Newborough Primary School
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178 Newborough Street
Karrinyup WA 6018

Phone: 08 9278 0450

6 April 2022

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Dates to Remember

Please refer to the side panel “School Calendar” section for the “live” calendar of events for information

Principal’s Introduction

Term One Thank You

Well it has certainly been an interesting start to the year especially with all the COVID restrictions. I would like to most sincerely thank everyone for your understanding and support during this time. We are fortunate to have such a caring and responsive parent and carer group across the school. Many families have been impacted by COVID. Thank you for keeping unwell children at home and following all the guidelines. This term to date we have had over fifty students with COVID and an equal number as close contacts. That is over 25% of students.

My staff continue to be brilliant, maintaining their focus on student learning and wellbeing. A significant number of staff have been affected by COVID either directly or through family. Seven staff have had COVID with only one still in isolation. A further seven staff have taken up the opportunity to be a Critical Worker rather than access sick leave. We really appreciate the additional burden to having someone home sick and to still work to keep the school running. There is an acute state-wide shortage of relief staff.

Staff willingness to push through and attend as Critical Workers has been fantastic. This has helped provide a stable base for consistent face to face learning. If you have had children at home in isolation because of positive COVID or close contact, you will have received an emergency starter pack and then online learning material. This is the fantastic work of Miss Tucknott, supported by Mr Stenhouse providing technical support and managing attendance. Many other staff have contributed in many ways as well.

It is time now to have a really well earned break from school. To recover health and recharge batteries. It is also a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, to celebrate Easter and commemorate ANZAC Day.

Hopefully next term we can get back to some normality and have community engagement restored.

I wish everyone a very safe, happy and enjoyable break.

School Board Vacancy

The Board and I are pleased to announce that Renae Hughes is our new parent representative on the School Board. Renae has two students in the school. A year one and a year three. Welcome on board Renae.

Term Two Commences Tuesday 26th April

Term Two commences for students and staff on Tuesday 26th April. Monday is ANZAC Day public holiday. There is no School Development Day to commence this term.

COVID-19 Recovery Changes

The Minister of Education has announced several easing of health measures to commence for the start of term 2. These measures include:

  • Provision of 1 million additional RATs for school staff to use on an as-need basis.
  • Single year-group assemblies can be held in line with mask requirements.
  • Parents/carers are allowed on school sites for outside school pick-up and drop-off, face to face parent-teacher meetings, attending year group assemblies, volunteering in roles outside of classrooms e.g. canteen, and uniform shop, and infrequent special events (in line with community venue capacity and density limits).
  • In-school special events with more than a class size can be held with masks and physical distancing.
  • Parents and carers can visit residential facilities, with proof of vaccination (if required), mask wearing and physical distancing.
  • Parents/carers are allowed to spectate at indoor and outdoor sporting events, performances and other interschool events with masks and physical distancing.
  • Gatherings of parents/carers can occur on school sites e.g. P&Cs, with mask wearing.

These changes come into effect from 26th April, the first day of term 2. From a parent perspective, parents can have face to face meetings with teachers. Please make an appointment to do this. There will always be quick incidental meetings to exchange information, however, if you wish to discuss something that may take more than a minute or two make an appointment for a mutually agreeable time.

We now have permission to run smaller choirs with 32 or less students. After discussions with Mrs Snelson we will split the Senior Choir into two groups doing the same content in preparation for the WA Massed Choir and other performances such as Telethon, if we get invited. This means an additional morning session before school so we will put the Junior Choir on hold until restrictions open up when both Senior and Junior Choirs can run before school as in the past. Thank you Mrs Snelson for your great work with our choir students and the time you willingly donate before school and at events.

At this stage we will not be returning to full assemblies as we cannot social distance in the undercover as required and our assemblies involve the whole school not single year levels.

Great news for the P&C and Board. We can now meet again at school whilst wearing masks and social distancing.

As the restrictions lift we looking for opportunities to re-establish all the great community activities that make our school so special and stand out. The P&C, Board, student leaders and staff have all been brainstorming and sharing ideas for a celebration event or activity to recognise the difficult times we are going through and set us up for future community involvement and success.

Nature Playground Refurbishment

It’s happening! The school has signed off with Programmed and Four Landscape Studio to complete the design for our Nature Playground Refurbishment. The architects, Four Landscape Studio will consult with the school and P&C to develop the plan that will go out to construction tender. We already have a bank of ideas and suggestions from previous consultancy work undertaken by the P&C. These will be included along with some fresh ideas.

The project is being funded 50/50 by the P&C and a grant from the Member for Scarborough Stuart Aubrey. We have $100,000 to really improve the existing much loved Nature Playground.

Once the final tender for construction goes out we will know the timeline for completion.

ANZAC Service 2022 – Them ‘Animals in War’

We hope you may be able to join us online for our ANZAC Service this year commencing at 8:45am. Unfortunately, the COVID rules don’t allow us to have classes, staff and visitors in a large congregation in the quadrangle as we might normally do. As much as possible the Service will run as normal from the flagpole stage. Classes will participate from their classrooms watching on the big screens. Two representatives from each class will present a Banksia flower to contribute to the large school wreath and to read out their message to animals and their handlers. The wreath will be on show at school and later be taken to an ANZAC Service on ANZAC Day, nearly two weeks later.

To conclude the Service all classes will be invited to watch the release of carrier pigeons who will take their class special message back to home base. After the pigeon release the Service will conclude with the whole school singing the National Anthem.

Attached is a poster that includes a link so parents, carers, family and friends can watch the Service from home. There are quite a few families in isolation and others who might normally attend or be otherwise unable to attend in person who can participate this year.

ABC Radio 720’s Lucy Bell will be interviewing Mr Worthy at 3:10pm to find out about our unique approach and why we have chosen the ‘Animals in War’ theme. Tune in and have a listen.

Change of Gardening Guard

After twelve years as our Gardener/Handyman Mr Tim Riley is pulling off the gloves and safety boots to take on some different challenges. He will be taking well-earned leave for Term Two before quietly heading off into the sunset. Tim has been a loyal and well liked staff member who has kept our expansive gardens in good shape and organised and repaired a wide variety of maintenance issues. We wish Tim all the very best for the future.

Whilst Tim is on leave and a process for selection of a new Gardener Handyman runs we welcome Mr Riley Major to staff. Riley is very enthusiastic about working at the school and getting stuck into the gardens.


John Worthy

P&C News


After a very successful AGM a couple of weeks ago and a new executive team voted in, we now only find ourselves needing a P&C Secretary. The position is temporarily being looked after by the outgoing secretary, however this cannot be ongoing - We Need You!

The Secretary role is predominately an administrative role. Although the outgoing secretary took on additional roles with fundraising and organising events, the position we are needing to fill does not require the volunteer to take on these additional roles. We actually think the role could work really well broken down into 2-3 separate roles, for example:

Minutes Secretary - Someone to attend meetings (twice a term), take and distribute the minutes, develop meeting agenda with P&C President.

Online/Admin Secretary (not needed at meetings) - Someone to manage the P&C Facebook page, communicate with year group reps, ensure renewal of annual memberships/update exec details, submit annual information statement for charity status (detailed handover provided).

Event/Fundraising - Co-ordinate volunteers for events, working with President and Vice President

If you think you can contribute a few hours a term to one of the roles above then please do get in touch with Carly as soon as possible, via email or phone 0450540733 if you’d prefer to chat about the roles. The secretary role really does need to be handed over as soon as possible. If you are even curious about getting involved in the school community and think you can help, please let us know. You can also come along to the meeting Wednesday night to see what it’s all about.

Thank you
Carly Fowkes


Term 1, 2022

Monday 31 January – Friday 8 April

Term 2, 2022

Tuesday 26 April – Friday 1 July

Pupil Free Day – Friday 3 June

Term 3, 2022

Tuesday 19 July – Friday 23 September

Term 4, 2022

Tuesday 11 October – Thursday 15 December

School Directory




School Office

08 9278 0450


SMS 0409 088 585


Useful School Information


School commences at:

8.40am – Please arrive to your classroom by 8:30am

Morning recess:

10.40am – 11.00am


1.00pm – 1:40pm

School finishes at:

2:55pm (apart from Tuesday, early finish 2:30pm)


Department of Education (Western Australia) policy states that all children from Pre Primary attend school for 5 full days as from the commencement of the school year.

Attendance details are entered electronically twice daily by classroom teachers and the information fed onto a school database. An SMS messaging service endorsed by the Department of Education operates to enable parents to inform the school by text message if their child is going to be absent. The system also automatically sends a message to parents if their child has not arrived at school and no notification has been received. This service assists parents to advise the school of absences and also ensures the safety of children by letting parents know that the child has not arrived at school.

If your child will be absent/sick or late, please contact the School directly either by:


0409 088 585 (preferred method)



9278 0450

Please include only the student’s name and classroom number, reason for absence and the date in any messages. For Example: “John Doe Room 13 absent 1/2/2021 sick with flu”.

Notes are requested from parents for:

  • Any absence from school
  • Permission to go on vacation during term time
  • Permission to leave the school grounds at any time including lunch time
  • Non participation in sport and physical education lessons


Parents/guardians are reminded that students should not arrive at school before 8:20am. When gates open. Teachers open classrooms at 8:30am. There is no play before school.

School commences at 8:40am Sharp. Late arrivals need to go to the front office with their parents to sign in and get a LATE PASS.


If your child needs to be collected from school during school hours (e.g. attending an appointment or leaving early), can you please email the school at and your child’s class teacher ahead of time (the day before or in the morning would be great). Please include a reason for early pick up and the approximate time you will be here. This will help with coordinating your child to be waiting at the office when you arrive and lessen your wait time


During the year teaching staff plan a range of suitable excursions and incursions to introduce, develop or reinforce learning experiences for their class.

Incursions are an opportunity for the children to experience high standard performances covering a wide range of learning areas. The children are able to see national, and sometimes international, performers including musicians, storytellers, artists and many others at a reasonable cost. Particular attention is given to developing the social skills of the children, as well as their confidence and independence.

Formal written permission is required before any child can be taken on an excursion. Every endeavour is made to space excursions/incursions during the year to avoid costs being too great at any one time. If payment is not received by the due date and a payment plan has not been entered into, students will not participate in that particular excursion/incursion and will join a buddy class on that day.


When paying for incursions, excursions or other school activities, please pay via direct deposit into the school bank. Newborough Primary School no longer accepts cash payments.

Money can be paid by online banking (please include your child’s surname and incursion/excursion name as reference). Our school bank details are:

BSB: 016 350
Account No: 3408 71304


If your child still needs a school diary and/or green library bag from their booklist, these are no longer available for purchase through the P&C however they can be purchased from the front office.

Please make payment via direct deposit to the school’s bank account (diaries are $10 and the green library bags are $6.95), including the child’s name and the item in the reference section eg Janet Smith, diary/bag. Once the transaction appears on the next morning’s bank statement, we will deliver the item/s to your child in their classroom.


Newborough Primary School Home Learning

This term, we have had numerous students isolating at home either from Covid itself or being a close contact. For some students, we sent home an ANZAC biscuit recipe and a recipe sequencing activity to follow. We were delighted that two students actually did make the biscuits as part of their home learning and the recipe passed the taste test according to Lucy (Pre-primary) and Sam (Year 2)! The recipe is in this Newsletter, if anyone else wishes to make them.


Applications will open for our 2023 Kindergarten program at Newborough Primary School at the beginning of Term 2.

Children born between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019 will be eligible to start Kindy next year and applications should be made before Friday 22 July 2022.

If you have a child or know a neighbour who has a child with a birthday between these dates, please complete an Application for Enrolment before Friday 22 July this year.

To make an application to attend Newborough Primary, a parent applying to enrol a child in a public school should complete an Application for Enrolment and submit it together with the required documents listed.

  • Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Up-to-date Australian Immunisation History Statement
  • Proof of Residential Residence (1 document from list below)
    o City of Stirling Rates
    o Electricity & Gas Account (e.g. Synergy or Alinta Gas - dated within the last 3 months)
    o Signed Rental Agreement – Must show both parties signatures
  • If born overseas - Visa Documentation for Child and Parent (if applicable)
  • Family Court Orders (if applicable)

Applications forms will be available for collection from our front office at the beginning of next term.


Harmony Day

Our Harmony Day song was the beautiful Jessica Mauboy song, ‘Sea of Flags’. We are spending more time on singing in the music room this term to compensate for the missed choir rehearsals. Students had the opportunity of singing ‘Sea of Flags’ in two parts and learnt about diversity and harmony (pun intended)

Choir News

With the upcoming restriction changes, we are able to partially resume our choir practise, starting Week 1 of Term 2 as follows:

Term 2 2022

Tuesdays 8am-8:30am Year 3 and 4 choir

Wednesdays 8am-8:30am Year 5 and 6 choir

Year 1 and 2 choir will start up as soon as number restrictions are lifted and we can split the choir back to junior and senior choir.

P&C News

Easter Raffle

We are having our very popular Easter Raffle again this year. Notes have been sent out requesting the donation of Easter goodies, i.e., chocolate, Easter craft, mini games, Easter soft toys, Easter gift bags and baskets. The success of the raffle is dependent on your kind donation of Easter goodies, so please let’s get the donations rolling into the school. We also have a need for large baskets for presenting the major classroom prizes. If you are a previous winner or just have a stash of large baskets that you don’t want, can you please return them to be re-used.

Please ensure your donations are in and tickets are returned by the morning of Tuesday 5 April.

Prizes will be drawn on Friday 8 April.

Thank you everyone
Loren and Tanya

Canteen News

The school canteen operates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for morning recess and lunches

Canteen Manager

Uniform Shop News

If you have some spare time on Tuesday mornings we would welcome your help in the uniform shop Your valuable time is greatly appreciated


Tuesdays 8:15-8:45am.


Uniform ordering can be made via QuickCliq (if you know the size). The cut off time is Mondays at 6pm to receive by Wednesday of the same week. Any orders after Monday at 6pm will be processed the following week.




Would you like to learn how to play netball?

Registrations CLOSE THIS WEEK for any boys and girls in Pre-Primary and Year 1 who want to learn netball.

Sessions are held after school ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 3PM - 4PM starting in term 2

Register to play today!

Register here -

Sonia Johansen
Club Coordinator
Newborough Primary School Netball Club

Birthday Cakes/Gifts for Students

A reminder that we are not allowing the sharing of birthday cakes, presents etc. for birthdays or other celebrations due to the COVID restrictions. It remains too risky.

No Dogs on School Grounds

DoE Security

Keep an eagle eye on our school!

School Watch encourages the school community to report any suspicious activity in and around school grounds, after hours and on weekends, as well as during school holidays.

Telephone 1800 177 777 (free call) or 13 14 44 (WA Police).

Please do not approach any individuals, just contact security and they will investigate the situation or contact the Police. Working together will help protect our school.

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Working in partnership with Newborough Primary School

The services we offer are:

Before School Care - daily 7:00am – 9:00am

After School Care - daily 2:30pm – 6:00pm

Vacation Care – School Holidays 7:00am to 6:00pm

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