Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 1 - Week 5 - 2022


Principal News

Reading, Reading, Reading
By now all students should be into the habit of reading regularly (both independently and being read to). As parents, we have the opportunity to project and model the importance of reading onto our children. Professor Anne Bayetto, from Flinders University in South Australia, highlighted students who read:

  • Less than 1 minute per day will read 8000 words a year
  • 6 minutes per day will read 282 000 words a year
  • 20 minutes per day will read 1.8 million words a year

How can they ever catch up? 
Our role, as teachers, is to provide the explicit reading strategies that children require to be successful readers. As parents/carers, your job is to give the opportunity for them to practise these skills. We expect all students are engaged in a regular home-reading program. Please contact your child’s teacher if you require support to facilitate the home-reading program for your child.

Strawberry Fair Sunday 29th May 2022 
In about 13 weeks' time, we will host the 2022 Wallington Strawberry Fair (Sunday May 29th, 10am-3pm). There are still plenty of jobs available!
Please CLICK HERE if you or any of your friends would like to apply for a stall at the Fair.

NAPLAN Years 3 & 5 
The National Assessment Program of Literacy and Numeracy is scheduled to commence from May 10th, 2022. An information document will be sent home with Year 3 & 5 students in the coming weeks and a digital copy will also be made available. This year all tests will be completed online. Please discuss any concerns with your child’s teacher in the first instance but more information will be distributed throughout the term and early next term.  

COVIDSafe Updates 
The Victorian Government has announced a 6-week extension of some of the COVIDSafe measures for schools. 

In summary, there will continue to be a focus on the “3Vs” of ventilation, vaccination and vital COVIDSafe steps. This will see either a continuation or elimination of the following:

  • The use of rapid antigen tests (RATs) as a screening tool will continue for the remainder of term 1 and families should anticipate to receive their next allocation prior to week 7.
  • Victorians aged over 5 years are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations are available at state vaccination centres, participating GP clinics, pharmacies or community health services. Please chat to your local GP for more information. 
  • Face Masks - staff, students (Years 3-6) and on-site vistors/volunteers will be required to wear a face mask when indoors.
  • Improving ventilation is one of the most effective measures to keep education settings safe. All classrooms at Wallington Primary School are installed with an Air Purifier and Department of Education is anticipating a further allocation throughout term 1 in preparation for winter.
  • QR codes will no longer be required within schools. Normal sign in process is still required for emergency management procedures.

Prep 2023 Enrolments 
We have begun taking enrolments for Prep for next year – both from siblings of current students and from new families to Wallington. If you have a child currently attending 4 year old kindergarten and are looking to enrol them for Prep 2023, please complete the enrolment forms.  You may either CLICK HERE for an enrolment form or collect a hardcopy from the General Office.

Balancing Online Time 
Playing games online is great fun but you to need to make sure that your online world does not take over your life. With more and more mobile devices on the market it is easy and tempting to stay connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but it is also very important to know how and when to disconnect.

How much is too much? 
This is a good question and varies from person to person with different impacts. It’s important to be aware of how your time online may be affecting your friendships, your family and your schoolwork, especially if it’s keeping you up at night. If any of these areas of your life are becoming problematic then it is likely that you need to cut back in the amount of time you spend online.

Why is it a problem? 
Spending excessive amounts of time online can have significant impacts on your health, family and social life and on your academic performance at school.

How do I know if I have a problem? 
The following indicators may be signs that you spend too much time on the internet:

  • Ongoing headaches, eye strain and sleep disturbance
  • Online activities interfering with your health and wellbeing, schoolwork and relationships
  • Constantly talking about particular online programs, such as a gaming site
  • Withdrawal from your ‘real world’ friends and activities attributing more importance to your online activities and contacts than anything else
  • Decline in your academic performance at school.

Where to Get Help

https://kidshelpline.com.au/kids/get-help/webchat-counselling/?referrer=%27acma%27

https://www.eheadspace.org.au/

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.

 



Parents and Friends

DATES FOR THE CALENDAR

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

Tesselaar Bulb Orders 2022

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.  We also have a tub located on the drawers opposite the office for anyone who would like to donate a tulip bulb to make a summer tulip patch at the school. Your support is much appreciated.

Wallington Family Picnic

The Wallington Family Picnic will be on Friday 18th March on the oval from 5pm.  BYO Picnic dinner.  Icypoles will be supplied for the kids.

2nd  Hand Uniforms

Racks are located in the hall. All items are a gold coin donation (honesty box near the racks).  Lots of stock. Grab yourself a bargain.  Clean resalable items are always accepted with thanks.

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Next Meeting

Will be on Friday 18th March 9am in the hall. All welcome.



Positive Behaviour Awards



Prep/1 T

Taylor

EVAN O

For always trying new things and never giving up. You are always challenging yourself when it comes to your  learning.  Keep up the great work Evan!


Prep/1 M

Moore

BASE F

Fotrying your best and challenging yourself when following the school routines and in your learning. Congratulations Base! Keep up the great work!


Prep/1 F

Firns

CASEY H

For persevering in the mornings when your are in the Blue Zone and are struggling to come into the classroom. You make it inside every single time which shows great Resilience. Well done!


2 T

Trezise

CHAYSE R

For really trying your best this week. You have had a go at everything this week Chayse, and sometimes it was hard but you kept on trying. You should be very proud of your efforts! Well done!!


2 O

O'Brien

LILLIAN H

For working so hard in all learning areas, you have been willing to challenge yourself, especially in our writing workshops.  Well done Lillian, you are a superstar!

3/4 V

Vaught

THEO B

For taking on challenges in your learning and persisting with new concepts in all learning areas. Theo, you throw yourself into the learning pit and continually work toward success. Awesome stuff Theo.


3/4 D

Duckett/
Belsar

XAVIER N

For your continued efforts in the classroom and showing great resilience in your attitudes towards your learning.  Well done on a fabulous start to the year and keep it up!


3/4 M

Macys

CHARLIE L

For challenging yourself in your learning and persisting with new concepts. You are doing an amazing job - asking questions to check when unsure and sharing your strategies and learning with others.  Awesome start to the year Charlie, well done! :)


5/6 S

Stevens

 

LOLA P

For being an independent learner who is always looking for opportunities to extend your knowledge. Well done Lola and keep up the fantastic work.


5/6 B

Bennett

CHAD C

For consistently challenging yourself in the classroom. It’s fantastic to see you working to the best of your ability and extending your learning where possible. Well done Chad!