- NEWS | From The Principal
- NEWS | From The Office
- NEWS | Victorian Chief Health Officer message to schools and their communities
- NEWS | From The School Crossing Team
- STUDENTS OF THE WEEK
- NEWS | Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
- NEWS | Wellbeing
- EXCURSION | Bendigo Cross Country
- EXCURSION | Bendigo Writers Festival
- EVENT | Grand Opening of New Buildings
- COMMUNITY | Events
ANZAC DAY ASSEMBLY 4/5L
Congratulations to 4/5L for their ANZAC Day assembly on Monday. Much thought and preparation went into their presentation and they did a great job.
REMINDER: THIS MONDAY 3RD MAY IS A CURRICULUM DAY
Teachers will once again be focussing on mathematics planning, assessment, teaching and learning with presenter Kathy Arnold.
BUILDING OPENING THURSDAY 13TH MAY 3:30PM – 5:30PM
As you know we are having our community event in two weeks. To make this event as successful as it can be we need your help. We are looking for volunteers in the following:
- Baking scones/cakes/cup cakes
- Set up or pack up
- Fruit kebabs stall
- Sausage sizzle
- Afternoon tea service
- Merchandise stall
Please complete the sign-up form if you can help out.
Special thanks to Justine Henry for designing the promotional materials.
CARE CROWS – SCHOOL WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT
Our classroom focus across the school continues to be 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.
We are nearly ready to circulate the ‘golden feathers’ tokens –positive reward currency for students who embody caring for self, others and the environment at school. Feather tokens can be exchanged for tangible rewards and saved towards classroom and whole school rewards. I have attached an article which we are referencing in designing our reward system here at school. It includes rewards that can be used at home as well as for older teenage siblings.
SPRUCE UP WORKING BEES SUNDAY 2nd MAY & SATURDAY 8th MAY
With the Grand Opening set for 13th May we’re having a couple of two hour working bees to get the school looking its best. The first will be this Sunday from 9:30am – 11:30am, then next Saturday 8th May 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Once again all help will be greatly appreciated.
Freya D – 5 in the third week of April
Polly - 9 in the third week of April
Bonnie – 9 in the third week of April
Monty – 12 in the fourth week of April
Will – 11 in the fourth week of April
Atticus B – 9 in the fourth week of April
Huckle – 11 in the fourth week of April
Eisa – 9 in the fourth week of April
Archie - 8 in the last week of April
Audrey – 7 in the last week of April
Suzie – 9 in the last week of April
Suzanne – in the first week of May
Lola – 9 in the first week of May
Tully – 12 in the second week of May
Athene – 8 in the second week of May
Vinnie – 8 in the second week of May
Jazmine – 11 in the second week of May
Hip Hip: Hooray
Hip Hip: Hooray
Hooray: Hip Hip
Thanks to Castlemaine Toy Library, we now have a 'Book House' set up in our front office! We invite all families and students to come and visit, to see our wide range of books for children to read/borrow/keep. We are also accepting donations of books which can be placed into our exchange for other children to enjoy.
School Open Day held during Education Week on Monday 24th May from 11am-1:00pm.
Principal tours will be held at 11:30, 12:00 and 12:30.
Mothers Day Stall
We are asking for donations for items that can be sold at the Mothers Day Stall. Please bring these into the office.
The Stall will be open at the front of the school on Thursday 6th May from 8:30am-8:55am, and on Friday 7th May from 8:30am-8:55am and from 1:30pm-2:00pm.
All items will be priced $7 and under.
Year 7 Placement
All Year 6 students have been sent home with a pack regarding their 2022 Year 7 Placement. Please complete these forms and return to the office by Friday 14th May.
Julian from Castlemaine Secondary will be coming into the school on Thursday 30th April to speak to the Grade 6's about transition.
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).
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.
Karen Mahoney & Renae Wilson
Road Safety Message from the School Crossing Team
Welcome back to another School Term. Whilst the weather is starting to turn colder, we are still seeing lots of people out and about walking and on bikes. So, here are just a few safety tips to keep in mind…………
- When riding a bike on the road, you must follow the same road rules as other vehicles. This means you must stop at the School Crossing when the Supervisor is on the Crossing with the Stop sign displayed.
- When walking on roads where there are no footpaths, it is best to walk on the side of the road with the traffic coming towards you. This may seem strange, but it is the safer way as it means you can see the traffic coming without having to continually be checking behind you.
- Always use the School Crossing when the flags are displayed.
- Always check the parking signs around schools and ensure you are parked legally.
P/1 J | Charli E
For showing Care for Self by always putting in a huge effort and doing your best. Terrific effort!
P/1 J | Lenny P
For showing Care for Others by always being cooperative and helpful in class. Super effort Lenny!
2/3 A | Franklin M
For showing Care for Self by always putting in a huge effort and pushing himself to learn new things. Fantastic work Frankie!
2/3A | Finchley M
For showing Care for Self by working really hard on his writing and demonstrating fantastic 'voice' and persuasive language. Keep up the great work Finchley!
3/4W | Polly T
For showing Care for Self by working hard to keep your belongings organised and for being ready to work. Well done Polly.
3/4W | Haylee Y
For showing Care for Others by always having a smile and something caring and friendly to say to others. Thank you Haylee.
4/5L | The whole class
For showing Care for Self and Others. You lot are AMAZING!! Your ability to focus on the task at hand and work together to achieve amazing results is something you should all be proud of. Well done and keep up the great work!!
5/6B | Lincon V
For showing Care for Self. Wow! What a fantastic, focused approach to your work activities, giving them your very best effort. You displayed great 'self-umpiring' skills, recognising and avoiding distractions. It was fantastic to see your pride in your work, keep it up.
5/6B | Levi M
For showing Care for Self. Congratulations on your positive 'have a go, give it your best' attitude. It's wonderful to see you getting involved in class learning activities, and your willingness to share with and learn from others. Congratulations Levi, keep up the great work.
5/6B | Monty A
For showing Care for Self. Wow Monty! What a fantastic, focused approach you had during our 'Place Value' house building activity. Your motivation and curiousity helped you extend your knowledge way past octillions! Fabulous work.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOCUS
The school's current positive behaviour focus is:
Waiting to take our turn in discussions.
The following students are recognised for their abilities to do so:
BEST CLASS ATTENDANCE (CUMALONG CUP)
The class with the best school attendance for the first fortnight of the term is 5/6B
THIS WEEK IN THE KITCHEN & GARDEN...
What we're cooking in the kitchen this week...
Potato, leek and chive soup
Fresh linguine with tomato, basil and garlic sauce
Potato and rosemary pizza
Golden syrup dumplings
And what we're harvesting from the garden...
Rosie & Terry
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
Hello families and friends of Winters Flat Primary School. Welcome back to Term 2! Students are settling back into the routine of school – getting up, packing lunch, remembering to take things to school and bring them home again! All of this is a lot for families and children to achieve and we are here to lend a hand if needed.
Something available to many families of Prep students is the State Schools’ Relief Program which provides families with a jumper, pants and a pair of shoes. At the front office we have forms that can be filled out and submitted.
A resource which is very helpful for families and their children is the recently re-vamped Kids Helpline website which has a fantastic page for kids aged 5-12. The page contains interactive stories and information on topics such as, ‘Fights With Friends’, ‘Bullying is not OK’, ‘Feeling Lonely’, ‘Everybody Makes Mistakes’, ‘There’s a New Family Member In My Family’, ‘Why Am I So Sad’… and soooo many more! Have a look, there might just be a topic that you and your child can sit down together and have a look at https://kidshelpline.com.au/kids/issues
The mental health support system is under immense pressure since Covid-19 began last year. If you are having trouble accessing any services please contact me on email@example.com. I am available for a chat/meeting on Tuesdays and Fridays between 9:30 and 2:30.
By far the best service you can contact if you or your child are experiencing mental health issues is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. They have a 24 hour number you can call to talk with someone and access services in the region: 1300 363 788 (https://www.bendigohealth.org.au/ChildandAdolescentMentalHealthService/).
The following list is a comprehensive directory of mental health support services. (If your safety or the safety of others is at risk, contact emergency services on 000)
HeadtoHelp 1800 595 212
Cairnmillar Institute (free telehealth counselling) - https://www.cairnmillar.org.au/telehealth
1300 22 4636 (24 Hrs)
13 11 14 (24 Hrs)
Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467 (24 Hrs)
1800 55 1800 (24 Hrs)
Tandem Support and Referral Line information, support, advocacy or referral for family members or friends who are supporting a person with mental health issues. Call 1800 314 325.
Blue Knot Foundation Helpline information, support or referral for adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. Call 1300 657 380, 9am-5pm / 7 days a week.
Butterfly Foundation's National Helpline counselling and treatment referral for people with eating disorders, and body image and related issues. Call 1800 33 4673 8am-9pm / 7 days a week.
eheadspace mental health and wellbeing support, information and services to young people aged 12 to 25 years and their families. Call 1800 650 890.
MensLine Australia telephone and online support and information service for Australian men. Call 1300 78 99 78, 24 hours / 7 days a week.
MindSpot Clinic telephone and online service for people with stress, worry, anxiety, low mood or depression. Call 1800 61 44 34 AEST, 8am-8pm (Mon-Fri), 8am-6pm (Sat).
QLife telephone and web-based services to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Call 1800 184 527, 3pm-12am (midnight) / 7 days a week.
PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia) telephone information, counselling and referral service. Call 1300 726 306, 9am-7:30pm AEST (Mon-Fri).
Brother to Brother, a 24-hour crisis line for Aboriginal men has been set up to provide extra support during the coronavirus pandemic. Call 1800 435 799.
SANE Australia support, training and education enabling those with a mental illness to lead a better life. Call 1800 18 7263, 9am-5pm (Mon-Fri).
The Compassionate Friends Victoria information and peer support for families trying to rebuild their lives after the death of a child, sibling or grandchild, from trained volunteers with lived experience. Call 9888 4944 or 1300 064 068 24/7. Siblings (aged 18-30 years) can use the web chat daily, 3pm-12am.
Open Arms (Veterans and Families Counselling) 24/7 free and confidential counselling to anyone who has served at least one day in the ADF, and their families. Call 1800 011 046.
Mental Health Foundation Australia National Mental Health Helpline offers emotional and practical support to families, carers and individuals with mental health issues. The response team does not provide counselling but can arrange a call back from a trained Psychologist or Counsellor. Call 1300 643 287.
Wellbeing Officer, Winters Flat Primary School
(Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30-2:30)
*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.
05 May 2021
Selected students will travel to Bendigo Racecourse to participate in the Zone Cross Country.
06 May 2021
Students in Grades 4/5/6 will travel to Bendigo to participate in the Bendigo Writers Festival workshops.
13 May 2021
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
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!
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 for $5
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
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY...
DIGICLUB – TUESDAYS
Facilitators: Owen and Lisa Mills
For kids aged 8-12
Over 8 weeks, Owen and Lisa will take you on an adventure of creative expression where you will devise and create fun and experimental video clips. Learn how to create you own unique characters, write a script for them, and bring them to life with Character Animation software. You will then learn to edit your animation, add sound and create your own short film.
Participants will receive:
- New animation and film production techniques
- Hands-on digital skills with easy to use production equipment, software and processes
- An opportunity to create a fun and imaginative film with friends
8 x sessions | Tuesdays 4pm – 5.30pm
Term 2: 4 May – 22 June 2021
The low-cost nature of this course has been made possible by the generous support of the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.
Mount Alexander Shire: Keeping Mentally Well
This free wallet card provides you with some tips and hints of how to STAY mentallly well, as well as suggestions for when things are a little more intense. It also provids a whole range of support service contact details.
Here at Mount Alexander Shire Council, we know that happy, healthy, thriving communities only happen when the community itself is deeply involved in the decisions that affect it, big and small.
The new Shape engagement hub is a place where you will be able to scroll through, or search for, projects that are underway where your thoughts will make a genuine difference to the final outcome.