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Primary Campus


On Friday 29 October the Primary Campus held their annual Sports Day event. Although the weather was poor in the morning, the students looked excited and eager to participate in all the events that were on offer. Year 2 to Year 6 students participated in traditional Athletics events such as 70m/100m, 200m, 800m, shot put, long jump and high jump. Reception to Year 1 students participated in tabloid events of egg and spoon races, hoppers, sack races, rob the nest sprints and hurdles prior to enjoying a BBQ lunch.

St John’s (Yellow) went into the day as favourites after claiming victory in the House Cross Country Carnival held earlier this year. However, breaking a 13-year drought, St Paul (Blue) were crowned the winners by 11 points, with House Captains, William Modra (6B) and Riley Bell (6B) excitedly accepted the Shield. St John’s (Yellow) finished on 476 points taking 2nd place, St James (Green) finished 3rd with 440 points and St Peters (Red) rounded out the houses to take 4th on 423 points.

We would like to thank the Primary Staff for all their help and efforts on the day, the fantastic maintenance team, and the group of secondary students that came out to assist on the day. Thank you also to Ashley Morrison and his IT team who made it possible to live- stream the event with the help of fantastic commentators Ms Joanne Gilmore and her Year 6 team. Without this combined effort this day would not be able to be such a success.

Ms Annabel Lampard and Mr Dion Gazettas, Physical Education Teachers – Primary


On Wednesday 27 October Year 1 students visited the Urrbrae Wetlands for our investigation into ‘Creepy Crawlies’.

Students worked with an entomologist and went hunting for creepy crawlies in their natural habitats, found macroinvertebrates in the wetlands and explored the specimens using microscopes.

Some students shared what they enjoyed the most about the excursion:

“I liked catching the bugs in the water with nets”. – Mitchell

 “I liked that we got to see the biggest Huntsman spider”. – Adriano

 “I liked when we visited the bird house”. – Kobe

 “I liked exploring the macroinvertebrates using the computers and microscopes”. – Alexander

It was a great excursion and a fun day had by all!

Mrs Erin Stanborough, Year 1 Teacher


So, breathe… this week we have mostly been celebrating all manner of learning at the Primary Assembly, recognising ICAS achievement, rewarding readers and participating in Outdoor Classroom day. Now breath again, pause and read the details. ?

ICAS Awards

All students in Year 4 and 5 participated in this international competition and it is a chance to measure yourself against the rest of the world. The following students excelled in the following areas and we congratulate them on their knowledge, understanding and skills in Mathematics and Science. The ICAS tests are not based solely on ACARA so students really had to think on their feet and transfer knowledge.

Merit in Mathematics Year 4Merit in Mathematics Year 6
Nabhya Makwana 4MAndre Bonifacio 6M
Thomas Mendes 4B
Oliver Pearn 4M
Credit in Mathematics Year 4Credit in Mathematics Year 6
Joshua Grieger 4MDiego Hernandez 6B
Hudson Littlefield 4MBlake Scott 6M
Bailey Palmer 4M
Isaac Zonta 4B
Distinction in Mathematics Year 4
Nathaniel Braham 4B
Samuel Jones 4B
Merit in Science Year 4Merit in Science Year 6
Joshua Grieger 4MAndre Bonifacio 6M
Diego Hernandez 6B
Alexander Slattery 6M
Credit in Science Year 4Credit in Science Year 6
Nathaniel Braham 4BOliver Van Dommele
Tex Caruana 4M
Max Howell 4B
Samuel Jones 4B
Isaac Zonta 4B

Premiers Reading Challenge Hall of Fame

We all know that reading gives you superpowers. Congratulations to the following students who have completed the Premiers Reading Challenge every year since Reception.

6B – William Modra

6M – Andre Bonifacio

6M – Matthew Choimes

6M – Lucas Mazzocchetti

6M – Blake Scott

6M – Emmanuel Thessalonikeous

6M – Oliver Van Dommele

Outdoor Classroom Day

As you know we love Nature and the environment here at Beverly, so on Thursday it was National Outdoor Classroom Day – we took the learning outside. The theme of this year’s Outdoor Classroom Day is ‘Love the Outdoors!’ Children are spending less time outdoors than ever before and this is affecting their health, wellbeing and love of the natural world.  Time outdoors makes children happier and healthier, as well as helping them form habits that will stick with them for life. They’ll have a love of the natural world and will take action to protect it. We often take the learning outside but today we all made the extra effort. #itsbetter outdoors

For more info check out this local organisation, Nature Play SA

Here is a snapshot of the activities undertaken on just this one day!

  • The Lasallian STARS created still life painting of flowers, made rose petal potions discovered by mixing colors how creative they could be.
  • The Reception crew delved into a nature play alphabet hunt, used their numeracy skills to make a nature collection and took some quiet time in our nature spaces to pray and think about creation.
  • Year 1s got all scientific and headed to the wetlands to investigate some pest control situations and hunt for macro invertebrates – they are becoming quite the expert!
  • The Year 2s scurried around the school on a scavenger hunt to discover different aspects of life that can be found in nature.
  • The Years 3s sliced, diced and rolled, and enjoyed some delicious food from the garden.
  • Year 4 went further afield (pun intended) to Morialta Falls investigating rocks, erosions, and weathering.
  • Year 5 squad buddied up and went orienteering. They also dug deep, did some planting and some serious garden work was completed.
  • Year 6 got creative after using their forensic skills to examine a crime scene on the oval. We still are not sure what happened to Dave – investigations are underway.

Here are a few photos that show just some of the learning that happened on this great day. Thanks to Mr Damian Basso for coordinating, Robyn Palmer for the cool ideas and all the teachers that got their creative hats on and made the day happen.

As always, I am grateful for the great learning spaces we have and the way that there is no such thing as average at St Michael’s College Primary Campus.

Ms Joanne Gilmore, Director of teaching & Learning – Primary