Issue 4, 8 March 2017

Dear Students, Parents and Community Members

3/4  Assembly

It was a very moving assembly item that the year 3/4 class showcased last Friday. What a wonderful way to introduce the value of the month, “Caring”.
The class demonstrated their achievement of collaborative writing with a narrative producing the story of “Buddy Bear”. I am very glad most of them have joined the school choir as they showed their tunefulness in singing “You Can Count On Me”. I’m sure that Mrs Alderson would agree with me.


If there are any parents interested in a playgroup on Mondays commencing next term in the Kindergarten area please let the office know so that I can gauge whether it will be viable.

Car Park

Please, please, please DO NOT WALK through the car park! It is very dangerous, particularly if you have children in tow. The car park is circular and cars are constantly exiting and entering. I would absolutely hate to see an accident happen.

Reverse Parking

All cars using the car park need to reverse park for safety reasons. Please be mindful that the car park is fairly restricted for space and be considerate when parking so that you don’t take up too much space. If you have difficulty reverse parking, please use Boyle Lane to park. 

School Fees

If families still haven’t paid school fees for this year please consider paying before the end of March to assist the school to purchase student resources. We are a very small school and rely on fees to supplement the Student Centred Funding we receive from the Education Department. Our fees are the lowest in the area , $40 for the year if you pay before the end of March and $45 from 1st April.

School Board Nominations

There are possibly two vacancies on the School Board. If you are interested in nominating please contact the office for roles and responsibilities or contact me for more information.

Lesley Ghent - Principal




- Drive slowly it's an 8km an hour zone

- Don’t walk through car park, walk around the outside of the car park.
- Reverse parking only.


- Drop Off and Pick up ONLY
- No Parking
- Only for pick up after 3:05pm if child is waiting.
- All children must wait for their parents with the staff member on duty.
- Children are not to walk through the Kiss & Drive area, as this poses a significant safety hazard.



- All of Boyle Lane is now a school zone. From 7:30am to 9:00am and from 2:00pm to 3:30pm on school days you must obey the 40km/hour speed limit. 

FREE Kids Kayaking Lesson for children aged 8-12 years

Venue: Champion Lakes Regatta Centre, Henley Drive, Champion Lakes
Date: Saturday 18 March
Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pre-requisite: Must be able to swim 50metres, Level 5 +
Qualified Level One Flatwater Instructor
All Gear Provided (Boat, paddle pdf)
Bookings Essential:

Catechism Classes

Every Wednesday 5:45pm to 6:45pm during School Terms at the Church annex. Suitable for children in years 1-6 preparing to receive the Sacraments. 
For further information please contact Fr Varghese by phone on 9493 1703 or email

Important Dates

Friday 10 March
- Movie Character Dress-Up Fundraiser

Friday 17 March
- Yr 2 Assembly 8:45am
- Yr 6 Young Leaders Conference

Tuesday 21 March
- School Photo Day

Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 March
- Yr 5/6 Camp

Thursday 23 March
- P&C Meeting 8:45am

Wednesday 29 March
- Yr 5/6 Red Cross Incursion 1:15pm
- PP-Yr 2 Bunnings Incursion 1:00pm

Friday 31 March
- Student Leader Assembly 8:45am
- Yr 3-6 Bunnings Incursion 1:00pm

Wednesday 5 April
- Principal's Lunch 12:30pm

Friday 7 April
- Easter Hat Parade
- Last Day of Term 1
Term 1 Planner

Lights, Camera, ACTION!

Dress up as your favourite movie character on Friday 10 March. Donate a gold coin and all the funds raised will go to the animals at the RSPCA. 

Dress up as any character you like, please don't bring in the movie as it might get damaged.

Some people you can dress up as if you have no ideas are Cinderella, Ben 10, Hermione Granger, Darth Vader or a Ninja Turtle. Please dress up for enjoyment and for the animals!

Yr 6 Student Leadership Team

Certificate Recipients

Congratulations to the following students who recently received certificates.

Honour Certificates
PP: Nicholas
Yr 1: Kiara
Yr 2: Aiden L
Yr 3: Brianna
Yr 4: Ziggy
Yr 5: Miya
Yr 6: Lawson 

Values Certificates
Junior: Jayden
Senior: Tyga

Mathlete of the Week
Junior: Ann
Senior: Declan S
Yr 1: Asmaul
Yr 2: Alison
Yr 3: Stephanie
Yr 6: Declan S
Yr 2: Ann
Yr 3: Grace W
Yr 3: Nazrinna
Yr 6: Dila

Wonderful Writers
Yr 1: Jerry
Yr 1: Lexi-Mae
Yr 2: Alison
Yr 3: Rheanon
Yr 4: Clay
Yr 6: Declan
Yr 6: Dila

Chaplain’s Chat – Beware Tripping Hazards!

The old saying “Pride comes before a fall” is an interesting and potentially confronting observation. But what actually is ‘pride’?

One definition of pride is an “inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in conduct”. In other words, when we think who we are or what we do/own is better than others then we have succumbed to being proud. 

Pride is not usually something we set out to achieve; it creeps up on us. We are all susceptible to pride and I certainly know this on a personal level. 

So what is the issue with pride? Yes it is healthy to have a robust opinion of one’s self but when this opinion separates us from other people by considering them as less than ourselves then we have crossed the line. 

When pride gets in the way of our relationships it will ‘trip’ us up. It will cause problems in our family, our circle of friends and in our work or school community. Pride kills unity. As we avoid the tripping hazard of pride we grow both ourselves and the unity of our community. 

May we all avoid such a tripping hazard.

Mr C (Chaplain)

Parking Around Schools - Did You Know?

It is an offence to park on a footpath. Blocking pathways gives pedestrians little choice but to walk on or near the road, increasing the risk of an accident. If you are parking near a school please consider the safety of children.

Used Toothbrush and Toothpaste Tube Collection

As part of the sustainability program at Orange Grove Primary School we are collecting old toothbrushes and empty toothpaste tubes. There will be a collection box outside the staff room. 
We will happily receive
  1. Toothpaste tubes and caps
  2. Toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging
  3. Toothbrushes
  4. Floss containers
Please note that electronic toothbrushes and electronic toothbrush parts are not recyclable through this program.

Relationship Education Programs

Parenting Courses - March 2017

West Leederville Branch

Parent-Child Connection
Being a parent can be tough. People with primary school children are invited to this four week course to learn new skills, feel better about their parenting and gain confidence.  Read more....

Mums Raising Boys  DAYTIME
Mothers, who are usually their son’s primary female role model, play a vital part in developing their son’s identity, including their ability to be nurturing.  Read more...

Understanding Stepfamily Relationships Weekend
Stepfamilies can be a huge juggling act. This course held over a weekend addresses the complex needs and priorities of a blended family including parenting.  Read more...

Click Here for Term 1 Planner

Click on Underlined Program Name to download a brochure.
Program Venue Day/Time
Animal Move and Sing Amherst Village Function Centre, Southern River Mondays (monthly) 9.30-10.30
Bonding with Books
Maddington Central Shopping Centre
Livingston Marketplace, Canning Vale
First Thursday of the month 10.00-11.00
Third Thursday of the month 10.00-11.00
Safety Around the Home
(Basic first aid and CPR workshop for parents/carers with children under 5 years)
Leisure World, Thornlie Thursdays 9.30-11.30
23 February
23 March
27 April
25 May
Park Play Sutherlands Park Playground, Huntingdale
Walter Padbury Playground, Thornlie
Mills Park Nature Play Space, Beckenham
Tuesdays 3.00-5.00
Fridays 9.30-11.30
(rotates between the 3 parks)
Dads and Kids Disco Amherst Village Function Centre, Southern River Friday 10 March 6.00-8.00
The Big Messy Play Day Mills Park Nature Play Space, Beckenham Wednesday 8 March 10.00-12.00
Triple P Seminar Series
(Positive Parenting Program)
Don Russell Performing Arts Centre, Thornlie Wednesdays 6.00-8.30
1 March
29 March
3 May
Lil Buzz (for girls 9-12years) Thornlie Community Centre Wednesdays 3.30-5.30

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