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Newsletter 10 - 2 June 2017

From The Principal

Next Monday we celebrate Western Australia Day. With our school being founded in 1897, I asked our Year 6 students to reflect on what makes Subiaco Primary special.

  • Subiaco is not only a place of learning but a place of friendship.
  • I love the way that the subjects we do make us think instead of just telling the answers.
  • Subiaco is unique in its own way, making every day something to look forward to.
  • I love the Subi spirit at swimming and athletics carnivals.
  • Lots of different languages are spoken.
  • This school is still evolving.
  • Clubs – like art, coding, social justice, puzzle, nature club for the little kids.
  • Subiaco is special because it has something new each year. For example this year we got an outside table tennis set.
  • We celebrated our 120 year anniversary.
  • How students care about other students especially our Buddies who have followed us around since last year.
  • Subiaco Primary is a place where limits and unhappiness are not words.

The students also reflected on why WA is special. Comments included;

  • The wildlife is awesome in WA. I visited lots of places and have seen sharks, turtles, dolphins, snakes, roos, birds.
  • I like Busselton where we can get on to the train which is on the sea.
  • I love the way the sand squeaks under your feet and the amazing waves crashing on the beach.
  • I love Kings Park where I can enjoy walks and the lovely environment. I also like Reabold Hill as it is very good hill for my cub scout hikes.
  • I love Western Australia because of the fishing on the jetty’s and the beaches.
  • I love WA because of the great beaches, the unique buildings and unforgettable nature. The environment is spectacular.
  • The environment in WA is absolutely amazing. Not many people smoke. There is no pollution. WA is the most clean place I’ve ever heard of.
  • Esperance – because the beaches are so beautiful and the water is clear blue.
  • Something for everyone.

To read the full list click HERE.

Subiaco Hosted District Wide Conference

Today our staff joined over 300 staff from 11 other schools in our network for a full day of professional learning at Subiaco Primary. Presentations ranged from Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), Higher Order Thinking, Critical and Creative Thinking and Integration of Technology.

Tax Deductible Donations

Thank you to all the parents who have kindly donated to the school building fund in past years. In 2016 we received over $7 000 from generous families who donated money. The money was spent on a much needed carpet upgrade in the music room. This year we are hoping to raise enough money to install ceiling fans in rooms that don’t have them. If you would like to make a donation before the end of the financial year click HERE to make an online donation Alternatively, to use the paper-based donation form click HERE.

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.

Long Service Leave

A number of staff will be taking Long Service Leave throughout this year as it is an Education Department directive that all outstanding Long Service Leave be cleared.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for School Students with Disability

Our school is part of a national project about students with a disability and/or learning difficulties.  We have been asked to provide data about the number and learning needs of students at our school. The name of the school and the name of the students will not be reported. Information about the different types of needs and the programs and resources the school uses to overcome barriers and support students with special educational needs will be collected.
We believe it is important to contribute to this project because it will help Governments and the Department develop better policies that acknowledge the level of resources needed in schools to meet the needs of all students in Western Australia.
If you would like to learn more about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for School Students with Disability you can read the fact sheet HERE.

Uniform News

This Winter season two new uniform items will be available for girls.

Tights $12.00 (to be worn under the school dress or skirt) and Girls Pants $25.00 can be purchased online at your convenience via the schools website at and delivered to your daughters classroom. 

Alternatively come into the uniform shop on a Tuesday morning between 8:30 am - 9:30 am to view items.

Please Note: Leggings are currently unavailable from our schools supplier.

While you are visiting the uniform shop don't forget to purchase your school jacket now the weather is getting cooler.

Honour Awards

Remy Isitt
Michael Ryan
Abi Srinivasan
Joel Doss
James Martin
Cayden Pearce
Joy Cho
Jack Wu
Billy Noakes


Zlata Lodis
Alia Greenlees
Amalie Bahemia
Olivia Kinsella
Mia Tua
Henry Zhu
Bryce Chan
Madison Kerridge
Portia Kerridge


Harry Ranson
Giles Ashford
Dakota Walker
Alden Leong
Talullah Chenu
Channelle Maybury
Michaela MacGabhann
Jake Carlson
Jie Khew

Kindergarten Applications for 2018

Parents can apply to enrol their children for Kindergarten in 2018 if they were born between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014. For more information on Kindergarten enrolments contact the front office on 9381 5078. Kindergarten applications close at 3.00pm on Friday 21 July 2017.

For Your Diary

Term Planner
Click HERE to view the term planner.

Assembly Timetable Term 2
Week 8 15/6 - U5, Year 5 Mrs Males
Week 10, 29/6 - L3 Year 1 Mrs Mitchinson/Maroni

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 3:     Monday 17 July – Day 1 of Term 3
Term 4:     Monday 9 October – Day 1 of Term 4

School Disco

The fundraising activity for the Year 3/5 classes this year is the School Disco.
The School Disco is one of the highlights of the year for the kids so it would be great to get as many attending as possible.

Theme: New York Hip Hop
When:  Friday 23rd June 2017
      4:15 pm to 5:45 pm (Junior Disco Years 1 to 3)
      6:15 pm to 7:45 pm (Senior Disco Years 4 to 6)
Where: Shenton Park Community Centre, 240 Onslow Rd Shenton Park.
Cost: $10 includes 2 slices of pizza and water
       (Gluten free and vegetarian options available)
Payment: Consent forms will be coming home with your child shortly so keep an eye out for them. Payment details will be on the form.

Important Notes: This is a student only disco. It is run by the P&C and will be supervised by volunteer parents.

RAC Little Legends Club

The RAC Little Legends Club is a free and exciting new program designed to help children learn all about bicycle, pedestrian and passenger safety. Learning is fun and it's also aligned to the Western Australian curriculum!

Once students join they will receive their very own membership pack and access to great benefits and discounts on heaps of fun stuff! 

To sign up or for more information visit

Lego Wanted

If you have any unwanted LEGO at home we would love to have it to help establish a LEGO Building Club at lunchtime. The LEGO can be dropped off at the front reception area or at the upper block deputy office. Thank you to the couple of families who have already donated.


Pre-primary take part in the National Simultaneous Storytime
Last week, all four PP classes walked to the Subiaco Library for National Simultaneous Storytime. Mayor Heather read the book The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood at exactly 11.00am,  the same time it was read to school children everywhere over Australia. To see photos click HERE.

Stem Challenge in PP L11
On Wednesday the Pre-primary children worked cooperatively in groups to make the highest tower using 20 balloons and masking tape. The highest tower was 118cm. To see photos click HERE.

First Aid
Take a look HERE at the children involved in the before school First Aid club with Madame Pennington and Bev Guant. The 8 week club was available to all Year 5/6 students.

Values Of Schooling
Our teachers are committed to the development of the whole child so that we prepare them for the challenges and opportunities ahead.  One of the ways we do this is by strongly following the Western Australian Values of Schooling and these are:

  • Respect and concern for others and their rights eg.  Reinforced through class discussions, fortnightly values focus, Peer Mediators, sharing circles, sub assemblies, friendship and care for others in the playground and cooperative learning activities;
  • Pursuit of knowledge and commitment to achievement of potential eg. Student goal setting, self and peer assessment and reflection, critical and creative thinking and integration of ICT and Habits of the Mind;
  • Self-acceptance and respect of self eg. Acknowledging uniqueness, honesty and integrity;
  • Social and civic responsibility eg. Celebrating cultural diversity, Year 5/6 Social Justice Group, Peer Mediation, Student Leaders, Blackies Maintenance Group; and
  • Environmental responsibility eg. Encouraging waste wise lunches, sustainability and celebrating environmental days.

Drama In Residence
Starting next week all Year 1-6 classes will be engaging in weekly hour long drama and improvisation sessions until the end of term. We are all looking forward to having lots of fun!

National Reconciliation Week
Linking with the special significance of National Reconciliation Week and the Year Four Geography Curriculum, the students in U1, U2 and U6 participated in learning activities to build their understandings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s, connection to country.

The students listened to audio recordings of Nyoongar people, watched video material and read the story, You and Me, Murrawee. This lovely picture book is available in our school library and tells the story of two girls and their families who lived two hundred years apart.

Acknowledgement of Country was discussed, and the children were encouraged to imagine what life for Whadjuk children may have been like in the Subiaco area, before the arrival of European settlers.

They wrote messages of acknowledgement to these children and their families, in a bid to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of our land.

Their messages were heartfelt, and we hope you enjoy reading an abridged selection of them.

“Dear Whadjuk people, I would like to thank you for passing the stories on for thousands of years, and for keeping our country clean and safe – and I will do the same”   Jarvis

“…Thank you for caring and leaving some of your world for us to take care of and see what you see.”      Max

“…I think you are really brave to save the bush for more than forty thousand years.”     Kosuke

“…On this Reconciliation Day I have learnt to understand your life and home. I know how you lived and how much you cared for Australia and its many landmarks. I think it is amazing how you managed to remember and pass on your stories without the internet.”     Helen

“…I understand that this land feels very important to you. I love climbing through bushes and trees and exploring lots of parts in the theatre gardens, where there’s a little river with lots of plants and trees next to it …  Natalie

“To the Whadjuk children and people - Thank you for caring for this beautiful country, Australia. I know you must have loved playing in the bush and jumping joyfully in the salty lakes. I would have loved to join you in those days.”  Sejal

“ You cared for this land and you told stories. You never took too much and you helped the earth all you could – and never harmed it. I am one of many who respect you and your land….”   Rose

“ Thank you… I don’t know much about Aboriginal culture but I know that in my country the people also call the Earth their mother, just like you. Respecting nature is a hard job, but you guys have proved you love your land…” From Nivya

National Reconciliation Week 2017: Let’s Take The Next Steps
Each year National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. It is held from 27 May to 3 June each year. Preceded by National Sorry Day on 26 May, it is bookended by two key events in Australia’s history, which provide strong symbols for reconciliation:
•   27 May 1967 – the referendum that saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the census.
•   3 June 1992 – the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, which recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a special relationship with the land. This paved the way for land rights or Native Title

This National Reconciliation Week, we reflect on two significant anniversaries in our nation’s reconciliation journey—50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.

The 2017/18 memberships were launched recently and memberships are now available to purchase. $14.00 from each sale goes directly to our School P&C.

This year there is a bigger Bali and WA South West section and of course all the many Perth discounts. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time!

For more information contact: Christian Sprogoe Phone: 0419946478 Email:
To order your Book or your Digital Membership securely online visit:
or for an order form click HERE.

Transport, Access and Parking Strategy (TAPS)

The City of Subiaco invites you to comment on its draft Transport, Access and Parking Strategy (TAPS), which establishes a vision for servicing the city for the next twenty years and beyond.

Before the strategy is finalised, we would like to know what you think.
Do you think bike boulevards are a good idea for the city?
Would reducing speed limits make the streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians?
Do you think the city needs more frequent public transport?
Is the introduction of light rail on Hay Street a good idea?

For more information and to have your say, visit the and complete the short online survey by 2.00pm on Monday 12 June.


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.

We have a fortnightly newsletter that is emailed. Remaining Newsletter dates for Term 2 are 16 & 30 June. Hard copies are available at the front office.

E News

What's the Deal with Coffee Cup Recycling
Coffee cups. Recyclable or not? Well unfortunately it's not a simple 'yes' or 'no' answer at the moment. Find out why the confusion exists and the best way to dispose of your disposable cups.

Click HERE for more information.

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