Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

21 February 2017
Issue Three
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Out of School Hours Care
Dates to remember
        Notices and Reminders
Parents Page
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Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School
03 97581527
Talaskia Road
Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, 3156

Our Vision

Our Vision

To be an engaging and inclusive learning community where students are confident, creative, curious and lifelong learners.

Our Values

Respect        Teamwork       Resilience        Integrity


We respect ourselves by valuing who we are and doing our personal best.

We respect others by treating them fairly and in the way we would like to be treated.

We respect our community by being inclusive/friendly to others and taking care of our environment.


We make sure that we contribute.

We make sure that we encourage and give others the opportunity to contribute.

We work together to achieve the best we possibly can.


We accept feedback and use it for improvement.

We bounce back when things just don’t seem to be going right.

We make an effort to make things right again.


We are honest with each other.

We are accountable for the decisions we make.

We own up to our mistakes.

Principal's Report

Parents and Friend's Association (PFA)

The PFA is an important association for our school. It allows our stduents to experience the extra little things that make school fun and it also forms as a support for our many families. In this busy time when so many parents work I know it can be difficult to find the time to help out at school along with all the other commitments that we have however we do need you. You may find that you can help out in different ways at different times throughout the year. We are meeting this week so to find out more please come along.


Please come along to our meeting on Thursday 23rd February at 7pm.

Primary School Nursing Program

The Primary School Nursing Program is a free service offered by the Department of Education and Training to all children attending primary schools and English Language Centre schools in Victoria. It is part of a range of health and support services for school students and their families. The aim of the program is “to promote child health and wellbeing and to assist in the early identification of children with potential health related learning difficulties”.


The program offers families and care givers:

• An assessment of any concerns you may have regarding your child’s health and wellbeing,

• advice and information about your child’s health, and referral to other services if needed,

• advice, information and support for families and school communities to promote the health and wellbeing of children and families.


The prep health assessment

A health assessment is offered to all children in their first year of primary school. Your child’s school will provide you with an information package containing an information brochure on the Primary School Nursing Program and the School Entrant Health Questionnaire (SEHQ). You are asked to give information about your child’s health history and any concerns you may have about your child’s health. The SEHQ will provide important information about your child’s health so that the nurse can make an effective health assessment. If your child needs a brief further assessment, such as a vision or hearing test, the nurse will see him or her at school. Your child can not receive a health assessment under the Primary School Nursing Program without your consent.


After the health assessment

If the nurse has concerns about your child’s health after assessing your child, the nurse may contact you. The nurse may suggest referring your child to be assessed or treated by another health professional or agency. A report will be sent to you, outlining the outcome of your child’s assessment.


Health assessment for older children

If, at any time during primary school, you or your child’s teachers have concerns about your child’s health, you can ask for the Primary School Nurse to review your child. Referral forms are available at your child’s school.

Throughout the year

At Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School we have many exciting events, activities and excursions, at times these may cost a bit extra for families. We try and keep costs as low as possible to support families and still provide different opportunities for our students. We know it can be difficult at certain times and we have many options to be able to support your family and ensure your child doesn't miss out on any opportunities. Please see Andrea or Tabitha if you have any concerns about being able to pay for camps, excursions, fees etc. We want your child to be able to experience as much as they can while at Upper Gully.

Have a great week everyone. 


Out of School Hours Care

What's On!



Inside- What makes us unique? looking at our individual culture
L.O 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 5.2

Outside- Using what spaces the children can find around the playground they will be encouraged to create an ‘on set’ music video or dance
L.O 1.1, 2.1, 2.4, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.3



Inside- Caterpillar paper puppets
L.O 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1

Outside- Collecting natural objects we find around the yard to add to our crafting stationL.O 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1



Inside-  Cooking – Denise’s Creation
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.3, 2.4, 4.2, 4.4, 5.3

Outside- Gang-up dodgeball using the netball court lines
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2, 5.1


Thursday main game – The mole!

Inside- Doctor Dodgeball tournament – A favourite of our Thursday Group
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2, 5.1

Outside- warball – Everyone plays for themselves so children gain more confidence in their own abilities


Inside- SCRATCH – Computer coding program. Can we make our own game?
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.3, 2.4, 4.2, 4.4, 5.3

Outside- Working together children will create different obstacle courses using playground and surrounding areas
L.O 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.4

Our Prices

Program Times                  Full Fee 

Before School Care         $12  

6:45AM – 8:45AM


After School Care             $16                 

3:30PM – 6:15PM

Welcome to all new and returning families and students 


Any questions please see Amy Montin or call the new OSHC phone 0412 451 453.

Any bookings see Amy or if last minute bookings please call the school office.


Dates to remember

Term 1


Parent Payments due as soon as possible


Tuesday 21st

Meet and Greet Evening


Wednesday 22nd

No Preps


Thursday 23rd


PFA Night Meeting 7pm



Thursday 2nd



Monday 6th - Wednesday 8th

Grade 5/6 City Camp


Thursday 9th


Prep Family Night 6pm-7.30pm


Monday 13th

Labour Day holiday


Thursday 16th



Tuesday 21st

Harmony Day

WALA African Drummers


Thursday 23rd



Thursday 30th



Friday 31st

Last Day of Term 2:30pm Finish



Term 1: 30 January (school teachers start) to 31 March

Term 2: 18 April (Tuesday) to 30 June

Term 3: 17 July to 22 September

Term 4: 9 October to 22 December

        Notices and Reminders



- School Enrolment Contributions are being taken now - There are options for families who need financial assistance please speak to Andrea or Tabitha


- CSEF - For those with a concession card.  Please return forms asap, 1st payment is 1st March



-If there are any important changes to your family such as moving house changing phone numbers or a change in family situation please let the office now so that we can ensure all of your children's details are current. This information is treated as confidential.


- Could all parents with students who have Asthma or Allergic reactions please get an updated form signed by your Doctor and return to the School Office.  Forms are available from you local doctor or at the School.   Thank you


* Grade 1/2 newsletter Term 1

* Lice notification Years 3 - 6

* School Allergic Reaction Management Plan for 2017

* School Asthma Management Plan for 2017

Parents Page

Readings for Parents

As we begin the school year we are all helping our students become more independent in their learning.

Help Yourself! 8 Tips for teaching kids to be more independent.

Help yourself! 8 tips for teaching kids to be more independent

Do you do too much for your kids? It’s time to flip the script.

by Jackie Gillard Updated Sep 29, 2016


It’s 7:55 a.m. and my six-year-old daughter is singing Pharrell’s “Happy” in her pyjamas while bopping to the beat. I’m not happy, knowing that the school bell rings in 15 minutes. I pull her PJs off like they’re on fire and tug up her tights so brusquely that I practically lift her off the floor. We make it, barely.

I know she can dress herself, but my blood pressure starts to spike watching her stalling shenanigans, and I often end up doing it for her to avoid facing yet another late slip.

Sound familiar? Jeanne Williams, an Edmonton psychologist, sees many parents coping with the time crunch by using a “parenting to get through the day” approach: They worry about what needs to be done in the here and now, not about the long-term effects of these daily choices. “I’d go so far as to say that all parents do this at some point,” she says.

Well, if we’re all doing it, it can’t be that bad. Right?

Unfortunately, this isn’t a strength-in-numbers thing. “Habitually doing things for your child that she’s capable of doing herself sends an inadvertent message that you don’t have confidence in her abilities,” Williams warns. The outcome is a child who lacks independence, self-esteem and problem-solving skills and who can’t—or won’t—do age-appropriate tasks. This is sometimes called “learned helplessness.” Learned from whom? You guessed it.

But Williams doesn’t want us to feel guilty. She knows we’re just trying to keep all those balls in the air and explains that this problem is fixable—and there’s huge payoff: confident, capable kids, and tasks removed from your plate. Here are eight tips for teaching kids to be more independent:

1. Give notice 
Get your child on board by encouraging her to help “you” change. When Williams realized she was doing way more for her son than was necessary, she told him, “I’m sorry. I’ve been treating you like a little kid when you are ready to do some big-kid jobs!” She warns against using phrases like “You’re not a baby anymore”; baby can be a sensitive word in this age group.

2. Identify opportunities
Make a list of things she could be doing herself. Mine had 13 tasks, including brushing her teeth (gah!). Ask her which duties she feels she’s big enough to take on—it’s likely to increase her willingness to try.

3. Target priorities 
Tackle one item at a time, so you don’t overwhelm her.

4. Make time 
If it takes her 10 minutes to brush her own hair, start your morning 10 minutes earlier (and put down the brush!). When she’s not being micromanaged, she may surprise you with her co-operation, and you’ll be a calmer influence when you’re not racing against the clock.

5. Negotiate compromise
If she digs in her heels, compromise and inject some fun. For a few days, I took shirt duty, and she did the bottoms. I said that her tree branches (arms) needed their leaves (her shirt) and that she did a great job—and would also be awesome at putting on her own shirt.

6. Forget perfection
Accept that she won’t do the task as well as you. If the milk spills, show her how to clean it up without criticism and assure her it happens to everyone.

7. Praise something 
Instead of pointing out that her shoes are on the wrong feet, say, “You put on your own shoes! Good job!” She’ll discover the discomfort on her own. Give positive follow-up like, “I bet you’ll get them on the right feet tomorrow.”

8. Consider circumstances
If kids are tired, sick, stressed or adjusting to a change, it’s not the time to introduce new responsibilities. And don’t be discouraged if they regress, wanting you to do a task after they’ve mastered it. This is normal. Temporarily sharing the load can help them bounce back more quickly than if you scold or criticize them.

Don’t rush in to solve minor issues when they crop up, says psychologist Jeanne Williams. Encourage your child’s problem-solving skills by asking if she can come up with a fix. If she’s stumped, give her time to think before offering up your ideas.

Try to stay relaxed. Like me, you may find more messy beds and puddles of milk, but hearing your child proudly say, “I did it all by myself!” is so worth it.


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