Message from Principal
Dear parents and caregivers
Welcome back to all our students and their families for the beginning of a new school term. Term 4 is always busy, yet exciting with a number of important school events leading up to the end of the school year.
At this stage of the year many of our students become a little less tolerant of the behaviours of others and conflicts emerge. Conflict is unfortunately a part of life that we deal with, no matter what age. I am sure we all have observed ‘unkind’ behaviours and as a parent I know that my own children could be downright mean to each other. Sometimes there is a misunderstanding of what is unkindness and what is bullying, and by defining the two correctly can help to teach our students resilience and how to cope with conflict.
Bullying is defined as “an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert)… Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying”. The key terms in the definition of bullying is ‘misuse of power’ and ‘repeated’. The key terms in the definition of what is not bullying is ‘between equals’ and while conflicts or mean and hurtful behaviour may upset a child tremendously, by labelling the mean behaviour ‘bullying’ we may be disempowering students.
It is important for our students to understand the difference between someone being insensitive or mean and what constitutes bullying behaviour because being able to successfully resolve and navigate these situations is a huge step in their emotional growth and maturity. If the situation is deemed to be simply mean or hurtful behaviour it is important not to over-play this through misleading terminology (ie bullying) and offer ways for the student to address and resolve this themselves. By defining the behaviour correctly we are encouraging our students to assess and respond in a way that with long term practice, creates resiliency and emotional maturity.
World Teacher’s Day in Australia
This year, World Teachers Day in Australia is being celebrated on Friday 27 October, in recognition of the contribution teachers make to education across the globe. Research states that the most important element that makes a difference to student outcomes is the teacher.
Wembley Primary School staff are simply the best! They work tirelessly to provide innovative teaching and learning programs for all our students. A huge thank you to the staff for being part of the Wembley Team.
To our families, I would like to say thanks to all of you who have contributed to our school in ways small, large and unimaginable! So many of you have supported our work in countless ways and contributed to the P&C to provide additional resources to do what we dream and know is good for children. Thanks for getting your children to school on time each day, for kind notes of encouragement that mean so much, for sending your children with lunches obviously packed with love, for making sure homework gets done… and handed in. Thank you for providing rich and engaging, well-rounded experiences for your children and knowing that education is about joy, wonder and fostering curiosity, along with the development of social skills so needed to succeed. For these, and a million other things, the Staff at Wembley are truly grateful.
Have a wonderful week.
Department of Health Dental Screening
Pre-primary to Year 6 Students
The Dental Team from the School Dental Mobile will be visiting WPS to carry out Dental Screening of Pre-primary to Year 6 Students enrolled with the School Dental Service.
Date: Friday 27 October 2023
Time: 9am to 11am
Location: WPS medical room in administration office area
This is a simple procedure where disposable pop sticks are used to retract the cheeks to allow the Dental Officer to see how the teeth have developed. As a result of this, the Dental Officer may request to speak to the parents/guardians of some children. In most cases this will be to discuss orthodontic considerations.
Students whose parents/guardians have not given consent for treatment with the School Dental Service WILL NOT be examined.
If you have any concerns regarding Dental Screening, please contact the Therapy Centre on 0417 180 553.
Walk in My Shoes Charity Drive
A huge thank you to the community for supporting the Year 3s in the Walk in My Shoes Charity drive late last term.
A little over 170 pairs of sneakers were donated and close to 200 jumpers. It was an incredible effort by the school community and the Year 3s were very grateful for the whole school’s support in their community project.
Over the holidays, the principal of Ngaanyatjarra Lands School was very grateful when he picked up the boxes of donations.
The Wingellina school children send their thanks.
Young Engineers Club – Term 4 After School Program
Commencing in Week 2 on Thursday 19 October 2023 for 9 weeks.
- Thursdays (3:30pm – 4:45pm) – PP to Year 2
- Thursdays (3:30pm – 4:45pm) –Years 3 to 6
Introducing Young Engineers, a Lego engineering program at Wembley Primary School that sparks the minds of primary school children and takes them on an extraordinary journey into the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics!
In our weekly sessions, students become young inventors as they build and program motorised LEGO® machines. These models are not just ordinary toys; they are working prototypes of real-world machines! Through this process, our curious learners get to explore scientific concepts while bringing their creations to life.
So, if you’re ready to unleash your child’s inner genius and set them on a path to future success, don’t miss out on Young Engineers!
Join us today and watch their imaginations soar!
E2 Young Engineers
Mark Lee Football Coaching – Term 4 Before School Soccer Program
- Dates Thursday 19th October to Thursday 23rd November, 2023
- Time 7.30-8.30am
- Cost $119 per child for 6 week program
To register or find our more information, contact details are:
0430 788 703
Mark Lee Football Coaching
P & C Association News
WPS Fundraising Committee