Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 3 - Week 7 - 2023

Principal News

Dear Families

Book Week is my favourite time of the year! It has been lovely to watch and listen to the buzz of excitement across the school this week as our children (and staff) have taken a deeper dive into literature and the shortlisted books for this year’s Childrens Book Council Book of the Year Awards.

Yesterday was a very special day with students and staff dressing up as their favourite book character and participating in a range of activities. The weather was perfect for our Character Dress-up parade in the morning. Thank you to the many parents who were able to attend and cheer on our children as they paraded their character around the Basketball court. The participation levels were very high and, as a parent I fully appreciate the support that goes on behind the scenes to help kids choose a character and find outfits to wear. Thank you for your support to make this a special day for them.

After the parade, the children moved into multi-age groups and rotated across different classrooms and activities. Again, our teachers put a lot of thought and planning into these activities to make it a great success. We were thrilled to see the multi-age groups work so well and look forward to further opportunities where children can connect and mix across the school.

In the afternoon, I had the pleasure of hosting the ‘Big Read’ in the hall. I was able to read one of my family favourites ‘The Koala Who Could’ which tied beautifully in with this years Book Week theme ‘Read, Grow, Inspire.’ Again, our children were then able to buddy up with a friend from another class/year level to read their favourite books together. The photos below show just how much our kids enjoyed this activity.

I’d like to extend a big thank you to Mrs Tresize and the Book Week team for their organisation of all our events. We can’t wait for next year!





Family Support - Gratitude

I have a strong belief that ‘together we are stronger’ and the more we can support the efforts of the school to care for and educate our children, the better off they will be in the short and longer term. I continue to be struck by the incredible generosity and care shown by our families and staff to make our school great. A few examples that I would love to share from the past week include:

  • During the week, we had our School Council President, Glenn Smethurst help remove the old playground to make way for our new inclusive playground to be installed. This work has saved our school an enormous amount of money (and stress). The area is now ready for the new playground! Glenn has also ensured that old scrap metal and waste around the school has been disposed of/donated back into the community to tidy up our grounds.
  • A parent, Shaun, popped by to ask if he could mow the grass area alongside the entrance to our school. That afternoon he was out there and has done a terrific job of making our school entrance safer and more appealing to passers’ by.
  • Our School Garden team of helpers didn’t let a few temporary fences stop them from engaging our students at lunchtime, and instead relocated the ‘garden club’ to the cubby house adjacent to the basketball court. They brought foliage and created beautiful decorations with the kids.

These are just a couple of the many, many acts of kindness and generosity displayed by our parents and families.

Thank you to everyone for your positive contributions. We are very lucky to have you!

I wish everyone a wonderful week ahead.

Warm regards

Carmen Britnell
Acting Principal

Parents and Friends


Wednesday 30th August           Father’s Day Stall 
Wednesday 30th August           LAST DAY to order Special Lunch
Friday 1st September               Second Chance Father's Day Stall 
Friday 1st September               Cards that Count orders close
Friday 8th September               P&F Meeting
Friday 8th September               Term 3 Special Pizza Lunch Day

Father’s Day Stall

Wednesday 30th of August.
Gifts ranging from $1 -$10 , with a focus on locally sourced products.
Each child can bring a maximum of $15 and purchase 2 gifts.
There will be a second chance stall on Friday 1st of September after Assembly.


Friday 8th of September.
Please place your orders via QKR by WEDNESDAY 30th of August.

CARDS that COUNT Fundraiser

Our children have been busy creating gorgeous artwork that can be turned into greeting cards.  A flyer has been sent home with your child with their artwork and order code.  Orders close Friday 1st of September.

Stay up to date


Next Meeting

Next P&F Meeting Friday 8th of September, 9am in the school hall. 

Positive Behaviour Awards

Prep T



For being a responsible and flexible learner during our Book Week celebrations. You always ask for help when needed. Well done Tyler!

Prep M



For being responsible for all of your belongings in the classroom. You demonstrate to all your peers how to be a responsible learner. Well done Zahra!

1/2 S



For showing responsibility this week during the Book Week activities. You showed fantastic responsibility throughout the day. Well done and keep up the great work.

1/2 M



For being a responsible role model in class. You participated in all activities during Book Week and  made our door look amazing with your fish creation. You are very creative and it is lovely how you encourage your peers in the class. Keep up the good work Gwennie. Well done.

1/2 B



For showing responsibility this week during the Book Week activities. You helped in other classrooms and stayed on task. Well done and keep up the great work.

3/4 KT



For being a responsible role model on camp. You actively took part in all the activities and made camp life enjoyable. You were there for your peers when they needed a helping hand. You should be very proud of yourself Zara, keep up the incredible work!

3/4 D


For being a responsible role model on camp. You were patient and persistent and respectful to all campers. Congratulations, you are a star student. Well done!


3/4 C



For being a responsible role model on camp. You actively took part in all the activities and made camp life enjoyable. You never complained about anything and always used your manners. Well done Lulu!

5/6 T


For always demonstrating our school values. You volunteer to help whenever it is needed, you look out for your classmates, and you take care of your own resources and the classroom. Well done Lewis!

5/6 O



For taking responsibility for your learning. You are willing to challenge yourself and have shown a lot of improvement. Well done Xavier, keep working hard!

Art Gallery

This term, our grades 5/6 students have been researching an endangered animal of their choice and creating beautiful artworks to represent it in its natural environment.

Some works in progress from our grade 5/6 students.....


Students from grades 1-6 chose their own animal and selected the medium they wished to use including acrylic paint, water colours, pastels or pencils. Some chose to create an artwork using mixed media.

In grades 3-6, the emphasis was on creating an artwork that included tones and shading so that our backgrounds and things such as trees, look realistic. We learnt how to use various techniques with paint and pens to bring our animals to life with realistic looking fur/feathers and scales.

The Preps learnt about the rainbow fish and we created water colour paintings that included various tones to represent the colours underwater and the coral the fish swim in.     

A couple of examples of the Preps’ rainbow fish........can you spot the sparkle scales?

Notice Board

Small Containers and Box Donations 

We are needing 500+ small container and box (tissue boxes, shoe boxes etc.) donations to be used for activities in STEM.  Students can just drop them off at the STEM / Art room.

Thank you,

Jason Vaught