Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

12 December 2017
Issue Thirty-seven
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Out of School Hours Care
Parent Page
Dates to remember
        Notices and Reminders
Is this for you?
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

Step Up Day

Today our year 6 students headed off to their high schools for 2018 transition. We took the opportunity to have our 2018 step up day. It was a wonderful day as students got to know their teachers for 2018. In a small school like ours we are fortunate that our students work together often and in many ways. While we only have two classes that are multiage there are still a lot of factors that go into just that small split. Luckily our 4/5/6 group work together and get to experience being a 5/6 as well as a 3/4 at different times. Our new Preps enjoyed their special day as big kids and although everyone is a little tired they had a great time learning and playing with their big grade 6 buddies.


Next Week

Monday - No Assembly

Tuesday - Grade 6 Graduation

Wednesday - Big Day Out - Class parties - Rubbish free and traffic light food

Thursday - Board Games and Clean Up

Friday - Last Day - Assembly 12:45pm - 1:30 dismissal

Christmas Concert

It is looking like great weather for our concert on Thursday. Don't forget to order dinner. There will be produce for sale as well as slushies and ice cream. There will also be some last minute Christmas gifts.

Have a Great week.


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


Pleae ensure all accounts are paid in full before the end of Term.  


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


We wish you a Merry  Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

Parent Page

Articles to support parents as their children grow:

9 Ways to Make Christmas Meaningful for Kids

By Andrea Reiser

If you’re like most families, the approach of the holiday season brings with it the anticipation of a few weeks filled with family togetherness and merry memory-making — in other words, the holidays as you’ve always imagined them. But when it comes to kids, how can you make the holiday more about the feeling and less about the stuff?

Instead of showering your kids with a pile of this year’s hot clothes, toys and electronics (which, let’s face it, will probably be collecting dust by the end of the school year), make it a tradition to give your kids the gift of a memorable holiday experience. It’s amazing how much kids value and remember family traditions. Unlike anything else, they’re a source of fun, they strengthen family bonds and they form a meaningful link to the past. Whether you’re baking cookies, watching a favorite holiday movie or piling into the car to look at neighborhood lights, don’t underestimate the value of time spent together, enjoying each other’s company.


Here are 9 tips to make the holidays meaningful for your kids:















  1. Find holiday events to attend together. Check out the holiday-themed concerts, plays, parades, shows and other events happening in your community and choose a few to attend as a family. Your kids (and you!) will enjoy counting down to these outings, and you’ll have an even better time attending them. Plus, everyone will remember the live holiday music performance at the high school or the holiday-themed magic show much longer than they will a bunch of action figures under the tree. Even better? In most communities, there are plenty of events to choose from that are free to the public. You honestly don’t have to spend a mint to make memories over the holidays.
  2. There really is no place like home for the holidays. Making special holiday memories doesn’t always have to mean going somewhere. In fact, some of your most treasured experiences can be created inside the four walls of your house, and they don’t have to cost a lot of money or cause a lot of stress to be perfect. Take a regular weeknight dinner and turn it into a magical holiday meal by dimming the lights, lighting candles on the table and playing holiday music in the background. Serve sparkling juice or cider in special glasses and pull out the fancy china for once. It’s a special night you and your family won’t soon forget.
  3. Set your family up for success. On the best of days, kids will be kids — and their propensity for energy, misbehavior and hijinks grows exponentially when they’re excited. Whenever your family is preparing for any sort of event this season, go over your expectations — and potential consequences — beforehand so everyone’s on the same page. And take a minute to remind yourself that kids are often overstimulated, overexcited and saturated with sugar this time of year. If you don’t think your brood can handle sitting still for an hour-long concert, then make the choice not to go. You’ll save yourself a lot of stress, frustration and disappointment in the long run.
  4. Make meaningful conversation. Conversations are often the most special part of memorable event. To make the most of outings and experiences this holiday season, have a few solid topics up your sleeve to engage your family. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself griping about to-do lists, homework and basketball schedules during your special outing instead of the things you really wanted to share. As you drive around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights, maybe ask your kids about their favorite Christmas memories or what they’re grateful for in their lives. Or, before attending a church service or local event, sit down and talk about what Christmas truly means to each member of your family. You may be surprised at the answers — and it will make each event and activity that much more meaningful.
  5. Dress up! It’s amazing how getting all dolled up can take an event from “meh” to memorable. If you frame your holiday outings as opportunities instead of as obligations, your kids may not mind putting on their fancy duds — and they’ll definitely remember the fact that you thought that they were mature enough to attend such a special event. (And if you’re super-lucky, maybe you can snap a few pics of everyone all dressed up!)
  6. Make something out of nothing. A meaningful holiday experience doesn’t have to cost a ton, and it doesn’t have to be a once-in-a-lifetime event. In fact, your family can make routine holiday tasks into beloved traditions. For example, get everyone together to wrap gifts for friends and family, and share hot chocolate and cookies while you’re curling ribbon and cutting paper. Or let everyone climb into special holiday pajamas and pile into the car to look at the beautiful holiday lights in your town.
  7. Give thanks. As the saying goes, “Remember the reason for the season.” Depending on your family’s beliefs and background, that “reason” might differ from your neighbor’s, but one thing’s for sure: This is a time to be grateful and to count blessings. When your family visits a friend or attends a cool event, take a moment to point out to your kids how fortunate they are to have such special people and opportunities in their lives. Go around the dinner table and give everyone a chance to express gratitude for specific people or things they’re thankful for. And remind your kids that not every child around the world is so privileged.
  8. Give back. If your family is counting its blessings, the natural next step is to reach out to those whose holiday seasons might not be filled with much cheer. Consider donating to a charity instead of giving as many gifts, volunteering at a shelter or caroling at a nursing home. There are myriad opportunities to help those in need in your own community. This is the perfect time of year to teach children that it truly is better to give than to receive — and it can actually feel really good, too. These experiences will instill values in your kids and broaden their perspective on the true meaning of Christmas.
  9. Live in the moment. It’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla of the holidays and forget to take a step back and just savor the special moments. There’s so much to be done, but focusing on it all instead of what you’re doing at the moment can suck a lot of joy out of the season. If you’re constantly setting your sights on the next holiday party or dance recital on your calendar, you won’t be fully enjoying the activity you’re currently doing. Reveling in the now and accepting the (minor) flaws that might come along allows you to truly experience the benefits of living in the present. Those moments with family and friends will be that much sweeter.

Best wishes for a festive and meaningful holiday season!

Dates to remember

Term 4

Tuesday 12th

Year 7 Orientation Day

Step Up Transition


Wednesday 13th

UFTG Preschool Christmas concert



Thursday 14th

Christmas Carols

Canteen, Produce and Gifts


Tuesday 19th

Gr. 6 Graduation

Reports published


Wednesday 20th

Grade 6 BIG DAY Out

Class parties


Friday 22nd  

Last Day of Term 4     1:30pm finish



2018  Term 1



Monday 29th

Curriculum day Teachers Start


Tuesday 30th

Curriculum day



Wednesday 31st

Students first day (except Foundation)




Friday 2nd

Foundation students first day

Term 1:  Mon 29 January (school teachers start)

to 29 March (Thursday) 
Term 2:  16 April to 29 June
Term 3:  16 July to 21 September
Term 4:  8 October to 21 December

        Notices and Reminders


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Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School