Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

28 March 2017
Issue Eight
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Out of School Hours Care
Dates to remember
Parents Page
        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

Last Day Friday

We will be having an Assembly on Friday the 31st of March. Students will be receiving their badges and the Easter raffle will be drawn. The assembly will start at 1:45pm before a 2:30pm dismissal.


Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Young Leaders conference with our school and vice-captains, along with 4000 other students from around Victoria. The theme of the conference was Together we can. The speakers all talked about not only their leadership journeys, also all of the people who have helped them and supported them. Emphasising that leaders do not have to do it on their own. It was a great day of learning and our leaders would like to share their reflections on the day.


National Young Leaders Day!

National Young Leaders day is a great opportunity for young leaders to get a fantastic start to their journey. Jenna, Nick, Abbey, Sam and Mrs O’Brien were lucky enough to attend this special event.

For the beginning of the conference a person who represented the Wurundjuri people came out onto the stage. He played the Didgeridoo to over 4,000 people when he finished playing all of the people in the crowd were cheering loudly.

Scott Tweedie and Jemma Knight

The two main hosts for the day were Scott Tweedie who hosted Splat a lot, the Loop and prank patrol.

Jemma Knight she hosted shows in New Zealand and flew over to Australia to host this special event.


The first speaker was Sam Skinner who runs a program called Halogen. Followed by Judith Graley who is State Education Secretary minister., Anirudh who won the first great Australian spelling bee, Jade Hamiester who was the youngest person ever to ski across north pole at the age of 14 and Matt Cosgrove who writes books about epic fall fairy tales he guarantees no sloppy kisses, no handsome princes and no happy endings. The last but not the least speaker was Josh who is in the top 100 to go to Mars and never come BACK!!!!!


Abbey: I think it was a very good experience I would do it again if I could. One thing I learnt was to speak up and not always follow people

Jenna: I think that it was a fun and interesting experience. I learnt a lot of interesting things on Monday the 27TH of March.

Nick: I like how all the speakers helped me learn something new I recommend this to every school in Victoria. It really helped everyone there to become a better leader. My   favourite speaker was Josh because he gives himself a big challenge and is very brave, and a great explorer.

Sam: I really enjoyed the national young leader’s day because we got to do fun activities and dance. My favourite speaker was Jade Hamister because she is only young and she has travelled to north pole by skis and that inspires me.

Sam, Jenna, Abbey and Nick

School Council

Wednesday night is our school council Annual General Meeting where the school's Annual Report is tabled. This will later be published on our school website for our community to view.

Extra-curricular activities

We have had such a great term with many extra activities already.



Harmony day

Responsible Pet Program

Platypus Education

PLay Project

State School Spectaular rehearsals

Wakikirri begins!

Swimming Carnival

Young Leader's Day

Grade 5 transition visit to Upwey

Grade 5/6 Camp

African Drummers

We have some more great extra-curricular activities planned for the rest of the year so stay tuned!

Have a great holiday everyone. Stay safe and enjoy the opportunity to have family time if you can. 


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

Dates to remember

Term 1

Tuesday 28th

PFA AGM 7.30pm


Wednesday 29th

School Council  AGM 7pm


Thursday 30th

Produce Day - if you have any time to come and help out that would be great. Donations of fresh produce are welcome.


Friday 31st

School Assembly 1:45pm

Last Day of Term 2:30pm Finish


Term 2

Tuesday 18th 

First Day of Term 2


Wednesday 19th

Whole School Photos

ANZAC Day Service 1000 steps 11am


Tuesday 25th

ANZAC Day - No School


Wednesday 26th - Friday 28th

Swimming Program P-6


Monday 1st - Friday 5th

Swimming Program P-6


Term 1: 30 January (school teachers start) to 31 March

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.

Helping your Child with Homework

Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important.

Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two!

Here are some tips to guide the way:

  1. Know the teachers — and what they're looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child's teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
  2. Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
  3. Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
  4. Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there's an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
  5. Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)
  6. Make sure kids do their own work. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it's a kid's job to do the learning.
  7. Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
  8. Set a good example. Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice.
  9. Praise their work and efforts. Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
  10. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child's teacher. Some kids have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder.

        Notices and Reminders

Review of School Communication beginning Term 2

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.

- The skoolbag app will cease at the end of this term.

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

Friday 31st March

Last day of term 2:30pm finish.

School Supervision Times

Just a reminder that students are supervised by our school staff between the hours of 8.45am and 3.45pm. Students who arrive at school before 8.45am or are at school after 3.45pm should either be enrolled at OSHC or be under the direct supervision of a parent. This is important for our duty of care and for your child's safety. If there are any concerns about this please speak to Mrs O'Brien.


Please do not use the staff car park or enter through the drive way gates unless you are picking up from Out of School Hours Care.

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Fairhills High School

Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) Program

Applications closing:  28th April 2017

A reminder to Grade 6 parents that the closing date for application forms and payment for the Fairhills  HS SEAL program is Thursday 28th April 2017.  Application forms are available from the SEAL brochure in your child’s Fairhills HS transition pack or can be downloaded from the school website  -   www.fairhills.vic.edu.au

SEAL Parent Information Session

A SEAL Parent Information Session will take place at the Fairhills High School Academies Open Night on Thursday 20th April.   

A first session will take place at 6.30 pm and be repeated at 7.30 pm.  

Testing Session

The selection testing session will take place on May 6th 2017.

Further information about the program is available by following the links on the school website or please contact me at the school on 9758 5022

Ruth Probin

Director of Learning Pathways

Fairhills High School

[email protected]

Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School