Aspire to achieve together

Issue 7

Term 3

Thursday 5 August , 2021

Principal's Message

Welcome to the latest edition of our Newsletter.

Term three is traditionally one of the busiest terms of the year and this year is no different.

We have quite a few events and activities scheduled this term culminating in our year 6 camp in week 9. I know our year 6 students are looking forward to this week.

Our NAIDOC assembly in week two was a wonderful celebration of Indigenous culture. Our students, choirs and dancers were amazing and presented a wonderful celebration for our school.

This term we will host many events for both students and parents. Look out for our PPP parenting seminars. These are gaining in popularity and are often booked out. I can attest from experience, that as parents we don’t know what we don’t know and these seminars go a long way to helping you through this journey.

We have WA Museum, Fremantle Prison, Perth Zoo and Kings Park excursions, National Science week, Fire Safety, WA Earth Science, Book Week and Bunnings in- school activities, Father’s Day activities, our Choir representing the school in a massed Choir event, Multicultural Day and of course an Interschool Cross Country event and our own School Athletics Carnivals. What a busy time.

It is important to note that these events and activities are not planned in isolation. Each one is designed to add value to our comprehensive curriculum that we implement at Aspiri Primary School - as well as being interesting and entertaining for our students. Many activities are scheduled in term three as, strategically we quarantine term 4 to a minimum of extracurricular projects due to the need to undertake assessment and reporting activities, end of year and Graduation events and, this year for the first time, In -Term Swimming for 4 weeks.

It is important to your child, our teachers and to our school that you are aware of what is coming up and when- so that you can plan for and resource these events. None of us like to have the announcement first thing in the morning that our child or children need a Book Week costume for the Parade that day !!!

Our term planners are always up to date and on our web site. You can find the planners and lots of other information at

As our school is constantly growing so is the need for changes to our staffing requirements.  We would like to welcome to our team Mrs Kiera Slade as an Associate Principal.  Kiera comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and is looking forward to working with the Aspiri community. Mrs Rachel Bennion will remain in the role of Associate Principal until the end of the year.  We would also like to welcome Mrs Beth Lynch who will be teaching our Kindy Kookaburras class and Mrs Grima who has returned from maternity leave and will be teaching Year 3A with Ms Denney.  Please give them all a warm Aspiri welcome when you see them around the school.

A reminder that we all need to remain vigilant in this ongoing COVID environment by reinforcing good hygiene practices at home and to keep your children home if unwell. Can I also remind parents to drive carefully in our carparks and on adjoining roads and above all, be courteous and patient when driving to drop your child off or when picking them up.


See you at the gate.

Noel Morgan, Principal.

H.E.A.R.T. Awards

  Honesty  /  Effort  /  Attitude  /  Respect  /  Teamwork

Congratulations to all the students who were awarded certificates recently for displaying the H.E.A.R.T attributes.

Wednesday 21 July, 2021Wednesday  28 July, 2021Wednesday 4 August, 2021

Blue Award 

Yr 3B - Sharvi Bharamshetti 

Yr 3B - Ariel Cowling 

Yr 3B - Hannah Joseph 

Yr 3B - Prabshidak Singh

Yr 3B - Steve Prince

Yr 3C - Kent Quirante 

3E - Livia Antony

Yr 5/6B - Madisson Rosette 

Bronze Award

Yr 3E - Katherine Gucilatar

Yr 3E - Jesiah Philip

Blue Award

Yr 1A - Archer Kelly

Yr 1B - Siana Prince

Yr 1C - Ethan De Gois

Yr 1C - Eshwari  Sonar 

Yr 1D - Deep Singh 1D 

Yr 2E - Amelia Anil

Yr 2E - Sophie Dahlstrom 

Yr 2E - Sukhmani Kaur 

Yr 2E - Zack Mahlis

Yr 2C - Ethan Noronha 

Yr 2E - Rayyan Riaz

Yr 2F - Bosandi Hetti Arachchige



Blue Award

Yr 3B - Harrison Cox

Yr 3B - Rosa Tomuli

Yr 3D - Johann Conte

Yr 3D - Eithan jiji

Yr 3D - Sahaj Virk

Yr 3E - Omar Abdul Qader

Yr 3E - Felix Avery

Yr 3E - Theophilus Brezhnev

Yr 5/6C  - Abbegayle Albert

Bronze Awards

Yr 3C - Wahhaj Asraf

Yr 3E - Aizah Usman

Silver Award

Yr 3E - Katherine Gucilatar

Donation from Southern Districts Rotary Club

Aspiri Primary School is proud to acknowledge the commitment and support of the Southern Districts Rotary Club in donating 60 Microscopes to our school. These microscopes are an amazing gift and will add great value to the work we undertake both in our classrooms and in our specialist Science classes. I know our Science specialist teachers, Mrs Dyer and Mr Jennings are very excited at the prospect of having such a valuable resource in their classrooms.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Mr John Stockbridge and the Southern Districts Rotary Club for their wonderful and ongoing support of our school.



NAIDOC celebrations took place across Australia for one week, beginning on 4 July, 2021. The theme this year was ‘Heal Country’ embracing the First Nation’s cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage.

The students and staff at Aspiri celebrated NAIDOC week by learning about the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The students participated in a range of activities, including Yulunga Traditional Indigenous games, listening to traditional stories and creating artwork inspired by the work of Aboriginal artists. It was fantastic to see the student’s enthusiasm in their learning and their willingness to take part in the NAIDOC celebration day by wearing accessories that matched the colours of the Aboriginal and the Torres Strait Islander flags. Additionally, the whole school participated in creating a piece of artwork to be displayed in the undercover area during the NAIDOC celebrations. The Waakarl (Spirit Snake) was created using hand templates designed individually by every student in the school.

On Thursday 29 July students and staff were invited to attend the Aspiri NAIDOC assembly to celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. We saw two outstanding performances by the senior and junior choir led by Mrs Atherton. We were amazed by the work of our talented Year 5/6 students who presented poems and research on famous Indigenous people. The Dance troupe performed to the song Bandaar by Mitch Tambo and the new names for our teaching areas were announced to the students and staff.

Block 1: Maali  (Black Swan)

Block 2: Koolbardi  (Magpie)

Block 3: Djitti Djitti (Willie Wagtail)

Block 4: Karak (Red Tailed Black Cockatoo)

Block 5: Kwirlam  (Swamp Hen)

Thank you to all the staff and students who were involved in organising, presenting and performing at our NAIDOC assembly.

Cross Country 2021

We would like to congratulate all students who participated in the Cross-Country competition in Week 9 last term. We are extremely proud of your efforts, magnificent sportsmanship and fantastic house spirit. Well Done to all of the year group winners as well.


Pre-Primary Boys


Archer Marks

Runner - Up

Carter Tomlin

Pre-Primary Girls


Nathalie Ladringan

Runner - Up

Ava Jepson

Year 1 Boys


Kyrie Van Heerden

Runner - Up

Ryker Tyrrell

Year 1 Girls


Daisy Dee

Runner - Up

Avlin Bhuller

Year 2 Boys


Daniel Abhilash

Runner - Up

Elijah Pettley

Year 2 Girls


Alisha Coleman

Runner - Up

Gloria Gu

Year 3 Boys


Harrison Cox

Runner - Up

Damon Langridge

Year 3 Girls


Aizah Usman

Runner - Up

Taiea Boon

Year 4 Boys


Reon Jophy

Runner - Up

James Durack

Year 4 Girls


Halia Edwards

Runner - Up

Anika Anil

Year 5 Boys


Nikith Dasari

Runner - Up

Shayan Paun

Year 5 Girls


Mikayla Jansen

Runner - Up

Noelle Abhilash

Year 6 Boys


Harry Golder

Runner - Up

Hayden Clark

Year 6 Girls


Mia Leinasars

Runner - Up

Layla Kentworthy

Thank you to our Year 6 House captains who guided the younger students around the track and helped staff throughout the day.

Finally, a huge congratulations to FORREST who won the 2021 Cross Country. Below are the House points.

1st – Forrest 491

2nd – Baker 397

3rd – Haynes 352

4th – Rossiter 236

Data Collection

Every year, schools participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students for the NCCD includes:

  • Year of schooling
  • Category of disability
  • Level of adjustment provided

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured.

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact our Associate Principal, Mrs Slade.

Year 1 Excursion to the Western Australian Boola Bardip Museum

In Week 1 the Year 1 students went on their adventure to the Western Australian Boola Bardip Museum. We went by bus to the museum, this was a very exciting experience for a lot of the students. Once at the museum we attended an educational session all about fossils presented by palaeontologists. We got to look at dinosaur fossils and held a real life T-Rex tooth and fossilised poo. The students learnt and explored many things can be fossilised including leaves, insects, fish and eggs. The students were then able to conduct their own fossil dig by carefully moving sand from hidden fossils and matching them to known fossil images. We then explored the museum and looked at all of the exhibitions. Some of the favourites were the Wild life, Changes, Origins, WA Treasures and the Blue Whale skeleton. 

What a great time we had discovering the Western Australian Boora Bardip Museum!

News from the Environment Team

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

In Term 2, Aspiri Primary School students battled it out to see which class could collect the most bread tags.

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs is a charity who recycles bread tags to raise funds to buy wheelchairs for disadvantaged people, mainly in South Africa. However, due to their success, they are now providing wheelchairs to other countries. Bread Tags for Wheelchairs are now collaborating with Wheelchairs for Kids, in WA. Wheelchairs are made in Perth and shipped worldwide. Their first five wheelchairs were sent to children in Jordan!

It was fabulous seeing the students engage in this recycling competition. Knowing it was for a good cause meant the classes who didn’t win were still happy with their achievements. Congratulations to the winning class, Year 4/5A with Mrs Winter! They received a popcorn and movie session to celebrate their win.

As a school, we collected 23kg of bread tags. This is an amazing effort, and we thank the students and community for their support with this initiative.

If you wish to continue collecting bread tags, there are multiple collection points who accept bread tags. Please visit the website for more information.

The Environment Team

Recycling Soft Plastics

This term, Aspiri Primary School is introducing soft plastic recycling to reduce the amount of plastic ending up in landfill. 

Soft plastic is anything that can be scrunched with one hand, such as glad wrap, zip lock bags and plastic wrappers. After eating their recess and lunch, students will be responsible for putting soft plastics into our new pink wheelie bins for recycling, and putting all other rubbish in the rubbish bins. Teachers will be educating and supporting the students at Aspiri to sort their rubbish correctly and recycle with confidence.

In order to complete the cycle, we need your help! We seek community volunteers to help drop off our collected soft plastics to a REDcycle collection point. The closest stores to Aspiri PS are Woolworths Harrisdale and Coles Southern River. There are many places that collect soft plastics for recycling. You can visit for more information.

Please note that the school will not be accepting soft plastic from the community, as our bins are not large enough to cater for this amount of rubbish.

If you are interested in dropping off our plastic, please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the front office. We hope to see our community supporting the school’s efforts in recycling. 

Crazy Sock Day

Thank you to everyone who participated in Crazy Sock Day.  We had lots of wonderful, colourful and crazy socks worn.  We raised just over $530.00 for the Year 6 camp. 

Science Week

Science at Home – Make butter in a jar

This week’s Science at Home experiment relates to the 2021 Science Week Theme ‘Food different by Design’. Discover what it takes to change milk into other dairy foods in this simple butter in a jar experiment.

What you'll need:

  • Cream (it needs to be thick cream so double cream or whipping cream works best)
  • Jar with a lid (size depends on how much butter you want to make –small batch – use a baby food jar, larger batches a mason jar)
  • Sieve
  • Bowl


1.      Pour the cream into the jar. Then place the lid on the jar (make sure it’s on tightly).

2.      Now for the hard work! Shake the jar lots until you see a lump form in the jar. This could take a long time – maybe even 10 minutes. (You can place a marble in the jar to speed up the process).

3.      Eventually, you will see a lump and some liquid. The lump is butter and the liquid is buttermilk, an ingredient that can be used in lots of different things.

4.      Put the sieve over a bowl. Open the jar and tip the contents into the sieve.

5.      Now you have separate butter and buttermilk.

The science?

Cream is made up of tiny pieces (called molecules) of fat surrounded by water. When you shake the cream, the fat molecules start to clump together in a lump. They then separate from the liquid.


How long did you have to shake the jar for before you saw lumps starting to form?

Which is runnier, the cream or the buttermilk?

Does the cream change colour when it turns into butter and buttermilk?


Write a Book in a Day Competition

Last year, Aspiri Primary School had the great pleasure of participating in the Write a Book in a Day competition, and our team, The Quills, won Best Book in the WA Primary School category and raised $1200. This year we decided to enter a team again, and due to an overwhelming number of talented writers and illustrators who wanted to join, we are entering two teams this year… The Quills and The Bardettes!

The two teams will be going head-to-head with each other and others around Australia on Thursday 19th August. To qualify their books for judging, teams will gather donations and funds raised through sponsorship will go to The Kids’ Cancer Project, a national charity supporting childhood cancer research. If you would like to help, our teams follow the links: The Quills and The Bardettes .

Instructions on how to sponsor an individual student can be found in the the link below

Instructions for Sponsorship


Book Week

The Library is excited to announce that this term we celebrate Book Week! The theme this year is “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds” and we will begin celebrations on Monday 23 August.

Our Book Week Parade will be on Thursday 26 August. ( 1 Sept for Kindy group A)

Book Fair 2021

Book Fair will be held in the Library and will commence Friday 27 August, 2021.

Introducing our Associate Principal's

Mrs Kiera Slade

Hi Aspiri community!

My name is Kiera Slade, and I’m thrilled to be joining you as an Associate Principal.  Previously I’ve spent 10 years at Bertram Primary School in Kwinana, where I spent time as an Arts Teacher and a Year 6 Teacher before moving to the role of Deputy Principal.  I’m passionate about student engagement and staff development, and look forward to working with the amazing Aspiri staff to further engage and educate our students.  My personal approach to education is student centred.  Everything we do as educators is about the students, and what’s best for them.

On a personal note I am married (Chris), with two children (18 year old Jess and 15 year old Zac) – and two adorable doggos (Buffy and Bailey).  In my spare time I love spending time with them and the rest of my family including my nieces and nephews; dancing; and doing anything creative, including visual arts and costume design. 

I look forward to meeting you all and working alongside you here at Aspiri – please come and say hello if you see me around!

Mrs Rachel Bennion

Hi Everyone, 

I am very excited to be joining the Executive team here at Aspiri Primary School. Previously, I have taught a range of Year levels with the majority of my teaching career spent at Comet Bay Primary School and now more recently at Aspiri. I am married with three children, who keep me on my toes. I love to play and watch sport, in particular AFL and enjoy spending time with family on weekends.  I am looking forward to leading our school and having an impact on student success. 

Rachel Bennion


Positive Parenting @ Aspiri Primary

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is one of the world’s most effective parenting programs. Developed by Clinical Psychologist Professor Matt Sanders and his colleagues at the University of Queensland, Triple P has been tested with thousands of families through ongoing research over more than 30 years!

Triple P is designed to give parents the skills they need to raise confident, healthy children and to build stronger family relationships. Research has shown it works across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many different family structures.

Triple P doesn’t tell people how to parent. Rather, it offers simple and practical strategies that parents can adapt to suit their own values, beliefs and needs. The benefits can be dramatic and long-lasting.

We have had fantastic attendance at the Triple P Seminar Series run in the Library by our School Psychologist this year with 59 families having already attended. Our latest Seminar Series was fully booked out! 

Junior Seminar Series (suitable for parents of children aged 3-12 years) While designed as a series, parents can attend one, two or all three seminars.

-          Tuesday 10th August @ 8:50am-10:40am – The Power of Positive Parenting

-          Tuesday 17th August @ 8:50am-10:40am – Raising Confident Competent Children

-          Tuesday 24th August @ 8:50am-10:40am – Raising Resilient Children

Bookings are essential and numbers are currently capped for each seminar. Visit our school website to register and for more information

News from the P & C

Dear Families

At the beginning of the term we held our Annual General Meeting.  At this meeting the new committee members for the 2021/2022 year were voted in .  I am pleased to announce and introduce them to the school community.

Our Executive Committee are:

President - Mrs Vickie Golder

Vice President - Mrs Tess Lloyd

Secretary - Mrs Mel Dahlstrom

Mrs Evelyn Monkhouse - Treasurer

Our General Committee Members are:

Nivalda Taylor

Urooj Mujahid

Jess Della Posta

Raquel North

Kate Gnanapragasam

Rev Baburajan

Kelly Turner

These members of the P & C spend many hours creating and delivering wonderful activities and events for the children to participate in.  Without them, the running of events such as Easter raffles, Mother's day stalls and Father's day stalls would not happen.  We are very lucky to have such dedicated members on the P & C.

This term we saw the introduction of the second hand school uniform sale.  This is currently run as an expression of interest.  If you would like to purchase an item of second hand uniform, or have an enquiry, please email with your requirements and the committee will get back to you ASAP.

All funds raised are put directly back into the school for the benefit of all of our students.  We have recently donated money to the school for the House Carnival and Cross Country Plaques, these are proudly on display in the front office and a $1000 donation has been given to the 2021 Year 6 Graduation Ceremony.  We are currently working with the school on some bigger projects we can raise funds for, so watch this space!

If you are considering becoming a member of the P & C but are unsure of the requirements you are all welcome to attend the next meeting in Term 4.  You can also approach one of the P & C committee members if you see them around the school.  Each and everyone of them will be happy to discuss the P & C with you.  We meet at least once a term to plan for the term ahead, and discuss new and exciting ideas we can incorporate into the events run by the P & C.  We have all heard the saying "many hands make light work". The more people on board means a lighter workload for us all.

This term we have the Father's Day stall and letters will be sent home with your child shortly.  There will also be a free dress day at the end of the Term.

If you have any questions please email them to

We would like to wish all our families a happy and healthy term.

Kind regards

Vickie Golder


P & C Appreciation Day

On Monday 26 July, 2021 we acknowledged and celebrated P & C Appreciation Day with a morning tea. We would like to thank all of our  community members who volunteer their time as members of our P & C committee. We appreciate all that you do for Aspiri Primary School.

Father's Day Stall 2021

Online School Lunch Orders

Our new online school lunch programme has been a huge success and will continue for the remainder of the year.  Please see the attached form for instructions on how to set up your account in order to commence using the service. 

Uniform Concepts Jandakot Super Store Information

Please find attached the uniform price list from the Uniform Concepts Jandakot Super Store. It contains pricing as well as store opening times and contact details.   


Music Lesson Vacancies

If your child is interested in learning a musical instrument or singing then please collect an application form from the Administration Office or email the Perth Music Agency. Don't delay as places fill quickly and enrolments are now only accepted at the beginning of each term.

All queries are to be directed to the Perth Music Agency.

A Message from the School Nurse

Dental health - Keep your child’s teeth healthy

Teeth are important possessions. Here are some tips for keeping them healthy.

·         Brush teeth at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush. Parents should supervise tooth brushing until children are 8 or 9 years old as they haven’t got the dexterity to brush the molars properly until then.   

·         Adults and children should use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Toothpaste should be spat out after brushing and never eaten or swallowed. Do not rinse your mouth out with water after brushing your teeth.

·         Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after brushing and store it hygienically. Replace your toothbrush regularly.  

·         Older children and adults should floss their teeth daily.

·         Eating and drinking healthily is important for keeping your teeth healthy – try to keep away from too much sugar, especially between meals.

For more dental health information, go to or

The School Dental Service provides free general dental care to school children throughout Western Australia, ranging from pre-primary through to Year 11 (or 17th birthday). Contact your closest School Dental Therapy Centre or Dental Health Services on 9313 0555 for further information. Those requiring interpreter services should refer to the Dental Health Services Interpreter Service information.