7 September 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.
Thank you to everyone for coming together to enjoy Book Week and the Sports Carnival. We have all enjoyed the buzz of the past two weeks and are looking forward to the events in the weeks remaining for this term.
Book Week was celebrated with our Grandparent’s Afternoon Tea. Children were released from class to spend the afternoon with their grandparents to read stories together and enjoy some afternoon tea. Our Book Parade was enjoyed by all. Staff and students dressed up in their favourite book characters and paraded during our assembly. Thank you to all parents for attending the assembly and all the efforts in preparing the costumes, as well as supporting our Book Fair.
To acknowledge Father’s Day, our Early Childhood classes hosted a special day, where family guests were invited to share a range of fun activities. It was great to see so many family members attend and join in the fun. The Fathering Project members and Mr Gane participated in the Father’s Day event at Bunnings Mindarie. It was a successful event, with many of our community members in attendance to support the program.
Our annual Sports Carnival was blessed to have perfect weather, until pack up. Thank you to all families who attended and supported students who participated in their events. Mrs Ochieng organised the day ensuring children were actively involved throughout the day, participating in various activities. Thank you to all our staff members - the day began very early with the setup, organisation of students into factions, supervision of students throughout the day, encouragement of participation in activities, reinforcing sportsmanship and then pack up in the pouring rain.
This week we are looking forward to our Year 3 to Year 5 students participating in the Digital Olympics. Students will be allocated a country to represent as they complete various digital activities, challenging students’ thinking and cooperation skills. Mrs Sutherland-Mundy has been busy behind the scenes preparing the event. If you would like to support the students during this activity, please speak to your child’s teacher to be registered for an activity.
Please ensure you have booked a time to meet with your child(ren)’s teacher to discuss their social and academic progress throughout the year.
Please click on this link to access the booking site (bookings close at 5pm today)
Students will finish at 11:45am on Friday with parent teacher interviews commencing at 12pm. Please ensure you have planned for your child for this early finishing day. TheirCare is available if you require childcare for the afternoon.
This term a recruitment process was conducted to employ a Principal for the next 12 months whilst Zoe Hadley-Hawley is on leave. I am excited and honoured to announce that I was successful in securing the acting position as Principal for Somerly Primary School for the next 15 months. This also means that Heather Barnwall and Shylie Elliot will remain in their Deputy Principal roles for the next 12 months.
I would also like to congratulate Mrs Jodie Brown on attaining a teaching position at Yanchep Secondary College. Mrs Brown has been an integral part of Somerly Primary School for the past 12 years. During this time, she has been a successful Teacher and leader in Mathematics. We will miss her breadth of knowledge and expertise; however, we wish her all the best in her future career opportunities.
We would also like to wish Mrs Sutherland-Mundy the very best as she will be going on maternity leave at the end of this term to have her baby and enjoy motherhood.
Term 3 Events
Please ensure you stay up to date with your SeeSaw app for posts on events that are occurring during the term.
- 12th September selected students will attend the Principal’s Lunch
- 14th September Year 1 students will participate in the Bush Tucker incursion
- 11th – 15th September we have an incursion with St Johns First Aid activities
- 21st September, Rooms 3 & 4 will host our Peace Day Assembly
- 22nd September is the last day of Term 3
I would like to extend a warm welcome to Jayden, Dominic and Thiago who recently commenced at Somerly Primary School.
Our behaviour focus for Week 8 is:-
- We keep our 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.
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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.
Pre-Primary Father’s/Special Person's afternoon:
Our Pre-Primary classes - Rooms 1 and 2 held a Father's Day/Special Person's event on Thursday. It was a successful afternoon with lots of positive feedback from everyone.
Together they enjoyed reading a book, the photo booth, decorating a tie, being pampered with a shave or a hand scrub and having their portrait painted by their special person. There were lots of smiles all round. Thank you to all attendees, Principal, Deputy Principals, and our wonderful Education Assistants for helping to make this event a success.
Science Week 2023- The Somerly Innovators’ Challenge
This year the Science Week Theme was Innovation: Powering future industries. To support this week, I decided to hold a whole school challenge.
Students were asked to innovate a car for the future. There were three categories depending on the students' ages. Within each category there was a specific criterion the students had to follow. Category One was for Pre-Primary to Year 2 and they had to create a car that could fly. Category two was for Year 3 to 4 and they were asked to design a car that used Artificial Intelligence in some way. The final Category was for Year 5 to 6 and they created cars that used an alternate fuel source.
I was absolutely blown away by the number of entries I received and the amazing ideas and innovations the students came up with. We had water and wind powered cars, cars that were voice activated and transformed and cars that flew like a helicopter or rocket.
It made choosing the finalists very difficult, but the Science Committee stuck to the criteria, and we chose 35 entries from the 68 we received, based on their design sheets and models. Over a week the students voted for their favourites in each category during their Science lessons. I then added up all the votes and the winners were decided.
Congratulations go to:
Category One: Winner - Kodi, Second - Oliver
Category Two: Winner - Kora, Second - Keegan
Category Three: Winner - Nathan, Second – Sienna
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for supporting this event. It was a huge success and I really enjoyed how excited and engaged the students were in the process of developing a car for the future.
2023 Faction Carnival Results
Waste Wise Schools
During Gardening Club, we have been able to weed and clear out some of the garden beds and last week we planted mixed lettuce seeds.
Everyone is welcome to come to Gardening Club, which is run on Monday and Wednesday each week.
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 4, 5 and 6, we had our Bush Tucker Challenge to help our Year 1 students raise funds for their incursion in week 10. Congratulations to our staff, students and community - we stopped 2637 containers from going to landfill and raised $263.70 (with 20% donated to Good Sammy’s).
Our Challenge winners!
Room 4 collected 597 containers!
Great news - we have reached the finals of the Waste Sorted Schools Awards, which are being held on the 14th of September.
Congratulations to everyone as this is a fantastic community achievement!
Room 1 – 216 Room 2 – 171 Room 3 – 190 Room 4 – 597
Room 5 – 317 Room 6 – 10 Room 7 – 41 Room 8 – 76
Room 9 – 3 Room 10 – 286 Room 11 – 12 Room 13 – 12
Room 14 – 68 Room 15 – 95 Room 16 – 130 Room 17 – 5
Room 18 – 175 Room 20 – 31
We also collected 232 containers from our sports carnival on Friday!
Thank you to all classrooms and remember every container counts.
Our next challenge will be in support of Mental Health Week.
This week we are starting our Spring Refreshers, so remember to bring in your 10 containers!
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