Newsletter Term 3, Week 4, 12 August 2020
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
A big thank you to the 14 parents who attended our P&C Meeting on Wednesday afternoon of last week. We have now filled all office bearing positions and sub committees as per the following:
• President: Mrs Bessie Leslie
• Vice President: Mrs Lynn Maclennan
• Secretary: Mrs Nicole Peart
• Treasurer: Mrs Teegan Kirk
Members of our Canteen Sub Committee: Tanya McLachlan (Convenor), Bessie Leslie, Marisa Werner, Paula Figuirdo, Fallon Beckingham, Angela Whisson, Saket Podisetty, Teegan Kirk and Geoff Miller.
Members of the Fundraising Sub Committee: Nicole Peart (Convenor), Marisa Werner, Nanjet Kastvni, Bessie Leslie, Jackie Roberts, Alexandra Hansen, Alison Hoeberigs, Teegan Kirk, Kirsten Patheyjohns and Vanessa Zuidema
We can at last start the process of identifying someone to reopen our canteen as well as commence fundraising activities. There is still plenty of room for others to join the P&C and support them in many different ways.
As this afternoon meeting was so successful, our next meeting will be conducted on Wednesday 9th September between 1.45 – 2.45pm in the staff room. Come a long and have a coffee and support the P&C.
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.
INTERSCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY EVENT
Selected students from Years 3 – 6 will be participating in the Interschool Cross Country at Thomas Oval, Medina this Friday 14th August. Mr Paparone has already sent home letters to those students who are participating. I wish them all the best and have no doubt they will represent Wellard PS with the highest level of pride and sportsmanship. A big thank you to Mr Paparone for organising! Good luck everyone.
INTERSCHOOL SOCCER CARNIVAL
I would like to congratulate the two teams who recently represented Wellard Primary School at an Interschool Soccer Carnival conducted at Beale Park in Spearwood. Both the boys and girl’s teams displayed excellent skills and knowledge of the game and represented our school with great pride. The girls team are also participating in the Regional Champions Cup on the Friday 14th August after doing so well at this carnival. Thank you to Mr Paparone and Mrs Bekker who did a great job in training and coaching the students. Our new uniforms, organised by Mr Paparone, looked sensational!! Also, special thanks to the parents who came along and supported the teams.
Being in our third 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.
The survey is available as of MONDAY 17th AUGUST at 9am and closes on Friday 4th September. 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.
On Tuesday 22nd September, Wellard PS will be conducting an Open Night where parents are able to visit their child’s classroom and participate in a learning journey guided by their child. Classrooms will be open between 4.00 – 6.00pm. Please note there will not be sufficient time for you to organise a meeting with your child’s teacher during Open Night. This is to be arranged for another time. We do hope that parents (particularly Dads) take up this opportunity to visit Wellard PS.
Unfortunately, during this evening, we are all going to have to adhere to the Covid-19 restrictions. Everyone will be required to monitor social distancing as well as apply hand sanitiser before entering every room. Families will be asked to leave the school grounds immediately after they have participated in their child’s learning journey. No students are permitted to play on any of the playground equipment.
SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAY (MONDAY 17TH AUGUST)
Parents and guardians are reminded that we have a School Development Day on Monday 17th August (Week 5). Students DO NOT come to school this day as staff will be involved in professional learning.
The quoting part of the process has now been completed so we are hopeful that this project can commence early in Term 4. The project will involve the installation of two pieces of equipment where the cost will be shared between the school and the P&C. The total cost of the project is $75000. The new Playground will be located on the grassed area on the eastern side of the Assembly Area.
Mrs Jane Rogers, our school librarian, has organised for our Book Fair to be conducted between Tuesday 8th – Monday 14th September (Weeks 8 & 9). Students and parents will be given time before and after school to purchase books and other book related items. A portion of the overall expenditure is returned to the library to purchase more books.
CONFIRMATION OF PRE-PRIMARY ENROLMENTS FOR 2021
Last term all Kindergarten parents received a form to complete in regards to enrolling their child for Pre-primary for 2021. It is most important these forms are completed and submitted by Friday 14th August. Please contact the office if you have any queries.
CONFIRMATION OF KINDERGARTEN ENROLMENTS FOR 2021
Thank you to those parents who submitted their child’s Kindergarten Application for Enrolment for 2021. Please note these closed on Friday 24th July. We will be confirming the enrolment of students once we have finalised the immunisation records of all Kindergarten students. When enrolment is confirmed we will also ask parents for their preference of days. This will all be explained in the correspondence.
Please note that we will not be confirming the exact days that Kindergarten children will be attending until early Term 4. This is because we would like to organise for parents and their child/ren to visit the Kindergarten before we make any decision about grouping students. The school is very aware that parents need to attend to childcare arrangements in planning for 2021.
We look forward to meeting Kindergarten families and developing a close relationship as your child progresses through Wellard Primary School. Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any queries.
HOUSE ATHLETICS CARNIVALS
This year our carnival will be conducted over three days (Week 9) as per the following:
• Year 1 – 6 Jumps and Throws: Tuesday 15th September
• Year 1 – 3 Carnival: Thursday 17th September
• Year 4 – 6 Carnival Friday 18th September
More information to follow.
Merit Certificates will be presented to students on Friday morning. Photographs of students receiving certificates will be emailed to parents.
Geoff Miller Principal
SWIMMING LESSONS - VacSwim
Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and December/January school holidays. Your children can start as young as five years old.
October is a great time to get your children ready for summer and January offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations during the long break.
Enrol your children in VacSwim now.
Just a reminder of our Community Project for Term 3. We need your help and assistance to make this project a success. If it is possible to donate food items, please bring them in and put them into our container marked “FOOD BANK”.
We need donations of Non-Perishable food items like, Tinned foods, Rice, Pasta, Flour, Sugar etc. Food items can be sent with the children or dropped off with drop off in the morning.
Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, operating on a scale that makes it crucial to the work of the front-line charities that are feeding vulnerable Australians. Foodbank provides 77 million meals a year (210,000 meals a day) to more than 2,600 charities around the country, accounting for 79% of all food received by charities from food rescue organisations.
Foodbank is also the largest supporter of school breakfast programs in Australia, providing food for 2,000 schools nationally (both directly and via programs run by other organisations). Foodbank provides regular breakfasts to more than 132,000 students at schools around the country and on top of this, more than 200,000 children seek food relief from our charities every month.
Thank you for always assisting us with our projects and making our days even brighter with your care and friendliness. We appreciate our families.
OSH Club staff - Wellard