Woodend Primary School Newsletter

01 August 2019
Issue 22
2019 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Foundation Unit
Education Support Team
Student Awards & Achievements
Gardening Group
Library News
PFA News
Student Banking
Uniform Shop / Lost Property
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442

2019 Calendar

August 2019

Fri 02/08

Book Club Due

Tue 06/08

School Tours - 9.30am & 2.30pm (book at office)

Chess Tournament, Alice Miller  (selected students) 

Fri 09/08

Dental Screening Forms due back (Foundation - Yr 2)

Year 3 Camp - Deposit & Consent due

Mon 12/08

School Council 7 pm

Book Fair

Science Week celebrations in the hall, 1-1.50 pm

Tue 13/08

Cobaw Basketball (selected students)

Book Fair

Science Week celebrations in the hall, 1-1.50 pm

Wed 14/08

Book Fair

Science Week celebrations in the hall, 1-1.50 pm

Thur 15/08

Science Week celebrations in the hall, 1-1.50 pm

Fri 16/08

Science Week celebrations in the hall, 1-1.50 pm

Mon 19/08

Library - BOOK WEEK

Thurs 22/08

Cobaw Athletics (selected students)

Sat 24/08

PFA Trivia Night

Wed 28/08

Dental Screening Service Visit

PFA meeting, 7.30 pm

Fri 30/08

PFA - Fathers Day Brekky

Canteen Roster


Thur 01/08 - Emma

Fri 02/08 - Bec


Please email woodendcanteen@gmail.com if you can help .  Remember it's only Wednesday, Thursday or Friday,  9-12.30 pm, you receive a free lunch and your child(ren) receive a free icy pole.

School Term Dates

Term 2019 2020
1 - 28.01.20 - 27.03.20
2 - 14.04.20 - 26.06.20
3 15.07.19 - 20.09.19 13.07.20 - 18.09.20
4 07.10.19 - 20.12.19 05.10.20 - 18.12.20

2019 Pupil Free Days

  • 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

From the Principal, Diana Ellis

Keeping our students safe

Each day we put in place policies and processes to support the best possible safety for our students. In 2016 all schools were required to take specific action under the Child Safe Standards that demonstrated, that as a school and community we are committed to protecting children from sexual abuse.

Currently the Department of Education is requiring an overhaul of these processes. Each week I will place a piece in the newsletter that will remind us of the best practices we can implement to uphold child safety.

Although this can be a sensitive and distressing matter, it is important I remind people of their obligation to report to Department of Human Services if you feel a child needs protection from child abuse or if a child is at risk of being harmed. If you feel you cannot make this report then you must always refer it on to the police and/or the school.

Exciting news

We would like to congratulate Mrs. Beaumont and her family on the arrival of their second child, a daughter.

Parent Opinion Survey

Recently our Parent Opinion Survey was sent to a random selection of parents. It is timely that I gently remind people to complete this survey. We appreciate the time it takes but the feedback provided is heavily analysed so we can identify areas of improvement and implement strategies to reach our goals. We sent out 78 surveys and unfortunately we have only received 9 responses. We would love to get 100% return rate.

Emergency clothing

I would like to remind people that at this time of the year it is important to have a spare set of clothing in your child’s bag in case they fall in the mud, have an “accident” etc. If your child has been provided with spare clothes please wash them and return them as soon as possible.


Can you help  ????

During Winter we are always short of spare clothing. If you have any old school uniform you can donate, we would be highly appreciative.


On Friday August 16th we farewell Mrs Mills from our Foundation classes. Mrs Mills will be going on family leave. Currently we are going through the recruitment process and hope to announce the replacement teacher in the near future.

Athletics Trials Year 4-6

As promised last week, I have included some photos of our students competing in our Athletics trials last week. Mrs. Connell is currently working through all of the placings to make sure we have our representatives ready for the Cobaw Athletics Event.

From the Office


Chicken Pox - We have been notified of a suspected case of Chicken Pox within the School.

  •  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.
  • Exclusion from school until fully recovered or for at least 5 days after the rash first appears.


Influenza B - It is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract caused by influenza viruses.

  • fever, chills, sore throat, coughing, runny nose and sneezing, fatigue, muscle aches and body aches

It may take one to four days after exposure to the influenza virus for symptoms to develop. If you have the flu, you'll be contagious one day before developing symptoms and up to five to seven days after becoming ill. Younger children may be contagious for longer. 

Spare Clothes

  • If your child(ren) have taken home spare clothes from the First Aid Room, could they be washed and returned promptly as we are running short of spare clothes during this wintery, cold season.
  • We are in urgent need of size 8 generic dark blue tracksuit pants, as spares for the First Aid Room.

Dental Screening – Free Service for Years Foundation, 1 & 2 students


Copies of the Info pack and application form can be found in Compass/School Documentation/Forms.


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.


As part of this program, a dental practitioner will be visiting Woodend Primary School to provide a dental screening and application of fluoride, and discuss developing good dental habits with your child. A report will be provided to your child after the check-up, with information on your child’s screening and whether a further appointment is required.


Information packs, including an application form, have been distributed to all Year Foundation – 2 students.


Any questions regarding this service should be directed to the provider, Sunbury Community Health Dental Clinic on (03) 9744 4455 or email sharonr@sunburychc.org.au.

Payment Methods for School Activities


Senior Unit

Six Minutes Podcast

This week the Senior Unit has started listening to a new podcast, this podcast is called ‘Six Minutes’.  This podcast is great for the Senior Unit so we can find the cause and effect and the main idea of each episode. It also gives us new ways to listen instead of books and videos.  This podcast will often leave us on cliff hangers which makes us never want to stop and predict what will happen in the next episode.

~Laura  SU1

School Podcasting Team

Update: The school podcast team is going great!

Over the last 3 weeks we have been creating a podcast. Last week we got almost all of it done, we have been working super hard on it. We have been interviewing students and teachers. We are also looking to interview parents at pick up time, so please be on the lookout. We might just come and have a chat with you. We are hoping to get episode 1 out soon and hope that all the parents and students will enjoy it. That's all for the podcast team this week.

Taiya SU1

Literacy Challenge: Years 3 - 6

Write an A-Z poem about Woodend Primary School


A great place to learn

Basketball is what I love to  play

Cannot wait for camp!


Carlsruhe Annexe


This week in Year 4, students have been working with fractions and the different fraction ‘rules’ they need to remember when working with parts of a whole. The students will then look at the relationship between fractions and decimal numbers in preparation for our unit on money.

Thank you to all the students who have brought in their soil and rock samples from their gardens. Later this week in Science, the students are going to analyse their soil samples using a number of different tests, including some that will use microscopes.


Thursday Activities - CU1 and CU3

This Thursday (1/08/2019) will be the last rotation of Thursday Activities for CU1 and CU3. Thank you to all the parent helpers who volunteered their time and expertise, the teachers and students really appreciate the hard work you put in on a weekly basis.
Thursday activities will commence again midway through September for CU2 and CU3. If you are keen to help out, please contact Mr. Spilsted in person or via Compass to put your name down.  

Literacy Challenge: Year 3-6

Write an A-Z poem about Woodend Primary School


A great place to learn

Basketball is what I love to  play

Cannot wait for camp!


Carlsruhe Teachers

Ann Ireland, Nathan Spilsted and Mark Condon

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

No news this week.

Literacy Challenge: Year P-2

Write an acrostic poem about Woodend Primary School using the word “WOODEND”.


Wonderful students

Outstanding playgrounds


Year 3

We have been celebrating Chinese New Year this week in Year 3! Children have made lanterns and dragons and learnt about the Chinese zodiac in Maths. Children were excited to find out most of them were born in the year of the Tiger!


Congratulations to MU6 for their fantastic assembly performance last Friday. A beautiful rendition of the Indigenous Australian song “Inanay”. MU7 will have their turn this Friday 2nd of August with MU8 performing the following week Friday 9th of August.


In Maths, we started timestables challenges. We are working on ensuring we know how to work out multiplication sums as well as developing our mental strategies. We will be starting to work on Money next week, including counting out change.


There are some fantastic Fractured Fairytales being written in Grade 3 at the moment. We can’t wait to share them with you when we have finished publishing.


A reminder to please check the details on Compass about the upcoming Year 3 camp. A deposit ($40) needs to be paid by the 9th of August. Thank you


Miss Geer, Mrs Meggs and Miss Radz

Literacy Challenge: Year 3-6

Write an A-Z poem about Woodend Primary School


A great place to learn

Basketball is what I love to  play

Cannot wait for camp!


Foundation Unit


This Term our Science topic is ‘Weather in My World.’ The students have been encouraged to make daily observations about the weather and to discuss the use of symbols to represent different kinds of weather. We have begun to explore how weather forecasts influence decisions we make in our daily lives such as what we wear and do each day and how we travel depending on the weather.

The students have enjoyed looking at the symbols used in weather forecasts and had the opportunities to draw some of their own symbols.

Students will also link weather patterns to the seasons and lifestyle choices we make for each season.


Literacy Challenge: Year P-2

Write an acrostic poem about Woodend Primary School using the word “WOODEND”.


Wonderful students

Outstanding playgrounds


School Nurse visit

Trina Douglas (Ph: 0408 177 814), our Primary School Nurse, is currently visiting our school.


Referrals (All Grades): Parents and/or teachers may refer children from any grade for assessments of vision, hearing, basic speech, toileting problems, general health or any parental concerns.  Please sign a referral form at the school office.


  • Children cannot be seen without a signed consent from a parent or guardian.
  • There is no cost for the service. 
  • Trina can be contacted at any time throughout the year.

Education Support Team


No news this week.

Student Awards & Achievements

Students of the Week - 26th July Assembly

JU1 - Sam

For working hard during writing sessions to hear and write the sounds he can hear in words. 

Great effort.

JU2 - Oliver

For successfully adding 3 numbers together using the count all strategy. Amazing work!

MU1 - Imogen

For being a fabulous learner who always tries her best.

MU2 - Zoey

For trying her hardest to be a responsible and dependable student.

MU3 - Campbell

For doing a great job of settling back into MU3 after an extended holiday.

MU4 - Pippa

For making some terrific text-to-text connections between three traditional stories.

MU5 - Thomas

For challenging yourself in maths! Great work!

MU6 - Jono

Showing great creativity when planning his fractured fairytale ‘The 3 Little Wolves’.

MU7 - Annie

Using time wisely, finishing work on time with beautiful presentation. Excellent work Annie!

MU8 - Bell

For reading with increasing confidence and discussing parts of the book as she reads, to gain a deeper understanding of the text.

CU1 - William

For creating detailed summaries, using key words and phrases, from online texts about Indigenous history. Great Work Will.

CU2 - Felix

For sharing his excellent knowledge of geography when discussing the different continents and countries.

CU3 - Hannah

For her enthusiastic participation during maths this week, keep it up!

SU1 - Taiya

For being SUPER efficient and finishing all her tasks on time!! You Rock!!

SU2 - Isabelle

For consistently living up to our school values and being an all round superstar! Go Issy!

SU3 - Isabelle

For consistently being a helpful, kind and caring member SU3. You’re a superstar!

Artists of the Week

Our Artists of the Week displays are outside the art room, library and in the office foyer, please stop by for a look at the great work.


Year 2 students - The Crocodile

Our Special Artists are: 

Logan, Alice, Genevieve, Hamish, Audrey, Oscar, Edgar, Ava, Will, Ian, Isla, Anna, Will, Jamie, Flynn

Year 3 students - Grasshopper

Our Special Artists are:  

Hughie, Breanna, Sara, Lonsdale, Leah, Bronte, Polly, Coen, Ben, Emily, Damon, Ellie


Classes of the Week

French - MU7 for fantastic motivation in their French learning.

Art - MU2 for all doing their very best artwork.

Gardening Group


Lisa – “I want to eat this whole patch of kale”

Abby – “Kale is delicious!!”


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/Environment Leader senior students
BYO: Bring your enthusiasm and desire to join in (No gardening know-how or equipment required).  Please wear gumboots and weather appropriate clothing. Pre-school age children are welcome too
Sign In: Please sign in at the Office before gardening

Gardening Group Facilitator

Nicole Middleton - 0418 233 366



Canteen Roster

Thur 01/08 - Emma

Fri 02/08 - Bec


Please update details on QKR and lunch bags.

  • Please ensure your child(ren) have the correct details on QKR or their lunch might go missing.
  • Make sure you've chosen the correct day for the lunch order.
  • 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.

Library News

Our school is looking for volunteers to help us hold an incredible Book Fair!


Dear Parents and Families,

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held at our school on 12th, 13th & 14th August after school in the Library.


Do you have some time to help us out at our Book Fair? Please contact me either in the library or via email (machell.susan.m@edumail.vic.gov.au) if you are interested in volunteering. We would be unable to hold the Fair without parent help.


Thank you so much!

Susan Machell, Book Fair Organiser

Latest Book Club due date

  • Friday 2nd August

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

  • The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 6 September 2019.
  • Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.
  • All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.
  • To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc

Library Session Times

  • Option A: check your classroom day/time for returning books.
  • Option B: tub outside the library door so books can be returned at any time.  
Library Sessions Mon Tues Wed
9.50 am - 10.15 am SU1 CU2 MU2
10.15 am – 10.40 am SU2 MU5 MU1
11.10 am – 11.35 am SU3 MU7 MU4
11.35 am – 12.00 pm   MU8 MU3
12.00 pm – 12.35 pm   MU6  
1.50 pm – 2.15 pm JU2    
2.40 pm – 3.05 pm JU1    
3.05 pm – 3.30 pm CU1 CU3  


Susan Machell

PFA News


Trivia Night has had a date change and will now be held on Saturday 24 August 2019 from 7pm in the School Hall.  Apologies to those who had already purchased tickets for the July date (those who had purchased tickets should have been contacted to arrange a swap to the new date or a refund if the new date is not suitable, if you have not heard from the PFA, please email wpspfa@gmail.com) - we are very much looking forward to seeing everyone on the night in August.


Dad's - don't forget the breakfast we have planned in honour of Father's Day on Friday 30 August.  Further details will be circulated closer to the time.


Organisation for the Carlsruhe Country Fair is well and truly underway.  Stay tuned for more exciting developments in the coming weeks.

Woodend Primary School Trivia Night!​​​​​​ - 24.08.19

  • Get a group together (maximum of 10 per table) and don your thinking caps from 7pm on Saturday 24 August.
  • BYO Food and Drinks on the night.
  • Book your tickets on Qkr.  $15.00 p/p

Parents And Friends - Fundraising Activities for 2019

Term 3

Trivia Night - Saturday 24th August

Father's Day Breakfast - Friday 30 August

Term 4

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Saturday 30th November

Christmas Raffle

Danni Findlay


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Archer, Kurtis, Alexis

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Remy, Caitlyn, Catherine, Caleb

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

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Term 3 Rewards - NEW

  • New for Term 3 - Arctic Fluffy Owl Keyring & Arctic Scratch Art Cards


School Banking

TOKENS - WPS  utilises the Commonwealth Bank School Banking Portal to track tokens, so no longer issue physical tokens. I will notify students when they are eligible to redeem a reward. 


  • 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.

Uniform Shop / Lost Property

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.        https://stamptastic.co.uk/

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.

Uniform Shop Hours

Normal Uniform Shop opening times are:

  • Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am
  • Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop

Community News



Woodend Primary School


Macedon Ranges Shire Council


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Refining your parenting style

Kids benefit from a mixture of two parenting approaches. On the one hand, they benefit from an approach that provides nurturance, builds strong relationships and offers strong emotional support. They also need a style that sets behavioural boundaries, challenges them to face their fears and promotes independence from an early age.

This combination of nurturance and firmness is known as an authoritative style according to the work of researcher Diane Baumrind who studied parenting styles in Western countries.  A purely nurturant style is known as a permissive style, while a singularly firm style is known as authoritarian.

When discussing the authoritative approach, it’s easiest to use a dog and cat metaphor. If you have a dog, you’ll know it’s usually friendly and wants to show love, affection and attention. The ‘dog’ style of parenting is relational, empathetic and warm. Cats, on the other hand, are different. They are usually self-sufficient and generally able to live quite happily without you. To develop the metaphor, a ‘cat’ style of parent is more able to set limits, more likely to challenge kids and encourage them to become self-sufficient. They can separate themselves from their kids, step back and not allow emotions to rule decision-making.

Warm cat, firm dog
Which of these two styles do you identify with? If you defer to one, then you may have to work a little harder on more consciously to bring the other to the table. In reality, many parents working in a partnership with each other will share the dog-cat loads, just as they sometimes play good cop, bad cop when they are less than perfect. Sole parents need to be firm cat and nurturant dog all in one package, which is challenging as we tend to default to one style over the other.

Don’t mix the two approaches up
Get your cat and dog wrong and you’ll be ineffective. If your first approach when a child is anxious is to be distant and unapproachable, then you’re not meeting your child’s emotional needs. If you meet poor behaviour with a friendly smile or an indecisive manner, then you will not be providing your child with the guidance they require. Get your response right – meet anxiety with dog-like warmth and poor behaviour with cat-like firmness – and you are giving your kids what’s required in each situation.

Keep the approaches separate
A common mistake is the failure of adults to separate the two approaches. Imagine your son coming home from school very upset. You are not sure what’s wrong, but you keep an eye out just the same. The next minute he hurls an insult at his younger sister, causing her to come to you for support. You remonstrate with your son, then sympathetically ask what’s troubling him. Most likely you’ll get a confused response from your son, as you’ve mixed management – a cat-like behaviour – with counselling – a dog-like trait. It’s best to keep the two approaches separate.

In this example, it would be better for you to remonstrate with your son about his behaviour and perhaps send him to his room. Then, when things have calmed down, speak to him quietly about any problems or worries that he may have. This separation will ensure that the firmness of the cat is effective and then gives some time and a different space for the more dog-like approach to work its magic.

The cat-dog framework is a practical way to ensure that your child receives the type of parenting they need to suit different situations.

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

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