On Friday April 12th Spearwood Primary School held their annual ANZAC Service.
This year we were joined by RSL represntatives Arthur and Nola Stanton.
The Year 5/6 class welcomed guests and ran the service, which included the presentaiton of a whole school song and they laying of wreaths.
Mr and Mrs Stanton then joined the Year 5/6 class for a special morning tea where they were presented with the proceeds of the sausage sizzle fundraiser.
Spearwood Dad’s Group is now up and running.
You can join here: https://thefatheringproject.org/dads-group/spearwood-primary-school/
Register to attend our launch evening on Wednesday May 1st from 7 pm to 9 pm.
Dinner and soft drinks provided by our P&C and WAFL tickets up for grabs as a door prize thanks to the Fathering Project.
Thanks to our grounds committee members and parent and community volunteers who worked in the Kindergarten and Pre Primary area to install a raised veggie bed this morning.
The children are excited to start growing their very own veggies at school.
Thanks to Tanks Very Much, Bibra Lake Soils and LJ Caterers for supporting this activity.
Children wore ‘National Dress’ or ‘Orange’ coloured clothing as a symbol of Harmony.
They shared a delicious crunch and dip morning tea and tried some delights from the Philippines and Africa at lunch time.
Thank you to Lanie and Lee for your work on the Spring Rolls and Irrine and Needmore for the delicious Mandazi.
Nyree from Woodside visited the Years4/5/6 classes on Monday to explain to the students how engineers look for and find oil deposits and gas pockets.
Each student then used a combination of bread, vegemite, 100’s and 1000’s and a straw to drill for oil!
On March 6th students from Year 4-6 participated in a cooking session with the Food Sensations Team from Food Bank.
They created yummy dishes and shared them with their classmates.
Among other things they created a dip, salad, curry and cottage pie.
Look out for the cookbook when it is available, the recipes were loved by all.
On Friday March 1st all classes were involved in “School Clean Up Day”.
Each class was assigned an area to clean, was provided with gloves and bags for rubbish and recyclables and went on their merry way collecting from around the school grounds.
After they had finished collecting, students took the time to sort , analyse and collect data.
Read more here: Public Education in Western Australia Facebook Page
From the new President
My name is Donna Juner and I am the new president of the Spearwood PS P&C. We would welcome any volunteers to help out with the canteen and or other activities we will be holding during the year. Our first priority will be opening the canteen every Friday. I am pleased to advise that our first re-opening day will be Friday 8th March. A new menu will be circulated early next week and I would appreciate all families supporting the canteen ensure that it remains open for the rest of the year. We are looking for volunteers to help out in the canteen for a couple of hours and hopefully we will be able to put together a roster of parents to help out with food preparation and serving the children at recess and lunchtime. If you are interested in volunteering please put your name down in the office and we will contact you.
We will keep you updated with P&C news throughout the year in the schools newsletter.
Our P & C Executive Members:
Executive Committee? Members
Needmore Zendera, Lanie Endaya, Coral Atkins
P & C VIPs:
Scholastic Book Club Co-ordinator
Thanks to our Student Leaders – all students were invited to an end of year ‘Christmas’ themed Disco last Friday.
Fun was had by all!
Everyone enjoyed the music and games.
All students who brought a gold coin donation got a raffle ticket and some great prizes were won.
The end of the year approaches and so does the Spearwood PS annual Year 6 Graduation and Christmas Concert.
The Graduation will be held on Wednesday 12th of December starting at 9am. The Book Awards will be held approximately half an hour later, followed by the Concert
A number of student will be receiving Book Awards and all students have prepared a musical item to perform for parents, family and friends.
Following the concert, classes will be each having their class party to end the year with a bang!
Click here to view the Year 6 Graduation & School Concert Program.
See you there!
The P&C will be holding a raffle at the final assembly on Wednesday December 12th.
Tickets will be available for purchase from the office or the assembly area on the day for $2 each.
Thanks in advance for your support.
3 great prizes to be won!
Pandora Bracelet worth $180.
Cockburn ARC Swim and Slide Family Pass (2) worth $50 each.
Have you ordered your personal items list for 2019 yet?
You have until December 7 to order for shop pick up.
Orders placed after this date will be eligible for home delivery or shop self-service.
All of our lists are available to view and download on our website at the following link:
The student leaders will host a Disco for all students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 on Friday December 7th at 2pm.
Gold coin donation for entry.
Lucky Door Prizes, Games Music and Dancing.
Wear your school uniform and a Christmas accessory (i.e. Antlers, Christmas socks etc.)
Thank you to all our amazing volunteers who worked today and across the last few weeks to get our Bush Tucker Rainbow Serpent Garden built. Today the Room 14 students installed their Rainbow Serpent path.
Thanks go to Annette, Donna, Garth, Shane, Leigh & Nicola and Declan. Our hard workers installed the pathway, gravel, paving slabs, weed mat and mulch and cooked up a storm on the barbecue for morning tea.
Planting of the bush tucker plants will happen on Thursday.
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!
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.
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.
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!
- Go to www.flexischools.com.au
- Click ‘Register Now’
- Enter your email and follow prompts
- 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.
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
The 2019 copy of the Personal Items Lists (Booklists) are now available here
Also on this page you will find a copy of the Contributions and Charges letter for 2019 outlining the amount you may be charged for activities in 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spearwood Primary School
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael and Abby
Samantha, Floyd, Genevieve and Lily
Sam and Christina
Kaleigha and Dylan
Samantha and Divine
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.
On Friday 24th November, the final amount of money raised during National Water Week was announced. Spearwood Primary School raised $1450.05 from the Lap-a-thon held on 18th October, and $91.50 from Wear Blue Day on 16th October.