We will again be advising all students of their classroom and teacher for 2021 before they start their holidays. Students will receive a note to take home in week 10 with the information. Our rationale for this is to reduce any stress or anxiety for students prior to the commencement of the new school year. We will continue with the SMS just prior to the start of the new school year for those that may misplace the note.
I would like to thank Mrs Hawkins, Mrs Quinn and their band of dedicated staff that each week have provided a wonderful array of breakfast treats for the students. I look forward to seeing what they have in store for 2021. I am very proud of all my staff that give up their time for breakfast club and for the benefit of the Arbor Grove community.
Bikes and Scooters
We ask parents to ensure that should their children ride scooters or bikes to school, they have the appropriate safety gear such as helmets, knee pads etc. This will ensure that in the event of an accident that the child has some protection from serious injury. I would also like to remind students that bikes and scooters are to be walked on the school grounds. Skateboards are not allowed at school.
ARBOR DAY - Tuesday 15 December
Please remember that on Arbor Day students are required to attend in school uniform, with bathers, hat, a rash shirt and a towel in their school bag ready for the fun activities. This should be another amazing day of fun activities for all students that have consistently demonstrated the school’s ARBOR Values.
High School Transition
This Friday the Year 6 students will enjoy a transition day at 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 and we hope the day is enjoyed by all.
It is very important that families that are leaving us this year let the school know at the earliest opportunity. This information will be essential to ensure the accuracy of our planning and preparations for 2021.
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 four 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.
Presentation Assembly and Student Council Announcements
This year our Presentation Assembly and Student Council announcements event will look a little different from previous years due to COVID-19 restrictions. This event will be held on Wednesday 16 December (Week 10).
The timetable is:
9.00 am First Presentation Assembly - EC 4, Rm 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
10.00 am Second Presentation Assembly - Rm 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
11.30 am Third Presentation Assembly - Rm 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
The school will ensure sanitisation of parent chairs and other high contact areas between sessions.
Parents/caregivers of students who are receiving a book, will be rung and asked to confirm their attendance.
Only 2 parents can attend.
Parents/caregivers will be allocated 2 tickets for entry to the assemblies.
Should there be any COVID-19 changes from the WA Government on restrictions, then the school will respond in accordance to the directions given to the school and notify parents of any changes.
Please contact the office on 6497 4800 and speak with one of the Deputies if you have any questions.
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Thank You Bunnings Ellenbrook
A big thanks you to Bunnings Ellenbrook for supporting our NAIDOC celebrations in Pre Primary.
Bunnings donated 200 paint stirrers allowing our students to decorate and use tapping sticks. They look amazing and sound even better. Thanks you Bunnings Ellenbrook for your continued support.
Swimming Lessons will be conducted at Mullaloo Beach, between Monday 7 December and Friday 11 December, week 9 of term 4. Lessons are 80 minutes in length with a short break in the middle. Swimming group 1, rooms 20, 22 and 23 will need to be at school no later than 8:30am to ensure that we can leave school by 8:35am. Swimming group 2, rooms 19, 21 and 24 will leave school by 10.00am.
Please ensure all clothes, goggles and towels are clearly marked with your child’s full name. Students will need to wear their bathers under their clothes on the way to the beach. Students are encouraged to wear thongs to and from the beach due to time limitations. All students will be required to wear a rashie or a t-shirt for swimming to meet our sun smart expectations. Please ensure your child has sunscreen to apply before their lesson. Students are required to pack a drink bottle and piece of fruit to take with them to the lessons.
For safety reasons it will not be possible for parents to collect their children from the beach unless arrangements have been made with the school 24 hours earlier. If you have any concerns please contact Mrs McCabe.
This term in room 10 we have been learning about narratives. We read a story then created a story map using pictures, added actions and retold the story as a class. We then used some cooperative learning to think about and come up with ideas of how we could change the story to create our own. As a class we then had a go at using one of our ideas to change the story. Room 10 have now written their very own stories.
We had a wonderful week of NAIDOC celebrations last week. Justin Martin from Djurandi Dreaming performed a Welcome to Country to open our NAIDOC week celebrations.
Students participated in cultural activities both within and out of their classrooms.
On Tuesday the wonderful Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse sung with the students. The Pre Primary students bought Gina to tears when they sang Djinda Djinda – Twinkle Twinkle in Noongar language.
Roger from Rangs Boomerangs ran a school clinic for the students in Years 2, 3, 5 and 6. The students were able to see some traditional hunting artefacts and see them in action. A few students were able to have a go at throwing the boomerangs.
On Wednesday Alton Walley and Jayden Boundry ran a dance clinic for the Kindy, Pre Primary, Year 1 and Year 4 students. They taught the students some deadly moves.
The Pre Primary students enjoyed the story telling in Noongar with Kearah Ronan.
The amazing teachers ran NAIDOC activities in each year group. Some of the activities included Damper making, Wool Bracelets, Rock Painting, Noongar Six Seasons and Researching Famous Aboriginal Australians such as David Unaipon, Cathy Freeman, Eddie Mabo and Adam Goodes.
All year groups will be contributing to a canvas mural of the Waakarl - Rainbow Serpent that will be completed by the end of the term.
Some of our Aboriginal students were involved in making a NAIDOC video with Mr Bish and Mrs Butcher the video is on display in the front office if you would like to view this.
The staff and students really enjoyed celebrating Aboriginal culture during this Year’s NAIDOC week.
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 are 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.
Together the community, parents and the P&C committee have generously donated over $1500 worth of prizes towards our Christmas raffle. We are beyond grateful for every donation we have received and cannot wait to share them with the lucky winners.
Friends and family are welcome to purchase tickets. Flexischools ordering is live and have a guest purchase option available.
The more tickets you buy the more chances you have to win.
First Prize is this beach trolley overflowing with something for everyone including many, many vouchers.
For example; $250 voucher for Bike Force Ellenbrook • Rottnest Fast Ferries family day pass • 18 holes of golf with motorised buggy @ Novatel Vines Resort • lunch for 2 @ Edgecombe Brothers Winery • Swan Valley Cuddly Farm family entry pass • One Spotty Dog $50 voucher • DVF Plumbing & Gas $50 voucher • Tarot/oracle reading • Boost Juice gift card • ten pin bowling & roller skating vouchers • books • Lego • games • PLUS SO MUCH MORE.
Second price is a luxury pamper pack just for her.
Included is a Silver Bullet Hot Air Brush plus other hair and beauty products and vouchers • a 2 hour wardrobe consultation with Suddenly Simple and lots of other special treats just for her.
Third prize should keep you full all festive season.
Some vouchers included are a Star Graze, small grazing box voucher • $50 Muffin Break voucher • Cutting Edge Butcher $25 voucher and much more.
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 and get your wine and gin through our festive fundraiser!
Wise Winery are a Halliday 5 star rated, Margaret River winery supplying sweet, dry, red, white, sparkling plus a great range of gin’s to choose from.
FREE DELIVERY (AUS WIDE) straight to your door plus 20% of sales comes back to our fundraising.
We had a great response to our hair accessories fundraiser and sold out within two weeks.
The Fundraising committee are working hard with our supplier to ensure we have new and additional stock to choose from for next year, including faction colours and a few extra surprises.
Watch this space for more in 2021.
Unfortunately, this fundraiser did not have the support we had hoped. There was a minimum order requirement for us to place an order with the company supplying Tech Toppers therefore we have decided to not move forward.
Those who had placed orders will be contacted and money refunded.
Thank you to everyone that has purchased books this year. All books have now been handed out. If you are missing any please contact us and we will look into it for you. With the long postage we have decided not to run Issue 8 this year. Book Club will be back in 2021 term 1.
School banking will be finishing in week 9. Last orders for prizes must be made in week 8.