Willoughby Public School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 6 - Friday 12 November 2021


At Willoughby Public School we aim to cultivate socially-aware learners who are critical and creative thinkers, within a safe, respectful and responsible learning community.


Dear Parent and Carers

Canteen Update

We are very excited to see the upgrade of the school canteen and P&C / OOSHC kitchen is moving forward. Some of the work has been completed – installation of the gas connection, plumbing and electrical work. Thank you for your patience and support with the limited access to the canteen menu. Thank you to the parent volunteers that are helping with the lunch distribution – we appreciate your time and support.

COVID Update

It is pleasing to see that our community can hold a sausage sizzle / cupcake stall on December 4 for the local government elections. Willoughby PS is a polling booth.

New Playground Markings

At long last, after months and months of delay, our new paint markings on the playground have been completed. A big thank you to Mrs Winkler and the school PBEL team for the initial concept and planning and also to Mrs Tingle for seeing the plan through to fruition. 

Remembrance Day 

Willoughby Public School students and staff observed a minute’s silence at 11am for Remembrance Day on Thursday. Although we couldn’t hold an assembly due to current restrictions, we watched recordings of Harry and Charlie playing the Last Post and Reveille Rouse in our learning spaces. Thank you to Harry and Charlie. 

Our Year 6 School Service Team lowered the flag to half mast during our virtual service. It was lovely to see students and staff wearing a poppy badge, most of them hand made!

P&C election day fundraisers are back

As schools gear up to host polling venues for the NSW local government elections on Saturday, 4 December, one question is on everyone’s lips; can our P&C host a sausage sizzle or cake stall? P&Cs can host fundraisers providing takeaway food (with approval from the school), with COVID-safe measures in place, including vaccination and requirements for workers and volunteers, as well as encouraging physical distancing. Refer to the Election day fundraisers section of the Level 3 schools page for further information and share the new guidelines on the Advice for families page with your P&C.

When to use the School Visitor Check-in

Earlier this year, the rollout of School Visitor Check-in digitised the way visitors sign in upon arrival at a school. Anyone (other than students) on-site should use the School Visitor Check-in QR code:

  • during school hours
  • outside of school hours – if on-site for school-related reasons (such as P&C meetings and teachers visiting classrooms on weekends).

Anyone on-site outside of school hours for non-school-related reasons should use the hosting organisation’s QR code, including:

  • preschools
  • community use of school facilities and leases:
    • playgroups
    • sports clubs
    • markets
    • elections.

Organisers should refer to the NSW Government’s Setting up electronic check-in and QR codes to create a free QR code.

Teacher Professional Learning

Our teachers K-6 have been working in their professional learning teams to complete Making Learning Visible – Learning Intentions and Success Criteria. The goal of each professional learning session is to support teachers in bringing about ongoing and sustainable improvement in learner achievement. The Visible learning aim is that all learners are assessment-capable and that this leads to improvement in their attendance, engagement, retention, progress and achievement. As a group of educators, we are constantly working hard to improve learning opportunities for our students. I commend the dedication of our teachers in pursuing this online learning.

Kindergarten 2022 Transition

We a re very pleased to be able to offer a face to face transition program for our incoming 2022 Kindergarten students. Thank you to our teachers, our 2022 student leaders’ nominees supporting our new kindergarten students. We are disappointed that we couldn’t hold our parent information sessions at school but at least the children will have opportunities to explore their “big” school setting.

We are still accepting enrolments for 2022, please find the forms on our school website.

J Simmonds


New Playground Markings

Not returning to WPS in 2022?

As we begin our plans for 2022 classes it is important that we have a clear idea of the number of students anticipated in each year group.

If you are expecting that your son or daughter will not be returning to Willoughby Public School next year (other than those heading to high school) it would be greatly appreciated if you would indicate this as soon as possible, either by completing and returning the attached form, or emailing the office.

This information will be held in confidence by the Principal and Enrolments officer.


Greenwillo Cafe - our new school canteen name

Vanilla Blue are excited to work collaboratively with Willoughby Public and Willoughby Girls High School to operate as one team to service the all the student and staff dietary needs.

Thanks to the classes who submitted a new name for the canteen / cafe. Vanilla Blue chose to combine a couple of the suggestions to make 'Greenwillo' and so each class who suggested either Green or Willoughby in their canteen name will be receiving a small treat once the cafe open on-site, later this term. 

Their ‘Mind Food’ menu concept is a nourishing and revolutionary invitation to encourage students to eat fresh, homemade wholefoods, with a mind-nourishing twist. The Mind Food badge ensures these items are easily distinguishable and should be consumed every day for optimum health benefits.

The school cafe has an awareness of students with nut and peanut allergies (anaphylaxis) and does not include any nut products on the menu. However, as stated on individual food labels, some products may contain traces of nuts

Proudly, Vanilla Blue Catering are an industry leader in sustainability practices. They aim to eliminate single-use plastic packaging wherever possible, manage waste responsibly and employ methodology designed to minimise food wastage.

Pre-ordering is encouraged by using the online Flexischools platform. This pre-order service is available until 8.30am daily for same day lunch orders.

Online accounts may be set up at: www.flexischools.com.au 

Year 6 Auslan

Year 6 has been lucky enough to be taught Auslan by Larri, who is part of the Deaf community. Larri has been very helpful by teaching us simple Auslan signs such as fruit, letters, emotions, signs to use at school or while shopping, various sports along with many others.  

Larri has also taught us the importance of facial expressions while signing and the difficulty of lip reading during Covid because of face masks. Alongside this, we have been learning how to sign our Year 6 graduation song which we are very excited to show off. 

Thank you, Larri. 

By Georgie and Anna 6DS 

Bin Ball - Year 6 Homebase

 After the rain cleared at around 10am, HB6 gathered to play a huge game of bin-ball. By the end it was almost a war zone with balls flying in all directions, including yoga balls.

As white and grey clouds covered the sky, smiles and the sounds of happy students flooded the surrounding area. In the game, acts of kindness were shared, whether it was giving someone a go or thanking someone for getting them back in.

Students had a fun time today and everyone got involved, which was great for our wellbeing. 

By Tolli Irvine and Harry Moran 6L 

Scroll through some Year 1 persuasive writing and art

Year 1 Persuasive Crayons

Year 1 Student Representative Council (SRC) students

Willoughby Public School's SRC is an important part of the school. Representatives from each class meet regularly to vote on important fundraising and school improvement initiatives. 

Here are our new Year 1 SRC reps who were voted in for Semester 2. They have been busy planning for our next fun fundraiser.

Year 2 SRC students


Returning Books 

It’s been a wonderful few weeks reconnecting with all our students, who have really enjoyed being back in the Library! I can’t believe that it is almost time to stop our borrowing for the year. Next week (Wk 7) will be the final week to borrow. If you have received a reminder notice from us to return books, it is because we still think you have these books at home. If you think they are lost, please send the replacement cost in an envelope to the Library. If they turn up after that, we will be very happy to receive them back and refund the money to you. We always check our shelves also, but if you believe you have returned them, please let me know at deborah.desilva@det.nsw.edu.au . If you discover any forgotten home readers in the process, these are returned to your class teacher. 

2022 Library Monitor Applications 

These have now gone out to interested Yr 5 students and are due back in their Library lesson next week. All students from all classes have a full week, including the weekend to finalise their responses. 

PRC Certificates 

We have been assured that these are now on their way to us! Your child will be receiving theirs in the next few weeks.  

Book Club 

Issue 7 Brochures have been sent out. All ordering is via LOOP online as usual. Orders close on Monday 22nd November. This is the final order of the year. 

Mrs Debbie de Silva 

Teacher Librarian 

Accessing the new WPS Digital Library

P&C News

WPS Parents & Carers, you're invited to our P&C AGM + Term 4 Meeting.

The meetings will be held on-site in the WPS hall (with Zoom access also available).

Those attending in person will need to show their vaccination certificate.


7pm - Hybrid AGM (using Zoom & in person in hall)

8pm (or earlier) - Hybrid Term 4 Meeting

9pm (or earlier) - Refreshments

Agendas, Minutes from the previous meeting, and P&C Nomination form were sent via Skoolbag/email, for those interested in nominating for a position on the P&C.

Zoom details for this meeting will be sent via SkoolBag closer to the date

Volunteers Wanted!

We need your help with our fundraisers to be held at the upcoming Willoughby Council Election, where voting will be held on site at WPS. This is a great opportunity to fundraise for our wonderful school.

The election will be held on site on Saturday 4th December 2021.

We need volunteers to make & sell cupcakes + run our BBQ fundraiser too. 

1) Please sign up here if you can assist with the BBQ (bacon and egg rolls and sausage sizzle):  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0544A5A82DA3FB6-local

2)Please sign up here if you can assist with Cupcake stall sales & servicehttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0544A5A82DA3FB6-wpspc1

Please contact Kris Berrell our WPS P&C Events Manager if you have any queries at: krisberrell@icloud.com

Thanks for your help! WPS P&C 

WPS Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop is open for online orders. Orders can be picked up at the school office or will be delivered to classrooms on Wednesdays and Fridays.https://wps-uniform-shop.myshopify.com/.  

Please contact our uniform shop manager Lynda Morris with any questions - Email uniform@wpspandc.com.au or mobile 0416 046 181

Join WPS Training Band in 2022!

Friday, 12th November 2021 – Closing Date to join our Mailing List

We have been receiving great interest in Training Band for 2022! Today is the last day to sign up to the Training Band 2022 Mailing List to receive all the information necessary to decide whether your family would like to join the band community next year. So please do sign up if your child is interested!

If you have any questions, please contact the Band Secretaries - Kevin Wong, Bailie Yan and Vivian Wong at band.secretary@wpspandc.com.au

Kind regards

Meredith Robson, Simrita Virk, Padraig Byrne and Jason Jones

WPS Band Co-Convenors

Department of Education guide to mental health & wellbeing resources

Resources for Students, Parents and Carers. 

Parent Guide to NSW Syllabuses


School Travel passes 2022 - applications open


Important Road Safety tips from Willoughby Council

Welcome to the final edition of the School Zone newsletter for 2021! In this edition we will share some bus safety tips for both drivers, parents and carers. See file attached. 


At Willoughby Public School we have a number of students with a



Even a small trace of nut, peanut or nut/peanut product may trigger a severe allergic reaction called Anaphylaxis, which attacks the immune system leading potentially to death within minutes.

This reaction can happen by taste, touch and sometimes can be airborne. All of these students have access to an adrenaline injection in the form of an Epipen, which can save lives. Photo posters are displayed in the classrooms, canteen, staffroom, playground bags and sick bay for easy identification of these children.

Willoughby PS works with parents/carers to support students in developing an awareness of their allergies and what foods to avoid. Students are encouraged not to share food and to always check with a parent/adult/teacher if unsure at any time. 


Please help us by not including peanut or any nut products in your child’s lunchbox. This includes peanut butter and Nutella. 

Please avoid products with any nuts/peanuts listed as an ingredient. 

Explain about nut/peanut allergy to your child and encourage the ‘no food sharing’ rule. 

Please consider what you are sending for birthday treats to share with the class, checking there are no nut products included. 

The school canteen does not serve products containing nuts. 

It is only with the continued support of all parents and staff that we can effectively maintain a safe school environment for these children.  

Thank you for your understanding. We know you will want to support the school and these children.

Put safety ahead of convenience. Always.


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