Principal’s Update

Dear Parents and Carers

COVID-19. As you may be aware, the government has announced that parents are welcome to come on school grounds starting from next Monday, 8th June. Due to physical distancing requirements, parents must leave your child at the door and not enter the classroom. Parents are requested to leave the school grounds straight after school.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to make a time to meet with them.

This will mean we will no longer meet the Kindy-Year 2 students at the gates and they will be released from their classes at 2.55 each day, as will the Year 3-6 students. Students may enter or leave from any gate.

Students will continue to wash their hands regularly or use hand sanitiser.  I would like students to continue to use their drink bottles rather than use the drink fountains.

Playground equipment will continue be cleaned. High contact surfaces will be cleaned after each session.

Contact sport and training can resume.

Please contact me if you have any queries.

Students’ Semester 1 Reports

With the regular attendance of many students being lower during the first half of 2020, the breadth and depth of the curriculum covered throughout Semester 1 may have been reduced.  For this reason, schools are not required to include A to E grades on this year’s Semester 1 student reports.  It also means that your child’s attendance may not be reported, and any written comments may provide less information on their progress than usual. 

The reports will be available on Connect on Friday 3rd July.

Merit Awards

Congratulations to the Merit Award recipients from 28/5/2020:

Sofia T, Nyah H, Charlotte W, Adele B, Summer D, Connor Y, Lily J, Mackay L, Maddison M, Amelia W, Mahli M, Emily G, Draven T, Nao T, Lochlan F, Ava J, Alivia B, Lukas T, Jaycen K, Ashten W, Kasey M, Gage P, Caleb H, Caitlin H, Romeo N, Christian K, Patrick M, Nash F, Beth G, Jake M

Student Council Recycling Project

Are you a habitual buyer of bread in plastic bags with plastic tags? Save the tag for recycling!

These pesky little pieces of plastic attached to your fresh bread aren’t trash. They are potential life givers to people like Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs, who collect them, sell them to recyclers and turn the cash into wheelchairs for people who can’t afford them. It takes around 200kg of plastic ties to fund a wheelchair.

Bread tags are made of high impact polystyrene which is denser than many other types of plastic, making them compact and easy to recycle.

The student councillor’s will collect bread tags from every classroom. They hope you will support this worthy cause!

Choir Festival Cancelled for 2020

Our school Choir was going to perform in the amazing One Big Voice Choir Festival at the Perth Arena in August, but unfortunately the festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19. It will return in 2021. We will continue to keep our spirits high and look forward to other singing opportunities this year! I will keep you informed as to when choir practice will resume…and in the meantime, keep singing!!🎵🎤

Ms Speelman

STEM

STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At WPS, the teachers have integrated STEM skills into Science and in Design and Technology.

Through STEM, students develop key skills including:

  • problem solving
  • creativity
  • critical analysis
  • teamwork
  • independent thinking
  • initiative
  • communication
  • digital literacy.

Why is STEM important?

The global economy is changing. Current jobs are disappearing due to automation and new jobs are emerging every day as a result of technological advances.

The continual advances in technology are changing the way students learn, connect and interact every day. Skills developed by students through STEM provide them with the foundation to succeed at school and beyond.

STEM empowers individuals with the skills to succeed and adapt to this changing world.  

Key Cyber Safety Rules

It’s important that everyone in the family understands cyber safety principles, and puts measures in place to ensure their safety. Some of the staple cyber safety rules that can be implemented in your home are:

  • Never talk to strangers and accept friend requests/follow       requests from people you have never met before
  •  Turn off location services on all apps that don’t require them to be turned on.
  • Never post a photo or video of yourself in a school uniform ­ Never send inappropriate photos of yourself or of other people (even if it’s just a joke)
  • Treat other people online with respect and care
  • Tell a parent if anyone ever bullies you, or says something             to you that is not ok to say.
  • Always keep all your social media profiles on private

Top Tip:

Use a digital contract with your kids, to help set clear rules about their social media/gaming use. A contract also encourages kids to be accountable for their actions online.

Regards

Neil McCallum

Junior Merit Award recipients
Middle Merit Award Recipients
Senior Merit Award Recipients
Area 7 students with their garden pictures.