Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

18 April 2017
Issue Nine
Our Vision
Principal's Report
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

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to term 2. Once again it is looking like a fantastic term. I know I start every term with that line however we all know its true. We have our lovely school photos tomorrow. Very exciting particularly for those in Prep and grade 6 as it will be there first or their last for primary school! We are also attending the ANZAC Day ceremony at the 1000 Steps National Park with the year 4, 5 and 6 students. This is a significant event that the school attends annually.

We will hold our school ANZAC Day assembly on Monday the 24th of April.

School Swimming

Our school swimming program begins next week. It iwll be an eight day program and we encourage all students to attend. Swimming is not only part of the curriculum, it is an important life lesson. Australias drowning statistics are frightening and we want to ensure that we help students have access to swimming lessons. Please encourage your child to participate in the swimming program.

Berry Street Education Model

On the holidays the committed staff at Upper Ferntree Gully went to a two day course based on the Berry Street Education Model. The two curriculum days in term 3 are the remaining two days of a four day course.  It can often be difficult to engage students in their learning, this can be because of many factors including anxiety, challenges with friends, challenges at home or a number of other reasons. Despite best efforts and intentions, we often need to look to other organisations to assist us to address student needs for healing, growth, and achievement.
The Berry Street Education Model provides schools with the training, curriculum and strategies to engage students. This education initiative is different because it is research-informed, multifaceted and systemic. It is unique because it educates schools and their leaders to reinforce and sustain cognitive and behavioural change, thereby re-engaging the young person in learning and progressing their academic achievement. The focus is on helping students be ready to learn. As a staff group we came away with some great ideas and approches that will help us to help our students to be ready to learn.

Congratulations Sarah Wrigglesworth

I'm sure you will all join me in wishing Sarah Wrigglesworth all the best for her wedding day. We wish Sarah and Clyde all the best for their special day and look forward to seeing all of the photos.

Have a great week. 


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

Dates to remember

Term 2

Tuesday 18th 

First Day of Term 2


Wednesday 19th

Whole School Photos

ANZAC Day Service 1000 steps 11am


Tuesday 25th

ANZAC Day - No School


Wednesday 26th - Friday 28th

Swimming Program P-6


Monday 1st - Friday 5th

Swimming Program P-6


Wednesday 3rd

School Council 7:30 PM


Tuesday 9th

PFA Meeting 7pm


Tuesday 9th - Thursday 11th

NAPLAN Years 3 & 5


Thursday 11th

Mother's Day Stall


Tuesday 16th

Toasty Tuesday - Recess

50c for toast

$1 for toast and Milo


Thursday 18th

Produce Market 3pm


Friday 26th

School Disco


Tuesday 30th

Toasty Tuesday


Wednesday 31st

School Road Safety sessions


Wednesday 7th

School Council 7:30pm


Thursday 8th June

Whole school Tree planting Day

Kings Park


Monday 12th

Queens Birthday - No School


Thursday 15th June

Produce Market 3pm


Wednesday 21st

School reports


Friday 30th 

Last Day Term 2

2:30pm Finish


Term 2: 18 April (Tuesday) to 30 June

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.

What if my child doesn't want to read at home!

What should you do if your child doesn’t want to read the take-home book?

You may hear comments such as:
• Do I have to?
• I’m too tired.
• The teacher didn’t say I had to. (Check with the teacher so you know what is expected.)
• I forgot to bring it home. (Check your child’s school bag.)
• But I’m playing with…
• Can’t I just finish…?
• That book’s boring/dumb/stupid…


It’s at this point that you may like to use one of the following strategies – because some reading practice is better than no reading practice.
■ Use a timer (kitchen, sport) so your child understands that the reading practice will be for a short period.
■ Read the book aloud to your child.
■ Read the book aloud to your child but have your child read words that you know he or she can already read.
■ Have your child point to the words while you read the words aloud.
■ Read the book aloud together.
■ Read half the book each.
■ Put a sticky note a few pages ahead and tell your child they just need to read to the sticky note.

Read left page/right page (and yes, your child can have the pages with
fewer words).
■ Say, ‘I’ll read it to you and then you can read it to me.’
■ When reading a story (fiction) book try changing the names of characters to your family’s names!
■ If the book is available as an audio book, have your child read along with the narrator.
■ Download audio books onto a computer, smart phone or tablet device and have your child read along
with the narrator.
■ Suggest that your child reads the book into a voice recorder or into a microphone
(even if the microphone doesn’t work).
■ Ask your child to read to a stuffed toy, for example, a favourite teddy bear. (The author
has seen this work very successfully with a number of children.) Your child could also
read to a willing sibling or placid pet.
■ Encourage your child to read to a relative or friend via a video call.
■ Have your child use a puppet to do the reading.
■ Have your child read the book using a different voice.
■ Give your child a special pointer, for example a magic wand or laser pointer.
■ Give your child a reading cape or reading hat to wear.
■ Have your child read while wearing swimming goggles or novelty glasses, or using a
magnifying glass.
■ Let your child read using a handheld torch, booklight or head torch.
■ Let your child play his or her favourite music while reading.
■ Have your child stand and read, read while walking around, or sit in an unusual place, for example, under a table, on the bench or under a blanket.
■ Link reading the book with after-school or after-meal snacks.
■ Take the book with you to appointments so it can be read while waiting (e.g. at the doctor’s).
■ If your child wants to start staying up later (as she or he gets older) tell him or her that when the book has been read they can read other books in bed. If they don’t want to read then they can turn out the light.
After reading the book, it is essential that both of you talk about the author’s message.
This is for you to confirm that your child understands that reading is for enjoyment and
learning and isn’t just about correctly naming the words (although this is certainly important).


READ RECORD RESPOND © Oxford University Press 2013

        Notices and Reminders

School Communication

COMPASS will be the priority form of communication with newsletters and other information available on the school website

- All school newsletters will be published on COMPASS and a link provided on the school website

- SMS will be used for urgent/important reminders.

- Facebook will be used to showcase our events/programs.

- Seesaw will be used by classes to share your child's learning

School Supervision Times

Just a reminder that students are supervised by our school staff between the hours of 8.45am and 3.45pm. Students who arrive at school before 8.45am or are at school after 3.45pm should either be enrolled at OSHC or be under the direct supervision of a parent. This is important for our duty of care and for your child's safety. If there are any concerns about this please speak to Mrs O'Brien.

Please do not use the staff car park or enter through the drive way gates unless you are picking up from Out of School Hours Care.

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Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School