Message from Administration
Dear parents and caregivers
We are off to a great start for our last term of the school year. Our students have come back to school motivated, ready to learn and excited about the many events ahead. It is always my favourite term of the year, with so many celebrations of the learning and progress made by students throughout the year. It is so rewarding for our staff to see how far our students have come, socially and academically, as we near the end of the year.
Year 6 Camp: Tomorrow, our Year 6 students head off for their camp in Waroona. They have an exciting agenda of activities during their time away, including kayaking, abseiling, raft building, talent quest and more. Our Year 6s will have the opportunity to strengthen friendship bonds and keep building their independence and resilience in their time away as they approach their final few weeks of primary school and prepare to enter high school.
It takes a huge amount of planning and organisation to take 110 students to a three day camp. A huge thank you must go to the entire Year 6 teaching team for all their hard work and also to the P&C Year 6 fundraising sub-committee who have helped throughout the year to coordinate activities to bring down the costs of Year 6 camp and graduation for our families. Thank you must also go to Ms McCarthy, Mr Porteous, Mrs Thuang, Mrs Harper, Ms O’Malley, Miss Smith, Mr Bowman and Mrs Hunter for the huge commitment in accompanying our students on camp. They give up time with their own children and families (and sleep!) to make sure our students have an amazing, safe time away on camp. I’m also joining them on camp on Thursday and Friday and can’t wait to share in the memories with our graduating students.
COVID-19: As you will know, the mandatory isolation period has ended for people who test positive for COVID-19. Although isolation protocols have ended, COVID is still present in the community. As a school, we will continue to keep rooms well ventilated and ensure hygiene is a top priority. Anyone who is unwell is encouraged to take a RAT and stay home until symptoms resolve. Please register your child’s absence on Compass if your child is absent due to illness.
People who test COVID-19 positive, are encouraged to stay home until symptoms resolve and register their positive RAT with Health. Anyone who is a close contact is encouraged to test daily for 5 days and only attend school following a negative RAT result. It is no longer necessary to inform the school if your child is a close contact.
Due to isolation no longer being mandatory, the COVID-19 reporting form will no longer be used to report positive cases. If your child tests positive, it is still necessary to inform the school but please do this by adding COVID as the reason for absence when adding an attendance note on Compass. Although COVID cases have significantly decreased, we can all do our part to limit transmission by staying home when unwell.
Teaching and Learning
Scitech Challenge Day: Last week, a small group of Year 5 students represented Wembley at this annual event hosted by Scitech accompanied by Mrs Sue Webber, our Science specialist teacher.
Tyler, Archie, Daniel, Zoe, Maeve, Vikash, Claire and Miles engaged in a series of challenges and activities designed to test scientific inquiry skills, STEAM design thinking capabilities and creative habits of learning such as collaboration and persistence. Students investigated properties of rocks and meteorites, visited the Planetarium and applied their new knowledge of planets and stars and measured the force from impact after designing a test vehicle for an astronaut re-entering from space. Thank you Mrs Webber for always encouraging our students to get involved in Science and STEM!
Instructional Model: While our students and families were enjoying their last two days of school holidays, our staff were engaged in two days of professional learning, reflection and connection. A focus for our teaching staff over the past few months has been on engaging in professional dialogue and review of the research into how students learn best, including educational psychology and cognitive science.
We are nearing the end of a collaborative process to create a whole school instructional model for explicit teaching practices in the school based on the evidence, particularly for the core foundational learning areas of literacy and numeracy. The instructional model will detail the specific elements of learning sequence design that should be included by teachers when planning and monitoring engagement and acquisition of learning.
This consistent language will provide the basis for connected practices when teaching students across the school. As you saw during our inquiry learning showcase last term, we already have an existing whole school inquiry learning model, which focuses on using the curriculum to ask big questions, drive curiosity, devise creative solutions, apply foundational competencies and expand student’s thinking skills. The explicit teaching instructional model will complement this approach. We look forward to sharing this model with the community once finalised.
WPS Colour Run: On the last day of Term 3, we ended the term on a high and a splash of colour. Our students and staff had lots of fun getting messy! A big thank you to the P&C Fundraising sub-committee for all their hard work organising the event, in particular Victoria Martelli. Thank you must also go to all the parents who came and volunteered on the day.
Interschool Athletics Carnival: In the last week of Term 3, the final interschool athletics event was held in Floreat with team games, individual sprints and relays to end the competition. Our students were outstanding on the day, showing such resilience and perseverance throughout each event. Wembley PS were victorious on the day, winning the Champion shield for the 11th year in a row. A fantastic team effort.
This year, Wembley PS was the organising school and our Physical Education teachers Mr Bowman and Mrs Watson did a magnificent job. Thank you to Jayne Malone, Robin Carvolth and Anna Teh for volunteering their time on the day to assist with announcing and scoring.
Kindy Playground Upgrade: Over the holidays, an under-utilised area of our Kindergarten playground had an upgrade, with some artificial turf for an additional outdoor learning area and shade sails installed over both the turf and mud kitchen.
I would like to thank parent Shohan Johnson-Kain for partnering with the school to plan and coordinate the works over the holidays. As a landscape architect, her expertise and contacts in the industry were invaluable in getting this project done in a short amount of time. I also thank the K/PP P&C sub-committee for contributing to the costs for this upgrade, Without P&C support, improvements such as these to the school grounds are very difficult to achieve. Our Kindergarten students now have a wonderful addition to the outside area just in time for the great weather ahead.
‘Collaborate, Connect, Communicate and Care’.
Yours in learning
The Senior Leadership Team
Tamara, Milani, Stacey and Natalie
The annual Wembley PS French themed recess will be on again this year! Have your taste buds tantalised with delicious French cuisine on Wednesday 26 October at the canteen.
On our menu this year we have:
Petits Croissants with ham and cheese / tomato and cheese $2
Pommes Noisettes (warm potato balls) $1.50
Petits Savoury Escargots $1
Mousse au chocolat $3
French Crêpes with fresh strawberry coulis $2
Eiffel Tower cookies $1.50
Fresh sparkling Lemonade $1.50
Chocolat chaud with marshmallows (hot chocolate) $2
We look forward to seeing everyone enjoy a little taste of France!
Ohh la la, it’s the event of the year!
French Recess is next Wednesday 26th October and will be cash sales in the undercover area.
Parents, bring your berets and best French accents and come to help serve at 10.30am or anytime on Tuesday 25th to help prep for the big soiree.
Halloween Recess is on Monday 31st October. This is by pre-order which will open up a week prior.
Kids can enjoy a ghastly ghost Sippah straw with a carton of fresh milk and a spooky Halloween cupcake.
Mid Term Sushi Day will be in week 5
Volunteers and Gift a Shift
As always, we are in need of volunteers to serve the kids and assist with making sandwiches and toasties, weighing up ingredients, making cookies, packing baskets and simple jobs like sticking labels onto lunch bags.
Don’t be afraid! There is no way you can get anything wrong because you’re always buddied up with someone fun!
Sign up here if you can help.
You’re going to love it! And you get to check out and enjoy our fabulous new kitchen.
Gift a Shift is also available for those keen to help but can’t.
With your donation, we pay a casual worker to come in to fill a necessary shift in the kitchen.
You can find the details and payment link in the P&C section of QKR!
P & C Meeting
Please join us in the school library tonight, Tuesday 18 October at 7:30pm for our Term 4 General P&C meeting. All are welcome! Attending via Zoom is also an option, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for login details.
P & C News
Canteen Stage 1 Complete!!
I am pleased to share that we have achieved completion of Stage 1 of the canteen upgrade. Hooray!
Genna and the team have already been up to all their tricks – creating amazing treats for our lucky kids and staff.
Firstly, I would like to send a massive thank you to Vanessa Saunders for all her hard work behind the scenes, not least in making sure that the project was able to happen over the term break. It’s been a massive couple of years planning and fundraising and it’s so nice to be able to see the dream play out.
And she hasn’t stopped either – Vanessa has moved on to organising the next phase. You are an amazing asset, and we are lucky to have you!
Second massive thank you needs to go to Genna – she has been at work all holidays
sorting and planning and getting the canteen Term 4 ready.
A new menu has been approved and once again, our kids are being spoilt beyond belief!
I would also like to thank the previous P&C members who are no longer here but were
instrumental in the inception of the Canteen upgrade, as well as all those who have had
a role in getting the project to this point.
All the volunteers in the canteen, all the fundraising ideas and events – you have all made this project happen – and WPS is lucky to have such a fantastic and supportive community!
Roll on stage 2 with a much needed walk in cooler!
WPS P&C President
A parent from the school community has kindly organised to send old school uniforms to kids in South Africa. A box has been placed opposite the library (near the recycling area) for families to place any old uniforms in. Please ensure there are no holes, some stains are okay.