Materials & Services Polling Results
Parent/Caregiver Poll Results
Recently we polled parents/caregivers regarding the 2022 Materials and Services Charge (School fees). This resulted in an overwhelming majority of parents/caregivers (63-3) supporting the Governing Council proposal to set the legally recoverable fee at $410.00 for the 2022 school year.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to register their vote.
Jason Munro, Principal
Out of School Hours Sport
Our Out of School Hours Sport has finished for the year. This year we had children participating in cricket, softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, netball and running club.
This would not have been possible without the support of our parent co-ordinators who ensured that things would run smoothly. Many of our co-ordinators have supported our school in this role for many years, and unfortunately we lose them now as their children leave for high school.
I would like to acknowledge and thank, Amy Elgar (netball), Mike & Juliet Fuller (Soccer) and Tarnya Temme (softball) for their contribution not only to our school sport, but our school in general for many years. We are lucky that these sports will be able to continue next year as other parents have agreed to take on the role of co-ordinators for these sports.
Our other co-ordinators were Harmony O'Cadin (basketball), Renata Billing & Melissa Waniarcha (volleyball), Kate Rankine and Asa Hogben (netball). Thank you all for your time and efforts to ensure that the children were able to participate in their chosen sports.
Special mention must go to Joel Bawden who in addition to his teaching role, looked after running club and cricket. Joel's enthusiasm for our school sport is amazing. Unfortunately, Joel will not be able to continue with cricket next year.
We look forward to 2022 when Ann Gunter will take over my role overseeing Out of School Hours Sport, and hope that we will be able to offer not only all the above sports, but also cricket and football. If any parent/caregiver would like to be co-ordinator for cricket or football, please let me know by the end of the year. Unfortunately, without a co-ordinator, these sports will not be available to our students next year.
Wishing all our families a merry christmas and an enjoyable break.
2021 Scholastic Book Club Result
Final Message for 2021
The 2021 year comes to a close with a bang. We celebrated the final cohort of year 7 students from our school as we become an R-6 school going forward, and we celebrated the first cohort of year 6 students going to high school as year 7s. Both will have a lifetime of special meanings for each of those students and families; and hold a significant place in the history of our school. Thank you to all of the students and families who are leaving WPPS, for your commitment and for being part of a great community.
As a final update on our staffing, we welcome Karlien Delport to the front office and Joshua Evans to year 1. We say thank you and good luck to Beau Lee, Carolyn Davies, Anna Aldridge, Ruby Whelan, Aggie Wojtysiak, Lee Dowd, Pennie Bradford, Sally Stefanopoulos, Ellie Karapetsas and Tom O’Connor.
School starts back on Monday, 31st January 2022, and we look forward to seeing everyone on day 1. We will see the commencement of our building projects during term 1 which will carry on throughout the year. These will be staged so they won’t impact the whole site at once and minimise disruption. We will keep the community informed of any changes to locations within the school during this time.
The front office will be operational from Tuesday, 18th January for any enquiries or administration needs.
Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday period.
Jason Munro - Principal
And just like that, the 2021 school year is done!
Term 4 is always a busy one, and it was especially so this year with regards to fundraising events. Thanks to some COVID-related postponements, we had both the Quiz Night and Colour Run take place earlier in the term, followed by our “Summer Stunners” Wine Drive.
The kids had an absolute ball at the Colour Run, making their way through different obstacles, all the while getting covered in bright and wonderful colours! It was such a fun event; made even better as we were able to have parent spectators come along to watch all the fun.
A very big thank you goes out to all the WPPS families and friends for their generous donations online. We raised an impressive $18,049.00 which will be put towards upgrades to the Marlborough building, including a larger Performing Arts space. Thanks must also go to all the teachers, staff and parent helpers who kept things under control – we’re sure they had a bit of fun too, being in charge of those squirty colour bottles!
The students were also competing to be the class who raised the highest average per child. The top 3 classes across the school were LC1, LC4 and P2 and we’re sure that the LC1 (1st prize winners) thoroughly enjoyed sliming Jason and other members of the school staff during a whole school assembly.
Our second Wine Drive for the year was also a great success, raising over $1,600.00!
Our fundraising goal for 2021 was $24,000 and we are so pleased to announce that we have raised in excess of $39,000.00. This is an amazing achievement, and we would like to thank you all for your generosity and continued support of the fundraising events that took place at WPPS throughout 2021. All of the money raised goes back into our school, benefiting our children and our children’s teachers, leadership team and support staff. So again, THANK YOU!
And last, but definitely not least, we would like to thank the wonderful Pip Marsh, who has headed up the Fundraising Committee this past year. Her leadership and guidance, tireless effort and generous contributions are all greatly appreciated, and have made such a difference to our school and students. Thank you Pip!!
Take care over the school break everyone, and we look forward to seeing you all next year!
The WPPS Fundraising Committee
Poppy Appeal - thank you
Mountain Biking Programs
Head for the Hills has a range of Mountain Bike programs commencing soon, including an After School Skills Program just for girls. They also have their popular Holiday Geocache Adventure, Holiday Skills Clinics and After School Skills as per usual. These programs focus on the key skills of mountain biking and will develop the students:
- Bike handling and balance
- Control and trail reading
- Technique (discipline independent)
Students will also learn about the non-practical aspects of mountain biking, including:
- Trail etiquette for shared-use networks
- Risk assessment and management skills
- Knowledge of participation opportunities
For more information, visit headforthehills.net.au
Westbourne Park Uniting Church Netball Club
Winter 2022 Netball
We are currently looking for 8&u (players with year of birth 2014 or 2015), and
9&u (players with year of birth 2013).
No match play experience is necessary.
Matches are played on Saturday afternoons, generally 12:00pm for 8&u and 9&u age group or 1:45pm.
The season commences 26/3/22.
More information on the winter season appears at the top of the registration form. Should your daughter or son (up to the 11&u age group) be interested in playing please register online at www.wpucnc.org.
When nominating, players can request to be placed in the same team.
The Club also has teams in other age groups 11&u (2011, 2012),13&u (2009, 2010), 15&u (2007, 2008), 17&u (2005, 2006), Opens (2004 or earlier).
Registrations close 23/1/22.
If you have any queries please email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RRHAN Training for all Volunteers
A new Responding to Abuse and Neglect Training is now available.
All volunteers are required to to update their training by 31st December, 2021.
The course is now called:
Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect - Education and Care (RRHAN-EC).
Information regarding this is attached.
Salvation Army Christmas Hamper
Remembrance Day Memorial Service 2021
On Wednesday, 10th November, the students of M4 presented a moving and thoughtful memorial service for Remembrance Day.
Once again, we need to thank the 10/27th Battalion for supporting the school.
Many thanks to the guest speaker, Lt Matt Zovi who spoke about the comradeship and importance of Remembrance Day.
Musician Michael Bampton played the last post and the revele which was inspiring.
Carolyn Powers, the local member for Elder also spoke to the students about empathy and the importance to remember the fallen.
Wow, what a busy start to Term 4!
Firstly, we would like to thank everyone who attended the WPPS Quiz Night 2021 on Saturday evening, and also to those who supported our Online Auction from home.
Thanks to ticket sales, games and activities, auction bids and other generous monetary donations, we raised more than $10,000 that will go towards improving our school facilities! Such an incredible outcome to come from a fun-filled event. Nights like these do not go ahead without considerable forward planning and support from school families and our community.
A special mention must go to our amazing Quiz Master Steve for his time and efforts on the night – he did an excellent job keeping the event rolling along smoothly, with plenty of extra fun between those quiz rounds. Thank you Steve!
We would also like to specifically acknowledge and thank our school community parents, families and local businesses, for their generous donations to our Quiz Night and Online Auction (A full list is attached). Please note that every endeavour is made to recognise and acknowledge all donations received. If your donation is not listed in the attached document, please contact the front office and it will be added immediately.
All of our Quiz Night attendees out-did themselves in terms of costumes, props and decorations – what an extremely creative bunch of people the WPPS school community are! From dinosaurs to bugs to fairy floss, Dolly Parton to Freddie Mercury to Amelia Earheart, cowboys to Romans to cavemen - this year’s Quiz Night saw it all … and then some! And with only 2 points separating third and first place, it was a very close competition. But in the end, the lucky winners to take home the trophy were ……. Wax On Wax Off! A big congratulations to you all! And congratulations must also go to the winners of the “Best Dressed Team” ……. Quizzical Artefacts!
Please note that items purchased from the Online Auction are available for collection from the Front Office. Payment will need to be made prior to or at collection - EFT preferred.
What a night it was – thank you again to everyone involved!
But there’s no time to rest this term … The WPPS Colour Run has now been posponed due to bad weather. It will now be held on Wednesday, 17th November down at the school oval. The students will be making their way through different obstacles, all the while getting covered in bright and wonderful colours! All funds raised will go towards upgrades to the Marlborough building (including a larger Performing Arts area).
To donate, simply head to www.gofundme.com/f/wpps-colour-run-2021. Remember to include the student’s CLASS you are supporting, as the students are also competing to be the class who raise the highest average per child. The top 3 classes across the school will be announced as soon as the final figures are calculated!
- 1st Prize - Class pizza party, fairy floss and the opportunity to SLIME JASON and other members of staff during a whole school assembly.
- 2nd Prize - Class pizza party and fairy floss.
- 3rd Prize - Fairy floss class party.
As always, we thank you for your support and generosity – especially during this very busy time of year!
The WPPS Fundraising Committee
Dates to Remember …
Thursday 11th November (Week 5) – 1:30pm – Colour Run
Monday 22nd November (Week 7) – 7:00pm – Next Meeting (held in the WPPS Staff Room)
Please feel free to contact the WPPS Fundraising Committee at email@example.com.
And don’t forget to join the WPPS Community Facebook page to stay up to date with school events! (Please remember to answer the questions!!)
2021 Quiz Night
School Banking Update
The last day for School Banking at WPPS this term will be Thursday, 2nd December.
The last day to order banking rewards will be Thursday 18th November. If you are currently eligible for a reward you can drop your reward slip into the school office any time before then, or with your deposit on the 18th.
There will be no school banking in 2022.
A message from the Commonwealth Bank
For 90 years, our School Banking program has helped children learn about money, reinforced the importance of regular savings and provided structure for parents to support their children to save.
Though the program continues to have strong support from schools, parents and teachers, recent decisions by some state and territory governments because of a review by the corporate regulator mean we are unable to continue providing programs in schools, and we have had to make a difficult decision to close our School Banking program for all government and non-government schools across the country.
Our School Banking program was established in 1931 at a time when having a bank account was not commonplace, and since then we have helped more than 15 million Australians take their first financial steps. This would not have been possible without the wonderful support we have received from schools like yours, including all the parents and volunteers, and for this we are deeply grateful. Thank you.
Even though this is a sad time, School Banking has taught so many young Australians, past and present, the value of money and we believe this should be celebrated. We have created a place for you to share your stories, fondest memories and lessons learnt through the program. To share your story and access our financial education resources, please visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking
Even though the CommBank School Banking program will not be returning to your school after this year, you can continue to make deposits into your child’s Youthsaver account through online transfers or at any CommBank branch. If you need further information please phone 132 221 or visit your local CommBank branch.
Australian Army visits M4
On the 28/10/21, Lieutenant Matt Zovi from the 10/27th battalion visited our classroom to talk about his work in the Australian Army. We learnt that he is an engineer. He showed us some of his gear and his field packs for when he goes out field or employed overseas.
Lieutenant Zovi also answered some questions like where did you start his training in the Army and he replied with the school of military engineering in Sydney. His favourite part about engineering in the army was blowing stuff up and to making new bridges and buildings.
Lieutenant Matt Zovi will be at the Remembrance Day assembly on Wednesday 10th of November he will be the guest speaker along with musician Michael Bampton.
SCR Sienna and Xavier
This term, the year 5 students have been participating in the Way to go Bike Ed program which is endorsed by Bike SA, the RAA and the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure promoting a safer, greener and more active travel.
The students had the opportunity to have free lessons starting with a free bike roadworthiness check by the RAA. They have been learning about road rules, safety and cycling skills. The lessons have been strengthening the student’s awareness and confidence of cycling out on the road from using the correct hand signals to understanding road signs. The final lessons the students’ ventured out on to local roads. Hopefully we will see more students ride to school.
Josie Brown - Bike Ed Coordinator
Playgroup at WPPS
On Tuesday, 12th of October, we held our very first Playgroup session.
It ran from 9.15-10.30 and catered for ages from 0-4 yrs.
We were ably assisted by Chloe D, Lucy and Cassie from M7, who played a variety of games with all the children. Activities included craft, indoor soccer, construction, puzzles and puppet play. For new families to our school community, this a lovely way to get to know people and to see what our school is all about.
If you would like to be involved or know of anyone who would like to attend our Playgroup on a Tuesday morning, feel free to ring us on 8271 7430 and we will add your names to our list.
Cleo de Gouw and Kerry Hammond
Check out the Sports Day video!
What is happening in the library in Term 4?
Not only will we be reading and discovering new books filled with exciting stories and magical places, but Wednesdays we will be drawing; learn to draw something new or come draw whatever you feel like on the table together with everybody else and make one BIG picture. On Thursdays we will make and create something new.
There are still too many water damaged books being returned to the library, students need to be aware that those books will have to be replaced from now on.
Book Fair is on again in Week 3, start saving your pocket money! It starts on Thursday 28 October and ends on Tuesday 2 November, before and after school.
Week 7 will be the last week of borrowing for the year.
Week 8 borrowed books will have to be returned and it will be the last chance to finish the story to find out if all will end well in your adventure.
Return all your books in week 8 and your name will go into a draw for a prize, and no, it is not a book!!!
Week 9 will be stocktaking of all books
Unfortunately, students will not be able to borrow books over this long holiday as too many books are forgotten and lost during this time.
Have a great Term 4!!!
Governing Council Meeting Invitation
Scholastic Book Fair
The Book Fair is coming to our school again!
Save your pocket money for the novelty pens, pencils and erasers or a poster for your room.
Start early with books for the long holiday.
When: Thursday, 28 October, Friday, 29 October, Monday, 1 November and Tuesday, 2 November
Before and after school in the Library, Discovery Room.
Visit the Book Fair and your name will go into the draw for some goodies!!
Roelien Pistorius - Library Manager