WHITE GUM VALLEY PS Independent Public School   "Take Pride"

11 September 2019
Issue Fourteen
Upcoming Events
Principal's Message
School 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

Thursday 12 September

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

Friday 13 September

School Athletics Carnival

Wednesday 18 September to Friday 20 September

Year 6 School Camp

Friday 20 September

John Curtin College Brass Band @ 12.30pm

Thursday 26 September

Assembly - Year 5 Room 2

Friday 27 September

Last Day of Term 3


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


Recent Assembly.

Congratulations to Room 9 and Mrs. Kitson on their wonderful assembly last week.

Incursions and Excursions.

Various classes have been involved in a range of activities recently with the Pre Primary involved with Animal Ark and Rio Tinto Garden Project incursions; Year 4 and 6 who travelled to Curtin University for a STEM excursion. Thank you to the staff for organising these events.

Fathers’ Day Breakfast.

Over one hundred and fifty parents, grandparents and uncles enjoyed a breakfast as part of Fathers’ Day. Our thanks to Mrs. Amoroso and the team of staff for organising the event and coming in early to set it up.

School Open Evening.

Thank you to everyone who was able to get in for the school Open Evening. The classrooms and the Art and Italian displays looked wonderful.

Mrs. Colkin and her team organised a great Fair with book proceeds going back into our Library.

Mr. Kaloczy and our Music students entertained us towards the end of the evening with singing and playing a variety of instruments including: percussion, electric guitar and brass.

Zoe Finlay-Jones and her large team of parents set up a wonderful Markets atmosphere in the covered assembly area for families to enjoy a bite to eat. Thank you to the P&C for setting this up and also replacing our school BBQ with two new ones with the assistance of a donation from Bunnings.


Some of our students have been involved in the ICAS Writing and Spelling competitions with Maths and English to follow next week.

Dental Screening.

On Thursday there is dental screening for PP, Year 3 and Year 6, from 9:30am.

Thursday, 12 September.

On Thursday there will be a tree planted in the Sensory Garden and an informal gathering afterwards to acknowledge Jess.


The first of our Athletics carnivals was completed on Tuesday. Congratulations to all of the competitors from Years 3-6 who competed in the Jumps and Throws events.

The weather looks good for Friday. The events will run along similar lines as last year with slight changes in the running divisions. A program will be made available today.

The canteen will deliver student lunches to the three bays. Parents and siblings will need to pick up their lunch orders from the canteen.  Morning teas will be also available.



At our recent P&C meeting the committee approved the buying of sunscreen to be made available to each class as well as approved the buying of new BBQ’s.

Further work on the Strategic Plan was presented and the sub-committee were thanked for their ongoing efforts.

A new noticeboard will go up shortly in the covered assembly area with another to be placed outside the Year 4-6 Block.

The fundraising on Open Night raised $2289 with a further $596 raised at the Sullivan Hall function.

The Uniform shop will be open this week for families looking to buying a faction shirt for Friday.


Good luck to Ursula - Year 6, who will shortly be competing in the Australian Classic Gymnastics competition on the Gold Coast having done very well at the recent Judges Invitational event.

Congratulations also to Sofia - Year 2, who is competing at the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics National Level where to date she has won top place in her 4 apparatus in two of the scheduled four competitions this year.

We are very proud of you both!

Inclusivity Committee.

Thank you to Mrs. John and staff who have established a District Schools’ Committee to further the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework. At the recent meeting held here, work around RAPS [Reconciliation Statements] was undertaken. Representatives from the Fremantle Council also attended to describe the work they have also undertaken.

Coming Up:

Students across the school will have a St Johns Incursion during the first three days in Week 9. This has been put together by Ms. Edmonds.

Our Year 6 students will be at Nanga Bush Camp in Dwellingup from Wednesday, 18 September.

On Friday, 20th September, Mr. Kaloczy has organised for the John Curtin College Band to perform for our students at 12:30.

During the last week of school our Wellness Committee have put together some great activities that will run across the week. These will involve students, staff and there will also be the opportunity for parents to be involved. Further information will come home shortly.  Room Two will also link their assembly in with this Well Being week.




School News

Honour Certificate Awards

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Honour Certificates at the 28 August Assembly.


PP Room 5

Shalara, Mary, Natalia

PP Room 6

Gracie, Harper, Mahalo, Sukey

Year 1 Room 7

Eva, Jakob, Blue

Year 1 Room 8

Ivy, Nathaniel, Anna

Year 2 Room 9

Beau, Caroline

Year 2 Room 10

Noa, Oscar

Year 3/4 Room 11

Millie, Charlie

Year 3 Room 12

Heidi, Kai

Year 4 Room 3


Year 5 Room 2

Clovis, Charlie H, Mack, Leon

Year 6 Room 1



Abi, Sofia


Lili, Sol, Vivienne



BASF Kids Lab - Curtin University excursion

On the 29th August, Rooms 1 and 3 went to Curtin University for their BASF Kids Lab. We had an incredible morning learning about different kinds of science, including forensics and explosive engineering! The classes watched a demonstration of chemistry and how different chemical elements react with each other to produce coloured liquids or even fizz. We then broke into two groups to work in a real-life laboratory and do three exciting experiments with actual scientists from Curtin. The first experiment was investigating what happens when we combine a chemical called sodium alginate with calcium chloride. Sodium alginate is called a polymer, which means it’s a large molecule. Calcium chloride is an activator which links the polymers together to make long strands. The result was ‘Worm Goo’ which changed colour depending on the temperature of the water it was placed in! The next experiment was making our own toothpaste. Students used bicarbonate soda, mouthwash and salt. After making the paste, we brushed 3D printed teeth with our product. Finally, we were able to observe the powers of chromatography. We decorated a piece of chromatography paper and dipped it in water. Before our eyes, the ink from the pen separated into its different pigments. We made bookmarks from the experiment and could not believe the colours coming from a simple one-colour texta. We learned that scientists use this kind of technology to in forensics, for example: finding out the cause of a fire. Using this chromatography process, forensic scientists can separate all the chemicals found at a crime scene and identify what caused the fire. At the end of the lab session we had time for questions and reflection. It was a brilliant and eye-opening day.



Fathers' Day Breakfast

We would like to thank our wonderful school community for supporting our annual Fathers' Day Breakfast.  What a fantastic turnout we had and it was great to see so many Dads, Grandads and Uncles.  

Thanks to all our staff for the help, we all had a lovely morning.

Fathers' Day - PrePrimary

On Friday, 30th  August, the school had our wonderful Father’s Day celebrations. The day started at 7:30am in the senior area with some fresh fruit, croissants, tea and coffee to treat the father figures in our lives, but for Pre-Primary, it didn’t end there! At 2:00pm we were lucky enough to have our amazing dads, mums, brothers, uncles, cousins and even friends from Year 6 come in and celebrate with us. We got to style their hair, adding gel and some colourful feathers, play soccer, ice cupcakes and treat them to an extra special day!

A huge thank you to all our special people that came in to join us! We had an incredible day and we appreciate everything you do for us and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.


Open Night - Scholastic Book Fair Update

Thank you to everyone who supported the Book Fair on Open Night. A special mention must be made to Marg, Melany and Janet who spent the morning transforming the Library. Also to Lucy Hales and Bree Falcinella, the 4th Year Students in Room 5 and 6 who manned the Library for the evening.

The proceeds from the evening enabled the school to spend $458 on new 36 books for the Library on top of the 15 books that were donated to the library by families. What a great effort.

Mrs Colkin - PrePrimary Teacher 


Canteen News

It's the Athletic's Carnival this Friday and we are calling for cake/muffin/biscuit donations to sell to all the hungry kids, parents and teachers!  If you are able to bake something for canteen, please bring it along on Friday morning and give it to Bev.  Also remember to bring along cash or card to buy goodies from canteen on the day.  There will be hot drinks, cold drinks, cakes, muffins, biscuits, ice creams and icy poles for sale.

We are also looking for volunteers to help Bev on the day, so if you have any free time between races please pop in and lend a hand.

And please remember that if you/your kids have pre-ordered lunch from canteen, the kids lunches will be delivered to them in their faction bays but parents/non WGV kids need to collect their orders from canteen.  Pre Primaries will have their lunches delivered to their classrooms.

Looking forward to a fun day!

Canteen Committee

Are you Sports Carnival Ready?

New stock of faction shirts has just arrived!  The Uniform Shop will be open after school Wednesday and Thursday this week so come and grab one in your colour.  Hats and shirts will also be available to buy on Friday in the Undercover area. 

For further information, please contact me on: sarahjanebell18@gmail.com

Sarah - Uniform Shop Co-Ordinator

Open Night

Open night 2019 was a great success and we raised nearly $2,500 and made of a profit of $2,289 for our school P&C! All these funds will go towards resources and facilities for our students, school and classrooms.  We would like to send a huge thank you to the volunteers who donated curries, served curries, cooked the BBQ, baked treats, made bunting and helped set-up and pack down.  We know how difficult it can be to add ‘another thing’ into a busy family week, but because of our volunteers we were able to provide 22 curries, 200 sausages in a bun and a table of yummy baked desserts.  We hope everyone enjoyed the dinner and if you have any feedback for the P&C please email: wgvprimaryschoolpandc@gmail.com


Danielle Loizou-Lake –P&C President

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.

For further information, please contact me on: sarahjanebell18@gmail.com

Sarah - Uniform Shop Co-Ordinator

Community News

Layer sunscreen on thickly 20 minutes before going out into the sun and reapply sunscreen every two hours. Do not rub it in! 



WHITE GUM VALLEY PS Independent Public School   "Take Pride"
WGV PS Canteen Menu Winter 2019.pdf
2019 Uniform Order Form.pdf
Before and After School Care and Vacation Care.pdf