Wantirna PS Newsletter

Term Two, Week One


From our Principal

Welcome to Term Two

Monday our staff welcomed families on their return to school following what was hopefully a restful break for you all.  Whilst all staff enjoyed a well earned break, it was also a productive time for us as we completed some administrative tasks and put planning in place for the coming terms. 

Term Two promises to be another action packed 10 weeks.  An amazing DreamCity excursion, lots of foundational literacy and numeracy learning, a whole load of inquiry into rules, laws and government, cross country, a couple of free footy clinics and some new staff with amazing skills to share!

Apologies that assembly was cancelled Monday.  I was hit with that dreaded gastro bug which is making the rounds on Sunday evening and then needed Monday and Tuesday at home to recover!  Thankfully my children and hence my sanity was spared!  Keep that hand washing up!

Introduction to new staff

I'm very pleased to announce that we have a new Physical Education teacher working with us this term, Mrs. Nicola Touhey.  Nicola is a highly experienced sports teacher who also works part time at Wantirna South PS.  Nicola will run weekly PE sessions with each class on Thursdays, as well as organise some whole school sports events and assist our Year 4/5/6 class on Thursday afternoons. 

Mrs. Mengyue Bao, is our new Mandarin teacher.  Mengyue is a primary trained teacher, who also has early childhood qualifications.  She has previously worked at inner suburb schools setting up their Mandarin Programs and additionally has experience in teaching students for whom English is an additional  language. Mengyue will be a valued asset to our school. 

Samantha Standaar began working with us voluntarily last term, assisting our Education Support team.  She will continue her work with us this term as a school employee, providing support in our Year 2/3 classroom.  

Welcome to our new staff!

Goodbye Mr. Eric Zhang

With Mr. Zhang leaving us to persue other opportunities, teaching PE in secondary settings and working as a lab technician, we will have made him a farewell card which will be presented at an upcoming assembly.  Thank you Eric for your service to our school and students.

Timetable News

In Term Two students will enjoy each week:

A one hour session of Performing Arts (Wednesday)
A one hour session of Mandarin (Wednesday)
A one hour session of Physical Education (Thursday)
A one hour session of STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (Thursday/Friday)

In addition students visit the library with their classroom teacher as a part of our Literacy Program and our F/1 class continue to participate in our Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) weekly.

In the second half of the year, Semester Two, Visual Art lessons will begin and our STEM program will conclude until 2022.  

Home Learning - Back into the swing!

Just a reminder that our homework routines will begin again this week with students bringing home activities this coming Friday.  
Please note that Week Two's homework will be handed out next Thursday, as Friday we are on our DreamCity excursion.

Reminder to label your child's items

Every week our Lost Property Tub gets a little fatter with our children's misplaced items.  The mjority of these items are without names.  Just a reminder to please ensure drinkbottles, lunchboxes and uniform is clearly named and identifiable by your child.  

We are here for you!

The start of term is a good time to remind parents and of course our students that we are here to serve you.  It is our goal to have open, honest communication with all families to ensure that we are working as partners in ensuring the very best educational and wellbeing outcomes for your children.  If there is a way you think we could improve or an idea you believe we could explore, get in touch for a chat in person, by phone or email: laura.caddy@education.vic.gov.au

Upcoming Dates

Premier's Reading Challenge

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

 The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Wantirna PS is excited to be participating. The PRC application offers a range of exciting features including:

  • access to a library catalogue (including book images and blurbs)
  • a modern user-friendly interface
  • rewarding  students with badges as challenge milestones are achieved
  • the option for students to mark books as a favourite, give them a star rating or complete a book review

The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 17 September 2021.

Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklist and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc

Transition to Secondary

Hello Families of Year 6 Students,

Today we have sent home DET Transition to Year 7 packs.  Please ensure you locate these and note the application timeline dates.  These are also available on our 'Upcoming Dates' page.

Please find below some posters regarding upcoming information evenings you may be interested in attending.

St. John First Aid Incursion

CARE Awards

Working Bee - Sunday 2nd May: 9am - 12pm

Sunday week our Buildings and Grounds Committee will be hosting a Working Bee at school.  Jobs will include moving mulch, compost, sweeping/blowing, general clean up of sheds, weeding and much more!

If you have a spare hour or so come down and help out. 

All volunteers are covered by insurance once they have signed in on our Volunteer Register.

BYO a shovel and wheelbarrow if you can!  :)

Community OSH

Community Noticeboard