To start the year off, Year 9 Maths classes are revising their number skills which leads into the first to topic Indices.
7-12 Sports Day 2024
The 7-12 Sports Day is scheduled for Friday, 1st March Week 5 to be held on the 7-12 campus.
There will be a few new fun events added to the day this year as well as the same old favourites.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone in attendance, participating and collaborating in their house teams, showing determination and enjoying the day.
More information will be shared in the next few weeks in the lead up to the event but save the date in your calendar and get your house colour costumes organised!
Health and Physical Education/Mathematics Teacher
2023 Year 12 Graduation
Looking back to the 23rd November….. The Year 12 graduation evening was an exceptional success, marked by moments of jubilation, reflection, and camaraderie. The event encapsulated the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and growth for the graduating class of 2023. From the inspiring speech delivered by valedictorian Maise Lane to the heartfelt expressions of gratitude from students, the evening radiated a sense of achievement and unity.
Embraced by proud parents, teachers, and peers, the graduates celebrated their academic milestones with contagious enthusiasm and optimism for the future. The ceremony not only honoured academic accomplishments but also highlighted the diverse talents and contributions of each individual, fostering a profound sense of community and belonging. As the curtains closed on this memorable evening, it left an indelible mark on all attendees, serving as a testament to the resilience and determination of the graduating class as they embark on their journey beyond high school.
Congratulations to our Year 12 cohort
Dates to Remember
Junior Primary Excursion to Train Museum in Milang
Thur 29/2 and
Tree planting at the Butter Factory
Student Free Day
Junior Primary Excursion to Goolwa
Reminders from Donna
Hats are required now at all play times and PE lessons. Donna has some new hats available for $10.
Donna also has some second hand uniform items for sale.
Orders due 19th February.
Please always contact the school if your child is late, call or come in and sign a yellow slip. Also if your child is away or someone else is picking them up. If we don’t hear from you your child’s absence is marked as unexplained. A message from another student is not enough, we need to hear from a parent. If you are picking your child up early please come into the office and complete a green slip.
Please continue to follow the guidelines for keeping us all safe. If you need to come on site, please ensure you are sanitising when entering any buildings. Keep your visits brief and social distance at all times.
On the last Assembly of 2023 we farewelled our Year 6, Seth. Our assembly was held at the Milang Institute and Seth’s family were able to be there and celebrate his graduation with him. Seth has been with us here at Milang since Reception and we wish him all the best at 7-12 Campus.
We also farewelled Mr Nash and wish him well in his new venture at another school.
Well done to our Premiers Reading Challenge award recipients also.
Well done to our first award winners for 2024. Jannali and Amelia from the Junior Primary Class and Troy and Harley from the Upper Primary Class.
We had wonderful attendance for our Summer Splash afternoon on Monday, where parents had the chance to meet their child’s teacher and have a look around the classroom. The children then had a wonderful time running in the sprinklers and cooling down, followed by a hot potato and an ice-block. Please don’t hesitate to come in and meet the teachers before or after school if you were unable to attend.
Upper Primary Learning
My name is Miss Amy and I am the new Upper Primary teacher at Milang Campus. I am very excited to be here, and so far have felt so welcomed by staff, the wonderful students and their families. A few things to know about me are that I love being a teacher, and have wanted to be one since I was 5 years old. I also love to read, watch movies and go for walks in Kuitpo Forest. At home, I live with my fiancé and we get married later this year. We also share our house with our crazy and sock obsessed Labrador, and two very entitled and spoiled cats.
The last two weeks have so far been such a fun adventure with swimming, getting to know each other and creating new and consistent routines that will shape how we learn in the classroom. This year I am to bring a sense of safety and belonging to the Upper Primary Classroom, and aim to challenge students with their learning whilst also providing a safe and nurturing environment where they can thrive through their own strengths and work towards their goals.
This term we are focusing on strengthening our mathematic skills through number and place value, whilst also focusing on other areas such as money, measurement and problem solving. In literacy, we are focusing on strengthening our reading and writing skills through regular reading routines, reading comprehension as well as a weekly Big Write, which sees us focusing on our grammar techniques.
I am very excited and proud to be at Milang and I am so looking forward to seeing what this year will bring.
Junior Primary Learning
Our first day of ‘official’ literacy groups began this week. Last week, we had slotted in some practice sessions around our swimming lessons so we were all prepared to get started this week. Our new Receptions started by counting the number of words in a sentence as they jumped from hoop to hoop. Their next lesson was all about ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ and finding the words that rhyme. The Yellow group began by revising all the sounds they learnt last year ending in a game of ‘Sound and Words’ Bingo. A goal for the Green and Orange group is to continue building up their independent working skills. With the focus on a particular sound, each group started to slowly work through a series of activities. All the children worked really well and made a great start to literacy learning for 2024!
Playgroup resumed for 2024 on Tuesday, 30th January. We have welcomed several new families this term.
The children have enjoyed reconnecting with their friends as they explored our indoor and outdoor play spaces. We learnt about Chinese New Year and have made pancakes together.
Head of Campus Report
Welcome back to Milang for 2024! It has been lovely to meet our new students, Safi, Marley, Connor, Memphis and Mia and they have settled in very well. I would also like to welcome our new Upper Primary teacher, Amy Pulleine. Amy comes with experience from Port Elliot Primary school, after school care and as an educator at the Strathalbyn Campus. Over the past two weeks both our classes have been learning their routines, finding out about each other’s strengths and setting goals for the term.
Last week all students attended swimming lessons at Strathalbyn pool and I was again very proud of the way they persisted throughout the week, even on the cold days! After only 5 days it was great to see the improvement in their abilities and confidence in the water.
Premier’s Reading Challenge
The Premier’s reading Challenge is on again this year. It is back to the normal 12 books. In Years 7-9 4 of the 12 must be from the challenge booklist, but 8 are of students’ choice. In Years 10-12 all books are of students’ choosing.
Forms are available online or in our Library. Entries close Friday, 6th September 2024.
The donated jigsaws are again popular this year. Students have already started on their second one. The first was a 1000 piece jigsaw of London, as a tribute to Mr Rofe’s visit there last year. Welcome back Mr Rofe. The second is of colourful lollies. A very big thank you to our jigsaw donors.
Inclusion and Wellbeing Team
Eastern Fleurieu School (EFS) are very fortunate to have an extensive team of passionate educators providing Wellbeing supports to the young people in our school community.
Our 7-12 Campus team is made up of the following staff:
Merryn Gomez – Assistant Principal Inclusion and Wellbeing
Ely Haylock - Inclusion and Wellbeing Leader
Ryan Haylock - Inclusion and Wellbeing Leader
Megan Wood – First Nations Leader
Andrea Goddard – Inclusion and Wellbeing Administration
Sophie Reynolds – Youth Worker
Kate Yabsley – Youth Worker
Cassie Hatton – Youth Worker
Sylvia Ricci – Pastoral Care Worker
Gaby Taylor – Learning Support Teacher
The Inclusion and Wellbeing team work closely with the broader EFS team of highly skilled Leaders, Teachers and SSOs to provide proactive, preventative, and responsive interventions through our whole school multi-tiered system of supports. This includes whole year level and whole class programs, small group work, 1-1 support and collaborative work with families and the community.
You or your child can get in contact with the Inclusion and Wellbeing team by contacting Student Services to book an appointment on 8536 2455 or you can send an email to the whole team at: DL.0796.Wellbeing@schools.sa.edu.au.
In each Newsletter you will be introduced to a different member of the team starting with Pastoral Care Worker, Sylvia Ricci. EFS work closely with the Department for Education to ensure that wellbeing services through SMG continue to be provided and we are pleased to have Sylvia working with EFS in 2024.
Name: Sylvia Ricci
Role: PCW (Pastoral Care Worker) at 7-12 Campus
About the role: The role of the PCW is to promote student wellbeing and engagement, and to support young people in activities that support their learning and development.
Background: Sylvia has previously worked as a Paediatric Registered Nurse and has a Diploma in Ministry.
Interests: Music, Drama, Cooking, Art, attending her Church, Meeting new people, and Coffee! Sylvia also like making sausages, preserving tomatoes, fruit and pickles, and eating delicious food.
Places you will find Sylvia at EFS: Sylvia works Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and can be found in the yard during break times (come say Hi!), in the Youth Workers office located in the library, in the Ready to Learn Room or in Room 1. To connect with Sylvia you can go to Student Services and request an appointment.
Assistant Principal Inclusion and Wellbeing
Important Dates to Remember
Mon 19/2-Fri 23/2
Swimming - Room 20
Opens Boys T20 Cricket
Year 7 and 8 Basketball
Year 9 and 10 Boys Cricket
Photo Catch Up Day
Year 9 The Rite Journey Calling Ceremony
Year 9 The Rite Journey Departure Ceremony
Thur 7/3 - Fri 8/3
Year 9 The Rite Journey Challenge Day
Tue 12/3- Thur 14/3
Year 10 Outdoor Ed – Bushwalk Camp
Head of Campus Report
Students at the 7-12 Campus have had a fantastic start to 2024, settling into their new classes and routines, and focusing on their readiness for learning. There has been a strong focus on consistent routines and expectations with the aim of improving conditions for learning; students have embraced these positive changes.
We are delighted to unveil our revised school values in this beautiful artwork that was a collaboration between student leaders, First Nations artists and ACEO Shaan Broadbent who created the final concept. We are so proud of the result and excited to support students to uphold these values in their day-to-day activities at school and in our local communities.
Our Year 12 students had an exciting and eventful start to their final year of schooling with the highly anticipated arrival of their commemorative jumpers, and their retreat at Mylor Adventure Camps this week. We hope this experience strengthened their connections and the memories made will last a lifetime.
STUDENT LEADERS AND HOUSE CAPTAINS
Our Student Leadership nominations are underway and we have had an overwhelming interest in the roles in our new structure. In 2024 more students than ever will have the opportunity to undertake leadership roles with the re-introduction of traditional ‘House Captain’ roles alongside the more formal ‘Student Leader’ roles.
House Captains are selected by their peers in a voting system whilst Student Leaders will experience an application process with a selection panel which includes an initial written application, followed by an interview at the second phase. Outcomes will be announced in an assembly in the coming weeks.
First thing on the Student Leader agenda is the School Uniform Review which will happen in collaboration with Governing Council, students and our supplier, Bubbells Embroidery. They will also assist us with planning for the promotion of our new school values and a review of our house point system.
We were fortunate to have a number of families join us for Acquaintance Evening last week. This was the first of many opportunities for families to connect with us now that COVID disruptions are well and truly a thing of the past. It was wonderful to meet some new families and have time for class visits and general conversations about school processes. The Senior Years Information Session was certainly worthwhile with almost 50 families of students in Year 10, 11 and 12 in attendance.
If you have any feedback about the evening to assist us with future planning, feel free to contact me. Also, if you were unable to attend and would like access to the information shared, please contact the school on 8536 2455 and we will refer you to the relevant staff members.
We are looking forward to working in partnership with all our 2024 families; I encourage you to make contact with 7-12 staff, either to respectfully discuss concerns or provide positive feedback when things are going well.
Look out for notices about special events, Open Days and learning conversations – there will be lots of opportunities throughout the year to connect with us. I look forward to strengthening our existing partnerships and build proactive and respectful partnerships in 2024.
Director of Secondary Education
Dates to Remember
Mon 19/2 – Fri 23/2
Upper Primary Swimming
Student Free Day
Adelaide Cup Day
Port Adelaide Football Club Visit
As part of their 2024 AFL Community Camp 6 PAFC players visited our Strathalbyn R-6 Campus on Tuesday….for Mr Smith and Ms Pitt it was their “best day ever” as they got the opportunity to host the players and question time! Students enjoyed a question and answer opportunity with players Ollie Wines, Darcy Byrne-Jones, Dante Visentini (who was celebrating his 21st birthday on the day and we got to sing to), Thomas Scully, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher and Willem Drew then finished off with an autograph and photo opportunity. Discussion included healthy food groups, a typical game day for the players, active and healthy lifestyles and ideas on how to be active like walking you dog and participating in sports and AFL pathways. Some great questions from our students included:
“How did you feel when you were first signed with Port Adelaide”
Excited by recent draftee Zirk Thatcher
“Who’s your favourite AFL team after Port Adelaide”
A soft spot for Carlton from Ollie Wines
“Which team do you like playing the most”
Definitely the Crows
“What job would you do if you didn’t play football”
Continuing study at University
Ready to Learn with Room 12
The children in Room 12 have been getting to know one another and discussing our new school values. We used these to formulate our class expectations. We also looked at the aspects of our character competency in relation to following our values and class norms. Over the coming weeks, the children will be preparing an ‘All about me talk’ and bring in things to show.
We have talked about stress in our bodies and the strategies we can use to regulate ourselves. Using our ‘ready to learn scales’ and ‘ready to learn plans’ we will be ready with whatever each day brings. We are talking about having a growth mindset and celebrating mistakes to develop your character and practicing how to be collaborative through games and STEM activities. Swimming lessons will be lots of fun and we are hoping we score good weather. We are looking forward to jumping into our learning this term.
Who Are We with Room 2
At the beginning of the year, we talk to students about who we are and the things that are key to our daily life and experiences, then we give students a guide to creatively express who they are using words and illustrations. The idea has been borrowed from the movie ‘Inside Out‘ and are locations in the mind of Riley Andersen. Students identify four or more aspects of their life that are core to them functioning well, then they draw about their passions, interests, relationships and experiences on each island. This is a selection of work from Room 2 and is a part of preparing them to be ready to learn and reveal a part of themselves to others.
Ben Smith and Merrilee Wallis
Settling into School with Room 21
It has been a great start to the year in Room 21. We have welcomed back our Year 1zs for their second year of school, and our brand new receptions who are adjusting so well to their new environment. We have been doing some fun activities during our Quality Start weeks, and of course lots of play to help us make new friends and get to know each other. We have read a lot of books about settling into school, including ‘Mr Huff’ where we talked about some ways we can calm down if we are in a Huff. Already we have become more confident with working at our desks and attempting tasks independently. I can’t wait to see what we achieve this year!