Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 1 - Week 1 - 2023


Principal News

Welcome Back

Congratulations to the Preps and their families.  They did a wonderful job getting settled into life at Wallington on their first two days!

Well done also to all our students for a fantastic start to another year at school. We had a very calm and energetic start back; it was obvious that they were excited to be back!

This year I am really, really looking forward to an extraordinary NORMAL year in 2023- steady, consolidating, focussed, normal routines and NO Covid deviations!!!!

In fact, normal and ordinary would be a terrific thing!

Book Packs/Dairies

Book packs have been delivered to school for most of the students that have ordered the packs. We have some delays on a couple of items that should be delivered soon.

We are waiting on our diaries, and these will be given to students when delivered in the coming weeks.

Attendance

This year we will have a big focus on student attendance and maximising the learning time of all students. Over the past three years our absence rate has been much higher than normal for obvious reasons but the aim this year is to bring that down.

Assembly

Starts on Friday 3rd February (tomorrow) @ 2:50pm, outdoors on the oval outside the hall (weather permitting).

Pupil Free Day Friday 10th March

On Friday 10th March teachers will be attending Day 3 of the Berry ST Positive Education program and students will not be required at school.

Remaining student free days will be confirmed in next week’s newsletter.

Uniform Policy Reminder

Just a reminder that the uniform policy is available on our website or CLICK HERE for a copy. Please note for safety reasons, jewellery, except for watches and plain stud or small “sleeper” earrings, are not permitted. 

Annual Privacy Reminder For 2023

Our school collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy.

For more information about privacy, refer to: Schools’ Privacy Policy — information for parents. This information is also available in nine community languages:

  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Dari
  • Gujarati
  • Mandarin
  • Somali
  • Sudanese
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese


Sleep and Learning

Good-quality sleep helps your child concentrate, remember things and behave well. This helps your child to be a successful learner.

Poor sleep or not enough sleep affects concentration, memory and behaviour, making it harder for your child to learn. Children who don’t sleep well are more likely to feel sleepy at school during the day and to have difficulties with learning.

Concentration and sleep

Children who are sleepy have trouble concentrating during the day. If your child can’t keep their attention on what they’re trying to learn, whether it’s climbing a tree at the park or singing a song at school, it will affect their learning.

Memory and sleep

Remembering things is part of learning. If your child is tired, it’s harder for your child to remember basic things like how to spell words, how to do maths calculations, or where to find information in a book or on the internet. It’s also harder for your child to remember how to do things like playing a musical instrument.

Our brains create and strengthen different types of memory while we’re asleep. For example, just before your child wakes in the morning, their brain is sorting and storing memories and information from the previous day and getting ready for the day ahead.

Behaviour and sleep

Sleepy children tend to have more problems with behaviour at preschool or school – and at home too!

For example, a sleepy and tired child might not cooperate in class or have difficulty following the teacher’s instructions. A sleepy child might miss out on learning because the teacher is busy managing the child’s behaviour. The child might also miss out on playing with other children if the other children don’t like the way the child is behaving.

Working on sleep problems to help with learning

Many children have sleep problems, which you can often manage with simple behaviour strategies.

A good place to start with sleep problems is your child’s sleep habits. Sometimes changing both daytime and night-time habits can make a big difference to your child’s sleep. For example, you might be able to reset your child’s body clock with a regular bedtime routine, morning sunlight, regular exercise and a healthy diet. If these strategies don’t help to reset your child’s body clock, it’s a good idea to talk about your child’s sleep problems with a health professional, like your GP.

It’s also worth looking at your child’s breathing during sleep. If your child continually snores, stops breathing during sleep, works hard to breathe, breathes through their mouth, tosses and turns at night, or sweats a lot overnight, it might be obstructive sleep apnoea. Obstructive sleep apnoea is another cause of sleep-related learning problems.

https://raisingchildren.net.au/school-age/sleep

Parents and Friends

Calendar of Events

Friday 10th February               P&F AGM School Hall 9am

 

NOTICE OF AGM AND FEBRUARY MEETING

Wallington Primary School’s Parents and Friends Committee invites parents, guardians and friends to join us in 2023.  Members of P&F have the wonderful opportunity to participate in many fun-filled events throughout the year.  We work collaboratively with teachers and staff, to highlight the needs of and add value to the school.  Every member has the opportunity to express their ideas and feedback and get to experience the joy of seeing the very happy faces of the students.

Our AGM will be held on Friday 10th February 9am in the hall.

All positions will be declared open for the 2023 committee.  We would love to see some fresh faces consider being a grade rep or take up another role on the committee.  Most of our positions have no obligation to attend regular meetings.  If you cannot attend the AGM but would like to consider a role, please contact us.

We look forward to welcoming you in 2023.

 

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Notice Board


Chess Club

Registrations have commenced for the Lunchtime Chess Club for Term 1 and classes commence on Monday 6th February, 2023. Please see the attached flyer for details - CLICK HERE.

Hats/Uniform 

Hats are no longer available for purchase from the office.  Hats in sizes S - L can be purchased from DCS Uniforms: https://www.dcsuniforms.com.au/
Please note that there is a 'samples' uniform rack in the hallway near the office.  Please feel free to drop by to view the uniform items and try them on your children for sizing. 


Library Book Returns

We often get Wallington PS books returned to Ocean Grove, Drysdale or other libraries.  Please check when making any book returns; all Wallington PS books have a stamp on them.


BTS (Back to School) ordering with COS

Thank you to all parents who placed their BTS orders in time for the start of school.  These are being distributed in the classrooms.  There may be some back orders/exchanges being sorted out in the next week or two, please be patient while this is being processed.

We would like to collect feedback about the BTS ordering process.  If parents have any feedback, please email the school at wallington.ps@education.vic.gov.au with subject “BTS 2023”



Lunch Orders - Fresh Meal Fairy

 

Fresh Meal Fairy offers a canteen service to our school on Wednesdays and will commence next Wednesday 8th February 2023. 

Please CLICK HERE for a copy of the 2023 Fresh Meal Fairy Welcome Letter and Instructions.

Please CLICK HERE for a copy of the Menu.

Please CLICK HERE for a copy of the Registration Guide.



CSEF

Applications are now open for parents and carers who are eligible to apply for the CSEF.  If you are a holder of a concession card and fit the criteria listed (CLICK HERE). Please submit your application form (CLICK HERE) by the end of term 1 2023.  If you were eligible and received the CSEF last year and there has been no change to your circumstances, there is no need to submit an application this year.  For any questions please check with the office or send us an email at: wallington.ps@education.vic.gov.au