Welcome to Week 8 of Term 3 and Happy Fathers' Day to all our dads, granddads and father figures for yesterday. We ran a Fathers' Day competition for our students and asked them to create something as a dedication. The creation could be written, drawn, built or composed - the only rules were it had to be original and be the work of the creator. We had an amazing range of entries, so many that we had three runner up prizes and the winner. The runners up were Xzander, Ava and Anna and the winner was Jacinta who earnt her dad a book and a bucket of Maltesers. Thank you to all of our students for entering and all our of our dads for the important roles you have in our lives.
We have planned Principal Tours on:
Monday, 7th September, 2020
Monday, 21st September at 4:30pm.
Please ring the school to book a place on 8326 0900.
Further tours will be planned for early in Term 4.
Please note: All Principal Tours are subject to change / cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The students are getting ready for Sports Day, which will be held on Friday 18th September.
A reminder that due to COVID-19 restrictions in relation to physical distancing we are unable to have any adult spectators on site for the day's events. We understand that this is a disappointment for many families but are determined to make it a great event. We are keen for the students to have fun and the program of events will be planned to encompass the whole day. Students are encouraged to wear their team's colours and look forward to a fun and exciting event. Our student Events Assistants will be on board to take plenty of photos and capture the moments as they occur and we will share these in future newsletters.
A special lunch will be held for students on Sports Day and more information is available in this newsletter.
Given the restrictions on schools with COVID-19, the Colour Fun Run will not take place on Sports Day and has been moved to 2021, COVID-19 restrictions permitting.
We thank you for your understanding.
Don't forget to order your Special Lunch for Sports Day - Friday, 18th September! For just $6.00 you get a choice of a chocolate donut, coral cake slice or gluten free chocolate muffin for recess with a BBQ Sausage hotdog at lunch time.
You can pay via the Qkr! app and complete the lunch order form online. Or you can pay at the Finance Window, Monday to Friday from 8:30am - 9:15am. The order form must accompany the cash payment for ordering purposes. Phone payments are also accepted from 9:15am to 3:00pm.
Orders must be completed by 9am on Thursday, 10th September. No late orders will be accepted and no refunds.
Planning is continuing for 2021 and we are looking at possible class configurations for next year. We need accurate numbers for each year level to plan the best possible scenarios. Consequently, we would like to know if you are planning to leave the school but also need to know if there are other families looking to enrol in our school.
We are also checking to ensure we have all students and their siblings listed correctly. If you have had a child recently, or if you are not sure whether you have lodged an enrolment form for any siblings, please check with the Administration Office. We don’t want to miss anyone! Please ring the Administration Office as soon as possible with any updated information regarding enrolment or sibling details.
An important part of our process in the continual journey of improvement is seeking feedback. Each year the school specifies goals for site improvement and every three years schools are reviewed by an external panel as part of the improvement process. School also seek feedback from students, parents and caregivers and staff every year. The 2020 School Parent Engagement Survey is open today until Friday 25 September 2020 and is for all parents and caregivers of students enrolled in a South Australian public school.
This is how it will work this year:
To access the survey for Pimpala Primary School, please follow the unique link below:
This is a great opportunity for you to provide valuable feeback and we encourage your participation where you can. Please contact the Adminstration Office if you have any difficulties or do not receive your link.
This year we have introduced Aussie of the Month at Pimpala Primary School which recognises personal endeavour, achievement and contribution to the community and reflects some of the values we share as Australians, such as fair go, mateship, respect and inclusion.
Aussie of the Month is a primary school recognition program, that's been running for more than 20 years and is delivered by the same network that presents the Australian of the Year Awards.
The Australian of the Year Awards profile leading citizens who:
Aussie of the Month reflects similar values, and encourages:
Each month, the school staff will nominate students for Aussie of the Month and then one student will be selected by the Principal Advisory Committee (PAC) to receive this special award and celebrate their commitment to the Australian values we embrace at our school.
The first student to ever receive this award at our school for the month of August was Ariehonor from 3/4. Arie received our Aussie of the Month award for:
Contributions to the school in the areas of classroom and playground where she demonstrates care and concern for others by including them in genuine ways.
She received a certificate, a special badge and a great pencil pack as recognition of her award. Congratulations to Arie!
Pimpala students are welcome to come and have brekky at Breakfast Club!
Come along and join Quyen and Pei, our Social Work students, in the kitchen for breakfast. The kitchen is open from 8:30am to 8:45am, Monday to Friday on regular school days.
There are a number of food options including weetbix, canned fruit, fresh fruit, toast and yoghurt. Feel free to come and have breakfast as a great way to start the day.
On the 25th of August, the Senior netball girls played in round 2 of the School Sport SA knockout Competition. Winning results would see them progress to the next stage, finals at Priceline arena.
The first of two games was against Happy Valley Primary. A tightly contested 1st quarter saw Pimpala lead 4-3 at the first break. From there, the girls took control of the game with strong defensive acts and sharp shooting. Jasmine and Shaylee were rock solid in stopping Happy Valleys shooters, and kick starting our attacks by forcing turnovers with their excellent pressure and rebounding. Maddy T was active playing in Centre, creating deflections and running hard all game. Emma made her mark on the match with consistent and accurate shooting. The final score, Pimpala finishing on top 29-8.
The 2nd and final game saw Pimpala face Mclaren Flat Primary. Both schools having beaten Happy Valley, meant that the winner of the final game would progress to the finals. Pimpala rose to the occasion, getting on top in all facets of the game. Ayrlia was strong playing Goal Keeper. Cejay, Chelsea and Abby played a great game through the mid court, linking up the defence and shooters. Lily grew in confidence throughout the game and Maddy C played well in a new role. Another strong performance from Pimpala saw the girls victor 29-11.
Pimpala proceeding to the finals on Thursday week 10 (24/9) at Priceline Arena where they will compete against 5 other schools from across Adelaide. An extremely exciting time ahead as this is the first time Pimpala will participate in a knockout finals day since Mr.Smith had hair on his head!
A special thanks to Trish and to Grace Mart for umpiring on the day and to Trish for coaching the team. Go Pimpala!
In a previous newsletter, we asked for our school community to help us in collecting bread tags to support South African foundation, Bread Tags for Wheelchairs. During our SRC meeting this week we collected and counted all of the bread tags from each class. As a school we collected a total of 5,183 which weighed 1.912kg. This means that we only have another 196.749kgs to go in order to reach our goal of 200kg. We are aiming to collect 200kg worth of bread tags which will help fund one wheelchair.
Here is a list of classes and their achievements.
Congratulations to our winning class this month - Mrs Idzikowsiki’s class with a whopping 2,215 bread tags.
Miss Pullman came in second with 630
Mrs. Lang came in third with 532
Mrs. Lewis had 392
Ms. Power had 333
Mrs. Stanley had 200
Ms. Birss had 145
Mrs. Wickham had 144
Mrs. Thomas had 123
Ms. Howlett had 89
Ms. MacLean had 85
Ms. Yates had 81
Mr. Burns had 70
Mrs. Rigney had 34
Ms. Currer had 32
And lucky last we have Mr. Branson with 29
As a whole school we did such an amazing job and we can’t wait to see how many we get next meeting.
Each fortnight the Executives will be awarding the class that raises the most bread tags and will be giving the winning class a certificat. If you would like your class to win this make sure to let all of your family and friends know about the bread tags and hopefully they will support your child’s class and this
Thank you for all of your donations, hopefully we can get even more next fortnight.
SRC (Student Representative Council)