Woodend Primary School Newsletter

22 November 2018
Issue 37
2018 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
Movember 2018
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

2018 Camp Dates

  • 5-7 December - Year 4


Mon 26/11

2019 Yr 7 SHC students transition day at St Ambrose PS 9.15 am-2.45 pm

Wed 28/11

Year 5 - Preparation for Puberty

Sarah's Wind/Drums concert

Book Club orders due

Fri 30/11

Year 3-6 Orienteering at Hanging Rock

Snr Unit hosting Whole School Disco

  • $2.00 entry in the WPS Hall
  • Prep - Yr 3: 4.15 pm - 5.15 pm
  • Yr 4 - Yr 6: 5.30 pm - 8.30 pm


Saturday 1/12

Alex's Guitar concert

Mon 3/12

Strings concert at 7 pm

Tue 4/12

Dress UP day for Cultural Inclusion Day - see Snr Unit for details

Wed 5/12 - Fri 7/12

Year 4 Camp

Wed 5/12

PFA meeting at 7.30 pm

Tue 11/12

Whole School - Transition Morning

Wed 12/12

Whole School Concert  - 5.30 pm arrive for a 6.30 pm start

PFA BBQ 5.30-6.30 pm

Thur 13/12

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

Tue 18/12

Year 6 Graduation - 6 pm dinner, 7.30 pm start

Wed 19/12

Yr 6 excursion

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

Sushi Day

Friday 21st December

  • 1.30 PM FINISH

2019 School Dates

Term 1 -30.01.2019 - 05.04.2019

  • All students (except Prep) commence Wednesday 30th January 2019
  • Foundation (Prep) students start Thursday 31st January 2019

Foundation students do not attend Wednesdays for the month of February 2019.

From the Principal,
Diana Ellis

Class Structures

At this time every year some  parents, staff and students seem to become some what anxious about class structures.

I am sure you can appreciate this is a lengthy process with may considerations and often confidential information that impacts on the final decisions.

I am pleased to inform you that the class structure for next year will be:

  • 2 x Foundation classes (Mrs Mills and Mrs. Thompson)
  • 5 x Year 1-2 classes 
  • 3 x Year 3 classes
  • 3 x Year 4 classes (Carlsruhe)
  • 3 x Year 5-6 classes

At this stage we can only completely confirm our staff for Foundation as other staffing changes are still taking place. We are currently interviewing for the positions of Performing Arts, French, Integration Aide and classroom teacher positions. We hope to confirm our staffing by next week.

Sponge Throw

This week there has been a wave of excitement around the school as students have had the opportunity to throw wet sponges at teachers. This event has been organised and run by our Year 6 students to raise funds for their trip to Funfields. I would like to say a big thankyou to the staff and volunteered for this event and provided much entertainment and enjoyment for our students.



This week our 2019 Foundation students had another Transition session. They loved making pasta necklaces complete with jewels. Meanwhile their parents had the opportunity to find out more about our school in another question/answer session with me.

Keyboard Concert

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the keyboard concert and watching 16 of our students perform. This is the third keyboard concert that I have attended and it was wonderful to see the developing skills and confidence of our students. A big thank you Kerrie the tutor.


Step classes come to WPS

This year some of our Year 1-2, year 3 and year 4-5 students got to experience Step Performance Classes. This was a snapshot of what our whole class could participate in if we were to take up the offer next year. Ellis, the instructor is a qualified teacher who previously taught in the Bendigo area and now rolls her program out in many schools. From observation, and feedback from the students, lots of fun was had in the highly engaging and energetic sessions.


Capital Works

Today we have another Capital Works meeting. At this stage we have been informed that our portables will be moved in the week of December 10th. Prior to then we need to shift all of the furniture out of the classrooms. In the weeks leading up to the end of the year we will be placing the Year 4, 5, and 6 students in other available spaces within the school.

Principal Forum

Last week I provided Principal forums. A big thank you to those who attended and showed such an interest in the operation of our school.

The topics raised by parents and discussed were:

  • Curriculum and teaching approaches in our school
  • Private music tutors and payments
  • How the school is funded and revenue
  • Parking issues
  • Staffing and class structures
  • Our School Wide Positive Behaviour and anti-bullying strategies.

From the Office

Help needed

We need our rabbit cared for over the Christmas break……..can you help?

John & Josh will be away for a couple of weeks and need someone to care for our rabbit while we are away.

24th Dec 2018 till 10th Jan 2019. Fox-proof cage and all food provided plus a little pocket money as well.  Please call John on 0490 382 894

From the WPS School Council Treasurer

In recent editions of the newsletter we have provided information highlighting the importance of the voluntary funds to the overall financial well-being of our school.

In recognition of the financial pressure on families towards the end of the year, School Council decided to separate the voluntary funds from the book purchasing process. A request for the voluntary funds will now not be made until February 2019. However, if you wish to make a contribution before the end of this year that can be done via QKR from mid-November.

Furthermore, at the recent School Council meeting it was agreed that for the voluntary contributions in 2019 we will just have a Library Fund and a Building Fund. Whilst these are two areas that require financial attention, these funds were adopted because payments to both are tax deductible. The suggested contribution for each fund will be $70 and of course parents are welcome to pay more if they choose.

Again, we understand that not everyone is in the position to pay $140 per student per year but ask that when the opportunity to do so arrives that you take into consideration the issues highlighted previously.

Bookpack ordering for 2019 - ORDER BEFORE 2/12 FOR FREE PROCESSING & DELIVERY

2019 – OFFICEMAX ONLINE ORDERING IS NOW LIVE….go to www.officemaxschools.com.au to place your order.   NO PAPER ORDER FORMS WILL BE ISSUED.


  • Bookpack Requisites for Year 3 – 6:
    - ORDER ONLINE at www.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 however payment can be deferred until next year if you prefer
    - 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 - bookpacks can continue to be ordered online at Officemax until the end of Term 2
  • Bookpack Requisites for Year Prep – 2
    - students do not receive an individual bookpack – parents pay for their child’s requisites, which are delivered directly to classrooms. Payment for these essential requisites is compulsory and expected and can be made at any time from now. Payment options are:
    1. via www.officemaxschools.com.au
    2. via QKR 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.

QKR logon issues:

If you have forgotten your password and are experiencing difficulties with the suggested reset process (eg. wrong postcode supplied), it may be that you have one of the older (pre 2016) accounts. The only fix for these accounts is for QKR to delete them and then the parent to create a new account. If you would like this to occur please send an email to turner.sue.p@edumail.vic.gov.au with the email address your QKR account is linked to. I will advise when the deletion has occurred and you are able to set up a new account.

If you have a newer QKR account and are experiencing functionality issues, the first thing is to ensure you have installed any upgrades to the app. If you are still having problems, please contact the school and we will be happy to assist.

Compass phone app

Some parents have advised when using Compass on their phone, they are not able to find the link to provide consent and pay for upcoming Events. Once again, please ensure you have installed the latest upgrade and this should fix most of the functionality issues. If problems still exist, it may be your phone is not ‘new’ enough to cope with the processes. In either case another solution is to open the program in your browser…… on the Compass home screen on the phone at the top left, there are 3 horizontal bars. Click on the bars and then click on ‘Open in Browser’. That will open up the same screen you see on your computer and the link to the Events page should be available.

Office staff are always happy to assist with password resets or functionality issues.

Payment Methods for School Activities


Movember 2018

Mogress Report

With Movember now in full swing, well for some us anyway, we have decided to have a ‘Wear a Mo Day’ for the staff tomorrow (23/11/2018).

All staff members have been encouraged to wear their own mo and we wait in great anticipation to see what each staff member comes up with.

There are still 8 days to go and we would love any donation whether big or small by next Friday! So far we have raised $1,132 and last year we raised $1,797. We want to eclipse that record this year so please keep donating.

If you would like to make a cash donation instead of an online donation, that is totally fine. See one of the Movember team members (Mr. Spilsted, Mr. Condon or Mr. Bruns) and hand your donation to them and they will donate it on your behalf for you. They can also provide you with a receipt if you would like one for tax purposes.


Thank you, everyone, for your ongoing support, encouragement and more importantly the generous donations that we have received thus far.
Please go to the link and donate as much money as you possibly can. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Mr. Spilsted, Mr. Condon and Mr. Bruns


Senior Unit

Cultural Inclusion Day

To celebrate the diversity within our school, there will be a Cultural Inclusion Day held on Tuesday 4th December. The students are able to dress up in either traditional dress, flag/country colours of their choice. All students will be visiting different countries throughout the day where they will celebrate and learn through art, music, dance etc. There will be more information to come in next week's newsletter and the school Facebook page.

Funfields Fundraising Update

The fundraising has been a huge success for our celebration to Funfields. There are lots of initiatives still going on and the students are very close to their target. Any extra funds raised will be donated to a charity group.

5c / 10c Trail

Last week a few grade six students ran a 5c/10c trail. Each class collected 5 and 10 cent coins to make a trail for their classes. The year sixes set up a trail for each class and measured them. The winning class with the longest trail was MU2! They all received a prize of icy poles. We thank everyone who contributed and we ended up raising $724.40! Thank you so much to our WONDERFUL school community!  From the Year 6's.


Music Videos

Last week the Year 6 students decided to take on a challenge of working in a group and creating a music video on a song selected at random that they have not heard before. Their job was to uncover the meaning and create the music video of what they think it is about. They have been working on story-boarding the shots and different camera angles to suit the meaning.  By Darcie

Carlsruhe Annexe

Pics from Carlsruhe


Zoos Victoria - Phone Cycle


Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

As part of our term topic ‘Imagination Nation’ for creativity this term the year 1 and 2 students have been doing books studies on The Dot, Ish and Fractured Fairy Tales.


The Dot is a story about a girl who thinks she cannot draw, and her art teacher encourages her to believe in herself and be proud of the work she completes. She then goes on to create a gallery of wonderful dots made of many colours and sizes.


This week the students in MU1 and MU2 created amazing artwork inspired by the text The Dot and used many different colours, sizes and techniques to create their own painting of the dot.

Below are the students proudly sharing their artworks.

Isobel – When we finished reading the dot we got to paint our own dot. I really liked using different colours to paint the dot.

Leah – when we painted our own dots I really liked create the colourful artwork.

Tom – I liked doing the painting of the dot because it was fun to do something different in class.

Charlotte – I liked believing in myself to make a dot painting and using lots of different colours and sizes.

Curtis – I really like studying the book The Dot and we got to paint all sorts of dots.

Year 3

This week Year 3 students have continued STEM activities, designing and creating kites. Kites will be tested on a windy day. Students are developing strategies for working collaboratively and communicating effectively during STEM's activities and the results are evident in the fantastic kites they made.


In Mathematics students have been exploring Perimeter and Area with a range of activities designed to engage and challenge.


Poetry writing has been enjoyable with students thinking deeply and creating Haikus, Shape and Senses poems.


Students are starting to become excited about Orienteering which is coming up next week on the 30th.


Last week the students were informed that they would be completing a project due on the 3rd of December. This project consists of the students creating something at home. There is no limitations to what they can create however they will need to write a procedural text (which has been studied in class) to show the steps they took to make their item, the more complex the creation, the more detailed the procedural text will need to be. The students will then present their project to their peers during class time. If you have any questions relating to your child’s project, please see their classroom teacher.

Junior Unit


In Science this week the Foundation children have been using all their knowledge about the properties of different materials to make a waterproof garden ornament. The children designed their ornaments to move in the wind, make a sound, be weatherproof and look beautiful. They wrote a short text describing their ornament, explaining why they had chosen particular materials in their design.


Student Awards
& Achievements

Students of the Week

JU1 - Tom

For always putting his best effort into everything that he does. Well done Tom!

JU2 - Jayden

Confidently saying all the days of the week and months of the year in order.

JU3 - Gigi

For finding ways to make $1 using silver coins. Great Work!

MU1 - Mia

For improving her writing by including great adjectives.

MU2 - Charlotte

For her very entertaining ‘ Poem-Ish’ poem she wrote during our book sessions on ‘ Ish’.

MU3 - Sam

For being able to compromise when his group was picking roles during readers theatre.

MU4 - Lucca

For helping her classmate during our inferring activity and finding excellent clues in the text.

MU5 - Polly

For showing great initiative and working hard to create a limerick poem.

MU6 - Lucie

For offering great input during discussion time. Well done Lucie!

MU7 - Peter

Being a terrific team member and helping to design and make a kite. Excellent effort!

MU8 - Jayden

For outstanding effort he put into his alliteration ice-creams.

CU1 - Sean

For creating a very accurate scaled chicken drawing then responsibly and carefully removing the chooks for their daily scratch.

CU2 - Nil

CU3 - Alex

For demonstrating a marked improvement in his reading and comprehension of a range of texts. Super job Alex!

CU4 - Cameron

For working well and completing the Alphabet Around the World literacy task. Nicely written Cameron.  

SU1 - Nil

SU2 - Charli

Persisting during all her tests she undertook in class this week. AWESOME job!

Class of the Week

PE - JU2

For working well when practising their soccer skills in P.E.

PE - MU3

For showing great listening during P.E.

Artists of the Week

Grade 6 students constructed models of beach huts and haunted houses using popsicle sticks and cardboard. They placed their building on a base and created a setting with a variety of materials. GREAT WORK Year 6. 


Our 'Artists of the Week' students are:

Georgia, Frida, Ezra, Maddy, Kayla, Keadyn, Lily, Maddie, Olivia, Taytum, Charli, Jacob, Blake and sol.




22nd  NO help needed

23rd  Robyn, 1 x helper needed

28th  Help needed

29th  NO help needed

30th  Lauren, Alice

  • 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.


  • Desperately need another helper this Friday 23rd and another for next Wednesday 28th.
  • Welcome to the canteen team, Michael.
  • The last day for Canteen is Wed 19th Dec which is SUSHI DAY.
  • please remind your child(ren) to place their own lunch bag in the classroom tub prior to 9am.
  • Pasta Bolognese is currently unavailable.  The item has been removed from the Qkr menu.

Sushi Day 19.12.18

Orders via Qkr only.

Sushi orders went out via Compass.

No other lunches will be available on this day.



  • 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.


Woodend Primary School
Annual Christmas Raffle

It’s that time of year again when the PFA gear up for the Annual Christmas Raffle.  This year’s raffle will be drawn on the School Assembly on Friday 14 December 2018 and once again we are reliant on the generosity of the school community to assist in donating items for the raffle.   Below is the class allocation for donations.




Book Club due 28th November.


Overdue Books

Great to see overdue books being returned.  Thank you and keep them coming in.

  • All library books will need to be returned no later than 7 December 2018.
  • However, all overdue books need to be returned ASAP.

Susan Machell




Thank you to everyone who has returned Lapathon sponsorship money.

Your support is greatly appreciated.


Prizes are going out as quickly as possible.  Please be patient - the canteen can only do so many ice-creams and shakes each day and I only have a short time to give out prizes.  You should receive your prize soon.


Its not too late to still bring in sponsorship money (either cash or Qkr). 

The Grand Prize draw will be in December, so we will be giving out prizes until then.


Thank you for your support.

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


Thanks to everyone who helped prepare and purchased goodies from the Year 6 Garden Produce stall.  A big pat on the back to Lachlan, Thomas and friends for spending their weekend collecting alpaca garden fertilizer (aka alpaca poo), which was sold at the stall together with pot plants, herbs and vegies  All money raised goes towards covering the cost of the Year 6 end of school trip to Fun Fields. 

Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Kurtis, Caitlyn, Polly, Catherine, Ethan

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Kate, Ryan, Isabelle, Cruz, Sam, Flynn, Charlotte

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home


End of year Banking and Reward ordering cut off

  • Our final School Banking day for 2018 is Wednesday 19th December.
  • If you have received a Reward slip, please  hand it back in with your banking by next week to ensure your reward will be delivered this year.   
  • 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

Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am

Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop


Local Community


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Goodbye primary school, hello secondary school

The end of primary school is a significant milestone in children’s lives. They’ve spent half their lives in primary school, in many cases in the same school, which is significant.
Developmentally they’ve come a long way from those skinny little kids who lined up for class on the first day holding a parent’s or carer’s hand. Now entering puberty, most are taller than their mothers and the only people they’ll hold hands with are ‘special friends’, but not in public. Those displays of affection will come later in the secondary school years.
Changing from primary to secondary brings a mixture of emotions in kids such as excitement, apprehension, pride and, in many cases, sadness about leaving friends and familiar surrounds behind.
Parents often go through the same range of emotions as children at this time so we need to acknowledge those feelings in ourselves, just as we should in our children.

Looking back
This is a time for kids to celebrate their achievements; show appreciation to their teachers and enjoy the friendships that they’ve formed. Here are three ideas:

1. Let’s celebrate
Primary school graduation ceremonies play an important part in the primary school life, as they mark the end of an era and the start of a new part of their lives. We need to be careful that the meaning doesn’t become lost as graduations become increasingly lavish, even to the point where some students are transported to their graduation in a stretch limo. Keep them simple and keep them close to the school’s values.

2. Show gratitude
As a former teacher I know how much a simple thank you can mean from students at the end of the year. So make sure your kids take the time to thank their final year teacher and as well as seek out to thank other teachers who contributed to their education over their primary school journey. Gratitude costs nothing but has a great impact.

3. Enjoy friendships
Encourage your kids to be open and friendly at this time of the year, and steer clear of cliques and fellow students who want to exclude others from their groups. The end of primary school can be tricky to navigate, particularly when early maturers stick together and ostracise certain classmates. This is the time for friendly behaviour and inclusiveness.

Looking ahead
When primary school is finished and the holidays are coming to an end it’s time to focus on the new experiences of secondary school. Some kids take secondary school in their stride but it is natural to experience some difficulty.
If your eldest is starting, then secondary school will be a relatively new experience for you too. It will take some time for you to adjust to the school’s culture and communication methods.

Your attitude as a parent can help your child quickly adjust. Here are three ideas for you to help kids make a smooth adjustment:

1. Promote friendships
The quicker kids form new friendships the sooner they’ll feel comfortable in their secondary school surroundings. Encourage your young person to be open to forming friendships with all sorts of kids; to be accepting of others who may be different to them; to take social risks by joining in activities even though they may feel uncomfortable; and to be friendly, approachable and positive!

2. Be ready to listen
Patience and understanding in the early weeks is essential. Brush up on your listening skills as you help your young person adjust. Talk to your young person about change and reassure them that it’s normal to feel unsure or nervous in new circumstances. Let them know that many difficulties they face will be temporary.

3. Keep your attitude positive
Confidence is catching so make sure you see this transition time as an exciting challenge that your child can handle rather than an event to be feared. Ask them about the new subjects or interesting activities they are doing, and try to shift their focus to the positive aspects of school. Discuss settling in issues with the appropriate person such as a year level coordinator, but give your young person time to handle them on their own before seeking help.

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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