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It was with absolute delight that I met with the Senior Choir upon return from their visit and performance at the Perth Children’s Hospital last Friday. It was a unique opportunity made possible by Mrs O’Reilly and her husband Tai and a privilege that I’m sure will not be forgotten quickly.

As usually, the performance was polished and professional and the feedback received was once again outstanding. But perhaps significantly, it was more about the impact that it had on the children at the hospital and the opportunity to provide some joy for those that are perhaps less fortunate than us that resonates the most.

Through music, the performance created an atmosphere that was full of love and happiness and those that were there returned telling stories of the smiles on everyone’s faces. Again, it makes me very proud to be the Principal of this school and I thank the wonderful, students, staff and parents for making this such an amazing event.

Such was the impact; we have been invited back next term.


Today marked the beginning of 3 days of action and activity as we participate in the Faction Athletics. The students have been working all term in their factions to develop their skills in the games and events to ensure that they can give their best shot.

Today we had the Long Jump and throws and it was evident who had been practicing. Tomorrow is the long distance and Triple Jump, before the carnival on Friday. A program has been sent out with information as to what is on when.

I look forward to seeing the combination of competitiveness, teamwork and cooperation to see who will be this year’s winner. I also look forward to hearing the support that is given for team- mates as I’m sure a high level of sportsmanship will also be on display.


The brick wall and the pavers outside the Brooks Room will be being removed on Saturday 21 September starting at 8am. We require anyone who can help with a sledge hammer and a wheelbarrow.  The pavers also have to come up so if you are looking for some free pavers, slabs or coffee rock this is your opportunity to come along and fill up your trailer.

I look forward to getting in and getting it done so we can begin work on the new STEM area as soon as possible.




Do you love Lego, but are too old to play with it now? Are you into Robotics? Do you have time to volunteer on 27 November? Well you could be just the person we are looking for.

On Wednesday 27 November, GHPS will be hosting the Regional Championships of the FIRST Lego League. This is a Robotics completion where students build and control a robot made from Lego to complete certain tasks all under this year’s theme of City Shaper.

As the host of this competition, we will welcome students from other schools around the area in what is going to be a very exciting event. We require volunteers to complete the Judging and Referee courses, provided by Curtin University in October. If this is something you can help with, please let me know at school and I will provide you with the information about the training.

Further information about the competition can be found at:


Thank you to everybody who helped out with the Great Vegie Crunch yesterday. This is an important part of our Crunch and Sip program and it was great seeing the children try all sorts of vegetables and seeing if they could get the ‘Crocodile Crunch’ on the App. The preparation was a huge effort and providing each class with a tray and couldn’t have been done without all of your support.

Thanks also to the P&C for providing the funds to purchase all of the food.


The School Board met last night to discuss the progress this year toward our Business Plan Targets and how the Board can continue to assist the school in meeting these. The Board is also in the process of developing a strategic plan to ensure that it’s direction is in-line with the school and it is representing the school community and its interests.

At last night’s meeting the Board approved the Booklists and Contributions and Charges for 2020. The discussion around this allowed the members of the Board to understand the importance of certain items and how they support the learning program.

The Board has a great representation of parents, staff and community members that meet once a term. Minutes are published to the school website so everyone can see what is being discussed. If you are interested in anything that is discussed by the Board, you can always contact myself or the Board Chair, Brook Durling.


I look forward to seeing everyone here at school next Tuesday evening at the Open Night from 5pm to 7pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and have a look at what your children have been doing in class and discuss with them the learning that has been taking place.

There will be a sausage sizzle available, so why not come along and enjoy a night off cooking at the same time.

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