Around the Primary

Welcome back! I trust everyone had a relaxing holiday and is ready and eager to be back at school. As I walked along the colonnade this morning I was chatting to a young student who said she was so happy to be at school because she enjoyed her class and all the work they were doing so much. What a positive attitude! I hope this approach to school is shared by all of our students.

Congratulations to Ms Rattenbury and Year 5B for preparing today's assembly item. They are certainly a talented bunch of students.

Last week the staff worked on using the new iPads and how they can be implemented in the classrooms. We will certainly be pushing ahead to make sure we get to the edge of using this new technology in our lessons. We also spent a day looking at the new Australian Curriculum and how we can best use these documents when planning classroom programs.

Our Year six students are very excited about their Leadership Camp to Canberra later this month. I'm sure this inaugural trip to Canberra will be very rewarding experiences for the students and will broaden the depth of their educational and life learning experience. Our hope for the students is that they will also strive towards 'magis'. This may be in the areas of government, science, sport, art, law, history. Each facility they visit will feature those who strive for excellence and have achieved their potential. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit their National Capital as part of their civics and citizenship education. To assist us in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian Government is contributing funding under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) programme toward the travel expenses incurred. We would like to thank the Australian Government for their support of this programme.

It is with great sadness that we learnt that Mr John Laver lost his battle with cancer last Saturday. John was a dedicated husband to Kristen and a wonderful father to Tilly (Kindy) and Charley (Year 1). Our prayers, thoughts and support are with the Laver Family at this sad time.

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Last week we received a letter from the Premier, Colin Barnett, about The Premier's Summer Reading Challenge (in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia). A number of our students are to be commended for completing the challenge. Congratulations to the following students:

Jessica Jahn 1B Kai Jahn 2B Luca Matthews 2B
Amelia Loveridge 2B Madeleine Hillbeck 2B Thomas Standen 3B
Jemeeka Leigh 3G Oliver Mitteregger 3G Sophia Matthews 4B
Hayley Jahn 5G Arden Sicard 6B

Some more fantastic news! Laura Trapnell (6B) has been selected as a member of the Western Australian Rhythmic Gymnastics State Team for 2012. We wish Laura a successful and enjoyable trip to Sydney in May.

Congratulations to Abbey Chapman (3G) for being awarded a high distinction in her piano exam. Abbey was presented with her award in Melbourne. We are very proud of you Abbey!


It is very important that our students always come to school with the correct uniform. Please refer to our uniform requirements on the College website for further details. Next week we will be focusing on correct footware. Please label all items of school uniform as this is the season when the Lost Property box starts to overflow.

All mothers are invited to our Mother's Day Mass on Friday 11th May at 9am in the Exhibition Centre. This liturgy is kindly being prepared by Ms O'Connor and Year 2B.