Principal’s Update

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Firstly, thank you to staff who made me feel very welcome in my first week. Woodvale PS is lucky to have such a professional, dedicated and caring team facilitating your child’s learning. I have had the pleasure of visiting all classrooms and every time I drop in, I see students engaging in some amazing learning activities.

It has been wonderful to meet families whilst on ‘meet and greet’ before or after school. It is lovely to see children displaying independence and confidence as they enter school and carry their own belongings. I have been impressed with students’ manners and language as they have greeted me. I spent the first few days outside with students at break times and have enjoyed listening to individual stories. They have demonstrated their kindness and welcoming attitude to a new person in their school. My photo is included here today just so you can say hi or introduce yourself if you see me out and about.

I had the pleasure of meeting the P&C on Monday night. Our P&C are a small group of dedicated parents who are working really hard to plan events and create fundraising opportunities to support our teaching and learning programs. The role of our P&C is vital and we are very grateful for everything they do to support our work.  Thank you for the $5000 approval for new reading books and $400 for the running club badges. Keep your eyes out for upcoming events: sports day lunches, Father’s Day stall, disco and the October quiz night.

We have a jam-packed term coming up. Please keep your eye on the calendar for updates. We have swimming, assemblies, One Big Voice choir, Book Week, cross country, athletics carnivals, Science week and our Learning Journey, just to name a few.

Congratulations to Miss Mortimer’s Year 3/4 class on their fabulous assembly this morning celebrating NAIDOC. The assembly was entertaining and informative as students performed their six seasons dance. It must have been challenging learning a new language! I particularly enjoyed the special Acknowledgments to Country the class wrote and recited.

This morning, I mentioned how smart our students looked sitting in their Woodvale uniforms and how wearing our uniform gives us a sense of unity, pride and belonging to community. I spoke to students about our Olympic athletes and our sporting heroes, and how they wear their Olympic uniforms with pride. They work together and strive to achieve their goals, just like us. They are often role models and leaders in their communities, just as we have role models and leaders in our school. We don’t need to be a sporting hero or wear a badge to be a positive role model or a good leader. I see positive role models in every class I enter, and every time I’m out in the playground.

And students, remember champion swimmer and dual gold medal winner Ariarne Titmus’ dad still asks her to clean her room!

Lisa Wade

Principal

Merit Award Winners

Congratulations to this week’s merit award winners: Aubree B, Ethan D, Cooper T, Noah W, William G, Tate J, Sebastian T, Amelia W, Lucy T, Oliver W, Mackay L, Quinn D, Tiernan B, Rhiley S, Marley D, Tavita C, Sophie C, Riley W, Mason G, Cora K, Alice T, Toby W, Campbell L, Ella W, Braxton K, Mina T, Jaycen K, Emily A, Eve M, Connor M