Winters Flat Primary School
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3 Roberts Ave
Castlemaine VIC 3450

Phone: 03 5472 1522

FLAT CHAT | 17th June 2020

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FLAT CHAT | 17th June 2020


The delivery of the 8 modular sections will directly impact drop-off and pick-up next Wednesday. We are encouraging parents to use the Johnston Street Bridge or the Ray Street block entrance as preferred drop off areas next Wednesday 24th June. There will be significant impact on traffic flow in Roberts Avenue with the 8 trucks arriving and it will be blocked for most of the day.  There will also be an extensive traffic management system in place to ensure safety for children as they arrive for school and leave.

  • The modular sections of both the new multi-purpose room and the new art room are now due for delivery next Wednesday 24th June – the new completion date is the first week of August.
  • The evaporative cooling system in the Administration and SLC building has been replaced with a bushfire compliant system and will be ready for use when the warmer weather returns.
  • Oakview has been demolished.
  • The Kitchen is now being remodelled with a new external façade – due for completion by end of July - Week 2 Term 3.



Reports will be available next Thursday. We are aiming to release them electronically, and they will be uploaded onto XUNO. We would like to go paperless where possible but if you specifically require an email copy or paper copy please contact the office:



I just wanted to say how lovely it has been to have most of our students back at school this past week. We are mindful that the routine of school takes time to adjust to and are aware that many children are finding the school days quite tiring after such a long break. I’d like to congratulate the children for coming back to school so enthusiastically and to thank parents and carers for respecting the regulations currently in place. We are all hopeful that there will be an easing of restrictions next term. Most of the children we have asked have said the best thing about being back was reconnecting with friends.

I’d particularly like to thank all the staff at Winters Flat PS for the effort they have put in during this challenging term. We’ve had some lovely messages of support from parents and carers and we were touched by the letter in the Castlemaine Mail on Friday 29th May. The term ends next Friday 26th June at 2.30pm.




Winters Flat PS was a finalist in the categories of community leadership and curriculum leadership but we were unsuccessful this time. We congratulate Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, Ocean Grove who were worthy winners in both categories. Special thanks to Terry for all his work in helping the school make it to the finals.



Georgie – 9 in the second week of June

Sullivan – 9 in the second week of June

Aurelia – 8 in the second week of June

Xzavier – 9 in the third week of June

Sophia – 10 in the fourth week of June

Annabelle – 6 in the fourth week of June

Riley – 10 in the fourth week of June

Detroit – 10 in the fourth week of June

Malakai – 11 in the fourth week of June

Chase B – 9 in the fourth week of June

Chase-Lee 11 in the last week of June


Hip Hip:  Hooray

Hip Hip:  Hooray

Hooray: Hip Hip



 In normal circumstances we would have had open days during Education Week in May to promote the school and invite tours of the school for prospective prep students and their families.

At our School Council meeting last night we talked about the need to highlight the strengths of our school as well as encouraging enrolments for 2021. Our new buildings will give us the capacity to deliver programs to many more students than are currently enrolled.

With restrictions currently in place, school tours are still out of the question. We are hoping to promote the school virtually via our website and welcome input from parents with skills in marketing, photography, graphic design, film and media to help create a promotional video or virtual school tour to draw attention to our wonderful school. We are also hoping to have some parent testimonials and would welcome your written endorsements. Please contact us at if you can assist.

The Castlemaine primary schools will combine for a proposed open week in August if circumstances allow, with advertising in the local papers and will connect with the pre-schools as we do each year.

Suzanne Kinnersly


Second-hand uniform

We have a range of long sleeve-tops, pants and jumpers available in good condition. Please call the office for any enquiries.


Talking to your child about COVID-19

Please see attached here for a link to the Department of Education and Training parent resource. Families may wish to utilize this information to guide their conversations with their children about Covid-19. 


COVID-19 reminder

A reminder that parents are advised that they are still not be able to enter the school grounds with their children and we are continuing to promote a quick drop off and pick up with minimal gathering, as endorsed by health authorities.

For parents who need to come on site, attendance at the office by prior arrangement is required.

If your child arrives late, please remind them to sign in at the office.


Drink Bottles

Please ensure your child arrives at school with their own drink bottle. Students will not be able to drink directly from our drinking fountains. Students are able to refill their drink bottle from indoor taps. This is a Covid-19 guideline to keep your children safe.


Unwell students

Thank you to parents who have kept unwell students at home. If your child becomes unwell during the school day we will phone you to collect your child. Please ensure your emergency contact details are up to date. Your child will need to remain home until their symptoms resolve.


Out of Bounds area

The front of the school in front of the Administration Building is now out of bounds and students should not be playing there.


Year 6 CSC Enrolment Packs

CSC Enrolment Packs need to be returned to CSC and not to our front office. They can be physically handed in or posted. Packs are due in the last week of Term 3 at the latest.


Last Day of Term 

A reminder that the last day of Term 2 is next Friday, 26th June, with students finishing at 2:30pm. Students return to school for Term 3 on Monday 13th July.


Karen Mahoney & Renae Wilson



P/1 J | Jaya N

For working cooperatively in class and persisting to finish tasks. Well done Jaya for showing care for self and doing your best.

P/1 J | Ava G

For showing Care for Others by being helpful and kind to her classmates. Thank you for looking out for people who need help.


1/2A | Bonnie S

For showing Care for Self by always being ready to learn and concentrating hard during class activities. Fantastic effort Bonnie!

1/2A | Aurelia F

For demonstrating Care for Others by always being supportive and encouraging to others. Thanks for being such a great friend Aurelia!


2/3W | Saskia C

Caring for self by settling back into school smoothly and particptaing in classroom activities with enthusiasm.


2/3W | Levi J

Caring for others by working hard at his own tasks and always being willing to help others.



Riley F

For showing Care for Self by working extra hard on your handwriting. You should be proud of your effots. Well done.


Tully S

Thank you for taking care of others in the class and always taking pride in how you present your work. Great job.


Chase-Lee D

For showing Care for Self by doing a fantastic job this week with being responsible for his learning. He has come to class each day with all the equipment he needs, a great attitude and ready to learn. Well done Chase-Lee!


All of 4/5H

For showing Care for Others in Cooking yesterday with how the children worked with Jane. They kept their volume down which showed that they were thinking of the other classes. They gave each other a go, listened to and followed Jane’s instruction. All the children had a great attitude. While I was a little unwell. many of our class students showed kindness and care when they asked if I was alright. Awesome work 4/5H.

Gratitude collage

We had a number of students creatively  expressing their gratitude amongst  changing and challenging times that COVID 19 restrictions presented. Thanks to our talented Renae Wilson who put these together to form a collage, which will be pinned up in the reception area of the school by the end of the term.


Some of the things that children were grateful for included;

  • Building cubby houses with sibling
  • Learning a song
  • We are not starved
  • Flowers and bees
  • Nature
  • Walking
  • Family and pets
  • Being able to learn from home


If you would like a copy of the collage please email me at



Take care,


Wellbeing Officer


The Kitchen is not in use but the students are still cooking up a storm...

Remember that all the recipes can be found on the website here.


Jane & Terry

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

See below for some lovely self-portraits by some of our P/1J students :)

Coughs, Colds and Asthma

Coughs, colds and the flu are one of the most common triggers of asthma. The common cold is caused by an upper respiratory tract infection and is a common illness for children and adults in Australia. As we approach the colder months, here are some tips to keep in mind to prevent and reduce the spread of coughs, colds and the flu:

  • Avoid coughing and sneezing on or near others and wash your hands thoroughly to prevent the spread of disease.
  • If your child is not feeling well, it is recommended that they stay home and rest, to reduce the spread of infections and to speed up their recovery process.
  • Everyone should have the annual flu vaccination to ensure they are protected from this disease. You or your child may be eligible for the free flu vaccination. Details about who is eligible can be found here and can also be determined by your doctor.
  • Prior to purchasing any medications or herbal and natural remedies’, you should seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist as some medications can react with asthma medications. Such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen/Naproxen (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications), Beta Blockers tablet and eye drops (used for high blood pressure and glaucoma), and ACE inhibitors (used to control blood pressure).


Asthma First Aid App

The Asthma First Aid App is your go-to tool for an asthma emergency. It covers both first aid in the event of an asthma emergency, plus the ability to review each of the four first aid steps.

This app is an educational tool developed by Asthma Australia for people with asthma, their families and carers. It provides easy access to the asthma first aid steps in both live and training versions.

The app is perfect for family, friends, school, childcare, sport and recreation and allows you to:

  • follow the asthma first aid steps live in ATTACK mode
  • learn the asthma first aid steps in training review mode
  • review the asthma first aid steps, using a sample of scenarios, in training scenario mode


Kiss My Asthma App

The Kiss My Asthma App is an app for young people, developed by young people. 

The app features:

  • access to your Asthma Action Plan
  • the ability to track your asthma symptoms, severity and attacks, making it easy to inform your doctor or specialist accurately about your asthma
  • mood tracker
  • setting goals and receive support from one of the app’s monster assistants
  • reminders to take your asthma preventer medications
  • Asthma First Aid instructions and emergency contacts
  • finding out more about asthma, asthma medications and devices, and managing anxiety

These apps can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.


Asthma First Aid Flyer

This flyer is handy to have displayed if someone in the household suffers from asthma.

It can be accessed here.


Stay warm this winter!

For more information, please contact The Asthma Foundation of Victoria on 1800 278 462 or








Grants announced

Did your community group receive a grant this year? We recently announced our first round of community and event grants for the year.
Some of the projects include a literacy project for the Castlemaine Child Care Co-operative, new equipment for the Nuggetty Land Protection Group, a volunteering and mentoring initiative by Windarring, equipment to support MAINfm’s Able Radio and many more.
Event grants went to the Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge, Run the Main, the Maldon Classic, Australia Blues Day, World Circus and Cabaret Festival and more.
See the full list of grant recipients, and look out for when the next round of grants open in July. 

Want to volunteer?

Volunteers are a vital part of our Social Support Program. In fact, many programs wouldn’t exist without them. 
We are so fortunate to have a committed and passionate community of volunteers who provide good times and friendship to our clients.
Our volunteers drive buses, cook lunches, deliver magazines, play scrabble, knit, sing, help with technology, swim and more. All of these activities enable our older residents to get out of the house and socialise, learn new skills and be part of our community.
If you’re interested in knowing more about the program or would like to get involved, call Fiona McInnes, Healthy Ageing Officer, on 5471 1807.