NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY– CURRICULUM DAY AND PUBLIC HOLIDAY
REMINDER: MANGO & TEA TOWEL ORDERS DUE THIS FRIDAY
*NEWS FROM 4/5/6 CAMP - ARRIVED SAFELY*
PREP TRANSITION AND YEAR 6 GRADUATION
As COVID restrictions ease we are exploring our options for the important milestones of Prep Transition and Year 6 Graduation. Initially we thought these would be online or virtual events, but the options of face to face experiences are increasing as infection rates decline.
We will share the planning details and keep parents updated closer to the events, bearing in mind COVID safe rules will be adhered to according to the most up to date School Operations Guide released by the Department of Education and Training.
REMINDER: ENROL FOR 2021
We are finalising our staffing requirements for next year so it is critical that we have student numbers confirmed as soon as possible. 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 or you can access online via our website.
Sincere thanks to Rosie for her work in the kitchen during Jane’s break. We really appreciated having her here and we are so thrilled with the opportunities the SAKG program provides for our students.
WORLD TEACHERS DAY 2020 – FRIDAY 30TH OCTOBER
On behalf of our community I say congratulations to all the teachers of Winters Flat PS for the outstanding work you do with our students and families. This Friday is World Teachers’ Day and a chance to thank you. We are so appreciative of your efforts during the impact of the pandemic and remote flexible and learning and for the way they you prioritised connection and wellbeing when the students returned to school this term. Great job to all our teachers!!
SWPBS (School Wide Positive Behaviour Support) CARE CROWS
As we continue to implement the program we will be surveying students, staff and families about the top 10 Challenging behaviours at our school, as well as identifying zones of the playground where students feel safe or unsafe.
If you have an idea for a new Care Crows token-name and/or logo please submit to: email@example.com.
Watch this space for new concepts.
Millie - 12 in the last week of October
Evie – 8 in the first week of November
Tanmay – 7 in the first week of November
Izaiah – 9 - in the first week of November
Ms Weir - in the first week of November
Keenan - in the first week of November
Hip Hip: Hooray
Hip Hip: Hooray
Hooray: Hip Hip
LET’S KEEP THE SCHOOL BEAUTIFUL – BIT BY BIT
We mainly need to focus on the teardrop garden, the veggie patch, and the beds outside the music room. The grass is long near the horse paddock and some brush cutting down there would be great!
If you’re going to the tip and have some room, we have a pile of weeds near the staff car park, and there’s free green waste disposal until 9th November.
Everything is growing like crazy in this spring weather but it doesn’t take much time to help out and make a big difference, and we really appreciate the help, particularly when everyone is so busy. Thanks to Hermione M, Helen K and Blair for the sterling effort with the rampaging weeds.
We would love families to consider working their own patches here at school after hours in a COVID safe manner with:
- weeding (byo gloves and tools)
- brush-cutting (byo brush cutter)
- sweeping (byo broom/leaf blower)
We’re also looking for expressions of interest in:
- painting – covering graffiti
- painting – basketball backboard (thanks to Alastair and Edd for volunteering)
- painting – old building near chook run – this is a big job but with a ‘bit by bit’ approach we can do it
If you can spare the time and energy for these jobs please contact the B & G coordinator Blair Venn at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us if you notice something that needs attention.
2020 PARENT OPINION SURVEY
Invitations were recently sent out for this annual survey. This is a state-wide survey conducted by the Department of Education and Training to seek the opinion of parents about their school. This year we are inviting all families to participate. We use the results of the survey to measure our success as well as planning for the future. At this stage we’ve only had 9 responses from the 106 invitations sent out.
- Wednesday 28th-Friday 30th October:
- 4/5/6 Camp.
- Friday 30th October:
- Monday 2nd November:
- Curriculum Day. No students at school (YMCA running a full day program).
- Tuesday 3rd November:
- Melbourne Cup day Public Holiday.
- Friday 6th November:
- Grade 6 Graduation Owls orders due (students will receive notes soon or parents can approve and pay now on XUNO).
- Monday 23-Friday 27th November:
- Book fair (see below).
- Friday 27th November:
- Book Week Dress Up Day
- Friday 18th December
- Last day of term- 2:30pm finish.
This year our Book Fair will run from Monday 23rd-Friday 27th November. As we are currently not allowed parent/guardians on site, unfortunately you will not be able to attend the Book Fair with your child/ren. Therefore, we will have images and clips of the Book Fair on our socials and website and the following will happen:
- Each class will visit the Book Fair in an allotted time during school hours.
- Students will fill out a 'student wishlist', which they will bring home for you.
- Please see below for instructions for payment.
- Students will also be participating in a 'virtual incursion' the week of the Book Fair, with their class. Approval and payment can be made on XUNO, or see the note attached which your child/ren can bring to the office with payment.
- We will also be having a no cost dress-up day on the last day of the week, Friday 27th November, in which we are encouraging all students to dress up as their favourite Book Week character.
Karen Mahoney & Renae Wilson
JUNIOR LEARNING COMMUNITY
P/1 J | Ella H
For showing Care for Self by listening to instructions, working hard to complete activities, cooperating, and having a positive attitude!
1/2 A | Brody H
For showing Care for Self by doing a fantastic job on your writing last week. Keep up the great effort Brody!
1/2 A | Arlo S
For showing Care for Self by making a fantastic effort in the Kitchen. Rosie said you were 'Chef of the week!' Great job Arlo!
2/3W | Levi J
For showing Care for Self by using initiative at home to do extra work for class, and for working extra hard on your poem. Thanks for all your hard work Levi!
2/3W | Noah N
For showing Care for Self and Others by always sharing your knowledge, thoughts and opinions in our class discussions. Thank you for your contributions Noah.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP COMMUNITY
For showing Care for Self and Others by always being responsible, attentive, respectful, conscientious. You are brilliant Abi!
For showing Care for Self by being brilliant and working hard in class, ignoring distractions, and taking responsibility for his actions. Awesome work Felix!
For showing Care for Self and Others by being a responsible, respectful and resilient class member. You are a gem Ellie!
For his excellent attitude in Cooking class and being 'on the ball', very helpful and hard-working. Great work Atti!
Thank you for being so amazing in the kitchen with our class always showing great Care for Others to make sure that are included and involved. Also a special mention for your work with 1/2A, I think it was described as “having another teacher in the class”. Thank you Chilli and well done.
The Care for Self that you are showing is a great sign of your maturity when taking on board feedback given to you. Well done Ben on making the most of the feedback and showing the initiative to implement it yourself. Great job Ben (and thanks for the cookie).
SCHOOL WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOCUS
The following students were the winners of our 'Care Crows' raffle:
THIS WEEK IN THE KITCHEN & GARDEN...
What we're cooking in the kitchen this week (thanks Rosie for being the cooking expert)...
Old man saltbush gnocci with basil pesto
And the gardening classes are doing activities around the Aussie Backyard Bird Count theme....
- Reading of Bunjil creation story
- Bird drawings
- Weeding Bunjil on the oval bank
- Bird counting
Jane & Terry
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
Tea Towel Fundraiser
Pricing for these limited edition souvenir tea towels:
1 for $20
2 for $38
3 for $56
They can be ordered and paid for by visiting the below online store:
Please support our school and place your orders now. Everyone from the school will have a picture and their name included, so make sure you dont miss out on this unique opportunity to preserve your childs artwork and remember friends and teachers forever!
Final orders are due this Friday 30th October.
If you have any queries please contact Fiona Johnston at: email@example.com
Forms available here
The Fundraising Subcommittee
WE WANT OUR PARENTS TO TELL US WHAT THEY THINK!
Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst all parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour, student engagement and experiences of remote and flexible learning. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.
All parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year, the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 12th October to Friday 13th November.
The survey will be conducted online, only takes 20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.
Each family has been emailed their invitation to participate, along with their login details.
The survey results will be communicated to parents through the 2020 Annual Report which will be available on our website early in 2021. Last year we used the survey results to plan the Annual Implementation Plan for 2020 focusing on student engagement and wellbeing.
Please contact the office if you would like more information.
02 Nov 2020
Pupil-Free Day. YMCA are running a full-day program.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY...
Commemorate from home
Every year, at 11 am on 11 November—the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month—we pause to remember those men and women who have died or suffered in all wars and times of conflict.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. As the world welcomed peace, thousands returned home to much fanfare, and their loved ones. Thousands more never made the journey home. In a time when many of us are unable to see our family and friends in person, we invite you to honour the memory of homecoming, reunion and sacrifice with us this Remembrance Day.
Join us online for the commemorative broadcast at 10.45 am on 11 November, live-streamed on the Shrine's Facebook and Youtube channels. Register your attendance by clicking below.