Newsletter 9

From the Principal

Kaya Waddington PS community.

What a huge term we have had! Camp, swimming, school photos, a new Pirate Ship AND EduDance we have all been so very busy! I would like to say thank you to all of you for your support during this very busy time and for sending students to school every day. Our attendance has improved which is excellent. Please remember as we come to the end of term and into Term 4, students still need to come EVERY DAY to maximise their learning. 

We are looking forward to seeing parents and caregivers at our EduDance concert this Friday at 2:30pm in the Undercover Area. We have worked hard as a staff to ensure our students had access to this amazing program and we think you will enjoy their performances. 

Next week (Week 10) is our Jumps and Throws (Monday) and our Faction Carnival (Tuesday). Mr Hevron has been working with students to get them ready for the day and there is a letter going home today with approximate times for events and the lunch order form which has been organised by our super P&C! We would love to see you there on the day, but will post lots of photos and updates on Facebook for those who are unable to attend. 

Week 10 will also be our Scholastic Book Fair. Ms Smith has been very busy organising this and students will be able to purchase books on Monday (18th September) and Tuesday (19th September). If you are coming for the Faction Carnival, we will open up the library for to purchase books both before and after school. Our school library will get some of the funds from the books purchased over the two days. On Wednesday (20th September) students can dress up as their favourite book character and there will be a book parade in the undercover area at the end of the day. Students have also been making dioramas with Mrs Reeves and they will bring them to showcase. 

It is the time of year where we start planning for 2024 and we want your valuable opinion! We would love to hear your thoughts on our school so please click the link below to help us with our planning. We truly value the opinion of our community:

In staffing news, we have finished interviews for our Science position and are pleased to announce that Mr Greg Longman is the recommended applicant and will be joining us at Waddington PS in Term 4 in Science. In 2024, Mr Longman will teach both Science and Art. Mr Longman is currently teaching at Kinross PS and has a lot of experience in Science and Art (and is actually an artist himself). Mrs Sharon Reeves will still be with us teaching Art until the rest of the term and I think you will agree, has done a fabulous job in teaching our students this year. We thank Mrs Reeves for her hard work. 

Kind regards,

Jemima Tomlinson 


Friendly Schools –

At Waddington PS, we have a strong focus on being a Bully Free Zone! Part of bullying is also bystander actions which we talk about with students. As parents, it can be hard to talk about with our child when we know they are involved in bullying behaviours. Here are some great tips to help you with these conversations:

From the Administration Team

Term 3 Planner

The term planner is updated regularly and below are some important dates to be aware of for the last 2 weeks of term.

Please refer to the Term Planner page under the ‘Community’ tab for the most up-to-date events for term 3 (but this may be subject to change so please check regularly).

As this is the last newsletter for term 3, we hope all our families have a restful school holiday break and we look forward to seeing you all back at school on Tuesday 10th October 2023.

Important Dates

11th September 2023 – School Photos

12th September 2023 – Edudance

15th September 2023 – Assembly Room 9

15th September 2023 – EduDance Performance 2pm (Undercover area)

15th September 2023 – 10.30am – 12.30pm Ready! Set! Kindy!

18th September 2023 – Book Fair

18th September 2023 – Jumps and Throws

19th September 2023 – Book Fair

19th September 2023 – Faction Athletics Carnival

20th September 2023 – Book Week Parade

22nd September 2023 – Term 3 ends

9th October 2023 – Staff Development Day (Students do not attend)

10th October 2023 – Term 4 Commences for students

The importance of handwashing

Room 8 – What a busy term 3 it’s been!

The year 3 and 4 students in Room 8 have had a busy term. As well as having to adjust to a new teacher, we also had a visiting student from China for 4 weeks, who really enjoyed his time with the class – We will all miss you Isaac!

The class have been writing persuasive texts, attempting to convince me to use iPads in every lesson, or to bring their gaming console to school. The students will need a little more practise at writing a good argument to persuade me, however, some students made a very good case! We are currently completing a novel study on Roald Dahl’s “Fantastic Mr Fox” and are finishing an in-depth look at the book “Are We There Yet?” about a family’s travels around Australia. This has tied in nicely with our HASS work about the states in Australia together with some of the important Australian landmarks and their significance to Indigenous Australians.

In mathematics, Room 8 have had some fun measuring angles around the classroom, and we recently tried to estimate the size of dinosaurs – Who would have thought 27 metres was THAT long! Students continue to work hard on their multiplication and division strategies. Students also had the chance to design and then build their own Rube Goldberg machines. These are a complex set of actions to complete a simple task. The class had a lot of fun.

On the 31st of August, the class joined the mayor and councillors for a walk along the newly completed walkway near Butterworth Park. Some students rode their scooters as well. There was an official ribbon cutting ceremony, and lots of professional photos taken- keep an eye out in the local newspaper in case we feature in it. Room 8 students showed incredible patience, and I was very proud of how they all followed the directions as they were moved around a lot for the pictures. They also sat perfectly still for the speeches, where they found out that the council was given “bags and bags of money” to build the paths – $890,000.

We also joined the Room 5 students to attend NAIDOC celebrations at Balga Senior High School on the 1st of September. Several different activities were tried by different groups of students, and we had the opportunity to taste kangaroo stew and damper. Sometimes it can be difficult to try new foods, however many students tasted it and most discovered it was delicious!

Wow it has been a busy term! We need a little break, so we are ready for the big push to the end of the year. We are looking forward to loads more fun over the coming weeks.

Mrs Cahill and Miss Middleton

Community Notices

Saver Plus – The Smith Family

Like many families in WA, your family may also be experiencing the impact of cost-of-living challenges. Saver Plus helps empower families with money skills and assist with school expenses by rewarding them for saving.

What is Saver Plus?

Saver Plus is a free online community money skills program funded by ANZ and the Australian Government, and delivered by The Smith Family in WA:

·        helping people to hit their savings goals,

·        develop life-long savings habits, and

·        receive up to $500 in matched savings from ANZ to assist with school expenses.

Please note an Eligibility criteria applies.

Athena Calisthenics Club Term 4 2023

Ever wondered what Calisthenics is all about? Well now is the time to get the kids, bring some friends and give it a try with TWO FREE trial classes!

Calisthenics is perfect for all ages to build confidence, improve stamina, make new friends and stay active. It’s an exciting sport that is a mix of dance, gymnastics, simplified ballet, singing and apparatus work. 

We are a community based not-for-profit Calisthenics Club training locally in Dianella and Ballajura.

Free Parenting Education Sessions – Ngala

Please see below flyers for some helpful parenting sessions relating to toileting, screens and other topical issues parents of primary and secondary aged children are facing in 2023.

Free events for families – Pharmacy 777 Nollamara

Please see below some information on upcoming free events for families provided by Pharmacy 777 in Nollamara.