'S DESK

School Swimming Program

The Department expects that all students should be able to competently able to swim fifty metres by the time that they leave primary school. This year, with government assistance, we have been able to offer a nine day intensive swimming program for students in Year 1, 3 & 5. Now, into the second week of the program, we are starting to see the benefits of daily practice. Students are improving their confidence in the water and their swimming ability. The program at Paul Sadler Swim School is superbly organised and their teachers are friendly competent and extremely patient. Apart from the improvements in swimming, our students are learning important social skills of being able to change themselves independently (Year 1), look after their own belongings (All students) and focus on a task for a period of time. Mr Davey should be congratulated for organising this important school event. Feedback from the students attending the program is also very positive. Although, we want our students to be competent swimmers, it is still important to remember that ALL children need to supervised by an adult around water, whether they are competent or not.

Knock Em Over Competition

A highlight of the Year 6 school year is the Term 4 ‘Knock-em-Over’ competition in the gym at lunchtimes. Students form their own teams and compete against fellow students and a teachers’ team. It might be worth mentioning that the male staff team is undefeated in the past three years. I know that the students are only twelve, but winning is still winning. All games are played with great enthusiasm and respect of the opposition. Modelled behaviours of shaking hands at the end of the game and playing by the rules where players themselves determine whether they are out or not makes this event so worthwhile.


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On Monday this week our school leaders, Jess, Matthew, Ash and Aaron we went to visit The Fields and Park Ridge Pre School to teach them about Science.  We used bi-carb and vinegar to make a balloon ‘blow up’.  When the bi-carb and vinegar combined it made a chemical reaction which caused the balloon to [...]

Science Incursion

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