Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

25 July 2017
Issue Twenty
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

Excellent Results

In term 2 our students took part in the annual Attitudes to School Survey. All students in years 4 to 6 answered questions about their learning, their friends and their time at school. These surveys are anonymous so students are able to answer honestly and share their thoughts with us. The survey includes questions about their teachers, principal, their peers and what they do at school. This survey is important to us as we use the information to help us know more about what students learn, how they learn and what we can do to improve our teaching. We have all worked hard to implement new ideas that have had an impact on our students in a positive way and this has shown in this years outstanding results. This is very rewarding as it means that the new things we are putting in place to support our students are making a difference whether that be socially, emotionally or academically.


We still have goals to keep on improving what we do and this survey is a great resource for us to be able to talk to our students and gain their input into what they think will help us in the future. We thank our community for their continuing support and congratulate our teachers on continuing to develop and learn, enabling them to do the best they can do for our students.





Professional Learning Community

This year our staff are participating in a program that will assist us to develop our skills to improve our teaching and learning. Professional Learning Communities meet to look at what their students know about an area, how they are progressing and what the teacher can do to help them improve. This learning is great for our teachers as it supports them to develop an understanding of how their students learn and what they can do in the classroom to make sure that all students can achieve growth in their learning. It will make our planning more effective to meet the different needs of our students.

Curriculum Day

We have a curriculum day on Friday 28th July.

No students at school on this day.

3 Way Conferences

Bookings available now. If you need an alternative date or time please speak to your classroom teacher. Please note this is a normal school day. We will run a specialist program from 2pm to all ow teachers to start at this time.

3 Way Conferences are where we encourage your child to share their learning. The students will share with you what they are proud of, what they have achieved and what their next goals are. This is the opportunity to celebrate your child's learning with their teacher. It is also an opportunity to discuss any questions arising from reports.

It is important that we are all aware that learning is a journey for our students it doesn't matter their age or year level they all start at their own place and head in the direction that they are guided. We are looking at the growth of our students and how far they have come from where they started. Looking at our reports our students have come a long way. We want them to be able to share that journey with you.

Have a great week everyone.


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


Please remember that if your child/ren are dropped off BEFORE 8.30am they need to be signed in by  a parent or carer.


Please observe speed limits in the School grounds when dropping off and collecting your child/ren, this is to ensure everyones' safety. 


For staffing reasons please give us as much notice as possible when booking/cancelling sessions.



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Dates to remember

Term 3

Friday 28th

Curriculum Day - No Students At School



Tuesday 1st  

PFA Meeting 7pm


Wednesday 2nd

School Council meeting 7.30pm


Thursday 3rd

Buddies Produce Day 3pm


Monday 7th

3 Way Conferences - 2pm to 7:30pm


Tuesday 8th

Toastie Tuesday


Wednesday 9th



Friday 11th

Whole School Scienceworks Excursion


Monday 14th

Fete Meeting 7pm


Wednesday 16th

Fete Meeting 9am


Tuesday 22nd

Toastie Tuesday

Stepping Up Prep Transition


Monday 28th - Friday 1 September

Swimming Program


Monday 28th

Parent Night

Chris Daicos

6:30 - 8:30




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.

Growth Mindset - It's not just about being clever!





        Notices and Reminders

Published on Compass:


Scienceworks  - whole school excursion Friday 11th August


Parent Night - Guest speaker 


3 Way Conferences


National Tree Day is on Sunday 30 July between 10am - 12 noon at Ferny Creek Reserve for Knox's National Tree Day.  For further details, please read the notice on Compass.

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