Newsletter 3 November 2020
Please enjoy Mrs Carroll's Book Week iMovie.
STATE PRIMARY PRINCIPALS’ ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
I have always felt very fortunate to be in the position I am. It is a truly fantastic profession being a teacher, where you have the opportunity to have a positive impact on future generations. Being an educator is a passion that I know I share with all the staff, both teaching and non-teaching at Woonona Public School.
Last week, I was lucky enough to virtually attend the NSW Primary Principals’ Association Conference. The theme for the conference was “Adjusting the focus” which was highly appropriate after the complex year we have had. What an experience to hear wonderful keynote speakers share their stories and experiences in leadership, from tragedy to triumph, to nutrition, wellbeing and the latest educational research. With speakers such as Stan Grant, Shane Fitzsimmons, Mike Munro, Dr Julia Baird, Rabia Siddique and Pasi Sahlberg I came away from these two days feeling truly inspired!
COLOUR RUN EDGES CLOSER
There has been lots of excitement growing as our Colour Run edges closer. While the actual event is still several weeks away, fundraising is due by Friday 20 November. Good luck to all our kids out there who are getting sponsors. What a fantastic way to finish our school year it will be, when Friday 4 December finally arrives.
To add to the excitement of our Colour Run, our school will also hold our annual Picnic Day for all students K-6 on the same day. Our Picnic Day is always a lovely way to celebrate the year, and this year will be no different. More information will be shared as we get closer to the date.
For those students in Year 6, we are still waiting on information regarding Jamberoo. This year, our Year 6 students will be involved in the Colour Run and Picnic Day and will also have a special day on Tuesday 8 December. More information will be shared, once a decision is made as to whether Jamberoo can proceed (anticipated that this will happen this week).
ATHLETICS CARNIVALS REBOOKED
With the heavy rain last week, carnivals that were planned to occur were postponed and have now been rescheduled for the coming days and weeks. Stage 2 and Stage 3 have a fun day organised for this Friday, while Early Stage 1 are planning for next Thursday 12 November and Stage 1 are planning for Friday 13 November.
Early Stage 1 to wear t-shirt, shorts & joggers in red, black and/or yellow as this day coincides with NAIDOC Week. Please see information below.
All other stages are to wear House colours.
Next week is the revised NAIDOC Week. Our school has lots of fun activities planned across classes and stages to celebrate the theme of “Always Was, Always Will Be”. In addition, students are encouraged to attend school in red, black and/or yellow on Thursday 12 November.
CoS PUBLIC SPEAKING
I would like to congratulate all our students who participated in our CoS Public Speaking Competition. Our winners have been decided and will now present their speeches, via Zoom, to students and staff from across our Community of Schools. Congratulations to the following winners:
Kindergarten: Wade and Lainey
Stage 1: Pennie and Hannah
Stage 2: Natahlia and Maddy
Stage 3: Austin and Jayda
WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY
Friday of Week 3 was World Teachers’ Day, a day where we recognise the role that our teachers play each and every day in supporting students to learn and grow. I wanted to pass on a genuine thank you from our staff who were surprised by the generosity of our P&C who ordered some platters for morning tea to acknowledge the day.
Throughout the day, many teachers also received small tokens of appreciation in the form of emails, cards, comments at the gate or small gifts. While this was not expected, it was certainly appreciated and I thank all of those families involved.
P&C MEETING - WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER
Our next P&C Meeting is next Wednesday 25 November! We are still awaiting confirmation on how this meeting will look, but I look forward to seeing many parents there for what will be our last official meeting of the 2020 school year.
Selective Schools 2022 Year 7 Online Applications
Online applications for Year 7 Selective Schools – 2022 – have now opened. Parents whose children will be in Year 6 in 2021, who are interested in their child sitting the selective high school placement test, are required to complete this process by Monday 16 November 2020.
School Enrolments 2021
In order to have accurate numbers for next year, it is important to notify the school office if you know your child will not be returning to Woonona Public School next year (other than Year 6). This information helps us to plan for 2021.
Alternatively, if you know of friends or family members who intend to enrol their children in Woonona Public School in 2021, please ask them to contact the school office to fill in the necessary documentation.
Enjoy your week!
Mr Tim Fisher
October Citizens of the Month
Congratulations to our outstanding October Citizens of the month, Oden, Lucille, Xavier ,
Thank you for displaying kindness, respect for our school, peers and teachers and for being friendly and happy students.
Sentral Parent Portal
In 2021 the school will be adding more functions to the Parent Portal for parents. At the moment parents can view a calendar of school events and have been able to book online parent/teacher interviews.
Sentral are now offering a Parents App with these functions and more. Our first addition will be a newsfeed notification that will slowly replace School eNews.
Our website is the place to go to find out more details. We have a dedicated section on the ‘Parent Portal’ and any updates, how to guides and FAQs can be found there.
A hardcopy of all notes are sent home with students. If your child was absent from school or has misplaced their note/form you can access them here or from WPS website.
An exciting and fun time was had by all at our Book Week celebration this year. The week started with our poster and colouring competitions winners being announced and followed with all participants receiving their certificates and prizes. All winners and highly commended have been displayed in the library and the remaining posters have been made into a book to be kept in the library. Each lunchtime the library was a hive of activity with many students visiting to participate in the Book Week workshops. We finished the week with our K-6 dress-up day which was a huge success and saw nearly every student and staff member come dressed as their favourite book character. Hundreds of students visited the library photo booth at lunch time to get a photo taken with their friends. We were lucky enough to have three dinosaur visitors to help with this process.
I have created an iMovie of photos from the day which can be viewed from the top of this page or by visiting the School Website Homepage.
The Scholastic Book Fair has arrived. This week in library lessons students will be viewing the books available for purchase and writing wish lists. So, keep an eye out for them in school bags. Next week students can purchase their chosen books in library lessons. Both cash and online payments will be available. Information regarding procedures for ordering and booklists was sent via School eNews last week. This information is also available on the school website or from the link below.
Below are some photos of the products available for purchase at the Book Fair such as posters, stationery, books, craft and other gift packs.
This is a secure payment system hosted by Westpac to ensure that your credit/debit card details are captured in a secure manner, these details are not passed back to the school.
This form can be used to notify the school of any absence days your child has from school and replaces the need to phone or provide a paper note. The form can be used to notify future and past absences.
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