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.