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Castlemaine VIC 3450
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Phone: 03 5472 1522

FLAT CHAT | 21st August 2019

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FLAT CHAT | 21st August 2019

BOOK WEEK OPEN MORNING TOMORROW

To celebrate Book Week tomorrow at 9.15am we’ll have a grand parade in Oakview of students (and parents/carers/staff) who have dressed up as a book character.

We then invite parents and carers to join in the discussion in their child’s classroom, or read from the book they have selected from their own childhood.

For me the book I would choose is The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis. An early memory is having this story read aloud to my sister and me by our grandfather, when we visited my grandparents each weekend. We would listen to a chapter at a time and I can still hear his voice and distinctive Lincolnshire lilt, as he pronounced the names of the characters.

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2020 VISION AND THE SCHOOL REVIEW – PARENT FORUMS

Thank you to the parents who came to the forums last week.

The broad area for discussion were:

  • Students’ academic experiences
  • Students’ social and emotional experiences
  • Students’ experiences of the school environment
  • School community experiences

We are now collating the response to the questions posed:

What would you like to see more of?

What would you like to see less of?

Are there things we could be doing that we currently don’t do?

What needs to change?

A survey to all Winters Flat families will be available soon.

Central to this process is finding out what our students think and they will be invited to participate in this feedback process.

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REGIONAL PARENT FORUMS

Attached to this Newsletter is an invitation to participate in a forum at Bendigo 9.30am-3.30pm next Tuesday 27th August to connect with other parents and carers to discuss:

  • Student Support Services and Mental Health Workers in Schools
  • Career Pathways
  • Cost of schooling

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FOOTBALL TRIP – MCG

I was very proud of the behaviour of all the students from Year 5 and Year 6 who attended the Richmond v Carlton game last Sunday. I was less impressed by the result but I was definitely in the minority as we sat at the Punt Road end.

I would particularly like to thank Katie Wilson who organized the tickets and the train/bus to get there and back, as well Peter Wilson, Phoebe and Phoebe, Keenan Lucas and Sam Milner who assisted with support and supervision.

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WINTER WORKING BEE

Sunday was spent clearing away some old fruit trees and signage at the front of the school and the area has been planted with some new native shrubs and grasses. Thanks to Kate Brebner and Stephen Beavis, Terry Willis, Blair Venn, Kirsty Williams & Simon Butler, Helen Kaptein and Lucinda, Luca, Leuca, Jimmy and Sam. Great effort!

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Suzanne Kinnersly

Principal

UNIFORM SHOP- BELEZA

The uniform shop will be temporarily unavailable until further notice.  There are plans for the company to open a shop in Castlemaine stocking all the uniforms in the area. In the meantime you can order uniforms from the office as we have a small selection of styles and sizes for viewing.  Tuesday will be the day to order and then Thursday the order will be delivered.  You can also use your vouchers from State School Relief.  Free postage for online orders until further notice using code FREEPOSTCASTLEMAINE. There is also going to be a slight price rise from the 1st September 2019.  New price lists will be distributed shortly. 

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HATS

Just a reminder that it is compulsory for students to start wearing their hats from the 1st September. Hats must be wide brimmed. If you need to purchase one, they are available at the office for $14.00. If a child is without a hat, they must play in a shaded area.

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LOST PROPERTY

We have an assortment of lost property (containers, water bottles, beanies) currently at the office. Please remember to label all items to ensure items are promptly returned.

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TOMATO FUNDRAISER

Help us to raise funds for Winters Flat Primary School by germinating tomato seeds into seedlings. We plan to sell the tomato plants at fundraising events in November/December.

We need 12 families to take home a germinating kit. Your job will be:

  1. plant the tomato seeds
  2. care for the seedlings
  3. repot 25 seedlings into tube stock pots
  4. drop them back at school ready for sale.

Kits need to be collected on Sept 2nd, Term 3 and returned by Nov 11th, Term 4.

You’ll be given seeds/pots/tray/seed raising mix/clear instructions. We ask if you can please provide the potting mix/soil.

If you are interested in helping us by raising some tomatoes, please leave your name, email and phone number at the office.

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MELBOURNE ZOO EXCURSION

Forms have been distributed for the whole school Melbourne Zoo excursion on Tuesday 3rd September. Please return the permission form with payment to the office ASAP. Zoo memberships are unfortunately unable to be used due to the education part of the zoo being different from the membership part.

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NEWSLETTER

Hard copies of the newsletter are printed off each fortnight. They are available at the front office if you wish to come collect one.

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Karen Mahoney & Renae Wilson

Office

SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY AUGUST 19TH 2019: SUMMARY OF MEETING

Our last School Council meeting was held on Monday August 19th 2019.  We started the meeting by reflecting on what has worked well since our last meeting, including the tree planting day, the recent parent forums, the senior student’s assembly on Monday 19th August, and the two football excursions. Students from Grades 4, 5, and 6 students had a great time watching the Richmond players train while another group enjoyed a very informative tour of the MCG Sports Museum. This was followed up with another trip to the MCG to watch Richmond versus Carlton.  We are busily preparing for the upcoming School Review, and would welcome your support at this very busy time. Thank you to those parents/carers who attended the forums last week. We gathered some very useful feedback about what the school is doing well and areas for further improvement. This data will be used as part of the review. In the meantime, we are working on ensuring that there are clear communication channels between home and school. One of our key methods of communication is Flat Chat. More hard copies of this newsletter will be available as well as the usual online access via the SZapp. We are looking forward to the upcoming Father’s Day stall on Thursday 29th August 2019 (before school only) and Friday 30th August 2019 (lunchtime only). We are also in the planning stage for the end of year Twilight Market on 6th December 2019. Your support with these events is much appreciated.

The next school council meeting is scheduled for Monday 16th September 2019 at 7pm.

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Katie Wilson

School Council President

FATHERS DAY STALL

The annual Winters Flat Primary School Father Day Stall will be held at the following times:

Before school

Thursday 29th August 2019 

Lunchtime (1:30pm)

Friday 30th August 2019

 

We are now seeking donations from all families.

Please leave any donations (unwrapped) at the school office.

Your support for this important event on the school calendar in greatly appreciated

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Thanks,

The Fundraising Subcommittee

THIS WEEK IN THE KITCHEN & GARDEN...

What we're cooking in the kitchen this week...

Vegetable Samosas

Hand-cut pasta with seasonal greens & herbs tossed in olive oil

Basic pasta dough

Kale slaw with red cabbage and carrots

Seasonal fruit muffins 

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Remember, all our recipes are available on our school website, so you can try them at home.

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And what we're harvesting from the garden...

Shallots

Fennel

Sorrel

Mint

Wong bok

Jerusalem artichokes

Borage

Salad burnet

Rocket

Kale

Silerbeet

Nasturtium leaves

Chickweed

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Jane & Terry
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

THE MORE YOU LOOK THE MORE THERE IS TO SEE

 In the past couple of weeks we have continued to look at natural patterns and create impressions of these through sketching and ink work.  We have moved across into the room next to the music, to create our studio, which will also house our exhibition at the project’s completion.  Students have been making increasingly diverse shapes – including cylinders of varied scale and proportions.  Students who volunteered for the expert group have also had the chance to make large seedpod type shapes, onion domes and spheres out of multiple pattern pieces.  The garden continues to grow!

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ENDANGERED SPECIES COMPETITION

In Grade 2/3 students have been busily working on art pieces promoting the challenges faced by particular endangered animal species.  This was inspired by a competition run by The Humane Society.  As not all the students were able to complete both their art piece and the written component in time for the competition, we decided that we would have a small WFPS competition along the same lines. 

Teachers helped to select our award recipients based on a couple categories.

The original brief was that the work needed to show an endangered animal and tell a story, with images, of how their particular animal’s survival is threatened. 

The following students were selected for their composition and then through the creative ways they responded to the design brief:

Frankie, Sylvie, Abi P, Joe, Georgie, Saffron, Levi J, Iris and Faith.  

The second category is in recognition of particular techniques and expression within the art piece. These students are:

Sascha, Detroit, Makinti and Sullivan. 

It was a tough decision and all students are congratulated for their efforts!

SPECIAL ASSEMBLY

To celebrate Science Week and the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing, the Senior Learning Community put on a special performance that was enjoyed by all. The students researched and presented facts about the momentous occassion, before performing the song 'Purple People Eater'. Thank you to all those who came along and watched.

JUNIOR LEARNING COMMUNITY

P/1 A | Lani M

For showing Care for Self by working really hard on her writing with lots of fantastic sounding out. Great effort Lani!
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P/1 A | Amber O

For showing Care for Others by always including others in her games and making sure everyone has someone to play with. Thanks Amber!
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P/1 J | Martin F

For showing Care for Self by reading everyday and using good strategies to read tricky new words. A fantastic effort Martin! 
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P/1 J | Polly T

For showing Care for Others by working cooperatively with your reading group to create and perform a fantastic 'Goldilocks' play. Great acting Polly!

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MIDDLE LEARNING COMMUNITY

2/3F | Loretta L

For showing Care for Self by being a voracious reader.
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2/3F | Chase B

For showing Care for Self by working well in class.
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2/3W | Saskia C

For showing Care for Self by listening carefully to instructions and working independently on complicated tasks. Well done Saskia!

2/3W | Neve D

For showing Care for Self by listening carefully to instructions and working independently on complicated tasks. Well done Neve!

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FRENCH

Ava G

For being very helpful and always arriving ready to learn.
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Saffron K

For always making an effort to practice speaking during whole class activities.

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Finchley M

For making excellent choices and participating well during memory games.

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POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOCUS

This week's positive behaviour focus is:

Showing care for others by allowing others to speak, listen and learn in class.

The following students are recognised for their abilities to do so:

Saskia C

Kirah-Jayne M

Rory H

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BEST CLASS ATTENDANCE (CUMALONG CUP)

The class with the best school attendance for the week ending 9th August is P1A.

The class with the best school attendance for the week ending 16th August is 23F.

Aug
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Thu

22 Aug 2019

Event Info
Aug
22
Thu

22 Aug 2019

Closing Date: 19 Aug 2019

Location: Winters Flat Primary School

Address: 3 Roberts Avenue, Castlemaine, 3450, VIC

Cost: $7.00 per student

On Thursday 22nd August, students are invited to participate in a dress up of their favourite book character.

A parade will be held in Oakview at 9:15am to show off all the students wonderful costumes.

Following the parade, at 9:30am, everyone is invited to head back to the child's classroom for reading and sharing of books. This will be focused on sharing books brought along and promoting the enjoyment of reading.

In the afternoon, from 2:15pm-3:15pm, students will head to Oakview to watch a performance, 'Big Dreams'. 

The cost for this incursion is $7.00 per student.

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BIG DREAMS!

Right from when he was very young Henry has had ideas of who he’d like to be and where he’d like to go. The world always seems full of opportunities. The problem is that he keeps on encountering someone who has become an obstacle to achieving any of his ambitions – the Dreamsnatcher, who can appear at any moment – at school, at home, from the pages of books, magazines or through the television or computer screen. Henry has to contend with the Dreamsnatcher almost on a daily basis but when he finds out that he isn’t the only person having this problem, he and his new friend Lou become determined to do something about it!

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Join Henry and Lou in a brand new educational musical to celebrate the best of Australian children’s books from The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2019 shortlist, and celebrating the CBCA Book Week 2019 theme READING IS MY SECRET POWER. This heartfelt and inspiring in-school production looks at different episodes in each character’s journey where they learn not to be discouraged by negative messages in order to follow their heart’s desire. Filled with humour, suspense and featuring student interaction throughout, this educational musical adventure encourages your students to pursue their ambitions. If you’re going to dream, let them be Big Dreams!

Event Info
Aug
22
Thu

22 Aug 2019

Closing Date: 19 Aug 2019

Location: Winters Flat Primary School

Address: 3 Roberts Avenue, Castlemaine, 3450, VIC

Cost: $7.00 per student

Karen Mahoney - Winter's Flat Primary School- CASTLEMAINE
Phone: 5472 1522

School event
Aug
23
Fri

23 Aug 2019

Event Info
Aug
23
Fri

23 Aug 2019

Closing Date: 20 Aug 2019

Location: Kryal Castle

Address: 121 Forbes Road, Leigh Creek, 3352, Vic

Cost: $30.00

Selected students will travel in a bus driven by Suzanne Kinnersly to attend the Chess Shield at Kryal Castle. 

The bus will leave the school at 8:15am sharp and return by approximately 4:00pm.

Students are to wear full school uniform and are to bring their own lunch, snacks, fruit, water, and any medications needed.

Event Info
Aug
23
Fri

23 Aug 2019

Closing Date: 20 Aug 2019

Location: Kryal Castle

Address: 121 Forbes Road, Leigh Creek, 3352, Vic

Cost: $30.00

Karen Mahoney - Winter's Flat Primary School- CASTLEMAINE
Phone: 5472 1522

Excursion
Aug
29
Thu

29 Aug 2019 - 30 Aug 2019

1:35 PM to 2:15 PM

Event Info
Aug
29
Thu

29 Aug 2019 - 30 Aug 2019

1:35 PM to 2:15 PM

Location: Winters Flat Primary School

Address: 3 Roberts Avenue, Castlemaine, VIC

SCHOOL EVENT | Father's Day Stall featured image

Treat dad this father's day and come along to our Father's Day Stall. It will be open on Thursday 29th before school and Friday 30th at lunchtime. Prices will range from 50 cents to $10.00.  

Event Info
Aug
29
Thu

29 Aug 2019 - 30 Aug 2019

1:35 PM to 2:15 PM

Location: Winters Flat Primary School

Address: 3 Roberts Avenue, Castlemaine, VIC

School event
Aug
26
Mon

26 Aug 2019 - 18 Sep 2019

Event Info
Aug
26
Mon

26 Aug 2019 - 18 Sep 2019

Location: Winter's Flat Primary School

Address: 3 Roberts Avenue, Castlemaine, 3450, VIC

Jump Rope for Heart kicks off this term!

Jump Rope for Heart is a fantastic physical activity and fundraising program that has been run by the Heart Foundation for over 35 years. It’s a great way for your child to keep fit and learn new skills, but it also helps raise funds for vital heart research and education programs.

Since Jump Rope for Heart started in 1983, schools like ours have raised more than $75 million for the Heart Foundation’s lifesaving work.

It’s important you register your child online, so they can receive the full benefits of the program and participate in online fundraising, simply follow the link below to get started. www.jumprope.org.au/parents

Students will be skipping in PE lessons and during lunch breaks, during this time you can share their online fundraising page with family and friends to help raise money for this great cause.

We will hold our school Jump Off Day on Wednesday 18th September 2019, this will mark the end of the program and is a chance for everyone to come together to skip and show off their newly learned skills. This will be happening from 2:30-3:15pm. Parents welcome to help turn ropes!

Thank you for supporting the Jump Rope for Heart program!

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Event Info
Aug
26
Mon

26 Aug 2019 - 18 Sep 2019

Location: Winter's Flat Primary School

Address: 3 Roberts Avenue, Castlemaine, 3450, VIC

School event
Sep
3
Tue

03 Sep 2019

Event Info
Sep
3
Tue

03 Sep 2019

Closing Date: 30 Aug 2019

Audience: All students

Location: Melbourne Zoo

Address: Elliot Avenue, Parkville, 3052, VIC

Cost: $40.00

On Tuesday 3rd September, the whole school will be heading to the Melbourne Zoo!

Staff and students will travel by bus, departing school at 8.30 am and returning at 4.00 pm.

The cost is $40.00 to cover admittance to the Zoo and the bus.

Students are to wear full school uniform, including a hat.

They are to bring: 

-Lunch and snacks

-Water bottle

-Sunscreen

-Any medication required

Please note: If your child does not attend the excursion, they will be unable to come to school that day as there won't be any teachers to supervise students as the whole school is attending this excursion. The bus will not wait for late comers.

Event Info
Sep
3
Tue

03 Sep 2019

Closing Date: 30 Aug 2019

Audience: All students

Location: Melbourne Zoo

Address: Elliot Avenue, Parkville, 3052, VIC

Cost: $40.00

Karen Mahoney - Winter's Flat Primary School
Phone: 5472 1522

Excursion

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY...

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CASTLEMAINE YOUTH THEATRE

After School Drama classes are lots of fun, and focus on working together, building confidence, making friends and creating plays from the children’s own ideas.

If you would like to find out more, please call Kirstie at Castlemaine Youth Theatre on 0427274383, she would be very happy to talk to you about drama classes for your child.

Please make sure to call first as a booking is needed before attending.

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YOUNG MAKERS MARKET

Registrations for the next Young Makers Market are now open!

Young creatives aged 12-25 yrs are encouraged to get in touch about having a free stall at the next Young Makers Market- Father's Day special at the Theatre Royal.

The Young Makers Market is an opportunity for young people to sell their homemade wares such as crafts, candles, horticulture, clothing, photography etc. in a safe and supportive environment.

Space hire is free and easy.

To register for a stall or more information, contact the Young Makers Market Committee on youngmakersmarket@outlook.com or call Jodie on 54711 743/ 0429 421 214.

The Father’s Day Market will be held on Sunday 1 September, from 9am- 1pm at the Theatre Royal Courtyard.

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