I hope that everyone is enjoying being mask free again! The school continues to strive for a more “normal” footing including the class assemblies returning to a more traditional approach with parents able to attend, however we accept that COVID-19 means we have to be forever on our toes to adjust to changes and announcements from the Government. I would like to thank our school community for your resilience, understanding and ongoing support during these times.
It is pleasing to note that the impact of COVID-19 on the school’s operations and students is (at this time) much less than in 2020.
I look forward to seeing parents at upcoming assemblies.
I wish to advise the Arbor Grove community of some changes in staff that have occurred just recently.
Ms Costa, who was on long service leave, has decided to resign her position with Arbor Grove Primary after a long and distinguished career with us. Ms Costa will be missed by many in our community with her bubbly personality and passion for Italian. Miss Robertson will continue covering Ms Costa’s teaching load for the remainder of the term whilst the school investigates a replacement. As a result of Ms Costa’s unexpected decision the school has decided that there will be no grade allocated to Italian in this semesters reporting. To give a grade, given the length of Ms Costa’s absence, would appear unfair to the students.
Miss Stacey, our School Psychologist has also recently resigned her position with the school. The school is currently finalising arrangements for an experienced School Psychologist to support the school whilst a recruitment process is undertaken.
Arbor Grove Primary is so fortunate to have such a dedicated and fantastic P&C. They provide so many valuable opportunities for families to connect with the school and engage in fundraising that assists the school.
I would urge any family member (mum or dad) thinking about joining the P&C to attend a meeting or to connect with one of the existing team. I am confident that you won’t regret joining the P&C and being a vital part of your child’s schooling experience.
Just in the last week or so we have seen the P&C at their best in the organisation of some amazing Mother’s Day gifts and raffle prizes.
On behalf of the school I would like to thank the P&C who last week provided the school with funds to install external speakers to our undercover area. This will provide the school with the capacity to hold future ANZAC ceremonies around the flagpole and will allow for those events where parent seating may extend beyond the undercover area to hear the events. I am also sure that they will come in handy during any future P&C run disco – I can see parents busting a move whilst waiting to collect children.
I would also like to thank the P&C for funding the purchase of a blender bike for the Breakfast Club. We have hired one in the past and they are great fun for the students and generate a lot of excitement and laughs, as well as making some wonderfully healthy breakfast smoothies.
Students in Year 3 and Year 5 are currently completing the annual NAPLAN testing. This is our second year completing NAPLAN online and it is pleasing to see that our systems are handling this task without problem.
It is also pleasing to see the students demonstrating our ARBOR values by doing their best, showing great organisation by getting to school on time and being resilient when the questions have gotten harder. Congratulations to all of our students.
Whilst the NAPLAN tests are a snapshot in time they do provide the school with valuable data on student progress and the performance of our various teaching programs.
This term the school is running the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program in partnership with Clan Midland. FAST® is an internationally acclaimed parent engagement program that helps children thrive by building strong relationships at home. It was great to meet the latest cohort of our families participating in the program last week. I hope they enjoy the program and that we can complete the program without any COVID-19 interruptions.
Thank you to my staff that support the program as members of the team or as volunteers giving up their own time. Arbor Grove is very fortunate to have dedicated staff and a community partner, such as Clan Midland who can support our school community.
Pending any further updates to the guidelines for schools I am happy to advise parents that there are no current restrictions preventing parents or carers coming on to school sites for drop off and pick up purposes, however,
Maintain 1.5 metre separation between people who are not from the same household, with the exception of students on school grounds.
good hygiene practices should be promoted and maintained.
visitors, parents and students should be encouraged not to attend school if they are unwell.
Families are reminded that the front gates are not opened at the end of the day due to the danger posed to the children from parents not following road rules and parking signage.
In the afternoon school gates will not be opened until 15 minutes before the end of the school day. We request that only those families with students in Pre Primary and Kindergarten use the Pre Primary gates.
As we head into the cooler months I would urge all parents to ensure that students have their names on all of their clothing, particularly jumpers! That way the student leaders can ensure that any items that are misplaced can be returned to their owners. As a parent myself I know how frustrating and expensive it can be when your children keep “losing” their jumpers or hats.
In coming weeks parents, students in the upper years and staff will be given the opportunity to provide feedback on the performance of the school. Our biennial surveys are very important in helping the school reflect and identifying areas for change and improvement.
School Development Day
Parents are reminded that students are not to come to school on Friday June 4. The teachers will be very busy that day with some essential professional learning.
A couple of weeks ago the school commemorated the ANZACs at a whole school assembly. Everyone was disappointed that COVID-19 once again interfered with being able to have parents attend.
Student councillors and students from defence families ran the assembly and did a fantastic job having to make last minute changes to be compliant.
Semester 1 Reports
Reports will be emailed out to parents on Thursday 24 June. It is important to ensure we have your current email address. Please contact the office to update your email on 6497 4800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supersonic Science Incursion
Supersonic Science is visiting the school to put on a science show for students from Pre Primary to Year 6. This promises to be an exciting and engaging incursion. The school is subsidising 50% of the incursion cost to assist families so everyone can attend – it’s just $3 per child. Students will bring home a note with the details next week.
Year 6 Camp
In week 6, from 25 – 28May, the Year 6’s will be attending camp at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp in Hillarys. This camp is a great opportunity for students to celebrate their final year at primary school by participating in a variety of adventures and having lots of fun. The students will complete a range of different activities, including; archery, kite making, team building, orienteering and the flying fox. We hope they all have a fantastic time and can’t wait to see the photos in the next newsletter.
Room 9 have been extremely busy this term. Below is a snapshot of some of the exciting things we have been doing.
In writing, Room 9 have been learning all about Poetry. We have learnt how to write a Cinquain poem, an Acrostic poem and a Colour poem.
In Art, the students completed an ANZAC Day painting which included a field of poppies. After completing our painting, we discussed why we think it is important to remember ANZAC Day and wrote our ideas down.
In Numeracy, we have been learning about the Seasons and which months are in each. The students created a fantastic visual to help them remember that the Seasons are a cycle and they keep on going around and around.
Thank you to everyone that came to our Annual General Meeting (AGM). Currently we are still short on a couple of people to make up our team. The following are the positions we are looking to fill. Please note if you join the P&C we may ask if you would like to take up a position but you will not be pressured into a position.
Below is also a list of our sub committees – we are also looking for more people to join these groups.
Acts as a ‘understudy’ to the President or mentors new President
Use the role as an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and P&C knowledge
Chairs P&C meetings in Presidents absence
Can be signatory on accounts
Can be a representative on sub-committees
Additional role – Vice president is the WACSSO Liaison, acting as a link between the P&C and WACSSO
Coordinates all fundraising activities
Delegates tasks to volunteers
Liaises and oversees what volunteers are doing
Ensures delegated tasks are completed
Presents written reports to the P&C outlining activities and results
Chairs Fundraising Committee (if there is one)
Grounds and Amenity Committee
Mother’s Day Stall and Raffle
We hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day and for those children who purchased from the P&C stall, we hope mum loved your little gift from the heart.
Congratulations to the lucky mum’s who won our four fabulous prizes.
1st Prize : Judah
2nd Prize : Ben
3rd Prize : Jennifer
4th Prize : Mia
All the items in these prizes were donated. The P&C would like to thank school mum’s Sharee for the stunning resin cheeseboard and coaster set, Melina for her abundance of items and Jenni for the boxes and cellophane.
Along with the below local companies, thank you all for your generous support.
Mel and Justin of Laneway Seven for donating a $40 voucher.
Just for You Beauty for donating a facial voucher.
Bare Skin & Beauty for donating 2 x $50 vouchers.
Rebekah of Niche Beaute for donating another $30 voucher.
The P&C would also like to thank the awesome parents who were able to help on the morning of the stall. Many hands certainly make light work.
Keep an eye out for more info later in the term about a special order and delivery ready for school photos and sports carnival in term 3.
Our school uses the Flexischools online ordering system for our Canteen as well as P&C Events and Fundraising.
Flexischools allows you to place all these orders online in a matter of seconds, at any time of the day.
Download the Flexischools App
Note: for iPhone and iPad please select ‘Allow’ notifications.
Add your School and Group
Click on the search icon, enter Arbor Grove Primary School, and select your school and year group.
Login/Register Click the ‘Order now’ button located in the bottom right-hand corner of the app, this will open a login screen.
Already a Flexischools user - Enter your details and login. To save your login details select ‘remember me’.
New Flexischools user - Click ‘Register’, enter your email address, and follow the instructions in the email to set up your account. Once your account is set up, add new student; search for our school, enter student details and select their class.
Once registered, you can start placing orders immediately. If you have any questions, please see Jenni in the canteen for more information or you can contact the Flexischools Customer Service Team via their website.
The Flexischools system is now available and ready to use, so we look forward to seeing your next order online.
Coming event ideas for 2021(ideas and dates to be confirmed only after the appointment of a new fundraising coordinator)
Jolly Socks - with a crazy sock day
Father's Day Stall and Raffle
Sports Carnival BBQ and Cake Stall
Disco October 29
Christmas Raffle and/or Stall
Bunnings Sausage Sizzles
This year the school has asked the P&C if we would like to take on the veggie garden beds in the school.
Thanks to the school community we have collected over 600 Woolworth’s seed packets.
We have now started these growing and are in need of some help to prepare the garden beds.
The fruit and veg will go towards keeping the cost low in the canteen as well as helping out breakfast club if possible.
School banking rewards now available!
This year there is a selection of rewards available from previous years to make sure you don’t miss out on the ones you wanted!
For every deposit made at school, students will receive a Dollarmites token. Once students have individually completed 10 deposits/reached 10 tokens they can redeem them for a School Banking reward item.
Thank you for supporting the School Banking program and remember, School Banking day is every Tuesday morning (8.30am to 9am).