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Newsletter 15 - 25 August 2017

From The Principal

Through our K-6 English Operational Plan, we have a comprehensive and rigorous approach to teaching English. This year we have had a school wide focus on teaching Writing, Spelling and Grammar. As it is Book Week, I thought it timely to talk about the teaching of Literature. Our teachers explicitly teach how to understand, appreciate, respond to, analyse and create literature.  Through Literature students learn about viewpoints, issues and characters. Students learn how to explain and analyse stories, characters and experiences in books. Students also learn how to write literature.  In the curriculum section of the newsletter you can read concrete examples of character profiles, author studies, reflections on fiction and non-fiction books, links across the curriculum and the writing of different genres.

Book Week

Students and staff were transformed into book characters for our book week parade, and everyone enjoyed the book talks and story-telling activities that were held at the Subiaco Library. Click HERE to see photos.

Engraved Paver Update

Thanks to everyone who ordered their engraved paver as part of the school’s 120th birthday celebration. The pavers have been ordered and will take around 6 weeks to be manufactured and delivered. Once we receive the pavers they will be laid at the Bagot Road entrance to the school. Stay tuned for further details.

Harvard Fellowship

Last week I went to a presentation ceremony with Hon. Sue Ellery, Minister of Education, and Sharyn O’ Neill, Director General of Education, as I now have completed the elements of the Harvard Fellowship program.  This included attending a 7 day course, Leading an Evolving Vision at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts alongside 20 other WA principals in 2016. On my return I completed a 10 week online Harvard course titled Ourselves in the Change Equation: Personal Learning for Organizational Performance. Throughout this process I received mentoring from an Executive Director and completed a system wide research project.

School Board Update

At this week’s School Board meeting the Board signed off and endorsed the content and graphics layout for the new Business Plan and discussed succession planning as the school will be calling for two Board nominations for the start of Term 4.  The Board were consulted regarding schedule of fees to be applied for the hire or use of school facilities and results of a recent leadership survey were presented. On behalf of the Board, Sue Piperis nominated Subiaco Primary for School of the Year in the WA Education Awards.

Palm Springs Party


Book that babysitter and come party with friends old and new. Can’t find a babysitter? Then organise a Mum’s or Dad’s night out! Buying tickets and coming along to this fun parent night out is a great way to contribute to the school and have fun whilst doing it. 

Date: Saturday 2 September 7.00pm

Venue: The Palms Community Centre
Corner Rokeby and Nicholson Roads

Tickets: $35 per person
Includes nibbles, DJs and fantastic door prizee (Drinks can be purchased at the venue)

TICKETS for this year’s Big Night Out will be available for purchase from outside the front of the school office before and after school every day next week. They are also available in person from the Uniform Shop (Tuesday morning 8.30-9.15am and Thursday afternoon 2.30-3.00pm). These purchases can be made using cash, Eftpos, or credit card. 

TICKETS are also available from the Online Uniform Shop. To place your order, please use the following link: Please include your child’s name and classroom number when ordering so that the tickets can be delivered directly to their classroom.

We are extremely grateful to have the support of the following businesses that have kindly contributed to the night: Abbey & Co Hair Boutique, Bennett + Co Lawyers, Bodhi J, Cherubino Wines, City of Subiaco, Fuller Fitness, Linton & Kay Galleries, Lulu La Delizia, Monsterella Pizza, Next Generation Kings Park, Subi Farmers Market and the Subiaco Hotel.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Book Fair is coming soon!
A reading event that brings to school the books children want to read. Please visit the Book Fair for a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Book Fair Week: Monday 11 - Saturday 16 September.

Shopping Hours: Monday 11 - Friday 15 Sept, 8.15-9.00am and 3.00-3.45pm
Saturday 16 Sept (Subiaco Farmers Market) 8.00am-12.00pm

Special acivities and Colouring competition: Information to come.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at the Book Fair. For further information please conract Kah Yess Low at or Vanessa Greenlees at

Winter Appeal

Our Annual Winter Appeal will commenced this week and will continue through to the end of week 7.

We are collecting food and goodies to help support families in need, and the homeless adults and families at the Tranby Day Centre and Family Foundation in Northbridge. 

Collection points at the school will be the stage areas in the Upper and Lower Hall.

Suitable items include drink bottles, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deoderant and insect repellant, hats, caps, combs and socks as well as foods with a long shelf-life. Please click HERE to see the flier for suitable items.

Uniform Shop News

A reminder that Faction Carnival t-shirts can be purchased at the Uniform Shop. Get in quick as the Athletics Carnival is only a couple of weeks away.

Parents can still collect FREE tags from the uniform shop or the library if they want to tag their children's uniform items. Once the free offer expires parents will still be able to tag their child’s uniform but for a nominal charge.

Woolies Earn and Learn

Woolworths Earn & Learn program is back for 2017 and runs from Wed 26 July to Tue 19 September.

Parents can help the school earn a range of educational resources by collecting Earn and Learn stickers everytime they shop at Woolworths. Every $10.00 spent earns one voucher.

Sticker sheets and Collection boxes can be found at the Subiaco Woolworths store, and at the school front office.

Interschool School Cross Country

What a lovely day it was to sit under a shade tent and watch as over 1500 elite athletes competed in the hope of seeking glory at the School Sport WA Interschool Cross Country last Friday.

Mr Longhurst enjoyed cheering on the 35 competitors from Subiaco Primary School who ran in either the 2km or 2.5km event. Most finished with tears streaming down their faces some finished hobbling over the line, but they all finished with their heads held high and a renewed respect from their fellow peers and spectators.

Our Year 5 girls were once again the standout group, and they took out the highest honors of Champion School for the Year 5 age group.

Subiaco finished in 7th place out of 20 schools.
5th Overall in the Boys Competition
11th Overall in the Girls Competition

Individual Year Group
Yr 4 Girls 19th out of 40 schools        Yr 4 Boys 10th out of 39 schools
Yr 5 Girls 1st out of 32 schools          Yr 5 Boys 6th out of 34 schools
Yr 6 Girls 12th out of 31 schools        Yr 6 Boys 11th out of 34 schools

Well done to all the competitors. Click HERE for photos kindly supplied by Christian Sprogoe

Honour Awards

Anika Gupta
Jacob Heller
Elle Tapping
Luke Meczes
Scarlett Brooks
Michael O’Reilly
Milla Binet
Dylan Chong
Josephine Ellis
Elivia Spencer
Maya Gurfinkel
Divyansh Gaur
Oscar Crosby


Alicia Parr
Lucy Davis
Jeremy Mathews
Samuel Swinden
Quenton Kennedy
Jasper Hogan
Edward Perks
Ella Levitzke
Madeleine Maxwell
Joel Chemmanam
Lucile Allegre
Hugo Passage


Taylor Braslin
Keara Santos
Dhruv Gehlot
Rohan Maitland
Haily Stirnweiss
Helen McCaul
Rayna Kambow
Fender Thompson
Lana Aqqad
Tessa Warburton-Burns
Kotoha Watanabe
Savi Bhosale


For Your Diary

Open Night Tuesday 20 September
Be sure to put aside the evening of Tuesday 20 September from 6.00pm-7.30pm when we will be opening our classrooms to families and friends to give your child the opportunity to share his/her learning experiences.  The emphasis is on your child sharing with you their learning over the year and so there will not be the opportunity for parent and teacher interviews on the night. If you would like an interview please make an appointment with the class teacher at another time.

Term Planner
Click HERE to view the term planner.

Assembly Timetable 
For the complete 2017 Assembly Timetable please click HERE.

School Development Days In 2017
The following School Development days have been ratified by the School Board.
Term 4:  Monday 9 October – Day 1 of Term 4

We have a fortnightly newsletter that is emailed to all parents. Newsletter dates for Term 3 are 28 July, 11 & 25 August and 8 & 22 September.

From The French Room

Year 5 and 6 students are encouraged to practise their language skills in a WA Language Perfect competition next week. Please see details HERE. Merci to Jackson Ji for the poster.

Our students from Year 3-6, together with student from over 30 schools, entered a competition to create a French award sticker on the theme 'Vivre Ensemble', (Living together). 'Félicitations'  to Alenna Golestani, from Year 6, whose sticker was one of 20 chosen to be printed. Bravo Alenna! Click HERE to view the winning stickers. Some excellent creations from our students are on display in the French room.

Athletics Carnival Fuel Break Stall

This year the 'Fuel Break’ stalls will be held at recess during the Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival on Friday 8 September. Although the Year 2 parents will be running the stalls, we gratefully appreciate any food donations from rest of the school. There are a lot of kids to feed!

Donations can be left at the Undercover Area from 8.00am on the day. Please ensure your contributions are nut-free in accordance with the school’s nut policy and, if possible, ready to serve in individual portions on disposable plates.

If you’re stuck for ideas, some healthy food ideas include:
• Fruit kebabs
• Healthy muffins, biscuits, slices, cakes
• Healthy sausage/vege rolls
• Sushi
• Rice paper rolls or noodles
• Crepes/pikelets/pancakes
• Vege sticks with dip
• Samosas, mini pizzas or mini quiches

Alternatively you can donate a packet of Quelches towards the icy pole stall. Unfrozen Quelches can be dropped off at a collection box located outside the M block (M2 classroom) until Tuesday 5 September or you can freeze them at home and bring them at the Undercover Area on the day.

The recess Fuel Break is open to Years 1-6 so please remind children to bring their pocket money on the day. All funds raised help the Subiaco Primary P&C improve the school.

To keep parental spectators going, there will also be a coffee van in the Undercover Area from 8.30am-12.00pm.

Sports News

Athletics Training Update!
Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the whole school is out busily preparing for the upcoming athletics carnival in Week 8.
Year 1's and 2's are jumping, throwing and running while the older children are hoping to take crucial seconds off their leaderball times.

Faction Athletics Carnival Dates
Monday 4 September  400m and 800m Races – Year level girls/boys- 3 top girl/boy competitors for each faction year group only
Tuesday 5 September  Jumps and Throws - Year level girls/boys -3 top girl/boy competitors for each faction year group only

Year 3-6 Faction Carnival – Friday 8 September
Year 1-2 Faction Athletics Carnival Wednesday 6 September

Click HERE for the Athletic Carnivals timetables. 

From The Art Room

I was very excited to join the wonderful team of teachers at Subiaco Primary School as the new Art Specialist at the beginning of Term 3. The staff and students have all made me feel so welcome. I have had a great time so far getting to know all the students. To help me do this, we kicked off this term with some colourful Name Art!

Now we are learning about the very talented Aboriginal people and their long history of making art, the longest continuous form of art expression from any group of people in the world. The students have been busy making some Aboriginal ‘inspired’ artwork of their own. I expect to have some colourful displays for our upcoming Open Night.

Helping hands: There is a lot of work to mount all the art work for the open night. If there are any parents who can spare an hour or so in the next couple of weeks, I would greatly appreciate any help. Feel free to pop into the art room and see me after school on Monday through to Thursday.

Kate Somoff

Recycled materials wanted for the Art room:

• Cardboard cylinders (glad wrap etc) of varying sizes
• Med/Large cleaned Milo tins
• 2 litre plastic tubs (eg. Yalna yoghurt tubs) Cleaned, with or without lids.
• 1 litre plastic yoghurt tubs (Mundella etc)
• Interesting, colourful, patterned material scraps
• Old Newspapers (clean and flat)


Respect, Care and Sustain the Environment in Kindy
The Kindergarten children have been learning about how they can respect, care for and sustain the environment. They have been composting, growing vegetables and investigating bugs and garden animals. With many inquiring minds, we turned to non-fiction books to gain information on topics of interest, in particular slaters, spiders and growing seeds. Click HERE for some photos.

Aliens Love Underpants L10
L10 have been doing a book study on 'Aliens love Underpants' by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. The children have plotted the story map and have independently written their retell of the story's key events. Click HERE for photos.
As part of our celebrate during  Book Week the Pre-Primary classes visited the Subiaco State Library to enjoy a wonderful musical story telling performance Kaleidoscope.

Gingerbread Man and the Wolf in L11
The Pre-primary children listened to the Gingerbread Man, recreated a scene in painting and wrote a recount of what happened in the story.

Mem Fox Author Study in L12
This term as part of our studies on Australian animals, we have been conducting an author study on one of our favourite Australian authors, Mem Fox. For Book Week, we have learnt lots of interesting facts about Mem. Did you know that Mem's real name is actually Merrion and whilst she was born in Melbourne, Australia, she grew up in Africa, went to Drama school in England and relocated back to Australia to live when she was 22? The first book Mem wrote was Possum Magic, which she originally wrote for one of her university assignments, it is now 34 years old! Mem likes to use Australian animals as characters in her books. The title of her second book was named after her father- Wilfrid Gordon MacDonald Partridge. She also used the names of her mother and two sisters for the Miss Nancy character.  We have loved reading a collection of books written by Mem (she has written over 40!) and would highly recommend reading Possum Magic and Koala Lou!

How The Kangaroos Got Their Tails in LP
For Book Week this week we have been reading a dreamtime story called  How the Kangaroos got their Tails, which fits with this terms Australia theme. We also researched facts about kangaroos and koalas, and compared these animals using a Venn Diagram. We also painted some dot paintings of kangaroos. Did you know that kangaroos can swim? Click HERE for photos.

Designing Board Games
A group of Year 3 students spent one morning with the L11 Pre Primary class where they played board games that taught Maths concepts and then they designed their own board games.  They learnt about design, including adding a key, following designated paths and elements of luck.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, the Year 3 enjoyed being the teacher for the morning and commented about how clever the Pre Primary children were. To see photos click HERE.

Amazing adventures to Magical Places in L5
This year’s Book Week theme sparked conversations about how reading can take us on amazing adventures to magical places. Books can really take us anywhere and everywhere. The best part is that you can go at any time with a book and you even meet some exciting characters. We wrote and drew pictures of some of our ideas. I wonder where you would like to go? Click HERE for some work samples.

L6 Author Study
In L6, we have been immersing ourselves in lots of different children's literature. We researched our Author Study author, Alison Lester and discovered what inspired her to write her 25 amazing stories. We created Character Wheels and learned the difference between a character's traits and feelings. We also used visual Story Cards, a traditional Japanese style of storytelling called Kamishibai, which translates as 'paper drama'. Click HERE for photos.

Book Week L3 and L9
For Book Week this year L3 and L9 went to Subiaco Library to listen to Glenn Swift the storyteller.

Outdoor Classroom for a Day!
This week PP L12  and Year 1 L9 teamed up to participate in Outdoor Classroom for a Day with a ‘Classroom Closed’ event, an initiative which this year included over a million children globally and was designed to inspire outdoor learning and play. Outdoor learning and play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. Children had a fantastic time engaging with a literacy inspired treasure hunt, locating 2D and 3D shapes around the school and making them with their bodies.  Everyone agreed that ‘Classroom Closed’ was lots of fun and reminded us that some of the best learning happens outdoors!  We look forward to Week 8 when our classes and several others will take up the outdoor learning challenge again.

M2 Diorama
To celebrate books and Book Week, M2 produced a diorama about the story Florette by Anna Walker. The children produced a scene from the story in 3D.

Informative Writing: Animal Reports Year 2
The students in Year 2 have been writing  Animal Reports as part of their informative writing topic. We began by looking at examples of animal reports to understand the organisational framework. Students then chose and researched an animal. This included lessons on using iPads for research and selecting appropriate non-fiction texts. Students organised their research into a plan. This was followed by a modelled writing session on how to use their plan to create a draft. Before moving on to the next stage each student had a conference with the teacher to discuss and edit their draft. The students then edited their drafts to produce a final copy. The final copy was published using Microsoft Word on the Macbooks. Click HERE to read some reports.

M3 and M4 Poetry
M3 have been writing poetry about different colours and what that colour means to us.
We also attended a Book Week presentation by Veronica Rooke which we thoroughly enjoyed. She taught us how to draw characters with emotions. 

M4 has been reading and writing poems. We have our descriptive and imaginative Colour poems on display in our classroom. Click HERE for photos.

Character Profiles in T1
The children in year 3 T1 have been creating character profiles on their favourite book character.
They have included character description, character traits or personality, facts about their character and finally their favourite part. Click HERE for photos.

 Literature Study in U2
Year Four, U2 students are engaged in a literature study of The Candy Makers by Wendy Moss. The students are designing story cubes, which will be showcased on Open Night.

So far they have been justifying their story predictions, comparing themselves with the main characters, designing  book covers and practising summarising and paraphrasing skills.

Some of us are very envious of the characters, who are lucky enough to live and work in a candy factory!

Click HERE for some work samples.

U3 Book Week Excursion
This week the students from U3 went to the Subiaco Library to listen to an awesome author talk. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and as usual were representing the school in an excellent manner. Click HERE to read some recounts written from their own perspectives.

U5 Literacy Learners
U5 Literacy Learners have been focusing on the skills needed to create poetry.
Students have deconstructed different types of poems to identify the literacy devices poets use to create poems. They have then been applying these new skills to create their own wonderful poems.

Year 6 Book Project
The Year 6 students are currently engaged in the completion of their Recommended Reads book project. This involves the selection of an author to learn more about, reading two of their author's books, reviewing one book and designing a new book jacket for the other, and preparing an in depth character analysis of two main characters from the books they have just read.

For inspiration the Year 6 students visited Subiaco Library to listen to renowned story teller and children's author, Glen Swift, share his work and passion for engaging students with humour, horror, whimsy and the occasional fact!  Click the links to read Archie, Sharmaine and Poppy’s Author Profile Projects. 

U8 Four Roles of The Reader
U8 has been enjoying applying our Four Roles of the Reader activities to the novel Dropping In by local author Geoff Havel. Attached are some photos of the students’ work.

Entertainment Memberships

For a limited time, when you purchase an Entertainment Membership from us, you’ll receive a BONUS $10 Woolworths WISH eGift Card! What a win!

Hurry, stocks are limited.

PS. Just in case you're after a gift for Dad this Father's Day, there is also FREE DELIVERY for a limited time!!

To order your Entertainment Book or your Digital Membership securely online visit:  Alternatively, please complete the form HERE and return to the school.

For more information contact Christian Sprogoe Phone: 0419946478 Email:


Children On Medications
It is parents responsibility to periodically check medications at school (eg. Epipens, ventolin inhalers etc) to ensure they are within the use by date.

Dress Code
It is expected that all children adhere to the school dress code. In the junior years we are seeing some children wearing different coloured jumpers and tights. The uniform shop is stocked with girls’ tights, a long pant and fleecy zip jacket. All parents are encouraged to visit the uniform shop or complete an online order to ensure all children are in full school uniform.

Updating School Records
If your address, telephone number or email address has changed, please contact the school office.

Student Absences
Please be aware that a note of explanation is required for all student absences.

Carpark safety
For the safety of all children please do not pull into the school driveway and reverse out. There could be children walking behind your car. During school hours the car park is not a drop off or pick up area.

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E News

Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing contributors to our waste stream. As more and more outdated electronic equipment ends up in landfill, the negative impacts of e-waste on the environment and humans will increase. Although it is unavoidable for electronic equipment to eventually become redundant, you can follow the attached tips on minimising the impact your home or office e-waste has on the environment. Most types of e-waste contain many valuable resources that can be recovered and reused. Often much less energy is needed to recover these resources than to produce new materials.

Community News

The Dental Mobile will be closed from 28/08/2017 to 08/09/2017. Emergency cover will be provided by Mount Lawley Dental Therapy Centre. Phone number: 92715561
We will be back Monday 11/09/2017

Click HERE to check out the Community News for local news, information and events including school holiday activities.

Subi Farmers Market

Click HERE for the latest Farmers market newsletter, HERE for their website and HERE for the Market's Facebook page