Woodend Primary School Newsletter

02 May 2019
Issue 11
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
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

2019 Calendar



Thurs 2nd - No help required

Fri 3rd - Linda

Wed 8th - Marga

Thurs - No help required

Fri 10th - Nicola, 1 Helper required

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 02/05

Year 6 -  Camp

Fri 03/05

Year 6 -  Camp

Mon 06/05

School Council meeting 7pm

Wed 08/05

Divisional Cross Country (selected students)

Thurs 09/05

Back to WPS - Yr 6 2018 session at 4pm

Fri 10/05

Book Club due

Foundation students' excursion to Woodend Library

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

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


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

Year 6 - 30 April - 3 May

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


This week my articles in the newsletter take a bit of a twist.

Sadly my first piece of news is to inform our school community that I handed in my resignation at the end of last term. This decision was made due to factors beyond my control in regards to government changes that have impacted on accessing my full superannuation entitlements under a very old scheme called the 54/11 scheme. If I don’t resign just prior to turning 55 it has a big impact on the amount of superannuation I am entitled to.

I have felt very privileged to have been Principal at WPS since October 2016 and am extremely proud of what we have achieved. It has been my pleasure to have worked with so many wonderful parents, students, staff and community members.

I am pleased that I have the opportunity to re-apply for my job but of course the field is open Australia wide. For merit and equity reasons I am not allowed to discuss my intentions in a written forum like this.

I ask that people understand and respect how difficult this decision has been when I am Principal of such a great school. I hope people take it for the simple explanation that it is and nothing more or nothing less. If you have questions, please ask.

I will continue to lead with complete passion and dedication up until my last day on May 27. Then the appointment process will begin. The appointment panel will follow DET guidelines and will be made up of two School Councillors, a staff member, a Principal from another network outside Macedon Ranges and a Senior Education Leader from DET.

Exciting news

On the weekend Mrs. Minchew and her husband welcomed their new baby to the world. We all look forward to meeting Harrison Lucas Minchew who weighed a very healthy 9 pound 13 ounces.

Building works

As many of you will have noticed our building works have been completed and our site has been handed back to us. There are still a few defects to be completed but overall we are very proud of the finished product. We look forward to continuing to improve our external environment. Future works will focus on a new shade sail and some colourful games being painted on the asphalt such as a Snakes and Ladders board.

I am currently obtaining quotes for the above mentioned items. Parents and Friends have offered to pay for those items.



On May 14, 15 and 16 our Year 3 and 5 students will participate in NAPLAN. If you believe that your child should be exempt from NAPLAN for personal reasons of for reasons relating to disability please inform us so that the necessary paper work can be completed.

Cross Country

At the end of last term many students represented our school in the Cobaw District Competition at Hanging Rock. Again, it was pleasing to receive so many positive comments about the exemplary behaviour of our students and their sportsmanship.


Community Lunch

Each month in Woodend there is a community lunch at the RSL that is available for all residents to attend. At each lunch we will have student representatives form our school playing a role in serving the food and helping with the clean up. A big thankyou to our School Captains who took on that role at the last lunch. They looked pretty fantastic in their aprons.

Again, I received many positive comments from community members about their heartfelt appreciation for the outstanding job that our School Captains did on the day.


Easter Hat Parade

Also at the end of last term we had our Easter Hat Parade for our students in Foundation to Year 3. There was some very creative hats on display. A big thank you to all of the parents that attended and showed their support.



This year I was again very proud of the huge turn out of people at the Anzac Day Parade in Woodend and many of those people were families from our school and also representing other valued community groups. I would like to say how particularly proud I was of our School Captains and the role they played in the service and the role our teachers played at school in ensuring our students participated in a range of learning activities about the meaning of ANZAC Day. Much of this work is displayed around the school.


Mothers’ Day

Just a reminder that for Mothers’ Day we want all children to be able show their love and appreciation to their mother/guardian. For this reason we do not have a Mothers’Day Stall. In classes, students will have the opportunity to make something for their mother/guardian. We hope that you will support us in our attempts to make sure there is equity and inclusion in our school.

Support us on Election Day

This year there will be two voting venues in Woodend, Buffalo Stadium and our school hall.

At school, our PFA will be running a cake stall and barbecue to help raise funds. We hope that you will come and vote at school and purchase a sausage or some goodies from the cake stall.

From the Office


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.

Newsflash: parent umbrella sprouts legs

This morning a parent left her black umbrella at the door to the Middle Unit while she dropped her child off to class, unfortunately on her return it was missing.  If you have mistakenly picked this up, please return it to the office.


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………….

Lost Property : located outside Uniform Shop

Lost property is sorted weekly and named items returned to their owner via the class teacher, therefore the best way to get back lost property is to NAME IT before you wear it! As the volume and diversity of lost property at this school is huge, we are unable to retain unnamed items for any length of time. As a result, any unnamed items including school uniform, will be removed from lost property each term and donated appropriately. Lost property is stored in front of the uniform shop. We encourage you to firstly name your property and if it is lost, check the lost property area promptly.


Payment Methods for School Activities


Senior Unit

Canberra Camp

The Year 6 students from Woodend Primary School are currently undertaking, an education tour of the national capital. Students have been given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion. The students hope to have a lot to share with you once they arrive back.

Literacy Challenge this week...


Carlsruhe Annexe


On Monday all of the Year 4 students came to Carlsruhe for our special Carlsruhe photograph.

We also took the opportunity to visit the Campaspe River and begin our work as River Detectives.

First we created a labelled drawing of what we could see in the river habitat – not much water!

Then Mr Condon climbed down onto the dry riverbed to collect a water sample from one of the remaining pools of water.

After that, the water sample was tested to work out the quality of the river water.  We tested for turbity - how much dirt or particles are in the water, temperature, pH – how alkaline or acid the water is,  electrical conductivity or salinity – the amount of salt in the water, reactive phosphorus – how much phosphorus (which comes from rotting plants or eroded rocks) is in the water.

Our results showed that although there was not much water, it was still quite a good quality. Only the reactive phosphorus was a poor level (too much phosphorus).

Here are some photographs of us completing our field sketches.



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



Literacy Challenge this week...


Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

The Year 1/2 team have hit the ground running this term. With a short week at the beginning of term, the students learnt about the meaning of ANZAC day and produced a class wreath that can be seen on display in the classroom windows.

After ANZAC day, students shared stories about how they and their families commemorated the day. Some attended ANZAC marches and services in Woodend and in Melbourne. Others enjoyed a quiet day with their families.

This term the Year 1/2 unit will be pursuing an integrated topic called ‘Happy and Healthy together’. This topic comes from the overarching theme of ‘necessity’. Students will investigate what makes them happy and healthy and then explore how the community of Woodend also strives to be a happy and healthy community.

Literacy Challenge this week...


Year 3

Year 3 students jumped straight back into learning and have loved playing in the new play space at recess and lunch.


We started Term 2 with a reflection on our Easter Holidays, it certainly sounds likes many families were very busy and had a great time! 


Students have received their new Home Reading Journals. We have spoken with the students about reading for at least 15 minutes a night (or before school) and filling out the Reading Journal themselves or by an adult. Home Reading Journals should come to school every Friday to be checked by teachers.


We have started classroom libraries this term with the addition of new book boxes. We worked together to group the books into interest boxes. Students are encouraged to take books from our classroom libraries to read at home.


In Numeracy, we have started looking at subtraction and the connection to addition through fact families. We are investigating different subtraction strategies. You may like to ask your children some subtraction problems to solve mentally in the car!


We have learnt about ANZAC Day and completed some beautiful artworks. Ciaran and Hugh bought in some ANZAC artefacts to share with the class.


A big congratulations to Mrs Minchew on the safe arrival of her baby boy Harrison on Friday 26th April!


Literacy Challenge this week...


Foundation Unit


Students in Foundation have been spending time with their Year 6 buddies each week and have enjoyed completing various activities together. Some of the activities have included: sharing picture story books, making and reading little readers based around the Foundation ‘Word of the Week’, eating lunch together in the school courtyard, and most recently making Easter Bonnets for the school Easter Parade. The Year 6 buddies are on camp this week and the Foundation students are looking forward to hearing all about their adventures in Canberra when they return.


Literacy Challenge this week....


Student Awards & Achievements

Students of the Week


Classes of the Week


Artists of the Week


Library News


THE OVERDUE BOOK LIST IS LOOOOONG....is your name on it?

The students that do have overdue books are informed of this during their weekly library sessions.  Please use the holidays to  have a look for any at home so they can be returned in the first weeks of next term. 


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.




  • Book Club is due Friday 10th May


Susan Machell


Gardening Group


The seeds are sprouting…

 and the gravel has arrived…


Now we have some decent rain, there’ll be a lot of action in the Woodend Community Children’s Garden.

 If you have a 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. Our Junior Landcare Grant only covers supplies, not labour.   

Contact Nicole 0418 233 366.


Nicole Middleton

Gardening Group Facilitator

0418 233 366



  • Term 2 Roster very empty.   Helpers are essential, as I can't do it alone.
  • Welcome to the canteen, Linda.
  • 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.



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

Hoping everyone had a relaxing break, a wonderful Easter and Term 2 has started well!


Don't forget - You're invited to join us for the Woodend Primary School PFA Girls Night Out on Friday 10 May 2019.


We're looking forward to seeing you for a social night in the Upstairs Function Room at The Victoria Hotel from 7pm. Your $30 entry includes a drink on arrival, delicious canapes, live music and door prizes. And we don't want it just to be limited to ladies from the Woodend Primary School community - spread the word and let's get as many girls there for a great night. Be sure to put your name, your guest's names (if known) and any dietary requirements when booking via QKR.


Your tickets will be sent home, via the child whose profile you selected to make the purchase through, on Wednesday 8 May 2019.


Ticket sales close 2.30pm Friday 3 May 2019. Any queries or questions? Email wpspfa@gmail.com

Carlsruhe Country Fair

We're still on the lookout for helpers to join the Committee for the Carlsruhe Country Fair - if you're keen to help, please contact Anita Mason on 0407 409 575.

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


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Archer, Mariella

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Lucca, Jasmine, K'ian, Catherine

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

Welcome to School Banking

  • Kyan

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.        


Uniform Shop Hours

Normal Uniform Shop opening times are:

Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am

Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop

Community News



Macedon Ranges Shire Council


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Helping kids feel good by doing good

We all want our kids to feel good. Ice cream, days at the beach and play dates may bring kids joy, but once they’re finished the good feeling often disappear.

These feel-good activities give kids a rush of euphoria, but leave them craving for more. This can lead to an addictive cycle known as ‘the hedonic treadmill’ where one cookie isn't enough. They'll need two. Maybe the next week, they’ll need three.

Good deeds
Doing good, however, is the key to living a more meaningful and happier existence. The ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle knew it was true, and modern research bears out the fact altruistic behaviours are associated with better wellbeing, health and longevity. In short, we feel good when we do good.

Kind Kids
Every parent wants happy kids. The easiest way to help kids attain happiness is to encourage them to be kind.

Many studies show that our kids want to be kind. They know it makes them happy! Research shows that children from as young as fourteen months want to help others achieve individual goals and cooperate with others to achieve shared goals. This desire to help is something they’re born with – even that child of yours who doesn’t seem to want to help anyone!

A recent landmark study showed even very young kids find helpful and kind acts to be intrinsically rewarding. Two year olds showed greater happiness when they gave treats to others, compared to when they received treats themselves.

Teaching Our Kids to Do Good
If kids want to help because it helps them feel great, it’s our job to help fulfill this natural inclination by guiding them to age-appropriate opportunities to do so.

Here are 5 ways to do just that:

  •  Role model helpfulness and kindness. Children and teenagers learn to be helpful and kind by copying the significant adults in their lives.
  •  Encourage them to perform small acts of kindness. Being kind, giving a compliment, helping to tidy up- these small acts are just as powerful and effective as larger tasks such as mowing the lawn for a neighbour.
  •  Make helping a family project. Get your kids involved when you take a meal to a family who have just had a new baby, or visit a sick friend in the hospital.
  •  Be a good neighbour. Help your kids learn to keep an eye on others, whether it is a neighbour, or a boy on their sports team. Teaching your kids to notice what’s going on in the lives of people in their community promotes awareness and empathy.
  •  Be grateful. Expressing gratitude is one of the best ways to do good. In fact, nothing can improve your life (and the life of others) like gratitude.

Doing good deeds is what makes us human. It lifts burdens from others, and lifts us by activating the joyful part of our brains. Teaching your kids to do good is the best way to help them have lasting ‘feel good’ feelings. Of course, they should eat cake too. Even better, share it with a friend for a lasting feel-good effect.

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
2019 Canteen Menu as at 30.1.19.pdf
Uniform Order Form.pdf
Qkr - Uniform Shop Orders - HOW TO....pdf