Vinnie’s Christmas Appeal

Glendale Primary School is supporting the St Vincent de Paul’s Christmas Appeal. We hope to help the less fortunate people in our community to also have something special at Christmas.

We are asking students to donate non perishable food items. Collection boxes are available in all classrooms. This collection will go until Friday 13 December 2019.

Thank you in anticipation of your generosity.

TAGS Visual Arts Program

Selected students from years 4 and 5 participated in a Visual Arts program last term, run by local artist Tania Fabris. The students were engaged and inspired through creative art activities and encouraged to reach their expressive potential. The amazing and colourful artworks which resulted from this creative endeavour are currently on display in the school office.

RAC ‘Around the Roads’ Incursion

On Monday 4 November and Thursday 7 November 2019, students from kindy to year 6 will participate in the RAC ‘Around the Roads’ school program.  This program is an engaging and interactive approach to delivering road safety education and aligns with the WA Curriculum for each year level.  Every class will take part in a free workshop. The aim of these workshops is for students to establish a foundation of important skills required to become safe road users. Each student will receive a participation certificate and this will have details about how to join the RAC Little Legends Club.

The students from Kindy 2, room 14 and 15 will participate in the workshop on Monday 4 November 2019. The remaining students from pre-primary to year 6 will complete this incursion on Thursday 7 November 2019.

VacSwim 2019-20

Enrol now for VacSwim summer holiday swimming lessons!

With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s essential that your children learn how to swim and stay safe in the water.

VacSwim is for all children – from beginners to more advanced swimmers. Your children can start as young as five years old.

There are over 180 VacSwim locations around Western Australia, so wherever your family is spending these summer holidays, there will be lessons near you.

Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/swimming.

Booklists for 2020

Booklists for 2020 have gone home with students from Kindy to Year 5 today. 

Completed paper order forms are due in at the school office by Friday 1 November 2019. You may choose home delivery by post or pick up from the school on Wednesday 29 January 2020.

Please note that online orders placed up to 5 November 2019 may be collected from the New Undercover Area on Wednesday 29 January 2020 between 1pm and 1.45pm or you may select home delivery by post.

Orders placed after 5 November 2019 will be sent out by post. 

Any queries, please contact the school office on 9447 4199.

What Play Based Learning Looks Like at Glendale Primary School!

We have all heard in recent times through Media and educational publications about Play Base Learning, and all the positive impacts it has within schooling and education. As educators we know the Department of Education’s stance that ‘Play Base Learning is a powerful and important activity’. We have listened to the Director General, who made it a 2019 priority across Kindergartens and Pre-Primarys. And we too, as an experienced Early Childhood staff, have collectively established that we continue to believe best learning happens when a child plays. As a result, and after much research we have adopted the evidence based pedagogy that is the Walker Learning Approach.

What is Walker Learning?

Walker Learning balances the explicit teaching of literacy and numeracy and other learning areas in an individually, meaningful and culturally relevant way by drawing upon children’s own interests, experiences and lives. Walker Learning promotes learning through a dynamic, open ended creative learning environment that supports active investigation, meaningful play and deep engagement.

What does this mean for my Kindy or Pre-Primary student?

As previously stated, we have always provided a balanced Play Base learning approach which has been embedded within our rich teaching curriculum. Now, we have a name for it and further research behind it. Essentially nothing has changed in your child’s curriculum. However, you may have noticed in your child’s classroom more spaces for children to investigate and explore. Teachers have been working very hard at creating and defining explicit play spaces for their students. This runs alongside our teaching program and at times independently.

Classrooms have defined areas where students can go and explore their sensory needs, acquire a bank oral language skills through dramatic and socio play. Use their imagination and express their creativity through collage and construction. Practice and discover new skills at our writing and math stations and many more. All in which meet their individual learning needs but also equip them with the freedom to explore their own interests and work collaboratively and build on their cooperative and team skills.

Moving forward

We are a dedicated and committed staff who will be continuing our professional development as we further implement this investigative play based pedagogy into our teaching. It will develop within the classroom by creating greater depth for investigations and begin to spill from inside the classroom to our outdoor areas.

Our aim is to work with researchers, parents and the wider community to develop the whole child. We wish to prepare our students for the 21st century by fostering soft skills such as, communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, decision making, leadership, teamwork, and responsibility.

We look forward to working with you on this journey.

Glendale Play Base Committee

Book Sale

The Business and Economics students from rooms 9, 10 and 12 organised a Book Sale at school and raised $430 for Gingin District High School who suffered a recent school fire. A huge thank you to all the families and staff who donated books or bought books from us. The students did an outstanding job organising the books, making posters and displaying them and then on the day selling, restocking their tables and ensuring the younger students spent their money wisely. 

Thank you to all staff, students and their families.

Mrs Howman and the students from rooms 9, 10 and 12.

Bread Bag Tags Recycling

Late last term the students from room 15 were kept very busy counting the bread bag tags. Overall, as a school, we collected a total of 1,505 tags for recycling. Mr Johnson’s year 1 class gathered 209 tags, the students from kindy collected 383 tags, however the winners for term 3 were the year 2 students from room 15, who collected an impressive 432 tags. Thank you to everyone for their efforts. Keep collecting as we will be running the competition again during term 4.