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Family writing challenge

Good writers use adjectives sparingly and then the ones they do use act more strongly or dramatically. Students at our school are learning to write descriptions that include specific detail and fresh, original images or ‘word pictures’. Your challenge this… Continue Reading →

Captivating poems from our Year 4/5 students

This term in History, Room 21 is investigating Life in the Goldrush in Australia. Students are examining daily life and schooling. They have discovered that classrooms then were hostile environments with repetitious lessons and punitive measures if any of the… Continue Reading →

Family writing challenge

Writers often use similes to make their writing exciting and moving for the reader. A simile is comparing one thing to another usually using ‘like’ or ‘as’. This fortnight, choose a character, object, action or feeling and show how you… Continue Reading →

Student mobile phone use

Staff at Unley Primary have recently considered our agreement for students’ use of mobile phones at school. Firstly, we would like to highlight that there is no need for primary-school-age children to have a mobile phone at school. However, if… Continue Reading →

UPS Connect Governing Council Breakfast

For the third year running Governing Council have been thrilled to be able to host the UPS Connect Governing Council Breakfast. Held on Wednesday 25 September, the Breakfast is a way for our school community to connect, share business details… Continue Reading →

Family writing challenge

Over the holidays we challenge you to take the time to describe a person you know well, such as a parent, a relative or a friend. Try to describe what makes this person unique. The art of constructing a character… Continue Reading →

‘The Lads’ Holiday Workshop at Unley PS

Unley Council have significantly subsidised this program for 8-11 year old boys. Held in our music room during the school holidays (Wednesday Oct 2 and 9), this is an exciting opportunity for our students. The program is evidenced-based and combines… Continue Reading →

Developing great writers at Unley Primary School

We have recently put together some tips for parents on ways you can support your child’s writing development. Click here to read our suggestions for some fun and practical activities you can do with your child at home. Happy writing!

Free Parenting Seminar: Positive ways to help children behave

Parenting SA is hosting a free parenting seminar ‘Positive ways to help children behave’ on Wednesday 6 November, 7-9pm at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Nationally recognised parenting expert, Dr Justin Coulson, will talk about guiding children’s behaviour with positive discipline… Continue Reading →

Family writing challenge

A list of sentences about characters follows. Each one is described by a single adjective. This tells us what the characters are like and what we should think about them. Good writing doesn’t tell us what to think. Rather, it shows… Continue Reading →

National Child Protection Week

Children do best when life is on an even keel and their parents have the support they need. By being kind to parents, supporting family-friendly policies, and building connected communities, we’re all helping to give Australia’s children the best start… Continue Reading →

Students shine in the Royal Adelaide Show Art Prize

At the end of last term, students from room 21 and any year 5s who wished to participate in the Royal Adelaide Art competition gathered together. Firstly we discussed what categories we could be in and made choices about which… Continue Reading →

Real Life Experiences and Results from the Arrowsmith Program

Parents of children with learning difficulties in SA have joined forces to advocate for the revolutionary cognitive brain training Arrowsmith Program to be available in Adelaide. Barbara Arrowsmith-Young created The Arrowsmith Program based on her own severe learning difficulties, to… Continue Reading →

Family writing challenge

This fortnight, we challenge your family to craft a super sentence to describe one of these magical photos of children playing around the world. You could start with an ordinary simple sentence and transform it using our re-crafting strategies. You… Continue Reading →

School-home communication

Teachers at Unley Primary are highly committed to maintaining effective communication with parents and carers. Email, or apps such as Class Dojo or Seesaw, can be a great way to get in touch with your child’s class teacher. To help… Continue Reading →

Family writing challenge

Each fortnight we will post a fun writing challenge for you to try as a family at home. This week we challenge you to write a lipogram about the picture of the elephant seal. You cannot use the letter i…. Continue Reading →

Parent information session – Developing Great Writers

The UPS Education & Wellbeing Committee is excited to invite parents and carers to our next information session on Wednesday 28th August at 6.30pm. Entitled “Developing Great Writers: how Unley Primary is making writing a priority and what you can… Continue Reading →

Notes from Parent Information Session with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is a child and adolescent psychologist, a well-respected speaker and one of Australia’s leading authorities on parenting and young people. He began his talk by sharing examples from research and practice on how it’s tougher to bring… Continue Reading →

Wellbeing and Engagement Data (Years 4-7) for Unley Primary School – a digest

The 2019 Wellbeing and Engagement data for Unley Primary School makes fascinating reading! It reveals areas of which the school can be justifiably proud and also identifies areas where the school community can focus its attention to ensure the best… Continue Reading →

Forestville Eagles Basketball Come & Try Day

It’s a circus in PE for our junior primary kids!

Over the last term, junior primary classes have been further developing their fundamental movement skills through a variety of different activities, including circuits and modified games using the theme of ‘circus’. Students juggled by themselves and with partners, balanced on… Continue Reading →

Building resilience in kids with Madhavi Nawana Parker

Parents and carers from Unley Primary are invited to attend this parent information session free of charge with thanks to the Glen Osmond Primary School Education and Communication Committee. Click here for further information and to register your attendance.

Jigsaw Jinks

Do you have a spare bit of table space somewhere? Why not use it to set up a 500-piece family jigsaw puzzle? Leave it out during the school holidays and see how long it takes for you all to complete it, bit… Continue Reading →

Getting outdoors during the July holidays!

On a cold, wet winter’s day, it is easy to think that the best place to be is inside. But getting outside even in wild and woolly weather is good for everyone, particularly children. Extensive research demonstrates that spending time… Continue Reading →

SRC fundraising success

Wearing odd shoes is not for the faint-hearted. Sideways glances, accidentally going home with someone else’s shoe and visiting the dentist with odd sneakers are just three funny anecdotes shared by students who participated in our odd shoes day fundraiser… Continue Reading →

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