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Rapid Bay Primary School Newsletter

WEEK 2 TERM 4 ISSUE 314 OCTOBER 22nd 2020

Essington Lewis Drive
School No: 0650

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


Jenna McArdle
Dear Rapid Bay families,

Welcome to Term 4! It has been a busy start to the term and we are looking forward to an action packed eight weeks ahead. The current Covid advice for schools is to continue extra cleaning, limit visitors to site and for adults to maintain social distancing when possible. As we look ahead to living in a Covid safe world, we will continue to follow the advice of the department and SA Health, we will keep you updated.

Refugee Week Art Exhibition
I had the privilege of attending the Refugee Week Art Exhibition during the holidays and was most impressed with the art pieces by our students as well as the performance of We Are Australian by our students along with the two Roberts. The students did an amazing job of representing our school at the community event. Congratulations to Brodie Sparnon, Lilly Close and Georgina Williams for walking away with prizes on the day for their art works. Art works are currently on display in our front office and will be sent home over the next few weeks. Thanks to everyone involved and the parents who made time during their holidays to enable the students to sing and be present. I would also like to thank Bill Page and the local Refugee Volunteer Group for organising and coordinating the event as well as Rebekha Sharkie, Linnett Sanchez and David Turner for donating some amazing prizes.

Sports Day
Last week we held a modified version of our sports day after the weather cleared. Whilst it was different to our traditional sports days, the students enjoyed the day and competed in excellent spirit. Well done to both the Tigers and Lightning teams. We can’t wait to be able to have parents and family members at our 2021 Sports Day, we all missed having you there! Stay tuned for video uploads on our socials.

Upper Primary News
As you may be aware, the Upper Primary class is being taught this term by Jo Cramond and myself. The students have embraced the change and have been working very hard in class. We have set up a class dojo account so if you haven’t yet received the login details please don’t hesitate to contact the school. Paper copies and emails of the logins went home end of week 1.

As the year draws closer to an end, it is important to start planning for 2021. To enable us to plan accurately, please let us know ASAP if your child/children will not be with us in 2021. Also, if you know of anyone moving to the area or changing schools, please don’t hesitate to put them in contact with the school.

Hat Policy
A reminder that in Term 4 all students must wear a broad brimmed hat. Please contact the school if you need to purchase a hat, $11. The warmer weather also brings with it the dangers of bushfires and snakes on school grounds. Work on grounds including trimming of trees and devising bushfire plans have been underway. Please remind students of the need to be vigilant about snake safety. Teachers will reinforce this message with their classes.

This Friday, Term 4, Week 2 marks the beginning of our transition program. We are very excited to welcome new students and their families to the Rapid Bay Community. Our Year 4’s began a transition into the upper primary class on Mondays and Tuesdays from week 2 during our numeracy block.

School Photos
This year we were fortunate enough to have our school photos down at the beach. It was a stunning day and the students embraced the new backdrop for our photos. I hope you like them as much as we do.

Year 7 to High School Transitional arrangements: 2022-2024
As you would be aware, year 7 is moving to high school in 2022. This includes regional secondary and area schools.

If your child attends an eligible primary school and will be in year 7 between 2022 and 2024, you can ask your principal to keep your child in primary school if you have a particular reason for wanting them to stay.

Our School is an eligible school, as we are located more than 20km from our local area or high school.

Please speak to your child’s teacher in the first instance. For more background information visit the year 7 to High School pages at: www.education.sa.gov.au/7toHS

Skool Loop Printing Function
There is a printing function in our Skool Loop app, so if you prefer a paper copy of your newsletter just click on the printer on the top right corner of the newsletter.

Rapid Bay Values
We are currently focusing on the value of Respect with our students.
What is respect?

Respect can be a difficult concept to grasp for our kids. At the heart of respect is caring. Respect is caring how words and actions may impact others.

How can we show respect?
Showing respect to someone means you act in a way that shows you care about others' feelings and well-being. Showing respect for others include things like
  • not calling people hurtful names
  • using a polite tone even when you're upset
  • thinking about whether what you want to do will hurt someone else
We want Rapid Bay to be a school where everyone feels safe and welcomed, where people speak kindly to others and think about how their actions impact on the thoughts and feelings of others. It is vital that our kids learn how to treat others as they themselves would like to be treated.

Information from talkingtreebooks.com. See website for more information on respect and how to help teach kids about respect.

I look forward to a rewarding last term, culminating in our end of year performance and Year 7 graduation. These events are currently being finalised and details will be provided in upcoming weeks.

Kind Regards,




Wednesday 28th SAPSASA Athletics


Wednesday 11th Remembrance Day


Parents and caregivers are invited to attend the next Governing Council meeting on Tuesday November 3rd, 7pm at school to discuss the 2021 Materials and Services Charge. Parents and caregivers may express their opinion in writing to the Principal if they are unable to attend the meeting.
Welcome to Jo Cramond who is teaching the Upper Primary Class on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Congratulation to Yellow Tigers, the winning team led by Georgie and Monique. The points winners on the day were Koby and Monique. Runners up were Taj, Celeste and Hannah.