Making, playing, riding and zapping. These were just some of the exciting activities our very excited Grade 1 and 2 students completed on their recent excursion to the land of all lands, LEGOLAND. Students were required to put their knowledge of gears and forces to good use in the workshop, where they had to build an object that moved using gears. There were friction battles on the car ramp, where many races were won and lost in the pursuit of having the fastest Lego car. There were also some squeals of delight from students and teachers alike on the playground and the rides. In all, students had an exciting, educational and exhausting day learning about how things move.
With a stirring victory in today’s regional soccer grand final, our boys’ soccer team are the regional champions for 2017. Today’s competition involved three close and competitive games, and through great resilience, sportsmanship and determination our boys were deserving winners on the day. This team will now play off in the State Championships and we all feel exceptionally proud of this great achievement. Only eight teams remain, four from metro and four from regional areas, so this in itself is an outstanding result. We look forward to the State finals in September. Our sincere congratulations to our team for their efforts; thanks Mrs Jonga for coaching and supporting the team.
Anyone who loves watching a huge piece of construction machinery will be very excited today with a huge crane working at Amsleigh park! Our builder, Newton Manor, have now started on the next exciting phase of construction for our Junior Learning Centre. Over the next couple of days we should start to see the building take shape, and within a week or so we should have a completed steel frame. Things should to move along nicely from here!
Our wonderful Grade 6 students departed APPS this morning and will be spending the week at Camp Kangaroobie in Princetown. At Amsleigh Park our Outdoor Education (Camping) program is one of the highlights of the school year for students, and provides an excellent opportunity to develop independence and self-confidence in a supportive environment away from home. During the week, the campers can look forward to a vast array of exciting outdoor education activities that include canoeing, ropes course, farm activities, obstacle course, survival lunch, and the bush game. Additionally they will visit the Otway Fly on the way to camp, and the Shipwreck Coast on the way home, taking in some of Victoria’s famous tourist attractions. Having attending many school camps I can say that there is something very special about being away with friends and teachers, and I look forward to spending a few days with the campers.
Michael Cormick PRINCIPAL
Grandparents Day was another resounding success. Our school was awash with smiles, our students enjoying the opportunity to spend quality time together with their grandparents and friends. With the sun shining across the pleasant autumn day, our Leigh Club Choir presented an entertaining performance highlighting their beautiful unison singing. It was great to see so many families in attendance as we capped of our ‘Education Week’ tradition in fine style. Many thanks to our Grandparents and friends, it was great to catch up again, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Our theme for Education Week this year is ‘Healthy Mind – Healthy Body’ reminding us of the important link between these two aspects of daily living. This week we are thinking about this all across Amsleigh Park Primary School, and we kicked it off today with some wonderful Yoga sessions for our Grade 5/6s. One of our parents, Martina Rosenberger, generously provided the Ashima Yoga session, and also will run a parent session as well. Later this week we also have a ‘Fun Fitness’ incursion for the whole school. We are a proud Victorian State government school and hope that everyone enjoys our special week to display the excellent education provided to all students in our care.
Today marked a big milestone for the construction of our new Junior Learning Centre with the concrete slab poured. Having a solid foundation is vital and in the upcoming weeks we will hopefully start to see the actual building taking shape. in total we had over 180m3 of concrete poured involving more than 30 concrete trucks, so it’s a huge job!
As part of our Digi-tech (ICT) curriculum, our Robotics classes have taken off this year, with Grade 3 students relishing the opportunity to construct their own Lego robot and program it to perform various functions. The lessons have had the students highly engaged, and no doubt we have some very talented future programmers in our midst!
Our Grade 1 and 2 students were scientists for the day on their recent trip to Scienceworks, investigating how Science is a part of their everyday lives. Building walls, operating a bulldozer, playing musical instruments, driving cars and even racing an Olympic runner were all enthusiastically enjoyed by our eager students. This excursion helped Grade 1 and 2 students tune into the many different types of Science and how it can affect their lives every day.
Beau and his dad, Hamish, had a close shave last Friday as they participated in the ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ for 2017. Their family was personally affected by Leukaemia recently, and decided to shed theirs locks in memory of their grandmother and mother. Taking this action was a very admirable and brave undertaking and we hope that Beau will meet his fundraising target. A large group of students and staff attended the event and showed appreciation for Beau in cheering loudly and chanting his name. So far this year the event has raised more than 10 Million dollars across Australia, and this money will be used to research treatments for this form of blood cancer. Currently 60,000 Australians are living with this illness which is the 3rd most prevalent type of cancer. Anyone who wants to donate can bring a gold coin to school by Friday 24th March, 2017. Beau will be collecting from classrooms all this week!
2018 Term Dates
Wednesday 31st January (Grades 1 – 6)
Thursday 1st February (Preps) – Thursday 29th March
Monday 16th April – Friday 29th June
Monday 16 July – Friday 21st September
Monday 8th October – Friday 21st 22 December