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Governing Council News… learning about learning

We love it when students are able to share their learning experiences with adults.  At Woodend we are trying to involve  our students  in  more offportunties to do this at staff meetings, at leaders’ and teachers’ conferences and also at Governing Council… Continue Reading →

Science in Room 24

In room 24 we have become science investigators and looking at melting. Our first focus was looking at ice and how temperature affects the melting speed of the ice. In the video below you can see a snippet of our… Continue Reading →

Student Digital Leaders

Over the school holidays a number of teachers attended the annual EdTechSA Conference held at Immanuel College. This conference is designed to support teachers with the most effective use of digital technologies in the classroom. This year, we had the… Continue Reading →

Room 17 – #WeStandTall

We have a fantastic group of boys in our class this year. As the year progresses, the level of leadership we are seeing is impressive with many of our boys taking on important roles around the school and in the wider… 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 →

CODE-athon program is here… We look forward to great support for our Major  Fundraiser…

So, what do parents need to know about coding? Ultimately CODING is all about creating precise instructions for digital devices to operate in routine ways to  meet our needs.  Whenever we use our phones, computers, or just about any other devices… Continue Reading →

HIGH VELOCITY JUMP ROPE PERFORMANCES

The school jump rope team High Velocity has just completed a very successful performance schedule of schools on the Fleurieu Peninsula and Murray Bridge. School visits provide a fabulous opportunity for our team to showcase their amazing rope skills and… Continue Reading →

Our Own Fringe Performance Day … A Grand Success!

We had a wonderful experience  on 10 June as students from Don Zampogna and Merry Whelan’s classes  provided numerous entertaining and  edifying “Fringe” type performances in multiple venues for classes across the  school to enjoy. It was a fantastic experience for… Continue Reading →

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

Teachers  make  many adjustments   to  differentiate the  learning  program and support student learning success.  We have commenced a ten week period where teachers across Australia are monitoring and recording  their adjustments, which provide a national picture of  the additional… Continue Reading →

INTER-SCHOOL YEAR 7 JAPANESE QUIZ SUCCESS

On Monday 30 May, 12 Year 7s represented Woodend at an inter school Japanese Quiz afternoon. They were placed in teams with students from other schools. This was a great opportunity to share their knowledge with other students and also… 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 →

Training Students to Notice What Intellectual Stretch Looks Like

This year Woodend along with our local partnership of schools and pre-schools continues our involvement in the Local Partnerships Teaching for Effective Learning (TfEL) PILOT. Our students will continue the exciting and innovative work co-designing learning improvement in our schools… 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 →

Lab on Wheels Comes to Woodend

Many of the year 3 /4/5 classes will be involved in HANDS ON Chemical Science activities this week  here at school. Each of these classes will be involved in a 90 minute session. This will be a fabulous opportunity for students… Continue Reading →

Visiting from the USA

My name is Declan and I’m visiting from the USA. At the end of last year, my parents decided I was going to be in Australia for a term of school. My first reaction was “I’m going to a desert… Continue Reading →

Thanks to our Garden Volunteers

Thank you so much to the enthusiastic  volunteers who have helped our  kitchen garden classes with the working bees to  bring the garden back into a manageable order.  It has been a big team effort  and the garden is now… Continue Reading →

NAPLaN in Perspective … Results +

Weekend coverage on the NAPLaN league tables that the media  produces  to “rank” schools are exactly why  educators  don’t like the hype around these tests.  Everyone wants to make improvements to student learning and every school wants to  improve their strategies to do… Continue Reading →

Harmony Day… Australia has been Multicultural for more than 50 000 years!

Our Diversity is Our Strength… It’s our Harmony Day; an event  to highlight  that we focus  our students on the wonderful richness that cultural diversity provides.  We celebrate together today, with our Hanami Picnic. A big thank you to all who contributed… Continue Reading →

Visual Arts and Design Technology R-2 in 2016

My name is Cate Ellis. This year I am delivering the Visual Arts and Design Technology programs at Woodend PS to the junior primary students in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.   The program runs as follows, with a… Continue Reading →

More than Dancing

Once again this year teachers from Years 1-5 have been engaged  Footsteps Dance Studios in a 5 week block of weekly dance lessons for students. Teachers intentions were to use this program as a multipurpose opportunity for students to be… Continue Reading →

Design and Technology

Hi, My name is Lyn Klinkert and I have been a Relief and Contract Teacher at Woodend for 20 years. I have taught in the Library, The Arts, PE and been a class teacher from Receptions to Yr 7. This… Continue Reading →

NIHONGO (Japanese) at Woodend

  Konnichiwa!   Our focus at Woodend is not only the language side of Japanese but also learning about and appreciating another culture. Students are exposed to many cultural aspects and customs of Japan as well as the language. This… 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 →

Woodend Physical Education Program

My name is Matthew Hehner and I am the Physical Education (PE) teacher here at Woodend Primary School. This is my 5th year here at Woodend and I really enjoying teaching all students R-7. My PE program focuses on all students… Continue Reading →

2016 semester 2 in The Arts

A new semester has begun in The Arts, bringing new classes.As this year we are having double lessons for a semester in The Arts, swapping with Design and Technology in the other half year, the classes have now swapped. R-… Continue Reading →

BYOD – Digital Technologies in 2016 and Beyond

As you would know our school supports a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program as an approach to complementing our school resources and enhancing the use of digital technology on our school network. It is our aim that digital technology is used… Continue Reading →

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