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FOUR new preps were wel-
comed at Alberton Primary
School on Thursday and prin-
cipal Malissa Nicol is looking
forward to a big first term.
“We have four preps this year and
this term activities for our preps will
concentrate heavily on the children be-
ing introduced to the school routine,
getting to know their teacher, Miss
Hurrell, and developing friendship
groups with their peers,” she said.
“ Part of this involves getting their
daily reading routine established as
they are introduced from day one to
sounds, letters, words and short take
“The prep students attend four days
a week during February so it will be a
very busy term for them.
“Wednesday is day at home for them
to recoup their energy and help with ad-
justing to full school days and weeks.
“Miss Hurrell has Preps, Grade
1 and 2 students and she is planning
some fun activities for the children
while the older students are on camp.”
Other activities planned for the first
term include the whole school swim-
ming program starting on February 8
at the Yarram Swimming Pool.
“Later in the term the grades 3 to 6
students will head to Phillip Island for
a camp,” Ms Nicoll said.
“We were very excited to get a
booking with this camp as it is run in
partnership with the Phillip Island Na-
ture Parks and offers an exciting lead-
ership and development opportunity
our children,” she said.
“It’s an adventure camp and partici-
pants get the opportunity to go behind
the scenes with the rangers at the Penguin
Parade and other parks across the Island,
getting right up close to the wildlife and
handling some of these animals.”
The school band is a very popular
part of the school curriculum and music
teacher Saul Stainer, is busy organising
individual lessons, the hire of instru-
ments and the forming of the rock band.
“This year there has been a lot of
interest in music and we are looking
forward to our first concert at the end
of Term 1 where all members of the
school community are welcome,” Ms
Staffing at the school remains con-
sistent with Olivia Ireland – Grade 5/6,
Dorothy Thomas – Grades 3/ 4 and
Brydie Hurrell – Grades Prep/1/2
“Also joining us back at school are
our two chooks Gee Gee and Milo and
guinea pigs, Chocolate and Jupiter,”Ms
The school said a sad farewell to
its office manager Vanessa Banik at the
end of 2015 and in 2016 welcomed its
new manager Rebecca Janssen.
After the recent rains the school
grounds are looking great with the
vegetable garden producing corn, to-
matoes, snow peas, carrots, beetroots
School bells ring for 2016
School bells ring for 2016
Preps welcomed at Alberton
Lots to learn: Mitchell, Jessie, Lilly and Tyson have settled in well with their
prep teacher Brydie Hurrell at Alberton Primary School.
School is looking for-
ward to another ex-
citing and successful
year in 2016.
Three new preps have
joined the school taking
the total enrolments to 41,
slightly less than last year.
Principal David Tyler
said the numbers have al-
lowed the school to main-
tain three classrooms,
which gives the school
While they are one staff
member down from last
year, Mr Tyler said staff
numbers have remained
fairly stable at the school.
“This year, our focus will
be on the teaching strategies
research that has shown to
have the greatest impact on
student learning,” he said.
“This will be coupled
with our continued focus on
creating a safe and support-
ive learning environment.”
The school’s parents as-
sociation held a trivia night
fundraiser at the end of 2015,
which raised a substantial
amount of money for im-
provements at the school.
Mr Tyler said some of
the funds will be used to
complete a barbecue area
at the school and the wider
community in front of the
“The remainder of those
funds will allow us to re-
place whiteboards in the
classrooms with smart tele-
visions,” he said.
Term 1 will once again
be jam packed with sporting
activities, including swim-
ming and athletics.
Mr Tyler said encour-
aging student voice and
providing the opportunities
for parents and community
members to have input into
school events and activities
will be a focus in 2016.
“The introduction of a
steering committee to pro-
Good times at Toora
In charge: back from left, Toora Primary School house captains Jaxon Lewis
and William Cashin, front from left, steering committee Zane Baker, Isaac
Tanner and Xavier Westbrook and school captain Ava Brown, right.
vide ideas and input into the
continued improvement of
the school is something sev-
eral of our senior students
are very excited,” he said.
The students on the
steering committee are
Zane Baker, Xavier West-
brook, Isaac Tanner. The
2016 school captain is Ava
The house captain of
Agnes is Jaxon Lewis and
the captain of Franklin is
WELSHPOOL and District Pri-
mary School is ready to tackle
2016 head on, with a varied and
The school has welcomed three new
prep students and an increase in enrolments
on the previous year.
Principal Gabbi Boyd said this year; the
school welcomes Sophie Callcott to teach
the 4/5/6 class.
“Sophie will share this class with me
and Jo Healy will return to the P/1/2/3 class-
room. Sue Dower will again take French,”
At the conclusion of 2015 the school
opened its new shelter shed area.
“This now houses our gardening equip-
ment and sport shed. The students will also
use this area as an outdoor eating area as
well as an alternative learning space,” Ms
“Term 1 will see our students participate
in our swimming program and district and
division sport. The Grade 5/6 students will
participate in a quantum excursion.”
Ms Boyd said 2016 will be an exciting
time for the school.
“This year we will run a whole school
literacy program. Prep to Grade 6 will be
sharing the same learning space and will be
taught by both teachers,” she said.
“The focus will be on rich learning tasks
and authentic inquiry.”
Bigger and brighter at Welshpool
Fresh faces: from left, Toby, Charlee and Josh were excited to spend some of their
first day at Welshpool and District Primary School in the playground last Friday.
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