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By Chloe Adams

Mrs Estens in her new role as leader of HSPS.

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By Steven Theacos At the end of Term 1, we saw the old playground being pulled out of the ground and being taken away. When the children came back at the end of the holidays and the start of Term 2, we saw builders putting in the cool, new play equipment!

become a principal? I saw the Q5. Have you ever been a principal and students at this school? Yes, I opportunity to make a differ- at another school? Yes, at three get on with them incredibly well. Have you noticed a ence at a school. other schools. change to our school? Q10. Do you like the new play That’s right, we have a Q2. What changes are you Q6. Did you like those schools? equipment at our school? Yes, I like new principal! Have you going to make? Lunch before Yes, I did. the playground. wondered why Ms Potts recess, school parliament, K-2 Q7. Have you always wanted to be Q11. What’s your favourite colour left and Ms Estens came in line up area. in the Education Department? No, and hobby? Green and relaxing. to take charge? Luckily, Q3. Why did you want the job I became a principal by accident. The Daily Brainwaves The Daily Brainwaves were lucky at this school? I worked at were privileged enough Q8. How long do you plan on being enough to chat with Mrs Estens. Tea Gardens for 9 years and I to be able to interview a principal at our school? I don’t Who knows how long she will stay wanted change. our new principal, Mrs know how long I will stay, but I at our school or what changes she Estens and this was how it Q4. How are you finding Ham- love this school will make? progressed. ilton South? I am loving it Q9. Do you get on with the staff completely. What influenced you to

There is several colours like blue, red, yellow, green and purple decorated all over the playground to excite kids to come and play on it while also having a protective rubber layer on the ground for the safety of the children in the school. Also, there are special interactive toys like a tea-

cup, a flying fox, a rope net and a hanging swing. A roster was devised to allow all children an equal opportunity to use the equipment. Children at our school love and enjoy our new play equipment and are always excited to be able to go on the awesome new play ground.

To the left there is a graph stating what each year thinks of the new play equipment out of 10. Year Two and Three love it.

Back View of the play equipment.

Front View of the play equipment

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Issue #23

Monday 24th August, 2012

Newcastle: 30-35 Year five ‘Jamaicans’ enjoying Olympics Day

Public school catches the Olympic fever EARLY in August Hamilton South Public School celebrated their very own 2012 Olympic Games. Mrs Roach, Olympics day organiser stated, “the whole idea was to incorporate creative arts and sport.” The parents and the community came along to support athletes representing different countries, such as Jamaica, and watched the spectacular opening ceremony. Even though there was a lot of coordinating to be done, Mrs Roach declared, “it was a joyful event to organise.” When the show was over the sports began and it was amazing, “I could hear so many ooh‟s and aah‟s” stated parent David Noble. Students participated in many different sports including blind ball, soccer, hockey, football and many more. Student Astrid Bennett stated, “the Hockey was amazing, as we got to play with our friends.”

Hockey was Astrid Bennett‟s favourite sport of the day, and it certainly kept her and her friends active. After the sport there was a grand finale including a dance to the Hoodoo Gurus song „The Right Time‟ choreographed by teachers Mrs Amy Kelly and Mrs Erica Roach. “It was a very well choreographed dance.” said student Natasha Moore. Each class was awarded a bag of sports equipment, which came from the 93,000 vouchers raised in Coles Sports for Schools promotion, which could only be made possible with the help of students and the community bringing in their vouchers. Hamilton South Public School is looking forward to the next Olympics day in four years time with a South American theme. Written by Ruby N.

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Muddy Madness HAMILTON SOUTH Public School‟s Year 5 students are extremely excited about heading to the Great Aussie Bush Camp in term four of this year. Whilst at The Great Aussie Bush Camp Year 5 will be participating in many activities, such as raft building, canoeing, bush walking, giant swings, swimming with dolphins, and even a talent show. Student Gabby Nesbitt stated, “Great Aussie Bush Camp is great fun and ev er y b ody en joy s themself. I‟m excited because my sister said that all the activities are really fu n . Other then adventure activities students will eat all of their meals in

the food hall. Previous Year 5 students shared their stories from Great Aussie Bush Camp and expressed that on a scale of 1 to 10 the amount of fun they had was a 10. Year 6 student Maddy S, stated that “sleeping in a cabin can be bad and good, the food was good at breakfast but lunch and dinner was revolting” She also said and the highlight of her trip was the Giant S w i n g . Hamilton South public school year 5 students are sure to have a great time as some of them leave their families for the first time. Written by Luke O.

Students saddling up for the Flying Fox.


Tuesday 18th September, 2012

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Play equipment becomes reality

Hamilton South students take to the play equipment Hamilton South Public School obtained new play equipment in term 2 of this year. Fundraisers such as the school fetes, as well as grants from Newcastle Permanent Bank were major contributors to making the project a reality. The idea of having improved play equipment came from one parent of a student in the support unit. It took two years to obtain the funds. The Lions club, Newcastle Permanent, the P&C and the school fete in 2011 all gave sizable donations. Mrs Gorton, a Support Unit teacher, set forth that “It was very expensive and the funding was hard to get. The play

equipment took six months to build, so it was finished at the end of term two. Everyone in the school was exited. Sam Collins from the Support Unit stated “The spinning bowl is my favorite part of the play equipment because it goes really fast!” The play equipment has a roster, so that the entire primary school does not dash to play on it. Each grade except for kindergarten and year one has a day on the play equipment during lunch times. The students in Kindergarten and year one look forward to being in year two, so they can go on the fun filled play equipment on a weekly basis. The benefits to the play equipment are that, there

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are more activities to do on it. It is bigger, safer, and more people can play on it at once. The play equipment is also designed to be educational, with many obstacles and puzzles. The play equipment has been a great benefit to Hamilton South Public School. Student Natasha Moore stated, “I love playing mixed hide-and-go-seek with all my friends on the play equipment.”

Principal takes school by storm

Written by Natasha Moore

A new principal has taken Hamilton South Public School by storm. Sue Estens arrived in term 2 to Hamilton South to fill old principle Jo Pott’s shoes. Ms Potts was in charge of the school for 9 years and in that time saw

Principal Sue Estens through many changes, such as new concrete in the middle playground, two new COLA areas, the replacement of the old k-2 play equipment, a hall renovated with the addition of an electronic door and Smartboards in every

Classroom. Mrs Estens was appointed the position in 2012. ”I wanted a new challenge for myself” Mrs Estens explained. Future positive change will be, swapping lunch and recess times so learning is optimised. Morning assembly has been changed to recess, so students can go straight to class and get straight into class work. Students are impressed by the new principal “I think she’s started the year really well as a new principal of ou r sch ool” rep orted Luke.O. The future of Hamilton South looks bright. Written by Khai Pham.

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Winning race, happy face LOCAL school, Hamilton South Public had a wonderful day on 18th July at their school athletics carnival, held at Newcastle oval, with all years Kindergarten to Year 6 participating. Local parent Suzy Heagney enjoyed the athletics carnival and stated “I did enjoy the athletics carnival and I thought it was great “ Susie was also impressed with the cost of the athletics carnival as it was only $2.00 per student and stated “I am more than happy with the cost and I wouldn’t mind paying a bit more so the kids could get ribbons for their heats and finals”.

Unfortunately the first athletics carnival was cancelled due to rain but luckily the school had a back up date. Student Astrid Bennett was upset when the first carnival was cancelled and stated “if the athletics carnivals were permantly called off it would make our school less athletic and our students would be in danger of becoming fat and obese and they would get lots of health problems,” said Astrid Bennett. There were many different races, there was a preschool race for younger brothers and sisters. 100m, 200m, 800m and the relays were also in this big event for the students. The children

didn’t just participate in their age races they also participated in the novelties there was tugger war egg and spoon races and many more. Assistant Principal Mrs Smith stated “All students participate in the novelties and races it’s like doing sport all day just not at school “. Sports captains organised the relay teams and the war cries. Hamilton South Public school had an amazing day and the school hopes that every single athletics carnival will be as successful. Written by Amy K

Mackellar Battles it out with a bit of tug-of-war.

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A little bit of dancing.

A fancy farewell AT the end of the year Hamilton South’s Year 6 students will be attending a celebration to farewell their years of learning in primary school. On the night graduates will eat, dance, be presented with certificates and watch a movie of the last 7 years of in primary school. Natalie Cox, a year 6 student said “Year 6 students appreciate the farewell because it is

a lot of fun.” People in charge of preparing the farewell are year 5, parents, year six teachers and caterers. Students and parents will have a memorable night as they prepare for the next chapter in their life at high school. Written by Ashton

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Issue No.20

5th of August, 2012

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Olympics recreated by Hamilton South PS

Hamilton South student Grace & her Mother attempting to cross at Gordon Ave.

Gordon Avenue anger CHILDREN, Parents and Citizens of Newcastle are angry over the fact that there are no traffic lights on Gordon Avenue, near Learmonth Park. Children can’t walk to school because of the fear of being hit by cars. In modern times we encourage children to do physical activity. However it seems children can’t walk to school because of safety concerns, then their physical activity will be greatly diminished. Hamilton South Public School staff, parents and community are worried that a child will get hit and are angry that the council isn’t responding to the collection of letters the school has sent them. Classroom teacher, Mrs Press stated “Because there are no traffic lights on Gordon Avenue the road poses huge safety risks for children going to school.” Another staff member, Mrs Roach

said “Maybe the letters haven’t been persuasive enough or that the council thinks that getting traffic lights on Gordon Avenue is a priority.” Lately, the council has been busy fertilizing Learmonth Park, yet no attention has been paying attention to the letters that the school community has sent the council. “It’s a shame that they don’t have time to do both but I hope the council does it in the future,” stated Mrs Press. It is clear that the school community needs to be more persuasive to coax the council into getting traffic lights. The council needs to realise that getting the traffic lights will help the school community. Hamilton South Public School and the local community hopes that the council will finally listen to their pleas and install traffic lights on Gordon Avenue as soon as possible. Written by Grace A

THE Hamilton South Public School Olympics Day occurred on the 9th of August 2012 in the school’s back playground. Teachers and students entertained and recreated the recent London 2012 Olympic Games. Everyone enjoyed themselves. It started with an entertaining opening ceremony where all of the classes marched out representing a country. Teachers say it was perfect; the weather was great for it to happen and everybody contributed. Proud parents clapped and cheered as the amazing athletes walked to place.

After that, countries were split into sporting groups and each group performed 7 rotations of sports. The Closing ceremony was amazing and the students danced to the popular song “The Right Time”. A parent stated that he loved watching it and he would love to see again in another few years. In total more than 300 students performed! It was a sea of colours. The teachers enjoyed seeing the students enjoying themselves and hope to do it again in 4 years time. By Summer H

Class 5P enjoying Olympic Day . Photo by Summer H


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Issue No.20

5th of August, 2012

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Olympics recreated by Hamilton South PS

Hamilton South student Grace & her Mother attempting to cross at Gordon Ave.

Gordon Avenue anger CHILDREN, Parents and Citizens of Newcastle are angry over the fact that there are no traffic lights on Gordon Avenue, near Learmonth Park. Children can’t walk to school because of the fear of being hit by cars. In modern times we encourage children to do physical activity. However it seems children can’t walk to school because of safety concerns, then their physical activity will be greatly diminished. Hamilton South Public School staff, parents and community are worried that a child will get hit and are angry that the council isn’t responding to the collection of letters the school has sent them. Classroom teacher, Mrs Press stated “Because there are no traffic lights on Gordon Avenue the road poses huge safety risks for children going to school.” Another staff member, Mrs Roach

said “Maybe the letters haven’t been persuasive enough or that the council thinks that getting traffic lights on Gordon Avenue is a priority.” Lately, the council has been busy fertilizing Learmonth Park, yet no attention has been paying attention to the letters that the school community has sent the council. “It’s a shame that they don’t have time to do both but I hope the council does it in the future,” stated Mrs Press. It is clear that the school community needs to be more persuasive to coax the council into getting traffic lights. The council needs to realise that getting the traffic lights will help the school community. Hamilton South Public School and the local community hopes that the council will finally listen to their pleas and install traffic lights on Gordon Avenue as soon as possible. Written by Grace A

THE Hamilton South Public School Olympics Day occurred on the 9th of August 2012 in the school’s back playground. Teachers and students entertained and recreated the recent London 2012 Olympic Games. Everyone enjoyed themselves. It started with an entertaining opening ceremony where all of the classes marched out representing a country. Teachers say it was perfect; the weather was great for it to happen and everybody contributed. Proud parents clapped and cheered as the amazing athletes walked to place.

After that, countries were split into sporting groups and each group performed 7 rotations of sports. The Closing ceremony was amazing and the students danced to the popular song “The Right Time”. A parent stated that he loved watching it and he would love to see again in another few years. In total more than 300 students performed! It was a sea of colours. The teachers enjoyed seeing the students enjoying themselves and hope to do it again in 4 years time. By Summer H

Class 5P enjoying Olympic Day . Photo by Summer H


10th November, 2012 What do you think of the new

principal?

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“ The principal is really nice, smart and helpful and is making good choices.”

Alyssa B

Year five go bush Year five lost in mud world

Year Six Rug Up! YEAR six students from Hamilton South Public School left on Tuesday the 21st of August on an exciting adventure to Canberra. Student’s travelled in a coach, stopping once, with everyone arriving safely just after lunch. The cost was over $400, which included meals, accommodation as well as admission to Questacon and other venues. Afterwards they visited Questacon and the cold snow at Perisher. All students as well as teachers were

$3.00 “She is nice and happy; like a principal should be.”

Tara L

YEAR five students from Hamilton South Public School are excited about going to The Great Aussie Bush Camp in Tea Gardens early in November. Students will enjoy extreme outdoor activities such as the Flying Fox, Giant Rope Swing, Mud World, Obstacle courses, Abseiling, Dolphin cruise, making their own water raft and many more. Along with outdoor activities there are night activities where students will roast marshmallows, sing camp fire songs and learn camping skills. “It is a time to experience camp showing leadership and students having different roles in an environment outside of school,” confirmed Michelle Lampl. The camp will last for four days and three nights. There are tents and cabins for the students to sleep in. Saffron Sabine said worriedly, “I am thinking that we will have to sleep outside in the tents.” Clydie Candian also stated, “I am nervous about who I am going to be in a cabin with.” There is a food hall for all the children to have breakfast, lunch and dinner in. Students are worried

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that the food will be disgusting, while some of the teachers have a different opinion. “I thought the food was lovely,” believed Michelle Lampl. Although Amy Katopodis stated, “I really don’t know what it will taste like. I have heard that it is gross.” Parents have to pay $300 for their child to go to the Great Aussie Bush Camp. Some parents might think that this is overpriced. “I think that these things can be very expensive,” Stated Simone Lodge. However Bernard Sabine thought otherwise, “It must be a good camp if the owners are willing to ask us to pay $300.” Some people must take that into consideration. Year 5 look forward to the Great Aussie Bush Camp. Student Saffron Sabine stated that “Lots of people think that the bush can be frightful and to stay well away from it. However hopefully after the camp they will think, if year 5 students can go camping, why can’t I?” Written By Clydie and Saffron

Year six on Black Mountain Tower

very excited to go, as Catharine, a year 6 student confirmed. “I’m so excited,” she stated excitedly. “I can hardly wait!” They have been learning about parliament house, and luckily they went there as well. Everyone arrived back to school late that Friday afternoon. All were happy but tired looking forward to sleeping back in their familiar beds. Written by Saffron S

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Tasty Treats

celery, carrot, avocado. Sometimes I have something sweet like a little chocolate or dried apple. I never have packaged food and I have a sandwich for lunch: cheese, vegemite, salami,hummus or tomato. And I always have water.” We then asked Bella, “What influenced you to eat healthily?” Her answer was that she was influenced from the taste testing day and that she learnt Journalists Larni Cotterill and Emily that she liked some new Heathcote foods. th The third question we asked On the 12 of June at Hamilton South was addressed to both of Public School, Years 3 to 6 had a taste them and was testing day. Mrs Wilson, the health teacher, organised the whole thing and it “If you had the choice what would you put in your lunch was a big hit. There were nutritionists box?’ who spoke about health and why it is Susan said, important to eat fruits and vegetables. ‘I would like muesli bars, fruit The food was prepared by the Year 8 and not so many sandwiches!” students from Newcastle High School. Bella said that History Starts Now! interviewed Year 4 “I would like a healthy salad student Bella Raywood and Year 5 student Susan Locker about the taste test- and lollies,” ing day and what was in their lunch box. We found out that alot of kids Our first question was “What is usually in were influenced from the taste testing day and are now Photograph of :Susan Locker (left) and Kyra Felshaw-Pevy (right) your lunchbox?” Susan replied “For lunch and recess I eating more vegetables each tographers: Chris S, Emily H and Jessica P usually have fruit and vegetables: day.

The Breeder Journalists Emily Heathcote and Larni Cotteril

Hamilton South Public School is a great school! But there is something that occurs almost every winter. The playground is infested with mosquitoes and it mostly happens in the infants playground. To find the truth History Starts Now! interviewed Isobel Heathcote in Year Two and Bronte Hardy from Year Five. We asked Isobel if she thought there were more mosquitoes in winter or summer. Her reply was, “In the winter because it is colder and they like the dark more than the light.” We then asked Bronte if girls get bitten more than boys?

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Her answer was “Girls get bitten more because we have warmer blood and mosquitoes would rather that.” We then asked them both about what causes the mosquitoes infestation. Isobel’s answer was “Maybe the reason is that there are a lot of trees and trees mean shade.” Bronte’s reply was “ I think the reason is that there are a lot of kids and a drain next to us.” Mosquitoes are persistent but there are ways to beat them, like always wearing mosquito repellent and sitting in the sun.

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SWING! SLIDE! SLIDE! SPIN!

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BY Andrew and Charles

Our school promotes the values of public education. This year our schools new equipment has been finished off and students are now allowed on it. It is a huge playground with lots of different colours and things to play on. Our school’s Principle Sue Estens has some words to say about the equipment “The equipment looks fun but I haven’t gone on it yet, a lot of kids were sick at first because of the spinning cup I’d like to go on the slippery dip and the spinning cup they look very fun.” The equipment cost about $140,000. It better last a long time, the sponsors for the equipment were: Newcastle Permanent some Newcastle Lion Clubs and the Department of Education. The kids of Hamilton South have been waiting for the equipment for a very long time and now they have it to enjoy when they like.

Photo of Evie P and Jordan O

These are some previous journalists from last years M.S.W.P Photo created by Evie Percival and taken by Charlie Bennett

Young Year Five Journalists By Evie Percival and Jordan O'Connell Hamilton South Public School has some new journalists and they are better than ever! In Term 3, Year Five went to Newcastle High to meet year eight students for the Middle School Writing Project or M.S.W.P. for short. Every year, kids in Year 5 have to write a front page newspaper in groups of four to five and so far everything is a great success. Our group interviewed some Year 6 stu-

dents that participated it last year and they said that they enjoyed it, even though it was difficult at times and was a bit challenging. It was also stressful but more rushing, but they eventually got through it. They also found it very interesting and if they had a chance to do it again they would definitely do it. There are at least 52 groups and 9 different schools and when everyone finishes we get to have a giant

party at the hall in Newcastle High. On the first day of this project all the year fives travelled to the huge hall and listened to a presentation. They all went to different groups, the library for a group planning session, another library for Infographics and the hall to learn how to make a great news story. Everyone has been has been frustrated and their teachers been giving them a lecture on quality

work. Most of them are up to date and they have worked to the limit to finish this project with smiles on thier faces and high marks. This project is a long journey and reaches from the 18th of July to the 25th of October in Term Four. Every day newspapers are made and sold. It takes so much for just one newspaper every day! See page 3 for more

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Aussie, Aussie Olympics Olympic day was a big hit for Hamilton South Public School on the 9th of August 2012. On Olympic day we had a replica of the Olympic torch which lit the caldron producing cellophane flames. The Hamilton South Concert Band played two popular songs, We Will Rock You and Lake Macquarie March. We also had the Stage 2 choir sang a song which was “The Flame”. The solo singers were Grace, Annabelle, and Will. The Starstuck 2012 choir sang” Dare to Dream” and the Starstruck 2012 dancers danced to Terracotta Warriors, the audience loved it! The London Queen Elizabeth II came

and opened the Olympic Games. There were 16 sport stations including gymnastics in the hall , target shooting near oosh building, field events e.g. shot put, discus, javelin and long jump on the side field, and on the back soccer field ,rugby on the right side and soccer on the left ,softball was behind the playground near the cricket nets ,the equipment oat the P2 playground , hockey on the netball and basketball courts in the P2 playground , more field events in the secret garden near C block and much more and lots more we rotate to 6 different sports and got ten minutes

for each sport. Every kid got a number on their hand to tell which activity they went to first. There were parents, cousins, brothers/ sisters, uncles, aunts, grandparents and friends it was a fun day for everyone. When it was time to close the 2012 Olympics day we danced to “there’s no time like the right time” after we danced the bell rang for lunch and we enjoyed Lunch with our friends and family. Then it was time to go back to class and do the last section of

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the day. We hope it will happen again in four more years for the 2016 Olympic Games. By Bronte Hardy

Party At the End of Year Six December of every year, a farewell is held for year 6. Year five goes along too. Miss Ekroyd, who is a teacher at Hamilton South, says it’s a really good idea because it is important for year five to see year

Photo taken by Kyra Felshaw-Pevy

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six leaving. Year six always seem to be really excited about the farewell. Miss Ekroyd says it’s a lovely idea because parents and friends can celebrate with year six for the end of primary . Miss Ekroyd explains

that she doesn’t want year 4 to come to the year six farewell because this is stage three advent and year four will be torn between year five. Miss Ekroyd says the hall is big enough to because it is easy to

decorate and every one ncan fit in easily. We hope that year six will enjoy this year six fairwell this year. By Susan Locker

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Larni Cotterill “I thought that I would come third.”

Chloe Adams “I thought that I would come last.”

Luke Dwyer “I thought that I would come first.”

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Running To Victory

Josh Barr rushes past the finish line

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The athletics carnival was a big hit. All the houses were cheering as loud as they could. Gilmore was yelling harder than ever, Mackellar were extremely excited to participate in the races, Lawson were smashing it and Paterson was screaming their teams’ name. The parents cheered and were very proud of all of their children. The canteen was packed and they were even running out of food. Thank you canteen volunteers. Some students were only slightly worn out after their races but others were extremely tired. The champions

were relieved after winning and were screaming in their heads or even out loud and everybody was happy for the winners. Even the novelties were fantastic they had many novelties and these are the games; first there were the three legged races and everyone enjoys that especially the infants kids, there were also sack races and everyone saw that everyone that did it was sweating but it was fun, then they played bean bag races but they are small and you had to balance it on your head back and forth. The races were very tiring but every stu-

Starstruck 2012 Starstruck 2012 was an amazing performance. Everybody attending the show was cheering and was completely amazed by all the colours in each of the different acts. Starstruck is a wonderful opportunity for people to show their emotions through dancing and singing. Every year the Starstruck organisers send out a permission slip for performers to try out for a Solo Performance spot. The good news is that some lucky people are able to score one of these spots as a soloist, but the other side, unfortunately, is that

some people’s dreams are crushed. Everybody thought the dancers were fantastic and the choir were singing their hearts out. The singers had wonderful costumes and when the lights came on for a new song the audience was very surprised that they had changed their costumes completely. The mums, dads and grandparents were so proud of the soloists, the choir and the dancers. After the performance, everybody knew that they were tired, but it was all absolutely worth it. We’re all looking for-

dent thought it was worth trying to get into zone. Zone is going to be much more stressful than the actual carnival. Every year the teachers give a chance to the preschoolers to run a little while, the preschoolers were very thankful for that opportunity and some of them were nervous and shy and others were happy. After that everyone went back to school and relaxed as much as they could and tried to get as much sleep as they could. Good luck to the students that got into zone and good luck to the students that are lucky enough to get into By Sophia McComb

ward to STARSTRUCK 2013, we are almost certain that it will be as great as this year’s performance. By Luke Dwyer and Sophia McComb

Three star singers that got solos in Starstruck 2012 were Annabelle, Grace, and Will


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Photo taken by Matilda Kirkwood and Danielle Della Grotta

By Blake Swindle At the beginning of Term 2 a new principal came to our school, her name is Mrs Estens. She said that she gets on well with staff and students and loves this school. I asked Mrs Estens why she wanted the job at this school, Mrs Estens said “It’s because I have been a principal before and I love the job.” I asked Mrs Estens how she was finding Hamilton South. She said that staff and students were making her feel welcome. We asked her how long she was planning on Hamilton south librarian Mrs Payne encouraging children in reading. being the principal at this school. She said “Ask me in five years.”

Books, Books and More Books

When we asked her how long she had been a principal for she smiled and said “Eight and half years!,” That is a long time!

By Matilda Kirkwood

“When the library started off, we only kept nonfiction books. It was only after we introduced fiction, that reading rates took off. I think it’s because fiction is so much more entertaining,” Mrs Payne said.

I asked Mrs Estens what she thought about Mrs Payne is the librarian at the wonthe projector in the hall And she said it will derful Hamilton South Public School. Jumpstart journalist Matilda Kirkwood be fantastic for educational purposes. asked her about her experiences workWe are sure Mrs Estens will make fantastic ing in the library. changes to our school to make it better and a Mrs Payne has seen many changes in better place for learning. Mrs Payne has dedicated many years to the library but the biggest was when making the library a wonderful learn- the library got its first computer. “It ing environment for Hamilton South was in black and white and the students lined up all lunchtime to use it as we students. only had one,” she said.

Photo taken by Matilda Kirkwood and Blake Swindle

research resource.” Mrs Payne’s personal choice for research between books and computers was surprising. “I’d probably use a computer – it’s a sign of the times.” NSW Premier Bob Carr launched the Premiers Reading Challenge in 2001 to encourage a love of reading in children. Ms Payne has seen over a decade of children complete the challenge but was surprised that support for this program seems to have dropped.

While she has worked in the library for a long time, when asked exactly how Since then technology has boomed and long, she would only smile coyly and there are 20 computers in the library. “The number of children completing But have computers stopped people the challenge has been fairly stable say “A while”. over the past few years but this year reading as much? was terrible. The numbers were really Mrs Payne didn’t know when the library was first opened however when “I think they’re used equally for enter- down and that’s very disappointing. I hope it’s not an indication of the future she started working in the library there tainment,” she said. “Students use the computers a lot for for books.” was no reading for fun. research but they also use books as a

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