Term 3 - Week 5 2022
- Principal's Message
- Inportant Reminders
- Road Safety
- Habits of Mind and Loving Literature Link with Ms Connell (DP Years 1-3)
- Upcoming Prep 2023 Tour - Wednesday 17 August
- MATHS MATTERS with Mrs Lentakis (Numeracy coach) and Mrs van Fleet (Maths Intervention teacher)
- Science News with Mrs Crowe (Prep-3 Science Specialist)
- Library Buzz with Mrs Sutton and the Library Team
- Sports News with Mr Blair (PE Teacher)
- Teaching and Learning with Ms O'Donoghue (Head of Curriculum)
- WORK OUT WEEK
- ♫ Musical Notes with Mrs Gordon
- Mad Monday Meal Deal - Story Dogs
- Bee Hive Competition with Mrs Aitchison
- P & C News
- School Bus Services
- 2022 School Term Dates
- QSchools App
- Community News
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)
All schools in Australia are required by federal law to record the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) annually. Schools and the Department of Education (the department) must accurately report the NCCD, in accordance with the 2022 National NCCD Guidelines, to the Australian Government.
The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005. I have included in this article the broad categories of disability used in the NCCD (See attached).
From 2022 this will inform the resourcing provided to schools to support children with disabilities.
The data collection process will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured.
Further information about the NCCD can be found at https://www.nccd.edu.au/wider-support-materials/what-nccd?parent=/understanding-nccd&activity=/wider-support-materials/what-nccd&step=-1
School Opinion Surveys
Thank you to all the parents/caregivers, students and school staff who completed this year’s School Opinion Survey. We know that 178 parent responses have been received (around 32% of invitations), over 50% of staff and almost every student for Year’s 5 and 6.
This is the very last call for parents to have their say, as the survey closes on Friday, the 12th of August.
I look forward to sharing our survey results with you when we receive our school report later this year.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Our Term 3 Parent teacher interviews will be held on Wednesday 7 September. To secure an interview spot, click on the link below to book.
Prep-3 Celebration of Learning
Save the date - Thursday 15 September.
It has been bought to our attention that some students are not crossing roads safely. If your children walk/ride to school please remind them to utilise the school zebra crossings and to look left and right before crossing the road.
Habits of Mind and Loving Literature Link with Ms Connell (DP Years 1-3)
Younger children can get the idea that learning is something that is going to happen at school and when they are grown-up, the learning will be over and they will know everything! However, the grown-ups reading this can probably relate to the reality that, learning actually never stops. Our Habit this fortnight reminds us that not only it is normal to keep learning, it is one of the Habits that highly effective people use when they try to solve problems. To bring to life our Habit this fortnight of Remaining Open to Continuous Learning, we have the unique book Any Questions by Marie-Louise Gay. This fun book celebrates the wonderfulness of questions in the journey of learning. Enjoy!
Upcoming Prep 2023 Tour - Wednesday 17 August
MATHS MATTERS with Mrs Lentakis (Numeracy coach) and Mrs van Fleet (Maths Intervention teacher)
What’s going on:
count to and from 20
count to and from 100
count to and from 1000
count to and from 10 000
Families often ask us for ways to help their children in Maths. One of the most basic yet critical number process is counting. In the Australian Curriculum Mathematics, counting is part of the year level achievement standard in Prep through to Year 3.
Counting on and back allows students to develop number sense, especially in understanding number size and relationships to other numbers. Meaningful counting involves counting collections of things that are both tangible (objects you can touch/move) and intangible (eg clapping, jumping, skipping, tapping). As the numbers become larger, counting collections becomes a bit challenging. Items such as leaves, hundreds and thousands, beads can be grouped into tens then hundreds to keep a track of counting.
Finally, don’t stop counting with your children when they reach 100. Keeping going, particularly if they are in Year 2 or 3. Counting between 100 and 1000 is critical. Of course, don’t try this all in one go! Break it up, such as count between 270 and 320. Make it COUNT!
Please feel free to email through any questions or ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Science News with Mrs Crowe (Prep-3 Science Specialist)
Have you been looking up to the sky lately? Our Prep scientists Gathered data through all Senses by keeping their Eye to the Sky using their very own ‘Sky Viewers’ (a very technical piece of equipment…paper plate with centre cut out. Please try this at home 😊). Many different clouds were investigated.Back in the lab clouds were eagerly made with cotton balls to represent our observations!
Year One environmental scientists recorded their current learning and knowledge about natural changes in our world on their own Natural Changes Card. The teams also conducted a field investigation looking at Materials We Walk On in our school environment. Precise recording in Science Journals by all classes!
Water is a finite and precious resource. Year Two investigated the variety of water sources and uses of water in our school environment. From bubblers, water meters, hot water systems to stormwater drains, our young hydrologists discovered so many different water sources and stations in our school. Each Wynnum Water Warrior has now created their own Water Drop poster to promote how to save water.
Year Three explored the intricate facts and interactions that occur between the Sun, Earth and Moon to cause Night and Day. Each student made an interactive model to take home. Caitlyn B. enhanced our learning by bringing in her own Science Book depicting the way Night and Day happens. Thankyou Caitlyn!
Science week is here next week! The theme for 2022 is Glass: More than meets the Eye. Permission forms for the whole school event Street Science: Breaking Point have been sent home and are due back to school by Monday 15th August with $7.00 per student payment.
Open Day for parents to visit the P-3 Science Lab will be on Thursday, 18th August from 2.15pm- 3.15 pm. Please come along and interact with your child with the display outside the lab and then enjoy all the Science work from P-3 on display in the Lab.
A perfect way to engage in Science and Art, with an interactive use of glass (Science Week 2022) begins this week in Brisbane!
From the creative mastermind behind ‘House of Mirrors’ and ‘1,000 Doors’, Kaleidoscope by Keith Courtney is a mesmerising symphony of light and sound staged in a breathtaking mirror maze, coming to Brisbane Powerhouse from August 11, 2022.
Arriving in Brisbane direct from Arts Centre Melbourne, Kaleidoscope is an all-ages immense and immersive artwork of glass, steel, mirrors and moving prisms where visitors navigate a 700sqm maze of corridors on Brisbane Powerhouse’s Performance Lawn.
“This is a multi-sensory and at times physical experience where the visitor is completely submerged in sound and light - a vortex of serenity to somewhere or nowhere. No one will have the same experience in Kaleidoscope” according to installation artist Courtney.
By day, enter a sparkling crystal palace as the open-air structure transports you to another world. As the sun sets, bask in a wash of kaleidoscopic colour and light.
Nice to know - Patrons under 5 years and over 75 years are free, but must register for tickets. Click on the link above or below to find out more and book your tickets
Library Buzz with Mrs Sutton and the Library Team
Time to drop off your pre-loved, happy to donate book to your Homeroom teacher in readiness for our first ever WSS Book Swap in Week 7! Of course, any donations will also be appreciated. Book swaps will take place during normal library borrowing times from the 22 August in Mega Central.
Check out our Book Fair Flyer attached too! All students received their Scholastic Book forms last week to start making some wish lists ready for the fair starting on the 18 August in Mega Central.
And how are those costumes going? Many students have shared their plans and costume favourites and I am in awe of some of our Mums and Dads who have begun the process of some very inspirational costume ideas.
What’s new on the shelves for our younger readers this 2022 Book Week?
Walk of the Whales - When all of the whales in the ocean leave their home to walk around on land, people don’t quite know what to think. But soon shopkeepers go out of business, farms are flooded with water and salt, and people shout horrible, anti-whale words. That is, until, a smart little girl decides to ask the whales what everyone can do to help.
Aimed for our younger readers, Nick Bland’s book cleverly engages our audience to make connections as to how humanity and our lifestyle have impacted the natural environment.
What do You Call Your Grandma? - They go by different names but we love them all…our Grandmas! In every country around the world they go by different names and we celebrate them all. A wonderful book that I look forward to sharing with classes during their oral language and library time in coming weeks.
I look forward to sharing more of our honoured books in our next newsletter.
Just keep reading…oh and don’t forget everyone needs to bring in their book for our book swap, coming very, very soon!!
Mrs Sutton and the Library Team
Dear Parents and Families,
Our school is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on the 18th, 19th and 22nd of August from 2:45 – 3:15pm in Mega Central.
You and your student will have the opportunity to explore a huge range of affordable books featuring characters and subjects kids love and want to read about. From newly released books and bestsellers to award-winning titles and perennial favourites.
This is also a great way for you to learn about, and discuss your child's interests and every book sold benefits our school, adding resources to our library and classrooms.
Scholastic Book Fairs help us show students the wonder of reading. After all, when kids choose their own books, they will be more excited to read, and they will naturally read more!
Every purchase goes into the draw to win a fantastic book pack!
Sports News with Mr Blair (PE Teacher)
Wynnum State School recently sent four students to bayside district athletics and had some fantastic results. Mia B made the final for 200m and Azalea T made the final for the 800m. All students who represented the school should be proud of their efforts and experience.
The Smart Moves/ Athletics carnival is next Friday 19 August. A timetable below details the times different year levels will be on the oval doing a variety of activities including tug of war, sack races, egg and spoon relays, sprint races and high jump.
There will be coffee and sausages for sale on the day, kindly organised by our P&C. The coffee van will be arriving at 10:30am on the day, so please support the school and enjoy some beverages and snags!
Teaching and Learning with Ms O'Donoghue (Head of Curriculum)
So, what do we do to help our children? We ensure we teach them the sounds of the English language first, before the letter names. Then we can start building and breaking down words. We teach the sounds a, i, m, s, t so that we can create some words for them to have success reading and writing. These sounds can build words like – am, Tam, Sam, mat, sat, mit, sit. Then we add some more sounds n, o, p. This starts to build a repertoire of words and how they are made up of sounds, for example we can add – pot, pat, pit, pan, pin, top, mop. Letting them draw pictures beside these words starts to give them meaning. Having some fun and putting the words into sentences shows our children how sounds make words, words make sentences.
Sounds are shared in a specific order for our students, this allows them to build as many words as possible and practice their sounds in different parts of the word (beginning, middle, end).
WORK OUT WEEK
The Student Council have been hosting a wonderful and fun-filled event over the past week called Work Out Week. This is where students are invited to come down and do fun and sporting activities on the oval and get points for their house. The activities include bean bag throw, sack races and relay races. These activities hope to encourage participation and energise our Wynnum Warriors in lead up to the Sports Day which is on Friday the 19th August. Each year level has a different day to join in the fun. Students need to listen closely to the announcements each day before play to know when it is their turn. The year 6 and 5 students had their days at the beginning of Week 5.
Year 4 – Thursday 11th August at 1st break
Year 3 – Friday 12th August at 1st break
Year 2 – Monday 15th August at 1st break
Year 1 - Tuesday 16th August at 1st break
Prep – Thursday 18th August at 1st break
We look forward to seeing as many Wynnum Warriors join in, get physical and have fun at Work Out Week.
♫ Musical Notes with Mrs Gordon
♫ Classroom Music
Year 4 students are currently training their brains in Classroom Music decoding the stories that music without lyrics can tell.
Morning – Peer Gynt Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Year 3 students are exploring the Instruments of the Orchestra – focusing on the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion instruments as they consider learning one of these instruments at Wynnum State School in years 4, 5 & 6.
♫ Instrumental Music
Manly Markets - Please return the reply slips to Mrs Gordon in the Music Room asap, for the Manly Markets performance on Sunday 28th August for the Concert Bands. Both Junior & Senior Bands will perform at this event.
Senior Band – please note that although playing stops at 3:45pm on a Thursday afternoon the rehearsal is not finished until ALL equipment is put away.
All Band Members are asked to assist in the set up and putting away every Thursday! See below for new rehearsal times.
Band Performance Date Claimers -
- Sunday 28th August: Music by the Bay - Manly Markets
- Tuesday 6th September - WAMM (Wynnum and Manly Music Workshop) Intermediate: ALL Year 5 IM Students
- Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th September - WAMM Senior: ALL Year 6 IM Students
Parents, please make sure your child is aware of their lesson time and prepared with a working instrument and music every Thursday.
Please note the new start time for Senior Choir Rehearsals on a Wednesday morning 7:50am – 8:40am
Senior Choir Date Claimer – Thursday 1st September Singfest
Junior Choir students are asked to bring an old display folder to Choir rehearsals to keep their word sheets in. This folder will go home (and needs to come back every Tuesday) so that students can learn the words to the songs we are singing.
♫ Overview of Music Rehearsals
(Years 2 & 3)
10:40am - 11:10am
(Years 4 – 6)
7:50am - 8:40am
7:50am - 8:40am
(Years 4 – 6)
2:55pm - 3:55pm
Mad Monday Meal Deal - Story Dogs
On Monday the 22 August, our tuckshop will be serving a fantastic meal deal that includes a hot dog, doggie cookie, ice cream tub and a water for only $8. You can pay online on the Flexischools app or complete the form and hand it to the tuckshop. Years prep to 3 will be served their meal at first break and years 4 to 6 at second break. As the students come to collect their meal, students will also be invited to have a dog painted on their face. $1 from every meal will go towards supporting the Story Dogs program, which is where a dog is brought to our school to make reading fun for children in Year 5 who need reading support, so they become confident lifelong readers.
Bee Hive Competition with Mrs Aitchison
P & C News
P&C News – Fundraisers announced and next meeting
Dates for school fundraisers have been locked in and we would love to hear from people who can volunteer their time to support our school community:
- Trivia Night - Saturday 3 September 2022
- Movie Night - Saturday 15 October 2022
- Colour Run – late October date TBC
- School Disco - Thursday 24 November 2022
If you can support any of these events please email us (email@example.com) and we will pass your details on to the appropriate sub committee chair.
Next P&C Meeting
The next P&C meeting is scheduled for 7pm Thursday 18 August 2022. It will likely be held in the Outside School Hours Care building to facilitate online attendance. Clarification of location will be via the Wynnum State School P&C Facebook page. Membership is free, and we welcome all members of our school community to attend.
Trivia Night – Hit movies of the 80’s
Saturday 3 September 2022 in the Wynnum State School Auditorium.
Doors open at 5:30pm for a 6pm start.
Come dressed in theme with prizes for the best dressed table.
Form a table of 8 for $120, or $20 for additional single tickets.
Bar will be open, prizes on the night, BYO food
Please contact the P&C (firstname.lastname@example.org) to purchase tickets or volunteer.
In addition to the Story Dog Meal Deal, the Tuckshop is also going to have Smart Moves Carnival Sports Packs - Friday 19 August 2022:
Smart Moves Sports Pack One ($5)
Smart Moves Sports Pack Two ($5)
Order online through Flexi Schools or over the counter at MEGA-Bite.
Uniform shop – hours
Just a reminder, the uniform shop is open
- Tuesday 8:30am – 9:30am
- Thursday 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Orders can also be placed via Flexi Schools and collected from the uniform shop, cafeteria or be sent to after school care.
Alana (on behalf of)
Sophia, Angus, and Brian
WSS P&C EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
School Bus Services
Just a reminder that we have a bus service that runs from Wynnum State School. Below is a link to both services.
A Go Card will need to be purchased to be able to utilise this Translink bus service. The following link lists retail outlets of where to purchase a Go card https://translink.com.au/tickets-and-fares/go-card/locations
2022 School Term Dates
Term 3: Monday 11 July to Friday 16 September
Term 4: Tuesday 4 October to Friday 9 December
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.