Inside this issue........
Our committee has been planning for Gala Day, which now seems very close! The day promises to be a fun day for all, with stalls, rides, food -- lots of it, displays and demonstrations by local groups.
Classes are organising their stalls for the day, and will also be seeking parent help. Teachers may also start requesting various donations, either from parents in their own class or across the school. We are asking for support from our whole school community in making sure that the day is successful.
Many thanks, Judy Davies
October 30th, 2005
The Happy Valley School Gala Day is fast approaching -- and there is a lot of work involved in organising and running the day. Each class will be running its own stall and most teachers will be relying on parent help. As the convenor of the Gala Day committee I am asking all parents to consider helping out. This help could be:
If you can help in any way, could you please complete the tear-off slip at the end of the newsletter and return it to your child's class teacher as soon as possible.
Thank you in anticipation, Jo Walden
Gala Day Rides
On Friday 2 weeks ago, Louise Jesshope, Natasha Meyer, Jordan Fowler and Ben Schofield with their parents, went to meet the Prime Minister at a morning tea organised by the Federal Member for Kingston, Kym Richardson at Southside Christian Centre.
We arrived, collected our name tags and just milled around chatting for a while until it started. Pastor Danny spoke and the Southside Choir sang. Then they invited us to help ourselves to the wonderful spread of morning tea, consisting of little cakey things (proper name forgotten), fresh fruit, cheeses, tea, coffee and various juices. There were a lot of people there (around 400) and there was still some food left over.
Mr Howard finally arrived and started to make his way around the room, shaking hands as people continued to mingle. Mr Richardson then spoke and introduced Mr Howard. Mr Howard spoke (very long) and then made his way around the rest of the room shaking more hands. As he was leaving the stage area Natasha and Louise quickly went over, shook his hand, said hello and received a half a hug (extremely proud moment) and Jordan had her photo taken with the Prime Minister. We don't think we will ever forget it. Southside sang the same song again and a little while later we left.
It was a great day and we were glad to represent our school.
By, Louise Jesshope and Natasha Meyer
The Healthy Eating Committee has been meeting each fortnight throughout the term, looking at strategies to encourage healthy eating across the school community. The main focus of the committee this term has been to review the school canteen menu and to support the canteen staff to provide to students, a
range of low fat, low sugar food items which are nutritious, tasty and attractive to eat.
At the meetings, the main topic of discussion has centred around 'sometimes' food, that is food that should only be eaten sometimes, perhaps as a treat, and not be readily available from the canteen as part of an acceptable, everyday meal. Foods like hot pastries, buns, chips and lollies have come under close scrutiny. If the school, and therefore the canteen, is going to educate students and families about the benefits of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles, the canteen menu can be used as a powerful means of supporting and reinforcing this message.
The committee, which includes canteen staff, has almost reached agreement on the new look menu, which will be available to students from the beginning of next term. Students and families who wish to purchase 'sometimes' food will only be able to purchase it in small portions, and in tandem with a 'healthy' addition. This approach is recommended by the government healthy eating guidelines and gives students the message that 'sometimes' food should only be eaten in small amounts, sometimes, while the main diet should be made up of healthy alternatives.
Look out for the new and exciting canteen menu for next term, which will be distributed soon.
If you are interested in knowing more about the work of the Healthy Eating Committee, and having an input into the directions that we are going, you are most welcome to come to the meetings which are held in the school staff room at 2.15 pm on alternate Wednesdays. The next meeting will be on 21st September.
Over the last week there have been an amazing number of activities in which Happy Valley students have participated. All have been accompanied with praise for their positive attitude, effort and outstanding results. Learning occurs in so many ways
and so having opportunities to learn in groups in and outside of the school environment enables students to develop a range of skills such as cooperation, communication, confidence and independence as well as strengthening each child's concept of identity.
Congratulations to all involved; students, parents and teachers. The Wakakirri team has been selected to perform in the Finals at the Entertainment Centre on October 20th.
Their story dance was dynamic and full of colour and energy and everyone is excited about this fantastic news. A few more rehearsals will really add polish to the performance in readiness for the great event. Well done everyone!
Last Monday night we were entertained by music students who sang in the Choir or played violin, recorder, keyboard, guitar, saxophone and flute. The winter flu has kept some away but the confidence of the students shone through. Special thanks must go to our instrumental music teachers, Jenny Eime, Julie Kuchel, Neil Weber and choir accompanist Julie Bennett, who guide these students week by week.
Special thanks to Barb Williams for training the Choir and organising the night so well.
A reminder to students: please remember to bring your instrument to lessons each week.
Joshua Snares and Scott Goldfinch did a great job as stage hands while Nazanin Maghsoodi and Aaron Finan were excellent comperes.
Five students have been competing in an out of school volleyball competition during this year and two weeks ago they entered their team in the SAPSASA competition at the Marion Fitness Centre. The team was drawn to play four other primary school teams in the Round Robin competition. Unfortunately Cale Hutchins broke a bone in his foot before the day and couldn't take his place in the team. The other boys, Ben Richardson, Jesse Millsteed, Shaun Sukke and Jacob Herbert took a little time to settle in to the competition, but once they found their rhythm, they competed well, winning their last two matches. Well done boys for competing so well in a non-traditional school competition!
Thirty students from years six and seven attended a rugby tag carnival at Hallett Cove Sports Club last Thursday. The day was run by coaches from the SA Rugby League Association and involved a series of skill development sessions followed by games. Our students quickly gained an understanding of the rules of the game and applied their skills and knowledge extremely well to their matches, scoring lots of tries.
As a result we have been asked to enter teams into a competition in term four. I will forward all relevant information about this competition to all interested students as soon as I receive it.
A big thank you must go to the parents who assisted with transport and supported the children in their matches.
Touch Rugby -- Reporters: Year 6 & 7 students, Dayna Cox, Deni Varnhagen, Scott Paterson & Michael Eddy
On Thursday we played Tag Rugby at the Hallett Cove Playing Fields. Our school entered three teams -- 1 Year 7 boy's team, I Year 6 boy's team and a mixed year 6 & 7 girl's team. To begin the day we started learning some of the skills of Tag Rugby and did a few activities to help us learn the game. To finish the day we played a series of three games. Our year 7 boys won 2 and drew 1. The year 6 boys won 3 out of 3 and last but not least the year 6 girls team won 2 out of 3.
Several comments from students:
Nicolle said, "It's good because we don't need to get out of our seats to go to our trolley drawers."
We know that these students will take good care of their new acquisitions.
TOURNAMENT OF MINDS
Our two seven member teams, one presenting the Language and Literature challenge and the other solving a Mathematics and Engineering problem, will take to the stage at Flinders University this Sunday. They have been discussing and practising in and out of school time and will have Friday this week to put the finishing touches to their script, props and performance. We wish them well on Sunday.
Tournament of Minds is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. It is a real eye-opener to see upwards of one hundred primary and secondary teams performing in lecture theatres and other rooms throughout the university. Year
five and six students who might be contemplating TOM next year would certainly benefit from seeing some of the results of this year's teams. See Barb for details of times.
Chane and Toby are busily preparing their class Lucky Dip box for Gala Day.
Our Pedal Prix teams are approaching their main test for the year, the 24-hour race at Murray Bridge. Last Saturday team members set up a course in the Mitsubishi car park just on dark and practised lapping the car park course in the dark. This gave team members valuable experience in riding in the dark, with the help of their small light fitted to the front of each bike. Competition amongst team members to set the fastest time at the night practice was fierce, while committee members and parents timed, and cooked beautiful, tasty sausages and steak sandwiches. It was a great lead up to the main event, which will be held on the weekend of the 17th and 18th September at Murray Bridge.
The racetrack borders the river in Sturt Reserve and our teams' pits are numbered 170 and 171, which are on the start finish straight facing the river.
The race begins at 12 noon on Saturday, finishing at 12 noon on Sunday.
If you are not involved with Pedal Prix, come anyhow for a drive to Murray Bridge, and see some exciting action while you cheer our teams on!
Last Friday the choir attended a rehearsal at Magic Millions Morphettville Racecourse, with the other schools that will be performing on our night, September 22nd. The orchestra, made up of primary students, accompanied the singers and we sang the whole repertoire complete with choreography. They sounded great! I was so proud of the Happy Valley students
who were focused and enthusiastic throughout the rather long and demanding rehearsal.
CLASSES IN UNIT 5
This week, on Monday, both Carmel Nicholson's and Shelley Saunder's classes were able to move back into Unit 5, after the unit had been checked and pronounced "fit". Thanks to the teachers and a group of parent helpers, the move was completed by lunchtime and children had settled back in by the end of the day. Margaret Neemann and her class will stay in T1 (former JP German Room), for the rest of the year.
the weather warming up, cricket season is just around the corner. This
year our school teams have the benefit of using good quality matting on
the pitch, which is on loan from the Woodcroft Cricket Club. It will be
stored in our out of school hours sports storage area and rolled out and
pegged out on the pitch on match days. To make the task possible, we need
a small trolley, which can be used to transport the matting to and from
the storage area on the edge of the oval. If you have something that
could be suitable, or you can weld and have access to a welder and could
fabricate a trolley for the cricketers to use, please contact Doug MacLean
at the school.
Breanna, Hayley and Leon making selections for their Ice-cream stall on Gala Day.
Since the Book Week theme was "Reading Rocks", Mrs Miller has organized for Don McColl, a geologist, to speak to most classes about the Earth and the Study of Rocks. These are proving to be very stimulating talks with lots of interesting questions from the students.
Last week we held two Book Week Assemblies (Junior Pirmary and Primary) where we were visited by a "Mystery Elvis Rock
Star" (the Principal seemed to be out of the school at the time!). Rock
'n' Roll dancers, from Years 5 -- 7, trained by Mrs Carn and her husband
entertained the audience in front of a book laden Stonehenge arrangement
of drama blocks. Classes presented summaries of their class novels taken
from the short listed Book Week nominations.
This year will see the completion of the Meningococcal C Vaccination Program. Students in Years 1 -- 5 will be offered the vaccine on Friday 4th November. More information including a consent form will be sent home in Week 1 next term.
Congratulations to the following students who have received Principal's Awards at the last Primary Assembly, for demonstrating our school values. They are -- Brendon Wilkins, Jack Spacie, Jamie Kammerman, Brett Evans, Jarrad Tregenza, Courtney Nicolle, Brooke Taylor, Chris Squire, Tash Meyer, Allison Nash and Cody Cox.
Summer is just around the corner so donít forget to order the healthy choices of -- Salads, Rolls, Sandwiches, Quiche & Salad, Pocket Breads & Wraps, Chicken or Turkey Burgers with salad.
Next term we will be offering watermelon slices, oranges cut into quarters, fresh yoghurts, custards and fruit salad packs.
A new price list will be out next term and unfortunately due to the cost of fuel there will be an increase in prices.
Mon. 12 Sept.
Tues. 13 Sept.. Katrina Allen
Wed. 14 Sept..
Thur. 15 Sept. Julie Day
Frid. 16 Sept. Karen Erlandsen
Mon. 19 Sept.
Tues. 20 Sept.
Wed. 21 Sept.
Thur. 22 Sept. Julie Day
Frid. 23 Sept. Robyn Draper
PARENT CLUB NEWS
Just a reminder that the orders for tea towels close on Wednesday 14th September. If you would like to order, please take your money and order form to the book room window
before that date. Enclosed with the newsletter is a copy of our design to see.
If you require extra order forms, please see the front office. These will make great Xmas presents. Thankyou for your support.
School photos will be at the beginning of Term 4 so information regarding this will be sent home soon.
Our next meeting is Wednesday 28th September at 9.00am in the Long Room. Please try to get to this meeting as we are finalising our Gala Day ideas.
Nyree Haese -- Secretary.
SOUTHERN CHESS LEAGUE
Thankyou to all team members who battled the terrible storms to make it to chess on August 30. It was certainly worth it for the seniors, who fought out a 3-2 victory. Kieren Smith scored a four move checkmate, Scott Paterson consolidated his medal chances, having dropped only half a game all season and Scott Goldfinch won the decider.
The Juniors unfortunately had to play against each other! Happy Valley Yellow came out on top.
Good luck to everyone in next week's final round!
What: Round Seven
Where: Woodcroft College
When: Tuesday Sept.13
Juniors to be seated by 6:15pm
Mark Smith 0418 137777 & Yvonne Smith 0419 811539
Cody, Alex and Jordan sorting through bottles and jars ready for Gala Day.
A reminder that this Saturday the presentation for the 2/3, 4/5 and 6/7 will be held at 12.30pm in the Happy Valley School Hall.
Cans of drink and a sausage sizzle will be available for the players and parents are asked to donate $2 to cover costs. Parents are also asked to provide sweets, salads etc. to go with the sausage sizzle.
Congratulations to Deni Varnhagen for finishing equal third and Jack Reynolds for finishing in seventh place in the Panther League Medal count.
ALL football tops are to be returned on Saturday -- WASHED. Thank you to everyone.
Football Coordinator and Panther Delegate.
Name: _______________________ Child's class ______________________________
Ph.No. _______________________ I can help at the following time(s)
|Setting up - Saturday 29th October||
At Gala Day -- Sunday 30th October -- Time: ________ For how long: ________
Monday morning -- for return of stalls