WHITE GUM VALLEY PS Independent Public School   "Take Pride"

29 August 2019
Issue Thirteen
Upcoming Events
Principal's Message
School News
    P&C NEWS
Community News
White Gum Valley Primary School
(08) 9435 6900
29 Hope Street
White Gum Valley, Western Australia, 6162

Upcoming Events

For Your Diary


Assembly - Year 2 Room 9


Fathers'Day Breakfast @ 7.45am


Fremantle College Football Academy Incursion Yr 5 & 6


OPEN NIGHT  - 5.30-7pm


P&C Meeting 3.15pm


School Athletics Carnival - Jumps & Throws Year 3-6 @ 9am


Dental Screening - PP, Yr 3 & Yr 6 @ 9.30am


School Athletics Carnival


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,

Interschool Cross Country.

Our Interschool Cross Country team did themselves and the school proud with a fantastic effort at the recent carnival. Our school came Runners Up and brought home the Meritorious trophy. The support that the team gave each other was wonderful to see.

Congratulations to those who won medals - Grace, Ella W, Gabe, Jemimah, Noah and Zeus, and the entire team on their personal achievement on the day!

Book Week Parade.

Our students looked great in their costumes for the Book Week Parade. Our thanks to families for supporting this event along with the Library visits that many of the classes were involved in.

Edu-Dance 2019

Unfortunately Edu-Dance are unable to work with our School during Term 4.  We are currently looking for other alternatives to replace the Edu-Dance program for this year.

Our Recycling Initiatives update.

As a follow up from the recent Beeswax Wrap incursion, I discussed with the students about the idea of a ‘Plastic Free Thursday.’ This suggestion originally came up from one of our Year 3 students earlier in the year along with a great poster. There was a lot of enthusiasm about having a go, even if only in a small way. This initiative may not be fully achievable for all families at present but we thought that we would run it until the end of term on Thursdays and then look at Term Four.

Currently we are recycling milk bottle tops to send away, to be turned into prosthetic limbs.  At our school we recycle old mobile phones, batteries and paper. Families are welcome to bring these items [except paper] to school where we have Recycle Bins outside the Year 4-6 block.

Two of our staff have undertaken a ‘Wastewise’ course and along with some interested parents and the P&C, we would like to do some more work in this recycling/sustainability area over the coming months. Pass on a message if you have an interest in this area as well.

Sensory Garden.

Our thanks to our parents: Stephanie, Nicole and Ben for the latest additions to the Sensory garden. The weighing scale and other improvements are being well used by students.

Good Luck.

Good Luck to Millie - Year 3 and Malia - Year 4 who have been selected to compete in the State Championships for Trampoline-Gymnastics both individual and synchronized later in the year!

Skateboard Found.

A skateboard was found on the Basketball Courts recently. If you may know the owner could you let the office know.

Fathers’ Day Breakfast.

On Friday we welcome fathers and other representatives from families for our Fathers’ Day Breakfast. Thank you to our staff for putting this together again for 2019.

Open Evening.

Our Open Evening is on next Thursday between 5:30pm-7:00pm. Our thanks to the P&C for organising for food to be available and to Mrs Colkin and her team who are organising the Scholastic Book Fair.  Mr Kaloczy is again putting together students who have volunteered to show us how much they have improved in their music activities.







School News

Rm 11 and 12 News

This term, Rooms 11 & 12 have been focussing on History. We started off the first half of the term by looking at White Gum Valley Primary's history and significant people who attended and added character to the school. Students were very excited looking at old objects, photos and information as they could compare these to themselves and how they've grown up. 

Mrs. E who retired a few years ago, also came in to share some information and stories about Sir Hughie Edwards who was the brother of Mrs. E's godfather.   Sir Hugie Edwards used to attend White Gum Valley PS growing up and was a famous captain in the Army in WWII who earned a the Victoria Cross medal. We are very lucky to have some of his framed army uniform in our school office, which was kindly donated to us by his brother Jack Edwards at our 110th anniversary. Thank you to Mrs. E for sharing such interesting information, the students were mesmerised. 


Book Week 

As part of Book Week, Rooms 11 and 12 went on an excursion to Fremantle Library for an author talk by Glenn Swift. He shared some interesting stories with students and we even found out that he was a former student at White Gum Valley PS.  He mentioned that he had very fond memories of attending our school!

Mrs John and Ms Foster

Fremantle Library Excursion

On Thursday, 22 August, the two Pre-Primary classes went on a fabulous excursion to the Fremantle Library- it seemed only fair to as it was Book Week of course!

Early that morning we caught the 502 bus from school to the center of Fremantle and enjoyed the lovely walk to the temporary library in front of the Football Oval. We got to play a little bit of sport and run around with our friends before entering the Library to be greeted and entertained by the talented author Glenn Swift, who blew our socks off with his incredible and captivating storytelling. Glenn taught us about our secret super power in reading and had us joining in on every single story he told! We did lots and lots of dancing, shouting and jumping about for him and were entertaining each other as well as our teachers and parents too! After our session with Glenn, we walked into Fremantle again and hopped on the bus back to school, happy and a little tired, still chatting all about how much fun we had just had along the way home.

We would like to say a huge thank you to our lovely parents who came along on our excursion, we were truly blessed with stunning weather, great adventures and even better company. On behalf of the teachers and the Pre-Primary’s we appreciate all the help and we hope you had as much fun as we did!



Huge congratulations to our interschool cross country team who competed at Gilbert Fraser Oval last Thursday, 22 August. In fantastic conditions every competitor achieved a personal best culminating in second place overall and the Meritorious Trophy.

The team representing our school was

Yr 3 –   Grace, Gabe,  Abbey, Ollie, Jasmine, Leo

Yr 4 -      Ella W, David K, Katie, Fred, Elsa, Sebastian 

Yr 5 -      Summer,  Zeus, Charli, Charlie T, Zoe, Mak

Yr 6 -      Jemimah, Noah, Lakota, Farley, Hannah, Micah

The sportsmanship displayed by all of the competitors was incredible with students supporting each other and competitors from other schools. Thank you to all of the parents and families who came along to support the team and to Mr Antulove for helping with the supervision.

A wonderful effort by all.

Pre Primary

In week 6, the Pre- Primaries had an Incursion with Animal Ark. The students had opportunities to handle animals, getting up close and personal with a python, blue-tongue lizard, green tree frog and snails. They learned about where they live, what they eat and their various habits. They were able to also look closely, but safely, at a scorpion, tarantular and venomous snake. It was a fun and informative session for all! Many Thanks to our parent helpers and Animal Ark!



Rio Tinto Earth Assist, (that we made sandwich wraps with), visited the Pre-Primary again, bringing a range of native plants for the children to plant in our playground. We learned that Australian native plants were best for our sandy soil as they need less water and should attract helpful insects and perhaps lizards to our garden. One plant had a covering a bit like sunscreen to protect it from burning in our hot Summer sun. With growth, our planting will create a positive sensory experience, with different smells, textures, shapes and colours.

Pre Primary Staff

    P&C NEWS



The school Athletic's Carnival is on Friday, 13th September. Canteen will be operating as usual for recess but all lunches for the day must be pre-ordered.  WGV students, as well as parents, grandparents, siblings and teachers, are welcome to order lunch. This week a form and lunch bags will come home for lunch orders. Please fill in the form and lunch bags for your orders and pay with either cash (attach it to form) or by eftpos at canteen.  

All orders must be returned with payment to the office or to canteen by FRIDAY 6th SEPTEMBER.

Please return any unused bags to canteen.

Other treats will be available for purchase on the day so bring extra money.

Volunteers are needed so please let Bev (canteen manager) know if you are able to help. 

Looking forward to a great day!


Community News

It does not have to be hot for sunburn to occur. Most people get burnt when the temperature is between 18 and 27 degrees, Slip! Slop! Slap! Seek! Slide!

WGV Before School Tennis Program

Tuesday - 8.00-8.45am

@ White Gum Valley Primary (basketball court)

School 8 week program

- All ages welcome and each new child receives a free racquet and

entry into the Hot Shots Challenge at Fremantle Tennis Club this term.

To enrol please contact Brendan on 0401565051 or fremantletopspintennis@gmail.com




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