Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School

06 February 2018
Issue One
Our Vision
Principal's Report
Upper Ferntree Gully Awards
Out of School Hours Care
Parent Page
Dates to remember
        Notices and Reminders
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Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School
03 97581527
Talaskia Road
Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, 3156

Our Vision

Our Vision

To be an engaging and inclusive learning community where students are confident, creative, curious and lifelong learners.

Our Values

Respect        Teamwork       Resilience        Integrity


We respect ourselves by valuing who we are and doing our personal best.

We respect others by treating them fairly and in the way we would like to be treated.

We respect our community by being inclusive/friendly to others and taking care of our environment.


We make sure that we contribute.

We make sure that we encourage and give others the opportunity to contribute.

We work together to achieve the best we possibly can.


We accept feedback and use it for improvement.

We bounce back when things just don’t seem to be going right.

We make an effort to make things right again.


We are honest with each other.

We are accountable for the decisions we make.

We own up to our mistakes.

Principal's Report

Welcome Back

We have had a fantastic start to the school year. The students have come back from their holidays settled and ready for learning. A little bit weary as they settle into the new routine however they are very positive. They have all been eager to share what they did on the holidays and we know they are looking forward to a great year.


Term 1 is always such a busy short term full of great learning and great activity, this year is no exception. We have meet and greet interviews coming up in a few weeks, swimming, Family night, Prep Family Night and 5/6 camp. It's full steam ahead with learning and a trip on a steam train as we head to Puffing Billy for our whole school excursion. The students start the year learning about the school values and how to follow them and what the expectations are at Upper Gully. The students are all doing an amazing job, you just have to walk through the corridor or visit the classroom to see how engaged in their learning they are.


It is great to have the continuity of staff at the school as it makes it that much easier for students to transition. We welcome back all of the same staff, as well as Mrs Rebecca Wilson who is in 4/5C. We do have one surprise and that is a congratulations to Mrs Cheers who is expecting in July.

School Council

We have our last meeting of the current school council befoe the AGM in March. This year we have a number of positions that are ending. If anyone is interested in being on school council then please come along to our meeting next Wednesday to find out what it is all about.

It has been a fantastic start to 2018!

Have a Great week.


Upper Ferntree Gully Awards

Awards are handed out at assembly the following Monday after the newsletter is published.

Student of the Week

1P -  Amalia -For being a terrific helper!!
2D -  Jone - For showing respectful listening. Keep up the amazing work, Jone!
3N -  Paige - For making a confident effort to settle into a new routine.
45C - Stephen - For his excellent start to the year at Upper Gully!
            Macee - For being a caring and helpful member of our classroom.
56D - Ryan - For your great start at Upper Gully.
           Aiden - For your great start at Upper Gully!

Writer of the Week

1P -  Daniel - For trying your best when writing!

2D -   Liam For having a go at sounding out words, while writing about your holidays. Well done!

3N -   Sarah M - For confidently writing ideas into her heart map.

45C -  Ben -  For his attention to detail in his Writer's Notebook.

56C -  Chloe - For entering wonderful seeds into your Writer's Notebook.

Mathematician of the week

1P -  Elijah - For your wonderful ideas about what makes a good mathematician!

2D -  Brodie -  For showing good concentration and thinking, while playing maths games. Well done!

3N -   Vyolette -  For efficiently and correctly adding numbers.

45C - Elliot -  For taking the challenge of extending an activity to suit his abilities.

56C - Charlie - For your excellent contributions to maths discussions.

Japanese Award

 3N - Deaja - For learning the sentence "I am excited" in Japanese just by listening to others. Great job!!!

Out of School Hours Care

Our Prices

Program Times                  Full Fee 

Before School Care         $12  

6:45AM – 8:45AM

After School Care             $16                 

3:30PM – 6:15PM


Parent Page

Starting School

Learning from other transitions

Your child has most likely already experienced several transitions in their life. These may include starting preschool, going on holiday, moving house or welcoming the addition of a new brother or sister. These experiences can help children develop skills for managing new situations such as starting school. They can also help you get to know how your child copes with change. You may like to think about:

  • What has helped your child manage other transitions and changes in their life?

  • How have you supported them to cope?

  • How can you utilise your child’s early childhood educator and school teacher to support this process?

Using your child’s strengths and skills

Throughout your child’s early years they have been learning and developing a range of skills. Every child is different. They each have their own strengths that can help them manage change when starting school.

The following provides you with some ideas for helping your child manage change and build on their social and emotional, independence and learning skills. Many of the suggestions will be things that you are already doing, and your child will keep progressing in these areas when they start school. You may like to choose one or two skills to focus on over the next few months. Choosing a small number of skills is important as you do not want to overwhelm your child in the lead up to starting school.

Social and emotional skills

Teach friendship skills: Teach your child ways to introduce themselves to new children, join in play with others and be friendly and co-operative. Talk to your child about what being a good friend means (eg sharing, taking turns at choosing a play activity, using kind words).

Encourage sharing and taking turns: Playing with your child, following their lead and having fun together will help develop their social skills. Playing simple board games, card games or computer games with children helps them to develop sharing and turn taking skills. It also helps children to cope with disappointment when they do not always win.

Invite children to play together: Arranging for your child to get together with other children helps them to establish friendships and practise their social skills. Providing positive guidance and helping to structure activities (eg using blocks to build a tower together) can be helpful when supporting children to establish new friendships.

Involve your child in conversations: Talking with your child and involving them in conversations can help them to learn the rules of communication such as waiting for a turn, expressing ideas and listening without interrupting.

Help your child to manage their emotions: Emotional skills include being able to recognise, express, understand and manage a wide range of feelings. You can promote your child’s emotional development by spending time with them and being warm and responsive to their needs. Talk to your child about what is happening and help them to describe and label the emotions they are feeling.

Get to know other families in the school community: Arranging to meet with other families in the school community prior to starting school will help develop relationships and a sense of connectedness to the school community.

Independence skills

Encourage self-help skills: These skills include your child dressing and undressing themselves, eating from their lunch box, going to the toilet and asking for help. Encouraging your child to develop these skills will give them lots of confidence in being able to do things for themselves.

Promote a sense of responsibility: Encouraging your child to take responsibility for small tasks (eg setting the table for dinner, putting their clothes in the wash basket) will help them feel useful and build their self-confidence.

Teach your child to care for their belongings: Encourage your child to care for and respect their belongings (eg tidying up toys, putting pencils back in their pencil case).

Involve your child in making decisions: Providing your child with simple choices will give them practice for decisions they may need to make at school. Start with giving two choices such as the red or the blue top when getting dressed or an apple or banana for a snack. This will give them the confidence to make bigger decisions.

Develop your child’s understanding of social rules: Talk to your child about how different settings have different rules and expectations (eg rules at preschool, rules around a swimming pool to keep everyone safe). This will help them adjust to some new rules they will need to learn to remember and follow at school.

Learning skills

Introduce early literacy and numeracy skills: These include your child recognising numbers and letters, and counting and writing their own name. Introduce the concept of counting and letter recognition through everyday activities. For example, count the number of toys on the floor, point to words when reading aloud to your child, sing songs, say nursery rhymes and foster an enjoyment of listening to stories. Remember, children will get plenty of practice with reading and writing once they start school.

Encourage your child to focus on an activity: Encourage your child to sit and focus on an activity for a period of time (eg making a house from blocks, building a racing track, drawing a picture, doing a puzzle). Your child may benefit from you sitting with them or checking back at regular intervals to provide positive encouragement and feedback as they concentrate and enjoy themselves. For example, you might say, “wow, look at the size of the house you built! Could we add a fence or garden?”

Encourage listening skills: Reading books or listening to CD or DVD recordings of stories is a great way to help develop your child’s listening skills. Asking questions about the story can also support your child’s understanding and communication skills. For example, ask questions about what has happened, what might happen next or how characters might be feeling. To promote curiosity, you might ask, “ I wonder what would happen if...?”

Help your child to follow instructions: Start by giving your child one instruction to follow (eg get your socks) and walk with them to do it if necessary. You can then build up to giving your child two-step instructions (eg put your dish in the sink and get your socks). Children often have difficulty remembering more than two or three instructions at a time.

Promote a hands-on approach to learning: Learning occurs through everyday play and experiences. Providing opportunities to experience new places, such as going to the library to look for books, visiting places in the community and following your child’s interests (eg looking for bugs with lots of legs), will show them that learning is fun. ‘Make-believe’ play, such as when children pretend to be characters, encourages their imagination and creative skills. Materials such as empty boxes, writing materials and dress-up clothes can help to support make-believe play.

Encourage hand-eye coordination: Using scissors and glue, drawing, building with blocks, helping with cooking (stirring and pouring), and throwing and catching balls can help children to learn and practise hand-eye coordination, which is important as they learn to read and write.

Articles to support parents as their children grow:

Dates to remember

2018 Term 1



Thursday 8th

House Swimming Year 3-6


Wednesday 14th

School Council



Wednesday 21st

School Meet & Greet


Friday 23rd

District Swimming (selected students only)



Thursday 1st

School Family Night


Friday 9th

Curriculum Day - no students at school




Monday 12th

Labour Day holiday - no students at school


Wednesday 14th

Whole School Excursion - Puffing Billy


Wednesday 21st

Harmony Day

PFA - Hot Cross Buns

School Council


Monday 26th - Wednesday 28th

School Camp 4/5/6


Thursday 29th

PFA - Easter raffle 

Last Day of Term 1

School dismissal at 1:30pm


Term 1:  Mon 29 January (school teachers start)

to 29 March (Thursday) 
Term 2:  16 April to 29 June
Term 3:  16 July to 21 September
Term 4:  8 October to 21 December

        Notices and Reminders


Please let the office know if your CSEF details need to be updated or if you are new to accessing it this year.

Fresh Produce

There is fresh produce available at the school office.

Update details

If you have changed your address or any other personal details could you please change this on Compass or notify the office.

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Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School