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Newsletter 5 - 24 March 2017

From The Principal

Our school forms a vibrant and integral part of the wider Subiaco community.  This year we have 229 students (36% of the school population) who speak a language other than English, representing 51 different languages. The same time last year we had 122 students who spoke 33 different languages. To read the entire list of languages click HERE.

This week we celebrated Harmony Day. The continuing message of Harmony Day is ‘Everyone Belongs’. It's about inclusiveness and a sense of belonging for everyone. To celebrate Harmony Day Kindy discussedfamily trees, Pre-primary students were involved in rotational activities including a Multicultural lunch celebration and Year 1-6 students took part in a Kite making incursion. Through kite making, there was an emphasis on understanding different cultures and customs, through visual symbols. Flying kites is representative of different colours and different people.

To see photos of the children engaging in Harmony Day activities whilst wearing Orange or traditional dress click HERE. To watch a clip If the World were a village of 100 People please visit

Year 1-3 Junior Fun Carnival

Thank you to Andrew Longhurst, staff, parents, our Healthy Hub team as well as our Year 6 student leaders Leila, Jemimah, Bailey and Archie for all contributing to the success of the Junior Carnival. The Junior Carnival was a fun filled, high energy day, where everyone  worked together as a team. Click HERE to view photos of the day.

Interschool Carnival

Congratulations to all Year 4-6 students who proudly represented our school at the Interschool Swimming A Division Carnival held at HBF Stadium. All the students lived up to the motto Our Best with most students recording a PB (Personal Best).

Congratulations to:
Year 4 Interschool Champion Boy Harrison Sartori
Year 4 Interschool Champion Girl Helen McCaul
Year 5 Interschool Champion Girl Isabella Shymko
Year 6 Runner Up Champion Girl Laura Rutherford
Year 6 Runner Up Champion Boy Jules Fredonnet

Our school received the Meritorious Award. This is presented to the best school when the points score is compared with the student population.

The Final Scores were:
Floreat Primary 504
Wembley Primary 449
Subiaco Primary 446 (only narrowly separated from Wembley by 3 points)
Carine Primary 313

Thanks to our coach Elena Nesci  for  before school coaching and our PE teacher Mr Longhurst. To see photos of the carnival click HERE.

Parent Teacher Meetings Monday 3 April Early Closure

Interviews will take place on the last Monday of Term One on Monday 3 April. School will close at 12.00pm for that day only.  For a copy of the letter sent home including permission slip, click here.  Please return the permission slips to the class teacher by next Wednesday 29 March.

To arrange an appointment time for the parent teacher interviews you need to log onto the following website address This address can also be found under the Latest News box on the Home page of our website.

On line bookings can be made from 6.00pm Wednesday 22 March and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Bookings close at 6.00pm Tuesday 28 March.
If you have any difficulties with making the on line bookings please contact Jo Dumaresq our librarian in person, by phone on 9381 5078 or via email

Two Way Communication

Our staff and admin team value the relationship we have with parents at our school. Our last parent survey indicated on a rating scale from 0 to 5, an overall score of 4.6 for The school has a strong relationship with the community and 4.7 for The school is well led. It is important that we continue to develop and strengthen this relationship. If you ever have questions, queries or concerns you would like addressed, I encourage you to speak with the classroom teacher or the admin team.

School Board

The School Board next meet on Thursday 30 March at 7pm in the School Library. Parents are able to attend School Board meetings in an observation capacity. If you would like to attend please email our School Board Chair, Sue Piperis by Tuesday 28 March.

2017 P&C Funding Round

The Subiaco Primary School P&C has opened the 2017 Funding Round.
Each year,  parents work hard to raise funds through a variety of activities. Now we ask you to help determine how these hard-earned funds are spent. This is your opportunity to put forward a submission about what matters to you, on behalf of your kids.

This year a total of $110,000 of P&C funds will be made available for submissions for P&C funding.

The online form for making your submissions can be found on our website at

The following are the key dates for the funding round process:

  • 16 March to 30 March – Funding submissions accepted via the online form below
  • 31 March – Funding submissions reviewed and approved by the P&C and the Principal
  • 3 April to 7 April - Funding submission online voting
  • 24 April – Successful funding round submissions announced

Some points to note:

  • Each submission should have an estimate of cost included, ideally determined by means of thorough research or formal quotation. Uncosted or poorly costed submissions may be excluded from review.
  • Submissions must be reviewed and approved by the School Principal, preferably prior to being submitted. The submissions need to fit in with the policies, plans and directions of the school. You can ask Carolyn Press to review and approve your submission by emailing it to her at
  • Voting is open to P&C members only. Families who paid the P&C voluntary contribution this year are automatically P&C members. If you are not a P&C member but would like to participate please complete a membership form at the Front Office (the fee is only 50 cents per member).
  • The P&C Executive will manage this process and have final decision-making authority if required. If there is any resolution required as part of this process it will be undertaken by the P&C Executive.
  • If you have any questions please email Jodi Mansfield (P&C President) at

Safety To And From School

Our private school network has reported that on Tuesday morning a man approached a Year 7 student on Rokeby Road  as she walked to the train station. He was smoking and sitting on a seat when he approached the student telling her he had money in his car, and to come and get it with him. The man was described as having grey stubble, wearing an orange shirt and ripped jeans.  The Police have been notified.

We can never predict when incidents involving strangers may occur so it is important that all parents talk to their children about keeping safe.

When walking to and from school children should:

  • Travel in company
  • Walk on right side of road to see on coming traffic
  • 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
  • Avoid  engaging in conversation with people you don’t know- keep walking
  • If you feel uncomfortable about a situation occurring or person in your travel path, switch sides of the road or retreat
  • Report suspicious behaviour to parents, school and the police, noting number plates of cars and/or clothing or distinguishing features of individuals.

Keeping Me Safe is a child friendly activity book provided by the NSW Police Force to teach children simple strategies for personal safety.  To read more click HERE

All staff  have been made aware of this information and teach safety in developmentally appropriate ways as part of the teaching and learning program.

Subiaco Primary Turns 120 Years Old On Friday 12 May

Save the date!  We will be celebrating our 120th birthday with children dressing in colonial costume, taking part in traditional games and dancing to the Mucky Duck Bush Band from 2.00-3.10pm that day. All parents are welcome to come along and join in the dancing.


From the Chaplain
This term I’ve been coordinating the BUZ Today Program in the Year 1 classes.  We’ve been talking about how it’s good to be different, what things we are good at and what makes a good friend. HERE are some pictures from our L3 class playing musical islands, listening to a story about friends and doing some work in our BUZ books.

“Treat others how you would want to be treated” - L6 Student

Next week we will be discussing our strengths and emotions.   

Kindy Music Incursion
In Kindy we spend much time developing the children’s listening skills, encouraging them to tune in to the sounds around them. Recently, we visited the school music specialist, Mr Angel, in the music room. The children eagerly investigated the many percussion instruments in the music room and with Mr Angel’s help, created a simple composition. Click HERE for photos.

Harmony Day L6
In English this week, we added new words to our vocabulary - such as diversity, culture and acceptance. We did a whole class brainstorm about 'What is Harmony Day All About?' We wrote down our ideas and then shared our writing in a 'Sharing Circle.' We all agree that EVERYONE BELONGS!

Harmony Day L12
We asked parents to dress their children in clothes which represented their culture or the colour orange. Students also provided food representing their culture which we ate as a shared lunch.

Together we learnt how to make some Dahl and some yummy Naan bread. We focussed on following the recipe and talking about the measurements used. We loved making the bread and leaving it aside to rise, The dough increased in size so much! The best bit was eating what we had made. Parents were invited to attend this lunch and celebrate Harmony Day with their children. Click HERE for photos.

Harmony Day L10
Thalia Thompson, aged 5 years, was born in Bali. Her mother Rena is from Indonesia and her father Paul from England.
Thalia performed a traditional Indonesian dance with her mother on Harmony Day to the song Si Patokaan. Si Patokaan is a song that has a pattern of a narrative poem. It is an expression of the love and concern of a mother for her child who has grown up and been obliged to move away from home to earn a living. Click HERE for photos kindly supplied by Paul A Thompson (Photographer).

We all Belong in LP
The Pre Primary students in LP read about the Ugly Duckling, how he didn’t fit in and how they could help him fit in. The pictures, we are holding, show we are all different and that we are all special.

Kindy Family Trees
There’s a real sense of belonging when you walk into the Kindy classrooms. The children have contributed to family trees. After talking about the members in their family, each child glued a photo of their family onto a large leaf shape and decorated it before displaying it proudly on their class family tree. Together the trees show our Kindy community. Click HERE for photos.

Harmony Day L11
Ikta's mum came in and spoke about Indian culture and Louis' mum spoke about Canada. The L11 class loved the shared lunch, especially Mrs Padley's biltong.

PE Harmony Day
In PE this week we have been celebrating Harmony Day and different cultures with a focus on games from around the world. Some action shots can be found HERE.

Did you know that:
Golf originated in Scotland
Elastics originated in China
Corn-hole originated in USA

Year 2 STEM
Each Monday this term the Year 2 classes have been learning how to code Bee Bots with Mr Angel and Mr Longhurst. The students have been having a great time making obstacle courses, programming their Bee Bots to make numbers and driving their Bee Bots around a map. Click HERE for photos.


We have a fortnightly newsletter that is emailed. The last newsletter this term will be sent on Friday 7 April. Hard copies are available at the front office or online HERE.

Honour Awards

Rita Chawla
Paola Ion
Warwick Black
Anya Sreenevasan
Max Wright
Leo Grebe
Kitty Truong
Andre Slabbert
Cameron Opie
Eli Clifton-Simms
Le Yuan Hu
Elizabeth Fernandes-Shannon


Matthew Scarth
Nensi Plaksina
Sophie Harland
Ryan Prentice
Rose Fairey
Dexter Edwards
Archie Cashion
Aiswarya Unni
Daniel Rutherford
Anoushka Nair
Sara Rajwani
Emily Rouse


Sean Shanahan
Anthony Roebuck
Mallorie Annereau
Thomas Elder
Felix Palmer
Dhanvin Trakroo
Bailey Alexander
Liliana Baldwin
Giselle Wong
Ava Hogan
Marcello Dono
Elena Hislop

Subscribe to Our Newsfeed For 2017

We are encouraging all parents to subscribe to our newsfeed.
For up to date information on school activities, events and news subscribe to our newsfeed by clicking HERE. You will then receive an email from Feedburner with a link to confirm your registration. Don't miss out on crucial information.

From the School Psychologist

Sleep is an important aspect of our health and well-being. Findings from research into children's sleep show that insufficient sleep can have adverse impact on their attention and learning, emotional regulation and physical development. If you'd like information on helping your child establish a good sleep pattern, links to some useful resources can be found below.


National Sleep Foundation (USA)  

Sleep Foundation (Australia)

Build a Sleep Clock With Your Children

Understanding Anxiety Parenting Workshop

The City of Subiaco and Jolimont Primary School are teaming up with CLAN WA to present an Understanding Anxiety parenting workshop.

Anxiety is a normal part of children’s development, however it is estimated that up to 22% of children experience anxiety more intensely and more often than other children. This workshop assists parents in understanding anxiety and being able to recognise the signs and symptoms that a child may exhibit.

The workshop is free and suitable for parents or carers of children aged 0 – 12 years. Light refreshments will be provided. Bookings are essential as places are limited. Free tickets can be reserved online.

Thursday, 30 March
6.30pm – 8pm at Jolimont Primary School

For Your Diary

Assembly Timetable Term 1
Week 10, 6/4 - L1, Year 2 Mrs Wood
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 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

Term Planner
Click HERE to view the term planner.

Year 3 and 5 students will participate in the NAPLAN assessments which run from Tuesday 9 May to Thursday 11 May.

Use Of School Facilities Before & After School

Many parents have requested details of the external providers who utilise the school facilities outside of school hours. Click HERE for a list of activities offered during each school term. 

The hiring of the school facilities to external providers is done so in good faith.  Whilst every effort is made to ensure providers offer an appropriate service, the school takes no responsibility nor endorses the quality of these businesses.   

In addition, our facilities are also used by school teams such as netball, football and basketball.


Our School's 'Nut Minimisation’ Policy
A reminder to parents not to bring food to school with nuts or traces of nuts. To read our policy click HERE. For information about Anaphylaxis click HERE.

Lost Property
Lost property can be found in either the upper hall or infront of the staffroom.

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 staffroom steps until dismissed at 8.30am. Thank you for your support.

Staff Car Park
Parent use of the staff car park is on the rise. For safety reasons we request that parents do not use the staff car park to drop off and collect students.

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

Activity Charges Statements
Term 1 Activity Statements were sent home with students recently. Please click HERE to view an explanation of the statement.

We would greatly appreciate settlement of your child’s account as soon as possible.  If there are outstanding charges from last year, they will be included in the total amount owing.  All charges are required to be paid and are for special activities in which your child has already participated, or will be doing so in the future, such as excursions, incursions, etc.

You are most welcome to make payment via direct deposit:
Account Name:  Subiaco Primary School
BSB:  016-460    Account No:  3408-64825
Description:  Child’s name
We strongly encourage you to contact the office if you have any queries or concerns regarding making payment.

Voluntary Contributions
A special thank you is extended to those parents who have already paid their School Voluntary Contribution ($60 per child) through the stationery supplier Campion or directly to the school. Our school budget relies on your support with all contributions received going directly to the education of your children. The teaching and learning programs benefit greatly with these funds covering some of the costs of items such as library, craft, class stationery, various online services, photocopying of student worksheets etc. I encourage all parents and caregivers to consider making this important contribution.


E News


Saturday, 25 March 2017
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Price: Free
Location: Village West, Whiteman Park

Discover ways to become more ‘green’ and sustainable at home at this fun, family-friendly environmental event!

The event features native fauna displays, renewable energy, native and organic seedlings for sale, workshops and a range of sustainable and healthy living products. The kids won’t miss out either, with eco-craft activities, free face painting, a Children’s Forest walk with the fairies and much more!

Please visit

Community News

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

Educated by Nature is a social enterprise with a mission to create opportunities for children, families and teachers to learn within nature in order to build individual, community and environmental resilience.

We run programs such as nature playgroups, children’s activities and school incursions linked with teacher workshops that aim to assist people in feeling comfortable and able to take risks in nature, developing identity within the natural ecosystem. We have modest charges to our programs to create a financially sustainable model for this mission. Any profits are directed back into growing community services for developing resilience through connection.

For our current program information please visit

For Educated by Nature programs for younger children (1-5 year olds) please visit the Mud Pies Programs booking page HERE.

Subi Farmers Market

Why not leave your car at home on Saturday 25 March … and ride your bicycle instead? The 1st 100 bicycle riders will receive a $10 gift voucher to spend at the market. Bicycle valet parking available.

Click HERE for the latest Farmers market newsletter.