A warm welcome back to those returning to Spearwood Primary School and a special welcome to the families new to our school. I hope everyone had a relaxing summer break and are just as excited about 2020 as we are.
The Department of Health advise that if a student has been in contact with someone who has contracted the virus, they should seek medical advice and stay away from school until they are clear of symptoms for 14 days. As an extra precaution, if a student has travelled to or through China or Hong Kong in the past two weeks, parents are asked to keep them away from school for a period of 14 days from the date they returned to Perth. This is a precaution as the incubation period for this virus can be up to 14 days. After that time, and no symptoms, the student may attend school. If you have concerns for your family please read information on the Department of Health website (ww2.health.wa.gov.au/coronavirus) where there is a factsheet for parents and access to a helpline 1800 300 243.
fantastic Christmas Concert and Book Awards Assembly we had this week. Everyone
bopped along to a very Aussie themed selection of songs, culminating in a very
energetic, extremely humorous version of The 12 Days of Christmas.
Congratulations to Staff for the time and ideas put in to planning this special
performance, and Students for the energy and enthusiastic singing and dancing.
What a wonderful way to end a fabulous year… the bar has been set high for
huge day the Year 6 students had on Tuesday, 17 December. They started with the
formal graduation ceremony and a Powerpoint presentation, showing how much they
have grown over their years at primary school. A variety of awards were
presented and we sincerely thank our special presenters for attending.
Congratulations to all of the worthy recipients.
conclusion of the ceremony, we boarded the bus for our adventure to Woodman
Point. We split into two groups, one completing the massive flying fox activity
and the other climbing Mt Everest (or so it seemed). We were harnessed and
helmeted and ready for anything.
our first activity, we were treated to lunch by the Spearwood P & C –
Dominoes pizzas, chips, drinks and a massive doughnut cake. YUM! We swapped activities
and then headed to the beach for a cooling swim and some games.
We had an absolutely fabulous day. Thank you to everyone who made it possible; Mrs Freckelton, Ms Irving, Kate, James and Cameron our life-guards and Mrs Griffiths and the P & C. What a way to end our primary school years. We love Spearwood!
Our end of year Christmas disco was a huge success. The P & C would like to thank all the students and their families for coming to the disco. And to all who helped out on the night. All students were very well behaved and had a great night.
On Friday 6 December, students from Years 1-6, with good standing, earned a reward excursion to Fremantle. We attended the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre to see an amazing show called ‘The Little Prince’, a classic story originally by Antione de Saint-Exupery. We were dazzled by a beautiful light show as the Prince travelled through the stars to explore. The puppets were amazing and we loved seeing the display of puppets in the foyer.
Thanks must go to Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and the
generosity of the Feilman Foundation Schools Inclusion Program who made this
After the puppet show, we walked to the Shipwreck Museum where we saw 400- year- old relics (not Mrs Freckelton), cannons, part of a shipwreck and a skeleton. We also heard of mutiny and piracy with the Batavia story. It was a great day and thanks go to Ms Irving and Ms Derbyshire for organising it.
Each year, the graduating Year 6 students contribute a major
project to Spearwood Primary, not only as a thank you to the school but also to
leave a lasting reminder of their contributions during their primary years.
This year, our Year 6 Legacy Project culminated in a grand official opening ceremony. We had a smoking ceremony to cleanse the school and invite good spirits. A big thank you goes to Ms Marie Taylor, an Aboriginal elder who conducted this ceremony and gave Welcome to Country.
Mr Tim Kelly entertained us with his amazing didgeridoo playing and the Year 6 students conducted an assembly to introduce the project to all of the very special guests who came to see the amazing work.
The idea for the project came about because during Term 2, Room
14 was studying the Indigenous seasons and decided to use these to enhance our
grounds. A committee, headed by our amazing Manager of Corporate Services Ms Carol
Derbyshire, fantastic school board chair Mrs Janine Griffiths and our equally
incredible AIEO Ms Julie, then worked hard to make it happen.
An Indigenous season was assigned to each cluster and we
coordinated the seasons to match the age level of people working in that block
Each season is represented by its own colour, so each block
has splashes of bright colour, representing the plants that grow at that time
of the year.
Mr Steve Cirjak, a graphic designer, with contributors from The Cockburn Community Men’s Shed then created the beautiful animal wall plaques that are now visible around the school. The plaques show the animals most abundant during the season. The Year 6 boys then painted the plaques in the appropriate colour.
Ms Julie and the Year 6 girls designed and made welcome
bracelets that were a gift to our special guests.
We have placed signage, outlining each season at each block,
to educate our future generations. Our
door and wall signs were also designed and created by Mr Cirjak. The Year 6
Legacy Project this year was made possible through a generous grant given by
the City of Cockburn.
The Year 6 students performed beautifully on the day, giving
researched information to tour groups throughout the morning. They should be
proud of their efforts and will have an amazing reminder of their contributions
to Spearwood Primary School. Below are their thoughts on the day.
On Tuesday October 29th and Thursday November 11th students from Years 3-6 participated in the inter-school athletics carnival at Santich park against 5 other local schools. All students participated enthusiastically and proudly represented Spearwood. Our efforts were rewarded with 3rd place overall, congratulations to all of our budding athletes.