Newsletter 2

From the Principal

Dear Waddington families,

We are marching steadily through Term 1 of 2024 with business as usual despite the high temperatures that have been with us for the past weeks.

The Waddington Student Leaders have been announced, and we are soon to begin building their capacity as leaders by attending a Student Leadership Conference in Perth. The cost for this has been covered by the school and 12 Buckets.  More information to follow for those involved. There will be another opportunity for others to attend a second conference later in the year.

As educational professionals, we value the learning that takes place within our walls, but also recognise that there are experiences and opportunities available to us in the wider community. As a leader, I place high importance on developing those skills in our students who are the potential future leaders of our society. I am sure you will agree that the opportunities available to the students at Waddington are broad and purposeful. Follow our Facebook page to keep updated on what is happening in this space. 

Wishing you all the best for the long weekend, with warm wishes from us all at Waddington.

Kind regards,

Katherine Chivers 


From the Administration Team

Term 1 Planner

The term planner is updated regularly and below are some important dates to be aware of for the next 3 weeks.

Please refer to the Term Planner page under the ‘Community’ tab for the most up-to-date events for the term (but this may be subject to change so please check regularly).

Important Dates

1st March 2024 – SDD – Students do not attend

4th March 2024 – Public Holiday – Labour Day

8th March 2024 – SCITECH STEM after school club (3pm – 4pm)

13th March 2024 – Artist in resident

13th March 2024 – NAPLAN commences (Year 3 and 5 students)

15th March 2024 – SCITECH STEM after school club (3pm – 4pm)

20th March 2024 – Artist in resident

21st March 2024 – Harmony Day

22nd March 2024 – NAPLAN conlcudes (Year 3 and 5 students)

22nd March 2024 – Assembly – Room 8

22nd March 2024 – SCITECH STEM after school club (3pm – 4pm)

Breakfast Club – Thank you Woolworths Mirrabooka!

We would like to acknowledge with thanks Woolworths Mirrabooka for supporting our schools breakfast club, our students appreciate your support!

Thank you to BNI Foundation Australia!

A big thank you to the BNI foundation and the supporting companies who have donated 150 whiteboards and whiteboard markers for our students. Our school appreciates your support!

From the School Nurse

Welcome to the new school year. My name is Melanie Arnison and I am the School Health Nurse who visits your school.

School Health Nurses work in schools to promote healthy development and wellbeing so students may reach their full potential. A major part of my work is focused on early intervention and the School Entry Health Assessment program.  Additionally, the nurse can be contacted at any time throughout primary school if you have concerns about your child’s health, development or wellbeing.

School Health Nurses serve as a health contact point for children and their families, providing information, assessment, health counselling and referral. They also work in partnership with schools to support teachers in health related curriculum and can assist in the development of health care plans for students with complex and chronic health needs.
The services provided are free and confidential.

My work days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8.30am-4.30pm, except Mondays when I finish 2.30pm.

Please contact me on Ph: 0439 061 628. My Email is;

Room 9 – Busy little people learning and having fun!

What an exciting start to the year we have had in Room 9. There is so much to learn when we first start school. We have all been busy practicing our new routines, it has been nonstop already. Learning the school behaviour expectations and what to do in the morning is a lot to remember! We have enjoyed meeting new friends and get excited to see them when we arrive.

One of our favourite routine of the day is our morning fine motor task. This helps our hands and bodies to get ready to learn. These range from arranging stones on a pathway to making playdough shapes. We take pride in completing these and celebrating the fact with our friends. It is amazing that the youngest members of our school are using kind words and persistence already.

We have been learning the Nursery Rhyme ‘I’m a little teapot’ as part of Talk for Writing this Term. We have explored the different the parts of a teapot and what we use it for. Our class dramatic play area has seen many cups of tea carefully poured for our teddies and classmates.

This Semester we have some fabulous Arts experiences for Music and Visual Art. In Visual Art we are exploring the elements of line, shape, colour and texture. We have produced some amazing line artworks – creating ‘crazy hair’ for ourselves and decorating leaves with different line types. In Music we are exploring beat and rhythm through songs and rhymes.

In Maths our singing voices are also getting a workout, as we explore number sequence through counting songs. One of our favourites is ‘5 cheeky monkeys’, because we get to act out as we sing. Being the Hungry crocodile is our favourite role to play! We are exploring ways to represent numbers as well as counting backwards and forwards. When we count backwards from 10 we enjoy pretending we are launching a rocket ship, jumping up to the sky when we reach zero!

In Science we are exploring what things are made of. We were really excited to go on a materials hunt with our newly made binoculars. We have learned so many new words that help us describe what objects are made of – whether it be plastic, glass, wood or metal.

We are looking forward to growing in ourselves and in our learning as the Term goes on, and being able to share this with our Waddington Community is such a treat.

Community Notices

Balga SHS – Free after school Technology Club

Please see below a flyer regarding an after school club for students in Years 5 and 6 that runs on Wednesday and Thursday during the school term. Places are limited, please refer to flyer for details on how to register your child.

Girrawheen SHS 50th Anniversary Celebration

Please see below a flyer for the 50th Anniversary celebrations on Friday 22nd March 2024.

Better Health Program

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Why families should know about the Better Health Program.

Funded by the WA Department of Health and supported by Child and School Health Nurses, the Better Health Program is a statewide program seeing families improve their healthy eating, moving more and establishing long term habits.

We know childhood obesity is a big issue, which is why we are so passionate about how this program is helping families make healthier choices.   

But why should families join?
1. It covers everything: The program isn’t just about food, it’s about getting active, feeling good mentally and making all-round healthy choices as a family.
2. Evidence-based: Created and delivered by qualified health professionals, the program aligns completely with current Australian guidelines.
3. Designed for families: The program takes sometimes confusing and overwhelming health information and presents it in bite sized, fun, interactive chunks that is easy for both children and adults to take on board.
4. It is supportive: The program provides motivation, guidance and support to reach family-led health goals, along with free helpful resources.
5. It’s free for eligible families!

Who can sign up?  Children aged 6-12 years old who are above a healthy weight and their families.

How is it delivered? Both online and in person at location communities. The program runs for 10 weeks to provide support in establishing sustainable behaviours.  

To sign up for this program, please click on the link below.

Wanslea Children and Parenting Support programs – Term 2 2024

Wanslea’s Children and Parent Support is a FREE service providing workshops for families of children aged 0-12 years starting term 2 2024. Bringing up Great Kids is a 6 week workshop for parents.

Places in these workshops are limited, so please register your details via Humanitix:

Roseworth Child and Parent Centre 2024 programs

Please see below various workshops available through Roseworth for term 1 2024.

Free online Parent Workshops Term 1 2024

The Triple P and Child and Parent Centre teams are excited to offer a series of free online workshops fpr families. Please click on the link below for information and the links to join the programs.