Winter appears to have finally arrived just in time for swimming lessons! The students are to be commended for their resilience during these cold mornings.
I would like to again thank the wonderful parents of Arbor Grove Primary and in particular those on the P&C. The fundraising activities undertaken by the P&C are always well supported by our wider school community. This year alone the P&C has contributed funds for:
- External speakers in the undercover area
- Blenderbike for Breakfast Club, and now
- A contribution to assist the school to put reverse cycle air conditioning in the school library.
We hope to have the library air conditioning completed before the warm summer months return. The new air conditioning in the library (replacing the evaporative system) will benefit all students as the building plays such a vital role in primary schools as both a learning and play area.
We hope to look at other areas of the school in due course as we all understand the limitations of evaporative systems.
I would encourage any parent thinking of joining the P&C to do so. You won’t regret it. The meetings are short and always a little bit of fun, and you get to be active in what is going on at the school and support your children through fundraising and other activities.
As Semester 1 comes to an end I would like to thank parents for their ongoing support of the school. With the announcement that we have moved to Phase 5 COVID restrictions I am pleased to announce that school will look very normal in Term 3.
As a result of this announcement we are busily organising a Parent Open Night for Term 3 and hope to be putting out information early in Term 3 regarding this event. It will be fantastic to see parents at the school seeing student work and connecting with classroom teachers.
This Semester the school has been busy implementing a new Spelling Program across the school. The PLD program is a synthetic phonics based program and well supported by extensive research. Teachers have noticed a significant improvement in student spelling across the school and the data the program provides informs teachers of ongoing planning needs.
Next term the teachers will begin implementing a new whole school writing program called Talk for Writing. Talk for Writing is an internationally recognised program based on the principles of how people learn. The movement from imitation to innovation to independent application can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any ability level. Talk for Writing has had an outstanding impact in many schools across Western Australia and we hope to see some significant improvement in student writing in the coming years.
I am very excited for Term 3 and would urge all parents to keep abreast of the newsletter or check the school web page regularly for information to events.
Term 3 highlights include:
- Book Week
- Harmony Day
- Faction Athletics Carnival, and
- Interschool Athletics Carnival
I am also pleased to see some of the teachers are busy organising incursions and excursions, fingers crossed the COVID situation doesn’t change.
I would like to congratulate all the Year 5 and 6 students that attended the recent Winter Carnival. Not only did they impress the other schools and spectators with their ARBOR Values, but they ended up bringing the trophy home in every event! What an amazing effort!
I would like to thank Mr Williams and all the staff that trained and supported the students on the day.
Swimming lessons for students in Pre Primary to Year 4 have commenced. I have been very impressed with the smooth running of the swimming – all buses are leaving on time and returning on time and we have next to no lost property which is amazing (thank you parents for writing names on clothing).
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.
If you have any questions, please contact the school.
Hard at work in Year 3 Room 13!
The students in Room 13 have had lots of fun working in small groups to complete literacy and numeracy tasks. In our small groups we focus on cooperating to complete hands on activities. We are always focusing on our ARBOR values during our group times and working hard to achieve our goals.
We have been working hard in our Maths lessons to develop fluency with multiplication. We have been playing games like Hit the Button, spinner games and Multiplication Swat to improve our fluency, accuracy and to beat our times. We are quite competitive!
We have been working on synonyms and have been doing lots of activities to sort and using many different words. We have been putting these words in alphabetical order, using dictionaries and finding better words to put in sentences to replace the ‘criminal words’.
We have spent the term learning about space. We have researched a variety of planets and produced some amazing work. We have used lots of cooperative instructional strategies to work together to research and create Venn Diagrams and posters.
Aussie of the Month
Pre Primary Pyjama Day
On Friday 18 June the Pre Primary’s celebrated their hard work throughout Semester 1 with a PJ Day. After lunch, the parents joined us for a movie afternoon. It was amazing to see all of the students and their parents participating by bringing their teddy bears and pillows, and wearing their pyjamas, dressing gowns and slippers. It was such a fun day and the perfect way to celebrate how well the Pre Primary students have settled into full time school. The Pre Primary teachers are super proud of how much everyone has achieved and can’t wait to see what Semester 2 brings.
In week 10 and 11, the Pre Primary - year 4 students will be completing swimming lessons every day at Swan Active Midland. Students are reminded to make sure they have their bathers, school uniform to get changed into after, towel, thongs (for the pool) and runners (for school).
If you are wanting to make arrangements to take your child home early from lessons, you need to let your classroom teacher and myself know at least 24 hours prior to the lesson.
A reminder for students in Rooms 8, 12 and 17, the bus is expected to be back by 3pm from the pool, however there may be times when it is five minutes late coming back.
Winter Carnival Review
On Friday 11 June, our year 5 and 6 students were given the opportunity to represent the school at the 2021 EISA Winter Carnival. Students were split into various teams to compete against other schools in netball, AFL, soccer and hockey. The students and staff showed great enthusiasm and positive energy throughout the day which was seen through their active participation in games as well as demonstrating good sportsmanship in every activity.
At the end of the day, the students came home with five trophies for the school. Our school was ranked 1st in every sport which also meant we were the overall champion school of the day. I would like to congratulate all of the year 5 and 6 students who represented the school for this carnival!
Kindergarten Enrolments 2022
Kindergarten enrolments for 2022 are open for children who turn four years of age by 30 June 2022 and places are filling fast. We urge all families to secure their spot as soon as possible to avoid being on the waiting list. Please also spread the word to friends or family members that live in our catchment area and have a child eligible to attend. Applications close 23 July 2021.
Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
8.15am until 2pm
Cash only orders are accepted over the counter, placed in the classroom canteen baskets or card payments via Flexischools by 9.15am.
SUBWAY End of Term Lunch
- Late orders will NOT be accepted – CLOSING DATE Thursday 24 June 3pm
- NO other lunches will be available on the last day of school - Friday 2 July
- Swimming lesson students will receive their orders according to their ‘lunchtime’ schedule.
Can you spare an hour on Friday 2 July?
Jenni requires a few people to help with picking up the Subway orders.
For information please pop by the canteen to speak to Jenni.
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 or visit www.flexischools.com.au/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 hint: When placing Flexischools orders, please ensure you press the confirm button otherwise the order will not process and it will not be received. If you are ever unsure if your order has been processedm please feel free to contact us and we can look it up our end.
Every Tuesday morning at the canteen (8.30am to 9am)
Sports Carnival and School Photo Day is in Term 3, Week 7 and 8
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The vital role of Fundraising Coordinator for 2021 is still empty
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