Newsletter 4, Term 1, Week 8, 23 March 2021

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

I would like to thank all staff, students and parents who have been impacted upon by recent positive cases in our school. I thank you for your flexibility and willingness to respond so quickly to our requests, it has certainly made our job a lot easier and safer for your child. I want to reassure all parents that we are doing everything possible to keep your child at school. This has resulted in the cancellation of a number of activities to ensure we reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout the school. We have put on hold the presentation of Merit Certificates to early next term in the hope we might be able to have parents congregate on the school site to see their child receive a certificate. If this is not possible, we will present the merit certificates on a Friday morning by visiting each of the classes. COVID-19 is presenting us with many challenges but we are doing our very best to ensure your child’s learning is interrupted as little as possible.

NEW SCIENCE ROOM

We have been very fortunate to have the opportunity for one of our classrooms to be upgraded to a designated Science Room. This work will commence on Wednesday 30th March in a classroom in Teaching Block 4 next to our Art Room. I am hopeful the project will be completed in Weeks 1 or 2 of next term. In the interim, our Science Teacher, Mrs Kylea Singleton will be visiting each class in delivering her science program

NAPLAN (THE NATIONAL ASSESSMENT PROGRAM – LITERACY & NUMERACY)

All students in Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 across Australia in both public and private schools will participate in the NAPLAN tests in Weeks 3 and 4 of next term. I would like parents and guardians to note that as a school we try to play down the importance of these tests to students. We are conscious of the impact these tests may have on the anxiety levels of some students and for that reason we don’t make a “big deal” about them. The major purpose of NAPLAN is to provide schools, parents and caregivers with information about student performance in relation to nationally-agreed proficiency bands and benchmarks. The results also allow schools, parents and caregivers to monitor students’ achievements over time. Parents are asked to contact the school to inform us if your child is absent so that we can make arrangements for your child to be tested at another time during that week. Please note that students can only be tested within the timetabled weeks. Please see your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

SCHOOL REVIEW

Every three years all public schools are required to undergo a formal School Review. This involves two reviewers visiting the school and conducting a number of interviews with staff, students and parents to validate how we are self-reflecting on the performance of our school. On Wednesday 9th March, Wellard PS underwent its very first School Review. In our case, the reviewers did not visit but conducted their meetings using technology. Wellard PS was the very first school in the state to have their review conducted this way which is timely when you consider the COVID-19 challenges we are experiencing. Overall the feedback was very positive from the reviewers. We will receive their report in the next fortnight which I will share with the school community via our website. I would like to thank all staff, students and parents who gave up their time to participate in this process.

SCHOOL BOARD: CALLING FOR SCHOOL BOARD NOMINATION (1 VACANCY)

Unfortunately, one of our parent members, Ms Tegan Parsonson has had to resign from her position on the School Board due to a change in personal circumstances. Consequently, we are seeking to fill this position as soon as possible. The School Board of a public school works with the school to achieve the best outcomes for students. Their functions are covered by legislation. The elected members include parents, staff, and community members. School Boards make an important contribution towards supporting public education. The School Board meets a minimum of once per term. Please contact me via email geoff.miller@education.wa.edu.au if you would like me to forward you an information package or call (9553 0600) if you would like to discuss your nomination. It is most important that Board members have a “Big Picture” understanding of the role of the School Board and how this differs to the P&C. Any parent/community member who is interested in being part of the Board are asked to fill out the attached nomination form and return it to me in an envelope marked “Private & Confidential”. Nominations will close by 12 noon on Friday 1st April. If you are going to nominate someone please check with them prior to nomination. If we have more nominations than vacancies the school community will then have to conduct a vote to fill the position.

On behalf of the Wellard School Community I would like to acknowledge and thank Tegan for her contribution to the School Board over the last three years.

SCHOOL BOARD NOMINATION

I _________________________wish to nominate _______________________ for a position on the School Board commencing in 2022.

Name: ________________________ Signature:______________________ Date: __________________________

HARMONY WEEK

Harmony Week is indeed an annual highlight for Wellard Primary School with activities occurring throughout this week. We have decided to put off these celebrations until later in the year when hopefully we can come together as a School Community.

BIKE EDUCATION

Our Year 5 & 6 students are fortunate to access Bike Education lessons in Weeks 9 & 10 of this term. This has come about through the great work of Ms Bella Vinten. As a result of how well we have done in the “Your Move” Program, our school has been successful in providing students with 4 hours of bike education. This incursion’s main goal is to increase the number of students who can ride their bike competently and confidently.

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

ANZAC CEREMONY (PP – Yr 6)

Due to Covid restrictions, we will not be conducting a whole school ANZAC Ceremony early next term. Instead, Ms Makanza will be producing a pre-recorded ceremony with our student leaders that class teachers will share with their students at a convenient time.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Parents and Carers are reminded that Friday 8th April is the last day of term for students. Students return on Tuesday 26th April due to the public holiday for ANZAC day on Monday 25th April.

 

Geoff Miller

Principal

Email: geoff.miller@education.wa.edu.au

Term 1 Week 4 Assembly

EC4

 Alleyah

 

Room 16

   Arsema

 Alex

 

  Jaiyeshan

EC6

 Isla

 

Room 18

   Henna

 Ruby 

 

   Kale

EC8

 Carter

 

Room 23

  Sebastian

 Joshua

 

  Jade

Room 2

 Brielle

 

Room 25

   Zara

 Isla

 

   Everly

Room 4

 Cooper

 

Phys Ed

   Malachi

 Dia

   Penleigh

Room 5

 Robert

 

Art

   Yvonne

 Elise

 

   Ruby

Room 8

 Daniel

 

Noongar

   Aarav

 Sienna

 

   Esther

Room 10

 Tanishka

 

Music

   Riley

 Jazmyne 

 

   Te Aroha

Room 12

 Sophie

 

Science

   Dia

 Shayaan

 

   Ian

Room 15

 Caithlyn

 

 

  

 Silas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dress Up Day

Friday the 11th of March was Dress Up Day; we managed to raise $674 for the Sustainable Garden Project, which was an amazing effort and so lovely to get the kids excited and see so many creative costumes. Keep an eye out for more fun fundraising activities being organised.

Canteen

If your child is sick or not at school and they have a lunch order, please let the canteen know immediately so we can cancel the order and deliver another day. If anyone can spare a few hours the canteen is always in need of some help. If you have any time you could give, big or small we would love to hear from you, Linda our Canteen Manager can be contacted through 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.