Newsletter 7 - 30 July 2020 (Text Only Version)

Dear parents and carers

As we begin to settle into Term 3, it is important that we continue to maintain our vigilance with social distancing, use of hand sanitiser and hand washing. We mustn’t go back to our past habits and routines. I would ask parents to continue to not enter classrooms at this stage until we get further advice from the Department of Education.

We are slowly re-establishing some of our programs. It is pleasing to see that the playgroup has recommenced every Wednesday. We had a small group commence this week, which was great to see. If you are aware of any other families who would like to participate in the playgroup, please contact Carole in the office.

The local network of schools has decided to cancel this year’s interschool carnival. We will therefore be hosting the event in 2021. The school will go ahead with a modified athletics carnival on Friday 4 September 2020. Mr McGeever is also exploring the possibility of hosting an interschool cricket competition in Term 4. We are awaiting further feedback from the other network schools.


There is an expectation that students wear their school uniform or come to school in school colours. This helps to build a sense of belonging and pride in their school. If there are financial difficulties, then please come and see me and we can come to some arrangements. The school uniform is very important during interschool events and excursions so it is important that all students have a uniform.


I would like to warmly welcome Ms Helene Salame to Dryandra Primary School as our Languages teacher. Ms Salame is beginning to introduce Auslan to our students. It has been a terrific start and the students are enjoying this new program in the school.


Thank you to parents who have already completed and returned the survey to the school. To ensure your confidentiality we have included a sealed envelope, please complete this as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.


The school needs to begin preparing for next year in terms of staffing and classes. In order to support this planning we require an understanding of the students who will be returning to our school. Please complete the form and return it to the office as a matter of priority. Thank you.


At the previous P&C Meeting, the decision was made to close the canteen down by the end of the year. This was brought about by the constant challenge to keep the canteen financially viable. With increasing costs and wages, it became too difficult to sustain the canteen with our current student population. The next P&C meeting will further discuss additional fund raising strategies to support the school for the rest of the year. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Kindest regards
Mr Biemmi


Fri 31 School Development Day– No students attend today
Thur 13 Assembly Room 8 &17 at 2.00pm
Mon 17-Fri 21 Science week
Mon 24 School Photos– Credit card/online orders only
Wed 2 Jumps & Throws
Fri 4 Faction Carnival
Mon 7-Thur 10 Life Education Van visits Dryandra
Thur 10 Assembly Rooms 9 & 16 at 2.00pm
Tue 15 Parent Interviews
Fri 25 END TERM 3

Positive Behaviour Support News

Staff at Dryandra Primary School have been working hard getting our ‘reward menus’ up and running. We have given out A LOT of ‘positive reinforcer tickets’ to students’ who display DPS’s three values ‘Caring Cockatoo’, ‘Learning Lizard’ and ‘Working Together Wallaby’.

Both teachers and students are off to a great start!
Students in each block then went into a prize draw and from each faction a name is chosen.

The winners for July 23 :

  • A Block– Rakan, Emily, Ahmad & Omer
  • B Block– Jafar, Kim, Nikola & Sema
  • D Block– Amy, Karrar, Mi Sandi & Ibrahim
  • Kindy– Adam & Deniz
  • Pre Primary—Jenna & Jusuf

The winners for 30 July :

  • A Block– Kayla, Lindy, Bean & Lashontae
  • B Block– Aliya, Athena, Pyi & Antonio
  • D Block-Yousef, Calvin, Wanvisa & Mohammed H
  • Pre Primary– Brax, Iris, Khan & William


At the end of last term, the D block students had the opportunity to play Boyare Primary School in Soccer and AFL- the games were really exciting, with a goalless result in soccer, which has created an exciting 'to be continued' suspense in D block!

I would to thank Ms Young for taking the students to Boyare for the Netball Clinic and Mr Plummer for umpiring the AFL at Dryandra.

This term, students across Years 1 to 6 are practising for the athletics' carnival. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year, on the recommendation of the physical education committee, the carnival this year will be a modified structure, hosting: long jump and throws on Wednesday 2 September, with distance and sprint events on Friday 4 September.

A program of the school athletics event will be distributed to parents later in the term.

Furthermore, the interschool athletics event will be postponed until next year.
The physical education committee has been successful in receiving a funding grant, which will be used to support the KIDDO program. This program supports our early years students in developing their fundamental movement skills.
Thank you to Mrs Wallace who has been leading this initiative.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the students, staff, and physical education committee for the great start to block sport and daily fitness this term. A further thank you to Mr Mike Delaney who has done a terrific job of marking our school oval.

Mr McGeever
Physical Education Coordinator


KINDERGARTEN- Children born between 1st July 2016 to 30th June 2017.
PRE PRIMARY- Children born between 1st July 2015 to 30th June 2016.

If your child is not yet enrolled, please visit the office with the following documentation:
Childs Birth certificate/passport/Immi card,
Up to date (AIR) Immunisation history statement
and proof of residence.

Further, if your child has a medical condition which we should know about, it is vital that you also provide us with the necessary information.

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.

Commencement of Term 2 2020 (Text Only Version)

Dear parents and carers

Welcome back to Dryandra Primary School and I hope that all of our students are ready for Term 2.  Dryandra Primary School is open for all parents and carers who choose to send their children to school. 

I have included some things that we all need to consider in light of some of the changes that have been proposed. 

Learning Packages 

Our staff are ready to support students in the classroom and at home with online learning activities or work packages. 

For parents who are keeping children at home, learning packages will be available every Monday outside the Conference Room. To avoid parent gathering in the school, parents will need to follow the timetable below. 

8.30-10.30-     Kindergarten and Pre-primary. 

11.00-12.30-   Room 1, Room 2, Room 5, Room 8 and Room 9 

1.45-3.30-       Room 16, Room 17 and Room 18 

Parent/Visitor Entry into the school 

  1. Parents are not to enter the school grounds at the beginning or end of the day. This is to ensure social distancing between adults at schools. This is based on the advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. 


  1. Drop Off Advice Before School. 
    1. The kiss and drive gates will open at 8.30am. We encourage all students to come to school after 8.30am. 
    2. Kindergarten and pre-primary students will be able to utilise the ‘Kiss and Drive”. An education assistant will be available to take students to the kindergarten and pre-primary classroom.  
    3. Please be advised that the kindergarten classroom has now moved to the early childhood building near PP1.
    4. Older students are encouraged to enter the school grounds through the open gates. 
    5. Gates will be open on Dryandra Drive.
    6. Please note that the gate at Cymosa Place will be CLOSED in the morning. 
  2. Pick Up Advice After School. 
    1. Kindergarten and pre-primary school will be picked up at the kiss and drive. Parents are not to park their cars and get out. Children will go to the cars once the staff see that their parents have arrived. 
    2. Room 1 and Room 2 – Students can be picked up from the gate closest to the library on Dryandra Drive. 
    3. Room 5, Room 8 and Room 9 – Students can be picked up from the gates closest to green basketball courts near MCFARLANE CIRCLE. 
    4. Students in D Block (Rooms 16, Room 17 or Rooms 18)
      1. Need to go where their youngest brother or sister is being picked up. 
      2. Leave the school via the gates at the front of the school or near the library. 
    5. Please note that the gate at Cymosa Place will be CLOSED in the afternoon. 

Parent Contact with Teachers 

Teachers will be making regular contact with parents and students who are learning from home. 

If you need clarification or need to speak to a teacher on any matter, it would be preferable to arrange a phone appointment. This ensures that we keep everyone safe. 


The canteen will not be available this week but will open in Week 2.  Just a reminder that the canteen will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Lunch arrangement 

Last term we trialled a different lunch arrangement whereby students ate their lunch in their classroom. This avoided a large congregation of students in the undercovered area. This will be continued this term. 

Water fountains/ Water bottles 

Water fountains will be turned off. Once again, children will be encouraged to bring their water bottles. Students without a water bottle will be given a paper cup. Please take this opportunity of cleaning the water bottle with hot water and detergent to ensure that the water bottle is hygienic. 


I would like to reassure all of our parents that the school has been allocated additional cleaning time during the day. Our cleaners will be cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, door knobs, toilets, playground equipment and other items. These arrangements will commence tomorrow.  




Personal Hygiene 

The school has also accessed additional soap and hand sanitisers in toilets and classrooms. We are also reminding all unwell staff and students to remain home. This will ensure that we keep all staff and students safe at school. 


I would like to sincerely thank everyone for your kindness and support during this difficult time. I understand and appreciate that some of the items outlined above might be inconvenient. At the end of the day, our goal is to support student learning while keeping everyone safe, healthy and well. 

If there are any concerns or you require further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience. 


Yours sincerely 


P Biemmi


Paul Biemmi


28 April 2020 

May 2020 (Text Only Version)

Dear parents/carers

I want to thank you again for your support throughout what has been a very unusual school semester. The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our entire community and has presented us with extraordinary challenges in managing schooling during the first half of 2020. I am pleased that together, we have been able to make the best of this situation and ensure your child’s safety and continuity of learning.

With the regular attendance of many students being lower over this time, the breadth and depth of the curriculum covered throughout Semester 1 may have been reduced. For this reason, schools are not required to include A to E grades on this year’s Semester 1 student reports. It also means that your child’s attendance may not be reported, and any written comments may provide less information on their progress than usual.

Schooling is once again returning to normal and our students are engaging in the regular curriculum, in their usual classroom environment. . Semester 2 reports will reflect and therefore provide the usual, more detailed information on your child’s progress and achievement.

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement as we work together to provide the best learning opportunities for our students. As we progress, I’ll be sure to keep you updated with any new information.


On Wednesday evening, we had our first School Board meeting of the year. It has been a challenge to convene the board this year. Firstly, we had a little difficulty replacing the parent representatives on the board as previous members either resigned or moved to new schools. Then we had the coronavirus pandemic which limited the numbers of participants due to the social distancing restrictions. It was tremendous to finally hold our meeting with new parents, staff and community representatives.

I would, therefore, like to warmly welcome our new representatives. These members reflect our cultural diversity, they have a range of experiences and can provide the school with a variety of views and feedback. As an Independent Public School, I am thrilled that we have been able to access the support of our community representatives. We value their connections to the community, and their offers of support are tangible in assisting our school in achieving our vision of ‘Preparing our students for tomorrow’.

Mr David Boothman – City of Stirling Councillor Balga Ward- School Board Chair
Dr Gill Kirk- Edith Cowan University-School Board Secretary
Ms Johanna Stalley-Scitech- Community Representative
Parent Representatives
Ms Dani Mitchell- (Pre-primary)
Mr Son Nguyen- (Rm 5 & 16)
Mr Carlos Salmani-(Kindy & Rm 2)
Mrs Nay Hta (Pre-primary & Rm 8)
Mrs Fardowso Osman Abdelle- (Kindy, Rm 1, 8,9 & 17)
Mrs Mamure Dalipova- (Rm 2)
Staff Representatives
Mrs Megan Wallace - Teacher Representative - (Pre-primary)
Mrs Van Dijken- Teacher Representative (Year 2/3 )
Mrs Jody Brown - Support Staff Member (Library)
Mr Paul Biemmi – Principal

We welcome our new members to the school board and look forward to their valued contribution and support in making our school an essential hub in the community.

Mon 1 WA Day Public Holiday
Tue 16 P&C Meeting 7:00pm in the Conference Room
Mon 29 Reports sent home
Fri 3 End of Term 2
Mon 20 Start Term 3
Mon 27 - Fri 31 NAIDOC WEEK


The School Board endorsed the feedback from parents, staff and members of the community concerning the adoption of the new language taught at Dryandra Primary School. We have, therefore, selected Auslan as our language moving forward. We will commence a merit selection process and appoint a teacher for the beginning of Term 3. Thank you to everyone who participated in this process.


Our school has been fortunate enough to secure a Federal Grant to establish an Aboriginal garden near the circular driveway (kiss and drive). This garden will be an attractive feature for our school, and it will be used during many Aboriginal cultural events throughout the year. We are keen to get community committee involved to help organise this garden for our school. If you are interested, please contact Mrs Kroczek in the office. Thank you to Mrs Geary, Mrs Ingram and Mrs Kroczek for all of their hard work in applying for this funding. Well done!


Over the last few weeks, students and staff have been voting to rename our teaching blocks. It seems that the students were keen to name the blocks after the Western Australian wildflowers. The most popular flowers were:

We will now be seeking some funding through various organisations to create some murals which will be displayed on the empty walls across the school. This will assist in beautifying our school. While we cannot have parents on site when students are in the school, we can organise parent interviews after school. Please contact the teacher through the office and an appointment will be organised as soon possible. Our goal is also to clarify issues of concern so that minor problems are dealt with swiftly and promptly.

Have a wonderful long weekend.

Thank you

Paul Biemmi



I am just writing to let you know that the City of Stirling has launched a support hotline for community operating 8.00am to 6.00pm 7 days a week it can be reached on 1800 729 655. This hotline can be utilised by vulnerable residents in the City of Stirling who might need some extra support during this time. We have also launched a survey: that can be completed by residents if they are in need of extra support.

Please feel free to share with your networks or any clients that might benefit.

Kind Regards,

Chelsea Anderson

Community Collaborations Officer

Family Services

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