From The Principal – 26 June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I have a lot to advise you about today, so get comfy and maybe put the kettle on for this read.

End of Flexibuzz

Last week I was advised that Flexibuzz will no long exist as of the end of June.  The school has therefore had discussions with the School Board around suitable options to replace this app for school notices and newsletters to be sent out to the families.

With the support of the School Board, the decision has been made to go to Connect.  This is a parent app, designed and run by the Department of Education and is commonly used in many primary schools across WA.  An email notice will be sent to the parent or carer contact for each child, inviting them to follow a link to sign in with a code and set up a password.  The code provided for the username is only valid for two weeks.  Please ensure you sign up as soon as possible. 

Connect will be used for the school to send out all newsletters and general information.  It may also be used in the future for student reports to be sent home. 

Reports

A paper copy of reports will be going home on Tuesday 30 June with each child.  Please note that as per the Department of Education decision this semester, there are no A-E grades given for subject due to the interruption to teaching. However, staff have still been diligent in providing you with a written description of your child’s progress and achievements in Literacy and Numeracy as well as given a grade for Effort on each subject.

Term 3 Further Lifting of Restrictions

With the further lifting of restrictions as we enter Phase 4 of the state governments roadmap back from COVID-19, for term 3 parents will be welcome back into classrooms as volunteers, for appointments and to inspect children’s work before or after school.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in helping out.

One of the surprises from the past restrictions was that the kindy and pre-primary teachers saw a big improvement in the children’s independence and confidence since they have been unaccompanied in the mornings when entering the classrooms.  I encourage parents and carers to continue to encourage this independence, if possible.  Teachers have suggested it would be great for parents and carers to set their own day each week or fortnight where they come in and look at the work around the room. 

The extra cleaning that has been happening throughout term 2 with a full time cleaner on site each day will continue for term 3.

Assemblies will also resume in term 3, the first one being on Wednesday, 5 August, week 3, with Mr Lindsay’s Year 5/6 and Mr Yiannakis, Year 4 class sharing the stage.

Exciting News for Room 15, Mrs Boath and Room 14, Mrs McIntyre’s classes

We are very excited to have been successful to be included in the Creative School’s Programme for the first time.  This programme matches professional people with a creative skill to work with a class weekly over a period of time.  The Creative Schools Programme has a focus on creativity with the intent to nurture the five creative habits that underpin learning; being collaborative, inquisitive, persistent, imaginative and disciplined.  In 2019 this programme was implemented in 16 WA schools. The evidence collected from previous school involvement indicates that students and parents unanimously agreed that the Creative Schools projects had a positive impact on learning, skills and attitude and the children’s ability to apply creative habits into their learning. 

For this year, we have two classes involved in the Creative School Programme will be starting in Term 3 with Mrs Boath’s Year 2/3 class and Mrs McIntyre’s Year 3/4 class to work with the support of professionals to complete projects. 

Mrs McIntyres class will be working with an award winning artist, Shona McGregor who has a love of the miniature, and works in magnification and abstract.   Shona has a background as a teacher of children with autism.  

Mrs Boath’s class will be working the co-founder of Educated by Nature, Trudi Bennett.  Trudi also has a teaching background and works with children to discover a connection with nature for healthy inner-wellbeing and community.

Library Books to be Returned by Next Week

Mrs Annadale, the Library Officer, would like to do a stocktake of all the library books before the start of term 3 and has asked that all children return their borrowed library books by Wednesday 1 July.

Children will be able to resume borrowing books in term 3.

Staff Change

On Tuesday 30 June, the School Chaplain, Chevonne Burr will have her last day working at this school.  She is going on maternity leave for the birth of her first child.  Chevonne has been an asset to the school in the manner that she has supported students, parents, carers and staff.  She is always approachable and has been a vital link in the care and compassion that we provide to children and families, particularly through times of stress or change.  She will be missed by all of us and I wish her and her husband all the best as they begin a new stage as parents to their baby boy.

The new School Chaplain will be Rumbi Tsokota and she will be the permanent Chaplain for this school.  Rumi will be working on Mondays and Tuesday, so please take the time to stop in before or after school next term and say hello to her.

NAIDOC

Please note that the National NAIDOC Committee decided to postpone NAIDOC week this year due to safety concerns with COVID-19 and it has moved from being celebrated in the first week of the upcoming school holidays to now being held in Week 5 of Term 4, from the 8 to 15 November.  I will be inviting parents and carers, who are interested to be involved in the school’s celebration of this special week to a planning meeting either at the end of term 3 or the start of term 4. Further details will be provided as it gets closer.

School Board Update

At last week’s School Board Meeting, the vacancy left by Annabel Hardy who had completed her three-year term was filled by Melissa Grey, who is a parent of two children at the school.   All School Board members are invited to be on the School Board for three year periods. 

The School Board also endorsed the 2019 Annual Report and a Play Based Teaching Policy.  Both of these documents will be available on the Glendale Primary School website.

School Banking

The P&C run, school banking programme will be resuming in term 3.  Further details to follow through the P&C Facebook page.

Lock Down Drill

On Thursday 18 June the school held a lock down drill.  With thorough planning and systems in place, I was very pleased to find that information had been sent through to the admin team with every child, staff member, visitor and work person on site accounted for and secured in a building within 5 minutes.   Every year the school selects either a lock down drill or an evacuation procedure to practice.

Jump Rope For Heart

The fundraising for the Heart Foundation being led by the Year 6 leadership students and Mr Marsden has raised, as of Wednesday 24 June, $2,427.65, which exceeds the target of $2,000 that was set.  Thank you to every family and extended family member that has supported the children to raise this amount. 

Sustainability

The school has a recycling station with individual collection containers in the foyer of the staff room building, next to the lost property.  You or your children can drop off the following recycling products:

  • plastic bread tags
  • oral hygiene products
  • washing detergent containers
  • batteries

School Uniforms

A reminder to all families that we would like to see all children in school uniform at all times.  The Year 6 children have signed leadership contracts committing to wearing their school uniform each day.  I have asked teachers not to send children who are out of uniform to run any messages for them. 

If you are unsure what is in the school uniform, please read the School Uniform Policy which was reviewed and endorsed last year by the School Board.  A copy can be found on the school website, under the tab for Our School, Expectations and Policies.

Lost Property

If you have a chance, please come and take a look through the lost property boxes.  They are overflowing at the moment with school jumpers and lunch boxes amongst other things.  You will find the lost property in the foyer of the staff room building (which is the old admin building).

Thank You

Thank you to Sandra from the Hamersley Christmas Carols Committee and Pastor Jason for their very kind donation of $530.25 to the Chaplaincy fund for this school.  This money was raised by donations at the annual Christmas Carols event and other fundraisings that they do throughout the year. 

Swimming Lessons

Due to COVID-19 all swimming lessons held through school were cancelled this year.  However, we look forward to resuming them in 2020.

Merit Certificates

At the in-class presentations on Wednesday 24 June, the following children received a merit certificate for the great work they are doing;

Flynn M Francis L Mason A Olivia V
Emily L Rory G Hayden A Scarlet G
Amira A Emma P Charlize S Rayyan N
Amelie H Harriet S Gillian C Sophia L
Lelo D Noah C Amelia T Brendah H
Adelaide D Esther L Harry F Airlia J
Tane A Amani S Harli D Matilda F
Isabella E      

Regards

Helen Fiebig    

Principal

From The Principal – 12 June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

It is lovely to have the community back on the school site before and after school each day and to have the school resume as a place to meet and chat for the community.  With the further lifting of government imposed restrictions, parents are reminded that they may be onsite, but not in the classrooms at this stage. 

Kindy and Pre-Primary Children Drop Off and Pick Up

The system of staff collecting the kindergarten and pre-primary children from the gates is no longer operating.  The past four weeks has showed everyone just how independent children at that age can be as the teachers reported less tears when saying goodbye to parents.  However, it is still essential for parents and carers of children in kindy and pre-primary to do the drop off and pick up from outside of the classroom.  This is a long held school rule to meet the duty of care by the school.

Year 6 Leaders Met with Premier Mark McGowan

On Wednesday 3 June all of the Glendale PS Year 6 student leaders got to join me to participate in on face to face meeting with the Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan online via Zoom.  It was a privilege to be invited to participate and a rare opportunity for the children to join with student leaders from a range of public and private schools to ask question or share any concerns and ideas they may have about running the government.  I wish to thank the local member for Balcatta, David Michael MLA, for inviting our school.

Gates Locked During School Time

The school gates are all being locked from 8:55 am each morning and unlocked before 3 pm each afternoon.  The gate to the school office will be open all day.  All visitors to the school during school time must come through the reception and sign in. 

Lock Down Drill during Week 8, Thursday 18 June

On Thursday, the whole school will practice an emergency ‘code yellow’ lock down drill.  The point of this is to test the system in place and ensure that staff and students know what to do in an emergency.  As a school we have two types of lock down.  The first one is a ‘code yellow’ which is a low key event with all buildings being locked and children remaining at the desks and working.   The second type of lock down is a ‘code red’ which would require all buildings to be locked and children to move away from windows and doors and be out of sight and quiet. 

Each year the staff and students practice either a fire or lock down drill.  Your child may want to talk about this after the event. 

Jump Rope For Heart

Congratulations to the families that are involved in supporting the Jump Rope For Heart fundraising by the Year 6 leaders of the school, who have been supported by Mr Marsden, the PE Teacher.  I am very proud to say that so far there is $1,860 been raised and the school is well on its way in the next two weeks to meeting the $2,000 target that was set.  The record for this school for fundraising for this event was set last year at $1,900. 

As a celebration of Jump Rope For Heart the children will have a chance to showcase their skipping skills at a Jump Off, on Friday 26 June, Week 9.  Staff will take a video of this event to share on SeeSaw, so keep an eye out for it towards the end of term.

P&C Meeting

The P&C will be meeting in the library on Monday 15 June at 7pm for all interested members of the community who want to join us.  This will be the first meeting of the new committee and we look forward to a fantastic year.

Merit Certificates and Aussie of the Month

At the in-class presentations on Wednesday 10 June, the following children received a merit certificate for the great work they are doing;

Charlie L Rose D Charlie S Hohaia K
James E Leah C Paige E Tyler S
Jack H Kurt R Liam C Zoe P
Soleil P Summer S Sammy C Sophie L
Lochlan T Ruby B Selena S Jade R
Joshua W Leteisha H Stephan L Harry D
Nash B Daijah O Rebecca G Isobel F
Owen H Mason J Mollie R  

Aussie of the Month went to Jessica D from Year 1, Room 6, for displaying the VOICE values of the school by always seeking to help others without being asked, being an amazing active listener and striving to do her best in all learning areas.

 

 

Regards

Helen Fiebig    

Principal

From The Principal – 29 May 2020

School Site Open From Monday 8 June 2020

In accordance with Government restrictions lifting, from Monday 8 June 2020 parents and guardians will be able to enter the school grounds to drop off and pick up their children only. Parents and guardians are not permitted to enter school grounds during the school day and will not be permitted to enter classrooms.

School Photos next week Tuesday 2 and Thursday 4 June 2020

All classes will be having their school photos taken on either Tuesday 2 June and Thursday 4 June.  A list of which day your child’s class is being photographed was sent out on FlexiBuzz on Wednesday 27 May.

Please ensure your child’s order envelope is handed in on the day if you are paying in cash, otherwise orders can be done online.

Nomination for School Board 

On Monday 18 May, the School Board meeting was held and Annabel Hardy resigned after two years as the Chairperson and three years of service.  A position is now open for a new member of the school community to nominate for the School Board for the next three years.  If we receive multiple nominations it will go to a vote.  A new Board Chairperson will be elected at the next School Board meeting on Monday 22 June.

The School Board meets twice a term, in weeks 4 and 9, on a Monday evening at 7 pm in the staff room.  If you are interested, please contact me on 9447 4199 or attend the next School Board meeting as a visitor.

I wish to thank Annabel very much for her leadership and dedication to the school over this period.  As the School Board Chairperson, she was outstanding in her role as the community representative on the selection panel for the appointment of the Principal position in 2019 and for her contribution to the School Review in 2018.  She performed ceremonial duties in presenting awards at graduation and at the end of year book awards, as well as talking to the parents of new kindy children at the induction meetings.  Annabel led the school board in their role to ensure that good governance and due diligence was being maintained financially, that the school remained focused on the priority areas and ensuring that school policies were progressive and represented the high standards expected by this community.

P&C AGM

Thank you to the dedicated and hardworking members of our current and past P&C and the willing band of parents and carers on whose support they rely.  The school staff and students are truly appreciative of the work you do providing the canteen service, running the uniform shop, school banking, managing the Book Club orders, supporting the graduating students each year and volunteering people power to ensure the smooth running of fundraising events.   On behalf of the staff and students at Glendale Primary School, I thank you.

On Monday, 25 May the P&C held their AGM, with all positions declared vacant before nominations were called for 2020.  Your P&C Committee members for 2020 are as follows:

President: Tim Ewers          Canteen Manager: Nerilee Russell
Vice President: Justin Grey        Uniform Shop: Charmaine Virgin
Secretary: Sarah Cusack      Book Club: Michelle De Groot
Treasurer: Adam Panizza               School Banking: Carla Drake Brockman and Pina Wright
Principal: Helen Fiebig      Fundraising: Claire Pusch
Social Media: Julia Boardman and Claire Pusch Graduation: Barbara Dransfield

I would like to acknowledge the tremendous work of Justin Grey who has been the P&C President for the past two years and who this year is taking on the position of Vice President.  He has led the P&C through a period of change which took a leadership team with a clear vision and progressive thinking.  The P&C has functioned very well under his leadership and he has assembled a truly remarkable team.  I welcome the opportunity to continue to work with the P&C. The work of the P&C always remained focused on proving services and resources for the school to enhance the learning of every child. 

I would like to welcome Tim Ewers into his new role as President and look forward to building on the already established working relationship that we have built up since I started at the school.

I truly believe that volunteers don’t have more time, but they definitely have bigger hearts.

Jump Rope For Heart

The Year 6 leadership group along with Mr Marsden are running the Jump Rope For Heart fundraising campaign for the Heart Foundation.  I would love for you to take a minute to watch Indianna from Year 4 who has put together her own video to promote this good cause. Click here view Indianna’s video.

At present the children have raised over $650.  Thank you to everyone who has supported this great cause.

Merit Certificates

Merit certificates were presented to the following students in their classes on Wednesday 27 May, in lieu of the current restriction on not holding assemblies. 

Alexa L – Kindy 1 Dane M – Kindy 1 Cody C – Kindy 2
Layla P – Kindy 2 Harper B – Yr 2, Room 3 Skye S – Yr 2, Room 3
Annie L – Yr 1, Room 4 Liam L – Yr 1, Room 4 Anna L – Yr 1, Room 5
Henry C – Yr 1, Room 5 Hannah S – Yr 4, Room 8 Mitchell P – Yr 5, Room 9
Riley S – Yr 5, Room 9 Anaru C – Yr 6, Room 10 Kaibar J – Yr 5, Room 10
Abby M – Yr 6, Room 12 Isabelle H – Yr 6, Room 12 Bailey T – Yr 3, Room 14
Samuel L – Yr 4, Room 14 Matilda S – Yr 2, Room 15 Myah M – Yr 2, Room 15
James H – Yr 3, Room 16 Wungwa C – Yr 3, Room 16 Molly S – PP, Room 17
Nathan B – PP, Room 17 Mila K – PP, Room 18 Ocean S – K, Room 18

Aussie Of The Month   

An Aussie of the Month Certificate, badge, three gel pens and book mark are presented to a child nominated by staff each month who best represents the school’s VOICE values.  This week we presented these in front of each child’s class for April and May.

April: Emma S from Pre-primary, Room 18, for the manner in which she displays the VOICE values of the school by engaging enthusiastically in all educational activities to a high standard.

May: Nanaia T from Kindy, Room 19, for displaying the VOICE values of the school through the positive way in which she engages in all learning.

Kindy Home Corner

Mr Bishop made a ship for the kindy home corner.

  1. There is a steering wheel
  2. It’s got cool stuff inside
  3. The anchor goes for the ‘Dockers”

By Joshua, Room 9

National Reconciliation Week and National Sorry Day

Thursday 27 May to 3 June marks National Reconciliation Week.  These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the Reconciliation journey – the 1967 Referendum and the High court decision in Mabo.  The week follows National Sorry Day which was on 26 May.

Here are some ways you can enact Reconciliation, both now and year-round:

Specialist and Elite Trials

On Thursday 11 June 2020, Warwick SHS will be holding specialist and elite trials for Year 6 students commencing Year 7 in 2021. Anyone that has enrolled or considering enrolment into Warwick Senior High School and would like to be considered for one of the programs should come along to the trial day.

Please complete the form here to let us know that your child will be attending. If you have more than one child attending on the day, please complete one form per child.

Concerns Regarding Social Distancing during Drop Off and Pick Up Times.

We wish to inform those parents who may be concerned about social distancing during school drop off and pick up times, that all students are able to be dropped off and collected at end of day from the gates on Lampard Street. There are much fewer students using these gates compared to the main gate on Glendale Avenue. There are teachers stationed at the Lampard Street gates to assist with escorting kindy and pre primary students to and from their classroom. If you wish to collect your kindy or pre-primary aged child from the Lampard Street gates, please call the office on 9447 4199 to advise.

I hope you all enjoy the long weekend, I’ll be up at Lancelin with my husband and dog, enjoying the sea air and checking out the recent erosion of the southern end of the bay caused by last week’s storm.

Helen Fiebig

From The Principal – 15 May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I want to thank you all for your support in what was one of the most unusual starts to a school term we have ever seen.  Together, we have been able to make the best of this situation and ensure your child’s safety and continuity of learning.  I am very encouraged by the way this school’s community members are caring for their health and attending school in a responsible way.  Over the past two weeks I have seen the school student population grow from 80% of students attending to 93%. 

All students back to school on Monday 18 May

The recent announcement by the Hon Premier, Mark McGowan on Sunday was that all students are expected to attend school as of Week 4, Monday 18 May.  Students will then be recorded as absent if they do not attend, unless they have a medical referral to learn from home.  The staff and I are happy to have everyone back so that teaching programmes can continue as planned.

Additional School Development Day Term 3

Monday 20 July, Week 1 of Term 3, will be the next School Development Day.  In accordance with the Department of Education ruling that all schools who had a school development day cancelled to manage the remote learning at the start of this term could select an addition day of training for staff.  This school development day was not one of the scheduled school development days originally planned for this year.  

Please note, children do not attend school on this date.

Continued restrictions to school operations

  • Parents are to remain off the school site and that this will be reviewed in the future as further restrictions are eased. Families have been very respectful of this rule and I appreciate your patience and support.  This has been most difficult for parents of the kindy and pre-primary students and we continue to cater for them by having staff at two gates to greet and escort these children to class.  This process has been working very smoothly.  The two drop off points are at the gate to the Kindy to Year 1 playground on Glendale Ave and at the rear driveway gate on Lampard Street.  The staff wear a fluro jacket so you can easily find them. 
  • There will not be any assemblies, excursions or incursions until further notice.
  • The only visitors permitted on the school site are essential workers.
  • Increased cleaning will continue in classrooms and the playground.
  • Sick children and staff are to remain at home.

Reporting to Parents for Semester One

The Minister of Education, Sue Ellery, announced on Thursday, that schools do not have to assign subject grades A to E on the reports this semester due to the interruptions in teaching and learning that have occurred.  The Department of Education has advised that the decision around what the reports will contain will be made on a school by school basis.  I will be discussing this with the School Board on Monday 18 May and with my staff to determine how much evidence we have to assign grades and make comments.   I will update you in the next newsletter about the changes to expect in reports for this semester.

School Fencing

The new fencing around the perimeter of the school is near completion.  When it is formally completed the gates will be locked during school times, overnight from 4pm to 8am each weekday and all weekends.  The Care 4 Kids after school care programme will have a gate unlocked for their clients to enter during their operating hours each day.  All visitors to the school during school hours will come through the gate at the entry to the administration building on Glendale Avenue.  The staff carpark remains out of bounds to parents and carers except for those who are authorised to use the disability parking. 

Changes to teaching staff

Please note we have welcomed a number of new faces on the staff who started during this term or are continuing from term 1.   It is always a pleasure to support the teaching students and to guide them in becoming quality teachers.  There are benefits to the children in those classes in that now they have two professional educators instructing, observing and guiding their learning.

  • Mr Fairclough who teaches Year 5/6 in Room 10 will be off on eight weeks leave from Tuesday 19 May to the end of Term 2. Ms Kath Angland was selected and has agreed to teach the class.
  • Sarah Benson is a teaching prac student in Fiona Boath’s Year 2/3 class.
  • Adeline Morosoff is a teaching prac student in Jude McIntyre’s Year 3/4 class.
  • Mhari Wilson is a teaching prac student in Physical Education and Engineering with Jeremy Marsden.
  • Rebecca Cooke is a teaching prac student in Meagen Mableson and Shona Gilfillian’s Pre-primary class.
  • Sasha Bisgaard is a teaching prac student in Natasha Tonner’s Kindy/Pre-primary class.

Please continue to communicate with your child’s teachers via SeeSaw, email, DoJo or by phoning the school and do not hesitate to contact me or the administration team with questions or concerns.

Yours sincerely

Helen Fiebig

Principal

From The Principal – 1 May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is nice to be writing to update you, without having to announce any major changes to how school will be operating.  Thank you to everyone whose children returned to school this week for the calm and cooperative manner in which you have accepted the Education Department rule for parents and carers not to be on school sites.  This will remain in place until I am notified of a change.

For the first two days of term we have had 54% of the school population back in classes with increased cleaning and a no contact rule for all staff and students where possible.  Teachers had prepared ongoing learning for children working at home and this will continue until current restrictions are lifted.  This has seen most classes back with their teacher and some combining two classes and collaboratively teaching remotely and face to face.  Extra teaching staff have been employed to support teachers to manage the work load created with both forms of presenting lessons.

Many families indicated that they would be sending children back to school in week 2 so I expect the student population to increase next week. 

I want to take this opportunity again to acknowledge and thank the staff at Glendale Primary School from the cleaners and gardener who are taking on all the extra cleaning and disinfecting duties, to the Education Assistants and Library Officer who are so flexible and agreeable to taking on any task asked of them, to the office staff who have never stopped smiling and making everyone feel welcome along with trying to answer questions and assist with minor computer issues for families at home.  I also thank the teachers who have had to completely change their teaching strategies in line with providing remote learning for those at home and they have all taken on the task admirably.  I want to thank the leadership team of the Deputies and Managers of Corporate Service whose combined wisdom I could not have managed without.  Lastly, I want to thank you, and all the parents and carers for the unwavering support that we have received, the phone calls and emails offering help or thanking and encouraging us.  It is heart-warming to be a part of such a fantastic school community, I consider myself very lucky.

Loan Devices

45 devices which are a mixture of iPads and Macbooks were loaned out to families last term to assist children to be able to participate in remote learning at school.  If those children return to school, I ask that the loan device is returned to the office.  If your child will be participating in both at home and at school learning, then the device can remain with the child for use in class and taken back home as needed.

Pre-primary Easter Egg Hunt

At the end of Term 1, the Pre-primary children enjoyed an Easter Egg hunt around the school where they had to follow clues with the help of some senior students.

Boundary Fence

Work on the new boundary fence started this week and at the time of writing this, all the holes are dug and most fence posts are standing with some of the fencing in front of the administration building erected.  As a part of the boundary fence a new brick section will be built in front of the administration building with a letter box and the name of the school to make an impressive entrance.

In preparation for the fence, two grass trees were removed from behind the school library, at a cost to the school, and were transferred to other areas of the garden where they are getting a lot of TLC from the gardener. 

Interesting fact:  Did you know that every 30.5 cm (1 foot) of a grass tree truck is 100 years of growth.  When you look around the school we definitely have trees that are over 700 to 800 years of age.  The two young trees that were transplanted would be approximately 450 years old.

Canteen

The school canteen remains open with the Canteen Manager, Nerilee, releasing a modified menu to start the term due to the reduced number of children.  You can order and pay through the Qkr app online or send the lunch order with your child who needs to hand it in at the canteen before school.  For recess there is a ‘snack box’ available to order with a combination of a muffin, popcorn and apple and it will be delivered to your child’s classroom.  Children are not permitted to go to the canteen to purchase snacks until further notice.

I want to thank everyone who supports the canteen as this service can only be offered if it continues to be used by the community.

P&C and School Board Meetings

I will be in contact with the P&C President, Justin Grey and the School Board Chairperson, Annabel Hardy to discuss the likelihood of holding meetings this term in accordance with the 10 person gathering rule.  Details to follow.

ANZAC Service

An electronic school ANZAC service was sent out via SeeSaw yesterday and to each class in lieu of not being able to hold a school assembly to commemorate our service men and women. 

Assemblies or Sports Events

All events remain temporarily cancelled until restrictions are lifted by the State Government.

Helen Fiebig

Principal

Parent Update COVID19

Dear Parents and Carers,

Re: Update based on Prime Minister and Premier’s announcements Friday 17 April

I am writing to you during the school holidays to let you know about the arrangements for our school for Term 2 and what it will mean for you and your children.

These are unprecedented times and therefore, we will need to do some things differently in schools over the coming weeks, to maintain learning and to keep your children and our staff safe. 

I understand this may be an uncertain and difficult period for you and your family.  That is why the State Government has given parents a choice about whether their children return to school for face-to-face teaching or learn from home.  It is a personal decision influenced by each family’s circumstances.

To assist with your decision making, please note the following:

  • Monday 27 April is a public holiday;
  • Tuesday 28 April will be a pupil free day. There will be no students at school;
  • From Wednesday 29 April, school is open for all students whose parents/carers choose to send them;
  • Students who attend school will be taught a face-to-face program and timetable;
  • For those children learning from home, this will be online through SeeSaw directed by your child’s teacher and with regular feedback or hard copy packages provided to you from school. Full support is provided by the school to assist with working with SeeSaw and help videos are on the school website;
  • For those students who are learning from home, contact by school will be made each week by phone or online;
  • Students who attend school, parents are asked to drop their child/children at the school gate or boundary, please do not enter the school grounds except to enter the office.

The State Government is providing $43 million in additional funding to expand school cleaning, in line with the health advice.  Cleaners will work throughout the day to ensure all high-use areas, such as benchtops, desks, doorknobs, taps and hand rails, are regularly cleaned and surfaces disinfected.  Our playgrounds will be open and play equipment will be cleaned.

We will provide further information on how our school will manage this situation, ahead of school beginning on Wednesday 29 April.

These arrangements will be in place and reviewed ahead of Week 4 commencing 18 May.  As always, State Government decisions will be based on the best health advice.

We want all families and children to feel supported and informed during this time.  I thank you for your partnership as we navigate this together.

 

Helen Fiebig

Principal

Glendale Primary School

 

20 April 2020

Update 7 April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I trust everyone is keeping safe and secure at home and getting ready for a special family Easter.

I am confident that the remote teaching next term will give everyone some structure and purpose to the activities the children will be required to do and hopefully make the supervision of the children easier on parents and carers.  Thank you to everyone who was able to keep their children home the past two weeks to enable the staff to get prepared to learn how to use all the features of SeeSaw to deliver teaching and learning online.  To the few parents who are working and need to send your children to school, we welcome them and are happy to have them here.

The teachers have been working creatively and tirelessly to prepare their lessons to go online and to prepare work packages for families who do not have internet access.  I want to thank them for their dedication and hard work.  I am also very excited by the samples of work that have been sent home and what the children and families have already been able to achieve and send back through SeeSaw.  We are well on track for the teaching and learning to be up and running at the start of Term 2.

Term 2 how will remote learning work?

  • Every child is expected to participate in their education, daily, Monday to Friday.
  • By 9am each teacher will put their lessons online on SeeSaw for that day.
  • Work will be matched to the child’s ability and may be different for children within the same year level.
  • Reading, Writing, Spelling/Phonics and Maths should take priority each day in the activities the children complete.
  • Teachers will be marking the work that is being returned.
  • Please support your child in their learning by asking them questions, support the activities and help with understand the instructions, but don’t do it for them.
  • Monitor your child’s attention span and if necessary give small breaks between tasks to help them refocus.
  • The teachers will be trying to make the instructions clear, but if you don’t understand something communicate back as soon as possible so it can be explained.
  • Please advise the teacher if your child is sick for the day, as the roll will still be marked.
  • You will be receiving lessons from the specialist teachers in Music, Art, Indonesian, Engineering, and PE. It is expected that each child will receive and complete one of these lessons each day.
  • All teachers will be at school during the working week and can be contacted via email, SeeSaw or phone between 8:30am and 3pm.
  • If teachers have items for you to collect they will leave them in the canteen/undercover area in an area marked for that class.
  • If the family does not have access to internet at home, then work packages will be made up by the classroom teacher and left for families to collect and return through the undercover/canteen area.

Sunshine In My Pocket

Each teacher will be sending out a copy of a small video through SeeSaw that Ms Tonner has put together, which was expertly filmed by Mrs Duncan and Mr Bishop, of the staff dancing to the song Sunshine In My Pocket.  A copy of this can also be found on the school website.  We hope that this brings a smile to everyone’s face and wanted you to know that we hope you are all doing well.

Loaning of computers

Today the Macbooks and iPads that the school is lending to families who have requested them were available for collection.  SMS were sent to each family on the list yesterday advising them to come and collect a device.  Parents signed a loan agreement before taking a device home.

Library Services

We will be making a selection of library books available through the classroom teachers for children to borrow throughout Term 2.  Teachers will upload a list of the books they have available and children will nominate the titles they are interested in.  Teachers will then leave the books in the collection points in the undercover/canteen area.  Books will be able to be swapped as often as you want.  If you have your child’s library bag at home, please drop it off in your child’s class box so it can be used next term.

Collection of bread tags for recycling

Thank you to the families who have been collecting the bread tags for recycling to save them from landfill.  Yesterday Mrs Timmers and some of the children pictured, counted up what we have received so far.  The total was 4,555.  The class that collected the most was Room 18, Ms Tonner’s K/P class with 1,302.   They were followed closely by Room 3, Mr Johnson’s Year 2 class with 1,062.  Please continue to collect the bread tags and when you have a small collection drop them off at school.

East Hats on Thursday

We may not be able to have the Easter Hat Parade, at school, but I am very keen to see how creative you can be at home.  Please make yourselves a beautiful Easter hat and send through a photo to your teacher.  I will share a selection of photos in my next update.

Year 6 Leaver Shirts

Just a reminder that the Year 6 leaver shirts are now ready for collection for the families that have paid for them.  They can be collected from the front office at school.   Any shirts still to be paid for are to be paid through the P&C.

Mulch for free

If you would like to collect as much free mulch from the school as you like, please do so within the next two weeks.  Mulch has been illegally dumped on the school grounds at the corner of Lampard Street and Enfield Road and we will be paying for its removal prior to the new fences going up.

School Fencing

You will see workman beginning work on fencing the school grounds in the next two weeks if everything goes to schedule.  The fencing will go along the school boundary excluding the oval and basketball courts which will remain open to the public.   I can’t wait for this to go up as we consistently have unknown people sleeping in the school grounds and at times have found drug paraphernalia.

Helen Fiebig

Principal

Update 3 April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you are all well and into some good routines if you are at home with the children.

Is school open?

Yes, it remains open for Term 1 and Term 2 at this stage.  Next week is the last week of Term 1 with school remaining open until Thursday 9 April for children whose parents work or who need to send them to school.  Parents are still being encouraged by the government to keep children at home.  Next week there is no expectation for staff to be conducting face to face teaching with the children present and they will be supervised by staff and engaging in work packages or online learning that their teacher has set.  Next week is being dedicated to training all the staff to prepare for the move to online learning for the start of Term 2, which starts on Wednesday 29 April. 

For Term 2, I expect the small number of children at school will continue to be supervised in small groups and working online with the same work as the rest of their class has been set who are at home. They will be supported and supervised by teachers of the similar year levels.

I feel very optimistic that the fantastic staff here are well ahead in their planning and preparation for remote teaching.  I want to thank them for their collaboration and cooperation in assisting each other with the technical issues and changing methods of teaching.

SeeSaw

By now I hope that you have attempted to sign into SeeSaw and have been in contact with your child’s teacher.  There was a technical hitch this week and each child was issued with a new log on code.  If you are experiencing any difficulties logging in or accessing the lessons there are video tutorials and answers to the most frequently asked questions are on our website here. If needed, please ring the school and someone will help you.  I have been so excited to see some of the work and news that children have been sharing back with their teachers and classmates through SeeSaw.   

Attendance 

Staff will continue to mark the roll in Term 2 and will be indicating that children are in an educational activity when they are engaging in learning.  If we are not hearing from a family or school work is not being attempted at all, those children will be shown as absent.

Easter Hat

For the staff, those children attending school and those at home, please make and wear an Easter hat on Thursday 9 April.  We hope that everyone can take photos and share them to their teacher through SeeSaw.

Graduation Shirts

I heard today, from the P&C representative Mrs Dransfield, that the Year 6 graduation shirts have been delivered.  They will be available from the front office after Monday for collection. For any child who hasn’t paid for their shirt, payment will be required for it to be collected. I would like to thank the P&C for their ongoing support with ordering and getting the shirts made.

Loan devices 

On Tuesday 7 April, we will be ringing the families up who have expressed an interest to loan a computer device from the school to use for online learning.  We have approximately 40 Macbook Air laptops and a few older iPads to lend out.  If you are interested in loaning a device, you will need your own internet at home.  Each family will be required to sign a load agreement prior to taking a device home.  It is our goal to assist as many families as possible to access online learning for their child.  If you wish to be considered for a loan device please contact me through email at glendale.ps@education.wa.edu.au or phone the school on 9447 4199. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Regards

Helen Fiebig

Principal

Update 1 April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

During this time I want to thank every family who is keeping their child home.  I also want to assure the parents who are working and have children coming to school, your children are welcome and we continue to support their learning.  

Until your child’s teacher has online learning operating, please be assured you are not expected to replicate school at home.  Be gentle on yourself and your children and work with what you have available to provide as a minimum, some reading, writing and maths daily if possible.  Reading and writing particularly requires daily practice and it is great if your child can read to anyone available to listen, even to the family pets, and for the older children reading to themselves is fine.  Sharing your love of reading will help children enjoy what they are doing.  A great way to encourage comprehension is to have a conversation about what they have read.  For all the work your child is doing at home please keep up the praise for the work and effort they are putting in.   Accept errors as a part of learning and remember no one fails on purpose.  If they can’t do something, simplify it to a level they can have success and then build up with small steps.  If you don’t have reading books simple enough for their level, ask them to find words they can read from a book, page or paragraph.  You then praise them and then read the page or book to or with them.   Looking for the words they can read and them finding those is bigger words is a great skill for helping children to learn to read harder texts. 

Borrowing school Macbooks or iPads – Just a reminder, if you would like to borrow an iPad or MacBook (laptop) for your child to access online learning please email me at Glendale.ps@education.wa.edu.au to register your interest by Monday 3pm, 6 April 2020.  On Tuesday if there are more names than devices to loan, I will put the names of every family interested and draw out names.   We will contact families and let them know they can come in and collect a device and sign a loan agreement.  There will not be a cost for lending a device. This initiative is directed to families who do not have devices for their children to access online learning.  You will need to have your own access to the internet. 

Starting Term 2, we all enter a new chapter of education.  While for some teachers and parents/carers it may seem very tricky to navigate online learning, the staff are working out some very clever ways that we can continue to work together with you.  Our teachers are well on track to have online learning available at the start of term with others already providing work in this method.  We are working together to ensure every child has access to learning either online or for those who don’t have access online will be provided with work packages.

With online learning there is the need to consider cyber safety.  I want to assure you that the Seesaw app is safe for children to access and that teachers will be directing the children to safe educational websites.  I encourage you to supervise your children when they are online as much as possible and check that children are not exploring new websites.  Please talk to your child about the need to exit immediately from any inappropriate images and not engage in conversations with unknown.   

If you are having any issues with the access codes for Seesaw please contact the school office on 9447 4199 who will provide you will assistance.

Please return any school library books to the canteen undercover area during school hours.  There has been a table set up in there to leave the library books on.  We will explore options for borrowing from the library in term 2 and let you know.

The canteen undercover area will be the central collection and drop off point for staff to leave items for families to collect such as work packages or items to will support your child learning at home. 

The School Chaplain, Chevonne, wanted me to let you all know that she is available to offer her support to you and the children.  Please email her through Glendale.PS@education.wa.edu.au or telephone the school to speak to her, she works Mondays and Tuesdays.  You can also contact her through the Seesaw Families app.   Chevonne plans on uploading encouraging messages, Lego challenges, and tips for the holidays etc. via Seesaw. For those students whom she sees on a regular basis she will be using the Seesaw Class app to send activities and tools which parents have access too as well.  Please remember that there are many support systems available to families such as: 

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Beyondblue: 1300 224 636

Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 (5 to 25 year olds) or 1800 654 432 (parents)

Youth Beyondblue: 1300 224 636 (12-25 year olds)

Headspace: 1800 650 890 (12-25 year olds, family and friends)

Please also note that the canteen has now closed as there is not a sufficient enough population at school to keep it open at this stage.  I want to thank Nerilee for keeping it open this long and for the wonderful food her and her volunteers were providing. 

The Greenwood Dental Therapy Centre wanted me to let you know that they will be closed for the school holidays from 10 to 23 April.  However other Dental Therapy Centres will be open for emergencies.  Halidon DTC 9409 6362 16 to 20 April.  Hudson Park DTC 9342 4217 15 April.  Carnaby Rise DTC 6401 8111 17 April. 

Yours sincerely,

Helen Fiebig

Principal

Update 27 March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Online learning

Current planning for teaching to be online across the whole school is underway to start in Term 2.  Online learning will be designed by each teacher to ensure that children are receiving a wide range of subject areas.  Specialist teachers will also be sending work home.  Please remember that all age groups of children will still require considerable adult support and supervision in their learning especially in the younger years. 

Loan of computer equipment for families who need it

I am making available to loan to families 5 iPads that are approximately 5 years old and about 35 Apple Macbook laptops that are over 8 years old, to use at home during this health crisis for online learning.  If your children do not have access to a device at all or have limited access due to the number of people in a family using the current home devices, you can express an interest in the loan system.  You will need to have your own access to internet for these devices to work.  I expect there may be more interest than devices so I will therefore take all the names and place them in a raffle. 

Please be aware that as these are older devices they may not be compatible with all the websites recommended but we feel they would be better than not having a device at all.

  • If you want to register an expression of interest by 3 pm Monday 6 April to lend either an ipad or Apple Macbook please email me with your preference at ps@education.wa.edu.au and I will place you in the draw.
  • The draw will be held Tuesday 7 April.
  • Families being offered a loan device will be contacted Tuesday 7 April and the device can be collected.
  • Before you take a device home, you will be required to sign a loan agreement with the school.
  • Please note that the staff at school are not experts on these devices and we will not be able to support you with computer issues at home.
  • If you accept a device and then find it too difficult to use, please return it to the school and it will be offered to another family.

All Students to use SeeSaw to receive lessons for Term 2

In order to uniform how we send work and messages home from each classroom teacher next term, all the staff are now trained and preparing lessons on SeeSaw, which is a downloadable App.  Please download this programme to your devices and phones at home to be ready for the school to go online at the start of Term 2.

Please email your child’s teacher/s to register with them that you are able to go online in Term 2.  Teachers will then email you with your child/ren’s log on details for SeeSaw and

any other programmes that they will be directing students to use.  Please note that all students have now been issued with new log on details as the school has upgraded the version of SeeSaw being used to obtain additional features.  

Kirsty Press-Kindergarten (Kindy 1 and 2)

kirsty.press@education.wa.edu.au

Shona Gilfillan-Pre-Primary (Mon/Tues) Room 17

shona.gilfillan@education.wa.edu.au

Meagan Mableson-Pre-Primary (Wed-Fri) Room 17

meagan.mableson@education.wa.edu.au

Natasha Tonner-Kindy/Pre Primary Room 18

natasha.tonner@education.wa.edu.au

Melissa Taylor-Year 1 Room 4

melissa.taylor4@education.wa.edu.au

Louise Colley-Year 1 Room 5 

louise.colley2@education.wa.edu.au

Phil Johnson-Year 2 Room 3

philip.johnson@education.wa.edu.au

Fiona Boath-Year 2/3 Room 15

fiona.boath@education.wa.edu.au

Heather Wilson-Year 3 Room 16

heather.wilson@education.wa.edu.au

Jude McIntyre-Year 3/4 Room 14

jude.mcintyre@education.wa.edu.au

Manioll Yiannakis-Year 4 Room 8 (Mon-Thursday)

manioll.yiannakis@education.wa.edu.au

Rebecca Howman-Year 5 Room 9 (Tues-Fri)

rebecca.howman@education.wa.edu.au

Julianne Timmers (Mon-Room 9/Fri-Room 8)

julianne.timmers@education.wa.edu.au

Ian Lindsay-Year 5/6 Room 10

ian.lindsay@education.wa.edu.au

Scott Fairclough-Year 5/6 Room 12

scott.fairclough@education.wa.edu.au

What about families without internet or available devices at home

Staff will be contacting those families who have not registered for online learning in Term 2 to offer them work packages.  

Collecting work packages

We will be setting up areas in the undercover area attached to the canteen, for families to collect work packages or items that teachers are distributing for lessons.  There will be clearly marked tubs for each class.  It will be an honour system for families to come and take what the teacher has asked them to collect.

A possible routine for the learning from home

Our staff feel it is important to maintain a ‘school day like routine’ while children are not attending school, but we all understand that this may be difficult. Children thrive in an environment where there are clear routines as it provides time structure to their day, gives them a purpose, as well as providing clear boundaries.  Keeping to regular sleep patterns and bed times is also recommended for maintaining a good routine and wellbeing.  It is very important to ensure that there is an opportunity for some creative choice and lots of fun within these routines.

Being a part of a family and contributing to how the home operates is an important lesson for children to learn.  Regular chores or a schedule of chores for each child to complete each day is a good way of teaching respect.  Chores can be any jobs that need doing around the house. If they are done prior to the time or done quickly, children can have creative time for the remaining time prior to lunch. Chores can include doing the dishes, wiping surfaces, taking out the rubbish, making beds, folding laundry, filling up the dog’s bowl, pulling weeds, etc

Suggested Daily Schedule

Before 9:00am Morning Routine Get up, make bed, put dirty clothes in laundry, make breakfast, read a book, play with toys (non-electronic).
9:00 – 9:30 Morning Exercise To remain healthy, it is important to keep moving and lift the heart rate. 
9:30 – 11:00 Academic time It is good at this time to give children a time limit for each activity.  Some suggestions are to: solve puzzles, keep a journal, investigate and inquire.
11:00 – 12:00 Creative time A big part of learning is developing creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Creative time can include the following activities: Lego, drawing, craft, playing a musical instrument, cooking.
12:00 -12:45 Lunch and time outside Children who participate in the creation of their own food get a better understanding of how much effort it takes to prepare and learn lots of skills through measuring, approximating, fractions, reading instructions etc.
12:45 -1:15 Quiet Time After a healthy lunch is an ideal time to have some quiet time. We suggest reading, colouring and/or mindfulness activities. This is not time for electronics.
1:15 -2:30 Academic time Children can develop their academic skills; play games, solve puzzles, keep a journal, investigate and inquire. In this session electronic learning could be included. Educational apps, online apps, educational TV.
2:30 Time outside It is important each day to ensure the children get to burn off as much energy as possible

I am only a phone call away if you need to ask any questions or want to make suggestions.

Your sincerely,

Helen Fiebig

Principal