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Rapid Bay Primary School Newsletter

WEEK 9 ISSUE 290 MARCH 28th 2019

Essington Lewis Drive
School No: 0650

Phone: 8598 4062
Mobile: 0418 849 865
Fax: 8598 4116


Jenna McArdle


29th Pupil Free Day
Wk 10 5th Sports Day
Wk 11 11th Backup Sports
12th Last Day of
Wk 1 1st SAPSASA Athletics
2nd Little Mermaid

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Account no: 351749640
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Dear Rapid Bay family,
We are rapidly approaching the end of a very busy term. It promises to be a hectic but exciting finish to the term, beginning with Sports Day next week. Staff and students have been busy honing their skills in readiness for the day. I can’t wait to see our talented athletes in action. There has been a focus on doing your personal best and supporting each other at all times. Our school captains are doing a great job of rallying the troops and it promises to be a fantastic day!
Student Free Day
A reminder that this Friday, 29th March, is a student free day. Staff will attend a collaborative training day with the staff from Kangarilla and Clarendon Primary Schools. It promises to be an excellent day of learning and collaboration with educators from similar schools to ours. The focus will be on improving the writing ability of our students through collaborative moderation.
We are currently sorting out some technical issues in readiness for a trial online NAPLAN test, ahead of the “real thing” early next term. Hopefully our notoriously fickle internet will cooperate in order for our students to have access to the test online. The trials will give us a good indicator as to how the system will work for the tests. Fingers crossed all goes smoothly.
We would like to give a big warm welcome to Paul Sheppard our new SSO joining our Rapid Bay Family. We are all very excited to have him on board Team Rapid. Paul will be working across all year levels, working in class and with small groups.
School Pride
Having pride in ourselves, our school and our community is an essential part of a successful school culture. We have worked hard to build a culture of pride here at Rapid Bay and this is reflected in our reputation within the community.
There are many ways students can demonstrate pride in themselves and our school. These include wearing school uniform, picking up after themselves in the yard and ensuring their schoolwork is completed neatly.
There has been a noticeable increase lately on students not wearing school uniform. Our dress code is clear – red polo shirts/jumpers and navy pants/skirts/shorts. The uniform committee is currently reviewing our uniforms and working to ensure consistency across the school. Please ensure that your child/children are dressed in school uniform each day.
I look forward to seeing you all at Sports Day next week.

Welcome Paul

I moved into the district in 2002 with my wife and two sons to live and work in Normanville.
I am a retired police officer stationed locally from 2002-2010 then in the southern metro area until 2018.
I've taken on the role as SSO and look forward to working with the students.

SRC Report

Hello everyone! What a great start to the year, but it’s not over yet. We have sports day on the 5th of April in week 10. How exciting. But in week 11 on the very last day of school, we are having a Pyjama Day! The kids can come to school wearing PJs for the WHOLE DAY. It is a shared lunch as well as a teddy bear picnic. The students are invited to bring their favourite teddy. SRC will be hosting a competition for the best dressed teddy. There will be a box at our teddy bear picnic and students will have a chance to vote for their favourite teddy by writing the name of the teddy on a piece of paper and putting it in the box. The most votes wins! There is a gold coin donation for participating in our special day which is going towards adopting a Tiger from the Adelaide Zoo. Please bring along something for the shared lunch but please ensure it is egg, nut and pineapple free. Oh and not forgetting that parents are allowed to come too!
On the same day there will be an early departure at 2:30pm
For T.R.A.C.K.E.R.S (upper primary) -
There is going to be a U.P sleepover the night before the Pyjama Day. The bus will still be running the same a usual for the kids not wanting to sleepover and for the other classes. The food will be supplied for the sleepover. The kids that are sleeping over will have to bring their teddy the night of the sleepover because they will not be able to go home.
We hope to see you there!
Regards, the SRC


We have had a few SAPSASA events early in the term this year with some of our students participating.
On the 25th February two students, Miller and Monique, participated in the SAPSASA swimming event in Strathalbyn. These two students both did extremely well in all of their events with Miller winning his heats and placing in finals in 50 m Freestyle event. This has landed him a place in the district swimming team. Monique also did a fantastic job in her swimming events also……. (need to find out what she placed in)
On the 14th March was the all girls Crows Cup AFL day. Two of our students, Monique and Georgie, joined forces with the Myponga girls team and competed in numerous games throughout the day. Their team came 3rd overall for the day, with both girls coming back to school with big smiles on their faces and a keen passion to take up a new sport in the near future.
District Athletics has also been moved to the first week of term 2 this year. Students will be trialling and training for the events this year. Forms will be coming home in week 9 and will need to be returned as soon as possible as it will need to be all organised before the upcoming holidays.
Students are starting to get themselves organised for the upcoming Sports Day this year which is now being held on the Friday of week 10. The parent handbook will be coming home shortly.


Auskick 1
Auskick 2


Tennis 3

All the students painted a boat to be included in the installation at Normanville Beach on
Saturday March 30th.


Term 2 @ Yankalilla Football Club
10 - 11am Sundays
Starting May 5th
Free with ORS voucher

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