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Newsletter – Term 3 Week 6, 2022

August 17, 2022


Science Week

This year to celebrate Science Week, we will be holding a ‘science day’ tomorrow, Thursday, 18th August. On this day each class will set up experiments / displays for students to visit and interact with. This will take place during school time on this day. Students are invited to come in free dress on this day with a science theme if possible. Perhaps they might like to dress like a scientist or get creative with a different idea which is science related. The theme for Science Week 2022 is ‘Glass: More than meets the eye’.

Book Week

This year, Book Week will be celebrated a week later than normal due to a clash with Year 6 camp. Joey’s in Jamas will be held on Wednesday, 31st August in the library. Our annual dress up day will be held on Thursday, 1st September. Both these events are generally very well supported by our community so I look forward to seeing everyone at Joey’s in Jamas and seeing the wonderful creative costumes at the dress up parade. The theme for Book Week 2022 is ‘Dreaming with Eyes Open’.

Click Here To Download The Book Week Flyer Click here to download the Joeys in Jamas flyer

Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) is an annual state-wide initiative for state and non-state schools and home-educated students up to Year 9, as well as children attending early childhood centres. Since the program’s inception in 2006, more than 20 million books have been read, and in 2021 alone, 168,000 school, early childhood and individual readers participated in the challenge reading more than 2.39 million books throughout the PRC reading period.

The challenge is not a competition but aims to improve literacy and encourage children to read widely for pleasure and learning. Students can participate in the challenge within their school or as individual readers (home-educated students or students whose schools are not participating in the program).

For a student to successfully complete the challenge they must read or experience the allocated number of books for their year level during the reading period. Students who complete the challenge have their efforts recognised through the receipt of a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier of Queensland.

Why read? Literacy skills are vital to ensuring children have the best chance to succeed in their schooling and life. The PRC is an opportunity for students to be enthusiastic about reading, writing, authors and illustrators. Reading a variety of books builds vocabulary and knowledge, improves spelling and comprehension, can improve confidence and is also a great way to relax.

To successfully complete the PRC, students must read or experience the number of books indicated in the table below in English or additional languages.

Year Level

Number of Books

Prep – Year 2

Read or experience 20 books

Years 3-4

Read 20 books

Years 5-6

Read 15 books

The requirement for Year 5 through to Year 6 students to read 15 books acknowledges that older students are likely to select longer, more complex books that may take them longer to read.

All reading record forms need to be returned to the office by 26th August to be eligible for a certificate.

Click here to download the School reader record form

Write 4 Fun

All students are invited to enter the 2022 Write4Fun competition. There is no set theme this year so students can choose to write about anything they wish to. It needs to be either a poem (no more than 16 lines) OR a short story (no more than 500 words). There is a poster on display on the drama/media room door or you can head to the link below for more information and entry forms. Entries close 28th August. There are some fabulous prizes up for grabs.

Don’t Forget….

  • National Science Week: 15th – 19th Aug
  • Rescheduled Year 6 Camp @ Chaverim: 22nd – 24th Aug
  • Season B Sport Concludes: Friday 26th Aug
  • 2023 Prep Offers Emailed Out: Fri 26th Aug
  • P&F Trivia Night: Sat 27th Aug
  • Mr Fitzgerald’s Principal Performance Appraisal: Tues 30th Aug
  • SJPA Book Week: 29th Aug – 2nd September
  • Book Fair: 29th Aug – 1st Sept
  • Joey’s in Jamas: Wed 31st Aug
  • Book Week Dress-up Day: Thurs 1st Sept
  • Pupil Free Day: Fri 2nd Sept
  • Semester 2 Parent/Teacher Interviews: Week 9, 5th – 9th Sept
  • National Child Protection Week (NAPCAN): 4th – 9th Sept
  • R U OK? Day: Thurs 8th Sept
  • Colour Run Day: Fri 16th Sept
  • Last Day of Term 3: Fri 16th Sept

Deanne Senini
Assistant Principal Curriculum/Acting Principal


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