The Wyndham Connection

14 February 2020
Issue One
From Head of Campus Jennifer Trodden
Wyndham Happenings
Dates to remember
Wyndham Christian College
(03) 8740 4770
418-438 Ballan Rd
Wyndham Vale, Victoria, 3024
AU

From Head of Campus
Jennifer Trodden

Great start to 2020

Congratulations parents and students on completing the third week of school.

The preps are settling in well, everyone is getting used to the school routine and some lovely friendships are forming. I could not be more pleased with the dynamic prep teaching team that we have this year, everyone is sharing ideas and supporting one another. The Grade 1 students are looking very grown up now that we have 90 new preps on the block! Mrs. Cerf, Mr Stewart and Mrs. Wilke are doing such a great job at motivating and guiding these little ones. Grade 2 has established a solid rhythm; they are a positive bunch and I get the feeling they are really enjoying having Mr. Matthews who loves the outdoors. Miss Hutton has taken the boys by surprise, they were sad they were leaving Mr. Matthews but quickly released that Miss Hutton is a country girl who loves cricket, netball, swimming and pretty much every sport. She is working wonders with this class. Mr De Sosa is one cool ‘cat in the hat’, he is enjoying teaching a small class of Grade 4 students and giving them lots of one-on-one attention. He is particularly good at playing the guitar so I can hear a lot of singing, mostly times tables, coming from his classroom. Grade 5 makes me smile, as Miss Yang is very strict and has high expectations. The students are focused and working hard, I am looking forward to seeing all that they achieve this year. It is wonderful to see how well things are coming along.

 

In regards to the building project, there has been so much activity of late. We will be changing the power over on Friday the 13th March, so please don’t forget there is no school on this day. Our plan is to move the Grade 1-5 classes over to the new building during the school holidays so any assistance would be appreciated. Most of the curbs required for the new road have been completed and stones have been laid. I am looking forward to pulling down the temporary fencing, this will improve the overall look and feel of the school.

 

A few parents have asked about installing traffic lights, this is certainly something that needs to be done in the future but comes with a huge price tag of one million dollars. The council has requested that our school covers the full expense. This is something we would like to negotiate further as many people within the Wyndham Community also use this roundabout and would benefit from traffic signalization, not just our College families. In the meantime, we recommend that parents drop students off as early as possible (not earlier than 8.25am) to help with the flow in the morning. You can also use the Kiss & Collect Bays in the afternoon as they are much faster than parking. Just ask your child to meet you at the Prep (old) playground – you can’t leave your car, but we will see you, I can help them to reach your vehicle safely.

 

Thanks again to the wonderful Parent & Friends Association who supported us at the Parent Information evening, and thank you to the parents who joined us – I really enjoyed sharing our vision for the future, but most of all, introducing you to our fantastic team of teachers. I am sure everyone can see how dedicated they are and how much they care about the children.

 

If you need to share some feedback or ask a question, you can arrange a meeting or drop by for a quick chat when I am on car park duty in the morning or the afternoon.

 

Thank you for choosing Wyndham Christian College – we are proud of what is being achieved and excited about our bright future. We have a limited space available in each year level for 2020, so please share this with your friends and family. We have also started filling Year 7 for 2022😊 We are glad to be growing with you!

 

Yours faithfully

Mrs Jennifer Trodden

Wyndham Happenings

Curriculum Day - Student Free, Friday 13th March

As advised to parents via email, our previously advertised student free curriculum day on Friday 20 March has now been re-scheduled to Friday 13 March 2020. Students are not to attend school on this day.

Our stage 1A building is progressing well and this change in date is to accommodate the requirement to switch power off at the College site for the day in order to update our power supply and connect power to the new building.

Due to the whole site having no power this also means we are unable to offer a TheirCare program onsite that day. By sending out this notice at our earliest advice, we are trusting you are able to make alternative plans for your children for care for that day.

School will resume as normal on Monday 16 March 2020.

Parent Information Nights

Thank you to those who attended the Parent Information Nights this week. We enjoyed the opportunity to share our classroom spaces, curriculum plans and information with you.  Please direct any questions in regard to the content from this evening to the classroom teachers, they can provide a printed or email copy of the content from your child's specific grade.

Thank you Wyndham City Church

Our College staff and families were welcomed and honoured last Sunday 9th February during the church service at Wyndham City Church. Mr Mathews and Mr Cliffe had an opportunity to share some stories and about how far we've come in the last 12 months and our plans going forward with the church community. Andriya from Grade 3 prayed for all our staff for the year, for wisdom, health and strength. The church community then also blessed us with a lovely lunch. Thank you!

 

Car Park Safety

Our building is progressing well which sees a number of trade vehicles and large trucks entering and exiting our car park regularly. 

We'd like to request your patience and cooperation to set a high standard of expectation, by example, regarding speed and following regulations and arrows in the car park. Please use the appropriate pedestrian crossings and be extra vigilant walking to and from the car with your little ones in particular.

Kiss and Drop Bay

Please do not leave your car to drop off/collect your child from the classroom in this zone, they should make their way to the kiss and drop bay for collection. Designed for quick entry and exit, this concept is to minimise congestion and risk when used properly by all parents and carers. This area operates under the same conditions as no parking zones, which means you may stop to drop off or pick up children for a maximum of 2 minutes. You're required to remain in, or within 3 metres of your vehicle.

Thank you for your help in keeping our College community safe.  

Attendance & Absences

Attendance at school is compulsory for all students between the ages of 6 and 17. We encourage parents / guardians to ensure that absences are for unavoidable reasons such as illness. Please log your child's absence into Compass via the parent portal or telephone the Absentee Line (03) 8740 4779 before 9.00am on the day of the absence. 

Students who are clearly unwell before school should remain at home for the day in the interest of themselves and others.   Students who are unwell and present with vomiting and diarrhoea are suggested to remain home for 24 hours or until fever free for 24 hours without medication.

Student Support Group Meetings (selected students)

Information has been emailed directly to selected families in regard to upcoming Student Support Group Meetings and student Individual Learning Plans (ILP's)

This provides those families an opportunity to discuss their child’s specific learning needs for 2020. Inviting them to partner with us by attending a Student Support Group (SSG) meeting with the child’s Classroom Teacher to discuss his/her learning needs. These meetings have 30 minute time slots and are scheduled for Tuesday 25 February and Thursday 27 February.  Bookings are made via the Compass Parent Portal login.  Please contact College Reception should you require any assistance for access or navigation of Compass.

Mrs Dawn Adams - Head of Student Support

Hats compulsory-Term 1 

School Hats are compulsory in Term 1 - NO hat, NO play (students are required to stay undercover outside if they do not have a hat). Our students enjoy utilising the outdoor learning area as well as other classes outside when the weather is fine for Up & Go, Physical Education and Sport.

We have a small number of school hats for sale at College Reception for your convenience.

Bucket Hats $16.50

Slouch Hats $15.50

Please ensure your child's hat is named (and their name is still visible!) - thank you.

 

School Banking

Wyndham Christian College is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students. Participating in school banking is optional but a great opportunity to teach your children about saving money.

School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. 

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

All you need to get involved in the School Banking program is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account.

You can open an account for your child in one of two ways: 

1. Online

Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.

 

2. In branch

Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.

 

If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.

 

School Banking day will be Friday. Each week you need to hand your Dollarmite book with Deposit slip and stub completed to the classroom Teacher.

Direct any questions to candida.nadar@wyndhamcc.vic.edu.au

Science Talent Search 

The Science Talent Search (STS) is an annual, science based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria, Australia.

Visit:

http://www.sciencevictoria.com.au/sts/index.html

You MUST be available Saturday 8th August to present your work to judges.

If you are interested then come speak to Miss Smith

 

Scholastic Book Club

Book Club provides families with an affordable and convenient way to bring the best in children’s literature into their homes. Each issue contains curated, age-appropriate titles that have been carefully selected and levelled by a dedicated team of professional booklovers. We are happy to offer this service to college families. Catalogues will go home with students next week, orders and payments must be made directly online. (There will be 2 catalogues a term) More info can be found here:   https://www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-home/

Scholastic operates on a unique model, proudly partnering with Australian schools and educators for over 50 years. As well as bridging the important class-to-home reading gap, Book Club also benefits Australian schools—for every Book Club order placed, Scholastic gives back 20% of the order spend to schools to purchase valuable educational resources via its Scholastic Rewards program.

Mrs Victoria Smith - Head of Teaching & Learning

Wyndham Library Writing Competition

Information has been sent home with students in regard to the Wyndham Library Writing Competition. Closing Date: 31 March 2020. Please direct enquiries and entries to the Libraries directly at: www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/libraries

 

The Music Bus

 

Before & After School Care

This service is provided on school days from 6.30am - 8.30 am and 3.10 pm - 6.30 pm. This program is fully accredited by the government and access to government rebates applies on fees. Parents/ guardians can enrol their primary aged children as either a permanent or casual booking. More information can be found on the website https://theircare.com.au/

The College suggests that families register their primary aged children casually in case an emergency arises. It is College policy that primary children not collected by 3.45pm are placed in after-school care, without exception, and costs charged to the parents.

Dates to remember

Upcoming dates to note:

Tuesday 18 February        Running Club 7.45 - 8.15am

Wednesday 19 February Prep Free Wednesdays / Assessments

Wednesday 19 February SSV Swimming Trials (selected students)

Thursday 20 February      Running Club 7.45 - 8.15am

Friday 21 February            The Music Bus

Tuesday 25 February        Running Club 7.45 - 8.15am

                                                   Student Support Group (ILP) meetings 

Wednesday 26 February Prep Free Wednesdays / Assessments

Thursday 25 February      Running Club 7.45 - 8.15am

                                                   Student Support Group (ILP) meetings

Friday 28 February            Clean Up Australia Day

Friday 13 March               STUDENT FREE CURRICULUM DAY

Community Events

 

Sean W Smith at Wyndham Christian College

In 2019, Sean W Smith was a great hit with our students with a concert at school as well as many families attending FAMFEST 2019. Sean will be again performing for us at WCC on Tuesday 24th March as well as being invited to join the other public events here onsite at College.

2020 Term Dates 

Term 1: Thursday 30 January - Friday 27 March

Term 2: Tuesday 14 April - Friday 26 June

Term 3: Wednesday 15 July - Thursday 17 September

Term 4: Monday 5 October - Tuesday 8 December

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