November 22nd, 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

Mon 20th – Wed 22nd Grade 5/6 Surf Camp
Thursday 23rd Professional Practice Day – No students required – if your child requires care, please book in at
Friday 24th Foundation 2024 Transition Day #2 - 9.10am - 10am
Monday 27th Grade 56 Bike Ed. Say G'Day Trail Ride Consent due
Tuesday 28th Scholastic Book Club closes today
Tuesday 28th Grade 56 C Bike Ed. Say G'day Trail Ride 9am - 10am
Tuesday 28th Grade 56 E Bike Ed. Say G'day Trail Ride 10am - 11am
Tuesday 28th Grade 56 Y Bike Ed. Say G'day Trail Ride 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Wednesday 29th Grade 56 H Bike Ed. Say G'day Trail Ride 10am - 11am
Wednesday 29th Grade 56 W Bike Ed. Say G'day Trail Ride 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Friday 1st Foundation 2024 Transition Day #3 - 9.10am - 10am
Monday 4th Foundation 2024 Meet the Teacher - BBQ onsite at Wandong Primary School 5pm -6pm
Mon 4th - Fri 8th Gratitude Week
Tuesday 5th Funfields End of Year Pool Party - Consent and Payment Due
Thursday 7th Grade 6 Graduation - Consent and Payment due
Friday 8th Foundation 2024 Transition Day #4 - 9.10am - 10am
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


Wanted – Cleaner

Keyts Cleaning currently manages our cleaning contract at Wandong. They are desperately searching for some suitable workers for a few hours a day. Someone local and hard working would be ideal. Please email Luke Courage


Parent Helpers’ Morning Tea

Our annual morning tea to thank all of those who help us during the year (parents, grandparents, friends and volunteers) will be held on Monday 11th December at 11:00 am in the library. Please mark this date in your diary. The morning tea is our way of saying thank you to all of those volunteers who contribute to making Wandong such a wonderful school.


Keep Reading @ Home!

As you know, we work extremely hard to provide the highest quality learning for all students at our school. In order for us to maximise on student capabilities, we require your help. As parents and guardians, you have a crucial role to play within the learning framework. Your assistance at home in discussing school is an invaluable aspect of student learning. This provides opportunities for students to reflect and consolidate their understandings. As a minimum, it would be fantastic to set aside some time each night to share a love of literacy. Reading to your child, reading with them, listening to them read to you and discussing stories and other texts is invaluable. Reading each night forms a part of the homework for all students at Wandong.

Read Aloud! Read Aloud! Read Aloud!

Mem Fox is one of my favourite authors. I listened to her speak some years ago and I still sit in awe when I hear her read aloud. She shares below some amazing key tips. What she shares has been a passion of mine for the 24 years I’ve been in education. Reading aloud is directly related to educational outcomes. Instil a love of reading in your children. 

Mem Fox’s 10 ‘Read Aloud’ Commandments

  1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud. From birth!
  2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read. Or the same story a thousand times!
  3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.
  4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.
  5. Read the stories that your child loves, over and over, and over again, and always read in the same ‘tune’ for each book: i.e. with the same intonations and volume and speed, on each page, each time.
  6. Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures, or anything else connected to the book; or sing any old song that you can remember; or say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way; or be noisy together doing clapping games.
  7. Look for rhyme, rhythm or repetition in books for young children, and make sure the books are really short.
  8. Play games with the things that you and the child can see on the page, such as letting kids finish rhymes. Finding the letters that start the child’s name and yours is always a fabulous game.
  9. Never ever ‘teach’ reading, or get tense around books. Just reading with them is enough.
  10. Please read aloud every day because you just adore being with your child, not because it’s the right thing to do.

Items Brought From Home

Just a little reminder that children shouldn’t bring anything of large monetary value to school, as lost items can cause some family distress. If children bring items from home into school, they are to take full responsibility for those items at recess breaks, lunch times and in their rooms.

Disability Inclusion From January 2024, Wandong will introduce Disability Inclusion, a new approach to help us improve support for students with disability and build a more inclusive school for all our students. Inclusive schools have better outcomes in learning, engagement and wellbeing for all students.


Jessica Woods, our Wellbeing Assistant Principal coordinates our support programs and staff, liaises with families, coordinates student Support Group meetings, and oversees Individual Education Plans.


Disability Inclusion will help our school better understand what our students need to help them learn, through:

  • a new funding model with more investment
  • a new strength-based process called the Disability Inclusion Profile to help identify the student’s needs and required adjustments
  • more training and coaching for teachers and school staff about the best ways to support student learning.


A new funding model with more investment

The new funding model provides additional investment that our school can use to support many students including those with autism, learning difficulties and more.

This additional investment will provide more support for students with disability, including students who haven’t been eligible for individual funding through the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) in the past.

Our school can use this funding for a range of activities including:

  • more training and professional development for teachers and school staff
  • getting expert advice about disability
  • hiring teachers or other staff to help plan and deliver changes for students
  • equipment and resources to support learning.


The Disability Inclusion Profile

The Disability Inclusion Profile will help us find out more about your child’s strengths and needs. It will inform personalised funding allocations, help us plan student learning and any changes a student may need to better learn.


The new Disability Inclusion Profile process will replace the Educational Needs Questionnaire used as a part of the current PSD.


As we transition over the next three years, families of students who are part of the PSD will be asked to attend a meeting to complete a Disability Inclusion Profile.


People who know your child will be involved in the meeting, along with an independent, trained facilitator who will help our school and families complete the profile.


The profile will also be available to a broad group of students with high needs.


We will identify students who are not currently part of the PSD, who may benefit from a Disability Inclusion Profile. If we consider that your child’s education will benefit from having a profile, we will contact you.


Please note, your children will only be dropped at their designated stops.


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.              


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.


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.

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


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.


Next Meeting: TBA

Primary discussion will be around fete and planning for 2024. If you’d like to help out please do come down! Everyone is welcome. We will be in the staffroom.

  • 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 milo tins or some spooky stuff for the haunted tunnel

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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