Issue 4 - Wk2Term2
A warm welcome back to all our families and community members. I hope the School Holiday break with your children was a time of rest, recharge and provided lots of opportunity to catch up with family and friends.
In week one we held our ANZAC ceremony with Westminster Primary. The students recognised our ANZAC’s and honoured their loyalty, selflessness and courage through respectfully listening to our guest speaker Mr Gerard – Nollamara RSL Veteran and listening quietly to Mr McCormack playing the Last Post on his bugle. I would also like to thank Westminster Primary School students Isma and Stephanie for leading the event.
On Friday our staff attended the Education Support Network North 21st Century Conference at the Perth Convention Centre along side 800 professionals. The Wandumbah Dance Group opened the conference with the Welcome to Country with a brilliant performance showcasing Bibullmun culture through music, dance and storytelling. This was followed by an opening address by The Director General Lisa Rodgers and then an address by myself as the Network Principal. The Keynote speaker was professor Andrew Whitehouse who is based in WA and is at the cutting edge of National and International research into the identification and intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Following Andrew was 11 concurrent sessions and workshops which provided all attendees to learn about some of the most current research and practice in education support.
Just as we started the new term we then entered a three day COVID lock down. But in true Westminster spirit we have returned to school motivated and excited to put into practice some of the new things we have learnt from the conference.
Finally, I would thank you for your understanding with these social distancing measures as we continue to put the safety of our students as our main priority.
Anzac Day Ceremony
Wednesday 5th May
West Coast Eagles Visit
Friday 7th May
Tuesday 11th May
Wednesday 12th May
West Coast Eagles Clinic
Wednesday 19th May
Friday 21st May
National Walk safely to school day
News from Room 5
What an exciting start of Term 2 it has been! With the holiday excitement and then Lockdown weekend now over, we are almost back to normal. In Room 5 we learn to work together and play together. The favourite part of our day is ‘Social Play’ at the end of every day. This is when we are learning to share, negotiate, communicate, be kind and include our friends. But, it is not all play in Room 5. We are also working hard towards achieving our individual learning goals in our everyday small group learning sessions.
In HASS we are learning about Australia and this past week we learned about the ANZACs.
The children discussed their thoughts on Anzac Day.
Amelia said: “We use Poppies to remember the soldiers”
Indi said: “We remember the soldiers and they ate Anzac cookies to give them energy”
Salah said: “We go to the Dawn service”
In Science we have been investigating different clouds and what they are called. We loved using the iPads to take photos of clouds. We also had fun investigating shadows and seeing the different shapes each of our shadows can make.
Save the Date
National Disability Services supports people with disability who require attendant care support to access the community through the ACROD Parking program, Companion Card and Changing Places Network in WA.
Through the Companion Card program, NDS is providing cardholders with a limited time offer for a free Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK) to access Changing Places facilities. Changing Places facilities are secure, accessible toilets with an adult change table and hoist. More than 30 Changing Places are located across prominent areas in WA from Broome to Albany with more locations being added. We encourage you to promote this offer and speak to the people you support as appropriate.
If your organisation requires a key/s to support people with disability who require access to Changing Places: please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with
- number of keys required
- contact person and organisational name
- postal address
To request an individual key for a person you support who is an existing Companion Card holder: please complete this online MLAK request form. It is also available via this short link: bit.ly/MLAKrequest . NB: You will be able to complete the form more than once for multiple clients.
For people you support who are not yet Companion Card holders: they may wish to apply for a Companion Card and will be able to select a checkbox to receive an MLAK key. More information and the application form available here: www.wacompanioncard.org.au/about-companion-card/how-to-apply
P & C
Early Intervention Census
Child & Parent Centre
Westminster Education Support Centre uniforms are available to purchase from Tutor Uniforms.
Address: 1/75 Excellence Drive, Wangara
Trading hours: Monday – Friday 8am-4.30pm.
Or visit: https://tudorschooluniforms.com.au/
Royal blue undershirts, leggings, head scarves, socks and shoes can be purchased through stores such as Kmart and BigW.
Westminster Undercover Cafe
Open Thursday and Friday's 8.30am-1.20pm
Cash or online (www.quickcliq.com.au)
Cash orders to be placed by 9.20am, online orders close at 8.30am
A big thankyou to those who have already paid these.
School Board Members
Chair Person Susan Beltman
School Members Gary Hobson
Parent Members Natalie Krekora
Community Members John O’Rourke