On Friday July 3, Spearwood Primary School celebrated with NAIDOC activities.
While Australia postponed until November their NAIDOC Week we went ahead with our school NAIDOC week activities. Thank you to the School Cultural Committee and the P & C Committee for all the hard work and great ideas that made such a great day.
First the P & C put on an amazing morning tea with items that all have some bush tucker ingredients. The students learnt about these ingredients in class.
Then the Year 5/6 class sung an Aboriginal version of ‘Twinkle Twinkle’. It was impressive and moving. Well done Mrs Dowding and the Year 5/6 students.
Then the whole school broke into Factions groups and Pre-Primary to Year Six. Students finally got to mingle after so many weeks of just being in class groups. There were three stations of activities. Thanks to the staff who worked with students and to the big children helping little children. It was a lovely way to end the term and you will see many of the art pieces displayed around the school.
Spearwood Primary School
2020 School Development Days,
Important dates and Holidays.
Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th January 2020
School Administration only – School open for Enrolments and Queries
Thursday 30th January – Friday 31st January School Development Days (Compulsory)
Monday 3rd February Students Commence: Term One 2020
Monday 2nd March Labour Day holiday
Thursday 9th April Student last day: Term One
Friday 10th April Good Friday
Monday 27th April ANZAC holiday (WA)
School Holidays Friday 10th April to Tuesday 28th April
Tuesday 28th April School Development Day – Department Mandated: Covid-19
Wednesday 29th April Students Commence: Term Two 2020
Friday 29th May School Development Day (School Board selected)
Monday 1st June Western Australia Day holiday (WA)
Friday 3rd July Student last day: Term Two
School Holidays Saturday 4th July to Sunday 19th July
Monday 20th July Students Commence: Term Three 2020
Thursday 24th September Student last day: Term Three
Friday 25th September School Development Day (School Board selected)
School Holidays Friday 25th September – Sunday 11th October
Monday 12th October School Development Day
School Board selected 15/06/20
Tuesday 13th October Students Commence: Term Four 2020
Thursday 17th December Student last day school 2020.
Friday 18th December School Development Day (Compulsory)
School Holidays Friday 18th December 2020 – Sunday 31st January 2021
On May 27th at 9 am Perth time, Spearwood Primary School participated in the National Simultaneous Story time book reading and activities.
Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas
“Whitney and Britney are two gorgeous chooks who live alongside Dora von Dooze. But Dora is perplexed – why do her dear chickens seem to sleep all day long? Dora decides to snoop. She follows the chooks out at night to the local jazz club where she discovers, to her amazement, that they are Whitney and Britney: Chicken Divas!”
Written and Illustrated By: Lucinda Gifford
Published By: Scholastic Australia
Semester One 2020 Reporting to Parents
I want to thank you again for your support throughout what has been a very unusual school semester. The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our entire community and has presented us with extraordinary challenges in managing schooling during the first half of 2020. I am pleased that together, we have been able to make the best of this situation and ensure your child’s safety and continuity of learning.
With the regular attendance of many students being lower over this time, the breadth and depth of the curriculum covered throughout Semester 1 may have been reduced. For this reason, schools are not required to include A to E grades on this year’s Semester 1 student reports. It also means that your child’s attendance may not be reported, and any written comments may provide less information on their progress than usual.
Schooling is once again returning to normal and our students are engaging in the regular curriculum, in their usual classroom environment. Those approved to learn from home are also being supported. Semester 2 reports will reflect this and therefore provide the usual, more detailed information on your child’s progress and achievement.
Thank you for your continued support and encouragement as we work together to provide the best learning opportunities for our students. As we progress, I’ll be sure to keep you updated with any new information.
Thank you to Justin from “Art Sins” who has painted a sports themed interactive mural on the wall outside Room 6, in the junior primary play area.
If you would like to see our time lapse video of Justin working on Friday, it can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/dJ2OGuv9k-Y
Welcome Back to Term 2!
It’s been great to see so many of your smiling faces as we return to school, we have missed you all! We are doing our best to help our school family adjust to these new circumstances. You might see some of us at the gates each morning welcoming your children into the school grounds. If we aren’t there when you arrive, please wait for us as we ferry the little ones to their classes. Rest assured that the school grounds are a safe place for your children and we have implemented extra cleaning routines and have sanitizer available in all classrooms. We will keep you up to date with any new developments as they arise. We are available to chat if you have any questions or concerns on 08 9414 2300.
Regards Spearwood Primary School Staff
Collect your child’s work package from school on Tuesday April 28.
The package and pencil cases can be collected according to the following timetable.
Please wait outside the classroom practicing good social distancing.
Staff will watch for you and call you to the door.
Tuesday 28th April
8:30 – 9:30 EC2 Pre-Primary
9:30 – 10:30 EC2 Year One
8:30 – 9:30 Room 6 Year One
9:30 -10:30 Room 6 Year Two
8:30 – 10:30 Room 16 From front Office
8:30 – 9:30 Room 14 Year 6
9:30 – 10:30 Room 14 Year 5
Please read the latest information from our Principal regarding upcoming school activities and events.
Please see attached letter from Hon Sue Ellery MLC Minister for Education and Training
Dear Parent / Carer
As many of you will be aware, The Minister of Education, Ms Sue Ellery today announced that all public schools in Western Australia will remain open until the end of term – Thursday, 9 April 2020.
However, families are now encouraged to keep their children at home if they have the capacity to do so.
For Spearwood Primary School this means:
- From next week (Monday, 30 March to Friday, 3 April) all children who attend school will be taught as normal.
- The following week (6 to 9 April) teachers and education assistants will prepare teaching programs for Term 2.
- During this time (6 to 9 April), students who attend school will be supervised only. There will not be a teaching program in place.
At this stage the arrangements for Term 2 in schools are yet to be determined. These arrangements will be communicated to you as soon as they are finalised. As mentioned above, teachers will be working on teaching programs for next term in the last week of this term.
In the meantime, for those who have access to the internet, you may wish to have a look at the Department’s website Learning at home which contains many resources for parents to use with children from Kindy to Year 6.
It can be found at:
Thank you for your ongoing support during a very difficult time for all in the community. I wish you and your families well.
26 March 2020
Edu-Dance Concert, Easter Hat Parade, 3-Way Conferences, ANZAC Ceremony, Bingo and Canteen
In line with updated advice we regretfully advise that the following Spearwood Primary School events are cancelled: Half day close for Three-Way Conferences, ANZAC Ceremony. Last week the school also cancelled the Edu-Dance Concert and the Easter Hat Parade. Weekly Bingo and Friday Canteen are all cancelled for the rest of Term One and for Term Two.
Please try to minimise how much exposure your children have to all the information. Let’s work together to lessen their anxiety. Children need to know about hand washing and hygiene habits that will lessen their chances of getting flu or Covid-19. They also need to know that they are safe.
If your child is unwell please keep them at home. Everyone is going to be more anxious about every cold and flu this year. Please inform the school and get well at home.
It is a stressful time and a lot of information coming at all of us every day. Principals’ and schools receive updated information and instructions after midday on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I will keep the school community updated when anything changes for students and families.
I will send home paper notes like this for important information and it will also be put onto the website and Connect Notices. Please check student bags daily and other electronic sources for school information.
Monday 23rd March, 2020
As the lead agency in Western Australia, the WA Department of Health is monitoring the situation. For the latest health information and health related enquiries, refer to the WA Department of Health or access the helpline 1800 020 080.
Read the update from the Prime Ministers Office here:
A big thank you to Mrs Irving for organising our clinics.
Nick from the Tennis Academy by Mike Gill, is a fabulous coach. We have a great time learning skills with fun games such as Mouse Trap, Splat, Bash and Bump. Most importantly we have learned the split step, a forehand hit and a backhand hit.
We love our beautiful new equipment that we are using and looking after very responsibly.
Thank you also to the Prefects and Faction Captains for setting up the equipment in the morning.
Look out Wimbledon – here we come!
Last Wednesday the Food bank ladies came to Spearwood to teach the Year 3,4,5 and 6 students about healthy eating. We learnt that homemade food has much less salt, sugar and fat than take-away food. It is much better to make your own pizza or burger than to order one!! After the theory part of the lesson the students broke into groups and cooked several delicious recipes. All the students were given cookbooks to take home.
On Friday 6th March we held our Clean Up our School Day. We usually try to hold this the day before Clean up Australia Day but due to weather concerns it was postponed. Healthy Harold the Giraffe from Life Education came along to help as we learned about responsible waste choices. The staff working with Healthy Harold commented on how immaculate our grounds were already and they are right. There was so much less litter than ever before with this annual event. A few things contributed to this on top of our students taking responsibility for their rubbish and trying to make less waste. The fence has meant much less litter from the community entering our school. An enormous thank you also must go to our Gardner Mr Nick Taylor who works so hard and takes so much pride in our school grounds. He inspires all the community to do the same in our school.
Pre-Primary to Year Six students attended the Life Education Van for a session on Thursday 27th February, 2020. These sessions are subsided by the Stan Person Foundation and paid for this year by our Spearwood Primary School Parents and Citizens association. Thank you. Students learnt about responsible health choices that will serve them well their whole lives.
Dad’s go back to school!
All dads and father figures were invited to share the last session of the day with their child in class. We had a great turnout and below is an activity that the Room 14 dads had a go at. Thanks to Kyle our Fathering Project coordinator for facilitating this activity.
Room 14 Dad’s participated in a portrait piece which required them to draw their child without taking the pen off the paper or looking at the paper. This was followed up with touch ups and filling in areas with patterns. A second drawing piece required between 4 and 8 ideas for a little quilt based on a space theme the group voted on. All in all a good session.
Thank you to all parents who attended the P&C meeting on Wednesday and have volunteered to hold positions in 2020. Your representatives this year are:
President: Donna Juner
Vice President: Dianne Hunter
Treasurer: Katie Anderson
Secretary: Renee Smith
Committee Members: Needmore Zendera, Jody Bridges, Coral Atkins
If you would like to join us for meetings we meet twice a term on Wednesdays of Week 3 and Week 8 of term, our next meeting will be on Wednesday March 25th.
Look out on the school website, newsletter and our Facebook page @Spearwoodprimaryschoolpc for canteen specials, upcoming events and more.
What a 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 2020.
What a 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.
At the 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.
After 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!
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 excursion possible.
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.
On Friday November 8th the P&C held a fundraising colour run. Students wore their faction t-shirts and coloured zinc sunscreen and ran laps of the school oval. Teachers recorded the number of laps they did each time they passed a certain point. Staff used super soaker water pistols to cool down the runners as they tried their best to complete as many laps in the time allowed. After the run, everyone enjoyed a fruit drink and icypole.
Thank you to our community for your ongoing support with this fundraising activity.
On Thursday 7th of November it was Outdoor Classroom Day.
All the children in Pre Primary/Year One -Room 6 spent a beautiful sunny morning outdoors rotating through a variety of maths play based learning activities.
The children used the weighing scales to differentiate between light and heavy objects. They used the 30 second and 1-minute timer to see how many balls they could land in the buckets. The children created some amazing creepy crawlies using the 2-D pattern blocks. They measured lines on our basketball courts using the trundle wheels and had fun using the water trolley and various measuring equipment to fill the buckets.
A big thank you to some of the Year 5 and 6’s who assisted as leaders at some of the stations and a huge thank you to Mrs Bond and Ms Tina for setting up all the equipment. A fabulous morning of outdoor learning was had by all.
Spearwood Primary School was over-run yesterday, with possums! We celebrated our whole school Talk 4 Writing theme of ‘Possum Magic’ with a wonderful Possum picnic. Each class cooked an Australian favourite from the story and we ate in the undercover area which was transformed into a tranquil (for a while anyway) bush setting, complete with a variety of Australian native animals.
From Monday October 14 (Term 4 2019) the school bell times will change.
Classes commences at 8.45 am and now conclude at 2.50 pm (change from 3.00 pm).
Our morning break is from 10.35 am until 11.00 am and lunch is from 1.05 pm until 1.35 pm.
In spite of some cold weather, wind and rain we held a very successful Athletics Carnival on 19 September. Congratulations to the students from Gold who won the Carnival. The scores were Green 257, Blue 300 and Gold 404. Congratulations to Green who won the Inaugural Spirit Award. They won both parts of the award with a clear majority in both Carnival Day points for cheering, marching etc. and school pink cards.
Thank you to students for your excellent behaviour and sportsmanship.
Thank you to staff for your work before the day training and organising and on the day out in the cold with your various tasks.
Thank you to parents, grandparents, carers and extended families for your support on the day. A special thanks to those who helped clear up after the Carnival.
Thank you to Tori and Katie who stepped up and helped out in the Emergency at the Carnival.
Thank you to the P & C who worked all day to feed the children and families.
Thank you to our Deputy Principal and Thursday Principal Ms Tracey Irving who organised the Carnival. Thank you also to her helpers as she was ably assisted by our Manager of Corporate Service, Ms Carol Derbyshire and a drop in assistance from on sick leave Ms Rona Gartner.
Congratulations to all of our students who participated enthusiastcally in the edudance concert on Monday. Each class presented their item under the guidance of their edudance teacher Dayna. Thanks to all of our families who supported their children on this day in the audience and with costumes.
The Fathering Project – Father’s Day Lunch was a roaring success with over 20 dads joining us for lunch with their kids.
Thanks to our volunteers in the canteen for the delicious slider meals enjoyed by all.
After lunch the Dad’s joined their children in active play on the basketball court and soccer and footy ovals.
Thanks Kyle from The Fathering Project for supporting our dads group.
We celebrated Water Week with a Charity Fundraiser Free Dress Day. Students and staff enthusiastically participated by wearing blue and donating to a Water Charity. We raised $125 which was donated to ‘WaterAid’.
Rom 8 made music with water by filling bottles to create a class orchestra.
Science week 2019 saw us launch our new ‘Maker Space’ with classes rotating through the space to participate in STEM activities.
For Science week the Kindy and Pre-primary students conducted an experiment. We put coloured water into a glass and added a piece of celery in each glass. After a couple of hours, the celery started to turn blue and red. This occurred because the plant draws water up through its capillaries. We loved this experiment and wanted to change the colour of other things.
Room 6 spent half a day in our new Maker Space room and read a story called, “The cow tripped over the moon”.
We had to design something to get the cow over the moon.
We decided to build rockets. First we drew our designs. We made rockets by creating 3D shapes such as cylinders and cones and added bits and pieces to create the most amazing rockets.
We had a fun time in the maker space room creating designs and building rockets.
You can see our fabulous creations displayed in our junior block.
The students in room 8 visited the Maker Space room on Wednesday of Science Week.
We read a story called ”The cat on the roof” and then we had to design and make a way to help the cat get down off the roof. Some people made ladders, trampolines, zip lines, parachutes and we even had a helicopter. We had a wonderful time creating and solving the cat’s problem!
Last week was a huge week for Room 14 – Year 5 & 6. We celebrated Science Week on Monday by catapulting a cow over the moon!! We all worked together to create a catapult that would send a pom pom as far as we could. The Maker Space room was filled with all sorts of great equipment to use. We used popsticks, elastic bands, tin cans, spoons and a hot glue guns to produce marvelous creations. After we had all finished, we had a competition to see whose catapult worked the best. Aiden, Kobi and Carter managed to send their ‘cow’ 4.25 metres!
For science week, room 16 used the new STEM room to create a marble run out of materials of their choice. They watched a youtube clip to get an idea of what a marble run is about. Then they worked in small groups to design a marble run and to list the resources needed to build it.
On Wednesday the 21st of August, Spearwood Primary celebrated Children’s Book Week with an amazing Book Character parade. All the students and staff had great fun in their costumes and special effort was made to ensure each child had a book to go with their costume. Mrs Williams also worked with the students from Room 14 to tell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar with lots of giant food. This was a big surprise to myself as I was also dressed as a Very Hungry Caterpillar (which recently celebrated 50 years of publication). A special mention goes to the staff who all dressed up as a different Pig the Pug book. Mrs Derbyshire in the office also had an amazing blow-up dinosaur costume that some kids thought looked a bit scary!
Myself and Mrs Dowding had the difficult task of choosing the best costumes and were thrilled to be awarding so many book prizes to students.
Thank you to all the parents and students who put so much time and thought into the planning and construction of their costumes. We had some pretty original ones this year which will be hard to beat!
Awards were given to the following students for their awards:
Lego Policeman (Elliot)
The Little Mermaid (Saanvi)
Pirate Polly (Kaitiana)
Minecraft Zombie (Ellis)
Frozen’s Anna (Rachelle)
Scarface Claw (Antoinette)
Ninja Kid (Jeremiah)
Queen of Hearts (Fiona)
Scooby Doo (Lyla)
The Bad Guys (Kobi & Aiden)
On Tuesday August 6th, Ms Rotondella and the School Captains, Tania and Lavinia attended the City of Cockburn Annual Hiroshima Day Peace Ceremony and Tree Planting. The Ceremony included a Welcome to Country, Tree Panting, Releasing of Doves and the construction of paper cranes, followed by morning tea.
Last week the Years Three to Five went planting trees and then to play in the Bibra Lake playground. Thank you to Linda Metz from the City of Cockburn Rehabilitation Team who organised the planting and took us on a bush walk to discover more about the bush land in our area.
Students had a great time and were very well behaved. We would like to thank the P & C for paying for the buses so these could be free excursions to the students.
Thank you to all adult staff, parents and volunteers who assisted with supervision and planting for making this a great educational experience for all.
Last Friday the Year 6 students from room 14 attended an excursion to Chevron Park near Optus Stadium. The intention of the excursion was to allow the students to learn about the six Nyoongar seasons and see the plants that grow and immerse themselves in the environment. As part of their Legacy Project, the year 6’s will be assisting in creating displays and allocating a Nyoongar season to each of our teaching and learning blocks. The students were able to read information about each season and then interact with the playground equipment, logs and plants. It was great to see how inventive all the students were when building with logs and stones. Some of the challenges were to count the djidi, djidi’s, find the tortoises and locate all of the emu eggs. A big thank you goes to Ms Derbyshire and Mrs Griffiths for organising the event and to our wonderful P & C for paying for the bus. We would also like to thank Ms Julie, Mrs Annette Patterson and Mrs Griffiths for attending on the day. It was a fabulous excursion and we all had a great time.
Spearwood Primary School have been lucky enough to secure grants from the Federal Government and City of Cockburn to fund a NAIDOC activity at School. On Tuesday Gracie Comeagain, her niece Jen and Nephew Brett, along with Bec from Urban Indigenous visited our school to share their culture and help us create a mural along the verandah. The mural reflects the landscape from the ocean to the inland. Students from K-6 all contributed to the painting and are very proud of their work. Come and check out our work.
The Term 3 events dates have just been loaded to the website.
We have an action packed 10 weeks planned.
You can view information here: http://spearwoodps.wa.edu.au/events/list/
Or download a copy here: http://spearwoodps.wa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/19-Term-3-Parent-Planner.pdf
What a fantastic aftenoon we had yesterday with the Fathering Project Team! Dads and kids worked togerther to make and fly a kite in between the showers of rain. There was plenty of wind on the school oval and our kites slope soared beautifully.
Thanks to all who particiapeted and helped – especailly with our afternoon tea sausage sizzle, Yum!
Well done to our Soccer and Netball teams who participated in the Lightning Carnival at Beale Park and Success Regional Sporting Complex last week. The round robin competition meant that all children had an opportunity to play against different competitors from other local schools.
Thank you to our volunteers who assisted on the day with team management and scoring.
Mr Chris Roberg who trained the team over the weeks leading up to the event and supported the team on the day.
Ms Donna Juner who supported one of the Netball Teams throughout the day.
Last week our Year 2/3 and Year 5/6 classes participated in planting some bush tucker species of plants in our school grounds. SERCUL provided these plants to our school as part of the Phosphorus Awareness Project grant it receives from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), which aims to educate the community about the environmental impacts of too many nutrients entering our waterways. We look forward to seeing their progress as they grow over the winter period.
On Wednesday the 12th June, Year 4s and 5s participated in the World Environment Day at Bibra Lakes Cockburn Wetlands precinct. We had the opportunity to do five different activities throughout the day with well-informed guides and volunteers.
Our first activity was looking at the tiny invertebrates that enhance the natural life cycles of both the rivers and the lakes. We had to find them and look at them through the microscope to identify them.
Next we looked at our Australian wildlife, especially the slightly smaller ones found around us. We had a go at setting up research traps, pretended to catch wild life and weigh and measure them.
We then walked to the lake and looked at water clarity and we did experiments to explore the effect of vegetation on the water quality. After that we investigated carbon dioxide and its effect on our world in another series of experiments.
Our final activity involved the land fill, looking at the mould and bacteria that break down the landfill and the gases they produce. We used fruit and biscuits to make a simulated land fill bowl and then we ate it.
We had a fantastic day and we learned lots of great new things about looking after our environment and about those special people who work hard to help.
Have you noticed the new additions to our garden?
Thanks to the City of Cockburn and Grass Trees Australia we now have 3 mature Grass Trees (Balga’s) on our grounds.
Two have made their homes near the front of the school administration building while the other is part of our bush tucker garden.
Thank you City of Cockburn for your support of our activities in 2019.
Congratulations to Mrs Piotrowski and the Year 2/3 Class for winning a sustainability grant of $500 for thier STEM project ‘Every Bird Needs A Home’.
Congratulations also to Mrs Irving for winning an ‘Environmental Education’ Grant for a whole school activity to the value of $1000.
Finally Congratulations to Donna Juner the P&C in conjunction with Mrs Freckelton and the Year 6’s for winning $3250 towards their ‘Noongar 6 Seasons Legacy Project’.
On Tuesday the 22nd of May, award-winning author Norman Jorgensen visited Spearwood Primary School to talk to our students about his books and what it is like to be a children’s author.
Students in Pre-Primary to Year 3 were entertained with Mr Jorgensen reading his books The Last Viking and The Last Viking Returns and lots of stories about the mischief he got up to as a kid. Students in Years 4 to 6 have been reading Jack’s Island so Mr Jorgensen showed them photos of Rottenest Island during World War II and told the classes about the real Jack that inspired the book. He also showed us the gold medal he received when he won Best Picture Book for In Flanders Fields in 2003.
Mr Jorgensen was very entertaining and has inspired many of us to tell stories and work on our creative writing.
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!
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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
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start in life, and get more enjoyment out of being a parent.
Triple P’s Power of Positive Parenting seminar can help you:
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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.