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You may have read in the media that schools are in the process of preparing for a shift for remote learning should the need arise. At GHSP we have remained prepared throughout the pandemic so there is not a lot required for us to do should a lockdown occur.

Some of the things that are in place include the use of online resources such as Mathletics and Literacy Pro, as well as communication with both parents and students through Connect. If you are not utilising these resources, please make an effort to ensure that you know your logins and passwords so that any transitions can be seamless.

With regard to access to computers and internet, I will send a short survey home for families to complete so that we can assist anyone who may not have access. We have loan laptops available for student use if required so please be sure to indicate that you would like to access this service on the survey. Webcams and the ability to access Webex will be a critical part of staying connected in the event of a lockdown. Many of you are already accessing this through your work and or communication to families so hopefully everyone will have the skills to manage this.

As always at GHPS, good communication will ensure there are no surprises and being prepared is an important part of the current world that we operate in. Please do to hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss anything related to remote learning.


It has been a busy start to the term with lots happening in the past two weeks. The Choir and Orchestra are busily preparing for the WAGSMS event at the Crown Theatre next Monday 9 August. I have been present at many of the rehearsals and am very excited to see the students finally get the opportunity to showcase all of their hard work. I know it is going to be amazing. In case you were not aware, the AFL has scheduled the West Coast Eagles game at Optus Stadium on that night as well, so parking at Crown will be at a premium. I suggest you are prepared and get there early as I would hate for you to miss the performances.

Stirk were rewarded for gaining the most faction tokens in Term 2 with a sausage sizzle in Week 1. This is a great reward for demonstrating the school virtues and values. I would like to thank Ms Archdall and the Student Leaders for the preparation and cooking, they did a fantastic job!

Ms Archdall has had a busy few weeks as she also did a fantastic job of organising the Leadership Breakfast last Thursday for the Year 6 students and their parents. This is an awesome event that allows our students to share a formal breakfast with their parents and hear from some inspirational leaders within our community and their stories of resilience and resolve to attain success within their chosen career pathways. We were very fortunate to hear from construction CEO Tiffany Allen about her journey as well as two time Olympian and local Physiotherapist Mark Oberman. Both of them spoke about taking the opportunities that came to them and applying themselves to the best of their ability. It was also great to hear of their setbacks and sacrifices and how the ability to get back up and learn from things that don’t go right can be very powerful.

A group of Year 6 students are today competing in the School Sport WA West Coast Fever Champions Cup. They earnt the right to attend this carnival due to success at the Stirk School’s Lightning Carnival. I’m sure they will give a good account of themselves and represent us in the Gooseberry Hill way. Students from Year’s 3 – 5 will next week go to the School Sport WA Cross Country Championships at UWA Sports Park.  Mrs Elsegood and Mrs Reaveley will be accompanying them as Mr Caddy and myself will be on the Year 6 Camp. Again, I’m sure they will represent us well and give their best effort.

Room 7 were again the winners of the 30 minutes free time for the most faction tokens during the last fortnight. They are making a habit of this as I just gave them the time owed from last term. I know they are working hard as I was in their classroom on Monday when Mrs LeBlanc was doing a History lesson on built and natural environments and how they change over time. The students had an historical photograph of Yagan Square in Perth and were comparing it to a modern one and listing all of the changes in a table. It was fascinating to see the changes and listen to the discussion that was taking place.

Matthew Snell

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