Wantirna PS Newsletter

Term One, Week Nine


Upcoming Dates

From Our Principal

Thank you for a wonderful introduction

As this will be our final newsletter for Term One, I wanted to take a moment to thank our families, staff and the community for a wonderful first term.  It is been lovely getting to know each of you and I look forward to building this relationship further in Term Two. Wishing you all a well deserved two week break at the end of next week.  We will all return to school on Monday 19th April.

Information Sharing

On Monday Miss Faichney and myself attended a professional development day around the new government reforms and policies being put in place regarding Information Sharing (FVISS - Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme and CISS - Child Information Sharing Scheme) and the Multi-agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM).  CISS enables authorised organisations and services to share information to promote the wellbeing or safety of children.  FVISS enables authorised organisations and services to share information to facilitate assessment and management of family violence risk to children and adults.  MARAM ensures that services are effectively identifying, assessing and managing family violence risk by setting out the responsibilties of different workforces and guiding information sharing under both information sharing schemes wherever family violence is present.    

More information is available here:  https://www.vic.gov.au/about-information-sharing-schemes-and-risk-management-framework

Parent Teacher Interviews

Wednesday and Thursday evenings this week saw the running of our Parent Teacher Interview Nights.  Thank you very much to our teachers for their preparation, and to our parents for their participation.  We had an excellent turn out.  

We hope that parents enjoyed the opportunity to hear about their child's strengths, future goals and what their learning this coming year may look like.  If you have any further questions about your child's progess academically, socially or otherwise please just get in touch with your child's teacher via email or phone.

Bunnings BBQ - This weekend at Vermont South

This weekend we are running the Bunnings BBQ at the Vermont South store.  Even though you may be unable to assist with volunteering we would much appreciate families dropping past to enjoy a sausage or drink and say hello.  The funds we collect from this fundraiser will be joined with the funds from the February and March Farmer's Markets.  At the next Parents and Friends Association members will discuss how these funds will be used to further improve our school and most importantly our student's learning within it.  

Thursday - Early Dismissal
Please note that all students will be dismissed from school this coming Thursday at 2:30pm.  Consequently recess and lunch will occur a little earlier than usual to allow for an End of Term Assembly at 2:15pm.  The Easter Raffle will drawn at this occassion.

Student Absences
As a parent of two myself I understand some of the difficulties currently with maintaining our children's attendance at school.  With doctors still often requiring Covid tests to see patients this can mean that students can often miss more school than they usually would have pre-Covid when ill.
Please know that we understand these challenges and just ask that you either report this absence as Medical/Sick using Compass, or through contacting our office.  This will ensure the absence is confirmed as 'Approved'.
Keeping other 'Unapproved' absences to a minimum (days off school for holidays, birthdays) is grately appreciated and of most benefit to your child and their education.  

Cyber Safety
Cyberbullying is when someone is repeatedly mean, nasty, horrible. harassing and/or threatening towards another person using any form of digital technology, including social media, mobile phones or online games.  
Our Year Six students spoke about cyberbullying at our 'National Day of Action Against Bullying' last Friday.  Here is a brochure if you would like a little more information.

Winter Sport
On Friday 26th March our Year Four, Five and Six students attended our District Winter Sports Competition to participate in some round robins of Netball, Teeball and Soccer.

The results of the games will be shared at our assembly next Monday.  Thank you to Kath Faichney, Melitta Elliot, Katrina Page, Jenna and Samantha L for assisting with our teams on the day and to our wonderful students for their sportsmanship, good humour, inclusiveness and positive attitude on the day.

New Relaxed Covid Rules

The Victorian Government has further relaxed its COVIDSafe settings from 6pm on Friday 26 March 2021.

Changes to the COVIDSafe settings include allowing more visitors in the home, changes to mask wearing in some settings and updates to density limits in some settings. There are limited operational changes for schools.

Visitors continue to be welcomed at our school, however face masks must be carried by individuals 12 years and over at all times and worn when physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.

Individuals aged 12 years and over must continue to wear a face mask when on public transport, school buses and when in taxis or ride share vehicles – unless they have a lawful exemption.

Thank you for your understanding and support throughout this term as we continue to implement COVIDSafe practices at our school.

I look forward to welcoming our students and families back to more school events in Term Two.


Student Awards - Term One, Week Nine

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