Newsletter 6

From the Principal

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are heading to the end of Term 2 and we have been extremely busy! 

Our ceilings were finally finished at the end of last week and I appreciate all of the flexibility shown by our staff and students who had to move classes during this time. It was seamless, and I think the students enjoyed getting to work in a different classroom. You may have noticed as well that we have a new siren! We now get to choose songs for our school day, and we have all been loving the change! 

We will be having our first ever dance concert on the 29th June at 1:45pm in the undercover area. We would love parents, guardians and extended family members to attend to see the amazing performances our students have been working on.

From 1pm – 4:30pm on the same day there will also be a COVID pop up clinic in the library. So if you would like to get your COVID vaccination, or need a booster, you will be able to walk in. No appointments are necessary. If you would like your child to be seen, you will need to be with them. 

Our amazing artist Loretta Egan has been working hard on the mural in the undercover area. Noleen Brockman will be finishing it off with our students early next term. It has been a beautiful addition to our undercover area and it is all looking fresh and uplifted. 

We were successful recently in obtaining a grant to create a commemorative garden for the Queen’s Jubilee. We will be designing a space next to Room 5 and will have a commemorative event in Term 3. 

I also wanted to say a big thankyou to all of you for supporting our students to wear their uniforms. There has been a huge increase in students who are coming to school in their school shirts and jumpers. Please remember that hoodies are not allowed as they are a safety concern.

Lastly, I wanted to inform you of some staffing changes for Term 3. Miss Martina Schaffner will be leaving us as Mrs Webster will be working in Room 1 full time. Mr Seyhan Corr will also be leaving Waddington PS and Miss Hoff will be recommencing as the Science teacher. We have appreciated the hard work and efforts of both Martina and Seyhan and we wish them well in their future roles. The Year 5/6 one day a week position has also closed and we will let you know once an appointment has been made.

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 next few weeks. Please remember Friday 1st July is the last day of term 2. Term 3 starts back Monday 18th July 2022 for both staff and students.

Please refer to the Term Planner page under the ‘Community’ tab for the most up-to-date events for this term.

Important Dates

22nd June 2022 – Assembly – Room 4 – 9am

22nd June 2022 – Dance Lessons (Rooms 1, 4 and 5)

23rd June – Parents Maths Game Afternoon 3.15pm (Library)

24th June 2022 – Wanslea – SKIPS (Room 5) 2pm

28th June 2022 – Interschool Lightning Carnival 9.15am – 1.30pm (Balga Primary School)

29th June 2022 – Dance Concert 1.45pm (undercover area)

29th June 2022 – COVID pop up clinic 1pm – 4.30pm (Library)

1st July 2022 – Global Roaming (Room 5)

1st July 2022 – Last day of Term 2 for staff and students

Room 9 – Learning about Australian Animals

Time has flown by in Room 9 and we cannot believe we are nearly half way through the year!

Our term theme of animals has been embraced in every aspect of our classroom and we have worked on some very rewarding projects. As part of our iMaths investigation we researched and created habitats for some Australian animals in need of shelter, using our construction skills and held a gallery walk for Mrs Tomlinson.

We have enjoyed exploring the text ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ as part of Talk for Writing, we were even visited by a Bear who left big muddy footprints on our floor! We decided to paint our own muddy footprints on paper “squelch, squerch, squelch, squerch, squelch, squerch” as we explored onomatopoeia.

On theme, our dramatic play area was transformed in a Veterinary Surgery and we explored different roles people play to keep animals healthy or to help them when they are sick.

Together we have explored colour mixing to create our shimmering city skylines, as we learned about the features of our city in Geography.   With lots of fabulous projects displayed we cannot contain our excitement over how good they look exhibited! 

Community Notices

North East Metro TAFE Job Opportunities

Want to return to work or change careers? Want to work in a school?

There has never been a better time with unemployment under 3%.

Schools and other organisations are desperately hiring people for the following roles:

·         Gardener, cleaner, administration, management, canteen, education assistants and many other roles.

Starting in July 2022, North Metropolitan TAFE are running a one-semester course on the skills required to be a successful candidate for employment in a school or elsewhere.  The course aids in preparation for entry into gardening, cleaning, administration, management, education assistant and any other types of work.

We have had huge success supporting people to find work and the chances of gaining employment are strong.  This course is suitable for people new to the workforce and people looking to change career or looking for a return to work.

The course includes:

•        Training in skills specific to the role you are interested in e.g. IT skills

•        Work experience in a school or other organisation

•        Help and support to find work

•        Help accessing further training as required e.g. Certificate III in Education Support

•        Development of your job application cover letter, resume and help with selection criteria

Entry requirements:

•        18+

•        Strong work ethic

•        Good oral and written communication

•        Must be able to read procedures, safety sheets and chemical bottles

•        Must be able to send and receive emails

•        Successful completion of an entry interview

•        Working With Children Check and a Department of Education Clearance

Course details:

  • Dates – Starts week 1 of term 3 and runs for up to 20 weeks
  • Many students finish the course early because they find work
  • Days – 3 days per week, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:15 until 2:45
  • Cost – Approximately $170 (subject to change) total course fee for full 20 weeks
  • Location – North Metro TAFE Leederville and on work experience
  • Qualification – GATE (Gaining Access to Training and Employment) Certificate I

If you would be interested in this course then please email:

Chris Hodson

chris.hodson@nmtafe.wa.edu.au

Disclaimer: North Metropolitan TAFE does not guarantee work after completing this course.  This course supports you to find work.  The course is run by North Metropolitan TAFE (RTO code: 52786) and is not endorsed by any authority or government department other than North Metropolitan TAFE.

Roseworth Child and Parent Centre Programs

Please find below flyers for the July school holiday programs and an 8 week Triple P Program being held in Term 3 2022.

Families of Year 6 students – Transition from Primary to Secondary School

Please see below a flyer regarding some research being conducted by Curtin University about students transitioning from primary to secondary school. This information went home with year 6 students in week 8, however if you are interested in assisting the research team with their study please see the flyer below for further information.

COVID-19 pop-up walk in clinic – 29th June 2022

On Wednesday 29th June between 1pm – 4.30pm the school has organised a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the Library. Child and adult COVID-19 vaccines are available. Everyone aged 5+ years can receive the free vaccination and Medicare care cards are not needed.

City of Wanneroo School Holiday Programs

Below are some school holiday activities for the your children to enjoy!

Ballajura Community College – Parent Information Session

Ballajura Community College have provided up with some information regarding their upcoming tours for students looking to enrol in 2023. Please see the flyers below for further information.

Newsletter 5

From the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

We are over halfway through the term! It is definitely moving quickly. We have had a wonderful few weeks with many of our classes back to normal numbers. It has been positive to have our students back and classrooms getting back into some normal routines. 

We will have our Annual Public School Board Meeting this Wednesday (1st June) at 10:30am in the library. This is an opportunity for any of you who would like to know what happens at our board meetings to come along. We are always open to new members and would love for some new volunteers. 

We received information last week from the Director General of Schools that we are able to make some changes to reporting for Semester 1 due to the COVID situation. I will be sending out a letter this week detailing what Waddington PS are following, along with some information about parent teacher interviews. I would encourage you to read through the information when it comes home. 

Tomorrow 9:00am – 11:00am REDIMED will be here giving free flu vaccinations to anyone in our Waddington PS community. This will be happening in Waddy Hall. With the flu season upon us, I would encourage you to consider getting yours and your child’s flu vaccination. The advice from doctors is that this can greatly assist with keeping the flu at bay and due to our current COVID situation, this is vitally important. If you would like to book in, there is still time. Just use the link or QR code below to open up the booking system. I know that a few families have had trouble with the QR code, so please come and see us in the front office if you are unable to access the booking system and we can help you. 

Waddington Primary School Flu Vac Booking Link 2022

A note went out last week about our voluntary contributions and those who pay by Friday 24th June 2022 will go into the draw for a $50 Coles/Myer gift card. Voluntary contributions are important for our school as they assist us with buying resources such as exercise books, whiteboard markers, extra iMaths books and other essential items. 

Lastly, a reminder that this Friday (3rd June) there is no school for students as we have a staff development day. The office will be closed from 12:30pm onwards as our front office staff will be joining us for some very important professional learning.

Kind regards

Jemima Tomlinson

Principal

 

From the Administration Team

Term 2 2022 Planner

The term planner is updated regularly and below are some important dates to be aware of for the next 4 weeks.

Please refer to the Term Planner page under the ‘Community’ tab for the most up-to-date events for this term.

Important Dates

31st May 2022 – Free Flu Vaccination Clinic – 9am – 11am located in the Waddy Hall

1st June 2022 – Dance Lessons (Rooms 1, 4 and 5)

3rd June 2022 – Staff Development Day – Students do not attend

6th June 2022 – WA Day Public Holiday – Students do not attend

8th June 2022 – Dance Lessons (Rooms 1, 4 and 5)

10th June 2022 – Wanslea – SKIPS (Room 5) 2pm

15th June 2022 – Dance Lessons (Rooms 1, 4 and 5)

17th June 2022 – Wanslea – SKIPS (Room 5) 9.30am

17th June 2022 – Global Roaming (Room 5)

22nd June 2022 – Assembly – Room 4 – 9am

22nd June 2022 – Dance Lessons (Rooms 1, 4 and 5)

24th June 2022 – Wanslea – SKIPS (Room 5) 2pm

Third Party Services Online Consent Form

Thank you to those families who have already completed their online consent forms over the past few weeks. We still have a few outstanding and it is important that we have all forms completed before the end of Term 2.

As previously explained this consent form needs to be completed to ensure the school has your consent to create an IT user account for your child and for them access websites and various apps used in the classroom.

Below is a link to the online consent form, if you haven’t completed this yet just click on the link below and it will only take 2-3 minutes to complete for each child.

Waddington Primary School Students’ Online Permission Policy Forms 2022 (office.com)

If you have any questions or have issues accessing the online form, please drop into the front office and we can assist you.

Room 5 – Our School Leaders

As per usual Room 5 is very busy. In the classroom we are loving reading through our class novel, Holes by Louis Sachar and learning about multiplication in maths. We finished last term with some amazing stop motion projects.

We are so lucky to have so many exciting visitors to the school this term. Some of these visitors include: the bike mechanic who recently fixed some of our bikes in preparation for the bike riding lessons starting soon. West Oz Wildlife where we were able to meet some of the amazing animals that live in our country and learn all about them. The rugby clinic where a coach from Rugby WA came and taught a few of the skills involved in playing rugby.

People on Bicycles performing bike maintenance
Fun with West Oz Wildlife incursion – some very brave students indeed!

Every second Friday we also get a visit from the Global Roaming Pilbara Foundation. They bring us amazing presents and are teaching us valuable life skills such as: confidence, self-care, responding to emergencies, first-aid, self-defence and decision making.

Our Years 5 and 6 students and the wonderful Global Roaming Pilbara team – such fantastic opportunities

A big focus in our room is leadership and the student leaders have been trying to build their skills by starting initiatives such as our Litter Club on Fridays, awards and PA announcements. Keep an eye out for more initiatives coming soon.

Newsletter 4

From the Principal

Welcome to Week 3!

We are getting through the term with lots of enthusiasm as there has been some great things happening! A big thank you to our P&C who held a wonderful Mother’s Day stall. We hope all of our Waddington mums, aunts, sisters and caregivers had a fabulous day yesterday.

The students have been enjoying not having to wear masks, however some are still choosing to do so. As the cases continue, you may see relief teachers and support staff through the school as our staff and their families are affected by COVID.  

We have started our dancing lessons and the students are thoroughly enjoying learning their routines. Over the holidays, our 40 year old wet area flooring was replaced and the results are fabulous. Room 9 especially looks beautiful and it is such a positive step for Waddington PS. Over the next 6 weeks, we will be having further improvement works to the roof sections of our classrooms. This will cause some disruption, however we have tried to minimise this as much as possible. There will be a note going home in the coming week about these works.

As the colder weather arrives, I would encourage you and your family to get vaccinated against the flu. We have organised for RediMed to come and deliver FREE flu vaccinations at our school on the 31st May 9am – 11am. If you do not have the note to sign up, please come to the office. This is also free for students so you are welcome to sign your child up also for this service (however, you will need to be with them when they receive the vaccination).

Our two Aboriginal artists, Loretta Egan and Noleen Brockman will be starting their new mural in the undercover area over the coming weeks with our students. This has been made possible by the grant from Lotterywest and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. We feel so fortunate to have this opportunity.

NAPLAN will be starting this week for our Year 3 and Year 5 students. NAPLAN is a nationwide measure through which parents, teachers, schools, education authorities, governments and the broader community can determine how well young Australians are developing the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for other learning and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community. NAPLAN allows us as a school to make evidence based decisions around our school programs and to ensure that students are progressing. NAPLAN is not the only measure though, and as you know here at Waddington PS, our students social and emotional learning is just as important. If you wish to access some more information about NAPLAN, please go to Public demonstration site (nap.edu.au).

Kind regards

Jemima Tomlinson

Principal

From the Administration Office

Term 2 2022 Planner

The term planner is updated regularly and below are some important dates to be aware of for the next 3 weeks.

Please find a link to the updated Term 2 2022 planner below.

Term 2 2022 Parent Planner

Important Dates

9th May 2022 – Jumble sale starting 2.45pm

10th May 2022 – NAPLAN commences

11th May 2022 – Dance lessons (Rooms 1, 4 and 5)

16th May 2022 – NAPLAN continues

18th May 2022 – Assembly 9am – Deaf Awareness & Dance lessons (Rooms 1, 4 and 5)

20th May 2022 – Global Roaming – Room 5

Room 4 – Learning all about animals!

Room 4 have welcomed in Djeran by taking our learning to the bush walk and drawing our native plants and animals. We are finishing off contour (continuous) line drawings of the flora and fauna in our local community, whilst learning their Noongar names. This links into our theme of the term: Animals! We will be studying Animals across a range of learning areas and you may be lucky enough to see some of our animal work at the assembly in week 9!

Term 2 is always busy and we have started dance, which we have loved. We also regularly practice movement breaks and brain breaks to help us stay focussed! As a class we really enjoy our mindfulness sessions after lunch with Mrs Tomlinson and our stretches with Mr Whitely. 

Our maths sessions have been fabulous this term as we have started to delve into multiplication and problem solving. The students have even been able to show some of their amazing learning on Minecraft education, which has also given them the opportunity of working on conflict resolution and team work. 

We are excited for the busy term ahead and all the amazing learning that we are going to do!! 

Community Notices

Emergency Relief – Support during COVID isolation

Roseworth Child and Parent Centre have made us aware of a very useful resource which families can access if they require support during isolation or are generally experiencing difficulties. Please see the flyer below with the details of the Emergency Relief and Food Access Service which is a free, accessible and phone-based service.

Are you interested in becoming a foster carer?

Children require a safe place to live.  At times, for a variety of reasons, living with family is not the safest option for all children.  Department of Communities, Mirrabooka District, is seeking motivated, caring and nurturing adults who may be willing to attend a local information session to hear about becoming a foster carer.  Foster carers often tell us that making the decision to help vulnerable children and young people and providing them with a loving home has been one of the best decisions they have ever made.  There are a number of foster care options available.  Some are long term, full-time arrangements while other foster carers provide support for short term or short break placements.  Foster carers come from all walks of life.  You may be single, partnered or married, with or without your own children.  As a foster carer, you would be supported by a dedicated Placement Officer.

Interested applicants would need to attend a fostering information session.  We have sessions that will occur at the Mirrabooka District office and the Herb Graham Recreation Centre in Mirrabooka. Please see the flyers below for further information.

Morley Senior High School – Specialist testing for student starting Year 7 2023

Please see the flyer below for information on the next date for specialist testing for those students currently in year 6.

Hamersley Recreation Centre – New Junior Cricket Program

Please see the flyer below for the new program commencing Wednesdays in term 2.

Newsletter 3

From the Principal

Dear Waddington families,

What an eventful Term 1! I wanted to express my gratitude to all of you for the immense support you have given the school this term. I appreciate all the amazing communication from each of you and your support in keeping students’ home when they are unwell and when they are isolating. Our staff here have done a wonderful job in keeping classes running and keeping students learning, even when they are away. We are very lucky to have some of the most committed and positive staff here at Waddington PS. 

Over the holidays, if your child needs to isolate or gets COVID, you do not need to inform us. I will be sending through a survey at the end of the holidays which will allow you to let us know. 

Now to some staffing news! Our capable EA Ms Bonnie Smith was successful in gaining the Library Officer position so we are very grateful to have her join the team in this permanent role. Ms Smith has transformed the library space and has been busy getting lots of new books for the students. Ms Mel Hoff will be taking Term 2 off from Science, and we have a new teacher, Mr Seyhann Corr who has joined us. He has been busy getting to know the students and taking on lots of great Science activities. 

We are updating our uniforms as the current styles have been discontinued by our supplier. We have a new jumper coming out, which is a lot cheaper than the current jacket. We have also had to change our polo shirt slighlty as they are no longer available. Once our current stock runs out, we will have a red polo shirt with white piping. There will no longer be a grey polo shirt and students will all wear the red shirt, no matter what their faction. A reminder also with the cooler weather approaching, we are not allowing students to wear hoodies. 

Our wonderful P&C will be announcing the winners of their Easter raffle and “guess how many” jar at the end of the week so make sure you get your tickets and guesses in! 

Over the holidays, we are hoping that the murals in our undercover area will be painted over to create a blank canvas for our artists Loretta Egan and Noleen Brockman. They will be working with the students to create a beautiful mural. 

I would like to wish you all a very happy and safe holiday break and I look forward to seeing you all in Term 2!

Kind regards,

Jemima Tomlinson 

Principal

From the Administration Office

Just a reminder that the last day for students for term 1 is Friday 8th April. Term 2 commences on Tuesday 26th April.

Important dates
Term 1 2022

4th April 2022 – Newsletter 3 published

8th April 2022 – P&C Easter raffle and “Guess the number of eggs” will be drawn

Term 2 2022

26th April 2022 – Term commences for staff and students

27th April 2022 – ANZAC service (Choir and Student leaders)

27th April 2022 – Footsteps Dance Company Lessons (Room’s 1, 4 and 5)

6th May 2022 – Global Roaming sessions (Room 5)

Term 2 2022 Planner

The planner for term 2 has been created. Please find a link below to the term planner page.

Term 2 2022 Parent Planner

Footsteps Dance Company – Term 2 2022

Next term starting in week 1 on Wednesday afternoons students in Rooms 1, 4 and 5 will be having dance lessons with Footsteps Dance Company. These lessons run for 10 weeks with the last lesson being a presentation for our families to come and watch. The school was very fortunate to gain a grant from Lotterywest and the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries to assist us in reducing the cost for our families to just $15 per student.

Payments for the lessons were due in Wednesday 30th March, thank you to those families who have already made their payments. For those families who have not paid, it would be appreciated if permission slips could be returned and payments be made by no later than Friday 8th April. If families would like to set up a payment plan, please drop into the front office to arrange.

Room 1 – Learning all about the sea and much more!

WOW, we can’t believe it is nearly the end of Term One! And what a fabulous term it has been. Room One students have worked so hard and have demonstrated such resilience during this challenging term. They just keep going!

We started the year with our mini-theme ‘All About Me’. It was so much fun getting to know our students. Then our special visitor ‘Mr Shark’ came to stay with us as part of our Sea Theme and is helping us explore all the mysteries of the sea. Students have written fabulous narratives based on our Talk For Writing story ‘Sayeeda the Pirate Princess’. They are now investigating life under the sea and sea creatures. Did you know sharks never sleep!! Students will have the opportunity to write their own informational text based on their own fictional sea creature. They have also been working hard in rotational literacy groups. It has been such a pleasure listening to students read, discussing different texts, playing literacy games and even creating their own puppet show.

In Numeracy Year Ones and Twos have been such keen participants in our new mental maths program that has been implemented this year. Year Two’s are becoming experts at completing the tasks on iPads and Year Ones have been working so hard, completing their tasks in their special mental maths books. In Number and Measurement activities students have been exploring concepts through hands-on activities in rotation groups. It is so pleasing to see how much they are learning!

Tuesday is Art Day and students love art. They have gone on a real art journey from drawings, to collages to creating art pieces in clay. The students are so proud of their creations. They are budding artists in the making!

And to end the term on a high…Room One will have the chance to bring a toy to school on the last day of this term. It will be a BIG Show and Tell day for all and fits in perfectly with our History topic: Toys Now and Then. During this term, students have been investigating and comparing living in the past compared to now. Did you know the first box of crayons to be produced was in 1903?

We have loved the way you have worked so hard this term Room One….You are all Little Shining Stars!!!

Highway Heroes

Resilience and Mood Management

This term in Highway Heroes we commencing a new module called Managing Me: Mood Management & Resilience. Resilience is part of being able to bounce back from adversity. A child can be very resilient when they lose a game of sport, but they might have a difficult time bouncing back from friendship issues or not doing well in the classroom. Resilience is made up of many factors and we need to watch out for areas where children are being resilient and create more of those moments. Telling your child when you notice them being resilient – and how they’re being resilient – is very important. Simple comments such as they really help:

  • “I noticed that you got a little upset today when you didn’t get the Merit Certificate at Assembly. It was very resilient to ‘High Five’ your friend who did get the Merit Certificate.”
  • “When you missed that goal at soccer practise today, you didn’t give up. That’s very resilient to have another go.”
  • “Even though Sam’s been excluding you at school this week, you’ve still managed to play with other kids. That shows resilience.
This excerpt has been taken from the book ‘Highway Heroes: Smart Life Skills 4 Kids’ written by Helen Davidson and Claire Orange, Best Programs 4 Kids.

A Big Thank You!

We would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank three wonderful organisations who have been providing support to our Waddington students and families this term.

Oz Harvest, Woolworths Mirrabooka and GraceLife Church Malaga have been providing weekly food donations of pantry items, fresh fruit and vegetables and baked goods. These donations help with supplies for our daily breakfast club and excess items are offered to our families who require assistance.

It is so wonderful to see organisations paying it forward and making such a difference to families in our school community, especially given it has been a very difficult start to the year.

THANK YOU!!

Community Notices

Emergency Relief – Support during COVID isolation

Roseworth Child and Parent Centre have made us aware of a very useful resource which families can access if they require support during isolation or are generally experiencing difficulties. Please see the flyer below with the details of the Emergency Relief and Food Access Service which is a free, accessible and phone-based service.

Roseworth Child and Parent Centre
School Holiday Programs – ONLINE ONLY

Roseworth will not be offering face to face programs these school holidays, however each day on Facebook they will be posting ideas and suggestions for activities that you can do at home.  Staff will still be at the Centre during the holidays so we welcome you dropping by or calling us on 9342 6363. 

Parenting Programs Term 2 2022

Below are some flyers for upcoming parenting programs commencing in Term 2 2022.

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Newsletter 2

From the Principal

Dear Parents/Carers,

I cannot believe we are in Week 7!

There have been a lot of changes coming through with the COVID policies from the Department and I want to say thank you to you all for your flexibility and support in reading the communications sent out. I appreciate how confusing it must be with all the changes, so please know that we are here to support you in any way we can. Just give us a call in the front office on 9462 9500 or come in and see us. The Department are wanting all students to be at school (unless they are a close family contact) so please ensure you are sending them to school. 

We are having some wonderful upgrades happen around the school at the moment. You may have noticed the carpets in the admin block have been replaced and this week the carpets in Rm 7, 8 and the P&C room are all being redone. These carpets are nearly 40 years old, so it will be a welcome improvement to our beautiful school. We are also going to be working with the artists who completed the murals in the undercover area to see if we can work on uplifting these. 

At the end of the week, we will be recognising Bullying NoWay! Day. At Waddington PS, we take bullying seriously. We have made some positive adjustments to our behaviour management policy at Waddington PS to ensure that bullying is dealt with effectively and in a timely manner. Our student leaders will be speaking to students about bullying and what they can do if they feel they are getting bullied. 

Just to let you know, we have an amazing NEW website with all of our information. Please check it out at www.waddingtonps.wa.edu.au You can let us know when your child is sick through the website and it has all of our current information. We have also been updating our school uniforms to order some cheaper alternatives. As such, we will have a new red zip up jumper available soon to purchase and a long sleeve polo shirt for winter. We will let you know when they arrive

Kind regards,

Jemima Tomlinson 

Principal

From the Administration Office

COVID-19 latest guidelines

Effective 10th March 2022 the WA Government announced new guidelines for very high caseload settings which changes the definitions for close contacts, the testing and isolation protocols for schools.

Below is an overview of how the new rules will impact your child(ren) when there is confirmed positive COVID-19 case in the classroom and/or at home.

If you have any questions regarding this please contact the office on 9462 9500.

Term 1 2022 Planner

The Term planner is updated regularly and below are some important dates to be aware of for the coming 3 weeks.

Please find a link to the updated Term 1 2022 planner below.

Term 1 2022 Parent Planner

Important Dates

16th March 2022 – School Board Meeting 10.30am (via Webex)

17th March 2022 – Bullying No Way! Day

18th March 2022 – Global Roaming – Room 5

21st March 2022 – Harmony Day

24th March 2022 – NAPLAN Practice test

30th March 2022 – Virtual Assembly – Merit Certificates only

1st April 2022 – Global Roaming – Room 5

Highway Heroes

The Triple B’s 4 Calming Down

This week, your child has learned how to calm down using The Triple B’s. Relaxing the Body will come as no surprise as being a necessary part of calming tight and bunched muscles. The Brain has been covered in our previous newsletter, explaining changing Stinkin Thinkin to Supa Thinkin. You might think that Breathing doesn’t need to be taught – being a natural and automatic action.

Breathing is probably the most vital part of the whole process. Rapid breathing signals to the brain that the body is experiencing stress – this could be physical stress of running or emotional stress. Rapid and shallow breathing as the result of emotional stress is part of a pattern of anxiety, anger and feeling down. Rapid and shallow breathing usually triggers the brain into a thinking pattern – usually Stinkin Thinkin – which then leads to the body tightening up, and the cycle begins.

Breathing needs to be taught as a specific method in order for children to use it to calm themselves down. Your child has learned about ‘Bubble Breathing’ as a method of bringing rapid and shallow breathing under control. This means a big breath in and then blowing out gently and evenly – just like blowing a bubble. Doing this 3 – 4 times sends more oxygen to the brain and the calming down process begins automatically. Your child will enjoy practising this skill with a container of detergent and a plastic wand; it’s a real technique to breathe out slowly without bursting the bubble.

The poster that follows would be very useful to display at home, copies are available at the front office. Encourage your child to practise the steps until they’re able to run through them quickly and easily. Remember, this is a skill that they will be able to use for the rest of their life.

This excerpt has been taken from the book ‘Highway Heroes: Smart Life Skills 4 Kids – Module 4 Strategies 4 Managing Me’ written byHelen Davidson and Claire Orange, Best Programs 4 Kids.

Community Notices

City of Stirling Junior Sports Coaching Programs

Stirling Leisure Centres Junior sports coaching programs are a term based program which gives the opportunity for children aged 5 – 15 years old to participate in a variety of sports, where they will learn general movement skills and the fundamentals of the chosen sport.

Basketball and Soccer programs are currently run at Stirling Leisure Centres – Herb Graham in Mirrabooka and Stirling Leisure Centres – Hamersley. Enrol your child today using the link below.

https://www.stirling.wa.gov.au/leisure-and-culture/leisure-centres/sports/junior-sports-coaching-programs

Any questions please feel free to contact our sports team on 9205 7323.

Balga Junior Football Club

Balga Junior Football Club are looking for players, please see the flyer below for details. Balga FC has been going for over 50 years and would love to continue being a part of the community but needs more players.

Better Health Program provided for free by WA Department of Health

Have you heard about Better Health Program yet?

It’s for kids aged 7-13 years old and their families! It runs for 10 weeks and teaches them to make healthy lifestyle changes together. It’s funded by Western Australia Department of Health, so it’s FREE for families. Registrations for our 2022 programs are now open!

The group-based program will be running at a local venue near you.

These sessions are for both kids and parents. They will learn about healthy eating, the kids will play game-based activities, and parents learn about positive parenting and behaviour change.

Families also receive FREE resources to support them to making healthy changes at home, like a water bottle, backpack, label reading tool, and a portion cup.

What if families can’t attend a group-based program?
The program is also delivered online! Families learn about healthy eating, keeping active, and forming healthy habits at home by doing interactive online sessions and weekly telehealth appointments with a qualified health professional. With access to the internet, it can be done anytime and anywhere.



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