I would like to start this newsletter by congratulating the P&C on the recent disco which was a wonderful success and another example of how our P&C provides wonderful activities for the students and families of our school. The P&C make such a vital contribution to the school and the students and I am pleased to acknowledge the efforts of this dedicated team of parents.
Well done to our kindergarten teachers and kindergarten students for an amazing assembly. The students sang with great enthusiasm and joy. I would also like to thank the staff that assisted in the assembly item.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish the graduating year 6 students the best for their final week of primary school. I hope they enjoy their Graduation assembly.
Over the last week or so we have had some unseasonal very hot weather. During this hot spell the school has enacted its Extreme Weather Policy. This has included students being kept off the playground and in the air conditioning at lunchtimes, extra drink breaks and the restriction on outdoor activities. The policy is published on our school website should parents wish to review our processes.
This week the year 5 and 6 students have been enjoying swimming lessons at Mullaloo Beach. Thanks to Mrs McCabe for organising the lessons. I am sure the students have enjoyed the water and sea breeze.
Awards Assembly Wednesday 18 December
I hope to see lots of parents at our awards ceremony Wednesday 18 December. It is always a treat being able to recognise those that have demonstrated academic excellence as well as citizenship. In addition to the academic awards and Arbor Values awards we will announce the 2020 Student Leaders and Faction Captains.
Thank you to the School Board for the work they have done this year, our first as an Independent Public School. We will have one vacancy for a parent representative on the Board that we will fill early in the new year. We would encourage all parents to give consideration to this opportunity. The Board meet twice a term on a Tuesday evening. More details, including the nomination and voting process will be available at the start of the new school year.
At this time of year we say goodbye to some of our staff who will not be with us next year. I would like to thank these staff members for all that they have contributed to the school this year and in some cases over a number of years. We farewell Ms Pleece, Ms Wild, Miss Cooper, Mrs Keating, Miss Wilks, Ms Lamason, Mrs Iveson, Mrs Bandy, Mrs Harper, Ms Golding and Mr Ludlow and wish them every success with their retirement or future careers.
In 2020 we will be welcoming some new staff Mr Bish, Mr Williams, Mrs Ellen, Mrs Starling, Mrs Seymour, Miss Purdy and Miss Proudmore.
Week 10 Happenings
Arbor Day celebrations are scheduled for week 10 and I look forward to seeing the many students who have demonstrated the ARBOR values consistently over the year enjoying a fun end of year activity. I would like to thank the school’s PBS Committee for organising the day and ensuring such a safe and fun time for all.
Reports are due out in Week 10 as well as students being advised of their classrooms and teachers for 2020. Please note that we have renumbered the rooms for 2020, however there has been no change to the blocks (eg Galenia is PP and Yr 1, Corymbia is Yr 2 etc). I hope that this minor change is not too confusing.
I would like to finish this newsletter by wishing all the staff, students and parents a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. I hope we see you all back safe and sound for an exciting 2020.
Arbor Grove is very excited to be hosting the FAST program with CLAN Midland again next year. The FAST team – led by Rachel Jones and Sharon Todd (Parent Partners) – are currently recruiting families to be part of this wonderful opportunity to build connection both within your family and the wider community.
If you would like to be part of FAST or just have a chat about what’s involved, please contact the school as soon as possible so you can secure your spot.
As the year is about to end we have been talking about what we want to be when we grow up. We read a book called “When I grow up” by Andrew Daddo which prompted discussions about the jobs that we want to do when we are older and why.
We then had lots of fun dressing up and role playing those occupations. We hope you enjoy looking at our photos.
Please bring in any old batteries and place them in the containers which are situated in every classroom.
I know we can collect even more than last year.
Lets make 2019 the Year of the Battery!
Department of Fire and Emergency Services Incursion
This term the Department of Fire and Emergency Services visited our year 3 students. They learnt about fire safety in the home, viewed the equipment on a fire truck and operated a fire hose. The students completed follow up writing activities to consolidate their learning.
Book Club 2019
This year we held our first book club for the year 3 and 4 students. We shared with each other what kinds of books we love to read. From this we chose to read 'Danny the Champion of the World' by Roald Dahl. We read a part of the book each week and then completed a follow up activity using the app 'Seesaw'. We learnt a lot about Danny and his father and their exciting adventures together.
Today was the last Breakfast Club for 2019. This year saw over 120 students attending Breakfast Club each week and the introduction of our Cooking Club which had 50 students attending in term 4.
Thank you goes to all of the amazing Arbor Grove staff, parents and students. The Breakfast Club wouldn’t be the success that it is without your support.
A big thanks also goes to our suppliers; Ellenbrook Lions Club, Aveley IGA, Coles in Ellenbrook and Foodbank. Without these suppliers, the Breakfast Club would not be able to run.
Finally, today at Breakfast Club we ran a raffle for all attendees. Congratulations goes to Bonnie and Bella for winning a Gingerbread House.
From all the staff at Breakfast Club and Cooking Club, we wish you all a very safe and joyous Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you at our next Breakfast Club in 2020.
Last week the City of Swan provided their Blender Bike for our students to make banana smoothies during breakfast club. The smoothies were very yummy and the students enjoyed blending the smoothies.
‘The P&C is part of the school and is made up of parents and citizens who support many projects around the school. We provide a voice for our community and conduct many social events for families to enjoy their experience at Arbor Grove Primary School.’
This year saw the Arbor Grove primary students participate in some fun filled activities run by the P&C. The students have been able to attend Discos and were able to participate in the very first Colour Run. A great time was had by those who participated by either running or by throwing the colour dust (messy fun).
Thank you to everyone who got involved in raising funds for our school this year. Below is the list of 2019 events and the profit amounts we raised:
Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns
Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall
Mother’s Day stall and raffles
Silver Coin Challenge
Mid-year Disco and Sausage sizzle
Father’s Day Stall and Raffles
Sports Carnivals Cake Stall and raffles
Summer Disco, Sausage sizzle and Cupcake stall
Assembly Day Coffee Stand
Entertainment Memberships - (27 Memberships)
Overall the P&C has raised a very impressive total of over $18,000 for projects around the school in 2019. None of which could happen without the support of Arbor Grove Staff, Students, Parents and Caregivers. Thank you!
Proceeds have gone towards the planting out of the new EC nature playground, Gardening Club, Year Six Graduation activities and Canteen. Other money has been ear marked for future playground equipment for the school.
Throughout the year the P&C has also been involved with
Book Club – All proceeds made from the book club go straight back into the school library.
Running the school canteen.
Attended the 2019 Kindy Orientation and the WACCSO conference.
P&C Meeting held twice a term.
The P&C have supported the end of year activities for the Year 6’s.
Thank you to everyone that purchased books this year. In doing so we have earned $1736.50 in rewards. Reward points are for the library to spend on Books with Scholastic.
Just a reminder that we are patiently waiting on our delivery of Issue 8. As soon as it arrives, and orders have been distributed (gift order will be available from the front office) we will send out notification.
Thank you to everyone that has taken part in school banking this year.
Please remember to collect all banking wallets from the class banking bags before the end of the year.
Thank you to all the parents and students who supported the P&C Canteen during 2019 by purchasing lunches and recess. A special thank you to all the volunteers who give their time and energy so willingly to prepare and serve food, as without their service we would be not be able to offer the choice and range of food at such affordable prices as we currently do.
For families whose children are leaving for high school or other schools, there is information below about Flexischools.
The Canteen will open for the New Year on Monday 3 February 2020 (the first day of term). Please be aware that there may be some changes to the days the Canteen will be open and the menu. We will endeavour to keep you all updated on our Facebook pages throughout the holidays.
If you would like to volunteer in 2020 please have a chat with Jenni before the end of this school year or drop her an email or message on our Facebook pages. We can’t run this great service without volunteers. So if you have a spare hour come and give us a hand.
The Canteen Staff would like to wish you all a wonderful and safe summer holidays.
Overall we have had a fantastic year. Thank you to everyone that helped organise, bake, sponsor, volunteer time and just came out and brought something. Without you all we couldn’t have reached such amazing goals. Every little bit helps make a big difference.
We look forward to continuing our involvement with this great school of ours next year. We have had an awesome team of parents on the P&C for 2019 and are hoping to see some new faces contributing and joining in on some of the work we do for and around our school.
The Arbor Grove P&C is run on volunteers and the more people we have helping the less work there is for everyone.
A big thank you to the companies who have supported the P&C throughout the year.
Kennards Hire Wangara for the use of fencing and lighting towers for both Discos, bollards for the Rainbow Run, a huge generator and gazebos for Sports Carnival cake stall and the commercial fridge for Election day BBQ.
Thank you to the below companies who donated goods towards our Election day BBQ.
Crust for donating 5kgs of bacon, Ellenbrook Central for donating gift vouchers and Ellenbrook Community Collective for cool drink.
Thank you to Tyrepower Ellenbrook for loaning us the used tyres we used as part of our obstacle course for our first Rainbow Run.
Melinda from Glitz Gifts kindly donated a stemless wineglass and Rebecca from Step Into Life who donated 4 Step Into Life vouchers for our Mother’s Days raffle.
Fundraising, Saving & Entertaining all wrapped up!
Thank you for supporting our festive season fundraising.
Do you know others who like to save? Love to dine out, love to try new things, love to support a good cause?
Feel free to pass on this great gifting idea to your family and friends so they too can give the gift of entertainment. Share the link below so 20% of the sale goes to our fundraiser.
If your child requires urgent dental treatment, Emergency Clinics will be available from
23 December 2019 - 31 January 2020 on the following dates & locations:
Monday 23 December 2019
Aveley Dental Therapy Centre
8 Bolero Way,
8am – 4pm
Phone - 62965237
24 December 2019 - 31 January 2020
(Excluding public holidays & weekends)
Mt Henry Dental Clinic
43 Mt Henry Road,
8.15am – 4.30pm
Phone - 9313 0555
For emergenciesoutside these hours, or on weekends and public holidays, please consult with:
Your own private dentist or
The Perth’s Children Hospital (Dental department) – 6456 3727
For Parents/Guardians of graduating Year 6 students: The WA School Dental Service continues to provide free general and preventative dental care to all students throughout high school until the end of Year 11 having not attained 17 years of age. Appointments will be posted home as your child reaches their recall date.
Please contact the Arbor Grove Dental Therapy Centre, 9296 7388 for change of address or contact details to ensure your child does not miss their appointment.
If you choose to take you child to a private dentist and no longer wish to attend school dental clinic please advise our staff.
The staff at Arbor Grove Dental Therapy Centre would like to wish all children an enjoyable break from school, but REMEMBER,YOU MIGHT BE ON HOLIDAYS, BUT YOUR TOOTHBRUSH NEVER IS!