1 Included in newsletter: PP Yr 2 swimming Student Reports info School Attendance School Photo Day PE News EDU Dance Hillarys Primary School NEWSLETTER NO: 4 21 st March Lymburner Drive Hillarys 6025 Ph: Fax: Canteen: NEW BOARD MEMBER Thank you to the people that voted for the new parent Board membership. Counting of votes has been completed and I am pleased to announce that the new parent Board member is Mrs Janene Heron. Thanks are extended to all other candidates for putting up their nomination. Janene s term of office will officially commence as of Term 2, Kindy Kids PHOTOS School photos will be taken in the last week of school on Monday 3 rd April and Wednesday 5 th April. Please read the information below carefully and then the envelope carefully for full information. ACARA (My School website) Hillarys PS received some wonderful news regarding its efforts in NAPLAN over the last 2 years. Well done to the children and the hard working staff in getting these results! I am pleased to advise that ACARA has identified your school as having demonstrated substantially above average gain in NAPLAN results. Identified high gain schools demonstrated substantial NAPLAN improvement in both reading and numeracy (except where noted) as follows: 1. An overall gain that exceeds the national average by more than one standard deviation unit; and 2. An overall gain higher than schools with similar ICSEA levels, by more than one standard deviation unit; and 3. An overall gain higher than that shown by students with the same NAPLAN starting score, also by more than one standard deviation unit. On behalf of ACARA, I would like to extend my congratulations to you and your school community on this achievement. Gains of this magnitude are significant and worthy of highlighting and acknowledgement. DES REVIEW As an Independent Public School, every three years a review of the school s performance is undertaken. This review will be conducted over 2 days on Wednesday 29 th and Thursday 30 th March. Two reviewers will be in the school talking to a variety of people from teachers, to support staff to students and parents. A copy of the review will be made public in due course. SWIMMING CARNIVAL Preparations are well under way for the swimming carnival to be held on 31 st March at Greenwood College. Students have been training well and we wish them the very best of success. Start time will be 11:00am and concluding at approximately 2:30pm. Please watch for a note to be distributed shortly to all competitors. ASSEMBLY Our next assembly will be this Friday and hosted by Year 3, A3. Hope to see you there. Ron Chesny, Principal
2 In-term Swimming lessons for PP Year 2 students Pre-Primary to Year 2 swimming lessons will commence on Monday, 24 th April and continue through to Friday, 5 th May, excluding ANZAC Day 25 th April nine lessons in all. This means swimming lessons start on the first day back in Term 2. We need to have all money and notes organised before the last week of this term. Please return your completed forms and payment by Friday, 31 st March. Formal Student Semester Reports ed to Parents In line with Department of Education directions, Hillarys Primary School will be ing electronic copies of formal student semester reports beginning Term 2 this year. This will replace the usual paper copy as in previous years. Student reports will be ed to the parent (one parent) who has been nominated as the mail marker on our system. To ensure all reports are sent to the appropriate addresses, please contact the front office if you have recently changed addresses or are unsure of what address we have on our system. It is imperative that all details are accurate. Thank you School Attendance Reminder DOLPHIN CAFÉ Just a friendly reminder that the school canteen will be open for recess and lunch orders on FRIDAYS ONLY, until further notice. Thank you
3 SCHOOL PHOTO DAY IS COMING Dear Parents, Our school photo day is coming! You would have already received a Kapture Photography order envelope. The recommended method of ordering your photos is online through Kapture s website as your payment is secure and can be easily verified at any time. Alternatively you can pay by cash and return the provided envelope to the school on the photography day. You have the remainder of the current year to order, 5 days after photography a late fee will apply. Please check the website. You also have the option to order a sibling photo package online, however please be aware there may be a limited number of sibling orders that can be placed due to time constraints on photo day. We suggest you place your online sibling order the moment you receive your personalised envelopes. Refer to our website for your sibling closing date. Late requests cannot be granted. Kapture offer a money back guarantee for any parent who is not fully satisfied with their photo package. Should you have any queries before or after photo day, please direct them to the Kapture office on or All students will be photographed individually on photo day for school administration records AS WELL as included in their class group photo available for purchase to all families. Should there be any reason why your child should NOT be included in the photo shoot please contact the school office. PE and Sport News Term 1 Swimming Squad news Final training sessions Week Tuesday and Greenwood, Craigie Week 9 Craigie, Greenwood (please make every effort to attend) The Interschool Swimming Team will be finalised this week and selected students will be given an information note. It would be particularly helpful for all students to attend this week s sessions at Greenwood on Tuesday 21/3 and Thursday 23/3, as well as next week s Thursday s session 30/3 in order to have the best possible chance of being prepared for the carnival. Swimming Carnival When: Friday 31 st March 11.00am-2.30pm Where: Greenwood Senior College, Tingle Crt, Greenwood. Multiple Excursion Permission Forms All students from years 3-6 have been given a Multiple Excursion Permission Form to complete and return to classroom teachers. These were due last Friday. If you require another copy could you please see your child s classroom teacher and return it ASAP.
4 KIDS MATTER What to do about cyberbullying The internet offers a wealth of learning and leisure opportunities for children but, understandably, many parents and carers worry that their children may experience cyberbullying or perhaps cyberbully others when their personal and virtual worlds collide. Cyberbullying is the use of technology to bully a person or group. Bullying involves deliberately and repeatedly attempting to hurt, scare or exclude someone. The main purpose is to have power over someone else. Children can cyberbully each other in a number of ways; for example, sending abusive text messages and s, posting hurtful images, spreading nasty online gossip and excluding others online. Supervising your child s use of electronic devices and teaching your child about ways to keep safe online can help to reduce the risk of cyberbullying. If your child is being cyberbullied: listen and provide support to your child try to understand what has been happening online, including how often and how long encourage social skills, like being assertive, telling the bully to stop and seeking help support your child to think through different ways they could deal with the problem talk with your child s teacher and ask for help keep talking with the school until your child feels safe. If your child is doing the cyberbullying: make sure your child knows the cyberbullying behaviour is inappropriate and why try to understand the reasons why your child has behaved in this way and look for ways to address problems encourage your child to think about how their behaviour makes other children feel help your child think of alternative paths of action. You can find more information concerning cyberbullying in our parent corner opposite the library. Feel free to take a leaflet or booklet to guide you to various resources available or visit the Kids Matter website:
5 EDU-DANCE CONCERT Week 10 is our final Edu-Dance incursion for all classes from Years PP - 6. To celebrate the fantastic achievements of our students in gaining skills in varying dances and routines they will perform an exhibition concert on Monday, Tuesday or Friday afternoon. The attached timetable indicates the different classes that will be performing on each day. Performances each day will include all year levels from PP to Year 6. The concert will be held in the Undercover area from and will feature different presentations from each class. Information will be sent home through your classroom as to the costume your child is requested to wear for the concert. We invite all parents to come and join us to see your child s class performance which will highlight the outstanding results of this very exciting program.
6 Sustainability at HPS Greetings Earthlings! Welcome to our first Earthlings Sustainability Club update. The following articles were written by a group of mixed age students who participated in the first round of sustainability classes for The club focuses on The Three Rs of sustainability Reduce, Re-use and Recycle. We conduct a range of hands-on activities; in particular, growing the food we later cook in our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden classes. Last week we worked together to create our own meal. We made potato tortillas, pizza, fruit muffins and pesto. Our group made the potato tortillas and it had a lot of ingredients and tricky steps. Some of the main ingredients were eggs, potatoes (obviously), silverbeet, red onions, spring onions and parsley. At the end we had a big feast. By Ryan and Sam Today we planted aloe vera into little pots. There were lots of worms. After that, we planted winged bean seeds to take home. We think today was great. By Adam and Teale Today we made pizza with Ashleigh. First, we made the pizza base and then we watched it rise. Once it was all warm, we started to knead it. It was so nice and satisfying. After we rolled it out we put all the tomatoes, cheese and sauce on it. Then we put it in the oven and once it had finished, we ate it along with muffins and potatoes. It was so yummy! By Emily and Riley Last Tuesday, we made muffins, potato bake, pizza and pesto. Kiara made some fruit muffins with Adam and Kylen. Ashleigh made some pizza with Emily and Riley. It took about minutes until we could have our feast. After the feast, the little ones left to play while the older kids cleaned up. We give this a score of 10/10 because it was amazing. By Ashleigh and Kiara On the 8 th of March we went to the garden for garden club. First, Mr.Coufos explained to us how to plant aloe vera. First you put some soil into a pot and then put the plant in. Then you put more soil in until it is stable. Then, we planted some winged Bean seeds. By Kylen and Ruby On the 28 th of February we made pesto. First we got all the ingredients. Then we smashed the garlic and put in the pine nuts. Then we shredded it up in the blender and added oil and salt. After we finished, we ate it. By Kai and Chelsee
7 Kindy Garden This year Mr Coufos and his class have been helping out with the Kindy garden again. They have planted flowers and vegetables and the students have been taking it in turns to water the plants during their lunch break. Kindy children, staff and families are very grateful for the time and effort these students put in. Kindy Kids Having Fun The Kindy parents are working hard to develop the Nature Play experience in the Kindy area.the first piece of equipment to be built is an outdoor kitchen. A big thank you to Dave Ellis from K3 for doing such a great job. As you can see the children are really enjoying this great play opportunity. Parent Corner News Parent Corner News The Parent Corner is located opposite the library and is available for use by parents and families as a space to relax, meet with others and share ideas. Coffee and tea is available and there are a number of resource books which can be loaned. The Kidsmatter Action Team will be meeting soon; please watch this space for further news, information and updates. Free Parent workshops - CLAN WA provides a range of workshops for families encouraging healthy relationships, effective parenting, and community participation. Workshops are open to families with children 0-18 years around a range of topics including child development, communication, parenting strategies, consequences of behaviour and boundaries and Mental Health & Wellbeing workshops. Courses usually run for 2.5 hours for 1-4 sessions. Hand-outs and refreshments are also provided. For more information refer to
8 School Tour Dates for Duncraig Senior High School Term 1 Wednesday 22 nd March Twilight 5.30pm 22 Sullivan Road DUNCRAIG WA 6023 Telephone: Merit Awards Congratulations to the following Merit Award recipients at the held on 10 th March Maxen H Batavia 1 Gracie D Batavia 1 Jessica C Batavia 2 Charlie H Batavia 2 Belle C Batavia 3 Hazel C Batavia 3 Esme B Batavia 4 Annie L Batavia 4 Sean R Batavia 5 Ziggy D Batavia 5 Harrison E Batavia 6 Sam K Amity 1 Jessica McK Amity 1 Annabelle D Amity 2 Kylen L Amity 2 Adem A Amity 3 Elwing S Amity 3 Kate P Amity 4 Emily N Amity 4 Scarlet G Amity 5 Rubi D Amity 5 Lashiya C Amity 6 Troy G Amity 6 Lewis W Cygnet 1 Lochlain C Cygnet 1 Luke D Cygnet 2 Eva D Cygnet 2 Sam S Cygnet 3 Emily W Cygnet 3 Sam W Cygnet 4 Colby T Cygnet 4 Jared T Cygnet 5 Sam B Cygnet 5 Ella K Cygnet 6 Leah H Cygnet 6 Indie S Science Jared T Science Calum S Duyfken 1 Avery H Duyfken 1 Katie J Duyfken 2 Hugo W Duyfken 2 Kobe W Duyfken 3 Peyton D Duyfken 3 See attached flyer for more detailed information. Please note: the timetable for classes visiting the stall will be made available closer to the date. Any enquiries can be directed to Natasha Couzens, Stall Coordinator For additional reminders and updates, please follow the P&C Facebook page:
9 School Banking day is Thursday Remember, Thursday is School Banking day and students should bring in their weekly deposit. For every deposit made at school, students will receive a silver Dollarmites token. Once students have individually collected 10 tokens they can redeem them for an exclusive School Banking reward item in recognition of their regular savings habits. School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school, raising 5% on every deposit made through the school (to a maximum of $10 per individual deposit). If your child has lost their book, they can bring their money to school in a sealed envelope with a note on the next School Banking day. We will issue them with a replacement. Thank you for supporting the School Banking program at Hillarys Primary School. We would also like to thank the wonderful parents who volunteer as our School Banking Co-ordinators and process our banking every week. Siobhan Dowley School Banking Coordinator TALKING DRUGS Are you concerned about the impact of alcohol and other drugs on your children? Parents, teachers and school staff have a crucial role to play in the prevention of young people s risk of harm from alcohol and other drugs. School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) invite you to attend a FREE Talking Drugs information session. This session will help you understand the real picture of illicit drug use and the role you play in school drug education. You will learn how to open up a dialogue with children of all ages about drugs and where to go for help with a drug-related problem. Date: Thursday 23rd March 2017 Time: 6:45pm - 8:30pm Where: St Stephen's School Duncraig Theatre, 100 Doveridge Drive, Duncraig To book this FREE event visit: Please RSVP by 20 March For more information contact: Catriona Coe at SDERA Spaces are limited. Book now! For more than 19 years, SDERA have been supporting school communities with successful, evidence-based drug and road safety education programs. Visit sdera.wa.edu.au for more information.
10 Week 10 Week Nine Week Eight SAILING - APRIL day courses TACKERS 7-12 years START SAILING years Mon 10 to Thu 13 Tue 18 to Fri 21 Time: 8:30am 1:30pm Cost: $150 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT MEL HILLARYS YACHT CLUB 65 NORTHSIDE DRIVE HILLARYS 6025 Community News: RDA CARINE Riding for the Disabled Association School Holiday Open Day Wednesday 12 th April am 12.30pm 77 Monyash Road CARINE Tadpoles Triathlon Sunday 9 th April at Whitfords Nodes Beach Pk Entry $20 BOOGIE EFFECT Hot New Fitness Craze classes $12 Please check website for details TERM PLANNER TERM MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 20 March 21 March 22 March 23 March 24 March Board Meeting 27 March 28 March 29 March 30 March 31 March Interschool Swimming Carnival 3 April 4 April 5 April 6 April 7 April Photo Day Photo Day Easter Hat Parade C2 ANZAC Holidays: Saturday 8 April to Sunday 23 April (Good Friday 14 th April)
11 Week Ten Week Nine Week Eight Week Seven Week Six Week Five Week Four Week Three Week Two Week One TERM PLANNER TERM Apr MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 25 Apr ANZAC DAY 26 Apr 27 Apr 28 Apr PP-2 Swimming 1 May 2 May 3 May 4 May 5 May Yoga K2 PP-2 Swimming Yoga K1/K3 8 May 9 May NAPLAN 10 May NAPLAN 11 May NAPLAN 12 May Yoga K1/K3 Yoga K2 15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May Yoga K1/K3 22 May 23 May Yoga K1/K3 Yoga K2 24 May 25 May 26 May Yoga K2 29 May 30 May Yoga K1/K3 31 May 1 June 2 June PD Day 5 June WA DAY 6 June 7 June 8 June 9 June Talent Show (pm) 12 June 13 June 14 June 15 June 16 June HPS Cross Country 19 June 20 June 21 June OPEN NIGHT BOOK FAIR 22 June 23 June Lightning Carnival 26 June 27 June Life Education Incursion K-2 28 June Life Education Incursion K-2 29 June Life Education Incursion K-2 30 June Holidays: Saturday July 1 Sunday 16 July