Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

24 October 2017
Issue Thirty-one
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Upper Ferntree Gully Awards
Out of School Hours Care
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


Congratulations to our Wakikirri Performers as they won the People's Choice Award. Thankyou to everyone who voted as we know they absolutely deserved it after such outstanding performances.

You can take a look at our Wakikirri Page here:  http://www.wakakirri.com/tag/upper-ferntree-gully-primary-school/ 

Emergency Management Procedures at Upper Ferntree Gully

In 2017 there has been a reassessment of the Bushfire At Risk Zones for schools. Previously we were on the register and then removed for a few years and we are now back on the register. Schools, kindergartens and child care facilities at the highest risk of fire danger are placed on the Department's Bushfire At-Risk Register. Inclusion on this register is a trigger for the school, kindergarten or child care facility to pre-emptively close on days declared Code Red in their Bureau of Meteorology district. If the school were to close for a Code Red Day you would be notified.


We also have Emergency management procedures for many different eventualities, these are practised every term. Sometimes the students are a bit upset after one of these events and we debrief as a whole school so that any questions can be answered. 


As part of our Emeregncy management procedures we must:

  • annually update an online Emergency Management Plan
  • describe actions to take before, during and after an emergency to ensure the ongoing safety of staff, students and others
  • cover all circumstances when the school is responsible for student safety, such as school excursions to ensure staff and student safety and that students are supervised at all times
  • be reviewed annually and/or following an emergency or crisis.

As part of our Emeregency Managment we liase with local organisations to ensure that we are following the best procedures for our school in any situation.

Our Turtles

They finally have names much to the student's delight. Squirtle has a more yellow body and Bubbles is the darker one. They are providing great joy to our students and staff.


Grade 6 Graduation

Preparations have begun for our Grade Six Graduation. Once again our committed parents are organising the graduation for our year 6 students.  The year six students are also preparing for the next phase of their education. It is an exciting time for them with many changes occurring as they progress through to Secondary School. It is important to discuss the transition with your child in a positive way to ensure that the transition is a smooth one. Should you have any concerns please speak to us about how we can help support you. The DET portal below may also provide some useful information.



Parents of our grade 6 students will tell you that it doesn’t seem that long ago that their child was starting school. The primary years seem to fly by and our grade sixes are already tho weeks into their final term of primary school. Secondary school can be a daunting thought for not only our students but parents as well. There are many questions, which I’m sure you have, which are not fully answered at information nights and orientation days. The Department of Education and Training have developed an informative site, which provides hints and tips on how to support your child through the transition to secondary school. During the school term you will receive emails that will include tips, advice and information on supporting your child to make the transition from primary to secondary school. Recent articles have included Preparing for next Year, Homework and Stepping up to Secondary School. To receive articles please subscribe to Beyond Primary at


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Upper Ferntree Gully Awards

Student of the Week

FW -  
1P -  
2D -  
3N -  Ciara - for making a difference when focusing her on learning tasks.
4/5D -  Emily - for being a caring student who always shows a willingness to help others.
5/6C - Jenna - for her positive attitude and resilience

Writer of the Week

FW - 

1P - 

2D -  

3N -  Elliot - for creating an interesting list of ideas for a seed.

4/5D -  Yael - for developing excellent seeds in her Writer's Notebook.

5/6C -  Caitlin - for her dedication to getting the right feeling in the start of her story.

Mathematician of the week

FW -   

1P -  

2D -  

3N -   Paige - for using skip counting to solve multiplication facts.

4/5D -  Lincoln - for your determination when solving challenging multiplication problems.

5/6C -   Sienna - for her concentration whilst building her knowledge of times table facts

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.

Dates to remember

Term 4



Wednesday 25th

School Council


Thursday 26th

Graduation Meeting - 3.30pm in Senior Bld


Monday 30th

T20 Cricket - Yrs  3& 4


Tuesday 31st

Produce Day - Foundation



Thursday 2nd

Crazy Hair Day - Bring along a lucky jar


Tuesday 7th

CUP DAY HOLIDAY - no school


Wednesday 8th

Fete Meeting 7pm


Thursday 9th

Books on wheels


Friday 10th

School  Disco


Saturday 11th

Working Bee


Tuesday 14th

Stepping Up Program - Meet the Buddies

includes Buddy BBQ at 7pm


Sunday 19th

Spring Fete



Wednesday 29th

School Council 7:30pm


Thursday 30th

Bunnings Gr.6 - 9.30am

Graduation Meeting - 3.30pm in Senior Bld



Tuesday 5th

PFA Annual AGM Meeting 7pm

Step Up Program - half day


Saturday 9th

Christmas Carols & concert


Tuesday 12th

Year 7 Orientation Day


Wednesday 13th

UFTG Preschool Christmas concert


Thursday 14th

Bunnings Project Gr.6


Tuesday 19th

Grade 6 Graduation

Reports published


Wednesday 20th

Grade 6 BIG DAY Out


Friday 22nd

Last Day of Term 4

1.30pm finish



Term Dates 2018

Term 1:  29 January (school teachers start) to 29 March (Thursday) *
Term 2:  16 April to 29 June
Term 3:  16 July to 21 September
Term 4:  8 October to 21 December

Parents Page

Readings for Parents

Each week we will publish readings for parents to support your child in their learning.



Planning ahead is an important skill that can be learnt and further developed at all ages – even adults! Organisation, at school, means setting a goal to do your best in your school work, listening carefully to your teacher’s instructions, planning your time so that you are not rushed, having all your school supplies ready at a neat table, recording your projects and their due dates and planning when you are going to do your homework so that you have enough time.


Two positive Habits of the Mind that help develop a young person’s organisation include:

Setting Goals - means thinking that setting a goal can help me to be more successful at a task.

Planning My Time - means thinking about how long it will take me to do my school work and planning enough time to get it done.

Some ideas to help children become more organised and have a more successful term are:

1. Chunking: Breaking complex tasks into small, manageable steps. For instance, week-long school projects can be broken down into a series of smaller tasks that can be completed daily.

2. Goal-setting: Helping children set small and large goals is one tangible way of increasing their effectiveness. Eg. “I want to learn to spell 20 new words from my list by Friday.”

3. Making plans: Working out steps required to help achieve goals and objectives requires children to look ahead. “I will learn five words a night. I’ll ask an adult to test me each night.”

4. Managing time: Time planning tools such as lists and diaries can help children keep schedules, hand work in on time and help prevent children overestimating what they can achieve.

5. Routines take the worry out of remembering. Homework routines, morning routines, even after-school unpacking routines help children to be organised. For instance, an after-school routine may include unpacking a schoolbag, handing school notices to a parent and eating a snack.

6. Have regular homework time. Establish a regular homework time and help your child to stick to it. If no formal homework has been set then use this time for reading.

7. Have morning round-up. Remind children of the day’s events each morning so they can plan accordingly.

8. Use routines and structure. There are times when so much is going on in young people’s lives that they need structure and routine to help them get organised. Gentle reminders to pack lunches, take notices to school and even to dress appropriately can assist children when they are busy.

9. Make use of a check list when it all seems too much. Place a list of routine morning activities by a child’s bed and insist that it be checked before he or she goes to school. Lists are one way to help boys become better organised.

10. Clear away the clutter. A regular clean-up of desks and work areas can help children regain control of their environment.

11. Less is better. Encourage children and young people to bring home only the books that they will work on each night. Some children become overwhelmed when they have a bagful of books and they have difficulty knowing where to start.

12. Use a diary to plan ahead. Encourage your child to place homework, social and school events in a diary.


It's Fete Time - How can you help?

We are looking for donations of:

- Scratchie tickets or money for scratchie scarecrow

- Slabs of soft drink

- Bags of chocolates individually wrapped (freddos, kit kats etc)

If you know of any community groups that would like to share their group through a performance on stage please let us know at the office. We are looking for groups to perform on the day.


Will you be able to volunteer your time? Soon we will have a board in the foyer of the school please think about what you can help with. A little bit of time makes a difference!

Take a look at our great rides!
Buy tickets online!


Big and little kids are catered for.

Star Scream

The Star Scream is the latest in kids and adults carnival fun.  Holding 12 people at a time in a pendulum swinging tub!


Chair o plane

A high capacity ride that is great for the little kids, our chair o plane hire in Melbourne is a great option for fetes, festivals and parties. Being able to hold 20 children at one time, this combines the fun of a swing and a carousel in one package. 


Inflatable Slide

It's fun and exciting for both youngsters and teenagers. This new concept inflatable has striking graphics and high walls for added safety. Our slide can not be compared to other slides because of its unique sun and rain cover system.





Raffle tickets went home today

If you would like more please contact the office.

There is more fun and entertainment coming, check here for updates!

We have received some great donations for our prizes and competitions. If you know of anyone who will donate then please let us know. We are also looking for group or community performances for our stage. If your child is a part of an organisation that could perform at our fete please have them contact us.

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