Newsletter 13, Term 4, Week 6

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

It was great to see so many students come to school in clothing associated with the cultural dress of their nationality. Wellard PS is fortunate to have a very diverse student population which adds a real richness to our school community. Thank you to Navjot Kasturi and her helpers for organising Indian food which was shared throughout our school community at lunch time today. It is hoped that we will be able to introduce some of these food items to our canteen as well as other menu items from other countries. If you have any ideas about this, please do not hesitate to contact the P&C via email wellardpandc@gmail.com

BUSH FIRE DRILL

Last week we successfully conducted a Bushfire Drill with all students from Kindergarten to Year 6 in preparation for the bushfire season. The drill went well and it has resulted in a couple of changes to ensure the smooth movement of students and the establishment of safer location zones. I ask parents to refer to the information that was sent home last week about our Bush Fire Plan. You will also be able to access this information through our school website.

KISS AND DRIVE

Thank you to everyone who has been using the Kiss and Drive service. It has been working relatively smoothly and has saved parents a significant amount of time in the morning and afternoons. Parents are asked to remind their children about pickup arrangements at the beginning of the day for the end of the day. Students no longer wait outside the office after school but are asked to gather at the Kiss and Drive area. Parents are also reminded that if they enter a car park they need to park in a car bay when dropping off their children.

NAIDOC WEEK

Last week at Wellard Primary School we celebrated NAIDOC Week. It was a great opportunity for everyone to participate in a range of learning activities that celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme Always Was, Always Will Be, recognises that First Nation’s people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

All the classes wrote their own Acknowledgement to Country which will now be recited each morning. The Acknowledgment of Country is an opportunity for staff and students to show respect for the Traditional Owners and the continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Country.

Every class also prepared a Class Canvas depicting the NAIDOC theme, Always Was, Always Will Be. These NAIDOC Canvases will be hung proudly in the office.

The students completed other activities including:

  • Dreaming Story
  • Damper Making
  • Noongar Language Scavenger Hunt
  • Researched Famous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
  • Noongar Language Bingo
  • Noongar 6 seasons
  • 2020 poster | NAIDOCThe highlights of the week was the installation of our NAIDOC Sand Mural and one of our students, Malakye translating the Acknowledgement to Country in Auslan.  A select group of Year 6 students were able to assist with this.

We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Noongar Elders, Nanna Roni Gray-Forrest, Nanna Colleen Castle as well as Emma Castle and Garry Ryder for this assistance with this project. Malakye worked very hard with Mrs Cochrane to prepare for assembly and did an outstanding job.

We look forward to NAIDOC Week next year and hope to have further parent and community involvement.

 

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING (OPEN MEETING)

Every year the School Board conducts an Open Meeting whereby members of the school community have the opportunity to attend and gain some understanding of the functions of the Board. Our next School Board Meeting will occur on Thursday 3rd December (Week 8) commencing at 9am in the Admin Conference Room. The School Board consists of Sarah Hamilton, Emma Castle, Tegan Maitland, Angela Whisson (Board Chair), Jess Gibson, Rebecca Lanzel and Geoff Miller.  If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact the office so that we can make the necessary arrangements. Please see any of the above members if you have any issues you would like discussed.

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.

BOOKLISTS 2021

Booklists for 2021 will be distributed this Friday 20th November via email and connect. Parents wanting to pick up their Booklist items from school (Friday 29th January 12.30pm – 1.30pm) need to return their order to Wellard PS by Tuesday 8th December. Parents wanting their booklist items sent to their home/business address (small delivery fee) need to order online by Friday 18th December. Please see the information sent home for more details about the ordering process.

INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

I would like to congratulate all participating students for the way they represented Wellard PS at the recent Interschool Athletics Carnival. A big thank you to Mrs Protzman and Mr Paparone for organising our participation in this carnival.

DISABLED PARKING BAYS

I would like to remind all school community members that the Disabled Parking Bays are only for those vehicles that have ACROD stickers. Please, DO NOT park in these bays at any time unless your vehicle is stickered accordingly. We have a number of number of people who are becoming quite frustrated as they have not been able to access the Disabled Parking Bays.

SECOND-HAND UNIFORMS

Wellard Primary School greatly appreciates receiving second-hand uniforms from families who are leaving the school.  Uniforms can be left at the office.  These donations make it possible for other students to wear uniform to school.

SCHOOL PHOTO DAY

Following our recent school photography by Kapture, you can now view and order any special photos taken this year. When visiting https://www.kapture.com.au/event.asp you will need to enter our school code under the Sports & Event tab to access the gallery:  6TJFDG

YEAR 6 GRADUATION

A reminder to parents that our Year 6 Graduation Ceremony will occur at 8.50am on Wednesday 16th December in the Assembly Area.  This event will be conducted under Covid-19 restrictions. More information to follow.

STUDENT REPORTS

Student reports will be available on Connect on Monday 14th December (Pre-primary to Yr 6). Kindergarten students will receive a printed report.  Parents are most welcome to organise a teacher interview in the last week of term.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Parents are reminded that students finish the school year on Thursday 17th December.

Regards

Geoff Miller

Principal

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


INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

Last week all interschool students competed in the KSSA interschool athletics carnival. Everyone participated to their best and some outstanding results were obtained. Wellard achieved our best ever placing in our short 3 year history. An improvement of 3 places from 2019 saw us rise to 5th. The behaviour and sportsmanship from our students was fantastic and the day was enjoyed
by all. Special mention to Kane Sargeant and Isabella Espiritu who got runner medals. We are already looking forward to next year. Go Wellard!!!

Regards

Matthew Paparone

Health and Physical Education Specialist

NAIDOC 2020