Principal's News- 22 November 2022


P-2 House Athletics Carnival

Last Friday’s beautiful weather made for perfect conditions for the P-2 House Athletics Carnival. The students had a wonderful time competing in the long-jump, sprints, hurdles, 400m, javelin (vortex throw), tunnel ball and circular relay events. Congratulations to all of the students for the positive manner in which they participated in every event, eagerly earning as many points as possible for their respective Houses. Congratulations to Allen House for winning on the day. The points were as follows:

  • Allen – 831
  • Wright – 760
  • Woods – 680
  • Gardiner – 584

Thank you to the staff who attended on the day, for their work to coordinate each event and ensure that the students had a wonderful time. Thank you also to the many parents who attended to support the students or assist with events. This assistance was very much appreciated by all the staff. Finally, a huge thank you to Mrs Deckert for her work to plan and prepare for the day and for coordinating the program during the event. Her meticulous planning ensured that everything ran like clockwork.

Colour Run

To date, over $24 000 has been raised from the sponsorship donations, which is an amazing result. Some additional money remains to be collected so the final figure won’t be known for a week or two. As part of the prize pool, four students had their names drawn at last Monday’s assembly, with each student winning a new pair of runners. The students in this draw all ran more than 20 laps on the day. The lucky students were, North E, Jessica D, Emily Y and Max J. The runners have been donated by the Parker family from their Athlete’s Foot store, and we thank them sincerely for their very generous donation and ongoing support each year with this event. Additional prizes will be awarded at assembly next week when all money has been collected at school and respective raffle tickets added to the draw.

Parents’ and Friends Association (PFA) AGM   

The PFA is holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, November 30 at 4pm. This will coincide with the ‘opening’ of the sensory walls that have been installed adjacent to the Art room and were funded by the PFA. As is the case each year, our PFA does an outstanding job in the school organising and coordinating a wide range of fundraising and social events. These activities and events raise much-needed additional funds for the school whilst providing the GPS community with many opportunities to socialise at a range of fun events. I encourage you to attend the AGM and consider becoming a PFA member for 2023.

PFA Election Day sausage Sizzle & Cake Stall

The PFA is holding a sausage sizzle and cake stall this Saturday at the school’s polling booth. Any assistance with this on the day will be greatly appreciated and volunteers can register their availability via the Compass feed from the PFA. Additionally, all donations for the cake stall will be gratefully received. Baked goods can be left in the French room adjacent to the stadium from 3pm on Friday.

Year 5 Bike Education Program

The Year 5 students have been participating in a series of Bike Ed sessions this term. The sessions have focussed on developing the students’ road safety awareness along with their bike handling skills. To date they have completed sessions at school, along with two rides to Greythorn Park. The program culminates next week with the scheduled return ride on Wednesday via the Koonung Trail to Schwerkolt Cottage in Mitcham. This will be the challenge for the majority of the students, with an optional shorter ride being available for those requiring it. We wish them well for this event and look forward to hearing of their experiences.

Year 6 Market Day

This year’s Year 6 market Day is being held on Thursday, December 1. This event will be a culmination of the unit of the work the students have been studying this term on Economics. The students have been working in groups to plan and prepare their stalls, including promotion and marketing, purchasing materials and financial management. This promises to be a great event that students across all year levels will enjoy. 

Christmas Concert

A reminder that our Christmas Concert is being held on Thursday, December 8 at 5pm on the tiger turf. The concert will include performances from all year levels, the choir, as well as the teachers. If the weather is inclement on the day, the concert will be held in the stadium. We look forward to seeing you there to enjoy the performances and to celebrate the festive season.

Andrew Searle