Waverley Primary School
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6 Naroo St
Waverley TAS 7250
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Email: waverley.primary@education.tas.gov.au
Phone: 03 6339 1455

9 September 2021

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From the Principal….

Week 8 Term 3

It is hard to believe that we only have a little over two weeks left in this term. Since our last newsletter, there have been a number of special events to share.


Book week is all about celebrating books and reading.

At our Book Week assembly last week, hosted by 2/3 Read, we promoted our love of reading across the school. Although cold, windy weather prevented us from gathering on the lawn at the front of the school, we enjoyed an entertaining and engaging assembly. Each class shared the great work they completed on the short listed picture books. We then took time to enjoy reading with our buddy classes. The atmosphere in the Hall was buzzing with the sharing of stories and conversations about books. It was a lovely experience for all involved.


A HUGE congratulations to all the students who completed this year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge. Those who participated did an amazing job.

This year, the class that collectively read the most books received a special reward. The winning class was 3/4 Wheeler and those students who contributed to their successful effort enjoyed a pizza lunch prize.

The benefits of reading are unlimited and we are looking forward to participating in the Premier’s Reading Challenge again next year.


Last Friday, 3rd of September a very excited and talented group of students from 5/6 Webster were selected to participate in a collaborative writing event called ‘Tamar Tales’. Along with other schools from the Queechy Alliance, students worked over the course of an extended school day (8:30am- 6:45pm) to draft, publish and illustrate a story. As well as developing their skills as writers and illustrators, students also practised their skills of collaboration, communication, problem-solving and time management.

A fantastic day was had by all.

Congratulations to Lilly Ritchie, Dravid Gauci-Warren, Jordan Devereaux, Morgan Field, Jorja Jongschaap, Monique Walsh, Zachary Williams and Angel Roney who, not only completed the challenge, but represented our school with such pride and excellence. You really did SHINE the Waverley way.


This week we would like to express our gratitude to St Ls Café in St Leonards, who recently donated $100 to our school. These funds will contribute to supporting our Grade 6 Leavers Dinner later in the year. Our students are very appreciative of this generous gesture.


Last week families received a letter containing a website link and a URL to complete our School Satisfaction Survey. I encourage you to complete this survey as your feedback assists us with future planning and decision making about how we can improve our support of students and families.

Student Wellbeing and Engagement Survey – Years 4-6

The wellbeing of our students is important to us. To gain an understanding of how they feel about their own wellbeing , students in Years 4-5 at Waverley Primary will be taking part in a wellbeing survey.

The Student Wellbeing and Engagement Survey is part or the Department of Education’s Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy.

Thank you for supporting us to ensure all learners are safe, feel supported and are able to flourish, so they can engage in learning.


Last week we sadly said goodbye to Sandy Dunbabin. Sandy, in her position as Family Partnership Coordinator with the Smith Family, has been a familiar face around our school for a number of years, working with many of our students and families. We will all miss Sandy’s happy, positive personality around our school and are grateful for the support and care she has provided to our Waverley Primary community. Good luck with whatever your next venture brings Sandy!



At our recent School Association meeting, we received an update on the much anticipated Prep outdoor space project. For those families that are new to our school, our School Association raised $10,000 towards an upgrade of the outdoor space outside the current Prep classroom. The School has also contributed substantial funds to this project, with concept plans being drawn up and finalised in 2019. Due to a lack of contractors in 2019-20, we were unable to obtain quotes on this project until late last year and a contractor was booked for the summer holiday period in 2020-21. Unfortunately, this contractor pulled out from the project in November and we were back to square one.

We understand the frustrations that these delays have caused and we are working on a solution with another large contractor to have the project undertaken later this year – due to drainage issues on our school site, this work cannot happen other than during the summer holiday period. As soon as a confirmed start date has been advised, we will provide further details but wanted to let our school community know that this project has been on our horizon for sometime and we are working hard behind the scenes to have this project completed as soon as possible.

A few things to remember……

School Starting time is 8:30am

Student Banking


School Newsletter

Thursday - fortnightly (commencing 29th April)


Wednesday – fortnightly (students and staff only at this stage)

Student Absences

Advise via phone 6339 1455 or

sms 0400 967 396

Ice Cream Sales


Recess Sales




Orders to be in by 9am each Tuesday

Upcoming Events

Monday 13th September

Terrapin Puppet Theatre Performance – Scaredy Cat

Monday 20th September – Friday 24th September

Fissure Sealant and Fluoride Varnish Program – selected class years

Friday 24th September

Last Day Term 3

Monday 11th October

First Day Term 4

Term Dates for 2021

Term 1

Wednesday 3rd February - Wednesday 31st March

Term 2

Wednesday 21st April - Friday 2nd July

Term 3

Tuesday 20th July – Friday 24th September

Term 4

Monday 11th October – Thursday 16th December

Merit Certificates

At the last assembly on Wednesday 25th August the following students received merit certificates. Well done everyone.






For showing courage when faced with new challenges


For being a helpful and friendly member of Kinder



For trying her best at school


For choosing to be a learner



For an amazing effort to improve his learning in all areas


For making an excellent effort in all of her work

2/3 READ


For a big improvement in her writing and spelling. Well done!


For a big improvement in his writing and spelling. Well done!


Declan W

For settling into new routines and expectations quickly and quietly


For always completing learning tasks to a high standard



For a focused effort with his writing


For a focused effort during guided reading



For his self reflection and commitment to improvement in his feedback session


For his excellent effort in his information report on Axolotl’s

Queechy High School Information Night

Parents of Grade 6 students are invited to attend an information session on Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd September. Please see the below flyer for further information.


Both Grade 1/2 Watson and 2/3 Read participated in a Steam activities afternoon with their families. What amazing Scientists, Inventors, Engineers, Artists and Mathematicians we saw engaged in their learning. They were asked to problem solve, think in creative ways and work with others to achieve a common goal.

Thank you to all the parents who came along to be a part of the fun and learning. We hope you had a great afternoon with your child and are able to continue the learning at home with the STEAM home ideas booklet.

Mrs Laura Allen- Lift Coordinator

Ice Cream Sales

Our Grade 6 Leaders will be selling ice creams and icy poles again each Monday on the deck outside the grade 4/5 classroom this term.

Ice creams can be purchased for $1.50 and icy poles for $1.00.

If students did not complete a pre-paid ice cream form last term they will need to bring their money to school each Monday if they would like to purchase an ice cream or icy pole.

Early Years

Please view our Early Years Program via the electronic newsletter or see the office for a hard copy.

Lunch Orders

Lunch orders are on a Wednesday, with order forms available from classroom teachers and the main office. If you would like to place an order please ensure forms are returned to school by Tuesday 9:00am each week.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club is available every morning for students to pop in and grab some warm milo, toast or cereal to start the day. All children are welcome, please ensure they go straight to Breakfast Club when they arrive at school. A small coin donation would be much appreciated.

Milo Club

Ella and Allison from CatholicCare are here after school on a Thursday with Milo and activities for students to enjoy.

Electronic Newsletters

A reminder that we have moved to electronic distribution of our school newsletter. If you would like a paper copy to be sent home with your child, please register your name with the school office.

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