Woodend Primary School Newsletter

06 June 2019
Issue 16
2019 Calendar
From the Acting Principal, Victoria Graham
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Foundation Unit
Education Support Team
Student Awards & Achievements
Gardening Group
Library News
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



Thurs 6th - Julia

Fri 7th - Kelly, Help required

Wed 12th - Alice

Thurs 13th - No help required

Fri 14th - Elena, Linda

Please contact me on mobile 0411 558 557 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.

June 2019

Monday 10/06

Public Holiday - No School

Wed 12/06

No keyboard lessons

Carlsruhe Fair Committee, 7.30pm at the Vic Hotel (6.30pm for dinner beforehand) All welcomed

Fri 14/06

Cobaw Winter Sports

Mon 17/06

School Council 7pm

Wed 19/06

No keyboard lessons

Fri 21/06

Foundation Unit - Museum excursion

Yr 3 excursion to Melbourne Aquarium

Wed 26/06

Sushi Day

PFA meeting at 7.30pm

Thurs 27/06

Curriculum Day - NO SCHOOL

Fri 28/06

Last day of Term 2.   2.30pm finish

2019 School Dates

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

  • 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

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 Acting Principal,
Victoria Graham

Pirate Day

Once again our Pirate Day was extremely well supported by students and staff. The costumes were amazing and the students experienced a range of fun filled pirate activities throughout the day. A very big thank you to Ms Meggs who volunteered to take on the organisation on such short notice and to everyone for their participation and getting into the pirate spirit. I believe the highlight was the “Arrh me Hearties” best pirate impersonation at assembly and Mr Condon informs me that he, by far, won the teacher competition. 


Woodend Primary School raised $526.60 for Kids Brain Cancer. Congratulations everyone! 



At tomorrow’s Assembly you will notice that we will be trialing a different layout.

Even though we now have our new hall, we are still finding it challenging to fit everyone in and have enough space to celebrate our students who are receiving awards or presenting an item. 

First Aid

On Saturday all staff completed their Level 2 First Aid training. This is something we are required to do every 3 years. While there are many situations we are unlikely to experience at school, staff felt the course provided us with the information and skills to confidently deal with various situations we may encounter at school. It also provided a good opportunity to reflect on how we would respond to different scenarios.


Our first ‘Clubs’ session was held yesterday and was a huge success. Thank you to Miss Geer for organising this and for all of the staff who helped supervise students. Clubs will be held every Monday and Wednesday lunch times. On Monday students can participate in Gardening, Reading/Calming Colouring in the library or play games in the hall with the Year 5/6 Play Leaders, (Foundation -2). On Wednesday, students have the choice of Board Games in the music room, Reading/Lego in the library or games in the hall with the Play Leaders (Years 3-6). On the first day, it was great to see so many students taking the opportunity.

Alannah and Madeline Foundation

Earlier in the term we held a parent information session which was run by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. The evening was well attended and we received some positive feedback on the content and overall presentation. Here are some useful resources from the evening that parents might like to peruse, which include useful tips for parents around social media, internet and technology in the home.




Queen's Birthday - Public Holiday

Please remember that next Monday is a public holiday for the Queen’s Birthday and there will be no school. It has probably come at the perfect time for families to take the opportunity to rest and recharge for the final few weeks of term. If you are travelling, please stay safe on the roads.

From the Office

Lost Property

Handed in to office recently.

Compass School Manager

*** 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 in the browser by selecting the three lines in the top left corner  then select ‘Open in Browser’ which should then show 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.


QKR – 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

Senior Unit Information Session

Quite often parents in the middle and junior part of our school ask about what happens in the senior part of the school. We ran a parent information session last year for the first time and would like to run another this year so that our students and staff can showcase the many great things that happen in the senior part of the school.


We would like to gather information about what time would be most suitable to put on the session so if you would be interested in attending, please indicate your preference via the Google Form:



Jordan Chamerski - Senior Unit Leader

Pirate Day Games

On Friday the 31st of May the Junior School Council organised a pirate day for prep to Year 6. As part of the pirate day, the House Captains and Play Leaders organised pirate games for the students to play in the hall. At recess, we had the preps to Year 3 playing Ahoy Captain up in the hall and at lunch, we had grades 4-6 playing Dodge The Canon which is the pirate version of dodgeball. All students were extremely happy to join in considering it was cold and wet outside. A big thanks to Mr Chamerski and Ms Meggs for supervising our pirate games in the big ship at the top of the mighty ocean (The hall at the top of the school). Everyone looked amazing in their mighty pirate costumes.  By Sienna SU1


Cross Country

This week on the 4th of June, Inga, Molly, Ned, Cat, Samson and Rose, competed in the Regional Cross Country representing Woodend Primary School in St Arnaud and only 12 people from each age level got through to State Cross Country. Congratulations for getting to that level! Inga and Molly were in the under ten girls race. Molly came 47th, and Inga came 60th. Rose and Cat were in the under eleven girls. Cat came 32nd and Rose came 40th. Ned and Samson were in under 11 boys. Samson came 14th and missed out by two spots for the next round, and Ned came 7th making it into the State Competition. Great job all of you!   By Rose SU1


Guest Speakers

This week we had Chris Reed an Accountant, come in to SU1 to talk about his job. He talked to us about his interests and he talked to the bank managers to help them with their Earn and Learn job. We asked him questions like if you had a choice of another job, what would it be? and what is it like in your office? Altogether I think everyone learnt something about working with money.


Tom and Jane Niall came in to talk to SU2 and SU3 about their  careers. It was very interesting. They showed us that you can be trained for one job and leave it and start a new business. They made me see that even though everyone else still used processed meats you can go help the organic farmers. I think that it was amazing that they left and made their own path even though they didn’t really have the training so they taught themselves. The students enjoyed listening to their different jobs and had many interesting questions for them!


Also a big thank you to Helen who had a visit to SU3. She talked about her work in psychology and the students had some questions about how to deal with anxiety.

Minecraft Coding

Over the last 7 weeks we have been doing coding. This week we made a little town everyone made their own creations with agents on Minecraft. Our challenge was to code agents to build towers. It was super fun and the examples below show how awesome Minecraft is.  By Sarsha SU1


Catastrophe Writing

Over the past two weeks we have been recounting some of our worst injuries for our writing. Here are some of the terrific examples of writing (not injuries):


Camp Catastrophic by Amber

“Race you to the trampolines!” I yelled at Daisy. Out of the Hall, onto the deck and down the steps. Daisy came running after me. I sprinted to the gate.


It was free time at Phillip Island, Grade 4 camp. We had just about 20 minutes free time before we went to see the Fairy Penguins. Daisy and I loved the trampolines.


I jumped up and opened the gate of the tramps and sprinted to the back of the line. I scrambled to take off my shoes and stood back up. When my turn came, I stepped onto the trampoline and began to jump. I had been working on my front flips at home for ages. These tramps are so springy I might get it right! 1…2…3!


“I did it, I did it, I did it!” Daisy and Mrs Ellis had seen. They were clapping! “Do it again!” yelled Daisy. I began to jump once more. 1…2…3!


OUCH!!! I realised what had happened. I had landed the flip but flown into the springs with the force of the jump. I rush inside and we iced my wrist. The next day I got to go to the doctors with Mrs Ellis.


At least I landed my front flip!



It was just a normal day. We were in the car driving to the zoo. We were driving along the Tullamarine when SMASH! The car was smashed in the boot and we went spinning across the road. A massive truck hit my door and we went spinning backwards and smashed into the barrier. Immediately my little sister Polly and I started to cry.


The car that hit us had hit the petrol tank so there were bad gasses in the air. The doors were all smashed in so when the police and paramedics got there they had to cut open the doors so we could get out. There were these roadside service people who helped us get all of our stuff out. They took us to their bus. We saw a massive hole in the back of our car.


We didn’t go to the zoo but we went to our friend Stephen and Aileen’s house and had ice cream. We slept the night there but I had a terrible sleep because every time I heard a bang I jumped and I also had conjunctivitis.


The next day Mum and Dad bought us massive cupcake packed with chocolate icing but we had to go home on the train because we had no car. The train was very busy and after the weekend was over we had to walk to school every day and we were nearly always late.


I will remember it forever as a traumatic experience.


Broken Bone Catastrophe by Nell

“Dad… DAD!” I screamed as I flew off the handlebars of my bike and crashed into our wood burner. I felt a sickening pain and then everything went black. I woke up in the back of an ambulance on my way to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

The lady that was in the back with me told me that I had a nasty cut on my head and that we were going to the hospital to get me all ‘fixed up’. I tried to feel for the cut but the lady stopped me. “Don’t make it worse,” she told me, calmly. She gave me some more anaesthetic and I fell back asleep.


I woke up as we were pulling into the hospital. I was checked in and examined by a nurse. I was taken to my room where I waited for about an hour. After an hour, a surgeon came and told me about the procedure that they were going to perform. I was put under anaesthetic and I couldn’t remember anything else.


To this day I still have the scar and the tale to prove it.


Slice Catastrophe by Aidan

“Clink Clink” as you heard me pull out my Razor scooter that hurt myself with. In front of the scooter were two really sharp points that could cut through skin easily. My uncle and aunt came over to our house in Yarra Glen to have fun and catch up.


We went outside to the back veranda. So as we were talking and I started daydreaming and when I got out of it I flicked up my scooter not knowing my brother was still there… SLICE! It looked like wolverine sliced down his back with his claws. I felt so bad that I went and hugged my uncle to feel better. My brother ended in hospital to 3:00 AM.


When my brother got back from the hospital I asked him if we could see the scar. My brother slowly lifted up his shirt. It was HUGE! It was so wide, too. I said to myself wow I’ve never seen something like I was amazed. You can still see it today.

Earn and Learn update

United States of Chamerski

This week in United States of Chamerski, our pay rise controversy settled down. The government commended our work effort. We also are currently working on a local newspaper, national anthem and car sales for our citizens. Following up in USC, we have been releasing weekly food packs such as the ‘smoothie bundal’, the ‘pizza pack’ and the craze over pineapples! After our second pay day we had our first official third town meeting with our first car sale from our one and only deputy prime minister Nell. Special thank you to all our class members that are helping out to pitch in to write a national anthem! And that’s the weekly report on United States of Chamerski! Thank you and have a good weekend!  


Quinnsland Update

In Quinnsland (SU2) we have gotten our first pays and are learning about how to pay rent, save for real estate and having enough money to buy food. There are jobs that earn different pay like Speaker of the House which earns $1,000 while police officers earn $500. There are fines for misbehaviour, charging our computers and noise pollution (i.e. talking). We even have our own bank accounts!  We treat ourselves as a country with our own flag, anthem, and street names like Potato Lane, Chip Avenue and Eight-Seat Street.


New Harrap City

This has been another exciting week in New Harrap City. Citizens received their first pay and have been spending it on many different things. The Police Officers have been busy collecting fines and Miss Harrap has been handing out bonuses. The Shopkeepers are busy putting together a weekly food pack as well. Congratulations to Amelia and Greta who won the anthem competition - their anthem is to the tune of We Will Rock you.

Science Challenge - Week 6

Science Newsletter Challenge – The Tallest Spaghetti Tower

Make the tallest tower you can out of spaghetti and sticky tape. Take a photo of your tower with you standing next to it and send your photo to your classroom teacher. Photos must be received by your teacher no later than Wednesday 12th June. Awards will be given to the tallest tower built by a child in years F-2, 3-4 and 5-6. Have fun and good luck!

Carlsruhe Annexe

Thursday Activities

A big thank you to all the parents who were able to help with Thursday Activities last week. Here are some photographs showing the great time we had.

The first 4 weeks of activities will run until Thursday 20th June, with the last 2 sessions on weeks 1 & 2 of Term 3. The activities for this rotation are; Cooking – this week we made coconut and jam slice, Woodwork, Gardening, Sketching with pastels, Craft – God’s Eyes and Quilling.

We need at least 3 extra adults to help us run these activities effectively.

Please let your child’s teacher know if you are available to help with these activities and make sure the office has a copy of your current Working With Children’s Check.

The new Carlsruhe song

During assembly on Friday, the Carlsruhe Unit will be giving a performance of our new Carlsruhe song. The students have been very busy learning the lyrics and coming up with actions to entertain the school. Please come along and share our performance if you have the chance. The lyrics are below.


Gumboot racks

The building of the new gum boot racks has started. Thank you to the families who have donated wood for this project. We still need many more broom or garden tool type wooden handles though to complete these.

Science Challenge - Week 6


Science Newsletter Challenge – The Tallest Spaghetti Tower

Make the tallest tower you can out of spaghetti and sticky tape. Take a photo of your tower with you standing next to it and send your photo to your classroom teacher. Photos must be received by your teacher no later than Wednesday 12th June. Awards will be given to the tallest tower built by a child in years F-2, 3-4 and 5-6. Have fun and good luck!


Ann Ireland, Nathan Spilsted and Mark Condon

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

As a part of our ‘Happy and Healthy Together!’ unit, the Year 1's and 2's have been considering how the Woodend Community works together to keep the environment healthy. We discussed the initiative of reusable produce bags and how these can be designed for the community of Woodend. Students worked over a number of lessons to consider the important elements of a produce bag; considering size, weight, method of closure and artistic design. Within given parameters, the children then designed their own produce bag by drawing and labeling their ideas. Once their design was on paper, they were given material (kindly donated by some of our parents) and began to cut the shape they wanted, and design the image with textas. Mrs Spiers and some parent volunteers then assisted the children to sew their bags and help with the closure of their choice.


The children were very proud of their finished products. They recognised that a first attempt would not always be their best, and were able to discuss and brainstorm improvements to future designs.


Science Challenge - Week 6

Science Newsletter Challenge – The Tallest Spaghetti Tower

Make the tallest tower you can out of spaghetti and sticky tape. Take a photo of your tower with you standing next to it and send your photo to your classroom teacher. Photos must be received by your teacher no later than Wednesday 12th June. Awards will be given to the tallest tower built by a child in years F-2, 3-4 and 5-6. Have fun and good luck!

Year 3

We are so proud of all our hard working mathematicians in Year 3!


Over the last few weeks we have been busy learning about Time, 3-D Shapes and Chance. We are continuing to work on telling the time on an analogue clock. We have been doing daily practise and playing time games.


In 3-D Shapes we have been learning how to tell the difference between pyramids and triangular prisms. MU7 and MU8 came together to make some great pyramids and triangular prisms out of newspaper.


Test our knowledge of Chance and Probability! We have been using chance words like “certain, likely, not likely, no chance, even chance”. We have been tossing coins, rolling dice, using spinners and pulling colours out of paper bags. We are great at making predictions and finding outcomes.


All Year 3’s looked fabulous on Pirate Day! Thank you to all the parents for helping students with their costumes and for your kind donations.


Here is a collection of photos from our week!


Science Challenge - Week 6

Science Newsletter Challenge – The Tallest Spaghetti Tower

Make the tallest tower you can out of spaghetti and sticky tape. Take a photo of your tower with you standing next to it and send your photo to your classroom teacher. Photos must be received by your teacher no later than Wednesday 12th June. Awards will be given to the tallest tower built by a child in years F-2, 3-4 and 5-6. Have fun and good luck!

Foundation Unit


On Friday, the Junior Unit had a fabulous time celebrating Pirate Day. We loved dressing up as pirates and doing lots of pirate activities. We wrote about what we would do if we were a pirate, did a pirate maths colouring sheet and made a cardboard tube pirate with our buddies. We had a fantastic day!


Science Challenge - Week 6

Science Newsletter Challenge – The Tallest Spaghetti Tower

Make the tallest tower you can out of spaghetti and sticky tape. Take a photo of your tower with you standing next to it and send your photo to your classroom teacher. Photos must be received by your teacher no later than Wednesday 12th June. Awards will be given to the tallest tower built by a child in years F-2, 3-4 and 5-6. Have fun and good luck!

Education Support Team


No news this week.


The Education Support Team


Student Awards & Achievements

Students of the Week

JU1 - Zia

For working hard during writing time.

JU2 - Nil

MU1 - Isabelle

For reminding us about our science homework folder. Great problem solving and organisation.

MU2 - Ezra

For showing resilience when challenged and having a go. Well done Ezra !!

MU3 - Lucianne

For being such a responsible member of MU3. Thank you for being a great role model for your classmates.

MU4 - Sam

For using fabulous descriptive words in his writing.

MU5 - Audrey

For being an environmental warrior and encouraging others to pick up rubbish too!

MU6 - Annika

For researching and recording excellent Penguin facts for her project.

MU7 - Lilly

For her excellent note-taking skills when researching facts about animals.

MU8 - Alistair

For helping and encouraging others during project time.

CU1 - Ella and Molly

For super creative design ideas and careful construction of 3-D shapes using nets in her ‘Tommy’s New Robot’ challenge.

CU2 - James

For showing excellent multiplication skills and sharing his problem solving skills with the class.  

CU3 - Lara

For excellent story writing and great work with her 3-D shapes.

SU1 - Sarsha

For being SUPER responsible and helping out Mrs. Thompson!! You rock !!

SU2 - Tynne

For his excellent attitude in class and for always being ready to try his best!

SU3 - Isabella

Demonstrating leadership skills and being a helpful member of the senior unit. You’re a superstar!

Classes of the Week


For their fabulous creativity in French. Well Done MU3.

Artists of the Week

Year 5 students created a fantasy mask.  they used a papier mache mask as a base and then designed a painting scheme using blue, greens & purples.  Finally they used a variety of materials to decorate the masks.  Terrific work Year 5.   All these masks are on show on the office display board.


Our Star Artists are:

Matilda, Aidan, Alex, Rose, Mariella, Will, Grace, Archie, Noah, Annie, Alicia & Finn

Gardening Group

Plant Label Art Competition

Restoration of the Woodend Community Children’s Garden is well underway. In Spring we will be putting in an indigenous plant garden. This garden will form habitat for animals, birds, insects and reptiles, while showcasing native plants that grow in Woodend. Each plant species will have an informative label next to it, which together will form an educational, self-guided tour of Woodend indigenous vegetation.


Text for the labels will be provided by botanist, Nicole Middleton, but we would like a student's artwork to be used as the label background. The labels will be professionally printed by Macedon Ranges Signs, so the winning artwork will be on display permanently.


Competition brief:

  • Create an artwork that can be used as the background for plant labels in the Woodend Community Children’s Garden
  • Use A4 size paper or card, landscape orientation (ie. on it’s side)
  • Use any media you wish (paint, collage, pencil, text, crayon, etc)
  • One entry per student
  • Neatly write your name and class in grey lead pencil on the back
  • Place in to the box at the school office by 3.30 pm Wed 26 June.

Native species in the garden will include wattles, black gum, banksia, river bottle brush, peas, tea trees, mother shield fern, tussock and kangaroo grass, wandering postman, cut-leaf daisies and lots more (see Woodend Landcare Plant List). You might like to research these online or borrow some books from the library to see what they look like and include them in your art work.


The winner will be announced at School assemble and in the newsletter.

Some plant label background ideas…

 …now design and make your own.


Nicole Middleton

Gardening Group Facilitator - 0418 233 366



  • Urgent  - help required for tommorrow 7th June.
  • Sushi Day is Wednesday June 26th. 
  1. Qkr orders only.     Order details attached.
  2. Cut off is Friday 21st June at 10 amStrictly no late orders.
  3. No other lunch orders will be available on this day.
  • New products from Allied Chefs:  Macaroni Cheese 200g $4.50 / Beef Lasagna 220g $4.50

Please contact me if you can help out in June. Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.  Only 9-12.30pm with a free lunch for you and a free icy pole for your child(ren). No money to count, just orders to fill. Call me on 0411 558 557.   


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.

Library News


  • Book Club orders due in Wednesday 12th June.


Guess who has had their little Singer sewing machine out…???

It’s a work in progress, but a rainbow has made an appearance in the Library to help brighten things up a bit, and I’m looking forward to showing off the improvements that are being made to the “look” of the Library over the next couple of months. 


All classes have been nagged about overdue library books this week.  The long weekend might be a great opportunity to have an extra look around for those that have gone walkabout at home.  The more that are returned the better J - thank you!!

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Woodend Primary School is excited to be participating.


The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 6 September 2019.


Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.


All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.


To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc

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  


Susan Machell


PFA News


Hope everyone is staying warm as it seems Winter is upon us!
To note this week, stay tuned for more info on the upcoming Trivia Night scheduled for Saturday 27 July.

  • To all the dads at the school - please save the date for Friday 31 August (**new date**) for our Fathers Day Breakfast at school. Full details to follow!

From the Fair Committee: 

Thanks to all the people that have volunteered to take on roles for the fair. We have such an enthusiastic and talented team of parents and carers here at school!

We still need 3 important roles filled so if any of these interest you, please let me know -

  1. Catering Coordinator - organise the various food stalls such as the pizza stall, BBQ, devonshire teas etc
  2. Sports and Games Coordinator - organise the old fashioned games and 'sports corner'
  3.  Amusements & Animals Coordinator - organise amusements and animal activities for the day.

The fair is still 5 1/2 months away so there is plenty of time or organise everything if we have enough people on board. We just need people power so it doesn't become a huge job for anyone!


The next meeting is Wednesday 12th June, 7.30pm at the Vic Hotel (6.30pm for dinner beforehand). Everyone is welcome to come along and see what it's all about. Even if you can't commit to one of the roles above, there are other things that you can do to help!     Thanks, Anita 0407 409 575


  • Wishing everyone a safe long weekend - there’s plenty on around town with the Woodend Winter Arts Festival (don’t forget the fireworks tomorrow night!).

Parents And Friends - Fundraising Activities for 2019

Term 3

Trivia Night - Saturday 27th July

Father's Day Breakfast - Friday 31 August

Term 4

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Saturday 30th November

Christmas Raffle

Danni Findlay


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Caitlyn, Alexis, Annabelle, Caleb

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Flynn, Polly, Catherine

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

Zoey, Isabelle

Term 2 Rewards - NEW

  • New for Term 2 - Icicle Slapband Ruler and Yeti Fluffy Notepad


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

  • 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

Community News





Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Creating healthy digital habits in kids

Surveys have consistently shown that children have been exposed to rising amounts of screen time in recent years, as well as parents struggling to manage the moods and time demands of children and young people.

As kids spend increasing amounts of time tethered to a digital device, it makes sense that the time they are online, is time well spent. As parents we're often concerned about the connections children and young people are making and the subsequent impact on their wellbeing. We're often concerned about the content they're consuming, and how helpful, relevant and safe it is for them. Rightfully, there's concern that the time spent online,  scrolling, searching and swiping, may well be time better spent on other pursuits.

Obviously, these digital devices won’t be going anywhere fast. So, we need to look at how we remain in control of our screen use, and ensure the time we're investing online is adding something helpful, positive and meaningful to our lives.

Here are a few tips to help you be more intentional with your scrolling. Being mindful of how time spent on devices, is certainly not just reserved for young people.

Encourage creation not just consumption
Here's a simple question. Are you more of a consumer or creator when you're online? When you spend your online time in creative mode such as making things, creating own videos, editing photos, writing blogs, coding a video game or composing a song you are getting something tangible in return for the time spent on a screen. You are achieving and creating something, rather than simply consuming the content made by others, which is generally far more satisfying as a user.

Look at who you are following
Consider the real purpose of the people on your feeds.  Are you following celebrities you can never relate to, companies you would never buy from, or people who bring you down rather than teach or inspire you? Ideally, you'll follow people and companies that you can connect with and add positively to your life.

So what about your child? If they have a passion for something, help them find suitable people to follow. For instance, if they love space, search for NASA and related accounts. If they love photography, help them find great photographers sharing their work online. When they're following people that teach, inspire and ignite their passions, they're less likely to spend valuable time with energy zappers.

Do a digital declutter
We all have so many apps on our devices and many are just clutter that we used once and no longer visit or don’t add anything constructive to our day. Maybe you could try deleting all the apps on your phone and only put those back that you need to make your day easier, or that offer you something positive. This forces us to look at the real benefits, or not, of the apps and thus the time we are spending online. Could there be better games for your kids to play? Are there better videos for them to watch than the ones that the YouTube algorithm believes they want to see?

Role model good practises
Most kids learn much more from what they see and experience, rather than from what they are told. As a parent be sure to be intentional with your screentime.  Do you:

  • Follow people that support you, challenge you in helpful ways or inspire and lift you up?
  • Interact in positive ways?
  • Give people your attention rather than scroll whilst others are talking to you?
  • Put your digital devices away in order to fit all the other important things into your day?

Setting your kids up with good online habits will help make these practises the norm. If you don’t want your children falling prey to the harmful and unhelpful experiences online, you need to be sure that they are focusing on positive and helpful screentime pursuits.

Be intentional with your scrolling, and you'll ensure you're getting a much greater return on your online investment.

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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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