Principal’s Update Oct 22 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers

It has certainly been a busy start to term! We have so many events planned, please ensure you stay up to date with Connect as it is our main form of communication to you. As mentioned at assembly, Monday Oct 25 (next week) we will implement the trial of our PLAY  EAT  LEARN. This is all explained at the bottom of this message. The only impact on parents is that we ask you to please NOT order lunches from the canteen on a Monday.

Kindy Learning Journey

Thank you to families who attended the afternoon teas last week. Both afternoons were full of activity with students proudly sharing their work and progress to families. It was lovely chatting with lots of families I had not yet met.

P&C Meeting

I met with the P&C on Monday night. This group of dedicated parents are working really hard to plan events and fundraise for our school. Again, please keep your eyes on Connect, as often the P&C will ask me to post updates about their events. I look forward to seeing many of you at tomorrow night’s Quiz Night. There are some really amazing prizes. Thank you to the Quiz team who have organised this event, sourced donations, beverages and prizes; it will be fun event. Tickets are still available for those wanting to attend.

Board Meeting

Your WPS Board convened on Tuesday night. We will endeavour to get the the last meeting minutes on the website. In the meantime, agenda items discussed were:

  • The nomination to fill the parent vacancy. Please refer to my Connect notice and contact our Board Chair, Sam if you are interested.
  • Trial of the ‘flipped lunch’
  • Teacher vacancies
  • Principal vacancy 2022: I will post a Connect notice to keep you informed about this process and the outcome.
  • NAPLAN overview

Staff Vaccinations

I am sure you have now seen the news that all staff working in schools will need to be fully vaccinated by the commencement of Term 1, 2022. This announcement from the Premier and the Chief Health Officer created lots of questions within our workforce. Lisa Rogers, our Director General, hosted a Webex for all Principals yesterday morning at 9am to discuss how this will be operationalised. This was the reason for my absence form assembly.

I hear it was a fantastic Science assembly, thank you Mrs Scott and students for your presentations.

Congratulations to this week’s merit award recipients:

Grace C, Ollie L, Indigo G, Harry G, Tom C, Chloe W, Jayden C, Reearelan G, Lily J, Curtis Mc, Connor M, Erin F, Charlie B, Jaxon M, Jack B, Jensen R, Amelia W, Stephanie, Rosina G, Matt D, Sofia L, Keela B, Ben T, Brodie B, Jessica T, Finlay S, Fraser D, Kieran S

PLAY   EAT   LEARN

Sustainability is a focus across our school and the curriculum. Our Science teacher and Sustainability committee have been leading change in this area throughout the year. Our Science Specialist Vanessa Scott organised a Professional Learning opportunity for teachers in the network to identify ways to enhance our existing initiatives. As a school we conducted a ‘Waste Audit’ as we have a lot of litter around the school and it was identified that many students were throwing away food items to rush off and play. 

As a staff we discussed a ‘flipped lunch’ where students would play first and then return to eat. This has been highly successful at a number of schools. Students will play until they hear the siren and then will move to their eating area. We will teach the students to sort their rubbish into appropriate bins to reduce the waste and litter. 

An extraordinary staff meeting was held with 15 staff from across the school attend. We workshopped the positive outcomes and the considerations or possible road blocks to its success. One consideration needing attention was the delivery of the canteen lunches.  Students will eat at 12:35pm; canteen delivery could be 12:15pm at the latest. (It is currently 12noon delivery, 12:10pm eat.)

We obviously don’t want lunches sitting for 20minutes, so decided we would trial one day only. Given Monday is our ‘lightest’ order day, we voted to trial the approach every Monday for the remainder of the year

Due to the adjustment to the eating time, please be aware that there will be no canteen on a Monday for the remainder of the term. 

At the conclusion of the 8 week trial we will collate data and feedback to access the success of the initiative. Your class teacher will allow your child to eat Crunch n Sip as per usual.

Term 4 events to diarise over the next 8 weeks:

  • Year 6 dancing has commenced, Thursdays
  • Year 6 swimming weeks 5&6
  • Scitech Science incursions Oct 27, 29, Nov 2,
  • Science Zoo excursion Year 5 Nov 10
  • Kindy parent meeting for 2022 families Nov 17
  • School Development Day Nov 5 (students do not attend)
  • Interschool cricket Nov 11, Handball Nov 19
  • Colour Run Nov 26 (keep getting those donations in, there are huge toy vouchers to be won, plus a bike!)
  • Carols Dec 7
  • Graduation ceremonies Dec 9 and 14

Lisa Wade

Principal