We have started swimming lessons for students in Pre-Primary to year 4. Fortunately, we have had sunny weather which has made the experience more enjoyable. Please ensure that any lost items are followed up. Student behaviour so far has been very good and I hope this continues for the remainder of the lessons.
I wanted to congratulate all of our year 3 and 5 students for completing NAPLAN last week. It was a challenging two weeks, however everyone showed great resilience. I would like to thank the teachers, Ms Irvine and Mrs Newman for helping ensure the NAPLAN testing was as painless as possible.
What a wonderful week it was at year 6 camp. The students showed great behaviour and participated without complaint in all activities, even when it was raining and cold. I hope all the students that went to camp have memories that they will cherish. Thank you to the year 6 teachers, Mrs Quinn and Mrs McCabe for organising and attending camp and supporting these students.
You will have noticed that the year 6 students have now received their leavers shirt. It is great seeing these students proudly wearing their new shirts.
The final year of primary school is a significant event for all children and it is great that we are able to ensure that they have these leavers shirts and events such as camp to make the final year so special.
Names On Clothing
Now we are entering the colder months it is timely to remind all families to ensure that all student jumpers have names recorded on them. This will increase the chance of them being returned should they be lost or misplaced around the school.
On Monday the year 6 students recieved a visit from Ellenbrook Secondary College staff to discuss enrolment for year 7 in 2020. Students were given enrolment packs for ESC, which must be filled in and returned to the high school before the end of this term. Please enrol your student ASAP so your child can attend the scheduled orientation day. If students are not enrolled, they will not be allowed to attend the orientation days later in the year.
ESC invites parents to:
Year 7, 2020 Parent Evening: 6 June 5.30pm - 6.30pm in PAT (entrance near library)
Parent Tours: 11 June 3.30pm - 4.30pm, 14 June 9.00am - 9.30am. Please meet at the front office.
Attached to this newsletter is a flyer from ESC, for students currently in year 6, to attend after school STEM sessions this year. Please see the details and contact ESC via email@example.com or phone 9297 9700.
Parents can now submit absent notes through Connect. Please have a look at the video to see this process. Absent Notes Video
Update Your Email
Please contact the office to update your email on 9297 9300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. First semester reports will be emailed out at the end of this term.
Kindergarten Enrolments 2020 – Now Open!
Kindergarten introduces young children to a school environment. It teaches them to follow routines and to cooperate with fellow students. These skills help children to adjust more quickly to primary school. At Arbor Grove PS, kindergarten is a play-based learning environment where children are encouraged to be creative, collaborative and effective communicators.
Do you know anyone who has a child who will be attending Kindergarten in 2020? Please let them know Arbor Grove Primary School is now taking enrolments. Places are filling fast!
The students in Room 16 have had lots of fun working in small groups to complete literacy and numeracy tasks. In our small groups we focus on cooperating to complete hands on activities. We are always focusing on our ARBOR values during our group times and working hard to achieve our goals.
We have been working on improving our fluency when reading using reading sticks as one of the strategies. Its lots of fun changing our voices and making funny noises when we read our books.
We have been working in our maths groups to practise lots of different number and measurement skills. We have been working on telling time to the nearest 5 minutes, adding money, addition and subtraction with 2 and 3 digit numbers, rounding to 10 and 100, word problems, multiplying by 2, 5 and 10 and using and interpreting graphs.
We worked with partners or in small groups to research either sharks or dolphins. Firstly we needed to choose which animal we liked better. Then we used books and the internet to find out lots of interesting facts about sharks or dolphins. We presented this information to the class and then used the information to write persuasive texts about why you should like sharks or dolphins. The students in Room 16 did a great job and were very convincing!
Kindy and Pre-Primary students have been taking part in our new Perceptual Motor program. Animal fun is a program designed to promote motor skills and social skills development in young children. It is based on imitating animal movements. It is fun, playful and engaging.
Here are just a few of the benefits:
Improved muscle tone and core strength.
Increased physical fitness – less fatigue = clearer thinking.
Improves attention and concentration.
It is mindful.
Decreased hyperactivity and restless, fidgety behaviours.
Improved mobility and coordination.
Improved social skills – taking turns, co-operation, participation in teams.
Increased confidence = relief from anxiety.
Journalism Club Visit To 89.7fm
On Wednesday May 1 2019 a group of year 6 students from the Journalism Club visited the radio station 89.7fm to run a live radio segment as a part of the School of Thought Program. By participating in the School of Thought Program, the students were involved in all steps of the production process of a live radio segment. They brainstormed ideas, wrote and edited their segments and rehearsed their parts. At 2pm the students made Arbor Grove very proud as they ran a live 40 minute radio segment. The feedback from the radio station was fantastic as they praised the amazing effort the students put into their performance but also how well they represented the values of Arbor Grove.
Year 6 Teacher
National Simultaneous Storytime
National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 19th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy.
On Wednesday May 22, we had the privilege of having Miss Marshall and Mr Raff read the kindy and pre-primary classes the 2019 NSS Story, Alpacas with Maracas. A delightfully sunny day, the students had so much fun listening to the story and watching the teachers perform the actions in the book. We all had a good laugh!
Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove, is available in the library if you would like to have a read of it yourself. It can be found in the Picture Book tubs labelled C.
Arbor Grove Primary School Pyjama Day
Week 8 Friday 21 June
For a gold coin donation, you can come to school in your warmest Pyjamas or Onesie.
(Please ensure your outfit is sensible and warm. Enclosed sneakers should still be worn for safety reasons)
Money raised goes towards supporting underprivileged children and families.
Children born between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016 are eligible to attend Kindergarten next year.
Application forms are available from the front office or can be downloaded from the website.
You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.
In Praise of Praise
By Professor Matt Sanders, founder of the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P).
Most people like to be praised. If your boss tells you you’ve done a good job or your friend says they love the garden you’ve planted, you feel good about yourself. It’s the same with children. And that’s why appropriate praise is one of the simplest ways to encourage good behaviour and help children learn new skills.
Children who are constantly told “don’t” or “no” soon learn that the kind of behaviour that gets them the most attention is exactly the kind of behaviour that upsets their parents. A parent’s negative attention often becomes a child’s reward. So, catching your child doing positive things and praising them is as good means of redirecting that reward.
The first thing to remember, however, is that the praise you give shouldn’t be hollow or vague. It should accurately describe the behaviour you’ve liked seeing. For example, your son has packed away his trucks and cars. Rather than saying, “Good boy” you’d say, “Thank-you for putting your toys away”. This kind of praise is clear, specific and enthusiastic and it tells the child that what they’ve accomplished was positive and appreciated.
And when a child receives praise they understand and enjoy, they’re more likely to repeat the behaviour in the future.
There is such a thing as too much praise though. Praise can be overused. You wouldn’t continue to praise your child every time he packs up his toys. Because as a child becomes more skilled at the task you’re trying to encourage, you need to phase out the praise. You make it less predictable as the child becomes more accomplished and the behaviour more routine.
If you do have to say “no” or “don’t” to problematic behaviour, remember to follow up with a positive instruction. So saying, “No, stop grabbing the cat’s tail” would be followed by, “Pat the cat like this”. A good rule of thumb is to try to deliver four positive comments to every negative comment such as “don’t”, “stop” or “no”.
Obviously you shouldn’t praise when it’s not due. Children will know when you’re not being genuine. But graciously accepting a compliment is a social skill kids need to learn. If they can’t handle receiving praise without being silly, embarrassed or acting up, they’ll be disadvantaged at school and later in life.
All parents are invited to attend Triple P seminars at Arbor Grove Primary School in Term 2. Facilitated by school psychologist Krista Bingham, the seminars will include a presentation and time for discussion and questions. Parents may attend one, two or all three sessions.
The P&C have been working hard this year. For now, the school has asked us to start raising funds to help upgrade the junior play area. As you have all seen the great changes happen to the Kindy/Pre-Primary playground, we are looking to continue this upgrade throughout the school.
So please get behind all the fundraising events the P&C hold throughout the year.
The P&C is run by volunteers (parents and community members), if you have a spare hour or two a term then come along to one of our meetings and get involved. The next meeting is on Wednesday 12 June at 6.30pm.
Thank you to all our wonderful P&C members and volunteers who came down to help us out with the Election Day BBQ and cake stall, your efforts at cooking and serving were greatly appreciated. Also, to those families who donated baked goods as well as drinks and other essentials to help us along the way, all your efforts helped us to raise over $2000.
We were also very fortunate to have Crust, Ellenbrook Central, Ellenbrook Community Collective and Kennards Hire donate quite substantial items towards the event, and we are very grateful for their ongoing support.
Coming Up After Swimming Lessons
A Silver Coin Challenge will run in weeks 8 and 9. The challenge is for all students to collect up as many silver denomination coins to help fill a 2lt bottle in their class during the two weeks. Prizes will be awarded to the first class to fill their bottle and the class with the highest amount raised at the end of the challenge.
SAVE THE DATE JUNE 28… our first Disco for the year is on its way. The P&C will also be running a soup sundowner and sausage sizzle. We will be looking for lots of volunteers to help us out on the night at both the disco and on the BBQ.
Please keep an eye out for flyers in school bags and posted around the school.
A display book has been set up for viewing in the front office. Feel free to have a look through at all the amazing offers all for only $70!
Both hard copy and digital memberships are available for ordering via the link below.
Support Arbor Grove Primary School P&C Association!
Get your new Entertainment Membership today.
With the 2018 | 2019 Entertainment Membership about to expire, now is the perfect time to buy the brand new 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Membership! You can enjoy thousands of valuable offers for everything you love to do, all while supporting fundraising for Arbor Grove Primary School P&C Association.
Purchase your 2019/2020 Entertainment Membership today!
Did you know that your orders from Book Club so far this year have raised over $600 in rewards for the school?
Any rewards earned for the school go towards purchasing of new resources for the library so our kids can continue to enjoy new books all year round.
Lots of AGPS parents are keen on being part of the school community but may not always have spare time to lend a hand. By purchasing books through Book Club you can help the school in another way and your kids will benefit directly from it.
Issue 3 Book Club orders should be arriving shortly for distribution and Issue 4 of Book Club won't be far behind, so get behind our school and place an order in the next issue.
Ellie Weston - Book Club Coordinator
P&C Busy Bee
Welcome to our school canteen news.
We are all about healthy choices at our school canteen and we are open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8.15am - 2.15pm.
School Swimming Lessons
All students can still order from the regular lunch menu, and lunches will go out to each class at their specific lunch time slots.
We are currently looking for a volunteer on Tuesday, Thursday and particularly Friday of the swimming weeks to help in the canteen for an hour (12.45-1.45pm). It would be very much appreciated. Please come and see Jenni at the canteen if you can help us out.
Have you looked at placing your child’s order through Flexischool? Why not give it a try, you can log on via the internet or download the app to your phone.