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2019 Classes and Staff

We are pleased to announce that Amy Reid has won the role as our Assistant Principal for the next 5 years. Amy will continue to support wellbeing initiatives across the school as well as providing curriculum leadership across the school. Amy’s position… Continue Reading →

Information for families on Fortnite

Following on from our recent email regarding the Growing Up Online session, there have been a number of parent conversations about Fortnite. In the email, we put forward Cybersafety expert Susan McLean’s view that Fortnite is not suitable for primary… Continue Reading →

Materials and Services Charges 2019

Our Governing Council and Finance Committee have met and considered, amongst other things, the materials and services charges for 2019. A modest rise, from $400 to $410 has been suggested. A draft invoice is attached as a link, below. We… Continue Reading →

Review survey of UPS Homework Policy | Thank you for your response

The Education and Wellbeing Committee is pleased to share that 113 parents participated in the review survey of the Unley Primary School Homework Policy. While, on balance, there is support for the change in policy, we have received a range… Continue Reading →

An important message to families from the Education and Wellbeing Committee

Recently, over 20 staff and 50 parents from UPS attended the Growing Up Online Parent Information Session with Susan McLean, leading Australian cyber safety expert. The significant number of school staff in attendance speaks volumes about the seriousness of this… Continue Reading →

Unley Primary School – Brandmode Uniforms for 2019

If you would like to purchase some new uniform items for your child before the start of the 2019 school year please see attached information from our uniform supplier Brandmode for personal fitting dates in December. Brandmode Unley Fittings 2019… Continue Reading →

2018 Parent Opinion Survey

Each year we seek the feedback of parents to help guide our future planning. We would appreciate you spending a few minutes to respond to this survey. Please click here to begin.  

Instrumental Music Lessons in 2019

If your child wishes to apply to start learning or continue learning an instrument at Unley in 2019, applications are now open. This year, all the information is available on the UPS website. www.unleyps.sa.edu.au Click on – ‘Student Activities’’ –… Continue Reading →

Eight ways to help your child develop their organisational skills

You may be worried that having less traditional ‘homework’ is impacting on your child’s organisational skills. Maggie Dent, one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and educators, puts it well when she explains, ‘Remember children learn all the time, not just when… Continue Reading →

SMS Notifications

To help keep track of student absences here at Unley Primary, we will soon be using SMS to notify you when your child is not at school without a recorded reason. These messages will help to keep our students safe… Continue Reading →

Boredom: how it helps children’s development

Over the last term, the Education and Wellbeing Committee has worked to provide parents with regular posts about things families can do at home to support their child’s learning and development. It seems unusual, then, that we would advocate for… Continue Reading →

Times tables bingo

Playing times tables games is a great way for children to develop their fluency with times tables, which is essential for further Mathematics and in everyday life. The achievement standard in the Australian Curriculum outlines that students recall multiplication facts… Continue Reading →

UPS Wall of Hands

To be part of the commemorative wall, at the front entrance of the school, and share in the school’s history you are invited to purchase a hand for your child/children/family. This wall was erected for the 125th birthday celebrations of Unley Primary School in 2004. The hands are laser cut stainless steel and engraved with the period of time you and your family have been involved with our school. The hands are permanently attached to the wall and help make up a wave of hands to stretch from one side of the wall to the other. It is hoped this sea of hands will stretch back several generations and link the past with the present and future. See the attached order form for additional details and to mark your place in the history of UPS. Commemorative Hand Order Form

To be part of the commemorative wall, at the front entrance of the school, and share in the school’s history you are invited to purchase a hand for your child/children/family. This wall was erected for the 125th birthday celebrations of Unley… Continue Reading →

Outdoor experiences a fundamental part of childhood

Making changes to the family routine and finding time to introduce new things at home can be tricky. This is one of the reasons why the Education and Wellbeing Committee developed the 74 Fun Things To Do Out Of School… Continue Reading →

Place Value War

Helping children develop a solid understanding of place value is so important, as place value concepts underpin fluency in arithmetic calculations and support ongoing learning with larger numbers and decimals. This fun place value game can be played at home… Continue Reading →

Dynamo Dice

How many times have you found yourself trying to keep the kids occupied at a restaurant or cafe table while you wait for the food to arrive? Instead of reaching for your phone as an easy distraction for them, how about… Continue Reading →

Keeping an eye on screen time

There are many ways you can help your child maintain a healthy balance between online and offline activities for the benefit of their health and wellbeing. The iParent initiative offers helpful advice for parents through the Office of the eSafety… Continue Reading →

What are ‘fridge words’ and how can they help your child expand their vocabulary?

Did you know that vocabulary is one of the best predictors of a child’s educational achievement? Typically, a student needs 12 instructional encounters to fully know a word. This is one reason why talking with your child about their ‘fridge… Continue Reading →

Learn how to play Land Grab!

This fun and engaging game supports children’s conceptual understanding of multiplication and offers another way to help your child learn their times tables facts. Materials Piece of graph paper Two dice (six, ten or twelve-sided) Two different coloured pencils How… Continue Reading →

Tools for Tackling those Tricky Conversations…

Roll up, roll up! We are thrilled to welcome renowned behaviour consultant (and fellow parent) Madhavi Nawana Parker to UPS to share with us her top tips on how to broach confidently and sensitively the subject of healthy relationships, growth and development with our children. If… Continue Reading →

Reducing childhood stress through outdoor play in nature

Nature Play SA and the Department for Education are hosting a free parent workshop. Join us as we spend an evening with Terri and Daniel Harrison as they explore strategies for understanding and managing behaviour for children of any age…. Continue Reading →

How To Play Addition Bump

William and his family love playing ‘Addition Bump’ when they have a spare moment at home. Read on to find out how to play this fun and competitive game, featured on our 74 Fun Things To Do Out Of School… Continue Reading →

74 Fun Things To Do Out Of School

Unley Primary students in conjunction with staff and the Education and Wellbeing Committee are excited to share with families the 74 Fun Things To Do Out Of School resource. The aim of this list is to give families suggestions of activities,… Continue Reading →

Mental Health and Mindfulness

Keeping children happy and healthy involves taking care of their mental health as well as their physical health. Smiling Mind is a not-for-profit organisation that works to provide accessible, life-long tools to support healthy minds. A number of teachers at Unley… Continue Reading →

Parent Volunteers: Mandatory Training

All parents working at our school are required to complete “Responding to Abuse and Neglect (RAN) Training”. This training may be completed online and will take approximately 90 minutes. Go to: https://www.education.sa.gov.au/doc/registration-help-responding-abuse-and-neglect-education-and-care-ran-ec-induction-session-volunteers. Please ensure you have registered as a volunteer…. Continue Reading →

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