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!
Over the past few days we have played host to the Link Dental Van, offering another new service to our school community. Parents/guardians of more than 100 students have taken up this great opportunity to organise a free dental check-up for their children. Getting onto issues of oral hygiene early can make a substantial difference for children and reduce the need for dental work later on. When needed, referrals can be made for low-cost dental work for any students who need it, so it’s a very convenient and timely service for our families. The dental Van is a purpose-built vehicle and has an impressive set up. We look forward to hosting the ‘Link Dental Van’ on an annual basis, which also complements the annual visit by our school nurse. Healthy kids learn best, so it’s just another way we are supporting our students to live up to our school motto, ‘Our Best Always.’
Our Grade 4-6 classes have had a fantastic time visiting the Immigration Museum this week. This excursion provides our students with a great opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of Australian immigration over the past 200 years and in particular the 20th Century. The visit also forms a major stimulus for this term’s Inquiry Learning focus; Responsibility and Impact. As part of the visit our students and staff were fortunate to spend some time on the banks of the Yarra river, enjoying a beautiful Melbourne day.
Amsleigh Park Primary School Grade 2 students in action! This week the Grade 1s and 2s have been learning about place value and increasing their familiarity with a larger group of numbers. Here is a picture of 2A working on an open ended Mathematics task which required students to find and cut out numbers, and order them from smallest to largest. Some students worked comfortably with numbers they knew, but it was also great to see some students take the challenge to work with larger and more difficult numbers.
2020 BOOK LISTS
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