Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

27 June 2017
Issue Eighteen
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Out of School Hours Care
Dates to remember
Reports 2017
        Notices and Reminders
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Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School
03 97581527
Talaskia Road
Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, 3156

Our Vision

Our Vision

To be an engaging and inclusive learning community where students are confident, creative, curious and lifelong learners.

Our Values

Respect        Teamwork       Resilience        Integrity


We respect ourselves by valuing who we are and doing our personal best.

We respect others by treating them fairly and in the way we would like to be treated.

We respect our community by being inclusive/friendly to others and taking care of our environment.


We make sure that we contribute.

We make sure that we encourage and give others the opportunity to contribute.

We work together to achieve the best we possibly can.


We accept feedback and use it for improvement.

We bounce back when things just don’t seem to be going right.

We make an effort to make things right again.


We are honest with each other.

We are accountable for the decisions we make.

We own up to our mistakes.

Principal's Report

A busy year so far!

What a great year we are having with so many exciting extra-curricular activities for our students to be involved in. At Upper Gully we think it is important to give as many experiences as possible to help students discover their interests and what they might like to be involved in out of school or as they get older. The activities that we have participated are varied and help to encourage students in all areas of their learning. These have included:

State School Spectacular 

One Tree Per Child

District Cross Country

Winter Sports

Some of the swimming program!

Harmony Day

House Swimming Carnival

ANZAC Day Ceremony

Year 5/6 City Camp

Young Leaders Day

Author Visit - Patrick Guest

Science Night

Visits to Upwey High School

Clean Up Australia Days

Produce Days

and a whole lot of learning about Science, Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Music, Art, PE and much more.

We are looking forward to more exciting events for the rest of the year!


Thank you to the parents who attended our Fete meeting last night and put up their hand to help out. It is great to start planning, ready for a fun day! Our fete is a great community event and this year will help to raise funds for our new play equipment piece! As you can imagine for a small school it can be a challenge, as we don't want to take from our parents constantly and so the fete offers the opportunity to have other members of the community come along and enjoy our school while contributing to a worthwhile cause. Please feel free to offer any ideas for the fete and we are also looking for donations for prizes and sponsorship. if you know of anyone who could donate or sponsor please let us know. The more support we have the better.


The term has certainly flown and we have many things this term to be proud of at Upper Gully. The learning that students have been doing has been fantastic. I am particularly impressed with the mathematics and writing that has taken place as students set their own goals and work to achieve them. Tomorrow you will have access to your child's report via COMPASS. You will be able to see and celebrate the learning of your child. It is important to talk to your child about their learning and to ask not just what they have learnt but also what they are proud of. Often children can't articulate exactly what it is they have learnt however when you dig deeper you see some amazing progress. That is what our reports are about, sharing with you the growth that your child has achieved.

Some questions when looking and talking to your child about their learning include:

What are you proud of?

What challenged or challenges you with your learning?

What do you enjoy? Why?

What would you like to improve on?

What would you like to learn more about?

In term 3 we will have 3 way conferences where you can talk to your child and the teacher about their learning at school and they can show and share with you exactly what they have been doing and what they have achieved this year. Celebrate and share in the success that your child has been experiencing at school this year. They have been working hard and achieved great things.

I hope everyone has a good break and has the opportunity to spend time with their families.

Have a great two weeks.


Out of School Hours Care

Our Prices

Program Times                  Full Fee 

Before School Care         $12  

6:45AM – 8:45AM


After School Care             $16                 

3:30PM – 6:15PM


We are looking for balls of wool for our Pom Pom rug, please drop at the office if you have any.



Inside- Science – TBC
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.3, 2.4, 4.2, 4.4, 5.3

Outside- Where in the world is Carmen Santiago – running to different locations children hunt down Carmen!L.O 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.4



Inside SCRATCH/Audacity – Computer coding program/ editing music. Working on linking movements
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.3, 2.4, 4.2, 4.4, 5.3

Outside- Using the ipad we will make a documentary of after school life
L.O 1.1, 2.1, 2.4, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.3





Inside- Dodgeball tournament – Trying a Thursday favourite on Different Days
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2, 5.1

Outside- Using the ipad we will make a documentary of after school life
L.O 1.1, 2.1, 2.4, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.3





Inside- End of term free play session – Children will be able to relax and do activities of their choice.


Outside- Free play with the option of nature creations in the school yard.
L.O 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1



Inside- Using our poster of flags we will map out where our families come from L.O 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 5.2

Outside- memory tag – Playing on the oval or basketball, everyone is “it”, if two people tag at the same time they do a rock off to see who stays in. Remember who tagged you!
L.O 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1



Homework time on Laptops offered every afternoon
L.O 1.1, 1.2, 1.3,4.4



Dates to remember

Term 2

Wednesday 28th

Clean Up Australia Day 2.30-3.30pm

Reports available on COMPASS


Thursday 29th

Produce Day 2D

Wakikirri Dance payment $32


Friday 30th 

Last Day Term 2

2:30pm Finish

Term 3

Monday 17th    School starts Term 3


Tuesday 8th

3/4 camp deposit due


Tuesday 25th

Toasty Tuesday - Recess

50c for toast (2 pieces)

$1 for Milo

$1.50 for toast and Milo

Stepping Up Program


Thursday 27th

3 Way Conferences


Friday 28th

Curriculum Day



Tuesday 1st  


Produce Day

PFA Meeting 7pm


Wednesday 2nd

School Council meeting 7.30pm


Term 2: 18 April (Tuesday) to 30 June

Term 3: 17 July to 22 September

Term 4: 9 October to 22 December

Reports 2017

Reports 2017

Student reports provide students, teachers and parents with a clear and concise picture of a student’s achievement and progress at a point in time. Teachers make informed and consistent decisions about student progress against the achievement standards using a variety of assessments and observations to inform their judgement. They map the student’s learning against the achievement standards, and place the student on the learning continuum, that best reflect the student’s level of performance and progress.


You may notice some changes to our student reports this semester in line with the implementation of the new Victorian Curriculum in all government and Catholic schools from the beginning of 2017. The Victorian Curriculum replaces the previous AusVELS curriculum. As a result schools now have the flexibility to design their reports to show each student’s learning progress. 


The Victorian Curriculum is structured as a single developmental learning continuum and is organised by levels not years of schooling. The curriculum consists of Towards Foundation Levels A to D and Levels Foundation to 10. All curriculum areas have achievement standards, describing what students are able to understand and do.


All students progress along the learning continuum at their own rate and from their own starting point. Students are taught at the level that suits their needs, rather than being taught to the year level and age group they are in. Teachers provide learning opportunities to support the learning for all students, including those students with additional learning needs or a disability.


Please keep in mind that as this is a new curriculum this report is not designed nor should be compared to previous years’ reports. We can, however, show your child’s progress in English and Mathematics in Semester 1 as these learning areas were introduced and taught in 2016. For all other curriculum areas being introduced with the new curriculum, student progress can only be shown in reports from Semester 2, 2017 onwards.


Further information about the Victorian Curriculum can be found online at: victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au/

        Notices and Reminders

Clean Up Australia Day - 2:00-3:30 Wednesday 28th June

3/4 camp notice on Compass 

Produce Day 2D - Thursday 29th June

Reminder for Wakakirri tickets please let Amy know if you need to purchase any

No Fruit Friday this week due to end of Term.


No lunch orders this Friday due to end of Term.


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Enrolment policy draft.pdf
Headlice Policy Draft.pdf
Mandatory Reporting Draft.pdf
Homework Policy Draft.pdf
Onsite Supervision Policy draft.pdf