December 6th, 2023

'The Puggle Post'

OUR SCHOOL VISION:

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

What's on What's Due

DECEMBER 2023
Mon 4th - Fri 8th Gratitude Week
Wednesday 6th Day Tour Trail Ride. Great Vic Rail Trail - Consent/Payment due - Selected Students only
Thursday 7th Grade 6 Graduation - Consent and Payment due
Friday 8th Foundation 2023 Pyjama Day
Friday 8th Foundation 2024 Transition Day #4 - 9.10am - 10am
Friday 8th Day Tour Trail Ride. Great Vic Rail Trail - Selected Students 9am - 3pm
Monday 11th Pizza in the Park 2023 Consent due - selected students only
Monday 11th Parent helper morning tea in the Library 11am - 11.30am
Tuesday 12th Whole School Transition Morning - 9am - 10am
Tuesday 12th 2024 Foundation Transition Day - Teddy Bear Picnic at 9.15am
Thursday 14th Grade 6 Graduation
Friday 15th Pizza in the Park - 200 Nights of Reading 12.30pm - 1.30pm - Selected students only
Monday 18th School Fete 3.30pm - 7pm
Tuesday 19th Funfields - End of Year Pool Party
Wednesday 20th Last Day of Term - 1.30pm dismissal
JANUARY 2024
Tuesday 30th First Day Term 1, Grades 1 - 6
February 2024
Friday 2nd First Day Term 1 - Foundation
Monday 19th School photo day - Whole school
Wednesday 21st Alternate day - Meet the teacher 2pm - 7pm
Monday 26th Foundation 2025 Touring Wandong - 6pm
March 2024
Monday 4th Foundation - start full time
Monday 4th School photo catch up day
Monday 5th School photo catch up day again!
Monday 11th Labour Day Holiday - No students
Monday 18th Foundation 2025 Touring Wandong - 6pm
Tuesday 26th Foundation 2025 Touring Wandong - 10am
Wednesday 27th Curriculum Day - No Students – If your child requires care, please book in at https://theircare.com.au/
Thursday 28th End of Term 1
April 2024
Monday 15th First Day Term 2
Monday 15th Foundation 2025 enrolment applications can be accepted

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Watchful Eye and January

For those of you who live near the school I would appreciate you keeping a watchful eye on our school over the holiday break. If you notice anything suspicious, please notify D24 on 000 or Wallan Police on 5783 0400.

Especially keep a look out for the graffiti artists who tend to visit schools each holiday period, and for those people who decide climbing on the roof is a challenge they can’t resist. Please call the police immediately if you see either of these things happening.

 

Early Arrivers 

As the term has progressed, we have seen a steady increase in the number of students arriving early and left to their own devices in the yard – well before any other students have arrived. This is a reminder that staff supervision does not begin until 8:50am before school. After school, supervision is from 3:30pm until 3:40pm.

 

Library Books

Don’t forget to return all library books and other reading material as soon as possible. This might be a good chance for children to clean up their rooms and look for missing books under their beds.

 

December Reports

Remember that Student Reports will be loaded onto COMPASS next week.                       

 

End of Term 4

It’s a long term! Our students are beginning to tire… but we are almost there 😊 We have a busy end to this year in 2023. We have our graduation on Thursday the 14th, our whole school fete on Monday the 18th from 2:30pm and our end of year Funfields Day on Tuesday 19th. On Wednesday the 20th, students who attend will be dismissed at 1:30pm. On this day we will run an alternate program where children will only have one break at 11.00 am. It would be best if they were provided with a substantial snack for this break, as lunch will not be eaten at school. Children will be dismissed at 1.30 pm.

I SEE YOU.

To the child that conquered their fear of heights, or sleeping in the dark, or riding without training wheels or sleeping out for the night for the first time this year, I SEE YOU.

To the child that managed to resolve more conflicts than at the start of this year, to the child that learnt to say the impossible; “I’m sorry”, and to the child that walked away from the fighting instead of getting involved, I SEE YOU.

To the child for whom school is a huge struggle, you get up every day and you go, I SEE YOU.

To the child that battled all year with the maths, or reading, or concentration, or speaking out in class, or learning their words, but persevered anyway, I SEE YOU.

 

To the child that found the kindness in their heart to reach out in any way to another person, or to an animal in need or in pain, I SEE YOU.

To the child that learnt to give and to share for the first time this year and even found joy in these, I SEE YOU.

To the child that battles to make friends and to be social, you made new friends this year and for that, I SEE YOU.

To the child who wanted so much to please, but was just out of sight of an adult who perhaps was too busy or too distracted, I SEE YOU.

To the child who lost a friend or a loved one this year, but carried on everyday bravely even though their heart ached, I SEE YOU.

To the brave parents that try every day to do the best for their kids, I SEE YOU.

May you and your children revel in small but significant victories that you have both experienced this year. For every year there is progress and growth, we don’t need a podium or handshake or a hall of applause, to be seen.

I SEE YOU.

 

Thank you to our wonderful Parent Helpers and Volunteers

On behalf of the students and staff, I would like to thank all of the family members, friends and volunteers who have assisted at the school in 2023. Wandong is very fortunate to have volunteers who are willing to give up their time to assist with:

  • Reading, Spelling and other activities in the classroom
  • Camps and excursions
  • PAFA and School Council
  • Sausage Sizzles, Mother’s and Father’s Day stalls
  • Working Bees
  • And an array of other events and activities.

 

Please join us for morning tea in the library on Monday at 11:00am.

 

Classes for 2024

The classes for 2024 will be advised on Tuesday, December 12th, as has been common practice for the last few years. Our Grade 6 students will be attending their secondary colleges on that day for a full day of transition. Each other class in our school will get to meet their 2024 teacher in their 2024 classroom for the morning session, most importantly to meet their classmates, discuss expectations with their teacher and to prepare for a smooth transition into next year.

 

Change

For those of you with children who may be anxious about the year ending and a new one starting, now is an excellent time to start talking about change at school.

 

Change is generally a good thing as it makes us adaptable and stronger as people. As adults, we have all had to experience change – mostly for the good, sometimes not. In many cases, change cannot be avoided, but there are things we can do to manage our (and to co-manage children’s) emotions and thoughts about it.

 

Below are a couple of links to websites that may be of use. Some suggestions in the articles will resonate more with you than others, and that is ok. Pick what works best for you and your child as it is more about having a number of ‘tools in the toolbox’ to use. While we can use a big screwdriver to hammer a nail in (been there!), it is not the most efficient way of doing it if there is a better tool.

 

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus said about 2500 years ago: ‘The only constant in life is change’. For a more contemporary quote on the same subject: Melissa Etheridge (singer songwriter most active in the 80s and 90s) said: ‘Change is the only thing that stays the same’.

https://www.kidspot.com.au/parenting/helping-kids-cope-with-change/news-story/0e2c2887df9e1c4a8af1140444fafe5c

https://au.reachout.com/articles/7-tips-for-dealing-with-change

https://theconversation.com/coping-with-change-teaching-adaptability-will-help-kids-grow-19726

https://biglifejournal.com/blogs/blog/help-kids-cope-big-life-changes

WELLBEING

In SEW last week, the 3/4 students were exposed to change! We flipped our classroom floor space and delivered the teaching at the back of the room. This was in preparation of our upcoming class transition session. We explored a variety of concepts and skills that help people navigate transitions and adapt to new situations. This lesson provided a holistic approach that addresses the emotional, cognitive and behaviour aspects of dealing with changes.

A MESSAGE FROM THE SRC

Our SRC are partnering with volunteer organisation ‘Lids4Kids,’ to help rescue plastic bottle lids from landfill and recycle them to protect our environment for future generations to come. Lids4Kids partner with many other recycling plastic manufacturers to re-purpose lids into any sustainable recycled plastic projects to benefit the communities in which they were collected.

To be part of this wonderful initiative, please bring CLEAN milk, water or soft drink lids to school and place them in your classroom collection point. Alternatively, you can bring them to the Auslan room or 5/6W.              

NOTICES

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.

Reminder:

Hats must be worn throughout Term Four outside. If your child has taken their hat home, please make sure it’s brought back to school.

Uniform Orders

****Please remember to order a bag for smaller orders & for larger orders select two.

If you order a bag, the order can be placed in your child’s or siblings’ tub for convenience. If not, you will need to supply a bag or make arrangements to collect your order.

COMPASS – CANTEEN  UNIFORM ORDERING

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.

PAFA

OUR SCHOOL FETE IS COMING!!!

Here’s how you can support our fundraising efforts:

GET YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS NOW TO BE IN THE RUNNING!

Have you got your raffle tickets? Our Christmas raffle is live with over $2700 worth of prizes up for grabs this year! Tickets are available online now at https://rafflelink.com.au/wpsfete or at the Wandong Primary School Fete (1 token per ticket). Our raffle will be drawn live and winners announced at 6.45pm at the fete.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC INFORMATION

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.

AFTER SCHOOL CARE

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: www.theircare.com.au 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

WANDONG PRIMARY SCHOOL FETE SPONSORS 2023

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