From Mr Hudson

The start of a new school year can be an exciting time. Hopefully your students have returned to school after the holiday period feeling rested and recharged. We often forget how exhausted we were back in December. Staff last week were back at school learning about wellbeing and how our School Attributes assist each of us to learn how to support our wellbeing through the lens of the Bible. Looking after ourselves and making good choices for our well-being is OUR shared responsibility.

Communications

Communication is vital between the families and school to ensure the best outcomes for your child/ren. Communication is a two-way process and important for building relationships. The School has planned a variety of ways this can happen. The School Community Expectations document specifies our guidelines to help ensure communication is respectful.

Edumate and the School App

In 2021, Edumate and the WCCS App will be the way the school will communicate about school life, Parent / Carer Handbook, Newsletters, Permission notes, teacher contact details etc. We are reducing our use of emails and paper notes. It is therefore very important that you have access to Edumate and download the WCCS App. It is recommended that you check Edumate and the WCCS App weekly.

Edumate provides full functionality whereas the WCCS App deals with communication areas. The Edumate site additionally provides information regarding awards or disciplines that the student might have received, the view of the progressive and semester-based reports. This is important to view regularly during the year as it informs you how your child is progressing and if there are any concerns and issues that may arise in the future. I will provide more information these platforms in my next newsletter article.

You can go HERE for instructions on how the app works and you can email edumate@wccs.nsw.edu.au if you are unsure of your account ID and password.

Student Planner

The student planner is an important tool that provides students with organisational skills and allows correspondence between you and your child’s teacher. The school requires that all year groups have parents sign the planner weekly.

Information and Support for parents

The school provides support and information to parents in a variety of ways. Some of these include Meet the Teacher evenings, Parent Seminars and handy access to parenting tips through our WCCS Portal. An example of what is on the Parent Support page:

*School TV is Independent factual information that saves parents time and confusion in searching online across multiple sites for information.

*Raising Children website – At raisingchildren.net.au, we provide free, reliable, up-to-date and independent information to help your family grow and thrive together.

*Anxiety – Returning to School infographics.

*COVID support.

Another helpful site Carey Hub  includes Tech Support, High School Sport details and High School subject material.    

Meet the Teacher evenings will be held virtually via MS Teams due to COVID restrictions. An email and broadcast message were sent to you on Wednesday evening. Bookings are only open this weekend.

Years 7-9 Homework Club

Homework Club for students in Years 7 – 9 will commence in Week 3 this term. Please click here to find out more and register your child.

Events for Term 1

Week 2: Swimming carnival – Competitors only 

Week 3 – 10th February: Meet the Teacher evening – Years 7, 10 and 12 

                Year 10 Stepping into Senior School webinar

                Musical auditions

Week 4 – 17th February: Meet the Teacher evening – Years 8,9 and 11  

Week 5: High School Learning Support Camp

Week 7: High School Athletics Carnival

Week 8 – 15th March: Parent Elevate Seminar on Student Study techniques

Finally, your child’s Pastoral Care Teacher will contact you in the next few weeks to introduce themselves and invite you to the Meet the Teacher evenings. Your Pastoral Care Teacher should be your first place of contact if your child requires any support at school.

Regards

Anthony Hudson

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17