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I would like to say a huge thank you to the parents, children and staff who gave up their time to help clean the school grounds last Sunday at the Busy Bee. In a sign of the times, we were down on volunteers, as I appreciate everyone is busy, but the work that was done has taken a huge load from Mr John and has made the school a safer place in preparation for the upcoming fire season.

The P&C have been working very hard to support the school and have coordinated many activities and events already this year. We are very appreciative of the work that they put in. The next P&C meeting is tonight at 6:30pm in the Boardroom or via the WebEx link on Connect.


The GHPS School Board is seeking two new parent representatives to join the current group of committed parent and community members to continue to support the school in its strategic direction and response to the recent school review. One of the members would preferably have a child in Early Childhood so as to represent the views of this group.

If you would like more information regarding this, please contact me at school and I can arrange a time to have a chat and discuss the functions and role of the School Board Members.

Official information and Expression of Interest forms will be made available via Connect before the end of the week. An election will take place if required to allow the new members to attend the final meeting on Thursday 9 December.

The next board meeting is Tuesday 9 November at 6:30pm in the Boardroom.


It was brought to my attention last week that some students have been bringing large sums of money to school and buying items for their friends. I am also aware that others may be using their online QuickCliq account to order large numbers of items to distribute to their friends. Whilst this is very generous, it is not a practice that we encourage. I am also thinking that parents are probably not aware that this is happening.

Staff have spoken to their classes, but it would be great if parents could also please remind your children that this is not appropriate. It may also be worth checking what they have been purchasing on QuickCliq if they have access to their own orders.


This Friday, GHPS will be hosting the Stirk Interschool Athletics. We look forward to having staff, parents and students from Walliston, Lesmurdie, Kalamunda, Maida Vale and Fall Road Primary School here competing. 

As a result of the carnival, there is a change to the regular canteen service, so please be sure to read the information about this on Connect.


Following the Stirk Athletics Carnival, the P&C are coordinating the Happy Halloween School Disco in the Keene Undercover Area.

  • Kindy –Yr3: 4:30pm to 5:45pm
  • Yr4 – Yr6: 6:15pm to 7:45pm 

I look forward to seeing everyone having a great time.


Thank you to those people who emailed me with requests for 2022 class placements. I will be sure to summarise the important information and have it considered as staff construct the classes for 2022. As always, I also take a final look at the classes and ensure that we have done what we can. As always there is no guarantees as sometimes certain considerations cannot be met.

We are hoping to be able to release the class lists via Connect on Friday 17 December. This will allow students and parents to prepare for 2022 over the holiday break. As always, no changes will be considered until after Term 1, Week 2 and only after a meeting with myself to consider all of the factors.


A reminder that the applications for Gifted and Talented Visual Arts at Kalamunda Senior High School are officially open. Year 5 students, aspiring to enter the program in Year 7, 2023, can apply now.

Applications will be open until February next year, however, it is strongly suggested to apply sooner rather than later. This link will take you directly to the page where you can start the process. Key information regarding the program for you to get a little more guidance as to the process and the key dates for next year has been included as attachments to this newsletter.

The Gifted and Talented information session will also be held at Kalamunda Senior High School on Tuesday 9 November, from 6:00pm. Please email to register your interest for this presentation.  If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kalamunda Senior High School.


I was very impressed by the Pre-Primary to Year 3 students with the way they went about their swimming lessons over the past two weeks. Each day, they got themselves organised and headed off to the pool. I could hear the excitement as they came and went past my office window. Talking to a few yesterday, many students were able to pass the stage they attempted and move on to the next stage in 2022.

It was also pretty exciting at the assembly on Friday when I unveiled the Virtues Cup. You could feel the excitement in the room as I removed the cover to reveal this fortnight’s winner – congratulations Stirk!. It adds another layer to our Virtues Token Reward system that hopefully encourages the students to keep displaying these virtues.

I was met by some very excited Kindy students last week when I visited their classroom who were telling me all about the dinosaur eggs they found in their classroom and showed the ‘blow-up’ dinosaurs that had come from the eggs. I’m looking forward to hearing the stories that they write.

Matthew Snell

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