P&C News – Issue 1, Term 1 2017

WELCOME to all Students and Families for 2017


Welcome to all families attending Aubin Grove Primary School in 2017. The purpose of the P&C is to support the school, the students and their families. Joining the P&C is a great opportunity to make a contribution to the education of your child, keep informed of school matters and meet new people who are also part of our school community.

Did you know that the P&C are responsible for:
– The operation of the Snack Shack canteen
– Coordinating and running school banking
– The sale and supply of school bags, library bags and swimming bags
– Coordination of donations from Commonwealth Bank, Aussie Farmers Direct and Bubbler Deals
– The Easter raffle, disco’s and the Christmas raffle
– Coordinating the sale and supply of Entertainment Books
– Organising and running stalls for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day
– Assisting in arranging parent information sessions
– Organising the Kindy Morning Tea for our new Kindy families
– Assisting with the collection of payments for various fundraisers and
– The sale of second hand uniforms


The target of the P&C this year is to increase our membership. The P&C is open to all parents and carers of students at the school and we always welcome new and old members. Please note that you must be over 18 years and have paid an annual subscription (currently $1). Membership forms can be found here or by following the link below


Please place your completed form and $1 fee in an envelope marked with ‘P&C Membership’ into the P&C mailbox at the back of the School Office.


P&C Meetings are held on a Tuesday evening in week 2 and week 8 of the school term. The next P&C meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 21st March and will be held in the staff room. Please note that you do not have to attend meetings to be a P&C member.

We look forward to meeting you all.


STEMS (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Each year the fundraising team receives vouchers from Parent Direct and Chalk. These are companies the school uses for fundraising. When parents purchase toys from their catalogues the school receives a percentage of that purchase in the form of vouchers. The P&C Executive Committee has voted to donate the vouchers from 2016 to the STEMS program. These vouchers will be used to purchase robotics and coding resources that every child in the school will eventually have access to.

Hand Sanitiser

The P&C has recently purchased hand sanitiser for every classroom in the school.



All families should have received their Easter raffle tickets. There are 20 tickets per sheet at 50c each. These need to be returned by Thursday 30th March.
If you do not have tickets or require more tickets these are available from the school office or you can print them yourself here

We are kindly requesting donations for the Easter Raffle. We are looking for clear cellophane, ribbons, Easter stickers or decorations, baskets and of course chocolate! All donations must be delivered to the school office by Friday 24th March. All donations are greatly appreciated.


The Snack Shack (canteen) is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Orders can be made over the counter before school (prior to 8:45) or via the online booking system FlexiSchools. To find the Snack Shack menu or to access Flexi Schools follow the link below


The Snack Shack is always looking for volunteers to help prepare and serve food. Please let our Snack Shack Manager, Gayle Tinline know if you are available to volunteer – This can be done either in person at the canteen, or by email aubingrovecanteen@gmail.com

All volunteers receive a $7.50 P&C Voucher, 10 faction tokens and a chance to win a $20 voucher.

The winner of the Snack Shack $20 Voucher for term 4, 2016 is Gina.


FlexiSchools is an online ordering system managed by the P&C where families can order food from the Snack Shack or buy school bags, library bags and swim/gym bags.

You can set up an account by visiting their website and adding credit to your online account.
To do this please visit https://www.flexischools.com.au

Be sure to register each child separately (including their class number) under your account.


School bags ($43.95), swim bags ($10.95) and Library bags ($10.95) are available for purchase via the FlexiSchools website https://www.flexischools.com.au

Collection of items is the following Wednesday, just outside the Snack Shack.


Aubin Grove Primary School’s banking day is Wednesday mornings from 8.15am in the Undercover Area. Please join us on Facebook Aubin Grove Primary School Banking

Melissa Sorgiovanni
Aubin Grove Primary School P & C Association
P&C Email aubingrovepandc@hotmail.com
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School News – 16 March 2017

An Explanation of the Lyon Road Car Park Strategy
I have heard a lot of comments recently querying the strategy behind where teachers at Aubin Grove Primary School are allowed to park, and I would like to address the issue.

School News – 3 March 2017

It has been great to see so many families taking advantage of the fine weather lately and either walking or riding to school.

Welcome Back to School

The 2017 school year at Aubin Grove Primary School has gotten off to a flying start.

All teaching staff resumed work in late January, while students attended their first day on February 1.

And from all reports it appears both staff and students have been quick to settle in for what promises to be another eventful and exciting year.

Principal Frank Pansini said enrolments had this year reached 1150 students, which meant a number of new staff and students had joined the school community.

“I’d like to welcome everyone back for the new school year, in particular the new families who have joined us,” he said.

Among the new staff members are:

Christine Borlase (Art Specialist), Jo Zangari (Art Specialist), Molly Busbridge (Year 5), Elaine Cass (Year 1), Nerida Clark (Kindergarten), Lily Dorotich (Year 4), Kaitlin Fraser (Kindergarten), Hannah Gifford (Year 5), Peter Griffiths (Year 5), Kathryn Hall (Year 1), Ivona Jercic-McFadyen (Year 1 Fridays)), Tara Pearce (Year 4), Sarah Springett (Year 2, Fridays), Christine Walsh (Year 5 Mon-Wed), Sandy Wingfield (Year 3), Susan Woon (Year 2), Heather Reed (Pre-primary), Veronica Cary (Ed Assistant), Amy Coleman (Ed Assistant), Anna Martin (Ed Assistant)

Mr Pansini said he was extremely pleased with how those staff had so far adjusted to their new environment.

“All new teachers attended our induction day before the other staff resumed, where they were taught about the FISH Philosophy and the LEAF principles that govern our school so they understand our culture,” he said.

All teachers also attended a professional development day centred on the school priority of Visible Learning prior to the commencement of Term 1, presented by a guest speaker from Melbourne.

Mr Pansini said coaching involving classroom observation, feedback and reflection had become an important focus for teachers over the past few years, as it involved them both being coached but also coaching each other.

“For example, teachers will film their lessons which they will then view with their peer coach and then use the school developed pedagogical framework to reflect on areas that may require improvement, allowing them to continually improve their teaching methods,” he said. “We ask our students to constantly seek to be better at what they do so it’s only natural that we model that ourselves.”



While the school year has gotten off to a smooth start, it appears things have also been running reasonably smoothly in the carparks.

Mr Pansini said it was important parents remembered they could only turn left when exiting the Lyon Road carpark, whereas those vehicles using the Camden Boulevard carpark should drop off and pick up their children at the bottom of the carpark near the community centre.

“At the end of the day it is a school and there are lots of young children around, so drivers need to be patient, co=operative and respectful of everyone’s’ basic safety and rights,” he said.

Parents are also reminded that parking is only allowed in the marked bays. Please stay off the footpaths and verges as they pose dangers and risks for the walkers and students who are trying to pass by without stepping onto the road.



The Year 6 students have taken to their role as leaders of the student body for 2017.

At Aubin Grove Primary School, even though 18 Year 6 students hold the positions of Head Boy, Head Girl and Faction Captains, every student within the year group is regarded as a student leader.

Late last year they spent time learning about what makes great leaders, and as well as having to cast a vote in electing the official student leaders, the entire year group came up with the Leadership Pledge which included the mantra “Everything a leader does matters.”

Following on from that the 98 students spent the day at Point Walter Camp School last Wednesday building on their leadership skills.

After enjoying a cooked breakfast on the Point Walter foreshore, the students were divided into six groups and undertook a variety of physical challenges.

Deputy Principal Nola Smith said the activities, including crate building and climbing, orienteering, pool team games and riding a flying fox, required the students to work on their problem solving, communication, listening, perseverance and encouragement skills. It also supported their development of a growth mindset and their willingness to take on and succeed in challenging situations.

“For some activities they had to work on having effective team member skills, while others such as the flying fox put them slightly out of their comfort zone and they had to reassure each other before experiencing a sense of achievement when they completed the task,” she said.

Following this, all Year 6 students were presented with their Student Leaders badges at a special ceremony on Friday.




While Week 1 marked the first days at Aubin Grove Primary School for many staff and students, spare a thought for the 145 three and four-year-olds who started their school journey in the Kindy.

To ease their transition into school life, each of the seven Kindy classes has been divided into two groups of 10-11 students and attended just one day in each of the first two weeks.

Kindy teacher Hannah Dempster said the staggered start helped the students to transition gradually to school life and settle in and feel safe and comfortable in their new environment.

“With only about 10 in each group, they can start to make friends and build relationships with their peers and teachers before all students attend classes together from Week 3,” she said.

Mrs Dempster said the children were given a teddy bear at their induction day last year, and their initial activities were centred around their bear.

For example, they had read the story “Possum goes to School” and were working on making their own book about teddies coming to Aubin Grove Primary School.

As well as some colour, fine motor and name recognition activities, the students were also getting used to the class routines, such as finding their name on the bag hooks; moving their name on the Smartboard; getting their water bottles out of their school bag; and even turning taps on and off to wash their hands.

“They get to learn the routine of the day, and we really encourage their independence and them having a go at things,” she said.

“At the end of the day, we want our Kindy kids to be happy, healthy and building on their social skills and if they love coming to school we are already winning!”



Aubin Grove Primary School will host a Sporting Gala Day this Thursday, February 16.

Running from 3-4.30pm, around 11 sporting clubs have been invited to attend the event on the school oval to provide students with an opportunity to register for the upcoming sporting season.

Those clubs include the Hammond Park Football Club; Aubin Grove United Soccer Club; Cockburn Basketball Association; Southern Lions Rugby Club; Phoenix Lacrosse Club; South Side Volleyball; Olympic Fun and Fitness; Kwinana Hockey Club; Eclipse Dance and Performing Arts; and Atwell Netball Club.

Well done to Mr Paparone for organising this excellent opportunity for students to become involved in organised sport.

School News – 21 February 2017

Parent-teacher interviews for students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 will be held in Week 6.
School will finish at 11.45am on Wednesday March 8 to allow teachers to conduct the one-on-one meetings with parents.

2016 WA Education Awards

Aubin Grove is the leading primary school in WA guided by the State’s best principal.

Tournament of Minds (TOM) Winners!

Aubin Grove won its first international award in the Australasia Pacific TOM Titles.

2016 Community Matters Survey

2016 Community Matters Survey

Last term twelve students in Years 5 and 6, led by Mrs Smith, conducted an Aubin Grove Community Family Survey. Thank you to all families who participated. Of the 740 families in our school, we received an amazing 90% return rate. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey.

The students have since collated and analysed the data, made their findings, decided on their initiatives to put in place and presented their report to both the School Board and the KidsMatter committee.

We would now like to share the results with the school community. Please click here to read the full report. It makes very interesting reading and gives you a great insight into the family and cultural make-up of our school and community. A few of the findings are:

  • There are more parents born overseas (52%) than in Australia (48%).
  • 18% of the families of the school community do not use English as their main language at home.
  • The parents believe that they should be actively involved in their children’s education, but due to time and work commitments, it is difficult to be actively involved.

There are many more interesting findings that you can read contained within the report.

Look out for the implementation of our initiatives – the Welcome Wall at the front of the school and an extra flagpole for flying the flags of countries our families have come from.

Well done and congratulations to the Year 5 and 6 students who carried out the survey as part of their Academic Extension Challenge “Community Matters”.

Frank Pansini