Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 2 - Week 7 - 2022


Principal News

Strawberry Fair

Last night we held our final Strawberry Fair meeting to debrief and celebrate a hugely successful event. We had some great feedback about some set up issues, such as better routing of queues to avoid overcrowding and to improve traffic flow. Some of the feedback was also about improvements for next time. What was also lovely to hear was the feedback from stall holders, food vans and ride operators was how well run, organised and friendly our volunteers were.

One major topic of conversation was the need to increase the number of volunteers. This year’s fair was a massive one and highlighted the importance of families volunteering their time to make it successful. We had just enough volunteers for the day and it would be great to have more volunteers on the organising committee to spread the load over more than just a few.

Finally, I can announce that the fair was more successful than previously thought and we are looking at a profit of approximately $35,000 which is an awesome result! We are looking at using some of the money to purchase classroom furniture to improve the students experience in class and to invest money into future fairs and possibly look at storage options.

Increased illness - Influenza and Colds

With the arrival of colder weather, cases of influenza (the flu) and colds have spread quite quickly throughout the school and our local community. We have experienced large numbers of student and staff absences over the past few weeks.

What to do if your child gets sick

To help keep your child and our school community safe, please take the following steps if your child has any cold or flu-like symptoms:

  • take a COVID-19 test and follow the current Department of Health isolation requirements if a positive result is shown
  • keep your child at home until their symptoms pass
  • common flu-like symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose, loss of appetite, body aches and feeling extremely weak and tired
  • diagnosis of the flu can only be confirmed by a doctor after a nose or throat swab
  • encourage your child to wash their hands regularly and ask them to cover their nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing

Flu vaccination

The flu vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and over.  Some people are more at risk of complications from the flu and are eligible for free vaccination under the National Immunisation Program including:

  • anyone aged 65 years and older 
  • pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged from 6 months and over
  • people 6 months or older with heart disease or chronic lung disease (including people with severe asthma who require frequent hospital visits)
  • chronic neurological conditions
  • impaired immunity
  • haemoglobinopathies (blood disorders caused by genetic changes), diabetes or kidney disease
  • children on long-term aspirin therapy from 6 months to 10 years
  • children aged from 6 months to under 5 years.

Free flu vaccinations can be booked through GPs and pharmacies, many of which can also provide COVID-19 vaccinations. 

Prep 2023 Enrolments

Enrolments for Prep for next year are rolling in – 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 form which is available by CLICKING HERE or from the General Office.

Reading, Reading, Reading

Recently I read an article by Professor Anne Bayetto on the significance of all children developing an effective and regular home-reading routine. By now all students should be into the habit of reading regularly (both independently and being read to). As parents and families, we can 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 8,000 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

Reading 20 minutes per day provides children with a massive advantage when compared to children who read 5 minutes or less a day! 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, our job is to give the opportunity for our children to practise these skills. We expect all students are engaged in a regular home-reading program. Please contact your child’s teacher or myself if you are needing some support to maximise your child’s home-reading program.



Parents and Friends

Friday  10th June                 P&F Meeting 9am Hall

Garden Club

Garden Club have recently been successful with 2 grants;

  1. Diacos Garden Nursery $500 Voucher Grant – as part of the Victorian Schools Garden Program – to be used to continue the sensory garden.
  2. Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant $975 – to establish a bush tucker garden.

Garden club are very excited to use the grants to continue to grow the school garden. Special Thanks to Lyndal Reading who prepared the grant applications.

Parents and Friends have sponsored a place at the Victorian Schools Garden Program Development Day on Friday 17th June. The program “Invigorating School Gardens” is being held at Geelong College.  The day will be packed with guest speakers, hands on activities and give fantastic ideas, insights and knowledge to bring back to school.  Rina Morgan will be representing Garden Club at the day and we are excited to hear what ideas she brings back.
                            

If you would like to get involved with Garden Club in any capacity – helping Fridays, watering, planting, cooking, building – all welcome!  Contact Rob Pytellek or Kat Stamalos

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

Breadbag recycling box now at the office

Our school will be participating in the wonderwhite recycling rewards program.  The easiest way to do this is to fill one bread bag with approx 14-16 bread bags, then drop this off in the collection bin.  Our aim is to collect 25kg of breadbags, which will get us rewards for our school to redeem new sports equipment.

Next Meeting

Will be on TOMORROW 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. We aim to keep meetings no longer than 1hr in duration.  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

JASPER P

For always trying your best at school. You show great persistence towards completing your work.  Well done Jasper!

Prep/1 M

Moore

HUNTER B

For always having a go and trying your best when writing. It is great to see you show resilience by persisting with a task until it’s complete.  Keep up the great work Hunter!

Prep/1 F

Firns

ISLA O

For always trying your best and persisting when the learning task is challenging. You have made wonderful leaps in your learning because you always try your hardest. Fantastic work!


2 T

Trezise

ISAAC B

For always having a go at every task you are given, and not giving up when you have to make changes. You are learning to step outside your comfort zone and try different things, a great attitude to have Isaac. Well done!

2 O

O'Brien

SIENNA I

For continuing to persist with learning tasks even when you feel challenged. You have worked very hard to improve your learning, especially Maths. Well done, great work Sienna!

3/4 V

Vaught

VICTORIA C

For always giving your learning tasks your best effort. You always work hard at your learning intentions no matter the difficulty or challenge. Brilliant stuff Victoria.

5/6 S

Stevens

THOMAS A

For persisting with our maths tasks this week when measuring angles. You continued to persist even though the task was challenging. Well done Thomas and keep up the fantastic work!

5/6 B

Bennett

VICTORIA R

For continuing to persist with learning tasks even when you feel challenged. It has been great to see your confidence grow in and out of the classroom this term.  Well done Vic!



Art Gallery

Year 5/6 Steampunk Collages

Year 5/6 students investigated the style of 'Steampunk'.

(Steampunk is a retrofuturistic subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery).

With a combination of computer parts, junk jewellery, wooden cogs and watch parts students built up a 3D collage on a square piece of cardboard. Once glued down, students painted over the top with brown acrylic paint and then brushed on gold buff paint to create a rustic appearance. 

They look amazing, great effort 5/6's!







Notice Board

Whole School Photo

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

The Geelong Sports Hub

This year Vic Beach Geelong and The Geelong Sports Hub became one business,  which means more indoor sports for all under the one roof.

Please see the ATTACHED FLYER which outlines the up and coming junior sport for term 3.