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The following students received honour certificates at our assembly on Tuesday;  Andrew, Xavier, Emily, William, Cherish, Christopher, Emily, Connor, Skye, Jordyn, Ben, Felicity, Tayla, Thomas, Chloe, Ben, Chet, Lacey, Sophie, Brooke, Gabriel, Levi and Lucas. 


There has been a confirmed case of chickenpox (also called varicella) at the school this week.

The main symptom of chickenpox is an itchy red rash that turns into blisters, which then crust over. Advice from the Health Department is that children should be kept at home until the last of the blisters has dried out and scabbed over. If any pregnant mothers or those with young babies are concerned they should consult their medical professional. If a student does contract chickenpox, we ask that parents notify the school immediately.


Lids for Kids
Gooseberry Hill PS are now collecting plastic bottle tops and bread tags for ‘Lids for Kids’. An organisation  that creates mobility limbs for disabled children. 

Please drop your lids and bread tags to the office, lids are to be clean, and free of any other lining and sorted by colour.  

See link for a recent article on Lids for Kids:  Click Here

We would love to know what you are doing to help the planet. If you are able to send a photo or describe how you reduce, reuse or recycle at home we will display this on Open Night.

Please hand entries to the front office. 

EMRC –  Earth Carers Course
EMRC’s  Earth Carers Course will commence on Tuesday 15 October! 

Our Earth Carers course has now been expanded from five to six workshops over four weeks and includes a visit to the Red Hill Waste Management Facility. Here are the key points you may wish to share with friends and family:

  • Participants who complete the five core sessions will join our Earth Carers network which brings together like-minded people, gives you opportunities for further learning and sharing your knowledge at community events.
  • The sixth session will include a guest speaker from the waste management industry plus a graduation ceremony for participants who complete the first five sessions.
  • Each workshop covers various themes and will provide participants with practical skills and theoretical knowledge relating to waste minimisation. See the program outline below for a summary of topics and workshop details.
  • The course is still FREE and we’re especially keen to receive registrations from residents of our Member Councils – Kalamunda, Swan, Bassendean, Bayswater, Belmont and Bassendean;

Due to the high demand for places in this course, people should only register if they believe they can commit to attending the first five sessions or have already discussed foreseen absences with me. I can be contacted via email or on 9424 2271.

Registrations for the October course must be made via our Eventbrite registration page. The course will book out quickly, so please encourage your friends or family to register early to avoid disappointment. Similarly, if they register and then find that they can no longer attend, we ask that they cancel their ticket so someone else can take their place.

Link to our website with further information on the course: Click Here


A reminder as we start coming into the warmer months students are to being wearing hats in the playgound.

The School has a “NO HAT – NO PLAY IN THE SUN” Policy. Children will only be permitted to play in the sun if they are wearing a hat at all times throughout the year. The only hat permitted is a broad brim SunSmart style. Students need a hat for early morning fitness and sport lessons.


The permission forms for the PP-Year 3 swimming lessons are due back to the office this Friday 13 September. Families that made a prepayment at the beginning of the year are reminded that the swimming lessons will be covered by that amount and to ensure you tick the “prepaid” box on the payment slip. If you have any queries, please call the office. 


As a Chaplain and as a parent of 3 sons words like ‘resilience’ and ‘self esteem’ are terms that are often used. As my role in the school is to help build and promote self esteem and resilience, but as a parent the best thing I can do at home is promote ‘self- sufficiency’.

Why is self-sufficiency important?

Self-sufficiency, of the ‘I can do it myself’ kind, is the basis of self-esteem and resilience. One of the main developmental tasks is for children and teenagers to gain a sense of control and mastery over their environment. This mastery begins by gaining basic competencies such as being able to feed and dress yourself as a toddler and then gradually adding new competencies as physical and mental capacities allow. The development of children’s independence can be frustrating and time-consuming, particularly if you are time-poor or have a strong perfectionist streak. But that is the price of independence-building.

Step back to allow kids to step up

Respected US parenting and child development expert Dr. Debora Gilboa (aka Dr. G) believes parents need to step back to allow children to step up. It’s a smart phrase that infers that parents need to take on the role of their child’s teacher rather than be the person who is always solving their problems and doing routine tasks for them.

Gilboa says, “It’s crucial that you take a step back and let your kids make mistakes and learn from their experiences. You aren’t going to be there in adulthood to clear the obstacles they face or solve their struggles.” It is through dealing with their own frustrations and learning from their mistakes that kids develop the resilience needed to stand on their own two feet.

Self-sufficiency tips

Gilboa gives the following three tips to develop self-sufficiency in children at any age:

  1. Problem-solving. When your child or adolescent comes to you with a problem, resist the urge to fix it. Invite them to resolve the problem themselves.
  2. Welcome failure. This is hard in our perfectionistic world but expect them to struggle and talk about what they can do to get back on their feet.
  3. Expect them to help. Give them tasks that help the whole family, not just themselves and make sure they do them well. Be patient, but firm.

Self-sufficiency has many forms and many faces, including the ability to problem-solve, emotional self-regulation and taking responsibility for your actions. It’s easiest to develop in children when they are young. This is also because not every child in a family will take to independence as willingly as others.

If developing independence is something that you haven’t focused on before, don’t despair. It’s not too late to start. Begin where you feel comfortable, rather than make huge changes straightaway. Persist rather than give in when you have resisters; the notion of independence is too important for children’s future success.

For more ideas please go to

Thank you
Adrian Wilson
School Chaplain 


On Wednesday 25 September we will be running a workshop for Cyber Safety hosted by WA Child Safety Services. The workshop will be run from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in either the Library or Keene UCA (pending numbers)

If you would like to be apart of this workshop please contact the office to RSVP. 


Learn a new skill

Set yourself a challenge to learn something new. It may be something as simple as trying a new recipe or mastering how to change a tyre or perhaps something more challenging like learning to speak a new language. learning new things keeps us alert, engaged and keeps us interested in the world around us. 


Check out Room 18 – PP2 crunching like crocodiles at the Great Vegie Crunch! 

Its been very busy in Early Childhood with Fathers’ Day celebrations and today the Curtin Speech Parent morning.  A big thank you to those Parents’ who were able to participate in our Curtin speech workshop this morning

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