Home 2018 March Principal’s Pen | Movie Night, Incursion, Board & More

Principal’s Pen | Movie Night, Incursion, Board & More


Welcome to the latest Principal’s Pen. Over the last month we have had a number of school events, some sad and some happy, but all a celebration of the close Goollelal Community. I would like to thank all members of our school community, past and present, who came along last Friday to celebrate the life of Mr Gus Symons. Mr Symons family were very touched by the number of people who came along to show their respect and who left lovely messages.

Outdoor  Movie Night

What a lovely night we had for the P&C Outdoor Movie Night. Thank you to our P&C for all their hard work to organise and run the event. It was fantastic to see so many families, some old and some new to the school, coming along with their picnic blankets and pillows. Thanks also to our sponsors, Jessica Stojkovski MLA, for the donation of a $300 voucher from Bike World, James Kennedy from Peard Real Estate, for his donation of $250 and Care for Kids for their donation of $100. Congratulations to Isabella Quelch for being the lucky winner of the bike voucher.

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Peter Farmer Incursion

Today our Year 1 to Year 6 students all had fun learning about the Aboriginal Culture with indigenous artist, Peter Farmer. The students and teachers had a go at throwing a boomerang, or Kylie as it is known in the Nyoongar language. They also used Nyoongar totems to decorate pencil cases, library bags, canvases and boomerangs throughout the day. Thank you to Mrs Egan for organising this terrific incursion.

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Board Nominations

We are currently seeking nominations for the position of parent representative for the Goollelal Primary School Board. When a parent representative’s term of office is completed, places become available and at this time, we are calling for 1 parent representative to fill a vacant position. The school board meets once per term, with additional meetings if needed. They are normally held on Thursday morning between 9.00am and 10.30am. For more information about the school board, you can read the Nomination Form and Board Terms of Reference. If you decide to stand for election, please use the Nomination Form provided. Completed nomination forms are to be returned to the school office no later than Thursday 29th April


Our two senior classes, TA9 and TA11 had set a high standard for this year’s assemblies. Congratulations to both classes for putting on such entertaining acts. Mrs Hartmann and I were both very impressed by the acting skills of Wyatt and Emma and their accurate portrayal of us. Our next assembly will be hosted by TA13 tomorrow.

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Uniforms-Dressmaker Required

Our current dress supplier is no longer able to provide this service. We would like to ask if any parents or family members would be interested in taking over this position.  If you are a dressmaker and would like to make the dresses for the school, please contact Marion on 94098432 to discuss what is involved.  As a large number of dresses have just been made, there will not be many required for a while.

Garden Tidy Up

Thank you to the students in TA9, Mrs Woodworth, Mrs Hartmann and Mrs Howell for doing a fantastic job to tidy up the garden beds near our Kindy playground last week. We also had some very helpful Pre-Primary students collecting leaves to help us out.

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National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

Last Friday students across the school took part in activities to raise awareness of what bullying is and the impact that bullying can have. To start the discussion I gave all students from Year 2 to Year 6 a simple survey. Results from the survey will be published once they have been collated. Prior to the survey our teachers asked the children to write about what bullying is, in their own words. This showed us that while some students have a very good idea of the difference between bullying and normal playground disputes, others are not sure of the difference. The national definition of bullying is:

Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).

Behaviours that do not constitute bullying include:

  • mutual arguments and disagreements (where there is no power imbalance)
  • not liking someone or a single act of social rejection
  • one-off acts of meanness or spite
  • isolated incidents of aggression, intimidation or violence.

However, these conflicts still need to be addressed and resolved.

In Term 3 we will be co-hosting a parent seminar with researcher Erin Erceg as the main speaker. I will send home more details of this event in Term 2.

Easter 2018

Thank you to all the families who made donations of baskets and Easter eggs. Thanks also to Sarah Mapley for her donations of vouchers from Hatched Coffee Shop.
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Just a reminder that this year Easter falls within Term 1. As a result, all public schools will be closed on Tuesday 3rd of April. Please put this date in your calendar as Goollelal Primary will be closed on that day.


Lynne Anderson | PRINCIPAL