Blog 38, 2019

Twilight Book Awards

A huge thank you to everyone who came down and joined us for our book awards. We were so impressed by the community support and the behaviour of the children during the awards. Thank you to all our sponsors, who without we would not be able to present such prizes our award winners. Your support is as always much appreciated. Special mention to our Dux winner Oliver Bennett and the following Year 6 students for winning scholarships at Armadale High School and Byford Secondary College:

  • Abbey – Sports Award, Byford Secondary College
  • Willem Hendricks – Visual Arts, Armadale High School
  • Taliyah Paine – General Scholarship, Armadale High School

Congratulations to all award winners for your tremendous efforts this year. Well done to Mrs Sudhakaren and the Choir for their performance during the awards.

If were unable to attend the Twilight Book Awards, please see below for the Principal’s address.

Good evening everyone. Welcome to our families, children and staff. A special welcome to our invited guests who are with us tonight John Erren our school Board Chair and our school Board members. I would like to begin by acknowledging the recent tragedy in New Zealand with the Whakaari eruption. We are flying our flags at half-mast as a mark of mourning and respect.

It is a pleasure to speak to you all, on this night of happiness and celebration. We are here to celebrate the many successes which the children and the school have achieved this year. We began the year at Woodland Grove emphasising Kindness and the importance and value of caring for others. Our school prides itself on being one that cares for those within and beyond the school. Our community works with us to provide many opportunities for our children. We have a myriad of volunteers who help in many different ways from reading, to knitting with children during lunch time and helping out in the library.

Our P&C does an amazing job of raising valuable funds for Woodland Grove and providing opportunities for children to socialise and have fun at school with the annual disco and the very exciting Celebration of Learning Day planned for the last day of school. Our P&C comprises of a dedicated band of volunteers. In addition we will be giving a cheque in excess of $1200 to the Heart Kids Foundation later on this week, an example of the kindness and dedication shown by Oliver Schrape and his team as they organised and ran a very successful fundraiser.

We have just completed out third year of operation at Woodland Grove. In partnership with our School Board we have laid the foundations for a successful school that has at its heart a strong moral purpose- High expectations of success for every child at every opportunity every day.

Our focus remains on:

  • Ensuring quality teaching
  • Providing a strong curriculum
  • Promoting a safe and inclusive environment and
  • Building productive partnerships

Every decision we make as administrators of this school, as teachers at Woodland Grove and as education assistants and support officers is made through the lens of students and what is best for students.

I am proud to say that the staff of Woodland Grove are extremely dedicated and genuinely feel privileged to serve this community and provide a quality education for our students.

Walt Disney once said “You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful ideas in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality”. This is certainly the case as principal. The reality is that the learning experiences that have taken place this year could not have happened without a great deal of commitment and support from our staff, parents, students and community.

As I reflect on 2019 I think about the Christmas Hampers behind me and how fitting it is that we end the year with thinking about how we can care for others.

As Principal it is an honour to serve the children of Woodland Grove Primary School. I would like to acknowledge and thank the work of all associated with Woodland Grove Primary School.

Complete List of Award Winners

Student Twlight Book Award Winners 2019


Nativity Play and Candlelight Performance

Next week is our Nativity Play and Candlelight Performance by our Year 3 students. This is a tradition we have carried through to each year since we first opened. It is a lovely time where our WGPS family come together for a relaxing evening of entertainment and Christmas joy! We would love to see as many WGPS families there to support our Year 3 performers and to enjoy one of our last events for the school year.