Winters Flat Primary School
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Castlemaine VIC 3450
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Email: winters.flat.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au
Phone: 03 5472 1522

FLAT CHAT | 13th November 2019

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FLAT CHAT | 13th November 2019

PLAYGROUND DEVELOPMENT – THE GAGA PIT

Blair Venn has overseen the construction of our latest and currently most popular piece of play equipment! With the help of Terry, Rowan Smith, Sam, Keenan and students from the SLC, the Gaga pit was built in record time and meets all the standards of safety and fun. Blair was able to source some essential materials and with the money earned by students running the Favourite Sports Team Dress up Day the pit was built within budget! Competitive Gaga Ball commenced yesterday. Once again sincere thanks to Blair for making it happen.

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2020 ENROLMENTS

Please complete and submit your enrolment forms by this Friday 15th November so we can confirm our numbers for next year.

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CASTLEMAINE SHOW – WHAT A HAUL!

Congratulations once more to Jane and Terry for an amazing haul of ribbons and medals for their cooking and produce entries at the Castlemaine Show. We were once again blown away by their efforts as well as the students’ and thank them for the time and commitment they show each year on behalf of the school.

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POET IN OUR MIDST

Congratulations to Stanley Maloney Kearns in Year 2, who was commended in the Castlemaine Mail’s Castlemaine Junior Poetry Prize 2019. Well done Stanley!

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PREP DINNER AND YEAR 1 SLEEPOVER

This year’s sleepover was a bit on the chilly side but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the students, teachers and parent helpers. Everyone had a great time and we would like to thank the children for their wonderful behaviour!  Special thanks to Fiona and Bianca for the great organization and parent helper Helen Kaptein who stayed over. The other parent helpers who made the evening a great success were Helen Vickers, Martin Brennard, Rosie Annear, Rebecca Morecroft, Bronwyn Tracey and Kathrin Ward who prepared dinner and Sarah Day, Jennah Millard, Kasey Sinclair and Sian Kennedy who did the breakfast shift. Sincere thanks to everyone.

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CUPPA WITH THE PRINCIPAL THIS FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 8.45AM – 9.30AM

No agenda – just an informal chat. If you would like to join me in the staffroom please RSVP winters.flat.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au by tomorrow.

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Suzanne Kinnersly

Principal

PLAYGROUND TALES PODCAST

Great news! Each episode of 'Playground tales' will be broadcast on MAIN-FM, Castlemaine's community radio station.

They will go to air each Friday morning at around 8.45am so make sure to tune in.

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SWIMMING PROGRAM- 4/5/6 students

Please return the permission forms or login on to XUNO to grant your approval ASAP. Payments can be made to the office or on XUNO.

Please ensure that you complete a hard copy of the swimming assessment form as well as the permission and return it to the office. If you are not sure about your child’s swimming ability the instructors will assess your child at the beginning of the program and place them in the appropriate group.

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HALLOWEEN 'ORPHFUND' FUNDRAISER

A big thank you to everyone who donated on our Halloween dress up day. We raised a total of $134.20 for Orphfund.

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GRADE 6 GRADUATION

The Grade 6 graduation will be held at the school on Thursday 12th December. Dinner will start at 6 o'clock for students and teachers. Families welcome to attend from 7pm onwards for the ceremony.

Spare forms for Graduation Owls are available at the office. Owls are $16 each. Orders are due Monday 25th November.

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NOTES SENT HOME FROM THE OFFICE

If you have received any forms from the office such as absence notes, asthma or medical information notes, could you please return them to the office as soon as possible.

Please note also that accounts have been sent home. Prompt payment of these accounts would be most appreciated.

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Karen Mahoney & Renae Wilson

Office

JUNIOR LEARNING COMMUNITY

P/1 A | Grade 1's

For showing Care for Others by displaying fantastic teamwork at the Grade 1 sleepover.
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P/1 J | Whole class

For showing Care for Others for being cooperative and respectful at the Grade P/1 dinner and sleepover.

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MIDDLE LEARNING COMMUNITY

2/3F | Sullivan S

For showing Care for Self by getting involved and being an enthusiastic learner.
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2/3F | Georgie N

For showing Care for Self by always being positive, getting involved and doing her best.
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2/3F | Atticus J

For showing Care for Others by being kind, friendly and including others.

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2/3W | Zahyra W

For showing Care for Self by showing maturity and resilience at difficult times.

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2/3W | Dan B

For showing Care for Self by showing maturity and persistence during the swimming program.

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2/3W | Ellie C

For showing Care for Self by showing maturity and resilience at difficult times.

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FRENCH

Fergus L

For making an effort to participate in all aspects of the French lesson.
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David E

For improved focus, and approaching tasks with a positive attitude.

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Lillian D

For being a quiet, considerate learner and taking pride in her work.

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Sylvie W

For making excellent use of class time to complete book tasks.

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Tully S

Fot a focused approach to independent work activities.

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POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOCUS

This week's positive behaviour focus is:

Show care for the environment by keeping the school rubbish free.

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

Makiniti K

Georgie N

Luca V

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BEST CLASS ATTENDANCE (CUMALONG CUP)

The class with the best school attendance for the week ending 1st November is P1J.

The class with the best school attendance for the week ending 8th November is 46B.

THIS WEEK IN THE KITCHEN & GARDEN...

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

Salsa verde

Roasted potatoes 

Rosemary lavosh

Broadbean dip

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

Jam drops

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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...

Rosemary

Oregano

Marjoram

Broadbeans

Thyme

Lettuce

Kale

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HELP US BUILD AN INSECT HOTEL

Want to help increase insect numbers at school? This is your chance to do so.

In the gardening classes this semester, the students have been learning about insects. They have made mini insect hotels that will go into a bigger home - like the one pictured below. The skills they’ve learned so far are sawing and drilling recycled timber, and building with clay.

To house all the students work we need to build a bigger structure – an insect hotel. I’m thinking it would be roughly be 2m L x 1.80m H x .5m W. I’d like to include parts of the designs the students have done as well.

Please contact the office if you are interested.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Firstly, a massive thanks to all the volunteers that help out with the watering and chooks over the breaks. And especially the ones that are leaving us this year – the garden and chooks thank you too.

We are looking for new volunteers for the Xmas break. I know it’s awhile away, but it will come around fast. Please see me in person or contact the office. Then I’ll arrange a time to show you the ropes.

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Jane & Terry
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

T20 CRICKET

Monday saw the annual T20 carnival hit the green fields of Wesley Hill. The weather was perfect but not as good as the teamwork, skills and attitudes of the Winters Flat brigade! Congratulations to all 5 teams and we'll done to the Girls and Boys team that both played off in the Grand Final. Thanks to Keenan, Margaret and Ray for helping out.

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GAGA PIT

A massive thanks to Blair Venn who coordinated the collection and construction of material and Rowan Smith for his time & effort  in the establishment of the Winters Flat Gaga Pit. Thanks to our grade 6 girls for their workmanship on the tools.

We now look forward to many a game in the Gaga cauldron. Already it's providing fun and excitement in the Spring air!
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Fri

23 Nov 2018

2:15 PM to 3:15 PM

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Fri

23 Nov 2018

2:15 PM to 3:15 PM

Students from Grade Prep to 2 will be involved in a Sink or Swim session at the school.

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23
Fri

23 Nov 2018

2:15 PM to 3:15 PM

School event
Nov
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Mon

18 Nov 2019 - 21 Nov 2019

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Mon

18 Nov 2019 - 21 Nov 2019

SCHOOL EVENT | Book Fair featured image

From Monday 18th to Thursday 21st November, students can make purchases for the Book Fair at lunchtime, 1:35pm to 2:15pm, and after school, 3:15pm to 4:00pm.

Event Info
Nov
18
Mon

18 Nov 2019 - 21 Nov 2019

School event
Nov
22
Fri

22 Nov 2019

11:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Event Info
Nov
22
Fri

22 Nov 2019

11:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Audience: SLC

Cost: Free

All 4/5/6 students, accompanied by teachers, will ride to the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens and back.

Requirements: Own bike and helmet, own lunch, drink bottle, sun screen.

Please log onto XUNO to grant approval, or request a paper form at the office.

Event Info
Nov
22
Fri

22 Nov 2019

11:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Audience: SLC

Cost: Free

Keenan Lucas - Winter's Flat Primary School
Phone: 5472 1522

Excursion
Nov
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Tue

26 Nov 2019

2:15 PM to 3:15 PM

Event Info
Nov
26
Tue

26 Nov 2019

2:15 PM to 3:15 PM

Kinder Transition Day. Prep/1 students will be in other classrooms during this time.

Event Info
Nov
26
Tue

26 Nov 2019

2:15 PM to 3:15 PM

School event
Nov
29
Fri

29 Nov 2019

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Event Info
Nov
29
Fri

29 Nov 2019

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Cost: Free

All Grade 6 students, accompanied by teachers, will ride to the Muckleford Train Station and back.

Requirements: Own bike and helmet, own lunch, drink bottle, sun screen.

Please log onto XUNO to grant approval, or request a paper form at the office.

Event Info
Nov
29
Fri

29 Nov 2019

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Cost: Free

Keenan Lucas - Winter's Flat Primary School
Phone: 5472 1522

Excursion

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