Volume 15 - 28th September 2006
Inside this issue.........
MATERIAL & SERVICES CHARGES 2006
We have been advised by the Torrens Transit Group, that there will be major changes to bus services and also to bus timetables, which will occur on Sunday October 15th. If you use the bus services, please check if your current travel arrangements will be affected. New timetables will be available on Friday September 29th.
At Happy Valley we are constantly working to improve our teaching methods and this has led to the introduction of Jolly Phonics at the Junior Primary level. This method of multi-sensory phonics teaching has been shown in studies in the U.K. to improve all students' literacy skills.
In Australia and indeed world wide, there is a disparity in achievement levels between girls and boys. In fact, boys' achievement levels in reading show a consistent deficit when compared to girls'. This affects their ongoing learning in all subject areas, especially now when assessment is very literacy focussed. This is independent of socioeconomic ranking and is specific to literacy -- not to other areas of learning.
What can we do about this?
(Source: Guardian Weekly 24th May 1997)
Hints for Fathers:
(Dr. R. Stoessiger)
Bullying is when these things happen again and again to someone:
We are now in the process of asking children to complete our Term 3 Bully Audit. As we have advised in previous newsletters, a member of the leadership team will follow up with children who appear on the audit a number of times. This lets the children know that we are going to be supporting them to make good choices. We will also let parents know when we have discussed the audit with a student.
Congratulations to all members of our 2006 Choir and to students who were selected as accompanists. Parents and Staff who attended this magnificent event have commented that it was one of the best Festival performances that they had experienced for a while.
Our congratulations and thanks must go to Barb Williams. Barb's enthusiasm and commitment are contagious. Her incredibly hard work is much appreciated. Student reports will feature in the next newsletter.
Decisions are currently under way with a view to establishing balanced and equitable class groups for next year. If you feel that there is important educationally based information which you would like us to consider when discussing the best learning setting for your child, please put this in writing and send it to the Principal.
As you can imagine, requests for a specific teacher cannot be considered as a part of this process. Teachers will be considering 'learning' friendships and relationships when formulating classes for next year.
The placement criteria of students within class structures will be done by the teaching staff taking into consideration:
Priority 1 -- A balance in:-
Priority 2 -- Consideration of:-
Please feel free to discuss any issues with your child's class teacher. If from these discussions there is an identified educational issue you wish to highlight and be considered as part of the placement of your child, please put this in writing to the Principal, Prue Rosevear. Such information can only be considered if received no later than FRIDAY October 20th.
Parents and students will be notified of class -- teacher placements on Friday December 8th.
Congratulations to the following students who have received Principal's Awards, for demonstrating our school values -- COOPERATION / LEARNING / COMMUNICATION / STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE - Jordan Paech, Rhys Kavanagh-Jones, Matthew Draper, Connor Wright, Ashleigh Paterson, Tally Cox, Olivia Culliver and Caitlyn Thomas
At our week 9 assembly, the following Junior Primary children received a "Program Achieve" award for demonstrating one or more of the Keys to Success -- Nikki Freeman, Nicholas Ielasi, Trinity Ellacott, Bailey Furniss, Caleb Whetton and Hannah Glass. Well done to these people!
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
By Cody C, and Ben B.
10 students participated and were awarded 2 Distinctions, 3 Credits and 5 Participation Certificates.
Last Thursday 34 students participated in the district athletics day at SANTOS Stadium. It was a pleasant but windy day, well supported by parents and grandparents. After a couple of years of close results, particularly last year losing by one point, Happy Valley finally won!
Happy Valley 192 pts
Everyone competed very well, supporting each other and offering to fill in when injuries or illness occurred. Several students will be back at SANTOS Stadium next term after winning selection for the State Athletics Day. Congratulations to everyone for their outstanding behaviour and the high standards they achieved in their events.
Our most successful athletes were:
Special thanks to all the parents who supplied transport and cheered us on. Thanks also to Scott Francis for the huge contribution he makes in terms of encouragement, training and supervision of these budding athletes.
Once again we had a fabulous weekend up at Murray Bridge with our 2 bikes completing the 24-hour race.
This year we had an all girls team in the Vortex and an all boys in the Viper. This has never occurred at Happy Valley since Pedal Prix was introduced. It was with great interest that the boys kept a keen eye on the girls' lap times and position throughout the 24-hour race. The girls' great enthusiasm and strength was amazing as they almost completed as many laps. The boys however ensured they kept ahead. This was a great way of friendly in-house competition. Congratulations to the 27 riders who participated. Their manner throughout the weekend was an excellent showcase of how great the students of Happy Valley are.
We have not got our final results as yet as they have not been posted on the Pedal Prix website to date.
We must thank some people who will be leaving us this year who worked hard to make Pedal Prix happen at Happy Valley.
would like to also thank our sponsors this year.
Top Fundraisers and Legendary Readers - Happy Valley School. Our students have topped the MS Readathon class!
Congratulations and thank you to the 18 students who have worked extremely hard to raise an impressive $1,559.30 to help Australians living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), by
reading an amazing 286 books for the MS Readathon.
MS Australia would like to thank every student who participated, as well as the wonderful support of parents and teachers. Nationally, over 48,000 students have raised over $4 million for the MS Readathon this year.
The money raised from the MS Readathon will make a huge difference providing support services for people living with Multiple Sclerosis, funding vital research into the cause and hopefully a cure for MS. Unfortunately MS is the most common disease of the central nervous system among young Australians.
If you are yet to return your sponsorship to MS Readathon, it's not too late to claim your super cool reading rewards. For further information, phone 1300 677 323 or visit www.msreadathon.org.au
There have been books returned to the Resource Centre with remnants of the student's last meal attached!
Would parents please explain to their children not to eat or drink while reading? Also, please ensure that food and drink is kept quite separate from library books in their school bag.
Students in Ms Strachan's class have written about their experiences looking after their plot in the Edible Garden.
I had lots of fun planting Marigolds. Robyn and Jim were helping in the
Edible Garden. They were the best gardeners. The Marigolds were lovely
had fun at the Edible Garden. I planted cucumber.
had fun planting in the Edible Garden. I grew strawberries. Robyn and
Jim helped me.
planted tomatoes and I had great fun planting tomatoes.
SANFL Grand Final Day Reminder
Thank you to all the parent helpers this year, it made my job so much easier. Any questions about the Grand Final, please ring me on 0402 884 986.
Michael Fowler -- Auskick Coordinator
A good thing about sharing newsletters between schools is that we often pick up ideas. The following article recently appeared in the Craigburn Primary School's newsletter.
Head lice can be a distressing condition for children and families and
can be a disruptive problem in schools. It is important that parents
check their children's hair and treat the child and the family for head
lice. If evidence of head lice is found, the child will be sent home
with a note requesting that the head lice be treated."
I felt really excited; I was counting down the days, hour and minutes. I really wanted to start. I wanted to learn how to drum. I could never read music until last Thursday. It took about one minute for me to learn how to read music. I really enjoyed my lesson and can't wait until my next one.
By Mitchell M
C Grade training will be Wednesday nights straight after school. First session is 18th October and the first game is 21st October. See you all there!
For any queries phone Dean Cox 0429 996694 or 8322 8200.
Some vacancies still exist during Vacation Care. Please see OSHC staff. Thank you to all parents who have been donating jars, wood, material, balls etc. during the term. It is very much appreciated.
Director -- 8322 2411 or 0417 898 739
SOUTHERN CHESS LEAGUE
What an amazing result for our Junior team! They were running equal fifth going into the final round, with just 1.5 games separating the top 2nd to 7th teams, but their 3-2 win catapulted them into joint 2nd for the season.
"Valley's Wetsail". Southern Chess League Junior joint runners up. From left to right Justin Kite, Nathanael Hamilton, Adam Davidson, Zacharia Hamilton, Shane Martin, Ben Schofield, Lachlan Schofield. Co-ordinator Yvonne Smith.
Congratulations to all the Silver team members. It really was an unexpected, stunning achievement in such a tight competition, and all the players can be very proud of themselves.
Our senior team narrowly missed out on collecting a medal, but everyone played particularly well.
Presentation night also marked senior player Laura Smith's medal for joint winner of the Lightning Carnival where she defeated players above her level of experience.
Our Senior Seat One player Jack Price received a bronze medal for his achievements, as did Senior Rookie Luke Szeitz. It should also be mentioned that Jack and fellow senior Kieren Smith have completed five years each with the Happy Valley Chess Team. Well done!
Yvonne Smith 0419 811539 and Mark Smith
0418 137777 - Coordinators
Thank you to all the parent and student volunteers for their help during Term 3. It has been very much appreciated.
w A new price list for Term 4 will be going home soon. Please make a note of the changes.
w New parents are reminded that iceblocks and ice creams are only sold over the counter at recess and lunchtimes.
w Frozen Yoghurt is now available in Wild Strawberry or Peach & Mango.
Thank you to those parents who have already put their names down for the Term 4 Roster. If the following dates are not suitable, please let me know.
ROSTER -- Term 4, Week 1.
Mon. 16th Oct. CLOSED
Tues. 17th Oct. Katrina Allen
Wed. 18th Oct. Karen Erlandsen
Thur. 19th Oct. Tracey Willshire
Fri. 20th Oct. Glenys Moylan
Mon. 23rd Oct. CLOSED
Tues. 24th Oct.
Wed. 25th Oct. Suzanne Boyce
Thur. 26th Oct.
Fri. 27th Oct.
Have a safe and happy holiday. Regards, Helen King.
The next Parent Club meeting will be held on Wednesday 18th October in the Long Room after the new parent morning tea. All helpers will be welcomed.
We hope everyone has a very safe and happy holiday.
Reynella East High School we run regular tours of our school, and
encourage you to take a first hand look at the diverse range of
opportunities available. Coming tour dates are - Mon 23rd
Oct, and Thurs 16th Nov. The tours run from 9.30am to
10.30am, followed by morning tea.
Please phone Tania Guest on 8381 8466 to book your place.
AUSTRALIAN GIRLS CHOIR
All girls are invited to join the Australian Girls Choir.
Girls will have fun as they learn singing, dancing, acting and performing.
PERFORMING ARTS HOLIDAY PROGRAMME --Oct. 11 and 12
a two-day Performing Arts Holiday Programme will be held in the October
school holidays, and is open for any girl aged 8 - 13 with an interest
in the Performing Arts.
Activities will include workshops in drama, circus skills, modern dance and fun singing sessions.
2007 Enrolments -- join us at our Open Day on Saturday October 28 to find out more!
Open Day offers the opportunity to participate in a demonstration class or a group assessment, attend an information session and find out further details about 2007 classes.
Please phone the Australian Girls Choir office for further information about the Performing Arts Holiday Programme or Open Day. Phone: 8271 1622
EXHIBITION Artists from Broken Hill have kindly donated their work to help raise money for the Krause family and Cancer Research. Some of the Artists involved are Jack Absalom, Howard Steer, Wendy Martin, Pat Coffey and Deirdre Edwards. Informal opening of the exhibition will be held on Sat. 30th Sept. at 11am. During Paper Plus, an event held on the long weekend, unframed works on paper, includes drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, digital art plus ceramics, pottery & glass by local professional and emerging artists, will be on sale 30th Sept. 1st and 2nd October. The exhibition is on from 18th Sept. to 18th Oct. at the Arts Centre, Pt. Noarlunga. 9am - 4pm weekdays or phone 8326 5577 for weekend times.
WAKEFIELD HOUSE POTTERY STUDIO presents Holiday Pottery 4 Kids Wed. 4th Oct. & 11th Oct. 9.30 - 11am or 11.30am - 1pm. $8 per session. Wakefield House Community Centre. 65 Acre Ave. Morphett Vale. Bookings essential. Ph.83846158
SCHOOL HOLIDAY ART 4 KIDS at Clarendon. Tues. 3rd Oct. or Tues. 10th Oct. Ph. Michelle 0411 329 377
FLAGSTAFF HILL GOLF CLUB Junior Golf Clinics. Juniors of all standards welcome. Phone 8270 2300 or 8270 2208 for more details.
AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS -- Preliminary First Aid Course for the younger age group Monday 9th October or Monday 18th December. Phone 1300 367 428 or 8293 9200 for enrolment details.