Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

21 March 2017
Issue Seven
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Upper Ferntree Gully Awards
Out of School Hours Care
Dates to remember
Parents Page
        Notices and Reminders
Is this for you?
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

Harmony Day

What can I say! What a wonderful day to celebrate our diversity at Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School. While we might think that we are not necessarily a diverse area the more you talk to the students the more you find out about their family backgrounds and where they may have come from.

The students looked great in their bright orange clothing, with some very creative outfits, the carrot was a favourite! It was great to see the students perform their Ninja Rap and We Will Rock You dances. The 4,5,6 students had the opportunity to do a quick lap around Talaskia oval with the pre-school before the rain came down. WALA the African drumming was an incredible performance, they enagaged all of the students with their talent and even had the teachers and parents up dancing.

The disco was a great success with everyone having a lot of fun together dancing and singing. The students then talked and learnt about Harmony Day in the afternoon. I am so impressed with our students and how well they worked together, played together and danced together to show us just what Harmony Day is all about.

Family Night

Thank you everyone who had the opportunity to come along to family night. The students commented that it was the best one they had been to. We had a lot of fun talking together, laughing and throwing colours around.


School Council AGM

The school council AGM is at 7pm on Wednesday the 29th of March. This meeting is where the Annual report is presented to the public and the new committee begins. This is a public meeting and anyone is welcome to attend.


The PFA AGM will be on Tuesday the 28th of March at 7:30pm. Please come along and lend your support.

See Saw

By now many of you will have received a letter asking you to download the See Saw app. See Saw is a fantastic way for us to document and share your child's learning. Our students are being shown how to use See Saw so that they can share and reflect on their learning as it happens. A wonderful communication tool for classes also we hope you enjoy using it and sharing your child's learning journey with us.

Last Day of Term Assembly

We will be having an Assembly on Friday the 31st of March. Students will be receiving their badges and the Easter raffle will be drawn. The assembly will start at 1:45pm before a 2:30pm dismissal.

Have a great week everyone. 


Upper Ferntree Gully Awards

Student of the Week

FW -   Amy

1P-  Will Mc

2D-  Cooper Si

3N-  Nina

4/5 D- Violet

5/6 C- Ashleigh C

Writer of the Week

FW -   Zoe

1P-  Addison

2D-  Will S

3N-   Chloe

4/5D - Lincoln

5/6C- Ben

Mathematician of the week

FW -   Elijah

1P-  Isabel

2D-  Caitlyn

3N-   Mason

4/5D - Yael

5/6C- Chloe

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

Dates to remember

Term 1

Monday 27th

Young Leaders Conference - School Captains & Principal


Tuesday 28th

PFA AGM 7.30pm


Wednesday 29th

School Council  AGM 7pm


Thursday 30th

Produce Day - if you have any time to come and help out that would be great. Donations of fresh produce are welcome.


Friday 31st

School Assembly 1:45pm

Last Day of Term 2:30pm Finish


Term 2

Tuesday 18th 

First Day of Term 2


Wednesday 19th

Whole School Photo


Tuesday 25th



Wednesday 26th - Friday 28th

Swimming Program P-6


Monday 1st - Friday 5th

Swimming Program P-6


Term 1: 30 January (school teachers start) to 31 March

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.


As parents you may have heard the term Autism Spectrum and wondered what it means. In a school no matter the size we work with students with many different needs and Autism is one of those needs. Understanding more about it helps us as educators and helps the students settle and engage in their learning as we cater to their individual differences. AMAZE is a fantastic organisation that provides support and resources for anyone involved or interested in learning more about Autism.


What is Autism Spectrum?

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition which affects the brain’s growth and development. It is a lifelong condition, with symptom that appear in early childhood.

What can autism look like for someone:

  • Challenges with communication and interacting with others
  • Repetitive and different behaviours, moving their bodies in different ways
  • Strong interest in one topic or subject
  • Unusual reactions to what they see, hear, smell, touch or taste
  • Preference for routines and dislike change
  • Autism can affects the way that individuals interact with others and how they experience the world around them.

Every Individual on the Autism Spectrum is Different

‘If you’ve met one person on the autism spectrum, you’ve met one person on the spectrum.’

Prof Stephen Shore

No two people on the autism spectrum are alike. All people on the autism spectrum are different and will experience autism in different ways.

Secondary Conditions and Difficulties Associated with Autism

Some people on the autism spectrum may have other conditions as well, such as:

  • speech and language difficulties
  • intellectual disability
  • sleep problems
  • attention problems
  • epilepsy
  • anxiety and depression
  • difficulties with fine and gross motor skills

There are other conditions that are associated with autism, including Fragile X Syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis and other genetic disorders.

Understanding the Autism Spectrum

Autism can cause individuals challenges in understanding how to relate to other people and to their environment.

There is no physical marker for autism, so individuals on the autism spectrum look no different to anyone else. Parents sometimes report that others might think that their children are badly behaved and that they lack parenting skills, based on different behaviours, however this can be very unhelpful for a family.

Adults on the autism spectrum may struggle with social situations and ‘small talk’, thus appear rude or say things that others would not say. However, as social interaction is fluid and constantly changing, people on the autism spectrum may have challenges in keeping up with the verbal and non-verbal messages that are begin communicated.

Autism Spectrum Facts

  • Autism affects around 1 in every 100-110 people.
  • Autism is diagnosed in around four times as many males as females.
  • Autism is a lifelong condition and there is no cure.
  • Unemployment rates for individuals on the autism spectrum are around 65% compared with only about 6% for the whole population.
  • Individuals on the autism spectrum are over-represented in the homeless population and in the justice system.
  • On the positive side, early intervention can have tremendous results in helping those affected to live to their full potential.
  • For older individuals, timely and meaningful support, advice and information can also be critical to quality of life outcomes.

Common Names for the Autism Spectrum

The term “Autism Spectrum Disorder” includes Autism/Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). These specific terms are often required for funding purposes.

Other terms you might hear are “high functioning autism”, “classic autism”, “Kanner Autism” or “atypical autism”.

Note: the latter terms are not thought to be very useful for diagnosis and treatment, and most diagnosticians tend to use the term Autism Spectrum Disorder to describe the varied presentation of individuals on the autism spectrum.

What are the Causes?

There is no known cause of autism. Much research is being done to try to find out more. At this point it is believed to result from changes to the development and growth of the brain, which may be caused by a combination of factors, including environmental and genetic ones.

There is an increased chance of having another child on the autism spectrum if there already is a child in the family who has a diagnosis, but no specific genes have yet been proven to cause autism.

Autism is not caused by parenting or social circumstances.

Autism is not caused by vaccination or other medical treatment.


Related pages:

  1. About the Autism Spectrum
  2. Living on the Autism Spectrum
  3. Working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum
  4. Girls and women on the Autism Spectrum
  5. Have Your Say – Hospital Experiences for Children on the Autism Spectrum

        Notices and Reminders

Review of School Communication beginning Term 2

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.

- The skoolbag app will cease at the end of this term.

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


- Foundation Newsletter

-Easter Raffle - Thankyou for the wonderful donations there are a lot of great Easter activities and of course chocolates being donated. The raffle likes like a good one so don't forget to buy your tickets and return them to the office.

-Hot Cross Bun Order form - Please get them in as soon as you can.

Friday 31st March

Last day of term 2:30pm finish.

School Supervision Times

Just a reminder that students are supervised by our school staff between the hours of 8.45am and 3.45pm. Students who arrive at school before 8.45am or are at school after 3.45pm should either be enrolled at OSHC or be under the direct supervision of a parent. This is important for our duty of care and for your child's safety. If there are any concerns about this please speak to Mrs O'Brien.


Please do not use the staff car park or enter through the drive way gates unless you are picking up from Out of School Hours Care.

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Football Federation Victoria will be hosting a FREE Victorian MiniRoos Day on Sunday April 9 at Darebin International Sports Centre.

We would really appreciate your support for this event and promoting to your students, teachers and families!

Event details:

Date:                     Sunday April 9, 2017
Venue:                 Darebin International Sports Centre
Address:              281 Darebin Road, Thornbury
Start Time:          8:30am
Finish Time:       3:00pm
Registration:      FREE!

The day will consist of a number of MiniRoos activities for everyone to participate in. These will include:

  • An ALDI MiniRoos Coaching Certificate, so that volunteers can be up-skilled to coach MiniRoos
  • A host of small sided games for the kids to partake in
  • An ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off program
  • 3x MiniRoos Guidelines Information Sessions
  • Family based activities so that you can team up with your child or parent
  • Activations and shooting targets
  • Raffle prizes
  • Participation prizes and more!

See a schedule for the day here.

There will be a host of 5v5 small sided games, for kids aged 7-11 with multiple games running on different pitches giving everyone plenty of opportunity to play!
Register your team here.

An ALDI MiniRoos Coaching Certificate will be run in the morning from 9am-12pm. We encourage you to invite teachers (particularly any Physical Education) and parents of the school to do the course!
Register for the FREE COURSE here.

There will be an ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off Program running in the afternoon following the coaching course. We will provide an opportunity for those that have just completed the course, to put what they have learnt into action into a MiniRoos session!

The ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off Program is aimed at kids ages 4-11. This will be an opportunity for the kids to enjoy a 45 minute session, learn some skills and have a heap of fun!
Register your child for the FREE PROGRAM here.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact the Victorian MiniRoos Team at [email protected]

Please forward through the above information to your school community!

We look forward to seeing you all at Darebin on Sunday April 9 to celebrate MiniRoos!

Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School