Wantirna PS Newsletter

Term Two, Week Three

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From Our Principal

Mother's Day Breakfast and Stall

Thank you to all of our Mums, grandmothers and friends who came along to our Mother's Day breakfast this morning.  We hope you enjoyed your bacon and egg roll and the opportunity to spend some time with your child in their classroom.  

Thank you too to our Parents and Friends Association who ran our Mother's Day Stall on Thursday.  Special mention to: Sam, Belinda, Cristina and Leisa.

Fundraising

From 2019 until now our Parents and Friends Association and our Farmers Market committee have raised in excess of $20,000 for our school.

In our School Council Meeting on Tuesday evening this week, the $13,000 purchase of 12 ipads and 15 laptops was approved to further enrich the ICT resources at our school.  

I would like to express my gratitude and that of our staff and thank each and every one of our parents and community members who have bought chocolates, donated to colour runs, bought some sausages at a Bunnings BBQ or stood at the gate during a market collecting gold coin donations.  All those efforts have culminated to allow for a significant investment to take place which will further improve the educational outcomes for our students.  Thank you everyone.

School council will be looking for ideas from staff, students and our community in regards to how we can best utilise the rest of our funds.  Let us know if you have a super idea!

Uniform News - EduThreads Contract

I am very excited to announce that in the next week our uniform shop will move online.  

Parents will be able to access the EduThreads website (details to follow), to purchase uniform and then have it delivered to school for pickup for free or to their home for a small cost.  

Stay tuned on Compass to find out more!

Buildings and Grounds Committee invites quotes/volunteers

Our Buildings and Grounds Committee, which is a sub-committee of our School Council has recently undertaken an audit of our school buildings and grounds, highlighting some works that need to be completed by qualified trades - carpenter, plumber, electrician, shade sail repair, concreting and glaziers.

If there are any families within our community with the relevant qualifications and experience to provide a quote for these jobs we would be very grateful.  The school will also seek quotes from other businesses to ensure there is no conflict of interest, however where possible and financially appropriate we are keen to support our local community.

Get in touch with Laura to discuss further:  laura.caddy@education.vic.gov.au
 

NAPLAN

The next round of the annual National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests will be conducted next week. The NAPLAN tests will involve all students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 from all states and territories across Government, Catholic and Independent Schools. The NAPLAN tests will be conducted on Tuesday May 11, Wednesday May 12 and Thursday May 13.

NAPLAN assesses skills in Literacy and Numeracy that are developed over time, through the school curriculum. NAPLAN is not a pass or fail type test, but rather shows how students are progressing in Numeracy and Literacy skills against national standards for all Australia children. It also provides valuable information that allows schools and governments to better target effort and support to help all students achieve their potential and acquire the basic skills to help them build successful and happy lives.
All students (in Years 3 & 5) are expected to participate in these tests. Students with a disability may qualify for reasonable adjustments that reflect the support normally provided to them in the classroom. Some students with very specific circumstances may be exempted from participating in the tests. For information about participation in NAPLAN, you can go to: http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/parent-carer-support.html

NAPLAN tests fundamental skills rather than specific content, and as such is not a test for which students can study or drill. The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to let them know that NAPLAN is just one part of their school program, and to urge them to simply do the best they can on the day. An individual student NAPLAN report will be issued by the school later this year. Parents can use this information to monitor how their child is progressing and to identify any areas of concern. Parents may also wish to use their child’s results to discuss progress with teachers. More information is available at www.naplan.edu.au

Attitudes to school survey

This week a letter was posted on Compass about the upcoming 'Student Attitudes to School' Survey.  Please ensure that if you are a parent of a Year 4 -6 student that you read the letter and understand the questions your child will be asked.

Parents who do not wish their child to participate are asked to get in touch with me at laura.caddy@education.vic.gov.au.


Respectful Relationships

Issues of consent, sexual assault, and gender inequality have dominated the media and community conversations in recent weeks.

The testimonies provided by current and former school students across the country reinforce the important role that schools play in supporting students to develop their social and emotional skills and their ability to build and manage safe and respectful relationships.

The Respectful Relationships initiative supports schools to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours and teaches students how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.

The whole school approach to Respectful Relationships helps to embed a culture of respect and gender equality across the entire school community.

Respectful Relationships education is also part of the Victorian Curriculum and aims to build students’ social, emotional and positive relationship skills.

The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships and Building Respectful Relationships teaching and learning materials support schools to deliver this curriculum.

As a part of our current Inquiry Unit on Rules, Laws and Governments, students will discuss the concept of consent, from an age-appropriate point of view, in line with the materials and curriculum we are provided from the state government.


Upcoming Dates

School Council President Letter

Hello everyone,

I would like to introduce myself, my name is Yvette, and I am your School Council President for 2021.  I have two children at our school, Adam who is in Year Three and Ben who is in Year One, and this is my third year on School Council.  I have been working in the early childhood sector for around 20 years, this helps me to have an understanding of the education sector as well. 

My role in the School Council is to support the community and advocate for the families and students within our school. The school community and that open sharing of its views are extremely important to our Principal Laura, our School Council team and ultimately for ensuring a successful relationship between families and WPS.

So if you have any feedback, positive or constructive, please feel free to speak with me at any time, I am around mornings and afternoons alternating weeks or you can also email me at Yvette.preyser@education.vic.gov.au

I am looking forward to a great year building and continuing to improve our school and community.

Thanks

Yvette Preyser

School Council President

School Disco - Report from our Student Leadership Team

On Friday the whole school had a disco, for a special event. So, the Grade Six Leadership Team organised it all for the rest of the school to enjoy. We spent a lot of time and effort for everyone. We would also like to mention a special thanks to Sam and Ebony Loten for taking the time to spend money on lolly bags, also sometime soon we will be having a Scavenger hunt so watch this space!

Ebony, Ariel and Charlie


Thanks Working Bee Team!

Thank you so much to our families who attended the Working Bee last weekend (Sunday 2nd May).  The event was a huge success with many jobs completed from our Buildings and Grounds audit list.

Special thanks to:  Lyndon and Yvette P, Mey and Bun, Kath F, Adam C, Josh, Shaun, Cristina, Nic, Tamsin (Practical Teacher Placement).  Thanks all so to our students who came along and gobbled up all the cupcakes!

Extra mention to: Shaun and Carolyn who brought along some pretty heavy machinery that made things a whole load easier!

Our next Working Bee will be on Sunday 25th July.  We will also have a list of jobs available for families to assist with in the week prior to the working bee if anyone would like to help out, but not available on Sundays.  

Thanks so much all!

School Council - Buildings and Grounds Committee
(Cristina (Convenor), Laura, Yvette, Carolyn, Adam)

Student CARE Awards - Term Two, Week Three

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