News 24 February 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

School Board

As I haven’t reveived any nominations for the parent representative vacancy, I will extend the nomination deadline to this Friday 28th February. Please call me if you’d like to know more about the position. Forward the nomination form by email or hand it in to the office. The role is for three years and all parents are welcome to nominate. The Board meets once a term. If there is more than one nomination, then we hold an election.

The functions of boards are covered by legislation and include both approval and advisory roles. Some of the matters boards may make decisions on include fees and charges, book lists, sponsorship and dress codes. Boards make these decisions with the principal who ensures the decisions adhere to legislative and policy requirements. Principals also seek the advice of boards so as to understand local community views. The board does not intervene in the control or management of the school. This is the role of the principal.

Woodvale Primary School Board

I would like to nominate for the parent vacancy on the School Board.

Play equipment

As we only have one administrator on duty before school, we would appreciate it if students did not play on the play equipment and waited outside their classroom. Thank you.

P&C Association

It was great to see all the positions on the P&C filled at the meeting held last week. Many thanks to Jacqui Bauer (President) and Katrin Heydeggar-Paraguassu (Treasurer) for their wonderful contributions to the P&C. Jacqui has kindly agreed to take over from Katrin as Treasurer. Well done the Rebecca Harris and Jason Sachse who are co-presidents this year and Vanessa Smith who will continue as secretary.

The P&C do a great job each year running the discos, Book Club, School Banking, Safety House, Fathering Project and the many fund raisers which are held.

Friday Discos

The Friday Discos are a big hit with many of our students. Mr McManus does a great job in running the discos each week. We certainly have some talented dancers!

Carpet Grant

All classes will be re-carpeted by the end of February. The classes that have been completed look terrific.

Technology Houses

The Year 4 students in Area 12 have been very busy designing Pet Houses for Design Technologies.

Last week they made their ‘Fuzzy Pets’ and this week they had to design a home for their pet, whilst considering their needs: food, shelter, water, bedding, entertainment etc.

The students also had to include some materials that were recycled. They had a fantastic time planning and making their designs and worked cooperatively together, sharing resources.

Long Weekend

Parents are reminded that next Monday, 2nd March is a public holiday.

Stranger Danger

I would like to reassure parents that three of the school gates are locked during the day and the other two gates that are open have CCTV. We have staff on duty at recess and lunch and all visitors to school have to report to the school office. The teachers reinforce the stranger danger strategies in class and it’s great to see that the students are reporting anyone acting suspiciously.

In light of this reported incident I urge all children to take care when going to and from school, and to report anything suspicious to their parents, the school and the police.

You can call 13 14 44 to report an incident to WA Police (only use 000 in an emergency) or 1800 333 000 to reach Crime Stoppers.

Here are some suggestions to help your children stay safe:

  • always travel in a group
  • walk on the right hand side of the road toface oncoming traffic
  • wherever possible, leave space betweenyou and the roadway
  • stay in areas that are well lit
  • stay in view – avoid going into areas thatare hidden (such as parkland bush orbehind shopping centres)
  • be alert – earphones and headphones canreduce your awareness considerably
  • if you have a mobile phone, have it turnedon and ready to dial an emergencynumber
  • if a passing car stops nearby, never gettoo close
  • run from a situation if you feel at risk
  • give this advice to your brothers andsisters, especially if they are younger
  • report suspicious behaviour to yourparents, school and the police
  • report number plates of cars and the clothing or distinguishing features ofindividuals to police.

Neil McCallum Principal