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