From the Principal – 1 April 2021

Here we are with the first term over already.  The school results for term 1 for Reading and Maths has been very positive and indicates that most children are achieving above what is expected when compared to Australian norm referenced groups.  This indicates that the whole school coordinated approach to teaching is achieving excellent results while still allowing children to play, explore and create.

Easter Hat Parade and P&C Raffle Draw  

Congratulations to everyone today on their fantastic recycled bespoke Easter Hats.  The Easter Hat parade was a grand occasion with lots of parents and friends attending to watch every child from Pre-primary to Year 6 come up onto the stage to show off their headwear.  We were very lucky to have the Easter Bunny come along and present every class with a bag of Easter eggs and stay for the assembly.  The two Kindy classes got to show off their hats, receive their prizes and meet the Easter Bunny in their classroom.

The P&C Easter Raffle was hugely supported by the community with enough donated eggs for 4 prizes per class, 3 grand prizes, 4 staff prizes and 4 volunteer prizes.

A big thank you to the following businesses who supported the P&C by donating items for the raffle:

IGA, Carine

Coles Warwick

Best Price Variety Store, Warwick

Warwick News

ANZAC Wreaths

Mrs Reeve is asking for donations on Tuesday 20 April of flowers or foliage to the art room, to be used for ANZAC Day wreaths.  She is also seeking community volunteers to assist in making the wreaths after school on the Tuesday. 

These wreaths will be used in the whole school ANZAC service to be held on Wednesday 21 April at 9 am in the assembly undercover area.

Changes

  • The new teacher for Mr Yiannakis’ class has accepted the position, however I cannot release their name until Thursday, 8 April when the official breach period is up. I will send out a Connect notice next week advising who the new teacher is, so that students in that class know who they will be meeting on the first day of term.
  • Changes to the School Board. Thank you very much to Stephen Ralph for serving on the School Board for the past three years.  His input into decisions has been greatly valued.
  • Welcome to Peter Madden as a parent representative who joined the school board this week.
  • The new gardener is Garry Bransby who works Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

NAPLAN 2021

NAPLAN testing will take place between the Tuesday 11 May and Friday 14 May. Catch up testing for absent children will be done between 17 and 20 May. After Thursday 20 May the portal closes and testing finishes. The year 3 children still do their writing task on paper but all other tests are done online. Year 3 students are using the iPads and year 5 students the Chromebooks. Students need ear phones or buds for the testing and due to health and safety reasons it is preferable for the students to have their own. The school does have a few spare sets that are sanitised after each use. The tests will start at 9am so please ensure students completing NAPLAN are at school on time to avoid any stress before the testing.

School Photos

School photos are being taken by Kapture Photography on Tuesday 27 April and Friday 30 April. Kindy 1, Rooms 18, 17, 5,  4,  3, 16, 15, 14, 8, 10 and 12 are having their photos taken on Tuesday with Kindy 2 and the graduation photos to be taken on Friday 30 April. All orders are online this year and no ordering is available through the school office. The information for online ordering has been sent home in a flyer and also through a Connect notice. Sibling photos are organised by Kapture and are taken before school on each day. Please refer any enquiries to Kapture Photography.

Sport Event Schedule 2021 – Term 2

Below is an outline of events that are planned for 2021. These are tentative dates and times based on current planning and may be subject to change.  Information regarding specific events will be sent out closer to the events.

Events for Term 2, 2021 Date Week Time Location
Glendale Cross Country – Junior (P-Y3) 22/4/2021 Week 1 9.00am Glendale PS
Glendale Cross Country – Senior (Yrs 4-6) 22/4/2021 Week 1 9.30am Glendale PS
Interschool Cross Country (24 students, Yrs 1-6) 7/5/2021 Week 3 9.00am Hawker Park PS
AFL/Soccer/Netball – Friendly Match 1 (Yrs 5 & 6) 21/5/2021 Week 5 1.30pm Glendale PS
AFL/Soccer/Netball – Friendly Match 2 (Yrs 5 & 6)  28/5/2021 Week 6 1.30pm Dalmain PS
AFL/Soccer/Netball – Friendly Match 3 (Yrs 5 & 6)  11/6/2021 Week 8 1.30pm Glendale PS
AFL/Soccer/Netball – Friendly Match 4 (Yrs 5 & 6) 18/6/2021 Week 9 1.30pm Goollelal PS
Lightning Carnival (Yrs 5 & 6) 25/6/2021 Week 10 9.00am Halidon PS

Positive Behaviour School Raffle Winners

ECE Kindy/ Rm 19 Maisie R 10 minutes extra play for the whole class
  Kindy 2/ Rm 19 Liam E Principal for an afternoon
  Pre/Rm 18 Jack H 20 minutes of games for the whole class
  Pre/Rm 19 Badriya M Canteen Voucher
Junior Yr 2/Rm 3 Amira A 20 minutes of games for the class
  Yr 1/Rm 5 Indi G Choose where she sits for the day
Middle Yr 2/Rm 16 Heath C 10 minutes free time in class
  Yr 4/Rm 14 Michael W Cook pancakes with the Chaplain
  Yr 4/Rm 14 Isabelle P Choose where she sits for the day
Upper Yr 6/Rm 12 Claire C 10 minutes on the iPad
  Yr 6/Rm 12 Josh W 10 minutes free time
  Yr 6/Rm 12 Tim W Canteen voucher

Merit Certificates

Pre-Primary Alice R Emma V Cody C Madeleine H
Year 1 Emma S Esme G Phoebe R Tyson H
Year 2 Isla P Thomas D Lily C Lily R
Year 3 Harriet S Liam C    
Year 4 Holly W Isla S Bailey T  
Year 5 Christopher W Samuel L    
Year 6 Ali C Ruby D Stephan L  

Aussie of The Month

At the last assembly the two Aussies of the Month were:

Junior – Tayla H, Year 1, for displaying the VOICE values.  She always looks out for her classmates by including and assisting them when possible, is kind, confident and reliable.

Senior – Lelo D, Year 4, for demonstrating the VOICE values by always following instructions, showing kindness to her peers, working collaboratively and invincible grit.

P&C AGM

The P&C held their AGM on the 22 March with a new Executive team voted in.  I wish to pass on the thanks from the whole school to the outgoing members who have served so selflessly. 

I want to acknowledge the leadership of Time Ewers who had done a wonderful job as P&C President last year and before that as Vice President.  I also wish to thank Justin Grey who was the Vice President last year and before that the President.  Their leadership has seen the P&C establish new protocols and attract a large band of volunteers.  They both leave their positions knowing that the P&C is in a very healthy financial position while maintaining the many traditional events.  

I would like to welcome Sarah Cusack as the new P&C President and Aimee Jorgenson as the Vice President.  Both of these ladies have been on the P&C for some time and have worked together with the members for the fantastic outcomes that have been achieved. 

Wildlife Incursion

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the kindy and pre-primary children were able to learn about and hold some native wildlife from West Oz Wildlife. 

Highway Heroes Tips for Parents and Carers

Resilience Tip – Being learning confident – means asking questions, saying “I don’t know,” asking for help and speaking up when you do and don’t know the answer.  Praise confidence when you see your child showing it in their learning tasks at home. 

Emotional Resilience Tip – Managing moods – feelings can hang around and grow into moods.  Time of day, certain people, hungry, tired – there are lots of mood drivers, what are yours?  What are your child’s?  How can you avoid or manage those mood triggers?

Family Wellbeing Tip – Children thrive when they know the boundaries.  Consistent and predictable expectations in homes, that don’t change by the day, at all.  Know your boundaries and stick to them.

Healthy Food Guide

Recommendation for healthy eating from the crunch and sip website inform us:

Use per 100g Best Choice OK sometimes Avoid
Total fat Less than 3g 3g – 10g More than 10g
Saturated fat Less than 1.5g 1.5g-3g More than 3g
Sugar Less than 5g 5g – 15g More than 15g
Sodium Less than 120mg 12mg-400mg More than 400mg
Fibre More than 3g per serve    

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and look forward to seeing everyone back happy and healthy for Term 2 on Monday 19 April.

Helen Fiebig

Principal

From the Principal – 19 March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Time is going fast as everyone is very busy and a lot is being achieved.  I am very excited by the outstanding teaching and learning teams that we enjoy at this school and the high quality work that is being done by the children.  Early data collection indicates that we are achieving excellent results across the school particularly in Literacy. 

Parent and Teacher meetings

Now that first term is almost over and teachers have had time to get to know your child/ren and complete a range of testing and complete work samples, they know your child’s strengths and areas to develop academically.  If you wish and haven’t already had one, you may book a parent/teacher meeting for after school over the next two weeks.  Please contact the school reception on 9352 2700 to book a time to meet with your child’s teacher, if you haven’t already done so.   Please be sure to indicate if you would prefer a face to face meeting or telephone call.

Change of Teaching Staff

Mr Manioll Yiannakis who has taught for the past 41 years will be retiring on Friday 26 March, next week.  Manioll is a gentleman and a scholar who has worked tirelessly with his colleagues to give every child in his care the best education possible and to set high standards of himself and of them. 

We are very sad to be saying goodbye. 

Manioll started his teaching career at Carnarvon District High School working with Aboriginal boys who were not enthusiastic learners.  He learnt early that good teaching was all about engaging children in creative ways and about relationships.  He was hugely successful in his endeavours in Carnarvon and then came to Perth and settled at Glendale PS.  During his time here, he has served as Deputy Principal for one year and predominantly taught in the younger primary grades. 

In my short time as Principal at Glendale PS, I have had many parents praise Manioll and welcome the opportunity to have him teach their child.  I am confident that I can speak on behalf of the whole Glendale PS community and say we all wish him every happiness in retirement.

NAPLAN

Please do not discuss NAPLAN testing and preparation with your children in any depth as it only serves to create anxiety about testing in general.  Children are being prepared and taught the skills they are developmentally ready for and the NAPLAN is just one of many tests that your child will do throughout the year.  I am a firm believer in the less attention to the test the better the results for each child.

The Year 3 and Year 5 students will be doing a NAPLAN online practice test at 9am on 25 March .  The Year 3 students will be doing a combination of maths and reading and the year 5 students a writing test. The aim of this test is to test the technical capability of the online platform and to give students a practice of the test requirements and layout. It is not testing their ability nor is it assessed.

The official NAPLAN testing will commence on Tuesday the 11 May and finish on Friday 21 May. Most of the testing will be done in the first week leaving time for catch up testing in the second week for any students who are away during the testing period.  No catch up testing will be available after 21 May.   All testing is done online using a school managed device with the exception of the year 3 writing which is still done on paper.

School Board Members

We have a few Board members who have completed their three year position as a School Board Member and am calling for expressions of interested from members of the Glendale PS community.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the School Board, please contact me either in person, by phone 9352 2700 or email, helen.fiebig@education.wa.edu.au to discuss the roles and to get further information. 

Nude Food

We have been promoting nude food this term and the Glendale Greenies have been busy making sure we collect food scraps and un-waxed paper for recycling instead of sending it to landfill through the general bins. Each day Glendale Greenies are rostered on to collect the buckets from the junior and senior lunch areas, weigh the bins and divert the scraps to compost bins and the paper to recycling. In the last fortnight we have diverted 9.2kgs of food scraps from general waste to the compost bins, 1.8kgs of paper to recycling and sent 6.5kgs of rubbish to landfill. Thank you to our wonderful canteen who has switched to sustainable packaging which has helped us send less rubbish to landfill.

P&C AGM Monday

All parents and carers of students at the school are invited to attend the P&C AGM on Monday, 21 March in Room 6 at 7 pm.  The meeting is in the same room as the school banking which is found behind the Year 1 and 2 classrooms.  The P&C are very much the heart of the school community and have a fantastic band of volunteers.  I strongly encourage you to get involved if possible and if you are not already.

East Hat Parade

Students will participate in an Easter Hat Parade on Thursday 1 April. Parents are encouraged to help their children to make a hat at home from recycled materials if their child is not already making one in class. The Easter Rabbit is also due to make a special guest appearance during the parade. 

ANZAC Service Wednesday 21 April

On Wednesday 21 April, Glendale Primary will be holding an ANZAC Service in the assembly area. Special guests and selected students will be presenting floral wreaths as part of this service.

We are seeking parents and volunteers who can help us assemble wreaths and/or flowers into vases or displays on Tuesday 20 May. Please come along to the Art Room from 3pm onwards if you are available to help.

We also require flowers and greenery. Any variety or size will be gladly accepted. Please deliver any flowers or greenery on Tuesday 20 April to the Art Room. For any questions regarding this please contact the office on 9352 2700 or speak with Ms Reeve.

Aussie of the Month 

Wed 3 March 2021

  • Yr 2, Rm 3, Jessica D for consistently displaying the VOICE values by being fully engaged in her learning and collaborating with her peers.
  • Yr 2, Rm 16, Henry C for displaying the VOICE values by being helpful, empathetic and friendly every day.

 

Wed 17 March 2021

  • Yr 1, Rm 4, Imogen G for displaying the VOICE values of being thoughtful, generous, kind and always working to the best of her ability.
  • Yr 3, Rm 15, Addison G for displaying the VOICE values by being a kind and compassionate student who can always be relied upon to work hard.

 

PBS VOICE Raffle

ECE Kindy 1, Rm 19 Rose D 10 minutes free time in class
  Kindy 2, Rm 19 Abbie C Will spin later in the week
  PP, Rm 18 Charlie S 10 minutes on the ipad
  PP, Rm 17 Nanaia T Canteen Voucher
Junior Year 1, Rm 5 Dylan C 10 mins free play for the whole class
  Year 2, Rm 4 Liam L 10 mins on the ipad
  Year 2, Rm 3 Summer S 10 mins on the ipad
Middle Year 3, Rm 15 Jett B 10 mins free play for the whole class
  Year 3, Rm 15 Ben H Canteen Voucher
  Year 4, Rm 14 Ruby P Free dress for a day with a friend
Upper Year 6, Rm 12 Cash L 10 mins free time in class
  Year 6, Rm 12 Brock P 10 mins on the ipad
  Year 6, Rm 12 Arybella N Bake pancakes with the Chaplain

Merit Certificates  

Pre Primary Lachlan D Sebastian c Isabelle R Nanaia T
Year 1 Georgia W Sahara M    
Year 2 Lani M Lolli C Harper W Sammy C
Year 3 Ryan S Emily M Raf D Millie T
Year 4 Jake D James H Gillian C  
Year 5 Esther L Jade R Jae T  
Year 6 Airlia J Cash L    

STEM Showcase

Two weeks ago I hosted two groups of Principals at the school and showcased the Engineering programme that we very proudly run at Glendale Primary School.  To my knowledge we are the only primary school offering Engineering as a specialist subject.  The school is now in its fourth year of this approach and it is resulting in students producing engineered projects with technology expected at secondary education levels.

As a STEM Enterprise school we receive additional funding to provide support for our leaders in STEM, Mr Marsden and Mrs Graham, to attend ongoing training and planning sessions and we mentor another school in their approach to embedding STEM in the curriculum.  At present we are mentoring three other schools, with two of those approaching us due to the outstanding reputation that this school has earned.

These photos are of a year 2 class in Engineering with students collaborating on their projects.

Highway Heroes

The first module taught in Highway Heroes, which is the whole school social skills programme, is on bullying and teasing. 

Children learn how to be assertive so they feel empowered to deal with bullying through the 6 steps to being able to stick up for themselves which are:

  1. Stand tall and shoulders back
  2. Chin up and use your eyes.
  3. Keep calm and your arms at your side.
  4. Speak in a loud and strong voice.
  5. Keep looking into the person’s eye for 3 seconds.
  6. Walk away and don’t look back. Don’t answer.

The Hazard, is psychological and physical bullying which is when someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep on doing it, even when you tell them to stop or show them you’re upset.  Children are taught that bullying is different from teasing/being mean which is when someone says something hurtful and they do it once, or children being rude which is when they do something unintentionally that is hurtful and they do it once.

The Tools are:

  1. For every child to identify if they are thinking positively ‘Helpful Supa Thinkin’ or negatively ‘Stinkin Thinkin’. The child’s self-talk is a very powerful tool to overcome the negative psychological effect of bullying.  Supa Thinkin – would be to say to themselves, ‘That was nasty, and I don’t deserve it’.
  2. PIGS tool – Protect – if a bystander and if it’s safe: Ignore – the bully if it is verbal but not for physical bullying: Get help: use the Six Steps to Stick Up for Me , see above.

Warwick Senior High School

I will be attending a ceremony on 31 March at Warwick Senior High School to celebrate the “Great Start Award” for eleven of the Year 7 students who are past students of Glendale PS.  I will be presenting certificates to: Eva B, Isabella E, Abby M, Neve T, Kiarra B, Isabella H, Jada P, Taj W, Joran C, Alli K, Emily S and look forward to seeing them all again.

The high school is offering the parents of our Year 6 students, to attend a Prospective Parents Information Event on Thursday 22 April from 6pm to 7:30pm.  The parents will get to talk to the experienced staff, find out what opportunities are available and to have any questions answered.

Warwick SHS also offers school tours on Tuesdays each week at 10 am.  They also provide specialist and elite programmes for academic extension, music, netball, AFL football and dance.

Parking around the school, and young children exiting from cars on the street.

I have asked the City of Stirling to send out a parking inspector during before and after school pick up, to issue fines for illegal parking.  I am doing this in response to regular complaints from neighbours to the school about the illegal parking of some parents on Lampard Street.   Unfortunately, when the people parking illegally have been spoken to they have displayed a lack of courtesy in the way they have responded, which is certainly not in keeping with the culture that we encourage at Glendale Primary School.  

If you are a parent of children who are under 10 years of age and whose children exit directly from the car, please ensure that they use the car door on the side of the kerb and that you supervise them safely across the road. 

Yours sincerely,

Helen Fiebig

Principal

“Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education.”  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

From the Principal – 5 March 2021

Calling for Nominations for new School Board Member

Any member of the community who would be interested in serving three years as a member of the Glendale Primary School Board is welcome to contact Ruth Langmead the School Board Chairperson or me.  If interested, you can attend the next School Board Meeting on Monday 29 March at 6 pm in the school staff room. 

The School Board monitors the good governance of the school, through the finances of the school, approves school policies, set the uniforms and looks for ways to promote the school.

School Development Day Friday 19 March

Children do not come to school on Friday 19 March as this is one of six school development days in which the staff participate in ongoing professional training.  Two of these days are held before school starts, one after the school year ends for the children and three during the school year.  The School Board has agreed that we would align our school development days with the dates of Warwick Senior High School so that families with children at both schools have less disruption.  The other two dates this year to note in your diaries are Friday 4 June and Friday 5 November.

Crunch N Sip

Every class in the school is allowing the children to snack on fresh fruit or vegetables while they work during the morning teaching session.  Please provide your child with a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable each day so they can participate.  Food eaten in class needs to not be messy so please consider if it would be best left whole or cut up in a container. 

Parents have informed me that the whole school introduction of crunch n sip is having a positive effect on the amount of fresh food being consumed by their children and the reduction in processed/packaged snacks which is great to see. 

Merit Certificate Recipients for Wednesday 3 March

On Wednesday we were pleased to have the Year 6 students from Mr Fairclough’s class put on an assembly for the parents, students and staff.  The children listed below were nominated by their teacher for a Merit Certificate.

Pre-Primary Charlie S Francis L Badriya M Caelan D  
Year 1 Indie G Nathan B Lachlan H    
Year 2 Chanel K Evan T Indiana F Chevy C Henry C
Year 3 Ben H Meg B      
Year 4 Joe B Ruby P      
Year 5 Harry F Milana G Jessica S    
Year 6 Luke D Elighja M LIam C    

Voice Raffle Winners for Positive Behaviour – Monday 22 February

Block Year / Room Student Prize
ECE Kindy / Room 19 Anna G 20 minutes games for the whole class
  Kindy / Room 19 Summer H Make pancakes with the Chaplain
  PP / Room 18 Jack H Make pancakes with the Chaplain
  PP / Room 18 Grayson B Canteen voucher
  PP / Room 17 Abel S 10 minutes free play for the whole class
  PP / Room 17 Sierra D Make pancakes with the Chaplain
Junior Year 2 / Room 4 Mia R 10 minutes free time in class
  Year 1 / Room 4 Marek K Free dress for one day with a friend
  Year 1 / Room 4 Joshua L Free dress for one day with a friend

Sustainability

Please remember to send to school with your children the following items that can be recycled:

  • containers for change – drink containers as pictured on the specially marked bins found both eating areas of the school at the kindy/pre-primary veranda or assembly undercover area.
  • bread bag tags – to the classroom teacher
  • batteries – to the marked bin in the lost property room
  • oral health packaging and old toothbrushes – into the marked bin in the lost property room
  • Fairy brand washing or air freshening packaging – into the marked bin in the lost property room

Within the classrooms and eating areas everyone at school also recycles paper, cardboard and food scraps into the compost bins and a worm farm to assist to turn the waste into healthy nutrients for the soil.

Canteen Snack Boxes

Nerilee and Bonnie at the canteen now provide a nutritious snack box for afternoon recess on Wednesdays.  These can be ordered on Qkr in the same way as lunches.  The snack box is kept in the fridge in the front office and can be collected by the children during afternoon recess.

 

New Social and Emotional Programme

This year all the students are being introduced to the Highway Heroes programme as it is now a whole school programme being taught as a part of Health.  Highway Heroes is focused on positive psychology, social learning theory and solution-focused approaches.  It was designed by clinical exerts with over 50 years’ experience and has been taught in schools for over 20 years.  It has been approved by Kids Matter Australia and the Australian Psychological Society with amalgamate under the ‘Be You’ initiative.

Highway Heroes uses the common terminology through the programme which revolves around the children travelling along a highway through their life and that we are all different.  It teaches children how to deal with bumps and hazards by providing them with tools.  I will be providing information about the programme in each newsletter to provide parents with samples of the lessons, so that they can use the same language with the children when dealing with emotional or social issues.   

The information below explains the terms being used.

How are you Travelling along Life’s Highway? 

We are all travelling along the busy and bustling Highway of Life. Everyone’s vehicle is different, and everyone’s journey is equally different. As we travel along The Highway, there are predictable events, such as early childhood education progressing to primary and high school education, social happenings, big life happenings and everyday happenings. Along the Highway of our lives, travelling towards the destination of being happy and successful, we need to keep our fuel tanks full of: Resilience – social resilience, emotional resilience and learning resilience. That’s how HIGHWAY HEROES roll! 

Bumps, Hazards and Tools on the Highway 

Everyone, experiences adversities as they journey along The Highway of their lives. There are little ones – BUMPS – and big ones – HAZARDS. These are a normal part of life and being able to deal with these obstacles builds resilience. 

Both BUMPS and HAZARDS are a warning for the driver to slow down, to think about what they need to do, and then to use a good TOOL and continue along The Highway. 

Some TOOLS are internal – like being able to calm down, to change patterns of internal dialogue, and to ignore environmental stimuli that is challenging. Other TOOLS are learned along the way – such as how to assertively manage conflict, how to get organised and avoid distractions and how to understand and manage moods. 

Little children learn about Little, Middle-size and Big BUMPS – fostering acceptance rather than overwhelm – and the notion that they can use a TOOL to deal with difficulties.

As children travel along The Highway of Life they need to learn: 

  • Social awareness and management skills 
  • Emotional self-regulation skills 
  • Skills that promote an active interest in learning. 

The Little Highway Heroes and Highway Heroes curriculum assist this journey along the three Highways by developing self-awareness, social awareness, self-management and social management skills.

Sun Safe Update

Think UV not heat when considering what sun protection to use each day. It’s UVR from the sun that causes sunburn and skin damage, not heat. Many people rely on temperature and sunshine to determine when to use sun protection, rather than the actual measure, which is the UV Index. Sun protection (clothing, hats, sunscreen, shade and sunglasses) is required when the UV Index is 3 and above. Even in cooler parts of WA, the UV Index will be 3 or above nearly every day of the year.

An easy way to check the local UV forecast is to use the free SunSmart App, which has sun protection times for more than 600 locations across Australia, providing you with an easy way to find out when you do and don’t need sun protection each day.

Bikelinc

It is a Crime Stoppers WA strategy endorsed by the WA Police Force in response to over 9,000 reported bicycle thefts in Western Australia each year for the past five years. The initiative is strongly supported by the wider Western Australian cycling community, bicycle retailers, local governments and community organisations.

While police officers have been successful in recovering and retrieving bicycles, they have had difficulty returning them to their owners. This was mainly due to owners not having enough information to supply to police when they report a bicycle theft. Bikelinc is now the first search option for police officers when they come across bikes in various situations.

Users can create a free Bikelinc profile which allows them to add the details and serial number of their bicycle, including photos, into a virtual bike rack. There is no limit to how many bicycles can be uploaded.

Police officers and other members of the community can search the database for a serial number should a bicycle come into their possession. Pre-purchase checks on serial numbers can be made if buying a second-hand bicycle, and WA Police can confirm bicycle ownership. If the bicycle they search is listed as lost or stolen, users are able to anonymously message the rightful owner through Bikelinc to make arrangements to return the bicycle, although they will not see the owner’s details.

Set up your profile or watch a short video on how to get started on the Bikelinc website.

Greenwood Dental Clinic

Recently Dental Clinic enrolment forms were issued to new families. Please take the time to read the information provided before completing forms.

Return the completed forms to either the school office or post it to Greenwood Dental Therapy Centre, located at Greenwood Primary School, as soon as possible.

Please attach to a separate piece of paper the names and year level of older siblings already enrolled at a Dental Therapy Centre as unfortunately with the new forms this information has been omitted.

Yours sincerely,

Helen Fiebig

Principal

From the Principal – 19 February 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

As I write this newsletter it is the end of week 3, with the children having had two weeks of school.  For all the uncertainty at the start of the year due to COVID-19, it is remarkable to me and the staff that this has been the calmest start for children we have experienced, particularly the kindy and pre-primary classes. Leaving children at the door has worked exceptionally well in the early childhood classrooms with children settling better with much less separation anxiety.  I’m not sure how all the parents are coping though! 

Teachers will be sending home a newsletter on Monday 22 February outlining how they will be running the classrooms and if or how they will be inviting parents in.

When at the P&C meeting last week, I asked for feedback on the current early lunch and late recess and the response was all positive.  The main comments related to the children having crunch n sip in the morning that they are bringing healthier snacks to school and less processed food.  Additional comments were that after school the children seem to be happy to have a snack when they get home and have an improved appetite for dinner, through to sleeping better.  I asked the same question of the staff and the response was overwhelming that the longer morning session is more productive and the day goes faster.  The crunch n sip is going well.  The children are much calmer when returning to class after lunch for having played first and then sat to eat. 

Staff Changes

Tiggy Bergensen – School Gardener

Tiggy has been at Glendale PS for over 3 years, and I am very sad and sorry to share the he will be leaving us.  I am very excited for him though as he will be working with the West Coast Eagles Football Club.  As some of you may know, Tiggy was an AFL Football Umpire and has always kept very close ties with Australian Rules Football in WA.  He is very excited to have his services and experience needed at the Eagles and we wish him well. 

Glendale PS is currently seeking applicants for the gardener’s position.  Anyone interested is required to apply for the position through the Jobs WA website and upload their application and resume by the 26 February.

Lani Windsor-Ngamata – Education Assistant

Lani commenced at GPS in July last year as an Education Assistant in the early childhood classrooms and fitted in so well with all the staff, families and children.  She has been a quiet and calm person who added to the fabulous work in the classrooms.  She will be leaving us in a week’s time to take up a position in mining.  I wish her all the best for her new adventure.

Merit Certificate Recipients for Wednesday 17 February

On Wednesday 17 February, the Year 6 student leaders for 2021 were introduced to the school at the Leaders Assembly.  Every one of the 40 children in Year 6 are school leaders and received a student leader badge.  There are eight elected positions being:

Two prefects who are Stephan L and Nash B

Forrest Faction Captain is Jack B and Vice Captain is Jasmine A

Hannan Faction Captain is Brock P and Vice Captain is Ashton C

O’Connor Faction Captain is Benjamin P and Vice Captain Cash L

The Merit Certificate recipients for this assembly are as follows:

Pre-Primary Lexie A Dunja Z Abel S Olivia H
Year 1 Joshua L Ivy C    
Year 2 Ashton E Anna L Mia R  
Year 3 Owen H Evelyn H Phillip S Harper B
Year 4 Cara C Jayden P Asha A  
Year 5 Henry F Kysun T    
Year 6 Arybella N Brock P Ashton C  

The next assembly will be Mr Fairclough’s Year 6 class on Wednesday 3 March.

P&C Welcome to School Family Picnic

This is an annual event which the P&C organise to welcome all new and existing families to the school.  This year the family picnic is on Friday 5 March, from 5 pm to 7 pm in the school grounds in front of the library and canteen.  Everyone is invited to bring their own picnic or purchase from the food trucks.  I look forward to seeing the Glendale PS community come together once again.

Canteen – Snack Boxes for recess time Wednesdays

I want to draw your attention to the snack boxes that are available from the canteen on Wednesdays and which can be pre-ordered on Qkr.  Due to recess now being held in the afternoon and the canteen staff not being on site at that time, you can order a snack box which will be delivered to the child earlier with the lunches.  Please see Qkr for details. 

On Fridays the canteen staff will be here for the afternoon recess and sales are available over the counter.

P&C AGM

The P&C AGM will be held on Monday 22 March, 7 pm in Room 6, where the school banking is done behind the Year 1 and 2 classrooms.  The P&C AGM involves all positions becoming vacant and then nominations are called for and positions filled for this year. 

At Glendale PS we all benefit from a highly successful P&C who are very supportive of the school and are the heart of the community.  They band together to run fundraising event, welcome new families and contribute financially to services and activities for the children. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the P&C President, Tim Ewers, the executive team and all who attend the meetings for their fantastic work.  This P&C gets more members of the community to meetings than any school I have worked in which is a fitting testament to the friendly and efficient manner in which they carry out all tasks and manage finances.   

‘Glendale Rocks’ Band Auditions for 2021 

Mr Sharp will be holding auditions for children from Years 3 to 6 on Wednesday 24 February and 3 March, from 2pm in the music room. Students are to prepare a song to play or sing after registering their interest during music classes.

Students can audition for band positions with the following instruments:

Vocals

Guitar/bass guitar

Keyboard

Drums

The band will perform for various school functions throughout the year, focussing on teamwork and the building of contemporary ensemble skills. The core of the band may be added to during the year for special projects as they arise, including the potential for larger vocal groups and instrumental arrangements. For this reason, students are encouraged to keep Mr Sharp informed of progress made with their instruments so they can be considered for ‘call ups’ over the course of the year.

Lost Proprerty

Please check the lost property baskets in the old admin building, behind the Year 2 and Engineering classrooms, for jumpers, hats, lunch boxes and drink bottles that you may be missing.  Many of them are there from last year and it would wonderful to reunite them with their rightful owner.  

 

Yours sincerely,

Helen Fiebig

Principal Post #1 (5 Febuary 2021)

PRINCIPAL’S POST #1

5 February 2021

I welcome all of the new and existing Glendale PS families and community members back for 2021.  I am looking forward to working with everyone while getting to know more parents and carers.  I acknowledge the unusual start to the year and am grateful to everyone for being so willing to adjusted to what had to be done during the lock down.  This was a timely reminder that we are living in unpredictable times. 

I also wish to send out the best wishes from myself and all of the staff to anyone who was affected by the current devastating fires.  I am sure that most of us have family or friends that are involved in some way and that we will offer support to those who lost their homes.  There have been request from the Premier for donations rather that items and there are many charities that will be involved in supporting victims of the fire and the Volunteer Fire Services.  The WA State Government’s official disaster relief charity, is The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund.  Please note all donations to registered charities are tax deductable.

RESTRICTIONS UNDER WHICH SCHOOL IS OPEN FROM MON 8 FEB TO FRI 12 FEB

Please note these restrictions are only in place for one week and are subject to no new community transmissions of COVID 19.

  • 1.      All adults must wear a mask when in the community, which includes the school site.
  • 2.      Teachers are permitted to remove their masks when teaching/giving instructions or participating in strenuous exercise but will wear it at all other times.
  • 3.      You or a carer for your child, are permitted on the school grounds before and after school to drop off and pick up your children, but are not to enter classrooms. 
  • 4.      I ask that you or a carer do not stay any longer than 10 minutes on the school grounds if possible.
  • 5.      All teacher meetings are to be made by appointment.
  • 6.      There are not to be any mass gatherings of more than 150 people in a group at one time. To reduce the number of adults on site, I encourage you if you have older children that they are left at a school gate.
  • 7.      There is the requirement for you or a carer to socially distance when on the school grounds.
  • 8.      Children attending primary schools are not required to wear a mask.

Please note: Parents of children in Kindy or Pre-primary who have children upset when the adult is ready to leave, that the teachers will support the child and in most cases children will calm within 5 to 10 minutes of the parent or carer leaving.  If a child remains upset for a length of time a staff member will contact a parent or carer and discuss options.

Welcome to the Newest Members of the Glendale PS Team

I wish to welcome the following staff to Glendale Primary School:

Sophie Rodger   EA in kindy and pre-primary

Jo Jones              School Psychologist

Staff for 2021

We are lucky at Glendale PS to have a very stable staff with minimum changes each year.  Having staff that already know many of the children and families and who are trained in the whole school programmes assists greatly in maintaining a calm and safe learning environment, along with high expectations and well established routines.

Kindy 1&2            Rm 19                    Kirsty Press and Nicole O’Halloran           

EAs Tash Duncan & Lani Windsor-Ngamata          

Pre-primary        Rm 18                    Natasha Tonner

                                                                EAs Deb Pointing & Jason Bishop

Pre-primary        Rm 17                    Louise Denton

                                                                EAs Sophie Rodgers & Lani Windsor-Ngamata

Yr 1                        Rm 5                      Shona Gilfillian and Meagan Mableson

Yr 1/2                    Rm 4                      Melissa Taylor

Yr 2                        Rm 3                      Phil Johnson

Yr 2/3                    Rm 16                    Judy McIntyre and Vanessa Reeve

Yr 3                        Rm 15                    Kath Angland

Yr 4                        Rm 14                    Adeline Morosoff

Yr 4/5                    Rm 8                      Manioll Yiannakis and Julianne Timmers

Yr 5/6                    Rm 9                      Heather Wilson

Yr 6                        Rm 12                    Scott Fairclough

Music                                                    Matt Sharp

Engineering & PE                              Jeremy Marsden

Art                                                          Vanessa Reeve

Science                                                 Julianne Timmers

Literacy Support                               Chris Berriman and Jason Bishop

Library Officer                                   Lynn Annandale

School Chaplain                                Rumbi Tsokota

Gardener                                            Tiggy Bergensen

Head Cleaner                                     Rosemary Beadle

Administration Staff

Principal                                               Helen Fiebig

Deputy Principal                               Holli Fuller

Deputy Principal                               Jenny Graham

Manager of Corp. Services           Michelle Rouhliadeff

Manager of Corp. Services           Kerry Clarke

School Officer                                    Teresa Pimm

School Officer                                    Tam Befumo

School Psych                                      Jo Jones

I welcome back Ian Lindsay who will be used flexibly across the school for Term 1 to release teaching staff for: meetings, leadership roles, mentoring and as relief.

New Timetable Structure

A notice went out on Connect earlier this week advising of the changes to timetable.  As a part of that notice I asked parents and carers for their feedback.  I wish to thank those who took the time to emailed me and for the 100% support of the play first, eat second approach to lunch time, the implementation of Crunch N Sip and to the increased teaching time in the morning with recess being in the afternoon. 

I continue to ask for your feedback as the children return to school as to how they adapt to the new structure of the breaks.  Please email me on Glendale.PS@education.wa.edu.au .

Changes to Canteen

Canteen services will still be available on Wednesdays and Fridays. 

Due to the earlier lunch and afternoon recess, the routines in the canteen have been adapted to suit.  I wish to thank the Canteen Manager, Nerilee Russell and the P&C under the leadership of Tim Ewers for being so accommodating. 

Please note the following changes:

  •          Online Qkr orders will be closed off at 8 am.
  •          Over the counters orders will close off at 8:30 am.
  •          There will be afternoon snack boxes pre-ordered and delivered to classrooms for recess on Wednesdays. 
  •          Over the counter sales including ice-creams, will be available on Friday afternoons at recess time.
  •          There is a new menu which is being sent out with this newsletter.

Dates for the First Term

Please note dates may be subject to change, if so notices will be given via Connect.

Monday 15 February                      P&C Meeting, 7 pm

Wednesday 17 February               Leaders Assembly

Monday 22 February                      School Board Meeting, 6 pm

Monday 1 March                             Labour Day Public Holiday          no children at school on this day

Wednesday 3 March                       Year 6, Room 12 Assembly

Friday 5 March                                  Year 6 Leadership Training Excursion      

Wednesday 17 March                    Year 5/6, Room 9 Assembly

Friday 19 March                               School Development Day             no children at school on this day

Monday 22 March                           P&C Meeting, 7pm

Monday 29 March                           School Board Meeting, 6 pm

Wednesday 31 March                    Year 4/5, Room 8 Assembly

Friday 2 April                                     Good Friday Public Holiday         no children at school on this day

School Holidays                                

Monday 19 April                               Term 2  starts                                    

SeeSaw

During the past week, although staff were not on site they were preparing lessons that could be placed online for home schooling, if needed.  We also spent this time getting the online learning platform SeeSaw set up with the new class structure and student names.  I wish to thank Jeremy Marsden who manages the computing technology as well as being the Engineering and PE teacher, along with Jenny Graham the Deputy Principal and Michelle Rouhliadeff, the Manager of Corporate Service for working behind the scenes to ensure that the staff were provided with the information they required to complete the set up.  The Glendale PS staff remain magnificently supportive of each other and I am proud of how they rallied together.

Many teachers will be using SeeSaw to communicate you and to share your child’s work.  Details of how to access this site will be sent to each family.  Those families at Glendale PS that used SeeSaw last year should automatically have access again this year.

Staff School Development Days, on 28 and 29 January

On Thursday 28 and Friday 29 of Janguar, the staff were back at work and busy involved in professional development.  The focus of these two days was on:

  •          The expectations for high standards across the school.
  •          Setting up curriculum and operational committees so that staff have input in decision making.
  •          The whole school assessment and reporting requirements for the year.
  •          A new social skills programme that all classes will be implementing.
  •          Best practices and resources in Mathematics.
  •          Reviewed computer programmes used across classrooms.
  •          The five school priority areas.
  •          Sustainability initiatives.
  •          Analysis of the Department of Education’s focus areas for 2021 to identify new priorities and to ensure that Glendale PS is meeting these areas.
  •          How to manage conflict resolution.

Startling Statistics in Children’s Mental health

From the Highway Heroes programme teaher training programme that is being introduced to Glendale PS this year, there was some interesting statistics provided on children’s mental health and the need for action at schools and in the home. (Source www.bestprograms4kids.com)

  •          1 ion 7 school children have a mental illness
  •          Anxiety disorders in children are recorded as 6.9%
  •          1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys in primary school experience anxiety.
  •          1 in 5 Australian children are developmentally vulnerable.
  •          27% of Australian children report being bullied.
  •          83% of children who bully offline, also bully online.

Safe Parking Around The School

For those families not walking or riding to school, I wish to remind you of the need to park your car only in designated street parking bays and not on any of the neighbours’ lawns, unless you have their permission. 

Please note that parking at the back of the school on Lampard Street and to the side in Enfield Road is often less congested than at the front in Glendale Avenue. Also consider using the carpark at the Aintree Community Centre which has a short path straight to the school oval.  For convenience there is also ample parking around Aintree Oval which is less than a 3 minute walk.

The staff car park is only to be used if you require the disability parking bays.

I have contacted the City of Stirling to work with me to do a traffic flow study around the school to investigate any improvements that may be made to the current parking conditions.  I will keep you posted when the results are available.

PPP

A notice will be sent out with this newsletter advising of a Positive Parenting Program that is being run through the child health nurse at Warwick Stadium on Wednesdays the 3, 10 and 17 March from 9:30 to 11:30 am.  PPP is a free program to assist with managing common child behaviour issues. 

Please note PPP flyer and Canteen Menu being sent out on Connect.

Stay safe,

Helen Fiebig

Principal

From the Principal – 11 December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Here we are at the last newsletter at the end of one of the most memorable years in history.  The impact of COVID-19 on the world is still being felt and I am very grateful for the support of the staff and community that we (the admin of this school) felt when we were dealing with the need to teach children from home.  Even though the panic around COVID-19 seems like it is in the past, we must remain mindful that our state could be plunged back into that scenario any time in the near future. 

2020 was also my first full year as principal of this wonderful school.  I am truly grateful for being able to work with such a wonderful staff, School Board, P&C, students and community.  What is so special to this school apart from the high quality educators is the strong community links that this school enjoys with businesses and services in the area.  We have some very exciting plans for next year to build upon the STEM and lead teacher roles while continuing to ensure that all decisions are made foremost upon what is best for the children.

Graduation

The Year 6 students are having a graduation service on Tuesday 15 December.  Due to COVID-19 current restrictions, each child can invite two spectators.  We will be filming the graduation and sending a link to each child’s family so that they can share it with the friends and family members who were not able to attend.  I’m sure the graduating children will enjoy watching it back.

Free Dress Day for a gold coin donation

The Year 6 Leadership group of students are holding a Free Dress Day on Thursday, 17 December which is the last day of school.  All funds raised will be going to the charity Children’s Tumour Foundation in support of a past student of this school, Zahara Greaves-Hassan who has Neurofibromatosis and who has siblings at the school.  

Staff Changes for 2021

I wish to let you all know that the school will be losing two much loved teachers and the school psychologist at the end of this year.  I am sure the staff, students and Glendale PS community all wish the three ladies well for their future.

Mrs Rebecca Howman is taking leave at the start of next year and then will be retiring from teaching.  Mrs Howman has taught at Glendale Primary School for the past 21 years, across the junior and middle primary classes and most recently in the upper primary.   She has lead the teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences by being Chairperson of the HASS Committee.  She is famous amongst the children for organising a ‘Lamplighter’ event each year.  This is where the children from her class and a pre-primary class coming to school in the evening in their pyjamas and enjoy reading books together with their torches and lamps.  She also organises a second hand book sale each year as a part of the economics studies, as well as setting up pen pals for her students with children across Australia.  I have only known and worked with Rebecca for the past 15 months and admire her dedication and commitment to teaching and getting the best outcomes for the children who have been lucky enough to be in her class. Rebecca’s grandchildren will be very lucky to have her home more.

Mrs Fiona Boath has been selected for a teaching position at Aveley North Primary School in early childhood.  Mrs Boath has contributed a lot to Glendale Primary School this year in supporting her peers with technology, to being Chairperson of the Literacy Committee and as a School Board Members.  She has formed strong working relationships with the staff and parents of her students, as she collaborated in many ways across the year.  On behalf of the whole Glendale Primary School community, we wish her all the best in her new school.

Ms Luciana Carelli  has held the position of School Psychologist at Glendale PS for the past two years.  Lucianna has worked with the admin team, staff and families to support children at risk.  Due to changes in work load she will spend more time with the other schools that she services and we will welcome a new member to the team in 2021.  In her time with Glenadale PS, Lucianna ran two parent sessions on the Positive Parenting Programme, she administered testing on children with developmental issues, and did observations on some children to then be able to make recommendations on the best strategies for the family and school to take to support each child.  I would like to thank her for being a valuable member of the student support team and wish her all the best. 

VOICE Book Award recipients for 2021

On Wednesday 9 December the school held the annual VOICE Book Award Assembly and one child from each class was selected by their teacher to receive the book for their outstanding attitude to learning and behaviour in line with the school VOICE values.

‘A VOICE for all’ and VOICE stands for; Valuing education, Openness to learning, Including others, Collaborating, and Engaging in new activities.

I wish to congratulate the following students who receiving this honour:

Room and Year Level  Recipient Room and Year Level  Recipient
Room 19, Kindy 1 Lexie A Room 15, Year 2/3 Shannon L
Room 19, Kindy 2 Alice R Room 16, Year 3 Mollie R
Room 18, Kindy / PP Imogen G Room 14, Year 3/4 Jae T
Room 17, PP Jasmine D Room 8, Year 4 Milana G
Room 5, Year 1 Ashton E Room 9, Year 5 Ruby D
Room 4, Year 1 Annie L Room 12, Year 5/6 Nash B
Room 3, Year 2 Evelyn H Room 10, Year 5/6 Stephan L

Students Elected to Leadership Positions for Year 6, 2021

It is with great pleasure that I announce now who the six elected student leaders will be for 2021. 

Prefects Stephan Le Nash Bullen
Hannan Captain Brock Prance
  Vice Captain Ashton Campbell
O’Connor Captain Benjamin Pring
  Vice Captain Cash Loto
Forrest Captain Jack Boardman
  Vice Captain Jasmine Armstrong

Children’s classes for 2021

On Wednesday 16 December, all the children will be told which class they are in for next year and will have the morning in their new room, and where possible with their new teacher.  This will allow each child to see who will be in their class next year and know which room they are going to.  I also find it supports the children who may otherwise be anxious about the change of class over the holidays to know early rather than in the new year.   During this time the Year 6’s will go back and enjoy a morning in kindy. 

That afternoon the lists of children to classes will be on display outside of the lost property room and on a pin up board outside of the administration office.  Please do not photograph the lists or post details of other children’s names and classes on social media.

Please note, if there are further new enrolments before the start of school, some classes structures may have to change or some children may change class.  This is unlikely, but possible.

Reports emailed home

Please note each child’s report will be sent home through Connect, which is how this newsletter is sent.  If you require a paper copy, please contact the office staff to arrange.

Warwick SHS Science Investigation day

On Friday 27 November and 4 December, two groups of Year 5 students were taken to Warwick Senior High School to participate in a Science forensic investigation with the Science Teacher, Mr Johnson. 

Mrs Howman’s class was the first to go and they were all very excited about the activities that they worked through for the ‘Who done it’ investigation.  Mrs Howman’s student Airlia, wrote this lovely letter to the Mr Johnson.

Dear Mr Johnson,

Thank you for giving us that great detective lesson.  I really enjoyed it!  It was also really fun to use the microscopes, magnifying glasses, and figuring out who the thief was!  I really loved your room, it was so alive with Star Wars and Hawks.  You’re also one of the funniest teachers I’ve ever met! Outside of your classroom smelled amazing!  Your students are sooooo lucky to have such an amazing teacher!!!  I can’t wait to go to Warwick High School and I hope I get to be in your class.

VOICE Assembly raffle winners, 30 November

ECE Room 19, Kindy 2 Nanaia T To spin the wheel when at school Thursday
  Room 19, Kindy 1 Mason A Make pancakes with the Chaplain
  Room 18, PP Liam M Canteen Voucher
  Room 17, PP Molly S Sit on the teacher’s chair for the day
Junior Room 5, Year 1 Francis C Canteen Voucher
  Room 5, Year 1 Henry C Sit on the teacher’s chair for the day
  Room 5, Year 1 Hunter C 10 minutes extra play for the whole class
Middle Room 15, Year 2 Matilda S Sit on the teacher’s chair for the day
  Room 16, Year 3 Jayden P Be Principal for the afternoon
  Room 16, Year 3 Ruby P Chocolate bar
Senior Room 8, Year 4 Ruby B Be Principal for the afternoon
  Room 8, Year 4 Isla C Chocolate bar
  Room 8, Year 4 Indianna M Be Principal for the afternoon

Thank You

The P&C would like to thank the following businesses for their contribution to the Year 6 graduation event:

Bakers Delight for donating food items.

Coles for a gift voucher.

Woolworths for a donation of cash.

Bunnings at Balcatta for donating the fixing agent to install the tiles on the back wall of the assembly area which the year 6 students decorated.

I would again like to thank the following businesses and community members that have supported the school over the year with donations:

Pet City, Balcatta Party Ice Supplies David Michael, Member for Balcatta Karlo Perkov, City of Stirling Care For Kids
Grey Family Baric Family Anne Marie Stirling Lions Club  

Recycling Bread Bag Tags

Mrs Timmers has asked me to pass on a big thank you to all families who encouraged their children to bring bread bag tags in for recycling this year. We have collectively saved 4 378 tags from going into landfill this term alone.  Our total for the year was 17 323. Term collections, by class have been graphed by some students in Year 5 from Room 9 (a big thank you to them) and placed in the recycling room window.

The class collecting the most tags was Mr Johnson’s Year 2 children in Room 3, closely followed by Mrs McIntyre’s Year3/4 class in Room14 and then the K/P children from Miss Tonner in Room 18. Congratulations to these classes.

I encourage you to save the tags over the school holidays, as we will collect them again in 2021.

Vinnies Christmas Appeal

Mrs Timmers also passes on a big thank you for your very generous donation of non-perishable food items in support of this year’s St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. We collected 18 large boxes of food across the school and presented to representatives from St Vincent de Paul Society, at Wednesday’s assembly. We look forward to supporting this worthy cause again in 2021.

I wish everyone a very Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas, and Happy Hanukkah.

Helen Fiebig

From the Principal – 27 November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Important Internet Permission email or letter going home this term.

In the next fortnight, a letter or email will be going home to every family listing third party online services that the staff use in the teaching programmes.  Third party online services are those provided by an external organisation, consultant or independent contractor and may be free or paid.  This involves every ap and website that requires a log on.  I  require each parent and carer to indicate that they give permission for their child/ren to have access to each item listed and return it to school as soon as possible.  This is a new compulsory Department of Education policy for all WA public schools, being introduced in 2021, which is focused on a high level of security for all sites and aps which are used.

Creative Schools

This year Glendale PS applied for and was accepted into a Creative Schools project.  In this programme two classes, Mrs McIntyre’s Year 3/4 class and Mrs Boath’s Year 2/3 class were matched with professionals to have two sessions a week in a project based learning programme.  Mrs Boath’s class worked on outside classrooms and an environmental project and Mrs McIntyre’s class worked on a history of Hamersley and art based project.  Next year two more teachers will get the opportunity to partner with a professional to run this type of learning.

You will see in the image below, a summary for the Creative Schools promotional material about this school.  Being involved with Create Schools is an important programme to compliment the teaching and learning at Glendale PS, as it fits with our belief that children learn best when the learning is led by them with an inquiry focus.

End of Year VOICE Assembly

The final assembly for the year will be held on Wednesday 9 December at 8:45am.  One child from each class will be acknowledged with a book award for exhibiting the school’s VOICE values, which is Giving a VOICE to all.  The VOICE acronym stands for Valuing, Openness, Including, Collaborating and Engaging.

Containers for Change  

Congratulations to Harry D in Year 5, whose teacher entered his design into the City of Stirling Containers For Change Sticker competition.  Harry’s design has been chosen to be printed and will be given to the school to use on the recycling bins for containers for change and around the school to indicate where these specific bins will be placed.

Volunteer Morning Tea

On Thursday 26 November a morning tea to say thank you to all the volunteers at the school was held with staff providing the food.  It was a joy to see how many volunteers we have contribute their time to making Glendale PS a better place by supporting the students and staff.

Year 6 Prefects to Parliament House

The two year 6 prefects, Eva B and Ava D were escorted to lunch at Parliament House on Thursday 26 November by the Deputy Principal, Mrs Fuller.  The three members of our school were guests of our local Member for Balcatta, David Michael MLA.  We are very grateful to Mr Michael’s for providing this opportunity for the children each year.

Year 5 students to Warwick SHS for Science

All of the year 5 children will be going to Warwick Senior High School to participate in Science activities.  They are going in two groups with the first group attending today and then second group attending on Friday 4 December.  We enjoy a lot of support from Warwick Senior High School and look forward to having students and staff working together on a regular basis.

Merit Certificate recipients

Kindy Charlie S Cody C Dunja Z Mason A
Pre Primary Jarhal M Oliver W Tayla C  
Year 1 Anna L Lolli C Heath C Mia R
Year 2 Ryan S Zoe P Owen H  
Year 3 Gillian C James H Wungwa C Nya M
Year 4 Mia T Eli S Milana G  
Year 5 Jake B Joshua W Chance M  
Year 6 Angela M Emily S    

Voice Assembly, good behaviour raffle winners, 16 November:

ECE Kindy, Room 19 Dane M Sits on the teacher’s chair for the day
  PP, Room 17 Emily S Bring a toy to school for the day
  PP, Room 17 Tyson H Chocolate bar
Junior Year 1, Room 5 Domenic W 10 minutes extra play for the whole class
  Year 2, Room 3  Raf D Chocolate bar
  Year 2, Room 3 Amber C Be Principal for the afternoon
Middle Year 2, Room 15 Addison G Ten minutes on ipad
  Year 3, Room 15 Shannon L Ten minutes on ipad
  Year 3, Room 16 Reuben P Ten minutes on ipad
Upper Year 4, Room 8 Ruby B Sits on the teacher’s chair for the day
  Year 6, Room 10 Zahlia Q Ten minutes on ipad
  Year 6, Room 12 Tan D Ten minutes free time in class

Reports

Reports will be emailed to parents and carers on Tuesday 15 December.

School Dates

The last day of term will be Thursday 17 December.

Students will know their classes on Wednesday 16 December and class lists will be displayed after school.

The first day of school in 20201 will be Monday 1 February.  The school office will be open one week beforehand, except for public holidays.

Colour Run

Thank you to everyone in the community, families and friends that contributed to the fundraising for this year’s colour run.  The total amount raised was $3,300.  It was a fun event and one which the children and staff all enjoyed immensely. 

The four families that raised the most money received a $50 gift voucher donated by Care For Kids at Wednesday’s assembly.  These went to:

 

Koni Family

Drake-Brockman Family

Pusch Family

Huynh Family

NAIDOC Week

The following NAIDOC activities were held from the 9 to the 13 November and were enjoyed by all.

There was a performance by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse on the Monday.  Friday we held an assembly run by the students with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage with a performance by a local band, The Struggling Kings.  Following this the children did a tour of the other classrooms across the school of the work that has been done on Aboriginal culture.

Parking

For anyone who parks on Glendale Ave, please do not park on the verges of neighbouring homes.  I have received a complaint from neighbours advising that people are parking on their verge after school and they are concerned that this is obstructing the view for children crossing the street. 

Yours sincerely,

Helen Fiebig

From the Principal – 13 November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are now at the half way mark of Term 4 and the time is flying by with so much having been on over the past five weeks and lots to get done in the next five.  Planning is well on the way for next year’s classes, but I wish to remind you that we would like to hear from any family that may be leaving the area and the school, so that we can accurately plan for the class sizes and staff numbers.

School Development Day

Friday the 20 November is a school development day and students do not come to school.  On this day the staff will be conducting end of year reviews of the progress children have made this year and what each committee has achieved.  We will be identifying areas that we need to prioritise for next year in relation to resources and teaching focus.  We will also be looking at the Department of Education’s Focus 2021 document which outlines the strategic direction that is being focused on. 

Volunteer Morning Tea

Members of the school community that have volunteered their time to the students of the school this year, are invited to come for a thank you morning tea on Thursday 26 November at 10:30am.

NAIDOC Week Activities

The staff and students have had a lovely week of NAIDOC activities.  On Tuesday we were entertained by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse who performed songs in Noongar to the children which the children could sing along to.  Gina and Guy regularly perform around the state and wrote the very popular song, Wanjoo , the Noongar welcome song.

Wednesday, the kindy and some of the pre-primary children conducted an assembly singing two songs, an Aboriginal lullaby and Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree. 

On Friday we had a parent of the school, Carol Michie, organise an assembly run by the Aboriginal and Torres Strat Islander Children.  We had a special guest, Freda, who gave the Welcome To Country, and a local band, The Struggling Kings.  Some of the music was in the bands local language from the Broome area and again they had the whole school singing along.

After the assembly on Friday, every child got to walk through the school and look at the class displays of what they have been learning in relation to Aboriginal.   One of the school’s five priority areas is to ensure that Aboriginal culture is taught in every class every term across learning areas.

Colour Run

At the time of writing this, the colour run has not started.  I want to thank each family that donated and will have a total of the money raised in the next newsletter.  I also wish to thank Care for Kids Out of School Hours Care for donating four, $50 Big W gift vouchers, for the students who raised the most money for the Colour Run today.  I will announce which families received them in the next newsletter.

Merit Certificates – 11 November

Kindy Nanaia T Alice R Darara D Max D Madeleine H
Pre-Primary Haneefah N Koby A Tyson H    
Year 1 Chevy C Deagan G Indiana F Summer S  
Year 2 Amelie H Evelyn H Larry F    
Year 3 Lelo D Michael W Jake D    
Year 4 Lucia B Manny H Eylon C    
Year 5 Cash L Jacob P Nicholas J Brock P Eden R
Year 6 Taj W        

VOICE Raffle Winners for Positive Behaviour – 2 November

ECE Kindy 2 Hohaia K  
  Kindy 1 Rikki P Chocolate Bar
  Pre-Primary, Room 17 Tyson H 10 minutes on the Ipad
Junior Year 1, Room 5 Jessica D Make pancakes with the Chaplain
  Year 2, Room 3 Emily M Canteen Voucher
  Year 2, Room 3 Jessica C Free dress for one day with a friend
Middle Year 3, Room 15 Isabelle P 10 minutes free time in class
  Year 3, Room 16 Deklan S Sit on teacher’s chair for the day
  Year 3, Room 16 Mollie R 10 minutes free time in class
Senior Year 4, Room 8 Jessica S Free dress for one day with a friend
  Year 4, Room 8 Ruby B 10 minutes on the Ipad
  Year 6, Room 10 Neve T Sit on teacher’s chair for the day

No Dogs on Site Policy 

The School Board endorsed the policy on Monday 2 November that dogs are not allowed to be on the school site.  Signs will be going up shortly on the fences near each entry point to the school with this message.  You are asked to please stay outside of the school gates with your dog and leave enough distance from the gates so that people entering and exiting the school are not having to pass close to the animal. 

Thank you for supporting our children by not bringing dogs onto school property.  Your cooperation in this is much appreciated.

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Showcase

For the second time this year, our school was selected to showcase to other school, the wonderful work that is being done throughout the school in STEM.  Mr Marsden and Mrs Mableson presented on Thursday and were outstanding ambassadors in driving what we do in this learning approach.

I will leave you with this Aboriginal saying:

“We are all visitors to this time, this place.  We are just passing through.  Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…. And then we return home.”

Helen Fiebig

Principal

From the Principal – 30 October

Dear Parents and Carers,

Two weeks ago I took home from school a rainbow lorikeet that the Year 5/6 classes saw being attacked by magpies and which Mrs Angland and Mr Lindsay saved, much to the relief of the children.  I have named him Harry and he is now in the aviary with another rescued lorikeet called Larry which some of the Year 3 students found injured earlier in the year.  Harry’s wings and tail were quite damaged by the attack and at present he can’t fly, however it is touching to watch Larry tending to him.  Many of the children involved in rescuing both birds regular ask me for updates, so I wanted to provide them with a photo so they can see they are doing fine.

World Teachers’ Day

Friday 30 October was World Teachers’ Day.  We celebrated by holding a morning tea for all the staff.  I included all the Education Assistants in this celebration as I see them as educators.   The staff have been at the forefront of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response in the year of the pandemic.

Teachers have a significant influence on the lives of the children. Despite the tough times and challenges, teachers work very hard and often provide resources from their own pocket, without expecting any thanks.

School Board Meeting – Open to the Public

The Glendale PS Board will next meet on Monday 2 November at 6 pm in the staff room.  This meeting is open to any member of the school community who is interested in attending.  As a visitor you get to observe, and may contribute to discussions if invited to by the Board Chair, however you cannot vote on any decisions being made.   If you are interested in attending please contact me at school on 9352 2700 or email Glendale.PS@education.wa.edu.au .

Use of equipment in Kindergarten to Year 1 playground

Parents and carers, please ensure that if equipment in the junior playground is set up by the staff and covered with a sheet, that the children do not play with it before or after school.  Anything covered by a sheet or tarpaulin has been set up to be used by the classes the following day.  I thank you in advance or your support with this.

Security issues on weekends and evening

If you see children or adults, who are not staff, inside of the school fences after 4 pm on a weekday or anytime on a weekend, can you please call school security on 1800 177 777.

Colour Run

The COLOUR RUN is an annual fundraising event for the school.  It is on Friday 13 November at 2.30pm.  Students are reminded to wear a white t-shirt. The coloured powder used for the event is made of high quality corn starch and permitted food colours, which is non-toxic, biodegradable, skin safe and environmentally friendly.  Although staff throw the powder at the torso, it is suggested that children wear their own eye protection such as sunglasses or goggles.

You can register online for fundraising at https://myprofilepage.com.au/.  Fundraising needs to be completed by Tuesday 17 November to ensure the prizes can be delivered before the end of the school year. Any fundraising done online from the start of 2020, which stayed on your account, will be added to your total fundraising amount. The fundraising booklet has gone home with students. 

If you are at the school and come to watch, please ensure that you maintain social distancing requirements of 1.5m and remain on the perimeter of the oval.  Your cooperation is always appreciated.

St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal  

We will be collecting non-perishable food items once again this year to support The St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal. Each classroom will have a collection box for children to place food items in over the next four weeks.  This has been something the school has been involved in for the last 6-7 years and many children take great pride in. Please help make this another successful year.

Assembly on Wednesday

Aussie of the month was awarded to Joshua L, from Pre-primary for always displaying the VOICE values of the school by being kind, considerate and always helping others.

The following students were awarded merit certificates at the assembly:

Kindy Caelan D Emma V Eva H Francis L
Pre Primary Jack M Tallan S Meelah T Skylar D
Year 1 Dansa D Holly F Harper W Lani M
Year 2 Ajay T Tyler H Jett B  
Year 3 Jayden P Kayden J    
Year 4 Indianna M Max C Cody R  
Year 5 Carson C Cooper B    
Year 6 Alli K Jordan C Deisel F Zahlia Q

VOICE wheel prize winners for positive behaviour

On Monday, the following children had their name drawn out of a raffle for having had 10 days of positive behaviour in their classes.

ECE Kindy 2 Austin W 10 mins extra play for the class
  PP, Room 18 Jarhal M Canteen Voucher
  PP, Room 18 Kai W Chocolate bar
Junior Year 1, Room 5 Dansa D 10 mins free time in class
  Year 2, Room 3 Emily M Canteen Voucher
  Year 2, Room 3 Dylan W 10 mins free time in class
Middle Year 2, Room 15 Jeremy C Be Principal for the afternoon
  Year 3, Room 14 Savanna G 10 minutes on ipad
  Year 3, Room 15 Isobel F Free dress for a day with a friend
Senior Year 4, Room 8 Adelaide D Chocolate bar
  Year 5, Room 10 Oscar C Chocolate bar
  Year 6, Room 12 Eamon M Chocolate bar

Jeremy C from Year 2 got to be Principal for the afternoon on Wednesday.  I learnt that Jeremy has been at this school since kindy and that he loves maths, Lego with Mr Marsden, sport and the monster Dojo that he created in class.  He thinks Mrs Boath is a great teacher because she is fun, careful and gives Dojo points.  He also likes it when Trudy comes in from Creative Schools to work with his class.   When I asked Jeremy what could be improved or changed in the school, he said the school was perfect and wouldn’t change a thing.   After our chat, Jeremy went into most classrooms looking at good work and giving out principal stickers.

Cyber Safety Adult Session

The school is also running an information session on Cyber Safety on the evening of November 3 from 6:30pm to 8pm with an expert in this area.  Ticket are $22 per person and are available to anyone in the community who is interested and are available through Tribooking.   

 The topics covered are:

  • Cyber Bullying – Legislation surrounding this and how it is effecting our kids.
  • Digital Citizenship – Where our kids are going online, the Apps they are using and the information they are sharing.
  • Online Footprint – How easy it is to find kids online and what they can do to minimise their risk.
  • Social Networking & Networking in general – How the systems work and how to overcome their reach.
  • Online Gaming and Website Use – Risks and uses.
  • Tips & Tricks – How to keep an eye on your kids through software and hardware. Easy instructions on what we can do to keep them safe.

School Disco

You will have received a flyer giving details for the next P&C student disco from Nerilee, the Canteen Manager.  She is always grateful for volunteers on the night to help out, so please contact her if you are available.

The disco is set for Friday 6 November with the junior Kindy to Year 3 classes from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, and the senior Year 3 to Year 6 classes from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.

$10 tickets include food, drink, ice cream and prizes.  Ticket sales are online through Qkr or in person at the canteen. 

Book Fair and Book Week

Thank you to all the families who helped the children get dressed up for Book Week on Tuesday 20 October.  I was thrilled to see all of the staff join in on the fun and get dressed up.  The atmosphere created was great and it was a fun day for all.  Each classroom has also decorated their door with the cover of a book, so when you are walking around the school, stop and check them out.

 

A big thank you to every person who purchased books, posters and stationary items from this year’s Book Fair which was held two weeks ago.  This year saw record sales of over $4,000, which is more than double any previous years’ totals.  Credits from the sales go to the library to purchase new books from Scholastic.  

The prize winner of the “Guess How Many Eyeballs I have” Book Fair competition was the first entry drawn out with the correct number of 192 eyeballs in the jar.  The winner was Cody R, from Year 4.

The winners of the best costume from Tuesday’s book week dress up day, were Liam C from Year 5, Kysun T from Year 4 and Riley C from Kindy. These students received a $5 voucher for the book fair.

Finally, the classroom who won the ‘Decorate a Door’ display was Room 19, Kindy, for their impressive Alice in Wonderland. Well done to Mrs Press, Mr Bishop and all the kindy students from room 19 for your amazing effort.

Next year’s book fair is already booked for May, so start reading to find your new favourite book and character to dress up as.

Thank You

I wish to thank our Barbara Dransfield who is a P&C member and member of the the Graduation Committee, for applying to Councillor Karlo Percov from the City of Stirling to donate towards the costs of graduation for the children this year.  The P&C and I were very pleased to have Councillor Percov attend Monday’s P&C meeting and pass over a cheque.  We are very fortunate to have his help and for having many parents, like Barbara, who get in and gets things done for the benefit of others.

No Dogs On Site

The decision has been made to ban all dogs from being on the school site.  If you have a dog with you before or after school, I request that you remain off site with your pet and have your child/ren walk to you.  Please keep your dog well away from the gates to allow children who are nervous to enter or exit while feeling safe.   Bringing a dog onto the school site will result in a polite request to remove the animal.  If a person refuses to remove a dog from the school site, a City of Stirling Ranger will be called.  I thank you for your support.

Helen Fiebig

Principal

From The Principal – 16 October 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to Term 4. I hope you all enjoyed the fantastic weather over the break and the two weeks without a school routine.  We certainly finished Term 3 on a celebratory note and am still smiling when I think about the open night/Edu Dance concert and what a great job everyone did.  It is lovely to see all the staff, students and families back at school.

My husband and I had a lovely time travelling north to Pannawonica for our first visit with our son and his family who recently moved. We loved it up there and were amazed by the spectacular and unique landscapes.

Book Week

On Tuesday 20 October, the children are invited to come dressed as their favourite book character for book week.  The theme this year is ‘Wild Creature, Curious Minds’.

Book Fair

As a part of the celebrations for Book Week the school is hosting a Book Fair.  Books, posters and stationary will be on sale in the library from Monday 19 to Friday 23 October after school until 3:30 pm.  Children will also be able to purchase books at lunch time.  I am happy for you to invite members of your families, neighbours and friends to come and purchase good quality books.  Proceeds from the sale of these books goes back into the library to fund new reading books.

Year 6 students at camp

For the first week of Term 4, the Year 6 children were at camp at Point Perron.  They have been having a wonderful time according to the teachers, Mr Lindsay and Mrs Angland.  They enjoyed the stand-up paddle boards, abseiling and rock climbing as well as a lot of other fantastic and challenging activities. 

School camps are never guaranteed to occur each year and rely solely on the generosity of the teachers in Year 6.  The teacher volunteer to give up a week of their personal time and away from their families to take responsibility for 30 to 40 children.  At Glendale PS we have been very fortunate that there is a long history of camps being held each year and I hope this continues.

I’m sure Mrs Angland and Mr Lindsay will need a lot of rest on the weekend to recover.  I wish to thank them for their time, enthusiasm, and efficient planning and preparation that goes on all year to make the camp happen.   

Building works  

A big thank you to Mrs Rouhliadeff for accessing funding through the Department of Education for the following maintenance and new projects that are being completed around the school. 

Over the October break we had workers outside of Year 5, room 9 next to the resource room, building a limestone retaining wall, demolishing an old damaged brick wall, paving was lifted and a concrete slab and footpaths have been laid.  This area is set to become an outdoor learning space, suitable for classes to flow out onto.  Some plants were removed and will be replaced with natives so that we can encourage native birds, butterflies and bees.   We are also looking at creating a frog habitat in this garden on a request by Mrs Boath’s Year 2/3 class. 

Old jarrah logs that have been onsite for a few years have been moved next to the new outdoor learning space, to the grassed areas at the back of Year 5, room 9 and Year 5/6, room 10.  The logs have been placed so that a class of children can use these for sitting on when working outside.

Other work around the school was done in the Kindy to Year 1 space with concrete paths leading from the basketball court to the verandas at the Kindy and Pre-primary classrooms so that pedestrians and prams no longer have to go through sand.  There is more work to be done here this term with benches and native plants.

At the bush tucker garden next to room 5, Year 1, limestone blocks have been laid as a much needed retaining wall around the shed.

After school use of playgrounds

I welcome families that want to stay after school to meet up while their children play. However, please remain attentive to your children’s safe use of equipment.  I wish to remind you that the gates are locked at approximately 4 pm each day and ask that you are off the school grounds by this time.  Children unaccompanied by adults are expected to go straight home after school and are not permitted to stay and play on school grounds.

The school rules for the senior adventure playground are:

  • If pushing children on the flying fox to let go at the base of the mound, at the cone markers.
  • On the flying fox children must sit on the chair, they may stand or sit on the pummel.
  • When pushing the rope swing, they are to keep their feet on the ground.
  • No children are to be under the swing when it is operating.
  • Only 4 children at a time on the rope swing.

School Disco

Your child will have received a flyer with details for the next P&C student disco from Nerilee, the Canteen Manager.  She is always grateful for volunteers on the night to help out, so please contact her if you are available.

The disco is set for Friday 6 November with the junior (Kindy to Year 3) classes from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, and the senior (Year 3 to Year 6) classes from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.

$10 tickets include food, drink, ice cream and prizes.  Ticket sales are online through Qkr or in person at the canteen. 

Bat Box Incursion

The Bat Man Encounter

On Monday the 21st, Mr T, talked to the wholeschool about bats. After lunch the year 5 ´s, from room 9 had Mr T to demonstrate to us how to make bat boxes. We were in groups which worked well because some parents volunteered to come in and help us. There was one in each group.

There are different types of bats. The two that Mr T talked to us about were called megabats and microbats. Megabats live up north and microbats live down south. Megabats eat fruit and microbats come out at night to eat mosquitoes. Did you know that microbats can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in only one night and if we did not have them, we would not have chocolate because bats fertilize cocoa bean flowers.

Mr T brought in a mummified bat to show us. He could not bring in a real bat because all the girl bats were pregnant, because it is spring. Baby bats are called pups. Bats are nocturnal so that means they come out at night, but they can see at night so bats use echo-location. Echo-location builds a picture in their head so they really can see.  

After lunch, Mr T demonstrated to us how to make the bat boxes. Then we broke up into our groups and started to make them. In my group, I had Charlotte, Airlia, Claire and Annabella. To build the boxes we had to use lots of tools and equipment. We used things like drills of which there were two types, one was a big drill to make the holes and the smaller drill was used for putting the screws in. We also used biscuits and strong wood glue to put the bat boxes together.

In conclusion, I thought that making the bat boxes was really fun and I learnt lots of new facts about bats from the talk. I hope that we can do something like this again as I really enjoyed it.

Ruby D – Room 9, Year 5

We would like to thank Sasha and Scott Hunt, Naomi Welling, Barnaby Wilder, Merisa Bickerstaff, Trevor Virgin and our relief Gardener, Paul, who all generously donated their time to assist our students with this incursion.

Interschool Results

During the last week of term 3, selected students from Years 1 to 6 attended the Interschool Carnivals held at Dalmain Primary School. Mr Marsden was impressed by the efforts and attitudes of all our interschool participants, whether they came first or last, every student had a smile on their face and put their hand up to help wherever possible. Overall, Glendale PS finished 2nd in the jumps and throws events. Congratulations to Ava D from Year 6 and Milana G from Year 4 who were both awarded Champion Girls and Kade K from Year 4 who was awarded Runner Up Champion Boy. Well done to all the participating students for their outstanding efforts.

Act for Kids – Protective Behaviours Incursion

Glendale PS has been fortunate to arrange an Act for Kids program “Learn to be safe with Emmy and friends” for our students in Pre Primary and Year 1. The program will be implemented within the classroom on Wednesdays for the first 5 weeks of this term.

Assessment of Year 4 Students for the PEAC Program

Students in Year 4 will have the opportunity to be assessed for suitability for the PEAC Program on Monday 19 October. The PEAC program provided part time extension and enrichment for exceptionally able students in Years 5 and 6. PEAC offers a range of courses that provide identified students with work that is intellectually challenging.

Staff Development Day – Friday 20 November

A reminder to all parents and carers that our staff have a Development Day on Friday 20 November, so there will be no school for students on this day.

Dates for Next Year

Just in case you are getting your diary ready for 2021, the term dates for next year are:

Term 1                  Monday 1 February to Thurs 1 April

Term 2                  Monday 19 April to Friday 2 July

Term 3                  Monday 19 July to Friday 24 September

Term 4                  Monday 11 October to Thursday 16 December

Pupil Free Days for staff training, have been approved by the School Board and have been set in line with Warwick SHS:

Term 1                  Friday 19 March

Term 2                  Friday 4 June

Term 3                  Friday 5 November

Update the office about your plans for next year

Please ensure that if you may be moving house and leaving the school next year that you advise the school office as soon as possible.  We are currently planning staff and classes for next year based on the number of students we expect to have.

Yours sincerely,

Helen Fiebig

Principal