WHITE GUM VALLEY PS Independent Public School   "Take Pride"

14 August 2019
Issue Twelve
Upcoming Events
Principal's Message
School News
Canteen 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


Science Day Whole School Activities


Pre-Primary Incursion - Bee Keeper


Fremantle Library Excursion - Rooms 7, 8, 11 & 12


Interschool Cross Country Year 3 - 6

Fremantle Library Excursion - Pre-Primary & Room 1


Book Week Parade


Pre-Primary Incursion - Rio Tinto Garden


Assembly - Year 2 Room 9


Fathers' Day Breakfast


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,



In recent weeks our students have enjoyed a number of incursions and excursions which have enriched the learning program. These events have included: soccer workshops, a visit to the theatre to see a performance of ‘Wicked’; a Bees Wax Wrap incursion with a slant towards sustainability and a visit by some groups to the State library.

Other activities have included: the whole school Cross Country event, 100 Days of School activities, and Science Week lessons across the school.  Thank you to the staff for their enthusiasm for organising these events.


At our recent P&C meeting we explored the Strategic Plan and new P&C Associations’ Constitution as well as heard Reports from the various committees. Nikki and her Quiz Night team were congratulated for the wonderful evening at the Hilton Bowling Club. The P&C approved funds to be spent on classroom resources, 2019 Graduation as well as a contribution towards some exciting STEM/Coding resources that the staff Technology team are putting in place at school. Funds were also made available for a recent tree planting day organised by two of the classes and supported by many parents who assisted on the day.

Approval was given to establish a new noticeboard to keep parents up to date with various activities. It is hoped that this will go up during the term.  A new BBQ is also being explored.

As part of acknowledging P&C Day celebrated earlier in the term, students from the Pre Primary made rock cakes for the P&C members to enjoy during the meeting.

Moving into this term the P&C will be putting together a curry offering and sausage sizzle for Open Evening and working with the canteen to supply morning teas and lunches at the Athletics carnival.


Our Book Week parade will be on Friday, 23rd August at 9:00am. Students are welcome to make a costume to represent their favourite book.


The staff will again put on a Fathers’ Day Breakfast on Friday, 30th August. More information will come home regarding this, shortly.


To build on our recent Bees Wax Wrap incursion we are looking at adding to the variety of initiatives that are running in the school that revolve around the Sustainability theme. Information from students, parents and staff will help us with developing these.

Currently the school has in place: 

Buildings - two sets of solar panels [6KW], water tanks to recycle rain water, energy efficient lighting, modified flow taps and dual flush toilets and sisalation in Library.

Grounds - use of local plants, reticulation, deciduous trees to shade the Library as well as a wall garden for the western side.

Initiatives - battery recycling, phone recycling, paper recycling, Council recycling bin for the canteen, green waste bin for the school and recycling of old/damaged furniture.


I recently attended a NAIDOC assembly at Fremantle College and had the opportunity to catch up with various former students and watch a brilliant student led assembly to acknowledge NAIDOC. Other events being organised by the college for students this week included a fashion parade of student designed clothing and the presentation of a Rap written for the occasion.


Our students performed really well across the school at the recent Cross Country.  Congratulations to all of our place getters as well as all students who were able to have a go. The level of determination, enthusiasm and willingness to support each other was great to see. Thank you to those parents who were able to come in and support the students.


Over $850 was raised at the Cup Cake event held on Tuesday. This was a wonderful effort from families who volunteered plates, staff and parent volunteers who baked and decorated on the day and also the large number of students who got involved. Your support was appreciated. Thanks also to the Dulay family who donated a large number of boxed cake mixes for the event.


Congratulations to everyone involved with the 60th anniversary of Sullivan Hall. This is an ikon of our local community which is ready for the next 60 years.







School News


We would like to remind parents and caregivers of the importance of notifying us if your child is absent, whether it be through illness, appointments or for other reasons. You can notify the school via the School website and filling in the "Absentee Form", in writing or by telephone.

Should you wish to take your child out for an in term holiday, please complete the holiday form and return to your class teacher. We appreciate your understanding regarding this Education Department requirement.

Here is a link to the school website where the absentee form and in term holiday forms are located. http://www.whitegumvalleyps.wa.edu.au/

Ms Andrew - Deputy Principal

Gardening Day

Our PP classes were very lucky  and received some free native plants from SERCUL. SERCUL provided these plants to our school as part of the Phosphorus Awareness Project grant it receives from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), which aims to educate the community about the environmental impacts of too many nutrients entering our waterways.

Friday 26 July was National Tree Day so we could not think of a better day to get planting! The students in Pre-Primary and Room 9, and many wonderful parent helpers assisted in the planting of the donated plants on Friday, 26th July.

A special thank you to Juls for her expertise and whose recent ‘books for trees’ initiative purchased more plants for the occasion. Thanks also to Mrs. Colkin for collecting the plants in the holidays and our many parent helpers.


PP Staff

100 Days of School

Last Wednesday, the students from Kindy to Year 2 took part in rotational activities to celebrate 100 Days of School. They had a wonderful time engaged in activities that allowed them to practise counting (including skip counting) to 100 and beyond. Some of the activities included cutting and pasting, sketching and making edible necklaces, crowns, 100 and 1000 iced biscuits and counting cups.

We thank our Kindy parents for their flexibility in working in with our times and dropping their children to and from the big school..

 The students, and teachers, thoroughly enjoyed the morning.

Kindy - Year 2 Staff

State Library

On Friday, 9th August, in the lead up to Book Week, both Pre-Primary classes attended an excursion at the Western Australian State Library. Within the session children examined fairy tales and fairy tales with a twist. The children were fabulously behaved.

We thank our wonderful parent helpers, who made this event possible.

Pre-Primary Staff


Bees’ Wax Wraps

Last Thursday and Friday, our school was fortunate enough to have the whole school involved in a workshop on making bees’ wax wraps with Laura Folan, Earth Assist Co-ordinator from Perth/Conservation Volunteers.

We thank Rose Hewison for organising this event and all of the many parents who assisted with ironing and cutting the bees’ wax wraps throughout the two days.


P & C Acknowledgement

As a school, we recognise we are fortunate to have a very hardworking P & C. To acknowledge the vital contribution they make to our school, the Pre-Primary students made rock cakes for all those who attended last Wednesday’s meeting.

We hope they were enjoyed and thank all members of the P & C.

WGVPS Staff 


Cup Cakes

Thank you to everybody who contributed to the fundraising event of raising money for Mrs Terpos' nephew, Kristian, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer and has flown to Thailand for specialist treatment. Over $850.00 was raised. Mrs Terpos and her family were touched by the endeavours of students, parents and staff.



Wicked Excursion

Students from Years Four, Five and Six went to see Wicked on Thursday, 1st August. Wicked was a play performed by Mercedes College and was also open to the public from the 2nd to the 4th of August at the Regal Theatre. The students enjoyed a very high-quality production, an engaging performance and impressive acting from Mercedes College. 

The story of Wicked is an alternative perspective on the Wicked Witch from the West from the Wizard of Oz. Based on a novel by Gregory Maguire, it tells the story of Elphaba and Galinda, how they went to school together and became friends. Taking place before, during and just after the original Wizard of Oz story.

 Students are using this play to assist with this term's focus of narrative writing. Students are using this play complemented with other texts or media to look at how they can develop suspense in their writing.

Mr Peters (Practical Experience Student - Murdoch University

Canteen News

Sushi ordering update!

Our sushi supplier has made a change of time for our sushi order. All sushi orders need to be placed by 8.45am on Wednesdays and Fridays. If this is going to be difficult for you, please consider pre-ordering sushi (i.e. order Friday’s sushi on the Wednesday prior) or have a standing order for your child's sushi.  Please speak to Bev if you want to arrange a standing order.

Don't forget we also have other wonderful food options.  Our Friday special is Bev's Butter chicken and rice/veggies for $5.  Other specials this week include raspberry and apple slice $1.50 and lemonade ice lollies $1.











Community News

Instead of a baseball cap use a broad brimmed, bucket or legionnaire style hat which protects your ears and back of the neck.

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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