Winters Flat Primary School
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3 Roberts Ave
Castlemaine VIC 3450

Phone: 03 5472 1522

FLAT CHAT | 5th August 2020

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FLAT CHAT | 5th August 2020


Following Sunday’s announcements, here we are again with remote and flexible learning. I congratulate all students, staff and families for adapting so quickly to the news. Once again we are continuing to follow advice from the latest Operations Guide, as distributed to all schools in Victoria by the Department of Education and Training and will keep you up to date via email, XUNO, and our socials with any new developments as they arise.



There are still sessions available next week for Parent-Teacher interviews. These can be booked through XUNO. This is a great opportunity to discuss learning goals for your children for this semester and let us know how we can further support your remote learning experiences. If you are unable to meet during the scheduled times, please use Xuno to contact your child’s teacher to arrange an alternative.



The work is progressing well and at this stage I can report:

  • Finishing touches to floor coverings, shelving and electrical fittings
  • Sinks and joinery installed
  • Decking on all buildings being installed

If all goes well we’re due for completion in a couple of weeks.



Polly C – 8 in the first week of August

Ava – 8 in the first week of August

Zeno – 10 in the first week of August

Peggy - 7 in the second week of August

Florence – 8 in the second week of August

Abdo -  7 in the second week of August


Hip Hip:  Hooray

Hip Hip:  Hooray

Hooray: Hip Hip



We’re still working on getting our message to the wider community about the fabulous things we offer as a school, as part of our enrolment drive.

Something that resonates strongly with parents who are seeking a school for their child, is what parents and carers of children already at the school have to say.

If you would like to add a short, positive quote about Winters Flat PS to our website please email it to

We’re also working on a virtual tour to post on the website.


Suzanne Kinnersly




All accounts have been emailed out to families. Please settle your account at your earliest possible convenience. 


2021 Prep Enrolments

If you have a child starting school next year, please contact the office for an Enrolment Pack. We are starting to plan our classes for next year now and need to know numbers.


2/3 Camp

Unfortunately the 2/3 Camp has had to be postponed again. The new dates are the 15th and 16th October.



During this Remote Learning period, we are still required by law to keep attendance record of all students.
Each day, each student's teacher will be making contact. If the student does not respond to their teacher by 9am the next morning, they will be marked 'unexplained'. In this instance, you will receive an SMS, as per our normal attendance procedures.

If you could please support the school by ensuring you are logging onto XUNO/Webex/email every day and engaging with the teacher.
Alternatively, please log your child/ren's absence each morning through our usual channels (phone call, XUNO, email, schoolzine) if they will not be participating in online learning for the day.


Karen Mahoney & Renae Wilson



P/1 J | Finchley M

For showing Care for Self by putting in his best effort to complete tasks. Super effort!


P/1 J | Brax P

For showing Care for Others by being a cooperative and fair friend. Well done Brax!


1/2 A | Lily W

For showing Care for Others by always being a fantastic helper in the classroom and helping keep us organised. Thank you Lily!

1/2A | Polly C.L

For showing Care for Self by being super enthusiastic in all cooking sessions and volunteering to help set up our classes. Great effort Polly!


2/3W | Georgie N

For showing Care for Others by always being prepared to help others and speak in a kind and thoughtful manner. Thank you Georgie.

2/3W | Briscoe F

For showing Care for Self by showing pride in your work after putting in thought and effort. Well done Briscoe.


Sara C

For showing Care for Self by having a great start to the term and looking to not “sweat the small stuff”, particularly with your work on the group assignment. You should be very proud of what you and your group achieved. It was amazing!! Well done..



For showing Care for Self by having a great start to the term and looking to not “sweat the small stuff”, particularly with your work on the group assignment. You should be very proud of what you and your group achieved. It was amazing!! Well done.


Lucinda N

For showing Care for Self and Others. Lucy, you are always willing to roll up your sleeves and just get the things done that nobody else seems to want to deal with. You always have a 'no fuss' attitude and you are always ready to show such care for others by simply saying 'I will'- simple as that. Thank you Lucy, what an awesome attitude!



All activities for Remote Learning are available on our website here.

Children and families can also get involved with 'Kitchen Garden Program at Home with Coles' which features some great videos of recipes being cooked by chefs.

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


Jane & Terry
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden




The Castlemaine Poetry Prize proudly supported by the Castlemaine Mail, Soldier and Scholar Bookshop Castlemaine and Mount Alexander Shire Council returns in 2020.

The competition is now open and students can to submit a poem in this year's competition to go in the running to win one of three prizes and a chance to have their piece published in the Castlemaine Mail newspaper.

Entries close on the final day of Term Three -  September 18, 2020 and awards will be presented early in Term Four at a venue and date to be confirmed.

In the Senior Section (poets 16 and over) two awards will be presented this year for 'Best Poem' and the 'Judge's Choice Award'.
Elliott Midland Newspapers is proudly sponsoring the 2020 Castlemaine Poetry Prize which carries a first prize of $100 (Senior section) and an award. 
The 'Judge's Choice Award' is proudly supported by Soldier and Scholar Bookshop Castlemaine and the winner will receive an award and a $50 book voucher.

The poem must not have been published or have won another prize, a strict maximum of 40 lines applies and all entries should be double spaced. Poets can choose any theme. There is no entry fee but only three entries from each poet are permitted. Entries for this section close on Friday September 4 at 5pm.

In the Junior Section there will be three categories and prizes on offer. The sections are Grade 2 and Under, Grade 6 and Under and Year 10 and Under. There will also be awards for Highly Commended and Commended Poems.
Mount Alexander Shire Council is sponsoring the three junior prizes with the winner of each section to receive a trophy and $50 book voucher.
Selected entries, including the winning poems, will be published in the Castlemaine Mail.

Entries can be submitted via email to, mailed to 2020 Castlemaine Poetry Prize, 29 Templeton Street, Castlemaine, VIC 3450 or dropped into the office at the same address. 




Attached are free Treehouse related activities for children that may be of interest as a way of engaging with the exhibition from home.


School Crossing Supervisor Nomination

We all know that these are unusual times we are living through. Sometimes we have to look for something to keep our spirits up and for School Crossing Supervisors there is the opportunity to be recognized for the wonderful job they do.

If you believe one of the amazing Lollipop people in Mount Alexander Shire is the best, then visit and nominate them for the School Crossings Victoria Supervisor of the Year!!!

The cut off for nominations has been extended and the winner will be announced later in the year. This is a great opportunity for us to thank the School Crossing Supervisors for the great job they do rain, hail or shine!!