Newsletter 1, Term 1, Week 2, 8 February 2022


Welcome back to 2022 at Wellard Primary School!!  I would sincerely like to thank staff, students and parents for such a smooth start to the school year. Like in 2021, coronavirus continues to impact on our school and the wider community. We will be doing our very best to reduce the impact on student learning where possible.

Thank you for your cooperation this morning in accordance to the changes made overnight. Everything went smoothly with all students entering their classrooms in a calm way. As per my latest Connect message, parents are no longer permitted to enter classrooms but are allowed on school grounds with a mask. Please ensure you drop off and pick up your children and then immediately leave the school grounds. We are asking that only one family at a time enter the office area. The canteen will continue to remain open and volunteers are still encouraged to help out. More information will follow in due course.

The school’s growth has certainly slowed in the last 12 months with only an increase of 36 enrolments from the end of 2021. We have surprisingly had 44 students (excluding Year 6 students) who have left the school since the end of last year due to a change in circumstances.

It was such a delight to see all the children’s smiling faces as they arrived at their classrooms on the first couple of days of school. The beginning of the year is such an exciting time and, across our school, we are quite intentional in the ways that we support children to transition to their new teacher and quickly learn to love being at school. The school has a really good feel about it and we are all looking forward to another excellent year. Having spent two days with all staff prior to the students returning, I am extremely proud of the quality of teachers, education assistants and non-teaching staff we have at Wellard - they are truly second to none. If I had three pieces of advice to give to parents and carers, it would be: 1. ‘talk to your child’s teacher,’ 2. ‘talk to your child’s teacher,’ 3. ‘talk to your child’s teacher.’

They are a great resource for you and they want your child to be successful as much as you do.

We have been rather fortunate to retain most of our staff from last year. However, a small increase in enrolments and staff on maternity leave has resulted in an increase of only 7 new staff to Wellard PS. A special welcome to Miss Brooke Salvia (Yr 3), Miss Josie Kearney (Yr 3), Miss Melinda Bryson (Yr 4), Mrs Kylea Singleton (Science Teacher), Miss Sinead O’Dea (School Chaplain), Ms Katrina Holberton (Special Needs EA) and Mrs Alexis Edkins (Special Needs EA). Welcome back to Mrs Janelle Sewell (Kindy/PP), Mrs Mia Cammarano (Yr 1/2) and Mrs Sonia Bradfield (Yr 1/2)


Thank you to everyone for your patience and cooperation when dropping off and picking up your children. It is most important that we just accept that picking up your child after school may take up to 15 minutes. I encourage those families who live close to school to walk or ride to try and reduce congestion. Parents of Yr 1 – 6 students are encouraged to use the “Kiss and Drive” on Jasper Bend. I did send a Connect notice home last week explaining the use of the “Kiss and Drive” amongst other issues relating to the congestion.


Newsletters will be published every fortnight on a Tuesday and will be distributed via Connect and our school website. This newsletter is quite lengthy as I want to inform the school community of many organisational matters associated with a new school year. Future newsletters should only be 4 - 5 pages in length.


Wellard Primary School is to be a high performing school that is renowned for its commitment to meeting the educational and individualised needs of its students. In partnership with the school community we aim to deliver a high quality diverse learning program in a caring, nurturing and technology rich learning environment that ensures all students have the opportunity to become successful learners, creative and confident individuals and people who make a positive contribution to the world.


  • Every student is entitled to receive a quality education in a nurturing caring environment
  • Every minute of every lesson counts
  • Quality teaching produces higher performing students
  • Explicit teaching practices contribute to quality teaching and learning
  • The school works in partnership with parents and guardians to maximise learning and social outcomes
  • Literacy and Numeracy are our core business as they form the foundation of learning in all other Learning Areas
  • A focus on the implementation of effective literacy and numeracy strategies in K – 2 will form a solid foundation for future learning.
  • Technology will be used to enhance learning and satisfy the curiosity of students.


Wellard Primary School aims for parents and carers to feel welcome, to be listened to, to be actively involved and supported in their child’s education and to support the school in providing the best possible education for their children.


I would like to thank and acknowledge our gardener and cleaners for the great job they did over the holiday period.  It is great to have a work environment which is clean and tidy.  We are most fortunate to have Ms Donelle Noonan (Head Cleaner), Ms Vilma Mendoza (Cleaner), Ms Annette Nevermann (Cleaner), Ms Judith Mamansag and Mr Ivan Ricci (Gardener).  All of these make a significant contribution to our school and go beyond what is expected in their everyday duties.  Their efforts are greatly appreciated.


We currently have an enrolment of 747 students in K – 6 making up 34 classes. This is only 36 more students than we had attending at the beginning of 2021.


Mr Geoff Miller


Ms Rebecca Lanzel

Deputy Principal

Mr Lincoln Matrozis

Deputy Principal

Mrs Jess Gibson

Deputy Principal

Mrs Nicole Beaman Manager of Corporate Services



Mrs Marina Claasen

School Officer

Mrs Kelly Maheux

School Officer

Mrs Jane Rogers

Library Officer

Mr Ivan Ricci

Gardener (Tues & Fri)

Mrs Donelle Noonan

Cleaner in Charge

Ms Vilma Mandoza


Ms Annette Nevermann


Ms Judith Mamansag


Ms Katie Tunnacliffe

Teacher EC 1 Kindergarten Groups A & B

Mrs Bhagyashri Katambale

K Education Assistant EC 1

Ms Caroline D’Mellow

Teacher EC 2 Kindergarten Groups C & D

Mrs Deborah Chalmers

K Education Assistant EC 2

Mrs Crystal McDonald

K Education Assistant EC 2

Miss Ebony Kursar

Teacher EC 3 Kindergarten Groups E & F

Mrs Helen Benson

PP Education Assistant EC 5

Mrs Mel Sayer

Teacher EC 4 Pre-Primary

Ms Lauren Schroder

PP Education Assistant EC 4

Mrs Janelle Campbell

Teacher EC 5 Pre-Primary

Ms Justine Iucalano

PP Education Assistant EC 5

Miss Shailey Rushton

Teacher EC 6 Pre-primary

Mrs Deb Bywater

PP Education Assistant EC 6

Ms Erindra Balage

Teacher EC 7 Pre-primary

Miss Ashleigh Sims

PP Education Assistant EC 7

Mrs Emily Cobbett

Teacher EC8 Pre-primary

Ms Tracy McDermott

PP Education Assistant EC 8

Mrs Janelle Sewell

Teacher K/PP Support Teacher

Miss Alanna D’Ascanio

Teacher K/PP Support Teacher

Miss Olivia Neesham

Teacher K/PP Support Teacher

Miss Jemma Wright

Teacher Yr 1 Rm 1

Miss Caitlyn Roper

Teacher Yr 1 Rm 2

Miss Clancy Micale

Teacher Yr 1 Rm 3

Miss Suzy Chessell

Teacher Yr 1 Rm 4

Miss Anna Clay

Teacher Yr 1 Rm 22

Mrs Mia Cammarano

Teacher Yr 1/2 Rm 23

Mrs Sonia Bradfield

Teacher Yr 1/2 Rm 23

Mrs Deb De Groot

Education Assistant Jun Primary

Miss Natasha Griffin

Teacher Yr 2 Rm 7

Miss Denielle Borcich

Teacher Yr 2 Rm 8

Miss Sheridan Evans

Teacher Yr 2 Rm 24

Mrs Glenda Tucker

Teacher Yr 2 Rm 25

Miss Brooke Salvia

Teacher Yr 3 Rm 5

Miss Victoria Cahill

Teacher Yr 3 Rm 6

Ms Teri Magistro

Teacher Yr 3 Rm 12

Miss Josie Kearney

Teacher Yr 3 Rm 13

Mrs Elyce Neidig

Teacher Yr 3/4 Rm 14

Miss Bella Vinten

Teacher Yr 4 Rm 15

Miss Melinda Bryson

Teacher Yr 4 Rm 16

Miss Nina Scheer

Teacher Yr 4 Rm 17

Mr Brenton Simmons

Teacher Yr 5 Rm 18

Mrs Kayleigh Hart

Teacher Yr 5 Rm 19

Miss Ash Alden

Teacher Yr 5 Rm 20

Miss Megan Collins

Teacher Yr 6 Rm 9

Miss Laura Heuer

Teacher Yr 6 Rm 10

Miss Amy Della Bosca

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mrs Kelly Coull

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mrs Ruth Donsworth

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mrs Erica Mutch

Special Needs Education Assistant

Miss Kaitlynn Shoppee

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mrs Katrina Holberton

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mrs Alexis Edkins

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mr Matthew Paparone

Teacher Physical Education

Mr David McIntyre

Teacher Physical Education

Ms Amanda Makanza

Teacher Music

Mr Dylan Collard

Noongar Language Teacher

Mrs Rochelle Protzman

Teacher Visual Arts

Mrs Kylea Singleton

Science Teacher

Mrs Sarah Le Provost

Coach/Support Teacher

Miss Keelley Bradshaw

School Psychologist (Thursday & Friday)

Miss S O’Dea

School Chaplain

(Wednesday & Thursday)

Mrs Linda Horsten

Canteen Manager


These meetings will NOT be taking place in the usual format of after school meetings. Due to the size of our school and Covid restrictions we have decided that we WILL NOT be conducting these meetings. Instead, an information package will be sent home to parents via connect providing parents/carers with important information about the daily operations of the classroom and the expectations of students. Parents will then have the opportunity to organise a meeting with their child’s teacher if they have any further queries.  It is most important that the school works closely with parents to ensure students have the best possible opportunity to work to their potential.


Students in Years 1 – 6 will access specialist programs in Music, Physical Education, Visual Arts, Noongar Language and Science. Please note that we have added Science to our specialist areas for the very first time. In total, students will have access to 300 minutes of these learning areas.


In the morning, gates and bike racks will be opened at 8.15am and then locked at 8.50am. In the afternoon gates and bike racks will be opened at 2.40pm and locked at 3.15pm. The gate to the left of Teaching Block 2 (left of admin building) will be open before and after school for OSHClub. This is only to be used by those families accessing before and after school care.


Students arriving at school (without parents) between 8.15am – 8.30am are to sit outside the office area under the verandah where they can be supervised. Students arriving with parents can sit outside their classroom until doors are opened at 8.30am.


Parents can access OSHClub on 0458 001 770 to access outside school hours care before and after school. You can enrol online via


A reminder that our Canteen Manager, Mrs Linda Horsten, opens the canteen on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The canteen menu is attached to this newsletter. Please note you are able to place online orders through Quickclik.


Current Guidelines state that we are unable to conduct assemblies as we are required to reduce the gathering of students and staff. However, I am keen to still present Merit Certificates on a Friday morning in a brief outdoor event so that students can be recognised for their efforts. Please refer to my Connect message from Monday.


Parents are asked to ensure that students come to school with all of the stationery items as per the booklist.  If students do not have the appropriate items they are at a disadvantage and become anxious because everyone else has the right equipment and they don’t.


It is fabulous to see all of our students wearing the school uniform to school. Students are reminded that they are required to wear a hat at all times at recess and lunch. Please ensure all items of clothing (especially jackets and hats) are clearly labelled. Uniforms and hats can be purchased online through Uniform Concepts (


As per last year, parents are reminded not to send in any food in celebration of their child’s Birthday. This is because we have an ever increasing number of students with allergies, and as a school we need to guarantee their safety, health and wellbeing. Also, our Healthy, Food and Drinks Policy requires us to provide children with healthy food at every opportunity. Consequently, we will be acknowledging each child’s birthday (provided the child wants this) in a variety ways depending on the age of the children. This will be initiated by the actions of the teacher not parents.


The following times operate for Yr 1 –  6 children:

8.30am                   Classroom Doors are to be opened

8.40am                   Warning siren – students to  organise themselves.

8.50am                  School commences

10.40-11.00am      Morning Recess

12.40pm                Lunch

1.17pm                  Toilet/drink/ return to class

1.20pm                  Lessons commence

3.00pm                  End of Day

Kindergarten and Pre-primary students are to arrive at school between 8.20 – 8.35am with school commencing at 8.35am. There is some leniency around these times for the first two weeks of school until such time as students have settled into their classrooms. Students in K & PP finish at 2.45pm. I ask that if parents then go and wait outside an older sibling’s classroom that the noise is kept to a minimum so the teaching and learning program is not interrupted in surrounding classrooms.

Parents are reminded that students should not arrive at school before 8.15am unless they have made prior arrangement with Administration or are attending OSHClub.


Payment of Voluntary Contributions is now due. Funds raised through these contributions are used to purchase resources etc. to complement the

 educational programs we run throughout the school.

Thank you to those families who have already paid their contributions. As a school we are always conscious of the costs we seek from parents in relation to educational activities.

Kindergarten – Year 6 - $60 per child per year.

Our preferred way of payment is by using our Qkr App, please see attached PDF for details.


School contributions can also be paid in cash at the office or by direct deposit


Account Name: Wellard Primary School

(Please use the student’s surname as reference)

BSB: 066 040    Account Number 19901412

THIRD PARTY ONLINE USER AGREEMENTPlease scan the QR code below to read the important information and provide consent for your child to use online services at Wellard Primary School. Please note, you will need to complete this form for each child enrolled at the school. Your child will not be given any access to a device until consent is provided. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this form as soon as possible.







Term 1        Monday 31st January – Friday 8th April

Term 2        Tuesday 26th April - Friday 1st July

Term 3        Monday 18th July - Friday 23rd September

Term 4        Monday 10th October - Thursday 15th December


Term 1        Thursday 27th January and Friday 28th January

Term 2        Friday 3rd June (Week 6)

Term 3        Monday 15th August (Week 5)

Term 4        Friday 11th November (Week 5) and Friday 16th December (Week 10)


A copy of our Term Planner will be sent out to parents/carers via Connect in the next week. The Term Planner can also be found on our school website at


Thanks everyone and have a great year!


Geoff Miller



Hi, my name is Miss O'Dea and I am the new Chaplin here at Wellard Primary! 

My goal is to make sure that everyone at Wellard Primary is feeling their best in order to achieve their best.

I work every Wednesday and Thursday, and my office is in the admin building and library block. As a Chaplin, I am always here to chat about any problems you might be having in school or at home. This can be things like; feeling sad or overwhelmed, struggling with friends, and big changes in your family.  If you want to see me, please talk to your class teacher or parents so they can arrange a time for us to meet. 

Some fun facts about me are that:

  • My favourite colour is yellow.
  • My favourite activity is singing along to my favorite tunes/ going to the beach. 
  • My pets names are Molly the cat, and Bonnie the puppy.

I look forward to seeing you around the school this year! 

Kind regards

Sinead O’Dea

School Chaplain