WPPS Newsletter 20th November

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Principal's Report - 20th November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I’m sure we are all excited that the COVID-19 restrictions are easing and that life in Melbourne is gradually returning to normal. From a school perspective there are still a few restrictions that we are required to observe. The most important ones from a parent perspective are:

  • Visitors to school are still heavily restricted and parents are not allowed into the school buildings or on school site. Phone or email is the preferred method of communication at the present time.
  • We are still operating a restricted staggered arrival and departure system. This is working very well however we do ask that you vacate the school entrances / exits as quickly as possible once you have collected your child.
  • Students must not attend school if they are unwell - we appreciate your continued support in this matter.

Next week we commence our onsite 2021 Foundation Transition Program, welcoming small groups of future students to our school. It will be wonderful to see the next cohort of students enter the school and meet with our current Foundation teachers.

The leadership team met yesterday and one of the items on our agenda was the possible change of arrival and departure time of our Foundation students for the beginning of next year. Mr Steve Donohue, assistant principal and I will certainly be canvassing Foundation parents’ opinions on whether they would prefer an earlier drop off and pick up time so that our newest students are not overwhelmed.

Similarly, our Year 6 to 7 transition program has been significantly impacted. Very few of our Year 6 students have been able to visit their future secondary schools, however we hope that this will be possible over the remaining few weeks.

As always, the number of destination schools for our Year 6 students is quite significant. 

For your interest, I have included a table below indicating the number of students attending particular schools in 2021:

Ashwood High School

2

Box Hill High School

2

Camberwell High School

6

Canterbury Girls School

2

Koonung Secondary School

2

Mount Waverley Secondary College

3

Vermont Secondary College

1

12 different Independent and Catholic Schools

22

Unfortunately our Carols event has been cancelled for 2020. As you are aware, there are still restrictions on large gatherings and there are also restrictions on community or group singing within schools. We look forward to the Carols being reintroduced in December 2021.

Preparations for 2021 are well underway. This includes planning for our staffing profile and teacher placement, class structure and class formation. These will be communicated to the school community in due course.

Another casualty of the COVID-19 restrictions is the closure of our school canteen for this term. However after the extremely warm day on Thursday I have decided that fruit flavoured ‘zooper doopers’ (flavoured ice blocks) will be sold at the canteen on Mondays and Fridays at the cost of a $1 coin. Only one ‘zooper dooper’ per student are able to be purchased. These will be sold at the canteen by a teacher and Year 6 student leaders at lunch time only.

Someone mentioned last week that they had completed all of their Christmas shopping. Christmas shopping? Haven’t given it a thought yet! Perhaps it’s a list writing activity this weekend.

 

Warm regards

Gayle 

 

Enrolling in 2022?

If you have a child who is commencing school for the first time next year, enrolments for Foundation 2022 are being accepted now.  You are welcome to download a Student Enrolment Form and accompanying documents and forward them to wattle.park.ps@education.vic.gov.au. For further info click on link.


Along with the student enrolment form, you must also send:

  • A copy of your child’s birth certificate/passport
  • Your child's immunisation history
  • Any visas (if applicable)

Please return all forms to our Business Manager, Mrs Helen Dalzotto,  titled 'ENROLMENT FORM for 2022' to our email address: wattle.park.ps@education.vic.gov.au for processing.

You will receive a confirmation email at our earliest convenience.

If you have any questions relating to the enrolment process, please email or call the office (9808 2165) at any time.

School Tours will be conducted in Term 2 of 2021. 

To see a video of our school, click here https://www.wattleparkps.vic.edu.au/page/80/Enrolment

We look forward to seeing you in 2022.

Kind regards,
Ms Gayle Cope
Principal

Leaving the school in 2021 - Exit form

If your child/children will not be returning to Wattle Park Primary School next year. Please complete the Exit Form and sent it back to school.

Mangoes - collect Wed 16th!

Thank you for supporting our mango drive! Orders will be delivered Wednesday 16th Dec. You will have received an email directing you to the pick-up point and time. Please contact pfawattleparkps@gmail.com if you haven't received an email about your order.
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Remember your hat every day!

It’s that time of year, when all students are required to have on a hat for outside play.  Children will be required to play in the shade if no hat is worn, and being a Sun Smart School it's important to have sun protection from now until May.

 

Support our WPPS family businesses

If you would like to feature your business in this directory for free until December, send your email, website and contact number each Thursday to wattle.park.ps@education.vic.gov.au 

1. Shereen Jewellery

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShereenJewellery-2263126863945672/ 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/shereenjewelleryshop
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/ShereenJewellery
Email: Info@shereenjewellery.com



2. Hanson Building

web: www.hansonbuilding.com.au 
Email: info@hansonbuilding.com.au

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