Parenting course

Communicare Parenting Workshops Term 2

Please find attached the Communicare Parenting Program for Term 2, 2024, which commences from the end of April.

There are many programs available for parents living in the South East Metro area this term, including:

  • Circle of Security
  • Toilet Training
  • Protective Behaviours
  • Little Sprouts
  • Kids & Anxiety
  • Tuning into Kids
  • And many more

City of Armadale Community Health and Wellbeing News and Events

Information for families


Swimming Lesson Fee’s for 2024

Thank you to those who have made payment for swimming lessons so far. A reminder to all families that swimming fees are due 29th April. Payment can be made in the school by cash or EFTPOS, alternatively they can be transferred into the above bank account. Please remember if you are transferring to the account to put the students name and swimming as the description.

Contribution Payments for 2024

Thank you to those who have made payment for this year’s contributions, invoices and statements were recently sent home to advise any amounts outstanding. These funds help support your child in their classroom with resources for their learning and in maintaining our school bus to transport our students to swimming lessons and other educational activities. Your support of our school is greatly appreciated.

Payments can be made direct to the office via cash or EFTPOS or payments can be made via direct deposit to the school account;

Account Name: Gwynne Park Education Support Centre
BSB:       016-253
Account: 3408-74468
Narration: Students Name

Payment Plans can also be established to help with the contributions and if required to assist with payments for excursions. Please speak to the ladies in the office.

Principal’s Update

Dear families,

As Mrs Naylor enjoys a couple of weeks of long service leave, I will be your acting Principal for the first two weeks of this term. It has been a busy start to the term with students settling back in well to routines and school life. We have been so lucky to have had some sunshine as we start to approach the winter months. The beginning of the term marked the start of Djeran (season of the adulthood)

Djeran season at last sees a break in the really hot weather. A key indicator of the change of season is the cool nights that once again bring a dewy presence for us to discover in the early mornings. The winds have also changed, especially in their intensity, with light breezes being the go and generally swinging from southerly directions (i.e. south east to south west). Many flying ants can be seen cruising around in the light winds. Djeran is a time of red flowers especially from the Red Flowering Gum (Corimbia ficifolia), as well as the smaller and more petite flowers of the Summer Flame (Beaufortia aestiva). As you travel around the Perth area, you may also notice the red 'rust' and seed cones forming on the male and female Sheoaks (Allocasuarina fraseriana). Banksias start to display their flowers, ensuring that there are nectar food sources for the many small mammals and birds that rely upon them.

As you may be aware, the Department of Education is negotiating with the State School Teachers’ Union (SSTUWA) and Principals’ Federation of Western Australia to reach an industrial agreement. While these negotiations are still ongoing, the SSTUWA has proposed industrial action for half a day on the morning of Tuesday 23 April.

I want to reassure you that despite this action, our school will remain open. We have arranged supervision and endeavour to maintain teaching and learning with modified activities. However, there may be some disruption to normal teaching and learning programs.

The Department of Education has assured me that they are working as hard, and as fast as they can to reach a resolution with the unions. Every effort is being made to minimise future impact on all schools.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner our P&C will be running a Mother’s Day Raffle with a host of amazing prizes to be won. If you would like to be in the running, raffle tickets will be sent home with your child. If you would like more tickets, please contact our front office staff.

Friday the 24th of May 2024 is P&C Day, on this day we recognise our amazing P&C for the work and fundraising they do within our school. If you see our P&C members around, please extend a 'thank you' it does go a long way. We are looking forward to supporting them moving forward with specific funding projects that provide opportunities for our students.

As we head into the cold and flu season, thank you to families for advising us when your child is sick, this helps us to ensure we are following our attendance guidelines.

Why is going to school so important?

  • At school, many concepts such as literacy and numeracy are taught in a sequence. Missing school means missing out on learning – which can often make it difficult to catch up later. This is particularly important in the early years when essential foundation skills are being taught.
  • Going to school every day helps children learn the important life skill of ‘showing up’ – at school, at work, to sport and other commitments.
  • Research from the Western Australian Telethon Kids Institute shows that every day at school counts towards a student’s learning. Students who attend regularly, generally do better at school and in life.

As a responsibility to students’, we have attendance guidelines to follow. If your child has not attended school, please advise us why as soon as you can. If we are not able to contact you after three days our Badged Attendance Officer will follow up with you, then further with a home visit if we haven’t been able to contact you by day five.

Please see attached information about the importance of attending school.

Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe. I look forward to continuing to support all your children in their Primary School Journey.

Kind regards,

Candice Burns
Principal

Important Dates 2024

Term 2
Djeran (Green) – Season of Adulthood – April to May
Makuru (Blue) – Season of Fertility – June to July

Thursday 25 April – ANZAC Day (Public Holiday)
Friday 3 and Monday 6 May – Photo Day
Monday 6 to Friday 17 May – In term swimming
Friday the 24 May 2024 is P&C Day
Monday 3 June – WA Day (Public Holiday)
Wednesday 26 June – Assembly 9am
Friday 28 June – Last Day of Term

Term 3
Makuru (Blue) – Season of Fertility – June to July
Djilba (Purple) – Season of Conception – August to September

Monday 17 July – School Development Day (student free day)
Tuesday 16 July – Students return
Wednesday 18 September – Assembly 9am
Friday 20 September – Last Day of Term

Term 4
Kambarang (Yellow) – Season of Birth – October to November
Birak (Red) – Season of the Young – December to January

Monday 7 October – School Development Day
Tuesday 8 October – Students return
Wednesday 11 December – Assembly 9am
Thursday 12 December – Last Day for Students

April School Holidays activities

Perth Hills

Armadale Shopping City

2024 Razzamatazz Shows – Free Tickets Available

Gwynne Park ESC students and families are invited to attend the 2024 Razzamatazz Shows at the Astor Theatre Perth (Mount Lawley) in April.

Lions Clubs (WA) hosts the Razzamatazz event to provide an accessible live theatre experience to students of all abilities and backgrounds. 

With free entry, and weekend and weekday dates available, Razzamatazz Shows are perfect for a family day out. 

Please see the attached '2024 Razzamatazz Event Flyer' for show dates, times and how to book complimentary tickets.

Parenting course

Communicare Parenting Workshops Term 2

Please find attached the Communicare Parenting Program for Term 2, 2024, which commences from the end of April.

There are many programs available for parents living in the South East Metro area this term, including:

  • Circle of Security
  • Toilet Training
  • Protective Behaviours
  • Little Sprouts
  • Kids & Anxiety
  • Tuning into Kids
  • And many more

Women’s Health and Wellbeing Services

Finding Your Brave (for primary school aged children in years 1-3        
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM AWST

Finding Your Brave (for primary school aged children in years 4-6)
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM AWST

"Finding Your Brave" is designed for primary school aged children to help them manage anxiety and unlock their potential.  In this workshop, we will explore with your kids:

  • Anxiety and YOUR child's brain                                                                                                           
  • Understanding unsafe vs. safe situations
  • Distinguishing between being safe and being brave
  • Recognising physical symptoms of anxiety
  • Implementing practical strategies to overcome anxiety
  • Encouraging open communication with parents

By attending this workshop, your child will gain valuable knowledge and strategies to manage anxiety, helping them to become more confident and resilient.

Each of these courses is designed to provide valuable insights and strategies for supporting children through various challenges they may face. Whether it's anxiety or navigating the complexities of growing up, these workshops aim to equip you with practical tools to make a positive difference.  Please see flyer attached for more information on upcoming workshops.

City of Armadale Community Health and Wellbeing News and Events

Self-Defence Classes

5 and 12 April | 11:30am - 1pm Rossiter Pavilion, Piara Waters 

Get fit and stay safe with these FREE self-defence classes. Classes are beginner friendly and suitable for ages 9 years and above. 

For further information and to register, contact the Multicultual Communities Council of WA via email here

Let's Connect Expo

5 April | 10am - 3pm Armadale Arena, Townley Street

Come and join us for a day of community connection at our FREE Expo! Explore essential services and network with numerous dedicated service providers. There will be creche available, free sausage sizzle, free pancakes and more!

For further info and to register, visit the website here

Information for families


Messages from the Front Office

Contribution Payments for 2024

Thank you to those who have made payment for this year’s contributions.  Statements have been sent home by mail to advise any amounts outstanding. These funds help support your child in their classroom with resources for their learning and in maintaining our school bus to transport our students to swimming lessons and other educational activities. Your support of our school is greatly appreciated.

Payments can be made direct to the office via cash or EFTPOS or payments can be made via direct deposit to the school account;

Account Name: Gwynne Park Education Support Centre
BSB:  016-253
Account: 3408-74468
Narration: Students Name

Payment Plans can also be established to help with the contributions and if required to assist with payments for excursions. Please speak to the ladies in the office.

Aboriginal and Islander Education

Kaya everyone,

What a great Term 1 we have had. I have really enjoyed using this term to provide more support to our students, their families, and our staff at Gwynne Park Education Support Centre.

This term we had Binar Futures attend our school to provide weekly cultural workshops for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students including dance, music, Art, and Basketball. Our students have really engaged with the mentors throughout this program and we hope to bring it back in Term 2.

We also have started planning our Noongar 6 Seasons Garden and NAIDOC Week activities with the help of our Aboriginal Cultural Committee. Our 6 Seasons Garden will be located at the bottom entrance to our school near the basketball court fence and we’re hoping to be completed at the end of Term 3 with more updates to be provided throughout next term.

If you would like to be a part of our Noongar 6 Seasons Garden by volunteering your time to help with raking, digging, or planting please contact the front office on (08) 9391 4050.

I hope everyone has an amazing school holiday break and I look forward to seeing you all in Term 2.

Miss Derschow

Year 4/5 - Rm 16

Hello,

The Term has flown by, and so much has been achieved. They were excited to redesign and create the classroom scarecrow for the garden for STEM, while for Enterprise the students came up with a classroom cookie business which we are yet to name and create a logo. During cooking, students had fun making pancakes, pizza subs, milktart, quesadillas, muffins, and cheesy pinwheels. The students enjoyed Harmony Day with mainstream and it was great to see so many families attend the Harmony picnic.

Students are working hard during their Literacy and Maths sessions; they are continuing to complete tasks with some independence. During Literacy, we visit the school library on Thursdays each week and choose books to read for leisure. The students have been listening to stories and engaging in classroom discussions to create character descriptive sentences and build on their sentence structure. We have been working on the classroom assembly, learning a new dance and practising our speaking and listening. In Numeracy sessions, the students have been working with numbers, addition, subtraction and multiplication, graphs and completing activities relating to 2D and 3D shapes. Hmm… so what is a dodecahedron and chiliagon?

In Term 2, the students will look forward to swimming lessons. We will continue to make interesting projects in STEM and start selling our cookie jars. We will start to sow seeds, water them and wait for the seeds to grow in the garden, now that the weather is cooler.

The students have been working amazingly this term and you should be proud to know they are kind, caring and willing to share with their peers in the classroom and playground. 

Enjoy and have a safe Easter holiday.
Ms Williams, Mrs Hurter, Ms Bloxsidge, Ms Nairn 

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Your Move - National Ride2School Day

This week we joined hundreds of schools across Australia celebrating riding, walking, scooting, and skating to school in recognition of National Ride2School Day.

We used this day as an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to try riding, walking, skating or scooting to school as well as celebrating all the regular walkers and riders. We aim to normalise walking and riding to school, and hopefully help our families create a new habit.

A big thank you to all our families that joined in and supported Ride2School Day. Congratulations to Sharon Joseph for winning the $20 Kmart voucher in the raffle.

Live too far to walk or ride the entire way to school? Why not drive to a nearby park (Pelham Reserve, Kingfisher View Reserve) or café (corner of Mornington St and Townley St) and then walk or ride the rest of the way?

Year 6 - Rm 15

Just like that Term 1 is coming to an end. It has been full of learning, trying new things and cooking tasty food. In Music, we have been exploring musical instruments, favourites include the keyboard piano and the xylophone. In our last week of school, we will be enjoying everyone’s old favourite the recorder. During Dance sessions, we have been working on following simple line dancing routines.

We have been working on our literacy skills and developing our sentence writing, using conjunctions, and developing our grammar and punctuation skills, using a mix of typing and pencil writing. Next term we will continue to develop these skills.

In our math lessons, we have been working on our place value skills, addition, 2D and 3D shapes and recording data from votes. We have had some interesting votes so far, including toppings for sweet and savoury pizzas. Some interesting flavour combinations were put together by the group.

Next term we are hoping to get out form some community access, we also have swimming during weeks 4 and 5, please make sure these forms have been handed in by the end of term 1 for your child to participate.

We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday break and will see you in term 2.

Thank you,

Mrs Agius-Kaukau and Room 15 staff

Year 4/5 - Rm 17

It was a short Term 1, but what fun it was! We’ve learned lots and have experienced a few special events that we would like to share with you.

In Letters and Sounds we are continuing to make our way through familiar and unfamiliar letter/sound combinations, and to blend, segment and decode words containing these sounds. We are starting to move on to digraphs for Term 2 and our independence is developing with our writing.

In English, we have studied the books ‘The Bad Seed’ and ‘The Good Egg’, and have been writing about times when we feel good and not-so-good. Both stories highlight the importance of looking after ourselves when we feel ‘not-so-good’ and that even the best people can have off days.

In Mathematics we have continued our study of counting and place value, made 2D and 3D shapes and used the language of chance to determine the likelihood of events occurring (for some reason, it is now ‘certain’ that I have to swim around the world).

Our weekly highlights are getting to interact and learn with other classrooms. Room 18 and ES3 have been gracious hosts during Music & Dance and Fun Friday respectively. We have been practising dance movements of different tempos, using body percussion to keep the rhythm and beat to lots of different songs and made a big mess of the outside of ES3 with rainbow spaghetti, couscous and shaving cream. What’s a day in primary school without getting a little messy?

Our big event earlier in the term was Harmony Day, where we integrated with mainstream for a variety of fun activities to learn about the culture of our peers around us. We illustrated flags, participated in cultural dances and joined in with meditation.

Term 2 is going to be an exciting term. We have swimming and excursions approaching, and in Enterprise we will be starting to do some ‘research and development’ into a product for a small business run by the staff and students in Room 17.

Thank you to all the families for your ongoing support. Have a happy and safe break and we will see you in Term 2.

Tim Horton and Room 17 staff

Cliffton and Eva have a sack race during Harmony Day

Cliffton creating some artwork during Harmony Day

Elijah with the cardio drumming sticks!

Gurfateh enjoying music

Jaxon making music with Mr Annesley

Jaxon playing hop scotch during Harmony Day

Jay using his shakers as binoculars!

Mason making patterns during World Maths Day

Rainbow spaghetti!

Eva helping prepare some fruit cupcakes

Shayni with her spelling work

Jay designing his musical shaker

Spotlight on……. Ms Beckett

Hi, my name is Maddy Beckett, Miss Beckett or Miss B, and I am excited to join the Gwynne Park community as a new teacher. My family and I have recently relocated from Queensland, and I am still settling in, but can’t wait to meet all of you and your families. If you see me around the school, please don’t hesitate to say hi!

Miss Beckett.

Year 2/3 - Rm 19

Hello parents and carers.

It is hard to believe that one term has already gone, and we are ready for holidays. It has been a wonderful term and the behaviour of all students in room 19 is impressive. They are a wonderful dynamic of students and they have settled into the classroom routines and have forged some good friendships. It’s been great to see them share and play so nicely. 

In Maths we have been learning about shapes. Students have been making shapes with playdough. They have cut and pasted shapes to make a shape monster. They have played interactive games involving shapes. Also, they have been learning numbers up to 100 and sequencing numbers in ascending and descending order. They have been playing interactive games involving number sequencing and had fun in the nature playground finding numbers and putting the numbers in sequence.

In art we have experimented with painting using various tools including string, marbles, balloons, and forks. Student recently made a sunflower using a fork. All students engaged in this activity well and the finished product looked great.  Student also made their own  superheros. 

The students have earned their school holidays. Have a fun break.   

Warm regards Mrs Lori and staff room 19

Alisha and her superhero

Alisha fork painting

Cena makes shapes with dough

Geoff cutting shapes

Kayleah painting

Oliver fork painting

Ranvijay painting

Theo and his super hero

Varfee and his superhero.

Cena and Varfee find numbers.

Ryan found a number.

Year 2 – ES5

Dear families,

As we come to the end of term 1, we want to reflect on the wonderful journey we've had in ES5 so far. It's been a term filled with growth, exploration, and creativity, and we're so proud of each student's progress.

Our Enterprise project has been a highlight of the term, and it's an ongoing project that we're all deeply engaged in. We're currently in the process of designing and creating prototypes of sensory bottles, which has been a delightful and sensory-rich experience for our students. This project not only fosters creativity but also teaches valuable skills in design, production, and marketing.

Throughout the term, we've also continued our focus on literacy, with shared reading of texts centred around the theme of self, likes, and dislikes. This has not only improved reading skills but has also encouraged self-expression and empathy among our students.

As we head into the break, we want to thank you for your ongoing support and partnership in your child's education. Your involvement is truly appreciated and makes a significant difference in their learning journey.

We wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable break and look forward to welcoming you back for term 2. Here's to more exciting learning adventures ahead!

Warm regards,
Ant James and ES5 Staff

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Protective Behaviours

This term students in both upper and lower years have been building on their understanding of emotions. There has been a focus on safe and unsafe activities, especially in social situations. Students have learnt how to be assertive in defending personal space using words/AAC instead of hitting.  And how to walk away and tell a teacher if necessary. Students really enjoyed practicing being a “close talker” with puppets. The only problem is some students found this activity so hilarious they kept asking for their personal space to be invaded! Students have also learnt about stranger danger and what to do in emergency situations.

Upper year students have also focussed on strangers and online safety. Key concepts have been that you do cannot know the gender, age, or identity of strangers online from their game avatars or usernames. Also that you should not share personal information with strangers. Part of this involved showing students how easy it is for a stranger to fake their profile in a game like Roblox or network such as Discord/Facebook. Many students were surprised to know their first unsafe encounter online is likely to occur in the chat system of an online game. Students have identified red flags which should give them early warning signs: strangers being “super nice”, strangers asking them to click links to external games/sites, strangers giving free digital tokens/advice, and strangers wanting them to swap/give online photos or videos. Students have enjoyed using Google’s Online Safety game Interland as a break after some of these very serious topics.

Matt, Claudia, Jasmine & Maddie

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