Byford Primary School
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36 Clifton Street
Byford WA 6122
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Email: byford.ps@education.wa.edu.au
Phone: 08 9526 6300
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NEWSLETTER 11 MARCH 2021

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NEWSLETTER 11 MARCH 2021

Please assist us in reducing vandalism at the school by contacting one of the telephone numbers listed below if you notice any suspicious behaviour on the school grounds.

Police Non-Emergency

131 444

Mundijong Police

9526 5111

Armadale Police

9399 0222

Education Security

9264 4771 or 9264 4632

Dear Families and Friends,

Welcome to the second Newsletter for the term. It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of Week 6 of the term, it is certainly flying by. Just a reminder that this term is a nine week term as we break for holidays at Easter. The last day of term is Thursday 1st April. 

BPS 100 Year Centenary

2021 is a big year for Byford PS, as we celebrate turning 100 years. A planning committee was formed late last year and planning is underway for a celebration event to be held on Saturday 23 October. Keep your eyes out in the Newsletter, Facebook group, advertising in the community and letters home for more information about the event, and all are welcome to come along to the planning meetings if you would like to be involved.

P & C

Our supportive and hard-working P & C are looking for new members in 2021. The P & C play a vital role in the school through running the Canteen and Uniform shop, in addition to the many fundraisers they organise and run through the year, providing essential resources back into the school. Without a functioning committee it will be difficult to continue to run the Canteen and Uniform shop. If you are interested in joining the P & C this year please come along to our next meeting on Wednesday 17th March at 6:30pm in the school staff room. Many hands make light work!

BSSA

Good luck too many of our Year 5/6 students who will be attending the BSSA carnival this Friday. We have teams entering for Cricket, T-Ball and Basketball. Thank you to all the students and staff for the time given towards training this term. We hope the students have fun and we know they will display the Byford Way at all times while they are competing. Special thanks to Miss Marchetti for co-ordinating the event.

Attendance & Absence Follow Up

I would like to thank our entire school community for the great start to the year we have had with regard to attendance. Our current whole school attendance rate is 93.4%, with each year level reaching 93% or above. This is a great outcome, as the recommended attendance rate by the department of education is 92% or above. You may have also noticed that if your child is absent from school and we do not have a reason provided that you will receive a text message from the school at approximately 10am. You can simply reply to this message to provide a reason that we can use to update the system. We appreciate your support with this so that we can reduce our rate of unexplained absences. Remember when it comes to learning, every day counts!

Online Third Party Services Survey

Thank you for the excellent response we have had to the Online Third Party Services Survey that was emailed out to all families a couple of weeks ago. If you did not receive the explanation note sent home, or the email with the link to the survey, can you please contact the school so that this can be completed. There are also paper copies available at the front office. We are currently collating all of the data and will be in touch for any missing surveys over the coming weeks. Thank you for your assistance with this important matter.

Jody Harrington

Principal

Ph 9526 6300

Email: Byford.PS@education.wa.edu.au

We enjoyed reading Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas.  Students in Room 2 drew the character of Winnie and Room 3 students wrote the character description.  Take a look at our wonderful work.

On Friday 26th February our students were ‘cleaning up’ Byford Primary School and some community areas. We would like to say a big THANK YOU to those who donated gloves and bags to help with the clean-up.  Well done to everyone involved!!  Click here to see photos of our efforts! 

The Better Beginnings Program is an incentive designed to promote and inspire a love of literacy, learning and books within the home. It is a Western Australian program offering families the opportunity to connect with books through free reading packs, with the intention of engaging children in rich literacy-based interactions and encouraging families to connect through reading, talking, singing, writing, and playing together daily. (© Better Beginnings, State Library of Western Australia 2020) 

The Mundijong Library will be visiting our school on Tuesday 16 March at 2.45pm (Blue Group) and Thursday 18 March at 2.45pm (Yellow Group) to present the Kindergarten Children with their Better Beginnings Packs. Parents are welcome to attend for the 15minute presentation.

Kind Regards

Tania - Classroom Teacher

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Welcome to the new school year. My name is Tarah McLachlan and I am the Community Health Nurse who visits your school. My working days are Mondays and Thursdays.

Community Health Nurses work in schools to promote healthy development and wellbeing so students may reach their full potential. A major part of my work is focused on early intervention and the School Entry Health Assessment program.   I will be offering free vision and hearing health checks to all Kindergarten children. Please keep an eye out for the consent form that will be provided by your class teacher.

Community Health Nurses serve as a health contact point for children and their families, providing information, assessment, health counselling and referral. The services provided are free and confidential.

If you have a concern about your child’s health or development, please contact me on 0427 525 185 or via email, tarah.mclachlan@health.wa.gov.au

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The Dental Therapy Centre is a FREE Government Funded Service.

West Byford School Dental Therapy Centre is open Monday-Friday: Hours are 8.15am - 4.15pm.

If you wish to discuss your child's dental health please either phone or come into the dental clinic.

We have currently issued dental enrolment forms to all Pre Primary and new students.

Can you please complete these form and bring them back to the school office or the Dental Therapy centre as soon as possible.

Keep brushing! 

Kay and Chantelle

Phone: 08 9550 6006

Email:  WestByfordDTC@dental.health.wa.gov.au 

Congratulations and well done to all students who received Merit Awards.  Keep up the great work!

Ruby

Olivia

Alex

Ashton

Blake

Innocent

Emily

Lily

Sarah

Jasper

Carter

Fred

Aubree

Bianca

Shaniall

Max

Georgia

Enzo

Teale

Jacob

Ruby

Charlotte

Blake

 

 

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Each month two students are chosen as our ‘Aussie of the Month’ and are presented with a badge, certificate and reward at our assembly.  It is awarded to an outstanding citizen in our school community. 

Contratulations to our winners this month:

Oliver T and Jake C

Quiz Night - CANCELLED

Unfortunately, due to lack of interest and volunteers we again have had to cancel our Quiz Night.  Those who have purchased tickets through Eventbrite will be reimbursed ASAP. 

If you have some free time, please consider coming to our next P&C meeting as we are in need of new members.   

Easter Raffle

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Raffle tickets have been sent home for this years Easter raffle.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  Please make sure you have included your child's full name and room number on each ticket.  Please return the tickets and money to the Front Office by 3:00pm Tuesday 23rd March.  The raffle will be drawn at the assembly on Wednesday the 24th March.  

Thank you for supporting the Byford Primary P&C 

Rishona Van Trier 

P&C President 

Canteen

The Byford Primary School Canteen is open for recess and lunch on Monday and Friday. Orders can be made direct to the canteen, or through QuickCliq  https://quickcliq.com.au/.

If you have any spare time on a Monday or Friday, volunteers are required to help in the canteen.

School Banking

School Banking Announcement

It is with great regret to announce that the School Banking program will not longer run, due to lack of interest and volunteers.

I would like to thank you for the support over the last 4 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as School Banking Co-ordinator.  I will certainly miss those smiling faces.

Hayley Tilbrook

Banking Co-ordinator 

Uniform Shop

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QuickCliq is our onling ordering system and it's an easy and convenient way to order your child’s uniform.  QuickCliq is approved by the Department of Education, it’s free, safe and secure.  You can use Paypal or Credit Card for immediate payment.  You can also use Direct Deposit.  To sign up, click www.Quickcliq.com.au 

If you are unable to order online, order forms (with cash payment) can be left at the Front Office.  Please ensure there is a name and contact number provided.

Orders can still be placed at the Uniform Shop which opens Wednesday (fortnightly, same day as assembly) from 2:15pm - 3:00pm.

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Hi everyone. I hope that you are well and content in some aspects of your life.

The term started with a “Lock Down,” not exactly a big bang. But WA seems to adapt, improvise, overcome and move on. Just a thought to share as we move on.

Walking a path takes you somewhere. Actions we make take us somewhere. Acts we do changes us, making it easier to repeat the action. We can act out good character quality traits to develop the habits of being selfless and more kind. “Sow a thought, reap an action, sow an action, reap a habit, sow a habit, reap a character, sow a character, reap a destiny.”

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Yes, none of us are perfect, we do continue to make mistakes, it’s human nature, we stumble, we fall. Don’t let that stop you, get up. Go again. Actions help to shape our feelings. Loving others isn’t feeling it, it is doing something to help them, the feelings follow later.

Let’s pave some paths, do actions of love and use your heart before you lose it. Take that path and you will see your heart changing. Food for thought.

Have a great term everyone, smile, laugh and tell a few jokes.

Joe Grida - School Chaplain

To ease the financial burden on families over the year, we encourage parents to make payments throughout the year, to be assigned to fees, excursions and swimming etc. 

This can be as a regular weekly or fortnightly payment, or whenever you have funds available.  See the Admin Staff in the front office to arrange this.  You will be provided a breakdown of payments made, should you require.

Payment options are as follows:

  • Cash
  • EFTPOS
  • Credit / Debit Card over the phone
  • Direct Deposit – Byford Primary  BSB: 066-040  Account No: 19902028

Please enter the name of your child and the purpose of the payment in the description field i.e. A Smith Zoo Exc. 

Please DO NOT use this account for P&C payments

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A ‘No Hat, Limited Outside Play’ policy is enforced at Byford Primary School all year.  Parents can assist us by reinforcing the need for protection from the sun by ensuring that students have a wide brim hat. Hats can be purchased through the school uniform shop next to Room 3.  Students who do not have a hat are instructed to play under sheltered areas such as the Undercover Area near the canteen. Caps are not acceptable as they do not provide adequate protection to the ears and back of the neck from the sun.

Serpentine-Jarrahdale Serpents Rugby Club

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Kayaking Try-Outs