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KORUMBURRA Primary School welcomed
61 new preps last week, and among them were
FIVE sets of twins!
Acting principal Sharon Mitchell said it was
the most twins she’d ever seen in a single year
level, dubbing the first day of term ‘Twinorama’.
Many of the new preps had come across from
Korumburra’s Karmai Community Children’s Cen-
tre and were already well familiar with the school
and staff thanks to the prep transition program.
After the momentous morning drop-off, par-
ents had the chance to meet and mingle at a
morning tea hosted by the school while the
three classes of Preps got settled in, enjoying
stories and name games.
The preps’ first learning goal was learning to
write their name in school writing. All grades will
be starting the year learning about school values.
Bass Valley Primary School
BASS Valley Primary has welcomed 39 Preps
as the school enrolment surged again from
202 last year to 215 in 2018, a trend that’s
likely to continue.
Principal Leanne Edwards said the new Bass
Valley Children’s Centre will make the area even
more appealing for families.
“It is exciting to have the new children’s cen-
tre open next door, providing kinder, long day
care, before and after care, occasional care and
holiday programs,” Mrs Edwards said.
“This provides a seamless service for parents
for education and childcare in the area.
“We have welcomed many new families to the
area this year and look forward to working with
them this year and in to the future.”
Students will the new-look gym that was re-
furbished in term four last year, complete with
a new timber floor.
The school’s intensive swimming program
began yesterday and will continue for all of
A family barbecue and pool night will be held this
term, as will student/parent/teacher interviews.
Mrs Edwards said the focus for 2018 contin-
ues to be Literacy and Numeracy with an empha-
sis on increasing and extending high achievers.
Chairo Christian School, Leongatha
CHAIRO Christian School’s Leongatha cam-
pus will be celebrating 40 years of Christian
education in Leongatha this year.
Principal Anthony Collier, now in his third
year, invites families to contact the school to
organise a tour.
Enrolment numbers are steady at 132, the
same as last year.
“We are very happy the stability in our enrol-
ment numbers, but also very keen to welcome
new families and see some more growth,” Mr
He said the curriculum would again focus on
using student data to set targets for growth and
improved outcomes and numeracy and literacy.
“Programs include individual and group work
with teacher aides to assist particular students and
the continuation of the SOAR program to extend
students who need to be stretched academically.
“We have also appointed a new French teach-
er, Mrs Sarah Karapen, who I am confident will
help improve our LOTE program markedly.”
Last year the school opened its new sensory
garden, which allows junior students to bal-
ance on logs and play with the water pump and
Mr Collier hinted there’s another big project
set to be announced soon.
Term 1 highlights include a Dedication Eve-
ning at 6pm on February 9, Year 7 and 8 camp
to the Gippsland Lakes (shared with Chairo’s
Traralgon campus from February 19-23), the
launch of the SOAR enrichment program and
the primary school captains’ leadership confer-
ence on March 14.
Cowes Primary School
ENROLMENT numbers at Cowes Primary
School continue to climb, with 587 students in
2018, 11 more than last year.
The figure is likely to rise further with ongo-
ing demand for access to the co -located Early
Learning Centre with 67 individuals on the
waiting list for places in the long day-care and
Acting principal Rodney McKenzie said the
school’s STEM (science, technology, engineering
and mathematics) program has continued to ex-
pand with the purchase of additional equipment
including coding equipment and a 3D printer.
“Students love the challenge of coding and
Cowes Primary School welcomes the return
of Chris Terlich and Bree Rutherford who are
accomplished professionals and will further
strengthen the fantastic work already being un-
dertaken at Cowes.
Bree returns after nine years at Bass Valley
as the assistant principal and Chris Terlich
returns after a number of years at Wonthaggi
Primary School where he worked as leader and
coach in the area of Mathematics and Science.
“We also welcome the return of Jen Riley
who is filling a Term 1 vacancy in Year 2 whilst
Claire Robinson is on leave,” Mr McKenzie said.
Matt Jackson returns from 12 months leave,
while two new teachers; Steph Shawcross
(Garde 5) and Kate Rooney (Grade 1) have also
Jan Marum has moved out of the classroom
and will be retiring in three weeks.
“She has been at Cowes Primary School for
18 years and has been an integral part of the
team and we wish her an enjoyable retirement,”
Mr McKenzie said.
The school is again working in conjunction with
Monash University to deliver the Bass Coast Teach-
ing Academies of Professional Practice (TAPP).
“As part of this partnership Cowes Primary
School will deliver an immersive prepara-
tion experience for pre-service teachers and
strengthen the links between theory, research
and practice to enhance development of future
teachers,” Mr McKenzie said.
Cowes Primary School has appointed four
Learning Specialists for 2018.
“Our Learning Specialists are highly skilled
classroom practitioners who will spend a ma-
jority of their time in the classroom delivering
high-quality teaching and learning, including
teaching demonstration lessons, observing and
providing feedback to other teachers and facili-
tating school-based professional learning.
“The Learning Specialists will complement
and strengthen the academic success of Cowes
Mr McKenzie said Cowes Primary School is
one of 100 Victorian schools invited to partici-
pate in the Greener Government School Build-
“This will assess energy usage and pro-
pose the implementation of energy efficiency
measures to help reduce the school’s energy
footprint. It’s not only the environment that
will benefit from the program – participating
schools will save money on their energy bills in
the long term.”
Fish Creek and District Primary
FISH Creek’s enrolment has risen from 91
last year to 108 this year.
Principal Dale Banks said the school was ex-
cited to welcome 18 new Preps.
“They are all very eager to start their school-
ing journey,” Mr Banks said.
“We have gone from four to five grades in
2018 with Mr Nick Mollison joining our team,
teaching in our Grade 3/4 grade this year and
Mr Damian Howard will run our new Environ-
mental Science program.
“As a school and a community we have been
looking heavily at sustainability and the envi-
ronment through our gardening program and
“This will now by extended so that every
grade will have the opportunity to learn about
sustaining and protecting our environment.”
The program ties in with the recent unveiling
of two new interactive play spaces made by the
students last year with the assistance of Lucy
Parkinson through an Artist in Schools grant.
“The first space is an indoor sand pit with the
surrounding walls decorated by the students
depicting our local sea scape,” Mr Banks said.
“The second houses 25 mini theatres that can
be used to create plays and acting scenes.”
Term 1 action includes the senior school camp
programs, highlighted by the Grade 5/6 class go-
ing to Melbourne for five days for their Urban
camp while the Grade 3/4 students will be hav-
ing a three day camp at Wilsons Promontory.
Foster Primary School
SCHOOLS in the Corner Inlet area continue
to benefit from their close alliance.
“As a cluster of schools – Corner Inlet Learn-
ing Alliance (Tarwin Valley, Tarwin Lower,
Welshpool, Toora and Fish Creek Primary
Schools) we are focusing on using High Impact
Teaching Strategies and collecting and analys-
ing data to continually improve learning out-
comes for our students,” Foster principal Lor-
raine Gurnett said.
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Korumburra Primary School prep teacher Fiona Simcock asks her class “who’s ready for a snack?” ahead of morning recess. kg080618
Seeing double at Korumburra
San Remo school captains in their new classroom, from left, Finn Chiaradia and Jade Ruf-
fin (captains), principal Karen Bowker and vice captains Eden Carter and Sonny Merryfull
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