From the Principal
Dear Waddington Community.
It brings me immense joy to kick off this newsletter by extending a heartfelt welcome to all our new families who have joined us this term! Our school has experienced a fantastic increase in enrolments, and this surge is a clear testament to the trust and confidence you’ve placed in us. We’re thrilled to see our school family grow, and we can’t wait to get to know you better. Your presence here is contributing to the positive momentum we’re building, and we eagerly anticipate the fresh perspectives, talents, and energy you’ll bring to our school.
In the spirit of celebrating our school community, I’d like to invite all parents to join us for a special assembly this Friday at 9 a.m. It’s ‘Hats Off to Teachers Day’, an occasion when we pay tribute to the incredible dedication and hard work of our teaching and non-teaching staff. It’s a time to come together and show our appreciation for the wonderful partnership between our dedicated teachers and our incredible students.
Additionally, don’t forget that this Friday is the P&C Halloween Disco from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It’s going to be a spooktacular evening of fun, games, and costumes, so be sure to mark your calendars and join us for a fantastic time. We ask that parents of students Kindy – Year 2 stay to supervise their children. There will be lots of treats on offer for students to purchase.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) our students Year 3 – 6 will be attending the Interschool Athletics Carnival at Balga PS. Our students will be displaying a lot of Courage, Persistence and Respect during their events and we look forward to hear how they represented our school. Parents are welcome to attend.
As we look ahead to these exciting events, we are reminded of the strong sense of community that defines Waddington PS. Together, we create a nurturing and supportive environment that makes our school a wonderful place for learning, growing, and having fun. Thank you for being a part of our journey, and we can’t wait to see you at these upcoming events.
As we move further into the school year, it’s essential to take a moment to reflect on the journey of our students. This time of year is significant for us as we engage in a thorough assessment of their progress and accomplishments. Our dedicated teaching staff has been working diligently to evaluate each student’s growth and learning. It’s a time of both reflection and celebration as we recognize the hard work and dedication that students have invested in their studies. We are immensely proud of their achievements so far, and we are committed to supporting each student on their unique educational path. If you ever have questions about your child’s progress or want to discuss their results, please don’t hesitate to reach out to their teachers or Admin. We believe in open communication and collaboration, as together, we can ensure the continued success of every student at Waddington PS.
One last request, we would love you to participate in our annual Be You wellbeing survey. Mental health and wellbeing is a strong focus for our school, and we would like to hear how you think we are doing. We would appreciate you filling out this short survey to help us for 2024:
Friendly Schools Plus
At Waddington PS, we use the Friendly Schools Plus program for our social and emotional learning across the school. This ensures consistent language in each classroom. But what is social and emotional learning? See below to find out more:
From the Administration Team
Term 4 Planner
The term planner is updated regularly and below are some important dates to be aware of for the next 3 weeks.
Please refer to the Term Planner page under the ‘Community’ tab for the most up-to-date events for term 4 (but this may be subject to change so please check regularly).
24th October 2023 – Interschool Athletics Carnival – Balga PS (departing 8.45am – returning 2.30pm)
27th October 2023 – Teacher’s Day
27th October 2023 – Assembly – Leaders
27th October 2023 – P&C Halloween Disco (5pm – 7pm)
8th November 2023 – Museum Excursion (Years 1 – 6)
Superhero Foods – the five food groups!
We can’t believe we are in Term 4 already. It is a busy term for our class with so many exciting events for our Year 6 students, including transition days for their high school and the graduation activities to finish their primary school journey.
Recently in the classroom we have been focusing on creating persuasive arguments in English. We have had many thoughtful debates, discussing topics such as: should animals be kept in zoos, the importance of recycling, and do parents spend too much time on their phones. You’ll be happy to know, the class came to the consensus that parents do NOT spend too much time on their phones. In Maths we have been trying to solve some challenging word problems including how long it would take to drive to Northam if we were driving 60km/h.
For Digital Technology lessons we have had some activities at Balga SHS with Mrs London. Last Monday Mrs London brought their drones to Waddington and we were able to fly them in the classroom.
In Art we finished with some amazing pieces of work for our Book Parade last term and have started with some awesome abstract artwork of cows to start this term.
As part of looking after our mental health the whole school does Mindfulness on Mondays and Fridays for five minutes and Room 5 has become quite competent in this activity to now to focus throughout the whole activity. It might not sound like much but it is quite an achievement.
Outside of the classroom Room 5 students loved the Inflatable Squash incursion we had last week. Many students had their first experience of the sport and had so much fun they were talking about going to play at Mirrabooka over the weekend using the voucher they were given.
As leadership is really important in our class the students help out in Breakfast club and have been leading the other students at lunchtime with some different sports such as volleyball and frisbee. The leaders have started their workshops with Bakar and Subhan leading Comic Club and Thomas and Laura leading Reusing Club.
Athena Calisthenics – Term 4
Telethon Kids Institute – Research Project
Please see below a flyer for a project which is helping to understand the experiences of parents who have sought support for their child when they have experienced something that has impacts on their social and emotional wellbeing.
OVIS Community Services – Feeling Safe Program
Please see below information from Naala Djookan healing centre in Mirrabooka.