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36 Clifton Street
Byford WA 6122

Phone: 08 9526 6300

NEWSLETTER 16 September 2021

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NEWSLETTER 16 September 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 our final Newsletter for Term 3. It is hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of another school term. I would like to congratulate all of our students and staff in Years 1 - 6 for a wonderful Athletics Carnival last Friday. I was very proud of the high level of participation and the sportsmanship displayed throughout the day. Congratulations to those students who took out individual medals and to Mercury for being overall winners on the day. A special thanks must also go to Miss Marchetti for all of her hard work and planning, resulting in a very successful carnival. Looking forward to our Early Years Carnival on Tuesday.

Planning 2022

Part of our preparation for 2022 is class structures and placements. This can often be a stressful time for school staff and families. While we are planning class structures and placements it is important that we have as much information as possible to make informed decisions that best meet the needs of our students and school. Firstly, I ask that any families that are not planning on returning to Byford PS in 2022 to please let the office know. This will ensure that we have accurate projected enrolments and will hopefully reduce the risk of having to restructure classes once the school year commences. Secondly, if you have any class placement requests based on the educational needs of your child please also forward these onto me. It is important to note that with over 360 students it may not be possible to meet all requests, but all will be considered. Please email this required information to and attention it to Jody Harrington.

Edu Dance / Open Night / Book Fair

We look forward to welcoming family and friends to our Edu Dance Concert and Open Night on Monday 20th September. The concert will be the culmination of each classes hard work and practice over the term, and we look forward to seeing each dance. During the concert, the announcement of the School Captains for 2022 will also be made. Following the concert, families are invited into classrooms to see all of the wonderful work students have been doing this term. The Library will also be open for families to visit the Book Fair. This will be a wonderful way to end a very busy term. I hope to see you all there.

Centenary Celebration

Our 100 Year Celebration event is fast approaching and is planned for Saturday 23rd October. The planning committee is working hard and has put together a fun event that will honour our schools hundred year history. Take a look at the information flyer included in this Newsletter for more details about the event. We are looking forward to sharing this special event with our community. More information to follow in the lead up.

Final Save the Dates

Wow! What a busy term. Here are the last few save the dates for our last week of school.

20 September – Edu Dance Concert & Open Night

21 September – Early Years Sports Day

23 September – BSSA Athletics Carnival

24 September – Last day of term

End of Term

As this is the final newsletter for the term, I would like to wish all of our students and their families an enjoyable and safe term break. An important reminder that there is no school development day in Term 4, this means school returns for students on Monday 11th October.

Jody Harrington


Ph 9526 6300



On Monday 20th September, we will see the culmination of each classes hard work and practice over this term in preparation for our Edu-Dance Concert.

As the concert is on a Monday this year the afternoon program will be as follows:

From 2.45pm – 3.00pm teaching will finish to allow the children to get a drink, have a small snack, go to the toilet and get into their costumes.

At the 3.00pm when the siren goes for the end of the school day the students will assemble and go as a class to their seating area on the blue quadrangle, ready for a prompt start at 3.10pm. Those students who are not participating in the Edu-Dance concert will be released to go home as usual.

 At the conclusion of the concert the new school captains will be announced. Then students will be released to find their parents. Once teachers have returned to their classrooms the Open Afternoon will commence. Parents are invited to visit the classrooms and the Library Book Fair with their children to look at what they have been doing over the year.

The Book Fair will also be running Tuesday. Details are on the Scholastic pamphlet that went home last week.

Just before 5.00pm an announcement will be made over the PA that the open afternoon is almost at an end and the school is closing.

We look forward to a great afternoon and hope to see everyone there.

Ms Sue Doncon

Deputy Principal


The kindergarten children have had some exciting events over the past few weeks. They thoroughly enjoyed dressing up in their favourite costumes for Book Week and loved the special storyteller session in the library. They have been busy making gifts for their fabulous Dads and got to share a special Father’s Day Breakfast with them at school. Lastly, they were very fortunate to experience some interactive time with some of Australia’s wildlife during a recent Wildlife Incursion. For many it was their first encounters with snakes, dingoes and koalas.

In week 3, the students celebrated Languages Week. Some of the classes looked at particular words in a different language and made a poster. These words were associated with the topics currently studied in class. Room 7 and 14  wrote the word ‘family,’ and Room 1 and 8 wrote the word ‘school.’ They all learnt lots of new words and even tried different styles of writing. Some of this work is up on display in the library.

Rooms 9, 10 and 13 have been learning about some of the landmarks in Italy. In the lead up to languages week, the students chose a landmark to draw a picture of and describe. In Languages Week, they then used spaghetti and marshmallows to make the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Of course, the students discovered the many challenges involved in making a building with these materials! 

Melissa Podgorny

Language specialist: Italian

Friday 27th August was our Book Week dress up day. 
The theme this year was "Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds". It was great to see so many students and staff wearing costumes. 
Congratulations to the following students, their imagination and costume creativity won themselves a book voucher to spend at our 2021 Book Fair in Week 10, 20th September 2021. 


Jake C & Ella P


Kobe C


Madeline V


Aarav G


Alan H & Ryder P


Lachlan T


Jackson E & Jasper F


Bodee D


Ryan S & Mia H


Max K


Gwen K


Jake S


Aimee T

Room 14

Hudson B


Charlotte B

Last week we had some Australian animals come and visit our school. West Oz Wildlife ran an incursion for some of our Early Childhood and Junior Primary classes. We got to touch a koala, dingo and bobtail lizard. We also had the opportunity to hold a Stimson python. We learned about the various animal's diet and habitat and most importantly snake safety. 

Last week was one of the most exciting weeks of the school calendar with our two Faction Athletic events.

Our 2021 Faction Athletic events commenced on Tuesday with the individual student events of jumps, throws and 400m. It was certainly a hot day with temperatures passing 25 degrees and many of the events were very close with some great distances achieved by the competing students. Some of the competitions were so close we had a few draws for top four places. It was a great morning of events and a great start to our Faction competition.

On Friday the big Faction Carnival day arrived and it was fantastic to see students dressed up to show their Faction colours. The day started with the traditional marching down the track into the Faction bays and it was amazing to see so many parents, friends and families coming to cheer on their children on this day. Thank you for your support and creating a great atmosphere for the students to compete.

Our running events were close, followed by the students working hard together in their team games.

After many successful events the competition points were very close for fourth, third and second. Huge congratulations to Mercury for winning the 2021 Byford Primary Faction Athletics Carnival!

1st – Mercury - 879

2nd – Venus - 697

3rd – Apollo - 670

4th – Zeus - 668

Congratulations to these students for their individual success winning champion and runner up champion in each age group.

Year 3 Girls Champion – Sharai S

Year 3 Girls Runner Up Champion – Bindi B

Year 3 Boys Champion – Aiden P

Year 3 Boys Runner Up – Nathan G


Year 4 Girls Champion – Phoenix S

Year 4 Girls Runner Up – Ava D

Year 4 Boys Champion – Chris C

Year 4 Boys Runner Up – Koby L


Year 5 Girls Champion – Mia P

Year 5 Girls Runner Up – Gracie S

Year 5 Boys Champion – Riley D

Year 5 Boys Runner Up – Brock B


Year 6 Girls Champion – Stevie S

Year 6 Girls Runner Up – Tayla C

Year 6 Boys Champion – Aiden C

Year 6 Boys Runner Up – Cruz R


A huge shout out of congratulations and thank you to Ms Marchetti for all her organisation over the past few months organising all the Faction events and coordinating weeks of Faction training. Also, a fantastic effort from all staff involved in training and selecting their teams who competed in what was a sensational week of events.

We are looking forward to competing in our upcoming Interschool Carnival on Thursday 23rd September at Woodland Grove.

We are also looking forward to our Junior Primary, Kindy & PrePrimary students joining in the faction event fun on their Early Childhood Sports Day on Tuesday 21st September.

What a fantastic end to a successful Term 3.

Great to see so many students showing off their sporting colours for our Sports Colour Day on Wednesday 15th September. Thank you to our parents, friends and families for your gold coin donations to support our Year 6 Camp Fundraising Committee.

Our annual In-Term Swimming lessons are coming up next term in weeks 3 and 4, commencing Monday 25th October for 10 days of lessons, until Friday 5th November 2021.

Information notes, permission forms and swimming enrolment notes were sent home yesterday for parents to prepare for these lessons next term. The cost for this year has increased with the bus transport cost increasing. The total of $75 works out to be $7.50 per day for bus transport to Armadale Aquatic Centre, entrance to the pool and the swimming teaching and learning program.

Families who need support with these payments are requested to contact the school to discuss payment plan options.

We are looking forward to our students enjoying a successful fortnight of swimming skill development.

Thank you to our Year 6 Camp Fundraising Committee for coordinating the 2021 AFL Football Season of Footy Tipping. It was great to have a competition with 24 tippers. Thank you to those friends and families who supported this year’s fundraising and joined the fun.

This year’s competition was close and went all the way to the final rounds, with top position changing from week to week.

After Round 23, the end of the home and away AFL season the 2021 Byford Primary Footy Tipping results are…

1st – Ms Marchetti

2nd – Karen Davey – Cleaner

3rd – Mrs Coombs


Keep an eye out next year for the 2022 AFL Footy Tipping Competition and join in the fun!


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

Alvey A

Olivia A

James B

Aleena B

Talitha B

Jake C

Finn D

Isabella E

Jobe F

Mason G

Diesel G

Max K

Alyssa L

Khyson M

Skye M

Teale P

Ava-Lee P

Azahria S

Sayuri S

Lachlan V

Aiden W

Tahlia W

Tyler W

Caelan W


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 for this Month:

Tanya N and Everlee T


Well done to everyone in the Faction Carnival last week. It was a great day with hints of Spring and still a little bit of Winter.

Spring is in the air. May hope spring in your life as well. May you all be well and have an extra spring in your step.

Talking with so many people about hopes, fears, struggles and life in general helps me to stay focused and encouraged to carry on. Someone said in a by the way kind of way, “Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future. Remember hope is a good thing. It may be the best of things and no good thing ever dies.”


A way of developing that “Heart of Hope” is to try and remember 3 good things that you can be thankful for at the end of the day. Also think of something small that you can be hopeful about tomorrow. It could be passing a test, having a favourite meal, having a catch up and talking with a good friend. It could be seeing the sun rise or the sunset. Food for thought. Have a great week. Keep safe. 

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
  • 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


The Byford Primary School Canteen is open for recess and lunch on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Orders can be made direct to the canteen, or through QuickCliq

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

New Canteen Menu available here: 

Uniform Shop


8:15 - 8:45am 

QuickCliq is our online 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 

If you are unable to order online, order forms (with cash payment) can be placed in the dropbox 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 Thursday mornings from 8:15am - 8:45am.  EFTPOS AVAILABLE.

The P&C have reviewed the uniform prices and have made some changes, please click here for new price list:


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.

Byford Secondary College


Byford Secondary College Online Uniform Appointments 

For Year 6 parents the Byford Secondary College uniform fitting calendar is now available online.

Please clink on the link below for more information;

Falcons Basketball Club - Byford

Falcons Byford Basketball Club is looking for new players aged from 4 years old onwards. We are a very popular club with nearly 200 members and are now looking to increase our teams for next term. We are an inclusive club and welcome players of all abilities and experience.

For more information, please click on the link below; 

Paint a tree BLUE for Mundijong

Local Community Event hosted during Mental Health Week. 

This is the Link to Follow for more information:

The Shire is looking to host a free Basic Auslan course, this course comprises of 8 x 2hour sessions delivered by Access Plus WA Deaf, participants are expected to attend all sessions.

The first round will be delivered beginning in October 2021 and depending on interest levels and the success of the first course, future courses may also be offered.

It is anticipated that the first round will be delivered on Monday nights 6-8pm commencing Monday 11 October. If this time is not suitable but you are still interested, please submit your EOI with preferred time details.

Please submit your expression of interest to or in person at the Shire office by 5pm Friday 24 September to be considered for the first round.

Participants will be contacted with updated details and confirmed places by 5pm Monday 4 October. EOIs for unsuccessful participants will be kept on file for future opportunities.

If you have any questions or would like any further information please contact Lisa on or 9526 1356.

This is the Link to Follow for more information:

Registration Notice:

Roleystone Theatre invites Junior and Youth Performers to apply for their upcoming workshops. Each age group workshop will run throughout Term 3 and culminates in performances of a Disney musical on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th and 10th October 2021. 

Places are limited and although no experience is needed, commitment to all rehearsals and performances is mandatory.

For more information please click on the link below;

Better Health Program

The Better Health Program is a healthy lifestyle program that focuses on eating habits, physical activity and behaviour change. The program has been created by nutrition, exercise and psychology professionals. It is for children aged 7-13 who are above a healthy weight and encourages the whole family to form lasting, healthy habits.

For more information please click on the link below;