Woodend Primary School Newsletter

13 September 2018
Issue 29
2018 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
Junior School Council
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Junior Unit
Assembly Awards
Library News
Gardening Group
Student Banking
Uniform Shop
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442

2018 Calendar

2018 Camp Dates

  • 19-21 September - Year 3
  • 22-23 October - Year 2
  • 5-7 December - Year 4


Thurs 13/9

Prep Tours 9.30am and 2.30pm

Fri 14/9


Year 3 and 4 MOVIE NIGHT (PFA event)

Year 6 Change Convention 2pm

Mon 17/9

Division Athletics, Bendigo

Wed 19/9 - Fri 21/9

Year 3 camp

Wed 19/9

Canteen Footy Lunch

JSC - Wear your footy colours.  Gold coin donation towards BuyaBale (farmers drought relief)

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

Wed 17/10


Fri 19/10

Year 5/6 PFA Event (to be continued...)

Mon 22/10 - Tues 23/10

Year 2 Camp


From the Principal,
Diana Ellis


New playground

This week our students have enjoyed exploring our new playground. Logistically we had to roster each year level on different days, however the overwhelming response has been a big thumbs up from our students and parents.

Again, a big thank you to all people that have supported the purchase of this playground by contributing to our PFA Fundraisers.


Garden Grant

This week we are excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant from Landcare to help us develop our Children’s Garden. I would like to extend my appreciation to parents, Nicole and Chris for the time they invested in writing the successful submission to help with ongoing improvements for our school and students.


Resonance String Orchestra

Congratulations to the tutors, students and community members who celebrated 10 years of Resonance with their concert extravaganza on the weekend. Despite my welcome invite, I was unable to attend but have heard many glowing reports of the level of participation and the outstanding performances. Our students that were involved were extremely proud of their participation and performance. It was a wonderful celebration of a group of people that are passionate about their music. Congratulations to all involved. 


Food allergies

I would just like to remind all members of our school community that we have a growing number of students in our school with allergies that result in anaphylactic reactions that can be potentially life threatening. If providing food for birthday celebrations we ask that you are respectfully considerate of the risks for these children and provide food that is nut free. However we also have children w ith allergies to eggs, dairy and sesame. If you are providing food for a celebration we ask that you first check with your child’s teacher. We also ask that you help us to educate your children about the risk of sharing food. We know sharing is a gesture that we often recommend as a gesture of kindness but in the case of food it can cause a high risk of an allergic reaction.


End of term

Next Friday is the end of term. School will be dismissed at 2.30.

The Multi-purpose Hall will not be available for an assembly so we will advise of our plans relating to assembly early in the week.


Building project

Tomorrow is the last day that we have access to the Multi-purpose Hall before refurbishment works begin. Over the next month the hall will be totally refurbished and extended. A new floor will be installed and the interior will be painted.  We look forward to next term when we have our new space to use.


Assembly tomorrow

There will not be any assembly tomorrow due to the Year 6 Change Convention. We apologise for any inconvenience.



We continue to have a number of issues around safety in regards to car parking before and after school. Thank you to the parents that have raised concerns. Each time a concern is communicated to me I raise it to the shire as a safety incident. I have also raised it at School Council and with Mary-Anne Thomas and we whilst we will continue to work to keep our student safe, we strongly recommend that parents also log a report for each incident to the Shire as they are responsible for our roads and crossings.


Junior School Council

Footy Team Colours Day

WPS is holding a footy day on Wednesday 19th September to help raise money for the Buy a Bale campaign…Here are some words from the Buy a Bale website, that we will be donating the hay to the farmers with no hay bales.

Supporting Aussie farmers and rural communities throughout Australia. This drought appeal campaign is providing meaningful support for farmers by delivering hay and other essential items to farmers who have no feed left for their cattle.

All donations to our drought assistance campaign have a four fold effect. Some hay is donated, some we buy, so we’re feeding a hay farmer and their family. Some of our truckies are donating their time and diesel, some loads we’re paying for, so we’re feeding truckies and their families. Donations towards our Farmers can inject immediate cash into the rural towns, city cash going bush. Please help by donating a gold coin and wearing your favourite sport teams colours on the day!


Big thanks, JSC


From the Office

To advise a student absence

(including short and long term medical issues and family holidays)

1.  Log onto the Compass portal – click on ‘Add Attendance Note Approval’

2.  Phone the school’s absence voicemail – 5427 2455 – Option 1


Notification as soon as possible on the absence day is preferred however before 10am is requested.

Footy Day Lunch - Wed 19th Sept 

Orders via Qkr only and close strictly Friday 14th September at 3.30pm.

Payment Methods

From Term 4 the Canteen will be Cashless for ALL LUNCH ORDERS – QKR is the app used to order student lunches. Cash will still be accepted for over the counter sales.

Bookpack ordering for 2019

We will be going DIGITAL for the 2019 bookpack orders, with our new supplier Officemax.
Information on ‘how to order’ and the delivery process, will be provided early next term.
Keep an eye out for details…..

Qkr - tips of the week


Senior Unit

Change the World Convention

Tomorrow at 2pm, we throw open the doors to our community for the opportunity to view the future. Our Year 6 students have worked tirelessly to create prototypes of their amazing ideas and will be showcasing them. We invite all family and friends of Woodend Primary School to come and see the fabulous work.

Back to School - Parents in the Classroom

Last week, the Year 4/5/6 team invited parents into the classroom to experience a writing session. We were overwhelmed by the amount of parents we had participating. There was a really positive atmosphere and the children loved seeing parents writing and engaging with them in the classroom. We do thank you for taking part in this initiative and we will be offering further chances to join your child in the classroom in the future.

Jordan Chamerski - Year 4/5/6 Coordinator

Carlsruhe Annexe

Thursday Activities

If you are able to help, please let us know via your 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 all the Year 1 and 2 classes went to the Melbourne Museum! We had an incredible day exploring all the exhibits and even had an education session called Grandma’s Toy box as part of our Change topic this term. We learnt about the different toys each generation had and what they were made of. One highlight was the dinosaurs, especially the 3D images when looking through the binoculars and the giant bones! We also loved the First Australians exhibit where we were able to see kids toys and games, play along with Aboriginal music and have a go at lighting an ember on the fire simulator! We loved the forest walk and the minerals and crystals, some even glow in the dark. We even put on 3D glasses and watched a volcano erupt. 


Year 3

This week in Year 3 the students have begun their presentations on their Information Report PowerPoints based on our Integrated Studies topic "Change". We have had a variety of topics including the changes in fashion, toys, technology, and transport. The students have done a wonderful job researching and putting together their PowerPoints. They can all be congratulated for their tremendous effort!


The Year 3's and the Prep's are continually having a great time during their "Mathematics Buddies sessions". The Year 3's have expressed their amazement at how great the Prep's are going with their addition strategies. 

For Mathematics we have started exploring Money. This includes counting money, giving change, and solving problems involving money. 


By now the students should have received their "what the bring for camp" list. If you have not received this please see Mr Spilsted or the office. 


Junior Unit


This term in science the Foundation children have been learning about the weather. We have made a tool for reporting the temperature and a wind meter for testing the strength of the wind. The children have also designed special weather symbols that we have used to complete our weekly weather reports. We all enjoyed noticing how the weather changes, and thinking about what to wear and do in different seasons.


Here are some of the children’s comments about what they most enjoyed during our science lessons:

Kento: My favourite part was drawing the weather symbols.

Lacey: I really liked doing the weather report because I liked seeing what the weather did on different days.

Carter: I liked making the temperature tool. I liked choosing the colours for the different temperatures.

Polly: I liked making the wind meter and going outside with my partner and testing the wind.

Sean: The sun and clouds looked really good. I liked making them.



Canteen News



13th  Help needed

14th   Nikki, Tracey (til 10.30), Jess

19th   Footy Day - Lauren, Kristen, help needed

20th  Sheryl

21st  CANTEEN CLOSED (clean up)



10th  Help needed

11th  Help needed

12th  2 x Helpers needed

Please contact me if you can help at woodendcanteen@gmail.com or mobile 0411 558 557.  Remember its only 9-12.30pm and your child(ren) receives a free icy pole and the chance to see their carer behind the counter.

Footy Lunch Packs

  • Footy lunch packs went out via Compass. Orders close Friday 14th Sept at 3.30pm.
  • No other lunch orders will be available on this day.
  • Qkr orders only.  No cash orders will be accepted.
  • Please contact me on 0411 558 557 if you can help out on Footy Day 9-12.30pm.
  • Footy Lunch Cancellations: must be called through to canteen by 9am or we are unable to refund your money.


  • 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.

Shopping Tour


Assembly Awards

Artists of the Week

Year 2

Year 2 students recently worked on a collaborative art project titled 'Frozen'.  They painted a large sheet in blues, white & purple.  When it dried they added lots of sparkly bits and pieces to show the idea of a 'frozen' picture.  Great work Year 2.

Our Special Artists of the Week are:  Felix, Jack, Sophie, Cooper, James, Breanna, James, Polly, Eli, Leah, Kye, Lucca, Alistair, Ellie, Isabelle, India-Rose, Lincoln and Ben.

Students of the Week

JU1 -Carter

For using different addition strategies to solve some tricky maths problems. Well done Carter.

JU2 - Clancy

Always having a go at contributing to class discussions.

JU3 - Hibiki

Showing great enthusiasm and doing  an excellent job of his ‘Growing and Changing’ poster.

MU1 -Ben

Always being kind and helpful to everyone around him. Well done!

MU2 - Kye

For making great choices during class discussions and independent work time. Great Job!

MU3 - Logan

Trying his hardest to follow instructions, to complete his work and to make positive choices.



MU5 - Giselle

For showing that she  is able to use a range of reading strategies to improve her reading.

MU6 - Inga

Always offering great insight during discussion on the mat.

MU7 -Oliver

For working cooperatively to complete a PowerPoint about Australian Currency.

MU8 - Leila

Always trying hard, seeking feedback and using her time effectively. Keep it up!

CU1 - Lennox

For confidently demonstrating his understanding of equivalent, improper and mixed number fractions this week.

CU2 - Amber

For using great descriptive phrases and action verbs in her writing.

CU2 - Olivia

For making great improvements in her presentation skills.

CU3 -Mariella

For displaying great community  spirit by entering into the Kyneton Spring Flower Show of her own volition.

CU3 - Tennyson

For displaying great community  spirit by entering into the Kyneton Spring Flower Show of her own volition.

CU4 - Sharnie

Her enthusiasm towards all aspects of learning and always trying her best! Amazing work Sharnie.

SU1 - Kayla

For showing ZEST  and entertaining the class (and parents) with her rhymes! YOU ROCK!!

SU2 -Riley

Using AWESOME inferring when participating in class discussions whilst reading ‘Beneath the Surface’. Keep up the AWESOME work!

Library News

Book Fair

My apologies for not thanking our wonderful PFA who helped organise and run our recent Book Fair.

Woodend Heritage Society needs more hands.



Movie Night





PFA Contact

Danni Waterson


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

Exciting NEWS...

I’m very excited to announce that WPS has been awarded a Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grant.  The grant will cover restoration of the Woodend Community Children’s Garden, including incorporation of an indigenous garden with informative plaques to form a self-guided nature tour. 


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.


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Carter, Coen, Catherine, Ethan

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Lucca, Lachlan, Rose, Charlotte

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home


Welcome to School Banking


New Rewards for Term 3


Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop News

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. 

Uniform Shop Hours

Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am

Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop

Community News

Local Community


Kyneton Town Hall -  what's on


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Find your tribe

Earlier this week, I took my son to his Paediatrician. Sitting in that room instantly brought back memories of times when the appointments were not so rosy. I can remember clearly taking him in during crisis times and getting that all too familiar pit in the stomach and fearing the unknown for him. As we sat there, him reading an old Guinness World Record book and absorbing the information and me, quietly watching him, I reflected on the journey and wondered what we would be facing in this appointment.


That first time when we entered this office, it felt lonely. Not the space itself, but the magnitude of supporting our child and having no one in our world who understood. As a parent, we can sometimes (well, a lot of the time!) be hanging on for dear life and hoping we are doing the best job of raising our child. What I have found has changed between our first appointment and now is that I no longer feel like I am navigating this parenting journey without support.


Finding your tribe means connecting with others who are loving and leading their children on the Autism Spectrum and who welcome your differences with open arms. It is beautifully refreshing to not be confronted with awkward looks or judgemental glances. Your tribe is the soft place to land when life gets crazy or you feel like you are in over your head. They are a lovely place of comfort after challenging student support group meetings or difficult decisions. Parenting a child with special needs brings a wealth of information and resource ideas. Your tribe can be a source of ideas and strategies from a lived experience. For example, they can share their therapy experiences, which means you can learn from their ideas regarding who to access in your region instead of sitting on waiting lists for professionals whom you have no background on.


You might be reading this and have amazing friends, yet still battle with the differences in the parenting journey. I would encourage you to find a tribe. Be part of a community where you are heard, valued and not judged. How do you find a tribe?


Speak to your Assistant Principal

Your Assistant Principal or Welfare Coordinator should have contacts with a local support service or council representative who will know the groups operating in your region. This is a good place to start!


Connect Online

There are so many online Facebook groups in local areas that start from a proactive parent seeing a need. Or, connect with a bigger state-based group and put the call out for local Carers. The great thing about small online groups is that the 'tribe vibe' remains and can provide support, especially if you can’t attend groups, go to work or have a busy therapy schedule. Local online groups can also then put out the call to do dinners and catch ups periodically, which means you can have the joy of face to face communication over dinner!


Start your own

No groups in your region? Ask your school whether they would be open to starting their own. Gather the parents from your school, meet for a cuppa and chat through the joys and the challenges of parenting. The school can provide the room and you can be part of a supportive and embracing tribe. Having a core group of parents who parent children with Autism may also support the creation of relationships between families, which can be wonderful if your beautiful young person doesn’t have many peers to play with at lunch time.


When I walked out of that Paediatrician appointment, I checked my phone. Messages checking how it went and affirming our child had been sent when we were discussing his future. The beauty of being in a tribe is that you get to experience life alongside others, celebrate the wins and work through the challenges, in community. If you are feeling isolated, I encourage you to take that first step to find a tribe. It takes bold courage to step outside of your comfort zone and seek support or friendship, but the rewards of being part of a community of supportive friends and being able to support others, truly outweigh that initial hesitation.

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
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