Woodend Primary School Newsletter

28 February 2019
Issue 5
2019 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Foundation Unit
Student Awards & Achievements
Sports Report
Gardening Group
PFA News
Student Banking
Uniform Shop
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442

2019 Calendar



Fri 1 - Kelly, Help needed

Wed 6 - Anna

Thurs 7 - Racheal

Fri 8  -  NO SCHOOL

Please contact me if you can help on mobile 0411 558 557.  Remember its only Wednesday to Friday,  9-12.30pm and your child(ren) receives a free icy pole and the chance to see their carer behind the counter.


Fri 01.03

Ecolinc incursion - Yr 3

Wed 06/03

Cobaw Summer Sports - Senior Students

Friday 08/03

  • PUPIL FREE DAY - no students at school

Mon 11/03

  • Public Holiday - no students at school

Tues 12/03

Divisional Swimming, Bendigo

Wed 13/03

School Captains - Grip Leadership, Melbourne

Thu 14/03

Divisional Volleyball

Tue 19/03

Yr 5/6 Visit to Kyneton Secondary College

Wed 20/03

Cross Country Trials - Gilbert Gordon Oval

Thurs 21/03

Water Safety Excursion MU1, MU2 & Yr 2's MU3 (9 - 1pm)

Regional Swimming, Swan Hill

Friday 22/03

National Ride to School Day

Mon 25/03

Regional Tennis, Swan Hill

Wed 27/03

PFA Meeting  - 7.30pm

Thur 28/03

Water Safety Excursion MU4, MU5 & Yr 1's MU3 (9 - 1pm)


Tue 02/04

Cobaw Cross Country

Wed 03/04

Easter Lunch Packs - Canteen

Fri 05/04


2019 School Dates

Term 1  - 30.01.2019 - 05.04.2019

Term 2  -  23.04.2019 - 28.06.2019

Term 3  -  15.07.2019 - 20.09.2019

Term 4  -  07.10.2019 - 20.12.2019

2019 Pupil Free Days

  • Friday 8th March
  • Thursday 27th June
  • 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

Year 6 - 30 April - 3 May

2019 School Photo Day

Monday 29th April 

Dental Screening Services to Children

Sunbury Community Health is offering a FREE dental service to junior students (Foundation to Year 2) at Woodend Primary School on Wednesdays 28th August, 4th, 11th and 18th September, 2019.

There are no out-of-pocket costs for any child. Application forms will be distributed prior.

From the Principal,
Diana Ellis


A big congratulations to Jonty for his great tennis achievements at the Division tennis finals in Bendigo yesterday.  He is a great ambassador for our school, modelling outstanding skills and exemplary sportsmanship. Jonty will now go on to compete at state level.  See the Sports Report page for pic.

School Improvement

Yesterday we continued our school pride journey with the installation of our new flags at both campuses. School pride is one of our priorities and we are proud to display the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Australian Flags. It is important that we acknowledge our history past and present and welcome and ensure all cultures feel welcomed and respected in our school.

Reading in MU1

As part of our whole school consistent approach to reading all students participate in daily reading as part of our two hour Literacy block. During this time teachers will use approaches such as shared reading to teach concepts and strategies in books. They will model these strategies and then they will work with individuals or small groups in guided reading lessons to cater for particular skill levels.

While the teacher is providing explicit small group instruction, the rest of the students will be engaged in reading practise, book response activities or activities that focus on a particular reading strategy.


Capital Works

Each day we continue to see progress with our Capital Works program. This week the builders are applying the deck surface. We are excited about this space being completed.


National Ride to School Day

Did you know?

The problem

Over the past 40 years the number of children who are physically active everyday has significantly dropped. In the 1970s, eight out of ten students rode or walked to school but today that number has dropped to just two out of ten.

The solution

Students who ride or walk to school contribute to their minimum physical activity level of 60 minutes per day. They are also more focused and ready to learn compared to those who are driven.




On Friday March 22nd we will be participating in Ride to School Day. We have registered as a school and we will be collecting data to see how many of our students ride to school on a day to basis and how many ride to school on this dedicated day. We encourage parents to also participate and ride with their children. More information will be provided in upcoming newsletters.


Student Leadership roles

This year we are again placing a high priority on building the capacity of our students to take on Leadership roles within our school.

Apart from our four School Captains, we also have student leaders that have been appointed to a number of other roles and responsibilities. I am proud of the number of students who courageously applied and would like to congratulate all applicants and those appointed in the roles.

I would like to congratulate the following leaders:


House Captains

 Eliza and Poppy leaders of Chisholm House (yellow)

Jack and Isabelle, leaders of Dryden House (green)

 Tayla and Tessa, leaders of Eben House (red)

 Sienna and Nell, leaders of Mitchell House (blue)


Sports Leaders

Congratulations to Katrina, Stevie, Georgia and Flynn our sports leaders who will actively promote and lead sports activities in our school.


Environmental Leaders

Alex, Alicia and Cat


Buddy Leaders

Isabella and Sarsha


Wellbeing Leaders

Greta, Amelia and Amelie


Play Leaders

Laura and Sharnee


All positions have explicit role statements that are on display throughout the school.

Junior School Council

Last week at assembly our 2019 Junior School Councillors were announced and given their badges.

Congratulations again to all of the students who applied and to those who were appointed through the voting system.

From Year 3 – Year 6 there are two representatives from every class. These students meet regularly with Mrs. Minchew and Miss. Geer to organise whole school events and fundraising activities.


Sunsmart Policy

Recently we have had some queries about students being expected to wear hats as we leave Summer behind. It is the policy of our school and also the Education Department that we follow the Sunsmart recommendations to keep safe from harmful UV rays.

Below, I have provided an excerpt from the DET Policy.


Purpose of this policy

To create environments and encourage behaviours which reflect a healthy UV exposure balance, ensuring some sun exposure for vitamin D while minimising the risk of skin cancer.

Note: Overexposure to UV during childhood and adolescence is a major factor in determining future skin cancer risk. Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians aged 13-24 years.



Schools should:

  • support staff and students to use a combination of sun protection measures when UV index levels are 3 or above and allow sun exposure when UV levels are below 3
  • develop and implement policy and procedures promoting sun-safe practices in consultation with students, staff and parents
  • review and, if necessary update, the policy at least once every three years.

Uniform Policy

Recently we have also had some queries on our face book page regarding students wearing jewellery to school, in particular ear rings.

For safety purpose it is recommended that students only wear studs as other ear rings pose a safety risk if they get caught during play or Physical Education lessons.

This year School Council will be reviewing our Uniform Policy in line with updated Department of education guidelines.

From the Office


School accounts for all families will be issued next week.

Receipts for all donations to our Building & Library Funds will also be issued at this time. Please retain receipts for tax deductions.

Apologies for the delay in distribution of accounts, due to circumstances outside of our control. Thank you for your patience.


If you can login but can’t see the links for event consent and payment, we suggest the following:

  • Ensure you have the latest update for Compass
  • Open Compass then select the three lines in the top left corner then select ‘Open in Browser’ which should then open a page showing any live links and actions required.

IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ACCESS COMPASS, PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE – we can reset passwords and provide access assistance. It is imperative all parents have Compass access and we suggest you turn on NOTIFICATIONS for this app to alert you to information & excursion notices sent.


This is the preferred payment method at WPS for all activities that DO NOT require consent. This is a free app for your smartphone or the QKR program can be downloaded on your computer.

If you are having any difficulties logging on or with your password, please contact the school office and we can assist.

Payment Methods for School Activities


Senior Unit


So far, the Year 6 students have had two main interactions with their Prep Buddies.  The first to eat with their Buddies, but before they could eat the Year Sixes had to read the letters they made to their Preps. After they finished the Preps read a story to their buddies. The interactions the Year 6 and Preps had with each one was when they met each other, the Year 6 students ate lunch with their new Prep companions, they talked and asked questions about each other. After they finished eating and the bell went, the preps dragged their new buddies around the school, showing them what they could do. Most of the Year Sixes walked their buddies up to their classroom while the music was playing.

The second meet up was on Friday last week. I think everyone is very excited for next time the Year Sixes get dragged around by their little Preppies. Written by Tessa.

House Captains

Last week at assembly the students that had achieved the leadership role of House Captain were presented with their badges. It was not a surprise as the students had found out beforehand. It was time that the whole school found out. For Chisholm/Yellow House the House Captains are; Poppy and Eliza. For Ebden/Red House the House Captinas are; Tessa and Taiya. For Mitchell/Blue House the House Captains are; Nell and Sienna! Lastly, the Dryden House Captains are; Isabelle D and Jack. These new leaders will help run sports activities, athletics and yard cleanups. They will also start to organise the Teacher vs Students activities and more. The students seem very excited this year and we all hope they can really improve our school community.  Written by Nell.

Podcasting equipment

This week our new podcasting equipment has arrived. Last year School Captain Ginger tried to start a podcast and now her idea is coming true. Right now we are going to do some tests and practise with all of the equipment before we start doing real episodes. Hopefully, our first episode will start in Term 2. The School Captains are already in but there may be auditions for anyone else who wants to do the podcast.


Carlsruhe Annexe


Last week at the Carlsruhe Annex, the students began their first rotation of Thursday Activities. The children had a great time and demonstrated excellent team work and perseverance throughout. Thursday Activities will continue for another four weeks so any help parents can give us to help run these is greatly appreciated.  Thank you to all of the parents and volunteers who have helped out so far.


With the recent dry weather at Carlsruhe, drinking water has become limited. Please remember that students are encouraged to bring a full water bottle to school each day and should be drinking from this during class time.

Year 4 this week, the students have been strengthening their Visualisation skills while reading by discussing, drawing and writing what certain characters and settings would look like in their ‘mental image’.

In Maths the students have continued working on ‘Place Value’ and are learning the importance and value of each individual digit in a number.

During Integrated Studies this week, the students will be looking at positive influences in their lives and the character strengths those people have. 


Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

Year One and Two – Science

This week the children in Year 1/2 have been learning how to make a scientific observation and draw a labelled diagram of a worm. Our first challenge was to find some earthworms – not such an easy task in the dry weather we’ve been having lately! Luckily Terri came to the rescue with some worms from her worm farm. The children drew a worm from their own knowledge and memory before using magnifying glasses to have a closer look at the details and features of worms. We looked up interesting facts and new words about worms before completing our labelled diagram. The children learnt how worms make slime from their saddle to help them move through the earth. We even saw soil and earthworm poo inside the worms!


Year 3

This week the Year 3 students have continued to learn the features of narratives. They have been finding ‘WOW’ words in their readers and sizzling sentence starters to help ‘hook’ their reader. The Year 3's have loved sharing their work with their peers and helping each other to edit their work.

Foundation Unit


Each week in the Junior Unit we have a ‘Word of The Week’. These are common words that are regularly used in our reading and writing. This week’s word is ‘and’. Each week the Foundation students complete a range of activities based around this word. The activities include writing the word, counting its letters and sounds, putting the letters in the correct order, and reading and writing sentences that include the word.

This week in reading, the students made mini books that included the word ‘and’. We used the books for buddy reading and practised the strategies that we have been working on in class. At the moment we are focussing on pointing to the words and making sure that the first letter of the word matches what we are saying.


Student Awards
& Achievements

Students of the Week

JU1 - n/a

JU2 - n/a

MU1 - Bridie

For asking fantastic questions during Show and Tell presentations. Excellent Effort!

MU2 - Moser

For his outstanding reading.

MU3 - Edgar

For asking interesting, thoughtful and funny show and tell questions.

MU4 - Izzy

For being a good sport in maths games and always being willing to have a go.

MU5 - Polly

Showing respect in the library. Well done!

MU6 -Polly (awarded 15.02.19)

For her outstanding use of descriptive language in her narrative this week.

MU6 - Kye

For being an excellent computer expert and helping his classmates!

MU7 - Hugh

For sharing fantastic ideas and thinking deeper about a text, more than just the words on the page, to find a message in the story. Awesome job!

MU8 - Reagan

Sharing her thoughts and ideas during class discussions.

CU1 - Eli

Demonstrating expertise when sorting our class library books into different genres.

CU2 - Luca

Displaying outstanding reading by identifying passages and adjectives used to describe settings.

CU3 - Chloe

Tackling all set tasks with minimal fuss and maximum effort.

SU1 - Laura

Being respectful in the classroom this week!! You rock!!

SU2 -Cat

Being respectful in the classroom this week!! You rock! 

SU3 - Finn

Being respectful in the classroom this week!! You rock!!

Sports Report

Tennis Report

Yesterday Jonty Green (SU2) competed at the Sandhurst and Goldfields Division Tennis Championships in Bendigo. Jonty’s tennis talents shone through against the strong competition as he won the event and will now go on to represent our school at the Region Tennis Championships in Swan Hill! We congratulate Jonty on his fine efforts and for reaching this high level of competition.

Summer Sports

Best of luck to our Volleyball, Cricket and Softball Teams who are competing in the Cobaw District Summer Sports in Romsey next Wednesday.

Cross Country

The District (Inter school) Cross Country will take place at Hanging Rock on Tuesday April 2 (the last week of Term 1). We will hold a cross country trial in the Gilbert Gordon Oval area to select our team for the District Competition. This trial will take place on Wednesday March 20, at approximately 9am to 10.30am.

To be eligible for the School Cross Country Team you must be in Grade 3-6 and be turning 9 years old or older this year. Children who turn 9 or 10 years old in 2019 will run a 2km course and children who turn 11, 12 and 13 years old in 2019 will run a 3km course.

Children, if you are interested in cross country running start your training now, you’ll only get better! Plus, your improved fitness will benefit you in other sports you play as well as in your everyday life. Come and see me if you’d like some tips or advice on cross country training.


Sharon Connell

P.E. Teacher

Gardening Group

Woodend Community Children's Garden

Kid’s Garden Club got off to a flying start this week, 2 garden beds done, 8 more to go…


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
  • BYO:   Bring your enthusiasm and desire to join in (No gardening know-how required).  Please wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Pre-school age children are welcome too
  • Sign in:   Please sign in at the Office before gardening

I look forward to hearing from you.


Nicole Middleton

Gardening Group Facilitator - 0418 233 366



  • Urgent help needed for next Friday 1st March.
  • Lots of other spots need filling.  Please see 'Calendar' page for dates that help is needed.
  • EASTER LUNCH PACKS - will be available on Wednesday April 3rd.  Info to follow.
  • Please contact me if you can help on mobile 0411 558 557.  Remember its only Wednesday to Friday,  9-12.30pm and your child(ren) receives a free icy pole and the chance to see their carer behind the counter.


Lunch orders are going astray.  - Please update details on Qkr and lunch bags.

  • Please ensure your child(ren) have the correct details on Qkr. 
  • 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.

PFA News


After a successful first meeting and AGM for the year held yesterday evening, I'm delighted to announce that we have filled all of the roles on our Committee and have welcomed 3 new Committee members for the 2019 school year.  We're very much looking forward to an exciting year ahead.



In recent years we have had a wonderful group of parents who have assisted with small tasks in the school office each week on a Friday.  With some families moving on from the school, the number of volunteers has reduced dramatically.  If you could spare some time on a Friday morning to drop in to the office to get some small jobs (laminating/copying/sorting/collating), we'd love to hear from you.  Please email wpspfa@gmail.com if you're able to assist or have further questions.



As we move into March and just over halfway through Term 1, it's time to get organised for our 2019 PFA Easter Raffle.  We are seeking volunteers to assist with the collation of Raffle Tickets to be sent home.  If you're available at 10.30am on Thursday 7 March 2019 to meet in the front office to help out, please email wpspfa@gmail.com or leave your contact details with the front office.


As always, any and all help is appreciated.

Parents And Friends - Fundraising Activities for 2019

Term 1

Easter Raffle

Bunnings BBQ

Term 2

Mothers Day - Ladies Night Out Dinner - Fri 10th May

Term 3

Trivia Night - 27th July

Father's Day Breakfast - Fri 6th September

Term 4

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Sun 24th November

Christmas Raffle

Danni Findlay


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward


9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Jessica, Zoey, Catherine

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

Remy, Atticus, Kurtis

Welcome to School Banking


School Banking

  • 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.

Term 1 Rewards - NEW

  • New for Term 1 - Snowy Origami set and Scented Stackable Highlighter


Uniform Shop

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.


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.        


Uniform Shop Hours

Normal Uniform Shop opening times are:

Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am

Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop


Local Community


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

There are better questions than 'How much screen time?' 

‘How much time should my child be allowed in front of a screen?’ ‘What about my five-year-old?’ ‘How long should I let my 13-year-old play Fortnite?’ As a digital wellness and online safety expert, these are some of the questions I am most frequently asked.


They are certainly all relevant questions as parents fumble about trying to make rules and boundaries around their child’s screen time habits. Obviously we all want to prevent the screen time obsessions we hear about in the media. We want to maintain a sense of control over our child’s screen time habits.


As the digital world is far more complex and nuanced, our approach and questions need to mirror those complexities. We can certainly apply some time limits, and prescribe times when devices are not to be used. But it's wise to ask more pertinent questions to help us make more informed choices about the rules and boundaries we set up for our kids.


In particular, there are three important questions we should ask. These are:


1.'What is my child doing with his or her screen?'

There's no point worrying about how long your child is on a screen if you have no idea what they are doing when they're on it. Handing a child a device without guidance can lead to a vast range of different experiences. One child might spend the time researching the dietary habits of a green tree frog, or learning how to make the best paper plane to fly with a younger sibling. Another might watch a funny cat video, or even watch hard-core pornography. These are vastly different ways to spend their time online.


2.'What is the effect of the screens on my child?'

Is your child enjoying socialising online because it allows them deeper connections with their friends, provides them with support and gives them a sense of belonging? Alternatively, is he or she feeling excluded or being cyberbullied?  A child's online experiences can help or hinder wellbeing.  If online activities lead to tantrums when transitioning to offline tasks, or even aggression then it may be a sign that online use is having a negative impact.


3.'What is my child missing out on?'

Children and teens benefit from involvement in a wide range activities so they can maintain optimum physical, social and emotional development.  Spending time outdoors, enjoying active sports, connecting face-to-face with friends, sharing family meals, keeping up with homework and assisting with household chores are the types of activities that most experts agree are beneficial for children and young people. If the amount of time a child spends on digital devices excludes him or her from these types of activities then it can be considered excessive. If this is the case, then it's reasonable to expect that, with your assistance, your child begins to place some limits on their screen use.


Digital devices present new challenges for parents to manage. As a result parents need to shift the focus away from simply managing a child's time to helping him or her successfully integrate screen use into their daily life in ways that support learning, development and wellbeing.

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

Woodend Primary School Newsletter
2019 Canteen Menu as at 30.1.19.pdf
Uniform Order Form.pdf
Qkr - Uniform Shop Orders - HOW TO....pdf