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Friday, 1st December, 2023

From the Principal

I can today announce the staffing and class structure for 2024.  With quite a few enrolments in our prep classroom, we’ve made the decision to run with two Prep and Grade One classes, with Hannah Beaumont and Rebecca Longley teaching these classes.  Kelly Wise will be the teacher for the Grade Two, Three and Four class, and Sarah Sobczynski will be the teacher for the Fives and Sixes.  Your children will meet their new teacher and class on Tuesday, 12th December at our ‘Step Up Day’.

Next year we will also see a new face on staff with Katherine Fanning joining us as the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden and STEAM teacher, two days per week.  Andy Hueston will continue to teach physical education and will be three days in the Wellbeing and Inclusion role.  Allison Whytcross will also continue as our Music and Art teacher.

Our Education Support Staff team remain the same with Elizabeth Nicopoulos, Lauren Verhagen, Natalie Kwiez and Stef Morgan supporting our classrooms.  Familiar faces remain in the office as well, with Kim Dugan continue in administration, and Bec Rees as our Business Manager.

Next week we will be saying thank-you to the many volunteers we have at Wangala Primary School.  We’re so fortunate to have a band of volunteers who come in each week to help our students in multiple ways.  We will also be recognising the many parents and carers who go above and beyond, as well as the multiple people behind the scenes who do so much for our school and our students.  I would like to recognise a few of our volunteers here.  Each Monday and Tuesday, Janine helps to organise our library, assists in the kitchen for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, and spends time with our students.  Rob comes in one a week to also help in the garden as part of our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program and share a joke with our students.  Ann assists in the kitchen, sharing her culinary expertise, as part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.  We see Marianne twice a week working one on one with our students to increase their literacy skills.  They say it takes a village to raise a child, and we are very thankful for those in our village who do so much.

The Grade Six Graduation Ceremony will be held on Monday, 11th December at 2.15pm in the gymnasium.  This is our chance to officially recognise the 2023 graduating students, and for them to reflect on their primary school years.  The transition from primary to secondary school is an exciting time for students and parents/carers.  It can also be daunting moving to secondary school where there are so many new experiences to navigate.  We wish all of our Grade Six students the very best in their move to secondary.

Our final newsletter will be released on Friday, 15th December with the last day of school on Wednesday, 20th December.

Regards,

Steven King
Principal

Dates to Remember

Monday, 4th December
Grade 6 End of Year Excursion

Tuesday, 5th December
Belmont Kinder Visit and Kitchen Garden Program

Wednesday, 6th December
Elite Taekwondo Final Session 

Thursday, 7th December
Wangala’s Got Talent 2.15pm

Friday, 8th December
Curriculum Day – Pupil Free Day

Monday, 11th December
2.15pm Grade 6 Graduation 
3.00pm Afternoon tea with grade 6 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

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

Reminders

Final Curriculum Day for Term Four
Friday the 8th December is a curriculum day, staff will be planning for the 2024 school year, no students will be onsite on this date. 

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
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 

A reminder to order your stationery items from WINC by the 8th December to get free delivery.  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

Deadlines and delivery information
Home delivery:
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.

End of Year Excursion to Adventure Park!

Our annual End of year celebration is fast approaching. On Friday the 15th of December the whole school will be heading to Adventure Park to celebrate the wonderful year we have had. This is always a highlight for many and a great way to finish off the year. The cost of the excursion will be $40. This will include the cost of the  bus and entry into the venue. Payment for the excursion is due by Sunday the 10th of December. Thanks to those that have already paid and provided permission. 

Event Details:

The excursion is for the whole day with the bus departing school at 9:15am and returning to school at 3pm.  Please make sure you arrive at school on time.

Important information:

  • Students will need to bring a bag with their morning tea, lunch and a refillable drink bottle in it. Typically, on days like these, children tend to get hungry and thirsty, so please make sure that you pack extra food and bring your drink bottle. 
  • They will also need to make sure that they have a wide brimmed hat (school hat is fine). No caps please.  
  • Sunscreen – please make sure you have applied sunscreen to your child before they come to school, we will remind them to reapply it throughout the day. 
  • Children should wear their bathers to school underneath their clothes so that they are ready to go.  
  • Children don’t need to wear school uniform on the day, appropriate sun smart clothing such as long sleeve rashies and wetsuits is strongly advised.  
  • Don’t forget to pack a towel and jumper in your bag as well as a change of clothes to charge back into before we leave. 
  • The children will be put into small groups on the day and have a staff member who will supervise them. 
  • Junior students will be supervised at all times, some freedom may be given to the senior students dependent on behaviour. 
  • We will have access to all rides and attractions at the venue, with height being the only restriction. Students only need to go on rides or attractions that they want to. 
  • Children are not allowed to bring money on the day and won’t be able to purchase any food at the venue. 

Finally, it’s going to be SO much fun and I know the staff at Wangala Primary are just as excited about the excursion as the students.

Thank you,

Andrea Hueston

 

Prep

Our Prep students have been busily planning, writing and illustrating their very own narratives last week! We enjoyed creating front covers for them and sharing them with our friends. This week we have created Christmas themed narratives. Well done to all of our amazing authors!

Grade 3/4

During the term the grade 3/4 students have been enjoying reading the book Runt by David Silvey.  In mathematics the students had to research to cost flights and accommodation for the Shearer family in the book  to stay at that was budget and then produce a poster to persuade the family to choose their package.

In reading and writing the student investigated famous tourists destinations in London as in the book Runt Annie and her dad are in London for the famous Krumperts dog show. The students wrote a postcard back to share a place that they visited and addressed it back to one of the family members that wasn’t on the trip to London.

The students did a marvellous job and were incredibly proud of their work. 

Great job Grade 3/4.

Taekwondo Clinics

The entire school has enthusiastically embraced  the Taekwondo clinics funded by the schools sports grant. From discipline to self-defence, students have learnt new skills, fostering physical fitness and mental resilience. Next Wednesday will be our final session and promises to be fun. Check out our blocking and kicking skills, they’re super impressive!

The Arts!

Students have been trying their hand at beading, a terrific exercise for hand eye coordination and fine motor skills, check out some of their spectacular creations!

Students have also been busy with some colourful string art. 

Wangala's Got Talent!

Reminder that Wangala’s got Talent 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!

Reminder that Wangala’s got Talent 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!

Grade 5/6

This week, the Senior students started their passion projects. This is an opportunity for the students to choose an area of interest, think of some interesting guiding questions, do some research, practice putting information into their own words, and choose reputable websites, ensuring they cite where they found their information. Students will then create a presentation and present it to the class. Topics chosen include the Titanic, Leonardo da Vinci, Memes, Dinosaurs, Creatures of the Deep, the history of the Electric Guitar and the wives of Henry VIII.

Porrgils Patch

We’ve had a busy, creative and fun few weeks down at Porrgil’s patch. Last Tuesday students tried their hand at some botanical watercolour paintings inspired by the garden, each student found a quiet spot to listen, sit and paint. The results were spectacular as you can see from the photos, we have lots of talented artists at our school! 

This week the students from grades 1-6 took part in a range of activities, some helped build garden edging using bricks, some planted potatoes and others planted flower bulbs. The prep students dug for potatoes which was a real highlight, they enjoyed getting their hands dirty and finding ‘whopper’ treasures! 

Our kitchen crew have been cooking up a storm lately, last week they used our freshly grown carrots and coriander to make a dip with flatbread, as well as a delicious red lentil dahl. This week’s menu was a chicken and vegetable stir fry and chocolate brownie, both were thoroughly enjoyed. 

Next week is our last Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program for 2023, we look forward to sharing with you what’s on the horizon for 2024!

Chicken, Worm farm and Garden Volunteers

Over the summer break we will be looking for several families that are willing to volunteer their time to look after our chickens, worm farm and garden, in return you get delicious fresh produce and eggs! 

This involves visiting Porrgil’s patch (located at the end of the tennis courts) every morning to let the chickens out, check their food and water, check the worms and turn on the watering system, then return of an afternoon to ensure that the chickens are locked away safely for the evening.  

If you can commit to any of the below dates please let reception know. 

Thursday 21st December – Sunday the 24th December

Monday 25th December – Sunday 31st December 

Monday 1st January – Sunday 7th January

Monday 8th January – Sunday 14th January

Monday 15th January – Sunday 21st January

Monday 22nd January – Sunday 28th January

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