Newsletter #6 - August 3rd 2020
From the Principal
It is wonderful to be back at school for a very normal term ahead, and to see the children settle so well after a well-earned break!
In the last week of Term Two, the year three and four students hosted our first classroom assembly for the year. They did a wonderful job performing a play about the ingredients for a good friendship and also sang 'You've got a friend in me'. Well done to Room 4 for their impressive effort!
We had a busy end to Term Two, also celebrating NAIDOC Day on Thursday 2nd July. We were very grateful to have Ms Coyne and Ms Hemingway prepare some wonderful activities for the children to enjoy throughout the day. The children were involved in many fun activities, such as creating Noongar Season bookmarks, learning about and creating their own 'Tiddalik' frogs out of rocks and much more. The children each drew a symbol in the style of Aboriginal dot painting, which have all been put together to create the border for a new Wandjoo (welcome in Noongar) sign near reception. The sign will be installed in the coming weeks and will represent languages from all over the world.
On Monday 20th July, while the children were enjoying their last day of holidays, staff at school were learning more about the importance of children playing in nature and creating with loose parts. This will continue to be a focus throughout the year and, as previously mentioned, we are creating a new nature play area next to the main playground near Waddy Hall. We have installed an old car for the children to play on and look forward to installing more new equipment later in the year.
At the end of last term, we said goodbye to Libby Thomas, our school Chaplain. Libby is expecting her first child in the coming weeks. We welcome Mrs Anne Scully as our new Chaplain and look forward to introducing her to the children over the coming weeks. The role of a school chaplain is to support the well being of students in the school. While Anne comes from a faith-based organisation, her role is not to speak with children about religion, but to assist them with their well being. Anne will move between all classrooms at various times and is available to students one-to-one or in small groups. If you feel your child could do with additional support, please get in touch with Jessica Nicol, Student Services Manager, and she will arrange for them to spend time with Anne. If we feel it could be useful for your child to spend time with Anne, we will first seek your permission.
We have lots to look forward to this term, with the Year 5/6 students attending a sleepover at the school very soon, our Athletics Carnival happening on Wednesday 9th September, and Swimming taking place in the last two weeks of term. We had previously scheduled school photos for Term One, but this was postponed and will now happen in Term Four on Tuesday 17th November. This year's inter-school athletics carnival will be hosted by Balga Primary School on 23rd October.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Tree Planting - Years 3 -6
Last Tuesday, students in years three to six worked with staff from the City of Wanneroo to plant 1000 seedlings in a bare part of the nearby Koondoola bush land. We all walked down together and met with staff from the City of Wanneroo. They learned about the need to take care of our local bush land and how to correctly plant seedlings. Well done to all involved!
Loose Parts - Item Requests
We are looking forward to opening our loose parts play later in the term and are seeking items for the children to build and create with. We do not want old toys, rather items children can get creative with.
If you have any of the following items, or similar, in good condition, we would love it if you can please bring them along to the school:
- Sheets, pillow cases, doona covers, cushions
- PVC pipes and joiners
- Kitchen items (saucepans, wooden spoons, muffin tins, etc.
- Small balls (not golf balls)
- Mini-wheelie bins (solid plastic - not brittle plastic)
- Electrical cable reels
- Soft measuring tapes
- Crutches, walking sticks, walking frames
- Picnic rugs
- Cardboard tubes
- Large IKEA bags or similar to store items
- Witches hats or road signs
Uniform Price Increases
Our uniform supplier has increased the price of most items, which is being passed onto parents, although the uniform shop still runs at a loss. As of next Monday 10th August, the price of uniform items will be as follows:
Term 3 2020 Planner
Term 3 2020 Planner has now been finalised, however may change throughout the term. 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*
- 7 August 2020 - Room 5 School Sleepover
- 19 August 2020 - Room 5 (Years 5 and 6) Assembly
- 28 August 2020 - School Board Meeting starting at 9am
- 2 September 2020 - Triple P - Positive Parenting Session at Waddington PS
- 7 September 2020 - Athletics - Jumps and Throws - PP to Year 6
- 9 September 2020 - Athletics Faction Carnival - PP - Year 6
- 11 September 2020 - Athletics Faction Carnival Back up Day - PP to Year 6
- 14 September 2020 - Interm Swimming Lessons start - PP to Year 6
- 21 September 2020 - Interm Swimming Lessons continue - PP to Year 6
- 25 September 2020 - Term 3 Finished for Students and Staff
Kindy 2021 Enrolments!
Kindy Enrolments for 2021 closed on the 24 July 2020, however we are still happy to take enrolments.
If your child is 4 years old by 30 June 2021 (or you know someone who has a child in the local area who is turning 4 years old by the 30 June 2021), then it's time to enrol them in Kindergarten.
You can either drop into the Front Office during 8am - 3.30pm to pick up an Application for Enrolment form or CLICK HERE to obtain one from the schools website.
In Highway Heroes this week we are learning the Highway Tool : Straight Talk.
Very simply, Straight Talk involves approaching someone directly and calmly, confidently describing the behaviour in which they are engaging, and assertively asking for the behaviour to stop.
Learning to Assert can often be confused with being angry, demanding, blaming or overly dramatic to make a point. Assertiveness is about the body language, tone of voice and words of calmness and confidence.
This is what Straight Talk looks like. Also including some role plays at home would help your child to master the skill.
This excerpt has been taken from the book ‘Highway Heroes: Smart Life Skills 4 Kids – Module 3 Tricks 4 Getting Things Done’ written by Helen Davidson and Claire Orange, Best Programs 4 Kids
Community Tree Planting - Mirrabooka 5th September 2020
Gather your friends. family and neighbours and join us planting street trees in your neighbourhood.
The event is an opportunity to:
- Meet your neighbours and build a sense of community
- Improve the appearance of your street and add value to your property
- Help make your street and suburb a greener and more liveable place
- Have fun and enjoy various activities, a free sausage sizzle, and cool drink.
This year, we are excited to be running workshops and activities after the event for those who have taken part.
Don’t miss out! Make sure you RSVP to sign-up to this Community Tree Planting Event and participate in the workshops/activities once the street trees have been planted.
For further information go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/community-tree-planting-mirrabooka-tickets-99946755436.
Triple P - Positive Parenting Program Term 3 2020
We are pleased to advise that Waddington Primary School will be providing a Triple P - Positive Parenting Program session for parents on Wednesday 9 September 2020. Keep an eye out for more details in the coming weeks!
The above free program is also running in August 2020 at Warwick Stadium. The Triple P program teaches practical and effective ways to enhance family relationships and manage common child behaviour issues.
You can make a booking through your Child Health Nurse or visit https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/parentgroups.