The Terrace Times

Principal’s Message

Good afternoon Parents / Caregivers,

Wow !! Where did that term go?

Movement of Staff
Due to budget constraints and departures of students, our school budget had quite a sizeable shortfall.  The option to collapse classes and lose teachers was discussed, but this would have been a very perturbing solution for students, parents and staff.  Instead, there has been a number of staff move around in their positions and change the days they work … some have even moved schools. Two staff (Mrs Amanda Kelly and Mrs Rosie Penn) are currently working at John Forrest Secondary College … my deepest thanks to Amanda and Rosie for assisting our school by taking this opportunity.  This movement is only temporary but will be for the rest of 2017.   There have been quite a number of staff volunteer to take cuts to assist with the school budget … I cannot thank them enough for their dedication to our school.   All of the movements and change of days are temporary measures.

Harmony Day
My heartfelt thanks to all parents who volunteered to assist our school with Harmony Day Celebrations tomorrow morning.  Celebrations will start at 8:30am sharp and all are welcome to come and watch and help us celebrate our school’s diversity.  Students are encouraged to wear their National Costume/Dress or to wear something Orange.

Edu Dance
Congratulations to all students that took part in the Edu-Dance concerts last Thursday and today.  Last week’s show was quite spectacular and I am looking forward to watching today’s event.  My thanks to staff and parents that helped with costumes and also my thanks to the Edu-Dance teachers for their efforts.  There have been quite a number of parents asking me if this could be an annual event (instead of bi-annual).  This will be discussed at the next School Council meeting so if you have a strong opinion either way, please let one of the school councillors know.

ANZAC Day Ceremony
Next term our school will be commemorating ANZAC Day on Friday 28 April at 8:30am.  This will take the place of our normal Friday assembly.  Don’t forget Term 2 starts for students on Wednesday 26 April.

From my family to yours, I wish you a very safe and restful Easter break.  I hope you take the opportunity to catch up with your family and friends and all come back refreshed and ready for a big Term 2.

Happy Easter every bunny,

Stuart Blackwood

Head Students

This has been a very exiting term. We have done lots of things including Edu Dance from Pre-Primary to Year Six. All of the participating students learned a dance routine and performed it at the concert. Another thing we did this term was the Prefects Dress Up Day. Students were asked to dress up as ‘what they want to be when they’re older.’ It was a fun day and lots of students dressed up. There were lots of different ideas on what they want to be when they are older. This term the Year Five and Six students participated in the Interschool Summer Carnival competing in Cricket, Volleyball, League Tag and Ultimate Frisbee. We competed against Upper Swan Primary School, Hampton Park Primary School and Lockridge Primary School. It was a great day, we all had fun and we did our best. This term the Year 6s got to participate in Leadership Day at Challenge Stadium. The students were challenged to work together and take on different team building activities. We also had a movie night organised by the P&C where all the students were invited to come and watch the movie ‘Finding Dory’ while enjoying a sausage sizzle, popcorn and a juice box. It was a good night and a great movie. So we have had an awesome term and can’t wait for the next one!

Cosette Turner and Delilah Smith

Honour Certificates

Congratulations to the following students who where presented with an Honour Certificate at the last Assembly.

ECB 2Alaia A, Harrison V
ECB 3Millie B, Lacey J
2Arye B, Jake H
3Jayden D, Mia K
5Charlie H, Rocky-Junior L
11Riley H, Abbi H
12Eunice B, Emily P
13Emma T, Cosette T
14Jazmin H, Kynan W
15Hayden K, Tahliah Y
17Elise C, Lilly E
18Oliver W, Rory W
ArtSeth K, Luniva S
LibraryAdoni Z, Room 6
SportJai H

Students receive Honour Certificates as acknowledgement for achievement in academic success, social skills and thoughtfulness to others.

Being a Reading Sensation

As most of our students read each night, the BEARS reading program is not extra work for students, parents and caregivers or teachers, it is simply a method of calculating the number of nights the students read, and then rewards them at strategic numbers, eg 50, 100, 200 and so on.

Well done to the following students who have read for –

50 Nights
Room 2Arye B, Isla F, Jake H, Abigael I, Mason K, Florence Q, Maryam S, Ella W
Room 5Keyaan A, Emily B, Elisha D, Charlie H, Noah K, Rocky-Junior L, Finn O, Jasmine O, Olivia P, Myah R
Room 6Georgia B, Liam B, Taj C, Tide D, Jacob K, Tarek L, Samantha R, Lily R
Room 11Oscar B, Bill H, Tyson J, Adoni Z
Room 12Riley B, Claudia I

Reminders and Upcoming Events

Friday 7 AprilHarmony Day Assembly – students to either wear orange or traditional dress from their home country.
Friday 7 AprilKids Club Easter Play at 1pm in the School Hall
Friday 7 AprilP&C Raffle drawn after Kids Club Easter Play
Friday 7 AprilLast day of School for Term 1
Monday 24 AprilSchool Development Day – Students do not attend.
Tuesday 25 AprilPublic Holiday – ANZAC Day
Wednesday 26 AprilStudents return for Term 2
Friday 28 AprilKindy Green attend
Friday 28 AprilCommemorating ANZAC Day – 8.30am in the School Hall. Parents welcome!
Monday 1 MayKindy Blue attend
Monday 8 MayKindy Gold attend
Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 MayMothers’ Day Stall

Chess News

Over the first term, Anzac Terrace competed against Midvale Primary School and Boyare Primary School for the School Chess League Championships.

We did exceptionally well by winning all eight games! Well done to everyone involved!

A big thank you to Mrs Howrie for volunteering to drive and Mr Bell for taking the Chess Club when I was unable to make it.

Keep practicing over the holidays and don’t forget to castle!

Mr Kaempf

Year 6 Leadership Day

On Friday 24 April, the Year 6 students attended the Leadership Day held at Challenge Stadium. The day was organised by Teamworks Development Australia and saw the children participated in activities in the bushland that were designed to develop leadership skills and encourage teamwork. The children worked together in three groups tackling challenges they may not have normally faced. The program involved a lot of high rope activities including a Himalayan Bridge Walk, Create Stack, Leap of Faith and a Low Rope Course.

It was fantastic to see all the children working together, especially those who would not normally work together. It was also pleasing to see all the children actively participate in every activity and have a go at all the challenges put in front of them, especially the Leap of Faith. The feedback from the children has only been positive with many wanting to complete the activities again. They all had a fabulous day getting to know their classmates better and developing their leadership skills.

Message from your School Council


Hello parents and friends,

Our school council recently met.  The first item on the agenda was the presentation of the Budget for the school over this calendar year by the Principal and Manager of Corporate Services.  It became apparent during the discussions that as less students had turned up at the beginning of 2017 than had been planned or staffed for, there is a shortfall in our budgets.  While the school has to plan these things at the end of the previous year, the Department of Education will only fund schools based on the students that attend on Census Day in the following year.  Some tough decisions have been made in forming the budget that was presented.  We were grateful to Mr Blackwood, Mrs Harrison and the administration team for their work with this budget to ensure that the needs of the school will be met.

Whilst the school will remain solvent and appropriate belt tightening has taken place, to help with the ongoing learning programs of the school and to hopefully increase funding to specialist programs, we would like you to consider paying your voluntary contributions, if at all possible.  I am sure that every family that can do this will make a difference to what programs can be offered this year to our kids.

As always, if you have any feedback or want anything discussed in upcoming Council meetings please contact us through one of our members or at

Kind regards

Adam Cheetham

School Council Chair

P&C Entertainment Book

The NEW Entertainment Book is not far off!

Thank you to everyone who have already purchased a book.

The Books sell for $70 and we keep $14 for every one we sell.

The Entertainment(TM) Book gives you access to thousands of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers for Perth’s best restaurants, cafes, attractions and more. Plus, it offers the best in market prices for thousands of hotels, resorts, car rentals, theme parks, groceries, petrol and shopping that you can use whenever you like until 1 June 2018.

The Entertainment (TM) Books are available as a Book (with a gold card and vouchers) or as a Digital Membership that puts all the offers in the Book, on your smartphone to redeem at the touch of a button.

Memberships will be available in May, however, pre-order today to receive up to $200 in Early Bird Offers that you can use straight away!

If you would like to purchase a book and to help us continue to fundraise for our senior playground please click here.

Jessica Ericson

P&C Fundraising Coordinator

OSHC program phone: 0428 197 483

OSHClub WA Head Office: 08 9261 3200

Coordinator: Jennifer Archer                 Assistants: Monique Wright

All families must be enrolled to attend the program, remember this is easy and free!! Please create an account online at all bookings and cancellations can also be managed via your online account. For on the day bookings please contact the Coordinator direct at the program.

Keyed Up Music will be running guitar lessons in Term 2 after school at Anzac Terrace Primary. We run group lessons starting from $15.95 plus GST per lesson.

To enrol, go to or ring Therese on 1300 366 243 with any questions.

Bassendean Memorial Library

Click here for information regarding April school holiday activity events at the Bassendean Library.

Bassendean Church of Christ

Bassendean Church of Christ is again holding a community Easter Fair on Sunday 9 April, starting at 4pm.

This is a free community event, held on the grounds of the church at 4 Ivanhoe Street, Bassendean.

The afternoon will be for games, painting and crafts, an animal farm and pony rides, followed by a free sausage sizzle, marshmallow toasting and a puppet show in the early evening.  Bassendean Church of Christ is happy to have the Town of Bassendean as a sponsor for this year’s event.

Click here to read the flyer.

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!