TERM 1 WRAP-UP
One again it has been an amazing term filled with lots of activities and events that just add to the whole school culture that exists at Gooseberry Hill PS. If we look at the list it is extensive with swimming lessons, parent evenings, leadership incursions, Sculptures by the Sea, Interschool Cricket, Faction and Interschool Swimming, Gina Williams, Just Dance Friday’s, the Year 3 sleepover and of course the Easter Hat Parade, Harmony Day and ANZAC Service to finish off the term.
All of these events and activities are made possible by the extraordinary commitment of the staff at GHPS and I would like to thank them for everything they do that goes above and beyond the regular role of a classroom teacher. We are extremely fortunate to have such professional and selfless staff that continue to give up their own time to make the school journey an enriching one for all of the students. Thank you also to all of the parents for your ongoing support of the school. It is a privilege to be part of such a great team.
The school will hold its annual ANZAC Service this Friday at 9:30am in the courtyard outside the Keene Undercover Area. This is a great opportunity for all students and their families to pay their respects and remember why ANZAC Day is still a very significant part of our culture. The school Choir and Orchestra will perform as part of the service and ex-student Evan Peart will play the last post. We will also have guest speakers to address us and share with us some personal thoughts.
Wreaths will be laid by representatives of the student, staff and parent body as we pay our respects. We do require help to make the wreaths so anyone who can help on Thursday from 1:30pm in the Keene Under Cover Area, that will be greatly appreciated.
All families are welcome to join us for the service.
BENDIGO BANK STEM GRANT
As announced at the assembly yesterday, GHPS has been successful in attaining a $5000 grant from Bendigo Bank to go towards STEM resources. Specifically, the grant will assist the school in training and nominating in the regional First LEGO League which is an upper primary program where students build, program and compete with a robot, whilst also learning about modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions for it.
The team will be selected and train as part of our upcoming STEM Club with Mr Orrell, Mrs Bebbington and Miss Nicholson as well as receiving support and guidance from Curtin University. This is a very exciting opportunity and is just the beginning of our drive toward improving STEM within the school.
Thank you to Mrs Calcott and the Forrestfield / High Wycombe branch of the Bendigo Bank.
STIRK SWIMMING CARNIVAL
Congratulations to our Interschool Swim Team who were victorious on Friday to bring home the Stirk Swimming Shield for the 4th consecutive year. The extra training and team mentality was evident throughout the day as race after race, our students were in the places with several winning champion or runner up champion on the day.
A huge thanks must go to Mr Caddy and Miss Richards for their expert training and organisation and also to all of the parents who drove the students to and from squad and also helped cook the BBQ breakfast last week.
It was great to see another example of where hard work and dedication results in success.
Don’t forget parents can view and provide opportunities for practice by visiting the NAPLAN Public Demonstration site.
Parents who have concerns about the tests, or who would like to know more about the options available, including applying for an exemption, should contact Mrs Bell at school.