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Hello Parents, Caregivers and Students. My name is Susan Archdall and I am the new Deputy Principal of Gooseberry Hill Primary School. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the school community. For the past five years I have been the Year 7 Coordinator at Kalamunda Senior High School, however I am both primary and secondary trained and have worked as a teacher and leader in a diverse range of Primary, District High and Senior High Schools in the Kimberleys, Wheatbelt, Indian Ocean Territories and Perth Hills. I am incredibly excited to be returning to working in a primary school, where I look forward to working alongside all of you, targeting our school business plan and value adding to our awesome kids.

Susan Archdall


Any Year 5 students who missed the 2019 Year 4 PEAC Testing due to illness, absence, moving schools etc have an opportunity to sit the test on either Tuesday 11 February at Curtin Primary School, or Wednesday 12 February at Atwell Primary School. The testing will take place from 9.30am to 10.45am. Students must be registered through GHPS. Parents wanting their student to sit the test need to email with the student’s name and the reason for not attending last year as well as the date/venue you wish to register for.  It is parents’ responsibility to transport students to and from the venue.


As per Mr Snell’s message, students were given multiple hand outs this week including Student Update Forms. Please ensure these details are thoroughly checked and include contact information for anyone that may pick up your children on your behalf. We in the office, cannot release your child to someone not on the contact list.

Office Hours for 2020: 8:30am to 3:30pm.


Thursday afternoons as of Week 2:
Location: Music Room
Time: 3:00pm-4:15pm


If anyone has any Nativity play costumes or Choir or Orchestra outfits from last year could you please return them to the office.


We are still looking for the following book titles if anyone has them at home please send them to the office thank you:
Wormwood Mire
Withering by the Sea


The IMSS programme will commence after swimming in Week 3 as a full programme:

Monday –
Flute in Meeting Room 2       8:50-9:50 Commences Monday 10 February
Cello in Music Room           9-10:30    Commences Monday 10 February 

Tuesday –
Orchestra                             7:50-8:50  Keene UCA Commences Wednesday 12 February 
Percussion                           8:50-9:50 Music Room Commences Wednesday 12 February 
Guitar                                   2-3 pm Library Music area Commences Wednesday 12 February  for Yr 5s and 19 February for Yr 6

Thursday –
Violin and Viola                9-3pm Commences Thursday 6th 
Brass                                1:30-2:30   Cooke Room   Commences Thursday 13 February for Yr 5s and 20 February Yr 6s
Clarinet                              2-3 pm    Meeting Room 2 Commences Thursday 13 February for Yr 5s and 20 February for Yr 6s

There will be a meeting for all parents of students who are accepting a place in the IMSS programme for 2020 THIS Friday at 8:20 am in the Music Room. All students concerned will have received a letter by Wednesday afternoon.


Rainbows is a programme we offer at school for students who may have suffered a loss, be experiencing grief or struggling to cope with changes with their family. This programme is presented by trained staff and is a 13 week programme. If you believe your child would benefit please complete the attached form and return it to Mrs Elsegood at the office. If you would like more information please contact Mrs Elsegood.


We found a new little friend on our school ground. Another new starter for 2020!

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