Newsletter 3, Term 1, Week 6, 9 March 2020

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.

I must congratulate all students on the level of courtesy and manners on display as I walk through the grounds of the school. It is great to be part of a happy school community where there is a positive vibe in all that we do. I want to reassure parents and carers that we want the very best for your children and are keen to work with you in ensuring all children have the opportunity to work to their potential. Please contact your child’s teacher as early as possible if you have any concerns or issues about their schooling.

SCHOOL BOARD VACANCY FILLED

I am pleased to announce that Mrs Angela Whisson has been re-elected to the School Board unopposed. Mrs Whisson’s nomination was the only one received to fill this position. The School Board consists of Sarah Hamilton, Emma Castle, Tegan Maitland, Angela Whisson, Jess Gibson, Rebecca Lanzel and Geoff Miller.  Our next meeting will be conducted in the last week of this term.

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. Last Friday we had 10 students in the office waiting to be picked up.

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 many 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

BSB: 066 040    Account Number 19901412

(Please use the student’s surname as reference)

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 or picking up their children.

ASSEMBLY

The next assembly will be conducted by Miss Roper’s Yr 1 class commencing at 8.50am in the Assembly Area this Friday.  Parents are reminded to socially distance whilst in the Assembly Area.

STAFF CHANGES

Mrs Mia Cammarano (Yr 1) will be going on Parental Leave as of Friday 26th March and will be replaced by Ms Christina Mant. Ms Olivia Neesham will be taking over Ms Mant’s role in the Kindergarten/Pre-primary area.

BOOK FAIR

Mrs Rogers has organised for our library to host a Book Fair between Tuesday 16th March – Tuesday 23rd March. Come in and have a look, the library is full of interesting books amongst other items. Mrs Rogers has done a great job in adding to the library over time.

Kind regards

Geoff Miller

Principal

HARMONY DAY 2021

At Wellard Primary School we love to celebrate our diverse community each year when we hold our Harmony Day event. This year, on Friday March 26th the whole school community is invited to come in to the school to enjoy a range of events and activities. Social distancing will need to be practiced at all times.

12.40pm     Family picnic around the school grounds

1.20pm       Choir performance and Traditional Dress Parade

1.50pm       Kindergarten students move to activities in class

PP – Year 6 students participate in rotation activities around the school grounds and oval including culturally diverse sports, games, art activities and dancing.

2.45pm       Kindergarten and Pre-primary students finish school

3.00pm       Year 1 to 6 students finish school.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

MERIT AWARDS Term 1, Week 4, Assembly

EC4

  Aarvi

 

Room 14

   Kizen

  Emmett

   

   Teo

EC7

  Harpreet

 

Room 18

   Mishti

  Emmanuel

 

   Cian

EC8

  Isla

 

Room 19

   Isabella

  Aurora

 

   Tadiwa

Room 2

  Zoe

 

Room 21

   Ruby

  Azlan

 

   Jerome

Room 4

  Emmerson

 

Music

   Max

  Jake

 

   Kylie

Room 5

  Jaxon

 

Phys Ed

   Rashon

  Lennix

 

   Barad

Room 8

  Max

 

Auslan

   Christine

  Abhijot

 

   Liam

Room 9

  Kian

 

Art

   Kaela

  Reet

 

 

Room 13

  Jade

   

 

  Calix

 

 

MERIT AWARDS Term 1, Week 5, Assembly

EC5

  Fateh

 

Room 11

   Rashitha

  Sela

 

   Ekamjot

EC6

  Orlando

 

Room 16

   Dakota

  Keely

 

   Leon

Room 1

  Elliot

 

Room 17

   Chelsea

  Jayden

 

   Cash

Room 3

  Gursifat

 

Room 20

   Harneet

  Riya

 

   Yli

Room 6

  Ian

 

Music

   Ian

  Natania

 

   Rashitha

Room 7

  Terry

 

Phys Ed

   Abirami

  Marlie

 

   Kruze

Room 12

  Amber

 

Auslan

   Kenil

  Mahin

 

   Shannon

Room 15

  Nate

 

Art

   Deana

  Caleb

 

 

Room 10

  Klein

   

 

  Tahi