Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 1 - Week 7 - 2023


Principal News

Strawberry Fair 

I would like to thank the organising committee for their efforts and hard work in trying to get the Strawberry Fair organised for this year. Unfortunately, we can’t go ahead this year, but I would like to acknowledge the work that had already been put in by the committee. Hopefully next year we will be able to go ahead and our issues with car parking can be resolved.

Stay tuned for our new fundraising ideas over the coming weeks.

 

Cross Country

Tomorrow is our annual Cross Country. Lots of students have been putting in a lot of training and I wish them all good luck! It looks like it will be a warm day so please make sure you bring enough water and apply sunscreen before running. Parents, we would love to see you here to cheer on the students!

Cross Country Program: Yr. 3-6

  • 9:30 10 Yr. Old Boys 2km Run
  • 9:35 10 Yr. Old Girls 2km Run
  • 9:45 11 Yr. Old Boys 3km Run
  • 9:50 11 Yr. Old Girls 3km Run
  • 10:20 12 Yr. Old Boys 3km Run
  • 10:25 12 Yr. Old Girls 3km Run

Cross Country Program: Yr. F-2

  • 11:50 Preps will run one lap, boys/girls.
  • 12:00 Year Ones will run 2 laps, boys/girls
  • 12:10 Year Twos will run 3 laps, boys/girls.


Assembly

Friday 17th March @ 2:50pm, outdoors on the oval outside the hall (weather permitting). Our 1/2 S class will be presenting this assembly. All welcome.



Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Wallington PS is excited to be participating. The PRC application offers a range of exciting features including:

  • access to a library catalogue (including book images and blurbs)
  • a modern user-friendly interface
  • rewarding students with badges as challenge milestones are achieved
  • the option for students to mark books as a favourite, give them a star rating or complete a book review

The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 8 September 2023.

Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklist and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: https://www.vic.gov.au/premiers-reading-challenge

Premier’s Reading Challenge 2023 link:

https://www.vic.gov.au/school-student-and-parents-taking-part-premiers-reading-challenge

 

NAPLAN

Our wonderful Year 3 and Year 5 students began NAPLAN yesterday with writing. They all did a fantastic job, and their teachers are very proud of them and the calm and positive way they went about their work. NAPLAN doesn’t get to highlight the kind, caring and compassionate students either. We will celebrate all their achievements in NAPLAN upon completion and look forward to seeing their results, but we know there is so much more to these great kids.

 

High Abilities Program

Several years ago, DET introduced a course for students who have demonstrated high ability in the curriculum based on NAPLAN data. Melissa Trezise currently leads this program and works intensively with students in Year 5 and 6 this year. It is a great opportunity to stretch their learning and apply their knowledge. 


Asthma & Anaphylaxis Plans

We take these plans very seriously and want to be well prepared in the event your child needs us to support them.  Please assist us by keeping plans and medications up to date with our admin team so that we can intervene as per the plan IF needed. 


Prep 2024 Enrolments

We have begun taking enrolments for Prep for next year – 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 2024, please complete the enrolment forms which are available from the General Office or by CLICKING HERE.

 

Student Accident Insurance

It is important for parents to note that neither the school nor the Department of Education provide a whole-of-school insurance policy. As the Principal I am obliged to remind parents or guardians that:

  • Parents or guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport as well as any other transport costs.
  • We also do not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and we have no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.
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Sleep

While we know sleep is essential for good health, research shows that many children and young people are not getting enough sleep on school nights. This can affect thinking, concentration, memory, reaction times and mood.

Research shows about 12% of primary school-aged children, a quarter of 12- to 15-year-olds and half of 16- to 17-year-olds don’t get enough sleep on school nights. The recommended amount of time to sleep for primary school-aged children is 9 to 11 hours. For teenagers, it’s 8 to 10 hours.

Signs that your child is not getting enough sleep can include:

  • low mood and irritability during social interactions
  • reluctance or arguing about getting off devices and going to bed.
  • falling asleep during the day
  • difficulties waking up for school and sleeping in late on weekends to catch up.
  • changes to communicating or interacting at home.

You can help your child to improve their sleep by:

  • establishing a regular sleep pattern and consistent bedtime routine
  • supporting them to avoid using electronic devices such as smartphones before going to bed and in bed.
  • encouraging your child to exercise and spend time outside in daylight, steering clear of vigorous activity in the hour before sleep.
  • encouraging them to wind down and relax before going to bed.

If your child is still having trouble sleeping, has persistent problems with low mood, excessive daytime sleepiness, restlessness in bed, severe snoring or wakening unrefreshed, despite getting adequate length sleep, they should see a doctor.

For more information on sleep health, you can refer to:

 



Parents and Friends


DATES FOR THE CALENDAR

Friday 31st March           Family & Friends Disco
Thursday 27th April        P&F Meeting

Welcome To...

We would like to give a warm welcome to Kelly Sullivan who has stepped up into the President role within the P&F Committee.

Easter Morning Tea



Family Disco

 

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Next Meeting

Will be on Thursday 27th of April in the evening. Time TBC.


 



Positive Behaviour Awards


Prep T

Taylor

AURORA B

For always enjoying school and for demonstrating the correct way to behave in all situations. You are a great role model for Prep T.  Well Done Aurora!

Prep M

Martin

PAXTON D

For being a great role model to your friends in Prep M. You follow all our class expectations and follow our class routine. Keep it up Paxton, well done!

1/2 S

Stevens

RYDER D

For being helpful, kind to others, always listening and trying your hardest with all tasks. Well done Ryder!

1/2 M

Moore

JAXON M

For always being responsible , following our school routines and rules at WPS. You are an excellent role model to your peers. Well done Jax.  Keep up the great work!

1/2 B

Bazeley

ISLA O

For always following the school expectations and demonstrating our school values. You display excellent behaviour in all situations. Keep up the great work Isla!

3/4 KT

Kayler-Thomson

BRIANNA B

For always following the school expectations and living by the school’s values. You are a fantastic role model and show everyone how to be responsible. Keep up the incredible work Brianna!

3/4 D
Duckett

CARTER G

Fo being a great role model to your friends in 3/4 D. You follow all our class expectations and make good choices.  Keep it up Carter,  well done!

 

3/4 C

Cook

CHARLI P

For always following school expectations and being a positive role model in the classroom and in the yard. Keep up the great work Charli!

5/6 T
Trezise

JOSIAH B

For being an excellent role model to your peers at WPS. You are always organised, on time and ready to learn, and demonstrate our school values every day. Keep it up Josiah, well done! 

 

5/6 O

O'Brien

JAMES S

For always following the school expectations and demonstrating our school values. You are a fantastic role model. Well done James, keep being amazing!



Notice Board

ART Room Request - Smocks, Newspaper and Yarn

A friendly reminder to please 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.  Thank you.


Basketball Players Wanted

Wallington Wizards boys under 14 team are looking for more players for the Winter season starting next term. Please contact Amber on 0410 693 439 if you're keen to give it a go.  Skills are easily learnt on court so no experience needed.

 



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