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Happy Valley has had yet another very successful Come Out this year. Many classes took part in excursions to a variety of "events" and performances in and around the city. In addition, all classes contributed to our own very special "Happy Valley Come Out Celebration", on Tuesday March 22nd.
Happy Valley had a very successful Sports Day last Thursday. The children were really excited about the day and had spent a lot of time in preparation for their events. House Captains did a fantastic job in motivating the children to participate. Nicolle was the winner at the end of the day -- congratulations to all the Nicolle participants. The final order was:
Nicolle -- 1st -- 1363 points
Junior Primary children had a wonderful day with activities organised by coordinators for a variety of sports. Feedback from children, parents and teachers was very positive.
A huge Thank You to Scott Francis, who organised the day, also to Sue Higgins for her help in the organisation of the Junior Primary activities and to Mike Lane for his help in preparing the oval. Lastly many thanks to the Parent Club for their work in setting up the cake stall and to Helen King for her assistance with the Canteen.
Below are reports from the House Captains:
After lunch the house teams lined up on the netball courts and screamed out their chants. All house teams then moved down to the oval and house captains started to get their first relay team ready. After the excitement of the relays everybody then cooled down by watching the parent/teacher event.
The winner of sports day was then announced and NICOLLE was screaming with joy. The house captains of Nicolle then made a short speech and accepted the shield. Sports Day was a great success.
We had a good attitude throughout the day and we went home with a good result. When I say this, I think I speak for the house captains that we are proud of our team's effort and participation in the day.
Everybody is a winner because they all tried and had fun.
Thank you for everyone that helped us out with the relays. It was a great day and Iím sure we all enjoyed the day.
Josh carried the flag most of the day and he made the new chant with Mitchell. Kristi helped with deciding on what chant to use and helped making the notes to send out to everyone. Travis helped with the notes to hand out and the sorting out of the relay year levels. And Breanna helped with the chants and the window. That's all Folks!!!
After our break we had long jump. It was annoying because you kept on getting sand in your shoes. Hurdles, well what can I say, they were really hard to jump because they were so high and lots of people kept on hurting themselves by not quite making it and then falling over them. Before our lunchtime break we had 800m, now that was really tiring. Then was lunch, boy we were hungry after all that.
All the Sports Day teams had to line up with their own team and all the teams were cheering for their own teams. Then when all the teams walked off they were singing their chants. Then the last event of the day was relays. That was really exciting.
After all that excitement some of the house captains challenged the parents and the teachers in a game of Round the World while waiting for all the points to be added up. Then the teams lined up for the news.
As house captains we would like to congratulate the Shepherd team for trying so hard.
This week, all Junior Primary classes have been participating in swimming sessions at the Noarlunga Aquatic Centre. After a slight delay with the buses on Tuesday morning the children got off to a good start. The children will have their extra time on Friday to make up for the late start on Tuesday. They are very lucky with our wonderful weather this week.
Our school has two Human Powered Vehicles or Bikes, which have been raced by teams of students in the International Pedal Prix Competition over the last seven years.
Pedal Prix is a wonderful experience for the whole family. It is an exciting and challenging part of our school program and is available to all Year 6 and 7 students, girls and boys (and some Year 5's).
Through being involved in Pedal Prix, students improve their fitness, they become familiar with the workings of a Pedal Prix vehicle, including work on modifying it and test riding it, and they develop great team spirit and have a lot of fun.
Because Pedal Prix is a family event, families get involved in all the social activities connected to the Pedal Prix program. They have a great time camping at Murray Bridge on the weekend of the main race and enjoy the picnic atmosphere, camped by the river. Pedal Prix is run by parents, with the support of the school.
This year our teams will be competing in two events, the 6 hour event on the Clipsal circuit in Victoria Park on Sunday 31st July, and in the 24 hour main event at Murray Bridge on the weekend of 17th and 18th September.
Some families in the past have not involved their children, because of the possibility of finals sporting commitments around that time in September. We are really happy for students to participate and enjoy Pedal Prix with their friends, then work around these commitments if they happen. No one is excluded and all commitments are accommodated, during practice preparations and during the race events.
Come along to the PEDAL PRIX INFORMATION NIGHT being held in the school hall on WEDNESDAY 6TH APRIL at 7.00pm. All Year 6 and 7 students and their parents are invited.
On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, all students have attended presentations by the Community Programs section of the Sturt Police District. The aim of the presentations was to give all students knowledge and skills to help themselves stay safe when out in public areas. We hope your child shared the information from the presentations with you, and helped you understand the importance of this part of our school program.
On Wednesday our choir members attended a rehearsal at Noarlunga Theatre where we sang through many of the songs in this year's Festival of Music repertoire.
The session was conducted by our new Festival conductor, Deb Hepworth, who introduced some warm up exercises, fun songs as well as concentrating on some of the more difficult sections of the songs.
The choir will continue to practise each week at school with Ms Williams and our accompanist Julie Bennett.
Students planning to audition for solos should be well into practice with their CDs at home and students who are considering auditioning for compere positions need to be practising their clear and engaging speaking voice.
Many of you will know that one of our Year 6 students, Josh Robertson, was seriously injured in an accident in Victoria, during the Christmas holidays. Josh is currently in the Women's and Children's Hospital, where he is beginning to make a recovery.
A number of Josh's class-mates have been visiting him in hospital and have been absolutely wonderful in supporting and helping him. Two weeks ago, a large group went to help him celebrate his 12th birthday, taking a video, which they made at school as well as cards and presents. Josh's Mum, Robyn, would really like to say how much she appreciates the children visiting the hospital, and showing such caring concern for Josh.
Just a reminder about our first Fundraising event for 2005. We will be holding a "Lucky Squares" fundraiser. There will be two prizes, a framed Power Premiership poster and an autographed Crows football in a glass display box.
We will have two boards, one for each prize and the cost will be $1 per square. Winning numbers will be drawn when the squares are full. "Squares" will be on sale, from next Monday, outside the Resource Centre before school each day until sold.
Another fundraiser, the Entertainment Book, which was quite popular last year, will again be available in 2005. For details, please see attached flier.
Kookaburra Council will be having our Casual Day on the last day of term, April 15th. On that day, all children will be invited to come to school in casual clothes. To be casual, children will
need to bring a gold coin donation, which will be donated to a charity selected by the children.
Kooka Council Leadership Team
In a letter received from the Premier, Mr Mike Rann he talks about how much he would love to see your children take part in this year's Reading Challenge. Whether your child is taking up the Challenge for the first time or starting a new level, the rewards are tremendous.
Besides receiving formal recognition for their efforts, children will improve their standard of literacy and discover the joy of reading. Most of all, they'll have a lot of fun.
Class teachers have record sheets to record the books your child reads. Some classes will read a class novel together.
books have a numbered fluoro red sticker on them
If your child has an NEP the level of the books your child reads can be at year level or lower.
For a full list of books and their number, you can go to www.prc.sa.edu.au and then click on booklists.
Any queries can be made to Judy Miller or Phyllis Carn in the Resource Centre.
of the valuable work done in our school is achieved through our
subcommittees. Members of the subcommittees are parents and teachers, but
are not necessarily Governing Councillors. In fact it allows more people
to be involved and to share the load more widely where they are not
Councillors! Some of our Subcommittees really need some extra members. To
help you understand our subcommittee structure and to perhaps offer to get
involved, the subcommittees and their functions are set out here.
well resourced and valued out of hours program for students.
If you are interested in knowing more, or wish to be involved with a committee, contact Doug MacLean (Principal) or Dianne Gordon (Governing Council Chairperson).
This year we are offering parents the opportunity to enrol their child/children in the University of New South Wales assessments in English, Science and Maths. These are open to any student from Year 3 to 7.
for these competitions are:
Please send the tear off slip (included in this newsletter), with payment to the Bookroom Window.
On Thursday March 17th Travis Kreslin and Brendan Wilkins represented Southern Valley in the SAPSASA metropolitan swimming day. Travis competed in the 50m and 100m freestyle and 50m breaststroke, making the final of each of those events. Brendan competed in the heats of the 50m breaststroke and 4 x 50m freestyle relay. Well done boys.
Travis and his younger sister Vanessa also competed in the SA Water State Swimming Finals. Travis competed in four events and won himself a gold medal in the 50m breaststroke -- a great effort! Vanessa finished 12th overall in her event, the 50m freestyle.
a fun and social way for kids to keep fit and get to school safely
A Walking School Bus has at least one adult driver who walks along an agreed route, collecting all children (passengers) waiting at designated bus stops and walking them to school.
Routes, and frequency, will be established along those roads most used by our students, depending on the level of interest shown by parents and their willingness to volunteer as drivers. The scheme will not only ease the congestion around our school grounds, but also provides a safe, social and environmentally friendly journey for our students.
We are trying to find out whether setting up walking bus routes for our school this year has your support. We would be grateful if you would complete the tear off form at the end of the newsletter and return it to school tomorrow.
If we have enough interest, we would like to start the Walking School Bus routes next term. The service will be free and a co-ordinator will organise parent volunteers to act as drivers.
A meeting will be held at the school once we know the level of interest in establishing bus routes this year.
State Opera of South Australia is presenting Hansel and Gretel at the beginning of April. Besides this being a fantastic opportunity to view live theatre, what is also very exciting is that two ex Happy Valley Students are performing in it. Patrick Lim, who is an accomplished singer, dancer and producer/director and performed here at school during Co-Opera's performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and Joanna Newbury, were both students here in their primary years and are now taking to the stage in Hansel and Gretel.
It is wonderful to see the progress of Happy Valley students and we wish them well.
If you would like to know how to obtain tickets, times etc for Hansel and Gretel please see Barb Williams.
Once again we will be participating in "Westfield's Shop For Your School". Families need to register at Westfield from 26th April and receive a key tag.
Shoppers earn points for the school by taking receipts to any Westfield desk. Ask your family, friends and neighbours to join us.
The program runs for 9 weeks commencing on 26th April. Even your movie, HJ's, Subway etc. receipts count for points. The school could win Apple I Books, Printers, Digital Cameras, Camcorders or a Plasma TV.
If you have any questions, call me on 8387 2230.
A coordinator is urgently needed for Auskick. A training manual, T. Shirt and Hat come with the job.
Auskick only runs for nine weeks and unless we have our own coordinator, children wishing to participate will have to attend another venue.
If interested, phone Jim Wheeler on 8382 0842.
Fees are due by the 14th April. All registration fees and Code of Behaviour forms must be back by this date. If fees haven't been paid or arrangements made for payment, your child will miss their game of football until payment is made.
Children who haven't received forms, can call me and I will quickly get them out to them.
A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and their cooking skills to help make our Cake Stall successful.
Congratulations to the 10 prize winners of the Easter Raffle. Well done everyone.
next meeting will be held on Wednesday 6th April at 12.30pm in
Unit 4 -- Room 16. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME AND LOCATION.
Nyree Haese -- Secretary
MATHEMATICS -- Please return to the bookroom window by Thurs. 5th May
I would like ______________________________________ in year _______ Class Teacher _______________________
to participate in the 2005 Australasian Schools Mathematics Assessment.
Please find enclosed $6.00 entry fee.
Signed: _______________________________ (Parent/Guardian) Date: _________________
Refer: Simon Mueller
ENGLISH --Please return to the bookroom window by Friday 27th May
Signed: _______________________________ (Parent/Guardian) Date: _________________
Refer: Barb Williams
SCIENCE -- Please return to the bookroom window by Wednesday 13th April
Refer: D'Arcy Jones
Please complete and return to the Front Office
HAPPY VALLEY SCHOOL WALKING SCHOOL BUS
Children's Names: _____________________________________________________________________
Phone Number: ________________________________________________________________________
My child/ren are interested in catching a Walking School Bus
We/I (parent/caregivers) are interested in being a 'bus driver' Yes / No / Maybe
Each 'bus' (group of walking children) requires one or two 'drivers' (adults)
If 'yes' or 'maybe' please provide names:
This is an expression of interest only and will be followed up with you by the Walking School Bus Coordinator