Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 1 - Week 4 - 2023


Principal News

Thanks Volunteers!

One of the great things about Wallington PS is the fantastic parent community we have and their willingness to jump in and volunteer to help make us even better. Below is a small sample of the great contributions that have been made this year already!

  • Lyndall Reading just won us another grant for the garden club, $1000 worth of landscaping material in the Recycle IT Schools comp.  She has said it is testament to the hard work of Kat & Rina and other volunteers of the garden club.
  • P&F for organising the pancake day – special mention to Leesa Hayward for organising it and the volunteers who helped to cook over 200 pancakes.
  • Amber who always does so much at the school, who organised and installed new shelves in the library which have brightened the room right up.  Also, Cathrine Kjaerstad, Kate Henry and her helpers who do great work in the library.

I am sure that I will have missed someone, but this small sample shows what a great community we have!

Assembly

Friday 24th February @ 2:50pm, outdoors on the oval outside the hall (weather permitting). Our 3/4 C class will be presenting assembly on Friday. All welcome.

School Council Elections

Each year schools conduct elections for School Council membership. We will have 4 vacant positions for Parents and 1 for Education Department employees.

Nomination forms can be collected from the General office. Our timeline is as follows:

23/2      Notice of election and call for nominations.

1/3         Closing date for nominations (4pm).

3/3         List of candidates and nominators posted.

5/3         Ballot papers prepared and distributed (if required).

13/3      Close of ballot.

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.

 

Orchard Crescent Parking

We have had reports from neighbours and concerned parents about the way some people are parking in Orchard Crescent. Please be aware there is limited parking in this area and all cars should be completely off the road. Please also take special care to keep an eye out for children crossing the road.  

Carpark Safety Reminder

  • Please maintain walking pace when driving in the car park, children often have poor traffic awareness.
  • No students are permitted in the car park at any time, unless accompanied by an adult.
  • Park as close to the marker in the centre of the parking area as possible. There is room for 2 rows of cars to be parked in this area. Parking is also available along the southern edge of the car park.
  • If the entire car park is full, as can happen on special days, you will need to park off the road along the driveway and use the side pedestrian gate.
  • In the mornings we encourage you to drop children off at the Drop Off Zone. Children should alight from the vehicle on the passenger side and enter the school grounds via the front gate. You must then move off to allow other cars access. Please note it is a DROP OFF zone only.
  • At pick up time, all parents must park in the allocated areas and collect their children from either of the gates. No parking is permitted in the drop off zone.

                            

NAPLAN

As most of you are aware, NAPLAN (National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy) is a national assessment conducted across Australia for all Yr 3, Yr 5, Yr 7 and Yr 9 students every year. It provides families and schools an indication of where a child is placed in Reading, Writing and Numeracy. Along with a host of other information, the results enable schools and teachers to use the outcomes to inform their practice.

To minimise anxiety of students, along with providing students with the support to maximise their result in NAPLAN, all Grade 3 and Grade 5 students will begin preparing for NAPLAN over the next 3 weeks to avoid the preparation being crammed into the week prior. Our Grade 3 and Grade 5 students will partake in whole class, small group and individual activities in this time, so they are proficient, comfortable and aware of ‘testing’ conditions.

Absence Reasons

As part of the Department of Education absence reporting requirements for schools and parents, we must attach a reason for each absence. Sometimes we are required to adjust these reasons/codes, and the absence may not be approved. For example, having a day off for a birthday will appear as Parent Choice Unapproved. If you have any concerns regarding this, please feel free to contact me.



Parents and Friends

DATES FOR THE CALENDAR

Friday 3rd March         P&F Meeting 9am Hall


Pancake Tuesday 

Thank you to all that helped with cooking and delivering Pancakes on Tuesday! We have had fantastic feedback from the students about how much they loved it.

 

PRESIDENTVACANT - We are still in search of a President for the P&F Committee. 
Please come along and have a chat and meet many new friends. 


Stay up to date

Follow us on Facebook “WALLINGTON PS PARENTS AND FRIENDS”

 

Next Meeting

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



Positive Behaviour Awards


Prep T

Taylor

ROBBIE B

For being a kind and inclusive member of Prep T.  You are a fantastic role model as you always have a smile on your face along with a positive attitude.  Well done Robbie!

Prep M

Martin

CLARENCE H

For including all of your new friends in Prep M. You are a great role model for your peers showing respect in the classroom and school yard. Well done Clarence!

1/2 S

Stevens

IMOGEN B

For always including others in all classroom activities. Well done Imogen and keep up the fantastic work.

1/2 M

Moore

MIKAELA P

For being a great class member of 1/2M and always including others  in all activities. Well done Mikaela and keep up the great work.

1/2 B

Bazeley

AUBREY B

For always including and supporting the students in 1/2B. You’re a great role model. Well done and keep up the good work!!

3/4 KT

Kayler-Thomson

ZENI B

For including and supporting a new member of 3/4KT with open arms. You have shown great respect towards your classmates and displayed a positive attitude towards your learning. Keep up the fantastic work!

3/4 D
Duckett

EVIE T

For making many new friends  in our class and being kind and inclusive. You are a star student and a good friend. Well done!

 

3/4 C

Cook

NEO M

For getting to know new students in our class and being a kind and inclusive class member.  Keep up the great work!

5/6 T
Trezise

VICTORIA R

For always looking out for your classmates and making sure they are  part of the group or that they understand what to do. You help others out without being asked to, and work cooperatively with everyone. Well done!

 

5/6 O

O'Brien

EDITH N

For being kind and inclusive and you always have a smile on your face.  You check in with others and are happy to help when needed. Well done Edith, keep up the great work!





Notice Board

STOMP Dance Presentation - Monday 27th February

The students are doing a 1 day Hip Hop workshop and presentation on Monday 27th February, 2023.  It's run by the Stomp Dance Company for our School Dance Program. Parents and guardians are invited to watch their performance from 2:30pm - 3:20pm in the Hall on Monday afternoon. 


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 Request - Newspaper and Yarn

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.


Grovedale Family Play Day - Wednesday 1st March

Please CLICK HERE for details about the Grovedale Family Play Day.


Music Lessons

Below are the details for private music lessons that are conducted on site during school hours.



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