Term 2 - Week 5
- Principal's Message
- Habit of Mind and Loving Literature Link with Ms Connell (DP Years 1-3)
- Library Buzz with Mrs Sutton and the Library Team
- Science News with Mrs Crowe (Prep-3 Science specialist)
- Curriculum News with Ms O'Donoghue (Head of Curriculum)
- Student Council Badge Ceremony
- National Walk to School Safely Day
- National Simultaneous Story Time
- Inclusion at WSS with Mrs Collingwood (DP Prep and Inclusion)
- Snoop Dog Update with Mrs Collingwood
- Prep 2023 Tour and Transition Session information
- 2022 School Term Dates
- Finance Matters
- Wynnum Idol - Friday 24 June
- P & C News - Uniform and Tuckshop Update
- QSchools App
- Community News
Invitation – Reconciliation Breakfast and Yarn
On Wednesday 25 May, to start National Reconciliation Week, Wynnum State School will be hosting a Reconciliation breakfast (8.00am on the Terraces beside the oval), followed by a yarn (9.00am in the yarning circle).
The aim of the yarn is to introduce our working group at school, known as Wynnum Bajara. Bajara in Jandai means footsteps. It is our aim to create a ground-up group that promotes:
- Young First Nations students as strong learners
- Our school engaging in culturally safe practices
- Strengthening the delivery of the Australian Curriculum to ensure it better encompasses Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
- Strengthening the work of reconciliation and playing our role in Closing the Gap
Most importantly, the yarn is an opportunity for the school to listen to First Nations perspectives; to acknowledge what is working and what we need to work on to create a genuine co-design approach.
To do this work, we will be using the 2022 National Reconciliation theme; Be Brave. Make Change.
My challenge is to lead this school as a key ally to a reconciled society and pay my respects to the oldest continuous culture on Earth. To not speak on behalf of First Nations community, but to Be Brave to listen and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for all.
For catering purposes, please RSVP to the front office 3893 5111 if you will be attending the breakfast.
Parent Forums – Wednesday 25 May
Thank you to those who have already booked in for one of our two upcoming Parent Forums where we will be capturing parent perspectives on a range of different topics. There are still seats available at both the 1.30pm session and the 5.00pm session via our SOS online booking system -
We look forward to hearing from as many points of view as possible during these forums.
Habit of Mind and Loving Literature Link with Ms Connell (DP Years 1-3)
Our Habit of Mind this fortnight is Questioning and Problem Posing. This Habit challenges us to ask – How do you know? We demonstrate this Habit when we have a questioning attitude and develop strategies to find answers. The online book to bring this Habit to life is The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater. In this story, a curious fox wants to find the answer to an important question “What’s the best way to find a friend you can talk to?” Enjoy!
Library Buzz with Mrs Sutton and the Library Team
Just four weeks to go until our WSS Year 6 Reader’s Cup team compete in the Qld Reader’s Cup. Run by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, the competition is open to state and private schools and will be held on the 14 June at Manly State School. Our team of five avid readers, Camille, Kate, Summer, Luke and Atrina have been reading five pre-determined books and will compete with other schools within our district, answering questions based on the books.
The competition challenges students to read widely, strive for accuracy, work interdependently, and continue developing their love of reading.
Looking forward to sharing news of their progress as we edge closer to competition time!
Mrs Lakeman – Reader’s Cup Coordinator
“Unbeelievable! Has it been one year since our last World Bee Day on the 20 May!’ I hummed to Mrs Crowe our brilliant P-2 Science Teacher when she buzzed into the library recently. “Does that mean the library can host bee activities right up until Friday the 20 May to engage students in learning that bees are super important to our environment?” I droned. I didn’t tell her that we could play the Bee Gees all day long too, while learning the wiggle waggle dance, only stopping to read some bee-ti-ful books!
So, bee ready to learn that…
Some species of plant can only be pollinated by a particular species of bee. In the absence of pollination, the plant species cannot reproduce so if that bee species dies, so too will the plant.
It takes a single honey bee approximately one million trips, from hive to flower to produce a standard jar of honey!
- The bee was fired from the barber shop because the only thing he could do was give a buzz-cut.
- That single bee finally got married because he found his honey.
- Quit pollen my leg.
- What happens when a bee burps near the queen? It gets a royal pardon.
- What’s black and yellow and flies at 30,000 feet? A bee on an airplane.
- The father bee was in such great shape for his age because he always took his vitamin-bee.
And finally, a big and bee-ti-ful thank you to the McCormick and Parfitt families for their generous donations of books for our library. Some great titles other students will love.
Bee ready Wynnum Warriors and just keep reading…
Science News with Mrs Crowe (Prep-3 Science specialist)
‘Hands -on’ investigations are vitally important for young children from Prep to Year Three. Using every sense throughout learning experiences provides very powerful stimulation for the brain. Strong connections are built in the brain enabling children to retain all their learning. The P-3 Science Lab is a weekly interactive, hands-on learning time that supports your child for all their class learning.
Gathering Data through all Senses and recording understanding through sensory products is also a lot of fun! Year One “Spaghetti Pictures” clearly show our young Wynnum Warrior Scientist’s understanding of the properties of cooked spaghetti. Each scientist had to display their cooked spaghetti in another form from daily life that has the same properties. Great Work Year One!
Preps loved investigating “waterproof or absorbent” as they observed a variety of materials being exposed to water. Our little scientists eagerly made predictions about which material would be ‘absorbent’ or ‘waterproof’. Happy sounds of Wonderment and Awe were bouncing off the walls of the Science Lab as blue water spray covered their chosen items! Materials were matched to word cards ‘absorbent’ and ‘waterproof’ when tested in two ways. Very important for young scientists to use and see the actual scientific words in print.
Tomorrow is WORLD BEE DAY! This is an absolutely awesome event full of Honey Tasting, investigating authentic Bee keeping equipment with experts, Bee games, Bee maths, Bee crossword, ‘Minibeasts under Microscopes’, Bee learning about how to sustain bees for our future and ‘Waggling for Bees’! We need to protect our bees otherwise we have no FOOD!
All P-3 classes will visit throughout the day.
Curriculum News with Ms O'Donoghue (Head of Curriculum)
Write At Home
There are numerous opportunities for our children to write at home. Here are just a few ideas. Let your child write first before worrying about spelling or punctuation. Let the ideas flow…
- On the internet is an abundance of stimulus pictures to start our thinking and create stories and adventures.
- Learning about new information and creating a report or making notes to share with families. Did you know…the giraffe has no vocal cords and cannot make a sound!!!
- Creating new cereal boxes, labels for a new flavour of food, making a board game and writing the instructions, thinking of a new street sign or sign for a national park.
- Helping to make the shopping list or fill in their school forms. Make a list of things to do on your next holiday.
Student Council Badge Ceremony
On 4 May at Whole School Assembly, the Student Council of 2022 was announced. It was a very special ceremony as Mr Ionn presented each member with their Student Council badge. The students also presented their pledge in front of parents, teachers and school students. The student council recipients for 2022 are:
Emma B, Mia B, Ihaia B, Kate C, Oliver C, Caleb DS, Lily D, Atrina G, Jaxon G, Erin G, Jai G, Allan I, Holli J, Finn J, Isabella K, Ruben K, Jazae M, Camille O, Amelia P, James P, Tara P, Nicholas P, Mark R, Luke S, Lucinda T, Izahn W, Marcia W
The 2022 Student Council are very proud of being selected and will strive to be their best, leading and hosting school events throughout the year. For that week it also happened to be that the year 6 cohort won the attendance award. Go year 6!!!!!!!!
National Walk to School Safely Day
Wynnum State School is taking part in National Walk to School Safely Day on Friday the 20 May. In celebration of this event the Student Council encourages all students to walk to school. If students get driven to school, maybe the family could park a block or two away and walk from there. To support and promote this awesome day, we invite everyone to wear their craziest socks.
The cause of this event is to recognize the importance of exercise especially for growing children, as most children rely on the dependence of cars and other forms of transportation to get to school. Members of the Student Council will be at the front and back gate handing out temporary tattoos between 8:15am and 8:45am Friday morning. We hope to see many students support this cause by walking to school and wearing their crazy socks.
The Student Council
National Simultaneous Story Time
On 25 May our school will be participating in National Simultaneous Storytime. Members of the Student Council will read a book over the loudspeaker for every student to listen to. This year the book is Family Tree written by Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh.
After the book has been read, a raffle is drawn from each class. A lucky winner from each homeroom will receive the book and have a photo with the other raffle winners in MEGA Central along with the reading mascots for 2022.
The purpose of this event is to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books, as well as teach them the value of literacy. Wynnum State School’s love of literature is what makes this national event special, striving to make reading enjoyable for young citizens of Australia. We are proud to join the many hundreds of schools across Australia to be participating in this event for 2022.
The Student Council
Inclusion at WSS with Mrs Collingwood (DP Prep and Inclusion)
The Queensland Department of Education is committed to Every Student Succeeding. This means we are empowering confident and creative lifelong learners through a student-centred approach to learning and wellbeing.
Every Student means exactly that, every student. Like all Queensland state schools, Wynnum SS works to ensure the success and wellbeing of every diverse learner through the primary school stage of learning in an inclusive education system.
Inclusion means that students are provided with reasonable adjustments to reflect their individual needs. These adjustments may range from differentiated teaching and learning to multiple and extensive supports. These adjustments are communicated between the school, families and when necessary additional stakeholders.
Snoop Dog Update with Mrs Collingwood
Prep 2023 Tour and Transition Session information
2022 School Term Dates
Term 2 concludes: 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
Nominations have now closed. Please submit your child's Audition 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!
P & C News - Uniform and Tuckshop Update
On 11 May 2022, the P&C held a special meeting to vote in the P&C Committee. Thank you to all the parents and community members who responded to the 'call to arms' and attended the meeting, and particular thanks to those that put up their hand to volunteer time to support the school community. Without the P&C, the school would not have the tuckshop, uniform shop or swim club, school discos, colour run and other events that raise essential funds for the school. These are all run by the P&C, through people who volunteer their time.
The P&C now has a full team and are looking forward to working together with the school to make the most for the children in the year ahead.
2022 P&C Committee members are:
President – Sophia Holt
Vice President – Angus Gorrie
Vice President – Brian Cargill
Treasurer – Jessica Maynard
Assistant Treasurer – Sarah Bennetts
Secretary – Mathew Hayes
Assistant Secretary – Alana MacGregor
Grants Writer – Lisa Axam
Parent Liaison – Athanasia Price
P&C meetings will be held monthly, with dates to be confirmed. To get in touch with the P&C please email email@example.com
For smooth operations, volunteers in the Tuckshop assist with preparing the food, baking, packing lunches into bags and selling ice blocks. The majority of the work is done before first break (8:45 – 11:00am). However, volunteers are welcome any time of the day.
Dads, Mums, Grandparents, Carers, Aunties and Uncles are all welcome to volunteer. You do need to be double vaccinated and all tuckshop volunteers, other than parents, are required to have a Working with Children Blue Card to ensure the safety of students. Volunteers are not able to commence working at the tuckshop until they have been issued with a Blue Card linked to the Parents and Citizens’ (P&C) Association. The office can help with volunteer Blue Card applications.
If you can help out, please contact June on 0449 804 427 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The uniform shop hours are:
- Tuesday 8:30am – 9:30am
- Thursday 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Or alternatively, you can order on Flexischools at any time.
On top of the Tuckshop and Uniform Shop, a key role of the P&C is raising essential funds for the school. The plan for 2022 includes:
- Term 2 – Democracy sausage sizzle
- Term 3 – Colour run and a movie night
- Term 4 – Trivia night and Disco.
If you would like to volunteer to assist with any of this fundraising, please contact the P&C – email@example.com
Democracy Sausage Sizzle
On Saturday 21 May 2022, Wynnum State School hosts a polling booth in the auditorium. The P&C will be running a sausage sizzle, bake sale and raffle.
If you are planning to vote at Wynnum State School this Saturday the 21 May, please join us for a Democracy Sausage and help raise money for our amazing school. We will also have a bake stall and raffles on offer for those feeling lucky! Raffle prizes will include wine hampers courtesy of the Wynnum SS P&C, a party face painting package from Neverland Entertainment and more!
If you are to donate a baked good to the stall we would sincerely welcome it and such donations can be delivered to the tuckshop on Friday from 8am-10am. Please note a full list of ingredients will need to be provided so we can cater for allergies and intolerances.
A huge thanks to PCYC for donating the sausages!
If you are able to volunteer an hour to cook on the BBQ or sell sausages/baked goods, or raffle tickets, please use the signup link here: Wynnum SS 2022 Election Barbecue (https://signup.com/go/OijMXKS)
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.