Newsletter 8, Term 2, Week 8, 8 June 2021

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

I have recently had a few conversations where parents have requested more opportunities to meet with their child’s teacher to discuss his/her progress and achievement. Currently, we send home Student Reports at the end of Semester One and Two and have an Open Night in Term Three so that parents/carers can view their child’s work. On other occasions, teachers organise a meeting with parents in regards to signing Documented Plans or when he/she has a concern about a child. Having 20 plus students in the class, with parents who may have different expectations in regards to reporting, makes it very difficult for the teacher to accommodate everyone’s needs. I encourage ALL parents and carers to organise a meeting with your child’s teacher if you want more information on their progress and achievement. Teachers are more than happy to do this, particularly as reports become available on Monday of Week 11.

P&C PARENT INFORMATION SESSION 1ST JUNE

On Tuesday of last week, the P&C conducted a Parent Information session to try and engage more parents in being part of the P&C. It was great to see we had 14 people attend who were provided with a range of information about the purpose and function of the P&C. There was much discussion about new ideas and suggestions for new fundraising activities. We look forward to these parents contributing to our P&C and adding value to the education of all students. I encourage all parents and carers to become involved with our P&C in some way

The next P&C Meeting will be held on Friday 11th June a 1:45pm in the staffroom.

NAIDOC WEEK

In Week 11 of this term, staff and students will be participating in a range of activities in celebration of NAIDOC Week which is always held in the first full week of July. NAIDOC stands for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians. The school is keen to involve indigenous parents in these activities, so if you are able to help out please contact Ms Rebecca Lanzel through the front office.

STUDENT REPORTS AND CONNECT

It is most important that EVERY PARENT (Pre-primary – Yr 6) has used Connect by Monday 28th June so they are able to access a copy of their child’s report. Please note that reports (Pre-primary – Yr 6) will be sent home on MONDAY 28TH JUNE via Connect. Parents are asked to inform the office if a copy of a report needs to be disseminated to other parties. Paper copies are provided to all Kindergarten students as their reporting format is very different to the rest of the school. Do not hesitate to contact the office if you experience difficulties accessing Connect.

KINDERGARTEN ENROLMENTS FOR 2022

Wellard PS is now taking enrolments for Kindergarten for 2022. Enrolments will close on Friday 26th July (Week 1 Term 3). It is most important that you enrol your Kindergarten child for next year as soon as possible. Please speak with neighbours etc. who you know need to enrol their child. To be eligible for enrolment, students need to be born between 1st July 2017 and 30th June 2018. When enrolling your child, you will need to come into the office and provide the following:

  • Copy of your child’s Birth Certificate
  • Up to date Immunisation Statement Record (no older than 2 months)
  • Proof of Address that you reside in our local intake area – preferably a utility bill in your name that is no older than three months.

Please note that students who live within our local intake area will be prioritised for enrolment. Our local intake area can be found within “Schools Online” on the Department of Education’s website.

SCHOOL JACKETS

The cold weather is now upon us along with quite a bit of rain. Parents are asked to ensure their children wear the school jacket to school which can be ordered online at www.nellgray.com.au

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

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Geoff Miller

Principal

KISS AND DROP ZONE

~Please Read Carefully~

Don’t forget Wellard  PS has a ‘Kiss and Drop’ zone, where parent/caregivers in the morning can drive in and drop students (Year 1-6 students only) off. At the end of the day students wait by the ‘Kiss and Drop’ zone to be collected as their parent/caregiver drives through. Pre primary students may use the ‘Kiss and Drop” if previously arranged with their classroom teacher.

 
 

Cars will need to follow the route highlighted on the map for safety and traffic flow reasons.

Procedure for ‘Kiss and Drop’ – Morning Drop Off - 8:30-8:50am

  • The ‘Kiss and Drop’ zone is clearly sign posted on 5 car bays on Jasper Bend.
  • Children must use the footpath side door, preferably the rear of the vehicle to exit.
  • Apply your handbrake while the children exit your vehicle.
  • Cars will need to follow the route highlighted on the map for safety and traffic flow reasons.
  • Do not leave your car at any time  when parked in the Kiss and Drop zone.
  • Your children will be assisted across the car park to the gate at Teaching Block 2.

Procedure for ‘Kiss and Drop’ – Afternoon Pick Up - 3:00pm-3:20pm

  • Children cross the carpark at the supervised crossing outside Teaching Block 2.
  • Children assemble at Jasper Bend Walkway at 3:00pm for Parent pick up. A member of staff will be there to supervise children.
  • The ‘Kiss and Drop’ zone is clearly sign posted
  • ‘Kiss and Drop’ entrance for cars commences on Jasper Bend - Cars will need to follow the route highlighted on the map for safety and traffic flow reasons.
  • Drivers wait in line on the school side of the road and move forward as the line progresses from Jasper Bend. Do not block the entrance to the car park near the Teaching Block 1.
  • Do not leave your car at any time when parked in the Kiss and Drop zone.
  • When you pull up at the pick-up point, apply your handbrake.
  • Children must enter the vehicle from the footpath side
  • Wait until your child is properly restrained before moving off.
  • Parents/Carers MUST remind their child they will be picked up at the Kiss and Drop when they are dropped off. Also, remind him/her to quickly make their way to the Kiss and Drop gate immediately after they leave their classroom.
  • It is possible for older students (Yr 4 – 6) to collect younger siblings from Kindergarten and Pre-primary and then proceed to the Kiss and Drop Zone. This must be done promptly and prearranged with your children’s teachers.

Safety Considerations

  • Please be considerate of other road users and ensure you are not blocking off roads or drive ways.
  • We strongly encourage parents to observe a 20km/h speed limit during drop off / pick up times
  • Never double park or do a U-Turn close to the drop off / pick up zone  
  • Vehicles must never park and leave vehicles for any length of time in the zone (2minute maximum).
  • Do not stop your car within the car park.  This is a safety concern as there are many cars reversing within the car park.
  • Please use the cross walk when entering the school.