Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

23 May 2017
Issue Thirteen
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Out of School Hours Care
Upper Ferntree Gully Awards
Dates to remember
Parents Page
        Notices and Reminders
Is this for you?
School Council
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

Education Week - Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

This week is Education Week where we celebrate all things learning. This year the focus is on healthy mind and healthy body. We know as educators and parents that physical activity is important to learning and to having a healthy mind. Along with healthy food, plenty of sleep and dealing with stress and anxiety in a healthy way. This is why we teach our school values, in particular resilience as this can help children deal with situations and move on from disappointment or things that don't go their way, which encourages less stress and anxiety when confronted with challenges. At Upper Gully we are doing some great things to celebrate Education week including our author visit, Science night and School Disco.

Open Day

Our school open day was a big success. We had a number of new visitors to our school and our student leaders really enjoyed sharing their school. We continue to visit our local kinders and I have a  number of tours each week. It is great to showcase the positivity of our school and the amazing behaviour of our students. Thank you to the students and parents who came along to help clean up and show people around.

School Working Bee

You may have seen that we have been doing quite a bit of work at the front of our school. The working bee will be focussing on making the front of the school, in particular the waiting area, look amazing.

We have also been fortunate enough to receive a grant from Landcare and Momentum Energy to build a frog bog. This will go in the unusable space outside the Art/Music room which is a natural water run off area.

Our working bee will go from 12-3 - Saturday June 3rd -a BBQ lunch will be provided.

We would love anyone who is available to come along and give a hand. Please bring along your shovels, rakes and any other tools that you think will come in handy.


The CFA have been visiting our school and educating our students about how to be safe if there is a fire. They also got to have a go at the fire hose and look around the fire truck. It is great to be able to connect with our community groups and support each other in our learning and jobs. If there are any other community groups or organisations that you feel our school would benefit from a connection with I would love to hear about them. The CFA is also going to get rid of our piles of trees with a planned burn off. I will let you know more details once I know, in case you want to come along.

Have a great week.


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


We are having a great time at after school care and before school care. 

Upper Ferntree Gully Awards

Student of the Week

FW -   Luke - For his amazing effort with all learning tasks! Fantastic work!

1P-    Thomas - For always putting 100% into your tasks - well done!

2D-    Christina - For always being so helpful! Great work!

3N-    Josh - For thinking of an excellent personal learning strategy for the class to practise.

4/5 D-   Yael -  For consistently showing our school values and being a wonderful role model to other students.

5/6 C-  Sarah - For her attention to detail during learning tasks. 

Writer of the Week

FW -   Daniel S -  For his hard-working attitude towards all writing tasks! Great job!

1P-    Will Mu - For writing a fab story in your writers notebook - well done!


3N-    Benson - For carefully structuring his procedure text during planning and drafting.

4/5D - Alex VDP - For the hard work and attention to detail he showed while writing his information report. 

5/6C-  Chloe - For having a wonderful imagination and using descriptive language to share her ideas in a writing seed.

Mathematician of the week

FW -    Amy - For an excellent job at counting different collections. Super work!

1P-    Andrew - For using the counting back strategy for subtraction - well done!

2D-    Paige - For working hard to solve subtraction equations. Great work!

3N-    Chloe - For demonstrating understanding of commutativity in addition.

4/5D -   Lily - For being a great independent learner during Maths. 

5/6 C - Ashleigh F - For her effort when completing work at home for her I CAN statements! What a fantastic effort! 

Dates to remember

Term 2

Monday 22nd - Friday 26th

Education Week



Wednesday 24th

Footy Clinic Years 3-4  10am-11am

UFTG Science Night


Friday 26th

School Disco

Kinder visit

District Cross Country


Tuesday 30th

Toasty Tuesday - Recess

50c for toast (2 pieces)

$1 for Milo

$1.50 for toast and Milo


Wednesday 31st

School Road Safety sessions

Footy Clinic Years 3-4   10am-11am


Thursday 1st

Winter Sports


Saturday 3rd

Working Bee


Wednesday 7th

School Council 7:30pm


Thursday 8th June

Whole school Tree planting Day

Kings Park


Monday 12th

Queens Birthday - No School


Tuesday 13th

Toasty Tuesday - Recess

50c for toast (2 pieces)

$1 for Milo

$1.50 for toast and Milo


Thursday 15th June

Produce Market  - 3pm


Wednesday 21st

School reports


Friday 30th 

Last Day Term 2

2:30pm Finish


Term 2: 18 April (Tuesday) to 30 June

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.

Are you getting enough sleep?

CHRONIC lack of sleep is becoming Australia’s biggest health crisis — creating a nation of exhausted zombies and costing $36 billion a year. Sleeplessness can lead to road and workplace accidents, loss of concentration, poor performance at school and a range of serious medical conditions ranging from depression to type 2 diabetes and heart disease.


A new report by the Medibank Better Health Index shows one-in-three Australians do not get enough rest and the numbers are increasing. Adolescents* are the most sleep-deprived group at 80 per cent, but almost half of primary school children do not get enough rest. Sleep researchers have uncovered something else — an increase in the number of young adults with sleep problems and a link to obesity.

Sleep-deprived teenagers could be putting their health at risk by drinking too much caffeine and sugar-laden energy drinks to stay awake at school.


“No matter what age you are fatigue and sleepiness can affect how well you think, react, work and get along with others,” Medibank medical adviser Dr Sue Abhary said.


Sleep expert Dr Carmel Harrington said Australians forget about the importance of sleep for wellbeing.

Screen time negatively impacts sleep. “A major concern is people’s attitude towards sleep despite being aware they aren’t getting enough,” she said.


The largest ever survey of young Australians, commissioned by the cyber security group Family Zone, found most teens use electronic devices for four hours every night to text, for online gaming or social media. The survey of 1000 teenagers and parents reveals 57 per cent of teens only get up to seven hours sleep a night. Experts say adolescents need at least nine hours. Experts believe lack of sleep may play a part in the declining performance of children in national literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.


While the sleep habits of kids and teenagers is a concern, adults are lacking shut eye too. Another survey by the Sleep Health Foundation found 12 per cent of adults get fewer than five-and-a-half hours’ sleep a night. One quarter of adults said their busy lifestyles did not allow them to get enough sleep with almost almost 30 per cent admitting to driving while feeling drowsy.


Poor sleep also costs the community. It is estimated the three major sleep conditions in teens — sleep apnoea, insomnia and restless legs syndrome — costs the nation $5 billion annually, including $3 billion in lost productivity*. But the total price to the community of flow-on effects and loss of quality of life has been estimated by Deloitte Access Economics at an astounding $36.4 billion a year.



1. The brain prepares for the next day while the body rests. It creates new pathways around the brain to help memory and learning. When the brain doesn’t have enough sleep time to lock in information from school, it’s harder to remember it the next day.


2. While asleep, the body is restoring and repairing itself. Sleep is crucial for blood vessel health and for regulating chemicals in the body.


3. A lack of sufficient sleep can cause a drop in how well people perform at work and school. When the brain is tired it can’t function as well as it would if well rested.

To Improve your child's sleep, try these tips:

1. Make sleep a healthy priority in your family’s busy schedule.

2. Set appropriate and consistent bedtimes for yourself and your children, and stick to them.

3. Know how your child is using electronics in the bedroom. Create a plan for appropriate use at night and set boundaries about use before and after bedtime.

4. Educate yourself and your child on how light from electronic device screens can interfere with sleep.

5. Talk to your child about the importance of sleep for health and well-being.

6. Talk to your child’s teacher(s) about your child’s alertness during the day. Let your child’s teacher(s) know that you want to be made aware of any reports of your child falling asleep in school.

7. Remember that you are a role model to your child; set a good example.

8. Create a sleep-supportive bedroom and home environment, dimming the lights prior to bedtime and controlling the temperature 

9. Try to encourage activities such as reading or listening to music before bedtime instead of watching TV, playing video games or surfing the Web.

10. Make sure children’s activities, including homework, can be completed without interfering with bedtimes.


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        Notices and Reminders

Notices .....
* Lice notice 5/6 C

School Communication

COMPASS will be the priority form of communication with newsletters and other information available on the school website

- All school newsletters will be published on COMPASS and a link provided on the school website

- SMS will be used for urgent/important reminders.

- Facebook will be used to showcase our events/programs.

- Seesaw will be used by classes to share your child's learning


Favourite books for 2017

Year after year J.K. Rowling books continue to be the most popular Challenge books as voted by Students.
Here are the 10 most voted for books so far for 2017.
1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  - J. K. Rowling
2. Wonder - R.J. Palacio
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J. K. Rowling
4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J. K. Rowling
5. Double Down - Jeff Kinney
6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J. K. Rowling
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J. K. Rowling
8. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
9. Matilda - Roald Dahl; Quentin Blake
10. The 78-Storey Treehouse - Andy Griffiths; Terry Denton

Next time you login make sure to vote for your favourite! 

Is this for you?







School Council

School Council

The School Council has held it's annual AGM meeting.


Our School Council members include:

  • President – Tim Seipolt - Child in Year 5
  • Vice President – Karen Coulson - Children in Year 2 and Year 5
  • Treasurer – James Lenihan - Children in year 2, Year 4 and Foundation

Other members include:

- Shem Nicol - Year 3 Teacher

- Sarah Wrigglesworth - Foundation teacher

- Michelle Victor - Children in Year 6 and Year 4

- Andrew McLean - Children in Year 6 and Foundation

- Yvonne King - Child in Year 6

- Rozanne Roberts - Child in Year 3

All welcome

Parents and the community are most welcome to attend school council meetings at any time. The meetings are held in week 3 and 8 of each term. If you think that you may be interested in the joining in the future then please feel free to come along and see what it is all about. School Councils are an important part of the school and they help to represent the parents. You can also speak to any of our members at any time.

Role of School Council

What does School Council Do?

The role of school council is outlined in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.

In essence, the role of school council is one of helping to set the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school's operation.

It is not about running the school – that is the job of the principal.

The responsibilities of school council include:

• Contributing to the development of the school strategic plan (the document that tells people what the school wants to achieve in the future and how it plans to get there);

• approving the annual budget (the financial plan for the calendar year that tells people how the school is going to provide money so it can implement its strategic plan in that year) and monitoring expenditure;

• developing, monitoring, reviewing and updating policies (guiding principles designed to influence decisions, actions that the school makes);

• developing, reviewing and monitoring both the Student Engagement Policy (how the school expects students to behave, how bullying will be managed and the school's approach to managing student behaviour) and the School Dress Code (this includes how students are expected to dress during school hours including traveling to and from school, if the school has a uniform and what that looks like, and any arrangement with clothing suppliers that the school might enter into);

• informing itself and taking into account the views of the school community when making decisions regarding the school and the students

• arranging for the supply of the things needed for the conduct of the school (such as goods, services, materials and equipment), including pre-school programs

• providing meals and refreshments for students and staff and charging for this

• raising money for things that the school needs

• making sure the school’s grounds and buildings are maintained

• entering into contracts for things like cleaning the school or a school council building project

• regulating and facilitating the after hours use of the school premises and grounds

• creating interest in the school within the community

• making a recommendation to the Secretary regarding principal selection.

What does School Council not do?

School council does not manage the day to day running of the school. For example, it does not employ teaching staff, decide which classes students will be assigned to, or sort out issues relating to individual teachers and students and/or parents.

• School council does not discuss individual issues relating to teachers, staff or parents – these are very clearly management roles, and therefore the principal's job. Office for Government School Education January 2010 

• School councillors are not appointed to represent specific interest groups or permit special interests to dominate the agenda of the council.

• School council is also not allowed to purchase land, buildings or motor cars, and it cannot enter into hire purchase agreements or obtain credit or loans, unless it is given permission by the Minister.

Role of School Council Members

• Parent members on school council bring their experience as parents at the school and the views of the wider school community to school council meetings.

• DEECD employees bring their educational expertise to school council meetings.

•Community members, if they are on school council, most often bring a particular skill to school council. They might bring accounting skills or building skills or some other skill that the school is looking for at that time.



School Policies

There are a number of updated policies.

If you have any input you would like to give please email me.

[email protected]



Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School
Sunsmart Policy Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School.pdf
Critical Incident Recovery Policy draft.pdf
Enrolment policy draft.pdf
Headlice Policy Draft.pdf
Mandatory Reporting Draft.pdf
Homework Policy Draft.pdf
Onsite Supervision Policy draft.pdf