Well the wintery weather has certainly arrived! I hope everyone stays warm and dry and exercises extra care when arriving and leaving the school.
There is still a lot going on at school and we have some major events in the weeks ahead including Free Dress Day next Friday (Pyjama theme), the Winter Sports Carnival for our senior students (week 9) and student reports.
I would like to thank all the parents who supported the P&C at the busy bee last Saturday. Despite the shocking weather the plants purchased were able to be planted. I look forward to seeing them thrive in the coming months and add to our wonderful nature play area.
I would like to thank Mrs Butcher for her work in organising a series of activities last week for our indigenous students, their parents and our year 5 and 6 students to celebrate and engage in Reconciliation Week. Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Mrs Denise Bouckaert will be leaving the school this week to join her husband, who has been transferred with the Police Department, in Halls Creek. Mrs Bouckaert has been a valuable member of our staff and school community for a number of years and will be a big loss. We wish Mrs Bouckaert and her husband every success with their new adventure in the north of WA. Mrs Rikki Brosnan will take over in room 5 from the start of term 3 for the remainder of the year.
Just a reminder that reports will again be distributed via email this year in week 10. If you require a printed copy please contact the school at the earliest opportunity.
I would like to congratulate the students who attended swimming over the last fortnight for demonstrating the ARBOR values. The bus drivers and swimming instructors were very complimentary about our students’ behaviour, resilience and perseverance. We are aware of some issues arising from the amount of chlorine used by the swimming centre and have passed these concerns on. I would like to thank Mrs McCabe for her organisation and management of the swimming schedule.
We have some reported cases of influenza A at the school recently. We wish those students a speedy recovery, however it does remind us that it is important for parents to keep students that are unwell away from school to avoid the spread of illness.
Early Close on Wednesdays in 2020
Following discussion with the school staff and with the approval of the School Board we will be introducing an early close (2.30pm) on a Wednesday from the start of the 2020 school year. This will bring Arbor Grove Primary School into alignment with the other Ellenbrook schools (Primary and High Schools).
The benefits of bringing Arbor Grove into alignment with all other Ellenbrook schools are:
Supports Wednesday being the day for meetings and in school collaboration sessions;
Supports the Teachers to engage in professional learning opportunities within the Ellenbrook Network of schools;
Reduce the number of high school students on the site on a Wednesday afternoon.
Please note this workshop is not suitable for children to attend.
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!
This year we have been learning about narratives. We have looked at the characters, the setting and the storyline. After reading The Paper Bag Princess we designed our own popstick puppets. When we are finished we will perform the story in small groups.
Everyone is working very hard.
The dragon was a very popular character!
During swimming lessons we produced some great art work with Ms Watson and wrote a recount about our swimming experiences. Here we are preparing our art.
On Thursday 6 June Arbor Grove celebrated Reconciliation Day.
Aboriginal students from K – Yr6 created a piece of art with artist Justin Martin from Djurandi Dreaming. Students learnt about the traditional Aboriginal art symbols and their meanings. Some students chose a symbol to paint on the canvas. Students also learnt about different traditional Aboriginal art techniques to complete the artwork.
Year 5 and 6 students attended a Cultural Discussion in the library. Justin Martin from Djurandi Dreaming discussed the meaning of Reconciliation and what this means to Aboriginal Australians.
Dylan from Nyoongar Wellbeing & Sports discussed traditional Aboriginal games with the Year 6 students. The students learnt the traditional meaning of Boodjur Kombang and then participated in this traditional Aboriginal game.
It was great to see parents and grandparents of the Aboriginal students support the days activities.
As some of you are aware the Defence students and I were busy last term creating our beautiful ANZAC Day wreath and getting to know each other, capping off the term with a very much anticipated pizza lunch.
This term we’ve been lucky enough to be allocated a room where we will be meeting and creating a DSM poster so the students can feel they have some ownership over the program and our meeting space. This term we will also be introducing the Milo Club at recess once all permission slips of both DSM students and their friends are returned – hopefully soon! Defence students are encouraged to bring along a friend, escape the cold and enjoy the company of other Defence students with a cup of warm milo and some activities. Please note that as of week 8 our day will be moved from a Friday to a Tuesday.
Defence School Mentor
The EMRC Schools Battery Collection Program has begun for 2019.
Please bring in any old batteries and place them in the containers which are situated in every
I know we can collect even more than last year.
Lets make 2019 the Year of the Battery!
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.
Morning routine should be learned
By Professor Matt Sanders, founder of the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
School mornings are smoother for everyone when children are in a good morning routine. Good morning routines involve children learning to do what is required and learning to do most things for themselves without constant reminders.
School-age children can be expected to be more independent in getting themselves out of bed, getting dressed, eating breakfast, brushing teeth, packing school bags and being ready to leave at a particular time.
Difficulties arise when parents do everything for the child, are late in getting up, or are disorganised in the morning.
In some homes the morning routine is unpleasant, with parents yelling at children to get them out the door. Children should be put to bed at a reasonable time to avoid being hard to wake up or irritable in the morning.
Organisation is also a key. Get everything you and your child need ready the night before. Make sure school clothes are easy to locate and put on and get up in plenty of time yourself.
Start an activity schedule for the morning routine. An activity schedule is a simple chart to help children learn to do tasks in a particular order. This will help your child learn the steps they must follow in the morning.
For the first few days, you can give your child reminders, but keep them to a minimum. Children will not learn to do things for themselves if they become reliant on reminders. Once your child can do each step with only one prompt, phase out reminders.
It is important to praise a child when they perform a step on their own, without first being reminded.
Other tips are to avoid getting angry or irritated and to speak pleasantly to your child in the morning. Getting angry and irritated makes it harder for children to learn what is expected of them.
Also, provide a reward. If the child completes all the steps without having to be reminded, give them a reward such as a special snack treat in their lunch or a special game or activity after school if there is not time in the morning.
Once your child is in a good school morning routine, you can phase out the activity schedule.
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.
When: Fridays 24 May, 7 and 21 June 2019
Time: 9am – 11am
Venue: Arbor Grove Primary School
Cost: Free – however bookings are essential
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.
While the kids are at the disco why not take advantage of mingling with other parents while enjoying a free cup of soup. The P&C will also have the BBQ fired up with sausage sizzles and drinks available to purchase.
We are looking for lots of volunteers to help us out at both the disco and on the BBQ as well as with setting up (from 3pm) and pack down. If you can spare some time, please complete the info at the bottom of the disco order form or on the flyer below.
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!
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Issue 4 has just been sent home and is due back by 3pm 19 June 2019. Winter is a great time to snuggle down and read a good book. Make sure you check out issue 4, there are over 40 items for $5 or less.
Ellie Weston - Book Club Coordinator
P&C Busy Bee
Thank you to the parents and their families that braved the weather to help plant out the nature playground. We had great fun weeding, planting and mulching all in time for the rain to water it all in.
Special thanks to Amy for organising plants, Jenna for her amazing stepping stones, Kim from Swan Valley Earthmoving for collecting and delivering mulch and Benara Nurseries for their generous donation of plants.
We are excited to see the plants enrich the playground once established.
We survived the swimming craziness. Thank you to everyone that still ordered their children’s lunches and those that volunteered to get the lunches out on time. We really appreciated your help.
The end of the term is fast approaching, and we will be having an End of Term Special Crust Lunch Deal on the last day of school. Kindy EC5c and EC7a (Thursday class) and year 5’s will be held on Thursday 4 July and the remainder of the school including EC5 and EC7 (Friday classes) will be held on 5 July. Flyers and order forms have been sent out on Monday 10 July. Please see the canteen for an order form if you have not received one already.
Have you look at placing your child’s order through Flexischools? Why not give it a try. You can log on via the internet or download the app to your phone.