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Best dressed in purple, students and staff all dressed up for Jacaranda Thursday Mufti Day, everyone had a fun day! Image: contributed

Going Jaca purple at South Grafton

This week we will be celebrating National NAIDOC Week 2020 which was postponed from earlier this year. The theme for this year is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’. Our school will be participating in a number of activities including Aboriginal dance perfoming, language program, Aboriginal boys transition program to SGHS, official assembly and Aboriginal games to celebrate this very important week on our school calendar.

Congratulations to our Dolphin debating team who defeated Jasper Road PS, Sydney in the 6th round of the Premier’s Debating Challenge for Years 5 and 6 last Monday. The topic of the debate was “That we should ban all advertising aimed at kids”. Our team were the negative team for this debate. The quality of last weeks debate was outstanding with two very evenly matched teams. The adjudicator highlighted in her comments how the speakers on both teams performed their individual rolls very well. This is a fantastic achievement to progress this far in this very complex competition. Good luck to our team who are debating against Blakehurst PS, Sydney this week.

Congratulations to our boys and girls cricket teams who had fantastic wins in the gala day held last Tuesday against Grafton PS. All of our students displayed outstanding sportsmanship and skills and were very excited to wear our new cricket uniforms. They looked fantastic! A great result for our school. Well done.

The SRC kept the spirit of Jacaranda Thursday alive and hosted a “Dress in Purple day”. The students and staff had a great day dressed in purple last Thursday.

Our Year 3 excursion will take place on Thursday 12th November to the Peach Farm and Clarence River Ferries. Our Year 4 excursion will take place on Friday 13th November to TreeTops Adventure Park and Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens.

We held our first PPP session last Tuesday week. We had over 55 preschoolers enjoy the activities and meeting our teachers. The morning was a great success and our teachers were very impressed with how settled our new Kinders for next year were. Our thanks also to our community for their great support. Our PPP session starts at 9.15am and finishes at 10.45am. This program will continue on Tuesday 17th November. Your child must be enrolled to participate in this program. Please contact the school for more information.

Good luck to our three Game Changer Challenge teams who are participating in the finals of this competition this week utilising Zoom facitlies.

Last week we began our Year 2 to Year 3 transition program to support our students transitioning to the Primary Campus. This program will run for four weeks and it includes class visits, sport rotations, and pen pal activities and an opportunity to view our school band.

We were excited to notice the NSW DEC have used many of our BRAND photos in a new booklet they have developed for ‘Getting ready for Primary School’ for parents.

Last week the DEC launched a new website designed to support parents when helping their children with mathematics. It is called the Everyday Maths Hub and can be found at this address:

We know that it is easier for children to understand maths when they relate it to something real and see it as part of their everyday life. The Everyday Maths Hub is designed to support parents and carers to bring mathematics into their home, the outdoors and anywhere else their children learn and play. There are a number of videos and fun tasks that can help you explain different concepts using real world examples.