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P&C Meeting A large group of parent supporters attended the first meeting for Term 2 and offered their support for various school programs. The issue of computer availability for students was discussed. The P&C and school will combine efforts to ensure we have an increased ratio of computers available. With our huge increase in enrolments we need to raise funds to stay ahead of the technology required to run effective learning programs. This week Mrs Brajdic and her classes made great use of the newly leased bank of 10 laptops. Emergency Contact Details It is essential that we have a contact number for all children in the event of an emergency. Please check the numbers you have registered with the school and ask your emergency contacts if they are willing to be contacted and act on your behalf if we cannot contact a child’s parents or caregivers. Western Australian Education Awards 2011 Our school community will submit an application for WA Primary School of the Year. This category of the awards will give us the opportunity to reflect on our progress and look at the many factors that contribute to a positive learning environment. We will be asking our school community to contribute evidence of best practice to the submission which is due on 5 August 2011. If you would like to join Janet Pettigrew, Jo Marwick and Jeannie Metcalf on the Committee please make contact with the school.

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After school activities: These programs are run by a private providers and volunteers and the supervision of children at these times is the responsibility of those who offer the programs. Children must not be left unattended in the playgrounds after the 3.10 pm siren waiting for siblings attending after hours programs.

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Baby Tingley Visit Yesterday Mrs Wanda Tingley delighted her former students by introducing them to her lovely baby daughter Kate Frances. The precious blue eyed bundle was content to be passed from staff member to staff member with many offers of help from Mrs Tingley’s 2010 students. It was lovely that Wanda found time to visit her school and inspect the wonderful working conditions she is yet to enjoy. Book Fair Our new library provided a wonderful setting for the Book Fair organised by Janet Pettigrew. The wide range of titles offered something for everyone and Janet was delighted with the sales that resulted in $1700 commission towards P&C fundraising. Australian Curriculum Staff at Deanmore continue to plan for the introduction of the Australian Curriculum. Focusing specifically on English and Mathematics staff are exploring the different expectations in these learning areas. Parents are encouraged to access the website http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Home and familiarise themselves with the curriculum that will be delivered to all Australian students from 2012 onwards. Schools will focus on English, Mathematics, History and Science to begin the new journey with other learning areas also moving from a state to a national framework. Early in term 3 we will offer an Australian Curriculum Workshop to K-P parents with a 4-7 workshop later in Term 3. The Australian Curriculum describes a learning entitlement for each Australian student that provides a foundation for successful, lifelong learning and participation in the Australian community. It acknowledges that the needs and interests of students will vary, and that schools and teachers will plan from the curriculum in ways that respond to those needs and interests. The Australian Curriculum acknowledges the changing ways in which young people will learn and the challenges that will continue to shape their learning in the future. The Australian Curriculum will eventually be developed for all learning areas and subjects set out in the Melbourne Declaration: initially for english, mathematics, science and history; followed by geography, languages, the arts, economics, business, civics and citizenship, health and physical education, and information and communication technology and design and technology. The Australian Curriculum sets out what all young people should be taught through the specification of curriculum content and the learning expected at points in their schooling through the specification of achievement standards. Foundation Day Holiday - Monday 6 June Students have been studying the historical meaning of the WA Foundation Day holiday and should be able to share with parents the reason why we are enjoying a wonderful long weekend. I hope you enjoy Lullaki and Tegan’s report of this historical day in our state’s history that commemorates the meeting of cultures.

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Laptops This week, ten laptops have been made available for classroom use. Also, two further computers were purchased for the Library. This will enhance the children’s learning. Further computers will become available in the near future. PEAC Twenty one students were successful in gaining places in Round 2 of PEAC. Congratulations children. PEAC Year 4 Testing The Year 4 cohort will be tested on Thursday 30th June for possible placement in PEAC courses in 2012. Further information will follow. University of New South Wales Testing Expressions of interest and requests for payment have been sent home. Please read the notes and return the note / money by the date set. No late payments will be accepted as tests have to be ordered before the test date. Educational Visits The children in Years 3 to 7 participated in an educational activity on Monday. Recounts of the play “Imagine, Believe, Work Together” appear in this newsletter. The year 4/5 from room 6 visited the Police Academy this week. Recounts of the excursion are also included in this newsletter. Evacuation Practice There will be a whole school evacuation practice on Wednesday 8 June (weather permitting). Interschool Sport The Eagles Cup continues this week. Parents and friends are very welcome. Further information is available from the office or Mr Rodgers. There will be an Interschool Lightning Carnival on Thursday 30th June. Further information will follow. Wheeled Objects Wheeled objects such as bicycles, skateboards, scooters, etc are not to be ridden in the school grounds. All wheeled objects are to be parked in the bike racks. Chaining the different modes of transport is recommended. The P&C are investigating erecting a lockable enclosure for bikes, etc. Sea Horse Sculpture The sea horse sculpture near the administration building is not to be climbed on. Children are not to run on hard surfaces. Please remind your children of these school rules. Children who repeatedly break the school rules will be given a yellow form and sent to the office for counselling. See the school BMIS policy for further information on behaviour management at Deanmore.

Batteries / Mobile Telephones Please drop any old/unwanted batteries or telephones in the recycling bins outside the Deputies’ office. Our Friendly School We have a wonderful school with lovely children and parents. Please read through this week’s suggestions on talking to your children. Physical Aggression Physical aggression, pushing, hitting, wresting, fighting, etc is not tolerated at Deanmore. Tell a Teacher Please discuss with your child the importance of telling a teacher if something worries them at school. Ask them to inform an adult as soon as possible so that we can act on any issues. Telling a teacher something important is not “dobbing”. Road Safety For the safety of our students, please observe all road rules and parking signs. The car park on the Eastern side of the school is for staff only. Another car park for parents is included in Stage 2 of the building program. There is no access for vehicles on school grounds. MS Readathon Children are encouraged to read books and join the MS Readathon. Greg Downes Deputy Principal

HEAD LICE Head lice have again made an unwelcome appearance at Deanmore. Head lice are tiny insects that live in human hair. They are not caused by poor hygiene and they do not carry diseases. Head lice transfer from child to child when their hair is in close contact, e.g. while playing or doing schoolwork. For this reason, head lice infestation is relatively common in primary school children. The Department of Health Head Lice Fact Sheet explains how to check for and treat head lice. The Department recommends the 10-day Hair Conditioner Treatment as an inexpensive and effective method. It is also important to use hair conditioner to check all other members of your household for head lice as well. If head lice are found, use the 10-Day Hair Conditioner Treatment on them too. A fact sheet is available at www.health.wa.gov.au/headlice.

Playground Our play facilities recently received a boost with the installation of brand new equipment in the kindy and pre-primary play areas. This was purchased with the assistance of Federal BER funding. The Forpark climbing equipment from the old school has now been installed in the Western sandpit, adjacent to the kindy play area and this has been a welcome addition to playground facilities for our year 1-7 students. A swing set is due to be installed in the Southern sandpit shortly. Term 3 should see the school oval, hard courts and relocation of the spider net playground completed; adding some much needed space for our growing Deanmore population. Our ever increasing numbers mean that there is still a need for more playground equipment, especially in our Pre-Primary and Junior Primary play areas. The Deanmore P&C continue to support funding for play equipment and have agreed to put money raised from the next fundraising drive towards the purchase of playground and sporting equipment. Excess Furniture We have some furniture brought over from the old school that is surplus to requirements; including desks, an open metal cabinet and metal shelving (suitable for garage or shed). The desks are currently in the Junior Primary undercover area and the metal shelving is in the science room (room 4). If you are interested in any of these items, please see Jo Marwick. Library Thank you to the P&C who have generously funded new furnishings for the beautification of our school library. The new furniture will arrive in a few weeks time and should make our library a vibrant and welcoming space for all students to enjoy reading and accessing books. Thank you to all the parents that made purchases at our recent Scholastic book fair. Your contributions have added $1600 worth of new books to our library. 40 Km Zone on Newborough St Annie Willis, with the full support of the Deanmore P&C is currently lobbying to have the section of Newborough St that forms the perimeter of our school, made into a 40kmh school zone. Annie has enlisted the support of City of Stirling Councillor, Bill Stewart, to lobby main roads on behalf of the school community to have this section of road made into a school zone with full LED signage. More information on this road safety initiative will be in the next P&C bulletin. Jo Marwick Deputy Principal


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WINTER UNIFORM NEWS Winter is finally upon us and winter uniform items are available from JFE enterprises. JFE are continuing to visit the school every second Friday morning between 8:15 and 9am and their next visit is June 3rd. Please note however, that if the weather is very wet, Imelda is unable to unload stock and get it to the undercover area without it getting water damaged so will take orders and leave them at the office later on very inclement days. The winter uniform consists of the aqua polo shirt (worn all year), and long navy pants, different styles for boy and girls. Obviously not all students want/need the extra warmth and continue to wear their shorts, skorts or dresses. There is a navy polar fleece jacket or an aqua windcheater available. Please note the second hand uniform shop is open every Friday morning between 8:15am and 8:45am and we have a good supply of polo’s presently, lots of windcheaters and some winter navy pants too. LOST PROPERTY Check the lost property box regularly for lost items of uniform, particularly if a jacket goes astray. Every year we end up with huge numbers of uniform and non-uniforms items in there, many unlabelled. Also check that your childs jacket hasn’t been mistakenly confused with a friends and worn home by someone else. Many missing jackets turn up a week or two after they go missing, and we encourage you to keep looking, and in the interim students should wear a blue jacket to school, or consider sourcing a second hand “back-up” jacket.

DEANMORE PRIMARY SCHOOL Library Roster 2011 To assist the efficient running of our library we rely on parent help, particularly in the areas of book preparation, book covering and book shelving. Your assistance is keenly sought on Tuesdays from 1.30 -2.30 pm and Thursday from 2 – 3pm If you are able to help, please fill in the forms below and return to your child’s class teacher.

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Tuesday Fortnightly

Thursday Monthly

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Name Mrs, Miss Mr _______________________________ (please print)

Childs name ________________________

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Newsletter No. 10 – 3 June 2011