Message from the Executive Administration Team
Dear parents and caregivers
As we approach the holidays, we can reflect on a very different start to the year. There have been significant challenges which have impacted on student, staff and community wellbeing. I know the school community is tired and fatigued and will be welcoming the chance to reset and regroup as families. While COVID has been a large part of the term, we have also had a very productive term in classrooms with our students continuing to be engaged in high quality learning planned by our teachers and EAs. We look forward to another term of creativity and engagement in Term 2.
Farewell Mr Ramsey
This Friday is Mr Alan Ramsey’s last day at Wembley PS after almost 13 years at the school. While we would normally hold a farewell assembly with the community invited to attend, with the current restrictions we have had to modify how we say goodbye. At 2:50pm on Friday, we will gather for a brief farewell on the basketball courts, physically distancing our Year 3-6 students around the basketball court to say goodbye and acknowledge Alan for his service to our school over many years. Mr Ramsey has always had the community and your children at the heart of everything he does, we would like to send him off in a special way to thank him. The community is welcome to come along as it is just before pick-up time and outdoors but please wear your masks.
Holiday reporting – positive cases:
As you will hopefully have seen, a new positive case reporting system has been established to improve the way the Admin team process communications about students and household members testing positive for COVID-19. Over the holidays, the Admin team will be taking a break and the school email address will not be monitored regularly.
During the holiday break, please report positive cases of WPS students only via this link here, which is also on the school’s COVID-19 tab. We will need to report positive cases to the Department at the conclusion of the holidays. During the school term, please also use this form to notify the school if a household member tests positive. It is not necessary to report household members during the holiday break.
If your child does test positive on the first weekend of the school holidays, a notification will be sent directly to affected families, as the 48 hours before a positive test is classified as the infectious period.
Thank you to all families for how you have engaged with the school throughout this term. The positive culture at Wembley PS has ensured we have weathered the bumps in the road and kept our students learning and engaged, whether it be at home or in class. We greatly value this community partnership and thank the School Board and P&C for their unwavering support and understanding. While it’s not over yet, we feel prepared and ready to keep responding to the pandemic in the coming months and will continue doing all we can to keep learning but also the health and wellbeing of both students and staff at the centre of all we do.
Teaching and Learning
As we approach ANZAC Day and our own school service on Friday, the Year 6s in Room 18 have been exploring poetry around this important commemorative national event. This original poem bv Drea, Jessie and Juliette in Room 18 was written for our school service. What a powerful piece of creativity from these talented students. I’m sure you will agree that the imagery and vocabulary is seriously impressive. Thank you Drea, Jessie and Juliette for sharing your poem, which will be read aloud by Drea at the service on Friday.
Engagement and Relationships
A link to the election has been sent to all parents and carers with an email address registered for the school. The email has been sent using School Survey, which is the Department of Education WA’s platform for these types of elections. Each nominee has provided a short bio and you have a unique election link for voting. The election closes this Friday 8 April at 8pm. It is hoped we will be able to announce the successful parent representatives by the end of Week 1, following verification of the results.
This Friday 8 April at 9am, the last day of Term 1, we will be holding a COVID safe ANZAC Day event to pay our respects to those who have protected our country’s way of life in years gone by. Students will be in their classrooms watching the live event, with Year 6s reading poems and The Year 6 Petite Chorale singing. Former WPS student Ethan Turnbull will also be returning to play The Last Post and Reveille.
While we can’t have parents and special guests attend this event, we are glad that we can pay our respects ahead of the official day on the 25 April.
Two students from each year level in Years 1-6 will lay a posy of flowers at the base of the flag pole during the service. Thank you to the P&C and parents who have volunteered to assist with this. A huge thank you to Julia Foulsham who has volunteered to make a wreath for the service.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday break.
Yours in learning
The Senior Leadership Team
Tamara, Milani, Alan, Rachel and Natalie
Important Dates and Information
TERM 1 – LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS – Friday 8 April 2022
TERM 2- FIRST DAY FOR STUDENTS – Tuesday 26 April 2022
TERM 2 DATES – Tuesday 26 April to Friday 1 July 2022
SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAY DURING TERM 2 – STUDENTS DO NOT ATTEND SCHOOL ON THIS DAY – Friday 3 June 2022
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS DURING TERM 2 – Monday 25 April and Monday 6 June 2022
CANTEEN REOPENS – Wednesday 27 April 2022
THE SCHOOL OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED – from 4pm Friday 8 April and will reopen on Tuesday 26 April 2022 (please note Monday 25 April is a public holiday).
SCHOOL GROUNDS SECURITY – Department of Education Security – 9264 4771 or 24 hour contact 9264 4632
Interschool Swimming Carnival – Champion School
Congratulations to our entire Year 4-6 interschool swim team who have done exceptionally well today and taken out 1st place to be named Champion School in the Gold division at the 2022 School Sport WA Primary Swimming Carnival. What an achievement!
In addition, these students were awarded year level champions.
Seb H – Year 6 Champion Boy
Erin C – Year 5 Champion Girl
Mia L – Year 4 Champion Girl
A huge effort by all swimmers today who have been training diligently before school for weeks.
A special thank you must go to our swim coach, parent Jayne Malone who has been absolutely amazing, volunteering her time to coach and train our swimmers before school. Thank you, Jayne! Thank you also to Simon Hazeldine who has assisted with training on Fridays and of course to our dedicated physical education teachers Jon Bowman and Kath Watson. We are so very proud of our students, fantastic effort Team Wembley!
***Final Call for Sushi Orders***
We’re at the end of the term already!
BIG thanks to all of our volunteers who have helped us in the canteen during Term 1. I hope you know just how valuable and appreciated you are.
Our roster for Term 2 has plenty of shifts available so if you’re a forward planner, please feel free to nab your favourite shift via our sign up link here
Last Day of Term
We still need plenty of help this Friday for our last day of term and with extra hands, we are hoping to bake some Easter treats.
If anyone has an hour or two to spare, we’re sure to put your skills to valuable use and like many, you will leave with a great sense of achievement.
Wishing you all a relaxing Easter holiday break.
Entertainment Membership Fundraising
With School Holidays and Easter fast approaching, now is the perfect time to purchase an Entertainment Membership.
For a limited time, you will receive a bonus gift card up to $30* with your purchase on top of your 12-month Membership. And Memberships are now valid for 12-months from the date of your purchase!
Plus, Wembley Primary School receives up to $46 per membership sale towards our school’s fundraising.
Purchase yours today at https://www.entertainment.com.au/orderbooks/835b76
P&C Fundraising Sub-Committee
Cookbooks are Back!!!
Last year the P&C Fundraising Sub-Committee started organising a school cookbook to be published, featuring YOUR family/favourite recipes! We had lots of recipes submitted but not as many as we wanted, plus due to time restraints, we were unable to have the cookbook published in time for the Christmas Carnival.
We are now re-launching the cookbooks with recipe submissions open again, and with plenty of time to have the books printed for Term 4 and the Wembley Family Fun Day!
We would love for more families from within the school to submit a recipe for consideration in this cookbook. Please note that we will be editing the recipes and deleting any double ups, so please feel free to submit more than one.
The submission process is SUPER simple – just head to www.PublishedAuthors.com.au, click on the ‘Submit Your Receipt Here’ button, then choose ‘Wembley Primary School’ from the drop down menu. Complete the form, fill in your recipe details and submit. That’s it!
We cannot wait to see all the amazing recipes that come through. This will be a keepsake of not only the school but also your child’s time there, for many years to come.
Pre-orders for the cookbook will be available via Qkr! in Term 4.
If you are a local business and would also like to purchase advertising space in the cookbook, please contact Victoria Martelli at email@example.com to enquire.
Recipe submissions are open until 5pm Friday 1 July.
P&C Fundraising Sub-Committee
Wembley Family Fun Day 2022
You may have heard through the grapevine that the four-yearly school fete has been rebranded this year to the Wembley Family Fun Day. This will be held on Saturday 26 November from 3-7pm across the school oval, the Wembley Community Centre car park and Rutter Park. Carols by Candlelight will follow the event on the school oval from 7.30pm.
This is the P&C’s biggest fundraiser but we cannot do it alone.
Whilst there will be requests for more specific support later in the year, right now we would like to reach out to the school community who may have businesses and offer them the chance to consider being a sponsor of this large-scale, fun-filled, community event.
If you would like to view the sponsorship packages available or find out more details, please contact the Wembley Family Fun Day treasurer, Honor Borg at firstname.lastname@example.org
And don’t forget to mark Saturday 26 November in your calendar now!
P&C Fundraising Sub-Committee
Tennis Program – Term 2, 2022
The Floreat Park Tennis Academy is offering their coaching program at Wembley PS before school again in Term 2, along with programs at their club and holiday clinics. Please click on the following links for more information.
Young Engineers Club (YEC) – Term 2, 2022
Young Engineers is on again in Term 2, 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 would have received the email invitation for registration. For those new to Young Engineers Club, registration is now open using the links below.
Thursday – After-School (3:30 pm-4:45 pm at Science/ STEM Room)
Pre-primary – Year 2: Lego Engineering
Year 3 – 6: Lego Engineering & Robotics
Enquiries: email@example.com / 0406 542 912
Chess Club – Term 2
Please click on link to register: https://www.trybooking.com/BYKCY
Community News – YMCC Junior Hockey – Girls in Years 5 and 6
Would you like to give hockey a try this season? It’s a fabulous sport with fun training’s at Perry Lakes grounds and games against clubs from other areas of Perth.
YMCC Hockey club is a family friendly community club with beautiful home grounds at Alderbury reserve, Perry Lakes.
Games for Year 5/6 girls are Saturday mornings and training is Tuesday evenings at 5pm to 6.15pm.
We welcome players who are new to the sport as well as ones who have played before. The first game is Term 2 so lot’s of time to join up.
YMCC has teams in all grades of juniors and senior hockey , from kids in Kindy to Masters in over 70s ! We are one of the largest clubs in WA and have a wonderful social culture with events like the Bunbury Hockey Carnival weekend being a club tradition. Many of our junior players represent the state and also Australia in tournaments each year.