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THE RAPID

Rapid Bay Primary School Newsletter

WEEK 5 TERM 1 ISSUE 318 February 25th 2021


Address:
Essington Lewis Drive
RAPID BAY SA 5204
School No: 0650

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

Email:
dl.0650_info@schools.sa.edu.au
Website:
www.rapidbayps.sa.edu.au

Principal
Jenna McArdle

March 2021

Wk 6 Wed 3rd March
SAPSASA Swimming

Wk 7 Mon 8th March
Public Holiday
Tues 9th March
Student Free Day
Fri 12th March
6/7 Aquatics

Wk 8
Harmony Week
Parent Interviews
Dear Rapid Bay families,
It has been an extremely busy first half of the term. All classes are running smoothly and have settled into their daily routines.

The classroom teachers have once again done an outstanding job of setting up routines and expectations for the school year.

Maths Workshops
We are halfway through the maths workshops for the term. These sessions are an excellent opportunity to expose both children and parents to a range of fundamental maths skills before the children begin schooling. The sessions have been well attended and very well received by those who have participated. We look forward to the next session this Friday 26/02/2021 at 9:30am.

School Captains/Sports Captains
Voting for school captains and sports day team captains were held last Friday.
Congratulations to the following students
School Captains- Lilly Rose and Kooper
Tigers Captains- Harry and Celeste
Lightning Captains- Logan and Rhys

Congratulations to all of these students who were voted for by their peers. I know they will do an outstanding job in representing their school and their peers.

Ukuleles
We have now purchased a ukulele for each student in the school. Students will participate in weekly lessons with Robert and myself. Each student will then get to graduate with their ukulele when they enter high school. We look forward to sharing their progress with you as they develop a repertoire of songs. There are many proven educational benefits to students learning a musical instrument. The students are very excited to be learning how to play their ukuleles.

Aquatics
The year 6/7’s will now complete their aquatics program on Friday 12th March of Week 7. The original day was cancelled due to inclement weather conditions.

Student Free Day
A reminder that we are having a Student Free Day on Tuesday 9th of March backing on from Adelaide Cup long weekend in week 7. Staff will be undertaking training around Writing Development, Intervention and Physical Education, Physical Literacy Project.

Kindest Regards,

Jen McArdle

Latest News from Governing Council


Rapid Bay Primary School’s Governing Council met for a “General Meeting” this past Tuesday night, 16 February 2021. Governing Council met for its Annual General Meeting (AGM) the week before on Wednesday, 10 February following the School’s Acquaintance Night and welcomes its newest Member – Suzanne Vessey. An review of Communication has been done including preferred means of communication to make sure that information is getting to Parents and Care-givers.
It was noted that there were good numbers on Friday, 12 February for the 1st of 4 Sessions of “Maths Fun for Under 5s”. The proposed Upgrade/Replacement of the Play Ground has been escalated. Funds are to be set aside for Consultancy in order to obtain a solid plan including matters such as surveying. The Chairperson was action-ed to write a letter to the “RATCH Wind Farm” thanking them for their support (from a parent and caregivers’ perspective) for the annual School Camps. Funds for the proposed upgrading of the Upper Primary Classroom should be forthcoming from the South Australian Department of Education; it was suggested to approach the relevant Member of State Parliament for funding to upgrade the School’s Office area (which would include a Sick Bay). Funding for the Current Bus Route is to be met 50/50 between the School and Fundraising. Location and curation for the upcoming “Collaborative Decorative Pottery Exhibition” between Rapid Bay Primary School Students and the Late Revered Local Artist, Mark Pearce was discussed. Each Rapid Bay Student is to be allocated a ukulele as part of their Arts Component of the Australian Curriculum and they will travel with the Children throughout their time at Rapid Bay for them to take when they leave and/or graduate! Timing of 4 “Student Free Days” was discussed with the 1st two to be for Staff to receive training and will follow on from existing Public Holidays creating longer Breaks for Children (an initiative of a Former Member of the Governing Council). Our Next Meeting will be on Tuesday, 23 March from 7pm.

A Note from Victoria Wetherby – Your School’s Governing Council Chairperson

School Captains


Hi, we are Lilly and Kooper and we have been elected by our peers as school captains for Rapid Bay Primary School in the 2021 school year.

We are extremely excited about representing our school and peers and look forward to stretching out into our community in 2021.

We have big plans.

To start with in Term 1, we are introducing a weekly cooking group and garden group. Please see consent forms sent home if your child has registered their interest in either of these groups. These groups will mainly take place during break times. We plan on working in small groups and set up a rotation that is fair across all classes.

Secondly, we are writing to our local government requesting for new Australian and Aboriginal flags for our school as we have noticed ours are not ageing well and we would like to show our deepest respect to our aboriginal community by ensuring we maintain our flags. We look forward to hearing back from them.

We can’t wait to share photos and updates of our work as school captains.

Kind Regards,
Lilly and Kooper
RBPS School Captains

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