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Friday 19th April, 2024

From the Principal

Welcome back to another huge term at Wangala Primary School.  It’s been a productive start to the new term with students straight back into their learning, beginning on the first day with a visit from Deakin University Science Education student teachers.  This saw each classroom broken into smaller groups and studying the concepts of floating and sinking.  The Deakin students will be back on Monday to complete their lessons.

In this fortnight’s newsletter we officially farewell Education Support Staff member, Lauren and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

It was exciting this week to finally have the ‘Wangala Walking Track’ and some of our new sensory stations opened.  For those who have not had the chance to come and see the project in its completion, the walking track spans the full oval with a sound sensory station on the boundary edge of the space, a balancing beam station closest to the art room, and new landscaping mounds with feature rocks scattered across the space.  These mounds are currently bare and will be planted up with trees and plants to create further green spaces across our site.  All students know that these are not to be clambered over to prevent mud being trudged across the site and layered on uniforms!  If you’re here in the mornings and afternoons outside our supervised times, we ask that you stay off these as well.

During the week we received notification that we were unsuccessful in our application through the federal government’s ‘School’s Upgrade Fund’ to have our site-wide fencing upgraded.  With much of this fencing inherited from the old high school site, this poor quality fencing is an ongoing maintenance issue for the school.  Having applied for several grants to address this very expensive issue, we will need to continue to persevere in maintaining it as best we can.  We are also seeing multiple instances of our site fencing being vandalised to provide access through our site, with one picket off the back fencing angle grinded out, and another panel having the screws and bolts removed to allow access.  If you see any concerning damage to any of our fencing, please report this to the office.

Finally, thank you to those who helped with our chickens over the Easter break.  Thanks for being active members of our Wangala community.  We hope you enjoyed the fresh eggs!

Regards,

Steven King
Principal 

Dates to Remember

Monday, 22nd April
Assembly 2.45pm in the Gym

Thursday, 25th April
ANZAC Day – Public Holiday

Monday, 29th April
District Cross Country
Selected Grade 3-6 Students

Wednesday, 1st May
Wangala Balit Ngarrwa at
Geelong Library Grade 5/6 Students 

Thursday, 2nd May
MARC Van at Wangala 

Friday, 3rd May
Hockey Clinic – All Classes 

Monday, 6th May 
Assembly 2.45pm in the Gym

Monday, 13th – Friday 17th May 
Scholastic Book Fair
Monday – Thursday 3.15 – 3-45pm
Friday 8.45 – 9am

Thursday, 16th May
MARC Van at Wangala 

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

Thursday, 30th May
School Photos 

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

Scholastic Book Fair –  Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be running in the STEAM room afternoon from Monday the 13th – Friday the 17th of May. It will be open from 3.15-3.45pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45-9am Friday. 
Please note that payments must be made by card, unfortunately, we are unable to take cash.

Smile Squad Dentist – Just a reminder that the Smile Squad dental van will be onsite from Monday the 27th May – Friday 31st May, if you haven’t already registered your child/ren and wish to, all of the information you require can be found in the news feed on the Compass App. 

School photos – Our annual school photos will be held on Thursday the 30th of May, if you do not wish for your child to be included in our school photos, please notify reception. More information on how to register for school photos will be sent via Compass in the coming week. 

Compass Events – Please ensure that you keep an eye on the Compass App for any events or excursions that your child/ren might be attending. 
We currently have two upcoming events:
– District Cross Country for a select number of year 4 and 5 students.
– Balit Ngarrwa at Geelong Library for a select number of year 4,5 and 6 students. 

Uniforms – We have recently received an order of our school polo’s in various sizes, as well as school windcheaters, polar fleece zip ups and school dresses. All logoed school uniform items can be purchased from reception. 

Curriculum Contributions – 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 at any time by visiting the office. 

Prep 2025 enrolments are now open – If you have a child/ren who will be starting Prep next year, please contact the school office for an enrolment form. Enrolment forms are due by Friday 26th July.

Positive Behaviour Matrix Fortnightly Campaign

This fortnights campaign is based on the positive behaviour of, ‘we use our manners’.  We all know that manners are a good way for you to show gratitude, display respect and demonstrate kindness.  When we talk about ‘good manners’ we talk about students…

  • Saying please and thank you
  • Being respectful and considerate of others
  • Cleaning up after themselves
  • Properly greeting people
  • Using appropriate voice levels
  • Taking turns and sharing
  • Minding the words that we use

At Wangala Primary School we expect everyone to ‘use our manners’.

SAFEMinds

In 2013, headspace partnered with the Victorian Department of Education to develop SAFEMinds: Schools and Families Enhancing Minds, a comprehensive professional learning and resource package that enhances the capacity of educators and school communities to; effectively identify children and young people with early signs of mental health concerns, implement school-based interventions and refer to other support services as needed.

https://safeminds.org.au/parents-and-carers/

The SAFEMinds website has a great section for Parents and Carers that provides Tip Sheets, Posters and helpful resources to support our children’s mental health. There is a great SAFEMinds parents video that talks about

  • Noticing good mental health
  • What things to look out for
  • How to go about asking them if you have concerns
  • When and how to get help.

Prep/One Science Deakin Lessons

On Monday our whole school enjoyed participating in Science Lessons with Deakin University Pre Service Teachers. The Preps and Ones investigated what items would sink or float. Did you know an apple floats?!

2-4 Class News

This week the students have been studying the delightful fun book Floof. Floof is a story about a loveable furball. Did you know that floof means the purest form of fluff? Everyone has enjoyed learning about Flooves.

4-6 Class News

In our classroom we have started a novel study on the book ‘Warhorse’ by Michael Morpurgo. We have been learning about nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and appositives. We have been looking at different words such as towering, hazy, intrigued, competent and nuisance, and learning about their meaning.

In Maths we have been learning about measurement, and how to calculate perimeter and area. 

– Shaurya and Keyana

Arts News

VISUAL ARTS- ART SMOCKS

Just a reminder about ART SMOCKS! We do have a share tub of all sorts and sizes; but the students really do love to have their own with their name on it. It will be kept in a class art smock tub and will only be used by them. Art smocks can be an old adult shirt or large T-shirt that can protect uniforms (including arms), or you may wish to buy one from Kmart etc. Your child may already have one at home that they used last year.

PERFORMING ARTS- CHOIR & RECORDER

If your child is in Years 2 – 6 and loves to sing, they might be interested in joining our Wangala Primary School Choir! These sessions are held during school time, after lunch on Thursdays, every week. There is also a Wangala Primary School Recorder Club running that afternoon for any students from Years 3-6. We read music, play an instrument and prepare for other instruments we might play in the future. Both performing groups will be entertaining our school community throughout the year. Please let the office or Ms Whytcross know, if your child would like to join!

Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Positive Behaviour Matrix