Nuriootpa Primary School

Term 3 Week 3 Newsletter

Acknowledgement of Country

Important Diary Dates

From the Principal

Hi all,

It is lovely to be back at work even though I did have a wonderful time in Europe. It is great to be welcomed back in such a friendly manner from staff, parents, and most importantly, students! I am also so happy that everyone felt so very well looked after by Peri Simpson who slotted in perfectly and kept things ticking along.

I have a few things to update you on this week….


Governing Council

We held our Governing Council meeting on Monday and I thank our council for their attendance and support. Some items from my report are:

Expert Teaching

We continue to focus on our Mathematics goal, with teachers working in PLCs and at staff meetings on the Mathematics units of work, the new Curriculum v9, the scope and sequence for Mathematics and collecting evidence of student growth.

As a staff we have also been talking about ‘ Maths Norms’ and how we can further develop them across the school. We are keen to hear from those in our school community who would be willing to come in and talk about how they use Maths in their lives to help children connect their learning to the real world.


Quality Leadership

The Deputy position which is currently held by Adele White has been advertised this week as Adele’s tenure will be complete at the end of this year. The position is advertised on the DfE site and a selection process will be carried out. We should have the process completed by the end of this term, all things being well!

We will also be advertising for a Wellbeing leader; a role currently being undertaken by Claire Morichaud-Shields. This is a year-by-year position, which whilst inconvenient, is a really welcome role at NPS!


Engaged Parents & Community

We had a couple of information sessions last term at the Nuriootpa Community Children’s Centre and we are keen to further engage with the school community to gain an idea of the number of Reception students we will have next year. You may be aware that next year is the beginning of the ‘mid-year intake’ whereby we will have students joining us for Reception both at the start of the year and at the start of term 3 depending on age.

Congratulations and ‘Danke Schon’ to Haylie Cooke who organised for the school to participate in the German Lantern Parade a few weekends ago. You will see information inside this newsletter regarding this. 'Danke Schon' also to all those from the school community who came along on the night.

Some other information from me…

Parent survey

You’re invited to complete the 2023 annual parent survey, which is now open.

In the week beginning Monday 31 July you’ll receive an email or SMS from the Parent Survey Team with a unique link to participate in the survey.

If you didn’t receive an email or SMS with your unique survey link, contact and include our school’s name in your email.

The survey takes less than 10 minutes and will help us understand:

·       what we’re doing well

·       where we can improve

·       what’s important to you.

It has been coordinated centrally so that added administration workload isn't placed on the school.

Your answers won't identify you or your child. Only collated feedback will be provided to our school.

Information collected will inform school improvement planning and activities at the school.

The survey closes midnight Sunday 27 August.


As a school we welcome feedback and encourage you to complete the survey!

Have a great remainder of the week and weekend. GO THE MATILDAS !!! ⚽⚽⚽⚽

Principal's Gold Book Awards

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

Holly Beckwith    Corey Dodds    Holly Mader    Ryan Heinrich

Indi McDonnell    Alex Bawden

From the Deputy Principal

Nunga Group - Artwork showcase 

Evelyn likes sharing her Aboriginal culture with others and creating paintings for her stories.  

Adele White - Deputy Principal 

Brooke Klose  - ACEO

Wellbeing at NPS

At Nuriootpa Primary School, we value respect, friendship and kindness, therefore we will be celebrating the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on Friday the 18th of August. We will be discussing bullying within the year 5-6 Health curriculum as well as during friendship groups. The SEG will also be actively engaged during term 3 by organising games to promote positive interaction among students.

Bullying can make us feel unsafe and unhappy. It stops us from being who we want to be and can make it hard to learn and be around other people.

If you are being bullied or you see bullying happening, you can do something. If you are bullying others, you can access help to stop the bullying behaviour.

If bullying behaviours aren't challenged, it can create an environment where bullying is accepted and where everyone feels powerless to stop it.

Bullying is never OK!

Don’t hesitate to contact Kylie (Pastoral Care Worker) or myself if you have any questions.

Claire Morichaud-Shields

Wellbeing Leader

From the Pastoral Care Worker...

Last week I attended an updated eSafety webinar that focussed on Cyberbullying – and how to respond to the various types of online abuse that can occur.

The statistics around Cyberbullying in primary aged children are becoming more and more concerning every year, however there are many resources and quite a lot of support that eSafety can offer. The ‘Online Safety Guide’ – is a PDF easily downloadable from the eSafety site specifically designed for parents and carers and can be found here:

The eSafety website also has a lot of information around restrictions, privacy settings and how to report inappropriate behaviour for around 120 most popular games and apps that our children are currently using. This information can be found here:

This is all very useful information to have at our fingertips, however when we come across a situation that involves our kids online and is impacting negatively on them – it is sometimes hard to know what to do in the first instance. I encourage you to have a look at the eSafety website for steps to follow upon a disclosure of cyberbullying from children that you know; but if you find yourself in this situation and are uncertain on what action to take or would just like to discuss the matter confidentially, please remember that I am here as a support person you and your chid can talk to, and together with eSafety we can come up with a ‘response action plan’ and in a lot of cases, can have the offending material removed from the app/site.  

I am in the school on Monday, Wednesday & Friday morning and can be contacted on

German News

Class News


Fundraising at NPS

We are running a Pictureproducts melamine place activity and we’d love you to join in.  Your child’s unique artwork is transformed into durable, high-quality melamine Pictureplates that will last a lifetime.

Both decorative and useful, Pictureplates are simply beautiful.  Children love eating off their very own Pictureplates, and as the years go by they grow up and have their own families, their Pictureplates will bring back memories of those happy childhood years.

Your child can use photos, makers, paints and handprints to create their artworks, and you can have as many copies made as you’d like so it’s a fantastic gift idea for grandparents and other family members.  What will you child draw?

We are also offering a range of other products decorated with your child’s artwork, such as the functional and beautiful Pictureclocks, plastic or ceramic mugs, water bottles and calendars.

How to get involved

1.       Look at the attached leaflet and choose which products, and how many of each, you would like to order.  Fill out the order form at the end of this letter and return it to the office.

Pay your order online at Please note a $1 payment processing surcharge will be applied.

Orders and payments are due in by 25th August 2023 (end of week 5)

2.       Collect the drawing paper from the front office and create your artworks at home with pens, paint, stickers, fingers, feet and photos – the brighter the better!

Return your drawings to the front office when complete.

Drawings are due in by the 8th September 2023 (end of week 7).

Once you orders is completed at the Pictureproducts factory, it will be posted back to the school.  The school will let you know when your order is ready for collection.

Products and Prices

Picture Plate $30

 Picture Clock $35

 Small Clock, 600 ml water bottle or tote bag $27

Ceramic mug, plastic mug, 400 ml water bottle or pencil case $23

Calendar $18

Upcoming Events at NPS

Book Week Parade Will be held on Friday 25th August. More information to follow

Please use the attached link to order your child's products. 

Term 3 Calendar

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!

Please note that the canteen is now being run by volunteers. Sushi is only available on Fridays.

Please use the above link to view the current NPS canteen price list. All orders are to be placed via Spriggy Schools or via cash on the day. Please note EFT is no longer available. 

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   I   Email:   I