Newsletter 1 Week 2 Term 1


Welcome back to 2024 at Wellard Primary School!!  I would sincerely like to thank staff, students and parents for a great start to the school year. 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. My message is the same as last year…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. This is a message I emphasise at the beginning of every year.



We have commenced the school year with 886 students (739 families) from Years K – Year 6 making up 38 classes. A total of 8 new staff (teaching and non-teaching) have been appointed at the beginning of this year. These staff have been bolded in the staff list on the following pages. A special welcome to all, we are certainly looking forward to having you aboard and adding significant value to our school.



I am pleased to announce that 40km school signs were erected yesterday afternoon on Johnson Road, Irasburg Parade and McWhirter Promenade. It is most important we all travel through these areas at the reduced speed.


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 Jaspar Bend and McWhirter Promenade. Please ensure you adhere to the following requests so that we keep your children as safe as possible:

  • Parents are not permitted to leave their vehicle at the Kiss and Drive and are asked to drive to the farthest bay within the Kiss and Drive area.
  • DO NOT allow your child to exit your vehicle on the roadside of your vehicle, they must exit on the kerb side when using the Kiss & Drive.
  • When using the McWhirter car park please enter and exit following the directional arrows.
  • Do not stop on the zebra crossings in the McWhirter car park. These crossings MUST be kept free for pedestrians.



Commencing this year, newsletters will be published every three weeks on a Tuesday and will be distributed via Connect and our school website. A newsletter will be going home in Week 5 and 8 of this term. 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.



The Wellard P&C will be conducting their Annual General Meeting on Monday 12th February (Week 3) commencing at 1.45pm in the Staff Room and finishing by 2.40pm. This will enable parents to attend the meeting and then pick up their children immediately afterwards. Instead of sitting in your vehicle, come inside and be part of the P&C.



I would like to thank and acknowledge our cleaners and gardener 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 Fontana (Head Cleaner), Ms Vilma Mendoza (Cleaner), Ms Annette Nevermann (Cleaner), Ms Judith Mamansag, Shirley Evangelista 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.









Mr Geoff Miller


Ms Rebecca Lanzel

Deputy Principal

Mrs Glenda Tucker

Deputy Principal

Mrs Jess Gibson

Deputy Principal

Mrs Deanne Tabone

Manager of Corporate Services

Mrs Angela Whisson

School Officer

Mrs Kelly Meheux

School Officer

Miss Tracey Askevold

School Officer

Mrs Jane Rogers

Library Officer

Mr Ivan Ricci

Gardener (Tues & Fri)

Mrs Donelle Fontana

Cleaner in Charge

Ms Vilma Mendoza


Ms Annette Nevermann


Ms Judith Mamansag


Ms Shirlita Evangelista


Ms Katie Tunnacliffe

Teacher EC 1 Kindergarten Groups A & B

Miss Stacey Loe

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 Alison Hoeberigs

K Education Assistant EC 2

Miss Alanna D’Asciano

Teacher EC 3 Kindergarten Groups E & F

Mrs Helen Benson

PP Education Assistant EC 5

Mrs Mel Sayer

Teacher EC 4 Pre-Primary

Mrs Bhagyashri Katamble

PP Education Assistant EC 4

Mrs Crystal McDonald

PP Education Assistant EC 4

Miss Dane De Klerk   

Teacher EC 5 Pre-Primary

Miss Ash Simms

PP Education Assistant EC 5

Miss Angelica Tapino

PP Education Assistant EC 5

Miss Samara Fry

Teacher EC 6 Pre-primary

Ms Justine Luculano

PP Education Assistant EC 6

Ms Sophie Baker

Teacher EC 7 Pre-primary

Mrs Deb Bywater

PP Education Assistant EC 7

Ms Leesa Wallen

Teacher EC8 Pre-primary

Ms Tracey McDermott

PP Education Assistant EC 8

Mrs Janelle Sewell

Teacher K/PP Support Teacher

Mrs Mel Gwatkin

Teacher K/PP Support Teacher

Miss Erindra Balage

Teacher K/PP Support Teacher

Miss Sara Toh

Teacher Yr 1 Rm 1

Mrs Jess Hodges

Teacher Yr 1 Rm 2

Miss Jemma Wright

Mrs Tanya Stevens

Teacher Yr 1 Rm 28

Mrs Laura Ninnes

Mrs Sonia Bradfield

Teacher Yr 1/2 Rm 29

Miss Beth Hagen

Teacher Yr 1 Rm 3

Miss Suzy Chessell

Teacher Yr 1 Rm 4

Mrs Victoria Zanella

Teacher Yr 1 Rm 21

Mrs Deb De Groot

Education Assistant Jun Primary

Miss Sarah Kent

Teacher Yr 2 Rm 22

Miss Clancy Micale

Teacher Yr 2 Rm 23

Mrs Elyce Neidig

Teacher Yr 2 Rm 24

Miss Sophia Matier

Teacher Yr 2 Rm 25

Miss Josie Kearney

Teacher Yr 3 Rm 26

Miss Anna Clay

Teacher Yr 3 Rm 5

Miss Emily Bean

Teacher Yr 3 Rm 7

Miss Claudia Emanuele

Teacher Yr 3 Rm 8

Miss Natasha Griffin

Teacher Yr 3 Rm 27

Miss Nicole Rindel

Teacher Yr 4 Rm 6

Miss Caitlyn Daniels

Teacher Yr 4 Rm 13

Miss Remy Barrett

Teacher Yr 4 Rm 14

Miss Jess Foster

Teacher Yr 4 Rm 15

Mr Brenton Simmons

Teacher Yr 5 Rm 16

Mrs Gemma Johnson

Teacher Yr 5 Rm 17

Miss Nina Scheer

Teacher Yr 5 Rm 18

Miss Ash Alden

Teacher Yr 5 Rm 19

Mr Joshua Forrest

Teacher Yr 6 Rm 20

Mrs Alanna Matrozis

Teacher Yr 6 Rm 9

Mr Zachary Van Berkel

Teacher Yr 6 Rm 10

Miss Amy Della Bosca

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mrs Kelly Coull

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mrs Bree Francis

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mrs Melissa Guild

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mrs Erica Mutch

Special Needs Education Assistant

Miss Amy Toole

Special Needs Education Assistant

Miss Kaitlynn Shoppee

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mrs Nicole Radcliffe

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mrs Alexis Edkins

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mrs Deepthi Sanalpa

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mrs Shamila Alam

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mrs Anastazja Saunders

Special Needs Education Assistant

Miss Alex Broniecki

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mrs Amy Gunn

Special Needs Education Assistant

Mrs Emily Cobbett

Junior Support Teacher

Mr Matthew Paparone

Teacher Physical Education

Mr David McIntyre

Teacher Physical Education

Mrs Amanda Middleton

Teacher Music

Mrs Rachel Petterwood

Bounce Back Teacher

Mrs Michelle McNeil

Mrs Rochelle Protzman

Mrs Tamara Brew

Teacher Visual Arts

Mrs Kylea Singleton

Mrs Clare Freeman

Science Teacher

Mrs Sarah Le Provost

Coach/Support Teacher

Mrs Kayleigh Hart

Literacy Intervention Coordinator

Miss Keelley Bradshaw

School Psychologist

Miss Sinead O’Dea

School Chaplain

Mrs Linda Horsten

Canteen Manager



We have traditionally conducted these meetings in Weeks 3 & 4 of Term 1. Unfortunately, they are not well attended by parents (we are all very busy) so we have decided that classroom teachers will send home an information package prior to the end of Week 4. Parents are then encouraged to make a time with their child’s teacher if they would like more information.



Students in Years 1 – 6 will access specialist programs in Music, Physical Education, Visual Arts, Bounce Back (Social & Emotional Program) and Science. In total, students will have access to 270 minutes of these learning areas.



In the morning, gates and bike racks will be opened at 8.25am 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 8.25am – 8.40am are to sit in between the library and Teaching Block 4 where they can be supervised. Students arriving with parents can sit outside their classroom until doors are opened at 8.40am.



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 four days per week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The canteen menu is attached to this newsletter. Please note you are able to place online orders through the Spriggy App.



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 lunch and afternoon recess. 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 school policy, 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 of 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:


8.40am                       Classroom doors opened.

8.50am                      School commences

11.00 – 11.20am     Lunch - play

11.20 – 11.40am      Lunch – Eating Time

1.40pm                      Afternoon Recess

2.00pm                      Conclusion of play

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 8.25am 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 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



Term 1 Wednesday 31st January – Thursday 28th March

Term 2 Monday 15th April - Friday 28th June

Term 3 Monday 15th July - Friday 20th September

Term 4 Monday 7th October - Thursday 12th December



Term 1 - Monday 29th January and Tuesday 30th January

Term 2 – Friday 31st May (Week 7)

Term 3 – Monday 19th August (Week 6)

Term 4 – Friday 22nd November (Week 7) and Friday 13th December (Week 10)



A copy of our Term Planner can be found on our school website at


Thanks everyone and have a great year!



Geoff Miller

















Menu Term 1


First Break


- Vegetarian Fried Rice - $4.50

- Macaroni & Cheese Pasta $6.00

GF Option Available

-Butter Chicken & Rice (GF) -$6.00

-Chicken & Bacon Pasta with Creamy Tomato Sauce  $6.00

- Hot Chicken & Mayo Roll- $6.00

- 5PCE Sushi Teriyaki Chicken, Cooked Tuna or Vegetarian -$7.00


- Corn on the cob $1.50

- Salad Bag $2.00

- Mrs Mac’s Spinach & Ricotta Roll $4.50

- Mrs Mac’s Beef Pie $5.00 (Thursday/Friday ONLY)

- Mrs Mac’s Sausage Roll $4.00 (Tuesday/Wednesday ONLY)


Second Break


- Strawberry, Yoghurt, Choc Crumble Cup - $3.50

- Watermelon Cup - $2.50

- Slinky Apple- $2.00

- Popcorn $1.00

Apple Crumble Muffin - $2.00

- Cheesie $2.50 (Tuesday- Thursday)

- Homemade Museli Bites $0.50

- Crumbed Chicken Strip $2.50 (Tuesday/Wednesday ONLY)

- XL Hashbrown $1.50 (Thursday/Friday ONLY)










Weekly Specials


Tuesday – Pizza (Ham or Cheese) - $ 4.50

- Wednesday- Chicken Nuggets (5 Pce) $4,50

-Thursday – Beef burger $5.00

+salad -$2.00

-  Friday- Hotdog - $4.00




- Vegemite Sandwich - $2.50

- Cheese Sandwich- $3.50

- Ham Sandwich- $3.50

- Chicken Sandwich- $4.00

- Egg Sandwich- $3.50

- Tuna Sandwich - $3.50

+Salad -$2.00

+ Toasting- $0.50

+ Cheese -$1.00



- Water -$1.50

- Plain Milk 225ml - $2.00

- Flavoured Milk 300ml- Chocolate/Strawberry/ Spearmint $3.00

- Up & Go 250ml - Chocolate/Strawberry $3.50

- Juice Box 250ml- Orange/Apple/10 Fruits or Blackcurrant & Apple $2.00

Order Online through Spriggy Schools

Tuesday – Friday  8.30am Cut off

Available from Kindy – Year 6.