Friday, 17th November, 2023
From the Principal
During the week we held our final School Council meeting for 2023. At each meeting of the School Council we discuss all things ‘Wangala’ from the finances to the grounds. The amazing group of councillors who represent all parents and carers are incredible contributors to the school and I take this opportunity to thank them for their support throughout the year to achieve so much at our wonderful school. This was also, sadly, the final School Council meeting for our School Council President and long-serving council member, Tamara Lake. Tam has been an incredible member of the school council over many years, and reflected on her time, especially as President, as a genuinely interesting experience. She was heavily involved in the last school review in 2022 contributing to the current goals of the school, and also had the experience of being on the Principal selection panel earlier this year; another unique insight into the school. I personally thank Tam for her support as School Council President. I have threatened to hold her daughter, Lily, back for another year so she can stay on as well! At Tuesday’s meeting we presented Tam with a beautiful bunch of flowers on behalf of the school community to thank her for the time she has given to our school.
While I am thanking people, I would like to again, thank the staff members who attended the recent school camp, for giving up their personal time to provide such a great experience. I was lucky enough to visit the camp on Tuesday after the students arrived back from surfing. Their enthusiasm and excitement at the camp, and the stories they told me when back at school is reason why we provide these experiences for our students. For those who read last fortnight’s newsletter and were concerned, Mrs Sobczynski did buy me a box of chocolate aniseed rings from the ‘Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie’! I’ve been rationing them out!
Over the coming weeks we will have some ground works completed which may limit access to parts of the school grounds. Last year we applied for a grant for the ‘Wangala Walking Track’, a track which will skirt around our oval with sensory equipment and points of interest. The landscapers will begin to prepare the groundwork for the path in the coming weeks, which will see some temporary fence and bunting sectioning off parts of the oval. We will also see the installation of our shade sail over the decking outside the classroom kitchen. This will provide shade for students who forget their hat, a nice spot for our ‘Stay and Play’ each day, as well as a beautiful outdoor classroom space for our classes to use during the day. This space is also utilised for our Kitchen Garden dining each week.
Our ‘Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden’ program returned this week, with a delicious red-lentil dahl, carrot and coriander dip and Indian flat bread on the menu and our gardeners were also busy up in ‘Porrgil’s Patch’. We’re excited to have Chef Teacher Cat Clarke join us in a few weeks to share her knowledge of using First Nations produce and culture in the kitchen. This will be an amazing opportunity for our students, with the 3/4s having their first experience in the kitchen first thing in the morning.
Finally, there’s so many things happening in the final weeks of the year. Please make sure you have the dates in your calendar.
Have a lovely weekend.
Dates to Remember
Monday, 20th November
Tuesday, 21st November
Belmont Kinder Visit and
Kitchen Garden Program
Wednesday, 22nd November
Prep 2024 Transition Session 4
Monday, 27th November
Curriculum Day – Pupil Free Day
Tuesday, 28th November
Kitchen Garden Program
Thursday, 30th November
Prep 2024 Transition Session 5
Tuesday, 5th December
Belmont Kinder Visit and Kitchen Garden Program
Thursday, 7th December
Wangala’s Got Talent 2.15pm
Friday, 8th December
Curriculum Day – Pupil Free Day
Monday, 11th December
Grade 6 Graduation –
Afternoon with families
Tuesday, 12th December
Whole School Transition Day
(Step Up Day) Year 6 Transition
Thursday, 14th December
Final School Assembly 2.45pm
Friday, 15th December
Whole School Adventure Park Celebration Day
Monday, 18th December
Reports go live on Compass
Tuesday, 19th December
Kitchen Garden Program
Wednesday, 20th December
Last Day of Term 4 1.30
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.
Curriculum Days for Term Four
We can confirm the following Curriculum days have been approved by School Council for Term Four. Please put these in your diaries as student free days. We do plan to operate our Outside School Hours Care service on the day for enrolled students, if there is enough interest.
– Monday, 27th November – OSHC Day Program Available
– Friday, 8th December
New School Dresses
Our school council recently approved a new style of school dress that will be ready for purchase early in the 2024 school year. The new checker dress will include our signature yellow, it’s unique and we are excited to share it with you!
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
Wangala Primary School is looking forward to another great year of teaching and learning and would like to advise you of the Wangala Primary School’s Parent Payment Arrangements for 2024.
We continue to 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.
Payments can be made by providing your credit card details on the ‘Parent Payment Charges Summary’ sheet, over the phone or by visiting reception.
2024 Back to School Requirements
For 2024 requirements, we have been working with WINC who have put together year level packs and are offering FREE delivery if ordered before 8th December 2023.
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.
Your Access Key: 2WQ9T
Deadlines and delivery information
Delivery Fees: Free Delivery for orders placed on or before 8th December 2023
$10.95 delivery: for orders placed after 8th December 2023
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.
On Monday we had Nicholas from Science Discovery Dome to deliver our Planetarium Incursion in the gym. Each class got to spend an hour in an immersive discovery dome where they learnt about seasons, weather, out of space, formation and life-cycles, the structure of the sun, stars, planets, moons, asteroids and comets.
Prep Cloud Spotting
Our Prep students have been learning how to describe the weather outside for their Inquiry. This week we have been learning how to identify different clouds (cirrus, cumulus and stratus) and what each looks like. We have been using some very fun cut out cloud spotters to do this!
The Arts News!
GEELONG COUNCIL CHRISTMAS TREES
Our school Christmas tree has been installed in Johnstone Park, so much creative artwork on display this year!
In 2023 there is a new competition where you can vote for your favourite school tree and the winning school will receive a $500 voucher.
Please share this link with your friends and family and get voting!
WANGALA’S GOT TALENT!
This will be taking place on Thursday 7th December!
Check out the poster attached for details and start planning what you could do on stage! Entry forms are available at the office NOW!
Reading in 5/6
The Senior students have been taking part in Readers’ Theatre this week, reading scripts and performing in front of the class. They have been working on reading aloud with confidence, projecting to the audience, using expression and emphasis, maintaining a steady pace and enunciating each word clearly. They have all done a fantastic job and we have some students who are surely destined for the stage.
CARROTS! Last week while our year 3 – 6 students were on camp our prep – year 2 students got their hands dirty in the garden and pulled out some delicious, fresh carrots to eat! We love that our students have these opportunities in the garden, it’s a fabulous lesson on the life cycle of food, sustainability and healthy eating!
Year 3-6 Camp
A collage of our happy campers who were lucky enough to attend a 2 night / 3 day camp staying at Coastal Forest Lodge in Anglesea last week.
The animals, obstacle course, surfing and of course, the chocolate factory were crowd pleasers!
Focus on Curriculum
Supporting your child’s reading and writing at home – Working out difficult words
It is important to give your child time and strategies to read or write any long or unfamiliar words.
Before telling your child the word when he or she is reading, try these prompts:
– Look for clues for the word’s meaning in the sentence
– Look at the word closely. Does it look like another word you know?
– Can you break the word down into smaller parts?
– Do the words before and after this word help?
Before spelling a word for your child when he or she is writing, try asking:
– Does it look right?
– Does it sound right?