Principal’s Message

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”
Psalm100:1-2.

Song of Joy

(Words: Friedrich Schiller. Music: Ludwig Van Beethoven)

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,

God of glory, Lord of love;

Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee,

Op’ning to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;

Drive the dark of doubt away;

Giver of immortal gladness,

Fill us with the light of day!

Another song our students will be singing at the school production, Operation BBG (Bullies Be Gone!) is Song of Joy.

The first verse declares our willingness to sing of our joy and adoration to the God of glory, our Lord of love. It then takes a dark turn into the sadness and depression we all bare because of that sticky little three-letter word we all suffer from – sin.

The verse concludes by calling out to our Creator God to rescue us from our sin, or, should I say, ourselves.

Thanks be to God, he did not leave us abandoned. He rescued us by sending his son, Jesus, to bear the darkness in our lives. It is Jesus who allows the warm, bright rays of God’s light back into our days.

Indeed, as the psalmist declares, may we shout for joy and come before him with gladness.

Norm Fitzgerald
Principal
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Whole School

Father’s Day Breakfast – Thursday 31st August

We are again holding our Father’s Day Breakfast this year. We invite fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers and significant father-figures in our children’s lives to enjoy breakfast with us on this day. Breakfast will commence at 7.30am for the early birds.

Small Schools Athletics Carnival – Friday 1st September

The Athletics Carnival date has been set and we are well underway with preparing our students to do their best.

On this day we will require assistance to run events and ask any volunteers to contact Lynne in the office.

We hope you will be able to join us for this fun event.

Marathon Challenge

We are well underway with our Marathon Challenge. Our goal is 42kms for all primary students (marathon distance). Nineteen of our forty-three students have completed over 30km so far with two weeks of the challenge still to go. Five students have completed the marathon distance already.

Shepparton Running Festival - Sunday 27th August

Registration has now closed for this event. It is great to have a number of families from our school in attendance and students registered in the 2km and 5km events.

Due to injury, our Principal will only be running in the 10km event this year.

Hope to see you there.

Marathon Challenge Sponsorship - Due Thursday 31 August (Date Change)

This year we are using the Marathon Challenge event to raise funds for Ignite Life Primary School in Gweri Village, Uganda.

Students have sponsorship forms inviting friends and family to sponsor each of their kilometers, or a donation, to assist this school with supplies for their 300+ students.

We have had to bring forward the date in order to avoid the Athletics Carnival and hand over our raise funds prior to the team from Ignite Life Church leaving to visit Uganda.

Marathon Challenge Medal Day – Monday 4th September (Date Change)

Marathon Challenge Medals date has been changed due to the Athletics Carnival and will commence at 2.30. Parents and family are invited to attend. The presentation may include a fun running event or two, so, parents and staff, come prepared with your fastest runners and sports gear!

As this day is a celebration of student achievement, students are invited to wear any medals from any sport throughout the day.

Operation BBG (Bullies Be Gone!) - Tuesday 19th September

Remember to keep our production night free.

And, to add another dimension, the seating will be cabaret-style with the opportunity for families to bring some nibbles to graze on during the performance.

Operation BBG will be performed at the Glass House, Benalla, on Tuesday 19th September commencing 6.30pm.

Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Boxes

The shoe boxes are due back the last week of Term 3 on Monday 18th September.

School

Platinum Awards

Congratulations to the following students for achieving a Platinum Award:-  

Olivia Ham, Kyle Pearce, Finley Draper, Brianna Findlow, Xavier Hall, Maya Rhodes and Amelia Moubarak.

Congratulations also to Sebastian Van De Paverd, Xavier Watson and Skye Loh for achieving their Platinum Awards.

Yr3-6 Urban Camp, Melbourne

This camp will be held in the first few days back in Term 4, Monday-Wednesday, 9-11 October. Due to financial due dates for activities and accommodation, it will be necessary to have Permission Forms and Camp Fees back this term.

Camp Fees are $250 per student. Students with parents who have a Health Care Card and have applied for the Sports, Excursions and Camps Fund will be charged $125.

Parents will have received a notice from students about this excursion. A Permission Form will be forwarded soon with important dates. It is advisable for parents to budget payment now so that they can meet the due date.

Calendar Change

In order to accommodate the School Camping Program there have been two significant changes made to the Term 4 Calendar:

  • Monday 9th October - Will be the first day back for all Primary students
  • Friday 20th October - (Benalla Show Day) Will be a holiday for all Primary students

Senior Class

The Senior Class has been packed with action from receiving Maths Challenge Awards, furry class visitors, Student Volunteer Awards, writing poetic book verses and playing politics. Well done to the teaching team for providing such an action-packed and academically challenging class program.

Norm Fitzgerald
Senior Class Teacher
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Prep (Foundation)

In Integrated Studies this week and next week  the Foundation-Year 2 students have been completing their animals and habitats projects. The project consists of researching interesting characteristics of their chosen animal and making a poster and a diorama. The children are really enjoying making their dioramas. Please pop-in and have a look at their work.

Suzanne Roe
Foundation Teacher
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Year 1 & 2

After much anticipation and preparation, the Year 1’s and 2’s were finally able to perform their book week play ‘I am the Music Man’ this week. On Tuesday, they performed it for the 4 year old Kinder and the Prep children and on Wednesday, it was Playgroup’s turn to watch it. The students did a wonderful job singing and playing their instruments and much fun was had by all. Thank you to all the students/families who allowed us to borrow their instruments for the occasion!

Leah Bosch
Year 1/2 Teacher
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ACC Youth 

Friday, 11 August - @ ACC, Dark Games

ACC Youth students braved a cold night to play outside games and spotlight. Congratulations to Hayley and Claire who beat three other teams capturing all of the enemy.

Friday, 18 August – Youth Alive, Wodonga

This is ACC Youth’s first Youth Alive experience which was a real eye-opener for small town kids. There were hundreds of young people moshing to the beat of a cool contemporary youth band, a powerful message from Pastor Damo and a spiritual challenge to step forward and be counted in the Kingdom of God. It was an awesome night.

Next Event: Friday, 1 September – Board Games

As this is our Athletics Carnival Day, some of our youth and leaders will be rather tired and looking for a quiet sit-down activity. It’s a great opportunity to bring along our favorite board games for another challenge. Tea will be easy too – hot chips from the best chip shop in town and your choice of a potato cake or dim sim. See you there!

PRESCHOOL

4 Year Old Kinder

This week is book week. We started the week with a visit to the library. We got to hear all of the short-listed books. We heard “Nannie Loves” read to us on the big screen. Then Deb read us, “Chip” a book about a cheeky seagull  who likes to eat chips! “Gary” a book about a pigeon who can’t fly but goes on many adventures and  “Go Home Cheeky Animals” a book about lots of animals causing all sorts of problems at a farm. I read the children “Snow Wombat” a book about a wombat’s adventures in the snow. They were all lovely books and we all had our favourites. Once we had heard all the books we made our own Chip. It was a great activity including cutting, pasting and stuffing. When they were all finished they were a noisy bunch of seagulls.  We had a great trip to the town library.

Back in kinder we incorporated our mathematics skills and our literacy program and we made a graph about “Our Favourite Shortlisted Book”. Pop into kinder to see which book was the kinders favourite.

At kinder the children have been bringing in their favourite picture books and we have been sharing these in the kinder program. We have shared books like “Where Is The Green Sheep?” “Curious George”, “Shhhh, Little Mouse!”, “Spot”, “Peppa Goes to the Library” and “Little Lamb’s Big Scare”. We still have many other books to read.

Another highlight for Book Week in the kinder was we got to go over and see the grade 1/2  class perform the book “I am the Music Man!” They did a fantastic job and we enjoyed being able to see  this. It was a very catchy tune.

Fiona Ham
4 Year Old Kinder Teacher
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 3 Year Old Pre-Kinder

What better way to spend a cold Friday morning than playing with ice cubes and coloured penguins!!  You might not agree but the pre-kinder children enjoyed using tongs to  play with these slippery plastic friends.  The children enjoyed sorting some penguins onto wooden islands and others went sliding down poly pipe slides.  

Wendy Smith
Pre Kinder Teacher
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