Primary w/c 12/9/16

Category: Whats On

Welcome to What’s On in the Primary School at Austin Cove Baptist College. My name is Keith Newby and it is my privilege to let you know what has been and will be happening in the Primary School. The last two weeks have been particularly exciting for the students. Science week saw all our students engaged each day in a range of interesting activities from mixing chemicals together, experimenting with hot air balloons to learning about coding and using an on-line Wild Life Spotter program. Friday was Science dress up day and included the interesting experiment of seeing if I could defy gravity by being stuck to the wall with gaffa tape. It was a sticky situation for a worthy fund raising cause and it was interesting to see how many children were prepared to spend their hard earned money buying tape to secure me to the wall. But of course it all went to a good cause – the Peel Community Kitchen. Congratulations to Mayer Gandini in Year 4 who organised it. And then there was Book Week with our special guest Jeronimo. With the usual Austin Cove community spirit we had a fabulous response from parents to our Scholastic Book Fair. Total takings were $4586.00 providing us with $1655.00 to spend on books for the library. Great job all round. Last Thursday was our House Athletics Carnival at the Ross McLarty Memorial Oval in Pinjarra. It was a wonderful day of participation and completion between the four faction houses. Our Interschool Athletics team will be competing with other schools in the Peel region on Wednesday 14 September. Speaking of fund raising another such activity taking place in each classroom is the annual Christmas in Shoebox Appeal. Each class from Kindergarten to Year Six will be collecting specific items to put in their shoebox to be given to ‘Operation Christmas Child’ which distributes millions of these boxes worldwide to children in poverty. Activities such as this which enable children to raise money for a worthy cause are actually important elements of the curriculum. Apart from helping develop a sense of community citizenship it also contributes to a child’s understanding that life is not ‘all about me’. We have received confirmation from the College Board that with the approval of a Capital Works Grant from the Commonwealth Government, the College will be now be able to apply for a Low Interest Loan from the State Government. It is anticipated that work will commence in 2017 on the building of the College gymnasium. In addition the building of the two story special facilities block and the transferring of the first of the classroom blocks from the Primary site will also take place. As a Primary School we are pleased with this positive step forward in the whole College building program. The NAPLAN results are now with schools and the individual profiles will be provided to parents when these also arrive at the school. We are very pleased with the results this year. In all Year levels and across all elements of every assessment our school profiles show marked improvement. In many areas we are above the National Standard.

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