NDIS continues its roll out across NSW
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more
NAPLAN Online School readiness test
NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more
BIG BOOK DAY OUT!
Westmead's Big Book Day Out will be held on Tuesday 22 August. A character Walk will take place 11.30 - 12.30pm. Our Annual Book Fair will once again be located in our dance studio. The Grand Opening will take place Monday 22 August at 3.00pm. It will also be open Tuesday-Wednesday 22-23 August 8.30-8.55am, 1-2pm and 3-4pm . The Family Book Picnic will be held 1 - 2pm. Bring along a picnic lunch and a book to read with your child. Open Classrooms from 2 - 3pm. Come and visit your child's classroom and see the great work they are doing with... Read more
CAPA Spectacular 2017!!!
Westmead PS presents CAPA SPECTACULAR 2017 Thursday 14 September 2017 – 6:30pm Westmead Public School is hosting a spectacular evening show of entertainment on Thursday 14 September 2017 at 6:30pm at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. This performance will showcase the fabulous creative arts groups running at the school and is intended as a thank you to parents whose support allows CAPA to flourish at Westmead Public School. Tickets are now on sale at: https://boxoffice.riversideparramatta.com.au/WEBPAGES/EntaWebShow/ShowDatesCombo.aspx Adults:... Read more
Education Week 2017
Next week (Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August) is Education Week, a statewide annual event to celebrate public education in NSW. The week highlights the achievements of public education and local schools, putting the spotlight on our students, our educators and the communities that support them. This year's theme is I Learn, We Learn. It is a celebration of the commitment of the NSW Department of Education to ensuring that our students are at the heart of learning and that all our schools improve every year. Education Week is also a time for... Read more
Celebrate our Centenary!
Celebrate our Centenary 1917—2017! Past and present students, teachers, parents and community members are invited to join us in celebrating 100 years of public education. Open Day Saturday 5 August 2017 1.00pm—4.00pm Westmead Centenary... Read more
Westmead Public School Centenary Facebook Site
Keep up to date with all the latest news regarding the centenary celebrations at WPS Centenary Facebook Site... Read more
Introducing Healthy School Canteens
The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system. The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold. NSW public schools will have until the end of 2019 to... Read more
Our shared responsibility
Welcome back for the 2017 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break. I'd like to particularly welcome students (along with their parents) and staff starting in our schools for the first time. May the year ahead be engaging and rewarding – a wonderful year of teaching and learning. We know the world is transforming profoundly and quickly, and it is our great responsibility to prepare our children and young people so that they can flourish through such change. When our children finish school and enter the evermore... Read more
Teddy Bear Picnic
On Tuesday 8th November Kindergarten had a Teddy Bear Picnic day where teddies were cuddled and taken on some fun adventures. Students from 5F led the exciting activities involving craft, teddy games, a disco and sick teddies even went to the Teddy Bear Hospital for treatment. A fun day was had by all and there were many tired teddies going home at the end of the action packed day. You can view more pictures in the gallery on this website.... Read more
2017 Resource Allocation Model funding
In October 2016, all NSW public schools will receive a 2017 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2017 funding by visiting the Department's website. Watch a short animation about the important role of the RAM... Read more
Westmead Public School is now on Twitter!!!
Twitter @ Westmead PS As part of our ongoing commitment to Strategic Direction 3- our school community will be inclusive, informed and engaged we have launched Twitter at our school. This will be used to update you of any events and to inform you of important information and changes (e.g sports carnivals or PSSA cancellations due to bad weather, students arriving back late from excursions, reminders for fundraisers and whole school events, updates from Stage 3 camp). Click here for full details Twitter (pdf 147 KB)... Read more
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Westmead Public School offers interactive, graphically rich, full colour professional electronic newsletters delivered directly to your inbox every fortnight. We have partnered with Austnews to provide this service free of charge to the school, with the kind support of our local businesses. To sign up for our eNewsletter, please click here: http://goo.gl/Hjf78F Then complete the subscription for and click SUBMIT to confirm your subscription. If you do not receive the eNewsletter, please check your JUNK and SPAM folders. As part of... Read more
A new school year
Welcome back to school for 2016. As we start the year we have high expectations of our students and staff and a commitment to deliver the excellent public education that parents, carers and the community rightly demand. This year we will work towards achieving new priorities announced by the Premier to raise the percentage of students in the top two bands in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). I am proud of our achievements in public education and each year our schools provide our communities with much to... Read more
Applications for student travel 2016
From 2 November 2015, a new online SSTS application process is being introduced for schools within the Opal network, coinciding with the introduction of the School Opal card. Schools outside the Opal network should continue to process the existing blue SSTS application forms and send them to the appropriate transport operators. Most parents, guardians and students won't need to apply for a school travel pass for 2016 if they have already been given a school student travel pass for the current year. These will be automatically sent to the... Read more
2016 school funding allocations
All NSW public schools are currently being advised of their 2016 Resource Allocation Model (RAM) funding. RAM distributes funding based on individual needs of students and schools, and gives schools greater flexibility to make financial decisions. The way schools use their RAM funding will vary based on local needs. Some support will be for the entire school, and some will be for particular groups of students or individual students. There is an overview document about the RAM available on the Department of Education website. If you would like... Read more
Over exposure to UV radiation from the sun in childhood or adolescence increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life. Teach your child how to apply sunscreen properly, and they'll be able to protect themselves even when you're not around. When the number hits 3, protect from UV. Check the daily UV alert in your local newspaper or at www.cancercouncil.com.au/sunsmart. A UV level of 1 or 2 will not damage most skin types, but a UV level of 3 or above can be harmful even on a cloudy day. Apply early. Sunscreen needs to be applied 20... Read more
How to get your child reading this summer!
Children who thrive in school tend to have one thing in common – they enjoy reading. It doesn't really matter what your child chooses to read, the important thing for primary-school kids is to encourage them to develop the habit of reading a little each day. With summer school holidays just around the corner, now is a good time to stock up on books from your local library that might interest your child. Series books are a great place to start. Reluctant readers and children who struggle with comprehension can find series books easier to enjoy,... Read more
What parents should know about Instagram
It's hard to keep up with all the social media platforms and apps our kids want to use. Instagram is currently one of the most popular social networks for school-aged children at the moment. It's a free, photo and video sharing mobile application and social network for people aged 13 years and over. There's no age-verification process though, so younger children can create an account pretty easily, sometimes without parents even knowing. Instagram say they'll remove under-age users' accounts if they are reported. Instagram has just published... Read more
When older kids struggle with reading
When older kids struggle to read and write, the issue can become fraught for the whole family. Parents can lose their patience and blame the child or themselves and the child loses their confidence and begins shying away from reading at all. Grades fall and interest in school can flag. Kids who struggle to read often try to hide it from teachers and parents, and develop unhelpful strategies, which only exacerbate the problems. Ways to encourage effective reading in older children Ask your child what subjects they would like to read about.... Read more