Principal's Report

Last Day of Term Tuesday 20th Dec Early Finish at 1:30PM

No Lunch Orders or Counter Sales on Monday19th & Tuesday 20th Dec

Principal’s Report

2023 Teaching Teams

We begin this week’s newsletter by excitedly announcing our teaching teams for 2023. We have one final selection process to complete next week for a Year 2 class before we have our full complement of teachers for 2023 confirmed. In supporting flexible work place arrangements for our wonderful teachers, you will see that six of the twenty-eight classes are shared grades.

Where names are in bold lettering, this denotes the team leader for that year level.

We are delighted to have supported our teachers with their preferences for next year and to have achieved a terrific balance of experience, interests and proficiencies in each of the teams.

Please note that all students will meet their new teachers during the final stage of our transition program on Friday 16th December at 10:30pm.

Foundation: Kaitlyn Hayes, Tania Brown, Tahlia Zannoni, Anita Colebrook

Year One: Bronwyn Murray, Stephanie Nikoloska, Rachel Farfaglia & Rebecca Tinkler

Year One/Two: Rebecca Barham

Year Two: Georgie Petty, Virginia Irvine, Gael Howard, TBC

Year Three: Kylie Missen, Jamie Peters, Lisa Hibbert & Tammy Voukelatos, Carolyn Watt

Year Four: Dean Pearce, Vicki Symons, Dianna Lane

Year Five: Simon Radford, Tess Holland, Julie Brannan, Crissy Samaras & Felicity Fyfe, Sarah Nobbs & Ashleigh Paton

Year Six: Bethany Johnstone, Patrick Kelly, Cathy Graham & Danielle Marshall, Melanie Kennie & Kate Richards


PE: Jack Rhodes & Bill Manoleras

STEM: Dale Evans & Melissa Lindsay

Visual Arts: Julie Papazisis

Japanese: Helen Atkins

Performing Arts: Michelle Barnes & Laura Pearce

Inclusion: Giorgia Moss

Student Support/Intervention: Rachael Burgess & Vivien D’Aquino

Community Carols

As previously promoted, our school’s Community Carols will be held next Tuesday 13th December. We sincerely hope that you will be able to come along to help celebrate the 2022 school year as well as the upcoming festive season.

For those who would like to bring along a picnic dinner, gates will open from 6:15pm. If you are planning to just come along for the performances, these will get underway at 7pm. We anticipate the carols will finish up just after 8:00pm with the teacher’s act scheduled as the last performance – which is always good for a laugh!

We hope all school families will be able to make it!

Christmas Food Drive

This year’s Xmas food drive is in support of Anglicare, who do a great job in our local community supporting families in need. Two large crates have been set up in the main foyer for any donations of non-perishable food items. Last year’s response to this Xmas food drive was simply amazing! Let’s see if we can all band together again as a school community to support those local families who really need a hand this festive season.

Staff Training Days for 2023

To support your planning for 2023, please make note of the four designated student free days for next year, which have now been endorsed by our School Council:

Term One

Day One: Friday 27th January

Day Two: Friday 10th March

Term Three

Day Three: Monday 7th August

Term Four

Day Four: Monday 6th November

Loud Shirt Day

A huge thank you to all families who sent along a gold coin donation last Friday in support of Loud Shirt Day, which was organised by our Junior School Council. It was a highly successful initiative with just under $800 raised for the Nextsense organisation which supports children with hearing and vision loss. Congratulations to our JSC students on such a successful fundraising venture!

Grounds Access over the Summer Break

Please note that the school grounds will be locked down from Wednesday 21st December until Monday 9th January. Families will be able to access the grounds for recreation on a daily basis from Monday 9th January to Thursday 26th January. Teachers will resume back full time on Friday 27th January, with all students starting the new academic year on Monday 30th January. We thank our school council for their ongoing discussions on this matter, as we aim to find a balance between keeping the school secure whilst also providing community access.

Enjoy the rest of the Week

Jim Cahill—Principal


The last day for Library returns was Tuesday, 6th December. So far, we have received many books and are very pleased with the response.

If you still have any library books at home, could you please send them back to school as soon as possible.

You can identify them by the Williamstown North PS Library barcode which will be found on the back cover, or just inside the back cover.

Your assistance with returning books will be greatly appreciated.

PSW—Uniform Supplier

Please find below a link to a video showing the convenient ways to shop at our PSW stores during the busy back-to-school (BTS) period. Please share the video with your community via all available social media channels.

Semester Two 2022—(Term 4) Assembly Rotations

Term 3 – 4th October to 20th December

Week 11

Monday 12th December


Week 12

Tuesday 20th December

Early Finish Final Assembly at 1.15pm

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Year 5 & 6 State Sofcrosse Event:

Last Friday 2nd December the students from years 5 and 6 competed in the State finals of Sofcrosse (modified Lacrosse) at Fawkner Park. Firstly, a big thank you to all Parents & Carers who were able to get their children at school early for our departure. Both of the Girls & Boys teams played a series of games across the day against a very high level of competition. In an intense and high scoring format, all students were able to showcase their skills brilliantly. Unfortunately, the results didn’t go our way, but all students showed great sportsmanship and school values. A huge thank you to the parents that came out on the day to support our students. A huge thanks to Duglas for coaching the Boys team in both our events. Also, to Damien Orr from Williamstown Lacrosse Club for running coaching sessions for our students, as well as for supplying us with higher quality equipment on the day.

Big thank you the from Physical Education team:

On behalf of the Physical Education team, we would like to say a massive thank you to all Parents & Carers who have supported their children and other students this year with all events. Without the generous effort and assistance, our Interschool Sporting events would not be possible. All students thoroughly enjoy the support and appearance from extra help too! We wish all the current Year Six students all the best for next year and beyond and look forward to all other year levels performing next year.

Nick Fitzpatrick and Bill Manoleras