Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 4 - Week 4 - 2023

Principal News

Dear Families

I trust you all enjoyed a lovely mid-week break for the Geelong Cup Public Holiday yesterday. I know I valued the opportunity to pause, reflect and take stock on what has already been a busy term. I hope families were also able to spend some quality time together, rest and restore energy levels for the weeks ahead.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our Whole School Community Picnic next Friday 3rd November. Please see the fliers attached for all the details.

World Teacher’s Day

Tomorrow we will be recognising World Teacher’s Day and the wonderful educators we have here at Wallington Primary School. Teaching as a profession is one of the most important roles in caring for and educating our children of today, to create and inspire literate, numerate, curious and caring members of our society. It is one of the most rewarding roles yet without a doubt one of the most demanding and challenging, too. As I reflect on the twenty plus years I have experienced in education, there have been so many changes to the profession, and the role of the teacher has extended far beyond the teaching of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. At Wallington Primary School, our staff recognise that and work hard every day to support the needs of children and families in their care. We are not always perfect, and sometimes make mistakes, yet staff are always giving their best, open to learning and putting our children at the heart and centre of all they do.

I encourage all our school community to get behind our teachers this Friday, in thanking them and recognising their efforts, care and hard work to attend to the learning and wellbeing needs of our students here at Wallington Primary School. Our Parents and Friends have created some little templates available at the office for families wishing to share a special note to the 2023 teaching staff. Please help yourself at the front desk!


School Garden Award – Congratulations WPS!

It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I share Wallington Primary School has been successful in an Award Category or Regional Award for this year’s Victorian School Gardens Awards! The school has been invited to attend the Victorian Schools Garden Award Presentation Ceremony to receive this award on November 23rd at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.

This is such deserved recognition of the contributions from our families and students towards this wonderful learning environment and I thank our magnificent volunteers who devote so much time, creativity and care towards ensuring our students have exposure to such rich experiences here onsite.

Further details will be shared with families and students over the coming week so that those involved and interested may attend.

Thunderstorm Asthma – be prepared this pollen season

Grass pollen season, which typically runs from October to December each year in Victoria, brings an increase in asthma and hay fever symptoms. It also increases the risk of thunderstorm asthma. For people with asthma or hay fever, especially those who experience wheezing or coughing with their hay fever, thunderstorm asthma can be sudden, serious and even life threatening.

Wallington Primary School will implement a range of measures to keep our school community safe as the risk of thunderstorm asthma increases.

Many of our staff are trained in asthma first aid, and we will monitor the VicEmergency app to receive thunderstorm warnings, and, where appropriate, keep students indoors when weather forecasts identify greater risk.

During the season, there are some things you can do to prepare and protect yourself and your family:

  • If your child has ever had asthma, talk to your doctor about what you can do to help protect them from the risk of thunderstorm asthma this pollen season, including updating your asthma action plan. Taking an asthma preventer properly and regularly is key to preventing asthma, including thunderstorm asthma.
  • If your child has hay fever, see your pharmacist or doctor for a hay fever treatment plan and check if you should have an asthma reliever puffer. These are available from a pharmacy without a prescription.
  • If your child has hay fever and experiences wheezing and coughing, it is important to make sure they don’t also have asthma. Speak to your doctor about an asthma action plan.
  • Where possible, avoid being outside during thunderstorms from October to December, especially during the wind gusts that come before the storm. Go inside and close your doors and windows. If you have your air conditioning on, turn it to ‘recirculate’.

Protect yourself this pollen season – managing asthma and allergies matters.

Find out more

For more information, speak to your doctor. You can also visit the Better Health Channel website.


Curriculum Day – No Students/Classes

A friendly reminder that we have a Curriculum Day scheduled on Monday 6th November and no classes will be running on that day. Students are not required to attend school.

Staff will be engaged in professional learning with a focus on Assessment and Reporting.

School will resume on Tuesday 7th November.


Playground Update

We have been advised that our playground has been slightly delayed as contractors have been working on another site. This has meant our school has not had many workers attend. It was pleasing to see a bit more action on the playground today and we hope that this continues across the weeks ahead.

We apologise to our students and families for this delay. We recognise it is not ideal and our students have been without this space for some time now, as well as limited access to the school garden. I am working with contractors to see if we can rectify this access issue due to the delayed works. Stay tuned!

Student Placement 2024 – Friendly Reminder

Staff will soon begin to place students into draft 2024 classes. Teachers have not yet been allocated to grades, and the teacher placement process will occur later in the term when we know all staff intentions for the new year. 

It is not possible for parents to 'name their child's new teacher' and this is not an opportunity to do so. We have full confidence in our staff, and we expect only small tweaks of feedback from families regarding the placement of their child.

We value strong school-home partnerships, and this process offers the chance for parents to put forward their perspective if they feel valuable information needs to be considered during the class placement process. The school understands there is sometimes valuable feedback to be shared when teachers are placing students into new classes. This information should pertain to academic and wellbeing outcomes for the child and not based on a 'preference for a teacher'. 

A time window opening from Monday, October 20th and closing at 3.30pm on Wednesday, November 1st will be available for the Principal to receive any parent feedback about their child's placement that is relevant to education and wellbeing. This feedback may guide us in our placement decisions, but no promises can be made. 

The feedback will only be accepted in writing to the school's email address (wallington.ps@education.vic.gov.au). No verbal or other submissions will be considered. A receipt will be issued to you via reply email acknowledging that your feedback has been received. Emails should be addressed with the subject line: "Attention Miss Carmen." 

It is important that parents understand that feedback offered outside this time window will not be accepted, except for exceptional circumstances. We thank you for your support in this process. Please note that whilst your letter will be officially acknowledged as being received, the outcome of your child's placement will occur using the same process and timeline as all other children. This is in keeping with the spirit of fairness for all. 

It is relevant for parents to alert us to any issues with relatives (e.g. cousins in the same year level) as we will not necessarily associate students via surname. Also, if you have made requests previously, please do not assume we will have a corporate memory of them in placing the students. You would need to mention issues raised in previous times via a new email.


Thank you.


Carmen Britnell
Acting Principal

Parents and Friends


Friday 3rd November               9am P&F Meeting in the Hall

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 will be on Friday 3rd of November 9am in the Hall. 

Positive Behaviour Awards

Prep T



For making better choices when listening to the teacher and other students. You are more focused when you are showing respect to others. Keep it up!

Prep M



For showing respect when listening to the teacher. You are a role model to your peers on how to be respectful to the teacher and your friends. Keep up the good work Teddy!

1/2 S



For showing respect by improving your listening skills. You have been making fantastic choices in where you sit on the floor. Keep up the fantastic work Timmy!

1/2 M



For showing respect to your peers whilst sitting on the floor during morning circle time. Well done on an awesome effort Rory. Keep up the great work!

1/2 B



For showing respect to all your classmates during learning time. You listen to others and always make good choices. Well done. Keep up the great work Elvis!

3/4 KT



For showing respect to your peers when planning our classroom activity for the Children’s Fair. You listened respectfully and were inclusive of others sharing their ideas. Keep up the fantastic work George!

3/4 D


For great teamwork skills when playing games in maths class. Your duck’s were not always lucky, however you persisted! Great job!


3/4 C

Cook (Vagg)


For always showing respect to your peers and teachers, no matter what the circumstances.  You set a great example for your classmates Lulu.

5/6 T


For showing respect to herself and others in the classroom this week. Olive you have been an amazing worker and shown consideration for your classmates at every opportunity. Keep it up!

5/6 O



For always being respectful towards others. You are an amazing, kind and caring young person and a fantastic role model. Keep up the great work Hugo!

Notice Board

TOY DONATIONS WANTED - 1/2M's Fair Toy Stall  

Dear Parents and Carers,

On Friday 3rd of November, the Children’s Fair is on. The students in 1/2M have decided to run a Toy/White Elephant Stall for the Children's Fair.
1/2M are asking for any donations of toys that are no longer wanted or have been outgrown or are just not popular with your children anymore.  It is a good opportunity to have a clean out and support our stall. We will collect the toys and items up until Thursday the 2nd of November, to sell them on the day. The children are very excited and are planning to have a fun day.

Examples of items that could be donated include:

Soft toys - teddy bears, beanie kids, beanie boos etc.
DVD’s (rated G)
Hot wheels cars
Any toys that you know longer want

Thank you, in advance, for making our stall at the Children’s Fair a success. We really appreciate your support.

Thank you. 

Wallington Primary School - Community Picnic

Garden Stall  

Our wonderful Garden Club will be running a Garden Stall from 2pm - 5pm on Childrens Fair/Community Picnic Day (Friday 3rd November 2023).

Wallington Primary School - Children's Fair

Wallington's Got Talent

Icy Poles  

Icy Poles will be on sale every Friday at lunchtime.  Icy Poles and Zooper Doopers are available for $1 each.  Please note that only coins (no notes) are accepted.

RATS and Surgical Masks

We currently have a supply of RATS (that expired April 2023) and childrens and adults surgical masks.  Please feel free to pop by the office if you would like a box of these items.