Woodend Primary School Newsletter

09 May 2019
Issue 12
2019 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Foundation Unit
Student Awards & Achievements
Library News
Gardening Group
Canteen
PFA News
Student Banking
Uniform Shop
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442
AU

2019 Calendar

CANTEEN ROSTER

May

Thurs - No help required

Fri 10th - Nicola, Heidi

Wed 15th - Tracey

Thurs - No help required

Fri 17th - Linda, Glenda

Please contact me on mobile 0411 558 557 if you can help .  Remember it's only Wednesday, Thursday or Friday,  9-12.30pm and your child(ren) receives a free icy pole and the chance to see their carer behind the counter.

May 2019

Thurs 09/05

Back to WPS - Yr 6 2018 session at 4pm

Fri 10/05

Book Club due

Cobaw Soccer

PFA Mothers Day (Girl's Night Out) dinner

Mon 13/05

Football / Netball State selection trials

Parent Evening Session: Alannah & Madeline Foundation

Tues 14/05

NAPLAN - Writing

PFA Carlsruhe Fair meeting, 7.30pm, Library

Wed 15/05

NAPLAN - Reading

Thurs 16/05

NAPLAN - Numeracy

Mon 20/05

Carlsruhe change over: CU1 and CU3 go to Carlsruhe

Tues 21/05

School Open morning: 9am to 1pm

Prep Info Night: 6.45pm

Wed 22/05

Yr 3-6 - House Athletics trials

Fri 24/05

Yr 5/6 visit to Gisborne Secondary College

SATURDAY 25/05

Working Bee

Wed 29/05

PFA Meeting

2019 School Dates

Term 2  -  23.04.2019 - 28.06.2019

Term 3  -  15.07.2019 - 20.09.2019

Term 4  -  07.10.2019 - 20.12.2019

2019 Pupil Free Days

  • Thursday 27th June
  • 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

Dental Screening Services to Children

Sunbury Community Health is offering a FREE dental service to junior students (Foundation to Year 2) at Woodend Primary School on Wednesdays 28th August, 4th, 11th and 18th September, 2019.

There are no out-of-pocket costs for any child. Application forms will be distributed prior.

From the Principal, Diana Ellis

Owen Street Closure

Just a reminder to the school community that as of Wednesday 8th May, Owen Street will be closed for roadworks. Please allow extra time getting to school as from this date.

Appreciations

Behind the scenes there are some people in our school community that just quietly go about tasks that improve our school, without ever wanting acknowledgement.

Recently I was made aware of the O’Connor family who busied themselves tidying up Autumn leaves in our school yard after attending the ANZAC Day Service.  I would to personally like to recognise and thank this thoughtful deed.

The challenging role of parenting

As a parent I am well aware just how busy life can be, bringing up a family running children to extra curricular activities such as swimming lessons, dancing, calisthenics, scouts, sports etc as well as looking after pets, parents and grandparents and also working. Sometimes we even get a chance to pursue our own interests and then we are also asked to commit to activities at school and support the clubs that we are affiliated with.

We are then stretched even further when the school asks you to help out in your child’s class, attend working bees or help in the canteen. Often in a big school people presume we have plenty of helpers but often this is a misconception and we struggle to get help.

We really urge when possible to offer some of your time as it has such a positive impact in supporting our students and teachers but your children are also very proud when their parents show an active interest and engagement in their learning.

As regularly advertised, Jen in the canteen is really struggling with helpers. However in saying this I would really like to acknowledge one particular Grandmother that has committed to helping weekly. This grandma not only volunteers her time between two schools for where her grandchildren attend she uses trams and trains to make her way to Woodend each week from  Airport West.

Thankyou

I would like to personally show my sincere appreciation to the many, many parents that have responded to the announcement of my resignation and last day on May 27th. I have been overwhelmed by the strong level of support expressed. As a leader of our school I am continually reflecting on how well our school is performing and opportunities for improvement. It is re-assuring to know that people have belief in the direction of our school.  I also appreciate that people have taken the time to ask questions for clarification and the understanding around the reasons that I expressed.

Important information about school zoning for 2020

Recently the Department of Education have changed the regulations about zoning and where children can attend school. Whilst the recommendation has always been for students to attend the school closest to their home, the regulations are now tightening.

 

School zone changes for 2020

Some zones have changed for the 2020 school year. You can find the 2020 zone by accessing the following link: https://www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au/

 

Once you have accessed the link you can put in your address and the name of the school and it will show a map with the boundaries. You will need to use the zoom aspect on the right side of the screen to make the map smaller or larger so that you can see the boundaries for your address.

If your child is already enrolled at a school and your local zone changes, you do not need to re-enrol at another school.

If your child wasn’t able to enrol in your preferred school last year but is now in that school’s zone, there are options. The first step is to speak to your school.

Cyber safety Information Night – Monday May 13

Just a reminder that our Cyber safety night is on Monday night. We are overwhelmed with the response and currently have around 70 people that have registered for the event. We all have an obligation to ensure our students are kept safe on line and the best way to do this is by being aware with information provided from experts at the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation.

Election Day

As explained last week, there will be two polling booths in Woodend on election day, one at Buffalo Stadium and one at our school. We hope you will vote here if possible and support our Parents and Friends Team who will be holding a cake stall and barbecue to try to raise funds. The funds will pay for a new shade sail (between $3000 and $5000) and the games that will be painted on the asphalt such as a large snakes and ladders board.

Working Bee

On Saturday May 25th we will be having our working Bee. Many people might presume we don’t have much to do with all of the work that has been done. However, there is always ongoing maintenance and just general up keep of the garden spaces. We would really appreciate if you could afford us some of your time to demonstrate the old saying” many hands make light work”.

Michael Grose : Presentation for parents

Daylesford Primary School has an upcoming presentation by Michael Grose to provide parents and their families with the knowledge to better understand anxiety and how to work with it to develop resilient kids.  please see attached pdf for booking information.

 

FUN Family Challenges

Each week a FUN family challenge, alternating between Literacy, Maths and Science will be included under each year level for you to complete (if you choose).  Some form of award will be presented at the following weekly assembly.  Please check the newsletter each week and 'have a go' - this weeks challenge will be on MATHS.

Voluntary Funds

From the School Council Treasurer....

Firstly, on behalf of the School Council, I would like to thank those who have made a contribution to our Library and Building Funds. Your generous support helps to make it possible to provide a great place for our children to go to school.

 

As I have advised previously, the funding we receive from the Department does not fully allow us to provide the learning environment we would like without making our own financial commitment.

 

Despite the generous support we have received so far, the fact is we are still only halfway towards our goal.

 

However, school account reminders will be issued shortly and they will provide an opportunity to make a payment to these funds. It should be pointed out that these funds are not compulsory but payments are tax deductible and a receipt will be issued for this purpose.

 

Once again, thank you to those who have been able to make a payment and finally, to those who haven’t, we ask you to take this opportunity to participate in the ongoing improvement of our school.

 Treasurer – WPS School Council

Art Attack

Senior Unit recent work

Year 5 recent work

Year 4 recent work

 

From the Office

Prep Information Evening

Newspapers WANTED

Do you still get the newspaper?  The art room desperately needs old newspapers to use in art.

If you have any please send them along to school.  Your help will be greatly appreciated.

CLARIFICATION – QKR & COMPASS –

Both QKR & Compass are apps/programs which enable electronic consent and or payment for most school activities and goods however they are not directly linked to the school’s CASES database and therefore won’t reflect individual family transactions. This means that if parents make a payment towards a particular charge, the full amount owing will still show when you log back in to QKR & Compass. This is the default amount for all students attending.

If you would like further explanation regarding this, please give the office a call.

LOOKING FOR MENTOR FAMILIES

Do you remember when your first child started school, when you didn’t know many parents and everything was unfamiliar?

We often have families who have moved to Woodend and don’t have that network of friends and acquaintances to have a coffee with or help with car pooling or play dates.

Mentor Families are periodically linked with new school families, often with children of similar age but not always. Mentors are asked to make contact with the new family and help them integrate into the school and wider community. Examples of this are; a school holiday catch up/play date, coffee with mum/dad or be a phone contact just in case. Each connect is individual, based on the new family needs/wants.

If you would like to register your interest in being a ‘Mentor Family’, please email Bron Rumble at woodendnewsletter@gmail.com

Can you help us please…………??

Lunch orders and special lunch day food is going to the wrong class due to incorrect homegroup info in QKR profiles.

 

If you use QKR for the Canteen, could you please check that the Homegroup listed for your child/ren is correct.

 

Go to the QKR App…choose Woodend Primary School and then select the ‘Profile’ tab. All your children will be listed on this page and their year level and homegroup will be visible. If it isn’t correct, please click on each one to change. If you don’t know their correct homegroup, either call us, ask your child or logon to Compass to find out.

Lunches will always be delivered to the homegroup listed on their QKR profile, regardless of which tub their lunchbag was put into.

It’s up to you now………….

Payment Methods for School Activities

 

Senior Unit

Canberra Camp

Last week from Tuesday to Friday the Year 6s went to the ACT for their camp. We stayed at Leumeah Lodge. Some of the things we did and places we went to were; The Parliament House, where we learnt how to vote and had a tour of the new and Old Parliament House. On Tuesday night we went to the AIS and took part in their amazing swimming program. We also went to Questacon where we learnt about a bunch of things to do with science and also went down the giant 6.8mt drop slide which was pretty much petrifying. On the first night, we all went to Mt Ainslie where you have an amazing view over the whole of Canberra. One of our most memorable parts of the camp was the Australian War Memorial where we participated in a wreath-laying ceremony and heard from a war veteran. It was the best camp ever!

 

Earn and Learn

This year the Senior Unit students have created towns for each class. This is part of their new Earn and Learn topic for this term. SU1 is named The United States of Chamerski, SU2 is Quinnsland and SU3 is New Harrap City. Each class/town has a Prime Minister and a Deputy Prime Minister shown in the Elections Paragraph. The Earn and Learn topic is great for teaching the students about finances and jobs as well as preparing each and everyone of them for the future. Each Student has a house, also known as a seating spot. So far all of the students are enjoying it. We can’t wait to share more of our stories.

-Written by Tessa SU1

Earn and Learn Elections

On Monday the Senior Unit grades had elections for Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister as part of Earn & Learn. They had to create a speech and outline their plan for the city. Each student then voted in a polling booth and cast their vote. Everyone tried their best but in the end, we had our results.

In SU1, the PM is Lily and the Deputy PM was Nell. The opposition team (the team that came second) was Sienna and Tessa. Once again great job to everyone. In SU2 our elected officials were Flynn who is the PM and Tenzin who is the Deputy PM. The opposition team is Kendra and Amelie. Finally, in SU3 the PM is Tom and the Deputy PM is Frankie. The opposition is Amelia and Isabelle.

 

Maths Challenge this week...

Please submit your responses by next Tuesday the 14th of May to your classroom teachers. Students who show creative thinking and accurate maths skills will be presented at the Whole School Assembly on Friday the 17th of May. Have fun and good luck!

 

 

One Metre Line (Year 3 to 6)

You will need: ruler, A4 piece of paper, grey lead pencil

 See how many of these challenges you can meet. 

 

1.    Draw a 1 metre continuous line on an A4 sheet of paper. 

2.    Make the line a closed shape.

3.    Make some of the lines whole/part whole centimetres (eg. 8.4cm)

4.    Make your shape vertically symmetrical

5.    Use vertical, horizontal, diagonal and parallel lines in your design. 

6.    All parts of the closed shape must be a straight line (no curves please).

 

Please remember to bring your one metre line challenge to your classroom teacher with your name and class listed. Record the challenge numbers you met. Can you meet all 6?

Carlsruhe Annexe

Thursday Activities

Rotation Dates Carlsruhe Carlsruhe Main Campus
31st Jan to 17th May CU1 – Mrs Ireland CU2 – Mr Condon CU3 – Mr Spilsted
20th May to 30th Aug CU1 – Mrs Ireland CU3 – Mr Spilsted CU2 – Mr Condon
2nd Sept to 20th Dec CU2 – Mr Condon CU3 – Mr Spilsted CU1 – Mrs Ireland

 

 

Maths Challenge this week...

Please submit your responses by next Tuesday the 14th of May to your classroom teachers. Students who show creative thinking and accurate maths skills will be presented at the Whole School Assembly on Friday the 17th of May. Have fun and good luck!

 

 

One Metre Line (Year 3 to 6)

You will need: ruler, A4 piece of paper, grey lead pencil

 See how many of these challenges you can meet. 

 

1.    Draw a 1 metre continuous line on an A4 sheet of paper. 

2.    Make the line a closed shape.

3.    Make some of the lines whole/part whole centimetres (eg. 8.4cm)

4.    Make your shape vertically symmetrical

5.    Use vertical, horizontal, diagonal and parallel lines in your design. 

6.    All parts of the closed shape must be a straight line (no curves please).

 

Please remember to bring your one metre line challenge to your classroom teacher with your name and class listed. Record the challenge numbers you met. Can you meet all 6?

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

This week Year 1 and 2 have been continuing on with our Integrated Studies topic “Happy and Healthy Together”. Students have been enthusiastic about discussing what makes them happy and healthy and what makes the Woodend community happy and healthy. They have explored the problems of plastic in our environment and what individuals and the community have been doing to reduce, reuse and recycle. Students have enjoyed putting together a healthy food rainbow, sorting food into a bright display to encourage others to choose a healthy food option.

As part of Happy and Healthy Together we are asking for kind donations of old but clean pillowcases and sheets. Please see your child’s teacher if you are able to donate.

Maths Challenge - Week 2

Please submit your responses by next Tuesday the 14th of May to your classroom teachers. Students who show creative thinking and accurate maths skills will be presented at the Whole School Assembly on Friday the 17th of May. Have fun and good luck!

 

One Metre Line (Year Prep-2)

You will need: ruler, A4 piece of paper, grey lead pencil

  1. Draw a continuous 1 metre line on an A4 sheet of paper to create a straight line shape. 
  2. Each line needs to join to at least one other line. 

Remember to make a creative shape or picture with your line.

Please remember to bring your one metre line challenge to your classroom teacher with your name and class listed.

Year 3

Another busy week in Year 3 this week. As part of our Integrated Studies unit on Animals, we have been investigating ways to classify an animal. Test out our knowledge of the different animal groups, we are getting pretty good!

 

We have had a wonderful response to students bringing in their reading diaries on Friday. Thank you to all parents who are supporting this at home. This week, our Librarian Susan has spoken to each class about the Premiers Reading Challenge. In Year 3, students complete the challenge independently. We will be introducing students to the website to record their reading in the coming weeks.  More information can be found online here https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/prc/Pages/default.aspx

 

In Maths we have continued practising using addition and subtraction to check our answers. We started our time unit, reading analogue clocks and calculating time intervals. These are quick and simple things you can reinforce at home too!

 

MU7 having fun playing maths games

 

Maths Challenge this week...

Please submit your responses by next Tuesday the 14th of May to your classroom teachers. Students who show creative thinking and accurate maths skills will be presented at the Whole School Assembly on Friday the 17th of May. Have fun and good luck!

 

 

One Metre Line (Year 3 to 6)

You will need: ruler, A4 piece of paper, grey lead pencil

 See how many of these challenges you can meet. 

 

1.    Draw a 1 metre continuous line on an A4 sheet of paper. 

2.    Make the line a closed shape.

3.    Make some of the lines whole/part whole centimetres (eg. 8.4cm)

4.    Make your shape vertically symmetrical

5.    Use vertical, horizontal, diagonal and parallel lines in your design. 

6.    All parts of the closed shape must be a straight line (no curves please).

 

Please remember to bring your one metre line challenge to your classroom teacher with your name and class listed. Record the challenge numbers you met. Can you meet all 6?

Foundation Unit

News

Last Friday, the Foundation students went on the Autumn Walk with Mrs Davies. Mrs Davies has run the Autumn Walk with the Foundation students for many years now and it has become a much loved tradition in our school. Many parents and siblings walked with us as we looked at how autumn is affecting the Woodend environment. We looked at how the trees are changing and collected some autumn leaves. When we arrived at Mrs Davies’ house we had some biscuits and a drink. Then we looked around Mrs Davies’ garden and smelt some different plants. Mrs Davies had also set up a table with interesting pinecones, a bird’s nest and beautiful flowers. We looked at Mrs Davies’ shell collection and played in the leaves before returning to school. We had a great morning!

 

Maths Challenge - Week 2

Please submit your responses by next Tuesday the 14th of May to your classroom teachers. Students who show creative thinking and accurate maths skills will be presented at the Whole School Assembly on Friday the 17th of May. Have fun and good luck!

 

 

One Metre Line (Year Prep-2)

You will need: ruler, A4 piece of paper, grey lead pencil

  1. Draw a continuous 1 metre line on an A4 sheet of paper to create a straight line shape. 
  2. Each line needs to join to at least one other line. 

Remember to make a creative shape or picture with your line.

Please remember to bring your one metre line challenge to your classroom teacher with your name and class listed.

Literacy Challenge - Week 1

 

Student Awards & Achievements

Students of the Week

JU1 - Lucinda

For always using beautiful manners.

JU2 - Emma

For doing a great job making 2 digit numbers using bundling sticks.

MU1 - Nil

MU2 - Zackery

For being ready to listen, lining up and trying your best.

MU3 - Rose

Showing greater persistence when faced with challenges.

MU4 - James

Using strategies to help with his spelling.  Wonderful work James.

MU5 - Audrey

A positive mindset when coming to school.

MU6 - Ciaran

For being resilient and living our value of being a “learner” this week.

MU7 - James

For extending himself with challenging maths problems. Great thinking James!

MU8 - Lucca

For engaging her audience when writing a persuasive piece by using emotive language, exaggeration, facts and rhetorical questions.

CU1 - Gillian

For demonstrating fantastic active learning skills in her new class and writing a detailed recount of our River Detectives excursion.

CU2 - Astrid

For her great improvement in confidence to share her work and ask insightful questions.

CU3 - Harper

For her outstanding Narrative titled “The Crash” which showcased her brilliant imagination.

Artists of the Week

Year 5 students created wonderful portraits of Spooky Characters.  The pictures were made of paper and students used 3D paper techniques to enhance their work   Great work Year 5.

 

Our Star Artists are:

Daisy, Amber, Ethan, Thomas, Tyne, Finn, Mariella, Otto, Amelia, Sam, Ned and Espen.

(see From the Principal's page for some great photos of artwork this week).

Library News

News....

The library session times for each class is also listed so parents may help with the returning of books on allocated days.  We also have a tub outside the library door so books can be returned at any time.  Everyone’s help with this would be greatly appreciated.

 

Susan Machell

Library

Gardening Group

Making our garden class room

It was a team effort this week with the keen garden club kids preparing the class room site and helping volunteer parents to move the log seats.  Then the Environment Leaders helped with the design, placing and stabilizing the log seats. Great job team!

 

Bocca has kindly offered to drive a kanga loader to move the gravel, now all we need is the loader…

If you have a KANGA or SMALL LOADER (Bobcat, front end loader, etc) that you’re able to bring to School and move some gravel into the Children’s Garden, we need your help asap. We need to get the gravel in before the ground turns to mud. Contact Nicole 0418 233 366.

 

Nicole Middleton

Gardening Group Facilitator

0418 233 366

Canteen

News

  • A huge thank you to all the carers who have answered my cries for help, especially to Ga Ga who's been travelling on public transport from Airport West every fortnight and to Marga and Jen  H who have been helping out even though their children have left the school.
  • Welcome to the canteen Nicola and Elena.
  • Still lots of spots to fill on this term roster.
  • Sushi Day will be June 26th.   Details to come.
  • Please contact me if you can help out this term, especially Fridays; on mobile 0411 558 557.  Remember its only Wednesday to Friday,  9-12.30pm and your child(ren) receives a free icy pole and the chance to see their carer behind the counter.   No money to count, only lunch bags to fill.

 

Qkr

Lunch orders are still going astray.  - Please update details on Qkr and lunch bags.

  • Please ensure your child(ren) have the correct details on Qkr. 
  • 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.

PFA News

Girls Night Out

Looking forward to seeing those who have purchased tickets from 7pm 
tomorrow evening.  Tickets have gone home with students today (unless
alternate arrangements have been made to pick them up on the evening
of the event).

ELECTION - SATURDAY 18 MAY 2019

Woodend PS will be a polling booth on Election Day and Election Day wouldn't be Election Day without a Sausage Sizzle and a Cake Stall.

If you're keen to help with the Sausage Sizzle on the day or happy to bake a cake/biscuit/slice, please email wpspfa@gmail.com to obtain further details about timings, drop off locations and requirements for baked goods.  Keep an eye on the Woodend PFA Facebook Community too for further information.

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Saturday 20th November

Please note that the confirmed date for the Carlsruhe Country Fair is Saturday 30 November 2019. The date change has occurred so that we don't clash with other community events around the same time.

Thank you to those who have volunteered to assist with the committee for the Fair.  The first Carlsruhe Committee meeting date is on Tuesday 14th May at the school library from 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome, even if you would like to contribute but you’re not sure how. The more people that are helping, the easier it is for everybody!

Parents And Friends - Fundraising Activities for 2019

Term 2

Mothers Day - Ladies Night Out Dinner - Fri 10th May

Term 3

Trivia Night - 27th July

Father's Day Breakfast - Fri 6th September

Term 4

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Sun 24th November

Christmas Raffle


Danni Findlay

 wpspfa@gmail.com

Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Isabelle, Cruz

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Archer, Mariella, Lucca, Jasmine, K'ian, Catherine

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

Liam

Term 2 Rewards - NEW

  • New for Term 2 - Icicle Slapband Ruler and Yeti Fluffy Notepad

     

School Banking

  • 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

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.

 

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/

Uniform Shop Hours

Normal Uniform Shop opening times are:

Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am

Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop

Community News

Local

 

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

 

Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Mum's the work

Watching my own children become parents is an unexpected parenting joy.

Not in the light-hearted ‘your-turn-has-come’ way where older generations delight in watching their own children endure the same sleepless nights, naughty toddler behaviour and teenage rebelliousness that they experienced as parents.

The joy for me lies in watching my adult kids protect, teach, nurture and  support their children, in the time-honored way that parents have done for generations. This work, also known as generative parenting, was outlined by American psychologists and researchers Dollahite, Hawkins and Brotherson in the 1990’s.

Also known as mother work (and father work), generative parenting refers to the instinctive activities of parents that enable the next generation to survive and thrive. These activities range from providing kids with food and shelter and other basic needs through to developing more complex skills in their kids such as working with others, adapting to change and developing the resourcefulness needed for full independence.

Like most parents my daughters want to be the best parents they can be so they both devour parenting books, attend courses when they can and join online chat groups for support and ideas.

But it’s their mother work, their instinctive work, that’s their most potent parenting force. Here’s why.


Mother work is protective
When my eldest daughter visits our house she does a quick reconnaissance trip through each room, lifting errant blind cords and removing heavy objects, to make our house safe for her two boys to move around. The protective side is strong.


Mother work is educative
When my youngest daughter patiently explains to her exuberant young three year old that she needs to allow other children to share her toys, she is doing important teaching work. That requires super patience.


Mother work is nurturant
The safety my daughters provide when they wrap their arms around their children when they’ve fallen and hurt themselves comes naturally to them.


Mother work is supportive
The emotional support these young women provide to their children when they’ve been upset by the thoughtless or rough behaviours of siblings and friends is often hard work. But they are up to the task.

My daughters' mother work will continue well into their children’s teen years and beyond. The nature of the work will change with each developmental stage but the intent of the work –to nurture, protect, teach and support - will stay the same.

Men can do this work too, but they do it differently. When a mother instinctively protects she generally draws her child closer before searching out the source of fear. There’ll be lots of cuddles before she puts a nightlight on to ease a child’s fear of the dark.

When a father instinctively protects he’s more likely to eliminate the source of fear, and skill his child up to fend for themselves. He’ll prove there’s nothing to be scared of when the light goes out, and show his child how to turn on the light when needed. Both are valid approaches, and are indicative of the gender differences in child-rearing.

This Mother’s Day, it’s my daughters' instinctive mother work that I’ll celebrate, as that is real magic of parenting.

Happy Mother’s Day.

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
naplanbrochure.pdf
28.05.19 Anxiety Presentation for parents by Michael Grose.pdf
2019 Canteen Menu as at 30.1.19.pdf
Uniform Order Form.pdf
Qkr - Uniform Shop Orders - HOW TO....pdf