Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

09 May 2017
Issue Eleven
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Out of School Hours Care
Upper Ferntree Gully Awards
Dates to remember
Parents Page
        Notices and Reminders
Is this for you?
School Council
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

School Open Morning

We will be having an open morning on Saturday 20th May. If you know of anyone looking at schools please send them along. If you need to enrol your child for 2018 please collect a current enrolment form from our office.

Ferntree Gully Nissan Raffle

The Ferntree Gully Nissan Raffle is on again. This is a great way to raise money for our school and possibly win a car! All the money raised comes back to the school and will go towards our new playground equipment for all the students to enjoy! Keep an eye out for Raffle Tickets being sent home!


The next round of the annual National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests is currently being conducted. The NAPLAN tests involve all students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 from all states and territories across Government, Catholic and Independent Schools.

The NAPLAN tests are conducted on Tuesday May 9, Wednesday May 10 and Thursday May 11. NAPLAN assesses skills in Literacy and Numeracy that are developed over time, through the school curriculum. NAPLAN is not a pass or fail type test, but rather shows how students are progressing in Numeracy and Literacy skills against national standards for all Australia children.

It also provides valuable information that allows schools and governments to better target effort and support to help all students achieve their potential and acquire the basic skills to help them build successful and happy lives. All students (in Years 3 & 5) are expected to participate in these tests. Students with disability may qualify for reasonable adjustments that reflect the support normally provided to them in the classroom. Some students with very specific circumstances may be exempted from participating in the tests.

NAPLAN tests fundamental skills rather than specific content, and as such is not a test for which students can study or drill. The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to let them know that NAPLAN is just one part of their school program, and to urge them to simply do the best they can on the day. NAPLAN is conducted in a way that is quite diffrent to how we teach and so students can actually be quite excited about the opportunity to do something a bit different or they may feel anxious. Please remind your child that it is a snapshot of their learning on one day and to just have a go.

Growth Mindset

I have written some information about growth mindset in this newsletter. This is a concept that talks about praising  for effort rather than ability so that people feel valued for having a go and trying their best even if they do not achieve the same as everyone else. At Upper Gully we know that all learners are different and they all have their strengths and challenges. We do our very best to try and ensure that we can meet the needs of all of our learners.

Each term our teachers meet with parents to talk about Individual Learning Plans. These plans help our teachers target their teaching to assist our students to develop in specific areas that have been identified. We also use other staff to assist and support students. Brenda, Amy and Claire are all trained as Speech Therapy Assistants, they are able to work with the speech therapist to work with students on their identified speech needs. Brenda also runs multilit a reserach based program that develops reading skills. As a staff we talk about strategies that we can use to support students to develop and we look at how our individual students and classes are achieving and where we can help them improve.

If you have any concerns about your child's learning please do not hesitate to speak to me or your classroom teacher. We know that we all need to work together to help our students succeed.

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


We are having a great time at after school care and before school care. The students are really enjoying dodgeball, drama, cooking and our very cool 1000 number dot to dots!

Upper Ferntree Gully Awards

Student of the Week

FW - Elijah

1P-  Isabel

2D-  Liam

3N-  Ben M

4/5 D- Cruiiz

5/6 C- Ashleigh F

Writer of the Week

FW -  Daniel H

1P-  Will Mc

2D-  Alec

3N-  Finley

4/5D - Myrah

5/6C- Jye

Mathematician of the week

FW -   Amalia

1P-  Lucas

2D-  Emma

3N-   Miya

4/5D - Matilda

5/6C- Callum

Dates to remember

Term 2


Tuesday 9th

PFA Meeting 7pm


Tuesday 9th - Thursday 11th

NAPLAN Years 3 & 5


Thursday 11th

Mother's Day Stall


Monday 15th

Fete meeting 7pm


Tuesday 16th

Toasty Tuesday - Recess

50c for toast (2 pieces)

$1 for Milo

$1.50  for toast and Milo


Thursday 18th

Produce Market 2D - 3pm


Friday 19th

Walk to School Day


Monday 22nd - Friday 26th

Education Week


Friday 26th

School Disco

District Cross Country


Tuesday 30th

Toasty Tuesday - Recess

50c for toast (2 pieces)

$1 for Milo

$1.50 for toast and Milo


Wednesday 31st

School Road Safety sessions


Thursday 1st

Winter Sports


Saturday 3rd

Working Bee


Wednesday 7th

School Council 7:30pm


Thursday 8th June

Whole school Tree planting Day

Kings Park


Monday 12th

Queens Birthday - No School


Tuesday 13th

Toasty Tuesday - Recess

50c for toast (2 pieces)

$1 for Milo

$1.50 for toast and Milo


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.

Growth Mindset

If you have a growth mindset, you believe that with work, practice, and perseverance, you can improve – whether it’s your academic performance, or any other skill.

(Those with the opposite, a fixed mindset, believe that our intelligence and talents are predisposed, and either you were born with it or not.)

Thanks to the great work of Stanford’s Carol Dweck, we know that not only is the growth mindset accurate, but those who hold these beliefs actually improve more than those with a fixed mindset, which makes it so essential for our kids!




1. Pay attention and verbally praise kids for skills that don’t sound predetermined: hard work, persistence, rising to a challenge, learning from a mistake, etc., rather than being “smart”, “brilliant” or “gifted”.Recently my girls brought me a song they had recorded together, and said they had to do it 10 times to get it right. I made sure to tell them I was just as proud of their persistence as I would have been if the song had been perfect the first time.


2. Be a growth mindset role model. Be honest: how often do you say “I can’t (cook/sing/balance my bank account)” or “I’m terrible at (sports/spelling/public speaking)” as if there’s no hope for you? Make sure you’re sending the right message – maybe even take on something new! (Relax, it doesn’t have to be cooking. Sorry, just thinking out loud.)My students and daughters all know that I expect them to finish any sentence about something they are currently unable to do with the word “yet”!


3. Encourage your child to forget taking the easy route (where little learning is done) and instead embrace challenges. A sheet full of questions he already knows the answers to won’t “grow the brain” like one deeper problem to solve (even if he doesn’t get the correct answer).


4. Remember growth mindset isn’t just academic; it applies to many areas of life (athletic, musical, social). Having trouble getting the basketball into the net? Keep making mistakes on a guitar chord? Tried to initiate play with someone but it didn’t go well? Discuss the next step for improvement.


5. Discourage envy of peers, and talk to your child about what he or she can learn from others who appear more successful. While skills may come more easily to some, most often there’s a (possibly unseen) element of practice, persistence, and hard work which leads to achievement.


Embracing a growth mindset isn’t always easy, but can have a huge impact on your child…
and perhaps on you, too!


        Notices and Reminders

Notices .....
* Toasty Tuesday notice
* Mothers Day stall notice
* House Cross Country

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

Swimming Program cancelled


Due to ongoing problems at the pool, the remainder of the swimming program has been cancelled.  We will be arranging the make up sessions but they will not be this term. Knox Leisureworks apologise for the inconvenience.


Welcome to Premiers’ Reading Challenge (PRC) for 2017.

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is for all Victorian children from early childhood through to students in Year 10. 


The aim of the Challenge is to promote a love of reading.  It is not a competition, but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.


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School Council

School Council

The School Council has held it's annual AGM meeting.


Our School Council members include:

  • President – Tim Seipolt - Child in Year 5
  • Vice President – Karen Coulson - Children in Year 2 and Year 5
  • Treasurer – James Lenihan - Children in year 2, Year 4 and Foundation

Other members include:

- Shem Nicol - Year 3 Teacher

- Sarah Wrigglesworth - Foundation teacher

- Michelle Victor - Children in Year 6 and Year 4

- Andrew McLean - Children in Year 6 and Foundation

- Yvonne King - Child in Year 6

- Rozanne Roberts - Child in Year 3

All welcome

Parents and the community are most welcome to attend school council meetings at any time. The meetings are held in week 3 and 8 of each term. If you think that you may be interested in the joining in the future then please feel free to come along and see what it is all about. School Councils are an important part of the school and they help to represent the parents. You can also speak to any of our members at any time.

Role of School Council

What does School Council Do?

The role of school council is outlined in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.

In essence, the role of school council is one of helping to set the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school's operation.

It is not about running the school – that is the job of the principal.

The responsibilities of school council include:

• Contributing to the development of the school strategic plan (the document that tells people what the school wants to achieve in the future and how it plans to get there);

• approving the annual budget (the financial plan for the calendar year that tells people how the school is going to provide money so it can implement its strategic plan in that year) and monitoring expenditure;

• developing, monitoring, reviewing and updating policies (guiding principles designed to influence decisions, actions that the school makes);

• developing, reviewing and monitoring both the Student Engagement Policy (how the school expects students to behave, how bullying will be managed and the school's approach to managing student behaviour) and the School Dress Code (this includes how students are expected to dress during school hours including traveling to and from school, if the school has a uniform and what that looks like, and any arrangement with clothing suppliers that the school might enter into);

• informing itself and taking into account the views of the school community when making decisions regarding the school and the students

• arranging for the supply of the things needed for the conduct of the school (such as goods, services, materials and equipment), including pre-school programs

• providing meals and refreshments for students and staff and charging for this

• raising money for things that the school needs

• making sure the school’s grounds and buildings are maintained

• entering into contracts for things like cleaning the school or a school council building project

• regulating and facilitating the after hours use of the school premises and grounds

• creating interest in the school within the community

• making a recommendation to the Secretary regarding principal selection.

What does School Council not do?

School council does not manage the day to day running of the school. For example, it does not employ teaching staff, decide which classes students will be assigned to, or sort out issues relating to individual teachers and students and/or parents.

• School council does not discuss individual issues relating to teachers, staff or parents – these are very clearly management roles, and therefore the principal's job. Office for Government School Education January 2010 1

• School councillors are not appointed to represent specific interest groups or permit special interests to dominate the agenda of the council.

• School council is also not allowed to purchase land, buildings or motor cars, and it cannot enter into hire purchase agreements or obtain credit or loans, unless it is given permission by the Minister.

Role of School Council Members

• Parent members on school council bring their experience as parents at the school and the views of the wider school community to school council meetings.

• DEECD employees bring their educational expertise to school council meetings.

•Community members, if they are on school council, most often bring a particular skill to school council. They might bring accounting skills or building skills or some other skill that the school is looking for at that time.



School Policies

There are a number of updated policies.

If you have any input you would like to give please email me.

[email protected]



Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School
Sunsmart Policy Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School.pdf
Critical Incident Recovery Policy draft.pdf
Enrolment policy draft.pdf
Headlice Policy Draft.pdf
Mandatory Reporting Draft.pdf
Homework Policy Draft.pdf
Onsite Supervision Policy draft.pdf