Scarborough Primary School Newsletter - The Link

Issue 17 – 30 October 2020

Upcoming Events and Reminders



  • 3 November: Kindy G1 AWCHWA Incursion 
  • 3 November: Ride to School Day                  
  • 4 November: Kindy Open Sessions
  • 4 November: Kindy G2 AWCHWA Incursion
  • 6 November: Cross Country at Deanmore Square 
  • 6 November: Ride to school Day
  • 9 November: NAIDOC Week
  • 13 November: Sports Assembly
  • 18 November: Board Meeting
  • 20 November: Music Assembly
  • 26 November: Yr 6 Orientation CSHS

Principal's Message

Dear Community

It’s only Week 3, and already we have squeezed in Book Week and a Book Fair, school photos, an artist in residence project linked to the Brighton Road Community Gardens and a fantastic emergency services incursion for our Kindy students.

We also have so much more to look forward to!

As previously mentioned on the Skoolbag App, despite today's announcement about relaxing our boarders, the 2 meter squared rule remains in place so we are still unable to hold any whole school events that are open to parents. Government regulations require that capacity to any event be determined by the 2 meter squared rule. That limits our capacity at Scarborough for any events held in or around the undercover area to no more than 70 adults. With 230 students, this makes any whole school events untenable for the time being.

Most scheduled events for the term will still go ahead, but in an altered format. This will include things like rsvp systems, limits to the number of family members per child, invitation only events or breaking whole school events into segments like Early Childhood, Junior and Senior Primary (much like the faction festival).

Below is a list of events that we are excited to have started planning, with a description of their altered formats. 

Term 4 Events

·         Kindy Open Sessions: Wednesday Week 4. Held in undercover area. Will be seated. No restrictions on numbers as there are only 20 students in each group. RSVP required for seating and catering purposes.

·         Cross Country: Friday Week 4. Run in two sections at Deanmore Square. No restrictions to parents as it is in a large open space.

·         Sports Assembly: Friday Week 5. Whole School. Invite only to parents of champion girls/boys and possibly faction captains. RSVP required. Up to 70 adults capacity. Time TBA

·         Music Assembly: Friday Week 6. Whole school. Invite only to parents of performers and presenters. RSVP required. Up to 70 adult capacity. Time TBA.

·         Thank you morning tea: Tuesday Week 7: Different to usual. Held in under cover area from 10am. Seated. Morning tea will be served (not buffet platters). Performances by choir and possibly PP students. Invite only to volunteers and parents of performers/ announcers. Capacity of up to 100 is ok. RSVP required.

·         PP, Rms 4,5,6 Award Presentations: 2-3pm Tuesday Week 9. Invite only for parents of award winners and presenters/ performers. Capacity of up to 100. RSVP required.

·         Rms 1, 2, 9, 11 Award Presentations: 2-3pm Wednesday Week 9. Seated. Invite only for parents of award winners and presenters/ performers. Capacity of up to 100 is ok. RSVP required.

·         Graduation Assembly and afternoon tea: Tuesday Week 10 2-3 in Under cover area. Invite only. Seated. Maximum of 4 guests per family. Capacity of up to 100 ok. RSVP required. Afternoon tea structured to meet COVID requirements.

·         PP Concert and Picnic: Wednesday Week 10 in Under cover area. Seated. Capacity of around 100 ok. Limit of 2 adults per child. RSVP required.

More information on how RSVP systems will work for each event to follow. Please continue to check Skoolbag, the website calendar and the term planner for any updates or extra detail.

Active Students Opportunities

At Scarborough Primary School, giving students the opportunity to be active remains a priority. Unfortunately, a few of the things that we have traditionally done are just not possible at the moment for a number of reasons including both COVID restrictions and a particularly busy schedule. However, we have also started some new initiatives and changed some of the things that we are doing during the school day to continue to support our active lifestyle priority.

The before school fitness activities that have been a feature of our school over the past few years unfortunately remain untenable as a weekly fixture this term. There are many factors that are contributing to this, but the two main ones are as follows. Primarily, our cleaning requirements of outside spaces, including playgrounds, makes it difficult to run any activities where the whole school access the oval before recess time. Secondly, between swimming lessons and special event activities and assemblies, there is only one Friday morning this term where before school fitness activities would even be possible from a scheduling perspective.

However, please be assured that we continue to provide extra opportunities to allow students to be active, Term 3 saw us introduce whole school sports every Friday afternoon. On top of this, many of our individual classes also schedule fitness activities during the day, often as a form of ‘brain breaks’ between lessons. As you would be aware, we are also finishing this term with swimming lessons.

You may remember back to the beginning of the year when we were trying to ‘run to Tokyo’ before the Olympic Games started. We intend to get a similar incentive up and running in some form again at the start of next year, hopefully in a way that parents will also be able to contribute to the challenge. So please be assured that whilst before school fitness is missing in action at the moment, there are plans for it to return in some form from next year.

In regards to Surfing, unfortunately Surfing WA is unable to accommodate us with our usual before school lessons this term. Again, please be assured that this popular program will be running again in Term 1 next year. Also, I am happy to announce that students who participated in Term 1 this year will be able to participate in the Surfing Gala Day this term. This annual event was cancelled in Term 1 due to COVID, but we have been able to reschedule it for 27 November. More details will follow for families involved.

I am also pleased to announce that we have been liaising with the Department of Transport to participate in the ‘Your Move’ program. This is an initiative to encourage students to walk, ride or scoot to school and around the local community not only to encourage a healthy, active lifestyle, but also to promote more socially and environmentally sustainable transport habits.

We have started by surveying students about how they get to and from school, have had a group of students ‘map out’ safe walking routes around the school which will be marked out by the City of Stirling, and we will be have a ‘Deck out your Wheels for Christmas’ event at the end of Week 8. We will also be hosting a festival day at the beginning of term 1 to promote further local transport options.

Our wonderful Kindy Teacher Mrs Cooks has been liaising between the Department of Transport to work within this initiative and she has written some more detailed information about this initiative below.

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

Sarah Dawson


Your Move Program

Scarborough Primary School has joined the ‘Your Move’ Program through the City of Stirling. This program encourages students, parents, caregivers and even our staff to use ACTIVE TRANSPORT (walk, ride, run, scooter, skateboard or take public transport) to and from school. This will assist in reducing car-based traffic congestion during school peak times, especially drop off and pick-up, with the added benefit of keeping active, healthy and fit! It is easy, convenient and one of the healthiest ways to get around. Through this amazing program our students will not only gain a deeper understanding of the rules of the road as pedestrians, cyclists and scooter riders. They will be earning valuable points through completing fun ‘whole school’ active pursuits to reduce the driving to school.

We have created our first committee team for our school. Sandra Cooke is the champion leader for ‘Your Move’ with a nominated team of four Year 4 students for Term 4:  Ayla Alviar, Cobie Burnett, Finley Cameron and Bradley Omondi. Welcome aboard team!

When Scarborough PS complete various activities and share stories on ‘Your Move’ website we can earn rewards, even school grants with the aim to encourage students, teachers, parents and carers to use ACTIVE TRANSPORT to and from school on a regular basis. Of course, we cannot achieve this without the support of our wonderful community ‘volunteer power’ that is, our parents and families. To kick start ‘Your Move’ with parents, as the first teachers of your children, we need to hear from you. Click on the survey link  to activate the online PARENT SURVEY form and complete. 

SPS carried out the first ‘hands up’ survey of how we travel to school. This sample survey was based on 162 students. Our goal with ‘Your Move’ is to motivate students and families to increase ACTIVE TRANSPORT and reduce car travel.

SPS ‘Your Move’ events coming up this term where we can earn points:

·         ALOCATED ‘ACTIVE TRANSPORT’ DAYS – ride, skateboard or scooter to school every Tuesday and Friday. The first ride to school day is Tuesday 3rd of November and Friday 6th November 2020. Then continue every week on these same nominated days until the end of term.

·         Dress-up your bike, scooter, skateboard or wheelchair with a CHRISTMAS THEME and ride to school. This will be held on the last Friday of this term Friday 11th December. We will have a school parade around the basketball courts to view all transport modes and a prize for best dressed.

NOTE: For those parents who live outside of the school radius – ‘park and ride’ will be accepted. This means you can park at the Deanmore Park playground and ride to Hinderwell Street school gate or park at the local food market parking lot and ride to Deanmore Road school gate.  

Scarborough Primary promote healthier habits through our Health and Wellbeing policy. Teachers have a shared responsibility to support Health and Wellbeing in the community, workplace and school. Together with parents and students, ‘Your Move’ program aims to get more students, teachers and families riding their bikes, walking, scooting, skateboarding, and using the public transport. Walking and riding to school enables children to feel joy and a sense of adventure that will last into adulthood. Parents and students enjoy and appreciate many things that may go unnoticed when driving in a car-hearing the buzzing of their neighbourhood, seeing our friends, neighbours and feeling connected to our community. We can play our part to incorporate the regular physical activity children need daily, while forming strong habits that last a lifetime.

A simple motto of ‘small steps every day’ (HEADSPACE / PBWEST): Healthy habits can make a big difference to your mental health.

Let’s get moving!

‘Your Move’ Scarborough PS Team

2020 Book Fair News

The 2020 Book Fair is now finished and I would like to say a Huge THANK YOU to all the lovely volunteers who generously shared their valuable time to help me. Our time is precious so I am very grateful to you all.

The Book Fair has been another great success. Due to the generosity of the community the school library has received $930.00 worth of new resources for our students to read, learn and enjoy. This is an amazing amount for a small school.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s Book Fair, I know our students will get great enjoyment from the new resources that will support their learning journey.

Leanne Daniels

Library Officer

Dad Joke Friday Competition

Our ninth entry in the competition:

Have you ever tried to eat a clock? It is very time consuming!!!!!

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?

The Library Needs Your Help!

We have received a large number of new reading books for our students and I have a back log of book covering that I need help with. Are there any parents in our community who are able to help me cover some books over the next 2 weeks.

If you can spare an hour or two, or even 20 minutes, from 9.00am on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays to help cover books in the library that would be fantastic. Due to Coronavirus restrictions however I will need to limit the number of parents in the library so please advise me by emailing if you are able to help.

Alternatively I am more than happy for you to take a pile of books home overnight to cover if you can’t spare time to come in to the library to cover books.

Kind Regards

Leanne Daniels

Library Officer 

2021 Kindy Open Session

Just a friendly reminder our Kindy Open Sessions for next year's Kindy group are on Wednesday 4 November. Please join us for a chat with other 2021 kindergarten parents and students. 

We look forward to meeting you and your child, and hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to become familiar with our school and kindergarten before next year.

Speakers at the session will include: Ms Sarah Dawson - Principal, Mrs Liz Petrou - Early Childhood Teacher, Ms Nikki Harvey - School Chaplain, Ms Nicole Stallard - School Board Chairperson, Mrs Leah Manuel - P&C President, Mrs Sarah Firth - Uniform Coordinator, and Mulberry Tree Before and After-school Care staff, Robyn McPherson and Sarah Arnold.

The Uniform Shop will provide a display and information for pre-ordering uniforms for 2021.

Please RSVP before Monday 2 November 2020 to Chenoa Wright or Robyn Smith on 9222 9200 or email

P&C News

Hello SPS Families

Next Meeting

The next P&C General Meeting will be held Monday 7 December at 6.30pm in the school library.

We welcome all Scarborough Primary families and community members to come along. It is a gold coin donation to become a paying member of the P&C.  Only a financial member can participate in the democratic decision making processes of a P&C Association, so please remember your gold coin!

Containers for Change

Scarborough Primary School is now a donation point for Containers for Change. We hope you can support the P&C, every container we collect is worth 10c, this adds up quickly and the $$$ money can put back into the school as well as being rewarding for our environment. 

The scheme focuses on the containers that are littered the most throughout Western Australia, find out what's eligible here ?

The Containers for Change bins can be found at the school entry at Hinderwell Street near the Room 9 Heritage Building.

Alternatively, if you wish to donate at a refund point of your choosing you can quote our Scheme ID C10240685. If you prefer to attend a Reverse Vending Machine location you can find our barcode on our Facebook page or send us an email and we will forward it to you. This may be your preference if you have a larger donation and be rest assured that the money goes back to the P&C.

For more detailed information please visit


Booktober has nearly come to an end. We are very excited to see all your efforts next week!


We have some new menu items. They are available to order in Quickcliq.

·         Nacho Dippers

·         Chicken Lasagna

·         Veggie Sushi

Canteen is continuously looking for canteen volunteers.  If you have any Friday mornings available, Laura would love some assistance in the SPS canteen.

Follow the link below to pick a day and lock it in.

Visit our SignUp page:        

You will be taken through to our dedicated canteen page, and you can choose the days that work best for you.

Please also note that all canteen orders need to be placed via QuickCliq prior to 8.30am on Friday. Cash is not accepted.

Uniform Shop


Next year SPS will be getting a brand new school polo shirt. We will be receiving the initial shirts shortly and will display these for you to view on the school notice board. Because of this, all of the old polo stock MUST GO.

Sizes 2, 10, 12, 14 & 16 are left and on sale now for $15.00.

Once they are gone, they are gone!

The Uniform Shop is open online only. Please email orders through to Sarah Firth at and your order will be delivered to your child’s classroom.

Order forms can be downloaded from the school website at

Contact Us

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




Community News

Please see the Community News section on the school website for courses and events going on around the community. 

The advertising material in the Community News section does not represent endorsement by Scarborough Primary School.  For further information please contact the company directly.

Term 4 Parent Planner 2020


Scarborough Primary School

Address: 60 Hinderwell Street, Scarborough WA 

Phone: 08) 9222 9200   


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