From Mr Burgess

Athletics Carnival

As you are aware, most sporting activities have been cancelled for the immediate future, but that doesn’t halt sport completely!  William Carey will be running an Athletics Carnival at school, so our students can still enjoy that experience this year.

The Carnival will be on Thursday 27th August, at WCCS.  Unfortunately, parents are unable to attend, as per the current guidelines for schools.  Kindergarten to Year 6 will be involved, though K-1 for a much shorter part of the day.  There will be many of the usual activities from both track and field.

More details to come soon.

ICAS English and Mathematics Competitions – Years 3 to 6 Only

These competitions are on again this year.  If you are interested in entering your child in either of these competitions (also known as UNSW), could you please register your interest via the email link.  The competition dates for 2020 are:

* English – 24th to 28th August

* Maths – 31st August to 4th September

I encourage parents to consider this carefully, as the competitions are extremely challenging, and similar information is gained already from the compulsory NAPLAN testing.

Students who are in the top groups for these subjects are automatically entered.

Please click here to email:

– Your child’s full name

– Your child’s class

– Which of the competitions (or both) you would like them to enter

If you have any questions about the competitions, please contact Mr Cooper.

Expressions of interest are now overdue, so please email ASAP, and by Monday 10th August at the latest.

Excursions/Incursions

Excursions and camps are still not allowed, under the guidelines from the NSW Government.  However, following strict guidelines, we are allowed to have visiting performers/activities come to the school.  So far this term we have had Year 2 enjoy learning about Australia’s History, and Year 3 experience a Zoo Day.  More activities like these are planned, as we seek to add to the learning experiences for our students.

Report Feedback

Thank you to the families that have provided feedback regarding the Semester 1 reports.  As always, we find input from families very helpful.  While comments were generally positive, there were two areas for us to note:

* Access to reports.  Some families commented that they are not used to accessing Edumate via the School Portal, so finding the reports was not as straightforward as hoped.  Unfortunately, reports cannot go to the WCCS App, so Edumate is where they need to be accessed.  It is the same password as the App, and we are always happy to help with login/password issues.  Parents did find it helpful that all reports are on Edumate, not just the current one.  If you are still having trouble with this, please contact the Primary Office so we can help.

* The general comment.  I wrote to families explaining this prior to the reports, but I recognise that there was a lot of correspondence coming at that time.  In brief, we decided not to write a general comment for the Semester 1 reports, due to the unsettled nature of the time leading up to the reports.  Instead, we wrote a comment that sums up the times in which the reports were written.  Also, there had been Parent/Teacher Interviews a few weeks prior to the reports going home, and substantial conversations were held then.  Semester 2 reports will most certainly contain a general comment, with an emphasis on who your child is as a learner and how he or she is growing in that regard.

Communication from School

Almost all communication from the school now comes home electronically.  A majority of this information is accessible via the WCCS App.  Certainly, all information/notes from me or the Primary Office will come to you this way.  Permission notes, information about upcoming activities, opportunities to order sausage sizzles, etc. are all promoted this way.  If you are not actively engaged with the WCCS App, please contact us to discuss how you can download and use it.  You MUST have the App to receive important communications from the school, and you need to have notifications on as well.

Classroom teachers also have the facility to send home messages via the App, and these appear in an area called “Spaces”.  Some classes also use See-Saw as a messaging tool.  These are usually class related messages, or reminders of information already sent by me/the Primary Office.  If you are unsure about these methods of communication, please contact your child’s teacher.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9

In His service,
Robert Burgess