Woodend Primary School Newsletter

25 July 2019
Issue 21
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)

Fri 09/08

Dental Screening Forms due back (Foundation - Yr 2)

Year 3 Camp - Deposit & Consent due

Mon 12/08

School Council 7 pm

Science Week celebrations in the hall, 1-1.50 pm

Tue 13/08

Cobaw Basketball (selected students)

Science Week celebrations in the hall, 1-1.50 pm

Wed 14/08

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


Fri 26/07 - Alana


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


It is with great pleasure that I write this newsletter as the re-appointed Principal for Woodend Primary. I would like to thank everyone for their words of support and understanding over the complex matter and for the warm welcome back.

Of most importance, I would like to thank all of the staff for continuing on with our planned work and school priorities in such a seamless manner. I look forward to continuing to lead our school and work with our school community to achieve our goals and for continuous improvement for our school.

Outstanding achievement

It is always exciting to celebrate outstanding achievements in our school community. Last week one of our Year 5 students, Ned competed at state level in Cross Country. In competing against the  best in the state, Ned placed 55th.

Opening of our Capital Works

With little notice I was informed that our state Premier, Daniel Andrews and his entourage would visit our school and formally open our finished building project. This visit occurred on Wednesday with a number of television cameras in attendance. I had the pleasure of walking the Premier and MP Maryanne Thomas through our school and explaining how proud we are of our programs and what we offer at Woodend Primary. The Premier visited MU5 and MU8 and chatted with our students about the work they were doing in literacy. In MU8 some of our students provided great detail about the inferring reading strategy that they are learning about. Our school was show cased on the news, along with Miss Radziminski and some of our students, who also starred.

You can watch it on the following link.

We will also put the link on our Facebook page.



Principals Challenge

Last night our whole staff had a Professional Learning Session about our Soundwaves Spelling program.  We talked a lot about the importance of children having fun with words and searching for words to reinforce patterns.

This week my challenge about Compound Words.

Compound words are words that are made up of two complete words, for example birthday.

The challenge this week is to see how many compound words you and your family can find in children’s books (List the books that you use)

We hope that you have fun investigating together and please don’t go straight to google.

Athletics Trials Year 4-6

Yesterday we had our athletics trials for year 4-6 students. This was a highly successful day due to the kind weather, the efforts of the students and most importantly all of the behind the scenes preparation by Mrs. Connell.

Next week we will have a more comprehensive article including photos.

We will be holding a whole school tabloid sports day later in the year.

From the Office

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.


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

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 today as well as a Compass News Feed. Completed forms MUST BE RETURNED TO SCHOOL BY FRIDAY 9TH AUGUST.


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


  • We are in urgent need of size 8 generic dark blue tracksuit pants, as spares for the First Aid Room.

Earn and Learn Vouchers

If you have any Earn and Learn vouchers could you please put them in the allocated box which is in the School office, at your earliest convenience.  We need to ship these off by end of this week.

Compass Parent Contact Details

It is very important that the phone & email contact details listed on Compass for parents is correct. Next time you log into Compass you will be prompted to check these details. Please make any necessary adjustments or phone the school office to advise updated details.


If you are experiencing difficulties with any aspect of Compass, please contact the office staff who will be able to help you to navigate to the required area.

Adding a Note/Approval for a Future Absence

You can enter notification of absences in advance, if you know that your child is going to be absent from school (e.g. scheduled family holiday, medical appointment, etc).

To do this from your homepage, click on the 'Add Attendance Note/Approval' link listed underneath the name of the relevant student. 

This will take you to the Attendance screen, with a pop-up window to enter details of the note or approval. Here you can select the applicable date range - in the future if required. 

Adding an absence note or approval

Recording the late arrival of a student in Compass by parents is not recommended as the notification is not tracking into the Absence portal correctly. Please sign your child in at the office upon arrival.


If your child has any unapproved absences, you will receive an alert on your Compass home page letting you know this, and allowing you to add a Note or Approval. 

Clicking on this notification will take you to the Unexplained tab for that child's attendance, where you can choose to add a Note or Approval for one or more absences. To add a note or approval, select one or more of the absences listed, then select the 'Explain with Note/Approval' button. 

Please note that you cannot edit your notes or approvals after they've been created. If you do need to make any amendments please contact your school, as they can do this for you.

Payment Methods for School Activities


Senior Unit

Marimba Band

This year the grade 5 and 6 students were offered a position to be in the marimba band. Mr Bromley chose students who demonstrated enthusiasm for music. On every Wednesday afternoon, on the last session of the day, they will go for 45 minutes. Marimba band teaches students the skills on the marimbas.  By Isabelle and Mariella

The Amazing Race

This week the Senior Unit competed in an activity called the Amazing Race, a series of challenges that will test our knowledge about geography. The Senior Unit got worksheets improving their knowledge about lots of different countries working their way through detours and overcoming roadblocks. The questions differed from codes to cartography, each with a confusing trick to it. But the grade fives and sixes still tried their hardest and managed to complete the Amazing Race! By Matilda & Rose


Travel Expo

This Term, year 5 and 6’s are creating a country. They have to make the language, create a government and make anything else that a Country needs to work. The year 5 and 6’s have 9 weeks to finish this project and it will be stressful. Though their project must be logical, nothing like, “My country is inhabited by DRAGONS!”. So many people have had such a great start and I’m sure everyone will put up their best work possible. 


During the actual Expo, parents and children will walk around and look at each of the projects. I’m sure when you see them you will be amazed! To all of the 5 and 6 students reading this, good luck with your project and stay determined!  By Tessa

Our Visit From Premier Andrews and Mary-Anne Thomas

On Wednesday we had our very own Premier Andrews and Mary Anne Thomas come to Woodend Primary School. They were guided around the school by Mrs Ellis and the School Captains, Lily, Sam, Sophie and Ginger. They had come for the big opening of the new decking and netball. We answered his questions about our school and explained how great the money loan was. We told him that there was much more room and now there’s a great space to play around.


House Sports Report

This Wednesday the house teams competed against others to win ribbons for Sports. These sports included 100m Sprints, 200m Sprints, Shot put, Discus, High jump, long jump, triple jump, and the novelty (Sack race and 3 feet race). 

Gilbert Gordon Oval Sports

There were 4 sports held at Gilbert Gordon Oval, just across the road from the school: 100/200 m sprints, discus, and shot put. Everyone did amazing and we all tried our hardest. The scores were decided between who came 1st to 4th. These 4 people got ribbons to show off. Everyone was great sportsman and were very resilient.  

Woodend Primary School Sports

There were 4 sports held at the Woodend Primary School campus: High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump and Novelty (Sack Race and 3 Legged Race).

There were an array of teachers that volunteered to run these sports.  If you came from 1st to 4th, you got a ribbon. If you got a ribbon you would earn points for your house! 


Final places:

4th - Chisholm 

3rd - Ebden

2nd - Dryden

1st - Mitchell 

By Stevie (Sports Leader) & Nell (Mitchell House Captain)

Carlsruhe Annexe


It’s been another very week in the Carlsruhe Unit. In Mathematics students have been working on Fractions. They began by identifying different forms of Fractions around the school ground and are working on how to calculate equivalents using their multiplication and division skills. The students also created a Fraction Wall out of strips of coloured paper and will use this as a reference chart for the remainder of their work.

House Athletics

Yesterday the students competed in the Upper School House Athletics. It was brilliant to see them wearing their colours proudly and all demonstrated excellent sportsmanship and great enthusiasm in every event. A huge thankyou to Mrs Connell whose hard work and many hours of preparation made this day possible.


Recently the students have been investigating different forms of speech. During these lessons the students investigated the use of Idioms. Each student was required to draw a visual representation of a well-known Idiom and have other members of school guess what they were. They displayed excellent creativity and wonderful presentation skills.

Examples of some of the Idioms created by the students are below. Can you guess what they are?


Carlsruhe Teachers

Ann Ireland, Nathan Spilsted and Mark Condon

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

This week in Year 1/2 we have started to explore the narrative writing genre - that is we have been reading and writing stories! We are learning about the structure of a narrative and about how all good stories have characters, a setting, a problem (or more than one) and end with a resolution. In MU3 we started thinking about creating characters by learning how to describe a person we know. We used a character pyramid to outline the character traits of someone in our class and then got the whole class to guess who we were writing about. Some of the guesses were spot on! We are now ready to start creating characters for our own stories - I wonder what sort of characters we will read about!

The Year 1/2 teachers are beginning to organise the Year 2 camp. The camp takes place on 16th/17th October (term 4). We are going to the Lady Northcote YMCA camp at Bacchus Marsh for one night. Details about the camp will be coming out soon but the estimated cost of the camp will be around $180-$200. This is a fantastic opportunity for the Year 2 children to learn skills around independence, resilience, team work and getting along in a fun and exciting environment. We greatly encourage all Year 2 students to attend and look forward to working with students and parents over the next term to prepare for the big adventure!

Year 3

An exciting week for the Year 3’s this week with Premier Daniel Andrews visiting MU8 and talking to the students. MU8 then participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new spaces at school. MU6 and MU7 watched on with great excitement! Lots to talk about for the rest of the day!


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!


In Maths we have been concentrating on multiplication in greater detail this week. The students created some great array pictures.


Last week we looked at Australia Day as part of our celebrations unit. We designed a new Australian flag. This week we have been investigating NAIDOC week in greater detail and have been celebrating Indigenous Australians.


Students were fascinated by the videos commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. We were mesmerized watching Apollo 11 take off and seeing the technology they had at the time. Mrs Ellis talked to MU7 about being in prep at school and watching the moon landing as a whole school. Some of the activities we did are below.

Miss Geer, Mrs Meggs and Miss Radz

Foundation Unit


This term our topic is ‘Healthy Me’. The last 2 weeks we have been learning about how our bodies grow and change. We have also been making the connection between growing, staying healthy and eating healthy foods. We have looked at the 5 food groups and the role that each of these play in keeping our bodies healthy. To link this topic to Maths, we have been keeping a tally of how much fruit we have been eating at school. We have also created a healthy lunchbox using pictures from catalogues.


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

Working as an Aide at Carlsruhe is a whole different world! 

Working as an Aide at Carlsruhe is a whole different world! Carlsruhe is a magical place, filled with open spaces, beautiful gardens, animals and a vegetable patch. Students are encouraged to become caring and responsible, respect all animals, birds and the environment. I have been working at Carlsruhe for many years and have had the pleasure of sharing this place with many young people most of which, along with my own children, remember this as their best year ever!

Nicola Stuart

The Education Support Team


Student Awards & Achievements

Students of the Week - 19th July assembly

JU1 - Taylor

Working hard during writing sessions.

JU2 - Maggie

For asking excellent questions about a book during Reading.

MU1 - Thomas

For being a wonderful class member who always strives to do his best work.

MU2 - Jamie

For making respectful choices when listening. Keep up the hard work!

MU3 - Chloe

For working really hard to achieve her writing goal during story writing. Wonderful effort Chloe!

MU4 - Kento

For writing a wonderful retell of the Dreamtime story Bunjil the Eagle.

MU5 - Hamish

For being a proactive learner! Well done on your reading and maths practice!

MU6 - Coen

For his outstanding ‘Bobcat’ project presentation this week.

MU7 - Hugh

For his excellent effort towards keeping his handwriting neat and bookwork organised.

MU8 - Ben

For his excellent effort towards drafting, editing and publishing his holiday recount.

CU1 - Eli

For confidently sharing his knowledge and ideas during our NAIDOC Week discussions.

CU2 - Kurt

For making great improvements in his knowledge of fractions.

CU3 - Charlie

For the outstanding effort, he is putting into our topic on fractions. Keep up the hard work Charlie.

SU1 - Oisin

For his excellent rapping skills while performing his and others’ spelling raps!! YOU ROCK MC OISIN!!

SU2 - Ginger

For her amazing passion and persistence when creating our school’s podcast! Great work Ging!

SU3 - Jimmy

For settling back into Term 3 with a positive attitude to learning and demonstrating what it means to “Be a Learner”. Well done!

Artists of the Week

Year 1 students made fabulous old houses out of paper bags.  After filling the bag and making it into a house shape, they added a roof and then used paper bits to add all the things a house needs.

Great work Year 1.

Our Special Artists are:  Angus, Chloe, Ayden, Hibiki, Paddy, Carter, Esra, Lachlan, Zoe, Alexis, Alex, Lucien, Kiara, Mia and jack.


Gardening Group

CALL OUT -parent helper needed to help run the garden activities

With my trusty parent helper, Mel on a well deserved winter escape, I’m in need of at least one more parent helper to run the garden activities. The benefits to everyone involved are numerous – fresh air, physical activity, team work, meeting new kids of all ages, sense of pride and accomplishment. Gardening Club doesn’t run if it’s raining. No gardening experience necessary as you’ll just be helping me supervise the children.


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

Fri 26/07 - Alana

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


Book Fair is coming……

Next month we will be holding Book Fair.  Stay tuned for dates and times it will be open!!

August is going to a fantastic month for all to do withbooks.  Book Fair, Book Week!!  It’s going to be great.  We have some activities planned that are really exciting and we look forward to sharing with you all very soon.


Don’t forget, if you would like to recommend a book that you have really enjoyed lately, come see me in the Library for a Book Review sheet.  You might even make it into the newsletter.


Keep those overdue books coming in…lots have been returned these last two weeks, thanks everyone!!  Also, hangers…even the plastic ones from Target etc are great for the charts.

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, Caleb, Catherine

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

Start typing your article in here...

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


  • We are in urgent need of size 8 generic tracksuit pants as spares for the First Aid Room.

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

Developing leadership skills in your child

Your child has the potential to be a leader given the right circumstances and environment. The following five leadership skills have been observed in student leaders in Australian primary schools and can be promoted by parents at home.

Being a leader means that your child is willing to take responsibility and be accountable for their actions. Personal responsibility is shown when your child is accountable for their behaviour, for their belongings and for others. Practical ways to develop responsibility include:

  • Giving them responsibility for part of their day
  • Encouraging them to restore relationships with others when they mess up
  • Taking responsibility for household chores

While most leadership positions require your child to speak publicly their communication skills can be developed through regular one-on-one or small group experiences at home and at school. Practical ways to develop your child’s communication skills include:

  • One-on-one conversations with adults
  • Regular discussions at the meal table
  • Encourage your child to participate fully in speaking activities at school

Personal organisational skills and the ability to organise others are important for effective leadership. Practical ways to develop organisational skills include encouraging your child to:

  • Keep their personal space tidy and organised
  • Use a diary to help manage their time
  • Organise a weekly chores roster including all members of the family

Cooperating, encouraging and accepting others are essential qualities of an effective leader. Practical ways to develop a sense of teamwork include:

  • Play team games where children work together
  • Encourage siblings to cook and do other chores together
  • Focusing on your child’s contribution to a team or group rather than individual achievement

Emotional intelligence
An underestimated quality shared by most admired leaders is their ability to remain calm when things don’t go well. This emotional intelligence skill requires self-awareness, an ability to recognise their emotions and respond appropriately to the emotions of others. You can nurture these skills in the following way:

  • Help your child recognise their emotions
  • Help your child recognise emotions in others
  • Teach your child to shift their mood

Leaders are needed in all walks of life – at work, in school, in families, in sport and in the wider community. The skills of leadership are sewn in the first group that they belong to – their family. By encouraging your child to be a contributing member of their family you are also helping to develop leaderships skills they can practise outside their family.

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
Adult AMF Connect_Top 10 Tips.pdf
Adult AMF Connect_Parent Resource List.pdf
Adult AMF Connect_Cyber Issues.pdf
2019 Canteen Menu as at 30.1.19.pdf
Give Me A School Among The Gum Trees.pdf
Uniform Order Form.pdf
Qkr - Uniform Shop Orders - HOW TO....pdf