Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

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

Winter Sports

Congratulations to all of our Winter sport teams who did us proud in our inter-school competition.

Our students all demonstrated our values and excellent sportsmanship during their netball, football and soccer games and really enjoyed their day.

It is a great opportunity for them to mix with other schools and enjoy a day out with their friends. As well as enjoy a bit of competition and practise their sports skills.


Working Bee

Thankyou to all of the families who were able to attend our school for the working bee. I have received many comments about how great the front of the school looks and the students (and me) are really looking forward to when our frogs arrive in our new frog bog!

Thankyou to the following families Robinson, Balmer, Koster, Diner, Morrison, Pocock, Atkins, Massie, Menzies, Lenihan, Coulson, Ede and Scott. There was a bit of back breaking work involved however the end result certainly makes it worth it.

I know that we are all very time poor and it is great when anyone is able to help out at school for any reasons. We have our school fete and the PFA have a few activities this year so please keep an eye for any calls of assistance. It is always greatly appreciated and everything we do here is for the students.


School Fete

This year is our annual school fete. If you know of anyone who creates their own handmade goods we are really trying to get back to the good old school fetes of old! Please encourage them to contact the school and hold a stall, we are looking for stalls of handmade goods, jams, etc. Stalls are only $30. Please contact the school if you would like any further information.

Well Done!

Congratulations to Holly Quinton who represented our school at DanceFair. Dancefair Victoria is an Annual Interschool Dance Competition highlighting student choreographed work from Grade 5 right through to VCE.  With solo, duo, team and troupe sections, plus a section for teacher choreographed pieces. Holly choreographed her own dance and competed against 10 students. Holly won the section of her competition. A fantastic achievement for a grade 5 student. Well done Holly we look forward to seeing how Holly's dance career progresses into the future.

More on dance....

At the moment we have two dance groups happening at Upper Gully. Both are being organised by Mrs Amy Cheers with Amy Montin assisting with Wakikirri.


Victorian State Schools Spectacular - As one of the largest recurring productions in Australia, the Victorian State Schools Spectacular brings together over 3000 school students performing as a 64 piece orchestra, 1300 voice choir, 1200 mass dancers, 30 lead vocalists, 16 principal dancers, 20 ensemble dancers, 8 backing vocalists, roller skaters and puppeteers and much more. The Spectacular showcases and unites government school communities through working towards a common goal of more students reaching the highest level of achievement in the arts, ensuring kids are happy, healthy and resilient, and building pride in our schools.18 students from each primary school are able to particpate in this. This happens in September and is also broadcast on the ABC.


Wakakiri -  A Wakakirri Story Dance is a 3-7 minute performance by a group of students who theatrically tell a story using a combination of dancing, creative movement and acting to pre-recorded music. Schools can tell any story and use any combination of dance, acting, music, sets, props and costumes. The possibilities are endless! You’re invited to incorporate the annual signature item into your story for an extra challenge. The aim of Wakakirri is to teach students about themselves and others through the creating and sharing of stories and by this process develop students’ educational outcomes, lifestyle choices and community awareness. Performing in Wakakirri is an experience students never forget. Schools spend Show Day rehearsing and meeting other schools and that same night walk the Red Carpet with the Panel Reps and perform on the big stage. Every schools’ story is filmed for Wakakirri TV as part of the search for ‘Story of the Year’. Upper Gully has students from years 3-6 participating in this and the story the students are telling is both thought provoking and timely.


We look forward to both of these events and will share these performances with the community in the future.

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. 

Upper Ferntree Gully Awards

Student of the Week

FW -    Max M for consistently having a positive attitude towards all learning task! You are a great role model for others! 


2D-   Vyolette for always demonstrating respectful listening. Great work! 

3N-   Ava showing a positive effort in working with her group's role play.  

4/5 D-  Yael for being a kind and considerate class member.   

5/6 C-   

Writer of the Week

FW -    Elijah for using your alphabet chart to assist with your writing. Wonderful work!


2D-    Callum for a wonderful recount about the Easter Bunny. Great writing!

3N-    Rhianna giving careful thought about the spelling of words when writing.

4/5D -  Jessica for the detail and care she has been putting into her writing


Mathematician of the week

FW -     Daniel for your excellent work on your number think board. Well done!


2D-    Aodh for working hard to tick off his I can statements. Great work!

3N-  Kailee working towards understanding the connection between addition and subtraction. 

4/5D -  Violet for being a great independent learning during Maths.

5/6 C - 

Music Award

Charlotte for demonstrating a thorough understanding of beat and rhthym. WELL DONE!

Dates to remember

Term 2

Wednesday 7th

School Council 7:30pm


Thursday 8th June

Whole school Tree Planting Day - Kings Park


Friday 9th

Kinder visit


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

Division X-Country


Monday 19th

Fete Meeting 7pm


Wednesday 21st

School reports


Friday 23rd

Kinder Visit


Tuesday 27th

Toasty Tuesday - Recess

50c for toast (2 pieces)

$1 for Milo

$1.50 for toast and Milo


Thursday 29th

Produce Day 2D


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

Term 3

Tuesday 25th

Toasty Tuesday - Recess

50c for toast (2 pieces)

$1 for Milo

$1.50 for toast and Milo

Stepping Up Program


Friday 28th

Curriculum Day

Parents Page

Readings for Parents

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

        Notices and Reminders

Notices .....
* Lice notice 3N

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


— trace your finger under the word you read

— describe pictures your child touches, for example: “look at that ...” or “you found a ...”

- sit close so you can see your child’s eyes as they look at the book

— read books in a “conversational” way

— for older children, ask them to predict what will happen next

— ask your child their favourite part

Our Beleza Mountain Gate store will be closed this Queen’s Birthday weekend on Monday the 12th June and Saturday 10th June.
Beleza Mountain Gate will return to their regular trading hours Tuesday 13th June.
Beleza Administration





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School Council

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