An Update from the Principal

Volunteer’s Week

National Volunteer Week (NVW),  held on 16 – 22 May 2022, is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering. The theme for this year’s celebration is Better Together. Volunteering brings people together; it builds communities and creates a better society for everyone. North Morley Primary School has a proud history of volunteer’s. Whether it be Toastie Day, Chess Club, P&C, School Board, recycling or helping develop our grounds and buildings, together we make our school even better. National Volunteer Week is a chance for all of us to celebrate and recognise the vital work of volunteers and to say thank you. Last week we officially acknowledged all of our volunteers with a special assembly and morning tea. You can see the photos of all our volunteers with their certificates.

Garden Development

Last week, we met our newest volunteers, Grady Brand and Lesley Hammersley, who shared their time with us to discuss the development and extension of our Bush Tucker garden area on the corner of Alexander Drive and Whitworth Ave. With an incredible 63 years’ service between them, BGPA Director Horticulture and Conservation Lesley and Senior Curator Grady have been an integral part of the Kings Park and Bold Park families. After studying horticulture at TAFE, Grady started work as a trainee at Kings Park in 1978 working in all sections of the park. For the last 20 years he has been Senior Curator, responsible for more than 50 staff. Lesley is a relative newcomer to Western Australia. In 2000 she was working as Manager, Horticulture and Land Management at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne in Victoria and was involved in the early planning and development of its celebrated Australian Garden. Lesley was in charge of building the Western Australian Ecology Centre at Bold Park and constructing the Reabold Hill boardwalk and summit lookout. She later moved to Kings Park and was appointed a director in 2010.

Together with our parent and community members, Amber Campbell, Chris Olney, Narelle Hocking and Emma Harris, we explored the options to extend our already amazing bush tucker garden to enhance the opportunities for teachers and students to use this space as a learning area. We are looking forward to this ongoing project with Grady and Lesley. A huge thanks to Amber and Chris for making this meeting happen!

Playgroup

This term we will be reinstating our Playgroup sessions at NMPS. These sessions will be held on Tuesday mornings, 9 – 11am in our Kindergarten classroom and playground. Playgroup is a great way for your child(ren) to learn about the world, make friends and develop social skills. Playgroup also gives mums, dads, grandparents and caregivers a chance to share ideas and experiences. Many long-term friendships begin at Playgroup. All children 0 – 4 years are invited. Please let the office know if you are interested in attending.

Swimming

Despite swimming being cancelled last term, we are hoping to obtain a rescheduled time for either Term 3 or Term 4. Information will be communicated to parents once we have confirmation. 

Edu Dance

We are excited to bring back Edu Dance for 2022!! Classes will be held on Tuesdays, from week 1 to 9 in Term 3. Information will be coming home to students shortly.

RAT Distribution

Over the past two weeks, our school has distributed over 3000 RATS to our families. Thank you to the help of Mrs Harris, our P&C President and Mrs Dansie, our Board Chair, for their assistance in making this process happen seamlessly. If you have not collected your RATS, please pop into the office to collect them.

Reconciliation Week

Today is National Sorry Day. This day acknowledges and raises awareness of the history and continued effect of the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from their families, communities and culture.

National Reconciliation Weekwill take place from Friday 27 May to Friday 3 June. The theme for this year is Be Brave, Make Change. To become a reconciled and culturally responsive society, we must look deeply within our own hearts to understand the injustices experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We must use our empathy and compassion to understand the deep trauma and suffering the Stolen Generations and their families have endured.

Sausage Sizzle

We want to say a big thank you to the Election Sausage Sizzle volunteers and our organisers Mrs Thomas and Ms Blackshaw. It was so nice to see so many families, new and well-seasoned in the volunteer game, out in the sunshine. The  sausage sizzle raised $1180.61 in profit for the school. What a fantastic achievement! Thank you to all of our families for donating drinks and condiments for this event. This made a huge contributions towards the overall result.

In addition to raising funds for our children, a big thank you to our school community from No Limits for our left over soft drinks, water and sauces. 

School Photos

School photos will be taken on Thursday 16 June. Order forms sent home this week. Please return your completed envelopes along with payment to the office by Thursday 9 June.

Belinda Bewick
Principal


Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is open this week! The fair will be open to families on:

Tuesday 24 May 8:20am – 3:30pm
Friday 27 May 8:20am – 3:30pm

Scholastic donates 20% of all sales made at the fair back to the school to purchase books for our school library.

National Simultaneous Storytime

This Wednesday we are participating in National Simultaneous Storytime with schools, libraries and households all across the country. Every year a picture book written by an Australian is chosen. This year Mrs Bewick will be reading the students Family Tree written by Josh Pyke and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh. 

Pirate Day

A successful day of pirate fun was had, while raising awareness and much needed funds for childhood brain cancer.

Kindy 2023 Enrolments / Open Day

Enrolments for Kindy 2023 are now open. Please contact the office for an enrolment form or visit the enrolment section of our website. (insert pathway to enrolments here)

Pirate Day

Pirate Day is an annual event where we dress up to raise awareness and much-needed funds for childhood brain cancer. Students are encouraged to come dressed as a pirate on Friday 13 May. Please bring a gold coin donation.

S.P.O.R.T Focus – Positive

This fortnight our S.P.O.R.T Focus is Positive. Being positive means having confidence in yourself, your choices and other people, When you are positive you are a good winner and a good loser. It is encouraging others and making them feel accepted and special.

Volunteers Week

National Volunteers Week is Monday 16 – Friday 20 May. North Morley is so fortunate to have dedicated and hardworking volunteers in both our school and local community. We want to thank you for your continued support and generous contribution of your time.

You are one of a kind!

P&C Day WA

On Friday 20th of May we will be celebrating WA’s exceptional Parents and Citizens’ Associations (P&Cs) that give so much to our school communities. P&C Day WA is about giving thanks to P&C members and letting them know that we see the light they shine on our schools. This year’s P&C Day falls on the Friday of National Volunteer Week, giving all the more reason to celebrate these special school-based volunteers.

Stay and Play

It was so nice to see our community come together again for the Stay and Play at the adventure playground. Thank you to the P&C for organising this event and to the Year 6 students for running the activities.

Book Fair

Get ready to Dive into Reading at this year’s Scholastic Book Fair. Students will have the opportunity to preview the books on Monday 23 May with their classroom teacher. The fair will be open to families on:

Tuesday 24 May 8:20am – 3:30pm
Friday 27 May 8:20am – 3:30pm

Scholastic donates 20% of all sales made at the fair back to the school to purchase books for our school library!

Election Sausage Sizzle

Come help fundraise for our P&C and get your vote in at the same time! Saturday 21st May from 8:00am – 1:30pm.

BBQ and Customer Service Superstars required! Sign Up here

Kindergarten 2023 enrolments now open!

Kindy Open Day

Term Planner – AMMENDMENT

With the new operating guidelines welcoming back face to face assemblies, our Student Councillors will be hosting an assembly on Friday in week 2 and 4. We look forward to welcoming our families back to our first assembly on Friday 6 May.

Any additions or changes made to the term planner will be published on both Connect and our closed school Facebook page.

Stay & Play

P&C Meetings

The first School Board and P&C meetings of the term will take place on Wednesday 11 May. Information regarding the online School Board meeting will be posted on Facebook and Connect. The P&C meeting will be held in the staffroom at 7:30pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

‘BE A GOOD S.P.O.R.T IN EVERYTHING YOU DO!’

This fortnight the students S.P.O.R.T focus is SAFE. Being safe means making choices that are free from risk danger and harm. It means respecting others, following rules and routines and using equipment responsibly. Ask your child what choices they have made to be safe this week at school.

Holidays

The last day of Term 1 is Friday 8 April. Students from Pre Primary to Year 6 return for Term 2 on Tuesday 26 April and Kindy students return Wednesday 27 April.

We hope everyone has a safe and healthy holiday.

A message from the Principal

I know that you have had a lot of communication from me this term, with notification of positive COVID-19 cases within our school. I sincerely appreciate the support and understanding of the need for me to notify the community of positive cases and close contacts. I’d like to thank the parents and carers who continue to keep us informed about positive student COVID cases – your thought for others when you are going through difficult times with sick children, is much appreciated. The introduction of mask wearing in Years 3 – 6 has been greatly beneficial in reducing close contacts at school. I am very proud of the way our students ensure that they wear their masks properly. Close contact guidelines have meant that our younger students have seen themselves in isolation this term, they and their families have been extremely understanding and supportive of the information that we have shared. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to evolve, with Western Australia experiencing a school year unlike any other. Now more than ever, we all understand the importance of prioritising mental health, self-care and wellbeing. I would also like to take the opportunity to share with you the Student Wellbeing Hub. Please click on the link below and scroll down to the article “Resources to Support Student Wellbeing”. There are a number of links you may like to explore with your family. News https://studentwellbeinghub.edu.au/news

Thank you to our cleaning staff who do an amazing job of presenting our school so beautifully. We have cleaners working around the school day ensuring our school is as clean and hygienic as it can be. Our cleaners are an integral part of our school and we thank them sincerely for the work they do for our school community.

I am sure you also join me in acknowledging all our staff, teaching, non-teaching and administration in their huge efforts this term. Together, our students have remained relatively consistently at school, with the support of their teachers and friends, learning.

TERM TWO OPERATING GUIDELINES

Term two will allow us to meet with families on school site. I am looking forward to meeting with our new Class representatives, the P & C as well as celebrating events such as Stay and Play, and Volunteers Day, in person. More information will be shared via our communication methods.

April is a special month of festivity for many faiths and religions around the world, whether it’s Ramadan, Easter, Passover or a number of others, I would like to wish those of you celebrating all the best.

It’s impossible to talk about all of the wonderful things that have happened in Term 1 (despite the obvious challenges!) but you can see more in our update below.

Please take the time over these two weeks to rest, be outdoors and enjoy the things that sparks joy.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Bewick

COVID Update

As you may be aware, public health and social measures have been eased for schools for Term 2, details at wa.gov.au. We continue to follow the current health advice and I am writing to let you know what the changes mean for our school. 

We are pleased to advise that parents/carers are allowed on school sites in Term 2 for the following purposes:

  • to attend year group assemblies
  • to attend face to face parent/teacher meetings
  • to attend indoor and outdoor sporting events, infrequent special events, performances and other interschool events with masks and physical distancing
  • to attend face to face meeting e.g. P&C and school board/council meetings
  • to volunteer in roles outside of the classroom, including the canteen and uniform shop
  • drop-off/pick up outside of classrooms
  • visit their children in residential facilities, with proof of vaccination (if required).

Parents/carers attending school sites must wear masks on school grounds and adhere to physical distancing, where possible. Please note parents/carers are not allowed inside classrooms.

A number of school activities can resume, including infrequent special events, and we will provide more detail on these in Term 2.

Please note you do not need to report COVID-19 positive cases to the school during the school holidays. However, all positive RATs must be reported to WA Health viawww.healthywa.wa.gov.au/ratregister

We wish our students an enjoyable holiday break and looking forward to seeing them back for Term 2 on Tuesday, 26 April 2022.

Grill’d

During the month of April at Grill’d Mt Lawley – support your Year Sixes! 

Swan River Tunnel Excursion

The Year 6 class spent a great day in the hills yesterday with a hike through the Swan View Tunnel. Thank you to our parent volunteers, Emma James, Raj, Patrick and Steve for joining in, to Mr Lawson our resident Geologist and Mr Farrell for leading the way!

Loose Parts Play

Holidays

The last day of Term 1 is Friday 8 April. Students from Pre Primary to Year 6 return for Term 2 on Tuesday 26 April and Kindy students return Wednesday 27 April.

We hope everyone has a safe and healthy holiday.

Kindergarten Enrolments 2023

Enrolments for our 2023 Kindergarten Program are now open. Please follow the link below to our digital application form.

Application Form

School Age Calculator

Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any queries on 9218 1650.

Active Transport Competition

During the month of March our students were encouraged to choose active transport to get to school. All those that chose to walk ride or roll to school went into the draw to win some fantastic prizes. Congratulations to one of our Year 3 students for winning the grand prize of a brand new bike! A big thank you to YourMove for sponsoring this event.

Ride to School Day

We concluded our month of active transport with National Ride2School Day. Students were encourage to decorate their wheels and roll to school. Our Principal Mrs Bewick met some of our students at our nearby park and joined in the fun. 

Harmony Day

This year for Harmony Day our school created a collective art piece to celebrate our school community. Although we could not invite families to join us for this year’s celebration, it was a wonderful opportunity for our students to share different aspects of their culture with their classmates. Students came in their cultural dress, some classes shared food from their countries and everyone enjoyed creating their henna hands. 

Henna Hands

Parenting Workshops

The Midvale Hub offers a variety of programs and services to support families to nurture happy, healthy children. Many of these programs come at no cost to families. Follow the link below to see what workshops are available this month Midvale Hub

Holidays

The last day of Term 1 is Friday 8 April. Students from Pre Primary to Year 6 return for Term 2 on Tuesday 26 April and Kindy students return Wednesday 27 April.

We hope everyone has a safe and healthy holiday.

ANZAC Service

This year we will be acknowledging ANZAC Day with a virtual assembly on Wednesday 6 April.

Easter Raffle

Easter Raffle tickets have been sent home with students. If you would like to purchase tickets please return with payment of $2 to the admin office before Friday 7th April. There are two separate raffle boxes available – Kindy –Year 2 and Years 3-6.

Extra tickets available for sale from Monday 28 March!

Harmony Day – Tuesday 29 March

Here at North Morley Primary we celebrate the rich and diverse culture of our school community. This year we will be celebrating Harmony Day on Tuesday 29 March.

Students are invited to come dressed in cultural dress or the colour orange. Wearing orange represents support for cultural diversity, respect for others and harmony.

Earth Hour

Every year hundreds of millions of people all over the world take part in Earth Hour by switching off for 60 minutes.  This is a way that we can unite around the world to show that we care about the planet and it’s future. 

This year, Earth Hour is at 8.30pm local time Saturday 26 March. Everyone is encouraged to Switch Off and join a worldwide community to support stronger action on climate change.

Bullying No Way

This Friday 18 March is National Day of Action Against Bullying, an important day to remember that we stand together to say NO WAY to BULLYING! The theme for 2022 is Kindness Culture. By building Kindness Culture together, we can promote inclusion, respect and community belonging for all students in schools across Australia.

Visit the website to find useful resources to help support families.

P&C – Vacancy

Are you organised, efficient and have good written communication skills? *Then you could be the next Secretary of our P&C Association. The position is available now – we would love to have you on our team! For more information contact Emma Harris (emmajharris@ymail.com) or let Robin in the office know.

P&C / School Board Meetings

The next P&C and School Board meetings will be held on Wednesday 23 March. The time and location for these meetings will be posted on Connect.

National Ride to School Day

March 25 is National Ride2School Day. We encourage you to dress up your bikes or scooters and ride to school in style!

It’s not too late to enter our Active Transport draw. Every time you walk, scoot or ride to school until March 25, you go into the draw to win some fantastic prizes.

If you drive to school because you live a bit too far, why not park a few blocks from school and walk in?

We love seeing families choosing active transport to get to school.

STEM cash

Look out for STEM Classroom Cash coupons in the weekend West Australian newspaper. Every coupon collected gives us a chance to win a share of $25.000 towards STEM resources for the school.

Easter Raffle

The Year 6 students are collecting chocolate donations for their Easter raffle. Please leave donations in the office. The raffle will be drawn on Friday 8 April. Tickets on sale soon! 

Containers for Change

To all our new families – we have a Community Recycling Hub in the P&C Block (ask a fellow community member or at the office to find it!). We LOVE collecting your eligible 10c Containers for Change as the money goes directly into out P&C account to benefit our students. Don’t forget to remove the bottle tops please!!!

Families can drop off their containers once a week to the P&C Block without breaking any COVID rules.

Attached is more information about what we collect at NMPS

Active Transport Competition

Students that ride, walk or scoot to school between March 1-25,  have the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes! If you drive to school each day because you live a bit too far, no worries! Why not park a few blocks from school and walk in?

Choosing active transport when you can, promotes a happy healthy body.

There are three prizes to be won including a shiny new bike!

Crunch and Sip

The Crunch and Sip Packed with Goodness sessions are FREE and are available to parents at all Western Australian primary schools. The sessions run for approximately one hour and cover the following topics:

• the importance of fruit and vegies for kids
• tips for packing a healthy lunchbox
• healthy alternatives to pre-packaged snacks
• label reading
• the best drink choices for kids

Follow the link to book your virtual session; https://www.crunchandsip.com.au/healthy-lunchboxes/book-a-session

Harmony Day Celebration

This year we are recognising Harmony Day on Tuesday 29 March. Harmony Day is a celebration of cultural diversity and belonging. This year  students from K-6 will be taking part in a collective art project organised by Mrs Compton. We also invite students to come dressed in their cultural dress, or the colour orange. Harmony day is a special day for us at North Morley where we continue to celebrate the rich culture at our school.

COVID-19 Update – If your child has tested positive

Swimming Lessons – Postponed 

Please note that due to current operating conditions at our school and the swimming school requirements, swimming lessons in week 7 and 8 have been postponed until further notice. For refund details, please see our Connect message. Thank you for your understanding.

A Message from the Principal

What a warm week it has been! The children and staff have been very resilient with the heat, trying to stay cool, wearing hats in the sun and regular water breaks. 

Last week you may have viewed our very first virtual assembly. With the changes in operating guidelines, we saw this as an opportunity to get creative with our digital technology and produce something we have never done before. A huge thank you to our Year 6 leaders who were very flexible at short notice. It is even more important that we stay connected as a school and community. I hope you enjoyed it. Look out on Connect for our next assembly.

In Western Australia, parents and carers, school staff and students share responsibility for public schools providing safe, supportive and productive learning environments. We achieve this through our relationships, good communication and working together. Please see the attached flyer for further information. We thank all our community, staff and students for continuing to support our school in a positive way.

Please see below all the wonderful news from around our school this week.

Stay cool over the weekend.

S.P.O.R.T Fortnightly Virtue – Positive

Our S.P.O.R.T focus this fortnight is being POSITIVE. Being positive means having confidence and belief in yourself, your choices and other people. Below is our Positive Behaviour Matrix outlining excellent ways to be positive that you can discuss with your child.

Peer Mentors

As part of their student leadership role, all year 6s are trained as peer mentors; learning skills & understanding qualities necessary to “lead; with or without a badge”.

Check out our peer mentors in action!

Classroom in Focus – Kindy / Pre Primary

This week K/PP have been exploring the vast educational and holistic benefits that water play offers. Water play assists in developing an understanding of mathematical concepts, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, problem solving skills and the ability to cooperate effectively with others. With this hot weather looming, what could be a better time to experience a hands-on approach to learning?  

Happy Children = A Happy Classroom.  

School Board / P&C Meeting

The School Board and P&C meetings have been postponed until Wednesday 2 March. Live venue and Zoom videoconferencing details to come!

Below you can find:

A Message from our School Board Chair 

Hello parents

For those that don’t know me, I am the current Chair of the School Board. The Board sets the policies for the School including dress code and homework and also approves the contributions and charges schedule each year.  You do not need any qualifications or experience to be a member of the Board. Being on the Board provides you with an opportunity to engage with the teachers and administration of the school to set strategic directions and policies for all of our children.

We are seeking a new Board member in the role of parent representative. You must have at least one child at the school to nominate for this role. 

To enable greater participation, the members of the Board have agreed to change meeting times. We will be meeting at 6pm twice per term. These dates are set well in advance and line up with the P&C meetings. The P&C is a separate body that supports parents, holds fundraisers and organises fun things for our kids (eg Canteen and Uniform Shop). 

Board meetings generally take less than one hour.  Your commitment would be 8 nights in a year plus time to read draft papers ahead of the meetings.

The expression of interest is now open and we invite you to complete and submit the attached form to me via email by Wednesday 23 February. Should there be more than one nomination received, all parents at the school will be asked to vote for a nominee. 

If you wish to ask questions or have a discussion before nominating, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0433 056 950 or via email kellydansie@hotmail.com.

Best wishes 
Kelly Dansie
Chair, School Board

Library

Our students visit Ms Letizia in the library on Tuesdays or Fridays. Students have the opportunity to choose from a range of new and classic titles. Ms Letizia always has exciting displays to engage the students in annual events, traditions and teaches them about different authors.

Please remember to bring your library bag on borrowing days.

Canteen Superstars!

Thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers for a super successful first toastie day of the year. The Calippos kept everyone nice and cool at lunchtime.

A Message from the Principal

Welcome back to the new school year! I hope you have all had a restful break. It looks like it’s going to be another interesting year ahead for all of us.

It is wonderful to see all our students excited to begin a new school year. We welcome our new Kindy families as well as those new families and students joining us for the first time at North Morley Primary School. In addition to our new students, we also welcome Mrs Kerrie Lambert as Deputy Principal, Ms Zoe Marshall in Kindy/ Pre-Primary, Mrs Binetti in Room 2 and Mr Virtyo in Room 8.    

Our children, families and staff have had to adapt to many changes very quickly. I am very grateful to everyone for their understanding and cooperation. Our Stay and Play Picnic has been postponed and we hope to celebrate our community later in the school year. To replace our “Parent Welcome Meetings”, class information will posted on Connect next week. When entering our school grounds,  all adults are required to wear a mask. In our current setting, as parents and carers can no longer enter classrooms, we will ensure to share regular updates of what is happening inside the classrooms through Facebook and Connect. Please ensure your contact details are up to date so that you receive these updates. 

I want to assure you that the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority and we will continue to follow the latest WA Health advice at healthywa.wa.gov.au. Our community continues to support us in the changes and we are so grateful for your understanding.

COVID- 19 Updates

All COVID-19 updates can be found both on Connect and our school website. This will be updated as required.  

Postponed / Cancelled Events

As our operating guidelines continue to evolve, we will update any changes to our Term Planner through Connect and our school website.

Senior Playground 

Check out the Year 6 class on our all new senior playground equipment!! A big THANK YOU to our local member Amber-Jade Sanderson for following through on her election promise. We look forward to officially opening this space with our school community.

Parking – IMPORTANT REMINDER

As we welcome new families to our school community we would like to remind everyone of the parking rules around our school. We ask that families;

  • Do not park and leave their vehicle in the Kiss and Drive.
  • Do not park on the yellow lines across the admin driveway.
  • Do not make U-Turns in front of the school.

These rules are in place for the safety of the children and our school community.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Icy pole fundraiser

The Year 6 students will be running two icy pole fundraisers this term on Friday 11 February and Friday 25 February. Zooper Doopers will be $1 each. All funds raised will go towards the Year 6 Leaders activities.

Uniform orders

Please note this term the Uniform Shop will not be open on Fridays. If your child requires any uniform items, please leave an order form along with payment at the front office. These will be filled once a week.

Juliette’s Mission 

Year 6 student – Juliette – is chopping off her long locks to raise money for blood cancer support. Your NMPS community supports this huge undertaking Juliette!!!! Please follow the link if you wish to support Juliette and her mission. Any cash donations can be dropped off to the office. All funds go straight to the Leukaemia Foundation.http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/traceyleicester.

Toastie Days Are Back!

Toastie days this term will be held on Friday in Weeks 3,6 and 9. Orders forms will be sent home with students one week before. Thank you to our fantastic P&C and volunteer parents for providing this service to our families. You are super stars!

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