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Quality education, excellence, opportunities – a foundation for the future Wollongong West Public School Phone: 02 42292096 Email: wollongwst- Crown Street email@example.com West Wollongong 2500 Fax: 02 42265057 Website: http://www.wollongwst- Principal: Mrs Cathy Reade p.schools.nsw.edu.au Issue 5: Term 1 Week 5 27 February 2008 Important Reminder Coming Events Please remember that the bottom carpark is for staff, deliveries Week 5 Event and parents with a disability label on their car only. Thurs 28 Feb 2.30 pm – PSP survey information presentation The gate will be closed in the afternoons as unfortunately parents Fri 29 Feb Clean Up Australia activity are again using the bottom carpark and causing us concern for the safety of students. If you drive to school, please park on either Week 6 Event – PSP Survey Week Phillips Ave or Fisher St when dropping off or collecting children. Mon 3 Mar Open Afternoon for Year 6 students and families at WHSPA Security Fence News Thurs 6 Mar Year 6 Leadership Day The fence is now complete and all external gates have been Welcome Night at the pool installed. There is one gate on Phillips Ave that is to be relocated, but that will happen soon. Fri 7 Mar Regional Swimming Carnival Please note that the Mt Keira Road gate will be closed during the Week 7 Event day (but not locked). If you are entering or leaving the school via Fri 14 Mar School Cross Country this gate, please make sure that you close it behind you. Lovely in Green! Nut/Anaphylaxis Awareness Please remember that our school is working to keep all students On Friday 22 February we had our safe at school. We have a number of students who are severely green ‘Mufti Day’ to raise money allergic to peanuts and other nuts. Our Nut/Anaphylaxis for prizes for the P & C’s Trivia Awareness policy asks for the co-operation of the school Night. There was a fabulous community. Please do not send your child to school with peanut response and $204 was raised. butter on anything, nutella or other nuts or nut products. It is also The winning class was 3/4W and important to remind your child/ren not to share their food with students were rewarded with an anyone else. apple slinky each on Tuesday morning. The apples were provided A copy of the Nut/Anaphylaxis Awareness Policy is available for by the P & C through the weekly download on our school website. apple order program. The money raised will enable the P Year 6 Leadership Day & C to get some great prizes for th Thursday 6 March has been set aside for a full day of leadership the night. Thank you to all the activities for all Year 6 students. Mrs Baines is organising the students and families that activities and Mrs Reade will assist on the day. Mrs Baines is supported this activity. currently in the process of inviting some inspirational guest Alex with his apple slinky speakers to visit. A note with more information will be going home with all Year 6 students early next week. PSP Survey Welcome Night Next week is the PSP Survey week. To further assist families in filling in the survey, an information afternoon is being held You are invited to attend the P & C’s Welcome Night on Thursday tomorrow – Thursday 28 February in the hall commencing at 2.30 6th March. It is a great night with swimming in the pool for students pm. A short DVD will be played that addresses all aspects of the and a free BBQ for everyone. Drinks will be available for sale. The survey and will answer any questions you may have about the evening commences at 5.30 pm and concludes at 7.30 pm. survey. Please come along to learn more about the PSP Survey Come along and have some fun. It is a great way to meet new process. families and catch up with your school friends. Rugby League Selection David, Liam, Mark and Michael have all been selected for the next round of trials for the Area Rugby League team. Congratulations boys, on your efforts so far, and good luck at the next level. Issue 5: Term 1 Week 5 27 February 2008 Last Week’s Awards Megan was charmed by ‘Josh’, a 16 year old boy, on her Principal’s Awards MySpace website. They never spoke and maintained a purely online romance over a period of time. ‘Josh’ suddenly turned Jarrod, Jorja nasty on Megan, among others things accusing her of being a slut Encouragement Awards and being fat. Other girls who had joined Josh’s website added Kala, Stefan abusive messages as well. Tragically, Megan took her own life Playground Awards soon after. Emily, Jorja, Cindy, Liam, Kento, Jack It turned out that ‘Josh’ was in an invention of Megan’s 47 year Assembly Award old neighbour Lori Drew, the mother of one of Megan’s former KP & K/1M friends. Drew had intimate knowledge of Megan, including the fact Environment Award that she had been on anti-depressants and that she had a K/1M MySpace page. Merit Awards Unfortunately, Lori Drew could not be prosecuted and the case Nikola, Arok, Cody, John has raised debate in the US about legislation against internet Lyons, Sarah, Jorja, Shaydean, harassment. Jack, Chelsea, Dylan, Cooper, But from a parental perspective this case highlights the need to Taylalace, William, Athena, Hyun!joo, tackle Internet protective behaviours head-on with kids. Jessica, Dale, Lily Past generations of parents taught their kids about stranger danger, instilling a range of safety messages such as “Never talk to strangers,” “Stay together in public place,” and “If a stranger Awards to be presented at this week’s assembly approaches and you feel threatened go to the first safe house you th 29 February 2008 see.” They also taught kids how to recognise potentially risky situations, Bronze Awards trusting their feelings if they things didn’t seem right. It was done Macinley, Thomas hopefully in a way that didn’t place every adult under suspicion. Working Bee Getting the balance right between the need to stay safe and developing healthy trust is difficult. st This Saturday, 1 March, there will be a Working Bee to tidy up in and around the school gardens. Please come along and join a Today’s parents need to develop in kids a range of online dedicated band of volunteers from between 8 am and 1 pm. You protective behaviours as well as offline protective behaviours. will need to bring gardening gloves and tools. Cyber space is such a different medium. It ensures anonymity for potential bullies or assailants that can’t be attained in the real Lost world. Mrs Proust has lost her mobile phone. It is a silver coloured ‘Nokia’ The first consideration to develop in kids is that “Things aren’t phone. If you locate it would you return it to the office at the school always what they first seem online”. This applies to websites, please. information and people. Teaching kids to be sceptical about what they encounter and who they meet online is the essential parenting thing to do. Head Lice Problem The rapid increase in the use of social networking sites such as Over recent weeks there have been a number of cases of head MySpace and Facebook means that kids are more exposed than lice in the school. Notes have gone home with students and some ever to those who don’t have their best interests at heart. But classes where the problem has been more widespread. To ensure what do we teach kids? How do we develop scepticism without that this problem is solved, please check your child’s hair and making them fearful? These are new challenges for parents. It’s everyone else in the family. If you find either nits or lice, please hard. keep your child at home until you have treated their hair and the The new imperatives for parents include: nits & lice have been completely removed from the hair. You will also need to recheck every day for at least a week and retreat if 1. Know what your kids do online. Be aware of their behaviours necessary. and what they tend to do online. If you are unsure how they use the net then it maybe time to find out. Assembly 2. Develop a healthy sense of scepticism. The Internet is great. The leaders for this week’s assembly are Yesim and Thomas. It is It is a brilliant tool but there are some rules to its use to ensure Year 3C’s turn for a class item. enjoyment and safety. People and things aren’t always what they seem. Cathy Reade Principal 3. Teach kids some basic safety behaviours. Start with: ‘Don’t give your passwords away, even to your best friend’; ‘Save the evidence if there is bullying and tell someone’; and ‘Don’t reply to For Your Information harassment as bullies can spread your reply around’. Why online scepticism is good for kids One of the best ways for parents to get these messages across is by Michael Grose to spend some time with kids online. This ‘side-by-side parenting’ Things aren’t always what they seem. offers opportunities for you to find out how your kids use the Internet but importantly develop some smart strategies together to This is the compelling lesson to instil in kids about the online help them stay safe in this brilliant, exciting but potentially risky world. The recent reporting of the suicide of 13 year-old American new space. Megan Meier as a result of a bizarre internet hoax highlights the vulnerability of children and young people in cyberspace. Highly qualified, experienced and caring staff dedicated to providing a well balanced curriculum Issue 5: Term 1 Week 5 27 February 2008 Bunnings BBQ Bunnings have given us a call, another school has dropped out of a BBQ this Sunday. They have asked us to fill in. That will be another $500 ! $900 in our bank account. Our Green Mufti Day P & C News Wow! Thank you to everyone who took part in our Green Mufti Minutes are now available on the P & C News webpage via the Day supporting our Trivia Night. We raised $204 on Friday. Well schools website. www.wollongwst-p.schools.nsw.edu.au done everyone, you all looked amazing in green. Money Raised to date: $1995 P&C Meeting There has been a change to our normal time and date for our next P&C Meeting, it will now be on Tuesday 4th March at 1.30pm in the hall. Feel free to come along. To have voting rights you need to be a financial member, this comes at a cost of $1 per person. Snakes Alive Bedwetting Institute Your Snakes Alive money is due back to school next Friday 7th A new DVD based program, Bedwetting Cured, has been March. If you have sold your snakes please send in the money. developed by Dr Mark Condon and Physiotherapist, Margaret Last week my children sold almost a box whilst waiting for their swimming lessons to begin. Ask your family, friends, work mates O’Donovan. It outlines a successful program for parents to or take a box along to your children’s next sporting event. We do implement at home with their children. For more information and a have 10 spare boxes at the office, you are welcome to come in free Bedwetting Fact Sheet please visit the website: and get another box if you wish. www.bedwettinginstitute.com.au or phone 1300 135 796 Remember money back 7th March $48 per box. Welcome Night – Thursday 6th March St Mark’s Anglican Church Our annual welcome night BBQ will be held on Thursday 6 March St Mark’s are having a Super Saturday. A fun afternoon for 2008. The evening is all about making new families feel welcome children aged from Pre!School to Year 6 offering games, rides, and an opportunity to meet new people. Children will be able to activities and music. Includes afternoon tea. swim in the pool and a free BBQ is provided for your family. Soft Saturday 1st March, 1.30pm to 4pm. “Two by Two” ! Noah’s Ark. drinks and juice can be purchased on the night. So bring along a St Mark’s Anglican Church, 429 Crown Street, West Wollongong. picnic blanket and join in the fun. The evening commences at $5 per child (maximum $15 per family). For more enquiries ph: 5.30pm till 7.30pm. It is a great social night and a way to meet 4225 8622 new families and catch up with your school friends. We will be providing steak and sausage sandwiches, should you have any Vikings special dietary requirements you are more than welcome to bring your own picnic. Junior Rugby Union Club ALL ORDERS MUST BE AT THE OFFICE BY Tuesday 4th Would you like to join the Mighty Vikings? Training every March complete the slip at the end of the newsletter. No Wednesday, VIKINGS OVAL (cnr orders will be accepted after this date!no exceptions. You will be able to bring your own picnic if you miss the cut off date. FULL TIME & PART TIME CARERS Trivia Night for children and young people We still have about 6 seats available for the Trivia Night. It is lovely to see our parents supporting the Trivia Night this year. So REQUIRED far we have about 9 ! tables booked. If you haven’t yet paid please pay at the office a.s.a.p to hold your seat. If your family is donating a prize could you please send it to the office by Friday 7th March. Easter Raffle This year we will be holding an Easter Raffle. We will be asking each child to donate an Easter Egg/Rabbit etc the items will be made up into hampers by the P&C. Every donation of Easter Egg/Rabbit etc will receive a bonus raffle ticket. Donations to be brought to the classroom between Friday 29th February ! Friday 14th March 2008. Call Kerrie on 04205 10313 Easter raffle tickets will go home on Friday 7th March 2008. 5 Life without Barriers tickets at $1 each, and for every book brought back to the school the family will receive an extra ticket into the raffle. The raffle will be drawn on Wednesday 19th 2008 winners will be notified by phone and in the newsletter. Highly qualified, experienced and caring staff dedicated to providing a well balanced curriculum Issue 5: Term 1 Week 5 27 February 2008 PSP Survey Request in Another Language Please indicate with a tick the language you require for the PSP Survey. Arabic Italian Samoan Bengali Japanese Serbian Bosnian Khmer Somali Burmese Korean Spanish Chinese (Trad) Lao Tamil Croatian Macedonian Thai Filipino/Tagalog Persian (Farsi) Tongan Greek Portuguese Turkish Hindi Punjabi Urdu Indonesian Russian Vietnamese Student Name: ______________________________ Class: ___________ Highly qualified, experienced and caring staff dedicated to providing a well balanced curriculum
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