WPPS Newsletter 30th April



Principal's Report - 30th April 2021

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.


Warm Regards







WPPS Bunnings BBQ - Saturday 1st May

Just a reminder about our Bunnings BBQ at Box Hill, 259 Middleborough Road, on Saturday 1st May from 8.30am - 4.30pm.

Please come and support the school!

If you can help - please click here to sign up to our roster. Thank you.

We look forward to seeing you there and appreciate your support!

Want to get involved in the PFA?

If you would like to become involved in PFA please email pfawattleparkps@gmail.com and Anthony our president will be in touch. We have a lot of fun activities and fundraisers throughout the year and there are always opportunities to be part of the community!

For more information about our PFA, please visit our PFA page on the WPPS website. 

Look forward to seeing you there!

Mother's and Special Person's Day Stall

Just a reminder about the stall next week - please check the above message for more details. Goodies with a variety of prices for mums and special people...

WPPS Notice 30/4/2021

Please scroll through to see all of our latest notices! In particular, please note Parent Contributions are overdue.
See notices below for more details about:

1. Parent contributions - overdue
2. Financial Assistance for Parents
3. Open Day 2021
4. Scholastic book club - due 3rd May 
5. Running Club
6. Second Hand Uniform
7. Friends Letter
8. Hats are not require to be worn May to August

1. URGENT - Parent Contributions

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 gayle.cope@education.vic.gov.au

2. Financial Support for Families

School Council understands that some families may experience financial difficulty and offer a range of support that may assist:

  • CSEF Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund - Families with current Health Care cards - See school office - Applications by 25th June 2021
  • WPPS Second Hand Uniform Shop
  • State School’s Relief responds to School Principal requests for assistance for students. Eg school uniform/shoes
  • Individual Payment Plans

Payment Methods

  • BPay – contact the school office for your individual reference number
  • Cash/Cheque

3. Open Day 2021

4. Scholastic Book Club

Please note Book Club orders must be placed on line by Monday, 3rd May.

5.Running Club

Running club will commence from next week, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8.15am. 

6. Second Hand Uniform 

Second Hand uniform shop will be open Monday 3rd May 3.30 - 4.00pm. This is located in the school gymnasium.

7. Friends of Wattle Park Letter

Diary Dates

Please put these dates in your calendar!
1stWPPS Fundraising BBQ, Bunnings Box Hill 8.30-4.30

4thRunning Club 8.15am

5thMother's Day Stall 8:45-9:00am / 3:30-3:45pm

6thMother's Day Stall 8:45-9:00am / 3:30-3:45pm

6thYr 3/6 Cross Country Trials, Cooper's Reserve

7thYr 5/6 Interschool Sport

 Foundation CRP Incursion  12:30 to 1:15pm

11thRunning Club 8.15am

11th-21stYr 3 and Yr 5 NAPLAN 

14thFoundation Fairy Tale Fiasco Incursion  12:45 to 3:25pm

14thYr 5/6 Interschool Sport

18thRunning Club 8.15am

21stYr 5/6 Interschool Sport

24thEducation Week

25thRunning Club 8.15am

25thYr 3-6 Selected Students District Cross Country 

28thNo Interschool Sport

29thOpen Day 9:00-11:00am


1stYr 1 Then and Now Incursion

1stRunning Club 8.15am

4th Yr 5/6 Interschool Sport

8thRunning Club 8.15am

11thYr 5/6 Interschool Sport

14thQueen's Birthday Public Holiday

15thRunning Club 8.15am

21stFoundation Fairy Tale Dress Up

22ndRunning Club 8.15am

23rdYr 5/6 Night of the Notables

25thLast day of school, 2.30pm finish

Community Notices 30/4/2021

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