WHITE GUM VALLEY PS Independent Public School   "Take Pride"

06 December 2019
Issue Twenty
Upcoming Events
Principal's Message
School News
Whats 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


Monday 9th December

Yoga Lessons Year 2 - 6

All library books to be returned


Tuesday 10th December

Yoga Lessons PP - Year 1


Wednesday 11th December

PP Christmas Market - undercover area before school 

PP - Year 1 Transition Morning - 9.30am - 10.55am


Thursday 12th December  

Music Assembly & Book Prizes Ceremony - 9am 


Friday 13th December 

PP - Year 1 Transition Morning - 9.30am - 10.55am


Monday 16th December

Yoga Lessons Year 2 - 6

Sausage Sizzle lunch 


Tuesday 17th December

Yoga Lessons PP - Year 1


Wednesday 18th December

Year 6 Graduation Ceremony - 9am

Year 6 Lunch


Thursday 19th December

Last day of Term 4 


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

Canteen closed Wednesday 18th December due to Year 6 Graduation




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. 


Please contact our new Uniform Shop Team - Anjea and Jess wgvuniforms@gmail.com should you have any queries.                            



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



                                       🎄🎄  End of Year Returns  🎄🎄


Students’ library books from PP-Year 6 are due back no later

than Monday 9th December

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers



It has been a busy two weeks with our younger students in Pre-Primary to Year Three undertaking swimming lessons. Thank you for the parent support in enabling us to organise these lessons.

For the last two weeks of term, we will complete our last two Yoga sessions. If your child has not participated before now, they still can join the sessions. Please speak to your class teacher.

Swimming lessons for Years 4-6 will be run over a nine-day period in weeks 5 and 6 of Term One.


Transition Sessions

We have completed our Kindy to Pre Primary Transition sessions and thank staff for coordinating this initiative. This will now be followed up by our remaining Pre Primary to Year One sessions in week 9.


Education Forum

The school recently hosted a forum, run by the Union on Early Years Play strategies. Teachers from many schools joined us for the afternoon to hear about initiatives as well as share some of the work being undertaken here at White Gum Valley PS.

Camp Out

What a Brilliant Camp Out! The students and families who were able to attend had a great time. Congratulations to Ben and his team of many parents, who assisted with making the night a memorable experience for our students and to Danielle and the P&C for their support. The meals available and music provided added to the wonderful atmosphere.


School Review

The school recently undertook its three-year Review. Our validation visit from the Review team involved speaking to staff, students and representatives from the Board, P&C and parents along with reviewing a range of data in the areas of student achievement, leadership, relationships, learning environment, resources and teaching.

These Reviews enable schools to reflect on what they do and also articulate what they are planning to do moving into the next three-year cycle utilising the data they have collected.

A Review is in addition to the Annual School Report and Three Year Business Plan.   It is a balance between accountability and improvement.

Our school was rated as effective on a two-point scale consisting of effective or needing improvement which is great news in recognition of our school community.








A Report will be forwarded to the school before the end of term and a copy placed on our website.

I would like to congratulate the staff many of whom have leadership positions within subject areas or champion initiatives who presented to the team on the day. They did a wonderful job.


Assemblies Coming Up

Our Music/Book Prize assembly will be held on Thursday, 12th  December at 9:00am. This will be followed by the Year 6 Graduation Ceremony at 9:00am on Wednesday, 18th December.


2020 Planning

To assist us with planning for 2020, please notify the office if you will not be continuing with us into 2020.  At this stage we look like having a similar number of classes and students as we had at the start of  2019.

As staffing is dependent on the enrolment numbers of students in each year level, straight and composite classes will occur. This grouping is supported by research and our belief how children learn. It is also often a practical necessity due to the distribution of ages.

Staff each year at this time meet to look at class placements. A great deal of time goes into the grouping of students using a range of factors. Teachers aim at a balance of children with varying academic abilities, gender and other capabilities.  At times other individual circumstances assist with grouping.  As in the past, classes will be finalised before the start of Term One, once any new enrolments that have taken place during the school holiday period.  


ICAS Writing

The results of the ICAS Writing competition were returned recently. Congratulations to all of our students who entered and in particular the following students who achieved a CREDIT: Max K., Henry T., Sam A. and Roma L. DISTINCTION: Kian T. Well done everyone!


End of Year Electronic Reports

For Semester Two this year our school will be producing an electronic student Report for the first time. In this transition period a paper copy will also be available to those that request it.  This is an initiative from the Department to make the Reports more accessible for parents.  Further information will come home next week.



Glenn Rondoni


School News

Year 6 Fremantle College Visit 

By Jetta Giles and Macy Brown (Rm 1) 


Last Friday we went up to Fremantle College to do their Change Champions program.  Firstly, we spoke about our worries for going in to High School, then the Year 8 students told us solutions to our worries.


Once we finished talking we split into pairs and started boxing, they showed us how to defend ourselves, jab and a cross then we did a race with our partner. We learnt a lot of different stances and you always have to have your back foot separated from your front foot. 


We all had a good time and the Year 7 and 8's were really nice and they all said they were very excited to see us again over the next two weeks!




Year 3 News

This term, Year 3's (Rooms 11&12) have been working hard learning about Information Reports (during Talk 4 Writing). In pairs, they researched a chosen country, wrote sub headings and associated paragraphs and are now in the final stages of completing a presentation on Keynote using the iPads. Students have enjoyed this learning experience and teachers are very impressed that students have been able to include multi media such as information/text boxes, pictures, videos and audio recordings. In the next few weeks, students will present their slides to all Year 3's. 


In Science, we have been looking at Chemical Science and the different properties of solids, liquids and gases. Students have been working hard completing Science experiments and recording results on chemical reactions.

In the last few weeks of term to add to the end of year fun, Year 3's will also be participating in drama and reader's theatre. We will be inviting the Year 2's to come and watch an entertaining performance. We will also be practising our singing of Christmas Carols to perform to the school during a lunch break in the last week.



Year 3/4 Room 11 took angles to a whole new dimension. We decided to play all the angles!!! We used our whole body to consolidate angle and shape knowledge! We tried out some angle aerobics and made obtuse and acute angles. We even came up with straight angles!!



Once again, well done Year 3's on a great term and year! You've been fabulous!


Year 3 Teachers 

Whats Happening

Christmas Market

Next week the Pre-Primary students will be making some goods, such as biscuits and craft items to sell at a Christmas Market. We will sell our produce before school on Wednesday morning, the 11th of December, in the Undercover Area.  Funds raised will be donated to a local charity.


In the lead up to Christmas, we would like children to see Christmas is about Santa but also about doing nice things for other people.


Kind regards,

PP Staff

Fremantle Markets Bloom Exhibition

Visitors to the Markets will be encouraged to vote for the best ‘Jellyfish Bloom’, with cash prizes of $1000, $500 and $250 being awarded to the schools that achieve the highest number of votes. Placing them in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  Voters will go into the draw to win a $50 voucher.  Voting poll can be found at the Market Office. Simply complete the form and drop it into the slot provided.  Competition is open till 2nd February so please vote over the school holidays.  Only one vote per person as we don’t want to waste paper.




Camp Out 2019

What do you get when you combine 120 eggs, a fire dancer, a treasure hunt in riddles and an oval of ecstatic children? 


That was last Fridays 2019 School Camp Out.  If your child spent most of Saturday recovering from the earthly delights of our woodland camping experience, I understand you were not alone.  There was a lot of fun had by both young and old(er) as we sat around the camp fire roasting marshmallows with our little mates, listening to some talented young musicians and enjoying the delicious food.   We ate almost 400 bread rolls and drank around 150 Carnarvon oranges and 100 Pemberton apples; tummies were full and waste was minimal.


Thank you to the founders of this event who have given us a wonderful WGVPS tradition to carry on, in particular Penny (year 2 mum) who we are thrilled to have back at school. 


This year’s event was led by mostly a team of Dads who I would like to extend my sincere thanks: Ben Lake, Mark Taylor, Brian Smith, John Homes, Ori Weiser, Lee Meadowcraft, Anthony Lindhjem, Alex Mosnier, Aaron Koodravsev, Ian Trayler, Peter Kirk, Arthur Adams and Mark Drynan.  Then of course the always amazing Mums:  Meredith Drynan, Sherry Fletcher, Teresa Matassa and Tevalene Weiser. 


We raised around $1,300- for the P&C (Treasurer to confirm). Thanks in part to you for attending and supporting the event plus the generous food donations and discounts from Fremantle Egg Co (Munster), D’Orsogna (Palmyra), BnB Fresh (Hamilton Hill) and Continental Meat Supply (Hamilton Hill).


Next year in March the P&C will be hosting our first WGV PS IdeasShack!  This will be a biannual opportunity for parents and carers, students, teachers and others from our school community to present ideas to the P&C for spending our fundraising dollars.  So please start having conversations with your children and get thinking over the summer break what you may like to propose for the P&C to invest in, to improve the educational experience of our students.


This was the final P&C event for the year and we very much look forward to what we can create together in 2020.  


Danielle Loizou-Lake

P&C President





Canteen News

We will be holding a sausage sizzle for lunch on Monday 16th December which will be available for pre-order from the canteen.  Vegetarian option will be available also.  Notes will be sent home with students next week.


Limited items will be available to purchase for the remainder of the Term to reduce stock before the holidays.


Canteen closed Wednesday 18th December due to Year 6 Graduation.


Canteen Committee


Uniform Shop News

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.


Any queries please contact our new Uniform Shop Team -Anjea and Jess wgvuniforms@gmail.com 


Pre ordered uniforms that were placed by 15th November will be available for collection on

Wednesday 29th January 2020 between 9.30am-11am.


Community News




WHITE GUM VALLEY PS Independent Public School   "Take Pride"
Summer canteen menu.pdf
2019 Uniform Order Form.pdf
Before and After School Care and Vacation Care.pdf