Congratulations to all the students that participated in the Interschool Athletics on Wednesday and Friday last week. All students demonstrated their ARBOR Values throughout both days with students showing great effort and sportsmanship.
I would like to thank the school community for following the request of the Network Principals and not attending the school grounds during the carnival, thus ensuring a COVID safe event for all students and staff.
I would like to thank Mr Williams and Mrs McCabe, as well as the host of teachers and pre-service teachers that helped in the running and organisation of the two days.
Arbor Grove came a close second on the day.
Year 6 Update
It was a pleasure to see the Year 6 students off on their second excursion day on Monday to see a movie, and then return for some pizza. The Year 6 teachers reported that student behaviour was exemplary and that everyone seemed to have a great time. Weather permitting the students have another fun day organised for later this week.
Thank you to the Year 6 teachers for organising these days for the students, which are to replace the camp that was cancelled in term 2 due to the COVID situation.
Thank you to the many families that attended the recent parent meetings at the school, the many parents that have expressed their support for the school’s graduation planning in a COVID world, and to a small number of parents who have expressed their concerns directly to the school in a constructive manner.
We continue to reflect on and take on board all the feedback we receive. We understand that a child completing primary school education is a big landmark and of course we would like parents to be present. You will appreciate, however, that we also need to consider the relevant health advice (currently Stage 4 restrictions, specifically the 2 metre rule).
The school continues to examine and explore a range of options and we hope to be in a position to advise our Year 6 families of the final structure of the graduation event by the end of week 8. I can assure you that we will be as flexible as possible in accommodating parents who wish to attend the graduation, though this will be very much dependent upon the health advice at that point in time. We will consult with the School Board before making any final decisions.
High School Transition
The Year 6 students will soon enjoy a transition day to their 2021 high schools where they will meet new classmates and enjoy a little taste of high school. These are exciting times for the students as they near the end of their primary school journey.
It is very important that families that are leaving us this year to let the school know at the earliest opportunity. This information will be essential to ensure the accuracy of our planning and preparations for 2021.
Class Placement Requests
Thank you to the parents that submitted requests. These are now closed and the school will begin finalising class lists.
We are well advanced in our planning for the Book Awards and will issue advice to parents as soon as we finalise our planning. It is most likely that the school will split the event into two or three assemblies on the day as we seek to be as flexible as possible in accommodating parents of award winners as well as meeting the COVID guidelines (currently Stage 4 restrictions, specifically the 2 metre rule).
I would like to thank the male members of staff who have sacrificed any fashion sense for the month of November to grow a moustache in support of Movember. Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. Movember will be the recipient of the funds raised in our last free dress day of the year.
We accept that an increasing number of parents/carers who for safety, security and/or emergency purposes wish to provide their children with mobile phones. However, these devices do present some greater challenges as they can provide children the means by which to access social media platforms such as Instagram, Tik Tok, Snapchat and Facebook just to name a few.
We would encourage all parents to visit the eSafetyCommissioner website www.esafety.gov.au for useful hints, tips and resources to help them and their children navigate the many issues and challenges such as what age is appropriate and ideas for parent supervision / monitoring.
There are plenty of good things about social media — but also many risks and things children should avoid. They don't always make good choices when they post something to a site, and this can lead to problems. So it's important to talk with your children about how to use social media wisely.
"Stranger danger" - Take it seriously
Children may find it hard to judge strangers they meet in person, and it's even harder to tell friends from foes online. Stress to your children that they should not interact with strangers on these apps, and explain that many people on social media are not who they say they are.
(Over) Sharing information - Don't reveal too much
Children should be aware of how much they are revealing about themselves online. It is important that your children do not share their location or use apps that let people track their movements.
Hidden info in photos - Beware of posting pics
Children should know the potential risks of what they're posting online. Photographs are no exception. Parents of primary and secondary school age children should discuss the fact that photographs contain location information, which could potentially help a stranger find them.
The staying power of social media - Consider the future
Children need to fully grasp that what is posted on social media can have long-term consequences. What may seem like a funny joke at the time could potentially be accessed later by colleges and employers.
Cyberbullying - Ask, "will others get hurt?"
Talk to your children about bullying and enforce the idea of not joining friends who are gossiping about or teasing others online. Encourage them to reflect on what they are posting.
This year the Interschool Athletics Carnival took place on the 4 and 6 November. Arbor Grove took a squad of more than 100 athletes from Year 1 to Year 6 to participate in the carnival. Our athletics team placed second in the EISA Competition this year. Well done to all members of our team who displayed our ARBOR Values with pride and demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship over the two days.
Upper Swan PS
Arbor Grove PS
Aveley North PS
Congratulations to our following overall place winners:
Girls Champion - Manaia
Boys Champion - Arthur
Boys Runner-up Champion - Liam
3rd Place Champion Girl - Emma
Champion Girl - Ellie
Boys Runner-up Champion - Jayden
Boys Champion - Htoo
Girls Runner-up Champion - Keira
3rd Place Champion Boy - Dylan
Boys Runner-up Champion - Jakob
3rd Place Champion Girl - Mia-Rose
Foodbank is a non-profit charitable organisation that distributes food to a growing number of West Australians. Since COVID19, the Foodbank in Perth has been inundated with thousands of requests to help families which has resulted in them running low on their supplies.
To show our appreciation and support, the Arbor Grove community participated in its first Foodbank Drive. As a community, we donated a staggering 450kgs of non-perishable food items.
Congratulations to everyone involved. Your donations were greatly appreciated.
Breakfast Club Committee
2021 Student Requirement Lists
Cut off date for online orders is 27 November 2020. Home delivery orders placed after this date can incur a late delivery fee of up to $17.50.
Please read the lists thoroughly and decide which ordering method you are going to undertake, take careful notice of cut-off dates. Home delivery orders will be dispatched the week ending 18 December.
We are requesting you also pay the school contributions at this time – they are listed at the end of your child’s requirement list.
Items can be purchased from any supplier; you are not obligated to utilise the service offered by Campion.
We would like to thank everyone that has volunteered to help in the canteen this year. However we are still looking for more people to help. Helping does not mean you have to commit to every week. If you have a free day and are able to help please contact Jenni in the canteen. The days we need the most help is Thursdays and Fridays. Even if you can spare an hour from 12pm to 1pm (this is the busiest time as it is when we have to get all the lunches in the baskets). Your help is much appreciated.
Many hands make light work.
For regular updates on our fundraising activities visit our P&C Facebook page and keep an eye out for Connect notices.
Keep those donations rolling in. If you are thinking of donating, please get in touch with Amy on the email below ASAP. We are greatly appreciative of all donations that will help us make this raffle as successful as possible.
Here is a glimpse of just a few of the amazing items you can win in our Christmas raffle…..
Rottnest Fast Ferries family day pass, 18 holes of golf at Novatel Vines Resort, hair and beauty products and vouchers, Lego, autographed books, ten pin bowling vouchers, roller skating vouchers, a wardrobe consultation with Suddenly Simple – Home Organise Service and a $50 voucher to spend with One Spotty Dog.
Let’s get Tech Topping!
Tech Toppers are removable vinyl decals to decorate not just your laptops and tablets, but lunchboxes, drink bottles, schoolbooks. So many options!
Parents love them! Leaving no sticky residue behind
Kids love them! Each pack includes over 100 individual decals in each pack, it allows for complete individuality.
Extra order forms can be found at the canteen or can be emailed to you by arrangement.
** Please note that for this fundraiser to be completed the P&C need a minimum of 20 units ordered. **
Get in quick before we run out.
Last orders for Hair accessories in 2020 will close Friday 11 December (unless already sold out)
Coming Soon - A special event just for the adults
It’s Wine and Gin time!
Is your wine rack or gin cupboard topped up and ready for the festive season? If the answer is no, why not support the P&C to help upgrade the middle school playground along with a few other projects and get your wine and gin through our festive fundraiser!
More on the P&C Facebook page and Connect in the coming days.
*Value displayed is an example of potential savings within the Membership only and is subject to available offers at any one time. The redemption examples show how a Member could redeem the cost of the Single City Membership in one day.
Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays.
VacSwim in January offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations during the long break. Not only are they a great school holiday activity, they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.
Your children can start as young as five years old.