Woodend Primary School Newsletter

23 August 2018
Issue 26
2018 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Junior Unit
Uniform Shop
Assembly Awards
Student Banking
Gardening Group
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442

2018 Calendar


Thurs 23/8

Prep Tours 9.30am and 2.30pm

Fri 24/8

Year 1/2 Frog Outreach Incursion

Whole School dress up day as your favourite book character

Mon 27/8

Book Fair 3.30pm - 4pm in the Library

Choir rehearsal at SHC at 6-6.45pm

Jnr Unit - Nurse visit 

Tue 28/8

Book Fair 3.30pm - 4pm in the Library

Jnr Unit - Nurse visit 

Wed 29/8

Jnr Unit - Nurse visit 

Thurs 30/8

CDSSA Athletics (Bendigo) selected 3-6 students


Wed 5/9

PFA meeting at 7.30pm

NO Keyboard lessons

Fri 7/9

Year 3 and 4 MOVIE NIGHT (PFA event)

Sun 9/9

Choice & Resonance Strings Performance at SHC (Mary Maloney) 1.30-4.15pm

Mon 10/9

School Council meeting at 7pm

Year 1/2 Museum excursion – MU1, MU2, MU5

Tues 11/9

Year 1/2 Museum excursion – MU3, MU4

Wed 12/9

No Keyboard lessons

Thurs 13/9

Prep Tours 9.30am and 2.30pm

Mon 17/9

Division Athletics, Bendigo

Wed 19/9 - Fri 21/9

Year 3 camp

Wed 19/9

Canteen Footy Lunch

Fri 21/9

Last day of Term 3 - 2.30 pm dismissed


Mon 8/10

Term 4 begins

Wed 10/10

PFA meeting at 7.30pm

Mon 15/10

School Council meeting at 7pm

Mon 22/10

Year 2 Camp

Tues 23/10

Year 2 Camp

From the Principal,
Diana Ellis

This week..

Book Week

Tomorrow we are celebrating Book Week. There has been a growing level of excitement about  costumes.  I know many of the teachers have made trips to the costume shop.

The Prep (Foundation) students will have a Book Week Parade at 9.05 in the court yard in front of the canteen.



On my arrival at Woodend Primary it quickly became very apparent to me that although we had a set of school values, no one was actually able to articulate them. 

For schools to establish consistent ways of working together and clear expectations about behaviours, there first needs to be a clear vision and set of values that underpin the culture of the school.

My hope was to develop a new set of values for our school that were student friendly and not created by adults in adult speak. As part of this journey and our school priority to have greater student voice and student agency in our school, our objective was to work with our students to develop our new goals. This year I have worked with some of our Year 6 student leaders to develop new values. Throughout the process we have based the work on the Australian values for schooling and the School Wide positive behaviour model being endorsed by DET.

The students have worked in classes, made videos and presented at School Council. After a lengthy process of consultation and many values to consider, they have so far narrowed it down to 4 values – Be kind, be responsible, be safe, be respectful.

By the end of the term we hope to  have finalised our new school values.


Fathers’ Day

As with Mothers’ Day, we will not have a Fathers’ Day stall.  As addressed with the Mothers’ Day Stall, trying to purchase and display enough gifts for 420 students to purchase was becoming a huge task and sadly this event was left to a small few. Without the support of parent founders this task became too onerous for the few willing volunteers. We also wanted to make sure that there was equity in all students having the opportunity to do something for their parents. Please be gracious in appreciating that we are not a shopping service.  What-ever your child brings home, big or small, you can guarantee your child has made it with pride and unconditional love.


Building works

Every fortnight we have a site meeting with the builders, architect and a representative from the Education Department. At our meeting yesterday we were informed that the due end date for the project will now be January 31st as the wet weather has caused some delays.

During these school holidays the Multi purpose Hall will be refurbished and a new floor will be installed.


Cyber safety

Each week we put some information in the newsletter to help parents with strategies to help understand Cyber safety. This week the link is to information from the Victorian Education Department.



Chicken Pox

We have now been notified of several cases of students within the School, being diagnosed with Chicken Pox. Students diagnosed need to remain at home until fully recovered, but at least until 5 days after the rash appears and when all sores are no longer moist.


Symptoms:  Sudden onset of slight fever, runny nose, feeling generally unwell and a skin rash. The rash usually begins as small lumps that turn into blisters and then scabs. The rash appears over three to four days. Symptoms usually occur two weeks after exposure to the virus.

From the Office

Qkr and CompassPay

QKR will continue to be the ‘go to place’ for Canteen, Uniforms, Fees and any other activities that DO NOT REQUIRE CONSENT.

CompassPay for parents to pay electronically for Excursions or any activity that requires PAYMENT AND CONSENT.

Year 2 Camp


Absence Notification - Thank you and more info...

Thank you to all the parents who have been advising the school of their child’s absence or late arrival. 

The SMS/Email notification which goes out at 10.15am each day is a useful reminder for you to phone the school or login to Compass to record the absence, however…..IF you let us know BEFORE 10am on the day of the absence, we will be saving money as each SMS costs the school. We understand that mornings can be busy and appreciate you doing your best to let us know before 10am.

So we don’t have to contact you by phone everyday if you forget,  (saving the Office staff multiple phone calls a day), below is a screenshot from the Compass Portal to help you navigate to the absense module or alternatively, leave a message on the absence voicemail (you can ring at anytime, day or night – press 1 and leave a message):

  1. Log onto the Compass Portal - PREFERRED: at anytime prior to the absence to record details

Click on ‘Add Attendance Note ‘Approval’ – another screen will open allowing you to record the absence info. Multiple days can be recorded. Click on ‘Save’ to submit.


2. PHONE THE SCHOOL: Leave a message on the absence voicemail at anytime

Senior Unit

Woodend Community Lunch

On Friday the 17th of August 10, selected Grade 6 students went over to the RSL to observe the Woodend community lunch. They are going to go to the next community on “R U OK” day to volunteer to help out setting the tables, serving food and drinks to the Woodend community.

"It was an awesome experience and I liked sitting and being part of the community. I can’t wait for R U ok day” said Lily.

These are the volunteering students: Lily, Maddie, Darcie, Frida, Maddie, Ashley, Tadhg, Jacob, Mac and Zack. Thanks to Woodend Neighbourhood House and the Woodend RSL for having us and making us feel so welcome. The 10 students are looking forward to “R U OK day” and helping the community.


Community Care Project

Yesterday we started finally using the plarn we created to start crocheting blankets for the homeless. Firstly though, Mrs Ellis taught us the skill of crocheting. We all had a go at it and some of us found it to be quite hard and some easy. Thanks to Mrs Ellis for showing us. We are looking forward to keep practising mastering the new skill.





Last week the Year 6's started using Fakebook! Fakebook is basically Facebook but its used for educational reasons. The Year 6's chose a famous person in history and made them a Fakebook account.  Some of those famous people consisted of, Queen Victoria, Leonardo da Vinci, Ned Kelly and many more! In this activity the Year 6's learned a lot more about the people they chose, they had to search up facts about those people to post it to their Fakebook page. They have been doing an amazing job creating these Fakebook accounts and they look very realistic, keep up the great work Year 6's!

Minecraft Coding

Year 6’'s in SU1 have been learning how to code on Minecraft. Year 6’s have been learning how to code a little npc on minecraft using code.org.  Using this they have had set challenges that they must complete, there are 8 challenges to complete . The students had 2 windows open on their computer, one was  minecraft and the other was code.org which they used to control it. Over all Year 6’s had a great time working out and getting through the task.


Final Elsie Watch

As you may have heard Elsie was playing for Victoria in her basketball and her class was following her progress. Well that was last week and the last few games were on Thursday and Friday. Those 2 matches were the round robin finals against ACT and WA and they did very well! They won against ACT and then it was the final game and it was an intense match! Victoria had won the state basketball championships! Elsie and the rest of her team came back beaming with pride and carrying a very impressive gold medal engraved with a massive congratulations!   Frida, Elsie’s Agent

Carlsruhe Annexe

Thursday Activities

If you are able to help, please let us know via you child, by phone or email prior to Thursday if possible. Activities run from 1:45pm until 2:45pm but you are welcome to arrive any time after 1:30pm.

Please also ensure that your current Working With Children Check has been lodged with the office.

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

This term the Year 1 and 2 Science topic is ‘All Mixed Up’. This topic involves exploring and explaining how different solids and liquids can be mixed together for different purposes. We have explored mixtures using household materials such as water, cornflour, rice bubbles and icing sugar.

Children have combined this exploration with the reading and writing of procedural texts such as recipes and experiments. The students especially enjoyed observing how jelly crystals dissolve in water then transform from a liquid to a solid. The best part was eating the results.

The students in MU1 also linked this activity to our Maths topic which is multiplication. We used multiplication and repeated addition to work out how many cups of jelly we made.

MU1 made 5 groups of five jelly cups. This can be written as 5x5 or 5+5+5+5=5

and presented as an array. (five rows of five cups)


Year 3

This week the students have been busily working on their Information Report projects. They have been locating and summarising information using a netbook computer and will now begin to create a Powerpoint presentation which will be presented to their peers in the coming weeks.

The students have been enjoying Book Week and the classroom activities based on the shortlisted children’s books for this year. The teachers are all very excited to see what characters the students dress up as tomorrow.

Thank you to the parents who have sent back their child’s Confidential Information note for camp, if you are yet to do so, can you please return the note at your earliest convenience.


Junior Unit

From little things, big things grow

The Foundation children have been enjoying our Change topic “From little things, big things grow”.


Here are some of their favourite things so far:

I liked making the frog life cycle. They are cool animals. We got to choose what we wrote about for our frog reports. By Lacey

I liked learning about how babies grow into children. Everyone got to do their Show and Tell about it and bring in a picture of when they were babies. By Madison

My favourite part has been learning about how mice grow. Did you know that mice are pink when they are born? By Syd

I’ve liked learning about the weather. We made weather pictures and I made a rainbow. I liked the colours. By James

I liked making the frog. I liked colouring it in and sticking the tongue on. By Oliver

I liked making the butterfly life cycle. I liked making all the parts and sticking them on the plate. By Tom


School Nurse

Just a reminder that our school nurse Trina will be in next week. Please make sure that you return the completed health questionnaire (the big white envelope!) by Monday 27th August.


Canteen News

  • An extra pair (or two) hands are needed in canteen tomorrow 24th August.
  • Two helpers are required next Friday 31st August.
  • Please contact me ASAP if you can help at [email protected].   Remember its only 9am to 12.30pm and you Child(ren) get a free icy pole and the chance to see their carer behind the counter.
  • Welcome to the Canteen, Simon and Nikki.
  • Footy Lunch Packs will be available on Sept 19th.  No other lunch orders will be available on this day.
  • Please ensure your child(ren) have the correct details on Qkr.  Lunches are going into wrong classrooms.
  • When ordering from Qkr, please purchase a lunch bag first, if you're not supplying your own. 
  • Countdown to Qkr for Term 4: NO CASH ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Please see the office staff for help loading Qkr.


Canteen Roster


23rd       Nikki

24th       2 x Helpers needed

29th       Emma

30th       Sheryl

31st       2 x Helpers needed

Uniform Shop

Lost Property

Just a reminder to check lost property… we have so many winter coats/jackets that are un-named. If items are named, especially non-uniform items, you will have more change of getting them back.  If you are missing anything please come and have a look.

Also, due to supplier price increase, our hats are now $11 each.

Please keep in mind hats are to be worn from early September.

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop

Assembly Awards

Artists of the Week

Year 6

Year 6 student looked at Kokusai's famous print 'The Great Wave of Kanagowa'.

After discussing the work, the students drew an enlarged version of the picture and painted it in watercolours.  Great work Year 6.

Our Special Artists of the Week are: Elsie, Katie, Kaedyn, Lachlan, Eva, Grace, Charli, Ashley, Thomas, Caitlyn, Lexi, Maddie, Mac and Charlotte.

Students of the Week

JU1 - Sean

For using his perseverance strength and not giving up when making a tricky craft frog. Well done Sean!

JU2 - Libby

Taking pride in her work and producing neat handwriting.

JU3 - Hayden

For always following classroom rules and expectations and always trying his very best.

MU1 - Tyler

For including and supporting his classmates in and out of the classroom.

MU2 - Charlotte

For her efforts to infer how a character is, by using text and picture clues. Great job.

MU3 - Emily

Showing initiative in the classroom. Well done Emily.

MU4 - Riley

For sharing his pet lamb with the grade for show and tell this week, explaining how he feeds and cares for it.

MU5 - Audrey

Always giving detailed text-to-text connections in independent and guided reading.

MU6 - Amelia

For her amazing effort during multiplication tasks this week. Well done Amelia.

MU7 - Evie

For persisting with 2 digit x 1 digit vertical multiplication and successfully completing a range of problems. Excellent effort!

MU8 - William

Showing resilience by overcoming a number of hurdles on his way to producing an excellent information report on Mars!

CU1 - Amelia

For identifying and naming different types of angles and accurately measuring them using a protractor.

CU2 - Isabella

For her great work in Math measuring angles using a protractor.

CU3 - Rose

For working hard with learning her tables, making a new top score of 141 out of 144 in the Blast Off Challenge.

CU4 - Audrey

For writing, publishing and sharing her delightful, creative narrative story ‘Beneath.’

Well done Audrey.

CU4 - Otto

For successfully completing the task of creating a brochure using Publisher in his own time. Great work Otto!

SU1 - Roderick

Showing ZEST for his learning and HUMILITY with his work! You Rock!!

SU2 - Rhiannon

For showing great persistence and giving awesome explanations when discussing answers in Maths. Keep up the AWESOME work!


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Coen, Catherine, Ethan

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Jasper, Lucas, Remy, Atticus

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home


Welcome to School Banking

Joshua and Jamie

New Rewards for Term 3


Gardening Group

Woodend Community Children's Garden

Where:  WPS Community Children’s Garden

When:  12.45-2.00pm Mondays - parent help required with lunchtime Kid’s Garden Club

2.00-3.30pm Mondays - parent’s gardening session (pruning and garden maintenance)

BYO: Gardening gloves, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing

Sign in: Please sign in at the Office before gardening

Contact: Nicole Middleton 0418 233 366

Carlsruhe Kitchen Garden

Where: Carlsruhe Kitchen Garden

When: 2.00-3.30pm Mondays

BYO: Gardening gloves, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing

Sign in: Please sign in at the main Carlsruhe classroom before gardening

Contact: Clare Doolan 0424 867 613

Needed urgently

Parents to help with the lunchtime Kid’s Garden Club, Mondays 12.45 – 2.00pm. No gardening experience needed.

NEWSPAPERS. NeWsPaPeRs. newspapers. Drop your old newspapers in the box at the School office.


Community News

September 2018


Cobaw Community Health


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

How do you show up for your kids


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
2018 Canteen Menu.pdf
16.08.18 four-critical-tools-for-kids-anxiety-management.pdf
23.08.18 how-do-you-show-up-for-your-kids.pdf
23.08.18 how-do-you-show-up-for-your-kids.pdf
2018 Uniform Order Form.pdf
Qkr - Uniform Shop Orders - HOW TO....pdf
Uniform Order Form.pdf