It’s been a busy term and we have a lot to look back on and be proud of so far this year. Examples include:
House Swimming Carnival (Yrs 4-6)
Primary House Day (including Monster Cake Stall)
Year 5 Zoo Camps
Coins for Caritas Fundraising Project
IPSHA Swimming and IPSHA Basketball (Year 6) Carnivals
Assemblies (Year 5B and 2B)
Most importantly, the students have learnt so much over the past eleven weeks. Congratulations to all the staff for ensuring the students have stayed focussed and work hard right until the end of a long term. All families and staff now need to enjoy a well-earned break from school.
Last week Year 5G had a great time on their ‘Roar and Snore Camp’ at Perth Zoo. A big thank you to Ms O’Connor for putting together this ‘zootastic’ video.
The Zoo camp was an amazing once in a life time experience for everyone.
Jackson Bosnich (5G)
It was awesome to see an elephant walking right in front of me and the baby giraffe eating juicy leaves.
Oliver Defrancesco (5G)
I think visiting the Zoo and feeding the giraffes as a surprise was one of the coolest things ever.
Callum De Andrade (5G)
At Perth Zoo we were able to feed the giraffes. We climbed up the tall staircase and put branches through the bars for them to take. The giraffes ate all our branches and licked most of our hands too - the giraffes were amazing!
Caitlin Seery (5G)
As we approach the holidays, I encourage all parents to spend some time discussing personal safety with your children. Please take the time to read this article about keeping children safe and then discuss the information with your children..
We look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday 1 May. It is important to note that Monday 30 April is a pupil free day as staff will be participating in various professional development workshops.
Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary
Well done to all the students who received a certificate for their fantastic achievements.
Coins for Caritas
Thank you for participating in the Coins for Caritas project. The enthusiasm our school community has shown towards collecting coins each week, and filling jars for our pyramid, has been truly amazing. We are very proud of what we have achieved and cannot wait to count the coins. Early next term we will be able to reveal how many jars were collected and how much money we have raised for Caritas.
Year 6 Excursion
On Tuesday morning, the Year 6 students visited the Electoral Education Centre in West Perth. The excursion provided the students with the opportunity to explore Australia’s three levels of government and the preferential voting system. A highlight of our time at the centre was taking part in a mock vote. The students were given a voting sheet and used booths to order their favourite chocolate or lolly from 1 to 4, before placing their votes into a ballot box. From there, the votes were carefully counted under the watchful eyes of the scrutineers and all results were recorded. The Year 6s learnt that the preferential voting system means an absolute majority is required to be elected. For both 6G and 6B, Skittles won the election!
On 26 March, some students attended the Westfield Matildas vs Thailand soccer game held at nib Stadium. Our students were also invited to participate in the pre-game march past, where they did a lap of honour while the players warmed up. They also enjoyed watching our Australian women’s team in action as they defeated Thailand 5-0. The overarching messages of sportsmanship and respect conveyed by the players was inspirational. We look forward to watching our own students live out this message during their interschool sports competition which commences next term.
Sustainability and Year 6 Stem Program
The Year 6 students have embarked on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) design challenge in which the students been looking at waste recycling and the machinery that is used in the Canning Vale recycling depot. They have been building different types of machinery such as, rubbish trucks, compactors and conveyors whilst following the engineering design process, design plans from paper and tablets and finally building the machines with kits from Young Engineers.
Mr Wong from Young Engineers, with his mechanical engineering expertise is guiding the students and teachers through this exciting and challenging program. The students will now have to put all their skills and ideas together to design and build a prototype for the safe way to recycle batteries. The students are solving a real problem by working independently and collaboratively on different aspects of this project.
We are nearly half way through the program and we cannot wait to see what our creative Year 6 leaders produce with their prototypes.
Mrs Purcell, Miss Graves and Miss Nish
It has been a busy term in Mary Ward Primary. A highlight of our term has been music lessons run by Mrs Joynt, a very talented and passionate Music Teacher from the Cottage School of Music Junior. The children participate in the lessons through song, dance, rhymes and story. The class incorporates elements of score reading, gentle singing, folk dance and conscious listening. It also provides the children with an opportunity to explore music from all around the world. The Music Program is highly engaging and specially designed for the children that participate. We look forward to continuing the program next term!
Dates to Remember
Tuesday 1 May Term 2 commences (K-Yr 6)
Thursday 3 May Anzac Day Service 12:10pm (Chapel Lawn)
Friday 4 May Pre Kindy commences Term 2
Save the Date
Mother’s Day Mass Friday 11 May 2018