10 Jan

WSACC Weekly Update Edition 4: 10th January 2013

Kathryn Mahoney Uncategorized

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to our fourth edition on how WSACC is progressing toward our opening for OSHC business on 29 January 2013.

UPDATES

1. Service Approval: We have had some discussions with the Department and all is looking really good. By next update we should be able to confirm final approval.

2. Enrolments: Sometime tonight you should all receive an email with the enrolment package. If you don’t have a printer / scanner at home, let Kathryn know and we will make alternative arrangements.

3. Updates on Expressions of Interest for Staff Planning and Scheduling. We have received a large number of expressions of interest – thank you all so much for helping us with our planning, which we could not have managed without your efforts.

4. Open Days: We are running open days at our new facility on a couple of days:

Session 1: Wednesday 16 January from 6:00-6:30 pm;

Session 2: Saturday 19 January from 9:00-9:30 am.

Session 3: Saturday 19 January from 11:00-11:30 am

Invitations are also being sent out electronically tonight. Can we ask that you RSVP at the earliest opportunity so we can plan staff and administrative details for each event.

5. Orientation Meetings: We will program individual orientation meetings between parents / caregivers / children / WSACC commencing 15 January 2013.

The date and time for your individual meeting will be arranged with you personally by phone and email. Once you submit your enrolment forms, Kathryn or one of the Assistant Coordinators will call you and organise a time for the meeting.

Orientation meetings for existing families are expected to take around 20 minutes and will be run in both work and out of work hours. Please allow 45 minutes for a new enrolment meeting.

6. Transport Planning: We will be sending out an updated transport plan for both walking and bus in our next update after some discussions with WSS’s Principal and having reviewed the responses from parents / caregivers.

So far we have received an overwhelming number of “walking bus” requests – hence why we are revising the Transport Plan. The main changes will be around (1) the meeting area at WSS, and (2) the possible use of maxi cabs with WSACC Educators on-board for the vehicle transfer (based upon numbers so far this may be the most efficient solution).

Again, thank you all so much for helping us with our planning, which we could not have managed without your support and prompt responses.

7. WSACC Website. We have had some really constructive recommendations on our new website over the last few days – thanks to all of you who have made comment. As a reminder, it is now up and running at: http://www.wsacc.org.au/.

We welcome any comments or ideas as to how we can continue to improve it.

8. Setup at Bonython Street. We would like to say a big thank you to all the parents and our team members (our staff has volunteered their time to get the set up done) who turned up on Monday and Tuesday this week to help do some maintenance and set up. We have gotten the new centre into shape quite quickly because of your help.

On Monday we undertook some maintenance and carpentry tasks, and on Tuesday we moved around furniture and resources. As a result, the new Centre is starting to really take shape.

We are asking (below) for some more help next week if anyone can make it as we finalise the set up prior to our open days.

9. Has your child had a great soccer coach? Do you know a passionate soccer coach? We are looking for a talented individual to provide WSACC children with a unique and fun soccer experience one to two days per week. We have fantastic plans for this program and we plan to implement in term 1! Please refer interested parties to wsaccinc@gmail.com or 3357 9848!

REQUESTS FOR VOLUNTEERS/ASSISTANCE

1. Next Week’s Working Bee Focus. If there are any handy people out there that could come and help each afternoon next week from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm to help fix up some of the gardens that would be very much appreciated. We are hoping to do this on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 January.

What we are looking for is any gardeners and some equipment:

a. Equipment: BYO wheelbarrow, shovel, hand tools etc. If someone has a mulcher for clean-up of grounds and you can bring that along it would be fantastic as this means we can use it as part of our sustainability goals instead of just putting it in a skip. We would love to avoid sending green waste off site, and we can distribute it as mulch on the bottom part of school gardens.

b. Jobs: Weeding, soil improving and general preparation of a number of raised garden beds, clearing of vegetation and distribution of mulch to gardens, soft fall to playground, relocation of rocks within playground area, set up compost bins and worm farm.

We are hoping that one of you is a plumber and could pop along and fit a new tap to an existing outlet. It is currently just a water outlet and we need to be able to attach a hose for sustainability watering etc.

We still need any volunteers who could come along to sand and paint/refurbish some items of furniture. We now have access to an electric sander and paper and have undercoat ready to go.

If you are interested in any of the above, please email Kathryn at WSACC on wsaccinc@gmail.com so we can plan the activities.

2. General Call for Help. As we firm up the works needed to do to our new home we are hoping that some of you may be able to volunteer some time to work with us. We have taken out full volunteer insurance, and will look for parents / caregivers that are able to supervise, do homemaker duties, can sew, are qualified tradespeople (particularly electrical, carpentry, glazing and plumbing), and / or are happy to provide ‘muscle’.

We have received a number of offers – many thanks – but if you are interested, please email Kathryn at WSACC on wsaccinc@gmail.com with your skills / preferences.

3. Request for Volunteer Members of Fundraising Subcommittee. In early 2013 we will be formally creating a new subcommittee for fundraising activities. We will provide more information over the coming Weekly Updates however if you would like to put your hand up for a role on the Fundraising Subcommittee please let Jenny Wild know via email (wsaccinc@gmail.com).

SUMMARY

All plans are moving along well and we are on schedule for our 29 January re-launch.

There are a couple of things we ask of you in this Update:

1. Once you receive an email with the enrolment package can we ask that you complete the forms and send them through as quickly as possible.

2. If you can make it to one of the Open Days next week, can we ask that you RSVP at the earliest opportunity when you receive the invitation so we can plan staff and administrative details for each event.

3. If you are interested in volunteering any time to help us do some gardening, cleaning, painting, repairs or generally help set up next week, please email Kathryn at WSACC on wsaccinc@gmail.com with your skills / preferences.

That’s about all until our next Weekly Update. Thank you so much for your support, and once again thank you to all those parents who made it to this week’s working bees.

Yours sincerely,

WSACC Team and Parent Management Committee

04 Jan

WSACC Weekly Update Edition 1: 20th December 2012

Kathryn Mahoney Uncategorized

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As promised at our last Community Forum on 11 December 2012, this note provides an update on how WSACC is progressing toward our opening for OSHC business on 29 January 2013.

UPDATES

1. Service Approval: We have been hampered a little by the end of year timing however we have submitted our request to DETE this week. We have been running around getting certification, plans and permits sorted and we have been advised the Department will process our request from 9 January 2013.

2. Enrolments: We are expecting to issue enrolment packages between 15 and 19 January 2013 (earlier if possible). Further details will follow early in our coming Weekly Updates.

3. Debtors. Thanks to all those families who have made such great effort to clear their account this week. Our administrative load has been greatly eased by your efforts.

4. Staff Planning and Scheduling. Based upon the expressions of interest you gave us, as well as feedback since our last community forum, we are confident that we will be able to keep most of our wonderful staff. In order to allow our plans to progress, we are asking parents / caregivers to provide an indication of which sessions on which days you anticipate booking your Child(ren) into WSACC.

Like the registration of interest used to build the business case, this is not a commitment, it just enables us to plan the service based upon information that is better than just “guess work”.

We ask that you complete the form at Attachment 1 and email it back to Kathryn at WSACC on wsaccinc@gmail.com.

We know this is a busy time of year for you, but could we please ask you to respond by Monday 24 December 2012.

5. Open Days: We anticipate that we will run open days at our new facility on two days in mid-January. Further details will follow early in our coming Weekly Updates.

6. Orientation Days: As per suggestions at our previous forum, we will run two Orientation days on weekends in mid-January for all children not just preps / new enrolees (being a new facility). Further details will follow early in our coming Weekly Updates.

7. Transport Planning: We are finalising our two options for transport to-and-from Windsor State School. In Attachment 2 to this Weekly Update you will find details of the options, including route maps.

As discussed at the Community Forum, we will have two forms of transport available for parents / caregivers to select from:
• A highly controlled, fully safety assessed, with high staff ratios “walking bus” option to support health and fitness; and
• Fully compliant buses, with high staff ratios to drive Children to and from WSS.

At this stage we have received a huge amount of requests for children to use the “walking bus” option.

We need to go to contract with a bus provider on 18 January 2013 at the latest (once firm enrolments and parent desires are as firm as possible).

In order to allow our negotiations to progress, we are asking parents / caregivers to provide an indication of which form of transport they intend their children to use.

Like the registration of interest used to build the business case, this is not a commitment, it just enables us to plan, negotiate and ready the service based upon information that is better than just “guess work”.

Once we lock in a provider we will be committed for at least 12 months, and we just want to try and get it as right as possible as early as possible.

Accordingly, there is a separate form at Annex A to Attachment 2 (Transport Plan) to this Weekly Update that seeks your advice on what service you are likely to use.

We ask that you complete the form at Annex A to Attachment 2 and email it back to Kathryn at WSACC on wsaccinc@gmail.com.

We know this is a busy time of year for you, but could we please ask you to respond by Monday 24 December 2012.

REQUESTS FOR VOLUNTEERS/ASSISTANCE

As we firm up the works needed to do to our new home we are hoping that some of you may be able to volunteer some time to work with us. We have taken out full volunteer insurance, and will look for parents / caregivers that are able to supervise, do homemaker duties, are qualified tradespeople (particularly electrical, carpentry and plumbing), and / or are happy to provide ‘muscle’.

Further details will follow early in our next Weekly Update, however if you are interested, please email Kathryn at WSACC on wsaccinc@gmail.com with your skills / preferences.

SUMMARY

Despite the time of year, all plans are moving along well and we are on schedule for our 29 January re-launch.

There are a few of things we ask of you in this Update:

1. Provide an indication of which sessions on which days you anticipate booking your Child(ren) into WSACC.
We ask that you complete the form at Attachment 1 and email it back to Kathryn at WSACC on wsaccinc@gmail.com by Monday 24 December 2012;

2. Provide an indication of which form of transport you intend your children to use. We ask that you complete the form at Annex A to Attachment 2 and email it back to Kathryn at WSACC on wsaccinc@gmail.com by Monday 24 December 2012; and

3. If you are interested in volunteering any time to help us set up, please email Kathryn at WSACC on wsaccinc@gmail.com with your skills / preferences.

That’s about all until our next Weekly Update. Thank you so much for your support, and we wish you and your family a joyous and safe Festive Season.

Yours sincerely,

WSACC Team and Parent Management Committee

Attachments:
2 Attachment 1 to Weekly Update Number 1 – Session_Day Intent v1.2 Final
3 Attachment 2 to Weekly Update Number 1 – Transport Plan v1.1 Final
4 Annex A to Attachment 2 Transport Option Intent v0.1 Final

04 Jan

WSACC Weekly Update Edition 3: 3rd January 2013

Kathryn Mahoney Uncategorized

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to our third edition on how WSACC is progressing toward our opening for OSHC business on 29 January 2013. We hope you all had a fabulous New Years.

UPDATES

1. Service Approval: No Change since Edition 1.

2. Enrolments: We will issue enrolment packages on 11 January 2013. They will be emailed to you electronically. If you don’t have a printer / scanner at home, let Kathryn know and we will make alternative arrangements.

3. Debtors. Thanks to all those families who have made such great effort to clear their account.

4. Updates on Expressions of Interest for Staff Planning and Scheduling. If any parents / caregivers still wish to provide an indication of which sessions on which days you anticipate booking your Child(ren) into WSACC, please send the form (Edition 1) to Kathryn at WSACC on wsaccinc@gmail.com.

5. Open Days: We will run open days at our new facility on a couple of days:

• Session 1: Wednesday 16 January from 6:00-6:30 pm;

• Session 2: Saturday 19 January from 9:00-9:30 am.

• Session 3: Saturday 19 January from 11:00-11:30 am

Invitations will be sent out over the next few days.

6. Orientation Meetings: We will program individual orientation meetings between parents / caregivers / children / WSACC commencing 15 January 2013. Further details will follow in our next Weekly Update.

7. Transport Planning: If any parents / caregivers still wish to provide an indication of which form of transport they intend their children to use, please send the form (Edition 1) to Kathryn at WSACC on wsaccinc@gmail.com.

8. WSACC Website. We have also been working hard on our website over the last few weeks, and we are proud to announce that it is now up and running at: http://www.wsacc.org.au/.

Over the next week or so we will be adding new pages to the website, such as a Photo Gallery and Related Links.

We welcome any comments or ideas as to how we can continue to improve it.

9. Removal from WSS to New Site. The removal on Friday 28 December 2012 went relatively smoothly, and some pictures of the move are provided below. We will load a photo journal of the move on our website over the next couple of weeks.

We would like to say a big thank you to all the parents who turned up to help relocate some really heavy furniture and clean the old facility. It was spotless at the end. There is no way we could have gotten the building ready for hand back, or the heavy tables across to the new site without you all.
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REQUESTS FOR VOLUNTEERS/ASSISTANCE

1. Next Few Weeks. If there are any handy people out there that could come and help each afternoon next week from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm to sand and paint/refurbish the green tables, and home corner items as well as some work in our new top playground to make it presentable for the open days it would be highly welcomed. The priority is for anyone who has an electric sander – we will reimburse for the sandpaper costs and we are supplying the paint.

We also have a number of items that require some repair such as a wooden parking garage for the construction space. The top level has come loose and needs to be made more robust. There is also a castle that needs to be glued together permanently to ensure it can be used successfully. These are projects people may want to take home to complete.

Kathryn also needs a handy man to secure loose shelves within a home corner storage unit. The shelves constantly drop making it difficult for children to keep resources tidy.

If you are interested in any of the above, please email Kathryn at WSACC on wsaccinc@gmail.com so we can plan the activities fully.

2. General Call for Help. As we firm up the works needed to do to our new home we are hoping that some of you may be able to volunteer some time to work with us. We have taken out full volunteer insurance, and will look for parents / caregivers that are able to supervise, do homemaker duties, can sew, are qualified tradespeople (particularly electrical, carpentry, glazing and plumbing), and / or are happy to provide ‘muscle’.

We have received a number of offers – many thanks – but if you are interested, please email Kathryn at WSACC on wsaccinc@gmail.com with your skills / preferences.

3. Request for Volunteer Members of Fundraising Subcommittee. In early 2013 we will be formally creating a new subcommittee for fundraising activities. We will provide more information over the coming Weekly Updates however if you would like to put your hand up for a role on the Fundraising Subcommittee please let Jenny Wild know via email (wsaccinc@gmail.com).

SUMMARY

All plans are moving along well and we are on schedule for our 29 January re-launch.

There are a couple of things we ask of you in this Update:

1. If you haven’t had time to provide an indication of which sessions on which days you anticipate booking your Child(ren) into WSACC or provide an indication of which form of transport you intend your children to use, could we ask you to do so on wsaccinc@gmail.com.

2. If you are interested in volunteering any time to help us do some repairs or generally help set up next week, please email Kathryn at WSACC on wsaccinc@gmail.com with your skills / preferences.

That’s about all until our next Weekly Update. Thank you so much for your support, and once again thank you to all those parents who made it to last Friday’s working bee.

Yours sincerely,

WSACC Team and Parent Management Committee

27 Dec

WSACC Weekly Update Edition 2: 27th December 2012

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Welcome to our second edition on how WSACC is progressing toward our opening for OSHC business on 29 January 2013. We hope you all had a joyous and safe Festive Season.

UPDATES

  1. Service Approval: No Change since Edition 1.
  2. Enrolments: We are pleased to advise that we are now expecting to issue enrolment packages a little earlier than identified in the last edition. We now look like getting the packages out around 11 January 2013. We will provide details of the process this will take in our next Weekly Update.
  3. Debtors. Thanks to all those families who have made such great effort to clear their account.
  4. Updates on Expressions of Interest for Staff Planning and Scheduling. In the last edition we asked parents /caregivers to provide an indication of which sessions on which days you anticipate booking your Child(ren) into WSACC. To date we have received responses from around 100 families – thanks so much for responding so quickly. We still have some to go, so can we ask those who haven’t yet responded to do so by Tuesday 1 January 2013.
  5. Open Days: We will run open days at our new facility on two days in mid-January. Further details will follow in our next Weekly Update.
  6. Orientation Days: We will run two Orientation days on weekends in mid-January for all children not just preps / new enrolees (being a new facility). Further details will follow in our next Weekly Update.
  7. Transport Planning: In the last edition we asked parents / caregivers to provide an indication of which form of transport they intend their children to use. To date we have received responses from around 100 families – thanks so much for responding so quickly. We still have some to go, so can we please ask those who haven’t yet responded to do so by Tuesday 1 January 2013.
  8. Removal from WSS to New Site. Tomorrow (Friday 28 December 2012) we undertake our removal from the WSS site. All is looking good for the move, and some pictures of what the old centre looks like this afternoon are provided below. We are asking for volunteers to help us tidy up and move some items tomorrow afternoon (details below).

REQUESTS FOR VOLUNTEERS/ASSISTANCE

Moving

Friday 28 December (tomorrow) from 2.00-4.00pm: Tidy Up and Move Some Items. On Friday afternoon we are keen for help with the last of the things to move from Windsor State School. There are some heavy and awkward items left to relocate as well as spot cleaning to close off our tenure. Once the removalists have departed we want to clean up the old centre, and would really appreciate if anyone would like to come and help. We have the cleaning items on hand (although a couple of extra brooms wouldn’t go astray) and we just need some people to rip around the centre and give it a clean.

Also, anyone who has a large trailer or ute (and ropes) it would be great if you could bring them along as we have some tables and large items still to be relocated to the new centre.  We have taken out full volunteer insurance for this activity.

Thanks to all people who have already responded to Kathryn’s email about this earlier today thanks – but if you are interested, please contact Kathryn at WSACC  via the general enquiry form so we can plan the activities fully.

General Call for Help

As we firm up the works needed to do to our new home we are hoping that some of you may be able to volunteer some time to work with us. We have taken out full volunteer insurance, and will look for parents / caregivers that are able to supervise, do homemaker duties, can sew, are qualified tradespeople (particularly electrical, carpentry, glazing and plumbing), and / or are happy to provide ‘muscle’. We have received a number of offers – many thanks – but if you are interested, please contact Kathryn via the general enquiry form with your skills / preferences.

Request for Volunteer Members of Fundraising Subcommittee

In early 2013 we will be formally creating a new subcommittee for fundraising activities. We will provide more information over the coming Weekly Updates however if you would like to put your hand up for a role on the Fundraising Subcommittee please let Jenny Wild know via the general enquiry form.

SUMMARY

All plans are moving along well and we are on schedule for our 29 January re-launch. There are a couple of things we ask of you in this Update:

1. If you haven’t had time to provide an indication of which sessions on which days you anticipate booking your Child(ren) into WSACC or provide an indication of which form of transport you intend your children to use, could we ask you to do so by Tuesday 1 January 2013.

2. If you are interested in volunteering any time to help us either to clean up tomorrow or to generally help set up, please contact Kathryn at WSACCvia the general enquiry form with your skills / preferences.

That’s about all until our next Weekly Update. Thank you so much for your support, and we wish you and your family a Happy New Year next Monday.

20 Dec

Welcome to the new WSACC website

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Welcome to our website.

The change in location from Windsor State School to St Mary of the Cross School (formerly Holy Rosary Catholic School) is moving along just nicely and with it comes a change in our website.

We will be using this as a form of communication with our community to update everyone on what is happening now and in the future.

Check here often to keep your finger on the pulse of everything WSACC.