November 8, 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 8th Scholastic Book Club is open for orders
Thursday 9th Grade 6 Uniform 2024 - Final day for orders & payment - No late orders can be accepted
Wed 8th – Fri 10th Grade 3/4 Camp
Mon 13th – Tues 14th Grade 1/2 Camp
Friday 10th Foundation 2024 Transition Day #1 - 9.10am - 10am
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
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 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
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


Office Hours in 2024

As we begin planning for 2024, please note that our office hours will be 8:30am – 3:55pm. It will continue to be important that all information is read and actioned on Compass.




Please ensure you have called or emailed the office to book in for this special event.

Semester Two 2023 Reports

Teachers are currently assessing students and writing report comments for their 2023 Semester Two reports.

At Wandong, teachers collect a range of student learning samples and data from various assessments to inform their professional teacher judgments when determining each student’s progression points. (Progression points are the dots on your child’s report and reflect where your child’s teacher/s have judged their achievement to be against the Victorian Curriculum Achievement Standards).

It is important that teachers use evidence of student achievement and progress from a range of sources when making their judgements. This ensures that teachers have an accurate and comprehensive picture of each child’s learning. Our teachers aim to use at least three sources of data, as well as their professional observations to arrive at judgments, particularly in Reading, Writing and Number.

Teachers at Wandong rigorously analyse this data and to ensure consistency in and between our teams, teachers moderate in their year level and cross level teams to discuss the evidence of student learning to ensure that teacher judgments are consistent between year levels and across the school. What I mean by this is that what a Year 3/4 teacher believes to be an end of Year 4 level writing piece is consistent with Foundation, Year 1/2 and 5/6 teacher judgments of a writing sample.

Teachers will continue to make adjustments and finalise their judgements over the next few weeks as they incorporate more recent data into their decision making. Reports are then buddy read by a team member and someone from the leadership team before they are released to parents. This whole reporting process takes 6-8 weeks each semester. Our teachers used the Curriculum Day on Monday 6th November for report writing to compensate them for the considerable time that goes into writing comments, analysing data and making judgements.

2023 Semester Two reports are due to be released to parents on Compass on Friday 15th December.



At this time of the year, with preparations beginning for 2024 class placements, parents often have questions and concerns about the friendships that exist amongst their child’s peer group.

Parents frequently worry about which friendships should be encouraged into next year and which friendships may need a break, if their child has enough friends or what to do if their child doesn’t always get along with friends.

The Raising Children Network has some great information about these questions and more. Learning how to make and keep friends is an important part of growing up for school-age children. Having friends is good for children’s confidence, wellbeing and ability to get along with others.

If you would like to find out more and put your mind at ease, you may like to read the information on Supporting your school-age child’s friendships.

Friendships help children develop important life skills like getting along with other people and sorting out conflicts and problems. Children with these skills are less likely to have social and emotional difficulties later in life.

Here are answers to 10 frequently asked questions about children’s friendships.

If you have further questions about your child’s friendships, please organise an appointment with their teacher.

Camp Week

Today is certainly a big day with our 3/4s heading off to camp. It is always a time to remember, with fond memories being etched into young minds from the moment bags are packed. Camp is such a special time and one that takes considerable work. A massive thank you to our staff who go above and beyond volunteering their time and our ever-amazing parents who put their hand up to help. A serious, heartfelt thank you to Fearny who makes everything happen and who would do anything for our Wandong extended family. Have a blast team! Special mention to Ms Trafford who is on her first ever camping trip…may the force be with you Ms Trafford

Transitioning to 2024

This week marks our start to 2024 transitions. We are delighted to be able to welcome our 2024 Foundation students into school as we begin the important formal transitioning process. This year is a little exciting as many of our new Foundation children have been attending fortnightly Launchpad sessions and have made great gains in their learning journey already. Our Launchpad students this year have grasped Term One Foundation Phonics expectations already. Later this term, every child will have the opportunity to step up into their new classroom, meet the teacher and spend the day with their new classmates.


Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day in Australia is dedicated to Australians who died as a result of war, particularly from World War I onwards. A minute of silence is dedicated to the deceased, especially for soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation.


On Friday all students, staff and visitors will honour the people who died in wars to protect our ancestors and us. We respect people who fought in battles such as Waterloo or Gallipoli. The one-minute silence is our way to show we respect them.


SEW in 1/2 L

This week in 1/2L, we have been focusing on learning to develop coping strategies that we can use in the playground if we get angry.

1. Balloon breathing

2. Pressing your hands together

3. Slowly count to ten


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


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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