Latest News 19.10.2021

Payments Due and Reminders

Outstanding Term 3 costs
Year 3 Herdsman Lake Excursion $19 – Payment and Permission
Wembley Downs District Fair – Choir Permission
Year 6 $7 Additional Camp Cost

Save the Date – Year 6 Graduation, Tuesday December 14th from 1pm.
More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Orchestra and Choir rehearsals will be on this week

Please note that unfortunately the canteen will be closed tomorrow as they have no been able to find any volunteers.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

I wanted to take the opportunity to share a little information with you, and to remind you of a couple of things.

It seems that almost every month, week and day has been allocated to raising awareness about something. The two most recent focuses however relate directly to children, so we have placed some related information on our website if you are interested. Click here to read more

Last Friday the focus was on Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). Children with DLD have difficulties with language that persist despite ongoing explicit teaching and targeted intervention. It can significantly impact on learning, making it really ‘hard work’ for children despite their best efforts, and average or above intelligence’. It is generally diagnosed by a Speech Pathologist.  October is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) awareness month. The title can appear misleading as not all children with ADHD are ‘hyperactive’. There are three basic types of ADHD – one type is characterised by impulsivity and overactivity; another is characterised by inattention, where children have difficulty concentrating and completing tasks; and the third is a combination of both. Children with ADHD often have difficulties with planning and organisation, AND have sleeping difficulties.

It is important to remember that many of the characteristics above are also a regular feature of childhood. What sets them apart from diagnosed disorders is generally the extent to which they impact negatively on children’s lives; and that difficulties persist despite a child’s increasing maturity and despite adjustments made at school to support him/her. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning and/or have a sense that school is significantly harder for your child than you think it should be, a good starting point is a chat with your child’s teacher. In the meantime, I hope you find the links to information helpful.

Research Topic: ADHD (telethonkids.org.au)

Finally, Friday 29 October is World Teachers’ Day. It is actually supposed to be celebrated on 5 October, but given that this date fell in school holidays, Australia decided to celebrate on 29 October. If your child would like to draw a picture, make a little card or book mark etc for his/her teacher I’m sure that would be greatly appreciated!

Best wishes
Elizabeth Blackwell

Swim Squad

Swim squad starts Wednesday 20 October for Years 5 & 6, 3.30 -4.30pm. The weather forecast is rain, but no thunderstorms are forecast. Swim squad will go ahead as planned. 

Sustainability News

It’s been  a busy few days for sustainability in the school. Thanks to the P&C for their hard work in the vege patch we were able to harvest amazing carrots and beetroots and turn them into delicious and nutritious carrot cake bliss balls and mixed juice. We unfortunately had to cancel the proposed beach clean up today but were lucky enough to have Kate Sputore, a Coastal and Marine Program Manager with Perth NRM, come and talk to the students about what they might have found at the beach. Marine debris, particularly single use plastic, is obviously a huge problem due to its impact on people and animals and their habitat, and the students came up with some fantastic ideas about ways we can help to reduce plastic pollution. The two activities linked very well as Kate’s key message on the way we can help the planet was to plant more plants! We look forward to continuing to work with the Adopt a Beach program on ways we can help to make our school more sustainable.
The Sustainability Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for more Sustainability photos

Orchestra and Cello Lessons

Ms Bak will be taking long service leave for the next two weeks. Orchestra and Cello lessons will go ahead as normal. Ms Barbara Symington will be her replacement.

Art Incursion

Class 4BH were thrilled to welcome local artist Olive Monte into the art room today to demonstrate her process and materials. It was exciting to see her use wood burning tools to create textured pictures of Australian native flowers and she told us all about her journey and inspirations as an artist. Her message for the children was that anyone can make art and be an artist. Olive Monte and Ms Karelse will be running a (free!) kids arts and crafts stall at Subiaco Farmers Market this Saturday 23rd October and would love to see you there.

Community News

Herdsman Lake

See the animals of Herdsman Lake from a very different perspective at a unique night-time event at the Herdsman Lake Discovery Centre in the lead up to Halloween!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wembley Downs District Fair On Saturday 30th October this fantastic annual community event returns, proudly sponsored by the City of Stirling. The fun starts at 8.30am and offers a jam-packed programme right through to 3.00pm. With stalls, food trucks, coffee and cake, rides, amusements and performers there is something for everyone and entry is free! As this is a Covid Safe event, please check in with your Safe WA app on entry or sign into the register. Please check out our Facebook page @WembleyDownsDistrictFair for more details and photos from the previous years’ action.