August 23rd, 2023

'The Puggle Post'


"Wandong Primary School...Making a difference by developing confident, independent and resilient learners who strive for personal excellence."

What's on What's Due

Wednesday 23rd Book Week Parade 9.10am - Dress up as your favourite book character (Weather permitting)
Wednesday 23rd Book Week Open Classroom Afternoon will be 3:00-3:30pm (Come and enjoy a book with your child in their classroom to celebrate Book Week. One adult guest per student)
Wednesday 23rd - Tuesday 29th Book Fair
Friday 25th Mitchell District Athletics - Grades 3 - 6 Selected Students only
Monday 28th Scholastic Book Club closes
Wednesday 30th Father’s Day Stall
Wednesday 30th ARTC Inland rail reference design sharing with community and feedback in church car park 2-30pm - 4pm
Thursday 31st August STEM Quantum Victoria Consent due for Foundation & 1/2 Classes
Tuesday 5th STEM Quantum Victoria Excursion 1/2C & 1/2E
Wednesday 6th STEM Quantum Victoria Excursion 12K & 1/2H
Thursday 7th ARTC Inland rail reference design sharing with community and feedback in church car park 2-30pm - 4pm
Friday 8th Working Bee - 5/6E, 3/4N, 1/2E, FK
Wednesday 13th Wandong Gratitude Games #tabloidsportsday Consent & Payment Due
Monday 11th STEM Quantum Victoria Excursion - 1/2S & 1/2L
Tuesday 12th STEM Quantum Victoria Excursion - FL & FC
Wednesday 13th STEM Quantum Victoria Excursion - FK & FI
Thursday 14th R U Ok? Day - Yellow themed dress up day
Thursday 14th ARE U OK? PIZZA Day - Order on Compass Canteen (Select this date)
Friday 15th Wandong Gratitude Games #tabloidsportsday
Friday 15th Last day Term 3 – 2:30 Dismissal
Saturday 16th – Friday 29th School Holidays
Friday 13th Grade 5/6 Surf Camp - Consent & Payment Due
Friday 13th Grade 3/4 Camp – Consent & Payment Due
Friday 13th Grade 1/2 Camp – Consent & Payment Due
Friday 13th Foundation Day Camp – Consent & Payment Due
Sunday 15th Dance Club/Choir - Selected students
Monday 30th Grandparents Day (All day)
Wed 8th – Fri 10th Grade 3/4 Camp
Mon 13th – Tues 14th Grade 1/2 Camp
Wednesday 15th Parent Event – Susan McLean – Cyber Cop, Keeping our Kids Safe Online. Please email or call the office to book in for this event
Friday 17th Foundation Day Camp
Mon 20th – Wed 22nd Grade 5/6 Surf Camp
Monday 4th Foundation 2024 Meet the Teacher
Tuesday 5th Funfields End of Year Pool Party - Consent and Payment Due
Thursday 7th Grade 6 Graduation - Consent and Payment due
Tuesday 12th 2024 Foundation Transition Day
Thursday 14th Grade 6 Graduation
Tuesday 19th Funfields - End of Year Pool Party


Staffing Update

We have been watching Mrs Cole slowly growing as she begins to plan for the arrival of her first baby later next term. We are excited to welcome Ms Lasota into 1/2C. Ms Lasota is currently working alongside Mrs Cole and will continue in this classroom for the rest of the year. Mrs Lasota will officially replace Mrs Cole on Monday 30th October and I know that you all join with me in wishing Chloe every joy as she transitions to motherhood.

Consents and Payments

Please ensure you are reading all communication through the newsletter and being pushed out directly on Compass. It is critical that all events are consented to and paid on time. Our teams invest significantly into planning and preparing our events and the timelines are so important to their schedule. All events have significant preparation, as I’m sure you can appreciate, and by actioning these promptly, it helps our teachers ensure an organised and successful event for our children.

Parent Payments – Curriculum Items – IMPORTANT

As we come hurtling towards the end of Term Three and Term Four is fast approaching, the budget requirements of 2024 are looming. Thank you to those who have finalised their payments for 2023, whether that be though small instalments or a bulk payment, thank you. Unfortunately, we are only at 53% payment, which significantly impacts our budgeting for 2024.


Please note that the important Curriculum payment, like our fruit and veg should be paid as priority over the Optional Education Items, the nice to have items like chocolate and chips, items such as camps and excursions.


The ongoing support of our families ensures that our school can offer the best possible education and support for our students.  We want to thank you for all your $160 parent payment and your support.  This has made a huge difference to our school and the programs we can offer. Within our school this support has allowed us to offer special curriculum experiences, enhanced digital learning opportunities, provision of computers (including laptops/iPads – when some schools have a Bring Your Own Device program), high quality school resources, extra sports equipment, library/ICT equipment, quality art and science supplies and consumables, along with the provision of new initiatives.


Please phone the office or action this small contribution asap, as 2024 payments will soon be loaded onto compass.

8.50am – your child should be walking into the classroom

Finally, please endeavour to have children at school on time for a 9 am start! It is important that students make it to their rooms on time for roll marking in the morning and to receive vital pieces of information on the day ahead and on various activities and events. Children who arrive after the teacher has taken the roll; their attendance will be marked as late. It could be embarrassing for children to walk into class late when their entire grade is sitting ready for learning. School is usually the first place where children are made aware of the importance of regular timekeeping. Arriving early will boost your child’s confidence for the day and set them in the right frame of mind for learning and achievement. If a child arrives late the whole class is disrupted, and the teacher must repeat the same things over and over again-losing valuable teaching time.

Help to make sure your child is given a good start in life by coming to school regularly and on time. Check this out for some great tips


Lollypops are not allowed at school. The plastic stick of the lollypop could cause a serious injury if a child swallows it or if they fall over causing the stick to puncture the back of a child’s mouth. Furthermore, please do not allow your children to bring or eat chewing gum at school.

Slap Face, Measles or Chickenpox at Wandong Primary School

PLEASE NOTE: We have had another confirmed case of slap face in one of our junior classrooms.

Please be aware that students in our school community are currently receiving medical treatment for other conditions. They participate actively in the normal school program without any major limitations. A major concern, however, is if this student develops slap face, measles or chickenpox, he/she can become seriously ill. I seek your cooperation in preventing this situation. If your son/daughter has or may have measles or chickenpox, I request that you do not send them to school during this period and notify the class teacher as soon as possible.



In SEW lessons our Foundation students have been learning about safe and unsafe games to play at school. First, students read a picture book about playground safety. Next, students were provided with pictures, where they had to discuss whether these games were safe or unsafe and why. Then, we came back together to place these behaviours on our safe and unsafe chart. Lastly, we went for a walk around the yard to discuss safe games we could play in these areas. We are so excited to play all the new safe games we learnt with our friends!


The SRC are excited to be partnering with ‘Lids4Kids’ for the remainder of 2023. This volunteer organisation help rescue plastic bottle lids from landfill and recycle them to protect our environment for future generations to come.

Please bring CLEAN milk, water or soft drink lids to school and place them in your classroom collection point.

We can’t wait to make a difference, one lid at a time!


Office Hours

Please note that the school office hours are 8:30am until 4:15pm.

Picking Up Children – Please help our admin team!

In exceptional circumstances and emergencies, at times children need to be collected from school early. Please help our wonderful administration team by ensuring that this is not done during the break times of 11:00-11:30am and 1:45-2:30pm. When children are outside playing with their friends, they do not hear the announcements and it is difficult to have a staff member unlock classrooms to collect bags and belongings. Please help support our classroom programs by waiting until 3:30pm to collect children. The admin area is growing quite hectic in the afternoons with families collecting children early Thank you in advance for your support and understanding.

IMPORTANT – Mobile Phone/Watch/Device Policy

In 2020, DET introduced strict restrictions on the use of any device with access to a cellular system, with or without a physical connection to a network. Where students bring a device of this type to school, it MUST be placed in secure storage at the office.

IMPORTANT – Student Information

It is very important we have up-to-date information for all students. Please check Compass and update current home & email addresses, phone numbers & medical details.

Uniform Orders


When ordering uniforms through Compass, use Canteen. See below for how to order

Going paperless will reduce waste & conserve our natural resources.

Please Note:

Select the following day as your order date if the current date is closed, even if it’s a weekend!

Log into the Compass App.

Select more at bottom of screen. 

Click on the Canteen button.



Select Place Order at bottom of screen.

Select Student.

Select Date. (Will have to select next date if  current date is cut off)

Select sitting e.g. Uniform



Click on item you require e.g Short Sleeve Polo.

Select how many you want and then select the size.

Add to cart.

Repeat for other items e.g. Bomber Jacket.

View Cart

Proceed to Checkout or create another order.



Wednesday 30th August.

Students will have the opportunity to come down to the stall and make their purchases with their class in their pre-allocated timeslot. All gifts are priced $1 – $12. Cash only. Bring a reusable bag to keep your purchases safe!

If you have the time to help run the stall on the day between 9am and 1.15pm, please let Steph Domino or Casey Lever know.

ARE U OK? PIZZA DAY:  Thursday 14th of September.

Large pizza slices $3.50

(Margherita, Hawaiian or BBQ Chicken)

Apple or Orange Juice Box $1.50



Select 14/9 and choose Pizza Day to order.


Ways to get involved:

  • Sponsor a stall (starts at $50 and you have your family name on the stall)
  • Grab a business sponsorship package ranging from $250-$1000
  • Volunteer your time to PAFA prior or on the day with setup and running of the event
  • Help your classroom teacher run a stand
  • Donate soft toys, books or milo tins
  • Hold a market stall
  • Have a special skill? We’d love to hear about it!

Need more info? Get in contact!

Steph 0408 039 935 or


Wandong Primary is pleased to offer instrumental lessons for students from Foundation to grade 6.

Thank you for your interest in the Instrumental Music Program at Wandong
Primary School.
Our program provides students with the opportunity to develop musicianship
skills, build confidence and collaborate with others to deliver performances.
Above all, we aim to foster peoples love of music, have fun and stay creative.


Please find below, the conditions of our program and Enrolment form.

Fee Description 2023 Term 1 (10 Weeks) Term 2 (10 weeks) Term 3 (10 weeks) Term 4 (10 weeks)
Individual Lessons $390 $390 $390 $390

Please read carefully to ensure your child’s maximum involvement and development.

In order to continue and develop their skills, students are encouraged to
show evidence of regular practice. Below is a recommended guide for weekly
practice times:

Beginners: 15-20 minutes, 3 days a week
After one year: 30 minutes, 4 days a week
After two years: 40 minutes, 5-6 days a week

Payment Terms & Withdrawal from the Instrumental Music Program

1. An invoice will be sent at the beginning of each term and is to be paid,
in full, via Direct Deposit.
2. Fees must be paid by the due date. Failure to do so will result in lessons
being stooped until payment has been made.
3. Unless notified, the instrumental teacher assumes all students in the
program will automatically continue lessons each term. A verbal or written
notification to the instrumental teacher is required to withdraw students
from the program. Notice needs to be received 2 weeks prior to the end
of the term, to avoid incurring the next term’s fees.


About the program

TheirCare provides adventurous and stimulating Before & After School Care Programs in a safe environment for all children. During sessions children develop life skills, friendships, confidence and creativity through play.

Wandong Primary School has partnered with TheirCare to provide this service to your school which includes quality care, booking flexibility, amazing programming for your children and commitment to deliver on our promise to your school community.

Operation Times Fees* Out of Pocket Average^
Before School Care 6:30am - 8:45am $21.00 $3.15 - $21.00 $4.83
After School Care 3:30pm - 6:30pm $23.00 $3.45 - $23.00 $5.29
Pupil Free Day 6:30am - 6.30pm $103.00 $15.45 - $103.00 $23.69
Holiday Program 6:30am - 6.30pm $103.00 $15.45 - $103.00 $23.69
Late Booking Cancellation Fee Within 48 hours $5.00
Cancellation Fee Same Day Full Fee See BSC/ASC

Service Phone Number: 0497 877 771  Your Service coordinator will be available during sessions times.  TheirCare support is available during office hours if required on 1300 072 410

How to Enrol

Visit Theircare website: and click on ‘Book Now’ in the top right hand corner to register your child’s details

*Standard fees excluding incursions/excursion costs

^Based on ABS published average family income for the suburb the school is located

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