Family Engagement

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 →

Science Alive – This Weekend!

This weekend  (August 6th and 7th) the ‘Science Alive’ Expo is on at the Adelaide Showgrounds. Free for anyone under 18, this is a great opportunity to see some fantastic scientific displays and demonstrations. From the website: Science Alive! has… 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 →

Students Become Better Learners… When Parents Are Actively Involved In Their Education

This is not about spending time at school. This is about parents learning about learning  and helping each other better understand about how to  engage in learning  with your child.  Our Governing Council, Parent Network and staff  are focused on this… Continue Reading →

Movie Night: Miss Representation… 16th June

  On Thursday 16 June we are holding a movie night at the school to screen the award winning documentary Miss Representation. This film highlights the negative and highly persuasive messages about girls and women that our youth receive via… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Please Consider Joining Governing Council or Committees

We would love to have your input … We have a small number of vacancies for Governing Council members and there are also opportunities for you to be involved in committees without being on Governing Council. We are keen to… Continue Reading →

Welcome to the Woodend School Community

We experienced sunshine, wind and rain for our start back this week but it did not deter us from welcoming our new students and families to Woodend.  On our visits to classes we chatted to many new students and there… Continue Reading →

Join Parent Network… reps from every class invited… RSVP as soon as possible

Traditionally  we have called for class parent reps from each class to help liaise with the class families, welcome new school community members and  be a first point of contact with parents for the class teacher.  The  reps have also met twice per term with… Continue Reading →

Developing More Powerful Learners

This year we are once again very excited about helping our students meet the learning challenges ahead.  You’ll hear us talking about more about developing Powerful Learners; an important element of our Learning Improvement Plan. We are determined to make… Continue Reading →

End of Year Student Reports

Please refer to the letter distributed  via the term 2  Student Report blog post. Information regarding classes for next year has already  been printed and will be distributed today.


     At Woodend we work to build strong adult partnerships, not only because we want you to feel valued and welcomed but also so you are able to contribute and to learn within our Woodend community. Ultimately this is… Continue Reading →

Homework Survey Reminder

Thank you to those  parents who have already  responded to our Homework Survey (click here).  We appreciate the feedback and encourage  more parents to take a few moments to complete the survey before it closes this Friday 16 October.  We will also… Continue Reading →

Don’t Miss our Special Screening of THAT SUGAR FILM on THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER 6:30 p m in the GYM

This film may well change the way you eat and also how you shop for food.  You may register your interest in coming along  or just come along on  22 October.  We will open the gym at 6:30 pm for… Continue Reading →

Great Start … Check This Out!

We recommend parents  and caregivers check out the Great Start website which has plenty of ideas and activities that can help you make the most of everyday learning and events.  This is an award winning DECD website which promotes more powerful engagement of… Continue Reading →

Homework: What Does The Research Say?

Governing Council and staff have been  taking the first steps to reviewing our Homework Policy.  We invite you to read the Homework Policy. You will see that it has been quiet  a while since we created this policy, in consultation… Continue Reading →

CyberSafety … Adults Being Proactive, Means Better Support for Students

We thank Amanda Dawson for running the Cybersafety sessions (one for staff and one for parents) on 30 June. The feedback has been very  positive. The 40 parents who attended the evening session had many questions and  left with a… Continue Reading →

52 booked already! … Don’t Miss This Parent Information Evening. Tuesday 30 June at 7:00 pm in the Staffroom

Cybersafety … What are your Questions?  Help Your Children be CyberSmart… Come to the information session…   Put your questions (or comments) on this blog post or on our Facebook site… The Woodend Parent Network would like to invite you to a parent… Continue Reading →

What Was It Like Hosting A Student From Japan?

Here’s Alyssa’s impressions. We’d love to hear from others who hosted Myojo students.  Please leave your comments below! Over the last 9 days I have had a Japanese  student staying at my house. Her name is Satoko. Satoko was visiting Woodend… Continue Reading →

Learning Conversations … building our team knowledge

  Our Formal Learning Conversations are occurring now until the end of the term. Look out for the booking sheet from your child’s class teacher. We invite all Parents and Caregivers to participate in these Learning Conversations. We call them… Continue Reading →

Woodend Cafe Open Friday Mornings

Why not  pop in?

Adelaide Writers’ Week Kid’s Weekend

We recommend you take your child to Writers’ Week Kids’ Weekend.   Check out the program here.     Kids’ Weekend is a  Free Event from Sat 28 Feb to Sun 1 March.    Hear popular authors.    Visit the Story Tent. The great red… Continue Reading →

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