Leavers Shirts 2018

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 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


Monday 20th November     2.50pm          Room 14 students

Wednesday 22nd November  2.50pm    Room 15 students

Thursday 23rd November    2.50pm      Room 16 students



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


Election of Student Leaders 

Dear Year 5 students and parents,

As you would be aware, all of our Year 5 students will become Student Leaders in 2018. We believe all of our children have the ability to step up into a leadership role to complete important, responsible tasks around the school. To prepare them for this, we conduct a Leadership Program that commences at the end of this year and continues in the first few weeks of 2018.

To this end, a Year 5 student leadership day will be held on Monday 20th November to investigate what leadership means, what is expected of our leaders and what makes a good leader. Students will collaboratively create a leader’s pledge that they will abide by in their final year. We will also conduct a Public Speaking session on this day so students know how to construct a great speech and how to effectively deliver it.

As stated before, at Aubin Grove, all Year 6 students are leaders. We do, however, elect a Head Boy and Head Girl plus 16 Faction Captains (2 boys and 2 girls for the four factions) to undertake specialist roles. 

All students can self nominate for Head Boy/Girl and Faction Leaderpositions on Tuesday 21st November. After the Leadership Day, students will have a greater capacity to individually reflect on how well they meet the expectations of a leader at Aubin Grove and whether they have the desire and confidence to deliver a speech to the Year 5 andYear 6 student cohort.

Once we have the self-nominated list of the Year 5 students wishing to be Head Boy / Head Girl, the Year 5 students vote to select their top 10 nominees for the Head Boy/Girl positions. They will use their understanding of leadership to select the 10 boys and 10 girls who they feel best encapsulate this. Following the collation of the top rated 10 boys and 10 girls; these selected students are then invited to prepare a 2-minute speech to present to their Year 5 and 6 peers.They are also asked to answer an impromptu question on the speech day.

Head Boy and Head Girl speeches will be delivered to all Year 5 & 6students on Wednesday 29th November in the undercover area after recess.  This is only for students and associated staff.  Parents do NOT attend this session.

Preferential voting is conducted immediately after the speeches to determine the Head Boy and Head Girl. Staff (who have working knowledge of the students ie Specialist teachers) and Year 5 and 6students cast a vote.

The election of Faction Captains follows the same process except those who nominate themselves present their speeches only to their own factions. We elect two girls and two boys per faction. These speeches will take place on Friday 1st December after lunch.

Students can self nominate for both Head Boy/Head Girl and Faction Captain positions.

The results of the elections are made known to all students who made speeches, by Mr Pansini and Mrs Smith before the night of the announcement at the End of Year Concert.  These students are brought together, in private, and sensitively informed of the outcome.  This is done so disappointed students have the chance to work through any feelings they have in private rather than in the presence of the whole school community.


Kind regards

Nola Smith

2018 Year 6s

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 through 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


Students not Returning in 2018

If you are not returning to Aubin Grove next year, can I ask that you please let me, or the Front Office, know asap. Our school expects a drop in student enrolments for next year, owing to the establishment of Honeywood PS, so in order to plan for the number of teachers and classrooms required, it is essential that we have the most accurate information possible. 

Thank you in anticipation.

Kind regards,

Frank Pansini



85 Camden Boulevard


Phone: 08 9499 4009 | Mobile: 0417 995 009 | W: aubingroveps.wa.edu.au 

Cyber Safety Evening This Wednesday

Last week, all family representatives (youngest child at the school) were sent home with this flyer about our free Parent Information Evening this Wednesday the 25th of October.

Paul Litherland is a highly entertaining and informative speaker who has a wealth of knowledge about protecting children online. It is a not to be missed opportunity! See you all there Wednesday night.

I have attached the pdf flyer with the RSVP slip if you have misplaced yours (or it is perhaps in the bottom of a school bag). Just click on this link:  Paul Litherland 2017 Blog

Home Learning Grid, Term 4, Week 3 and 4

Gifted & Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs 2019

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 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.


Kind regards

Nola Smith


Homework Term 4, Weeks 1 and 2

Term 4 Dates

This year has flown by! Please see below for the key dates this term:

Week 1: Mental Health – R U Okay Week (Wear yellow on Friday)

Week 3:
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)

National eSmart Week

Last week was National eSmart Week. All the Year 4 to 6 classes participated in one activity to reinforce their Cyber Safety messages from Term 1. The Year Fives watched a Behind the News episode about Digital Footprints and were quite shocked about how much information is stored online about each of us without us knowing. With this understanding in mind, students were asked to think carefully about what information they should share online and with who. The completed an activity where they used a traffic light system to identify safe and unsafe online behaviours. They were then asked to explain their choices. Here are some of the samples from Room 15: 

Here is also a handy reminder about balancing time online as we approach the spring school holidays.