Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

01 August 2017
Issue Twenty-one
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Out of School Hours Care
Upper Ferntree Gully Awards
Dates to remember
Parents Page
        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

Curriculum Day - Berry Street Education Model

The curriculum day on Friday was a great day of learning for our staff. This was the third day of our Berry Street Education Model training. The Berry Street Education Model is about supporting students to be at school ready to learn. We all know that many of our students can experience anxiety, can have a difficult day at home or other issues that can make it difficult for them to concentrate at school. It could be as simple as having a bad night's sleep.  Berry Street provides us with ideas and curriculum activities that support the emotional health and wellbeing of our students. This incorporates ideas including Growth Mindset, Mindfulness, Brain Breaks and just Being Ready to Learn. 

3 Way Conferences

Our 3 way conference bookings are still open please take a look on Compass or contact the office to make a booking. We believe that the home school partnership is important to support our students learning and would like to meet with all parents.

Reading at Home

One of our important aims is to help our students achieve in reading. We do this in conjunction with home as the research tells us that the best success for learning happens when home and school work together. We know that many students find reading challenging and that can make it difficult to encourage them to read at home. If this is the case with your child please speak to the classroom teacher and they will be able to help with strategies. We also reward reading through our reading certificates and rewards, in order to be able to do this it is important that reading is written in the student diaries as a record. Older students are able to write it in themselves and parents simply initial their reading. We would appreciate your support in encouraging your child to read and bring their diary to school so that we can keep track of their reading.

Exciting Term

We have started our Transition program for our future preps and our grade 6's are looking forward to graduation. While we still have a lot of learning to do in our classrooms we have other exciting events happening this term including camps, excursions and swimming. Please keep an eye on the calendar for any events that may be coming up.

Have a great week everyone.


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.

Upper Ferntree Gully Awards

Student of the Week

FW- Kody KOSTER - For your focused attitude to all learning tasks.  Super work!

1P-  Cooper STRANGE -  For making a good start to Term 3 - well done! 

2D-  Declan LENIHAN - For being a helpful classmate to others.  Great work Declan!

3N-   Miya PURCELL - For consistently following our school values. 

4/5 D- Shayla GRAY - For being a kind and considerate class member.     

5/6 C-   Matilda MORRISON - For ensuring she does her personal best during her learning activities.

Writer of the Week

FW- Luke MASSIE -  For using your knowledge of sounds and letters when writing new words.  Well done!

1P-   George FA - For using your sounds when spelling words - well done!

2D-   Christina W-D - For doing a great job collecting information about  butterflies.  Well done!

3N-  Paige SHEPPARD - For creating a pathway and writing about it using directional language.   

4/5D -  Eliza SIDWELL - For creating a very helpful procedure on how to make pancakes. 

5/6C-   Jay QUINTON - For his descriptive language in his writing pieces. 

Mathematician of the week

FW -  Daniel SCOTT -  For using location language to give directions to others.  Well done!

1P-  Will MURRAY - For always being an active participant in our maths sessions!

2D-Charlotte KOSTER - For participating in class discussions and for always trying your hardest.  Well done!

3N-  Kailee MASSI - For writing an exciting beginning to her narrative.

4/5D -  Charlie L-MC - For being an active participant during Maths discussions.

5/6 C -  Oscar G-B - For his effort practicing counting by 6's.

Dates to remember

Term 3


Tuesday 1st  

PFA Meeting 7pm


Wednesday 2nd

School Council meeting 7.30pm


Thursday 3rd

Buddies Produce Day 3pm


Friday 4th

Foundation - 100 days of school


Monday 7th

3 Way Conferences - 2pm to 7:30pm


Tuesday 8th

Toastie Tuesday

Stepping Up Prep Transition Program 9.15am-11.00am


Wednesday 9th



Friday 11th

Whole School Scienceworks Excursion


Monday 14th

Fete Meeting 7pm


Wednesday 16th

Fete Meeting 9am


Tuesday 22nd

Toastie Tuesday

Stepping Up Prep Transition Program 9.15am-11.00am


Monday 28th - Friday 1st September

Swimming Program


Monday 28th

Parent Night

Chris Daicos  6:30pm - 8:30pm


Thursday  31st

Fathers Day Stall



Monday 4th - Wednesday 6th 

Phillip Island 3/4 Camp


Tuesday 5th

PFA Meeting 7pm

Stepping Up Prep Transition 


Wednesday 6th

School Council 7:30pm


Monday 11th

Curriculum Day

No Students at School


Thursday 14th

Produce Day 3N

Victorian State School Spectacular Dress Rehearsal


Friday 15th

Victorian State School Spectacular Dress Rehearsal


Saturday 16th

Victorian State School Spectacular Performance


Wednesday 20th

Footy Pie Day

Parents/Teachers vs Students


Friday 22nd

Last Day of Term 3

2:30pm Finish




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.


Reading is important 

Reading has always been an important skill. In our modern world it is more important than ever.  Children learn about the importance of reading as they watch family members use reading and writing for everyday purposes.  Reading with your child at home will help your child in all learning areas of school.

• Children see you reading and writing in everyday life – reading for pleasure, sharing a story with your child, using a recipe, making a shopping list, writing a birthday card or reading street signs. This teaches them that reading and writing are useful skills in today’s world.

• Often parents are asked by the school to listen to their child read at home. It’s a good way of supporting your child’s reading. Books may be borrowed from your school library or your local library.

• Be confident that your child will learn to read.

What you can do at home to help

• Be yourself. Involve children in everyday conversations.

• Read aloud to children. It helps them to learn the language of books and will encourage them to enjoy books and reading.

• Talk about books, read together and make reading an enjoyable, shared activity. •

Make sure there is a wide range of reading material for your child at home, both fiction and non-fiction.


Hints for listening to your child read

• Before reading, talk about the cover, the title, the pictures, and discuss what the book may be about.

• During reading, discuss what has been read up to that point, and imagine what will happen next time.

• After reading is finished, talk and ask questions about the story and the pictures.

• When reading a harder book together, take turns. Beginning readers can read the repetitive parts and more experienced readers can read a paragraph or a page.

• On finding an unknown word: Pause to give your child time to work out the word

Prompt – go back to the beginning of the sentence, or read past the difficult word to the end of the sentence.

– look for a clue in the picture or the words

– look at the first letter and think about what the words could be

– ask “Does this make sense?”

– try to sound out the word

– if necessary tell your child the word

Praise your child for trying even if mistakes are made.


What to read and do

• Tell and re-tell stories of all kinds including favourite stories, fairy tales, movie plots, local news items and family history.

• Play games such as “I spy... something beginning with d”.

• Ask your child to read out simple recipes while you cook together.

• Read comics, magazines, short stories, poems and rhymes, including nursery rhymes.

• Do crosswords & other word puzzles together.

• Read the TV guide before watching a program.

• Look at letterbox leaflets together.

• Read directions and signs when driving and shopping.

• Read and write notes and letters to family members.

• Play board games together and read the rules.

• Provide plastic letters, crayons, pencils, pens and writing paper.


And do remember...

• Discuss the meaning of stories and words.

• Encourage your child to read anywhere and at any time.

• Let your child see you enjoy reading.

• Visit and use a library near you. Borrow books for yourself as well as your child.

• Talk to your child’s classroom teacher or the principal for further help and advice.

• Enjoy reading – it should be fun.

        Notices and Reminders

Published on Compass:


Scienceworks  - whole school excursion Friday 11th August


Parent Night - Guest speaker 


3 Way Conferences



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Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School