From the Principal – 18 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you to everyone who came to the open night to see your child’s work and for respecting our request for only parents and siblings to come to minimise numbers.  I was very proud of the quality of work by your children which I saw in each class, which reflects the quality of teaching at this school.  Thank you also for the very kind gifts and emails thanking us for such a great night.

The Edu Dance concert was a delight for me to witness.  I had seen some of the dances being taught throughout the term but they looked so much better with everyone in costume and under the lights. 

The staff thoroughly enjoyed putting together their dance for the finale and I think we will all miss the Tuesday after work dance rehearsals.  Mrs Graham is truly a marvellous dance teacher to bring that vision to reality with all of us.

Thank You

A big thank you to David Michael, Member for Balcatta for his donation of the book, Bat Vs Poss by Alexa Moses, which has been shortlisted for The Children’s Book of the Year Awards for 2020.  This will be available for borrowing from the library next term.

Staff Changes

Mrs Angland has been teaching the Year 5/6 class in room 12 for two terms while Mr Fairclough has been off for medical reasons.  He will be returning in Term 4, but we will also get to have Mrs Angland to assist in the class until Mr Fairclough is able to resume full duties.

Mrs Morosoff will remain in the Year 4 class, room 8 for Term 4 as Mr Yiannakis is remaining on leave until the end of the year.

Next week, Mr Johnson will be on leave for the week and will be back in Term 4.  Ms Forbes will be in there for the week.  She has been a regular and favourite relief teacher at the school this year.

Year 6’s on Camp

Most of the Year 6 students will be on camp for the first week back in Term 4, so this will be a great opportunity for some of the Year 5 students to have a turn at the leadership duties.  I look forward to seeing them take on the responsibilities.

A reminder to the Year 6 parents and carers that the payments must be completed by Thursday 24 September for your child to attend camp. 

Pre-Primary Assembly

Mrs Mableson and Mrs Gilfillan’s pre-primary class put on an amazing assembly last Wednesday for those lucky enough to be there.  It always amazes me how much these young children can achieve when they love what they are doing.

Aussie of the Month for September

This monthly award was presented to Daijah O of Year 4, Room 14. 

The merit certificate recipients at this assembly were:

Kindy Oliver L Lexie A Miles L Aubrey E
Pre Primary Hamish M Indie G Sahara M Marek K
Year 1 Hunter C Simon T Amelia P Cameron B
Year 2 Meera V Millie T Benjamin H  
Year 3 Isabelle P Harmony M Hudson B Deklan S
Year 4 Christopher W Henry F    
Year 5 Aimee-Grace B Jack S    
Year 6 Eva B Heidi O Jada P Tan D
  Zahlia Q Brylei G Archie M Mia R

Cyber Safety

You would be aware that safety and wellbeing is the absolute priority for schools across Western Australia. Channel 7’s ‘Flashpoint’ recently explored the challenges of cyber safety for both parents and teachers. Our Minister was interviewed and gave her opinion of a cyber safety app called Beacon which has been developed locally by the Telethon Kids Institute. You can watch the program to find out more.  The Beacon ap provides trusted and up-to-date information for families to safely navigate the ever-changing online world with their children.

School run Parent Information Session on Cyber Security

On the 3 November from 6:30pm for 1½ hours, at a cost of $22 per person, the school has arranged for Paul Litherland from Surf Online Safer to run an information session for parent.  He will be covering the following topics:

  • 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 risks.
  • 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.
  • And of course, anything else you wish to discuss.

If you are interested please book through https://www.trybooking.com/BLIPX

Year 6 Cyber Safety Incursion

On the 3 November, Paul Litherland will also be presenting to the senior students in a one hour session during school.  More information will be sent home to the classes involved closer to the event.

From the Principal – 4 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to wish all the fathers, step-fathers and males who play a significant role in caring for our children, a very happy Father’s Day for Sunday.   I hope everyone has a lovely day. 

Faction Carnival

I am glad the decision to cancel the faction carnival for the 1 September, based on poor weather was the right thing to do, as Tuesday’s weather lived up to its forecasted storm. 

The sports carnival is now scheduled for Wednesday 9 September, weather permitting.  Currently the long range forecast is predicting a 70% chance of showers later in the day from 1 to 4 mm and light winds.  Based on that information, the carnival would go ahead as planned.  (Fingers crossed.)

As per the Stage 4 restrictions the following COVID-19 protocols remain in place across the school to enable events to take place and make them safe and fun for students, staff and the community:

  • All visitors attending sporting events or assemblies are asked to continue to adhere to social distancing protocols of one person per 2 square metres and maintain good hygiene practices.
  • Spectators are asked to remain in a designated area during the sports carnival.
  • Hand sanitiser is available for students in classrooms and will be taken to sporting events for the children to use.
  • Spectators at events are asked to bring their own hand sanitiser.
  • Spectators using toilet facilities are to have no more than four people inside at a time. Please wait outside if necessary.
  • Regular cleaning of school equipment and surfaces continues to be done every day.

National Indigenous Literacy Day

On Wednesday 2 September, it was National Indigenous Literacy Day.  This day is to highlight the need to close the gap between academic results for indigenous and non-indigenous children, particularly in the remote communities.  We had three of our senior Indigenous students. Jada, Letiesha and Kalinda-Rose, filmed reading the traditional tale of Karana, the story of the father emu which was viewed by all the classes.  These girls are fantastic leaders and role models for the younger children in the school.

School Open Night and Edu-Dance Concert, Thursday 17 September

Due to the current Phase 4 Restrictions due to COVIC-19, this year only parents/carers and siblings are to attend the Open Night and Concert in an attempt to reduce numbers.  I am asking that no more than 15 adult visitors enter a classroom at the one time.  Please look at your child’s work and move on in a timely manner to allow for others to safely enter the room.

The school classrooms will be open from 5 pm to 5:45 pm, followed by the Edu-Dance concert starting from 6 pm to 6:50 pm in the undercover area, in which each class will perform a dance that they have learnt over the term.  We will provide a large number of chairs for spectators, to ensure those standing at the sides and back will be able to see.

On the night, the siren will be rung at 5:45 pm to indicate the end of the Open Night.  All students will then need to return to their class and get ready for their performance.    

Cyber Safety

You may have seen media coverage last weekend regarding a WA Police investigation that uncovered a series of online grooming offences against young people in the wider community. 

Charges of this nature are unsettling and we want to make sure that all parents and carers remain aware of the importance of cyber safety. I also want to reassure you that there is no indication that any of these grooming offences have taken place at a school.

I know you are best placed to talk to your children about cyber safety and there are many resources to help guide you through this on the Department of Education website. Other online resources are available on the eSafety Commissioner website.

This weekend’s story may lead to children being more aware of these types of offences and wanting to disclose information. If you have any general concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

This is timely to remind you that 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 in accordance with social distancing requirements.  Ticket sales at $22 per person 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.

Lost Property

Please check your child’s supply of school uniforms for any missing items.  The school lost property boxes are overflowing with jumpers, hats and lunch boxes.  Please feel free to come in and check the lost property for yourself.  It is sign posted and located in the foyer of the staff room block of offices (old reception).

Book Week and Book Fair

Mark it in your diary and source those costumes, the dress up day for Book Week will be in the second week of Term 4 on Tuesday 20 October.  Children are asked to dress up as their favourite book character.  The theme this year is, ‘Wild Creatures, Curious Minds’.

That same week the Book Fair will be held in the Library by our fantastic Library Officer, Mrs Annandale, with a vast collection of new books on sale from Scholastic, which always make great gifts.  More details will be sent out closer to the event.

Reports for End of Year

This year we are moving to electronic reporting and will be emailing your child’s report to you.  A hard copy of the report will only be provided if requested.  In Term 4, school reports are sent home in the last week of school.  This move, has been widely adopted across many schools in Australia over the past few years and in light of wanting to reduce waste and promote sustainability, the electronic reports are a preferable option from my perspective. 

Each child’s report will be emailed to the parents through the Connect system which is how we send these newsletters out, so it is essential that the office staff have your current email address. 

Creative Schools Grant

There are plans afoot for improvements around the school grounds with funds obtained through a Communities Grant for re vegetating the natural environment.  The first of these initiatives has been the purchasing of bush tucker plants for the garden beds next to Room 5, Year 1.  There is also a number of native plants, bird boxes and micro bat boxes to be built and installed throughout the native garden areas.  There have many things on the suggestion list and are waiting on quotes to see how much more we can afford to accomplish with these funds.

Helpers wanted to assist students building native bat and bird nesting boxes

On Monday 21 September, any parents who are handy with a hammer and willing to give up some time to work with Mrs Howman’s and Mrs Timmers’ Year 5 class to help the children build nesting boxes for bats and birds, Michelle at the front office would love to hear from you. 

Ms Colley and Ms Taylor’s Year 1 assembly

Congratulations to the students from both Year 1 classes on their fantastic and confident performance, retelling with actions the story of Wombat Stew, which is an all-time favourite of mine.   This performance was a fantastic showcase of the writing program that is run across all classes involving children orally learning a complicated text with actions, to teach them the rich vocabulary and framework of a narrative.  This then provides the basis for the children to be able to write a detailed and complex narrative of their own. 

Merit Certificate Winners

 

Kindy Brandon-Lee F Mikala E Ruby M Sebastian C Riley C
Pre-Primary Kai W Finnian C Ivy C    
Year 1 Christina H Lily C Sophie P Thomas D  
Year 2 Dylan W Isaac E Rora N    
Year 3 Oscar D Savanna G Sienna M Joe B  
Year 4 Anakin G Jessica S      
Year 5 Luke D Timothy W Liam C Ben P  
Year 6 Eva B Kiarra B      

24 August Positive Behaviour VOICE Raffle Winners

Early Childhood

(Kindy & Pre-primary)

Walter H

Imogen G

Haneefah N

Kindy, Rm 19

Pre, Rm 18

Pre, Rm 18

10 minutes extra play for the whole class

Bring a toy to school for the day

10 minutes extra play for the whole class

Junior Primary

(Years 1 & 2)

Raf D

Liam C

Abby P

Year 2, Rm 3

Year 2, Rm 3

Year 2, Rm 3

Make pancakes with the chaplain

Make pancakes with the chaplain

Sit on the teacher’s chair for the day

Middle Primary

(Years 2 to 4)

Wungwa C

Nate Q

Isla S

Year 3, Rm 16

Year 4, Rm 14

Year 3, Rm 14

Principal for an afternoon

Free dress for a day with a friend

10 minutes on the iPad

Senior Primary

(Years 4 to 6)

Adelaide D

Ana V

Jordan C

Year 4, Rm 8

Year 6, Rm 12

Year 6, Rm 12

Canteen voucher

Principal for an afternoon

Canteen voucher

Principal for an Afternoon

Wungwa, on 26 August, told me that she loves art the best and that Glendale Primary School is better than her old school.  She got to ask questions about my job and I showed her how my two screens on my computer work.  She had a meeting with the Deputy Principal, Mrs Fuller and asked her questions.  Wungwa then did a PA announcement and inspected each wet area in the school.  She decided that the Year 1 wet area was the most beautiful, because it had the tidiest bags, as well as books, play centres and children’s writing.  She gave principal stickers to children in her class for their good work to two girls and one boy, with one sticker left to give out the next day.  She went to the jumps and throws competition on the oval, spoke to some parents and watched the children compete. Lastly, she went to the music room and listened the band practice. 

Ana and I on 2 September, had a chat about her long history with the school, as she has attended here since kindy and both of her brother and sister attended here as well.  She was talking about some of the more recent improvements she has seen in the grounds with the building of the new admin offices, the fencing and new senior playground.  We had a discussion about ways the school can be further improved.  Anna then did a PA announcement, followed by a class inspection to find the best and neatest classroom.  Upon her inspection she decided that her favourite rooms were;

  • Kindy because of the work and play stations that were available for the children.
  • Mrs Howman’s Year 5 class because the children were the funniest.
  • The P&C father’s day stall in room 6, which was by far the best organised.

Ana enjoyed going into all the classes because she would not normally get to do this as a student.  She then went back to Mrs Howman’s room to award 4 Principal stickers; 3 to the children for good work and 1 to Mrs Howman for being so fantastic.

Nate selected his friend Cody to come to school in free dress for a day.

Raf and Liam, made and ate pancakes with the chaplain.

Father’s Day

Thank you to the P&C for their fundraising efforts in providing a stall and raffle for Father’s Day.  I am confident there will be a lot of pleased dad’s out there with the gifts their children purchased and to the winner of the raffle.

Faction Carnival – Canteen

  • Spectators can purchase food and snacks at recess and lunch time from the back of the canteen, facing the oval.
  • The Humble Cup Coffee Van will be onsite.
  • A Sports Day Menu is attached for your information.
  • Donations of baked goods would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off to the canteen Tuesday after school or on Wednesday morning.
  • If you can spare some time to help out at the athletics carnival, please pop your head into the canteen.
  • Also if anyone can help out on the BBQ please message Nerilee on 0407 429 292.

Open Night/Edu Dance – Dinner Order, 17 September

You can order a Subway dinner for your family at the Open Night/Edu Dance concert.  Please order on Qkr before 8 September.  Place your family order under the eldest child’s name.  Pick up your order from the school canteen between 5pm and 5:45pm on the night.  Soft drinks will also be available for purchase. 

I am looking forward to attending my first Glendale PS athletics carnival next week and cheering on all the children.

Helen Fiebig

Principal

From the Principal – 21 August 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Every day that I see our wonderful Glendale PS community on the school site, I am grateful for the enviable position WA is in at present in relation to COVID-19.  I love how the school has been able to return to being the heart of the community as a place for families to meet and chat.  However, I encourage everyone to remain attentive to hygiene and social distancing rules, as we have learnt from Victoria and New South Wales, it only takes a small number of people not following the rules for an outbreak to become established in the community.   

Mr Johnson, Yr 2 and Ms Wilson, Yr 3 classes assembly

Congratulations to the two classes of Mr Johnson and Ms Wilson who hosted the assembly last Wednesday, 19 August.  Both classes put on very polished performances and showcased fantastic skills.  Mr Johnson accompanied his class on guitar, as three children kept beat with tambourines and rhythm sticks, while the class sang a lovely song about frogs.  Ms Wilson’s class performed the story ‘Wide Mouthed Frog’ and all spoke clearly and confidently as they did the actions to accompany their retell. 

Merit Certificate Recipients

The following children received a merit certificate at the last assembly:

Kindy Abel S Sophie V Finley E Grace B Rikki P
Pre-Primary Phoebe R Emily S Henry L    
Year 1 Ashton E Jerrell O Isla P Nico L  
Year 2 Amber C Raf D Emelia C Jeremy C  
Year 3 Alexander S Cara C Isla S    
Year 4 Isla E Isla C Jaxson G    
Year 5 Arybella N Charlotte H Brodie M Oscar C  
Year 6 Ana V Jai B Cooper M    

Aussie of The Month for August

Congratulations to Meg B, from Year 2, for being awarded with the Aussie of the Month for August.  This award is provided by the Australia Day National Network and the recipients receive a badge, pens, bookmark and certificate. 

Meg was selected by staff for consistently demonstrating the school VOICE values by being a caring member of her class who engages 100% in her work and always considers others, while being patient when learning something new. 

The school’s VOICE values stand for Valuing, Openness, Including, Collaborating and Engaging.

VOICE Positive Behaviour Prize Winners

As a school that focuses on positive behaviour, each fortnight children who have had 10 days on good behaviour in class earn a raffle ticket which goes into a box for their teaching block.  Each fortnight winners will be drawn from each of the four raffle boxes across the school.   When their name is drawn they then spin a wheel to find out what their prize is. This fortnight was the first raffle draw.  The following students were the winners:

Kindy, Room 18 Luca D Bring a toy for a day
Kindy, Room 17 Charlie S 10 free play for the class
Pre Primary, Room 19 Patrick K Bring a toy for a day
Year 1, Room 5 Lolli C Canteen voucher
Year 4, Room 14 Samuel L A chocolate bar
Year 5, Room 10 Brock P A chocolate bar

Sporting Events

As per the Stage 4 restrictions the following COVID-19 protocols remain in place across the school to enable events to take place and make them safe and fun for students, staff and the community:

  • All visitors attending sporting events or assemblies are asked to continue to adhere to social distancing protocols of one person per 2 square metres and maintain good hygiene practices.
  • Spectators are asked to remain in a designated area during the sports carnival.
  • Hand sanitiser is available for students in classrooms and will be taken to sporting events for the children to use.
  • Spectators at events are asked to bring their own hand sanitiser.
  • Spectators using toilet facilities are to have no more than four people inside at a time. Please wait outside if necessary.
  • Regular cleaning of school equipment and surfaces continues to be done every day.

Sporting Events upcoming dates

Friday 21 August 1.20pm onwards Years 3 to 6 Jumps and Throws School Oval
Friday 28 August  1.30pm onwards Years 4 to 6 1,000m Open Event Aintree Oval
Tuesday 1 September 8.45am to 3pm

8.45am to 10.35am

Years 1 to 6

Kindy & Pre-Primary

School Athletics Carnival School Oval

School Open Night and Edu-Dance Concert, Thursday 17 September

Due to the current Phase 4 Restrictions due to COVIC-19, this year only parents/carers and siblings are to attend the Open Night and Concert in an attempt to reduce numbers.  I am asking that no more than 15 adult visitors enter a classroom at the one time.  Please look at your child’s work and move on in a timely manner to allow for others to safely enter the room.

The school classrooms will be open from 5pm to 5:45pm, followed by the Edu-Dance concert starting from 6pm to 6:50pm in the undercover area, in which each class will perform a dance that they have learnt over the term.  We will provide a large number of chairs for spectators, to ensure those standing at the sides and back will be able to see.

On the night, the siren will be rung at 5:45pm to indicate the end of the Open Night.  All students will then need to return to their class and get ready for their performance.     

Kindy places for 2021 filling fast

At present the proposed kindy classes are filling fast for next year, with only a few vacancies available.  If you have a child who has not yet been enrolled for kindy next year and was born between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, I advise you to enrol as soon as possible.

STEM Enterprise Schools Showcase Event

I am proud that Glendale PS has been selected to be a STEM Enterprise Pioneer School for the past two years.  This programme recognises Glendale PS as one of the leading WA schools in incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with creative, problem solving methods which is highly engaging for students.  This initiative has been expertly led and supported by our Deputy Principal, Mrs Graham.

As a STEM Enterprise School, Mrs Graham, Mr Marsden, Mr Johnson and Mrs Mableson are showcasing all that this school does and has achieved through an innovative approach to teaching STEM, at Optus Stadium on Friday 21 August at the Department of Education’s STEM workshop for schools new to the STEM Enterprise program.  

The showcase will then be put on display in the wet area of the Engineering classroom, for the school Open Night for the community to look through.

Indigenous Literacy Day, 6 September 2020

The Literacy Committee are currently planning what will be done in the school to acknowledge this day.  It is a day that is held to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians across Australia, particularly in remote and isolated regions.

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program

Parents of children in Kindy to Year 3 are invited to register and attend free of charge a PPP Positive Parenting Seminar, hosted by the School Psychologist, Luciana Carelli on Thursday 27 August from 8:50am to 10:50am in the school library.  Bookings are essential, please contact the office on 93522700 to register.

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is a world-renowned program that helps make raising children easier.  The program provides practical skills and tools, and help build the confidence needed, to:

  • manage your children’s behaviour
  • set family routines and rules that everyone follows
  • develop positive relationships, so you can get along well with your kids and argue less
  • raise happy, healthy and confident children
  • balance work and family without stress
  • create a happy, safe environment where your family can thrive.

Recycling

I am proud to announce that Glendale PS was recently awarded a certificate from the Colgate Community Garden Challenge for having recycled 1,000 pieces of waste as a part of our recycling programme for old oral health products. You can drop your old floss containers, toothbrushes, packaging, toothpaste tubes and mouth wash bottles etc. into the collection bins in the lost property section of the old admin building at school.

We also have a collection box for the following items:

  • Bread tags – collect in classrooms
  • Used batteries – collection box in lost property room
  • Dish and air care products, such as spray cans, wash bottles, packaging – collection box in lost property room

Nude Food Mondays

Each Monday morning, every student brings their lunch box into class to have the number of waste products for the class tallied, as a part of the school Waste Wise Schools programme.  The aim of this is to promote better waste management practices and behaviours with a focus on waste avoidance and recovery. 

Children are encouraged to bring their food in reusable sealed containers that get taken home and reused.  They are discouraged from having disposable wrapping such as cling wrap and commercially packaged foods.

Change to School Board

I would like to thank Ms Leisl Quince, who has recently resigned from the School Board, for her years of service as a community representative.  Her professionalism and knowledge about leading schools through her role as Legal Representative for the WA Primary Principals Association, was a valuable asset to the Board in their decision making.

Reminder of the new school phone number

Please note the new school phone number is: 9352 2700

I wish to leave you with this quote:

“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation.” J.K. Rowling

Helen Fiebig

Principal

From The Principal – 7 August 2020

Dear Parent and Carers,

I hope you are all well and trust you have enjoyed the sunshine when it has been out. 

New Telephone Number for the School

From Monday 10 August, the school will be using a new IP telephone system and this has resulted in a new telephone number being issued.  The new number is 9352 2700.  For the next year any calls to the old phone number will be automatically diverted to the school. 

Assembly

It was very nice to hold an assembly on Thursday which was hosted by Mr Lindsay’s Year 5/6 and Mrs Morosoff and Mrs Timmers’ Year 4 classes.  Both classes presented an item each related to an Australian Theme and the following children were awarded with Merit Certificates:

Kindy Lexie A Austin W Chloe B Walter H Isabelle R Jack H
Pre-primary Kurt R Liam M Kyiana W Lachlan H    
Year 1 Francis C Sonny J Adam H Lily R    
Year 2 Abbey P Izzy T Jessica C      
Year 3 David M John W Holly W Shannon L    
Year 4 William D Marley C Declan B      
Year 5 Jasmine A Claire C        
Year 6 Mia A Neve T Kalinda P Grace M    

Talented and Gifted Student Programs

At Glendale PS we have a commitment to enriching the learning for all students through expert teaching and learning within the classroom as well as providing targeted programs for specific groups outside of the class.  One area this school focuses on is to provide extension activities for high achieving students through nurturing critical thinking, creativity and their passion for learning through the following programmes. 

  1. Each term the Administration team identify subject areas to provide an extension programme for selected year levels. This term, sixteen children in Years 3 and 4 were identified based on their results from whole school maths testing.  They have been placed into teams of four to compete with other schools across the country in a maths interactive quiz called, Have Sum Fun Online.  This program is designed to develop cooperative problem solving which is endorsed by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc.
  2. The school is also providing music extension to five Years 3 and 4 students who have been selected to form a band by the music teacher Mr Sharp.
  3. Another programme is the North Metro Education Region Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) in which children in Year 4 are tested across the state and those identified are then invited to participate when in Years 5 and 6, in a wide range of extension courses outside of the school once a week. This year we have two children from Year 5 and one child in Year 6 engaged in these courses.
  4. There is also an Early Years PEAC group for children in Years 1, 2 and 3 with a strong literacy and thinking skills focus which caters to the interests, nature and needs of each group of children. This year we have four children in this programme with three from Year 2 and one in Year 3.
  5. The Arts are also catered for with the Instrumental Musical lessons being offered for children in Years 5 and 6. Selection into this program is based on a musical aptitude test and other criteria.  Children selected to participate receive free music tuition at school once a week with qualified music teachers.  Instruments our students are learning include trumpet, trombone, baritone and clarinet.

Thank you to the P&C

The P&C have very generously agreed to donate funds for the purchase of new choir vests to meet the high number of children wanting to join the choir.  They have also agreed to fund new mobile climbing equipment used in daily fundamental movement skills lessons which target the development of gross motor skills for the Kindy and Pre-primary classes.

P&C Pet Photo Competition

Thank you to everyone who entered the P&C Pet Photo Competition and a big thank you to the P&C Fundraising Committee for organising such a fun event.  I was amazed at the wide variety of pets that we have in our community.  There were plenty of very lovable cats and dogs in all shapes, sizes, colours and outfits but also a scorpion, mouse, duck, goat, chickens, snake, and guinea pigs. 

Mrs Graham, Mr Marsden, Mr Bishop, Mrs McIntyre and I have spent this week judging the entries and it was difficult to all agree on the 4 winners. 

I am sure the winners in each of the four categories: the cutest pet, the silliest pet, the most unusual pet and the most creative photo, will be announced and the prizes will be presented by the P&C very soon.

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle, Sunday 16 August

A big thank you to the Lions Club of Stirling, who have very generously agreed to support the school with their members assisting at the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle and providing utensils on the day along with our P&C volunteers. With restrictions due to Covid-19 earlier in the year, previous P&C fundraising events were cancelled and so this is one of the first events held for the year.  Please get down there and support the wonderful work that the Lions Club and our P&C do.

Fathers’ Day Stall

The P&C will be holding Fathers’ Day Stalls on Wednesday 2 and Friday 4 September with all items on sale costing $5.

Being On Time for School

I am aware as a mother and grandmother that a lot of things can unexpectedly happen in the morning resulting in children arriving late to school.  The staff and I would always rather see a child arrive late than not to come to school.  However, regularly arriving late to school is detrimental to the learning programme for your children.  Glendale PS has embedded a whole school literacy block which is the first activity done each day and involves children in ability focused spelling groups.  Children who regularly arrive late are missing this targeting teaching which is hampering their ability to progress at the same rate as their peers.  A lack of progress in literacy is detrimental to achieving satisfactorily in other subject areas as well. 

If there are ongoing problems with being able to get to school on time that you may need support with please do not hesitate to contact one of the school Deputies, Holli Fully or Jenny Graham and they will be more than happy to discuss it with you. 

The New Nature playground in the Senior School

It is wonderful to see the joy the children are having at break times on the new play equipment.  I am more than happy that the school is a community space after school with families staying to socialise and play but ask that if your child is not with an adult that they are instructed by you to go straight home. 

If you are supervising your children in this playground after school, please monitor them to be following these rules:

  • Only three children on the swing at a time
  • Children must wait for the swing to slow down before they get off
  • When pushing a child on the flying fox, they are only to be pushed 1/3 of the way
  • No climbing onto the crow’s nest on the mast in the centre of the rope net

Kindy Enrolments for 2021

At present we have accepted 40 enrolments for two kindy classes next year and are now taking enrolments with the aim to form a third class.  Kindy places are filling much faster and earlier than in the past and so I urge you if you have a child or a friend with a child starting kindy next year who have not enrolled, please do so as soon as possible.

I will leave you with this Swedish saying to think about on these winter days:

“There is no bad weather, just the wrong clothing”.

Helen Fiebig

Principal

From The Principal – 26 June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

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

End of Flexibuzz

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

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

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

Reports

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

Term 3 Further Lifting of Restrictions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Library Books to be Returned by Next Week

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

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

Staff Change

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

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

NAIDOC

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

School Board Update

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

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

School Banking

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

Lock Down Drill

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

Jump Rope For Heart

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

Sustainability

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

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

School Uniforms

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

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

Lost Property

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

Thank You

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

Swimming Lessons

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

Merit Certificates

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

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

Regards

Helen Fiebig    

Principal

From The Principal – 12 June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

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

Kindy and Pre-Primary Children Drop Off and Pick Up

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

Year 6 Leaders Met with Premier Mark McGowan

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

Gates Locked During School Time

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

Lock Down Drill during Week 8, Thursday 18 June

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

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

Jump Rope For Heart

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

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

P&C Meeting

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

Merit Certificates and Aussie of the Month

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

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

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

 

 

Regards

Helen Fiebig    

Principal

From The Principal – 29 May 2020

School Site Open From Monday 8 June 2020

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

School Photos next week Tuesday 2 and Thursday 4 June 2020

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

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

Nomination for School Board 

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

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

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

P&C AGM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jump Rope For Heart

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

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

Merit Certificates

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

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

Aussie Of The Month   

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

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

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

Kindy Home Corner

Mr Bishop made a ship for the kindy home corner.

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

By Joshua, Room 9

National Reconciliation Week and National Sorry Day

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

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

Specialist and Elite Trials

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

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

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

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

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

Helen Fiebig

From The Principal – 15 May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

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

All students back to school on Monday 18 May

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

Additional School Development Day Term 3

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

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

Continued restrictions to school operations

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

Reporting to Parents for Semester One

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

School Fencing

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

Changes to teaching staff

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

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

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

Yours sincerely

Helen Fiebig

Principal

From The Principal – 1 May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

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

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

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

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

Loan Devices

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

Pre-primary Easter Egg Hunt

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

Boundary Fence

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

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

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

Canteen

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

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

P&C and School Board Meetings

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

ANZAC Service

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

Assemblies or Sports Events

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

Helen Fiebig

Principal

Parent Update COVID19

Dear Parents and Carers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Helen Fiebig

Principal

Glendale Primary School

 

20 April 2020