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Newsletter 04 - 30 April 2021

Dear parents and carers

Once again the beginning of the term has been disrupted by COVID 19 with the school having to accommodate various restrictions. I would like to sincerely thank this wonderful community for your tremendous support. It is by working together that we can overcome these small hurdles. Thank you again for your patience and positive approach. Hopefully, this will be the end of these disruptions and we can concentrate on creating a positive learning environment for our students.

ANZAC 2021

Last week we held a wonderful ANZAC service. This was conducted by our Year 6 Student Leaders. They did a magnificent job in managing the service and commemorating such an important Australian tradition. ANZAC day is a solemn and sad occasion as it reminds us about the horrors of war, the senseless waste of life and how we should do everything in our power to avoid such a thing from happening again in the near future. The displays in the library, the poppies near the flag pole and all of the classroom activities helped to teach our students about ANZAC day. I would like to thank Ms Dunstan, Ms Salame and Mrs Kroczek who helped to organise the ceremony and invited all of the special guests. Thank you to the parents and members of the community who supported our school with this ceremony.

SCHOOL BOARD NEWS

I would like to congratulate Dr Gill Kirk as our new School Board chair. Dr Kirk is a lecturer at Edith Cowan University and has supported the school over the last three years. Along with Dr Kirk, I have asked all of the School Board members to write a little bit of information about themselves so that you can get to know them as well. This will then provide you with an opportunity of approaching the members if there is any feedback that you would like to give the school. You can find this elsewhere in our newsletter.

IMPROVING WRITING

Our school has been implementing ‘Talk for Writing’ across the school. This is a strategy which has a strong focus on rehearsal and oral language. Before students commence writing, they are aware of the structures and vocabulary which are necessary for success. I have been so impressed by the quality of the writing and the effort that some students are demonstrating. The school has organised key teachers to support other colleagues in this process. We have been collecting and analysing writing data and discussing how to improve student writing. ‘Talk for Writing’ is a key strategy which is linked to our whole school improvement agenda.

Fathering Project – Wednesday, 5 May at 6.30pm

Our chaplain, Mr David Ward, is organising the Fathering Project to visit Dryandra PS. It would be terrific if we had a few fathers come along and hear about the project. The ‘Fathering Project’ is about building connections and relationship in the wider community. We will have some special guests coming to the school to share their experiences so we would really appreciate parent participation.

This group will start next Wednesday 5 May at 6.30 pm in the schools Conference room. If you are available to come, please call Mrs Clough on 9345 6400. Please support the school in this endeavour.

Thank You, Paul Biemmi

Principal

Out and about in Dryandra

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER


APRIL

TERM 2
   
Fri 30   
   
Interschool v Westminster at DPS
   
MAY   
   
   
   
Wed 5   
   
Fathering Project at 6:30pm in the Conference Room
   
Fri 7   
   
Interschool @ Roseworth
   
Mon 10   
   
NAPLAN
   
Tue 11   
   
NAPLAN
   
Thur 13   
   
Assembly   Room 16   
   
Fri 14   
   
Interschool @ Nollamara
   
Mon 17   
   
NAPLAN
   
Tue 18   
   
NAPLAN
   
Fri 21   
   
Interschool v Hudson Park at DPS
   
Fri 28   
   
Interschool v Dianella at DPS
   
JUNE   
   
   
   
Fri 4   
   
SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAY - NO STUDENTS   
   
Mon 7
   
WA DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY - NO STUDENTS
   
Thur 10   
   
Room 8 Assembly at 2:00pm
   
Fri 11   
   
Interschool v Boyare at DPS
   
Fri 18   
   
Interschool @ Koondoola
   
Tue 29   
   
Interschool Lightning carnival at Kingsway sporting complex– commencing 9.30am

Positive Behaviour Support News

The next values that we will be focusing on for Weeks 3 and 4 of Term 2 are ‘Working Together- We stay in the assigned areas’. This means students should be playing in the designated areas and only visiting the toilets, classrooms, etc. when necessary. Students at DPS have great range of play equipment on both the oval and the junior playground to play on, as well as loose parts to play with.

Dryandra Primary School Board members 2021

Name: Dr Gill Kirk

Years at Dryandra Primary School: 3 years

Role on the School Board: Chair (former secretary)

Children at Dryandra Primary School: No

How would you describe yourself e.g. best quality, talent? I would describe myself as quiet and hard working. My best quality is that I am patient and compassionate.

What are your hobbies? I like to think of myself as a bit of an artist and enjoy charcoal drawing, it is just finding the time to do it.

What do you like about Dryandra Primary School? I like Dryandra Primary school because it is the epitome of multiculturalism. The diverse range of nationalities, befriending and working together prepares the children at Dryandra to effectively engage in a globalized world. How empowering. Research supports cultural competence, but who can really be competent at such a diverse thing? These children will have achieved this more than many others. Cultural competence is the first step to walking confidently into a multicultural society. It disassembles boundaries and opens the world to them. This is something unique to this school, and something that should be embraced.

Why did you want to be on the School Board? To be a part of something unique.

Name: Sharon Gillett

Years at Dryandra Primary School: 7 years

Children at Dryandra Primary School: 1

How would you describe yourself? An Australian born childcare worker who has previously been heavily involved in the Dryandra Primary School P&C over the years. I love to travel and have been blessed to do so as I love learning about other cultures. I also ‘show’ rabbits competitively.

What do you like about Dryandra Primary School? The school’s facilities , the teaching staff and Carole who are doing a wonderful job.

Why did you want to be on the School Board? As my daughter is heading towards the end of her primary school journey I’d like to be involved and have a say. Also, I am only available to meet in evenings due to work so the P&C is out for me this year.

What is one suggestion for improvement that you would like to discuss with the School Board? More efficient spending on beautifying the school.

Name: Son Nguyen

Years at Dryandra Primary School: 6 years

Children at Dryandra Primary School: 2

How would you describe yourself? Happy and see the glass half full, not half empty. Never give up attitude.

Hobbies: Football.

What do you like about Dryandra Primary School? It’s a great school, good teachers and students.

Why did you want to be on the School Board? To give my children and the students the best the school could provide for them.

What is one suggestion for improvement that you would like to discuss with the School Board? To be able to get more funding to provide better equipment for the students, so teachers don’t have to do it themselves out of the love for the school children.

Name: Jody Brown

Years at Dryandra Primary School: Children here from2009– 2017, Staff member from 2013.

Children at Dryandra Primary School: none

How would you describe yourself? I work as the Library officer and in my spare time I am a Dockers supporter and I love Speedway.

What do you like about Dryandra Primary School? Friendly and caring staff and lovely students.

Why did you want to be on the School Board? So that I could be a part of the schools growth and seeing it prosper in the future.

What is one suggestion for improvement that you would like to discuss with the School Board? Ideas on how to get more funding to improve the grounds.

Name: Fardowso Osman Abdelle

Years at Dryandra Primary School: 5

Role on the School Board: Parent Volunteer

Children at Dryandra Primary School: 5

How would you describe yourself e.g. best quality, talent? I am a Mum and I have finished my Child Care certificate and I am now studding Nursing.

What are your hobbies? To busy being a busy a Mum.

What do you like about Dryandra Primary School? I like to positive behaviour support and the different people from different countries.

Why did you want to be on the School Board? To show my community the school is multicultural and very accepting.

What is one suggestion for improvement that you would like to discuss with the School Board? I am still learning about the school board and what we can do.

Name: Nay Hta Htoo

Years at Dryandra Primary School: 4

Children at Dryandra Primary School: 2

How would you describe yourself? I am a mother of 4 who enjoys cooking. I would like to learn more English.

What do you like about Dryandra Primary School? It is close to my house and my family really like to teachers and staff.

Why did you want to be on the School Board? So I can learn what is going on around the school and help when I can.

What is one suggestion for improvement that you would like to discuss with the School Board? How to get more money to improve the grounds for the children.

Name: Paul Biemmi

Years at Dryandra Primary School: 5

Children at Dryandra Primary School: None-although my daughter did come to our school and put on a concert with other students from the University of WA.

How would you describe yourself e.g. best quality, talent? I am passionate about education. I believe that we can all achieve great things when we are inspired and supported. I love to laugh and joke around with my family. I adore my golden retriever puppy– who is quite cheeky. I also like to collect model cars. They are proudly displayed in my office.

What do you like about Dryandra Primary School? It is a great school. All of the staff always put the students first and consider how they can be supported. We are beginning to develop science and technology skills in the school. I am very proud of this achievement. Our school is supporting students to become successful learners so that they can achieve great things in the future.

Why did you want to be on the School Board? As a principal, I need to be on the School Board. I believe that it is important for me to support the improvement agenda of the school. We are very lucky to have a committed group of teachers, parents and members of the community who share this important vision.

What is one suggestion for improvement that you would like to discuss with the School Board? I would further like to develop our partnerships with the wider community. By enhancing these relationships, our school will become recognised as a lighthouse school of excellence in the future.

Name: Megan Wallace

Years at Dryandra Primary School: 5 years

Children at Dryandra Primary School: No

How would you describe yourself? Dedicated, fun and love learning new things.

What do you like about Dryandra Primary School? The fantastic staff, students and families.

Why did you want to be on the School Board? To help shape and be involved in creating a school with strong leadership.

What is one suggestion for improvement that you would like to discuss with the School Board? Building our community and involving families in all aspects of life at Dryandra.

Name: Sue Van Dijken

Years at Dryandra Primary School: 21

Children at Dryandra Primary School: No

How would you describe yourself e.g. best quality, talent? Friendly, calm & quiet natured but a very experienced, committed teacher

What do you like about Dryandra Primary School? I love the diversity & mix of cultures. I love the team approach, support and hard work given by all our teachers.

Why did you want to be on the School Board? Gives me the opportunity to meet up with other people in our school community and to get information, ideas and points of view from some parents.

Name: Carlos Salmani

Years at Dryandra Primary School: 4

Children at Dryandra Primary School: 2

How would you describe yourself? I am a husband, father of 2 , soon to be 3 children, I am hard working ,in my spare time I enjoy making things ,I speak 5 languages, I have a passion for cooking a variety of foods. My hobbies are different sports.

What do you like about Dryandra Primary School? Good staff and teachers.

Why did you want to be on the School Board? To help and give suggestions on how to improve the school.

What is one suggestion for improvement that you would like to discuss with the School Board? I am still deciding.

DRYANDRA PLAYGROUP

EVERY WEDNESDAY

FROM 9.00am—11.00am in Room 6

Please remember to bring along a hat and a piece of fruit to share.

If you need any details please contact our school office on 9345 6400 for further details

We look forward to seeing a lot of young children from 0 to 3 years old

OLD STUDENT DESKS FOR SALE

Single $20.00 Double $30.00

Please come to the office to pay and arrangements will be made for collection.

Room 18 are collecting buttons for an art project . If anyone has spare buttons at home they don't need ,please drop them off to Ms Young Rm 18. Thankyou.

The Easter Bunny hopped in to Dryandra before the holidays bringing some joy to the students around the school. The identity of this bunny is quite a mystery.

Newsletter 03 - 31 March 2021

Dear parents and carers

As we come to the end of the term, I would like to sincerely thank everyone for your support and positive approach. We have achieved a lot and created the foundation for a successful year.

FAREWELL TO OUR STAFF- MRS TANYA REZA ZADEH AND MRS MICHELLE INGRAM

We will be farewelling our long standing Aboriginal Indigenous Educational Officer (AIEO), Mrs Michelle Ingram. Mrs Ingram has announced her retirement and will be finishing her tenure at Dryandra Primary School at the end of the term. Mrs Ingram has had a magnificent career at our school. She has assisted many students in her 23 years at our school. Mrs Ingram’s caring, kind and nurturing approach has helped to build connections with the wider community. Aboriginal education in our school has been richer due to Mrs Ingram’s efforts to support reconciliation and cultural awareness. We sincerely wish Mrs Ingram a wonderful retirement.

Mrs Reza Zadeh has made the decision to resign at the end of the term. She has decided to pursue a different direction in her professional career. I would like to sincerely thank Mrs Reza Zadeh for her considerable contribution to Dryandra Primary School over her 10 years at the school. She has supported the school’s direction and implemented many programs to support our students. We all wish her well for the near future.

STAFFING CHANGES TERM 2

There have been a few changes to the classes as a result of Mrs Reza Zadeh leaving the school. These changes include;

Room 16- Ms Kate Dunstan (Tuesday to Friday) and Ms Madeleine Pusey. (Monday) Room 5- Ms Tracey Walters Room 2- Mrs Claire Warr (Monday to Wednesday) and Ms Madeline Pusey (Thursday and Friday) Room 18- Ms Angela Young (Monday to Thursday) and Ms Liz Owers (Friday)

I would like to warmly welcome Ms Madeleine Pusey to our school. Ms Pusey has taught at Mindarie Primary School and most recently at Southern Cross District High School. We look forward to her contribution in Room 2 and Room 16.

SCHOOL BOARD NEWS

Today will be our Board Chair’s last meeting and ends a 20-year association with our school. Mr David Boothman has been supporter of our graduation ceremonies, ANZAC services and advocated for our school in the local community. As a policeman, he supported the school with Blue Light Discos and then became a local councilor. He has provided a link to the City of Stirling and was on the panel when our school became an Independent Public School. We sincerely thank him for his considerable service and wish him all the best on his retirement.

Congratulations to Ms Sharon Gillett for becoming the latest member of the School Board. Ms Gillett was successful in the community ballot. I would also like to sincerely thank Mrs Sabah Ibrahim for participating in this process. It was a very tight result. It was pleasing to see that there was interest from the community on being on the School Board and the number of parents who participated in the ballot was pleasing. Thank you.

PARENT INTERVIEWS

Thank you to all of our parents and carers who participated in the parent interviews last week. We held over 130 interviews which is a considerable achievement. By participating in this process, parents are gaining an understanding of what their child has achieved and what they need to do to improve. I would like to thank all of the staff for efforts in preparing for the interviews. Thank you to everyone involved in the process.

HAPPY EASTER AND HOLIDAY

For parents who celebrate Easter, I wish you an enjoyable festive season. For staff, parents and students who are commencing their holidays, I wish you a safe, restful and enjoyable break.

I look forward to catching up with everyone on our return on the 19 April.

Kindest Regards, Paul Biemmi

Principal

Out and about in Dryandra

Good bye and good luck on your retirement Mrs Ingram.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER


APRIL

TERM 2
   
Mon 19   
   
Students   return to school   
   
Fri 23   
   
ANZAC   Assembly 9.00am   
   
Mon 26   
   
ANZAC   Day Public Holiday   
   
Fri 30   
   
Interschool v Westminster home
   
MAY   
   
   
   
Fri 7   
   
Interschool v Roseworth away
   
Thur 13   
   
Assembly   Room 16   
   
Fri 14   
   
Interschool v Nollamara home
   
JUNE   
   
   
   
Fri 4   
   
SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAY   

Positive Behaviour Support News

DPS’s focus for the last week of term has been ‘Learning Lizard- We use class time to finish tasks’. We have been discussing how important it is to listen, participate and complete work, in the classroom. This way, we don’t miss out on play time and we can learn more and more each day!

Parents, we encourage you to continue the language and remind students of this message, too! In-class learning is so valuable!!

All students have been Working Together Wallaby’s, earning 100s of tickets for their class and faction. Room 2 recently celebrated with two rewards, free dress and cooking!!

On Friday 26 March some of the Year 6 students went to Dianella College for a Science Quest Day. The students participated in activities such as spaghetti tower building, geology , forensics and chemistry. They had a great day -though Dryandra might need to practice its spaghetti making skills!

The happy students from Room 1 went and joined in on the Messy mud day in the Early childhood on Monday.

Room 18 are collecting buttons for an art project after the holidays. If anyone has spare buttons at home they don't need ,please drop them off to Year 6 Ms Young Rm 18. Thankyou.

OLD STUDENT DESKS FOR SALE

Single $20.00 Double $30.00

Please come to the office to pay and arrangements will be made for collection.

DRYANDRA PLAYGROUP

EVERY WEDNESDAY

FROM 9.00am—11.00am in Room 6

Please remember to bring along a hat and a piece of fruit to share.

If you need any details please contact our school office on 9345 6400 for further details

We look forward to seeing a lot of young children from 0 to 3 years old

Newsletter 02 - 10 March 2021

Dear parents and carers

The children got a big surprise last week when a 'cow' visited our school. Yes, it was a real one! What a great way to teach children about the milk and dairy industry. Thank you to Mrs Whitcombe, who organised the Brownes Dairy visit. Along with sampling yummy yoghurt, the students even got to milk the cow! WOW! What an exciting day!

SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAY- INSTRUCTIONAL SKILLS

Last week, our school participated in an 'Instructional Skills and Engagement' workshop that focussed on creating opportunities for our students to become more engaged and creative in their work. Instructional skills assist students in developing their thinking and collaborative skills. As our vision is ''preparing our students for tomorrow, " our students will need to be flexible in their learning, cooperative in their approach, and begin solving real-world problems. Our challenge is to create opportunities for students to learn and practise these skills.

Instructional skills will be utilised in the integrated curriculum areas, e.g. science, health, learning technology and HASS (Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography and History). Mrs Kroczek will be supporting teachers in this area.

We will continue our "Explicit Direct Instruction" focus in English and mathematics. Ms Owers will be coaching teachers with this strategy.

Talk for Writing will continue to be implemented this year. Mr McGeever and Mrs Wallace will also be coaching teachers in this area.

With these three essential strategies, we will be enhancing all of the skills a student will need for the future; academic, social and emotional.

I am very proud of our entire staff on how they are implementing these strategies in their classroom. I am excited to see students steadily developing these skills to help them learn and grow. Our school is definitely creating a foundation for future success.

LITERATURE CENTRE

The Literature Centre visit was a tremendous success. Year Four, Five and Six students learnt amazing facts about Ned Kelly and enjoyed a story called the 'Green Sash'. The junior classes had fun with 'Who's afraid of the Quite Nice Wolf'.

We would like to sincerely thank the Literature Centre, Crown Resorts Foundation and the Packer Family Foundation for sponsoring this event for our school.

HARMONY DAY

We have a memorable 'Harmony Day' planned for our community. We have decided to hold a 'Harmony Day' lunch and have invited Williams Primary School. Williams is a small wheat belt town approximately 160km south-east of Perth. We will be having a special assembly, multicultural lunch and then a range of activities throughout the day. For us to undertake this event, we really need your help. COVID 19 restrictions prevent us from accepting home-cooked meals. Instead, we are opening up our canteen for the cooking to be done at school. We look forward to hosting this marvellous event to celebrate our diversity with the broader community.

PARENT INTERVIEWS - THURSDAY 25 MARCH

We will be having our parent interviews in Week 9. These interviews are an excellent opportunity to find out how your child is progressing. This year, we will be trialling a new online booking system. A letter will be going home shortly with all of the information on how to make the interview appointment either on your computer or on your phone/iPad. If you have any problems, please come into the office to see Mrs Geary , Mrs Clough or me.

I cannot believe how quickly the term is progressing. Thank you to everyone for your support and willingness to make our school a great school!

Paul Biemmi
Principal

DRYANDRA PLAYGROUP

EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 9.00am—11.00 am in Room 6.
Please remember to bring along a piece of fruit to share.
If you need any details please contact our school office on 9345 6400 and we can answer any of your questions.
We look forward to seeing a lot of young children from 0 to 3 years old


Kindy /Pre Primary 1- Mrs Wallace/Mrs Hutchinson
Harun Hashi, Nawaal Nasir & Denis Daglar

Kindy /Pre Primary 2 - Ms Coventry/Mrs McGee
Ara Beukes & Mosab Hammad

Year 1 /2Room 1 - Mrs Whitcombe
Iris Htoo & Shing Liang Kee

Year 2 Room 2 - Mrs Warr /Ms Walters
Zoie Hall & Myat Phu Htun

Year 2/3 Room 5 - Ms Dunstan / Mr McGeever
Isiah Ladyman, Zarif Mohammad Nurudin, Valon Belica & Hasan Al-Saadi

Year 3 Room 8 - Ms Van Dijken/ Mrs Fairhead
Esmerelda Dalipova & Shimbi Rashidi

Year 4 Room 16 - Mrs Reza Zadeh/ Ms Tracy Walters
Veli Siringul & Reyhaneh Sadeghi

Years 5 Room 17 - Mr Cumming
Harmony Websdale & Jason Dawson


Years 6 Room 18 - Ms Young
Ameer Al Zeidan & Lucy Nicholson-Nelkoski

AUSLAN – Ms Salame
Asmina Khan Room 17 & Valon Belica Room 5

HASS – Ms Owers
Aarav Patel Room 2 & Students of Room 18

Great work everyone.

ASSEMBLY NEWS

Year 6 Room 18 held the first assembly for the year and focused on goal setting. They showed a video of students and staff they had interviewed and asked what their goals were for 2021.
Room 18 were also delighted to be the first class to receive Ms Ower's HASS award. They have named the mascot Ms Wookie and she has been working hard in class! Thank you Ms Owers for choosing us.

Positive Behaviour Support News

Welcome back! DPS’s focus for the first few weeks of the year has had a large focus on ‘Learning Lizard- whole body listening’. We have also looked at ‘we bring our equipment to school’ and ‘we come to school on time’. The next values that we will be focusing on for the end of the term are:

Working Together - we wear school uniform (Week 7)
Caring - we go to the toilet with a partner/ sit on the toilet seat/ flush the toilet (Week 8)
Learning - we use class time to finish tasks (Week 9)

Parents, we encourage you to continue the language and positive message at home, too! The classes have new goals for 2021! Junior primary students have a class goal of 300 points and the upper primary students have a goal of 500 points. All classes are flying and off to a positive start to the year!

OLD STUDENT DESKS FOR SALE

Single $20.00 Double $30.00
Please come to the office to pay and arrangements will be made for collection.

BROWNES DAIRY INCURSION

As part of the STEM program this year, students from Kindergarten to Year 3 took part in an incursion from Brownes Dairy. They had a first hand experience with a real life cow. Students were shown how a dairy operated and produces the milk products they have in their homes. Students also got to taste 3 different flavors of yoghurt, and meet Curley Sue the dog. The opportunity of milking Stella the cow was a great hit with everyone.

SCHOOL PHOTOS INFORMATION

Our School Photos will be taken on: Tuesday 23rd March 2021 .
Class Photos/Portraits: Every Student will have their photo taken, whether they are purchasing photos or not.
The school has chosen to use the online ordering system. Your child will be given an online ordering instruction slip and a unique student shootkey.
• Log onto www.msp.com.au and follow the prompts to place your order.
• If you lose your shootkey the school reception will have a copy to quote back to you.
The expiry date for online ordering is the 29.03.2021
Any orders received after this date will incur a $30.00 archive fee. You can email your order request through to reorders.perth@msp.com.au or call our office on 08 9240 8000

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

MARCH    
   
   
Thur 18   
   
Williams PS visit, Room 17 Assembly/Harmony Assembly
   
Tue 23   
   
School Photos   
   
Thur 25   
   
Parent Interviews   
   
Wed 31   
   
School Board meeting 7.00pm   

APRIL

TERM 2
   
Mon 19   
   
Students   return to school   
   
Fri 23   
   
ANZAC   Assembly 9.00am   
   
Mon 26   
   
ANZAC   Day Public Holiday   
   
MAY   
   
   
   
Thur 13   
   
Assembly   Room 16   
   
JUNE   
   
   
   
Fri 4   
   
SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAY   
"We create opportunities for students to achieve success and take control of their learning."
- DRYANDRA PRIMARY SCHOOL
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