Term 2 - Week 9
- Principal's Message
- NAIDOC Week
- Habit of Mind and Loving Literature Link with Ms Connell (DP Years 1-3)
- Smart Watches
- Library Buzz with Mrs Sutton and the Library Team
- Year 5 Passion Learning with Mrs Colledge (Year 5 Year Level Leader)
- Science News with Mrs Crowe (Prep-3 Science specialist)
- Curriculum News with Ms O'Donoghue (Head of Curriculum) ICAS Assessments
- Netball Year 6 Interschools Sports
- Year 5 Wisdom Wednesdays with Mrs Colledge (Year 5 Year Level Leader)
- Sports News with Mr Blair - Updated
- 2022 Pyjama Day
- ♫ Music Notes with Mrs Gordon
- Change to Early Collection Process
- Bus Services
- Prep 2023 Tour and Transition Session information
- 2022 School Term Dates
- Finance Matters
- P & C News
- QSchools App
- Community News
As this is the last newsletter for semester one, I would like to thank all members of our school community for your support during this half of the year. Like other businesses and organisations, we too have experienced a significant number of families and staff members with either Co-Vid, flu or other seasonal illnesses. The loss of staff in recent times has had a big impact on our ability to maintain a high level of support in terms of replacement staff, amplified more during planning days, where teachers in a single year level are off class for a day to plan the next term’s teaching and learning agenda. However, this work in professional learning teams is vital to deliver the Australian Curriculum with fidelity.
However, the efforts of the team to minimalize disruptions to our students' learning has seen outstanding resiliency and flexibility; modelling this important disposition or habit across the school. I humbly acknowledge our wonderful staff members and those taking on temporary roles to ensure our school continues to thrive in this environment.
Reports at Wynnum State School are emailed to parents / caregivers. These will be arriving in your inboxes next week. To receive an emailed report, we must have your latest email address. There’s still time to inform us if you have changed your details.
Reporting is part of communicating with parents and building the school-parent partnership to improve student learning. Our reports outline:
- the student’s achievement against expected standards
- how well the student is engaging with the expected learning
- focus on the next steps
Having a discussion with your child about their report is a powerful way to celebrate success, identify challenge and have a conversation in relation to setting goals for next semester. I also encourage parents and caregivers to discuss the report with a view to bringing this feedback as the basis of ongoing communications with your child’s homeroom teacher to have a shared focus on the next steps.
School Annual Report 2021
The School Annual Report contains information for parents and community about our school’s journey last year, with a focus on student and school performance, with facts about historical school opinion data and attendance for example.
I encourage all community members to view the School Annual Report 2021 on our website. It can be accessed here:
School Opinion Surveys
The annual suite of School Opinion Surveys will be conducted in Term 3 and will close on 12 August 2022. All families, school staff and students in target year levels (5, 6, 8 and 11) will be invited to participate. We encourage you to take this opportunity to have your say about what our school does well, and how we can improve.
An invitation to complete the Parent/Caregiver Survey will be emailed to one parent/caregiver per family in the week beginning 11 July. The invitation will be sent from the Department of Education, not the school, and it will have the subject line School Opinion Survey for parents and caregivers, 2022. Check your junk email folders if you can’t find it. The survey can be completed as soon as the invitation is received and will take approximately 5 minutes using a computer, tablet or smart phone.
Parents/caregivers who do not have access to the internet at home are welcome to complete their survey online at the school. School computers/tablets will be available.
Our boom gate will be operational in the Stradbroke Ave carpark from Term 3. This car park is for ECDP families and staff. To ensure student safety, and for the last two weeks of this term, the Stradbroke Avenue gates will be closed at 8.15am and then re-opened for 8.55am for the ECDP families. I encourage families using this car park as a drop off facility only to consider other options with a view towards the future.
I’m really looking forward to the many events still to come (P-3 Celebrations of Learning; Passion Learning and Wynnum Idol to mention a few) to ensure we finish off this semester strong.
Stay safe and well over the school holiday period.
Wynnum State School is celebrating NAIDOC WEEK for 2022 in Week 1 of Term 3. The Student Council is partnering with the Library staff to host a colour in competition across all the year levels of the school, leading into NAIDOC week next term. Students can collect competition entries from the library or their homeroom teacher and can hand them back to the library with their name and class before the end of term. The Student Council will continue to advertise other events that will occur during NAIDOC Week in the coming weeks.
Habit of Mind and Loving Literature Link with Ms Connell (DP Years 1-3)
When we talk about being aware of our own thoughts, feelings and actions and their effects on other people, we are talking about our Habit of Mind for weeks nine and ten – Thinking About Your Thinking. Our online book to bring this to life is Tomorrow I’ll be Brave by Jessica Hische. As the video says in the introduction, this book reminds us that if we don’t get something right today, we can always try again tomorrow. Enjoy!
A reminder that if your child/children wear a smart watch to school, they are to hand the device to their teacher at the beginning of the day and it will be returned at the end of the school day. Smart watches come under the Use of Mobile Phones and Other Digital Device policy which can be found on page 26 of the Wynnum State School Student Code of Conduct via the school website
If you have any questions, please contact the office.
Library Buzz with Mrs Sutton and the Library Team
Congratulations to our five Year 6 bookworms, Camille, Kate, Summer, Luke and Atrina, who represented Wynnum State School in the 2022 Reader’s Cup at Manly State School on Wednesday afternoon. The Readers Cup is organised by the Queensland Branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia and was open to all state and private schools in our Bayside district. The motivation for the Reader’s Cup is to get students reading and to let the readers in our schools have an opportunity to shine. Our team have met each week this term in the library reading and sharing the five set books. The students were expected to prepare themselves and have no adult coaches. This led our students to motivate and organise themselves, which is a big part of the Reader’s Cup experience. With each choosing a focus book to study, they made up questions to quiz each other to consolidate their book knowledge.
A very big thank you to Mrs Wendy Lakeman for driving the Reader’s Cup at WSS. After meeting with our Year 6 teachers to select our readers, she liaised with the organising committee in preparation for this event. Mrs Lakeman was also selected on the adjudication panel for the evening.
Our Wynnum Warriors were magnificent representatives for our school. Mrs Lakeman, Mrs Sutton and Mrs Turvey and accompanying parents, were very proud of these students and hope they continue to read widely and pursue the Reader’s Cup into their high school years. The students were acknowledged on our Wednesday afternoon assembly and each received a certificate and gift voucher from Scholastic books. Check out our happy team with guest Queensland and local author Pamela Rushby.
Well done again to everyone!
As we head to the end of Term 2, can I ask all families to continue to regularly return books by their due date, in order for those books to be shared with students waiting eagerly to borrow for the holidays. Students with outstanding books will receive an email from the library before the holidays to outline the next step if books have been lost.
Just keep reading…
Mrs Sutton and the Library Team
PS Check out our Preps reading on blankets with our Year 6 student council members before school. What a great way to ease into the morning with a good book. Thank you, Year 6 team, for fostering a love of reading and your morning time!
Year 5 Passion Learning with Mrs Colledge (Year 5 Year Level Leader)
Wow! Parents, family and friends celebrated the students’ presentations as they became the audience for the Year 5 Passion Learning Extravaganza on Wednesday 15 June. Students have been on a learning journey over the last six weeks by Researching, Creating and Presenting their individually selected passion. This Health curriculum unit focuses on students developing an awareness of the learning dispositions, and the people, places and tools that best support their learning. This rich, authentic learning task enabled students to make choices and decisions about their own learning, whilst planning, documenting a successes and challenges. Students accessed ‘experts’ in their family, in their community, on-line and in their school community, including their peers. Passions such as the arts, sports, cooking, animals, remote control vehicles, engineering, magic, travel, tech deck skateboarding, cars, photography, fishing and even Pygmy Dragons were on display. Congratulations Year 5, your efforts were outstanding!
Science News with Mrs Crowe (Prep-3 Science specialist)
Our Prep scientists are always full of interest and excitement for their weekly scientific explorations!
Our young chemists expressed absolute Wonderment and Awe as they combined their chosen materials to create a Waterproof Wonder after thorough investigations of absorbent and waterproof. I am sure all would have had so much fun testing their models at home in the shower, bath or outdoors under the hose!
Year 3 observed and compared the rates of melting chocolate of different sizes and graphed their results. Chocolate is always a favourite substance to investigate!
Science and the Arts will be alive and totally engaging, during the upcoming school holidays, with Brisbane’s ‘Curiocity’ event at Southbank. A wonderful way for families to enjoy Science, Art in our beautiful city!
Let World Science Festival Brisbane's special winter program keep you cosy yet curious from 24 June to 10 July.
Explore the full program of free Curiocity Brisbane events including artworks, conversations, workshops and tours.
Then find out how to get your tickets for World Science Festival Brisbane’s nerdiest showdown – Night of the Nerds – it’ll be an all-star blizzard of fun and frivolity on Saturday 2 July. Curiocity Brisbane is a celebration of science, art and technology, where new possibilities play and big ideas collide.
24 June – 10 July │ Free, un-ticketed
South Bank Parklands, the Cultural Centre,
City Botanic Gardens and Brisbane CBD
Wishing everyone a great school holiday! Looking forward to investigating ‘Earth and Space Sciences’, with our very eager P-3 Wynnum Warrior scientists in Term Three!
Curriculum News with Ms O'Donoghue (Head of Curriculum) ICAS Assessments
This year we will be running the ICAS assessments in the mornings before school. They will begin at 7.30am and will run from a designated classroom. The dates for the tests on offer are below. Our school dates will be finalised when we have the numbers secured for each of the tests.
15th – 19th August
Years 2 - 6
22nd – 26th August
Years 2 - 6
29th August – 2nd September
Years 2 - 6
There is an online payment system. Please visit https://shop.icasassessments.com/pages/pps
Students have to sit the online assessments within the week they are being offered. Makeup sessions will be provided for those who are away on the day.
Access is gained through a school code.
You will be sent to the following page to enter details:-
There are other tests available that you may wish to register your child for. These will have to be completed from home. There are instructions on the website. https://www.icasassessments.com/
We are looking forward to supporting Wynnum families in participating in the ICAS assessments.
If you have any questions please email Sue Romeril, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Netball Year 6 Interschools Sports
Last Friday, the Year 6 WSS Tiger Orange netball team competed in the Grand Final against Manly State School Caramel Brown team. We tried our best as Wynnum Warriors to make our school proud. Our defence was second to none. Unfortunately, we didn’t win but we enjoyed the experience and held our heads high showing good sportsmanship. Sadly, we didn’t come first but we were delighted when we placed second in division A2. We would like to thank Gumdale for hosting our school and all our teammates that played along side us.
Meiko C and Amelia P 6KM
Year 5 Wisdom Wednesdays with Mrs Colledge (Year 5 Year Level Leader)
Student led learning is well and truly underway each Wisdom Wednesday in the Year 5 learning spaces.
Maths Learning Stations
Throughout Term One, students have been participating in Maths Learning Stations within their Homerooms. Students have been developing their skills in solving open ended problems, using materials to support their solutions, recording evidence of their learning, working collaboratively with peers and tracking the level of challenge they faced at each station.
Term Two has now seen the students come together as a year level cohort before they make their broader selection from Learning Stations on offer across all of the Year 5 Homerooms. It’s been so exciting for Year 5 staff to watch how a hundred students engage with Mathematics all at the same time!
Wisdom Wednesday is creative too! Each Year 5 Homeroom group has had the opportunity of exploring both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art forms throughout the semester.
Miss Small used ‘The Lost Thing’, a stunning picture book by Shaun Tan, to inspire the construction of junk sculpture from everyday items and lots and lots of hot glue!
Beautiful ‘Bioforms’ were modelled from white air-drying clay when students visited the 5HC Homeroom with Miss Clark. The stunning shapes of living corals provided the inspiration for these forms.
Splat! These 3D drawing tools were put to good use as Mrs Brooks stepped the students through their use for perspective drawing. Whimsical watercolours evolved from the page as students designed their foregrounds, midgrounds and backgrounds of their cityscapes.
Appreciation for Indigenous art became the inspiration for the cold wax batiks created on calico as the students progressed into the 5JM Homeroom with Miss Medcalfe. The exquisite designs were then painted in warm or cool colour schemes using dye.
Taking a bird’s eye view with Mrs Colledge, students used spectacular aerial photos of the world’s landforms to design a low relief tile. Adding texture and topping with paint, the tiles materialised from cardboard to a bronzed class mural.
Sports News with Mr Blair - Updated
Good afternoon parents and carers. Just letting you all know that the date for our Sports Carnival in Term 3 is Friday 19 August. More information will be distributed closer to the chosen date. Make sure to come along and suppport your Wynnum Warriors... it will be a great day out!
2022 Pyjama Day
Wynnum State School will be participating in National Pyjama Day on the 24th of June which is the last day of this term. The Pyjama Foundation is a non-profit charity who help support the literacy skills of children in foster care. Volunteers called ‘Pyjama Angels’ are recruited to read books and support the literacy of those who need it the most.
There are two ways in which you can show your support and donate to the foundation.
- On the day students are welcome to bring along a gold coin donation and hand it to the student council members at the front or back gate.
- Make a donation via the Wynnum State School group fundraising link through the charity’s website found at https://fundraise.thepyjamafoundation.com/fundraisers/wynnumstateschool
Students are welcome to wear their pyjamas, slippers, beanies, onesies or dressing gowns as well as bring pillows, a blanket or even a cuddly toy. This day is also Wynnum Idol so it is a great time to get rugged up while watching some amazing talents while sitting in MEGA.
We look forward to seeing some warm and cosy Wynnum Warriors on the last day of school for this term.
♫ Music Notes with Mrs Gordon
♫ Wynnum Idol
Congratulations to the Wynnum Idol
TOP 12! - Final Acts
Claire P & Olive P
Sofia B, Kenzie H & Pepper S
Bella K & Annie K
The Finals will be held next Friday 24th June at 11.30am in Mega. All families are invited to attend!
♫ Instrumental Music
Thursday 23rd June (Week 10) – Mr Cosic will be away on tour with Wynnum SHS
NO Mr Cosic LESSONS & NO SENIOR BAND rehearsal.
Mrs Thomas’ lessons and Junior Band will rehearse as normal.
Band Performance Date Claimers - Saturday 23rd July: St Peters Fete
- Sunday 28th August: Music by the Bay - Manly Markets
Please take time these holidays to ensure your child’s instrument is cleaned and in good working order ready for the new semester.
Singing makes you happy!
Choir Date Claimer – Thursday 1st September Singfest
Both the Senior and Junior Choirs have commenced rehearsals in the Music Room.
All are welcome to come along!
♫ Overview of Music Rehearsals
Change to Early Collection Process
Congratulations to all our families supporting learning by making sure students are arriving on time in the morning. It is now rare to see anyone coming late after the second bell (8.45am), and the extra hour of learning time a week is being put to good use. A reminder that if your child enters late through the Stradbroke Ave entrance, they need to sign in through the office before heading back up to class. This makes sure we have accurate attendance data before the daily absence SMS are sent out. With the temperatures dropping and little people getting weary, on time arrivals are going to become more of a challenge for the next few weeks, so let’s all keep pushing through to finish strong!
With the extra time being gained back in the morning, we are going to tackle the loss of learning time in the afternoons. Our front office is experiencing a huge increase in requests for early collections. Classes are being interrupted, multiple times a day, by teachers having to stop teaching to answer the phone to send students to the office. More and more students are leaving early and missing instruction. Our amazing front office staff are also stretched to meet the increasing demands.
All early pick-ups will now require parents/carers to come into the office, sign out their child/ren and then pick up directly from the classroom/s or specialist lesson. Families with regular appointment times scheduled and communicated through the class teacher/s are to continue with the process they have in place.
We are looking forward to teachers being able to teach, and our learners being able to learn, right through until 2.45pm, whenever possible. Thank you for your understanding as we transition to the new process.
Just a reminder that we have a bus service that runs from Wynnum State School. Below is a link to both services.
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.
P & C News
Tuckshop – Red day, Stock, Lettuce and Price increase
To celebrate the last day of term, Friday 24 June 2022 will be a Tuckshop RED DAY. A special menu will be available that will include pies, cheerios, donuts and lamingtons. There are plenty of options available to cater for specific dietary needs.
Only a limited number of each item will be available, so please order on the Flexischools app or Flexischools online, where the special one-day menu will be uploaded, to avoid disappointment. (Getting started with Flexischools | Parents - Flexischools).
Being the end of term, the Tuckshop will be winding down stock. Some items may be substituted for a similar item as we deplete stock heading into the school holidays.
Unfortunately, due to lettuce supply shortages, lettuce has been removed from menu items. Once supply increases, lettuce will be reintroduced.
For Term 3, there will be a small price increase in menu items, in line with wholesale price increases.
Uniform Shop – Price Increase
Unfortunately, Term 3 will see an increase in prices for uniforms. Due to the increase in costs across the manufacturing industry, from the cost of fabric to increases in shipping charges, the price of uniform items will increase by a couple of dollars for most items. We will continue to try and keep any price increases to a minimum.
P&C – Volunteers
As always, the P&C would like to thank all the volunteers who put their hand up to help in the Tuckshop. The assistance provided by volunteers is invaluable to ensuring the Tuckshop runs smoothly.
In Term 3, we will be looking for volunteers to support the Colour Run and a Movie Night. More information will be available on our Facebook page – Wynnum State School Parents & Citizens’ Association.
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.