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Family Engagement

Invitation to Join Parent Network

The Parent Network is a commitee of parents who help to foster parent engagement at Woodend – our goals are to support parents, assist in communication with parents, and build a strong parent community. We aim to have at least… Continue Reading →

Science Week is looming!

Monday 16 – Friday 20 October 2017 (Term 4 Week 1) is Woodend’s celebration of all things Science.  Our Science Week provides opportunities for students to enjoy and develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes and the applications… Continue Reading →

Planning for Science Week

At Woodend, we see science as an ideal way to grow our students’ curiosity and creativity as well as strengthening scientific and mathematical thinking.  The success of our Science Week in Term 4 last year, was a testament to our commitment to… Continue Reading →

Canteen Rewards!

Be rewarded for your services! Volunteering in the canteen can earn your child a canteen voucher! Assisting the canteen staff, Helen or Lee, on any day would be appreciated.  You can help anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours. If you… Continue Reading →

SAVE THE DATES… 8 March and 17 May 2017 … exciting Mark le Messurier presentations

We are very pleased that Parent Network has been able to organise two special  Mark Le Messurier  adult presentations  in Terms 1&2  next year.  We are sure these will be very engaging for parents and staff . Mark is a… Continue Reading →

Star Gazing, 4 November 2016 … We Saw Amazing Saturn

Those  who came out on Friday evening to attend  our star gazing  evening  were enthralled by the  close up views of the Moon  and the Rings of Saturn.  We had over one hundred people brave chilly winds to have a unique experience…. Continue Reading →

Why Not Join The Kay-A-Day Challenge …  November 1-21

Parent Network would like to invite Woodend families to take part in the Kay-A-Day Challenge, designed to encourage kids to walk or run just one kilometre a day for 21 days – the distance of a half marathon!In Australia 9… Continue Reading →

What A Beautiful Thing … Some Next Steps and More Science Expo Photos

Our aim for science week was to spark curiosity for students to  doing more exploring … We want students to be able to develop their obersvation skills so that they notice what’s going on…  often the observations will lead to students… Continue Reading →

What A Beautiful Thing… Science Expo Excitement

We  had a fabulous science week, which culminated with a wonderful Science Expo.  We were all enthralled by the hundreds of science  projects, posters, models, investigations that were on display.  Congratulations to families for all the wonderful engagement in learning that… Continue Reading →

Welcome … Science Expo 21 OCT… Stargazing Evening Now 4 NOV… Amazing win … Class Placement 2017…

We hope you enjoyed a great family catch up time during the past two weeks.   We look forward to a term full of sparky learning opportunities, where we strive to ignite the passions of all learners. Science EXPO 9:00 am  –… Continue Reading →

News From Governing Council…

At our recent Governing Council meeting, we were very lucky to have a wonderful student presentation from Cooper & Jess, year 2 students from Mrs. Luke’s room 18 class. The students very confidently shared with us their wonderful book reviews… Continue Reading →

REMINDER: The Mask You Live In – Film Night Wednesday 14 September

  Don’t miss this great film opportunity.  Builds on  important work in classes around gender stereotypes and self image.  Here’s what we published three weeks ago: On Wednesday 14 September at  6:30 pm  in the Gym,  our Parent Network is hosting a movie… Continue Reading →

2016 Parents in Education Week – book your spot!

You are invited to attend a series of free evening information sessions delivered by renowned international and national child development and learning experts.   Information sessions will run from Monday 12 September to Thursday 15 September across 4 key locations… Continue Reading →

See the Rings of Saturn… Friday 21 October at 8:00 pm Family Stargazing Evening

Our Stargazing Evening on the school oval will be fabulous.  Dean Davison  (Skywatch) will be conducting the evening along with members of the astronmical society.  Saturn, Venus and Mars will all be visible in the West. And yes, if it is… Continue Reading →

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT: Ideas for Science & Technology Expo …

What  science and technology  project or activity could you be  working on with your child, for inclusion in our Family Science and Technology Expo on 21 October. We would love everyone to have a go!  There should always be time for  hands on… Continue Reading →

How to Write a Book Review … Family Engagement Activity

We are asking families to read together and send us a book review of a favourite book.  This does not need to be very long or complex. A book review should tell us something about the story and characters. It… Continue Reading →

Science Alive – This Weekend!

This weekend  (August 6th and 7th) the ‘Science Alive’ Expo is on at the Adelaide Showgrounds. Free for anyone under 18, this is a great opportunity to see some fantastic scientific displays and demonstrations. From the website: Science Alive! has… Continue Reading →

Election, Politics, Democracy … engaging with your child

What is democracy ? How might you engage your child in a discussion about democracy? Many  of you will cast your vote in our school gym on Saturday. It important that we use  community events to help students make connections… Continue Reading →

Love Science? We need your help…

Many of us love science and would love to see students take greater interest in science.  Our school focus on improving students’ numeracy skills is  closely aligned to providing more opportunities  for students to explore and make  sense of the world  through… Continue Reading →

Students Become Better Learners… When Parents Are Actively Involved In Their Education

This is not about spending time at school. This is about parents learning about learning  and helping each other better understand about how to  engage in learning  with your child.  Our Governing Council, Parent Network and staff  are focused on this… Continue Reading →

Movie Night: Miss Representation… 16th June

  On Thursday 16 June we are holding a movie night at the school to screen the award winning documentary Miss Representation. This film highlights the negative and highly persuasive messages about girls and women that our youth receive via… Continue Reading →

PEDAL PRIX: We Love To Race… New Riders Welcome… First Race 19 June

Students can enjoy the  excitement of  riding a human powered vehicle (HPV) and compete in our school team  against other schools in the PEDAL PRIX competition. Pedal Prix is a very special opportunity for parents and children to work together…. Continue Reading →

Increasing Your Child’s Brainpower… don’t resist the impulse!!

For a while now we have communicated our focus on developing students’ social and emotional  capabilities as a means of increasing their achievement levels. We know that we can engage  learners in activities to develop the brain’s Executive Function.  Developing Executive Function involves:… Continue Reading →

100 QUESTIONS THAT PROMOTE MATHEMATICAL DISCOURSE

As we try to develop more intellectual stretch for our children, what we say  to them and what we don’t say, become increasingly important. How might we promote greater discussion and thinking as children engage in mathematical activities at home… Continue Reading →

Learning Conversations

Formal Learning Conversations are an important element of our reporting process and build on partnerships with teachers, students and families to ensure successful learning. These conversations are occurring in all classes, from now until the end of the term. We invite all… Continue Reading →

Helpful hints for school

Is your child having difficulty getting into a school routine? Is s/he having trouble developing healthy habits? Encourage them to access this Kids Health website with you.  There is a new section in the Women’s and Children’s Network, a website developed… Continue Reading →

Please Consider Joining Governing Council or Committees

We would love to have your input … We have a small number of vacancies for Governing Council members and there are also opportunities for you to be involved in committees without being on Governing Council. We are keen to… Continue Reading →

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