Wassup Woonona

Newsletter 31 May 2022

Principal's Corner

RECONCILIATION WEEK ACTIVITIES

This week marks National Reconciliation Week. This year’s theme is “Be Brave. Make Change.” On Wednesday 1 June, we will be holding our very own Reconciliation Week activity day. During the day, students will complete three main activities, to learn about our shared histories, culture and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.


Students have been learning about, and creating portraits of, influential Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples who have worked hard to become leaders in their fields and important role models in the community. On Wednesday, students will have the opportunity to share their learning and art in a Reconciliation Walk around the school, as they visit classes.


It is sure to be a memorable day and I thank our organising committee for bringing together such a valuable and important day of learning.

SCHOOL CROSSING – GRAY STREET

Many families who enter or leave our school gate via Gray Street will have noticed, throughout the year, that often we have not had a crossing supervisor. This has been very concerning and I have been working with the School Crossing program to rectify this issue. We are making progress, but it appears unlikely that we will have a permanent supervisor until Term 3 (currently we have every second week covered, but even weeks are often not fully covered). In the interim, the School Crossing program has encouraged the school to share important road safety messages for all students and families. These include:

  • Wherever possible, cross the road at a designated pedestrian crossing facility
  • Stop! Look! Listen! Think! when crossing the road
  • Take care whenever you cross
  • Don’t run across the road

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION RENOVATION

Our administration renovation continues to unfold and has all gone to plan at this point in time, with minimal disruption to school operations. In the coming days and weeks, there will be situations we will have to work through. This will include two days where our school will have no access to computers or internet, due to the comms system being down for relocation. The two days allocated for this relocation are Thursday 9 and Friday 10 June. We will remind you closer to the date, but please be aware that this may cause disruptions to the ability for staff and the school to respond to correspondence, during this time.

CoS PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

Some teachers have already had students present their CoS Public Speaking Competition speeches within their classroom. Over Week 6 and 7, these speeches will be shared, with class winners then having the opportunity to present their speech at a stage level. We wish all students the best, as they present their speeches.


The opportunity to present a speech is one that many students find difficult, but it is for this reason that students should participate – as we know, public speaking is used in many aspects of life, and is a valuable skill that should be nurtured throughout a child’s school life.

NAPLAN

In Week 3 and 4 our Year 3 and Year 5 students completed NAPLAN testing. Congratulations to all students involved for the enthusiasm and positive attitude shown in your approach. We are very proud of your efforts. Results from this test will be made available in September.

P&C

Our next P&C meeting will be next Wednesday 8 June, at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held in Ms Phillips 5-6P classroom, due to the renovation of our administration building. Enter from Gray Street, through side gate it is the second classroom on left. We hope to see you there!

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY LONG WEEKEND

Monday 13 June (Monday of Week 8) is the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend. There will be no school on this day as it is a Public Holiday. We wish all our students, their families and staff an enjoyable extra long weekend.

SPORT

It is a busy time of year for sport, with many student teams competing in state knockouts and students attending trials for various teams. While we can’t possibly mention every event, I would like to acknowledge all students (and staff) who have or will be attending events. I’d like to make special mention of staff, students and families, who have had to be highly flexible, working through the impact of weather, that has resulted in the constant rescheduling of events.

KINDER 2023

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

TAMSYN STATE TOUCH FOOTBALL

A big congrats to Tamsyn who went away last week to the PSSA Touch Football Championships. Her team came up against some tough competition but she had a great time and learned a lot, representing Woonona and South Coast, whilst making lots of new friends along the way. Tamsyn also came away with the Most Improved Player award for her team, which is a credit to her growth as a player, throughout the tournament – well done Tamsyn!


Mr Tim Fisher

Principal

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“Year 6 Discovery Day” on Monday 6 June 2022

Year 6 will be attending Woonona High School for the Community of Schools (COS) “Year 6 Discovery Day” on Monday 6 June 2022.

Please view information & permission note for this event.

Team Colours Day

A Year 6 Fundraising Event

Friday June 10


Why do Year 6 fundraise?

The final year of primary school is an exciting time for our Year 6 students and to celebrate this milestone we hold a range of events at the end of the school year. These events are a formal graduation assembly, a social dinner and fun night, the students purchase a gift for the school and we head off for a day of fun at a location like Jamberoo Recreation Park. To fund these activities, the students will be holding two main fundraising events and the Year 6 parents also make a monetary contribution.


What is Team Colours Day?

A day to dress up and celebrate your favourite team. We invite students to come along on Team Colours Day dressed in their best team mufti and participate in activities led by Stage 3 like games, sports quizzes, art competitions and enjoy a Zooper Dooper.


Which team is my team?

This is totally up to you. It might be your favourite NRL team, basketball team, swim team, Aussie team, quidditch team, netball team, dance team, scouting team… the options are endless and if you are not sure, you could even come in support of your school house team, like Sturt or Oxley.


Competitions

Across the day there will be a number of competitions with great prizes on offer. Best dressed, quiz champions, art prizes and team spirit prizes.


Family Competition:

Create the best Woonona PS team chant. Families are challenged and invited to create the best Woonona PS team chant. This may include the whole family, loud voices, fun voices and actions. Entries are to be uploaded to Seesaw. Time cap: 30 seconds

All entries to be uploaded by Wednesday 8 June.


Cost: $5.00 per student or $10.00 per family of children


  • This can be paid on POP (link button below) as ‘Other’ payment type and add descriptionas – Year 6 fundraising or by cash from today

  • If paying cash, please place it in an envelope with your child’s name/class and place it in the school mailbox in the school office.

Please pay $5.00 per student or $10.00 per family here

Click the above button to pay now. Family payment is for a family of children.

We would like to thank the St George Illawarra Dragons for generously supporting our fundraising event by donating some wonderful prizes including a signed jersey, 4 tickets to the Dragons v Rabbitohs game at WIN Stadium and lots of other merchandise.


We would also like to thank Woonona IGA for assisting us with a voucher towards the purchase of the Zooper Doopers and their freezer to keep them frozen.


See you in your Team Colours on Friday June 10

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Walk safely to School Day

Well done to all our happy walkers on 'National Walk Safely to School Day.' Despite a bit of rain and the cold conditions, we had huge smiles from our students as they practised road safely skills and got in some exercise before the school day commenced.


Rachel Brown

Assistant Principal

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What have the SRC been doing?

Every Thursday is when our leaders and SRC come together to discuss what they can do for the school to make it a better and safer place for the students.


In Week One we came together and talked about our ideas for school improvements. Some of the ideas were about how we see the school and what we can improve. In Week Two we got into groups and discussed and voted on our ideas. In Week Three we went back to our classes, sharing with them the ideas and asked them to vote for what they would like us to work on.


This is why the SRC has formed, to create a better school and community for all the students and teachers.


Reported by Madiba – Vice Captain and Scarlett - Prefect

Library News

On Wednesday 25 May all students K-6 participated in the National Simultaneous Storytime along with over 2 million other students around Australia. Students loved having the opportunity to listen to Josh Pyke’s storyFamily Tree’ and discuss their own families and experiences growing up.

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In Week 10, Woonona Public School will be hosting a Great Book Swap as part of our NAIDOC week celebrations. Students will be encouraged to donate a book to be part of the swap and then select another for a gold coin donation. All monies raised will help raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to help them purchase 35,000 new carefully chosen reading resources for remote Indigenous communities across Australia. More details on how you can contribute to this worthy cause will be sent out in the next few weeks.

BOOK CLUB ISSUE 4

Scholastic Book Club is now open.

We are only accepting online orders. Please do not send orders or cash to the office as they will be sent home with your child.

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Finally, students 3-6 have been working hard reading books for the Premier’s Reading Challenge and many are well on their way to completing their 20 books. 3-4B and 5-6A are leading the classes with almost every student completing the challenge early. Well done! K-2 students have also been working towards achieving their reading goals for the term. I ask that you help support your child with their borrowing by reminding them to return their library books each week.

Happy reading,


Mrs Carroll

Librarian

Canteen and uniform shop

Onsite uniform shop closed until further notice.

Online orders can be placed on the QuickCliq website

Co-operation - respect - effort - responsibility

Please be aware that there are students in our school with allergies to nuts. We ask that you give consideration to voluntarily agreeing not to send nut products, in particular peanuts and peanut butter to school.

Community news

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