Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 1 - Week 3 - 2022

Principal News

I continue to be amazed by the wonderful start to the school year! During my visits to each classroom, I have observed and experienced the clear class agreements and the rich cultures developing within each room that will maximise the learning and wellbeing across the school. Classes are completing their ‘First 20 Days’ program and are beginning to engage in the ‘formal’ curriculum.  I thank all families for your support and patience with the COVID Safe measures we have in place at Wallington. These measures are in place to maximise the health of all community members. As families report any confirmed COVID case to school, we inform the whole school community via email/Sentral. 

School Council Elections
Each year schools conduct elections for School Council membership. We will have 4 vacant positions for Parents and 1 for Education Department employees.  Nominations can be collected from the General office. Our timeline is as follows:

17/2      Notice of election and call for nominations.
24/2      Closing date for nominations (4pm).
2/3        List of candidates and nominators posted.
4/3        Ballot papers prepared and distributed (if required).
11/3      Close of ballot.

What Is A School Council And What Does It Do?
All government schools in Victoria have a School Council. School councils are legal entities that are given powers to set the broad directions of a school in accordance with their constituting Orders and the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. In doing this, a School Council is able to directly influence he quality of education that the school provides for its students.

What Are Some Of The Duties Of A School Councillor?
The school council has particular functions in setting and monitoring the school’s direction. School councils have key responsibilities:

  • Finance: overseeing the development and expenditure of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school’s financial operation.
  • Strategic planning: participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan.
  • Policy development and review: developing, reviewing and updating selected policies that reflect the school’s values and support the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan.
  • Community engagement: informing itself of community views and stimulating community interest in the school.

Other key functions of school councils may include:

  • raising funds for school related purposes
  • maintaining school grounds and facilities
  • entering into contracts
  • reporting annually to the school community and the Department
  • creating interest in the school in the wider community
  • representing and taking the views of the community into account
  • regulating and facilitating after-hours use of school premises and grounds
  • operating a children’s service at the school.

Mobile Policy
A few years back, DET introduced a mobile phone policy for all schools. This was to avoid increased distractions in class and enable students to focus on their work. If your child brings a phone to school, please discuss with your child the process of bringing the phone to the office in the morning and picking it up at the end of the day. Our office team will put the phone in a secure location. A copy of the mobile phone policy is also available on the school website. 

Carpark Safety Reminder

  • Please maintain walking pace when driving in the car park, children often have poor traffic awareness.
  • No students are permitted in the car park at any time, unless accompanied by an adult.
  • Park as close to the marker in the centre of the parking area as possible. There is room for 2 rows of cars to be parked in this area. Parking is also available along the southern edge of the car park.
  • If the entire car park is full, as can happen on special days, you will need to park off the road along the driveway and use the side pedestrian gate.
  • In the mornings we encourage you to drop children off at the Drop Off Zone. Children should alight from the vehicle on the passenger side and enter the school grounds via the front gate. You must then move off to allow other cars access. Please note it is a DROP OFF zone only.
  • At pick up time, all parents must park in the allocated areas and collect their children from either of the gates. No parking is permitted in the drop off zone.

Art Smocks 
Students are required to bring in an art smock for their art lessons every week. If you haven’t already can you please pack one in your child/ren’s bag by next week, labelled with their name and class. It doesn’t need to be a fancy one, an old shirt preferably with long sleeves is fine. Please give it to your classroom teacher to store in a container or bag in the classroom. Smocks stay in this container until the end of the year. Thanks for your support.

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 pop them in the labelled box located at the office.

Parents and Friends

Friday 18th March                   Wallington Family Picnic 5pm Oval
Friday 18th March                   P&F Meeting 9am Hall
Friday 7th April                       Easter Morning Tea

Welcome to the new committee for 2022
PRESIDENT: Robert Pytellek
VICE PRESIDENT: Danielle Wilks
SECRETARY: Hayley McDonald
TREASURER: Stacey Lincoln
BOOK CLUB: Jane Appleby, Madisson Parker
2nd HAND UNIFORMS: Vicky Karena, Emma Mcphail
GARDEN CLUB: Sarah-Jane Cranna, Kat Stamalos

PREP: Robert Pytellek, Madisson Parker, Kelly Spencer
GRADE 1: Kirsty Tweddle, Rina Morgan
GRADE 2: Cat Miller, Briana Randall, Leesa Hayward
GRADE 3: Philippa McCarthy, Deborah Courtney
GRADE 4: Skye Weatherly, Tanya Hayward
GRADE 5: Jennie Absalom, Cathrine Kjaerstad, Lyndal Reading
GRADE 6: Danielle Wilks, Bree Schammer

Tesselaar Bulb Orders 2022
Catalogues will go home today for anyone who would like to order bulbs this year.  Orders are fully online via our personal website https://www.bulbfundraiser.com.au/wallingtonps 
Orders will be delivered directly to your home and are dispatched within 72hours of ordering.  40% commission of all orders comes back to P&F for use on future school activities.  Bulbs are available to order from now until 15th April 2022.  Additional catalogues are available from the office.

Wallington Family Picnic
Save the Date for Friday 18th March for the Family Picnic on the oval from 5pm. BYO Picnic dinner.  Icypoles supplied for the kids.  More details to come!
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Next Meeting
Will be on Friday 18th March 9am in the hall.  All welcome.

Positive Behaviour Awards

Prep/1 T



For always sitting nicely and respecting others personal space. It is an absolute pleasure having you in Prep/1T. Congratulations Emma!

Prep/1 M



For always sitting nicely and showing you are ready to learn. You always show respect for others and their personal space. A great start to school in Prep/1M Elliott. Well done!

Prep/1 F



For always respecting the personal space of your peers. While on the floor, you stay in your spot and never distract other students from their learning. Keep up your amazing efforts!

2 T



For listening and being respectful of personal space during floor time.  Well done Hayley.

2 O



For working hard to stay organised and respectful during our learning times. You are always mindful of others personal space and always try your best.  Well done Matilda, you are a pleasure to teach!

3/4 V



For showing respect for the classroom learning environment and students personal work space. Wonderful stuff Oliver.

3/4 D



For a wonderful start the school year, being proactive and putting your best foot forward.

3/4 M



Foworking hard to be organised with your belongings and being mindful of others’ personal space. You always do your best and are doing such a great job.  Well done Sian!

5/6 S




For continually working hard in class to stay organised and respect the personal space of all members in our learning community. Well done Brock and keep up the fantastic work.

5/6 B



For always showing a high level of respect for others and their personal space. Well done Jack, you are a fantastic role model and I am really proud of you!

COS Back to School (BTS) Ordering Portal

Thank you to all parents who have made our transition to ‘Student Packs’ ordering so smooth.  Don’t forget to send in your feedback (CLICK HERE for feedback form) if you have any so that we can pass these on to COSnet for future improvements.  The parent online ordering will close shortly.  If parents wish to make any voluntary contributions eg Library & Building funds, Playground Project 2023-24, Art & Indonesian and other consumables etc, these are open on QKR (CLICK HERE for QKR app download and info).