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Newsletter 3 - 24 February 2017

From The Principal

Friendships are an important part of life. Our teachers explicitly teach personal and social skills including using appropriate language to communicate feelings, showing empathy and respect for others and strategies to maintain positive relationships over time such as active listening, accepting differences, being cooperative, building new friendships and dealing with bullying. 

In addition, Jamie, our Chaplain teaches the BUZ Today and BUZ Friends program for Year 1 & 2 students. The Focus of the BUZ program is to develop social skills to enable children to instigate, build and maintain successful friendships; the ability to cooperate with others in the classroom and playground.

To read the Health Curriculum Scope and Sequence from Pre-primary to Year 6 in Communicating and Interacting for Health and Well-being click HERE. To read a 2 page article on how to make friends and mend friendships click HERE.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the P&C Sundowner this afternoon.

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.

P&C Meeting Monday 27 February

The first P&C meeting for the year will be held on Monday 27 February in the school library starting at 7.30pm. Come along and find out how the P&C supports the school. The P&C Executive and committee members will be elected at this meeting. The roles include; President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, CLP Coordinator, Events, Uniform Shop, Buildings and Grounds, Building Fund, Pool, Wellbeing & Chaplaincy, Healthy Eating and Sustainability. The committees always welcome new members.

Swimming Carnival Food Stall Friday 10 March

Once again a food stall will be held at recess during the Year 4-6 swimming carnival, which will be held on Friday 10 March. Please remind children to bring in their pocket money so they can buy from the selection of food available. The Year 4 parents are running the stall, but will gratefully receive food donations from other classes on the day.

School Board Meeting

Our first Board meeting will be held on Tuesday 7 March at 7.00pm in the school library. All Board meetings are open meetings.  If you would like to attend please email School Board Chair by Friday 3 March.

Our School Board

The role of the School Board is to set the long term future for the school. The Board’s role is strategic and does not have a role in the day to day operational management. To read more about the roles and responsibilities of a School Board click HERE.

This year Zoe Schaffert and Kerry Warburton join our Board. Zoe and Kerry were elected as parent representatives late in 2016 replacing Marina Hogan and Phil Riley, who were both outstanding, inaugural Board members over the last 6 years. Zoe has two girls, Nina in Kindy and Stella in Year 2. Kerry’s son Tommy is in Pre-Primary and daughter Tessa is in Year 2.

Melinda Harris, Assistant Principal, joins our Board in 2016 and she replaces Chris Shorter. I would like to thank Chris for his valuable contributions to the Board over the last 7 years. 

Sue Piperis, our community representative has taken on the Board Chair role. Sue’s  two sons previously attended Subiaco Primary. Sue has been a strong Board member for the last 3 years.

Sue Piperis

Morgan Harland

Kerry Warburton

Tim Braslin

Zoe Schaffert

Greg Lynch

Carolyn Press

Annie Johnson

Melinda Harris

Labour Day Long Weekend

Monday 6 March is a public holiday. Students resume on Tuesday 7 March


Congratulations to Carli East Craig and Kyle on the arrival of a gorgeous baby boy, 2.8Kg.

He was born yesterday, 23 February, which also happens to be Carli's birthday.

School Buzz

SchoolBuzz is an iPhone/iPad app that works in conjunction with the school website and can be downloaded from the iTunes store.

The idea behind SchoolBuzz is that it provides quick and easy access to important

  • information from the school:
  • one-click to send the school an email
  • one-click to phone the school
  • read the latest news posts
  • read the latest calendar events
  • read the latest school newsletter
  • submit an absence form to the school
  • lookup the contact and location details for the school

You can download the free SchoolBuzz app on iTunes at
For more information click HERE


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.

Student Leaders and Peer Mediators

The Student Leaders for Term one are: Orson Murray, Samuel Swinden, Jemimah Port, Bailey Alexander, Daniel Kiel, Archie Harray, Deratu Lindsay, Ryan Prentice, Luke Meczes, Leila Read, Scarlett Liston, Rose O'Reilly and Sophia Matraszek.

The Peer Mediators for Semester one are: Kumika Nakashima, Taku Manyarara, Ben Scampoli, Laura Rutherford, Elliot Naidoo, Tom Wright, Amelie Wright, Joel Chemmanam, Rex Hogan, Maisie McCaul, Sharmaine Iskandarsyah, Ava Hogan, Alenna Golestani, Sienna Williams and Anya Sreenevasan.

Head Lice

We request that you check your child’s hair once per week and follow the recommended treatment if necessary. Please take the time to read the attached fact sheet which gives information on signs, what to look for and treatment options.

Clean Up Australia Day Emu Stalk

Next Friday, the Year 1-5 students will be participating in an Emu Stalk in our school for Clean Up Australia Day.

We are encouraging everyone to bring in gardening gloves from home.

From The School Psychologist

Bringing Up Great Kids (by Australian Childhood Foundation) provides resources on topics related to parenting and child development. Some ideas on helping children's social development and age-appropriate independence are found in "Supporting Your Child's Social Development" and "Promoting Independence".

For more information please visit


Valentine’s Day Activities
The Pre-primary children in L12 were engaged in Maths patterning, measurements and quantities, and threading for fine motor skills. To see some photos click HERE.

Goal Setting
In L9 we examined Oliver Jeffers, How to Catch A Star and discussed the concept of New Year Goals and Resolutions. A resolution being a promise you make to yourself to be better or to help others. Children then completed personal resolutions and goals for themselves.

Measuring Length
We are learning to measure accurately in L9. This means no gaps, no overlaps and measuring from tip to tip with accuracy.  To see some photos click HERE.

What Two Animals Would You Combine To Create A Make Believe Animal?
Five of our students featured in the West Australian ED section of the newsletter. To read the article click HERE.

Handwriting Policy
At Subiaco Primary we have a Handwriting Policy aligning with the expectations of the Australian Curriculum.  The goal is for students to develop a fluent and legible handwriting style. To read the policy click HERE.

Interschool and Champion Swimming Trials
This week the trials were held at HBF Stadium where the Year 4-6 competitors gave their best. All competitors received a Swimming Australia t-shirt.

The champion Year 4-6 Boys and Girls will be announced at the Faction Swimming Carnival on Friday 10 March.

Pre-primary and Year One Swimming
The children have been actively engaged in swimming lessons in our school pool. To see photos click HERE.
We would like to thank the parents for helping get the children ready for lessons.

Icypole Friday
As a special treat the Social Justice Group will be selling iced fruit at lunchtime on Thursday throughout term 1. All proceeds will go to our sister schools in Cambodia and North Western Australia.

Apple Slinky Day
Hundreds of students lined up and waited patiently for their apples to be  slinked.  It was a perfect  opportunity to reinforce healthy eating at recess.

PIAF Writer's Festival
The Year 5’s were privileged to go to the Writers Festival at UWA. Students were able to hear how authors became authors and listened to how authors work and craft words to create wonderful texts. Click HERE for student's thoughts on the event and HERE for photos.

Mobile Phone Policy
Students are not permitted to bring a mobile phone to school unless permission from the admin staff has been sought by parents. A copy of the Mobile Phone Policy & Agreement is available on the school website HERE or from class teachers. The mobile phone agreement needs to be signed by the student and a parent before being returned to Deb Hands.

Honour Awards

Hugh Pickford
Diego De Orueto
Zerlina Xu
Kosuke Nakashima
Jarvis Hayes
Kengo Ogihara
Abigail Beighton
Joanne Goosagchagul
Harrison Easterbrook
Olive Barrett


Emily Cashion
Fernando Ellis
Arthur Kennedy
Georgette McQuoid
Neve Howgate
Charlie Upson
Nicholas Baleta
Tristan Alger
Kai Bardetta


Katie Barton
Olivia Fowler
Lily Titelius-Soper
Gyanbi Shrestha
Elke Hing Fay
Sabine Kirk
Tiana Alger
Sofia Visser
Christian Muscatello

For Your Diary

Assembly Timetable Term 1

Week 6,  9/3 - U1, Year 4 Mr Clancy

Week 8, 23/3 - L5, Year 1 Mrs Mackesey/Maroni

 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.

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:

Pool Memberships

Don’t forget that you can cool off after school and on the weekends at our pool! Family membership can be purchased from the online uniform shop at

Enquiries can be made at
You can also purchase a voucher which entitles you to 10 swims at a cost of $35

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.

Parking On The Oval

A parent has expressed concern that a number of parents are now parking on the oval near L11. Parents are not permitted to park on the oval as it can be dangerous driving in and out of the oval with children walking to school.

Dogs on School Grounds

All of the school grounds are dog-free zones for health and safety reasons. Please do not bring dogs to school at drop off or pick up times.


Medical Action Plans
Parents with children on a Medical Action Plan would have received a new 2017 plan. Please check, update and sign the plan before returning it to the class teacher. If you haven’t received the 2017 plan for updating please contact either your child’s teacher or Deb Hands.

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.

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

E News

Clean Up Australia Day
Sunday 5 March is Clean Up Australia Day.

Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.

Every year hundreds of thousands of Australians get stuck in to Clean Up.

To participate in a local event or register your own event please visit

Community News

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

After School Modcrosse at Subi PS... it's on again
Starts next Thursday 2 March 3.10 pm to 4.15 pm.
All gear supplied, Coaches with WWC, 5 weeks @ $50.
Meet at the limestone bench on the oval.
For info email
Modcrosse season at Wembley starts Term 2.

Subi Farmers Market

As you may be aware Emmanuel Mollois passed away in January. He had been battling cancer for a number of years and was a great advocate of cancer research. We’ll be holding a fundraiser for Emmanuel’s family this coming Saturday. Please show your support and enter the raffle for the chance to win hampers filled with fresh and delicious produce!

Click HERE for the latest Farmers market newsletter.