Off to a positive start…

Thank you to all of the parents who attended our NGPS Open Night.

It was great to see mums, dads and students enjoying the opportunity to visit classrooms.

To my students…Well done! I loved listening to your ‘ tour guide’ commentaries.

I look forward to reading your reflections about the Positive Start Program….a first for New Gisborne Primary.

So you think you can skip…

So you think you can skip! So did I… that is until last Tuesday when Hesket Primary School’s skipping team came to visit.

The fifteen students amazed us with their skill. It’s no wonder that Hesket Primary has won ten out of twelve state championships.

Want to see more? Visit  Ms Hunichens and Mrs Hollands‘ and Miss Wencel’s class blogs to view You Tube videos. Check to make sure that it is OK with mum or dad before you do.

Let them know what you think.

So…do you really think you can skip?

The Final Countdown


The end of the school year is rapidly approaching. I’d like to say that with that comes the opportunity to slow down, relax, sing Christmas Carols and make Christmas cards. Sad to say.. the holiday season is not with us yet! ( check the countdown)

Today we listed a number of important dates in our student diaries:


   7th December        Year 6 Transition ….have you completed the necessary forms?


   10th December     Solar Boat Race Day ….have you returned your note and payment?


   14th December     Cake Auction…put your money where your mouth is. (another old-fashioned saying that in this case, is very relevant)


   16th December     Grade 6 Graduation…have you returned your form and payment and  provided your  menu choice?

Oaks Day …a Year 6 Tradition


Oaks Day is one of the most famous days on the Victorian Spring Racing calendar. It is also traditionally an important event  on the Year 6 social calendar.

 I was about to compose a few simple sentences explaining the day’s activities when, for some inexplicable  reason, I decided to check the student blogs to see how they had reported the morning’s events.

So… visit this student’s blog to learn more. Great reporting Jack!

Warrina Visits

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For those of you who have participated in the Warrina visits throughout the year, I am passing on a big THANKYOU from Mrs Jones.

Apparently some of you learnt the art of playing Bingo…probably not to be confused with the art of playing chess. 

Others of you made a huge impression through the sharing of your portfolios or your netbooks.

Your visits have been greatly appreciated! Well Done!

How Cool Is Our School?

This morning our school was visited by the Minister for Education, Bronwyn Pike.

Although the length of her stay was very short, she took time out to  visit our classroom. The Minister was quite keen to learn  how the netbooks were used by students and how access to this technology is enriching our learning in a 21st century environment.

The students were working on a variety of tasks related to the presentation of their Learning Portfolios. The Minister was extremely impressed by what she saw.
Awesome effort Grade 6!!!

Prep Buddy Tabloid Sports

Last week, working in teams, Grade 6 students were asked to plan, prepare and teach a tabloid sport activity for the Prep students.

For this task they needed to consider the aim of their ‘lesson’, the equipment they would need and the instructions they would need to give.


 Students were asked to share what they had learnt from this experience.

We learnt that…

“We need to be very clear when giving instructions. ‘Follow me!’ doesn’t always mean that they will.”

“We learnt that some Prep children have trouble concentrating. Sometimes a dead bug is more interesting than following instructions.”

” We learnt that just because you expect children to follow instructions,   there is always the possibility of a tantrum or two.”