Newsletter 17 November 2020
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE
Wednesday of Week 5 marked our School Remembrance Day Ceremony and I wanted to say how proud I was to see our school leaders step up at such an important ceremony. The leaders presented the whole ceremony via Zoom to all our classes, which was from all accounts very well received. Remembrance Day is a very important day and it was great to see us able to give the day the respect it deserves by having the ceremony in a modified way.
Our initial speeches for leaders in 2021 have been occurring recently and will conclude later this week. These speeches are being presented by this year’s Year 5 via Zoom to Stage 3. I would like to congratulate the many students who have put themselves forward as future leaders of our school.
At the end of this week the current list of students will be down to six boys and six girls, who will again have an opportunity to present their speeches, but this time to the whole school.
Good luck to all students involved!
COLOUR RUN EDGES CLOSER
There has been lots of excitement growing as our Colour Run edges closer. While the actual event is still over two weeks away, fundraising is due by Friday 20 November (that’s this Friday!). Good luck to all our kids out there who are getting sponsors. What a fantastic way to finish our school year.
Please see further information below.
Our Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 Athletics Carnivals went ahead last week after being rescheduled and what a great time was had by students and staff. I was able to speak to many classes and individual students who expressed how much fun they had. Congratulations to all students who were involved and for the organisation and smooth running of events by our teachers.
Our Stage 2 and Stage 3 students will now have their Athletics Carnival next Friday 27 November. Fingers crossed we get some good weather and students are able to have a wonderful day of competitive fun.
Mr Fisher came to present Kinder students with an award for participating in their very first sport carnival.
On behalf of staff, students and our community, I would like to congratulate Ms Laura Pullen who is getting married this weekend. We wish you all the best for what is a very exciting time for you and your family. Ms Pullen is only having this coming Monday off work and will return to school on Tuesday as Mrs Stewart.
I would like to thank our community for getting behind this year’s Book Fair. What an amazing response we had, with record sales not only for our school, but across our area. A report from Mrs Carroll is later in this newsletter, but I wanted to make special mention to Mrs Carroll for ensuring this opportunity for our students.
Last week was our revised NAIDOC Week. Students across the school participated in a range of activities to support the theme of “Always Was, Always Will Be.” The splash of black, red and yellow on Thursday added to the enjoyable and educational week that provided students with valuable learning on the history of our country.
4P kicked off NAIDOC Week celebrations by creating a mural inspired by the picture book Our Home Our Heartbeat.
Our Kindergarten Orientation for 2021 can go ahead in a modified way, with students able to join us face-to-face next week. This is very exciting news for our newest students and their families. Over two days, groups of 20 students will join us for an hour and get a real life feel of school and what it will look like in 2021. What an exciting time for our Kinder 2021 students.
CoS PUBLIC SPEAKING
I would like to congratulate all our students who participated in our CoS Public Speaking Competition. Our eight winners produced outstanding speeches which were shared with students and teachers from across our Community of Schools. Such an amazing experience for these students to share their talent on a wider platform. Well done!
P&C MEETING - WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER
Our next P&C Meeting is next Wednesday 25 November! The meeting will be held via Zoom, with the link to be sent out closer to the meeting. I look forward to seeing many parents there for what will be our last official meeting of the 2020 school year.
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
Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 Athletics Carnivals
What a busy few weeks we have had in the library with Book Week and the Scholastic Book Fair. This year has been difficult for all of us and these library events were planned to help bring some fun, joy and excitement into students’ lives. I want to say a big THANK YOU to our Woonona Public School community for helping to make these events such a success.
This year the Book Fair made record sales with nearly $13,500 worth of books sold in three days. An amazing result that would not have been possible without your support from home. This event is a fantastic fundraiser for the school and we will receive $4,000 in commissions to buy reading resources for the school.
The students loved having the opportunity to shop for their own books and it was wonderful to see so many children excited about reading. A highlight was seeing many of the kindergarten students experiencing their first Book Fair and coming to the counter to pay for a purchase themselves.
Due to the huge number of sales we sold out of many books even after a restock, so if your child came home without their new book it should arrive within two weeks. Reorders were submitted last Wednesday and are being given a priority dispatch. I will sort and deliver orders to students as soon as they arrive.
Week 5 was the last week for students to borrow from the library. All books are due for return to the library Week 6. Overdue loan notices will be sent out at the end of the week to remind students to locate late and missing books and return by the end of Week 7. Please take the time to help your child locate and return their books as soon as possible as the library will close in Week 8 for a full stocktake.
If you receive an overdue loan notice and the book is lost please let us know so it can be wiped from our system. Notices will also list the book price which parents can pay to the office for purchase of a replacement copy. If you receive an overdue notice and the book has already been paid for previously or has already been returned please send the slip back in with this noted down. Our library computer system will automatically create notices for any overdue books from this year and many are still missing from the beginning of the year when students were learning from home.
Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.
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.
School Colour Explosion Update
Only two weeks to go until the students have the time of their life with the School Colour Explosion™ Run. How are you tracking towards your fundraising goal?
Hopefully, students have been raising funds using their Sponsorship Form together with online fundraising through the www.myprofilepage.com.au. Don’t forget, the more sponsorship donations you receive the better prize you can choose.
Please note that Fundraising Closes Friday 20 November. All cash needs to be returned to the school office along with Sponsorship booklets by this day!
HOW TO ORDER YOUR PRIZE? EASY!
You have two options to order your prizes – either by completing and returning the back page of the Sponsorship Form to the School Office or log in or create a Profile Page at www.myprofilepage.com.au. You have 7 days from (Friday 21 November 2020) to order your prize.
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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