Winters Flat Primary School
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3 Roberts Ave
Castlemaine VIC 3450

Phone: 03 5472 1522

FLAT CHAT | 2nd September 2020

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FLAT CHAT | 2nd September 2020


This year we were grateful to be accepted into the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) coaching program. We now have a SWPBS implementation team whose task is to review the way we teach our rules and responsibilities here at Winters Flat, as well as reinforcing the concepts of Caring for Selves, Others and the Environment. The team consists of Helen W, Karen B, Karen M, Keenan, Kacey S (parent and school councillor) and Suzanne.

An important element in this program is the ‘P’ for positive, and to promote positive responses from students, schools create intrinsic and extrinsic incentives to encourage good behaviour. Schools already established in the program use tokens, which can be exchanged for rewards which can range from specific individual, to whole class or school rewards.

We currently use Student of the Week awards to celebrate students when they act in ways which reinforce the values of the Care Crows. We have also used raffle tickets as tokens which were drawn at assembly for students to then choose a prize.  

We are currently seeking ideas for new tokens which are re-usable and hence more sustainable than the raffle ticket system. We’re looking for a name for the token and a design which could fit on a 3cm x 3cm square. Suggestions so far include Golden Feathers, Crowies, Crowns, Crownies and Crow keys.


If you have an idea for a new Care Crows token-name and/or logo please submit to

Watch this space for new concepts.



If you or someone you know has a child who is ready to commence Prep, or another year level here at Winters Flat PS next year, we have enrolment packs at the office. You can also download an enrolment form online from our website.



Students in Year 4-6 have been invited to complete the survey as they are every year. The due date for this annual survey has been extended. Please encourage your child in the Senior Learning Community to participate.



We know you can't come and see these amazing new buildings for yourselves at the moment so for now, here is our virtual tour. Thank you Renae for putting this video together.



Nerri – 10 in the first week of September

Teekah – 11 in the first week of September

Lila – 12 in the first week of September

Saffron – 10 in the first week of September

Haylee – 8 in the second week of September

Angus – 7 in the second week of September

Terry - in the second week of September


Hip Hip:  Hooray

Hip Hip:  Hooray

Hooray: Hip Hip



I would like to thank staff for the ongoing effort that goes into the drop packs each week. The ideas they come up with, putting them together and delivering them takes time. We have had lovely feedback from families who really appreciate the work they’re doing.


Suzanne Kinnersly



Premiers' Reading Challenge

The Premiers’ Reading Challenge has been extended by two weeks and will now close on Friday 18 September. Information, including student logins, have been emailed to parents/carers. Please encourage your students to log all the books they have read.


School Hats

Students who are attending on-site are now required to wear their hats to school. This links back to our 'Care for Self' Care Crow. Hats are avaiable for purchase at the office for $14.


SLC Camp

The SLC Camp has been rescheduled to 21st-23rd October. More information to come soon.


Remote Learning Photos

Below are some photos of the great work are students have been doing! With a couple more weeks to go until the end of term, please keep sending them through to your teacher or


Karen Mahoney & Renae Wilson


Dear parents and carers

There are two helpful new resources to help you support your children during remote and flexible learning.

Raising Learners podcast

The Department of Education and Training has funded a 10-episode podcast series through the Raising Children Network called ‘Raising Learners’. It features parenting experts from organisations including the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Career Education Association Victoria, as well as the Australian eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman-Grant.

Raising Learners provides parents with practical advice, tips and ideas for supporting children’s health, wellbeing and engagement at school and at home. Topics include how to connect with your child’s school and community, how to best support your child’s learning, what to expect for VCE and VCAL students and how to keep your child safe online.

These topics were drawn from common questions that parents raised with the Department’s coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline and Parentline.

The first three episodes will be available on 1 September, and the rest throughout terms 3 and 4. Raising Learners can be accessed via podcast apps and Raising Children Network website.

Managing the Coronacoaster webinar

Renowned child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is back by popular demand to repeat his Coronacoaster webinar.

On 15 September, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg will again present Managing the Coronacoaster – Tips for building resilient families in the coronavirus era. His first webinar in August booked out in three days, with more than 12,000 registrations.

In this webinar, Dr Carr-Gregg provides tools and strategies for parents and carers to help manage the lockdown period and remote learning. Topics include:

  • your supportive role
  • setting the emotional tone
  • focusing on what you can control
  • how to deal with disappointment
  • more resources and where to get help.

Webinar details

When: 7.30pm, Tuesday 15 September

Duration: 45-minute presentation, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session

Format: online via live stream

Cost: free

Register for the Managing the Coronacoaster webinar via Eventbrite


P/1 J | Corben D

For showing Care for Self by enthusiastically joining morning Webex chats. Well done Corben on the work you are doing during Remote learning. Keep up the effort!


P/1 J | Kaelyn J

For showing Care for Self by working hard to complete reading comprehension tasks. Well done Kaelyn on your careful reading and super effort!


1/2 A | Oliver K

For showing Care for Self by making a real effort to join class Webex session and make interesting contributions. Keep it up Oliver!


1/2A | Ava M

For showing Care for Self by being a confident contributor to all Webex discussions. Thank you for sharing your interesting ideas and stories Ava!


2/3W | Atti B

For showing Care for Self by having a go at new and challenging activities and recognising that you are learning. Also, for having fun and positive times with others. Keep it up Atti!


2/3W | Luca V

For showing Care for Self by being prepared to work extra hard on challenging tasks. Well done Luca, keep up the commitment and persistence!



Bo A

For showing great Care for Self by doing an amazing job with the research on her wildlife project. I love the way you looked to the question and focused the information around that. Well done Bo!!


Jaz W

For showing Care for Self and Others with your level of resilience in becoming a big sister again. The way you were organised and showed great care for your family and your school work is a credit to how amazing you are. Great job Jaz!!


Eliza P

For showing Care for Self. Thank you for sharing your wonderful poetry work with us. Your word choice and structure created such vivid images and powerful emotions in the audiences mind. Beautiful, creative and skillful work. Congratulations Eliza. 


Dom Q

For showing Care for Self and Others. Thank you for being so organised with our online learning meetings. You are always prompt and have read the Timetable and tasks, and are ready to learn and contribute by having the things that you need. You readily assist and help others and this is of great value to our group. Thank you for being so reliable. Fantastic work Dom!

Our wonderful revamped kitchen and new deck area!


Jane & Terry

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden






School Sports Victoria is hosting a 'Virtual Track and Field' event. All Victorian students are welcome to take part in this great opportunity. There are several ways you can be involved. SSV is not looking for the best performance, they are looking for students to give it their best shot.

By taking part in this great event, you will not only score points for your school, but you will also be improving yourself every time you try. There is nothing better than self-improvement and personal bests.

Take a look at the website on the link below - and consider getting involved!