Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 2 - Week 2 - 2022


Principal News

Professional Practice Day Monday 30th May
Victorian schools have been recommended to hold their Term 2 Professional Practice Day on the same day for all staff (dates will vary between individual schools). Wallington staff will participate in curriculum planning, student assessment and reporting activities on their Professional Practice Day. Students are not required to attend school on this day.
Term 3 Professional Practice Day information will be shared when it becomes available.

NAPLAN
Good luck to our Year 3 and Year 5 students for next week as they commence NAPLAN.
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Grade 3 and 5.
From Tuesday 10th May, students in Grade 3 and Grade 5 will undertake the NAPLAN tests. NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four domains of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar, and punctuation) and Numeracy.  NAPLAN assesses skills in English and Mathematics that are developed over time, through the school curriculum.
NAPLAN is not a pass or fail type test, but rather shows how individual students are progressing in Mathematics and English skills against national standards for all Australia children. All students are encouraged to participate in the tests. Students with a diagnosed condition or disability may qualify for special provisions that reflect the support normally provided to them in the classroom.  Please consult your child’s classroom teacher or myself to discuss any aspect of the NAPLAN. An individual student NAPLAN report will be issued by the school later this year. 

Mother’s Day
A big thank you to Parents and Friends for the Mother’s Day stall held on Tuesday. For students who missed out on the opportunity to make a purchase the stall will be open again on Friday during lunchtime.
Wishing those significant adults in our children’s lives a lovely day on Sunday. We hope you enjoy the special creations that are currently being prepared at school.

Year 6-7 Transition Forms
Families in year 6 have recently received transition forms to start their enrolment and transition process to Secondary School. A reminder to our year 6 families that transition forms, for 2023 Secondary School enrolment are due to be returned by Friday 13th May. All families are to return these forms if you are enrolling in the government or independent school system for 2023. This information can also be found at the following link:
Moving from primary to secondary school

Chess Club
Unfortunately, we don’t have enough numbers to run chess club and it will not be going ahead this term.  A free trial may be run later in the term to encourage participation for Chess Club to run in Term 3. 

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Attitude to School Survey Parent/Guardian Information

We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of their school. 

The AtoSS (Attitudes to School Survey) is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist your child’s school to gain an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Students will be asked about their thoughts and feelings in relation to their school, their learning, peer relationships, bullying and life in general. 
There are also some questions about student health and wellbeing. 

Understanding health and wellbeing needs is important to support students to learn and thrive at school. The Department is providing this addition to the core survey to allow your child’s school to capture this information to support students.

Students will be asked about their thoughts and feelings in relation to their resilience, community connections and physical activity at school.

This year, the AtoSS will be conducted at school over the period of 2nd May -10th June.

What are the benefits?
In our experience, young people enjoy having their say. We have been running this survey for nearly 20 years and it has been invaluable in helping schools understand student views. Your school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.

What are the risks?
While we do not anticipate many risks of participation, some students may find some of the survey questions too personal and sensitive in nature. Should you agree for your child to participate, they are still free to skip questions or to withdraw at any stage if the survey makes them upset or uncomfortable.
The survey has been approved by a Human Research Ethics Committee. The questions are selected from validated survey instruments, are strength-based, and tailored for each year level group.

What will my child be asked to do?
Your child will be invited to complete the survey online during class time, using a purpose built, secure online survey tool.  It is important to note that we are not in any way “testing” your child. Please note:

  • Student participation in the survey is voluntary and students may withdraw at any time.
  • The survey will take around 20-45 minutes to complete.

How is my child’s confidentiality protected?
Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey from their teacher. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used to link data for statistical and research purposes only. Personally identifiable data will not be recorded in the survey response file. This ensures that the confidentiality of your child’s responses is protected at all times.

How will results be reported?
The survey results will be reported back to the school in an aggregate form throughout the survey period. All survey data that is made available in reports are for groups of students only, so that no individual student can be identified. Data suppression rules are used for schools with low student numbers per year level.
Your school may share the results of the survey with parents, in documents such as the School Annual Report.

Options for participation
Participation in this survey is voluntary. If you do not wish for your child to do the survey, please opt out via email to your school: wallington.ps@education.vic.gov.au
If our school does not receive a Refusal of Consent email from yourself, it means that you give your consent for your child to participate in the 2022 Attitudes to School Survey.

A copy of the survey that we are asking your child to complete is available from your child’s school. Please contact the administration office if you would like to see the survey before making your decision about whether you would like your child to participate. 

If you would like more information, please speak to your child’s teacher, or contact the Department at attitudes.school.survey@education.vic.gov.au.

Yours sincerely,

The Department of Education and Training Victoria



Parents and Friends

DATES FOR CALENDAR

Friday 20th May                 P&F Meeting 9am Hall
Friday 17th June                Special Lunch

Garden Club
Are inviting families to donate food scraps and shredded paper for their compost heap.  Scraps and shredded paper can be left on the compost pile behind the hot house.  They are also happy to take plant/tree prunings.  If you have any questions please speak to Rob Pytellek.

Entertainment Memberships
P&F are selling Entertainment memberships. Memberships are valid for 12 months from date of purchase.  P&F receives 20% commission on memberships sold.  Fantastic for holiday savings on food, entertainment and travel. You can purchase your membership via this link :   https://au.entdigital.net/orderbooks/1131b68

Collection of bread bags and bread tags
P&F are running 2 collections

  1. Breadtags for wheelchairs – drop your plastic bread tags off at the box at the office. The Ocean Grove Scouts will collect these for the “Breadtags for wheelchairs” charity.
  1. Wonderwhite Recycling Rewards – Our school will be participating in this program. From 1st June 2022, there will be a collection bin at the office to collect your clean bread bags. But you can start collecting at home now! The easiest way to do this is to fill one bread bag with approx 14-16 bread bags, then drop this off once the collection bin is available.  Our aim is to collect 25kg of breadbags, which will get us rewards for our school to redeem new sports equipment.

Suggestion Box
As a flow on from our “Pick my project” competition last year, P&F have decided to run an all year suggestion box!  This is located in one of the drawers opposite the office. Write your suggestion about anything you would like at the school.  This may be equipment or suggestions that P&F may be able to fund or assist with. These will be collected at reviewed at our Monthly P&F meetings. If you are suggesting an “item”, please also include a weblink or attach additional information.

Next Meeting
Will be on Friday 20th May 9am in the school hall.  All welcome to come along for a coffee and chat and see how you canget involved with P&F in 2022.  You can keep up to date with our news and information by following us on facebook “WALLINGTON PS PARENTS AND FRIENDS”



Positive Behaviour Awards


Prep/1 T

Taylor

PARKER E

For being a very caring and respectful member of P/1T. You are very friendly and always willing to help others.  Well Done Parker!

  

Prep/1 M

Moore

SERENA H

For being a kind and caring member of Prep /1 M. You are respectful and use kind words when speaking to others in the class. Well done Serena!

Prep/1 F

Firns

ETHAN G

For always using your manners and speaking kindly to your peers. You are a courteous and kind person and this has helped you to make some wonderful friends this year. Well done!

2 T

Trezise

ELLA J

For always finding something kind to say to your classmates and friends. You are very considerate of others Ella and your kindness shows in your everyday actions. Keep it up, kindness matters!

2 O

O'Brien

ELIJAH D

Fobeing respectful, you always use your manners and are kind and caring towards others.  Well done Elijah, keep being amazing!

3/4 V

Vaught

ETHAN M

For always showing Respect with your kind words and actions towards other students. Keep up the wonderful work Ethan.

3/4 B
Belsar

WILLOW F

For having such a unique take on life. You always have something kind and funny to share with your classmates and are able to lift the mood of everyone around you. Well done Willow.

 

3/4 M

Macys

EVIE T

For being such a kind and respectful member of 3/4M.  You are such a pleasure to teach and are an amazing role model for others.  Well done!



Notice Board

School Photos

School photos have been distributed to all students and families.  If there is any issue with your photos, please contact Leading Image on 1300 084 586 or email info@leadingimage.com.au 


Whole School Photo

A 'whole school photo' will be taken by Leading Image on Thursday the 23rd June 2022.

CSEF (Camp, Sports & Excursion Fund)

The CSEF payment has been made to parents/guardians who have applied.  Applications are still open for eligible families (CLICK HERE for Application Form).  If you are a holder of a concession card and fit the criteria listed (CLICK HERE for Information Flyer), please submit your application form by 17th June 2022. For any questions please check with the office or send us an email at: wallington.ps@education.vic.gov.au
Prep students who are eligible for CSEF payments may also apply for a Winter Uniform Package this term (CLICK HERE for Application Form).


OPEN DAY at Leopold Kindergarten

The Leopold Kindergarten OPEN DAY will be held on Monday the 23rd May between 2pm and 4pm.  All welcome. CLICK HERE for flyer.