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Newsletter 14 - 11 August 2017

From The Principal

Our P&C does an amazing job at Subiaco Primary led by Jodi Mansfield our P&C President.

This year the P&C generously donated $110,000 to the school for a number of projects including:

Music Instruments  $4,390
Percussion sets,  $600
Play area upgrade,  $25,000
Pool area upgrade,  $20,000
Sporting equipment for each classroom,  $6,000
Literacy – Reading and Spelling resources,  $5,000
ICT & Technologies  $23,000
Walkable World Map,  $2,500
Raised vegetable garden beds  $2,000
Universal Access Equipment  $2,000
Swimming caps (30 per faction & team caps)  $750
Shade sails Kindy  $12,000
Educated By Nature Incursions (half funding) $6,501

Some of the projects are in the planning and ordering phase and others completed. 
These projects are funded with the money raised through P&C events held throughout the year including food stalls at carnivals, the Book Fair, Disco, Movie Night and the Big Night out. I would like to thank the coordinating parents as well as parents who support these events. I invite all parents to support the next fundraising event Palm Springs Party and I hope to see you all there!

P&C Funded Projects

New Percussion Instruments
Here are some of our Pre-primary students enjoying using their new percussion instruments to sing familiar songs and looking forward to making up their own tunes!

New Electronic Drum Kits
The students have been very excited in the Music room with the recent arrival of our new electronic drum kit thanks to the P&C! A few of our drummers are already using it as part of class ensemble and school band. Many senior students have been learning to play the rock beat combining the hi-hat, snare and bass drum - a big co-ordination challenge for some! Mr Angel is thankful that the new drum kit comes with headphones! In the next few weeks we will welcome some new xylophones and metalophones thanks to the P&C funding. Click HERE for photos.

Sporting Equipment
Thanks to a successful P&C funding round submission all of the Year 1-6 classrooms were able to choose $300 worth of sporting equipment to be housed in their classroom. The teachers and students had fun selecting items to suit their age group and preferences. Now the students are having heaps more fun playing with the equipment before school, at recess and lunch time. Click HERE to see some of the items purchased.

Educated By Nature Incursions
Over the past couple of weeks all classes from Pre-primary to Year 6 have participated in Educated by Nature incursions. In the curriculum section of this newsletter are photos from the this week's classes involved in the program.

Palm Springs Party

Date: Saturday 2 September at 7.00pm

Venue: The Palms Community Centre
Corner Rokeby and Nicholson Roads

Tickets: $35 per person
Includes nibbles, DJs and fantastic door prizes (Drinks can be purchased at the venue).

Online ticket sales for this year’s Big Night Out – The Palm Springs Party - are now available from the Online Uniform Shop. To place your order, please visit the online shop HERE

Please include your child’s name and classroom number when ordering so that the tickets can be delivered directly to their classroom.

We are extremely grateful to have the support of the following businesses that have kindly contributed to the night:
Bennett + Co Lawyers, Bodhi J, Cherubino Wines, City of Subiaco, Fuller Fitness, Linton & Kay Galleries, Lulu La Delizia, Monsterella Pizza, Next Generation Kings Park, Subiaco Hotel.

ThinkUKnow Presentation

Thank you to the parents who attended this week’s informative parent presentation ThinkUKnow. I urge all parents to take a look at the following website. It contains information on parental controls, fact sheets for parents about Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Tinder, videos about Kids Helpline, keeping personal information safe, cyberbullying, guides to cybersafety and more.

Book Week Parade Friday 25 August

Start planning your Book Week Parade costume now. Children are encouraged to come dressed as a Book Week character. The parade will be held at 9.00am on Friday 25 August in the undercover area.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Book Fair is coming soon!
A reading event that brings to school the books children want to read. Please visit the Book Fair for a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Book Fair Week: Monday 11 - Saturday 16 September.

Shopping Hours: Monday 11 - Friday 15 Sept, 8.15-9.00am and 3.00-3.45pm
Saturday 16 Sept (Subiaco Farmers Market) 8.00am-12.00pm

Special acivities and Colouring competition: Information to come.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at the Book Fair. For further information please conract Kah Yess Low at or Vanessa Greenlees at

Winter Appeal

Our Annual Winter Appeal will commence Week 6, 21 August, and will continue through to the end of week 7. We are collecting food and goodies to help support families in need, and the homeless adults and families at the Tranby Day Centre and Family Foundation in Northbridge.  Collection points at the school will be the stage areas in the Upper and Lower Hall. Please click HERE to see the flier for suitable items.

Smart Tagged Jackets

Thank you to the families who supported the Smart Tag initiative. Jumpers that were tagged have been successfully returned to students via the collection centre in the upper hall. Parents who haven’t already done so but would like to be part of the Smart Tag initiative still have the opportunity to collect a FREE tag from the uniform shop or the library over the next couple of months. Once the free offer expires parents will still be able to tag their child’s uniform but for nominal cost.

Healthy Hub News

The Healthy Hub conscripted some energetic and enthusiastic students and presented a rap song at our first assembly for Term 3.  It was a strong message about the benefits of our school’s Crunch & Sip program, with a big emphasis on how vital veggies are to grow stronger, faster, happier and smarter!!  Take a look… and remember to pack crunch & sip for school each day!

Click HERE to view the video.

For more information on the Crunch & Sip program click HERE.

Apple Slinky Day

Another successful Apple Slinky Day with hundreds of mouth-watering apples slinked by the ever obliging Year 6 school leaders. Apple Slinky Day takes place on the 4th Thursday every term to help promote healthy eating and smart lunch box choices.

Woolies Earn and Learn

Woolworths Earn & Learn program is back for 2017 and runs from Wed 26 July to Tue 19 September.

Parents can help the school earn a range of educational resources by collecting Earn and Learn stickers everytime they shop at Woolworths. Every $10.00 spent earns one voucher.

Sticker sheets and Collection boxes can be found at the Subiaco Woolworths store, and at the school front office.

Honour Awards

Leah Tjipetekera
Remy Isitt
Jin Yu Lim
Leila Read
Georgia Teasdale
Giulia Offer
Genevieve Long
Oliver James
Erin Mak
Jamie Reid
Sienna Williams
Saanvi Sandeep Doddi


Dheeraj Grandhi
Emily Lam Pham
Hayden Ranson
Eda Basarir
Joseph Kilcullen
Gyo Kang
Tiffany Cock
Samantha Yang
Cooper Sekulov
Esha Malghan
Ayla Hayter
Hannah Regli


Pippa Park
Amelia Rembalski
Muhammad Imran
Kyah Yarwood
Carlie Ferguson
Anuk De Silva
Caden Basak
Aryana Borjian
Dariyan Sachett
Stella Schaffert
Omar Shakshir
Rama Fadhel


School Cross Country

The school Cross Country was held on Friday 4 August at the Theatre Gardens. The rain managed to hold out for most of the day with competitors having fun and enjoying the most scenic run they have experienced in years. Well done to all competitors who finished the gruelling course and a special mention to the following place getters.

Year 3's
Sophie Harland, Cate Carter, Emily Evans, Natalia Sprogoe and Caitlyn Phillip.
Isaac Spencer, Conan Walker, Cooper Sekuolv, James Stephan and Jamie Reid.

Year 4's
Jacqueline Brownfield, Maddie Tyter, Josephine Ellis, Helen McCaul and Ruby Read.
Lewis Stepachuck, Ciaran Doyle, Milian Sreenevasan, Leo Dono and Harry Mengler.

Year 5's
Carlie Ferguson, Sabine Mizzi, Paola Ion, Lana Aqqad and Amelia Rembalski.
James Martin, Tom Mengler, Marcello Dono, Ezekiel Tapping and Robbie Brace.

Year 6's
Deratu Lindsay, Layla Hayes, Leila Read, Kyah Yarwood and Laura Rutherford.
Oscar Crosby, Jules Fredonnet, Tom Wright, Giovanni Douziech and Cannon Ashdown.

Click HERE for photos.

PEAC Testing Year 4

PEAC testing took place at Subiaco Primary last week. A number of students missed the test due to illness and holidays. These students will have the opportunity to be assessed for the PEAC program either at the end of the school year or early next year. A catch up date will be announced to parents via the Year 4 class teachers. The PEAC Assessment results will be available next term.

For Your Diary

Mathematics ICAS Testing
The Mathematics ISCAS  Assessment will take place next, week 5,  Tuesday 15 August. Seventy one 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.

Open Night Tuesday 20 September
Be sure to put aside the evening of Tuesday 20 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.

Term Planner
Click HERE to view the term planner.

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.

School Photographs

The remaining sibling photographs will be taken next week at lunchtime Wednesday 16 August, weather permitting. Parents who registered for the sibling photograph will be notified by Grant via email. All class groups and individual photos will be available for viewing online in a couple of weeks.


Kindy Critters Up CLose Incursion
Michael from Critters Up Close brought in a variety of animals to Kindy this week. Some were feathered, furry or scaly, others were aquatic or had an exoskeleton. We learnt so many interesting facts and bravely met all the critters. Click HERE for photos.

Book Week Incursion
On Wednesday, SUPER DUPER, an educational musical for schools came to Subiaco to perform for the pre-primary through to the year six classes. This interactive performance was created to celebrate Book Week 2017 and was based on a selection of the short-listed books from the Children’s Book Council of Australia annual book awards. Two performances, a junior and general version, had children investigating such themes as imagination, courage, resilience, persistence, disabilities and inclusiveness. Children enjoyed recognising many of the nominated books that are currently on display in our library. Click HERE for photos.

In week 6 children will be attending author talks at Subiaco Library and don’t forget our annual Book Week Parade on Friday 25 August.

For the past two weeks we have been learning about the very first book Mem Fox ever wrote, Possum Magic. We have immersed ourselves in cooking experiences linked to the states and territory which Hush and Grandma Poss visited, and have made vegemite sandwiches, laminations, scones and pavlovas.

Today we used the Bee-Bots and a large map of Australia to recreate Hush's adventures. Each student had to program their Bee-Bot to travel around Australia, starting with Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth and finishing in Tasmania. As a whole group we used direction coding cards to plan the code/pathways which we wanted our Bee-Bots to follow before attempting this activity independently and with partners. The students had a great time and will be demonstrating this activity to LP next week. We hope this provides you with a bit of an insight into how we will be using the bee-bots this semester! Click HERE for photos.

U2 Fire Incursion
U2 bravely survived Monday's cold and rain to build fires in the Blackies - not an easy feat. Not only did the children successfully build their own fires but they took on the challenge to create one large enough to burn a piece of string strung above their fires. Of course the incursion was not complete without sitting around the campfire toasting marshmallows. Take a look... click HERE for photos.

T1 Nature Incursion
The children in T1 loved making potions with water and leaves. Their faces were covered with all sorts of coloured clay. They enjoyed the sloshy, squishy feeling of the clay between their toes.

U6 Fire Incursion
On a freezing morning, in between showers of rain, the U6 class learnt about the fire triangle, fire safety and how to start a fire using only flint steel and jute. The students gathered their materials and fuel for the fire and persevered to start their fires. All students loved the experience but especially toasting their marshmallows at the end! Click HERE

Year 5 Fire Incursion
Students from both Year 5 classes thoroughly enjoyed learning about fire and fire safety. The Educated by Nature leaders were brilliant and encouraged the students to build a fire and toast their own marshmallows. Click the links for students reflections on the incursion.  Olivia   Robbie   Willa

Year 6 Activities
The Year 6 students have participated in a range of activities over the last few months including the Interschool Chess Competition, the Modcrosse Lightning Carnival, in which we were victorious, a visit to Scitech and the Educated by Nature incursion. Click HERE for photos.

To read some student recounts of the activities click the following links:  
Ava Chess   Eda Modcrosse   Tom Modcrosse   Rohan Fire   Leila Scitech   

Educated by Nature has recently been at Subiaco Primary School conducting incursions to develop nature connection and exploring tool use. The students have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and many may be interested in joining Educated by Nature during the holidays for activities such as building cubbies, carpentry and cooking with fire.

Term 3 Sporting Dates

Interschool Cross Country – Friday 18 August @ McGilvray Oval , Mount Claremont
(for the first 5 finishes in each year level of the School Cross Country)
Year 4-610:00am – 1:00pm finish

Year 1-2 Faction Carnival – Wednesday 6 September @ Subiaco Primary Oval
8:50am – 10:50am finish

Year 3 -6 Faction Carnival – Friday 8 September @ Subiaco School Oval
9:30am- 2:30pm finish

Interschool Carnival – Jumps, Throws and Middle Distance Running – Week 10
Selected Year 3-6

Interschool Carnival -Sprints, Team Games and Relays – Week 10
Selected Year 1-6

Bikes At School

There have been a few of incidents of late involving bikes:

  • Bikes left over night or on the weekends run the risk of being stolen or damaged.
  • The school is informed of an incidents involving students riding their bikes quickly and dangerously down Subiaco streets. Students will be discouraged from riding to school if they ride in a manner which puts themselves or the community at risk.
  • We are still having many near misses in the school grounds where students are having to dodge other students riding their bikes. Students and parents are reminded to NOT ride bikes, scooters or skateboards in the school grounds, especially on the brick areas.


Children On Medications
It is parents responsibility to periodically check medications at school (eg. Epipens, ventolin inhalers etc) to ensure they are within the use by date.

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

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In the 1960s, Australians were considered among the best in the world when it came to dealing with waste. Many recycling programs – especially those involving paper and newspaper – were pioneered in Australia. And the launch of the Keep Australia Beautiful campaign in the late-1960s and 1970s put the issue of waste at the forefront of the national consciousness. What has changed?

Click HERE for 25 educational resources to help students take a critical look at household, retail and farming waste, helping them have an active role in the issue!

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