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A visit from Aska- illustrator and scientist

A visit from Aska- illustrator and scientist

On Thursday the 13th of August, Spearwood Primary hosted a visit from the children’s illustrator, Aska. As well as looking at how we can use pictures to tell stories, we explored the importance of imagination. They led our students through a discussion about how imagination lets us take something small and turn them in to amazing ideas. We explored the history of flight- from a shirt blowing off a chimney from the hot air through to the development of different aircraft (and a whole lot mistakes along the way). Aska showed us a number of different experiments involving flight, including a tea bag hot air balloon, an air pump PET bottle and an Alka-Seltzer in a film canister. This resulted in a very entertaining incursion, perfectly timed for both Book Week and Science Week!

 

 

 

Aska asking students a question

 

Aska using students ideas to draw a picture

Tree Planting

Tree Planting

Earlier this year we lost a few large trees from around our school that had been damaged or become unstable.  On Tuesday August 11th, children had the opportunity to plant a tree with the assistance of our gardener Nick.  We purchased 4 trees and have learned how to plant a tree, what they need to survive and will be charged with looking after them as they grow with us at Spearwood Primary.  We will install a plaque next to each tree to commemorate this event.

Hiroshima Day Tree Planting

Hiroshima Day Tree Planting

On Thursday August 6th, our School Captains, Emily and Abigail together with Ms Irving attended the City of Cockburn Annual Hiroshima Day Tree Planting Ceremony.  This year Anning Park in South Lake was chosen to receive 20 ornamental pear trees.  The annual event included the symbolic release of white doves, and the making of paper cranes.

 

 

Fire Fighter Visit

Fire Fighter Visit

On Wednesday July 29th a team of firefighters from Success Fire Station came to talk to the Year 3/4 class about fire safety.

The students got to spray the hose, climb into the fire truck and see the jaws of life in action.

NAIDOC Celebrations

NAIDOC Celebrations

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.

 

Farmyard on Wheels

Farmyard on Wheels

On Wednesday July 1st, the two Early Childhood classes had a Farmyard Incursion and got to visit and cuddle lots of adorable animals.

Thanks to the P & C who paid for this wonderful opportunity for these students.

Important Dates and Holidays – Updated

Important Dates and Holidays – Updated

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

National Simultaneous Story time

National Simultaneous Story time

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

 

Student Reports

Student Reports

Semester One 2020 Reporting to Parents

Dear parents/carers

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.

Kind regards

Marta Rotondella

Principal

http://spearwoodps.wa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/20-Semester-One-Reporting-Letter.docx

New Mural

New Mural

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