Woodend Primary School Newsletter

13 December 2018
Issue 40
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


Thur 13/12

Year 4/5 Project Display for parents.  Woodend at 9am / Carlsruhe at 2pm

Fri 14/12

PFA will draw Christmas Raffle at Assembly 3 pm

Tue 18/12

Year 6 Graduation - 6 pm dinner, 7.30 pm start

Wed 19/12

Yr 6 excursion to Fun Fields

Yr 4/5 BUPA  visit at 2 pm (singing carols) 

Sushi Day - No other lunch orders

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 



Last day for the return of library books was Friday 7th December.  We still have over 150 students with books still out on loan.  We ask that books are returned ASAP so final stocktake can be completed before the end of the year.  This is especially important for the Year Sixes and those leaving the school, to make sure books are returned.  Those with outstanding books will receive a notice home today or tomorrow.  Please check with your children if they need to return any books and assist us by following this up.

​I would very much appreciate everyone helping with this please.

Susan Machell


From the Principal,
Diana Ellis

Dance Festival

Last night was our Dance Fest. In the short period of time we had, it was delightful to see so many students and parents up dancing and showing some very creative moves in the Macarena, Monster Mash and Chicken Dance.

Unfortunately things did not go to plan and we had to cut the evening short with the threat of large storm front. Although the storm did not eventuate it was essential for risk management that we made a call to ensure the safety of all members of our community.

I apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment and appreciate the understanding communicated by many.

We are hoping to find an opportunity next week where year levels can still perform their dances for parents. We will communicate this via COMPASS.


Parents and Friends

I would like to communicate my sincerest appreciation to the group of parents that organised an operated the barbecue at the Dance Fest. This small but amazing group of people make a huge contribution to our school. We are hoping that we can encourage more people to come on board next year.

Visual Arts Program

This week I have had the pleasure of being invited to the Art room on 3 occasions to enjoy the work of our Year 3 students. I was highly impressed with the attention to detail and the pride students demonstrated in their finished pieces.


Building Works

As many of you will have noticed, there has been a lot of work happening on site this week. This week we had the large crane in to re-position our portable and the toilet block. Of course for this to occur it has been necessary for a lot of prior preparation including the removal of furniture and items.

I would to extend my sincerest appreciation to all of the people involved – staff, students and parents. Over the holidays (approx. Jan 20) we will be moving all of the furniture back into the portables so that teachers can prepare their classrooms in readiness for the school year.



This week we had our whole school Transition, including the final visit for our 2019 Foundation students.  The students all had the opportunity to meet their new teachers and class mates and participate in some engaging activities. Transition day is a huge logistical event to organise and a big thank you goes to Sue and Kerry for all of the behind the scenes organisation.


Class placements

I would like to thank our parent community for your trust in our decision making in regards to the best placement of students in classes. This is a challenging and time consuming task with many factors taken into consideration. The feedback we have received has been very positive and appreciative of our efforts.

Year 6 Fundraising

In the last month our Year 6 students have worked hard to fundraise for their trip to Fun Fields. Having raised well beyond their target they chose to donate the extra money to a charity. This was over $500. They decided on “Soldier On”. This decision came after a visit from an ex-soldier, Clint Stretton who talked to our students about PTSD. He also came to pick up Christmas cards that our students had made for affected soldiers.

Year 4

Today I had the pleasure of engaging with the Year 4 students from CU3 and CU4 as they presented the culmination of the work they have done this term to parents, students and staff. The work presented was of a high quality and the students demonstrated great pride in their finished dioramas and books.


From the Office

PFA Raffle Tickets

Cut off day for PFA raffle tickets is Friday 9.30am.   Raffle to be drawn 3pm at assembly.

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

Soldier On

On Thursday the 6th of December two retired soldiers Matt and Clint came in to talk about PTSD.

PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and it affects not just soldiers but normal people too who have experienced a traumatic event. Every year we make Christmas cards for the soldiers in hospital. Matt and Clint talked to us about their careers as soldiers and what it is like to live a normal life. There is a charity called ‘Soldier On’ which supports soldiers with PTSD by giving them helplines and calming dogs. During the month of November the Year 6’s fundraised more than they needed so we are donating over $500 dollars to Soldier On. Matt and Clint were very kind and everyone there had a great experience. -Ashley


Carlsruhe Annexe

Philip Island Camp

A huge thank you to all the parents, Renee Kelcey, Damien Yap, Damien Farrell, Simon Boyer, teachers Diana Ellis, Ann Ireland, Catherine Pell, Pam Lenders and our two bus drivers, namely Richie and Jason. Without all of your unwavering assistance across the three days, everything would not have gone so smoothly. There were a few bleary eyes for our early start on Wednesday and some excited parents waving us off too. The students deserve a congratulations too for their exemplary behaviour and co-operation. We had many compliments from members of the public and staff at the camp and excursion centres saying how impressed they were. 

The year 4 camp was an action packed event, with many amazing experiences for the students. Some of the highlights were; watching the shearwater birds come in to roost on Cape Woolamai, the crate building activity, the giant swing, archery, the climbing wall, the penguin parade, the Arctic Journey and having fun on the beach. The students had a wonderful time, taking on challenges and new experiences with enthusiasm.


Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

As we come to the end of another school year, MU5 spent some time working in groups to brainstorm about the different things they did inside and outside of the classroom this year. Once they had completed their brainstorm, they worked together to write a reflection on the things they enjoyed doing at Woodend Primary School and in MU5.


Here are what the students came up with:

We loved the Lapathon because we all got lots of points. We also liked the sports day because each team tried their best. The excursion to the Melbourne Museum was fun because it was interesting learning about all of the history. One exciting thing that happened this year was throwing sponges at the teachers.  -Lilly, Rose, James and Giselle.


In term one our favourite thing to do was write about our weekend because it was always fun. In term two we loved doing PE because we all enjoy doing PE. In term three the Year 1's made puppets in art and everyone did a good job. In term four we loved doing the grade six fundraising because we got icy poles.  -Bronte, Abbey, Campbell and Hayden.


We enjoyed PE because it is fun and we do lots of fun things. We all enjoyed doing art because every class we have new and good things to make. In procedural writing we learnt how to make jelly. We loved doing this because we all got to eat it at the end. We all enjoyed transition day because we had fun meeting our new classmates and teacher.  -Edgar, Hunter, Lotti and Polly.  


In term one we enjoyed doing the book studies because it was fun reading the book and then doing activities about it. In term two we enjoyed the pool excursion because it was fun swimming around and doing activities. In term four we went on the grade two camp. We went on the flying fox, the giant swing, the rope course and we also caught yabbies.  -Ella, Camilla and James.


We liked transition day because it is a day to meet your new teacher and your new classmates. We loved science because it is very fun and it has lots of fun experiments. Lapathon was also great because we got to do exercise and we all love running around.  -Ava, James, Calab and Odin


Our year in MU5 went a little like this... we made fabulous dinosaurs in Integrated Studies. We also made egg catchers to catch an egg without breaking it. The Year 6 fundraising was really fun because we got to throw sponges at a teacher. Some of us went on the grade two camp and enjoyed going on the giant swing, giant flying fox and the low ropes course. We also went to the Melbourne Museum and it was awesome.  -Breanna, Bridie, Alice and Reeanon


We loved the whole school dress up day because we loved giving people with cancer money to try and fix them. Some of us went on Year 2 camp, which was a lot of fun. We went on the flying fox, the low ropes course and we also went yabbying. It was a really good year because we did lots of fun things and we had an awesome teacher called Mr. Bruns.  -Rohan, Cooper, Liam and Audrey.


Year 3

This week Year 3 had a great time showing off their Creativity projects and procedural texts. We had a lot of parents/guardians come for a visit and the students were very proud of their achievements.


The Year 3’s also has a visit to the Carlsruhe campus for Transition day where they had a tour of their new campus and met their teachers for 2019. They were very excited and some of their responses included:


I really enjoyed Carlsruhe and I can’t wait to go – Euan

I like being around animals and I can’t wait to go there – Kurt

I‘m looking forward to the new teachers and school – Taylah

I’m looking forward to taking the guinea pigs home and using the netbooks – Chloe

When you’re there you’ll never get bored! – Lucy

I’m really looking forward to caring for all the animals – Gemma

Can’t wait to get to see the animals! – Charlie


We have also begun our Christmas craft activities including making ornaments from pipe-cleaners and wire, reindeer decorations and making Christmas trees. 

Junior Unit


No news from the Foundation rooms this week.

Student Awards
& Achievements

Students of the Week

JU1 - Paddy

Working really hard to improve his handwriting when writing on the dotted thirds. Great work Paddy!

JU1 - Polly

Writing a fabulous retell of The Three Little Pigs. Well done Polly!

JU2 - Lisa

Using problem solving and creative thinking when designing and making a wind chime.

JU3 - Xavier

Having great ideas in STEM and following instructions to create a marble run.

MU1 - Cooper

His excellent show and tell presentation about transport in the past.

MU2 - Lonsdale

Discovering 2D and 3D shapes in our school environment and identifying the properties of these shapes.

MU2 - Tiana

Discovering 2D and 3D shapes in our school environment and identifying the properties of these shapes.



MU3 - Logan

Doing jobs around the classroom without having to be asked. Thanks Logan.

MU4 - Abby

Her excellent reading this term!

MU5 - Lilly

Making wonderful improvements in her expression when she reads. Fantastic Lilly!

MU6 - William

The incredible effort he put in to his “Creativity Project” where he made a bright green strach hammer out of wood. You rock!

MU7 - Laine

Going out to Carlsruhe to learn all about it for next year. Well done!

MU8 - Leila

Being a role model for her peers by always ‘turning in’ when asked and working quietly on her set task.

CU1 - CU4 - on camp

SU1 - Kate

Showing teamwork and helping out above the call of duty. You Rock!

SU2 - Riley

Being a massive help this week and with the flow. Thank heaps!





13th  NO help needed

14th  Marga, Michael

19th  SUSHI DAY - Help needed.






Friday 1st February 2019

Canteen  reopens

  • 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.


  • Help is needed next Wednesday 19th for Sushi Day 9am-10am or 11.30am-12.30pm.  Please contact me ASAP if you are able to assist.
  • The last day for Canteen is Wed 19th Dec - SUSHI DAY.
  • Please remind your child(ren) to place their own lunch bag in the classroom tub prior to 9am.

AMENDED - Canteen Volunteer Dinner

A table has been reserved at HOLGATES in Woodend on Thursday 13th December at 7pm for those who volunteered in the canteen this year. Just a little Xmas celebration and a way to show my appreciation.


  • 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.



The Lapathon Grand Prize has been drawn -  the lucky winner will be announced tomorrow at assembly as well as the total amount raised!


Prizes are still going out, so if you are waiting for a prize it is coming soon.


Once again thank you to everyone for supporting our fundraising efforts.

Sandra Mann

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


As we prepare the garden for summer, this week our yet-to-be-named resident blue tongue lizard reappeared.  Although they might nibble the odd strawberry, blue tongues aren’t poisonous or aggressive (unless threatened) and two of their favourite foods are snails and slugs, so they’re very welcome in the garden.


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Atticus, Kurtis, Catherine, Ethan

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Alice, Caitlyn, Polly, Charlotte

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

waiting on Mr Postman to deliver....

End of year Banking and Reward ordering cut off

  • Our final School Banking day for 2018 is Wednesday 19th December.
  • Any Reward slips received after the 30th November wont be delivered to school until 2019.
  • Your Dollarmite token tally will be rolled over to 2019.

Term 4 Rewards - NEW

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

Uniform Shop

Grade 6 Jacket Order

The Grade 6 Jackets have arrived! Please remember that purchase of a Grade 6 jacket is not a compulsory purchase however they are offered as an acknowledgement of reaching Grade 6.


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

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.

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


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Reading your child's report

Reports can mean anxious times for children. Will my parents be disappointed or proud? This is the main concern of most children.
Could try harder . . . always does her best . . . lacks concentration . . . easily distracted . . . a pleasure to teach . . .
Do these comments, taken from a batch of student reports sound familiar? Student reports bring mixed feelings for parents. Pleasure and pride if they are performing well but considerable angst when children are not progressing as you hoped.
Reports can mean anxious times for children too. Will my parents be disappointed or proud? This is the main concern of most children. Kids of all ages take their cues from their parents, so your reaction to their school report can affect the way they see themselves as learners and as people.

Before you rip open the sealed envelope containing the report do a little self-check to see if you are in the right frame of mind:
1. Are your expectations for your son or daughter realistic and in line with their ability?
Expectations are tricky. If they are too high then kids can be turned off learning. Too low and there is nothing to strive for. Pitch your expectations in line with your child’s abilities. A quick check of your child’s last report cards may provide you with a good yardstick.

2. Do you believe that children learn at different rates?
There are slow bloomers, late developers and steady-as-you-go kids in every classroom, so avoid comparing your child to siblings, your friends’ children and even yourself when you were a child. Instead look for individual progress.

3. Are you willing to safeguard your child’s self-esteem rather than deflate it?
Self-confidence is a pre-requisite for learning, so be prepared to be as positive and encouraging as possible.

School reports come in different formats. Some are prescriptive while some use grading systems such as A, B, C, etc. with room for teacher comments. Regardless of the format school reports should provide you with an idea of your child’s progress in all subject areas, their attitude and social development.

Here are some ideas to consider when you open your child’s report:

  • Focus on strengths. Do you look for strengths or weaknesses first? The challenge is to focus on strengths even if they are not in the traditional 3Rs or core subjects.
  •  Take into account your child’s effort and attitude to learning. If the report indicates that effort is below standard, then you have something to work on. If your child is putting in the required effort, then you cannot ask any more than that, regardless of the grading.
  • Broaden your focus away from academic performance to form a picture of your child’s progress as a member of a social setting. How your child gets along with his or her peers will influence his happiness and well-being, as well as give an indicator to his future. The skills of independence and co-operation are highly valued by employers so don’t dismiss these as unimportant.
  •  Take note of student self- assessment. Kids are generally very honest and will give a realistic assessment of their progress. They are generally very perceptive so take note of their opinions.
  •  Discuss the report with your son or daughter talking about strengths first before looking at areas that need improvement. Ask for their opinion about how they performed and discuss their concerns.

After reports are read and discussed celebrate your child’s efforts with a special activity or treat. In this way you will recognise progress and remind them that the holidays are just around the corner when they can forget about assessment, tests and reports for a while.

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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