2018 Camp Dates
- 5-7 December - Year 4
Year 6 Footy Clinic incursion
Year 6 Footy Clinic incursion
School hours as normal
PFA Meeting at 7.30 pm
Year 6 Footy Clinic incursion
5/6 Selected students: Blast Cricket Cup
School Council meeting at 7 pm
School Pix photos - Gr 6, School Captains, portrait re-takes
Keyboard concert 6.30 pm in music room
PFA: Casual clothes day - Christmas Day Raffle (donations)
Parent Opinion Survey
Recently a random sample of parents were invited to respond to the DET Parent Opinion Survey about the Performance of our school.
The survey asked people a number of questions over 21 different domains that focussed on Parent Engagement in Learning, the school ethos and environment, student cognitive engagement, student development, student safety and student connectedness to school.
We are very proud to announce that in 18 out of 21 domains the Parent Perception have increased even higher than last year.
The overall Parent Satisfaction score for our school went from 75% up to 88%.
The Parent Participation and Involvement factor increased from 75 to 79%, the school Support factor increased form 75% to 84%.
95% of respondents said that “Teachers at this school expect my child to do his/her best.
93% of parents said ‘teachers are enthusiastic and positive about teaching”.
Over the next few weeks I will continue to provide some of the data and responses.
Although our Capital Works site still looks like a total demolition site, we are making pleasing progress and are well on track.
It was delightful last week when we were able to have our first whole school assembly in our extended and refurbished Multi-Purpose Hall.
YOU ARE INVITED
Now that we have ample room, we welcome all parents/grandparents to our weekly assembly.
Assembly will be each Friday at 3.05. Assembly will begin with our School Captains doing An Acknowledgement of Country followed by the National Anthem.
The purpose of our assembly is to celebrate successes within our school and local community and to inform people of upcoming events.
This week all students have participated in our whole school incursion called Messenger Dogs. The incursion taught our students about the role dogs have played in wars and supporting our service men and women.
Through puppets, the show focussed on the fourth division ‘Messenger Dogs’ Nell, Trick and Bullet and WWI through their eyes with stories of courage, determination, endurance and mateship on the frontline working alongside the Australian Imperial Force. The dogs were responsible for carrying messages from the front line back to headquarters; their stories sometimes go unrecognised– but to those who served over a hundred years ago, and even those who serve today, dogs play an important role and not just as loyal companions.
It is estimated that by 1918, Germany had employed 30,000 dogs, Britain, France, Belgium and Australia over 20,000, and Italy 3,000. America, at first, did not use dogs except for a few hundred borrowed from other countries for specific missions.
Did Nell, Trick and Bullet really exist? Yes! All three were real dogs and served with the No. 3 Messenger Dog Section, attached to the 4th Divisional Signal Company. You can see a photo of them at www.awm.gov.au/collection/E02318/.
Although news spreads quickly on the grapevine, there are some people that might not have heard about some new arrivals.
Our French teacher Mrs, Paquin had a little boy and Mrs. Hall, our Music/Performing Arts teacher Mrs. Hall has welcomed a another little boy into her family.
We wish our staff members lots of joy with their expanding families.
Both staff members will continue on family leave for 2019.
Next year we have a number of impending staff changes for 2019.
We will be advertising for a French teacher for two and half days a week and we will also be advertising for a Music teacher to replace Mrs. Hall’s one day a week position.
We are delighted to announce that we will be keeping all of our other current staff and we will also be advertising for another teaching position.
Thank you to the many families that have already returned their Lapathon money.
This much needed money will help to refurbish our library.
This week when I was taking Year 6, the students were asked to provide feedback about the Lapathon. They provided some very constructive feedback about what was great about the Lapathon and some considerations that could potentially make our Lapathon, even more enjoyable.
One of the many functions of School Council (SC) is to oversee the financial operations of the school. Prior to becoming a SC member, I, like many people, thought that the school was given whatever funding it required from the Department to carry out its operations. I quickly discovered that this is not the case and, having taken on the role of Treasurer this year, now understand the very fine financial margins we operate in.
Even the funding from the Department comes with limitations. Funding is based on the number of students a school has on ‘census’ day early in Term 1 with additional students after this date not attracting any funding. Over the past few years this has been as much as 20 additional students..
In addition to ‘funding’ the associated shortfall our school also has to cover the costs of items such as the shade sails, undercover play area and playground equipment which do not fall within the Department’s funding.
Having spoken to people within our school community it is also apparent that there remains a mis-understanding about the $2m granted to our school for the capital works project. This money has remained in Department coffers and is paid directly to the builders, designers, legal providers etc that have been engaged on the project. At no time has this money been provided to our school. In fact, as the funding did not cover all of the required items our school has contributed $50,000 to the project.
One of the school’s opportunities of covering the costs outlined above is through the voluntary contribution funds. These contributions are gratefully received but the bottom line is that the take up rate for this year is around 53%. We understand that not everyone is in the position to pay $140 per student per year but ask that when you next have the opportunity to do so that you take into consideration the issues highlighted here. Treasurer – WPS School Council
We will be going DIGITAL for the 2019 bookpack orders, with our new supplier Officemax (no paper bookpack forms will be issued). The Officemax online ordering / payment site will be live around the beginning of November 2018.
Detailed information on ‘how to order’ and the delivery process will be provided prior to this time however basic info follows:
Notification as soon as possible on the absence day is requested however before 10am is preferred.
Dear Parents and Friends.
I'm a bit late but a big thank you to everyone who came along and watched and joined in our Lapathon. It was great to see so many people helping our students do their best to enjoy the day.
Thank you also to Jenny and her helpers in the canteen. Everyone enjoyed the BBQ sausages and juice.
Now is the time to start collecting sponsorship money and return it to school. Prizes have started going out to those who have returned their money already. Thanks for being so quick!
lets see if we can raise more than last year.
Thanks for your support.
On Friday last week Jacob, Frida, Elsie and I went Busking to raise money for the Year 6 end of year trip to Fun Fields. We practiced during the week and then went down to Coles, the Real Estate agent and Holgates to busk with help from Lily with setting up and moving from place to place. So far we’ve raised $99.90. Next Friday we plan to do it all over again. See you there. -Charli Year 6
On the 24th of October the whole school did an incursion learning about the Messenger Dogs in WW1. The show included 3 people acting out 3 life size dog puppets, and it explained what might of what happened during WW1. It included showing kids how the dogs would of delivered messages and what obstacles they would’ve faced. The people running the show got everyone involved and having fun, including making a trench, ducking for cover and pretending to use gas masks. It was a whole lot of fun for everyone. By Thomas and Kate
Starting next week the Year 6’s from SU2 will be handing out free fruit on every Monday and Wednesday. This is part of there healthy eating program, as they are trying to promote healthy eating. They are trying to encourage the recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables. By Riley and Zack
Thursday Activities will resume on week 2 (18th October) and we look forward to continuing the great support from parents that made the Term 3 activities such a success.
The WW1 Messenger Dogs
Today A few people came in and talked about some WW1 Messenger dogs. Which everyone really enjoyed and they presented it in a really cool way. They used puppet dogs and had a whole story that they told with the dogs. The dogs’ names were, Bullet the young one who was really hyper energetic and wanted to raid the school canteen because he loved food; then there was Trick, he was the fastest, strongest and bravest dog in all the messenger dogs and lastly there was Nell who was a really nice, kind and caring dog. All of them were very brave because they would have to run across battlefields and run while bombs were dropping above them. Sometimes they would have to go into the trenches to deliver messages to other soldiers. Sometimes they would have to stay with the injured until help arrived.
The way they presented the show was really cool. For example, at one stage they put some boxes together and made it look like we were seeing it really far away with the dogs running. While they were running, bombs were exploding around them and little bits came out of the ground like real bombs. By Katrina
WW1 messenger dogs’ incursion
The messenger dogs were well made hand puppets in a great show.
The names of the dogs were Nell, Bullet and Trick.
We saw everything! The explosions, the wreckage, the dogs and the soldiers. It was spectacular, I loved it! Boom! Run! It was amazing.
I made a prediction at the start - I was like ’This isn’t going to be good.’ but I was wrong. It was great and at the end I was sad it ended. By Sean
WW1 Messenger Dogs Incursion
The messenger dogs’ incursion told the grade about WW1 Army dogs. There were life sized puppets of three actual dogs Nell, Trick and Bullet. The dogs were used to deliver messages from the front line to the Headquarters. The dog puppets trained us to cover your mouth and nose when there is gas, run on the spot, get down low and spread apart to make a trench. By Sampson
WW1 messenger dogs- incursion
On Wednesday we went to an incursion in the hall about the WW1 messenger dogs.
It was really fun and we got to do training to do signals by three dogs. One was called Nell, who was a messenger dog who I guess was the leader of the three. Then there was Trick, he was a very bossy like dog and was always ready with a plan. Lastly there was Bullet, a new puppy recruit who was always talking about the canteen. And he was always ready to go, and eager to do things that evolved running.
In the training we learnt how to get down to the ground as far as we could and cover our mouths and noses with our hands so we didn’t breath in the gas. Then there was one were we had to get up and run on the spot as fast as we could. Lastly we made a split through our bunch of people, right through the middle and that was our trench.
Nell, Trick and Bullet did a show for us and it was super cool, it was also funny in some parts. In parts of the show we had to use the training we did to help the dogs. At the end of the war, in the show, the dogs told us where they were heading next and that was the end of the incursion.
We lined up to get a sticker off one of the dogs and to get to pat them all. By the way the dogs were puppets and the people controlling them spoke as the dogs. By Isabelle
WW1 messenger dogs
On Wednesday our class had an Incursion. They came to talk about how dogs had a role in the war. They didn’t have a role until 1917 and 1918. It was kind of like a puppet show but better, the puppet were bigger. They even gave us training like duck down and run. They also taught us some hand signals, that was fun. The dog’s names were Trick, Nell and Bullet. Trick and Bullet were hilarious… but the funniest dog was Trick. Trick was the joker, but who would joke during the war? Bullet was the scaredy one… and last but not least Nell. She was the brave one, she was the one that got most of the messages and went through the field. One of my favourite bits was when Trick sniffed gas “poison gas” and he was howling to the master and he wore a mask and told us all to DUCK! They actually had a REAL picture of Nell, Bullet and Trick, the said the picture was taken 100 years ago. SO it was black and white.
I thought it would be quite boring, but NO it was fun, funny and interesting. They gave us a lot of interesting facts in a fun way. By Isadora
This week was a very busy week with the Year 2 students heading out to their first camp (full report on that next week!) and the Year 1's having some time together back here at school. It was great for the Year 1 kids to be able to work with students from different classes and with different teachers.
The Year 1/2 students were also lucky enough to have been able to see an amazing puppet show called 'Messenger Dogs - tales of WW1'. The students and teachers were totally engaged with the story of the brave messenger dogs who were so vital to the war effort on the battle front in World War 1. The children asked some very insightful questions at the end about the dogs, the history of the ANZACS and the mechanics behind the very realistic looking puppets. Our students commented on how the show had parts that were sad, happy, scary and suspenseful and they loved getting the opportunity to pat the 'dogs' at the end of the show.
This week in Year 3 we have been busy getting creative! In our unit for creativity we have been exploring what it means to be creative and completing various types of origami. The students have had a great time creating snapping mouths, paper cranes, and hopping frogs.
We have also been exploring different types of procedures and their structures. The students drew a simple picture and then have written step-by-step instructions on how to draw it.
In Mathematics we have been finishing up with division activities. The students have been practicing the language, such as "shared between" and "equal shares".
The Year 3 students had a fantastic time during the Lapathon. All students had a go and tried their best, which was fantastic to see. They also had an amazing time competing in the Tug-of-War and watching the other classes.
As part of our Creativity- Once Upon a Time topic this term. The Junior Unit have started to plant beanstalks. We are growing our beanstalks in cotton and hanging them in the window so they get lots of sunlight. We read the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and wrote a procedure about ‘How to Grow a Bean Plant’. Our procedure included a title, equipment, steps and a picture.
The students are looking forward to looking after their beanstalk and watching them grow.
25th Help needed
26th Lauren, Chantelle
1st Help needed
2nd Michael, Help needed
8th Help needed
9th 2 x Helpers needed
Canteen Manager [email protected]
This week the Year 3 students are all showing their handmade Teddy bears. This was a difficult activity but everyone did a great job.
Our star artist are: Lucie, Inga, Kurt, Lachlan, Patrick, Kurtis, Ty, Lara, Grace, Ella, Bill, Callon, Pippa and Cael.
JU1 - Moses
Showing great determination and perseverance during the Lapathon.
JU2 - Zack
Becoming more confident in sharing his ideas and thinking with the class.
JU3 - Kiara
For always coming prepared for show and tell and for doing an excellent job of explaining something she had created and how she made it.
MU1 - Caleb
For working hard to improve his handwriting. Great work Caleb.
MU2 - Andre
For developing greater independence in class by using strategies he has learnt for reading and writing. Awesome work!
MU3 - Isabelle
For a terrific effort during our Lapathon.
MU4 - Ayden
For his outstanding work ethic and contributions to class tasks.
MU5 - Camilla
Settling into the routines and expectations of MU5 and Woodend Primary School with ease.
MU6 - Lachlan
His perseverance and amazing effort during the Lapathon. Well done Lachie!
MU7 - Rhys
For being organised with calm colouring for after his spelling post text. Well done!
MU8 - Oscar
For showing outstanding classroom behaviour by listening during instruction time carefully and working quietly.
CU1 - Hayley
Assisting Mrs.Hill with classroom routines at Carlsruhe in a respectful manner. Thanks Hayley.
CU1 - Alicia
Confidently explaining information in tables picture graphs and bar graphs.
CU2 - Nil
CU3 - Finn
For scoring 100% on both the pre and post tests for Data Representation and Interpretation, displaying a fantastic understanding of this topic. (the post test was one level higher than the pre-test).
CU4 - Jimmy
For speaking clearly and confidently when presenting his excellent project on the 2011 Japanese Tsunami.
SU1 - Lily
Being super motivated and showing ZEST in multiplication lessons. You Rock!
SU2 - Owen
Showing AWESOME persistence during the Hip Hop Workshop this week. Keep busting a move! AWESOME WORK!
Where: WPS Community Children’s Garden
When: 12.45-2.00pm Mondays - parent help required with lunchtime Kid’s Garden Club
2.00-3.30pm Mondays - parents' gardening session (pruning and garden maintenance)
BYO: Gardening gloves, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing
Sign in: Please sign in at the Office before gardening
Contact: Nicole Middleton 0418 233 366
Where: Carlsruhe Kitchen Garden
When: 2.00-3.30pm Mondays
BYO: Gardening gloves, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing
Sign in: Please sign in at the main Carlsruhe classroom before gardening
Contact: Clare Doolan 0424 867 613
The WPS Environment Leaders and friends have been busy in the Woodend Community Children’s Garden.
Last week they helped put the new raised garden beds into place.
This week they conducted the Aussie Backyard Bird Count. Eighteen birds were recorded in the Garden in 20 minutes. Join in and do the bird count in your backyard this weekend.
Archer, Catherine, Ethan
Mariella, Zoey, William, Sophie, Carter, Charlotte
Lost property is located just in front of the uniform shop and part of keeping it under control is that I will return any clearly named items to the class room. To do this, I need a readable first and last name, although if room is an issue a first initial and last name will also work.
I have also found a Name Stamp that can be used on uniforms that does not wash off.
This is the website on where to find it.
Please do not hesitate to come and see me with any questions, I am happy to help.
Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am
Thursday: 3pm - 4pm
If you’re like me, you feel decidedly uncomfortable when kids of any age turn the air blue with profanities. Swearing shows lack of respect for others, and also a lack of awareness for their surroundings.
Teaching kids to use appropriate language is trickier now than in the past. For a start, standards have changed where many words – such as the 'F' word – that were deemed inappropriate in the past are often heard on radio and seen in mainstream newspapers. Words that everyone agrees are inappropriate are frequently used in public forums, to the point that the boundaries of appropriateness have become blurred.
Standards may change, but the job of parents hasn’t altered. That is, to teach kids to use language that doesn’t offend others. Whether it’s teasing or swearing – it’s all the same. If a word or words are offensive, then choose other words or say nothing at all. That is the message to get across to the next generation.
Socially smart kids alter their language
Socially skilled kids of all ages will adjust their language to suit the situation they are in. They may speak one way with their friends but use a completely different vocabulary when they are with adults. They are aware that what works with their best friend just won’t cut it when they are in Grandma’s company. This awareness shows social acuity and the flexibility to adjust to different environments. It needs to be extended to all sorts of situations including where adults and younger children are present. Kids who constantly swear limit their social possibilities.
They didn’t hear that from me!
What do you do when you know your children swear despite your best intentions? Don’t over react. Try to work out its purpose. Children swear for many reasons, including: to experiment with language; to attract your attention; to make themselves appear bigger or older than they are; and even as a challenge or expression of personal power.
Inappropriate language can also simply be a reflection of your children’s peer groups. “Everyone else swears so there’s nothing wrong with it” is a common attitude of many children and young people.
Teach them that while swearing may be appropriate in one context or be accepted by one group, it is not acceptable in every situation. While not condoning swearing, get across to children that they need to learn to control their use of language and adjust it to suit the situation they are in.
When swearing becomes a habit
If swearing has become a habit for kids, make up alternative words to replace the swear words. One family I know had replaced certain words with fruit. They had a fruit for every situation!
Alternatively, use a penalty or fine system to make kids aware of their poor language. When you hear a family member swear, fine them an agree amount. At the end of the week or month give the money collected to a worthy cause. Of course, this strategy is easier to implement when parents join in as well.
Take a long, hard look at, er ... yourself!
It’s also helpful to examine your own choice of language to judge if it is an acceptable model for your children. Yep, sometimes kids will pick up their parents’ language and repeat it at the worst possible time, such as when relatives are over.
The job of adults is to develop a sense of social awareness in the next generation so they can easily navigate a variety of different groups and social situations. Teaching appropriate language use is at the very heart of teaching kids to be socially skilled. That’s something we all should swear by!
Things to remember when kids swear:
A last word
Standards may change, but the job of parents hasn’t altered. That is, to teach kids to use language that doesn’t offend others. If it’s offensive then encourage them to choose other words, or say nothing at all. That’s the approach that socially smart kids follow.
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