Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

19 September 2017
Issue Twenty-eight
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Upper Ferntree Gully Awards
Out of School Hours Care
Dates to remember
Parents Page
Student Work
        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 Fete Save the Date

Keep on eye on our new fete page in the newsletter for regular updates in the lead up to our fete.

Celebrating our school!

What a wonderful experience our students have been having over the last two weeks. State School Spectacular was a big success. This was my first year being involved in this event and I was absolutely amazed by the level of talent that our students and others demonstrated. State School Spectacular has over 3000 students from around Victoria performing. Schools are allocated the number of students they can have depending on their school size. This will be an event that will continue for years to come.



Wakikirri State Awards night was last night. Our Wakakirri students did us all proud and performed to the best of their ability. Their performance was outstanding. We can still win a People's Choice award so stay tuned on Facebook for how you can vote.


A huge thank you to the parents of the students who have been involved in our events over the last few weeks. Without your support we couldn't do what we do and provide these opportunities for our students. 


Thank you to Andrea and Meagan in the office for their handling of all of our notices and forms it is a big job even in a small school and their work is greatly appreciated.


Thank you to Amy Cheers, Amy Montin and Stephanie Davis for giving up theri time to ensure that our students are able to attend these events.

Planning for 2018

If your child/ren will not be at Upper Ferntree Gully PS in 2018 please send written notification to the office as soon as possible. If you know of someone moving into the area and are yet to apply for enrolment, please encourage them to contact the office immediately.


There are many reasons that we are trying to move away from paper at our school. Not only is it good for the environment it also saves the school at least $5000 a year in photocopying costs. This is a significant saving for our school that can be better spent on our students and resources for their learning.


We continue  to improve the communication of our school to parents. We have enabled SMS alerts for excursions and important notifications and will continue to email and push notifications from Compass. All of our official communication will come from Compass. Teachers may also communicate with their class through SeeSaw.


We are aware that some parents will also communicate and support each other through the parent facebook page. This page is to assist in clarifying questions with each other, however, communication on this page does not officially come from the school. If you are still unsure about anything then please do not hesitate to contact the school office.


Please email me if you have any other suggestions for how we could improve the communication at our school.

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New Books

Thank you for all of your support during Book Week. With the money raised from the book fair we were able to purchase over $400 worth of new books.


Footy Day Tomorrow!

As is the case every year this time, we are having a footy day, where we encourage everyone to wear the colours of their favourite sporting team. Weather permitting we will be having our adult vs students match. We hope that you can come along! We encourage everyone to attend and join in the fun! There will also be a hot dog lunch on the day. Many thanks to our PFA for organising this, and to our staff for their support of  this event!

ARE YOU OK? - 14th September

14th September is 'Are You Ok' day. If youa re on social media you will see a lot of this around and the question pops up constantly. Something we're never too young to learn is that asking "are you ok?" can make a difference! Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do. You don't need to be an expert - just a great friend and a good listener.


So, if you notice someone who might be struggling - start a conversation. We know that suicide prevention is an enormously complex and sensitive challenge the world over. But we also know that some of the world’s smartest people have been working tirelessly and developed credible theories that suggest there’s power in that simplest of questions - “Are you ok?” Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it. Ask them- are you ok?


Sometimes people say ok even when they are not. It is important to trust your feelings and support them even when they might push away. We all want the people in our lives to be ok! By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up.


If they say they are not ok, you can follow up the conversation to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask. Lets inspire everyone to ask each other about what  really matters and be there for one another when life gets a bit tough or stressful. So it would be great if everyone spreads the word  asks SOMEONE, ARE YOU OK?

Have a safe and happy holiday.

I look forward to seeing you back here in term 4.


Upper Ferntree Gully Awards

Student of the Week

FW - Luke M - for consistently contributing to class discussions and class reflections.
1P - George - for concentrating on your tasks!
2D - Declan - for being the first to the floor and for showing great listening! Fantastic work Declan!
3N - Mason - for a wonderful effort with new swimming strokes.
4/5D - Alex H - for your excellent attitude at swimming
5/6C - Brodie - for taking one for the team and handling a difficult conversation with maturity.

Writer of the Week

FW - Daniel H - wonderful sounding out for your writing about cats.

1P -Brodie - for having terrific ideas for persuasive texts.

2D - Luca - for trying hard during writing sessions and for having a go at spelling. Keep up the great work!

3N - Chloe - for confidently showing her understanding of shapes.

4/5D - Violet - for paying close attention to detail in her writing.

5/6C - Sarah - for her excellent word knowledge when playing boggle.


Mathematician of the week

FW - Max J - for your knowledge of shapes on your pre -test.    

1P - Brooklynn  - for knowing your 2D shapes.

2D - Will S - for showing great concentration while writing down features of 3D objects. Great work Will!

3N -  Finley - for helping to develope a PMI about a topic.

4/5D - Xavier - for his excellent achievement in maths.

5/6C -  Nick - for his work with his I CAN statements and building his knowledge of shapes.

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


Please remember that if your child/ren are dropped off BEFORE 8.30am they need to be signed in by  a parent or carer.


Please observe speed limits in the School grounds when dropping off and collecting your child/ren, this is to ensure everyones' safety. 


For staffing reasons please give us as much notice as possible when booking/cancelling sessions.

Dates to remember

Term 3

Wednesday 20th

Hot Dog Day PFA

Parents/Teachers vs Students


Friday 22nd

Last Day of Term 3

Assembly 2pm

2:30pm Finish


Term 4




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.




Parents have two things in common. Firstly, every parent experiences some challenges or difficulties at some point raising kids. Whether it’s managing challenging behaviour, keeping a child’s chin up when life doesn’t go their way or helping a young person handle the ups and downs of adolescence – every parent must deal with challenges along the way.


Secondly, all parents want their children to thrive and flourish. That means we need to love our kids confidently, rather than protect, pamper and problem-solve for our kids.

Here are fifteen parenting ideas to help your kids thrive and in doing so, may reduce the number of parenting challenges you experience along the way:


1.  When kids can, let them do

The independence mindset that we promote here at Parenting Ideas means that parents look for as many opportunities as possible to develop self-sufficiency in children. When kids can get themselves out of bed in the morning we allow them to do so. When a toddler can clear her plate and spoon away we encourage her do so. When a teenager can catch a train into the city we allow him to do so, even though we may uncomfortable about letting go. Self-esteem and confidence is built by kids gaining mastery over their world and doing the little things that we as adults so often do for them.


2.  Develop a growth mindset

This generation shouldn’t grow up like past generations thinking that their natural abilities set the tone for the pattern for the rest of our lives. If you think that you’ll never be good at maths/writing/sport/whatever, then you have a fixed mindset. We now know that talent and smarts aren’t fixed- they evolve over time with practice and effort. There’s a lot parents can do to develop a growth mindset in kids. Start by linking your child’s success with effort rather than linking it to natural ability. You want your child to grow up believing that hard work and strategy have as much to with their success in any area as their natural ability.


3.  Encourage them to play

Adults are very fond of organising environments for kids to enable learning and maximise their development. Kids’ lives are full of organised after school activities including sports practice, music practice and swimming lessons. There’s not much time for mucking around these days. Self-initiated play, particularly when it occurs outside is great for kids’ confidence. Left to their own devices kids often take risks that would make adults shudder, if only they knew about them. But it’s through risks such as climbing trees, building cubbies and navigating their neighbourhood that kids learn to extend themselves and develop skills that they didn’t know they had.


4.  Give them some tough stuff to do

Life in the twenty-first century is comfortable for most us. We’ve eradicated most of the hardship from life so that most kids in developed countries like Australia wake up on a winter morning with a full stomach, a warm house and the prospect of being driven to school. Nothing builds confidence like a deep appreciation for what you have and an understanding that you can put up with some hardship and discomfort so consider ways you can disrupt deep comfort levels. Maybe they have to do some chores (make their lunch/their bed/feed a younger sibling) in the morning; maybe they should walk to school; maybe they can do without morning tea if they leave it at home. Maybe…… I’m sure you can think of your own ideas to help them feel familiar with discomfort.


5.  Make sure they do something that someone else relies on

So what does your child do that someone else relies on? Does he feed the dog? Empty the dishwasher? Help his sibling with homework? Assuming responsibility builds kids’ confidence. We often give responsibility to kids who we know can carry out the responsibilities without a hitch, not the kids who really need it as they sometimes struggle and won’t do it right.


6.  Give them psychological space

Sometimes we know too much about our children’s lives. Most times we know if they had breakfast, who their friends are and how their day went at school. All this knowing may keep us in the loop with our kids, but it can also be suffocating for some children. Children benefit when they have some space from their parents’ attention and best intentions. Space gives them the chance to solve their problems in their own way and develop their own resourcefulness, which is a fantastic confidence-builder at any age.


7.  Ask them to help you

Nothing displays faith in a child’s abilities like a genuine request for help. Next time you’re about to embark on an activity (cooking, washing the car, loading the washing machine) ask a child to give you a hand. Even better, give the total job to your child if it’s practical and timely to do so. Now that’s what I call a show of faith!


8.  Let them teach you something

When was the last time you asked your child to teach you how to do something? Kids who see themselves as strugglers can get a boost in confidence when they teach their parents how to do something that they are good at.


9.  Encourage your child to be a generalist

The years before adolescence have traditionally been seen as a period when children explore various activities and develop a variety of interests. Essentially it’s the time to be a generalist. Specialisation best happens from around fourteen years of age when young people start to define their identity (‘I’m into music!’ ‘I’m a sports nut!’) by the activities they pursue. Children now seem to specialise at a much younger age, which can limit the options available to them later on. Encourage your child to try a variety of different activities to build a broad base of competencies and interests that will serve him well in the teenage years.


10.  Problem solve together

While kids need a chance to resolve some of their every day problems – such as managing pesky siblings, dealing with strict teachers and sharing a workspace at school with peers they don’t like- by themselves, they can also benefit from sitting down with a parent and working their way through problems together. All the aforementioned problems (and many more besides) could be workshopped so that kids get the benefit of your wisdom, without you solving their problems for them.


11.  Encourage assertion

Kids generally resolve relationship problems with friends and siblings in three ways – through accommodation, aggression or assertion. Accommodating the needs a friend or sibling is admirable but some kids give way too much because they don’t know how to stand up for themselves. Some children will use aggression and other high power ways to get their own way. Encourage your child to be assertive and ask for what they want rather than give way all the time or be aggressive. Assertiveness is as much about strong body language as it is about the words they use. So encourage them to practise standing up straight, using a strong voice and making eye contact when they say to a sibling or friend, “No. I don’t want you to borrow that.”


12.  Help them see beyond the label

A child who defines himself as being stupid because he struggles academically benefits from parents who lovingly point out that there is more to a life than schoolwork. Help him see the strengths that they has in other areas of life such as making friends; success at leisure activities and the personal qualities that he or she displays such as loyalty, patience and persistence. Help children see past labels that they can place on themselves.


13.  Cue confidence not anxiety

Recently I heard a parent say to her primary school-aged child prior to going on a class excursion, “You’re not going to be anxious are you?” If the child wasn’t anxious already she was likely to be after her mother planted the idea in her head. Children generally take their cues about how they should see events from their parents so we need to be very careful about what we say to children particularly when they go into new or unfamiliar activities. Better to cue a child to be courageous with a statement such as “Now’s the time be brave.” Hmm! Now that’s a thought!


14.  Turn the volume down on the News

There’s no doubt we live in a fearful world that reduces children’s propensity to take the sensible risks that they need to develop. The media with its twenty-four-hour news cycle has a lot to answer for. Consider how much News your children are exposed to via television and radio particularly in the pre-school and early primary school years. Kids at these ages are faulty processors of information and can be adversely influenced by News events that occur across the world. Fear defeats confidence and inflates anxiety and tension.


15.  Help your child rationalise, rather than exaggerate their worries

Children and teenagers can easily jump to conclusions and catastrophise (“I’m hopeless!”), blaming themselves when they experience difficulties. Help your child work through their difficulties so they can rationalise and find solutions. Challenge their self-talk and help them see that a situation probably isn’t as bad as they are making out. By calling out their propensity to catastrophise you may not be making yourself popular, however you’ll be teaching a valuable lesson in staying calm rather than letting their emotions get the better of them.


Building children’s resilience and confidence is a basic parenting task. It always has been and always will be. Some kids need more of a focus on resilience and confidence-building than others. Best to take your cues from your kids and look for strategies that stretch them rather than restrict them or keep them dependent on you.


It's Fete Time - How can you help?

We are looking for donations of:

- Scratchie tickets or money for scratchie scarecrow

- Slabs of soft drink

- Bags of chocolates individually wrapped (freddos, kit kats etc)

If you know of any community groups that would like to share their group through a performance on stage please let us know at the office. We are looking for groups to perform on the day.


Will you be able to volunteer your time? Soon we will have a board in the foyer of the school please think about what you can help with. A little bit of time makes a difference!

Take a look at our great rides!

Big and little kids are catered for.

Star Scream

The Star Scream is the latest in kids and adults carnival fun.  Holding 12 people at a time in a pendulum swinging tub!


Chair o plane

A high capacity ride that is great for the little kids, our chair o plane hire in Melbourne is a great option for fetes, festivals and parties. Being able to hold 20 children at one time, this combines the fun of a swing and a carousel in one package. 


Inflatable Slide

It's fun and exciting for both youngsters and teenagers. This new concept inflatable has striking graphics and high walls for added safety. Our slide can not be compared to other slides because of its unique sun and rain cover system.


There is more fun and entertainment coming, check here for updates!

We have received some great donations for our prizes and competitions. If you know of anyone who will donate then please let us know.

Student Work

Homeless - Shaye Graham

If a cardboard box was all you had, we need to help them, what if that person was you Dad.

No food, out in the rain, they live in subways and on a street lane,

I see people's faces when they look, all they want is education or a book.


Help them please they need a home, give them some keys, they are all alone.

Some sleep against a tree, under a bridge, it's sad to see,

Dirty not clean, please don't be mean.


I want people to see how hard it can be, please help me,

Stand up and lend a hand, some of them sleep in dirty shelters on the sand.


In the city the sun shines bright the fire is their only light,

The embers flicker in the sky, they need people to help them fly.

Xbox One VS Play Station 4 - Nick Mackay

Let’s start, PS4, it has good features, and Xbox has around the same features as well!



There is virtual reality and every game they release comes out 2 weeks earlier than Xbox One. It has Game Share so your friends can give you a game and both of you can play it. You can edit your home screen and make it look cool. Also the remotes light up to a variety of colors. They have split screen as well.


Xbox One

As I said before Xbox and Play Station have a bit of the same features. For Xbox you can get your own custom made controllers. I have one myself, you also have split screen you can play up to 6 players on the Xbox! Xbox has Xbox live which allows you to play with other people and talk to them if you have a microphone.


So overall it really doesn’t matter what you get but I have an Xbox One and my gamer tag is: ImNotTellingYou!

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