Term 2 - Week 3
- Principal's Message
- Habit of Mind and Loving Literature Link with Ms Connell
- Library Buzz with Mrs Sutton and the Library Team
- Curriculum News with Ms O'Donoghue (Head of Curriculum)
- Prep - Year 3 Science News with Mrs Crowe
- Maths Matters with Mrs Lentakis (Numeracy Coach) and Mrs van Fleet (Maths Intervention Teacher)
- Ditto Show with Mrs Amanda Kelleher (Guidance Officer)
- 2022 School Term Dates
- Finance Matters
- Wynnum Idol - Friday 24 June
- Prep enrolments for 2023 now open!
- P & C News - Uniform and Tuckshop Update
- PCYC (OSHC) Community Breakfast
- QSchools App
- Community News
Wynnum State School actively encourages members of our school community to be as involved with the school as possible. One of the ways to do this is to participate in one of the two Parent Forums organised this term.
The Parent Forums enables parents and carers to meet, share ideas and provide feedback to the school. It gives parents and carers a voice and enables them to contribute to the school’s decision-making process. The forum promotes a strengthening of the partnership between parents/carers and the school.
The forums will be held on the 25th of May in the staff room featuring an afternoon (1.30pm) and an evening (5.00pm) forum time.
Places are limited – only 35 members each forum. To participate, please follow the link to book into the forums:
On behalf of the leadership team, we look forward to meeting you at the forum.
As we are now into Term 2, it is important to share some early information in regards to Semester 1 Reporting and some of the changes that will occur in the future.
Semester One Report Cards will be emailed home in Week 10 this term. If you receive communication from your child’s teacher/s via email, this means the email address on file is correct and there should be no issues receiving report cards. If you have not received an email from your child’s teacher/s this year, please contact the school office on 38935111 to check the accuracy of your email address on file.
Please add Application.ONESCHOOL@qed.qld.gov.au to your list of safe senders to ensure report card emails aren’t sent to the Junk folder.
The report format will reflect the slight changes made in the Australian Curriculum. For each reporting period, schools report separately on each learning area/subject taught. Students are assessed and reported against the achievement standard for the year/band of years taught. The report represents the student’s level of achievement at the time of reporting.
This comes from the Education Queensland site:- https://education.qld.gov.au/curriculums/Documents/p-12-curriculum-assessment-reporting-framework.pdf. Please refer to page 8 for information regarding banded subjects.
What this means is that our reporting may look a little different in the future. Our English, Maths and Science subjects will be reported on in every Semester and will appear on student report cards accordingly. Some of our subjects such as Health and PE, Technology, Arts and Languages are now banded subjects and can be reported on at the end of each banding.
Understanding the Banded Subjects
Year 3, 4
Health and PE
Prep reported on separately. Year 1 and Year 2 are banded
Reported on each Semester
Reported on each Semester
Reported on in at least one Semester
Reported on each Semester
Reported on each Semester
English, Maths and Science
Reported on every Semester
These subjects are not banded.
All subjects are still taught throughout the year and parents will be able to access this information during parent/teacher meetings or by contacting your child’s classroom teacher.
Should you have any queries, please direct your interest to our Head of Curriculum - Lynda O’Donoghue. You can contact Lynda through the school phone number, she will be only too happy to speak with you.
It was a very proud occasion for Wynnum State School to facilitate the relief efforts for Rocklea State School and for the school community to experience the impact charitable efforts have on people and communities affected by disaster. Alongside this effort, a wonderful appeal was created by Mrs Van Fleet to support the devastation in Lismore during the recent flood events in March. I have received a letter from Mr Stephen Hall, the Parish Secretary of the Lismore Anglicans, expressing their gratitude in response to the Wynnum State School community empathy and response. I too wish to thank Mrs Van Fleet for her coordination and her family's efforts in making this happen. Please see the attached letter.
School ANZAC Day Ceremony
Please find in the gallery below some photos taken at our recent school ANZAC Day ceremony. I would like to hightlight the tremdous respect shown by all students at this event, and thank the many school staff members for their support for this ceremony. Lest we forget.
Weeks 4 & 5
For the next two weeks, I will be taking some leave to finalise my field research for my doctoral studies. Megan Connell will be Acting Principal during this time, with Donna Anderson, Acting Deputy Principal (Years 1-3).
Habit of Mind and Loving Literature Link with Ms Connell
Something that effective thinkers know, and we want our students to understand, is that learning is not just an accumulation of isolated facts or skills, rather it is about finding connections and patterns that link together into deeper understandings. In Habit of Mind language, we call this Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations as we encourage our students to connect new learning to past experiences.
The online book to bring this Habit to life is actually not an online book. Instead I invite you to watch together the Disney-Pixar short movie Piper. The film, as well as being beautiful and engaging, gives you and your Wynnum Warrior/s the opportunity to identify how the main character (eventually) successfully applies past learning to a very new situation. It is also a gentle and important reminder that learning is a struggle and not something that we get ‘right’ the first time. Enjoy!
Library Buzz with Mrs Sutton and the Library Team
Ionian Reading Buddy Visit
The students in 2CS, 2HA and 2CW welcomed the Iona Reading buddies to their classrooms on Tuesday afternoon. The students were most excited to read to their buddies and showed their listening skills while being read to. Some interesting discussions were had around aspects of the books read. We thank the Year 11 students for joining us each week, engaging with our students and fostering a joy of reading.
Premier’s Reading Challenge
In 2021 more than 168,000 Queensland children and students read over 2.39 million books. Very shortly our students will be invited to participate in this year’s challenge again encouraging students to read books for pleasure. Stay tuned for the launch of the 2022 Reading Challenge!
Scholastic Reading Challenge
And still talking about challenges…the Scholastic Book Club have their own family reading challenge for the month of May.
Check out their link to win one of five book packs on offer just by sharing one way that your family will read more in the month of May. All participants will receive a certificate and a scholastic book voucher at the end of the challenge!
Books worth reading
For our younger readers
Bin Chicken Flies Again by Kate and Jol Temple
‘Where’s all the garbage and delightful bin juice?
This trash can is empty, I feel like a goose!
THAT dirty truck is stealing my food!
It’s simply not on. How terribly rude!’
Who has stolen Ibis’s dinner? Definitely worth checking out if you have ever had your lunch stolen by an Ibis!
For our 7+ readers
The Bad Buys Open Wide and Say ARRRGH! by Aaron Blabey
Weird? Nothing weird every happens in the Bad Guys. Like, you would never see a chainsaw monster confronting a velociraptor who has eaten an elderly piranha, or the disturbing antics of a deranged dentist running amok with an oversized drill. Nope, None of that nonsense here!
PS Now a Major Motion Picture!! so that is certainly worth checking out.
Also, for those who struggle with saying the author’s surname, Blabey – it rhymes with ‘baby.’
Just keep reading…
Curriculum News with Ms O'Donoghue (Head of Curriculum)
NAPLAN will be conducted online this year. The only test that will be a paper test is the Year 3 Writing test.
We are sharing the timetable with you as it is important for all students to attend on the day designated for each test. It is OK if they are away, as we will do some catch ups throughout the week.
In the last couple of weeks of Term 1, we trialled the online platform and the students shared their positive feedback. The visuals are very engaging and students were keen to get their questions answered.
Any queries, please contact the school.
Prep - Year 3 Science News with Mrs Crowe
Chemical Science investigations are underway for Term Two!
Prep scientists Gathered Data through all Senses as they observed and tested a wide variety of materials to find out 'What’s it Made of?' Each little chemist selected a specimen, from the science lab display, to observe, describe and record in their Science Journal. Much scientific discussion resulted from this experience! Balloons were a popular choice!
Our Year Three Chemists began investigations of the melting process. Melting ice, chocolate and candles using a variety of heat sources: electric, chemical and natural.
Year Two focused on mixtures by exploring which solid ingredients mixed or separated,Questioning and Problem Posing as the Rice Bubbles tried to trick our inquiring minds!
Year One scientists were ‘Change Detectives’ actively looking for changes and differences when substances were mixed, heated or cooled.
World Bee Day is coming very soon. Please save this date in your Diary. Friday 20th May The Science Lab will BEE ALIVE with amazing interactive learning such as honey tasting, authentic bee keeping equipment and demonstrations about bees from local beekeepers to remind our young scientists about the importance of bees for our world to survive!
Maths Matters with Mrs Lentakis (Numeracy Coach) and Mrs van Fleet (Maths Intervention Teacher)
What’s going on: Mathematics and Numeracy, what’s the difference?
Mathematics is an Australian Curriculum subject in which the content of Maths is outlined and taught. As important as the content (the ‘what’), is the ‘how’ Mathematics is learned and applied. The ‘how’ is known as the Maths proficiencies. These are understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning.
Numeracy is a skill applied to all subjects and aspects of life. For example, statistics are often used in advertising, politics, Science, Geography etc. Fractions, decimals and percentages are used when we shopping, dispensing medicines, in cooking, art and craft, building etc. Our understanding of the Maths found in everyday situations helps us to comprehend and make informed decisions. Numeracy, along with Literacy, are crucial life skill.
Tell me more: To find out more about the Maths proficiencies in the Australian Curriculum, take a look and listen to this short video by Professor Peter Sullivan.
‘Have a go’ together: Look for the Numeracy ‘moments’ in the books you and your child share.
- Where can you find numbers in the book?
- What shapes can you find?
- What measurements are mentioned in the book?
- What fraction ideas are included in the story?
- What is the largest/smallest quantity?
- How would the story go if you changed some of the Numeracy ideas?
Ditto Show with Mrs Amanda Kelleher (Guidance Officer)
Last week Wynnum State School was visited by Ditto the Bear and the Bravehearts team. Thank you to all the Prep to Year 3 students who participated in the show! Ditto communicated very important messages to all students about staying safe and about seeking assistance in unsafe situations. Please take the time to go through the activity book that was sent home with your child, to revisit Ditto’s safe messages.
2022 School Term Dates
Term 2: Tuesday 19 April to Friday 24 June
Term 3: Monday 11 July to Friday 16 September
Term 4: Tuesday 4 October to Friday 9 December
The school's preferred payment method for all excursions/incursions/camps is now via BPOINT. All parents/carers will recieve an invoice to their nominated email address when a school activity is invoiced to their child's account. This invoice contains a BPOINT link (located on the bottom left hand side of the invoice) which directs you to a secure payment website upon which credit card details can be entered to make payment. Please make contact with the office if you are not receiving your invoices via email.
Wynnum Idol - Friday 24 June
Applications have now closed for all students from Prep to Year 6. Please note that Auditions are to be digitally recorded and submitted to the school office on a USB. If you have any issues with this, please reach out for assistance.
We are so proud of all the Wynnum Warriors who Take a Responsible Risk and have a go at being part of Wynnum Idol this year. Good luck!
Prep enrolments for 2023 now open!
Prep enrolments are now open for 2023. Enrolment paperwork can be downloaded from the school website https://wynnumss.eq.edu.au/enrolments/enrolling-at-our-school or collected from the school office.
P & C News - Uniform and Tuckshop Update
P&C Special Meeting
The P&C will be holding a special meeting next Wednesday 11 May from 7:00 pm in the school Administration building, to vote in a new P&C Treasurer and Secretary. All WSS Parents/Carers are welcome to attend, or alternatively if you would like to attend virtually, please email email@example.com and provide your best email address so you can be emailed the link to the meeting.
The Tuckshop will re-open in Week 4 on Monday, Thursday and Friday for first break only. A limited menu will be available and can be ordered via the Flexischools website or App. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. The tuckshop will resume normal hours from Week 5 (16 May), opening Monday, Thursday and Friday with ordering available for both breaks with a full menu available.
Uniform Shop Update
As of Week 5, 16 May, the uniform shop new opening days/times will be changing to as follows. Tuesdays: 8:30am to 9:30am
Thursdays: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
PCYC (OSHC) Community Breakfast
This week, the PCYC held our community breakfast and it was extra special because it is also Principals' Day. Thank you Mr Ionn for being a big part of our school community. We hope everyone that stopped enjoyed their breakfast.
Thank you Wynnum community for supporting PCYC Wynnum OSHC.
From Sophia, Chantelle, Ursula and the team.
Don't forget to download the QSchools App to your Iphone or Android device. The QSchools App is another great way for Wynnum State School families to receive and read our fortnightly school newsletter and also receive important notifications regarding school events. Simply download to your phone and 'star' Wynnum State School as your 'favourite' school.