Scarborough Primary School Newsletter - The Link

Issue 1 – 19 February 2021

Upcoming Events and Reminders

  • 22 February - Leadership Conference
  • 22 February - Parent Info Night - 3.45pm to 4.30pm and 4.30pm to 5.15pm
  • 24 February - Surfing lessons commence
  • 24 February - Parent Info Night 3.45pm to 4.30pm
  • 26 February - On Air Assembly
  • 1 March - Labour Day Public Holiday
  • 8 March - Harmony Week
  • 12 March - On Air Assembly
  • 26 March - Swimming Carnival Years 4-6                                   

Principal's Message

Dear Community

It is great to be able to give you an official ‘Welcome Back’ for 2021! I must also give an extra special welcome to our new families; both those whose children have started with us for the first time in Kindy, as well as those throughout the other year levels who have joined us here in Scarborough this year. We welcome you all and look forward to having you as part of our school community.

Whilst we all had a bit of a mixed up start to the year, it’s certainly been full steam ahead since we were able to open our doors again on February 8. We have started 2021 with 247 students, 30 more than at the same time last year. This means we have continued our steady pattern of growth that has been occurring over the past 5 years. To put it in perspective, in 2016 we had just under 130 students in school. Today we have that same number in just our Kindy, Pre Primary and Year 1 groups combined.

With an increase in students also comes an increase in staff to support their needs. This year, I would like to welcome

  • Mrs Katie Apedaile: Katie is joining us in our Early Childhood team after spending the last 5 years teaching in Port Hedland. She will be teaching the wonderful PP/1 students in Room 6 this year.
  • Mrs Leanne West: Leanne has spent the last few years in a number of northern suburbs schools. She will be working on Thursdays and Fridays in tandem with Mrs Anita Codling with the Year 2/3 students in Room 1.
  • Mrs Fiona Oates: Fiona has previously worked in the south west and will be joining us as a school officer on Mondays, supporting Mrs Robyn Smith and Mrs Chenoa Wright in the front office.
  • Ms Emma Robinson: Emma joins us as a special needs education assistant this term and will be working across the school from Kindy to Year 5

We must also give a special welcome back to Mrs Erica Salt, who has returned to us after gaining some wonderful experience managing a behaviour centre for the past year! Let’s make them all feel welcome in our school community!

Please see below for a list of which staff can be found in each classroom:  

K1 – Liz Petrou (Mon-Wed), Sally Trifunoski EA support

K2 – Sandy Cooke (Wed-Fri), Tania De Villers EA support

PP – Kasey Spagnolo, Liz Petrou (Thurs), Jasmine Sekuloska/Sally Trifunoski EA support

PP/1, Rm 6 – Katie Apedaile, Shannan Cousins (Thurs), Karen Westaway/Phillipa Johnson EA support

Year 1, Rm 5 - Deb Potter

Year 1/2, Rm 4 – Terez Mukics, Emily Bell (Fri)

Year 2/3, Rm 2 - Nicolle Addison

Year 2/3, Rm 1 – Anita Codling (Mon-Wed), Leanne West (Thurs-Fri)

Year 3/4, Rm 9 – Annie Clarke

Year 4/5, Rm 12 – Josh Dorozenko, Dawn Jones (Fri)

Year 6, Rm 11 – Bev Martin

School Board

Even though the school year has just started, we have several pieces of information relating to our School Board:

Firstly, we are looking to fill 1 parent representative vacancy on our School Board. 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  or express your interest in person to the front office. Nominations close at 3:00pm, Friday 26 February, 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.

Secondly, I would also like to take this opportunity on behalf of the School Board to thank our two members who finished their tenures at the end of 2020.

  • Mr Paul Monoghan, parent representative, who has completed a two year stint on the Board. He brought to the Board his wisdom and understanding gained from working within a Government Department. This was a positive addition to our discussions around the strategic directions of our school.
  • Ms Annie Clark, teacher representative, who has also completed a two year tenure. It has been great to have her classroom perspective added to our discussions, particularly around integrated curriculum and STEAM related activities.

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. 

Special Events

Please read on below for extra information on some events that have happened over the last two weeks as well as some exciting opportunities that are coming up. These include the Your Move Festival, class information sessions and surf lessons. Also, in upcoming weeks, please keep an eye out for information on three-way conferences and our swimming carnival.

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

Sarah Dawson


Merit Award Winners - Week 3

Congratulations to our Week 3 merit award winners who received their certificates today at our first
"On Air" assembly for the year.

Keep up the great work!

Parent Information Sessions

We warmly invite you to come along to meet your child(ren)’s class teacher(s) and find out a bit more about the year ahead. Due to Covid restrictions, we have a booking system this year to ensure we are compliant with social distancing requirements. We ask that only one parent attends where possible, to accommodate as many families as we can.

Bookings for Monday 22 February or Wednesday 24 February can be made here: Our event code is dggq8 

We look forward to seeing you. If you are unable to attend, please contact your class teacher(s) who will be able to share information from the evening with you.

Your Move Program

On Tuesday we were fortunate to host the Active Travel Festival as part of the Your Move initiative that we are involved with. It was a wonderful way to give our students the opportunity to try out new skills such as skateboarding and cycling as well as learning about road safety awareness.

Our festival included workshops from RAC, Transperth, Constable Care, Skateboarding WA, Bike Education and SDERA… phew, it was an action-packed day!

There were certainly lots of smiling faces throughout the day and our visitors gave us such positive feedback about our students and their willingness to participate. Below is a range of photographs showing a snapshot of the day. Huge thanks to Sandy Cooke, our resident Your Move coordinator, who made the whole thing happen for us. 

Active Travel Festival

From the Chaplain

Please find below a letter from the Salvation Army regarding our Christmas appeal. Thank you to everyone who made a donation.

Surfing Sessions

Surfing sessions are starting up again and will be commencing on Wednesday 24 February from 7:30am-8:30am at Trigg beach. There were 24 spots available for students in Year 1 and above. A swimming lesson level of at least 4 was also required to participate. Whether a returning surfer, or just keen to get started, the lessons provided by Surfing WA are always fun and engaging. Due to places being very limited we have filled our class for this term however there may be a another session in Term 4!

Book Club LOOP

Book Club catalogues have gone home this week. Due to Covid 19 lockdown and fires our catalogue delivery was delayed. As such the orders are due by Monday 22 February 21.

For those families that are new to Book Club please note that all orders must be placed using the Scholastic LOOP web page or App.

Scarborough Primary P&C

Hello SPS families!

The 2021 school year has finally kicked off and is in full swing. This also means that the Scarborough Primary School Parents and Citizens Association (P&C) will start meeting again.

The P&C is an association which is run by volunteers from the school community. Through voluntary contributions and fund-raising activities, the P&C tries to enhance the facilities and learning environment of the school.

To give you an example, in 2020 the P&C contributed to Mathletics, choir shirts, musical instruments and we have pledged to contribute towards the bus for swimming lessons and the refurbishment of the school library.

Some of last year’s fundraising activities included a Pizza Night, Pyjama Day and Crazy Hair Day. Our P&C also runs canteen, uniform shop and school banking.

The P&C is a great way to connect with fellow parents and caregivers at our school and in our community. Therefore, we would love to see new families and new faces at our next meeting! Our next General Meeting followed by the Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 22 February at 6.30pm in the school library. All positions will be up for nomination at the AGM including:-

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Uniform, Fundraising, Canteen and Social Media Coordinators

 If you are new to the P&C or haven’t been to a meeting for a while we encourage you to come along. There are roles on the committee for those wanting to be more involved, but your involvement can be as simple as coming to our meetings where you can share your ideas and make decisions.

It is a gold coin donation to become a financial member, which allows members to participate in the democratic decision making processes. So please remember your gold coin!

To find out more about our P&C and the available positions and to download a nomination form, please visit the school website (

So, mark the date of the next General Meeting and AGM in your diary as we would love to see you there! Monday 22 February at 6.30pm in the school library.



Colour Blindness

Colour blindness means that a person cannot distinguish some colours or see the colours differently to other people. Very few people who are colour blind are ‘blind’ to all colours. Commonly, the colours seen differently are greens, yellows, oranges and reds. An information leaflet on colour blindness will be distributed to all Pre-primary students in Term One. Please take the time to read the pamphlet linked to download. For more information and see the Colour Blind Awareness and Support Group on If you have any concerns, colour vision testing can be performed by some general practitioners, eye specialists or optometrists. 


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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