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The year 2 assembly item on Australian animals was fantastic. The children sang beautifully and there was plenty of action in the song. Well done everyone.
The school choir has been accepted to sing in the Schools Massed Choir for 2017 which will be held at the Perth Concert Hall. This is a very exciting venture and will be a memorable experience for those students in years 3 to 6 who are in the choir. Well done to Mrs Alderson for successfully applying for this experience for our choir.
To celebrate the diversity of cultures in Australia, children will be encouraged to wear different cultural costumes or the colour orange for Friday 24 March.
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.
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 1 April.
A new School Psychologist, Ella Squeo, has been appointed for this year. Our previous School Psychologist, Danielle Fry, has recently had a baby and has elected not to return to work. At present we don’t have a permanent appointment to the school but the position will be advertised towards the end of the year for a permanent appointment.
The year 5/6 class departed for Point Walter this morning. There is a very comprehensive activities program organised for it and the students are being supervised and looked after by Mrs Reed, Mrs Van (who has been especially employed to assist at the camp), Mr Bathols and Mr Collins. Thanks to these staff who are volunteering their evenings away from their families to take the children on the camp which involves two overnight stays. Thanks also to the P&C for the subsidy provided to all parents. The school has also provided funds to pay for staff who don’t normally work on these days and for the cost of accommodation and catering for staff.
Young Leader’s Conference
From all reports, this was another successful venture and the students who attended all benefited from this experience. It was held at the Perth Convention Centre and there were many inspiring speakers. The cost for the students to attend was paid by the school.
Child Parent Centre – East Maddington
The centre is running very well and is being well used by the community. According to the centre’s data, only one family from Orange Grove has accessed it. It runs workshops on a variety of parenting topics and playgroup sessions. It also provides a range of services including occupation and speech therapy and health services.
Mrs Dickens has unfortunately taken ill and is on leave until the end of the term. Mrs Turner is relieving Mrs Dickens and will be joining Mrs Wilson in teaching the year 1 class until the end of term.