Dear Parents and Carers
What an amazing evening of music we were treated to on Thursday evening last week. Our annual Strings Night was a celebration of the talents and efforts of SIM (School of Instrumental Music) students and choir members. The harmonies of the girls’ choir and the theatrics of the boys’ choir delighted us all … and then there were the performances of those who learn, guitar, violin, cello and double bass through the Department of Education’s SIM program; a program that celebrated 50 years of instrumental music education in a concert at Perth Concert Hall last night. The Department’s instrumental music program commenced in 1968 with 700 students, and now caters for 19 000 children across the state. Mrs Preston and I were last week reminiscing about our early days as instrumental music students, when we had classes of ten … learning the trumpet! Although we attended different primary schools, we shared the same music teacher, Mr John Wood. I’m often reminded that in both education and music, Perth is quite a connected city. My congratulations to all our students who performed at on Strings Night, and thank you to teachers; Ms Sarina Li, Mrs Wendy Tusak, Ms Therese Arnold (violin and orchestra), Ms Alex Bak (cello), Ms Anna Person (double bass) and Mr Steven Sutherland (guitar).
Yesterday the Triple P Parent Stay Positive campaign was launched by ambassador Ms Sarah McGowan. Triple P’s Power of Positive Parenting seminar is designed to help parents understand ‘why kids act the way they do, and how (our own) reactions and words can make a big difference.
Whether you need just a few tips to help set up a toddler’s bedtime routine or you have a teenager whose defiance is upsetting the whole family, Triple P has a positive parenting program to fit your needs. You can also choose the way you get that Triple P help – in groups with other parents, one-on-one with a trained provider or even DIY online! (excerpt from Triple P website)
You can find information regarding the program via our school website in the latest news section here… https://www.triplep-parenting.net.au/au-uken/about-triple-p/positive-parenting-program/
This morning our Year 4 students completed assessments for the Department’s Primary Extension and Academic Challenge (PEAC) program. PEAC assessments have been designed by the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) and fall under the following headings: reading comprehension; reasoning by analogy; working mathematically and thinking scientifically; and non-verbal reasoning. Selected students in Years 5 and 6 next year will be able to access these programs. If you would like to look at more information pertaining to PEAC please visit https://www.northmetropeac.wa.edu.au/
Artist in Residence
We are extremely fortunate to be hosting an Artist in Residence from Italy, Ms Colleen Corradi Brannigan. Today, Colleen, Anna Trovarelli and some of our students started work on an amazing mosaic that will eventually be placed on our front wall in Catesby St.
Planning is underway for another Scholastic Book Fair, this will be in Week 10 of this term. There will be more information to follow.