Issue 11: Wednesday, 24th July 2019


Welcome back to Term 3! It has been great to see so many students return in full school uniform and ready to engage in learning.  

Today I had had lunch with Tyler, Zsarvuante and Haran who received White Certificates at this morning’s assembly. During Semester 2, students who receive White Certificates at Senior Assemblies will be invited to bring their lunch to the staffroom for lunch with the principal. Students receiving White Certificates at Middle and Junior Assemblies will have a special play time in the swale. Congratulations to our students who consistently demonstrate their Bertram FRREE behaviours both at school and when they are on excursions.

In Western Australia children can start their education in Kindergarten, however compulsory schooling starts the following year in Pre-primary. All children of compulsory school age must be enrolled in school and are expected to attend every day.

Children attend Kindergarten at Bertram 5 days per fortnight – 3 days one week and 2 days the next. While it is not compulsory to enrol your child in Kindergarten, once enrolled it is expected they will attend on each of their assigned days.

Enrolments are now open for 2020 and application forms should be returned to the front office by Friday, 26th July 2019.

Who needs to enrol?

You need to apply to enrol your children in school for 2020 if they are:

·         Starting Kindergarten – 4 years old by 30th June 2020

·         Starting Pre-primary, the first year of compulsory school – 5 years old by 30th June 2020

·         Starting Year 7, the first year of secondary school

Kindergarten places are limited so if your child was born between 1st July 2015 and 30th June 2016 I encourage you to complete an enrolment form available from the front office as a matter of urgency.

If your Year 6 child will be attending Gilmore College in 2020 you may drop their enrolment form in to the front office at Bertram Primary School. Late enrolment at high school for Year 7 may limit the electives subject your child is able to choose from.

This Friday at Community Chat, Gerson Bermudez (Senior Engineering – Traffic Officer) and Jenny Marslen from the City of Kwinana will be discussing the traffic calming plans for the area around Bertram Primary School. I encourage parents and members of the community to attend this session which will be held from 8:45 – 9:45am in the staffroom. Following this information session, morning tea will be provided to celebrate the support our school receives from our P&C. All past, present and interested members of the P&C are welcome to join us in the staff room between 9:45 and 11:00am. For catering purposes, please RSVP to Amy Foster in the front office if you will be attending our morning tea. Children are welcome under your supervision.

Does your child play Fortnite or other online games? Are you aware of incidents of cyberbullying involving your child or their peers? Do you know what a healthy and safe amount of screen time is for your child?

The Cyber Safety Seminar being held at Telethon Speech and Hearing on Wednesday, August 14th from 6:30 – 8:30pm will cover the following topics and more:

·         How predators are using online platforms to bully and groom young children

·         The increase in gaming networks and apps such as Fortnite and Tik Tok being used to access increasingly younger children

·         Where the greatest risk of online grooming is occurring

·         The marked increase in cyber flashing across WA

·         How to best prevent your children from becoming cyber victims – and how to deal with it if they do

·         The recommended screen times for children of various ages

Speakers will include Melanie Epstein, Program Manager at Telethon Kids Institute; Jordan Foster, Managing Director of YSafe and Clinical Psychologist; Paul Litherland, former police officer and founder of Surf Online Safe; and Sian Williams, founder and ambassador of Kidzucate.

Bertram Primary School has purchased 20 tickets for parents/carers to attend this seminar and we have booked a bus to provided transport between Bertram Primary School and Telethon Speech and Hearing in Wembley. If you would like a ticket (valued at $35) please contact the front office. 

Thank you to our families and community members who helped keep the school safe over the holidays. If you see or hear anything suspicious at school overnight or on the weekend or holidays please call School Watch on 1800 177 777 or the WA Police on 131 444. Please remind your children the school is out of bounds once school finishes unless they are attending Helping Hands.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

 Jane Weir



It is great to see so many of our students wearing full school uniform every day. We understand there are times when your child’s school jumper is unavailable. Please support them to select an appropriate alternative – a plain blue jumper without a hood where possible. Black is not a school uniform colour at Bertram and jumpers with advertising logos or graphics should not be worn to school.


On these cold, wintery days many of our students wear tights or leggings and skivvies or long sleeved t-shirts for additional warmth under their school uniforms. These items should be white or dark blue.


Please ensure all items of clothing that are likely to be taken off at school are clearly marked with your child’s name. The lost property box is located in the Teaching Block 1 atrium and we encourage you to check it regularly if your child is missing uniform items. Where items are labelled, every attempt is made to return them to your child’s LA. With In Term Swimming later this term the need to label clothing is even more important!


If your child requires medication while they are school, an Action Plan must be completed at the front office before it can be administered. Medication should be in its original packaging and labelled with your child’s name and the dosage required. Please do not send medication in your child’s school bag for them to self-administer.

 Unexplained Absences

Letters have been sent home this week for students with Unexplained Absences from Term 1 and 2. If you receive an Unexplained Absence notes for your child please complete and return it as a matter of urgency. Absences should be resolved within 3 days of your child returning to school. At Bertram you may provide the reason for your child’s absence in a number of ways.

·         Respond to the automated SMS you receive on the day of their absence

·         Send a message through Skoolbag

·         Email

·         Send a message to their teacher through SeeSaw

·         Call the front office on 6174 1000

·         Send a note to your child’s teacher

·         Give a reason for the absence verbally to their teacher or the front office

·         Return the letter or slip we send home when your child has an Unexplained Absence

Catherine Stott

Kiera Slade

Sara Moug 

P & C

This week we recognise the amazing contributions that our P&C make to Bertram PS.  Facts have been shared every day on our social media and over the morning announcements.  The P&C contributes to both large projects and ongoing events at the school.  Some of these include Mother’s and Father’s Day Stalls, Easter Raffle, Book Awards at Presentation Assembly, contributing to our basketball court resurfacing, providing shade for playgrounds, running the uniform shop and providing a daily Canteen for our students – among many other things!


The P&C is a valuable asset to our school and we thank them for everything they do.


Congratulations to our Middle and Senior Choirs for presenting today's assembly.   

Our next assembly is Wednesday, 31st July hosted by LA 35.  All parents, carers and community members are welcome to attend. 


We invite you to join our Mobile Device Management system.  We believe this system brings with it a number of improvements and supports to further extend your child's learning but also to support you as you work with your child through access and screen time issues many parents are facing on a daily basis.

The Mobile Device Management (MDM) App continues to be uploaded to student iPads  Parents and guardians, will be notified by email with further details regarding the installation.




Term Three Monday, 22nd July - Friday 27th September 
School Development DayMonday, 14th October 
Term Four Tuesday, 15th October - Thursday, 19th December 


Wednesday, 31st July 

Middle Assembly hosted by LA 35 

Wednesday, 7th AugustJunior Assembly hosted by LA 19 & 21 
Wednesday, 14th August Indonesian Senior Assembly 
Wednesday, 21st August Book Week Parade - NO Assembly 
Wednesday, 28th August Middle Assembly hosted by LA 13
Wednesday, 11th SeptemberJunior Assembly hosted by LA 22.2 & 41.2
Wednesday, 18th September Open Night - NO Assembly 
Wednesday, 25th September Senior Assembly hosted by LA 15 & 16 


MondayPrimary Music Institute (PMI) Keyboard/Guitar 
WednesdayAssembly (see Assembly timetable)
WednesdaySchool Banking 
Wednesday Book Borrowing & Storytime in the Library 
FridayCommunity Chat - Weeks 1  & 5 

Monday 2nd September - Friday 13th September 

Swimming Group 1

Monday 16th September - Friday 27th September 

Swimming Group 2


Friday, 26th July Community Chat - City of Kwinana Presentation and P&C Celebration Morning Tea
Monday, 29th July - Friday 2nd August School Based Activity - Start Smart with the Commonwealth Bank 
Wednesday, 31st July Middle Assembly 
Wednesday, 31st July P&C Meeting 
Monday, 5th - Friday, 9th AugustNAIDOC Week 
Tuesday, 6th August NAIDOC Day Assembly
Wednesday, 7th August Junior Assembly 
Thursday, 8th August Senior Choir WAGSMS Concert 
Friday, 9th August Interschool Cross Country 
Wednesdy, 14th August Senior Assembly