From the Principal – 15 November 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Update on Proposed Security Fence

I wish to thank the members of the community who took the time to respond to the plans for the proposed security fence around the perimeter of the school.  Due to the feedback received there has been an amendment to the plan and the fence is now proposed to leave the ovals and the basketball court open for public use and to enclose the rest of the school.   A copy of the amended plan is available for viewing at the front office.   We will now enter a further two-week consultation phase before sending further feedback to the Department of Education for the final decision.  Any feedback must be made is writing and sent to Glendale.PS@education.wa.edu.au by 4pm on Friday 29 November 2019. 

Volunteer Morning Tea

I wish to acknowledge and thank all the volunteers who contribute to the school.  It is with all the support that volunteers provide that we can enrich the learning and fun activities for our students.  A morning tea was held on Thursday 14 November and it was a pleasure to see how many people were there and acknowledge the many who were not able to attend.    

If you wish to volunteer at the school, you can contribute in many ways.  Nerilee at the canteen is always happy to have help and teachers would love volunteers in their classes.  The P&C have many roles and play an important part in the culture of the school and would love your support.  Then we have volunteers who come in and work 1:1 with individual children as mentors on a weekly basis and have been doing so for years. 

VOLUNTEERS DON’T HAVE MORE TIME, THEY JUST HAVE BIGGER HEARTS.

Please note: Volunteers who attend regularly must have a current Working With Children Check, but casual volunteers just need to have signed a Confidentiality Declaration.

NAPLAN Results

It is good to see that the Year 3 and Year 5 students NAPLAN results this year are on track with the expectations when compared to their peers in all the areas: Spelling, Reading, Writing, Grammar and Punctuation and Numeracy.  The NAPLAN results are a great resource for the school to use to monitor how we are achieving against the National average and against schools which have similar profile of students to Glendale PS.  Even though the students at this school achieve well we never stop trying to find ways to improve and a targeted focus on interrogating the teaching and learning in Numeracy and Reading is planned for the next two years.

LEGO Donations

Mr Marsden, the Engineering Teacher, is asking for donations of LEGO. Engineering is enjoyed by all the children and they are constantly trying new and exciting things. Next year with enough LEGO, Mr Marsden will be able to have ongoing LEGO projects so that the students can return and continue on with their projects each week.  If you have any extra or old LEGO laying around at home and would be willing to donate this would be helpful. Having more LEGO will allow children to evaluate and modify their builds instead of having to pack them away after each lesson with families being able to see student progress of specific builds on Seesaw (If you would like to see your child’s work on Seesaw then please ask Mr Marsden for a QR code).

Remember: ‘We get what we focus on, so focus on the good.’

Helen Fiebig