Newsletter #4 - June 8th 2020
From the Principal
It has been wonderful to see things return to normal at Waddington, since the beginning of the term, and today marked another important step in that process, with parents finally being able to return onto the school site to drop off and collect their children. We are very excited to have parents back on site and will revert back to opening all of our school gates each morning and afternoon. Parents are not able to enter the classrooms, at this stage, and we have marked yellow exclusion areas outside each classroom to make this clear. Please note that any students arriving late to school (after 8:45am) will need to enter the school via the main gate to get a late note from the office. If parents need to enter the school grounds to deliver anything or collect their child, they will need to come into the front office and our staff will deliver the goods or collect the children as needed. This process will minimise disruptions to classrooms and ensure we know who is on site at all times. We thank you in advance for your adherence to this process.
It is with pleasure that I share the news that Miss Hoff had her baby last week. She had a baby girl, named Evelyn, and she and Evelyn are doing very well. We wish Miss Hoff and her family all the best for their adventure ahead!
We are moving forward with our new nature playground equipment and loose parts play plans, with students in Years One to Six participating in the design process over the past few weeks. The new equipment will be located under the trees between the bike racks and Waddy Hall and we hope to start building next term. We will also soon have gates installed in the alcove outside Room 5, behind which we will store some ‘loose parts’ for the children to use to construct and create with during play times. We are looking for some specific items to use in the playground including large cable spools, milk crates and bread crates. If you have access to any of these items, or similar, please let us know.
This Friday 12th June the P&C have organised a Pyjama Day to raise funds to go towards the students – gold coin donation. Students are welcome to come to school in their warm Pyjamas, but will still need to wear normal school shoes. The weather looks to be cold and wet by the end of the week – perfect weather for staying in your PJs all day!
Teachers are currently busy writing report comments, which will look quite different this semester. As previously communicated, reports will not include a letter grade for any subject areas, however, will include information on the effort that children have put into each subject area. Reports will also include a short, written comment for English and Maths, as well as a general comment. Reports are due to go home on Friday 26th June, which will allow parents time to meet with teachers the following week, if necessary.
Lastly, we are looking forward to our next assembly, which will be hosted by the year three and four students on Wednesday 1st July at 9am. We are excited to be able to invite parents on-site for the assembly, which will be in the undercover area as normal. We hope you can make it!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Room 9 Happenings
What a great start to 2020 in room 9!
Our room has been a very busy place with all of our children back in the classroom and raring to go. Our themes are centred around stories and this term we have been reading the Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children were set the task of making bridges using a variety of materials such a junk, lego, popsticks and cardboard tubes. They have recorded themselves retelling the story and used the small world figures to act it out in groups. If you venture down to Room 9 you can meet our troll who is standing guard by the bridge waiting for unsuspecting children to come his way!
There is always a lot happening in our room with painting and playdough everyday, jump jam sessions, literacy and math blocks, sounds write and lunchtime disco competitions.
The children are becoming independent in many ways, organising their belongings when they arrive and leave for home. We teach them to work on activities independently, finding the equipment they need to carry out the task, and problem solve where needed. Our goal is to teach children how to think not what to think!
The next story is the Three Little Pigs so watch out for that wolf!!!
Kindy 2021 Enrolments now open!
Is your child excited to start their first day of school? Now’s the time to get your child school ready and apply to enrol them in Kindergarten for 2021!
If your child is four years old by 30 June 2021, you can apply to enrol them in our school. Contact us by 24 July 2020 to apply.
You can drop into the School Office to pick up an Application for Enrolment form or CLICK HERE to obtain one from the schools website.
This will include a free sausage sizzle lunch for all students, free dress and fun activities. Look out for more details coming home soon!!
The next Highway Heroes module we will be focusing on is Connecting 4 Friendships; Playground Resilience & Wisdom. In this module the children will be learning skills about making and keeping friends, joining in games and responding to some of the difficulties that can occur along the way.
Your child will be introduced to The Friendliness SPICE - a handy and memorable acronym for a 'friendliness package'. Displaying The Friendliness SPICE below would be a good focus for a discussion with your child about their friendly behaviours.
This excerpt has been taken from the book ‘Highway Heroes: Smart Life Skills 4 Kids – Module 2 Connecting 4 Friendships’ written by Helen Davidson and Claire Orange, Best Programs 4 Kids
North East Metropolitan TAFE are running courses in Semester 2 2020 for non-teaching school positions due to very successful program run in Semester 1 which saw many of the participants gain employment as gardeners, cleaners and administrators.
If this is of interest to anyone in our school community, then please read on!
Looking for work or a career change?
Can you see yourself working in a school?
Need help to find work in the coronavirus craziness?
Schools and other organisations are regularly hiring people for the following roles:
- Gardener, cleaner, administration, management, canteen, education assistants and many other roles.
Starting in July 2020, North Metropolitan TAFE are running a one-semester course on the skills required to be a successful candidate for employment in a school or elsewhere. The course aids in preparation for entry into gardening, cleaning, administration, management, canteen and education assistant work.
We have had huge success supporting people to find work and the chances of gaining employment are strong. This course is suitable for existing gardeners, cleaners, administrators etc., and people looking to change career or people looking for a return to work.
The course includes:
- Training in skills specific to the role you are interested in e.g. IT skills
- Work experience in a school or other organisation
- Help and support to find work
- Help accessing further training as required e.g. Certificate III in Education Support
- Development of your job application cover letter, resume and help with selection criteria
- Strong work ethic
- Good oral and written communication
- Must be able to read procedures, safety sheets and chemical bottles
- Must be able to send and receive emails
- Successful completion of an entry interview
- Working With Children Check and a Department of Education Clearance
- Dates - Starts Tue 21st of Jul and finishes Fri 11th of Dec 2020 (20 weeks)
- Days - 3 days per week, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:15 until 2:45
- Cost - Approximately $170 (subject to change) total course fee for full 20 weeks
- Location - North Metro TAFE Leederville and on work experience
- Qualification - GATE (Gaining Access to Training and Employment) Certificate I
If you would be interested in this course then please email Chris Hodson firstname.lastname@example.orgDisclaimer: North Metropolitan TAFE does not guarantee work after completing this course. This course supports you to find work. The course is run by North Metropolitan TAFE (RTO code: 52786) and is not endorsed by any authority or government department.