Issue 11 Thursday 16 November 2023

We learn on the lands of the Ngadjuri Nation

Some Important Dates ..............

TERM 4:Monday 16 October  -  Friday 15 December
Pupil Free Day Monday 27 November     
Kindy TransitionsTuesday 21, 28 November
School ConcertThursday 30 November
Year 6 GraduationThursday 7 December
End of Term Early Dismissal Time of 2:10pmFriday 15 December

From The Principal

Suddenly, we are over half-way through the term! If you’re anything like me, you’ll be wondering how on earth that happened. When I look at the calendar for the remainder of the school year, it appears to be crazily busy. The school concert is only two weeks away and the Year 6 Graduation is in three weeks. In between, we’ve also got a lot of other important school events: many of which will generate excitement amongst the students. This time of year can be over-stimulating for some students and can also create anxiety for others. It is a time of change and, particularly for our Year 6 students, a time of endings and new beginnings.


Teachers and support staff will be doing their best to maintain a ‘business as usual’ approach to these final few weeks, in order to keep a calm learning environment. Despite the hectic nature of concert rehearsals and other extra-curricular activities, teachers will keep the focus on learning and will maintain their usual daily routines. Keeping these certainties in place will help students who are feeling unsettled by all the potential changes.


During our final transition day for the kindy children, we will also have a ‘transition-for-all’ lesson, so that students can experience their new class placement for next year. This is aimed at helping students and reassuring them about what to expect in the new year. Please keep in touch with your children’s teachers, particularly if you notice any signs that they may be needing some additional support.


Gail Holland

School Routines and Procedures – Update for Term4

Front Office Hours:

The school reception area is staffed between 8:30am & 4:00pm (open term time only)

Contacting the School:

You can contact the school by phone or email (details at the bottom of this newsletter). 

*On a day where there is only one staff member working in the office or if you call outside of school hours, the answering machine may be on.  Please leave your name, number and a short message with the reason for your call.  If you ask for a call back, we will respond as soon as we are available to do so. All messages are passed on to the relevant staff member.

Staff in the Front Office:

·         Monday         -      Gail  *

·         Tuesday         -      Liz (am) & Gail

·         Wednesday   -      Mari & Gail

·         Thursday       -      Mari  *

·         Friday            -       Mari  *

Uniform Purchasing:

Uniforms can be purchased on Monday – Wednesday.

If you are unable to come into the office you can also order over the phone and quote your EFT payment reference number.  Please see Gail A.

Uniforms cannot be purchased outside of these times.

Preferred payment method is by EFT or Credit Card and uniforms will not be issued until payment is received.

Drop Off and Pick Up Times  -  Drive with caution:

Remain in your car and move off after your child has left or entered the car.

These are very busy times of the day and we ask for your cooperation so that our students and the school community can come and go safely each day.

Remember to drive slowly .


School Supervision  -  Yard Duty:

Yard Duty begins at 8:30am each morning.  Please ensure children arrive after this time.  Staff will be on duty until 3:30pm each afternoon and children will be supervised within the JP playground area until they are picked up by their adult.

Please arrange to collect your children at 3:10pm each afternoon and contact the school if you are going to be late.

If you are having difficulty with these times,  the Before/After School Care service, Happy Haven, operating from Nuriootpa Primary School, is available for you to use.  Phone 81555 444 to book or for more information.

Late Arrival and Early Departures:

If your child is late to school (ie arrives after 8:50am), they will need to see staff in the Front Office who will issue them with a yellow ‘Late Arrival’ card to take to their class teacher.  Parents picking up children early for an appointment, will need to tell Front Office staff before taking a pink ‘Early Departure’ card to the classroom teacher. Signing a slip is no longer necessary with EMS, whereby your child’s late arrival or early departure is entered straight into the system by staff on the Reception Desk.

Illness & Injuries at School – Collecting Your Child:

Students who are sent to the Front Office/First Aid room by their teacher due to illness and also for injuries that are considered more serious eg a hard knock to the head, will be sent home. 

Unwell students should not attend school until they have fully recovered and will not pass on sickness to other students and school staff.

Parents will always be contacted first and you will need to collect your child promptly.

If you are unable to collect your child, please organise your emergency contact and let the school know who this will be.  They will need to present ID at the Front Office (eg Driver’s Licence).

Primary caregivers eg parents are NOT emergency contacts but people other than yourselves eg relatives or friends who can be contacted if parents are unavailable.

Please list at least 2 local emergency contacts for your children.


Student Health Reminders

Healthcare Support For Students

Schools are required to follow department policy for the administration of ALL medication, including over the counter medications of any kind:

Before any medication brought to school can be administered, it must be in its original packaging, with the pharmacy label and accompanied by a  healthcare plan or medication authority completed and signed by a doctor/healthcare professional.  

Short term support for medication: A single dose in the original packaging with a medication authority should be taken to the Front Office or to the class teacher each morning for the required time.  

This should only occur if you are unable to administer the medication at home.  For instance if medication is required 3 times a day, a dose can be given at home before school, straight after school and again in the evening making it unnecessary to be taken during school hours. 

Caregivers also have the option to bring the medication to school and administer it to your child during the day.  Once again, please discuss this with the teacher.

Ongoing support for a diagnosed medical condition:  Medication must be current, in the original packaging with pharmacy label and with an up to date healthcare plan/medication authority completed by a doctor/health professional.

Please discuss your child's healthcare needs with their class teacher.  You can also check with Front Office staff if you have any questions or concerns so that we can work together to provide the best support for your child.  

Medication Administration in education and care

Attached is a flow chart explaining the process school staff must follow when administering medication to students.  This information is available to parents on the Department's website.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Updating Student & Family Information

So that we can best support your children at school, we ask parents & caregivers to keep staff informed throughout the year whenever there are changes to your family circumstances including:

*  home address (residential and/or postal)

*  contact phone number

* employment &/or place of employment

* email address

* emergency contacts

* student's medical condition

* shared living arrangements

* custody information

You can let the school know by completing the 'Change of Details' eform on the Audiri App or by email/written notification.

Emergency Contacts:

***Please make sure you provide the school with a list of at least 2 emergency contacts OTHER THAN YOURSELVES that can be contacted if you are unavailable to collect your child due to illness or injury.***

*** Emergency contacts will need to present ID at the Front Office eg Driver's Licence before collecting students ***

School Dental Visit - Week 8 Term 4

Library News

Premier's Reading Challenge

This year 69 students from Greenock Primary School completed the challenge.  Congratulations to all the students and thank you to all who have supported the challenge again this year. The awards will be presented at the assembly on Thursday 23 November at 2:30 PM.  Tony Piccolo MP Member for Light has been invited to present the awards.

The Challenge has been going from strength to strength for the last nineteen years. Over 124,885 students from 691 schools – over 97 per cent of all South Australian schools  took part in the 2022 Premier’s Reading Challenge, as did many students educated at home.To celebrate 20 years of the challenge students were able to read 20 books for 20 years to gain an extra award.

PCW News


As I write this it feels like we are nearly on the home straight. The Christmas decorations are appearing, plans are taking place for end of year functions, 2024 planning is underway. Having said that I was assured by one of our teachers that we are nowhere near the end yet! There are still lots of things to accomplish and finish.

 The year is a bit like running a race.  You start well, set the pace that suits us, the finish line is nowhere in sight, but we plug on keeping step with others trying to keep up so as not to get left behind. There's obstacles and speed humps that get in the way.  We need breaks and rest stops, like holidays, to regroup and energise ourselves. There can be rough or smooth roads, some may be slippery and we might skid off track occasionally.  When we get to this part of the race, the finish line seems to be in sight, we're nearly there! It can be hard to muster up the energy and enthusiasm to get to the end. 

The important part is that we can finish the race well, with our heads held high so we can look back at the year just been and be proud of what we have achieved. So as you finish the year and possibly your time at Greenock Primary, be proud of yourselves and the things you've learnt, the people you've met, the friends you've made. Encourage your children to do the same.  No matter how they are feeling about the year, let them know that they can do their best right until the end of week 9, Term 4.

I hope to see you around in the next few weeks, I always enjoy talking with our families. If you or your child needs support in anyway, let me know.

Take care and see you soon!

Cheers Jo 

Term 4 Assembly Class Awards

Week 4

Kindness Award

Greenock Primary School Calendar

Parent Noticeboard

Governing Council End of Year Raffle

The Governing Council are asking for donations of prizes for our end of year raffle to be drawn on the night of the school concert. Donations could include homemade objects or jams/chutney, wine, Christmas items, toys, books, chocolates, etc. Could all donations please be given to staff in the front office by Monday the 27th of November in Week 7. Raffle tickets will be sold on the night of the concert and the winners will be drawn at the end of the night. Thank you for all your help and support.

Greenock PS Governing Council

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