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Newsletter 13 - 28 July 2017

From The Principal

Welcome To Term 3

At all times, explicit and differentiated Literacy and Numeracy teaching is the core of what we do, and this is supported by Critical and Creative thinking focus and the integration of technology to enhance learning.

Technology is a huge part of our lives. While it took the telephone 75 years to reach 50 million users, in 2012 it took the Angry Birds Space app only 35 days to reach 50 million users.

At our school, we explicitly teach a balanced use of technology including the explicit teaching of social and ethical protocols. To read the ICT continuum and what is taught from Foundation (Pre Primary) to Year 6 click HERE.

We want every one of our students to be Digital Citizens. Digital citizenship is about confident and positive engagement with digital technology. A digital citizen is a person with the skills and knowledge to effectively use digital technologies to participate in society, communicate with others and create and consume digital content.

Three core principles that responsible digital citizens should practise are:

  • ENGAGE positively
  • KNOW your online world
  • CHOOSE consciously.

For more information about digital citizenship click HERE.

ThinkUKnow presentation

As adults we need to understand what our children see, say and do online. To accommodate this, we have organised a parent presentation ThinkUKnow on Tuesday 8 August at 6.30pm in the library and I encourage all parents to attend. ThinkUKnow Australia is a cyber safety education program that educates parents, about how people are using technology, the challenges they may face online, and how to help them overcome these in a safe and ethical way.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank. The presentation will be delivered by a local law enforcement member and an industry volunteer. The presentation covers issues relating to children and young peoples’ privacy and security online, their relationships with other users and their online reputation. It provides insight into the devices young people are using, as well as the popular websites, apps and social networking sites they’re accessing.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more about young people and the online environment, and how you can help them to be safe and responsible users of technology. For more information, you can visit

Staffing Term 3

We welcome Kate Somoff, our new Art teacher, who works Monday to Thursdays teaching the Year 1-6 classes Art.

Making Memories Outside

This week and next week all children from K-Year 6 will be involved in an Educated by Nature Incursion. They include Tinkering Zone for Kindy and Pre Primary, Muddy Gully in Years 1 & 3, Imagination Village in Year 2, and Fire in Year 4, 5 & 6. The programs facilitate connection to self, nature and the community. 

I would like to thank Trudi Bennett for writing the P&C funding submission and the P&C for subsidising half of the cost of this valuable incursion. To read more about Educated by nature click HERE. To read about Nature Play WA click HERE.

To read more about the incursion and to view pictures please go to the Curriculum section of the newsletter.

Open Night Tuesday 19 September

Be sure to put aside the evening of Tuesday 19 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.

School Photographs

The Years 1- 6 individual and class photographs will be taken throughout WEEK 4. This year we will be trialling a new system and a new company, Grant Taylor Portraits. The viewing, ordering and payment of the photographs will be 100% online. Nothing is paid until you have seen the photographs.
More information and an individual student form with a registration code will be sent home with the students next week. Sibling photographs will be available during lunchtime on Tuesday 8 August and Thursday 10 August. Please click HERE to view the suggested class session times and days.

Sports News

School Cross Country August 4
Yr 3/4 Starts at 12:30pm
Yr 5/6 Starts at 2:20pm
Where: Theatre Gardens

Interschool Cross Country August 18

School Athletics Carnival September 8

Interschool Athletics Carnival
Day 1 Mon 18 September Karriynup Primary School (Throws, 400m/800m, Long Jump)
Day 2 Wed 20 September McLean Oval Floreat (Sprints & Team Games)

Before School Athletics Training
Over 50 Year 3-6 children braved the cold to take part in before school Athletics training on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The children participated in team games, running, throwing and catching in preparation for our athletics carnival.  It was wonderful to see the level of self-motivation.  All Year 3-6 students are invited to take part for the next 5 weeks. Thank you to Andy Longhurst for coaching the children.

RagTagd Clothing Tags

If you missed out on dropping off your jackets for tagging on Friday morning, tags are still available from the Uniform Shop and Library for parents to sew into their own items.

How parents can take part
1. Free Smart Tags will be available from the uniform shop or the library to sew into jackets you already own.

2. Activate your Smart Tag, by sending an SMS of your tag number, to ensure you receive notifications.

3. If notified, arrange collection of the item from the lost property area in the upper block hall.

Smart Tags can be re-registered for second-hand sales and hand-me-downs
To find out more visit

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

The Uniform Shop now opens every Tuesday MORNING  between 8.30 – 9.30am and now also on Thursdays from 2.30-3.00pm. It is located in the middle school block, near the gate next to the Subiaco Museum.

Building Fund Donations

Thank you to the generous families of Subiaco Primary who donated $4390. to the building fund. Classroom ceiling fans will be installed with the money raised.

Restocking Our School Playpod

We would like your assistance by donating any unwanted cooking utensils. For example pots, pans, cake tins, cupcake pans, mixing bowls, wooden spoons and anything else that would be good for ‘play pod playing’.
Crates, small furniture items, fabric or sheets, as well as dress-up clothing are popular too. Please contact if you have suitable items.

PEAC and ICAS Testing

English ICAS Testing
The English ISCAS  Assessment will take place during week 3  Tuesday 1 August. Sixty seven students in years 4-6 have opted to take part in the testing this year. Comprehensive reports will be available towards the end of the term. Students attending the Chess Competition will have the opportunity to sit the ICAS test in the afternoon.

PEAC Testing Year 4
The 2017 Year 4  PEAC testing will take place at the school on Thursday 3 August . The data collected from the tests will be used in the selection of students for PEAC courses and extension programs during 2018 and 2019. Notification of success in gaining a placement into the 2018 PEAC program will be provided early Term 4. Testing will only take place on that date but a catch up testing day should be available early next year. Click HERE for a parent information note.

Honour Awards

Lewis Stepatschuk
Thomas Mengler
Sazi White
Rui Hayashi
Loreta Dimovska
Harry Graham
Louise Aubin-Croker

Benji Pritchard
Kyan Brown
Conan Walker
Cooper Oberg
Hannah Nguyen


Kynan Walker
Charles Major
Tyler Howard
Adam Round
Eden Pretorius
Amelie Coulter-Nile
Alan Malins
Abdulrahman Aqqad
Louis McGeough
Elliott Naidoo
Dominick Santana
Mariya Aljohani


Andrew Howlett
Archibald Murray
Zahra Donnetti
Leo Dono
Zachary Bowden
Ethan Potter
Claudia Kinsella
Sadie Walker
Livia Pritchard
Ollie Parker
Isabella Baldwin


Lunchtime Clubs

A number of clubs will continue to run this term between 1:30-2:00pm at lunchtime. Clubs and activities on offer this term include Writing, Social Justice Group, Puzzles, Lego, Games, Coding and Blackies Maintenance.

Subiaco Primary Parent Night Out

Subiaco Primary School’s Year 1 is holding it’s annual P&C fundraiser on Saturday 2 September.  This year it promises to be another fun filled night with great wine and food, DJ’s from our own school community and fantastic door prizes. Tickets are $35 per person and go on sale in August.  Put it in your diaries….we hope to see you there!

For Your Diary

Term Planner
Click HERE to view the term planner.

Term 3 commences on Tuesday 17 July for students

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.

Student Leaders and Peer Mediators

Student Leaders
This terms Student Leaders are Alexander Christiansen, Amelie Wright, Olivier Thomson, Anya Sreenevasan, Alenna Golestani, Sienna Williams, Jules Fredonnet, Austin Cass, Tom Wright, Layla Hayes, Ava Hogan, Elliott Naidoo and Laura Rutherford

Peer Mediation
The Graduating Year 6 students are given the opportunity to take on the leadership role of Peer Mediator for one semester. A number of students from Year 6 U7/8 elected to take on this voluntary roll for this semester.
These Year 6 students act as mediators in the yard during recess and lunch times. Peer mediators work in pairs and wear a coloured vest and a badge so that they can easily be identified by other students in the playground.
The main duties of the Peer Mediator include:

  • Ensuring student disputes are dealt with in a fair and kind manner;
  • Mediating between the younger students to help solve problems;
  • Help to ensure our school playground is a safe and inclusive environment;
  • Assisting teachers on duty to collect ice packs or first aid if requested;
  • Being on duty on a rostered basis.

A BIG thank you to the following students for taking up the opportunity: Sophia Matraszek, Poppy Betlehem, Eda Basarir, Luke Meczes, Bronagh Freegard, Deratu Lindsay, Elina Ismayilova, Rose O’Reilly, Annapurna Dutta, Mariya Aljohani, Ryan Prentice, Ollie Parker, Hayden Ranson, Dhruv Gehlot, Alexander Christiansen, Olivier Thompson, Archie Harray and Orson Murray.

Music News

Lunchtime Concerts
During this term I will be organising a series of short lunchtime concerts for students. The concerts are informal opportunities for students to perform on their instrument for each other.  All students are welcome to attend as ‘performers’ and/or audience members.  Students who are interested need to register their names and details with Mr Angel before the end of week 3. Students may perform as individuals or as part of a small group. The program and dates will be issued once I have all student details. 

School Band/Orchestra - ‘Blast-Off Band!'
Our school band is now in full swing for Year 5 and 6 students!  Students do not need to be part of the SIM program to participate, however they are expected to attend rehearsals each week.  The band consists of: Woodwind: Clarinets, Flutes; Brass, trumpets, trombones; Percussion, Drum Kit, Glockenspiel, Piano. The String Ensemble (Violin, Viola, Cello) continue to rehearse on Tuesday morning from 7:40am in the music room. They will be invited to attend the ‘Blast-Off Band' rehearsal occasionally depending on our repertoire. Rehearsals will be held every Wednesday in the music room from 1:30pm - 2:00pm.

WAGSMS Choir Performance

The Subiaco Primary School Choir will be performing at the WAGSMS (Western Australia Government Schools Music Society) concert held at the Crown Theatre, Burswood on Tuesday 29 August. The students are very excited as they prepare for this event.

Please remember that our rehearsals start at 8.00am on Monday mornings, and with only 5 weeks to go it is important that the students arrive on time to maximise our rehearsal time. Additional rehearsals will be held at lunchtimes as we approach the concert date. 

The choir will be performing two pieces during the concert - Chim Chim Cheree and Supercalerfragilisticexpialidocious from Mary Poppins. Details of simple costuming requirements can be found HERE.

For more information about the Burswood performance including ticket purchase click HERE


Kindy Tinkering Incursion
There was much enthusiasm this week at Kindy as the children participated in the Tinkering Zone with Daniel and Trudy. They had the opportunity to take risks and experiment with hammers, hand drills, saws and whittling tools to carve, cut, drill, saw and tinker. The children were in awe that they were trusted to use the ‘grown up’ tools to make and create. Throughout the morning EVERY child was fully engaged and displayed confidence and perseverance. Many thanks to the parents who volunteered to help out.

PP Tinkering Incursion
On Tuesday, the student from LP and L12 were fortunate to participate in a Tinkering Incursion provided by the fantastic crew at 'Educated by Nature'. The students began the incursion by sitting on the big green mat where they met Trudy and Daniel who introduced the many different tools and resources which they would be able to access and use throughout the incursion. Whilst whittling and using nuts and bolts proved exciting for the students, the most sought after and used piece of equipment was the hand saw! The students showed great persistence, determination and creativity to make lots of different objects- popular items included planes, swords and pillows soft enough to sleep on! We enjoyed participating in this experience and can't wait to apply some of the skills which we learnt into our future learning programs. A very big thank you to our parent helpers who volunteered their time and helped to make this incursion possible.

100 Days Celebration
In classes LP and L12 the Pre-primary students have been excitedly counting and tracking the number of days which they have attended school. On Tuesday 25 July we finally reached 100 days and celebrated with lots of fun maths activities! Both classes worked hard in Mrs Gaunt's class where they had the choice of participating in activities focussed on the number 100 such as: jumping up and down on a trampoline, throwing and catching a ball, dot painting, building towers with cups, roll and cover games, colouring in and everyone's favourite- making 100 days of school crowns! Each Pre-primary student also received a special '100 Days Smarter' certificate for all of the hard work which they have done over the last two terms. Click HERE for photos.

Muddy Gully Poetry Year 3 M4
The children wrote poetry reflections about their Muddy Gully experience.
Muddy Gully looks like dark grey thunderclouds and an ocean falling from the sky. It is children having fun; screaming, dancing and laughing.
It feels like a snake slithering through the wet grass and ice dripping on my head.
When I eat mud I taste rotten carrots, mouldy raspberries, brussel sprouts, and salt water and sand.
It smells like mouldy cupcakes with dirt sprinkles and too much perfume in a room that stinks.
I hear drums beating on the rooftops and a horse galloping through the mud.
I loved Muddy Gully because I played in the rain, got dirty and laughed a lot.

Mud Day
The L10 and L11 Mud Day, at the end of last term, was a nature play day that provided many open-ended play and sensory experiences as well as the opportunity to get dirty. Activities included a mud pit, a tinkering table, still life drawing, textural rubbings, painting with natural leaf brushes, making objects with clay and natural materials, cubby house making and sand trays. The children from L10 also made a mud cake for everyone to enjoy at morning tea. Giles Pickard from the City of Subiaco talked to the children about native wildlife and supervised the planting of seedlings in the front of L11. It was a messy but very enjoyable day for everyone.Thank you to the parents who helped in many ways.  Click HERE for photos. 

Year 1 L3 Muddy Gully
Educated by Nature’s ‘Muddy Gully’ Mud Pies Grove incursion hit the mark with our Year 1 students. They had a wonderful time activating their senses outdoors with ooey, gooey, squelchy, slimy, sticky mud! Shrieks of excitement could be heard when it was time to explore all the different mud stations on offer. Children delighted in the freedom to get wet, muddy and dirty, and most importantly play and engage with nature. Thanks to all the parents who came along and helped, with some reliving their childhood by throwing off their shoes and getting muddy with reckless abandon!

Year 1 L5
These quotes are snippets from our Language Experience Writing session which followed the incursion.
Hannah- The clay felt gooey and squishy. It was the best day ever.
Genevieve- I made powerful potions and mud pies.
Indi – I liked sitting outside.

Muddy Gully Year 3 M3
M3 thoroughly enjoyed the mud! There was mud play, water play and painting our faces. A great time was had by all!

To see photos from all the Nature Play activities held this week please click HERE.

From the School Psychologist

Prof Matt Sanders is a Professor of Clinical Psychology (University of Queensland) and the founder of the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P). He will be delivering the inaugural Robin Winkler lecture at the Theatre Auditorium at  UWA Club on Wednesday 6 September from 6 to 7:30 pm.

This free lecture is titled, Transforming the Lives of Children, Parents and Communities through Positive Parenting: myth or reality?  
Bookings are essential. Please visit if you would like more information on the topic as well as to book to attend the event.

Subiaco Primary School is raising funds. Here's how you can help...

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To order your Book or your Digital Membership securely online visit: or for an order form click HERE.


Kindergarten Playground
The Kindy playground is not a place to play after school as unfortunately we have had several incidences of equipment being misused. If families wish to play afterschool the junior playground, Blackies and Theatre Gardens are wonderful playgrounds that can be utilised.

Dress Code
It is expected that all children adhere to the school dress code.  We are seeing in the junior years some children wearing different coloured jumpers and tights.  The uniform shop is stocked with girls’ tights, a long pant and a 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.

Subscribe to Our Newsfeed
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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.

E News

A new report from Planet Ark examines how prepared the next generation is to tackle the biggest future challenges facing humanity. Find out what 200 surveyed teachers said were the top skills kids needed for the future.

Click HERE to read more.

Community News

News from Subiaco Library.
The library welcomes children to use its resources, attend programs, to borrow items and to come and hang out after school. Did you know we run 2 book clubs especially for kids- Red Minions for ages 7-10 and Odd Cookies for 10 plus. Meetings are held each month on Monday afternoons. For more information on the book clubs and other children’s services and programs call Jane on 9237 9300.
We would like parents and carers to be aware that the library is a public place and as such, staff cannot supervise nor monitor the safety and behaviour of unattended children.

Private School Bus Service
Are you interested in the school community having a private school bus service, if so please click HERE for more information.

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