Newsletter #12 - December 6th 2021

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From the Principal



Dear Waddington families,

As  we come to the end of the year, it is a wonderful time to reflect on the positive experiences we have all had. Waddington PS students have had an extremely busy few weeks, and they should be very proud of how far they have come over the year. Reports will be coming out at the end of the week, and it was a lovely experience being able to hear how well our students have progressed. I hope that you are all able to sit down with your children and take the time to celebrate their accomplishments. Our year 6 students will be embarking on an exciting journey and while we are sad that they are leaving us, we know they are ready for this next stage of their education and wish them well. 

We had a very successful excursion to Kings Park on Friday organised by Miss Hoff. She did a great job organising some interesting activities for our students which were thoroughly enjoyed. I was extremely impressed at the positive behaviour displayed by the majority of our students. They were respectful and listened attentively to instructions. As a staff, we have noticed a positive improvement in the behaviour of all students. It has made teaching and learning a lot easier to accomplish and students feel safer. This is a wonderful achievement. 

We have some sad news in that Marilyn Scott, a long standing Waddington staff member will be leaving us at the end of the year. She has been offered a full time technology position at Boyare PS which is very well suited to her. Marilyn has thankfully agreed to stay on our School Board and we know she won't be a stranger. Please make sure you take the time to wish her farewell over the next couple of weeks. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Marilyn for the amazing years of service she has given to Waddington PS. She has been a hardworking and dedicated member of staff and Waddington is a better place because of her. 

This term, we also had Linda McKirdy resign from Waddington PS. Linda was an exceptional Education Assistant in Rm 9 and she has been sorely missed since leaving. We are hoping to see her back one day in the future. 

We wanted to let you know also that David Ward, our Chaplain from YouthCare will not be re-joining us next year. We will be having a new Chaplain, Amy, who has introduced herself below. We would like to thank David for his contribution to our school and wish him all the best.

This Wednesday will be our inaugural Christmas Carols. Thanks to the City of Wanneroo, the P&C were fortunate to gain a grant which allowed us to hire the dunk tank, buy some giant games and fund other activities. It would be fantastic to see as many parents, students and their families on Wednesday 4:30pm - 6:30pm to join us and support our fabulous P&C. There will be a sausage sizzle, cupcakes, icy-poles and drinks to purchase. 

Lastly, if you know your child will be leaving us in 2022, please make sure you let us know before the end of the year. We will also hopefully be finding out if I will be able to stay on as Principal in the next couple of weeks so I promise to let you know as soon as I do. 

Wishing you all a merry and safe festive season.


Mrs Jemima Tomlinson


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New Principals Photo Dec 2021




Message from the New Chaplain for 2022



Hi Waddington families,

My name is Amy and next year I will be the new Chaplain at Waddington. I am really excited to be working at this fantastic school and helping to support the students, families and staff here.

I am a qualified social worker and I have worked in schools in WA, NSW and the NT. My role is to help develop the potential of students by providing guidance and support. I do this through talking to students and families, but also through running different activities and helping to connect families to support services. My focus is on the emotional, social, and mental health needs of all students and families but I'm also really passionate about physical health and wellbeing (and I love sports!)

I'll be working at Waddington every Monday and every second Wednesday.  I look forward to getting to know you all!

Amy Sarandopoulos


New 2022 Chaplain Photo 



From the Administration Office



Term 4 Planner

Please make sure you check the schools website regularly for any updates/changes. CLICK HERE to go to the Term Planner page of the website.


  • 8th December 2021 - Christmas Carols Event (4.30pm - 6.30pm)
  • 9th December 2021 - Faction Sausage Sizzle
  • 10th December 2021 - Year 6 End of Year Excursion - Outback Splash
  • 13th December 2021 - Graduation and Book Awards
  • 14th December 2021 - Graduation Dinner
  • 16th December 2021 - Students last day of school


Please mark in your calendars that students return next year on Monday 31st January 2022.



Kings Park Excursion



On Friday 3rd December we went to Kings Park and got to experience the Naturescape. Our students had the most amazing time, building dams, racing boats and exploring the bush. We got to learn all about the wildlife as well as the natural vegetation in the area. Miss Hoff did a fantastic job organising the day. A big thank you to the parents who came and helped out with the student groups as well.


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Waddington Student Success



Congratulations goes out to Ameliyah S in Year 6 who was accepted into the Specialist Netball Program at Warwick Senior High School for Year 7 in 2022.

Such a fantastic achievement, well done Ameliyah!


Warwick SHS Netball Program Image 


Room 5 - A Day in the Life of the Year 5's and 6's


Room 5 has had a very busy, but exciting, run to the end of the year. 

In the classroom, we have focused on persuasive writing this term and the students have written some fantastic arguments that I hope haven't persuaded too many families to give more pocket money and allow televisions in bedrooms! The students have been thoroughly engaged in our class text, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, learning about different points of view. In Maths, we completed a dramatic scavenger hunt race around the whole school, to develop their map reading skills. While some students have chosen some reward time to cook up a storm, we've made Pad Thai, lava cakes and cupcakes.

Outside of the classroom the students have loved learning about netball, from myself and Bec, the coach from Netball WA. Earlier this term we've also had visits from soccer and rugby clinics, where students had the opportunity to engage in sports they may not have previously considered. One of the highlights of the term was our trip to Balga Senior High School, for a STEM activity day, learning about drones, rockets, robots, and F1 racing. To top it all off, last week we went on the Naturescape excursion, that Miss Hoff organised and the students had a blast. They learnt about various plants and how they adapt to survive in our harsh climate, before we enjoyed some boat races down the stream.

Possibly the biggest highlight of the entire year, was also last week when Room 5 became famous by being on national television. If you want to see the celebrities check out BTN's final episode of the year, and about seven minutes in.

The class is looking forward to the holidays, but our Year 6 students in particular have an exciting finish to their time at Waddington with all of their Graduation activities, including: Outback Splash Reward excursion and the Graduation Ceremony and dinner. 


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Highway Heroes



Straight Talk 4 Teasing – Highway Heroes Tool


Straight Talk 4 Teasing is a Highway Tool that your child has learnt and can use in playground or classroom. It directly tells the teaser that they have gone too far, or maybe just too long – either way, it’s time to stop! Straight Talk is a difficult skill to establish, and requires a child understanding the difference that their body language, choice of words and tone can make. Straight talking focuses on:

-          Confident body posture – shoulders back, chin up and eye contact.

-          Confident and calm tone of voice.

-          Strong and assertive words.


Hihway Heroes Image Week 9

This excerpt has been taken from the book ‘Highway Heroes: Smart Life Skills 4 Kids – Module 1 Sticking Up 4 Me – Beating Bullying & Taming Teasing, ’ written byHelen Davidson and Claire Orange, Best Programs 4 Kids.





Community Notices


Lions Club of Girrawheen December 2021/January 2022 Events

The Lions Club of Girrawheen will be holding their annual Lolly run 15/12/2021 until 17/12/2021, we go to as many streets as possible but the children can listen out for Santa on those days in the afternoon.

On the 26th January 2022 we hold our annual Australia day breakfast at John Moloney Park in Marangaroo.  This is a free event: animal farms, bouncy castle, music, lions club train and a lovely breakfast along with pancakes.  We would love to see our community children at these events.

If any person wants more information about our organization visit the newpark swap meet and chat with the lion member on duty.

The Lions club of Girrawheen wishes everyone a safe and happy new year.


Kingsway Indoor Stadium School Holiday Programs

Please see the flyers below for a great range of school holiday activities for your children

Kingsway Stadium Flyer 1

Kingsway Stadium Flyer 2

Kingsway Stadium Flyer 3

Kingsway Stadium Flyer 4

Roseworth Child and Parent Centre

Please see the flyers below for free school holiday activities and parenting programs for term 1 2022 from Roseworth Child and Parent Centre.

Roseworth School Holiday Flyer

Roseworth Term 1 2022 Flyer

Waddington Primary School Playgroup

Waddington PS provides families in the local area with children aged between 0 - 4 years a free playgroup.

Unfortunately due to low numbers we have not been able to run Playgroup this term. If you have a child(ren)  between 0-4 and/or your child(ren) will be starting Kindy in 2022, please contact Roseworth on the number below and we can start running Playgroup once again.

It's a great way to meet other families in the area and gives your child(ren) the opportunity to socialise with other children.


Waddington PS Playgroup Flyer