Woodend Primary School Newsletter

04 April 2019
Issue 10
2019 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
From the Office
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Foundation Unit
Sports Report
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 4 - No help required


Wed 24th - Help needed

Thurs 25th - ANZAC Day - Public Holiday

Fri 26th - 2 x Helpers needed


Wed 1st - Help needed

Thurs 2nd - No help required

Fri 3rd - 2 x Helpers needed

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.


Fri 05/04

  • LAST DAY OF TERM 1   -  2.30 PM FINISH (Please make arrangements for early pick-up)
  • Easter Hat Parade: P-Year 3 - 9.10 am (Hats have been made at school)

Tues 23/04

Term 2 starts

Wed 24/04

PFA Meeting at 7.30pm

Thurs 25/04

Public Holiday - ANZAC Day

Fri 26/04

Normal School Day..

Mon 29/04

School Photo Day

Tues 30/04

Year 6 - Camp

May 2019

Wed 01/05

Year 6 -  Camp

Thurs 02/05

Year 6 -  Camp

Fri 03/05

Year 6 -  Camp

Basketball trials

Wed 08/05

Divisional Cross Country (selected students)

Fri 10/05

Foundation students' excursion to Woodend Library

Cobaw Soccer

PFA Mothers Day dinner

Mon 13/05

Football / Netball State selection trials

2019 School Dates

Term 1  - 30.01.2019 - 05.04.2019

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 25th April - ANZAC Day / Public Holiday
  • 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

2019 School Photo Day

Monday 29th April 

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 at Staff Meeting our staff all shared celebrations about the wonderful things that we have achieved this term. There was sharing about our curriculum practices, the effectiveness of teams, the strong collaboration and samples of student successes.

I am proud of the way my staff go about their work with such integrity and always with best interests of our students underpinning everything we do. We consistently receive feedback from visitors and relief staff about how welcoming our staff are and this is evidenced by how supportive they are of each other and how collaboratively they work together.


School Council – Jennifer Henderson

I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself as the incoming School Council President of 2019. Firstly, thank you to Brad Dean for the last 3 years serving in the role. During Brad’s time as president, he supported the school through some key school changes; the appointment of our new principal – Diana Ellis, the Capital Works project and the school review process. Brad is continuing his contribution as a member of the School Council.

I am looking forward to this new role and would like to use my passions, skills and strengths to support the school. I have a background in education and specialise in disabilities, and I have recently completed Diploma in Positive Psychology and wellbeing. I have taught general primary (P-7) and special needs, consulted for the education department, and had an acting role as deputy principal. I am passionate about education, the role of educators, and the community in providing the best possible opportunities for children to learn and flourish.

A little bit of information about School Council. The School Council’s primary role is to provide governance to the school, which enables the school to carry out their core business effectively in accordance to the Department of Education’s requirements and values. It is made up of 15 people, two thirds are parent representatives and one third is school staff members, with the principal as the Executive Officer.

If you have interest in the school council, please come and talk to me or email me at jnhenderson2012@gmail.com

Cross Country

This week Mrs. Graham and I attended the Cobaw Cross Country. We were highly impressed by the efforts of our students and the exemplary sportsmanship that they demonstrated towards their own peers and students form other schools. We also thank the strong support from the many parents who attended and of course the efforts of staff in organisation required for the event and the training and support for our students.


Easter Parade

Tomorrow our Foundation to Year 3 students will all participate in an Easter Hat Parade on the oval at 9. 10am. We look forward to seeing you there. Don't forget that school finishes early at 2.30pm.

Curriculum Day

Next term our Curriculum Day will be on Thursday 27th of June. We hope this advance notice provides parents with sufficient planning time.

Term 2 Start

Term 2 commences TUESDAY 23RD April 2019


Once again our senior class Student Leaders will be representing our school in the ANZAC Day march in Woodend. 

The march commences from the top of High Street at 11 am, stopping firstly at the Woodend Clock Tower for wreath laying and then continuing along Anslow Street to the Woodend RSL where a  ANZAC Day Service is conducted by members of the RSL, local council dignitaries, various school captains, Community Groups and other representatives.  Students are welcome to march alongside their respective school.

From the Office

Can you please help us....?

Lunch orders and special lunch day food is going to the wrong class due to incorrect homegroup information 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………….


Thank you to those families who have made full or periodic payments towards the cost for Year 6 Camp. Everyone has already paid the $40 deposit with the remaining balance of $460 due to be paid in full by the first week back in Term 2, Wed 25th April.   Total Cost: $500


Payment can be made via Compass if you are making ONE final payment of $460, or via QKR if you are making part payments. Please contact the office if special arrangements need to be discussed.

Lost Property

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

Buddy Easter Bonnet Making

In the morning the Year 6's made Easter bonnets with their buddies. With their creative skills they made fantastic looking hats. They used materials like: pom poms, feathers, different coloured paper and glitter. They all had lots of fun and everyone enjoyed it.


The Year 5 students also made their own Easter bonnets. They look terrific!!

Cross Country

On April 2nd some students from Year 3-6 went to Hanging Rock for the District Cross Country. They all did really well and we have a little report on the races.



One of the last races of the day was the 9 boys. They had a slightly shorter course of 2km. They ran around the rock but didn’t cross the oval.  They finished at the end of the course around the rock.  The girls ran the same course and they were really fast. Annie came 8th but the 9's are not able to go to the next round.



At 11:00 am the 11 year old boys began their race around Hanging Rock.  The boys were quick and finished well before the half hour mark. They were running the 3 km course all around the rock. The course went up hill, around bends and across the oval to the end sprint. Ned came 2nd and Sampson  came 4th. All of the boys did incredibly well and are very happy that they got to Hanging Rock!

Next was the girls. They had the same track as the boys. There was lots of pressure since the boys were so successful! The girls were very fast and finished with a celebration. Rose and Cat had made it to the next round! The girls gave it their best effort and had a nice time kicking the footy after.  



At 11:20 am the 12/13 boys started their race. The gun sounded and they were off. The first obstacle was a hill, around the bend and then past the crowd. They were all out of sight and running like nothing was stopping them. The race was very close in the end and they all did great. After the 3 km mark they were racing up the hill to finish. None of the boys made it through but they were up against really fast runners. They did their best and that’s all that matters. The race went for 20 minutes but they had 30 minutes to finish before the next 12/13 girls.


The girls lined up ready for the gun. They had their last glance at the crowd and then, “BANG” said the gun, and off we all went. We had the same track as the boys. Without stopping we made it to the end where we sprinted up the last hill of the race. Finally it was over. After the rest of the races had finished we packed up our things and got ready for the bus. We made sure we had taken everything and hadn’t left anything behind. Exhaustedly we lined up and were on the bus in no time. It was really fun and we all had a great time. We got back to school way before the bell so we had a few games of Dodgeball. We all did spectacular.

Carlsruhe Annexe


This week in Year 4, students have been putting the final touches on their projects. They have all done a very good job researching information about their favourite activities and successfully summarised their findings in their own words. The students look forward to sharing their work with parents early in Term 2.
In Maths this week, students are finishing the unit ‘Data’. They have covered a number of different graph types and can use both Microsoft Word and Excel to graph data collected from survey of their choosing.



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





Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

The middle unit children are looking forward to the Easter hat parade on Friday morning. Parents and carers are warmly invited to join us on the oval at around 9.10am to see the children’s wonderful millinery creations. The teachers of the middle unit wish everyone a safe and restful Easter holiday, and we look forward to seeing you all again next term, relaxed, refreshed and ready for another great term of learning.


Year 3

We would like to congratulate all the Year 3 students on an enjoyable and successful Term 1. We hope the students and their families enjoy the Easter holidays and have a good rest, ready for a busy Term 2.

On Friday morning at 9:10am the Year 3 students will be joining the Prep, 1 and 2 students to show off our colourful and creative Easter crowns, during our Easter Hat Parade.

Here are a few photos of MU8 working hard on their crowns….


Foundation Unit


This week in the Junior Unit we have been learning about the seasons and the weather that corresponds with each. We completed a Seasons page which showed a drawing to represent each season. As part of our work on ‘autumn’, we read a book called ‘Leaf Man’ and discussed the leaf characters that we could see in each illustration. We then created our own piece of autumn leaf artwork to enter into the Kyneton Autumn Flower Show in the Children’s section. If you would like to see our artwork, it will be on display in the Watt’s Pavilion, Mollison St, Kyneton on Saturday 6th April and Sunday 7th April.


Sports Report

Cross Country

On Tuesday the 2nd of April around 50 of our students from Years 3 to 6 went to Hanging Rock for the Cross Country. We were very lucky to have perfect weather for a day full of running and cheering. The students participated in their age groups against other schools, running either 3 or 2kms.

Congratulations to all the students for not only trying their very best and demonstrating our school values, but for also showing fantastic team spirit to their peers and other schools. The students should all be very proud of themselves with their efforts on the day.

Thank you to all the parents that came out to support the students and a huge thank you to Mrs Connell for organising such a wonderful day.


Student Awards & Achievements

Students of the Week

JU1 - Orlando

For working hard during writing sessions. A great effort.

JU2 - Connor

For doing an excellent job of pointing to the words and trying to work out the first sound in a word during reading. Well done!

MU1 -Ben

For preparing and presenting a detailed show and tell, using a map of an interesting place. Excellent Effort!

MU2 - Zahra

For helping others to be safe by tying their shoe laces.

MU3 - Olivia

For being a terrific role model and consistently demonstrating the W.P.S values.

MU4 - Paddy

For being an organised and responsible student during our water safety program. Fantastic work Paddy!

MU5 - Kiara

For her friendly and inclusive attitude. Thank you.

MU6 - Ellie

For challenging herself and presenting her talk on a wide range of animals using interesting facts.

MU7 - Lonsdale

For his excellent poster and oral presentation about his favourite movie. Fantastic effort Lonsdale!

MU8 - Tyler

For creating an interesting presentation on Geology which included different types of rocks with real life examples. Great job Tyler.

CU1 - Amelia

For her terrific work with collecting data, completing a frequency table and constructing both a column and bar graph to display the information.

CU2 - Grace

For her outstanding summary of ‘The Copy’ by Paul Jennings. Brilliant work!

CU3 - Lara

For the outstanding job she did teaching CU3 how to graph data using Word.

SU1 - Laura

For showing care, plus compassion when assisting another student.

SU2 - Tyne

For being a learner and completely dazzling Ms Quinn with his 'pobble' story!

SU3 - Georgia

For the amazing effort she has put into her persuasive writing on Palm oil. You’re a superstar!

Classes of the Week

French - MU4

For excellent behaviour and learning in French.

Art - CU3

For working well with clay.

Artists of the Week

Year 1 students used junk materials; small boxes, card, tubes and egg cartons to build a dragon.  They painted it and then finished the dragon off by adding eyes, fire, smoke and spikes.  Great work Year 1.

Our Start Artists are: 

Carter, Zoe, Hibiki, Audrey and Matilda, Polly, Hayden and Georgina, Lucien and Ben, Grace and Cohen, Sean and Oliver, Moser and Rhys, Esra and Clancy.

Library News


The list of OVERDUE library books is growing and it's not pretty....

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.


Thanks & wishing a HOPPY Easter and safe holiday to everyone.


Susan Machell


Gardening Group


This week in the garden MU4 and MU5 got to pick and nibble kale leaves and set up an experiment with kale seed. They hypothesized that alpaca poo will help kale seed to germinate, so stay tuned for the results…

Who can believe that it is already the end of Term 1 ?!  Thanks to everyone who has helped in the Woodend Community Children’s Garden this term:

  • Mel and Cath (our dedicated volunteer parents),
  • Cat, Alex and Alica (the Senior Unit Environment Leaders),
  • the kids who give up their lunch times each Monday for Garden Club, and
  • the classes who have visited the garden to learn about minibeasts, plants and investigate nature.

With the new raised garden beds now full of soil, Autumn seeds planted and gravel on it’s way for the paths, there’s going to be more exciting changes in the garden during term 2.



IF ANYONE HAS A SMALL LOADER (Bobcat, front end loader, etc) that they’re able to bring to School and move some gravel, your help would be extremely appreciated. Our Junior Landcare Grant only covers supplies, not labour. This job could be done whenever is convenient to you: Mon-Fri or a weekend. Please contact Nicole 0418 233 366.


Nicole Middleton

Gardening Group Facilitator

0418 233 366



  • Urgent help needed 1st week of term 2.  Please contact me on 0411 558 557.
  • A huge thanks to my helpers who filled approx 315 Easter lunch pack orders; Meredith, Chantelle, Ally, Kelly, Jess, Lauren and John.
  • Happy Easter to all WPS families.
  • Term break is always a good time to clean out those lunch bags and to update Qkr.  We had about a dozen children searching for their packs this term as parents had an incorrect classroom allocated.
  • Please contact me if you can help 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

Mums, Grandmum's, Aunty's, Family Friends, Girls looking for a fun night out....

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.


So, if you know lots of people or if you don't think you know many (don't worry, if you don't think you'll know anyone - the PFA are on hand to introduce you!), we look forward to seeing you there for a girly night to relax, indulge and enjoy!


Tickets are on sale from Thursday 4 April 2019 via QKR. Be sure to put your name, your guest's names (if known) and any dietary requirements with your booking.


If you're a parent at Woodend Primary - your tickets will be sent home, via the child who's profile you selected to make the purchase through, on Wednesday 8 May 2019.


Not a Woodend Primary School parent? You can still purchase tickets through QKR - download the QKR app (available on iOS and Android or via the website qkr.mastercard.com and search for 'Woodend Primary School' then 'PFA Payments') and be sure to note your email address and a contact number - we'll have your tickets at the door on the night.


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


  • This is a social, non-fundraising PFA event. Just a group of girls from WPS and beyond getting together for a fun night out. 
  •  Drink on arrival is a choice of House Sparkling, House White/Red Wine or Soft Drink. Subsequent drinks are available on the night at bar prices.


Hey guys - don't worry, we haven't forgotten you! Your event is in September. Details to follow closer to the date!


Congratulations to the 15 lucky people who won prizes in our Easter raffle last week, especially Tegan, Coen, Eliza, Ronnie & Will who won our big ‘Top 5’ prizes.

All prizes have now been collected from the office. We hope everyone has a happy & safe break, see you after Easter!


It's that time where we look forward to the Carlsruhe Country Fair later this year.  


The Fair wouldn't happen without a great group of people helping out in the lead-up. If you're keen to be involved, please get in contact with Fair Coordinator, Anita Mason on 0407 409 575.

Parents And Friends - Fundraising Activities for 2019

Term 1

Easter Raffle

Bunnings BBQ

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

Lucca, Jasmine, Liam

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

K'ian, Catherine

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

Term 1 Rewards - NEW

  • New for Term 1 - Snowy Origami set and Scented Stackable Highlighter


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

Art Journalling




Macedon Ranges Shire Council


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Help kids develop impulse control

How many of you have been in a situation where, after being on a diet for a few days, a colleague comes to work selling chocolates for a fundraiser? Do you give in and buy a chocolate? It’s for a good cause after all. Or do you resist?


Austrian psychologist Walter Mischel conducted an experiment in 1965 involving four-year-olds and marshmallows. Mischel invited individual children into a room where a marshmallow was on the table. The man who brought the child into the room explained that he had to step out for a couple of minutes and if the child wanted to, he or she could eat the marshmallow. However, if the child could wait until the man returned before eating the marshmallow, they would be given an extra marshmallow – so two instead of one. Sure enough, some children couldn't wait and ate the marshmallow before the man returned, while others were able to resist the temptation in order to earn the reward.


Mischel followed the subjects of his experiment into adult life. He discovered that those who had displayed the ability to delay gratification as young children grew to be more socially competent, self-assertive and dependable. And they performed better at school.


Other studies have shown similar results: individuals who had self-control when young later do better on a whole range of variables.


Mischel initially believed that the ability to delay gratification was a result of a certain personality type. However, in a subsequent study with Albert Bandura, Mischel placed children who had not shown the ability to delay gratification in contact with adult role models who demonstrated some delaying tactics. The adults engaged in some kind of self-distracting activity or put their heads down for a nap. The children who observed these adults later showed the ability to delay gratification themselves. That is, they had learnt the ability to resist temptation from their experience with the adult role models.


Impulse control is a skill

The implications for parents are clear. If our children display characteristics such as impulsivity, we can help them learn more beneficial ways to deal with the world. Parents can role model the appropriate behaviours and talk to their children about the strategies they used.


Two main factors seem to influence the ability of both children and adults to delay gratification. Both are more likely to delay gratification if they trust they will eventually get the better reward. That is, they will be more inclined to hold out if they believe the person or organisation that is offering the reward is likely to follow through.


Second, people will generally only display delaying behaviours if they have the skills to turn what might be tedious waiting time into a more enjoyable (or at least tolerable) time. In the original experiment, children who delayed eating the marshmallow showed a range of behaviours including turning their chairs away from the table, singing, inventing games with their hands and feet and talking to themselves to help them pass the time.


Emotional intelligence is the key to impulse control

Parents can help younger children delay gratification by distracting them. Many parents find themselves doing this instinctively. When four-year-old Holly nags for snacks just before dinner, they give her a job to do. However, be aware that children younger than about four generally haven’t yet developed the parts of the brain that allow them to delay gratification of their own accord.


Older children need to learn how to distract themselves by redirecting their emotions. This is more likely to happen if children understand that emotions don’t always need to be acted upon. Older children who are able to focus on the bigger picture will be able make choices that allow them to achieve their goals.


In the book Influencer, the authors contend that many social skills, including the ability to delay gratification, can be learnt. This is good news for most of us! They maintain that while we accept that practice improves performance in sport, music and technical areas, few people would think to practice the skills needed to delay gratification, be a better team member or to negotiate with a boss. However the authors say we should. They claim that with the right kind of practice, we can all learn to be more socially competent.


Note: Influencer by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler is available through Parentshop.



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