Woodend Primary School Newsletter

20 June 2019
Issue 18
2019 Calendar
From the Acting Principal, Victoria Graham
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Foundation Unit
Education Support Team
Student Awards & Achievements
Gardening Group
Library News
PFA News
Student Banking
Uniform Shop / Lost Property
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442

2019 Calendar



Thurs 20th - Julia

Fri 21st - Louisa (Jen's relief) Emma, Elena

Wed 26th - Sushi Day - Tracey, Meredith, Michelle.  Helpers required

27th - NO SCHOOL



Wed 17th - Help needed

Thurs 18th - Help needed

Fri 19th - Linda

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

June 2019

Fri 21/06

Foundation Unit - Museum excursion

Yr 3 excursion to Melbourne Aquarium

Mon 24/06

Snr Unit - (current and prospective) Parent information session 3.45-4.45 pm

Wed 26/06

Whole school dress up day, gold coin donation.  see Principals report

Sushi Day - (orders close on QKR by 10am Friday 21st June (no late orders accepted))

PFA meeting at 7.30 pm

Thurs 27/06

Parent Teacher Interview Day - NO SCHOOL

Fri 28/06

Last day of Term 2 -   2.30 pm finish

July 2019

Mon 15/07

Term 3 commences

Wed 17/07

MU3 - Parent Teacher Interviews

Thur 18/07

State Cross Country - selected students

Wed 24/07

Years 4-6 Athletic trials

PFA Meeting 7.30 pm

Sat 27/07

PFA Trivia Night

School Term Dates

Term 2019 2020
1 - 28.01.20 - 27.03.20
2 23.04.19 - 28.06.19 14.04.20 - 26.06.20
3 15.07.19 - 20.09.19 13.07.20 - 18.09.20
4 07.10.19 - 20.12.19 05.10.20 - 18.12.20

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 Acting Principal,
Victoria Graham

Dear Parents/Carers

We were blessed with a brief snap of sunshine yesterday for Joe and his Marimba band to entertain us with their Assembly Performance. What a display of skill, concentration and discipline! Next week at our final Assembly for Term 2 we will look forward to MU1 performing.


Look who came to visit

Yesterday we had a special visit from Mr Spilsted and daughter, Stevie.   We are pleased to report, mum, dad and bubs are all doing well.  



Recently we have had a few frosty mornings and I’m sure we can expect a few more. Please take extra care on these morning on the deck areas, as they are extremely slippery!

Garden Market at School

Next Monday after school, Nicole and her Gardening Group will have some produce from our garden for sale for a modest price so we can continue to fund our school garden. See Nicole’s report for more details.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Please remember that next Thursday 27th July is a Pupil Free Day so that Parent Teacher Interviews can be conducted. Students are not required at school that day unless it is for their Interview time. I know the Senior Students in particular have been busy preparing for their Student Led Interviews to help prepare for Secondary School. If you have not made a time, please book a time through Compass.

Junior School Council News...

On Wednesday the 26th of June we will be having a dress-up day to celebrate the end of term and help to raise money for our school.

Our theme is ‘Movie Characters!’ Please bring a gold coin donation and come dressed as your favourite movie character. The money raised will go towards the new games and four square line marking on the netball court for all students to use. We can’t wait to see our school swarming with famous movie stars!

Below is some dress up day inspiration as suggested by your Junior School Council Reps:


Last Day Term 2

Next Friday is the last day of Term 2 and as usual school will finish at 2.30 pm. Students will be having an earlier lunch so that we can hold Assembly at 2.00 pm. The first day of Term 3 is Monday 15th July.

Principal Position

The Selection process for appointing our new Principal is still in progress and will continue until the end of this term. Once the selection panel has made their decision, their recommendation goes to School Council and after that, to the Department for final approval. This can sometimes take up to one week, so we may not know who the successful applicant is until during the school holidays. However, it is the intention to have the new Principal begin at the start of Term 3. A Compass notification will be sent to families as soon as we are informed.

Welcome Ms Bronchinetti

Next week will be Mrs Beaumont’s final week before she takes Family Leave to have her second baby. We wish Mrs Beaumont and her family all the very best and hope she has a little time to rest up before the new arrival. We would like to welcome Ms Zoe Bronchinetti who will be replacing Mrs Beaumont while she is on leave. Ms Bronchinetti has already spent the day on Tuesday with the Year 1/2 team planning for Term 3 and will be spending the day with Mrs Beaumont and MU1 tomorrow to have the opportunity to meet the class.

Lunchtime Games Club

Some photographs from the lunchtime Games Club.

Somers Camp

We have just received notification from Somers Camp that this year the camp will be running from November 19th until 27th November. Unfortunately the camp does clash with our Year 5 Urban Camp. This does not prevent our students from putting in an Expression of Interest to attend Somers Camp, but they will need to give some consideration, that if accepted to Somers, they will miss out on our camp. Below is the information put out by Somers Camp. If you would like to put in an ‘Expression of Interest’ for your Year 5/6 child to attend, please hand it to the office by Friday 19th July (end of first week of Term 3).

  • DATES: 19/11/2019 to 27/11/2019
  • COST: $260.00 - includes transport, accommodation and pocket money.

Somers Camp is situated on Westernport Bay, 80km from Melbourne (Melway Map Ref 193 H9).

The camp provides an opportunity for social interaction between children drawn from many schools and presents a variety of challenging situations through outdoor education and contact with the local environment. The nine day commitment is essential if the social aims are to be achieved.

Scouts Victoria

Congratulations to Aloysius from 1st  Woodend Joey Scouts who achieved his Promise Challenge award and Noah from 2nd Woodend Scout Troop who achieved his Grey Wolf award recently. 

To attain the top award in Scouting reflects initiative in tackling this challenge, sustained effort over many months, plus self-discipline, teamwork and leadership.

From the Office

Adding a Note/Approval for a Future Absence

You can enter notes and approvals in advance, if you know that your child is going to be absent from school (e.g. scheduled family holiday).

To do this from your homepage, click on the 'Add Attendance Note/Approval' link listed underneath the name of the relevant student. 

This will take you to the Attendance screen, with a pop-up window to enter details of the note or approval. Here you can select the applicable date range - in the future if required. 

Adding an absence note or approval

Recording the late arrival of a student in Compass by parents is not recommended as the notification is not tracking into the Absence portal correctly. Please sign your child in at the office upon arrival.


If your child has any unapproved absences, you will receive an alert on your Compass home page letting you know this, and allowing you to add a Note or Approval. 

Clicking on this notification will take you to the Unexplained tab for that child's attendance, where you can choose to add a Note or Approval for one or more absences. To add a note or approval, select one or more of the absences listed, then select the 'Explain with Note/Approval' button. 

Please note that you cannot edit your notes or approvals after they've been created. If you do need to make any amendments please contact your school, as they can do this for you.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Allows you to book any meetings which are available for booking. By selecting "my bookings", you are able to book conferences with your children's teachers.

 You can either start booking right away or follow the tutorial which shows you how to book.

If you are still experiencing difficulties with any aspect of Compass, please contact the office staff who will be able to help you to navigate to the required area.

Payment Methods for School Activities


Senior Unit


No news this week.

Carlsruhe Annexe


Throughout the term, students in Year 4 have been looking at the fundamental needs humans have for survival. This has included an investigation of fresh water supplies, air pollution, how food is produced and what can be done to ensure a sustainable future.

As part of this unit this week, students have been studying the history of clothing and read about how it is manufactured and marketed. Classes used the example of a simple cotton t-shirt and read about each stage from growing cotton to the ways in which clothing is disposed of, once it has worn out. Students then mapped these stages using a life-cycle template and were required to think of sustainable alternatives. All of the children came up with some very creative and thoughtful alternatives which was great to see.

Please have a look at some of the t-shirt life cycles below:


Gumboot racks

Here are some of the new gumboot holders kindly made for us by the Riddells Creek Men’s Shed. They are fantastic! But we still need many more broom handles in order to make enough for all of our students' gumboots.   Please can you help?


Carlsruhe Teachers

Ann Ireland, Nathan Spilsted and Mark Condon

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

What a fabulous term the Middle Years Unit has had!  

We have enjoyed dressing up on Pirate Day, made playdough for Science and Literacy, set learning goals and smiled in school photos. We have designed and created shopping bags, stretched lolly snakes and run around in PE. We have read countless books, counted many numbers and cleaned up the school yard in house teams. We have practised our spelling, written stories, listened at assembly and shared during Show and Tell. We have made art, created music and spoken in French. We have been ‘Student of the Week’ and looked after our classrooms. We have measured and weighed in Maths and completed newsletter challenges. We have expanded our thinking, gained knowledge and we have grown.


As the term comes to an end, Reports will go out, families and teachers will meet, we will dress up as our favourite movie characters and the break will be here before we know it. What a fabulous term two!  

Year 3

A few quick reminders for our excursion to the Melbourne Aquarium this Friday 21st of June. Students will need to arrive at school by 9am in full school uniform. We will not be taking school bags with us so students' lunches and snacks need to be packed into a clearly named plastic or paper bag ready for us to collect. Students will also need to bring a full water bottle. Please see our Compass alert for more details


Next Week:

Come visit us on Tuesday 25th of June for our parent morning! We will be showing off our animal projects from 9 until 9.30 am. We hope to see you then!


Don’t forget Wednesday is Sushi Day and Dress Up Day (Favourite Movie Character) with a gold coin donation.


We have been working on mass in Maths this past week. Students have investigated heavier and lighter and measured classroom objects using balance and kitchen scales. We have been measuring objects in grams. Next time you are cooking at home, ask your child to help you measure out ingredients, we love using scales!


Foundation Unit


In the Junior Unit we use the Soundwaves program to assist the teaching of the alphabet and to link letters to sounds. In the first part of the year we completed the first part of the Foundation program which includes a brief introduction to each of the sounds and the letters that make them. Half way through this term we moved onto the second part of the program which begins to look at each sound in more detail. In our Soundwaves lessons we play games, sing our Soundwaves chant, brainstorm words that have the focus sound and complete an activity page in our Soundwaves book. At the moment we are focussing on 2 sounds per week.


School nurse visit

A date has been booked for our school nurse visit to the Foundation Unit - Tuesday 23rd July 2019.

Education Support Team

A day in the life of Education Support

My name is Tamara Oldcastle and I am part of the Integration Team at Woodend Primary School.  I am glad to have a chance to share with you, what my normal day at WPS looks like. I work closely with many children from different areas of the school to support them with their educational needs. Some of the things I do under the supervision of teachers, to make this happen are:-

  • Be a positive role model
  • Monitor how students are progressing
  • Help students look outside the box to think of ways to solve problems and achieve their best outcomes
  • Work with small groups of students to help them fully understand topics being covered in class

I learn from these students every day and I would be hard pressed to find a more rewarding career.  


Time spent in the canteen

Maths groups in the Senior Unit


Drawing at recess

The Education Support Team


Student Awards & Achievements

Students of the Week

JU1 - Georgia

Working out how to spell words when writing on her own.

JU2 - Daniel

For remembering to use spaces between the words in his writing. Well done!

MU1 - Alex

For making a super quick start on his spelling activities! Excellent work!

MU2 - Flynn

For always trying his hardest in all areas of learning. Thank you for being an amazing role model.

MU3 - Cohen

For demonstrating our school values - be responsible- by being kind, working hard and taking care of others.

MU4 - Oliver

For using all of his reading strategies to read a challenging text. Well done Oliver!

MU5 - Riley

For his excellent learning in adding coins and notes. Well done!!

MU6 - Charlotte

For her incredibly detailed text-to-text connection in reading today.

MU7 - Ben

For his detailed and well presented project on Jaguars. Great work Ben!

MU8 - Emily

For being focused at her table, and encouraging and supporting her classmates.

CU1 - Shy

For sharing great persuasive ideas for why ‘Books are better than TV.’ You Star!

CU2 - Taylah

For displaying great listening skills and a brilliant positive attitude.

CU3 - Kitty

For consistently setting a great example for her peers by using her manners and doing her best.

SU1 - Amber

For being an AWESOME fitness instructor and keeping everyone active in Earn & Learn. You rock!

SU2 - Grace

For her excellent work and attitude in maths while learning about decimals. Well done!

SU2 - Lennox

For being a fantastic help in the Canteen.

SU3 - Jasmine

For always showing what it means to ‘Be a Learner’. You’re a superstar!

SU3 - Frankie

For being a fantastic help in the Canteen.

Classes of the Week


Artists of the Week


Gardening Group

Winter Veg Produce Stall

  • 3.15-3.45 pm, next Monday, 21 June
  • School main gate, High Street

The children have had so much success in the Woodend Community Children’s Garden that we’re running a produce stall.  Kids take pride in eating the fruits of their labour, so come along and buy some rhubarb, spinach, kale and other yummy winter greens and herbs, to cook up at home. All funds raised will be go back into the development of the garden. 

Plant Label Art Competition

Restoration of the Woodend Community Children’s Garden is well underway. In Spring we will be putting in an indigenous plant garden. This garden will form habitat for animals, birds, insects and reptiles, while showcasing native plants that grow in Woodend. Each plant species will have an informative label next to it, which together will form an educational, self-guided tour of Woodend indigenous vegetation.


Text for the labels will be provided by botanist, Nicole Middleton, but we would like a student's artwork to be used as the label background. The labels will be professionally printed by Macedon Ranges Signs, so the winning artwork will be on display permanently.


Competition brief:

  • Create an artwork that can be used as the background for plant labels in the Woodend Community Children’s Garden
  • Use A4 size paper or card, landscape orientation (ie. on it’s side)
  • Use any media you wish (paint, collage, pencil, text, crayon, etc)
  • One entry per student
  • Neatly write your name and class in grey lead pencil on the back
  • Place in to the box at the school office by 3.30 pm Wed 26 June.

Native species in the garden will include wattles, black gum, banksia, river bottle brush, peas, tea trees, mother shield fern, tussock and kangaroo grass, wandering postman, cut-leaf daisies and lots more (see Woodend Landcare Plant List). You might like to research these online or borrow some books from the library to see what they look like and include them in your art work.


The winner will be announced at School assemble and in the newsletter.

Some plant label background ideas…

 …now design and make your own.

Gardening Group Facilitator

Nicole Middleton - 0418 233 366



  • New products from Allied Chefs:  Macaroni Cheese 200g $4.50 / Beef Lasagna 220g $4.50
  • Help is required for the first week of Term 3.
  • I will be away til August 7th.  Louisa Kelly will be managing the Canteen while I am away.  Bon Voyage.
  • Sushi Day is Wednesday June 26th.   Tracey, Meredith & Michelle., More helpers required.  
  1. Qkr orders only.     Order details attached.
  2. Cut off is Friday 21st June at 10 amStrictly no late orders.
  3. No other lunch orders will be available on this day.
  4. Limited counter sales.
  5. Should your child be absent,  please notify canteen ASAP.  No refunds available if orders can't be re sold.
  6. Please contact Louisa via canteen should you be free to help.

Please contact me if you can help out in June. Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.  Only 9-12.30pm with a free lunch for you and a free icy pole for your child(ren). No money to count, just orders to fill. Call me on 0411 558 557.   


Please update details on Qkr and lunch bags.

  • Please ensure your child(ren) have the correct details on Qkr. 
  • Make sure you've chosen the correct day for the lunch order.
  • 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.

Library News

Shout out

To those out there who maybe 'Marie Kondo-ing' wardrobes, if you have any skirt hangers spare you’d like to be rid of, I would appreciate the donation.  We use them to store the big books and I’m running out.  Thanking you in advance.


FYI Book Club

Book Club orders are generally processed and submitted at least twice during the current Issue’s time frame.  Generally, the week of the Due Date an order is placed, with another processed the week following the Due Date.  Therefore orders are distributed in two batches, so depending on when orders are placed is when you’ll receive them.  There is also the option to have orders sent directly to your home address for a small delivery fee via Scholastic’s LOOP ordering.  We can only place three orders per issue before we are required to pay freight on the order, which we try to avoid as much as possible.

Book Reviews

Read a good book lately…???  Yes, then we’d love to hear about it!  Review templates will be available from the library from next week for any students wishing to provide a book recommendation to their fellow booklovers, and it will be published in the Newsletter. 

Speaking of which…I’ve just finished a great book, Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee.  Wonderfully written with likeable and relatable characters, it combines humour, family relationships with imagination and love. Lenny has a younger brother Davey, who has a form of Gigantism and won’t stop growing, which is the main focus, but the fighting spirit of their single Mum, Lenny and Davey is a joy to follow.  Central to the story is the bright spot every week with the arrival of the latest issue of the Burrell's Build-It-at-Home Encyclopaedia. Through the encyclopaedia, Lenny and Davey experience the wonders of the world and dream about a life of freedom and adventure.

It has also been short-listed for the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers, 2019.  I’m looking forward to hearing from the students about their thoughts on the book, which will be a New Book for next week for the senior unit.

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Woodend Primary School is excited to be participating.

  • The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 6 September 2019.
  • Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.
  • All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.
  • To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc

Library Session Times

  • Option A: check your classroom day/time for returning books.
  • Option B: tub outside the library door so books can be returned at any time.  
Library Sessions Mon Tues Wed
9.50 am - 10.15 am SU1 CU2 MU2
10.15 am – 10.40 am SU2 MU5 MU1
11.10 am – 11.35 am SU3 MU7 MU4
11.35 am – 12.00 pm   MU8 MU3
12.00 pm – 12.35 pm   MU6  
1.50 pm – 2.15 pm JU2    
2.40 pm – 3.05 pm JU1    
3.05 pm – 3.30 pm CU1 CU3  


Susan Machell

PFA News

Woodend Primary School Trivia Night!​​​​​​ - 27.07.19

It's not always just the kids who get to use their brain power, join us for a night of fun at the Woodend Primary School Trivia Night!

  • Get a group together (maximum of 10 per table) and don your thinking caps from 7pm on Saturday 27 July.
  • BYO Food and Drinks on the night.
  • Book your tickets on Qkr.  $15.00 p/p



Parents And Friends - Fundraising Activities for 2019

Term 3

Trivia Night - Saturday 27th July

Father's Day Breakfast - Friday 30 August

Term 4

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Saturday 30th November

Christmas Raffle

Danni Findlay


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Remy, Caitlyn, Alexis, Caleb

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Annabelle, Catherine

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

Flynn, Polly

Term 2 Rewards - NEW

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


School Banking

TOKENS - WPS  utilises the Commonwealth Bank School Banking Portal to track tokens, so no longer issue physical tokens. I will notify students when they are eligible to redeem a reward. 


  • 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

Going, Going, GONE !

The more valuable items that are handed in are kept at the office and not on the lost property shelves.  If you or your child recognise any of these items, please see the office ladies and don't forget, end of term is approaching which means some unclaimed items will be finding their new home at the local charity shop.


Do you own size 5 Asics runners like these: 
Last Wednesday during lunch time activities in the Music room a pair of runners were accidently put on and this pair were left.   
If the runners you are wearing have felt a bit different over the past week, this might be why.
The pair accidently taken don't have a hole in the front netting and the heels are a bit squashed. 
Please have a close look if you have runners like this at home and come to the office if you have found the missing shoes.   

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/

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.

Uniform Shop Hours

Normal Uniform Shop opening times are:

  • Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am
  • Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop

Community News



Woodend Primary School


Macedon Ranges Shire Council


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Helping kids tolerate discomfort

Few right-minded people want children or young people to experience hardships or difficulty. However growing up generally means that kids will experience their fair share of hardships, frustrations and challenges which lead to uncomfortable feelings.

Exercising their discomfort muscles
Tolerating discomfort is an important resilience skill. It refers to an ability to sit with an uncomfortable or emotionally painful feeling such as disappointment, apprehension, nervousness or fear. These emotions can be brought about as a result of not being picked for a team; getting lower than expected marks for an assignment; or going into new, unfamiliar situation such as school camp. These are the sorts of every day situations that can make some kids feel uncomfortable. It’s helpful to think of discomfort as a ‘muscle’ that gets stronger with training. Each time a child or teen successfully tolerates discomfort they’re reinforcing their ability to do so and cementing the knowledge that they can overcome emotional challenges.

Opportunities to practise tolerating discomfort
Opportunities for practice are plentiful and are found in common situations such as when a child or teen is: feeling hungry; wanting something they can't have; having to end screen time; contributing to household chores when they don't feel like it; missing out on a job interview; asking someone on a date or not receiving a party invitation.

It’s not toughing it out
Tolerating discomfort doesn’t mean toughing out an unbearable situation. It’s teaching your anxious child to notice how they’re feeling, naming their emotions, and practising acceptance of difficult feelings as they occur. This is done in the knowledge that what they’re experiencing is temporary and that they’re lovingly supported by a warm and comforting adult. Couple tolerating discomfort with social rewards (such as words of praise or shared fun activity) for coping behaviours and you’re helping to build their personal resilience.

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
Adult AMF Connect_Top 10 Tips.pdf
Adult AMF Connect_Parent Resource List.pdf
Adult AMF Connect_Cyber Issues.pdf
Sushi 26.6.19.pdf
2019 Canteen Menu as at 30.1.19.pdf
Give Me A School Among The Gum Trees.pdf
Uniform Order Form.pdf
Qkr - Uniform Shop Orders - HOW TO....pdf