Winters Flat Primary School
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3 Roberts Ave
Castlemaine VIC 3450
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Email: winters.flat.ps@education.vic.gov.au
Phone: 03 5472 1522

FLAT CHAT | 31st March 2021

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FLAT CHAT | 31st March 2021

WELCOME TO COUNTRY

Our Welcome to Country on Monday was led by school Captains and Vice Captains. Our guest of honour was Dja Dja Wurrung elder Uncle Rick Nelson who once again performed this moving ceremony.

Student leaders spoke of the smoking ceremony and how traditionally before others set foot in another’s ‘Country’ permission needed to be sought to pass safely through or meet with the Elders.

The students talked about how the leaves of the Cherry Ballart, Manna Gum and Black Wattle are waved by the females, to cleanse the air of bad feelings/spirits, while the males perform the ‘shaky knees’ dance. The leaves are then put into a fire, where they create a lot of smoke. The visitors then pass through the smoke to cleanse themselves, particularly the soles of their feet.

Nalderun is a Dja Dja Wurrung word meaning altogether and we met altogether to celebrate and support the traditional owners of the land where Winters Flat is located. Thank you once again to Uncle Rick for officiating and to Kath Coff for being present as well as parents and visitors who attended.

We also presented ‘Care For’ Leaders badges for the following students

Care for Others

Care for Self

Care for the Environment

Athene 2/3A

Gabriel 2/3A

Sam 2/3A

Bonnie 3/4W

Indiana 3/4W

Aurora 3/4W

Daisy 4/5L

Seth 4/5L

Will 4/5L

Iris 5/6BM

Levi 5/6BM

Saffron 5/6BM

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CARE CROWS – SCHOOL WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT

Our classroom focus across the school has been waiting to take our turn in discussions. The tallies in classrooms have been steadily improving and we are still working towards no more than five interruptions per class per day.

Next term we are keen to circulate the ‘golden feathers’ – tangible and positive rewards for students who embody caring for self, others and the environment at school.

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DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY

I was incredibly proud of the Winters Flat students who participated with such energy and enthusiasm at the Cross Country on Friday and congratulate them, as well as the students from the other district schools who were competing. The atmosphere was competitive but friendly and we are now in the process of contacting the students who have been selected to represent the school next term at the Regional event on Wednesday 5th May at the Bendigo Racecourse.

The success of the day was a team effort led by Sam Milner and Mark O’Sullivan from St Marys. We had amazing support from parents and carers from Winters Flat who were on and off duty supporting all the students. Some past WFPS students from CSC were kindly released to help out as well.

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SAVE THE DATE – BUILDING OPENING THURSDAY 13TH MAY 3:30PM – 5:30PM

Following years of construction work, we are excited to be having an official opening to welcome present, past and future students, staff and families to this celebration.

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BIRTHDAYS

Daisy – 11 in the first week of April

Luca - 10 in the first week of April

Charli – 6 in the first week of April

Alyssa – 11 in the first week of April

Seth - 10 in the second week of April

 

Hip Hip:  Hooray

Hip Hip:  Hooray

Hooray: Hip Hip

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Wishing everyone a safe and happy Easter and break.

See you next term!

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Suzanne Kinnersly

Principal

School Calendar

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Thursday April 1st
5/6 Bike Hike to Ochre Pits. See XUNO.

Last day of Term. 2:30pm dismissal.

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Monday April 19th
First day of Term 2.
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Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund Applications

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

If you have a valid means-tested concession card, such as a Veterans Affairs Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible. There is also a special consideration category for asylum seeker and refugee families.

Payment amounts this year are $125 for eligible primary school students. Payments are made direct to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions and sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

If you applied for CSEF through our school last year, you do not need to complete an application form this year, unless there has been a change in your family circumstances.

If you would like to apply for the first time, you can download the form here. Forms are also available at the office.

You can also download the form, and find out more about the program and eligibility, on the Department of Education and Training’s Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund web page.

Please return completed forms to the office as soon as possible.

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School Accounts

Just a reminder that school fees are due by the end of this term unless otherwise arranged with the office.  If you need another statement, contact the office and we can either print it and send it home or email it you.

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Polling Staff

The Australian Electoral commission is looking for extra staff for the next federal election (no date as yet).  They advise that you go onto their website if you are interested in applying for any positions.  Please see the link below.

https://www.aec.gov.au/employment/working-at-elections/index.htm

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Mothers Day Stall

We are asking for donations for items that can be sold at the Mothers Day Stall next term. Please bring these into the office.

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Book Fair

Our Book Fair will be happening early next term. All payments will need to be made by Eftpos/online order. More information to be sent home in the first week of Term 2.

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Care for Areas

We are endeavouring to promote pride in and responsibility for maintaining our school environment.

In addition to picking up rubbish (very little), weeding, sweeping paths and other simple tasks will help keep our grounds and buildings looking fabulous.

In the first 20 minutes of each Monday, each class will get out and do a little caring. If parents wish to join, they are most welcome! (please sign in at the office).

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Have a safe and enjoyable holidays!

Karen Mahoney & Renae Wilson

Office

Dear parents and carers,

The Victorian Government has further relaxed its COVIDSafe settings from 6pm on Friday 26 March 2021.

Changes to the COVIDSafe settings include allowing more visitors in the home, changes to mask wearing in some settings and updates to density limits in some settings. There are limited operational changes for schools.

Visitors continue to be welcomed at our school, however face masks must be carried by individuals 12 years and over at all times and worn when physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.

Individuals aged 12 years and over must continue to wear a face mask when on public transport, school buses and when in taxis or ride share vehicles – unless they have a lawful exemption.

Thank you for your understanding and support throughout this term as we continue to implement COVIDSafe practices at our school.

I look forward to welcoming our students and families back to more school events in Term 2.

Regards,

Suzanne Kinnersly.

 

Well done to students for participating in the School Cross Country and District Cross Country! Students who have qualified for Zone Cross Country will be informed tomorrow.

A big thank you to Toshi & Noriko for their performance last Tuesday, 'Wa-sa'bi'!

A big thank you to Uncle Rick and Aunty Kath for our Welcome to Country Event on Monday.

Congratulations to our leaders who were presented with their badges.

Easter Artwork

Students used a wet on dry water painting technique over oil pastels to create some colourful Easter Eggs/Emu Eggs!

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Hello families and friends of Winters Flat Primary School,

Experiencing anxiety every now and again is a normal part of the human experience. Anxiety becomes a problem when the feelings persist, impacting on our wellbeing and preventing us from doing things that are important to us.

It is common for young children to experience a range of worries as they develop, such as being away from their parents or being in the dark.
When these worries persist over time and impact on children’s abilities to do activities common for their age, they may be experiencing anxiety. 

See this resource for how to support children with anxiety.

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Hannah O'Keefe

Wellbeing Officer, Winters Flat Primary School

(Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30-2:30)

Hannah.Okeefe@education.vic.gov.au

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*If you wish for your child/ren to participate in sessions with Hannah, please ensure you provide permission on XUNO or sign a hard copy of the permission form available at the office. 

 

P/1 J | Audrey B

For showing Care for Self by working hard to complete writing tasks. Super effort!
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P/1 J | Corben D

For showing Care for Self by working hard on his reading strategies. Keep reading everyday Corben!
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2/3 A | Athene G

For showing Care for Self by always following instructions straight away and trying her best in class. Fantastic effort Athene!
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2/3A | Kaelyn J

For showing Care for Others by being a generous helper in the classroom. Thank you Kaelyn!
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3/4W | Briscoe F

For showing Care for Others and the Environment by being a reliable and responsible Flag monitor and for using your initiative to keep our school grounds neat and tidy. Thank you Briscoe.
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3/4W | Arlo S

For showing Care for Environment by using your initiative to keep our school grounds neat and tidy. Thank you Arlo.
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4/5L | Jamie B

For showing Care for Self by applying himself to his inquiry project. Well done on using your initiative to make sure you get the job done.

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4/5L | Nerri G

For showing Care for Self by challenging yourself to complete your inquiry project. Well done and I know I’m not the only one who is proud of you. 

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5/6B | Ellie C

For showing Care for Self and Others with your awesome happy and positive outlook and approach to all tasks. You are always so helpful in the classroom and always willing to lend a hand to help others. Thank you Ellie!

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5/6B | Malakai C

For showing Care for Self for his great focus and determination during the Easter Rotation activities and showing great leadership skills. Keep it up Malakai!

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From the Principal | Kirah-Jayne M

For showing Care for Others by showing patience, kindness and helpfulness in Kitchen classes for the younger students. Well done!

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BEST CLASS ATTENDANCE (CUMALONG CUP)

The class with the best school attendance for the past fortnight is 2/3A.

THIS WEEK IN THE KITCHEN & GARDEN...

Volunteers

Unfortunately, we recently had a fox attack and lost all our chooks. Following this, our chook pen is in need of some maintenance. If you are able to help with this, or helping with building a hot house, please contact Terry.

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Rosie & Terry
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Apr
1
Thu

01 Apr 2021

11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Event Info
Apr
1
Thu

01 Apr 2021

11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Cost: Free

Students, accompanied by teachers, will ride to the Ochre Pits and back. 

Students need to bring their own bike and helmet, own lunch, drink bottle and sun screen. 

Permission to be approved through XUNO.

Event Info
Apr
1
Thu

01 Apr 2021

11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Cost: Free

School event
Apr
1
Thu

01 Apr 2021

Event Info
Apr
1
Thu

01 Apr 2021

2:30pm dismissal.

Event Info
Apr
1
Thu

01 Apr 2021

School event
Apr
19
Mon

19 Apr 2021

Event Info
Apr
19
Mon

19 Apr 2021

Event Info
Apr
19
Mon

19 Apr 2021

School event
May
13
Thu

13 May 2021

3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Event Info
May
13
Thu

13 May 2021

3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Address: 3 Roberts Avenue, Castlemaine, 3450, VIC

Celebrating the launch of new Art Room, updated SAKG and new deck, new multi-purpose assembly hall, revamped Admin building with new roofing.

All past, current, and future students and families welcome!

Events:
o Opening welcoming statement and Acknowledgement of Country
o Art Exhibition in Art Room
o School tour to classrooms
o Sausage sizzle
o Scones/coffee and tea for sale 
o Snacks for sale
o History display of photos of school
o WFPS merchandise for sale (tote bags, coffee, socks, honey, tea towels)

**If you are planning to attend, please fill out this web form for catering purposes: https://wintersflatps.schoolzineplus.com/form/36

*If anyone wishes to volunteer to help out with this event, contact Renae in the office or fill out the form: https://wintersflatps.schoolzineplus.com/form/35

Event Info
May
13
Thu

13 May 2021

3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Address: 3 Roberts Avenue, Castlemaine, 3450, VIC

Community event School event

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY...

Commencing in Term 2 on Friday 23rd April

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