Woodend Primary School Newsletter

18 October 2018
Issue 32
Working BEE
2018 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Junior Unit
Assembly Awards
Library News
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

Working BEE

Saturday 20th October

With Spring now upon us, the grass, weeds and hedges are ready to take over and we need your help.

Please come along to the Woodend or Carlsruhe campus on Saturday 20th October between

9.00 am – 1.00 pm.

Many hands make light work and any time spared would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks to the parents who have been regularly helping with maintaining our grounds and gardens at Carlsruhe and Woodend and especially over the school holidays.



  • Mowing
  • Whipper Snippering
  • Weeding
  • Hedge Trimming
  • Blower Vacc
  • Cutting back low branches
  • Raking
  • Spreading Mulch around playgrounds
  • Spreading gravel around garden

Equipment Needed

  • Gloves, shovels, brooms, gardening tools
  • Wheel barrows
  • Ride on mower
  • Whipper snipper
  • Hedge trimmer

2018 Calendar

2018 Camp Dates

  • 22-23 October - Year 2
  • 5-7 December - Year 4


Fri 19/10

Year 6 Footy Clinic incursion



Mon 22/10 - Tues 23/10

Year 2 Camp

Wed 24/10

Book Club Issue 7: Orders due in

Fri 26/10

Year 6 Footy Clinic incursion


Fri 02/11

Year 6 Footy Clinic incursion

Wed 07/11

PFA Meeting at 7.30pm

Fri 09/11

Year 6 Footy Clinic incursion

5/6 Selected students: Blast Cricket Cup

Mon 12/11

School Council meeting at 7pm

Mon 19/11

School Pix photos - Gr 6, School Captains, portrait re-takes

Wed 21/11

Keyboard concert 6.30pm in music room

PFA: Casual clothes day - Christmas Day Raffle (donations)

From the Principal,
Diana Ellis


Yesterday we had another highly successful whole school event with our Lapathon. A huge thank you to everyone involved for making our day so successful including the weather gods. I would particularly like to acknowledge Ms Mann and our office staff for all of the organisation and the parents who cooked and served the bbq lunch. I would also like to thank the many parents who helped out on check points or who just came to support and encourage.

We appreciate the overwhelming positive feedback and also some suggestions for possible improvements.



I would like to share our NAPLAN Data with you and celebrate our outstanding achievements. Again we have kept our status as a high performing school, achieving above the state averages in all areas.

Below I have included a table of our results that I am proud to share. This is a reflection of the collective efforts of our high quality teaching practices and the role parents play in the learning process.


School Wide Positive Behaviour

This week all of our Staff and School Council were briefed on our new School Wide Positive Behaviour Management Strategy. This school wide consistent approach will be underpinned by the new values have been developed for our school.

Further information will be presented over the coming weeks. This approach will align our strong approaches already implemented in our school including Berry Street, Bounce back, Respectful Relationships and Positive Education.


From the Office

A note from the WPS School Council Treasurer

One of the many functions of School Council (SC) is to oversee the financial operations of the school. Prior to becoming a SC member, I, like many people, thought that the school was given whatever funding it required from the Department to carry out its operations. I quickly discovered that this is not the case and, having taken on the role of Treasurer this year, now understand the very fine financial margins we operate in.


Even the funding from the Department comes with limitations. Funding is based on the number of students a school has on ‘census’ day early in Term 1 with additional students after this date not attracting any funding. Over the past few years this has been as much as 20 additional students..


In addition to ‘funding’ the associated shortfall our school also has to cover the costs of items such as the shade sails, undercover play area and playground equipment which do not fall within the Department’s funding.


Having spoken to people within our school community it is also apparent that there remains a mis-understanding about the $2m granted to our school for the capital works project. This money has remained in Department coffers and is paid directly to the builders, designers, legal providers etc that have been engaged on the project. At no time has this money been provided to our school. In fact, as the funding did not cover all of the required items our school has contributed $50,000 to the project.


One of the school’s opportunities of covering the costs outlined above is through the voluntary contribution funds. These contributions are gratefully received but the bottom line is that the take up rate for this year is around 53%. We understand that not everyone is in the position to pay $140 per student per year but ask that when you next have the opportunity to do so that you take into consideration the issues highlighted here.  Treasurer – WPS School Council

Bookpack ordering for 2019

We will be going DIGITAL for the 2019 bookpack orders, with our new supplier Officemax (no paper bookpack forms will be issued). The Officemax online ordering / payment site will be live around the beginning of November 2018.
Detailed information on ‘how to order’ and the delivery process will be provided prior to this time however basic info follows:

  • Bookpack Requisites for Year 3 – 6:
    - ORDER ONLINE at OfficeMaxSchools.com.au – goods will be delivered to the student’s home address NOT to the school
    - order BEFORE 2nd DEC = FREE DELIVERY & guaranteed delivery before 31.12.18
    - order AFTER 2nd DEC = $12.95 per family and delivery before the start of school
    - bus and netbook fees can be paid at the same time as bookpack ordering
    - to ease the financial pressure on families towards the end of the year, School Council have decided that voluntary contributions will not be required to be paid until Feb 2019 but if you prefer, can be paid via QKR from November 2018
  • Bookpack Requisites for Year Prep – 2
    - students do not receive an individual bookpack - requisites are purchased in bulk from Officemax and delivered directly to classrooms however payment for essential books is compulsory and expected. Payment options are:
    1. via OfficeMaxSchools.com.au
    2. via QKR from November 2018
    - to ease the financial pressure on families towards the end of the year, School Council have decided that voluntary contributions will not be required to be paid until Feb 2019 but if you prefer, can be paid via QKR from November 2018
  • There will be NO SPARE PACKS AVAILABLE from the school, as
    - bookpacks can continue to be ordered online at Officemax until the end of Term 2

To advise a student absence

Notification as soon as possible on the absence day is requested however before 10am is preferred.

  1. Log onto the Compass portal – click on ‘Add Attendance Note Approval’
  2. Phone the school’s absence voicemail – 5427 2455 – Option 1

Payment Methods for School Activities


Qkr - tips of the week


Senior Unit


Daniher’s Drive

Last Thursday all the Year 6's from Woodend Primary School went down to the front of the library to Daniher’s Drive. Daniher’s Drive is a drive that the Daniher’s do to fundraise for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) because Neal Daniher is affected by MND which is an awful disease that unfortunately no cure has been found for it so they are fundraising for research on the disease! There were lots of the Danihers there too so we could meet them and have a bit of a chat. The photo below is of a few students with Neal Daniher. Overall, this event was a great thing to attend to and we all hope to attend more of these events. By Frida



On Monday the year six students did a hip hop workshop with Janelle (Mrs Minchews sister). We learnt many different moves and positions including the frog freeze and baby freeze, we finished off the class with a dance. There was lots of laughter and it was great to see everybody try their hardest, even though it was lots of people first time doing hip hop. Over all both classes had a great time so thank you Janelle for teaching us and we hope to do it again.  By Darcie    

Gardening Group

On Monday 8, Year 6's went down to the garden to move the new garden beds made by the Men's Shed and the wood was supplied by Bunnings Warehouse. Nicole in the garden is still deciding what she is going to put in the garden beds. By Alex


On Wednesday the 17th of October the whole school participated in the Lapathon. Sadly it was our last Lapathon. It wasn't the best day due to weather but everyone gave it a red hot go. Some people ran, jogged and walked but everyone kept persisting till  the very end. To finish the Lapathon of 2018 we did a whole school tug of war. SU1 and SU2 went up against each other. It was close but not close enough because SU2 won. Then it was time for the Teachers V's Year 6’s it was a clear win when the Year 6’s SMASHED the teachers. Congratulations to everyone who participated.  By Maddie

Carlsruhe Annexe


Thursday Activities.

Thursday Activities will resume on week 2 (18th October) and we look forward to continuing the great support from parents that made the Term 3 activities such a success.

Zoos Victoria - Phone Cycle


Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

The year 1 and 2 students have had a busy start to term four engaging in many activities to help expand their learning in literacy, numeracy and our new integrated studies topic, Imagination Nation for Creativity.


In numeracy we have been investigating numbers and how they can be divided into equal-sized groups. In MU2 we have used Play Doh to create a number of balls and finding as many different groups that that number can be divided equally into.

Our integrated studies topic, ‘Imagination Nation’ has brought out the creative side of our students and also encouraged them to challenge themselves and learn new skills. Students have proudly shared Origami prepared at home for their show and tell presentations, explaining the process they used to create the pieces of artwork.


In MU2 we have attempted to create portraits of a partner without looking at the piece of paper, analysing their faces and thinking about where the features of their face are located. We have also challenged ourselves in creating a paper plane with no instructions or advice. As some students had never made paper planes before it was important to think about what a plane has to help it fly through the air. Once the planes were complete we made our way to the oval to test them out. All students have jumped on board in trying new things so far this term and using their creative minds. 


The school Lapathon on Wednesday the 17th of October was a day full of fun, team spirit and determination. It was wonderful to see students in the middle unit encouraging and supporting others during the event and working as a team during the Tug-Of-War competition.


Here are some highlights the students had from the day:

Owen – I enjoyed running and getting exercise. I was proud of myself because I did 16 laps of the school oval.

Kyan – I really liked the tug-of-war competition and I pulled hard with my class to win. My favourite part of the day was getting an icy pole to each.

Damey – I enjoyed doing laps of the oval with my friends. I ran 11 laps and I was very hot by the end. I also enjoyed cooling off with an icy pole.

Sara – I loved having sausages for lunch after running for an entire hour and 13 laps of the oval. They were delicious and at the end of the day we even got icy poles.

Year 3



Junior Unit


The children had a fantastic time at the Lapathon yesterday. We were all really impressed with their determination and resilience and the way they supported each other as they completed the Lapathon course. A big thank you to all the Foundation families who made it along to walk/run with their children. Here are a few photos of us during the day and some comments from the children about the activities.


Madison – I really liked walking around with Rachel. We did a lot of laps.

Moser – I ran with my Mum and I didn’t give up!

Paddy – I loved eating the sausages and walking with my Dad.

Sean – I really liked getting the icy-pole at the end of the day.

Tilly – I loved being in the tug-of-war and when our class pulled the other class over!





18th  Help needed

19th  Jo, Emma (9-10), Sarah (10-12.30)

24th  Help needed

25th  Help needed

26th  Lauren, Help needed


  • Please contact me if you can help at [email protected] 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.


  • The Term 4 Canteen Roster is very EMPTY ! Please call me on 0411 558 557 if you can help out. 
  • A huge thanks to John and Emi for attending to the BBQ on Lapathon day.
  • More thanks to the parent helpers who served the sausages and primas.
  • When ordering CHICKEN NUGGETS OR PARTY PIES - a min order of 2 is required.  



  • 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. 
  • Term 4: NO CASH ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Please see the office staff for help loading Qkr.

Assembly Awards

Artists of the Week

No assembly.

Students of the Week

No assembly.

Scouts Victoria

Congratulations to Mitchell from 2nd Woodend Cub Scouts who achieved the Grey Wolf award recently.  To attain the top award in Scouting reflects initiative in tackling this challenge, sustained effort over many months, plus self-discipline, teamwork and leadership.


Congratulations to (past WPS student) Laura Crozier who was elected as Gisborne Secondary College School Captain for 2019.

Library News


Well, unfortunately Overdue Books have started to creep up again.   Students with books still overdue by the end of this week, will have notices sent home.  Hopefully, any notices that do reach home will not come as a surprise, as each child with outstanding books are told at each week’s library session which books need to be returned. 

If there are books that have been lost, damaged or mislaid, they will need to be replaced.  You can make payment at the front office, or buy a replacement book and have your child hand it in to the library. 

As there are only 6 weeks left for borrowing, the quicker we get the books back into the library, the better, which is a lot less frustrating for not only me, but also less stressful for the children because I no longer need to hassle them every week!! 

If you could please assist with the return of all library books, it would be greatly appreciated.


  • Book Club Issue 7 : Orders due by Wednesday 24th Oct


Susan Machell

School Library



Welcome back to Term 4.  Hoping the break was enjoyed by all and everyone is looking forward to a great end to the year.  



Following advice from the school, the decision has been made to defer the Grade 5/6 Night scheduled for the 19 October 2018.  The PFA will instead be helping the Grade 6 fundraising efforts for an event which will involve the whole school.  Stay tuned for more detail to come from the Grade 6 classes.



Planning has been completed and an exciting calendar of events is almost confirmed for 2019.  Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for further details.


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

Carlsruhe Kitchen Garden

Where: Carlsruhe Kitchen Garden

When: 2.00-3.30pm Mondays

BYO: Gardening gloves, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing

Sign in: Please sign in at the main Carlsruhe classroom before gardening

Contact: Clare Doolan 0424 867 613

Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Mariella, Zoey, William, Catherine, Ethan

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Sophie, Carter, Lucca, Charlotte

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home


Welcome to School Banking

Rhys, Dylan and Mitchell

Term 4 Rewards - NEW

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

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop News

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.


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.        



Please do not hesitate to come and see me with any questions, I am happy to help. 

Uniform Shop Hours

Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am

Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop

Community News

Local Community


Kyneton Town Hall -  what's on


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Help kids develop impulse control​

How many of you have been in a situation where, after being on a diet for a few days, a colleague comes to work selling chocolates for a fundraiser? Do you give in and buy a chocolate? It’s for a good cause after all. Or do you resist?


Austrian psychologist Walter Mischel conducted an experiment in 1965 involving four-year-olds and marshmallows. Mischel invited individual children into a room where a marshmallow was on the table. The man who brought the child into the room explained that he had to step out for a couple of minutes and if the child wanted to, he or she could eat the marshmallow. However, if the child could wait until the man returned before eating the marshmallow, they would be given an extra marshmallow – so two instead of one. Sure enough, some children couldn't wait and ate the marshmallow before the man returned, while others were able to resist the temptation in order to earn the reward.


Mischel followed the subjects of his experiment into adult life. He discovered that those who had displayed the ability to delay gratification as young children grew to be more socially competent, self-assertive and dependable. And they performed better at school.


Other studies have shown similar results: individuals who had self-control when young later do better on a whole range of variables.


Mischel initially believed that the ability to delay gratification was a result of a certain personality type. However, in a subsequent study with Albert Bandura, Mischel placed children who had not shown the ability to delay gratification in contact with adult role models who demonstrated some delaying tactics. The adults engaged in some kind of self-distracting activity or put their heads down for a nap. The children who observed these adults later showed the ability to delay gratification themselves. That is, they had learnt the ability to resist temptation from their experience with the adult role models.


Impulse control is a skill

The implications for parents are clear. If our children display characteristics such as impulsivity, we can help them learn more beneficial ways to deal with the world. Parents can role model the appropriate behaviours and talk to their children about the strategies they used.

Two main factors seem to influence the ability of both children and adults to delay gratification. Both are more likely to delay gratification if they trust they will eventually get the better reward. That is, they will be more inclined to hold out if they believe the person or organisation that is offering the reward is likely to follow through.


Second, people will generally only display delaying behaviours if they have the skills to turn what might be tedious waiting time into a more enjoyable (or at least tolerable) time. In the original experiment, children who delayed eating the marshmallow showed a range of behaviours including turning their chairs away from the table, singing, inventing games with their hands and feet and talking to themselves to help them pass the time.


Emotional intelligence is the key to impulse control

Parents can help younger children delay gratification by distracting them. Many parents find themselves doing this instinctively. When four-year-old Holly nags for snacks just before dinner, they give her a job to do. However, be aware that children younger than about four generally haven’t yet developed the parts of the brain that allow them to delay gratification of their own accord.

Older children need to learn how to distract themselves by redirecting their emotions. This is more likely to happen if children understand that emotions don’t always need to be acted upon. Older children who are able to focus on the bigger picture will be able make choices that allow them to achieve their goals.

In the book Influencer, the authors contend that many social skills, including the ability to delay gratification, can be learnt. This is good news for most of us! They maintain that while we accept that practice improves performance in sport, music and technical areas, few people would think to practice the skills needed to delay gratification, be a better team member or to negotiate with a boss. However the authors say we should. They claim that with the right kind of practice, we can all learn to be more socially competent.


Note: Influencer by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler is available through Parentshop.

You can attend our upcoming webinar, Developing Emotional Intelligence in Children, at no cost!


As your school is a Parenting Ideas Schools member, you can attend our upcoming webinar Developing Emotional Intelligence in Children with Michael Hawton at no cost! Use the voucher code below to register for the webinar valued at $37 per person.


About the webinar

In this webinar, Michael will explore the nature of emotional intelligence and how parents can act in ways to develop their child’s emotional intelligence.

When: Monday, October 29, 2018 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM AEDT

Price:  This webinar is $37 per person to attend, and is free of charge to families at schools that have a Parenting Ideas membership.


How to use the voucher

1. Go to www.parentingideas.com.au/product/developing-emotional-intelligence-in-children/

2. Click ‘Add to cart’ and proceed to the cart when you are ready.

3. Enter the coupon code Emotions and click ‘Apply’. Your discount of $37 will be applied to the 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

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