Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

19 March 2019
Issue Seven
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Upper Ferntree Gully Awards
Dates to remember
Parent Page
Out of School Hours Care
        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

School Assembly Next week Friday the 29th

Badge presentations

School Jacket presentations

Respectful Relationships

An important part of our school wellbeing and development of interpersonal skills is Respectful Relationships.


The Royal Commission into Family Violence identified the critical role that schools and early childhood education have in creating a culture of respect to change the story of family violence for future generations. In 2016, respectful relationships education became a core component of the Victorian Curriculum from foundation to year 12, and is being taught in all government and Catholic schools and many independent schools.


Everyone in our community deserves to be respected, valued and treated equally. We know that changes in attitudes and behaviours can be achieved when positive attitudes, behaviours and equality are embedded in our education settings.


Respectful Relationships is about embedding a culture of respect and equality across our entire community, from our classrooms to staffrooms, sporting fields, fetes and social events. This approach leads to positive impacts on student’s academic outcomes, their mental health, classroom behaviour, and relationships between teachers and students.


 The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) learning materials cover eight topics of Social and Emotional Learning across all levels of primary and secondary education.

These include:

1. Emotional Literacy

2. Personal Strengths

3. Positive Coping

4. Problem Solving

5. Stress Management

6. Help-seeking

7. Gender and Identity

8. Positive Gender Relations


The aim to promote a healthy community of students is to develop:

Understand and manage emotions

• Set and achieve positive goals

• Feel and express empathy

• Establish and maintain positive relationships

• Make responsible decisions

• Develop resilience to deal with change

• Create positive gender norms

• Contribute to social cohesion.


Respectful Relationships is taught from Foundation to Year 6. It is about members of the school community understanding the way that people are treated and how we need to treat each other in order to have a safe and respectful community. 

Harmony Day - Thursday 21st March

This Thursday we celebrate Harmony Day. Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. Students can choose to wear something orange on Thursday to show their support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia. Classess will also be able to share a few snacks from around the world in their classes.

Have a great week everyone.


Upper Ferntree Gully Awards

Awards are usually handed out at assembly the following Monday after the newsletter is published.

Student of the week

F D  Amy - for helping her classmates. Great job!

1/2 N  Cooper - for working well in a team.

2/3 D  Liam - for being a friendly classmate who always shows our school value!

4/5 D  Ollie - for giving things a go and trying your best.

5/6 B   Eliza - for your infectious positive attitude. You make our class a great place to be.

Maths Awards

F D   Rory - for finding the missing numbers in a sequence. Well done!

1/2 N  Jack - for counting out different amounts of objects to 10 correctly.

2/3 D  Owen - for doing a great job devising a question, collecting data and graphing the data!

4/5 D  Sarah C - for pushing yourself to create a graph on paper and on the computer.

5/6 B  Ben - for fabulous work on your graph - you worked quickly and efficiently. Well done.

Writing Awards

F D  Tyler -  for his effort with neat handwriting. Well done!

1/2 N  Quinn - for using descriptive words to describe a story character.

2/3 D  Andrew - for taking the time to edit your writing and for having a clear beginning, middle and end!

4/ 5 D   Cooper S - for writing your ideas down independently.

5/6 B  Neveah - for using your Voice in your writing about pollution. You wrote with passion about a topic which is important to you.

Japanese Award

4/5 D  Liam - for demonstrating deep understanding and application of the Japanese language system. Liam modelled phrases applying the grammar rules appropriately. Very well done, Liam-kun!

Dates to remember

2019 Term 1


Wednesday 20th

School Council AGM 7pm


Friday 22nd

Ride To School Day


Wednesday 27th

PFA meeting 7pm


Friday 29th

Leadership Badge Presentation @ Assembly

Special Guest Hon. James Merlino MP, State Member for Monbulk


Monday 1st

Easter Raffle drawn @ Assembly


Wednesday 3rd

Hot Cross Bun day


Friday 5th

Last day of Term 1 - 2.30pm finish


Friday 19th - Monday 22nd

Good Friday - Easter Monday



2019 TERM 2  


Tuesday 23rd

Term 2 starts -all students


Thursday 25th

ANZAC Day - NO students at school


Friday 26th

Curriculum Day - NO students at school


Monday 29th - Friday 3rd May

Swimming Program  - whole school


Wednesday 8th

School Council meeting 7pm


Thursday 9th

Mothers Day stall


Wednesday 15th

PFA meeting 7pm


Friday 24th

District Cross Country Yrs 3-6


Monday 27th

School Photos


Wednesday 29th

Winter Sports  Yrs 3-6


Monday 10th

Queens Birthday public holiday - no students at school


Wednesday 12th

School Council meeting 7pm


Wednesday 19th

PFA meeting 7pm


Friday 28th

Last day of Term 2 - 2.30pm finish



Term 1:  29th January to 5 April     

Term 2:  23 April (Tues) to 28 June

Term 3: 15 July to 20 September

Term 4:  7 October to 20 December

Parent Page

This information was sent to schools by the department of education.

Supporting children and young people with distressing events

We understand that our education communities may be affected by the tragedy in New Zealand on Friday March 15, and our thoughts go out to everyone in Christchurch at this time. 

Some members of our communities will have watched the footage and may be impacted by the images. Others may need reassurance and to be supported to feel safe. For information on supporting young people please see:


Supporting Young People with Distressing Events


Out of School Hours Care

Program Times                  Full Fee 

Before School Care         $12  

6:45AM – 8:45AM

After School Care             $16                 

3:30PM – 6:15PM


If you need to cancel a booking, please remember to ring the office as soon as possible. If you are interested in our After or Before school care program please speak to the office.

Just a reminder that it is a legal requirement that you must sign your children in when dropping them off in the morning and when picking them up.  


We can offer OSHC on Curriculum days if we have sufficient numbers.  Please let Amy or the Office know.  Cost of a whole day $60.

        Notices and Reminders

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