Dear Parents and Carers,On Wednesday the Department of Education and Training released updated Operations Guidelines. The main amendment for our school is that parents and visitors are now welcome at assembly without masks. A distance of 1.5 metre is still recommended.
Our assemblies are held on a Monday afternoon at 3:00p.m. sharp and if all is running smoothly end prior to 3:25p.m. Assembly is the one time where all of the school gathers together to celebrate student achievements and initiatives.
Some school events commencing next week include before school running club on Tuesday and Thursday morning’s beginning at 8:15a.m. This is an initiative instigated by our Year 6 House Leaders in preparation for a term of cross country events for students in Years 3 to 6. All students are welcome to attend and a teacher will be assigned for supervision.
The school’s cross country event for Years 3 to 6 students is scheduled for Thursday to start at 10:00a.m. This event is held at Cooper’s Reserve located on Warrigal Road, a quick walk from the school. Parents are most welcome to attend. Students are encouraged to wear House Colours. If students are not sure of their house or colour please don’t hesitate to contact the school office. House Colours are assigned randomly by CASES our computer program when students enrol. Cross country events are usually held rain, hail or shine. Hopefully the day is more shine!
Yesterday at lunchtime, Foundation to Year 3 students performed in a student led Talent Quest. Special thanks to Mrs Kathy Skantzos and Mr Daniel Watts (convenors of the Student Representative Council) who organised the event. It is great to see students even in Foundation class who have the confidence to perform publicly in front of their peers. As part of our English curriculum specifically ‘Speaking and Listening’ we encourage all students to be able to confidently speak publicly and express their opinions respectfully to a large audience. By the time our students are in Year 6 all of our students can conduct assembly as if they are newsreaders! They do a great job.
Last Tuesday night I accompanied Ms Amy Easterbrook to a Rotary meeting of Mont Albert and Surrey Hills. ‘MASH’ as they are called are great supporters of local state and catholic school initiatives. Ms Easterbrook wrote a successful grant enabling the school to purchase $300.00 worth of literacy material for Years 3 & 4 students. Each year ‘MASH’ have provided literacy grants of which we have been recipients for the past 12 years. Many of our extra resources that we have purchased are due to their generosity. It was lovely to see one of our former students, Rose Mackinnon present on behalf of Koonung College about their grant which they used to purchase titles for their student-led book club.
Please be aware that Whitehorse City Council Parking Inspectors are making spot checks at morning drop off time and afternoon pick-up time fining motorists who are parking illegally. Some of our local residents have made official complaints to council of people parking across and up driveways as well as on nature strips. Please be respectful of our neighbours and most of all be mindful of our students’ safety. I must admit I do sometimes gasp in horror at some motorist’s behaviour manoeuvring around the streets to ensure a close car spot. If you can walk or ride to school, the better it is for everyone. If not, drive safely and park legally a few streets away if necessary.
Enjoy the weekend everyone- I may bump into you at the Box Hill Bunnings store on Saturday purchasing a sausage or two! Many thanks to the PFA team led by Anthony Hall for organising this fundraiser for the school.
2021 Parent Contributions now overdue. Final Parent Contributions were due on the 14th March 2021.
Wattle Park Primary School purchases, and has paid for, every student’s stationery requirements for 2021. 2021 Parent Contributions are reduced due to the school’s ability to buy in bulk and save GST costs, passing on the saving to our students.
At the moment nearly 25% of families have not paid their Parent Contributions and the school is now out of pocket. Family statements will be sent home early next week and your prompt attention would be greatly appreciated.
For a confidential discussion about accessing any of the above options these services, please contact Ms Gayle Cope, Principal, on 9808 2165 or firstname.lastname@example.org
School Council understands that some families may experience financial difficulty and offer a range of support that may assist:
5.Running ClubRunning club will commence from next week, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8.15am.