Principal’s Message – Week 4

Dear Parents and Carers

Arts Night

It was wonderful to welcome so many families to our fabulous Arts Night last week. I’d like to congratulate the Year 1-6 students and Ms Trovarelli, and the Kindergarten and Pre-Primary students and their teachers and Education Assistants, on the range of creative and inspiring art works. It was such a lovely afternoon/evening.

We also have some student artwork being showcased at Floreat Forum and the Cambridge Library in lieu of the annual Town of Cambridge Local Schools Art Exhibition. Having seen the quality of artwork presented on Arts Night, you will appreciate how difficult Ms Trovarelli finds the task of selecting individual artworks for the exhibition each year. Congratulations to those students whose work was selected this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P & C

Thanks to the P & C for the very popular sausage sizzle which enabled families to juggle after school events, dinner and Arts Night with greater ease.

I would also like to thank the P & C and parent community for another highly successful quiz night. As I’ve said many times, the amazing efforts of the P & C and everyone who support their endeavours, mean that we are able to provide equipment, resources and activities that would take us considerably longer to provide if we didn’t have this very high level of support. Our most recent requests have included:

  • some additional Beebots (simple programmable digital devices) and accessories, including barriers and sensors that extend their creative use; and
  • an amazing HaSS (Humanities and Social Sciences) resource called Our Land, Our Stories created in partnership with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AISTSIS). The resource will support teaching and learning in all year levels around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures. You might like to have a quick look at the resource via the link https://cengage.com.au/primary/browse-series/our-land-our-stories

The next significant and long anticipated item on the ‘wish-list’ will be the addition of several swings to the playground on the lower oval. We are incredibly fortunate to have a small dedicated team of P & C members who invest many, many hours of their time to ensure we have a ‘P & C run’ uniform shop and canteen. The canteen particularly is also dependent on the help of volunteers. PLEASE, PLEASE contact Kirsten Piccinini if you are able to help in the canteen one morning between now and the end of the term. Your support will be greatly appreciated, whether you are able to schedule a date and time, or offer to be on standby for a session. Thanks to those who have already helped out this year. Let’s do everything we can to keep our canteen running twice a week!

IMSS (Instrumental Music School Services)

Over the last few weeks, we have continued to work through a selection process to identify individual students who may be offered a highly sought after place in the instrumental music program from 2021. We plan to finalise the process in the next day or so, and all families who submitted an Expression of Interest on behalf of their child will receive notification of whether their child has been offered a place in the program, or not. We appreciate that there will be some disappointed children, although those in Year 2 and Year 3 are likely to have an opportunity to apply again in subsequent years (as a significant number of current Year 4 students have done this year).

School Board

At the end of 2020 the tenure of two parent members of the School Board will end. On behalf of the Board and the school community they represent, I would like to sincerely thank Jen Mintz and Dale Miller for the time and effort they have committed to their roles over the last several years. Both have been strong advocates for the students, their families and the school. Dale Miller has been our Board Chair for the past two years, and stepped down from this role last night to support the transition of our newly elected Chair Ms Vanessa Elliott (mother of Alessia in Year 1). Congratulations Vanessa. Our final meeting for the year will be held on Monday 30 November.

I will be sending a separate email seeking nominations for the positions that will become vacant, and will direct you to some information about what the role involves. In the meantime I would be grateful if you would give this your consideration.

Picnics on the Lower Oval

The Pre-Primary, Year 1 and Year 2 students have now enjoyed a lunchtime picnic on the lower oval with one or two family members who were available. Mrs Mee and Mrs Norton-Smith are currently finalising two dates that will enable the Kindergarten students to do the same this term, and we will also advise Year 1 and 2 families of at least one more picnic lunch date in the next week or two.

Congratulations

On Sunday 8 November our Music Specialist Ms Sarina Li will become Mrs Sarina Davey when she marries her fiancé Steven. On behalf of the school community I’d like to wish them every happiness, starting with their special day!

Miss Li will take a few days leave, but return in time for the Soiree (formerly ‘Strings Night’) at Churchlands SHS on Wednesday 18 November. We hope many of you will join us for that event.

In the meantime …

Best wishes
Elizabeth Blackwell