Volume 2 Number 9 september 4, 2020
THE WARBURTON PLATYPUS
Mr Marley's Message
It seems as if spring is finally here - but I'm sure there will be a few wet and windy days to come. I hope the recent storm did not cause too much grief. At home in Mount Evelyn we seemed to get the worst of it, and we were without power for four days. What else can 2020 bring?
The change of seasons will give us hope as we begin our way out of Stage 4 restrictions. There is a long way to go and I don't have any further updates as to how and the school will re-emerge. Please stay the course and stay safe, and with sunny days to come I encourage you and your families to make the most of it. Go outside, breathe the air, take some time off from remote learning. It's exhausting! There is nothing more important than the safety and wellbeing of yourselves and your loved ones.
I am beginning to plan for 2021, and the planning for a new year always involves thoughts about the bushfire season. We have completed our latest Emergency Management Plan, and the DET has granted us $20,000 to go towards the clearing of vegetation in and around the school grounds. Today I walked through our huge grounds in order to take photos of the trees and grasses, and there were thickly-wooded places I have never visited before. We are so fortunate to have a beautiful space for our schooling, but we need to make sure it's as safe as possible.
2021 will also bring us our School Review. This takes place every four years, and gives us an opportunity to self-evaluate our achievements and our challenges, in preparation for the development of our new School Strategic Plan for 2021 - 2024. At this stage our Review will be held in Term 1, 2021. I will keep you all informed, and you will have opportunities to contribute.
We would love to have more kids enrol at our wonderful school. Please help us by sharing the benefits and features of Warburton Primary School to friends, family and the community. We hope to re-commence our transition program in Term 4.
Finally, please join me in wishing Mrs Sheri Postill all the very best as she embarks on her new adventures. Sheri has made huge conbtributions to our school community over the last 20 years. Please be sure to send her a message or a video using the links on the main story.
Platypus by Liam
farewell and good luck,
This week we say a fond farewell to one of our longest-serving teachers, Mrs Sheri Postill, who has retired from the Department of Education and Training.
After teaching in a number of schools in the Yarra Valley, Mrs Postill moved to Warburton Primary School in 2000.Between 2000 and 2012, Sheri taught as a classroom teacher in the Years 3 to 6 area, before taking on various specialist roles including Art, Kitchen Garden, Student Wellbeing and Science.
Sheri took leave in Term 2, 2019 in order to provide care for her family. She is currently enjoying being a nanna to her grandchildren, including little Stella, even though it's difficult to see people face to face under the current situation!
Sheri taught hundreds of children in her time at our school, and we are all grateful for the learning, knowledge and care she gave to everyone, including her colleagues.
Farewell and good luck, Mrs Postill!
This session was postponed due to the storm and will now be held on Thursday September 10 via Zoom. Great session for parents of the Yarra Valley! 'From Stressed to Strong', presented by Andrew Fuller. To register, click HERE!
Virtual school tour
Learning from Home
Sadie and Matilda doing Harvest Cafe from home.
Leon's water condensation experiement.
Charlotte's cat sleeps in interesting ways!
Julianna has made her own Marvellous Medicine, inspired by Roald Dahl's book.
Ranita has made her own 'cloud in a jar' experiment.
The Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge is on! Your child has received log in details in their Learning Pack. Please visit our VPRC page for more information!