Woodend Primary School Newsletter

16 May 2019
Issue 13
2019 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Foundation Unit
Education Support Team
Student Awards & Achievements
Gardening Group
Canteen
PFA News
Student Banking
Uniform Shop
Library News
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442
AU

2019 Calendar

CANTEEN ROSTER

May

Thurs - No help required

Fri 17th - Linda, Elena

Wed 22nd - Steph

Thurs 23rd - Melanie

Fri 24th - Robyn, Lenny

Please contact me on mobile 0411 558 557 if you can help .  Remember it's only Wednesday, Thursday or Friday,  9-12.30pm, you receive a free lunch and your child(ren) receive a free icy pole.

May 2019

Thurs 16/05

NAPLAN - Numeracy

Mon 20/05

Carlsruhe change over: CU1 and CU3 go to Carlsruhe

Tues 21/05

School Open morning: 9am to 1pm

2020 Prep Info Night: 6.45pm

Wed 22/05

Yr 3-6 - House Athletics trials

Fri 24/05

Yr 5/6 visit to Gisborne Secondary College

Cobaw Soccer (rescheduled from 10/5/19)

SATURDAY 25/05

Working Bee at WPS

Wed 29/05

PFA Meeting 7.30pm

June 2019

Mon 03/06

Tues 04/06

Regional Cross Country at St. Arnaud (selected students)

Wed 05/06

Division 1 Soccer

Fri 07/06

Division 1 Soccer

Wed 12/06

Division 2 Soccer

Fri 14/06

Cobaw Winter Sports

Mon 17/06

School Council 7pm

Fri 21/06

Foundation Unit - Museum excursion

Yr 3 excursion to Melbourne Aquarium

Wed 26/06

Sushi Day

PFA meeting at 7.30pm

Thurs 27/06

Curriculum Day - NO SCHOOL

Fri 28/06

Last day of Term 2.   2.30pm finish

2019 School Dates

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

  • 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

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

Cyber Safety Evening

This week we hosted the Alannah and Madeline Foundation to present an information session about how parents can manage the use of technology and support their children so that they don’t cyber bully or be cyber bullied.

This night would not have been possible without the very generous donation from a family in our school and also Robert Bruhn for his networking/liaising with the Foundation and the behind the scenes organisation. We thank these people for ensuring that we were able to provide such a successful night.

 

eSafety

To further support parents with managing on line safety, I have included the link below.

https://esafety.gov.au/start-the-chat

Assembly items

Each week our classes will be rostered on to present a small item at assembly. We encourage you to come along and show our students your interest.  Miss Quinn’s class has been postponed until next week. Therefore next week we will have Miss Quinn and Miss Harrap’s class entertaining us.

Open Day

Next Tuesday May 21st,  we will be inviting members of our school community and prospective parents to visit our school for Open Day. Parents can visit from 9.00 am until 1.00 pm to observe or participate in our wonderful programs

Information Night

On Tuesday May 21st our teachers will be hosting an information night for our 2020 Foundation students. The evening will run from 6.45 to 8.00 pm. The session will cover school readiness, helping to prepare your child for school and our school initiatives and programs.

Roosters! Roosters! Roosters at Carlsruhe

Unfortunately, it looks like 3 of our 4 new chickens are in fact roosters. As we already have 2 roosters for our 8 hens, we do not need any more.

We are therefore looking to rehome the new young roosters before they come to maturity.

If you are interested in rehoming any of the lovely boys below, please contact the school as soon as possible. If you would like to come and have a closer look at them, please contact Carlsruhe to arrange this.

Also, please check online with the local shire, to see if you are allowed roosters where you live, as they are not usually allowed within a township.

 

Art work

This week I again had the pleasure of visiting our artists from the Senior Unit. Their level of determination, persistence and effort was highly evident as they manipulated glue guns and a range of materials.

Miss Mann also continues to display our students Art work around the school for us to admire.

 

Reading

This morning I had the pleasure of being in Mrs. Mills' JU2 class during reading. The students were very keen to show me their progress.

 

From the Office

Prep Information Evening

School Accounts

School accounts will be issued in the coming week. Please read the statement from the School Council Treasurer, which will be attached to your account. This explains the expectation and reasoning surrounding the charges listed for the Building and Library Fund, which are voluntary contributions.

 

If your school account has a NIL balance, NO ACCOUNT WILL BE ISSUED.

 

Official receipts for donations received for the Building & Library Fund have also been issued, for amounts received within the last 2 months. If you have made a tax deductible donation and not received a receipt, please contact the school office.

 

Any queries or issues surrounding the account, should be directed to the school office. If there is a charge listed that you don’t think you owe, please call us to sort it out. Ph: 5427 2455

Looking for Mentor Families

Thank you to the 2 families who have contacted us to be included as Mentor Families. We would still like another couple so if you think you might be interested…, please email Bron Rumble at woodendnewsletter@gmail.com

Lost Property

Parents, please have a look at the ' OFFICE lost property collection box' to see if you recognise any items.   If you do, please see the office ladies.  These items (valuable/personal) are kept at the normal lost property area in case they grow legs and wander.

 

Payment Methods for School Activities

 

Senior Unit

Back to Woodend - 2018 students return

On Thursday 9th of May, the 2018 Year 6 students returned to Woodend Primary School for a catch-up session. Mrs Minchew also attended with her husband and baby son. We had an enthusiastic turn out with 40 students attending. The children traded stories about their experiences at their secondary schools and it was like they had never left. We even had a student join us via a video call who could not be in attendance. It was fantastic to see all the students again and there was talk about a second reunion later on in the year

Science Challenge - Week 3

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD WITH A CARDBOARD BOX?

Can you build something functional with a cardboard box?

Here is an idea! Use your imagination!

Take a photo of your cardboard box creation and hand it in to your teacher by next Wednesday to enter our competition. The winner will be announced in next week’s newsletter.

 

Carlsruhe Annexe

Spectacular Sharing

Thank you to all of the parents and family members who came along today to join in our sharing session. The students were very excited to talk about the hard work they have put into their projects and to share worked linked to Data, Area and Book Reviews.

The Big Move!

This week CU2 and CU3 have been busy packing up ready for the big move on Monday. CU2 will be moving back to the Main Campus and CU3 will be beginning their Carlsruhe experience.

Roosters! Roosters! Roosters!

Unfortunately, it looks like 3 of our 4 new chickens are in fact roosters. As we already have 2 roosters and for our 8 hens, we do not need any more.

We are therefore looking to rehome the new young roosters before they come to maturity.

If you are interested in rehoming any of the lovely boys below, please contact the school as soon as possible. If you would like to come and have a closer look at them, please contact Carlsruhe to arrange this.

Also, please check online with the local shire, to see if you are allowed roosters where you live, as they are not usually allowed within a township.

 

Science Challenge - Week 3

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD WITH A CARDBOARD BOX?

Can you build something functional with a cardboard box?

Here is an idea! Use your imagination!

Take a photo of your cardboard box creation and hand it in to your teacher by next Wednesday to enter our competition. The winner will be announced in next week’s newsletter.

Rotation dates

Rotation Dates Carlsruhe Carlsruhe Main Campus
31st Jan to 17th May CU1 – Mrs Ireland CU2 – Mr Condon CU3 – Mr Spilsted
20th May to 30th Aug CU1 – Mrs Ireland CU3 – Mr Spilsted CU2 – Mr Condon
2nd Sept to 20th Dec CU2 – Mr Condon CU3 – Mr Spilsted CU1 – Mrs Ireland

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

This week MU2 worked in groups to practise respectful communication and listening skills. Together they wrote four newsletter articles. Please enjoy.

 

Show and Tell

For Show and Tell this week the 1 and 2 classes have brought procedural texts from home to share. The ones we have seen are Lego instructions, recipe books, how to make slime, how to draw books, toy instructions, food preparation instructions and heaps more. By Moser, Alex, Rhys, Archie, Calab, James and Esra.

 

Science

This week 1's and 2's used stretchy lolly snakes in science. We used different kinds of snakes to stretch. They were all different brands from Coles. We filled a chart and at the end we ate some. There were red, orange, green, yellow and purple ones. We had lots of fun. By Catalina, Will, Jamie, Zoey, Zoe, Clancy and Owen.  

 

In the Yard

At lunch we play games like Tiggy on the netball courts and Crocodile on the slide. We play Crocodile and we love it because we love rough games. We can play rough and be safe by holding on to the sides and by not pushing each other off the slide. People like to play GaGa, Flynn is in charge of the GaGa ball and we also like it because it is rough. By Ava, Dexter, Lulu, Lacey, Aloysius, June and Curtis.      

 

Physical Education

These past two weeks we have been doing obstacle courses in PE. We have been exercising too. At PE we have hopped, skipped and jumped. We’ve been playing games like Octopus and Scarecrow Tiggy. This past few weeks our teacher has been Mr H and he was fun but now we are really happy because Mrs Connell is back.  By Milla, Zahra, Giselle, Zack, Lachie, Flynn and Alita.

Science Challenge - Week 3

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD WITH A CARDBOARD BOX?

Can you build something functional with a cardboard box?

Here is an idea! Use your imagination!

Take a photo of your cardboard box creation and hand it in to your teacher by next Wednesday to enter our competition. The winner will be announced in next week’s newsletter.

Year 3

Congratulations to all Year 3's for their positive attitude towards the Naplan Tests. We are so proud of all of them! Students have completed Language Conventions, Writing, Reading and Numeracy. What a fantastic effort!

 

Students have chosen their animals for their animal reports and we have started working on what makes a great poster. Students are very excited to research and find information about different animals. 

 

Thank you to all those parents who have paid for our Melbourne Aquarium excursion on the 21st of June. Consent and payment needs to be completed by the 7th of June. If your child is not attending the excursion to the Aquarium, please let your classroom teacher know. 

Science Challenge - Week 3

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD WITH A CARDBOARD BOX?

Can you build something functional with a cardboard box?

Here is an idea! Use your imagination!

Take a photo of your cardboard box creation and hand it in to your teacher by next Wednesday to enter our competition. The winner will be announced in next week’s newsletter.

Foundation Unit

News

Every Friday in the Foundation classes we have 40 minutes of Developmental Play time. This is a time for the students in both Foundation classes to mix with each other. The students can pick from a variety of activities and can choose to work independently or with a friend or a small group of friends. The activities change on a regular basis and include things such as construction, playdoh, dress ups and Lego. Developmental play encourages the students to share, take turns, mix with students they wouldn’t usually mix with and pack up independently. We model and discuss skills such as asking for things in an appropriate way, how to solve issues such as both children wanting the same item, patience when waiting turns, resilience when activities don’t go as planned and trying new things. It is often a noisy and messy session but the students really look forward to these sessions and enjoy what they have to offer.

 

Science Challenge - Week 3

WHAT CAN YOU BUILD WITH A CARDBOARD BOX?

Can you build something functional with a cardboard box?

Here is an idea! Use your imagination!

Take a photo of your cardboard box creation and hand it in to your teacher by next Wednesday to enter our competition. The winner will be announced in next week’s newsletter.

Education Support Team

News...

Who are we? What do we do? The Education Support team is a small group of staff who work with classroom teachers, and under the direction of the Assistant Principal and Departmental Trained Professionals, to provide an enrichment program designed to enhance learning outcomes for students across Woodend Primary School.

Each week a member of our team will share a little of what we are currently doing in the Education Support Room.

From Catherine....

One of my groups has been working together to construct a 3D model of Woodend. They are working co-operatively to plan and build our town out of a range of materials. This project has required a lot of planning, problem solving, co-operation and negotiation from the students involved. We are also talking about how we interact with people in our local community.

Student Awards & Achievements

Students of the Week

JU1 - Evie

For always being kind and caring towards others. Thank You !

JU2 -Bernard

For confidently presenting his show and tell.

MU1 - jack

For using careful spelling in his Mother’s Day activities. Great effort!

MU2 - Curtis

For always coming to school with a cheerful attitude, and greeting everyone with a smile.

MU3 - Imogen

Doing a great job of settling into your new classroom. Welcome to Woodend Primary School Imogen!

MU4 - Hibiki

For demonstrating our school value of ‘be a learner’ by listening carefully and following instructions.

MU5 - James

His kindness and respect during a violin performance.

MU6 - Brynn

His outstanding attitude to learning and leading by example.

MU7 - Nil

MU8 - Cooper

Producing neat handwriting when publishing his narrative about a giraffe.

CU1 - Molly

For demonstrating great persistence and problem solving skills to produce high quality work, especially whilst having a cast on her arm.

CU2 - Emily

For her meticulous efforts and presentation skills shown when completing her project.

CU3 - Jack

For showing initiative by always asking if he can be of assistance to his teacher. You’re a great help!

SU1 - Thomas

For giving 100% to our class assembly item, Well Done!! You Rock!

SU2 - Tenzin

For taking his new role as Deputy Prime Minister seriously and living the school values.

SU3 - Rose

For demonstrating all of the school values to a high standard. You’re a Superstar!

Classes of the Week

French

JU1 - For excellent listening in French.

Artists of the Week

Year 2 students this week made decoupage Tree Houses.  Students painted their backgrounds and then used paper, paddle pop sticks and other assorted materials to create their home in the trees.  
Pictures shown in the Principals page.

 

Our Star Artists are:

Campbell, Luci, Andy, William, Jack, Bridie, Audrey, Josh, Damey, Kyan, Anna and Sam.

Gardening Group

Making our garden class room

Luckily we had a couple of extra volunteers in the garden this week (Thanks Georgia and Edward!), as 25 kids turned up at lunch time for garden club.  The Environment Leaders (Cat, Alicia and Alex) spent the afternoon in the garden learning about sustainable garden practices.

 

We had fun recovering escapee seedlings that had sprouted outside the garden beds, improving soil quality by digging in the summer mulch and moving woodchips into garden areas that had thinned.

Bocca has kindly offered to drive a kanga loader to move the gravel, now all we need is the loader…

If you have a KANGA or SMALL LOADER (Bobcat, front end loader, etc) that you’re able to bring to School and move some gravel into the Children’s Garden, we need your help asap. We need to get the gravel in before the ground turns to mud. Contact Nicole 0418 233 366.

 

Nicole Middleton

Gardening Group Facilitator - 0418 233 366

Canteen

News

  • A huge thank you to all those carers who have placed their names on the roster.
  • Sushi Day will be June 26th.   Order forms to follow.
  • Please contact me if you can help as the month of June is empty.  Come in with a friend, partner or parent (must have WWCC). Wednesdays, Thursdays or Friday.  Only 9-12.30pm with a free lunch for you and a free icy pole for your child(ren). Call me on 0411 558 557.   

Qkr

Please update details on Qkr and lunch bags.

  • 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

News..

Hoping everyone has had a wonderful week and the mum's enjoyed being spoilt on Mother's Day! A big thank you to the gorgeous girls who braved the abysmal weather on Friday 10 May to join us for the Girl's Night Out.  There seemed to be lots of conversation during the night, plenty of delicious food and even some dancing toward the end of the night - we hope everyone had a great time and look forward to organising more social gatherings like this.

 

Don't forget that the school is an official Polling Booth this coming Saturday. And what election would be an election without a Sausage Sizzle and Cake Stall?  If you're keen to provide baked goods for the Cake Stall, there was a Compass notification issued and notices went home with the youngest members of the family on Wednesday 15 May outlining what is required as well as drop off times/locations (or check our Facebook page - Woodend Primary School Parents and Friends Community).  If you're keen to volunteer to assist on Saturday, we'd love to hear from you - many hands make light work!  Email us at wpspfa@gmail.com or call Anna 0427 519 454.

 

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more updates on upcoming Social Gatherings and Fair news.

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Saturday 30th November

Please note that the confirmed date for the Carlsruhe Country Fair is Saturday 30 November 2019. The date change has occurred so that we don't clash with other community events around the same time.

Thank you to those who have volunteered to assist with the committee for the Fair.  The first Carlsruhe Committee meeting date is on Tuesday 14th May at the school library from 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome, even if you would like to contribute but you’re not sure how. The more people that are helping, the easier it is for everybody!

Parents And Friends - Fundraising Activities for 2019

Term 3

Trivia Night - 27th July

Father's Day Breakfast - Fri 6th September

Term 4

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Saturday 30th November

Christmas Raffle


Danni Findlay

 wpspfa@gmail.com

Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Nil this week

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Isabelle, Cruz, Archer, Mariella, K'ian, Catherine

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

Lucca, Jasmine

Term 2 Rewards - NEW

  • New for Term 2 - Icicle Slapband Ruler and Yeti Fluffy Notepad

     

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.

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.        

https://stamptastic.co.uk/

Uniform Shop Hours

Normal Uniform Shop opening times are:

Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am

Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop

Library News

News....

The library session times for each class is also listed so parents may help with the returning of books on allocated days.  We also have a tub outside the library door so books can be returned at any time.  Everyone’s help with this would be greatly appreciated.

 

Susan Machell

Library

Community News

Local

 

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

 

Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Helping children make and keep friends

Enjoying healthy relationships has a tremendous impact on your child’s wellbeing and their overall success at school. Many children who experience behavioural problems at school have difficulty interacting with their peers.


Coach your child in positive social skills
Children who develop healthy friendships generally have a definite set of social skills that help make them easy to like, easy to relate to and easy to play with. If your child is struggling to make friends consider coaching them using this three-pronged approach:

Be open: Some children close themselves off to forming new friendships, preferring to stick to one or two friends. Encourage your child to be open to forming friendships with a wide variety of children in and outside school and in doing so encircling themselves with many friendship groups

Be inclusive: Encourage your child to include a wide number of children in their games and activities rather than restricting the possibility of joining in to certain children. Healthy friendship groups are open and inclusive of others, while unhealthy relationships, such as cliques are restrictive, one-sided and full of gossip and criticism

Be aware: Encourage social awareness in your child. For instance, a socially-aware child would be discrete when giving out birthday party invitations at school, being protective and sensitive to the feeling of those not invited. This level of social awareness doesn’t necessarily come naturally to all children, but it can be reinforced by parents and teachers


Encourage friendships with both genders
The primary school age is an ideal time for children to form friendships with both genders. This is particularly valid if your child has siblings of their own gender, or don’t have siblings. It’s through these early relationships that we gain the confidence to mix with different genders in later life. Forming friends helps to break down the mystique that can form, when a child has little contact with the ‘other’ gender.


Understand the impact of gender on friendships
Research shows that boys’ friendships groups are more inclusive and less changeable than friendships enjoyed by girls, particularly those in the eight to twelve year age group. Be prepared to support your daughter through the hurt of friendship breakdowns and remind her that new friendships are just around the corner. Help her reflect on her own place in a friendship breakdown, and be open to restoring a relationship once emotions are in check.


Remember, friends of a feather flock together
If you think that your child doesn’t have as many friends as a sibling or other children their own age, don’t be too alarmed. On average, children usually have only two or three significant friendships at any one time. It’s the quality rather than the quantity of friendships that counts. If you are concerned that your child lacks friends at school encourage him to take up a variety of extra-curricular activities. It’s easier to strike up a friendship with someone when you have something in common.

Above all else encourage your child to be friendly by talking to others, showing an interest in what other children do, offering help when needed and being willing to enter a new game or social situation. Consider teaching your child, if necessary, alternatives to fighting and arguing when there is disagreement and conflict within groups.


As your school has a membership with Parenting Ideas, you can attend the upcoming webinar -Teach girls to build each other up- at no cost!


About the webinar
Join Parenting educator Collett Smart in this special webinar that will show you how to help girls create positive peer relationships and provide practical advice and ideas to help them navigate tricky situations including toxic friendships, cliques and bullying.
When
Wednesday 29 May 2019 at 8:00 PM AEST.
Price
This webinar is $37 per person to attend, and is free of charge to families at schools that have a Parenting Ideas membership. Use the voucher code below to register.
How parents can redeem the voucher
1. Click this link: https://www.parentingideas.com.au/parent-resources/parent-webinars/webinar-teach-girls-to-build-each-other-up

2. Click ‘Add to cart’
3. Click ‘View cart’
4. Enter the voucher code FRIENDSHIPS and click ‘Apply Coupon’. Your discount of $37 will be applied to the order. This voucher is valid until 29 June 2019
5. Click ‘Proceed to checkout’
6. Fill in your account details. These are the details you will use to login to your account
7. Click ‘Place 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
2019 Canteen Menu as at 30.1.19.pdf
Uniform Order Form.pdf
Qkr - Uniform Shop Orders - HOW TO....pdf