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In 2022 we will be celebrating 50 years of education at GHPS. Last week we held the first meeting of the working group that will determine what activities and events will be organised as part of these celebrations. It was great to see so many people attend and the discussion was full of excitement and anticipation and many great ideas were tabled.

We now need volunteers to help coordinate and organise these events so that we spread the load throughout the year. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 13 October (Week 1, Term 4) at 6:30pm in the library where we will be looking at determining the feasibility of each activity based on the capacity of volunteers to take it on.

If you are interested in helping out, please contact Rachael Rowcroft, P&C Fundraising Coordinator at who will add you to the mailing list and inform you of the next meeting. There is also a Facebook Group called ‘Gooseberry Hill PS Celebrating 50 Years‘, feel free to join this group to stay up-to-date with the latest news.

It is going to be an exciting year that will be well remembered by everyone.


What an amazing amount of costumes we saw at the Book Week Parade last Friday. It was great to have the normal Book Week parade after having to make some adjustments in 2020, and boy was it worth it! It was like a party in the undercover area as students marched across the stage showing off their awesome costumes.

It was also a perfect opportunity to present the certificates to those students who had completed 200 nights of reading and launch the GHPS Reader Club that will see students awarded a free book for 200, 400, 600 and 800 nights of reading and special badges for 250, 500, 750 and 1000 nights of reading throughout primary school.  Both Ms Archdall and myself also spoke of our love for and appreciation of books and why they are so important to still have so it was great to see so many students holding the book that related to their costume.

It was also fun to be part of the teacher play ‘Snow White and the Dreadful Dwarfs’. The parents that remained and the students were treated to some dreadful acting by the staff, but the raucous response and positive feedback suggested it was well received. Some staff have suggested we should start practicing for next year now.


Some of you may have heard that Mr Caddy suffered a pretty serious injury whilst playing football on the weekend. I was able to speak to him yesterday and can confirm that he is recovering in hospital following abdominal surgery. He is still pretty sore, but is expected to make a full recovery. We don’t expect him to be back this term so we will continue the PE program with relief staff in the interim.

The Faction Carnival next week will go ahead as scheduled, but I may ask for a few extra volunteers at times next week.

Mr Caddy asked me to thank everyone for the well wishes and hopes to be able to see you all very soon.


The Bibbulum Robotics Tournament was held at Kalamunda SHS on Friday 20 August and I was lucky enough to shoot down there and see some of our student in action. I was blown away by the coding capabilities of some of our students as they navigated game boards with both Sphero and Spike robots to gain challenge cards. There was even a special visit from some Star Wars characters.

This is the pre-curser for the First Lego League Championships that will this year be held at Darling Range Sports College. Mr Orrell, Mrs Bebbington and Ms Nicholson have met with the students this week and will need to determine which students will be selected for our two teams on the day. It is a big commitment by those that are selected as not only is robot coding a part of it, but there is a values project on a transport issue that needs to be completed and presented to the judges on the day. I look forward to seeing what the students come up with this year.

I happened to stumble into Room 9 last week when Mr McNeil and his class were preparing some Science to be done for open night. I was amazed as the students showed me the experiment and then explained the complex scientific concepts behind why it happened. I won’t give it away, but let’s just say you will be blown away.

Matthew Snell

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