Message from the Executive Administration Team
Dear parents and caregivers
Kaya (Hello) and Wanjoo (Welcome) back to the entire school community. It was a wonderful atmosphere as we opened the gates yesterday and many excited young people streamed in, eager to see their friends and meet their teachers. I thank parents and caregivers for assisting to make the first day back at school so positive. I know how much work goes into the transition into a new school year and all the preparation with resources, uniforms, haircuts, new shoes and lunchboxes. Hands up if you left any of those until last week… maybe that was just me!?
Our staff were also thrilled to welcome our students back to school and had a fantastic day yesterday. On Thursday and Friday last week, we engaged in professional learning as a staff on a range of key focus areas for the school. These included student health and well-being, making ‘Connections to Country’ for our community as we progress our Reconciliation Action Plan, connected practice in mathematics, planning teaching and learning programs for Term 1 in collaborative hubs and ensuring we are ready to provide learning at home should the need arise throughout the school year.
We enter the third year of the pandemic in 2022 though it is likely to be the first year we experience ongoing disruptions to our regular way of life. This won’t be without its challenges but as a wider system and school, we feel prepared and ready to adjust operations to ensure we keep students safe, connected and most importantly, learning.
As outlined in the Term 1 Operations Plan, we have implemented a range of strategies which can be progressively scaled up as the risk increases. The approach is layered and is assisted by everyone in the community to ensure we keep transmission limited. We need your help to ensure that school stays open, we have the least disruption possible and students and staff are protected. So, how can you help?
- Keep your child home if they are unwell or exhibit any cold/flu symptoms. Wait to send your child back until they are healthy.
- Wear your mask to enter any indoor area of the school and preferably outside as physical distancing is difficult when you are talking and socialising with other parents.
- Stay connected to the school and breast of communications by subscribing to the school newsletter on the homepage of the school website, subscribe to your child’s class blog and engage with Seesaw.
- Inform the principal if you or your child tests positive for COVID-19.
- Be patient and understanding should there be a staffing change in your child’s classroom. If staff need to self-isolate or quarantine, your child may have a different teacher or EA for a short amount of time.
The ventilation assessments have been completed and we now have air purifiers for the classrooms and areas designated as requiring these. These are mostly in the older parts of the school with less than adequate ventilation (rooms along enclosed junior verandah block and Kindy C/D). Existing mechanical and natural ventilation will be in place in all other learning and office areas.
Staffing: A welcome to the following staff members, new and returning to Wembley for 2022:
- Mr Jordan Tait (Room 1, Year 3)
- Mrs Bettina Martin (Room 24, Year 5)
- Mrs Ceri Carter (Room 6, Year 2)
- Ms Marissa Gell (Room 2, Year 4)
- Mrs Milani Grace (Deputy Principal, Monday-Wednesday)
- Congratulations to Mrs Natalie Mueller who steps into her first Deputy Principal role on Thursdays in addition to her classroom teaching role from Monday-Wednesday. Mrs Mueller will share leadership responsibilities for Kindergarten and Pre-primary with Mrs Rachel Cusack (K-2).
Pop Up Fairy Village and Tinker Garden: Last year, parents Natalie Cox and Caroline Read started a small world play area in the grassed Grantham St section of our junior playground. Julia Foulsham has also joined the group and together they are collaborating to provide our students in the early years with some open ended play opportunities at break times. The pop up village is back by popular demand! Take a look at what the Year 1-2 students created today! Thank you to those parents who are partnering with us to make our learning environment engaging for our students. Watch this space, there is more to come!
Engagement and Relationships
We have an SMS system for attendance. If your child is away for any reason please SMS 0447 932 933 by 9:30am with the following simple details only:
Child’s name, room number, brief reason for absence.
An automated SMS will be sent to Parent/Guardian contact #1 at 10am each day if your child has been marked as absent by the classroom teacher and no reason has been provided.
Parent Information Sessions:
We will be holding face-to-face parent information sessions in Week 3 and 4 to ensure parents and caregivers have the opportunity to meet the teacher/s and hear about how their child’s classroom will operate in 2022.
Due to the current COVID situation, we ask that only one parent or caregiver attends and masks are worn. The rooms will be well ventilated and chairs will be physically distanced as much as possible in the particular classrooms. If you can’t attend, a PowerPoint presentation will be posted to class blogs to summarise the key messages.
The schedule for these sessions is currently being finalised and will be communicated shortly.
An overview of the teaching and learning for the term will be uploaded to class blogs by next Friday afternoon. These provide you with information on the skills and knowledge that students will be learning in Term 1. These are collaboratively developed by each year level with information added from our specialist teaching team.
The Year 6 leadership assembly and badge presentation will be held on the school oval on Tuesday 15 February at 2:40pm. Parents of the Year 6 students are invited to attend.
Due to the size of our student population, we will be moving to a senior/junior assembly model while we can still hold face-to-face assemblies. This will allow for better physical distancing. We will alternate between Senior (Year 4-6) and Junior (Year 1-3) every Tuesday at 2:40pm. It is likely that we will need to revert to a virtual assembly model at some stage. We will be guided by current health advice and Department of Education guidelines but will keep face-to-face as long as it is safe to do so. Our first assembly will be a junior student assembly on Tuesday 22 February at 2:40pm. Parents are welcome to attend but we ask that you maintain physical distancing, wear masks and view the assembly from the perimeter of the undercover area (side doors will be open). Our Year 6 student leaders will host each assembly on a rotating basis, taking turns to present the junior and senior assemblies.
This year we will have a change in leadership in the P&C, which has been such a positive and productive partnership for so long at Wembley PS. The P&C is more than a fundraising body, it also serves to keep our community connected and thriving. A healthy and motivated P&C will be more important this year than ever. Tiffany Fox and Helen Gotjamanos have done a wonderful job in the role over the past two years and I truly thank them for their tireless work. It’s now time for new people to step into the role. I really encourage you to think about joining the P&C and potentially taking on an executive role. I look forward to working with both the P&C and School Board again this year to continue making Wembley PS a dynamic and progressive school for our students to attend.
Let’s have a wonderful year together as a community – ‘Collaborate, Connect, Communicate and Care’.
Yours in learning
The Senior Leadership Team
Tamara, Milani, Alan, Rachel and Natalie
Gifted and Talented Programs 2023
Apply for Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance programs for Year 7 entry in 2023. Applications close Sunday 13 February 2022.
We are open this Friday!
Please place your orders before 8.15am via Quickcliq or before 9am at the canteen counter.
Remember to update your child’s profile to include their new room number, year group and teachers name to avoid lunches being sent to last year’s classes!
NEW Students and PP classes are welcome to set up an account at www.quickcliq.com.au.
Follow the steps to set up a profile, add some credit and you’re ready to place an order. It’s super easy!
All lunches are delivered to the classrooms and PP teachers collect the junior school orders with the help of their daily ‘superstars’.
Cut off is at 8.15am sharp so do give yourself time to place the order before then.
Any questions, pop into the canteen, in the undercover area and we will be able to help.
We will be open our regular days for recess and lunch, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week.
We are launching our new term one summer menu next Monday. Plenty of fresh and light additions along with the kids’ favourites.
It will be on the school website and Facebook by the end of the week.
There’s great news for the kids-FRUIT SCREAMS are back!! 100% pure fruit that we push through our soft serve machine to order.
Available on Fridays for $3 each and MAYBE even on Friday after school if we can manage it.
It’s a new year, new menu and a new volunteer roster has been created with new shifts!
Helping out is fun, it’s thrilling for your kids to see you in the canteen and it helps to build a great school community. It is also a really good way to see the healthy meals we produce for the kids and ask all of your trickiest culinary questions.
Nespresso coffee, hot chocolate and tea are on offer, as is a sweet treat.
All volunteers are asked to sign in and out at the school office.
To comply with Government regulations, volunteers helping out more than once a week in the school, are required to be double vaccinated and show their COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate when signing in at the schools administration office.
Please sign up here for some fun times!
2022 P&C News
Welcome back to all our new and returning Wembley families! The P&C hopes all everyone had a refreshing break and is ready to join us for an exciting 2022.
If you want to hear the latest P&C news and get reminders about canteen specials, social events and opportunities to engage with the school community, please follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WembleyPandC
Annual General Meeting, February 22
The P&C is looking for enthusiastic and interested parents to take on committee positions for 2022.
While every position is up for re-election, several of our long-standing members are retiring and we need superstar parents to put their hands up!
Among the positions coming vacant are President, Vice President and Treasurer – we can’t run the P&C without people in these roles so we need you!
Over the next few weeks, we will be posting descriptions on our Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/WembleyPandC) of some of the roles and responsibilities, and there is also a range of sub-committees looking for new members and fresh ideas.
Whether you have a lot of time or only a little bit of time, the P&C has options to suit everyone.
For information about P&C roles and subcommittees, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The AGM is scheduled for February 22, 2022 at 7.30pm.
Hungry Lion Canteen
Genna and the dedicated canteen team is gearing up for another busy year of making fresh, healthy lunches for our kids, but they can’t do it without parent help!
Volunteering in the canteen is a fantastic way to meet other parents, be involved in your child’s school life and help build our lovely Wembley PS community. And the kids get so excited to see you behind the counter at recess or lunch!
There are jobs to suit every skill and confidence level, from putting stickers on to lunch bags and packing orders, to flipping pikelets or basic food prep. All you need is enthusiasm!
All our volunteer shifts for the term are now loaded onto our convenient online sign-up page, so please pop your name down for times and days that suit. Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/BDkfgbR
We can’t wait to see you in the canteen!
Wembley Primary School P&C Association Inc
41 Grantham Street Wembley WA 6014
(08) 9253 9400
ABN: 99 532 911 760
P&C Class Representatives needed for 2022
Being a class representative is a great way to get to know the kids and parents in your class and make a contribution to the school community. The role involves organising social catch ups over the year, keeping the class updated on any P&C news and forwarding P&C communications.
If you would like to be the rep for your child’s class, please email Pip Browning at email@example.com
As you are aware, our preferred payment method for excursions/incursions and other charges is via the Qkr! app. Over the past 12 months, credits on accounts have increased significantly. The reason for this could be unforeseen circumstances, duplication in payment by the family, or simply an error when making the payment.
Once your account is in credit, the credit can be used against future charges or refunded back via a bank transfer all which takes considerable time to organise and execute.
If you receive an email, phone call or other correspondence to advise your account is in credit, or if you are unsure, please contact the office on 9253 9400, so we can check your account and correct any discrepancy manually.
Please do not pay for upcoming incursion, excursion, online learning programs or voluntary contributions via Qkr! if your account is in credit.
Your assistance in managing this situation is much appreciated.
We are looking forward to another fun year in our library.
Every year we have opened at lunchtime for reading/chess/drawing/jigsaws/Lego etc and this is always hugely popular however, due to the popularity, we are now having to restrict the numbers. The library is now open at lunchtime Mondays and Tuesdays for Years 1, 2 and 3 and Wednesdays and Thursdays for Years 4, 5 and 6!
Friday we are closed for chess club.
We are also open every morning before school from 8:30 and after school till 3:30pm Parents are more than welcome to come in for a browse, or to borrow some books for themselves or their children J I look forward to seeing you all throughout the year.
Please remember to provide your child with a library bag.
Volunteers – I would be most grateful for any help with Book Club this year. It usually involves a morning or afternoon – twice a term, to unpack and sort the Book Club once it is delivered. It’s actually a lot of fun – sitting in the (mostly) quiet of the library sipping coffee and checking out some of the fabulous resources that come through!
Before School Swimming Training
Before school swimming training will start Week 2 and run until Week 9.
When: Wednesday and Friday mornings
Time: Wednesday 7.20am – 8.15am, Friday 7.30am to 8.15am
Where: Bold Park Aquatic Centre, 215 The Boulevard, City Beach
Cost: Students will be required to pay pool entry each time they attend. The lane hire will be divided equally between the number of students who participate at the end of term.
These sessions will act as good practice for our Faction swimming carnival in Week 6 and Interschool carnival in Week 10.
Physical Education Specialist
Faction Swimming Carnival Years 4-6
Our Faction swimming carnival for our Year 4-6 students will be in Week 6 on Wednesday 9 March.
It will take place in the outdoor 10 lane pool at HBF Stadium. Events will begin at approximately 9.30am and conclude at approximately 2.30pm.
We will require parent helpers on the day to assist with running the events.
If you are able to help please contact Roula Felekis on email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or her mobile: 0417 950 613.
Physical Education Specialist
Years 4 to 6 Interm Swimming Lessons
Swimming lessons will be occurring this term from 14 to 25 February (Weeks 3 and 4) for Years 4, 5 and 6 students .
The swimming schedule and payment details will be communicated by your teachers and uploaded onto Qkr by the end of this week. You will then be able to log onto Qkr for permission and payment.
We have received the following request from the WA Police Force Children’s Crossings Unit advising of urgent need for Traffic Wardens for our school.
Happy New Year too all. It is hard to believe that 2022 is upon us already and I’m sure you are aware we are about to face yet another challenging year in many aspects. One huge issue is going to be a lack of Traffic Wardens to operate our crossings, due to many retiring at the end of 2021.
Another road block is due to the ongoing issues with Covid-19, etc. We are taking this opportunity to ask for your understanding, patience and assistance when we are unable to have a Traffic Warden cover a crossing that effects your school.
Given the current circumstances with Covid-19, vaccinations and the demographics of our Traffic Wardens there has not been as much interest in becoming a Traffic Warden this year. This being the case, we are left with quite a few crossings being unattended.
We fully understand your frustration at not having a Traffic Warden at your children’s crossing and also your concerns revolving around OSH issues as we have the same concerns. We have been advertising in all areas of the metropolitan area, but it is not proving to be as successful as we would like. Therefore, we are asking for your assistance.
If any Parents/Grandparents are interested in becoming a Traffic Warden they can contact the Children’s Crossings Unit direct on 6274 8731. An application pack can be sent to them. If they are successful in applying for the position and pass their training, they can be placed at your crossing, if it is one of our unmanned crossings only. It is also a paid position which does not affect a pension too much if employment is taken up. It would be highly recommended that any potential candidate on a pension contact Centrelink to have a chat. The current pay rate is around $25.58 per hour – two hours per day/five days per week.
To become a Traffic Warden, we require the applicant have access to email, a full driver’s license with access to a vehicle and be able to work the full 10 shifts per week – one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon. Any applicant signed up in this manner, who is a part of the school community, must reside within a 10km radius of their crossing/school.
Once the application has been submitted, it will commence the application process which involves a background check through WA Police Force Personal Security Vetting Unit. If they are supported they will be sent a medical assessment to take to their doctor which will need to be paid for by the applicant and reimbursed by the Children’s Crossings Unit – up to $70.00. Once they have passed the medical assessment they will be invited to attend State Traffic Operations in Midland for a training day which will last for about 4 – 5 hours.
Our unit is endeavoring to hire more wardens urgently, but would be very appreciative of any assistance from the schools we serve.
Children’s Crossings Unit
Young Engineers Club (YEC) (after-school from 3:30 pm) – Young Engineers is on again in Term 1, 2022. Students interested in hands-on STEM will now get their chance to build like never before. If you’ve enrolled in Young Engineers before, you will get an email invitation when registration opens. If you’ve never heard of Young Engineers before, you are welcome to place your details on the waitlist. Registration is open. Please follow the links below for more info.
Thursday – After-School (3:30 pm-4:45 pm at Science/ STEM Room)
Pre Primary – Year 2: Lego engineering
Year 3 – 6: Engineering & Robotics
Enquiries: email@example.com / 0406 542 912
Mark Lee Football Coaching
Thursday before school Soccer is back in Term 1
The feedback from parents and children has been excellent and we are excited to be running the program in 2022
Children from Pre-Primary to Year 6 are welcome to attend and will be placed in age appropriate groups.
Each session will include Tag Games, Dribbling, Shooting, Passing, Attacking & Defending and lots of small sided games variations.
- Thursday’s 17 February to 24 March
- 7.30am to 8.30am
- 6 week program
- $119 per child
The coaches will make sure each child is taken to class following the sessions. and although parents are welcome to stay and watch it is not essential.
To register your simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 0430 788 703
Mark Lee Football Coaching
0430 788 703
Twitter – @MarkLeeFC
Before school morning tennis is back in Term 1 with Andy Mackechnie.
Please click on the following link for the registration form and more information.