- NEWS | From The Principal
- NEWS | From The Office
- STUDENTS OF THE WEEK
- NEWS | Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
- NEWS | Wellbeing
- NOTICE | Beleza Uniform Update
- NOTICE | SLC Information
- NOTICE | CRAFT SESSIONS
- EVENT | 4-6 Parent Teacher Interviews
- NOTICE | Labour Day Public Holiday
- EXCURSION | SLC Bike Hike
- EVENT | Working Bee- Term 1 2020
- COMMUNITY | Events
We have 3 goals this year which are set out in our new School Strategic Plan.
Goal 1. To improve the learning growth of every student in literacy and numeracy
Writing is a focus in the Mt Alexander and Goldfields network of schools. Teachers will be working together for collective improvement with shared opportunities for moderation and professional learning.
Through a formal partnership with Kangaroo Flat Primary school, teachers from both schools will be collaborating and learning together to improve maths outcomes.
Goal 2. Improve students' engagement in their learning
A new initiative this year is introducing inquiry learning from Prep to Year 6 to encourage students to be more curious. An inquiry approach should generate more questions than answers and encourage children to want to take action. Our inquiry approach is based on the IB PYP organising themes of:
- Who we are: An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
- Where we are in place and time: An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnections of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
- How we express ourselves: An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
- How the world works: An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
- How we organize ourselves: An inquiry into the interconnections of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.
- Sharing the planet: An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
The 6 themes provide an organisational structure across the year which gives students the opportunity to experience the Victorian curriculum – the Humanities, Technology, Science, Literacy, Numeracy, French, the Arts, Health and Physical Education in an integrated, inquiry-based course of study. In the 4-6 weeks devoted to each unit they ask questions, seek answers and take action while developing Critical and Creative Thinking capabilities, Ethical capabilities, Intercultural capabilities and Personal and Social capabilities.
Goal 3. To improve student resilience and wellbeing
We’re always looking to improve our students’ sense of safety and connectedness to their school and their peers. The Care Crows: Care for Self, Others and Environment underpin our School-wide Positive Behaviour Support program and this year we have access to a coach from our regional office to build on our existing structures.
Other goals for our school vison which have been identified by students, parents and staff include:
- Beautifying the grounds and having a clean-up before the new buildings commence in March
- Showing leadership in our community around our Sustainable practices – we are working to maintain our 5 Star ResourceSmart Rating and we were the first central Victorian school to achieve this
- Building on our great community spirit with a focussed social event each term
- Continuing our social media strategy and going beyond our immediate community to promote our school – a hidden gem tucked away from the town centre
- Amplifying our students’ voice – and continuing to encourage them to take the lead in their learning
- Promoting our specialist programs: PE, Art, French, Performing Arts
- Encouraging parents to come in to our classrooms as volunteers and visiting experts – sharing skills and knowledge with our students
- Celebrating the opening of the new multi-purpose room and art room with a gala event
- Reaching out through programs like the Ellery House art project – our own version of old peoples home for 4 year olds
- Exploring ways to better utilise our amazing grounds
- Increasing play options to promote playfulness in and out of the classroom
- Making the most of our fabulous SAKG program
- Continuing to provide Chess with coach Harry Poulton to work towards the State championships in Term 4
When your child is absent from school it is a Department of Education and Training requirement that a reason is provided for the absence. You can notify us of the absence via the Schoolzine app, XUNO, email to the Winters Flat PS address, phone call or a note to the teacher.
Communication from school to home
Details of most school events and what’s happening at school are listed in Flat Chat, which comes out fortnightly in an even week. Our Weekly ‘Whats On’ email and Facebook post give a summary of the week ahead on Monday mornings. If things come up unexpectedly, we will always put a post on Facebook and XUNO, and if necessary a note home.
Your child is a great source of information as well – we’re happy to clarify if there’s ever any confusion.
We’re making use of social media more often using Instagram and Facebook. The feedback has been very positive.
Conflict/Reflective and Restorative Practice
From time to time our kids make bad choices or are involved in conflict with other students, and occasionally bullying as victims or perpetrators. We use Reflective and Restorative Practice as a preferred method of dealing with incidents in the playground and classroom. This process acknowledges any harm caused by the children involved, including bystanders, and encourages empathy with those harmed. Importantly, it identifies how the children can move on with the relationship restored, bearing in mind that they will inevitably see each other again here at school and need to feel safe. Part of the role of the teacher who has the restorative conversation is to follow-up again in a week or so (and beyond if necessary) to see how each of the participants have been going since the original incident. There are other methods of intervention, consistent with department policy which we can use if a restorative conversation is not possible.
Nude Food is working really well and we encourage everyone to send wrapper-free lunches and snacks to school. We also encourage you to consider the amount of food you send to school with your child. We often have children coming to the office having eaten their lunch at snack time and still feeling hungry. Our first Flat Chat of this year included a link to some great healthy food options.
Please ensure your children arrive in plenty of time to commence class at 8.55am. Everyone benefits from being ready to start together and late arrivals can disrupt the early morning instructions and learning time. Children can be dropped off from 8.40am when we have a staff member on Yard Duty. If students do arrive aftr 8:55am, please ensure they are sent to the office to sign in.
Sushi orders – delivered to school on Fridays
Supplied by Lunchbox Sushi on Fridays – order online by 5.00pm on Thursday before.
Congestion in Roberts Avenue at peak drop off and pick up times is challenging so we encourage drivers to do the loop around Douglas Crescent and drop on the school side. Pedestrians crossing Roberts Avenue at the speed hump near the main entrance is also a safer option. Obviously as a sustainable and health promoting school, we encourage walking or riding to school as the preferred option.
Uniform is compulsory at Winters Flat. We encourage our students to take pride in their uniform. The Beleza uniform shop in Barkers Street supplies uniforms to the Castlemaine schools. Second hand items can be purchased any time from the office. If you buy items such as shorts and pants elsewhere, please ensure they are plain navy-coloured and don’t have any logos.
I have been reminded by our wellbeing coordinator Belle Ganglmair to let you know that wellbeing support is for parents as well as students. This year we will also be working with visiting psychologist Louise Wolff.
WORKING BEE (LET’S GET TOGETHER AND HELP THE SCHOOL) 15th MARCH
On Sunday 15th March from 10.00am -12.30pm we are having a working bee to prepare for the art room and hall demolition in the school holidays. We desperately need help to move and store sports equipment and the like before the demolition and building works commence on Saturday 28th March.
We are also planning to paint the concrete around garden edges and sculptures at the front of the school.
Lovely morning tea provided! Please complete the attached return slip/link – we really appreciate your help.
Kirsty Williams (2/3W) has volunteered to coordinate the Winters Flat class reps for 2020. The key role of a class rep is to liaise with the classroom teacher for class events as well as making connections between families through school and social events. Please contact the school via the attached form/link if you would like to be the rep for your child’s class.
OUR GOLDEN THREAD-COMBINED CASTLEMAINE STUDENT VOICES
Last week I attended a meeting with the music teachers of Castlemaine schools with the composer Wendy Rowlands who introduced the project, Our Golden Thread, as well as members of the string quartet Castlemaine Chamber Players and Tim Watson - choir director.
This project is an opportunity for children from the Castlemaine schools in Years 4-6 to come together for a performance on Saturday 13th June at 7.00 pm in the Castlemaine Town Hall.
The organisers are looking forward to bringing this wonderful new music into being, with its themes of children's feelings and children's connection with all of us. I will be coordinating the Winters Flat voices and we will have the opportunity to meet Frances Gall (Violin) and Libby Anderson (cello) this Friday afternoon.
WELCOME TO COUNTRY 9.15am MONDAY 16TH MARCH
Our Welcome to Country will occur at school on Monday 16th March. We look forward to seeing everyone at this wonderful ceremony.
2/3 Camp- Campaspe Downs
Please ensure the balance of camp is paid for your child before they attend. Contact us in the office on 5472 1522 for any enquiries.
If you have received a letter regarding your CSEF eligibility for 2020, please contact us to confirm your Health Care Card status. If you have a current Health Care Card and have not yet applied for CSEF, please also contact the office.
Absences notes and requests for medical plans, birth certificates and immunisation records have been distributed, as well as statements for accounts. Please return all documentation to the office/settle your accounts at your earliest possible convenience.
Please ensure you are regularly checking XUNO, either the website or the app. We regularly post important information on there and are encouraging parents/carers to approve/pay for excursions through XUNO also. Any enquiries, contact the office.
Karen Mahoney & Renae Wilson
JUNIOR LEARNING COMMUNITY
P/1 J | Perryn F
For showing Care for Self by persisting to complete tasks and having a positive mindset in class. Super work!
P/1 J | Winter S
For showing Care for Self by joining in all activities and being an enthusiastic learner. Top efforts!
1/2 A | Haylee Y
For showing Care for Others by being a kind, generous and helpful friend to all in our class. Thank you Haylee!
1/2A | Arlo S
For showing Care for Self by being a fantastic and enthusiastic participant during cooking classes. Well done Arlo!
MIDDLE LEARNING COMMUNITY
2/3W | Levi J
For showing Care for Others by following directions straight away. Thank you Levi, keep it up.
2/3W | Seth B
For showing Care for Others by following directions straight away. Thank you Seth, keep it up.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP COMMUNITY
For showing Care for Others by bringing apples to school for the class fruit bowl.
For showing Care for Self by coming to school on time, being ready to learn, and always doing his best work.
For showing Care for Self by maintaining a positive mindset for the start of the year. Well done Jacob.
For showing Care for Others by putting her friends needs in mind when faced with personal adversity. Well done Saff.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOCUS
This week's positive behaviour focus is:
Showing care for self by listening, watching and learning in class
The following students are recognised for their abilities to do so:
BEST CLASS ATTENDANCE (CUMALONG CUP)
The class with the best school attendance for the week ending 21st February and the week ending 28th February is 6BM.
THIS WEEK IN THE KITCHEN & GARDEN...
What we're cooking in the kitchen this week...
Zucchini Muffins with Garlic Butter
Tomato, Onion and Basil Tart
Beetroot and Herb Risotto
And what we're harvesting from the garden...
Jane & Terry
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
Worries and Wells
Over the past few weeks I have gone around classrooms asking students to write down their worries and what’s going well, giving them the opportunity to write their name or to be anonymous. This activity gives students the ability to express their concerns and to identify what supports them in life. Some of the themes identified have been related to death, friendships and anxiety. Furthermore, the activity rovides the teachers and myself insight into common worries that students may have so that these can be addressed.
If you would like to discuss any concerns relating to your family please do not hesitate to see me on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Call the office and leave a message or email me at Ganglmair.email@example.com
GRADE 6 T-SHIRT
Hold on to your hats, this is going to be AWESOME!!!!!
Oatsey is busy designing us a FANTASTIC, original design for the back of our grade 6 T-Shirts.
We have worked out the most cost effective and efficient way to create a truly original piece and this is how you get your hands on one.
- Go to the Beleza, uniform shop, in town, across from the Castlemaine Library/Post Office (old Leeches Jewellery store) and purchase a grade 6 uniform T-shirt
STP458WFC6 – Sports mesh top- sizes 10-16, S-L, price $30.
- Clearly Label your top with your child’s name, both on the top and on a slip of paper in the bag.
- Bring to Karen, by Friday 6th March, with payment of $10 to cover the cost of the back print.
# Please understand that this will be a one off print run and won’t be available later in the year, although the standard grade 6 top will still be available from the uniform shop.
## We understand that the cost is not cheap, and the standard grade 6 or other uniform tops may still be worn.
### If you are confused in any way or this creates any issues for you, please do not hesitate to contact me for assistance - 0403012542
Many thanks for your ongoing support,
Parent information letter
Please see attached for important information for all SLC parents/carers.
Weekly timetables for SLC students
CRAFT SESSIONS FOR MOTHERS DAY
13 Mar 2020
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
The SLC Bike Hike to the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens will occur on Friday 13th March. Please grant your approval on XUNO.
15 Mar 2020
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
To prepare for the art room and hall demolition in the school holidays. We desperately need help to move and store sports equipment and the like before the demolition and building works commence on Saturday 28th March.
We are also planning to paint the concrete around garden edges and sculptures at the front of the school.
Lovely morning tea provided!
Any time you can give us to help around the school is greatly appreciated. If you don’t have the time please consider donating to the Buildings and Grounds fund.