Westminster ESC received a Government Sporting Schools Grant which funded our Term 4 bowling program. The younger students were able to participate in an introductory lesson while the older students completed a 4-week program. It was wonderful to see our kindy/PP/ year 1 students enjoy the whole Superbowl experience, from feeling the heavy bowling balls to pushing them down the ramp. Our older students continued to develop their bowling skills as well as practice good sportsmanship when supporting and encouraging each other.
Saturday Christmas Club
News from ESC 7
It has been a very busy term for all the students in room 7 with lots of learning and fun.
Room 7 have enjoyed exploring chemical sciences with lots of exciting experiments! The students have learnt all about different materials and their properties and how we use them in our everyday lives. We have cooked, mixed, melted, fizzed and frozen many different materials throughout the semester with some very interesting observations.
Outdoor education day was a great way to get outdoors and explore our world. The students participated in an outdoor treasure hunt, finding lots of objects and discussing different native plants and animals. The children used their Nature Play Passports to complete some fun outdoor learning activities and finished the day flying their homemade kites.
Room 7 have been working on our social interaction and play with peers. The students have loved dressing up and participating in pretend play. We have had shop keepers, pirates, princesses and dragons having cups of tea and shopping together. It was great to see the students participate in Book Week as this linked into our social skills and play theme. The students really enjoyed seeing all the costumes and being able to show off their own to the school community.
Bowling is always lots of fun and room 7 will enjoy four bowling sessions this semester. The students participate with their peers and practice lots of important social skills when accessing the community. I have seen some great bowling skills and lots of very happy children!
Crazy Hair and Sock day
23rd November – 4th December
Swimming Year 1 & 2
Tuesday 24th November
Closing of the school’s ceremony
Tuesday 1st December
K-Year 5 Book Awards 9am
Friday 4th December
Crazy hair & sock day
Thursday 10th December
End Of year Picnic
Friday 11th December
Year 6 Graduation
Thursday 17th December
Last day for students
This week we held our open board meeting and the highlight was the presentation of the vision for the new Westminster Schools Campus. The board members were all impressed with the drawings for both Westminster Schools. Improved access and parking was at the forefront of everyone’s thinking as there is very little provision for the community currently. However, Will Thompson the architect eased all our fears during his presentation which included the provision of good parking and access to the schools.
Next year will see the commencement of the building and renovations which means many of the Junior classes will be relocated to the Senior side of the campus. This is an exciting opportunity to bring the two school communities together, however over the coming weeks there may be a little bit of disruption whilst classrooms relocate.
Don’t forget on Tuesday we have the closing of Westminster Primary and Westminster Junior Primary Schools assembly at 9am. There will be lots of people with strong community connections from the past and present attending to celebrate the end of an era along with a celebration of the creation of a new Westminster School.
Next week we have two big things happening starting with the Year 1&2 Swimming and I would like to thank in advance all of the staff and volunteers who have made this happen. Wednesday – Friday we have the Year 6 camp at the Keith Maine Centre in Whiteman Park. The 3 days are going to be outstanding with lots of activities for the students, many of which have been funded by the student’s car washing Business Enterprise. I would also like to thank the staff who are going and giving up their own time to sleep over with the students.
Mrs Dunn is currently investigating the possibility of getting water slides for the end of year picnic which is looking like it will be on Thursday 10th December, further information will be sent home when this is finalised, please ensure you keep checking your children’s communication books.
Yokine Playspace with ESC 3&4
Rooms 3 and 4 have been enjoying a trip to Yokine Playspace for the last few Friday mornings. We have been learning about appropriate behavior for the park including how to use equipment, how to wait our turn and how to ask other kids to play. All our students have had a wonderful time exploring the multi-sensory park. Student have had the opportunity to engage in the use of a wide range of playground equipment, supporting their development of balance, strength, and coordination in a very enjoyable environment.
Outdoor Classroom Day
On Friday 5th November, our school took part in National Outdoor classroom day, this years theme was "love the outdoors". Research shows that time spent outdoors, outside the classroom every day makes children happier and healthier, as well as helping children to become curious about the world as they engage in it. Connecting to nature can restore our sense of wellbeing. For children, this connection is best made through play, whether outdoors in nature or indoors with natural elements.
There was lots of fun and learning outside, with a Big Book/role play of the Gingerbread Man and the making and eating of them outside. Teddy Bear's Picnic under the shade of the grandfather tree, messy fun with Washing of Westy the cow, kite making and flying, scavenger hunts and walks and bubbles on the oval. The kids loved it and of course enjoy being outside because they all looked so calm and happy.
Aboriginal Studies with Mrs McCulloch
As a part of the Cross-curriculum priorities we have been learning about and exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and identity throughout the year.
In art we have been looking at traditional and some more modern forms of Aboriginal art and how it connects to our own environment. In HASS we learnt about the local Noongar 6 seasons and where they fit in to the 4 season calendar. We explored the different weather patterns, colours plants and animals we see at different times of the year. We are currently in Kambarang season which is known as the ‘season of birth’. See if you can discover Balga trees which are flowering this time of year.
Throughout the year we have been building up to our NAIDOC week celebration which was moved to term 4 due to Covid. We were lucky enough to have a Wadjuk Noongar artist Julianne visit us in Term 3 to help the students create an Aboriginal inspired art piece which is displayed in our Exploration Hub. Students were explained traditional techniques of Aboriginal Art, art as story-telling and the core symbols present that is represented in Aboriginal art.
In week 2 of Term 4 we had a visit from Yirra Yaakin. The show was about the importance of water to First Nations people around the world. The performance journeyed through global Dreaming stories highlighting the importance of accepting others, the power of empathy and the impact of climate change to the land and the Noongar seasons.
Week 5 is the official NAIDOC week for 2020. The week celebrations are held across Australia usually each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The 2020 theme is Always Was, Always Will Be. This recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. Throughout this week we will be reading Dreaming stories and making and creating art to immerse ourselves in these stories.
Some of our Indigenous inspired art has been entered into the Janine NAIDOC Freeman Art competition which will be displayed at Mirrabooka Library from 5th – 14th November – keep an eye out for an announcement on the winners!
Merit Certificates - Week 3
Have you heard of My Time?
This week you will receive a pamphlet explaining My Time.
My Time https://www.mytime.net.au/ is a FREE support service for parents of children with disabilities. They have groups all over Australia and it is a support FOR YOU. At My Time you will find other parents who really understand what it’s like to have a child with a disability as well as skilled guidance from facilitators to help you access information and services in your area.
Please visit the website and contact your local group.
Currently there is a My Time group run by the Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC). Details below:
Open Board Meeting 9.30am
23rd November – 4th December
Swimming Year 1 & 2
Closing of the school’s ceremony
K-Year 5 Book Awards 9am
Year 6 Graduation 9.30am
Last day for students
Last week it was great to see our students out and about in the community. All of our students attended their first ten pin bowling excursion and ESC3 & 4 went to Yokine Reserve, taking advantage of the sunshine. On Friday 30th October, it was world Teachers Day, we held a lovely morning tea to celebrate our teachers, and they were presented with cards created by the students. Also on Friday, our senior students participated in "Day for Daniel" by wearing red to school, to raise awareness of child safety, protection, and harm prevention.
This week Bowling and the park visit to Yokine reserve continues, as well as Barking Gecko and we are holding an Outdoor Classroom Day on Thursday which promotes nature play amongst our students, a highlight of this being some of our students will be appearing in the West Australian newspaper.
Some of you may already know I am the Education Support Network North Principal and part of my role is to invite guest speakers to our Principal meetings. On Friday we had the Director General Lisa Rodgers attend our meeting for the first time. Over 30 Principals and Associates had an opportunity to discuss some of the changes which were happening in our sector with the Director General. This provided a really positive forum for discussion, with the possibility for Principals in our group to have some input into future planning in our sector. Everyone who attended felt really valued and excited to have the chance to discuss things which will have a positive impact on our students and families.
We hope you all took the opportunity to size up your children for the new uniform. The whole school will certainly look very smart at the start of 2021. There is a sample of the new uninform on display in our reception area.
Naidoc Art Competion
If you get an opportunity, please check out the NAIDOC Art Competition displayed at Mirrabooka library we have got 6 students work on display and you can vote for your favourite.
P & C
I would like to thank Balga Friday markets who donated $500 to our P&C. If you have never been before, please check out the markets out at Herb Graham Recreation Centre Mirrabooka.
2021 Applications for Transport
Transport assistance applications for 2021 must be submited to SBS via the School Bus Service website www.schoolbuses.wa.gov.au by the 13th November 2020. SBS cannot guarantee any applications submitted after this date will be processed in time for transport in Term 1 2021.
Book Week Parade
It was wonderful to see so many students and staff dress up as their favourite characters for the Westminster Schools Book Week Parade. All 3 schools joined together in the undercover area to watch each year group show off their amazing costumes as they did a march around. We saw Superheros, pirates, Paddington Bear, Harry Potter, witches, Bob the Builder, Peter Rabbit and many more.
What a great way to start off a Fun Friday!
News from ESC1
Welcome back to school for term 4 from class members and staff of ESC1.
In ESC1 we will be learning about different materials and the properties of items made from these materials. We have discussed recycling and listened to a story called “My Magnificent Thing” where a child uses different materials to make a magnificent thing. Our class then decided to make our own magnificent things and the resulting castles, robot, monster, rocket, and ship were fantastic. The class proudly took their creations home at the end of last term.
We are learning about community helpers such as doctors, firemen and policemen. Our class enjoyed dressing up as they learned about what these community helpers do, use and wear.
Our cooking program on Fridays continues and the class enjoyed the first recipes of Banana Bread, Potato Cakes and Moon Rocks.
In oral language we have started the term learning about party food and other things we see and do at a party. The class are learning Auslan signing for different foods with the signing for “chips” being the class favourite.
This term we are looking forward to our Thursday excursions to Ten Pin Bowling in Warwick in weeks 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Have a great term everyone and we look forward to seeing friends and family at the end of year assemblies.
Wear Red for Daniel
On Friday 30th October, students in Year 4-6 are encouraged to wear red to school in support for 'Day for Daniel' to raise awareness. They will participate in a 'Walk for Daniel'.