Newborough Primary School
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178 Newborough Street
Karrinyup WA 6018

Phone: 08 9278 0450

19 May 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

COVID Update

We are experiencing higher rates of positive COVID cases with students and staff at the moment. In just the first three weeks and two days of this term we have equalled the number of positive cases for all of term one. Students (42) Staff (8). We have also had quite a few students absent with common colds and the regular flu. At times it is hard to distinguish between these and COVID so I advise everyone to use the RAT kits. If you run out let me know or come into school and pick up some more. Clearly the rule changes for mask wearing, close contacts and isolation has accelerated the transmission of this nasty virus. Thank you again to parents for your vigilance keeping unwell children home, testing, reporting positive student cases ( ) and following WA Health advice.

Please continue to:

  • Monitor your child(rens) health. Keep home until asymptomatic.
  • Report any COVID positive cases to WA Health and follow their advice
  • Advise the school of any absences, including COVID either or It is appreciated if you can cc your child’s teacher into the email.
  • Follow WA Health mandates for adults (Secondary students upwards) who have been contacts with COVID cases and mask wearing.

All schools are struggling with backfilling absent staff at the moment. If we are unable to backfill or provide internal coverage we may need to collapse classes at some point.

Vegie Patch Rebuild

Last Saturday Andrew McGuckin and the Newbros (Dad’s and Father Figures Team) held a very successful Busy Bee removing some of the old vegie patch gardens and replacing them with new timber borders and soil. It was great to see so many Dad’s and Mums with plenty of help from children.

This area will soon be ready for our first winter plantings.

Election Day Sausage Sizzle and Cake Stall

The P&C are looking for volunteers for the Election Day Sizzle and Cake Stall. Check the roster to see when you might be able to assist:

Assembly Parking

Next week, week 5 Friday 27th May we will have our first parent’s assembly for the year. The assembly will be hosted by the Year One Classes Rooms 9 and 10.

There will be additional parking available on Hazlitt Field. Entry to this parking is through our school service entry on Wilding Street.

Parking at the City of Stirling’s Karrinyup Sports Centre will be limited so that patrons attending the centre have priority access. Most of them are Senior Citizens.

Newbie Knights Sustainability Team

Our 2022 Newbie Knights met for the first time as a Sustainability Team last Friday. This year we have a team of selected Sustainability Champions who will meet regularly to determine what Sustainability Activities we are going to tackle and who is going to lead the way. There are three students from year each of Years 3, 4 and 5 plus the four Year Six Sustainability Leaders who comprise the Newbie Knights Committee. At our first meeting, led by Mr Worthy, the Knights received their badges and their contract. We also identified areas we wanted to do this year including vegetable patch, Containers for Change, recycling paper, plastics and batteries, the worm farm (recycling some food scraps), building bird nesting boxes, tree planting and making healthy pizzas with some vegies from our Kitchen Gardens. The Newbie Knights are working out the timing, who is doing which jobs and how we can engage students and the Newborough School Community in our activities. It’s a lot of fun and some great learning.

Rhythmic Gymnastics Champ

Congratulations to Taya Fedorova, Year Six Room 16, who was a member of the WA Rhythmic Gymnastics WA State team that recently won a bronze medal at the Australian Championships on the Gold Coast. This is a great achievement for the team as they have not been able to train or travel as much as they would have liked in preparation for the carnival. Well done Taya, like your parents we are very proud of your efforts and achievements.

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

Princess Diana

John Worthy


Applications are now open for our 2023 Kindergarten program at Newborough Primary School.

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)

Application forms can be downloaded from our website, or click on this link: primary_application_for_enrolment.pdf (, alternately you can collect one from our front office.

Our administration office is open from 8:00am – 3:30pm, Monday to Friday.


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 - at least 24 hours beforehand, where possible. 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 does not accept cash payments.

Money can be paid by online banking (please include your child’s surname and incursion/excursion name as reference). eg K Smith Edu-dance. 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 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.


GIFTED AND TALENTED: Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC)


The PEAC Program provides part time extension and enrichment for exceptionally able students in Years 5 and 6. PEAC offers a range of courses that provide identified students with work that is intellectually challenging.

All students in Year 4 will have the opportunity to be assessed for suitability for the PEAC Program. Testing at Newborough Primary will occur on Monday, 1st August 2022

The scores from the test will be used in the selection of students for PEAC courses and extension programs during 2023 to 2024 and also to inform educational provision in schools.

If you do not wish your child to be included in the PEAC assessment please notify the school in writing by Monday, 25th July 2022.


Choir News

Due to COVID restrictions changing, we are now able to resume our normal schedule for choir practices for both Junior and Senior Choir as follows:

Junior Training Choir Years 1-3 on Tuesday mornings 8am – 8:30am (entry from Mulberry gate from 7:55am)

Senior Performance Choir Years 4-6 on Wednesday mornings 7:45am – 8:30am (entry from Mulberry gate from 7:40am)

P&C News

Democracy Sausage Sizzle –Saturday 21 May

Canteen Position

Canteen Assistant – Casual (Friday weekly)

Are you passionate about nutrition? Do you love working with children? If the answer is yes, then read on!

Newborough Primary School (NPS) is committed to delivering educational excellence through a safe, respectful and stimulating environment that inspires our students to unlock and fulfil their learning potential. NPS has 380 students from varied backgrounds and cultures enrolled at the school.

The Newborough Primary School P&C Association are seeking a Canteen Assistant to work side by side with our Canteen Manager, 1 day per week (8.30am - 1.30pm, Friday), during school terms. The role is best suited to a community minded individual who enjoys working with food and children. NPS adopts the WA Schools Canteen Traffic Light System which promotes healthy eating in schools.

The Canteen Assistant will be responsible for:

  • Assisting the manager in implementing the Department of Education’s Healthy Food and Drink policy
  • Providing pleasant and positive interactions with school students and staff
  • Ensuring that all food goods are stored and handled in accordance with correct food and hygiene standards
  • Preparing student meal orders as instructed by the canteen manager
  • Assisting with the cleaning of equipment and surfaces
  • Skills and knowledge

Essential criteria:

  • Competent computer skills
  • Current Working with Children Check (funded by the P&C, approved and issued prior to commencement)
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Desirable criteria:
  • Experience working in a school canteen or similar
  • Experience preparing food in a commercial kitchen
  • Knowledge of the nutritional requirements of school aged students
  • Current ASCIA Anaphylaxis training
  • First Aid training

Applicants are encouraged to apply with their CV and a brief covering letter, explaining why you would like to work in our school, and what would make you a great addition to our canteen team.

Please send completed applications via e-mail to

Applications close Sunday 29th May 2022

Busy Bee Success!!

We had a great turn out on Saturday to kick off our Vegie Garden Reno. Huge amounts of team work achieved an awesome result, with our new garden bed posts cemented in ready for the timber sleepers to be installed. We fully completed one bed ready for planting.

Thanks to everyone who helped out organising materials and deliveries.

Special thanks to:

  • The volunteers and kids who worked hard in the garden,
  • The P & C for supplying the snags, buns and sauce,
  • Bunnings Innaloo for discounts on materials and donating some timber sleepers,
  • Bakers Delight Karrinyup for supplying the bread rolls at a discount, and
  • Soils Aint Soils in Balcatta for a great deal on the new soil.

There were big smiles, dirty hands, wheel barrow rides and buckets of community spirit, making it a fun day. The kids were a great help, they did heaps of shovelling, raking and even held a hose!!! We had a few of the newly announced Newbie Knights there with us, who will be involved in planting the garden beds soon.

Thanks again from the Newbro Dads!

Canteen News

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

Canteen Manager

Uniform Shop News

Great news! Our polo shirts have arrived and are now available in every size. Outstanding orders have been filled – if you have not yet received your outstanding order, please email and we will forward your email to the Uniform Shop contact for investigation. Thanks to everyone for their patience while we’ve been waiting for the stock, which was ordered last year!

The Uniform Shop is no longer open on Tuesday mornings – we are currently sourcing an external supplier. In the meantime, all uniform orders can be made online via Quickcliq and will be delivered to your child’s classroom.

Paper Planes and Pizza Night - Friday 27 May, 6pm to 8pm

The Newbro Dads Paper Planes &Pizza night is not far away; hope you have been practicing your perfect folds!! It is time to spread the word and remind everyone to register by going to the Newbro Dads Event via Facebook- scan the QR code below to go straight there.

Here is a list of the things you may want to bring (to give you that competitive edge, it’s not a competition though… of course not).

Competition Kit:

  • Special ‘secret’ weighted paper- A4 only please,
  • Ruler
  • Coloured pens and pencils (especially red pens, lots of red pens),
  • Paper clips… ;)
  • Scissors
  • Secret plane design blueprints
  • A jumper, it might get cold.

Gather it all together, don’t let anyone else see your secret design, let us know you’re coming to have some fun and see you at the Paper Planes & Pizza Night on the 27th May.


Sonia Johansen
Newborough Netball Club Coordinator

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.

Community News

Barnes Karate

Target Sports


Our enrolment page is located here:

School Calendar


Mulberry Tree Childcare

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

For more information visit our website at:

For all enquiries please contact us on: or on (08) 9244 2920

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