Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

16 May 2017
Issue Twelve
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Out of School Hours Care
Upper Ferntree Gully Awards
Dates to remember
Parents Page
        Notices and Reminders
Is this for you?
School Council
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

School Open Morning

We will be having an open morning on Saturday 20th May. If you know of anyone looking at schools please send them along. If you need to enrol your child for 2018 please collect a current enrolment form from our office.


If you have a spare hour or minute we are trying to make our school look amazing! Any help is appreciated particularly in our gardens. Sometimes just a little bit of work can make a big difference. So if you have a chance come and give us a hand to clean up our gardens!

Ferntree Gully Nissan Raffle

The Ferntree Gully Nissan Raffle is on again. This is a great way to raise money for our school and possibly win a car! All the money raised comes back to the school and will go towards our new playground equipment for all the students to enjoy! Keep an eye out for Raffle Tickets being sent home!

School Fete

It was great to see a full table of parents at our fete meeting on Monday night. It will certainly be all hands on deck as we do our best to have a fabulous fete. If you have any skills that you think will come in handy please let us know. We are trying to get the fete to be a home-made makers market with those great things that you used to find at your local markets and fetes.

If you make pickles or jams, sew or have any other skills that you think can help us out for our fete then please let us know.

There will be regular news and updates coming out. We are also looking for stalls, sponsors and donations as these help to offset the costs of the fete. This will give us the opportunity to raise as much as we can to get that play equipment.

If you are interested in helping out the next fete meeting will be Monday 19th June at 7pm.


Thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers for our great Mother's Day Stall and our Toasty Tuesday. These little things are what make for a great community. We had great success with these little fundraisers and all proceeds go to our new play equipment. We will soon update the community with the funds raised.

Education Week

Next week is education week. Education week gives us the opportunity to celebrate and highlight the great learning that we do in schools. The focus for the week is food and we have decided to link this with our Science night and have a food science night. On Wednesday 24th of May we will be having a Food Science Night. We hope that you will be able to come along and join in with your children's learning. Friday 26th of May will be our school disco. These are always great fun and to celebrate students can dress as what they would like to be when that grow up!

Have a great week.


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


We are having a great time at after school care and before school care. The students are really enjoying dodgeball, drama, cooking and our very cool 1000 number dot to dots!

Upper Ferntree Gully Awards

Student of the Week

FW -  Jaxsyn

1P-   Liam

2D-   Finn

3N-   Aiden

4/5 D-  Stewart

5/6 C-  Jenna

Writer of the Week

FW -  Owen 

1P-   Addison

2D-  Cooper

3N-   Josh

4/5D - Jack

5/6C- Abbey

Mathematician of the week

FW -   Max

1P-   Avery

2D-   Cooper

3N-    Audrey

4/5D -  Madison

5/6C - BJ

Dates to remember

Term 2


Wednesday 17th

Footy Clinic  Years 3-4   10am-11am 


Thursday 18th

Produce Market 1P - 3pm

CFA visit


Friday 19th

Walk to School Day


Monday 22nd - Friday 26th

Education Week


Monday 22nd

VSSS Rehearsal


Wednesday 24th

Footy Clinic Years 3-4  10am-11am

UFTG Science Night


Friday 26th

School Disco

Kinder visit

District Cross Country


Tuesday 30th

Toasty Tuesday - Recess

50c for toast (2 pieces)

$1 for Milo

$1.50 for toast and Milo


Wednesday 31st

School Road Safety sessions

Footy Clinic Years 3-4   10am-11am


Thursday 1st

Winter Sports


Saturday 3rd

Working Bee


Wednesday 7th

School Council 7:30pm


Thursday 8th June

Whole school Tree planting Day

Kings Park


Monday 12th

Queens Birthday - No School


Tuesday 13th

Toasty Tuesday - Recess

50c for toast (2 pieces)

$1 for Milo

$1.50 for toast and Milo


Thursday 15th June

Produce Market  - 3pm


Wednesday 21st

School reports


Friday 30th 

Last Day Term 2

2:30pm Finish


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.

Respectful Relationships
Do Your Kids Respect You? 9 Ways to Change Their AttitudeBy Janet Lehman, MSW

We often forget that children aren’t born with a built-in sense of respect for others. While each child has a different personality, all children need to be taught to be respectful. From birth, kids learn to manipulate their world to get their needs met—this is natural. But it’s our job as parents to teach them respectful ways of doing this.

It’s important to remember that your child is not your friend—they are your child. Your job is to teach them to be able to function in the world. This means teaching them to behave respectfully to others, not just you.

People wonder why kids have gotten so much more disrespectful these days—we see children and teens arguing with adults (or ignoring them outright), using foul language, copping an attitude, and not using manners or respecting those in authority. Sadly, this has become the norm for many children and teens. In my opinion, it really is a different world right now than the one we grew up in. Movies, music, video games and television all seem to glorify a disrespectful, angry, rude way of dealing with others. This means that in some ways we have to work harder as parents to teach our kids to be respectful. Added to this is the fact that parents are also busier than ever before, which makes it much harder to respond immediately to our kids. Let’s face it, it’s easier to let things slide when you’re worn out and stressed from working so hard.


Another phenomenon that has increased over time: Many parents have a hard time looking at their kids in a realistic light. In some ways, our own parents were less defensive and more open to the fact that their kids were not “perfect.” I can’t overstate how important it is to be willing to look at your children realistically, noting both their strengths and their areas of weakness. This allows you to see inappropriate behaviour as it happens and address it—and not make excuses or ignore it.

So how can you change the culture in your own house if disrespectful behaviour is starting—or is already a way of life?


Here are 9 things you can do as a parent today to start getting respect back from your kids.


1. Remember, your child is not your friend. It’s not about your child liking you or even thanking you for what you do. It’s important to remember that your child is not your friend—he’s your child. Your job is to coach him to be able to function in the world. This means teaching him to behave respectfully to others, not just you. When you think your child might be crossing the line, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, “Would I let the neighbour say these things to me? Would I let a stranger?” If the answer is no, don’t let your child do it, either. Some day when your child becomes an adult, your relationship may become more of a friendship, but for now, it’s your job to be his parent: his teacher, coach and limit setter—not the buddy who lets him get away with things.


2. Catch disrespect early and plan ahead if you can. It’s good to catch disrespectful behaviour early if possible. If your child is rude or disrespectful, don’t turn a blind eye. Intervene and say, “We don’t talk to each other that way in this family.” Giving consequences when your kids are younger is going to pay off in the long run. It’s really important as a parent if you see your child being disrespectful to admit it and then try to nip it in the bud. Also, if your child is about to enter the teen years (or another potentially difficult phase) think about the future. Some parents I know are already planning how they will address behaviour as their ADD daughter (who is now 11) becomes a teenager. They’re learning skills to prepare for their interactions with her at a later time. This can only help them as they move forward together as a family.


3. Get in alignment with your mate. It’s so important for you and your mate to be on the same page when it comes to your child’s behaviour. Make sure one of you isn’t allowing the disrespectful behaviour while the other is trying to intercede. Sit down together and talk about what your bottom lines are, and then come up with a plan of action—and a list of consequences you might give—if your child breaks the rules.


4.Teach your child basic social interaction skills. It may sound old fashioned, but it’s very important to teach your child basic manners like saying “please” and “thank you.” When your child deals with her teachers in school or gets her first job and has these skills to fall back on, it will really go a long way. Understand that using manners—just a simple “excuse me” or “thank you”—is also a form of empathy. It teaches your kids to respect others and acknowledge their impact on other people. When you think about it, disrespectful behaviour is the opposite, negative side of being empathetic and having good manners.


5. Be respectful when you correct your child. When your child is being disrespectful, you as a parent need to correct them in a respectful manner. Yelling and getting upset and having your own attitude in response to theirs is not helpful and often only escalates behaviour. The truth is, if you allow their disrespectful behaviour to affect you, it’s difficult to be an effective teacher in that moment. You can pull your child aside and give them a clear message, for example. You don’t need to shout at them or embarrass them. One of our friends was excellent at this particular parenting skill. He would pull his kids aside, say something quietly (I usually had no idea what it was), and it usually changed their behaviour immediately. Use these incidents as teachable moments by pulling your kids aside calmly, making your expectations firm and clear, and following through with consequences if necessary.


6. Try to set realistic expectations for your kids around their behavior. This may actually mean that you need to lower your expectations. Don’t plan a huge road trip with your kids, for example, if they don’t like to ride in the car. If your child has trouble in large groups and you plan an event for 30 people, you’re likely to set everyone up for disappointment and probably an argument!

If you are setting realistic expectations and you still think there might be some acting-out behaviours that crop up, set limits beforehand. For example, if you’re going to go out to dinner, be clear with your kids about what you expect of them. This will not only help the behaviour, but in some ways will help them feel safer. They will understand what is expected of them and will know what the consequences will be if they don’t meet those expectations. If they meet your goals, certainly give them credit, but also if they don’t, follow through on whatever consequences you’ve set up for them.


7. Clarify the limits when things are calm. When you’re in a situation where your child is disrespectful, that’s not the ideal time to do a lot of talking about limits or consequences. At a later time you can talk with your child about his behaviour and what your expectations are.


8. Talk about what happened afterward. If your child is disrespectful or rude, talk about what happened (later, when things are calm) and how it could have been dealt with differently. That’s a chance for you, as a parent, to listen to your child and hear what was going on with her when that behaviour happened. Try to stay objective. You can say, “Pretend a video camera recorded the whole thing. What would I see?” This is also a perfect time to have your child describe what she could have done differently.


9. Don’t take it personally. One of the biggest mistakes parents can make is to take their child’s behaviour personally. The truth is, you should never fall into that trap because the teenager next door is doing the same thing to his parents, and your cousin’s daughter is doing the same thing to her parents. Your role is to just deal with your child’s behaviour as objectively as possible. When parents don’t have effective ways to deal with these kinds of things, they may feel out of control and get scared—and often overreact or under react to the situation. When they overreact, they become too rigid, and when they under react, they ignore the behaviour or tell themselves it’s “just a phase.” Either way, it won’t help your child learn to manage his thoughts or emotions more effectively, and be more respectful.


Understand that if you haven’t been able to intervene early with your kids, you can start at any time. Even if your child is constantly exhibiting disrespectful behaviour, you can begin stepping in and setting those clear limits. And kids really do want limits, even if they protest loudly—and they will. The message that they get when you step in and set limits is that they’re cared about, they’re loved and that you really want them to be successful and able to function well in the world. Our kids won’t thank us now, but that’s okay—it’s not about getting them to thank us, it’s about doing the right thing.



        Notices and Reminders

Notices .....
* Lice notice FW
* PFA Disco form

School Communication

COMPASS will be the priority form of communication with newsletters and other information available on the school website

- All school newsletters will be published on COMPASS and a link provided on the school website

- SMS will be used for urgent/important reminders.

- Facebook will be used to showcase our events/programs.

- Seesaw will be used by classes to share your child's learning

Welcome to Premiers’ Reading Challenge (PRC) for 2017.

Please note your Username and Passwords are "recurring" - meaning the same every year.

Where can I get books for the Challenge?

You should be able to find many suitable books in your school or local library. You may have books at home that you can add to your children’s reading lists. Remember too that you can add books that are not listed on the Challenge book list - these can be added as personal choice books.


Is this for you?







Pre-schools in Knox

Want to shape the future of your child’s preschool in Knox?


Committees have made a great contribution to preschools in Knox. We are engaging with past parents and carers of preschool-aged children to understand how best to involve families in Knox City Council’s preschools in the future.

Last year the State Government announced changes to how preschools in a Kindergarten Cluster are to be managed and introduced the Early Years Management Framework. From early 2019, committees will no longer be responsible for tasks like paying the bills and maintaining the gardens as these will become the role of Council.

There are still many ways for families to be involved in preschools. We want to hear your ideas about involving families, and the kind of activities that will be meaningful to families in the future.

Tell us what you think by:


  • Attending one of seven focus group sessions to be held in May across the municipality;
  • Completing a short survey.


You can register for a focus group session by visiting www.knox.vic.gov.au/eycommittees.

An online survey will be available at www.knox.vic.gov.au/eycommittees from Wednesday 3 May 2017.

We believe it is important that parents are still involved in supporting our preschools, so we really value your feedback.

Please contact Mark Patterson on 9298 8033 or [email protected] if you have any questions or would like further information.


School Council

School Council

The School Council has held it's annual AGM meeting.


Our School Council members include:

  • President – Tim Seipolt - Child in Year 5
  • Vice President – Karen Coulson - Children in Year 2 and Year 5
  • Treasurer – James Lenihan - Children in year 2, Year 4 and Foundation

Other members include:

- Shem Nicol - Year 3 Teacher

- Sarah Wrigglesworth - Foundation teacher

- Michelle Victor - Children in Year 6 and Year 4

- Andrew McLean - Children in Year 6 and Foundation

- Yvonne King - Child in Year 6

- Rozanne Roberts - Child in Year 3

All welcome

Parents and the community are most welcome to attend school council meetings at any time. The meetings are held in week 3 and 8 of each term. If you think that you may be interested in the joining in the future then please feel free to come along and see what it is all about. School Councils are an important part of the school and they help to represent the parents. You can also speak to any of our members at any time.

Role of School Council

What does School Council Do?

The role of school council is outlined in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.

In essence, the role of school council is one of helping to set the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school's operation.

It is not about running the school – that is the job of the principal.

The responsibilities of school council include:

• Contributing to the development of the school strategic plan (the document that tells people what the school wants to achieve in the future and how it plans to get there);

• approving the annual budget (the financial plan for the calendar year that tells people how the school is going to provide money so it can implement its strategic plan in that year) and monitoring expenditure;

• developing, monitoring, reviewing and updating policies (guiding principles designed to influence decisions, actions that the school makes);

• developing, reviewing and monitoring both the Student Engagement Policy (how the school expects students to behave, how bullying will be managed and the school's approach to managing student behaviour) and the School Dress Code (this includes how students are expected to dress during school hours including traveling to and from school, if the school has a uniform and what that looks like, and any arrangement with clothing suppliers that the school might enter into);

• informing itself and taking into account the views of the school community when making decisions regarding the school and the students

• arranging for the supply of the things needed for the conduct of the school (such as goods, services, materials and equipment), including pre-school programs

• providing meals and refreshments for students and staff and charging for this

• raising money for things that the school needs

• making sure the school’s grounds and buildings are maintained

• entering into contracts for things like cleaning the school or a school council building project

• regulating and facilitating the after hours use of the school premises and grounds

• creating interest in the school within the community

• making a recommendation to the Secretary regarding principal selection.

What does School Council not do?

School council does not manage the day to day running of the school. For example, it does not employ teaching staff, decide which classes students will be assigned to, or sort out issues relating to individual teachers and students and/or parents.

• School council does not discuss individual issues relating to teachers, staff or parents – these are very clearly management roles, and therefore the principal's job. Office for Government School Education January 2010 

• School councillors are not appointed to represent specific interest groups or permit special interests to dominate the agenda of the council.

• School council is also not allowed to purchase land, buildings or motor cars, and it cannot enter into hire purchase agreements or obtain credit or loans, unless it is given permission by the Minister.

Role of School Council Members

• Parent members on school council bring their experience as parents at the school and the views of the wider school community to school council meetings.

• DEECD employees bring their educational expertise to school council meetings.

•Community members, if they are on school council, most often bring a particular skill to school council. They might bring accounting skills or building skills or some other skill that the school is looking for at that time.



School Policies

There are a number of updated policies.

If you have any input you would like to give please email me.

[email protected]



Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School
Sunsmart Policy Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School.pdf
Critical Incident Recovery Policy draft.pdf
Enrolment policy draft.pdf
Headlice Policy Draft.pdf
Mandatory Reporting Draft.pdf
Homework Policy Draft.pdf
Onsite Supervision Policy draft.pdf