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Newsletter 13 - July 30, 2021

From The Principal

Welcome to Term 3. I hope all our families have had a wonderful break and are now ready for a challenging and engaging Term 3 at Subiaco PS. I would also like to warmly welcome those families that are new to our school this term.
As we return to normal school conditions, our planned major activities in the Term 3 calendar include:

Book Week
Athletics Carnival
Open Night
Mass Choir

COVID Updates

Schools in the Perth metropolitan and Peel regions have returned to pre-lockdown life.  As such, we are now following the current Phase 5 Operating Guidelines
Parents are allowed on school sites and in classrooms.  We would like to remind everyone that these guidelines include:

  • physical distancing measures between adults apply where possible.
  • good hygiene practices are maintained.
  • visitors, parents and students are encouraged not to attend school if they are unwell.

Again, we thank all of our school community for their cooperation with these requests.

P&C Day WA

Last Friday was P&C Day WA. This was an opportunity for us to acknowledge and thank our P&C for their terrific work in supporting our school.
The Parents & Citizens' Association (P&C) is open to all parents, carers, school staff and community members.  The P&C promotes the interests of the school by:

  • bringing about closer cooperation between the parents or carers of the students attending the school, the staff, students and community.
  • assisting in providing facilities and amenities.
  • fostering community interest in education and school issues.

Our genuine thanks go to the P&C Executive and all members of the P&C for their committed efforts in supporting all children in our school. The next P&C Meeting will be held in Week 5, 16 August at 7.00pm in the school library. 

Middle Block Gate Closure

For safety reasons and due to the school not being able to consistently manage the Library Laneway bollards, the M Block gates will remain locked from this Monday August 2 until further notice. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up students at either the main entrance of the school on Bagot Road or the Nature Play gates along Hamersley Road. We will keep parents /caregivers informed of any changes.

Children NOT Returning to Subiaco Primary in 2022

If your child/ren will not be returning to Subiaco Primary School in 2022 please click on the following link as soon as possible to complete the online form, Planning for 2022

The Education Department has requested all schools submit projected student enrolments by Friday 13 August and it is important we have an accurate projection of student numbers when planning classes for 2022.

Year 4 PEAC Assessment

All students in Year 4 have the opportunity to be assessed for suitability for the PEAC Program. Testing at Subiaco Primary will occur on Tuesday 10 August 2021.

Kindy Enrolments

Kindy enrolments are now being taken for 2022. If your child was born between 1st July 2017 and 30th June 2018 they are eligible to begin Kindy in 2022. While Kindergarten is not compulsory in Western Australia, attendance is highly recommended as your child builds on important social and emotional skills that help them throughout their school life. They also develop early maths, speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

You can find more information at

School information sessions for parents, and transition to kindy for children, will be scheduled later this term.

Bob Hawke College Based Selective Programs

Bob Hawke College offers selective programs in Music, Visual Arts and Academic Challenge to enrolled students. Families of students eligible to enrol at the College and who are interested in applying for the  College Based Selective Programs are invited to attend a parent information night to be held at Bob Hawke College Wednesday 4 August. There will be two sessions, with the first commencing at 3:45pm. Bookings are essential and can be made through the links on the College Facebook page or Events on the College website. For more information please contact the Bob Hawke College on 9222 5600.

Sick Children At School

We have had numerous sick children coming to school with coughs, colds and gastro. Given the current climate it is a further reminder to be cautious when it comes to sending sick children to school. To support any unwell students, their class mates and staff, it is better students have an extra day or two at home to fully recover, and make sure they are not contagious before sending them back to school.

Unfortunately, there will be times when children become ill. Should this happen, every attempt will be made to contact parents/carer or emergency contact numbers listed on your child’s enrolment form. Please inform the school of any changes to contact details should they occur. People listed as emergency contacts need to be able to collect your child if we are unable to contact you.

At school we provide handsanitizer in the classrooms, and tudents have been reminded to wash their hands regularly and use a tissue when coughing and sneezing. 

SchoolTV Report COVID Fatigue & Youth Mental Health

The physical impact of the pandemic has mostly spared our young people, however as the nation remains to be on alert and in various stages of lockdown, restrictions continue to be mandated. The pandemic has had a great affect on our young people with many paying a heavy emotional and developmental price. Psychological disorders are on the rise and emergency interventions have skyrocketed.

As hard as it is being a young person today, it's also draining being the parent of one. It has been reported that many parents are struggling to keep their child's mental health afloat, often proving it is difficult to juggle parenting responsibilities whilst at the same time providing much needed emotional support for their children.

Unlike the coronavirus itself, the emotional blowback of the pandemic cannot be vaccinated away. Psychologists are seeing more depression and anxiety across all age groups, but in adolescents it seems to be on steroids, with some choosing to self-medicate using alcohol or other drugs. When they look into the future now, they're looking at one that wasn't what they envisioned before.

This report explains the current state of youth mental health in a post-COVID era and offers guidance on how best to support young people today. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

If this Special Report raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please seek medical or professional help.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on students with disability (NCCD) takes place every year. All schools in Australia must collect information about students with disability. We will be working to provide information that is transparent, consistent and reliable which will improve the understanding of our students. For more information visit

Term 3 Curriculum Letters

To view a copy of the Term 3 Curriculum letters for each year level please visit

CBCA Book Week

This year's CBCA Book Week will be held on the 21-27 August with the theme of  Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.

Some classes will be attending author talks at the Subiaco Library during the week and we will be holding a Perform Education incursion on Tuesday 31 August.

There will be a Book Week dress-up day on Friday 27 August where students will ge encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character. If you are looking for costume inspiration Scholastic has some useful ideas at

Kindy will be holding their dress-up days on Tuesday 24 August for L7A/L8A and Friday 27 August for L7B/L8B.

Family Book Club

Our Family Book Club Book for August is Where do the Stars Go? by Katie Stewart

All family book club books are available in the school library. Loans are for a limited time so please return books promptly to allow other families to borrow them.

You can view the Family Book Club brochure at


Term 3    
Week 4 12 August Year 1 LP1 (Junior Yrs 1-2 attend)
Week 6 26 August Year 4 U5 (Senior Yrs 3-6 attend)
Week 8 9 September Year 1 LP3 (Junior Yrs 1-2 attend)
Week 10 23 September Year 5 U2 (Senior Yrs 3-6 attend)

A gentle reminder to parents taking photographs of their children at our assemblies, that for the privacy of others these photos should not be uploaded to any social media platform without permission if they include images of other students. Assemblies commence at 8.50am sharp at the Church Auditorium.

All community members attending the school assemblies at the Subi Church are reminded that out of respect for the church, we do not take food or drink (coffee) into the church auditorium.

The Great Aussie Schools’ Forest

National tree day is Sunday 1 August and as part of our sustainability initiatives, Subiaco Primary School is partnering with WOODiWILD to establish micro-forests on Aussie farms, which will help address the decline in Australia's unique native wildlife.

We are asking families to contribute to this project which operates in the following way:

  • The school’s parents and supporters fund the planting of trees for $12 each and the school receives $4 for each tree planted.
  • WOODiWILD plants the trees with Aussie farmers and creates the school’s micro-forest.
  • You receive a unique map reference for your tree and can follow the growth of the micro-forest on Google Maps on the WOODiWILD website.
  • Combining all of the school micro-forests will create The Great Aussie Schools’ Forest – a patchwork of new habitat for our threatened species.

We are hoping to plant 200 trees in the next month. To support this innitiative please visit and type Subiaco in the search box.

You can view Dr Jane Goodall promoting the WOODiWild project at

Honour Awards

Mischa Haigh Max Knowles Tara Voss Oliver Antczak
Ariel Cohen Liv Iriks Hayden Ashdown Alexander Hannington
Georgina Smith Joshua Younger Ava Mortimer Giorgio Cherubino
Lexie Shi Josie Upson Mei Anderson Emily Chew
Thomas Patrick Murtaza Jaffri Konosuke Noguchi Callia Pretorius
Alex Tang Liam Warne Clara Gordini Christina Michael
E.J. Payne Shiloh Tapping Muhammad Imran Guy Cresswell
Fernando Ellis Lisa Hayashi Mia Tua Adhithi Mohankumar
Anthony Roebuck Kelby Taurayi Jackson Nelson Eden Pretorius
Dhanvin Trakroo Yua Aoki Lily Cooper Alessandra Battaglia
Noah Cheong Archie Cox Raul Samadov  Vidaa Sandeep


From The Chaplain

Care Bags-Coin Challenge
Last term we raised $1200 through our coin challenge.  This allowed us to purchase items and make up 20 care bags which will be given to Child Protection Family Services who will pass these onto young children going into foster care for the first time.  The Social Justice Group had lots of fun making up the bags which included sets of clothing, pyjamas, underwear, soft toy, book and an activity.

Winter Appeal
The Social Justice Group are coordinating a Winter Appeal to collect donations of food, toiletries and blankets for Foodbank.

To encourage students in Years K-6  to bring in pantry/hygiene donations, all students who donate to this very worthy appeal will be invited to wear their pyjamas to school on Wednesday 4 August (Week 3). If your child has sports lesson on the day, please ensure they wear or bring suitable footwear.

*Collection tables will be set up in the Lower and Upper Halls.
*A list of items that FoodBank require can be found at 

Reading For The Heart And Mind

The WA Branch of Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA WA) has launched a series of five online videos highlighting the benefits books and reading bring to readers from early childhood to young adults – Reading for the Heart and Mind.

The videos cover the important topics of Reading to Children, Imagination, Curiosity, Resilience and Self- Acceptance.

The Reading for the Heart and Mind web page resource:

We will include a link to one of the videos in each of the next five newsletters. This week is Curiosity:


Winter Carnival
Friday 25 June was a big day for our Year 5 and 6 students who took part in the Winter Lightning Carnival and Lords Sports Day.

Our school competed against Highgate, Mt Hawthorn, Wembley and West Balcatta in AFL, Modx, Netball and Soccer. The weather was perfect for the round-robin event, and so was the day. All students gave it their best and represented the school outstandingly with great play and sportsmanship. I would like to thank Miss Gilchrist, Miss Turner, Mr Kettell, Mr Shorter and Mr Quantock for all their efforts on the day and their expert coaching throughout the program.

The results from the day:

AFL – 3rd Place    
Netball    Modx    Soccer
Diamonds Div 1 - 2nd Place    Sharks - 4th Place    Division 1 - 1st Place
Sapphires Div 2 - 2nd Place    Jets - 1st Place    Division 2 - 2nd Place
Pearls Div 3 - 1st Place    

I would like to thank Jen Kerridge, Alison Visser, Emma Herring, Lauren Kingdom, Matt Murray and all the parents who helped out throughout the term. It was greatly appreciated by all involved.

Lords Sports Day
Lords Sports Day saw students walking down to the Lords Recreation Centre to participate in Indoor Basketball, Soccer, Dodgeball and Circus Games. The students said they had the best day. Thank you to the amazing Miss Richardson for her hard work throughout the term organising fun challenges and her efforts on the Lords Day. Also, to Stefan, Mr Hayward and Bubble for their help and making the day possible.

In LP1 we celebrated Naidoc week by reading interesting information about Australia and Aboriginal culture during our guided reading sessions. We made little books about Australia and wrote about the Aboriginal flag and what it represents. We also read the dreamtime story about the echidna and the shade tree.

In M3 we discussed the origins of NAIDOC week, why and when it occurs each year. Students researched and produced posters celebrating famous First Nations people including Ash Barty, Adam Goodes, Vincent Lingiari, David Unaipon and Truganini.

Year 3 Fire Brigade Visit
During week one this term, the year three classes took part in an information session from the Daglish Fire Brigade. We learnt about the different jobs fire fighters do and how to look after yourself in a fire. We were lucky enough to see Miss Rawson dress in the protective gear that fire fighters wear. Next, we went outside to investigate the fire truck. The truck held lots of equipment including the jaws of life. Our favourite part of the incursion was definitely holding the water hose and then jumping on it to get all of the water out.  We even heard the truck's siren as they left! Click HERE for photos.

School Banking Coordinators Wanted

I’m not sure if you are all aware of our school banking program offered at school on Monday mornings. It has been running since 2018 with financial incentives from the bank going to the P&C committee.

We are looking for some volunteers to help out on a Monday morning from 8.15-8.45 in the library. Depending on how many volunteers we have, roster is only 3-4 times a term. No experience needed

Feel free to come and have a chat with us in the library on a Monday morning. We look forward to meeting you.

Nicole Ranson

Uniform Shop News

Thanks to P&C funding a new carpet was laid in the Uniform Shop during the school holidays. Special thanks to our hard working “dynamic duo”, Matt and Vince who ensured the job was done perfectly and everything was returned to its rightful place.

As the cold rainy weather continues, extra warm layers are a necessity for the children. Long sleeved gold polo's are the answer and available from size 4 through to size 12 and are priced at $25.  Team with fleecy track pants and zip polar fleece jackets for extra warmth.
For Kindy and Pre-primary children needing new royal blue zip jackets plenty are available in size 3, 4 and 6.
It is also a good time to check your child's Faction Polo Tops as Sports Days will be held from August 31 through to September 3. LLEWELLYN is Maroon, JULIUS is Gold and KLEIN is White. All sizes available from size 4 through to size 14. Limited number of size 16 available.
You are welcome to order online or visit the Uniform Shop on Tuesday or Thursday mornings from 8.30 till 10.30 am.

Community News

National Tree Day

The City would like to invite you to join our National Tree Day community planting event on Sunday 1 August, 9.30-11.30, at Lake Jualbup (along the Evans Street verge). We will be planting low growing native plants in the newly created hydro-zoned bed.

Come and join us for as long as you wish, plant some WA native plants to beautify your local park and meet your neighbours.

Mayor Penny Taylor will be opening the community planting event at 9.45am.

Please bring your own gloves, trowel and keep cup. Wear a hat, long sleeves, enclosed shoes, and dress appropriately for the weather. Light refreshments will be available at the end of planting.

If you have any questions or to RSVP, please contact the City by email or phone Belinda on 9387 0956.

Please stay up to date with the latest Covid-19 updates and restrictions, and do not attend if you are feeling unwell. We ask that all visitors maintain good hand hygiene and physically distance where possible.

If the event is cancelled due to COVID restrictions or severe weather, it will be posted on the City’s Facebook page and website by Friday 30 August. If in doubt, please contact us on 9387 0956.

Click HERE for other Community News and School Holiday activities. This document includes information on activities available around our community for children and families.

Contact Details

271 Bagot Rd, Subiaco WA 6008.
Phone: 08 9207 7900