Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 3 - Week 9 - 2023

Principal News

Dear Families

We are enjoying a wonderful week at Wallington Primary School!

Today, Jack Stevens and I are attending a Mathematics and Numeracy Leaders Conference at the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership. There we will be learning from keynote speaker, Dr James Russo, as well as experts from the Department of Education to dive deeper into high-quality teaching and assessment of mathematics. Jack and I will be reflecting on the key learnings and how they relate and apply to our context at Wallington PS so we can continue to improve student learning. I am particularly excited to learn more about James’ research into challenging tasks in the early-years, assessment tools and how lesson structure plays a role in students learning of concepts, especially in relation to the cognitive science of learning.

Parent Opinion Survey – 2 days to go!

As of Wednesday evening, we had received 21 responses to our Parent Opinion Survey. That is approximately 15% of our total families. If you haven’t had a chance to respond yet, please follow the instructions sent out via Sentral early last week or contact the office for the details. The survey closes this Friday 8 September.

Ideally, we would love a 100% response rate so that we can ensure the feedback is reflective of all families to assist our learning and planning moving forward. Thank you.

Sports Update

Congratulations to all children who participated in the Division Athletic Sports on Tuesday, and a big thank you to our parents who were able to transport them to Landy Field and support them across the day. I’d also like to recognise our PE Teacher, Naomi Young, who gives so much to our students so that they are skilful and competitive, often coming in on her days off to provide practice opportunities, but also ensures events like this run smoothly for the entire district. Her organisation is magnificent!

Last Friday we also had our Grade 5/6 boys and girls’ basketball teams competing. It was a magnificent day with some wins and some losses, but most of all – plenty of fun had by all!

Term 4 School Dates – Pupil Free Days and Common Professional Practice Days

Each year, the Department of Education grants schools four Pupil Free Days (Curriculum Days) to ensure ongoing planning, professional development, assessment and reporting needs are addressed. The school has used three of these so far, including the first day of the school year and two others for Berry Street Training.

In addition to these four days, the Victorian School Government Agreement (2022), states that teachers are also entitled to be released from their scheduled duties, including any face-to-face teaching for two Professional Practice Days in 2023 to focus on the improved delivery of high-quality teaching and learning. Due to workforce shortages, the Department of Education has agreed that schools will be able to host one Common PPD in 2023 to relieve pressure on schools who are finding it difficult to source Casual Relief Teachers. This would bring the total number of Pupil Free Days to five.

Our School Council discussed the impact that pupil free days may have on students and families in conjunction with workforce shortages, workload of teachers and the importance of providing well-planned curriculum programs to support student learning and wellbeing. School Council agreed that adopting a common day was in the best interests of the school and with careful consideration of the timing of such days, would reduce disruption to student learning and impact on families.

For example, the two pupil free days are adjacent to a public holiday period or weekend.

Please note the following pupil free days our school will have in Term 4:

Monday 6 Nov    - Pupil Free Day (Common PPD) – (Melbourne Cup Eve)

Monday 27 Nov  - Pupil Free Day (Curriculum Day)


Footy Colours Day – Special Lunch Day

We will wrap up our week celebrating Footy Colours Day. Children are encourage to come along wearing their teams colours. I am sure we will see a lot of children wearing the blue and white hoops (Go Cats!!) as well as some Matilda’s guernseys and more!

Our Special Pizza Lunch will also be a treat before we all come together for our Assembly in the afternoon.

I look forward to seeing you all on Friday.


Warm regards

Carmen Britnell
Acting Principal

Parents and Friends


Friday 8th September               P&F Meeting
Friday 8th September               Term 3 Special Pizza Lunch Day

Stay up to date


Next Meeting

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

Notice Board

Garden Club Stall 

Our amazing Garden Club will be holding a stall on Tuesday 12th September from 2:30pm onwards at the front of the school.  There will be some wonderful items up for sale.  Payment for goods can be made with cash or via QKR.  All monies raised will go back into our beautiful Garden to fund further planting and gardening supplies.

Shoe Box Donations 

We are looking for some donations of shoe boxes to complete dioramas. If you have any shoe boxes at home you do not need, can you please bring them into the school. Other boxes that are shoe box sized will also be much appreciated too!

Thank you,
3/4 Team

Small Containers and Box Donations 

Dear Parents, 

Thankyou to all the families that have helped contribute boxes for students STEM classes, it makes a big difference and we can always use more boxes if you have any spare. 

I’m also after donations of Hot Wheels cars and LEGO characters to be used in STEM.  

Students can just drop them off at the STEM / Art room or hand them to Mr Vaught. 

Thank you,

Jason Vaught

Positive Behaviour Awards

Prep T



For always being a responsible member of Prep T.  Each morning you set up your learning space ready for the day to begin.  You consistently make the most of your independent learning time.  Congratulations Tucker!

Prep M



For being responsible for all of your belongings at school. You are a great role model to your classmates and demonstrate how to be a responsible learner when listening to instructions.  Great work Memphis.

1/2 S



For showing responsibility this week, especially when creating our pom-pom procedural text. Well done Casey!

1/2 M



For showing responsibility this week with your organization. You have focused on improving your reading and changed your readers without being asked. Well done Peyton!

1/2 B



For showing responsibility this week and completing all classroom tasks. You have been able to start your work on your own and you especially enjoyed making a pom-pom. Well done Jasper!

3/4 KT



For responsibly completing your learning tasks. You have been trying your best and have shown a lot of improvement. Well done Charlie. Keep up the great work!!

3/4 D


For taking responsibility for you learning.  You are taking risks and challenging yourself in Numeracy and always put a lot of effort in to your learning in Reading lessons. You are a star student!


3/4 C



For collaboratively taking part in Maths lessons. Congratulations and well done!

5/6 T


For taking responsibility to write an awesome, entertaining story in Writer’s Workshop. It was very amusing and well written. Keep up the great work Rose!

5/6 O



For taking responsibility for your learning. You have been working really hard in all areas and have shown a lot of improvement. Well done Malayah. Keep working hard!