In remembrance of the Officers who lost their lives; may they rest in peace.

Senior Constable Donald Richard Everett 4600 – Police Air Wing

Senior Constable Philip Gavin Ruland 7877 – Newman Police Station

First Class Constable David Adrian Dewar 9178 – Newman Police Station

Constable Gavin Ashley Capes 10305 – Newman Police Station

We will remember

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It was on the 26th of January 2001 that four police officers were responding to call for assistance in community of Kiwirrkurra. This community is 816 kilometres east of Newman and is close to the Northern Territory border. The officers attended the community and dealt with the situation. The police officers then departed and left for Newman. It was at 9:50pm when the plane entered the Newman Airport circuit area. A few moments later, the aircraft crashed only 2.6kms from the airport. A search was immediately commenced by police and local emergency volunteers. At 4:30am the wreckage was found. Tragically all officers on board lost their lives.

Room 2 and 3 were very honored to present 2017s Bloody Slow Cup Assembly.

Sharniqua Tracey and Toby Woodall
Room 2 and 3 performing the poem ‘My Heart for an Officer’

A special thank you to Jill Willoughby from WA Police Legacy. Police Legacy is an organisation that cares for the families of injured and fallen police officers. We were delighted to present Jill the cheque for the money we had raised

We were very appreciative of Senior Sergeant Mark Fleskens addressing the assembly. We are very lucky to have such a dedicated police force in our community.

Bloody Slow Cup Assembly 2017

Room 2 and 3 presented the Bloody Slow Assembly on Friday, 20 October. Remembering the Police Officers who had lost their lives on January 26, 2001 in an aircraft tragedy. Not only have Rooms 2 and 3 been learning about the charitable organisation WA Police Legacy they have also raised an outstanding total of $369.70. Congratulations to the students of Rooms 2 and 3, Miss Kara Metcalf and Miss Monique Tucek for your fantastic efforts and supporting such a wonderful and meaningful cause.

Kapa Haka Group

The fabulous Kapa Haka group performed at our assembly. Everyone was extremely moved by their beautiful Maori song and Haka. It was fantastic to see the students from our school showcasing their culture. A big thank you to Tatum Cortland and Dayna Panui for organising the performance.


We are thankful the family of Senior Constable Philip Gavin Ruland attended our assembly. Having his family there made the day even more special.

Room 2 and 3 with Senior Sergeant Mark Fleskens and Miss Police Legacy Caitlin Lawson

Room 2 and 3 with Senior Sergeant Mark Fleskens and Miss Police Legacy Caitlin Lawson

Thank you to all of the special visitors that attended the assembly.

Creating Props

Room 2 and 3 making the Force Identification Numbers of the fallen officers for our assembly item.

Bloody Slow Cup Acrostic Poem

Room 2 and 3 planned and created an acrostic poem relating to the Bloody Slow Cup. Students brainstormed words and ideas and then put them into their final work.

Fundraising for WA Police Legacy

Room 2 and 3 organised a ‘Bloody Slow Cup’ dress up day on Friday 13 October. A gold coin donation was required for the dress up. All donations were then presented to Police Legacy during our assembly. Some of the students from Room 3 dressed up in their Bloody Slow cup teams.

Some of the students from Room 3 dressed up in their Bloody Slow cup teams.

Western Force

On Thursday 19 October and Friday 20 October some Western Force players and their development officers visited our school, they joined Miss Ashlee Allinson and spent two days of teaching rugby skills with our students.

It is always such a pleasure to have the Western Force visit our school and support this cause every year at the time of Bloody Slow Cup.

On the 19th of October we had the Western Force Rugby team come to South Newman Primary School to teach the kids how to play rugby and have fun. They first started with a fun drill of rugby octopus; we had to start at a white cone run to the blue cone on the other side. After that warm up we got split up into five groups, one group had to go out in the field and each person from one team had to go and try to score a tri. Then we all got in a circle and the rugby players had to throw the ball and we had to catch it and if they faked to throw the ball and we flinched we would be out and if we dropped the ball we would also be out. Then room 101 helped pack up. Then the Western Force team gave out prizes for the people that they thought did their best and that went to Lucy McGowan and Mufaro Mufuma.

Written by Riley Matthews and Makenzy Russell from Room 101

A big thank you and congratulations to Miss Kara Metcalf and Room 2, and Miss Monique Tucek and Room 3 for the fantastic assembly on Friday. It was extremely moving, appropriate and well organised. I received a number of compliments from the families of the Police Officers who the Bloody Slow Cup is dedicated and other community members about the item, the student behaviour and the overall feel of our school.

Thank you to Mrs Amanda Henley and Room 1 students for the lovely wreath that was made for the Memorial Service.

Katie Wallace


E: SouthNewman.PS@education.wa.edu.au

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