Message from the Executive Administration Team
Dear parents and caregivers
Here we are in week 5 of term already! The school has been a hive of activity over the past few weeks and we look forward to a productive second half of the term as we lead into the mid-year break and end of semester reports.
Last year, due to the disruption caused by the pandemic, there were no A-E grades or achievement descriptors on mid-year reports. This year, we return back to the usual format for Semester 1 Student Reports with A-E letter grades in Year 3-6 or progress towards achievement descriptors in PP-Year 2 (Excellent, High, Satisfactory etc).
Teachers will also write comments describing progress for English, Mathematics and a general comment on each student’s progress in social/emotional skills and development of learning dispositions. In Kindergarten, teachers provide a progress report against the Early Years Learning Framework and WA Kindergarten Curriculum. It is important to note that grades in the mid-year report are professional judgments regarding the level of achievement that each student is demonstrating on the curriculum taught to that point in time.
Teaching and Learning
Below you will find a summary of the creative learning happening in Room 15 this week through the Creative Schools program. Creative Schools is a joint program between FORM WA and the Department of Education. Wembley PS is one of only 10 schools taking part this year and the only public school to be chosen for the second year in a row.
Students have been creatively designing their own countries, applying the learning gained when studying democracy and the history of government in Australia. These Year 6s have even been creating their own ink using natural materials found in the school environment!
Week 3 of Creative Schools
Room 15 have started something new called Creative Schools. Creative Schools holds a bunch of activities all delivered by creative Anne Gee and her massive imagination.
Creative Schools brings everyone’s minds into a burst of art as you can make many patterns for flags, zentangle and more! Room 15 were given a big challenge to design a healthy country using art. We needed a leader, a flag, jobs, a cultural alphabet and more.
The 4 countries that were created are known as:
Hawexicans: Leader Monet D
Phoenixia: Leader Lewis F
Scamples: Leader Poppy F
Aceamoj: Leader Olivia J
The leaders were chosen by their own team by voting, being collaborative and inquisitive.
This session has linked up to our inquiry topic of who we are and how countries work. Some countries have been working by teaming up with others.
Ms Cox and Anne have been watching the process of our developing techniques of how to run a country with a creative mind. We are lucky to be the class to have Creative Schools and blow your mind onto a paper.
Room 15 are very lucky to have Anne as a lot schools don’t have anything like this, Ms Cox is also lucky to work with her as well.
Written by Taylah F, Room 15
As the weather cools down, the jumpers and wet weather jackets are now emerging from hibernation again. Staying warm and connected to team is important. A gentle reminder that all students (PP-Yr 6) wear their uniforms in line with the WPS dress code and refrain from wearing additional casual day clothes, jackets, socks, tights, leggings and jackets.
If you require winter uniform items, the Uniform Shop is taking online orders through Flexi Schools and delivering items to students in their classrooms. Lost property is being delivered to classes by our student leaders if it has a name on it. If you’re unsure about the dress code, you can find the guidelines and requirements on the school website here. If the school uniform items you require are not in stock and you need to send your child to school in non-school uniform items, please opt for school colours and email your class teacher to let them know.
As mentioned in the last newsletter, we have partnered with ySafe to host a free cyber safety education session for parents on Tuesday 1 June at 6:30pm in the school undercover area. As a community, we can work together to ensure we keep our kids safe online and well prepared to navigate challenges that arise. This is the second time we have worked with ySafe to hold a parent session and the feedback last time was overwhelmingly positive. Registrations are essential, please refer to the link featured later in this newsletter to reserve your space.
Collaborate, Connect, Communicate.
Yours in learning
Executive Admin Team
Tamara, Alan, Rachel and Melinda
Faction Cross Country Years 1 – 6
A reminder our Faction Cross Country will take place on Thursday 3 June on the school oval.
Years 4-6 will be first at approximately 9am until 10.30am.
Years 1-3 will take place after recess from approximately 11.15am until 12.30pm.
Spectators are welcome to attend practicing the COVID safe distancing. Any parents who are able to assist on the day, please contact Emily Roberts by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interschool Cross Country will take place on Wednesday 23 June, at City Beach Oval.
Physical Education Specialist
Cyber Safety Education Session for Parents
Protecting children in their digital worlds is an ever-evolving task for Australian families. Now more than ever parents are looking for guidance in how to manage screen time and navigate the world of games and social media.
We are therefore pleased to help our parent community by offering a crucial and engaging education session with ySafe, Australia’s leading provider of cyber safety education. This practical, strategy-rich session will cover the most important points that all families need to know about online safety, covering key information about social media and gaming, screen time recommendations and step-by-step instructions on how to set up a cyber safe home for kids of all ages.
If you’ve ever struggled with getting your kids off their games and into bed, worried about the content of the games that they are playing or felt concerned that your child was spending too much time in the digital world, this workshop is for you!
Please register for this event, being held on Tuesday 1 June at 6:30pm in the undercover area, by following the link provided. This is an important school event for all parents to attend. Please reserve your space here.
Student Update Form 2021
This week, each student will be taking home a Student Update Form 2021.
- Please check all information is correct – if no corrections, please DO NOT return the form.
- There is NO need to update your medicare/private health care details.
- If amendments are required, clearly indicate on the form, sign and date then return form to our office by Friday 28 May 2021.
Medical Alert Forms
- Medical Alert Forms (if attached) will need to be amended, where applicable, and returned to the office.
Student Absence – SMS Attendance System
We have a SMS system for attendance. If your child is away for any reason please SMS 0447 932 933 by 9:30am with the following details:
Reason for absence:
An automated SMS will go out to Parent/Guardian contact #1 at 10am each day if your child has been marked as absent by the classroom teacher and no notification has been provided through the SMS System.
The uniform shop has had delivery of mesh polos size 8 and limited wet weather jackets in size 6 to 12. Please order through flexischools.
We are still out of stock of shorts sizes 8 to 12 and cotton polos sizes 10 and 12, and track suit pants sizes 8 and 10.
Nat Ramsay & Suse Havlin
Uniform Shop Coordinators
Thank you from Art Room
Thank you to all those mothers who helped frame the Year 1 Self Portraits for Mothers Day. I greatly appreciated your efforts, as we were on a time line.
Thank you again.
Churchlands SHS P&C Community Art Exhibition Opening Night Invitation
This year we will showcase some wonderful artworks from Bradley Kickett, who clearly expresses the story of the land upon which we live. Bradley’s passion for Nyoongar country is depicted in the rich flowing colours of the land, rivers and sea with bespeckled overlays of jewelled vegetation and landscape features. He has taken his inspiration from his culture and the history of the land around us in his series of work painted especially for the Churchlands SHS P&C Art Exhibition. We trust that you will enjoy and appreciate his work.