Thursday 12 November, 2020
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
In Term 4 there are available spaces for the following Music programs:
If your child is interested in this opportunity please collect an application form from the Administration Office. Don't delay as places fill quickly!