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1 RESPECT INTEGRITY CREATIVITY PERSISTENCE RESILIENCE DIARY DATES NEWSLETTER ISSUE NO. 2 Term 4 2nd November A WORD FROM THE PRINCIPAL TERM 4 15 Oct 14 Dec What a fantastic start to Term 4. Here are some highlights Sports Day was a huge success. Congratulations to all the teams for showing character strengths of teamwork, perseverance and zest. Thank you to all volunteers who helped in many capacities throughout the day. Our Pink Primary Girls chess team are state champions and will be competing in the national finals Learners Today Leaders Tomorrow sign has been placed on the fence. Thank you to Bunnings for supporting this project School Concert Thursday 6 Dec Primary School Chess Team has won the Evelyn Koshnitsky Shield for 2018 Book Fair Thank you for Tsam for organising the Book Fair. It gave students an opportunity to buy quality books and learning tools and supported the Library to purchase of extra resources. Year 7 Graduation Thursday 13 Dec Pupil Free Day Friday 26th October All staff participated in a training day on the Berry Street Education Model which focuses on positive psychology practices to improve growth. The knowledge and strategies gained support strengthening relationships, creating safe learning environments and social and emotional learning. We are excited that many classes have been using some learnings from the day with positive feedback from teachers and students. School Photos Monday 12 Nov Last Day of Term Friday 14 Dec Dismissal 2pm FINANCE OFFICE Mon Thurs 8.30am-9.15am 2.45pm 3.15pm Fri 8.30am-9.15am SKOOLBAG APP Download Instructions For Apple Users From your iphone/ipad, open the Apple App Store and search for Skoolbag For Google Android Users Ensure you have an account in the Google Play store. and search for Skoolbag Download for free Open the app and add your school you are ready to go. Staffing Update The Principal vacancy has been advertised and closes on the 8th November. Congratulations to Catherine Almond on the arrival of William James Almond. We welcome Ryan Parsons to the role of Assistant Principal. Congratulations Ryan. Congratulations to Bianca Gallego has won the position of Assistant Principal Quality Teaching and Learning. It is a 5-year appointment. Welcome Emma Joyce who is replacing Hayley Burt. Hayley is currently on maternity leave. We wish her all the best as she embarks on her next part of her life journey. Thank you to Martin Woodcock who stepped in as the acting Principal while I was on leave. Dear Families Recently we held our annual Book Fair and would like to take this opportunity to extend our appreciation and gratitude for your overwhelming support of this fabulous event. Funds raised will be utilized by purchasing more resources for our students. Our goal is to continue encouraging the love of reading for all ages and help support our students to maximize their reading stamina. We leave you with this quote from one of our favourite Australian authors, Mem Fox. Reading aloud and talking about what we re reading sharpens children s brains. It helps develop their ability to concentrate at length, to solve problems logically, and to express themselves more easily and clearly. Mem Fox


3 SCHOOL PHOTO S MONDAY 12th NOVEMBER Full School Uniform must be worn on the day. EMPS royal short sleeved or long sleeved polo shirt with gold embroidered logo. School print dress Navy culottes / skort Navy shorts Navy pants Blue or brown sandals, black shoes or sneakers will qualify as acceptable forms of footwear. (Thongs, high-heeled, Heelys or platform shoes are not acceptable). * Year 7 s to wear Year 7 tops and navy shorts or pants FAMILY PHOTO S 8.15AM 8.50AM PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE NEW STEM ROOM Parents, please remember Envelopes are to be returned to the photographer on the day Monday 12th November. Don t seal envelopes inside each other. You can pay for all children in one envelope however each child needs to have their own envelope on photo day. Please enclose correct money as no change is given cash, cheques and money orders only. Credit card payments can only be made online Online Orders close at midnight on Photo Day.

4 Materials and Services Charges 2019 Invitation to Parents/Caregivers East Marden Primary School Governing Council invites you to attend their next meeting on Tuesday 6th November at 6.15pm in the Staff Room to discuss the proposed Materials and Services Charges for 2019.

5 Chess News by Jocelyn H. Retnaraja, Chess co-ordinator During the last school holiday, the U6-U11 State Championships titles were held. Fantastic chess was being played and we are super proud of all the students. Congratulations to the East Marden students who took home titles: 1st U11 Athena- Malar R., 2nd U9 Charles T., and 1st U6 Connor C., while Suhas C. was equal 2 nd on October 25. Many congratulations and well done!! The Evelyn Koshnitsky Shield is an Invitational event to the most active primary chess schools in the South Australian Junior Chess League competition to take part in a tournament to work who has the right to hold the Champion Primary School shield for the year. As the defending champions, East Marden Primary School was the first team invited to participate in this prestigious tournament, which took place on Wednesday 19 September at 4pm at the Chess Centre in the city. Other schools participated were: Prince Alfred College, North Adelaide Primary School, St. Peter s College, Linden Park Primary School, Rose Park Primary School, and Scotch College. Each school was to send in a team for 10 boards, and there were 3 rounds of games with each player having 20 minutes per game. Each of the team member nominated had played very well in the Interschool Chess Competitions this year. They all played with skills and patience, and their individual strength and team spirit contributed to the team's overall success. While our team this year is young by age, they were determined to defend the title and have the Shield for another year. After nearly three rounds of chess lasting 3 hours, and having played against Rose Park, North Adelaide Primary School and Prince Alfred College, East Marden edged 2nd placed Prince Alfred College by 1 point to win the coveted Evelyn Koshnitshy Shield, and the title of Champion Primary School. East Marden Primary School is again proudly the South Australian Junior Chess League Champion Primary School for the year State Champions (L to R): (Back row) Tharan B., Charles T., Suhas C., Caleb T., Ethan R., (Front row) Dwij J., Athena-Malar R., Sophie C., Amelia C., Keshav B. and Connor C. with the EK Shield.

6 East Marden Primary School ~ Champions of SAJCL Primary Girls Interschool Chess Competitions 2018 The Primary Girls State Finals for the 2018 South Australian Junior Chess League Interschool Chess Competitions were held at the Chess Centre in Adelaide on Friday 26 October Representing the School were: Athena-Malar (Captain, Yr 4), Sanggeetha (Yr 7), Hannah (Yr 4), Jasmine (Yr 5), Sophie (Yr 2) and Amelia (Yr 2). Their final score of 14 out of a possible 16 was an incredible feat which made them undisputed and deserving champions, winning the prestigious Evelyn Koshnitsky Shield for Primary Girls. The EMPS Pink team not only was crowned Champions of Primary Girls on its first entry to the competition but also has won the honour to represent SA in this division at the national Australian Schools Teams Championships (held this year in Adelaide) on 1 st & 2 nd December. Four rounds were played amongst seven teams (with one team given a bye each round). The other participating schools were: Wilderness School (Rd 1), North Adelaide Primary School (Rd 2), Nairne School (Rd 3), Seymore College (Rd 4), Mitcham Primary School and Immanuel Primary School. The team had to play against Years 6 & 7 quite a few times. Each player showed great chess playing skills and they together demonstrated amazing team spirit. by Jocelyn H. Retnaraja, Chess co-ordinator Players in Action: State Chess Champions (L R): Sanggeetha, Sophie, Hannah, Athena-Malar, Jasmine and Amelia with coach David Koetsier at the conclusion of the event.


8 Pastoral Care Our EMPS community is blessed to be supported by a partnership of local churches comprising of : Campbelltown Uniting Church Campbelltown Reformed Church St. Aidan's Anglican Church Maylands Church of Christ Spicer Uniting Church Over the last four years, they have steadily supported us with provision of food hampers for families doing it tough. We've received donations of fruit for Sports day and staff have been treated with morning teas and chocolates to show they are appreciated for all the wonderful work they do for our school. Above all, volunteers have helped us out at Sports day and End of year concerts. Our active supporter Campbelltown Reformed Church, hosted a fete last Saturday, 27th October and have agreed to generously donate the proceeds from their Curry and Rice stall. That is almost $200 to support different student projects at our school. Thank you Noreen and Campbelltown Reformed! We, as a school community have richly benefited from this association and are thankful for their support. Kalaiselvi Jesudoss Pastoral Care Worker Uniform Shop New Premises Exciting news! The Uniform shop is moving to bigger premises with ample parking. From November this year UMS will have a store at Clearview Plaza, 254 Hampstead Road, Clearview. There is ample parking in the IGA carpark next door and with a larger store more stock will be on the shelves. Please see map below for directions. Ordering on line will remain the same with the same delivery options and excellent service. Are you returning to East Marden Primary School in 2019 We are now starting the process of confirming 2019 enrolments. We ask any families who will not be continuing at East Marden in 2019 to please send written confirmation to Please include in your the date your child will be leaving East Marden and your child s future school.

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