Woodend Primary School Newsletter

14 March 2019
Issue 7
2019 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Foundation Unit
Sports Report
Student Awards & Achievements
Gardening Group
PFA News
Student Banking
Uniform Shop
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442

2019 Calendar



Thurs 14 - No help required

Fri 15 - Alice, Marga

Wed 20 - Help needed

Thurs 21 - No help required

Fri 2 - Lauren, Michael

Wed 27 - Suzie

Thurs 28 - No help required

Fri 29 - John, Help needed

Urgent : Help needed Wed 20th, Wed 27th & Fri 29th March.

Please contact me if you can help on mobile 0411 558 557.  Remember its only Wednesday to Friday,  9-12.30pm and your child(ren) receives a free icy pole and the chance to see their carer behind the counter.


Tue 19/03

Yr 5/6 Visit to Kyneton Secondary College

Wed 20/03


Cross Country Trials - Gilbert Gordon Oval

Thurs 21/03

Water Safety Excursion MU1, MU2 & Yr 2's MU3 (9 - 1pm)

Regional Swimming, Swan Hill

Friday 22/03

National Ride to School Day

Mon 25/03

Regional Tennis, Swan Hill

Wed 27/03

PFA Meeting  - 7.30pm

Thur 28/03

Water Safety Excursion MU4, MU5 & Yr 1's MU3 (9 - 1pm)

Easter Pack Lunches - Qkr ordering cut off at 9.30am


Tue 02/04

Cobaw Cross Country

Wed 03/04

Easter Lunch Packs - Canteen

Fri 05/04


2019 School Dates

Term 1  - 30.01.2019 - 05.04.2019

Term 2  -  23.04.2019 - 28.06.2019

Term 3  -  15.07.2019 - 20.09.2019

Term 4  -  07.10.2019 - 20.12.2019

2019 Pupil Free Days

  • Thursday 25th April
  • Thursday 27th June
  • Monday 4th November

2019 Camp Dates

Year 2 - 16-17 October

Year 3 - 18-20 September

Year 4 - 4-6  December 

Year 5 - 27-29 November

Year 6 - 30 April - 3 May

2019 School Photo Day

Monday 29th April 

Dental Screening Services to Children

Sunbury Community Health is offering a FREE dental service to junior students (Foundation to Year 2) at Woodend Primary School on Wednesdays 28th August, 4th, 11th and 18th September, 2019.

There are no out-of-pocket costs for any child. Application forms will be distributed prior.

From the Principal,
Diana Ellis

Capital Works



GRIP Student LEADERSHIP Conference

This week our four School Captains attended the GRIP Student LEADERSHIP Conference in Melbourne, accompanied by Miss Harrap and Mrs Ellis. The students spent the day engaged in activities with students from schools throughout the state.  The learning was centred on the qualities and strengths required to be an effective leader. The key learnings were, leading with confidence and humility, leading for others, leading with empathy and leading with reliability.  We look forward to our leaders developing their skills as they work to make a difference in our school and community.  A great day also in catching up with one of our ex students, Michael.


Positive responses

One of the benefits of doing crossing duty is being able to greet people each morning and congratulate people on modelling positive and safe behaviours in regards to crossing the road, parking and riding bikes safely. The other wonderful aspect is engaging in conversations with people and hearing feedback about our school. In the last two weeks so many people have taken the time to say such positive things about our school. One prep parent gave such positive feedback about  how happy she is that she chose our school and how welcoming and polite the students are on a daily basis and how friendly and caring our staff are. Just today a child in year 2 yelled out to tell me how much he loves Woodend Primary. I also appreciate the feedback that parents have provided about improvements we could make also.

Staffing changes

Next Friday we farewell Mrs Minchew as she starts family leave. As a result of the advertising and interview process we would like to welcome Mrs Meggs who will replace Mrs Minchew. Mrs Meggs is well known at our school as she works here regularly as a replacement teacher.


I would like to acknowledge and thank the many students and parents who have been modelling crossing behaviours that demonstrate our school values of Be Safe, Be Responsible and Be Respectful. By modelling these positive behaviours of crossing at the crossing and parking in the allocated parking spaces you have encouraged others to also model safe behaviours. It is great to see so many people working towards ensuring our students are safe

Crossing supervisor

Many of you may have noticed that we have a new crossing supervisor, Chris. I am confident that you will welcome him to our school and follow the instructions that he is required to implement as part of his job.

Star performances

We'd like to congratulate Masie on taking up the challenge at this year's St. Ambrose Fair - 'Big Little Talent Show' which is on this Saturday 16th March at 11.30am.  Good luck to any/all of our Woodend Primary School students who will also be performing.   

Ride to School Day

On Friday March 22nd we will be participating in Ride to School Day. We have registered as a school and we will be collecting data to see how many of our students ride to school on a day to basis and how many ride to school on this dedicated day. We encourage parents to also participate and ride with their children. More information will be provided in upcoming newsletters.


School Wide Positive Behaviour

This week two more of our staff attended the training for School Wide Positive Behaviour. This is the DET endorsed school wide approach that we are currently implementing.

Last year the first step was creating a new set of values for our school. Now we are in the draft stage of developing a school wide behaviour expectations matrix and also a process flow chart for managing behaviours in a consistent manner across the school in classes and in the yard.

From the Office


School accounts for all families were issued via students last week. All charges and payments are listed including accounts which are in credit or have a NIL balance.

If you have any queries re the account or transactions, please contact the office.


Students needing to be informed of changes to their after school arrangements will be called to the office via the Public Address System at approx 3.25pm. Teachers have been asked to listen to the names called and ensure students required are made aware, especially the younger children. For messages received from parents/guardians after 3.25pm, every effort will be made to locate students and advise them, however this is not always possible. For Foundation students for Term 1 only, messages will be phoned through to the class at the next available break or before the home bell.


**  If you can login but can’t see the links for event consent and payment, we suggest the following:

  • Ensure you have the latest update for Compass
  • Open Compass then select the three lines in the top left corner then select ‘Open in Browser’ which should then open a page showing any live links and actions required.

IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ACCESS COMPASS, PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE – we can reset passwords and provide access assistance. It is imperative all parents have Compass access and we suggest you turn on NOTIFICATIONS for this app to alert you to information & excursion notices sent.


This is the preferred payment method at WPS for all activities that DO NOT require consent eg. Canteen, Uniform Shop, PFA payments. This is a free app for your smartphone or the QKR program can be downloaded on your computer.

If you are having any difficulties logging on or with your password, please contact the school office and we can assist.

Payment Methods for School Activities


Senior Unit

GRIP Students LEADERSHIP Conference

On the 13th of March the School Captains: Ginger, Sophie, Sam and Lily went to the Grip Leadership conference. There were about 3000 kids there and they were very inspired. Loads of schools had their whole Year 6 classes, only our school leaders, Miss Harrap and Mrs Ellis went. Although there was a lot of speaking there was also loads of activities to do like Limbo, a game called Hot or Not, Simon Says and different games too. We learnt the 4 main contributions and characteristics of a school leader. We talked about famous leaders like Queen Elizabeth II, Albert Einstein, Neil Armstrong and Joan of Arc.

Photos will be in our newsletter next week.

This week in Snr Unit...

This week in science for the senior unit we are working on change detectives and discovering and learning all about change. We are working together as a senior unit to put our unique brains together to make one amazing mastermind. For maths this week we are learning and expanding our knowledge about factors and maths problem solving. In reading we are working on self monitoring and visualizing! Keep up the amazing work 5/6 !

Carlsruhe Annexe


No news this week.


Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

As part of our Science topic 'Schoolyard Safari', Year 1/2's have observed Earthworms this week! Students used magnifying glasses to see the different parts of a live Earthworm then drew and labelled a picture to show what they had learned. Everyone was super enthusiastic and used the ‘Code of Caring’ to treat the Earthworms with respect.


In Mathematics, Year 1/2’s have been representing numbers in a range of ways including; MAB, icy pole sticks, number stories and numbers sentences. Students have shown persistence when trying a new way to represent a number.


In our author studies we have continued to explore different authors such; as Oliver Jeffers, Tai Snaith and Josie Boyle.

Year 3

This term the Year 3 students have been creating narratives. We have learnt the features of narratives and used our book studies to help us improve our use of descriptive language in our writing. The Year 3s are incredibly proud of the improvement in their writing skills this term. Below are some example of the wonderful work they have completed. Each student wrote a story then worked through the editing process so they could publish their good copies (written or on the computer).


Foundation Unit


This week in the Junior Unit we have been learning how we can use a “Stack It” board to count numbers that are shown in different ways. The numbers on a “Stack It” board are shown as numerals, tens frames, tally marks, dice, fingers and blocks. We have been counting them and either matching a number card to the amount or creating a unifix tower to match the number shown.



Sports Report

Cross Country Trials

Our Cross Country trials are taking place in the Gilbert Gordon Oval area next Wednesday morning (weather permitting!). The purpose of these trials is for fun and fitness and to select our Cross Country Team to compete in the Cobaw District Schools Cross Country at Hanging Rock in the last week of this term. The trials are for students in Year 3-6. To be eligible to be selected for the team, competitors need to finish in the top 6 places in their age group and be able to run the entire distance. The 8, 9 and 10 year old age groups will run a 2km course and the 11, 12 and 13 year olds will run a 3km course.


Competitors will assemble on the oval after the roll and administration duties are completed (approximately 9.10 am) and then walk with teachers to the fire track at the Gilbert Gordon Oval area. The children will return to school at the start of recess.

Competitors will need:

  • Drink bottle
  • Hat
  • Asthma medication (if required). Pre-medicate before the race.
  • And don’t forget to wear your runners!

Parents are welcome to come along and support the children.


Good luck to all competitors!!


Sharon Connell

P.E. Teacher

Student Awards
& Achievements

Students of the Week

No assembly last week - 8th March 2019

Gardening Group

Woodend Community Children's Garden


With only 3 parents volunteering to help in the Woodend Community Children’s Garden, it’s the students who give up their lunch times for Garden Club, who have done most of the work shoveling mulch and soil to prepare the new garden beds.  Soon 22m3 of gravel will be delivered to the Garden to cover seating and walking areas. Although, our enthusiastic Garden Club kids are developing strength and endurance, I think we’ll need some machinery to help with the gravel.


IF ANYONE HAS A SMALL LOADER (Bobcat, front end loader, etc) that they’re able to bring to School and move some gravel, your help would be extremely appreciated. Our Junior Landcare Grant only covers supplies not labour. This job could be done whenever is convenient to you: Mon-Fri or a weekend. Please contact Nicole 0418 233 366.


Gardening Group Sessions

  • Where:   Woodend Community Children’s Garden
  • When:   12.45-2.00pm Mondays - parent help required to run lunchtime Kid’s Garden Club
  •                    2.00-3.30pm Mondays - parent’s gardening session
  • BYO:   Bring your enthusiasm and desire to join in (No gardening know-how required).  Please wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Pre-school age children are welcome too
  • Sign in:   Please sign in at the Office before gardening

I look forward to hearing from you.


Nicole Middleton

Gardening Group Facilitator - 0418 233 366



  • Help needed for 20th, 27th & 29th March.
  • EASTER LUNCH - Wednesday 3rd April.
  1. Orders via Qkr only
  2. Cut off date: Thursday 28th March at 9.30am.  No late orders will be taken after this time.
  3. No other lunch orders will be available on this day
  4. Helpers needed for Easter Lunch Pack day - April 3rd.  
  • Please contact me if you can help on mobile 0411 558 557.  Remember its only Wednesday to Friday,  9-12.30pm and your child(ren) receives a free icy pole and the chance to see their carer behind the counter.   No money to count, only lunch bags to fill.


Lunch orders are going astray.  - Please update details on Qkr and lunch bags.

  • Please ensure your child(ren) have the correct details on Qkr. 
  • When ordering from Qkr, please purchase a lunch bag first, if you're not supplying your own. 
  • NO CASH ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Please see the office staff for help loading Qkr.

PFA News


HOP TO IT!     

  • Tickets for the 2019 WPS Easter Raffle went home with the youngest member of your family at school last Thursday. With a range of goodies generously donated by businesses in our school community, you’ll be hopping mad if you miss out! 
  • $2 each - payment options include cash to the front office or via QKR.
  • Please return all sold tickets, with names and contact details, to the front office no later than Friday 22 March - don’t forget there are additional tickets available from the front office if you would like more.
  • Join us at the School Assembly on Friday 29 March from 3pm for the raffle draw. 
  • Thank you for supporting the Woodend Primary School PFA - stay tuned for profiles of the businesses who have kindly donated to this year’s raffle both on our Facebook page and in the school newsletter in the coming weeks!

Parents And Friends - Fundraising Activities for 2019

Term 1

Easter Raffle

Bunnings BBQ

Term 2

Mothers Day - Ladies Night Out Dinner - Fri 10th May

Term 3

Trivia Night - 27th July

Father's Day Breakfast - Fri 6th September

Term 4

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Sun 24th November

Christmas Raffle

Danni Findlay


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

K'ian, Liam

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Teagan, Catherine

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

Jessica, Zoey

Welcome to School Banking

  • Caleb

Term 1 Rewards - NEW

  • New for Term 1 - Snowy Origami set and Scented Stackable Highlighter


School Banking

  • Wednesday: Hand in books via classroom
  • Thursday: Books processed and returned to the classroom

Getting involved in School Banking is easy!

1. Online

Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.

2. In branch

Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.


If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.

Uniform Shop

Lost Property

Lost property is located outside the uniform shop door.  Named items will be returned to the classroom.  Unnamed items will be placed here until end of term, then they are donated to charity.  Please stop by from time to check and see whether any items belong to you.


Name Stamp for clothing

I have a Name Stamp that can be used on uniforms that does not wash off.

This is the website on where to find it.        


Uniform Shop Hours

Normal Uniform Shop opening times are:

Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am

Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop


Local Community


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Balancing extra-curricular activities for flourishing kid

Busyness seems to have become a way of life for modern families. It’s unlikely you’ll ever hear a parent talk of having plenty of free time on their hands. Unfortunately, that’s a statement unlikely to be heard from a lot of modern-day kids either.


The afternoons on family calendars are increasingly filling up with organised after-school activities, and in families with multiple children the logistics of keeping up with all this can be complicated. The strain of ferrying children back and forth, often in different directions, saps families of energy, resources and time.


We have great intentions

Recent research from the United Kingdom found that the desire for children to succeed is a strong driver for many parents, sometimes causing them to load their children up with extra-curricular activities. While the intentions are good, the method of keeping kids busy is probably questionable.


Other reasons for encouraging extra-curricular activities include: giving kids the best start in life, making friends, keeping fit and healthy, developing interests and preventing boredom. Anecdotal evidence suggests the findings are similar in Australia.


The cost of busyness

We live at a time where rates of mental illness, particularly anxiety, are climbing. One in seven Australian children have a diagnosed mental illness. That’s three in an average classroom. Many more go undiagnosed.


Rushing to activities, late nights and stressed parents aren’t the conditions for family members to enjoy flourishing mental health. Too many organised activities detract from time to hang out with friends, to comfortably complete homework tasks, to spend time with family, to get bored and, importantly, to simply play.


Free play is serious business

Author and research professor of psychology Dr Peter Gray attributes the rise in anxiety, depression, suicide and narcissism among children to the decline of play. Unstructured play is vital for the healthy development of children and teenagers. Through play kids learn to interact with others, develop physical skills necessary for school success and gain confidence they need to interact with peers.


How much is too much?

Some children can cope with busy schedules, while others flounder. As a rule of thumb, if your child or young person is struggling in any of these three areas: i) mental health, ii) schoolwork and studies, iii) their participation in family-life then it may be time to reduce their extra-curricular load.


Choosing the activities to omit from a schedule can be tricky, as your child or young person may have a different motivation for each. In short, each activity can be ‘the one they love.’ Here’s a good question to ask your child or young person that can make decision-making easier:


'If all of your after-school activities were cancelled, which one(s) would you plead with me to re-enrol you in?'


Their answers will reveal a great deal about their commitment to each activity. Ideally, kids should be choosing extra-curricular activities that nourish them rather than cause anxiety and stress. Aim for two activity-free nights each week so that your child or young person can meet their study and family commitments.


The same principle for balance holds true for weekends. Make sure your kids enjoy some time free from structured activity, so they cna refresh and recharge, ready for the week of school that lays ahead


As your School is a Parenting Ideas Schools member, you can attend the upcoming webinar, Balancing extra-curricular activities for flourishing kids, at no cost!

About the webinar

Join Dr Jodi Richardson in this webinar to understand the trend towards increasing enrolments in structured after-school activities, the benefits and the drawbacks for kids, the importance of free play for children, the implications of over scheduling on children’s mental health and how to create balance in the lives of your children.



Tuesday 2 April 2019 8:00 pm AEDT


This webinar is $37 per person to attend, and is free of charge to families at schools that have a Parenting Ideas membership. Use the voucher code below to register for the webinar.

How parents can redeem the voucher

1. Click this link: https://www.parentingideas.com.au/parent-resources/parent-webinars/webinar-balancing-extra-curricular-activities

2. Click ‘Add to cart’

3. Click ‘View cart’

4. Enter the voucher code BALANCING and click ‘Apply’. Your discount of $37 will be applied to the order. This voucher is valid until 2 May 2019.

5. Click ‘Proceed to checkout’

6. Fill in your account details. These are the details you will use to login to your account and access

School Information

Whole School Assembly

Every Friday at 3pm in the school hall

Student Banking

Wednesday: Hand in books via classroom

Thursday: Books processed and returned to the classroom

Uniform Shop

Tuesdays       8.45 am - 9.15 am

Thursdays     3.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Woodend Primary School Newsletter
2019 Canteen Menu as at 30.1.19.pdf
Uniform Order Form.pdf
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