Dear Parents and Carers,
Last Friday we filmed our first Recognition Ceremony for the year. Normally, we would hold these special Assemblies once per term, but with the advent of COVID, we haven’t been able to proceed until now.
The Medallion recipients all looked as ‘proud as punch’ as we celebrated their special achievement, as did our Swimming and Cross Country champions. We also recognised the achievements of our very talented teachers, three of who were awarded their Certificates of Accreditation having undergone a very rigorous process to achieve the accreditation level of Proficient Teacher with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and 26 of our teachers who were awarded with Certificate of Gifted Education. Congratulations to all, a magnificent effort and result.
School Athletics Carnival
Today we held our School Athletics Carnival, a fitting time to also celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. I wonder if we have any budding Olympic stars in our midst? Thank you to Miss Hall and Mr Graham for organising this great event and thank you also to the canteen for supplying the sausage sizzle lunch. A great day was had by all!
Tell Them From Me Parent Survey.
Time is running out for you to have your say. The survey will not be open for much longer and hopes to capture the thoughts of as many people as possible. It must, however, close off early in Term 4 to comply with the Department’s deadline. We value all comments and suggestions, particularly at this time when we are starting to look at the strategic directions for our new four year School Improvement Plan 2021-2024. The link to complete the survey was sent to you as a SZapp on 4 September and has been included again, for your information:
New Student Orientation Program
With all the changes this year because of COVID, our Orientation has seen a complete change. At the beginning of this term, the team produced a Virtual Information session. This was distributed to all incoming Kindergarten parents. If you missed it or have any questions, please contact us. On the first day of Term 4, we have a production crew from AdvancedLife, our school photographer, coming to film all of the amazing opportunities for learning we have here at West Pymble. A number of students were issued with information notes with a permission slip to be returned to school by this week. If you haven’t returned yours, please do so as a matter of urgency. Those students should arrive at school on the first day back, looking spectacular in full Winter school uniform. They should bring their sports uniforms, including shoes, to change into if required. They will also need their instrument if they are in the Band Program. Should the weather prove to be warm, students can bring their Summer uniform to change into after the photoshoot. Fingers crossed for a beautiful sunny day!
Administering Medications at School
When a medical practitioner has prescribed medication that needs to be administered during the school day, parents/carers must:
- notify the school
- complete the appropriate form to provide up to date information as required
- supply the medication and any 'consumables' necessary for its administration in a timely way.
The administration of such medication forms part of the Department's common law duty of care to take reasonable steps to keep students safe while they attend school. The administration of prescribed medication in schools is carried out by staff who volunteer and who are trained. Except in an emergency, only individual staff members who have volunteered and been trained will administer prescribed medication to students.
Parents/carers of children who require prescribed medication to be administered at school must complete a “Request to Administer Prescribed Medications” form. With the exception of asthma medications, students must not carry medications unless there is a written agreement between the school and the student's parents/carers.
The changeover to Summer uniform commences on Day 1 of Term 4. The choice of uniform for the first two weeks is flexible and weather dependent. All students must be in full Summer uniform by Week 3 of next term. Please check that uniforms still fit and that they are clean and pressed ready for the start of next term. If the Summer uniforms are now too small, the Uniform Shop is open on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings during term time and you can order online. Can I also take this opportunity to remind all students and their parents about the correct uniform and the correct wearing of the uniform. School hats are a mandatory part of the uniform. We hope the new girls’ skort will be available in the Uniform Shop by then. The skort is to be worn with a short sleeve version of the senior girls’ shirt. This is for all students K-6. All boys’ shirts are to be tucked in at all times. Leggings, coloured jumpers and non-school hats are not allowed. Runners are only to be worn with the sports uniform and below ankle sports socks are prohibited. Please encourage your children to wear their uniforms with pride which then also reflects their pride in their school.
Now with the holidays on our doorstep, it is time to ramp up the momentum for our Colour Run fundraising campaign. We have reached approximately $12K, a fantastic achievement so far! Our aim is at least $80K. Miss Yee, Mrs Kelly and the SRC are doing a great job of keeping us informed, so let’s not disappoint.
We still have quite a while to go before the event so let’s stay enthused, think of the amazing prizes you could win and think of the great benefits for our school and its students ….YOU!
Have a very restful and relaxing holiday. With the craziness of the year so far and the many instantaneous changes required you have all earned it, twice over at least! I hope you take this time to ignore morning routines, have a bit of a sleep in and engage in lots of great family time.
See you all back at school on Monday 12 October, ready for the final countdown to the year. When you look at our calendar, you will notice that there are still many activities that are listed as “To Be Confirmed” or TBC. There is still a whole gamut of restrictions that remain under consideration or on hold until further notice. As always, I will keep you updated with any changes to procedures as they come to hand.
Over the holiday period there should not be any unauthorised persons on the school grounds. I have requested additional security patrols to cover this but should you see any suspicious or unusual activity. Please call school Security 1300 880 021 or Hornsby police (02) 9476 9799 if you have any concerns.
Have a very safe, relaxing and happy holiday,
Crazy Colour Run
Please head to https://schoolfundraising.com.au/ if you still need to set up your page. Amazing prizes like an XBox and BMX bike await! This is our only school fundraiser for the year so we are hoping to raise as much money as possible for Stewart House, our sponsor child, Shirley and of course, for the school!
Our Crazy Colour Run will be on Friday 13 November next term with more information sent home closer to the date.
Term 4 NSW Health updated information.
Gifted Parenting Series
Tell Them From Me
Don't forget to have your say, and complete the Tell Them From Me.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for all your support and understanding throughout Term 3. We have appreciated all your kind words.
Have a safe and happy holiday and we look forward to seeing you all next term.
SZAPP For iPhone - Version 3.6.0
An important update for SZapp was released to accomodate for iPhones which have been intermittently receiving push notifications.
SZapp version 3.6.0 is available from the App Store now and we advise all iPhone users to install this version to ensure notifications are received correctly.
Users with automatic updates enabled on their device will receive this update automatically.
P&C meetings Term 4
Canteen Term 4
The Uniform Shop is back to normal opening times and will still operate under online only orders until restrictions are eased. If you need to exchange any items please send them in with your child/ren so it can be exchanged during these times.
2:30pm - 3:30pm Tuesday
8:30am - 9:30am Thursday
All enquires can be made direct to Excel Uniforms Phone 0405 506 383 or
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
(Logon: wpps Password: exceluniforms)
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The School App
Active and Creative Kids Program
The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the new Active Kids and Creative Kids program.
Parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher valued up to $100 per calendar year for each student enrolled in school.
The Sports voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and membership costs for sport, fitness and active recreation activities.
The Creative voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and tuition costs for creative arts, speech, drama, dance, digital design, coding, and music lessons and activities.
The voucher can be used at any time during the calendar year it was issued. Apply online through www.service.nsw.gov.au.
We have Beginner, Basic and Intermediate classes starting.
Camerons Tennis School
Contact Chris Williams on 0418 688 803