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Newsletter 20 - November 19, 2021

From The Principal

Remembrance Day 11 November 2021
This is a day when we express our gratitude and honour that service.

At the start of the First World War, Laurence Binyon wrote:

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

There were 32,231 Western Australians sent into battle during the First World War – well above expectations, with more than one third of all WA men aged 18 to 41 enlisting, including 135 Aboriginal men who volunteered to fight in the First World War.

Thank you to Mr Andrew Angel who led our wonderful choir at the Subiaco Remembrance Day Service. Our choir was absolutely amazing. A very proud moment for our school community.

Cultural Calendar

Diwali is a four to five day-long festival of lights with festivities this year starting on the 4 November. It is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists every autumn in the northern hemisphere. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance." Many of our students celebrate the festival of light. Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate!
All of our students are richer learning about other cultures and religions, and what a wonderful opportunity we have at Subiaco with such a multicultural population. 

As an initiative inspired by our P&C, we are seeking to acknowledge significant cultural celebrations and events in our school community.
If you participate in a cultural celebration that you would like placed in our 2022 Compass Cultural Celebration’s calendar please email with the Title, Date & Description of the event.
Cultural Celebrations will appear in blue on the Compass calendar. Simply hover over the title to find out about the event.

Instructions on How to view the Compass Calendar via the app can be found HERE.

2022 Book Lists

Paper copies of the Book Lists for 2022 were handed out today for your convenience.

However all orders must be completed online at by Thursday 16 December 2021, using the code on the form. Orders can still be placed past the 'return date' but may incur a late fee.

Copies of the Book Lists can be found on Compass under School Documentation and also on our website at

Evacuation Drill

Last week the school held an evacuation practice, it allowed us to assess our current processes and was a timely reminder for staff and students with the fire season about to commence. The process worked quite well, but a few minor changes will be made to the process to ensure the safety of our school community. We will continue to hold evacuation and lock down practices to ensure staff and students are familiar with the processes in the eventuality we need to enact them.


Term 4                                         
Week 8      2 December Year 5 U3 (Senior Yrs 3-6 attend)
Week 10 14 December (Tuesday) Year 6 (Senior Yrs 3-6 attend)

Assemblies are held in the Subi Church directly opposite the school. The assemblies commence at approximately 8.55am and conclude at 9.25am. We have reduced the audience numbers significantly by alternating the participation of the Year 1-2 and the Year 3-6 assembly days.
Please use the QR Code to register your attendance as you enter the auditorium, and bins are provided in the foyer for disposable coffee cups.
Please remember this is a community church, and to refrain from bringing food and drinks into the auditorium.
We welcome parents taking photos and videos at the assembly but please do not put it on social media as some children do not have media consent.

Supporting Children in Foster Care at Christmas

We are looking for donations to go towards the Care Bags Christmas Drive for children in foster care. Gift ideas include, toys, games, sports equipment, books and art supplies. Collection boxes will be on the stage in the lower and upper halls until 24 November.  If you wish, you can attach a personal Christmas card to your gift. Please leave the gift unwrapped.

Save The Date

Year 6 Graduation 2021
Year 6 parents save the date for this year’s graduation on Tuesday 14 December, 9.00 – 11.00am at the Subi Church Auditorium, Bagot Road, Subiaco.

End Of Year Dance Concert 
Please check the timetable below to see what day your child/children will be performing at their dance concert. A number 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) Tuesday 7 December (2.00-3.00pm in the undercover area)
EC2, LP2, L2, L5, U2, U3, U5, U7

Concert 2.  (Week 9) Friday 10 December (2.00-3.00pm in the undercover area)
EC3, EC4, LP3, L1, L3, L9, M3, U6

Concert 3.  (Week 10) Monday  13 December (2.00-3.00pm in the undercover area)
LP1, LP4, LP5, EC1, L6, M1, M2, M4, U1, U8

Music News

Performance for Remembrance Day 2021
Our school choir recently participated in the Remembrance Day service held at the Subiaco Fallen Soldiers' Memorial on Rokeby Road. The school choir performed the song ‘Remembrance Day’. A school wreath was laid by Year 6 students Brooke Nevin and Dariya Yavisheva. It was a privilege supporting this event in our community. 

Letter of appreciation
Today I attended the Subiaco Remembrance Ceremony, as the representative of Katrina Stratton MLA. It was a lovely service, made even especially moving by the school choral performance.
The wonderful song choice was performed beautifully, under excellent direction. Please would you be so kind as to pass on my words to the musical director and all students involved.
They were truly a credit to their school!

Annual IMSS Concert
All our IMSS students will participate in the annual instrumental concert which will be held on Wednesday 8 December (Week 9). Students will need to arrive at 5:30pm for a 6.00pm start. The concert will be held in the Lower Hall and it should conclude at 7.00-7:15pm.

Shenton College Leavers 2021

Subiaco Primary Leavers 2015 - Shenton College Leavers 2021

All the ex-Subi Primary kids dressed in their Subi uniforms during muck-up day at Shenton College a couple of weeks ago. (Click on the photo for a larger image).

Honour Awards

Jaidee Buck Paige Do Oakley Ramsay Dominic Spence
Hunter Carroll Leon Dalton Chloe Furze Emma Feldhahn
Felix Cruise Luke Ashdown Pari Prathap Simha Zayden McAndrew
Aila Kwan Zena McAndrew Emma Takano Mujtaba Jaffri
Zayd Mohammed Charlie Skreiner Henry Teasdale Odette Prince-Lizama
Keith Tagorda Mila Ramsay Siun Shanahan Lulu Goodheart
Georgia Bell Anika Doval Sargun Panesar Margot Jones
Audrey Webster      

Speak Up Awards

The 2021 Subiaco Primary Speak Up Awards final was held on Wednesday 10 November in the Upper Hall. The twelve finalists from Years 5 and 6 confidently delivered a series of informative, entertaining and persuasive speeches before an audience of their peers, teachers and parents.
Zoe Channells delivered her speech on UFOs, Adhithi Mohankumar told us all about Ooho Water Orbs, Evan Phillips informed us about Pirates, Milla Webster shared her love of Chickens, Annabel Rembalski told us all about Witches, Giselle Wong addressed the very specific topic of The Seahorse’s Tail, Dariya Yavisheva pondered the question: Is being lazy always bad? Arwa Hemida informed us about Cancer, Zerlina Xu spoke about Fear, Aryana Borjian took us back in time to the Victorian Era, Leo Junovic told us all about Modern Graffiti, and Griffin Murray entertained us with The Most Interesting Topic.
The prepared speeches were all so good that the final results came down to how well each speaker responded to their impromptu topic.
The eventual winner was Annabel Rembalski, and the runner up was Griffin Murray. Congratulations to these two worthy winners, and well done to all of the finalists for showing such grace, poise and confidence under pressure.
Thank you to our student and staff judges, our MCs, our time keeper and our reliable score tabulator.


ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow
Last week we were delighted to welcome Brett Patten, Tennis West CEO, Matt Ebden, tennis pro, David McMullen, Mayor of the City of Subiaco, and ANZ, to our school to present our Pre-primary students with their very own tennis racquet. It was the first "big assembly" the Pre-primaries had attended, and they sat and moved beautifully even though they were so excited. Well done little guys! Matt spoke of how much enjoyment tennis had given him and for the children to get on the tennis courts or hit against a wall and have FUN! After the assembly, Matt Bull from the Tennis Factory, took Year 3, L1 for a tennis lesson. Thanks to everyone involved in giving our Pre-primary students a start in tennis.

Year 5 Theatre Excursion
Last Thursday the Year 5 students went to the State Theatre in Northbridge to watch a play called HOUSE. The story was engaging, entertaining and covered important topics such as loneliness and belonging.

HOUSE is a mad-cap adventure story of loneliness, belonging and flying houses. Featuring a cast of memorable characters, and a living breathing house, this fun-filled escapade for the whole family will set imaginations soaring (from the website).

The theatre was luxurious that made you ease through the show, you couldn’t stop smiling at the happiness and the characters. We liked how they made the structure of the house very fancy, and we are very grateful that we got to experience a fantastic performance of comedy acting about loneliness and much more. We appreciate the effort that was put into this event, thanks to all Year 5 teachers. - Ram & Louis (U1)

Kindy Kings Park Excursion
Last week, our Kindy classes attended the Moorditch Boya excursion to Kings Park. We explored the amazing Naturescape grounds and enjoyed playing in the waterholes. We had fun learning about the different Whadjuk Noongar animals in the Moorditch Boya story and enjoyed the activities that followed.

Thank you to the Whadjuk Noongar people who are Kings Park’s traditional custodians. Kings Park has been a place of great significance to the local Noongar people for over 40,000 years. Click HERE for photos.

Thank you also, to our volunteer parents for helping on the day. Your support is appreciated.

Outdoor Classroom Day 2021
On Thursday 4 November, the Pre-primary classes celebrated Outdoor Classroom Day. To celebrate the day, we walked to Theatre Gardens to collect natural materials which we used to build bug hotels, make nature crowns, create a collaborative Pre-Primary bush collage, and paint a large artwork on the Pre-Primary fences! We had so much fun! Click HERE for photos.

Year 5 Bookclub Recommends!
Miss Gilchrist and the members of the Year 5 Bookclub aim to recommend to you books that we have enjoyed reading this year. All of these books can be found in the school library!

The Day I was Erased by Lisa Thompson (5 stars)
The Day I was Erased is a thrilling book that really pulls you in with suspense and excitement! This is one of my all-time favourites!
It is about a young boy named Max, who wishes that he never existed, but his wish comes true! Suddenly, he wants to be back to reality
 - Alan Malins (U1)

Year 6 Fun Day
After weeks of planning, the Year 6 Fun Day turned out to be a glorious success. There were a total of 25 activities provided by our creative and business/economics minded graduating students. Throughout the extended lunch time, lines remained full of eager students desperate for their turns. Fun was had, icy poles were slurped, and the Year 6 students raised a lot of money that will go towards the Year 6 gift to the school. Thanks to the school community for supporting this great day, and congratulations to the Year 6 group for making it such a smooth success. Click HERE for photos.

P&C News

P&C Voluntary Contributions
A big thank you to all the parents and carers who have paid their 2021 voluntary contributions. These valuable funds have allowed the P&C to undertake significant projects this year including the upcoming upgrade to 4 classrooms in the Upper Hall, Noongar Language Workshops and Wheelchair Basketball incursions. The P&C has donated close to $200,000 to the school over the past three years. It isn’t too late to pay your 2021 contribution. The school will be in touch this term with details on how you can make this worthwhile payment. A list of activities and projects funded by the P&C since 2019 is available HERE. The projects make a real and tangible difference to our students and the school. We couldn’t do it without you and are grateful for your wonderful support. 

Roles of the P&C
All P&C roles become available at the start of every school year and are elected at the P&C’s AGM. Next year, the AGM will be held on Monday 7 March 2022 at 7.00pm. Some roles that may interest you and will be vacant next year include Vice President, Treasurer, Fundraising and Events Coordinator, Class Liaison Parent Coordinator and Building Fund Representative. If you are interested in these positions or any other roles, please contact the P&C President, Tim Braslin And if you would like to know more about the roles and what’s involved, visit

Pool News
The Subiaco Primary School Community Pool opens next Friday 26 November. Join us at the Splash Party on the same day from 3:30pm. Entry is free and there’ll be a sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation.
Pool membership passes will be available for purchase for $165 at the Splash Party. This entitles your family to unlimited access to the pool after school, over the summer holidays and on weekends during pool operating hours. Pool passes are also available for purchase via the online uniform shop. The season will operate from Friday 26 November 2021 to Sunday 14 March 2022
More detailed information about the pool is on the School’s website. Please email if you have any questions.

P&C Events

Term 4 has been a busy one for P&C fundraising events especially for the Pre-primary and Year 1 parents!

In October, the Year 1 parents organised a Quiz Night for parents at the Shenton Park Community Centre. There were 120 parents who attended ready for a night of trivia fun, and overall the evening raised approx $8000. We are very grateful to those who donated auction items and extend a big thank you to Lisa Younger, Kerrie McLean, Dubraska Uva, Jesse Clifford, Mandy Ashdown, Sally Campbell, Cait Tonkin, Di McCulloch & Sara Spence for organising the evening and for their dogged determination approaching local businesses for auction items.

Last Saturday evening we held the annual Movie Night on the school oval. The weather was balmy and the Pre-primary parents had organised a silent disco, a fun zone & chocolate toss as well as a sausage sizzle for movie goers to enjoy before the screening of Trolls World Tour commenced. There was a great turnout of families and the evening raised approx $9000. A huge thank you to the organisers, Andrew Devitt, Kelly Brand, Cat Skreiner, Chloe Keller, Amie Sent, Evan Renwick, Yashved Sewnun, Alex Spence & Katherine Vines for their enthusiasm organising such a great event for the school.

That rounds out the calendar of fundraising events for the school for yet another year. The P&C, on behalf of the school community, extend our thanks to all the parents who have given their time throughout the year organising events which raise money for the school. Your efforts play an essential part in ensuring the P&C has funds available to contribute towards school upgrades and resources for the children during the year.

Next year Narissa Perks who is the fundraising co-ordinator will be stepping down from the role. The P&C will be looking for another person (or perhaps a couple of people to share the load) to take on this role. If you’d like to find out what is involved, please get in touch with Narissa who will be more than happy to run you through what is involved.

School Banking

To our school banking community, thank you all for your support over the past 6 years. During that time we have managed to raise $4371.50 for Subi Primary.

Sadly, in future, School Banking will no longer be available in Western Australia. Our last day of banking will be Monday 29 November.
We hope your kids have enjoyed saving and banking with us. Please remember that their accounts are still active and can be accessed via internet banking or in bank.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all the volunteers who have helped over the last 4 years.


Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs
Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance programs provide the opportunity for exceptionally able students to study in learning environments that challenge, inspire and empower them to excel every day. The selection process starts when students are in Year 5, testing in Year 6, with placement starting from Year 7.
Applications close Sunday 13 February 2022.
For more information and to apply online, visit

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.

Unexplained Absences
If your child has Unexplained Absences, you will receive an email from the school. Please take a few moments to submit Attendance Notes on Compass indicating reason/s for the absences.

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.

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.

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.

Uniform Shop News

Exciting news - the school pool opens on Friday 26 November!! Full Season Family Pool Membership is $165 with a complimentary pool bag available with early orders placed by 16 December. A Ten Visit Pass is $45. These can be purchased online and instore. When ordering Pool Keys or Ten Pass Packs online please remember to give your child's name and class. These orders will be available for collection from the front office.

The Uniform Shop is clearing the stock of boys and girls bathers. In our school colours of maroon and gold they are attractive and made from quality lycra.There are limited sizes and a smaller size fit.  Please check online or instore what sizes are available at low prices. In the shop there are also a few Rashie Tops for extra sun protection (only in size 12 and size 14) priced at only $10 each!  Please be aware bathers cannot be returned after wearing them.
Our distinctive maroon hooded pool towels are $30. Sizes extra small suitable for smaller children and size small suitable for Year 3 and above. Very low quantities left.

Thank You to all the lovely parents and carers who have donated quality items to our pre-loved rack. Your generosity is much appreciated. Shan

E News

Children either grow out of their old toys or love them to death, and with few options to recycle them, they often end up in landfill. TerraCycle and BIG W have partnered to create Toys for Joy, a free recycling program for all brands of pre-loved toys. If they are not fit for re-homing, you can now drop them off at selected BIG W stores (including Big W Karrinyup) to be recycled.

For more information visit

Community News

Nadia King and Summer Reading Quest Launch
Come along to Subiaco Library after school from 3.30pm – 4.30pm on Wednesday 15 December for a special double launch bonanza with afternoon snacks and a beautiful bookmark craft to take home.
Tickets on sale now so book yourself a ticket to meet Nadia King and get your Summer Reading Quest pack that includes a bingo sheet and reading log. Plenty of prizes to win for reading over the summer!

Christmas Crafternoon
From Wednesday 8 December to Friday 10 December, 3.30-4.30pm, there will be Christmas Craft at Subiaco Library after school. Make a Christmas bonbon, decorations or a Christmas card for someone special. There will be come tasty treats and carols to get into the spirit of Christmas. All craft materials supplied.
No bookings required, just drop by.

Rosalie Village Fete
The Rosalie Village Fete is a fun day out for students, families and the wider community.
A variety of stalls and entertainment will be provided including inflatables and a petting zoo. There is something for everyone!
Rosalie Primary School, 101 Onslow Rd, Shenton Park.
Saturday 20 November, 8.00am to 3.00pm.

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