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