Newsletter #6 - June 14th 2021
From the Principal
As you may be aware, the wonderful Sue Flett has formally retired, after working at Waddington Primary School for more than 26 years. Sue was a parent and volunteer for several years prior to working here and has, as you can imagine, maintained strong bonds with staff, students and their families over her many years at Waddington. While we are sad to see Sue leave, we are happy for her as she moves into an exciting new chapter in her life. I know I speak on behalf of the whole school community in thanking Sue for her dedication and commitment to ensuring students at Waddington Primary School reach their full potential. You will be missed, Mrs Flett.
On Monday 28th July we will be holding our next school board meeting and we are seeking new parents to sit on the board. If you've not been on a board before, this can seem like a daunting task, however, the focus of the board is to simply discuss the strategic direction of the school, with these discussions primarily led by myself. We are seeking parent representatives who would be willing to attend four meetings per year, during school hours. Please contact me if you would like to hear more about this opportunity.
As the days get shorter, and the weather wetter, getting to school on time can be more challenging. However, I would like to remind parents that we expect students to be at school by 8:45am at the latest. We know that we get most out of children in the morning, which is why our morning routine is built around the most important skills of reading and writing. If you child is late to school, this learning is being interrupted. If you have any challenges in getting your children to school, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me to discuss a plan of action.
At Waddington Primary, we run a resilience program called 'Highway Heroes'. The aim of this program is to equip children with the skills to navigate the 'highway of life' and to become resilient in the face of challenges. This coming Wednesday 16th June, Jessica Nicol, Student Services Manager, has invited all parents along to a free information session to help build parents awareness of this program and to teach parents how to implement some of the elements of the program at home. Please email Jessica if you are able to make it along to this important session (email@example.com) or let us know at the front office.
Thanks to Abigail and her Mum, Janine, we are now collecting ring pulls at Waddington, which will be recycled and turned into wheelchairs for kids (wheelchairsforkids.org). We would love your contribution so please bring any ring pulls into the front office and place them in the container provided.
Students in Years 3 - 6 have been busy training for the upcoming Interschool Lightning Carnival, where they will play Netball, AFL & Soccer against other local schools. This year's carnival will be hosted by North Balga Primary School on Tuesday 22nd June and parents are invited to come along to cheer on the Waddington teams!
Next Friday 25th June we will be celebrating NAIDOC Day at Waddington, with all students having the opportunity to engage in some great activities, planned and coordinated by Aboriginal students from Balga Senior High School. We're looking forward to this important day and invite parents to join us after lunch for a NAIDOC assembly at 1:20pm in the undercover area.
Students in Rooms 4 & 5 will be heading down to Koondoola Open Space to plant some new native trees with the City of Wanneroo in the last week of term. They will be heading back to the same location we went to last year, so it will be great to see the progress that's been made since we last planted on the same site. The excursion links in beautifully with our Science and HaSS curriculum.
This term is an 11-week term, meaning we have three weeks remaining. The last day for students will be Friday 2nd July. We will have our final Staff Development Day for the year on Monday 19th July, meaning students won't return back from the school holidays until Tuesday 20th July.
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*
- 15 June 2021 - Bunnings Incursion - Orchard (Year 3 and 4)
- 16 June 2021 - Highway Heroes Parenting Seminar 9-10am (WPS Library)
- 22 June 2021 - Lightening Carnival at North Balga PS (Years 3 - 6)
- 25 June 2021 - NAIDOC Assembly
- 28 June 2021 - Tree Planting Excursion (Years 3 - 6)
- 2 July 2021 - Term 2 ends for Students and Staff
Look forward to seeing all our students returning in Term 3 on Tuesday 20th July!
Room 1 - Exploring the Jungle
Room One has been working so hard and can’t believe Semester One is nearly over! Students have enjoyed exploring ‘the jungle’ as the class theme this term and have even had cheeky monkeys hanging around the classroom. They have learnt and written about different animals that are found in the jungle as part of the Talk for Writing program. One of the class’s favourites is ‘the crocodile’. Fabulous crocodile reports are hanging around the room for all to read. Students are now looking forward to designing and creating their own jungle animal from modelling clay and writing their own report to present to the class.
Daily news sessions have also been a highlight this Semester. Students love sharing their news each week and answering questions their friends may ask.
In Mathematics this term, Year Ones and Twos have been working hard on learning different mental and written strategies to help solve number problems. It has been lots of hands-on activities and playing maths games such as Shake and Spill to help students understand these strategies.
In English students have been working well on the Sounds-Write spelling program each morning. They are working hard on ‘saying the sounds and reading and writing’ the words they hear. The class love using their whiteboard for Sounds-Write activities. Rotation English groups are another favourite. It gives students a chance to work in small groups on different activities like Oral language games, Reading Eggs on the Ipad, and reading and discussing different reading books.
What a great Semester Year Ones and Twos, you certainly are a hard-working class!
Your child has added lots of TOOLS to their Emotional Highway Toolbox – Supa Thinkin, the Triple B’s 4 Calming Down and Mood Mapping. Another Tool is their Pitstop People. Part of your child’s journey towards being able to emotionally self-regulate is having support people to help them along the way. Pitstop People are those that your child trusts and who can help your child to use one of their TOOLS to build resilience. Who are your child’s Pitstop People?(Excerpt from Highway Heroes: Module 4 – Mood Management and Resilience by Helen Davidson and Clair Organe)
Triple P - Positive Parenting Workshops Term 3 2021
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.