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. It is disappointing that COVID restrictions will impact on this landmark occasion however I am sure the teachers have organised an event, including the whole day at Outback Splash, that will create memories that the students will cherish for years to come.
Child and Parent Centre
On Friday 4 December the Child and Parent Centre (CPC) Arbor Grove was opened by the Hon. Minister McGurk MLA, Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interest; Prevention of Family Domestic Violence; Community Services. Six of the Ellenbrook schools, including Arbor Grove will be working in partnership with Anglicare to support Ellenbrook families with easy access to advice, programs and services. Anglicare are an experienced CPC operator and an organisation with a proven track record of delivering services and support to the people of Western Australia.
A selection of students from Pre Primary – Year 2, under the direction of Mrs Seymour, performed two songs Wanjoo and Djinda Djinda Kanagoor to the delight of the attendees which included Miss Jessica Shaw MLA Minister for Swan Hills. Miss Shaw has been a strong advocate for services such as the CPC for the Ellenbrook community and a strong supporter of Arbor Grove Primary over many years.
Over the last few days we have had some very hot weather. During very hot weather the school enacts its Extreme Weather Policy. This includes 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 cooling water and sea breeze.
Due to COVID we have had to change the format of our end of year Awards Assembly. Parents are urged to refer to the information in the newsletter for full details. Adult numbers are being managed to ensure social distancing can be adhered to.
Thank you to the School Board for the work they have done this very challenging year. We will have one vacancy for a parent representative on 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 come out 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 Mrs Walsh, Miss Wiggins, Ms Lamason, Miss Denney, Miss Graves and Mrs Barnes and wish them every success with their retirement or future careers.
There will be some new staff and some familiar staff joining us in 2021 Miss Ladouce, Ms Nelson, Mr Brown, Mrs Condo, Mrs Bartlett and Ms Ferullo.
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 2021.
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 2021.
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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 Covid19 restrictions. This event will be held on Wednesday 16 December (Week 10).
Parents/caregivers of students who are receiving an award will be sent a letter, receive a phone call and asked to confirm which two adults will be attending. Only two parents can attend the assembly and parents/caregivers will be allocated two tickets for entry into the assemblies.
This term in Kindergarten we have been learning about Australian Animals. We have had a lot of fun preparing ourselves for Pre Primary, developing our fine motor skills through cutting and gluing, painting and collaging. We read lots of stories about Australian Animals. Some of our favourites were “Wombat Stew”, “Possum Magic” and “Edward the Emu”. We enjoyed making emu’s out of paper towel, painting koalas, making paper plate wombats and creating our own kangaroo pouch for a joey.
During Week 6 we celebrated NAIDOC Week with lots of engaging and informative activities. We learnt how to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Noongar, completed some traditional dot painting with Mrs Butcher, used coloured rice to write some traditional indigenous symbols and made our very own playdough birds after reading the dreamtime story “How the Birds got their Colours”. We developed our problem solving and cooperation skills by completing a large snake and kangaroo floor puzzle that Mrs Wilson provided to us.
Over the year the Kindergarten children have been getting very good at using some instructional strategies to develop their literacy and numeracy skills. We use our Think, Pair, Share to predict what a story will be about; Stand up, Hand up, Pair up to share information during comprehension; and have begun to use Quiz, Quiz, Trade when completing number recognition.
Over the last few weeks we have been enjoying doing a lot of Christmas activities including instructional drawings of reindeers, constructing Christmas trees, reading and singing lots of Christmas songs and books.
In Terms 3 and 4 the year 5 and 6 Indigenous girls were invited to participate in the Wirrapunda Foundation - Deadly Sista Girlz Outreach Program at Ellenbrook Secondary College.
The seven students that attended had the opportunity to participate in a team building workshop, boomerang painting, football clinic and arts and crafts.
The girls really enjoyed the program and were able to meet other indigenous students that will be attending Ellenbrook Secondary College in the future.
The mentors ran a great program for the girls and we are looking forward to working with them next year.
Student Leaders Lunch
Our Student Leaders have worked hard all year to assist the staff and students with many different activities and roles to help around the school. As a thank you, last Wednesday our Student Leaders were lucky enough to have lunch with Ms Jessica Shaw MLA. We would like to thank Ms Shaw for spending the afternoon with our students.
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 your child to a private dentist and no longer wish to attend the 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!