Term 4, Newsletter #17

Term 4, Newsletter #17

10 Oct 2018

Term 4, Newsletter #17 teaser FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to what promises to be a jam packed final term for the year, starting with the Excellence Assembly and the Quiz Night on Friday, 19 October.
It was great to see all of the students return in full school uniform. They are keen and refreshed and have settled into their work really well.
We had a very productive School Development Day on Monday. We attended the second stage of the 'Talk for Writing' professional learning which was excellent. Staff will integrate this in our focus on Writing and it will complement the Seven Steps to Writing Strategy which we have been using for the past couple of years.
Students from our school have recently undertaken an educational tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.
The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $260.00 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.
The Year 6 Camp to Sydney and Canberra in the last week of Term 3 was an awesome experience for the students. In Sydney, they enjoyed a walk along the Harbour Bridge, a boat cruise on the Harbour and visits to the Aquarium and Opera House.
Canberra was just as exciting with students visiting many places including Parliament House, the Reptile Park, Dinosaur Museum, the Australian Institute of Sport, the Mint, the National Arboretum and the Deep Space Centre. We were also lucky enough to have Mr Bennett share his years of knowledge and experience with us as we toured the War Memorial. 
Once again, the student's standard of behaviour was excellent and we received many comments from staff at each location and from members of the public, commending them.   
Mrs Burns
The students were once again outstanding ambassadors for our school. They maintained the high standards which have been set over the preceding years.
Thank you to Mrs Burns for taking on the responsibility of being the teacher in charge and Mr Bennett and Mrs Robinson for their fantastic efforts in supporting Mr Burns and supervising the students over the 6 days, it was a tremendous team effort.
With the days warming up rapidly a reminder also that we have a no hat no play policy. Your support with this is appreciated. Application of sunscreen at least 20 minutes prior to exposure provides the best protection.
The uniform requirements are detailed in the Parent Handbook on pages 9 and 10.
We remind parents that closed in shoes are part of our school uniform and provide the best support and safety for children’s feet when running around on the grassed areas and playing at school. Mr Bennett has also requested that a reminder re: appropriate footwear be included as he has noticed some students wearing inappropriate footwear during Physical Education. This restricts the students from participating fully and is also dangerous as students can sprain their ankles or suffer other injuries if they trip over. We appreciate your cooperation in supporting this.
Car Parks
A reminder to parents about using the appropriate entrance and exit points for the car parks located around the school. This is a safety issue and ensures there is no confusion amongst car park users.
Our first assembly for this term is on Friday, 19th October. It is our Excellence Assembly and we look forward to seeing you there.
The parent meeting for parents who will have a student in Pre Primary in 2019 is on Wednesday, 7th November, commencing at 9.00am in the Moonlight Hall.
Please note this was previously advertised as being on Thursday 8th November.
The parent meeting for parents who will have a student in Kindergarten in 2019 is on Tuesday 6th November, commencing at 9.00am in the Moonlight Hall
Road Safety Reminder: Speeding in School Zones
The Road Safety Council and School Drug Education and Road Aware have urged us to remind our local communities to slow down and travel at safe speeds when dropping off and picking up children from school.
Hitting a vehicle or object at 50 km/h is equivalent to dropping a car from a three-storey building. This shows the importance of travelling at 40 km/h when driving in school zones. Further information about speeding is online.
David Ingle


Interschool Athletics Carnival
The Stirk Interschool Athletics Carnival will be held on Friday, 26 October at Walliston Primary School. The carnival takes place in 2 parts with the Long Distance, Jumping and Throwing events taking place in the morning and the Sprints, Relays and Team Games taking place in the afternoon.
Students who have been selected for the individual events were given notes to take home yesterday afternoon. Those students selected for team events will be given their notes on Wednesday of Week 2 (Wednesday, 17 October). If your child has been selected for an event, but is unable to take part, please let Simon Docherty know as soon as possible so that we can offer their position to another student. A letter explaining how students are selected for the Interschool Athletics is attached along with this newsletter.
A training note has been handed out to those students selected for individual events and this will start from 8.00am on Wednesday, 10 October. Training for team events will take place during school as will training for the Year 1 and Year 2 students selected for the carnival.
Lesmurdie Le Mans
The Lesmurdie Le Mans go-kart races took place in the Burma Road car park on the second last Friday of Term 3. Mr Bennett had the course in tip-top condition and weather conditions on the day were excellent. Students had a ‘sausage sizzle’ to fuel them for the day and there was a huge crowd in attendance to watch the races.
Falls Road students were looking for a hat-trick of wins in the event, but the other schools involved were determined not to let them have it their own way. At the end of the day, it was Lesmurdie PS who came out on top and took home the coveted Le Mans trophy as well as a gift voucher supplied by Bunnings Kalamunda.
Out thanks to Mr Bennett for his coordination of the event along with Mrs Burns and all the parents and grandparents who helped the Year 6 students build their go-karts. It is a fantastic event and the Year 6s really enjoy the day.
Poetry Eisteddfod
This term, we will be running the Poetry Eisteddfod competition across the school. This will happen in classes throughout the school during the first 4 weeks of this term with the finals being held on Friday, 9 November. Students from Year 1 – Year 6 will be asked to learn a poem which they will present to the other students in their class. The top 5 students from each year level (or top 3 for a double stream class) will present their poems at the Poetry Eisteddfod final. There will be a winner for each year level and the winners and finalists will be recognised at the assembly in Week 6. More information has been sent home with this newsletter.
Bandanna Day 2018

Falls Road Primary will be celebrating ‘Bandanna Day’ on Thursday 25 October. Students will be able to purchase bandannas from the School Leaders before school and at recess on Thursday 25 October. Students will only be allowed to wear their bandannas on Thursday, 25 October.
The bandannas will sell for $5 each. All money raised goes to CanTeen which supports children and families living with cancer. We hope you will be able to support this very worthwhile fundraising cause.
Falls Road Book Swap
The Book Swap Shop is open on a Wednesday afternoon from 3.00pm – 3.15pm.
We are located at the back of the library and access is via the back door of the library directly opposite Room 9 at the top of the steps – see the sign on the door. See Mr Docherty or Ms Johnston for more details.
What’s Happening this Term
Year 6 Dancing – Each Tuesday starting in Week 2
Cultural Incursion – Wednesday, 17 October
Excellence Assembly – Friday,19 October
Bandanna Day – Thursday, 25 October
Stirk Interschool Athletics Carnival – Friday, 26 October
‘Triple P’ Parenting Session – 9 – 11.00am – Thursday, 1 November
Year 5 / 6 Bike Education Excursion – Thursday, 1 November
Pre-Primary / Room 3 Assembly – Friday, 2 November
Poetry Eisteddfod Finals – Friday, 9 November
Simon Docherty
Cultural Infusion Day – Year 3 - 6 Students
As an integral part of our Language (Italian) program the Year 3 to 6 students will have the opportunity to take part in a Cultural Day at Falls Road on Wednesday, 17 October. There will be two interactive workshops during the day that will be closely linked to the Language (Italian) as well as the Music and HASS Curriculum being taught at the school.
Consent form has been sent home with all students in Year 3 - 6. Please return payment and consent form by Monday, 15 October.


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