Nuriootpa Primary School

Term 2 Week 3 Newsletter

Acknowledgement of Country

Important Diary Dates

From the Principal

Hi all,

As I previously said in week 1, the term has started off really well and students have settled into learning quickly.

This week we held a General Governing Council meeting and I am happy to welcome Taryn Butler, Ashleigh Blight and Kat Broad to our committee. The Governing Council are there to support families and work alongside myself and staff to ensure that students have the best experience possible at NPS. Members come along to meetings twice a term and some also volunteer to become involved in additional roles. Please make efforts to know your Governing Council members and use them to raise any concerns, give feedback - both positive and negative and offer your services throughout the year! Your Governing Council are:

Cale Ellison - Chairperson, Grounds Committee

Sally Guy - Treasurer, Finance Committee

Madeleine Chapman - Secretary

Ashley Blight, Hayley Laney, Marni Southam, Michelle Braley, Tiki Pietsch, Sarah Martin, Suzy Judd, Kat Broad, Taryn Butler

Walk Safely to School Day - Friday May 19

Principal's Report from Governing Council

Expert Teaching

We are continuing to focus on Numeracy across the school, with some additional work being done on SSP (systematic synthetic phonics).

In week 1 we had a Junior Primary PLC focused on using decodeable readers in supported reading sessions. PLC’s in Maths will be held in week 4. Class teachers will work on best practice for teaching Fractions through looking at assessment of prior knowledge, the scope and sequence, unit of work and resourcing high quality teaching of fractions.

To support and lead this work we are lucky to have a Curriculum Coach role which is funded through the Barossa Partnership with money to implement the units of work from the Australian Curriculum.  Courtney Adams is working an extra day to do this and we are already making great progress in this area.

Engaged Parents & Community

We have already had opportunities to engage with the school and wider community this term. We have 7 Faith and NHS Year 10 Work Experience students booked in to join us this term. Currently we have Scarlett Hall and Kaleb White with us and they are both doing a fantastic job supporting our younger students. We will always try our best to support the Work experience program and encourage young adults to become teachers!!!

We have organised 2 information sessions at the Nuriootpa Community Children's Centre. They are on Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th June from 2:30 - 3pm at the NCCC. We will be talking to families about NPS and answering questions about what we do. If you have a child in the kindy feel free to come along even if you feel you know the school. Also, please encourage your friends to come along to learn more.

Donations from Community organisations:

We would like to thank the Tanunda Revival shop who kindly donated $500 for our parent coffee club. Our Coffee Club is on a Monday at 9am and we encourage you to join Claire and Kylie in the Community Centre for a chat.

The Lions club donated $300 for a equipment which will go into the Interoception room and Kiwanis have donated $1000 for us to purchase new Kimochi sets.

Thank you!!


Finally, we are Looking for Support:

Walk to School Day - this Friday is Walk to School Day. Please support your child to join in on this initiative. Our starting points are as follows:

- Barossa Bushgardens entrance on Penrice Road   8:15am

- Coulthard House lawns   8:15am  

- Nuriootpa Train park (for the extra keen!!)   8am

Two teachers will supervise the walks at each starting point and parents are welcome to walk with us (but of course you'll then have to walk back to your car!)

Canteen - We are the only primary school in the Barossa still running a canteen and I know that it is a much-loved service by many. Indeed, when I talk to former students, even older people like me (!!), they talk about having loved the school canteen! However, as per the note I sent home at the start of this week it is difficult to keep the canteen running in a cost-effective manner. We have fewer children than we have had in the past, as well as the cost of living in general, so we understand how difficult it is. Despite this we really want to keep trying to provide the school community with this service. You can help by using the canteen where and when you can and if you can volunteer to help at any times, we'd appreciate that too!

Thank you to Leah Arbuckle & Amanda White for running the show this week.

Principal's Gold Book Awards

Congratulations to the following students who have a received a Principal's Gold Book Award.

Poppy Yates            Brock Swan            Blake Butcher            Denni Doecke

Harriet Adams        Abigail Smith          Cora Dennis               Bridgette Larsen

Holly Beckwith        Oscar Ivanov          Nevaeh Illman

From the Deputy Principal

NCCD Each year schools participate in the NCCD-Nationally Consistent Collection of data. The link below will take you to the explanation and where further information can be found.

Thankyou, Adele White Deputy Principal

NCCD Letter to Families


Wellbeing at NPS

Friendship groups have started up again this term. The girls have been busy making bracelets. The boys have been working together to build a Lego zoo.

The benefits of childhood friendships

There are a great many benefits to be gained from forming and maintaining childhood friendships. Here are some of them:

  • Navigating friendships helps to support children’s emotional and social development.
  • Friendships help to increase a child’s capacity for empathy and altruism.
  • Having friends boosts happiness, well being and self-confidence, and promotes a positive outlook on life.
  • Having friends lessens stress.
  • Forming friendships entails practising communication skills.
  • Positive friendships can help encourage good behaviour.

Building Coping Skills Workshop

Mrs Stokoe and Mrs Cooke's R/1 Class

Year 6 Aquatics

Year 4 Zoo Snooze

Fun at NPS

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart kicks off this term at Nuriootpa Primary School!

Jump Rope for Heart is the Heart Foundation’s primary school skipping challenge that helps kids move more, have fun and raise funds for lifesaving research and programs. This year we’ve got an audacious goal to see our student Heart Heroes at Nuriootpa Primary School to log 40 hours of skipping throughout the program! Register your child online, so they can receive the full benefits of the program and participate in online fundraising, simply follow the link below to get started.

Students will be skipping throughout the term and during the term you can share you child(ren)'s online fundraising page with family and friends to help raise money for this great cause. We will hold our school Jump Off Day at 9:30am on Thursday 8th June, this will mark the end of the program and is a chance for everyone to come together to skip and show off their newly learned skills.

Thank you for supporting the Jump Rope for Heart program!

We are happy to announce that $1226 has been raised so far!

Spriggy Schools - Online Canteen Ordering

We are happy to announce the introduction of Spriggy Schools to NPS. Spriggy Schools will make lunch orders more convenient for both families and the canteen.

To get started:

1. Go to to register and download the app.

2. Add a profile for each of your children, making sure you select Nuriootpa Primary School and your child’s class.

3. Start placing your lunch orders!

Term 2 Calendar

Use the above link to view the current NPS canteen price list. All orders are to be placed via Spriggy Schools.

Contact Us

Principal: Ms Vicky Ireland

Partnership: Barossa Valley     I     Education Office: Gawler

15 Buna Terrace, Nuriootpa SA 5355   I   PH: +61 8562 1040   I   Email:   I