Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 1 - Week 1 - 2022


Principal News

Welcome Back
Congratulations to the Preps and their families they did a wonderful job getting settled into life at Wallington on their first two days! Well done as well to all our students for a fantastic start to another year at school. We had a very calm and energetic start back; it was obvious that they were excited to be back! We are looking forward to another productive year.

Book Packs
Thank you to the parents who have sent along the student book packs to school. As this is the first year we have used book packs, we realise there may have been some teething issue so we are seeking any feedback (see article on Student Back to School) you might have about the ordering process, delivery and anything else you can think of. Thanks to those who have already let us know of some improvements that we can pass on.  

Staffing
I am very pleased to announce that Tara Belsar will be team teaching with Emily Duckett in 3/4. Tara is well known to the students and the staff and we look forward to her joining 3/4. Emily will be splitting her time between the classroom and her role as a Learning Specialist. As part of this role, she has a strong focus on whole school improvement, particularly student outcomes by working closely with teachers.

Covid Impacts
Some staff, students and families have already been impacted by contracting covid and more may follow. There may be times when your child’s teacher is away and could be away for at least a week or more due to covid or being a Household Contact. While not the ideal and certainly not what we want, we as a wider community need to prepare for a different teacher replacing the current one more often than before. Please prepare your children for this as we navigate our way through the next few weeks and various health settings. Your positive conversations at home help your children feel safe and confident. Thanks in advance. 

Parent/Teacher Interviews
When COVID regulations and the situation allows we will be holding one on one parent/teacher meetings for sharing of information and to get to know each other. Keep an eye out for further information.

Assembly
Assembly starts tomorrow (Friday 4th February) @ 2:50pm.  Assembly will be held outdoors on the oval outside the hall (weather permitting).  Parents are welcome with physical distancing.

Uniform Policy Reminder
Just a reminder that the uniform policy is available on our website (under 'Our School' then 'Policies'). Please note for safety reasons, jewellery, except for watches and plain stud or small “sleeper” earrings, is not permitted. 

Annual Privacy Reminder For 2022
Our school collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy.
Please take time to remind yourself of our school’s collection statement which is available on our website (under 'Our School' then 'Policies').
For more information about privacy, refer to: Schools’ Privacy Policy — information for parents - CLICK HERE. This information is also available in nine community languages:
·         Amharic
·         Arabic
·         Dari
·         Gujarati
·         Mandarin
·         Somali
·         Sudanese
·         Turkish
·         Urdu
·         Vietnamese.

Children’s Vaccinations
Bookings for children aged 5-11 years old to receive the paediatric Pfizer vaccine are now open.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have approved the Pfizer vaccine as safe and effective and recommended its use for children aged 5-11 years.   
Getting your child vaccinated will help:
  • protect your child from getting sick from COVID-19
  • reduce the spread of COVID-19, and
  • keep schools and early childhood education and care settings open, so kids can have more face-to-face learning and playtime with their friends. 
You can book at your local GP or pharmacy: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/booking You can also book at a family-friendly vaccination centre by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.
Vaccination centre bookings can also be made online for children using a unique email address that has not been used before in the online booking system. For example, a new or alternative email address used by the child or their parent/guardian. Visit https://portal.cvms.vic.gov.au/ Accessible options and supports are planned for children who may have mild anxiety about vaccination or minor behavioural issues, as well as children with developmental disabilities, autism and/or sensory issues. There will also be services available for children with more severe needle phobia. Appointments are also available at Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations
👉 Find out more about vaccination for kids:
https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-information-children-and-teenagers 

 

Sleep and Learning
Good-quality sleep helps your child concentrate, remember things and behave well. This helps your child to be a successful learner.
Poor sleep or not enough sleep affects concentration, memory and behaviour, making it harder for your child to learn. Children who don’t sleep well are more likely to feel sleepy at school during the day and to have difficulties with learning.

Concentration and sleep
Children who are sleepy have trouble concentrating during the day. If your child can’t keep their attention on what they’re trying to learn, whether it’s climbing a tree at the park or singing a song at school, it will affect their learning.

Memory and sleep
Remembering things is part of learning. If your child is tired, it’s harder for your child to remember basic things like how to spell words, how to do maths calculations, or where to find information in a book or on the internet. It’s also harder for your child to remember how to do things like playing a musical instrument.
Our brains create and strengthen different types of memory while we’re asleep. For example, just before your child wakes in the morning, their brain is sorting and storing memories and information from the previous day and getting ready for the day ahead.

Behaviour and sleep
Sleepy children tend to have more problems with behaviour at preschool or school – and at home too!
For example, a sleepy and tired child might not cooperate in class or have difficulty following the teacher’s instructions. A sleepy child might miss out on learning because the teacher is busy managing the child’s behaviour. The child might also miss out on playing with other children if the other children don’t like the way the child is behaving.

Working on sleep problems to help with learning
Many children have sleep problems, which you can often manage with simple behaviour strategies.
A good place to start with sleep problems is your child’s sleep habits. Sometimes changing both daytime and night-time habits can make a big difference to your child’s sleep. For example, you might be able to reset your child’s body clock with a regular bedtime routine, morning sunlight, regular exercise and a healthy diet. If these strategies don’t help to reset your child’s body clock, it’s a good idea to talk about your child’s sleep problems with a health professional, like your GP.
It’s also worth looking at your child’s breathing during sleep. If your child continually snores, stops breathing during sleep, works hard to breathe, breathes through their mouth, tosses and turns at night, or sweats a lot overnight, it might be obstructive sleep apnoea. Obstructive sleep apnoea is another cause of sleep-related learning problems.

https://raisingchildren.net.au/school-age/sleep 

Parents and Friends

NOTICE OF AGM AND FEBRUARY MEETING

Wallington Primary School’s Parents and Friends Committee invites parents, guardians and friends to join us in 2022.

Members of P&F have the wonderful opportunity to participate in many fun-filled events throughout the year.  We work collaboratively with teachers and staff, to highlight the needs of and add value to the school.  Every member has the opportunity to express their ideas and feedback and get to experience the joy of seeing the very happy faces of the students.

Our AGM will be held on Friday 11th February 9am in the hall.

Please note all COVID requirements must be adhered to by attendees as per current school guidelines and all attendees must check in at the office before coming into the hall for the meeting.

All positions will be declared open for the 2022 committee.  We would love to see some fresh faces consider being a grade rep or take up another role on the committee.  Most of our positions have no obligation to attend regular meetings.  If you cannot attend the AGM but would like to consider a role, please contact us.  We look forward to welcoming you in 2022.


STAY UP TO DATE

Stay up to date with activities, events and news by joining our Facebook Page “WALLINGTON PS PARENTS AND FRIENDS”

Students Back to School (BTS) Information / Feedback

Please CLICK HERE for a copy of the feedback form and either email it to wallington.ps@education.vic.gov.au or drop it into the office so we can send the feedback to COSnet.

Some items listed under ‘Voluntary Contributions’ will be issued by the classroom teacher, eg, school diary, art and Indonesian consumables.  If parents have purchased personal headphones, these will be labelled with your child’s name and retained at school for the school year.  Other voluntary contributions eg School Playground project, Building and Library funds can be made now or later in the year via QKR.  CLICK HERE for information about the QKR app.

Hats For Sale

Sunsmart hats are available for purchase from the office for $10. Sizes are:
S (55cm),  M (57cm) or L (59cm).  We are currently out of stock for L size and expect delivery in about 2 weeks.  Payment may be made via QKR and we can send the hat home with your child or Eftpos option is available from the office.  Parents may also opt to purchase sunsmart navy hats from other sources eg Kmart, Big W.



Icy Poles FOR SALE

Icy Poles are back on sale at lunchtimes costing between 70 cents and $1.20.
Coins only please - notes are not accepted.

WANTED - Junk Mail for the Grade 5/6 Classes

The Grade 5/6 classes are collecting junk mail for an exciting project starting later this term.  We would appreciate if you could donate any you may have and them them in the labeled box located at the office.

Thank You.