Message from the Executive Administration Team
Dear parents and caregivers
In a large school such as Wembley PS, we have staff departing and beginning throughout the year for a vast range of reasons. Last week, we sadly said goodbye (for now) to Mrs Suzi Hollier (Room 7) and Ms Aislinn Chinen (Room 28) as they went on maternity leave to have their first babies. Both Suzi and Aislinn have been long standing members of the Wembley community and will be greatly missed. We are thrilled for the both of them as they embrace this next chapter in their lives. Both teachers have made an enormous impact on the lives of students and staff at the school over a long period of time. We look forward to meeting their bundles of joy when they arrive and welcoming them back to the classroom when they are ready. I know you’ll join me in wishing them well. As one door closes, another opens and Mrs Jessica Ralph (Room 7) and Ms Jessica Stacey (Room 28) have joined the team. Please make our new members of staff welcome as they settle into their roles and get to know the community.
COVID-19 – The recent outbreak in Melbourne serves as a timely reminder to all of us about the importance of being COVID-safe. Following our snap lockdown in April, the Department of Education relaxed its restrictions back to pre-lockdown level with no masks required but still following Phase 4 Operating Guidelines.
To make it transparent for all, the process is that the State Government release their guidelines to the public, and then the Department of Education WA, in consultation with the Chief Health Officer, provide internally published guidelines and FAQs for schools that address our context. The guidelines state:
- All students are expected to attend school, except for those students medically referred to learn from home.
- This means students are either:
- at school;
- unwell and should stay at home;
- medically referred to learn from home; or
- recorded as absent if they do not attend.
- In these operating guidelines and FAQs, venue capacity limits refer to the following:
- For events/activities that are seated (in their entirety), the 100% venue capacity rule applies to adult attendees;
- For events/activities that are standing only, or standing AND seated, the two square metre per adult rule applies.
- Physical distancing measures still apply, including venue capacity limits and maintaining 1.5 metres between adults.
- Good hygiene practices should be promoted and maintained.
- Parents/carers and visitors may access school sites, with physical distancing and good hygiene practices applied.
As a large school with 850 students, 100 staff and hundreds of parents dropping off and picking up students we are doing our best to make parents and the community feel welcome at the school but also safe and physically distanced. The verandahs, due to their expansive and mostly outdoor nature, will continue to be open to encourage parents and caregivers to say hello to teachers at the classroom door and make drops off easier, with physical distancing in place. We also have recommenced parent spectators to events and volunteers in Kindy and Pre-primary.
While the current operating guidelines are in place, opening up the classrooms for parents to enter at drop-off means that we would not be able to adhere to the two square metre rule. The classrooms are an indoor confined space where adults would be standing in close proximity to each other should they be opened for all parents and caregivers. While I can understand your frustration, we have seen cases in schools in Melbourne this week so we do need to remain vigilant. I ask you to bear with us as we navigate the pandemic together and all do our part to keep our schools safe. In time it is expected that we will move to Phase 5 and schools can return to pre-pandemic operations. As always we will be guided by the latest health advice. We all hope this will be sooner than later.
Teaching and Learning
During Reconciliation Week, classrooms are engaging in lots of rich learning and thinking around the histories, culture and language of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Many classrooms have created their own Acknowledgement of Country and in Year 1, Room 8 has been learning how to count to 10 in Noongar language. While we are shining a spotlight on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture this week, as a school we have commenced work on a Reconciliation Action Plan and will continue to make the voices and histories of First Nations people heard and valued, this week and every week. We look forward to working with the community on this journey towards reconciliation.
Year 1 Room 8 Book of Noongar Numbers to 10
PP2 performing Acknowledgment of Country
Room 24 collaboratively developed Acknowledgment of Country
Tonight we are hosting our free cyber safety education session for parents at 6:30pm. Registrations are essential, please book your place here. Following the session, attendees will have access to the ySafe Cyber Safety Parent Hub with further resources and help to assist parents.
We look forward to welcoming parents as spectators to our annual Cross Country run on Thursday morning! We have had lots of eager students join cross country training over the past few weeks so we are ready and primed and the weather is looking fine. Thank you to Jon Bowman and Kathy Watson for their work in organising the event and supporting students in their efforts.
Collaborate, Connect, Communicate.
Yours in learning
Executive Admin Team
Tamara, Alan, Rachel and Melinda
School Development Day – Friday 4 June 2021
Students DO NOT attend School this Friday
Please remember there is a Term 2 School Development Day on Friday and STUDENTS DO NOT ATTEND SCHOOL on that day.
Faction Cross Country Carnival
This Thursday, 3 June, will be our Faction Cross Country Carnival. The order of the races are:
Morning: Years 4 to 6
- First race approximately 9.15am – Yr 4 Girls, Yr 4 Boys, Yr 5 Girls, Yr 5 Boys, Yr 6 Girls, Yr 6 Boys.
After recess: Years 1 to 3
- First race approximately 11.15am – Yr 1 Girls, Yr 1 Boys, Yr 2 Girls, Yr 2 Boys, Yr 3 Girls, Yr 3 Boys.
Parents are welcome to come and spectate. We will require some parents to stand around the track to direct the runners so if you are able to assist please come see Jayne Malone, Mr Bowman or Mrs Watson on the day.
Presentations for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place-getters and overall shield will take place in the undercover area at 2.45pm Thursday afternoon. Parents are welcome to come watch the presentations.
Physical Education Specialist
Cyber Safety Education Session for Parents TONIGHT
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 TONIGHT 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.
Issue #4 is now closed. Thank you to everyone for supporting the school. We can expect delivery next week.
On Monday, Years 4 and 6 went on an excursion to the Scribbler’s Festival at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco. There we met the author R. A. Spratt – author of Friday Barnes, Nanny Piggins and the Pesky Kids series. We also met Jessica Townsend – author of the Nevermoor series. Both authors shared what inspired them, what frustrated them and how they overcame their challenges! They were both hilarious and very entertaining. It was such an enjoyable experience that we all benefited from.
The Library Captains.
Parent Help Full School Song: Calling all Song Writers, Lyricists and Poets
We are embarking on a very exciting time in our school culture by writing our own school community song to replace the School Creed. The culture of the school has seen significant change over the past several years: the joy that the new faction names have created in our community, revamping our CARES values by adding Courage and Equity and the community collaboration that occurred with the writing of the Community Engagement Plan, it is now time to create some community music!
Currently the song features ideas from the Year 6s about their own school experience. We would like to extend this to include lines about CARES, Faction Icons (Jackson, Winton, Stanley, Farmer) and school community experiences.
We are in need of two lines. Each line needs to be 8 beats long and they need to rhyme with each other. Submissions due by Friday 4 June 4pm. (Term 2, Week 7). You can submit your two lines here: https://forms.office.com/r/usFnphKfrr
If you have any questions or can help with the production of this song, please email email@example.com
Student Update Form 2021
In Week 5, each student took home a Student Update Form 2021. These forms were due back on Friday 28 May, thank you to those parents whom have returned the form, if you still need to make changes please do so as soon as possible.
- 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.
Medical Alert Forms
- Medical Alert Forms (if attached) will need to be amended, where applicable, and returned to the office.
Reminder of Unpaid Billing Items
REMINDER OF UNPAID ITEMS – Sent home in Week 3 (only to those who have outstanding contributions and charges).
Some parents received a ‘Reminder of Unpaid Billing Items’ sent home with their child in Week 3.
If you could settle these amounts as soon as possible it would be appreciated.
If you do not wish to pay the voluntary contributions, or are unable to, please notify the office staff so that these amounts can be removed from your account – 9253 9400.
Participation in online learning programs and incursions and excursions is dependent upon payment prior to the event. In the event of financial hardship, please come to the office so that we may assist with a payment program or suchlike.
VOLUNTARY SCHOOL CONTRIBUTION:
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.
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.
Qkr PAYMENTS/School Payments Tab: Please select this option to pay for your voluntary contributions (if not previously paid) and online learning programs.
Qkr EXCURSIONS AND INCURSIONS Tab: Please select this option to pay for and give permission for excursions and incursions. Notification from the teacher, with details of the event, are sent home before the event is loaded onto Qkr.
Qkr is the school’s preferred payment method. However, payment by card over the phone or in person is also accepted.
Being a very short week, we thought we’d treat everyone to Sushi Day on THURSDAY 3 June 2020.
Orders must be placed by 12 NOON tomorrow, WEDNESDAY.
A Very Long Weekend
It’s quince season, so in anticipation of a long, leisurely and relaxing winter weekend ahead, we have made quince paste with our WPS parents in mind.
We’ve also baked Lavosh and have sourced a deliciously sharp, 36 month aged, vintage cheddar to serve with a spiced warming glass of mulled wine.
We will supply the spices, you just have to find a good bottle of red, follow the recipe and relax with friends whilst watching the kids stomp in puddles.
The Long Weekend Survival Pack includes:
200 gms Brownes Finest Heritage Reserve Vintage Age Cheddar
100 gms Quince Paste
1 pack Maple and Pink Peppercorn Lavosh
1 tub Mulled Wine Spices with Recipe Card
$25 available to order on Quickcliq or cash sales at the canteen counter.
Numbers are limited.
Packs will need to be collected from the Undercover Area from 3pm on THURSDAY.
THANK YOU Volunteers
Big thanks to all of our WPS community who jump in to help out, often at short notice. Any amount of time you have available is greatly appreciated.
If you would like to volunteer for a shift, please sign up here
If you are unable to commit to a shift, please pop your head in for a chat and we will most certainly find a valuable task with whatever time you can offer, even if it is just 20-30 minutes.
ANYONE who finds themselves with time between sporting events at Thursday’s cross country event, we would love to entertain you with a quick task. Just pop into the canteen, make yourself a cuppa and we’ll find you a sweet treat.
Mark Lee Football Coaching July School Holiday Indoor Soccer Clinics
Our clinics are suitable for all children from the age of 5 to 13, with children being placed into age appropriate training groups.
Each day the players will experience the following and much much more!
- Learn the PFT Way from our professional coaching staff
- Fun & Exciting Small Sided Games
- Engagement and a Guarantee that they will have a Fun and Positive Learning Experience.
- The Opportunity to be identified for our many term based development programs
- Daily Coach Challenges
- Tournament Day
Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th & Friday 9th July
- Lords Sport & Recreation Centre, Subiaco – 9.00am to 11.00am (Indoor)
- Wesley College, South Perth – 9.00am to 11.00am (Indoor)
- Cost: $149 (8 hours)
Tuesday 13th,Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th & Friday 16th July
- Lords Sport & Recreation Centre, Subiaco – 9.00am to 11.00am (Indoor)
- Cost: $149 (8 hours)
New Clinic Format!
Many parents have asked us to offer a full afternoon clinic and we are delighted to offer the following:
Lords Sport & Recreation Centre, Subiaco
Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th & Friday 9th July
1.00pm to 5.00pm each day
Cost: $249.00 per child (16 Hours)
To register your child, simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to share our clinic information with others who may also wish to participate.
Mark & The PFT Coaching Team