Dear Parents and Carers,
The purpose of last Monday’s assembly was to present the Year 6 students with their leadership badges. It was such a delight to see the Year 6 parents in attendance to pin the badges on their children as well as having their photos taken together.
Mr Will Fowles, local member for Burwood was present also and spoke to the students about what it is to be a leader. Will was most impressed that all of the Year 6 students had the opportunity to be a leader and not just a special few. The Year 5 teachers try very hard to match the students with their particular passions and interests. Sought after roles have certainly changed over the years with ICT, Ambassadors, Performing Arts and Visual Arts being very popular.
All Year 6 students are responsible for setting the tone for the year and being positive mentors to younger students. They have already had a number of sessions as buddies with the new Foundation students and are very caring and supportive. The Year 6/Foundation buddy program for some, last long after the students have left primary school.
I do appreciate all parents who followed the Education Department’s guidelines by wearing masks inside the gymnasium. Masks must be worn at all times when inside. This does not apply in the school playground, unless social distancing is not able to be practised.
It has been terrific moving around the school this week, seeing how positively our students have reconnected with their teachers and peers and how they have engaged with their learning. The tone in classrooms and the playground is very positive and our students are to be commended on their endeavours.
Lunchtime can be particularly long for some students, particularly on hot days. Please be aware that we do have a ‘hot day’ policy that stipulates when the temperature is excessive, usually 34.5C. The students retreat to their air conditioned classroom supervised by a teacher. We are particularly fortunate that the school grounds have many spectacular trees that provide large swathes of shade. Students who have attended other schools are very appreciative of the grass and trees at Wattle Park Primary, there are not many inner suburban schools blessed with space, large trees and natural grass.
Thank you to the Year 6 teachers; Mr Feather and Ms Statkus for organising the Year 5 and Year 6 Virtual Interrelate Parent Information session last week. The session was most informative and reassuring. Interrelate is an organisation supported by the government, education departments and health departments in providing relationship education in schools. Interrelate have been teaching sexuality and relationship education to young people and their parents for over 90 years and have a reputation for non-discriminatory and open teaching on sensitive issues.
Interrelate sessions for Year 5 and Year 6 students will commence on Friday 5th March.
Also Happy Chinese New Year- hope the Year of the Ox is way better than the Year of the Rat!
Enjoy the weekend everyone!
Important Dates 2021
Curriculum Days Wednesday 27th January
Monday 19th April
Monday, 12th July
Monday 1st November
Term Dates Term 1 28th January – 1st April
Term 2 19th April – 25th June
Term 3 12th July – 17th September
Term 4 4th October – 17th December
Public Holidays Labour Day Monday 8th March
Anzac Day Sunday 25th April
Queen’s Birthday Monday, 14th JuneCup Day Monday, 2nd November
Parent Contributions 2021 Reminder
Parents/Carers, please be aware that the first instalment of school contributions is due for payment on 15th February. The second instalment is due 14th March.
Full payments are due no later than 21st February 2021.
Please visit the office if you require another copy of the payment document.
Please be aware that all late students must report to the office BEFORE going to class, where their attendance will be marked accordingly.
This week your child/ren would have received the first Scholastic Book Club brochure for 2021. Please be aware that we will be continue with on line ordering only. Please do not send cash to the office. Delivery of orders will be to the school and distributed to your child via the classroom.
The Safe Code of Conduct forms can be collected from the office, or print out from below.
School Photo on 19/03/2021
WELCOME BACK! The wellbeing of all our students is our priority and our school staff and teachers are here to support you and your family. Information that might be of assistance to you in talking to your child about COVID-19 is available.
If you are concerned about your wellbeing or that of your child, please contact the school so we can talk with you about how we can best assist. Other sources of support include: Parent Line 13 22 89 and Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800.The Department’s COVID-19 helpline is also available on weekdays from 8.30am to 5pm on 1800 338 663. If you know a family who speak a language or languages other than English and you know they would like further information, interpreting services are available by phoning 131 450 first. For families with a child with a disability, the Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) has additional information.
And, finally, a reminder that if you, your child, or a family member develops symptoms of COVID-19 you should get tested at a COVID-19 testing facility and stay home.
Each family should regularly check the list of public exposure sites in Victoria (where a person with COVID-19 has attended), and if anyone in the family has attended a site at the times listed, follow the instructions given.
Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or contact the school if you have any concerns.
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.