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Friday 17th May, 2024

From the Principal

I begin today’s newsletter recognising the extraordinary contribution the Education Support Staff (ESS) at Wangala Primary School make to our students and our school.  We are incredibly fortunate to have a number of amazing ESS who are the backbone of our school, importantly contributing to supporting students in our classrooms in a number of ways, right down to ensuring our bills are paid and your calls are answered each time with a friendly greeting.  Yesterday marked ‘Education Support Day’ and we celebrated each of these amazing staff members with a special morning tea where students gave beautiful cards.  I personally thank each one of you; Bec, Kim, Steph, Nat, Stef, Liz, Aleah, Federica, Holly R, Holly P, Charlotte and Campbell, for your ongoing contributions.  You all make our school the great place it is for our students to learn and thrive, and for all the staff members to have a laugh and continue to love our jobs.

This week we were saddened to hear of the passing of Norm ‘Jurrawaa’ Stanley, a Kurnai/Wotjabaluk man well know across the Geelong region.  Norm was an artist and musician who worked with the Wangala Primary School community to help craft an image befitting our beloved Wadawurrung name.   He created our ‘Wangala Artwork’ with our students input, telling the story of the old community members of Oberon South Primary School over the fifty years of its existence, and the new Wangala Primary School community, with the current community always central to the piece.  The artwork links our school to the Wadawurrung Country we are proud to learn on and features the Waurn Ponds Creek running across the centre.  Norm also designed our yarning circle logo, significant to our value of being community minded; something Norm demonstrated in abundance.  I had the great pleasure of yarning with Norm on a number of occasions, connecting with his Wotjabaluk heritage, the Country I had grown up on.

We join with so many in the Geelong community in sending our condolences to his wife, Nikki, his children, and the First Nations community at this time.  To Norm, we say Nyante (thank you), for the time we were able to share with you at Wangala Primary School.  Your passion for sharing and educating others around culture, art and ceremonies will always be reflected across our school with our students wearing your artwork with pride.

Regards,

Steven King
Principal 

Norm Jurrawaa Stanley

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, 14th – Wednesday 22nd May 
Somers Camp – Selected Students 

Monday, 20th May 
Assembly 2.45pm in the Gym
Bee Incursion – All Students 

Friday, 24th May 
Belmont Kinder Visit – Senior Students 

Monday, 27th – Friday 31st May
Smile Squad Dental Van  

Wednesday, 29th May
Reconciliation Week Day –
Wear Red, Yellow and Black  

Thursday, 30th May
School Photos 
MARC Van at Wangala 

Friday, 31st May
Winter Lightning Prem 
Soccer and Netball
Senior Students 

Monday, 3rd June
Assembly 2.45pm in the Gym

Friday, 7th June
Belmont Kinder Visit – Senior Students 

Monday, 10rd June
Kings Birthday Public Holiday
Pupil Free Day

Thursday, 13th June
MARC Van at Wangala 

Monday, 17th June
Assembly 2.45pm in the Gym

Friday, 21st June
Belmont Kinder Visit – Senior Students 

Thursday, 27th June
MARC Van at Wangala 

Friday, 28th June
Last Day of Term 2.30pm Finish

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.

Student Awards

Congratulations to this weeks STAR STUDENTS! 

Reconciliation Week

Wangala Primary School’s vision for reconciliation is that we are unified in acknowledgment and celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their resilience, and their living cultures so that we can work collaboratively as a community to education and create a unified future for all Australians. 

As part of our Reconciliation Action Plan commitment, we will be recognising National Reconciliation Week (27th May to 3rd of June) in our classroom yarning circles as well as our teaching and learning programs and will come together as a community to show our commitment through a ‘hands-on’ activity on Wednesday, 29th May.  On this day each of our staff members and students will create their own special handprint that will be installed around the school.  We also invite you all to contribute your own handprint with a message of reconciliation and unification.  Feel free to pop into the office to collect a hand-print cutout to decorate at home.  On this day, students will also be invited to wear red, yellow and/or black clothing to raise awareness of the importance of reconciliation.

See the flyer below for our special day, and be sure to take a look at our Reconciliation Action Plan to see how else we’ve committed to our vision for reconciliation.

Garden and Landscaping Update

We are thrilled to share the exciting developments that have taken place on our school grounds over the past few months! One of the highlights of our recent endeavors is the completion of our brand-new Wangala Walking Track. This addition not only promotes physical activity but also provides a serene environment for our students, staff, and community members to enjoy.

Our dedicated landscaper, Julian, has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on this project. From crafting garden beds to carefully selecting and planting vibrant flora, Julian’s expertise has truly transformed our school landscape. However, to truly bring our vision to life, we are reaching out to you, our supportive community.

If you happen to have any volcanic rocks or other suitable garden design materials lying around at home, we would be immensely grateful for your donation. Your contribution will play a vital role in enhancing the beauty and functionality of our school grounds, ensuring that they remain a welcoming and inspiring space for all.

Please inform reception if you would like to donate or have any questions regarding this initiative. 

Thank you for your continued support as we strive to continue create an exceptional learning environment for all.

 

OSHC - Fee Update as of Term 3 2024

After careful consideration and review, the Wangala PS School Council have decided to implement changes to the pricing structure of our OSHC service, effective from the beginning of Term 3 – July 15th 2024. This will also see differing costs for both casual and permanent bookings, something that is standard practice across the majority of OSHC services. We understand the significance of these changes and recognise the impact they may have. Please know that this decision was made thoughtfully, taking into account various factors to ensure the continued quality and sustainability of our OSHC program. We are committed to ensuring your child/ren have the best experience possible in OSHC! 

The new fee structure is as follows:

Before School Care:

Permanent Cost: $23.00

Casual Cost: $25.00

After School Care:

Permanent Cost: $28.00

Casual Cost: $30.00

These new fees will still be CCS applicable. 

Positive Behaviour Matrix Fortnightly Campaign

This fortnight’s positive behaviour campaign has been ‘we use equipment safely and the way it is intended’.  While this is a straightforward positive behaviour to follow, it’s important that students understand this in multiple contexts.  In our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, for example, students learn how to correctly and safely use equipment in the kitchen and garden.  What conversations can you have at home about this positive behaviour?

Outside of Hours Care

The past fortnight in OSHC has seen us spending some time in the kitchen, with one highlight being making delicious no-bake chewy muesli bars. We have also been participating in many games of Chess, with Sally even going head-to-head with Mr King! And with thanks to Melissa Stokes, Sally and Delilah’s Mum, we have been busy growing some lovely purple and blue crystals from scratch.

Wellbeing Update

The wellbeing team have been busy this term with the introduction of social groups which involve working with students around emotional regulation, feelings, friendships and problem solving.

We have also introduced ‘Learning Tool Kits’ into the classrooms, these kits include noise cancelling headphones as well as an array of learning tools to help students focus or calm down when they are in the yellow, red or blue zones, and assist them in moving back into the green learning zone.

And finally we welcomed a new staff member into the wellbeing team, Rashelle Moon. If you see Rashelle’s friendly face around, be sure to say hello!

Stay and Play

We have been purchasing new items for Stay and Play that runs throughout recess and lunch, as always lego and colouring are high on the favourites list. This term bead bracelets, loom bands and watercolour painting have been popular, along with the introduction of sensory play Thursdays, where students can play with playdough or cotton candy sand at lunchtime! It is a beautiful space for our students to interact in a quieter environment, as well as build friendships and expand on their creative play skills!

Triple P Positive Parenting Program

Triple P Positive Parenting Program is a fantastic resource for parents looking to support their child’s development, grow closer and solve problems positively. The website provides free positive parenting programs that give parents the confidence and skills to build strong relationships, set boundaries and rules calmly, and in ways that kids understand and respond too.

You can find out more at https://www.triplep-parenting.net.au

Connect Up Program

We are extremely lucky to have a Meli service delivered here onsite at Wangala Primary School called the ‘Connect Up Program’. This program is available to all of our families with children aged 0-12years and no referral is necessary. 
Services offered as part of the ‘Connect Up Program’ include:

  • Family support
  • Linking and referrals to service providers and therapeutic providers. 
  • Supported playgroups
  • Parenting education and engagement groups 
  • Support around material aid

If you would like to access this service please contact reception and we will put you in touch with a member of the wellbeing team.

Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you WPS families for your support of our Scholastic book fair this week, because of your generous purchases we managed to receive all of these books using our commission. Our students will enjoy reading and borrowing these from our classroom libraires!

Grade 2/3/4 Classroom

In Inquiry the students in grade 2/3/4 W  have been busy learning about the early explorers before the arrival of the First Fleet to Australian shores. The students learnt about how valuable spices were and where they came from and what they were used for. 

In Auslan we learnt about the history of the language Auslan and how it can differ slightly depending on what parts of Australia people live in.

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program (May Edition)

We have been working hard behind the scenes over the last few months to continue building our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program (SAKG).  

Pleasurable Food Education is a great way for students to change the way they feel about food, try new flavours and grow appreciation for the foods that they eat. It is a hands-on experience to learn about food production from the very beginning, from popping a seed in the ground to coming into our kitchen to sit around the table and eat with their friends. 

So far this year in the kitchen; we have been learning essential safety and knife skills, making breads and pastas from scratch, trying new ways to eat vegetables, grains and legumes, utilising in season ingredients and preserving techniques when an abundance of vegetables, herbs and fruits are available. We have been looking into different alchemy concepts eg. yeast and rising dough, botany of different types of plants, measuring, fractions and ratios for different recipe requirements as well as learning about different cultural foods and celebrations. 

In the garden; we have been planting and spacing out new seasonal crops, harvesting ripe crops to sell and use directly in the kitchen, looking after the needs and in return a few cuddles from our brood of chickens, keeping our garden space tidy and productive through weeding, pruning, and sweeping leaves for the compost.  We have tested the pH and water tolerance of our soil and begun to delve into the huge world of composting science.

Our garden is a beautiful and contemplative space for the students; it supports their well-being and connection to school and food growing community.  Students have been completing mindful activities in the garden like watercolour’s and observational tasks. We look forward to including more of this type of learning over the coming months. 

Students will be encouraged to make an entry every month in our Newsletter to keep you up to date with what has been happening in the Kitchen and Garden.  Please see this months entry below from our Kitchen Garden Reporters Paxton and Connor!

In the kitchen garden this week we cooked tacos using fresh produce from our garden. We also baked pear crumble which was delicious. We have been learning how to use kitchen utensils properly during our cooking sessions.

Our Garden is currently in the process of growing lots a leafy green vegetables. Last week we mulched and fed our seedlings to help them grow. We have covered some of our vegetable with special covers to aid in the growing process.

This week we also learnt about recycling and composting. We now know what food scraps and rubbish we can put in the different bins at school to help reduce the waste going to landfill.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Positive Behaviour Matrix