Churchlands Primary School Newsletter

Volume 3 - 12/03/2021

Principal's Message - Kim Fraser

Can’t believe we are into week 6 already!

We continue to see the children grow in their resilience and independence especially as they prepare themselves every morning for the rest of the day. Teachers are relishing this through the gaining of important teaching and learning time first thing in the morning. A big thank you to our parents who have supported and shared this wonderful learning opportunity for the children. While we still need to observe the Phase 4 COVID guidelines, some classes will begin to ask for limited parents volunteers, which will be greatly received by many I am sure!

As you are aware, there are times when we do not have Traffic Wardens on either Pearson or Cromarty roads. I am in constant contact with the Police, Traffic Warden State Management Unit, and Board Chair, to work on a solution to this.  The lack of traffic wardens is an ongoing concern for the police who are finding is extremely difficult to recruit wardens. We are directed by police and while they support parents and the school guiding the children crossing the road, under no circumstance are we permitted to stop traffic.  I provide notification to our community when I am informed of no warden and while we endeavour to support the direction of children crossing, this is not always feasible when staff are not available. While this is concerning for us all, it is a time when we have a shared responsibility to ensure the safety of our children and work together to support the children when crossing. If you or anyone you know might be interested in becoming a warden, please contact the Police traffic on 6274 8734.

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is on Friday 19 March

We take an active approach to ensuring that our students are provided with skills to be able to respond to bullying in a proactive, resilient way.  It is important that these skills are openly discussed at home, defining acceptable and not acceptable behaviours and how to deal with situations. Research is very clear in showing that having the school and families collectively engaged in discussions on bullying will have a positive impact on our children with regards to bullying.  The Federal Government initiative of Bullying No Way! is a great website for parents if you wish to gain more information on this.

IMPORTANT: Please don’t forget to get the Skoolbag app. This is our main form of communication to our community on all operational issues. This includes sending all our incursion/excursion notes/payment notes etc.   We do not want your child to miss out on any events because we do not have the relevant paperwork.

Joining your Skoolbag Classroom Group:

A very big thank you to all the families who have paid their school Voluntary Contributions and Charges of $60 per student. This goes directly to the school and supplements our budget. This allows us to increase the opportunity to provide more funding to many learning areas for example our literacy, numeracy and STEAM areas. If you have not already paid you can do so by

Direct Deposit ACCOUNT NAME: Churchlands Primary School BSB: 036 063 ACCOUNT: 251 178

REFERENCE: Student Surname, First Name, Room No. (ie SMITH, John, Room 7)

2021 CPS ANZAC Assembly

As the end of term approaches, so too does the Churchlands Primary School ANZAC assembly. The CPS ANZAC Assembly will be held on Friday 23th April (Term 2 Week 1) at 2pm in the undercover area.

As part of our ceremony, we like to invite any parents or family who has served, or are currently serving, as special guests. If you are interested in attending the assembly in full service uniform, please contact the school to arrange a designated seat.

This year we are also looking for current or past serving members of the community who would like to play a further part in the ceremony. If you personally, or know of family members who may be interested in playing a small role in the ceremony, please contact Luke Johnson to find out more details.

In CPS tradition, we will be also asking for donations of flowers to be delivered on the day of the assembly where the P & C will coordinate the creation of a commemorative wreath for each classroom.


If you have not yet paid -  a further Unpaid Billing Items letter is being sent home today. Please pay outstanding amounts by this FRIDAY 12 MARCH 2021.

 When paying the direct deposit please ensure that you use the Reference of:

Student Surname, Student First Name and Room No

otherwise, we cannot identify the student to whom the credit is to be applied.

Currently we are still trying to identify a direct deposit made on 4 March with a reference of:   CHONG S CHAN & W 05691 for the amount of $189.00.  Please contact the school if this is your deposit and inform us of the student’s name.

Also, please ensure that the correct amount is paid.  There have been a number of deposits that are 0.50c or 10c over/underpaid.

Reminder - Student Update Form

Student information records must be kept up to date.  Please notify the school office via email when changes occur ie address, phone numbers, parent contact details, visa classifications etc.  If changes involve student health conditions then please contact the school to make an appointment to see a Deputy Principal.

If not already done, please amend the information and return forms via the classroom teacher by Friday 12 March. 

If you have any questions regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact the school administration office. 


NAPLAN Practice tests will be carried out on Thursday 25th March for our Year 3 and 5 students. This test is purely an operational practice, where teachers, students, and the actual NAPLAN online system are put through their paces to gain a familiarity of how the assessment tool operates before the actual assessments early in Term 2. 

Having your child/ren attend school on this day and complete will be beneficial.

Please note that Year 3 and 5 students will need to make sure that they have the UPDATED version of the NAP locked browser app on their iPads.

Election Day P & C Sausage Sizzle and Cake Stall



Harmony Day


(English as an Additional Language / Dialect)

(English as a Second Language)

From the 15-21 March, HARMONY WEEK will be celebrated all around Australia. “Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect, and a sense of belonging for everyone.”

To symbolise the rich cultural diversity of our school, weaving together to form the beautiful and diverse fabric of Churchlands PS, I invite each and every member of our school community to contribute to our HARMONY ARCH. Next week, during Harmony Week, please bring a scrap of material that is reflective of your culture – perhaps a scarf, a tie, a strip of an old sari or cultural dress, a footy/sports scarf/old tee, colours representing your country… Then tie it or weave it through the Harmony Arch. As you walk through the archway, consider it as a gateway to learning at our school and that everyone is welcome here. There will be a basket of fabric scraps available next to the arch for those unable to bring in something. The arch will be located near the front of the school during week 7.

Also, on TUESDAY 16 March, students and staff are invited to add orange to their school uniform. Orange is identified as the colour of Harmony Week to unify everyone. Wear orange socks, or orange ribbons or an orange tee-shirt. No money required!

Notes for your diary:

Monday 15 March - bring in a material scrap to tie on the Harmony Arch anytime during the week.

Tuesday 16 March - add orange to your school uniform (socks, ribbons, tee shirt) or wear orange to symbolise unity and Harmony Day.


Thank you,

Mrs Sasha Key

Stickers for Change Artwork Competition

As a part of the containers for change program, the City of Stirling ran a Stickers for Change competition for schools. Students in participating schools were asked to design a poster promoting the program, and one student’s design was selected for submission into the overall competition, for a chance to win $500 worth of sustainability resources for the school.

Churchlands Primary School is pleased to announce Frank Romano from year 2, 2020 as our school winner. Frank’s artwork was not an overall competition winner, but his design was printed onto stickers for use on our school’s Containers for Change bins. Great work Frank. 

Stickers for Change Artwork Competition Participants

2021 Fluor Challenge

Congratulations to all students who took part in this year’s Fluor Challenge! The brief outlined that students needed to create a tower – as high as possible – that could support a can of food – think baked beans, for as long as a minute! The spanner in the works however was that it needed to be made only of paper and tape.

It was amazing to see students of all ages work together to find solutions to this sometimes frustrating problem. Teams demonstrated fantastic creativity, ingenuity, and application of some of the engineering principles they were shown to create some very sturdy towers. While not all teams could win the prizes on the day, everyone involved had a great time working with their mates – facing the challenge.

In the end, Jacob and Xitong took out first prize with a tower of 44.5cm high, outpointing Eliza, Freya, Laura and Tina at the very last moment, who had set the earlier lead on 43cm. Congratulations guys!

A huge thank you must go out to Mrs Reed for her wonderful organisation of the STEAM team, who also performed brilliantly in their first event of the year.



With our RoboCup Jr 2021 campaign underway, we are looking for some expertise in the community that can help our students prepare for the big event in July.

The open-maze competition environment is a wooden maze where robots need to navigate through to compete. (See photo attached) We are looking for a community member who can assist in creating the segments that make up each maze. Materials will be provided. If you would like to offer your expertise, please contact Luke Johnson at the school.

Crash Course in Screentime Workshop

When: Monday, March 15 - 7pm

Where: Churchlands Primary School Library

"Screen Time — a feature of iOS — lets you know how much time you and your kids spend on apps, websites, and more. This way, you can make more informed decisions about how you use your devices, and set limits if you'd like to."

Please join Holden Lai (Former School board member and parent) and Luke Johnson (teacher and deputy principal) in a 'Crash Course in using the Screentime app'. The course will run through the basics of the app and how it can assist in managing family iPad usage at home.

Please note that the Screentime app comes as part of the native suite but is only available on devices with iOS 12 and above. To use the app to it's full capacity, 'Family Sharing' is required which will also be covered throughout the session. To get the most out of the session, it is advised to bring your family iPad(s) to setup throughout the session.

Bring your device(s) on the night for hands-on support of setting up the Family Sharing and Screentime app.

If you are interested in attending please complete the registration below.

P.E. Report

Key Dates:

Week 9: Wednesday 31 March- Interschool Swimming Carnival at HBF Stadium

Term 2 Week 1: Thursday 22 April – CPS Swimming Carnival at CSHS.

Please be advised that there is a slight change in the running of our interschool swimming and Churchland's faction carnivals due to the unavailability of facilities and swimming lessons at certain times.  If you have any concerns about this please contact Mr Marshall directly.

The Churchlands PS swimming carnival is always held after our in-term swimming lessons which this year are in weeks 8 and 9 meaning the earliest we could host our swimming event would be at the start of term 2.  This allows those low-level swimmers the ability to get their confidence in the water before the carnival. In the past, we have used our swimming carnival as a basis to pick our interschool team of year 4-6 swimmers. 

All events at the CPS carnival will be timed and performance on the day will determine the points for each faction and individual performance.  If you have any concerns/question about this, please directly contact Mr Marshall at

Before and After School Activities

During the school term, there will be activities happening every day of the week to keep your kids active before and after school.  Over the next few weeks you will see flyers promoting various activities, if you are interested please contact those organisations directly.  There are a couple of school-run activities that all kids are encouraged to attend; running club and student circuit training.

Running Club

Running club is on Tuesday mornings starting at 8am from week 4. For new families to Churchlands PS, the running club is where students run laps around the school earning points for their faction. Exercising in the mornings has many health benefits and is a great way to start the day.

Some benefits include:

·         improved physical and mental energy,

·         a better night’s sleep,

·         help maintain a healthy weight

·         reach your fitness goals,

·         enhance your metabolism.

A reminder that mugs for Milo need to be placed on the table outside the undercover area before 8.15am.  Milo is a reward for the effort put in during the running club.

It is encouraged that students need to run at least 3 laps to get a Milo. Turning up late won’t allow enough time to 3 laps done in.  

Can you please click on the link and fill in the attached form, so Mr Marshall can organise your QR code card before your first running club. Kids of all ages are welcome to join in the fun, that is running club.  Remember to bring your QR code to every running club.

Student Circuit Training


On Wednesday at 8am our Faction Captains will be running circuit training for all students at CPS. This is a great opportunity to get our bodies moving in the morning, work hard together to support each other to reach some personal goals all the while listening to some great music, and have heaps of fun. We encourage all parents and family members to join in.  No sign-up required just turn up on the day.  We hope to see heaps of happy and smiley faces on Wednesday. 

Attention all Churchland PS Dads:

Churchlands Primary isa foundational member of The Fathering Project, a national non for profit charity. Our DUCKs program is entering its sixth year and we look forward to welcoming all dads, new and old, to get involved in the range of events planned for both dads and kids for the year. Our focus is on running events for dads to spend time with their kids, or events for dads to meet others at our school.

Keep an eye out for a new DUCKs group within the Skollbag app for more details on upcoming events and communications.

You can find out more about the Fathering Project via: or our DUCKs program via:


DUCKS Event: Annual Herdsman Lake Bike Ride

Our first DUCKs event for 2021 invites all CPS dads and kids of all ages to take a join in a ride around Herdsman Lake. This is a great opportunity for CPS dads to meet and socialise with other CPS dads.

Date: Sunday 28th March

Time: 3pm start

Location: We'll meet and commence the ride at the Lakeside Road playground, opposite Heron Place.

Duration: We'll complete a full loop of the lake (approx. 8km)

We hope to see you there!

 DUCKs Committee

DUCKs Bike Ride



Before School Tennis

 Churchlands PS Term 1 2021

(7 WEEK OPTION starting as of Wednesday 17th Feb)

 Coastal Tennis will be returning next week to offer Tennis Lessons on the school's courts.

Lessons are conducted on Wednesday morning 7.45-8.30am (Yrs 1-3) & Thursday morning 7.45-8.30am (Yrs 4-6). 

All enquiries call Nick Kirkbride (Coastal Tennis) 0419 923 495 or visit and enrol or download a form from the Schools Page.



Soccer Students Start the Day in a Fun, Healthy and Positive Way!

Thursday morning before school soccer has once again been a huge hit with children from Kindergarten to Year 6 learning from Mark Lee and his coaching team.

The 730-830am sessions are full of games, engagement, challenges and healthy mind and body learning experiences.

Our younger students are taken to class by the coaches and feedback from parents is always very positive.

There are still places available this term so simply contact Mark on or 0430 788 703

Mark Lee Football Coaching 

0430 788 703


Churchlands Primary School Netball Club 2021 Registrations are open!

  • Years 2,3 and 4 will play Friday afternoons from 4.15 pm.
  • Year 5 and 6 will play on Saturday mornings from approximately 8.30 am (TBC)
  • Games are played under Perth Netball Association (PNA) at the Matthews Netball Centre, 200 Selby St, Jolimont.
  • Games start May 7th/8th and conclude August 20th (Year 2-4) and August 28th (Years 5 and 6). Games are not played on the long weekend (June 4th and 5th) or throughout the Winter school holidays (2nd – 17th July).
  • Training times are to be confirmed by coaches but, have  in previous years, been either before or after school at the blue court on-site at Churchlands PS (subject to availability and approval from school admin). Training generally starts by the end of March and is run during school holidays at the coach’s discretion/availability. PNA run school holiday camps for those wanting extra prep for the season:
  • Registration fees are $187.05 for Years 2-5 and $192.75 for Year 6. Additional costs will be incurred for umpires and potentially coaches if we do not have enough volunteer coaches for teams. These costs will be organised and collected by your team managers (parent volunteers are required to fill these roles too please).
  • Uniforms (netball shirt with Velcro for bib attachment) are distributed before the start of the season and are to be returned after the season.

To register follow these links:

NetSetGo (Years 2,3,4 and 5)

2021 Churchlands PS Year 2-5 Player Registration

Junior (Year 6)

2021 Churchlands PS Year 6 Player, Coach & Volunteer Registration

Registrations close Monday 15th of March

Questions? Contact Netball Coordinator Jess