Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

28 February 2017
Issue Four
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Upper Ferntree Gully Awards
Out of School Hours Care
Dates to remember
Parents Page
        Notices and Reminders
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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

Well done boys -
Team Oscar the Brave!

Nothing makes you prouder than seeing the students from your school out there having a go for a cause they believe in. Ben, Nick, Sam, Tully and Oscar did an amazing job of raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. They participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Run for Strength 2017 on Sunday 19th February. The team raised $1,384.50 making them the number four top fundraiser to support Muscular Dystrophy. Congratulations Tully, Ben, Sam, Nick and Oscar for your great effort. A great job from a great group of boys.


Meet and Greet

Thankyou to all of the parents, teachers and students for attending our Meet and Greet sessions. While the teachers may know your child and you may know your child's teacher, there can be changes as a child grows. It is important to be able to form a relationship that is supportive of school and of home.

As we get to know the students in our classes we learn all about their likes and dislikes as well as their goals and how they learn. Every child is different while some students are ready to sit, listen and learn. Others need to be active in order to learn. We do our best to understand the best way to support our students. This might be by providing different books at different levels, differentiating to cater for students in maths groups or assisting students to understand their behaviour and how it impacts on others. Our teachers and support staff use as many available resources as they can to help our students. The support of our parents is of utmost importance to supporting our students learning. We would like to continue to work hard to improve the home school partnership. If you have any concerns at any time please see your teacher or come and speak to me.

District Swimmers

Congratulations to our District Swimmers who represented our school on Friday. They did an amazing job of trying their best and having a go despite the fierce competition from other schools. We look forward to finding out our division participants and cheering them on next week.


We hope that all of our parents have had an opportunity to access Compass. This will be our main communication tool from the end of 2017. You can download the app or access it through the internet. Please let us know if you can still not access it as we want to ensure that our communication is as good as we can make it!


Emergencies and Accidents at school

It is important to note that there is no insurance, emergency, or ambulance cover for students at school. This needs to be taken out by parents privately. We are legally obligated to call an ambulance if there is an accident or emergency. We will not ask parents if they have cover in the event of an emergency so please ensure your cover is up to date. There are a number of companies who ensure students for a fee.

School Council

All schools are required to conduct annual elections for school council during the February/March period. There are three different categories of members on School Council – Parents, Department (DET) employees and Community Members. At our 2017 election we will have three parent vacancies. The term of office for these vacancies is two years. Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.

Parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging. You do not need any special experience to be on School Council. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future. School Council meets about two times each term and School Councillors are on a subcommittee also.

If you are interested but unsure you can always attend meetings casually to find out more and then nominate in a later year. If more parents are nominated than positions then we are required to go to an election. Please see me for futher information or the office for a form.

Have a great week everyone. 


Upper Ferntree Gully Awards

Student of the Week

FW - Maison

1P- Kieran

2D- Maxwell

3N- Kailee

4/5D - Macee

5/6C - Shaye

Writer of the Week

FW - Connor

1P- Lucas

2D- Zeke

3N- Audrey

4/5D- Finn

5/6C - Holly

Mathematician of the week

FW - Luke

1P- Brodie

2D- Luca

3N- Elliot

4/5D - Alex

5/6C - David

Out of School Hours Care

Our Prices

Program Times                  Full Fee 

Before School Care         $12  

6:45AM – 8:45AM


After School Care             $16                 

3:30PM – 6:15PM


Dates to remember

Term 1

Parent Payments due as soon as possible


Thursday 2nd


Clean Up Australia Day








Monday 6th - Wednesday 8th

Grade 5/6 City Camp


Thursday 9th


Prep Family Night 6pm-7.30pm


Monday 13th

Labour Day public holiday


Thursday 16th


Family Fun Night 5.30pm-7.00pm


Tuesday 21st

Harmony Day

WALA African Drummers


Wednesday 22nd

PFA Annual General Meeting

School Council  AGM 7pm


Thursday 23rd



Monday 27th

Young Leaders Conference-School Captains


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

Parents Page

Readings for Parents

Each week we will publish readings for parents to support your child in their learning.


Your children’s online world is as much a part of their life as offline, so it is crucial that you are as involved in supporting their online wellbeing as you are their physical health. Your skills in rule setting, support, guidance and respect are just as important to helping ensure your kids enjoy positive digital experiences and to help them gain confidence in asking for advice and support. Knowing they are equipped to make sound decisions and manage risks online is so important, especially with the number of internet-enabled devices that can be used without adult supervision.

Explore the internet together

Digital education and communication is essential to the safety of your kids online. This will help instill confidence in your kids—and peace of mind for you! Exploring the internet together and talking about the websites, games and activities they enjoy is a good way to start those conversations. Get to know your children’s friends both online and offline and use technology-based solutions to help protect their devices—filters, parental controls and e-security software are all great tools. Remember—there is no substitute for your involvement because no-one loves your kids as much as you do.

Three steps to protecting your kids online

You can help keep your kids safe online using these three basic strategies.

1. Communicate openly with your kids

It’s not possible to supervise your kids 24/7 so finding ways to establish and maintain trust is really valuable.

  • Talk to them about their online activities, from chatting about their favourite websites to asking who they are talking to and if they are having any online issues.
  • Give them strategies to deal with upsetting online content, from turning off the screen, telling a trusted adult, and showing them how to block and report people.
  • Research the age ratings for the games and apps your child uses so you can determine age appropriateness and suitability.
  • Explore the sites and apps your kids love, play online games together and consider setting up your own accounts with the sites they frequent. This will help you familiarise yourself with the operation of those sites and potential risks. Ask your kids to show you how they work—they’ll love teaching you something!
  • Set age appropriate rules for using the internet and devices and, where practicable. Seek your child’s input—this will help your child understand risks. As they get older you can review your rules to align with their maturity level.

2. Use technology tools to keep them safe

There are so many technological advances that can enhance the experience for your child online and help keep them safe, both within the site or app and for their devices.

  • Use parental controls and install filtering software to help block unwanted content and pop-ups and to restrict access to specific content and pages.
  • Help your child to set up the privacy settings on all sites and devices they use.
  • Locate the computer in an area of your home that can be supervised. Parents of older children may have an ‘open door’ policy when devices are used in bedrooms and to ensure that screens are facing outward. And make sure you check in regularly to see what they’re viewing.
  • Consider rules for internet-enabled handheld devices—where and when.
  • Install and update anti-virus and other e-security software to restrict unauthorised access to data on the home computer. Ensure all security features are turned on and set to automatic scan and regular updates to protect against the latest risks.
  • Activate safety features on web browsers to protect your devices and personal information.
  • Show your child how to block and report users or pages on the sites they use.

3. Encourage safe and responsible behaviour

Setting rules for your child’s internet use and establishing clear boundaries and expectations is imperative. Your rules will depend on the age of your kids and the level of responsibility you are willing to give but is underpinned by conversation, education and trust.

  • Consider a family online safety contract as a tool to negotiate agreement about rules and renegotiate as required. It could cover the type of websites that can be visited, time spent online and acceptable online behaviour. This example from ThinkUKnow Australia can be a good starting point for your own family contract.
  • Educate your kids about safe and positive online behaviour and encourage them to think before they post, text or share; be respectful online; avoid posting things that may upset others; and understand that content can remain online forever and can be shared by others without permission.
  • Help them keep their personal information private. This means avoiding using full names, phone numbers, home address, school name and date of birth.
  • Set their online profiles to the maximum privacy settings. Online conversations, images and videos might be viewed by others and can’t always be removed.
  • Ensure your child uses strong passwords on devices and explain the importance of not sharing passwords, even with friends.
  • Talk to them about cyberbullying behaviour and how to report and manage it. You can get some great advice and resources about cyberbullying on our website.
  • Explain the dangers of meeting face to face with someone they have only chatted with online.
  • Encourage your child to talk to a trusted adult if any content they view or if contact with someone online makes them feel uncomfortable.

        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


* Working bee

* Year 3 newsletter

* CYC City Camp & medical forms

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