Newsletter 11

From the Principal

Dear Waddington families,

It is unbelievable to think that we are well over halfway through Term 4! We have had a jam-packed term and our students have been learning so much in their classrooms. We have been completing lots of assessment and it is extremely positive to see the progress they have made. Our teachers have been busy working on reports and please remember, if you have any queries or concerns about your child’s progress, please organise to see their teacher.

Our Christmas Carols event will be here before we know it, and we hope you and your friends and family can join us on Friday the 2nd December. We will have lots of yummy food to purchase organised by our P&C, the Girrawheen Lions Club will be having their miniature train, and there will be lots of other fun activities. 

Our wonderful Manager Corporate Services, Kylie Jones won her position this week and is now permanent to Waddington PS. Kylie has been a fantastic addition to our staff and we are very happy she will be staying. We are starting to look at our classes for next year and I would ask that if you know that your child won’t be coming back to Waddington in 2023, that you let us know. It is very important for us to know which students we can expect in Term 1. 

We have finished some more wonderful upgrades and we hope you have all seen our beautiful new basketball court. Over the school holidays, we will be getting the ceilings replaced in the Admin block and the Staffroom block. We have also painted the Rm 9 external walls. We also hope you enjoy the new Queen’s Jubillee Garden which is a welcome addition. We are committed to making Waddington PS the best school for our students and community. 

We have a survey that we would like parents/caregivers to take to help us set some priorities for 2023 around mental health and wellbeing. It is a short survey and we would really appreciate as many responses as possible. If you can help, please click on the link:

https://beyou.syd1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8BrqyFHxHoJ4DXv?survey_id=12103392677

We have started assessing our students to see their progress for the year and it has been positive to see the results they have made. There have been huge gains made in mental maths, Sounds Write and with students reading and writing. Our staff are committed to all of our students making progress. Student reports will be out in Week 10, but if you would like to talk to your child’s teacher before then, please do not hesitate to contact them for a chat.  A reminder that as we move towards the end of the year, our students still need to be attending every single day. Our teachers are still packing in lots of important learning and students need to be present. We have had a number of students who are coming to school late, so we ask that students get to school at 8:45am each day as we cover important information in each class each morning.

Kind regards,

Jemima Tomlinson 

Principal

From the Administration Team

The term planner is updated regularly and below are some important dates to be aware of for the last few weeks of school.

Please refer to the Term Planner page under the ‘Community’ tab for the most up-to-date events for this term and the planner for Term 4 (but this may be subject to change).

Important Dates

16th November 2022 – Board Meeting – 10.30am

21st November 2022 – EarthEd Science Incursion

23rd November 2022 – Transition to Kindy Session – 10.30am

2nd December 2022 – Christmas Carols

5th December 2022 – Graduation/Book Awards

6th December 2022 – Graduation Dinner

2023 Planning

As Mrs Tomlinson mentioned, we are commencing the process of looking at classes for 2023. If you are not planning on returning to Waddington next year, please let us know as soon as possible so we have an idea of class numbers/structures for next year.

Room 1 – Learning all about Australian Animals

Well……..Week 6, Term 4 and Room 1 are working harder than ever! And we can’t believe we only have four more weeks before the end of our school year!

At the start of this term, a special possum came to visit our classroom straight out of one of our favourite stories, Possum Magic. We have been learning lots of interesting facts about possums and other Australian animals. Did you know an owl can rotate his head nearly all the way around! We then wrote our very own narrative story based on the adventures of an Australian animal and enjoyed sharing them with our friends. We are now learning to write instructions. Luckily we had a set of instructions to follow that helped us put our pet kangaroo to bed. Did you know a pet kangaroo loves a bedtime story too!

In Mathematics we have been learning how to tell time on both digital and analogue clocks. In rotation groups we play time bingo, time travel board games and time concentration to help us with reading and writing the time. We have also been learning about ‘direction’ and ‘position’ using vocabulary like: near, behind, next to, above, beneath, right and left. We even programmed our beebots and caterpillars to follow directions, moving from one point to another. And nearly every day we practice our mental maths, which we love!

This term in Art, we are making an owl collage which we are very excited to finish this week. We really enjoyed modelling and making our owls out of clay and then painting them. To finish off our collage we will be mounting them on card and of course, giving them a perch to sleep on.

We still have so many things to look forward to before the end of our year and we really can’t wait to welcome in our Christmas theme. Hopefully Possum will stay for that!

Community Notices

Triple P Online Parenting Sessions

Please see below details for free online sessions during November and December 2022.

Newsletter 10

From the Principal

Good afternoon wonderful Waddington families,

I am terribly sorry that I have been away from school last week. I am hoping to be back on Thursday after contracting a nasty virus that has unfortunately affected my vision and made it difficult for me to do anything. Ms Chivers has been doing a wonderful job to keep everything going and I know the Waddington staff have been working extra hard as well. We really are lucky to have the most amazing team at Waddington PS. 

Swimming starts today and I wanted to thank everyone for getting their payments in. Mrs Jones and Ms Báche have been busy following everyone up and we hope the students enjoy their lessons. Swimming is a vital part of Australian life and these lessons are essential for students to be able to remain safe in the water. 

On Wednesday, we will be having an assembly to thank our super staff for all of their dedication and hard work. It is World Teacher’s Day on Friday 28th October, but at Waddington, we will be celebrating ALL staff and doing this on Wednesday (as most of our staff are here that day). If you would like to take the opportunity to thank some of our staff for the wonderful work they do on this day, I know it would be greatly appreciated. I have had the benefit of working at lots of different schools in my 15 years in education, but the Waddington PS staff eclipse them all. I have never met a more kind, collaborative or hard working group of people. Their dedication to the students at Waddington PS is inspiring and I hope you all know how much your children are cared and catered for. 

On Friday, the P&C will be holding their Halloween Disco! It is a much-loved event and all money raised ends up coming back to our school. We would love to see lots of our students there dressed up in their Halloween outfits. Thank you to our P&C and our wonderful staff who are helping to organise this event. 

On Thursday the 10th of November at 2:30pm we would like to invite you for the official opening of our Queen’s Jubilee Garden. We hope you have enjoyed seeing the transformation next to Room 5 and we are pleased to have a new beautiful space for everyone to enjoy.  A reminder that students all need to attend school everyday to get the most benefit out of coming to school. This also includes students getting to school on time. We now have Run Club every Tuesday and Thursday morning to increase our student’s physical health and give them a great start for the day.

Kind regards,

Jemima Tomlinson 

Principal

From the Administration Team

The term planner is updated regularly and below are some important dates to be aware of for the last few weeks of school.

Please refer to the Term Planner page under the ‘Community’ tab for the most up-to-date events for this term and the planner for Term 4 (but this may be subject to change).

Important Dates

24th October 2022 – In-term Swimming Commences – PP to Year 6

25th October 2022 – In-term Swimming – PP to Year 6

26th October 2022 – In-term Swimming – PP to Year 6

26th October 2022 – Assembly – Teachers Day – Choir/Leaders

27th October 2022 – In-term Swimming – PP to Year 6

28th October 2022 – In-term Swimming – PP to Year 6

28th October 2022 – Teacher’s Day

28th October 2022 – P&C Halloween Disco

31st October 2022 – In-term Swimming – PP to Year 6

1st November 2022 – In-term Swimming – PP to Year 6

1st November 2022 – Interschool Athletics Carnival – Balga PS

2nd November 2022 – In-term Swimming – PP to Year 6

3rd November 2022 – In-term Swimming – PP to Year 6

4th November 2022 – In-term Swimming – PP to Year 6

9th November 2022 – Thank you Morning Tea

9th November 2022 – Opening of Queen’s Jubilee Garden (2.30pm)

2023 Planning

We are commencing the process of looking at classes for 2023. If you are not planning on returning to Waddington next year, please let us know as soon as possible so we have an idea of class numbers/structures for next year.

Room 9 – Busy little bees!

In Room 9 we cannot believe it is Term 4 and there are only 30 days left of school for the Year!!

This term we are exploring the Three Billy Goats Gruff as part of Talk for Writing. In week 2 a bridge appeared that we had to cross to get to class and we predicted what could live underneath it. We have role played the story, taking turns being the 3 billy goats and the mean Ugly troll.  We love retelling and sequencing the story using characters in our small world set up.  Our iMaths investigation shares the same theme, and we have given directions to the Billy goats, ordered them by size and used our problem-solving skills to equally share the spoils of Farmer MacDonald’s veggie patch. 

We have been relishing time outside as the weather changes, from working on our Fundamental movement and counting skills to using our new cubby and playground at break time. We are getting really good at the monkey bars and with the help of our imaginations the cubby has been transformed into a café, house on the moon and even as shelter from escaped dinosaurs! This has become a special place for a lot of us, and links with our Geography exploration of special places and how we look after them. 

Highlights have been learning about bullying, what it is and how we can react from the bully zero incursion, Pyjama day and a talk from our sustainability captains.  Wearing our pjs to school had us excited, and having popcorn provided by our fabulous P & C association was a treat!   

We are looking forward to sharing our songs at the Christmas concert as well as our 2 weeks of swimming!  

GraceLife Church- Morning Tea

On Friday 21st September Waddington staff were awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from GraceLife Church in recognition of our valuable contributions provided to families in our school community. Staff were also treated to a wonderful morning tea. Thank you to GraceLife Chruch for this acknowledgement and those delicious treats!

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