Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 1 - Week 3 - 2023

Principal News

Parent Information Nights

Thank you to all the parents that were able to make it along to our information nights. It was a great opportunity for teachers to catch up with you and vice versa. If you weren’t able to make it please make sure you pop in at some point and introduce yourself.  If you ever have any concerns about your child and school, get in early and talk to their teacher.

House Captains

Congratulations to our house captains that were elected last Friday. It's not easy getting up in front of a large group and pitching about why you should be one of the leaders.  You all did a great job.

  • Xavier B
  • Chad C
  • Maddie R
  • Victoria R
  • Maverick M
  • Lewis K

Strawberry Fair Meeting Tuesday 21st February @ 6:30pm

The time to get cracking with organising the Strawberry Fair for this year. We are meeting at school next Tuesday 21st February at 6:30pm. We are looking for people to coordinate stall holders, manage entertainment and organise the rosters. So, if you can help out please come along to the meeting.

The Wallington Strawberry Fair is the school’s major fundraiser, raising $20,000 - $25,000 most years. This money is used to improve the learning experience for our children. In the past, profits raised from the Wallington Strawberry Fair have been used to fund projects such as:

  • Ga-Ga Pit construction
  • Re-surfacing of basketball/netball court
  • Purchase of a class set of iPads and laptops (WPS does not require students to bring their own device to school)
  • Development of Sensory Garden
  • Amphitheatre construction
  • Imagination Station Equipment

The Wallington Strawberry Fair has been running for over 40 years. These years have seen some changes in the venue and the format of the fair, but it has maintained a family-friendly feel and is a popular annual event. Visitors to the fair come from the local Bellarine Peninsula community, the wider Geelong area, and from other parts of Victoria. Many people return year after year, drawn to the high-quality stalls, produce, auction items, entertainment, and stalls.


School Council Elections

Each year schools conduct elections for School Council membership. We will have 3 vacant positions for Parents and 1 for Education Department employees. Next week’s newsletter will lay out the timeline for the nomination and election process.


What is a school council and what does it do?

All government schools in Victoria have a School Council. School councils are legal entities that are given powers to set the broad directions of a school in accordance with their constituting Orders and the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. In doing this, a School Council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.


What are some of the duties of a school councillor?

The school council has particular functions in setting and monitoring the school’s direction. School councils have key responsibilities:

  • Finance: overseeing the development and expenditure of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school’s financial operation.
  • Strategic planning: participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan.
  • Policy development and review: developing, reviewing and updating selected policies that reflect the school’s values and support the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan.
  • Community engagement: informing itself of community views and stimulating community interest in the school.

Other key functions of school councils may include:

  • raising funds for school related purposes
  • maintaining school grounds and facilities
  • entering into contracts
  • reporting annually to the school community and the Department
  • creating interest in the school in the wider community
  • representing and taking the views of the community into account
  • regulating and facilitating after-hours use of school premises and grounds
  • operating a children’s service at the school.




Friday 17th February @ 2:50pm, outdoors on the oval outside the hall (weather permitting). Our 3/4 D class will be presenting assembly on Friday. All welcome.



Parents and Friends


Tuesday 21st February           Pancake Tuesday Student Morning Tea
Friday 3rd March                   P&F Meeting 9am Hall


Welcome to the New Committee for 2023

SECRETARY:  Hayley McDonald
TREASURER:  Stacey Lincoln
BOOK CLUB:  Jane Appleby, Jennie Absalom
2nd HAND UNIFORMS:  Vicky Karena, Emma Mcphail
GARDEN CLUB:  Kat Stamalos, Rina Morgan


PREP:  Laura Bird, Cina Thomson
GRADE 1:  Kelly Spencer, Erin Reiffel
GRADE 2:  Kirsty Tweddle, Laura Bird
GRADE 3:  Briana Randall, Leesa Hayward
GRADE 4:  Philippa McCarthy, Deborah Courtney
GRADE 5:  Skye Weatherly, Tanya Hayward
GRADE 6:  Jennie Absalom, Cathrine Kjaerstad, Lyndall Reading


Stay up to date



Next Meeting

Will be on Friday 3rd March 9am in the hall.  All welcome.

Notice Board

Sentral (Absences and Communication)

A reminder that Sentral is our preferred method of communication.  You can download the Sentral App and use it to log absences/late/early attendance as well as to receive communication eg newsletter via your mobile phone.

ART Room Reminders/Requests

Welcome back to a new and exciting year in the Art Room. Please can you bring in your NAMED art smock to your classroom teacher, so you're ready for Art!
If you have any spare newspapers at home/work that need culling, could you please donate them to the Art Room.  Also, any wool/yarn donations would be much appreciated.

Interschool Chess Competitions

Please CLICK HERE for details on Interschool Chess Competitions.

A Message from the Fresh Meal Fairy
(Wednesday Lunch Orders)
  • Please make sure children are in their correct class on the app
    • 00A Mrs Taylor
    • 00B Miss Martin
    • 12A Ms Moore
    • 12B Mr Stevens
    • 12C Miss Bazeley
    • 34A Mrs Duckett
    • 34B Mr Kayler-Thomson
    • 34C Ms Cook
    • 56A Mrs Trezise
    • 56B Ms O'Brien
  • Please ensure you receive an email confirmation after you place your    order
  • Please let your children know to talk to their teacher or come to the      office to see the Fresh Meal Fairy Rep if they feel something is wrong with their order
  • Please contact info@school24.net.au. for order transfers or cancellation

Positive Behaviour Awards

Prep T



For always being respectful. I love the way you help your classmates by sharing the different ways we can be kind to each other in Prep T.  You are a Superstar Evie!!!

Prep M



For always using kind words both in the classroom and in the yard.  You are always demonstrating how to be kind to your peers.

1/2 S



For always using kind words and actions both in and out of the classroom. You are a fantastic role model to all of your peers. Well done to an excellent start to Grade 1!

1/2 M



For always being a kind and respectful member of  the 1/2  M classroom. You always use kind words and actions in and outside of the classroom, and are a great role model to all of the class. Well done Anthea.

1/2 B



For always being kind and helpful to others. A great start to Grade 1. Well done Elvis!

3/4 KT



For being such a kind person through your beautiful compliments and friendly actions towards your classmates. Well done Lillian!

3/4 D


For always using kind words and actions. Your kindness has been noticed and appreciated by your classmates and teacher. You are a star student!


3/4 C



For always using your manners and kind words in class. Your kindness has been noticed and appreciated by your classmates and teacher. Congratulations on a great start to the year!

5/6 T


For always being kind towards others. You are helpful and caring without being asked which shows great character!. Share your wonderful attitude with others and spread that kindness Lincoln! 


5/6 O



For always being kind and caring towards others. You are always willing to help out both in and out of the classroom.  You are a fantastic role model.  Well done Hugo, stay amazing!

Art Gallery

This week the 1/2's were showing their individuality and showing off what makes us us. They have been creating a self portrait out of plasticine. Can you recognise anyone?

Camps, Sports & Excursion Fund (CSEF) Information/Applications

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