Woodend Primary School Newsletter

16 August 2018
Issue 25
2018 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Junior Unit
Uniform Shop
Assembly Awards
Student Banking
Gardening Group
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442

2018 Calendar


Thurs 23/8 - Prep Tours 9.30am and 2.30pm

Fri 24/8 - Year 1/2 Frog Outreach Incursion

                 - Whole School dress up day as your favourite book character

Mon 27/8 - Choir rehearsal at SHC at 6-6.45pm

Thurs 30/8 - CDSSA Athletics (Bendigo) selected 3-6 students


Wed 5/9 - PFA meeting at 7.30pm

                 - NO Keyboard lessons

Sun 9/9 - Choice & Resonance Strings Performance at SHC (Mary Maloney) 1.30-4.15pm

Mon 10/9 - School Council meeting at 7pm

                     - Year 1/2 Museum excursion – MU1, MU2, MU5

Tues 11/9 - Year 1/2 Museum excursion – MU3, MU4

Wed 12/9 - No Keyboard lessons

Thurs 13/9 - Prep Tours 9.30am and 2.30pm

Mon 17/9 - Division Athletics, Bendigo

Wed 19/9 – Fri 21/9   Year 3 camp

                     - Canteen Footy Lunch

Fri 21 - Last day of Term 3 - 2.30 pm dismissed


Mon 8  -  Term 4 begins

Wed 10/10 - PFA meeting at 7.30pm

Mon 15/10 - School Council meeting at 7pm

Mon 22/10 – Tues 23/10 Grade 2 Camp

From the Principal,
Diana Ellis

Book Week

Just a reminder that next week August 20 -24 we are celebrating Book Week.

As communicated at the start of the year, we have made a commitment this year to having more whole school celebration days.


To celebrate Book Week and our school wide priority on reading, we will be having a whole school dress up day on Friday August 24.  Although the theme is Find Your Treasure, we are asking students to just dress as their favourite book character.

Due to our building project and constraints with our spaces we have not decided on the logistics for a parade.

Throughout the week, teachers and students will be doing activities based on a number of the short listed books.

The list of short listed books can be found on the link below.


Social Media

The use of social media platforms has exploded in the past decade.


Things can change so fast, it's hard to keep track! Let’s catch up on some of the social media basics.

  • Young people use social media to connect with others they may or may not know offline in the ‘real world’
  • Online profiles have basic information that forms your child’s social media identity - people identify each other through their profiles and also by what they post online
  • Young children mostly start using social media to play online games; they may then graduate to platforms such as Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook
  • Children as young as 6 access social media sites and their access increases with agee.com.au

Some of the things you may worry your kids are exposed to include:

  • Access to inappropriate content such as pornography
  • Sexting and image-based abuse (also known as revenge porn)
  • Having their personal information shared
  • Being groomed by online predators
  • Being embarrassed, harassed or attacked on social media
  • Accidentally downloading viruses or malware

You can access the following link for more information:



At school we have continued to address the following issues around Social Media and Cyber Safety

  • Online gaming in class and out of class
  • Inappropriate websites
  • Sites like Roblox, personal safety
  • Google Chrome Extensions
  • General care
  • Confiscation 

This week we have been alerted that a number of students are playing a game called Happy Wheels which appears to be fairy innocent to start with but actually goes into sex and drug related themes.

For parents to review games that their children are accessing and other excellent advice about social media, you can go to Commonsense Media Reviews:


100 Days in Prep

This week our Foundation (Prep) students celebrated 100 days of preps. A big congratulations to the students, teachers and parents for all that they have achieved together.

As teachers, one of the most rewarding parts of our job is watching students grow and develop as they charter their way through the challenges of life and school. 

If you would like to find out more about what your child is learning at school you can access the following link:




As we have already started the process of planning classes and staffing for next year it is important that we are aware of any students enrolling or departing in 2019. If are yet to enrol a child for Preps, please do so immediately. If your child is leaving the school, we would really appreciate being informed immediately.

Chicken Pox

We have now been notified of several cases of students within the School, being diagnosed with Chicken Pox. Students diagnosed need to remain at home until fully recovered, but at least until 5 days after the rash appears and when all sores are no longer moist.


Symptoms:  Sudden onset of slight fever, runny nose, feeling generally unwell and a skin rash. The rash usually begins as small lumps that turn into blisters and then scabs. The rash appears over three to four days. Symptoms usually occur two weeks after exposure to the virus.

New Newsletter Format

Thank you to the many people that have offered positive feedback about our new newsletter format. As you know we appreciate feedback in our goal for ongoing improvement.   Today’s newsletter will be the last in the current PDF format.

School Choir

Many of our students participate in Choir. We thought it timely, that parents are made aware that Choir practice occurs during class time.

Assistance with moving furniture

In the last two weeks of this term we will be moving all of the furniture out of the portables in preparation for them being moved to a different position on our site.

One of our parent School Councillors has offered to coordinate this task and would love your help.  If you can volunteer time on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of the last week of term please contact Mark Gray via his email: [email protected]

Social and Emotional Learning


From School Council - Oak Tree

Last night a parent let me know that the oak tree on the oval had split.  

Victoria Graham has spoken to Macedon Ranges Shire Council who will be sending someone out this morning to asses and make it safe.

I've attached some photos from yesterday to show you what we saw.


Brad Dean

School Council President


From the Office

Qkr and CompassPay

QKR will continue to be the ‘go to place’ for Canteen, Uniforms, Fees and any other activities that DO NOT REQUIRE CONSENT.


CompassPay for parents to pay electronically for Excursions or any activity that requires PAYMENT AND CONSENT.

Absence Notification - Thank you and more info...

Thank you to all the parents who have been advising the school of their child’s absence or late arrival. We have really noticed a difference, with most students now being in class in time for the roll, and the numbers of ‘unexplained’ absences being greatly reduced. (NB – Class rolls are marked at or just after 9am so if you arrive at school close to bell time, your child may be marked as absent. If you aren’t sure, please come to the office to sign them in.)

The SMS/Email notification which goes out at 10.15am each day is a useful reminder for you to phone the school or login to Compass to record the absence, however…..IF you let us know BEFORE 10am on the day of the absence, we will be saving money as each SMS costs the school. We understand that mornings can be busy and appreciate you doing your best to let us know before 10am.

So we don’t have to contact you by phone everyday if you forget,  (saving the Office staff about 10 phone calls a day), below is a screenshot from the Compass Portal to help you or alternatively, leave a message on the absence voicemail (you can ring at anytime, day or night – press 1 and leave a message):

  1. Log onto the Compass Portal - PREFERRED: at anytime prior to the absence to record details

Click on ‘Add Attendance Note ‘Approval’ – another screen will open allowing you to record the absence info. Multiple days can be recorded. Click on ‘Save’ to submit.


2. PHONE THE SCHOOL: Leave a message on the absence voicemail at anytime

Senior Unit

Elsie Watch

Mr Chamerski’s class, SU1, has been following Elsie in their class who is playing for Victoria’s state basketball team in Darwin. Every morning after the roll and morning circle, SU1 will sit down at their tables and wait for news from Elsie. We were thrilled to find out that they had won the first few games and were looking forward to finding out more. On the school sports victoria website they had the game scores and stats for each player. Elsie averaged 5.33 points a game and had an amazing streak of scoring 14 points in only the first match. On Thursday they played their last match and won against SA 19-58 and everyone in SU1 was jumping out of their seats in excitement at the fact that VICTORIA GOT THROUGH TO THE FINALS!! They will be keeping the lookout for the rest of the week and are really loving Elsie watch! What a good idea Mr. Chamerski!! Below is a photo of Elsie with her Under 12 team and the Under 18 team. - Frida


Elevator Pitch

This week the grade 6’s have been working on elevator pitches. If you don't know what an elevator pitch is I will explain it to you.  An elevator pitch is a short speech about a certain topic. It's called (elevator pitch) because it’s like your talking to a businessman in the elevator, you only have a certain amount time to talk. So in partners you had to choose an already made invention and make an elevator pitch for that invention. Our teacher showed us some examples from Shark Tank. Here is an example of my Shark Tank pitch:


Hi my name is Mac and this is my friend Bailey. Our new and inspiring invention is called football boot or cleats. Our awesome invention stops you from slipping and sliding when trying to enjoy playing different sports. Here Bailey will show you how they work. Hi, I am Mac’s really good friend and Co-producer and genius of this project. here are the studs. They will cause traction to the ground and you will be running as quick as the wind and be clean as a whistle. The shoelaces will be tight and give support to the ankle so people from ages 4 – 50 years of age. These boots will range between $10 and $500 dollars for every price range. The outside coating of the boot will keep your feet warm on the coldest of winter days anywhere in the world. Here we have a selection of different boots from $350 to $50. I hope you liked our invention and we are asking for $250,000 for 30% stake. Thank you for listening to our shark tank speech. - Mac

Minecraft Memories

Grade 6’s have been working in Minecraft to recreate a memory from their primary school life, like something in class that they remember quite well. Once they had decided which memory they were going to recreate they had to write it down on paper and show the teacher. After they had written it down they went onto Minecraft Education Edition and got a “Plot”. They got from 2-3 plots to show off their memory, using blocks, items and once they were done signs where they typed up the memory on the designed plots. – Georgia


Carlsruhe Annexe

Chook update

We would like to thank all of the families who offered to give Brownie, our rooster a new home.

Congratulations to Sam and Amelia Foster and their family, who will soon be introducing him to his new lady friends at their home. 


Thursday Activities

Thank you to the following parents and grandparents who helped to make our first week of Thursday Activities such a success! Emma Bexley, Joan Davies, Rebecca Burtt, Robyn Zumstein, Laura Boyer. The students had a great time cooking, gardening, sketching, practising calligraphy, making wrist bands and creating artwork from natural materials.

Here are some photos showing the amazing artwork and colourful wristbands that were created.

Parents or grandparents of CU1 & CU2 are welcome to come and join in the fun and help share the ‘Thursday Activities’ experience with us. If you are able to help, please let us know via you child, by phone or email prior to Thursday if possible. Activities run from 1:45pm until 2:45pm but you are welcome to arrive any time after 1:30pm.

Please also ensure that your current Working With Children Check has been lodged with the office.


Well done to our brilliant chefs who made such a yummy lemon slice that almost all of it had been eaten before this photograph could be taken!

Ann Ireland and Mark Condon

Carlsruhe Annexe

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through Term Three. All of the Year 1/2 students have been working hard and learning a range of new and different concepts in all learning areas. Here is a snapshot of what the students from MU5 have been learning so far in Term Three.

In MU5 we have been learning how to use capital letters and full stops. In Science, we have been mixing things together and making slime. In Maths we have learnt about groups of and ‘X’. -Reeanon and Abbey

We have been learning multiplication in Maths. In multiplication, we have learnt repeated addition and groups of. In writing, we have been learning about procedural texts, where we got to make jelly. In Science, we have made slime and we have also been mixing stuff together. -Rohan and Odin

We have been learning about punctuation and how to use capital letters and full stops. In Integrated Studies we have been looking at change and how families have changed from the past to now. -Cooper and Hunter

In Maths we have been learning multiplication. Some of us have been doing extension work and we have been using picture cards to learn ‘groups of.’ It is really fun! -Liam and Calab

We have been learning how to do punctuation properly, like using capital letters and full stops. We have also been learning procedural texts, like how to make jelly. We have also learnt multiplication and mixing things up in Science. -Breanna and Giselle

We have learnt procedural texts and we have been looking at how to make jelly. In multiplication we have learned about repeated addition, groups of and ‘X’. In Science, we have learned about what happens when different things are mixed together. -James Mc and Campbell


Year 3

This week in the Middle Unit (Year 3) we have learning how to use PowerPoint for our Information Report writing. We have learnt how to create a title page, change the layout, create animations and add photos from Google Images. Next week we will be creating an Information Report using PowerPoint based on our Integrated Studies topic "Change". 


We have also continued our work on Multiplication in Mathematics. The students are getting really quick with their 3 times-tables! They are also learning how to use Division and relate it to Multiplication. 


In our Integrated topic on "Change" this week we have been learning how the rights of Indigenous Australians and Women have changed over time in Australia.


Junior Unit

Science Week

The Foundation children have been learning about the weather in science this term. The children watched some weather reports and then devised their own weather symbols to record the weather over a week. They were amazed to see how much the weather can change, even in just a few hours!  We then looked at the sky to observe the different types of clouds, and recorded and named them in our science journals. The children also made their own temperature scales and are using these to record the temperatures over the course of a week.


Here are some samples of the children’s weather reports, temperature scales and sky drawings.



Canteen News

  • A second helper is needed in canteen tomorrow 17th August.
  • Plenty of spots need filling.  Please contact me ASAP if you can help at [email protected]
  • Footy Lunch Packs will be available on Sept 19th.  No other lunch orders will be available on this day.
  • Countdown to Qkr for Term 4: NO CASH ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Please see the office staff for help loading Qkr.


Canteen Roster


16th     Help needed

17th     Jess, 1 x Helper needed

22nd      Marga

23rd       Help needed

24th       Tania, Help needed

29th       Help needed

30th       Help needed

31st       2 x Helpers needed

Uniform Shop

Lost Property

Just a reminder to check lost property… we have so many winter coats/jackets that are un-named. If items are named, especially non-uniform items, you will have more change of getting them back.  If you are missing anything please come and have a look.

Also, due to supplier price increase, our hats are now $11 each.

Please keep in mind hats are to be worn from early September.

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop

Assembly Awards

Artists of the Week

Year 5

Year 5 students made fantastic colourful masks in Art.  They used papier mache masks as a base and then painted and decorated them in ‘hot’ colours.  Great work Year 5.  You’re ‘Fancy Masks’ are spectacular!

Our Special Artists of the Week are: John, Finn, Aaron, Ginger, Taiya, Jack, Sienna, Oisin, Poppy, Katrina, Zoey, Diesel, Isadora and Isabella.

Students of the Week

JU1 - Tessa

For using all her strategies to read some tricky words. Well done Tessa!

JU2 - nil

JU3 - Mia

Always being a kind and helpful member of our class.

MU1 - Ben

For the nice presentation of his book review.

MU2 - Aiden

For his enthusiasm to take on a challenge when learning about multiplication.

MU3 - Sam

Having a positive attitude towards learning and always doing your best. Well done Sam!

MU4 - Ella

For her outstanding Math skills and determination learning new skills!

MU5 - James

For helping other students to improve their reading. Fantastic!

MU6 - Mikael

Showing maturity and respectfully voicing his opinion to others.

MU7 - Felix

For writing a super Information Report about gold nuggets. Well done!

MU8 - Hannah

For outstanding effort she has been putting into her information reports.

CU1 - Eliza

For working hard to achieve her division targets and using the knowledge to solve a range of problems with confidence.

CU2 - nil

CU3 - Josh

For showing improvement in his times tables skills achieving 1st perfect score in the Blast Off Challenge, and working hard to complete the Sound Waves activities.

CU4 - Rory

For sharing her story The Strange Town, which included a sizzling start, tightening tension scenes and dynamic dialogue. You kept us all enthralled Rory, awesome work!

SU1 - Tyler

For showing super perseverance and being efficient with his spelltastic tasks. You rock!!

SU2 - Lexie

For showing great perseverance and zest when taking part in a variety of important class tasks this week. Keep up the AWESOME work!


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Jasper, Lucas, Remy, Catherine, Ethan

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Madison, Atticus

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

Isabelle, Liam, Kayla, Archer, Peter

New Rewards for Term 3


Gardening Group

Woodend Community Children's Garden

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 - parent’s 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

Carlsruhe Kitchen Garden

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

Needed urgently

Parents to help with the lunchtime Kid’s Garden Club, Mondays 12.45 – 2.00pm. No gardening experience needed.

NEWSPAPERS. NeWsPaPeRs. newspapers. Drop your old newspapers in the box at the School office.


Year 6 Environmental Leaders

The Year 6 Environmental Leader students (Sol, Alex, Ashleigh and Eva) have been learning sustainable garden practices, (eg composting, mulching, weeding, planting), landscape design, leadership and public speaking skills (eg teaching younger students) and project management (eg winter produce stall) in the Woodend Community Garden every Monday since the start of Term 2.  All the rain of late, has provided the perfect opportunity to don the gum boots and learn about hydrology.


Community News

September 2018


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Four critical tools for kids' anxiety management


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
2018 Canteen Menu.pdf
2016.re usable lunch pack.pdf
16.08.18 four-critical-tools-for-kids-anxiety-management.pdf
2018 Uniform Order Form.pdf
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