Woodend Primary School Newsletter

07 March 2019
Issue 6
2019 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Foundation Unit
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 7 - Racheal

Fri 8  -  NO SCHOOL

Wed 13 - Rachel S

Thurs 14 - No help required

Fri 15 - Alice, Marga

*  Helpers required for 27th & 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.


Friday 08/03

  • PUPIL FREE DAY - no students at school

Mon 11/03

  • Public Holiday - no students at school

Tues 12/03

Divisional Swimming, Bendigo

Wed 13/03

School Captains - Grip Leadership, Melbourne

Thu 14/03

Divisional Volleyball

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

  • Friday 8th March
  • 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

Curriculum Day

Just a reminder that tomorrow is our scheduled Curriculum Day. The school will be closed to students while staff participate in a professional learning day about reading and reading assessment.

Crossing the road SAFELY


Welcome to our new School Councillor’s

This week we had our School Council Annual General Meeting. At this meeting we accepted the nominations of 5 nominees. Some were previous School Councillors re-electing and some were new nominees.

School Council plays such an important role in being a voice for our parent community and making decisions regarding the governance of our school. I sincerely appreciate the willingness of parents to volunteer their time in this role.


Welcome to:

  • Jen Henderson (new parent nominee and our newly elected President)
  • Tom Niall (new parent nominee and our newly elected Vice President)
  • Jasmine McFarlane (new parent nominee and our newly elected Secretary)
  • Lauren Roberts (new parent nominee)
  • Brad Dean (re-nominated parent representative)
  • Shayne Summers (re-nominated parent representative and re-elected Treasurer)
  • Felicity Radziminski (new staff nominee)

Our other existing members have another year remaining of their 2 year position

  • Tracey Eagle (parent representative)
  • Mark Gray (parent representative)
  • Glen Norman (parent representative)
  • Richard Padgett (parent representative)

Ongoing Staff Representatives

Victoria Graham, Gayle Sutton, Jad Geer and myself (Executive Officer of School Council)


It is with my sincerest appreciation that I acknowledge and thank the following members who held the previous positions on our School Council and who have all made an ongoing commitment as members of our School Council:

  • Brad Dean (President)
  • Tracey Eagle (Vice President)
  • Shayne Summers (Secretary)
  • Richard Padgett (Secretary)

Over the following weeks we will provide photos and profiles of our School Council members so that our school community are aware of the parent representatives.

Gardening Club and Environmental Leaders

This Monday our weekly gardening club resumed with Nicole. Many of our students enjoyed the opportunity. After lunch Nicole then worked with our environmental leaders and taught them biodiversity and sustainability methods for gardens. Nicole, myself and the students went and collected pine needles to put under strawberry plants to help keep them off the ground and prevent mould. This was a method recently recommended on gardening Australia.


Carlsruhe Thursday activities

On Thursday afternoons our Carslruhe students engage in a range of activities including craft, handwriting with ink pens, cooking, woodwork and gardening. Last week I had the privilege of joining in with our students. The program is only possible with the participation of parents and local community members, including parents and grandparents that were previous students and members of our local Men’s Shed.  Last week the kitchen was filled the delicious smells of the rhubarb slice that a group of our students made with the assistance of Kelly, one of our parents.


From the Office


School accounts for all families were issued via students today. All charges and payments to date 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.

QKR is the preferred payment method for all charges which DO NOT require consent.

Receipts for all donations to our Building & Library Funds are attached. Please retain receipts for tax deductions.


Apologies for the delay in distribution of accounts, due to circumstances outside of our control. Thank you for your patience.


There may be times when your child is well enough to come to school but may still need to take prescribed medicine (eg. Antibiotics)


In this situation we ask that any medicine be sent to school in a named container including instructions which outline dosage rates and times to be administered. The container is to be handed to the classroom teacher at the beginning of the day and taken home each night.


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. 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

Persuasive Writing - Sizzling Starts

This week the 5/6' s have been focusing on planning for persuasive writing. They got given a task to pick three random words and then swap their books with the person sitting next to them. With the words, they were given they had to make a sizzling start that would make people go WOW! Here are some examples:


sad, bad, mad

Ladies all around the world do you feel sad? Do you hate it when men get mad? We think about all the bad things that have happened and try to feel happy about all the rules that have changed for us. There is one thing I want from all of you though that is to not be scared and to speak up because us women deserve fairness.  

That was my sizzling start and mine is about women rights.  Lily - SUI


Explosion, Funny, School

“BANG!” Sounded the second story of the school. It was silent for a few heartbeats apart from some murmurs coming from the children before it sounded again, and again. Luckily everyone was outside before the explosion. All our school supplies were gone, all that hard work soon turned to dust. The desks we once worked on now gone.  


“WE WOR, WE  WOR, WE WOR” that was the sound of the fire engine as it grew louder and louder. I looked to the side of my left arm, kids were smiling, laughing and chuckling as if it were funny. Though some kids were in shock like I  was, the kids laughing stood out the most. Didn’t they feel bad about the school? About what they once grew up in? My face was in shock as I now look back up at the school ablaze. It was only now that I realised I hadn’t moved in quite a while. Only now that I realised my heart was beating faster and faster as seconds turned into minutes. What would happen if this happened and we were all inside? If someone didn’t make it out and were stuck in there? This was a big explosion, yet a small one for my country.        By Stevie Year 6                                  


dodgy, please, t-shirt

The lady brought a T-shirt, two weeks later she had noticed that her friend started staring at her in a strange way. One day they told her it looked dodgy on her. A particular trait this lady had was fashion, instead of throwing the shirt away, like she usually would, she decide to do something she hadn’t done yet that she should have done before a long time ago, she walked down the busiest street in  Australia. Poor, homeless families and people surrounding her she gave every single t-shirt to all of the homeless “please!” “please!” as she walked down. This lady changes thousands of lives and still makes an impact today.   By Laura Year 6

Children’s Park Indigenous Sign Unveiling

Today, the school captains walked down to the Children’s Park to represent Woodend Primary School. We were there for the unveiling of the Dja Dja Wurrung sign which recognises the park as a significant and important area. Uncle Rick Nelson, who is a Dja Dja Wurrung elder, performed a traditional smoking ceremony and the welcome to country. Both Lily and Ginger made a short speech about Woodend Primary’s commitment to building cultural awareness and inclusion.


Senior Unit Summer Interschool Sport

We played all our games in the Summer Interschool Sport tournament yesterday. Thank you to Karina, Jo and James who all volunteered their time to come and make the day run smoothly. Here is the wrap-up from the sports leaders (Stevie, Flynn, Georgia, Katrina):


The mixed cricket team played against 3 teams Tylden, Romsey and St. Ambrose. They won the first match against Tylden and lost the other 2 but despite that, they still made it into the finals and whoever won this final came 3rd it was a really close match but we just made it and came 3rd which the whole team was really happy about.


For the boys team, they played against Our Lady of the Rosary which they lost. They played St Ambrose, unfortunately, lost as well. And finally they played off Candlebark and they won! Which put them through to the final fighting for 3rd and they battled against Our Lady Of The Rosary which was also a very close match and they won by 5 runs! Overall everyone tried their best and we all had a blast of a day!



The girls team:

The girls volleyball team played 7 games, they lost 5 and won 2. All of the girls played really well and had great sportsmanship. They gave supporting advice to their teammates and they handled it very well when they lost. Sadly we didn’t place in the top three but we clapped and smiled for the other teams. All of the games were pretty close in points but the main thing was that we all had fun. All the girls played very well and I think we were all winners in the end.


The mixed team:

The mixed team was a team of 2 boys and 6 girls. Everyone tried their hardest and were all great at putting up with losing and didn’t brag about winning. We all played 7 matches against 7 other schools. The results came in and we were all sitting on the floor waiting for the announcement. In the end, we had won 5 games of the 7 and lost 2 though they were all very close. The mixed team ended up coming 2nd with a three way tie. Our games were 18 minutes long. Once the mixed team had had their match, The girls team would go on after a 2-minute break. We all had loads of fun and had a great day. It started to rain once or twice but that didn't stop us from trying our best. Before we all knew it, it was time to pack up, get on the bus and leave to go back to the main campus. It was an amazing day overall and we were all upset to know it was over.



The boys softball team played five games on Wednesday with our coach James. Our first game was versing Kyneton and we lost. In our second game, we were versing Tylden and we lost against them. The next team we played against was Our Lady of the Rosary and we also lost against them. The team we drew against was St Mary's and the last team we played was Bolinda. We technically scored more runs in that game but the horn went to stop and the points only counted from the first innings, so we lost that game. We came last, but we had lots of fun!


The girls softball team played pretty well. They won against the first team which was St Ambrose and they drew against Our Lady of the Rosary. We lost all our other games, but got lots of tips from the other teams! They came fourth overall out of five teams. The girls had a great time and Ms Quinn said even though we lost we did it in style :)

Carlsruhe Annexe


This week in year 4, students have continued to work hard in a number of areas.
In Literacy, the students have been working on the concept of Synthesizing. Synthesizing occurs when readers change their thinking as they read. This might by about a character in a story or finding the answer to a misconception they may have.

In Maths, students have begun a unit on time. In year 4, students are working towards telling the time to the minute, as well as
calculating the time taken to complete a task or travel between two locations in seconds, minutes and hours.

During Integrated Studies this week, students have been studying different ‘Character Strengths’. They have looked at a number of role models and described the traits that they each possess. The students then chose a role model of their own and completed a fact file using either Word or Powerpoint to show their findings.



Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

Over the last week and continuing throughout Term 1, students in Years 1 and 2 are learning about place value. It is important for students to understand that digits have different values depending on their place in a number. They have been using a range of concrete materials to explore and represent two digit and three digit numbers. By seeing the numbers as physical blocks or sticks, they have been practising comparing numbers of different values and arranging digits to make the smallest or largest number that they can. Writing numbers in words is another challenge for students and they have been able to use their personal dictionaries to help them with this task.

During this activity, students were given cards and asked to arrange these cards to make the smallest two digit or three digit number that they could. They then needed to represent the number using MAB (Math Attribute Blocks) and write the number in words. The final challenge was for students to arrange themselves in a whole class number-line from smallest to largest. Many conversations and negotiations ensued!

Year 3

On Friday the 1st of March, the Year 3 students had an incursion from Ecolinc. Ecolinc is an established Department of Education and Training (DET) Science Specialist Centre focusing on the development and delivery of innovative educational programs addressing environmental sustainability.

The students learnt about helping our environment through creating a compost, recycling and REDcycling materials. The students were given many different materials to sort through and decide how they could reuse, reduce or recycle them.

The students then made recycled paper out of old scrap paper. Once the students made the paper they wrote a procedure on how to make it. They allowed the paper to dry over the weekend and are excited about using their recycled paper.


Foundation Unit


This term our Science topic is called ‘On the Move’.

This topic explores the world around us and how things move. This is an early introduction to the concepts of energy and force.

The children have enjoyed exploring the school grounds to find things that move, such as the earth moving equipment that is part of the school ground upgrades. They also discussed ways their bodies move when using the play equipment. These activities helped the children develop lots of new language related to their world.

This week we looked at the ways toys move and classified them. We came up with two categories. Toys that move when pushed and toys that move when pulled. They had a lot of fun during this activity.


Student Awards
& Achievements

Students of the Week

JU1 - n/a

JU2 - n/a

MU1 - Lucien

For showing fantastic mathematical thinking when exchanging ones for tens. Terrific!

MU2 - Will

For doing his classroom job to the best of his ability. Well Done!

MU3 - Caitlyn

For consistently demonstrating all four school values both in the classroom and the yard.

MU4 -Madison

For demonstrating our value of “be a learner” by always trying her best. Well done Madison!

MU5 - Josh

For being a learner by writing carefully and beautifully each morning.

MU6 - Jack

For always taking great pride in his work and living our school values!

MU7 - Sophie

Showing great persistence, organisation helpfulness and being very kind and considerate student. You are an absolute SUPERSTAR!

MU8 - Charlie

For working hard to complete all set tasks in class. Keep it up!!

CU1 - n/a

CU2 - n/a

CU3 - Callan

For the outstanding effort he has been showing during class.

SU1 - Sienna

For being an awesome learner and an even better teacher!! You rock!

SU2 -Jessica

Always being ready to learn and always trying her best! Great Job!

SU3 - Amelia

For demonstrating our school values to a high standard. You’re amazing!

Gardening Group

Woodend Community Children's Garden

  • See photos in the Principals Report.

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 27th & 29th March.
  • Huge thanks to Emma P for filling in for me at short notice (twice)
  1. Orders via Qkr only
  2. No other lunch orders will be available on this day
  3. Helpers needed for Easter Lunch Pack day.  
  • 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.


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



In recent years we have had a wonderful group of parents who have assisted with small tasks in the school office each week on a Friday.  With some families moving on from the school, the number of volunteers has reduced dramatically.  If you could spare some time on a Friday morning to drop in to the office to get some small jobs (laminating/copying/sorting/collating), we'd love to hear from you.  Please email wpspfa@gmail.com if you're able to assist or have further questions.

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

Teagan, Liam

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Jessica, Zoey, Catherine

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

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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.

Term 1 Rewards - NEW

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


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

Daily lessons in resilience

Recently, I saw a mother give a simple, yet profound resilience lesson to her school-aged child, after he missed a much-anticipated excursion due to poor behaviour at school. Replying to the child’s protests about teacher unfairness and his over-reaction to missing out on a learning opportunity his mum simply replied, “Oh well!” Then she busied herself with other tasks. The child stunned by her reaction, shrugged and headed off to complete his homework.

Adult reactions matter
It’s in our reactions to children’s and young people’s every day mistakes, mess-ups, muck-ups and hurts where the real lessons in resilience lay.
The lessons for this child were simple but profound. “Oh well” meant:
 • Stuff happens
 • Don’t look for fault or blame
 • Keep your perspective
 • Pick yourself off and continue with what you were doing

How to react
The resilience lesson for this mother were equally as profound. When a minor mishap with a child or teenager occurs:
 • Match your response to the incident
 • Stay calm and be positive
 • Don’t look for fault or blame
 • Remember, stuff happens

Resilience lesson for parents - "Oh well"
Every day there are opportunities for parents to give their children lessons in resilience.


  • A child misses being picked for a team that he had his heart set on joining. "Oh well. Let’s see how you go next time”
  • When a boy experiences rejection in the playground at school. "Oh well. You’ll find that some people don’t want to be your friend.”
  • When a teenage girl doesn’t get the mark she thinks she deserves in an assignment. "Oh well. Sometimes we don’t get the marks we think we deserve."

Match your response to the challenge to promote resilience

There are times when "Oh well" won’t cut it. When a child is bullied he needs your continued support.

When a student’s continuous efforts at improvement are constantly met with criticism then you may need to act on his behalf and meet with a teacher.

When a child always struggles to make the grade and is never picked for a team then you may need to help him make different choices.

These types of situations also present opportunities for daily lessons in resilience, but they require more parental support and teaching.

The resilience lessons learned are deeper and include concepts such as ‘things will eventually go you way,’ ‘there are times when you need to seek help’ and ‘this too shall pass.’

Promoting personal resilience focuses on helping kids cope with life’s hurts, disappointments and challenges in the present, while building strengths for the future.

Daily lessons in resilience are everywhere. You just need to be ready to make the most of these valuable lessons when they come your way.

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
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