August 9th, 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 9th Crumbs & Co orders close today
Wednesday 9th Naplan Awards Ceremony Grades 3-6 (Basketball court) 2.45pm
Thursday 10th Second Hand Uniform Sale 3pm - 4pm (North end of hall)
Friday 11th Foundation 2024 - Written Enrolment Confirmation
Friday 11th Dance Club/Choir Payment & Consent due - Selected students
Friday 11th Working Bee - 5/6C, 3/4M, FI
Monday 14th – 18th National Science Week
Tuesday 15th Curriculum Day – Network Student Free Bookings now available at
Friday 18th CRUMBS & CO DRIVE - Orders to be collected from school in the afternoon. Details to come
Monday 21st Mitchell District Athletics Championships Payment and Consent Due - Grades 3-6 Selected Students only
Wednesday 23rd Book Week Parade 9.10am - Dress up as your favourite book character (Weather permitting)
Wednesday 23rd - Tuesday 29th Book Fair
Monday 21st – Friday 25th Book Week – Read, Grow, Inspire
Friday 25th Mitchell District Athletics - Grades 3 - 6 Selected Students only
Wednesday 30th Father’s Day Stall
Friday 8th Working Bee - 5/6E, 3/4N, 1/2E, FK
Wednesday 13th Wandong Gratitude Games #tabloidsportsday Consent & Payment Due
Thursday 14th R U Ok? Day
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 12th 2024 Foundation Transition Day


2024 Enrolments Finalised

It was great to meet our new Foundation 2024 families last week for our Launchpad Program. Enrolments are now closed, and we look forward to Launchpad Learning beginning next week. This officially starts our Foundation transition and preparing our students for school.

At this stage we are at capacity, and we ask that you please email the office as soon as possible if you are looking at moving from Wandong next year. This early notification helps us ensure other families have the opportunity to enrol and are currently on a ‘wait list’.


Slap Face, Measles or Chickenpox at Wandong Primary School

Please be aware that students in our school community are currently receiving medical treatment. 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.

It’s OK to lose – why we need to stop shielding kids from failure

I urge our families to listen to this interview with Hugh Van Cuylenberg from the Resilience Project and educator and parenting expert, Clark Right.

Some key quotes:

  • Are they missing out on vital life skills that demand resilience?
  • It comes from a loving place but we are wrapping our kids in cotton wool.
  • We need to step back as parents.
  • Gratitude, empathy, mindfulness, failure and hardship to have a life where they can resolve problems themselves.
  • Kids are scared of failing and so don’t take positive risks; therefore, they’re not going to experience adversity to become resilient.
  • We don’t get a trophy for just rocking up to work, we need to mimic real life.
  • We have to back our teachers in more, they are highly skilled and highly trained.
  • We need to let kids lose and unwrap children from cotton wool.
  • We don’t protect our kids by making them happy all the time.
  • We are in a world that demands resilience.


Please note from our calendar that Tuesday next week, the 15th of August is a pupil free day. Staff will be collaborating on all thing’s wellbeing, with our classroom teachers and integration support honing in on how we are supporting our students. Please reach out to TheirCare who will be running a program on that day.

Child Safety!

Children have the right to be safe and protected, including at school. Wandong Primary School is committed to keeping children safe. Child abuse, and arrangements that allow it to occur, will not be tolerated at our school. Please take the time to read our relevant policies and information surrounding Child Safe Standards, which can be found on our public website. Please be aware that you can contact Stephanie Pollock (Assistant Principal), Jessica Woods (Coordinator in charge of Student Wellbeing) or me as Principal at any time through the office. In our role as the schools Child Safety leaders, it is our responsibility to ensure that we provide authoritative advice, raise awareness and ensure all staff have the relevant training.


Recently I checked the attendance rates for students so far this year. It was fantastic to see a number of children with excellent attendance. Less than 5 days absence so far this year. Unfortunately, there are a number of children who have had a significant absence rate already this year. Some interesting information:

  • 40 days absence per year is equivalent to missing one day per week.
  • If your child misses more than 12 days per year, then they could miss over half a year of learning from Prep to Year 10.
  • If your child misses more than 20 days per year, then they will miss over one year of learning from Prep to Year 10.
  • If your child misses 36 days per year, then they could miss over two years of learning from Prep to Year 10.

Coming to school everyday to learn is an absolute necessity. Our students cannot learn effectively if they have a significant number of days off, or even if they are regular late comers. 


SEW in 34M

This week, 34M looked at the catastrophe scale.

This session developed students’ emotional literacy by looking at emotions, how we cycle through emotions, what zone our emotions sit within and how they translate to the catastrophe scale. Students looked at the ‘bigger picture’ to understand that even though an event may seem like the big problem, when we look at the bigger picture we can see that the problem we are having is not the worst problem and can be solved using a few simple steps and the ability to self-regulate.


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 current day if 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.


Next Meeting: Thursday August 24th @ 9.15am in the staffroom


On August 11, the classroom with the most change will be the lucky receipients of a move afternoon complete with snacks!! 



PAFA is asking families with any unwanted soft toys or books to donate them to the school for the fete in 2023. The items must be in great condition as they will be on sold to a new family for them to be loved.

Books can be children’s, young adult or adult, fiction or non-fiction, but please ensure that covers and content is appropriate for the schoolyard.

Soft toys can be donated if they are machine washable. Simply to ensure we can give all toys a good wash before they go to their new home.

Donations can be dropped at the office. Thanks in advance.

Sponsors for the School Fete

If you would like information on becoming a sponsor for the 2023 fete please text Steph on 0408 039 935.


Just a friendly reminder that our order will close TOMORROW! (Wednesday 9th August)

We are truly grateful for all those families who have already placed orders & supported this fundraiser. PAFA are continuing to raise money for future needs in the school’s exciting Master Build.

Key details in case you missed them:

6pk frozen sausage rolls OR 12pk party sausage rolls $22

20pk frozen pork and ginger dumplings $24

Bake at home brownie mix $9

4pk assorted cookie dough-nuts $16

Gluten free is available… Just ask!

All orders are VIA FLEXISCHOOL APP ONLY, not in store. Simply select Wednesday 9th August as if you’re ordering lunch and select the fundraising tab. Please just ask for help if you are having any problems.


All orders must be collected from Wandong PS on Friday 18th August 3pm-3.45pm, location TBA. Please make sure to bring a freezer bag to pick up. Orders will not be distributed to classrooms.


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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