Newsletter 19 - December 2, 2022
DOING OUR BEST FOR 125 YEARS
From the Principal
We have been surrounded by music over the past two weeks. Following on from the uplifting performances of our choirs and students at our 125th concert, the halls and classrooms have been filled with music. Not only has the music been a joy to listen to, it may have also contributed in a positive way to improving our mental health.
A wealth of research in this area, including a recent report, “Music on our Minds,” from the Global Council on Brain Health (2022) highlights music's positive effect on emotional well-being, including improving mood, decreasing anxiety, and managing stress.
To view pictures from the concert please click HERE.
Learning and playing a musical instrument is a gift but it is also the result of years of hard work and commitment. Playing an instrument has been compared to fireworks going off in the brain as playing an instrument requires the brain to work at advanced speeds. Reading music is converted in the brain to the physical motion of playing the instrument.
The benefits of learning a musical instrument are well known including improving memory skills, improved coordination and application of maths skills such as beat and patterns.
Over the past weeks, we have been inspired by the calibre of the music Edu Dance and IMMS programs at Subiaco Primary School. Congratulations to our junior and senior choirs, orchestra, and ensemble. We are very privileged that Andrew Angel leads our music program. Andrew is a highly regarded musician in his own right. Thank you to our dedicated IMMS teachers and to Nicky Green who started the junior choir this year which we have watched go from strength to strength.
A shout out to parents and caregivers who support their child to persevere in their music.
Class Liaison Parents
The role of the Class Liaison Parent is an important one to develop good communication and liaison between students, families, teachers and the school community as a whole. Over the course of the year the Class Liaison Parents have been involved in helping the class teacher with organising social functions to build a community spirit, welcoming new parent to the school and coordinating fund raising events.
On behalf of the teachers and administration staff, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Class Liaison Parents for their supportive involvement in the school over the year.
Art Cards, Tea Towels and Tote Bags
The Crazy Camel art cards, tea towels and tote bags have arrived. Leith Elliott and students have organised them ready to go home. They are stunning. Thanks to Leith Elliott for her tireless work with the students. Thanks to Kathryn Vines from the P&C for her support in getting these organised. They certainly make a beautiful gift at Christmas.
At the end of this school year, Zoe Schaffer and Kay Yee will be stepping down form their roles on the School Board. I had the pleasure of working with Kah Yee & Zoe on the Board over the past 5 years. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both of them for their involvement in Business Plans, School and Policy Reviews. They always carried out their role in a spirit of cooperation and trust in the work of the school, never with a personal agenda but always for the betterment of the school. In her role as Board Chair, Zoe ensured that the meetings were productive, positive and collegial.
Splash Pool Party
A quality of Subiaco Primary is the supportive, community feel and atmosphere of our school. This was certainly evident at the Splash Party pool opening. Thank you to Caroline Bell and all the parent volunteers who helped to get the pool ready for the opening.
Supervision of Students on School Grounds after Hours
We strongly remind parents that students should not be on the school grounds out of school hours, unless accompanied by an adult. School staff cannot be held responsible for the safety of the students outside school hours.
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.
Each year, the P&C support the school in improving the outcomes for students. A major part of this is to support funding requests that align with our Business Plan Focus areas and help to improve academic, physical, social and emotional outcomes for our students. I would like to extend my personal thanks to the members of the P&C and sub committees this year who have worked tirelessly to ensure that our school goes from strength to strength.
We are excited to announce that we have found a swim coach for next year. I would like you all you all to welcome to Subiaco Primary – Suzanna Olsen.
Hi! My name is Suzanna and I’m looking forward to meeting many of you in Term 1 of 2023 for before-school swimming squad training.
Here’s a little bit about me:
I was a competitive swimmer growing up and particularly enjoyed short-distance breaststroke.
After finishing Year 12 at Perth Modern School, I chose to do further study at UWA and have a postgraduate degree in Exercise Science.
In recent years, I developed a liking towards open water swimming and am currently training for my second Rottnest Channel Swim solo crossing.
I am mainly working in the disability sector and often at HBF Stadium coaching swimmers of Superfins WA.
I hope you have a wonderful break over the Summer and I’ll see you in February!
Book Fair Thanks
Thank you to all the Kindy parent's who helped out at this year's Book Fair. We received a commission of $1,760 which will be used to purchase resources for the school library.
School Pool is Now Open
The Splash Party last Friday marked the official opening of the school pool. Click HERE for photos.
A big thanks to City of Subiaco Deputy Mayor Stephanie Stroud who cut the ribbon and Royal Lifesaving WA staff plus the wonderful team of volunteers who helped behind the scenes at the pre-season pool busy bee (Narissa P, Alison V, Cait T, Fiona P, David P, Paul D and Jonas B) and at the Splash Party sausage sizzle and ticket stalls (Fiona P, Cait T, Debbie P, Julia L, Alex B).
Thank you also to Lindsay D who has shown great dexterity and technical skills in his commitment to weekly pool testing/maintenance while energetic Vince, Julia L, Alex H, Rob H and Michael R flex their muscles with the grounds work.
Lastly, thank you to all the families who have demonstrated their support of the pool by purchasing membership passes. It has been wonderful to see you enjoying the pool during the hot weather this week.
Pool membership passes or a ten pack of single passes are available for purchase online or from Shan at the Uniform Shop. Information about the pool is available here or email email@example.com
From the School Psychologist
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Important Dates and Information
We welcome parents to attend all community events as spectators. Our students love nothing more than their families coming to support these special days in the school calendar. Events and assemblies are also continually updated on the Term Planner on our website and on Compass. https://subiacops.wa.edu.au/information/term-planner-and-calendar/
Year 6 Graduation 2022
Year 6 parents save the date for this year’s graduation on Tuesday 13 December, 9.00 – 11.00am at the Subiaco Church Auditorium, Bagot Road, Subiaco.
The Leaver’s Disco will be held on Wednesday 14 December from 7.00pm. Wear your best beach party clothes. To book tickets go to https://compasstix.com/e/nzpdzji4w5 (or if you’re having trouble with the link go to compasstix.com and search Subiaco Primary Leavers Disco).
End of Year Dance Concert
Please check the timetable below to see what day your child/children will be performing at their dance concert. Several of the Monday & Friday groups will be swapping and having their final concert on a different day, this way parents will see a variety of performances representing all year levels.
Final Concert Timetable
Concert 1. (Week 9) Friday 9 December (2.15-3.00pm in the undercover area)
EC4, LP3, L3, L2, L9, M4, U3, U8.
Concert 2. (Week 10) Monday 12 December (2.15-3.00pm in the undercover area)
EC1, LP1, LP4, LP5, L1, M1, U5, U1, U2, U7.
Concert 3. (Week 10) Tuesday 13 December (2.15-3.00pm in the undercover area)
EC2, EC3, LP2, L5, L6, M2, M3, U6.
Subi Sustainability Crew Presents
The Term 4 Containers 4 Change Classroom Collection Competition
Congratulations to M1, the winners of this year's competition. Over the last seven weeks they have managed to collect 2367 containers
The top four classes were:
M1 with 2367 containers
M3 with 1332 containers
U1 with 897 containers and
U2 with 705 containers.
Congratulations to everyone for the 6645 containers we have returned so far, and kept out of landfill.
Please continue to bring in your containers. They can be dropped off at the school library.
NB. If you are already participating in the program and collecting your own containers, please don't feel obliged to bring them to school.
A Sustainably Inspired Festive Crafternoon
Please join us for an afternoon of festive decorative craft making - A Sustainably inspired Festive Crafternoon!
For Subiaco primary school families.
Please register in advance on CompassTix-places limited!
Children must attend with their parent/caregiver
Thursday 8 December, 3:30-4:30pm, near the undercover area.
Brought to you by the P&C sustainability sub-committee.
Children Leaving the School
If your child will be leaving Subiaco Primary School, please email your child’s destination school and leaving date to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you have the required information.
We have a fortnightly newsletter that is emailed to parents in Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. Copies can also be found on our website at https://subiacops.wa.edu.au/information/newsletters-and-newsfeed/.
Call Education Security If You See Anything Suspicious On School Grounds
On weekends and holidays, we often have unwanted behaviour and vandalism on our school grounds. Please call Education Security on 9264 4632 or 9264 4771 if you see anything suspicious.
In line with WA Government advice that students and staff who are unwell should stay at home, we are asking all parents to keep their children at home if they show signs of cold or flu-like symptoms. If students become unwell during the school day we will contact parents to collect their child. Students and staff should not return to school until they are completely well or have clearance from a medical practitioner.
Health Conditions & Allergies
Upon enrolment, if a child has a health condition or allergy (eg. diabetes, seizures, asthma, anaphylaxis etc) parents fill out a Student Health Care Summary form and an action plan is written. At the start of each year, the action plan is updated. Please contact the front office if you are unsure whether your child has a current action plan in place and they require one.
Students Arriving Late or Needing to Leave Early
Parents are required to sign their child/ren in at the front office if arriving after the siren (8.50am). Additionally, parents collecting children or returning children throughout the school day are also required to sign their child in/out at the front office.
Please be aware that a note of explanation for all student absences must be provided in Compass.
School Grounds After Hours
A friendly reminder that students should head home after school and not stay on the grounds after 3.40pm (exception - a scheduled and approved activity). There have been a number of injuries, near misses and issues after school including unsupervised children who have required assistance.
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 request a change of the permission status then you will need to notify the office in writing.
Uniform Shop News
The countdown to Christmas holidays is rapidly approaching!
Please take advantage of the Uniform Shop being open on the usual Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8.30am till 10.30 am and an extra shopping afternoon on Wednesday 14 December from 2.30 till 4.30pm.
All orders placed online will be delivered to your child's classroom up until 15 December, the last shopping day for the Uniform Shop.
I look forward to helping you at this busy time.
Uniform Shop Coordinator
Catch hilariously deeeesgusting kids comedy hero Mr Snot-bottom at FringeWorld these summer school holidays 20-29 Jan. Expect grosstastic gags, slimy songs and just wrong-routines in a rollercoaster of weirdness perfect for weird kids 5+ and their even weirder parents.
A 2020 Fringeworld Best Children’s event weekly award recipient and winner of Best Children’s Podcast at the 2022 Aus Podcast Awards, Mr Snotbottom will have the whole family gasping, groaning and howling with delight!
Tickets from: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/mr-snotbottom-comedian-for-kids-fw2023
When: Sat 10 Dec 2.00pm & 4.00pm and Sun 11 Dec 9.30am & 11.30am
Where: Dickinson Centre – Scotch College
Cost: Children $25, Adults $40, Family (2 Adults + 2 Kids) $ 112
Visit https://fringeworld.com.au/fringe-kids for other family friendly events.
Click HERE for other Community News and School Holiday activities. This document includes information on activities available around our community for children and families.