Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

02 May 2017
Issue Ten
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Out of School Hours Care
Dates to remember
Parents Page
        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


This term we have been talking about Mathematics. We talk about it all the time of course however we are really focusing on how we teach it, how our students learn and how we can improve on both. We have been looking at our school results and finding out what we can do differently to help our students achieve more. 

We have identified that our students learn better when they know what they are learning and can identify their personal learning goals. Our teachers prepare pretests before they start teaching and then mark off what the students know using 'I can... Statements'. These statements are taken from our curriculum expectations at each level. The students then look at what they need to work on and practise tasks and activities to achieve these goals. 'I Can... Statements' look like this:


Foundation Level

  • I can place events in order of when they happen.
  • I can explain how long some events go for.
  • I can match the days of the week to familiar events.

Level 1

  • I can tell time to the half-hour.
  • I can explain how long some events go for (exploring time durations to the half-hour).
  • I can describe durations using months, weeks, days and hours.

Level 2

  • I can tell time to the quarter hour
  • I can name and order the months and seasons.
  • I can use a calendar to identify the days, weeks and months included in seasons.
  • I can use a calendar to identify the date and special events.

Level 3

  • I can tell time to the nearest minute.

Level 4

  • I can use am and pm notation to solve problems involving time duration.
  • I can convert between units of time.

Level 5

  • I can convert between 12 and 24-hour time.

Level 6

  • I can measure, calculate and compare elapsed time.
  • I can interpret a variety of everyday timetables.

Level 8

  • I can make sense of time duration in real-life situations, including the use of 24-hour time (within a single time zone).

As students practise their goal we workshop different activities to reinforce their learning and conference with students to see how they are going and if they have achieved their goals. This way of working empowers students to take responsibility for their learning and to choose the goals they want to work towards. It is a long term process to help our students develop their thinking further and become independent learners. This process for us is very exciting as we see the engagement in our students and their ability to be able to talk about what they are doing and how they have learnt something. This has really started for us in years 2-6. Ask your children what they are working towards in Mathematics?

Spring Fete

It is fete year and we are looking for sponsors, donations and all hands on deck to make this a successful fete once again. If you are able to help out then come along to the Meeting on Monday 15th May to see how you can contribute.

Ferntree Gully Nissan Raffle

The Ferntree Gully Nissan Raffle is on again. This is a great way to raise money for our school and possibly win a car! All the money raised comes back to the school and will go towards our new pleayground equipment for all the stduents to enjoy!

Have a great week.


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 having a great time at after school care and before school care. The students are really enjoying dodgeball, drama, cooking and our very cool 1000 number dot to dots!

Dates to remember

Term 2



Wednesday 3rd

School Council 7:30 PM


Tuesday 9th

PFA Meeting 7pm


Tuesday 9th - Thursday 11th

NAPLAN Years 3 & 5


Thursday 11th

Mother's Day Stall


Monday 15th

Fete meeting


Tuesday 16th

Toasty Tuesday - Recess

50c for toast

$1 for toast and Milo


Thursday 18th

Produce Market 2D - 3pm


Friday 26th

School Disco


Tuesday 30th

Toasty Tuesday - Recess

50c for toast

$1:50 for toast and Milo


Wednesday 31st

School Road Safety sessions


Wednesday 7th

School Council 7:30pm


Thursday 8th June

Whole school Tree planting Day

Kings Park


Monday 12th

Queens Birthday - No School


Tuesday 13th

Toasty Tuesday - Recess

50c for toast

$1:50 for toast and Milo


Thursday 15th June

Produce Market  - 3pm


Wednesday 21st

School reports


Friday 30th 

Last Day Term 2

2:30pm Finish


Term 2: 18 April (Tuesday) to 30 June

Term 3: 17 July to 22 September

Term 4: 9 October to 22 December

Parents Page

Readings for Parents

Each week we will publish readings for parents to support your child in their learning.

Speaking and Listening

Communicating effectively is a skill we all need to develop.

Being able to take in information, respond to instructions and share our ideas, thoughts and opinions are vital to get by in the world. There are ways you can help your child develop these skills and reinforce speaking and listening at home.


How to help your kids with talking and listening skills

  1. Avoid interrupting your child when they're talking and listen carefully to what they have to say.
  2. Use everyday opportunities to talk with and listen to your child as they share things that are of interest or importance to them.
  3. Show your child you are interested in what they are saying when they are speaking by giving nods, smiles, sounds, supportive words and gestures. The positive feedback helps reinforce to them that what they say is important and worthwhile.
  4. If your child has trouble remembering things said to them, it's a good idea to encourage them to repeat in their mind what has been said, then retell it in their own words. Making notes can help if they have to do a task.
  5. If you are planning something such as a party or an outing, try having a brainstorming session with your child. You can do this just by listening and sharing ideas or by writing them down together.
  6. Discuss common dates on a family calendar, such as public holidays, and have your child mark in important events.
  7. From the calendar, talk about days, months and years in relation to events such as birthdays and other special occasions.
  8. When walking or travelling together, talk about street names and the meaning of signs, etc. You could discuss anything known about names and signs encountered (eg give an explanation about how street names may have come about).
  9. Ask your child questions about things they are interested in.
  10. If they have show and tell get them to practise what they will say with you first, this way they will confident to stand in front of the class.
  11. On family outings talk to them as they experience things, ask them questions and particularly ask them what they think or how they feel.



        Notices and Reminders

School Communication

COMPASS will be the priority form of communication with newsletters and other information available on the school website

- All school newsletters will be published on COMPASS and a link provided on the school website

- SMS will be used for urgent/important reminders.

- Facebook will be used to showcase our events/programs.

- Seesaw will be used by classes to share your child's learning

* Placement in Year 7 Grade 6's only


Premiers Reading Challenge

Welcome to Premiers’ Reading Challenge (PRC) for 2017. We are delighted to be supporting students reading through the PRC.

Since the Premiers’ Reading Challenge began in 2005, more than 2.2 million students have turned the pages of almost 42 million books. If you lined the books up by their spines that's nearly enough books to reach from Sydney to Melbourne.

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