Wallington P.S. Newsletter

Term 1 - Week 8 - 2023


Principal News

Principal News

As most of you will be aware by now, I have been appointed as the acting Principal at Drysdale PS for Term 2. This wasn’t an easy decision to accept the offer but I feel confident that Wallington PS is in a good strong position and the school has great teachers that will keep the place running along nicely. The Department of Education advertised for an acting Principal yesterday to replace me, and I will keep you updated as that process moves forward.


First Nations Day

It was wonderful to be able to have our first multi-age day in three years yesterday. The students got to participate in some great activities celebrating First Nations culture and people. Well done to all the students for having a red hot go at all the activities and to the teachers for the fantastic activities. Big thanks also to Mr Vaught who coordinated the day.

 


Cross Country

Congratulations to all our runners who took part in the cross-country last Friday. It was great to see all the cheering, the support for one another and the effort that everybody put in. it was also fantastic to be able to give our Prep to Grade 2 students a little taste of what’s to come.

 

NAPLAN

It has been a big week/fortnight for our Year 3 & 5 students who have tackled the NAPLAN testing. We are so proud of their efforts and the way they have all handled the various tests and we look forward to celebrating your achievements when results are available. Families, please pat your children on the back for how they have approached the last two weeks and a special thanks to you as parents for helping them come to school ready for the challenge! Also big thanks to Mrs Duckett and Mrs Trezise for co-ordinating the tests and to all the Year 3 and 5 teachers for helping keep things calm and steady.


Assembly

Friday 24th March @ 2:50pm, outdoors on the oval outside the hall (weather permitting). Our 1/2 M class will be presenting this assembly. All welcome.

Staff Meeting Wednesday 29th March

Please be advised we will be holding our staff meeting offsite next Wednesday and therefore teachers will not be available for after school catch ups on this day.

 

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.

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

 



Parents and Friends

 

DATES FOR THE CALENDAR

Friday 31st March       -   Family & Friends Disco
Thursday 6th April      -   Easter Morning Tea
Thursday 27th April    -   P&F Meeting


Easter Morning Tea 

Our Easter morning tea for the children is on Thursday 6th of April.  DON’T FORGET to order by Thursday 30th of March 3pm!

Count the Eggs

Head over to the office to take your guess on how many eggs are in the Jar.  Gold Coin Donation.  All donations will be for the Good Friday Appeal.

Family Disco

LAST CHANCE TO ORDER YOUR TICKETS BY THE END OF TODAY! 

Tesselaar Bulbs 

Order anytime up to Saturday 1st of April via 

www.bulbfundraiser.com.au/WALLINGTONPS 

This year we would like to add to the tulip bed in the centre garden. If any families would like to donate a bulb (preferably some ranunculus) to our garden it would be great appreciated.  


Children’s Garden Club 

Meet every Tuesday Lunchtime. We would love if you could join us - all parents/grandparents/Carers and toddlers most welcome. 
Follow "Wallington Primary Garden Club" on Facebook.

 

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Next Meeting

Will be on Thursday 27th of APRIL in the EVENING - time to be ann.

 

 



Positive Behaviour Awards


Prep T

Taylor

LIAM V

For being resilient and never giving up. You try your best with everything you do.  Well done Liam, keep up the good work!

Prep M

Martin

MEMPHIS T

For always being willing to challenge yourself in new tasks at school. You’re always trying your hardest and giving everything a go. Keep up the great work Memphis.

1/2 S

Stevens

TALLULAH T

For challenging yourself to listen and focus. Great effort with your writing and other classroom activities. Keep up the good work Tallulah!

1/2 M

Moore

PARKER E

For building your resilience and meeting challenges. You are becoming more confident when you are trying new things.  It was great to see you enjoying our whole school First Nations Day yesterday.  Well done Parker!

1/2 B

Bazeley

ETHAN G

For always trying hard and challenging yourself. You are becoming more confident at trying new things. Well done Ethan. Keep up the great work!

3/4 KT

Kayler-Thomson

ELSIE G

For facing a difficult challenge head on, showing perseverance and giving 100%. You are becoming more confident to try new things and never give up. Keep up the fantastic work Elsie!

3/4 D
Duckett

VICTORIA C

For not giving up when challenged. You bounce back and continue to make good choices and not take the easier option.  Well done Victoria, you are a star!

 

3/4 C

Cook

PIPER R

For facing new challenges with enthusiasm and a positive mindset. You always bounce back with a smile and reflect on your experience. Keep up your hard work Piper!

5/6 T
Trezise

ISABELLA R

For not giving up when challenged with a difficult task. You pushed through and continue to do so each week. Well done on making a good choice and not taking the easier option.

 

5/6 O

O'Brien

CHAD C

For being willing to challenge yourself, even when faced with difficult tasks.  You always persevere and don’t give up.  Well done Chad, keep working hard!



Art Gallery

This Term the 1/2‘s have been exploring Edward Hopper’s "Lighthouse at Two Lights" in Art. Edward Hopper was an American realist painter and printmaker. While he is widely known for his oil paintings, he was just as good as a watercolourist and printmaker. Students were inspired by his painting “Lighthouse at Two Lights” and worked on capturing their own dramatic beachscape with the simple layering effect of painted newspapers.









Responsible Pet Ownership

On Monday 20th of March, Bec visited the Preps and the 1/2’s with her beautiful dog Humphrey as part of ‘The Responsible Pet Ownership’ program.

The children learnt about being responsible around dogs and how to approach a dog safely and say ‘hello’, with the dog’s owners. They also looked at how to ‘read’ a dog’s body language, whether it is happy, sad, scared, or angry.

Bec did a fantastic job of showing the children how to be safe and responsible around dogs and a real highlight was the lucky few who had an opportunity to safely approach Humphrey and pat him.





News from the Garden

Flying Brick Cider Co in Wallington, recently launched its fourth Great Australian Scarecrow Competition. 

Garden club was lucky to be a part of it this year, creating an Emu in just 2 days.  Lady Emuella Wallington the 1st was created with chook wire, branches and natives. 

The children absolutely loved creating and using their imagination to use what we had around the school, to make her look just like an Emu. 

Although we did not make it in the top 3, we received a certificate "Highly Commended" for our efforts and a golf voucher which was raffled off on our Wallington Garden Club Facebook page. 

Lady Emuella will be displayed at the flying brick until the 6th of April.



Notice Board

ART Room Request - Smocks and Yarn

A friendly reminder to please bring in your NAMED art smock to your classroom teacher, so you're ready for Art!
Thank you for all your newspaper donations, we now have enough to keep us going for a while.  Any wool/yarn donations however would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.







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