- BACK TO BUSINESS
- YR 7 TO HIGH SCHOOL
- RECONCILIATION WEEK 2020
- LEARNER PROFILES
- WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
- CANTEEN NEWS
- SCHOOL PHOTOS
- JP JAPANESE
- 3BM HOT CHOCOLATE PROCEDURE WRITING
- YR3 SCIENCE
- YR5 SCIENCE - VIRTUAL REALITY
- CHILDREN and TECHNOLOGY
- VACATION CARE
- BOOK SALE
- CORO CHESS CLUB
- SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDER
- SOCCER COACH NEEDED!
We have really enjoyed having all students back at school and the opportunity to conduct teaching and learning experiences in many ways, including lots of student collaboration. School sports opportunities are gradually opening up and the school community is getting back into full swing. We would like to remind parents that access to classrooms is still for students and staff only. Please communicate with us via email or phone call where possible.
The celebration and acknowledgment of Reconciliation has seen some magnificent understanding unfold in the school. Congratulations to Kylie Gardner who not only supports our ATSI students but has provided great resources and inspiration for staff and students.
KISS AND DROP
With all students back at school and additional families using Kiss and Drop we would appreciate families adhering to guidelines. Please remain in your car and use the painted rectangles to guide where you wait. There is a central lane that can be used to exit the Kiss and Drop area. Please watch for students who are using the crossing. Kiss and Drop works efficiently when all families use the area thoughtfully.
Thank you for your patience whilst Mitcham Council have been working on our traffic crossing. Main road can get quite busy and we appreciate how important it is to have safe pathways and crossings for our community.
Parents are reminded to keep students at home if they are unwell. In the event that your child requires medication (short term), where possible please administer at home. If three doses are required consider one in the morning, one straight after school, and then one in the evening rather than sending medication to school. Any medication must be labelled and include administration instructions from a GP.
We have had a lot of inquiries about enrolling at our school and appreciate the response from existing families in enrolling children for 2021. To support us with this process we are asking families who have a child starting school in 2021, or know of a family who lives in the community with a child starting in 2021, to enrol their child by the end of term 2. We are conducting tours for families remaining outside of classrooms. Please call the school if you would like to organise a tour.
Enrolment forms are available on our website or from the front office.
As we get closer to 2022 when all Yr 7's will be in High School we encourage families to keep up to date with developing information available on the
SA education department’s website home page or via this link:
Considerations for the transition will be included in the Governing Council meetings and school meetings.
Please email any questions or concerns that you may have to support this ongoing discussion.
Staff and students at Coromandel Valley Primary School are committed to taking action for Reconciliation and participated in Reconciliation Week 2020 in lots of exciting ways.
First we participated in an initiative by the City of Mitcham and Blackwood Reconciliation Group to display hands in our community to show support for reconciliation. In the lead up to Reconciliation Week classes 2M and 6V collaborated with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to paint hands to be displayed on our school fence. Students also wrote words on hands representing their understanding of Reconciliation.
Students were filmed holding up the painted Reconciliation hands. This was then made into a film narrated by the voice of Aunty Avis Gale (nee Edwards) telling her experience of being a member of the Stolen Generation. Permission for use of Aunty Avis’ voice and image was granted by Allen Edwards, Avis’ son and Chair of Blackwood Reconciliation Group. You can hear more of Aunty Avis’ story and the stories of other Tji Tji Tjuta on listening posts at Blackwood Reconciliation Park in Eden Hills. It was a great privilege to be able to pay tribute to Aunty Avis, who was one of the original residents of Colebrook Training Home, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Our heartfelt thanks to Allen for his permission and sincere condolences to him and his family for their loss. Thank you to Allen and Blackwood Reconciliation Group for their support and for providing the recording of Aunty Avis. Please take the time to watch our Reconciliation film, which was also shown at assembly during Reconciliation Week and submitted to Reconciliation Australia as part of the Schools Multimedia Competition. Thank you to the City of Mitcham for writing about our display and film in their Latest News.
During Reconciliation Week many classes watched a Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony by Uncle Lewis Yerloburka O'Brien and Uncle Micky O’Brien at Flinders University. This was a very moving ceremony that we would previously have not had the opportunity to watch. Due to COVID-19 many Reconciliation events were online and we have made the most of this!
3J enjoyed opportunities to explore indigenous artwork and symbols as a way of telling creative stories. They also enjoyed working alongside our younger buddies in RN to design our reconciliation hands as a way of respecting and recognising indigenous Australians as Australia’s first people.
3BM watched the smoking ceremony and a film featuring Ngarrindjeri dance with Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner and really enjoyed learning about Indigenous culture and history and had a lot of questions and ideas to share. With their buddies in RM they watched the Play School Acknowledgement of Country episode which included stories and songs from different language groups around Australia and also the Tiwi Islands. They learned how some Indigenous groups use symbols to write stories and we used some of these symbols to write our own short stories on our Reconciliation Week hands. Inspired by Playschool RM have displayed their hands on a painted tree in their classroom.
4G and 4M watched the smoking ceremony and read the story ‘Stolen Girl’. They created art pieces using hand prints, showing connections to home and belonging.
5T collaborated with their younger buddies in RG for a Zoom chat with Di Grigg from Blackwood Reconciliation Group who has worked with staff, parents and children in Aboriginal Education for the past two decades. We are grateful for Di’s experience in sharing curriculum and teaching cultural competency for all children. Di is passionate about helping all children to have an awareness and Aboriginal children have the equal opportunity to develop skills and experience success in their learning. Thank you to Di for helping our students learn about the meaning and importance of Reconciliation and how they can take action. Students then created a display for the classroom window to show their support for Reconciliation.
RG, RM and RN read lots of picture books including Once There Was a Boy by Dub Leffler and My Country by Ezekiel Kwaymullina. Students learned about places and why places are important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They created artworks representing places special to them and their family. Students also welcomed Kaurna Elder doll, Ngangkita, who is helping them learn some Kaurna language.
1TM made their own paint using rocks from our natural environment and painted on paper bark to display their Reconciliation hands.
5B responded to a video of Ngarrindjeri dancing using a thinking routine, sharing what they noticed and wondered about Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner and his dancing. They also created a Reconciliation hands display using their learning about the colour wheel.
Congratulations to all the staff and students on their amazing commitment to teaching and learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives and taking action for Reconciliation.
Aboriginal Education Teacher
|Ryusei - Open Minded||Darcey - Risk Taker||Olivia - Caring|
|Molly - Thinker||Hassan - Knowledgeable||Kate - Principled|
|Jamie - Caring||Tilly - Communicator||Elsie - Thinker|
|Indie - Risk Taker||Alisha - Principled||Charlie - Caring|
|Shravenn - Principled||Adelaide - Thinker||Bianca - Communicator|
|Indiana - Thinker||Lexi - Balanced||James - Thinker|
|George - Risk Taker||Maisie - Reflective||Alexandra - Principled|
|Joel - Inquirer||Georgia - Thinker||Sienna - Balanced|
|Cian - Principled||Matilda - Risk Taker||Isla - Caring|
|George - Thinker||Anderson - Reflective||Iggy - Risk Taker|
|Emily - Communicator||Fletcher - Balanced||Mira - Thinker|
|Lucas - Principled||Alby - Knowledgeable||Henry - Principled|
|Brock - Thinker||Oliver - Principled||Oscar - Balanced|
|Ella - Communicator||Emilia - Reflective||Ava - Knowledgeable|
|Asher - Principled||Sebastian - Thinker||Souna - Communicator|
|Arya - Princpled||Luke - Open Mined||Jay - Thinker|
|Lucas - Thinker||Isla - Balanced||Sophie - Principled|
|Brooklyn - Reflective||Emily - Risk Taker||Owen - Risk Taker|
|Julian - Principled||Imogen - Thinker||Abby - reflec|
|Hugh - Principled|
This Friday (5th June) is World Environment Day, and the theme this year is biodiversity. Please try and make a difference, here’s some ideas:
· Turn off appliances at the wall. Having it on standby uses a big percentage of the power
· Try to keep showers to maximum of five minutes (this really helps)
· Plant flowers (for the bees) or build a bird box for your garden · If you’re unsure of which bin to use, go to the website
· If you’re unsure of which bin to use, go to the website https://www.whichbin.sa.gov.au/
· These are basics, but for more visit https://p.widencdn.net/e2n0wj/WED_SimpleToolkit
(World Environment Day website), and you’ll find more information
Nick and Erin - Environment student action group
Big things are happening in and around our canteen!
The student action groups have been busy dreaming up new and exciting ways to improve our school. Frankie and Rose are in charge of creating some canteen-related artwork to entice our community to our wonderful canteen, run by the marvellous Jodi Elliott. Soon the blank space will be transformed by some amazing student art - watch this space!
Also coming soon will be a parent survey about canteen opening times, as well as a student survey about exploring some new food options. Please keep an eye out for these: we'd love to hear your ideas for how we can continue to improve.
School fees are now overdue for payment. Payment can be made over the telephone by credit card, by eft or using the QKR app. If you need assistance to use any of these please telephone or email Sue, firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note that older overdue fees will be paid prior to current amounts. There are details below regarding the QKR app.
We understand that at this time there may be some families who are experiencing financial difficulties and may need assistance or further time to pay. Please speak to or email Sue so that she can assist you with your financial needs. It is important that you communicate your needs so that we understand your situation. Below is some information regarding the Schoolcard scheme, follow the link to get more information.
The School Card scheme offers financial assistance with school fees (materials and services charges).
School Card is available to:
- families with children aged four years and over who attend a school full time
- independent full-time year students studying year 10, 11 or 12
- adult re-entry students undertaking subjects to complete their SACE.
To qualify for School Card, your family's gross income must be below a certain limit. This limit depends on how many dependent children you have and whether your child attends a government, independent, or Catholic school.
You will need to provide proof of income e.g. payslips or Centrelink information.
All types of school card applications are available on line. Please click the link below for further information.
Do you have the QKR App?
QKR allows parents and carers of students to use their smartphones to place canteen orders, pay for OSHC, pay school fees, make uniform and excursion payments, saving time and alleviating the hassle of having to give your child money to carry to school.
For those who may need extra guidance and help with the setting up of your QKR account and understanding its features, please click and download the guide below.
In Japanese the Year One's have been learning about Sakura Matsuri which is the Cherry Blossom Festival and happens every year in their Spring. One of the activities we did was to use sticks to create Cherry Blossom art.
“Yay!!!” the class cheered as Mrs Barnes told us we were going to be making hot chocolate in the new kitchen today. First we measured the ingredients we needed then put the chocolate powder and milk into the cup. Next we heated our mixture in the microwave for 50-60 seconds depending how hot we wanted our drink. Finally, we stirred our drinks well and put a marshmallow on top. It was very delicious. We liked using the brand new kitchen because everything is new and shiny! When we got back to class, Mrs Barnes asked us to write a procedure explaining how to make hot chocolate.
By Elsie C-S
Freezing Science Fun!
This term in science the year 3's are looking at chemical and physical sciences. We have been investigating through predicting, observing and running experiments. Students have been using timers, thermometers and comparing different heat sources and different ways heat can be transferred from one object to another.
In week 5 students in year 3 had their science lesson with Mrs Todd in the new school kitchen space. We made ice cream in a bag, with just a handful of pantry staples. We used ice to “freeze” our mixture, but added table salt to ensure we could create ice cream in less than 10 minutes!
This year we have purchased a Virtual Reality kit which allows students to explore environments, locations and ideas virtually. We are beginning with an App called Google Expeditions (which you can download and access for free).
The year 5 classes were the first to use the equipment on Wednesday during their Science class when they explored adaptation of birds.
For children today, TVs, computers, gaming devices, mobile phones and tablets are part of everyday life. Screen technology is a big part of how they learn, socialise and have fun.
There are health risks for children when they spend too much time in front of screens, or use devices inappropriately.
Parents can help children stay safe and healthy as they get the most from these technologies. It is important that children develop healthy screen habits early and have a balance of activities in their life.
Please see the attached file for more information or view the following recording.
Every year around this time I touch on the topic of Thanksgiving in the Newsletter, as the last Saturday in May is the National Day of Thanksgiving.
When we look back on 2020 so far, with the devastating bushfires, and then the upheaval and sorrow of so many lives lost with Covid-19, it can make the most optimistic and resilient of us feel a sense of grief, loss and despair, all of which are totally normal and appropriate responses.
It’s also a time to stop and count our blessings, and encourage our children to do the same. It’s not to downplay the grief and loss, but a way to have hope and resilience for the future, and to be able to look after ourselves and to help those around us in need.
This week, take the time to talk with your children about the levels of things we have to be thankful for – within our own homes, within our immediate and extended family, within our local community, within our state, within our country. It’s amazing once you get started, the long list of things that we have to be thankful for. I’ve had many conversations over the past few months where people have said that they have appreciated having more time to rest and spend time at home with family rather than rushing around all the time.
There are many benefits to having an attitude of gratitude – see them all on this short clip:
Pastoral Care Worker
The Resource Centre has been having a Spring Clean in Autumn and we have some books that we no longer require.
We will be holding a book sale for the children to come and buy any books that take their fancy from 5th – 12th June.
Books range from 10 – 50cents each.
All money raised will go towards new resources and furniture for our Resource Centre.
Bring along your spare change and bag a bargain!!
Your Resource Centre staff
The Coro Chess Club continues to run on Monday lunchtimes, but unfortunately the regular Interschool Tournaments will not be able to take place this term due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
However, Chess Schools SA is running an Online Interschool Tournament as an alternative. It will be held on Thursday 18th of June from 4-6pm, and the cost is $10 per student.
Further information and the entry form is available at https://chessschool.com.au/online-interschool-chess/