Woodend Primary School Newsletter

20 December 2018
Issue 41
2018 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Junior Unit
Student Awards & Achievements
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


Friday 21st December

  • 1.30 PM FINISH

2019 School Dates

Term 1 -30.01.2019 - 05.04.2019

  • All students (except Foundation) commence Wed 30th January 2019
  • Foundation (Prep) students start Thurs 31st January 2019

Foundation students do not attend Wednesdays for the month of February 2019.


Term 2  -  23.04.2019 - 28.06.2019

Term 3  -  05.07.2019 - 20.09.2019

Term 4  -  07.10.2019 - 20.12.2019

2019 Pupil Free Days

  • Tuesday 29th January
  • Friday 8th March
  • Thursday 27th June
  • 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

Year 6 - 30 April - 3 May

2019 School Photo Day

Monday 29th April 

From the Principal,
Diana Ellis


As we end our 2018 school year, I would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank all members of our school community for actively supporting our school and being active participants, engaged in your child’s learning and development.


This year at WPS we are extremely proud of the many things we have achieved as a school. We feel we have absolute clarity about our vision for the school and our goals.  It has been an exciting year with our building works and we look forward to the completion of the project early in the new year. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout the project this year.


Mostly thank you to the regular, honest and constructive feedback. This feedback is valued and helps us to strive towards ongoing and continuous improvement. Thank you also to the many, many people who have called in or sent emails to offer positive feedback about the direction of our school. Much of the feedback has described us as being ‘progressive”.


On behalf of all our staff I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe holiday season and we look forward to continuing to work with you next year.


Best wishes to our graduating students and other students and families that are moving on.


This week I had the pleasure of being at Graduation with our Year 6 students. It was with absolute pride that I was able to talk about the achievements of this cohort of students and their role in developing our new school values and making our school more culturally inclusive.

I wish all of our students well in their future endeavours.


Leave your Mark

I would like to thank Ms Mann and our Year 6 students for their work on this years’ Leave your Mark’ project. It is a stunning addition to our school and reflects our focus on cultural inclusion.

Please pop in and have a look. You will find it on the wall outside the Multi purpose Hall.


From the Office

Office Open Hours - 2019

  • Staff return to school: Tuesday 29th January 2019
  • The front office will be open: 3pm to 4pm

2019 Bookpack ordering

Year 3 – 6
….go to www.officemaxschools.com.au to place your order
….orders can be placed anytime up to the end of Term 2

Year Prep – 2
…. Payment is via QKR or the above Officemax website
…. books are delivered in bulk to the school

QKR use in 2019

  • You need to enter your child/ren’s 2019 year and homegroup in preparation for school in 2019
  • Keep your QKR password recorded somewhere safe as resetting is problematic however if you need it reset, contact the school for help.

Compass phone app - TROUBLESHOOTING

  • Passwords can be reissued immediately by school office staff
  • Office staff are always happy to assist with password resets or functionality issues.

Payment Methods for School Activities


Senior Unit


On the 18th of December, the Year 6's of 2018 spent the night graduating.
To start off the night the Year 6's went to the Victoria Hotel in Woodend and enjoyed their preordered dinner, drink and dessert. When they finished they went on a pleasant evening walk back to school where they got ready to make their entrance. As they got ready the parents were watching a video that was made by our amazing Mr Chamerski on our year so far. The students then walked in and performed High Hopes. Then we had student speeches and awards.

  • Mary Ann Thomas Award (Citizenship) went to Lily ($50)
  • The Principal's Award (School Values) went to Maddie and Luci ($50)
  • Principal's Award (Contribution to School) went to Frida and Darcie ($50)
  • Lions Club (Commitment to Studies) Gemma and Thomas ($500)
  • Rotary Club went to Lachlan and Sol ($250)

They all earned their awards and we are sure that all the money will go to a good cause. After this, all the students did their final dance (Chasing the Sun) and walked out into the courtyard to sign jumpers and teddy bears. In all this, it was a  great night and everyone looked amazing. We would also like to quickly thank everyone that helped set up and all the teachers who came for being absolutely awesome. -Gemma D.H

Year 6 - Teachers speech

I’d like to warmly thank everyone here this evening. It is our pleasure to say a few words of farewell and congratulations to our Graduating Class of Year 6, 2018.

We hope that we have prepared you well for Secondary School and that you will all reach your full potential.

  • We’ve had a unique year without a composite grade.
  • We had 51 students who worked as a team and did amazing things.
  • We had students wanting to make a change in the school.
  • We had students wanting to make a change in the community.
  • We had students wanting to make a change in the world.
  • We gave them a say in what they wanted to learn and how. They ran with it.
  • We threw obstacle after obstacle at them. They did not flinch. They took it on and proved they were up for the challenge.

We hope they know how proud this school is of them because we can honestly say that there has not been a year level that we have been involved with that even after going on a camp with them, we’ve actually thought, we could do another couple of days.    They’ve made this year easy.  

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any 
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And then things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.

THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!    (Dr. Seuss)

In conclusion, let us please thank each of you for the great life and leadership you have provided to the Primary school community this year. You are a talented and compassionate group of young people with a bright future ahead.
For us, it has been a privilege sharing your final year of primary school with you.
Even though you are all at different schools next year, you are always welcome in our classrooms.
That is a promise.
So as we present the certificates to our Year 6 students, we can honestly say that we feel that the future is safe in these children’s hands ‘cause every little thing gonna be all right. Thank you.

- Mr Chamerski & Mrs Minchew

School Lectern

This week, we had some help to renew our school lectern. It now looks fabulous! Thank you to Dannielle’s husband, Matt for the front of the lectern. Thanks for Vanessa for the coat of varnish and thanks to Hand Made Cards by Tanya for the personalised school logo decal.


Over the last couple of months, the 2018 Year 6's have been fundraising for their end of year trip to Funfields.  From discos to dog walking we all put in our effort towards this excursion. The ride that was a big hit was called 'gravity wave', this ride was a must, with lines getting up to 2 hours long, but in the end, it was all worth it. Wednesday was a great day we all had a great final celebration for Year 6. The bus ride home was just as good as the rest of the day when we thought we all would be sleeping, instead we decided to sing all of our graduation songs. It was a day I will never forget. Thank you to all the help and support our teachers have given us to get us where we are today. This was the big bang to finish off our hard-working years of primary school and our wonderful last year all together.  -Caitlin


Carlsruhe Annexe


Merry Christmas to all and thanks for the support given for Thursday activities and the  Carslruhe animal care.


Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

No News.....

Merry Christmas


Year 3

No News.....

and.....Happy New Year

Junior Unit


On Tuesday the Junior Unit students went to the Woodend Children’s Park with their Year 6 Buddies to celebrate a fantastic year together. We started off with a picnic and catch up, and then went to play on the equipment. We have had lots of fun with our Year 6 Buddies throughout the year and we want to wish them all the best in high school.


Student Awards
& Achievements

Students of the Week

JU1 - Nil

JU1 - Nil

JU3 - Nil

MU1 -Blake

The great effort he put into the presentation of his Christmas writing.

MU2 - Sara

For challenging herself when making 3D shapes out of marshmallows and skewers. Amazing effort!

MU3 - Hannah

For a really terrific readers theatre performance and for always being well prepared for show and tell.

MU4 - Luke

For his outstanding dinosaur design using a moving mouth piece!

MU4 - Lily

For always being prepared every Monday for show and tell, leading by example!

MU5 - Campbell

For making wonderful improvements in his handwriting this year. Fantastic Cam!

MU5 - Hunter

For being a great helper in the classroom and always trying his best!

MU6 - Euan

Being a kind and helpful member of the class. Your wonderful Euan!

MU6 - Alex

Always trying his best during any maths lesson. Your a star Alex!

CU3 - Billy

For his excellent talk about his European holiday and his unwavering superb attitude to completing the end of year tests he missed.

CU3 - Year 4's

For their exemplary behaviour and co-operation on the Phillip Island Camp.

CU4 - Sam

For his excellent attitude to completing tasks this week. Keep it up Sam!

CU4 - Year 4's

For their exemplary behaviour and co-operation on the Phillip Island Camp.

SU1 - Nil

SU2 - Nil

Artists of the Week

Year 6 students learnt about George Rodrique and his famous paintings of Blue Dog.  They then created their own Blue Dog picture.


Our Special Artists are:  Lily, Elsie, Olivia, Owen, Riley, Blake, Holly, Frida, Maddie, Gemma, Caitlin, Kate, Eva and Georgia.







Friday 1st February 2019

Canteen  reopens - AND HELP 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.


  • Thank you to Sarah, Meredith, Emma, my two daughters and their friends for helping pack approx 210 sushi orders yesterday (delivered by Bowl of Rice).
  • A huge thanks to all carers who helped in the canteen throughout the year.  Hope to see most of you next year.
  • Merry Christmas to all Woodend families.
  • Term breaks are always a good time to clean out those reusable lunch bags and to update details on Qkr.
  • See you all in 2019.


  • Please ensure your child(ren) have the correct details on Qkr. 
  • 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.



Grand Total raised was $13,496.70 - well done everyone!

The Grade that raised the most money was MU3, who raised $1,475.25.  Great work MU3.


And now for the prize winners: 


Lucky Dip

Miss Mann put all the students names in a box and drew out some lucky dip winners.

  • Hibiki, JU3
  • Coen, MU3
  • Alice, MU5
  • Leo, MU3
  • Ollie, CU1
  • Nell, CU3
  • Kayla, SU1
  • Kai, MU3
  • Gigi, JU3
  • Felix, MU7

Sponsor Prizes

We also drew out the names of some lucky Sponsors.  They get a prize too.

  • Granny (who sponsored) Ryder, MU1
  • Tanya Livkovic - Cohen, JU2
  • Nanna and Grandad - Lincoln, MU1
  • Lyn  & John Tanaskovic - Alex, MU6
  • Jen & Des Dowling - Anna, MU4
  • Tricia O'Hare - James, JU1
  • Kim & Mike Selby - Jasper, MU8
  • Hugh Ellis - Lachlan, JU2
  • Sarah Smith - Tommy, CU2
  • Robyn Cruttenden - Hayden, MU5

The students named can collect their sponsor's prize from the office.


Major Prize Draws

  • Level 2 - Camera.  The winner is Ayden
  • Level 3 - Lenovo Tablet.  The winner is Lachlan
  • Level 4 - iPod Touch.  The winner is Andy
  • Level 5 - Bike.  The winner is Caleb


Congratulations to all our lucky winners.  Once again a big thank you to everyone who supported our 2018 Lapathon.  The money raised will certainly be put to good use.  Lets hope we can raise even more in 2019.

Sandra Mann

Gardening Group

Woodend Community Children's Garden

Over the last fortnight students from grades 1, 2 and 3 have been visiting the garden to taste broad beans and herbs, and learn about seed saving. 


Many thanks to all the volunteer parents, Garden Club kids, Grade 6 Environment Leaders and friends, Woodend Men’s Shed, Woodend Produce Store, Macedon Rangers Produce Store and Sunbury Bunnings who helped out with the Woodend and Carlsruhe gardens this year. The attached photos say it all…. 


Have a relaxing festive break and we’ll see you again in 2019.




Thank you for everyone’s help in making sure the Library books have been returned and of the help during the year and the donations of books too.  Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year. 


Susan Machell


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Atticus, Kurtis, Catherine, Ethan

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Alice, Charlotte

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

Caitlyn, Polly,

End of year Banking 

  • Many thanks to all the students and their families for supporting the Student Banking Program throughout the year.
  • Don't fear if you haven't received your order, the cut off date was November 20th which means it'll arrived in the New Year and be ready to be sent home when school starts again in 2019.
  • Your Dollarmite token tally will automatically be rolled over to 2019.
  • 2019 will also bring a new theme of Dollarmite Rewards, so stay tuned.

Term 4 Rewards - NEW

  • New for Term 4 - Slushie Cup Maker and Zoom Flying Disc

Uniform Shop

Grade 6 Jacket Order

If you would like to purchase a Grade 6 Jacket, there are a couple of purchase options:

  • Place your order and pay immediately via QKR (free phone app). The jacket will be given to your child within the week.
  • Come into the Uniform Shop on a normal selling day by the end of the year  (Tuesdays 8.45 – 9.15am or Thursdays 3 – 4pm).

We know the students are very keen to have their jackets from Day One in Grade 6. Please be conscious that the office staff are extremely busy in the first few weeks of the new school year so it is not recommended that you send money with your child at the beginning of the year with the expectation they will be provided with a jacket. One of the above options is preferable.


Recently students were sized for a jacket and a note advising the estimated appropriate size for your child was sent home. You are welcome to order a different size if you prefer.


Jackets cost $35 each. Please remember to name the jacket clearly.

Lost Property

Please come and check lost property before the end of term. On the last day of school I will be bagging everything up to donate.

Merry Christmas from the ladies at the uniform shop, we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. 

Name Stamp for clothing

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.        


Uniform Shop Hours

Uniform Shop will be open on:
Tuesday 29th January 3 - 4pm

Wednesday 30th January 8.45 - 9.15am

Normal Uniform Shop opening times are:

Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am

Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop


Local Community


School Community


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Managing Christmas Chaos as a Sole Parent

Did anyone else blink and miss 2017? December is hard to navigate at the best of times, but when you’re a single parent it can be particularly challenging logistically, physically, emotionally and mentally.

The end-of-year school concerts, presentation ceremonies, work parties, school parties, social catch-ups, Christmas shopping, decorating, more parties ... anyone else exhausted just reading this?

Nevertheless, here we are just weeks away from the busiest time of year, so it’s time to get proactive about managing the chaos that comes with Christmas.

1. Get technical
Technology has been my saviour in recent years. If it isn’t in my smartphone, it doesn’t happen! As soon as you receive an invitation or notification of an event, enter it into the calendar on your phone. This will minimise the risk of double bookings or at least get you on top of logistics early. For each event I set a reminder for a week ahead, a day ahead and an hour ahead.

Cozi (www.cozi.com) is a scheduling app that can link multiple users within a family. If you and your ex-partner are on Cozi, you can both see important dates that have been scheduled, such as school concerts and end-of-year presentations. Cozi is particularly useful for families that have shared care of the kids, helping everyone to stay across important dates with much less risk of something getting missed.
There is also the Parachuute app (www.parachuute.com) to help with the logistics of getting multiple children to multiple locations. Created by two Melbourne mums, Parachuute is a carpooling app that allows you to tap into your trusted network for help with transporting the kids to their various events.

2. Ask for help
There is a reason the saying “It takes a village...” is so popular. It absolutely DOES take a village to raise a child, especially if you are doing it solo. You physically cannot be in two (or more!) places at once, so reach out and ask family, friends and neighbours you trust for help.

When I moved two hours away from our family home in Sydney, I didn’t know anyone. But less than a year later, I have a lovely bunch of friends – mostly parents of my sons’ friends – whom I feel confident I can turn to when I need extra help. It may feel uncomfortable, but asking for help is one of the simplest things you can do to manage the busyness of Christmas.

3. Lower the high expectations you've set for yourself
This was a big one for me. Once I realised that aiming for perfection was only going to lead to disappointment – let’s face it, nobody is perfect! – I relaxed the ridiculously high standards I had set for myself. These standards were borne of parent guilt, divorce guilt, any sort of guilt you can think of. I did the emotional and mental work necessary to loosen up and lower those expectations.

Why spend hours handmaking individual gifts for teachers, coaches and dance instructors when a handwritten and heartfelt note of thanks will make just as much, if not more, of an impact?

4. Parenting down
My wonderful therapist shared this concept with me. It’s for those tough days – those times when everyone is a little exhausted, ratty and emotional. You don’t have to serve up a fresh, homemade meal with the perfect ratio of the five food groups. No way! If it’s been a tough day, parent down. That’s what 2-minute noodles or Weet-Bix for dinner is for. Give yourself a night off from your own expectations.

5. The gift of presence
Your financial situation changes when you separate, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. If money is a little tight, the kids won’t mind if there are less toys under the tree. Give the gift of your presence. Make a list of fun, low or no-cost experiences you can share together. Bushwalks, trips to the beach, even an afternoon running around under the sprinkler in the backyard. These are what memories are made of and memories last much longer than the latest Pokemon.

I also use this little ditty to keep a lid on gifts: “Something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read.” Add some fun family experiences into the gift-giving mix and you’ll have happy kids.

Christmas can be a tough time of year for single parents. Getting on the front foot from an organisational point of view will stand you in good stead for managing the physical, logistical and emotional demands December brings.

Just keep swimming. You got this.

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

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