Friday 4 June, 2021

Principal's Video News

Lunchbox Tips from an Expert

  • For a healthy lunch box pick and mix something from each food group. Don’t forget the vegetables! A whole carrot, a small capsicum, snow peas or beans, celery, baby cucumber, left over corn on the cob, baby mushrooms are great for crunch and sip. If you are worried about waste, start with just a small amount such as a couple of pieces/slices.
  • Have each other’s backs as parents by following the schools food policy. The more kids see each other eating a healthy lunchbox, the more likely they will give foods like veggies a go
  • A sticker or message on a post it note is a way to say ‘hi’, ‘I love you’ or ‘I’m thinking about you’ without using food/treats
  • For more information from credible sources see or–schools/7-days-of-veggie-snacks.pdf

Prof. Rebecca Golley
Flinders University

Professional Learning - Hosting St John's Grammar

Professional Learning through collaborating with peers is essential in all industries. In the education sector it is vital that we collaborate in order to drive improvements and innovations in education.

Last week we hosted the teachers from St John’s Grammar School who were keen to find out how we are using the ACARA Learning Progressions to enable students to be self-aware in the learning process. We shared how we have developed the honeycomb styled chart to record and support students to identify the skills needed to master the foundations of literacy and numeracy, and how our students are working with their teachers to set goals and document the progression in their learning. The Learning Progressions are one part of the continuous assessment process we have developed here at Annesley.

Following the presentation and a tour of our school we received this feedback from Simon McKenzie, Head of Junior School at St John’s Grammar School:

“You have a wonderful school that is not only providing opportunities for students to have many and varied experiences, but strengthening the partnership between school and home with well thought reporting processes. Your passion and commitment to the Annesley community was wonderful to witness first hand.”

Sharing these educational developments amongst fellow collogues can have a significant impact on learning outcomes for students throughout the education sector. Next term our teachers will visit St John’s Grammar School to hear about improvements made in their programs.

Donna Nicolle
Deputy Principal & Head of Early Years

Our School

Induction of Reverend Peter Morton as Annesley Chaplain

You are invited to join us for a special Annesley chapel service for the induction of the Reverend Peter Morton as Annesley Chaplain. Along with the Moderator of the Uniting Church, this chapel service will honour Pastor Pete’s transition to becoming a full time member of the team at Annesley this year.

Thursday 10 June
8.50am (for a 9.00am start) to 9.40am

The Bouncing Bean Café will be open following chapel.

Street parking off of Rose Terrace and surrounding streets. Enter via Rose Terrace gates and please ensure you use QR code to check-in.

Registrations are essential. Click here to Register.

Staffing Update

After 6 years of loyal service, keeping our school grounds looking beautiful and creating the Annesley Farm with our staff and students we farewell Bruce Flemming as our Property Officer. We had a lovely gratitude morning tea for Bruce in our Bouncing Bean Café. We will miss Bruce’s friendship and expertise but are excited for him as he commences a full time role as an agribusinesses banker with Westpac. We are in the recruitment process for a full-time Property Officer with the role commencing shortly.

ELC – We have previously shared that Alanna Iannazzo will, at the conclusion of Term 3, be taking maternity leave. We are delighted to announce that Jess Fosdike will return in Term 4 to teach with Penny White and the Grevillea team on Thursdays and Fridays. Jess has been an ELC staff member here at Annesley for many years and is a valued member of our Early Years team.

Mid-Year Reception – In Term 3 a new Mid-Year Reception class will begin. This class will be led by two very experienced and much valued members of our community. We welcome back, Jodie Johnson and Katie Cummins. Jodie and Katie have previously worked alongside each other in the ELC until Jodie led the Mid-Year Receptions in 2019, and now together again they will be team teaching our new Receptions. Jodie will teach on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Katie will teach on Thursday and Fridays. Both teachers will be available to respond to parent queries as they will provide a cohesive and seamless approach to our students learning.

Year 1– Congratulations to Nicole Schiller and her partner Thomas, as they are expecting their first baby. Nicole aims to continue teaching until the end of Term 3 Week 7.  To continue the effective and engaging learning program which Nicole has established with her learners, we have appointed Devan Chalmers to lead the class until the end of the year. Devan is well known to our community as she has been a member of the ELC team since 2016. For this past year she has been relief teaching in all year levels across our school and in several other independent schools. During Term 3 Nicole and Devan will spend many days co-teaching the class to ensure the transition will be seamless for our students and their families.

Draft Personal Device Policy

As a School, we are keenly aware of our responsibility for student safety and wellbeing throughout the school day. Committed to Child Safe Practices, we recognise the need to be aware of any communications in and out of the school and the content students are accessing online. We believe in the partnership between home and school and therefore we are seeking your input as we make decisions about student’s personal devices at Annesley. We value the input and the trust you put in us to best support student in their usage of personal devices.

Please forward any constructive thoughts, comments or suggestions on our draft Personal Device Policy, as out lined below, via email to Jo Rossiter, Head of Primary Years –

Personal Devices at School
Annesley provides students with access to the devices that they require to participate in learning engagements and therefore students are encouraged to not bring personal devices (eg. iPad) to school. Students are able to share home learning between home and school through the Class Seesaw App which they can access on home devices.

If students need to bring a personal device such as a mobile phone, then the following guidelines are to be followed:

  • The device remains the responsibility of the students and their family
  • The student and/or parent are to inform their teacher that they have a phone at School
  • All mobile phones are to be kept in bags in student lockers
  • The device is not to be connected at anytime to the School Wi-Fi
  • All access to internet on School iPads is to be connected through the School Wi-Fi, under no circumstances is the Mobile Hotspot to be used from a personal device

Communication Between Parents and Students During the School Day

  • If a student in Reception to Year 7 needs to contact a parent during the day, they are to discuss this with their teacher and ring their parent from the front office.
  • Parents are to make contact by phone to the Front Office if they need to share a message with their child between the hours of 8.45am and 3.30pm

Smart Watches

  • Smart watches can be worn by students at school but are not to be used to message or call contacts between the hours of 8.45am and 3.30pm.
  • Notifications are to be turned off during school hours.

Parent Mentors

We are currently seeking registrations from parents in our community that have a variety of professional experience and industry connections to mentor our oldest students in Base 6/7 or work alongside our students in Enterprise workshops. If you are interested in working alongside our students please register your experience via the recent Parent Mentor post on School Stream.

Bouncing Bean Café 

Our Commitment to Sustainability – did you know we offer a discount of $1 for all reusable takeaway cups at the Bouncing Bean Café!  

All single use cups, lids, stirrers and napkins used at the Bouncing Bean Café are BioPak products and made of plant-based materials. We encourage our customers to put them in a green bin once used.   

Lunch Orders 

We know many people young and old are eagerly anticipating the return of lunch orders at Annesley! We are finalising arrangements with a contractor currently and  will soon be announcing a lunch order service to start in Term 3. 

The Quest

Last fortnight on The Quest the Year 6 students continued their partnership with and investigations at Cleland Wildlife Park. They also took to their bikes riding along the Amy Gillet bikeway in the Adelaide Hills visiting local businesses along the way to inquire into their sustainable and ethical business decisions. The Year 7 students began their 4 week program at Baptist Care SA where they are working each Monday with the team to address issues facing people who are experiencing homelessness. 

Primary Years' Learning

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Vacation Care

At Annesley we are constantly looking for ways to improve processes and efficiency for our community. We are currently trialing a new online booking system for our Vacation Care service which will be ready for families to use early next week (Week 7). Information on how to use the booking system, along with the July School Holidays Vacation Care program, will be available early next week via the School Stream app. As we trial the new online booking system for the July school holidays, the original ‘hard copy’ Vacation Care booking form will also be available as an alternative option for bookings. As always, we welcome feedback from our families and any feedback in relation the new Vacation Care online booking form can be directed to Sally Braddy via email.

Assembly & Chapel

Date Assembly/Chapel Class Presenting
Thursday 10 June Chapel
Thursday 17 June Assembly Year 3 (Rosie)
Thursday 24 June Chapel
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