Woodend Primary School Newsletter

08 August 2019
Issue 23
2019 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
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 / Lost Property
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442

2019 Calendar

August 2019

Fri 09/08

Dental Screening Forms due back (Foundation - Yr 2)

Year 3 Camp - Deposit & Consent due

Mon 12/08

School Council 7 pm

Book Fair - 3.30 pm to 4.15 pm in the Library

Science Week celebrations in the hall, 1-1.50 pm

Tue 13/08

Cobaw Basketball (selected students)

Book Fair - 3.30 pm to 4.15 pm in the Library

Science Week celebrations in the hall, 1-1.50 pm

Wed 14/08

Book Fair - 3.30 pm to 4.15 pm in the Library

Science Week celebrations in the hall, 1-1.50 pm

Thur 15/08

Science Week celebrations in the hall, 1-1.50 pm

Fri 16/08

Science Week celebrations in the hall, 1-1.50 pm

Mon 19/08

Library - BOOK WEEK (see Library page for news)

Snr Unit - Parent information session 3.45 pm

Wed 21/08

LAPATHON - 12.00 pm - 1.00 pm / Lunch 1.15 pm

Snr Unit - Parent information session 6.30 pm

PFA - Carlsruhe Fair meeting 7.30 pm at the Vic Hotel

Thurs 22/08

Cobaw Athletics (selected students)

Sat 24/08

Trivia Night - CANCELLED

Wed 28/08

Dental Screening Service Visit

PFA meeting, 7.30 pm

Fri 30/08

PFA - Fathers Day Brekky

Canteen Roster


Thurs 8.8 - Julia

Fri 9.8 - Lauren, John

Wed 14.8 - Marga

Thurs 15.8 - Julia

Fri 16.8 - Linda


Please email woodendcanteen@gmail.com 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.

School Term Dates

Term 2019 2020
1 - 28.01.20 - 27.03.20
2 - 14.04.20 - 26.06.20
3 15.07.19 - 20.09.19 13.07.20 - 18.09.20
4 07.10.19 - 20.12.19 05.10.20 - 18.12.20

2019 Pupil Free Days

  • 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

From the Principal, Diana Ellis

2020 Enrolments

Although 2020 stills seems so far away, we have already started planning for classes and staffing for 2020. Therefore it is essential that we know what our enrolments will be. As soon as possible we need parents to formally communicate to us if their child is leaving our school at the end of the year to go to another school or if you have a child starting here at school. All enrolments need to be finalised by the end of the month.

2019 Recognition of Service Awards - Joan Collins

Teaching is a career of commitment and this has been demonstrated by our very own Ms. Joan Collins who was recently acknowledged at a ceremony in Melbourne for 40 years of service with the Department of Education.  Joan has always been passionate about educating children and has worked in a number of schools and a number of roles throughout her career.

We would like to congratulate Joan on such a stellar career and the many, many students, parents and colleagues she has supported during that time. We are grateful that we still have Joan working at our school in a relief teacher capacity.


Wow Diana I can’t believe this but here I am!

I started teaching in 1975, 3 weeks before my 21st birthday, I taught in Melbourne and Shepparton before coming to Woodend Primary School in 1988. 


I look back with gratitude that I have had the health and stamina to have sustained this long career in teaching.  I must have taught over 1000 students in this time across all grade levels. Education has certainly changed, I’m definitely a dinosaur as I grew up before computers and television. When computers were introduced in the mid 1990’s we could not have foreseen how they would evolve. Today I cannot live without my iPhone! 


The best thing about teaching is the students! Although teachers joke about how much we can do when they aren’t there, students really are what teaching is about. I have enjoyed and feel privileged to have taught so many wonderful students.

Joan Collins

Trivia Night

Unfortunately for a number of factors, including lack of interest, we have had to cancel our Trivia Night. We apologise for any inconvenience and we will reimburse any payments already made.

Father’s Day Breakfast

On Friday September 30 we are holding a Father’s Day breakfast to acknowledge the valued role of being a dad.

The breakfast will be between 8.00 and 9.00 in the Multi-Purpose Hall and then we invite dads to visit our classrooms and engage in reading.

We appreciate this can impact on work schedules and we are also sensitive to the fact that not all children have a dad in their lives. We welcome a significant “other” male to come along so there is an opportunity for all children.

Parents and Friends will be serving egg and bacon sandwiches. For catering purposes we need people to register their attendance on QKR and let us know how many adults and children will be attending.

From the Office


Hand Foot Mouth Disease - We have been notified of a case of Hand, Foot & Mouth

  • People usually develop symptoms between three to seven days after being infected. 
  • High temperature (fever)
  • Sore throat
  • Small, blister-like lesions that may occur on the inside of the mouth, sides of the tongue, palms of the hands, fingers, soles of the feet and ‘nappy’ area.
  • Children are often irritable, tired, and may be off their food.
  • Exclusion from school is required until all blisters have dried.

Chicken Pox - We have been notified of a suspected case of Chicken Pox within the School.

  •  Symptoms:  Sudden onset of slight fever, runny nose, feeling generally unwell and a skin rash.
  • The rash usually begins as small lumps that turn into blisters and then scabs. The rash appears over three to four days. Symptoms usually occur two weeks after exposure to the virus.
  • Exclusion from school until fully recovered or for at least 5 days after the rash first appears.

Influenza B - It is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract caused by influenza viruses.

  • fever, chills, sore throat, coughing, runny nose and sneezing, fatigue, muscle aches and body aches.
  • It may take one to four days after exposure to the influenza virus for symptoms to develop.
  • If you have the flu, you'll be contagious one day before developing symptoms and up to five to seven days after becoming ill. Younger children may be contagious for longer. 

YEAR 3 CAMP – Consent & Deposit due by TOMORROW Friday 9th August


If you have any concerns about your child attending camp or your child has personal issues causing them to be reluctant to attend, we ask you to please speak to your child's teacher BEFORE the deposit due date. Most issues can be resolved or accommodated if sufficient notice is given where a problem exists.


Providing payment and digital consent, confirms your child's attendance on camp. Non payment and non consent by the deposit due date, will indicate you do not intend to send your child to camp, however if you know before this date you will be away or your child will DEFINITELY NOT BE ATTENDING, please call the school office and advise.


If you would like your child to attend camp but are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact the Principal or Sue Turner to discuss alternate payment options.


Dental Screening – Free Service for Years Foundation, 1 & 2 students


Copies of the Info pack and application form can be found in Compass/School Documentation/Forms or are available from the school office.


Any questions regarding this service should be directed to the provider, Sunbury Community Health Dental Clinic on (03) 9744 4455 or email sharonr@sunburychc.org.au.

Payment Methods for School Activities


Senior Unit

WPS L.E.D. Podcast

Our first episode is live! After a few weeks of recording, we are excited to announce that you can now listen to the podcast team’s first episode. You can hear it by visiting the school website or subscribing to Woodend Primary School Radio on iTunes.

Maths Challenge: Years 4 - 6

Add to SIX

How is 2+4 considered to be different to 4+2?

How many different ways can you make a sum that equals 6?

Carlsruhe Annexe


No news this week.

Maths Challenge: Year 4-6

Add to SIX

How is 2+4 considered to be different to 4+2?

How many different ways can you make a sum that equals 6?



Carlsruhe Teachers

Ann Ireland, Nathan Spilsted and Mark Condon

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

This term the Year 1/2s have been thinking about the world around us in the Science unit ‘Up, Down and All Around’. We have been exploring the landscape and sky as well as comparing the difference between night and day. We are refining our observation and recording skills when looking at change. Last week MU2 placed some human-made products in the garden and this week we observed many changes from natural and unnatural sources. Please see photo attached to see our results. Most of our class could tell that the rain and wind had affected the products but others theorised that maybe humans had interfered with the results. The class will continue to observe and record the results over the next few weeks.


Maths Challenge: Year P-3

Add to SIX

By using only positive integers (whole numbers greater than 0), how many different ways can you make a sum that is equal to six?

For example you could use:

3 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 6

4 + 2 = 6

1 + 2 + 3 = 6

(Consider 4 + 2 to be the same as 2 + 4)

Year 3

We have continued learning about celebrations from around the world. Students have enjoyed talking about special celebrations in their family. So far, we have learnt about NAIDOC week, Chinese New Year and Ramadan. Each week we are making a display of the symbols of that celebration. Some of our photos are below! We have a special week next week where students will visit 3 celebrations in one week! More details to come.


Congratulations to MU7 for their fantastic assembly performance last Friday telling the story of Chinese New Year. Good luck to MU8 who are performing at assembly this week, Friday 9th of August. You can see photos of MU8 getting organised for their presentation below. There is a definite feeling of something to do with countries from around the world!


We are excited about the upcoming Lapathon. Notes went home with students earlier in the week.


A reminder to please check the details on Compass about the upcoming Grade 3 camp. A deposit ($40) needs to be paid by the 9th of August. Thank you!


Miss Geer, Mrs Meggs and Miss Radz

Maths Challenge: Year P-3

Add to SIX

By using only positive integers (whole numbers greater than 0), how many different ways can you make a sum that is equal to six?

For example you could use:

3 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 6

4 + 2 = 6

1 + 2 + 3 = 6

(Consider 4 + 2 to be the same as 2 + 4)

Foundation Unit


Each fortnight in the Foundation classes we focus on reading a picture story book or big book related to the students’ interests or our term topic.

We spend the first few lessons practicing reading strategies the students can use to read their own readers. These strategies may include how to check what we are reading and how to work out new words. After this we spend time developing the students’ comprehension of the book we have read. We encourage the children to summarise their reading, recall the events of a story in the order they happened and infer how the characters in a story may be feeling. We also encourage the students to make connections to the story and themselves and or other texts. Recently we have begun to make connections between fiction and non fiction texts and exploring the features of non fiction texts.


One of the books we have enjoyed reading is ‘The Best Jumper’, by Lynne Garner and Sarah Gill.


Below is an example of the fiction and non fiction books we read and discussed that were related to ‘The Best Jumper.’ We also looked for connections we could make to the books and ourselves and connections we could make between fiction and non fiction books.


Maths Challenge: Year P-3

Add to SIX

By using only positive integers (whole numbers greater than 0), how many different ways can you make a sum that is equal to six?

For example you could use:

3 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 6

4 + 2 = 6

1 + 2 + 3 = 6

(Consider 4 + 2 to be the same as 2 + 4)

Education Support Team


No news this week.

Student Awards & Achievements

Students of the Week - 2nd August Assembly

JU1 - Layla

For being the grade’s ‘Guest Reader’ and demonstrating reading fluently.

JU2 - Nil

MU1 - Lucien

For being a fantastic listener who always shows respect for others.

MU2 - Dexter

For writing an awesome summary for ‘Possum Magic’ and adding descriptive words to make it more interesting.

MU3 - Ayden and Blake

For a wonderful effort when doing their descriptive writing.

MU4 - Ian

For working really hard on all of his learning tasks this week. Well done Ian!

MU5 - Tessa

For being an enthusiastic learner in reading and spelling.

MU6 - Coen

Concentrating well and completing his maths work as required. Great work Coen.

MU7 - Eadie

For writing an imaginative and creative fractured fairy tale. Great work Eadie!

MU8 - Remy

For always contributing his ideas during discussions and helping his classmates without being asked.

CU1 - Alex

For being a respectful team member by trying to ensure everyone can be involved, have fun and learn. You Star!

CU2 - Lucy

For her amazing presentation about her trip to Singapore and Thailand. GO TIGERS!

CU3 - Charlie

For achieving a perfect score of 12 out of 12 (100%) on her fractions test. You’re a star!

SU1 - Nell

For pushing herself to improve her understanding of time. You rock!!

SU2 - Will

For consistently living our school values of ‘Be respectful’ and “Be a learner’ every day!!!

SU3 - Espen

For always trying his hardest and asking for help when he needs it. You’re a superstar!

Artists of the Week

Our Artists of the Week displays are outside the art room, library and in the office foyer, please stop by for a look at the great work.


Year 4 students - Year 4 students used oil pastels to draw realistic pictures of crocodiles.  The finished work looks stunning.   Great work Year 4.

Our Special Artists are:  Jasper, Stefanie, Harper, Cael, Lucy, Grace, Caity, James, Mitchell, Alex, Rachel and Ella.


Year 5 students - Year 5 students painted pictures of 'Moonlight and Trees'.  They graduated the colour of the sky from light to dark and then painted tree silhouettes over the sky.   Great work Year 5.

Our Special Artists are:  Oliver, Carla, Thomas, Jamie, Alex, Isabelle, Lennox, Mariella, Archie, Sam, Annie, Jasmine, Finn and Alicia.


Some examples of ' Moonlight and Trees '


Classes of the Week

French - MU8

Enthusiastic participation in their French learning.

Gardening Group


This week Kids Garden Club had fun creating plant containers from rusty, old equipment found under the school hall. 


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/Environment Leader senior students
BYO: Bring your enthusiasm and desire to join in (No gardening know-how or equipment required).  Please wear gumboots and weather appropriate clothing. Pre-school age children are welcome too
Sign In: Please sign in at the Office before gardening

Gardening Group Facilitator

Nicole Middleton - 0418 233 366


Canteen Roster - August

Thurs 8.8 - Julia

Fri 9.8 - Lauren, John

Wed 14.8 - Marga

Thurs 15.8 - Julia

Fri 16.8 - Linda


  • I'm Back !   A huge thanks to Louisa for filling in.
  • Lapathon is on Wednesday 21st August. 12 helpers are needed on this day for only half an hour (1pm to 1.30pm) to serve the sausages and drinks.   
  • Please contact me on 0411 558 557 if you're able to assist with Lapathon or any day in canteen.   Lots of spots to fill.  Remember there's a free lunch for you and a free icy-pole for your child(ren).


Please update details on QKR and lunch bags.

  • Please ensure your child(ren) have the correct details on QKR or their lunch might go missing.
  • Make sure you've chosen the correct day for the lunch order.
  • 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

Lots of News this week…..

Book Fair is Coming Next Week.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (12-14 August) from 3.30pm in the library.  It’s a major fundraiser for the school that helps supplement the purchasing of books and supplies for our school, so your support is greatly appreciated.  Thank you to those parents who have put their hands up to help man the “cash registers”.  It’s a crazy, fun 45 minutes of frenzied buying and children negotiating with parents as to why they need that pencil, poster or books.  Don’t miss out on the fun….!!!!  Looking forward to seeing you all there.



Dear Parents and Families:

The theme of our Scholastic Book Fair is Dino-Mite, where we hope you will Stomp, Chomp, and Read! It’s a fun reading event that brings the books kids want to read, right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

  • Book Fair dates:  Mon 12th, Tues 13th & Wed 14th August
  • Shopping hours:  3.30 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Where:  Library

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.


Book Week

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is holding its annual Book Week from 17 – 23 August this year.  This year’s theme is “Reading is My Secret Power”.  To help celebrate we are holding a competition for students to draw their own bookmark.  The overall winner will have their bookmark printed and available for the school community to use from the Library.  The competition sheet is attached here for those who may have missed library this week and would like to enter. 

Entries close next Wednesday 14th August and winners will be announced at assembly during Book Week.


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


The Carlsruhe Fair is on Saturday, 30th November and planning is well under way. We have lots of generous parents taking part - thank you! 


We are still looking for a 2 key people to organise these activities please:

1. Sports Corner and Old Fashioned Games

2. Side Show Alley


If you think you could volunteer a small amount of time to coordinate these activities for our kids, can you please give me a call or email me?


The next Fair meeting will be Wednesday 21st August, 7.30 pm at The Vic Hotel. Everyone is welcome!

WPS Trivia Night!​​​​​​ - CANCELLED

Sadly, this event has been cancelled for this year year; we hope to run it again in 2020.

Sorry to disappoint anyone who has been brushing up on their trivia knowledge!

There are a lot of events happening for the rest of the school year and we are really keen to focus everyone's efforts on the Carlsruhe Country Fair, our biggest fundraising event on the calendar. 

Save the date and tell your family and friends, Saturday, 30 November 2019.

Parents And Friends - Fundraising Activities for 2019

Term 3

Father's Day Breakfast - Friday 30 August

Term 4

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Saturday 30th November

Christmas Raffle

Danni Findlay


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward


9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Archer, Kurtis, Catherine, Caleb

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

Remy, Caitlyn

Term 3 Rewards - NEW

  • New for Term 3 - Arctic Fluffy Owl Keyring & Arctic Scratch Art Cards


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

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.        https://stamptastic.co.uk/

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.

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

The loss of healthy rites of passage

Rites of Passage have always been a significant part of community life, until now. Each stage of a person's life was marked and celebrated including the significant step of moving into adulthood.

The shift from childhood to adulthood has always been marked by a rite of passage, which represents entry to the adult world and the rights that go with it. This new set of rights is also accompanied by a responsibility to serve and contribute to the community.

The loss of healthy rites of passage
For many young people Schoolies Week, the annual Year 12 endless party, is the only rite of passage they have. The loss of meaningful rites of passage is having disastrous consequences on young people.

Too often we see young men in their twenties and beyond acting like boys in constant need of acknowledgement from their peers, dodging responsibility and still seeking approval from their mother. Many young women are stuck in perpetual adolescence, more worried about how they look than how they can contribute to their communities.

Adults have a role to play
It's the role of adults to recognise and bring out children's strengths and natural gifts so they can contribute fully to their communities as adults. One of the most significant roles of the elderly is to care for and pass on wisdom to the young. Not surprisingly in the past it has been the elders who were responsible for overseeing the Rites of Passage and their timely delivery.

Rites of Passage are not supposed to be done in isolation. As a child becomes a young adult parents also need to take a step and move to the next stage in their lives.  Each new stage of development for a child or young person represents a new beginning for parents as well.

Unfortunately, elderhood is not highly coveted or respected in these modern times and there is a global marketing campaign telling us that youth is the desirable and only really acceptable life stage. When adulthood is not fully appreciated or understood, then it's little wonder that many young people are hanging on to their adolescence well into their twenties. Some never make the leap into adulthood.

Families and communities can rediscover the notion of rites of passage and begin to invent their own pathways to adulthood, complete with markers and appropriate recognition. They can put their own celebrations in place that mark significant ages, and the all-important transition to adulthood. These celebrations should include a bringing together of significant adults and a passing on of wisdom and stories from past generations to a young person. These rites of passage can be creative, must be inclusive and need to be appropriate to each family or community situation.

As your school has a membership with Parenting Ideas, you can attend the Creating 21st century rites of passage webinar - at no cost!
About the webinar
Join Dr Arne Rubinstein as he discusses the importance of rites of passage in the 21st century. In this webinar you’ll develop clear guidelines and learn impactful strategies to support you to build strong healthy relationships with your children, bolster their independence and support them in their use of technology in these rapidly changing times.
Wednesday 28 August 2019 8:00pm AEST.
This webinar is $37 per person to attend, and is free of charge to families at schools that have a membership.
How parents can redeem the voucher
1. Click this link: https://www.parentingideas.com.au/parent-resources/parent-webinars/webinar-creating-21st-century-rites-of-passage
2. Click ‘Add to cart’
3. Click ‘View cart’
4. Enter the voucher code RITES and click ‘Apply Coupon’ (valid until 28 September 2019). Your discount of $37 will be applied.
5. Click ‘Proceed to checkout’
6. Fill in your account details. These details are used to login to your account and access your parenting material
7. Click ‘Place Order’

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
Adult AMF Connect_Top 10 Tips.pdf
Adult AMF Connect_Parent Resource List.pdf
Adult AMF Connect_Cyber Issues.pdf
2019 Canteen Menu as at 30.1.19.pdf
Give Me A School Among The Gum Trees.pdf
Uniform Order Form.pdf
Qkr - Uniform Shop Orders - HOW TO....pdf