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From the Principal – 2 September 2021

Hi Folks.

This coming Sunday marks a very special day in most families’ calendars where fathers and fatherhood is celebrated in Australia. As with Mother’s Day in May, we as a school take this opportunity to particularly show honour to those who love, provide, protect, educate, encourage, discipline, and guide their children or those they have been entrusted to care for and raise. This morning we held a special Dads and Donuts event, that doubled as this term’s Fathering Project activity with a great turnout by Dads, Grandfathers and other father figures.   

Staffing Notice

Yesterday the parents of Year 1 students and the 5-Day Kindy program were sent communications outlining some important changes for Term 4. In essence, with good signs in school enrolments, an additional teacher, Mrs Kathy Smith, will be teaching some of the Year 1 class for Literacy and Numeracy each day. Mrs Nicole Law-Davis will take Mrs Smith’s place with the 5-Day Kindy group.

Parent Community Survey

We would like to thank the significant number of families who took time to complete the recent community survey. Though the school has only just received the results this week, we are happy to share the results of the qualitative data set with a simple comparison at this stage with last year’s outcomes.

Click here to view the 2021 Parent Community Survey

Important Reminder

As we head toward the end of Term 3, we would remind families that if it looks likely that they might be moving away from the area that the enrolment agreement requires the school to receive a full One Term’s notice of withdrawal. This enables the school to plan and budget well, having quality staff delivering quality programs to our growing school community.

Inter-School Cross Country Results

Last Friday our school fielded a healthy contingent of Year 1 to 6 students in the annual Inter-school WACSSA Cross Country competition held at Kwinana. Our students did very well, making everyone proud, as they competed against 17 other schools in either the 1.5km or 2.0km runs. Of special note are the following achievements.  These students placed in the top 10 in their races:

Year 2:  Taylah G (1st), Naomi C (9th) and Anna M (10th)
Year 3:  Eloise C (5th)
Year 5:  Hannah C (10th)
Year 6:  Blair B (3rd), Demi B (4th) and Heidi C (7th)

Special Recognition

We are so very proud of our Colleague, Rachel Pendal, who recently had some of her school-based research into written language, published as part of an important article in a nation-wide education magazine. As you all know from our Strategic Plan, written language development is a special focus of the school over the next few years and such research is an invaluable part of this.

Special Visit

On Monday we were privileged to host a group of Northshore Christian Grammar students as our senior students made music together.

Together the students created rhythmic beats in an amazing variety of ways. Buckets were flipped, slid, tilted, scraped, played on the rim, centre and side, with and without mallets.

It was so much fun and they all agreed this was a highlight of their week.

On the Reading Journey

As we all appreciate, the ability to learn to read is a fundamental part of a primary school program. This week we want to highlight the Lexile reading program form Year 3 to 6. The students complete a LitPro test at the beginning of each term with gives them a Lexile score. Then when they go to the library, they take books out that are in their score range. Each student’s progress is plotted over the year as they complete the LitPro tests. Once they finish reading a book, they go online and complete a quiz that in turn earns the students points translated into certificates and prizes. It is a great program and the students love earning points as they read lots of books.

Bible Memory Verse

The verse for the next fortnight are words spoken by Jesus who gives each of us a personal invitation to share life together with Him.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me”.

Revelation 3:20

Dr Gregg Weaver