April 2016

Meet Our Garden Specialist, Kate!

We welcome Kate Washington, our  new garden specialist,  pictured (right) with Amanda Whitrod, our Kitchen Specialist. Kate will start the term with visits to class, during the scheduled garden session times for Weeks 1&2.  This will give Kate a chance… Continue Reading →

Thank You From Jeannette

Jeannette Scapens (left) pictured  with Chris Dinham, our teacher librarian. At a special morning tea on Friday Jeannette was presented with a lovely commemorative book created by our  teachers and students. Jeannette has been a valued  member of our library… Continue Reading →

ANZAC DAY: What does it mean to us and why do we commemorate it?

` Luka, Aidan, Libby and Anisa reading their war letters from the Gallipoli trenches! ANZAC Day is a day to unite all Australians in remembering those who serve and die in war.  ANZAC DAY day is a time for understanding… 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 →

Bird’s Eye View … looking good!

A big  thank you to Josh Anderson  for the aerial photos taken from his drone!

KODOMO NO HI FESTIVAL …Children’s Day… Sunday 1 May

Vinall Sensai and Keiko Sensai would like to draw your attention to this wonderful family holiday opportunity to celebrate a special Japanese day. On the last day of the school holidays, Sunday  1 May, there will be “Kodomo no hi… Continue Reading →

The Power at Woodend … 4 April

On Monday the 4th of April we were very lucky to have the Port Adelaide Football Club come to our school to speak at a special assembly and run an after school football training session for our school football players…. Continue Reading →

Logs For Posts Needed

Wow, isn’t it amazing how good those  extra big logs and stumps are.  A big thank you to  the Stanley family for looking out for us and  getting us access to these wonderful  items for our Biodiversity  and Nature  Play  Project.  As you… Continue Reading →

Myojo @ Woodend … 10th Anniversary Highlights

We Farewelled our friends  from Myojo  last Wednesday.  After 10 years of visits it still doesn’t get  easy to say goodbye.  We are sure that  they feel the same, back in Tokyo. We thank our wonderful host families for make… 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 →

Term Review

Reminder: Early Dismissal (2:05pm) on Friday for the last day of term.   It’s been a great first term and much has been happening at Woodend.  Some highlights include: Learning Conversations: Teachers highly valued recent opportunities to meet with families to discuss students’ learning… Continue Reading →

Farewell Monina and Jeannette … 6 April Assembly

Nina Marni: Our first student led Acknowledgment of Country was initiated and conducted by Danica.  Chloe recited the Acknowledgement with Danica. We will use this Acknowledgement   of Country  at all formal assemblies and gatherings from now on.    … Continue Reading →

R-7 Assemblies Term 1

Congratulations to  the classes that have organised and run R- 7 assemblies this term.  We started with  Merry Whelan  and Jenny Cullen’s students.  This was followed by Karen Sheppard and Amelia Bolt’s students. Our Japanese students were welcomed and farewelled… 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 →

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 →

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