Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

18 August 2017
Issue Twenty-three
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

VOTE FOR US - Leader Local Grant's

While we have received a generous donation it would be great to be able to fund Free Fruit Friday even further into the future. If you haven't already please vote for us in the local leader grants. Share it with your friends and family as well. We need all the support we can get.


NAPLAN Results

This week student NAPLAN results will be sent home to parents. For students in year 3 and 5 this can be quite stressful so it is important to put these tests into perspective. Our student have many different strengths and not all of these can be measured on a test. We celebrate all types of learning at Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School. We also measure our students learning in a variety of ways to ensure that we are getting the best possible overview of a students growth and achievement.


NAPLAN tests are not pass/fail tests. Students are provided with an indication of where their results are on the common assessment scale. The student report also indicates the skills and understandings that students are expected to demonstrate at each band of the scale. The same scale is used for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 so you will be able to track your child’s progress over the years. NAPLAN results provide a snapshot of student performance on the days of the tests. There are many reasons why students may not have performed to the best of their ability, such as illness or other distractions or test anxiety. Equally, some students may perform much better than expected when compared against their regular classroom assessment results. If your child’s results are either higher or lower than you expected, you should discuss these results with their classroom teacher.


I was very proud of our students and staff for our fantastic performance at Wakikirri last week. Our students did an outsanding job of theri performance and it moved many people to tears. The stduents developed their own storyline around homelessness and supportive communities. The music was fantastic and really set the scene. A big thankyou to Mrs Cheers, Amy Montin and Mis Davies for all of their skills in developing and working with the students for such a wonderful final result. We received our particpation awards as well as an award for best back stage and best presentation of a gift. Wakikirri is a great program for us to be involved in and gives those students that choose to the opportunity to have a go at performing in a theatre or assisting with back stage elements.


Winds of Change

It often takes an event or tragedy to bring people together, so see how the community reacts after a cyclone swirls through our town.



Thankyou to the many parents who came along to Scienceworks on Friday. A fantastic day was had by all. Our students explored the many interactive displays including Nitty Gritty Super City, the sports area and technology area. They enjoyed the lightning room and the planetarium. It was a great learning experience and the students are discussing and writing about it in class this week.


Book Fair and Book Week

It's here again, Book Week. We have many exciting activities happening and look forward to sharing our book week with you all. Book character dress up day is Monday the 21st of August. Wednesday 23rd of August we would like to invite, family grandparents, friends or anybody that is special in your lives to come to our Special Friends and family day. More details on Compass.


I have talked to stduents about how many book characters are just normal people and so they don't have to go out and buy or make elaborate costumes. Of course if you are like me then you love dressing up in those elaborate costumes! We just want to have  a great week where we celebrate our love of books. Keep an eye out on See Saw and Compass for more details.

Have a great week everyone.


Upper Ferntree Gully Awards

Student of the Week

FW -  Elijah  - for helping others and demonstrating great teamwork! Super work!

1P -  Izaih- For sharing your knowledge with your peers - well done!

2D -  Cooper R- for always trying your best! Great work Cooper!

3N -   Nevaeh -For understanding the point of view of others

4/5 D -  Charlie  - For being a respectful and friendly class member.

5/6 C -  Ashleigh F  -For stepping out of her comfort zone and trying something challenging!

Writer of the Week

FW -  Zoe  - for your amazing job at sounding out and writing unfamiliar words! Well Done!

1P -  Liam  - For trying hard to use your sounds of the alphabet when writing - well done!

2D - Paige  - for excellent research about polar bears for your information report. Great work!

3N- Nina  - For writing a procedure text using the correct structure

4/5D - Callum  - For creating interesting and engaging writing pieces.

5/6C -  Shaye  - For always continuing with new writing pieces and expanding her ideas.

Mathematician of the week

FW -    Amalia  - for your excellent work with creating and continuing number patterns! Fantastic job!

1P -  Kieran  -For knowing your location language when giving directions - well done!

2D - Finn  - for being able to identify number patterns and create your own. Well done Finn!

3N -  Ciara - For describing, continuing and creating number patterns

4/5D - Stewart  - For showing resilience when faced with challenging maths tasks. 

5/6 C -  Jay Q -For his excellent pre-test results in Patterns and Algebra! I can't wait to see your post-test after some learning.

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


Wednesday 16th

Fete Meeting 9am


Friday 18th

Kinder visit


Monday 21st - Friday 25th

Book Week

Book Fair in the library


Monday 21st

Book Character Dress Up Day


Tuesday 22nd

Toastie Tuesday

Stepping Up Prep Transition Program 9.15am-11.00am


Wednedsay 23rd

Special Friends and Family Day


Thursday 24th

Gr. 6 Graduation Meeting


Friday 25th

Kinder visit


Monday 28th - Friday 1st September

Swimming Program


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.

Healthy Eating and Nude Food - We know it can be hard and so all we are doing is trying to promote a balanced lifestyle and reduce our waste!

Shaping positive eating behaviours

Teaching kids positive eating behaviours during childhood can set them up with healthy eating habits for life. Developing a positive relationship with food, as well as a balanced approach to eating, can lead to better health outcomes in the long run.

Nowadays, an alarming 25 per cent of Australian children are being classified as overweight or obese1. This is the direct result of a number of behaviours including 1,2:

  • Higher than recommended consumption of ‘occasional’ or ‘extra’ foods that are high in added fat, sugar and salt, especially fried potatoes, sugar-sweetened soft drinks, ice cream, cordials, meat pies and margarine.
  • Lower than recommended consumption of fruit and vegetables.
  • More food being purchased away from the home (e.g. take away).
  • Evening meals being eaten in front of the television.
  • In increase in screen time (iPads, TV, computers).
  • A decrease in the amount of incidental activity such as walking to and from school.
  • A drop in outdoor playtime.

What can parents do?

Parents often underestimate their role in the development of healthy eating habits. Speaking positively to your children about healthy foods and role modelling balanced eating is the first step in helping kids develop a healthy relationship with food. And remember, actions speak louder than words! Children watch, listen and learn through observation, and then follow what they see. Set your children up for life by being a positive role model and create healthy habits from the start.


  • Enjoy all foods in moderation.
  • Don’t binge on ’occasional’ or ‘extra’ foods.
  • Cook meals at home and try to encourage your children to help you. Involve your kids in the menu planning and shopping, too.
  • Talk about healthy foods from the five food groups and what they do for your body. For instance, “this apple is so crunchy and delicious – it’s flesh is helping to keep me stay regular and it’s filling me up with its nutritious sweetness.” Or “these carrot sticks contain a super nutrient called beta carotene that helps my eyes stay sharp and focused. Or “this delicious glass of milk contains calcium – it helps my bones and teeth stay strong.”
  • Ensure your child’s diet is balanced and contains a variety of foods from all the five food groups.
  • Encourage your kids to eat a nutritious breakfast every day using foods from the five food groups.
  • Encourage water instead of soft drink and or other drinks containing added sugars. Toss in lemon or lime wedges to flavour water.
  • Avoid negative language around less healthy foods such as ‘bad’ or ‘fattening’. It’s not the type of food that’s bad, it’s the amount and how often the food is eaten that can be problematic. Instead, refer to these foods as “occasional” or “extra” foods and keep portion sizes small.
  • Place a limit on the number of “occasional” or ‘extra’ foods eaten each week. These foods shouldn’t be eaten daily. Make sure the whole family sticks to this rule and have other, more nutritious snacks available.
  • Fill your fridge and pantry with a variety of healthy foods that are easily accessible such as whole fruit, whole grain crackers with slices of reduced-fat cheese, reduced-fat yoghurt or pre-sliced veggie sticks with hummus or reduced fat cream cheese.
  • Discourage eating in front of the TV or computer as this is often done mindlessly without paying attention to hunger cues and can result in the consumption of unnecessary kilojoules (energy).
  • As often as possible, eat together at the dinner table and turn off the TV, even if the whole family isn’t present.
  • Be mindful and listen to hunger cues. Most children are great at eating to their hunger so let your child stop eating when they don’t want anymore. Kids will eat when they’re hungry regardless of the food on offer, so always have healthy options available.
  • Children start to form food likes and dislikes from an early age, so always offer variety. It may take many attempts for your child to like a new food, so don’t give up. Offer small amounts and try presenting it in a fun engaging way.
  • Avoid using food as a reward or bribe, or holding back on foods as punishment. Use activities or trips to the park as alternatives.

Don’t forget about physical activity!

Being physically active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips to get your family on track:

  • Limit all screen time to two hours or less a day.
  • Make time for your kids to play outside or be active for at least an hour every day.
  • Be a role model and make physical activity a family event by going for a bush walk, playing family cricket, playing in the park or kicking a ball around.
  • Start increasing incidental exercise such as walking to school or the shops, taking the stairs (not the lift), sweeping the path or doing some gardening.
  • Choose “active” presents such as balls or kites to replace DVD’s, and play station games.

If you have tried and tested tips to help develop positive eating habits why not share them on our Healthy Kids Facebook page.



1 – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2012. Australia’s food & nutrition 2012. Cat. no. PHE 163. Canberra: AIHW.

2 – www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au

Fussy Eaters

Solutions for fussy eaters

Eight out of ten Australian parents are concerned about their child’s eating habits. It’s not unusual for a child to love a particular food one day and refuse it the next. Refusing new food tastes and textures is common in children and it’s often a behavioural issue, or can be due to a genuine dislike of a certain food, or it may be because your child has ‘filled up’ outside of meal times. A child who refuses a food may be trying to assert their independence to see how you will react.

 Here are some tips to cope with fussy eating behaviours:

  •  Ensure everyone who feeds your child agrees on how to deal with your child’s requests and refusals. For example, you may decide to put a 20 minute time limit on mealtimes to prevent them dragging on, or you may decide that any requests for a different meal will be not be met. Everyone who helps your child at mealtimes needs to stick to the plan so it’s constantly reinforced.
  •   Stay calm when dealing with your child’s food fussiness. The more fuss that is made in return and the more emotional you get, the more charged meal time will become and your child will realise their behaviour is getting the attention they desire. By remaining calm, you will help to diffuse the situation and your child will realise their behaviour isn’t getting them any extra attention.
  •   As soon as your child is old enough, serve them the same meal as the rest of the family. It’s best to avoid getting stuck in the habit of taking special requests!
  •  Sometimes life for children is too exciting to spend time eating. Therefore it is important to make meal times a happy time for the family. If it becomes stressful, the child won’t enjoy it and neither will you!
  •  Don’t give up and keep trying, a child may need to be exposed to a new food up to 10 times before they will eat it.
  •  Introduce new foods when you know your child will be hungry, as there is more chance they will try something new when they are hungry.
  •  Do not offer a replacement food if what you offer is rejected. Unless a child is unwell they will never voluntarily starve themselves. The more fuss that is made, the more likely that this behaviour will become entrenched.
  •  If your child flat-out refuses to eat the meal you have prepared and then claims to be hungry before bed, what should you do? It’s really up to the parent and their individual preferences to decide. Some parents will present the same meal later if the child is hungry and see if they eat it then, while others will choose to offer a replacement snack such as a banana and a cup of milk. Whatever you decide, if you are offering another food, make sure it’s healthy and nutritious.

        Notices and Reminders

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