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Remembrance Day 2018

Remembrance Day 2018

November 11, 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War I, known as the Armistice. At Spearwood Primary we learnt about the history of Remembrance Day and the meaning behind the red poppies we wear. In the library we made more than 100 poppies to pin up to mark the 100 years since the Armistice was signed. For a small school like Spearwood this is a big achievement.  Lots of classes read the book In Flanders Fields by Norman Jorgensen and thought about the peace that came at the end of four years of brutal war. Room 16 also wrote some beautiful acrostic poems about Remembrance Day which they have put up outside their class.

Thank you everyone who helped bring this project to life. Thank you especially to Room 14 who did an amazing job helping the little Pre-Primaries make theirs!

 

 

Room 8 & 16's poppies

 

 

 

 

Swimming Update

Swimming Update

All of the children from Pre Primary to Year 4 have been participating in Swimming Lessons at Fremantle Leisure Centre.  We are now half way through the lessons.  Children will be assessed on their new skills later in the week and should receive their certificates and reports by the end of term.

Thanks parents for your support of this program.

Thank you! Cockburn Cement

Thank you! Cockburn Cement

Thanks to our Community Partner Cockburn Cement – we will be building a new nature play area in the junior primary playground.  A grant of $1000 has been received and a further donation of plants will arrive next autumn ready for winter planting.

 

Canteen News

Canteen News

Thank you and farewell to Rose our Canteen Manager.

Thankfully we have found some very willing volunteers to run our beloved canteen until the end of the 2018 academic year.

We have put some special menu items in place and we hope you will enjoy them.

On Wednesdays we have the Filipino Parents Group cooking a lunch time special of either ‘spring rolls & rice’ or ‘chicken noodles’.

On Fridays we have a selection of lunch items available.

Flexi-schools has been updated with the new menu.

In addition Subway is now available on a Tuesday for Lunch!

Please pre order on Monday at the office – correct change is required.

Download the Subway order form here

Save Time… Order Online!

  1. Go to www.flexischools.com.au
  2. Click ‘Register Now’
  3. Enter your email and follow prompts
  4. You can then charge up your online account and place orders from home. Online orders are already paid for, so you do not need to bring money to school.
Uniform Shop – Online Ordering Now Available

Uniform Shop – Online Ordering Now Available

Online uniform orders are now available through the Flexi-schools portal.

You can order the item you require in the size you need and your order will be parcelled ready for collection from the Administration Office each Wednesday afternoon.

Sign Up or Log In to Flexi-schools here

WAPOL – Pipe Band

WAPOL – Pipe Band

Last week Spearwood Primary School had a special visit from the West Australian Police Pipe Band.  At 10am students sat expectantly as the band marched into the undercover area playing their bagpipes and drums. We listened to them some fast and slow songs. The drummer was able to drum very quickly. During the performance some of the teachers got to do the Hokey Pokey. At the end the band members took their instruments to the classes and talked about their instruments and their special uniform kilt and sporran.

Lap-a-thon

Lap-a-thon

On Wednesday 31 October the P&C organised a Lap-a-thon for fundraising. Students walked, jogged and ran their way around the oval on a lovely sunny Spring afternoon and were rewarded at the end with a deliciously, frozen treat.

Interschool Carnival

Interschool Carnival

Congratulations to all of our students who competed in the Interschool Track and Field Carnival at Santich Park on Friday.

They demonstrated the values of Spearwood Primary School exhibiting good sportsmanship, respect and fair play.

Practice paid off with the senior teams winning their multi pass ball events.

Congratulations to Chance who was first in her division running race.

Kindy Orientation – Uniform Raffle Prize

Kindy Orientation – Uniform Raffle Prize

Thank you to all of the families who took the time to speak with our community members and partners at last weeks orientation meeting.

Mrs Ratto collated all  of the entries and drew the winner.

Congratulations to Mariana who will proudly wear her new polo shirt to kindy in 2019.

Security Perimeter Fencing

Security Perimeter Fencing

I am pleased to announce the school has gained limited funding for the installation of a security fence around the perimeter of the school buildings.

The fence will improve staff and student safety. It will discourage the antisocial behaviour that has resulted in high levels of vandalism.

The plans are available for viewing in the school office until 01/11/2018 for comment.

The WA Planning Commission requires comments and complaints to be made in writing to the school Principal including your contact details to allow for follow up on any issues that may arise.

Yours sincerely

Patricia Ratto

Principal

Spearwood Primary School

 

Announcement: Change of Principal

Announcement: Change of Principal

Dear Parents / Guardians

I would like to thank all families for their ongoing support this year by working in partnership with the Spearwood PS team of staff in our continued focus on improvement and high expectations.  I am extremely proud of what we have achieved together over the last three terms, laying a strong foundation for success reflected in our school vision, ‘a key to the future’.

Over the holidays, I was the successful applicant of a Principal position close to home.  Whilst I am sad that I will not be able to finish the year with the students, families and staff; I wish each of you the very best for the future. It gives me great pleasure to inform you that Mrs Trish Ratto, a very experienced administrator, will be Principal for Term 4 and is committed to continuing the amazing work we have been focused on this year.

Mrs Rebecca Instance
Spearwood PS Principal

Terms  1 – 3, 2018

               


                             

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you for the very warm welcome to Spearwood PS. I have already met with the students at today’s early morning assembly and also in their classrooms and I look forward to meeting with the rest of the school community over the next few weeks.

Mrs Instance has provided a very comprehensive handover and I have had the opportunity to meet with the administration team and many staff members over the holidays to ensure a seamless transition. Much has been achieved this year at SPS and there are many celebrations to date.

The School Development Day on Friday 21 September was an opportunity for staff to engage in further professional learning in the Highway Heroes social emotional learning program and also in preparing for the National Quality Standards audit – including evaluating the play-based options available. Staff also had the opportunity to briefly analyse the 2018 NAPLAN results which will assist in setting priorities for 2019.

Term 4 promises to be a very busy term with a multitude of school events including:

  • Interschool Athletics Carnival on 16 and 18 October
  • Swimming lessons (K – Year 4) in Weeks 5 and 6
  • Lapathon on 31 October (P – Year 6)

Term 4 is also the term to assess the teaching and learning for 2018, and so there are several assessments planned over the course of the term. These assessments help teachers in writing their student reports for Semester 2 and therefore it is important for students to take the opportunity to fully demonstrate their learning and capabilities.

I am looking forward to my time at Spearwood PS and becoming involved in all that you do at your wonderful school.

 

Mrs Trish Ratto
Spearwood PS Principal

8 October 2018

 

Edu-Dance Concert

Edu-Dance Concert

WOW, what a wonderful culmination to our term of Edu-Dance. After 9 weeks of lessons, the students showed off their dances in a fabulous concert. The enthusiastic audience of parents, grandparents and friends were treated to some very happy and energetic performances.

Thanks to our awesome teacher Miss Osborne. Thanks also to all the teachers for assisting with the organizing of costumes.

Dance is the hidden language of the soul and of the body.

R Gartner
PE Co-ordinatorEdu-Dance 2018

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End of Term

End of Term

Students finish this term on Thursday 20 September. Staff will be engaged in professional learning and whole school planning on Friday 21 September for our School development Day.

I hope that all families have a happy and safe holiday break. I look forward to seeing all students return to school in Term 4 on Monday, 8 October 2018.

Athletics Carnival 2018

Athletics Carnival 2018

The day started out damp and cloudy but the excited and enthusiastic students certainly brightened the day.

The Pre-Primaries started the Carnival with their running races while the whole school cheered them on. All students completed several events and went home with a chest full of ribbons.

 

Congratulations to our champions and runners up!

Junior Champion Boy: Peter
Runner Up: Jeremiah

Junior Champion Girl: Hannah
Runner Up: Antoinette

Intermediate Champion Boy: Kayden
Runner Up: Sandro

Intermediate Champion Girl: Jade
Runner Up: Emily

Senior Champion Boy: Carter
Runner Up: Michael

Senior Champion Girl: Samantha
Runner Up: Devine & Kaleigha

 

 

Total Faction Scores
Blue: 267
Green: 362
Gold: 456

 

 

Thankyou to the P&C and everyone who contributed to and assisted with the Sausage Sizzle and cake stall (I must confess I did purchase a few delicious cakes!). Special thanks to our Construction Team: Shane, Serge, Garth, Declan, Bryce and out Wonder Women Janine and Jackie.
Thank you to all the staff for their assistance and support, and everyone else who made the Carnival a great day!

Congratulation Gold!

 

 

Pre-Primary's watching

Senior girls running

Champions and runners up

Senior students running

Kindy Pre Primary “Fairy Garden”

Kindy Pre Primary “Fairy Garden”

Thank you to our amazing Grounds Committee Volunteers, Annette and Donna, who have today planted and decorated the “Fairy Garden” in the Kindergarten Pre Primary area.

We are sure all of the fairies in Spearwood will love to inhabit the Strawberry House, relax in the chairs, cross the bridge and sleep under the mushrooms.

The students will continue to beautify this area with some painted bird boxes and mail boxes, which will allow the classes to post letters to the fairies.  We hope they love hearing our news!

 

Triple P Parenting Seminar

Triple P Parenting Seminar

Places are still available for the Triple P parenting seminar on Wednesday September 5.

The session runs from 9.00 am – 11.00 am in Room 12.

Session includes:

Take the guesswork out of parenting!

Want to make family life easier – and happier? Triple P’s Power of Positive Parenting

seminar can help you understand why kids act the way they do, and how your

reactions and words can make a big difference. This 90-minute seminar is free for all

WA parents and carers, and is packed with ideas to help you give your kids the best

start in life, and get more enjoyment out of being a parent.

Triple P’s Power of Positive Parenting seminar can help you:

raise happy, confident kids,

encourage positive behaviour,

set rules and routines that everyone follows,

get on well with your kids and argue less,

balance work and family with less stress,

Register for your FREE parenting seminar:  The Power of Positive Parenting

Call Spearwood Primary School on 08 9418 1822.

Interesting things are happening at the library!

Interesting things are happening at the library!

Over the last few weeks the Spearwood PS Library has been having a bit of a face lift! We now have a small Reading Nook in the back of the library with soft cushions and chairs which is simply a place to sit and read! We also have an ongoing deletion program in place to remove old, damaged or out-of-date books from the shelves to make way for new books. Ms Irving is a huge fan of her new Big Red Reading Chair, while Mrs Day-Davies is hard at work building a collection of Graphic Novels for the school to enjoy. Plus, every Wednesday lunch time our amazing volunteer Abraham gets out some games and Uno cards to play with anyone who wants to come in.

If any parents wish to come have a look or chat to Mrs Day-Davies about their child’s reading, she is in the library before school on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

The new library Reading Nook!
The library is looking very bright and cheerful at the moment.
Book Week 2018

Book Week 2018

During Week 6, Spearwood Primary School celebrated Book Week in style!

Through the week all the classes did different book-related activities. From writing book reviews to treasure hunts, racing around the school to eventually discover that the real treasure they were looking for was the library!

On Tuesday and Wednesday a second-hand book sale was held, selling old library books. Some of them were in really good condition and at 50c each, a lot of students walked away with armfuls of bargain buys! The money raised will go towards new library books for the school.

The best part of the week was the Book Character Parade. Almost all our students dressed up and a lot of parents cheered from the side lines. Mrs Day-Davies and Mr Ryder had a good look at all the costumes and chose their favourites from each class based on the effort they put into their costume and the creativity they showed when choosing their character. The winners were:

Room 16: Aeden (a Goosebumps book) / Jellaine (Stephen King’s IT)

Room 14: Samantha (Are You My Bottom?) / Lily (The Secret Unicorn)

Room 8: Fiona (Doctor Who’s Tardia) / Cassie (Operation Ouch)

Room 6: Kelly? (Willy Wonka) / (Dinosaur Roar!)

EC2: Lola (Luigi) / Grantley (Ninja Turtles)

Kindy: Jaxson and Ryder (Mr Happy and Mr Strong)

 

There were some pretty amazing costumes from the teachers as well. There were lots of Wally’s, a Magic Schoolbus, Professor Poopypants and even Emily Eyefinger made an appearance!

 

Thank you everyone for going to so much effort this week. From all the staff at Spearwood Primary, have a happy Book Week and keep on reading!

— From Mrs Day-Davies, Library Officer

 

Congratulations to our Cross Country Team!

Congratulations to our Cross Country Team!

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the interschool Cross Country last week at Manning Park.  The team looked great in their sports uniforms and the weather was mild.  All students performed to the best of their ability and displayed excellent sportsmanship.  Overall results gave us an equal third place.  Well done to all team members!  A big thank you to Mr Clarke who trained the team in the last few weeks and to Mrs Gartner who has been training the runners all year during physical education classes.

 

Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons

All children from Pre-Primary to Year 4 will attend swimming lessons at Fremantle Leisure Centre from Monday November 5 – Friday November 16 2018 (10 lessons).  Transport to and from the leisure centre will be provided by bus.  Payment of $70 for the 10 lessons can be made at any time up until the lessons commence.  Please see the office if you would like to arrange a payment plan.

Hiroshima Day 2018

Hiroshima Day 2018

Monday, 6 August marked the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima in Japan. Ms Irving accompanied our school captains, Michael and Abby to a moving commemoration at Edwards Park in Spearwood. Here we listened to the Mayor Logan Howlett and the Japanese Consular General talk about this tragic event. A pair of white doves were released as a symbol of peace and hope for the future. The students then planted a tree to mark the occasion and attended the Council for morning tea and paper crane origami folding.

Michael and Abby with their newly planted tree
Michael and Abby with their newly planted tree
Mayor Logan Howlett and the Japanese Consular General releasing a pair of doves as a symbol of peace.
Mayor Logan Howlett and the Japanese Consular General releasing a pair of doves as a symbol of peace.
Early Childhood Fairy Garden

Early Childhood Fairy Garden

Today our very special garden committee volunteers have installed a ‘Fairy Garden’ in the Early Childhood Centre.

A special thank you to Annette and Garth who have given their time and expertise to bring this project to life.

Stage 1 is now complete with the installation of the raised garden bed, stepping stones and mulch.

Stage 2 which involved planting out the garden will be done shortly.

Here is our progress so far…

Soccer Goal Posts and Perth Glory Clinics

Soccer Goal Posts and Perth Glory Clinics

In response to student and parent surveys in 2018, Spearwood Primary School has installed Soccer Goal Posts on the small oval.

We have received a Sporting Schools Grant and have secured a coach from the Perth Glory for 4 sessions commencing August 27.

Lunchtime Craft Club

Lunchtime Craft Club

At the beginning of June, Ms Irving started a lunchtime craft activity affectionately known as ‘knitting club”.

Students can attend twice weekly to learn to knit, crochet, french knit or pom pom.

Community volunteers are sometimes on hand to assist!

 

 

Docker’s Visit

Docker’s Visit

On Thursday June 28th the Fremantle Dockers visited Spearwood Primary School.

Years 1 and 2 participated in a Footy Skills Session.

Years 4, 5 and 6 students participated in a “Welcome to Freo” clinic designed to teach students the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices and understanding leadership and social responsibility.

 

Author Visit

Author Visit

Spearwood Primary School welcomed author Mark Greenwood to talk with students about the process of story writing and the adventure that is exploring history.  Mark showcased his children’s books and shared anecdotes about his life and the inspirations for his stories.  All of Mark’s books are available to borrow from the school library.

Jars Needed!

Jars Needed!

Next semester our school will have a fundraising stall at the Cockburn Rotary Spring Fair. We are requesting donations of small – medium clean glass jars to use for our Lucky Jar items. If you have any jars that you are able to donate, please bring them to the office. Thank you.

Crunch n Dip

Crunch n Dip

To celebrate the final NAPLAN test and encourage students to bring Crunch’n’Sip to school we had a wonderful Crunch’n’Dip morning tea on Thursday. The rainbow colours of the vegies were amazing and made it all so much fun to share with our friends at recess time. The popularity of these morning teas is a good indication that our students are keen to eat healthy as they devoured the crunchy treats. Please remember that students are having to wait a bit longer for their morning tea with the new timetable trial so a small container of easy to eat, chopped fruit or veg will help them re-fuel to assist their physical and mental performance as well as concentration in the classroom.

Thanks to Kim and Shane Clarke for their help chopping up the vegetables in time for recess.

 

Crunch n Dip
Crunch n Dip
Consent2Go Reminder

Consent2Go Reminder

Parents and carers are reminded that Spearwood Primary School uses Consent2Go for excursions and incursion permission. The system has replaced our paper process for obtaining parent permission and consent.

The picture below shows the content of the email you will receive. By simply clicking on the blue box you will be automatically connected to the system.

 

Consent2Go Screenshot

 

There is no username or password required to use the system. All information is stored in accordance with the Australian privacy requirements.

You will be asked to update your contact details and your child’s medical and allergy information. This only needs completing once; parents can then easily update and change details if required through the system.

The school will also use the system to collect payments from parents for excursions. Parents may also attend the school and pay in person if they prefer.

Consent2Go is being introduced to improve the process for parents by providing the school with the most up to date information regarding their child’s medical or other related information. This greatly improves the school’s ability to manage school excursions and events.

Please contact us if you require more information.

2018 Book Fair Now On!

2018 Book Fair Now On!

Our school Book Fair starts on Friday 25 May and ends on Wednesday 30 May. We always have an amazing collection of books and stationery available for purchase and the profit made from this fundraiser is used to purchase books for our library.

Water Week – Room 8

Water Week – Room 8

To celebrate water week in Room 8 the students watched a video on wetlands, they discussed the plants and animals affected by pollution and that nature holds the answer.

Each student designed and made a flag which we then strung together to make a bunting which is displayed in our wet area.

 

Water Week 2018
Water Week Display

 

Water Week 2018
Water Week Flags
Woolworths Earn and Learn Rewards

Woolworths Earn and Learn Rewards

A huge thank you to all families who contributed last year towards our total points for the Woolworths Earn and Learn promotion. Our purchases have arrived. With these points we purchased a large game for students to play in the undercover area and a handful of rainbow coloured basketballs.

 

Woolworths Earn and Learn
Woolworths Earn and Learn Reward arrives.
Breakfast Club is Back

Breakfast Club is Back

Breakfast Club is back for 2018 and is held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8.00am and 8.25am.

Our breakfast club helps to improve student learning, engagement and attendance.

 

Spearwood Primary School's Breakfast Club
Spearwood Primary School’s Breakfast Club
Aussie of the Month

Aussie of the Month

This year we have introduced Aussie of the Month at Spearwood PS which recognises personal endeavour, achievement and contribution to the community and reflects some of the values we share as Australians, such as fair go, mateship, respect and inclusion.

Teachers nominate students for each assembly and then one student is selected to receive this special award to celebrate their commitment to the Australian values we embrace at our school. The first student to receive this award at our school was Lavina, Room 14.

To find out more about this award please visit the Aussie of the Month website.

 

Lavinia Aussie of the Month
Lavinia from Room 14 – Aussie of the Month February 2018
From the Community Health Nurse

From the Community Health Nurse

Welcome to the new school year. My name is Sabrina Honschooten and I am the Community Health Nurse who visits your school.

Community Health Nurses work in schools to promote healthy development and wellbeing so students may reach their full potential. A major part of our work is focused on early intervention and the School Entry Health Assessment program.

Community Health Nurses serve as a health contact point for children and their families, providing information, assessment, health counseling and referral. The services provided are free and confidential.

If you have a concern about your child’s health or development, please contact me on 93140100.

Clean Up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia Day

Friday 2nd March will be Spearwood Primary School’s ‘Clean Up Australia’ day activity. We are a registered site and will be working as a school community to collect, sort and analyse the types of rubbish that is typically found around our school.

Students are encouraged to bring a pair of disposable gloves and will be given clear guidelines around the types of rubbish that is safe to pick up.

Schools Clean Up Day is a fun and engaging way for us to teach our students, young Australians, about the responsible disposal of rubbish, resource recovery and the repercussions of rubbish dumped irresponsibly in the local environment.

For more information about Clean Up Australia Day and Clean Up Schools Day visit their website.

Student Leadership Team for 2018

Student Leadership Team for 2018

Congratulations to the students who are members of our 2018 student leadership team. Whilst the voting process for School captains and prefects was completed at the end of last year, our faction captains were decided upon by students and staff last week.

Our Student Leadership team play an important role in our school through consistently modelling positive behaviour in addition to embracing a range of leadership roles such as representing our school at community events, presenting merit certificates and speaking regularly at assemblies about school programs.

 

Abby - 2018 School Captain
Abby – 2018 School Captain

 

Michael - 2018 School Captain
Michael – 2018 School Captain

 

School Captains:

Michael and Abby

Prefects:

Samantha, Floyd, Genevieve and Lily

 

 

 

Faction Captains:

Green

Sam and Christina

Blue

Kaleigha and Dylan

Gold

Samantha and Divine

Swimming Lessons – Year 5/6

Swimming Lessons – Year 5/6

With swimming pools and beaches a part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is a must for all families. Spearwood Primary School year 5 and 6 students have spent a wonderful 2 weeks at Coogee Beach participating in the Education Department’s Learn to Swim program.

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