Friday, 20th October, 2023
From the Principal
What a week for the Arts at Wangala Primary School this week! On Wednesday I was so pleased to watch our students perform on stage at the Geelong Arts Centre for the ‘Geelong Movement and Music Festival’. Based on the cheer for our students, most of our community were present in the theatre and we were a crowd favourite! A huge well done to Ms Whytcross who coordinated the event for the whole school, and taught the performance to each and every child.
A huge well done also goes to our students and Ms Whytcross for our display at the Royal Geelong Show, which is currently on at the show grounds. The display showcased students work focused on ‘Fairytales’ which also earned the school third place for primary school displays! Top job Wangala!
On Monday we held a special assembly with a representative from Barwon Water in attendance to present three of our students with prizes for their entries into the Barwon Water National Water Week Poster Competition. The three students, Aneisha in Prep, Eleni in Grade Three and Erin in Grade Six. Well done to these talented students! Each received a prize pack which featured their framed art work, a jigsaw of their art work, some other goodies and a gift voucher. The three winning art works will also be put on display at the Geelong Art Gallery. All school entries are currently on display in our gallery outside the classroom kitchen. The school also received a $500 voucher! Thank you Barwon Water for your generosity.
Our intensive swimming program begins next week at the Geelong Aquatic Centre. This is a perfect time for our program as we head into the summer period and with people spending more time at one of our local beaches. We believe it is essential for everyone to have basic swimming skills to help keep everyone safe around water, with our intensive swimming program forming an important part of our physical education program at this stage in the year. Parents and carers are all welcome to come along to watch the swimming program. See details further on in the newsletter, or check our Facebook page.
Next Friday, 27th October is the day that we in Victoria celebrate ‘World Teachers’ Day’. This is the day we recognise and celebrate the teachers who are making, or have made, an impact in our lives. When I reflect on my education I remember a number of key teachers who had a huge impact on my life, helping to shape me into the person I am today. I recently had a former student of mine, now a young adult, contact me out of the blue to say thanks for being there for them during a particularly rough time, and to say that the care and compassion I had for them at that time helped them to navigate and feel heard, safe and cared for. That is why teachers do what they do. They teach to inspire, they teach to help shape people, to persevere even when faced with challenges that seem impossible. Is there a teacher you can thank? You can show your appreciation for our teachers, or even your old teachers, by sharing a thank you message.
From me to the teachers I have worked with, who taught me, and our wonderful Wangala Primary School teachers, thanks, and happy ‘World Teachers’ Day’ for next week.
Dates to Remember
Monday, 23rd October
Monday, 23rd October – Friday 3rd November
Whole School Swimming Program
Wednesday, 25th October
Geelong Cup – Pupil Free Day
Friday, 27th October
World Teachers’ Day
Wednesday, 1st November
Prep 2024 Transition Session 3
Monday, 6th – Wednesday, 8th November
Year 3-6 Camp – Anglesea
Monday, 13th November
Science Dome Incursion
Tuesday, 14th November
Kitchen Garden Program
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
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
Friday, 15th December
Whole School Adventure Park Celebration Day
Tuesday, 19th December
Kitchen Garden Program
Wednesday, 20th December
Last Day of Term 4
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.
Well done to our Star Student and Principal Award recipients…
One and Two – Casey, Rory, Georgia
Three and Four – Chavelle, Dylan, Manya, Harry, Jordi
Five and Six – Alex, Lily
Public Holiday Reminder
A reminder that the school will be closed on Wednesday, 25th October for the Geelong Cup public holiday.
Wangala Primary School – Second Hand Uniform Facebook Page
Did you know that one of our lovely parents has set up a Wangala Primary School Second Hand Uniform page on Facebook? This is a page run by parents to buy, swap or sell uniform items. Please ensure you read and abide by the group rules.
SunSmart – Broadbrimmed Hats
Important reminder – broadbrimmed sun hat’s must be worn at all times whilst outside from now until the end of term one 2024. If your child does not have one, they are required to stay in the shade and will not be permitted to play in the sun. We have Wangala Primary School hats available for purchase from the office.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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
Enrolments for 2024
We are currently planning for 2024 and ask that our community lets us know if your child’s enrolment status may change, or if you may be enrolling at Wangala Primary School. Please let us know as soon as possible to help us best plan for the new school year.
We are so happy to let you all know that we will be offering another All-Day OSHC program for the curriculum day next month, the 27th of November. Before School Care and After School Care will operate and cost the same as usual, at $20 and $25 respectively, and the day program will commence at 9:00am and run until 3:15pm. The cost for the day will be $75 and will include a special hot chip lunch and other exciting activities that differ from our regular OSHC plans!
This day program is numbers dependent so please let Steph know if you are interested in signing your child/ren up for the day. We will put out further information closer to the date.
Porrgil’s Patch - Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
On Tuesday the 10th of October our enthusiastic year 3/4 students began to move our 6mtr pile of compost! They worked so hard as a team to shovel and fill buckets and wheelbarrows, we spoke about the consistency, purpose and temperature of the compost and how it will assist our veggies and seedlings to grow! Following on from the 3/4‘s efforts were our preps, grade 1’s and grade 2’s, they planted seedlings that we had grown and nurtured over the past few weeks. We look forward to watching these seedlings grow and hope that they produce some delicious, fresh fruit and veggies for our kitchen and market stall.
This weeks the preps welcomed a new addition to their classroom ‘Leaf-a-Lina Diamond’ the spiny leaf insect! (what a fabulous name!).
Leaf-a-Lina Diamond has settled into her new habitat nicely, the preps have been very curious, careful and brave!
On Tuesday the 17th of October the preps cooked pancakes, this was the result of another persuasive writing piece where the preps had to convince Holly to make pancakes with them! Clearly they are becoming very talented with their persuasive writing!
A huge batch of pancakes were prepared and cooked by the prep students, together with Holly, Ange, Miss Whytcross and Lauren, they were served with all the toppings, including honey, blueberries, strawberries and banana, they were thoroughly enjoyed by all!
This week in Maths we have been identifying and classifying 2D shapes. To begin our learning, we went on a shape hunt in our classroom and looked for lots of different shapes. We found so many! We noticed that the clock is a circle, the TV is a rectangle and even some of our faces are shaped like an oval. We also created shapes with a partner. The 1/2s came up with some very creative ways to make shapes such as squares, triangles, circles and pentagons.
Barwon Water Poster Competition
Congratulations to Aneisha, Eleni and Erin who all won awards for their impressive Barwon Water poster competition submissions. The lucky winners were presented with a jigsaw puzzle of their artwork as well as an Officeworks voucher. Overall our students outstanding efforts also won our school a $500 Officeworks voucher for us to spend on curriculum supplies. Well done to everyone who entered!
The winners artwork will be exhibited at the Geelong Art Gallery until February 2024
Whole School Swimming Program
A reminder that our whole school swimming program is starting this Monday the 23rd of October and will run during week 4 and week 5 (total of nine, 45 minute swimming sessions).The kids are super excited about this program and so are we. It’s such an amazing opportunity for the children to further develop a vital life skill.
Below is some key information. This was sent home in a note last week. The junior classes have also received a social story about swimming, it would be great if you could read this a few times with the kids before Monday so they are prepared. Some students may be feeling a little anxious about swimming and that’s okay. There will be plenty of support from staff.
Dates and Times :
Week 4 – Mon 23/10, Tues 24/10, Thurs 26/10 and Fri 27/10
(No swimming on Wednesday 25th October due to the Geelong Cup).
45 min sessions Lesson, Time : 12:15pm-1pm
Week 5 – Mon 30/10, Tues 31/10, Wed 01/11, Thurs 02/11 and Fri 03/11
45 min sessions Lesson, Time : 12pm-12:45pm
What to bring:
A bag (not school bag) with their underwear, towel, goggles, brush, bathers (if they are not already wearing them to school) and swimming cap if you prefer to wear one when swimming.
- We will be travelling to the Geelong Aquatic Centre via bus. Ideally, children should wear their bathers to school underneath their clothes to make it easier.
- Children will use the changerooms to get changed back into their school clothes after their swimming lessons. This will be a quick process as we need to get back on the bus.
- There will be plenty of support from school staff for our younger students to help with the changing process.
- Note – Parents and Carers are more than welcome to come and watch the lessons, but are not permitted in the change rooms whilst the students are getting changed.
- There will be no time for showers.
- Clothes should be clearly labelled to avoid students losing them.
- Children tend to get hungry during these sessions so it could be a good idea to pack an extra piece of food for them to eat.
Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Andrea Hueston.
The Arts News!
GEELONG NATURE FESTIVAL- 3/ 4 ART
The Geelong Nature Festival is currently being run at Geelong’s Botanical Gardens. There are lots of free activities that you and your family can enjoy.
On October the 29th, there will be an official closing ceremony. Wangala’s 3/ 4 students have created artwork on a tile, of a local wildlife creature or plant from our area.
Although this event is free, bookings are essential so secure your spot now!
Please click on the attached link for the details of the closing ceremony. Our Backyard School Art Exhibition – closing event – City of Greater Geelong (geelongaustralia.com.au)
GEELONG SHOW- WANGALA ART ON DISPLAY
This year at the Geelong Show, Wangala P.S entered an art display in the Education Pavillion.
Students worked so hard in the artroom to create some fabulous works related to the theme of Fairy Tales. Not only do we think it looks absolutely AMAZING put together! The judges did too, awarding us a big yellow 3rd place ribbon! Be sure to have a look, if you are there!
The Geelong Show will run from the 19th-22nd October at the Geelong Show Grounds in East Geelong.
WANGALA’S GOT TALENT SHOWCASE
After the huge success of last year’s talent show, we have decided to run it again!
This will be a showcase of our performing skills, such as singing, dancing, telling jokes, magic tricks or playing music. It is not a competition, just an opportunity to enjoy being on stage.
Students can enter individual or group items and prepare their routine and costume at home.
We will have class and whole school items, as well as a performance from our graduating students.
Start planning what YOU would like to do! Entry forms will be available in November.
Geelong Schools Music and Movement Festival
On Wednesday the 18th of October our whole school performed their ‘Breaking Free” dance, on the big stage, at the Geelong Art Centre, what a fabulous time we all had!
A huge thank you to all of our fabulous families for their costume efforts, our students were popping with bright, fluorescent colours!
And a massive congratulations and thank you to Ms Whytcross for working tirelessly on the routine and ensuring it come together on the day.
Our students are extremely lucky to be given so many amazing opportunities and to have such a devoted and talented art/performing arts teacher!
Senior Class Maths
The 5/6 students have been learning about volume and capacity. Last week they had to work in small groups to estimate, then measure the exact capacity of a range of containers while marking every 100 millilitres.
Events in the Middle East
Dear parents and carers,
Some in our school community may be affected by the devastating events in the Middle East.
I am sure that all of us are upset and disturbed by the awful events depicted in media footage and images.
This time is particularly distressing for staff, students, families and carers who have family and friends in Israel and Gaza.
We are also aware that students of diverse backgrounds, including Jewish and Muslim students, may be significantly affected by public events, mainstream media coverage and social media at this time.
Please be assured that all staff are aware of the extreme emotional toll on many across our community at this time. But please also feel free to get in contact with any of the staff at our school if you would like to ensure we are aware of what your child is going through at this time.
Our support staff will continue doing all they can to support all our students, and support is also available for our staff.
I also want to assure you that the department is monitoring the situation from a school security perspective, and have advised there is no further action we need to take at this stage.
It is possible that extremely distressing scenes from the conflict may be posted online in coming days. Please ensure your children are aware of where they can find support in the event they come across such images. At our school, this includes conversations with their classroom teacher, myself, Mrs Hueston, or with our wellbeing team. It is our recommendation that you closely monitor your child’s access to social media at this time.
You may find some aspects of this resource helpful:
Support is also available through external services including:
My door is always open and I am sure we will all look to support one another in this very difficult time.
Focus on Curriculum
Supporting your child’s reading and writing at home
By asking your child questions you can support your child to:
– Share their enjoyment of reading and writing
– Develop a better understanding about the characters or topics
– Develop a sense of empathy for others
– Develop their values, attitudes and beliefs about the world
– Broaden their experience and knowledge of the world
– Foster their imagination
– Consider the important points in what they are reading