Thursday 5 August , 2021
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 www.aspirips.wa.edu.au
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.
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.
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:
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.
If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact our Associate Principal, Mrs Slade.
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 https://www.redcycle.net.au/where-to-redcycle/ 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.
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.
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:
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.
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?
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 will be held in the Library and will commence Friday 27 August, 2021.
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!
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.
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 https://aspirips.wa.edu.au/our-community/triple-p-program/ to register and for more information
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.