Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 4 - Week 11 - 2023

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Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 4 - Week 11 - 2023

Principal News

Dear Families

As we approach our final days of the school year, I am filled with a sense of pride at the way our students and staff are ‘finishing off’ the year. The school is a-buzz with positive energy, joy, and teamwork as they organise classrooms, plan celebrations and reflect on the growth and achievements throughout the year. This, as always, is complemented by the support and encouragement of our parents and community.

I will be finishing up at Wallington Primary School next week as I return to South Melbourne Primary School for 2024. It has been a privilege to lead Wallington Primary School throughout Semester 2. As in all schools, there have been many highs mixed in with some complex situations to navigate. However, my first and lasting impressions of a warm, welcoming, and tight-knit community remain strong. Wallington Primary School is a beautiful and unique school committed to nurturing the learning and wellbeing of each individual child. It has such strong foundations on which to continue to build and grow, and I am so excited for what the future of the school holds. Next year, the school will have a new substantive school principal, new building projects underway, new playgrounds and new opportunities to further support the growth and development of students and staff alike. This is an exciting time for the school, and I wish the community all the very best for the future.

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude and admiration to Glenn Smethurst, School Council President, for his support and leadership of our School Council. His calm demeanour, commitment to the school and willingness to be involved in projects has been exceptional, together with his unwavering support of all staff. I would also like to make special mention of Cho Lay Thomas and Gail Lewis in the office; they make an outstanding team, and their kindness, good humour and efficiency keeps us all on track. And, to the Leadership Team of Emily Duckett, Mel Williams, and Mel Trezise for their dedication towards whole school improvement and the needs of each individual child and staff member. The school is in very good hands!

End of Year Assembly – Monday 18 December at 2:30pm

Our final assembly will be held on Monday 18th December at 2:30pm. All families are welcome to attend as we farewell our Graduating Class of 2023, staff and families who will be leaving Wallington PS.

Last day Early Finish – 1:30pm

A friendly reminder that on Wednesday 20th December, students who are in attendance will be dismissed at 1:30pm. Please ensure your child is picked up on time so that staff may commence their holiday break, too.

Woodlands will be operating their After-School Care service for students registered from 1:30pm.

Staffing News

2024 sees several changes in the staffing profile at Wallington Primary School. Whilst we are sad to see some of our current staff move on to other schools and ventures, we also warmly welcome back staff returning from leave and a new staff member, Carli Davine. Carli has recently moved to Geelong from Melbourne where she has been teaching for over 5 years. Carli is excited to be joining our community and brings a sense of warmth and calm that will see her easily fit into our community.

On Monday afternoon at our End of Year Assembly, we will be farewelling Lauren Bazeley, Naomi Young, Bianca Taverna, and Maddy Martin who will be moving on to other schools next year.

Lauren will continue to work in schools in the Geelong region. Naomi is moving to St Aloysius School in Queenscliff to teach PE; Bianca will be teaching Visual Art at Newtown Primary School and Maddy will be teaching at Mirrapoa Primary School in Mount Duneed. I wish all these fine teachers all the very best at their new schools.

It is with very mixed emotions that I share the news that our wonderful Business Manager, Cho Lay Thomas will be transferring to Highton Primary School in 2024. Cho Lay is an exceptional person, and outstanding Business Manager who will be missed from our team. Her kindness, efficiency, attention to detail together with her creative talents will be an asset to Highton Primary School. Cho Lay has been at Wallington for over ten years and epitomises that care and warmth of our school community. Cho Lay is every Principals ‘dream’ Business Manager, and I would like to sincerely thank Cho Lay for her support and remarkable work at the school. I wish her all the very best for the year ahead.

We have been so fortunate to have worked with each of these staff members who have contributed so much during their time with us. We will have more to say about each of these staff members on Monday and encourage all who can to come along to our Final Assembly and join us in expressing our gratitude for their efforts and contribution to the school.

It is with great pleasure that I announce the staffing teams for 2024:

We are hopeful that an announcement of the new substantive principal will be made before the end of the year. Stay tuned!

P & F – Thank you!

This afternoon we hosted our P&F Colour Run. A big thank you to Hayley and Kelly and their team of helpers for their support in organising and facilitating this event.



On Monday, the mango fundraiser will also be delivering mangos to those who have ordered them. We are so lucky to have such an active and energetic Parents and Friends network to support our students and school!

The P&F is the most active and supportive team I have experienced working in Primary Schools. Their support and contribution to fundraising, special events and bringing the community together is exceptional and on behalf of our community, I’d like to thank them for their wonderful efforts throughout the year.

Finally, I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday ahead. The festive season should be a time of great joy and celebration and I urge everyone to take care and stay safe on the roads, beaches and other places you may go to enjoy your time with friends and family.

Thank you and best wishes for 2024 and beyond,

Warm regards

Carmen Britnell

Acting Principal

Notice Board

Farewell from Cholay                    

It is with a tinge of reluctance that I say farewell to the wonderful community at Wallington Primary School – my work ‘home’ for the last 10 years, how time flies!  I have seen many students go through prep, some I first met whilst they were in their mum’s tummies and went on to become nearly young adults in year 6.  My first year at the Strawberry Fair was either ‘sink or swim’.  It was great that I didn’t know what I was in for!  The great parent community had a real hand in making sure I didn’t sink and I have loved every Strawberry Fair that I have been involved in.

I would like to pay tribute to the many wonderful principals, staff, volunteers, parents, students and the Wallington community who have made coming to work each day such a rewarding experience.   I take with me many treasured memories of my decade at Wallington PS.  I will miss the lovely bush setting, the kookaburras, cockatoos and other native bird calls, the occasional ring tail possum, even the bunnies in the oval.   Most of all, I will miss the wonderful community that makes up Wallington.  If you are out Highton PS way, that’s where I’ll be, closer to home, which is one of the main reasons for me leaving.  I might see some of you when I call in now and again to Wallington and the next Strawberry Fair.  A very happy Christmas holiday to you all and enjoy the summer holidays!

Cholay xo

SSV State Primary School Golf Championship   

Sam S, 3/4KT competed at the SSV Primary School Golf State
Championships at Kooringal Golf Club on the 13th December against the best 112 primary school golfers from around the state whom qualified through division and regional qualifiers in prior months.
After 2 call ins due to lightning, play was abandoned, and final scores were calculated on 9 holes only, which varied by competitor depending on their shotgun start hole.  Due to this there were no countbacks resulting in equal placings due to this format.
In the Boys Primary Division – Sam Schammer – equal 10th Overall – Score +5 over par.  Congratulations Sam!

Year 1/2 Excursion to Barwon Heads Park   

Our Year 1/2 students had a lovely time together at Barwon Heads today.  They played in the park and some enjoyed a game of cricket.  They shared a tasty BBQ lunch before returning to school.  Thank you to Mrs Belsar and her son Louis for volunteering their time to help out.