The end of the term is already here – where did the time go? We have had a productive start to the school year with lots of positive changes happening at the school. I am pleased to announce that I am the recommended applicant for the position of Principal at JPS. The grievance period is still to pass. I would like to thank the school community for your support and I am excited to build on the great work already happening at our small but mighty school.

The Annual Report and the Positive Management of Student Behaviour and Good Standing Policies have being endorsed by the School Board, and the policies will take effect in Term 2. We will have a strong focus on the positive behaviours we expect at JPS and hold acknowledgement events for students who are displaying these expectations. This will be supported with a clear and fair process for managing students who are not following the schools expectations.

We are endeavouring to increase our level of communication at JPS to ensure families are well-informed of what is happening at the school. Connect is the school’s main source of communication, so we are requesting that families are pro- active in reading the messages that come through from the school. If you download the Connect Now App on your phone you only have to login once and you will receive alerts like a text message. We are also hoping to start promoting the schools’ events on a social media platform, as a way of sharing the great work we are doing at the school with the wider community.

We have endeavoured to provide a good mix of academic and extra-curricular activities this term to make learning fun and engaging. Most recently, students had the opportunity to attend; Sculptures by the Sea, West Oz Wildlife Incursion, the Family Easter Egg Hunt and Tee Ball with North Dandalup Primary School, which was a lovely way to finish off the term.

Congratulations to Mrs Sessoyeff and the Year 1’s on running our first Assembly for the year – I am sure we can all agree they did a fantastic job. We are trialling the morning format, as this is a better fit for the students and and staff. It was lovely to see so many people there to cheer on the students.

We hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday and we look forward to sharing your child/ren’s learning journey with you in Term 2.

Kind regards

Mrs Hayley Taylor


Merit Certificate Winners

Congratulations, to the following students who received a Merit Certificate at our last assembly.

Merit Certificate Winners

  • K/P – Aston, Louise and Max
  • Rm 4 – Lewis, Lillian and Hudson
  • Rm 1 – Jayceon, Harrison and Lylah
  • Rm 3 – Paige, Tobias, Jaxon and Theo

100% Attendance Certificate Winners

  • Alyssa
  • Jack B
  • Ivory
  • Jesse
  • Daragh
  • Patrick
  • Jack G
  • Chase
  • Harrison
  • Lillian
  • Madeline
  • Wesley
  • William
  • Louise
  • Kaiden
  • Nate
  • Lylah
  • Ollie

Sculptures by the Sea

Room 1 and 4 attended Sculptures by the Sea on Tuesday, 16 March at Cottesloe Beach. Thank you to Alcoa who sponsored the students attending and also paid for the transport. The students got to walk around and look at the different sculptures and then participate in a workshop to make their own sculpture. It was a great experience for the students.

West Oz Wildlife Incursion

On Wednesday, 24 March the students were treated to an incursion from West Oz Wildlife. The students had a great time and enjoyed getting up close and personal with a Dingo, Koala, Snakes and a Lizard. They were taught about the conservation and care of these Australian Animals.

Thank you to Mrs Reeves for organising the event.

Family Easter Egg Hunt

We thank the school community for supporting our Family Easter Egg Hunt Event on Friday, 26 March. It was a great opportunity for everyone to get together and celebrate the end of term and all we have achieved as a school community.

As a school we will be continuing to look for opportunities to get the school community involved and nurture what makes JPS special – which is the ‘family feel’ we have here.

A big thank you to the P & C and the Parents of the Year 5/6 Students who fed everyone delicious sausage sizzles on the night. The money raised will help reduce the cost of the Camp later in the year.

We look forward to another great community event in Term 2.

Gardening Workshop & Earth Aware

Thanks to the P & C, Alcoa and Bunnings, the school was very lucky to have Sabrina Hahn come and do a gardening workshop with parents at the school on Wednesday, 31 March. The session ended with some students assisting with the planting of our new crop.

Following the workshop the school had our last Earth Aware session for the term. The students were able to participate in cooking, gardening and some STEAM activities. The students thoroughly enjoy these opportunities to engage in hands-on learning.

A big thank you to our wonderful Gardner, Mr Chamberlin who has worked solidly to clean out our vegie garden area to get it ready for the workshop and our new crop. I will also note the P & C Mum’s who came in and did a busy bee as well.

The area looks amazing and we cannot wait to see it grow and harvest the crop.

Tee-Ball with North Dandalup Primary School

Thursday, 1 April we hosted the students from North Dandalup for a game of Tee Ball. The students from Year 4-6 were able to participate. Team A – went down by three, with a score of 15 and North Dandalup 18. Team B – went down by one, with a score of 15 and North Dandalup 16.

The students had a great time and displayed good sportsmanship. A big thank you to Mrs Bowers for organising the event and to Mrs Young for assisting with scoring and coaching. It was a positive way to finish off the term.

Chaplain Chatter

Term 1 is winding up quickly and Easter is staring us in the face. Can I say, “Great job everyone?”

Yes, I think I can. It has been a privilege again being the quiet observer at the school, seeing how wonderfully all staff interact positively and purposefully with the students. It has been terrific to see the students respond with such a good manner. Their eagerness and energy at school is wonderful to observe.

As we head into the holidays, I hope that everyone can get in some rest and recreation. Easter is a reminder of new beginnings, life and freshening. It also is a hope for new things to come, like a new crop ripening, getting ready for the new harvest. A way to grow your hope, is every day try to think of three things that you are thankful for. Also think of one small thing you can achieve the next day. Food for thought.

Have a WONDERFUL Easter, may your basket always be filled with hope, joy warmth and love.

Joe Grida

School Chaplain