Message from the Executive Administration Team
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Last week’s events confirmed our strong school culture, underpinned by shared values and celebrated through community engagement at WPS. Many thanks to the wonderful parents and grandparents who attended the Book Week Parade, P&C Colour Run and assisted their children to create amazing ‘Curious Creatures’ costumes, seek sponsorship for the Lap-a-thon and show gratitude to their teachers on World Teachers’ Day.
Engagement and Relationships
World Teachers’ Day was a wonderful recognition for our dedicated staff and indeed all teachers who have worked tirelessly throughout this challenging year to ensure continuity of curriculum while maintaining high levels of engagement through additional curricular experiences and aligned whole school pedagogies and activities. A huge thank you to the P&C executive and class representatives who organised the most amazing morning tea for staff on Friday and to Mark Dillon at Mooba for the mammoth effort in coordinating coffee for all our staff.
Teaching and Learning
In Term 4 we traditionally present data on the progress toward achieving the targets outlined in the school Business Plan to staff and the School Board.
Due to NAPLAN assessments not being conducted in 2020, the academic targets reportable are significantly reduced. However, last week’s presentation to the Board highlighted some significant gains in performance Target 4: Achieve above the national mean in Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) assessments in priority learning areas.
• Students in Years 2- 6 sit the online PAT test in Mathematics and Reading
• Students in Years 3-6 sit the online PAT test in Science
• Testing schedule is once a year in Term 2
• Students can sit different tests according to ability to ensure progress can be measured accurately
• Not all Australian schools use ACER PAT assessments to measure student progress
We pride ourselves on maintaining a safe learning environment. I remind parents who use the Kiss and Drive on Simper St and Alexander St to stay with their vehicles, move forward when space becomes available and refrain from making U turns after exiting the Kiss and Drive on Simper St.
School hats – caps are not permitted to be worn in the playground between the beginning of September and end of May. Please ensure your child has a broad-brimmed hat for school that is clearly labelled with their name.
Dates for the Diary:
9 – 13 November Year 6 Surfing, Rooms 17 & 18
16 – 20 November Year 6 Surfing, Rooms 14 & 15
19 November Senior Choir Massed Choir Sing Festival excursion, 10:30 -1:30pm
20 November Junior Music Talent Quest (Year 3 and 4) 1:30pm in under covered area
23 Nov – 4 Dec Year 1-3 Swimming Lessons
24 November Year 1 2021 Parent Information and School Tour 9:15 -10:15am
26 November Year 5 Astronomy Night camp 6:30pm to 8:30am
27 November Senior Music Talent Quest (Years 5 and 6) 1:30pm in under-cover area
Collaborate, Connect, Communicate.
Yours in learning,
Executive Admin Team
Donna, Alan, Milani, Tamara
Halloween Recess is TOMORROW – Wednesday 4 October
To ensure we move through the lines quickly and everyone gets served, we will have two tables set up one for years 1-3 and another for years 3-6.
Sausage Mummies $2
Cobweb Pizza Margarita $1
Cheesy Vegemite Bones $1
Brains and Meatball Cups –spaghetti in tomato sauce with meatballs $2
Ghastly Ghost Cookies $1
Green Eyeball Jelly Cups 50c
Sweet Spiced Pumpkin Muffins $1
Grave Diggers Chocolate Custard $2.50
If there are any parents free between 10.15am and 11.15am to help serve recess, please call the canteen on 9253 9424 or email Genna at email@example.com This will be a fun one!
Any help is always appreciated.
We are desperately short of volunteer positions THIS Thursday and Friday, 5th and 6th November.
Please add your name to our signup link if you can spare a couple of hours.
See you in the kitchen,
Julie & Genna
Notes have been handed out to students. Emails have been sent to parents who have provided email addresses.
Parents, please register with the codes to view and order online. If you still need a code, please contact me direct via email.
Free delivery to the school ends on the 12 November. Delivery will be approximately the 20 November.
Sibling photos: Emails have been sent out to those families.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
0487 304 616
Cyber Safety – Beacon App
Safety and wellbeing is the absolute priority for WPS and schools across Western Australia. On 14 September, Channel 7s’ Flashpoint explored the challenges of cyber safety for both parents and teachers. Minister Ellery was interviewed and gave her opinion on a cyber safety app called Beacon which has been developed locally by the Telethon Kids Institute. You can watch the program to find out more.
You can download the Beacon App through your phone’s app store.
The Great Coastal Clean Up
Support one of our students, Poppy, to help clean up our local beaches. Poppy is holding a coastal clean-up day on Sunday 15 November, from 3:30-5:00pm from Floreat Kiosk to Clancy’s City Beach. We are welcoming anyone willing to have a fun time with friends and family, while taking a small step to a sustainable future for the environment. As a great way to thank all participants there will be a free sausage sizzle held after the clean-up of which the produce has been kindly donated by Wembley IGA. The clean-up will start at 3:30pm and end at 5:00pm. Please bring along a reusable bag, gloves and hand sanitiser. We hope to see you there! Stay green Wembley!
Use the link to secure free tickets for your friends, family and you. Ticketing closes Friday 13 November https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-coastal-cleanup-tickets-126919490613