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Newsletter 10 - July 1, 2022



From the Principal

As Term 2 comes to a close, the Subiaco Primary School community has shown agility and support as we navigated a busy and productive term. COVID continued to loom large as many staff members and families were impacted.  At times, it was difficult to find relief teachers, but the Subiaco team stepped up and supported in ways that allowed us to ensure that our students received quality and consistent education.

Annual Report
The Annual Report articulates and demonstrates our commitment to excellence and pursuit of achieving Our Best. It has been endorsed by our School Board Chair and  aligns with our Business Plan. To read the full version click HERE.

Daisy Tasker - Daisy will be taking maternity leave from this week. We wish the very best of health to Daisy and her new baby and we cannot wait to meet her little bundle very soon.

Principal's position -  I am very pleased to announce that I am the successful applicant and will continue in the role of Principal at Subiaco Primary School into 2023.

Bronwyn Hicks - This term, we farewelled Bronwyn Hicks who has been at Subiaco Primary School for over 26 years. Bronwyn has been an invaluable member of staff and has made a difference to the lives of countless Subiaco Primary School families. We wish Bronwyn well for her retirement, which seems to be very busy, and hope to see her around the school in a relief capacity.

Chaplain Liesl - Thanks to our relieving chaplain Liesl for her wonderful work over the term. We hope to hear news of a regular chaplain during Term 3.

Miss Goodman - Hannah Goodman has been teaching Science on Thursday and Friday this term, as well as teaching in M2 on Monday. Hannah has been offered a position in Kalgoorlie PS - we thank her for her work across classes this term and wish her all the best in her new chapter in Kalgoorlie.

I am aware that many of our families have taken the opportunity to travel after a period of not being able to. Whether you are travelling or not, I wish you all a safe and restful break and look forward to seeing you next term.

Dr Melinda Harris


125th Looking Back

Robert Llewellyn, Head Master of Bagot Road Senior School
1920 - 1933 

Robert Llewellyn is the namesake of our Llewellyn faction. The above photo is a copy of a portrait held in the school's collection, which was mentioned in an article from the Sunday Times dated Sunday 24 December 1933.

A Memorial Unveiled
To mark the esteem in which the late Mr. Robert Llewellyn was held during his long term as head master of the Subiaco State School, an enlarged, photograph of himself,
 hung in the school hall, was unveiled last Tuesday evening by Mr. Wallace Clubb, Director of Education.
Mr. Clubb paid eloquent tribute to Mr. Llewellyn's sterling qualities in every walk of life. Feeling references were also made by Mr. W Richardson, president of the Parents and Citizens' Association Mr. J. D. Moloney, M.L.A., the Mayor (Mr. H- L. Downe), Mr. L, T Boas and the Rev E. M. Oliver.
It is interesting to note that a school library has also been procured. This was always an ambition that Mr. Llewellyn held.

Business Plan Focus Area – Growth Mindset

Subiaco Primary School has clear focus areas from our Business Plan that set the agenda for a steady course. Staff revisit our core areas and continually analyse how we are tracking through year level collaborative meetings and staff meetings to ensure that we remain focused in our pathway to reaching our targets.

Whilst teachers always focus on a growth mindset, during Term 3 will have a specific focus on Growth Mindset strategies. Stanford University Professor Carol Dweck's work, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, determined that the view we adopt of ourselves profoundly affects the way we lead our lives. This belief about ourselves often marks the difference between our willingness to be persistent and strive for success through innovation and creativity, or to accept our levels of achievement.
The terms for these two ways of thinking are a growth mindset and a fixed mindset.
As educators and parents, we should be encouraging a growth mindset in all our children. A student with a growth mindset approaches new tasks as an opportunity. They accept challenges and setbacks.

The concern for those with a fixed mindset is they often are not prepared to seek out new ways of doing things.  They know what works for them and they do not deviate for risk of failure. Of course, this limits a student’s opportunity for growth in his or her own learning.

We can help stimulate a growth mindset in students by considering the way we communicate with them. 
Questions to encourage a growth mindset include:

  • What was your strategy in planning for this test? 
  • Can you explain this answer in a different way? 
  • If you did this a different way, would the result be the same?
  • Ok, so that didn’t work out the way you had hoped, what will you do differently next time?

At Subiaco Primary School we aim to nurture lifelong learners. Developing a growth mindset is an important part of this journey

Charges and Voluntary Contributions

Thank you to those families who have already paid their Charges & Voluntary Contributions for 2022. Statements will again be sent out for charges next term, along with reminders for those who have not yet paid their Charges & Voluntary Contributions. These funds are utilised across all curriculum areas to support additional programs within the school.
If you wish to set up a payment plan or discuss your statement, please contact Manager Corporate Services, Natasha.Harlond at

Honour Awards

LP1 Kourosh A Jordan H Himani S LP2 Alyssa K Jack S
LP3 Sigrid P-L Soren S   LP4 Klara B Zavier K
L3 Matilda C Emma F Chloe F LP5 Matilda C Yeva M
L5 Gabriel L Siro L   L6 Yenuli H Benjamin M
L9 Joshua K Mael R   L2 Keith T  
M1 Mishika Singh     M2 Sanuthi U  
L1 Odette P-L Shreeya M        


Important Dates and Information

School Dental Van
The Dental van will be re-located to Jolimont Primary School during the school holidays and will remain there till the end of the year.
Contact details: Subiaco Dental Mobile 20
Ph:0417180553  email:

Bob Hawke College – Key Year 6 Dates 2022
ACP Testing - Saturday 8.00am-12.00pm, 10 September. Testing for offers into the Academic Challenge Program
GAT Orientation Day - Wednesday 16 September. All day event, GAT Induction and Orientation

Dogs on School Grounds
Subiaco Primary School is working closely with the Subiaco Council to enforce “no dogs on school grounds”, even if they are on a leash. Animals, including pets, are not allowed on school grounds unless they are a part of a school event, or are authorised assistance animals. 

School Grounds After Hours
We would like to remind parents that students should not be on school grounds out of school hours unless accompanied by an adult. This includes not only after school, but on weekends and during school holidays. The school grounds are being used more and more by a wide range of community members, and school staff cannot be held responsible for the safety of students outside school hours.

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

Call Education Security If You See Anything Suspicious In 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.

Cybersafety Concerns

We are hearing from parents and students of some ongoing issues around unsupervised use of digital devices at home. Some students are becoming quite anxious about online bullying and how certain sites make them feel less safe and more worried about life generally as they may be confronted with issues that they do not have the maturity to deal with.

Please be aware if your children are using Fortnite that they may be at risk of bullying or have access to unwanted attention and information. Other ones to be aware of for their violent or disturbing/depressing content include Rap music and Anime.

For help in this area, you can go to:

Cyberbullying | How to Protect Yourself & Get Support | Kids Helpline

Cyberbullying: what is it and how to get help: Violence, Harassment and Bullying Fact sheet | Australian Human Rights Commission

Cyberbullying | eSafety Commissioner

Young Engineers Club @ Subiaco PS

Young Engineers provides practical application of STEM. We aim to ignite students’ passion for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics through hands on workshops. Weekly sessions demonstrate scientific and coding concepts using Lego® prototypes.

Young Engineers Club (YEC) @ Subiaco Primary School is coming in Term 3. Students interested in hands-on STEM will now get their chance to build like never before!

Yrs 1-2 Tuesdays (9 weeks) 3:30pm-4:45pm, July 26 - Sept 20,  $250.
Yrs 3-6 Fridays (8 weeks) 3:30pm-4:45pm, July 29 - Sept 16,  $225.

Registrations will open at 12 noon on Saturday 2 July, at:

Year 4 and 5 ICAS Testing

Subiaco PS will conduct ICAS testing for English and Mathematics for Years 4 and 5. ICAS Assessments are online assessments, designed to recognise and reward academic excellence. Students are assessed on their ability to apply classroom learning to new contexts, using higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. The assessments are based on the curricula for the relevant year. Students are asked to demonstrate a deeper, integrated, and thorough level of knowledge.

These assessments are known to be extremely challenging and designed to test like-minded students across Australasia. This opportunity, should you choose to participate, will run before school with specific dates to be provided closer to the time.

Key Information:
English assessment : 15-19 August
Mathematics assessment : 29 Aug – 2 Sep
Each assessment has a cost of $19.25 (inc. GST)
Parent Password – SKW599

Any issues, please contact Alan Ramsey


Year 4 STEAM Project - Design and Technologies
This term we have been learning a little more about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Our project was bridges. We learnt about the different forms of bridges and what was good about that specific type, which 3D shape is the strongest for supports and the materials that were often used for building them. After a lot of research, we split up into groups, and our task was to select a bridge form, design our bridge using features from that form and construct it using newspaper and tape. I, and I am sure many others, found this a really fun task and a good learning opportunity.

There were many different looking bridges around the room, but they all had to reach one common goal. That goal was after constructing your bridge, it must hold the weight of one moving golf ball and span a gap of 50 centimetres. Most groups and their bridges achieved that, and so their extra challenge was to see how many additional golf balls your bridge would support. Many of the bridges were amazingly sturdy and the groups I checked in with held from 30 to 60 balls! There are bridges all around us, and they are one of the great achievements in connecting the communities we live in. Written by Mia H, Year 4, M3

"It was fun and boosted my creativity." - Felix, M4
"It was hard because the newspaper was so flimsy and bendy." - Bowie, M4
"It was fun to work with a partner, but challenging to work with newspaper sometimes too!" - Henry M4
"It was tricky when you had to fold the newspaper, but it was still fun working with Charlotte because it was something different." - Neha M4
“I taped some rolled up newspaper sticks together for the base because it was stronger flat newspaper.” - Evie, U5
“The hardest part was sticking the supports to the base.” - Florence and Skyler, M3
“In design one the supports collapsed and weren’t strong enough.” - Harry, Lucas and Jakub, M3
“Design one failed because there was too much tape in the centre and the bridge sunk.” - Liberty, Ayden, Mèline and Mia, M3
“Bridge one was too narrow to fit the moving ball.” - Selin, Elva and Lucinda, U5
“Design one was too short and didn’t span a gap of 50 centimetres.” - Kenzo, Tilly, Georgia and Mischa, M4
“It was hard to tape the triangular suspension ropes to the base.” Jane, Abbey and Malakai, M4
"In the first test they all broke." - Perrie, L1
"We found it was hard to construct." - Mila, L1
"We realised that we needed more supports." - Odette, L1

In L3 We Have Been Focussing On Kindness!
Why is kindness important?
When you help someone else, you get a positive feeling in return. For the person you've helped, they also feel good thanks to your action. This creates a strong sense of belonging and connection between you and others. When kindness is valued, people are more likely to feel safe and happy.

Year 5 Museum Excursion
This Monday, the Year 5 students went on an exhilarating excursion to the WA Museum Boola Bardip. We caught a bus there, had recess, and then we split up into two groups.

Some groups actively participated in a wondrous workshop about sustainability. We were asked to create campaigns to help solve the world’s important issues. We were allowed to get creative and express our opinions in raps, infographics and posters. We then presented our ideas to the class! The other groups were allowed to explore the magnificent museum’s levels and exhibits. We then had lunch and swapped over activities.

After that we caught the bus back to school at two thirty. We had a great day and would like to thank the teachers and of course the parent helpers, who were awesome! Click HERE for photos.

Written by Hannah, Noah, Eleanor, Aaron, Emily & Ashlea.

Our thoughts about the excursion:
‘I liked that we worked in groups at the workshop, and my favourite thing in the museum was the animal exhibition’ ~ Alisha.

‘I liked writing down how to help save the environment and writing the campaign at the workshop’ ~ Oscar.

‘My favourite part of the museum was the animal exhibition, because we got to see the different kinds of animals and creatures like we were in the wild’ ~ Kellie.

‘It was the best excursion I ever had because we explored every floor and I liked making campaigns to save the whole world. It is an important topic for me!’ ~ Aaron.

Faction Cross Country Event and Lightning Carnival

A still, sunny day provided ideal conditions for our Faction Cross Country Event on Friday 24 June. Year 3 and 4 students ran 1800m, and the Year 5 and 6 students ran 2300m. It was wonderful to see all runners give their very best.

As was the case last year, the students were competing for the Faction Cross Country Championship. Each runner received a point for their faction. Students who finished in the top 20 received bonus points for their faction depending on their placing. Congratulations to Klein on their convincing win.

Klein – 857 points
Julius – 727 points
Llewellyn – 700 points

The top 10 runners from each race were selected to represent the school at the Interschool Cross Country on Friday, 12 August.

Thanks to the students for giving their all, teachers for training, Vince and Matt our awesome groundsmen, Amy Levitzke at the finish line, our Year 6 helpers (especially Sophia Patrick, who ran with a Year 3 student), Mr Clancy for organising the event and Mr Egan and Mrs De Lestang for running it on the day.

Click HERE to see the top 10 place getters in each division.

Winter Carnival
For this year's Winter Lightning Carnival our children competed against students from Highgate, Mt Hawthorn and Wembley, as well as Karrinyup Primary who were new to the competition this year. Sports played included AFL, Modx, Netball and Soccer. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. The kids played their hearts out, were beautifully behaved and the sun shone brightly for us.

A massive thanks to Miss Gilchrist, Miss Richardson, Mr Egan, Mr Kettell, and Mr Shorter for all their efforts on the day and their expert coaching throughout the program. I would also like to thank Jen Kerridge, Alison Visser, Rick Allen, and ex students Nick Wheedon, Maddison Kerridge, and Madeleine Tyter for all their help throughout the program.

At the end of each sports round-robin games the results were.

AFL – 2nd Place

A Team – 3rd Place    B Team – 2nd Place    C Team – 4th Place

A Team – 1st Place    B Team – 1st Place

A Team – 3rd Place    B Team – 5th  Place

Now our focus turns to Athletics.
PE Departmant

School TV - Celebrating NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to recognise and learn more about the history and culture of indigenous communities.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced back to the Aboriginal rights movement, when on Australia Day 1938, protestors marched through the streets of Sydney to highlight the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Today, it is a week-long celebration held in July, that consists of a range of traditional and contemporary activities.

NAIDOC Week is an important event that helps build positive relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. It enables a deeper understanding of our differences and similarities. NAIDOC week is an opportunity for all Australians to eliminate bias and discrimination by reflecting and reconciling the wrongs of the past to facilitate hope and build a fairer future. Families are encouraged to join in and support young people in learning the significance of NAIDOC Week.

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Plastic Free July

Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste.

Plastic Free July® is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics? Visit for more information

Community News

Calling All Young Entrepreneurs!
Host your own market stall for a day at the 2022 AWESOME Festival in the Perth Cultural Centre!

We're on the look out for WA kids aged 14 and under and their families to sell their homemade creations at the festival. Think jewellery, greeting cards, lucky dips, plants, etc. We'd love to hear your ideas!

⭐️ AWESOME will provide a 3x3 marquee, trestle tables and chairs
⭐️ Spaces available from Tues 27 Sep - Sat 1 Oct, 2022
⭐️ Day runs from 10.00am - 3.00pm

If you are interested in running a market stall please register at

Local Playground Upgrades – Provide Your Feedback
The City of Subiaco values facilitating quality play opportunities through our best practice approach to playground consultation, provision and maintenance.

The City is currently undertaking consultation for:

How can I be involved?
The current play equipment in both of these playgrounds is due to be replaced. We invite you to complete two separate online surveys to let us know how you currently use the playgrounds. Both surveys close at 5.00pm on Monday 25 July 2022. The information collected will be provided to playground suppliers to inform design concepts for the spaces.

For further information and to complete the surveys, please visit

Click HERE for other Community News and School Holiday activities. This document includes information on activities available around our community for children and families.

Contact Details

271 Bagot Rd, Subiaco WA 6008.
Phone: 08 9207 7900