Winston Heights PS - Term 2, Week 2 2022
Welcome back to Term 2. I hope you have had a refreshing break! What a busy start to the term it has been with our Commemorative Service to honour the Anzacs, the commencement of the DanceFever Sport Program (K-6), our school’s participation in a range of PSSA Sports each Friday, as well as a strong WHPS team representing the school at the Zone Cross Country on Monday. I would also like to thank the P&C for their organisation and running of the Mother’s Day Stall yesterday. It was great to see our students purchasing special gifts to share with their loved ones this weekend.
Earlier this week a communication was sent home to advise that I will continue to relieve in the role of Principal during Term 2. Mrs Bullock is currently recovering from a medical condition and will be making a gradual return. She is excited to reengage with the school community, however in order to maintain consistency, in my role as Relieving Principal I will remain the point of contact for students, staff and families.
This year, students in Year 3 and 5 will participate in NAPLAN between May 9-20. All students at Winston Heights PS will complete this assessment online in 2022. As children progress through their school years, it is very important that checks are made along the way to see how well they are learning the essential skills of reading, writing and mathematics – skills that will set them upon the path to success as adults.
This year, all students will complete the writing assessment on Tuesday 10 May. Other assessments will be completed during Week 3 – 4 for both Year 3 and Year 5 students.
NAPLAN is a point-in-time assessment that allows parents to see how their child is progressing in literacy and numeracy against the national standard and compared with their peers throughout Australia. At the classroom level, NAPLAN provides additional information to support teachers’ professional judgement about student progress.
Further information regarding the assessments can be found on the flyer or link below.
Commemorative Services for Anzac Day
On the first day back of Term 2 our students attended an assembly to demonstrate their gratitude and respect for the brave men and women of the Australian armed forces. This service was coordinated by Ms Gail Adams. Thank you to our school leaders who ran the assembly and to all those who contributed to make our Commemorative Service a respectful tribute.
On 25 April 2022, our school captains Kiki and Archie joined Mrs Rogers at the Castle Hill & District RSL sub-Branch Anzac Day Dawn Service. This was held at Centenary of ANZAC Reserve, Castle Hill. Despite the cold start to the day and the threat of rain our captains were extremely respectful throughout the service and honoured the Anzacs by laying a wreath at the foot of the cenotaph. Thank you to the School Captains for their attendance.
It is with much sadness I inform you that Mr Greg Leeson will be leaving Winston Heights Public School as he has been successful in obtaining a position as an Itinerant Support Teacher - Hearing. His final day at school will be Friday 6 May 2022. I would like to thank him for his service at Winston Heights P.S and wish him every success in his new role.
It is with pleasure that I can inform you that 5/6L will be taught by Miss Kathryn Amargianitakis for the remainder of the year. Miss Amargianitakis has previously taught Stage 3 and is well known by the students having been a valued member of the WHPS staff teaching and teaching across a number of grades.
Please take the time to welcome Miss Amargianitakis to Stage 3 when you have the opportunity.
As Term 2 commences we begin to notice the cooler weather. Can I please encourage all families to stock up on school winter uniforms items, including jackets. Remember to include your child’s name on all items. All students are expected to be in full WINTER UNIFORM from the commencement of Term 2. At Winston Heights PS we hold high expectations with uniform standards and I thank the community in advance for their support.
In the last week of Term 1, Mrs Bryant and the Stage 2 teachers organised and ran the WHPS Cross Country event. The weather on the day was beautiful! Congratulations to all our students who participated.
What's Happening in 5/6P
TERM DATES 2022
Term 2 - Wednesday 27th April to Friday 1st July 2022
Term 3 - Tuesday 19th July to Friday 23rd September 2022
Term 4 - Monday 10th October to Monday 19th December 2022
Please note the following diary dates may be subject to change.
Further information will be sent home closer to the event being held.
Term 2 - 2022
Mon 9th - Zone Cross Country
Tues 10th - Fri 20th - NAPLAN Test Window Yr 3 & Yr 5
Fri 13th - No PSSA (due to NAPLAN)
Fri 20th - NO PSSA (due to NAPLAN)
Mon 23-Tues 24 - Band Camp
Thurs 26 - Stage 1 Excursion - NSW School House Museum
Fri 27th - PSSA Round 2
Fri 3rd - PSSA Round 3
Fri 10th - PSSA Round 4
Mon 13th - Public Holiday
Tues 14th - Nyumbar Aboriginal Education Incursion
Thurs 16th - Nyumbar Aboriginal Education Incursion
Fri 17th - PSSA Round 5
Fri 24th - PSSA Round 6
Fri 1st - Multisport Dance
Fri 1st - PSSA Round 7
Fri 1st - Last Day of Term
13 May - NO PSSA due to NAPLAN
20 May - NO PSSA due to NAPLAN
27 May - at Max Ruddock v Crestwood
3 June - at Max Ruddock v Carlingford West
10 June - at Masonic Oval v Jasper Road
17 June - at North Rocks Park v Murray Farm
24 June - at Max Ruddock v Northmead
1 July - at Max Ruddock v Winston Hills
Super Star Mufti Day - Monday 4th April 2022
News from WHPS Library
Borrowing has begun again for Term 2.
Please return all overdue books asap. Notes / emails have been sent as reminders.
A fantastic effort!
Congratulations to the best borrowing classes for Term 1.
K-2: 1V – 301 books!
Yr 3-6: 3B – 425 books!
In total, 5109 books were borrowed from our library during Term 1.
PRC (Premier's Reading Challenge)
Students in Years 1-6 are working towards completing the 2022 Premier’s Reading Challenge recording books they have read online or onto their reading logs. The challenge closes on 19th August 2022.
Our library has reopened for lunchtime activities. We are excited to welcome students back into the library for lunchtime passive play.
Please call, email, or send a note if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Jenine Hinton & Mr George Younan
Teacher Librarian (M-W) / Relieving Teacher Librarian (Th)
Messages From The Office
* PSSA sport for Years 3-6 has begun!! Emails have been sent to families with each sport's draw. Parents are more than welcome to attend. Please remember representing Winston Heights PS at Castle Hill PSSA is an honour and privilege and we expect all members of our teams and spectators to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner, displaying respect to the referee/umpire and to the opponents. Good luck to all our competitors!
* Zone Cross Country is on Monday 9 May. Students have been issued with a school representative shirt to wear. Please wash and return this shirt to the office next week. Students are to meet Mrs Kennedy and Mrs Nakhoul at our team area (look for our school flag) at 9.15am. In the event of rain over the weekend or Monday morning a message will be posted on CHPSSA facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Castle-Hill-Zone-PSSA-776729786018305/ and their website at http://castlehill.primarysport.com.au
It maybe a good idea to bring a spare pair of socks and runners and a raincoat/umbrella.
Good Luck to all our students!
* A big thank you from the SRC. The dress up day raised $389.75 to help purchase games to play in the playground.
* We are now taking enrolments for Kindergarten 2023. You can collect an enrolment form from the office or apply online via our website under the 'enrolment' tab. More information about Kindy Interviews and orientations will be available soon.
*A reminder to ensure all payments and permission notes for excursions are returned to school on or before the due date. This will ensure your child does not miss out on these exciting events.
* Annual school fees are now due please click on the secure payment link that is sent from the school. Some families have credit on their account from cancelled excursions from last year. You can click the link to see how much credit you have. Please contact the office or send an email if you would like to use these credits to pay for the Annual Fees.
Notes and Money Due:
* Annual School Fees - Whole School - Due by Thursday 31st March - Now Due
* Stage One excursion to School House Museum - Years 1 and 2 - Due Thursday 26th May
Office Hours 8.30am - 3.15pm
Mrs Lee Wood, Mrs Rachael Calvar, Mrs Carolyn Leverton
Commemorative Service for the ANZACS
Well done to these PBL Award winners who have been Safe, Respectful & Responsible Learners:
Renan, Ronia, Elin, Liam, Aditya, Arielle
Week 11 - Awarded to:
KT : Ari & Jasmine
1N : Arielle & Owen
1V : Zachary & Micah
1/2K : Ellie & Phoenix
5/6B : Mason & Violet
5/6L : NFP & Vinara
5/6N : Charlie & Rubie
5/6P : Patrick & Parsa
Library: 1V & 4N
Week 1 - Awarded to:
KT : Viraj, Wing, Maryam & Ava
1N : Darian, Aaron, Arun & Mariella
1V : Lucas, Aanya, Neev & Dylan
1/2K : Hendrix, Euan, Samuel & Harpah
2S : Tegan, Bryan, Adam & Raihan
RFF K-2: 2G
Week 2 - Awarded to:
3L : Jake, Olivia, Liam & Felix
4N : Cooper, Renit, Winnie & Eli
4O : Naythan, Walya, Jonah & Amy
5/6L : Eve, Georgia, Xavier & Oleg
Term 2 Week 2
P&C Easter Raffle was drawn on Monday the 4th April. We would like to thank everyone who supported the Easter Raffle buy purchasing tickets.
Congratulations to our winners!
1st Prize – Lisa Yen
2nd Prize – Millie Kennedy
3rd Prize - Breanna Arkell
Thank you to our wonderful local sponsors
Mother's Day Stall
We were very happy to hold the P&C Mother’s Day Stall on site on Thursday 5th May.
It was wonderful so many excited faces as the students purchased special gifts for their loved one. They all made some very important and hard decisions as they purchased while using such beautiful manners. We hope you enjoy the gifts they got.
Thank you to the parents that assisted on the day.
Happy Mother’s Day!!
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