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Friday, 15th December, 2023

From the Principal

For those of you fortunate enough to be there for ‘Wangala’s got Talent’, what an absolute delight to see our many performers performing magic tricks, humouring us with their jokes, performing their own choreography, singing their hearts out, and regaling us with their instruments.  We were extremely pressed for time due to the overwhelming amount of talent that Wangala had to be showcased, but we couldn’t be prouder of each and every performer.  Well done to all performers, and a big thank you to Ms Whytcross for organising this event.  A special mention must go to our OSHC coordinator and all-round star for accompanying one reluctant pianist supporting her through some interpretive dance!  If that doesn’t showcase how our staff go above and beyond to support our students, I don’t know what does! 

Earlier this week our grade sixes graduated in a ceremony held in the gymnasium.  Each of the graduates read their own speech highlighting their favourite memories from their time at Wangala Primary School, and also shared a quote that was meaningful to them.  I shared one of my favourite quotes from Dr Seuss, ‘You have brains in your head, and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose!’  I feel this is relevant in any situation, especially to our graduates as they complete their primary schooling and embark on a new journey through secondary school.  The opportunities they will have before them during this time will help to shape them and build them up for amazing things in their lives, as they steer themselves in whatever direction they choose.  All the staff at Wangala Primary School could not be prouder of each graduate.  A friend of Wangala Primary School, Christine Couzens M.P., joined our graduation and presented Willow with an award, while Lily received an award from the office of Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles.  Both were recognised for their outstanding leadership and community mindedness.  Congratulations Lily and Willow!  

The final assembly for the year was held yesterday with the announcement of our 2024 school leaders.  We’re so pleased to announce that Dayne, Bethan, Alex and Victoria will be our overall school leaders for the year.  Congratulations to these four students, and to our other leaders who will have picked up various leadership roles for the new year.  Bethan was also the recipient of the Lions Club of South Barwon bursary in recognition of the values she displays each day.  Congratulations, Bethan! 

As we round out the year, I end by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and relaxing holiday break.  I look forward to seeing our returning families at the beginning of 2024 as we launch into a new year of learning!

Steven King
Principal  

Dates to Remember

Monday, 18th December
Reports go live on Compass

Wednesday, 20th December
Last Day of Term 4
1.30pm Finish

2024

Monday, 29th Janaury
Uniform Shop Open Onsite at Wangala Primary School – Collect Uniform Orders

Tuesday, 30th January 
First Day of Term 1 2024

Wednesday, 31st January 
No Preps – Exempt

Wednesday, 7th February
No Preps – Exempt

Wednesday, 14th February
No Preps – Exempt

Wednesday, 21st February
No Preps – Exempt

Wednesday, 28th February
No Preps – Exempt

Thursday, 29th February
Curriculum Day –  Student Free Day

Friday, 8th March
Curriculum Day –  Student Free Day

Monday, 11th March
Labour Day Public Holiday

Tuesday, 12th March
Prep Nurse Screenings

Wednesday, 13th March
Prep Nurse Screenings
NAPLAN Year 3 and 5 Students
(13th-15th March)

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.

Reminders

Uniform Orders
If you require school uniform items for the 2024 school year, please place your orders with reception before Friday 15th December, uniform orders will be packaged up for collection on the last day of term – Wednesday the 20th December (pending stock) 
Alternatively, our onsite uniform shop will be open on Monday the 29th of January (The day before Term 1 2024 begins) 

Reports
Teachers have been busy assessing students and are beginning to prepare the Semester Two reports.  These are planned to be released on Compass Monday, 18th December.

2024 Parent Payments
Thank you to the families that have made their curriculum contributions for the 2024 school year.  

We value and thank you for your financial contributions in supporting our school’s programs and resources.  These contributions assist us to broaden the educational experience for our students.

Curriculum Contributions can continue to be made in the New Year.

2024 Back to School Requirements 

A reminder that all students must have all items as listed at the beginning of the school year.

Instructions:
Please order online at wincschools.com.au
Ordering made simple. We’ve made it quick and easy to order your child’s new year requirements. Simply visit wincschools.com.au and follow these four steps:
1. Search for your school, Wangala Primary School, Belmont, VIC and enter your school access key 2WQ9T if required.
2. Complete the student’s details and select 2024 Prep.
3. Review your requirements list and make changes if required. Please note: some list items have been denoted by your school as a prerequisite for the subject or year.
4. Proceed to checkout. Please note: For home deliveries only, if you have more than one student at the same school, please repeat the above steps. Once completed, an order confirmation will be sent to your email address. 

https://www.wincschools.com.au/
Your Access Key: 2WQ9T

Delivery information
Home delivery: $10.95 delivery fee

For assistance with your order, returns and refunds and delivery information, or for a general enquiry, please visit wincschools.com.au/helpcentre

Australia Post Orders are delivered via Australia Post’s eParcel service. As soon as your order is dispatched an email will be sent to let you know the Australia Post tracking ID Number. Your order can be tracked at auspost.com.au.
Note: PO Box addresses are not accepted by Australia Post

If you wish to source your own supplies, please ensure that you purchase all of the required items.

End of Year Excursion to Adventure Park!

1/2L Inquiry projects

The 1/2 students have been busy creating their inquiry projects to show their learning from this Inquiry unit. Following on from our incursion to the Science Discovery Dome, students went further with their learning about day and night and created a day and night box. Check out their creations!

Grade 6 Graduation

The Grade 6’s had a special pizza lunch on Monday before their Graduation celebration. The Grade 5 students have been working hard on their speeches and application letters for leadership roles in 2024. There were seven students who chose to apply for school leader and spoke in front of the school community. We are so proud of them!

Wangala's Got Talent

Wellbeing Office and Holiday Ideas

In 2023 the Wellbeing team made some changes to the wellbeing office! We added a bowl of fidget toys, a “check your engine” emotional regulation tool, colourful decals and the students provided artwork and letters to Theodore the turtle for our wall.

This year students have really enjoyed playing card games with ‘Taco, Goat, Pizza, Cheese’ and UNO FLIP  being some of the favorite’s.

It’s been a joy to spend time with the students in the wellbeing space throughout 2023, we look forward to seeing all the students back in 2024!

We thought it might be handy to provide some places where you can purchase fidgets as you may find them helpful over the school holiday break.

  • www.calmstore.com.au is a great website to find all your fidget needs.
  • Sensory Kingdom in Belmont is another great shop to check out.
  • Kmart often have a number of great fidget/sensory toys too.

Check out the image below with some fun activities to do with the kids over the holidays!

Andy, Angela and I (Holly) hope everyone has a safe and happy holidays and look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year! 

Food Relief Over the Holiday Period

If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance over the holiday period, local community organisations such as Feed Geelong, Foodbank and other government programs may be able to provide support.

Many communities have resources in place to help families and individuals during challenging times.

Please check out the links below.

Feed Geelong facebook

Where-Can-I-Eat-Summer-2023-2024-Edition.pdf (feedgeelong.com.au)

Feedgeelong.com.au

Chicken, Worm farm and Garden Volunteers

Thank you to the families that have volunteered to look after Porrgil’s Patch this Summer holidays, we are so grateful that all dates have now been allocated/ An email with instructions has been sent to the relevant families. 

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