El­gin to launch book in Tocumwal

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Anne Jones

Tocumwal par­a­lympian Don El­gin is hold­ing a book launch and sign­ing at Tocumwal Preschool on Fri­day, Au­gust 28.

Be at the school from 6pm to 8pm to hear from Don, who is an ac­com­plished speaker.

Tick­ets are $20 and can be pur­chased from the preschool.

Don’s book is aptly ti­tled One Foot on the Podium - ever the joker our Don.

The preschool will be hold­ing its par­ent in­for­ma­tion evening on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 5 at 7.30pm.

This is a very valu­able in­for­ma­tion night and shouldn’t be missed if this is your child’s first year at Tocumwal Preschool.

Win­ner of the Lions raf­fle this week was Liza Bald­win.

Once again those hardy Lions were out brav­ing the in­clement weather to sell tick­ets so the com­mu­nity could ben­e­fit from their labours.

But their cheery faces and warm chat­ter made us all feel warm Satur­day morn­ing.

Tocumwal Preschool is hold­ing its 2016 re-en­rol­ment day for three and four yearolds on Fri­day, Au­gust 14, from noon to 2pm.

For the new en­rol­ments, sign up is day Fri­day, Au­gust 21.

See Jes­sica about the be­fore and af­ter preschool care which will be avail­able on Mon­day, Tues­day and Wed­nes­day from 8.30am un­til 4pm at the same build­ing. A great help for work­ing par­ents.

Last Fri­day, Tocumwal Public school stu­dents in Years 3-6 par­tic­i­pated in a gala style sports day at Mul­wala.

Chil­dren par­tic­i­pated in sports in­clud­ing soc­cer, AFL, mat­ball and net­ball.

De­spite be­ing a lit­tle cold and windy, all stu­dents had a fun day.

Thank you to the par­ents for their as­sis­tance on the day by help­ing out with the man­age­ment and coach­ing of the teams.

On Fri­day, TPS hosted its ath­let­ics car­ni­val at the Tocumwal Recre­ation Re­serve.

They be­gan at 9.45am with all stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the march past.

They then moved onto their reg­u­lar events for the day.

Field events were held in be­tween rain showers.

Thanks to all the par­ents and fam­ily who at­tended and helped out in many ways to make the day a suc­cess.

TPS will be hold­ing an assem­bly to­mor­row, start­ing at 2.15pm, to celebrate Ed­u­ca­tion Week and the love of learn­ing.

This will in­volve a class per­for­mance and some pre­sen­ta­tions of cer­tifi­cates.

To­day, stu­dents will be given the op­por­tu­nity to visit the school li­brary, where there will be dis­plays of new books.

Stu­dents will view the books then take home a wish list con­tain­ing the names of books they would like to pur­chase. There is no obli­ga­tion to buy.

Then on Thurs­day each class will be given time to buy their se­lected books and start en­joy­ing them.

A per­cent­age of the book sales are do­nated back to the school as books for the li­brary.

Thank you to those fam­i­lies who have been able to sup­port this wor­thy pro­mo­tion in pre­vi­ous years.

This af­ter­noon, TPS is hav­ing some per­form­ing artists visit to per­form the story of the Lit­tle Bad Wolf.

When the Big Bad Wolf re­tires it’s time for his nephew the Lit­tle Bad Wolf to take charge of the for­est and scare the in­hab­i­tants silly.

How­ever, the Lit­tle Bad Wolf isn’t big, and he isn’t bad at all.

Word is out, there’s a new wolf in town and he’s more of a pushover than a house of straw.

On his first day on the job, the Lit­tle Bad Wolf sets out to blow down the houses of the Three Lit­tle Pigs, but the pigs are not alone. The ta­bles have turned. It’s the Lit­tle Bad Wolf that gets blown away in a bar­rage of bul­ly­ing and slap­stick trick­ery.

Meet Fido, the Pigs pet crocodile.

Sore and sorry for him­self, the Lit­tle Bad Wolf must make a choice, be­come big and bad like his un­cle, or find another way to keep the peace in the for­est.

The tale of the Lit­tle Bad Wolf ties ev­ery­thing to­gether in a story rel­e­vant to con­tem­po­rary chil­dren about gain­ing the con­fi­dence and skills to stand up to the bul­lies in life.

The per­for­mance will be­gin at 2pm.

Dur­ing the first week of the Term 2 school hol­i­days, TPS stu­dents Macken­zie Loughridge and Alex Laker trav­elled to Wer­ribee Park to com­plete in the Vic­to­rian In­ter­school Cham­pi­onships which was held at the Na­tional Eques­trian Cen­tre in Wer­ribee.

The two girls com­peted with over 40 other riders in their age group in dres­sage, show jump­ing, com­bined train­ing, handy mount and show rid­ing classes.

Both girls rode ex­tremely well and were great rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Tocumwal Public School and placed in the top 15 riders in most of their classes.

The girls were great am­bas­sadors for TPS and they en­joyed be­ing able to catch up with friends they made last year from other schools.

Con­grat­u­la­tions on a won­der­ful com­pe­ti­tion.

The Young Sci­en­tist Awards com­mit­tee is run­ning the 2015 Young Sci­en­tist Pa­per Plane Chal­lenge and Tocumwal Public school is ex­cited to par­tic­i­pate.

There are set rules to the com­pe­ti­tion which will be dis­trib­uted to all classes.

En­trants will have to fold their plane at a ta­ble then fly them.

There are two sec­tions — dis­tance and air­time.

For those who come first, sec­ond or third, or any other stu­dent who beats the qual­i­fy­ing marks of 12 me­tres for dis­tance or five sec­onds for air­time, will qual­ify to par­tic­i­pate in the fi­nals in Syd­ney on Satur­day, Au­gust 29. This is ob­vi­ously up to in­di­vid­ual’s par­ents and there is no pres­sure to do this.

Mrs Hatty will run the com­pe­ti­tion in a cou­ple of lunch breaks in Au­gust. A video tap­ing will also be made of the com­pe­ti­tion as part of the en­try into the Re­gional High Fly­ers com­pe­ti­tion.

So kids, start fold­ing and prac­tis­ing and let’s have some fun.

Sa­cred Heart School’s ju­nior room will have a very spe­cial visi­tor to­mor­row as part of the Re­spon­si­ble Pet Own­er­ship pro­gram when a fa­cil­i­ta­tor stops by with a pet dog.

The pro­gram uses mul­ti­me­dia, role play, song and story to pro­vide pri­mary school chil­dren with a smor­gas­bord of stim­u­lat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to teach a wide range of con­cepts re­lat­ing to re­spon­si­ble pet own­er­ship.

The pro­gram fo­cuses on teach­ing stu­dents about dog safety in­cor­po­rat­ing: when dogs should be left alone, things we should not do to dogs, how can you tell if a dog is happy, fright­ened or an­gry, a safe way to ap­proach and greet a dog, and what to do if ap­proached by an un­known or ag­gres­sive dog.

The pro­gram also in­tro­duces and de­vel­ops the fol­low­ing con­cepts: choos­ing an ap­pro­pri­ate pet, gen­eral wel­fare and hus­bandry, the im­por­tance of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and reg­is­tra­tion, con­fine­ment and hous­ing, ex­er­cise and train­ing.

There are a few adults who would also ben­e­fit from this pro­gram, maybe their chil­dren will re­lay the in­for­ma­tion.

In prepa­ra­tion for en­try into sec­ondary learn­ing, Fin­ley High School Year 7 ad­vi­sor Brit­tany Scott will visit Sa­cred Heart School next Wed­nes­day to speak to the Year 6 stu­dents about tran­si­tion into Year 7 at Fin­ley High.

Sa­cred Heart stu­dents el­i­gi­ble to com­pete at the dioce­san ath­let­ics car­ni­val at Alexan­dra Park, Al­bury on Au­gust 7 are: Zander Grif­fin, Lo­gan Hollister, Will John­son, Holly Noo­nan, Danielle Dines, Kate Pur­till, Tayah Hollister, Sarah John­son, An­nie McLeod, Skyla Grif­fin, Ni­cholas Noo­nan, Nate Grieves, Mac Soule and Percy Dines.

As they pre­pare for their in­di­vid­ual events we con­grat­u­late them on mak­ing the team.

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