Learning Plan

Learning Support

There have been some staff changes within our learning support team this term. At the end of last term we farewelled Lisa Budick, who has been supporting our students for the past 5 years. Lisa has been a valuable member… Continue Reading →

InitiaLit presentation to Leaders

We were very excited to be invited to share our work with using the InitiaLit program with our local schools this week.  Ms Yardley, Mrs Edwards, Mrs Ogilvie, Mrs Harris and Mrs Luke showcased aspects of the program to the… Continue Reading →

Learning Support 2021

Literacy and Numeracy are foundational to learning at Woodend. The literacy and numeracy learning programs are evidence-informed and differentiated to meet individual students needs. For a variety of reasons there is a small percentage of students who require additional support… Continue Reading →

Our Kidpreneurs have an amazing experience… UPDATED 09/12/16

Check out this youtube video…added   to this post on 09/12/16. A couple of weeks ago our National Prize winning Kidpreneurs of the Year from Felicity Shevchenko’s class had an amazing time in Melbourne visiting the Moose Toy Headquarters and meeting with… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Important Information for 2016 … Broader BYOD for Students, Reception Students Dismissed Early

School Begins Monday 1 February 2016 Reception Students Dismissed  At 12:30 pm During The First Week of Term 1, 2016 Between 12:30 pm And 4:00 pm Each Day In Week 1 Term 1, 2016, Meetings Between Reception Teachers And Parents BYOD… Continue Reading →

Advance Notice: Broadening Our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program in 2016

It is our aim that digital technology is used to promote powerful learning, inquiry, creativity and effective communication. We wish to support our students to become digitally responsible citizens. We also want students to be using digital technology as a… 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 →

Student Reports … Working Collaboratively To Achieve Learning Improvements

The  mid year student reports have been sent home today.  They should really summarise what students, teachers and parents already know about learning  achievements, goals and support.  Our school Learning Plan is increasingly focussed on stretching students’ learning by not only… Continue Reading →

Ask the Reporter

*EDIT: BTN has posted the video online. We have now included it at the bottom of this post. From a student’s perspective Today I got the chance to listen to Carl, a reporter on BTN, in a live broadcast along with… Continue Reading →

Technology in our Classrooms

It’s great to see so many students bringing their iPads to school everyday. Using this technology in the classroom allows us the opportunity to explore learning in ways that we couldn’t before. An example of this is the way that… Continue Reading →

ANZAC Centenary Commemoration… what will your children learn?

ANZAC Day is a national day of significance.  It is a day when we commemorate the efforts and valour of our defence forces, who for the past 100 years, have not only honourably represented, in military conflicts around the world, the political will… Continue Reading →

Creating Better Anytime Anywhere Learners

In Thursday’s newsbrief we  highlighted the Family Engagement Strategy. The ultimate intent of the strategy is to build the capacity of our students to be better anytime, anywhere learners. Our Family Engagement Strategy is  focused on valuing  the knowledge and… Continue Reading →

AGM 2015: Stretching and Powerful Partnerships

At the AGM  on 18 March our 2014 Annual Report was presented. It highlighted some key aspects of our Learning Improvement Plan for the year ahead: It is acknowledged that we provide a very good  level of educational opportunities for all students. We… Continue Reading →

Play at Woodend

Our teachers have always recognised that  play was an important aspect of child development.  However, it has also been challenging for teachers to  provide enough time for play while working to develop  formal  literacy and numeracy skills.  We are now really… Continue Reading →

AGM 2015 … SRC is about Decision Making and Communication Skills

At the AGM we talked about SRC and the importance of developing students’ understanding of  decision making and communication processes.  We talked about how we want SRC to focus on improvements  in learning.  We saw that this was the main role… Continue Reading →


This term in The Arts we have been working on making a movie. Our movie is going to be about a news presenter asking kids what they think “imagining” is.  We asked students from Room 9 what they thought imagining is…. Continue Reading →

Create Time To Play

There’s always a good reason to create some time for play; especially as play is important  in developing creativity. Creativity is something we all enjoy, and our young ones have in bucket loads. These students in Jane Ramsey’s class are having a lovely time building… Continue Reading →

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