The Millsy Flyer

Monday 4th September Term 3 Week 8

From the Principal

Student Success:

Congratulations to Liam who competed at the National Swimming Championships last week! Liam came away with a bronze medal in the medley relay together with a fourth place in the 50m and 100m backstroke and freestyle relay, and a fifth place in 100m freestyle. Well done, Liam! A fantastic result! Congratulations to our zone public speaking finalists Asher, Audrey, Violet, Josie, Odette, Asher, Sofia and Aylya, who competed recently. Well done to Josie who was highly commended in the Stage 1 final!

SASS Recognition Week: This week is SASS Recognition Week – a chance to celebrate our wonderful SASS staff! Our office staff, school learning support officers and general assistants do an amazing job in our school, and we are very thankful for their talent, dedication and positive outlook. Happy SASS Week!

Classroom Build and Renovations: Our classrooms are going up quickly, with the frame now up! They are on schedule to be completed by the end of this year. The renovations also continue around the school with doors being replaced. The pinboards in the hall will be replaced in the coming weeks with new carpet going into some classrooms during the school holidays.

Enrolments 2024:

We are currently taking enrolments in all grades for 2024. If you know someone who would like to enrol in our school, please ask them to visit the office or complete an enrolment form on our school website.

P&C Father’s Day Stall: What a wonderful Father’s Day stall the P & C held last Friday! A massive thank you to the P & C volunteers for coordinating the stall!

Fabulous Fellas afternoon:

Thank you to all of the fabulous fellas in our community who came along to celebrate Father’s Day with us last Friday! It was a fantastic afternoon. We hope all of the fathers and fabulous fellas from our school enjoyed Father’s Day yesterday.

Majeda Beatty:

Our students will have the opportunity to see the Majeda Beatty performance tomorrow. Majeda Beatty presents both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures as well as sharing her perspective on being an indigenous millennial woman. She will perform and teach dances for audience participation as well as present instruments, artifacts, and costumes.

Stage 2 excursion:

Our Stage 2 students will be visiting Sydney this week for their history excursion. They will be visiting the botanical gardens and taking a walking tour of The Rocks area. What an exciting day!

Swim School:

Year 2 swim school begins next week. This intensive swimming program is a valuable chance for all students to improve their swimming skills. We look forward to hearing about the lessons from Year 2 soon.

Warners Bay High Year 7 for a Day:

Our Year 5 students will visit Warners Bay High School on Tuesday 12 September. This day will give the students a chance to see what it is like to be in high school and see the wonderful programs offered by Warners Bay High. A separate note has been sent home with details for students involved.

PBL Reward Day:

Our PBL Reward Day will be held on Friday 22 September. This day is an opportunity for students to use their ‘Gotchas’ to choose a reward. A range of indoor and outdoor activities will be available.

Curriculum Reform Update

English Syllabus

In English K–6, the importance of strong foundations in the early years across oral language, reading and writing is highlighted. The organisation of the syllabus supports the development of early literacy knowledge and skills, while continuing to acknowledge the importance of learning about and enjoying literature.

Evidence highlights the importance of oral language, reading and writing. Oral language can include spoken, nonverbal, symbolic and gestural forms. This includes Auslan, which fulfils the same function as oral language in meeting the communication and language development needs of students who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing.


The aim of English in Years K–10 is to enable students to understand and use language effectively. Students learn to appreciate, reflect on and enjoy language, and make meaning in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive, critical and powerful.

K-2 Focus Areas

The focus areas for each stage support students’ growing knowledge and understanding in the areas of:

  • Oral language and communication

  • Vocabulary

  • Phonological awareness

  • Print conventions

  • Phonic knowledge

  • Reading fluency

  • Reading comprehension

  • Creating written texts

  • Spelling

  • Handwriting 

  • Understanding and responding to literature

3-6 focus areas

The focus areas for each stage support students’ growing knowledge and understanding in the areas of:

  • Oral language and communication

  • Vocabulary

  • Reading fluency

  • Reading comprehension

  • Creating written texts

  • Spelling 

  • Handwriting and digital transcription

  • Understanding and responding to literature

Warners Bay High School Student Executive Inductions

On Friday 1st September,  Ms Patrick had the pleasure of escorting two of our student leaders, Ava and Lucas, to Warners Bay High School to attend the swearing-in of WBHS' new Year 12 Captains, Vice-Captains and Prefects. We were entertained by some amazing musical performances and excited to see many former WBPS students on stage and in the audience. It was particularly exciting to see former students elected to positions in the 2023/24 Student Executive team. We would like to congratulate Jazmine as the new School Captain, Koby as the new Vice-Captain and Madeline as a member of the school's Prefect team.  All three are former WBPS students. They posed for a photo and reminisced about their time at our school,  also sending their best regards to our current student body, staff and families.  Congratulations to Madeline, Koby and Jaz, they have all grown up so much in the five years since they left our school, as you see from their photos below. We wish them all the best in their leadership journey over the coming year. 

Library News

Book Club Issue 6 closes on this Wednesday, 6th September. All orders will be processed after the closing date and will be sent home with students as soon as they arrive at school, normally late the following week. Scholastic encourages parents/carers to place orders via their Loop Ordering System (Loop) but payments can also be made through the school’s office. 

Book Fair 2023

Our annual Scholastic book fair will be held in Week 7, Term 4 (Monday 20th November to Thursday 23rd November). Information will be shared as we get closer to the event but as a rule, Scholastic send details quite close to the event. 

2023 Principal’s Reading Challenge

The Principal’s Reading Challenge will close on Friday 3rd November (Week 4, Term 4). This will be a firm closing date. Reminders will be sent to students and families as this date approaches, so no one is caught by surprised and left disappointed. 

Mrs Michelle Freund


Click on the link to find out more information about the annual P&C Golf Fundraiser.


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