Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

21 June 2017
Issue Seventeen
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

Congratulations Violet

Once again well done to Violet for her participation in the Eastern Championships this week. Violet ran an excellent race in very tough conditions. It is such a great accomplishment for her to have made it so far and we are all very proud.

Writing is Thinking

As part of Upper Ferntree Gully's Annual Implementation plan we have been focusing on improving our teaching of writing. We had the privilige of working with Deb Sukarna in our classrooms this week. Deb is a bit of a guru when it comes to the teaching of literacy and in particularly writing. Last year we attended a writer's notebook professional learning session and that inspired us to learn more. We introduced the Writer's notebook and workshop as part of our Literacy teaching. We invitied Deb in to help reinforce what we had learnt and to teach us more about how to conference with our students and help them learn about writing. Deb visited classrooms and took classes for teachers to observe. Our teachers are inspired and this has fuelled their passion for teaching writing and helping our students to improve their writing skills and their ability to think of themselves as writers. 

2017 Principal's Forum

For the last two days I have been attending the 2017 Principal's Conference with over 700 schools from the North-Eastern Victoria Region. The conference gave us the opportunity to her from speakers around the world about how they have improved their educations systems to achieve great results. 


Education is ever changing and is very much influenced by changes that happen in the world around us. Technology has a huge impact on where students will be in the future, what jobs they will have and how they will live. However it is not the be all and end all our students, our children need to be literate. In order to succeed they need to be able to read. Literacy is the priority of what we do. Reading , writing, speaking and listening, even mathematics are all about being literate. The Education State initiative is all about giving the best quality education to our students in Victoria and providing equal opportunities for all students across the state. That means access to great schools with great teachers.


What I took away from the conference is that we are doing a lot of good things at Upper Ferntree Gully. We work together as team when planning for our students.

We all know the students at our school not only as learners but as individuals with different interests.

We talk to our students about what they want to learn and we help them to set learning goals that they can achieve.

We also have a lot of fun and enjoy being at school.

We care about our students and what is happening in their world.

We work hard to provide an education for the students at Upper Ferntree Gully that means they will be good citizens of our world and can leave our school feeling confident that they have done their best and we have done ours.


The other thing I took away is that we all need to continue to learn. In schools things are changing all the time becasue the world we live in changes and so we are constantly learning more about how children learn best and what they need to learn. At Upper Gully we are all committed to doing that, to continuing to learn and to sharing that learning with our students to help them be successful. I am proud of the fact that at our school all of our teachers are committed to this and all want to make sure that all of our students achieve.

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 -   Owen - For your wonderful effort to follow all of our school values! Well Done!

1P-     Brooklynn - For being such a caring and kind member of class - well done!

2D-    Alec - For always demonstrating our school values! Great work!

3N-     Chloe - For consistently following the school values

4/5 D-    Lincoln - For being able to identify when he needs to move away from distractions.

5/6 C-    Tully - For his concentration during learning tasks. You should be proud of your effort!

Writer of the Week

FW -     Luke - For your very neat handwriting. Keep up the great work!

1P-     Kieran - For terrific writing in your Writer's Notebook - well done!

2D-    Luca - For trying hard to finish your narrative and for doing a great job editing your writing. Great work!

3N-    Mason - For adding detail to a poem to improve the message

4/5D -   Macee - For trying her best to improve her use of contractions.

5/6 C - Shaye - For her use of descriptive language in her poem

Mathematician of the week

FW - Matthew - For his effort to measure and compare objects within the classroom. Well Done!

1P-     Alex - For fantastic measuring with informal units - well done!

2D-     Will  - For working hard to find different tools to measure items in the classroom. Great work!

3N-  Georgia - For Recognising and reading numbers to at least 10 000

4/5D -  Emily - For showing great determination in Maths to complete many of her Measurement 'I can statements'.

5/6 C - Jay - For his effort to complete his measurement I CAN statements. Keep it up, Jay!

Dates to remember

Term 2

Friday 23rd

Kinder Visit


Monday 26th

Fete Meeting 7pm


Tuesday 27th

Toasty Tuesday - Recess

50c for toast (2 pieces)

$1 for Milo

$1.50 for toast and Milo


Tuesday 28th

Reports available on COMPASS


Thursday 29th

Produce Day 2D


Friday 30th 

Last Day Term 2

2:30pm Finish

Term 3

Monday 17th    School starts Term 3


Tuesday 25th

Toasty Tuesday - Recess

50c for toast (2 pieces)

$1 for Milo

$1.50 for toast and Milo

Stepping Up Program


Friday 28th

Curriculum Day



Tuesday 1st  


Produce Day

PFA Meeting 7pm


Wednesday 2nd

School Council meeting 7.30pm


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.

21st Century Learning

It's not just about technology its about thinking! Technology is the tool not the teacher.

This article while based in America is just as relevant to the children in Australia. Technology is only one part of 21st century learning. Children still need other skills, reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, science etc.

21st Century Learning

Why should my family think about 21st century learning?

Today’s students will graduate into a world where the demands of our professional, personal and public lives grow more complicated every year.

  • An innovation and creativity-driven economy: They will enter a job market that rewards creativity, flexible thinking, on-the-job learning and comfort with technology.
  • A more globally-connected world: Their classmates and co- workers may live in the same post code or across the globe.
  • Information overflow: We get dizzying amounts of information every day. It can be hard to figure out what is reliable and how to use it.
  • An expanded civic life: citizens are active in physical communities, online and through social media, getting involved in local politics as well as global initiatives.

Instead of slowing down, these trends are gaining momentum. As a result, our students need to be more globally aware, better able to navigate the digital world and more engaged as 21st century citizens.

Parents, families and schools play a key role by supporting the development of 21st Century Skills and 21st century citizenship. Providing your child with a 21st century education will give them opportunities to develop the skills, knowledge and mindsets they need to be successful in college, career and life.

What do they need to succeed?

What do kids today need to succeed in college, career and life?

Students must not only be prepared for future education and work, but for their role in the world around them. Each one is equally important to ensuring and shaping a child’s successful future.

Preparing children for 21st century learning and citizenship is a team effort. As parents, we support 21st century learning at school while we help to inspire and expand our children’s horizons at home. By doing this, we help our children become:

Informed about and ready to respond to local, national and global issues;

Knowledgeable in core academic subjects as well as more complex areas such as the environment, finance, the economy, health and business; and

Able to participate safely, intelligently, productively and responsibly in the digital world.

Building Blocks

What are the building blocks for 21st century learning and citizenship?

21st Century Skills are a set of academic building blocks—abilities and ways of thinking—that can help kids thrive as 21st century citizens. The Partnership for 21st Century Learning identifies these skills (or the 4Cs as they are often called) as:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Communication
  • Collaboration and
  • Creativity and innovation

As today’s students face higher expectations in both school and the workforce, 21st Century Skills help to prepare students for what they will need to know and be able to do in school and college, at work and throughout all aspects of personal and civic life. Students can build these skills by applying them as they learn regular school subjects. And we know that pointing out these skills will actually increase students’ grasp of what they’re learning, as well their overall engagement in their own education.

Our classrooms

What does a 21st century education look like?

A 21st century classroom looks, sounds and feels different than what you might remember from your own education.

Students often work in teams, tackling projects that deal with real local and global problems in health, the environment, business and more.

Teachers help students to ask tough questions and work through problems – but might not provide all of the answers.

Students get to apply their knowledge, and prove what they know by presenting to their classmates, school or even their community.

Where and when?

21st century learning can take place both inside and outside of the classroom. Students make use of new and emerging technologies and online resources—both through self-directed exploration outside of school and guided by a teacher in school.


Readiness for the 21st century must include college, career, AND citizenship. Each one is equally important to ensuring and shaping a child’s successful future. We need to support our kids as they learn how to succeed, lead and thrive in the 21st century. Our children need high quality education that inspires them and prepares them for the real-life challenges of today’s world.

        Notices and Reminders

* Parent Letter Reports COMPASS
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

  • Children who are read to regularly and who have lots of books in their homes do better in their first years of school.
  • Children who have good letter knowledge also do better in their first years of school, particularly with spelling.
  • Reading to children 3-5 days a week has the same effect on a child’s reading skills at age 4-5 as being six months older.
  • Reading to them 6-7 days a week has the same effect as being almost 12 months older.
  • Children read to more frequently at age 4-5 achieve higher scores on NAPLAN tests for both Reading and Numeracy in Year 3.




Is this for you?







Golden Cobra Martial Arts will be holding an Open Day at our new Upper Ferntree Gully training center on Saturday 15th July from 10:00am until 2:30pm.  Golden Cobra Martial Arts is a local community, not for profit organisation that caters for all ages from 4yrs up. As well as fitness training we run a full Karate syllabus.Our instructors are all Black Belt qualified and we conduct classes six days per week with family classes, children's classes and adult classes.


PHONE:  03 9754 7892   MOBILE: 0411 400 641    www.goldencobra.org.au
1238 Burwood Highway      Upper Ferntree Gully   3156



School Council

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