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Newsletter 2 - 10 February 2017

From The Principal

At Subiaco Primary we:

  • Create opportunities;
  • Have Engaged Children; as well as
  • A Vibrant Learning Community

We do this at our school in a myriad of ways which includes offering before school swimming training, Year 4-6 choir and a Chess for Life Club. We provide opportunities for social growth and well-being through an environmentally focused Blackies Maintenance Group and Play Pod monitors, and a socially aware Social Justice Group. 

New this year will be the establishment of a series of lunch time clubs which children from Year 1-6 can elect to join including Art, Girls’ Football, Music, Keyboard skills, Puzzles, Coding and Nature Play. We also facilitate a strong leadership program with Student Leaders and Peer Mediators.

When selecting priority areas we look at a range of sources such as Department of Education directions, our data, Australian Curriculum implementation, current research and staff surveys. We analyse the data, make on balance judgements and always look for continuous improvement. With this in mind, our 2017 whole school priority areas are:

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

To read more about the selection of priority areas click HERE.
I am looking forward to seeing you at the P&C Sundowner on Friday 24 February at 4.30pm.

Set Yourself Up For A Great Year!

There are several sure-fire ways to make this a great year. Click HERE to read more.

P&C Sundowner

Parent Information Evenings

All parents are encouraged to attend these sessions. Our teachers are committed to providing a quality education for our students and ongoing contact with parents is encouraged. For times click HERE.

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.

School Dress Code

Wearing of our full school uniform promotes a sense of pride and belonging. It is expected that all children wear full school uniform.  Please make sure all items of clothing are named, particularly school zip jackets. Faction t-shirts can be worn on Fridays and school carnival days. To read the policy click HERE.

Early Childhood Classroom Building Program

Subiaco Primary is extremely fortunate to receive Federal Government funding for 4 permanent classrooms. The building program will start on Tuesday 7 March, following the long weekend and the buildings will be ready for the 2018 school year. Staff, students and parents are not permitted to enter the building site.


Design & Technology in Pre Primary
After reading the book, Chica Chica Boom Boom, Mrs Waghela’s L12 Pre Primary children designed a tree to balance alphabet letters on. Click HERE to see the students fully engaged in their designs.

Crunch & Sip
We actively support Crunch and Sip at our school. Thank you to the Healthy Hub parents Abi Crisp, Kristen Carter, Mel Gilchrist and Cy Rocci for their Crunch & Sip presentation at our recent sub-assemblies. Mr Egan was a Crunch & Sip Hero at the junior assembly and so can you be! For information about Crunch & Sip click HERE.

Swimming News
Over 30 Year 4-6 students have been enthusiastically attending before school swimming training on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 6.45am at HBF stadium with coach Elena Nesci. For more information click HERE.

Junior Swimming Carnival swimming practice Yr 2 and 3 Thursday 9 March.
Interschool Swimming Trials 21 February 12:30-2:30 @ HBF Stadium. Click HERE for the Interschool trials note.
Faction Carnival Year 4-6 Friday 10 March. Click HERE for the Faction Swimming Carnival grading note.
Interschool Swimming Carnival Thursday 16 March.
Junior Fun Swimming Carnival Year 1-3 Friday 17 March.

Interschool Teams Selection Guidelines
The School Board has endorsed the Interschool Team Selection Guidelines. To read the guidelines click HERE.

As it is the beginning of the year, questions are asked about homework and opinions vary as to the value of homework.  At Subiaco Primary, homework forms part of a developmental learning program, relevant to the children’s age and supported by classroom practice.

Homework should avoid dependence on unreasonable levels of parental assistance and allow time for family, recreational and cultural pursuits. Preparation of students for the time commitment of homework anticipated in years to come is not, in itself, a reasonable basis for setting homework. Classroom homework expectations will be explained to you at the parent information sessions.

We are looking to establish a Homework Club which would run on Thursday lunchtimes. It would be supervised by teachers and designed to assist students who are experiencing problems with their set homework.

To read a copy of our Homework Policy click HERE. To read the Department of Education Guidelines on Homework Click HERE.

Our Values And Beliefs About Teaching
For information about Values and Beliefs about teaching Numeracy and Literacy please click HERE.

School Creed
Subiaco Primary is rich in history and our School Creed is part of that history. For a copy of our School Creed click HERE.

Subscribe to Our Newsfeed For 2017

Subscribe to Our Newsfeed For 2017
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.

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 have been sent home. The program is fully funded by the Department of Education.

The Year 6 Interm Swimming Program commences this Monday 13 Febraury at Cottesloe Beach. Permission notes and Health Care Forms need to be updated and returned to the school before your child can participate in this program.

For Your Diary

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.

PP-Year 1 - Monday after school on the School Oval, 3.15-4.00pm.
$100 for 7 sessions, Starts Monday 13 February.
Term 1 skills: Overarm Throw and Balance.
Enrol at:

Camp Dates
Year 6 students will be attending a four day camp at The Nanga Bush Camp near Dwellingup from Tuesday 28 February – Friday 3 March. Information notes were sent home this week

From the Chaplain

This year I will be facilitating the BUZ Program in Years 1 and 2. The program is to help develop positive social skills that will help students to build positive self-image where they know, accept and utilise their personal strengths. Students will also learn about co-operation, tolerance and acceptance of others.

A method we learn is how to make friends the SNACK way.

S   SMILE  Make contact with a smile, a smile is a friend magnet
N   NAME  Find out their name, use it and tell them yours
A   ASK  Ask them another question to find out more about them
C   CARE  Care and Share, and be fair, build trust and cooperation
K   KEEP  Working on building your friendship

The above pictures shows some of our lovely Year 2 students using the SNACK method.

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.

Lunchtime Clubs and Alternative Sports

This week students in Years 1-6 had the opportunity to sign up to a number of clubs which will run this term between 1:30-2:00pm at lunchtime. These include Art Clubs, Girls Football, Nature Play Club, Music Club, Social Justice Group, Key Board Skills Club, Puzzle Club, Coding Clubs and The Blackies Maintenance Group. 

Students now have the opportunity to participate in alternative games and sports at lunchtime under our new shade sails. Duty teachers have been rostered on to teach and oversee a number of different sports and fun activities including elastics, boules, bowling, quoits, table tennis, outdoor chess, footbags, juggling rings and much more.


School Pool Closure
The school pool will remain closed until further notice due to maintenance issues.

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.

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.

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.


Parents are asked to update their child’s medical plans and return them to class teacher by the end of next week, Friday 17 February. If your child is not on a medical plan but has a medical condition including asthma and allergies or may require medication or monitoring, please contact your child’s teacher or the front office staff.

E News

Five Ways to Keep Your School Routine Green
The start of the school year is upon us and for many the year ahead is all about getting into good habits for the kids and as a family. Planet Ark has a range of suggestions to help you build in some every day ‘green’ habits that are simple and easy, yet can make a big difference.

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.

Registering to play AFL Football and Auskick
Registrations to play AFL Football or Auskick with the Subiaco Junior Football club are now open.
Please go to our website at for further information.
Alternatively the club will be having an Open Day on Saturday 18 February at Subiaco Primary School during the Subiaco Farmers Market.
Our Auskick programme will be available every Sunday from the end of April through to August, for kids from Pre-Primary to Year 2.
In an exciting new change, Year 3's will now play football matches each Sunday.
The annual registration fee for Year 4 to Year 9 is $250 while Year 3 will be $180.
A training and playing jumper will be supplied.
Auskick is $130 and comes with a full Auskick kit, backpack and football. 

Subi Farmers Market

For more information about Bone Marrow Donation please click HERE.

Click HERE for the latest Farmers market newsletter.