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Thursday 28th March, 2024

From the Principal

Who can believe it’s the end of term already!?!  It’s been a fantastic start to the new school year with our students settled into the classroom routines and learning across the school.  Our prep students have settled beautifully into their primary schooling and are all eager learners.

From the start of Term Two, we will officially welcome new staff members to our team.  In the last newsletter, I mentioned that Mrs Rashelle Moon will be starting with us as the Inclusion and Wellbeing Teacher.  Rashelle will be with us each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  We also welcome new Education Support Staff members, Aleah Doyle, Holly Ross, and Federica Rutolo officially to the team.  We’re excited to have these new members of staff supporting our students.

Last week was ‘Harmony Week’, a celebration of diversity and bringing together Australians from all different backgrounds.  While classrooms discussed and celebrated the event in their classrooms, the Wangala Primary School community came together today as part of our ‘Celebration Day’.  A major component of this celebration was the Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country by parent, and Wadawurrung Traditional Owner, Jordan Edwards.  A Smoking is an important ceremony accompanying a Welcome, and assists in cleansing the area and people of bad spirits and to promote the protection and wellbeing of visitors.  Thanks to everyone for coming along and joining in with our celebrations today.  It was great to see so many from our community in attendance.

I end today’s newsletter thanking everyone for a great first term and for your contributions to our community.  I hope everyone has a restful break and come back refreshed, ready for another big term!  Fingers crossed the Easter Bunny finds you wherever you may be!

Regards,

Steven King
Principal 

Dates to Remember

Monday, 15th April
First Day of Term 2

Thursday, 18th March
MARC Van at Wangala 

Monday, 22nd April
Assembly 2.45pm in the Gym

Thursday, 25th April
ANZAC Day – Public Holiday

Monday, 29th April
District Cross Country
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 

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

Baron Health Smile Squad Free Dentist 
The Smile Squad team from Barwon Health are coming to our school the week of the 27th – 31st May.
Smile Squad is the Victorian Government free school dental program. This means all students can get a free dental check-up, preventive services, and treatment at school.
How to access free dental care
We need your consent before we can provide services. Consent is usually provided by a parent or guardian. Sign up to Smile Squad at: https://bit.ly/smilesquadvic or use the QR code below. 
Please complete and submit the consent form by 17/5/24.
The electronic consent form can be translated into more than 100 languages.
Do I need to attend my child’s appointment?
No, you do not need to attend your child’s appointment. You can attend if you would like to by contacting Dental Administration on 4215 7625, or you can take your child to the community dental clinic if you prefer.

Easter Hat Parade and Community Celebration Day

What an amazing day was had by our community today, celebrating everything Wangala and the amazing students of our school.  

We began the day with our Easter Hat Parade showcasing so many amazing creations, and a performance from the whole school of an Easter dance students had been practising in their music lessons.  We also drew out the winners of our Easter Raffle, with so many prizes being given to many families.  Thank you to everyone who sold the raffle tickets and contributed to the raffle prizes, and a big thank you to Kim in the office for putting together all of the prize packages!  We’re pleased to say that we raised $640, with half of the funds raised going to the ‘Good Friday Appeal’ and the other half being used to purchase a selection of new books for the library.

Following the recess break, the whole community were involved in the Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country, facilitated by Jordan Edwards.  What a great experience this was for our school, as the ceremony was used as a means of cleansing our community and promoting good wellbeing.  Thanks to Jordan for facilitating this ceremony for us, and for explaining the significance of this as part of Wadawurrung culture.  We were visited by Claudia from Energy Australia, who is based here in Geelong, who had contributed funds to our yarning circle in the bottom corner of the school grounds, to allow us the opportunity to say thank you to Energy Australia for their generous contribution.

Our classroom doors were opened for students to share what they had been working on with the rest of our community.  How wonderful was it to see our students so excited about what they had been learning?

Finally, we finished the day off with a community bbq, which was a great chance for everyone in our community to come together and enjoy some food and have a chat.  Thank you to those parents and carers who assisted with the bbq.  Thank you to all of you in our community for coming along.  It was wonderful to see parents, carers, siblings, grandparents and everyone else who came along.

Positive Behaviour Matrix Fortnightly Campaign

This fortnight’s positive behaviour focus is ‘We keep our hands and feet to ourselves’.  When it comes to social interactions, there are unwritten rules that govern our behaviour and play a crucial role in establishing positive relationships and maintaining a harmonious society.  Keeping our hands and feet to ourselves is not just about respecting personal space, it is also about promoting safety and consent.  We teach our students to respect personal boundaries, empowering them to establish and maintain healthy boundaries in all areas of life.  When students at Wangala Primary School are upset, they are encouraged to use their words to express their feelings rather than using their hands or feet.  Students who can keep their hands and feet to themselves are able to demonstrate the school value of respect for their teachers and classmates.  We encourage all our students to use their W.I.T.S. when there is an issue, with one of the strategies always being a successful choice.

Outside School Hours Care News

It has been such a fantastic term in OSHC and it has been fantastic getting to watch all of our new students join our little OSHC community. We can’t wait for next term and the exciting group activities we have planned!

A big thank you must go to Zali’s grandma, Jenni Wakefield, for stitching up Jango, our OSHC dog. He has recovered very nicely from the surgery and enjoyed his stay at Hospital Wakefield!

The Importance of Sleep

If you are feeling tired or your children are struggling with sleep after a busy day, the following article from the Department might be worth a read.

Supporting sleep health

While we know sleep is essential for good health, research shows that many children and young people are not getting enough sleep on school nights. This can affect thinking, concentration, memory, reaction times and mood.

Research shows about 12% of primary school-aged children, a quarter of 12- to 15-year-olds and half of 16- to 17-year-olds don’t get enough sleep on school nights. The recommended amount of time to sleep for primary school-aged children is 9 to 11 hours. For teenagers, it’s 8 to 10 hours.

Signs that your child is not getting enough sleep can include:

– low mood and irritability during social interactions

– reluctance or arguing about getting off devices and going to bed

– falling asleep during the day

– difficulties waking up for school and sleeping in late on weekends to catch up

– changes to communicating or interacting at home.

You can help your child to improve their sleep by:

– establishing a regular sleep pattern and consistent bedtime routine

– supporting them to avoid using electronic devices such as smartphones before going to bed and in bed

– encouraging your child to exercise and spend time outside in daylight, steering clear of vigorous activity in the hour before sleep

– encouraging them to wind down and relax before going to bed.

– If your child is still having trouble sleeping, has persistent problems with low mood, excessive daytime sleepiness, restlessness in bed, severe snoring or wakening unrefreshed, despite getting adequate length sleep, they should see a doctor.

For more information on sleep health, you can refer to:

Sleep tips for children and Facts about sleep for parents and school staff, from the Sleep Health Foundation

Why sleep is so important, from the Kids Helpline’s

Sleep explained, from the Better Health Channel.

4-6 Class News

The 4/5/6 students have been busy completing their Inquiry Projects. They have been learning about different systems of government from around the world. Students chose a system of government and created their own country and set of laws, as well as creating a flag and drawing a map. 

2-4 Class News

The 2/3/4 students have been  reading the book ‘The Concrete Garden’ written by Bob Graham. We have also been enjoying Bob Graham’s other books and poems. The students have been creating their own characters using chalk drawings, using Venn Diagrams to compare their house to those in the concrete garden and have made some inferences about what Alfie the dog was doing before and after smudging the Bradley Twins flower chalk drawings. It’s a fabulous book which we all enjoyed exploring.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Positive Behaviour Matrix