Newsletter – Term 4, Week 3

November 05, 2018 0 comments

Principal’s Report

Welcome back to the start of our final term of school for 2018. We have much to look forward to over the next 6 weeks, with our Musical; ‘Darwin Rocks’, our Christmas Concert, Sports Day, Swimming and VIP Day.

Sports Day – Friday 16th November 2018

Sports Day is fast approaching and Anna Nichol and the Sports Committee have plans underway that will ensure this day is one of fun, cooperation and high energy!

Once again our house team captains will be leading the way. They are as follows:

  • Alexandra (Blue) – House Leaders: Isaac Seager and Ava Wilson
  • Prescott (Green) – House Leaders: Oliver Giulinn and Sammi Keough
  • Grant (Red) – House Leaders: Jordan Pehlivanides and Maya Loughnan
  • Gurney (Yellow) – House Leaders: Isaac Sanders and Lisa Xie

Again, in addition to the traditional methods of earning house points for each team, we will be reinforcing the IB Learner Profiles of being a risk taker, principled, open minded, communicator, balanced, thinker, caring, reflective, inquirer and knowledgeable.


We have had a huge couple of years with fundraising activities focused on rebuilding both our Primary and Junior Primary Playgrounds. The Primary Playground cost $114,257.00 of which Rose Park Foundation, and Parents & Friends, with the help of students, raised $54,284; the school contributed the balance of $59,973.00.


The Junior Primary Playground cost $58,927.00 with The Rose Park Foundation contributing $16,000.00, while students raised $5,093.15 by holding events such as:

  • Movie Night
  • Pop Up Shop
  • Teddy Bears Picnic
  • Casual Days

Parents and Friends raised $10,582.00 for the Junior Primary playground from the following events:

  • 125th Celebration fair
  • Election Day barbeque and coffee van/cake stall
  • End-of-term cake stalls and second hand uniform sales
  • Hot cross buns fundraiser
  • Zooper Dooper day


The school contributed the balance of $27,251.84.  Both playgrounds are a source of infinite fun for all children and a wonderful community resource to be enjoyed by everyone at weekends.

Our next significant project and focus for fundraising is a Covered Outdoor Learning Area (COLA) and amphitheatre. This proposal was put forward in 2017 by our parent community as an entry into the Fund Our Neighbourhood initiative. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful, however, it is clear this is a project that will benefit all children, whilst at school and also at Out of Hours School Care. The COLA would be located adjacent to Gurney Reserve and the Performing Arts space.

Our most recent P&F fund-raiser, the Lap-a-thon has raised $15,261.60! We will be holding a special short assembly on Tuesday 6th November on the netball courts at 3:10 pm to draw the winner of the iPad raffle. I will also be hosting two magnificent High Tea Parties for the students who have raised the most money, and the students who have run the most laps, from each class. The High Teas will take place on Wednesday 7th November at 2:45 pm for our Primary students, and the following Wednesday 14th November at 2:45 pm for Junior Primary students.

In addition, our conscientious Student Action Team students also organised the ‘Pyjamas for Farmers’ day which raised $884.35 for the Red Cross Drought Relief. Coming up is Charities Day and students are eagerly working to organise their stalls with all money raised being donated to charities chosen by the Student Action Team. 




Parent Opinion Survey

Shortly a sample of parents will receive a survey to ascertain their opinions about our school’s educational plans, practices and procedures. We will be seeking opinions annually so that we can reflect on feedback and plan for continuous improvement. The results will be included in the 2018 Annual Report presented at the Governing Council Annual General Meeting early next year.

Recommended Guidelines for Dogs in School

Rose Park Primary School is committed to providing a safe environment for its students and their families.

The purpose of these guidelines is to support the promotion of a safe school environment and to ensure the safety of all whilst attending the school; through both direct and indirect contact with dogs.

  • Dogs should not be brought onto school grounds at any time unless given approval by the Principal. The exception is for dogs that assist people with disabilities or are part of a school education program.
  • Dogs must not be tied to the school boundary fence at any time.
  • Owners must remain with their dogs, outside the school boundaries, at all times.
  • Owners are entirely responsible for the dog’s behaviour and for cleaning up any mess left by the dog.
  • Any stray dog in the school grounds will be immediately reported to the Burnside Council for collection.

Whilst we encourage families to walk to school with their family dog, we ask for your support to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all families.  Kiss your child/ren goodbye at the gate!

We are in the process of arranging signage to external entrances.

Music News

Term 4 is shaping up to be an incredibly exciting and busy term. Music and the ARTS will have a high profile, both at our school and in the wider community. I hope you have the opportunity to take part in some of the music performances, or take up the opportunities on offer for next year and to engage with the fabulous media events occurring over the next few weeks.

Darwin Rocks

Congratulations to the talented and enthusiastic students from the year 5 classes, who performed the musical Darwin Rocks at the Forge Theatre at Marryatville High School.  Each of the 4 performances during this week has reflected the effort and commitment that all concerned have put in to making the musical successful.

This event is only possible with the support of staff, parents and our community. We would like to sincerely thank the very special Sue Cayzer; costume manager extraordinaire. Her amazing application and organisation in sourcing, organising and distributing costumes was unbelievable. A special thank you is also due to the following people:  Kim Copeland for choreography, Jo Atkinson (Kim’s mum) who was enlisted to sew costumes, Yulia Dinan for fabulous photos, and Pia West and Amardeep Singh who sourced and organised the props. We hope everyone enjoyed this event and we would welcome any feedback you may have.

Any costumes that need to be returned we would appreciate this as soon as possible.


Don’t Stop the Music

This 3-part documentary is coming up later this month. See the transformation music made at a disadvantaged Perth school and the influence music education had on the local community. ‘Don’t Stop the Music’, a landmark new ABC documentary from Artemis Media which highlights the transformative effects of teaching music in primary schools will be screened live Sunday 11 November. This is an inspiring documentary; the trailer is available on the ABC website: Don’t Stop the Music

Music Count Us In

This week, Thursday 1 November, Australia also celebrated music education through the annual ‘Music Count Us In’ event. Have a look at ‘One Song’ – the name of this year’s MCUI anthem

Festival Orchestra Auditions 

Year 6-9 students in 2019 who play any woodwind, brass, string or percussion instrument can apply to take part in the 2019 festival of music orchestra. If you have any questions or for further information, please contact me. 

Audition bookings are now open for the Festival of Music 2019 Orchestra; please follow the link to book an audition. . More information about the Audition process and Festival Orchestra is available at . Auditions will be held in Weeks 5 and 6 of this Term. 

2019 Songbook Cover Webquest

The Webquest for next year’s songbook cover is up and running.  Please encourage students from years 4-7 to enter. Entry form attached. Follow the link for more information

Instrumental Tuition 2019

In 2019 we are continuing the Year 5 whole of year ‘taster’ wind programme held during the first semester of next year. All students in Year 5 will be involved in school based instrumental music tuition. Instrumental tuition supports achievement of the Australian curriculum standards, our school ensembles and allows equity of access to instrumental learning. DfE Instrumental Music (IM) will be confirmed in the next few weeks and allocation of instruments soon after.

IM string tuition requests and auditions for 2019 places will be processed in the next couple of weeks with the help of our string teacher Sean Renaud. If you would like your child to be involved in this tuition, please contact me as soon as you can.

Private Music Teaching

There are currently a few unknown elements, but I hope to be able to support the current structures that provide private tuition in recorder, guitar, drums, flute, saxophone, clarinet, and voice. At this point, all being well, information and forms around this teaching will be available in week 5. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Mini Concerts

Please join us for one of the series of short evening concerts for instrumental students held at Rose Park. Mini concerts are designed to be a fun, relaxed informal evening performance opportunity for students. They are also a chance for parents to catch up or meet with instrumental teachers.

  • Jan Booth – Recorder (Monday 5 November, 6.30 – Music Room)
  • IM – Aaron Lipp, Peter Young, Sean Renaud – Brass, Woodwind, Strings (Wednesday 14 November, 6.00 – Hall)
  • Niki Doube – Vocals (Wednesday 21 November 6.30 – Music Room)
  • Jasper Cownie – Guitar (Tuesday 6 November, 6.30)

I hope to see you at one of these events. Any questions please contact me



Maths in Room 13

Year 1 Subtraction

The task: write your age (e.g. 6 or 7) in the middle of the page. Work out a variety of number sentences which have this number as the answer. Use counters, number charts, fingers or drawings.

Learning Goal: To develop further understanding of number sentences e.g. 10-3=7 or 3+4=7.

Reflection: Most students used counters. It was a challenging activity; however, it demonstrated how students could develop their understanding of number sentences by helping each other, taking risks, persevering, problem solving and communicating their thinking. Great maths thinkers!




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