From The Principal – 21 February 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Important dates for this term

Room 12, Year 5/6 Assembly Wednesday 4 March 8:45am undercover area
Twilight Markets, P&C welcome to the school year.  Families to bring a picnic or purchase from food trucks Friday 13 March 5pm to 7pm outside of canteen/library
School nurse screening kindy and pre-primary children Monday 16 to Thursday 19 March Room 6
Room 9, Year 5 Assembly Wednesday 18 March 8:45am Undercover area
P&C AGM            Monday 23 March 7pm in the staff room
Room 3, Year 2 Assembly Wednesday 1 April 8:45am undercover area
Junior Cross Country for Pre to Year 2 Wednesday 8 April School oval
Senior Cross Country for Years 3 to 6 Tuesday 7 April School oval
Runners Club with Mr Marsden Every Wednesday Before school on oval

School Targets as added to the School Business Plan

In Term 4, after the staff examined the available evidence of student achievement from school reports, On Entry, NAPLAN and their own records, they identified areas for further improvement.  Five new targets were agreed upon to be the whole school focus for the next two years:

  • Mathematics – The NAPLAN Group Mean to be above that of the Australian Mean.
  • Reading – The NAPLAN Group Mean to be above that of the Australian Mean.
  • STEM – To increase student engagement through enterprise skills and problem based teaching of STEM for all children to complete four projects a year.
  • Aboriginal Culture – The teaching of Aboriginal culture to be embedded into teaching across the curriculum at every year level, every term.
  • Wellbeing – To have a positive behaviour system in place across the school or children to receive on average 5:1 or more, positive to negative consequences at an admin level for behaviour linked to the GPS VOICE values and behaviour expectations.

Leaders Assembly

It was lovely to see so many members of our community at the recent assembly on Wednesday 19 February, when all of the Year 6 children received their leadership badges.  As a requirement of becoming a school leader, each child along with a member of their family and I, signed a Code of Conduct Contract outlining the high standards that school leaders are required to maintain throughout the year. 

All Year 6 children will have a term for which they will be responsible for the leadership duties across the school. 

Recycling 

Bread tagsMrs Timmers is asking that families collect bread bag tags for a recycling project.  The tags are to be given to your child’s classroom teacher.  We are trying to see which class can collect the most.

The plastic bread bag tags are a toxin that we can keep out of landfill by recycling them.  Bread Tags for Wheelchairs is a community program which repurposes the tags into a range of products such as seeding trays, picture frames, door knobs, coat hangers and more. The money raised from selling the products funds wheelchairs for people of low income families.

Old mobile phones – Mr Marsden is asking for any old mobile phones to be donated to the school so they can be used to run Virtual Reality Goggles for the children to use in Engineering.  Phones can be left at the front office or given to Mr Marsden.

Merit Certificates

At the assembly on Wednesday 19 February, the following children received a merit certificate for the great work they are doing;

Caelan D Sierra D Aubrey E Nicholas B
Emily M Evie H Heath C Molly N
Deagan G Lolli C Eli S Kayla A
Ali C Sienna R Ava D Taj W
Cooper M Heidi O Kysun T Addison G
Lachlan O Jayden P Ruby P Georgia W
Patrick K Amity S Lachlan D  

Noongar Language Group

Each Monday, a small group of Year 6 leaders will be teaching all the children from Years 1 to 6 some Noongar language.  For first term they will be teaching the song Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Noongar.  This will be starting next week.

The Year 6 leaders are: Letiesha Hayden, Ava Dransfield, Grace McCrory, Jordan Cox and Mia Romeo and they are being supported by Ms. Duncan, Ms. Press and myself.

Flags at half mast

On Friday 14 February, you may have seen the school flags were set to half-mast to mark the anniversary of the apology to members of the stolen generations.

Helen Fiebig