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Books to ignite summer reading

The school holiday period doesn't have to be a time when children's reading and comprehension skills take a break. If you're wracking your brains for gift-giving ideas and summer activities, why not encourage your child to dive into book one of a series? Literacy experts advise that even reluctant readers and children who struggle with reading tend to be more likely to get bitten by the reading bug when they discover a book they enjoy is part of a series. By the end of the first book, the reader is familiar with the style, the setting and many... Read more

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Uniform shop hours

The school's uniform shop is operated by the P&C. It is located adjacent to the Movement Studio. Access is via the carpark in Van Stappen Road. Uniform items can be purchased from the High School Canteen Monday to Thursdays between the hours of 8:15am and 9:30am. The Uniform Shop is closed on Friday. Access to the High School Canteen is via the top car park. If the security gates are locked please contact the school on 4392 5000 for the canteen staff member to give you access. During the Christmas school holiday break, the Uniform Shop will be... Read more

Literacy and Numeracy Games

Did you know we have some AMAZING literacy and numeracy games your child can access at home on computers, ipads and iphones? Go to our Primary School Website http://www.wadalba-c.schools.nsw.edu.au/primary-classes and click on the links on the left hand side. It is great for holiday revision as well as entertaining any bored kids!... Read more

The new curriculum and your child

How do teachers decide what your child will study each term at school? How do composite or combined classes work? Why do students at different schools seem to be studying entirely different things, despite being in the same year? And what will happen next year, when the new Australian curriculum starts in NSW for both primary and secondary schools? Understanding how the curriculum relates to the real world of the classroom and to your child's daily lessons can help you better support them with their homework and study. It will also help you... Read more

Art Exhibition

WCS Art Exhibition

Visual Art staff would like to invite all to attend our End Of Year Exhibition next Wednesday evening in the Gym. Come and take a look at some of the work our students have completed throughout 2013. All Stages will be on display, with 2 and 3D works, slide shows, feature student talks, and musical performances to create a little ambience. Please join us if you are free.... Read more

Drumbeat

'Drumbeat'

During the assembly today the year 9 boys who were in the 'Drumbeat' program last term showcased their talent. The program is run through Oasis youth centre and explores emotions and issues through therapeutic means of drumming.... Read more

Year 12 Netbook

Year 12- to keep your netbooks and be able to use them as you wish you must have them unlocked from the DEC/DET. Please return your netbook to school ASAP and we will have them unlocked and returned to you ASAP.... Read more

Head Lice

I am writing to advise you that head lice are present in the hair of some students in your child's year group. Please check your child's hair for nits/lice tonight using the methods recommended in information from NSW Health at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/publichealth/environment/headlice/treatment.asp If you find any eggs or lice please commence treatment as recommended. Further information on head lice is available on the NSW Health website (details above) or through the Departments website at: http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/student... Read more

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Remembrance Day

On the 11 November Mrs MacDonald took the High School and Primary School Leaders Holly, Katelin, Ben, Tia and Alisha to the Wyong RSL Remembrance Day ceremony. They represented the school with pride and respect and did a great job laying the wreath from Wadalba Community School. The leaders should be commended on their impeccable behaviour and uniform.... Read more

Benefits of team sports

Benefits of team sports If you want your child to grow up to be a confident and well-adjusted adult, then team sports may be the answer. Playing a team sport provides kids with important lessons in personal values. Kids learn that things don't always go their way and that they need to respect their peers as well as referees and sports officials. These experiences can influence them throughout their lives, such as when it comes to working for a boss, or respecting the police or other authority figures. When your kids take part in team sports... Read more

Time to party - safely

Parties are part of a teenager's social life and a way for your teen to develop social skills. While most parties go off without a hitch, celebrations can go wrong and get out of hand – particularly if the party is unplanned. If you are hosting a party there are some simple ways to ensure your teenager and their friends have fun but remain safe. Communication and careful planning are the keys to hosting a successful party. While the internet and social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter are great tools which can be used to spread the... Read more

NSW Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Daniel from 3/4A who competed in the State final of the Premier's Spelling Bee last Wednesday. Daniel competed with 39 other students from across the state. The competition started wit 131 000 students from 930 schools and forty of these were represented in the final which was held at the ABC studio in Ultimo. Well done Daniel! A fantastic achievement.... Read more

Uniform Drive

Could all students who have borrowed uniforms from the Welfare Room please remember to return items. Also with the end of the year approaching fast, many students will be growing out of their uniforms and purchasing new ones. If you have uniforms at home that no longer fit please donate them to the Welfare room.... Read more

XLR8

XLR8 News

Yr11 XLR8 experimented with a fusion of flavours today in a bid to try something new. Olives, chilli, coriander and ricotta were in the mix, creating savoury tarts that were simple and tasty. Served with a fresh garden salad, students enjoyed their lesson in both flavour AND nutrition. Well done.... Read more

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Christmas Carols

Christmas Carols (pdf 498 KB) Wadalba Christmas Carols will be held on the 11 December starting at 5.30pm. Please go to link to find out more.... Read more

Mini Games

Mini Olympic Games

Rio 2016 will host the next Olympic Games but today at Wadalba Community School all of year 8 participated in their own mini Olympics. Year 8 was divided into groups then participated in modified games and activities to compete against one another to become the Wadalba Olympic champions. The day's competition was refereed and supervised by Wadalba teachers Miss Kettle, Miss Morgan and Miss Sullivan. They had the help of Year 11 Sports Coaching students who were learning about running sporting events and ensuring that students were... Read more

A better way of funding our schools

The NSW Government is introducing a new funding model for all NSW public schools that is simpler, fairer and more transparent. The funding model is a key part of a broader education reform called Local Schools, Local Decisions, which places students at the centre of school decision-making. It gives principals and their school communities a greater say over how they allocate and use their available resources to best meet the needs of their students. When fully implemented, schools will manage more than 70% of the state public school education... Read more

2014 Elective Fees

Dear Parents/Caregivers Wadalba Community School will be moving to a new Finance System during November 2013, which will result in a transaction free period of time. Therefore we will start to accept payments for 2014 elective fees in December 2013.... Read more

Year 11 Science camp to Stanwell Tops

Year 11 Science will be attending a camp to Stanwell Tops on the 11 Noverber and returning on the 13 November. See attachment for Intinerary. Yr 11 camp Intinerary (pdf 95 KB)... Read more

Financial Free Period / NO EFTPOS

Dear Parents/Caregivers Wadalba Community School is one of the Pilot schools for the new "Learning Management and Business Reform" (LMBR) program being introduced into NSW Public Schools. From 1 November until early December there will be no EFTPOS facility available at the school while the existing Finance system is upgrading to the new integrated system. We would also ask parents to pay any outstanding fees for 2013 prior to the 31 October. More information will be released at a later date to describe the benefits of the new system.... Read more

Water Polo

U15 Water polo Knockout 2013

On Monday 14th October a team of 15 boys, Miss White and Mr Marlin travelled to Woy Woy to participate in the Sydney North Water polo Knockout. Of the 15 boys only a couple had played the game before. The boys were keen to get in the water and take on Brisbane Water College who had some experienced players on their team. Christian Bentley took on the swim off and scored a goal for WCS, alongside Cooper Evans and Balin Martin-Masterton. In goals, with a strong defence we had Cooper Evans and Luke Cain. Unfortunately our three goals were not... Read more

Is your child gifted?

The notion of giftedness in children has become part of many parents' conversations. Yet ask anyone what 'gifted' means and the concept remains mysterious, sometimes stigmatised, and often perplexing for parents who think their child may be extremely bright. About 10 per cent of the population is gifted. That is, they are significantly advanced beyond their peers in at least one of four areas – intellectual, creative, social or physical. Those who add skill to their gift are recognised as gifted and talented. Children who are gifted have... Read more

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NAPLAN results

"On Thursday 5 September ACARA identified an error in the placement of the national average markers on the Years 5 and 7 NAPLAN Student Reports for Language Conventions. Importantly the NAPLAN student data is correct. ACARA made the immediate decision to halt any further packaging and distribution of NAPLAN reports while options regarding the distribution of correct NAPLAN Student Reports were considered. ACARA is working closely with Test Administration Authorities (TAAs) in every state and territory to ensure correct reports are distributed.... Read more

By Design

By Design

Great things are happening in the Yr10 Visual Design Street Art Unit. Investigations into popular culture, iconic images and screenprinting techniques are starting to produce some effective results-some by design, and some by delightful accident!... Read more

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National HPE

Wadalba celebrated National HPE day with a range of fitness activities including a morning run, fruit salad cups, lunchtime relaxation session and a morning boot camp workout seen in this photo. Well done early birds! Students in action at the Staff vs Students match as part of National HPE day celebrations.... Read more

Year 12 2013 Graduation formal/dinner reminder

Dear year 12 students and their partners, parents and carers, This year's formal will be held at Crowne Plaza Terrigal on Thursday 14 November 2013. Please be advised that the evening starts at 7pm sharp, with canapés in the Hawkesbury Lobby, then into the function room for seating and dinner for 7.30pm. It would be advisable to arrive at 6.45pm. There is a photographer available on the night for any photos you require. You are required to pay for your tickets in full by graduation; 20 September 2013 (last day of term) to enable us to finalise... Read more

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Targeted Sports Program (TSP) Rugby League

Wadalba TSP Rugby League visited the Canterbury Bulldogs to view their facilities and learn what is expected of professional Rugby League players.... Read more

Learning in the outdoor classroom

It's Outdoor Education Week – the perfect time to reflect on how outdoor education plays a major role in students' learning, problem-solving abilities and wellbeing. Learning in the outdoors brings together the benefits of formal and informal education and provides meaningful education for 21st century kids. By acquiring knowledge and skills through practical or hands-on activities students learn about consequences, develop resilience, and learn to take risks in a safe environment. Participating in an outdoor challenge or experience can make a... Read more

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Meningococcal Disease information

Meningococcal Disease info (pdf 1489 KB)... Read more

Kidsmatter

Kidsmatter

At WCS, we are implementing the Kidsmatter Primary initiative. This is an Australian Government initiative that promotes a positive school community, teaches students social and emotional skills, and provides support to parents and students with mental health and well being. We are committed to promoting a sense of belonging, and skills for being part of a community to enhance students' sense of self and the educational outcomes of all students. http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/primary... Read more

P&C Trivia Night and Monster Raffle

Trivia Night info. (pdf 145 KB) General Flyer (pdf 66 KB) Monster Raffle $1 per ticket Tickets available from the School Office or the High School Canteen Over $900 in prizes All proceeds go towards students" resources including the purchase of computer tablets for the Primary School 1st prize total value $450 Large Suitcase and Cabin bag $100 Gorgeous Hair at Gorokan Voucher $100 Amcal Goody basket Australian Reptile Park Ticket (2A+2C) valid until 7/9/14 $30 Woolworths voucher 2nd prize total value $240 Large Suitcase and Cabin bag 2... Read more

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We've been to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo

The coldest day recorded this year… yes sounds like a perfect day to go to the zoo. On Thursday the 8 August, the year 9 Ceramics, Art and two Photography classes went to Toranga Zoo in Sydney. Leaving school at 8am we boarded the coach and were ready for our trip to the zoo. Along the way we looked out the windows to see the sky getting darker as we approached Sydney. When we finally arrived at the zoo it was raining lightly. We were escorted down through the entrance and wandered to the seal show. Although getting slightly splashed by Lexi... Read more

Spelling Bee app

A new app designed for Android phones and tablets helps students of all ages practise and improve their spelling. The Premier's Spelling Bee 2013 app features almost 3,000 words and corresponding sentences from the spelling competition of the same name. It also and uses Australian spelling and voices. The app features two categories - junior and senior - with a number of levels that increase in difficulty. Most adults would find the high levels in the senior category a challenge. The app is a companion to the free School A to Z app and... Read more

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Central Coast Poultry Clubs Pairs Night

On Wednesday the 14 August Dave Dury, Frank Soreca, Steve (farm assistant) and the Yr9 Agriculture class and myself attended the Central Coast Poultry Association Meet. We entered 5 pairs of chooks for judging and came away with 3 prizes. Soft Feather Large Pair 1st Place, Miss Norris, Soft Feather Bantam 1st Place, Taylah Lannstrom Yr9, 2nd Place, Mr Dury. All prize winners were awarded a bag of chook food and 1st place getters Miss Norris and Tayla Lannstrom have their names printed on the clubs trophy. A big thank you to Mrs... Read more

Gosford show

The Central Coast Ag Teachers Cattle Show

On Monday 12 August the school took their steer to Gosford Showground for the Central Coast Ag teachers annual cattle show. Unfortunately this year's show was down in the numbers of schools attending from 35 last year to 9 this year. With almost all of the Central Coast schools attending and others from Dungog and Riverview from Lane Cove. Our steer was in the middle weight class and came fourth. As the judge said there was a clear winner in the class, but there was nothing between the next three places and they could have been changed around... Read more

Tocal Steer show

Tocal Steer Show

On Friday 9 August the school attended the Tocal Steer Show at Tocal Agricultural College at Paterson. We were one of eleven schools competing and one of four schools from the Central Coast. This is our third year of competing in this competition and our most successful so far. Our steer which was given to the school from Tocal Ag College in late May had put on almost 100kgs and weighed in at 387kgs. In this competition each school shows one steer that they received from Tocal Ag College. In the lead steer competition, where he was judged... Read more

Bootcamp

Bootcamp

Bootcamp has kicked off to a great start in term 3 for the girls, with over 15 students attending each Monday afternoon. Each week there are simple yet very effective workouts to kick start and build on our fitness levels. The girls have participated in a wall sit challenge, beep test, boxing and many other activities showing great determination and motivation. At the end of each bootcamp session they have had the opportunity to learn how to make good food choices and grasp an understanding of a balanced diet of proteins, fats and... Read more

XLR8 Program

XLR8 Program

The XLR8 Program is celebrating a successful first semester for 2013 with five of our students gaining full-time employment. We also welcome three new students to the fold and hope to support them in their efforts to become work ready. As part of their health and lifestyle studies this morning, students investigated dietary options to suit gluten intolerance. Some produced stunning results! Well done.... Read more

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Public Speaking Representatives

On Tuesday 7 August, our 8 public speaking representatives travelled to Mannering Park Public School for th e zone finals of the public speaking competition. The adjudicator commented on how poised and professionally our students spoke. There was a lot of competition in all stages and everyone involved is to be congratulated for getting this far. Congratulations also to Nate Burgess (ES1) and Hayley Van Der Meulen (S2) for coming away with a Highly Commended award. We all look forward to some more fantastic and entertaining speeches next year.... Read more

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Year 11 Jackets

View Jackets (pdf 358 KB) Year 11 jackets are available to order. The jackets are $71.50 and The Sublimated Polo Shirt is $45.10. Could year 11 students wishing to order these jackets please come to the Welfare Room Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunch to get your sizing. Students have until week 8 to pay in full.... Read more

Our website goes mobile

It is now easier to view our website on your mobile phone or tablet. We have created a mobile version of the site with a range of features finetuned for when you are on the move. You can now more easily: dial or email us from your phone locate us via Google maps check our school calendar view our latest newsletter. You can also create a shortcut to our website on your phone home page Try the mobile version of our website now. Just visit from a smart phone or tablet device and follow the prompts.... Read more

Student Medical forms

Student Medical forms During Terms 3 and 4 we will be updating our medical records systems to ensure we have the most up-to-date information on your child's health. If you have a child with a medical condition you will receive a copy of the new forms in the mail and will need to fill them out and return them to us as soon as you can. The good news is we have already started collecting some of this information, which means less for you to do. The new forms will help us collect your child's important medical information and the introduction of... Read more

TSP trials for Year 7 2014

Primary students who wish to trial for a position in one of the Targeted Sports Programs (TSP) in 2014 for Netball, Touch, Soccer, Rugby League or Individual Sports are reminded that the trial dates are as follows: Tuesday 10th September Soccer (venue: Wadalba Sporting Complex at 12.30pm to 2.30pm), Touch (venue: Wadalba School oval at 12.30pm to 2.30pm) Individual Sports (venue: Wadalba school grounds at 12.30pm to 2.30pm) Tuesday 17th September Rugby League (venue: Morry Breen Oval, Kanwal at 12.30pm to 2.30pm) Netball (venue: Wyong... Read more

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Positive Behaviour for Learning Program

As of this term, as part of our Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) program, Wadalba Community School will be placing a new emphasis on how we promote and encourage positive behaviours in our students. These positive behaviours will be centred around our three core values, Respect, Responsibility and Excellence. Each term the program will target one of these values and each week we will have a new focus behaviour. These behaviours will be supported by our rewards system and each Wednesday, prizes will be awarded to students who have... Read more

Developing organisational skills

Learning how to make time for homework, chores and other activities is a vital skill for all children but it's not one that always comes easily. This weekly schedule template (docx 15 KB) is a simple aid that can help kids better plan their time. Print one for your child's desk, one for the fridge and one for their school bag to help keep them on track. To personalise the template, simply click on the cell you wish to change and type. If you need to add or delete cells and don't know how, read these simple instructions . Using colour-coding... Read more

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Avril - Wadalba's hair expo model

A big congratulations to Avril in Year 11. She was chosen to be a model at a recent L'Oreal hair expo.... Read more

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The Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser

The leadership group would like to update you on the final results of The Biggest Morning Tea. We had a fantastic response and on the morning tea and we raised $958. This will be put together with the money from the Primary morning tea and $1500 from the Wadalba's Got Talent. Thank you to all students and staff who baked and to those who bought food and made donations on the day. Thank you again for your support for the Cancer Council. Emma Cook... Read more

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Entertainment Book

The Entertainment book is packed with hundreds of valuable offers from the best restaurants, attractions, cinemas, sports, hotel accommodation and much more. Entertainment book (pdf 314 KB)... Read more

Preparing for the HSC

You don't need to be a subject expert to help your child prepare for the HSC. There are some really practical ways in which you can assist . In this School A to Z video teachers talk about how parents can help their teen manage the study load and stress when they're preparing for the HSC. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more

Helping your child with their homework

How do you get your kids to keep on top of their homework? This School A to Z video features teachers talking about how parents can help kids take responsibility for their homework and avoid Thursday night meltdowns. Get more practical parent tips on the School A-Z website.... Read more

Fundraiser for Branden

Branden Ross has been selected to represent Soldiers Beach Surf Life Saving Club in a surf boat race to take place around the Gallipoli Peninsular in Turkey. The race is in commemorations of the original ANZAC landings and will be held in 2015. Branden was required to submit a written application outlining his knowledge of Gallipoli, understanding of the meaning of ANZAC Day, surf club involvement and his willingness to promote the significance of ANZAC Day to future generations. The surf club will be holding a number of fund raisers to... Read more

Getting ready for school camp

School camp is one of the highlights of childhood. Chances are you can still remember some of the campfire songs, the smell of damper cooking and the names of the kids you bunked with. However, it's also true that for some children (and their parents) the thought of staying away overnight can create a little anxiety. It's not uncommon for kids to worry about who they'll room with, ‘being left out' of things, whether something might go wrong, feeling homesick and other understandable concerns. Even the most outgoing and confident child may have... Read more

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Student portal

Access the Wadalba Community School Library

The Wadalba Community School library catalogue is online 24/7 You can access the library catalogue (contents of the library) online in two different ways; through the DET Portal or our school website. Access WCS Library @ Student portal login Follow these steps to access your library catalogue online through your Student Portal Log-in; Log-in Click ‘I agree' and you will see the screen below Click on ‘Visit your school library online' Link to the DEC Wadalba Community School Library enquiry screen … and this will take you to... Read more

Year 8 academic Science story writing competition

This term, the Year 8 academic science class has been learning about the systems of the body. The students had the opportunity to write a story about the digestive system using the heading "My Life as a Hamburger". Claire and Tallulah's stories were perfect examples of the high quality of work our students are producing in their academic class. Here are their winning stories. Tallulah story (pdf 363 KB) Claire story (pdf 44 KB)... Read more

Reconciliation Art invitation

Reconciliation Art competition 2013

I would like to invite you all to the "Reconciliation 2013 Art Competition" at the Gosford Regional Gallery to show off our very talented Wadalbian High School and Primary students: Keeley, Makayla, Shelby, Ciara, Tyreece, Jesse, Jorgia, Tiarna, Chloe, Aaron, Tayla, Sarah, Mia, Haylee, Lachlan, Caleb, Taylor, Caitlyn, Claudia, Summa-Lee, Keaton, Elizabeth and Candice. These students worked really hard term 1 and 2 on reconciliation paintings which will proudly hang on the Gallery walls from the 24th May until the 14th of July. This event has... Read more

Cyberbullying – what the experts say

Research into cyberbullying is still in its infancy but the one thing we do know is the online environment is really just a new setting for age-old issues. Cyberbullying is an extension of face-to-face bullying. It's all about relationships. When are kids most vulnerable to bullying? Bullying – online or offline – peaks for kids (and this is worldwide) at about Year 5, and again at about Year 7 or 8. The first peak coincides with children discovering the power of the peer group, and creating their own social pecking order. The second peak... Read more

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Update on Culture Affirmation Art Workshop

On Friday 17 May the workshop started off with a yarning circle, then progressed in collaborating together to work on two large scale artworks. Student's hands were placed around one canvas and Gavi sprayed them with paint which left behind their hand silhouettes and bursts of ochre colours radiating out and around them. On the other canvas students have started to paint inside their hand prints with symbols that carry meaning.... Read more

Rugby League Target Sports Program

The Rugby League Targeted Sports Program (TSP) is an integral part of Wadalba Community School. The program provides students with a unique opportunity to develop their skills and abilities through specialised training sessions throughout the school year. Students are given specialised coaching, with the focus being on improving the individuals overall Rugby League skills. This is done through periodised sessions aimed at specific focus area including: Catch, carry and pass (long and short) Line Running Defensive Tackling Techniques Offensive... Read more

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Wadalba's Rugby League Nursery

The Rugby League Target Sports program at Wadalba Community School is really making a difference to the performance of students. In order to be part of the Target Sports Program students must embody the Schools three core values of Respect, Responsibility and Excellence. This means leading by example both on the field and in the classroom. Recently, three students Aaron Heaven, Blake Andrews and Joel Mula were selected to play for the Sydney North U15's side at the Sydney Metro Rugby League Championships. This meant playing against students... Read more

Yr 12 Bio excursion

Senior Science Bio excursion

Year 12 Biology and Senior Science students had an educational and interactive excursion on Wednesday, May 8. We were able to be on site at Sydney Children's Hospital for an information seminar and hands on practical experience using medical equipment. We then went to the University of New South Wales to see the University's disease museum. It was interesting to see the physical effects of diseases that we hear about in the media. Overall, Year 12 students benefitted from the excursion which will assist them further in their HSC studies.... Read more

Culture Affirmation Art Workshop

We had our first Cultural Affirmation Art Workshop with artist/Youth Connections Indigenous Cultural Advisor Gavi Duncan. Culture Affirmation (pdf 331 KB)Art Work (pdf 35777 KB)... Read more

Wyong Rugby Leagues Club Group

TSP Rugby League

Wadalba TSP Rugby League would like to take this opportunity to thank the Wyong Rugby League Club Group for their fantastic support and sponsorship of Targeted Sport. Next time your family is dining out, be sure to stop by one of their many clubs on the coast and enjoy a great meal. You can also follow the Wyong Roos on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheWyongRoosor on twitter @wyongroos.... Read more

New Canteen price list

There has been a price increase on several items provided by the canteen, please check the Menu List on the P & C pages for Canteen. Primary School Menu 2013 (pdf 439 KB)High School Menu 2013 (pdf 440 KB)... Read more

Netball TSP

Netball TSP The Targeted Sports Netball Program (TSP) is an integral part of Wadalba Community School. The program provides students with a unique opportunity to develop their skills and ability through specialised training sessions throughout the school year. Students are given specialised coaching, with the focus being on improving fitness, agility and endurance whilst developing their core skills. A variety of training methods and venues are used and students are grouped at times based on their playing positions. Throughout the year,... Read more

Privacy online

Protecting the privacy of personal information is increasingly important at a time when we are sharing more details about ourselves online than ever before. While interacting online can be great for kids, it also makes them more vulnerable. To help reduce the risk of cyberbullying, unwanted attention or breaches of their privacy, you can: encourage them to keep their usernames and passwords safe and not share them with anyone take them through the privacy settings of sites they join to ensure they are careful about what information they share... Read more

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Stay on top of homework

Kids and families tend to run more smoothly when there is a clear plan. So the online parent resource School A to Z has created printable homework and study calendars for each month of the year. The School A to Z website and mobile app can also help with common assignment and homework questions. In the Homework and study section you'll find links to useful websites, maths and English glossaries, and help sheets to make homework time easier in your house. Print your homework and study calendar pages for the rest of 2013. If you have ideas for... Read more

Wadalba Community School Uniform

The school community and the P&C have designated Wadalba Community School as a uniform wearing school. School Skirt: From the start of Term 2, 2013 the only acceptable school skirt is the pleated checked skirt that is available from the school uniform shop. No other design is acceptable and contravenes the school's Welfare and Discipline Policy. A transition period to allow parents/carers time to purchase the pleated skirt has been allowed during Term 1, 2013 as the school is aware that many have purchased the incorrect skirt from Duckies in... Read more

Congratulations Cassidy Turner

Cassidy Turner is the new Australian record holder in the Multi-disability 50 metre Freestyle. We are so prould of you Cassidy.... Read more

Exam stress busters

Help create the right study conditions for your child in the lead-up to exams and know the warning signs if it's all getting too much. Kids who manage best in exams: maintain positive relationships with family and friends continue to allow some time for exercise and leisure get plenty of sleep eat sensibly have planned time for study are organised learn and practise simple techniques for relaxation. Read more on the School A to Z website.... Read more

Becoming a good speller

Spelling is an important skill but one that can be a problem for many children. However, there are some simple strategies you can use to help your child develop confidence in their spelling ability. What you can do to help your child with spelling: Explain to your child that some words can be sounded out, but not all English words can be spelt correctly by ‘sounding out', eg the words ‘you' and ‘said'. Talk to your child about how you spell, and what you do when you don't know how to spell a word. Encourage your child to write at home on... Read more

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School zone safety

A reminder to parents about the operation of school speed zones around the Easter holidays. School zones exist for the safety of children and families; they will operate on Thursday 28 March, then resume on Tuesday 2 April. Forty-kilometres-an-hour school speed zones operate across New South Wales at all school sites on gazetted school days, which are all days the school is open, even pupil-free days. Find out more... Read more

Writing essays

Writing essays is a skill many of us have forgotten. But don't worry – here are a few tips to help you and your child, even if you're not familiar with the essay topic. Key points: Determine 'what is the question asking?' Essays follow a specific formula Introduction – state your response to the question and mention the points to be made in the body of the essay. Body – expand on the points introduced in the introduction. Don't introduce new thoughts at this stage. Conclusion – summarise the points discussed in the body. One idea per... Read more

Academic test for Year 7 2014

Wadalba Community School offers students who are academically minded the opportunity to sit a school selective test. This test will help determine the best class placement to suit your child's educational needs and will be used to determine the Year 7 academic classes for 2014. To be eligible to sit the test, a student must be within zoning for Wadalba Community School. It is also advisable to consult with your child's class teacher with regard to suitability for academic placement. The test is an independent test developed and marked by the... Read more

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Secondary Swimming Carnival 2013- What a day!

The memorable moments from the 2013 Secondary Swimming Carnival are more likely be about the dancing than the swimming. Such a great day of fun for the students with the impromptu Cultural Dance performance that captivated all spectators and the mass participation in Wadalba's version of the Harlem Shake. The rains came and went as predicted, but the students just pressed on. The Salmon Run was a very popular participation event once again. A very enjoyable day of staff and student interaction, highlighting the overwhelmingly positive and... Read more

School Immunisations

Each year NSW Health works with schools to offer the vaccines recommended for adolescents by the National Health and Medical Research Council. In 2013 the following vaccines will be offered to Year 7 students: Hepatitis B Diptheria, tetanus and Pertussisb (whooping cough) Varicella vaccine (chicken pox) Human Papillomavirus vaccine (HP) In 2013 the follow vaccines will be offered to Year 9 students: HPV vaccine (HPV) Over the coming days, students will receive a parent information kit which contains a consent form for... Read more

A Central Vision

Congratulations to thirteen of our students who have had their work selected to be a part of this prestigious Art Exhibition. A Central Vision is an exhibition which showcases the best of Central Coast High School students' artworks. It is held at the Gosford Regional Art Gallery, with the opening night Friday 15th February and will run until the 13th March 2013. Works by Holly Schuebel, Jessica Williams, Andrew Lawes, Lachlan Lawes, Makayla Murray, Madison Stafford, Natasha James, Sarah Webb, Matthew Browne, Jarred Young, Tayla Alderman,... Read more

Great start videos

A panel of experts answers the most common questions parents have about how they can best support their kids' school life, study, wellbeing and development. In five brief segments, the experts share their tips on how parents can: help their kids reach their full potential at school and motivate them for learning support their child's social development and handle schoolyard conflict support kids through the teenage years. keep up with the technology their kids are using and how to keep them safe online. Watch the Great start videos... Read more

Uniform sale

The Uniform Shop has the following items of clothing reduced to $10 for a limited time. Wadalba Community School sloppy joes V-neck in sizes 4, 6 and 8. Wadalba Community School zip jackets with no hood in sizes 4 and 6. No returns available on these items.... Read more