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Newsletter 1 - 3 February 2017

From the Principal

What a fabulous start to the 2017 school year. It has been a pleasure to visit classes over the first few days and see enthusiastic, beaming smiles. The children have settled in well and class routines are being established.

With more hot weather around the corner, the students are encouraged to bring water bottles into the classroom and apply sunscreen prior to coming to school in the morning. 

I would like to welcome all families back to Subiaco Primary School for the 2017 school year and extend a very special welcome to those children and parents who are new this year.

We warmly welcome our new staff, Stephanie Wolfe PP L10, Cassandra Waghela PP L12, Silka Wood Year 2 L1 and Sharon Gowens Special Needs Education Assistant, who will be joining our staff in 2017. We also welcome back from maternity leave Louise Turner, teaching Art on Thursdays.

Our parents are interested and active in school life from helping in classrooms, attending excursions and involvement in a number of projects and committees. I look forward to a rewarding and productive year for students, parents and staff at Subiaco Primary.

My key message to all staff is that we are here to Make a Difference. It is about connecting with children and insisting that they be The Best that they can be. We have a commitment to a culture of High Performance and High Care. We have high expectations for every student to succeed and achieve their very best. Children are precious and High Care allows them to be nurtured, grow and develop. 

Our great school turns 120 years old this year with a rich history dating back to 1897 and we all have an opportunity and responsibility to be part of an era we can look back on with pride. We are all committed to invest our time and energy in our nation’s most valuable resource - our children.

My First Week in Year 1

In Year 1, there's lots of rules. I love my teachers they're really nice -  Yalda L9.

I was a bit nervous on the way to school because I thought it would be hard work but when I did it it was nothing like scary - Danbi L3.

I really love the Weather Chart activity in L6 because you get to match the words to the weather and did you know that grey clouds make rain? - Leo J L6.

The best thing about being in Year 1 is just being with my friends and just being here with everybody. It's a pleasure to be here with everybody - Charlotte L5.

School Times

The best time for learning is in the morning. With this in mind we now have lunchtime for Year PP-6 students from 1.10-2.00pm providing 4 hours of rigorous learning in the morning. Kindy children have their lunch break at 12.30-1.20pm.

Please ensure your children are fuelled for learning by providing healthy and filling recess snacks and all classes will promote Crunch & Sip during class time.
For information about Crunch & Sip click HERE.

Classrooms are open from 8.30am. 
8.50am    Morning bell
10.50am   Recess
11.10am   Classes resume
1.10pm    Lunch
2.00pm    Classes resume
3.10pm    School Day ends

Parent Information Evenings

All parents are encouraged to attend these sessions which will be held over the next 2 weeks. Our teachers are committed to providing a quality education for our students and ongoing contact with parents is encouraged. For times click HERE.

2017 Classes

We currently have 70 staff and 630 students enrolled. We have 26 K-6 classes which is an increase by one class from 2016.

Click HERE for a list of classes and staff members.

Thank You

Our parents contribute greatly to our school. Many thanks to Lisa Barnevald uniform shop coordinator and helpers Rumi Hayashi and Sandy Rouse for their support serving in the uniform shop on Monday. Other special helpers from this week are Emma Oakey, Victoria Kirk, Sarah Iskandarsyah and Jen Cashion. Thank you for the effort they have put into coordinating and organising uniforms for our students for the start of the year.

To all other parents who have helped make a smooth start to 2017, thank you.

P&C Sundowner

Grounds Update

Gift To The School
The graduating classes of 2014 and 2016 combined the money raised from their Fun Days to fund the production cost of a most inspiring piece of art work, which now proudly hangs outside the Year 6, U8 room.

This art work would not have been possible without an enormous amount of time and effort and the creative input of Monia Allegre and Cy Rocchi. It is even more fabulous than we ever thought possible and the school community can’t thank them enough for this ‘little masterpiece’.

New Shade Sails and Artificial Turf
The school now has a fabulous new multipurpose area where the kids can sit, play and just ‘hang’ out. The students are loving the newly shaded, soft artificial turf which runs along our new stage area. The Year 1 and 2’s will enjoy eating their lunch there during the warm, dry months, and the staff are rostered on to run alternative games in the area during lunchtime.

Pre-Primary LP Upgrade
Major works have occurred at Mrs Gaunt’s Pre-primary centre during the school holidays with a fabulous kitchen make over on the inside, and a bright outside sitting, playing and bike track area.

Click HERE for pictures of the improvements.


Congratulations to Chris Shorter, Year 6 teacher, and his wife Kamala on the arrival of a beautiful baby girl on Tuesday 31 January weighing 3.64kg and 51cm long. We wish them well.

Interm Swimming

The Pre-Primary and Year 1 Interm Swimming program will take place in the school pool during weeks 4 & 5, commencing Monday 20 February - Friday 3 March.
All relevant information and forms will be sent home next Monday. The program is fully funded by the Department of Education.
The Year 6 Interm Swimming program takes place at Cottesloe Beach during weeks 3 & 4, commencing Monday 13 February - Friday 24 February. Relevant forms and information will be sent home on Monday. This program is funded by the Department of Education. The transport cost will appear on the Term 1 Activity Charges.

Duty Of Care Before And After School

Parents have the duty of care for students travelling to and from school. This means it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their child arrives safely to and from school. Absences will be followed up by a letter if no reason is given for the absence.

Schools are responsible for duty of care of students once in the school grounds during school operating hours. At our school, children are asked to come to school from 8.30am when a teacher is on duty. If children come to school prior to 8.30am they are asked to sit on the steps outside the staffroom until 8.30am when a teacher will be on duty. After school, it is expected that children make their way home straight away unless under the supervision of parents, for example playing in the Blackies.

The school cannot take responsibility for students who are at school after 3.15pm. For more information, click HERE to view extracts from the Department of Education’s Duty of Care Policy

Keeping Safe

Our children’s safety is important.  When walking to and from school children should:

  • Travel in company
  • Walk on right side of road to see on coming traffic
  • Where possible leave space between them and road way
  • Stay in areas that are well lit
  • Stay in view – avoid going to areas hidden from view (parkland bush)
  • Be alert – earphones can reduce awareness considerably
  • If a passing car stops never get too close
  • Do not hesitate to run from a situation in which you feel at risk
  • Report suspicious behaviour to parents, school and the police, noting number plates of cars and/or clothing or distinguishing features of individuals.

2017 Swim Thru Perth School Swim-Off Subiaco Victorious

Subiaco Primary won the inaugural 250m Primary School Swim-Off on Sunday 22 January.

Representing Subiaco were Matthew Rayner, Dan Rutherford, Maisie McCaul, Paola Ion, Heather Bird, Juliette Bird, Laura Rutherford, Helen McCaul, Carlie Ferguson, Timur Seyyar, Harry Alexander, Bailey Alexander, Tom Mengler and Libby Rayner.

For their efforts they have won $250 for the school to go towards a sporting program or sporting equipment. Thank you to Elena Nseci for coordinating the event.

Year 6 Camp

The Year 6, four day camp is all set to take place at the NANGA Bush Camp Site Week 5 commencing Tuesday 28 February- Friday 3 March. Permission notes and information will be sent home next week.

For Your Diary

School Development Days In 2017
The following School Development days have been ratified by the School Board
Term 1:     Student start Wednesday 1 February
Term 2:     Friday 2 June (Leads into Western Australia Day long weekend).
Term 3:     Monday 17 July – Day 1 of Term 3
Term 4:     Monday 9 October – Day 1 of Term 4

Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs
A reminder for parents of students starting Year 6 that applications for Gifted and Talented programs close on Monday 6 February.

Information on these programs plus links to materials to help inform parents of the application process and deadline can be found at

First Assembly
Our first assembly is on Thursday 23 February commencing at approximately 8.55am and concludes at 9.25am with  the children from Year 2 M1, Ash Snedeker’s class. Assemblies will be held in the Subiaco Church directly opposite the school.

We have a fortnightly newsletter that is emailed. Newsletter dates for this term are 3, 10 & 24 February, 10 & 24 March and 7 April. Hard copies are available at the front office or online HERE.

Term Planner
Click HERE to view the term planner.




PP-Year 1

Monday after school on the School Oval


$100 for 7 sessions

Starts Monday 13 February

Term 1 skills: Overarm Throw and Balance

Enrol at:

School A To Z A Practical Website For Parents

The following website has information for parents on homework and study, well being and technology, including cybersafety.

School Development Days

Keeping abreast with curriculum developments, professional learning and collegial sharing is viewed as an important part of life at Subiaco Primary. We are fortunate to have a number of staff with curriculum expertise who presented professional development sessions to all teaching staff this Monday and Tuesday. All teaching staff were involved in the following sessions:

Team building
English - presented by Eileen Burns
Mathematics - presented by  Kathy Reger & Rina Foti
Humanities and Social Sciences - presented by Lia Maroni & Bronwyn Mace
Habits of the Mind - presented by Heather Mackesey
Providing for students at risk - presented by Leanne Rogerson
Financial management - presented by Allison Swann

2017-2020 Business Plan Facilitation

Thank you is extended to Helen Reid, a previous parent at our school, for facilitating a half day session on the strategic direction for our next Business Plan. Thank you is also extended to Sue Piperis, School Board Chair, School Board members, Greg Lynch, Tim Braslin, Kerry Warburton and Zoe Schaffert, our P&C President Jodi Mansfield and parents Lisa Barneveld, Elena Zuvela and Andrew McGregor for attending the planning session.

2017 Whole School Priority Areas

English with a specific focus on Spelling and Writing
Effectively analysing data and planning for student improvement
Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
Years PP-2  History, Geography 
Years 3-4   Civics & Citizenship, History, Geography Terms 
Years 5-6   Civics & Citizenship, History, Geography, Economics & Business

From the School Psychologist

Starting school can be a time of mixed feelings for the child as well as their family.  Excitement and nervousness are common emotions for children. If this is your first child who is starting school, or starting at a new school, you too may feel unsure of how your child will cope with their first day at school. The following link, Starting School by Kids Matter, may be helpful in this regard.

Chess Club

The Subiaco Primary school morning chess club will be welcoming new members in 2017. If you would like your child to continue learning chess in Term 1 2017, or if you wish to have your child join please fill in the attached form and bring it to the first club day which will be held at 7.30am on Friday 17 February 2017.

School Banking

Welcome to School Banking 2017!
School banking operates by parent volunteers outside the school library on Wednesday mornings between 8:15 and 8:45. Banking will commence on Wednesday 8 February.

For more information click HERE.


Pool Memberships
With a very hot spell of weather to come, don’t forget that you can cool off after school and on the weekends at our pool! Memberships/vouchers can be purchased on line. A full season family membership costs $160 and can be purchased from the online uniform shop. Enquiries can be made at
You can also purchase a voucher which entitles you to 10 swims at a cost of $35.
Why not also hire the pool for birthday parties on Sundays or weekdays during the school holidays 9.00am to 3.00pm. For more information visit the Pool Page on our website at

Arrival At School
Please try to ensure that students do not arrive at school prior to 8.30am as no teacher supervision is in place. Students arriving before 8.30am are reminded of the need to assemble, with bags, on the stairs until dismissed at 8.30am.  Thank you for your support. For safety reasons we request that parents do not use the staff car park to drop off and collect students.

Parent Parking
It is recommended that parents dropping off or collecting children should use one of the following SAFE areas

Bagot Road 
There are 5 car bays in front of the school fence. There is NO Parking from 8.00am-9.00am and 3.00pm-4.00pm, it is DROP OFF ONLY. This means you must stay with your car at the end of the school day and arrange for your child to meet you at your car.  Please also avoid double parking as it is dangerous. In front of Subicare and Earthwise there is 5 minute parking from 7.30am-9.00am and 1 hour parking from 9.00am to 6.30pm.

Theatre Gardens
There is parking adjacent to the top oval. 10 minute parking from 8.00am-9.00am and 3.00pm-4.00pm. Ticket parking from 8.00am-6.00pm.

Hamersley Road
Two hour parking along the street.

Children crossing Bagot Road should continue to cross the road with the Crosswalk Attendant.

Whilst the vast majority of parents adhere to the correct practice everyone needs to follow the street signage to keep our children safe at Subiaco Primary.

Birthday Celebrations
If your child’s birthday falls on a school day and you would like bring in a treat for the class please consider healthy, nut free alternatives. Birthday cake or cup cakes are acceptable but due to our healthy eating policy we would rather parents not provide chocolates or lollies.

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

Charges & Contributions 2017
Details of Charges and Contributions can be found HERE. A plan for incursions and excursions will be forwarded home in due course. 

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

Publications Permission
Upon enrolment, parents decide whether to give consent for their child’s name, photo or work to be published in school newsletters, school related activities, promotional material for the Department of Education and articles for the West Australian and community newspapers. This consent continues for your child while enrolled at our school.  If at any stage you want to change the permission status then you will need to notify the office in writing of this request.

Community News

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

Subi Farmers Market

Click HERE to check out the Market's Facebook page and HERE for the latest Farmers market newsletter.

The Markets website can be found HERE.