RWPS eNewsletter Term 2 Week 6

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Principal's Report

Dear Parents, Students and Friends,

Congratulations to Mrs Robyn Griffin who was presented with her 40 Years’ Achievement Cerficate celebrating her employment with the Department of Education. Robyn is one of our Leading Teachers and co-ordinates the Junior School. She also has two of the most unenviable jobs in the school – doing the specialist and yard duty timetables and organising casual relief teachers. Thank you, Robyn.

The photo below shows her being presented with her certificate by the Victorian Minister for Education, Ben Carroll.



TERM 2 SPECIALIST TIMETABLE

An updated Term 2 Specialist Timetable has been included on the school website. It details when the classes have PE, Art, Spanish/Music, DigiTech, Library and Science. It can be found in the Teaching & Learning drop-down menu.

UNIFORM

The number of discarded and unclaimed uniform items quite mind-boggling. Every week, our Education Support staff kindly round up all of the legibly-named items (usually windcheaters or bomber jackets, and in the warmer weather – hats) and returns them to their owners. What is left is a huge pile of un-named uniform.

Please make sure that your child/ren’s clothing is clearly named and encourage them to look after their belongings.

STAFF ABSENCES

During the last few weeks we have experienced a large number of teacher absences. Whenever we can, we replace them with a casual relief teacher (CRT). However, there are occasions when none are available and classes may need to be split or programs dropped for the day.

TAYLOR SWIFT CONCERT AT RW!

I heard a whisper that a very well-attended Taylor Swift concert was held on our school grounds recently. We have some extremely talented and confident students!

CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU!

The final total raised by our school fete last month was $39,340.10. Thank you to the PFA and everyone who contributed. An amazing effort.

HANG AROUND SCHOOL FRIDAY               Friday, 24th May             3.30 until 5.30 pm

Friday nights are very good for ‘hanging around school’ on Friday 24th May, a Hang Around School Friday is being organised to allow families to socialise and just let their children play at school. This will occur from school time until 5.00 pm. The PFA will be running a sausage sizzle – see poster in the PFA item.

If parents would like to have a couple of quiet Friday afternoon BYO drinks as well, that should be fine. Hope to see you then. Please note that from 3.45 pm the school is not responsible for students and that all students must be with a parent or supervising adult.

DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY EVENT – James Weaving

Today our students participated in some thrilling cross-country races held at Bundoora Parade College. Our students showed incredible spirit and determination, making our school proud with their outstanding performances. Here are some of the great results. 

**10-Year-Old Boys**

Anton: 1st place

Patrick: 4th place

Henry: 5th place

**10-Year-Old Girls**

Grace: 1st place

Hannah: 2nd place

Priya: 3rd place

Zoe: 5th place

**11-Year-Old Boys**

Bernie: 2nd place

Hector: 3rd place

Oscar: 4th place

**12-Year-Old Boys**

Zhane: 2nd place

**12-Year-Old Girls**

Ella: 7th place

Emily: 8th place

Ava: 9th place

A huge congratulations to all our participants for their amazing efforts. The students listed above will be competing in the next stage on 30th May at Bundoora Park. Special mention to Anton and Grace for securing 1st place in their respective categories! Well done Ressie West! 

See the first photo gallery at the end of the Principal’s Report

WHAT'S THAT WATERBUG?
On Friday, Year 3M went down to Edgars Creek. One of the parents from RWPS met us at the creek. Peter introduced us to lots of different water species. He showed us all the tools that we were going to use as well. There were tubs, ice cube trays and lots of water creatures for us to learn about. Damselflies, stickbugs, glass shrimp, back swimmers, baby fish and baby larvae. Year 3M can't wait to go back again!
Scarlett Cockayne
3M

Last Friday on the 18th of May the Grade Threes went on an excursion to Edgars Creek. They met a person who was running the activities down there. The classes all got split into groups and they studied lots of different water bugs while carefully scooping them up and tipping them into containers. After that, we counted how many different types of waterbugs there were and some students got lucky and caught a 5 cent crab. The students had lots of fun and enjoyed seeing the different types of animals that lived in the creek.
They loved working in nature and can't wait to have another walk.
Eva Mounir
3W


See second photo gallery below.

SLEEPING AT THE 'G

A group of Reservoir West and Preston West Primary School mums slept at the MCG last Thursday night and between them raised over $16,000 to go towards raising awareness and vital funds for youth homelessness. The RW mums were, Jenn Waters, Manda Ford, Kristy Miller, Dee McNamara, Edain Vecchio and Annabel O'Neill. Well done to all!

 

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

Tomorrow my son, Christopher, is undergoing some major heart surgery, so my attendance at school in the foreseeable future may be a little spasmodic, depending on the outcome and recovery. He underwent a similar operation about 16 years ago when he was 19, having a section of his aorta replaced, however this has recently failed and he needs to have a larger section, or almost all of the aorta, replaced. It is quite a risky operation and the surgical team has spent quite a few months debating whether to go through with it or not. Our family is pleased that the operation is taking place, but we are also, understandably, very concerned. All fingers and toes crossed.

Regards,

Bruce

Principal



Teaching and Learning

We have reached the halfway point of the term, and it has been an eventful one so far! Education Week at RWPS was fantastic! On Tuesday, students were captivated by the chalk writing around the school, which sparked interest in Education Week. Friday's activities were filled with fun and excitement. Don’t miss the photo reel at the end of this report for some great moments captured during the week.

Please see below for upcoming educational activities and events at our school related to National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week.

In addition, information about an initiative targeted at girls provided by The Innovative Academy for Enterprising Girls.

National Sorry Day (May 26th)
National Sorry Day, observed on May 26th, is a day of remembrance and reflection, acknowledging the historical injustices faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly the Stolen Generations. It is a day to foster awareness and reconciliation in our community.

National Reconciliation Week (May 27th to June 3rd)
National Reconciliation Week, running from May 27th to June 3rd, promotes the strengthening community relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year's theme, "NOW MORE THAN EVER," emphasises the need for active participation in reconciliation efforts.

RWPS Recognition
Our students will be participating in a range of activities throughout the week of May 27th to June 3rd to learn about the significance of both events for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community. Our students are leaders of the future, so it is crucial to teach this generation about the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories. By fostering understanding and respect, we aim to equip our students with the knowledge and empathy needed to contribute to a more inclusive and reconciled Australia.

On Friday, May 31st, representatives from the Deadly Club with Kane Richardson and Sonya Hunt (Koorie Education Support Officer) will discuss National Sorry Day, National Reconciliation Week, and provide information about the Deadly Club here at RWPS, at our 3pm school assembly. Some students from each class may also show some of the activities that they have participated in throughout the week.

The Academy for Enterprising Girls
I am excited to inform the school community about a great initiative that was brought to my attention by a parent at our school. The Academy for Enterprising Girls is an engaging online eLearning platform designed to empower students with entrepreneurial and STEM skills.

Key Features of The Academy for Enterprising Girls:

  • Innovation and Design Thinking: Encourages creative problem-solving and innovative thinking.
  • Tech Skills: Provides essential technological knowledge relevant in today’s digital landscape.
  • Expert Advice: Features insights from Australia’s top business leaders.
  • Resilience and Problem-Solving: Develops the ability to overcome challenges and solve complex problems.
  • Confidence Building: Helps young girls gain the confidence to turn their ideas into reality.

Objective:
The Academy aims to inspire and prepare young Australian girls/women by fostering a passion for entrepreneurship and STEM subjects, setting them up for future success.

Resources:
Parents and students can access a wealth of resources for free through the student hub. The hub offers an inspiring video series and educational articles featuring Australia’s leading enterprising women. These resources are designed to motivate and educate the next generation of female entrepreneurs.

Access the Student Hub:
Visit The Academy for Enterprising Girls Student Resources for access to inspiring content and educational materials. https://enterprisinggirls.com.au/student-resources/watch/

Mrs Barb Balliro, Assistant Principal – Teaching & Learning
barbara.balliro@education.vic.gov.au 



Wellbeing

THANK YOU TO OUR EDUCATION SUPPORT STAFF!
Schools and colleges across Australia exist for the sole purpose of providing excellence in education to their students and it’s usually the role of teachers most people think of when asked who staffs our schools.

However, without the varied, complex and frequently demanding roles fulfilled by Education Support Staff, (ES staff) teachers would be burdened with an extraordinary amount of extra work.

ES staff have expertise in a remarkable range of skills—from disability support to Wellbeing; from admin superstars to First Aid care; from communications teams to brilliant business managers; from tutoring to providing PE program support. And much more…

ES staff may not always be front and centre, but without them the education system flounders.

Education Support Personnel (ESP) Day is celebrated on 16 May each year. RWPS takes this time to honour and recognise the extraordinary contribution Education Support Staff make to public education and to enhancing the capacity of our school to shape great people for the future. Many of our ES staff have been unwell the last few weeks, so we did not have the opportunity to publicly recognise their hard work last week. We hope you are all on the mend and look forward to celebrating upon your return.

This week’s Wellbeing newsletter is dedicated to our Education Support staff; Joyce, Jo, Sonia, Mandy, Liz, Grace, Adrian, Issy, James, Oviya, Suzie and Sally – remember to let them know how appreciated they are…it might make their day!!

Shout outs from our RWPS staff and students:

  • They are the unsung heroes of Reservoir West, and all possess enormous skills in managing and supporting our students.
  • I like how nice they are. I love how Adrian makes me laugh.
  • Thank you Mandy for helping me with all my learning. You are nice. You play with me.
  • Thank you for doing all those jobs that magically get done…picking up uniforms scattered across the school, cleaning the staffroom, sending our mail, making announcements, teaching us patiently time and time again how to complete a purchase order, and making us laugh!
  • Thank you Grace. You are very kind and help me all the time.
  • Thank you Liz for being kind and nice. You are very caring.
  • Thank you to the admin team who are the behind-the-scenes clock work that keep the school humming along every day. You are the first point of contact for our school community and can adapt and juggle admirably on a daily basis.
  • I like how Adrian is thoughtful, kind and helpful.
  • Thank you Suzie for helping me.
  • Thank you to our ES who are the silent angels of our school. You make such an impact on the student's and teacher's everyday lives and we are so fortunate to have such a professional, caring and highly skilled team working at our school. Thank you for making a difference.
  • They all help me.
  • Thank you Jo and Sonia for making the announcements and finding our toys in the yard.
  • Thank you for your dedication and efforts in making a profound difference in the lives of our students. Your hard work, compassion, and enthusiasm are deeply appreciated and make our school a better place for everyone. Thank you for all that you do.
  • Thanks so much James for your help in everything.
  • Oviya helps me draw.
  • Thank you for keeping everyone organised and always jumping in to support your team, students and teachers; your kind and caring nature is noticed by all. Thank you for always taking initiative, making our students laugh and for being such wonderful coworkers. We value everything that you do. PS – a special shout out for always making sure there are clean dishes in the staffroom; your ninja-style tidying skills is appreciated by all.
  • Thank you for helping me because I feel like I’m getting better at my learning.
  • I like Sally and Issy because they help me learn. I like playing with Sally’s son at recess and lunch. I like Adrian because he plays Pokeman with me!
  • Un aplauso for Mandy who is doing an EXCELENTE job using her Spanish vocabulary as often as she can! Fantastico, Mandy! Keep up the amazing work!
  • We love the stick insects and lizards – thanks Sally!


FUN IN THE HUB!

  
  


MENTAL HEALTH / EVENTS CALENDAR 2024

Event Date

Event

24 May

World Schizophrenia Awareness Day

26 May

National Sorry Day

27 May - 3 June

Reconciliation Week (Now More Than Ever)

1 June

Global Day of Parents

3 June

Mabo Day

5 June

World Environment Day

20 June

World Refugee Day - United Nations

21 June

World Music Day

4 - 11 July

NAIDOC Week

15 - 21 July

Birth Trauma Awareness Week

30 July

International Day of Friendship



SOTW

Week 6, Term 2
  • No assembly this week
  • 3.15pm - 5 Minutes of Fame in classrooms
    The frollowing classes will receive their awards during their specialist session:
    3W - Art
    2B - Spanish/Music
  • 3.25pm - SOTW and Golden Ticket photos at the stage
    *Golden Ticket draw - Milburn Wing

Congratulations to all of the students that are receiving a Student of the Week award!
  

NAME

VALUE

LA1

5/6L

Lucas Godoy

Persistence

LA2

5/6M

Fox Kavanagh

Success

LA3

5/6K

Isabella Cucinotta

Persistence

LA4

5/6V

Oliver Stewart

Persistence 

LA5

5/6P

Violet Stafford

Success

LA6

5/6H

Sophiah Collins

Responsibility and Respect

LA 8

4W

Harrsion Cooper

Wisdom

LA9

Prep B

Helios Irineos

Success

LA10

Prep D

Atlas Marshall 

Success 

LA11

Prep V

Melody Ye

Success

LA12

Prep H

Mason Bishop

Success

LA17

1C

Claudia La Torre

Success

LA18

1M

William Stephens

Success

LA19

1P

Christopher Sharkey

Success

LA20

1R

Tristan Downes-Young

Success 

LA21

3W

Ellie Bailey 

Success and Persistence 

LA22

3J

Ruby Grech

Success

LA23

3M

Mia Seeman

Success & Wisdom

LA24

3S

Marlo Sellars

Success & Wisdom

LA25

2C

Alana O’Dwyer

Success

LA26

2G

Jed Delaney

Success 

LA28

2M

Billy Delahunt

Respect

LA29

4T

Luna Gomez Atencio

Success and Persistence 

LA30

4H

Makayla Bishop

Success

ART        

Ingrid Singleton

Success

LIBRARY 

Grade 4H

Success

MUSIC   

3W

Jimmy McKegg

Success

Persistence & Success

SPANISH

Anton Naughton-Smith

Success

SCIENCE

Ryan Alhassan

Success

PE

Fox Stohr

Wisdom

PRINCIPAL

Adnan Shaheen

Wisdom

TURBO/SUPPORT

Zoe Grammatos

Success




Photo of last week's SOTW recipients!


Week 5 Golden Ticket winners!

PFA News


Upcoming Events 

Hang Around Friday - Friday 24 May
This has become a school community favourite. We will serve BBQ sausages and veggie burgers in the school yard from 3.30pm. Students will be able to play with their peers while parents/guardians are able to socialize. All sausages are beef and halal. This event is CASH ONLY. No card facilities will be available. If you would like to volunteer for this event please use this link https://signup.zone/rwps-pfa-events 

 

Uniform Sale - Friday 24 May
Second hand uniforms will be sold from the library between 3 and 4pm. We ask that a gold coin donation is made per garment. We will have clothing, bags and shoes on sale. 

Thank you for following along and your ongoing support! 

Warmest regards,
Zayna and the PFA team.



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