Newborough Primary School
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178 Newborough Street
Karrinyup WA 6018

Phone: 08 9278 0450

30 June 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

Semester One Thank You Happy Holidays

Not too long to go and everyone can have a well-earned Semester break as we celebrate many achievements during terms one and two and prepare for the second half of the year. This term has been particularly difficult given the number of staff, students and families impacted by COVID-19. There is a system wide shortage of relief Teachers and relief Education Assistants making it difficult to find replacements. Thank you to our loyal and hard-working relief staff who have been very obliging and helpful. Thank you parents and the school community for your understanding and support.

In the last few weeks we have had some really heart-warming community events including the fabulous Edu-Dance, Cross Country and whole school parent assemblies. It’s wonderful to see so many parents/carers and extended family returning to events. The students really love having their parents and families see them in action and as a staff we greatly value this.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your focus on students wellbeing and learning this semester and wish you a very safe, restful and enjoyable holiday. We have so much to look forward to when school resumes for students on Tuesday 19th July. (Staff have a School Development Day on Monday 18th July)

COVID Update

We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with restrictions being lifted and most activities able to go back to normal. The removal of close contact rules and wearing of masks we saw a dramatic rise in the number of positive COVID cases in Term 2. Fortunately, most cases have been fairly mild due to high vaccination rates. There have been 84(37 Term 1) student and 19(7 Term 1) staff reporting positive cases. This combined with a significant colds and regular flu season has greatly impacted the attendance rate across the school putting significant pressure on learning programs as teachers are constantly having to catch students up.

Parent/Carers Pick Up and Drop Off Changes

Now that COVID restrictions have lifted we are changing the process to allow Parents/Carers to drop off library bags, hats, lunchboxes etc. to classrooms/students/bags. Parents/Carers sign in at the front office on Passtab (will be given a Visitor sticker to wear), drop the item off to their child’s class, and then sign out from Passtab at the front office. Some parents may be reluctant to do this so in that situation the front office will let a deputy or the principal know and they will assist. Some of our parents have not been at the school prior to COVID restrictions or are nervous to enter the school. We will encourage them but not force.

Parents/Carers continue to advise teachers and the front office via email for pick up for appointments etc. so children can be made ready and on time. Parents/Carers sign the child out at the front office, will be given a ‘Sign Out’ card (to hand to the classroom or specialist teacher so they know the student has been signed out), and then go to the classroom to pick up their child.

The new process will commence at the start of term three. This process will reduce the need for staff to bring children to the office for collection. It will also reduce the number of children waiting in the office corridor.

After School Play Returns

From Tuesday 19th July After School Play will return for those wishing to stay on school grounds a little longer to have a play and for parents to have a catch up.

  • It is a privilege to have after school play at school
  • Tuesdays (Early Close) play is only in the Nature Playground. This is meeting day for staff.
  • Parents are responsible for observing and managing their child(rens) play and behaviour
  • Playground rules apply at any time. This includes no screaming or shouting.
  • Junior toilets remain open till 3:30pm every school day
  • Students, parents move away from all verandahs – unless using the junior toilets or drink fountains
  • Kindy and Pre-primary children may have older siblings play in their areas.
  • Gates and toilets are locked at 3:30pm each day


The school encourages the use of the Nature Playground as first choice play area after school. We are very close to going to tender for the refurbishment of the Nature Playground. This will include more parent friendly areas for meeting and supervising play.

Edu Dance

How good were the Edu-Dance concerts? The children really enjoyed performing their dances to a real audience. It was a lot of fun and a great culmination of lessons provided by Edu-Dance each week. Our Edu-Dance teachers did a great job.

Thank you to Mrs Winton (Wednesday group) and Miss Starcevich (Thursday group). Well done to all the students who participated and gave it their all. Thank you parents for helping out with costumes and in some cases make up. The children looked fabulous and performed sensationally. A very big thanks also to Miss Tucknott who organised the whole event and to teachers and staff who helped out along the way.

Running Club

Before school Running Club will be open for students selected in the Cross Country Interschool team on Mondays and Thursdays until the Interschool Cross Country on Friday 5th August. A note will go home at the start of term ready for our first run on Thursday 21st July.

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered. You will never grow”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


John Worthy


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.

NAIDOC Week Assembly – Friday 1st July

This Year NAIDOC week is being celebrated in Week 10 this term, from Sunday 3rd July to Sunday 10th July. The theme is “Get up, Stand up, Show up.” Ms Watson’s Room 7 students will be hosting a celebration assembly on Friday, 1st July at 8:50am. Both Junior and Senior choirs will be performing and the whole school will be singing a special dual language version of the National Anthem (Koolbang Australia Kwop), which has been translated by the Walyalup Waangkan Noongar Language Group. The students are currently creating artworks based on the Noongar 6 seasons; Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang. We are entering the Makuru season, which is the coldest and wettest time of the year. There will be a display of some of these artworks at the assembly. We will also be showing a video of what NAIDOC week means to people in our school community.

Please come along and a join us in in standing up and showing up to celebrate NAIDOC Week.


We will be celebrating Science Week during Week 5 of Term 3 [beginning Monday, August 15, 2022].

The Science room will be open to visitors during your child’s regular Science lesson time [timetable and further details to follow at the beginning of next term]. Our Science Captains, Erika Doggett and George Manthopolous will also be keeping you informed at assemblies.

The National Science Week theme for 2022 is: ‘Glass – More than meets the eye’. Each class will be doing a fun science learning activity based on this theme, and we would love you to be involved :-)

Our special week will also include a ‘Science Dress Up Day’ on Wednesday, 17th of August, so put your Science thinking caps on, and get creative with your dress up ideas!

I am looking forward to seeing you in the lab!

Sam Metcalf [Science Teacher]


This year has been quite disruptive for students, with the effects of Covid-19 being evidence in our attendance figures. Thank you to parents who have followed the State Government’s protocols and kept children home while sick and informing us of your child’s absences. Newborough usually maintains an overall attendance rate of about 93% and the percentage of students attending regularly falls between 75% and 80%. From the table below, you can see the breakdown of attendance for this Semester, which has dropped considerably.

Whilst we appreciate your work with the disruptions that Covid-19 has caused, we encourage your child to be at school every day. Attached is information from the Department of Education regarding when it is ok to miss school.

If you child is missing school we ask that you notify school using one of the following methods:

SMS: 0409 088 585
Phone: 9278 0450


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 (eg. Synergy or Alinta Gas - dated within the last 3 months)
       O Signed Rental Agreement – Must show both parties signatures
  • Family Court Orders (if applicable)
  • Proof of Australian Citizenship of child

Application forms can be downloaded from our website, or click on this link:

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.

P&C News

Canteen News

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

Canteen Manager

Uniform Shop News

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.

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

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