Balloons are a symbol of celebration and we will be seeing quite a few over the coming weeks as students return to face-to-face learning. There is nothing like the joy of hearing student voices in the classrooms and on the playgrounds and I, along with all the staff, am looking forward to this.
Recognising that there will be a range of emotions as students transition from remote learning, our Wellbeing Team are planning a variety of reconnection experiences. The values of compassion and respect will be very important as students catch up with their peers and share views and experiences about a range of topics including vaccination and life during lock down.
The Home and School Association has also been busy preparing end of year events and service opportunities for our students and I would like to acknowledge the outstanding leadership of Michelle Roberts and Raelean Goodacre this year, ably supported by a dedicated group of parents who work tirelessly for the benefit of the school.
It is with sadness that we farewell Mrs Keryn Mowbray who has shifted north to the pastoral life of a farm after 5 years of service at the school. Keryn’s creativity and compassion will be much missed by her Year 2 students and we wish her and her family God’s blessing. Miss Georgia Robertson, will be teaching Year 2 for the rest of the term and we welcome her enthusiasm and energy. Georgia is familiar with the school, having taught Year 6 last term.
Mrs Jacinta Thomson and her husband Carl welcomed their first child into the world on Thursday 14th October. They have had a healthy baby boy and everyone is doing well! Congratulations Jacinta and Carl!
As school returns to the new normal with some modified routines to keep our students and staff safe, I am grateful for the remarkable efforts you as parents have made over the last months to keep our students engaged in learning while juggling your own work commitments. Thank you – the teachers have been working hard, but we could not have done it without you.
Term 4. WOW!
This year has flashed before our eyes and we are in the last couple of months of the year already. We are excited for the students to return in the following weeks and can’t wait to see them in person instead of through a screen.
Our theme for this term is ‘Imagine Peace’, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:7
We will be sharing with the students what real peace is, peace that comes from God. This is something that is important at any time, but is so relevant at the moment.
We have lots of exciting things planned for this term and we are looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us as the term unfolds.
Blessings, WAS Chaplains
Whole School News
We are excited to announce that from 2022 we will be transitioning the whole school to the High School Sports Uniform. As part of the Whole School Sports Uniform unisex shorts will be available for all students from Prep to Year 12 to wear on sports days.
There will be a changeover period from the current Junior School Sports Uniform to the Whole School Sports Uniform.
Stock of the new uniform is arriving so we are offering the old Junior School Sports Uniform at a discounted cost while stocks last. (Discounted from 18/10/21).
Flexischools is available to order any uniforms that you need moving into Term 4. More information will follow on how to order uniforms for 2022.
If you have any enquiries please contact me at email@example.com
Meagan Sullivan - Uniform Shop Manager
Calendar of Upcoming School Events
You can access the list of upcoming School events via the link below. The School Calendar is also available under the Parent Information tab on the School website.
Term Dates for 2021 & 2022
Please click on the link below to view the school term dates and public holiday information for the remainder of 2021 and 2022.
Primary School News
Prep Students Return!
We are very excited to have welcomed back our Prep students to learning on campus this week! It is so lovely to seem them again and have them excited about exploring new activities in the classroom. Next week students in Years K, 1 & 12 return to school for onsite learning - we are really looking forward to their return!
Miss Dowe was very busy over the school holidays creating some new spaces in preparation for the Prep's return to the classroom this week...
Home Corner: By creating a home corner space children have the opportunity to make sense of their worlds. Role play and dramatic play is the ideal space for children to develop turn taking skills, expand and refine vocabulary, express wants and needs and take on and delegate roles. In the WAS Prep space, the home corner is used in times of developmental play as well as being linked in with our Numeracy focus of the week. This provides the time and space for children to explore key mathematical ideas in a play-based setting.
Construction Zone: A loose parts play space based on the teaching of Simon Nicholson who pioneered the use of loose part play with children. Loose parts proved a dynamic and engaging challenge for children to tinker build and create with. Loose parts can include the use of natural and manmade recycle materials, inspiring, developing, and refining children's fine motor, gross motor, social, emotional, cognitive, and creative skills.
Quiet Space: The quiet space is a perfect place for students to reset their bodies and minds throughout the day. Our quiet space is a literacy rich environment which provides children autonomous access to rich texts. Students use this space throughout the day to engage in quiet and solitary reading or to engage in small teacher lead reading groups
Secondary School News
Year 10 Work Experience
With the easing of COVID restrictions, our Year 10 students are looking for work experience opportunities from 22 - 26 November this year.
If your company or workplace can accommodate a Year 10 student for work experience during that time, please indicate by clicking here.
Thank you for supporting our students.
Congratulations Lachlan L - Year 8
Lachlan participated in the Ryde Eisteddfod online last Wednesday night 6th October where he was in the Prepared Reading 14 and under section. Lachlan had to read a passage that was 250 words in length from Iron Man by Ted Hughes. Lachlan received a mark of 88 by the adjudicator which is a fantastic result! Well done Lachlan - you are a talented young man, we are very proud of you!
Years 7 & 10 Vaccination Schedule
Please Note - Vaccinations for students in Years 7 and 10 will now be held at school on Thursday 18th November 2021.
- Year 7 - HPV Dose 2. No action required - the consent forms submitted for Dose 1 also apply to Dose 2.
- Year 10 - Meningococcal ACWY. Consent forms will be distributed to students on 25th October. Please ensure they are returned to the School Office by Monday 8th November.
High School Sport
On Friday the 8th of October, 6 students participated in a very new and unique gala day – E Sports Rocket League Gala Day. The two teams had to compete in 5 rounds, versing teams from other CSSA schools.
It was a fun and exciting event hosted by Yonder Sports – a great way to be competitive in this current online learning time.
Well done to the following students;
Year 7 - Patrick M, Xavior E and Nkumbu N
Year 8 - Cameron P, Lachlan L and Sidney G