Below are images that capture parts of Dampier Primary School that make us an important hub within the Dampier community. As the year progresses,more and more photos demonstrating the wonderful community orientated things we do will feature here.
STEM excursion to the construction site of the BMX pocket park.
Dampier Primary School students were excited to be invited down the the bulging site of the Dampier BMX pocket park to get a first hand look and a chat with the designer.
To complement our STEM studies regarding design and movement, students from Year 3 to 6 walked down to the building site at the back of Hampton Oval where Damian from DirtTrakz explained the track, it's features and how he goes about building a BMX track.
For Pilbara kids, whose weekends are spent packing jumps and burms of their own, they were a very attentive audience. Damian taught them about the process of constructing a long lasting track and what features suit riders of all age groups. We were impressed with his building history which includes the Olympic practice BMX track in Brisbane.
The first three classes traversed the track by foot but the second group were lucky enough to watch Damian ride the track because it was dry enough. Later that afternoon, the track was busy with student 'test riders' manualing, rolling and jumping with the sea at their back and the wind in their face.
Year 5 Leadership Day at Dampier Camp School
Mrs Pianta took the Year 5 students to Dampier Camp School on 27 November to put into action their established and newly learnt leadership skills. They practiced knot tying with Mr Prizmic and then they made the long walk down to the weighing station for boat building. After being divided into 7 groups, the students designed and built their ultimate water craft. The variety in designs and structures were impressive, BUT were they seaworthy???
See below for photos from our long and hot day. They all had a fabulous time.
Gardening Club - Harvesting Our Vegetable Crop
This week some of our keen gardeners helped harvest vegetables from our aquaponics garden and our raised garden beds near the bike racks. We picked celery, beans, capsicum, eggplant, bok choy, parsley and corriander. Students were able to take home some of the fresh produce and parents and students were offered any surplus vegetables. It was great to see so many students munching on fresh celery at the close of school.
I would like to thank our gardener, Irene and her husband Stu, for their assistance in the garden and Luke and Bec Malone for supplying manure for our vegetable garden and orchard.
Parents, if you would like to use some of the herbs we have got growing, for an evening meal, please feel free to take what you need. We have chilli, parsley and basil. In our shade house area we often have corriander and mint.
PLAY POD GRAND OPENING
We held a ‘Grand Opening” of our Play Pod last Tuesday. The pod was open to all students with basic safety instructions being given and then play. It was great to see all the interactions and creative ways of using the items in the pod.
The next step for our pod is to get it painted. I am looking for a parent/parents who have an artistic flair and knowledge of how to paint this metal container to assist the school in getting ideas from the students, collating the ideas into an artistic map and then supervising and finalising the actual painting of the pod during school hours. If this sounds like YOU please come and see me. Don’t forget to rope in a friend.
NATIONAL TREE DAY
We participated in Planet Ark's National Tree Day by planting trees in our Orchard. We would like to thank Pilbara Motor Group for their financial support to purchase 5 mature fruit trees which have now been planted.
This week with funds raised from our 'Run For Your Life' lapathon we have purchased a few more fruit trees for the orchard and some herb seedlings which we have potted up ready for the school fete. Thank you to our hard working Gardening Club and Mrs & Mr Moy.
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
On the 3rd of June, all school students participated in our annual fun run to raise money for new equipment. Students ran their little hearts out around our oval circuit while encouraged by teachers and the motivating running track over the PA. We were delighted at the parental support but also the parental participation in our whole school exercise. It is this that embodies Dampier Primary School's community and family engagement. An enormous congratulations to students who raised over $3000 for their efforts.
Year 3 and 5 students have worked their hardest this week to demonstrate their aptitude at Naplan. While it is a snapshot of ability on the given day in a test environment, it was really important to celebrate. Here is a Naplan in action photo of all the Year 5s compared to our afterwards celebration! Woohoo!
Mothers' Day Afternoon tea
On Thursday 7 May, the students from the straight Year 3 class through to Year 6 hosted their beloved Mums for an afternoon tea and togetherness time. Staff would love to thank all the busy mums who took time out of their day to come, relax and enjoy being pampered by their children. The afternoon was kicked off by a performance by the choir and a short recorder piece by Year 5s.
Following this, students and their mothers were able to have a Mum and me photograph; they made origami and loom band designs together. Mums had the opportunity to relax with a hand massage (students were given lessons and tips to prepare) with an optional manicure by their child. There was also the opportunity for all the hard working mums to take a break and be waited on by their child in a traditional Devonshire Tea. Students were able to given their precious mum an intricate paper flower they made in Art as a small memento of the afternoon.
Everyone was having a lovely time and the staff would love to thank everyone who was involved.
Captain Clean Up Visits us
Captain Clean Up recently visited us to give us a clear message in grafitti and littering as only the Captain can. Thankyou to the City of Karratha for organising the visit
Our Easter Parade was a hopping success!
Harmony Day was a wonderful success in celebrating diversity.