Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 4 - Week 1 - 2023


Principal's Report

Dear Families,

I’d like to extend a very warm welcome back to all our families. I trust everyone was able to spend some quality family time together and enjoyed our recent term break. Wasn’t the weather fabulous!

We have enjoyed a settled start to our term with children quickly re-engaging with peers, staff and their learning routines. It was so lovely to see their smiling faces arrive back at school, with many sharing a hug or cheer when reconnecting with their friends.

Having been privileged to work in a wide-variety of school environments and contexts, it is not lost on me how fortunate we are here at Wallington to have an incredible community who support and get-behind the school in many ways. Whether that be attending school events and assemblies, volunteering in classrooms, or speaking positively about our school in the wider community – it all goes towards creating a positive and cohesive partnership and community for our children to thrive.

The majority of our families choose to attend our school despite living far outside our enrolment zone. I thank families for their continued support, and encourage continued participation and communication between school and home to ensure that we can continue to keep our children’s learning and wellbeing at the centre of all we do.

Unfortunately, this Friday I will miss our first School Assembly for the term as I am attending a two-day Professional Learning on Responsive Teaching in Action – Bronwyn Ryrie-Jones, alongside Emily Duckett. As a school we are focused on ensuring that we stay abreast of current evidence-based practices and pedagogy so that we can ensure our students are exposed to high-quality teaching and learning throughout the entire primary school.

Tutoring Program

Victorian Government Schools are very fortunate to be able to offer a tutoring program to support and enhance student learning in Literacy and Numeracy. Each school is allocated funding based on student numbers and the previous years’ learning outcome, such as NAPLAN results, Victorian Curriculum Teacher Judgement (Prep-6) and school priorities. At Wallington Primary School we have been fortunate to have highly experienced teachers, Bernie King and now Lisa Macys, assume this role at our school. Following a deep review of student learning data and needs at the end of Term 3, the school will be making some adjustments to this program.

Lisa Macys and Emily Duckett (in her allocated Learning Specialist times) will be working closely with identified students who may benefit for a short-term intensive ‘boost’ in numeracy, as well as, provide classroom support across all levels.

I’d like to recognise students that participated in the (literacy) program earlier in the year with Mrs King and Ms Macys. Each child has made progress and will continue to be supported in their classrooms during Term 4.

Playground Works

You may have noticed that works are still continuing on our new playground. There was little progress made over the holidays so it may still be several weeks before the playground is ready for students to enjoy.

Music Program

We are thrilled to announce that our music program has been extended and Andrew will be onsite an extra day due to increased interest from families. Before we know it, we will be able to form our own school band!

New School Flags

On the last day of term, we were very fortunate to be visited by our Local MP, Libby Coker. I had reached out to Libby to request some new flags for our school and she was most obliging. Furthermore, not only did she deliver the flags in person, she also ensured that when handing them to our student leaders they understood the key features of each flag.

Our Grade 5/6 students are very keen to start flying these flags in our school soon. We currently only have two flag poles and three flags. We will do our best to respectfully fly each flag whilst we source funding and make arrangements for a new flag pole to be installed.

R U OK Day

A big thanks to our families who were able to join us onsite for a coffee on the last Friday of last term. It was a gorgeous morning and I enjoyed meeting more families.

In the classrooms the children and staff enjoyed a very special day where we were able to check in with each student and find out more about their lives, experiences, and feelings towards school. We were able to gauge feedback from students about how we, as staff, can improve.

  

  

  



Parents and Friends

DATES FOR THE CALENDAR

Friday 6th October               9am P&F Meeting in the Staffroom


Mango Fundraiser




Second Hand Uniforms


We have many Summer uniforms available with the warmer season approaching.  There are plenty in the 4 - 8 size range.  Just a gold coin donation.  Be sure to check it out.  

  


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Next Meeting

Next P&F Meeting THIS FRIDAY 6th of October 9am in the Staffroom. 



Notice Board


Garden Club Stall

A huge thankyou to our Garden Guru's Kat and Rina and their helpers/students.  The Garden Club Stall raised an amazing $1178 to re-invest in our beautiful garden.


Library Book Returns

A friendly reminder to be mindful when returning your library books to public libraries.  We have received a number of notices from public libraries recently to advise that our school library books have been accidently returned to them.


CHESS