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What's On at the 'Gong
Stars of the Week
Congratulations go to Jacob Hastings who has been working hard at Judo and recently obtained his grading of orange belt. He is very excited and looking forward to competing in the Nationals, to be held in Wollongong, in October.
Last week Alex, Emily and Zane went to the Regional Cross Country. Emily came 4th in her race and will be going on to the state carnival at Eastern Creek in July. Alex came 12th and Zane came 22nd in their race. Congratulations.
GRIP Leadership Conference
On the 13th of May the school leaders attended the GRIP Student Leadership Conference at the University of Wollongong Hall. We learnt how to become a better leader by doing some activities and meeting other school leaders. Firstly, we started off by doing some introductory games that taught us the importance of teamwork. Next, we learnt about how to grow as a leader. In the next session, they taught us how everybody can have a positive influence on the community.
We enjoyed the part where Hugo got up on stage and played a part in a skit about bullying and how to take action when bullying happens.
Overall, we had a wonderful time at the conference and we would like to thank Mrs Risi for taking us to the conference.
By Joel, Pelangi, Haylee and Hugo
Jelly Bean Competition
For the past few weeks 5/6H have been holding a jellybean guessing competition. Children in the class donated bags of jelly beans. Last Thursday we announced the winner, Jessica from 1/2S. She guessed the magic number of 1241. We raised a total of $81.50 which will go towards the year six farewell. Thank you to everyone who guessed in the competition. Alexandra, Emily and Mali
A big thank you to the girls for organising the guessing competition and for giving up their time to collect the money and guesses. Mrs Hickey
District Cross Country
On the 18th of May, 50 students represented the school at the District Cross Country, which was held at Kembla Joggers Race Course in Dapto.
All the children ran to the best of their ability. Many improved on their result from last year.
Zane placed 4th in the under 12s, Alex placed 5th in the under 12s and Emily placed 2nd in under 10s.
Zane, Alex and Emily will represent the school and Central Wollongong District at the Regional Cross Country. It will be held at Willandra Cross Country Course, Cambewarra, Nowra. To make through to State, they will need to make the top 5. Congratulations!!!!!
By Zane 5/6H
On Monday 23rd of May we had the Musica Viva band B’TUTTA come to our school. They performed a variety of songs and taught us how to make music without any instruments. Many school students were called up to have a go of B’TUTTA’s percussion instruments. After that the teachers were asked to come up onto the stage to perform a rhythm. Everyone had a great time.
By Emma and Alex
Year 6 – Drama Enrichment Day
On Tuesday morning year 6 went to Wollongong High School for a drama enrichment day. Miss Armstrong said hello to us and brought us into the building. We then met Miss Goderie who is a drama teacher and the Year 7 year advisor for 2017. She introduced herself before showing us some warm up drama games.
After a few games, Miss Goderie took us outside for a break so we could eat and play. Once the break was over, we went into a bigger classroom and played some more drama games including Captain’s Coming and creating a duel scene.
Sadly our time at WHSPA was up and we caught a bus back to school.
By: Cassandra C
WOWW Awards Event
On Wednesday 6 April all students participated in the WOWW Award event. There was an extra 20 minutes of play at recess time and during that time there were Boot Camp style activities for the students to participate in. This was a result of students achieving over 2500 WOWWs. Lots of fun was had by all.
Peacekeeper Program starting in Term 2
The Peacekeeper Program is set to start at the beginning of Term 2. The program aims to assist students with conflict resolution and foster the development of cooperative play skills in all students from K-6. The peacekeepers will be in the playground every lunch and are available to students who need support in making sensible and safe play decisions. The peacekeepers are expected to set a positive example and adhere to the school values and guidelines of the program at all times.
Easter Hat Parade
We celebrated Harmony Day on Monday 21 March with everyone wearing something orange on the day. Classes had also been busy making things to contribute to a corridor display for Harmony Day 2016 – Diversity is our Strength. Thank you Mrs Carnevale for organising the event and to the classes for their contributions to the display.
Robotics for Stage 1
What a great way to engage with interesting learning! Stage 1 students met a robot on Friday 18 March. It could talk and move following verbal instructions. Mr and Mrs Schott brought in all of their equipment and computers and Stage 1 students had to follow the instructions to make a lego spinning top with a partner.
On 17 & 18 March Stage 3 went on a two day excursion to Mt Keira Scout Camp. At the camp we learned about leadership skills and teamwork. Our first activity was called ‘The Name Game’. In this activity, we had to find different people and ask them enquiries based on the questions we had in our booklet.
Our main highlights of the camp were swimming in the pool and using the diving board. We also enjoyed the campfire, where a group of students did a couple of skits called ‘Victoria and David Jones’.
The next day we went on a hike up to Robertson’s Lookout. It took us roughly 25 minutes to get to the viewpoint. It was a long and hard hike but when we got to the top, our hard work paid off thanks to the fantastic view at the top.
We had an enjoyable time at camp and would like to thank Mrs Hickey and all the stage 3 teachers including Mr Akhurst for organising this wonderful camp for us.
By Hugo and Pelangi 5/6M
Wave FM "Big Breakfast"
The Wave FM team came to school for breakfast on Wednesday 16 March. There was a very healthy free breakfast, great entertainment and we discovered that Hayley is a secret weather reader! Thanks for a great morning everyone.
P & C Bash and Build Working Bee
I would like to pass on a very sincere thank you to the small band of parents, teachers and students that came along to the P & C Working Bee on Sunday 13 March. It was a big job to do and we achieved a great deal. Also special thank to Wayne for the use of his truck and the extra time spent in getting the load to the tip.
School Cross Country
The school Cross Country event was a great success on Friday 11 March. All students participated in not only their age cross country race, but extra activities around the school on the day. Great organisation, thank you Mrs Hickey.
Community Notice Board
Parent Online Payments - P.O.P.
Did you know that you can make payments to our school right here online?
We have launched a new online payment portal here on our website to make it easier for you to pay for school related payments. This is a secure payment page hosted by Westpac.
What expenses can be paid online?
How? Click on “Make a Payment” and follow the prompts to make a payment via Visa or MasterCard.
School Plan (2016) & Annual School Report (2015)
The 2016 School Plan and the 2015 Annual School Report are now avail;able for download on the Policies & Plans page
From the Office
Check out the "Green Team' website.
Wollongong West Public School is committed to helping the environment. A group of very dedicated students have formed the 'Green Team' to help raise environmental awareness in the community whilst also establishing and maintaining environmental initiatives within the school.
The Green Team meets every Thursday during recess to participate in environmental activities within the school. All students are welcome to attend, have some fun and learn about our environment.
Accessing the Newsletter
Hard copies of the fortnightly newsletter will only be provided to families that have no internet access or no smart phone/tablet. To access the newsletter from now on you have 2 options:
1. Email – Go to the News page under the picture strip and you will find the school Enews registration. Fill in your name and email address and click on Subscribe. You then need to go back to your emails, find the one from Enews and activate your subscription.
2. App – The Wollongong West Public School “Skoolbag” App is also available for Smart Phones either through the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. This free app provides you with all sorts of information about our school such as news, newsletters, notes, parent information and policies and also sends push alerts and reminders about what is on at school. Simply go to the App store, find the Skoolbag App and enter our school name Wollongong West Public School.
If you are using the Skoolbag App to get the weekly newsletter and other notes and alerts, you will need to update your child’s class in the app. To do this:
• Open the Skoolbag App
• Go to ‘more’ along the bottom of the screen
• Choose ‘setup’
• Turn on the class/es that your child/ren are in. This means you will receive any alerts or news specific to those classes.
Delicious Delights News - School Canteen
The canteen is open for business. Operating days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The canteen is also open for a short time on Monday mornings.
P & C News
P & C Meeting
The next meeting of the P & C is being held on Thursday 30 June at 7pm in the staffroom. Please come along – all welcome.
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Thank You - Congratulations to all those that helped with our 5c fundraiser! We raised $667.15 to go toward outdoor equipment. Come to the next P&C meeting, 30th June, to help decide which equipment would be the best choice for our money to go toward.
Ideas Box - Keep your eye out for something new coming to the front of the school office: an ideas box, accepting all languages! We understand that it can be hard to make it to an evening meeting and sorting through email can be a chore. We are a diverse school community with lots to share and want to make sure everyone has a chance to contribute if they would like. This is a great way to share your thoughts about how to make our school community more vibrant and better benefit our children.
P & C Monthly Meeting/ Garden Club Meeting - Our next P&C meeting will be Thurs, 30th June at 7pm. Please note that this is not at its normal time of the first Thursday of the month because of the coming school holidays. Garden Club Meeting is immediately prior to the P & C meeting at 6.30pm in the staffroom – everyone welcome
Movie Night – Friday 24th June – We are holding a movie night again this term. The movie will be Minions. Don't forget to wear blue and yellow and come along to our Movie Night! Term 3
Working Bee - We have some great things planned for the Term 3 Working Bee. The proposed date is Sunday, 21st Aug. Save the Date! We will be re-building our compost, clearing overhanging tree branches, and general tidying. Lunch will be supplied.
Garden Club - Winter Veggie Competition in the Garden - Calling all gardeners! The Green Team, the Monday mums, and the Thursday GC crew will soon be having a winter vegetable growing competition. Are there any classes or groups of parents that would like to join in? Parents can email the P&C (email@example.com) or speak to one of our members to get signed up, classes can talk to their classroom teacher. Once you are signed up, your group will be able to choose agarden bed and will be given assistance and support if needed. It's all about having fun!
Garden Club is every Thursday from 2-3pm. We also have some parents come along on Monday mornings from 8-9am. Come along, all welcome!
Who Are We? - P&C stands for Parents and Citizens. We are a group of parents, grandparents, carers, and other school community members that work together to make our children's school experience as rich as possible. Anyone from our school community is welcome to join!
While the P&C has a long history at this school, each year new parents come and add their knowledge,enthusiasm and experience to help shape how the P&C functions and the benefits it provides to the school. Volunteering with the P&C is a great way to meet other parents, build your CV, and practice English conversational skills.
The Uniform Shop opening times are Tuesdays between 8.30 and 9.30am and Fridays between 2 and 3pm. Please remember to bring the correct money with you (if you’re not sure how much the cost will be check the uniform price list on the school website or the Skoolbag app).
The school jackets are back in stock at last! Just in time for Winter. They are $35 each.
Just a reminder that I do not have change so it is always best to try and have the correct money.
The next assembly will be held on Wednesday 1 June. The assembly commences at 2.10pm in the hall. The leaders for this assembly will be Eda and Jett. The choir will also be performing at this assembly. Parents, carers and family members are always very welcome to attend our assemblies.
Today is a new day.
I will act in a safe and healthy way.
I will respect the rights of others.
I will treat all property with respect.
I will take responsibility for my learning and behaviour.
Today I will be the best me I can be.
We are a Positive Behaviour for Success (PBS) School.
“Responsible, Respectful & Safe Learners”
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