Dear Parents and Carers
Thank you to Room 7 for their assembly item that concluded our NAIDOC celebrations this week. “For Our Elders” is the powerful theme of this year’s NAIDOC week, which will be celebrated around the country from this Sunday. It’s an important reminder of the role Aboriginal Elders have played guiding, teaching and influencing all generations of Australians. We pay our respects to these Indigenous leaders who are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers and advocates – their tenacity and strength has carried the survival of our First Nations people.
Room 7 students presented Common Wealth by Gregg Dreise. In Common Wealth Dreise delivers a heartfelt exploration of Australian history and an examination of our national anthem in the highly readable style of slam poetry verse. There are compelling themes explored through the verse and artwork, with an overriding sense of optimism shining through as Dreise encourages all Australians to unite, to ‘work together to create, negotiate and celebrate’.
All students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 have been learning the second verse of the Australian National anthem in Noongar and this was debuted at the assembly this morning. Thank you students and thank you Mrs Motherwell – awesome performance.
Today’s assembly award winners are:
|PBS Medallion Award||Evie|
I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. For those travelling, may your travels be safe. School resumes for all students on Monday, 17 July 2023.
ICAS ASSESSMENTS 2023
We are delighted to inform you that East Victoria Park Primary School will be participating in the world-renowned ICAS competitions this year.
What is ICAS?
ICAS is an online academic competition that is designed to assess students’ higher order thinking and problem-solving skills in Writing, English, Science, and Mathematics. Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition and development. Every student who participates will receive a printed certificate and an online results report. Leading performers will be eligible for medals.
Testing Arrangements: Testing will be conducted at school over a series of Tuesday mornings beginning at 7.30 am.
The first test takes place on Tuesday 8th August 2023 (Week 4, Term 3). There is only one test per Tuesday.
If you would like your child/ren to participate in the assessments, please follow the instructions on the following page. The infograph below outlines the steps you take to access the Parent Payment System. You will log into the ICAS website and proceed to the shop and “purchase” the relevant assessment.
PARENT PAYMENT SYSTEM:
The Testing Schedule is as follows:
|Assessment||Year Level||Cost||Test Day and Date|
|Writing||Year 3 to Year 6||$23.65||Tuesday, 8 August 2023|
|English||Year 2 to Year 6||$19.25||Tuesday, 15 August 2023|
|Science||Year 2 to Year 6||$19.25||Tuesday, 22 August 2023|
|Mathematics||Year 2 to Year 6||$19.25||Tuesday, 29 August 2023|
PEAC Assessment for Year 4
This testing will be completed on Tuesday 25 July 2023 – further information will be sent out early in Term 3.
Mrs Julie Brewer
Year 6 leaving a legacy
If you have not noticed the nature playground is looking a bit greener that’s because last Thursday, the Year 6 students had an amazing time down at the bottom oval planting an incredible number of trees and shrubs, 351 to be exact.
By planting these trees and shrubs we have helped the Town of Victoria Park get closer to their goal to increase the tree canopy to 20%. Now our school will look more like a green paradise rather than a plain old oval.
The coolest part is we didn’t just plant these trees and shrubs, we have left a legacy. This activity wasn’t only about giving our school a green makeover, it was also about making a mark and showing our care for the school. The Year 6 students are leaving something behind as we prepare to step into the next stage of our learning.
When the Year 6s come back to visit the school in the future we will see these trees taller and stronger. We’ll be able to say, “Hey, see that tall gumtree over there, I planted that when in was in Year 6. It will be a living memory of our time at this amazing school.
Thanks to all the parents and teachers who helped make our school a greener and healthier space. Without them it would have taken us so much longer to plant all those plants.
So next time you’re on the oval look around and breathe in that fresh air, feel the shade, and remember, it’s the legacy left by the Year 6 class of 2023.
By Georgia Hall and Ruby Trainor – Sustainability Captains