Woodend Primary School Newsletter

30 August 2018
Issue 27
2018 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Junior Unit
Uniform Shop
Assembly Awards
Student Banking
Gardening Group
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442

2018 Calendar


Thurs 30/8

CDSSA Athletics (Bendigo) selected 3-6 students


Wed 5/9

PFA meeting at 7.30pm

NO Keyboard lessons

Sun 9/9

Choice & Resonance Strings Performance at SHC (Mary Maloney) 1.30-4.15pm

Mon 10/9

School Council meeting at 7pm

Year 1/2 Museum excursion – MU1, MU2, MU5

Tues 11/9

Year 1/2 Museum excursion – MU3, MU4

Wed 12/9

No Keyboard lessons

Thurs 13/9

Prep Tours 9.30am and 2.30pm

Fri 14/9

Year 3 and 4 MOVIE NIGHT (PFA event)

Mon 17/9

Division Athletics, Bendigo

Wed 19/9 - Fri 21/9

Year 3 camp

Wed 19/9

Canteen Footy Lunch

Fri 21/9

Last day of Term 3 - 2.30 pm dismissed


Mon 8/10

Term 4 begins

Wed 10/10

PFA meeting at 7.30pm

Mon 15/10

School Council meeting at 7pm

Mon 22/10

Year 2 Camp

Tues 23/10

Year 2 Camp

From the Principal,
Diana Ellis

Book Week

Last week we enjoyed a whole school celebration of Book Week. It was wonderful to see so many people dressed up. There was a buzz around the school as every one enjoyed viewing all of the creative costumes. A huge congratulations to our staff with 100% dressing up right through to our specialists, our Integration aides, office staff and Jen in the canteen.


Happy Fathers Day

As we celebrate Fathers’ Day this weekend, we would like to send our wishes to all Fathers and Grandfathers in our school community. We hope you get to spend quality time with your family and are appreciated for all that you do.



Each week we offer a canteen service for 3 days a week. However, this service is under threat and could potentially be cut back without the support of volunteer parents. On a number of occasions lately Jenni has tried to fill all of the orders by herself or has even resorted to calling in her own family members to help out. I am sure in a school community as large as ours we can get a greater level of assistance. If you can volunteer a few hours of time please contact our valued canteen manager, Jenni in the canteen. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the small group of volunteers that do assist. Your support is invaluable.


Library Books

On a weekly basis Susan in the library is faced with a growing number of books being lost or damaged. If this occurs, you will be expected to pay for replacement of the book/books. There are also a number of students who are not returning their books on a weekly basis. Children will only be able to borrow upon return of their borrowed books. Please assist us in building a culture of pride in our school resources by communicating expectations about caring for books and returning them during the weekly library lesson. We spend thousands of dollars each year on new and replacement books. By looking after this valuable resource, it ensures the books are available for all students to enjoy.


Our healthy habitat

Quite often our students are delighted to see this blue tongue lizard that resides in our gardens. Last week he was also out enjoying the sunshine. Thank you to many of our students who took measures to protect it from any harm.


Many parents often think that with technology being such a big part of our life that we no longer teach handwriting. Across the school handwriting is still a focus, particulalry in our junior classes where it is important that students learn the correct formation fo letters. Research tells us that there is a direct correlation between the correct formation of letters and spelling.

In the Year 4/5 unit students have recently been receiving their pen licenses.



Our clubs continue to be a great success with up to 50 students attending each club. We have had so many students wanting to participate in the gardening group that we have had to split the numbers into two groups for management purposes. It would be great if we could have some parents volunteering during Monday lunch time or for a few hours on Monday afternoon.



Our garden space continues to develop. Our end vision is to have a lovely sensory garden where children can go to touch, feel, smell and eat.


Of late some people have expressed concern about the perceived decline in our uniform standards. We again ask for parents to support us in keeping a high level of expectation around school pride. This includes wearing our school uniform. Research tells us that when children wear school uniform there is a greater sense of pride, connection and belonging. The School Uniform Policy is one of the Policies being reviewed by School Council this year.


Naplan results will be issued via students next week.   Please keep a look out in student school bags.

From the Office

Qkr and CompassPay

QKR will continue to be the ‘go to place’ for Canteen, Uniforms, Fees and any other activities that DO NOT REQUIRE CONSENT. A reminder that from the beginning of Term 4 ALL LUNCH ORDERS must be made through QKR - no cash orders please. See below for instructions for loading the free QKR app.

CompassPay for parents to pay electronically for Excursions or any activity that requires PAYMENT AND CONSENT.


Year 2 Camp


Absence Notification - Thank you and more info...

Thank you to all the parents who have been advising the school of their child’s absence or late arrival. 

The SMS/Email notification which goes out at 10.15am each day is a useful reminder for you to phone the school or login to Compass to record the absence, however…..IF you let us know BEFORE 10am on the day of the absence, we will be saving money as each SMS costs the school. We understand that mornings can be busy and appreciate you doing your best to let us know before 10am.

So we don’t have to contact you by phone everyday if you forget,  (saving the Office staff multiple phone calls a day), below is a screenshot from the Compass Portal to help you navigate to the absense module or alternatively, leave a message on the absence voicemail (you can ring at anytime, day or night – press 1 and leave a message):

  1. Log onto the Compass Portal - PREFERRED: at anytime prior to the absence to record details

Click on ‘Add Attendance Note ‘Approval’ – another screen will open allowing you to record the absence info. Multiple days can be recorded. Click on ‘Save’ to submit.


2. PHONE THE SCHOOL: Leave a message on the absence voicemail at anytime

Senior Unit

Book Week guests

For Book Week, the lovely office ladies Sue and Kerry to read to us. Sue and Kerry came down to our classrooms and read us picture story books. We all had a great time when Sue read us Walter the Farting Dog, we were all laughing by the end of it. We love Kerry’s “Shhh” book. Her expression was great. Mrs Harrap and Mrs Thompson also came down to read to us and Mr Chamerski and Mrs Minchew went to their grade to read.  We all had an amazing time and nobody can’t wait for next time! Thank you so much to our fabulous readers. - Soleil


Buddy Reading

On Friday, the Grade 6s read to their buddies for Book Week. The preps enjoyed their buddies reading a story to them on book day. The Grade 6s chose a book from the library or brought in one from home. To add to the fun we are all dressed up in our book week costumes. The preps and grade 6s both looked amazing!

Book Week

One Friday the 13th all the students and staff dressed up as their favourite or just a book character. All week we had been doing things like reading to other classrooms to celebrate book week. Some people put in more effort than others but we all looked amazing. It was awesome seeing everybody’s costumes. It’s great when we all have whole school dress ups because it brings the school together. Book week was about celebrating shortlisted books and books in general. It was an AWESOME day!

Kids reading to kids

Last week for book week, 20 grade six kids got given the opportunity to go to the grades 1/2/3 classes to read a book to them. The grades all gave some awesome feedback to the awesome grade sixes that were brave enough to do this and we congratulate them for doing an epic job and making those grade 3’s days. We hope they had fun because we did!  -Gemma SU1

Guest Speaker - Mr Mat Kelcey

Last Thursday, we were so lucky to have Mat Kelcey (a parent at the school) come to speak to us about how he has seen ideas change into reality. He used to work for Google and explained how he worked in a team that helped to make searching on Google easier. We were all blown away by his experience and he was so informative. Thank you Mat for giving up your time for us!

Carlsruhe Annexe

Thursday Activities

If you are able to help, please let us know via you child, by phone or email prior to Thursday if possible. Activities run from 1:45pm until 2:45pm but you are welcome to arrive any time after 1:30pm.

Please also ensure that your current Working With Children Check has been lodged with the office.

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

This week in year 1 and 2 we have had a very exciting and busy time celebrating Book Week. Throughout the week we have read award winning picture books from 2018 and did activities around each book. Friday the 24th of August was particularly exciting as each student arrived at school dressed up in a costume of a character from one of their favourite storybooks. All the students looked fantastic and it was clear that a lot of time and effort had been put into organising the costumes.

Dressed in our costumes all the year 1 and 2 students participated in an incursion run by Ainsley from Ecolink as part of our term topic ‘Change’. She presented lots of information about frogs and how they change over their lifespan. The session included exploring an interactive online resource that provided information about different species of frogs and allowed the students to hear a range of sounds that frogs make to communicate with each other.


Ainsley also brought with her tubs with tadpoles swimming around in them, that were set up around the room for the students to observe and two frogs, a Green Tree frog and a Corroboree frog that the students were lucky enough to get to touch.


It was a fantastic day all together, below is some comments from students in MU2 about what they enjoyed and learnt from Ainsley at Ecolink.

  • Mercedes – I liked patting the green frog and I found out that some frogs sound like crickets.
  • Audrey and Izzy – We learnt that boy frogs use their calls to talk and the girl frogs get to choose which boy frog they want to be with.
  • Leah – I liked learning about how the tadpoles change into frogs.
  • Damon and Blake – We liked touching the green tree frog and learning about different frogs and the sounds they make on the iPads.
  • Lulu  - My favourite part was seeing the frogs and I learnt that tadpoles can be different sizes.
  • Kyan – I learnt that frogs can camouflage to their environment to protect themselves.
  • Sara – I liked that we got to hear the frogs and spot the frog camouflaged on the big screen.
  • Tiana – Something I liked was when we had to put the cards of the lifecycle in order and I learnt that a frog lays thousands of eggs.


Year 3

This week Grade 3’s have enjoyed mentoring the preps with addition strategies to ten and twenty. MU7 visited JU2 and worked with the preps to practice the count all, count on, friends of ten and twenty addition strategies.

  • I liked all the activities- Eve
  • I liked meeting new, younger people- Kurtis
  • I got to work with Charlie on all the activities and I already knew him- Ty
  • It was challenging to teach- Peter
  • My partner was a lot like me and we’re both pretty good at maths- Lara

During Integrated Studies students have compared old and new toys, learning about the changes toys have experienced over time in Australia. They enjoyed drawing and labelling an old toy and its modern version. Some examples included; the spinning top and the bey blade, the wooden car and the remote control car, the kite/wooden plane and the drone.


Students are finishing their research on chosen topics relating to change and beginning to add animation to their PowerPoints this week. MU7 will begin presenting their PowerPoints to their class mid next week. 


Our Science topic Melting Moments is wrapping up this week with a reflection lesson. Students have enjoyed heating and cooling a range of materials such as; chocolate, oil, water, a plastic spoon, a metal spoon and cordial. They have explored what makes a fair experiment and worked cooperatively in their Science groups.


Last Friday was our dress up day and MU7 arguably had the best representation from the Potterverse. (‘Harry- yer a wizard!’) All our students dressed up as their favourite book character and some even brought in their book that their character was from. Students listened to the hilarious 'I just ate my friend', by Australian author Heidi McKinnon which was shortlisted for the CBCA awards this year and completed an activity to ‘design’ a friend.

Enjoy some of our photos from last week.


Junior Unit

Book Week

Last week the Foundation children celebrated Book Week by reading with their Year 6 buddies. The children really enjoyed sharing some books together and it was wonderful to see so many children thoroughly engaged in reading. Everyone also looked fabulous in their Book Week costumes!



Canteen News



31st     Sheryl / Help needed


5th    Help needed

6th    Help needed

7th    Alice / Help needed

  • Another volunteer is needed in canteen tomorrow 31st August.
  • Please contact me ASAP if you can help at [email protected].   Remember its only 9am to 12.30pm and you Child(ren) get a free icy pole and the chance to see their carer behind the counter.
  • Help is needed next Wednesday 5th and Friday  7th September.

Footy Lunch Packs

  • Footy Lunch Packs will be available on Wednesday Sept 19th. 
  • No other lunch orders will be available on this day.   
  • Qkr orders only.  No cash orders will be accepted.


  • Please ensure your child(ren) have the correct details on Qkr.  Lunches are going into wrong classrooms.
  • When ordering from Qkr, please purchase a lunch bag first, if you're not supplying your own. 
  • Countdown to Qkr for Term 4: NO CASH ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Please see the office staff for help loading Qkr.

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop News

My name is Michelle; I am the uniform shop co-ordinator at Woodend Primary School. I can help with sizing and happy for items to be tried on. Also there is usually a good selection of 2nd hand uniforms which is worth checking out.

The QKR app is a great way to order your uniforms if you are not able to come into the uniform shop. On receiving the order I will process it and your child will be called to the office to collect it.


Lost property is located just in front of the uniform shop and part of keeping it under control is that I will return any clearly named items to the class room. To do this, I need a readable first and last name, although if room is an issue a first initial and last name will also work.

Please keep in mind winter time, extra clothing like coats or jackets also need to be named as we do receive a lot in our lost property which are un-named.


I have also found a Name Stamp that can be used on uniforms that does not wash off.

This is the website on where to find it.        


Please see the photo below, I took of my daughter’s jumper.

Please do not hesitate to come and see me with any questions,

I am happy to help. J


Uniform Shop Hours

Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am

Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop

Assembly Awards

Artists of the Week

Year 2

Year 2 students constructed crocodile models from boxes.  They added legs, eyes, teeth and a tail and then made his skin bumpy and lumpy.  After painting the crocs, the students made them a pond to swim in.  Great crocodiles Year 2.

Our Special Artists of the Week are: Ella, Gabby, Remy, Jack, Coen, Cooper, Ben, Lincoln, Mia, Liam, James, Rose, Eli, Damon and Sara

Students of the Week

JU1 - Nil

JU2 - Oliver

For learning more of the alphabet letters and sounds. Well done.

JU3 - Jenson

Contributing excellent ideas during class discussions. Well Done!

MU1 -Lacie

Working hard towards her writing goal.

MU2 - Blake

For his effort to listen carefully to instructions and stay on tasks. Great job Blake.

MU3 - Rufus and Flynn

For  independently extending your learning  during reading time.

MU4 - Annie

For her excellent work this week during Book Week and creating a wonderful book response to ‘Rodney Loses it!’

MU5 - Bridie

Working hard to improve her reading and showing great determination to achieve her reading

MU6 - Ben

The amazing improvement in his handwriting. Well done Ben!

MU7 -Sophie

For being a wonderful clan member and completing multiplication open ended problems

MU8 - William

Showing resilience by overcoming a number of hurdles on his way to producing an excellent information report on Mars!

CU1 - Nil

CU2 - Nil

CU3 - Jackson

For showing improvement and striving to complete the Sound Waves sheets.

CU3 - Noah

For working well completing the various activities on the Sound Waves sheets.

CU4 - Finn

For his work in Mathematics and showing a good understanding of the connection between fractions and decimals.  

CU4 - Nil

SU1 - Connor

Showing TEAMWORK by helping to cleaning the school!  You rock!

SU2 - Jacob and Tadhg

Showing great respect, politeness, care and being absolutely AMAZING role models whilst assisting others in our School Community. You are AWESOME!



Year 3/4 Movie Night - 14.09.2018


The Year 3/4 Movie Night has had a date change by one week to Friday 14 September from 6pm. The flyer attached to this newsletter provides all the details – we look forward to seeing the 3/4’s for a fun night! All ticket orders via QKR. No paper order form will be issued.

As with any event like this, we do rely on the assistance of volunteers.  If you could spare some time on the evening to help, please let us know via email [email protected] or via the front office no later than Friday 7 September 2018.



In response to feedback and in effort to streamline communications, the PFA is launching a closed community Facebook page – Woodend Primary School Parents & Friends Community Page. The purpose of this page is to provide a place for Parents and Friends of current students attending Woodend Primary School to share things with one another, post events, keep in touch.  A place to ask questions (eg; What colour corresponds to what house for sports days? When do school hats have to be worn again? Has anyone found a jumper with x’s name on it?) and further build on what is already a great community at our school.  Handy for those times when the office is closed or people may not be familiar with school requirements/precedent.


It is a closed group to ensure privacy and membership will only be granted upon confirmation of affiliation with a child currently enrolled at the school.  Annual reviews will be carried out to ensure that the membership base is current.


Like all Facebook pages, the Woodend Primary School Parents & Friends Community page is governed by rules of engagement which clarify what type of behaviour is not acceptable and what actions will be taken if the rules are broken.  In applying for membership to the page you are confirming acceptance to the Rules of Engagement:




Students: Facebook Terms and Conditions state no one under the age of 13 years should have a Facebook profile. Therefore, any comments or applications for page membership from primary students on the Woodend Primary School Parents & Friends page will be removed and, if warranted, users will be reported.


Tagging or naming student photos: Photos of students can only be published if the correct Department of Education permission to publish forms have been completed by the student’s parent or guardian. For privacy and protection, please do not tag photos of children, and please do not name them in your comments, unless the previously mentioned permissions is sought. Tagging of parents or friends within the comment box is permitted with the understanding that all other rules of engagement are followed


Wall Posting and Comments: Woodend Primary School Parents & Friends Community page encourages interaction from participants with the understanding that the school does not endorse comments or wall postings made by visitors to the page. We ask that visitors making comments on the page show respect for other users by ensuring discussions remain civil. Personal attacks, trolling or spam will not be tolerated. We reserve the right to remove comments that do not adhere to the rules of engagement of the page and Facebook’s community standards including comments that:

•         are deemed racist, sexist, abusive, profane, violent, obscene, spam

•         advocate illegal activity

•         are wildly off-topic

•         libel, incite, threaten or make personal character attacks on Woodend Primary School students, employees, guests or other individuals.




We reserve the right to remove any participant that does not adhere to the rules of engagement or Facebook’s Community Standards. Remember, your name and photo will be seen next to your comment, visible to all visitors to the page.


This page is moderated by the President of the Woodend Primary School Parents and Friends Association.


We encourage you to join the page, contribute to the conversation and by all means provide feedback.


Next PFA meeting – Please join us Wednesday 5 September from 7pm at Red Wine Bar (84 - 88 High St, Woodend).  This meeting will focus on planning for the coming year so if you’ve got some ideas, we’d love to see you there!


Danni Watterson

Executive Assistant   M:   +61 409 906 567

Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Lachlan, Lucca, Rose, Coen, Catherine, Ethan

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered


10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

Jasper, Remy, Atticus

Welcome to School Banking


New Rewards for Term 3


Gardening Group

Woodend Community Children's Garden

Where:  WPS Community Children’s Garden

When:  12.45-2.00pm Mondays - parent help required with lunchtime Kid’s Garden Club

2.00-3.30pm Mondays - parents' gardening session (pruning and garden maintenance)

BYO: Gardening gloves, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing

Sign in: Please sign in at the Office before gardening

Contact: Nicole Middleton 0418 233 366

Carlsruhe Kitchen Garden

Where: Carlsruhe Kitchen Garden

When: 2.00-3.30pm Mondays

BYO: Gardening gloves, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing

Sign in: Please sign in at the main Carlsruhe classroom before gardening

Contact: Clare Doolan 0424 867 613

Needed urgently

Parents to help with the lunchtime Kids' Garden Club, Mondays 12.45 – 2.00pm. No gardening experience needed.

NEWSPAPERS. NeWsPaPeRs. newspapers. Drop your old newspapers in the box at the School office.


Community News

Local Community


Kyneton Town Hall -  what's on


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Kids need good men in their lives

While rummaging through my bookshelves at home recently I stumbled across Romulus, My Father by Raimond Gaita, a book that had a huge impact on me as a father.

Romulus, My Father is a lovingly told memoir of a hard-working father who remained faithful to his family and friends despite his wife’s affairs, her mental illness and dealing with the hardships of earning a living in 1950s and '60s rural Australia. It’s a tale of love, friendship and character.

One line in the book, “I know what a good man is because I saw it in my father,” struck an instant chord with me. It was a reminder that kids need to have close experiences with men who have real depth of character and strength if they are to adopt those qualities themselves and also look for them in partners.

Role models of quality
Sadly, children and young people are less likely to see these qualities in many of our current political leaders and other public figures. Self-interest and shallowness of character, at least in a public sense, seems to be standard fare at present.

Like Gaita, I had the good fortune to have a father who was also a good man. He wasn’t wealthy, famous or ambitious. Rather he was kind, considerate and generous. He had experienced an unhappy and – I suspect though he never spoke of it – abusive childhood but he was determined that his children would never experience the same treatment that he received.

As a disciplinarian he was soft but that didn’t mean he was a pushover. He’d stand his ground with his children over issues that really mattered, such as how we siblings treated each other, displays of dishonesty and disrespect, and taking shortcuts in our studies or with work. He was a community-minded man who, through his example, taught his children the importance of serving and giving to those who didn’t have the same serving of luck that we did. He was also an involved father who, despite being busy, always had time to play cricket and football after work with my brother and me. He was never too busy for his children.

A compass and a map
Significantly, my father gave me my moral compass in the form of the value system that he lived by. His many sayings including his most popular mantra: “If you can’t say a good word about anyone don’t say anything at all”. That still rattles around in my head today. Through his active community involvement, his devotion to family and his propensity to have a good laugh, he gave me a map to follow on how to live a good life.

I don't have a monopoly on being raised by a good man. If you were raised by a good man then count your blessings because you had a wonderful head start in life. Your task is to make sure your father's legacy lives on in your own children. You’ll do that by being a man of strength and character, and by being a wise, loving presence in your children’s lives whatever their age.

If, through whatever circumstance, you didn’t have a good man close to you in your life as a child, then start the process with your own kids. Many men who have gone before you weren’t close to their own fathers, or had fathers who were ineffectual, but they became great fathers despite their circumstances.

With public life increasingly producing male role models of dubious quality, it's up to dads and other significant males in the lives of children and young people to be good men, strong men and men of honour.

That's the legacy that we leave.
Happy Father’s Day!

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
2018 Canteen Menu.pdf
2018 Canteen Menu.pdf
23.08.18 how-do-you-show-up-for-your-kids.pdf
Uniform Order Form.pdf
Qkr - Uniform Shop Orders - HOW TO....pdf
Uniform Order Form.pdf
Qkr - Uniform Shop Orders - HOW TO....pdf
Grade 3-4 2018 Movie Night Poster (002).pdf