Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 4 - Week 5 - 2023


Principal News

Dear Families

Community and Connection

On Tuesday evening, I was privileged to attend the Rotary Junior Community Awards dinner to celebrate and recognise the efforts and participation of Grade 6 students from Wallington Primary School, and three other local primary schools, who took part in the Rotary Junior Community Program this year. Our school had 5 students participate and Griff W was invited to present on behalf of Wallington PS to share his experiences and learning throughout the program with local Rotarians.

Listening to the stories of each of the children, and how their worlds had been so positively influenced by becoming involved in local community groups, helping others, learning new skills and spending time with elderly grandparents to learn more about their journey through life, religious pathways, migration etc was incredibly inspiring and motivating.  In a time that simply turning on the news can leave you feeling bewildered and hopeless at the state of chaos and warfare in parts of the world, I was quickly reminded of the importance of focusing on what is in our circle of influence together with the significance and impact contributing to your local community can have on your own life-satisfaction and wellbeing, and that of others, too.

I would like to extend huge appreciation and gratitude to Tony and Judy, members of the Ocean Grove Rotary Club, for their generous support of our students throughout this program. Their dedication towards supporting our local youth, and community in general is notable and adds incredible value to our society. I’d also like to recognise Mrs Mel Trezise for coordinating the program at school, and supporting the students throughout. I strongly encourage our 2024 cohort of Grade 6 students to participate in this program next year.

Community Picnic – Tomorrow!

On behalf of our School Council, we hope that many of our families, including our new families joining in 2024, can come along to our School Community Picnic tomorrow afternoon at 3:30pm. This will be a great opportunity to socialise and spend time enjoying each other’s company. We will have a sausage sizzle, together with a variety of food trucks available so families can simply turn up, and enjoy! 

 


World Teacher’s Day - Thank you P and F!

Last Friday, we celebrated World Teacher’s Day! Whilst every day is a special day for teachers (we have the best job!), Friday was made even more special by the beautiful, heartfelt notes received by our students and families, together with the MOST INCREDIBLE morning tea and hot lunch supplied by our P and F members. We were thoroughly spoilt and are very grateful for the kindness and recognition of our work.  Thank you 😊

 
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Wallington’s Got Talent

Wallington’s Got Talent finals will be held from 2:20pm on Friday in the Hall. Families are welcome to attend!

Thank you – Grade Placements 2024

Thank you to families who have taken the opportunity to provide feedback on their child’s placement for 2024. The window to provide feedback has now closed. Due to being out of the school two days this week, I will endeavour to reply to each email by the end of the week.


Grade 3/4 Science Incursion

Earlier in the week, our Grade 3/4 students participated in an exciting Science Incursion! See the feedback from students in 3/4A below!

Yesterday we got to make bottle rockets. They were water powered, they ran on water and air pressure.

We got a bottle and we put clay at the base to make it heavier at that end. Then we cut the middle part of a plate and folded it in to a cone. Then we taped it to the bottle on the end to make the nose of the rocket so it was more aerodynamic. We made fins on the rocket to make it fly straight. After it was built, we launched them with water and air pressure pumps. 

It was fun and we were learning new things about rockets. Our rocket tsunami went the furthest, from one side of the oval to the other.

By Clancy and Ethan Year 4



  

Curriculum Day – Reminder

A friendly reminder there is no school for students this Monday 6 November.

School will resume as normal on Tuesday 7 November.



Parents and Friends

DATES FOR THE CALENDAR

Friday 3rd November               9am P&F Meeting at Van Loon's Cafe at 9am


Term 4 Special Lunch

Friday 17th November.  Please see details below.  Orders close Thursday 9th November.


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Next Meeting

Next P&F Meeting will be on Friday 3rd of November at Van Loon's Cafe at 9am



Rotary Youth Program

Griff W, Josiah B, Maddie R, Victoria R and Liz Cuzner.

The above Year 6 students were each given the opportunity to take part in the Rotary Youth program earlier this year. Students were required to make a real commitment to this program and gained some great life experience from it. The Rotary members from Ocean Grove, Tony and Judy, were there to support the students along the way. The students completed a variety of activities out in the community, as well as learned some new skills. The culmination of the program saw each student receive a framed certificate from the Rotary Club, and some of the students were asked to present their work at a Rotary Club dinner earlier this week. This program was highly successful, and the students had the following to say:

In Rotary we got to experience so many things and my favourite was doing physical recreation.  Maddie R

I really enjoyed helping people during my experience in Rotary.  My favourite part was the arts.  Everyone was really nice and helpful that worked with Rotary.  Victoria R

Rotary was awesome!  I did a lot of valuable learning experiences.  Josiah B

Rotary was great!  I learnt a lot of life experiences.  Griff W






Art Gallery

This term students in Grade Prep have been looking into the bright colours of Dr Suess’s ‘The Lorax’ and recreated the trees using bubble wrap and acrylic paint. First, they practiced how to blend and mix a variety of tones of blue and white to create their backgrounds of a blue sky and moon. On the trees, students used brown and a mix of white to represent the bark on natural trees. This art project was lot’s of fun and the results are amazing.

Students in Grades 1/2 learnt how to create wonderful spiral and circular patterns on squares of cotton using tie-dye. The students were all squealing with delight once they opened up their bags to reveal how the dye had worked and there are so many wonderful circular and spiral patterns!

Grade 3/4 students have been learning how to manipulate air-dry clay to create hanging mobiles. First, they practiced how to roll the clay into smooth balls then roll them out into cm thick rounds to cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Once the clay had dried, students selected a colour palette to paint them and hung them by string onto a stick for a natural look. These will look so lovely hanging in the house when they are ready!

Our skateboards in Grade 5 have now had a primer undercoat and some have begun sketching their design ready to paint next week. Students have blown me away with how much attention to detail they have given their designs and they will look absolutely fabulous once finished.

Students in Grade 6 practiced how to do a ‘ladder stitch’ to close the gap in the leg of our graduation bears. Our bears are slowly getting some character with the students’ face designs too!



Notice Board

Swimming Lessons - Prep-Year 3

A friendly reminder that swimming lesson permissions and payment were due back on Monday 30th October 2023.


Returning of Library Books

We have been receiving notifications that some of our Wallington P.S. library books are being returned to public libraries.  Could you please take care to return library books to their correct locations.  Thank you.

Children's Fair Tomorrow (Friday 3/11/23)