Scarborough Primary School Newsletter - The Link

Issue 10 – 25 June 2020

Upcoming Events and Reminders

  • 2 July: 1pm - 2pm Whole School Picnic (Chaplain farewell)
  • 3 July: Pupil Free Day
  • 3 July: Reports emailed home
  • 21 July: Students start Term 3
  • 31 July: Pyjama Day (gold coin donation)

Principal's Message

Dear Community

It’s hard to believe that this is the last newsletter for Term 2! Despite facing many challenges, as a community we have shown great perseverance and flexibility and all pulled together to make it a positive and enriching experience for our children. So, I thank you.

As you will be aware, we can look forward to further easing of restrictions this weekend. As a school, we will continue with what is currently in place for the last week of term. During the week, staff will reassess the situation and notify you of any changes as we move forward to Term 3 and beyond. Some of the things we will be discussing will be regarding parent access on site, assemblies and of course sports carnivals, which are a Term 3 fixture.

Please read on below for information on some events that have occurred over the past few weeks as well as those that will be taking place next week and at the start of Term 3.

As always, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sarah Dawson


Pupil Free Day: Friday 3 July.

The last day of Term 2 for students will be THURSDAY 2 July.

Staff were unable to participate in a school development day at the beginning of this term as teachers were required to use the pupil free day to plan for the unexpected return of students to school. As a result, the Department has directed that schools choose an extra pupil free day for school development purposes.

We have chosen to hold this day on Friday 3 July, the last day of term. We hope that adjoining this day to the upcoming holidays will cause the least possible disruption to our families.

Please add this pupil free day to your calendars. Reminders will also be sent out on the Skoolbag App.

Whole School Picnic – Farewell to Will: Thursday 2 July

The imminent easing of restrictions has allowed us the opportunity to hold a whole school picnic on the last day of term.

·         Lunch will be held from 1pm – 2pm

·         Parents are invited to come and picnic with their children on the school oval

·         Our student leaders will have some organised activities for students to participate in

·         Students will be allowed to wear free dress for the day

This event is very much ‘weather permitting’. At this stage Thursday looks like it will be sunny, however, should things change the event may need to be cancelled. Whether or not it is going ahead will confirmed on Wednesday afternoon via the Skoolbag App.

This is the first time we have been able to invite parents to a school event this term. We do however, still require all adults to adhere to a 2m social distancing rule whilst on the site.

If possible, please come along and help us farewell our wonderful Chaplain, Mr Will Veldman!

Classroom teachers will email out reminders about this event early next week.


Semester 1 reports will be emailed on Friday July 3 so please make sure to check your inboxes! The link to your child’s report remain active for one month so it is a good idea to download a copy for future reference.

As previously mentioned, with the regular attendance of many students being greatly reduced over this time, missing up to six weeks of schooling, the breadth and depth of the curriculum covered throughout Semester 1 has been greatly impacted. For this reason, the Department of Education has directed that schools are not required to include A to E grades on this year’s Semester 1 student reports. It also means that your child’s attendance may not be reported, and any written comments may provide less information on their progress than usual. 

The reports will still include information on what your children have been covering in each learning area. English and Maths comments will be more personalised, outlining what your child has been able to demonstrate and also include some goals for students to work towards in Semester 2. They just will not contain a grade. The reports will also have a general comment and an indication of the attitudes, efforts and behaviours that have been displayed by students. We hope that more detailed reports will once again be able to be provided at the end of Semester 2.

School Board

The School Board met last Wednesday evening, 17 June.

We looked at how links are made between School Reviews and Business Plans, and targets and strategies are set to reflect suggested areas of improvement. We also noted differences between the old and new School Review formats and discussed how this might inform the content of our next Business Plan.

We then reviewed the wording of the Dress Code policy to better reflect the current school context and ethos. This same discussion was had with staff and with input from both groups, updates will be drafted and the reviewed policy endorsed during Term 3.

The next meeting is scheduled for 12 August. As always, our meetings are open to the public and we welcome anyone who may be interested in joining us. 

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

Unfortunately we are still having some issues with parking behavior on Hinderwell Road. Please refrain from double or triple parking when picking up children. We have had several complaints from the community. If this issue continues it is likely that the ranger may become involved.

Also, parents that are congregating near the weatherboard building (year 4/5 classroom) at the end of the day please keep their children from climbing the wooden steps and playing on the wooden landing.

Dad Joke Friday Competition

Our first entry in the competition:

I can't find my gone in 60 seconds dvd. It was here a minute ago.

If there are any Dads out there that want to contribute an appropriate dad joke, please send them to;

We will be having a vote at the end of year for the best Dad joke with the winner receiving a Bunnings gift voucher. Are you going to be the punniest Dad at Scarborough Primary?

Chaplain’s Chat

So this will be my last entry into the newsletter. At the end of this term, I’m finishing up in my role as chaplain. 

SPS is such a special little community and until you are a part of it, I don’t think you really know how important it will become to you. Maybe that’s true of every community you choose to invest in. Still, every day I am here I get to see the small and beautiful ways that we care for each other. It might be the way a parent rushes over with a hug for another parent. Or the way in which one of our staff stops to listen to a child on the oval. Or maybe when one student bends down and ties the shoe lace of a younger child. I’m a firm believer that the small stuff matters and makes a difference, and this stuff happens every day at our school.

I love stories. Reading them, listening to them and writing them. There is something powerful that happens in the telling of a story, particularly when it is a shared story. I know that chaplaincy means different things to different people, but if I could best describe the way I have seen my role it would be as someone who has tried to be available to help people walk through (and share) pieces of their story. I’ll always be humbled by the way I was accepted into the community to do that job, and I hope I’ve done it well.

So, thank you. It’s time for me to be ‘just dad’ in our community, and I’m really looking forward to that too.



Pre-primary and Kindergarten Enrolments 2021

Kindergarten and Pre-primary applications for enrolment are now open for 2021.

Kindergarten teaches children valuable, age appropriate life skills in a play-based learning environment. Through experimentation and participation in group activities, children make friends, build resilience and develop positive self-esteem.

Scarborough Primary School are committed to working with families to ensure that, wherever possible, all eligible children have access to a high quality early childhood programs. Applications for enrolment close on 24/07/20, so we encourage you to return your form as soon as possible.

Click on the link below for further information and application forms or contact the school on 9222 9200.

P&C News

Hi there!

We are so excited to tell you all about the first P&C fundraisers of the year! Friday 31 July will be a Pyjama Day. All students can come to school dressed in their PJ’s for a gold coin donation. Mark your calendars!

Term 3 will also have a Crazy Hair Day and a Father’s Day stall, but more information will be given closer to the time.

The P&C is urgently looking for a new Treasurer. We welcome anyone who has some bookkeeping experience or who is interested in learning some bookkeeping skills. As Treasurer you would probably spend 2-3 hours a month fulfilling your duties. Please let us know if you are keen to step up or if you know anyone in our community who would be interested.

Canteen is using (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Canteen volunteering sessions. Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 1) Click this link to see the sessions available on 2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like. 3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Note: does not share your email address with anyone.

Canteen is operating again with a full menu. Please note that ALL orders need to be placed via QuickCliq prior to 8.30am on Friday's. Cash is not accepted.

The Uniform Shop is looking for pre-loved green uniform shirts, preferably size 6. So if you have some shirts laying around gathering dust, now is a good time to donate these to the Uniform Shop!

The Uniform Shop is open for email orders only. All orders and enquiries can be directed to Sarah Firth at

The P&C will be continuing to fundraise through the Entertainment Book this year. All entertainment book memberships are now available online and on the app. Jump online and order yours today! Remember to select “Scarborough Primary School” to ensure we receive the 20% value from each purchase.

Want to stay up to date on what the P&C is doing? Follow us on Facebook - Scarborough Primary P and C

The next P&C General Meeting will be held Monday 27 July at 6.30pm in the school library. We welcome all Scarborough Primary families and community members to come along. 

Any questions and/or suggestions please don’t hesitate to email us


Uniform Shop

The uniform shop is open online only. Please email orders through to and your order will be delivered to your child's classroom. Forms can be downloaded from the website -

Thank you - Sarah

Scarborough Primary School

Address: 60 Hinderwell Street, Scarborough WA 

Phone: 08) 9222 9200   


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