Over the last fortnight we have had a large number of staff absent through illness. We are doing our very best to fill these positions with relief staff but this is not always possible. This may mean that your child is placed in another class (same year) for a day or two until such time that a teacher can be found. These absences also create very difficult circumstances for present staff as they may lose some of their DOTT time (Duties Other Than Teaching). Teachers use this 270 minutes of time a week for planning, assessing, parent interviews and many other administrative duties. I would like to thank all staff for their ongoing flexibility and resilience in managing these challenging times – it seems to be never ending!!
On Tuesday 19th September (Week 10), Wellard PS will be conducting an Open Night where parents are able to visit their child’s classroom and have a look at the work they have been doing throughout the year. Classrooms will be open between 4.00 – 6.00pm. Please note there will not be sufficient time for you to organise a meeting with your child’s teacher during Open Night. This is to be arranged for another time. We do hope that parents (particularly Dads) take up this opportunity to visit Wellard PS.
INTERSCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY EVENT
Congratulations to those students in Years 3 – 6 who participated in the Interschool Cross Country at Thomas Oval last Friday. All students gave their very best and represented Wellard PS with pride. A big thank you to Mr Paparone and Mr McIntyre for organising this event.
BOOK WEEK PARADE (WEEK 6)
Book Week will be conducted from Monday 21st to Friday 25th August. We will be conducting our Book Week Parade at 8.50am on Thursday 24th August. More information to follow about other activities occurring during this week.
BOOK FAIR (WEEKS 7/8)
Our Book Fair will be conducted from Wednesday 30th August to Monday 4th September. More information to follow.
Our next assembly will be conducted by Miss Fletcher’s Year 5 class (Rm 19) this Friday 11th August commencing at 8.50am in the Assembly Area.
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
Our next P&C Meeting will be conducted on Monday 4th September in the staff room commencing at 2pm. Hope to see you there.
SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAY
Parents and guardians are reminded that we have a School Development Day on Monday 14th August (Week 5). Students DO NOT come to school this day as staff will be involved in professional learning.
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS MUSIC SOCIETY
Under the guidance of Miss Ash Alden, our school choir has been preparing itself for their performance at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on the evening of Friday 1st September. Parents and guardians who are interested in attending can purchase tickets through the Performing Arts Centre Box Office at $28 per ticket. These went on sale as of Monday 26th June. I would like to acknowledge and thank Miss Ash Alden for preparing our school choir for this event.
SCHOOL CARNIVAL DAYS
The House Carnival events schedule is rapidly approaching. A rundown of what is happening when is as follows:
- Friday September 8: Kindergarten/Pre-Primary Sports Carnival. The junior primary students will participate in running (25m for Kindergarten, 50m for Pre-Primary) events and tabloid games during the morning period.
- Tuesday September 12: Jumps and throws day. The Year 1s to 3s will compete in the Long Jump and Vortex throws in the morning, and 400 m in the afternoon. The Years 4 to 6 will compete in the Long Jump, Triple Jump, Turbo Javelin and Shot Put events throughout the day, and the 400 m in the afternoon.
- Thursday September 14: Running day. The 200 m in will take place first for Years 1 to 6 just prior to the lunch period. After the lunch break will be the 800 m (for Years 4 to 6 only).
The House Carnival itself will be on Wednesday October 11, which is the first week of Term 4. This will contain age races (75m for Years 1 to 3, 100 m for Years 4 to 6), team games for the Years 4 to 6, and tabloid events and relays for all.
It is important to note that, apart from the Kindergarten/Pre Primary Carnival, tabloid events, 400 metres and 800 metres, all of these events are
selection events. Only 4 representatives from each House and gender can participate in the throwing and jumps events, and only 2 representatives from each House can participate in the 200 metres. Selection trials for these events will take place throughout this term during Physical Education lessons and House training sessions.
The information about which students are competing in what events and times will be posted up in the school bulletin board. This is located on the side of the Administration building near the side entrance gate, facing Rooms 1 and 2. The time in which this information will be posted is to be advised.
If you have any questions about these events, please contact Mr McIntrye and/or Mr Paparone prior to the event days.
BOYS SOCCER CARNIVAL
On the 28th of July, both of our boys soccer teams competed at Beale Park in the annual Champions Cup Soccer carnival. The boys played with great determination and spirit and it was a joy to watch! We were able to score a couple of goals and the progress they have made in a couple of weeks has been amazing. Well done to all of our boys for your awesome efforts! We are already looking forward to next year!
INTERSCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY
Last week 32 of our students from Year’s 3-6 competed at the interschool Cross Country Carnival at Thomas Oval, Medina. Our students were fantastic and their behaviour was exemplary. We finished 4th out of 9 schools and we are all very proud of their efforts. We also had some excellent individual results with 3 of our students gaining a top 3 placing. Those students were:
Ruby Cornwell (Year 6) – 1st
Marian Lazalita (Year 3) – 2nd
Meher Arora (Year 4)– 3rd
A special thanks to Mr Matrozis, Miss Della Bosca and Mrs Radcliffe for their assistance with the students on the day.
Phys Ed Specialist Teachers
We recently increased the amount and variety of outdoor play equipment being set up in Early Childhood in the mornings. We asked that parents ensure children do not play on this equipment or move it around during morning drop off. We have also put together some exciting new items including a car and wooden tent.
Planned outdoor play improves motor skills, provides exercise, builds confidence and independence. It also provides sensory engagement and creative thought while building relationships and increasing communication. Leaving equipment where it is allows us to spend maximum time in the classroom rather than setting up or resetting and then maximum time engaging the outdoor environment. The students are loving it and are trying new things each week. Totem tennis has been a huge hit. Thank you for your support.
Kindergarten and Pre Primary educators