Well what a wet July we had and my fingers are crossed that we will slowly see improving weather as we head towards our faction carnival later this year. The students and staff are busy practicing the events and perfecting their skills in preparation.
I would like to thank Mrs Butcher for her marvellous organisation of our NAIDOC celebrations last week. It is always a pleasure having Gina Williams amazing singing talents for our students to enjoy and the sand mural was stunning.
Congratulations to all the students that represented Arbor Grove PS at the recent Interschool Cross Country. The students showed great resilience and perseverance in very trying wet conditions. I would also like to thank Mr Williams and the teachers that supported the students on the day. Whilst we didn’t win I understand we were good sports and modelled the Arbor Values.
Teachers have begun preparing for our annual Open Night on Wednesday 25 August. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to show their parents / caregivers some of their amazing work.
I would like to remind all parents and students that the Nature Play and the Megatoy are out of bounds before school. Students arriving before 8.30am are to sit outside the library or with their parents outside their classroom.
We are, however, happy for any parents to stay until 3.30pm to supervise their children playing on the Megatoy. The Nature Play is out of bounds after school.
Unfortunately, the spectre of COVID remains and the school is reviewing its plans for any interruption that may occur to face to face schooling.
I can assure all families that Arbor Grove Primary School remains committed to the provision of ongoing teaching and learning programs, whilst acknowledging the social and emotional impact on children in the event of a COVID lockdown.
Our Guiding Principles for Remote Learning include;
providing continuity of learning for students;
identifying the best available resources to ensure the ongoing quality of learning;
keeping students connected to their school, teachers connected to their students and the school connected to their communities;
ensuring learning is available for all students (be it online or print versions);
rationalising workload and supporting teachers to deliver in a new environment;
ensuring conditions are in place for student engagement and wellbeing.
Once the school has finalised its plans and had these endorsed by the School Board we will make this information available to all parents.
During literacy Room 19 learnt how to write a fractured fairy tale. A fractured fairy tale is a fairy tale with a twist. It uses the original fairy tale and changes it. After reading, examining and enjoying a range of fractured fairy tales we created our own.
Parents/carers of children starting kindergarten at Arbor Grove Primary School in 2022 are invited to attend Kindy Transition, a free social skills program as part of our Kindergarten Transition Program.
The program will run for nine weeks each Thursday at the Arbor Grove Child & Parent Centre. We encourage that only one parent attends and no siblings, if possible.
To ensure every child and family is able to participate in the Kindy Transition we will be offering two sessions.
For more information, or to register, please contact Arbor Grove Primary School’s Administration Office 6497 4800.
EISA Cross Country Carnival
On Friday 30 July, 40 students ranging from years 3-6 were given the opportunity to represent the school at the 2021 EISA Cross Country Carnival. On a gloomy day, the students did a fantastic job to stay positive by showing good sportsmanship and continuously demonstrating high enthusiasm throughout the day!
Arbor Grove came 3rd overall with many of our students achieving fantastic results individually.
1st Year 6 Boys
1st Year 6 Girls
1st Year 5 Girls
Well done to all of the staff and students who attended on the day and for representing the school with pride!
On Wednesday 28July Arbor Grove Primary School students attended this year’s NAIDOC assembly.
The ceremony was opened by Justin Martin who gave the Welcome to Country.
After the Welcome to Country the Year 5 students from Room 20 did an amazing job of the Emu in the Sky dreamtime story. Well done Mrs Brosnan and Room 20!
Alton Walley then addressed the students and discussed the theme of NAIDOC “HEAL COUNTRY”. He also taught the students a song in Noongar language about looking at country from the Darling Range to Kings Park.
The ceremony ended with a traditional smoking ceremony and the Aboriginal students standing around the beautiful sand art mural designed by Acacia Collard.
The students from Kindy to Year 3 then attended a cultural workshop with Alton Walley where they learnt about traditional Aboriginal tools.
On Friday 30 July the whole school attended a performance by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse. The students really impressed Gina and Guy with how well they sang Wanjoo our school song. The younger students made Gina teary when they sang Djinda Djinda (twinkle twinkle) in Noongar. All students sang along with Gina and Guy and I was impressed with the great questions they asked them.
During the week students watched the Perth Festival Noongar Storytelling for primary schools. I was impressed with the questions the students have asked me during the week after watching these stories.
Thank you to all students and parents for the respect that has been shown to the Sand Mural, it still looks great.
Laurie Butcher Aboriginal Islander Education Officer and Noongar Language Teacher
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Conducted at the canteen each Tuesday morning between 8.30am and 9am by Michelle our School Banking coordinator.
Scholastic Book Club
Issue 5 of Scholastic Book Club is out now!
Orders are due by 3pm Monday 9 August 2021
Didn’t receive yours? Extra copies can be found in the front office and library.
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 off date.
Father’s Day Stall and Raffle
Check school bags for order forms coming home this week. If you miss out on yours, extra copies can be found at the canteen or in the school admin.
Flexischools ordering is encouraged and the preferred option for payment.
Please ensure you have your order in by 3pm Friday 27 August 2021.
CAN YOU PLEASE HELP?
We would greatly appreciate some new volunteers to help with our Father’s Day stall on Wednesday 1 September from 8.40am.
If you can spare half an hour, a few hours or stay the whole morning we’d appreciate as many hands as possible.
If this is something that you can offer? Please make a note on your order form, see Michelle at the canteen Tuesday mornings or email email@example.com
Sports Carnival and School Photo Day is in week 7 and 8
Get your orders in early so you don’t miss out
We are excited to be affiliated with @PonytailsAndFairytales and School Ponytails.
Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations across WA. Not only is VacSwim a great school holiday activity, it also teaches valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.
Your children can start as young as five years old.