Newsletter 3

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

We are now over half way through the term with staff and students working hard and enjoying school. We are very mindful of the importance of continuing our teaching programs ensuring any interruptions are minimal and don’t significantly impact on the learning of students.

Many of you would be aware that we had our first positive case of COVID-19 in our Kindergarten last week. We have had a further two classes that have had to isolate as of this morning. I would like to thank parents and staff on how they responded to the quarantining of their children. No doubt there will be more classes quarantining in the near future as COVID-19 spreads through our community. Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any queries.

PARENT SURVEY (VERY IMPORTANT)

Being in our fifth year I am keen to survey all parents to obtain your feedback so that we can continue to improve our school. By copying the link below into your browser, you will be able to access this school survey. It will only take you about 10 minutes but will provide us with valuable information.

 https://www.schoolsurvey.edu.au/s/2022ParentSurveyWPS  

The survey closes on Tuesday 15th March. If you choose to participate, your responses will be completely anonymous. We will also be surveying staff and students. We thank you in advance for your participation and if you would like to complete the survey and do not have access to an electronic version please contact the office for a paper copy.

WEARING OF MASKS YR 3 – 6 STUDENTS

As of Thursday of last week, all students in Years 3 – 6 are required to wear a mask indoors until further notice. A big thank you to parents and carers for organising a mask for their children. Students do not need to wear a mask when outdoors.

SWIMMING LESSONS (PP – Yr 6)

Parents and carers were informed last week that our swimming lessons have been cancelled for this term. Thank you to those parents who have already paid. We will hold this payment until further advice to see if these lessons will be rescheduled later in the year.

P&C FREE DRESS DAY

This Friday, for a gold coin donation, students have the opportunity to come to school dressed as “What you want to be when you grow up.” We are looking forward to seeing what students and staff come up with.

WEBSITE/NEWSLETTER IN YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE

Many parents are unaware that you are able to access our school website and indeed the newsletter through your first language. You must ensure you use CHROME as your search engine and then click on your language that appears at the top right of the website page. This will then automatically convert all text into your first language. Copy and paste the link below into CHROME and try for yourself.

https://wellardps.wa.edu.au/

 

PICK UP TIME OF STUDENTS

We are having an increasing number of students who are not being picked up at 3pm at the end of the day. This places our office staff in the difficult position of having to supervise students, contact parents as well as carry out their daily duties. I do acknowledge the issues associated with parking but it is most important that students are picked up on time. I ask that you make appropriate arrangements if you are going to be late in picking up your child. This includes organising for someone else to pick up your child or have them access OSHClub. We also ask that you provide the office staff with sufficient notice when needing to leave a message for your child. Calling us at 3pm does not give us any chance to get to your child’s class to deliver a message.

PUNCTUALITY KINDERGARTEN & PRE-PRIMARY

I would like to remind Kindergarten and Pre-primary parents that students should be in class by 8.30am. We have some students arriving well after this time causing ongoing interruptions to the teaching and learning program. Please note that parents arriving after 8.35am will be required to get a late note prior to taking their child to class. I do acknowledge the issue with the carpark but it is vital that students are in class by 8.30am. We will be closing the gates at 8.35am so parents will need to enter/exit the school via the gates next to Teaching Block 2 where students cross the carpark.

PUNCTUALITY YEAR 1 – 6 STUDENTS

Being punctual is an important attribute that we all require through life. I do acknowledge that many students have appointments at the beginning of the day and of course this is quite acceptable. I am asking parents to make every effort to get your child to school at 8.30am and certainly before 8.45am. The first siren goes at 8.50am.

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.

ALL STUDENTS (YR 1 – 6) WHO ARRIVE AFTER 8.50AM MUST OBTAIN A LATE NOTE BEFORE ATTENDING CLASS.

VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS

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

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.

Geoff Miller

Principal

CHAPLAIN TALK

FAMILY SPECIFIC COMMUNITY SUPPORT 

Community is an amazing thing, it’s how we connect, it helps us grow and can be the building of meaningful relationships with the people around us. Kwinana and Wellard are very privileged to have access to amazing community initiatives and support for families that are also at no cost to the participants.

In this week’s edition I wanted to share resources that are available in YOUR local area.

KWINANA EARLY YEARS SERVICES OR “KEYS”

Kwinana Early Years Services or KEYS is a not for profit organisation providing outstanding free support and quality services to children, parents, carers and grandparents that support, inform, empower and encourage. Keys offer a range of workshops carefully curated to be practical, informal, engaging and cover the challenging aspects of parenthood. We are happy to share their Term 1 Calendar for any parents that may be interested. For more information, please go to keyswa.org

THE SUNSHINE PROJECT

  • Does life keep throwing you curveballs?
  • Are you feeling stuck in a really hard place?
  • Do you want something different for your family?

…….Anglicare is interested to meet you!

 

The Sunshine Project will connect local families in Kwinana/Rockingham and invest time and resources to accelerate the initiatives they are taking to improve their lives and becoming “unstuck”. Anglicare is looking for people who want a better life for their family and believe in the power of local community. They will receive support from both Anglicare and fellow families in their group. It’s an opportunity to use your and other families local knowledge and life experiences in overcoming challenges to make a difference in your families life. You can also help Anglicare design something that can work for other families too.

The project is riding off the 100 Project, surveying over 400 families across a two-year period. 100 Families WA aims to gain a deep understanding of entrenched disadvantage in Western Australia through investigation of lived experience.

Anglicare is able to meet at your place and chat about the project, or somewhere that’s convenient for you. Then you can decide if it’s something you’re keen for or If you have any questions, please reach out to Amy on amy.deklerk@ruah.org.au or call 0422 385 454.

Sinead O’Dea

School Chaplan

 

 

 

Term 1 Week 3 Assembly

EC5

 Lachlan

 

Room 19

   Chloe

 Estelle

 

   Coopah

EC7

 Braxton

 

Room 20

   Jenell

 Hallie 

 

   Ethan

Room 1

 Layten

 

Room 22

   Aston

 Aurora

 

   Samreen

Room 3

 Reuben

 

Room 24

   Aarush

 Yue 

 

   Christine

Room 6

 Ruby

 

Phys Ed

   Abigail

 Manan

   Branden

Room 7

 Tom

 

Art

   Samreen

 Nirvik

 

   Veronika

Room 9

 Will

 

Noongar

   Coopah

 Caleb

 

   Maia

Room 13

 Shanelle

 

Music

   Jaya

 Karanveer 

 

   Gabriella

Room 14

 Karl

 

Science

   Jason

 Ryle

 

   Cian

Room 17

Willow

 

 

  

Johnny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Term 1 Week 4 Assembly

EC4

 Ella

 

Room 16

   Teo

 Dominic

 

   Mhia

EC6

 Kaitleen

 

Room 18

   Tavleen

 Jonathan 

 

   Nathaniel

EC8

 Lara

 

Room 23

   Zara

 Willow

 

   Ryder

Room 2

 Emmanuel

 

Room 25

   Seerat

 Toba 

 

   Shayaan

Room 4

 Evodokia

 

Phys Ed

   Ayeisha

 Pradhithyan

   Izabelle

Room 5

 Ekam

 

Art

   Oscar

 Bonnie

 

   Savannah

Room 8

 Jake

 

Noongar

   Tavleen

 Lana

 

   Rafael

Room 10

 Shrikrish

 

Music

   Max

 Amberley 

 

   Yvonne

Room 12

 Pehar

 

Science

   Hudson

 Ian

 

   Tiffany

Room 15

 Brax

 

 

  

 Aarav

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Term 1 Week 5 Assembly

EC5

 Nand

 

Room 17

   Lachlan

 Ariella

 

   Alakay

EC7

 Scarlett

 

Room 19

   Mason

 James 

 

   Bonnie

Room 1

 Keely

 

Room 20

   Daniel

 Nandini

 

   Cash

Room 3

 Penelope

 

Room 22

   Nicole

 Eric 

 

   Dilshan

Room 6

 Natania

 

Room 24

   Anvaya

 Mahin

   Nevan

Room 7

 Kristijan

 

Phys Ed

   Kaine

 Gowri

 

   Ruremesha

Room 9

 Kane

 

Noongar

   Gowri

 Chase

 

   Grantley

Room 13

 Indigo

 

Music

   Oziah

 Lian 

 

   Marlie

Room 14

 Dakota

 

Science

   Nandini

 Khaydee

 

   Melah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the challenges of COVID start to creep up on us, the P&C will be working on different strategies to raise much needed funds for Wellard Primary.

If you are keen to help, please contact the P&C as helpers are always welcomed, big or small.

Dress Up Day

Friday the 11th of March is Dress Up Day

The theme is come dressed as the profession you want to be when you grow up! Use your imagination and look forward to seeing all the fabulous costumes. Just bring a gold coin donation to participate, all funds raised will be going towards the Wellard Primary Sustainable Garden Project.

 

 

Canteen Volunteers

To ensure the continued operation of the canteen we need to continue to ask for your assistance, especially Thursday and Friday as this is the busiest canteen days.

 

If you have any time you could give, big or small we would love to hear from you. You can contact Linda, the canteen manager via the school’s reception during school hours or via the Facebook page.

 

Upcycled Uniforms

Do your kids keep getting bigger? Please consider donating your children’s old school uniforms or purchasing uniforms second hand.

Uniform Donations are HAPPILY accepted at any time and can be dropped off at the school reception. All proceeds go towards the P&C Fundraising which this year is supporting the Schools Sustainability Garden.

Uniform shop opens Tuesday’s 2:30pm-4:30pm at the front office, CASH ONLY.

 

Containers for Change

Many thanks to all the families who have already started making a change and donating to the P&C, to date we have raised just over $600. A fantastic effort of recycling and raising money!

 

Please consider joining the change makers, teach your kids about the environment & support the P&C to raise funds for our Schools Sustainability Garden. Keep those cans and bottles acquired through the festive season.

 

 

 

 

 

All you need to do is:

  1. Collect eligible bottles at home
  2. Deliver to a collection point like Exchange Depot WA - Containers for Change in Kwinana
  3. Quote scheme ID: C10407164 to donate to Wellard P&C