From the Principal
Welcome to Week 3!
We are getting through the term with lots of enthusiasm as there has been some great things happening! A big thank you to our P&C who held a wonderful Mother’s Day stall. We hope all of our Waddington mums, aunts, sisters and caregivers had a fabulous day yesterday.
The students have been enjoying not having to wear masks, however some are still choosing to do so. As the cases continue, you may see relief teachers and support staff through the school as our staff and their families are affected by COVID.
We have started our dancing lessons and the students are thoroughly enjoying learning their routines. Over the holidays, our 40 year old wet area flooring was replaced and the results are fabulous. Room 9 especially looks beautiful and it is such a positive step for Waddington PS. Over the next 6 weeks, we will be having further improvement works to the roof sections of our classrooms. This will cause some disruption, however we have tried to minimise this as much as possible. There will be a note going home in the coming week about these works.
As the colder weather arrives, I would encourage you and your family to get vaccinated against the flu. We have organised for RediMed to come and deliver FREE flu vaccinations at our school on the 31st May 9am – 11am. If you do not have the note to sign up, please come to the office. This is also free for students so you are welcome to sign your child up also for this service (however, you will need to be with them when they receive the vaccination).
Our two Aboriginal artists, Loretta Egan and Noleen Brockman will be starting their new mural in the undercover area over the coming weeks with our students. This has been made possible by the grant from Lotterywest and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. We feel so fortunate to have this opportunity.
NAPLAN will be starting this week for our Year 3 and Year 5 students. NAPLAN is a nationwide measure through which parents, teachers, schools, education authorities, governments and the broader community can determine how well young Australians are developing the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for other learning and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community. NAPLAN allows us as a school to make evidence based decisions around our school programs and to ensure that students are progressing. NAPLAN is not the only measure though, and as you know here at Waddington PS, our students social and emotional learning is just as important. If you wish to access some more information about NAPLAN, please go to Public demonstration site (nap.edu.au).
From the Administration Office
Term 2 2022 Planner
The term planner is updated regularly and below are some important dates to be aware of for the next 3 weeks.
Please find a link to the updated Term 2 2022 planner below.
9th May 2022 – Jumble sale starting 2.45pm
10th May 2022 – NAPLAN commences
11th May 2022 – Dance lessons (Rooms 1, 4 and 5)
16th May 2022 – NAPLAN continues
18th May 2022 – Assembly 9am – Deaf Awareness & Dance lessons (Rooms 1, 4 and 5)
20th May 2022 – Global Roaming – Room 5
Room 4 – Learning all about animals!
Room 4 have welcomed in Djeran by taking our learning to the bush walk and drawing our native plants and animals. We are finishing off contour (continuous) line drawings of the flora and fauna in our local community, whilst learning their Noongar names. This links into our theme of the term: Animals! We will be studying Animals across a range of learning areas and you may be lucky enough to see some of our animal work at the assembly in week 9!
Term 2 is always busy and we have started dance, which we have loved. We also regularly practice movement breaks and brain breaks to help us stay focussed! As a class we really enjoy our mindfulness sessions after lunch with Mrs Tomlinson and our stretches with Mr Whitely.
Our maths sessions have been fabulous this term as we have started to delve into multiplication and problem solving. The students have even been able to show some of their amazing learning on Minecraft education, which has also given them the opportunity of working on conflict resolution and team work.
We are excited for the busy term ahead and all the amazing learning that we are going to do!!
Emergency Relief – Support during COVID isolation
Roseworth Child and Parent Centre have made us aware of a very useful resource which families can access if they require support during isolation or are generally experiencing difficulties. Please see the flyer below with the details of the Emergency Relief and Food Access Service which is a free, accessible and phone-based service.
Are you interested in becoming a foster carer?
Children require a safe place to live. At times, for a variety of reasons, living with family is not the safest option for all children. Department of Communities, Mirrabooka District, is seeking motivated, caring and nurturing adults who may be willing to attend a local information session to hear about becoming a foster carer. Foster carers often tell us that making the decision to help vulnerable children and young people and providing them with a loving home has been one of the best decisions they have ever made. There are a number of foster care options available. Some are long term, full-time arrangements while other foster carers provide support for short term or short break placements. Foster carers come from all walks of life. You may be single, partnered or married, with or without your own children. As a foster carer, you would be supported by a dedicated Placement Officer.
Interested applicants would need to attend a fostering information session. We have sessions that will occur at the Mirrabooka District office and the Herb Graham Recreation Centre in Mirrabooka. Please see the flyers below for further information.
Morley Senior High School – Specialist testing for student starting Year 7 2023
Please see the flyer below for information on the next date for specialist testing for those students currently in year 6.
Hamersley Recreation Centre – New Junior Cricket Program
Please see the flyer below for the new program commencing Wednesdays in term 2.