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North Fremantle Primary School Community News Summer 11-12

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 All the performers on stage for the finale.

In the Freo Festival parade.

North Fremantle Primary School 2011 Community News Summer A little school with big ideas

What a Splash!  A spectacular puppet show was staged recently by North Fremantle Primary School on the banks of the Swan to celebrate the creatures of the local river.

Families enjoyed a picnic tea before the SPLASH  performance.  performance.

Performers and their puppets paraded across Gil Fraser Reserve at sunset, led by the unmistakable beats of the Wasamba drummers, to signal the start of the performance. Tales of the river were then woven together, expertly guided by artist-inresidence Sandy McKendrick. Dancing octopi, a seahorse and his babies, shermen chasing a big catch, hungry hermit crabs, a lurking shark and a pelican looking for a shy meal were stars of the s how.

Year 2-3 parade onto stage.

Gumblossom Out-of-School Out-of-School Care Before and after school care is available onsite at North Fremantle Primary School by local childcare provider, Gumblossom. Vacation care is also on offer during the school holidays. Further information is available from Gumblossom on 08 9335 3001.

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in clingwrap, which caught the stage  lighting and lit up the shapes,’ says says art teacher Margie Campbell. ‘We used all kinds of recycled and found  objects to make eyes, scales and other  features for our puppets, adding colour  and character. Strings of tiny LED lights  were then attached to our puppets for  extra sparkle.’  The achievements of the SPLASH project have extended well beyond this performance, according to Principal Fiona Kelly. ‘The purpose of the Artists in Schools  program is to use the arts as a medium  for all kinds of innovative teaching right  across the curriculum,’  curriculum,’ she she explains.

Grandparents performed alongside grandchildren, and teachers alongside students and parents. Even the Principal and Deputy Principal starred as ‘skippers’ of a hand-crafted balsa wood boat.

‘For example, the children have  dissected sh in science classes, written invitations to the performance in  literacy, learned about local history and  environmental issues, and used new  technology to record sounds and images  for the performance.

‘The three dimensional puppets were  constructed with cane and wrapped 

‘We are so grateful to have had this  opportunity in 2011 and would especially 

like to thank our art teacher Margie  Campbell, grants coordinator Jenny  Pavicic, ArtsEdge and of course artist-in-  residence Sandy McKendrick for guiding  us along this journey.’  According to many parents, the children have been so enthusiastic about this project because they have invented it themselves and done so much of their own investigation and exploration along the way. ‘The kids take away so much from the   journey they have just completed. They  have worked at the level of artist, not just rote performers...’  performers...’ says says North Fremantle parent Francine Orr. ‘All year we have had a riverfull of fun, laughter and learning - we loved being a  part of SPLASH ,’ adds ,’ adds fellow parent and performer Lowana Bibby. This Artist-In-Residence Grants Program project has been assisted by the Federal Government through the Australia Council for the Arts and the Western Australian State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Department of Education.

2012 Enrolments Limited enrolments are still available for 2012. We encourage you to enrol as soon as possible to secure your child’s place at North Fremantle Primary School. The school will be closed from 16 December and reopens on January 27, 2012.

NFPS Kindergarten runs over two full days per week (Tuesday (Tuesday and Thursday) in Semester 1 and three full days (Tuesday, (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) in Semester 2. Look for the enrolment information on our website.

For more information about our special events, school information or student enrolments, you can visit www.northfremantleps.wa.edu.au or contact the school on 08 9335 2743   Principal: Fiona  Principal: Fiona Kelly  Deputy Principal: Leanne Vinci School Registrar: Pauline Registrar: Pauline Latskins

‘My favourite bit was when we all popped out of the seahorse’s belly. I really liked it.’ Perry  Kronberger, Yr 1.

Oh, the places you’ll go!  Early learning at North Fremantle Congratulations! Today is your day.  You’re off to Great Places!  You’re off and away!  You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself Any direction you choose.

The famous words of this Dr Seuss story describe the early learning program (Kindy to Year Year 1) at North Fremantle Primary School perfectly. While early education may seem like child’s play, play, ensuring it is a successful introduction to academic life takes expertise, energy and understanding. understanding. North Fremantle’s early learning teachers, Liz Smith and Lisa Miller, have specialised skills that draw on several education philosophies, philosophies, as well as a natural love for children. Liz Smith, known as ‘Miss Lizzie’ by her Pre-Primary and Year 1 students, says she has taken the best elements from each setting she has worked in to shape her teaching style. There are, however, some basics in her approach. ‘ Above all, our aim is to make  school a secure and fun environment for  all children,’  children,’ explains Liz. ‘We want children  to love coming to school.’ 

‘We want them to know they can take  risks, be imaginative and experiment with  new skills. We build on things the children  already know - an approach that multiple  international studies have proven is the  best way to learn.

‘I think our focus on meaningful  play-based learning, regular assessment and a commitment to accountability  puts us way ahead

While exibility in delivery is important when teaching young children, both Liz and Lisa say this does not mean lowering academic or social standards they set for their students.

‘We are very proud of the high standards  of literacy, numeracy and behaviour we are  seeing in our Kindy, Pre-Primary and Year  1 students,’ says Liz. The school is well-resourced with interactive whiteboards, several teaching specialists and excellent classroom resources. As a small school, the teaching staff work closely together to benet students throughout their years at North Fremantle.

‘We regularly assess academic and social  progress and use this information in our  planning. Because we know where each  child is academically, we can effectively  support and extend all our students so  they can make even better progress.’  Kindy teacher Lisa Miller also emphasises the importance of social skills in her teaching program.

‘I see my job as preparing children  for many years of success at school,’  explains Lisa. ‘Good social skills really  set the building blocks for success in a  student’s later years, together with strong  foundations in literacy and numeracy.’  An environment rich in opportunities for speaking and listening is the key to language and literacy learning in Kindy, according to Lisa. ‘Numeracy for very  young children also involves more than just  counting. I introduce several basic maths  concepts using varied and fun activities, which draw on my previous experience as  a numeracy specialist’ she says.

‘I feel I am nurturing these children for a  very short time, starting them on the road  for their academic life.’ 

‘If these children leave us loving  school and wanting to learn, then we’ve done

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