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Interschool Athletics

Interschool Athletics

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.

P&C Colour Fun Run

P&C Colour Fun Run

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.

Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day

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.

Possum Magic

Possum Magic

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.

Change to School Bell Times

Change to School Bell Times

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.

Faction Carnival

Faction Carnival

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.

Edudance 2019

Edudance 2019

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.

Father’s Day Lunch

Father’s Day Lunch

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.

Water Week 2019

Water Week 2019

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

SCIENCE WEEK 2019

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.

Room 8

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!

Room 14

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.

Book Week 2019: Reading is my Secret Power!

Book Week 2019: Reading is my Secret Power!

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!

Mrs Day-Davies

Awards were given to the following students for their awards:

EC2
Lego Policeman (Elliot)
Areonauts (Jasper)
Spider (Axel)
Viking (Declan)

Room 6
The Little Mermaid (Saanvi)
Pirate Polly (Kaitiana)
Minecraft Zombie (Ellis)
Frozen’s Anna (Rachelle)

Room 8
Unicorn (Queen)
Scarface Claw (Antoinette)
Ninja Kid (Jeremiah)

Room 16
Queen of Hearts (Fiona)
Scooby Doo (Lyla)
Chewbacca (Cooper)

Room 14
The Bad Guys (Kobi & Aiden)
Moana (Lavinia)
Nevermore (Tania)

Hiroshima Day 2019

Hiroshima Day 2019

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.

Tree Planting Bibra Lake

Tree Planting Bibra Lake

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.

Chevron Playground Excursion

Chevron Playground Excursion

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.

NAIDOC Mural

NAIDOC Mural

Spearwood Primary School have been lucky enough to secure a grant from the Federal Government to partially 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 in progress – finishing touches will be applied as time goes on.

Disco

Disco

Last Friday evening the P&C held a Disco for all students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

The event was a huge success with a DJ, games, prizes, glow sticks, a photo booth, dinner and a lolly bag.

Kite Flying with Dad

Kite Flying with Dad

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!

Lightning Carnival

Lightning Carnival

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.

SERCUL Planting

SERCUL Planting

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.

World Environment Festival – Bibra Lake

World Environment Festival – Bibra Lake

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.

Kindy Taster

Kindy Taster

Welcome to all of the new families who joined us yesterday for the Kindy Taster Session.

Children participated in activities including singing, dancing, story telling, literacy based activities, playdough and outdoor play.

Grass Trees

Grass Trees

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.

Book Fair 2019

Book Fair 2019

Thank you everyone for supporting our Book Fair.

We sold over $1000 worth of books and other items.

All proceeds will be used to purchase new books for our school library.

City of Cockburn Grants 2019

City of Cockburn Grants 2019

 

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’.

 

A visit from Norman Jorgensen

A visit from Norman Jorgensen

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.

 

Mr Jorgensen talking to the senior students about what it is like to be a children’s author

 

 

Students Emily and Abigail, inspired by Mr Jorgensen, writing a story together

ANZAC Service

ANZAC Service

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.

 

Busy Bee

Busy Bee

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.

Mural

Mural

Thank you City of Cockburn for donating 4 panels of the “Coogee Live” mural to our school.

We have installed in in our undercover area.

Harmony Day 2019

Harmony Day 2019

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.

Woodside STEM Project

Woodside STEM Project

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!

Cricket Clinics

Cricket Clinics

Thanks to Jacob and Taylor our expert coaches who have guided us through the skills and match play techniques required to play cricket.

We had loads of fun in each of the sessions.

Food Bank – Food Sensations

Food Bank – Food Sensations

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.

School Clean Up Day

School Clean Up Day

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

 

P&C – Welcome

P&C – Welcome

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:

President

Donna Juner

Vice President

Karen Hagarty

Secretary

Renee Smith

Treasurer

Katie Anderson

Executive Committee? Members

Needmore Zendera, Lanie Endaya, Coral Atkins

P & C VIPs:

Canteen Manager

Position Vacant

School Banking

Jody Bridges

Scholastic Book Club Co-ordinator

Renee Smith

Uniform Shop

Donna Juner

Breakfast Club

Position Vacant

Bingo Co-ordinator

Sheila Loveland

P&C Meeting

P&C Meeting

Our next Spearwood Primary School P&C Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday February 20th at 8.45 am.

Please join us as we plan for an exciting year at Spearwood Primary School.

 

 

 

 

Welcome Back

Welcome Back

Welcome back to all families.

A warm welcome back to those returning to Spearwood Primary School and a special welcome to the families new to our school. I hope everyone had a relaxing summer break and are just as excited about 2019 as we are.

 

 

 

Disco

Disco

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.

 

Year 6 Graduation and School Concert

Year 6 Graduation and School Concert

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!

P&C Raffle

P&C Raffle

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.

Disco!

Disco!

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.)

Bush Tucker Garden Busy Bee

Bush Tucker Garden Busy Bee

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.

 

 

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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