1. Mrs. Dzintra Martin 31st March 2011 Interim Principal No: 9 NEWSLETTERPO Box 66 NORTH BENDIGO 3550 TERM 1 Holmes Rd Campus Nolan St Campus APRIL Phone: 5443 2501 Phone: 5443 3645Friday 1st April Fax: 5442 3755 Fax: 5442 4994 Fun Run @ Lake Neangar Yr 3-6 www.lightningreefps.vic.edu.auTuesday 5th April AASC Swimming P-2 Holmes Road 3.15-4.45pmWednesday 6th April Crazy Hair Day & BBQ Lightning Reef P.S. links with our community….Thursday 7th April Be involved in your child’s school this week by……… Parents & Friends – joint meeting Holmes Rd (9am) Join us for a cup of tea or coffee after assembly - a good AASC Swimming Grades 3-6 opportunity to share ideas and ask questions Holmes Rd 3.15-4.45pmFriday 8th April These bike rides are held every Friday leaving Holmes Rd @ Making Better Choices Celebrations 9.30. We have lots of bikes and helmets. There is also a toddler Last Day of Term 2:30 dismissal carrier that is attached to your bike if you have a toddler. We’d TERM 2 love to see some Nolan St parents join in too…… MAY EDUCATION WEEK: May 16th – 20th . Grandparents andFriday 29th Special Friends Day Wednesday 18th May – Keep it free. School Photographs Nolan StMonday 2nd – Fri 6th What’s News – Dzintra Martin Interim Principal Swimming Program for Nolan StWed nesday 25th & Thurs 26th YEAR 6 T-SHIRTS : Feedback from parents club and Yr 6 students has VIBE ALIVE been most helpful in deciding what these will look like. Each T-shirt willMon 30th have LRPS and a student designed logo on it and the names of students Swimming for Holmes RdTuesday31st from their campus. Each campus will also acknowledge their former Gymnastics Program for Nolan St school with the school name and logo. The school colours of the polo top Swimming for Holmes Rd will be reversed. Parents & Friends will contribute approximately 50% of JUNE the cost for each Yr 6 T-shirt. Order form sent home yesterday must beWednesday 1st returned by this Friday. Thank you. Swimming for Holmes Rd PARENTS & FRIENDS JOINT MEETING : Next Thursday, 7th AprilThursday 2nd at 9am at the Holmes Rd campus. All parents are invited to attend and you Gymnastics for Holmes RdTuesday 7th can bring a friend. Morning tea will be provided. Child minding will be Gymnastics Program for Nolan St available – please contact Robyn or Debbie with numbers by Tuesday of Swimming for Holmes Rd next week. Children must be older than 18 months.Wednesday 8th PARENTS & FRIENDS @ L.R.P.S.: Swimming for Holmes Rd Easter Egg Raffle - please support this. Money raised will go towards YrThursday 9th Gymnastics for Holmes Rd 6 T-Shirts. A prize will be awarded to the class with highest weight ofTuesday 14th eggs from each campus. All eggs will be used to make 1-3rd prizes, though Gymnastics Program for Nolan St usually there are more than enough eggs to make more prizes.Wednesday 16th Hot Cross Bun Orders : last day for orders today. Hot Cross Buns will Gymnastics for Holmes Rd be delivered on Monday or Tuesday, depending on when orders areTuesday 21st finalised. Gymnastics Program for Nolan St Crazy Hair Day :Thursday 23rd Gymnastics for Holmes Rd At Nolan St campus: $1 coin donation for students with CRAZY Hair and also a BBQ (an order form was sent home earlier this week.)
2. At Holmes Rd campus, students who come to school with CRAZY Hair need to have a $1 donation. Money raised will go to support children with Cystic Fibrosis. Last year, many parents may remember Skip who entertained us all with his music at the Family Friendly Schools Fun Day. He is currently working with a group of students to form a choir. Next term, we will include students from the Nolan St Campus, who have a passion and talent for singing. This pilot program is specially funded, with Comet Hill PS being one of the 3 schools, with very strict criteria and accountability. We are negotiating our way one small step at time. ACTIVE AFTER SCHOOL COMMUNITIES : this is a federally funded initiative. We are negotiating to have extra funding to include the Nolan St campus, hopefully starting in term 3. For Term 2, the Holmes Rd Campus will share half of the allocated numbers with Nolan St. Therefore, we will have 10 students from each campus however, parents will need to find a way to bring students over to the Holmes Rd campus. Activities this term have been swimming and bike riding. Term 2 activities will be Tuesdays P-2 Hip Hop Dancing, and Thursdays Yr 3-6 Soccer. More information about this next term. This is a FREE activity. END OF TERM 1 : how time has flown! Dismissal next Friday will be @ 2.30pm. Term 2 dates are: Wednesday, 27th April to Friday, 1st July. Please note that student start on WEDNESDAY 27th because of Easter and Anzac day. LET’S CELEBRATE : MAKING BETTER CHOICES : HANDS OFF BLITZ. Students have been making posters, gaining a better understanding of what this looks like and reminding each other. The theme for celebration activities is ―Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds‖ on Friday 8th April @ 11.30. P-2 from both campuses will be joining together and P-2 going to Lake Weeroona. (If there is wet weather, they will get together at the Nolan St campus). Yr 3-6 will join together at the Nolan St Campus. Activities will include: dancing, skipping, circus skills, bike riding, cooking /gardening. Parents are most welcome to join in and /or come and help. NOLAN ST NEWS HOLMES RD HAPPENINGSSCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHS We welcome some new students to our Holmes RdFriday, 29th April 2011 campus- the Mackinnon and Carey families- weDon’t forget to get the photograph forms hope that you quickly feel settled and enjoy all theback great opportunities LRPS has to offer. Last Friday it was great to see many parents joiningSHADE CLOTH EATING AREA us for the Books In Homes assembly. Thanks to a lotThe shade cloth over the eating has been removed of hard work by Mrs Turner and businessfor repairs. Once repaired it will be re-fitted to sponsorship, students were able to receive free booksprovide valuable shade of their choice to take home. I even noticed manyMULTI-CULTURAL SPORTS PROGRAM children enjoying reading their books at recess time!Congratulations to our students who attended the I have enjoyed the opportunity to work in classroomsmulti-cultural sports program on Tuesday. Everyone this week- the focus on Literacy and Numeracy andhad a great time. Thanks to Mr Scott for organising especially persuasive writing is producing somethe day. powerful work. Please keep checking the different classroom contributions in the newsletter each week.UPCOMING EVENTS FOR TERM 2The Nolan Street Campus will be undertaking TEAM SPORTS DAYswimming and gymnastics. The swimming Mr Epps and Mr Scott accompanied a group ofinformation has already gone home and the Koorie students and their classmates to a specialgymnastics information to be forwarded home early Multicultural Sports Day yesterday atnext term Strathfieldsaye. Activities were led by experts and students from secondary colleges in Bendigo. Full report following.
3. SPECIALIST SUBJECT / PROGRAMS BOOKS IN HOMES ASSEMBLYThere has been some confusion over the subject areas Illustrator- Craig Smith, certainly held everyone’sbeing taken on the Nolan Street Campus in 2011. The attention as he explained his work. He demonstratedfollowing is a breakdown of programs being offered his art of drawing and has left us with an originalto the students. illustration- hanging proudly outside Mrs Martin’s PE [2 hours / week] office! Please feel free to explore Craig’s work further All year levels taken by Ms Bertoncello at www.craigsmithillustration.com Art [1 hour week] All year levels taken by class teachers FUN RUN FRIDAY! We are hoping for continued sunshine for Friday – all ICT students in Grades 3-6 will be participating in a Fun All year levels taken by class teachers Run at Lake Neangar as part of their PE programme. Music [1 hour week] Ms B will still welcome any parent volunteers for All year levels taken by class teachers in help on the day- please see her if you can offer any P-2 and Mrs Johnstone in 3-6 time. Choir [1 hour week] Upper area taken by Mr Scott MAKING BETTER CHOICES CELEBRATION Library [30 mins week] Many students are working hard to make smart All year levels taken by class teachers choices and be invited to this celebration on the last ESL day of term- next Friday! Our focus is hands off. Lots Selected students taken by Mrs Whyte of new activities/ experiences have been planned and Well being students will be able to choose their activities this P-2 specific lessons taken by week- thanks to the organisation of Ms Cashen at Mrs Baeck Nolan St. 3-6 included in the Inquiry SAFETY REMINDERS lessons Teachers are on yard duty both before and after Selected students Mr Scott games activities school each day. It has been noticed that a number of students are not wearing helmets whilst on scooters.We have excellent classroom teachers who are skilled Any student riding a bike or scooter to school mustin all areas of the curriculum and the quality of the wear an approved safety helmet – (Road Safetyprograms being offered is excellent. Act- 2009). Scooters may be used on footpaths and Graham Gordon Campus Principal shared paths but the rider has to give way to pedestrians and riders must also give way to cyclists if riding in a bicycle lane. Please discuss this with your child and help them stay safe! Mandy Costello Assistant Principal, Lightning Reef PS- Holmes Rd Campus.
4. NOLAN STREET HOLMES ROAD AWARDS Student of the Week Student of the Week Hayley M for being a great learner Alan B- for caring for self and others. Playing Jordan for working hard at listening and so well in the playground with othersconcentrating in class. For persevering with Tylor B- for caring for self with good individual tasks. organisational skills Tamika T for writing great math word Bradin C- excellent reading and home reading problems routineKacey M for being an excellent classroom Summer J-for being on task and trying your helper. best in all your work Sinead P- Caring for Self- Great work making Wellbeing her own graph.Maddison F for being a brave and confident Bailey V -Caring for Self - Finishing his bear hunter. persuasive writing on Dogs Not Ok To be Away Bailin M- Caring for Self with concentration in Silent Reading 1st 3/ 4 William L For being able to read and write 2nd 5/6 Philip Y all the RED words. 3rd 1/ 2 Ashlyn N for trying to use great strategies in 4th P/1 writing Books In Homes – Caught Being Good Kaiden M 25 Nights Home Reading Ashlyn N TEAM BENDIGO: MULTICULTURAL SPORTS CARNIVAL 27 students from Lightning Reef P.S were involved in the Multicultural Sports Carnival on Tuesday, 30th March. The carnival was a great success with students participating in a range of sports including Soccer, Cricket, AFL and other activities such as sac racing, 3 legged relay and egg and spoon. It provided an excellent opportunity for students from both campuses to come together as one community under the Lightning Reef Primary School banner, whilst also mixing with students from a range of other schools and culturally diverse backgrounds. (NOLAN STREET CAMPUS) Come to school with “CRAZY HAIR” on Wednesday, 6th April and pay a gold coin donation to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Victoria. Anything goes on “CRAZY HAIR DAY” teased, coloured, gelled or twisted, wigs and scarves, punk or just plain messy. We are also having a yummy „sausage sizzle‟ (green order form went home earlier this week.) Don‟t forgat to return the order by Friday, 1st April. We need a few parents to help on the day with our BBQ lunch, if you are able to cook and/or serve on the day, please leave your name at the Nolan Street Campus office.
5. Today we made Mind Maps about a HealthyBody. The Mind Map had to be colourful andwe chose healthy things which were good forour bodies. When we were doing the MindMaps we had to keep the branches as themain ideas and the twigs were the sub ideas.Nikiera Harvey Gr 6Our grade have started touse mind maps. Today’s topicwas Healthy Body HealthyMind. Mind Maps help us torecord our thoughts usingpictures and simple words.Instead of pages and pages ofwork you have one big map tohelp you study.Dylan Lohr. Grade 6
6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO…….. Hayley & Liam SPORTLIGHTNING REEF NETBALL TEAMS(NOLAN ST. AND HOLMES RD. CAMPUS)We are very excited to have entered 2 netballteams for the Saturday morning competition.Training began yesterday. It starts at 3:30pm andfinishes at 4:30pm. Please remember thatalthough the boys cannot play on Saturday theycan certainly train on Wednesdays. Our firstgame is on Saturday April 2nd so watch this spacefor the time and court number. Come along andsupport our teams.
7. SCHOOL COMMUNITY NEWS GARDEN GABBA The garden program at the Comet Hill site will be running all day on Wednesdays. I’d like to invite anyone interested to come down and do a bit of gardening with the students (no experience necessary). Leave your name and number at the school office or just pop down on a Wednesday. Thank-you SusieACTIVE AFTER SCHOOL COMMUNITIES: TERM 2The AASC program is set to continue in Term 2, with notes to be sent home with students in the first week ofTerm 2. Students in grades P-2 will have the opportunity to participate in Hip Hop dancing on a Tuesday night,whilst students in grade 3-6 will be doing Soccer on Thursday nights. There are 10 spots available for studentsfrom both campuses, on a first in first served basis. The program will operate from our Nolan St campus,starting at 3.30pm and finishing at 4.30pm. There are no costs involved in participating in the AASC program. PARENTS & FRIENDS ASSOCIATION Come along and have a coffee and a chat, the last Thursday of each month in the staffroom. (Nolan St) Combined campus meeting Thursday, 7th April. (Holmes Rd) SLC & Parents Association “CRAZY HAIR DAY” 6th April 2011 Come with CRAZY HAIR. We will be having a sausage sizzle lunch.PARENTS & FRIENDS SOCIAL BIKE RIDEThis weekly Friday morning event continues to gather momentum and is proving to be a great success,with many parents, grandparents and older siblings joining in on the fun each week.We now have access to three toddler trailers for those parents wishing to bring their young ones along forthe ride. The ride is on offer to all parents and family members, and will take place again this Friday 9.30– 10.45. Bikes and helmets are available for use through the Bike Bank. This is an excellent opportunityto socialise and network with other parents, whilst also working towards improving your level of fitness!Get your wheels on!!!Details in Summary:What: Social Group Bike RideWho: Parents and Friends of the Lightning Reef P.S CommunityWhen: Friday’s (9.30 – 10.45)
8. COMMUNITY NEWS BENDIGO BRAVES PROGRAMS MCBIDDY BALL. This is a program aimed for children aged 4-8years old to teach the kids some basic ball skills and have some fun and a great introduction to the game basketball. This is held on Mondays and Tuesday afternoons from 4pm-5pm with a cost of only $2 a session and the coaches are our own Bendigo Braves Players. LOVE THE GAME BASKETBALL CAMP- this is a school holiday program that runsfor the first 3 days of the school holidays- 11th, 12th, 13th April. The children are dropped off at the Stadium by9am and it runs all day with pick up times of either 3pm or 5pm.For any further information please contact Cynthia in the Sports Office at the Bendigo Stadium on 5440 6221 orvia email firstname.lastname@example.org ZUMBA FITNESS @ PALMER’S GYM Sally & Em would like to extend an invitation for an evening of Fitness and Laughs. Every Tuesday and Wednesday between 7.00pm & 8.00pm at Palmer’s Gym in Mundy Street. Cost $5 per classWelcome To LIGHT IT UP BLUE for AutismOn the evenings of April 1 and 2, 2011, prominent buildings across the world will turn their lights blue to raiseawareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, April 2. The aim is tolight the world blue all throughout April — city by city, town by town — by taking action to raise autismawareness in our communities.What you can do to Light It Up Blue• Wear blue clothing and encourage your colleagues to do the same.• Light up your house blue by putting blue light bulbs in any outdoor fixtures.• Raise awareness for Autism and spread the word about the Light It Up Blue campaign.FREE TRAINING SESSIONS FOR THECOMMUNITYDevelopment and Leadership ProgramsMonday 4 April 2011 at City Of Greater Bendigo Reception room- 195 Lyttleton Terrace, Bendigo. 3550.9:30am- 4; 30pm- more details on poster in school foyer! Venue AUSKICK With today’s newsletter there is an Auskick registration form. All the details for registering for this program is included on the form.Information for the YMCA Easter Vacation Care program is included with the newsletter.