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News From the North
Calendar of EventsAPRIL 20195th - END OF TERM ONE 23rd - START OF TERM 2 25th - ANZAC DAY (PUBLIC HOLIDAY) MAY 2019 2nd - BOOKFAIR BEGINS 9th - BOOKFAIR FINISHESOld Prep Building to be DemolishedTerm 1 ends this Friday 5th April - School finishes at 2:30 pm. Term 2 begins Tuesday 23rd April. It is the end of an era at Dandenong North Primary School beginning on Monday 8th April. This is the day when the last of the original school buildings are earmarked for demolition. When the school first officially opened in April 1956 these buildings were state of the art and now the time has come for them to be removed. We have been most fortunate to have had many new buildings built over the last six years which, our staff, children and the community have had access to which has aided in the delivery of high quality programs. These buildings are the last of the original school and as a community we are saddened to see them removed. However this demolition paves the way for our students to have an expanded play space as well as some much needed car parking areas for staff. As we are unsure exactly what days the demolition will be taking place and there is going to be a lot of heavy machinery employed over the course of the two weeks to demolish the building as well as trucks to cart the rubble away. The safety of our community members is paramount, therefore we would ask that students and families do not access the school site over the holiday period. We thank you for your understanding in this matter. Term 1 2019 School Spirit AwardsOver the last two Mondays we have been treated to a wonderful presentation of our Term One School Spirit award winners from Year One to Year Six. Due to the size of our school, we have to run these awards over two weeks with Year One, Two and Three students being presented last week and Years Four, Five and Six being presented yesterday. The students who were presented with these awards are the children who as we heard, work hard, try their best and always use the 4C’s with their peers. As with previous School Spirit Awards, Mr Mackay, Mrs Mackay and Mr Hilton find it extremely difficult to select only one student from each level as every nominee is a worthy recipient. Please read the names of the nominees below, along with the winners for School Spirit.Here are the winners for Term One from Years 1 to 6: The winner from Year 1: Dharshan (1G) Dharshan was an easy choice for this term’s School Spirit award. He demonstrates remarkable enthusiasm in all areas of learning, particularly with his use of expression in Talk 4 Writing. Dharshan also displays the 4Cs both inside the classroom and in the playground, by ensuring that he is consistently kind and helpful towards his teachers and peers. 1G is very lucky to have you Dharshan as you make our learning space a happy and safe place to be, well done! The winner from Year 2: Taskeen (2C) Taskeen has a fantastic attitude to her studies and is a role model for any student wishing to learn. In everything she attempts, Taskeen always tries her best and never gives up. Taskeen you’re an absolutely delightful student with impeccable manners and I’m proud of your start to grade 2. Congratulations Taskeen! Over the last two Mondays we have been treated to a wonderful presentation of our Term One School Spirit award winners from Year One to Year Six. Due to the size of our school, we have to run these awards over two weeks with Year One, Two and Three students being presented last week and Years Four, Five and Six being presented yesterday. The students who were presented with these awards are the children who as we heard, work hard, try their best and always use the 4C’s with their peers. As with previous School Spirit Awards, Mr Mackay, Mrs Mackay and Mr Hilton find it extremely difficult to select only one student from each level as every nominee is a worthy recipient. Please read the names of the nominees below, along with the winners for School Spirit. The winner from Year 3: Muwahib (3B) Muwahib is a friendly, kind and courteous student. She greets her teacher and classmates with a smile every morning and makes everyone feel welcome and cared for. Though she attends a range of extra programmes, she always checks the times they are on, so she can remain organised. Muwahib loves the challenge of learning new topics and follows instructions carefully, so that she can give herself the best chance to learn. Muwahib your desire to be responsible, independent and compassionate in everything you do is inspiring. Keep up the amazing effort! The winner from Year 4: Abhipsa (4H) Abhipsa is a student who oozes care and consideration. She is a respectful individual with an infectious personality and a keen desire to learn. Abhipsa completely focuses on what needs to be done to further her education and tries to complete her tasks to a high level. Abhipsa constantly displays Dandenong North Primary School’s 4Cs and quietly goes about displaying tactful diplomacy to classmates and teachers. You are a wonderful member of the 4H team, well done! The winner from Year 5: Munira (5CW) For your outstanding attitude towards your learning throughout Term 1. You apply yourself 110% to all learning tasks. When you are challenged, you never give up, but show persistence in trying to gain a better understanding. You have worked particularly hard with your maths this Term, both in the classroom and with Mrs Graf. We all feel very lucky to have you as a class mate in 5CW. Well done Munira! The winner from Year 6: Kebek (6D) An outstanding athlete - wins Cross Country every week. A Tenacious, hard working and dedicated writer. A Curious Mathematician who always wants to do her best and complete her work. Thank you for making 6D a wonderful place to work each day. One day you will beat me at Cross Country. 2019 Arts CaptainsAt last week’s Assembly, Ms. Docherty announced The Visual Arts Captains for 2019. This is the first time Dandenong North has elected Visual Arts Captains. The Captains are Shyama (C)(6D), Reza (C) (6A), Sharanky (VC) (6K) and Hadia (VC) (6A). The children will assist both Ms. Docherty and Miss Hubert with classroom tasks with various grades and the running of the annual DNPS Art competition. Regional Swimming ChampionshipJayden (5H) attended the Regional Swimming Finals last Thursday at Melbourne Sports Aquatic Centre. Jayden was able to attend this event due to his outstanding results at the Divisional Swimming Carnival at Noble Park Pools. In the 11Year Boys freestyle event, Jayden placed 3rd with a time of 33.69 seconds. This is a fantastic effort! For the 50 metre backstroke event, Jayden swam a time of 40.16 seconds, missing the State Finals for this event by 0.18 of a second. An unbelievable effort! We look forward to one day seeing Jayden compete at the Commonwealth Games or even the Olympics Harmony DayOn Thursday 21st March, our school celebrated Harmony Day. The day started with a brilliant parade, that saw many students dressed in many traditional garments or orange which represents Harmony Day. The day was hosted by our School Captain, Lazar and he certainly kept everything running smoothly! Our mother’s group made some awesome posters, and Kaniz Azimi spoke on behalf of the mothers to promote the activities and development the mother’s group are a part of. Many thanks to Aishani and Kavya (year 4) for sharing their poetry and to our especially talented cultural dancing groups representing the Cook Islands, Sri Lanka and India. After a great parade came a great feast, with students and teachers sampling dishes from all over the world! Everyone did their part, and because of this, it was an amazing day! Thank you to everyone that was involved, especially the Student Leaders, Alia Hussain, Kaniz Azimi and our Mothers Group and all of the students that performed poetry or dance. We can’t forget a special mention to Mr Lodge, who did a fantastic job with sound and music (on his day off!) and Miss Sobia and Miss Karen for organising the day. Gala Day OneLast Friday, the Year 6 children represented Dandenong North primary at the first gala day of the year. A Gala Day is where children play various sports against the other primary schools within the Dandenong network. Please read the reports shared at Monday Morning’s Assembly. AFL The DNPS AFL mixed team suffered a 71 - 1 loss in the first game against Dandenong South Primary. The team refocussed quickly, and were able to bounce back with two impressive wins against Carwartha and Lyndale Greens Primary. Unfortunately we lost the last two games to finish 4th. Thanks to Mr Allman for his coaching efforts. Basketball Over the course of several weeks, the Basketball players were presented with the opportunity to train every Thursday lunchtime in the lead up to the Bulla Hoop Time Basketball Competition for Gala Day 1. Throughout the competition, the students displayed improved levels of skills, match play, understanding of the game and team cohesion. Girls A Team The Girls A Basketball team played four matches at gala day One. The team won one game, drew one game and lost two games. In the semi final the girls played the best they had all day defeating Minaret College 8 points to 2, to finish 3rd overall. Girls B Team DNPS lost to Minaret College and Carwatha College, finishing 3rd overall. Mixed B Team The Mixed basketball team won three games and lost one to make it to the semi finals. In the semi final we were defeated by Minaret College Cannons 16 - 5, finishing 3rd overall. Netball Netball A The Netball A Team played 10 games at Friday’s Gala day event. The team won seven games, lost two and drew one, which meant we made the Grand Final, unfortunately losing. Finishing second was a fabulous effort by the girls, who displayed great sportsmanship throughout the whole event. Mixed A Netball The Mixed A Netball team played five games on Friday, winning four and losing one. Everyone played extremely well as a team, winning their semi final convincingly against St Gerards, but unfortunately losing the Grand Final to Lyndale Greens Primary. Netball B The Netball B team played four games at gala day. They lost the first game, but won the remaining three games. All three Netball teams would like to thank Miss Ludwick and Miss Keane for their coaching and words of wisdom. T-Ball The T-ball team played 5 games - winning 4 and drawing 1. They played off for 3rd or 4th place— losing and placing 4th overall. All students should be proud of their effort and sportsmanship during this event.