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Rapid Bay Primary School Newsletter

WEEK 6 TERM 4 ISSUE 315 NOVEMBER 16th 2020

Essington Lewis Drive
School No: 0650

Phone: 8598 4062
Mobile: 0447 715 103
Fax: 8598 4116


Jenna McArdle
Dear Rapid Bay families,
I can’t believe we are halfway through Term 4, with just 4 weeks left for the school year! It will be a very busy end to the year with several events planned.


We are currently going through the process of deciding on class structure for 2021. We are looking at running with three classes again. Small class sizes and support for individual students are highly valued at Rapid Bay and I believe are some of the things that make our school so special. Students have access to teacher and SSO support at levels not possible in larger schools with much bigger class sizes. Many of our students have achieved fantastic individual growth this year as a result of the levels of support we can offer.

Swimming Lessons

Lessons will take place over Week 7 and 8 for all students in Reception to Year 5 at Seadragon Swim and Fitness at Delamere.

Year 6/7 Kangaroo Island Trip

Our Year 6/7 KI camp was originally planned for Term 1 but was cancelled due to COVID. We are now planning for an excursion to Kangaroo Island for the Year 6/7’s to take place on Wednesday of Week 9. It will be a fun filled day trip to help the students celebrate the end of the school year. Details to come.

End of Year Concert

Our concert is planned for Tuesday, Week 9. This will be subject to the latest COVID safe advice and protocols. We will keep you updated with the latest SA Health advice. More details in the near future.


Our Graduation Ceremony will be held on Friday the 4th of December, at the Links Lady Bay. We look forward to celebrating Kian and Georgina’s completion of primary schooling.

Training and Development

We have signed up to trial Maths Pathways this term in the Upper Primary Class. Our Year 4’s are currently joining us for the trial during maths lessons in preparation for 2021. Early signs are very promising, and it has been very successful at other sites. Full training will take place over the Christmas holiday period.

Sarah King and I attended Eastern Fleurieu schools to observe InitiaLit in action. It is a whole class evidence-based literacy program providing all students with core foundation knowledge needed to be successful readers and writers. The schools we have observed have notice substantial growth over a short period of time. It is an R-2 program and one that we are definitely looking into using at Rapid Bay in 2021.

Sarah attended the Seven Steps to Writing Success workshop in week 5. Seven steps aim to set the foundations of writing. It sets to Isolate writing skills into individual steps which ensures students don’t get ‘bogged down’ with writing a whole piece. Students gain confidence in each building block, and then they pull it all together to become creative, empowered and engaged writers. We will be integrating this with our Brightpath Writing in 2021.

PAT Results

Our students sat the Pat Maths and Reading tests over the last week of Term 3 and beginning of this term. There were some very good results with students achieving high bands and good growth. The data also allows staff to look at areas that our students found difficult and target these areas for future intervention. We will have staff meetings this term dedicated to analysing the results and using them for our planning for 2021.

Mobile Phones

We live in a world full of technology and, for many of us, our children understand it better than we do. It is a hard decision to determine whether children are ready for such a device and being open to endless possibilities at their fingertips. There are many benefits to children having a mobile phone from
  • The ability to communicate in emergency situations.
  • On the bus or being able to communicate pick-ups and drop offs especially as after school activities increase.
  • Opportunities for social contact with peers – texting
  • Ability to gain immediate knowledge for personal or school use
  • Entertainment – What kid doesn’t want to spend hours watching people do silly things on YouTube?
With each benefit comes a certain amount of risk and it’s important to think about your child’s maturity level and ability to recognise social cues.
  • Do they understand that repeatedly texting a friend with no response from the friend could be considered annoying/harassment?
  • Are they aware that anything they post on social media accounts can be used against them in the future?
  • Research has suggested that children in the third through fifth grade who owned a cell phone were particularly vulnerable to cyberbullying and that they had been cyberbullies themselves.
  • According to the AAP it is estimated that 12 percent of 10-19-year-old youth have sent a sexual photo to someone else.
At the end of the day communicating openly with your child around the risks of mobile phone usage and etiquette is key. Setting guidelines and limits up front provides the best opportunity for safe and appropriate use of mobiles. There are also many parental control apps available.
We have been having ongoing discussions, particularly with our older students, around safe and appropriate use of their devices. Please take the opportunity to continue this dialogue with your child at home. It is so important we educate our children on keeping safe in a cyber-world. Please see flyer below for more information.

Last Day of Term

To celebrate the last day of school for 2020, we have planned an exciting games day for all students. Activities will include giant yard games, laser tag and a mobile gaming theatre. It is sure to be a fun filled ending to the year.

I look forward to a busy and rewarding next few weeks.

Kind Regards,



Week 7 Wed 23rd Christian Options Performance
Week 7 Swimming

Week 8 Swimming
Week 8 Tues Dec 1st Governing Council
Friday 4th Graduation
Week 9 Wed 9th 6/7 KI Excursion
Fri 11th Last Day of Term

News from Governing Council

Rapid Bay Primary School’s Governing Council met on Tuesday evening, 3 November 2020 (Melbourne Cup Day!) “On Site” with “Social Distancing”. In Correspondence Bunnings have offered a Scarecrow for the School’s Garden/s. Principal Jenna McArdle undertook to follow-up the Governing Council’s “united response” to State MP (SA) Leon Bignell’s request for suggestions for “What Your School Needs Fixed”. Jenna reported that NAPLAN (National Assessment Program - Numeracy and Literacy) has been trialed On-line with Grade 4s and they seemed to like it! Grade 5 and up are required to type their answers in NAPLAN so practice in typing is planned for the School. The School remains committed to having 3 classes for the New Year (2021). Fencing is planned at the end of the covered area between the Junior and Middle Primary Classrooms with Works scheduled for the 2020/21 Summer School Holidays. Improvements for the Upper Primary Classroom are being negotiated. The Governing Council approved funding for training and new readers in “Multi-Lit” – a program designed to upgrade from the former “Jolly Phonics”. The Governing Council also approved the Materials and Services Fee at $246.00 for 2021 and executed the “Delegated Authority” for Jenna and Deb Wilson (Administration and Finance Officer) to carry out financial and administrative activities. The Governing Council also discussed changes in funding for the School’s Pastoral Care Worker (Gina). The School is in a strong budgetary position and has therefore been asked by the Department of Education (South Australia) to develop a “Resource Plan”. Due to generous donations from the local Opportunity Shop the School will be purchasing a new freezer. The Fundraising Subcommittee is planning for a “Focus Group” of Students to create works for the upcoming local “Kids Market” on 6 December 2020 and also planning a “Pottery Project” with “reveal” of works in the New Year (2021) – possibly as part of the Fleurieu Festival. Julianne Rilstone informed Governing Council that the Yankalilla District (Local) Council has formerly approved funding for a car and footbridge over the Essington Lewis Crossing of the Yattagolinga River with the current infrastructure to remain in place for ongoing traffic. The Governing Council’s “End of Year” meeting and dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, 1 December 2020 at the “Victory Hotel”.

Victoria Wetherby (Governing Council Chairperson)


Last week on Remembrance Day the whole school gathered around the flag poles. We made wreaths and dedicated it to the young locals that fought for our country, and all the animals that help the soldiers. We stood for a minute of silence and Miller and Logan put up the Australian and aboriginal flag. All the Upper Primary students had a role to do. Everyone had a poppy on their chest to remember who fought for us.
Vinnie Liddy


Once again we have had a successful Premier's Reading Challenge. Congratulations to all the students who achieved their awards.


Students received a Book Club brochure today. It is a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping! Every purchase supports the school library. Please order online or through the school by Friday November 27th.
Book club


The Aussie of the Month for October is Addison McArdle, age 7. Her favourite food is chocolate pudding, her favourite past time is playing with friends and she likes studying maths at school.


The aspire award winners are L to R; Dom, Jasmine, Kalani, Violet, Lilly-Rose. Absent Emily


Term 4 has been a busy time in the junior primary classroom! In literacy we have been learning about persuasive writing techniques and the features of a letter in preparation for some fantastic letters to Santa this year! In numeracy we have been learning about lots of concepts including time, data, money, position, and location.
Enjoy the photos of our work on The Three Little Pigs.


The UP students have enjoyed learning about the circulatory system and making terrariums.
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