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Learner Driver Information

Please find attached information that may be of interest to Learner Drivers and their parents/caregivers. Driver Awareness (pdf, 133 KB)... Read more

Season's Greetings

The staff of Wadalba Community School would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of our school community a safe, happy Christmas and prosperous New Year. We look foward to welcoming our new Year 7 students on Monday, 31 January together with Year 1-6 and Years 11 and 12 students; Year 8, 9 and 10 students on Tuesday, 1 February and our new Kindergarten students on Tuesday, 1 February 2011. Enjoy the festivities of the Season!... Read more

Salvo's Christmas Invitation

Tuggerah Lakes Salvation Army is holding a Christmas Day Community Lunch. The lunch is for anyone interested. It will be held on Christmas Day beginning at 9.30am with a Christmas Day church service and finishes before 2.00pm. It is to be held at 88 Minnamurra Road, Gorokan. Cost is $!0 per person or $20 per family (negotiable). Transport is possible and registration is essential. This will be a great day with lots of fun and games. Come and be part of the family. All interested please call Dennis on 0402631517. See you there!... Read more

Australian Business Week Report

A group of Year 9 students recently competed in the Australian Business Week - Hopsitality Interschool Program. Our students excelled in the program and placed competitively - second place! Students involved in the progam include: Kimberley D, Mikayla C, Naomi Q, Kirsty G, Emily McP, Jamie O, Kimberlee R. The boys' team, consisting of Brennan B, Aaron H and Ben M placed fifth! Congratulations to all!... Read more

Sponsor Thanks

It is with thanks that we acknowledge the businesses who support Wadalba Community School assisting us in rewarding students annually for their exceptional achievements. Wadalba Community School P&C Australian Defence Force David Harris, MP Wyong Community Bank Road Runner Tours Wyong Pty Ltd Reuben F Scarf Memorial Foundation Central Coast Group Training Wyong RSL Sub-branch Northlakes Toukley Rotary Inc Central Life Christian Church A-Class Trophies Newcastle University S&S Wholesale Pty Ltd Les Porter Photography Wyong Shire Council... Read more

2011 Return Dates

Staff return on Friday, 28 January Years 1-7 and Years 11 & 12 commence on Monday, 31 January Kindergarten and Years 8-10 commence on Tuesday, 1 February School Security: 1300 880 021... Read more

Uniform Shop

Please check the calendar for opening hours during the Christmas break, commencing Monday, 24 January.... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

New home for Multi-Cat Class!

Recently, the Wadalba Multi-Cat class moved into their new room. This room, purpose-built for the students of this class, features an interactive Smartboard, its own computer bay and other adaptations that cater to the individual educational needs of this cohort. This exciting development is just another way in which Wadalba provides an educational forum for all its students. Stan Baric - Special Education Teacher... Read more

Cybersafety resource

Brush up on the latest information about cyberbullying, sexting and rules for internet privacy with Cybersmart's new, interactive cybersafety guide. The guide has been created by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and uses videos to provide a snapshot of common scenarios, with practical tips that parents can use with their children and teenagers. These can be viewed on screen or downloaded for later use. The Cybersmart website also has six downloadable brochures for parents, covering: cyberbullying sexting socialising on the... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

October Newsletter

Is now uploaded for viewing. Click on the PDF link above entitled Newsletter No. 89, 25 October 2010... Read more

Evacuation Notification

It was necessary to implement the school's evacuation procedures today when we were alerted to the fact that there may have been a dangerous device on the premises. Staff and students were safe at all times throughout the evacuation process. Please read the attached letter for further explanation of events. Evacuation Notification Info. (pdf, 65 KB)... Read more

Whooping cough alert

NSW Health is warning parents to be on the alert for whooping cough following an increase in the number of school-aged children diagnosed with the disease over the last few weeks. Whooping cough – also known as pertussis – is a serious respiratory infection that causes a long coughing illness, and can be life-threatening for babies. Older children can bring home whooping cough from school or childcare and the infection can then be passed on to babies in the home. Boosters are important Whooping cough boosters are important for older children... Read more

Stage 3 Canberra Excursion!

Please select the PDF link below to access information regarding the P.A.C.E.R. (Parliament & Civics Education Rebate) scheme, an Australian Government initiative, which subsidised the Stage 3 national capital excursion undertaken in early September. Stg 3 Canberra Excursion Report (pdf, 256 KB)... Read more

Good luck to our HSC Students!

The staff, students and school community wish Year 12 the best of luck during their HSC examinations!... Read more

Digital citizenship checklist

Kids today seem to be born knowing how to use technology, but they don't automatically understand responsible online behaviour. It's a new challenge parents face – teaching children how to be good digital citizens; how to use technology safely and responsibly, and how to evaluate, manage and use the information and tools they find online. Here are eight areas of digital citizenship that parents may consider and discuss with their children. Digital etiquette The most common example is using lower case letters in text messages and emails -... Read more

Millennium Health Club Open Day

Millennium Health Club, a local supporter of our Targeted Sports Program, will hold their Open Day on Saturday, 23 October. Free entry all day; includes access to gym, classes, sausage sizzle and plenty of fun activities for the kids! Please open the PDF file below for further information. Millennium Health Club Open Day (pdf, 3591 KB)... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

The power of numbers

Girls listen to pop music, use the internet to stay in touch with friends and enjoy playing netball. Boys prefer rap, use the internet to play games and nominate AFL or soccer as their sport of choice. These were some of the findings of a national survey of more than 20,000 students, of which more than a quarter came from NSW. The Australian Bureau of Statistics CensusAtSchool for 2010 was open to students from Years 4 to 12, with the aim to spark students' interest in statistics and to improve their statistical literacy. Striking results... Read more

Future School Online Learning!

Information regarding Future School's Mathematics and English online learning system can be accessed by clicking on the PDF link below. IMPORTANT: TIME is RUNNING OUT! Parents must register their child/children within 14 days of receiving the Future School's letter, to activate their FREE account. Go to http://www.futureschool.com.au and enter the code (ENTER DI$COUNT CODE:) WADALBA The Future School Website technical issues recently encountered, have now been resolved. For further information or assistance please contact Future School on... Read more

Week 9 Primary News!

Now uploaded and available to view. Select the "Our School" tab from the tab menu above; then select the grey "Primary Newsletter -2010" link from the grey menu on the left of the page. If you require technical assistance please feel free to contact administration during school hours.... Read more

Positive Community Feedback!

The following letter, commending the behaviour of our students, was received by a member of the community. It's great to receive such positive feedback! Letter of Commendation (pdf, 1203 KB)... Read more

AugustReturn to top

Wicked

Students attending the Wicked excursion tomorrow, Wednesday 18 August, will return to Wyong Railway Station by 6pm.... Read more

Koolang Observatory

Wednesday, 18 August 5:45pm-9:45pm. For further information please contact Mr Colin Harris, Head Teacher Science on 43925000.... Read more

Primary News Available!

Go to "Our School" tab and select Primary Newsletter - 2010 from the grey menu on left of webpage.... Read more

First Aid Course

Senior PDHPE students have the opportunity of completing a First Aid Course on Monday, 23 August. The $65.00 course fee can be paid the school's office. For further information, please contact Mr Riley during school hours on 43925000.... Read more

CHS Athletics Qualifiers

Congratulations to Malcolm, Ellese, Akaylah, Sho & Therese for qualifying for CHS Athletics. Great effort!... Read more

Flash mobs celebrate Education Week

Communities around the state got a glimpse of the performance talent of NSW public school students who sprung into action at a series of flash mobs to celebrate the start of Education Week 2010. About 500 students descended on Sydney's Circular Quay for an energetic performance as part of a flash mob - an event where a group of people are organised to quickly assemble in a public place to do something unexpected and then disperse. Concurrent flash mobs, involving almost 200 other NSW public school students, were held at Miranda and Orange.... Read more

Mr Crean Visits

Wadalba Community School welcomes Minister for Education, Mr Simon Crean, as he visits the Central Coast today.... Read more

JulyReturn to top

Upcoming School Events

WADALBA'S GOT TALENT - Thursday 5 August - $2.00 entry fee. Performances commence at lunchtime. Only students with a ticket will be permitted to attend show during Period 5. Listen to your SRC's daily announcements for further information. CAPA SHOWCASE - Wednesday, 4 August at 6:15pm R.S.P.C.A. - Cupcake Day to be held on Monday, 16 August Further information relating to these events can be obtained from Mrs Burton or your SRC.... Read more

Headspace Central Coast

Notice - Change in Hours of Service from Monday, 6 July. For further information please click on the PDF link below. Headspace New Hours of Service (pdf, 102 KB)... Read more

Back to school tax refunds

Parents are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) provides parents with refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. Parents can receive refunds of up to $375 per primary school student and $750 per secondary school student. A family with two kids in high school and one in primary school could potentially get a refund of almost $2,000 on eligible education expenses. Items you can claim Parents can... Read more

Your child's resilience

Next time your child is furrowing their brow and staring off into space, ask them whether they're thinking dolphin or shark thoughts. That's the advice from resilience specialist Andrew Fuller on helping your child to recognise the positive or negative approaches they may be taking on life issues. "Dolphin thinking can help you out and shark thinking can eat you up. It doesn't matter how old your kids are, they can still understand it," Andrew says. "The things that are most important are teaching children what a good life is, how to live life... Read more

Year 9 DER Netbooks

Parents/caregivers and Year 9 students are invited to attend a information evening on Wednesday, 21 July. Please use the link below to access further information relating to the information evening and distribution of Year 9 DER NSW Netbooks. Further enquiries can be directed to Mr Mullaney, Head Teacher - Computing, during school hours on 43925000. DER Netbook Information - Year 9 (pdf, 62 KB)... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Primary Athletics Postponed!

Please be advised that the Primary Athletics Carnival has been postponed to Friday, 23 July - Week 1, Term III.... Read more

Subject Selection Evening

A subject selection evening will be held for families of students enrolling in Years 9 and 11 in 2011. Please use the links below to access further information. What will you study in 2011? (pdf, 144 KB) Subject Expo Information (pdf, 95 KB)... Read more

Juniors at Wadalba

Preschool & Long Day Care Centre now open. Phone: 43930644 or click on the link below for further information. Juniors at Wadalba (pdf, 48 KB)... Read more

Koori Idol

Click on the link below to access further information regarding Koori Idol and the Aboriginal Football Knockout Weekend. Koori Idol & Football Weekend (pdf, 207 KB) Koori Idol registration form (pdf, 56 KB)... Read more

Cyber-safety tools

A new cyber-safety website provides parents and teachers with easy-to-understand information about how to create safe online environments for children. The ThinkUKnow website helps parents and teachers to understand new technologies and the safety risks that the online environment can present to children and young people. The website provides interactive training and information on key topics, including the digital channels kids commonly use how to stay in control of your child's cyber activity how to report inappropriate content advice on... Read more

Careers Expo for Yr 10 & 12

Year 10 and 12 students are encouraged to attend the Central Coast Career Pathways Expo on Tuesday, 29 June. Students are requested to commit to attending this excursion by paying $10.00 (includes entry and bus fare) at the school's office. Year 12 students who intend to make their own transport arrangements need only pay the $5.00 entry fee. All students will receive an information booklet. An invitation is also extended to parents of Year 10 and 12 students to attend the Expo which will take place at the Central Coast Youth Club,... Read more

MySchool Website Explained!

Please use the media link provided below to view an explanation of the MySchools Website given by the Department of Education and Training's Director General, Mr Michael Coutts-Trotter.... Read more

May Newsletter!

The May newsletter is now available. Newsletters can be accessed on the website using a number of methods; by: using the PDF link on the home page; selecting the "News & announcements" link in the grey menu located under the "Our School" tab; or clicking on the PDF link below. Alternatively, you may prefer to receive the newsletter via email. To add your name to the distribution list, please email us at wadalba-c.school@det.nsw.edu.au If you experience difficulty accessing the electronic version of our newsletter please contact the... Read more

Athletics Carnival POSTPONED!

The Secondary Athletics Carnival has been postponed to Tuesday, 15 June.... Read more

Letter from the Principal

The Principal's response to recent negative media representations can be accessed using the PDF link below. Principal's Response (pdf, 83 KB)... Read more

Viewing PDF Files

Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view PDF files. This is a free program available from the Adobe website http://www.adobe.com/au/ Follow the download directions on the Adobe web site to get your copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.... Read more

MayReturn to top

Digital Education Revolution!

The Digital Education Revolution (DER) is here .... For further information select the DER homepage link listed in the grey menu under the "Curriculum & Activities" tab.... Read more

Primary News!

Week 5, Term II Primary News is now uploaded! Go to the "Our School" tab above and select the "Primary Newsletter -2010" link on the grey menu on the left of the page.... Read more

Win for your School @ Lake Haven

To give WCS a chance to share in over $40,000.00 in prizes, simply shop at Lake Haven Shopping Centre between Monday 17 May and Sunday 27 June! Further information can be obtained by using the link below or calling by 1800 807 101. Win $$ for WCS @ Lakehaven! (PDF 305Kb)... Read more

Academic Opportunities!

Academic opportunities exist for students who are interested in public speaking and debating at WCS. For further information and updates please refer to the Curriculum & Activities tab above or contact Ms Lisa Welsh during school hours on 43925000.... Read more

Primary News!

Week 3, Term II Primary Newsletter now uploaded for your information.... Read more

AprilReturn to top

English Assessment Tasks

Year 10 and 11 Speaking Assessment Task information has been posted on the English Faculty Homepage.... Read more

Term 2 - Tuesday 20 April

Staff return for a professional development day on Monday, 19 April. Students return to school to commence Term 2 on TUESDAY, 20 April. Students should arrive at school on Tuesday, 20 April in time for Roll Call at 8:15am. Students who are late for Roll Call are requested to provide a note of explanation. Further information relating to attendance and absenteeism can be found on the "Our school" menu bar under the "Attendance & absences" link.... Read more

No Knives at School!

There's no good reason to bring a knife to school! New South Wales now has the toughest knife laws in Australia. As a parent, you need to be aware of these laws, as you can also be charged if you allow your child to carry a knife. For further information, please use the link below. Knives Facts Sheet (pdf, 826 KB)... Read more

MarchReturn to top

TSP Fees

Please note that students who are participating in the Targeted Sports Program are required to have paid their fee on or before Thursday, 1 April 2010. Enquiries can be directed to Ms Brooke Playford, coordinator during school hours on 43925000.... Read more

Blood Donations Required!

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service needs blood before the Easter break. Please use the link below to access further information on how to support them in their endeavours. Red Cross Blood Service Message (pdf, 220 KB)... Read more

Saver Plus Education Grants

Would you like to receive an amount of $500.00 to assist in covering your education costs? Saver Plus is a nationally recognised program that assists people to save for education. It is an initiative of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and ANZ which is delivered in partnership with Berry Street, The Benevolent Society, The Smith Family and other local community agencies. ANZ rewards participants with one dollar for every dollar they save (up to $500.00). By joining Saver Plus you could receive $500.00 to assist you in funding school items,... Read more

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews for Year 7, 11 and 12 students will be held on Wednesday, 17 March between 4pm and 7:30pm. Bookings are essential! Information and booking sheets will be distributed to Year 7, 11 and 12 students on Wednesday, 10 March.... Read more

Ready, set, read!

Kids who get a head start on this year's Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) could win early bird rewards. The challenge officially runs from 1 April to 1 September, but NSW public school students can log on now and start attacking those reading lists. Each child who completes the required number of books from the PRC booklist receives a certificate signed by the Premier. The aim is that along the way they'll also enjoy discovering quality literature from a wide range of authors. They'll also find out that quality literature doesn't mean boring... Read more

Newsletter No. 85, 15 March 2010

This newsletter has now been uploaded onto the website. For quick access, please use the PDF link located on the homepage. A hard copy of the newsletter, together with other important school communication, will be mailed home to families tomorrow, Wednesday 17 March. If you have any queries in relation to the information contained in the mailout, please do not hesitate to contact the school's administration during school hours on 43925000.... Read more

Change to Bus Departure Time

This information is relevant to students who catch Busways Bus No. 7. Please use the link below to access information received from Busways. Bus 7 Departure Time Change Info (pdf, 9 KB)... Read more

Trade Training Centre at WCS!

Wadalba Community School has received a substantial grant which will allow us to create a trade training school on site. The construction period is estimated at sixteen weeks and is scheduled to commence after 30 June, 2010. Certain areas of the school will be affected by the project and, as such, fees for some TAS subjects will be reduced. Please read the attached letter (use link below) explaining the extent of the project and its temporary impact on WCS. Trade Training Centre Advice (pdf, 79 KB)... Read more

2010 Entertainment Books!

Pre-purchase your 2010 Entertainment Book at the school's administration office to receive a Bonus Offer valued at $150.00. Bonus offers are in limited supply, so pre-purchase your Entertainment Book now! Entertainment Books are fantastic value at $60.00 each. Cash, cheque or credit card accepted. Books are expected to be available for distribution towards the end of March. This is a great way to support our fundraising efforts! Enquiries can be made at the school's office during school hours on 43925000.... Read more

JanuaryReturn to top

Back to school tax refunds

Parents are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) provides parents with refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. Parents can receive refunds of up to $375 per primary school student and $750 per secondary school student. A family with two kids in high school and one in primary school could potentially get a refund of almost $2,000 on eligible education expenses. Items you can claim Parents can... Read more

Cool lunch ideas

Keeping your child safe from food poisoning could be as simple as packing a frozen drink in with their lunch each day. Sandwiches packed at breakfast time can sit for up five hours in a school lunchbox before the lunch break, giving bacteria plenty of time to multiply - especially during the warmer months. A recent survey by the NSW Food Authority indicated only 29% of lunches were being stored safely, by using an ice brick or frozen drink which can keep lunchboxes up to 12 degrees cooler. The survey also revealed that while the majority of... Read more

My School website explained

This is a new website launched by the Australian Government on 28 January, 2010. The My School website provides a snapshot of every government and non-government school in Australia. The website offers a short description of each school and its community, the number of students and teachers, student attendance rates, and student results in new national tests in reading, writing and maths for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. These tests took place in 2008 and 2009 and are known as the NAPLAN tests (the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy).... Read more