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Wamberal Public School has an APP!

Great news! Our School now has our own Skoolbag iPhone and Android App to help us communicate more effectively with our Parent and Student community. We are recommending parents/students to install our Skoolbag School App now. To install it, just search for our school name "Wamberal Public School" in either the Apple App Store, or Google Play Store. We are in the process of updating the app so it will be commence full implementation from the beginning of the 2014 school year. To receive specific 'Push Notifications', within the App go to MORE... Read more

Books to ignite summer reading

The school holiday period doesn't have to be a time when children's reading and comprehension skills take a break. If you're wracking your brains for gift-giving ideas and summer activities, why not encourage your child to dive into book one of a series? Literacy experts advise that even reluctant readers and children who struggle with reading tend to be more likely to get bitten by the reading bug when they discover a book they enjoy is part of a series. By the end of the first book, the reader is familiar with the style, the setting and many... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

The new curriculum and your child

How do teachers decide what your child will study each term at school? How do composite or combined classes work? Why do students at different schools seem to be studying entirely different things, despite being in the same year? And what will happen next year, when the new Australian curriculum starts in NSW for both primary and secondary schools? Understanding how the curriculum relates to the real world of the classroom and to your child's daily lessons can help you better support them with their homework and study. It will also help you... Read more

Benefits of team sports

Benefits of team sports If you want your child to grow up to be a confident and well-adjusted adult, then team sports may be the answer. Playing a team sport provides kids with important lessons in personal values. Kids learn that things don't always go their way and that they need to respect their peers as well as referees and sports officials. These experiences can influence them throughout their lives, such as when it comes to working for a boss, or respecting the police or other authority figures. When your kids take part in team sports... Read more

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Arrival time for Year 5 students 31st October

Students are expected to arrive back to Wamberal by 3.30pm today- Thursday 31st October. Coaches will be arriving into Lea Ave. Please note, parking will be quite congested at this time of day. Students must have their names marked off a roll before leaving the school.... Read more

A better way of funding our schools

The NSW Government is introducing a new funding model for all NSW public schools that is simpler, fairer and more transparent. The funding model is a key part of a broader education reform called Local Schools, Local Decisions, which places students at the centre of school decision-making. It gives principals and their school communities a greater say over how they allocate and use their available resources to best meet the needs of their students. When fully implemented, schools will manage more than 70% of the state public school education... Read more

STAGE ONE KATANDRA EXCURSIONS POSTPONED

Unfortunately due to the total fire ban that is in place, we are unable to attend Katandra Reserve for our excursions this week. All Stage one classes will attend this excursion on the rescheduled dates in Week 7 - Monday 18th November, Tuesday 19th November and Friday 22nd November. You will be notified which day each class will attend at a later date.... Read more

First Day of Term 4

Students and staff return for Term 4 on Tuesday 8th October.... Read more

Is your child gifted?

The notion of giftedness in children has become part of many parents' conversations. Yet ask anyone what 'gifted' means and the concept remains mysterious, sometimes stigmatised, and often perplexing for parents who think their child may be extremely bright. About 10 per cent of the population is gifted. That is, they are significantly advanced beyond their peers in at least one of four areas – intellectual, creative, social or physical. Those who add skill to their gift are recognised as gifted and talented. Children who are gifted have... Read more

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Delay in NAPLAN results 2013

Delay in the delivery of 2013 NAPLAN Student print reports Australia wide The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has advised that there will be a delay in the national distribution of NAPLAN Student Reports to schools. ACARA has identified an error in the placement of the national average marker in the Year 5 and 7 NAPLAN Student Reports for Language Conventions. ACARA is devising a strategy to address the issue, which will delay the distribution of Student Reports to schools. It is anticipated that the 2013... Read more

Newly appointed Principal

Mr Paul Miller, Principal of Thornleigh West PS, has been appointed through merit selection as the new Principal of Wamberal PS. He will commence in his role at the beginning of Term 4. We welcome Mr Miller to Wamberal and our wonderful learning community.... Read more

Sporting Champions

Wamberal PS has amazingly talented students. Congratulations to the K-2 mixed Oz-Tag team who were undefeated all day at their Gala Day yesterday. These students displayed true sportsmanship and were fantastic representatives for our school. Congratulations to our girl's basketball team who won their final and are now off to Bathurst to compete in the State finals on Monday! Good luck to the girls and Miss Realph their team coach! Good luck to the girl's cricket team who have their final match on Friday. We are cheering for you!... Read more

Learning in the outdoor classroom

It's Outdoor Education Week – the perfect time to reflect on how outdoor education plays a major role in students' learning, problem-solving abilities and wellbeing. Learning in the outdoors brings together the benefits of formal and informal education and provides meaningful education for 21st century kids. By acquiring knowledge and skills through practical or hands-on activities students learn about consequences, develop resilience, and learn to take risks in a safe environment. Participating in an outdoor challenge or experience can make a... Read more

Father's Day Breakfast

Father's Day Breakfast Success

Last Friday another successful Father's Day Breakfast was held at Wamberal PS. I would like to thank the generous support of One Agency for sponsoring the event. Also thanks to Tracy and Jamie from One Agency, Daryl Phipps (General Assistant), Deb Hodgson (Canteen Supervisor), Lisa Aimbridge (P&C) and Peter Graham (Acting Principal) for their early 5.30am start. Also a huge thanks to the always supportive Wamberal PS staff for delivering in excess of 600 breakfast rolls.... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Spelling Bee app

A new app designed for Android phones and tablets helps students of all ages practise and improve their spelling. The Premier's Spelling Bee 2013 app features almost 3,000 words and corresponding sentences from the spelling competition of the same name. It also and uses Australian spelling and voices. The app features two categories - junior and senior - with a number of levels that increase in difficulty. Most adults would find the high levels in the senior category a challenge. The app is a companion to the free School A to Z app and... Read more

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Our website goes mobile

It is now easier to view our website on your mobile phone or tablet. We have created a mobile version of the site with a range of features finetuned for when you are on the move. You can now more easily: dial or email us from your phone locate us via Google maps check our school calendar view our latest newsletter. You can also create a shortcut to our website on your phone home page Try the mobile version of our website now. Just visit from a smart phone or tablet device and follow the prompts.... Read more

Disco Tickets

Disco Tickets are on sale outside the Library Thursday 25th July - Tuesday 30th July inclusive. Tickets are $5 each. The Disco is on Wednesday 31 July K-2: 5pm - 6.30pm 3-6: 7pm - 8.30pm The theme is FLOWER POWER!... Read more

NED Yo-Yos

Yo-Yos are on sale BEFORE SCHOOL ONLY outside 1J's classroom until Wednesday 31st July. Our performer Clyde had nothing but praise for our staff and students. Out of the 4000 children he sees a week all over the world, he believes Wamberal is in the top 10! Remember...... Never give up Encourage others Do your best... Read more

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TLLC Koori Choir

Tomorrow afternoon, two students from Wamberal Public School will be representing the TLLC Koori Choir on ABC RADIO. Congratulations to Jayden Shipley and Jackson Myers! The Koori Choir will be performing this Saturday 27th July - 11am at the Bateau Bay Anglican Church Hall. They were invited to perform at the Samaritans ‘market day' to acknowledge and broaden awareness of the issues around constitutional change and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Come along and join the fun!... Read more

Card collections

Parents , Please be advised that due to continuing problems between card collectors card collections should not be brought to school. These collections include Pokemon, Yugioh,and Rugby League. Thank you for your co-operation.... Read more

Developing organisational skills

Learning how to make time for homework, chores and other activities is a vital skill for all children but it's not one that always comes easily. This weekly schedule template (docx 15 KB) is a simple aid that can help kids better plan their time. Print one for your child's desk, one for the fridge and one for their school bag to help keep them on track. To personalise the template, simply click on the cell you wish to change and type. If you need to add or delete cells and don't know how, read these simple instructions . Using colour-coding... Read more

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Helping your child with their homework

How do you get your kids to keep on top of their homework? This School A to Z video features teachers talking about how parents can help kids take responsibility for their homework and avoid Thursday night meltdowns. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more

Getting ready for school camp

School camp is one of the highlights of childhood. Chances are you can still remember some of the campfire songs, the smell of damper cooking and the names of the kids you bunked with. However, it's also true that for some children (and their parents) the thought of staying away overnight can create a little anxiety. It's not uncommon for kids to worry about who they'll room with, ‘being left out' of things, whether something might go wrong, feeling homesick and other understandable concerns. Even the most outgoing and confident child may have... Read more

MayReturn to top

Cyberbullying – what the experts say

Research into cyberbullying is still in its infancy but the one thing we do know is the online environment is really just a new setting for age-old issues. Cyberbullying is an extension of face-to-face bullying. It's all about relationships. When are kids most vulnerable to bullying? Bullying – online or offline – peaks for kids (and this is worldwide) at about Year 5, and again at about Year 7 or 8. The first peak coincides with children discovering the power of the peer group, and creating their own social pecking order. The second peak... Read more

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Woolworths Earn and Learn

Earn n Learn sticker chart (pdf 2722 KB) Woolworths Earn & Learn 2013 We are participating in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program! Through this program we will be able to get new educational resources for our school – and all we need you to do is shop for your groceries at Woolworths. Last year we had enormous success with this program resulting in over 80,000 points collected!! From Monday 8th April to Sunday 9th June, we are collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn Points. You will get one Woolworths Earn & Learn Point for every $10 spent... Read more

Annual School Report 2012

Wamberal PS is a school of excellence delivering quality teaching and learning programs for all students. As part of the annual review process Wamberal PS has created the Annual School Report for 2012. This report outlines the achievements across literacy, numeracy and cultural pursuits. Annual School Report 2012 (pdf 1994 KB)... Read more

Privacy online

Protecting the privacy of personal information is increasingly important at a time when we are sharing more details about ourselves online than ever before. While interacting online can be great for kids, it also makes them more vulnerable. To help reduce the risk of cyberbullying, unwanted attention or breaches of their privacy, you can: encourage them to keep their usernames and passwords safe and not share them with anyone take them through the privacy settings of sites they join to ensure they are careful about what information they share... Read more

AprilReturn to top

Stay on top of homework

Kids and families tend to run more smoothly when there is a clear plan. So the online parent resource School A to Z has created printable homework and study calendars for each month of the year. The School A to Z website and mobile app can also help with common assignment and homework questions. In the Homework and study section you'll find links to useful websites, maths and English glossaries, and help sheets to make homework time easier in your house. Print your homework and study calendar pages for the rest of 2013. If you have ideas for... Read more

Becoming a good speller

Spelling is an important skill but one that can be a problem for many children. However, there are some simple strategies you can use to help your child develop confidence in their spelling ability. What you can do to help your child with spelling: Explain to your child that some words can be sounded out, but not all English words can be spelt correctly by ‘sounding out', eg the words ‘you' and ‘said'. Talk to your child about how you spell, and what you do when you don't know how to spell a word. Encourage your child to write at home on... Read more

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School zone safety

A reminder to parents about the operation of school speed zones around the Easter holidays. School zones exist for the safety of children and families; they will operate on Thursday 28 March, then resume on Tuesday 2 April. Forty-kilometres-an-hour school speed zones operate across New South Wales at all school sites on gazetted school days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil-free days. Find out more... Read more

Writing essays

Writing essays is a skill many of us have forgotten. But don't worry – here are a few tips to help you and your child, even if you're not familiar with the essay topic. Key points: Determine 'what is the question asking?' Essays follow a specific formula Introduction – state your response to the question and mention the points to be made in the body of the essay. Body – expand on the points introduced in the introduction. Don't introduce new thoughts at this stage. Conclusion – summarise the points discussed in the body. One idea per... Read more

FebruaryReturn to top

Great start videos

A panel of experts answers the most common questions parents have about how they can best support their kids' school life, study, wellbeing and development. In five brief segments, the experts share their tips on how parents can: help their kids reach their full potential at school and motivate them for learning support their child's social development and handle schoolyard conflict support kids through the teenage years. keep up with the technology their kids are using and how to keep them safe online. Watch the Great start videos... Read more

Wamberal Public School Info Night

Parent Info Night (pdf 113 KB)... Read more

Information Evenings

Information Evenings will be held for parents of all students at Wamberal PS. The dates and times are below: Kindergarten - Tuesday 12th February at 6pm Year 1 & 2 - Tuesday 12th February at 7pm *** 2/3F parents are invited to attend on Wednesday night Year 3 & 4 - Wednesday 13th February at 6pm Year 5 & 6 - Wednesday 13th February at 7pm *** Please note all sessions begin in the School Hall.... Read more