Woodend Primary School Newsletter

21 February 2019
Issue 4
2019 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Foundation Unit
Student Awards & Achievements
Gardening Group
PFA News
Student Banking
Uniform Shop
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442

2019 Calendar



Fri 15 -  Anna, Jess

Wed 20 -  Meredith

Thurs 21 - Help needed

Fri 22 - Bec

Wed 27 - Alice

Thur 28 - Help needed


Fri 1 - Kelly

Please contact me if you can help on mobile 0411 558 557.  Remember its only Wednesday to Friday,  9-12.30pm and your child(ren) receives a free icy pole and the chance to see their carer behind the counter.

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

Thurs 21/2

Parent Helpers Program - Reading 2-3.30pm (Library)

Wed 27/02

Division Tennis Bendigo

PFA Meeting  / AGM  - 7.30pm


Fri 01.03

Ecolinc incursion - Yr 3

Wed 06/03

Cobaw Summer Sports - Senior Students

Friday 08/03

  • PUPIL FREE DAY - no students at school

Mon 11/03

  • Public Holiday - no students at school

Tues 12/03

Divisional Swimming, Bendigo

Wed 13/03

School Captains - Grip Leadership, Melbourne

Fri 14/03

Divisional Volleyball

Tue 19/03

Yr 5/6 Visit to Kyneton Secondary College

Thurs 21/03

Regional Swimming, Swan Hill

Mon 25/03

Regional Tennis, Swan Hill

Wed 27/03

PFA Meeting  - 7.30pm


Tue 02/04

Cobaw Cross Country

Wed 03/04

Easter Lunch Packs - Canteen

Fri 05/04


2019 School Dates

Term 1  - 30.01.2019 - 05.04.2019

Term 2  -  23.04.2019 - 28.06.2019

Term 3  -  15.07.2019 - 20.09.2019

Term 4  -  07.10.2019 - 20.12.2019

2019 Pupil Free Days

  • 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 

Dental Screening Services to Children

Sunbury Community Health is offering a FREE dental service to junior students (Foundation to Year 2) at Woodend Primary School on Wednesdays 28th August, 4th, 11th and 18th September, 2019.

There are no out-of-pocket costs for any child. Application forms will be distributed prior.

From the Principal,
Diana Ellis

School Improvement

Behind the scenes our Wellbeing Team have been working on our new behaviour matrix and behaviour management flow chart that will align with our new school values. A draft copy of the behaviour flow chart has been presented to staff for consultation. We look forward to communicating this process to you and implementing a school wide consistent approach.

All of the work is underpinned by the DET endorsed School Wide Positive Behaviour initiative.

SWPBS has been developed from evidence and data, demonstrating the most effective ways to prevent and respond to problem behaviour at school. Research has shown that SWPBS is successful in reducing problem behaviour, improving school culture, and increasing academic performance.


School Crossing

Again this morning we have had some concerning behaviour in regards to the safety of parents and students crossing the Owen Street Crossing. Despite regular pleas for behaviour that ensures the safety of all members of our school community, I continue to have regular incidents reported to me. I am in constant communication with the Macedon Ranges Shire, the police and the traffic officers in an attempt to improve the situation. However, the situation can only be improved by people choosing considerate and better behaviour. The police and parking officers will continue to be in attendance to enforce the law.

Physical Education

Physical Education is a mandated part of the school curriculum. At WPS we are lucky to have the expertise of Sharon Connell delivering our Physical Education program to all students. The Physical Education program is supported by class teachers taking their classes for extra games and sport, the Perceptual Motor Program in the junior classes and senior sport where our students are explicitly taught the skills for the sports that are offered in the interschool competition.

The Perceptual Motor Program helps develop confidence, listening skills, memory span, problem solving, co-ordination and physical ability. It accelerates development of the corpus callosum that connects the brain's two hemispheres and speeds up processing. Additional benefits are evident in the improved fitness level of students.

The links below provide further information about the Physical Education Curriculum.



Interschool sports

Each year our students in Year 5 and 6 have the opportunity to participate in Interschool sports. These include try outs and selection for tennis, softball, volleyball, cricket, cross country, football, netball, tee ball soccer, basketball and athletics. Preparation for these sports occurs during the timetabled senior school sport session each week.

Interschool tennis

Congratulations to our 4 students (Rose, Ned, Poppy and Jonty) who represented the school in the Cobaw District Interschool competition. Our students modelled outstanding sportsmanship and excellent skills . Jonty won overall and will go on to represent our school at the next level! What a great start to the sporting year!

Farewell to Mrs. Buchanan

Sadly, this week we farewell Mrs. Buchanan as she starts the next phase of her life, retirement.

Mrs. B, as she is affectionately called went to Coburg Teachers College in 1975 on a student ship and then started teaching at Ferntree Gully North Primary School. Mrs. B taught in 4 Melbourne schools and 2 schools at Shepparton before arriving at Woodend Primary in 1988.  Mrs. B has fond memories of camp and enjoyed her time at Carlsruhe with her passion for gardening.

Some fun facts – Mrs. B taught Mrs. Minchew husband when he was in year 3 and she also taught Mr. Chamerski’s wife.

We wish Mrs. B all the best for her retirement and hope that she spends many wonderful hours travelling and gardening. We thank her for passion and commitment towards education and for all the lives she has had an impact on over her long career.

From the Office


If your child will be LATE FOR SCHOOL, you must come to the office when you arrive, to sign your child in. Students are not permitted to sign themselves in late. Rolls are marked promptly at 9am. If the music has finished and your child is not yet in class, they have probably missed the roll.

If your child is late or absent from school without explanation from parents, an SMS will be sent to Adult A at around 10.15am. Please respond to the SMS promptly.

If you know in advance your child will be absent, please advise the school via Compass or the absence voicemail - 5427 2455.


I have received the Officemax payments printout for payments, so school accounts for all families will be issued next week.

Receipts for all donations to our Building & Library Funds will also be issued at this time. Please retain receipts for tax deductions.


- IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ACCESS COMPASS, PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE – we can reset passwords and provide access assistance. It is imperative all parents have Compass access and we suggest you turn on NOTIFICATIONS for this app to alert you to information & excursion notices sent.


 QKR is the preferred payment method at WPS for all activities that DO NOT require consent. This is a free app for your smartphone or the QKR program can be downloaded on your computer.

If you are having any difficulties logging on or with your password, please contact the school office and we can assist.


 The first newsletter for the year was distributed in paper format. From now, the school newsletter is distributed electronically every week on a Thursday, via an email which contains a direct link to the newsletter document. Compass login is not required to read the newsletter from this link.

This is the most important form of communication issued from the school and we ask you to email woodendnewsletter@gmail.com if you don’t receive the email containing the newsletter link. Email address updates can be made via Compass.

  • The newsletter is also available from the school website.

Payment Methods for School Activities


Senior Unit


The Year 5/6 students received their netbooks this week and have already started to utilise them. They have started to cater to their own learning by using Epic (an online book resource) as well as FreeRice.com (where they donate grains of rice for each answer they get correct).

Wellbeing Leaders

Amelie, Amelia and Greta have been busy brainstorming a list of ways to promote wellbeing throughout the school. They are going to start with a Healthy Mind approach and are excited to begin rolling this out shortly.

Interschool Sports

The 5/6 students have been practising for the upcoming interschool sports day in Romsey. Teachers have been impressed by the level of enthusiasm and ‘have-a-go’ attitude.

Carlsruhe Annexe


Carlsruhe News.

The Carlsruhe students have settled into the routines of our special campus now, showing great enthusiasm and organisation skills during both classroom and outside activities. We have also been very impressed with the care and consideration given when handling and caring for our animals.

The imaginative design ideas and construction of cubbies are well under way, with luxury hotels, cafes using pine cone currency and forts just a few of the structures. Photos to follow next week!

Our 6 week Thursday Activities program started today. Activities included; cooking, gardening, woodwork, charcoal drawing, friendship bracelets and calligraphy. Thank you to all of the parents who came to assist and share these activities.

We need at least 3 parent helpers each week in order to safely run this program. If you are available to help, please let one of the Carlsruhe teachers know.


Lost Property

This top was left our at Carlsruhe recently.  It is now in the office at Woodend Primary School awaiting collection.


Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

This term the school wide topic is ‘Identity’. As part of this topic the Year 1/2s have been thinking about places in Woodend that are special to them and how these places, as well as being part of the Woodend community, contribute to their own identities. The students in MU3 have been working in groups to examine and discuss why people visit places in Woodend and what makes them special. Here are some examples of the posters the students are working on.  


Year 3

As part of our ‘Identity- Guess Who?’ topic for Term 1, the Year 3 students have started presenting ‘all about them’ posters or PowerPoint presentations in front of the class. Each student created a poster or Power Point presentation which included at least 5 interesting things about them. We have been learning how to create posters that grab our audience’s attention and using the netbooks to learn how to create a PowerPoint slide show. Our speaking and listening focus has been to use a loud and clear voice, and make sure eye contact is on the audience. Congratulations to the students who have presented so far, it has been a wonderful chance for us to get to know our classmates more and practise our speaking and listening skills. Below are some examples of the outstanding work presented this week.


Foundation Unit


This week in Foundation classes we have been learning to count, write and order numbers to 10.

Soon we will be moving on to counting, writing and ordering numbers to 20.

The children have enjoyed counting collections of various items and matching the total amounts to numbers on a number line. The children have also been encouraged to count forwards and backwards from various points between zero and 20.

Each day we start the day with a look at the calendar and how many days we have been at school. We plan to have a celebration when we reach 100 days of school.

In Literacy the children have been working hard to learn the sounds that link to each letter of the alphabet. They have also been practising the formation of letters and have just started to attempt to write words on their own. Each week the children have learnt to spell and read a new word. They have attempted to write each word but this will take more time as they need to learn how to form letters first. The words we have learnt to spell and read so far are: I, a, am, in and can.

Readers should be coming home regularly now and the children are being encouraged to use the pictures to solve words and to point to each word as they are reading. Please listen to your child read each day and return their reader in their reader bags each morning.

We are still hoping for more parent helpers to offer to come and listen to children read each day. If you would like to help out please see your child’s teacher for times that need filling.


Student Awards
& Achievements

Students of the Week

JU1 - n/a

JU2 - n/a

MU1 - Hunter

For listening really well.  You're a Superstar!

MU2 - n/a

MU3 - Grace

For always being ready to learn.

MU4 - Anna

For being a good role model for Year 1.

MU5 - Leo

For showing respect to others artwork and providing positive feedback.

MU6 -n/a

MU7 - Eliza

For using text clues in the book to help her infer the meaning.  What a Superstar!

MU8 - Liam

For making a fantastic start on his narrative, which included a sizzling start, dialogue and character description.

CU1 - n/a

CU2 - n/a

CU3 - Jayden

For the amazing effort he put into his 'Monster Chef' reading task.

SU1 - Oliver

For being a great learner.

SU2 -Mitchell

For being a 'Caring and Responsible' Leader in the Senior Unit. 

SU3 - Sam

For trying his best during maths today.  You rock!

Gardening Group

Woodend Community Children's Garden

Our soil has finally arrived!!  Thanks Mark and Callum from Gisborne Garden Supplies.

Children frequently approach me asking when Kid’s Garden Club is going to resume.  Now our soil is here, Monday is the day!  Parent helpers required - no gardening experience necessary as you’ll more or less be helping me supervise the children.

Gardening Group Sessions

  • Where:   Woodend Community Children’s Garden
  • When:   12.45-2.00pm Mondays - parent help required to run lunchtime Kid’s Garden Club
  •                    2.00-3.30pm Mondays - parent’s gardening session
  • BYO:   Bring your enthusiasm and desire to join in (No gardening know-how required).  Please wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Pre-school age children are welcome too
  • Sign in:   Please sign in at the Office before gardening

I look forward to hearing from you.


Nicole Middleton

Gardening Group Facilitator - 0418 233 366



  • Welcome to the Canteen Kelly and Anna.
  • Urgent help needed for next Friday 22nd
  • Please contact me if you can help on mobile 0411 558 557.  Remember its only Wednesday to Friday,  9-12.30pm and your child(ren) receives a free icy pole and the chance to see their carer behind the counter.


  • 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.

PFA News


Hope everyone is settling in well to the Term.

Just a reminder that the next PFA meeting is to be held next Wednesday 27 February from 7.30pm in the School Staffroom. Everyone is welcome to attend. This meeting will also include our Annual General Meeting.

As always, if you have any queries or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the front office or email wpspfa@gmail.com

Parents And Friends - Fundraising Activities for 2019

Term 1

Welcome BBQ - Thurs 7th Feb

Easter Raffle

Bunnings BBQ

Term 2

Mothers Day - Ladies Night Out Dinner - Fri 10th May

Term 3

Trivia Night - 27th July

Father's Day Breakfast - Fri 6th September

Term 4

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Sun 24th November

Christmas Raffle

Danni Findlay


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Jessica, Liam and Zoey

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Remy, Catherine, Atticus, Kurtis

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

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Welcome to School Banking


School Banking

  • Wednesday: Hand in books via classroom
  • Thursday: Books processed and returned to the classroom

Getting involved in School Banking is easy!

1. Online

Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.

2. In branch

Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.


If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.

Term 1 Rewards - NEW

  • New for Term 1 - Snowy Origami set and Scented Stackable Highlighter


Uniform Shop

Lost Property

Lost property is located outside the uniform shop door.  Named items will be returned to the classroom.  Unnamed items will be placed here until end of term, then they are donated to charity.  Please stop by from time to check and see whether any items belong to you.


Name Stamp for clothing

I have 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

Normal Uniform Shop opening times are:

Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am

Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop


Local Community


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Giving kids scripts for social and school success

Recently, I heard my adult daughter rebuke a male friend for telling her that she’d lost weight.

“You just can’t say that,” remarked my daughter.

Realising his mistake this young man said, “So what should say instead?”

“Tell me I look healthy.”

“Hey, you look really healthy!”

“That’s better,” remarked my daughter, who’s not backward in coming forwards.

This young man’s scripting was askew. He knew that a male complimenting a female on losing weight maybe no compliment at all, however he didn’t know what else to say. My daughter gave him a new script that he can use in similar situations in the future.

This scenario is relevant to parenting. Parents should always looking for opportunities to give their kids the social scripts to express themselves in different situations.


Benefits of providing kids with social scripts

Social scripting wins the parenting trifecta. Giving kids the words to use helps them stay safe; become social and importantly, promotes their independence. Your job as a parent is to wean kids off you. Social scripting is a big part of this process.


So if keeping kids safe, while socialising and developing their independence is important then look for ways to give kids the right words to use. Here are some ideas to get you started.


1. Asking a teacher for help or assistance

Kids often coerces parents to do their bidding with teachers, coaches, siblings and other adults. It’s easy to pick up the phone and arrange to meet a teacher or go into your child’s room and ask for something on behalf of your child. Take a different approach. “Choose a time when your teacher is free, and then ask her if you can sit at the front of the classroom. You could say….”


2. Entering a game at school

Many kids struggle to enter into a game or activity at school, so they sit on the sidelines and miss out. Consider coaching a child about how he or she may approach a situation. Suggest that he or she looks for someone they know, and wait for a lull in the game before asking. Social scripting involves timing, not just the words to use.


3. Telling a sibling to stop annoying them

“Jessica, please stop flicking the ruler while I’m watching TV. I find it annoying.” This may work. If not, this child could try, “Jessica, could you flick your rule elsewhere.” It may work. It may not. But it’s infinitely better than yelling, “Jessica, DDDOOOONNNN’TTTT!!!!”


4. Saying No to a friend without losing face

Research shows that many teenagers struggle with peer pressure because they don’t know how to say NO in a way that maintains their status. One strategy is to use an excuse rather than say give an outright NO. “I don’t want to drink tonight because I’ve got football training in the morning.”


5. Expressing their emotions

Both genders can struggle to express their feelings, particularly if they haven’t been taught the words to use at home. Recently, I saw a mother prompt her three year old when he was clearly annoyed.

“Are you frustrated Maxie?”

“Yes, I fusttated!!”

“Would you like a hug?


You’re never too young or too old to be hugged. Just as you’re never too young or too old to receive a social script from a well-meaning parent or friend.

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

Woodend Primary School Newsletter
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