Friday, 11th August, 2023
From the Principal
Last Friday was ‘Principal’s Day’ and I received many messages of support and appreciation from staff and the community. From the Prep classroom I received a book that looked at ‘What does Mr King do all day?’ Some things weren’t far off the mark!
Harvey wrote that ‘he tells kids don’t run’.
Hazel said that ‘Mister King is in the kitchen making food’.
Flora wrote that ‘he is having donuts in his office all day’.
Johnathan wrote that I put my feet on my table all day.
Sebastian wrote that ‘Mr King is drinking coffee’.
Fergus said ‘he looks after our school’.
Emme wrote that ‘he likes to look at his favourite dog it’s a beagle’.
The 1/2s shared with me the things they would do if they were Principal for the day.
Van would increase the learning and the whole school day.
Rory said she would give everyone what they want but no sweets.
Gabriel would give everyone lollies and make sure they brushed their teeth at school.
Casey said he would make the school day longer for more learning.
Eloise would like to add ballet and gymnastics if she was Principal.
I’m pretty lucky to be Principal of this amazing school, especially when I get to sit with my feet up on the desk eating donuts and drinking coffee all day!
Parent Opinion Survey
Parent Opinion Survey invitations recently went out to a random selection of parents/carers. We ask that, if you were one of the selected families, your survey is completed by September 8th. This survey is an important way for our community to provide feedback around the different things happening at school and is information we use to help to continually improve our school to be the best it can be for your children.
I hope everyone has a restful weekend.
Dates to Remember
Monday, 14th August
Assembly at 2.45pm in the gymnasium
Tuesday, 15th August
Belmont Kinder Visit and Kitchen Garden Program
Wednesday, 16th August
E-Safety Seminar 5/6s
Friday, 18th August
Whole School Excursion
Tuesday, 22nd August
Kitchen Garden Program
Friday, 25th August
Book Week Celebration Day
Monday, 28th August
Assembly at 2.45pm in the gymnasium
Tuesday, 29th August
Belmont Kinder Visit and Kitchen Garden Program
Friday, 1st September
Years 3,4,5,6 Garden Rejuvenation Incursion
Tuesday, 5th September
Kitchen Garden Program
Friday, 8th September
Tuesday, 12th September
Belmont Kinder Visit and Kitchen Garden Program
Thursday, 14th September
R U Ok? Day
Wangala Primary School acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we are on, the Wadawurrung people, and thank them for sharing their long lasting culture with us as we learn and grow together.
Well done to our Star Student, Principal Award and Kitchen Garden Award recipients…
Prep – Sam, Hazel
One and Two – Paxton, Jaxon, Van, Eloise, Rory
Three and Four – Cruz, Nadia
Five and Six – Louella, Texaz, Riley
SunSmart Policy Reminder
This is a gentle reminder to start looking for the school hat that has maybe been tucked away for the past few months. Hats will be required to be work daily from Friday, 1st September until Tuesday, 30th April 2024. All students must wear a school hat that shades the face, neck and ears for all outdoor activities. New hats can be purchased from the office at $18 each.
Wangala Primary School uniform items are available to purchase form the office. We are currently stocked with all sizes of our branded polo shirts, polar fleece zip up jackets, windcheaters, senior student hoodies and hats.
We are excited to announce that we now have in stock Wangala school bags! These are available from the office for $40.
Wangala Primary School use Seesaw to communicate between parents/carers and teachers, if you have not been given a Seesaw login for your child, please let reception know and we will follow this up with their classroom teacher.
Did you know that Seesaw can translate into nearly 100 different languages?
Please refer to this helpful link for more information
Porrgil’s Patch - Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
This week in Porrgil’s patch all year levels participated in some planting activities, we planted some indigenous natives including Lilly Pilly and sea celery, along with some rhubarb and potatoes, we also dug for potatoes, which is always a hit!
The Kitchen crew harvested broccoli, kale, spinach, pak choy and spring onions from our garden to prepare a delicious vegetable stir-fry, they even made fresh egg noodles using our eggs! They paired this with a homemade focaccia using thyme and rosemary from the garden, both were a huge hit and thoroughly enjoyed.
Thank you to the families that purchased items from our market stall! We will keep you updated the next time we have excess eggs and produce to sell.
Theodore’s Book Suggestion to Read at Home - Hey Warrior by Karen Young
This is one of Theodore and Holly’s favourite books, it is a beautiful book that explores how our brain and body react to anxiety.
“Kids can do amazing things with the right information. Understanding why anxiety feels the way it does and where the physical symptoms come from is a powerful step in turning anxiety around. Anxiety explained, kids empowered.”
Reading books together has so many benefits.
- Builds language skills.
- Build connections with your little ones – such a great way to bond!
- Creates space for children to be imaginative and encourages creativity.
- Reduces stress and can help regulate children.
- Helps children’s social and emotional development.
- Improves listening skills.
- Expands their vocabulary.
If you don’t have a lot of books at home, why not join the local library. You can borrow up to 40 books at a time for a month . There is also an app called Borrowbox where you can listen to Audiobooks.
Sign up is easy! All that is required is to fill in an online form to join.
Then you can borrow some of Theodore’s book suggestions to read at home!
In Maths we have been learning all about patterns. We have learnt that patterns can be seen anywhere and we have learnt that patterns repeat and that each pattern has a rule. So far we have explored:
- sound patterns, which includes sounds that we can make with our body (clap, clap, stomp)
- Patterns with colours, shapes and pictures
- Patterns created within mandalas
- Number patterns through skip counting (2, 4, 6, 8 etc)
Next week we will continue learning about patterns by exploring growing patterns. A growing pattern is a pattern where something is added every time the sequence repeats.
It’s time to get your groove on!!!
Ange and Holly will be running Dance Club for 6 weeks during lunchtimes on Tuesdays this term on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th August and 5th, 12th September. The students who participate will develop and practise a dance to perform at the end of the term.
Tuesdays 1:45pm – 2:15pm in the Gym.
On Friday the 25th of August we will be celebrating Book Week with a special dress up day! Students are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character. They will participate in lots of fun book related activities with their peers and enjoy our first ever Wangala Primary School Book Swap!
Parents are welcome to come along to the Book Week parade, which will take place on the deck area at 9.15am, we hope to see you there!
The following information is from the Raising Children’s Network regarding how to support your child to build positive friendships. This week the focus will be on children 5-9 years.
About school-age friendships Your child’s world gets bigger when they start school. Relationships with other people, like the children in your child’s class at school, become more important.
Friendships are good for your school-age child’s self-esteem. When your child has close friends, your child feels like they belong. Your child’s friends care about your child, and this helps your child feel good about themselves.
Friendships also help children develop important life skills like getting along with other people and sorting out conflicts and problems. Children with these skills are less likely to have social and emotional difficulties later in life.
Play is a big part of how children connect with others and make friends at school. Taking part in playground games can help your child get to know their schoolmates and settle into school more easily. Your child will learn about taking turns, sharing and cooperating.
School friends and parents: why children need both
Young children enjoy playing with their friends, but they still need their parents. In fact, during the early school years, family relationships are still the biggest influence on your child’s development. Good family relationships are what your child needs to learn and grow.
Family relationships give your child a stable, safe base through the ups and downs of making and losing friends. In fact, the care and love you give your child at home helps your child manage other relationships.
If your child is upset at being left out or has had a fight with a friend, your child knows that you’re still there. You can help your child work it out by talking with your child about what happened, how they felt and how to handle situations like this in the future. For example, ‘How did you feel when Ali wouldn’t let you play?’ This helps your child understand and manage their own feelings. Or sometimes just listening or giving your child a hug can be enough.
If you’re not sure who your child’s friends are, just ask, or watch who your child goes to in the playground before or after school. You could also talk with your child’s teacher. If you’re able to help at school sports, or in the classroom, this can also give you a chance to see who your child gets along well with.
Supporting school-age friendships: tips for playdates Playdates outside school can be a great way to create new school friendships and strengthen existing friendships.
You can help your child arrange playdates and sleepovers by asking your child whether there’s anyone they’d like to invite to your home. You could encourage your child to invite their friend, and you can talk to the friend’s parents at school drop-offs or pick-ups or other school activities.
Here are tips to help playdates at your home go smoothly:
Before the playdate, help your child to put away any precious belongings that they might not want to share or that might get damaged. This can prevent any upsets.
Invite the friend’s parent to stay. Some parents feel more comfortable if they can stay for a little while and get to know you.
Start with a snack or drink. This can help children feel comfortable with each other.
Talk with the children about what areas of the house or garden they can use. This can help to prevent tension about what children are allowed to do in your home.
Be available in case the children need help, but give your child and their friend time and space to learn how to get along with each other.
Plan some activities. It could be craft, cubbyhouses, ball games and so on. You might not need to use these activities, but it’s good to have them ready in case you sense children getting restless.
If your child finds playdates tricky, try keeping them fairly short – for example, 1-2 hours.
Sometimes you can use digital technology to support your child’s social life. For example, depending on your child’s age, your child might be able to have a virtual playdate that involves playing a video game online with a friend.
When children need help to make friends or keep friends
Most children find it hard to make friends sometimes. If your child is finding it hard, there are a few things you can try.
Sometimes a simple social reminder might help. For example, you could encourage your child to introduce themselves when they meet new children – ‘Hello, I’m Kaia. What’s your name?’
Often children make friends at school through playing the same game together – but it’s hard if you don’t know the rules. You could make sure your child knows the rules of games they want to join in with. If your child doesn’t like the games other children are playing, you could suggest your child starts a game that they do like by asking classmates to play it with them. Some children find it helps to take a ball or game to share.
If your child needs help finding their friends or isn’t sure of what to play, your child could try asking their buddy for help, seeing the Peer Mediators or talking with their teacher.
If your child has additional needs, your child might also need extra help with friendships. You could try making friends with other parents and getting together after school at a playground. Give the other parents and children some ideas on how to include your child. For example, ‘Bill loves watching people play soccer. He can throw the ball in and be the scorer’.
If your child finds it hard to make friends at school, you could look for extracurricular activities that give your child opportunities to meet children with similar interests. There are many things your child could try – sports, dance, art classes, Scouts and so on.
Friendship troubles: what to do
If you can tell your child isn’t happy about going to school, isn’t eating lunch or seems to be socially anxious, this could be because your child is having trouble making and keeping friends.
Talking with your child gives you a chance to hear about what’s going on. Some children will be happy to tell you, but others might find it hard. You can encourage your child by telling them about a friendship trouble you had as a child or by reading a story about friendship troubles. If your child isn’t ready to talk, let your child know they can always come to you.
It can also be good to ask your child’s teacher whether they’ve noticed anything different in class or in the playground.
If you’re concerned about your child’s friendships – for example, your child and your child’s friends are doing things that are unsafe – talking with your child is the best first step. For example, ‘Is it a good idea to jump from the top of the slide? You might get hurt’. This can help your child learn to make their own decisions, rather than just following friends.
Having friends who don’t go to the same school – for example, children from art class, neighbours or family friends – can boost your child’s confidence, especially if they’re having friendship troubles at school.
Some children might prefer their own company. They might not need a big group of friends or want to play with others at lunch time. If your child seems happy with their social life, you might not need to worry about trying to find friends for them.
Focus on Curriculum
Reading and writing go hand in hand
Learning to write begins with scribble and drawings. This is an important first step and should be encouraged. Support your child to read their writing aloud. Create somewhere to store and display their writing.
Use your child’s experiences to create links between talking, writing and reading. Here are some steps to follow:
– Ask you child to talk about an experience or something that interests them.
– Ask your child what part of the conversation they would like you to write.
– As your child is talking, write down their ideas. Use the child’s language.
– Ask you child to read back the writing.
– Your child may want to draw a picture or create something to match the writing.
Doing Maths Together at Home
USING playing cards
– Play matching number games with playing cards.
– Put cards in order from largest to smallest by counting the shapes (hearts, spades) or using the numbers on the cards.