Issue 13: Wednesday, 4th August 2021


Dear Parents, Carers and Community Members

This week our school is celebrating NAIDOC Week.  NAIDOC Week is a hugely significant marker in the Australian calendar and an especially important one for Indigenous communities around the country. It's a week to celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage, commemorate 65,000 years of history, unify communities, and educate and share stories with all of the nation.

During this week our children will be involved in a range of activities that include:

•           NAIDOC Assemblies on Tuesday and Wednesday.

•           Sand art activities.

•           Lunchtime opportunities for face-painting and bracelet making.

Our sincere thanks go to Ms Mippy who did a wonderful job in organising the week for us.



Yesterday we had around 60 Year 5&6 children participating in Write a Book in a Day.  This is a fun, creative and collaborative competition for students in years 5 to 12 and adult writing groups. Teams of up to ten have just twelve hours to write and illustrate a book from start to finish. Digital editions of the completed stories are made available on the Online Library and shared with hospitals across Australia. 

We thank Mrs Weir for organising this school activity and Mr Wickham for his great support in what was a very long but successful day!!



Our Senior Choir is performing in the Western Australian Government Schools Music Society Schools Make Music Concert Night at Crown Theatre on Monday, 9th August.  Ms Cheong is doing a great job working with this group of children and I’m sure this will be a terrific experience for everyone.  Our thanks also go to the families of the choir members for their on-going support.



It is important to keep in mind that schools are busy areas, where there are often lots of children, many of whom do not always understand the danger of roads and vehicles. Make sure to take extra care when parking on school grounds and on the roads and streets around the school and follow the signed parking rules at all times. Please note that the City of Kwinana will issue infringement notices for those who fail to follow these directions.



A reminder to all families that our next School Development Day is on Monday, 23rd August (Week 6) children do not attend school.


Have a wonderful fortnight.


Craig Ashby



Student Attendance

The Education Department classifies attendance as:

Regular 90 - 100%
At Risk - indicated80 - 89%
At Risk - moderate60 - 79%
At Risk - severe0 - 59%

Consistent attendance and participation at school are essential factors in achieving social and academic learning outcomes. In order to give your child the best chance of success, the school supports families and encourages children to attend on a regular basis.

While there may be circumstances which prevent your child attending school, the Education Act requires parents to ensure their child is attending on a daily basis.

Unexplained Absence notes for Term 1, 2 Week 1 Term 3 have now gone home. There are a large number of Unexplained Absences for Term 2 (and a small number for Term 1). If you receive a note asking you to explain an absence, please complete and return the slip as a matter of importance. If you would like support in getting your child to school, or maintaining regular attendance, please chat to your child’s teacher or one of the deputies.


Write a Book in a Day

What an amazing day we had yesterday with 8 teams of Year 5 & 6 students writing and illustrating an original story for children in hospital as participants in Write a Book in a Day for The Kids' Cancer Project.

Our kids displayed their Bertram FRREE behaviour for 12 hours, working as a team to produce 8 beautiful picture books.

A HUGE thank you to Mr Wickham for being there all day, supporting our students and keeping them on track.

Books had to be uploaded by 9:00pm and we couldn’t have done it without Mrs Finnis’ tech savvy and persistence - and Mrs Ware & Mrs Tuckfield who stayed on until all books were submitted.

We appreciate all the staff and parents who called in to keep us going, cooked sausages, supplied snacks, cleaned up, cut up onions and came out in the freezing cold to collect their tired writers.

A special shout out to all our teams’ sponsors - the funds are still coming in and the links will remain live until August 31st. Your contributions will help make treatment and the outlook for children with cancer more positive.

We are proud of each and every one of you.

Team Terrific (Noah E, Leroy, Ava, Noah T & Ahri)

The Neboz are Back (Tegan, Iela, Jaskiran, Mariel, Daisy, Libby, Tanisha, Joy & Chloe)

Size Matters Not (Arianna, Izzy, Jeremy, Shasta, Emma, Jaylyn, Alyssa)

Bertram Dragons (Ethan, Darcy, Prabhnishaan, Manas, Grace, Lucas)

Mrs Monkeys (Sienna, Imogen, Olivia, Ruby, Esther, Lizbeth)

The Workaholics (Aaron, Isabel, Logan, Kaiyo, Lexis, Lilly)

The Spitlings (Jayde, Alexa, Thomas, Diara, Anna, Aryan)

The Chill People (Jaron, Max, Jonas, Pearl, Zsarvuante, Thomas)


Interschool Cross Country

Good luck to all our runners at this week’s Interschool Cross Country at Thomas Oval. It has been an interrupted lead up to this event, with very wet weather impacting on training but we are sure you will give your very best and display your Bertram FRREE behaviours. 

With best wishes     

Jane Weir, Cathy Stott, Aimee Coffey

Deputy Principals


If your child was four years old by 30th June 2021 we currently have space available in our kindy classes.

If your child is four years old by 30 June 2022 you can apply to enrol them in Kindergarten for 2022.

Enrolment Packs can be collected from the school office Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm, or you can complete Enrolment Forms online by going to our school webpage.

At the time of enrolment your child will need to have an 'up to date' AIR Immunisation history statement.

Every day of a child's education matters.


Payment Plans

May be arranged prior to the payment due date by contacting the Manager Corporate Services, Liz O'Born at the front office on 6174 1000.  

Upcoming Payments 

  • Year 6 Camp 2021 - Final Payment due Thursday, 5th August 2021
  • WAGSMS Senior Choir performance at Crown Theatre - Payment due Thursday, 5th August 2021 

Financial Support 

If providing your child/ren the opportunity to participate in  Excursions or School Based Activities is likely to cause financial hardship, we may be able to provide financial support.  Please complete the slip on bottom of the consent form and return it to the front office.


Term 3 

Monday, 19th July - Friday, 24th September 

Monday, 23rd August - School Development Day 

Term 4 

Monday, 11th October - School Development Day

Tuesday, 12th October - Thursday, 16th December 

Friday, 17th December - School Development Day 


MondayPrimary Music Institute (PMI) Keyboard/Guitar 
TuesdayRunners' Club 
WednesdayToasted sandwiches/pancakes
WednesdayAssembly (see Assembly timetable)
WednesdaySchool Banking 
Thursday Runners' Club 


Wednesday, 11th August Middle Assembly - Boornar 1 & 2 
Wednesday, 18th August Senior Assembly - Yonga 1 & 2 
Wednesday, 25th August Book Week Parade 
Wednesday, 1st September Middle Assembly - Kwenda 2 
Wednesday, 8th September Junior Assembly - Koolbardi 3 
Wednesday, 15th September Senior Assembly - Djidi-djidi 2 
Wednesday, 22nd September Indonesian Assembly - Middle Assembly Group 


Thursday, 5th August NAIDOC Sand Art School Based Activity Yonga 1, 2, 3 and 4, Nornt 2 and 3, Kwenda 5 and 6, Kin Kin 1 and 2, Djidi djidi 1 and 2 
Thursday, 5th August Kindy Group 2 NAIDOC Activity
Friday, 6th August KSSA Interschool Cross Country
Monday, 9th August Senior Choir Performing at Crown Theatre 
Monday, 9th AugustSpeak Up Awards
Thursday, 12th  August Wayang Kulit Indonesian School Based Activity for Kwenda, 1, 2, 3, 4 and Nornt 1 
Friday, 13th August P&C Derby Day Fundraiser 
Tuesday, 17th AugustYear 6 Camp - Woodman Point 
Wednesday, 18th August Year 6 Camp - Woodman Point 
Thursday, 19th August Year 6 Camp - Woodman Point 
Friday, 20th August Year 6 Camp - Woodman Point 
Monday, 23rd August School Development Day - Students Do Not Attend 
Tuesday, 24th August  Book Week 
Wednesday, 25th August Book Week Parade 
Wednesday, 25th August Book Week 
Thursday, 26th August Book Week 
Thursday, 26th August Science Week Activity 
Friday, 27th August Book Week 
Friday, 27th August Science Week Activity 
Tuesday, 31st AugustP&C Father's Day Stall 
Wednesday, 1st September P&C Father's Day Stall 
Wednesday, 2nd September to 10th September  Book Fair 
Friday, 3rd SeptemberP&C Father's Day Stall 
Thursday, 9th SeptemberRU OK? Day - Whole School Event 
Thursday, 9th September RU OK? Day - Parent Information Session (Understanding and Managing Children's Anxiety)
Thursday, 9th September Open Night 
Tuesday, 14th SeptemberHouse Jumps and Throws 
Wednesday, 15th SeptemberShed Night 
Friday, 17th September House Carnival 
Monday, 20th September Year 2 Excursion to WA Shipwrecks Museum (Boornar 1, 2 and 4)
Thursday, 23rd SeptemberYear 2 Excursion to WA Shipwrecks Museum (Djidi-djidi 5 and Boornar 3)
Friday, 24th SeptemberLast Day of Term 3 



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