Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 3 - Week 4 - 2023

Principal News

Dear Families

We had a very fun and busy week at Wallington this week. It was alive with excitement as our Preps celebrated their first 100 days of school, our Grade 3/4 students participated in a Healthy Heroes clinic with Geelong Cats star Garry Rohan, gorgeous baby lambs visited classes and of course, our Grade 5/6 students enjoyed their time away at Camp Kangaroobie in Princetown. A big thank you to our parents for supporting these events, especially those that require preparation at home. And, of course, a special recognition of our staff who continue to work together to bring such opportunities and experiences to our school to enhance the learning of our students. Their joy and commitment to our students is on show each and every day!

Kangaroobie Camp – Grade 5/6

Our students enjoyed a wonderful time at Camp Kangaroobie in Princetown earlier in the week. The weather held out during the day to ensure all activities went as planned. (Although, I don’t envy those in charge of laundry this week as there were some very stinky, muddy clothes packed away in luggage upon return!)

Camps are a fantastic opportunity for students to step outside their comfort zones and ‘typical’ environments and develop deeper bonds and relationships with their peers and teachers. However, this doesn’t just magically happen. It takes an enormous amount of planning, preparation, and commitment from staff to bring it to life and ensure these opportunities are realised. In the lead up to camp it was very clear that our students were going to enjoy an amazing experience because our staff were equally (if not more!) excited. The level of care and commitment (leaving behind their own families for three days) that our staff have shown is right up there with some of the best I have seen in over 20 years in education. A huge thanks to Alida O’brien, Mel Tresize, James Kayler-Thomson, Rebecca Lapidus and our School Council President, Glen Smethurst for ensuring the camp was a huge success for our children.

Assembly Update: We will be sharing a slideshow of photos from the camp at Assembly on Friday afternoon. And, with the disco on night 2 being such a hit, I understand that Mrs O’brien and Mrs Tresize will be sharing their dance moves (AKA The Nutbush) at assembly this week for all to enjoy! Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the fun!


Please see photos from around the school this week!


On Monday excited Year 3/4 students attended a "Healthy Heroes" session with Geelong footballer Gary Rohan.


On Tuesday our Preps celebrated 100 days of school.

On Wednesday Kiyomi and Zeni brought their pet lambs in for a visit.


A reminder that in coming days, our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents/guardians think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education that is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of families’ perceptions of school climate, student behavior, and student engagement. The survey is optional, but we encourage all families to participate. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

All families are invited to participate in the survey.

The Parent / Caregiver / Guardian Opinion Survey will be open from Monday 7 August to Friday 8 September 2023.

The survey will be conducted online, only takes 20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the survey period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in English and 10 other languages including Arabic, Greek, Hakha Chin, Hindi, Japanese, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

The school will communicate the survey results via our Annual Report and a summary in the Newsletter once we receive the report from DET.  Last year we used the survey results to help determine our Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) goals to further school improvement.

We look forward to learning about your experiences, what we are currently doing well and how we can continue to improve to best support the needs of our students and community into the future.

Please stay tuned for a communication forthcoming with the survey link.


Parents and Friends


Friday 11th August     P&F Meeting 9am in Hall

Children’s Garden Club 

Meets every Tuesday Lunchtime.  We would love it if you could join us - all parents/grandparents/carers and toddlers most welcome. 
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Next Meeting

Next P&F Meeting Friday 11th of August, 9am in the school hall. 

Positive Behaviour Awards

Prep T



For showing resilience when working on your writing, you always try your best when learning to write new words and challenge yourself.  Well done River.

Prep M



For showing resilience when learning new tasks and working with new people. You have been resilient when faced with different changes. Keep up the great work Chloe.

1/2 S



For showing resilience when learning a dance this week in class. Even though you didn’t know the dance you were resilient when learning it. Well done Base and keep up the great work.

1/2 M



For always trying your best when you are writing. You show resilience when you keep trying and learn from your mistakes. Keep up the excellent work, Everly. Well done!

1/2 B



For staying on task particularly during writing this week. You’ve showed resilience with different changes this week and worked well. Well done Cameron. Keep up the great work!

3/4 KT



For showing resilience when attempting challenging work. You always try your hardest and find a way to complete your learning goals to the best of your ability Keep up the great work Ella!

3/4 D


For showing resilience when playing games in the classroom and the school yard.  You show great resilience and fair play.  You are a superstar! Well done.


3/4 C



For showing resilience when playing maths games in class. Your willingness to try again meant that you were able to win a game of Multo in the next game. Keep up the hard work!

5/6 T


For showing great resilience on the 5/6 camp. You had a go at all of the activities and tried new things, even though your were worried sometimes. Well done Taydem, you should be very proud of yourself, I know the rest of your classmates are proud of you!

5/6 O



For giving 100% at camp, you embraced all the activities and and gave them your all. The smile on your face was infectious! Well done Henry, it was so much fun watching you in your element!

Notice Board


Sam S from 3/4KT represented Wallington Primary School in the SSV Primary School Golf division qualifier at the Torquay golf club today.
Sam won the boys section and also had the score of the tournament with an impressive 8 shot lead shooting 37 for 9 holes (1 over par).
Sam now has qualified for the region final to be held in November.

Friendly Reminders

All students in Grades 4-6 will be participating in the District Athletics on Wednesday 9th August at Landy Field in South Geelong.  Just a friendly reminder that the permission and payment of $10 to cover the cost of the bus are due by Monday 7th August.

Our Grade 3/4 students will be heading to Burnside Camp on Wednesday 16th August.  Just another friendly reminder to ensure all necessary forms have been handed in and final camp payments have been made.