Over the holidays the new Junior Primary playground was erected. At the beginning of term many excited children climbed, stretched, balanced in class groups on the first day. Last term the students voted on their favourite pieces of equipment and were thrilled to see that their votes counted. The Grounds Committee negotiated and planned the process.
The 'Opening' of the playground will take place (weather permitting) at 2:10pm next Tuesday August 2nd, preceding Junior Primary Assembly and we invite parents and friends to attend our opening and our assembly.
During the school holidays a program of replacing all the roof box gutters on the solid buildings of the school was begun. This is part of a program to address persistent leaks and dampness in a number of the school buildings. It is linked to a consultancy investigation and report, which will be undertaken in the school this term, to identify and rectify sources of dampness in the solid school buildings.
Primary building Unit 5 (the demac building near the oval) was badly
affected by dampness, following the heavy rains late last term. A default
notice was placed on the building, requiring upgrade work to be
undertaken. While this work is being done, the Unit 5 classes have been
relocated to other areas of the school for a few weeks.
Club Teatowel Fundraiser
WELCOME TO OUR KOREAN STUDENTS
Happy Valley is again participating in the Korean Homestay program. This time we have eight families who have offered to host a student for 4 weeks. The Korean students will meet their families this Saturday and will start at the school on Monday. We very much appreciate the willingness of our families to have a child in their homes. The 8 children will be spread across several classes – they will be placed with Helen Whisson, Jim Graham, Carol Atherton, Simon Mueller, Darryl Draper, Mark Inglis and D’Arcy Jones. As with the last visit, we anticipate that the visit
provide a range of wonderful learning experiences both for our own
students and for the Korean children.
KOOKA COUNCIL NEWS
Backpacks for Tsunami
Late last term, each class was given a backpack, which they are choosing to fill with suitable items for either a boy or girl. When we have them all, we will deliver them to SAFM to send to one of the areas affected by the Tsunami. We have some backpacks ready to go, and they look great. We would like to thank parents for their generosity in providing "goodies" to fill the backpacks -- some of the contents are really interesting. For those still organising their backpacks, classes will communicate what sorts of articles can go into the packs.
Judy Davies (on behalf of Kooka Council)
HEALTHY EATING HAPPENINGS
The school 'Healthy Eating Committee' has been meeting regularly and discussing a whole school approach to eating healthy and staying healthy for life, with a particular focus on the school canteen. The committee wants the canteen to be a vital part of our healthy eating message, by offering a lot of healthy food choices.
Helen King and Glenys Moylan, members of the canteen staff, have been exploring a range of healthy food snacks for students. There will be come-n-taste activities and other food adventures for students, as we continue to investigate ways to develop this whole program. Support your children to support the school canteen and eat healthy.
Student members of the committee, Louise, Nadia and Jack, comparing their own lunches.
TERM 2 BULLY AUDIT
We believe that our school has many positive and happy relationships but as part of the National Safe Schools Framework (NSSF) we are keen to address the subject of bullying and harassment. To this end we conducted a bully audit late last term.
Students were asked to indicate where, when and by whom they have been bullied and what type of bullying occurred.
Students were asked to indicate where, when and by whom they have been bullied and what type of bullying occurred.
After analysing the bully audit data the following interesting observations were made
At Happy Valley School:
Boys are bullied twice as much in the yard as in the classroom
Girls are bullied equally in the yard and the classroom
Out of doors most bullying occurs on the oval
Out of doors most bullying occurs at lunchtime
Indoors bullying occurs mostly in the classroom (where most time is spent)
Out of doors boys are bullied more than girls
Indoors girls are bullied more than boys
Bullying consists mostly of name calling, pushing and shoving and swearing (from a given list of behaviours)
Students are most likely to ask the bully to stop followed by telling the class teacher
For girls bullying is resolved as often as it is not resolved
For boys bullying issues are not resolved slightly more times than they are resolved
While these results indicate where and when the greatest amount of bullying occurs, it is also important to take into account the lower rating data. By having all this data we are now able to consider how best to address issues of concern.
is to be done?
We have discussed these results as a staff and have decided to:
inform parents of the results through the newsletter -- hence this article
address the issues with bullies and students who feel bullied through individual counselling and consequences
teach strategies for students who witness bullying (bystanders) to use
continue the use of Program Achieve language -- confidence, organisation, getting along, persistence and resilience
hold further audits to determine improvement levels
Bullying and Harassment will not be eliminated from any school or workplace but it is the goal of the NSSF to minimise this form of behaviour and to provide a safe and supportive environment for all. The process of change will not occur overnight but we are working towards improvement. As parents and caregivers you might like to discuss this topic with your children emphasising that everyone has a part to play in making the school environment a secure and happy one.
PEDAL PRIX FIRES UP!
On this Sunday at the Victoria Park Racecourse on the Clipsal V8 track, our Pedal Prix teams will have their first hit out for this year, as they compete in the Pedal Prix 6 hour race.
Beginning at 10.00 am our two teams will compete against other primary, secondary and private teams in the Happy Valley vehicles, Valley Viper and Valley Vortex. This is a curtain raiser for the main event, the 24-hour race at Murray Bridge in September.
If you want to see young people involved in a totally exciting activity, come to Victoria Park on Sunday and support our school teams. Their pits will be located in front of the grandstand. Admission is FREE!
Deni, Joshua and Luke checking their vehicle before their first race.
On TUESDAY 9TH AUGUST the canteen is offering a special lunch as a Pedal Prix fundraiser. The lunch is a yummy hotdog and a delicious flavoured milk all for the very reasonable price of $3.70.
The special lunch needs to be pre-ordered and there is an order form going home today. Further order forms are available from the front desk and from the canteen.
This is a major fundraising project for Pedal Prix this year so please get behind our teams and the committee in this fantastic school program.
the Art Gallery Auditorium. Many highly qualified international, national and local researchers, academics and thinkers are invited to present papers from environmental, social, political, religious, economic, medical, scientific, education and arts points of view while addressing global and local issues.
During the holidays I attended several sessions and found the talks and subsequent questions, debate and discussions with the audience most stimulating and sometimes controversial.
The day sessions were free and are very worthwhile if you enjoy thinking about topics that affect humanity and its environment.
So keep an eye out for the next Festival in 2007.
RESOURCE CENTRE NEWS
Week is coming and once again we are having a book fair. Here are the
dates to remember:
Tues. 23 Aug. Preview of Books (Buddy classes together)
Wed. 24 Aug. Book Sale
Thur. 25 Aug. Book Sale
Times: 8.30 -- 9.30am and 3.15 -- 4.00pm.
you to the parents who are coming in to help re shelve books -- we
appreciate your time and effort.
WHY LEARN GERMAN?
German is spoken by more people in Europe than any other language. It is spoken by 100 million native speakers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and bordering areas; a further 40 million in countries throughout the world speak it as a second language.
The importance of the German language is growing as the European Union moves towards a unified monetary system. Economists predict that German will soon be one of the most important trading languages in the world. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, German is assuming the role of lingua franca in Eastern and South Eastern Europe. In Russia 10 million students learn German.
German is the most important European language after English in Japan, China, and Indonesia.
The German-speaking countries form the biggest and most influential market in Europe. At present, they are Australia's third most important trading partners. Many German firms operate in Australia and many Australian firms are affiliated with German companies (e.g. BHP, MIM, Western Mining, Brambles, BASF, Agfa, Bosch, MTU, Siemens, Hoechst, Stihl).
Universities emphasise that studies such as business, law, trade, engineering, science, politics, and music, combined
with German language courses can be an invaluable asset for future careers.
Germany and Austria have contributed significantly to the western musical tradition. Today's music students usually include the study of German in their courses.
Students of German have many opportunities to live and study in Germany as a result of scholarships and exchange schemes.
Of all the languages in the world, only English has more books published than German. Although there are more than 500 languages in the world, more than one book in ten is published in German.
Of all non-English speaking tourists to Australia, German speakers are the second largest group. The tourist network is expanding, and so are job opportunities.
German-Australian contacts began as early as 1788. Particularly in South Australia, German settlers have contributed immensely to the development of the state, and the study of German in South Australia is as old as the state itself.
Because German and English are both Germanic languages and share the same ancestral language, German is one of the easiest languages to learn for an English-speaking person. About 35% of English words have German origins. German uses the same alphabet. Modern methods of teaching German emphasise communication within the appropriate cultural context.
Last but not least, because German is a highly structured, systemic language, it also adds to the academic rigour of learning processes.
German in South Australia - An Intelligent Choice!
German has a strong cultural tradition in this state. Germany is the
dominant economic power in the European Union.
* Germany has been very generous in its support of the study of German culture and language through e.g.
the provision of consultants through a long-going intergovernmental
* In supporting German, one is not only maintaining an important part of our cultural heritage, but also making an investment for the future.
Welcome back for the third term.
Samples of new items will be available for students to taste and then will be available for sale at recess and lunch.
Snack Pack of cheese, carrot, celery sticks & rice crackers 60c
Rice crackers 5 for 20c, Rice cracker with cheese & carrot 30c.
Survival Pack -- Plain Popcorn, Dried apple & apricots, sultanas 50c
We will be having Quiche on the menu beginning Week 3 -- hot or cold for $2.50 slice.
Hot home made chicken soup at recess or lunch $1.00 -- counter sales only. Noodles still available. 80c
Buttered roll with vegemite available at recess. Also available Salsa & Biscuit Dips.
Homemade muffin $1.00 or Home made muffin & hot Milo $2.00 -- Recess only.
We will be introducing more healthy items over the next few weeks but in the meantime why not check our menu for Chicken or Turkey Burgers, Pizzas containing only 4 grams of fat -- Ham/Cheese (suitable for diabetics) or Ham/Cheese/Pineapple.
Mon. 1st Aug.
Tues. 2nd Aug Katrina Allen
Wed. 3rd Aug Kylie Rawson
Thur. 4th Aug Julie Day
Frid. 5th Aug Glenys Moylan
Mon. 8th Aug
Tues. 9th Aug Pedal Prix lunch (helpers req.)
Wed. 10th Aug Karen Erlandson
Thur. 11th Aug Julie Day
Frid. 12th Aug Glenys Moylan
* No lunches available on Tues. 9th August other than Pedal Prix orders.
SOUTHERN CHESS LEAGUE
Round 4 was very successful for Happy Valley's three chess teams.
Happy Valley Yellow scored a clean sweep while the Green Junior team dropped only one game.
The Seniors also fought out a gritty three points to two win with two stalemates getting us over the line.
Just three rounds to go, and all our teams are good chances of finishing with medals. Good luck!
What: Round 5
When: Tuesday August 2.
Juniors to be seated by 6.15pm
Where: Woodcroft College.
Mark and Yvonne Smith Coordinators 0411-202010
PARENT CLUB NEWS
Welcome back! Did everyone have a good break? I certainly hope so. I also hope that we will see you at our next meeting on Wednesday 3rd August at 9.00am in the Staff Room. Remember, younger children also welcome.
Nyree Haese - Secretary
SHOP FOR YOUR SCHOOL
Thank you to all those families who participated. Our school came 10th and won a $300 Weather Pack.
Carol Forte has now retired from OSHC, as both Vacation Care Director and After School Hours carer. We wish her all the best for the future.
We have taken delivery of new furniture and thank school staff for helping remove old furniture. Our OSHC room looks fantastic!!
We will be commencing Korfball and Volleyball this term with our involvement in the Active After School Sports program.
Roxanne Longbottom -- Director
The Salvation Army Aberfoyle Park is running a Saturday Fun Day on the first Saturday of every month beginning on August 6th. A chance for children to interact with their parents and do some fun activities. 10 -- 12pm. Out the back of the Hub Shopping Centre.
Panic Anxiety Disorder Assoc. "Anxiety in Children" A free information session for parents. Wed. 3rd August 6 -- 7.30pm South Tce. Adelaide. Phone 8227 1044 for bookings.
Australian Girls Choir Performing Arts Holiday Program October 12 and 13. Phone 8271 1622 for more information.