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Uniform Shop - Holiday Opening Times

The Uniform Shop will be open during the last week of the school holidays in January 2012, on the following days; Monday 23rd 10:00 to 1:00 Tuesday 24th 10:00 to 1:00 Wednesday 25th 10:00 to 1:00 Thursday 26th CLOSED Friday 27th 9:00 to 1:00 Saturday 28th 10:00 to 12:00 The Uniform Shop is located in the Community Centre, access is via the car park at the end of Van Stappen Road. For further information please select the P&C tab on the menu ribbon.... Read more

Term Dates

Term 4, 2011 Friday, 16 December 2011 - Final day for students Tuesday, 20 December 2011 - Final day for staff Term 1, 2012 Friday, 27 January 2012 - Term 1 commences for staff Monday, 30 January 2012 - Term 1 commences for our new Year 7 students Monday, 30 January 2012 - Term 1 commences for Years 1-6 students and Year 11 and 12 students Tuesday, 31 January 2012 - Term 1 commences for Years 8-10 students Wednesday, 1 February 2012 - Term 1 commences for our new Kindergarten students... Read more

Thank you to our valued sponsors

A-Class Trophies Beachin' Surf, Toukley Australian Defence Force Bob Warran Electrical Central Coast Group Training Central Life Christian Church Charmhaven Nursery Eagle Boys Pizza, Lakehaven Easy Mix Concrete Heritage Real Estate, Gorokan Legends Bakery, Wyong Les Porter Photography Lowes Manhattan Pty Ltd Millennium Gym, Charmhaven Newcastle University Northlakes Toukley Rotary Inc. Rebel Sports, Tuggerah Reuben F Scarf Memorial Foundation Road Runner Tours Ross Hayward Sports Stable 8, Tuggerah S&S Wholesale Pty Ltd Terry McDermott's Surf... Read more

Schools Spectacular – TV highlights

The state's most talented young singers, dancers and musicians displayed their skills during four exciting and extravagant performances at the 2011 Schools Spectacular, held recently at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. If you missed the live shows or if you just want to enjoy it all again, you can catch the highlights on ABC TV. Two telecasts are scheduled (check your local TV guide for confirmation): 7.30pm Sunday, 18 December on ABC1 (1hr version) 7.00pm Saturday, 31 December on ABC2 (2.5hr version). The brilliantly choreographed and... Read more

Careers advisory service

Now that you've received your HSC results, you may need help with what to do next. A free phone and email careers advisory service is available for students and their families from Thursday 15 December 2011 to Friday 6 January 2012, and is provided by the NSW Department of Education and Communities. Experienced careers advisers will be available on 1300 300 687 or via the Careers Advisory Service website to answer your enquiries and provide advice about career and study options. If you need assistance in clarifying course choices, employment... Read more

Luna Park - Rewards Excursion

Due to the extreme weather conditions yesterday, the Luna Park Rewards Excursion was cancelled. This excursion has been rescheduled to Thursday, 15 December 2011. The excursion will proceed on this day regardless of the proposed industrial action. If you have any queries regarding these arrangements, please feel free to contact Mrs Brown during school hours on 43925000.... Read more

Primary Presentation - Rescheduled

Due to today's weather conditions, the Primary Presentation Ceremony has been rescheduled to Tuesday, 13 December commencing at 1:30pm. Enquiries can be directed to Ms Furey.... Read more

Monday 12 December Notification

Due to the extreme weather conditions, including flash flooding in the local area, parents/carers are advised that regular lessons will not be possible today. Supervision is in place for those students who are currently at school. Parents/carers wishing to collect their children from school can do so if traffic conditions permit, For more information please contact the school's administration on 43925000.... Read more

Community Fishing Afternoon - 8th December

Wadalba's fishing fans from Year 5 to 12 should be ready to go this Thursday 8th December at Tacoma for our third Community Fishing Afternoon. Students are encouraged to form pairs with a fellow student or family member and try to catch as many fish as possible in the allocated time-frame. Fishing starts at 3:30pm and with undersized fish worth 5 points and "keepers" worth 40 points, the team with the most points by 7pm will be declared the winners. BCF vouchers are on offer for the winning teams. Information notes have been distributed around... Read more

Annual Presentation Ceremonies

The school's annual Presentation Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, 9 December commencing at 11:30am. An assembly for School Certificate candidates commences at 9:30am. Students are required to be in attendance at 8:15am. The primary school Presentation Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, 12 December commencing at 1:30pm.... Read more

Central Coast Sport & Rec Holiday Activities

Central Coast Sport & Recreation - January 2012 school holiday information. January 2012 Flyer (pdf, 141 KB)... Read more

NovemberReturn to top

Learn to swim

Royal Life Saving NSW has emphasised the importance of swimming and water safety education, saying 50,000 children are leaving primary school every year unable to swim. The organisation says participation in swimming lessons has been in decline for the past 10 years and many Australian children are at risk of drowning. Both Royal Life Saving and the NSW Government agency Sport and Recreation offer learn-to-swim lessons throughout the state under the Swim and Survive banner. The Sport and Recreation program caters for children aged between 18... Read more

Sommer-Jade and Gerhard!

Rotary Citizenship Awards

Congratulations Sommer-Jade and Gerhard! Congratulations to Sommer-Jade and Gerhard who were selected to receive the Annual Rotary Award for School Citizenship for 2011. This award is sponsored by the Toukley Northlake's rotary Association. Sommer-Jade and Gerhard received their awards at an award ceremony dinner on Thursday 23/11/11. Family, friends and staff were invited along to celebrate this special night with them. Well done, Sommer-Jade and Gerhard!... Read more

2012 TSP Trials

Firstly, thank you to all students who trialled for the 2012 Targeted Sports Program. We can now confirm that the selection process has been finalised and letters notifying acceptance into the program have been mailed. Congratulations to all students who have been successful in gaining selection in next year's program. Miss Playford & Mr Riley... Read more

Celebrating safely

Our senior students like to celebrate their major milestones at this time of year, such as finishing exams and leaving school. We encourage parents to work with us to ensure their safety, health and wellbeing during this time. Be assured, our school doesn't allow alcohol at any student function whether held at the school or at student dances, farewells, sports events and barbecues outside the school. Celebration guides for parents and students Time to party Parties are part and parcel of teenage social life and help mark the move... Read more

Multi-cat welcomes new students for 2012

Special Education at Wadalba Community School is growing. In 2012 we will welcome the formation of two more support classes. Consequently, we will have new members of our school community. On 21 November the Multi-Cat class held its welcoming morning tea for these new students. It was a great morning, giving existing and new students an opportunity to mingle and get to know one another. The morning tea was well attended and was yet another example of how well Wadalba Community School supports the transition of all students into its fold. Mr... Read more

Sports Presentation Evening - Wednesday night!

The secondary school's Annual Sports Presentation Evening is scheduled for next Wednesday, 23rd November in the high school gymnasium commencing at 6:30pm. This evening is a great event and an opportunity to acknowledge the sporting achievements of our students throughout the year. Students, staff, parents, carers and the community are all invited to join us in celebrating our students' sporting successes. We also welcome our Guest Speaker: Mr Josh Rose (Central Coast Mariners). Refreshments and snacks provided.... Read more

Life Coaching for Kids - Yippee Program!

A great program being run by Wyong Neighbourhood Centre. Yippee Press Release (docx, 62 KB) November Program (docx, 630 KB) Yippee Consent Form (doc, 41 KB)... Read more

Changes to Secondary Communication Assembly

The following changes to morning lesson times will take effect from Monday 14 November: Period 1 - 8:15 - 9:13am Period 2 - 9:17 - 10:15am Roll Call - 10:15am Recess - 10:30am Period 3 - 11:00 All afternoon bell times remain the same.... Read more

Year 12 - 2012 Parent Information Evening

Select the PDF attachment for further information. Year 12 Info Evening Invite (pdf, 260 KB)... Read more

OctoberReturn to top

2012 TSP Trials

Please see 2012 TSP Trial Schedule below: SPORT VENUE DATE CLOSING DATE Netball Baker Park, Wyong Tuesday, 8th November 2011 Thursday, 3rd November 2011 Soccer Wadalba Sporting Complex Thursday 3rd November, 2011 Tuesday 1st November, 2011 Rugby League Morrie Breen, Wyong Leagues Thursday 3rd November, 2011 Tuesday 1st November, 2011 Touch – Girls Wadalba Sporting Complex Tuesday 15th November, 2011 Thursday 10th November, 2011 For those students who wish to apply to... Read more

Industrial Action 2 November

Dear Parents and Carers, INDUSTRIAL ACTION WEDNESDAY, 2 NOVEMBER 2011 On Wednesday, 2 November 2011 members of the NSW Teachers Federation will be participating in a two hour state-wide stoppage called to protest against changes to industrial laws that relate to public sector in NSW. Wadalba Community School teaching staff will be among those participating in the stoppage. Following an assessment of the number of teachers likely to take part in the industrial action, it has been determined that the school will be unable to... Read more

School Satisfaction Survey

Please use the following link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PCJXX5H to complete our School Satisfaction Survey. We value your feedback.... Read more

Don't Swim Solo - Play Waterpolo

Wyong Waterpolo Club Free beginner's clinic at Toukley Pool See flyer for further details Waterpolo Flyer (pdf, 11 KB)... Read more

Sorting fact from fiction

You can't always trust what you read when researching information for assignments. Here are ways your child can tell a good website from a bad one. With so much information on the web and no-one responsible for fact checking, kids need to look out for: bias and hidden agendas factual errors outdated information information which is country-specific commercially motivated information. Play the detective The ability to question information is a vital tool for all school kids. People can publish something that looks great but is full of factual... Read more

Managing exam stress

Feeling anxious before exams is perfectly normal and can even help kids do better. The problems arise when the worry gets out of hand and prevents your child from studying effectively. While you obviously can't jump in and do the work for them, parents can help their kids manage the fear and, in the process, learn valuable skills that will be crucial in later life. Child psychologist Kimberley O'Brien says these key areas are where a little parental guidance can make all the difference: Make sure your child is eating a balanced diet with... Read more

Encouraging your child to write

You don't have to be an expert to help your child with writing. Simply supporting your child with the areas of writing that you feel confident with will benefit them. When you're writing something down such as the shopping list, sending an email or filling in a form, talk to your child about what you're doing, why you're writing it and who you expect to read it. When writing at home, make it purposeful and interesting for yourself and your child. It's essential that kids learn that we write for a purpose It's important that your child... Read more

SeptemberReturn to top

HSC Students - Reminder

Year 12, Please ensure that you carefully read all the information contained in your HSC Portfolio. The portfolio contains important information that will assist you in the coming weeks; including the HSC examination timetable and what you need to do to complete the "sign out" process", including the return of library books and textbooks. Mrs Spinks has requested that all English texts be returned on the day of your English examination. You can either deposit them into the "returns box" provided in the hall/gym or return them to... Read more

Term IV

Term IV resumes for all staff and students on Monday, 10 October . Secondary students are required to be in attendance for Roll Call/Communications Assembly at 8:15am. Primary students are required to be in attendance for classroom Roll Call at 8:30am.... Read more

SCHOOL SECURITY

Please contact School Security on 1300 880 021 to report any security concerns during the holiday break.... Read more

Fire Station Open Day

The Wadalba Rural Fire Brigade Station will be open to the public on Saturday 24th September from 9am - 2pm The station is located on Lousianna Road Wadalba, just up from the Skate Park.... Read more

Summer Soccer Program

Ever wondered why the Brazillians are so good at Football? Check out this flyer to find out more about the Summer Soccer Program to improve your childs skills. Summer Soccer Program (pdf, 1597 KB)... Read more

Year 12 Graduation & HSC Info.

Graduation Breakfast & Assembly The Year 12 cohort will celebrate the end of term with a Breakfast and Graduation Assembly on Friday, 23 September. A formal invitation and RSVP slip is enclosed outlining the program for the morning. Students must be attired in full school uniform to receive their HSC Portfolio on stage. If you have any enquiries please contact Miss Playford during school hours HSC Portfolios Year 12 students will be officially presented with their HSC Portfolio at the Graduation Assembly. The portfolio contains the HSC Final... Read more

Operation Bounce Back

Wyong Shire Council is offering residents of the Wyong Shire the opportunity to have a car engine immobiliser installed free of charge*. To qualify for a free immobiliser, you must be a Wyong Shire resident with an older car (1980 to 1999 model) that doesn't already have an engine immobiliser and is registered in your name. For more information check out the attached flyer Operation Bounce Back Flyer (pdf, 922 KB)... Read more

WSC Library Holiday Activities

Check out the attached flyer for School Holiday Fun at Wyong Shire Council Libraries. October School Holiday Flyer (pdf, 215 KB)... Read more

Roos Junior Baseball Rego

Roos Junior Baseball Club, the season is due to commence in October 2011 and we are about to start our Registration days for the season. We are looking for Under 8's through to Under 16's to come and join us so we can to help grow the game of Baseball in the Northern end of the Central Coast and help keep kids active throughout the summer months. We have been fortunate enough to have gained the support of the Wyong Rugby League Club Group that is assisting us with the equipment and support needed to grow our club and to offer our Junior... Read more

Get your Will prepared for $40

The Salvation Army are holding a Will Preparation Day. See the attached flyer for more details. Salvation Army Flyer (pdf, 285 KB)... Read more

Take home a brother or sister

Give your children the wonderful opportunity to have an international big brother or big sister by hosting one of our exceptional international students arriving in Australia in February 2012 for their 5 or 10 month programs. Our international students from France, Germany, Italy, Austria Japan, the U.S.A and Canada will live as a local, attend a local secondary school, arrive with their own spending money and comprehensive insurance cover – all arranged by Southern Cross Cultural Exchange. Visit us at www.scce.com.au, email... Read more

Industrial Action

Dear Parents and Carers, INDUSTRIAL ACTION - THURSDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2011 On Thursday, 8 September 2011, members of the NSW Teachers Federation will be participating in a 24-hour state-wide stoppage called to protest against changes to industrial laws that relate to public sector workers (including nurses, police and fire fighters) in NSW. Wadalba Community School teaching staff will be among those participating in the stoppage. Following an assessment of the number of teachers likely to take part in the industrial action, it has been determined... Read more

P & C Community Forum

The Central Coast Council of P&Cs is hosting two Community Forums for members of all Central Coast P&Cs and Central Coast school communities. Attendance at the forums is free and light refreshments will be provided. There are some great speakers and anyone is welcome to come along to listen to either or both of the forums. Further details are included in the attached flyer but the dates and topics are outlined below: Thu 22 Sep 2011 6:30pm to 9:30pm Wadalba Community Centre Relationships – Teens, Parents and School Thu 13 Oct 2011 6:30pm to... Read more

St Mary's School Reunion

Are you a past student of St Mary's, Toukley? A school reunion is being organised for students who graduated Year 6 up to & including 1983. The school won't allow access to any names, so we're looking for past pupils who would love to attend and also who might have photos &/or class lists so we can find as many of us as possible. A date will be set once we have reached the majority of students, so spread the word! Register your interest at stmarysreunion@hotmail.com .... Read more

Student Volunteering Awards

Student Volunteering Awards - 2011 Kathleen Laksa Chelsea Cain Shelley Graham Ryan Jeffrey Brandon Laverty Ryan Rogers, James Pemberton Kion Oxley They are on their way to being awarded their NSW Premier's Student Volunteering ‘Bronze Award' participating in three activity areas: · Tree planting at Wadalba Community School · Assisting teachers in Infants and Primary class programs at Wadalba Community School · Serving morning tea and meeting residents at William Cape Gardens- Aged Care Kanwal Getting involved, the students are given the... Read more

AugustReturn to top

SC Cultural Exchange

SOUTHERN CROSS CULTURAL EXCHANGE A GREAT WAY TO START 2012 What better way to see in the New Year than to start thinking about hosting an international exchange student. Expand your family's horizons and make a friend for life. Unlike a boarder, the student participates as one of the family, including helping with chores, following house rules, and joining in the fun. Southern Cross Cultural Exchange currently has over 100 students from Europe, Canada, USA, Japan, Brazil and Colombia, who will arrive in Feburary 2012 for a few months SCCE is... Read more

FUTSAL Rego

Futsal Registration Day 3rd September 2011 10 till 12 Play Futsal (pdf, 156 KB) www.ccfutsal.com.au... Read more

Nippers Rego

Soldiers Beach Nippers registration Day for the 2011 - 2012 Season Sunday 18th September 2011 10 - 2 www.soldiersbeachslsc.com.au Soldiers Beach Nippers (pdf, 6323 KB)... Read more

SWISH

Swish Education delivers school holiday workshops for students (Kindergarten-Year Seven). We employ qualified teachers to lead small classes in subjects derived from traditional subject areas such as; literacy, mathematics, science, history and geography, and also from outside the regular curriculum such as; archaeology, philosophy, anthropology and astronomy. Students really engage in their learning in these innovative creative extension workshops. Please refer to the attachment outlining the timetable for the September/October program. In... Read more

Wyong Wildcats Baseball

Wyong Wildcats Junior Baseball (pdf, 475 KB)... Read more

Year 9 Camp! Final Information!

Please see attached PDF file for final Year 9 Snow/Canberra Camp information. Camp dates Tuesday, 30 August to Friday, 2 September Year 9 Camp Information Sheet (pdf, 76 KB)... Read more

Year 9 Assessment Schedule

Year 9 Parents, As I regularly have discussins with parents, uncertain of homework and assessments that are due, I have created an Assessment Calendar outlining the upcoming requirements for Year 9 this Term. I hope this will assist. Please be flexible as many subjects have tasks due within a week so dates might vary slightly. If you have further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact either the Head Teacher of the subject area, the Year Advisor or me with any concerns. Year 9 Term III Assess Schedule (pdf, 34 KB) Jane HarrisRelieving... Read more

Junior Summer Oz Tag 2011

Competitions Start for Junior Summer Oz Tag in Term 4. For registration details go to www.centralcoastjunioroztag.com Oz Tag Flyer (pdf, 57 KB)... Read more

Something to Celebrate

Congratulations to Sho and Akaylah for qualifying for CHS Athletics. Well Done!... Read more

Captain's Cup Rugby League

Good luck Year 7 in the 7-a-side State Finals... Read more

Rock Eisteddfod 2011

IT'S TIME TO BUY YOUR TICKETS!!! Come support Wadalba's Rock Eisteddfod Team This year Wadalba is competing in the RAW division of the 2011 Rock Eisteddfod Challenge on the 2nd September 2011. We would like to have your support on the night, so come along and cheer us on. Ticket Price: $ 50.00/person Venue: The Sydney Entertainment Centre Show Time: 7pm Tickets need to be paid for in full by the 15th August 2011 to the front office. Transport Option: This year we would also like to organise a supporter's bus to take the hassle out of fighting... Read more

PFA Heroes Program

In an exciting mentoring opportunity for our school, four Central Coast Mariners players are meeting weekly with twenty of our Year 9 boys and girls and under the direction of Miss Kettle (PDHPE). The PFA HEROES program combines in-class learning and active football related exercises. The students are loving the opportunity to mix with professional sportsmen, gain an insight into how they achieved success in their pursuits and how to apply those lessons in their own lives, both on and off the sporting field. (See the PDHPE Faculty news page... Read more

Mobile homework help

Parents can now access quality information to help with their child's homework and assignments while on the go. The School A to Z mobile app, available free for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, is part of a new online parent resource developed by the education department. The app features: plain-English definitions of maths, English and technology terms, including videos and help sheets information and useful links to help with common classroom assignments Maths Monkey times tables learning game Spelling Bee learning game. The Spelling Bee... Read more

Music Therapy for Multi-Cat

The Mulit-Cat class has just recently began an exciting journey into the wonderful world of music and its therapeutic benefits. Our class now visits the Salvation Hall at Wyong on a weekly basis and enjoys the expert tuition of a qualified Music Therapist. There has been much research indicating the diverse benefits that immersion in music brings. It is these benefits and the extreme enjoyment of the experience for all students involved that is the driver for this exciting opportunity. This is just another way in which Wadalba Community School... Read more

CAPA showcase night, 3/8/2011.

Last Wednesday, August 3, Wadalba Community School showcased the incredible talent of our Creative and Performing Arts students. The Movement Studio was transformed into a professional gallery showcasing the hard work of Creative Arts students from Years 8-11. Parents and guests enjoyed the complementary tea, coffee and snacks whilst being entertained by dance, music, drama performance from the Years 9 through to 12. Please click on the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty page to read more about our fantastic showcase.... Read more

Building Education Revolution!

Deputy Regional Director for a Day! Madeleine Bannister from Rutherford High School, shadowed Central Coast Director, Mr Frank Potter, for the day. Wadalba Community School's BER Opening Ceremony Madeline, Mr Frank Potter, Mr Craig Thomson, Mrs Sharryn Brownlee, Ms Carol Furey and Mrs Sally Conn attended the official opening of the BER Project (Mr Troy Gould - Project Manager). The Opening Ceremony was chaired by our Primary School Leaders, Ashley and Zyad (pictured left with Mr Thomson and Madeleine).... Read more

New parent resource launches

Parents can support their child's learning with a new purpose-built resource that includes a website, mobile applications and social media channels. The School A to Z online school community, developed by the education department, provides practical advice about homework, tips on learning, wellbeing, technology and resources to help parents and carers support their child's social, physical and mental development. It includes a free mobile application for iPad and smartphones that features hundreds of definitions about maths and English terms,... Read more

Single with Children?

Every week Single with Children provides fun and exciting activies especially for single parents and their children (many activities are subsidised or even free) Single with Children (pdf, 273 KB)... Read more

Choral Festival 2011

The Central Coast Choral Festival is fast approaching, and the 34 participating schools have been busy rehearsing. The massed choirs are sounding terrific and the shows are promising to be fantastic. Tickets for the Choral Festival will be going on sale very soon. In previous years, some families have missed out on tickets due to late purchasing, so we recommend you buy tickets early to avoid disappointment. Choral Festival Flyer (pdf, 25 KB)... Read more

Warnervale Cricket Rego

Come and Play Cricket for Warnervale. Registration for both Juniors and Seniors is on Sundays 14, 21 and 28 of August 2011 from 11am till 2pm at Warnies Cafe, Warnervale Train Station Warnervale Cricket Flyer (pdf, 1609 KB)... Read more

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy

Boost your child's creativity, confidence and communication skills through Drama. Helen O'Grady Drama Academy (pdf, 1629 KB)... Read more

ABW Business Awards

Year 9 and 10 students at Wadalba are currently participating the ABW Business Week Program. This extra curricular activity gives students the opportunity to develop their skills in relation to the running of a business. Students assume the role of business men and women and make hands on decisions that affect the running of a computer simulated business in a competitive market place. The program for this term is based on a manufacturing business that produces sporting goods that are sold in both the local and overseas markets. Wadalba... Read more

CAPA Showcase!

The Creative & Performing Arts annual Showcase will take place on the evening of Wednesday, 3 August commencing from 6:15pm. An invitation is extended to the school community to attend an event which celebrates the outstanding achievements and creativity of our students! CAPA Invitation & Information (pdf, 420 KB)... Read more

Host Families Need in NSW!

EXPERIENCE ANOTHER CULTURE IN 2012 - HOST FAMILIES NEEDED IN NSW In January 2012 Student Exchange Australia New Zealand Ltd will be receiving exchange students from Japan, Europe, the USA and Latin America. Our new arrivals will live with a host family in NSW and attend a local school for 2-10 months. As we plan for their arrival, we are keen to hear from suitable families located in WADALBA who might be interested to host a student. Host families come in all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and ages. Please note that all our host families are... Read more

WEP Exchange Student Host Info

World Education Program (WEP) Australia is now accepting applications from students wishing to live and study overseas for a summer, semester or year. Students can choose from 26 destinations to study and experience life with a welcoming, volunteer host family. World Education Program Aust (pdf, 94 KB)... Read more

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Cancer Services Expo

This Expo will provide access to information and resources, details of services and support available and opportunity to speak with health care professionals. To be held at Wyong Gold Club on Tuesday 13th of September 2011. Cancer Services Expo (pdf, 85 KB)... Read more

Primary News Uploaded

The Primary Newsletter for Week 1 is now available for viewing. Our School - News & Announcements - Primary Newsletters - 2011... Read more

Academic Class for 2012 Test

Please ensure that the permission slip and $10 fee are submitted to the school's front office by Friday 22nd of July 2011 so the tests can be ordered and your child does not miss out on this opportunity.... Read more

Building writing skills

Here are some practical tips to help your child work out the best way to express themselves through their writing. Help your child to understand writing tasks that they may have been given for homework. Ask them to talk about what has to be done. Help your child to use reference materials such as dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopaedias, DVDs and the internet. Before your child attempts a task, help them to understand what reference materials are needed by talking about the task and asking questions which will guide the child's planning.... Read more

Practical study ideas

Many students find study a challenge, but you can help make it more rewarding for your child by encouraging them to use some of the following ideas: Keep up with assignments and assessment tasks mark key dates on a calendar make an assignment schedule for each week make daily 'to-do' lists. Review class work each day keep a notepad handy while reading to make notes or reminders create flash cards of main ideas or key points (with details on the back) make up study questions to test learning. Take breaks while studying your child will... Read more

School Security

Ph: 1300 880 021 to report any security concerns during the holiday break.... Read more

Term 3 Secondary Sport Selection

Term 3 Sports selections now being accepted through Moodle! All students in Years 8, 9 and 10 have received an email explaining how to access the selections. Offers open Thursday. 30th June 2011 at 1pm and close on Monday. 18th July 2011 at 7.30pm. Sport commences on Tuesday 19th July 2011. A slight technical hitch meant that choices recorded on Thursday, 30 June were not saved. As of 9:30am Friday, 1 July, this technical issue has been rectified. Students who entered their choices prior to today may need to re-submit their preferences.... Read more

JuneReturn to top

Sporting Excellence!

Therese wins Bay to Bay! Year 12 student, Therese Auton, is having an outstanding year both in the classroom and on the running track. Therese recently won the Central Coast Bay to Bay Fun Run from Woy Woy to the Gosford Waterfront. She was the first female to complete the 12km run, winning in a time of 46min 35 sec. Whilst she was the first female to cross the line, Therese finished in 28th position overall, only minutes behind the first male runners. Regional Cross Country & Zone Athletics Success! Therese backed up this outstanding... Read more

Responsibility Competition Win!

The Multi-Categorical class recently celebrated its entry in the Responsibility Competition taking out first place. Brett, Fred and Dylan all received a wonderful certificate and fifty dollars each for their efforts. The movie created by the students premiered at our school assembly and received a rousing reception. Mr Stan Baric Special Education Teacher... Read more

Mathematics Faculty Update

A reminder for students that they should collect their Mathletics login and passwords from their Maths teacher. This will allow students to access the site outside of school and complete the tasks set by their classroom teacher. It is also a good site for students to access revision material, reinforcing the concepts being taught in the classroom. Term tests are coming up soon for Years 8 and 9 students. Students should see their teacher for details on what to revise! This term the Mathematics faculty has a prac student from Newcastle... Read more

School holiday reading ideas

24 June 2011 Encouraging your kids to pick up a few good books during the holidays is a great way to keep their hard-earned reading skills from slipping. Here are some suggestions. Books for young kids For boys and girls in Kindergarten to Year 2: The Terrible Plop - Ursula Dubosarsky Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House - Libby Gleeson. For boys and girls in Years 3 and 4: Ballroom Bonanza - Nina Rycroft (a fabulous rhyming alphabetical picture book) The Adventures of a Late-Night Swearer - Nette Hilton The Walk Right in Detective... Read more

Year 7 2012 Information!

Please select the PDF link below for information relating to the Selective Test for students intending to enrol in Year 7, 2012. Selective Test Year 7 2012 (pdf, 40 KB)... Read more

School Holiday Activities

See the attached fliers for information on July School Holiday activities. NSW Sport and Recreation NSW Sport and Recreation (pdf, 239 KB) Wyong Shire Council Libraries Wyong Shire Council Libraries (pdf, 105 KB) Disabilities NSW Sport and Recreation Disabilities NSW Sport and Rec (pdf, 80 KB)... Read more

Subject Expo!

Wadalba Community School's Subject Selection Expo for students enrolling in Years 9 & 11 in 2012 will be held next Tuesday, 21 June in the school's gymnasium from 5:30pm. Please select the PDF link below for further information. Subject Expo Invitation (pdf, 387 KB) Enquiries can be directed to Mr Matt Riley, CAT Team Coordinator, during school hours on 43925000.... Read more

Respect your Environment!

The Postive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) initiative for this Term is Respect you Environment! The key focus areas are: rubbish and graffiti free rooms chairs under tables... Read more

Athletics Events!

Due to ongoing wet weather we have faced difficulty scheduling some athletic events during school time. Students who would like to compete in any athletic events at the Zone Carnvial should see Mr Ristuccia or Ms Keys to submit their names, times, distances or heights for their chosen athletic events.... Read more

Education tax refund

8 June 2011 With the financial year almost over, now is the time to start collating your receipts from education expenses to take advantage of a federal government tax initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) gives parents and caregivers a 50% refund on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. For the 2010-2011 financial year you may be eligible for the following: Primary school child You can claim a maximum of $794 for each of your primary school children and receive a maximum refund of $397 per primary school child.... Read more

Secondary Athletics Update!

The Secondary Athletics Carnival has been cancelled.All events will be held during recess and lunch of Week 7 (Monday 6 June - Friday 10 June). Students interested in participating in daily events should listen carefully to each morning's daily news at the communication assembly. Further enquiries should be directed to Mr Ristuccia during school hours.... Read more

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Year 7 & 12 Report Distribution

Year 12 Semester 1 Reports were distributed to students today, Monday 30 May. Year 7 Semester 1 Reports will be distributed to students tomorrow, Tuesday 31 May. Parent/Teacher Interviews for Years 7 and 12 students are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 1 June between 4pm and 7pm. Parents/Carers should have received an invitation and booking sheet in the mail (please see News & Announcements on website). If you have not received the invitation and booking sheet and wish to make an appointment to see your child's teacher, please ask your... Read more

P&C - Primary Meeting

This meeting will be held on Wednesday, 1 June from 8:45am. All parents and interested members of the school community are invited to attend. Enquiries can be directed to Mrs Davis. Parents/visitors are asked to sign in at the school's Administration Office.... Read more

Year 9 Welfare Day

Our annual Year 9 Welfare Day will be held on Friday, 24 June. The day will commence with a performance by members of Camp Quality; a play called "Teenage Alchemist". Gold coin donation will be collected and gifted to Camp Quality in appreciation for them donating their time. The OASIS Youth Centre will attend on the day presenting a number of workshops on areas such as relationships, study skills and support networks. Year 9 students will gain important life-long skills in resilience, empathy and future planning. We look forward to seeing all... Read more

Entertainment Book 2011/2012

Help raise funds for your school By purchasing the 2011/2012 Entertainment Book for just $60 you receive over $15,000 in valuable offers which you can use all year at participating restaurants, attractions, cinemas, sports, hotel accommodation and much more. You will also have the opportunity to save on grocery shopping at Coles. For further details refer to the attached brochure. Entertainment Book Order Form (pdf, 351 KB)... Read more

Yrs 7 & 12 Parent/Teacher Info.

This evening has been rescheduled from Wednesday, 18 May to Wednesday, 1 June. Please select the links below for further information. Year 12 Parent/Teacher Evening (pdf, 91 KB) Year 7 Parent/Teacher Evening (pdf, 91 KB)... Read more

Careers Information

Stage 5 Subject Selection Careers Information Year 10 Careers lessons have a focus on subject selection. The last week of June will be decision time and various events are planned to assist students in making their decisions. Students will be invited to attend the Central Coast Careers Expo to gather information about University, TAFE, Apprenticeships and Training. Subject Selection booklets will be issued clearly outlining subjects being offered in 2012. A Subject Selection Evening will be scheduled to enable discussions between parents,... Read more

HSPA Audition Information

Hunter School of Performing Arts Audition Information, Enrollment Forms and Audition Guidelines. Information Flyer (pdf, 199 KB) Forms and Guidelines (pdf, 181 KB)... Read more

Homework and multi-tasking

Can kids really do their homework and multi-task? Parents around the world are divided on this. Half watch their teenagers sitting among a pile of books, earphones in, computer on, TV humming in the background and think, "I wish I could multi-task like that". The others stride across the room, pull the plug on the distractions, and ask the age-old question: "How can you study with that on?" What does the international research reveal about multi-tasking? Here is a summary of the key findings: Teenagers might be regularly multi-tasking, but... Read more

Helping your child with maths

Success in maths in the later years of school is dependent on developing a solid understanding of the foundational concepts: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Maths expert and parent, Associate Professor Janette Bobis from the University of Sydney, gives her top tips on how young kids can become confident in maths. Have a positive attitude towards maths When parents tell their children that they themselves can't do it, it means they're communicating messages that it's OK not to be good at maths, which can carry all the way... Read more

Year 7, 2012 Parent Info Evening

Parents/Carers and Year 6 students are invited to attend our Year 7, 2012 Parent Information Evening on Thusday, 26 May. Please select link below to view invitation and further details. Year 7, 2012 Parent Invitation (pdf, 91 KB)... Read more

Careers Expo!

The 2011 Careers Expo will be held at Avondale College, Cooranbong on Tuesday, 28 June. For further information, please select the PDF link below or contact Mrs Boardman during school hours. Career Pathways Expo 2011 (pdf, 64 KB)... Read more

Red Bus Service Notification

Important information for students travelling on the Red Bus Service Red Bus Service (pdf, 147 KB)... Read more

Hosting an Exchange Student

Hosting exchange students gives Australian families the opportunity to share their life and their culture with young international students for a term, semester or year. It is also a great way for all your students to learn more about another culture and help each other with their language study. To allow plenty of time for students and families to get to know each other, we are currently rushing to provide our students, arriving in July, with information about their Australian host families. If you are interested and would like to know more... Read more

Help raise funds for your school

Canteen Rescue Canteen Rescue is an activity running as part of Lake Haven's Shopping Centre Let's Live Better Program that combines the opportunity for local schools to secure more funds, with the opportunity to educate and encourage children to live a healthy lifestyle. This activity is designed to positively influence children's food choices and increase community engagement by rewarding customers for healthy lifestyle choices and providing resources to local schools. Refer to the attached flyer for further details. Canteen Rescue Brochure... Read more

Science help - top tips

Parents can help with their child's understanding of science and scientific principles. Here are some top tips: Encourage your child to ask questions and help them find the answers. Talk to your child about being a good problem solver. Give them increasingly difficult puzzles to solve as they develop more skills. These could be in the form of games or experiments, questions or puzzles, including those found in newspapers such as Sudoko, or physical problems such as jigsaws or 3D models. Talk to your child about basing their views on evidence... Read more

Helping your child to read

Parents play an important role in developing their child's reading ability. Here are six great ways to help with this vital skill. Together find information and interesting facts about things that intrigue or interest your child in books, magazines or on the internet. Read and talk about what you find out. Provide your child with plastic letters, crayons, pencils, chalk, pens and writing paper. Make things together and ask your child to read out simple directions (eg recipes while you cook together). Suggest that your child writes simple... Read more

Welcome Back to Term 2

Welcome back to a term of learning!... Read more

Kanwal Public School Centenary

Centenary - Garden Kanwal Public School is celebrating its centenary this year. There will be activities during the year culminating in a Spring Fair/Reunion on 22 October 2011. A highlight of the centenary will be the construction of a centennial garden which will be funded by ex-students and teachers who have the opportunity to purchase an engraved paver for $35 each. Orders can only be accepted until 31 May 2011. So far 350 pavers have been sold and a target of 500 is hoped to be reached. If interested please complete the attached form and... Read more

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Year 10 Geo Excursion Cancelled!

The Year 10 excursion scheduled to take place tomorrow, Thursday 28 April, at Wamberal Beach has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Please contact Mrs Waters for further information.... Read more

School Security

Ph: 1300 880 021 to report any security concerns during the holiday break.... Read more

Term 2

Term 2 commences for staff on Wednesday, 27 April - Staff Development Day. Term 2 commences for students on Thursday, 28 April - Day 1, Term 2. Term 2 ends on Friday, 1 July 2011.... Read more

School Fun Run - Yrs 7/8

Fun Run Wadalba Community School will be holding an adidas School Fun-Run as a major fundraising event this year. The event will be held on Friday May 6th within the school grounds and the Wadalba Sporting Complex. This event is for Year 7 and 8 students. Further details attached. School Fun Run for Years 7/8 (pdf, 102 KB)... Read more

School Holiday Activities

Disability Activities Communities Sport and Recreation is running school holiday activities specially tailored for children with a disability. Activities include trampoling, gymnastics and bike safety. For further information please refer to attached flyer. Disability Holiday Activities (pdf, 92 KB)... Read more

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Mosquito-borne diseases

NSW Health is warning parents and school communities about a range of health risks associated with mosquito bites. There has been a significant increase in the numbers of mosquitoes in some parts of NSW following recent heavy rainfall and flooding. Mosquitoes can transmit a number of viral infections, including Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus, and a large number of these infections have been reported in 2011. A rarer but more serious mosquito-borne infection called Murray Valley encephalitis has also been detected in western NSW.... Read more

Merchant Facility!

In our endeavour to enhance the customer service provided at Wadalba Community School, we are now able to offer the school community alternate payment options. These additional options include: EFTPOS Visa Bankcard Mastercard... Read more

P&C AGM

Wadalba Community School's P&C Annual General Meeting is scheduled to be held on Wednesday 6 April, 2011 at 6pm in the Staff Common Room. All school community members are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday evening.... Read more

Careers News

CAREERS Congratulations to all the school leavers from 2010! We have some great success stories. All students who have gained entry to University and TAFE have commenced their study; apprentices and full-time workers are now endentured. We are very proud of your achievements and wish you all the best in your future endeavours. The destination report is similar to last year due to the fact that most of our students study at TAFE and gain casual employment before leaving school, as a result, less students are jobseeking after completing Year 12... Read more

MATHLETICS

Mathletics All students from Years 7-12 have received the login and passwords for the website www.Mathletics.com.au. Students have been accessing the website during class time. Students are also able to complete tasks at home and earn points which they can "spend" on the website. Students can compete in real time against other students from all over the world. In the coming weeks, teachers will be setting up tasks for the students to complete as part of their regular homework. Further queries can be directed to your child's class room teacher.... Read more

Multi-Cat Class News

The Multi-Cat class has recently become the proud owners of a vegetable garden. The vegetable patch will enable the students of this class to learn about the joys of growing and eating fresh produce. It is hoped that a business approach can be taken in regards to this resource and that students will supply the lettuce requirements for the secondary school canteen, thus learning valuable finacial skills. Also, the class would like to formally welcome their new full-time Student Learning Support Officer (SLSO), Mr Sam Chambers. Sam comes to us... Read more

It's easy being green

Reducing your family's carbon footprint at home and school is easy and can save you money at the same time. Low-waste lunches Try doing a lunch box audit with your kids to see how much packaging you use such as plastic wrap, plastic throw-away spoons, straws and plastic bags, along with pre-packaged foods. Lunch boxes with their special compartments for sandwiches, fruit, nuts and snacks are the best way to reduce additional wrapping or packaging of individual items. Chilled or frozen juice or water keeps lunch cool and fresh. Reusable drink... Read more

Year 7 Camp Information

Confirming the dates for the Year 7 camp as Monday 16 May to Wednesday 18 May. Please select the PDF link below to access further information relating to dates, payment schedule etc. Year 7 Camp Information (pdf, 261 KB)... Read more

Student Success

Congratulations to the following students for their recent outstanding achievements: Christian of Year 7 has qualified in four events in the CHS State Swimming Championships. Adam, Brent and Chris who competed at the Regional Golf Championships. Well done boys!... Read more

Upcoming Events

Secondary School Cross Country - Thursday, 5 May Year 7 and 8 Fun Run - Friday, 6 May Further enquiries can be directed to Mr Riley.... Read more

Community Fishing Afternoon!

To view an animated movie advertising the Community Fishing Afternoon copy the following link and paste into a new browser: www.xtranormal.com/watch/11386914 Select the PDF link below for further details regarding the Community Fishing Afternoon. Community Fishing Afternoon Info (pdf, 181 KB)... Read more

2012 Year 7 EOI

Year 6 students wishing to express an interest (EOI) in enrolling into Year 7 at Wadalba Community School in 2012 are required to indicate on the Expression of Interest for Placement in Year 7, 2012 (distributed by your child's primary school): In Zone for WCS: Complete Section A & B indicating WCS as your Local Government Secondary School. Out of Zone for WCS: Complete Sections A, B & C indicating (in Section C) WCS as your Non-Local Government Secondary School in Choice 1. Year 6 students students wishing to express an interest in... Read more

Safe Footwear

Safe Footwear DET policy states that students' footwear must comply with health and safety standards. Please click on the link below to view the School's Safe Footwear Policy. Safe Footwear Policy (pdf, 74 KB)... Read more

Year 8-10 Parent Info. Evening

A Year 8-10 Parent Information Evening will be held next Wednesday, 23 March 2011 between 5:00pm and 5:30pm. The focus of the session is Cyber Bullying. All parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend. Please select the PDF link below for further details. Year 8-10 Parent Invitation (pdf, 119 KB)... Read more

Year 7 Parent Info. Evening

A Year 7 Parent Information Evening will be held next Wednesday, 23 March 2011 between 5:00pm and 7:00pm. Please select the PDF link below for further details. Yr 7 Parent Invitation (pdf, 121 KB)... Read more

Entertainment Book

Entertainment Book Now available for purchase at the school's office. Please click on PDF link below for further information and order form. Entertainment Book Flyer (pdf, 1291 KB)... Read more

Primary Swimming Results

Please see detailed results by clicking on the PDF link below. 2011 Primary Swimming Results (pdf, 226 KB)... Read more

Year 12 Fundraiser Movie Night!

Support your Year 12 cohort! Join us at Greater Union Tuggerah for a screening of "I am Number Four". When: Wednesday, 16 March @6:30pm Cost: $12.00 per ticket Further information below. I am Number Four Screening Info. (pdf, 586 KB)... Read more

DER Roll Out Information

Please see attached information regarding the issue of DER laptops. DER rollout information (pdf, 148 KB)... Read more

Primary News Now Avail!

Primary News for Week 5 is available under the Primary Newsletter 2011 link ...... Read more

Vaccination Program

Each year NSW Health offers recommended vaccines to adolescents as part of the school-based program. For further information please see attached. Vaccination Program (pdf, 28 KB)... Read more

Free Racquet Offer

Wyong Sports and Tennis Club is offering a free racquet valued at $35 to any primary school child who has not been coached before and who registers for coaching for Term 1. Lessons are conducted on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and beginners are welcome. Cost for the school term is $80 for a one hour lesson once a week. For booking please phone quailified coach Bill Griffiths on 0402 274 646.... Read more

Australian Business Week Program

Australian Business Week Program Success In 2010, Wadalba Community School had great success in the Australian Business Week (ABW) Hospitality Program. Students competed against schools from Sydney and Melbourne and placed second in the competition. The Online Simulation Program gave students the opportunity to operate a chain of hotels over a period of time and gave them hands-on experience in the operation of a business. Congratulations to all involved!... Read more

Getting organised for school

Children get their work done more easily if they can manage their time and their environment. Here are five great tips from experts and families to help you and your kids get organised for school. 1. Establish some routines Set up a few simple routines in your home that make things more efficient. For example, teach your kids that the first thing they do when they come in the door is empty their bag of food and notes or newsletters. 2. Manage time Talk to your kids regularly about planning how they use time for activities that need doing as... Read more

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Playground Litter Problem

Playground Litter Problem "Litterbugs come in every size, every size. They're really monsters in disguise, in disguise." Written by Norah Smaridge. Published March 1972 by Goldencraft. Wadalba Community School encourages students to be respectful of their environment. Papers and food-scraps are being left littered around the playground which is both messy, unhygienic and unsightly. We invite parental and community support in encouraging our young people to take more care of the environment. The school rewards student initiative in this regard... Read more

Mathematics Faculty Update

Salutations Mr Smith! This year the Mathematics faculty says goodbye to Mr Alan Smith who retired at the end of 2010. Mr Smith, a foundation member of staff at Wadalba Community School, was the Head Teacher of Mathematics since the school's establishment. Mr Robert Jordan is currently relieving Head Teacher until a new Head Teacher is appointed to the position. New Mathematics Software The Mathematics faculty will soon issue students with a login and password for a new website www.mathletics.com.au. This website will be used by staff members... Read more

Wadalba in a Central Vision

Congratulations to twenty three of our Art and Photography students whose work has been selected to represent Wadalba in the latest exhibition at Gosford Regional Gallery. A Central Vision opened last Friday, 18th February, with a packed foyer viewing and discussing the works and eagerly awaiting the award ceremony. Georgia Moir, Year 12 2010, was awarded a Highly Commended for her work "These Hearts Make Mine Whole." Congratulations to Georgia and all students involved. Please support A Central Vision by getting along to the gallery to view... Read more

CAD Software for Students

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing a first class education, the TAS faculty has purchased AutoDesk Design Academy 2011 which includes AutoCAD and Inventor. These software programs will be used in many subjects this year for 3D drawing applications. AutoCAD is a package that is used widely in the engineering industry for industrial drawing. Giving our students the opportunity to use quality software like this prepares them to enter professional fields with an advantage few others will have. For more information about the software... Read more

Multi-Cat Class says Thanks!

Multi-Categorical class grows and says Thanks! Term 1 2011 has seen the Multi-Categorical class grow with the addition of two new students. This unique class now consists of students from Years 7, 8 and 9 and is another example in which Wadalba Community School is catering for the needs of all its students. The ongoing success of this support class (now in its second year) is largely due to the receptive nature of the school population, both students and teachers alike as they demonstrate on a daily basis what inclusive education is all about... Read more

Healthy Kids website

Keeping kids active and healthy has been made easier with the relaunch of the Healthy Kids website. Healthy Kids is the main source of online information in NSW focused on the prevention of childhood obesity through healthy eating and physical activity. The website's five main messages you can share with your kids are: get active each day choose water as a drink eat more fruit and vegetables eat fewer snacks and select healthier alternatives turn off the TV or computer and get active. The website has great information, such as lunch box... Read more

Year 11 Information Evening

A Year 11 Parent Information Evening will be held at the school on Wednesday, 23 February between 5:30pm and 6:30pm. Please see flyer below for further information. Year 11 Parent Info. Evening (pdf, 805 KB)... Read more

Swimming Carnival Information

Secondary Swimming Carnival to be held on Monday, 28 February. Students to be transported to and from Wyong Pool by bus. Primary Swimming Carnival to be held on Tuesday, 1 March. Students to be transported to and from Wyong Pool by bus. Secondary long distance swimmers also attend Primary Carnival on 1 March. Enquiries can be directed to Ms Furey or Ms Playford during school hours on 43925000.... Read more

Year 12 Information Evening

A Year 12 Parent Information Evening will be held at the school on Wednesday, 16 February between 5:30pm and 6:30pm. Please see flyer below for further information. Year 12 Info. Evening Invitation (pdf, 805 KB)... Read more

Lunch box safety

Students are returning to school in one of the hottest months of the year and summer temperatures provide an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive. It's important to keep your child's food cool in order to reduce the risk of food poisoning. Simple tips Use insulated lunch boxes or cooler bags. Keep a frozen drink or freezer brick inside the lunch box or bag. If you're making lunches the night before, store them in the fridge until leaving for school. Ask your child to store their lunch in a cool, dark place like a locker - not in direct... Read more

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Education tax refund

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to keep their receipts from education related expenses to take advantage of a federal government tax initiative. The Education Tax Refund (ETR) gives you refunds of 50% on a range of primary and secondary school education expenses. You can receive refunds up to a maximum of $397 per primary school student and $794 per secondary school student. Items you can claim You can claim the cost of buying, establishing, repairing and maintaining any of the following items: home computers and laptops... Read more