March 2016

Welcome to our Myojo Buddies

This year marks our 10th year of participation in the Myojo Homestay program and we are excited to welcome 3 staff and 12 students from Myojo to Woodend this week. Thank you to our host families who make this possible by providing… 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 →

Fruit for sale!

Classes at Woodend have a healthy snack time.  This is usually around 10am.  We encourage students to bring a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable to eat at this time.  In your household, if the fruit bowl is empty there… Continue Reading →

What a day! Congratulations to all!

Yet another superb Sports Day!  The day started with a sea of colour as House Captains from Fast Force, Strength Squad, Determined Division and Courageous Crew led students through their chants, warm up and encouragement speeches.  We were fortunate to… Continue Reading →

AGM Tonight 7:00 pm in the gym… Thank you to all new committee members

We thank those parents who have offered to join Governing Council and Committees.  They will join those many who are continuing on in their roles.  We thank committee members who have retired.  Acknowledgment of their efforts are  included in the… Continue Reading →

Sports Day – Canteen Volunteer Roster

Big thank you to all parents/carers for your offers to help in the canteen.  Below is the roster for helpers.  If Canteen staff have not put you on the roster when you offered, we apologise if you have been overlooked…. Continue Reading →

Hanami Picnic and Harmony Day … Friday 1 April… NO JOKE!!

An Hanami Picnic is  planned for 12:30 pm  on 1 April to Celebrate Harmony Day and the 10th anniversary of our friendship with Myojo Gakuen.  We will signify the events by also having a Casual Day.  Students are invited to wear either white, red,… Continue Reading →

Sports Day Program & Map

A hard copy of the Sports Day Program and Map has been sent home to families today. They are also attached here. Sports Day Program 2016 Map of Events 2016

Kitchen Garden Working Bees … Volunteers Needed Throughout Next Week

Next week we are  planning a big  blitz in our Kitchen Garden… we are asking anyone who would  like to  make a difference in the garden to come along and spend as much (or as little time) as you can… Continue Reading →

Parent Opinion Survey Update

Thank you to the 35 selected parents who have already completed the online Parent Opinion Survey. The online format has certainly increased the number of surveys completed. We have now extracted the information from the randomly selected group and are opening the… Continue Reading →

USE Qkr! for ALL YOUR PAYMENTS…canteen, OSHC, sports, uniform, school fees

Click this link: how to to get Qkr!  …Qkr! is now at Woodend Primary School… The new Qkr!(pronounced ‘quicker’) app is now live for families of students at Woodend Primary School. Qkr! is better for parents It is a  secure mobile app… Continue Reading →

Sports Day Warm Up Dance… Getting Exciting!

Here are the moves for all students to watch and  learn:  

Farewell to our garden specialist, Monina

After 6 years as our garden specialist, Monina is leaving us.  We have loved working with Monina and our program has benefited from her  extensive knowledge and expertise  and also her creative headset.  She has worked passionately to create a… Continue Reading →

REMINDER: Sports Day Sausage Sizzle Order Forms

Sports Day Sausage Sizzle forms have gone home for you and  your family to order sausages for Sports Day on Thursday, 24 March. All orders will be delivered to the classroom indicated on the order forms. NO LUNCH ORDERS will be… Continue Reading →

OSHC Vac Care And Forthcoming Staffing Changes

Welcome back to all of our existing OSHC families and welcome to all of our new families – including all of the new receptions!! We had a very successful vacation care – all of the children had a wonderful time!… Continue Reading →

Materials and Services Fee REMINDER ….

Thank you to all who  have  paid in full or have already made their instalment payment.    2nd Instalment of Materials and Services Charge was due 11 March, 2016. Families who have not made arrangements to pay by instalment and have… Continue Reading →

SRC 2016 … Taking a Lead in Learning

Being an SRC member is a very important  and valued role in our school. The main role of our SRC is to focus on improvements  in learning.   To do that we will: spend time  on the personal development of  all SRC members  work with… Continue Reading →

We have logs … Thank you Shannon… More needed

Thanks to one of our parents, we have been able to make our first  big tree trunk impact on the school oval.  We have some work ahead to properly secure these into the ground so that they may be well… Continue Reading →

Sports Day Theme and Chants

Here’s a message from our Sports Day Captains: This year we have chosen to have a superheroes theme for our annual sports day. The reason we have picked this theme is because we  know that students are  very interested in… 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 →

Annual Parent Opinion Survey

Every year as part of our Annual Report to the school community, we include information collected from parents about the organisation and running of the school. We gain this information from a survey of randomly selected parents. This has traditionally… Continue Reading →

Did you know?

Here at Woodend we have a Healthy Eating Committee.  At our first committee meeting for the year, we worked on defining our purpose and directions.  This is our purpose: Healthy eating and drinking at Woodend Primary School is about improving the health… Continue Reading →

We Still Need Big Logs …

Thank you Steve Smith for generously spending   outside school hours time to  move soil and rocks.  Steve is  one of our great  grounds  committee members.  We are passionate about creating wonderful natural play space for our students.   In  a… 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 →

Communications Map

We know that strong communication between home and school is one of the best ways for students to be successful at school. We also know that, with increasingly busy lives, this can be difficult to achieve. We would like to… Continue Reading →


Part of our review of our emergency procedures and communication processes this year includes a new system of notifying parents when there has been an emergency situation at the school. This has always been a difficult task as the logistics… Continue Reading →

Parent Transport Help Required: We Have Books for Overseas Schools…

We are asking for a parent to drop off some boxes of obsolete books (see below) that have been deleted from our school’s library collection. These are to go to Pasadena High School (The Barn; Gate 2) on a Tuesday or… Continue Reading →

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