Woodend Primary School Newsletter

13 June 2019
Issue 17
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
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442

2019 Calendar



Thurs 13th - No help required

Fri 14th - Louisa, John

Wed 19th - Marga

Thurs 20th - Julia

Fri 21st - Emma, Elena

Wed 26th - Sushi Day - Tracey, Meredith.  Helpers required

Please contact me on mobile 0411 558 557 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

Fri 14/06

Cobaw Winter Sports (selected students)

Mon 17/06

School Council 7 pm

Wed 19/06

Snr Unit - (current and prospective) Parent information session 6.30-7.30 pm

No keyboard session

Fri 21/06

Foundation Unit - Museum excursion

Yr 3 excursion to Melbourne Aquarium

Mon 24/06

Snr Unit - (current and prospective) Parent information session 3.45-4.45 pm

Wed 26/06

Whole school dress up day, gold coin donation.  see Principals report

Sushi Day

PFA meeting at 7.30 pm

Thurs 27/06

Parent Teacher Interview Day - NO SCHOOL

Fri 28/06

Last day of Term 2.   2.30pm finish

Mon 15/07

First day of Term 3. 

2019 School Dates

Term 2  -  23.04.2019 - 28.06.2019

Term 3  -  15.07.2019 - 20.09.2019

Term 4  -  07.10.2019 - 20.12.2019

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

Dear Parents/Carers

During my time at Woodend Primary School I have always been able to talk proudly to visitors, parents and general community about the wide variety of opportunities and dedicated, highly skilled and talented staff we have. I talk about the caring and welcoming nature of our students and confidence they gain through our programs. Yesterday Kerry, Mrs Connell and her class and I were lucky enough to be the first to see Mr Bromley’s Year 5/6 Marima group perform.  I believe they will also be performing at the Carlsruhe Fair later this year.



Once again I would like to congratulate our Carlsruhe Unit on their amazing and creative Assembly Item last week. It was fantastic to see so many parents come to support their children. I’m sure it will be the start of another tradition and a song for our students to take with them into adulthood. One of the things I have been most looking forward to with our bigger hall, was having the capacity to put on more class items and presentations. We look forward to seeing each of the grades perform throughout the rest of the year. At this stage we do not have any more items this term, however I will list next term’s schedule in the last newsletter for this term.

  • There will be no Assembly this Friday (13th) due to Winter Sports and none the following Friday (21st) due to numerous excursions.  
  • We will have an Assembly next Wednesday 19th June and the Year 5/6 Marimba Group will perform.

Winter Weather

We have now had a few days where we have received torrential rain. On these occasions students remain inside. Where possible we do like the students to go outside, but expect them to show some responsibility with their play, especially on the oval so as not to get too wet or muddy. We encourage students to wear warm coats, gumboots and when inside, slippers. Please also make sure your child has a complete change of clothing if they do slip over, as we have an extremely limited supply at school. Students who repeatedly play in the mud or puddles may be required to stay off the oval and parents may be called if we do not have spare clothes. When the oval is particularly wet it will be called out of bounds for everyone. We would appreciate you reinforcing this at home with your children. Thank you.

Special Thanks

As we often mention, we are extremely fortunate to have so many parents who are able to help out in many ways. The Carlsruhe Community are spending tireless hours organising the upcoming Fair, Parents and Friends have already held and have a number of special events organised. Thank you to Mark Gray and his helper Patrick who cleaned our water tanks at Carlsruhe on Monday, Brad Dean for chopping up a small tree which fell over in the grounds and Shayne Summers and Mark Gray for preparing the front of the school for our new sign to be installed which the PFA purchased just before the Capital Works began.

Alannah and Madeline Foundation

Please find attached the Cyber Safety resources from the recent workshop.


Parent Teacher Interviews

If you haven’t already booked your Parent Teacher Interview please do so through Compass. If you are having any trouble please contact the office and we will assist. Reports will be available on Compass Tuesday 25th June and Parent Teacher Interviews held on Thursday 27th June. This will be a Student Free Day, although students are invited to attend interviews. Interviews provide the perfect opportunity to meet with your child’s classroom teacher to discuss their achievements and progress so far and set new goals for Semester 2.

Junior School Council News...

On Wednesday the 26th of June we will be having a dress-up day to celebrate the end of term and help to raise money for our school.

Our theme is ‘Movie Characters!’ Please bring a gold coin donation and come dressed as your favourite movie character. The money raised will go towards the new games and four square line marking on the netball court for all students to use. We can’t wait to see our school swarming with famous movie stars!


Below is some dress up day inspiration as suggested by your Junior School Council Reps:


From the Office

Lost Property

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.

Head Lice

It has been brought to our attention that some parents have found it necessary to treat their child for head lice.


Please carry out a thorough check of your children’s hair for any signs of lice or nits and carry out the relevant treatment if necessary, as per the attached document.


Compass School Manager


Below are a couple of links to video tutorials which parents may find helpful when using Compass


Adding an absence note or approval:

Recording the late arrival of a student in Compass by parents is not recommended as it is not tracking into the Absence portal correctly. Parents are still required to sign their child in at the office upon arrival.


Booking Parent Teacher Conferences:

If you are still 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.

Payment Methods for School Activities


Senior Unit

Guest Speakers

On Wednesday we had Ms. Quinn's dad and his friend Dave come to talk to us about their jobs as fireman at the Melbourne Airport and Ayers Rock. They taught us a lot of things about being a fireman and how hard it is. One of the main things we learnt is that they don't just put out fires they help people if they are in need and they also do water rescues. We got to feel how heavy they’re uniform is and what they have to wear. Their uniform is made out of kevlar which is like bullet proof material but stretchy. Their boots have steel caps to protect them from the fire and getting burnt.

Earn and Learn update

United States of Chamerski

This week was our 4th official town meeting and the USC police force announced to be stricter on our local citizens, and adding some rainbow colour to our room with a gay pride flag! The bank manages have organised new bank cards that sell for $20.00 per week. The USC police have also organised driving courses and driving licenses with a fee of $50.00. Rowan’s Tech Company has also released coupons for good behaviour.  On Tuesday the real estate agents (Jackson & Sam) have worked extremely hard on getting houses on the market for our ‘Sam the property Man’ is his company name. The prices started off high for the houses but our real estates say we can agree on a price that can suit. Finally we have the latest news on our Meme Market with the sea food bundle!

And that’s all for your weekly news until next time!

~Laura / historian USC


Quinnsland Update

Nil to report

New Harrap City

Nil to report

Carlsruhe Annexe


This week CU1 have been exploring how adding adjective, more powerful verbs and adverbs can improve ‘sick’ sentences.

Here are some of our ideas:


The chair floated in the air. The magician used his powers. He wore a hat and a waistcoat.

The hard ,wooden chairs floated uncontrollably in thin air .The amazing magician used his crazy mind powers .He wore a short hat and a leather waistcoat.  

By Gillian.



It was really cold. There was lots of snow and ice.

It was extremely cold. There was mountains of cold, icy snow everywhere.   By Molly




The horses ran across the field. They were white. They were moving very quickly.

The ghost horses galloped across the field in a crisscross fashion. They all were a ghostly translucent white. They were moving swiftly and as fast as light.  By Natalia



The crow flew across the sky. It had wings and a beak.

The evil, noisy crow swiftly flew across the dark, misty sky. It had long, smooth wings and a sharp, yellow beak.  Its orange eyes looked out at the stars. His stomach was rumbling and his throat was dry.

By Sophie


The girl was in a forest. It was a bit scary. The trees were big and tall she couldn’t see much sky.

A young, small girl named Lilly was in the dark and gloomy, ghostly Isinia forest. She was scared and frightened. The skinny and spooky, leafless trees were towering upwards, so she couldn’t see very much of the slowly darkening sky.  By Molly


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

In Mathematics this week Year 1 and 2's have been exploring money with hands on activities around coins, notes and even change! Students have enjoyed playing Money Bingo and making a pretend lunch order.


Students have made some amazing Mandala Poems this week. They started with a blank mandala template and filled it in with pictures, beginning in the middle with something small. Next they wrote a poem to match their mandala.


MU1 is especially excited for next week’s assembly where we will present our Author Study Books, through a small skit, to the school.

Year 3

Did you see our Compass alert? We are excited to invite all parents to visit our classroom on Tuesday the 25th of June from 9.00 to 9.30 am to view our amazing Animal projects. Students have put so much time and effort into completing these projects at school and we absolutely want them to have a chance to show them off! Add it to your dairies! A sneak peak of our posters is below. 


Don’t forget our excursion to the Aquarium is coming up next Friday 21st of June. We will send home details of what to bring next week. Students will not be taking their school bags on the day. MU7 made fish in preparation, see below!


Parents Teacher Interview times are available on Compass now. If you are not available on the 27th of June for an interview, please contact your child’s classroom teacher and arrange an alternative time. Reports are available via Compass on the 25th of June. 


Foundation Unit


The students in Foundation are currently being introduced to the elements of a story in preparation for writing stories of their own. As part of this process the students from Miss Geer’s grade, Year 3 students, visited the Foundation students last week and read them stories they had written and published themselves. All the students enjoyed this opportunity.


Education Support Team


During this term I have been working with small groups of Foundation students, our focus has been on two main skills – fine motor control and letter - sound recognition.

Fine motor control includes, developing finger strength, learning correct pencil grip, using scissors, tracing and writing.

Letter - sound recognition is all about learning that the letters of the alphabet have both a name and a sound.

Here are some of the children hard at work.

From Catherine


The Education Support Team


Student Awards & Achievements

Students of the Week

JU1 - Cruz

For his great writing and illustration on Pirate Day.

JU2 - Olivia

For demonstrating our school value, respect and always following classroom expectations.

MU1 - Audrey

For completing a wonderful diagram of a Long Nosed Potoroo using neat handwriting and colour.

MU2 - Archie

For coming to school everyday with a smile and excited to share some new Dinosaur facts.

MU3 - Will

For putting considerable effort into your science homework.

MU4 - Tom

For writing a wonderful shape poem about a circle. Well done Tom!

MU5 - Damey

For her creative 5 senses poem about school. Well done!

MU6 - Leah

For living our school value of being a learner by working so hard on her shark project

MU7 - Sara

For constantly demonstrating what it means to be a learner. Sara has produced an amazing animal report on lions. Amazing work Sara!

MU8 - Reeanan

For always coming to school with a growth mindset and being ready to learn.

CU1 - Phoebe

Always being organised in the classroom and working creatively and cooperatively with others during Jobs Time and cubby building.

CU2 - Mikael

For his outstanding sharing about the history of clothing during Integrated Studies.

CU3 - Ossie

Working well, being an excellent role model and helping others.

SU1 - Diesel

For being a positive spark in our classroom!! You Rock!!

SU2 - Edward

For his positive attitude and hard work in our Earn and Learn program.

SU3 - Eliza

For the excellent effort she put into adding and subtracting decimals. You’re a superstar!

Classes of the Week


Awarded for great verbal participation in French.

Artists of the Week

Year 1 students have just completed pictures of a seahorse.  Students read the book 'Mr Seahorse' by Eric Carle and then used some of his paper collage techniques in their own work.

Great effort Year 1.

Our Star Artists are: Lacey, Moser, Rhys, Imogen, Edwin, Dash, Imogen, Sean, Grace, Fergus, Holly, Hibiki, Jayden, Tessa and Georgina.

Gardening Group

Plant Label Art Competition

Restoration of the Woodend Community Children’s Garden is well underway. In Spring we will be putting in an indigenous plant garden. This garden will form habitat for animals, birds, insects and reptiles, while showcasing native plants that grow in Woodend. Each plant species will have an informative label next to it, which together will form an educational, self-guided tour of Woodend indigenous vegetation.


Text for the labels will be provided by botanist, Nicole Middleton, but we would like a student's artwork to be used as the label background. The labels will be professionally printed by Macedon Ranges Signs, so the winning artwork will be on display permanently.


Competition brief:

  • Create an artwork that can be used as the background for plant labels in the Woodend Community Children’s Garden
  • Use A4 size paper or card, landscape orientation (ie. on it’s side)
  • Use any media you wish (paint, collage, pencil, text, crayon, etc)
  • One entry per student
  • Neatly write your name and class in grey lead pencil on the back
  • Place in to the box at the school office by 3.30 pm Wed 26 June.

Native species in the garden will include wattles, black gum, banksia, river bottle brush, peas, tea trees, mother shield fern, tussock and kangaroo grass, wandering postman, cut-leaf daisies and lots more (see Woodend Landcare Plant List). You might like to research these online or borrow some books from the library to see what they look like and include them in your art work.


The winner will be announced at School assemble and in the newsletter.

Some plant label background ideas…

 …now design and make your own.

Gardening Group Facilitator

Nicole Middleton - 0418 233 366



  • Sushi Day is Wednesday June 26th.   Tracey, John, More helpers required.
  1. Qkr orders only.     Order details attached.
  2. Cut off is Friday 21st June at 10 amStrictly no late orders.
  3. No other lunch orders will be available on this day.
  4. Limited counter sales.
  5. Please contact Louisa via canteen should you be free to help.
  • New products from Allied Chefs:  Macaroni Cheese 200g $4.50 / Beef Lasagna 220g $4.50
  • I will be away from Friday 21st June to 2nd August.  Louisa Kelly will be my relief on canteen.

Please contact me if you can help out in June. Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.  Only 9-12.30pm with a free lunch for you and a free icy pole for your child(ren). No money to count, just orders to fill. Call me on 0411 558 557.   


Please update details on Qkr and lunch bags.

  • 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.

Library News


Please remember to return your library books on time to ensure they're readily available for the next person.

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


Apologies for error to Fathers Day breaky - Friday 30th August (not 31st).

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

Caitlyn, Alexis, Caleb

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Annabelle, Flynn, Polly, Catherine

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

waiting on Mr. Postman

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

  • 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.


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.        


Uniform Shop Hours

Normal Uniform Shop opening times are:

Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am

Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop

Community News



Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Managing your child’s anxiety

If your child feels anxious reassure them that these feelings are a normal response to new people, events or potentially challenging situations. Help your child understand that there is a great deal they can do to manage their anxious feelings, so they can get on with the activities they enjoy.

Explain anxiety
If your child is anxious they may struggle to explain how they feel. An important first step in anxiety self-management is explaining to your child how anxiety works.

  • Teach your child that the amygdala, the part of the brain that protects them, is always on high alert when they are anxious.
  • Explain that the amygdala sees danger where there is none, but the body prepares to fight for life or flee from danger as if it’s protecting them from a hungry lion.
  • Talk about the changes that happen in their body to power them up to fight or flee including; increased heart and breathing rates and the pumping of the blood from the stomach to the arms and legs, which can cause nausea and even vomiting for some.

Help recognise anxiety-inducing events
Help your child to recognise the specific situations and events that make them feel anxious such as meeting new friends, sitting tests and fear of rejection. In this way you can help your child manage and minimise his feelings of anxiety.


Respond with empathy
When your child feels anxious, the part of the brain that controls rational thinking, decision-making and concentration temporarily goes offline. They can feel easily overwhelmed by simple, everyday events and situations. Rather than protecting your child by allowing them to avoid meeting these challenges, or dismissing them as trivial, validate their feelings with statements such as “I can see you’re feeling worried about going to camp without your brother.”

Managing anxious moments
Help your child develop the tools to regulate and push their anxious feelings to the background. Practise these anxiety management tools when your child is feeling calm, and it will be easier for them to practise when they are nervous. These include:

  • Taking some deep breaths: Deep belly breathing from the diaphragm calms the amygdala, reducing feelings of anxiousness
  • Bringing their attention back to the present: Use their senses to bring their attention to the present moment and away from their worries – “Tell me five things you see, four things you hear and something you smell”
  • Getting them moving: Physical exercise is not only a great distraction but it releases feel-good endorphins that help children and young people feel better and more optimistic about the future
  • Defusing their thoughts: Help your child to distance themselves from their thoughts by using distancing statements. Replace “I’m going to fail the test” with “I had a thought that I’m going to fail the test.” Rather than changing their thinking, assist your child to distance themselves from unhelpful thoughts

There's a great deal you can do to help your child manage their anxiety. Start by assisting your child to understand the fundamentals of anxiety, show your understanding of their feelings and be ready to support them emotionally to push their anxiety to the background.

As your school has a membership with Parenting Ideas, you can attend the upcoming webinar - Managing your child’s anxiety - at no cost!

About the webinar
Join Michael Grose in this webinar where he will help parents better understand the nature of anxiety, equip them to recognise it in children, and provide practical tools to help children and young people manage and minimise their anxious states.
Tuesday 25 June 2019 8:00pm AEST.
This webinar is $37 per person to attend, and is free of charge to families at schools that have a membership.
How parents can redeem the voucher
1. Click this link: https://www.parentingideas.com.au/parent-resources/parent-webinars/webinar-managing-your-childs-anxiety
2. Click ‘Add to cart’
3. Click ‘View cart’
4. Enter the voucher code ANXIETY and click ‘Apply Coupon’ (valid until 25 July 2019). Your discount of $37 will be applied.
5. Click ‘Proceed to checkout’
6. Fill in your account details. These details are used to login to your account and access your parenting material
7. Click ‘Place Order’

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
Adult AMF Connect_Top 10 Tips.pdf
Adult AMF Connect_Parent Resource List.pdf
Adult AMF Connect_Cyber Issues.pdf
Sushi 26.6.19.pdf
2019 Canteen Menu as at 30.1.19.pdf
Give Me A School Among The Gum Trees.pdf
Uniform Order Form.pdf
Qkr - Uniform Shop Orders - HOW TO....pdf