From The Principal

While Mr Bushe-Jones is Principal at Southwell for the term, Mrs Duce and Mr McNamara will be sharing the Associate Principal role. Mrs Sputore and Mr Konstantaurus will be taking the teaching roles that they are vacating. Children all know these teachers, and they will be working with Mr McNamara and Mrs Duce to ensure the class program is not disrupted.

Manish Vashith is our new Network support officer who is joining us on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He will be assisting teachers and later on, will be assisting with Coder dojo and working in classrooms.

Mrs Clarke has returned from maternity leave and we welcome her back.

We are currently implementing the Aboriginal Cultural Framework across the curriculum. Ms Young and her committee are working with our Aboriginal parents to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). You will soon see Noongar signage joining our English descriptions and the Indonesian words around the school. Children have learned a welcome song ‘Wanjoo’ and this will become a regular part of our assembly. I trust you have all noticed our beautiful Bindi-Bindi on the side of the office wall. The Year 3 children and Mrs Bux have done an amazing job. Bindi-Bindi Dreaming worked with Wetlands 1 and 2 in the planting of our school’s Bush Tucker Garden. We are now looking for an Aboriginal artist to work with the children to create a montage of the 6 Aboriginal seasons on the paving near the Bush Tucker Garden.

In Week 5 we are looking forward to seeing the results of all the hard work being done by Mrs Wheatley and her drama group. Mrs Wheatley and these children work in their own time after school and are preparing the play ‘Camp Kindness’, firstly for the younger children, and then on Friday 23rd for parents and Years 5 and 6. All tickets must be booked for this through Try booking and no seats will be available without a ticket. There will be standing room only without a ticket.

The choir performed at the Crown Theatre recently. Ms Barnes and her charges made me very proud. Their hard work and practice certainly resulted in an outstanding effort. It is important to acknowledge that the 60+ students are from P-6 and are part of the choir because they want to sing, not because they can!

Swimming was very successful this year, with reports from the Pool Supervisor that our children behaved very well. While it was further than the Arc, teachers and students coped very well. Next year we will be at the Arc again.

Our STEM Fair will be held on Wednesday for our children. Children in all year levels enjoy engaging in STEM activities, making their own games and recycled articles. Children pay to join in and to choose and purchase, encouraging enterprise and providing practical mathematical activities. This year we have invited teachers from other schools to visit and to find out how we run this unique fair.

Contributions and Charges reminders have been sent out. We know this payment is sometimes forgotten, but this money provides a range of ‘extras’ for all children and adds value to our program. The $60 per child works out to be $1:50 per week, or 30c per day. We will happily take instalments if this is helpful.

Art News
Have you seen the Year 3 students’ amazing Butterfly Mosaic? It was inspired from the Whole- school, STEM, Butterfly Project. It was done at the end of term 2, with Mrs Bux. It is located on the Administration block, east facing wall, opposite the Early Childhood area. The butterfly makes a great photo opportunity for all little or BIG butterflies! ENJOY!

Annual Local Schools Art Exhibition
This Art Exhibition is run annually by the Cockburn Community Cultural Council and is a showcase of local school students’ art work. It runs all next week…Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th August (art work comes down at 3pm Saturday). Pop in any time and admire the amazing talents of our local students, especially the ones from South Coogee Primary School!

Sports News
Last Tuesday 6th August, we had a fantastic visit to our school by Josh Kennedy and Luke Shuey from the West Coast Eagles Football Club along with Regan Atkinson the Bulldogs District Development Officer. They were here to present the Eagles Cup Inter-School football shield to our winning team in 2019. This is the third year in a row that South Coogee Seagulls has been successful. The trophy is on display in the front office for all to see. Thank you to the West Coast Eagles and the South Fremantle Football Club.

On Thursday 22nd August, South Coogee PS will be competing at the Cockburn District Inter-School Cross Country Carnival at Manning Park in Spearwood from 12.00pm- 2.30pm. Our 40 selected competitors have already received their permission forms and all necessary information. Please return your form along with the payment to the office with as soon as possible.

We do require some Parent Helpers to assist at the carnival. If you are able to help then please do contact Mr Gough.

There has been morning training for our competitors on our school oval on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8.15am – 8.50am. This training will continue in Week 4 and Tuesday of Week 5. If you are able to get to training that would be terrific! It is not compulsory of course.