From The Principal – 21 May 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

NAPLAN

In the last fortnight the Year 3 and 5 students have participated in NAPLAN testing along with their peers around Australia.  I am pleased to say that this process has gone off without issue and that the children appeared to have been calm and relaxed about it, which is great to see. 

Parents and carers will receive a NAPLAN report later in the year once the information is received by the school.

School Development Day

A reminder that the students will not be at school on Friday 4 June as this is a school development day where the staff participate in training.  This term the staff are focusing on furthering their understanding in the new social skills programme that was introduced this year, as well as mathematics and reviewing how well we are meeting the targets set in the school’s Business Plan.

Positive Behaviour Reward Winners – 12 May 2012

ECE Kindy/Rm 19 Sophie B 10 minutes on the IPad
  Kindy/Rm 19 Celeste M Has not span yet
  PP/Rm 18 Lachlan D Sit on the teacher’s chair for the day
  PP/Rm 17 Ruby M Sit on the teacher’s chair for the day
Junior Yr 1/Rm 5 Liam M 20 minutes of games for the class
  Yr 2/Rm 4 Max L 20 minutes of games for the class
  Yr 2/Rm 3 Charlize S Make pancakes with the Chaplain
Middle Yr 4/Rm 14 Deklan S Free dress with a friend
  Yr 3/Rm 16 Ryan S 20 minutes of games for the class
  Yr 2/Rm 16 Aiden S Canteen voucher
Upper Yr 6/Rm 10 Luke D Choose where he sits for a day
  Yr 5/Rm 10 Jessica S Make pancakes with the Chaplain
  Yr 5/Rm 10 Kayla A Free dress with a friend

Once a fortnight at the Positive Behaviour Assembly we reminded students of the school’s guiding rules and do the draw for the positive behaviour rewards.  At last week’s assembly Mr Johnson’s Year 2 class reminded all the students about the guiding school rule to always wear a hat in the playground.  They did a great job by performing the following song written by Mr Johnson: 

Wear a hat when its sunny. It doesn’t really matter if you look a bit funny.

Wear a hat every term, or you might get really bad sun burn.

Wear a hat over your ears. It’s been a school rule for years and years.

Wear a hat to stop UV rays. You should always wear one when you go out to play

Wear a hat in the sun, or else when you’re 40 you’ll look 61.

Wear a hat even if its cloudy. If you don’t the duty teacher might get rowdy.

Wear a hat don’t be bad. If you don’t you might get Mrs Fiebig mad.

Our school rule is no hat no play, so make sure you wear your hat every day.

You should wear a hat, so should your sister or you might get a really bad sun blister.

Wear a hat big and round. If you can’t find it look in lost and found.

Love our school, please don’t spoil it. You don’t have to wear your hat in the toilet.

Book Fair 

A big thank you to everyone who has supported the school by purchasing items at the Book Fair in the Library this week.  Sales of all the books and merchandise has been available before and after school with Lynn Annandale, the Library Officer.  At the time of writing this, the Book Fair sales have reached approximately $4,000 worth of books which has exceeded all of our expectations, with commission going to the school in credits for new books.  I feel the final figure will be over this as there are further sales after school today. 

Book Week

Another big thank you to everyone who helped their child dress up on Wednesday for the Book Parade as a character from their favourite book.  It was a fantastic day with the staff joining in on the fun with many creative costumes and a great celebration of reading. 

If your child is not reading pleasure, don’t worry about their age, still read a story to them or with them to help them get hooked on reading. 

School Board

I am pleased to say that I have two parents attending the next School Board meeting on 14 June with an intention to join the Board.   Once they have formally joined I will announce who they are.  I also have the Music Teacher, Matt Sharp joining the Board as a staff representative.

Thank you to Hamersley Choir Committee 

On Tuesday 11 May, Jason and Galal as representatives of the Combined Churches in the Hamersley area, presented a donation to me and Rumbi, the School Chaplain, for $400 to support our Chaplaincy programme.  All the churches in this area come together every year to celebrate Christmas with a Carols evening at Aintree Oval in the first week or two of December with fun activities for the whole family.  We appreciate this ongoing support and thank them very much. 

 

Highway Heroes Parenting tip

Highway Heroes is the social skills programme being taught across the school to assist children to be resilient throughout their lives.  The first lesson for all children is on self-talk.  They are being taught to identify when they are using ‘Supa Thinkin’ or ‘Stinkin thinkin’ when faced with issues. 

How does your self-talk affect your life?  As adults, the internal dialogue can set us up for social, academic and vocational success, or it can severely impact our effectiveness and productivity.  Have you spoken to your child about what you say to yourself when things are tough – when you’re getting ready for a big event and ‘steeling yourself’ to get through it?  It is very useful to talk about the helpful things you say to yourself – and how they affect your emotions and behaviour – as well as the unhelpful things you say to yourself – and the emotional and behavioural outcomes of those.

Great Start Awards, Warwick Senior High School

In the last fortnight I attended a Great Start Award ceremony at Warwick Senior High School to reward our past students for the high standards they are setting academically, behaviourally and in sporting endeavours.  I was very proud to see how well the twelve student in the photo are doing.

Congratulations

I would like to congratulate Arabella Nelson on being selected for the state girls Under 12 AFL team.  I understand that she will now be a part of a team that will travel around the state playing in various regions.

Yours sincerely,

Helen Fiebig

Principal

From the Principal – 7 May 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am very aware that we have a few families in the Glendale PS community who are suffering grief with the loss of loved ones recently and out thoughts and best wishes go out to all the families and friends involved.  Death at any time affect so many people connected to the families which includes the school staff.  We are putting all the love and support we can into the children affected and the school Chaplain remains available to offer support for any child dealing with grief.

COVID restrictions

I wish to thank you for being vigilant over the past few weeks with the wearing of masks.  I am very grateful that the school was able to remain open with minimal disruption.

Thank you to Member for Kingsley, Jessica Stojkovski

Today it was a pleasure to meet with our local State Member for Kingsley, Jessica Stojkovski.   I am very pleased to also be able to announce that Jessica has secured $160,000 of funding for the school to upgrade the student toilets in two teaching blocks.  This very generous support for the school means that the 50 year-old facilities can have a modern upgrade.  This work will be started some-time this year.

While Jessica was visiting she took the opportunity to meet with Mrs Angland’s Year 3 class to present a donation of 24 dictionaries for use in the classrooms and six books from Anh Do’s new Sky Dragon children’s series to the library for Book Week.   She introduced the children to the books by reading the first chapter, which left us all wanting more.  They children then had lots to talk to her about.

Interschool Cross Country 

Congratulations to every child who ran in the school cross country event and was then selected to compete in the Interschool Cross Country for this district which was held at Hawker Park Primary School today. 

Mother’s Day

A big thank you to the P&C for the work they have done in creating a Mother’s Day stall for the children to purchase presents for their mothers/grandmothers/carers or significant females in their lives.  The gifts all looked marvellous and I am confident every person who receives one will think it was $5 well spent.

The P&C ran a Mother’s Day Raffle of which I drew the winning ticket this morning.  The winner’s name will be released by the P&C on Monday so that the prize will be a lovely surprise for the lucky mum on Sunday.

Book Fair/Book Week

The school’s annual Book Fair will be held in the Library in Week 5, from May 17 – 21.  Please come along and have a browse at the books that are available for purchase. The Fair will be open 11:15am – 11:35am during the lunch break and after school till 3.30pm.  Every purchase made at the fair gives the school reward dollars to spend on more books for the Library.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

Book Week is also celebrated the same week for this school and on Wednesday 19 May, there will be the Book Character dress-up parade.  Children are invited to come to school dressed as a character from a favourite book, and if possible bring the book to share with classmates.

On the Wednesday 19 May, all classes at 1pm, will also be participating in The National Simultaneous Story Time where the book “Give Me Some Space’ is being read from space by astronaut, Dr Shannon Walker from the International Space Station.

School Photos

We will send out a Connect notice when the school photos have arrived.  Photos will be sent home with your child unless you have made other arrangements with the school office staff.  If your child is absent on the day photos are distributed they will be at the office for collection.

All enquiries about orders are to go through Kapture Photography on 9240 1714.

NAPLAN

NAPLAN testing begins for students in years 3 and 5 on Tuesday 11 May and ends on Friday 14 May. The students will complete one test each day which will commence at 9am. Please ensure your child is at school on time so they can get ready for the test. Students who are absent will have an opportunity to catch up on tests the following week.

Homework

I am currently reviewing the school’s Homework Policy and am asking parents and carers to please let me know their feedback in relation to whether they want their child to complete homework or not and if so what content they feel should be prioritised, such as reading and mental math skills such as multiplication tables etc. 

Teachers have reported to me that in most classrooms regular homework is being completed by a minor number of students.

I would like to make sure that any future policy reflects this community’s expectations.

Please feel free to contact me via email at helen.fiebig@education.wa.edu.au, ring or come in for a chat.

Kindy Enrolments for 2022 now open

I urge anyone with a child entering kindergarten next year to please enrol them as early as possible to secure them a position, as places are limited.  You need to enrol your child if they are turning 4 years old between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.  Paperwork for enrolment is available online from the school website or by coming in to the office.

Assembly Merit Certificates

The last assembly on Wednesday was run by Mrs Morosoff’s Year 4 class and they showed us the difference between ‘Stinkin Thinkin’ and ‘Supa-Thinkin’ which are term the children are learning through the Highway Heroes resiliency programme.

Pre-Primary Charlie K Layla P Eva H Thomas D
Year 1 Mila K Patrick K Marek K Meelah T
Year 2 Amira A Summer S Annie L Hunter C
Year 3 Dylan W Isabella T    
Year 4 Johnathon W Mason J    
Year 5 Amelia T Kade K Anakin G  
Year 6 Mitchell P Claire C Eden R  

Positive Behaviour winners

Each child in the school receives a raffle ticket for every ten days that they display good behaviour in class.  Fifteen tickets are then drawn at the minor assemblies each fortnight and those children spin a reward wheel.  The winners for this fortnight are:

Early Childhood Heather B Kindy, Room 19 Make pancakes with the chaplain
Ruby M Kindy, Room 19 Has yet to spin the wheel
Mile L Pre, Room 17 Free dress for a day with a friend
Cody C Pre, Room 17 10 minutes on the iPad
Lachlan D Pre, Room, 18 Canteen voucher
Brandon-Lee F Pre, Room 18 10 minutes on the iPad
Junior Thomas D Year 2, Room 3 20 minutes of games for the class
Isla T Year 2, Room 3 Make pancakes with the chaplain
Cameron B Year 2, Room 3 Choose where he sits for a day
Middle Myah M Year 4, Room 14 Choose where she sits for a day
Evelyn H Year 3, Room 15 Free dress with a friend
Meg B Year 3, Room 15 Make pancakes with the chaplain
Senior Stephan L Year 6, Room 10 Canteen voucher
Milana G Year 5, Room 8 Canteen voucher
Wungwa C Year 4, Room 8 Principal for the afternoon

Aussie of the Month awards

Congratulations to our two worthy recipients; Miles L from Pre-Primary, Room 17 and Milana G from Year 5, Room 8.

Highway Heroes Health/Resiliency Programme tips

Playground Resilience – social assertiveness is a skill that’s difficult for most adults.  It’s a useful skill to learn and to teach your child.  Start with confident body language, chin up, shoulders back and use a confident tone, but not aggressive.  Practise this often.

Classroom Resilience – getting organised is easy to talk about but not so easy to do.  Are you organised?  What helps you to get organised and stay organised?  Systems, routines and reminders all improve organisational skills – do you need more at home?

Emotional Resilience – breathe, is easier said than done when the tensions are high.  Choose and practise a technique.  Trace up and down fingers – in on the way up and out on the way down.  Teach your child to breathe in and exhale like they’re blowing a bubble. 

Crunch and Sip

As a healthy eating school there is a whole school focus on ensuring children are getting a healthy diet to assist their growth and learning.  Please see below some facts from the Cancer Council of WA and Crunch & Sip.

The World Health organisation (WHO) recommend children have less than 6 teaspoons/24 grams of ‘free sugars’ per day (like the sugar in sugary drinks).

The amount of sugar in drinks:

600ml cola =16 teaspoons / 64 grams
500ml energy drink =14 teaspoons / 56 grams
500ml fruit juice =13 teaspoons / 52 grams
600ml choc milk =13 teaspoons / 52 grams
600ml sports drink =9 teaspoons / 36 grams
Water =0 sugar

Woolworths Free Fruit and Veg for a School competition

After having it recommended to me by a few parents and staff, I have entered the latest promotion by Woolworth in which they are giving away to 100 primary schools free fruit for a day.   Now we wait for the results of the completion with our fingers crossed.

Warwick Senior High School

If you have a child entering Year 7 in 2022 enrolments are being taken and Warwick SHS encourages you to get a completed application in as soon as possible.

If your child is looking to gain entry to one of Warwick SHS specialist/elite programs, they’re holding trial days on the 3 and 17 June 2021. To be able to attend, you need to have submitted a complete application pack with all of the relevant documentation included. The school will contact all prospective students late May to invite them to their chosen trial dates.

If you have any questions, please contact the Enrolments Officer at Warwick SHS, Pam Bayliss; Pamela.Bayliss@education.wa.edu.au

Yours sincerely,

Helen Fiebig

Principal

From The Principal – 23 April 2021

Welcome back for Term 2, it is great to have everyone back at school looking happy and healthy.

I enjoyed the holidays spending some of it with my son and grandchildren in Lancelin over Easter and as they live in the Kimberly it is precious time when they are down. 

Dates this term

This term is eleven weeks with two public holidays and a school development day for which the children do not come to school. 

  1. ANZAC Day on Monday 26 April
  2. School Development day on Friday 4 June
  3. WA Day on Monday 7 June

ANZAC Service

On Wednesday I was very pleased to attend the school’s ANZAC Service with our special guest, Michael Gledhill who served for 30 years in both the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force.  Mick was a member of the RAAF parachute display team as well as working in telecommunication and served as a peacekeeper in Bougainville, PNG. 

The service was to a very high standard and I would like to congratulate and thank:

 

  • the choir under the direction of Mrs Graham who was responsible for organsing the service
  • the school band lead by Mr Sharp
  • Liam Coxon for the wonderful job he did playing the Last Post and revile
  • to Stephan Le and Nash Bullen for being the MCs
  • to Arabella Nelson for presenting the Acknowledgement of Country
  • to Mr Fairclough for assisting in the organisation and acting as MC
  • to Mrs Reeve, Mrs McIntyre, Mrs Angland and Mrs Morosoff for making the wreaths
  • the behaviour of all the children was impeccable and I was proud of every one of them
  • to our School Board Chairperson, Ruth Langmead and to the P&C President Vice President Aimee Jorgeson for each laying a wreath on behalf of the community

You can see that every event has a lot of people behind the scenes helping it go off smoothly and we have an amazing staff at this school who all support and contribute where they can.

Cross Country 

Congratulations to every child who participated in the cross country on Thursday morning.  It is a great effort to complete the course and we always encourage the children to give it a go.  Thank you to all the parents who came and supported the children on the day. 

 

 

 

School Photos

School photos are being taken of each class on Tuesday 27 April and on Friday 30 April photos will be taken of the children from Kindy 2 and the Year 6 students for their graduation. 

Sibling photos are being taken on both days before school and that timetable is organized by Kapture photography.

Please ensure children are in a clean uniform on the day.  Year 6 students are to wear their new graduation shirt on Friday if the order arrives on time.

Mother’s Day Stall

The P&C are holding a mother’s day stall on Tuesday 4 and Thursday 6 May in the afternoons with the after school sales available.  Each class is rostered to go to the stall in class time so children can purchase a present for their mother, grandmother or carer.  All gifts will be $5 each.

On Tuesday students from Kindy 1, Pre-primary, Year 1, Year 1/2 and Year 2 will go to the stall.

On Thursday students from Kindy 2, Year 2/3, year 3, year 4, Year 4/5, year 5/6 and Year 6 will go.

Annual Report

An Annual Report for 2020 has been prepared to be submitted to the Education Department and placed on the School Online website and on the Glendale Primary School website. It should be on the school website in the next week. This document examines the data academically across most learning areas, behaviourally, attendance etc. and makes recommendations as to the programmes for the school to continue with or changes for this year. 

Recycling

The bread bag tags recycling has come to an end at this stage as the sponsoring company has withdrawn its funds. Thank you to all those who contributed in the past. We have a huge box Mrs Timmers is sending off.

The next assembly

Wednesday 5 May there will be a Year 4 assembly lead by the children from Mrs Morosoff’s class.  You are more that welcome to attend.

Helen Fiebig

Principal