Churchlands Primary School Newsletter

Volume 42 - 3/3/2023

Principal's Message

It is always nice to get to the middle of the first term, where all the nerves and uncertainty of starting a new year have mostly faded, and we as a community begin to get into our 'groove' as we get stuck into our many wonderful learning experiences and programs.

Firstly, thank you to the P & C for kicking off the social calendar in style with the wonderful 2023 Sundowner. The students were abuzz on the following Monday, with many exciting stories of foam mountains and bush dancing! The weather was perfect for our CPS families to enjoy a catch-up, as well as a great opportunity to make some of our new families feel welcome within the community. The CPS P & C form an integral part of our school community, working closely to provide valuable support and opportunity for our students. To continue the amazing work of our 2022 team, as per normal at the beginning of most years, we have several P & C positions that require filling. If you would like to join our dynamic team this year and make a positive difference in our community please let us know. Some roles on offer include the esteemed presidency, communications coordinator, canteen coordinator and Fathering Project DUCKs Coordinator and classroom representatives are still required for  ECE 1, Room 9 and Room 10.  

Back in the classrooms, we are really starting to get into the thick of it! We have had our first excursions taking place this week with the 2023 Year 6 Councillors experiencing their Leadership Conference on Wednesday under the guidance of Mark O'Mara, our year 6 councillor leader. The students enjoyed exploring their personal leadership styles and learned about how it takes courage to lead well. We are all looking forward to hearing from the councillors as they share their experience at next week's assembly. 

Melinda Cockerill, our specialist Visual Arts teacher,  lead the year 4 students and teachers down to Cotteslow today to experience another instalment of Sculptures by the Sea. Always a favourite for both students and teachers, their first-hand exploration of one of Perth's most iconic events will hopefully provide great inspiration to our students in the lead-up to the much-anticipated Sculptures by the School, coming up in week 9. Always such a colourful, creative and inspiring experience, now is the time to begin discussing with your child about what they might like to contribute to the installation. Being creative at home is also a great opportunity to spend some quality time with the kids!

We have also had a very productive start to the year in our sustainability program with Sheree Samsa, our sustainability leader busy organising many projects. A huge thank you must go out to Mrs Samsa, as well as the teachers, parents and students who joined her on Sunday for the first busy bee of the year. Despite the very hot conditions, it was a great turnout with work on both the EcoShed and Frogpond completed efficiently. Both spaces are looking terrific, set up for the year to use and enjoy. Look out for the official opening of the Frog Pond soon, as well as new artwork adorning our EcoShed walls. On top of the busy bee, Mrs Samsa organised the school's Waste Audit on Monday, which provides valuable data for us to use, and work towards being a greener and cleaner environment, as well as today's contribution to Clean Up Australia Day! What a start to the year. 

On the sporting front, Michael Marshall, our physical education teacher, is busy in preparation for this year's Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival. Save the date for the 22 March and come down to Churchlands Senior High School's pool to enjoy a great day. Weather has been traditionally great, and being our first carnival of the year, students really enjoy the buzz of competing in front of a crowd while striving for their personal best! 

This week also saw preparations for the 2023 NAPLAN assessments move into gear with our first official practice run on Thursday. It was great to see most students were technically ready, with functional iPads, headphones and the updated NAP apps. While the assessment is an important measure for us as a school to be able to measure our progress annually, it was great to see that our students were relaxed, well-prepared and comfortable when using the assessment tool. Thank you to Libby Goodwin,  our Digital Technologies Leader and NAPLAN coordinator, who has led our very smooth preparations this year. The writing assessment will begin the 2023 NAPLAN schedule on Wednesday 15 March (Week 7). Please see the official CPS NAPLAN timetable below for more information.  

As we hit the halfway mark of the term, it is great to look back on a relatively smooth beginning of the year. Please enjoy a well-earned long weekend and stay safe if you are going away.  For more information on any of these great happenings around the school, please check out the reports below.

Luke Johnson 

Week 4 Merit Certificates

Congratulations to the following Merit Certificate recipients for week 4

ECE U1Sophia A, Alba B
Room 1

Lexi M, Ethan S

Room 3

Isabelle C, Alastair L

Room 4Nina W, Isaac C
Room 5Theo A, Sahaas P
Room 6Evie C, Neo C
Room 7Evelyn N, August K
Room 8Cameron C, David G
Room 9Allegra G, Drukdra D
Room 10Matthew T, Olivia T
Room 11Iris B
Room 12Jack B, Abby M
Room 13Omar T, Stella A
Room 14Drishti P, Tallulah H
Room 16Kaiden H, Daisy T
Room 17 Levi S, Paul Z
Art Room 16, Dante B, Annabelle C
DramaNina B


For the 2023 NAPLAN CPS timetable, please click here.

Youth Leadership Australia Conference

Earlier this week our Student Councillors attended an event designed to support primary school students in discovering their leadership potential, whilst providing them with strong foundations to succeed. 

Click here to see more 

Sustainability News

A huge THANK YOU to all the families who helped with the busy bee.  To see Mrs Samsa's update, click here.

Clean Up Australia Day!

PE News and Upcoming Events

For more information regarding the upcoming swimming carnival, please click here to see Mr Marshall's update.

Positive Behaviour Support Update

We are organised and we are punctual.

These are the expected behaviours for all students at PBS this fortnight.  Click here to see how we are working together to achieve a whole school reward.

What's happening in the Art room

Sculptures, Sculptures, Sculptures and more.  See what's happening in the Art room here.

Senior Students - Coder Dojo

With the new year underway, Coder Dojo is back!

This term we will be inviting senior students (Years 5 & 6) to join as the preparations for the 2023 Robocup Jr need to get underway. Classes will be held directly after school, on Tuesdays, 3-4 pm. If your child is interested in representing, please register here.

Term Charges

Thank you to all parents who have already paid their child's/ren's term charges.  If you have outstanding amounts, please ensure these are paid by Wednesday  8th March 2023.  

Updating Student Information

Parents, it is essential to inform the school in writing of any changes to student details.  This includes:

1.  Change of address/email address/phone numbers

2.  Any changes to your child's medical condition or medications

3.  Change of parent work arrangements

Please see the office administration for any changes to your child's information.

Why school attendance matters

Regular attendance at school is fundamental to student learning. Please read more to find out about importance of high student attendance, and CPS attendance expectations.

Career Conversations - Bringing families together

The Dept of Education is delivering free events in local areas to discuss post-school options for students.  The invitation is open to secondary and primary school families.  Topics discussed include:

  • exploring university and training pathways
  • career pathway information for young people with disabilities
  • where to find accurate, up-to-date career pathway information
  • where the jobs are
  • what employers and industry are looking for.

See their flyer here and to book a place please click here.

Churchlands SHS - Upcoming School Tour

Family members of primary school children are invited to attend the tour on Friday 17 March.  For more information and to book your place, click here.

Redhage Basketball - After school Term 1, 2023

Basketball is on after school, every Thursday afternoon 3.05pm - 4.05pm. See all the details here.

After School Soccer Term 1, 2023

Thursday After School Soccer is on in Term 1!

 Mark Lee Football Coaching is suitable for all children from Pre-Primary to Year 6

The program has been running at Churchlands PS since 2017 and we are delighted to offer it to the students once again in Term 1!

Dates    Thursday 16th February to Thursday 23rd March

Time      3.00pm-3.45pm

Cost       $119 per child for 6-week program

To register simply call/text or email Mark

 0430 788 703

Tennis Before School Term 1, 2023

                                                                Before School Tennis

Coastal Tennis is running in Term 1, 2023 to offer Tennis Lessons on the schools courts. 

Click here for more information.

All enquiries call Nick Kirkbride (Coastal Tennis) 0419 923 495 or visit and enrol or download a form from the Schools Page.

Wembley Downs Junior Football Club - Registrations Open

Registrations for PP - Year 6 are now open.  

To find out more, click here.

YMCC hockey club 2023 registrations are open!

If you have kids who are interested in coming to learn and play hockey, then YMCC is a welcoming and inclusive club.   

We have Minkey for Kindy and Pre-primary kids 

We have 7-a-side games for Year 1 and 2s and 9 a -side games for year 3 and 4's. 

The club is also looking for girls in year 5 and 6 who would like to play (no experience necessary!) 

If you are interested in joining a team with other kids from your school please contact us.

Year 1 and 2 Narelle Murray: 0452 505 025 

Year 3 and 4 Rebecca Anderson:  0429 651 022 

Minkey (K and PP) and Year 5 and 6's Kath Shelley: 0411 150 340 

See our registration flyer here or go to the YMCC website for more information.

Marist Football Club - Registrations now open

Registrations for the 2023 AusKick football season are now open for the Marist Football Club!

To register please click on the link below:

If you have friends or family with children who could be interested in playing AusKick at Marist this year, please forward this on.

Come to our Open Day on Sunday 12th March to find out more, everyone is welcome. Details will be posted on our website.

We are looking forward to having you on board for season 2023!

For more information, head to the Marist FC website:

AusKick Coordinator Contact (Stuart Atkinson):

Newman Hockey

Hockey registrations are now open for 2023.

See here for more information