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Another busy week at South Grafton Public School

Last week our primary campus had some very special visitors.

Local members from our Indigenous community visited classrooms to share their knowledge, perspective and stories with our students. These visits were held to mark the beginning of our NAIDOC Week celebrations which formally began this week. We thank all of our amazing guests for volunteering their time and also Lesley Taylor our AEO for coordinating the visits. What an amazing opportunity this was for our students and staff!

Last Friday, four of our Indigenous students, Porscha Cook, Merindi Hippi, Rhiannah McGrady and Lillyarna McGrady attended a NAIDOC week art workshop held at Grafton Public School as part of the Grafton Community of School’s initiative. The students learnt about traditional and contemporary Aboriginal Art, the process of telling their family story through art and adding their own unique style. Each student completed a canvas and a small written explanation of their work to display back at school.

On Monday we held our formal NAIDOC Assembly in our primary hall. Our infant’s campus viewed this special assembly via Zoom. Our Aboriginal Dance Group and Academy Choir performed for a number of special guests who attended which included Aunty Nita Taylor, the Honorable Peter Vickery, his wife Ms Leonie Powrie and Mr Brett Tibbett. Our local Aboriginal community were invited to attend this special assembly and a morning tea was provided following the presentation for our guests.

On Tuesday we had 10 of our Indigenous students represent our school at the NAIDOC Week Public Speaking Competition held at Westlawn Public School. Congratulations to these students.

Last Thursday our debating team debated against Gulmarrad PS in the 3rd round of the Premier’s Debating Challenge. The topic for the debate was “That parents should be allowed to leave children in Year 5 and above unsupervised in the evening.” Our team were the negative team. In a very close debate, our team won the debate. Congratulations!

Congratulations to all of our students who have achieved their end of term reward and AAA certificate. This is a fantastic achievement by these students, and we are all very proud of them.

Our craft group are busy making items for our Father’s Day and Market Day stalls. They are asking for donations of NRL stickers and golf balls. Any other donations for these stalls can be left at either office, and will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your help!

We are now taking enrolments for kindergarten 2022. If you have a child ready to start school or know of another family with a child who will be in kindergarten next year, it is time to enrol at SGPS! You can pick up an enrolment form from either of our offices or complete an online enrolment through this link below: https://enrol.education.nsw.gov.au/#/?schoolCode=2061

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