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Monday 26th June Term 2 Week 10

From the Principal

Student Success:

Congratulations to our two Aerobics teams who participated in the State Championships in Sydney on the weekend. Both teams received silver for their event and the Littlies team have qualified for Nationals! Well done to both teams and thank you to Ms Morton, Miss Emily and Miss Davis for working with the teams. Congratulations to the Starstruck dancers who performed last weekend at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre. The girls gave a magical performance and represented our school with pride. Well done! Well done to Emily, Lucy and Koby who recently participated in a workshop to redesign our Community of Schools logo. The trio did an incredible job of sharing their ideas. The new logo will be revealed soon. Well done to the students who attended the recent netball gala day! You were great ambassadors for our school.


This Friday is the last day for Term 2. I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. Students will resume school for Term 3 on Tuesday 18 July.


This week we are celebrating NAIDOC Week. Today we were lucky enough to have Kentan Proctor from the Bahtabah Aboriginal Land Council talk to the students about local Aboriginal artefacts and the history of the area. Students will be engaged with activities throughout the week to celebrate the Aboriginal culture and our special NAIDOC activity day will be held on Thursday, beginning with our NAIDOC assembly.


Teachers have been working hard writing Semester 1 reports for students. These reports will be available through the Sentral portal this Thursday. If you need assistance to access the reports through the portal, please contact the school office.

P&C Meeting:

Our next P&C meeting will be held this Wednesday 28 June 6pm at Warners Bay Tavern. All parents are welcome to attend.

Respect at Sporting Events:

A reminder to parents attending sporting events to be respectful towards umpires and competing teams. It was disappointing to hear that parents from our school were being disrespectful to others at the recent netball gala day. We enter gala days for our students to have fun, learn about a sport they may not engage in regularly and practise good sportsmanship. It is important for everyone to remember they are role models for students at these events.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). 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, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).  

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes: 

  • year of schooling 
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional 
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive. 

This information assists schools to: 

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools  
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools 
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability. 

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability. 

The NCCD 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. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy ( 

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal ( 

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.  

Language in the new K-2 Syllabus

With the implementation of a new syllabus for our students in K-2 and an incoming new syllabus for 3-6, there has also been a change in the vocabulary that is used in the classroom and when reporting on student learning. Following is a list of terms that will hopefully assist parents in understanding what these terms mean.


Grapheme - the smallest unit of writing used to represent one phoneme. A letter or combination of letters corresponding to or representing a single phoneme. Examples include the f in frog, the ph in phone, the gh in cough

Phoneme - the smallest unit of speech sound. Examples include cat has 3 phonemes: c/a/t, truck has 4 phonemes: t/r/u/ck.

Grapheme-phoneme correspondence - the relationship between phoneme and its written alphabetic symbol (grapheme). 

CVC words - words formed by a consonant-vowel-consonant. Examples include cat, bag, pen.

Digraph - two graphemes used to represent one phoneme. Examples include consonant digraphs – sh, ck, th; split digraphs – a-e as in cake, i-e as in ride, o-e as in rope; vowel digraphs – ee, oo, ea.

High-frequency words - words that appear often in written texts.


Subitise - the ability to look at a small number of objects and instantly recognise how many objects there are without needing to count.

One to one correspondence - the skill of counting one object as you say one number.

Compensation strategy – a mental strategy of rounding numbers up or down to add or subtract.

Jump strategy - a mental calculation method that involves jumping from one number (usually the largest number) either forwards (addition) or backwards (subtraction) to the solution.

Split strategy - a mental strategy where numbers are ‘split’ into their place value to make it easier to add or subtract them. Children ‘split’ (expand) numbers to work with them.

Partition - a way of splitting numbers into smaller parts to make them easier to work with. Partitioning links closely to the place value system.

Place value system - has 4 properties: positional, base-ten, additive and multiplicative. The value of a digit is determined by its position in a number relative to the ones (or units) place. For example: in the number 924, the 4 denotes 4 ones, the 2 denotes 2 tens or 20 ones, and the 9 denotes 9 hundreds, 90 tens or 900 ones.

Skip counting - counting forwards or backwards in groups or multiples of a particular number, eg 5, 10, 15, 20 ...

Library News

Students will all have the opportunity to borrow books for the holidays this week – either during their library time (Mon – Wed) or for those classes who have library on Thursday or Friday, they will be able to come to library on Wednesday to borrow. Students must ensure they have returned their books before they can borrow. 

Reminder to Save The Date – Grandparents Day/Book Parade/Education Week 

Our annual event will be held on Friday 18th August (Term 3 Week 5). Loved ones will be able to enjoy a picnic lunch with their children followed by the Book Parade from approximately 12.15pm. This year’s Book Week Theme is Read, Grow, Inspire but, as always here at WBPS, the aim of our Book Parade is for everyone to join in and have fun. It is not a competition, just an opportunity to dress as a character from a book and enjoy the event.  Additional information will be sent to families as this date approaches.   

Reminder: Author Visit – Martin Ed Chatterton

On Wednesday 26th July (Term 3 Week 2), WBPS will host award winning Australian author and illustrator, Martin Ed Chatterton. Amongst his large portfolio of books, Martin has co-authored some of the Middle School series with James Patterson as well as picture books and screenplays. Notes went out to families last week – this is a fun and entertaining event not to be missed!  

Happy Holidays!

Mrs Michelle Freund


Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop is open Wednesday mornings from 8:45am - 9:45am. Orders for uniform items can be made online (link on the school website), or in person during shop opening hours. We are also accepting Back to School Vouchers, which can be redeemed before 30 June 2023.

Soccer and Netball Gala Day


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