Principal’s Update Dec 9 2021

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

My goodness what a busy term it has been! We have had a plethora of commitments, events and end of year functions. I am looking forward to the Year 6 Dinner Dance tonight and the official graduation ceremony next Tuesday evening.

Carols

Thank you, Woodvale families for joining us on Monday evening. It was wonderful to see such a large turn out. Everyone was in good spirits, including our special guest, Santa! The students were super up on stage and the night ran very smoothly. Thank you to the P&C for cooking hundreds of sausages and feeding us all. It was great to have the community join in with the singing of the carols, including the never-ending Feliz Navidad. A photo of our MC’s in their beaut Christmas shirts:

Faction Names: RESULTS!

At this morning’s special leadership assembly, I announced the new faction names for 2022 and beyond. All votes from students, staff and the community were collated, and it was the local area tree theme that won, very appropriate to match our crest/logo.

Red: Marri

Blue: Jarrah

Gold: Banksia

Green: Tuart

The 2022 Faction Captain and Vice-Captain badges all have the new names on them. Thanks for taking the time to vote.

Taiko Drum Team at the Christmas Pageant Saturday December 4

Last weekend Ms Black and the Woodvale Primary School Taiko team participated in the Alinta Energy Christmas Pageant in the city. They joined Taiko-On, the Swan Kiwamegumi dancers and St Hilda’s Hanabi Taiko under the banner of Taiko-On and friends. To their surprise, one of the dancers was a Woodvale PS student! Everyone had a great time and would like to have the opportunity to do it again. Ms Black mentioned our students were great ambassadors for Woodvale Primary School. Thank you to Corinne Black for organising this rare and exciting event and thank you to the volunteer parents. As it is the 50th Anniversary of the Pageant, the Channel 7 coverage will air in WA on December 7, and again nationally on Christmas day. Keep an eye out for them!

Flipped Lunch Trial

Our 8 week trial of the ‘flipped lunch’ on Mondays has concluded. All class teachers have conducted a ‘PMI’ (Plus, Minus, Interesting) with their students and asked for a final vote as to whether or not we continue this in 2022. The majority of the feedback was that students enjoyed playing first, but were still a bit hungry. Rubbish around the school improved, but was this due to flipped lunch or everyone taking extra care to clean up? We have decided not to run with flipped lunch in 2022. The Sustainability Committee will continue to workshop ways for us to be environmentally friendly and aware.

Congratulations to last week’s Merit Award recipients:

Letizia T, Lucy T, Robbie V, Logan M, Isla W, Anika N, Meg B, Lochlan F, Harry O, Edward F, Ava J, Lily B, Isabel M, Harley L, Emily G, Cooper L, Alex H, Brae C, Jack M, Evie M, James K, Lachlan K, Zac D, Ayden C

Swimming Credits

A reminder to our families that many of you have credit in your accounts for swimming lessons that were cancelled. You can use this credit in 2022 for workbooks, incursions, excursions etc, just let us know next year in writing. If you would like a refund, please contact our MCS, Janet @ Janet.Vincent@education.wa.edu.au.

Booklists (now called Student Resources) are available now via Campion. Check the “Parent information” tab on our web page.

Class Lists 2022

I had intended to put these out digitally to you next Friday, however I have decided to make these available earlier, potentially Wednesday December 15. They are almost complete; we are just awaiting some last minute enrolments to come through and place. Please note, the leadership team and teachers have put many hours into these, including conducting socio-grams, having students write or articulate who their friends are, and who they work well with. We have considered the diverse student needs (academic and social/emotional) and believe we have created the best possible structures.

**Please note: if there is a change in enrolments in particular year levels, I will need to restructure over the holidays.

Finally, your end of Semester 2 Report will be available to you next Wednesday December 15. These will be again be distributed via Connect, as per Department’s policy.

I wish our Woodvale families a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the holiday break!

Lisa Wade

Principal