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Newsletter – Term 3 Week 7, 2022

August 24, 2022


Science Week

Last Thursday we held our Science Week expo and ‘Dress like a scientist’ day. It was wonderful to see and hear the buzz of excitement in the air as the students presented their experiments to the other students in the school. Thanks to all the staff who assisted the students to prepare for the day. I hope you all enjoy some photos below of the event and some of the costumes.

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

Parent Teacher Interviews

Our semester two parent teacher interviews will take place in Week 9 of this term. Bookings will be open to parents through parent lounge from 8am on 22nd August through till 5pm on 28th August. Please consider booking an appointment with your child’s teachers as it is a great way to continue to build a working relationship and seeing the progress your child is making in their learning. I would also encourage the child to attend the interview so that they are part of the discussions about their learning.

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.


Don’t Forget….

  • 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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