Newsletter #3 - March 29th 2021
From the Principal
I would like to introduce myself, my name is Jemima Tomlinson and I will be covering Mr Keenan's long service leave for this week and the first two weeks of Term 2. I have loved meeting everyone at Waddington PS so far, and the staff and students have been very welcoming. If you see me around the school, please introduce yourself as I would love to meet as many of you as I can while I am here.
On Monday 8th March, the school was closed from Recess to allow student-led conferences to take place. We sought feedback from parents and teachers after the conferences, to make a decision about their future at Waddington. Thank you to those parents who took the time to complete the anonymous survey. Overall, the feedback was very positive from both parents and staff, regarding the process and, as such, we plan on holding them again next year. We will take some of the suggestions on board, particularly around the timing, which was a challenge for some families. We plan to close the school for a full day next year, utilising one of our staff development days, to conduct the meetings. This should help to alleviate the challenges around dropping off and collecting children on the day.
On Friday 19th March, we celebrated Harmony Day at Waddington, with activities taking place in all classrooms to recognise this important day. In addition to this, our Years 3 - 6 students represented Waddington with pride when they attended the Harmony Day celebrations at Mirrabooka Square. They performed 'What a Wonderful World' using Auslan for the audience at the event. The students did a wonderful job and received praise from community members for both their performance and behaviour on the day. Well done to Ms Hemmingway for teaching the students the song and to all the staff who attended this special day.
Last Monday we received a visit from the team at Life Education, who came to speak with the students about being safe at home, on the road and online. This was a great opportunity to hear these important messages.
Last Friday our Year Six students spent the day at Dianella Secondary College and participated in their Science Quest competition. They had a great time and represented the school extremely well. We are very proud of them.
Don't forget, we have our final assembly for the term this Wednesday 31st March, which will be hosted by the students in Room 5. We can't wait to see what they have in store for us! We will hold our ANZAC service on Wednesday 28th April - Week Two of next term. We hope you can join us in the undercover area for this important annual school event.
On the last day of term, which is this Thursday, our amazing P&C will be putting on an Easter Egg hunt for the students at the end of the day. They have also been selling raffle tickets for the raffle, as well as putting a jar full of chocolates in Reception. Come on in for your last chance to guess how many chocolates are in the jar!
I would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday break and look forward to seeing the children back on Monday 19th April.
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 LAST WEEK OF TERM 1 AND THE FIRST FEW WEEKS OF NEXT TERM*
- 31 March 2021 - Room 5 Assembly
- 1 April 2021 - Last day of term
- 19 April 2021 - Students Return for Term Two
- 26 April 2021 - ANZAC Day Public Holiday
- 28 April 2021 - ANZAC Day Service 9am
- 30 April 2021 - Student Leader Conference (Years 5 and 6 student leaders)
Room 5 Activities
Room 5 has had an exciting start to the year. The students have all settled back into the school routine amazingly well. In the classroom we have been focusing on writing suspenseful stories, reading The BFG and improving our multiplication. In our Highway Heroes lessons we have spent time on goal setting that prepared us for the Student Led Conferences. We continue practising this skill each week in our Weekly Reflections and the students have shown a huge improvement in setting and achieving goals.
Outside of the classroom we have been very busy. We have had the tennis lessons in Physical Education with coaches from Nollamara Tennis Club joining us for Weeks 5-8 using the school’s brand new equipment. The students have really enjoyed the lessons and made fantastic progress. Earlier in the term we had the First Aid Incursion where students enjoyed learning about what to do in an emergency. Then in Week 7 the students went to Mirrabooka Square to perform What a Wonderful World in AUSLAN for Harmony Day, they also saw several other performances and enjoyed the different activity stalls. Last week we had the Life Ed Incursion which students enjoyed learning about friendships and met Harold the Giraffe. Most recently the Year 6 students went to Dianella Secondary College for Science Quest and had a great time: trying to solve a murder mystery, analysing rocks, mixing chemicals and building the strongest pasta structures.
Lastly and very excitingly we have started our preparation for the Year 5/6 Camp, where we are going to Dwellingup in August. The Bunnings barbecue fundraiser at Malaga went really well and we want to thank all of our helpers enabling us to reduce the cost for each student by about $40.
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.
Mirrabooka Squash Club
Mirrabooka Squash Club is hosting a free event for girls aged between 8 and 18 years to come and try a new sport from girls their own age as well as a few women in a safe non-judgemental environment.
Please see the flyer below for more information.
Roseworth Child and Parent Centre Free School Holiday Activities
Please see below a link for information about some free April school holiday activities for infants through to child aged 8 years.
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.