Welcome back to Term 4

Dear Parent and Caregivers

Welcome back to Term 4. We hope that you and your children had a restful holiday break.

I have had a very friendly welcome by all the students, staff and community members at North Morley Primary School. I am trying very hard to learn all the students’ names and they have been very helpful and patient! If you see me out and about, please come and introduce yourself. I also look forward to meeting many of you at our P&C meeting on Tuesday 19th October.

Everyone is very excited for our whole school excursion to the Boola Bardip Museum this Thursday 21st October. All our staff have been extremely busy with planning and a very big thank you to Mrs Offer for coordinating this event. All students are reminded to wear their full school uniform and to bring their lunch in the plastic bag provided by their classroom teacher. The buses will be leaving by 9am so please don’t be late for school. School will still be open for students who are not attending the excursion. We ask that they meet at the front office on that morning.  

I am personally very excited to visit the new museum for the first time and I cannot wait to share this experience with the students.

Mrs Bewick

P&C Meeting

The next P&C meeting is on Tuesday 19 October at 7:30pm in the staffroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Assembly this Friday

Our first assembly of the term is this Friday. The Year 5/6 students in room 7 will perform their assembly item. Certificate recipients names will be posted on Connect on Tuesday afternoon. Families are welcome to attend.

Book Club

Scholastic Book Club has been sent home. Please return by Friday 29 October. Online orders only. NO CASH ORDERS PLEASE.

PJ Day

Thank you for your donations for Telethon raised on PJ Day. North Morley will be donating $233 to Telethon.

Waste Wise Incursion 

Peg from Waste Wise came in to discuss all things waste and worms with the students. Everyone had the opportunity to get their hands dirty and enjoyed an animated session, re instilling the importance of composting. 

Tickets now on Sale! 

Wind in the Willow tickets are now on sale through the office! Families are allocated 2 tickets per household. A second release of tickets will be made available on Tuesday 9 November if we have not sold out. Tickets are $1.00 each.

Toastie Days are here for Term 4!  

Order forms for our first Toastie Day on Friday 22nd October have gone home. Please return order forms and money to the P&C block by Wednesday 20th October. In order to make Toastie Days sustainable for our volunteers, we will not be accepting any late orders after 3pm on the due date. We are also not in a position to provide change, so exact money only please. Toastie days will run every Friday on weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8. Thank you to our P&C for running this for our students.

Twilight Bowls

Last Day of Term 3

Friday 24 September is the last day of term. We hope everyone enjoys a restful holiday. Students return for Term 4 on Tuesday 12 October.

Massed Choir Festival

We want to wish the NMPS Choir all the best for their participation in the upcoming Massed Choir Festival. You have all been working very hard in the lead up to this big event. The Choir will be performing this Friday 24 September at the Perth Concert Hall. Thank you Mrs Poh for providing this exciting opportunity for our students to perform.

Kite Flying 

The students and staff enjoyed an exciting and entertaining afternoon of kite making. The kite skins the students designed earlier in the week were turned into kites in an enormous whole school craft session in the Arts Centre.  We were then treated to a  beautiful kite display much to the delight of adults and children alike.

Wind in the Willows

Tickets for the end of year concert, Wind in the Willows, go on sale Tuesday 12 October. Tickets can be purchased through the office. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the production will now be held in the Arts Centre at North Morley Primary on the advertised days and time. 

North Morley hosted a successful and enjoyable Interschool Athletics Carnival on Friday 17 September.

Our students competed with great positivity and enthusiasm and there were some excellent performances on the day. Mikayla won Champion Year 5 Girl and set a new Interschool record in the Long Jump competition, and Toby and Kahn were runner-up Champions in their year level. We were also the best performed school overall in the Team Games which all our competitors should be very proud of.

Thank you to the P&C for running a delicious cake stall and raffle and to Mr Farrell for a fantastic day! A lot of effort goes on behind the scenes to organise an event like this. Well done!

Congratulations go to Morley for being overall winners!

Final Standings:

Morley545
Weld Square492.5
West Morley438
North Morley431.5
Embleton394.5
Ashfield290.5

Museum Excursion 

Permission forms for the whole school excursion to the museum have been sent home with students. Please return forms to the school by Friday 15 October. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the office on 9218 1650. 

Canteen Volunteers Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers to help with our Toastie Days in Term 4. At this stage we need people to help out on a Friday morning with preparing the toasties and putting the packs together. Please use the link below to see the dates and sign up to help. Toastie days will be adverttised on the website calendar and term planner.

Kinetic Kites

Michael from Kinetic Kites will running a whole school incursion in kite making. Students will be designing their own kite skins with symbols relating to Aboriginal  history and culture.

The construction of these kites will take place on Wednesday 22 September from 1:30 -2:30 in the Arts Centre. Families are then invited to join the students on the oval from 2:30pm for a kite flying display.

**We will need a few parent volunteers to help with the kite construction. If you are free from 1:30, please call the office on 9218 1650 to let us know if you are available to help**

Faction Carnival

Congratulations to all of our students for the great sportsmanship and team spirit shown at the Faction Carnival. It was great to see so many families enjoying the day as well. 

Congratulations to our overall winning faction – Stirling!

Thank you Mr Farrell for organising another fantastic event.

RUOK Day

The RUOK? message this year is ‘Are they really OK? Ask them today.’ Life’s ups and downs happen to all of us. So chances are someone you know might be struggling. Your genuine support can make a difference whatever they are facing, big or small. So, don’t wait until someone’s visibly distressed or in crisis. Make a moment meaningful and ask them how they’re really going. 

RUOK Day

Robogals

First, the visitors called out their names which were Fraser, Brendan, Sanabel and Hetal. Then they showed us what type of engineering they do and how they do it.  We got to play with the robots and we chose Pikachu and Apple and it was super fun. Also we got to use the ipads for controlling the robots but it was hard at first because we had to programme them with Coding. But then, it was easy and cool. Actually, it was like Dash and Dot we had done before in class because we got to control them with the ipads. After that they showed us what to do and how to do it. They went to college to learn how to program the robots. Also the robots were made out of lego and they could make sounds. Under the robots, there was lights and sensors and it was really awesome but there was a little metal ball and it was very weird because it did something strange. The ipad had a button that  could be used to make lots of noises. The instructors told us there was a competition to make a square with the robots. They visited us because there’s not that much girls wanting to do technology when they grow up so they came so the girls can see how fun technology is and how clever we are at it.

By Alison and Ash, Room 5

Robogals

Edu Dance Concert

The students have been working hard this term during their Edu Dance sessions. They are looking forward to showcasing this in a whole school performance on Wednesday 15 September at 2:30pm in the Arts Centre. We  invite families to attend this performance.

Interschool 

North Morley will be hosting this year’s Small School Interschool Carnival on Friday 17 September. Students who have been successful in representing our school at this event will be notified shortly. The P&C will be running a raffle and cake stall on the day. These will be available for our spectators only. Please pack lunch and recess for your child.

Busy Bee

Crunch and Sip

Our North Morley kids are the face of September’s “The Great Vegie Crunch”….remember to pack a healthy crunch ‘n’ sip each day!!

Seasons for Growth Program – Learning to live with change and loss

Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At North Morley Primary we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce and related circumstances, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively. We are therefore offering a very successful education program called Seasons for Growth which will commence the first week of Term 4 2021. This program is facilitated in small groups and is based on research which highlights the importance of social support and the need to practise new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. The program focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks. 

If you think your son or daughter would benefit from Seasons for Growth, we would encourage you to talk to him/her about participating in the program. North Morley is pleased to be able to offer this important program and we are confident that it will be a valuable learning experience for those who request to be involved.

All participating students require a permission form that can be collected from the office. Forms are due back Friday 17 September
If you require further information, please contact the office on 9218 1650.   

Wind and the Willows

The students have been working hard on the end of year production, Wind and the Willows. This performance will take place over two nights with a weekend dress rehearsal the week before:

Saturday 13 November 9:00am – 12:00pm – Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday 17 November at 6:00pm – Performance

Thursday 18 November at 6:00pm – Performance

Tickets for this event will go on sale Tuesday 12 October.

Father’s Day

Book Club

Book Club catalogues have been sent home today. Please place your orders by Thursday 9 September. We request only online orders please. Orders can be placed here: https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au/Parent/Login.aspx

Math Murder Mystery

The Math Murder Mystery family event took place last week. Families were presented with a mystery to solve through a series of math puzzles and problems. It was a great opportunity for students and parents to work together, challenge themselves and solve the crime! The evening was a great success.  

Bee Incursion 

Students in Rooms 1&5 enjoyed a morning of beeing educated. This incursion provided a novel introduction to the wonderful world of bees by giving the students significant expertise they won’t forget. They had the opportunity to step into the shoes of a real-life apiarist, who shares his real passion for fascinating insects and finished the session off with sample of delicious honey!   

RUOK Day

We’re never too young to learn that asking, “Are you OK?” can make a big difference in someone’s life. Thursday 9 September we join people around the country to support the RUOK mission, to inspire and empower people to meaningfully connect with others and lend support when they are struggling with life. 

We encourage students to wear something yellow on this day.

Robogals

Our female students in Years 4-6 will be taking part in the Robogals program at North Morley on Tuesday 7 September. This is a not-for-profit program based at the University of Western Australia. Its aim is to increase the number of girls undertaking science, engineering and technology at university by engaging girls in robotics from a young age in a way that is both fun and educational. 

Pre Primary Family Afternoon Tea

Pre Primary families are invited to an afternoon tea in the Pre Primary classroom on Thursday 9 September from 2-3pm. Come and view your child’s work, have a chat with the teachers, and let your child share their learning journey with you.

School Survey 2021

Our 2021 school survey is now live. We value your opinion and this survey will provide us with a snapshot of our school community’s thoughts. Please take a moment to complete the survey here: https://www.schoolsurvey.edu.au/s/J3hMQnEY

Survey closes Monday 6 September.

P&C Meeting

The next P&C meeting is on Monday 23 August at 7:30pm in the staffroom. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please follow the link below to read the previous meetings minutes.

Watermelon Experiment

Do you know how many elastics it takes to make a watermelon explode?!? The students in Room 7 do…451!!! With an exciting grand finale to Science Week, the students in Room 7 conducted  this experiment, stretching elastic bands one by one around the middle of a watermelon.  The process took a while but when the pressure was too much, there was a fantastic explosion of watermelon to the great delight of everyone watching.

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to all of this year’s Spelling Bee finalists. This year’s Spelling Bee champions were:

Year 3/4 – 3rd Joana, 2nd Toby, 1st Ryan

Year 5/6 – 3rd Zakari, 2nd Yaser, 1st Jai

There were some tough words drawn on the day like; rigmarole, rueful, fracas, semblance, faucet, and complement.

Well done everybody!

Power Rangers – Reducing NMPS’s Energy Use

Reducing energy consumption is the simplest way to reduce our school’s environmental impact. The main areas of energy consumption in schools are:

  • Lighting
  • Heating and cooling 
  • Computers. 

Students in Room 1 have become North Morley’s first Power Rangers – implementing simple no-cost solutions to try and reduce electricity consumption.

Analysing the data using the ClimateClever app you can see we are on track to use over 100k of kilowatts again this year. Let’s see if we can get our usage below 100k North Morley by simply switching off lights and other appliances when not in use!!

Faction Carnival 

The first event of Faction Carnival week is Jumps and Throws. This will take place on Monday 30 August starting at 9:00am on the oval. The Faction Carnival main event takes place on Friday 3 September. Families are welcome to attend.

The estimated schedule is as follows:

Monday 30 AugustLong JumpLong Throw
9:00Year 1Year 2
9:25Year 2Year 1
10:00Year 3Year 4
10:25Year 4Year 3
11:20Year 5Year 6
11:50Year 6Year 5
Friday 3 SeptemberEventYear Level
9:15 – 10:25Junior Team GamesPre Primary – Year 2
10:50 – 12:20Intermediate and Senior Team GamesYear 3 – 6
1:15 – 2:50Flat Races Relays PresentationsPre Primary – Year 6

Book Week and other News

Magnus Danger Magnus

We had an explosive start to Science Week with Magnus Danger Magnus and his electrifying science extravaganza. We had to scrape the students (and some of the staff) off of the ceiling after such an exciting show. Happy Science Week!

Book Week

Each year since 1945 the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children’s authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians create colourful displays, develop activities and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.

This year’s theme is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. Check out the wonderful display collected and created by our Library Officer Ms Letizia with the help of volunteer parent Aga.

Book Week takes place week 6.

Project Numbat Chat

On Tuesday 10th of August, the Green Team had a visit from Project Numbat. The numbat is an endangered marsupial only now found in two places in Western Australia. Project Numbat wants you to know that there are less than 2000 numbats left because of habitat loss and feral cats and foxes.

Thanks for organising this really interesting talk Mrs Everall. Check out the pictures of our students with Turner the numbat!

Leon Harris, Yr 5

Special Assembly

We were treated to a special assembly on Friday with the Choir performing some of their songs they are preparing for the Massed Choir Festival in September. Deputy Mayor Bianca Sandri presented our Head Girl and Boy with a certificate acknowledging a successful grant application, enabling us to continue with the Climate Clever App. North Morley continues to make significant progress with making sustainable choices in and around the school. 

Massed Choir Festival 2021

The Massed Choir Festival will take place in September. North Morley PS will be performing on Friday 24 September. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased here: https://perthconcerthall.com.au/assets/Uploads/2021-List-of-Schools-and-Concert-dates2.pdf Rehearsals for the choir students will take place on Friday 27 August and Thursday 23 September.

Sports, Maths, Science and more…

Interschool Cross Country

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the Interschool Cross country event at Morley PS. North Morley came 3rd overall with Weld Square taking home the shield. Outstanding performances include Mikayla and Mila who won their races, Kaylene and Ashwariya who came second in their races and Toby who came fourth place. Well done everyone!

Math Competition Morley Senior High School

Six students from North Morley were selected to take part in a math competition at Morley SHS. The Australian Maths Trust (AMC) is an engaging 30-problem competition that demonstrates the importance and relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives; it is open to students in years 3 to 12. Australia’s leading educators and academics, with a deep understanding of our national curriculum standards, actively design the unique AMC problems each year.

Science Week Incursion

Get set for an explosive start to Science Week. Magnus Danger Magnus is coming to North Morley for an exciting show that is sure to blow you away! This incursion is for students from Pre Primary to Year 6. 

Math Murder Mystery

The Math Murder Mystery family event is fast approaching. Parents/carers are invited to participate in a maths murder mystery, solving many fun maths puzzles to ultimately catch the culprit! It can take from 20 to 80 minutes to solve. The session will run for 1.5 hours. It is ideal if attendees arrive at the beginning, but they do not need to stay for the whole time. 
This event is taking place On Thursday 26 August from 4:00 – 5:30pm at North Morley. 
Please return your RSVP form to the office ASAP. All children must be attended by parents/guardians.

Spelling Bee

The Spelling Bee Spectacular will be taking place on Tuesday 17 August for students in year 3-6. Bee prepared!

Speaking Competition

Students from Pre Primary to Year 6 will be taking part in the North Morley Speaking Competition on Thursday 26 August.

Junior Block Open Classrooms and more…

The Junior Block welcomed families into the classrooms to showcase what the students have been working on. The students enjoyed working with their parents on a range of activities while enjoying a light afternoon tea. Thank you Ms Davis, Ms Reid, Mrs Compton and Ms Francis for organising this event. 

IGA Community Chest 

The Community Chest at Noranda IGA has generously donated $500 towards new resources for our Pre Primary class. Ms Reid and two of our Pre Primary students visited IGA to collect this donation. Thank you IGA for your continued support!

Water Corp Incursion

On Wednesday 11th August the children at North Morley will be learning about the protection and treatment process of our water sources as it travels through the water cycle in this classroom based workshop run by one of the Water Corporation’s educational officers. There is no cost for this incursion.

Captain Koala Morning Tea

As part of our Positive Behaviour Program reward system, students may select the ‘Awesome Kids Morning Tea’ voucher as their prize. Those semester 1 winners enjoyed morning tea last week with Captain Koala. Thank you Mrs Thomas for hosting this event for the students.

Pre Primary Planting

The Pre Primary students joined Mr Kell for a native planting session outside of the PP playground. This selection of plants will encourage more birds and insects to our school gardens. Thank you City of Stirling for donating these lovely plants.

School Board Meeting

The next School Board meeting will be held on Wednesday 11 August in the administration building.

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