August 2016

Multiplication mania in Room 21!

In Maths we have been discussing and learning how to recognise and represent multiplication as repeated addition, groups and arrays. Some of the fun activities we undertook in our learning was making arrays of sunshine, we learnt a memory game… Continue Reading →

Myojo Bound!

On 4 September  our group of 16 senior students heads off  with Sarah Vinall, Brian Marshall and Vicki Gregory on a wonderful learning adventure.  For about two weeks they will experience life in Tokyo, attend school in Myojo Gakuen and be hosted by Myojo families…. Continue Reading →

World of Maths

On Wednesday of week 5, in Rooms 1 and 2 Murray from World of Maths set up lots of maths\science activities for all the year 4 and 5s to work on. Murray first talked to us about how we use… Continue Reading →

Retirement Time for Brian

Many know by now that I  have announced I will be retiring at the end of this year.   After 14 years as principal at this wonderful school and a 40 year career in education, I have decided it is time to retire… Continue Reading →

Let’s parade for Book Week!

There was a mass of colour around the fitness track here at Woodend on Friday morning!  Students came dressed in their favourite book character as a culmination to our Book Week activities.  Students paraded the circuit waving to parents/carers, siblings, and… Continue Reading →

Patch Theatre for the Early Years

Last Wednesday 24 August, classes in the early years travelled to Hopgood Theatre, Noarlunga for a Patch Theatre performance called  ‘Emily Loves To Bounce’.  Music, lighting, characters & storyline centred around carefree Henry and practical Amy as they turned the world… Continue Reading →

Coming Soon: Student Free Days

SALA 2016: Our Artist Cate

There are a lot of  artistic collaborations around  the school that have involved Cate Ellis working with our students.  Cate is one of our design technology teachers (Pru Riggs is the other) and also has been involved in a number of our Year 7 memento projects. Cate… 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 →

Let’s support our Jumpathon!

Woodend has a proud history of raising money for the Heart Foundation.  Every three years we ask that students fundraise and/or make a donation towards this charity.  Money raised goes towards valuable heart research.  We have all been affected by… 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 →

Staff Babies Have Arrived!

We know there are plenty of  babies  in our school community, and we congratulate you all on the new arrivals!    We can now do some boasting ourselves, as we have two new arrivals, courtesy of our staff! Congratulations to OSHC Director  Zoe Smitheram on… Continue Reading →

Recognising Our Support Staff

We are so fortunate to have a great, collaborative staff team at  Woodend.  Our teachers and School Support Officers (SSOs) work together as a strong team focussed on  high quality service and support for students and parents.  Every day we appreciate the… Continue Reading →

SCIENCE FOCUS, WEEK 1 TERM 4… FAMILY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY: What can you create with your child?

We are planning a Science Focus Week  for the first  week of Term 4 and we would like families to work towards  creating something  that could  be part of a Family Science and Technology EXPO on Friday 21 October.  We are imagining… Continue Reading →

NAPLaN 2016 Results

NAPLaN student reports for Yr 3, 5 and 7 students have been sent home today.  We assure parents that if they wish to discuss  these reports or any other assessment of their child’s learning,  teachers are more than happy to make… 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 →


What a fantastic morning we had on Wednesday 10 August. Woodend hosted the 13th Annual Hiragana Reading Competition and we were joined by students from 6 other local primary schools. This is an annual event for our Year 7 students…. Continue Reading →

Room 17 and 18 Olympics Assembly

An Olympic theme flavoured last week’s Assembly.  The Assembly was presented by Room 17 and 18 students on Wednesday 17 August.  Dressed in Australian colours and/or as Olympic competitors, the children presented some of the Mathematics involved in the Rio… Continue Reading →

All Wecome at Woodend Cafe… NEXT OPEN on Friday 2 September from 9:00am

Pop in for a coffee, tea, or hot chocolate – it’s a very casual gathering – a great time to invite a friend along for a visit, meet other school parents, or simply pop in for a hot drink and… Continue Reading →

Music Night – Wednesday, 7 September – From 6pm

Wednesday 7 September is our school’s annual music night! This year we will be continuing with our format, using three stages to help keep the night moving along at an entertaining pace. This is a fantastic opportunity for our budding… Continue Reading →

Book Week … READ and REVIEW… Dress Up Day on 26 August

We’d like families to be Reading and Reviewing. The most exciting time of the year, at least from the Library perspective, is fast approaching. This year Book Week will be celebrated at Woodend Primary School in Week 5, from August 22-26…. Continue Reading →

Festival of Music, 18 September… buy your tickets ASAP

Our Senior Choir has been rehearsing all year for their massed choir performance in the Festival Theatre. This will take place on Sunday afternoon, 18 September. The students will need to be at the theatre early (more details coming soon)… Continue Reading →

Carparking Proposal … any passionate advocates?

Woodend Primary School Governing Council would  like to inform school community  members of  a Marion Council development proposal for the Young Street /Hughes Court Reserve, pictured above. If you are a close neighbour to the school,  Corey Wingard may have already… Continue Reading →

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 →

Attention Qkr Users

  This information is from the Qkr Team…… The Qkr app, which we have available for quicker payments of  a range of school transactions, has recently been upgraded with a fresh look and feel. If you still have the old… Continue Reading →

Student Buddy Bench Project – Can you help?

In room 17 this year we are working on ‘Genius Projects’. Genius projects give us an opportunity to learn about something that we think is important or that we are interested in. We had to submit a proposal for our… Continue Reading →

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