Term 3 Week 6 2023

Important Dates

September 4th School Closure Day
September 15thDisco Dress up 
September 26thGerman day
October 27thSchool Photo Day
November 2ndColour Explosion Fun Run
November 3rdPupil Free Day
November 6th - 10thBook Fair
November 9thChildren's University Graduation
November 10thYear 6 Transition
December 11thYear 6 Graduation

Dear Families,

It has been a busy few weeks with the students being involved in many extra-curricula activities, community involvement and leadership opportunities.

Tree Planting

The students from SLC were invited by the Barossa Council to take part in the project ‘Increasing the canopy in the Barossa.’ The council was awarded a small grant from the Australian Government to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.  This year our school was invited to help plant tube stock at Stockwell Wastewater Treatment Plant on Carrara Hill Road. The students worked diligently to plant, guard and mulch the young plants, planting a total of 195 in a few short hours! Their participation will support the improvement of the biodiversity and connectivity of native vegetation and provide additional food resources and habitat for the local fauna, which includes several species of threatened birds and small mammals.  The council staff were impressed with the students’ work ethic and team work with older students helping younger students. There was an impressive amount of singing from the older students too!

Tree Planting Photos

Book Week

Thank you to Ms Nicole Taylor for organising Book Week once again for the students. Thank you to all staff who provided a wide range of activities during lunch and recess time, the excitement was evident as students rushed to get their raffle tickets in for each session. The week ended with the Book Week parade in which Angaston Kindergarten joined us in celebrating. It was wonderful to see so many of our students dressed in their favourite characters. Our whole school photo highlights the wide range of costumes and the tremendous effort families went to to help their child with costumes.  The beautiful weather was a wonderful way for us to celebrate the parade followed by a disco at recess time.


Mrs Argent and the choir have been working really hard to get ready for the big performance. They have been to Magic Millions to rehearse with the other schools from around the state. We know how hard they work and will be amazing on the night.

SSO Week

SSO week was the same week as Book Week. Thank you to all our SSOs who dedicate themselves to supporting the students and school. Schools are such busy places and would not function the way it does without the dedication of our SSOs. We appreciate all they do to keep Angaston Primary thriving academically, socially and visually.

Teaching and Learning

Teachers are continuing their work on Teaching Sprints using data from Big Ideas in Number to inform their teaching focus for students. We continue to support each other and explore ways to use Numicon resources R- 6 within our maths teaching. This whole school approach will support students as they move through the year levels to develop strong mathematical concepts, moving from concrete to pictorial to abstract. Our focus on Formative Assessment continue to underpin the curriculum and supports students to take ownership of learning too. The Specialist teachers are focusing on High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) for their teaching sprint this term, with feedback being a focus as part of the HITS.

Pupil Free Day

For Pupil Free Day our teachers were joined by Truro Primary teachers to continue work with Brightpath assessment. Glenda from Brightpath supported teachers to moderate students’ writing. The process of moderation is an important aspect of assessment as it allows us time to ensure consistency when assigning levels for students writing. From the assessments teachers spent time in PLCs analysing writing, looking for teaching points and common trends across year levels that will be used to inform teaching and learning. Glenda supported staff to look at different reports on the Brightpath platform that can be used to help students set learning goals using student friendly language. Teachers will spend time helping students to set and monitor their goals which will look different depending on the year levels.  

Junior Primary Playground

You may have heard the buzz from students about the sandpit area that is starting to take shape in the Junior Primary playground area. This project has been highly anticipated with a number of hurdles that needed to be overcome to get to this point. Thankfully we have Mr Jean who never gives up! He has been working hard to build bench seating, stone steps and appropriate drainage so that this area can be safe, fun and useable. He has worked with range of students who helped to build the edges to the new play area with wooden rounds and recycle tree branches and filled in the sandpit one shovel at a time. We can’t wait for the grand opening, perhaps in time for Mrs F-B to build sandcastles with the JP on her return from leave. Thank you Del Hearnden who donated the beautiful rocks which are a feature of the sandpit.


Clare Morichauld-Shields is Acting Deputy Principal from week 5 to week 9. Claire is a familiar face as she has been our Autism Including Teachers (AIT) this year. As DP she will continue to work as AIT, supporting teachers with strategies and leading professional learning in this area. Claire also works to support student engagement and wellbeing.

We welcome back Heidi Roesler and Kim Oag from leave. We look forward to hearing about their adventures while on leave. Thank you to Dianne Emes who filled in for Kim, Dianne finished on Thursday and stepped into retirement on Friday! We wish her all the best in this next chapter. Thank to Courtnie Moulds who backfilled while Heidi was on leave.


Fundraising Events


Father’s Day Stall

Thank you to all the volunteers who organsied and set up the Father's Day stall. The students were excited to spend money and spoil their loved ones with the range of goodies available. We hope Dads, Grandads and Dad figures had a wonderful Father’s Day on Sunday.


Casual Clothes Day

SLC have nominated to have Friday 15th September for Casual Clothes Day. The gold coin donation will go towards purchasing new “big games” that can be used by students during lunch and recess times. Peer Leaders will be responsible for the setting up and putting away as part of their leadership role.


School Disco

The Fundraising Committee on Governing Council have organised a School Disco for Friday 15th September. Please refer to the poster seen on display for further information.


All this with still just under half a term to go! With all the learning and experiences we’ve had so far I leave you with this quote:

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” B.B. King, musician

Sokhan Greenwood

JP Sandpit

Book Week 2023


Thank you for your support of Book Week 2023. 

We had a wonderful week of activities, culminating in the dress-up parade of very creative book characters on display.

The participation of students in our Recess and Lunchtime activities created a buzz all around the school throughout Book Week. We celebrated books and the theme of ‘Read, Grow, Inspire’ every day.  Our students had a great time earning raffle tickets for Book Week prizes.  Thank you to the staff who gave their time to run these activities at break times.

It was such a beautiful day for our parade and we thoroughly enjoyed sharing it with the many families who came along.  A huge thank you needs to go to our school families who took the time to create fun costumes.  Your support of the parade also demonstrates your support of books and reading.  It is very much appreciated.

As Librarian, my mind is already spinning on the possibilities for next year’s theme - “Reading is Magic” J

Nicole Taylor

Teacher Librarian

Book Week Activities

Book Week Parade

12 and Under National Football Championships

In week 4, the 5th to 12th of August Ruby Hughes and Mr Bradley travelled to Albury NSW for the 12 and Under National Football Championships where they represented South Australia. It was an incredible week for them both as the SA girls brought home a bronze medal. The girls won 4 out of their 6 games. A lot of time, effort and work went into the experience for them both with 3 days of trials in the term 1 holidays to travelling down Adelaide every Friday night for trainings over a couple of months. Then of course the week long carnival in Albury. Ruby has taken a lot out of the journey and experience not only further developing her football skills and knowledge but growing as a person working on leadership, communication and life skills. Mr Bradley has said that it was a huge honour and privilege for them both and especially having coached Ruby at every possible pathway level of football, from school/club, district at state level to the national level. Everyone at Angaston PS is incredibly proud of them both for their outstanding efforts in representing South Australia on the national stage well done and congratulations Ruby and Mr Bradley.

State Soccer Carnival

During week 4, Year 6 students Amelie Thorn and Pippa Brassil represented the Barossa and Light Sapsasa District Girls Soccer team in the State Soccer Carnival held at Gepps Cross.

It was a soccer festival across the 3 days with the team playing 8 games. The girls had a brilliant week and learnt so much while having the best fun representing the district at the top level. Well done girls on your efforts fantastic work.

Yours in Sport Mr. Bradley Health/PE Teacher

Choir News 2023

It’s the most exciting part of the year for choir! We just had our rehearsal at Magic Millions with various schools around S.A. This helped us get a glimpse of how this year’s repertoire will be brought to life with the orchestra, troupe, soloists and choreography leaders, making this year’s Festival series very entertaining and something to look forward to. All choir members displayed excellent behavior and concentration, working hard to perfect song words, parts and choreography.

We now have two more weeks to practice then we will be off to our final rehearsal and performance at the Festival Theatre on Monday 18th September. I would like to congratulate all choir members for their hard work and dedication. We will be Row 1 which means everything needs to be of a high standard. We also need to congratulate Tilly B and Claire D as they will be the choreography leaders for our concert. These two girls showed great courage at our rehearsal and their audition and we wish them luck and bravery for our final performance. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, please do so has seats are selling fast. Please come along to our school assemblies if you would like to hear and support our school choir. We look forward to a successful performance.

Mrs Argent

Magic Millions Rehearsal

Uniform Shop

The Uniform shop is open Monday & Tuesday 8:45 to 9:00am and Thursday 2:45 to 3pm. Purchasing of uniforms outside of these hours during the term is not available, including hats.

Order forms are also available from the Front Office.