Aspire to achieve together

Issue 8

Term 4 

Thursday 12 November, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello everyone and welcome to the latest edition of the Aspiri Primary School newsletter.

As I am writing this I am watching a team of excited Interschool Athletics team members depart for day one of the competition. Despite some adjustments for weather, our students are as keen as ever. We wish all of the team members the very best across the two-day carnival and I know they will represent our school in the best possible manner. An update for families: The running events have been postponed until Monday the 16th of November due to the forecast of inclement weather this Friday.

This year we expanded our Art Exhibition to a very comprehensive  Festival of the Arts event that catered for a range of genres including displays of our children’s art work, solo instrumental performances, Junior, Senior and Combined Dance Ensembles and our Junior and Senior Choirs performing. It was an amazing event and I know that everyone that attended were impressed with the abilities of all of our students and the quality of performances.  Well done to everyone and a huge thank you to our organisers, Mrs Atherton, Miss Brady and Mr Gazeas. An outstanding effort!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank both Mrs Atherton and Miss Beeson for their respective effort and fantastic achievements across two whole school events last week. Mrs Atherton coordinated a wonderful whole school “Music, Count Us In” event and Miss Beeson planned and managed our wonderful NAIDOC week event. Both were hugely successful and reflected beautifully on our school and our values.

In all of the above mentioned events is another factor that is of utmost importance to us and that is the support of all of the Aspiri staff in running these events. Without our dedicated team who consistently go above and beyond with their encouragement and support they would not work. Well done to all of the fabulous team members. And of course, to our students who particulate so willingly and completely. You are our champions and your enthusiasm drives us to seek bigger and better opportunities and outcomes.

From my personal perspective I would like to advise you that, as of Monday the 23rd of November, I will be taking Long Service Leave for the remainder of 2020. On a personal level, this will enable me to visit my wife who is working in NSW and whom I haven’t seen since February, prior to the COVID outbreak -  and my son who is also there. In my absence Mr Ryan Pettit will undertake the role of Principal. Mr Pettit is currently an Associate Principal at Harrisdale Primary School and an aspirant leader within our regional network. He comes highly recommended by the Regional Director of Schools and I know he will do a wonderful job in my absence. I am sure you will all support Mr Pettit in this role.

Well that’s about all from me for this year, so for the next few days, see you at the gate and my very best wishes for a successful end to what has been a challenging 2020 and in the hope that you all have an invigorating Christmas break.

See you in 2021.

Noel Morgan, Principal.

WINNERS!! - Write a Book in a Day Competition

We are delighted to announce that our students who competed in the Write a Book in a Day Competition were chosen as state finalists for their book Vengeance.  The awards ceremony was held today via video link and they were announced as the Winners of the Best Book  - Primary Schools WA .  We are so proud of the hard work that they put into this project. The competition raises money for kids cancer research and over $500,000 was raised nationally with Aspiri Primary School raising just over $1000.  107 teams competed in the competition and we would like to thank the community for their support of this wonderful cause.  A huge thanks to Miss Zayaan Albertyn and Mrs Helen Donahue for organising the project, contributing the raffle prizes and for giving up their time for the students.

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.

HEART Awards – 4 November 2020


Jonathan Simoes

Cade Smith

Indiana Hush

Ian Lee (2 x Blue awards)

Isabella Lee Mohan (2 x Blue awards)


Troy Mahlis

PP6/YR1 Split

Elena Nazari


Shubham Shah

Yr 2D

Lucy Gnanapragasam

Anshvir Sidhu

YR 3/4 Split

Yoshita Choudhary

YR 4

Kavya Ramachandran

Gurnoor Bhatia

YR 5/6A

Isabelle Mederic

Music Count Us In 2020

On Thursday the 5th November, Aspiri Primary school celebrated the importance of music education in Australian schools by joining in with over 660,000 students from more than 3,000 schools all around Australia to sing ‘You Wont Bring Us Down’. The song was written by school students and was inspired by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

All the students looked fabulous in their green accessories and sang proudly, led by the Senior Choir. Aspiri Primary School was also featured in the lead up to the performance on the nation-wide video montage. A big thank you to all the classroom teachers who took the time to teach the song to their students as well as Mrs Atherton and Miss Chave for organising the event. We look forward to celebrating Music Count Us In again in 2021!

NAIDOC Celebrations

Last Friday, we celebrated NAIDOC Day. This years theme is Always Was, Always Will Be.

Always Was, Always Will Be acknowledges this nation’s story began at the dawn of time and didn’t begin with documented European contact. NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace and acknowledge the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations. At Aspiri we were lucky to have had Charne Hayden and Ryan Humphries - who are local Whadjuk Noongar people perform a traditional smoking ceremony, a welcome to country and played the didgeridoo. Classes participated in an art competition and it was judged by our honourable guests. Congratulations to PP5 for winning. Your art piece of the Native grass tree was amazing and has been displayed in the Administration Office for everyone to see! Throughout the day students participated in damper making, plaiting, face painting and other fun activities.

Thanks to Miss Beeson for organising another very successful NAIDOC day celebration.

Rememberance Day

Aspiri Primary School paid tribute to those that have served with a minutes  silence.

The students had fun making poppies to decorate the classrooms and the school.  The year 5/6 A class even placed virtual poppies on the Australian War Memorial.

Thank you to all the teachers for their inspiring ideas.


Festival of the Arts 2020

Aspiri Primary school had its inaugural Festival of the Arts on Wednesday 11th November. This wonderful event showcased the best of the Arts Curriculum by students from Pre-primary to Year 6. Each child had their best artwork exhibited around the school grounds for parents and the community to view from 3:30pm-5:30pm. The Senior and Junior Dance Ensembles, as well as the Senior and Junior Choirs performed in an outdoor showcase event with solo performances by Katherine Gucilatar, Jesiah Philip, Madisson Rosette, Sienna Seiler, Rita Pannir, Gloria Gu and Madison Greig. A special thank you to all staff members who gave up their time to volunteer as well as Mr Ari Gazeas, Miss Christine Brady and Mrs Angie Atherton who coordinated the event. The school received amazing feedback about the evening and we can’t wait to hold it again in 2021. 

Harrisdale High School Information Evening for Parents of Year 7 Students in 2021

Harrisdale High School will be holding an information evening for the parents/carers of those students enrolled in Year 7 in 2021.

Date:  Tuesday 17 November, 2020

Venue: Harrisdale Senior High School Sports Hall

Address: 1 Laverton Crescent, Harrisdale  WA  6112

Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Click on the following link to reserve your ticket before Thursday 12 November 2020.

Only one representative per family can attend due to COVID restrictions.

P & C News

Just a reminder that the final date for ordering your Tea Towel is:

 Friday 13 November, 2020. 

Please click on the link below to order:

Uniform Concepts Jandakot Super Store Information

Please find attached a flyer from Uniform Concepts Jandakot Super Store which has information regarding the Term 4  appointment system, competition promotion, BTS opening times and store contact details.   


Music Lesson Vacancies

In Term 4 there are available spaces for the following Music programs:

  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Vocals
  • Violin

If your child is interested in this opportunity please collect an application form from the Administration Office.  Don't delay as places fill quickly!

Information from the School Nurse


School-aged children need 10 -11 hours sleep a night. Getting a good night’s sleep will help your child to be more settled, happy and ready for school, and will strengthen his/her immune system. Here are some sleep tips;

·         Have a bedtime routine – this will help your child wind down from the day.

·         Keep the bedroom dark, cool and quiet - this will help your child drift off easily. 

·         If your child has a restless night or bad dreams, it may be because the day’s events and worries are still rattling around in his/her head.  Help your child to settle and relax for sleep by promoting good sleep habits. 

·         Remember, medication is not the answer to children’s sleep problems. 

Contact your local Community Health Nurse, Emily Turner on (08)9391 2235, or go to for more information.

Vision and eyes

Good vision is important for learning and quality of life. Watch for any of the following in your child;

·         Covering/closing one eye when reading;

·         Holding books very close;

·         Complaining of eyestrain or headache;

·         Complaining of double vision or blurred vision with reading or board viewing;

·         Complaining of words moving on a page;

·         Losing place when reading, or skipping words and lines;

·         Inattention or short attention span when reading, or;

·         Rubbing the eyes.

Please note: Medicare covers the cost of an eye examination.

If you have a concern about your child’s vision please contact a doctor, optometrist or your local Community Health Nurse, Emily Turner on (08)9391 2235.