Newsletter 11 Term 4, Week 2

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

I am pleased to announce that Wellard Primary School has formed a Reconciliation Action Plan Committee to develop an action plan that formally states our commitment in promoting reconciliation between the wider Australian Committee and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Members of this committee include Emma Castle, Josephine Wallace, Garry Ryder, Collene Castle, Melanie Sayer, Ashleigh Sims, Katie Oakley, Ryan Thomas, Rebecca Lanzel and myself. So far we have met on three occasions and are beginning to develop a plan around a range of strategies that address Relationships in the Classroom, Relationships Around the School and Relationships with the Community. We will keep the school community informed as we implement a range of actions that address reconciliation.

PUNCTUALITY

Being punctual is an important attribute that we all require through life I am asking parents to make every effort to get your child to school as per the following times:

  • Kindy and Pre-primary – 8.20am
  • Year 1 – 6 – 8.30am

I do understand that families are very busy and that it can be very difficult to get some children organised for school. However, being late to school results in the following:

  • Students think that it is okay to be late. This has implications for high school.
  • Students miss out on the Before School Reading Program.
  • Teachers have to repeat their instructions as late students wander in.
  • The learning program of other students is interrupted.
  • The Attendance Register has to be re-entered.
  • Office staff are interrupted to process late students.
  • Some students are very anxious about being late which impacts on their ability to learn.
  • Students do not have time to organise themselves for the day.

As you can see the implications for your child are significant when they are late to school. Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you need support to get your child to school on time.

ALL STUDENTS WHO ARRIVE AFTER 8.35am (Kindy and Pre-primary) or 8.50am (Year 1 – 6) MUST OBTAIN A LATE NOTE BEFORE ATTENDING CLASS.

P&C MEETING

Our next P&C Meeting will be conducted in the Staff Room at 1.45pm on Wednesday 28th October (next week). Hope to see you there.

CANTEEN

I am very pleased to report that our canteen got off to a smooth start at the beginning of this week. A big thank you to Mrs Linda Horsten and Mrs Tanya McLachlan for doing much of the hard work in ensuring this. A reminder that our canteen now opens on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

BOOK WEEK (26th – 30th OCTOBER)

Get excited everyone because Book Week is here!! 

Book Week at Wellard PS runs from Monday 26th to Friday the 30th of October. This year's theme is 'Curious Creatures, Wild Minds'. Students will be participating in lots of activities including cracking the code to Mr Miller's favourite book, a scavenger hunt of the shortlisted books, watching authors at the Taronga Zoo, teacher story time in the library and many classroom activities.

The Book Week parade will be held on Friday 30th at 8:50am.

We cannot wait to see everyone (including our staff!) dressed up as their favourite book character.  Happy Book Week everyone!  From Miss Alden (Yr 2 Teacher)

BOOK WEEK PARADE

We will be conducting a Book Week Parade (9am) on the morning of Friday 30th October on the school oval. We are doing this so that parents can attend but we still need to adhere to social distancing as per Covid-19 restrictions. We plan on students parading on the oval where parents can be positioned (socially distancing of course) to observe the parade. More information to follow.

YEAR SIX STUDENTS

I would like to wish our Year Six students all the best for their final term at Wellard Primary School.  They have several exciting events to look forward to and I am sure they will continue to work hard and apply themselves throughout the term. 

FREE DRESS DAY 4TH NOVEMBER

On Wednesday 4th November all students have the opportunity to come to school in free dress in a fund raising event for our Year Six students. The Year Six students have a series of activities planned for the end of the year so students are encouraged to participate for a gold coin donation

YEAR 6 TRANSITION

Some Year Six students from Wellard PS will be attending Gilmore College on Monday 2nd November as part of their transition from primary school to high school. Students will attend Gilmore for the day and have the opportunity of experiencing a wide range of educational experiences.

JEWELLERY AND MAKEUP

A reminder to parents that students should not be wearing makeup (including nail polish) to school. We ask that jewellery be kept to a minimum for the following reasons:

  • Excessive jewellery can result in harm to students when playing sport.
  • Jewellery items can be easily lost or damaged.
  • Some jewellery items are very noisy and can be distracting to others.

Students are able to wear ear studs, a single bracelet and a necklace.

SCHOOL PHOTOS

School photos ran very smoothly today and were conducted with a minimum of interruption. Please note that there will be no group photographs but instead a photograph with the portrait photo of each child from the class. Thank you to parents and carers for preparing all of the paper work associated with the photographs. Photographs will continue on Thursday and Friday.

YEAR SIX GRADUATION AND BOOK PRESENTATION CEREMONIES

We are currently working through these end of year events ensuring that we abide by COVID-19 restrictions. Initial planning indicates we will be conducting these events over a couple of days at different times where only invited parents/relatives and siblings can attend. More information will follow soon.

SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAY (FRIDAY 27th NOVEMBER WEEK 7)

Parents and carers are reminded that we have a School Development Day on Friday 27th November. Students DO NOT attend on this day as staff will be planning for 2021.

GLASS WATER BOTTLES

Please do not send your children to school with glass water bottles or glass lunch containers as they will smash if dropped.

INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

This will be conducted on Thursday 5th November and Friday 6th November at Wellard Oval on Abingdon Crescent, Wellard. Information has been sent home with participating students.

 

NAVARA TRI FESTIVAL

Navaratri is a Hindu Festival that spans nine nights and ten days and is celebrated every year in spring or autumn depending where you live.

The festival is celebrated all over India but in different ways, and this year it is being conducted between 17th – 26th October. I wish all members of our school community who are celebrating Navaratri all the very best during this festival period.

 

Regards

 

Geoff Miller

Principal

E-mail: geoff.miller@education.wa.edu.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Term 3, Week 10, Virtual Assembly

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