Woodend Primary School Newsletter

27 June 2019
Issue 19
2019 Calendar
From the Acting Principal, Victoria Graham
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Foundation Unit
Education Support Team
Student Awards & Achievements
Gardening Group
Library News
PFA News
Student Banking
Uniform Shop / Lost Property
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442

2019 Calendar



27th - NO SCHOOL



Wed 17th - Help needed

Thurs 18th - Help needed

Fri 19th - Linda

Please email woodendcanteen@gmail.com if you can help .  Remember it's only Wednesday, Thursday or Friday,  9-12.30 pm, you receive a free lunch and your child(ren) receive a free icy pole.

June 2019

Thurs 27/06

Parent Teacher Interview Day - NO SCHOOL

Fri 28/06

Prep Health Assessment Questionnaires Due

Last day of Term 2 -   2.30 pm finish

July 2019

Mon 15/07

Term 3 commences

Wed 17/07

MU3 - Parent Teacher Interviews

Thur 18/07

State Cross Country - selected students

Wed 24/07

Years 4-6 Athletic trials (House Sports)

PFA Meeting 7.30 pm

Sat 27/07

PFA Trivia Night

School Term Dates

Term 2019 2020
1 - 28.01.20 - 27.03.20
2 23.04.19 - 28.06.19 14.04.20 - 26.06.20
3 15.07.19 - 20.09.19 13.07.20 - 18.09.20
4 07.10.19 - 20.12.19 05.10.20 - 18.12.20

2019 Pupil Free Days

  • 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

Dental Screening Services to Children

Sunbury Community Health is offering a FREE dental service to junior students (Foundation to Year 2) at Woodend Primary School on Wednesdays 28th August, 4th, 11th and 18th September, 2019.

There are no out-of-pocket costs for any child. Application forms will be distributed prior.

From the Acting Principal,
Victoria Graham

Dress up Day

Thank you to Miss Geer and her Junior School Councillors for organising our ‘Whole School Dress up as your Favourite Movie Character Day’. We appreciate that this was our second dress up day this term, however the Junior School Councillors were extremely keen to organise and hold this event. Thank you to everyone for getting into the spirit and we raised $368.95 which will go towards something for our students.


Thank you

I would just like to thank the entire school community for their understanding and patience while we are going through the Principal Selection process. I would like to acknowledge the commitment and professionalism of our staff and always having the best interests of our students at the forefront of everything they do. Thank you to the parents for the support and appreciation you show and finally to our students – for their enthusiasm and love of learning.


Often one of the best parts of my day is when students share what they have been learning. Here are 2 pieces of writing shared with me this week by Hannah and Rufus from MU5 who were learning about literation’s. 



As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, please take great care on the new decking areas under the big tree at the front of the school and leading into the new portables when it is frosty. I am currently working with the Department and the Project Manager from the Capital works project to find the best solution.

Best Wishes and Welcome

Tomorrow will be Mrs Beaumont’s final day before she takes Family Leave to have her second baby. We wish her and her family all the very best and look forward to hearing all of the news of her new arrival when the time comes.


We would like to welcome Miss Zoe Bronchinetti who will be replacing Mrs Beaumont from the beginning of Term 3. Miss Bronchinetti has already spent a couple of days planning with the Year 1/2  Team and meeting her MU1 class. Here is a brief message from Miss Bronchinetti.


Hi! My name is Zoe Bronchinetti and I am very excited about joining the Woodend Primary School community! I am enthusiastic and committed to creating a warm and caring classroom atmosphere which encourages all of my students to achieve their best. When I’m not teaching I enjoy pursuing creative endeavours including painting and have recently begun learning the ukulele. I am also passionate about playing and watching a range of sports including netball and cheering on my team the Saints at the footy.

I am eager and looking forward to getting to know all of my students and their families over the course of the year!

Happy holidays

Finally I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. A reminder that assembly will be held in the hall at 2.00 pm tomorrow (Friday) and MU1 will be performing. School finishes at 2.30 pm tomorrow.

The first day of Term 3 is Monday 15th July.

From the Office

Compass Parent Contact Details

It is very important that phone & email contact details listed on Compass for parents is correct. Next time you log into Compass you will be prompted to check these details. Please make any necessary adjustments or phone the school office to advise updated details.


If you are experiencing difficulties with any aspect of Compass, please contact the office staff who will be able to help you to navigate to the required area.

Adding a Note/Approval for a Future Absence

You can enter notes and approvals in advance, if you know that your child is going to be absent from school (e.g. scheduled family holiday).

To do this from your homepage, click on the 'Add Attendance Note/Approval' link listed underneath the name of the relevant student. 

This will take you to the Attendance screen, with a pop-up window to enter details of the note or approval. Here you can select the applicable date range - in the future if required. 

Adding an absence note or approval

Recording the late arrival of a student in Compass by parents is not recommended as the notification is not tracking into the Absence portal correctly. Please sign your child in at the office upon arrival.


If your child has any unapproved absences, you will receive an alert on your Compass home page letting you know this, and allowing you to add a Note or Approval. 

Clicking on this notification will take you to the Unexplained tab for that child's attendance, where you can choose to add a Note or Approval for one or more absences. To add a note or approval, select one or more of the absences listed, then select the 'Explain with Note/Approval' button. 

Please note that you cannot edit your notes or approvals after they've been created. If you do need to make any amendments please contact your school, as they can do this for you.

Payment Methods for School Activities


Senior Unit


No news this week.

Carlsruhe Annexe


This term, students have been looking at the difference between, what is something that they need as opposed to something they may want. They have completed a number of tasks researching and discussing what they believe to be a basic human need such as water, air, clothing and shelter, as well as look at the environmental impact they have as a consumer.
To showcase their ideas and knowledge on the subject, students have designed an ecofriendly house, being mindful that their choices in materials and appliances etc. have an impact on the environment. The students came up with some amazing ideas and should be proud of the effort they put into their drawings.


Gumboot racks

Here are some of the new gumboot holders kindly made for us by the Riddells Creek Men’s Shed. They are fantastic! But we still need many more broom handles in order to make enough for all of our students' gumboots.   Please can you help?


Carlsruhe Teachers

Ann Ireland, Nathan Spilsted and Mark Condon

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

 As part of our maths studies this term, Year 1 and 2 have been learning about money. The students have been learning to recognise coins and notes, make different amounts of money and solve problems by figuring out how much change they should get when making a purchase. They have even used their home made produce bags to go ‘shopping’ in the classroom! Lots of children have brought in money from different countries to show their classmates and we have enjoyed seeing currency from all over the world – we are a very well travelled group! The children in the pictures are practising making amounts using coin stamps and coin rubbings and are using large magnetic coins and notes to practise ordering according to value.


Year 3

We are finishing Term 2 with a bang in Year 3!

On Tuesday we had a wonderful morning sharing our castles and animal posters with parents, grandparents and friends. We also had a few older classes visit. Thank you to everyone who came along!


We had a wonderful day at the Melbourne Aquarium last Friday. Our Year 3’s were fantastic representatives for the school and we were so proud of their respectful nature towards others. Both tour guides commented on how wonderfully behaved our students were! Well done everyone! We learnt about the difference between sharks and fish, how to know something is a fish, how animals adapt to different environments and what makes different sea animals unique. A big thank you to Julia, Anita and Jane for being wonderful parent helpers on the day.


Below is a big collection of photos from the Aquarium and our Open Morning. A great way to end our unit on animal classification!


We wish you all a wonderful holiday full of making special memories. See you all in Term 3!

Miss Geer, Mrs Meggs and Miss Radz

Foundation Unit


On Friday the 21st of June the students in Foundation went to the Melbourne Museum. It was the first time on a bus and the first excursion for most of the students. The students were very excited and each had things they were keen to see. The dinosaurs and the huntsman spiders were high on the ‘must see’ list. Our first stop was the ‘Bugs Alive’ exhibit followed by the Wild Animal display. After that we stopped for lunch and a brief play outside. We would have liked to have gone on the playground but the rain had left it too wet. The last part of the day saw us visit the Ocean exhibit and the Melbourne exhibit. Then finally….. the dinosaurs! This was very popular with students and adults. The bus trip back saw JU1 win the ‘Quiet as a Mouse’ game and some sleepy children. All in all it was a great day and a successful introduction to school excursions. A huge thank you to the mums who came to help on the day. They made the day enjoyable for the students and were a huge help to the teachers.  


School Nurse visit

Trina Douglas (Ph: 0408 177 814), our Primary School Nurse, will be visiting our school early next term.


Prep Health Assessments:  All parents/carers of prep grade children are requested to complete a Health Questionnaire and return the form to the school office or classroom teacher by 28th June.


Referrals (All Grades): Parents and/or teachers may refer children from any grade for assessments of vision, hearing, basic speech, toileting problems, general health or any parental concerns.  Please sign a referral form at the school office.


Children cannot be seen without a signed consent from a parent or guardian.

There is no cost for the service. 

Trina can be contacted at any time throughout the year.

Education Support Team

The Friendship Tree

As part of the integration unit we have established a gathering place for students during recess times.  Here students can meet and play outdoor activities together under the big oak tree, or what some of the students call it, "The Friendship Tree."  

From Terri Bosanko

The Education Support Team


Student Awards & Achievements

Students of the Week

Assembly will be 2 pm tomorrow.   

Students of the Week will be acknowledged in next terms newsletter.


Artists of the Week

This week the students from MU6 are our 'Artists of the Week' with their fantastic castles and this was a big job.  The students worked so hard on building and decorating their castles.  Great job MU6, you are all our Star Artists this week.


Gardening Group

Winter Veg Sale

Thanks to everyone who purchased winter green goodies from the Woodend Community Children’s Garden Winter Veggie sale on Monday.  We made $106.65 which will cover the cost of Spring seeds and seedlings. The attached photos show the kids helping us pick and prepare the produce and the array of winter greens and fresh herbs we had for sale.



A huge THANK YOU to Mel for helping with the produce stall and for joining me each Monday in the garden this term.

Plant Label Art Competition

It’s great to see so many entries in the box for the Plant Label Art Competition for our forthcoming indigenous garden. The winner will be announced early next term.


Some other STEAM competitions you might like to enter if you’ll looking for something to do these holidays:

Gardening Group Facilitator

Nicole Middleton - 0418 233 366



Have a safe and happy holidays.

Help need for Term 3.   Please contact the Canteen to assist.


Please update details on Qkr and lunch bags.

  • Please ensure your child(ren) have the correct details on Qkr. 
  • Make sure you've chosen the correct day for the lunch order.
  • 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.

Library News

Skirt clothes Hangers

If you have any skirt hangers spare you’d like to be rid of, I would appreciate the donation.  We use them to store the big books and I’m running out.  Thanking you in advance.


Library Books OVERDUE

Please have a good look around home for any overdue library books during the holidays and have them returned for next term.  Thank you!

FYI Book Club

I am loving Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure by Alex T. Smith.  Number one…who doesn’t love a Penguin?  Number Two…a Penguin just trying to make ends meet by becoming a detective so he can pay his bills, and thirdly…a penguin with a Spider for a best mate??

“Mr Penguin and Colin (a spider and Mr Penguin's silent right hand man) are called in to find the missing treasure somewhere in the Museum of Extraordinary Objects. The quest finds them solving secret codes, fighting ferocious beasts, eating fish finger sandwiches and travelling deep below the museum to a lost jungle... “

It's a funny, adventure filled tale that will have you laughing away to yourself – like I did!!

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Woodend Primary School is excited to be participating.

  • The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 6 September 2019.
  • Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.
  • All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.
  • To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc

Library Session Times

  • Option A: check your classroom day/time for returning books.
  • Option B: tub outside the library door so books can be returned at any time.  
Library Sessions Mon Tues Wed
9.50 am - 10.15 am SU1 CU2 MU2
10.15 am – 10.40 am SU2 MU5 MU1
11.10 am – 11.35 am SU3 MU7 MU4
11.35 am – 12.00 pm   MU8 MU3
12.00 pm – 12.35 pm   MU6  
1.50 pm – 2.15 pm JU2    
2.40 pm – 3.05 pm JU1    
3.05 pm – 3.30 pm CU1 CU3  


Susan Machell

PFA News

Woodend Primary School Trivia Night!​​​​​​ - 27.07.19

It's not always just the kids who get to use their brain power, join us for a night of fun at the Woodend Primary School Trivia Night!

  • Get a group together (maximum of 10 per table) and don your thinking caps from 7pm on Saturday 27 July.
  • BYO Food and Drinks on the night.
  • Book your tickets on Qkr.  $15.00 p/p



Parents And Friends - Fundraising Activities for 2019

Term 3

Trivia Night - Saturday 27th July

Father's Day Breakfast - Friday 30 August

Term 4

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Saturday 30th November

Christmas Raffle

Danni Findlay


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Remy, Caitlyn, Alexis, Caleb

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered


10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home


Term 2 Rewards - NEW

  • New for Term 2 - Icicle Slapband Ruler and Yeti Fluffy Notepad


School Banking

TOKENS - WPS  utilises the Commonwealth Bank School Banking Portal to track tokens, so no longer issue physical tokens. I will notify students when they are eligible to redeem a reward. 


  • Wednesday: Hand in books via classroom
  • Thursday: Books processed and returned to the classroom

Getting involved in School Banking is easy!

1. Online

Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.

2. In branch

Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.


If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.

Uniform Shop / Lost Property

Going, Going, GONE !

The more valuable items that are handed in, are kept at the office and not on the lost property shelves.  If you or your child recognise any of these items, please see the office ladies.

On Friday afternoon I will be donating all no named items to local charity shops.


Do you own size 5 Asics runners like these: 
Wednesday, a week or so ago during lunch time activities in the Music room, a pair of runners were accidently put on and this pair were left.   
If the runners you are wearing have felt a bit different over the past week, this might be why.
The pair accidently taken don't have a hole in the front netting and the heels are a bit squashed. 
Please have a close look if you have runners like this at home and come to the office if you have found the missing shoes.   

Name Stamp for clothing

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

This is the website on where to find it.        https://stamptastic.co.uk/

Lost property

  • Lost property is located outside the uniform shop door. 
  • Named items will be returned to the classroom. 
  • Unnamed items will be placed here until end of term, then they are donated to charity. 
  • Please stop by from time to check and see whether any items belong to you.

Uniform Shop Hours

Normal Uniform Shop opening times are:

  • Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am
  • Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop

Community News



Woodend Primary School


Macedon Ranges Shire Council


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Not in front of the children!

The things parents say in front of their children have wide-ranging effects on their learning, confidence and behaviour.

Ever said something about another person in front of your children, only to hear one of the kids repeat those words in public when the subject of your comments is around? Yes, children’s blatant honesty can embarrass the hell out of their parents. We need to be mindful of what we say in front of our children.

But being embarrassed by our children is only half the communication story. As celebrated US psychologist Martin Seligman found in his ground-breaking research about optimism, children usually reflect the explanatory style of their primary parent by the age of eight. So, for instance, if a parent is a raging pessimist there’s every chance that their kids will pick up and convey the same ‘woe is me’ way of viewing the world from an early age. As parents, this means we need to be really mindful of how we present the world to our kids.

Kids take their cues from parents as trusted adults
But it’s not just with optimism or pessimism that we need to be careful about our messaging. Kids take their cues from their parents as they work out how to behave and belong in all sorts of ways. Tell a child he has a learning difficulty and he’ll believe it. Tell a child she has a behaviour problem and she will believe that. Tell them they are no good at maths and the message will more than likely stick. And why not? Children look at parents as wise, trusted adults who know a thing or two about the world. Even adolescents, who are renowned for wanting to challenge the authority and world view of their parents, still use their parents as significant reference points.

Parents who talk down other people – including teachers, friends and family members – in the vicinity of their children are teaching those kids to devalue those same people. Even when we vent about someone else out of sheer frustration we are shaping our children’s views about those people.

For all these reasons, as parents we need to be so careful about the messages we give out.

‘I don’t have to do that work’
Recently I heard how a thirteen-year-old girl refused point blank to work for a teacher as her mother had said that the teacher’s expectations were unreasonable. Miss 13 cited her mother’s views when she refused to get to work saying, “My mum says I’ve got a problem with learning. She says you need to take it easy on me but you don’t. I don’t have to do your work!”

This type of entrenched view is very difficult for a teacher to encounter without ridiculing the parents and the young person. However stories like this are more common than most people think. They reinforce the notion that parents need to be mindful of what they say in front of their children, whether that be about the child’s abilities, their teachers or anyone else.

Negative views can easily shut down kids’ learning. Some children are quicker than others to latch on to even a skerrick of their parents’ negativity as an excuse either not to work or to lower the expectations of others.

Sometimes it's best to say nothing at all
As adults we have all sorts of opinions that don’t necessarily need to be shared with our kids. We may hold strong political views for example, but if young people are to formulate their own opinions then it may wise to curb our opinions when they are around.

Similarly, it may be smart to keep mum if our views about religion, sexuality and ethnicity are intolerant or don’t follow the mainstream. That’s not to say we don’t discuss these issues at home. Children and parents in healthy families are able to discuss all manner of issues, with even extreme views tolerated and challenged rather than mindlessly expressed and held as if they are the only possible truth.

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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Give Me A School Among The Gum Trees.pdf
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