Newsletter #9 - October 26th 2020
From the Principal
I hope you enjoyed some quality time with your children over the holidays. I was lucky enough to sneak away a couple of days early to beat the south-bound traffic with my family. Now that the weather is warming up, I'm looking forward to getting outside more, as I'm sure you are too.
In the last week of Term Three, the very talented students in Kindy and Pre-primary wowed us all with their singing skills at the final assembly for the term. Congratulations to Room 9 for their fantastic performance and to Ms Chivers and Ms Swaine for their organisation.
Last week we celebrated book week, with many of the children dressing up as their favourite book characters. Book week is a time to celebrate the joy of reading and it was so wonderful to see so many children engaging in the many activities their teachers planned for them. The Kindy to Year Two students were lucky enough to have Ms Janine Freeman come along and read them some stories in the morning.
Last Friday, many of the students from Years Three to Six headed to Balga Primary School for this year's interschool athletics carnival. The behaviour and kindness towards the other schools was exemplary - they made us proud! Congratulations to Joel who won the Year Three Runner-up Boys medal for his outstanding performance on the day. One of the races that Joel won was against Year Five students from the other schools! Thanks to Mr Greer for his organisation for the day.
Last week the P&C sent home a note inviting all students to their annual Halloween Disco, which is taking place this Friday 30th October from 5pm until 7pm in Waddy Hall. We hope to see as many children there as possible to help raise money for the P&C. Thanks to our wonderful P&C for all the hard work they put into running these events for the children at Waddington.
As we move towards the end of the year, we are planning for a successful 2021. With student enrolments increasing each year, we are looking forward to offering a similar class structure next year, with a Kindy/Pre-primary class, Year 1/2 class, Year 3/4 class and a 5/6 class. If you know of anyone who has not yet enrolled their child for 2021, please encourage them to get in touch with me.
This Friday, we celebrate World Teachers' Day. Teachers and support staff at Waddington do a wonderful job of educating the students but we all know they go well beyond that - they go above and beyond their roles to provide so many great opportunities for the students. Please take the time to let your child's teachers know how much you appreciate them this week.
Last week an order form was sent home for school photos. School photos will be taken on Tuesday 17th November. Please send the envelopes in on that day as they will be handed directly to the photo company on the day.
We have many great events ahead of us in Term Four, including our Community Carols on Wednesday 9th December, and our book awards and graduation on Monday 14th December. We look forward to celebrating with you at these events. We are also looking forward to welcoming our new Kindy students and their families, with transition days starting in a couple of weeks.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Term 4 2020 Planner
The Term 4 planner was uploaded to the schools website at the end of last 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*
- 30 October 2020 - P&C Halloween Disco
- 30 October 2020 - World Teacher's Day
- 11 November 2020 - Room 1 (Years 1/2) Assembly 9am
Room 1 - Dinosaurs Days!
Term 3 ended with quite a splash! We all enjoyed our swimming lessons the bus trips to the pool. We swam so well we needed two weeks holiday to recover!
The start of Term 4 brings the end of Room 1's Dinosaur Days and what an experience it has been. Not only did students learn about different dinosaurs that roamed the Earth millions of years ago, but they had the chance to create their own dinosaur and habitat. Mr Keenan was invited into Room 1's Dinosaur World where he enjoyed listening to students read their dinosaur reports and see their creations.
Students have also been enjoying 'Loose Parts' STEM play on Wednesday afternoons where they get the chance to show off their creative skills. It is fabulous watching them move around materials to build all kinds of things. We were super excited to return to school and explore the brand new Waddington Nature Play area. Our class were the very first students to 'test drive' the playground, and we gave it a big thumbs up!
This term in Highway Heroes we are 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.
This excerpt has been taken from the book ‘Highway Heroes: Smart Life Skills 4 Kids – Module 4 Strategies 4 Managing Me’ written by Helen Davidson and Claire Orange, Best Programs 4 Kids.
From the School Nurse
Parents and carers are often called the ‘nutritional gatekeepers’ in the home, meaning that they hold the biggest food influence on the lives of their children and also their partners. For some, food preparation can be an onerous task that seems never ending. On the Western Australian School Canteen Association website you will find many useful tips and general ideas that can make the task easier and help you to ensure all the members of your household are receiving the best possible nutrition.
Please click on the link below for more information on the WA School Canteen Association website, including a helpful video.
The ABCD flyer has recently been translated for those families where English as an additional language or dialect (EALD/D), see a full list below.
FREE EVENT - Mirrabooka NAIDOC Cultural Celebration
Below is a flyer for a free community event being held at the Mirrabooka Regional Open Space on Thursday 12th November from 3.30pm to 7pm.
The event will have live music, children's rides and entertainment, information stalls and sausage sizzle/kangaroo stew.
Triple P Sessions Term 4 2020
Please see below information about some upcoming Positive Parenting sessions for October and November 2020 held at Warwick Stadium. Bookings are essential through the website below.