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    Brown Street, WEST WALLSENDPH 02 4953 2930 FAX 02 4953 3131 EMAIL [email protected] WEB

    Brown St. West Wallsend | 02 4953 2930 | [email protected] 1 - Week 4 Tuesday 19th February 2019

    Westy Whisper


    What’s on in Term 1WEEK 4Wednesday 20th February *Brekkie Club 8.45am-9.10am *Meet the Teachers - Stage 1 Infants block hall 3.15pm - Stage 2 Class 2/3 3.45pm - Stage 3 Class 5/6W4.15pmThursday 21st February *Zone Swimming CarnivalWEEK 5Monday 25th February *Student banking Tuesday 26th February *Senior Scripture starts today Wednesday 25th February *Brekkie Club 8.45am-9.10am Friday 1st March *K-2 Assembly 12pm “B” Block hall *3-6 Assembly 12pm BasementWEEK 6Monday 4th March *P & C Annual General Meeting *Student banking Dates for your diary.....Wednesday 13th March *Hot Dog Day (P & C fundraiser) Monday 25th March *Swim School starts (Years 1-6)Friday 5th April *Out of uniform Day / Easter egg donation dayMonday 8th April *Cross Country CarnivalFriday 12th April *Easter Hat ParadeWednesday 8th May *Mother’s Day Brekkie Club 8.45am-9.10am

    Leadership Induction

    It was wonderful to be joined by so many proud parents and families at yesterday’s induction ceremony of our 2019 school leaders. School leaders, parliamentarians and house captains play an important role across the school supporting students, staff and the community. Looking forward to a wonderful 2019!

    Notes on the go..........

    **Local Walking Note 2019- please return asap

    **Scripture program attendance for Kindergarten students- please return asap

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    MEET THE TEACHERSThe information sessions across Stages 1, 2 and 3 will take place at the school this week, Wednesday 20th February. All Classroom Teachers and Assistant Principals listed on the schedule will be present at each information session relevant to them. Parents and Carers will have the opportunity to ask questions. Staff will discuss future directions for their class/stage. We look forward to seeing as many parents attend as possible.

    STUDENT EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAIL REPORTStudents in Years 1 through to Year 6 will be bringing home this report in the coming days. (Years 1 and 2 were given the report on Monday). The purpose of the report is to ensure that the school has all of the current and up-to-date information for your child. This includes home address, phone numbers and medication details. It would be greatly appreciated if you could check the sheet, make any necessary changes, sign and return to the front office. Many thanks to those parents that took the time to do this last night, and have returned the report.

    LOCAL WALKING NOTEWe still have a number of these to be handed in. Signed consent forms for your child to walk in the local area are required for them to attend Swim School at West Wallsend Pool as well as the Annual Athletics Carnival at Gregory Park.

    HEALTH CARE PLANSIf your child is diagnosed with Asthma, the school requires a Ventolin puffer and spacer along with a current Asthma Action Plan (AAP) from the Doctor. If admin staff have contacted you with regarding to replacing an expired puffer, please bring in to the front office. The Department of Education requires a studen’ts AAP be reviewed annually.

    If your child requires an EpiPen for anaphylaxis, the school must be notified. An up-to-date plan an EpiPen are to be provided by parents.

    2019 ZONE SWIMMING CARNIVALGood luck to all of our students representing Westy at the Zone Swimming Carnival on Thursday.

    ATTENDANCEAs a school, we are legally obligated to monitor student attendance and maintain an attendance register. It is important for you to tell the school if your child is absent and to provide a reason. This can be done a number of ways:* Send a written note, fax or email to the school* Telephone the school* Reply to the sms sent out when your child is marked absent during roll call in the morningPlease also be aware that all absences must come with an explanation. Without one, your child’s attendance record with have an “Unjustified-Unexplained” flag against their records.

    BREAKFAST CLUB HELPERS NEEDEDThe students love having the weekly Brekkie Club back at school. We do require more volunteers though in order to keep it going. Please enquire at the school if you can spare 30-45 minutes on a Wednesday morming.

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    P & C NEWS

    Uniform ShopThe Uniform Shop will continue to operate every Monday between 9am and 9.30am. Please do not attempt to purchase uniforms on Thursday and Friday mornings, as these are the busiest times for our Canteen Co-Ordinator. Toni does not have the time to serve parents with uniforms as well as take lunch orders during these times.Many thanks for your co-operation. All uniform items remain at the same price as they were in 2018.

    Canteen RosterTerm 1 Week 4

    Monday 18/2/19


    Tuesday 19/2/19


    Wednesday 20/2/19

    Lisa M

    Thursday 21/2/19

    Nichole E


    Penny M

    Term 1 Week 5Monday 25/2/19

    Mel C

    Tuesday 26/2/19


    Wednesday 27/2/19

    Kylie P

    Thursday 28/2/19

    Leanne B

    Friday 29/2/19

    Alisha T

    ANAPHYLAXIS and ALLERGIES – Thank you for your support in helping our students with allergies. Due to the life threatening Anaphylactic allergic reaction to nut and peanut products, we would like to encourage families not to send these products to school with their children. They include peanut butter, Nutella, sesame seeds, loose nuts, muesli, nut and chocolate bars.

    Canteen Helpers are neededSo that our Canteen can continue to run from Monday to Friday each week, we require the assistance of parents and grandparents to help our Canteen Co-Ordinator. If you can spare three hours once a month or once a fortnight, please contact the school. It would be most unfortunate if we were forced to close the Canteen on certain days, however this is a possibility if we do not have the support of our school community.

    Hot Dog DayThe P & C will run a Hot Dog Day on Wednesday 13th March. Order forms will be sent home within the next week.

    Canteen Price ListAll students have taken home a copy of the new list for 2019. Supplier costs have gone up, so the price of some items have increased this year. It has been a number of years since the P & C have increased the prices of Canteen items.

    Annual General MeetingThe AGM is scheduled for Monday 4th of March at 9.30am. All are welcome to attend.

    Easter Hat ParadeThis year the Hat Parade will be held on the last day of Term 1 - Friday 12th of April. Our out-of-uniform/easter raffle donation day is set down for Friday 5th of April.

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    2019 Leadership Induction - Special Assembly - Monday 18th February

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    Wednesday 20TH FEBRUARY 2019We have set aside time slots on Wednesday 20th February for a “Meet the Teachers” afternoon. We hope that you are able to make it along so that you can get to know the teachers and find out a little more about what will be taught and what teachers expect.

    This is not an individual time for meetings about specific children, but it is a time for teachers to talk about their generaldirections for the year and the general expectations that they have for children.

    It is also a time when general questions may be asked.Meetings will be held at the following times:

    Stage Time Location Teachers

    Stage 1(Year 1 and Year 2)

    3.15 pm to 3.45 pm Lower Hall

    Miss AndersonMiss Carter

    Miss DuncanMrs Holloway

    Miss DeMamielMrs Jacobs

    Stage 2(Year 3 and Year 4)

    3.45 pm to 4.15 pm 2/3D ClassroomMr Bamborough

    Mr MullerMiss DuncanMs Hobson

    Stage 3(Year 5 and Year 6)

    4.15 pm to 4.45 pm 5/6W Classroom

    Mr BamboroughMs Whelan

    Mr HicksMs Burke

    * Parents are asked that children not be brought to these meetings (if possible) so that the time can be best used.

    We look forward to seeing you on this day.

    Robyn WassonPrincipal

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    Celebrating Attendance at West Wallsend Public School

    At West Wallsend Public School, we believe it is important to celebrate good attendance and punctuality, which are important life skills. We celebrate attendance in the following ways:

    • Five Weekly Attendance Check– Class percentages of overall attendance in the newsletter.

    • End of Term Class Recognition- The class with the best attendance for the term will be awarded with an attendance cup during the Thursday assembly. The winners will also receive a class party and will be featured in the weekly newsletter.

    • Individual reward for 100% full term attendance - certificates will be awarded to these children to celebrate their efforts.

    • Individual reward for whole year 100% attendance- all children who achieve 100% attendance for the full year will be awarded a certificate and medal at the Presentation Day assembly.

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    Every Day Counts When your child that equals per and therefore and therefore

    misses just year from Kindy to from Kindy to year 6 Year 12 that is

    1 day each · 20 days per year 9 months of 1 ½ years of fortnight school school

    1 hour per day 40 days per year 1 and ¼ years of Over 2 ½ years school of school

    1 day per week 40 days per year 1 and ¼ years of Over 2 ½ years school of school

    2 days per week 80 days per year 2 and½ years Over 5 years of school school

    3 days per week 120 days per year 4 years school Almost 8 years of school

    Give your child every chance to succeed ....... .

    let's �o to school

    Your child has missed

    260 days

    520 days

    520 days

    1,040 days

    1,560 days

    West Wallsend High School Gifted and Talented Students (G.A.T.S) Extension Class 2020.

    On Monday, Ms Blakemore from West Wallsend High School spoke to Year 6 students about the Year 7 G.A.T.S application for 2020. The G.A.T.S Extension Class is suited to those students

    who are gifted or talented in the intellectual, creative, social and physical domains. Later this week interested students will take

    home an information package for the G.A.T.S. class. If you believe your child would benefit from being in the G.A.T.S. class you can

    pick up a package from the office or contact Ms Burke. Any student wishing to apply for the G.A.T.S. class needs to follow the

    application process. For more information about the G.A.T.S. class contact West Wallsend High School.

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