Newsletter #5 - May 26th 2021
From the Principal
Today is National Sorry Day, an important day in Australia, acknowledging the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, which we now know as 'The Stolen Generations'. At this morning's assembly, Room 4 acknowledged this important day, which was wonderful to see. We look forward to celebrating NAIDOC day towards the end of the term on 25th June.
Congratulations to the students in Room 4, who did a wonderful job of hosting the assembly this morning. They taught us some interesting facts about the oceans around the world, and sang a 'Room 4 original' in the process. The main message throughout was to consider what we throw away as rubbish we dispose of can make its way into the waterways and impact the ocean life.
Last week, our wonderful student leaders attended a leadership conference at the convention centre. They were there to learn all about what being a student leader means and the importance of being a positive role model. The students have brought back with them some great ideas of how to improve Waddington Primary and we're looking forward to supporting them in putting some of their plans into practical action.
I would like to remind everyone that next Friday 4th June is a student-free day. Staff will be at school moderating student writing and discussing the Numeracy plan for the next two years at Waddington. The student-free day is bumped up to the WA Day long weekend, meaning the students will have a four-day weekend.
Students in Years 3 - 6 will start an exciting Bike Education program next Wednesday, which has been organised by Mr Greer. This will be a great opportunity for students who aren't yet confident to ride a bike to learn and for those more confident, to further develop their skills.
Students in Years 3 - 6 have now started training for the upcoming Lightning Carnival on Tuesday 22nd June. Students are training to be in the netball, soccer and AFL teams. Thanks to Louise Woodland and Jessica Boxall for volunteering their time to coach the netball team.
On that note, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our volunteers at Waddington. We have parents and community members who volunteer their time to support programs within the school, run lunch clubs and mentor students. We appreciate the work our volunteers do very much! If you or anyone you know would like to talk about what volunteering at Waddington could look like, please get in touch.
Lastly, we received a phone call today from the West Australian Opera who have had a last-minute cancelation for an incursion tomorrow. As a result, they kindly offered us a free incursion, which we quickly snapped up. We're looking forward to meeting two of their opera singers tomorrow after Recess!
Term 2 2021 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.
*IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER FOR THE NEXT 3 WEEKS*
- 25 May 2021 - Interschool Tennis Competition
- 26 May 2021 - Assembly - Room 4
- 4 June 2021 - SSD - Students do not attend
- 7 June 2021 - WA Day Public Holiday - Students do not attend
Room 9 - Busy Bees!
It has been a busy start to Term 2 in Room 9. The preprimary students are settled in the routine of Sounds Write daily instruction and making some great progress. As always, we work with a mixture of direct instruction and play based learning.
The children have been continuing work on identifying rhyme through playing games, adding words to our rhyming word wall, and singing Nursery Rhymes. We focus on identifying the sounds in words, making carrots by painting our feet orange for "c", making gardens out of paper plates for "g", and painting birds on branches for "b".
Our Talk For Writing story is Possum Magic, we have been retelling this story using actions and will be making up our own stories about magic later in the term.
We have been learning about 2D shapes. Some beautiful artwork has been created. The beehive with a blue queen bee was designed by a small group of preprimary students independently.
We continue to focus on Belonging, Being and Becoming from the Early Years Learning Framework, which grows every child's sense of being part of our Waddington Community both as a whole school and as the Room 9 team. This is so important in our early years as a strong connection to self and others will create confidence in learning and socialising with respect, courage, and kindness.
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.
Saver Plus Program
The Smith Family provide parents in the school community the opportunity to join the Saver Plus program which can help with up to $500 towards school costs for your child(ren). Please see the flyer below for more details.
Win a kitchen garden for your school!
Helping kids develop positive food habits through understanding about fresh seasonal produce and how it grows, is harvested and turned into delicious meals is important. Coles is proudly supporting the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation to deliver pleasurable food education in schools and why MasterChef Australia, Channel 10 and Coles would like to help you create a kitchen garden at your school with $5000 cash to kick it off!
To nominate your school, head to 10play.com.au/win. There are also 10 copies of “The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation’s Getting Started: A guide to establishing a Kitchen Garden Program” valued at $55 each to be won, plus a $500 Coles voucher for the person who nominates the winning school.
Competition closes 12/07/2021 at 23.59 AEST. Entrants must be 18 years and over to enter. Total prize valued at up to $6,050 AUD. Full terms and conditions at 10play.com.au/win
Waddington Primary School Playgroup
Waddington PS provides families in the local area with children aged between 0 - 4 years a free playgroup. Please see the flyer below for details of when playgroup is held during the school term.
It's a great way to meet other families in the area and gives your child(ren) the opportunity to socialise with other children.
Triple P - Positive Parenting Program Term 2 2021
Please find below a flyer for upcoming free Triple P programs running in May and June 2021. Bookings are essential.