May 2016

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 →

CODE-athon is Coming … We’re excited about Our Major Fundraiser…

Each year at Woodend our major fundraiser is an  ‘athon’, which is organised and run by a class  or two (or three!), to raise money for programs and improvements to our school. This year, rooms 17, 18 and 25 will be… Continue Reading →

Arrangements For Next Week’s Planting Working Bees … please help for an hour

We want students to be involved in planting so that they remember they created this impact on our school environment. For this to happen we need help. This is a buddy class activity and about 36 plants per two classes… Continue Reading →

Southern Valley District Cross Country… Great Effort!

On Tuesday, 17 May, 32 Woodend students participated in the Southern Valley District Cross Country event. It was a great day for all involved and our students gave their best effort in their races. Our students have had 6 weeks… Continue Reading →

Now for the Musical Instruments … Carpenters needed

We love our new gates that have been constructed with great skill and care by Scott and Rob Gill and Owen  McIver.  We really appreciate their superb effort and great expertise they  applied to create a lovely asset for the school…. Continue Reading →

Working Bees on 30 and 31 May… Please help us plant 440 trees, shrubs and grasses

All classes will  participate in a major planting  around our oval on 30 and 31 May. The grounds committee is working hard to prepare for our major planting of  indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses for our Nature Play and Biodiversity Project. We… Continue Reading →

Uniform Shop Sale… Gold Polo Bargains

Come into the uniform shop to grab a bargain on Gold Polos. All long and short sleeve gold polos are on sale for $15 each.  Most sizes available. Uniform Shop Opening Hours – Wednesday 3.00-3.30pm Thursday     8.30-9.00am Friday           8.30-9.00am

Walk Safely To School Day… Friday 20 May

National Walk Safely to School Day is this Friday 20 May.   Now in its 17th year, this annual event, encourages us to walk and commute safely to school. We see it as a community event and would like to… 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 →


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 →

Baked Potatoes… order now!

Tuesday 31 May for Years Rec-4 Wednesday, 1 June for Years 5-7 Choice of two toppings: Bolognaise Sauce & Cheese or Ham, Cheese & Coleslaw $5.00 each Potatoes can be ordered by using Qkr! – Phone App (Click on Qkr! payments… Continue Reading →

Check out our new Winter Menu!

Our new Woodend Canteen Winter Menu not only has a new look, it has become a seasonal menu!  You will find some changes to suit the cooler weather over these next 2 terms.  The changes to the menu are based… Continue Reading →

Recognising Volunteers … This is National Volunteer Week

We thank our volunteers for the fabulous contribution you make to our wonderful school  and for the way you  model good community thinking.  Your impact on others, and particularly on our students is highly valued and appreciated.  Here is a… Continue Reading →

Student Free Day… Friday 3 June

Please note: Governing Council has approved a student free day  on Friday 3 June.  Teachers will be working on the Australian Curriculum and moderation, deepening our understanding of how the big ideas grow through the curriculum and engaging in a moderation process…. Continue Reading →

Support Woodend through Credit Union SA

  We are launching a fantastic fundraising opportunity through Credit Union SA. School Community Rewards is simple for new and current members of Credit Union SA and will give a direct financial benefit to the school without costing you a… Continue Reading →

Welcome to Term 2 and NAPLAN

We look forward to another productive term; one where our students will be consolidating their learning and building on the strong efforts so far.  Please see the school calendar for term events, including: NEP reviews, excursions, performances, workshops and our whole… Continue Reading →

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