WHITE GUM VALLEY PS Independent Public School   "Take Pride"

05 June 2019
Issue Eight
Upcoming Events
Principal's Message
Maritime Museum Excursion
School News
What's Happening
Community News
White Gum Valley Primary School
(08) 9435 6900
29 Hope Street
White Gum Valley, Western Australia, 6162

Upcoming Events

For Your Diary

Friday 7 June

P&C School Disco

10 June to 14 June


Wednesday 12 June

P&C Meeting 3.15pm (Undercover area)

Thursday 13 June

Assembly - Year 2 Room 10

Friday 14 June

NAIDOC Week Incursion - Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company

Wednesday 19 June

Year 6 Excursion - Fremantle movies

Friday 21 June

School Photo Day


Term 1 - Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April

Term 2 - Tuesday 30 April to Friday 5 July

Term 3 - Tuesday 23 July to Friday 27 September

Term 4 - Monday 14 October to Thursday 19 December

PUPIL Free Dates:

Monday 29 April

Friday 31 May

Monday 22 July

Friday 20 December


8.50 Housekeeping
8.55am - 9.55am
9.55am - 10.55am
10.55am - RECESS
11.15am - 12.15pm
12.15pm - 1.15pm
1.15pm - LUNCH
2.00pm - 3.00pm


If you wish to pay for excursions or School Voluntary Contributions directly into our bank account, please use the following details:

BSB: 066 107

Account number: 0090 1498

Name: White Gum Valley Primary School

REF: Students SURNAME and name of excursion/incursion

           (ie. LAP for Lapathon)


Our canteen is open Wednesday and Friday.

Canteen phone number - 0436 808 948



Opening hours are:

Monday afternoon —  2:45—3:15pm

If you are unable to come in on Monday, you can place an order by completing an order form  and with the correct money or by cheque and hand in at the Front Office (Front Office is unable to give change).   Your order will be delivered to the Front Office the following Monday for you to collect.

Any outgrown uniforms are gladly accepted for our second hand rack.

For further information, please contact me on: 




To be part of the program contact our OSHC Coordinator: 

Mobile: 9433 3911


Email: southfremantle@horizonschildcare.com.au

Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate Available



Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers


We hope families enjoyed the public holiday celebrating Western Australia Day on Monday.

Walk to School Day.

Our recent Walk Safely to School initiative was very successful with well over 130 students walking, riding or scootering part of or all of the way to school. Thank you for your support to promote this form of healthy exercise.

Room 8 Assembly.

Our Year One students in Room 8 and Mrs Milmoe did a wonderful job at their recent Assembly. It was great seeing how confident everyone spoke when using the microphone.

Year Six Excursion.

The Year Six students travelled across to the Maritime museum to follow up on one of their class themes and enjoyed the experience.

National Simultaneous Story Time.

School classes across Australia recently read the story ‘Alpacas with Maracas’ to students as part of a national reading initiative. Several of our groups enjoyed joining in with this light hearted story book.

School Development Day.

Staff spent the School Development Day with 450 other teachers from our local Network, at Fremantle College participating in a wide range of professional development options and having the opportunity to listen to our new Director General for Education, Lisa Rogers who gave the key note address.

Our Network of 15 schools has embarked on a program to develop a number of Network groups that cover our Learning areas. These groups bring together the curriculum leaders from each school. Once a term in their specialty area, they meet after hours at different schools to share expertise.

Semester One Interviews.

Semester One interviews. These will be available to parents in Week Nine. Originally the school was going to seek approval to close the school for half a day due to increasing costs to release staff for interviews. Due to the closeness of the School Development Day and the end of term interviews, to reduce parent disruption we will not seek to close the school for a half day this year.

A schedule will come out shortly for parents to opt for a session time. Longer interviews can be made at any time during the year through contacting your class teacher.



School Board.

Our School Board consists of Amanda Booth [Chair], Stephanie Matthews, Katie Perpitch, Mark Delaney, Luke Bostelman, Maureen French, Izelle John, Katie Andrew and Glenn Rondoni.

At our recent meeting we looked at our Annual Report draft, finances, School Dress items, data collected to address pillars of our Business Plan, the new ESAT tool for our three-year assessment in the latter part of the year and the Semester One interview structure.

A summary of what was achieved by the Board in 2018 will be placed on our website along with a summary of the 2018 school surveys.

Our current winter sports jacket is no longer available. [Supplies of the fleece one are though] There were two alternatives, one in the red with white piping and another in red with black piping. The two companies have price matched each other. The Board opted for the red and white in keeping with the current style. Let us know what you think. They will be on display in the Reception area. Initial which one you prefer.

A faction shirt with a collar was also considered. Cost, material and colour matching are being looked at, at present.

Garden Work.

Further work is being undertaken in our Sensory garden with recent plantings and reticulation.  

A mural to support our PBS-Positive Behaviour in Schools program has been developed. This work will be displayed on the side wall of the boys’ toilet. It shows a Black Cockatoo (ROS) in flight. [A draft of this is on display at Reception.] This work will be undertaken by James Giddy who is very much in demand with pieces recently completed in Queensland and another to be undertaken in the U.S. He will also work with students to describe how scaling size works.  A second smaller piece will be painted on the end wall of the Transportable. It will depict a Crow and Magpie from which our Yarning Circle garden was named.

The Koolbardi-Waardong Garden captures the story of two brothers retold to our students during the smoking ceremony in Term One. The Noongar seasons are also depicted with painted blocks which form part of the garden. (As part of NAIDOC, next week the school was successful in receiving a Grant to help subsidise a performance from the Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.)




Maritime Museum Excursion

On Wednesday, 22nd May the Year 6 students travelled by bus to the Fremantle Maritime Museum to learn about different migrants and their contributions to Australia.  They listened to and participated in various games about a child migrant from Sicily, Italy, which was very interesting.  Finally, they split into small groups to become museum curators.  They researched five migrants, identified items in their collection that represented their story and presented back to the rest of the class.   It was a very informative and engaging morning for everyone.


School News

Honour Certificate Awards

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Honour Certificates at the 23 May Assembly. 

PP Room 5

John, Natalia, Sidney, Zali

PP Room 6

Rocky, Sienna, Lily Mei

Year 1 Room 7

Samson, Reeve, Emmy

Year 1 Room 8

India, Abbie, Persia, Johnny, Ivy

Year 2 Room 9

Abi, Joel

Year 2 Room 10

Yasmin, Nieve

Year 3/4 Room 11

Mia, Putu

Year 3 Room 12


Year 4 Room 3

Zoe, Sebastian, Benjamin

Year 5 Room 2

Ché, Sofia,Zoë, Kian 

Year 6 Room 1

 Lakota, Eliza, Farley




 Raphael, Hannah


 Leiah, Emmette

Library News

What is square, bright and found in a library?

 It's the new rug at our school's library! 

Pay it a visit and while you're there check out all the fabulous books and displays we have in there too!



What's Happening

Applications for Enrolment of Students in Kindergarten and Pre Primary for 2020

KINDY 2020

If you know of any families in our area who will have a Kindy aged child next year, please advise them we are now taking  Applications for Enrolment. These are available from the office or can be downloaded from our website www.whitegumvalleyps.wa.edu.au.

Applications close Friday, 26 July 2019. Families will be contacted shortly after this date regarding their application.


Students currently attending Kindy at Hazel Orme Kindergarten will be requested to fill out a new Application for Enrolment, which can be collected from Hazel Orme Kindergarten or the Front Office, to be considered for enrolment in the White Gum Valley PS Pre Primary for 2020. Applications close Friday, 26 July 2019.

YEAR 1 2020

As Pre Primary is now compulsory, all existing Pre Primary 2019 students will be automatically enrolled into Year 1 2020- no further enrolment action is necessary.

If you have any queries regarding enrolments, please contact the School Office on 9435 6900. 

Woolworths Earn and Learn 

This year we have entered the Woolworths Earn & Learn Program for families who shop at Woolworths.

It’s simple to participate: From Wednesday 1st May, when you shop at Woolworths you can collect stickers and place them on sticker cards. You will get 1 Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco and gift cards).  Place the Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet and when it’s complete, the Sticker Sheet can be dropped into the Collection Box here at the school (Front Office).

Alternatively at Woolworths Palmyra—cnr Petra Street and Canning Highway OR Woolworths South Fremantle - Hampton Road, which you can drop your stickers into straight away.

At the end of the promotion, we will be able to get some great new equipment including resources for Maths, English, Science and some fantastic fun supplies for Arts & Crafts, Sport and for our library.


School Photo Day

Our School Photo day is FRIDAY, 21 June.

Envelopes for your orders have been sent home today.  Please ensure you enclose the correct money as the FRONT OFFICE IS UNABLE TO GIVE CHANGE - alternative payment details are on the envelopes. 

Please return sealed envelopes to the classroom teacher.

Deadline for return of envelopes is Thursday, 13 JUNE 2019.  No late payments or orders can be accepted.


Uniform Shop News

The fleece jackets and red school polo shirts are back in stock.

Opening hours are:

Monday afternoon —  2:45—3:15pm

If you are unable to come in on Monday, you can place an order by completing an order form  and with the correct money or by cheque and hand in at the Front Office (Front Office is unable to give change).   Your order will be delivered to the Front Office the following Monday for you to collect.

Any outgrown uniforms are gladly accepted for our second hand rack.

For further information, please contact me on: sarahjanebell18@gmail.com


Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

We have an upcoming Bunnings Sausage Sizzle and we need a band of volunteers to man the stall in two hour shifts between 7am and 5pm. If you are able to volunteer on Sunday 16 June can you please email me (nikiemma1403@gmail.com) your two preferred time slots from those listed below. We need four volunteers per shift and I will do my best to accommodate your preferred times.





3pm-5pm (this shift includes pack away).


WGVPS Quiz Night - Saturday 29 June

Tickets for our annual Quiz Night should be on sale by the end of this week. The link will be available via email and Facebook so keep an eye out. Posters with all the details will be put up around school shortly. This year's dress up theme is 70's & 80's television (the quiz questions cover many and varied topics!).

While there will be a number of single tickets for sale we would encourage you to gather a group of fellow parents or friends and buy a table.

For those of you not keen on dressing up, we want you to know it is entirely optional.

If you are stuck for ideas and would prefer to keep it simple you could throw on a pair of flares and a striped tee or turtleneck and you're from The Partridge Family, Eight is Enough or The Brady Bunch.

We are still on the lookout for volunteers to help out on the night, so please contact me (nikiemma1403@gmail.com) if you can lend a hand.

Community News

Remember you can still get sunburnt on a cool or cloudy day, so Slip! Slop! Slap! Seek! Slide!



WHITE GUM VALLEY PS Independent Public School   "Take Pride"
WGV PS Canteen Menu Winter 2019.pdf
2019 Uniform Order Form.pdf
Before and After School Care and Vacation Care.pdf