Term 4, Week 3, 2023

We learn on the lands of the Kaurna Nation

Some Important Dates...........................

TERM 4:Monday 16 October - Friday 15 December
Transition Morning TeaWednesday 15th November
AssemblyFriday 17th November
Variety Xmas Party ExcursionWednesday 22nd November
Causal Clothes Day "Disco Dance Party"Monday 27th November
Year 6 Kapunda High School TransitionThursday 7th December
End of Year ConcertFriday 8th December

Last Day Of Term

Friday 15th December

Splash DayFriday 15th December
Assembly @ 1:40pmFriday 15th December
Term 1, 2024 startsMonday 29th January 2024

Early Dismissal @ 2:10pm - Friday 15 December

From the Principal

Hello families and welcome to our new-look newsletter. We are very excited to be able to reduce our carbon footprint by sending it to you electronically and hope you are enjoying the convenience of having information sent direct to your phone via the Audiri app. Reminders and information will also appear in the events section to help you see in advance when special things are happening at school.

This term we welcomed three new students to our school; Alice, Seamus and Ruby. If you know of any families moving into the area, please encourage them to get in touch with the school. Likewise, if you are planning a move, please let us know as soon as possible. Not only does this help us with future planning, but gives us the opportunity to celebrate your child’s time with us and say farewell.

This term we also welcomed Carli to our team as our Pastoral Care Worker. Carli is already having a positive influence in the school, helping our new students settle in and providing a compassionate ear when needed.

Unfortunately, we are no further on our journey of being able to provide an OSHC service for our families. Although the parent response was strong, we have not been successful in engaging a service provider at this stage. Governing Council has several actions in motion to continue this work and we will keep you informed along the way.

Our SRC will again host a Can Drive this year, with donated goods being collected in the front office in the three storage stools designated to our 3 house teams. This will launch at our next assembly on Friday November 17th at 2:40pm and conclude at our End of Year Concert on Friday December 8th where their team sculptures will be on display. The non-perishable food items will be packed up at the end of the concert and donated to families in need.

We have been invited to attend the Variety Kids Christmas Party again this year on November 22nd. This provides students with a unique opportunity to interact with a wide range of students from different sites across South Australia. Students see first-hand the challenges that some children face, and last year our students interacted with these children with respect and grace. This will be a whole school excursion at no cost to parents on Wednesday Nov 22nd. Consent forms will go home this Friday.

On the last day of term, Friday Dec 15th, we have organised a Splash Day excursion to the Gawler Aquatic Centre where students will meet up with children from Lyndoch Primary School. This will run similar to last year, with fruit supplied at the pool and a Pizza lunch on our return to school covered by the funds raised throughout the year by SRC for their SRC Summer Party. SRC are hosting one final Casual Clothes Day to help cover the costs on Monday Nov 27th so please support their efforts and encourage the children to dress in their disco best and bring a gold coin donation to make this a super summer party!  

Also on the last day of term, we will hold our final assembly for the year in the combined class space, which will include a celebration of our graduating students and then our usual end of term early dismissal at 2:10pm. What a great way to round off the year!

On a personal note, I am taking a week's leave beginning tomorrow to attend a family wedding in Queensland. Our wonderful staff have things well in hand and I am contactable if needed. I look forward to seeing the children and welcoming our new families next Wednesday morning.

Warm regards, Ann-Marie

School Routines and Procedures

Front Office Hours:

The school reception area is staffed between 8:30am & 3:30pm (open term time only)

Contacting the School:

You can contact the school by phone or email (details at the bottom of this newsletter). 

*If the office is unattended, the answering machine may be on.  Please leave your name, number and a short message with the reason for your call.  If you ask for a call back, we will respond as soon as we are available to do so. All messages are passed on to the relevant staff member.

Staff in the Front Office:

·         Monday         -      Allison  

·         Tuesday         -      Allison

·         Wednesday   -      Allison

·         Thursday       -      Gail

·         Friday            -       Gail

Drop Off and Pick Up Times  -  Drive with caution:

If the crossing flags are out, staff are on site. Please do not leave children unattended at the front of the school. 

These are very busy times of the day and we ask for your cooperation so that our students and the school community can come and go safely each day.

Remember to drive slowly .


School Supervision  -  Yard Duty:

Yard Duty begins at 8:35am each morning.  Please ensure children arrive after this time whenever possible. Children arriving before this time are to wait in the gated area outside the library until the duty teacher arrives. 

Please arrange to collect your children at 3:10pm each afternoon and contact the school if you are going to be late. Students picked up late will need to be collected from the office. 

Late Arrival and Early Departures:

If your child is late to school (ie arrives after 8:55am), they will need to see staff in the Front Office who will issue them with a yellow ‘Late Arrival’ card to take to their class teacher.  Parents picking up children early for an appointment, will need to tell or ring Front Office staff before staff can let the classroom teacher know about "Early Departure". Signing a slip is no longer necessary with EMS, as your child’s late arrival or early departure is entered straight into the system by staff on the Reception Desk.

Illness & Injuries at School – Collecting Your Child:

Students who are sent to the Front Office by their classroom teacher due to illness and also for injuries that are considered more serious eg: a hard knock to the head, will be sent home. 

Unwell students should not attend school until they have fully recovered and will not pass on sickness to other students and school staff.

Parents will always be contacted first and you will need to collect your child promptly.

If you are unable to collect your child, please organise your emergency contact and let the school know who this will be.  They will need to present ID at the Front Office (eg Driver’s License).

Primary caregivers eg: parents are NOT emergency contacts but people other than yourselves eg: relatives or friends who can be contacted if parents are unavailable.

Please list at least 2 local emergency contacts for your children.

Our New Pastoral Care Worker - Carli

Hello Wasleys Primary School Community,

Let me introduce myself, I’m Carli the new Pastoral Care Worker. I started this term working on Monday and Tuesdays, you may have seen me around. I’m here to support your child’s wellbeing. I’m always up for a chat, here to listen about all the good and bad that might be happening in their lives. Let me know how I can support your family.

I have a few interests that I can’t wait to use in the school. I love to garden and to cook (who doesn’t love good food!). I am currently working on the kitchen garden, to get it back up and running so the students have access to fresh fruit and vegetables. Which we will use to make some delicious and nutritious food.

I can’t wait to get to know you and your children. I am hoping you can join us for a chat on Wednesday Nov 11th in the Activity Room. Our Kindy children begin transition on this day and it will be great for you to connect with some of our new parents. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions or if you have any suggestions!

Carli Binnekamp

Donations For Christmas Raffle

We are after any donations to go into our Christmas raffle hampers this year. Please drop off any donations to the front office during school times. 

Stocking stuffers, edible goodies, regifted treasures help to make our hampers special.

Sports Day Winners!

Congratulations Blue team on winning Sports Day 2024. A big thank you to all the families and friends that came out to enjoy the day with us.

Term 3 House Cup Winners!

Congratulations Red team for winning the house cup!

Primary Report

Birthday Shout Outs!

Big Happy Birthday for November

4th Deklan               

13th Avah             

22nd Tom           

27th Harmony

28th Mr Green


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