Newborough Primary School
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178 Newborough Street
Karrinyup WA 6018

Phone: 08 9278 0450

11 August 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

Tree Planting Schedule Friday 19th August (Kindy Red on Thursday)

You may have noticed a flurry of action around the Nature Playground over the last week or so. Our new Gardner Riley Major has busy preparing the planting areas for our Queen’s Jubilee Tree Planting activity on Friday 19th August. Each class will plant four Banksias in their designated area. We have learned from last year and will put solid tree guards, a temporary fence, plenty of mulch and drip feed reticulation to our new trees once the planting has been completed. Parents and carers are welcome to pop by and see their child’s class plant their trees.

Djilba (Noongar Season) Growing season (season of conception) August - September

Djilba season is a time to look for the yellow and cream flowers starting on mass.

Djilba is a transitional time of the year, with some very cold and clear days combining with warmer, rainy and windy days mixing with the occasional sunny day or two.

This is the start of the massive flowering explosion that happens in the South West. This starts with the yellow flowering plants such as the Acacias. Also colours that are around at this time of year are creams, combined with some vivid and striking blues.

Traditionally, the main food sources included many of the land based grazing animals as in the season before. These included the Yongar (kangaroo), the Waitj (emu) and the Koomal (possum).

As the days start to warm up, we start to see and hear the first of the new borns with their proud parents out and about providing them food, guiding them through foraging tasks and protecting their family units from much bigger animals, including people.

The woodland birds will still be nest bound, hence the swooping protective behavior of the Koolbardi (Magpie) starts to ramp up and if watched closely, so do the Djidi Djidi (Willy Wag Tails) and the Chuck-a-luck (Wattle Birds) to name a couple of others.

As the season progresses and the temperatures continue to rise, we'll start to see the flower stalks of the Balgas (Grass Trees) emerging in preparation for the coming Kambarang season.


John Worthy


TERM 4: In-term Swimming: Scarborough Beach Pool: Weeks 1 and 2

The In-term Swimming lessons for Newborough Primary School are in Weeks One and Two, Term Four (Wednesday 12th October to Friday 21st October 2022). Excursion Advice Forms have been sent home with the end date for payment on Wednesday 21st September 2022. The cost of In-term swimming is $38 per child. Please look out for more news on In-term swimming later in the term.

The In-term swimming program is ONLY eight days long. To be of benefit, students must participate in all eight days. It is essential that payment is made this term. Please do not hesitate to make a payment plan for this with Mrs Sharon Singleton if needed. Thank you.

Welcome to New Families Meet and Greet – Thank you

Thank you to our super P&C who helped coordinate a welcome meet and greet for our new families in 2022. The event was also attended by School Board representatives who also helped welcome our new families. Due to the weather, we held it in the library and had a great turn out of new parents and toddlers!

National Science Week – Week 5 Term 3; 14-19th August

We will be celebrating Science Week during Week 5 of Term 3.

The Science room will be open to visitors during your child’s regular Science lesson time. Please see timetable below.

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. If you are going to attend your child’s science class, please come through the Mulberry Tree gate and sign in on the register in the Science room.

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!


Tuesday 30th August – Jumps, throws and long distance running
Friday 2nd September – Faction Sports Carnival Pre-primary to Year 6
Wednesday 14th September – Interschool jumps, throws and long distance
Monday 19th September – Interschool athletics Carnival Year 1-6
Tuesday 20th September – Kindy Sports Carnival 8.40-10.30am


Student update forms were sent home with your child this week. Please edit these forms, if necessary, and return them to your child’s classroom teacher by Friday 19th August even if there are no changes.

It’s important that we have the correct information for your child on our school database, should we need to contact you at any time and particularly if your child’s health circumstances have changed.

If you have misplaced this form, please let your teacher or the office know and we will print out a new one.

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.

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.

Year 6 Fete

Interschool Cross Country

On Friday 5th of August, we had 36 runners represent Newborough Primary at the Interschool Cross Country. The event was held at Butlers Reserve in Scarborough, and we were lucky to have dry weather for the event. We would like to congratulate all the students on both their performance and their behaviour on the day. All the runners put in such a great effort and challenged themselves to do their best, even on the steep hills. We had the perfect spot at the top to cheer on team members, which was great to see and hear! Special mention to top three placements go to the following students:

Frankie D Year 3 Boys 1st Place
Ryder S Year 5 Boys 3rd Place
Michelle O Year 6 Girls 2nd Place
Cambell W Year 6 Boys 3rd Place


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 having an online sale!!!!!!

The school and P&C are looking at options to outsource the uniform shop to an external uniform supplier. We will still run a second hand shop at school.

Currently we are greatly over stocked in some items/colours/styles, and are having an online sale to reduce our stock levels.

See if you can grab a bargain in your child's size. These items will say "SALE ITEM" and are limited.

  • Due to supplier issues during covid some faction shirts are in a slightly different shade these are the ones on sale. All are still school uniform however at a much reduced price!
  • We have some of the very popular microfibre shorts and the A-Line sports skorts on sale due to carrying too much stock but it's first in as numbers are limited! Maybe think ahead to next year too.
  • If your child feels the cold there are a limited number of size 4 long sleeve gold polo shirts (can be worn for PP and year 1). Also available are some long sleeve size 6 kindy shirts.
  • Due to excess stock in some sizes you might score a discounted microfibre jacket, or trackie pants, great for cooler Spring temperatures (please note that not all sizes will be reduced in this item). Think ahead to next winter and stock up.
  • There are also some plain green skorts (similar design to the tartan skort) available on sale.

All available to order via Quickcliq. The uniform shop will be open for sales and second hand items next Tuesday 12th August 8:10-8:50am but will be CLOSED on the following Tuesday 19th August.

Any question email:

Thank you

Uniform Shop Volunteers

VacSwim Swimming Lessons

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the October school holidays.

VacSwim offers fun lessons pool locations across WA. Not only is VacSwim a great school holiday activity, it also teaches valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

Your children can start as young as five years old.

Places are limited, so get in early. Enrol your children in VacSwim now from the link below.

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

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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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