Woodend Primary School Newsletter

06 September 2018
Issue 28
2018 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
Junior School Council
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Junior Unit
Uniform Shop
Assembly Awards
Library News
Student Banking
Gardening Group
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442

2018 Calendar

2018 Camp Dates

19-21 September - Year 3

22-23 October - Year 2

5-7 December - Year 4


Fri 7/9

Book Club due

Sun 9/9

Choice & Resonance Strings Performance at SHC (Mary Maloney) 1.30-4.15pm

Mon 10/9

School Council meeting at 7pm

Year 1/2 Museum excursion – MU1, MU2, MU5

Tues 11/9

Year 1/2 Museum excursion – MU3, MU4

Wed 12/9

No Keyboard lessons

Girls State Tee Ball Championships - Waverley

Thurs 13/9

Prep Tours 9.30am and 2.30pm

Fri 14/9

Year 3 and 4 MOVIE NIGHT (PFA event)

Year 6 Change Convention 2pm

Mon 17/9

Division Athletics, Bendigo

Wed 19/9 - Fri 21/9

Year 3 camp

Wed 19/9

Canteen Footy Lunch

JSC - Wear your footy colours.  Gold coin donation towards BuyaBale (farmers drought relief)

Fri 21/9

Last day of Term 3 - 2.30 pm dismissed


Mon 8/10

Term 4 begins

Wed 10/10

PFA meeting at 7.30pm

Mon 15/10

School Council meeting at 7pm

Fri 19/10

Year 5/6 PFA Event (to be continued...)

Mon 22/10

Year 2 Camp

Tues 23/10

Year 2 Camp

From the Principal,
Diana Ellis


Welcome to country

This week our whole staff participated in Cultural Awareness training to build our understanding about building an inclusive culture that acknowledges our Koori families and their culture and history.

This week at assembly we will start doing 'Acknowledgement to Country' and this will become a weekly feature.

Our assembly will begin with the following acknowledgement 

"I would like to respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this Land on which we meet today and pay my respects to the elders both past and present."



This week we have finally had our long awaited playground installed. The students are very excited and look forward to being able to use it. The Parents and Friends are paying the $35 000 for the playground from fundraising money. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the fundraising that has supported the purchase of our playground.

Tee Ball Team

Congratulations to all the students who this week participated in the Tee Ball Regional Championships in Bendigo. They proudly represented our school and demonstrated exemplary behaviour and sportsmanship. Unfortunately they didn't make it through to the next level however our girls team qualified earlier this year and will represent Woodend PS at the state level on Wednesday 12th September. We wish them luck.

Last week 54 of our students participated in the District Athletics Carnival. Many of our students will now go on to the next level. I would like to thank Mrs. Connell for her huge amount of work in organising the whole event for the region. It is a huge task and Mrs. Connell's comprehensive organisation ensured it was a highly successful day. Many schools from our district have sent very positive emails congratulating Mrs. Connell on running such an excellent event.


Mini show gardens for Kyneton show

Congratulations to all of our Carlsruhe students  who entered their ‘mini gardens' into the Kyneton Show/Daffodil Festival and for the staff and parents who transported them to Kyneton. It is great to see our students participating in community events.


Parent Opinion Survey

Thank you to the many parents who completed the Parent Opinion Survey. The survey was sent to a random sample of families. Please note that the closing date for the online Parent Opinion Survey has been extended to Sunday 9 September 2018. Parents can submit completed online surveys until 11:59PM Sunday 9 September 2018. Thank you for your school participation in the 2018 online survey.


Year 6 Parent Writers

This week our parents have been invited into classrooms to participate in writing sessions. We love this initiative and look forward to sharing their experiences.



As addressed in the newsletter last week, we have some concern in the decline in dress standards. We appreciate that it can be hard to dry clothes in Winter or that students might need an extra jumper or coat. We would like to remind you that school uniform is an expectation in our school. Just a reminder that items such as nail polish, large earrings, bracelets etc are not school wear. We appreciate your support in helping us to lift our dress standards and have high expectations and pride about the wearing of our school uniform.

Junior School Council

Footy Team Colours Day

WPS is holding a footy day on Wednesday 19th September to help raise money for the Buy a Bale campaign…Here are some words from the Buy a Bale website, that we will be donating the hay to the farmers with no hay bales.

Supporting Aussie farmers and rural communities throughout Australia. This drought appeal campaign is providing meaningful support for farmers by delivering hay and other essential items to farmers who have no feed left for their cattle.

All donations to our drought assistance campaign have a four fold effect. Some hay is donated, some we buy, so we’re feeding a hay farmer and their family. Some of our truckies are donating their time and diesel, some loads we’re paying for, so we’re feeding truckies and their families. Donations towards our Farmers can inject immediate cash into the rural towns, city cash going bush. Please help by donating a gold coin and wearing your favourite sport teams colours on the day!


Big thanks, JSC


From the Office

Qkr and CompassPay

QKR will continue to be the ‘go to place’ for Canteen, Uniforms, Fees and any other activities that DO NOT REQUIRE CONSENT. A reminder that from the beginning of Term 4 ALL LUNCH ORDERS must be made through QKR - no cash orders please. See below for instructions for loading the free QKR app.

Compass - for parents to pay electronically for Excursions or any activity that requires PAYMENT AND CONSENT.

If your child is absent:

  1. Log onto the Compass Portal - PREFERRED: at anytime prior to the absence to record details

Click on ‘Add Attendance Note ‘Approval’ – another screen will open allowing you to record the absence info. Multiple days can be recorded. Click on ‘Save’ to submit.


2. PHONE THE SCHOOL: Leave a message on the absence voicemail at anytime

Compass App

When doing a search for the schools Compass App, please choose the one pictured below.


Head Lice

It has been brought to our attention that some parents in our school have found it necessary to treat their child for head lice.


Please carry out a thorough check of your children’s hair for any signs of lice or nits and carry out the relevant treatment if necessary, as per the attached guidelines

Senior Unit

Change the World Convention

Have you ever wanted to get the perfect night’s sleep? Or maybe just want to be a few more centimetres taller? Or wondered how we can make it safer to transport livestock?


Wonder no more.

The Senior Unit Change the World Convention will answer these wonderings and so much more. On Friday 14th of September, we extend an invitation to our community to come and explore how our Year 6 students intend to change the world with just one idea.


Our community session commences at 2pm in the school hall and will run for one hour. We are very excited to be sharing our students’ hard work and are certain that you will be impressed. See you there?

Jordan Chamerski - Senior Unit Coordinator



On the 30th of August, 51 students went to Bendigo to compete in athletics. Even though it was so cold all the students did so well and a few even will be moving on to the next level. Also the day would not of been better without Mrs Minchew, Ms Rixon, Mrs Connell, Mr Spilsted and all the parents that came to cheer everyone on. -Lily


This week in when SU2 had maths, Mrs Minchew assigned us a challenge, she wrote the numbers, from  one to ten in a random order and we had a partner which was whoever we were sitting next to and they had to use google timer, also we had to tap the numbers in numerical order, also in order of odd and even with our preferred hand then an extra part we had to do the same thing but with our non preferred hand.  It was tricky for some and easy for other, but we all had a great time. -Taytum

Regional Tee-Ball

On Tuesday the 4th of september the boys Tee- Ball team went to Kennington (Bendigo) to play for a spot in the Regional Championships.  We played one game against Murrabit Primary School.

“We played really well but could've done better in fielding,” said Zack.

We played 7 innings with some great determination towards the end of the match. Sadly we lost 25 to 41. Our opponents had great sportsmanship and were just kind in general. But we're still in for a shot at State because being 5 hours away from where states are being held they might give it to the runners up, us.  By Thomas and Jacob SU2


Comic Life

This week when the athletics was on, with everyone still at the main campus we had a challenge. The challenge was to create our own comics using Comic Life. Some people worked in partners, and some worked on their own. Then we had to take several photos of ourselves or something, and created a comic of our own. I was partners with Kayla and we created a parody of Harry Potter. - Kate


Carlsruhe Annexe

Thursday Activities

If you are able to help, please let us know via your child, by phone or email prior to Thursday if possible. Activities run from 1:45pm until 2:45pm but you are welcome to arrive any time after 1:30pm.

Please also ensure that your current Working With Children Check has been lodged with the office.

Garden in a Shoebox

What a creative and busy week we have had at Carlsruhe!

On Monday the students planned their ideas for our Garden in a Shoebox entries for the The Kyneton Spring Flower Show. They created labelled diagrams to show the design ideas and made a list of the materials they would need. Friday was the day the ideas came to life and what brilliant ideas they were! They used a range of materials to create their mini gardens with themes such as; deserts, fairies, picnics and forests on show.

Thank you to those parents who came along to share the experience and help transport the 30 gardens to the Kyneton Showgrounds after school on Friday.

We had amazing feedback from the organisers of the event, who were very impressed with the quality and creativity on display in our work.

All of the children received a certificate and some seeds to plant in their gardens.

Congratulations to the following students on their special awards;

2nd place – Jeff and Ned, Alex, Olivia and Daisy A.

1st place – Amber, Hayley, Oliver W and Sean.


Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

This term in Science Year 1 and 2 have been studying the chemistry unit ‘All Mixed Up’. We have been exploring how liquids and solids can be mixed together and also how they can be separated. Last week MU2 and MU3 experimented with chromatography which is the separation of mixtures by running them over or through another substance. We investigated the colours in ink textas by first colouring a line on filter paper and then dipping the filter paper into a cup of water, watching as the water drew the ink through the paper, separating some colours as it went. We found out that dark colours are made up of several different colours! Here are some of our results.


Year 3

This week the students have been finishing their Information Reports ready to start presenting them next week. They have become proficient at using Powerpoint and have enjoyed modifying their fonts, transitions and the general aesthetics of their presentations.


In Maths, the students have begun the topic ‘Money’.  Students will be working towards calculating the change given when buying a variety of items.
As part of the ‘Maths Buddy Program’, all of the Year 3 students have been paired up with a Prep to help during planned maths sessions. The students are always very excited to work with their buddy and are benefiting greatly from taking on the responsibility of being a ‘teacher’ for a session.


Early next week, students will be sent home with a list of what to bring to camp. As camp is a time to make new friends and be outdoors, we ask that the students leave their digital technologies at home so that they can make the most of the camp experience. Cameras are excepted, however it must be stressed that the students need to take full responsibility for them.



Junior Unit

Maths Buddies

This term the Foundation children have been working with the Year 3 students to learn, practise and extend their addition skills. Each Foundation child has been partnered with a Year 3 “maths buddy” who supports them to work through a series of increasingly challenging addition tasks. Peer tutoring (when children with higher skills support younger, less skilled children) is one of the evidence based, high impact teaching strategies recommended by the Department of Education. What teachers have noticed about the maths buddies program is that all of the children are really engaged in the maths activities. We have all overheard rich maths conversations between the older and younger children, where older children are modelling and explaining addition strategies and younger children are asking deep questions about what they are learning or practising. The feedback from the children is how much they love working with their maths buddies. The focus on the kids’ faces says it all!



Canteen News



6th    Help needed

7th    Alice, Chantelle

12th  Suzie

13th  Help needed

14th   Nikki, Tracey (til 10.30), Jess

19th   Footy Day - Lauren, help needed

20th  Sheryl


  • Please contact me ASAP if you can help at [email protected].   Remember its only 9am to 12.30pm and you Child(ren) get a free icy pole and the chance to see their carer behind the counter.

Footy Lunch Packs

  • Footy lunch packs will be available on Wednesday 19th September. Orders close Friday 14th Sept at 3.30pm.
  • No other lunch orders will be available on this day.
  • Qkr orders only.  No cash orders will be accepted.


  • Please ensure your child(ren) have the correct details on Qkr.  Lunches are going into wrong classrooms.
  • When ordering from Qkr, please purchase a lunch bag first, if you're not supplying your own. 
  • Countdown to Qkr for Term 4: NO CASH ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Please see the office staff for help loading Qkr.

Shopping Tour


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.

Please keep in mind winter time, extra clothing like coats or jackets also need to be named as we do receive a lot in our lost property which are un-named.


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 see the photo below, I took of my daughter’s jumper.

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

lost Property

Found near carpark: prescription glasses.  Please see the office for assistance.


Uniform Shop Hours

Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am

Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop

Assembly Awards

Artists of the Week

Year 1

Year 1 students made paper collage pictures of owls.  They tore all the paper bits into shapes and created a great 'Owl At Night' scene.  Well done Year 1.

Our Special Artists of the Week are:  Caleb, Leon, Phillipa, Hunter, Rohan, Ava, Hannah, Will, Jack, June, Riley, Zahra, Isobel, Curtis and Kyan.

Other Awards

Congratulations to Eleanor from 2nd Woodend Cub Scouts who achieved her Grey Wolf Badge 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.

Students of the Week

JU1 -Oliver

For trying really hard to use all of his reading strategies when reading a challenge book. Well done Oliver.

JU2 - Comac

For identifying, explaining, and solving double and near double facts during addition.

JU3 - Rufus

For persevering with a new and challenging addition strategy.

MU1 -Isabelle

Working hard and being brave in order to solve a problem. Well done!

MU2 - Owen

For his consistent effort to produce neat and tidy handwriting. Great job!

MU3 - Reagan

For getting your spelling words right each week!

MU4 - Zahra

For her excellent problem solving in maths this week using money.

MU5 - Cooper

For displaying and trying his hardest at all times.

MU6 - Ethan

For the amazing improvement he has made in Multiplication. Well done Ethan!

MU7 -Zara

For contributing thoughtfully during Guided Reading groups.

MU8 - Emily

Her positive attitude towards her learning. Keep up the great work!

CU1 - Isadora

For super design ideas and a detailed evaluation, when working together on her mini garden for the Spring Show!

CU2 - Olivia

For making great improvements in her presentation skills.

CU3 - Rose

For her absolutely spectacular work with the weekly spelling and tables test making perfect scores in each for the term to date.

CU4 - Tessa

For her excellent persistence with open-ended maths questions. Amazing work!

SU1 - Jack

For showing teamwork and school pride by going out of his way to clean up the school. You Rock!!

SU2 - Taytum

Showing AWESOME persistence during maths this week. Keep persisting during maths this week. Keep working hard! AWESOME JOB!


Movie Night


 Thanks to those who have already responded to the Year 3/4 Movie Night for next Friday 14 September from 6pm. For those interested in attending, please RSVP via QKR no later than Monday 10 September for what should be a fun night!




Other News

The PFA have been really excited to see the new playground equipment installed this week as a result of the generosity of those who attended the 2017 Fair, bought a ticket in the recent Wood Raffle and supported other PFA run events. With the nicer weather upon us, it’ll be a great space for the students to enjoy.


Following on from last week’s launch of the Woodend Primary School Parents & Friends Community Page, the response to date has been fantastic.  We hope it will be a useful forum for all involved. Just a reminder to respond to the 3 qualifying questions in order to gain access to the group.


The PFA met yesterday evening and have progressed some exciting things to see out 2018 and move into 2019.  Finalising of the plans for 2019 will be at our next meeting on Wednesday 10 October 2018 and we’d welcome any suggestions that you may have to help us deliver an outstanding schedule of events and fundraisers for next year.


Moving into next year too we will be putting the call out for some new faces to join the PFA or even volunteer as class representatives.  If this sounds like something that may be of interest, please don’t hesitate to contact us via our email address [email protected] or get in touch via the front office.  We’d love to see you at a meeting so you can experience firsthand what we do or are happy to chat over a coffee or on the phone about how you could be involved.


Thanks again to the parents and families who support the PFA – in doing so we help our school continue to be an outstanding place for our children to grow and learn.


Danni Waterson

Library News

Book Fair

Thank you all so much for your support of the Book Fair which ran last week.

If you missed out; purchasing through Book Club also supports our school.

Last payments due for Issue 6 of Book Club is due no later than tomorrow, 7th Sept.


Susan Machell

Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Lachlan, Lucca, Coen, Catherine, Ethan

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Rose, Lucas

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home


New Rewards for Term 3


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

Needed urgently

Parents to help with the lunchtime Kids' Garden Club, Mondays 12.45 – 2.00pm. No gardening experience needed.

NEWSPAPERS. NeWsPaPeRs. newspapers. Drop your old newspapers in the box at the School office.


Community News

Local Community


Kyneton Town Hall -  what's on


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Is your child’s brain ready for the online playgrounds?

Every week I spend time with teachers, students and parents helping them understand technology and the digital world, and present strategies to manage devices at home and at school. Ultimately, I want to ensure they are kept safe online and have the ability to thrive in this world, whilst reaping the many benefits the technology has to offer.


I am certainly not against technology, against social media or against video games. In fact, I see great benefits to incorporating them into our lives and the lives of our children. What I am against however, is the handing over of the devices with full access to the internet when there is little understanding of the potential harm and little to no safeguards.


We have all heard the stories, seen the headlines and clicked on the alarming clickbait. Stories of grooming where the young and vulnerable are lured away from their screens and in to the clutches of some paedophile. Yes those stories are out there, and while still a small minority of cases, the consequences are devastating. And aside from the grooming, there is the exposure to so much inappropriate, pornographic content that young people are being inadvertently sent via social networks and gaming platforms. Recent reports of a young girl finding herself in a sex chat room in the kids gaming platform Roblox is just one of mention.


What happens when kids find themselves in dangerous or perverted circumstances is usually the result of playing in playgrounds that they are just not cognitively and socially and emotionally developed enough to handle. When we place a child in an adult space, where adults are hanging out, (many of whom don’t have their best interests at heart), we are asking them to make decisions and judgements and think in the critical ways that they are simply not equipped for.


In my student sessions we discuss how easy it is to be someone else online and how we can better arm ourselves with the skills and thinking to make accurate judgements about someone’s identity. When I show them a picture of a made-up avatar with a picture of Justin Bieber and I ask them to tell me how they would know if he was the real deal, I get the same responses every time. Every single time from kids as young as 8 right through to those hitting their teens, I am met with suggestions such as “I would just ask him the name of his first song he wrote, not the one he released as not many people would know that”. Or “I would ask him the name of his first pet?” Or “I would ask him things that only really hard-core fans would know and ask him to tell me really quickly before he had time to google it”.


Every week when I do this exercise I am reminded that they are just not there yet. Their brain development is just not at a point where it can accurately make these decisions and come to the right conclusions. It isn’t because they are naïve, or stupid, it is simply because they haven’t been on this earth long enough, and their brain has not had the chance to grow and learn and think in ways that are beyond what we are expecting of them.


Now, as I said I am not against kids playing in some of these places but it must be done with absolute supervision while they are young. That means finding out about the platform they are wanting to hang out in. Finding out how you can make it as safe as you possibly can. Find out what settings to put in place and what 3rd party software you may need to look at to keep things under control and away from curious eyes.


If you are deciding to allow your child to have a device, search the internet, open a social media account or to play an online game, make sure that while you must certainly be teaching them the skills and thinking they will need, you cannot rely on that teaching alone. So, check age guidelines and if you think your child can manage and you are prepared to put in the time with them, then you must:


Play that game: have a go with at playing that game even if it is driving you crazy. You may just have some fun, enjoy some bonding and most importantly be able to have the most relevant conversations about any themes, content or possible dangers that may be found while playing.


Go to the settings: Always, always, check out what is available in the settings to make the experience as safe and user friendly as possible. This is where you can select who can contact your child, who can see their content, what content they can see, who can comment to them, what they can say, what words or phrases they can hear etc.

Google the potential risks: Understand some of the risks that have been associated with the game or app so you know you are doing all you can to avoid that risk.


Connect with your child: Talk to your child about what they like to do. We don’t always have to be lecturing about what not to do online, but we can certainly be speaking about the positive elements and how we can encourage them to find ways to enjoy the good rather


Watch them in this playground: Just as you would when they first take off the training wheels, or first make it on to the skatepark, we watch to see how they are going. Check to see if they are learning from past mistakes, to see if they have a back-up plan, to warn if you need to and to help them get back up again should they fall.


We don’t send our kids to adult movies when they are young because they don’t have the cognitive development to process much of that content which may well be inappropriate. We don’t send them to the city alone full of strangers and expect them to navigate on their own and make decisions about unfamiliar people and surroundings. And so too, we must not hand over the digital world without both the teaching, guidance and connection, as well as the safety strategies, the boundaries and the research to know that they have the ability to remain safe and make the best decisions for themselves in the online world.

You can attend our upcoming webinar, Managing video games and the next digital craze, at no cost!
As your school is a Parenting Ideas Schools member, you can attend our upcoming webinar Managing video games and the next digital craze with Martine Oglethorpe at no cost! Use the voucher code below to register for the webinar valued at $37 per person.


About the webinar
When it comes to kids and video games there’s so much for parents to learn. Why are kids so fascinated? How to manage the next craze? How to assess a game’s suitability for your kids? And there are so many decisions you have to make as a parent when your kids become interested in the video game craze. Should you ban your child or young person? What’s the best approach to take? When should you worry? Join parenting and technology expert Martine Oglethorpe for a practical 60 minute webinar addressing the issues you need to know about.


Thursday 13 September 2018 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM AEST

Catch up available: If you can't make the scheduled webinar time, you don't have to miss out — simply register for it and a recording will be made available for you to catch up anytime. This recording will be available to everyone who registers, which also means those who attend can listen to it more than once.


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

2. Click ‘Add to cart’ and proceed to the cart when you are ready.
3. Enter the coupon code Balance 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

Woodend Primary School Newsletter
2018 Canteen Menu.pdf
Uniform Order Form.pdf
Qkr - Uniform Shop Orders - HOW TO....pdf
Grade 3-4 2018 Movie Night Poster (002).pdf