Message from the Executive Administration Team
Dear parents and caregivers
I hope all the mums and mother figures in our community had a wonderful day on Sunday and everyone enjoyed the autumn sunshine! I had a lovely day with my family and I hope you all did too.
COVID-19: With community transmission still very high, parents and carers will be pleased to know that the Department of Education has allocated 20 free Rapid Antigen Tests for each student. We expect to receive our allocation tomorrow. I have reached out to the P&C and classroom representatives to assist with distribution. The tests must be distributed direct to parents in the primary school setting due to a TGA warning on the box about keeping the tests out of reach of children. I thank the team of helpers who have sprung into action to assist and would be grateful to any parents who could help with this mammoth task. Please contact your classroom rep if you can help. Distribution will commence in the coming days with more information to follow by email.
Before school supervision: Increasingly, students have been arriving at school earlier and earlier over the past few weeks. The school gates officially open at 8:20am when there are enough staff onsite to ensure student safety. The gates may be open earlier as the gardener and cleaners are undertaking their duties and deliveries may arrive at the school canteen, however this does not indicate that students are able to be dropped off. The only reason students should be dropped off prior to 8:20am is for cross country training, choir or other extra-curricular activities such as soccer or tennis when adults can take duty of care for children.
If your child arrives between 8:20am and 8:30am, they need to wait under the eaves of the undercover area. Students are then able to play for a few minutes before the classroom doors open at 8:35am. Apart from handball, there are no basketball or other games that can be played before school due to the sheer number of people moving around at drop off time.
If you have work commitments or the need to drive to different schools for other children which require your child to have care before 8:20am, please contact the YMCA to organise before school care. Our primary focus is on safety and students should not be left unattended while there are no staff to supervise. If your child walks, rides or scoots to school please talk to them about the best time to leave home so they arrive after 8:20am. We appreciate your support in keeping kids safe.
Teaching and Learning
NAPLAN: Over the next two weeks, starting today, our Year 3 and 5 students will be participating in NAPLAN. This snapshot in time provides information about how your child is progressing in relation to reading, writing, numeracy, spelling and punctuation and grammar. These national measures are just one of the assessments conducted throughout the year to determine next steps in learning for students. They also provide the school with valuable data to inform our whole school planning. As parents will know, these tests don’t represent everything your child can do. We feel it’s important to celebrate all the unique talents and qualities of our students.
The best way to assist your child in Year 3 or 5 throughout this period is to maintain normality and routines with plenty of sleep, healthy eating and minimal attention on the tests. Our classroom teachers are also doing their part to keep the school environment calm and happy. Most assessments are being conducted this week, leaving plenty of time next week for catch up tests if any students are away unwell or in isolation.
The assessments take time to be processed and we don’t expect to receive any individual results until Term 3 at the earliest. Next year, the timing of NAPLAN is being shifted to Term 1 to enable the data to be used earlier in the year to inform teaching. Further information will be provided later in the year once schools have been given more details.
WPS Indigenous Design: We are excited to share with you the beginning stages of our journey towards including a unique and original indigenous design in our school uniform. The focus for this design is on local connections to Country, our school culture and student agency. Thank you to indigenous artist and educator Rosie Paine, the 2021 Student Representative Council, our Reconciliation Action Plan committee, the School Board and students and staff for their engagement in this process so far.
‘Collaborate, Connect, Communicate and Care’.
Yours in learning
The Senior Leadership Team
Tamara, Milani, Rachel, Stacey and Natalie
Applications to enrol into Kindergarten 2023 are now open. If your child is born between 01 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 they are eligible to enrol for 2023.
Applications close on 22 July 2022.
Please download an application form from our website. We do not need any other documents at this stage – just the application form.
Please complete and deliver to our administration office or email to: email@example.com
In Term 3, 2022, closer to the issuing of Council Rates Notices 2022/23, parents of our existing Kindergarten students will receive in the mail relevant documents for enrolling in Pre-primary 2023, until then no action is required.
Our Faction Cross Country Carnival will take place on the school oval in Week 6 on Wednesday 1 June. Years 4, 5 and 6 students will be first, from approximately 9am to 10.30am. Years 1, 2 and 3 students will take place after recess from approximately 11.15am until 12.30pm.
Parents and spectators are welcome.
Interschool Cross Country will take place in Week 8 on Wednesday 15 June at City Beach Oval.
Starting at approximately 11.30am, bus will depart school at approximately 11am.
Parents and spectators are also welcome at this event.
Training will continue this week. It runs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings starting at 7.45am.
Please meet at the gate of the oval. Training is open to PP to Year 6 students and will run until Week 8.
Choir members are encouraged to attend choir on their respective morning and come to cross country training on the other mornings.
If it is raining, training will not take place.
Physical Education Specialist
Thank you to all of our WPS Community for supporting our Mothers Day breakfast packs and preserves.
An extra big thank you to Paula, our volunteer graphic design guru for creating our labels and to all of our volunteers who helped pack, gift wrap and manage our stall and collection point.
The gift of your time is most invaluable!
Much to our delight, our decadent Maple Nut Granola has received fabulous reviews so it will now become part of our regular take home treats available after school on Fridays or via Quickcliq.
Our stacks depend on our weekly workload and volunteer help so they may not be available every week. See Quickcliq Notes and the P&C Facebook page for updates.
This week’s roster is looking grim. Volunteers needed and greatly appreciated.
Please sign up here and come in for some really good, fun times!
Wembley Family Fun Day Poster Competition
LAST CHANCE – CALLING ALL STUDENTS!
The Wembley Primary School P&C Association Fundraising Sub-Committee is looking for a FANTASTIC poster to promote the Wembley Family Fun Day 2022, so we are running a competition open to ALL Wembley Primary School students to find one.
Think bright colours, lots of fun, rides, animal farm, ponies, food trucks, market stalls and live entertainment.
Don’t forget to mention the date and time too!
Let your imaginations run wild and dive deep into your artistic realms.
Submissions have been extended until THIS Friday 13 May. Please take a photo of your child’s work and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or your child can hand into the school office. Please make sure their name and room number is on it.
The winning poster will be voted on by the P&C Executive Committee at their next meeting on 17 May 2022.
Churchlands SHS Tour and Enrolment
CSHS is holding their first school tour of the year on Friday 20 May.
The tour is aimed at the parents of the older students in Years 5 and 6 and we will run another tour on 24 June aimed at parents of Years 1 – 4.
Although, anyone can attend on either date, you will not be turned away.
Year 7 2023 enrolments will open on Monday 13 June and close on Friday 22 July 2022.
This year, families can complete their enrolment online, including all applications for special programs (AFL and swimming).