WHITE GUM VALLEY PS Independent Public School   "Take Pride"

08 November 2019
Issue Seventeen
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 11 November 

Yoga Yr 2-6  

Languages Week

Tuesday 12 November

Yoga PP-1   

Year 6 RAC Imagine excursion

Wednesday 13 November

PP-Yr 1 Transition Day 

Monday 18 November

Yoga Yr 2-6  

Tuesday 19 November

Yoga PP-1

Wednesday 20 November

Parent Helper Morning Tea 10.40am

Hazel Orme Parent Information evening 6.30pm

Thursday 21 November

Booklists due at school and online

Pre Primary Assembly - Rooms 5 & 6 





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.




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,


Congratulations to our Athletics team who won the Interschool Athletics trophy recently. This was a great achievement.

Congratulations also to our Numero Maths teams who represented the school. These students from Years 5 and 6 displayed great number combinations skills. Thank you to the staff who assisted with training and to the parents who came along to support.


We have completed two weeks of the Yoga program. Our thanks to the P&C for helping subsidise this activity. It is still possible to participate in the last 4 lessons. Please forward the money to your child’s classroom teacher.


Outdoor Classroom Day was celebrated on Thursday with many of our groups undertaking activities outside their classroom. Schools across Australia and many other countries were involved with this initiative.


Thank you to those families who were able to support the Year 6 Book and Cake Stall. Funds raised will go towards Graduation and a gift to the school.


There is a P&C Grounds Group Busy Bee on Saturday, 16th November between 10:00am-12:00pm. Families are welcome to come in to assist with a tidy up around the school to support the work of our gardener. The Sensory garden is to be reticulated shortly thanks to the expertise of Aaron and the metal pipes for the Glockenspiel will also be installed by Ben and Todd.


A letter will be coming home shortly regarding Swimming lessons for PP-Year 3 students. Costs this year for the ten lessons will be $48.00 as we move towards using seat belt buses. The cost this year has been reduced with the donation of $250.00, from Simone McGurk who is our local member for Fremantle, who supports schools each year across the electorate with programs/initiatives they are running. We thank Mrs McGurk for her support of schools through the Fremantle area.



Over the next month the school has organised a series of Transition mornings for students moving from Pre Primary to Year One and students moving up from Kindergarten to Pre Primary. Transition days have also been set up for our senior students moving on to their secondary schools.


Well done to Room Seven for their wonderful assembly on Thursday. Our Year one group spoke with such confidence!


Thank you to families who have been able to support the plastic free food wrap initiative on Thursdays. Each week more students are becoming involved in looking at other ways of wrapping food.


The School Board has endorsed the Pupil Free Days for 2020.

There will be two at the commencement of the year before the students return for the new year [Thursday 30th and Friday 31st January] and one at the end of the year after the students’ finish for the year [Friday, 18th December] which is a Department requirement.

The other three will be: The first day of Term Two [Tuesday, 28th April as Monday is ANZAC Day.] Friday before the long weekend in June [Friday, 29th May] and the first day of Term Four [Monday, 12th October].  In 2020 there won’t be a Pupil Free Day at the start of Term Three.


The State Government recently announced a new Student Mobile Phones in Schools policy to take effect from Term One 2020.  The policy requires all public schools both primary and secondary, to implement a ban on the use of mobile phones for all students from the time they arrive at school until the end of the school day. This extends to the use of smart watches as well.  Our school has phone use policy endorsed by the Board that meets these minimum standards and also requires students to hand their electronic devices and phones/watches to their teacher on arrival to school for safe keeping.


Glenn Rondoni


School News

Honour Certificate Awards

Recipients from our Assembly on 7th November 2019.


Room 5

Jasmine, John, Mia, Molly and Sidney


Room 6

Gracie, Rocky, Samantha, Eden and Ned

Year 1

Room 7

Zoe, Emilia,  Ashley, Mabel, Samson and Frankie

Year 1 Room 8

Elliot, Persia, Biara, Ivy and Vamuyan

Year 2

Room 9

Jarrah, Steve and Indi

Year 2 Room 10

Theophile and Annabell

Year 3/4 Room 11

Zoe, Temyka, Leo and Dianna

Year 3 Room 12

Louis, Ally and Amelia

Year 4

Room 3

Phoebe, Katie, Niamh, Kurt, Ella and Izack

Year 5 Room 2

Tully, Charli, Max, Leon

Year 6

Room 1

Jemimah, Macy, Sienna and Jetta


 Ashley, Mabel and Jake



Interschool Athletics 

Carnival Day – written by Jemimah Bal-Kearney


On Friday 25 October, White Gum Valley competed proudly in the Interschool Athletics carnival. Over six tiring hours of running, throws, jumps team games and relays, we came out the champions after 12 agonizing years. The cup was created in 2007 with the previous winners being Fremantle, Winterfold and North Fremantle primary schools, it was time for our turn. The interschool was held at East Hamilton Hill primary school with the school supplying canteen food, delicious snacks and a coffe van on offer. All of the schools were fantastic and even the small schools were good. East Hamilton Hill took out the Small School Trophy. Congratulations to our school team and our medal winners and runners up. Overall, the interschool was a day to remember.


Medal recipients

Noah Yr 6 – Champion Boy

Jemimah Yr 6 – Runner up champion girl

Katie Yr 4 -  Champion Girl

Freddy Yr 4  - Runner up champion boy

Gabe Yr 3 – Runner up champion boy



Year One News

In Science this term, the Year 1 students are looking at the Chemical Sciences strand. We are focusing on how everyday objects such as spaghetti, chocolate and icy poles can change when warmed or cooled. Over the last two weeks we have been exploring the physical properties of spaghetti, starting with uncooked spaghetti. We made towers using strands of spaghetti held together by marshmallows. We used our five senses to make observations of the physical state of spaghetti and discovered that the spaghetti had sufficient strength to hold itself up but quickly learnt it could be quite brittle. The best bit of the lesson was getting to eat all the marshmallows!!!



Pre Primary News 

Health Care Workers Incursion

We had some wonderful parents visit our  Pre-Primary classes on Monday morning to conduct a workshop on health care workers. The students had the most amazing morning bandaging up their friends and being bandaged up by our health care workers. The students rotated in small groups amongst our four parent stations and loved every minute of it.

We thank Emma, Tamara, Alicia and Dave for their time.



Outdoor Education Day


On Thursday, the 7th of November, it was Outdoor Education Day. Both Pre-Primary classes decided to celebrate this day by conducting their morning sessions outdoors. Our outdoor sessions included: easel painting, measuring, some Indigenous games and clay pinch pots.


The children loved our outdoor Classroom Day and we were blessed by gorgeous weather.



Kind regards,

Pre Primary Staff


Whats Happening

Italian News

Languages Week is nearly here!     To celebrate language diversity and highlight Languages Week in our school next week, the students were invited to find and share evidence of other languages around their homes and in the wider community. They could do this via photo poster or Powerpoint to present as entries for the Languages All Around Me competition.       


The students have taken part in an in-class contest to find how to say/write their target word in as many languages as possible. The target words were: Year 1 – Me, Year 2 – Friends, Year 3 – Family, Year 4 – Home, Year 5 - Community and Year 6 - World. A raffle ticket was earned for every version they found.       


Winners will be announced and prizes awarded for both competitions at the next whole school assembly.         


We are also privileged to have parents/community members visiting some of our classes. They have kindly volunteered to share their skills and passions relating to the Italian way of life (pasta making) and to recount their travel/ migrant experiences.


Signora Hawke

Fremantle Markets Bloom Exhibition

Friday 15th November 2019 – Sunday 2nd February 2020


White Gum Valley Pre-Primary students are creating a ‘jellyfish bloom’ display at the Fremantle Markets as an entrant in the bloom Exhibition!


The purpose of the display is to encourage visitors to think about the re-use and/or recycling of single-use plastic. According to WWF Australia, Australians, on average, use 130kg of plastic, per person per year. Only 12% of that is recycled! More frightening still is that 130,000 tonnes of plastic will find its way into our waterways and into the ocean! Out at sea, plastic is deadly! Marine animals like turtles can choke on plastic bags mistaken for jellyfish and seabirds eat small pieces of plastic floating in the sea and along the shoreline, which cannot be ingested. We will only be using recycled materials that can then be recycled or reused again after the exhibition has finished. 


Please head to the markets to see the exhibition and encourage your family and friends to do the same! Visitors to the Markets will be encouraged to vote for the best ‘jellyfish bloom’, with cash prizes of $1000, $500 and $250 given to the schools achieving the highest number of votes.


The booklists were distributed to every student on Tuesday, 22 October.

There are three options available to you for ordering the booklists:

1. Return the form completed and put in the box located at the Front Office by 21 November 2019.

2. Order online before 21 November 2019.

3. Go directly to the Willetton store (28 Kembla Way, Willetton) and wait while your order is being completed.

Please note if you choose option 2 orders and order after 21 November 2019 you will incur a late fee of $17.50.

If you choose option 1 and return the form after 21 November 2019, we will not be able to accept the order here at the school and you will have to order online or in person.


Woolworths Earn & Learn 

We would like to thank all the parents/caregivers and the White Gum Valley Community for collecting the Woolworths Earn and Learn stickers.

We collected over 250 sheets and were able to purchase all these wonderful items.




WGV Cake & Book stall

On behalf of the Year 6's, thank you to the school community for supporting our cake and book stall on Monday 4th.


We raised just under $700 which just goes to show how much our kids like eating cake and reading books! And also how much our parent community is willing to contribute to, and be part of, school fundraising events. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED, WHO HELPED IN ANYWAY AND WHO FUNDED THEIR CHILDREN’S BUYING OF CAKES AND BOOKS.


It really was a delight to see so many children enjoying sifting through books, reading and choosing a special one. We were able to donate left over books to Pre-Primary and Year 1 classes for readers and reading corners. We also donated the remainder to the Salvos, and to refugee students and their community creche at Central TAFE. Thanks for this Mel!


Flick, Mel, Esther, Ingrid, Mandy and Meredith (Year 6 mums)


School Camp Out


If anyone has questions about the School Camp Out or wants to help out -  please contact Ben Lake on 0415 879 231


Canteen News

Our summer menu is out now with lots of summer treats such as fruit smoothies, fruit kebabs and icy poles. Perfect treats for summer!

You may have also noticed a slight increase to the cost of pies, which are now $4.70, due to an increase in cost from the supplier. 

Take a break from packing the lunchboxes and support our canteen!


Canteen Committee


Uniform Shop News

Order forms for 2020 uniforms have now been sent out. And you can now pay by bank transfer!     Please get your orders in by Friday 15th November. Any queries please contact our new Uniform Shop Team -Anjea and Jess wgvuniforms@gmail.com 


                                                                                      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.

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