Scarborough Primary School Newsletter - The Link

Issue 2 – 5 March 2021

Upcoming Events and Reminders

  • 8 March - Harmony Week
  • 12 March - On Air Assembly
  • 26 March - Swimming Carnival Years 4-6        
  • 1 April - Last Day of Term 1
  • 26 April - ANZAC Day Public Holiday                          

Principal's Message

Dear Community

We are officially half way through Term 1 and it has been great to see how well our students are settling into their new classrooms and routines. We are also delighted to have been able to invite parent helpers back into our classroom. Your contributions to our morning routines in particular are greatly appreciated. Please look out for communications from your classroom teachers that may outline opportunities for you to come in and support in class.

Please read on for some important information around

  • Communication with school for 10 -12 March
  • School Board
  • Online Services Consent
  • and, Attendance

Communicating with the School 10-12 March

Next week, between 10 -12 March our school will be effectively ‘offline’ as we have our school server upgraded. This means that from midday Wednesday until close of business on Friday we will have no computer or internet access on school site. Our ability to monitor and respond to emails and access any information on the school system will be limited during this time.

Whilst we will still be able to check emails intermittently, if you have an urgent message or one that needs to be responded to in a timely manner, please call the school office on 9222 9200.

School Board

In the last newsletter, we advertised 1 parent representative vacancy. I am delighted to advise that that position has been filled by Mr Paul Monaghan, who will be taking on another tenure on the Board.

However, since the last newsletter, Ms Nicole Stallard has had to step back from her position. This means that we are looking to fill another parent representative vacancy. It will be of a 3-year tenure and will commence as soon as it is filled. You will need to be a parent at Scarborough Primary School from 2021 until 2023 to be eligible.

Should there be more than one nomination, all parents will be offered the opportunity to vote. Candidates will then be asked to provide a 250 word brief and a portrait style photograph to include on the voting slip. New members of the Board will undertake training and will have a mentor allocated to assist with induction onto the Board.  If you are interested, please email to or express your interest in person to the front office. Nominations close at 3:00pm, Friday 12 March, 2021.

The Board’s role is required to help the school deliver a quality education experience to our children by:

  • establishing and reviewing the goals, priorities and policies of the school at a strategic level;
  • supporting the development of our School Business Plan;
  • planning for and endorsing school budgets;
  • evaluating the performance of our school in achieving the goals set; and
  • promoting our school within the community.

I would like to thank Ms Stallard for her contributions to the Board over the past two years, particularly in undertaking the role of Board Chair in 2020. Her ideas and contribution in the area of public relations will be sorely missed!

Finally, our first meeting for the year is due to be held on Wednesday March 10 from 6pm at the school. All meetings are open to the public, so if you are keen to come along and check one out, please email me on to let me know you are interested in attending.

More information on the Board can be found on our school website.

Online Services Consent

Our school provides online services to students only for learning related activities and make every reasonable effort to educate and protect students from exposure to inappropriate online material and activities.

As part of the online learning program, the students access a range of Third Party Service Providers of online applications. These are any organisations, who render online services or products to schools and include services such as Mathletics, SeeSaw and Literacy Pro.

In order to stay in line with updated Department policy, this year we are required to notify parents and seek consent to use many of these online services. Next week, there will be forms coming home with your children with the lists of these services. Please look out for these notes in your childrens’ bags and sign and return as soon as possible to the office.


At Scarborough PS, we want your child to achieve their very best. To get the best education, they need to attend school every day. Developing a habit of going to school every day is vitally important so your child does not miss out on important ideas and skills they need for future learning.

At Scarborough we monitor attendance by reviewing attendance levels of individuals over 3 week periods. Where a child has fallen below 90% attendance in consecutive attendance periods without a reasonable cause (see below) the school is required to notify parents via a letter. In some instances, this is just information to alert parents to the fact their child’s attendance has dropped. In others, where persistent low attendance is evident, the school may ask for a meeting with parents to find a solution and lift attendance levels.

Some letters will be sent home to families next week. Please contact me if you have any queries.

It is important that children stay home when they are unwell, as is outlined below and again further on in this newsletter. Our monitoring system takes this into consideration, as it only targets students whose attendance is low over consecutive 3 week blocks. Hence, if your child misses a week’s school with the flu in one monitoring period but their attendance is at acceptable levels in others, then it would not be cause for alarm.

The Department of Education provides the following guidance and information on attendance:

Why is going to school so important for my child?

  • At school, many concepts including literacy and numeracy are taught in a sequence. Missing school means missing out on learning – which can often make it difficult to catch up later. This is particularly important when essential foundation skills are being taught.
  • Going to school every day helps children learn the important life skill of ‘showing up’ – at school, at work, to sport and other commitments.
  • Research from the Western Australian Telethon Kids Institute shows that every day at school counts towards a student’s learning. Students who attend more, generally do better at school and in life.

When is it OK to not go to school?

An OK reason is one that prevents your child from getting to school. This could include:

  • when your child is sick or unwell
  • attending cultural or religious observances such as sorry time and funerals
  • an unavoidable natural event such as flood waters or a cyclone
  • an unavoidable medical appointment

It’s NOT OK to miss school if your child:

  • is celebrating a birthday
  • is going on a family holiday
  • is visiting family and friends
  • has slept in or had a big weekend
  • is looking after other children
  • has sport or other recreational activities that have not been approved by the  school
  • has appointments such as haircuts and minor check ups

As always, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to call or email me on

Sarah Dawson


Running Club

Interested in joining the Scarborough Primary School running club? Invites are now open for students in Year 1 to Year 6 with younger students being able to attend with parent supervision. It is the perfect opportunity to participate in different activities and to have some fun whilst being fit and active. The sessions will be held at Deanmore Square on Friday mornings from 8:10am to 8:40am and will be run by Mr. Bacci, with the first session scheduled for 12 March. A sign-up sheet will be available at school for students who are interested. 

School Charges & Contribution Statements Sent Home Today

All outstanding student school charges and contributions have been sent home today.

Voluntary contributions are a vital part of the schools budget. Your contribution allows for additional consumable materials and resources to be purchased to enhance your child's learning program and educational experiences. 

To complement your child's learning in 2021 we would appreciate your timely payment of this contribution.

Payments may be made in cash, cheque or direct deposit .

Direct Deposit:   Commonwealth Bank,  BSB 066 040,  Account 19 900 233

After School Little Athletics Coaching

I am pleased to announce that after school Little Athletics coaching sessions will be returning this term on Wednesday afternoons. There will be a total of 4 sessions running on the 10, 17, 24 and 31 March from 3:20pm-4:20pm.

They are a great introductory course for the sports and skills in athletic competition so if you haven't done it before, it is the perfect opportunity to give it a go. Permission slips will be available to collect at the front office and will need to be returned by Wednesday the 10 March.

Scarborough Primary Champions

Congratulations, Jacob and Oliver!

Congratulations to Jacob Bates, Year 3, who has qualified for State Championships in both high jump and long jump. This is a huge achievement and is a result of the dedication that Jacob has shown to his athletics training. 

Another congratulations to Oliver Hogarth, Year 5, who won a gold medal on the weekend at the Fremantle Open Judo Championships for his weight division. 

Nice work, boys!

Merit Award Winners - Week 3

Congratulations to our Week 5 merit award winners who received their certificates today at our 
"On Air" assembly for the year.

Here is a photo of some of our recipients.

Keep up the great work!

P&C News

Hello Everyone!  

After a successful AGM last week, we are happy to introduce the 2021 P&C Office Bearers and Committee Coordinators to you:

President: Leah Manuel

Vice-President: Dan Marchesi

Secretary: Rebecca Rey

Treasurer: Nicola Egan

Fundraising: Maria van der Plas and Shannon McKenzie

Canteen: Ally Tehan

Uniform Shop: Sarah Firth

Social Media: Laura Harrey

We are excited to see what this year has in store for us and we will keep you posted through the school newsletter, Facebook and the school’s website.

Election Day Sausage Sizzle

Our first fundraising initiative for 2021 will be the Election Day Sausage Sizzle. Saturday 13 March between 10am - 4pm there will be a sausage sizzle at school to feed all hungry electors. We are still looking for extra hands to help on the day. There will be 2-hour shifts. Please email us if you can help!

If you can’t lend a hand, definitely pop round the school to vote!

Containers for Change

We will continue to fundraise through the Containers for Change initiative. The Containers for Change bins can be found at the school entry at Hinderwell Street near the Room 9 Heritage Building. Keep on bringing those empty cans and bottles to support the P&C!

Alternatively, if you wish to donate at a refund point of your choosing you can quote our Scheme ID C10240685. If you prefer to attend a Reverse Vending Machine location please use the barcode at the top of the P&C News. This may be your preference if you have a larger donation and be rest assured that the money goes back to the P&C.


Canteen is continuously looking for canteen volunteers.  If you have any Friday mornings available, Laura would love some assistance in the SPS canteen.

E-mail us at the P&C or speak to Laura on Fridays in the canteen if you are keen to help.

Please also note that all canteen orders need to be placed via QuickCliq prior to 8.30am on Friday. Cash is not accepted.

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop is open Wednesday mornings from 8.45am - 9.15am.

P&C volunteers will be at the canteen hatch to assist you.

Please wait during this time if the shop is unattended as we may be delivering an order.

All remaining pre-ordered school shirts are now in the front office ready for collection. Please note however that we are still waiting on some back orders and will let everyone know when they arrive.

Order forms can be downloaded from the school website at  E-mailed orders will be delivered to your child’s classroom.

Contact Sarah via

Next Meeting

Our next General Meeting will be held Monday 22 March at 6.30pm in the school library.

In the meantime if you have questions and/or suggestions please don’t hesitate to email us

And make sure you follow us on Facebook!

Community News

Please see the Community News section on the school website for courses and events going on around the community. 

The advertising material in the Community News section does not represent endorsement by Scarborough Primary School.  For further information please contact the company directly.

Term 1 Parent Planner 2021


Scarborough Primary School

Address: 60 Hinderwell Street, Scarborough WA 

Phone: 08) 9222 9200   


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