Message from the Executive Administration Team
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Last week’s Year 4-6 Faction carnival was a wonderful spectacle of great swimming with the highlights being courage, sportsmanship and outstanding parent support. We thank the large number of volunteers who worked all day to ensure the carnival ran smoothly and finished on time. Events such as this would not be possible without this level of engagement.
Congratulations to the Year level champions and 2021 Champion Faction – Farmer.
This week we celebrate Harmony Week. The ongoing theme of Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’. By participating in Harmony Week activities, we can learn and understand how all Australians equally belong to this nation and enrich it.
Mrs Hawkes, our English as an Additional Language specialist teacher has been organising a range of Harmony Week activities at Wembley PS including:
Writing competition – Junior, Middle and Upper Primary, winners of the $30 vouchers were announced today. Congratulations to: Raphael Year 2, Hina Year 3 and Ruby Year 6 (see below).
Dress in Orange Day – Wednesday, 17 March
Canteen Day – Orange recess and Mexican lunch on Wednesday, 17 March
Teaching and Learning
Reporting to Parents Term 1 – Parent/Teacher interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 30 March 3:30 –6.00pm and Wednesday 31 March 12:30 – 3:30pm.
This is a half day of school and students need to be collected from pick-up zones at 12 noon.
The SOBS booking system will be open at 9.00am on Thursday (18 March).
- Kindy A, B, C, D, E, F and Pre-primary 4 have differing dates and times on the SOBS system.
- Pre-primary 1, 2 and 3 – Year 6 are scheduled at the advertised times above.
- Book interviews with a gap to allow yourself time to move from class to class if you have more than one child.
- It is a 10-minute session only. Longer meetings need to be booked with your class teacher at a different time.
Hats: The weather is still warm and the UV index remains high! Unfortunately, over the past week, dozens of students have been missing out on play as they do not have a hat. I understand that hats are in short supply from the uniform shop, however, any brimmed hat is acceptable until new stocks become available. Caps are not permitted. Please check with your child that they do have a hat and their name is clearly labelled on it.
Sunscreen: New stocks of sunscreen have been delivered to all classrooms. Although teachers do not apply sunscreen, students will be reminded to apply before recess, lunch and PE.
- The 2020 Annual Report has been endorsed by the School Board and is on the website. It is a great read!
- School Board Parent Representative Nominations:
Nominations are now open for three (3) parent representatives on the School Board. The functions, roles and responsibilities of Boards are prescribed by the School Education Act 1999 and the School Education Regulations 2000.
WPS Board is an unincorporated Board. Board members participate in school governance by supporting the Principal and school staff to implement the strategic directions outlined in the Department’s 2020-24 strategic directions Every student, every classroom, every day and Building on Strength and the WPS Business Plan 2020-22 to achieve year-on-year improvement.
- Endorsing and reviewing the school budget and Business Plan
- Processes to review school performance
- Processes to determine satisfaction levels
- Reporting school progress and achievement and endorsing the Annual Report
- Input into policy development
- Communicating with the broader community, the functions of the Board.
The Board is seeking parents with diverse skill sets. We are currently in the development phase of two strategies: communication, and a buildings and grounds master plan.
Please forward your nomination to the Principal via email email@example.com
To nominate, include name, occupation, year levels of children at WPS, and a brief description (no more than 100 words) of the skills you would bring to the Board.
To mark Harmony Week, our Year 5 Digital Leaders ran a digital Pixel Art activity for Year 1/2 students this morning at recess. With support from the student leaders, the junior students designed their own Harmony Day logo using an app on the iPads. Thank you to Mrs Lee Geelhoed for her work supporting the Year 5 students to extend their digital and leadership skills at school. Look out for more activities led by the Year 5 Digital Leaders in the coming weeks.
The school was a hive of activity on Saturday when the community came out to vote. Many positive comments have been received around the community vibe as a result of the P&C’s fundraising initiatives and the inviting school grounds. Congratulations to all involved and thank you to our parent volunteers.
Kiss and Drive: Simper St and Alexander St
The smooth operations of the Kiss and Drive zones are a shared responsibility. A reminder to all parents and caregivers who use the Kiss and Drive on both Simper and Alexander Streets, it is a standing area only. The driver is to remain in the car and keep moving forward as space becomes available.
Collaborate, Connect, Communicate.
Yours in learning
Executive Admin Team
Donna, Alan, Tamara and Rachel
Faction Swimming Carnival for Years 4,5, and 6
Last Wednesday, 10 March, was our Faction Swimming Carnival at HBF Stadium. It was the first official event where our new faction names were being represented. All Year 4, 5 and 6 students participated in 25 and 50 metre events of freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke, as well as enjoying various novelty events in the water polo pool. In one of the closest finishes in many years, Farmer were first to get their new name on the swimming shield, pipping Stanley by only nine points, Winton 3rd and Jackson 4th. Winton were awarded the Spirit Shield for their cheering, sportsmanship and organisation on the day. A big thank you to all the parent helpers as well as the spectators who came along to support the students.
HARMONY DAY RECESS!
We’ve had some hard working parents in the kitchen today, baking and piping our “people of the world” cookies, making chicken nuggets and creating all things orange for tomorrow’s special recess.
Special thanks to Rosie V for the world cookie idea!
Our tables will be set up outside the undercover area by the quadrangle. We will have two sections, one for Years 1-3 and another for Years 4-6.
We’d still love some parent help to serve the kids, so if you are free between 10.30am and 11.15am, then please come along to help!
Please click on link below for special menu:
Each week our roster has spaces to fill.
To operate our canteen and keep costs as low as we possibly can, we need three parent volunteers daily.
Please sign up here if you are able to offer your help.
If you’re keen to lend a hand, watch out for our ‘Dude Food’ themed day coming up next term. We need you!
On Tuesday, 30 March, we have our end of Term busy bee. It’s a simple scrub-down of our kitchen, cleaning fridges and defrosting freezers.
Ideally, we need five helpers, so gather your friends and join us for a good chat!
There will be lunch provided, so please throw a couple of hours our way and help us to keep our kitchen spick and span!
The sign up link is in the volunteer roster.
Hope to see you in the kitchen soon.
P&C General Meeting – Monday 22 March
The P&C will hold its Term 1 General Meeting on Monday, March 22 at 7.30-8.30pm in the library. Everyone is welcome to come along, meet the new committee members and hear more about what we have planned for this year.
Election Day sausage sizzle and bake sale
A huge thank you to our small but dedicated group of parents who helped make the sausage sizzle and bake sale on the weekend such a rousing success! It was fun meeting so many people from our local community as they enjoyed a treat.
If you donated goodies to the bake sale, your container is waiting in the undercover area for collection. Thank you for baking!
We are thrilled to have been engaged by Wembley Primary School to photograph your annual school photos in 2021.
Kapture Photography is a WA owned and operated business, in operation since 2008. We have a team of approximately 35 people – from photographers to production staff, all dedicated to providing the best school photography service and product in WA. All our work is produced in our Malaga office including the printing of the school photographs in our own professional photo lab.
As with many of the school photography industry leaders in Australia, we operate on a prepaid order basis. We are ardently aware of the need to protect our students’ privacy and the privacy of their images; hence we do not offer the ability for parents to preview the student photos before purchase.
You will be provided with information on how to order school photos a few weeks before photo day. You will have up to 10 days after photo day to complete your order. These prepaid orders will then be dispatched to the school in a bulk delivery approximately 3-4 weeks later.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your photos, we have a number of options to assist, such as offering other poses taken on the day or a retake in our studio office. Finally – we do offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are still unhappy with your photographs. However, our goal is to ensure every family is indeed thrilled with their photographs.
Families wanting to order later in the year after the bulk delivery can do so via our website. You will pay an additional $20 charge for placing a custom order and the postage to your home address.
If you wish to read more about us, please visit our website. We look forward to servicing you this year!