9 August 2023
Our vision is to foster every individual’s academic and social development driven by high expectations for success and aspirations for them to become resilient, respectful individuals. We want this to happen within a safe, supportive learning environment that caters for the present and developmental needs of every student.
We are almost halfway through the term and students have settled well into their learning and are having a nice time during their recess and lunch breaks.
We have many uniforms items in lost property, please take time to have a look for any missing items. A reminder that students can wear plain black tops and pants as part of their winter uniform. However, it is important they are not wearing black jumpers with branded logos. Uniforms can be purchased through Uniform Concepts in Clarkson if your child is needing uniforms.
Our Peace Pole is now installed. Thanks to the Mindarie Rotary Club and Bunnings, Mindarie for their donations. Mrs Brown’s class did an amazing job hosting the assembly for the unveiling of the Peace Pole. I hope you have an opportunity to spend a reflective moment near our Peace Pole.
What can we do to promote peace in our school, our community, and our world?
We can follow these important values;
RESPECT each other: Treat others with respect, regardless of their differences. Everyone deserves to be treated with fairness, kindness and respect.
BE RESPONSIBLE Lead by example: Be an example of peace and kindness for your friends and classmates to follow.
BE SAFE: When faced with conflicts or disagreements, remember that violence is never the solution. Instead, find peaceful ways to resolve problems and differences. Listening to one another and talking can help us understand different perspectives and resolve conflicts peacefully.
Be Kind: Always remember the power of kindness. A simple act of kindness can brighten someone's day and create a ripple effect of positivity.
Celebrate Diversity: Embrace the unique qualities that each person brings to our school. Our differences make us stronger and more enriched as a community.
Remember, peace starts with each one of us. By practicing these values every day, we can create a peaceful environment in our school, our homes, and our country. Together, we can be a force for positive change in the world.
Term 3 Events
Please ensure you stay up to date with your SeeSaw and Consent2Go apps for posts on events that are occurring during the term.
- Week 5 Celebrating Science Week, Mrs Mulder has planned a competition for students to win great prizes.
- Our Year 6 students are excited for their camp next week, three days of exhausting fun, developing their resilience and cooperation skills.
- Week 6 Book Week, Somerly Book Fair opens Tuesday 22nd August and is available throughout the week. During the week there will be various reading activities and competitions, Grandparents Afternoon Tea and Friday Assembly with Rooms 1 and 5 hosting the Book Parade. We look forward to seeing all the amazing costumes and reading the stories.
- Week 7 Athletics Carnival - Mrs Ochieng will be running the jumps and throws events on Wednesday and the whole school Athletics Carnival will be held on Friday 1st
- Week 8 - Years 3-6 students will be participating in the Digital Olympics on Thursday 7th September and please remember to set aside time for our parent interviews on Friday 8th Students finish at 11:45am on this Friday for the interviews. Please ensure you have planned for your child for this early finishing day. TheirCare is available if you require childcare for the afternoon.
Our students and teachers have been enjoying our new classroom furniture.
Absence from School
Please notify the school if your child is absent from school.
Why is going to school so important?
- At school, many concepts such as literacy and numeracy are taught in a sequence. Missing school means missing out on learning, which can often make it difficult to catch up later. This is particularly important in the early years when essential foundation skills are being taught.
- Going to school every day helps children learn the important life skill of ‘showing up’ – at school, at work, to sport and other commitments.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to Brent and Faith who recently commenced at Somerly Primary School.
Our behaviour focus for Week 4 is:-
- We keep hands, feet and objects to ourselves.
Students Late to School
If your child arrives late to school, they are missing critical morning routines and learning activities. The school day begins at 8:40am and students will be considered late if they do not arrive by this time. If your child arrives after 9:00am you are required to enter through the front office and provide us with a reason for the lateness. A late slip will be printed for you to give to the class teacher.
Not Feeling Well?
If your child is not feeling well before school, please keep them home and notify the office by phoning 6206 4200, sending an SMS to 0437 480 486 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Late Collection of Students
Somerly Primary School has a student finish time of 2.45pm each day. If your child has not been picked up before 3pm, you will be required to come to the front office to sign them out.
Parent and Child Volunteer Declaration Update
We thank all our parents who generously volunteer their time and energy to support our school community. There are some changes to the Working with Children Check policy, to ensure the safety of children when we have volunteers in the school.
If you would like to volunteer at our school, you will need to sign a ‘Parent and Child Volunteer Declaration Form’. You cannot volunteer if you have a current Working with Children Negative Notice or Interim Negative Notice.
These changes affect parents who are engaged in volunteer work. For example, you are considered a volunteer when you assist with activities such as reading sessions, day excursions, canteen duties, helping at a sports carnival or carrying out P&C duties.
You are not a volunteer when:
- picking up and dropping off your child
- observing events like school assemblies
- attending parent and teacher interviews
If your circumstances change, and you are issued with a Negative Notice or Interim Negative Notice after completing the ‘Parent and child volunteer declaration form’, you must advise the principal.
A current Working with Children Check is required by all other family members and friends over 18 years of age who want to volunteer.
It is a collective responsibility to ensure the safety of our children. We appreciate your ongoing support and dedication to our school community.
The Fathering Project Event
Somerly Primary School Book Fair
Kindy Enrolment for 2024
We have limited spaces available in our Kindergarten program for 2024. If you have a child who was born between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020, please complete an Application for Enrolment and return it to the school office as soon as possible.
As Kindy is non-compulsory, enrolments will be on a first in basis.
If you know someone who has a child due to start Kindergarten next year, please let them know that we have limited spaces available.
Please click on the link below to access the Application for Enrolment.
Waste Wise Schools
In week 3 on Monday, we had the sun shining so we were able to get into the garden. We had students from various year groups come to Gardening Club on Monday. Everyone worked very hard to weed and clear four garden beds and we planted pumpkin seeds. Our corn and cabbages are growing marvellously and should be ready for harvesting soon.
Everyone is welcome to come to Gardening Club which is run on Monday and Wednesdays!
Don’t feed the fill!
Be the Change!
Thank you to all our staff, students and community for continuing to support our Containers for Change challenges. During weeks one, two and three we were running the Helping Hand Challenge for year six camp. Thank you everyone for donating your containers, as a community we stopped 4496 containers from going to land fill, raising $449.60. (20% is donated to The Good Sammy’s). Our Containers for Change scheme has donated $500.00 towards the cost of our year 6 students going to camp in week 5.
Our challenge winners were Room 5
During Term 3 we are running our new Winter Warmers Day!
Who collected 702 containers!
Classroom totals were:
Room 1 – 108 Room 2 – 83 Room 3 – 72 Room 4 – 332
Room 5 – 702 Room 6 – 72 Room 7 – 26 Room 8 – 108
Room 9 – 680 Room 10 – 105 Room 11 – 91 Room 12 – 310
Room 13 – 210 Room 14 – 53 Room 15 – 206 Room 16 – 494
Room 17 – 145 Room 18 – 589 Room 20 – 114
Remember every container matters!
During week 4 we will be continuing with our Zooper Fridays with our Winter Warmer warm Milo and marshmallows, Ms Sanders has also surprised the students with a chocolate chip cookie! So, remember to bring in your 10 containers!
In weeks 5 and 6 we will be running our Bush Tucker Garden Challenge so start saving your containers!
Great news we have reached the finals of the Waste Sorted Schools Awards!
Congratulations to everyone as this is a fantastic community achievement!
Art - New Art Room Grand Opening
Term 3 Visual Art classes have officially commenced in the new Somerly Primary School Art Room. Students have already begun creating some amazing masterpieces and are enjoying visiting the new learning area for their lessons. All year levels have been exploring new art projects and are developing their artistic techniques and knowledge throughout the process. We have had such a wonderful start to the term, and I am looking forward to presenting the students’ incredible work around this new space soon.
Miss Defty - Art Specialist
P & C
TERM 3 WEDNESDAY LUNCH – SAUSAGE SIZZLE AND A JUICE BOX - $5
*VEGETERIAN OPTION NOW AVAILABLE*
Orders MUST be given to your teacher at the start of class
Correct money MUST be included with your order, NO CHANGE GIVEN
Please ensure the following is on your order:
NAME AND ROOM No.
SAUCE PREFERENCE (Tomato, BBQ, Mustard)
AND JUICE PREFERENCE (Apple, Orange, Tropical or Apple and Blackcurrant)
Online Canteen www.QuickCliq.com.au
Orders must be placed online no cash orders.
YOUR CHILD’S CURRENT 2023 ROOM NUMBER MUST BE UPDATED OR THEY WILL NOT RECEIVE THEIR LUNCH!
Somerly Primary School
Phone: 6206 4200 Dental Therapy: 9407 9457
To advise of your child’s absence text mob: 0437 480 486