Camp wrap up

Camp is over for another year.

How do you measure a good camp? Is it by all the experiences the children have that they would not be able to get during a normal day at school? Is it by how much sleep the teachers get? Is it by how proud the parents feel of their child for being independent enough to cope without them for three day? Is it by the excellence of the camp venue they attend? Is it by the organisation of staff attending?

The answer is yes to all of the above. Our 2015 camp to Campaspe Downs has been an amazing experiences for all those who attended. Yes the food was different to what we normally eat and some of us did misplace some of our clothing,which most likely ended up in a friend’s suitcase but these things do not distract from what is really important about camp. Having fun, experiencing new things and becoming more independent.

I would like to thank Graeme for his outstanding organisation and Mulynda, Angela and Caitlyn for the effort they put in to ensure our camp was a success.

Sonya O’Brien



Litter Free Lunches

From term 4 every Friday will be a litter free lunch day at Newlands.

Much of the rubbish that we generate and send to landfill comes from the packaging on the food we buy, and lunch foods are no exception.

In fact, it has been estimated that on average a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates three pieces of litter per day, which equates to 30 kg of waste per year.

Based around the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) – litter free lunches (also known as ‘nude food’) are lunches that contain food items with no disposable packaging or single use items, such as pre-packaged foods, plastic bags, juice poppers, bottled water, disposable utensils, plastic straws or food wrapped in cling wrap or foil.

Instead, all food is provided in reusable food and drink containers, so that there is no packaging to place into the bin and the majority of the waste produced is organic (i.e. food scraps) which can be recycled via school compost bins and worm farms.

Benefits of litter free school lunches include:

  • students eating healthier lunches, as they are being provided with less pre-packaged ‘gimmicky’ snack foods and more fresh food in appropriate amounts
  • less waste being produced and sent to landfill
  • cheaper lunches, as food items bought in bulk are less expensive than pre-packaged products
  • a reduction in waste collection and disposal costs to the school, as less waste is being generated by the school community
  • providing students with a practical example of how simple behaviour change can easily address a widespread environmental issue
  • promotion of environmental stewardship and advocacy within the school
  • a cleaner school; research has shown that less litter is dropped in areas free of litter compared to areas where litter is more noticeable.

Introducing a litter free lunch day or program is a great way to reduce the amount of rubbish coming into school.th9081YFWW thCB40VYIC

Homework term 2 week 11

UNICEF Challenge.

BY  using Mathletics this week you can earn points. The points that you earn from activities completed will equate to a UNICEF donation to those less privileged at the end of the week. The more points you  earn, the greater the value of the donation we will purchase on your school’s behalf.

Howe many points can you earn?


Note to our new friends in Ouyen

Hi Everyone in Mr O’Brien’s class in Ouyen

We had a great day at Merri Creek even though it was raining.

The water wasn’t very clear because of all the rain but that did mean that it was flowing at a faster rate than it usually does.

Our favourite part of the day was counting the different animals and insects that live in the creek. There were small fish, yabbies and we found eight other insects and even a water spider. The spider made some of us jump when it jumped out of the water.

It was a great day. We’d love to hear about anything special you do at school.

Thank you for being our new blog buddies.