Message from the Executive Administration Team
Dear parents and caregivers
We are almost at the end of Semester 1, with the final day of term next Friday 1 July. It has been highly challenging at times but throughout it all, we have maintained strong teaching and learning programs in the classroom, reinstated many school events such as assemblies, cross country, fundraisers such as the Paint and Pinot and Quiz Night and welcomed parents back into classrooms.
Thanks to your support, our students have coped with all the disruptions with such resilience and we should all feel very proud of the way they continue to engage at school with positivity and determination. I’m sure we have all had our moments over the past few months but we’ve mostly come out the other side smiling and supportive. To weather challenges ahead, we need to continue to do so, in partnership as a community. If an issue arises, I encourage you to consult our Talking with My School policy which steps out who to approach should you or your child need support or information clarified. I also thank the many parents who often send in positive feedback to Admin or teachers. It always makes our day to hear about the progress or celebrations. We remain committed to working with you because a strong home-school partnership is vital to your child’s development.
We have many families who are planning to travel interstate or overseas in the next few weeks. With the border restrictions relaxed and some families being separated for almost 3 years, we understand that many of you are taking the opportunity to make plans. Please continue to advise the school and your child’s teachers of the dates. While in-term vacations are discouraged to avoid further disruptions to student learning, we acknowledge these are particularly unique circumstances. We wish all our families a relaxing holiday break, whether you are remaining in WA or going further afield.
Interschool Cross Country:
Congratulations to our Interschool Cross Country team who were awarded Champion School at the City Beach Invitational Cross Country event last week for the 11th year in a row! Outstanding team effort by all involved with some exceptional individual performances by Sansa T in Year 6, Mitchell P in Year 6, Noah T in Year 6, and Leo V in Year 4. The Year 6 girls were unbelievable in the final race of the day, taking out 4 places in the top 6. Every single runner contributed to the shield being retained for another year and we are very proud of their efforts. Students trained before school for weeks leading up to the event showing such dedication and determination. Thank you to Mr Bowman and Mrs Watson for guiding our students and providing the team with their expert coaching.
Teaching and Learning
Year 2 Zoo Excursion:
Today, our Year 2 students are having a wonderful day out at Perth Zoo for their first excursion of the year. There was lots of excitement as they boarded the bus, ready for a day of adventure. Our Year 2s are learning all about animal classifications and conservation as part of their Biological Science unit so have spent the day engaging in lots of fun activities and observations about different animals and creatures they encounter.
We had lots of parent helpers attend today which is wonderful and we thank our volunteers for their time. I’m sure you enjoyed the day as much as the students did. There will be lots of tired little (and big!) bodies this evening. We are so glad that we can resume excursions again after the disruptions caused by the pandemic. They provide rich learning experiences for our students to build on when back in the classroom and plenty of wonderful memories. Thanks to the entire Year 2 teaching team who organised today’s excursion.
We are so lucky to have many parents who partner with our school to connect our community and give back to the school when they can. Whether it be through a formal role on the P&C, as a general P&C member, class volunteering, focus groups, the school canteen, School Board or in other ways, we just couldn’t do it without your help. Your involvement contributes to our positive community culture, which is all about making our school the best possible learning environment for your children.
Over the past few years, one parent in particular has been quietly volunteering her time and expertise in graphic design. Trish Davies works her magic on all our policy documents and other formal reports such as the Annual Report to look professional, easy to read and visual with a consistent look. Each policy also features the wonderful painting, generously donated by former WPS parent and artist Shannon Hamilton, which is proudly displayed in the reception area of the school. We have been slowly updating the format of our policies over the past few years through a structured policy review cycle managed through the School Board. Thank you Trish, your time and service to the school is very much appreciated. You can find our policies on the school website here.
We return to school for the first day of Term 3 on Monday 18 July.
‘Collaborate, Connect, Communicate and Care’.
Yours in learning
The Senior Leadership Team
Tamara, Milani, Rachel, Stacey and Natalie
The Year 6 Winter Sport Lightning Carnival will take place Thursday 30 June. Games will start at approximately 9.30am and will conclude at approximately 2.15pm.
Venues are as follows:
- SOCCER – Alderbury Reserve, Floreat
- MODCROSSE – Floreat Oval, Floreat
- AFL – Pat Goodridge Oval, Wembley
- NETBALL – Matthews Netball Centre, Wembley
Parents are welcome to attend to support the students. If you are able to help on the day please contact Mr Jon Bowman on his email: email@example.com
Volunteers, we need YOU!
This week’s roster is looking bare. The kids love having you here, you get something delicious to eat, we can answer all of your culinary questions, suggest how to pull a menu together for your next gathering and best of all-it’s fun in the kitchen!!
Our most valuable shifts cover recess service 9am-11.15am, then lunch service 10.30am-1pm.
If you can take on a short 2½ hour shift, please sign up here
Sushi Thursday is coming next week! Orders open at 9am this Thursday.
Our Wembley famous, spicy sweet tomato relish is back!
We also have chilli jam, raspberry jam and orange & whiskey marmalade.
There is a small amount of our Decadent Maple Nut Granola still available in single jars or teamed up in our breakfast packs with Brownes’ sensationally smooth Greek honey yoghurt with homemade apple and cinnamon compote. Your healthy, weekend breakfast made easy.
Congratulations to Sansa T and Poppy E in Year 6 who have been chosen to represent Western Australia in the School Sport WA 12s State teams for basketball and hockey respectively. Both girls will travel interstate later this year. This is a huge achievement for Sansa and Poppy, with most girls in the teams already in high school. A wonderful acknowledgement of their talent and dedication to their respective sports. Well done.
Isaac C also in Year 6 is currently interstate on the Gold Coast representing WA at the National Judo Championship. Congratulations to Isaac who has won a bronze medal in his division! Outstanding work Isaac, you have done your State proud.
Churchlands Senior High School Tour
Churchlands SHS will run its’ second major tour for Term 2, this is aimed at parents of Years 1 – 4 students but we welcome all parents to attend.
For more information on the tour: https://www.churchlands.wa.edu.au/new-students/school-tour
Before School Soccer with Mark Lee – Term 3
Our before school soccer program is back in Term 3:-
- Thursday 4 August to Thursday 8 September (6 weeks)
- Wembley school oval
- $119 per child
Kindly let me know if your child would like to attend
We hope they can!
0430 788 703
Young Engineers – Term 3
After school Young Engineers Club held in Science Rooms.
Visit us for more information: https://perth-south.young-engineers.com.au/
UWA West Coast Swimming Squads – Come and Try
Allow your child to maintain swimming and overall fitness this winter season.
If your young swimmer can swim 50mtrs freestyle, 50mtrs backstroke and 50mtrs breaststroke? OR are in stage 7 or above with school swimming? Then they are ready for Junior Development Squads.
Contact UWA West Coast Swimming Club to book your FREE ‘Come and Try’ session.
Click here for more registration information: UWA West Coast Junior Squad Programme
Phone: 08 6156 1900