Principal's News - 23 November 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Year 6 Market Day

A culmination of the Economics unit of study that the Year 6 students have been focussing on during this term, is Friday’s upcoming Market Day. The students have been working in groups to plan and prepare to operate a wide range of market stalls. The list of stalls includes, Carnival Games, Lolly Land, Frosty’z, Donut Dash, Cup Pong, Café Crozier, Lob A’ Choc, Dough & Co, Toss & Take and more. They have worked within budget limits to plan their stall and purchase items accordingly. Students from all year levels will be attending the market and they are encouraged to bring along gold coins to purchase items or participate in games and activities. 

World Teachers’ Day

We recently celebrated World Teachers’ Day to acknowledge and recognise the outstanding work that the teachers and support staff at Greythorn Primary School carry out each and every day. Their dedication, commitment and professionalism are second to none, which has been highlighted during the past two years in the work that they have done when dealing with the extended lockdown and remote learning phases. During these difficult times, not only did they facilitate and maintain learning continuity, but they also provided ongoing support for their students’ health and wellbeing on a daily basis. I commend them all for their outstanding work.

To acknowledge their work, the PFA prepared individual gift bags for everyone that included beverages and other treats. This gesture was very much appreciated by everyone, and I thank the PFA for this.

Father/Daughter Camp

Last weekend saw nearly 50 fathers and daughters attend this year’s camp held at Camp Manyung in Mt Eliza. Fortunately, the recent easing of restrictions allowed the camp to proceed and those in attendance had a fantastic time participating in the planned activities, as well as enjoying the wonderful facilities that the camp provides.

Thank you to Patricia Ingram for her work to organise this camp, as it was rescheduled at very short notice after being cancelled earlier in the year. She efficiently facilitated the administrative tasks to ensure that the camp was able to proceed.  

PFA News

Thank you to all members of the PFA for their ongoing work throughout the year, having to plan and prepare for events and activities under very difficult circumstances. They have continued to plan and organise a range of fundraising events, including the recent online Fathers’ Day stall and Pie Drive as well as this term’s Mango fundraiser, all within the limitations of extended lockdowns. These events have continued to raise additional funds for the school and have also provided an ongoing sense of belonging for everyone in the GPS community during the periods of isolation. This work is appreciated by us all.

Additionally, the PFA is holding its AGM tonight at 7pm in the staffroom. The office bearers for 2022 will be elected at the meeting and planning for events in 2022 will also commence. The Greythorn PFA has for many decades been an integral part of our school and I encourage you to consider becoming a member of this wonderful group of parents. It is imperative that we maintain a PFA and the great work continues into next year and beyond.

Upcoming Dates  

The final weeks of the year are always extremely busy with many events and activities being scheduled. For your reference, the following list outlines some of the main upcoming dates and activities.

  • November 23 – Parents & Friends Association (PFA) AGM 7pm Staffroom
  • November 30 – Year 5 Leadership Speeches
  • December 1 – Prep Information Evening (4:30 Picnic / 6pm Start)
  • December 8 – Prep Orientation Day
  • December 10 – Assembly 2:40pm (2022 Leadership Positions)
  • December 14 – Year 6 Graduation
  • December 16 – Meet the Teacher Session (12:00)
  • December 17 – End Term 4 - Final Assembly 12:30 & 1:30pm Finish

Andrew Searle