Woodend Primary School Newsletter

15 August 2019
Issue 24
2019 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
School Council
LAPATHON
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Foundation Unit
Education Support Team
Student Awards & Achievements
Gardening Group
Canteen
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
AU

2019 Calendar

August 2019

Thur 15/08

Science Week celebrations in the hall, 1-1.50 pm

Fri 16/08

Science Week celebrations in the hall, 1-1.50 pm

Mon 19/08

Library - BOOK WEEK

Snr Unit - Parent information session 3.45 pm

Wed 21/08

LAPATHON - 12.00 pm - 1.00 pm / Lunch 1.15 pm

Snr Unit - Parent information session 6.30 pm

PFA - Carlsruhe Fair meeting 7.30 pm at the Vic Hotel

Thurs 22/08

Cobaw Athletics (selected students)

Wed 28/08

Dental Screening Service Visit - Day 1 of 3

PFA meeting, 7.30 pm

Fri 30/08

PFA - Fathers Day Brekky

September 2019

Mon 02/09

Carlsruhe rotation - CU2 and CU3

Wed 04/09

Dental Screening Service Visit - Day 2 of 3

Mon 09/09

Indigenous Whole School Incursion 12-3.30 pm

School Council 7 pm

We 11/09

Dental Screening Service Visit -  Day 3 of 3

Thur 12/09

Foundation - Renegades incursion 11.30 - 1.30 pm

Fri 13/09

Senior Unit - Travel Expo

Canteen Roster

August

Fri 16.8 - Linda, Julia

Wed 21.8 - LAPATHON - 12 helpers needed from 1-1.30 pm

Fri 23.8 - Help needed

Wed 28.8 - Racheal

Fri - Help needed

Please email woodendcanteen@gmail.com 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.

School Term Dates

Term 2019 2020
1 - 28.01.20 - 27.03.20
2 - 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

  • 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

From the Principal, Diana Ellis

Inclusion at WPS

With a number of events being discussed at the moment in our school community including Book Week and Fathers Day, it timely that we discuss these events with sensitivity. Whilst the majority of people generally support the activities that we provide, I also encourage people to consider others and show empathy for those who find these days challenging.  As parents most of us put our child’s needs first but we at times forget the needs of others. As the majority of us take photos and celebrate our child’s joy we forget about the poor mum who is in tears as they try to peel their distressed child out of the car or watch their child in the corner with their behaviour escalating. Some of these events cause great stress and or distress for a number of families in our school community and are not joyous occasions.

I hope we can be mindful of others when we voice our opinions about what we want for our children.

Book Week

On social media and in the school yard there have been many conversations about Book Week and the lack of a dress up parade. The response has been about 50/50 with some people expressing their disappointment and other parents expressing their joy. A number of parents had communicated that we have too many dress up days. Of course we cannot please all of the people all of the time but we do our best.

I guess the question to ponder is why do we have Book Week Dress Up Parades? The obvious answer is for our students. The reason we are not having a dress up parade is because recently we have had two dress up days and we will be having our Footy Dress Up Day in a few weeks and PJ Day early next term.

It is also important to be mindful of all of our students and recognise that a number of students find dress up days highly stressful. Not all students have access to dress ups and some students struggle with the high level of noise and energy and the change to the normal program.

The main focus is of course to celebrate Book Week. Throughout the school the teachers have planned many fun and engaging activities and already I have witnessed many teachers and students engaging in activities based around the 2019 short listed books.

A big shout out to the many parents who have provided positive feedback about our programs and learning activities.

Parking

I would like to provide another timely reminder about us all working together to keep our students safe. We have observed a number of students walking through the staff car park to get to the footpath and a few parents parking in the car park, taking up staff parking and reversing at peak times. We have also noticed many students walking behind cars in the bottom car park. We cannot stress the importance of taking to your children about safe practices. All staff have been asked to regularly have these safety discussions with students but whilst we educate at school we need you to continue the education at home.

Book Fair

I would like to have a big shout out of appreciation to the parents who have helped out at the Book Fair this week. It is through participation in these events that we build a stronger school community, show our students that we are interested and also an opportunity to build networks with other parents.

Father’s Day Breakfast

Whilst we are looking forward to celebrating Father’s Day with the dads and grandfathers of our community, I would like to acknowledge that this can also be a highly sensitive time for parents that have lost their children or for dads who do not have access rights with their children. This of course can also lead to these events being highly stressful for children who have a father that has passed away or if they don’t see their father. We welcome the opportunity for children to invite another significant male in their life, to come to the breakfast.

Snow

On the weekend many of us enjoyed the heavy cover of snow for at least a few hours. The snow made our already stunning Macedon Ranges into a Winter wonderland.

 

100 Days of school

Last week there was lots of excitement in our Foundation classrooms as the students engaged in a number of fun activities to celebrate 100 days of school. The highlight appeared to be a writing procedure of how to make a hundreds and thousands sandwich followed up with the real life activity.

 

Crossing Safety

Our new permanent crossing supervisor Chris has asked that we remind children to:

  • Wait for the whistle
  • Walk bikes and scooters across the crossing
  • Hold balls without bouncing

 

Visual Arts

Ms Mann regularly changes the displays in our foyer areas and fills them with the art pieces that have been completed by our students. The students are very proud of their work and demonstrate some great artistic skills.

 

School Council

News..

A school council meeting was held on Monday 12 August

 

Whilst much of the meeting was focussed on DET requirements such as the ‘Safe Schools’ auditing and the ‘School Review’ scheduled for next year, a number of important local issues were discussed/finalised, including the following;

  •  A solution to the frost problem on the new decking areas
  • A resolution to the management of the High Street crossing
  • Working towards the development of an improved parking plan  

Shayne Summers

Treasurer

LAPATHON

News..

Next Wednesday, August 21 is Lapathon Day

  • On Lapathon day, the students will do laps around a short course for 1 hour.
  • We are hoping family and friends will sponsor the students for the laps they complete with funds raised helping the school to purchase much needed equipment and materials. 
  • There are great prizes for those who raise money.
  • We are hoping for a fine day and that lots of family and friends will come along and cheer us on.  
  • After the walk, we have a BBQ lunch, you can join in too.  
  • Don't forget to put in lunch orders ASAP either on Qkr or cash.

Thank you for your support.

Lapathon Helpers Still Needed

1 person to help out on the BBQ from 9-11 am

12 helpers to assist lunch distribution from 1 pm - 1.30 pm

email: woodendcanteen@gmail.com

From the Office

News..

Please let the office know if your child/ren WILL NOT be returning To Woodend Primary School in 2020. Planning of class structures and staffing for next year is based on student enrolment and your help to ensure we have correct numbers is appreciated.

Email: woodend.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

Foundation enrolments for 2020 are now due. Please contact the school (Ph: 5427 2455) for an enrolment pack or to register for our final 2019 School Tour to be held on Tuesday 3rd September, 9.30am or 2.30pm.

Payment Methods for School Activities

 

Senior Unit

Senior Unit Parent Information Session

Our parent information sessions detailing what happens in the Senior Unit, are scheduled for this coming Monday and Wednesday. Our students have been rehearsing and are looking forward to presenting.

 

 

 

There is still time to register. Please follow the links below:

Monday (3.45PM - 4.30PM) 

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/senior-unit-information-session-monday-tickets-67378046551

 

Tuesday (6.30PM - 7.15PM)

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/senior-unit-information-session-wednesday-tickets-67378917155

Chess Tournament

Congratulations to our first WPS Chess Team who went along last week to compete in the Chess Tournament held at The Alice Miller School.  Thank you also to Terri and Anna for taking the students along.

 

Japanese Visitors

Last Thursday on the 8/8/19, the Year 5 & 6's were lucky enough to have two Japanese visitors, who taught us about their culture, calligraphy and how to make a paper crane that flaps its wings. Some people were selected to write their name in Japanese calligraphy by one of the visitors that came. The Japanese teacher  who came, brought some letters from the kids from her school in Japan and we are happy to have pen pals so we are writing back. We all enjoyed it, and are very thankful for their visit.

 

Basketball Tournament

The mixed team had a great day and put their everything into each game. Overall the mixed team won 7 drew 1 and lost 2. Just missing out on the finals by coming 3rd. Great Effort mixed team.

 

The girls team played wonderfully! They had great team work and they tried very hard to play their best. Even though in the end they didn’t get to play in the finals, they won 8, drew 1 and lost 1 coming 3rd. They played very well and they should be proud of how far they have come already. Amazing job Girls team!! 

 

Buddies

On Friday we celebrated 100 days of school with the preps! We celebrated it by making hats with lots of glitter and colour for them to wear. All of the hats looked amazing and everyone put so much effort into them. A big thanks to the senior unit and junior unit teachers for helping out and organising the whole activity. Congrats preps on 100 days of school!!! You’re doing amazing keeping up your attendance throughout this year.

 

Science Challenge - Name a star and planet

This year the International Astronomical Union has given Australia permission to name a star and the planet that orbits it. The planet we get to name is a gas giant a little under half the size of Jupiter. Its current, rather boring name is HD 38283 b.

Our star was chosen because it is easily visible from the southern hemisphere, and because the planet that orbits it was discovered by Australian astronomer Chris Tinney using the Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Spring, NSW.

 

Our science challenge this term is to come up with a new name for our Australian star and planet!

Your name needs to:

  • Reflect the wide number of different people that call Australia home
  • Be imaginative and fun
  • Not be the name of anyone who has lived in the last 100 years
  • Be part of the theme; for example the planets in our solar system are named after Roman gods. A theme is important because if more planets are discovered orbiting the star they can be given similar names.

Some theme ideas could be: food, sport, geographical features, music, art or anything else you can come up with!

 

Write your names down (illustrate them if you like!) and give them to your teacher by Wednesday 21st of August. The winners for F-2, 3-4, and 5-6 will be announced at assembly on Friday 23rd August.

 

If you really love your names and would like to enter them for serious consideration, you can submit your names at https://name-exoplanet.net.au/

 

Carlsruhe Annexe

News..

This week we have definitely had our ‘Scientists Hats’ on for Science Week.

We collected water samples from the Campaspe River near Carlsruhe and then investigated the different types of macroinvertebrates (water bugs) that were living in it. We used magnifiers to look carefully at each creature and identification charts to determine the specific types of macroinvertebrates in the sample. From this we could work out the quality of the river water – which was very good.

We also completed our monthly water analysis testing as part of the River Detectives program. We tested the water for pH, turbidity (cloudiness), electro-conductivity (salt), reactive phosphorus and temperature. We found that even though the river had flooded over the footpath, the water quality was still very good. The results were then added to the online database for our area.

The Term 3 project – 'Comparing Countries' was introduced this week. Information about the project has been shared via Compass and the students have copied a sample of the format onto their netbooks.

Science Challenge - Name a star and planet

This year the International Astronomical Union has given Australia permission to name a star and the planet that orbits it. The planet we get to name is a gas giant, a little under half the size of Jupiter. Its current, rather boring name is HD 38283 b.

Our star was chosen because it is easily visible from the southern hemisphere, and because the planet that orbits it was discovered by Australian astronomer Chris Tinney, using the Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Spring, NSW.

 

Our science challenge this term is to come up with a new name for our Australian star and planet!

Your name needs to:

  • Reflect the wide number of different people that call Australia home
  • Be imaginative and fun
  • Not be the name of anyone who has lived in the last 100 years
  • Be part of the theme; for example the planets in our solar system are named after Roman gods. A theme is important because if more planets are discovered orbiting the star they can be given similar names.

Some theme ideas could be: food, sport, geographical features, music, art or anything else you can come up with!

 

Write your names down (illustrate them if you like!) and give them to your teacher by Wednesday 21st of August. The winners for F-2, 3-4, and 5-6 will be announced at assembly on Friday 23rd August.

 

If you really love your names and would like to enter them for serious consideration, you can submit your names at https://name-exoplanet.net.au/

 

Carlsruhe Teachers

Ann Ireland, Nathan Spilsted and Mark Condon

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

No news this week.

Science Challenge - Name a star and planet

This year the International Astronomical Union has given Australia permission to name a star and the planet that orbits it. The planet we get to name is a gas giant a little under half the size of Jupiter. Its current, rather boring name is HD 38283 b.

Our star was chosen because it is easily visible from the southern hemisphere, and because the planet that orbits it was discovered by Australian astronomer Chris Tinney using the Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Spring, NSW.

 

Our science challenge this term is to come up with a new name for our Australian star and planet!

Your name needs to:

  • Reflect the wide number of different people that call Australia home
  • Be imaginative and fun
  • Not be the name of anyone who has lived in the last 100 years
  • Be part of the theme; for example the planets in our solar system are named after Roman gods. A theme is important because if more planets are discovered orbiting the star they can be given similar names.

Some theme ideas could be: food, sport, geographical features, music, art or anything else you can come up with!

 

Write your names down (illustrate them if you like!) and give them to your teacher by Wednesday 21st of August. The winners for F-2, 3-4, and 5-6 will be announced at assembly on Friday 23rd August.

 

If you really love your names and would like to enter them for serious consideration, you can submit your names at https://name-exoplanet.net.au/

 

Year 3

Congratulations MU8 on yet another fantastic assembly performance – you taught us all how to say “Hello” in different languages!

We are so proud of all Year 3’s for standing up in front of the school and performing. Thank you to all the family members who were able to make it, we loved seeing you at assembly!

 

This week we have been learning about a number of different world celebrations. Students have been mixed up into 3 groups and we have been having Year 3 rotations. Miss Geer has been teaching her group about Children’s Day in Japan and students have made beautiful fish kites. Mrs Meggs has been teaching her group about La Tomatina, a Spanish tomato throwing celebration. Students have made tomatoes out of paper and then had a tomato fight with balloons. Miss Radz’s group made stunning masks and learnt about Rio Carnival! Each student is rotating around each class throughout the week. AND more fun to come next week!

 

We are excited for the Lapathon next Wednesday! Don’t forget to order your sausages and ask friends and family to sponsor you!

 

Miss Geer, Mrs Meggs and Miss Radz

Science Challenge - Name a star and planet

This year the International Astronomical Union has given Australia permission to name a star and the planet that orbits it. The planet we get to name is a gas giant a little under half the size of Jupiter. Its current, rather boring name is HD 38283 b.

Our star was chosen because it is easily visible from the southern hemisphere, and because the planet that orbits it was discovered by Australian astronomer Chris Tinney using the Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Spring, NSW.

 

Our science challenge this term is to come up with a new name for our Australian star and planet!

Your name needs to:

  • Reflect the wide number of different people that call Australia home
  • Be imaginative and fun
  • Not be the name of anyone who has lived in the last 100 years
  • Be part of the theme; for example the planets in our solar system are named after Roman gods. A theme is important because if more planets are discovered orbiting the star they can be given similar names.

Some theme ideas could be: food, sport, geographical features, music, art or anything else you can come up with!

 

Write your names down (illustrate them if you like!) and give them to your teacher by Wednesday 21st of August. The winners for F-2, 3-4, and 5-6 will be announced at assembly on Friday 23rd August.

 

If you really love your names and would like to enter them for serious consideration, you can submit your names at https://name-exoplanet.net.au/

 

Foundation Unit

News

Last Friday the Foundation students celebrated their 100th day of school. To celebrate, we made fairy bread with 100's and 1000's then completed a procedure for how to make fairy bread. We learnt about things that cost less than, about or more than $100 and brainstormed things that we would buy if we had $100. Our buddies visited and helped us to make a 100 Days Smarter crown, we even used glitter to make them look beautiful! We had a fantastic day celebrating!

 

Science Challenge - Name a star and planet

This year the International Astronomical Union has given Australia permission to name a star and the planet that orbits it. The planet we get to name is a gas giant a little under half the size of Jupiter. Its current, rather boring name is HD 38283 b.

Our star was chosen because it is easily visible from the southern hemisphere, and because the planet that orbits it was discovered by Australian astronomer Chris Tinney using the Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Spring, NSW.

 

Our science challenge this term is to come up with a new name for our Australian star and planet!

Your name needs to:

  • Reflect the wide number of different people that call Australia home
  • Be imaginative and fun
  • Not be the name of anyone who has lived in the last 100 years
  • Be part of the theme; for example the planets in our solar system are named after Roman gods. A theme is important because if more planets are discovered orbiting the star they can be given similar names.

Some theme ideas could be: food, sport, geographical features, music, art or anything else you can come up with!

 

Write your names down (illustrate them if you like!) and give them to your teacher by Wednesday 21st of August. The winners for F-2, 3-4, and 5-6 will be announced at assembly on Friday 23rd August.

 

If you really love your names and would like to enter them for serious consideration, you can submit your names at https://name-exoplanet.net.au/

 

Education Support Team

News..

Week 5 in the Education Support room sees all of our programmes in full swing. Here is a brief summary of what each of us is doing weekly.

 

Catherine

  • Class support MU3
  • Class support CU2
  • Class support MU4
  • Literacy Support MU6, MU7, MU8
  • Letter recognition and formation Foundation
  • Chess Challenge - Middle Unit
  • Gross Motor Skills - Middle Unit
  • Friendship Skills - Middle Unit
  • First Aid

Vanessa

  • Literacy Support - Senior Unit
  • SPELD - 23 children (Phonetic Awareness)
  • Maths Support- Senior Unit
  • Play Leadership Group - Senior Unit
  • Preparation for Secondary School - SU
  • P.N.G. Project- Middle Unit

Dannielle

  • SPAIDES (Speech Development) Support-13 children
  • SPELD Support (Phonetic Awareness) - 19 children
  • First Aid

Students attend the SPAIDES and SPELD sessions as an individual or part of a small group. These sessions run for approximately 20 minutes.

 

Tamara

  • Letter recognition and formation - Foundation
  • Fine Motor Development-MUl, MU2, MU3, MU4, MU5
  • Classroom Support- MU4
  • Classroom Support - MUl 
  • Administration Support

Terri

  • Classroom Support - MU3
  • Playground Support, Recess
  • Playground Support, Lunch Time

Nicola

  • Classroom Support - CUl and CU3
  • SPELD Support (Phonetic Awareness} - CUl, CU3
  • Animal care and welfare
  • First Aid

As you can see, our team provides support for students across the whole of the school.

 

Student Awards & Achievements

Students of the Week - 9th August Assembly

JU1 - Violet

For the excellent presentation of her Science work on weather symbols.

JU2 - Blossom

For working hard to improve her handwriting and form her letters correctly.

MU1 - Bridie

For being an enthusiastic and positive class member who always tries her best!

MU2 - Zoe

For always trying her best in all areas and being a great role model for her peers.

MU3 - Angus

For being a great support for Andy and Mrs Sutton this week.

MU3 - Ava

For her terrific written description of the forest in Little Red Riding Hood.

MU4 - Carter

For using all of his number strategies to solve some tricky division problems. Great work Carter!

MU5 - Tessa

For being an enthusiastic learner in reading and spelling.

MU6 - Ella

For good concentration and working hard in class.

MU7 - Breanna

For her excellent mental maths skills. Quick thinking Breanna!

MU8 - Finn

For demonstrating our school value ‘Be a Learner’ by confidently and neatly writing in joined cursive.

CU1 - Natalia

For always displaying active learning skills and being willing to challenge yourself. What a STAR!

CU2 - Caity

For her excellent planning for her Persuasive Writing. Great job!

CU3 - Peter

For the huge improvement he is showing in his organisational skills. Well done Pete!

SU1 - Tessa

For pushing herself outside of her comfort zone. You Rock!!

SU2 - Aaron

For consistently being a learner and for his hard work when learning about time.

SU3 - Toby

For putting in a fantastic effort into his lap book on Switzerland. Keep up the good work Toby!

Artists of the Week

Artists work is on display outside the art room, library and in the office foyer, please stop by for a look at the great work.

 

Foundation students - Today we have Foundation students with their terrific paper shape pictures of funny animals.  Great work.

Our Special Artists are:  

Sam, Lucy, Hayley, Cade, Genevieve, Daniel, Emma, Lucian, Connor & Evie.

Classes of the Week

French - MU2

For their positive and fun attitude towards speaking French.

Gardening Group

News..

Over the last few of weeks I’ve received some wonderful donations for the school gardens. Many thanks to:

Ruth - garden pots

Suzie - Autumn raspberries

Candice - Autumn raspberries

Jen and Nils - compost

With Spring just around the corner, I’m happy to collect bags of manure, compost, seeds, seedlings, pot trays, large rocks for the indigenous garden or other garden goodies people would like to give away.

 

Gardening Group Sessions:

 

Where:   Woodend Community Children’s Garden
When: 12.45-2.00pm Mondays - parent help required to run lunchtime Kid’s Garden Club
  2.00-3.30pm Mondays - parent’s gardening session/Environment Leader senior students
BYO: Bring your enthusiasm and desire to join in (No gardening know-how or equipment required).  Please wear gumboots and weather appropriate clothing. Pre-school age children are welcome too
Sign In: Please sign in at the Office before gardening
   

Gardening Group Facilitator

Nicole Middleton - 0418 233 366

Canteen

Canteen Roster - August

Fri 16.8 - Linda, Julia

Wed 21.8 - LAPATHON - 12 helpers needed from 1-1.30 pm

Fri 23.8 - Help needed

Wed 28.8 - Racheal

Fri - Help needed

LAPATHON...

  • Lapathon is on Wednesday 21st August. 12 helpers are needed on this day for only half an hour (1 pm to 1.30 pm) to serve the sausages and drinks.   
  • Please contact me on 0411 558 557 if you're able to assist with Lapathon or any day in canteen.   Lots of spots to fill.  Remember there's a free lunch for you and a free icy-pole for your child(ren).
  • NO other lunch orders will be available on Lapathon day.

Volunteering - a note from a parent..

I've been helping out in the canteen for a number of years.  

In this time, I've seen the thrill that the preppies get when they see their parent in the canteen, they even bring their friends up to meet you.

I still enjoy helping out.  I get to meet other parents, teachers and its actually fun.

Sign up for a shift and find out for yourself.

QKR

Please update details on QKR and lunch bags.

  • Please ensure your child(ren) have the correct details on QKR or their lunch might go missing.
  • 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

Book Club Delivery for Issue 5

I have contacted Scholastic regarding the delay in delivery of Issue 5’s orders.  Apparently, “Due to an increase of Issue 5 Book club orders and Book Fairs' running; orders are currently delayed in our warehouse.”  

Hopefully they will be despatched soon for delivery next week.  Apologies for the delay.

Book Week

A big, fat thank you to all those who supported Book Fair this week.  It is a crazy, but fun few days and the kids certainly get a buzz out of going “shopping” for their favourite book.  It has always surprised me, in a good way, just how much books are loved by all the students and parents.  Hard to believe that it was predicted not that long ago that books in printed form would die out, but they are still as popular as ever….thank goodness!!  I’ll let you know sales figures next week, but I think we did quite well this year.

Lastly, I could not have done it without the help of the following parents:

Sue Murray                         Salina Chamerski              Jacqui Lowe

Kate Skermer                     Ed Jarrett                             Angela Van Dam

Suzie Keniry                       Belinda Morell                   Erin Wilson

Peta McDaniel                   Phil Fusco

We had a couple of late scratching’s (Claire Hurley & Juddie Boyd) but thanks to Stephen O’Sullivan for subbing on Monday night for Claire.

Your help was very much appreciated, and it was lovely to meet those parents I hadn’t already.  We are unable to run these events without parent assistance, so thank you to everyone who put their hand up and contacted me regarding helping out.

P.S. I forgot to take photos…so you might have to imagine what it was like.

Book Week

Next week is CBCA Book Week, which I’m really looking forward to.  With activities planned and a library to decorate, I hope everyone enjoys the week. There are some wonderful books that are up for awards this year.

Also looking forward to the announcement next week of the winners of our Book Mark competition and having the Major Winner’s book mark printed for everyone to use.

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  

Librarian

Susan Machell

PFA News

News..

The Carlsruhe Fair is on Saturday, 30th November and planning is well under way. We have lots of generous parents taking part - thank you! 

 

If you think you could volunteer a small amount of time to coordinate these activities for our kids, can you please give me a call or email me?

 

The next Fair meeting will be Wednesday 21st August, 7.30 pm at The Vic Hotel. Everyone is welcome!

Anita - Mb 0407 409 575, anitajmason@gmail.com

Parents And Friends - Fundraising Activities for 2019

Term 3

Father's Day Breakfast - Friday 30 August

Term 4

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Saturday 30th November

Christmas Raffle


Danni Findlay

 wpspfa@gmail.com

Student Banking

News...

  • Welcome to School Banking: Trent
  • Wow, 23 - a record number of bank books today, welcome back EVERYBODY !

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

  • Jessica, Teagan, Atticus, Isabelle, Cruz and Alexis

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

  • Catherine

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

  • Archer,  Kurtis, Caleb

Term 3 Rewards - NEW

  • New for Term 3 - Arctic Fluffy Owl Keyring & Arctic Scratch Art Cards

     

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

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 Fire Brigade - Junior Brigade

 

Local

 

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

 

Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Protecting your child’s online privacy

From sharing pictures of a child's first day at school to key moments at high school, many adults don’t consider the potential risks or breach of future privacy for kids. In fact, it is now become a ritual to announce the full name and date of birth of a child online within hours of them being born. This is just the beginning of a child’s digital footprint.

Although children are now ‘born digital’, exposure in the online world can present just as many risks as the physical world can pose. Images and identifying details can be used for numerous activities that put your child at risk, from stalking, to cyberbullying, identity theft, and even digital kidnapping.

The Australian eSafety Commission warns that half of all images on paedophile image-sharing sites originate from social media sites and blogs. Parents are responsible for protecting kids until they are old enough to make their own decisions about their online presence.

So, what can parents do?

Start by ‘thinking privacy’ before posting images of children online. You’ll be protecting their digital footprint and setting them up for a healthy relationship with the digital world.


Seek consent
Always ask others before sharing images of their children, even your family. Speak up about how you feel about images of your child being shared. When your child is old enough, ask them for consent, empowering them to understand they have a right to their privacy online. As they become teenagers, hopefully they will have more respect for what they post online and have confidence to speak to others about their consent guidelines.


Understand the settings
Check the settings of your social media channels to ensure your posts are not public. Speak to your friends and family about this and don’t be afraid to ask for help to get it right. If your child has social media channels of their own, go through the settings with them to minimise the risk of unwanted shares.


Think about the detail
Avoid including children's identifiable details such as school badges, logos, uniforms, name tags or identifiable locations such as your home area or school. Alternatively, blur these details prior to posting.


Be selective
Create a simple checklist to help make decisions regarding posting online easy. What do you deem appropriate? Are you happy to share images of your children in swimwear? Do you want to avoid full-frontal face shots?

If your child is old enough, explain why you are selecting certain pictures and not sharing others. If you have a teenager who is sharing their own images, talk to them about what is appropriate and potential repercussions of not setting boundaries.


Remove metadata
Metadata on digital images records the time, date and GPS coordinates of where the photo was taken and can be accessed through shared images, and your sharing service may record your IP address. You can wipe this information with appropriate software or share screenshots of your photos to avoid metadata sharing. Screenshot sharing creates a lower resolution photo, so it’s less likely to be tampered with by a third party.

Think ‘privacy first’ to reduce many of the risks involved with image sharing. Have conversations with your children to instil this mentality; help them build empathy; and identify the steps for minimising risk whilst helping them build a healthy relationship with technology so they can become responsible digital citizens.

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

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