Newsletter #11 - December 7th 2020
From the Principal
In this, our final newsletter for the year, I would like to begin by thanking the staff at Waddington Primary School. This has been an exceptional year for many reasons and I would like to acknowledge our wonderful staff for their dedication to the continuity of learning for all students at Waddington in a most uncertain, complex and unpredictable year. It feels like so long ago that our staff had to completely change the way they operated, with very limited notice, to ensure that all children were able to continue to learn - this included our teachers and support staff, our cleaners and gardener, Chaplain and school psychologist, our office and administration staff and all the agencies outside of the school who support student learning and wellbeing. On behalf of our school community, I say thank you.
In those times of uncertainty, our students, with the support of their parents, worked hard to continue their learning, many from home. We were deeply heartened by the passion our students demonstrated towards their learning this year, even while many weren't physically at school. Thank you for your commitment to learning. The expectation on parents was immense and they rose to the challenge of supporting our staff to provide a quality education remotely - thank you.
Last Wednesday we hosted a Thank You morning tea in the library, for all the volunteers who have supported students throughout the year. We are grateful to have had around 20 of our 30 volunteers present at the morning tea, from mentors to school board and P&C members.
Now that we are fortunate to be in more 'normal' times, we look forward to our end of year events, including our upcoming Christmas Carols, our Book Awards and our Graduation Ceremony and associated events. We also look forward to the holidays where staff can recharge and families can reconnect and enjoy the summer ahead.
We have a busy couple of weeks remaining and hope you can all make it along to our Christmas Carols, which are taking place from 4:30pm this Wednesday 9th December. We look forward to the return of the dunk tank, where the children will have the opportunity to dunk some of the teachers, and we're grateful that the Girrawheen Lions Club will be joining us this year with their mini-train for the children to enjoy. The P&C will be sizzling sausages, with other goodies on sale also. Singing starts at 5:30pm. A big thanks to the City of Wanneroo for supporting this great event!
All parents are invited to join us for our upcoming book awards and graduation, which will be taking place in the undercover area from 9am sharp on Monday 14th December. We hope you can make it along to help us celebrate the success of our students this year. We will be opening up the concertina doors to provide fresh air and enough space for appropriate social distancing at this important school event.
Student reports are currently being finalised and will be handed out this Friday (next Tuesday for Kindy students). Please take the time to read through your child's report with them and use the teacher comments to help them to set goals for their learning next year. Whether or not the teacher has requested an interview, I encourage you to make an appointment with your child's teacher if you have any questions about their progress this year, particularly given they did not receive grades in their Semester One report.
At the end of this year, we say goodbye to three wonderful teachers. Mrs Gaby Ferraro has taught in the Year 5/6 classroom since the beginning of Term Two and quickly developed great relationships with the students. We are grateful for all of the effort she put into supporting our older students during this time and wish her the very best for the future.
Mrs Vanessa Scott has been at Waddington Primary School for over 12 years and will be leaving us at the end of this year. Mrs Scott has had many roles in her time at Waddington and has developed a great rapport with so many students and their families in this time. She will be missed by the Waddington community. We wish her the best as she takes on a fifth day at her other school from 2021.
Mrs Jill Arkeveld has been teaching for 34 years and has recently made the decision to retire. Mrs Arkeveld has been a teacher at Waddington for many of these years and has had a positive impact on many children over this time. We wish her all the best and our congratulations for her retirement. She has kindly offered to come into the school next year and volunteer some of her time to help out, which we are grateful for and looking forward to.
The final day for students this year will be next Thursday 17th December. I wish all students and families a safe and enjoyable break over the summer holidays, and look forward to seeing their smiling faces on the first day back next year, on Monday 1st February.
Term 4 2020 Planner
The Term 4 planner was amended and uploaded to the schools website week 9. 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 THIS TERM*
- 9 December 2020 - Christmas Carols 4.30pm to 6.30pm
- 10 December 2020 - Faction Sausage Sizzle (Winning Faction)
- 11 December 2020 - Year 6 End of Year Excursion
- 11 December 2020 - Reports home (PP - Year 6)
- 14 December 2020 - Book Awards and Graduation at 9am
- 15 December 2020 - Reports home (Kindy)
- 15 December 2020 - Year 6 Graduation Dinner
- 17 December 2020 - Last day of Term for Student
First day of school for 2021 will be Monday 1st February 2021.
Please see below information on staffing for next year.
Kindy/Pre-primary: Ms Chivers (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri) - Wednesday teacher TBC
Year 1/2: Mrs Gray (Mon, Tue), Mrs Webster (Wed, Thu, Fri)
Year 3/4: Mr Whitely (Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri) Miss Hoff (Tue)
Year 5/6: Mr Greer (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri), Mrs Gray (Wed)
Science: Miss Hoff
Auslan: Ms Hemingway
Music: Mrs Ibbitson
Sport: Mr Greer
Education Assistants: Mrs Nayler, Ms Swaine and Ms McKirdy
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.
Roseworth Dental Therapy Centre School Holiday Emergency Contacts
Roseworth DTC will be closed from Tuesday 22 December 2020 until Tuesday 26 January 2021 and will reopen Wednesday 27 January.
In case of an emergency during this period contact -
22 December Hillcrest DTC 9271 7184 2 Bayview Street Bayswater
23 December - 25 January Mt Henry DTC 9313 0555 43 Mt Henry Road Salter Point
In case of an emergency after hours or on a public holiday contact 1800 098 818
City of Stirling 2020/2021 School Holiday Programs
The City of Stirling’s school holiday programs keep kids active and engaged during the school break. Registrations are open to children from 5-12 years and sports and programs are run by fully qualified instructors and coaches.
- Festive Christmas cooking and craft programs are available at Hamersley Leisure Centre between 21st – 22nd December, $30 per session.
- Sports holiday programs will run at Scarborough, Mirrabooka and Hamersley Leisure Centres; from 11th – 29th January 2021 from 8.45am to 12.30pm. Early bird of $20.00 per session if paid before 23 December or $25 per session thereafter.
To view the program timetable and register online visit: https://www.stirling.wa.gov.au/recreation/pages/school-holiday-programs