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Saturday, May 9, 2020

TERM 2 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
Congratulations to our Term 2 Student Representatives. We are looking forward to working with you this term. Thank you to the Term 1 Student Representatives for all the effort and work they put in to being fine representatives at Wattle Grove and setting a very good example for those following them. Click on the image to see a larger view.

2020 FACTION CAPTAINS
Congratulations to all the Faction Captains for 2020. Those who were at school received their badges and are shown here. The others who were absent or learning from home will be presented with their badges when they return to school. Click on the images to see a larger view.


BLUE FACTION CAPTAINS
Captains: Bella and Cohen
Vice Captains: Paige and Blake

Photo: Bella, Paige, Blake and Cohen.



RED FACTION CAPTAINS
Captains: Tegan and Brooklyn
Vice Captains: Aaliyah and Liam

Photo: Aaliyah, Tegan, Liam and Brooklyn.

PURPLE FACTION CAPTAINS
Captains: Kayla and Taj
Vice Captains: Natalia, Connor and Nathan

Photo: Natalia, Kayla, Taj, Connor and Nathan,


ORANGE FACTION CAPTAINS
Captains: Rosie and Sohail
Vice Captains: Shirlina, Luca and Kyle

Photo: Kyle, Sohail, and Shirlina.



2020 LEAVERS SHIRTS 
Last week, the 2020 Leavers T-Shirts arrived. Congratulations to Alecia Chen, who won the competition to design the shirts in Year 5. She is shown here, in front of her Year 6 Class, Room 11, wearing their new T-shirts and jumpers. Click on the image to see a larger view.

ROOM 33 CLASSROOM ARRIVES
The new demountable for Room 33 arrived today, in two halves and was set in place, next to Room 32. The students of Room 33 watched from the sidelines and are looking forward to going into their new class very soon, after waiting since the beginning of the year for it to arrive.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

WELCOME BACK...
It was wonderful to have so many students back today. The teachers have been missing them and find it much more rewarding having students in class to teach. Many thanks to all the parents who have been so supportive in following the processes we have had to put in place, because of the current situation. We are very fortunate to have such a talented, committed and dedicated staff at Wattle Grove. One of them is Mr Sanderson in Room 22 and I thought you might enjoy viewing the video he uploaded on the Connect website, to welcome his students to back for Term 2, with a quirky poem. This was made last term when we had just a few students attending each day.

Friday, April 10, 2020

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, STAY SAFE...




Some parents and students might be finding it tough working and learning at home, but all the teachers have been missing their students. They have been busy making online learning packages, doing some online learning themselves and looking after the few students who have continued to come to school. They are wishing you all a happy holiday and hope that you stay safe, so students can return to school as soon as possible.
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TEACHERS AND FEW STUDENTS AT SCHOOL
A few photos of teachers working on planning for Term Two, student work packages and calling their students to see how they were going and wish them a happy holiday...

ANZAC CEREMONY 2020
Yesterday the few students and the staff, held a brief ANZAC Ceremony with two wreaths placed at the base of the flag pole, one on behalf of all the students and one on behalf of all the students. We also had the bugle calls and the minute's silence, but there were no speeches or reading of student poems we usually have. Social distancing meant we were all quite spread out... Lest we Forget.


Friday, April 3, 2020

FASTER INTERNET ACCESS
Good morning. I hope you are all doing well in the current situation we find ourselves in. With everyone at home and trying to use the internet, you might be finding speeds are slowing. One thing you could try is changing Internet Browsers. If Google Chrome has a lot of people accessing it, then it could be worth checking Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge, the newer version of Internet Explorer. With a lighter load, these may be running faster and give you access, where Chrome can't. Have a good day.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

LEARNING AT HOME RESOURCES
Below you will see the link to the Education Department "Learning at Home' resources. Teachers will be continuing to put activities and resources on their class blogs, to assist students in continuing their learning during this unusual time... Parents please check the right-hand column of this blog to find the class blog or blogs you require.

COMPUTER VIRUS BLOG ISSUES
We have had a couple of people tell us they have had virus issues when accessing the School Blog. We have experienced some issues on school computers, as well, noticing these issues arise when using Internet Explorer.  Teachers tell us it comes with a virus message from Nortons. The Education Department does not use Nortons as it's anti-virus software, so we find this strange. We have had no issues on machines with Google Chrome as the browser though and leave it to you, to decide if you wish to change your browser to Google Chrome.

Monday, March 23, 2020

'LEARNING AT HOME' SITE  

The Education Department has set up an online site, called, 'Learning At Home', for those at home during these times to continue their learning. Resources are available across all Year Levels and Learning Areas, for students to continue their learning while at home.

Click on the image below to go to the 'Resources by Year Level' page, below.




Saturday, March 21, 2020

SCHOOL REVIEW VISIT

Schools Review Directors, Rebecca Bope and Brett Hunt visited the school on Wednesday, March 18, to review the school and validate the documents, data analysis and other evidence uploaded prior to their visit. The visit went very well, with groups of staff interviewed across the 6 priority areas or domains, as well as,  a group of Student Representatives and a group of parents from the School Board and the P&C. The directors were very impressed and the feedback to the Executive Team was extremely pleasing, with a full report to come. This will be released to the school community via the school website, as soon as it is published.

Congratulations to all of the staff, especially all those involved in the interview process and also to all the students and the parents involved, as well. An outstanding and very professional effort from all of you. Below are a few photos from the brief visit to classrooms on the day...






RED HOT POETRY WRITING
Here is some impressive bushfire poetry writing from the Year 5 students in Room 18. Copies are up in the Conference Room and the Education Department Directors visiting for the School Review recently were suitably impressed. Click on each student name below, to read or download a copy of their poem...
DANIEL   | |ALBY   |   TESSA   |   ISABEL    

Sunday, March 8, 2020

BUSHFIRE APPEAL FUNDRAISING
The Aussie Day Dress-Up Bushfire Appeal resulted in $1400.00 being raised to support those affected by the recent devastating bushfires across the country. Well done to all those involved and thank you to parents for their support and assistance with the dress-up.

NEW WA FLAG



Thanks to local Member for Forrestfield, Stephen Price, who attended the Senior Assembly on Friday, to present a new WA Flag to the school as our old one is looking a bit faded and worn. We are looking forward to replacing the other flags soon, as well.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Parent, Warren Taylor, an artist and sculptor, has been working away on a large block of styrofoam, to create a beautiful sculpture of forest insects and animals. Warren has now been supervising students painting it in their lunchtimes. He plans to sculpt the back of the block with marine animals and fish and we are looking forward to seeing this also. It has been fascinating to see the process of sculpting the foam with a hot cutting tool Warren has made, to reveal the animals within.