From The Acting Principal – 3 May 2019

Administration Changes for Term 2

I would like to welcome back all staff, students and parents to Glendale Primary School. Mr. Noble is taking up a temporary Level 5 Principal role at Alinjarra Primary school, therefore it has been necessary to make some changes to our administration team.

I (Jenny Graham) will take on the acting Principal role for term 2 with Holli Fuller remaining in the Deputy Principal position. For those who do not know me I have been the Deputy Principal at Glendale since 2017 and previously held Deputy positions Rossmoyne and Parkwood Primary schools. I was seconded to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority in 2014/2015 as a Principal Consultant in Primary Curriculum. My role was to work with teachers and administrators of schools across all sectors to write the stage 2 curriculum for Western Australia. I have also coordinated STEM at Parkwood Primary and been a contract writer for the STEM Learning Project, writing STEM units for the Department of Education.

Holli has been a Deputy at Glendale since 2006 working in developing the curriculum and student services before taking on the role of motherhood in 2009. Since then Holli has worked part time and had her role has focused on student services. Previous to her Deputy roles Holli was a specialist numeracy teacher in the Getting It Right program coaching and mentoring staff in best practice in teaching numeracy. Since 2017 Holli and I have worked together on curriculum introducing whole school approaches such as the Letters and Sounds Program.

Holli and I work very collaboratively and look forward to working in partnership to serve the Glendale School Community. We love to interact with members of our school community and invite you to come and have a chat to us during the term. During term 2 parents of room 12, 14 and 16 will be invited to the staff room for morning tea after their child’s assembly. Please come and mingle in an informal setting with your classroom teacher, Mrs. Fuller and myself.

Staff Changes for Term 2

Mrs. Merritt is on leave for the first four weeks and Mr. Doug Ruddle will be replacing her in room 10. Mr. Baillie is taking on Mrs. Fullers Indonesian classes for term 2.  Holli and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard working staff, both teaching and non-teaching at Glendale Primary School. We encourage parents and community members to engage with their class teacher during the term. If you wish to email your child’s teacher please refer to our website where all email address are listed. Teachers always welcome feedback and it is so encouraging to receive positive comments from parents.

Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

As we begin a very busy term I would like to welcome Ian Baillie back to the Glendale staff for term two.  Mr. Baillie will be teaching Indonesian to room 10, 14 and room 12 as Mrs. Fuller will be focusing on her administration role in Mr. Noble’s absence. To fulfil the requirements of the Western Australian curriculum all students in year three and four in 2019 must be taught and assessed in a foreign language.  Students in room 16 and 9 will be taught by their classroom teacher using the KETAWA program. Ms Wilson and Ms Reeve were in serviced in this program by the Department of Education as it was designed to be delivered by classroom teachers. In 2020 the LOTE program will expand to include year three, four and five. As I have visited some classrooms it has been pleasing to hear the students enjoying learning Indonesian. If you have a spare moment at home, ask your child to share what Indonesian words they have learnt.

STEM Enterprise School

At the end of last term, we were notified that we were successful with our application to become a STEM Enterprise School. This is professional learning for teachers funded and endorsed by the Department of Education to assist identified schools in planning and implementing a quality STEM program. I am taking 3 staff members to the first of four professional learning days on 13 May. We will be partnered with an expert STEM school with already embedded programs to coach and mentor us through the process. This is an exciting opportunity for our staff and students. More information will follow in future newsletters.

Through STEM, children engage creatively in real world problems, applying their understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in integrated and innovative ways.

Open Night

We will be having an open night at the end of the term, Wednesday 26 June from 6pm to 7pm. We look forward to seeing you all at the open night.

NAIDOC

Holli and I are having our first NAIDOC meeting with committee next week and we are planning to organise a NAIDOC celebration early in term 3.

Revolting Rhymes

A note went home earlier this week about an exciting experience we are offering our students next term. Our school has been invited to attend a performance of Revolting Rhymes at the Heath Ledger Theatre in Northbridge. The performance is on 14 August but as many schools would like to attend we have to confirm our ticket allocation by Wednesday 8 May. Permission slips need to be returned to the school office by 8 May. By returning your permission slip you are guaranteeing payment for the excursion by 21 June. No late permission slips will be accepted as we only have a limited amount of tickets available to the school. The excursion is open to students from years 2 – 6.

ANZAC

Thank you to all staff and parents who assisted in making our ANZAC ceremony a successful event. A special thank you to Mrs. Howman for coordinating the flowers and overseeing the making of the wreaths before school on Wednesday. The wreaths looked amazing and the parents and children looked like they enjoyed making them. As always our choir under the direction of Mr. Paul sang beautifully. Thank you to Mrs. Hardy and Mrs. Pring who represented the school board and P&C for agreeing to be part of the ceremony and lay a wreath. Thank you Mr. Fairclough for being the MC, setting up for the assembly and assisting the students.  It was great to see a number of parents at the ceremony.

Scribblers

Our year 1, 2 and 6 students are taking part in the Scribblers Festival next week on Wednesday 8 May. Scribblers is an annual festival of literature and arts for young people brought to life by cultural non-profit FORM and the Town of Claremont. It offers a program specifically for schools and is all about inspiring and nurturing a love of reading and writing in young people. 

P&C Upcoming Events

At Glendale Primary School we are fortunate to have an active and vibrant P&C who are passionate to support the children at our school. Many parents donate their time to fund raising events that raise money for the school for wonderful opportunities such as the proposed senior playground.

This Sunday the P&C will be at Bunnings running a sausage sizzle. These are always well received by the community and are often very busy. More volunteers are needed for Sunday so if you have some spare time and would like to have some fun and help our school please text Kimberley on 0411 151 891.

The P&C are running a Mother’s Day stall on Wednesday 8 and Friday 10 May. Each class will be taken by their teacher to the stall during the school day to purchase a present. For more information, please refer to the flyer sent home.

On Election Day, 18 May, the P&C are running a fete at the school. They have many exciting stalls and activities planned.

Assembly Week 2

Week 2 leader’s assembly has been cancelled due to the Scribblers excursion that involves room 8, 3, 4, 14 and 15. There is no assembly in week 4 due to NAPLAN testing.

Sport News

This term the year 5 and 6 students will be involved in interschool sports with four friendly matches against neighbouring schools ending in a whole day Lightning Carnival. The Colour Run will be held at 2.15pm on 3 July and more information will follow in future newsletter.

Holli and I would like to thank the teachers, students and the Glendale community for a wonderful start to term 2.

Regards

Jenny Graham