Friday, September 30, 2016

Term 4 starts on Monday October 10. There is no pupil free day at the start of this term. Enjoy the rest of your break and see you back for Term 4 on Monday October 10.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

On the last Wednesday of Term 3, the Junior Sports Tabloid  for Kindy and Pre Primary students took place. The children in small groups, rotated through a series of challenging and fun sporting games and activities. The day went very well with both the children and parents enjoying all the fun sporting events. We were especially fortunate to have such glorious spring weather for the day. Thank you to all the parents who came along to encourage and support their children. Thank you also to the Early Childhood teachers, the senior student helpers and especially Miss Baines, who did such a great job in organising and coordinating the event.  .
In visiting classrooms during the learning journey, it was pleasing to see students showing their parents all the work they’ve been doing throughout the year. Classes were a bustling hive of activity with some classes completing activities outside, making the most of the sunny day. Thank you to all the parents who came in and supported their children during this event. Learning journeys provide a fantastic opportunity for children to show off their amazing work. 
We recently enjoyed a presentation from Paul Litherland on Cyber Safety. He had been a policeman for over 20 years and spent the last part of his career in the field of technology crimes, working with children and adults who were either victims or offenders of on-line crime. He discussed strategies to stay safe on-line. The main message was to treat the virtual world with the same caution that we would for the real world. We wouldn't give a stranger personal information in the real world and we shouldn't do that in the virtual world either.

In Week 9, Wattle Grove was the winner of the My School Rules Competition, run by Darling Range Sports College, amongst the local primary schools. The competition ran across Weeks 3, 5 and 7, with the Final in Week 9. Congratulations to all of the team Shveni, Amro, Mukesh, Steven, Ramon, Sheldon and to Syrus, Heath and Farhan who represented Wattle Grove in the Final, winning by five points in a close contest from High Wycombe and Edney. Thank you to all these students who represented Wattle Grove so well and to Mrs Lowther and Mr Sherlock who prepared them for this event.

Friday, September 16, 2016

This afternoon Wattle Grove were victorious at the Interschool Athletics, winning by 11 points over Edney, Dawson Park and High Wycombe. There were a number of individual champions and a runner up champion. Congratulations to those children and to the whole team on a great effort. Congratulations also to Mr Sherlock and Mrs Oliver for all their efforts in getting the team ready and for the organising of the day, along with Mr Williams. Many thanks to the parent helpers and supporters who supported the team as well.

Saturday, September 10, 2016


Congratulations to Purple on their win of the 2016 Faction Athletics Carnival. It was a great day with sunny, but mild weather and a day where everything went smoothly. This was largely due to the planning and organisation of Mr Sherlock and Mrs Oliver, with the support of staff and parent volunteers on the day.
Congratulations to Mrs Miell and the Senior Choir on their performance in 2016 Massed School Choir Festival, recently in Winthrop Hall at UWA. The Wattle Grove students sang beautifully with those of several other primary school choirs, on the Tuesday night of the week long festival. Photos: Outside Winthrop Hall, beside the reflective pool, in Winthrop Hall during the evening's performance and with the award for the school's participation.   
Wattle Day is celebrated on the first of September each year and has important significance for the school and the suburb of Wattle Grove. Each year students in senior classes work with their junior Buddy class to make some Wattle Day Cards or do other activities to celebrate the day. This year Year Fives in Room 17 and the Year Ones in Room 22 made cards to deliver around the streets close to the school. The MAC students in Room 21 and the Year Ones in Room 10 also did the same thing and both groups went for a walk to deliver their cards at the same time. Photo to come: Year Fives from Room 17 and Year Ones from Room 22 standing in front of Wattle bushes while out delivering their Wattle Day Cards around the streets near the school.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Junior Sports Tabloid for tomorrow has been postponed to Wednesday September 21, due to the forecast of showers increasing. Apologies for any inconvenience, unfortunately Wednesday is the only day we can run the event as that is the only day with sufficient staff available.

THE PAUL LITHERLAND CYBER SAFETY PARENT INFORMATION SESSION will be held on Tuesday September 13 from 5.00 to 6.30pm. Tickets are $5.00 and available from the office or via the QKR App. Afternoon Tea included.
Come and learn how to better protect yourself and your family members when going online.
Be early tickets are limited.

Saturday, September 3, 2016


The P&C Lapathon was run on Friday 12th August, with the final total announced yesterday as $14000, a very pleasing amount in any terms. It was a sunny, fun afternoon event with lots of parents coming along to support their children, many of them joining in the fun and running as well. Many thanks to them and all of our parents who so generously supported the P&C and the school in this fundraising event. It has the purchase of a further 20 iPads and covers, with money over to fund other important resources for the school. This takes it to a total of 90 iPads in the school, mostly funded with the help of the P&C over the last few years and enables 16 junior classes to have a set of five iPads in class, to use in daily group work.


The children in the Multi-age Academic Class (MAC, Year 4/5/6), put their speaking and listening skills to the test yesterday, when they participated in an outstanding Great Debate with the MAC Class from Caladenia Primary School. Some very interesting topics were debated and included: Earth Hour is a waste of time; Texting while walking should be banned; and A sugar tax should be introduced to Australia. These topics prompted outstanding presentations by all students and it was so impressive to see their confidence, their knowledge and most importantly their capacity to use their speaking skills to persuade an audience. Mr Nathan Morton, Member for Forrestfield, was the guest adjudicator and highly commended all the children for their exceptional debating skills. Congratulations to all of the students. 


This week was celebrated earlier in the term with the children from Pre primary to Year 6 participating in a wonderful range of activities. Each activity in which the students participated was designed to raise the children’s understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal culture and their history. Activities included a presentation to view artefacts that are significant to the Aboriginal community and learn some of the native language. Children also learned about Aboriginal totems (natural objects, plants or animals which a family has a responsibility to protect). These activities were enjoyed by all the children who learnt a lot about traditional Aboriginal culture. As a wonderful conclusion to the week, the children all gathered in the undercover area where they beautifully performed the Aboriginal song, “Wanju Wanju”

Teams of Year 6 students from all the local primary schools have been competing in the annual 'My School Rules' Competition held by Darling Range Sports College this term. Forrestfield Primary surprised everyone with a confident win in Round 1, with Wattle Grove having a strong win in Round 2. Round 3 is in Week 8, next week with the Final in Week 9. Well done to all the competitors, seen here at Round 2 and best wishes for the next round and the Final.
Congratulations to Carl Sanderson and Rhia Bradtke on their recent School Board Awards. Carl's for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Rhia's for Outstanding Service to the School as a Volunteer in her roles on the Wattle Grove School Board and P&C.

Toyota sponsored National Tree Day this year and supplied T shirts and gloves for schools to use at their tree plantings. Bianca from local Toyota dealers, Newtown Toyota and Kalamunda Toyota, was on hand at Wattle Grove when Pre Primary, Room 5 were planting some trees including this one. Mr Wallis, our gardener was also on hand to assist the students with his tree planting expertise.

Term 3 School Representatives meeting with Principal, Ms Roberts in the School Conference Room. Clockwise from Tyson Rm26 in front are, Ramon  and Stanley Rm15; Maddison and Fiona Rm26; Chandrea, Nuha and Lucy Rm15, Ms Roberts, Brodie Rm26; Farhan Rm21; and Abigale, Darcy and Paul from Rm26. Missing Mukesh from Rm21 and Sheldon from Rm15.