Newsletter 9 Term 2, Week 10, 22nd June 2021

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

As Term 2 draws to a close, I would like to acknowledge and thank the Wellard School Community for their support. We again have experienced Covid interruptions in some form but I am grateful to the school community for your flexibility and willingness to work with us in overcoming some of the challenges. This term has been very busy and long but we have managed to meet the challenges of NAPLAN and Swimming Lessons and are very much looking forward to NAIDOC celebrations next week. I would like to thank the Wellard PS staff for their ongoing commitment and dedication in providing the best possible learning opportunities for students. I hope those of you lucky enough to have a break over the school holiday period have a chance to relax and recharge those batteries for next term. Thank you again everyone.

NAIDOC WEEK

Next week, we are celebrating NAIDOC Week at Wellard Primary School. This week is 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 Heal Country, invites us to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.

During the week all of the students at Wellard Primary School will be involved in many different cultural activities, including, damper making, Indigenous games, nature mobile, learning about the 6 seasons and sharing dreaming stories.

We invite our School Community to our Opening Ceremony that will be held Monday 28th June at 2pm in the Quadrangle area (weather permitting). At the ceremony we will be having our first official Welcome to Country and a Smoking Ceremony both conducted by local Noongar Elders, Mrs Maris Taylor and Mr Lindsay Calyun.

PUNCTUALITY

It is most important that your child reports to the office to receive a Late Note if they arrive after the 8.50am siren (8.35am for Kindergarten and Pre-primary students). This is because we have an SMS system that communicates with those parents whose children are absent. If your child is late and the Attendance Register has already been marked in their class, there is a chance you may receive an SMS saying that your child is absent. Teachers do their very best to monitor the attendance of students but we don’t always get it right particularly with relief teachers and when students head off to specialist teachers (Art, Music, PE or Noongar) at the beginning of the day. Getting a Late Note will ensure parents will not receive a SMS from the school.

KISS AND DRIVE

I do want to thank everyone for their patience and tolerance during drop off and pickup times, particularly when we have builders’ work vehicles parked on the road. However, it is most important we all play a part in keeping the traffic flowing through our Kiss and Drive before and after school. It would be greatly appreciated if parents/carers can do the following:

  • Talk to your children about entering and exiting your vehicle as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Have your children exit your vehicle on the kerb side of your vehicle and not the roadside.
  • Ask your children to move promptly from their classroom after school to the Kiss and Drive area.
  • Parents/carers should not be getting out of their vehicle. It this is necessary, please find a park inside the carpark area.

If you have any suggestions as to how we can further improve the flow of traffic, please do not hesitate to catch up with me to discuss.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Our School Board meets on Wednesday afternoon of this week. The School Board consists of Emma Castle (Parent), Angela Whisson (Parent), Sarah Hamilton (Parent - Chairperson), Tegan Parsonson (Parent), Jess Gibson (Teacher), Rebecca Lanzel (Deputy Principal) and Geoff Miller (Principal).  The School Board works with the school community to achieve he best outcomes for students. It plays an important role

in contributing to good school governance so that school resources are used efficiently, and community expectations and the school’s priorities reflect the needs of students.

NEXT ASSEMBLIES

Our next assembly will be conducted by Miss Magistro’s Year 3 class (Room 16) on Friday 25th June (Week 10) commencing at 8.50am in the Assembly Area. Mrs Neidig’s Year 3 class will conduct their assembly on the last day of term, Friday 2nd July (Week 11).

P&C FREE DRESS DAY FUNDRAISER (THURSDAY 29th JULY)

The P&C is beginning their fundraising in Term 3 with a Free Dress Day on Thursday 29th July (Week 2).  All students are encouraged to wear free dress to school for a gold coin donation.

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 Records
  • 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 Students are also permitted to wear a long sleeve black shirt/skivvy under their school shirt to keep them warm.

YOUR MOVE - RAC INCURSION

On Wednesday 23rdJune and Thursday 24thJune, all students in PP to Year 6 will be participating in RAC’s Around the Roads program. It is a free interactive road safety education program that aligns to the WA Curriculum and helps students develop valuable skills to become safe road users. Thank you to Miss Vinten for coordinating this across the school. Sessions will cover the following information:

PP - Introduction to road safety  

Year 1 - Crossing the road safely  

Year 2 - Investigating safety on the road  

Year 3 - Bicycle safety  

Year 4 - Seatbelts and passenger safety  

Year 5 - Avoiding risky behaviours

Year 6 - Going green and being safe  
 

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

END OF TERM

Please note that students finish this term on Friday 2nd July.  Next term, students return on Monday 19th July.  We DO NOT have a School Development Day at the beginning of next term.

Kind regards

Geoff Miller

Principal

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