Term 3 Week 7- 25 August 2021
- Principal's Message
- School Colour Fun Run
- Loving Literature and Habit of Mind with Ms Connell
- Year 4 Camp Update
- Year 3 Drama Camp Update
- Enrichment and Extension with Mrs van Fleet
- Library Buzz with Mrs Sutton and the Library Team
- Science News with Mrs Crowe
- Music News with Mr Morgan
- Sports Update
- Henny Penny Chicken Hatchings with the Preps
- Triple P Parenting-Expressions of Interest
- Prep 2022 - Enrolments now open
- Covid Requirements
- P&C News
- Community News
As a school we are extremely grateful to our commited and hard working P&C commitee for their support, including their fund raising efforts. This year's major fundraiser, the Colour Fun Run planned for 13 September, has now been rescheduled for Tuesday 12 October. The P&C are raising money with this event to purchase 32 laptops on two charging trolleys so that they can be moved from homeroom to homeroom. These will be in addition to the two trolleys currently shared between Years 4-6. Having greater access to laptops will allow more opportunities for students to develop their digital literacy skills, which is a component of the Australian Curriculum, General Capability ICT. The key ideas for ICT Capability are organised into five interrelated elements in the learning continuum, as shown in the diagram.
The laptops have actually already been purchased, configured and will be out to classes by the end of this week. They will also be used to facilitate the transition to NAPLAN online in 2022.
A readiness test for NAPLAN online will be conducted 31 August for students in Years 2 and 4; next year’s NAPLAN cohort. This readiness test will not be a test for students but a test of the school’s infrastructure and will confirm that our internet is able to cope with the demand. It will have the added benefit of introducing teachers and students to the new format. Students will use a generic code to log on and will not receive a report or be able to be identified in the test.
As a school we are extremely grateful to the P&C for their contribution of this valuable resource and encourage families to support the Colour Run fundraiser.
Together we are the community that raises the child.
School Colour Fun Run
Loving Literature and Habit of Mind with Ms Connell
This fortnight's Habit of Mind is Responding with Wonderment and Awe. Finding the world awesome, mysterious and being intrigued with phenomena and beauty.
This is such a fantastic Habit that the Loving Literature Link this edition is actually two Links. The links are both related to something that has been happening here at school that has given us so many opportunities to Respond with Wonderment and Awe. The experience is the chicken hatching that has been happening in our Prep rooms. The first video below will take you to a time lapse of chicken hatching and the second video takes you to a book all about chickens. Enjoy!
Year 4 Camp Update
We are happy to announce that the Year 4 Camp to Luther Heights has been rescheduled for Monday 6 September to Tuesday 7 September. Further information will be sent home with students this week.
Year 3 Drama Camp Update
We are happy to announce that the Year 3 Drama Camp has been rescheduled for Thursday 9 September to Friday 10 September. Further information will be sent home with students this week.
Enrichment and Extension with Mrs van Fleet
After two weeks without our wonderful E & E program not being able to go ahead it is with great excitement that we can now continue as planned with our session this week on Friday 27 August. Additional dates have been negotiated for Thursday 2 September and Friday 10 September to allow for our six weeks of the program. I’m looking forward to getting back in the kitchen with Miss Corten and the students from MKR to continue our cooking experiences.
As always, we ask for your support in ensuring students have any equipment and/or clothing required for participation in their activity. Students who are leaving the school grounds this Friday 27 August will need to change out of their Bookweek costume into school uniform before leaving the school.
Library Buzz with Mrs Sutton and the Library Team
Hear Ye Hear Ye…Book Week 2021 is here.
Well it is Day 3 of Book Week, a week celebrating the wonder and awe of books and reading, one of the most important skills in a child’s development. And at WSS we highlight the importance of reading every single day.
The theme this year is, Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. All books contain at least one of these worlds and act as portals into them, taking us anywhere we want to go. Thank goodness books allow us to visit other worlds during a time when we have restricted access to the world at large. Each year our library purchases all the books short listed for the final awards for teachers to share with their classes.
What’s on this Book Week:
Library 1st and 2nd breaks: Students will have opportunities with Library staff to explore books and create artworks and crafts using their imagination and artistic abilities inspired by books.
Monday 23 August
Mega Central 1st break: Years 2 & 3 Poetry Workshops & Performances with Ms Connell.
Tuesday 24 August
Mega Central 1st break: Years 4,5 & 6 Poetry Workshops & Performances with Ms Connell.
Wednesday 25 August
Mega Central 1st break: Prep and Year 1 Poetry Workshops & Performances with Ms Connell.
Thursday 26 August
11:30am: Student Council supported by Mrs Bennett will be presenting a SIMULTANEOUS READ OF THE BOOK –NO! NEVER! by Libby Hathorn and Lisa Hathorn-Jarman, illustrated by Mel Pearce.
Friday 27 August
9.00am BOOK WEEK Dress Up Procession on school oval. All PARENTS attending, to be socially distanced or wearing masks while seated on the terraces. At 9:25am students are to be heading back to Homerooms for the Grand Launch of the digitally adapted book, Anemone is not my Enemy written and illustrated by Anna McGregor. Students will enjoy the voice overs by our very professional staff members. Special thank you to Mrs Sam Hind for her brilliant digital skills.
Please note: our Reading in an Unusual Challenge has been extended until Week 10. Looking forward to more photos over this week to add to our new Reading video.
Pace yourself for the week ahead. Bring on the curiosity. What world will you visit? Thank you Mrs Schrodter for your simply out of this world Book Week props for the students to engage with and Ms Sellars for our Tardis portal at the front gate.
Science News with Mrs Crowe
Our Prep-Year 6 Wynnum Warriors were absolutely full of Wonderment and Awe and eagerly Gathered Data through all Senses with every Science Week experiment during classes and lunch breaks for Science Week! Students and staff enthusiastically investigated the daily displays outside the Science Lab!
Comments of true interest and engagement were expressed, such as 'I just definitely am going to be a scientist when I get out of school!', 'The molecules are repelling each other!', 'The raisins are carried up to the surface because the bubbles stick to them. Then they go down because the bubble pops and evaporates', 'I LOVE Science!', 'Can I do the catalyst part?'. Enjoy the attached photos!
What an absolutely fantastic week of predictions, investigations, scientific discussion and recording! Loving continuing with science playing a part in the ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds and Other Worlds’ for Book Week!
Music News with Mr Morgan
Great news! At this stage, the Intermediate & Senior WAMM Workshop for Instrumental Music students in Years 5 & 6 will be going ahead! Thank you to all parents for returning your Medical and Consent forms.
WEEK 8 - INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC DAY SWAP
During Week 8, Instrumental Music Lessons will be moved to Monday 30 August to allow for E&E activities on the Thursday. This means that Junior Band will be moved to Monday morning at 7:45am and Senior Band will be on Monday afternoon at 2:45pm. All Instrumental Music lessons will be during the day on Monday. Please ensure that you remember to bring your instrument on the Monday 30 August.
CHOIR'S BACK ON!
Due to the easing of COVID restrictions in schools, Junior Choir & Senior Choir is recommencing. A reminder that Senior Choir is on Wednesday mornings at 8:00am and Junior Choir is on Thursdays at first break. Look forward to seeing you there!
Touch Football Tournament to be held at Runcorn State High School on 4 & 5 September. Students selected with have a note sent home later this week.
AFL Finals have been rescheduled for Tuesday 7 September at Sandgate AFL Football Club. Students selected will be notified with details and permissions notes next week.
Rugby League Met East Cup - date to be advised.
Henny Penny Chicken Hatchings with the Preps
From the time that first, tiny, bedraggled chick stumbled out of its shell, we had a captive audience. The Prep children observed with anticipation as the tiny creature finally emerged, dried out and became a cute, fluffy chick, ready to face the world. The children recorded their findings in a chicken diary each day and illustrated what they recorded. The faces of each child were full of delight and excitement as the they arrived each morning at school to see what had happened overnight.
If you would like to adopt a baby chicken, please speak to a Prep Homeroom teacher. Chickens will need to be collected Thursday 26 August after school. Please ensure you have safe and suitable transport to take your chickens home.
Triple P Parenting-Expressions of Interest
As part of our ongoing partnership with Life Education Queensland (LEQ) in empowering young people to live healthy and safe lives, LEQ would like to offer your school Triple P - Positive Parenting Program seminar "Raising Resilient Children." The seminar is 90 minutes and aims to help parents:
- Teach children to manage their emotions
- Develop children's ability to bounce back from disappointment
- Show children how to express strong feelings in a healthy way
- Raise children who can deal with stress
- Encourage problem-solving and a positive attitude
We are looking for expressions of interest of those who would like to attend this seminar. There will be no cost for the event. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or let the office staff know if you are interested. Dates and times will be sent at a later date.
Prep 2022 - Enrolments now open
To comply with the current COVID guidelines we ask when providing for student’s birthdays that families access either the Birthday Buckets available from the cafeteria or purchase packaged cupcakes from Woolworths or Coles. Our current framework has guidelines regarding the provision of food, and as large organisations we can have confidence that Woolworths and Coles have safe practices in place. These products also come with a list of ingredients which assists with food allergies and are packaged in a manner that avoids contact. Your assistance with this is greatly appreciated as we keep things as normal as possible while attempting to maintain everyone’s health and wellbeing.
We are excited to send out our Save the Date for our next fundraiser, our Trivia Night (adults-only)! Mark the date 16 October in your calendars!
Father’s Day Stall
Due to the current uncertainty, especially in terms of quick changing restrictions, we have made the hard decision of cancelling this year’s Father’s Day stall at the school. We are very sorry for any inconvenience that may cause to our students but hope that a big hug and kiss for Dad / Granddad or your special person on Father’s Day will make up for it.
Please note that the Uniform Shop is currently only operating online (via Flexischools).