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At our Languages Assembly yesterday the school community was entertained by Year 6 students who read the Very Hungry Caterpillar in Indonesia. We started and finished the assembly with all students and staff participating in an Indonesian song and dance. Thank you to Ebu Marshall for highlighting the importance of learning another language and our knowledgeable Year 6 girls.

Terima Kasih


The following students received honour certificates at our assembly on Tuesday; Harry, Arlen, Sadie, Sienna, Ryan, Guy, Aiden, Maali and Ryan. 


The Scholastic Book Club booklets going home this week, please have cash orders returned to the office by 3.30pm 29 October. 
Orders can also be places online: click here for link to Scholastic. 


We are currently planning for the 2020 school year and it is important to have our projected number of enrolled students correct. If you know that your family (other than those students currently in Year 6) will not be attending GHPS in 2020, please let the school know by email ( or letter marked “Confidential” to Matthew Snell, Principal as soon as possible.

We appreciate your observance of this as it will help provide a smooth transition for the new school year and ensure we have adequate staffing arrangements in place


The Interschool Athletics Carnival will be on Friday 1 November, now being held at Gooseberry Hill PS (formerly at Walliston PS).
Notes were sent home last term, please return them to the office if you have not done so already.


School Disco will be on Friday 1 November for all students. The theme will be Crazy Hair/Fancy Dress. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased from the office or on the door (cash only).                           
                                                                           Kindy – Year 3 Session: 4:30pm-5:45pm
                                                                           Year 4-Year 6 Session: 6:00pm-7:45pm


An information meeting for parents and children  will be held at the school on Wednesday 20 November from 9.00 to 10.30 am. Children will attend the Early Childhood Centre to meet the Kindy and Pre-Primary teachers while parents go to the Keene Undercover Area.


Our school is a part of this programme because we know how important it is for everyone to be mentally and physically healthy and this can be achieved by being engaged in community projects and events. Look below at how many events at our school can be called ABC events.


A huge thank you to those families who were able to support this very special programme. We know that your efforts will make a child somewhere in the world a lot happier this Christmas. Boxes are able to be dropped off to the office until Friday morning, 25 October.


Our Challenge Walk was again a lot of fun and indeed a challenge for some. Thank you to the families who provided the pikelets for the whole school to enjoy at Jorgensen Park. Remember to mark the last day of Term Three on your calendar now so you can join us next year.


 Last term we were fortunate to have the opportunity for our Year 5 and 6 students to have a presentation about online safety. There was also an evening presentation for parents and community members. We had about 25 people attend to hear more about how we can best monitor our children accessing online content. As difficult as it is at times to learn what is happening in the “online world” this presentation was excellent. We would like to thank Earnshaw’s Real Estate for sponsoring these presentations and we hope to arrange for further ones next year. 


 On Monday students from Gooseberry Hill PS joined other students from the local schools  to meet Mr Matthew Hughes, Mr Tyson Anderson and Ms Amberley Bradley at the City of Kalamunda office to discuss how schools are helping to care for their environment. The schools each shared a presentation and discussed ways to further this cause as well as hearing from other speakers. This project will continue next year and the students have suggested meeting at other schools to see first hand what is happening. This was an initiative of Gooseberry Hill PS and was very well received by those who attended.

Did you know that pizza boxes can not go in the recycle bin due to the fats that are absorbed into the boxes contaminating the cardboard? 


Last Wednesday sixteen Year Six students attended the Claremont Show grounds to join 300 volunteers support Zambreros Plate 4 Plate project to pack meals for those who  would otherwise go without food. During the morning session in Perth 95,000 meals were prepared. Australia wide 460,254 meals were prepared. Our students worked very hard on the morning and we would like to thank their parents who assisted on the day.


This Wednesday evening our orchestra will be performing with the Kalamunda SHS music students. We wish our students well as they represent our school on the stage.


Our students in PP- Year 3 started swimming lessons last week and the students have been going very well. Lessons finish this Friday and then students will have their Swimming Carnival on Friday 13 December at Swan Aquatic. Parents are most welcome to attend as helpers are always needed at this event. 


This term we have our music assemblies and the times will change as follows: IMSS assemblies will start at 1:45pm and the Music assembly will start at 1:30pm. Our IMSS students will be performing over the next two assemblies. The next assembly we will have the Orchestra, Clarinet, Brass, Guitar and Percussion students performing. The following assembly on 19 November will have students who play Violin, Viola, Cello and Flute performing.

The music assembly will follow on 3 December, Year 1-3 Nativity Play on Wednesday 11 December and the Talent Quest on 12 December. There are lots of opportunities to celebrate the musical talent at Gooseberry Hill PS.


 Last Friday the Year Three students and their parents were invited to sleep under the stars ( and a very strong easterly wind) for the annual Year Three Camp Out. The students and parents alike had a great time enjoying the beautiful setting of our school as well as the friendships they have made within our school community. It was lovely to see everyone having playing silly games, toasting marshmallows and watching the space station fly overhead.


We would like to invite all Grandparents to morning tea on Thursday 21 November 10am to 11am. If any Grandparents would like to come in at 9:15am beforehand to chat with a class about their school days please let Mrs Elsegood know.

We would love to have as many Grandparents as possible to come to our classrooms.
Thank you


 Our Year 6 students will be representing our school on Friday 8 November at the State Schools Triathlon event at Champion Lakes. The students have been training at after school on their own and we are very proud of their commitment to this challenging event. We wish them all the very best  for the day.


As a parent of  two primary school aged sons and a high school-er most of the parenting ideas I research are actually for myself and the situations I find myself in as a parent. We all want our children to be successful adults, but we also want our families to function well in the meantime. Here are some tips that I have found that may help?

Take charge. Children crave limits, which help them understand and manage an often confusing world. Show your love by setting boundaries so your kids can explore and discover their passions safely.

Don’t clip your child’s wings. Your toddler’s mission in life is to gain independence. So when she’s developmentally capable of putting her toys away, clearing her plate from the table, and dressing herself, let her. Giving a child responsibility is good for her self-esteem (and your sanity!).

Don’t try to fix everything. Give young kids a chance to find their own solutions. When you lovingly acknowledge a child’s minor frustrations without immediately rushing in to save her, you teach her self-reliance and resilience

Read books together every day. Get started when he’s a newborn; babies love listening to the sound of their parents’ voices. Cuddling up with your child and a book is a great bonding experience that will set him up for a lifetime of reading.

Schedule daily special time. Let your child choose an activity where you hang out together for 10 or 15 minutes with no interruptions. There’s no better way for you to show your love.

Make warm memories. Your children will probably not remember anything that you say to them, but they will recall the family rituals — like bedtimes and game night — that you do together.

Thank you
Adrian Wilson
School Chaplain

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Just as parents start to get the hang of parenting their children, the children turn into teenagers and it becomes a whole new ball game!

One of the major challenges for parents of teenagers is knowing how to encourage them to develop the skills they need to be independent and responsible.

This can sometimes be a difficult time for young people and their parents.

Triple P offers a series of 3 seminars aimed at providing parents support and strategies to make this transition into adolescence as smooth as possible.

First seminar – strategies to manage the change within the home
Second seminar – how to help your teenager make the most of their time at school
Third seminar – ways to encourage your teenager to become connected with the wider community.

LOCATION: Gooseberry Hill PS library
DATES: 13, 20 & 27 November
TIME: 5:30pm—7:30pm

Refreshments provided
Bookings can be made online at


Listen to your favourite music

Music can motivate you to do things you might not enjoy so much, like washing up or exercising (act), it can connect you with other like-minded people (belong) and it can foster individual creativity (commit). So give it a go and see how your mood improves.

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