Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 3 - Week 4 - 2022

Principal News

Playground Update
Last week I had a meeting with the architects that have been commissioned to design our new inclusive playground. They have some great ideas around how the playground might look and fit more naturally into the space we have. Below is the first draft of what might our playground will look like.



I can’t wait for the project to be get underway and hopefully in the new year we will see the playground begin to take shape.

Curriculum Day
The next Curriculum day will be held on Friday the 26th August 2022.  Our staff will be commencing the Berry Street Training Model (mentioned in last weeks newsletter).  Please note that this is a student free day.

Network Meeting
Last Thursday and Friday I had the opportunity to spend some time with the Leadership Teams from other schools in our network (Barwon South Eastern). The two days were spent reconnecting to each other after two years of video conferencing and set the direction for the Network for the future. It was very valuable time together as we all work to improve the outcomes for all students and schools in the network. It is also great to be able to share the knowledge that each school holds and to be able to tap into it to support us on our improvement journey.

Story Dogs
Last term we introduced a wonderful program with the Year 2 students called Story Dogs. Story Dogs is a team of volunteers with a wide range of dog breeds who come into schools and have children read to the dogs. This is not a reading program; the dog handlers are not trained educators in any way. It is about helping students develop a love of reading, building their confidence in reading aloud, and overcoming anxiety about reading to another person. We have been lucky enough to have Sally, (and her owner Liz), come into the Year 2 classrooms every Tuesday and listen to some of our students read. The students have thoroughly enjoyed this and look forward to Sally’s arrival every week. We will be running a fundraising event for the Story Dogs program soon, as it is a volunteer program and in order for them to continue their good work, they need our support. Stay tuned for details in our school newsletter soon!



RAT (Rapid Antigen Testing) Kits
If your family need more RAT Kits, please contact our office and we will arrange for some to be sent home. Tests will not be sent home to all students during term 3 and will be supplied to close contacts, symptomatic cases or as requested.

Parent Resources
From time to time, families seek support, advice and guidance on multiple aspects of their child’s development. This includes, “how can I help my child write better” or “how much screen time should I allow my child?” While there is a vast array of resources available, the ‘Generation Next’ website is full of information and support on a range of topics. Some of the most recent ‘stories’ include:

  • 6 Ways Parents can Help their Primary Kids Learn to Write Well
  • Is IQ more important than ever?
  • ‘Screen Time’ for kids is an outdated concept, so let’s ditch it and focus on quality instead

For families interested, the website is: www.generationnext.com.au

Parents and Friends

Friday 12th August              P&F Meeting 9am School Hall
28th July – 12th August      P&F Rolling Pin Pie Drive
Monday 29th August           Fathers Day Stall
Friday 2nd September         2nd Chance Fathers Day Stall 3.20pm
Thursday 15th September   Footy Colours Day/Special Footy Lunch

Rolling Pin Pie Drive
Reminder about our Pie Drive.
$4 from every family pie or pie pack sold will be raised for P&F to spend on upcoming events and activities at the school.  The family who raises the most money will be awarded a $50 rolling pin gift voucher!
Forms (CLICK HERE for information/order form) must be returned by Friday 12th August to the drawer opposite the office.  Full payment for your total order must be made on QKR.  Orders will be available for collection at the school from 3.00 – 3.30pm on Thursday 25th August.

Breadbag Recycling - 1 month to go!

We have filled 3 boxes of breadbags to date.  We have
2 more boxes to fill by Friday 9th September (last day for collection).  Please drop off your bread bags, roll bags, etc by this date.

Next Meeting
Will be on Friday 12th August 9am in the 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



For always being mindful of others around you. You show respect towards everyone’s learning by moving quietly around the classroom and the whole school.  Well Done Grace!

Prep/1 M



For always moving between areas in the classroom and around the school, quietly and carefully. It is great to see that you show respect towards everyone’s learning. Well done Millie.

Prep/1 F



For always being respectful of your peers learning and moving around the classroom and school in an appropriate manner.  You are the perfect example of being a conscientious student! 


2 T



For always taking care when you move around the classroom and around the school. You check around you to make sure it is safe to move, and you look out for others when they are moving as well. Thanks for keeping everyone safe Hayley!

2 O



For moving about the classroom safely and quietly and making good learning choices. You always try your best.  Well done Lillian, keep up the great work! 

3/4 V



For always demonstrating respect to your peers within the classroom and in the school yard. Victoria, you are a great role model.  Well done, keep it up.

3/4 BR



We can always count on you James to be showing the rest of the cohort how to move about, as you show respect for others and their belongings. Good job, keep it up.

3/4 M

Macys (Farley)



For moving about the classroom safely and quietly and making good learning choices.  Well done Henry - keep it up.

5/6 S




For consistently showing respect to all peers, staff and teachers at Wallington Primary School. You also move between learning areas quietly and with care. Well done Campbell and keep it up!

100 Days of Prep / One

On Tuesday 2nd August the Prep and Year One’s spent the day celebrating 100 days of school.  They reflected on what they have learnt in 100 days and participated in lots of fun activities, all to do with the number 100.

Art Gallery

Year 2s - Flower Pots

Year 2s created a 3D flower by making beads, petals and a flower head using air dry clay.  While these where drying, students explored Australian artist Minnie Pwerle's style of paintings and replicated their own interpretation of her work on a black vase with posca pens.

Students painted the clay flowers with acrylic paints.

They look amazing! Well done Year 2s.

Notice Board

Leading Image Whole School Photo 2022

If you would like to order a copy of the official 2022 whole school photo it is available now for $12.  Payment can be made via QKR.  If you would like to view a copy of the photo prior to ordering please feel free to pop into the office.  Please note that orders will close on Wednesday 10th August, 2022.

Year 5/6's Collecting Jars

The Grade 5/6 learning community is collecting some glass jars for their chemistry unit of work next term. Could families please keep the following type of jars, wash them and place them in the tub at the front office:

120ml, for example, baby food jars
250ml, for example, tartare sauce jars
330ml, for example, salsa jars
500ml, for example, pasta sauce jars

Thank you.
Year 5/6 Team