Principal’s News – 23 July 2021

Dear Parents

We have had a smooth start to the term and welcome 3 new families to the East Victoria Park PS community – we hope you have settled in well and enjoy your time here. 

P&C Day WA 

Today we celebrated P&C Day with a morning tea to thank our amazing P&C for all of the work that they do. We were joined by the lovely Claire, Nicole, Kristina and Anita for a cuppa and some cake. The role of our EVPPS P&C is vital.  I am so grateful for everything you do to support our work – whether that be fund-raising, supporting learning, or implementing significant school projects.

The very clever students in Kindy and Pre-Primary made a beautiful poster to say thank you to the P&C.

Goal Setting

I have been around to all classes this week talking to students about setting some learning goals for themselves for Term 3. Setting learning goals helps students to focus on their own needs in their own learning journey. Goals should be specific, within reach and offer some degree of challenge – I urge you to talk to your children about what they want to achieve in their learning over the coming weeks. Please talk to your child’s teacher if you would like to know how to support your child in setting, working towards and achieving their learning goals.

Staffing Arrangements

We have made a few changes to our staffing arrangements for Semester 2. We welcome Mrs Lucia Di Crescenzo who will be teaching in Year 3, Room 11 on Monday and Tuesdays for Term 3. Mr Tristan Jones has been seconded to a special project with the Department’s School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE) and we wish him well in his new role.

In addition to teaching Physical Education Miss Eloise Moody will be teaching Year 3/4 in Room 12 on Thursdays and Fridays for the remainder of the year. Mr Rhys Thurston has taken up the role of Learning Support Coordinator. We also welcome back Miss Rikki Brunovs, who will be teaching the Year 4 class in Room 8 on Wednesdays for the remainder of the year while Miss Annabelle Oag moves into the role of Curriculum Leader. 

Mrs Brewer and I welcome the expertise that Mr Thurston and Miss Oag bring with them as they take on these important new roles. Miss Oag will lead curriculum development with a focus on articulating and embedding whole school approaches, especially in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy. Mr Thurston will work closely with teachers to support the learning needs of all students across the school. Mr Blair Ranford continues in his role leading the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) program and is also working on the development of a whole school Health & Wellbeing program which includes the implementation of a social and emotional learning program.

We also welcome, in a fixed term Special Needs Assistant position, Miss Jemma Satie and welcome back Mrs Melissa Darby who will be coordinating the MiniLit program in Year 1 and 2.


A reminder to families that the download link for Semester 1 reports will soon expire. Please ensure you have downloaded and saved your child’s report.

New arrangements for drop off and pick up – from Term 3

We would like to clarify pick up and drop off procedures for East Victoria Park Primary School, I advise the following arrangements will be in place from Monday, 26 July. 

Children in Year 1 to 6 should aim to arrive at school between 8.30am and 8.40am, giving them time to be ready to start their learning at 8.50am. Children arriving after 8.50am will need to stop at the school office to collect a “late slip’ before heading to their class.

We ask that children only be dropped at school prior to 8.30am in exceptional circumstances. Students arriving before 8.30am are to go to the Library.

In the afternoon we ask that students are picked up as close to 3.00pm as possible. We completely understand that from time to time you may be running late. However, at the end of last term we had an increasing number of students being picked up after 3.10pm. Students still at school after 3.10pm will be directed to wait in the office to be collected by their parent or carer.

Kindy and Pre-Primary Arrangements


Please take your child to their classroom door between 8.30am and 8.50am. Parents and students are not to enter the Early Childhood area until 8.30am. We ask that you do not bring your child to school early to play in the playground area. 


Please go the to the classroom to pick up your child. Once you have picked up your child we ask that you leave the Early Childhood area and not stay and play after school. Teachers and Education Assistants have lesson planning and preparation, and meetings to conduct after school so we prefer they can do that important work undisturbed.

Year 1 to 6 Arrangements

We ask that you kiss and drop in the mornings, whenever possible, so that students and teachers can have a calm and orderly start to the day. We understand that sometimes you need to pass on a message to your child’s teacher and we don’t want to stop that from happening. I’d ask you to consider whether that message can be delivered in an email or via SeeSaw. If you require a longer chat with your child’s teacher, then please make an appointment. You can either email the teacher directly, make contact via SeeSaw or make an appointment through the office.

Rooms 1 and 2 Mornings: Please take your child directly to their classroom door from 8.30am. We ask that you kiss and drop whenever possible.
Afternoons: Please go the to the classroom to pick up your child.
Rooms 3 to 6  Mornings: Please take your child to the classroom door on the grassed side of the building. We ask that you kiss and drop whenever possible. Please don’t use the courtyard entrance and this becomes very crowded and overwhelming for some of our students.
Afternoons: Please go the to the classroom (on the grassed side of the building) to pick up your child.
Rooms 11 and 12 Mornings: Please take your child directly to their classroom door from 8.30am. We ask that you kiss and drop whenever possible.
Afternoons: Please go the to the classroom to pick up your child.
Rooms 7 – 10 We ask that students (and parents) continue to access their classrooms from the garden side of the building.

We request that you continue to observe social distancing measures of 1.5 metres between adults, where possible.

Yirra Yaakin Incursion

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Yirra Yaakin was unable perform in Week 11 of last term. Unfortunately, school performance dates often book out a year in advance, and they have informed us that they are unable to reschedule a time to come to our school.  We hope to secure a date for Yirra Yaakin to come to EVPPS some time in the future.

Kind regards

Kim Knowles