Thursday 1 August, 2019
Thursday 1 August, 2019
Welcome back to term three and the second half of our school year. I trust everybody had a great break with family and friends. I am very excited about the term ahead as I see lots of happy, engaged students in our classrooms and staff ready to go.
I would like to say a big thank you to Ms Evans our Associate Principal who stepped into the Principal role in my absence and did a wonderful job. Also to the Administration team who supported her. In addition, I would like to acknowledge our amazing staff who rounded off a very successful first semester with the professionalism and enthusiasm we have come to expect. Well done everyone.
I would like to formally welcome to our teaching team the following staff members:
Miss Zayaan Alberton - Year 3A
Miss Julia Yusof - Year 4
Miss Antonia Scarnicchio - Year 4/5
Please extend a warm Aspiri welcome to them.
This second half of the year will be full of activities and projects and we will all be aiming to achieve our absolute best. This is our standard at Aspiri Primary School and we will undertake the challenge with all of our energies in order to maximise the opportunities for each and every one of our students. We look forward to the support of our parents and community as well.
Our enrolments have been steadily increasing and we now stand at 577 as I write this article.
We have 140 Kindergarten enrolments for 2020 at this time. This does not include Harrisdale Primary School students for next year as they are opening an off-site annex for their Kindy and Pre-Primary Students for 2020.
Some families have noticed changes in our teaching roster for this semester as our student cohorts grow and we work to ensure the very best staff are teaching each class. Changes to class configurations will, by necessity continue into this term as we continue to grow and move beyond industrial and recommended class sizes. This is a side effect of new schools growing into their capacities and is a feature of almost every new school. We can expect some further adjustments to classes in the coming weeks; but you can be assured that they will be kept to an absolute minimum and be well planned and implemented with the least amount of disruption as possible. All families affected by any potential adjustments to classes and teachers will be contacted in advance and advised of the structures to be implemented.
As I have said in previous newsletters, whilst a little disruptive, it is a great teaching moment for those students affected in terms of explaining that change is of inevitable, sometimes regular but not the end of the world. We work every day to influence our students’ resilience and this is a great opportunity to reinforce this at home. As always, contact our team if you have any concerns.
In the meantime, keep warm and dry and I look forward to catching up with you all.
See you at the gate,
Noel Morgan – Principal.
Honesty / Effort / Attitude / Respect / Teamwork
Congratulations to all the students who were awarded certificates at the recent assembly for displaying the H.E.A.R.T attributes.
On Friday 26 July 2019, Pre-primary celebrated 100 days of school! The students have been counting the days they have been at school since the beginning of the year. Every class had their own celebration consisting of all things 100. The students wrote about how they would feel when they turn 100 years old, they made necklaces with 100 fruit loops, built towers with 100 cups and exercised in 10 lots of 10!
Last week in Kindy we celebrated 50 days of school. We counted lots of different objects into groups of 50.
This term, the Year 4 - 6 students are excited to be taking part in a Western Power, Circuit Breakers program.
As part of this program, Western Power has provided our school with a class set of micro bit computers. The students have been eagerly exploring these mini computers and seeing what they can do. By the end of the term, the students will have explored some of the different ways that Western Power provide our communities with electricity and will begin to design possible future-proof solutions for our state.
Here are some pictures of our first experiences with micro bits.
Pre-Primary Visual Arts
The Pre-Primary students worked last term collaboratively to produce some wonderful paintings. They were introduced to the American Painter Mr Frank Philip Stella and his renowned style of work. We looked at the patterns in his paintings, use of materials and the design of the different sections on his paintings that are so distinguished. Then, students were given different sizes of cardboard and were asked to work with their peers to create a painting using different patterns and colours like in the works of Mr Stella. In the beginning, the students used crayons to design their patterns and acrylic paints to colour in the shapes. Each of the card boards were sectioned with masking tape and after the students completed their work, the masking tape was removed; this revealed their unique work. Students have experienced another type of process equally as valuable as their wonderful work!
Thank you to everyone who has already ordered books from Scholastic Book Club. Every order helps us purchase additional learning and literacy resources for our school.
If you would like to buy any books, the last day for ordering is Saturday, 10th August.
You can place your child’s order at scholastic.com.au/LOOP or using the LOOP app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
Please note: No cash orders will be accepted. We will be accepting online orders and payment by Book Club LOOP only.
Please see timetable below for approximate start times for races on Friday. Students are reminded to bring water bottles and hat.
Students are allowed to wear their HOUSE shirt if they have one, if they don't Aspiri uniform is fine.
If any Year 3 -6 parents are available to help please email Miss Ryan (email@example.com).
Time Year Group
9:25am Year 1
9:35am Year 2
9:50am Year 3 Girls
10:10am Year 3 Boys
11:10am Year 4 Girls
11:30am Year 4 Boys
11:50am Year 5 Girls
12:10pm Year 5 Boys
12:30pm Year 6 Girls & Boys
Miss Tenille Ryan
Physical Education Teacher
Subway lunch orders will now be on a Friday. All orders need to be handed to the office by 8.40am Thursday. Please ensure correct money is placed with the order as no change can be given.
A new order form with additional options is attached to this Newsletter.
Subway will be giving away a pair of socks pictured below to one lucky student who orders next week.
Subway Lunch Order FormDownload
Book Week Parade – Tuesday, 20 August 2019.
Parents are encouraged to help their child/ren organise a fancy-dress costume for the Book Week Parade, to be held on Tuesday, 20 August 2019 at 2.00pm. The theme ‘Reading is My Secret Power’ lends itself to many costume ideas. Certificates will be awarded to the most creative costumes. Students are encouraged to create their own costumes at home.
The parade will commence at 2:00pm in the Undercover Area. Students can wear their costumes to and from school, however, it is advisable that costumes are comfortable and easy to move around in.
On Tuesday 20 August, the students will also be participating in a number of whole school activities to celebrate reading.
*Please note, there will be another small parade on Thursday 22 August, 2019 for students who attend Kindy on this day.
Book Fair: 15 – 22 August, 2019
The Book Fair will be held at Aspiri Primary School and will cater for students in Kindy - Year 6. The Book Fair will have a large range of Scholastic books, pens, rubbers and posters available for purchase. Parents and Grandparents are very welcome to attend with or without children at a convenient time. The school benefits from a commission on books sold at Book Fair and all purchases are greatly appreciated. Times and location of the Book Fair will be announced shortly.
House polo shirts are now available at the Jandakot Nell Grey store. Uniforms can no longer be purchased from the Willeton store.
New Uniform Concept Store Open in JandakotDownload
You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons for the October school holidays.
With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s important your children are safe in the water.
Programs are available for children from 5 to 17 years and cater to all skill levels – from beginners to those doing their Bronze Medallion. They are being offered at pool venues across the State.
Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/swimming
Triple P SeminarDownload
Learning English Through StorytimeDownload
Murdoch University Offers STEM Courses for Students from the Age of 10Download
2020 Thornlie Senior High School Rugby Scholarship Trials - For Year 6 StudentsDownload
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.
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.
Ears – keeping ears clean
Ears produce wax (called cerumen) for protection. Wax and tiny hairs inside the ear canal prevent small objects getting down inside the ear. The ear has a clever mechanism for cleaning itself. There is a natural movement of old skin, wax and dirt away from the eardrum toward the outer end of the ear canal. This means that all you need to do to clean ears is to wipe around the outside of the ear with a damp cloth regularly. If a build-up of wax blocks the ear canal, special ear drops available from a chemist may soften the wax. Sometimes a visit to a doctor may be necessary in order to physically remove the blockage.
The old saying that you should never put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow is true! That’s because placing anything into the ear has the potential to cause damage.
If something does somehow become lodged in the ear, seek expert advice about having it removed. Never attempt to remove it yourself. Don’t poke around in ears. If there’s a problem, get professional advice.
Gastroenteritis, or ‘gastro’ is a common condition in children of all ages. It occurs when the bowel is infected by a virus or bacteria. Symptoms include diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach cramps and sometimes, fever.
Most cases in children are not serious, but it is very important to make sure that a child with gastro receives enough fluid.
If your child has gastro, keep them away from school for 48 hours after vomiting and diarrhoea have stopped. If symptoms persist see your family doctor.
The easiest way to prevent gastro is to make sure everyone in the family washes their hands regularly, especially before eating and after going to the toilet.
For more information go to http://www.public.health.wa.gov.au/2/597/2/gastroenteritis.pm