20 June 2021
In this Issue
- Principal's Report
Kindergarten Celebrate 100 days
- Moments in Maths including photos
- MindQuest 2022
- Library News
- Poster Competition
- Book Week Dress-Up Day & Parade
- Canteen and uniform shop
- Community News
- Contact Us
KINDERGARTEN CELEBRATE 100 DAYS
On Thursday 28 July, Kindergarten celebrated their 100th day of school! They have been working up to this very special milestone since the beginning of the year. The students participated in a range of fun and exciting 100th day activities. I would like to congratulate the students on everything they have achieved in their first 100 days of school and their fabulous behaviour throughout the day.
Please view more great photos further down in this newsletter.
Teachers should never stop learning and providing the opportunity for staff to professionally develop is something that is always at the forefront of what we are doing at Woonona Public School.
In Week 2, our staff spent quality time analysing class data, developing plans for supporting students and creating cycles of work to maximise student learning and growth. The rich discussions that have occurred are very powerful and I know staff enjoyed the time to sit with colleagues and to discuss the best ways to cater for their students.
Teachers as learners is one of the strongest factors in ensuring great outcomes for our students and it is opportunities such as these that our teachers enthusiastically embrace and build their capacity to be the best they can be.
P&C MEETING REMINDER
Our next P&C meeting will be this Wednesday 10 August at 6:30pm (that’s tomorrow!). The meeting will be held in Ms Phillips’ room. We hope to see you there!
Our school has already had a number of students enrol for Kindergarten 2023. This is great news! If you are planning on enrolling your child next year, or know of someone who is thinking about it, that lives in our school drawing area, please complete the enrolment online, by visiting our school website for more information.
Information on our Kindergarten Orientation process will be sent home this week, with a thorough face-to-face orientation program developed for our future Kindergarten students. We look forward to sharing this with you in the coming days.
DISTRICT ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
At the end of week 2 the District Athletics Carnival for the North Wollongong PSSA took place at Beaton Park. I was impressed to hear (and see) that all our students who represented our school enjoyed themselves and were great representatives of Woonona Public School. We had some great results over the two-day carnival, and I congratulate those students who will now proceed to the regional carnival in Canberra, later this term. Great job to everyone involved and a special thanks to Mr McMullen and Mr Argaet for their organisation of our students who attended.
STATE CROSS COUNTRY AND NETBALL
Last week, Ava and Madi competed, alongside 8 other students from all over the South Coast, in the PSSA South Coast Representative Netball Team. At the state carnival, held at Olympic Park Netball Central Stadium, the girls competed against the best netballers across the state in what was a highly competitive event.
142 players completed in 91 Netball Games of 40 minutes each, over the 3 days, with South Coast placing 8th out of the 14 teams involved. Congratulations to both Madi and Ava on your wonderful achievement.
I want to thank our whole community for getting behind the “Mufti for Maddi” held last Friday. It was wonderful to see the sea of blue throughout the school, whilst raising some money for an outstanding achievement. Good luck next week Maddi, we look forward to watching you as you test yourself against the best swimmers in Australia.
CITIZEN OF THE MONTH
Last Friday, our citizen of the month awards were presented to one student per stage. It is such an outstanding achievement to be chosen out of your whole stage, as someone who displays the qualities we encourage, in every interaction with staff and students. Congratulations to our monthly winners… a fantastic achievement by you all!
BOOK WEEK COMING UP IN WEEK 6
In two weeks, we will be holding our book week celebration. Notes have gone out, with further information to be shared this week. Start planning your child’s costume and plan to join us, if you can, for what is always an annual highlight. A big thank you to Mrs Carroll for your ongoing involvement in bringing this event together.
Our Southern Stars performers are on the home stretch to the big event, which will be held at the end of Week 6. The students and teachers involved have already had some big days and lots of rehearsals, but it will all be worth it when it comes together in the next couple of weeks. To everyone involved, enjoy the moment. The experience will be one that I am sure all involved will remember for life.
PARENT MATHS SESSION
Later this week, information will be going home regarding a parent maths session, to be held on Thursday 8 September. This session will run between 6:00pm and 7:00pm and will offer information on how your child learns maths as well as a range of strategies for parents to support their child at home. We hope you can join us for what we believe will be a very worthwhile session.
Mr Tim Fisher
KINDERGARTEN CELEBRATE 100 DAYS
In week 2, Kindergarten celebrated 100 days of school. They went back in time and participated in a range of activities such as marbles, elastics, writing with quills and much more! Both the students and teachers had such a fun day dressing up and putting on a show for the rest of the school in the playground.
MOMENTS IN MATHS
This fortnight, we are showcasing the mathematics learning that has occurred in Years 3-6. Our next newsletter will share the learning in K-2, so stay tuned!
Over the last 2 weeks, students in Stages 2 and 3 have been reasoning, communicating, discovering, explaining, collaborating and problem solving to find out all there is to know about two very important measurement concepts: Volume and Capacity. Here are some of the things we discovered:
'Volume is the amount of space taken up by an object' and we measure it in cubic units like cm3 and m3? - Sonny and Lawrence, 3-4B
We can work out the volume of a rectangular prism by calculating its base array and then multiplying it by the number of layers it has! The dimensions of a prism are length x width x height - Vincent A and Halle, 3-4M
This is where the formula: length x width x height comes from!
But this isnt the only way to calculate volume.... - Darcy and Kingston, 5-6M
We can use displacement to measure volume too. This is where we measure how much the water rises in a container (the volume of the water displaced) - Easton and Indy, 3-4A
We discovered 1cm3 = 1mL so we used this knowledge to work out the volume of rocks, teddy bears and dice. So we can measure volume by using displacement! - Will and Ryley, 5-6L
We learnt that objects can have the same volume, even though they may look different. - Sunny and Tiago, 3-4L
By working out how many students could fit inside one cubic metre (this was 9), we calculated how many students could then be packed into a classroom from floor to ceiling and wall to wall (this would be 9 students in one cubic metre x the volume of the classroom which is 6m x 6m x 3m = 108 cubic metres)… THEN we multiplied this by 22 classrooms and found that we could pack 21,384 students into the classrooms of Woonona, if we wanted to! WOW! - Logan and Miles, 5-6P
In Stage 3, students built a cubic metre out of straws and used it to calculate the volume of their classroom. - Cameron and Jake, 5-6A
'Capacity is the amount of liquid a container can hold' and we measure it in mL and L. We discovered 1L = 1000mL and converted between millilitres and litres using our knowledge of powers of 10. - Scarlett and Mason, 5-6B
We calibrated our own containers by pouring 100mL at a time into a larger container and marking each water level (in Stage 3, we call this a graduation). - Isla K, 3-4S.
Next time you use a measuring jug, check out its graduations that have been calibrated. You will need to read the graduations accurately and to do this, you get down to eye level with the markings - Chiara, 5-6H.
We also learnt some fun facts and discovered that a bath uses around 85 litres of water to run and a 5 minute power shower uses about 80 litres. - Matthew and Lewis, 3-4R
Please view more great photos further down in this newsletter.
ST GEORGE GIRLS HS
VICTORIA ST KOGARAH
On Saturday 17 & 18 September 2022 the 96th NSW Talent Enrichment Weekend Mi11dQ11est will be held for primary students from Years 1-6 at St George Girls HS. These include gifted and high potential students, gifted underachievers and students with above average ability with a special interest. Students will have an opportunity to participate in over 33 exciting, fast paced courses in the two day program. They include courses in chemistry, earth sciences, drama, lego robotics, art and much, much more. Many of these highly successful courses have been run in the past and students' evaluations suggest that they have been challenged and enriched by the experience. The cost of the weekend is $230 (including GST).
Please be aware this is not a school event and no teachers from WPS will be attending.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org attention Ms Strinic (Deputy Principal) for a nomination form.
Closing Date: Friday 19 August 2022
Last week students in K-6 received a note and resources about the colouring and poster competition. Students have one more week to complete their entries and return to school by Wednesday, Week 5, Term 3. All entries can be placed in the boxes located in the Library.
The best design from each grade will receive a certificate and prize and highly commended certificates will also be awarded. Winning and Highly Commended posters will be displayed in the Library.
All awards and prizes will be handed out during Book Week in Term 3, Week 6.
BOOK WEEK DRESS-UP DAY AND PARADE
On Tuesday 23 August, Term 3, Week 6. All students K-6 are encouraged to come to school dressed as their favourite book characters to help celebrate Book Week 2022. When selecting a costume for your child to wear, please take into consideration that they will be wearing it throughout the day and in the playground. Students do not need to bring in the book related to their costume if they do not have a copy. A variety of costume ideas can be found online and students can either dress-up as a fiction character or non-fiction personality.
A Book Week Parade for all K-6 students will be held under the COLA area from 9:30-10:30am on Tuesday 23 August. Parents are welcome to attend this event. In the event of rain, the Book Week parade will be held in the hall. A note will be sent home this week with further details.