Leaver Shirts

Dear parents,

The Year 5 students, as a group, have decided on the concept and design of their Leaver shirts for 2018. They have done a fabulous job with a very creative design.

Over the next two weeks, you will have an opportunity to come into the school to assist your child with selecting the correct shirt size and to place an order with the company who are making the shirts.  By sizing and ordering now, the shirts will be available to be purchased and worn by the students from the very start of 2018.

Please note that there will be fittings and a chance to place an order in Week 7 & 8 and then again at the beginning of the 2018.  The fitting session will start in the indicated classroom at 2.50 on the scheduled day until 3.30pm.  If you can’t attend the fitting session for your child’s class, please attend one of the other days with another Year 5 class.  Just let the person know what Room Number your child is in.

The shirts will cost $34 but NO payment is necessary until the commencement of the 2018 school year. The shirt/s will need to be paid for before they can be picked up. More information will be provided closer to the time regarding the arrangements for the start of the year.

Fitting and Ordering Times

WEEK 7

Monday 20th November     2.50pm          Room 14 students

Wednesday 22nd November  2.50pm    Room 15 students

Thursday 23rd November    2.50pm      Room 16 students

WEEK 8

Monday 27th November     2.50pm          Room 35 students

Wednesday 29nd November  2.50pm    Room 42 students

Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the fitting and ordering of Leaver shirts.

Kind regards

Nola Smith

Progress Folders and Absences

Good morning Room 14 Families,

If you still have your child’s progress folder, could you please have them bring it back to class by this Wednesday (15/11)?

Additionally, a number of children in our class have unexplained absences throughout the year. If you would like to find out which dates your child has unexplained absences to provide reasons for these absences, please email me at hannah.gifford@education.wa.edu.au

Kind Regards,

Hannah Gifford

Message from Mr Pansini

Dear Year 5 families

Next year is a very special year for you, your child and for us with them.

Your child is part of a very special group of students in our school’s short history. They are our Foundation Kindy group, the very first group of students who began in our first year as kindergarten students and who have come though eight years to be graduating at the end of 2018.  Like us, I am sure you are looking forward to making their graduation memorable for all the right reasons!

They are also special in that they are the largest group of Year 6s to ever graduate from Aubin Grove with an estimated number of 145, compared to this year’s group of 99. With such a large cohort of students heading into their final year of school, we believe it is vital that we start the planning now and so we would like to commence their transition to Year 6 this term.

The size of the cohort will significantly impact on many areas of the Year 6’s final year including the choice of venue for their Graduation Dinner Dance and the choice of their Big Week Out activities.  It will require being proactive in securing venues very early on.

As you may know, parents of the Year 6s undertake the organizing of the graduation Dinner Dance while the school takes responsibility for the graduation ceremony and the Big Week Out.

In conjunction with the P & C, the parents group organizes the Dinner Dance and any fundraising activities they decide upon to reduce costs to parents for the Dinner Dance and the Big Week Out.

In order to get this going, we would like to call a meeting for Year 5 parents next Tuesday night, 14th November, at 7pm in the library to identify who will be involved and commence the committee work that is required.

On another note, our current Year 6’s Graduation Ceremony will be held on Friday 8th December at 9.00am in the undercover area.  The Graduation Ceremony at Aubin Grove Primary is a very special occasion for the Year Six students at our school.

One aspect of the ceremony is having a celebration morning tea for the graduating students and their families after the graduation formalities.  A lovely tradition, we commenced in our first year, was to have the Year 5 families organise and provide the morning tea for the graduating students and families. This gesture will be reciprocated, the following year, to your Year Six child by next year’s Year 5 families.  This tradition encompasses everything we love about the Aubin Grove community spirit.

Usually one of our Year 5 parents, or a small group of parents, volunteer to coordinate the organisation of the morning tea for the Year 6 students and their families.  All Year 5 families then assist with the food and help to serve the morning tea on the day. If you are willing to be the main coordinator or to be a part of the small organising group, can you please let your child’s teacher or myself know as soon as possible?  Michelle O’Sullivan was the coordinator last year and she will be more than happy to meet to pass on any advice to the coordinator/s for this year.  More information will be made available within the next few weeks regarding the provision of home cooked food and assisting on the day.

We look forward to seeing many of you next Tuesday night to commence the committee work that will enable your child to have a very memorable final year at Aubin Grove Primary as a student leader.

Kind regards

Frank Pansini

Principal

Important dates in Term 4

Please note the following dates in your calendars. The following dates have also been added to our blog homepage. Good luck to our interschool sports competitors this week!

Week 3 (this week!):
Tuesday 24/10: Interschool Jumps and Throws
Thursday 26/10: Interschool Athletics Carnival
Friday 27/10: School Development Day (no students attend)

Week 4:
Thursday 2/11: Cockburn Choral Festival

Week 1o:
Tuesday 12/12: End of Year Concert 5.30pm
Wednesday 13/12: Reports home
Thursday 14/12: Last day of 2017
Friday 15/12: Staff Development Day (no students attend)

Gifted & Talented High School Entrance

Gifted & Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs: Applications are now open for entry into Year 7 in 2019

Dear Year 5 parents,

Students with exceptional academic ability and creative talent can now apply for a position at one of the 18 select department secondary schools who provide either an academic, arts or language Gifted and Talented Program.

You can apply for these programs no matter where you live and, once selected, your children are guaranteed places at these schools.

Applications are submitted online at education.wa.edu.au/giftedandtalented  from 9th October 2017.

You can visit the website for more information, including the dates of up-coming parent information sessions, or contact the Gifted and Talented Selection Unit on 9264 4307 or by email at gtsu@education.wa.edu.au

Additional information informing you of the application process, including key dates is available on the website.

Applications close Sunday, 11th February 2018.  Late applications are not accepted.

End of Term 3

Term 3 was very busy with a lot of exciting events! Here is a quick recap of our last week of Term 3.

Book Week

For the last week of term we celebrated book week. We started the week with a visit from the author Meg McKinlay who told us all about how she comes up with her awesome ideas for writing stories! She also talked a lot about perseverance and how important it is to believe in yourself and use positive thinking to turn your perspective on situations around.

On Thursday all of the Year 5 classes hosted a book cafe. We mixed up all the students and shared our books with our friends. After our book “taste testing” we chose the books we were most interested in and wrote a short reflection.

On Friday we dressed up as our favourite book characters. Unfortunately, the weather was very rainy but we were still able to show off all our hard work and effort with the other Year 5s and Year 6s, parading around the undercover area.

Take a look at the photos below to see what we got up to!

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Open Night

On Wednesday we celebrated Open Night. Thank you to all of the students and families who were able to make it and view all of Room 14’s hard work. The next morning we toured the whole school to see learning across all year groups! Take a look at the photos below to see our classroom and some of the fun we had around the school.

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Finally, on our last day we had a bit of fun working in teams! Miss Gifford created a challenge based on the game “hot lava” where groups had to travel across the length of the undercover area using gym mats, not touching the ground. Additionally, we wished Atiqah and Tomi a happy birthday for the holidays.

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Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to all Room 14 students who participated in last week’s Athletics Carnival. You all demonstrated the qualities of good sportsmanship, perseverance and teamwork that you taught the rest of the school about in your assembly! Thank you also to the families who were able to come down on the day and show your support.

A special congratulations goes to Brady who was this year’s Year 5 Champion Boy! What an amazing achievement with so much tough competition!

Room 14 is filled with talented athletes and you should all be very proud of your participation on the day.

Athletics Carnival

Next week on Wednesday (13/09) and Friday (15/09) students will be participating in a number of individual and team sport events. For information on when your child will be competing please check the lists and times on our classroom window.

Book Week

Aubin Grove celebrates Book Week on the last day of Term 3, Friday the 22nd of September. This year the theme is ‘Escape to Everywhere.’ The Year 5 cohort has decided to run a ‘book cafe’ where students will be asked to bring to school a copy of their book and a book review. This review will be part of the homework grid leading up to week 10 where students will be given the template with all the information they are required to include about their chosen book.

Our book cafe will be on Thursday the 21st of September, between recess and lunch, with the book week dress up on Friday. The book that students are reviewing as part of their review, will be their dress up for the parade.

Atwell College Zone Extension

Next term Atwell College will be running a number of programs. Please see the attached leaflet for information on the range of courses available. If you would like a student expression of interest form please email Miss Gifford (hannah.gifford@education.wa.edu.au) and she will forward the form to you.

ACZE Term 4 2017 Leaflet