Free Dress Day – Friday 25th August

“Free-Dress Day – Dress Up As Your Favourite Sporting Team!”

Friday 25th August (Week 6)

Gold Coin Donation, payable to your teacher please… Thank you for supporting the Year 6 Big Week Out & Graduation!

School News- 4 August 2017

Read on to meet our new school chaplain, as well as other news and upcoming events.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for School Students with Disability

All schools in Australia, including Independent and Catholic schools, will participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability every year.

The Data Collection is an annual count of the number of students with disability receiving educational adjustments to support their participation in education on the same basis as students without disability.

All education agencies are now required under the Australian Education Regulation 2013, to provide information on a students’ level of education, disability and level adjustment to the Australian Government of Education. Data will continue to be de-identified prior to its transfer and no student’s identity will be provided to the Australian Government Department of Education.

The collection of this information from states and territories will inform future policy and program planning in relation to students with disability.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact  Mesha Steel Deputy Principal on 9499 4009 or the Western Australian Department of Education NCCD Helpline on 0477 741 598.

Kind regards

Frank Pansini

Protecting your digital lifestyle – AGPS eSmart Committee

Check out the new interactive guide and learn how to be safe and secure with the connected devices in your life.

Junior Choir Performance – 18th August 2017

Our School Junior Choir is performing as One Big Voice at Perth Arena on Friday 18 August 2017.

School News- 30 June 2017

Read on for an explanation of Semester One reports; NAIDOC Week; new sculptures within the school; and Mr Pansini’s reflection on Term 2.

School News- 29 June 2017

Read about upcoming events including school photos, kindy enrolments and Year 3-6 swimming lessons, as well as what our busy students have been doing lately.

Statement on Class Sizes

Dear Families

At a recent School Board Meeting, the topic of our student population and the pressure it places on facilities and class sizes was discussed. The main concern was that the large population would cause larger class sizes, which would place pressure on teachers and disadvantage students in those classes.

I explained the situation to the Board and was asked to provide the following explanation to all parents.

Class sizes are determined by a formula agreed to by the Department of Education and the State School Teachers Union (WA). Recommended maximum sizes are set which are different for the various year levels and schools are funded accordingly. They are as follows:

  • Kindergarten – 20 students per group
  • Pre-primary – 27 for purpose built early childhood classrooms (ie they have a kitchen area and built-in toilets, regardless of whether they are transportable or not). 25 students for non-purpose built early childhood classes
  • Years 1-3 – 24 students
  • Years 4-6 – 32 students

These numbers are recommended maximums and we are often able to use  available funds to appoint an additional teacher where required in order to keep them below the recommended maximum.

This year however, we have the added complication of running out of space to locate an additional classroom in which we could appoint an additional teacher and create an extra class. This means that we have been required to form some classes which are one, and in a couple cases, two students above the recommended maximum.

In these cases we have made arrangements to provide additional support to the teachers and the students involved.

These include the appointment of additional Education Assistant time in the following years and during key instructional periods on every day of the week:

  • Full time EAs for Kindergarten and Pre-primary,
  • Additional special needs support for Pre-primary classes to work with students requiring individualized instruction,
  • Additional EA support for students in Years 1, 2 and 3.
  • Appointment of a full time EA for our Year 6 classes who working closely with the three Year 6 teachers also provides small group and individual instruction for identified children

In all cases the teachers, within their Year Level teams and led by their relevant Deputy Principal, flexibly allocate students to work with the EAs on identified areas of need in literacy and numeracy. This enables the classroom teacher to work even more closely and effectively with the reduced number of students in their classes.

Teachers who have class sizes that are slightly above the recommended maximum are further supported by being allocated additional non-teaching time during the term to carry out duties other than teaching (report writing, marking etc) to assist them to cope with the additional workload.

I expect this situation to ease in the future, dependent on us decreasing in size from 2018 and beyond, as Honeywood PS becomes a Kindergarten – Year 6 primary school next year.

It is important to note though that schools are funded to have classes at the recommended maximums and if they decide to reduce them, it is a decision made knowing that the consequence is that funds are diverted from other areas of the school in order to achieve the smaller class sizes.

The most important take away from this is that despite the slightly larger class sizes we have in some year levels, our resources and all our processes and key strategies are directed to ensuring that the needs of the students are not compromised and that our purpose of ensuring that every student is a successful learner remains our key focus.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Kind regards


Frank Pansini



85 Camden Boulevard


Phone: 08 9499 4009 | Mobile: 0417 995 009 | W: 

2016 Annual Report

The Aubin Grove PS 2016 Annual report is posted online on the school’s website and also on the “Schools Online” page of the Department of Education’s website.

The Annual Report provides details of our school’s student performance in academic and non-academic areas and outlines the progress we have made in implementing key strategies outlined in our 2015-2017 Business Plan. It also describes the extent to which we have achieved the performance targets we set in our Business Plan.

Our Annual Report also describes the major achievements and highlights of the year in the areas of school and student performance and financial and human resource management.

2016 was a year of particular excellence for our school so I am sure you will find much to interest you contained within it.


Frank Pansini