Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

20 February 2018
Issue Three
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Upper Ferntree Gully Awards
Out of School Hours Care
Parent Page
Dates to remember
        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


We would all like to say a huge thank you to Derrian. He is a local resident of Upper Ferntree Gully who has been volunteering his time to make our school grounds look amazing. Please say hello to Derrian and thank him for all of his hard work. We have certainly noticed and so have the students! I am not having to ask them to do as much mulching which I am sure they are grateful for. 


During the school day, all teachers take their “duty of care” very seriously and work closely together to ensure students are supervised whilst in classrooms and also out in the playgrounds. All teachers wear fluoro vests, carry a small first aid kit. Before and after school, we have staff on duty at the front of the school and the basketball court area. To ensure that students are appropriately supervised, we ask that students arrive at school after 8:45am each morning. It is important that you understand that they will not be supervised until yard duty teachers begin their assigned duty from 8:45am. Similarly, at the end of the school day, the school will ensure the appropriate supervision of all students until 3:45pm and after this time it is the responsibility of parents to collect/supervise their children. In further support of parents Amy provides outstanding care at Before and After School Care if you are unable to drop your children at these times.


A reminder that students are to hand mobile phones in at the office or to their class teacher prior to classes commencing and collect them at the end of the day.

Review Year

Today I attending the Bastow Educational Leadership Institute to learn about the new process for school review. Every four years schools undergo a review to investigate what has been working well and can be celebrated and what are the challenges that need to be focused on. Prior to the review process, schools conduct a thorough pre-review self-evaluation that looks back at the impact of their improvement efforts over the four year period of the previous school Strategic Plan. Once completed the school moves into a review, which involves an accredited school reviewer working with the school, the Senior Education Improvement Leader from the region, the school council president and selected challenge partners, to look at the school’s performance and inform strategies for improvement. The self evaluation report will usually be completed and communicated to the community at least two weeks prior to commencement of the review.

The pre-review self-evaluation and the school review inform the development of the school’s new four year Strategic Plan. This plan is then operationalised through Annual Implementation Plans. Schools look at the School Strategic Plan and assess where they are with targets. The new process is very inclusive and involves everyone. Gathering information from parents, students, teachers and all staff. In particular the new process is very student focused, which is a great thing as our students sit at the centre of what we do! We will be asking for input early in term 2 so please stay tuned. I am really looking forward to this process as together we celebrate the great learning and community at Upper Gully.

Victorian State School Spectacular

As one of the largest recurring productions in Australia, the Victorian State Schools Spectacular brings together over 3000 school students performing as a 64 piece orchestra, 1300 voice choir, 1200 mass dancers, 30 lead vocalists, 16 principal dancers, 20 ensemble dancers, 8 backing vocalists, roller skaters and puppeteers and much more.                                                                                                              http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/spectacular.aspx


We have 30 students attending the state school spectacular this year. This is a program that we will be offering each year for students to be involved in. We are doing both dance and choir. Having attended for the first time last year I was so impressed by how much work goes into this amazing event. It is a great opportunity for students to do something different. 

District Swimming

We wish all of our swimmers the best of luck at this Fridays District swimming. 

School Excursions and Camps

Throughout the year we try to provide opportunities for students to experience learning through camps and excursions or even incursions. This is to provide learning in other settings and encourage students to have a go at new and challenging things. We appreciate that this adds costs to families and we keep the costs as low as we can. If at any stage you are finding it difficult to pay for anything please come and talk to myself or Andrea. There are supports available to assist students and families. I would never want a child to miss out on an opportunity because of something that is not in their control. 

Have a Great week.


Upper Ferntree Gully Awards

Awards are handed out at assembly the following Monday after the newsletter is published.

Student of the Week 

FW - Cooper for your excellent job at following our school values! Well Done!
1P -   
2D -   Lucas for always following instructions and for listening respectfully to others. Great work!
3N -   Will S for demonstrating responsible decision making in class
45CW -  Benson for actively listening to feedback and applying it to his learning.
56D -  Stewart for always having a positive attitude to his learning.

Writer of the Week

FW - Oliver for your fantastic job accepting feedback when writing your name correctly! Well done!

1P -  

2D -   Avery for taking your time with your writing and using resources to help with spelling. Great work!

3N -   Cooper S for having ago at writing words from memory.

45CW -   Yael for taking pride in her Writer's Notebook.

56C -   Holly for thinking of some exciting sizzling starts to go in your Writer's Notebook.

Mathematician of the week

FW - Khai for your wonderful counting and great discussions about Maths! Super job!

1P -   

2D -   Kieran for being able to read and model numbers in the thousands. Great work!

3N -    Archie for correctly identifying the value of his MAB blocks when creating a number to 100.

45CW -  Myrah for extending herself and reading larger numbers in maths.

56C -  Noah for your excellent participation during focus groups.

Japanese Award

(3N) Archie for his excellent manners during Japanese class and completing the task with quality on time. Well done!

Performing Arts Award

(FW) Lara for outstanding participation and enthusiasm in our 'mime' activities today - well done!

Principal's Award

Noah for your outstanding attitude towards reading and practising at home.

Macee, Myrah and Violet for your great teamwork cleaning out the turtle tank.

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


If you are interested in our After or Before school care program please speak to the office.

Just a reminder that you must sign your children in when dropping them off in the morning and when picking them up.


If you are having any problems making your OSHC payments please speak to Andrea or Tabitha to assist.

Parent Page


Research shows that parents can have a powerful impact on their childrens’ mindsets. The language you use and the actions you take show your children what you expect. Giving process praise, talking about the brain, accepting mistakes as learning opportunities, and understanding the role of emotions in learning are all practices you can begin today.


The way we praise our children can have a profound impact on their mindset. Research on praise and mindsets shows that when we praise children for being smart, it promotes a fixed mindset. It sends a message that their accomplishments are trait-based, and tied to something innate. In contrast, praising kids for working hard promotes a growth mindset. It sends a message that the child’s effort is what led them to success.  

Talk About the Brain

The brain is far more malleable than we once thought. Teaching our kids that they actually have control over growing their brains through the actions they take is empowering! Tell your children that when they work hard, that’s the feeling of their neurons connecting. The dendrites are reaching out to other dendrites, trying to connect to make a stronger brain. What strengthens those connections is practice, asking questions, and actively participating in learning. When children learn that their brains physically change with effort, it leads to increased motivation and achievement.  Show your kids this Brain Animation video to explain! 

Accept Mistakes as Learning Opportunities

One of the best ways you can model a growth mindset is to speak candidly about the mistakes you’ve made, and what you’ve learned from them. Speak positively about your mistakes and struggles, and this will show your children that taking risks and making mistakes are a natural part of the learning process. Explain to your children that trying hard things is what helps us grow, and you can’t be perfect when you try something hard!

Understand the Role of Emotions in Learning

When we get angry, scared, or feel threatened, our fight or flight response is activated. This can happen anytime, whether we’re scared of a spider or scared of math! Our brains are wired to protect us when we feel threatened, and stress symptoms such as sweating, stomach cramps, and your mind going blank are completely normal. There are strategies we can use when the fight or flight response tries to take over, to help us learn. One of those strategies is called Square Breathing and it helps to break down the adrenaline that is flooding the bloodstream and preventing learning from occurring.



How to Praise Your Kids using Growth Mindset



Great effort! You must have worked really hard.

You really studied for your test and your improvement shows it.

I like the way you tried all kinds of strategies on that math problem until you finally got it.

Wow, you really practiced that, and look how you've improved.

I love the way you stayed at your desk, you kept your concentration, and you kept on working.

See, you studied more and your grade on this test is higher.

You tried different strategies and you figured out how to solve the problem.

You stuck to this and now you really understand it.


10 questions to ask your kids at the dinner table!

1. What did you do today that made you think hard?

2. What challenge or problem have you worked on today?

3. Can you think of something new you tried today? What was it?

4. Was there anything that made you feel stuck today?... Great! What other ways might be there to solve this?

5. What did you learn today outside of school?

6. Can you think of a mistake you made today? … Great! How can you use this mistake to do better next time?

7. Is there anything you are struggling with? … Excellent! What new strategies can you try next?

8. Can you think of something you could have done better today?... Great! Who can you seek feedback from to make it better?

9. What would you like to become better at?

10. Did you do anything today that was easy for you? ... How can you make this more challenging for you?

Dates to remember

2018 Term 1


Wednesday 21st

School Meet & Greet


Friday 23rd

District Swimming (selected students only)



Thursday 1st

School Family Night

Please RSVP


Friday 2nd

Clean Up  Australia Day


Friday 9th

Curriculum Day - no students at school


Monday 12th

Labour Day holiday - no students at school


Wednesday 14th

Whole School Excursion - Puffing Billy


Wednesday 21st

Harmony Day

PFA - Hot Cross Buns

School Council


Monday 26th - Thursday 29th

School Camp 4/5/6


Thursday 29th

PFA - Easter raffle 

Last Day of Term 1

School dismissal at 2:30pm


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


Please let the office know if your CSEF details need to be updated or if you are new to accessing it this year.

Fresh Produce

There is fresh produce available at the school office.

Update details

If you have changed your address or any other personal details could you please change this on Compass or notify the office.

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Weet Bix Tryathlon

Every child, no matter their ability, is considered a champion and encouraged by Weet-Bix Kids TRY Heroes. A medallion is awarded for completion. There are Trek bikes, Razor scooters, Funky Trunks/Funkita Prize Packs and Asics Prize Packs up for grabs too!







Sunday, 11 March 2018


Catani Gardens, St Kilda


7yrs to 15yrs inclusive


Swim 75m, Cycle 3km, Run 500m


Swim 150m, Cycle 6km, Run 1km


22 February 2018 – see pricing tab for more information.


Participants must be registered by Sunday, 4 March 2018 to be eligible to win on-the-day prizes.




Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School