From the Principal – 7 May 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am very aware that we have a few families in the Glendale PS community who are suffering grief with the loss of loved ones recently and out thoughts and best wishes go out to all the families and friends involved.  Death at any time affect so many people connected to the families which includes the school staff.  We are putting all the love and support we can into the children affected and the school Chaplain remains available to offer support for any child dealing with grief.

COVID restrictions

I wish to thank you for being vigilant over the past few weeks with the wearing of masks.  I am very grateful that the school was able to remain open with minimal disruption.

Thank you to Member for Kingsley, Jessica Stojkovski

Today it was a pleasure to meet with our local State Member for Kingsley, Jessica Stojkovski.   I am very pleased to also be able to announce that Jessica has secured $160,000 of funding for the school to upgrade the student toilets in two teaching blocks.  This very generous support for the school means that the 50 year-old facilities can have a modern upgrade.  This work will be started some-time this year.

While Jessica was visiting she took the opportunity to meet with Mrs Angland’s Year 3 class to present a donation of 24 dictionaries for use in the classrooms and six books from Anh Do’s new Sky Dragon children’s series to the library for Book Week.   She introduced the children to the books by reading the first chapter, which left us all wanting more.  They children then had lots to talk to her about.

Interschool Cross Country 

Congratulations to every child who ran in the school cross country event and was then selected to compete in the Interschool Cross Country for this district which was held at Hawker Park Primary School today. 

Mother’s Day

A big thank you to the P&C for the work they have done in creating a Mother’s Day stall for the children to purchase presents for their mothers/grandmothers/carers or significant females in their lives.  The gifts all looked marvellous and I am confident every person who receives one will think it was $5 well spent.

The P&C ran a Mother’s Day Raffle of which I drew the winning ticket this morning.  The winner’s name will be released by the P&C on Monday so that the prize will be a lovely surprise for the lucky mum on Sunday.

Book Fair/Book Week

The school’s annual Book Fair will be held in the Library in Week 5, from May 17 – 21.  Please come along and have a browse at the books that are available for purchase. The Fair will be open 11:15am – 11:35am during the lunch break and after school till 3.30pm.  Every purchase made at the fair gives the school reward dollars to spend on more books for the Library.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

Book Week is also celebrated the same week for this school and on Wednesday 19 May, there will be the Book Character dress-up parade.  Children are invited to come to school dressed as a character from a favourite book, and if possible bring the book to share with classmates.

On the Wednesday 19 May, all classes at 1pm, will also be participating in The National Simultaneous Story Time where the book “Give Me Some Space’ is being read from space by astronaut, Dr Shannon Walker from the International Space Station.

School Photos

We will send out a Connect notice when the school photos have arrived.  Photos will be sent home with your child unless you have made other arrangements with the school office staff.  If your child is absent on the day photos are distributed they will be at the office for collection.

All enquiries about orders are to go through Kapture Photography on 9240 1714.

NAPLAN

NAPLAN testing begins for students in years 3 and 5 on Tuesday 11 May and ends on Friday 14 May. The students will complete one test each day which will commence at 9am. Please ensure your child is at school on time so they can get ready for the test. Students who are absent will have an opportunity to catch up on tests the following week.

Homework

I am currently reviewing the school’s Homework Policy and am asking parents and carers to please let me know their feedback in relation to whether they want their child to complete homework or not and if so what content they feel should be prioritised, such as reading and mental math skills such as multiplication tables etc. 

Teachers have reported to me that in most classrooms regular homework is being completed by a minor number of students.

I would like to make sure that any future policy reflects this community’s expectations.

Please feel free to contact me via email at helen.fiebig@education.wa.edu.au, ring or come in for a chat.

Kindy Enrolments for 2022 now open

I urge anyone with a child entering kindergarten next year to please enrol them as early as possible to secure them a position, as places are limited.  You need to enrol your child if they are turning 4 years old between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.  Paperwork for enrolment is available online from the school website or by coming in to the office.

Assembly Merit Certificates

The last assembly on Wednesday was run by Mrs Morosoff’s Year 4 class and they showed us the difference between ‘Stinkin Thinkin’ and ‘Supa-Thinkin’ which are term the children are learning through the Highway Heroes resiliency programme.

Pre-Primary Charlie K Layla P Eva H Thomas D
Year 1 Mila K Patrick K Marek K Meelah T
Year 2 Amira A Summer S Annie L Hunter C
Year 3 Dylan W Isabella T    
Year 4 Johnathon W Mason J    
Year 5 Amelia T Kade K Anakin G  
Year 6 Mitchell P Claire C Eden R  

Positive Behaviour winners

Each child in the school receives a raffle ticket for every ten days that they display good behaviour in class.  Fifteen tickets are then drawn at the minor assemblies each fortnight and those children spin a reward wheel.  The winners for this fortnight are:

Early Childhood Heather B Kindy, Room 19 Make pancakes with the chaplain
Ruby M Kindy, Room 19 Has yet to spin the wheel
Mile L Pre, Room 17 Free dress for a day with a friend
Cody C Pre, Room 17 10 minutes on the iPad
Lachlan D Pre, Room, 18 Canteen voucher
Brandon-Lee F Pre, Room 18 10 minutes on the iPad
Junior Thomas D Year 2, Room 3 20 minutes of games for the class
Isla T Year 2, Room 3 Make pancakes with the chaplain
Cameron B Year 2, Room 3 Choose where he sits for a day
Middle Myah M Year 4, Room 14 Choose where she sits for a day
Evelyn H Year 3, Room 15 Free dress with a friend
Meg B Year 3, Room 15 Make pancakes with the chaplain
Senior Stephan L Year 6, Room 10 Canteen voucher
Milana G Year 5, Room 8 Canteen voucher
Wungwa C Year 4, Room 8 Principal for the afternoon

Aussie of the Month awards

Congratulations to our two worthy recipients; Miles L from Pre-Primary, Room 17 and Milana G from Year 5, Room 8.

Highway Heroes Health/Resiliency Programme tips

Playground Resilience – social assertiveness is a skill that’s difficult for most adults.  It’s a useful skill to learn and to teach your child.  Start with confident body language, chin up, shoulders back and use a confident tone, but not aggressive.  Practise this often.

Classroom Resilience – getting organised is easy to talk about but not so easy to do.  Are you organised?  What helps you to get organised and stay organised?  Systems, routines and reminders all improve organisational skills – do you need more at home?

Emotional Resilience – breathe, is easier said than done when the tensions are high.  Choose and practise a technique.  Trace up and down fingers – in on the way up and out on the way down.  Teach your child to breathe in and exhale like they’re blowing a bubble. 

Crunch and Sip

As a healthy eating school there is a whole school focus on ensuring children are getting a healthy diet to assist their growth and learning.  Please see below some facts from the Cancer Council of WA and Crunch & Sip.

The World Health organisation (WHO) recommend children have less than 6 teaspoons/24 grams of ‘free sugars’ per day (like the sugar in sugary drinks).

The amount of sugar in drinks:

600ml cola =16 teaspoons / 64 grams
500ml energy drink =14 teaspoons / 56 grams
500ml fruit juice =13 teaspoons / 52 grams
600ml choc milk =13 teaspoons / 52 grams
600ml sports drink =9 teaspoons / 36 grams
Water =0 sugar

Woolworths Free Fruit and Veg for a School competition

After having it recommended to me by a few parents and staff, I have entered the latest promotion by Woolworth in which they are giving away to 100 primary schools free fruit for a day.   Now we wait for the results of the completion with our fingers crossed.

Warwick Senior High School

If you have a child entering Year 7 in 2022 enrolments are being taken and Warwick SHS encourages you to get a completed application in as soon as possible.

If your child is looking to gain entry to one of Warwick SHS specialist/elite programs, they’re holding trial days on the 3 and 17 June 2021. To be able to attend, you need to have submitted a complete application pack with all of the relevant documentation included. The school will contact all prospective students late May to invite them to their chosen trial dates.

If you have any questions, please contact the Enrolments Officer at Warwick SHS, Pam Bayliss; Pamela.Bayliss@education.wa.edu.au

Yours sincerely,

Helen Fiebig

Principal