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Tuesday, 23rd April, 2013

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK Dear Parents and Caregivers, ANZAC Day Monkland State School will be conducting its ANZAC ceremony on Wednesday the 24th of April beginning at 2:15 pm. The afternoon ceremony will consist of a choir performance, special guest address from Mr Bontoff of the local RSL branch and our school leaders. Monkland will once again be involved in the Gympie ANZAC day march down the main street. This event is steeped with tradition and we aim to have a strong following of support on the day. You can show your support by promoting this event to your children and encourage them to march for the school. Students are to be in full school (maroon shirt and black shorts or gold shirt and maroon shorts) uniform and meeting outside the Commonwealth Bank on Smithfield street at 10:00am. NAPLAN The Literacy and Numeracy testing of NAPLAN for students in years 3, 5 and 7 is scheduled for week 5 on the Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th of May. Students will be tested in five domains of Grammar and Punctuation, Spelling, Reading Comprehension, Writing and Math. Students have been preparing for these tests since the beginning of term 4 2012, and we aim for a strong performance. Monkland Market Stall A reminder to all families that Monkland State School has a monthly market stall to raise the profile of the school and raise money for each class. On a monthly rotation classes take turns in hosting the stall. So far Prep 1 and Year4/5 have taken part with Years 2/3 and 6/7 due in the coming months. If you would like to be involved contact your classroom teacher. Yours truly,

Mr Ashley Lawless Principal - Monkland State School

WHAT’S ON Tuesday, 23rd April - 3.30pm P & C Meeting in Library Wednesday, 24th April Monkland ANZAC Day Assembly Thursday, 25th April ANZAC Day March in Mary Street and Public Holiday Friday, 26th April Free Dress Day (Donation of item to Mother’s Day raffle in lieu of gold coin) Thurs 2nd May to Wed 8th May 8.30 – 9.00am & 3.00 – 3.30pm Book Fair in Library Sunday 5th May Year 2/3 Monkland Market Stall Duck Pond Markets Tue 14th – Thurs 16th May NAPLAN Thursday 16th May Gympie Show Excursion Friday 17th May Gympie Show Holiday

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SCHOOL NEWS: Please note the newsletter is published fortnightly. If you miss a newsletter or want to refer to a back copy, Monkland State School newsletters are available on our website: SCHOOL WEEKLY ROUTINE: Mondays

Parade 8.50am / LOTE (Year 6 & 7)


Strings / Tuckshop


Music / Tennis Lessons


Library Lessons / School Banking / Tuckshop


PE / Parade 8.55am

Awards on Parade – Friday, 19th April: Back row – Rhianna, Ben and Justin. Front row – Rhyder, Alisa, Jeremy and Brooke.

PARENT PARKING Please remember that the top car park is for staff and tuckshop helpers only. Parents are to use the bottom car parks at all times. LOST AND FOUND: Please remember to name all your children’s belongings particularly jumpers with these cooler mornings. There is a lost property box located in the staff room. Please see office staff if you wish to access it. PLAYGROUP: Playgroup with Shirl Toffoli (otherwise known as Mrs T) is continuing. Playgroup is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 11am. All are welcome. For more information see Shirl in Prep/1 or phone the school on 5489 8888. ANZAC DAY: There will be an ANZAC Day assembly at school for students on Wednesday at 2pm. Monkland students will also be participating in the ANZAC Day march in Mary Street. If your child would like to march, we are all meeting outside the Commonwealth Bank at 10am on Thursday. All students must be in full school uniform and wearing a hat. Students are to be collected from Memorial Park at the end of the parade. WOOLWORTHS EARN AND LEARN Woolies Earn and Learn is on again! From Monday 8th April until Sunday 9th June 2013, when you shop at Woolworths you will be given a Woolworths Earn & Learn Point. There’ll be one Woolworths Earn & Learn Point for every $10 spent, excluding cigerettes, liquor and gift cards. Collect these Woolworths Earn & Learn Points stickers and return them to the office and we will be able to redeem these for educational resources.

Term1 Tennis Awards: Back row – Thomas, Coach Matt, Nick and Josh. Front row – Ben, Sarah, Amy and Georgia. Note: There is a tennis note for Term 2 in today’s newsletter.

Gotcha Prizes – Monday, 22nd April: Stuart, Rhiann, April and Baylee. Congratulations to all award recipients!! JIM’S MOWING Jim’s Mowing at Gympie South have generously offered to make a donation to the Monkland P & C for every booking taken that mentions our school. Please ring Russ or Chrisy directly on 0407 754 114 and remember you must mention Monkland School when booking to activate the donation. See the ad enclosed in today’s newsletter for more info.

LIBRARY NEWS: Issue 3 of Scholastic Book Club went home with each student last Tuesday. Orders are due in today (23rd April) but late orders will be accepted. Payment can be made by cash, cheque (made payable to Scholastic Australia) or online credit card payment at The order will be placed on the due date and are usually returned to the school the following week. These books are usually very reasonably priced and orders go towards free books for our library.

TERM DATES 2013/14 The information listed below is current and sourced from the Education Queensland website. For more information on school holidays and Pupil Free Days go to:

Term 2 2013

Mon 15th April – Fri 21st June

Term3 2013

Mon 8th July - Fri 20th September

Term 4 2013

Tue 8th October – Fri 13th December

There are still some students with overdue books who may need a little help in returning their books. They are: Prep/1: Dom F. - Year 2/3: April J. - Year 4/5: Billy C., Maddy F., Jai R., Lauren S., Yarran W. - Year 6/7: Jory P. Thank you to those wonderful, responsible students and families who make a conscientious effort each week to look after their library books and return them on time

Term 1 2014

Tues 28th January – Fri 4th April

May is National Family Reading Month. Enclosed in today’s newsletter is information about the Scholastic National Family Reading Month competition. All you have to do is record the number of minutes your family reads each day for the month of May. Return your log sheet to me at the end of the month and the family with the highest number of minutes will win vouchers from Scholastic and prizes for the school. To help promote reading as a family and to raise resources for the library, we will be holding our first of two Book Fairs commencing on the 2nd of May until the 8th. A Book Fair brochure is enclosed in today’s newsletter. Book Fair will be open before and after school each day it is running.

MOTHER’S DAY RAFFLE The P & C will be running a Mother’s Day Raffle this year and are seeking donations of goods suitable for Mother’s Day hampers eg. toiletries, There will be a free dress day this Friday and donations for the raffle will be accepted in lieu of a gold coin donation. If you are able to donate any other goods, please leave them at the office. Raffle tickets will go out in the coming weeks. Any donations will be greatly appreciated.

P & C NEWS: P & C MEETING: The next P & C Meeting/AGM will be held on the 23rd of April at 3.30 pm in the Library. All are welcome. This is a great opportunity for new families to meet other families and find out how they can help their children’s school to be the best it can be. Hope to see you there!

UNIFORM NEWS Monkland uniform jumpers are available to buy for $23 each. All sizes are in stock.

Happy Reading! Mrs J. Wilson Library Teacher Aide NAPLAN NAPLAN testing for Year 3, 5 and 7 students will take place next month. See the insert in today’s newsletter for NAPLAN information and sample questions to help your child prepare. YEAR 4/5 MARKET STALL Please see the insert in today’s newsletter for a full wrap-up. HAVE A LAUGH!!



MOTHAR MOUNAIN HALL HAPPENINGS Mothar Mountain Hall Community Social Night Friday 10th May - 6pm start Family friendly - come and get to know your neighbours Hamburgers, sausage in bread and softdrinks for sale BYO drinks

“My teacher said I don’t pay enough attention in class. At least, that’s what I think she said.”

Cancer Council Fundraiser Morning Tea Mothar Mountain Hall - Thursday 23rd May - 10.30am Please bring some morning tea to share Tea and Coffee provided Gold coin donation to the Cancer Council If you have and items you would like to donate to a multidraw raffle to be held on the day for the benefit of the Cancer Council please bring them along.

23 April 2013  

Monkland State School Newsletter

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