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Friday, 1st March, 2024

From the Principal

Last week we sadly farewelled one of our long-standing Education Support Staff members, Georgie.  Georgie has worked at Wangala Primary School since 2021 and has been an amazing contributor to our community over this time.  Georgie leaves to continue her studies and pursue her career in psychology.  We look forward to seeing her in this capacity soon!

As you will also all know through our Compass communications, Mrs Hueston is currently on personal leave.  During her absence, Andrea will be replaced up until the end of term by Ms Rashelle Moon in Physical Education with further arrangements to be made for the following term.  Mrs Hueston visited on Wednesday with some very excited students and staff very happy to see her!

Yesterday our teaching staff were in Ocean Grove, joining with our Community of Practice schools, Newcomb Primary School, St Leonards Primary School and Whittington Primary School, learning about Instructional Coaching with Bron Ryrie-Jones.  This year our teachers will be engaging in Instructional Coaching each fortnight to continue to develop ourselves as effective practitioners as true life-long learners.  Back at school, our Education Support Staff were treated to a session with a colleague of mine, Tina Barnett, Principal of Grovedale Primary School, who worked with them on the ever-changing role of supporting students, unconditional positive regard, and strategies to work with students who display oppositional defiance-disorder characteristics.  Our Education Support Staff also worked on developing profiles for a number of students to build understanding of the individual strengths, needs, triggers and strategies for students, while developing a collective and consistent knowledge of the students they support.  A huge thanks to Tina for facilitating this session in my absence.  If only I could be in two places at once!

Next Friday will be another Curriculum Day which will see our staff at school reviewing the writing program and upskilling in the use of the ‘Writer’s Notebook’.  If you require all day OSHC on this date, please don’t forget to register your interest, as the program is numbers dependent. 

Have you considered self-nominating to become a member of our School Council?  We currently have positions open for new members, which will close at 4.00pm on Tuesday, 5th March.  In the event there are more nominations than positions, a ballot will be conducted in the two weeks following. 

Our new walking path is taking shape very quickly and is looking amazing.  It won’t be long and our yard will be back to full capacity.  For those of you that haven’t managed to have a look, the ‘Wangala Walking Track’ has been installed the full way around the space and will have a sensory and play space installed at intervals.  There will be a ‘sound’ sensory station along the fence line, and a balancing space closer back to the little kids’ playground.  Overtime we will continue to add different sensory and play spaces around the track.

Regards,

Steven King
Principal 

Dates to Remember

Monday, 4th March
2.45 Assembly in the Gymnasium

Tuesday, 5th March
School Council Nominations Close Today 

Thursday, 7th March
MARC Van at Wangala 

Friday, 8th March
Curriculum Day –  Student Free Day

Monday, 11th March
Labour Day – Public Holiday

Tuesday 12th – Wednesday 13th, March
Primary School Nurse Screenings – Preps

Wednesday 13th – Friday 22nd, March
NAPLAN Year 3 and 5 Students 

Friday, 15th March
Basketball Clinic Year 2-6

Monday, 18th March
2.45 Assembly in the Gymnasium

Thursday, 21st March
MARC Van at Wangala 

Friday, 22nd March
Basketball Clinic Year 2-6

Thursday, 28th March
Last Day of Term 1, 2.30 Finish
Easter Hat Parade
Easter Raffle 

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

Student free day
Friday the 8th of March 2024 is a Curriculum Day, students are not required to attend school on this date. 

Annual privacy reminder for our school community
Our school collects and uses student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ privacy policy: information for parents | vic.gov.au (www.vic.gov.au). Please take time to remind yourself of our school’s policy statement found on our website.

Easter Hat Parade and Easter Raffle 
We have our annual Easter Hat Parade coming up on the last day of term, this is always a fun filled morning with lots of spectacular creations! Please keep an eye on Compass and our next newsletter for more details.

This year our school council has decided to run an Easter Raffle, which will be drawn following the parade.  Please keep an eye out for tickets which will be sent home with each student next week.

We are also asking for donations of chocolates and Easter goods for the raffle, these can be donated at the office. We ask that you kindly return raffle tickets and drop off any donations by Tuesday the 25th of March.

Half of our proceeds from the raffle will go to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal and the other half will be used to purchase essential curriculum materials. 

We thank you in advance for your generosity and look forward to seeing you at the parade! 
 

NAPLAN
Beginning the week proceeding the long-weekend, students in Year 3 and 5 will be participating in the ‘National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy’ (NAPLAN), Australia’s nationwide measure through which parents/carers, teachers, schools, education authorities, governments and broader community can determine whether or not young Australians are developing the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for other learning and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community.

NAPLAN is made up of tests in four areas or domains; reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation), and numeracy. 

See the infographic below for further information.

Positive Behaviour Matrix Fortnightly Campaign

This fortnight’s positive behaviour focus is ‘We use our WITS’.  Using your WITS is common language at Wangala Primary School as a framework for how students are to deal with conflict and issues when they occur.  This simple acronym outlines the choices our students have in these situations.  They can…

Walk away

Ignore

Talk it out

Seek help

When we talk about this with our students, we discuss that not every WITS is a good choice for every situation, but there is always a good WITS to apply.  Using your WITS means also that you are responding to conflicts or incidents in an appropriate way.  You might like to try using your WITS at home.

Outside School Hours Care News

Wow, what a wonderful start to OSHC in 2024! At the beginning of the year in OSHC we work together as a group to form an ‘OSHC Agreement’, add songs to our special OSHC playlist, and engage in lots of developmental play and activities based around getting to know each other and our individual interests. It has been so much fun!

If you haven’t already, please register your interest now for OSHC on Friday the 8th of March (Curriculum Day) 

If numbers permit, we will be running Before School Care, a special All-Day Care program, and After School Care. The prices of Before and After School Care will remain the same at $20 and $25 respectively, and the All-Day program will be $50 – all sessions are CCS applicable. 

For more information, please email Steph at [email protected]

This program is numbers dependent and cannot go ahead if we don’t have enough enrolments, so please register your interest before Monday the 4th of March, Thank you. 

Prep and Grade One News

Our Prep and Grade One students have been very busy over the past three weeks. We have enjoyed participating in the NRL clinic, making new friends, participating in Singing Links and spending time with our buddies.

Middle Classroom News

This week in our 2/3/4 classroom, we have been learning about Inference during reading. Inference means to make a prediction or a guess as to what will happen next. We use our text clues and our background knowledge.

In writing, we made our first Writer’s Notebook entry using the ‘Borrow a Line’ strategy.  We borrowed a line from the book Accidently Kelly Street.

In maths we are learning about place value.  Place value is knowing the value of a number. 

Senior Fluency Pairs

The Senior students have been doing a fantastic job reading aloud to the reading buddy every morning. They are practising their fluency and expression, and giving each other feedback.

Stay and Play

Stay and Play, Wangala’s Recess and Lunch time program provides opportunity for students to have fun during their lunch in a safe supportive way through quieter play, an alternative to the playground, playing sports or running around.

It encourages children who are having difficulty making friends or just feeling like a quieter activity to come and join in on a common task such as chalk drawing, lego construction, UNO, puzzles (to name a few). A staff member is there to encourage engagement, interaction, and support. 

We are really excited about Stay and Play and recognise that children learn differently on the playground, just like they do in the classroom and love that we can provide alternative ways to play, interact and enjoy school and make friends.

Fun in PE

Basketball Clinic

The middle and senior classes were lucky enough to have their first basketball clinic last week. They practised their passes and dribbling, before beginning some game skills.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Positive Behaviour Matrix