It was great to see all of the students, staff and even some of the parents dressed up in their best Book Week costumes yesterday for our assembly/parade. This year’s theme is “Reading is my secret power”.
I was excited to see students showing their parents around their classroom at our annual Open Night. The P&C offered some food and refreshments and many of you enjoyed a yummy dinner.
Students are busy honing their sporting skills ready for our faction carnival. Our track is ready and our fingers will be crossed for a sunny day of fun and good sportsmanship. More details will come out in due course.
Last week the students celebrated Science Week, with a focus on the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. I would like to thank Mr Elliott and Ms Pleece for their organisation of the day’s activities.
Our planning for 2020 is going well and it is now time to ask any families that are leaving us at the end of the year to please advise the office at the earliest opportunity. This information will assist us in planning, and in due course classroom placements.
There are still places available in kindergarten for 2020 and I would encourage interested families to enrol at the earliest opportunity to secure your place.
It is with a mix of emotions that I advise parents and our school community that Ms Pleece has decided to retire at the end of 2019. We will be sad to lose Ms Pleece who has given many years of excellent service to the school and the broader education system. We do however wish Ms Pleece every success and happiness in her retirement. We will acknowledge Ms Pleece more formally near the end of the year.
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).
Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:
year of schooling
category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.
This information assists schools to:
formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.
The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.
It is with regret that I inform our community that Mr Frank Charles Mallard retired Warrant Officer First Class Australian Army, founding member of Ellenbrook RSL Sub Branch, passed away surrounded by family on August 10 2019.
Frank spent many years serving in the Defence Force, though more recently he was renowned within the Ellenbrook community for his tireless enthusiasm and dedication to both the local and veteran community, as well as his heritage by encouraging young indigenous persons to join the ADF.
Frank was a much loved part of many ANZAC day services at Arbor Grove Primary, donating and reading books to the students and sharing his experiences. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Lest we Forget.
Calling all current serving AND ex-serving Defence families!!
There is a fantastic opportunity to participate in a parent/child camp run by up and coming Sydney based organisation ‘The Younger Heroes’. Their aim is to support both current and ex serving military families to strengthen their bond by building resilience in children and strengthening the bond between parent and child. The focus is centred around parental absence due to service requirements (this includes both previous and upcoming absences) though extended or recent absences are not a prerequisite to attend.
There are two camps being run in Perth this year consisting of 3 days/2nights and will be run from September 27-29 and October 11-13. The cost for both the parent and child to attend together is $300. Please check out their website www.theyoungerheroes.org for further information and registration details and an overview of the camps. If anyone does attend the camps, please get in touch, I’d love to hear your feedback – I’ve heard wonderful things about them!
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!
Kindergarten Enrolments 2020
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 Primary School, Kindergarten is a play-based learning environment where children are encouraged to be creative, collaborative and effective communicators.
Children who are born between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016 are eligible to attend Kindergarten in 2020. If you know anyone with a child that is eligible to attend please let them know that we are now taking enrolments at Arbor Grove Primary School. Application forms are available from the front office or can be downloaded from our website. Places are filling fast!!
We have some upcoming events requiring lots of volunteers.
Lending a hand for just 30 minutes can help us out in so many ways.
We understand you may not want to be added to our database of volunteers, but if should you be willing to help for the below events please contact Amy our fundraising coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our P&C Facebook page.
Father’s Day Stall – August 28, 8.45am until recess. August 29,8.45am until 9.30am
Sports Carnival Cake stall (baking and manning)/BBQ/Canteen – September 6, 8am until 2.55pm
Rainbow Run – September 17 and 18 from 1pm until 2.55pm
Picture Projects Fundraiser
Don’t forget to get your templates back to the canteen by 3pm this Friday 23 August.
The finals products will be returned in term 4.
Father’s Day Stall
Wednesday 28 and Thursday (Kindy A/C) 29 August
Don’t forget this coming Monday is your last chance to have order forms in for the Father’s Day Stall and Raffle.
We have a great selection of gifts for your children to choose from for that special man in their lives.
Should you require a copy, extra order forms can be found in the front office.
To ensure we have enough gifts for everyone, all orders are due Monday 26 August by 3pm.
School Carnival Cake Stall
Friday 6 September
The P&C are looking for volunteers to help throughout the day. From setting up the gazebos before everyone arrives, to manning the cake stall, helping in the canteen and packing up at the end of the day.
We would appreciate as many helpers as possible as we too also like to watch our children participate in the carnival.
Please register your availability to volunteer and/or supply baked goods to our P&C Fundraising Coordinator via email or send a message to our P&C Facebook page.
Wednesday 18 September (Tues 17 Sept for Kindy B/D)
The P&C are very excited about our opportunity this year to run a colour run with a difference in lieu of the traditional lap-a-thon.
This year for every $10 raised your child will receive an entry in the draw to win 1 of 8 $30 gift vouchers (1 raffle will be drawn for each year group).
The child who raises the highest amount of money (conditions apply) will receive our major prize valued at $200 including a sports tracking watch and other sporting equipment (the winner of this prize will not be eligible for the raffle prizes).
For a chance to win, all sponsorship forms and money will be due Monday 23 September by 3.15pm.
If every student raises just $10, this equates to over $7000 that we as a school community have all worked towards raising for improvements around our school, such as the upgrades to our play equipment and areas.
More info and sponsorship forms are due to come home very soon and will be available from the office.
Volunteers will be required for both Tuesday with the Kindy kids and Wednesday for the main event. If you don’t mind getting dirty please register your availability to our P&C Fundraising Coordinator via email or send a message to our P&C Facebook page.
If you are looking for something different for Father’s Day (other than a gift from our Father’s Day stall of course), why not treat your Dad to an Entertainment book membership.
Make his day and support Arbor Grove Primary School P&C Association!
It's smart, dynamic and fun, just like Dad. The Entertainment Digital Membership is more useful than a tool kit, fits neatly in Dad's smartphone and has great offers for dining, movies, activities and travel - all the things he loves to do with you.
Purchase now and go in the draw to win the ultimate Father’s Day gift. When you purchase a Membership online during August you will go into the draw to win 2 tickets to the AFL Grand Final, along with accommodation at Melbourne Short Stay Apartments, flights from Jetstar and dinner for 2 at Red Spice Road.
Thank you to everyone that came out and supported the canteen by purchasing food or helping us make this evening possible.
Sports Carnival – Friday 6September 2019
The canteen will be issuing a special order form for this day for the students to purchase their lunches. The canteen will also be running the BBQ selling hotdogs and burgers. This year ice-creams will be sold through the canteen. We are stocking up on FroYos and Paddle Pops (there may even be a new Paddle Pop flavour). Order forms will be coming home soon.
Have you looked at placing your child’s order through Flexischool? Why not give it a try, you can log on via the internet or download the app to your phone.