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UP
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DATE
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UPPER PLENTY PRIMARY SCHOOL
21st
August
2014
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DATES TO
REMEMBER
August
21st– Prep Grandparents Day
2.30pm
27th—Prep-2 Lego Excursion
29th—Alice Dress Rehearsal
at WSC
September
1st/2nd—Alice Production
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-Fathers’ Day Stall
5
th-
—Fathers’ Day Dinner
8th-First Aid—Prep-6
10-12th– Gr 3/4 Camp
14
th
-Bunnings BBQ
14
th
-Into the Light Lantern
Parade– Whittlesea
16
th
– Sports Colours Day
16
th
- Hot lunch day –
hamburgers and chicken
schnitzel rolls.
19th—End of Term 3
October
11th– Dinner Dance
16th– Pupil Free Day
This Week’s Events
Monday–
Tuesday—Hot Chocolate
8.45am—$1
Wednesday— Whittlesea
S.C Excursion (selected
students)
Lego Excursion (P-2)
Friday— Alice Dress
Rehearsal at Whittlesea S.C
What’s in this Issue
Super Splendid Support Staff
Awards
Interview with Mrs Laffan
Five Cent Fundraiser
From the Art Room
Interview with Mrs Hastie
Behind the Office Door with
Gail and Melissa
Behind the Scenes; AIW
School Bus EOI
Classroom Snapshots
5/6 Camp Report
Sporting Classified
Science Report
Art Report
Stephanie Alexander
JSC Report
Sports Colours Day
Alice in Wonderland Ticket Orders
Ticket order forms were sent home in envelopes on Monday. There are limited tickets and
they are selling fast. Please return your order forms ASAP so
you don’t miss out. Tickets will be sent home next week.
Dates: Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd September
Venue: Whittlesea Secondary College Performing Arts Centre
Time: 6.30pm start (speaking roles to arrive by 5.30pm, all other
students by 6.00pm)
Tickets: $5 per adult, $2.50 per child that requires a seat,
children under 4 free if sitting on a lap. UPPS students do not
need a ticket as they will be on stage.

PERMISSON NOTES for the dress rehearsal at Whittlesea Secondary College on Friday 29th
August are DUE BACK NOW.
By Billie and Olivia S
This week the teachers surprised some very special staff
members with a special morning tea. These special staff
members help with teaching, running J.S.C, helping us when we
are hurt and making sure the office runs smoothly. They are
called our support staff. We asked these special people a
different question each about what they love about U.P.P.S!
Here are their answers.
Which is your favourite grade to teach?
Alison- 5/6 Team because they laugh at my jokes more than the other grades.
What’s great about helping children at Upper Plenty?
Bende- It’s great to help students with their work so it can be easier for them to
learn. I also like working with happy kids.
Maggie- I like making students laugh and also just being here makes me happy!
What’s your favourite part of your job?
Josie- Working with children at Upper Plenty.
Melissa- Working with Gail. No day is ever the
same. There are different challenges each day.
Gail- Doing first aid but I can’t deal with vomit!
I would rather do poo.
What’s been your highlight this year?
Danielle- I liked the Stephanie Alexander
Kitchen Garden Program.
Leanne- Going to camp with all the lovely well-mannered children in 5/6 Team!
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Upper Plenty Primary School Weekly Awards
Student of the Week Awards will be presented to:
Tegan Gray for her enthusiasm sounding out words.
Harry Grutteria for working hard to research lots of information on crocodiles to produce a detailed written planner.
Daniel Carland for working hard to show multiplication in different ways. Great job Daniel.
Alex Merlo for working very productively during his independent maths task.
Daniel Ruscigno for the improvement he has shown in reading with fluency and accuracy. Well done Dan!
3/4K for showing commitment and putting in 100% effort while practicing roles and songs for Alice in Wonderland.
Natasha Schiemann for her 5-star effort in making her voice expressive when reading aloud.
Jarrad Chalkley for his dedication and enthusiasm towards using the formal algorithm in maths.

Values Awards will be presented to:
Lucas Cordner for trying hard to ‘turn his frown upside down’. Well done Lucas!
Thomas Wardley for showing great focus and politely listening to others during class discussions. Keep up the
good work.
Blake Watts for his enthusiasm and effort put into multiplication tasks.
Mitchell Deacon for persisting this week in numeracy when working with arrays and equal groups
Leo Barber for giving effort when joining in classroom discussions and coming up with lots of ideas.
Ebony Merlo for showing great team work skills and always participating in our classroom discussions.
Brian Lawrence for his commitment and initiative gathering suggestions of games for sports day.
Kayla Dowell for persisting with challenging tasks and showing pride in her work.

50 Nights Reading Awards have been presented to: Gypsy, Zeke
75 Nights Reading Awards have been presented to: Declan, Jessica D, Zara
100 Nights Reading Awards have been presented to: Sinead, Banjo, Lani, Darcie, Jessica D, Aurora, Za-
ra
125 Nights Reading Awards have been presented to: Zara, Saige, Daniel, Lily S, Aurora, Isabelle, Aiden
G, Rebecca
150 Nights Reading Awards have been presented to: Mark, Lily S, Isabelle D, Alex, Aiden G, Alliana,
Riley B, Blake,
175 Nights Reading Awards have been presented to: Lachie H, Alliana, Elektra, Aiden G
Mathletics
Certificates

Gold:
Chloe S


Silver:
Aimee S


Bronze:
Tommy, Nathan,
Lachlan H, Antonio,
Alexis, Badyn, Lach-
lan, Lachie, Ned,
Aidan C
Welcome to this week’s school newsletter! The Grade
5/6s asked to create this week’s newsletter and our
wish was granted! We wanted to write the newsletter
because our writing focus for the next five weeks is
information reports. We will be writing reports on
animals, countries and of course newsletter articles.

This year every class focuses on the same text type
for five weeks. This term we have already learnt about
procedures and now we are learning about information
reports.
We thought doing the newsletter would be a great
opportunity to write real life reports.
Next time you are in a classroom have a look at our
writing posters. The teachers made them at a staff
meeting. We use them to help make sure our writing is in
the correct order and uses the right language. We have
a different poster for each text type.
By Cam and Ethan S
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An Interview with the Principal
By Alani and Olivia

Mrs Laffan has had a very good week. She went to the junior grades
(1/ 2s and preps) and listened to them read. They were excellent at
reading their books. Her highlight of the week was getting to meet up
with Maggie and work on the top secret J SC project.
Last week was different for Mrs Laffan due to the campers being away.
I t was much quieter than usual out in the school grounds. However,
Mrs Laffan had more meetings and activities and she couldn’t get to
camp because of all of the activities and meetings. This week she has
fewer meetings and fewer activities to attend.

Mrs Laffan loves being a principal and her favourite things about being
a principal are having children visit her and showing her their fantastic five star work. She likes being
with the student leadership team and is very proud of them when they do their roles.

Mrs Laffan is really looking forward to going to Europe with her mum and sister and she also can’t wait
to see the dragon’s head. She thinks it’s going to be magnificent when the dragon is put together.




This week’s star comments from our parent ‘Stars and a Wish’ feedback:

 Communication via Facebook
 The emphasis on assessing, planning and teaching for individual differences
 Written reports are very detailed and easy to understand
By George and Jarrad
This term all classes have a jar in their classroom. What for? The Family and Friends Group (FAF)
is running a ‘5 Cent Fundraiser’ to raise money for our school. The class that raises the most
money wins a prize. So far the school has raised over $100. This week we raised a little bit more.
When we counted the money on Tuesday these were the totals for the past week:
Prep S $0 1/2J $0.70 1/2P $2.15 1/2F $3.95
3/4K $0.15 3/4V $0 5/6 Team $0.10

The class that raised the most money this week was 1/2F. More money might have been added
since Tuesday. We wonder who has raised the most money overall?

Keep collecting your five cent coins until the end of the term. This week the school
has raised $7.25. Well done to all classes for collecting 5 cents. Let’s try and beat
the totals next week.
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From the Art Room

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C a t c h i n g u p w i t h Mr s H a s t i e B y K a y l a a n d B l a i s e
This week we interviewed Mrs Hastie. We asked her a few questions to get an insight into her week. Read
on to find out more!

How has your week been? What were the highlights?
As you may know, our 5/6s went off to camp therefore this made my week very confusing because my timetablechanged. My
highlight of the week has been going to 1/2fFto practiceAlice in Wonderland. I liked joining in to do thesinging.
How did your timetable change?
The grades weren’t in their classroom because they were at specialist classes and I got confused because I didn’t know where
they were so it ended up turning into a big treasure hunt! I got to do more yard duty. I also got to teach Miss Fenech’s grade
which was very fun!

What did you do last week?
Last week I helped students in every grade with writing, spelling and reading. I also had a meeting with teachers to plan
work and I helped Mrs Laffan with some jobs. I had another meeting with Josie, Bende, Alison and Maggie. I had a lot of
meetings and some with some parents, I worked on some projects to help students and I wrote and read 50-100 emails which
wasn’t very fun. But I finished it all luckily!
What is on your ‘To Do’ list?
On my to do list I have to do some reports for Mrs Laffan and I had to plan some work for children.
What are you looking forward to this week?
I am looking forward to hearing about camp (see page 13), going to a ‘Techie Breaky’ with Miss Crowther and also catching
up with iPad tasks.

Lantern Parade 2014

This year’s lantern parade is shaping up to be bigger and more beautiful than ever, so if you haven’t
already, put September 14
th
in your diaries.
Students in years five and six have been working hard on some of the
parade’s main character lanterns. With this year’s theme being ‘cycles’,
(referring to the various stages of the recovery cycle after the initial,
and more recent fires), and focusing on the butterfly life cycle, Upper
Plenty students were tasked with creating giant caterpillars and are
almost at the decorating stage. Each caterpillar will be made up of
separate segments carried by our students, and will come together to
form the characters for the performance portion of the parade. Each
student across prep to year four, have created a small individual
butterfly to carry on their hand, and are encouraged to walk with our
senior students in the parade.
This year’s parade will again be held at the Whittlesea Cattle Sheds,
with free community art activities beginning at 3.30pm and the parade
starting at dusk. There will be live music and food available for purchase.
We will require as many senior students as possible to carry the lanterns
on the night and a letter will be coming home with them this week. Students are also welcome to bring
along pyramid lanterns made in the past, and carry them or give them to a family member to carry.
This is one community event not to be missed!!
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By Chelsea and Tanyshah
This week we interviewed Gail and Melissa about what they enjoy about UPPS. Our interviewees
had different answers to one another and we were very intrigued by their answers. Melissa was
unfortunately working at a different school on Tuesday so a phone call came to the rescue!
The following paragraphs are questions and answers that we asked Gail and Melissa on Tuesday.
Q1: How did your week change due to the 5/6 camp?
Gail: I thought it was very, very quiet and I missed you all.
Melissa: I agree with Gail that is was quiet and less injuries occurred during outside times.
Q2: What has been your funniest moment in the past 7 days?
Melissa: One of my funniest moments was trying to put eye drops in Mrs Laffan’s eyes. I also love
having Gail around. One other thing that happened to me recently was me coming to school and
entering the central learning area and panicking because no one was in the building. Three staff
members cars were in the car park but they were nowhere to be seen. I later found out that they
were all having a meeting in the BER building. Pheew!
Gail: I enjoy working with Mel- she always has a joke to tell. I also had another funny moment that
wasn’t very pleasant but may be humorous to others; getting a stick out of the boys’ toilets with
my hands, it took a while because the stick was jammed in the urinal. Eeew!
Q3: What has been your worst injury you have had to deal with during your time at UPPS?
Gail: I remember a few years ago two students were out in the yard and one got hit with a brick on
his head. There was blood everywhere! And of course, who had to deal with it? Me!!
Melissa: I have had to deal with a broken arm which was very severe. I was trying to calm the
student down until the ambulance came.
Q4: When is your busiest day of the week? Why?
Melissa: Newsletter day because I need to do it all by myself.
Gail: Lunch time because there are a lot of injuries and lots of tears.
Q5: What do you spend most of your time on during the week?
Gail: First aid and children in the sick bay take up a lot of my day because students are always
complaining about sore fingers and sore toes.
Melissa: I spend most of time in first aid as well.
FOR SALE AFTER ASSEMBLY TOMORROW
5/6 Team have a variety of items from the market stall still
for sale. There are books, art and craft activities and lucky
dip prizes. Make an offer. All items need to be sold.
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School Bus Expression of Interest—Last Day to Return them is tomorrow!

Name: ______________________________________________No. of children:__________________

I would consider using the school bus with a pick up near Hudson Park if the cost per student was

no more than $_______ per day for travel both to and from the school.

I would use the bus _______ days each week.
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We talked to some of the stars of Alice in Wonderland; Lachie SM from 3/4K (A Card), Blake P from 1/2F, Ebony L
from 5/6 Team (Mock Turtle) and Emily W from Prep S! Below is an exclusive interview with these four students
who know all about Alice in Wonderland!

We first interviewed the Mock Turtle, Ebony L!
AM: What would you change about the play if you could?
EL: That we have Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
AM: Which class do you think has the best part or song in the play? Why?
EL: 5/ 6 team because our songs are fun and not depressing.

Next we interviewed Blake P!
AM: What are you most proud of doing in the play?
BP: I love making everyone happy.
AM: Would you like to do more or less things in the play? Why?
BP: Less, there are too many things going on at once!

We asked Lachie SM (a card) a few questions!
ES: Which costume looks the best, do you think? Who is lucky enough to wear it? What
stands out about it?
LSM: The White Rabbit, who is Lachlan K because I think it looks really cute!

Last, we went to the Prep room and talked to Emily W about her class song, Wonderland!
ES: Who is your favourite character?
EW: Alice, because I like her hair.
ES: Do you think Alice is pretty?
EW: Yes! I like her shoes and her dress!

Get your ticket orders in now for a great night watching your kids perform!
Have you returned your permission note for our dress rehearsal at Whittlesea Secondary
College? The rehearsal is Friday 29th August and notes are due back NOW.
With Eve and
Alicia!
Who Am I? I wear a blue dress and white apron. I dream that I meet a white rabbit, a queen and
a king. My names starts with an ‘A’
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Fami l y and Fri ends News!

Family and Friends News
The Bunnings BBQ is coming up fast and we still need three volunteers to fill the last
shifts – one volunteer for the first shift and two for the last shift. If you can please spare
some time we would be very appreciative. We need to fill these spots to ensure we
have enough people to run the BBQ.
Fathers’ Day stall and Dinner information is also in the newsletter. If you would like to
come to the dinner please fill out the form and return to the office by the due date.
This is always a fun night for Dads and the kids.
Also coming out this week is the Dinner Dance information. This will be sent home on
Friday so look out for it. Information will also be in next weeks newsletter. We also
need donations for this night for our raffle prizes, silent auction and live auction prizes,
so if you have something in mind that you could donate please leave at the office with
Melissa or Gail.
Peta and Cathy
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FAMILY AND FRIENDS NEEDS YOUR HELP
PLEASE FILL OUT THE SLIP BELOW AND RETURN TO THE OFFICE IF
YOU CAN HELP WITH ANY OF THESE EVENTS:
Name: ________________________________
Contact Ph: _______________________________

I can help with:
Fathers’ Day Stall □ Fathers Day Dinner □
Dinner Dance □ Hot lunch day 16/9/14 □

Through the events organised by FAF and
supported by our school community, we now
have an extra camera and four memory
cards to use in classrooms. Yippee!
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Davis family
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Library

Mrs Hastie will be opening the library at lunch time on Wednesday. You can go along to read, browse or
borrow books. You can even go and play a board game. She hopes lots of people will visit her.
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On Tuesday we interviewed Lucas and Keeley
about their week. Here are the results:
Q: How was your week?
Keeley: My week was good
Lucas: Me too
Q: What have you been learning in writing?
Keeley: We learnt about procedures. I wrote a
procedure about strawberries.
Lucas: I wrote a procedure about cereal
Q: What have you been reading in reading?
Keeley: Read a book called My New Baby
Lucas: Read the book I Like
Q: What was your highlight of last week?
Keeley: Reading My New Baby
Lucas: Seeing my buddy Aidan
Q: What are you looking forward to next
week?
Keeley: Going to Lego Land
Lucas: Going to Lego Land

An Interview with 1/2F
By Brent and Hayden
This week we interviewed Jess, Tex, Alliana and
Declan from Miss Fenech’s grade. We wanted to find
out about their week at school. Here is what they said:
How was your week at school?
Tex: It was good because I got to play with my
friends.
Have you been practising your songs in Alice in
Wonderland?
Alliana & Declan: Yes, we have been practising ‘Golden
Afternoon’ and ‘What Will Become of Me?’.
We have heard you are going on an excursion, tell
us a bit more about it.
Declan: We are going on a Lego excursion and we might
build stuff.
What have you been making in art?
Declan: We have been making flowers out of cups,
plates and paper.
What is your topic in Inquiry?
Declan: We are designing a playground.
What has been your favourite subject this week?
Tex: Writing because I love it.
Jess: Sport because we did gymnastics.
Declan: Art because we got to create different things.
What has been your highlight this week?
All: Singing Alice in Wonderland songs.
Thi s week we i ntervi ewed 1/ 2P. We i ntervi ewed f our students and Mrs Phi l l i ps. Watch out Andy
Gri f f i th, there are some great authors comi ng out of 1/ 2P!
Mrs Phillips’ highlight of the week of was practising the songs for the play. The 1/2P songs
are ‘I am Late’ and ‘Who are you?’ Mrs Phillips most interesting thing for the week was
testi ng out a newspel l i ng acti vi ty.
Writing is popular in 1/2P and it is Zoe, Caitlin and Alexia’s favourite subject. Shane’s
f avouri te subj ect i s sport. The 1/ 2s had a f ree choi ce topi c thi s week i n wri ti ng. However,
i t had to be a report about an ani mal . By Ebony and Brock
ORCHARD NEWS We are happy to report that the plaques have been fired and are ready
for installation this week, weather permitting.
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A Window into 1/2J By Breeanna and Emily
Ashleigh liked her week and rated it 100% because when she went outside to the friendship pole
everybody in the class wanted to play with her. Beau’s favourite thing is sport and art because in
sport the class gets to run laps around the basketball court and he liked art because he got to do
exciting things.
1/2J likes to play ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ and ‘Car Lot’ because they are fun games. The class is very
excited about Alice in Wonderland because their families will be there.
By Laikyn and Seth
We interviewed 3/4K and
discovered lots of interesting
things. It looks like they have been
very busy this week.
1. What was one highlight of your week and why?
Zac: Alice in Wonderland rehearsals because I got up with all my friends.
Chloe: Doing sport last week.
Aimee: Writing because I learnt how to write procedures
Lachlan: Spelling because I learnt how to spell words like ‘politician’

2. What are two things you have accomplished this week?
Zac: Maths and reading.
Chloe: Getting better at maths.
3. What have you learnt that is new this week and how did you learn it?
Zac: How to use maps in maths
Chloe: Learning new time tables.



By Mia and Brian

This week we visited 3/4V to see what they have been doing in class. Their teacher is Miss Varker.

It has been a busy week in 3/4V with lots of different things happening. Darcie’s highlight of the week was
planning the billy carts and finishing her writing. Jason enjoyed Indonesian and writing.

This week Darcie learnt how to make an origami fox and Jason learnt about solar power planes. In reading,
Darcie is skipping ahead to work out hard words and Jason is sounding out hard words.

Why didn’t the skeleton go to the dance?
B e c a u s e h e h a d N O B O D Y t o g o w i t h ! B a h a h a h a h a h a h !
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Hot Lunches
We have two pie warmers for children to warm up
Hot Lunches. All items must be wrapped in foil
and clearly labelled. No pizza (it ends up stuck to
the foil), uncooked food, or noodles/soup requiring
boiling water

Each building now has a
pie warmer
Senior grades– in the
BER Building
Junior Grades—in the
Central Learning Space
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By Kaitlyn and Tayla-Jade
The 5/6 Team have been as busy as bees. We have had a stall at the Wallan Market, gone on Camp (see page 13) and
have begun Genius Hour for the second time. We have also been reading, writing, doing numeracy and getting ready
for the Alice in Wonderland production. All of these things have been fun and exciting.
Genius Hour was a great success last semester and we liked so much we are doing it again So, this semester the 5/6s
will be participating in another 10 weeks of Genius Hour getting ready for the exhibition. Here is what some Geniuses
have to say about Genius Hour.
Brock – SPLAT! “For my Genius Hour project I have chosen to paint clothes and shoes to wear. The skill I’m focusing
on learning is to paint better. I had no change of plans and my mum inspired me because she paints.”
Chelsea – Dress for Bonnie “I got the pattern from the website www.craftisnotoptional.com which is a sewing craft
site. My grandma is helping me complete my sister’s dress. I will be learning how to follow a more complicated
pattern.”
Brent – Metal Dog! “I’m using water pipes, motorbike chains and other metals to create my project. Last time we did
Genius Hour, I made a Metal Man so I’m making a Metal Dog to go with it. I will be learning how to handle diferent
tools.”
On Saturday 9
th
August, 5/6 Team had a stall at the Wallan Market. The morning
was cold, but gradually warmed up. There were only a few students at the stall in
the morning. As the day progressed and heated up, more students arrived at the
stall to do a shift or two. We sold $127 worth of second hand and craft items
which was a great sale. The money has gone straight into our class bank account.
We are trying to earn and save $1000 by the end of the year. Having a bank
account is part of our numeracy work and Earn and Learn inquiry topic.
What Number am I? When you add 3 to me the answer is the same as 19 - 5.
Competition Alert!
Hey everyone! Do you want to win a
mystery prize?
Well you can now! All you have to do
is make up a song that can be sung to the tune of Happyby
Pharrel Williams. It doesn’t matter how short or long it is and
the best one will win! Send with your child to the 5/6
Classroomwith the name of your song on it in an envelope.
Please also put your child’s name and grade on it so we can
give it back after judging. Also part of the prize will be your
super song published in the Newsletter! Have fun writing and
send the songs in before 9
th
September!
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By Mia M and Laikyn P

On 12th August, 5/6 Team left for camp. It was a long journey on the bus but we got there eventually.
We learnt lot of new skills like hut building and how to do a low ropes course. There were many activities
including flying fox, giant swing, archery, canoeing, ponding and many more. In the evenings we did a night walk
and cooked marshmallows around the campfire. On the second night we had a concert and on the third night we
watched a DVD.

Ethan HH’s favourite activity was the giant swing because he went upside down! Alicia’s favourite activity was
the giant swing because it was 20 metres high in the air. She got so scared going up she lost her voice so she
couldn’t say stop but now when she looks back she is so glad that she didn’t say stop because she would have
regretted it!

We would like to say a big thank you to Miss Crowther, Mrs Placek, Bende, Miss Fenech, Robbie, Robyn and
Leanne for taking us on this amazing journey. We all had SOOOOO much fun!!!!!
Sporting Classified By Bailey and Brodie
Sport is a very popular thing to do at Upper Plenty Primary School. Outside and inside school students like
to do football, cricket, netball, basketball, soccer, tennis, hockey and lots more. This week we have caught
up with some students and they told us their secrets about sport.
The Grade 3/4s have been doing gymnastics. They have been learning two hand forward rolls and one hand
forward rolls. The grades 1/2s have been doing gymnastics and learning how to do dive rolls and they also
enjoyed learning new games in sport. The preps have been doing gymnastics in sport too. They have really
enjoyed the different athletic activities as well The preps are looking forward to doing house and out of
school activities.

Mr J and Mrs Phillips have been busy running lunch time sports competitions. This week Blue and Yellow
played a game of netball at lunch time. Blue won with a score of 6! Red and Green are playing today. After
today’s game, the winner and Blue House will play in a grand final.
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JSC Report by Sam and Brian
JSC stands for Junior School Council. The school captains and two people from each
class are on the JSC committee. However, there are no prep students. JSC have
meetings each fortnight. At the meetings we try to make new ideas and things happen to
make the school money and lots of other things.
JSC organises sports equipment for play times. We made a roster of who takes it in and
out of the yard so hopefully it will be more organised and ready to be used.
Lately, we have been working on a sports day. The sports day is where you can wear
whatever sports team jersey you like. You must bring a gold coin donation if you dress
up. Doing this will help the school money wise and then we can buy more sport equipment
and other stuff like that! We will run a few games on the day.
Maggie works with JSC and helps the School Captains to run the meetings. This week we
interviewed her and this is what she had to say about the meetings.
I love to hear all the ideas and opinions of the students to our JSC meeting ideas and see the great projects come to life
as activity days or sometimes a lunch. We have some big and exciting projects coming up that may be discussed in our
next class meetings. I am also a part of a program call the achievement program and help with the activity days and help
with the wellbeing side of thing. I am very happy about the roll I play in our school community.
If you have a suggestion for activities for the sports please list it below. Please write the rules in case we are not aware of the
game. Use another piece of paper if you need more space.
Name of Game: __________________________________________. Your name: _______________________________________
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Science by Dylan and Breeanna

Science happens every week at UPPS. Every grade has one hour per week with Mr J. Mr J said that if he was
not teaching science, he would like to teach reading. He would not like to teach art.

This week in science the 5/6s attempted to melt aluminium foil, sugar, plastic and jam. There were very
interesting effects and things changed a lot. Sugar and plastic changed the most.

Ayrton from prep liked playing with the balloons best. Blake from 1/2F enjoyed completing some science
experiments this week. 3/4V’s Brayden said that his favourite thing was experimenting with food dye and
milk. Cameron from 5/6 Team’s favourite thing about Science was using the Lego technic to move different
machines using pulleys.
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Art at UPPS By Matthew and Breeanna
Every week each class has art with Mrs Lewis for one hour on
Tuesday or Wednesday.
The 5/6s have been making the caterpillar lanterns for the light
festival. This week the lanterns were decorated with colours
students chose. They look great!
The 3/4s have been drawing and painting.
The preps and 1/2s have been working hard too.
What has been your favourite thing about this week?
I liked working with George
to count the 5 cents and
interviewing people.
I liked writing the most
because I got to write about
camp and interview 3/4K
Vox Pop
I liked making stuff for
play. I wrapped presents and
made a map for Caucus Race.
I liked going on the
computers and using a
website called ‘Dogonews’
I liked sport and doing a
somersault and no handed
forward rolls.
I liked play practice and
singing and dancing for our
class songs.
My favourite thing is art
and this week we made
spiders with eight legs
I liked writing an
information report about
Tasmanian Deveils

Jake
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Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
By Grayson, Natasha and Nick
This term Yellow and Red House are doing the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
program. One week is a cooking week and one week is a gardening week. Sometimes
people do extra gardening at lunch times.
We interviewed Jayden from Red House and Millie and Natasha from Yellow House.
Here are the questions we asked them and their
answers:

Q: What do you enjoy about the Stephanie Alexander
Kitchen Garden Program?
Millie: : I enjoy cooking!
Jayden: I found the cooking to be fun!
Natasha: I enjoy cooking lovely meals and learning new
skills.

Q: What is your favourite part of gardening?
Millie: I enjoy planting the seeds!
Jayden: I enjoy the digging!
Natasha: Making newspaper pots.

Q: What’s your favourite part of cooking?
Millie: I enjoy eating the food.
Jayden: I prefer to cook the food.
Natasha: Tasting new foods that I have never tasted or
cooked before!

Q: Do you like the food? Why or why not?
Millie: I like the food because it is delicious
Natasha: I like most of the food; most of it was really yum, but the rest I didn’t like.
Jayden: I like the food because it’s yummy.

Q: Is there anything you would like to try?
Millie: I would like to try and cook fish fingers.
Natasha: I would like to try and cook chocolate pudding and fish + chips.
Jayden: No there is not a thing I would like to try.

Q: Can you name one skill you have learned in the S.A.K.G.?
Millie: I have learned how to plant.
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newsletter
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each week in beautiful colour, and not
scrunched/forgotten in the
bottom of your child’s bag, please email the
school at
upper.plenty.ps
@edumail.vic.gov.au

and request we send you the newsletter.
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