CURRENTLY WE ARE ACCEPTING ENROLMENTS FOR 2017 FOR ALL YEAR LEVELS FROM F-6. In addition we will be opening our Early Learning Centre and will be operating 3 and 4 year old programs. Enrolments are now open.
PLEASE CONTACT OUR SCHOOL OFFICE ON 02-60241188 to arrange a tour of our facilities and to learn more about our programs and to obtain an enrolment pack.
Welcome to the Wodonga West Primary School website. (This website will be undergoing development early 2017)
Our school motto is Learning For Living. We provide our students with a nurturing and supportive learning environment.
If you would like to keep up to date with what is going on currently at Wodonga West you can find us on Twitter by our Twitter name wodongawestps or @wodongawestps.
You can also find up to date information of what is happening at our school on our Facebook page Wodonga West PS.
We look forward to welcoming you into our learning community.
OUR NEW FACILITIES:
In term four everyone was excited to come back to school and commence in our fabulous new learning centres. The children are loving the variety of classroom furnishings and the brand new facilities. Special features include large areas under verandahs so students can be close to the outdoors for some learning experiences, indoor toilets, indoor bubblers (we don't need water bottles any more) wet areas and fabulous acoustics. Students from F-4 are working in the brand new section of our school but our years 5 and 6 were not forgotten. They have moved from portables into Learning Centre 4 which is only 4 years old and also had an internal facelift before they moved in and they also received new classroom furniture.
Our gymnasium was refurbished with paint on the inside and outside as well as now having its own internal toilet and bubbler facilities. As you enter through the front door we have new administration areas and reception. Immediately adjacent to this is our Early Learning Centre which will be catering for 3 and 4 year old programs beginning February 2017. This is also totally fitted out with new furniture and wonderful learning aids. Our Kinder teacher Mrs. Kylie Whitsed is meeting new enrolments and preparing the facility for use in 2017.
By the beginning of 2017 our refurbished portable will be located near the gym to finalise a performing and visual arts precinct. Our playground structures will be re-installed and final landscaping will be completed out the front of the school. This includes a large community grassed area, a shaded collection area for parents at the end of the day and our Maths Concept garden. Playgrounds will be re-mulched and new basketball backboards installed.
TERM 4 ANNOUNCEMENT: Term 4 starts 9am Monday October 3rd. (Please remember your hats)
We are very excited to be moving into our new school buildings on Friday September 16th 2016. All classes will get a tour of the school on this day and parents are welcome to have a tour through at 2pm. During the school holidays staff will be moving classrooms and taking delivery of new furniture so that as of day one in term 4 classes for F-4 students will be occurring in our new school. Our new Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Kylie Whitsed will be commencing work in our new Early Learning Centre at the beginning of term 4 to prepare it and meet future families ready to start in February 2017. During the term 3 holidays, work will begin on demolishing the old Block A which can be seen from Lawrence st. and this is expected to be completed by the end of October. There will be some minor paint work in what was formerly known as LC3 (but which will now be LC4) ready for our years 5/6 students to move in at the start of term 4. The gym area will also be receiving a refurbishment and our bore and new high fencing along Lawrence st, (west of the gym) and the creek will be finished over the holidays (weather permitting!). During term four, a portable will be moved and refurbished as part of The Arts precinct and after the demolition of Block A further playgrounds and landscaping will be completed. We are also excitedly awating the development of our Maths Concept garden area. It is anticipated that by Christmas time building and landscape works will be fully completed.
We invite potential new enrolments to visit our school in term 4 and see the wonderful facilities, programmes and teaching and learning community we offer.
Term 3 2016:
- Inclement weather meant that our winter MYOS sport sessions were largely cancelled
- Our 3 students took part in the Resilience Project organised by Wodonga Council
- All our classroom teachers have now completed training in VCOP or 'The Big Write' as it is known and have started to implement this in their writing sessions
- We held our WWPS Athletics day and successful students from this competed at the next level
- Our Houses (Fire, Water and Earth ) completed a multi age activity organised by Red House to coincide with Science Week celebrations
- Masterchef took place for our years 5/6 students and this year Mrs. Nicol's class won
- In Arts Festival week the majority of our classes performed at Galvin Hall. We also held our annual school concert on the Tuesday night and this was a popular event
- Dress up as your favorite fictional character Day was held on the Friday to mark Literacy and Numeracy week
- Our Year 6 students went across to Charles Sturt University as part of the Future Moves program to learn what university has to offer
- Green House (Earth) won the House competition and celebrated with a Dance party
- On the last day of term Student Leadership Council have organised a sporting team colors day so wear your team colors on this day for a donation.
- Classes will get tours through the new school on the last day of term after 12.
Term 2 2016:
The new school is really taking shape with the buildings up and roofed, external cladding almost completed and the work with plastering and other internal features progressing well. All is on track for us to move in early term 4. Premier Building will then demolish the existing Building A and then everyone will be able to see our fabulous new learning spaces previously hidden behind Block A and the builder's fencing. During the term 2 holidays there will an upgrade to the gym which will include painting and fitting of an internal toilet and we will also have a new 2.1m fence constructed along Lawrence St from the gym around past the creek and adjoining park.
- Our School Wide Positive Behaviour Program introduced the concept of Houses across the school. Our students were all allocated a House. They are Red for Fire, Blue for Water and Green for Earth and are identified by Aboriginal symbols. Students are able to collect links for expected yard behaviour and these can be added to the House totals. Our launch saw a whole school event of activities and celebrations to embed the House culture across the school. Students and their families came dressed in House colors for the day.
- Once again our staff and students marched proudly behind the Australian Flag on ANZAC Day. Our school captains, Kira Shepherdson and Merick Tadeo laid a wreath on behalf of the school.
- We held our Staff organised Fundraiser which was a Walkathon with sporting stars as the theme on Friday April 29. Money raised supported the purchase of equipment for our Science program.
- Our students in years 3-6 trained and participated in the school Cross Country at Willow Park. Many personal bests were achieved and two of our students eventually went on to compete at Broadford.
- Parents Family and Friends held a very popular and successful Mother's Day stall.
- NAPLAN testing was held for years 3-5 and we look forward to having continued to build on the learning gain which was celebrated during term one.
- Staff and families assisted in a Working Bee in our Stephanie Alexander Garden on a Saturday.
- Education Week, as well as hosting many tours from prospective 2017 enrolments also saw a number of events to engage our community. On the Monday afternoon we had an AVID Showcase where families could attend and hear what AVID means for our students and to learn about strategies used in the classroom. We also offered training for parents to use our Pizza oven. On Friday a number of families and students participated in a Bluearth familiarization session and families were impressed by this program.
- A small group of committed fundraisers helped run a BBQ outside Wodonga Aldi on the Saturday to assist fundraising for the school.
- National Simultaneous Reading time was held on Wednesday May 25th and our students celebrated by wearing a hat for the reading of the chosen book. We had guest readers including the Mayor of Wodonga, an Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Nurse and the Coordinator of the Wodonga Linking Learning Project.
- Our year 5/6 students went on an excursion to Beechworth as part of their integrated learning topic.
- Winter sport sessions began on Thursdays with teams competing in netball, soccer and T-Ball. These will continue in term 3.
- We launched COMPASS. This is an app which you can use on your smart phone or access via computer. All parents were provided with a log in. Our weekly linkletter is now up on COMPASS on a Thursday evening as we embrace sustainability.
Semester One student reports were also available on COMPASS and parents were able to book their student led conference through the app also. Progressively we will be embracing more applications including excursion permission notes and absence notes.
- Parents Family and Friends held a school wide sausage sizzle. Our buidlers were also given a special treat!
- On the last day of term 2 Students can wear casual dress for a $2 donation to raise funds for "Give me 5 for Kids" - a local charity which raises money for the Albury Base Hospital paediatric ward.
- There are celebration activities for the winning House based on the tallies for this term. Frist place Red, Second place Blue and Third place Green.
WHAT'S NEW AT WWPS IN TERM 1 2016?
- Premier Building Constructions have commenced building our new Early Learning Centre, Administration area and Learning Centres to complement our modern Resource Centre and Learning Centres currently used by students in years F-2.
- The new facility will be open for use by January 2017. During this term the site has been prepared and the slabs poured. Big changes will occur in term 2!
- There is still plenty of playground space!
- Our Foundation students have settled in well and after completing their individualised learning assessments in February they are now attending fulltime.
- Students in years 2/3-6 have completed their week of Water Safety activities at WAVES Aquatic Centre.
- Some MYOS students participated in the Open Water Safety session at the Murray River and were photographed by the Border Mail.
- In Week 5 we held our "Wander through West"evening where families came and had their passports stamped as they wandered through the school and met teaching staff. Everyone finished up with a Free BBQ under the Gunyah in forty degree heat.
- School photos were held on March 9th and everyone looked beautiful in our school uniform.
- We featured on PRIME local and WIN National news for our very pleasing NAPLAN results in Numeracy in 2015. We were recognised as a school that was amongst the best in the nation for the student gain made in numeracy between 2013-15 in NAPLAN. Congratulations everyone!
- Our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program will be showcased at the North East Food and Wine Fair on Saturday March 19th at Junction Place. Come and join us there!
- During the last week of term staff will be learning about the Compass program which we will be utilizing for communicating with parents, attendance and reporting. Watch out for more news as it rolls out.
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