The year seems to be flying past, with only just over three weeks left of this term.
Kindergarten places are filling fast. If you know of any families with children eligible for Kindergarten next year please encourage them to get in as soon as possible. A reminder to parents, that as Kindergarten is not a compulsory year of schooling, places are capped (for all schools) even if you are in area. Ellenbrook has a history of demand exceeding available places across the various Primary schools so be quick to secure your spot.
If you are leaving us at the end of the year it would help our planning if you could please advise the ladies in the front office at the earliest opportunity. This will assist us as we will begin making decisions on staffing, classrooms etc by the middle of term 4.
This week is our annual Faction Sports Carnival. I hope that you get the chance to come along and cheer the students as they do their best in a range of individual and team games. Whilst winning is nice, all we ask from our students is that they “do their best” and show resilience should they fall or drop a ball.
Parents are requested to remain in the designated areas on the day to allow for the smooth running of the carnival. Students are encouraged to remain in the bays to avoid missing their event.
At this stage we are feeling positive about the weather outlook for Friday, so dress up, faction colour up and come enjoy the fun.
Students are reminded to bring a hat, put on sun cream and ensure they have a water bottle. Please ensure your child’s name is on all their belongings to avoid any items being lost.
A big thank you to Mrs McCabe for all her organisation and the staff for helping the students prepare for the day’s events.
I am very excited about the changes for this year’s Lapathon event with our first P&C “Rainbow Run”. I am looking forward to tackling the obstacle course with the students and getting showered in the various “rainbow” of colours.
Wouldn’t it be fantastic if every student could raise $10 for the Rainbow Run and that would give the P&C over $7000 to donate to the school that can be put towards resources and more playground equipment for students.
The Groves Grub Breakfast Club seems to be getting better and better (if that was possible). Last week I was fortunate enough to enjoy a bacon, egg and hashbrown wrap with the students. I would encourage all families to keep an eye out for the regular connect notices advising you of the “weekly special”.
Breakfast Club is a great initiative and I thank the dedicated group of staff that donate their time and effort every week to provide a range of breakfast offerings, other than the weekly special. Please remember breakfast is available to all students (no charge) even if they have eaten at home. Parents who are dropping students off are also welcome to share in a bite to eat if they wish.
During week 8 and 9 students from Yr2 – Yr6 will be sitting our annual Reading and Maths PAT Test. Students will complete the 40 minute online tests with their classroom teacher. In week 10 students will also sit the Science PAT test online with their science teacher. This testing gives valuable information to teachers about their students’ skills and understandings in Reading, Maths and Science.
On Friday August 30 we celebrated at school with an afternoon with our special loved ones. We had Dads, Mums, Grandpas, Pops, Uncles and other special loved ones. We celebrated with a number of different activities including building, painting, reading, lego challenge, a questionnaire and the most popular was that we got to shave our special loved ones faces.
A special thankyou to those of you who came to celebrate this event with the students.
Each week the pre primary classes visit our year six buddies. With our buddy class we have done a variety of activities including reading, maths games and awesome STEM challenges! We have very much enjoyed collaborating with our buddies!
Congratulations to all members of our school Cross Country Team, placing third in this year’s EISA Cross Country Event. The squad was made up of 80 students from year 3 to 6. Well done to Dylan - year 4 placing first, Mia-Rose - year 5 placing second and Hannah - year 4 placing third in their age divisions. A special mention to Ethan - year 6 and Charli - year 6 who finished fourth for their age groups.
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!
Science Week 2019
One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind
This year during Science Week, 12-16 August, Arbor Grove Primary School students participated in Destination Moon: a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, and the first man on the moon; Neil Armstrong.
Throughout the week, all the students engaged in rotations and activities focussed around the theme of Space and Space Travel. From making planets, creating moon buggies, designing parachutes and even launching rockets, students displayed the ARBOR values and displayed great enthusiasm and engagement throughout.
Special thanks to Sally Pleece, all the teachers and administrative staff for making our Science Week a success.
Come by tomorrow and visit the P&C stands. We will be set up selling yummy slices, cupcakes, biscuits, drinks, sausage sizzle, hamburgers and much more.
While you’re there, come and grab a raffle ticket for your chance to win one of our fabulous prizes or why not make a few guesses in our lolly and pasta guessing game.
All lolly and pasta guesses are $1 each.
Raffles are $1 per ticket or 6 tickets for $5.
Winners will be notified by the end of the day.
Wednesday 18 September (Tues 17 Sept for Kindy B/D/E)
Not too long now until the Rainbow run, we are all very excited for this event! Information and sponsorship forms have been handed out, with more forms available from the front office if you have not yet received one for each student.
Tuesday 17 September – Kindy B/D/E and the inter-school jumps students (if your child is selected a note will come home advising the day that they will participate.)
Wednesday 18 September – Whole school
Parents, we would love to see you there cheering on your children, so why not opt to lend a hand. We will be requiring help on both days with setting up/ pack away and throwing colour. If you don’t mind getting dirty please contact us with your availability.
*Important stuff to remember*
Don’t forget to supply your children with a pair of goggles or sunnies to help protect their eyes.
A white or light coloured t-shirt that can be changed into (or worn to school under their uniform).
Sponsorship forms and money are due to the P&C box by 3.15pm on Monday 23 September. Please note that forms not received by this time will miss out on the chance to win any prizes. So please don’t forget to get them in.
Assembly Day Coffee Stand
Continuing this term is the P&C coffee stand each assembly Wednesday. Look out for some new items being added as we head into the warmer weather.
Catalogues for Issue 6 of book club are here. If you haven’t received yours, extra copies can be found in the front office or in the library.
All orders are due back by 3pm Wednesday 11 September. Drop your order in the P&C box outside the office or why not register for Book Club LOOP!
Do you know about Book Club LOOP? Ordering is quick, easy and if you order online through LOOP (App available) parents can receive extra rewards for their kids.