Well winter has arrived! We are beginning to experience some cold weather and I would encourage all students to ensure they have warm clothing (with their name clearly marked).
Parents are reminded that children should remain home when they are unwell. This is particularly important during the winter months to avoid the spread of flu and other illness.
It is also important that parents who are sick make alternate arrangements, wherever possible, for the collection of their children rather than come into the school grounds.
This week the students enjoyed an amazing Supersonic science incursion. My Thanks to Ms Irvine and Mrs Jones for their organisation of the event. It looked amazing and the kids were enthralled.
This Friday (weather permitting) the year 5 and 6 students have their Winter Sports Carnival across a range of sports. Our fingers are crossed that the weather outlook improves.
Students in years PP - year 4 will be heading off to swimming lessons in the last two weeks of the term. Whilst not compulsory, we encourage all students to attend and learn to swim. WA has lots of coast line and swimming pools so learning to swim is very important.
The biennial school survey is available for completion by parents until the end of term 2. Please follow the link below to complete the survey. Your feedback is very important to the school and our ongoing quest to improve and provide improved outcomes for students.
Swimming Lessons will be conducted at Swan Active Midland, 16 Gray Dr Midvale, between Monday 21 June and Friday 2 July, Weeks 10 and 11 of term 2. Swimming group 1, Room 6, 10 and 13, will need to be at school no later than 8:30am to ensure that we can leave school by 8:45am. Swimming group 6, Room 8, 12 and 17, will return to school at 3:00pm. Lesson times are as below:
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 pool. Students are encouraged to wear thongs to and from the pool due to time limitations.
For safety reasons it will not be possible for parents to collect their children from the pool unless arrangements have been made with the school 24 hours earlier. If you have any concerns, please contact Mr Williams.
Times Table Charts
Thank you to Jessica Shaw for supplying all our year 1 students with a new Times Table Chart. Our year 1 students are very excited to be able to practice their tables at home now as well as at school.
School Sports WA State Basketball Selection
Congratulations to Keira from year 6 who has been selected in the School Sports WA state team for basketball. Keira has been selected out of hundreds of students who trialled for the team. It takes a lot of hard work and commitment to get to this high level. We wish you all the best for the competition.
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 by calling 6497 4800 or emailing email@example.com.
Amazing Supersonic Science Show!
On Tuesday students from Pre primary to year 6 were able to participate in a science incursion filled with explosions, fireballs and the largest cloud to be seen on the ground. Students were wowed by the demonstrations and a few lucky ones got to participate. Judging by the cheering during the session and the chatter after in classrooms it appears that the students had an awesome time.
In Art this term we are using lots of colour and have explored the artist Wassily Kandinsky. We completed a planet art work to coincide with our Book Fair theme “To the Book Fair and Beyond”. Last term, children enjoyed looking at Australian artist Pete Cromer’s Australian animal paintings, we then created some wonderful koalas.
A Star of the Week is chosen in Room 12 each week. The children are very excited when it’s their turn as they get some special privileges for the week and everyone gives them a compliment. It is a nice way of recognising how each person in our class is special and unique and builds on the ARBOR Value of Belong. Here are some photos of one our latest stars, Paige, with her compliments from the class.
In Health this term we are learning about Protective Behaviours and why it is so important that we always feel safe, at all times. We have created a helping hand network to remember who we can go to if we are feeling uncomfortable or unsafe. In our lessons, we enjoy participating in various instructional strategies to help us learn about this important topic.
We love getting out the blocks to make big numbers in Room 12. We are using them to help us add three digit numbers and also partition them into smaller numbers.
This semester Room 14 have had opportunities to learn about design technologies used within society. Using engineering principles and tapping into previous science knowledge about forces, students have explored design elements of bridges and created two versions building on the knowledge of what worked and did not work. In each project the students had limited resources and were required to build over a barge (egg container) and support weight. Students explored how shape impacts design and that the triangle is the strongest shape which is why it is used predominately in a lot of structures. Students also used this knowledge to build marble runs making little challenges within a confined space.
In Maths we have been exploring our understanding of money and learning through addition and subtraction how to make sure we are receiving the right change. We have also been strengthening our mental multiplication understanding by challenging ourselves and each other to various activities such as “Hit the Button”, “Quiz, Quiz, Trade” and “Beat the Buzzer”.
Every year the demand for Kindergarten places across Ellenbrook exceeds the number of spots available across all the schools. Unfortunately, this means many children miss out on Kindergarten and the important preparation for formal schooling. We strongly encourage all families with children eligible for Kindergarten to secure their spots at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment. Families living outside our school intake zone should enrol at their local school. Please contact the front office to complete an application for enrolment form.
Are you new to school and the area? Joining the P&C is a great way to meet other parents and build new friendships. Becoming a member is as simple as coming to meetings and getting involved.
Sub Committees are an essential part of the P&C. They are formed by P&C members; get togethers are less formal than the general P&C meeting and it is where topics are discussed in full detail. Suggestions of solutions or motions are then taken to the general P&C meeting. Sub committees are also the first point of call when volunteers are required.
Our P&C Sub Committees
Grounds and Amenity Committee
Choose as many committees as you would like to be a part of.
The vital role of Fundraising Coordinator for 2021 is still empty, please take a moment to consider the following.
Do you and your children enjoy the P&C events such as Mother’s and Father’s Day stalls, Disco’s, Rainbow Run, Sports Carnival cake stall and BBQ and School Fete just to name a few?
These events do not just happen by themselves. The Fundraising Committee headed by the Fundraising Coordinator work tirelessly to bring these events and joy to you, our school community. Without this key figure big events cannot move forward.
The Fundraising Coordinator,
Coordinates all fundraising activities
Delegates tasks to volunteers
Liaises & Oversees what committee and 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)
You do not need experience to do this job, just an interest in being involved. Yes, it may seem daunting; but Amy our Fundraising Coordinator of the past few years and Hayley our President, both with a wealth of knowledge, will be on hand to get you through.
Giving Back to our School
The P&C have the pleasure of committing $10,000 towards the purchase and installation of reverse cycle air-conditioning in the school library.
So far this year the P&C are excited to have committed almost $18,000 towards school projects.
Moving forward we will now look to raise funds to go towards helping our school with the building of a commercial kitchen. This is looking to be located off the side of the staffroom near the year 6 classrooms and it is where Breakfast Club, Cooking Club and FAST amongst other programmes can operate from.
Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
8.15am until 2pm
Last orders for the day accepted 9.15am
Cash only orders are accepted over the counter or through classroom canteen baskets.
Login/Register - Once registered, you can start placing orders immediately.
If you have any questions, please see Jenni in the canteen or you can contact the Flexischools Customer Service Team via their website.
*Handy Tip: When placing Flexischools orders, please ensure you select the CONFIRM option, otherwise the order will not process, and it will not be received. If you are ever unsure if your order has been processed, please feel free to contact the canteen on 6497 4800.
Scholastic Book Club
Orders for Issue 4 are due by 3pm Monday 14 June 2021
Extra copies can be found in the front office and library.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE CAN NOT BE GIVEN
Ordering and Payment Methods
LOOP - Online (the easiest and our preferred method of payment)
Complete the order form at the back of each catalogue, then for the below options, place into the P&C BOX located on the back side of the front office by the DUE DATE (Unfortunately late orders cannot be processed.)
**Please make sure to include your child’s name & room number on the order**
Cash - place the correct amount of money with the order.
Cheque - make payable to “Scholastic Australia”, include with the order.
Vouchers - Book Club supply credit vouchers and bonus vouchers from time to time, you can use these as payment for ordering.
Rhiannon our Book Club coordinator will then deliver your books back to the classroom approximately 2-3 weeks (pending Aus. Post-deliveries) from the close of date.
The P&C are excited to be affiliated with @PonytailsAndFairytales and School Ponytails.