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  • W H A M

    Conf idence Commitment Co-operat ion

    Curios i ty Creat iv i t y Empathy

    Respect Tole rance In tegri t y

    Enthusiasm Independence Apprec iat ion

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    W h a t ’ s H a p p e n i n g a t M i l g a t e

    No 15/13 – 20 September, 2013


    Milgate Musical Spectacular!

    END OF TERM 3 – TODAY Assembly at 1.50pm. Students are dismissed early at 2.30pm.


    Fri 20 Sep Last Day of Term [early dismissal 2.30pm]


    Mon 7 Oct WORLD TEACHER’S DAY [Sat 5 Oct]

    Mon 7 Oct NO Assembly today [now on Tue 8 Oct]

    Tue 8 Oct Assembly [9am]

    Wed 9 Oct Year 1 – Incursion – CSIRO [9am – 12noon]

    Thu 10 – Fri 11 Oct Year 2 – Camp [OASIS]

    Tue 15 Oct School Council Sub-Committee Meetings [6.30pm]

    Wed 16 Oct NATIONAL NUDE FOOD DAY - Picnic lunch with Milgate Mates

    Wed 16 Oct Prep Transition [9.15 – 10.30am for Preps starting in 2014]

    Thu 17 Oct Year 4 – Excursion – National Art Gallery

    Fri 18 Oct Environmental Leaders - Excursion [Yrs 4 – 6]

    Fri 18 – Sat 19 Oct Year 1 – Sleepover [in Stadium]

    Mon 21 Oct Parent Information Session – iPads [7pm]

    Tue 22 Oct School Council Meeting [7pm]

    Thu 24 Oct Maths Talent Quest [MTQ] Awards Ceremony

    Fri 25 Oct Year 6 – transition visit from EDSC

    Fri 25 Oct Prep Transition [9.15 – 10.30am for Preps starting in 2014]

    Tue 29 Oct Year 6 – Graduation Photo [9.00am]

    Wed 30 Oct Prep Transition [9.15 – 10.30am for Preps starting in 2014]

    Fri 1 Nov Skip-a-thon

    Tue 5 Nov PUBLIC HOLIDAY – Melbourne Cup Day

    Fri 8 Nov Year 2 – Excursion - MC²

    Fri 8 Nov Prep Transition [9.15 – 10.30am for Preps starting in 2014]


    Fri 20 Dec Last Day of Term/2013 [early dismissal 1.00pm]


    This will be the last newsletter for Term 3. It has been a fantastic term with many learning opportunities

    for students. Thank you to all staff, students and parents for a great term of learning, sporting

    achievements, academic achievements, musical / art achievements – it has been an excellent team

    effort from all in the Milgate school community.

    This week the Year 5 and 6 musical ‘Danger Kids’ was performed at the Doncaster Secondary College

    Performing Arts Theatre on Monday 16 September and Tuesday 17 September. It was an outstanding

    performance with many of our students showing their talents. We have some very talented singers,

    dancers and actors who performed very well. Well done to all students. Thank you to Jenny Batten

    who produced and directed the musical. Also thank you to the Year 5 and 6 teachers – Karlie Gooding,

    Fiona Bashford, Jasmine Cergol, David Mander, Krissy Wong and Claire Harvey-Beavis who have also

    worked hard training the students and assisting Jenny Batten in many areas of the production. Thank

    you to Judy Gallagher and the Year 5 and 6 students who provided the props and the fantastic

    projected backdrops which added to the performance. Thank you also to Diana Liew for her assistance

    and to the Education Support staff – Alex Gaythorpe, Paula Botha, Pam Kemp, Julie Austin and Judy

    Hearn. There were also other staff who assisted on the nights with makeup, etc. Congratulations to

    everyone for a fantastic production – another great team effort.

  • Coming up early next term are the Year 2 Camp at Oasis Camp in Mount Evelyn, on Thursday 10

    October and Friday 11 October, and the Year 1 Sleepover in the stadium on Friday 18 October and

    Saturday 19 October. Students are looking forward to these special events.

    ONE TO ONE IPAD PROGRAM FOR 2014 YEAR 3 AND 5 STUDENTS PARENT MEETING ON MONDAY 21 OCTOBER AT 7PM In 2014, all Year 3 and 5 students will require their own iPad provided by parents to use at school as

    part of the learning program. The students who have their own iPads this year will continue to use them

    each year as they progress through the school. There will be a meeting for all 2013 Year 2 and Year 4

    parents on Monday 21 October at 7pm. At this meeting information will be provided about the one to

    one iPad program, expectations, protocols, use and the educational program. Parents will also have an

    opportunity to ask questions. A notice will be sent home at the beginning of Term 4 with details of the

    meeting and documents relating to the iPad program.

    CHINESE STUDENT VISIT – MONDAY 7 OCTOBER – FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER All is in place for the visit to Milgate of 12 students and 6 teachers from our sister school in China-

    Beijing Kindergarten and Experimental Primary School of Beijing Normal University. The Milgate PS

    host families have made contact with their Chinese host students, and their families, and all are looking

    forward to the experience. Two of the teachers, who will be visiting Milgate, teach in the Kindergarten in

    Beijing and they will be spending a day at Catjump Preschool so they can experience an Australian

    kindergarten. The students and teachers will arrive on Monday 7 October at approximately 3:30pm.

    Each day the Chinese students and teachers will spend time in Milgate PS classrooms learning about

    education in Australia. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to assist, during the week,

    interpreting for our visitors and also with providing lunches for the Chinese teachers.

    Please note that for the first week next Term there will be NO assembly on the Monday (7 October)

    but assembly will be on Tuesday (8 October) at 9am instead. This is because we want to welcome

    our Chinese visitors and they are only arriving on Monday afternoon at about 3:30pm. From Week 2

    next term we will return to the normal time for assemblies on Mondays at 3:00pm.

    We wish everyone in the school community a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday and look forward to

    seeing everyone returning in Term 4 ready for another fantastic term of learning at Milgate PS.

    Debbie Mierisch


    PREP ENROLMENTS FOR 2014 We are still accepting Prep enrolments for 2014.

    Interested parents can book a school tour with our Principal - Debbie Mierisch or Assistant Principal - Mark Roberts, please contact our Office to arrange.

    For sibling enrolments please come by the Office for an enrolment form or download it from our school website.



    Thu 10 Oct Manningham Division Athletics [selected Yr 3 – 6 students]

    Thu 17 Oct Eastern Regional Athletics [selected Yr 3- 6 students]

    Mon 21 Oct Templestowe District Basketball Round Robin [Bulleen – for selected students]

    Thu 24 Oct Templestowe District Volleyball Round Robin [Milgate Stadium – selected students]

    Thu 24 Oct Regional Hooptime [Nunawading Basketball Stadium – All Star Girls team]

    SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS Congratulations to all the students who competed at the Templestowe District Athletics on Monday 16th

    September at George Street Athletics Track. There were many outstanding performances on Monday

    and all the students were a credit to Milgate. In particular I would like to congratulate the following

    students who will now compete at the Manningham Division Athletics Championships on Thursday 10th

    October: Will P, Jarryd W, Adam H, Asher L, Max T, Alana M, Abbey C, Petra E & Brenda K.

    If you wish to know more about how you could help out with any aspect of the PE/Outdoor Learning

    Program, please contact James Will at school or have a look at the Physical Education Handbook on

    the Milgate PS website under the Notices section.

    James Will PE/Outdoor Learning Coordinator


    The Doncaster Police have received feedback from schools within Manningham regarding traffic related

    issue zones during drop-off and pick-up times.

    In order to address the concerns raised, Police will be conducting and focusing on school zones at the

    commencement of next term. Police will be targeting speeding, compliance with traffic signs, mobile

    phones and seatbelt offences. Attention will also be paid to the behaviour of pedestrians and cyclists.

    In working with the community to provide safe School Zones, this will be a high visibility zero tolerance


  • Term 3 Prep Inquiry - Our Co-operative Community

    Fire Fighters Andy, Sally and Mike brought their fire truck to Milgate and showed us

    their special tools and safety gear. They also taught us about ‘good fires’ and ‘bad fires’ and how to keep ourselves safe around fires. We were able to climb aboard the truck and we even got a little bit wet from the powerful

    hose! It was fabulous!

    Eva from the Responsible Pet Ownership Program came with her dog Marli to teach us



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