Message from the Executive Administration Team
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Teaching and Learning
In 2020, Wembley PS was one of 16 schools across Western Australia to participate in the Creative Schools program facilitated by FORM WA and Culture & Creativity in Education, a global organisation dedicated to transforming learning experiences for students to prepare them for the opportunities of the 21st century.
We are thrilled to have been selected to participate again in 2021. The two classrooms working with Creative Schools this year will be Miss Hannah Cox’s class – Room 15, Year 6 and Ms Naomi Bell’s class- Room 22, Year 4. Creative Schools will train and partner teachers with creative practitioners, who could be dancers, musicians, writers or artists. Last year Ms Sugden was partnered with a children’s author and Mrs Cusack was partnered with a writer, director and WAAPA lecturer. Our new creative practitioners will work with Miss Cox and Ms Bell to explore creative strategies for teaching priority learning areas of the Western Australian curriculum and embed creative habits of learning in our students – the ability to be inquisitive, collaborative, disciplined, imaginative and persistent.
Creative Schools aligns with our school vision and business plan priorities of developing a culture of inquiry learning to develop critical and creative thinking and equipping students with the social/emotional skills and learning dispositions to engage in all curriculum areas with confidence.
Ms Bell and Miss Cox will also be working with our whole staff to scale these strategies across the school. We look forward to welcoming our new creatives to the school and seeing the exciting learning happening in these classrooms.
Room 15 has been collaborating to create their classroom culture by investigating the five Creative Habits of Learning from the Creative Schools model and the skills needed to form these dispositions, linking to the term inquiry thread of ‘Who am I, Who are we?’
By analysing several Acknowledgements of Country, the Community Mission and the School Vision, they created their own for their classroom to help form their culture. They have been exploring their own talents that they bring to their classroom to help them collaborate with one another- to share, inspire and growth within themselves and each other.
Room 15 shared their learning process with the whole school through our weekly WebEx assembly today. We hope you enjoy watching their assembly item. Please click here to view the video: Room 15 Assembly
Relationships and Engagement
The Year 4-6 Faction Swimming Carnival is on tomorrow at HBF Stadium in the outside pool. We look forward to parents and grandparents coming to spectate and cheer on Farmer, Stanley, Winton and Jackson.
Please ensure you have completed all relevant permissions on Qkr and appropriate sun smart attire is packed; a brimmed hat, rashie/shirt, sunscreen and food for the day and water bottles. Students will go to their classroom first so attendance can be marked then students will assemble on the grassed quadrangle in their factions. Buses will be departing the school at 9am sharp. The program is available in this newsletter. We look forward to seeing you there!
At the School Board meeting held on Tuesday 2 March, long standing board member Professor Tama Leaver was elected as School Board Chair for 2021. We welcome Prof Leaver into the role after serving in a Deputy Board Chair role in 2020. We look forward to continue working together.
Following the upcoming public school review process, we will say farewell and thank you to outgoing School Board Chair Jason Stirbinskis. Jason has served as board chair since 2017 and also served several years before becoming Board Chair. We thank Jason for his professionalism and tireless commitment to upholding high standards of governance and his enormous contribution to the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions. Jason’s expertise and support was invaluable during COVID in 2020 and we wish him all the best as his children progress through high school.
We also thank parent Suzie Turner for presenting an informative presentation on the need to develop a contextualised Sun Smart policy for Wembley PS. We look forward to working with Suzie on implementing her recommendation in 2021 to further promote sun safety for our students.
Collaborate, Connect, Communicate.
Yours in learning
Executive Admin Team
Donna, Alan, Tamara and Rachel
Faction Swimming Carnival for Years 4,5 and 6 – TOMORROW
Our Faction Swimming Carnival for Years 4, 5 and 6 students will take place tomorrow at HBF Stadium. It will be in the outside 10 lane pool and while the faction bays where the kids assemble is shaded it will be a sunny day.
Please remind your child to keep their shirt and hat on any time they are not swimming, to stay under the shade and to wear sunscreen.
Students are encouraged to bring boogie boards for the novelty races part of the day. Please ensure they have their name on them.
Attached is the program showing the approximate times for the events of the day. If any parents who are attending wish to participate in the Teacher/Parent/Student relay (approximately 2pm) please see Em Roberts on the day.
Lunch Orders for Faction Swimming Carnival for Years 4,5 and 6 – TOMORROW
SWIMMING PICNIC BOXES
With so much interest, we have created a lunch box option available on Quickcliq NOW that we will deliver to our Year 4-6 students at the swimming carnival tomorrow, Wednesday.
If you’re not making a home packed lunch box, this is a great alternative.
All individual picnic boxes contain a ham and cheese OR a cheese and tomato roll, a fresh fruit muffin, fruit salad and a little swimming treat.
Boxes are $8 and orders MUST be placed via Quickcliq before 8:15am or cash sales are available at the canteen counter until 8:45am.
Unfortunately, variations to boxes cannot be made.
Class teachers will be notified of the collection point.
Please note: No other canteen menu items can be ordered by year 4-6 students tomorrow.
Canteen – Harmony Day
Harmony Day RECESS and LUNCH
Next Wednesday, 17 March, we’re going ORANGE for a harmonious Harmony Day with our first themed recess for this year. Available for Year 1-6 students.
Harmony Day Recess Menu
Large Tropical Fruit Jelly (made here -just pure fruit juice, no added sugar) $1
Honey Joys $1
Potato Wedges with Mexican Crumbed Chicken $2
Sunshine Cheesy Pasta $1
People of the World Cookies $1
Mini Chocolate Mud Cake with Orange Frosting 50c
Harmony Day LUNCH Menu
Chicken Nachos with Corn Chips, Cheese and Mexican Salsa $5.80
Recess is cash sales as always.
Lunch PRE-ORDER must be placed via Quickcliq before 8.15 am on TUESDAY or cash sales are available at the canteen counter until 8.45am on TUESDAY, 16 March for lunch on Wednesday.
We need YOU! Please help us for as long or as little as you can.
Our roster is empty for tomorrow and we will also require additional support serving our kids on Harmony Day. Pull on your brightest orange t-shirt or dress in your country’s finest and join us for some fun!
Sign up here or call 9253 9424 to let us know your availability.
NAPLAN ONLINE 2021
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.
The assessment provides parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process, it does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance.
NAPLAN Online – An information sheet (paper copy) for parents and carers will be sent home shortly with your child.
Please visit these resources for more information
State Election Sausage Sizzle and Bake Sale!
Bake sales are back! The P&C is thrilled to announce we have been given clearance to hold the traditional bake sale and sausage sizzle THIS SATURDAY during the State election. Even if you have already voted, come along between 9am and 2.30pm to grab a bacon and egg roll, sausage sizzle or baked goodie. Vegetarian options available. We will also be debuting our limited-edition gourmet olive oil with labels designed by Wembley students! They will sell fast, so don’t miss out.
Bakers and tong-masters needed!
We’ve jumped the official hurdles to get the sausage sizzle and bake sale approved, but now we need your help to get it across the finish line. As well as tong-masters to man both stalls on the day, we can’t have a bake stall without donations of tasty goodies!
Under council regulations, we can only accept goods that do not require temperature control. Please, no cakes containing fresh cream, cream cheese or any other temperature-sensitive ingredient. Biscuits, slices and cupcakes are all good to go. Please label your donations with all the ingredients, so we can help manage allergy requirements. We are a nut-free school, so no nuts please! Donations can be dropped to the undercover area from 3-3.20pm on Friday, or throughout the day on Saturday. Keep an eye on the P&C Facebook page for more details.
To volunteer as a tong master, sign up here: https://signup.com/go/tZzeatj
Each shift is only two hours and it is usually a fun community day.
P&C General Meeting – 22 March
Thank you to the parents who attended the P&C’s AGM last week. We couldn’t do what we do without the enthusiasm and support of our Wembley community.
If you were unable to come to the AGM but are interested in finding out more about what the P&C does, we encourage everyone to attend our general meeting on 22 March at 7.30pm in the school library. The general meetings only happen once a term and take around one hour. We also have a range of sub-committees open for new members, including canteen, community engagement, uniform shop and fundraising. Sub-committees are a great place to share your ideas and passion for the school, meet other parents and have a say in the P&C’s activities. For more information, come to the general meeting or email Tiffany on firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet your P&C
Following the P&C AGM on 3 March, the P&C would like to introduce its executive committee members, sub-committee convenors and representatives for 2021:
President: Tiffany Fox
Vice-President: Sally Coomes
Treasurer: Helen Gotjamanos
Secretary: Bailey Stewart
Fundraising convenor: Victoria Martelli
Canteen convenor: Vanessa Saunders
Uniform shop convenors: Natalie Ramsay and Susan Havlin
K/PP convenor: Rebecca Guy
Community engagement/social media convenor: Sally Coomes
WACSSO representative: Delvene Mercer
Communications officer: Pip Browning
Due to cancellation of Issue #1 – Orders for Issue #2 can only be placed online. Loop is currently open and will close Wednesday 17 March. Orders will still be delivered to school and to your child’s classroom. Our apologies for any confusion. Catalogues will once again be distributed for Issue #3 – Term 2. Thank you for your support J
Jill Jordan / Kym Devenish
Voluntary School Contributions and P&C Contributions
The amount of school voluntary contributions parents/caregivers are asked to pay is set at $60.00 per student which is in line with the School Education Regulations.
Funds are used to supplement school expenditure in the curriculum areas. While the contributions are voluntary, the quality of our teaching and learning programs is maximised when families make a contribution to supplement the funding received from other sources, including the State and Commonwealth Governments.
If you have not paid your school voluntary contributions , these can be paid via the Qkr payment app (under the Payments’ tab), or by credit card at the school office.
VOLUNTARY P & C CONTRIBUTION:
The P & C is the fundraising body of the school. P & C Contributions help to keep fundraising activities to a minimum. The P & C donates money to the school, in response to submissions from the school, towards projects and items that directly benefit students. The P & C voluntary contribution is set at $85.00 per student.
If you have not paid your P & C voluntary contributions, these can be paid via the Qkr payment app (under the Payments’ tab), or by credit card at the school office.
The school collects P & C Voluntary Contributions on behalf of the P & C and transfers the funds to the P & C bank account.
Qkr PAYMENTS/School Payments Tab: Please select this option to pay for your voluntary contributions (if not previously paid) and online learning programs. Please note, these options will remain on the Qkr system even after you have paid). Please refer to the online learning information below before making the payment on Qkr:
|Kindy and Pre-primary||Reading Eggs||$18.00|
|Years 1 – 3||Nessy Reading and Spelling||$ 8.00|
|Pre-primary – Year 1||Mathseeds||$12.00|
|Years 2 – 6||Mathletics||$12.50|
|Years 1 – 6||Champion Life||$ 9.00|
Excursions and Incursions: If you have not yet paid for Edu-dance or the faction swimming carnival, please log onto Qkr and do so immediately. Participation in “extra-cost” excursions and incursions is dependent upon payment being made prior to the event.
If you are unsure whether you have paid any of the above, please check with the office staff.
Olive Oil Bottle Label Competition
Congratulations to the young Wembley artists whose designs were chosen for our limited-edition gourmet olive oil bottles! A big thank you to everyone who designed entries – they were all fantastic!
Our favourite labels were designed by Alexia (yr 6), Aurora (yr 1), Grace (yr 3), Raphael (yr 2), Lily (yr 5) and Hiba (yr 6).
The olive oil will go on sale at the Election Day sausage sizzle and bake sale this Saturday!