From the Principal – Term 4 week 7

Athletics Carnival

This year’s Athletics Carnival was another great day, made all the better with the fantastic turnout of parents. Our students made us proud with so many demonstrations of our RISE values and sportsmanship.

Thank you to our school team for the thorough organisation and to all of our volunteers on the day. Interschool competitions were held earlier this week. Monday was a successful day for jumps, throws and distance events, and our team did us proud again on Tuesday with the track and team events. Albany Primary School won the Junior Carnival shield, and came third in the Senior Carnival. Well done to Denmark Primary School for winning the Senior shield. Congratulations also to Grace who won Year 4 Champion Girl, Kai who won Year 4 Champion Boy, and Lucy who was Year 5 Runner Up Champion Girl. It was an incredibly hot, then windy day and our students showed a high level of camaraderie and team spirit.

Parent Survey

All parents should have received an email this week with a link to complete the National Schools Opinion Survey. This survey is required every two years as a part of our ongoing data collection and self-assessment processes. I encourage everyone to please take 5-10 minutes to provide us with your valuable feedback about how you think APS does as a school for your children.

Dress Code

In preparation for the new school year, the School Board has reviewed and updated our Dress Code.  The Dress Code reflects our new uniform pieces; however, our current shirts and jackets are still perfectly acceptable whilst we phase in the new items.

The revised Dress Code Policy has been sent to you via Connect. Please take a few minutes to read the policy and let us know if you have any questions.


I am so pleased that we will be going ahead with our Graduation Assembly on Tuesday 15 December. Naturally, we are going to have a few restrictions and alternative arrangements in place, which I will communicate specifically to Year 6 parents next week. Please be aware there is a strict limit on the number of guests per student and no siblings will be able to attend.

End Of Year Assembly

To enable guests at our end of year assembly, we are splitting the event into two this year.

Pre-Primary to Year 3 Assembly: 9:00am Wednesday 16 December

Year 4 – 6 Assembly: 11:15am Wednesday 16 December

Mrs Whitfort’s Year 3/4 class will attend the Year 4-6 Assembly.

These assemblies can only go ahead with your help. We will need to restrict guests to 1 guest per family. Siblings from other year levels will only attend their year level assembly. Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry to the undercover area. I respectfully ask that everyone observes these changes so that we can make our final assemblies a celebration for our students.

Student Leader Election

I am looking forward to hearing our Year 5 students give their speeches for Student Council or House Captain next week. There have been a lot of nominations and I am excited to hear about who will be voted in to these leadership positions for 2021.

Have a wonderful weekend and upcoming week ahead. It certainly is a busy time of the year!

Ms Cathy Willis, Principal

Congratulations to all of our Honour Certificate Recipients and Rise Stars

For the first time this year teachers awarded RISE Star House Awards to deserving recipients. Students from the Junior and Senior year groups were selected for two categories. Congratulations to all of these students!

The students selected for challenging themselves to achieve their best during the athletics carnival are:

Breaksea Jnr: Sienna Melville Jnr: Tyler

Breaksea Snr: Archie Melville Snr: Skye

Clarence Jnr: Anika Michaelmas Jnr: Felicity

Clarence Snr: Angus Michaelmas Snr: Will

The students selected for displaying outstanding sportsmanship during the athletics carnival are:

Breaksea Jnr: Jirouh Melville Jnr: Mia

Breaksea Snr: Ella Melville Snr: Aisha

Clarence Jnr: Stewart Michaelmas Jnr: Odin

Clarence Snr: Aisha Michaelmas Snr: Freya

Faction Points

Albany Primary Michaelmas: 931

Albany Primary Breaksea: 880

Albany Primary Clarence: 875

Albany Primary Melville: 842

P & C Uniform Shop

A reminder that the uniform shop has reopened for cash sales, on Tuesdays 2.45-3.30pm and Thursdays 8.30-9.00am.

All our current stock is 30% off while stocks last. Main school polos and jackets can be worn for this year and all of next year, and faction shirts will remain acceptable as uniform beyond next year as they are changing only a tiny bit.

Back to School Special

Volunteers will be at the Uniform Shop 1.00 -4.00 pm Wednesday 27 January and 1.00 -4.00 pm Friday 29 January, in the undercover area. Our new updated polo shirts and jackets should arrive ready for our back to school special opening hours.

Initially the new items will only be available for in person purchases, and will not be available online.

Chaplain’s  Corner

Hope you are all keeping well.  Term 4 is almost done? Yes – that is right we have almost made it! Not long now parents, the year that is 2020 is almost at its end. My family has even put up the Christmas tree in a bid to be that little bit closer to the years’ end(its ok I don’t think I beat Kmart in the race).

With the internet only becoming more and more a part of our everyday life it is simply responsible for us as parents and caretakers to be aware of the safety precautions both ourselves and our children should be taking.

For example did you know that:

  • 6/10 young Australians are regularly playing online multiplayer games?
  • 1 out of 2 players are playing with people they do not know?
  • 17% of multiplayer gamers experienced in-game bullying? (that’s more than 200,000 Australians!)
  • 1/5 young Australians aged 8 to 17 years reported being socially excluded, threatened or abused online

I have recently been introduced to a very helpful resource on Cyberbullying. The eSafety site is “choc-o-block” full with tips and tricks for parents, teacher and kids. On the website you can even sign up for a FREE parenting seminar that covers many aspects such as: how to talk and help your child with the potential pitfalls that come with being online, what protections can put in place, what steps can be taken to eradicate bad online behaviour etc.


webinar times and dates:

helpline for Parents for both support and referral: 1800 654 432.

Keep up the good work parents! Mr Caleb Drage, Chaplain

Events at Albany Primary School

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