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Friday 31st May, 2024

From the Principal

Reconciliation Week was this week recognised at Wangala Primary School as we came together to show our commitment to a unified Australia.  Our vision for reconciliation is that we are united in acknowledgement 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 educate and create a unified future for all Australians.  Each of our community members created their own handprint with a word or image of reconciliation, which we all planted in the garden at the front of our school to show our commitment.  The message of Reconciliation Week this year is ‘Now More Than Ever’.  For us this means that we must help our students in understanding the rich history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, reinforcing their voice, developing connection, and calling out racism whenever we encounter it.  I encourage everyone to become familiar with Wangala Primary School’s ‘Reconciliation Action Plan’ and how we commit to continually improving outcomes for First Nations people.

This week I was lucky enough to have two special guests join me for lunch on Monday.  Sally cashed in fifty of her ‘Wangala Tokens’ to join me in my office.  Part of the deal was that Sally could bring a friend, and she kindly decided to bring her sister, Delilah.  We enjoyed some delicious cupcakes, popcorn, and chocolate and had a chat about their recent trip to New Zealand, their dance performance coming up and the songs they liked, which I was regaled with.  Thanks for joining me, Sally, and Delilah!  Each day our students have the chance to earn their ‘Wangala Tokens’ for displaying positive behaviours from our ‘Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Matrix’, which they can spend on an assortment of rewards ranging from the very popular hot chocolate at recess time for twenty tokens, to listening to music in the classroom for thirty tokens, right down to two-hundred and fifty tokens to be the Principal for the day (I’m hoping that means I get the day off?!?)  Our students strive to earn these tokens and earn every reward they cash them in for! 

Lastly, I’d like to wish our very own Steph Sutherland a very happy 30th birthday for today.  A little-known fact is that Steph was a student at a previous primary school I taught at.  Make sure you wish her a happy birthday when you see her and ask her how her Taylor Swift birthday cake was!

Have a top weekend everyone.

Regards,

Steven King
Principal 

 

Dates to Remember

Monday, 3rd  – Tuesday 4th June
Smile Squad Dental Van  

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 Barwon Schools Young Leaders Conference 2024 – School Leaders Attending

Monday, 24th June
GSODA’s Little Mermaid at GAC
Year 2-4 Students

Thursday, 27th June
MARC Van at Wangala 

Friday, 28th June
Last Day of Term 2.30pm Finish
Semester 1, 2024 Reports Available via Compass

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! 

SingingLinks

Prep/Grade One teachers and their students have been enjoying SingingLinks, a brand new program in 2024 at Wangala that not only supports the performing arts curriculum but also enhances academic outcomes. Music specialists from Bluebird Foundation visit weekly to help deliver engaging singing activities in the classroom. Proudly supported by The Raymond Charities.

Positive Behaviour Matrix Fortnightly Campaign

The positive behaviour campaign for this fortnight was ‘we listen to others at appropriate times’. 

Listening to others when they speak is a sign of respect and a skill that will lead to deeper and better relationships. 

At school we know that when students actively listen, they are more likely to participate and engage in the learning process.  We practice active listening, setting up the expectations for this across classrooms, and ensure that the conditions for this are in place during our teaching and learning programs.  We provide students with scaffolds to help them retain the information, especially instructions, utilising such things as the ‘First, Then’ to help students retain the simple steps in a task.

In our yarning circles, students talked about the importance of listening to others and what this positive behaviour means by ‘at appropriate times’.  In these conversations they also discussed what this looks like when it goes right, and how we might muck it up.  The concept of safety was also a focus in these conversations.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Last week the Prep and Grade One students participated in the National Simultaneous Storytime. Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in schools all around the country. This year the book was Bowerbird Blues by Aura Parker. Our students were part of the 2,359,147 students that took part in the storytime! After reading the story, we looked at a ‘find and sort’ picture from the book and applied our tally mark and graphing skills to display how many of each item we could find in the picture.

Senior Classroom

As part of our Literacy block, the senior students have been practising their reading fluency by reading summaries about subjects of interest, generated by Chat GPT. Subjects chosen include donuts, Ned Kelly, Kobe Bryant, Roblox and English History.

On Friday during our Wellbeing session, the senior students had a visit from a very good boy who modelled the character strengths of Loyalty and Enthusiasm. Albert was a very popular classmate who received many tummy tickles.

Lightening Prem - Netball and Soccer

We are so extremely proud of our students who participated Lightening Premiership today.

Our Netball team won 4 or 5 matches and made it to the final, they unfortunately lost the final, but what an incredible effort and our Soccer  team won 3 or 4 matches, again, outstanding effort. 

Thank you to Mrs Moon, Mrs Sobczynski and Frederica for supervising out students and cheering them on from the sidelines. 

STEAM

This month in STEAM we have been exploring all things Magnets and Electricity! 

The Preps and Grade 1s have had a great time investigating magnetic and non-magnetic items using their hands on research they were able to make their very own magnetic toy or game.  The students took great joy out of building some ‘Snap On’ Electric Circuits making light bulbs glow, fans spin and police sirens sound! 

Grade 2-4W took this learning to the next level where they began to research the link between Magnets and Electricity.  They built their very own car powered by magnets, created and drew their own ‘Snap On’ electronic circuits finding out how to pass an electric current through various mediums. The students discovered how power was generated and the way of our sustainable future. 

In Grade 5/6S the students put their engineering hats on and endeavoured to build any type of vehicle powered by magnets.  They studied the science behind Maglev trains and put their vehicles through a fair test to measure speed and distance travelled.  They connected the relationship between Magnets and Electricity through the design and depiction of their own electronic circuits and built their own electromagnet.  Students have begun to dig into the science power generation and methods that are beneficial and that detract from our environment. 



Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Positive Behaviour Matrix