Willmot Walkabout

Week 7, Term 4

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The Week In View...

Monday -
  • Books in Homes Assembly (I would also like to present the WisH Day slideshow that I did not get to do on Friday - if we have time after Books in Homes)
  • Active After School Communities

Tuesday -

  • Sandra and Sharon on Aboriginal Education Planning day at school
  • Staff meeting from 3.00-4.30pm (Team B presentations)

Wednesday -

  • Communication meeting 8.30am
  • Sharon begins Long service leave - Bon Voyage Sharon!
  • Active After School Communities

  • Danielle and Anne at KidsMatter briefing at Parramatta until 11am
  • Danielle at LaST Network meeting

  • Anne at DEC Ethics in Schools briefing until 1.00pm
  • Active After School Communities
  • Launch of the Willmot Community Hub from 3.00-7.00pm. Hope you can make it for some of the time!
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  • Staffing informed me last week that we would not go into nominated transfer status until our actual student numbers have been submitted in the third week of February 2015. This is because, if our numbers are below 160 we will lose the Assistant Principal position first. If the numbers are above 160 we will retain the AP position and lose a teacher position. At the moment, the class teacher position is offset against the AP position.
  • Last week I attended a Principal's meeting where we were told that we could only tentatively book up temporary teachers for 2015. This is because we have not been given our projected budgets for next year. As a result we have worked through several staffing models based on different budget options. I will be in touch with all temporary teachers this week to discuss employment for next year.
  • We have also looked at a number of class structures which we hope to share with the staff this week as well. I hope to explain these structures at our staff meeting on Tuesday or our communication on Weds.
  • We would like to have class structures sorted out asap as we would like to begin planning for the 2015 school year - Deidre O'Brien will be working with us again in the coming weeks.


  • Jo Marshall has asked us to continue the student exiting of school routine that we began last week. We will do this for another week i.e. reserves will have to do bus duty this week while exec man the back fence and check the park at the back of the school. This is just a precautionary measure while the police work with the local community to ensure our students' safety.
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Willmot Whisper Articles due from....

  • Year 3 and 4 - (could Alison and Ashley put something together please)
  • Sport / PDHPE - (could Kelly and Danielle put something together please)
  • PBL Team (Tracy and Danielle put something together please)
  • Literacy Team (could Bronwyn put an update together please)

Please put your article on common drive / Whisper Articles / Term 4 / Week 8

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Early Action for Success Update

Instructional Leader position
Our Instructional Leader position was re-advertised in last week's SchoolBiz again. The position does not close until Week 8. Hopefully it will be finalised by the end of the year.
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Student Behaviour

Please be vigilant with our students' behaviour in the coming weeks. We have started to see some interesting behaviour from our Yrs 5 and 6 students. Please remind them of the upcoming events at our school and that it is a privilege that can be revoked at anytime.

Encourage them to earn their silver and gold awards because it is not long to the Willmot Water Wars - Team Hollins versus Team Smith!

I've been shopping :-)

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Mascot Clue No.4 and 5

Here's a tiny snapshot clue number 4 and 5... Please encourage your students to enter the mascot guessing competition with the students over the coming weeks in the lead up to WisH Day. What fun!
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WisH Day

We will be collecting WisH Day artworks on Thursday ready to begin sorting out and hanging up in the hall. Please let us know if we need any special instructions to hang or display your classes work (I may need to 'borrow' our SLSOs to help me...)

Thanks to Kel for sharing this test she received from a friend:
I've just received my make a wish invitation and think it is one of the best ideas I've heard of!! I love it !!
I can't wait to show my boss tomorrow and steal the idea lol
I would love to attend but will obviously be at work so hope all goes well!!!
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We made the paper in a positive news story :-)

Thanks to Sarah for her organisation of this great experience for our students and to Bronwyn for her very 'positive' comments in the article!
Here's another pic of the instruments we received...
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SchholBiz news - DEC ClassMoviesTV goes live

Here is a snippet from SchoolBiz this week. The links throughout may not work unless you are logged into the portal. I have embedded the links at the bottom of this post with the actual url if it helps. Great stuff from the DEC!

SchoolBiz snippet

Tell your story in your own words and in your own way.

ClassMovies helps schools create short videos to showcase best practice in teaching and learning.

It is a great opportunity for you to document the innovation occurring in your classrooms and share that exemplary practice with teaching colleagues across the state, as well as with your own community.

All movies are accessible on a dedicated channel – which launched this week.

How do I make a ClassMovie?

It’s easy. All you need is an idea and a smartphone, tablet device or video camera.

Work out what you want to say and what you want to show, and record your story.

Then send your raw footage to ClassMovies and they will assign you an editor who will work with you to professionally edit your movie.

There is telephone support available to help you throughout the entire process.

What can I make my movie about?

You can make your own video free of charge in one of eight focus initiative areas or “portlets”:

  • Connected Communities
  • Local Schools, Local Decisions
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Early Action for Success
  • Curriculum Implementation
  • Beginning Teacher Support
  • Engaging with your School Community
  • Technology

How much does it cost?

The entire process is free if you make a video that fits into one of the eight portlet areas above.

Why not have a look at some of the wonderful work that has already been created on DEC ClassMoviesTV.

Get started

To find out how to begin the process, go to the ClassMovies portal.

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An email from Four Corners...

From: 4 Corners, ABC TV
Re: Program, “Being Me” Monday 17th November – 8:30pm ABC1

Dear Principal,

We’d like to bring your attention to our next 4 Corners program which we believe will be a great educational asset to Australian teachers and principals.

The program, “Being Me”, is about transgender children in Australia and features an 11 year old boy transitioning to becoming a girl while still at school.

We interview the child’s principal about how his school and community have accommodated and supported this student during this incredibly difficult time.

A recent New Zealand study showed that 1.2 per cent of high school students identified as transgender. Shockingly, 30% of young people who identify as transgender and don’t get treatment attempt suicide and 50% self harm. We are hoping to help change this with our program by assisting teachers, parents and other children to better understand the experience of transgender children and the difficulties they face.

Please find attached our press release and you can watch an excerpt from the program here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152517115280954

We’d love it if you could share these with your teachers, parents and the school community.

Also, we invite you to join the conversation on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/abc4corners and twitter @4corners or #4corners. We’ll be posting more videos and information on our facebook page in the lead up to the program so please do check in again on Saturday and Monday.

More information is also available on our website: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/
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Little Aussie Songsters competition

An Australia Day competition where primary students can video their singing of our national anthem

In celebration of Australia Day 2015, the Australia Day Council of NSW (ADCNSW) has launched the Little Aussie Songsters competition for Australian primary school aged children.

The competition is supported by P&O Cruises and NewsLocal. It invites all primary school aged students to salute to Australia by singing and submitting a short video of themselves singing the first verse of the national anthem, ‘Advance Australia Fair’.

The competition creates a unique opportunity for primary students to participate in a fun and easy way which celebrates the Australian spirit. The stakes are high with the overall and division winners securing fantastic prizes (see below and attached).

Refer to Competition Details for more information on:

  • Prize for overall individual winner (P&O cruise to the Loyalty Islands)
  • Prize for overall group winner (school visit by Voice 2014 winner Anja Nissen)
  • Prizes for individual age division winners (3 divisions are K–2, 3–4 and 5–6)
  • Relevant links to K-6 syllabus outcomes (for teachers)
  • Important dates in 2015 for finalists and winners

The competition is now open and will close on Saturday 14 February 2015.

Please refer to the competition website www.aussievault.com.au/songster for the terms and conditions and for further information.

For more information on Australia Day events visit www.australiaday.com.au

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Very apt for report writing time...

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