Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

22 August 2017
Issue Twenty-four
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Upper Ferntree Gully Awards
Out of School Hours Care
Dates to remember
Parents Page
        Notices and Reminders
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Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School
03 97581527
Talaskia Road
Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, 3156

Our Vision

Our Vision

To be an engaging and inclusive learning community where students are confident, creative, curious and lifelong learners.

Our Values

Respect        Teamwork       Resilience        Integrity


We respect ourselves by valuing who we are and doing our personal best.

We respect others by treating them fairly and in the way we would like to be treated.

We respect our community by being inclusive/friendly to others and taking care of our environment.


We make sure that we contribute.

We make sure that we encourage and give others the opportunity to contribute.

We work together to achieve the best we possibly can.


We accept feedback and use it for improvement.

We bounce back when things just don’t seem to be going right.

We make an effort to make things right again.


We are honest with each other.

We are accountable for the decisions we make.

We own up to our mistakes.

Principal's Report

Book Week

Monday was a great start to our Book Week celebrations at Upper Gully. It was a real highlight to see so many children dressed up and celebrating their favourite books or characters. Book week is always a bit of a favourite with lots of activities to do with reading,  something that we love at Upper Gully! Don't forget to take a look at our Facebook page for some great photos of our characters.


Tomorrow is our Special Friends and Family day and while we realise not everyone can come along it is a great opportunity for us to share some activities with visitors and create some great projects. Our classes will also be sharing some different readings as we once again celebrate our love of books.

Thank you once again to Karen Foster for organising and running Book Fair, it is a big job and we really appreciate the effort that is put in. Book Fair will be open tomorrow before school, at lunchtime and after school. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.


Our make up swimming program starts next week. The sessions are 9:30 to 10:30 and 10:30 to 11:30. The 3-6 students will be attending the first session leaving at 9:05 so please make sure you are at school on time as the bus has to leave at that time. The F-2 students will leave at 10:05. Parents you are more than welcome to come along. 

Thank you

A big thank you to the PFA parents for the Toasty Tuesdays this term. The students love their toast and milo on the cold winter days. Thank you also to the parents and grandparents who have been helping out in so many ways at the moment or supporting our school. We enjoy having volunteers around our school and all you need is a Working with Children Check remember it is free for volunteers and you can apply online. 

Hats again...

It's amazing to think that it is that time of year again. Can you please encourage your child to bring their hat and keep it in their bag. The new Sunsmart policy states that from August 15th on high UV days students should be wearing hats. We monitor the UV through the Sunsmart widget on our website. Students will be asked to wear hats if it is a high UV day so it is easier if they are at school.

Illnesses and Asthma

From talking about hats and sun to the winter weather causing many absences at school. We have quite a few viruses around this Winter with many children and adults feeling under the weather. If your child is unwell the best thing to do is keep them home until they are feeling better. This stops the spread of germs and gives their immune system a chance to recover and fight off their illness. We encourage all students at school to wash their hands and dispose of tissues properly.


Winter can be an especially hard time for people with Asthma as cold weather, coughs, colds and the flu can bring on more symptoms and attacks.


Here are some tips that might help:

 The common cold is caused by a virus and it is important to try not to cough and sneeze near other people, and to wash hands properly to prevent passing on the infection. The flu is different to the common cold and can be a much more serious viral infection.

 People with asthma are recommended to have an annual influenza vaccination (the flu shot). Preventing the flu protects people with asthma, as those with asthma are often unwell for longer and have a much harder time recovering from the flu.  Make sure your child’s asthma is well-controlled; this will help them to bounce back quicker from a cough or cold and will help prevent asthma attacks when they are unwell.

 Some medications and herbal remedies that we use for colds and flu can make asthma worse. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about any concerns you may have.

 Antibiotics are not normally prescribed for the common cold, or influenza, as these medications will not help a cold get better. Effective medications may include paracetamol and decongestants; however seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist before purchasing them for your child.

 Suggested remedies for the flu and the common cold are: rest, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water, staying away from cigarette smoke, using steam inhalation, gargling with salty water for a sore throat and seeking medical advice if concerned at any time. For more information on the common cold, medications and references used in this article please see the Better Health Channel (State Government of Victoria) - www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au and the NPS website - www.nps.org.au. Contact The Asthma Foundation of Victoria on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) or www.asthma.org.au.

Respectful Relationships

As part of the Victorian Curriculum we will start incorporating the Respectful Relationships area into our teaching and learning. This is already incorporated in much of what we do through our values and our school-wide positive behaviour.


What is Respectful Relationships?

Respectful Relationships is about tackling family violence through education. Evidence presented to the Royal C​ommission into Family Violence was clear that school-based prevention is effective to reduce the incidence of family violence. Recommendations handed down by the Royal Commission as part of their report reflect the evidence that school-based efforts are required as a long-term prevention strategy. The Royal Commission into Family Violence specifically recommended the Victorian Government mandate Respectful Relationships into schools and do this using a best practice whole of school approach tested in 2015 by the Our Watch Respectful Relationships Education in Schools (RREiS) pilot.

Rosie Batty, CEO of the Luke Batty Foundation “the school community is an essential part of social reform by modelling a culture of respect through the whole school, not just by teaching respect in the classroom”.

In 2017, Respectful Relationships Education is taught as part of the Victorian curriculum. The Victorian Government is supporting schools to model respectful relationships across the whole school community as part of its commitment to respectful relationships education. The Government is providing Victorian schools with a range of extra supports and resources including new Respectful Relationships teaching and learning materials.

In the classroom, children will learn problem-solving skills, to develop empathy, support their own wellbeing and build healthy relationships with others. The initiative will also provide resources to best support children and staff who are affected by family violence. When children build positive relationships with their teachers and peers they feel safer and happier at school, are more resilient and have positive social attitudes. Positive relationships also increase a child’s sense of social connectedness and belonging which can result in better health and academic outcomes.

Our teachers will be supported to deliver the initiative however we will also be using customised teaching and learning resources and materials. We will work with like schools who are Respectful Relationships lead schools to develop specific goals and curriculum materials for our students in time. These programs will develop student’s social and emotional capabilities. The initiative will also provide resources to best support young people affected by family violence. A good education is about more than simply getting good marks. It is about becoming a member of society and succeeding in life – knowing how to build respectful relationships is key to achieving this. If you have any questions about this initiative please do not hesitate to speak to me.

More information can be found here.

Professional Learning Communities

You may have noticed that some of our teachers have had time out of the classroom over the last few weeks. Mrs Pattison, Ms Wrigglesworth and Miss Davies and myself have been attending professional learning sessions that will assist us to improve student outcomes and our teaching practice. Professional Learning Communities are where we as educators meet to discuss how are students are achieving and what we can do to best support them to further their learning in a particular area. This has been fantastic learning for our staff and will continue to improve what we do in our classrooms to help all of our students learn as individuals.

Have a great week everyone.


Upper Ferntree Gully Awards

Student of the Week

FW - Jaxsyn - for your confidence when having a go with all learning tasks! Super job!
2D - Caitlyn - for working hard to achieve your goals. Fantastic effort!
3N - Rhianna - for making a wonderful effort with her daily routine at school
4/5D - Madison -for trying her best during all tasks.
5/6C -Caitlyn - for being able to show empathy in a difficult situation. I was very proud of the way you                   managed your emotions

Writer of the Week

FW - Matthew -for your wonderful job at sounding out new words and placing spaces within your                          writing!

2D - Vyolette - for working hard to write down facts about animals and staying on task. Great work!

3N - Benson -for thinking about the revising he wanted to do to improve his poem.

4/5D -Yael - for taking care with her writing to ensure that each piece engages her reader

5/6C - David - for taking on a challenge and writing a choose your own adventure book!


Mathematician of the week

FW -    Max - for creating and continuing many different patterns. Well Done!

2D - Cooper Si -for being able to identify and create number patterns. Well done!

3N -  Ava - for thinking hard about continuing and creating counting patterns.

4/5D - Cruiiz - for being an enthusiastic class member during Maths.

5/6C -  Xander - for changing his attitude about Maths and ensuring he applies himself during lessons.

Out of School Hours Care

Our Prices

Program Times                  Full Fee 

Before School Care         $12  

6:45AM – 8:45AM


After School Care             $16                 

3:30PM – 6:15PM


Please remember that if your child/ren are dropped off BEFORE 8.30am they need to be signed in by  a parent or carer.


Please observe speed limits in the School grounds when dropping off and collecting your child/ren, this is to ensure everyones' safety. 


For staffing reasons please give us as much notice as possible when booking/cancelling sessions.

Dates to remember

Term 3



Monday 21st - Friday 25th

Book Week

Book Fair in the library


Wednedsay 23rd

Special Friends and Family Day - Come join the fun from 12pm


Thursday 24th

Gr. 6 Graduation Meeting 3:30


Friday 25th

Kinder visit


Monday 28th - Friday 1st September

Swimming Program

Grades 3-6 depart school 9:05am for 9:30am lesson

Grades F-2 depart school 10:05am for a 10:30am lesson


Monday 28th

Parent Night - Chris Daicos  6:30pm - 8:30pm


Thursday  31st

Fathers Day Stall



Friday 1st

Kinder visit



Monday 4th - Wednesday 6th 

Phillip Island 3/4 Camp


Tuesday 5th

PFA Meeting 7pm

Stepping Up Prep Transition 


Wednesday 6th

School Council 7:30pm


Monday 11th

Curriculum Day

No Students at School


Thursday 14th

Produce Day 3N

Victorian State School Spectacular Dress Rehearsal


Friday 15th

Victorian State School Spectacular Dress Rehearsal


Saturday 16th

Victorian State School Spectacular Performance


Wednesday 20th

Footy Pie Day

Parents/Teachers vs Students


Friday 22nd

Last Day of Term 3

2:30pm Finish




Term 3: 17 July to 22 September

Term 4: 9 October to 22 December

Parents Page

Readings for Parents

Each week we will publish readings for parents to support your child in their learning.

Chris Daicos - Building Resilience Session
Monday 28th at 6:30pm

Please RSVP it would be great to see members of our school community there.

Parent involvement

Learning Potential 2.0 is packed with useful tips and inspiring ways to be more involved in their child’s learning. It’s for all ages, from the high chair  to high school.

The upgraded app includes a range of new features and improved functionality so parents can:

  • search for the information they want
  • see recommended articles based on the content they are interested in
  • filter articles according to topic

The upgraded Learning Potential app includes 45 great new articles, 2 new videos, and lots of tips and suggestions for fun summer holiday activities. The free Learning Potential app is available to download now on Android and Apple devices from the App Store and Google Play.


Go to www.learningpotential.gov.au to find out more, or to access the content through a web browser.

Download Learning Potential for free.


Learning Potential Resources

The Learning Potential app is now complemented by Learning Potential Resources, a new website specifically for parents of primary school children. Launched in February 2017, it provides ideas, activities, games and videos to help parents support their children with literacy and numeracy skills.


Learning Potential Resources shows how to turn everyday activities like cooking, watering the garden or walking the dog into fun and interactive learning opportunities. It supports the Curriculum for primary school and is structured in three main sections:

  • ‘everyday ideas’ showing parents how to practise literacy and numeracy skills with their child during everyday life.
  • ‘practise together’ articles giving parents ideas about how they can reinforce literacy and numeracy skills their child is learning at school.
  • ‘practise online’ activities, including online games and videos that parents and children can do together to practice these same skills.

The Learning Potential Resources website was created by Education Services Australia with funding from the Australian Government. View it at learningpotential.edu.au.


What is Parent Engagement?

Parent engagement is being positively involved and active in your child’s learning. Your attitudes, values and behaviours can positively influence your child’s education outcomes.

We know that parents, families and carers are some of the most important influences on a child’s education. When you are positively engaged in your child’s education, they are more likely to attend and perform better at school.

Effective parent and family engagement in education is more than just participation in school meetings and helping with fundraising, it is actively engaging with your child’s learning, both at home and at school. When schools and families work together, children do better and stay in school longer.

You can support your child to get the most out of their schooling. The earlier you become engaged, the better it is for your children.

Why is parent engagement important?

Parent engagement is associated with improvements across a range of indicators, including:

  • better education outcomes
  • enhanced engagement with school work
  • more regular school attendance
  • better behaviour
  • and increased social skills.


How you can help your child do well at school

While it’s important to stay informed and be involved in school activities where possible, there are lots of things you can do at home which can help your child to do better at school:

  • Have high yet achievable expectations of your child.
  • Talk regularly about school and the value of learning.
  • Encourage positive attitudes and respect for school and teachers.
  • Model the behaviours you would like to see in your child.

Other things you can do which have also been shown to have a positive impact are to:

  • Read out loud with your child and listen to your child read out loud.
  • Talk and ask about what they are learning.
  • Ask what was and was not fun at school.
  • Help them to develop strong work habits.

One of the most effective ways parents and families can help children to do better at school is to make sure they go to school every day. School attendance has a major influence on educational outcomes.  Students who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve better results at school and are more likely to complete their schooling.

        Notices and Reminders

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