WHITE GUM VALLEY PS Independent Public School   "Take Pride"

08 May 2019
Issue Six
Upcoming Events
Principal's Message
ANZAC Day PP - Year 3
Year 6 ANZAC Day Parade
Mothers' Day Breakfast
PP to Year 2 Zoo Excursion
What's Happening
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

Friday 10 May

Mothers' Day Breakfast at 7.45am

Year 6 T20 Cricket Carnival

Monday 13 May

P&C Meeting at 7pm in the Library

Tuesday 14 May to Friday 24 May


Tuesday 14 May

NAPLAN - Year 3 Writing

Friday 17 May

PP - Year 2 - Zoo Excursion

Year 6 - In Search of Safety Incursion

Wednesday 22 May

Year 6 - Maritime Excursion

Thursday 23 May

Assembly - Year 1 Room 8

Thursday 23 May

Board Meeting at 5pm

Friday 24 May

Walk Safely to School 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.



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: 0407 401 980


Email: southfremantle@horizonschildcare.com.au

Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate Available


Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers

We would like to thank parents for their support of the recent Colour Run/Lapathon and ask that any funds raised be sent in to school this week. Well done to the Year 3 and Year 3/4 classes who ran the ANZAC assembly, held in the Centennial Garden whilst the senior students travelled to the City of Cockburn for a combined schools’ March.


This week we have our Mothers’ Day Breakfast in the Year 4-6 Block on Friday morning before school and the Pre Primary students have already pampered their mothers and grandmothers at their annual Mothers’ Day Spa on Tuesday!


Our school has two teams of cricketers involved in a Cricket carnival on Friday. We wish them all the best.


Our P&C will be meeting at 7:00pm on Monday,13 May in the Library.


The 2019 NAPLAN program will run from Tuesday, 14th May. If you are considering withdrawing your child from the Year 3 or 5 tests, please contact your class teacher. All tests except the Year 3 Writing will be undertaken online.


Students from Pre Primary to Year 2 will be off on an excursion to the zoo on Friday, 17 May and the Year 6 students are undertaking an Incursion on Safety and on 22 May an excursion to the Maritime museum.


Early Close to conduct Half Year Interviews

In previous years the school has undertaken half year Interviews to coincide with the Semester One Report going home.

With increasing costs to engage relief teachers many schools have sought and received permission from the Department to close the school for half a day from 11:40pm to run interviews from 12:00pm until late afternoon.


This concept has been discussed by the Board. There are pros and cons for this to occur aside from saving funds that can be redirected to other school activities.  The school would close early for lunch and parents would be asked to collect students.   Those students who are not able to be collected or walk home would be supervised at school.


Staff would then commence interviews in their classrooms working throughout the afternoon until about 5:00pm. Due to the lack of meeting areas, being able to conduct interviews in class would mean information could be more readily available for parents and the teacher to share.

Students still at school would be under the care of staff not involved with interviews and released at 3pm as normal.


It is preferred that students go home at the earlier lunch time or picked up, to reduce the number of students having to be supervised during the afternoon though it is understandable that work arrangements may make this problematical for some families.


We are seeking some feedback from parents [Please email, speak to your class teacher or send in a note before the end of Week Three.] before exploring the proposal for either Week 8 or 9 on a Wednesday, in Term Two.


Sensory Garden.

Thank you to our parents for the work being undertaken in the area adjacent to the oval!

There is a general Busy Bee this Saturday between 1:00pm-4:00pm and also a book collection for a Book Stall on Election day to buy plants for our gardens. Donations of books can be left in the office Reception area.



The school is trialing a new web version of our newsletter this week to see if it makes it more readable on a Smart phone. This was one the suggestions being followed up from our 2018 School Survey.


With the start of Term Two could parents please check on the labeling of school clothing especially jackets which tend to be taken off and left in the playground during recesses?


Students are being asked to walk bikes and scooters on school grounds before and after school as a safety precaution.




ANZAC Day PP - Year 3


Our PP- Yr. 3 ANZAC Day service took place on Thursday, the 11th of April.

Our Yr. 3 students did a brilliant job in leading the service. We thank our Year 3 teachers, Ms Wells, Mrs John and Ms Foster for  co-ordinating this event.

A special thank you to parents who could attend.





Year 6 ANZAC Day Parade

On the 11th April the Year six students went to the Cockburn Anzac Day Parade with many other students representing schools in the area. All schools marched from the Cockburn Civic Centre to Beale park, where special guests gave speeches and the Seton school choir sang in Flanders Fields as well as the National Anthem. Hannah and Abbie  laid a wreath they made on the behalf of our school.  


Mothers' Day Breakfast

We look forward to seeing all mothers, aunts, friends of the family and  grandmothers of our students at our breakfast this Friday morning from 7:45am onwards, in the Senior Block.

The cost of the event is $5 per person and proceeds go towards the  purchasing of items for our students at the school.

We thank you for your support and take this opportunity to wish you all a lovely, relaxing Mothers' Day this Sunday.

Attached is the Mothers' Day Breakfast note for your convenience.


PP to Year 2 Zoo Excursion

Zoo Excursion Information

Our PP to Yr. 2 classes, will be visiting Perth Zoo on Friday, the 17th of May. We are very much looking forward to the visit and have planned our learning and teaching programs around the visit.

We request monies and the permission slip is returned to school no later than Wednesday,15th May, 2019.   A payment plan can be organised with our Business Manager, Lyn Saunders in the office.  Alternatively you can pay directly into our bank account: BSB: 066-107 | Account number: 0090-1498 | Ref: Students surname and name of excursion ie. zoo.

Thank you in advance to our parent helpers. Our fingers are crossed for lovely weather.



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, 26July 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. 

Notre Dame Students

We have six Notre Dame student teachers with us for all of Term 2. It has been lovely to have them engaging with the students at lunch time and assisting in the classroom. They are a big hit already and they have only been with us one week. We look forward to them spending the term with us.

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.


P&C News


Community News

Term 2 Before School Hot Shot Tennis Coaching at 
White Gum Valley Primary  

Tuesday, 7 May:8.00- 8.45am

at White Gum Valley PS (Basketball courts)

 8 Week Program

All ages and levels of play welcome - also includes Free Entry for all children into the Hot Shots Challenge @ Fremantle Tennis Club)

To enrol or enquire please contact Brendan on 0401565051

or  fremantletopspintennis@gmail.com


The SunSmart UV Alert is a useful tool to use when planning outdoor events. Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (www.bom.gov.au) when the UV Index is forecast to reach 3 and above, it also displays the time period when you need to use sun protection. You can access the real time UV reading for any capital city in Australia at www.arpansa.gov.au/uvindex/realtime/ Download the SunSmart app for smartphones and tablets today!

WHITE GUM VALLEY PS Independent Public School   "Take Pride"
WGV PS Summer Canteen Menu 2018.pdf
WGV PS Canteen Menu Winter 2019.pdf
2019 Uniform Order Form.pdf
P&C Welcome letter.pdf
Perth Zoo Excursion form.pdf
Mothers Day Breakfast.pdf
WGVP_Bake for Election Day Poster.pdf