Once you have become a part of the Wandong Primary School community, your children will become the focus of a partnership between the school and your family. This partnership will ensure that each child receives the care, attention and opportunities that will help them learn, broaden their experience, and develop the self-confidence they will need to grow into successful, young adults.
- 8:50 a.m. – Bag Bell
Students are granted entry to the classroom to prepare for the day ahead. Students are not to enter classrooms without a teacher present.
- 9:00 a.m. School and teaching starts
- 11:00 a.m. – Recess
- 11:30 p.m. – Lessons resume
- 1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Lunch eating time
- 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Lunch Recess
- 2:30 p.m. – Lessons resume
- 3:30 p.m. – School dismissal
Students are expected to arrive on time for all school sessions. Parents are asked to ensure that children are sent or delivered to school on time.
The students at Wandong are encouraged to bring a snack of small cut-up pieces of fresh fruit and/or vegetables to eat at 10 a.m. each morning, while they are working.
Compass is a modular, web-based school management platform. Families can now log into Compass with their individual IDs to check for news items and approve student absences. Compass works on all modern browsers on any mobile or desktop device. There is also an app available for iPhone and iPad devices.
The Wandong Primary School Uniform encompasses the following items:
- WPS navy blue and white check school dress (mid-thigh to knee length)
- WPS navy blue skirt or tunic (mid-thigh to knee length)
- WPS navy blue track/bootleg pants/leggings
- Navy blue school shorts (mid-thigh to knee length)
- Navy blue cargo pants, track pants or cords
- Navy blue skorts (mid-thigh to knee length)
- Gold polo shirt or gold long-sleeved skivvy
- Navy blue school windcheater, bomber jacket or Grade Six jumper
- Wide-brimmed, navy blue school hat – Terms One and Four
Families can order uniform items a number of ways including through the Wandong Primary School Uniform Shop. We aim to make the process as quick and easy as possible.
Lost property – The administration staff collect lost property items throughout the week and endeavour to return all clearly labelled items to their rightful owners, either via the students directly or the class tub communication system. Please ensure that your items are clearly labelled.
All uniform items unable to be returned because they are not named, will be held for a period of two weeks. They will then be donated to our second-hand stall.
Second hand items – We will hold second-hand uniform stalls intermittently throughout the year and welcome donations that are in good condition to support our school community. If you require assistance with second-hand items prior to a stall, please contact our administration staff.
Home Reader Carry Case – The uniform shop has supplies of the Home Reader Carry Case. All Wandong Primary School students are encouraged to have one of the bags. The bags are durable and protect school books and important notes in transit to and from school.
Please visit our School Policies information which has our Uniform Policy.
Wandong values partnering with local businesses. Students are able to order lunch daily through ‘Crumbs & Co’ in Wandong. School lunches are delivered daily, prior to lunch eating time at 1:30 p.m. All lunches are ordered online through https://www.flexischools.com.au/ This site is also available in an easy-to-use app via your device’s app store.
We are proud to partner with TheirCare to provide our outside of school hours care program. To find out more about the program at our school, including hours of operation, fees and how to register please click here or on the program flyer link below.
Rail Street and Affleck Street Drop-off Zone – The area along the Rail Street and Affleck Street entrance of the school is a two-minute drop-off zone between the hours of 8:40 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. Please take care when dropping off or picking up your children in these ‘kiss and drop’ areas. We urge families to use this option for dropping off children in the mornings.
Surrounding Streets – We suggest you use legal street parking in the streets near the school. Please respect and be mindful of our neighbours and do not park on their lawns, nature strips or block their driveways. Legal parking areas are clearly marked by signage.
DET identifies Home Learning as an opportunity for parents or carers to participate in their child’s education. Home learning complements and reinforces classroom learning, fosters lifelong study habits and provides an opportunity for students to be responsible for their own learning. In partnership with the principal and teachers and after consultation with parents and students – School Council is responsible for developing and publishing a Home Learning Policy consistent with the Home Learning habits guidelines.
- To support and reinforce classroom learning.
- To develop positive learning, organisational and study habits.
- To develop a responsibility for self-learning.
Occasionally, our students contract an illness or condition. The list below highlights some of these illnesses and the time required for the student to be away from school. These timelines are to ensure the safety of the sick child as well as the other students in the school.
Any medical questions should be directed to your family doctor.
If there is a confirmed case of measles at the school and your child is not immunised, they will be excluded until 14 days after the first day of appearance of the rash in the last case. If unimmunised contacts are vaccinated within 72 hours of their first contact with the first case they may return to school.
The following lists some of the illnesses and the time your child will need to be absent from school.
- Chicken Pox:Until fully recovered or at least 5 days.
- Conjunctivitis:Until discharge from the eyes has ceased.
- Diarrhoea:Exclude until there has not been a loose bowel motion for 24 hours.
- Diphtheria:Until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery from infection.
- German Measles (Rubella):Until fully recovered or at least four days after onset of rash.
- Hand, Foot and Mouth Virus:Excluded from school until the blisters have gone. Return on Doctor’s advice.
- Head Lice:Parents are contacted immediately and children are excluded from school until they have been treated. Treatment solution is available from the chemist.
- Hepatitis A:Medical Certificate needed to resume, but not before 7 days after the onset of jaundice or illness.
- Herpes (Cold Sores):Young children should be excluded while the lesion is weeping. Lesions on exposed areas must be covered with a water tight dressing.
- HIV/Aids Virus:Exclusion is not necessary unless the child has a secondary infection.
- Impetigo (School sores):Until appropriate treatment has started. Sores on exposed areas must be covered with a water tight dressing.
- Influenza:Exclude until well.
- Leprosy: Exclude until approval to return has been given by the Secretary.
- Measles:Until at least four days from the appearance of rash or until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery from infection.
- Meningitis/Meningococcal Virus:Medical certificate required.
- Mumps:Until fully recovered. (9 days or until swelling goes down)
- Polio:Fourteen days minimum, plus a certificate.
- Ringworm:Until appropriate treatment has commenced.
- Salmonella, Shigella:Exclude until there has not been a loose bowel motion for 24 hours.
- Scabies:Until appropriate treatment has commenced.
- Scarlet Fever:Certificate needed.
- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS):Exclude until a medical certificate of recovery is produced.
- Slap Face:Not contagious once rash appears.
- Streptococcal infection (including scarlet fever):Exclude until the child has received antibiotic treatment for at least 24 hours and the child feels well.
- Tuberculosis:Until receipt of a medical certificate from a health office of the Department of Human Services that the child is not infectious.
- Typhoid:Certificate needed.
- Verotoxin producing Escherichia coli (VTEC):Exclude if required by the Secretary and only for the period specified by the Secretary.
- Whooping Cough / Pertussis:Exclude the child for 21 days after the onset of cough or until they have completed 5 days of a course of antibiotic treatment.
- Worms (Intestinal):Exclude until there has not been a loose bowel motion for 24 hours.
Wandong is pleased to offer instrumental lessons for students in Foundation to Year Six. Students may choose from:
- Bass Guitar
Students participate in 30-minute private lessons during and after school hours. Group lessons are also available for guitar and bass guitar. At Wandong Primary School, we are thrilled to offer a comprehensive music program that supports the development of students and young musicians. Enrolment forms are available at the office.
Wandong Primary School is a school of choice and parents enrol their children into our school because our curriculum far exceeds a standard program. Our parents choose our school because of the diversity and quality of our teaching and learning.
Each year, School Council makes considerable effort to ensure that the Parent Payments within our policy is fair and provides a number of options to support parents to access the materials and services associated with their child’s education.
Please visit our School Policies information which has our Parent Payment Policy.
School Councils play a key role in Victorian Government schools. Participating as a School Council member is a rewarding and challenging experience. The School Council supports the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students. School Council is consists of elected parents and staff members with the majority being parents. The team meets monthly. Every year, approximately half the Council terms expire. Nominations are called for in February and if need be, an election is held. A councillor term is for two years.
The Parents and Friends Association is an integral and important part of Wandong Primary School. PAFA work closely with School Council, staff, students and the school community as a whole. Parent support in our fundraising efforts is vital and we strongly encourage new membership. Fresh ideas are always most welcome.
The Strategic Plan is developed following a four-yearly school review.
The Strategic Plan is then broken into yearly Annual Implementation Plans, which guide the yearly provision of teaching and learning programs, the delivery of professional learning, the focus of student pathways and transitions and the allocation of financial and human resources.
In 2020, Wandong undertook our most recent four-year review, comparing our growth and progress over the past four years. A review process is very exciting as it allows the school to reflect on what has been achieved over this period of time and then decide upon the next steps in the learning journey.
Please find attached our current Annual Report