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Newsletter No. 1.4
Important Events
27 March
(Week 8)
Harmony Day
 Children and their
parents dress in ethnic
2 April
(Week 9)
Easter Bonnet
 Children make
Easter hats
9:30 a.m. Kindy
21 April
(T2 W1)
Term 2 commences for
the students
24 April
(T2 W1)
8:50 a.m.
General Assembly
27 April
(T2 W2)
Public holiday
No school
29 April
(T2 W2)
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
1 May
(T2 W2)
Assembly - Rm 4
- Lexile Awards
Tel: 9242 2726 Fax: 9242 4142
39 Woodrow Avenue
An Independent Public School
25 March 2015
Our school community has had one very busy, and productive Term 1.
Our Year 6 students attended a „Big
Day Out‟ at Point Walter and
enjoyed an enormous amount of fun
making rafts, canoeing team games
in the pool and getting to know each
other, and their teachers, in a non
school environment. Big thank you
to Mrs Manning, Ms Macaskill and
Mrs Fitzpatrick who attended.
We had Scitech visit the school last week to present a
work shop on Bubbles and Flight. The students were
totally engaged in the scientific challenges of the day.
A big thank you to Mr Lunardi for organising this.
Our Playgroup began in Week 3 with a large number of parents attending. This
is a great way for parents to meet other parents, for children to engage with
others and for the community to grow and get to know our school community A
big thank you to Jenny Phillips and Leeme Lai for all their support in making this
work. If you would like to be part of this in Term 2 please see the front office
staff for details.
Our P & C has again been working behind the scenes planning all the events
for our school community in 2015. We started off the year with a Disco. We
had lots of very energetic children who showed off their grooves and moves!
Family events like this can only occur if we have parents prepared to be part of
and support your P & C, for without this there will be no P & C. If you are able
to provide some time and energy by attending a meeting or offering to help,
please see the front office staff.
This Friday we have our Harmony Day assembly to share and celebrate the
cultural diversity of our community. On the last day of school next week we
have our Easter Bonnet parade. I have been privy to some of the wonderful
hats made by the students. This is going to be a „wow‟ of an assembly.
I wish you all a wonderful and safe Easter and holiday break.
Kim Fraser
‘Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason why it will.’
The voluntary contributions made by parents and caregivers
are essential to the School‟s ability to deliver a
transformative learning experience for your child. Your
voluntary contributions will enable us to extend our capacity
to add value to the learning experiences of our students.
Please see attached an overview of what your generous
contributions support.
Received: $9 200
With the extra funds we
are able to build on our
literacy and numeracy programs, sports, arts and
music programs and
Your contributions will also
enable us to expand our
range of digital technologies to support learning
and prepare your child for
a digital environment. We
will also be able to make
significant improvement to
the early childhood play
Many thanks to parents
who have paid these
contributions which are
accepted at any time of the
year at our office.
Yokine Primary School‟s contributions are $60:00 per
A breakdown of 2015 expected Voluntary Contributions are below:
Kindergarten: $2 400
Received: $1 440
$2 580
$1 200
$10 860
Received: $6 600
Term 1 Monday 02/02/15 - Thursday 02/04/15
Term 2 Tuesday 21/04/15 - Friday 03/07/15
Term 3 Tuesday 21/07/15 - Friday 25/09/15
Term 4 Tuesday 13/10/15 - Thursday 17/12/15
Year 1 Dalila Vaskovic, Matilda Kamah, Sean Pilar,
Michelle Lwin, Luka Ivankovic
Year 2 Bailey Pilapil, Nisha Furtado, Mya Boussi
Year 3 John Vu.
Year 4 Teleyha Fazari, Taylor Brown, Darryl Waswa,
Rori-Cate McCutcheon.
Year 5 Harvey Hall, Marija Pavlovic, Mana McCraeRoberts, Taylah Bonney.
Year 6 Ankita Pingali, Cara Jeffree, Brittany Fazari.
Alyssa Moulton , Year 1 Room 5.
Mohamed Abdullahi, Ally Davis,
Darryl Waswa,Mitchell Bone, Nicholas
Marshall, Krish Dubey.
Emma Petrut
BRONZE Waiman Chen
Last Friday morning 25 parents joined Ms Pynes and Ms
Matthews at the year‟s first Parent Forum, the focus of
which was Yokine Primary‟s Maths Support Program.
Along with much laughter, parents engaged in some
cooperative learning activities and learn about how teachers
can differentiate the curriculum through the use of Open
Ended Tasks.
What’s Happening at YPS!
Our Harmony Day assembly will be held this Friday 27th
March at 9:00 a.m. in the Undercover Area.
We encourage students to wear their ethnic dress / national
costumes / national colours.
We invite all members of our school community to this event
and encourage you all to wear your ethnic dress / national
costumes / national colours.
This fortnight the focus for the You Can Do It Education
Program will be on Getting Along. Teachers, Education
Assistants and Peer Mediators are on the look out for
students demonstrating Getting Along skills. If selected ,
children are given a Getting Along Key on the back of which
they write their name and year level and drop it into a box at
the office. Children from this group will be considered for
the Friendly Student Award announced at assemblies.
Please see the parent letter attached to this newsletter.
Sippah straws have only half a teaspoon of sugar and are
served with Hilo milk. Flavours include Strawberry,
Chocolate, Cookies and Cream, Choc Mint and
Banana. LOL's are carbonated 99% fruit juice with no
added sugar, no artificial colours, no preservatives and
each can is counted as one serve of fruit. Flavours are
Raspberry, Tropical and Blackcurrant. The Ice Breakers are
made with yoghurt and fruit juice. Icy poles are 99% fat free
with no artificial flavours or colours.
I hope this is of some help to you in ordering healthier
options for your kids. Look out for the new winter menu next
Thanks for supporting your canteen.
Claire Donohue
Canteen Manager.
As from Issue 3, ordering will be
done online by the parent paying
with a credit card. This is called
Once ordered I will still receive
orders in the library to distribute,
with your child‟s name and class
on the order.
You will be asked to name the
school you are ordering from and this will take you to LOOP
for our school.
No money or cash will need to be collected.
The issue will also be closed off so no late orders can be
made after that is done.
It is quite straightforward, but if you have a problem at all,
please contact me in the library.
Thank you, Julia Crosweller
Dear Parents
In the YPS Canteen we try to provide healthier options for
your kids inline with the WA Canteen Association. All the
products used are approved, which means they are made
using low fat, low salt and/or low sugar. All our cheese,
mayonnaise, pastry and milk are low fat, including cheese
on pizzas and in Macaroni cheese. All our products are
baked, nothing is fried. The chocolate muffins are approved
too, made fresh with low sugar and puréed kidney beans
for added protein for extra brain power. Salad items are
made with fresh local produce.
Please be aware that some of our students
have a SEVERE allergic reaction to peanuts /
nuts and peanut / nut products.
It would be appreciated if you could ensure
that food brought to school for playtime and
lunch does not contain any peanuts or
peanut / nut products.
School Community News
Below is an article written by Mrs Thuy Yau (Alisha Yr3) a
freelance writer who contributes to a number of websites
and has her own blog. This article can be found at http://
The benefits of giving children space
Given that young children are still learning to self-regulate
their emotions, it is vital that we give them the opportunity to
manage their own feelings.
If your child is feeling a bit down in the dumps, don't be in
such a rush to fix their problems. Sometimes what children
need more than anything is a bit of space.
Why comfort isn't always the answer for sad children “Children can benefit enormously by being given the
My seven-year-old daughter is quite the sensitive child. She opportunity to embrace and live with a full plethora of
gets easily upset, incredibly emotional, and needs a lot of emotions and feelings,” Dr. Street says.
assistance when it comes to regulating her emotions.
Recently, after telling her off for inappropriate behaviour “It is important that they know it is fine to feel sad
she'd engaged in, I found her laying on the couch and sometimes, just as it is fine to feel happy, angry, frustrated
crying quietly to herself. Rather than forcing her to talk or excited.
about it, I gave her the chance to sit with her emotions. I Jodie Benveniste, psychologist and director of Parent
said, “I know that you're feeling sad and I'm here for you. If WellBeing, says that giving children a chance to cope with
you decide to talk about it, I'm here.” Within several their own feelings helps to build emotional intelligence. “It
minutes, she had regained her composure and was back to helps children to reflect upon and better understand their
her usual self. Rather than rushing to her aid, I gave her the emotions,” says Benveniste.
chance to feel and regulate her own emotions. As parents,
it's difficult to resist the urge to solve everything for our “If children can learn how to identify when they're sad and
children, but maybe the solution lies in letting them solve know how to manage it, then they are developing emotional
problems on their own.
intelligence. This helps to not be overwhelmed by the
emotion, and instead to get some perspective on it. It also
The development of self-regulation
helps to digest the emotion rather than ignore it.”
As adults, we know that having the ability to self-regulate
our emotions effectively can have a positive impact on our Clinical psychologist, Sally-Anne McCormack, says giving
personal and professional lives. But for young children, children time to themselves is a good thing as long as we
learning the skill of self-regulation is not so simple.
emphasise that we are still there for them. “We need to
Dr. Helen Street, a Western Australian author, academic empower children by letting them feel their emotions by
and social psychologist, explains that there are many themselves, but letting them know repeatedly that we are
reasons why young children struggle to self-regulate their available.”
How to give children the space they need
“Emotional self-regulation is a combination of biological McCormack says that the first step in giving a young child
development; social and emotional development and skill space is to acknowledge how they feel and to name their
acquisition,” says Dr. Street.
For example, “I can see that you're really sad at the
“As adults, we self-regulate our emotions effectively when moment, I'm going to leave you be. And then when you're
our brains have matured and when we have learnt sufficient ready, if you want to come and talk to me, I'm going to be
skills to be able to act effectively in a social world.” here for you.”
Following such an approach shows your child that you are
“Unlike adults, children's brains are still growing and there for them, but you're not pressuring them to talk either.
developing (all the way to their mid-twenties). As such, they If they've gone to their room, you could pop in after 30
simply do not have the same ability to regulate their minutes and say, “Remember, if you need to talk, I'm here
emotions that we do.”
for you.”
Dr. Street emphasises that as young children are very
egocentric, this hinders their ability to self-regulate. However, if you feel that their reaction to whatever has
“Emotional self-regulation is a skill that has to be learnt happened or what you think has gone on is concerning, it
along with an increased understanding of the relationship may be time to intervene.
between self and others.”
McCormack says that if there's been a noticeable change in
your child's behaviour, and their level of upset has remained
“If young children are upset, they act upset. It takes time unchanged for several days, there could be a bigger
and maturity to realise that others' feelings are important problem at hand.
and that your behaviour impacts on the way others feel.”
Continued ...
Why comfort isn't always the answer for sad children
If your child does decide they are ready to talk, though, try
to strike a balance between being there and giving them
Dr. Street says, “Most of the time, children simply want to
know that you are on their side and that you have some
understanding of who they are and how they feel. As such,
listening can be far more helpful than trying to offer advice
or solutions.”
Above all else, remember to be compassionate, patient and
You don't need to fix everything for your children. You just
need to provide them with the right opportunities and
confidence, so they believe they can fix problems
Thuy Yau is a freelance writer. She is passionate about
raising happy and confident children. You can follow
Thuy on Twitter, join her on Facebook, or read her
personal development blog at Inside a Mother's Mind.
Shared with permission.
There is still time to register and participate in The
Ole Soccer will be running a 3 day Easter
Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. It aims to encourage
Holiday Club At Yokine Primary School.
kids to get fit & active while having fun with their friends.
Over the course of the 3 days, we teach
The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is for kids aged 7 - 15 years.
the children all basic ball control, have lots
It doesn't matter if children have participated in the Weetof fun in our inflatable soccer pitches and
Bix Kids TRYathlon Series before or not.
speed radars and we finish off each day with our mini The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is all about TRY-ing your
best and having a go!
No times and placings are recorded.
Venue: Yokine Primary School
There is a limit of 2 500 kids who can enter the event.
When: Sunday, 29th March, 2015
Dates: Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th & Friday 10th April.
Where: Langley Park, Terrace Road, Perth
Times: 9am - 12pm Daily
All the information can be found at the web site: http://
Price: $110 (3-5's) & $120 (6-12's) . Read the FAQs in the Parents menu.
For more information regarding our programs or to book
your place, please visit our website at or call us on 0449 858 598.
Noranda Netball Association will be conducting a wonderful
8 session program, commencing 6th June 2015 for all
interested parties.
 This will include drills, skills, dance
 This may include 8 year olds if they lack confidence/prior
skills or have never played netball before
 This does NOT involve any competition play
Commencement Date: Saturday 6th June 2015
Number of sessions: 8 weeks (no session Sat 11th July
Duration of session: 1 hour
Cost of program: $80
Registration and payment: Online and via EFT
Start time : approx 8.45am - to be confirmed
Please click here for link to Registration Form and Payment
Noranda Netball Association
Tel: 9375 1744
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours (off season): Tuesdays and Fridays 9am –
Registrations are now open for boys and girls interested in
playing football this year. Yokine is in the East Perth district
and games are played at Yokine Reserve. The Auskick
competition is well suited for young players with rules
modified and coaches willing to teach basic skills and coach
on match day. Auskick caters for the Bomberettes and
Coolbinia JFC. For more information, please contact Bronte
Ryan Mob: 0430 868 512 or via email: [email protected]
Further information is online at .
My piano lessons provide students with both theoretical and practical
knowledge, from 15 years of music education. Qualifications include high
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Call Lauren Proud on 0432333612 to enquire for more details.
You Can Do It
Education Program
Dear Parents/Carers,
As part of the You Can Do It Education Program, for this fortnight the focus will be on Getting Along.
In the early years, the character Gabby Get Along will be introduced to help children understand what it
means to get along. The children will learn that getting along means:
Working and playing with others in a nice way
Getting what he/she wants without fighting (sharing, taking turns
Behaving well towards others (being honest, respectful, fair, caring)
Following important rules of school and home
Doing things to make home and school safer and cleaner places to live and
Some ideas we would like for you to discuss this fortnight with your child that
help develop Getting Along are:
We are all different. We all have good things about us.
Following rules is good and helps us to be safe and happy.
It is good to help others. It is good to make things cleaner and safer.
When you catch your child getting along, give lots of praise:
You are good at helping others.
Wow, you cleaned up everyone’s mess!
Thank you for being responsible.
You are really getting along.
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