Dear Parents and Carers,
With only 3 weeks of school left we are certainly finishing on a high after what has been a most tumultuous year.
On Tuesday this week it was announced that Wattle Park Primary was successful in receiving $661,000.00 from this year’s State budget to replace the LOTE room and before and after school care building.
Many thanks to the current School Council who supported me and assistant principal Mr Steve Donohue in writing a grant to secure funding. Also many thanks to community members who I know lobbied, behind the scenes, our local member Will Fowles regarding the need for a new building. So your efforts are certainly most appreciated.
At this stage there are no timelines, commencement of works or design, just an announcement at this stage.
On Wednesday the school received updated ‘School Operations Guidelines’ called the ‘Last Step.’ There are a number of changes now. Please see the list below:
Changes will take effect on Monday 30th November, although the bubbler taps were cleaned and unwrapped immediately for yesterday.
Our transition program for next year’s Foundation’s students commenced this week and I must admit it was so lovely to see the kindergarten students and their parents in groups of ten visit the school for a tour. Current Foundation teacher Ms Emma Tan along with Mr Steve Donohue are timetablers extraordinaire! Their organisation was exemplary and everything ran like clockwork. A sincere thank you to them both.
I was actually timetabled to teach one of the Foundation classes today for an hour and I must admit I was very pleasantly surprised with their reading levels and their mathematics’ abilities. I wondered whether the remote learning phase had impacted on their level of learning but the snapshot I experienced today indicates otherwise. Their reading and number knowledge by most students was excellent.
Transition day is scheduled for Tuesday 8th December, aligning with State Government secondary schools transition day. Students will meet their teachers for next year with their current classmates.
Classes for 2021 have mostly been kept the same for 2020, (exception being 2021 Year 2 classes) as recommended by Associate Professor Kaye Margetts- University of Melbourne. Principals throughout the inner east region participated in a virtual conference with Kaye and as her area of expertise is school transitions we have taken on board her recommendation of keeping students in the same cohort where possible. Teachers however have been allocated different classes in some instances.
That’s it from me. I’m off to sell ‘Zooper Doopers’ at the canteen with the Year 6 ambassadors. I’m sure there will be a very long queue!
Just a word of warning, please take care when driving and parking around the school. I have a sneaking suspicion that there may be parking inspectors visiting around the area next week. So please ensure to be respectful of our neighbours and for the safety of our students, abide by the parking signage and road rules. Parking fines just before Christmas are certainly not welcomed.
Enjoy the weekend and I’ll look forward to welcoming you all onsite once again on Monday.
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 email@example.com. For further info click on link.
Along with the student enrolment form, you must also send:
Please return all forms to our Business Manager, Mrs Helen Dalzotto, titled 'ENROLMENT FORM for 2022' to our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Ms Gayle Cope
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.