Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 2 - Week 4 - 2022


Principal News

NAPLAN
Congratulations to all our Grade 3 and 5 students who have undertaken the NAPLAN assessments over the last two weeks, you did a great job and Mr Vaught, Mr Stevens and I are proud of the effort you put in!

Digital Life
More and more families are seeking the assistance from their child’s school in managing technology, screen time and setting up a cyber-safe environment for their children.
It is essential families are familiar with some of the functions that are available to make the ‘net’ safer for their children.
The eSafety Commissioner is a great resource for navigating technology both at home and at school and I would recommend all parents to spend some time looking at their resources. Later in the newsletter I have outlined the role of the eSafety organisation.
One of the great resources they have are a series of webinars on different eSafety topics. I highly recommend parents take a look at this resource.  The link is below or CLICK HERE for flyer.
https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/webinars

Teacher Absences
System wide we are experiencing a massive shortage of Casual Replacement Teachers (CRT’s). These people are so important to us to ensure the smooth running of our school when our regular staff are away. The CRT agencies are being stretched too and sometimes cannot fill our requests. While we do not like splitting classes, moving forward, we MAY have too. We have discussed this with staff and have agreed we need to support each other as best we can. 

Attitudes to School
Each year our Years 4-6 students take part in a survey from DET to see what their thoughts and opinions are about aspects of school life. It’s a little like the parent opinion survey (coming soon – stay tuned). These data sets are used by DET to evaluate and make an assessment/judgement about our school. It also helps us identify issues/concerns and recognises the good things we do here too. 


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Who is the eSafety Commissioner
The eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) is Australia’s independent regulator for online safety. They are the world’s first government agency dedicated to keeping people safer online. They started operations in 2015 and have remained at the forefront of the fight against online abuse and harm ever since.

What they do
Their purpose is to help safeguard all Australians from online harms and to promote safer, more positive online experiences.
They use research, evidence, and experience to lead and advise on online safety issues. This is how we deliver comprehensive services that are compassionate and focused on people.
They approach our work through three lenses – prevention, protection, and proactive change.
They prevent online harm by developing resources and programs based on robust evidence.
They protect Australians and alleviate harm with our regulatory and reporting schemes.
And we are proactive in minimising harms with initiatives that make our digital environments safer and more inclusive.
They have substantial powers to protect all Australians – adults now as well as children – across most online platforms and forums where people experience abuse or harm.
They move quickly to protect people from online abuse and act as a safety net across our four reporting schemes:

  • a new Adult Cyber Abuse Scheme
  • a Cyberbullying Scheme for Australian children
  • an Image-Based Abuse Scheme
  • an Online Content Scheme for illegal and restricted content

Taming the technology
How to use parental controls and other tools to maximise online safety in your home. 

Know your devices
All the devices that connect to the internet in your home offer lots of benefits. But you also need to understand the risks associated with these devices and how to protect yourself and your family. 

Use parental controls
Parental controls are software tools that allow you to monitor and limit what your child sees and does online.  

They can be set up to do things like

  • Blockyour child from accessing specific websites, apps or functions (like using a device’s camera, or the ability to buy things). 
  • Filterdifferent kinds of content — such as ‘adult’ or sexual content, content that may promote self-harm, eating disorders, violence, drugs, gambling, racism and terrorism. 
  • Allow you to monitoryour child’s use of connected devices, with reports on the sites they visit and the apps they use, how often and for how long.  
  • Set time limits, blocking access after a set time. 

If a device or program is shared by multiple members of your family, you should be able change the tool settings to reflect each user’s age and skills.

Online safety information and guidance
Their website includes information to help Australians have safe and enjoyable experiences online. This guidance is especially designed for

  • kids: fun activities and simple advice 
  • young people: help and advice for teenagers and young adults
  • parents and carers: tips to help their children safely navigate the online world
  • women: tools to help women protect themselves from risks around technology-facilitated abuse and be more confident online
  • seniors: activities to increase digital skills, confidence and safety

Their website also provides guidance on specific online safety issues including:

https://www.esafety.gov.au



Parents and Friends

P&F DATES TERM 2

Friday 20th May                 P&F Meeting 9am Hall
Friday 10th June                P&F Meeting 9am Hall

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.
2.  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 TOMORROW - Friday 20th May 9am in the school hall.  All welcome to come along for a coffee and chat and see how you can get 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

CLEMENTINE M

For always trying your best with everything you do. You are able to stay focused and complete all set tasks at a high standard.  Well Done Clem!

Prep/1 M

Moore

MICKAL S

For always trying your best when reading and learning your Golden words. Keep up the great work Mickal. Well done!

Prep/1 F

Firns

JACK G

For trying your personal best with the letter ‘Yy’ this week. You were able to share lots of words with the class and complete the set task. Keep up the great work Jack!

2 T

Trezise

OLIVER B

For always doing the best that you possibly can in all of the learning areas. You take your time and give everything a go even when you find it tricky. Keep up the great attitude Oliver!

2 O

O'Brien

JOHNNY S

For always trying your best. You work so hard to improve your learning, you keep going even when you find things hard. Well done Johnny, keep working hard, you are a champion!

3/4 V

Vaught

GRACE W

For always trying your personal best. You work hard, stay on task, try new ideas and keep on going when things are tough. Awesome stuff Gracie.

3/4 B

Belsar

GEORGE L

For embracing each challenge you are faced with and diving into the learning pit with a resilient attitude. You are improving all the time George, well done.

3/4 M

Macys

CHARLIE L

For a great attitude to your learning and always giving your personal best. You have made amazing improvements in your writing - all the class noticing your hard work and efforts. Well done Charlie!

5/6 S

Stevens

CRYSTAL W

For believing in yourself when learning about integers this fortnight. You really worked hard and demonstrated resilience when learning about this complex concept. Keep up the fantastic work into the future!

5/6 B

Bennett

XAVIER B

For always persisting with learning tasks - even if they are challenging. You have shown resilience and a positive attitude in all areas. Keep up the good work, I am really proud of you!



Notice Board


Change of Clothing

A little reminder that it is always handy to pack a change of clothes (especially underwear, pants and socks) to use in case of a toileting accident.
If by chance your child goes home with a change of clothes provided by us could you please wash and return them as our supply is getting very low.
Many thanks.

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