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We have again created many opportunities to success through excellence and experience across the past two weeks as we seem to be racing toward the end of the year at speed. The Grandparents’ Morning Tea was again a highlight on the school calendar with many grandparents taking up the opportunity to spend time in the classrooms prior to being treated to performances by the Orchestra, Rock Band, Junior and Senior Choirs. I have received many emails from grandparents thanking us for the event, but the thanks must really go to all of the grandparents who take the time to come and see what is happening at our school. It is this extended family that continues to make GHPS special.

Today I went down to Darling Range Sports College to see the First Lego League in action. Our students once again impressed me as I was lucky enough to sit in on both of their judging sessions where they explained their innovation project, robot design and core values. Not only did they speak with confidence and knowledge, but their teamwork and enjoyment of the processes shone through. What really impressed me was how both teams talked about how they’d worked together with one another during planning and how they supported and learnt from one another. As I left we were sitting first and third  in the Robot game so who knows, we may be off to Curtin Uni for the National Championships for the third year in a row!

Pre-Primary took the bus from Kalamunda Bus Station to the City last week and had a great day. It is a wonderful experience to have the opportunity to take public transport to the City for our young children and something that is very exciting.

The Year 6s also ventured into the City on Friday and visited Parliament House. This was a great opportunity for them to see how the content they have studied regarding our political systems and structures works in action. It is always a very informative day.

Mr McNeil and Mrs Scott took a group of eager students to Darlington PS to compete in the inaugural Handball Championships. We won both the boys and girls competitions and also had the last two competitors in the teams event. Well done to Owen and Skye and everyone else that played with such sportsmanship.  All that practice certainly paid off! We look forward to hosting Darlington at GHPS as they visit for the return leg next Wednesday. I hope Mr McNeil and Mrs Scott have brushed up on their own games as they weren’t as successful as our students in the staff event!

We also had the second instalment of our IMSS assemblies with the Brass, Cello, Percussion, Flute and Guitar students sharing with us what they have learnt this year. As Mrs Tweddle said, it is always great for our students to have an opportunity to perform as they practice so hard and this makes it all worthwhile. I thank all of our IMSS teachers for the wonderful job they do when teaching instruments.

Mrs Helen Deacon, Principal at Kalamunda Senior High School, also came to present the scholarship award winners for 2022. There are six scholarships on offer and GHPS students were awarded three. Congratulations to Cooper, Ava and Sadie on these awards.

As always, the community song was a highlight with staff getting into the mood by dressing for the occasion. I believe there is a treat in stall for the next assembly also.


I am currently in the process of finalising the staffing for 2022, with many changes as a result of some staff retiring and others taking leave. We are still hopeful that class lists will be made available on the last Friday of this term allowing parents and students time to prepare over the holiday break.


Thank you to those that nominated for the vacant position on the School Board. As outlined in the Terms of Reference, we will now proceed to an election for the vacant positions. A separate note with the nominations and voting instructions will be sent out via Connect.


Collections have been a little slow for the RUN4FUN which is on next Friday 3 December. We opted for the green option as a result of a poll, which means that a tree is planted for every $15 raised. We were hoping to raise more than we currently have so as an incentive I have agreed to allow those that have raised over $75 to go into the draw to slime me.  C’mon everyone, it’s not every day you get given the opportunity to slime the Principal!


Last term I met with an origination who is keen to run coding workshops at GHPS during the school holidays and after school throughout the term. If there is enough interest, GHPS will hire out the space to Junior Engineers and students will be able to sign up to the workshops directly with them.

Information regarding the courses available and how to sign up is attached to the newsletter and can also be found at

There is a cost involved that is directly received by Junior Engineers.

Matthew Snell

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