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Wembley Primary School
Newsletter No. 9 – 15 April, 2015
32 St Leonards Ave, Yarraville
Ph: 9314 7054 Fax: 9314 9302
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LOTE Program
It was our plan to introduce Spanish as our LOTE program in 2015. In 2014, we
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Safety on the Roads
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  1. 1.   Wembley Primary School Newsletter No. 9 – 15 April, 2015 32 St Leonards Ave, Yarraville Ph: 9314 7054 Fax: 9314 9302 Email: wembley.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au Website: wembleyps.vic.edu.au Upcoming dates: Tue 14 Apr – Fri 24 Apr: Year 2 Swimming Program Fri 17 Apr: Cross Country for Year 3-6 9am-10:50am Out of School Hours Care Program Number: 9314 9358 Welcome Back Welcome back to Term 2 and I trust that you all had a wonderful time with your children over the holiday period. Term 2 This is a very busy term and teachers have worked hard to plan a range of exciting learning opportunities for all students. They include English, Mathematics, Concept Driven Curriculum, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Physical Education and Sport as well as a range of incursions and excursions. Other significant events occurring this term are: • Year 2 Swimming Program • Wembley Cross Country • NAPLAN for Years 3 and 5 • Writing and distribution of student reports and teacher/parent interviews • Preparation and distribution of Student Learning Portfolios • Student Free Day (Curriculum Day) – School Vision • Education Week including an open morning and grandparent morning • School Athletics Day at Newport Park Athletics Track • Wembley Comedy Night • Mother’s Day Stall For more information about events during Term 2 please refer to the calendar on the school’s website. Pupil Free Day Wednesday 20 May is a Pupil Free Day (Curriculum Day). The Out of School Care will be operating on this day from 7.00am – 6.00pm. If you require child care on this day please contact the Out of School Hours Care Program on 9314 9358. From the Principals
  2. 2. LOTE Program It was our plan to introduce Spanish as our LOTE program in 2015. In 2014, we advertised three times for a teacher but were unsuccessful in recruiting a teacher appropriate for the position. We are in the process of readvertising the position and aim to have the Spanish LOTE program up and running for Semester 2. Year 2 Swimming Program The Year 2 Swimming Program commenced on Tuesday for a period of nine days. The program is being conducted at the Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre between recess and lunchtime each day. Parents are invited to attend the swimming sessions during the course of the program. Parent Information Session around our learning focus for 2015 We will be offering a Parent Information session around our curriculum-Essential Learnings, Intervention Program and exciting changes to Reporting to Parents. We ask all of our families to consider attending as this information impacts on each and every child in the school! The information session will be held on Wednesday 6 May from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the Jim Kinniburgh building. These pop the dates in your diaries. Further details will be sent home in a letter asking for families to RSVP. We hope to see you there! Student Learning Portfolio In the last week of Term One, students took home their ‘Student Learning Portfolio’s’. The Student Learning Portfolio (SLP) reflects your child’s learning progress. In the Junior Primary years (Years Prep-3), the SLP Folder will remain mostly at school, and taken home to share with parents/carers throughout the semester. Please read through and discuss the SLP with your child, and ensure it is returned to school promptly. In the Upper Primary years (4-6), the SLP is digitally communicated through Evernote. Please take the time at home to read through and discuss your child’s Evernote throughout the semester. We ask families in Years Prep-3 to remember to return SLP’s to school this week and thank you if you have already done so. Pupil Free Day Wednesday 20 May is a Pupil Free Day (Curriculum Day). The Out of School Care will be operating on this day from 7.00am – 6.00pm. If you require child care on this day please contact the Out of School Hours Care Program on 9314 9358. NAPLAN The NAPLAN tests will be conducted from Tuesday12 May to Thursday 14 May for all students in Years 3 and 5. The testing timetable is: • Tuesday 12 May - Language Conventions and Writing • Wednesday 13 May - Reading • Thursday 14 May - Mathematics A letter providing additional details for the NAPLAN process will be sent to each family with students in Years 3 and 5. If parents have any questions please contact Vassie Vatsilas-D’Arcangelo.
  3. 3. Safety on the Roads Our School Crossing Supervisor, Carlos, was welcomed to our assembly on Monday morning and he had an important message for all children and parents. All members of the Wembley Community are reminded to use the manned crossings on both Wembley Avenue and Francis Street. Both of these crossings have supervisors each morning and each afternoon who are there to ensure all of our students and parents are able to cross the roads safely. A small number of students and parents have been observed to cross further down Francis Street where there are no traffic lights or pedestrian crossings and the visibility for motorists is poorer. This is a safety issue considering the huge volume of heavy transport in Francis Street. Recently speed restriction indicators have been installed to alert drivers to the school zone in an attempt to make the local roads safer for our students. Punctuality to School Thank you to all parents for making a concerted effort at the start of this term to get their children to school on time. It is important that children are in their class and ready to begin their lessons at 9am each day. This gives them time to organize themselves for the day ahead. Children who arrive late often feel anxious and are confused about what they are expected to do. Students who arrive late in the morning also disrupt the class lesson that has already commenced. Your continued support with this is appreciated. Absences from School Parents are also reminded that all student absences from school must be reported to the class teacher or the school office via note, email or telephone call. Prolonged, unreported absences will be followed up with a call from school. ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony-Friday 24 April 9 am. An ANZAC ceremony to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli will be held at school on Friday 24 April (the day before ANZAC Day-25 April). Parents are invited to attend this ceremony at 9am on Friday morning. Due to this assembly there will be no afternoon Student of the Week presentation next week. Child Psychology at The Yarraville Health Group Dr. Kate Enderby is a Clinical Psychologist who has joined the team at The Yarraville Health Group. Kate works with children and adolescents, from birth to 18 years of age. She helps children and adolescents who present with a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, behaviour problems, parent-child relationship difficulties, school refusal, attention problems, grief and loss, social skills difficulties, and problems with bullying and friendships. If you feel that your child could benefit from seeing a Psychologist please call the clinic on 9689-7901. Further information about this service is available on the website at www.yarravillehealth.com.au. Medicare rebate available with a GP referral.
  4. 4.                    Wembley Annual Major Family Holiday Raffle This year our amazing holiday is eight nights in Thailand for up to 6 people in two rooms. Some inclusions are breakfast every day, 16 x 30 minute massages, VIP airport pickup & $1600 toward airfares. One book of 20 tickets will come home to each Wembley family in a couple of weeks. As a member of WAG each family at Wembley needs to do their absolute best to buy, and/or sell only 20 tickets for each family. Remember that when you support a WAG event you are helping to provide a safe, stimulating and progressive school for all our kids. Auskick Yarraville Auskick Yarraville at McIvor Oval is open for 2015 enrolments on-line through the official AFL Auskick website. Simply enter your postcode and select Yarraville. The first game will be at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, 18th April. The last game will be at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, 22nd August. The season cost will be $86 which includes an official 2015 Auskick football bag. Auskick will not run on the Queens birthday weekend or during the June/July school holidays. Enrolments received before 20th April will be eligible for the AFL Games tickets (2 x Adults and 2 x children). Volunteers to help with coaching and the canteen roster are more than welcome. Simply email: auskickyarraville@gmail.com to register your interest to help as many hands make light work given all of the Auskick programs are run by volunteers. Williamstown Auskick Williamstown Auskick Kicks Off this Saturday 18th April at the Bayside Ovals, Bayview St Williamstown, from 9am-10am (Kinda & Prep) and until 10.30am for Grade 1-6 If you have already registered online then you should have, or will be posted you backpack this week, which is packed full of goodies! If you have not Registered as yet, you need to do this online at http://www.aflauskick.com.au/register/ or alternatively we do have a manual form you can fill out to register on Saturday morning (Cash Only $85) but you will not get your backpack until the following week. We are still in need of Coaches for Grades Prep and Kinder, so if you can assist us please let me know ASAP. If you are able to help out on Saturday mornings on the BBQ or Canteen please drop me a line also. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
  5. 5. April  is  Autism  Awareness  month.     Autism  awareness  is  about  understanding  that  there  are  kids  who  don’t  fit  the  traditional  ‘norm’  in   society.  Acceptance  comes  from  embracing  and  accepting  their  differences.       Autism  spectrum  disorder  (asd)  is  a  complex  neurobiological  developmental  disorder  that  affects   how  a  person  communicates  with,  and  relates  to  other  people.  It  also  affects  how  they  make  sense   of  the  world  around  them.  It  is  a  lifelong  condition  and  there  is  no  ‘cure’.  Many  people  with  asd   have  unusual  ways  of  learning,  paying  attention  and  reacting  to  situations.     An  estimated  one  in  100  people  has  autism;  that’s  almost  250,000  Australians!  It  is  so  important  that  we   raise  a  generation  of  kids  that  are  accepting  of  the  differences  of  other  children  and  as  parents  we  can   lead  them  by  example.     As  parents  of  kids  with  asd,  we  don’t  want  to  see  pity,  or  fear  in  the  eyes  of  other  parents.  We  don’t  want   to  hear  about  how  your  friends’  uncles’  cousins’  son,  has  autism,  and  how  our  child  can’t  be  anywhere   near  as  bad  as  that.  Ignore  all  of  the  negative  stereotypes  you  may  have  heard  and  be  aware  that  most   children  with  asd  aren’t  geniuses,  or  savants;  nor  are  they  rocking  in  the  corner,  dribbling.  No,  my  son  will   not  grow  up  to  be  like  Rain  Man.     It  takes  parents  a  lot  of  courage  to  disclose  the  fact  that  their  child  is  autistic  to  other  parents  and  most  of   that  is  due  to  the  often  negative  or  offensive  responses  they  receive.  Here  are  some  examples  from   parents  of  the  things  they  have  heard  and  what  they  do  not  like  to  hear:     “People  these  days  want  a  label  to  excuse  bad  behaviour.”   Our  kids  aren’t  behaving  badly,  they  are  just  overwhelmed.  Everyday  situations  can  be  uncomfortable,   frightening  and  confusing  for  kids  on  the  spectrum  and  their  reactions  can  be  completely  unexpected.     “It’s  overly  diagnosed  nowadays”   These  days,  specialists  are  better  educated  and  are  able  to  accurately  assess  children.  It  is  usually  a  long   and  difficult  process.  It  can  take  many  years  and  assessments  from  various  medical  specialists  before  a   diagnosis  is  confirmed.  It  is  completely  insulting  to  hear  that  our  child’s  diagnosis  was  given  casually.     “But  he  looks  so  normal!”   Yes  our  children  do  look  “normal”.  Autism  doesn’t  have  a  ‘look’,  and  there  are  no  distinctive  physical   features.  But  after  spending  a  bit  of  time  with  an  autistic  child  you  will  notice  that  their  behaviour  is  not   ‘typical’  of  other  children  their  age.   “All  kids  behave  like  that  sometimes”   It’s  one  of  the  most  common  comments  parents  of  autistic  children  hear  and  one  of  the  most  frustrating.   Often  people  will  say  it  to  try  and  make  us  feel  better,  but  in  reality  it  makes  us  feel  worse,  as  it  is  almost   like  we  are  being  accused  of  making  it  up.  Yes  our  kids  do  behave  like  all  kids  sometimes,  but  being   autistic  is  a  combination  of  behaviours,  emotions  and  sensory  issues.     “Oh  you  poor  thing,  that  is  terrible!  I’m  sorry  to  hear  that!”   Why?  A  diagnosis  is  helpful.  We  can  understand  why  our  kids  are  the  way  they  are  and  support  them  in   the  right  way.  We  can  be  advocates  for  our  children  and  help  others  to  understand  them  too.    
  6. 6. So  how  can  you  help?     Here  are  some  positive  comments  that  parents  with  asd  kids  would  love  to  hear,  instead.       “Children  with  asd  often  have  amazing  interests  and  talents…  tell  me  about  your  child.”     “I’d  love  to  know  more  about  what  that  diagnosis  means  for  you  and  your  child”     “Is  there  anything  we  can  do  that  will  make  life  easier  for  you  or  your  child?”     “Would  you  like  to  have  a  play  date  with  us?”     “How  can  I  teach  my  kids  about  your  child  so  they  can  be  more  inclusive?”     “I  was  happy  to  have  him  over  before  he  was  diagnosed  and  I  still  am,  he’s  still  the  same  child  –   some  things  just  make  a  bit  more  sense  now”     “This  is  something  I  know  little  about  but  am  happy  to  learn  more  about  it  for  you  and  your  child”     “What  are  some  important  things  I  should  know  and  look  out  for  so  I  can  help  you?”     “What  does  that  mean?  Should  I  treat  him  differently?”     The  name,  ‘autism  spectrum’  isn’t  a  label,  but  a  diagnosis  to  help  with  guidance  and   understanding  of  our  kids,  and  also  to  help  our  kids  understand  themselves  better.       The  First  Step  ASD  Parent  Support  Group.  
  7. 7. PREP A Edward James-for improving his effort to show 5L’s of listening. Alannah Beil-for asking thoughtful questions during Fascinating Facts. PREP B Marly Wright-for listening carefully to instructions and following them at all times. PREP C Aiden Lewis-for demonstrating increased resilience and always having a go. PREP D Harry Redford-for his fantastic effort stretching out words and listening to their sounds when writing. PREP E Oliver Sulja-for an outstanding start to his first year of school. PREP F Max Krake-for having a go at writing and working hard to form his letters. 1A Addison White-for her high levels of effort throughout the term and for being a kind and caring friend. 1B Mackenzie Geraghty-for correctly forming letters during handwriting and in her daily writing. Sianna Dwyer-for great listening in the classroom. 1C Tom Schroeders-for an improved focus in Maths and an excellent reflection on expanded notation. 1D Zidane Abdou-for his fantastic effort in writing! 1E Ella Harrison-for her efforts in reading throughout the term. 2A Noah Haroun-for using humour and emotional language effictively in his persuasive letter! Milan Bui-for supporting her persuasive reasons with very detailed examples. 2B Auston Hoang-for showing respect to his classmates. 2C Ellie Tabone-for editing and revising her first draft of her letter to make it more interesting. Samuel Metcalf-for an amazing effort in publishing his persuasive letter. 2D Evie Patzwald-for a sensational maths reflection.  
  8. 8. 3A Oliver Prussner-for continued effort and hard work for the entire term! 3B Maddie Cameron-for consistently working to the best of her ability throughout term one. Well done, Maddie! 3C Lucas Wilson-for his improved efforts at settling down to his work quickly and enthusiastically. 3D Caitlin Brennan-for approaching her tasks with maximum effort & persistance. Well done! 3/4A Ava Hemsley-Wooley-for confidently experimenting with different leads for her ‘Persuade the Teacher’ piece. 4A Shae Saville-for Evernote reflections that discuss her learning in clear and detailed ways. Abbey Wilmshurst-for mastering how to use the spell check function on her MacBook. 4B Zoe Malelis-for her outstanding effort into her reflection and maths SMART goal. 4C Aakriti Malhotra-for her excellent attitude towards learning and always showing integrity. 5A Nicola Maiden-for consistently displaying an excellent work ethic. 5B Taylor Zenelovski-for an exceptional term of kindness and consideration and expecially hard work. Keep it up! 5C Stefan Glisic-for his outstanding effort and focus throughout the term. Amazing job Stefan!! 6A Loan-Anh Le-for showing great consideration & selflessness when supporting your classmate’s learning. Isabella Ly-for showing great consideration & selflessness when supporting your classmate’s learning. 6B Michael McGoldrick-for an amazing presentation answering the question “What does it mean to be Australian?”. Great use of iMovie. Well done! 6C Tara Lunn-for an outstanding Term 1, showing great effort to all learning and homework!!  
  9. 9.   Wembley  Action  Group,  2015  Calendar   Beginning  of  Term  2:       Parent  Class  Representatives  appointed   Thurs  7th  &  Fri  8th  of  May:       Mothers  Day  Stall   Saturday  23rd  of  May:     Comedy  Night  @  Wembley  with  Rusty  Berther,  Colin  Lane,  Josh               Earl,  &  Jeff  Green.           All  details  on  School  website   Thurs  3rd  &  Fri  4th  of  Sept:       Fathers  Day  Stall   Term  2:         Major  Family  Holiday  Raffle  to  Thailand!!   Term  3  Date  TBC:       Trivia  Night  with  Rusty  Berther   Saturday,  November  14th     Wembley  Family  Fun  Day,  WFFD   Every  Friday  morning  @  9am   K  team  publishing  Children's  writing  in  the  BER  building.             All  welcome  every  week.     Many  opportunities  to  help  this  year.   Stay  in  touch  with  your  Class  Rep  for  more  details.  
  10. 10.   Saturday  23rd  May,  2015   Dress  -­‐  'Creative'  Black  Tie*   Doors  open  -­‐  7pm,  Show  starts  7.30pm   Tickets  -­‐  $30,  available  at  school  office*   Bar  provided  -­‐  BYO  supper*   A  night  not  to  be  missed!     *More  info  -­‐  www.wembleyps.vic.edu.au  
  11. 11. ! ! Comedy'Night'at'Wembley,'Saturday,'23rd'May,'7pm.' FAQ' Dress'@'Creative'Black'Tie!is!basically,!formal!wear,!which!can!be!as!serious!or!as!silly!as!you!want.! Wear!the!suit!or!tux!that!you!have!in!your!cupboard,!even!if!it!is!too!small.!Wear!the!gaudy!taffeta! dress!that!you!can't!wear!anywhere!else,!but!you!secretly!still!love.!There's!been!talk!of!getting!the! wedding!dress!out!with!some!added!scarf!help!for!the!gapping!zipper.!Or,!donate!to!Savers!&! Salvos!and!get!something!"!real!special."!!For!all!the!girls!that!love!to!frock!up,!here's!your!chance! to!go!for!it!! Comedy'Night'Format!!Doors!open!at!7pm!to!mingle,!grab!a!drink!and!!find!your!table.!Comedy! will!begin!at!7.30pm.!There!are!4!talented!comedians!for!the!evening!with!short!breaks!in! between.!To!conclude!the!evening!there!will!be!a!dimly!lit!dance!floor!awaiting!!all!your!best! moves.! Food'and'Drink.!Hoping!to!get!a!couple!of!food!trucks!to!visit!us!on!the!night!however!BYO!supper! is!recommended!at!this!stage.!Bar!will!provide!beer,!red!and!white!wine,!sparkling!wine,!cider,! water!and!soft!drink!at!better!than!bar!prices.!No!BYO!drinks!please.! Feedback'from'Comedy'Night'2014''was!incredibly!positive!with!people!who!attended!having!the! an!absolute!ball.!"Can't!remember!laughing!so!much",!"Didn't!know!Rusty!was!so!funny!",! "Anytime!you!throw!a!Comedy!night!I'm!there!"!were!just!some!of!the!comments.!! Tables!S!You!have!two!choices.!You!may!put!a!table!of!8!S!12!friends!together!and!pay!for!the!table! as!a!lump!sum!(one!payment).!!Or!there!are!also!class!tables!being!provided.!You!may!opt!for! buying!one!or!more!tickets!on!a!class!table.!! Entry&is&$30,&amazing&value&for&the&quality&of&entertainment!& Payment'should!be!made!at!the!school!office!and!close!on!Friday!22nd!of!May.!There!will!be!no! tickets!issued,!and!each!table!will!have!the!exact!!amount!of!chairs!paid!for.! All'are'welcome'and'it'will'be'tragic'to'miss'this'one!! !
  12. 12.   ! ! ! ! ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!Introducing!WAG!! !!!Parent!Class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Representatives!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!!! ! This!year,!WPS!will!be!enabling!all!Wembley!families!to!participate!in!keeping!our!children's! school,!safe,!stimulating!and!progressive.!! Through!each!class!appointing!one!or!two,!parents!as!Class!Reps,!we!will!be!able!to!engage! all!families!in!WAG!activities!far!better!than!in!the!past.!! Our$School,$its$facilities$and$our$children$will$benefit$enormously$from$total$school$ involvement.$ Class!Rep!responsibilities! • To!distribute!and!collect!various!forms!related!to!WAG!activities! • To!promote!the!benefits!to!families,!the!school!and!ultimately!their!children!of!WAG! events!and!activities! • Network!within!the!class!and!encourage!involvement!in!WAG!activities! • Keep!a!simple!record!of!family!involvement!in!WAG!activities! • Liaise!with!the!class!teacher!&!encourage!their!support!within!the!classroom!such!as! sharing!information!and!excitement!with!the!children! • Displaying!promotional!posters!prominently!(hopefully!within!the!classroom)! • Choose!a!stall/activity!for!the!class!(thru!consultation)!at!the!Wembley!Family!Fun! Day!(WFFD)!14th!Nov,!2015.! • Roster!class!family!members!on!the!class!Stall/activity!at!the!WFFD! • Other!simple!tasks!as!deemed!appropriate! Now!is!the!time!for!one,!or!two!parents!working!together,!from!each!class!to! take!on!the!role!of!Parent!Class!Representative.! This!may!be!done!by!emailing!your!details!(name,!class,!child,!and!mobile!no.)!to! Wembleyactiongroup@gmail.com! If!you!have!questions!please!email!your!phone!no.!and!you!will!be!contacted!directly.! The!current!WAG!Committee!is!looking!forward!to!working!with!you!all!throughout!2015!!! !!

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