Scarborough Primary School Newsletter - The Link

Issue 18 – 13 November 2020

Upcoming Events and Reminders



  • 18 November: Board Meeting
  • 20 November: Music Assembly
  • 26 November: Yr 6 Orientation CSHS
  • 27 November: Surf Gala Morning
  • 27 November: P&C Pizza Night - 5.30pm


  • 4 December: NAIDOC Picnic
  • 7 December: P&C Meeting - 6.30pm
  • 7 - 17 December: Swimming lessons
  • 7 December: Kindy Concert G1 - 2pm
  • 8 December: Award Presentations (PP, Rooms 4,5,6)
  • 9 December: Award Presentations (Rooms 1,2,9,11)
  • 11 December: Kindy Concert G2 - 2pm
  • 15 December: Reports Go Home
  • 15 December: Graduation Assembly 
  • 15 December: Kindy Picnic in the Park G1
  • 16 December: Graduation Excursion
  • 16 December: PP Concert & Picnic - 2pm
  • 17 December: Kindy Picnic in the Park G2
  • 17 December: Last day of Term 4 for students

Principal's Message

Dear Community

Since the last newsletter we have had the cross country races, the last of our faction festival events. Thank you to all the parents who came down to support on the day. It was great to have the extra applause and atmosphere for our amazing students. I was really impressed with the positive attitudes with which our students approached their races. Long distance running can be a daunting prospect for some students and it was fantastic to see everyone trying their best and supporting each other with the goal of finishing with a smile and earning points for their factions.

This morning we held a sports assembly to announce our champion girls and boys as well as the winning faction. This year it was a particularly close race, but the winning faction was Parmelia.

Many of the champion girls and boys were also close competitions, with almost half of the results coming down to the cross country races. Congratulations to the following students who took home the champion medallions this year

  • Year 1: Lily and Morgan
  • Year 2: Audrey and Darcy
  • Year 3: Ines and Harry D
  • Year 4: Cobie and Finley
  • Year 5: Hilary and Drayson
  • Year 6: Nicole and Jett

Finally, I would like to thank all staff, but particularly Mr Aaron Bacci for working so hard and being so flexible and creative in making our faction festival so accessible to students and parents alike in such a mixed up year.

2021 Enrolments

It is that time of year when we start looking at our staffing and classroom structures for next year. If you are aware that you are leaving or If you know of any families who have moved into the area and are intending to enrol their children here next year, could you please let our front office staff know. This will greatly assist with our planning.

At present, it looks like we will continue to experience a high degree of growth with current numbers looking like hitting and possibly exceeding 250 students. This is a long way from where we were 4 years ago when we only catered for 103 students. Due largely to the fact that our numbers are currently fluctuating weekly, as usual, class structures and class lists will not be finalised until the beginning of next year. Please be assured though, that this is something that we put a lot of thought and care into to provide the best possible scenarios for our students. 

Every now and then I get queries about why we have ‘split’ classes. Some schools choose to have them for pedagogical reasons, finding benefit in ‘looping’ students with the same teacher for two years or as means to help extend or support groups of students with the curriculum or social development. For us at Scarborough PS, we generally have split classes out of necessity. 

It is rare for smaller schools to have numbers in each year level that neatly fit into straight classes. We have some year cohorts with around 15 students, some with 25, some with 35 or 40 plus. Recommended class sizes vary from 27 for Pre Primary, 24 for Years 1-3 to 32 for Years 4-6. We are tasked with fitting our students into these structures, considering their abilities and social dynamics, as well as into the physical number of classrooms that we have available to us. For these reasons, there will once again be a large number of ‘split’ classes throughout the school in 2021. 

Whilst we generally don’t have a choice but to split our year levels, this is not something that is detrimental to a child’s education. Evidence based research has shown that the structures of classes have little effect on student achievement. The factors that have the biggest effect are based around teachers with effective classroom practice and this is what we focus on at Scarborough PS. 

School Board Meeting

At our final School Board meeting for 2020 which is next Wednesday at 6pm, we welcome Claire Prenter as our new parent representative. Agenda items include noting the booklists and contributions and charges statements for 2021 as well as working on our next Business Plan. As with all meetings, the public are welcome to attend, so please let me know if you are interested in coming along to see what the School Board is all about.

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

Sarah Dawson


Your Move Survey and Competition

Your Move Parent Survey

Dear Parents, we would love to hear from you. Please complete the online YOUR MOVE parent survey. The survey will close on 23/11/20 at 5:00pm. See link below: 

Parent Survey Link:

Parent sign up competition

Your Move Stirling is here, and we have a chance to win big!

Scarborough Primary School is competing in the Your Move - Stirling Schools Competition and we need your help to win a prize from a range of fantastic options. Your Move is a free program that provides information and support to help your family find more active, healthy ways to get around.

Help us earn points by:

1. Registering online:

2. Complete a call with the Your Move Stirling team.

Just by doing so, you will receive a free welcome pack delivered to your door with information tailored just for you AND our school stands a chance to win prizes to the value of $3500. 

The school with the highest percentage of parents signed up to Your Move Stirling wins!

Check out the prizes here. Competition ends Friday, 7 March 2021 at 5pm

Thank you.

Sandy Cooke 

Dad Joke Friday Competition

Our tenth entry in the competition:

I taught a wolf to mediate. Now he’s aware wolf.

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 Corona Virus restrictions I 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 

P&C News

Hello SPS Families! 

P&C Pizza Night

The P&C is happy to announce that the Pizza Night is finally on! Let’s gather together on Friday 27 November at 5.30pm on the School Oval. The costs are $6 for adults and $2 for each child (siblings and family members are welcome).

If you placed an order for the postponed Pizza Night, which was to be held in March, then you don’t have to place a new order.

We welcome families that haven’t ordered yet to do so by next Friday the 20th of November. Order forms will be available at the front office or click here to download a form.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Pizza Night, but please remember to adhere to the 1.5m social distancing rule and be respectful of the general COVID guidelines when interacting with each other. 

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


All funds raised for Booktober are now due. All donations will be collected by the P&C and put towards exciting school projects including the upcoming library improvements. 

Could you please return all fundraising donations as soon as possible via cash through the school drop box or preferably, direct debit to: 

BSB: 066122          Acc: 10007967    (Use child’s name and Booktober as reference) 

Thank you!


Never volunteered on the canteen before but keen to give it a go? There will be some opportunities to learn from an experienced volunteer in the coming weeks. Interested? Please send us an email - 

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 

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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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