PBEL At Classroom Expectation
Dear Parents and Carers,
Every couple of years I try to publish the most updated list of educational acronyms for your reference. This list was updated in December 2019. Hope it helps.
Kindergarten Afternoon Dismissal
Commencing Monday 22 February and until further notice, we will be bringing Kindergarten students out to the gates a little earlier than bell time to allow for a little bit more of a staggered dismissal time. They will be at the appropriate gates at approximately 2:55pm, where a teacher will wait with them to be collected. The Kindergarten children are doing an amazing job of coming into school each morning, carrying their own bags and either chatting or playing with friends and buddies on the grass area. They are so grown up and we are all so very proud of them!
Meet the Teacher
This year our Meet the Teacher activities have changed due to current COVID restrictions. On Wednesday, your child will be bringing home a package for you. This contains all the important information you would normally receive in a face to face session. It also contains your teacher’s direct email address for you to use should you wish to make contact with your teacher. We will be bringing forward the parent teacher interviews to Week 7 for your convenience. Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your teacher or the office via email.
Fingers crossed for a sunny day with no mishaps, next week on Thursday 25 February, so that our Carnival can proceed as planned. Please ensure that you have returned your new permission note to school so your child can participate.
The Turramurra Learning Community (TLC) ”Powerful Project” kicks off again this afternoon with the first of our planning sessions. This is a term-long Community of Schools project for our Year 4 students to engage in during Term 3. They join with other Year 4 students from Turramurra PS, Warrawee PS and Gordon West PS and their Year 9 mentors from Turramurra HS. We will decide on our animal of choice for this year’s project this afternoon, which is always an animal endemic to this area and one who is endangered. It is a great project, based on inquiry-based learning practice and collaboration, creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and communication.
WHS - Emergency Drills
On a regular basis, Work, Health and Safety regulations require us to conduct Emergency Drills. This term we will be conducting and Evacuation drill. All teachers will go through the procedures with their children so they know what to do, Teachers will let each class know when the drill will be happening and that it is a practice. Next term, we will practise lock down procedures at a predetermined time. Later in the year we will practise the same procedures again, but with no indication as to when they will happen. Our aim is to ensure that everyone is familiar with the routines and the drill proceeds calmly and in an organised fashion.
Early Drop Offs
I have noticed a number of children in the playground well before the 8:40 bell in the morning. The playground is not supervised before this time and no child should be at school at this time unless they are here for music tutor groups or are enrolled in OOSH. There is availability at OOSH for casual spots in the morning but you do need to register as a casual user. This can be done online and once you have completed the process and paid the appropriate fee, your children can be cared for by the centre rather than being unsupervised in the playground.
P&C Welcome Night
I hope to see many of you this evening at the Bowlo for the Welcome Night activities. It should be a lovely evening. Thank you to our P&C for organising such a great night.
Have a safe and happy fortnight,
I have been an educator for over 40 years now, 29 of which have been in the Ku-Ring-Gai area, seven as Assistant Principal and the remainder as Principal. I completed my initial teacher training at Westmead Teachers’ College, which eventually evolved into one of the campuses of University of Western Sydney. I then completed my Bachelor of Education (ECE) at Edith Cowan University in Perth a few years later. I am a positive person who is passionate about the education of children and my profession finding it the most rewarding of occupations. I am a life-long learner, simultaneously enjoying the roles of leader, teacher, mentor and learner and believe that a day where something new hasn’t been learned is a day wasted, a day we can never get back. Outside of work I enjoy being with my family including my two cats, socialising with friends and reading both fiction and professional reading. I am looking forward to the time when I can again travel to and explore interesting parts of the world and enjoy time with my family in England, especially my grand-daughter, Matilda.
I graduated from the University of Western Sydney Parramatta Campus in 2004 with a Bachelor of Health Science PD/H/PE and Bachelor of Teaching (Primary). I worked at Bankstown North Public School for six and a half years before transferring to Warrawee Public School in 2011. Midway through 2013, I was appointed to the position of Assistant Principal at West Pymble Public School via merit selection. The vast majority of my teaching experience has been on Stage 3. I am a sports fanatic and still play soccer. My wife Keryn is also a primary school teacher. We have two daughters, Macy and Indie and a son Nash. My position has changed in 2021 to being off class fulltime. I will be working hard to improve communication with our community and taking on an instructional leadership role to improve both teacher quality and student learning outcomes.
In my third year at West Pymble Public School, I am excited to be apart of the Kindergarten team for first term. I have a passion for teaching in the early years and have taught kindergarten for many years. I love seeing the transformation and growth the children go through in their first year of school. With a focus on student wellbeing developed during my time completing my Bachelor of Education (Primary) at ACU, I work hard to create a caring classroom where students are supported to reach their full potential. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family in the great outdoors.
My passion and expertise is teaching in the field of Early Childhood Education having obtained my Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) over 30 years ago.
Having taught in a few different schools I came to West Pymble 18 years ago and have enjoyed being part of the school community and watching the growth of many students from Kindy to Year 6.
I especially enjoy children’s literature, teaching mathematics and creative arts.
I am very excited to be once again organising, along with Mrs Kelly and the SRC, our Heart Foundation fund raiser through our schools Jump Rope for Heart Day later in the year.
Although I have retired from playing netball myself I am a keen supporter of my daughter’s netball team as well as supporting the NSW Swifts.
I enjoy the occasional game of tennis, weekend walks, baking, holidays and spending time with my husband and our two young adult children.
I commenced working at West Pymble PS in 2017. I have been teaching Stage 1 since 2019 and am looking forward to another great year teaching Year 1, working collaboratively with the amazing Stage 1 team. My passion in teaching is student wellbeing with a focus on the importance of creating safe and engaging learning environments where all students feel valued, cared for and supported in order to thrive as lifelong learners. I enjoy teaching all subjects, in particular English and sport. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my sons and family, doing CrossFit, and I love reading when time allows.
This year will be my 21st year of teaching and my 11th at WPPS. I obtained my four year Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree in 2001 at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. I moved to the UK after graduating, to teach and travel and ended up staying for 8 years! I was lucky enough to teach all ages from Years 1-6 and decided to move back to Australia at the end of 2009. I started teaching at WPPS in 2010 and have taught from Years 1-6 at our school, including many multi-age classes. This year, I have the great privilege of relieving as Assistant Principal for Stage 1 and I am looking forward to working with some lovely teachers, students and community members. I love bringing education to life for students and believe that building relationships, becoming intrinsically motivated and having fun are integral parts of primary education. My particular interests in teaching are mathematics, dance, history and English as well as providing an integrated curriculum. Outside of school I love to travel, read, watch movies and spend time with my husband, Norm and Daryl - the fur babies, family and friends.
Upon completing my undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Sociology and Legal Studies at Sydney University, I decided to take a year off and travel around the world. Having somewhat of an epiphany whilst travelling I became aware that challenging myself, experiencing new things, empowering communities and being a life-long learner are priorities in my life. I returned to Sydney University and graduated in 2013 with a Masters of Teaching. I began my teaching journey at Earlwood Public School and received a call from the Department that made me part of the caring and supportive West Pymble Public School community. Having taken some time off in 2019-200 to travel around Central America and Europe, I now feel refreshed and energised. I have many passions including teaching and playing sport, enjoying philosophical conversations, immersing myself in learning, living like an ecologist and experiencing what the world has to offer. At school I thoroughly enjoy teaching the whole child and the hidden curriculum, and have lead various extra-curricular activities including Chess, PSSA, the Student Representative Council and the Green Team. In my seventh year of teaching and second as an Assistant Principal, I am looking forward to continuing to prepare students for the dynamic future that awaits them.
This is my fourteenth year teaching at West Pymble Public School, and I am excited to welcome a new group of students into my class. Before I moved to Sydney I lived in the Northern Rivers area and studied for my degree in education at Southern Cross University. I am starting my fifth year on Stage 2 and believe that as a teacher you provide whatever assistance or available resources students need to enable them to engage in learning activities productively.
I graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) from UTS. In 1995 I was appointed to Bowral Public School as an Identified Graduate and taught Stage 1 for 3 years before moving back to Sydney and where I taught K - 5. In 2009 I moved overseas with my husband and family, where I had the opportunity to work in International PYP Schools. I returned to relief teaching in 2020 and I am thrilled to be working with Stage 2 this year at West Pymble Public School. I am passionate about Literacy, Creative Arts and Positive Education/Wellbeing. My aim is to provide a warm, engaging learning environment where each student feels safe and valued so they may challenge themselves everyday . I am very much looking forward to working with my class this year!
My name is Chris Bedford and I am an experienced and enthusiastic teacher who has worked across K-6 at a range of different schools. Most of my experience involves teaching Stage 3 students. I have a wife and twin girls (who are both 4 years of age). In my down time, I enjoy going for a jog or watching the Tennis. I love mentoring children of all ages and I am really looking forward to being a Stage 3 teacher this year.
After graduating from the University of Newcastle in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) I began my career as a computer teacher at Wideview Public School. In 2014 I was successful in obtaining a permanent position at West Pymble Public. Having worked across Years 1-6, I am excited to be back working with the Stage 3 team this year. My passions in teaching include creative arts, technology, visible learning and Co-Teaching. Outside of school I love to travel, cook, and spend time with my family, friends and cat Lucy. I am excited to continue my position as relieving Assistant Principal this year.
I am currently in my fourth year at WPPS after graduating from the University of Newcastle in 2017 with a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Bachelor of Arts. Since then, I have taught as a classroom teacher across all stages. My aim is to provide a learning environment that is accepting, allows students to challenge themselves and make self-discoveries through engaging activities. My interests in teaching include History and STEM. I have a passion for sports and I look forward to continuing my role as the convenor of Kur-ring-gai Zone Rugby Union, Rugby League, and Girls Rugby Sevens. Outside of school, I enjoy surfing, travelling and spending time with friends. I'm looking forward to another exciting year ahead at West Pymble!
I graduated from Macquarie University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Media (Screen Production) but I always knew that I would eventually pursue a career in Education. After a year of travelling I began my teaching degree at Charles Sturt University. I couldn't quite give up on being able to travel while I completed my degree so I studied by distance, part time, until I graduated in 2016. I was lucky to combine my love of travelling with my studies and moved to England in 2017 for 18 months where I taught year 4 and 5 in London. It was a fantastic experience and by the end of 2018 I was looking forward to returning to Australia to continue my teaching career. This is my third year at West Pymble Public School and I am very excited to have the opportunity to work as the Technology teacher again this year.
I have worked at West Pymble Public School for five years teaching Year 2 and Kindergarten. Since Jane Matkovich retired at the end of last year, I have taken on the role of teacher librarian, working with Helene Annabel (Library Administrator). We hope to create a safe and creative space in which students' curiosity about, and empathy towards, their world is nurtured. This role brings together my passion for education, literacy and equity. In my spare time, I love reading books, going for bushwalks, growing vegetables and marveling at the tiny creatures in my garden.
Bonjour! Je m’appelle Madame Leddet. After completing my Bachelor of Arts (French and Spanish) and my Graduate Diploma of Education, I moved to France to fully experience and appreciate French language and culture. Thanks to my French husband’s work, I have lived in many different regions including Paris, Brittany, the Basque country, the Alps and even New Caledonia, where I taught at the Noumea bilingual school. My two daughters, Noemie (8) and Camille (6), are French-born and we speak French at home. This is my third year teaching at West Pymble Public School. My classes are designed to be fun and engaging in the hope that students will gain a love of language learning and an insight into other cultures. I thoroughly enjoy seeing the students progress their skills in the various topics taught and hope that they will continue to challenge themselves with other languages in high school.
Learning and Support Teacher
Being a mum of 3 children, I have a real passion for looking after the Wellbeing of students, this include their physical, academic and emotional health. I would like all our students to have a positive outlook on life, be resilient and embrace challenges and opportunities that come across their ways.
I have the privilege of shaping the Wellbeing of all students of West Pymble Public, by assisting them to thrive and succeed in all they do. I assist in promoting Mindfulness and a positive learning culture at school.
- Prim Ed Degree
- BA Honours
I love spending time with family, friends and my two Miniature Schnauzer puppies. Leisure time includes walking on the beach, kayaking, fishing, listening to nice music enjoying yummy food.
Dear Parents and Carers,
The girls' new skort and short sleeve blouse are now available from the uniform Shop. The skort is $20 and the blouse $24.
The Annual Statement of Account and the Term 1 Activity Statement of Account have now been sent out. If you haven't received your child's, please contact the office.
A reminder NOT to send children to school if they are unwell, even if they have the mildest flu-like symptoms. Students will need to be tested and provide a copy of a negative COVID-19 test result and be symptom-free before being permitted to return to school.
Students who do not undertake a COVID-19 test will not be permitted to return to school for a 10-day period. Additionally, they must be symptom-free for at least 3 days prior to returning to school.
Save the Date
Dear Students, Parents and Caregivers,
The Canteen will be open on Thursday and Friday and we will be offering the same menu as in Term 4 last year.
Please make sure you update your child(ren)’s classroom(s) on the School24 website (www.school24.com.au).
We are very much looking forward to preparing your healthy lunches!
The Canteen Team,
Wendela, Nada & Paulina
Click below for how to order school lunches.
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. The girls' skorts and short sleeve blouses have now arrived.
2:30pm - 3:30pm Tuesday
8:30am - 9:30am Thursday BUT NOT ON 25 February
All enquires can be made direct to Excel Uniforms Phone 0405 506 383 or
Email : email@example.com
(Logon: wpps Password: exceluniforms)
Please note that rehearsals times:
Performance Band – 7.50am Tuesday and 3.15pm Thursday, commencement date: 9 February
Concert Band – 7.50 am Thursday, commencement date: 11 February
Training Band – 7.50am Monday, commencement date: TBC
West Pymble Football Club
Girl Guides West Pymble
NET SET GO
Volunteer to teach Ethics
Healthy Lunch Box
Check out the New Healthy Lunch Box Website from the Cancer Council.
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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.
New to West Pymble this year.
We have Beginner, Basic and Intermediate classes starting.
Camerons Tennis School
Contact Chris Williams on 0418 688 803