Woodend Primary School Newsletter

20 September 2018
Issue 30
2018 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
Junior School Council
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Junior Unit
Assembly Awards
Library News
Gardening Group
Student Banking
Uniform Shop
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


Wed 19 - Fri 21

Year 3 camp

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

Wed 17/10


Fri 19/10

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

Mon 22/10 - Tues 23/10

Year 2 Camp


From the Principal,
Diana Ellis


End of term

It’s hard to believe another term has flown by. We are really proud of the many great things that have occurred at WPS this term and we thank the many, many people in our school community who make this all possible.

We have celebrated moving into our new music room, our Book Week celebrations, our new playground, the very successful Year 6 Change Convention, parents participating in writing sessions, success in many sporting events, the development of our garden space, incursions, excursions, camps, growing enrolments, parent information sessions and much more.


Footy Day

Yesterday our school was a sea of colors with students, parents and staff decked in out in their favourite team colors. A big thankyou to the Year 6 students who ran some great activities with students in the junior classes.

Footy Lunch

A huge thankyou also to Jen and the great team of parents that prepared all of the footy lunches yesterday. They also got into the footy spirit and dressed up in their favourite team colors as well.


Staff-student basketball game

This week our students and staff played off in a game of basketball. Whilst it was very competitive it was also great fun. With some hard work, the teachers managed to pull off a win.



Due to our building works and Year 3 students away on camp, there will not be any assembly this week.


Term 4

Students resume school for term 4 on Monday October 8th.


End of term

This Friday is the last day of term. Students will be dismissed at 2.30pm


Junior School Council

Footy Team Colours Day

Dear Parents and Students,

On behalf of all staff and JSC, we would like to thank you for dressing up in your favourtie team colours yesterday and donating a gold coin for ‘Buy a Bale', so far we have raised $450, this money will be heading to farmers in need. With all of this money we can give farmers hay bales that they need, and also possibly supplying them some food, this is all because of YOU, and your kind donation. The farmers really couldn’t have done it without you.

HUGE thanks…

JSC, staff and farmers!

Written by Ginger, CU3

From the Office

To advise a student absence

(including short and long term medical issues and family holidays)

1.  Log onto the Compass portal – click on ‘Add Attendance Note Approval’

2.  Phone the school’s absence voicemail – 5427 2455 – Option 1


Notification as soon as possible on the absence day is preferred however before 10am is requested.

Cashless Canteen Lunch Orders

From Term 4 the Canteen will be Cashless for ALL LUNCH ORDERS – QKR is the app used to order student lunches. Cash will still be accepted for over the counter sales.

Payment Methods


Bookpack ordering for 2019

We will be going DIGITAL for the 2019 bookpack orders, with our new supplier Officemax.
Information on ‘how to order’ and the delivery process, will be provided early next term.
Keep an eye out for details…..

Qkr - tips of the week


Senior Unit

Change the World Convention

On September 14, the Year 6 students at Woodend Primary School held a Change the World Convention. This was the showcase for a term long project they had been working on. Students were given the instruction to come up with one idea to change the world. They worked to find a problem and identified how it could be solved. They were able to invent or innovate something and were asked to display their journey on our showcase day.

Five Year 6 students officially opened the event to the audience with a recap of what they had learnt over the term. Visitors made their way into the hall to discover what ideas there were to change the world. All students had made a prototype or diorama for their idea to change the world. They delivered “elevator pitches” to their audience who asked extensive questions about their ideas. Ideas included a backpack of essentials for the homeless, a junior football helmet that can measure concussions, a self-cleaning house gutter and a pen that also could be used as a pencil.

We are so proud of our students and the amazing effort they went to. There has been plenty of positive feedback and we thank everyone who came to the event.

Jordan Chamerski (Year 6 Coordinator)


Change Convention

Last Friday the Year 6's held a Change Convention to show what they had made over the course of the term. At the start of the term they were given a task to come up with an invention or innovation to solve a problem they face in the world. They came up with a wide range of ideas and brainstormed how it would work. They then made a prototype or a diorama to show on the day. It was a big hit and everyone had some amazing new idea to show. Many kids and adults came and had a look and lots of them were astounded that these things hadn’t been thought of before. All the Year 6's were very proud of their work and are looking forward to maybe making a profit out of their idea or if not helping people who face this problem!  By Frida

Change Convention Introduction

Darcie, Mac, Gemma, Maddie and Eva were part of the introduction group who welcomed our audience with these words:


Welcome to Senior Unit’s Change the World Convention.


Inside we have 51 ideas that could change the world.


These are ideas at the moment but we have seen over the course of this term that ideas can change into something real.


It doesn’t matter if the idea has come from an adult or a kid because they are all the same.


We have seen that kids can change the world just as much as adults.

Like Frank Epperson, who invented the Icy Pole at age 11.

Or Louis Braille who was blinded in an unfortunate accident and invented a way for blind people to read at age 12.


Or Hart Main, who invented the Man Can (candles for males), after he told his sister that there should be scented candles for boys. He was 13.

And Cassidy Goldstein, when she was 11, encountered a problem: her crayons were broken and the pieces were too small to hold onto.  Goldstein inserted a crayon piece into a plastic tube and unwittingly created her first prototype for a crayon holder.

And then there’s Abby Fleck, who came up with an invention called Makin’ Bacon, which drains the fat from bacon to make it healthier to eat. She was 8.

All of these inventions have one thing in common; they all came about because there was a problem and these children wanted to find a solution. It doesn’t matter if the idea is big or small, global or local.

That is what has inspired us. We found a problem in the world and we wanted to change that. Our ideas have gone through a journey and today, they become real.

Change begins with an idea.

And now we welcome you to explore our ideas.

Staff vs Students Basketball

On Tuesday the 18th of September the two school basketball teams went up against the staff in a match. The staff members that participated were: Mr Chamerski, Mrs Minchew, Mr Spilsted, Miss Radz, Mrs Mills, Mr Bruns, Miss Harrap and Mr Condon. It was an interesting match and both teams played exceptionally well. But at the end of the day there could only be one winner. The winner of the 2018 Staff vs Students Basketball game for the second year in a row was the teachers. Congratulations to the Teachers for their great win. A couple of thanks to our umpire Mac, our commentators Darcie and Lily, our scorer Gemma and our photographer Charli.

By Maddie C


On Monday, five students went to the Divisional Athletics in Bendigo. The students were Lily, who competed in triple jump, Lucy who competed in shot-put, Jack who competed in long jump, Elsie who competed in triple jump and the 1500 metre race, and Ethan who competed in the 200 metre race. Unfortunately Tadhg could not go because of an injury but he would have competed in the 800 metre race. All the students did amazing in their events and they all got a ribbon! Four of them (Lucy, Jack, Elsie and Ethan) will be continuing on to the regional round in term four and are very excited! Good luck! -Elsie

MU1 Footy Drills

On Footy Colours Day,  four Year 6's helped out and ran footy drills with MU1. There were four groups who went to every drill. Mac did footy kicking into the goals, Holly ran hand-balling the footy into the bin, Lily ran marking the ball and Bailey did run around the cones and then handball it to the next person in line. Everyone had lots of fun and all of the students did a fantastic job at every drill they did. A big thanks to Mrs. Thompson who came up with the idea and for the four Year 6's who ran the whole event.  - Holly

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.


Carlsruhe Annexe is Amazing!

By Matilda and James, Grade 4, CU1.

At Carlsruhe we have animals. We have Guinea Pigs, chickens, worms and sheep. We are allowed to hold chickens and guinea pigs. We are allowed to go and visit the sheep at lunchtime and recess.

At Carlsruhe we have a variety of jobs such as:

  • Weeding the Veggie Garden
  • Feeding the chickens and cleaning the chicken pen
  • Feeding and cleaning the guinea pigs
  • Compost and Worm Farm
  • Maintenance

We swap jobs each fortnight. Jobs are really fun and each class at 10.10am go out to do jobs.

On Thursday we have activities which are awesome! We do activities such as calligraphy, sketching, craft, wristbands, cooking and gardening.

Next term we are looking forward to:

  • Grade 4 Camp
  • Pizza making
  • Woodwork
  • Summer activities.

Lately at Carlsruhe...

Here at Carlsruhe we do a lot of interesting, fun and exciting things out here. Sometimes we have unexpected adventures. All the news that we are about to tell you is all from current news.


The Water Pipe Incident

Recently at Carlsruhe the switch on the water pump broke, so we didn’t get to come out to Carlsruhe for Health and Safety issues and we had to use the old French room and the new music room. We took that opportunity to create and design our new Australian National Flag. We also had to find other materials around the school to help us to help us create the flags. After two whole days we could finally return to Carlsruhe and catch up on all the jobs and animals.


The Swooping Magpies

In spring as you know magpies swoop, and here at Carlsruhe the magpies are worse and they swoop us daily and even the teacher  (Mr Condon) gets swooped, and to make it worse some of the boys throw sticks and twigs at the magpies. Some boys even hit the magpies and they scare them!


The Sheep

Just today the sheep have been relocated to the other paddock with the alpacas to give our paddock a rest and let the grass grow green and healthy for the sheep to eat.


That’s all the news we have to tell you. If you want more news there more news next term. Thanks for reading.

By Isadora, Katrina and Isabelle!

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

Last Thursday the Year 1 and 2 classes celebrated R U OK day. MU5 had some terrific discussions around why we should ask the question ’R U OK?’ In partners, students worked together to decorate a smiley face and drew a quiet place in the school where they could ask their friends if they are actually OK.

From the whole-group, small-group and partner discussions, the students of MU5 were able to learn some valuable information regarding R U OK day and the importance of recognising when our friends may not be OK. Here is a snapshot of some of the things that MU5 learned:

I learned that you should express your feelings and not hide them. I liked that every person that I asked told me the truth about how they were feeling.  -Rose

What I learned was that girls are usually better at telling people their feelings. -Abbey

I learned that if you are feeling upset that there are always friends to HELP! I liked when people threw yellow things everywhere because it made me feel really happy.  -Bronte

I learned that it’s always good to ask someone if they are OK. I liked that you can always trust your friends. -Breanna

I learned that you have to ask if they are OK and listen to what they say and ask them if they want to play with you. Boys mostly say yes but sometimes they are not OK. I also liked finding a good place in the school where to talk about everything. -James Mc.

What I liked about R U OK day is that it is good to tell people your feelings. I liked that you can trust your friends. -Polly

I learned that men and boys don’t like to share their feelings. I liked when I asked Edgar “are you ok?” -Liam

It is hard to believe that Term Three is nearly over and we are about to start Term Four. It has been a great term in all of the Year 1 and 2 classes, with heaps of learning and fun along the way. 

Below is a snapshot of some of the things the students enjoyed about Term Three:
The museum because I loved the old things like Pharlap, the movies and the town of Ballarat. I also liked reward time because of the board games, iPads and sometimes maths games. -Hayden

In Term Three I really enjoyed PE because my favourite thing is to play sports and that’s what makes me happy and healthy. -James G

I enjoyed spelling because I like to write and I enjoyed PE because I like sports. -Reeanon

What I liked about Term Three was the excursion to the Melbourne Museum because I liked the 3D screen. -Giselle

Have a great holiday everyone and we will see you all refreshed and ready for a big Term Four of learning!
Mrs. Thompson, Miss Edwards, Mrs. Sutherland, Mrs. Sutton, Miss Geer and Mr. Bruns.


Year 3

On Camp this week.

Junior Unit


The Foundation children enjoyed all the fun of Footy Colours day. They did some writing about their favourite teams and loved eating their special footy lunch orders. Some of the children joined in with the older kids at playtime, playing kick-to-kick on the oval. The children all looked fantastic in their footy colours. Happy holidays everyone – we look forward to seeing you all again next term.





20th  Sheryl

21st  CANTEEN CLOSED (clean up)



10th  Help needed

11th  Help needed

12th  Lucy, 1 x Helper needed

17th  Help needed

18th  Help needed

19th  2 x Helpers needed

Please contact me if you can help at [email protected] or mobile 0411 558 557.  Remember its only 9-12.30pm and your child(ren) receives a free icy pole and the chance to see their carer behind the counter.


Thank you to my wonderful Footy Day helpers who put together approx. 270 orders - Lauren, Nikki, Angela and Lou.

Thank you to all those carers, friends and family members who helped throughout Term 3.

Please contact me ASAP on 0411 558 557 should you wish to join the Term 4 roster.

Please read details regarding the Shopping Tour on October 20th.

Term break is always a good time to clean out those reusable lunch bags.

Updated Canteen Menu attached.

Enjoy your break and stay safe.



  • 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


Assembly Awards

Artists of the Week

No assembly last week.

Students of the Week

No asssembly last week.

Library News

Woodend Heritage Society needs more hands.



Movie Night



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

News update

With another garden bed woodchipped, more parents helping with Kids Garden Club (Thanks Louisa, Mel and Marcus!), and Mrs Beaumont joining in to wheel a few barrows of woodchips, it’s been a rewarding end to term 3. 


The attached photos show what a massive difference we’re made to the Woodend Community Children’s Garden in the last 12 months, all with minimum budget.

None of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the volunteer parents, Garden Club kids, student Environment Leaders, teachers and broader community (Woodend Mens Shed, Bunnings, Woodend Produce Store, Macedon Ranges Produce Store, etc). Thanks everyone!! :-)


Now that we have a Landcare grant, let’s see what transformations we can create in the next 12 months….


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Carter, Catherine, Ethan

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Coen, Lucca, Lachlan, Charlotte

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home


New Rewards for Term 3


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. 

Uniform Shop Hours

Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am

Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop

Community News

Local Community



Kyneton Town Hall -  what's on


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Preparing your child for high school

Entering high school can be just as daunting for parents as it is for a child. It is a huge time of change, and coupled with the fact that starting secondary school often coincides with the onset of puberty, it can be quite a roller-coaster ride!


Spend as much time as you can reassuring your child that they do not have to face this change alone and that it will be, for the most part, a positive experience. Avoid sharing any horror stories you may have experienced as a teenager in high school – these will not help your child. Rather, recall any positive experiences you had, especially if you made life-long friends at high school.


Organisation is crucial to helping your child cope well with entering high school. Those students that are well organised have a much better chance of settling in those first few weeks of secondary school.


Here are 6 tips for preparing your child for high school:


1. Ensure your child has everything they need for high school well before school starts for the year

Having items missing at the beginning of the year will frustrate not only your child but the teachers. Ensure they have enough books to write in for each subject and always have spares on hand at home.


2. Practise using public transport if your child is using it for the first time

For many students, changing schools means they may now have to travel on buses or trains for the first time. Help them to familiarise themselves with the bus/train timetable and offer a contingency if they miss their transport. If possible, practise the trip during the holidays.


3. Set up a designated study space in the home

This tip is so important as so many children don’t have a specific area set up to allow them to quietly complete their homework. The bedroom is not recommended as this is purely a space for sleeping and relaxing. Use any area that is reasonably quiet and well lit. Set up a desk with a computer, if possible, along with stationery items.


4. Set up a high school parent folder

This will be a place to file all correspondence so that you can know exactly what is happening for your child at high school, including important dates. If you know what is going on at school, you will be able to help your child feel in control and stay organised. I cannot recommend this highly enough. As a parent you really need to stay on top of school information, at least until your child has established their own routine and systems for staying organised at school.


5. Encourage healthy sleeping patterns at least one week before starting high school

If your child has got into a holiday habit of staying up late and waking up at lunch time, they will get a rude shock come first day of school when their sleeping patterns are all out of whack! Get your child into ‘school routine’ for sleeping during the final week of the holidays.


6. Keep your child’s high school in the loop

Inform your child's new school if they have special needs or learning difficulties. Teachers will benefit from being made aware of any particular needs or special circumstances that will help them in working with your child. If there are any specific family issues that might affect your child’s ability to settle into high school, communicate these to your child’s class or home-room teacher as soon as you know who they are. Never underestimate the importance of keeping the lines of communication open with your child’s school.

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 as at 30.08.18.pdf
2018 Canteen Menu.pdf
Uniform Order Form.pdf
Qkr - Uniform Shop Orders - HOW TO....pdf