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Join us for the Unley Anzac Day Dawn Service

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Our school has a special tradition of being involved in the City of Unley Anzac Day Dawn Service. We are proud of the way our students honour the memory of the Australian men and women who died or suffered in… Continue Reading →

Supporting your child’s vocabulary development: using parallel language and other useful strategies

Your child’s vocabulary is not a natural outcome of their age, or the number of years they have spent at school. While your child may incidentally learn some words as they progress through school, other useful and important words do… Continue Reading →

Sports Day

Sports Day on Wednesday 10 April promises to be a wonderful event, full of fun and excitement! Please click here for information about the day, including a timetable of events for both junior primary (R-2) and primary (3-7) classes. We… Continue Reading →

UPS students pledge to take a stand against bullying and violence

I promise that if I witness bullying I will try my hardest to give help and support to the victim. I also promise that I will report any information I have about someone being bullied to an adult. I will… Continue Reading →

SAPOL visit UPS to discuss online safety and digital reputation

Sergeant Peter Winter from the South Australia Police visited our Years 6 and 7 students this week to talk about how students can keep safe and be respectful online. Sergeant Winter sensitively covered a range of topics in his presentation,… Continue Reading →

Celebrating inspirational women

We wonder how you spent International Women’s Day this year? The UPS Student Leadership Team visited the South Australian Museum for a special forum, also attended by students from North Adelaide Primary School and Adelaide Botanic High School. The forum… Continue Reading →

Wonderful writing and fabulous families!

As part of our Inquiry theme “Who am I?”, the reception students in Room 7 have been inquiring about families, what they are and the many forms they can take. The theme has been running through all the learning areas… Continue Reading →

Assembly Schedule 2019

Assemblies at UPS are usually held fortnightly on Thursday afternoons at 2:30pm in the Sport Arts Centre. All classes R-7 have the chance to host an assembly once throughout the year. We greatly value this regular, whole-school event for the… Continue Reading →

Keeping kids safe online

Over the last week some parents have raised concerns about children’s wellbeing and cyber safety in light of the ‘Momo Challenge’. There has been some conjecture about whether the momo challenge is an online game, or a hoax that has… Continue Reading →

It’s time to take action against bullying and violence

Unley Primary School is empowering students to take a stand against bullying and violence through this year’s National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) next Friday, 15 March. The theme for this year’s NDA is: Bullying. No Way! Take action every… Continue Reading →

Planning for the Future: A Consultation with Staff and the Community

Parents and carers are invited to join staff and members of our Governing Council and subcommittees to discuss possibilities for the Building Fund and the improvement of learning environments at Unley Primary. We will meet on Wednesday, 20 March at… Continue Reading →

Free parenting seminars

Parenting seminars presented by Madhavi Nawana Parker and Mark Le Messurier on topics such as anxiety, resilience and social and emotional literacy are held on the last Wednesday of each month at Fullarton Park Community Centre. Madhavi Nawana Parker is a highly… Continue Reading →

Introducing our 2019 Student Leadership Team

We are very proud of the 28 Year 7 representatives who make up our student leadership team this year. We would like to congratulate the leaders on gaining their position and thank them for their willingness to serve our school… Continue Reading →

Madhavi Nawana Parker’s 13 tips to set your child up for success at the start of the school year

Starting kindergarten, school (or returning after a break) can be nerve wracking for children and parents alike. Personality, temperament and developmental age all play a part in how well children cope, adapt and adjust. While I have tips below to… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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