- NEWS | From the Principal
- NEWS | Circular Rhythm Performance
- NEWS | From The Office
- NEWS | School Council
- STUDENTS OF THE WEEK
- NEWS | From The Listening Post
- NEWS | Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
- EVENT | Walk to School Month
- EVENT | Annual Mango Drive
- EXCURSION | Chess Tournament
- EXCURSION | Grade P-2 Kickball Sports Day
- EVENT | Scholastic Book Fair
- EVENT | Bike Education
- EVENT | Paul Bangay Open Garden
- EVENT | State Election
- EVENT | Step-up Day
- EVENT | Special Assembly/Excellence Awards
- REMINDER | OUR SCHOOL DAY
- REMINDER | Honey, Tea Towels and other wonderful things
- COMMUNITY EVENTS
Dear Winters Flat Community
As this last term begins and I look at our calendar of events here at school I’m tempted to say “Hold on to your hats!” Coming up this term is Prep and Year 6 Transition, the swimming program (Years 1-6), Bike Ed (Years 3/4) and Year 6 Graduation to name a few. We also have the major fund raising events in November and our end of year community celebration in December.
Our proposed school Xmas event clashes with the Castlemaine Twilight Artists Market on 14th December. At this stage we are looking for alternatives and we will let you know the new date as soon as we can.
Major Fund-raising Events this Term-Can you Help?
Our first big weekend event is the Paul Bangay Open Garden. We need volunteers to work at the WFPS Stall for four hours on Saturday 17th November or Sunday 18th November 10am-2pm, 2pm - 6pm.
We are also looking for donations of home-made preserves (old family recipes are great - clearly labelled with all ingredients), as well as baked items listed below, for the stall. We are hoping to make strawberry jam in the kitchen at school on Monday 5th November.
For the jam we will need donations of strawberries, lemons and sugar, and butter for the baked items. The recipes are Buttery Lemon Thyme & Vanilla Boomerangs and Parmesan Sables, on our website as well as an online sign-on for volunteering that weekend.
The second event is the State Election, on Saturday 24th November. Winters Flat PS is a polling booth and on that day we hope to have barbecues selling bacon and egg rolls with a vegetarian option, as well as a cake stall. We will be seeking volunteers from our school community to make cakes for the cake stall, sell cakes and assist with the barbecue that day from 8.00am – 2.00pm.
Premiers’ Reading Challenge
Congratulations to all the students who took part in this year’s challenge. They should receive their certificates this week. We had a fantastic participation rate and I thank Helen Weir for coordinating this event as well as the teachers, parents and carers who supported their children.
The whole school were astounded by the performance of Lucas Proudfoot in Circular Rhythm on Monday. His presentation and performance left the audience wanting more!
Prep Enrolments for 2019 - Urgent
We are asking families with a Prep-age child for next year to submit their enrolment details as soon as possible! All Castlemaine schools are hoping to have their 2019 enrolment numbers confirmed in coming weeks, with transition programs commencing in November.
Singing and Vocal Workshops at Winters Flat PS
– Peter Flatz Term 4 Wednesdays after school
Come Along and Sing after school at Creekview today!!!
Parents come and sing songs together with the kids and learn some vocal techniques in a fun and relaxed session run by Peter Flatz (parent and vocal coach) 3.30pm – 4.30pm today.
The final chess event is Friday 26th October at Marcellin College, Bulleen. We wish the chess teams all the best!
The garden group who have been working hard to get the gardens looking so good were back during the holidays, with the results looking absolutely fantastic around the front entrance and art room. Special thanks to Melissa and Kate.
On Monday we had a performing artist visit the school.
Circular Rhythm is a solo performance featuring guitar, stomp box and didgeridoo plus other indigenous instruments including clap sticks and boomerangs. The format is interactive with audience participation a key component. The songs performed in the show are all original compositions by awarded songwriter, Lucas Proudfoot.
Students and staff all had a great time joining in the activities.
PUBLIC HOLIDAY - 6th November - Melbourne Cup
The school purchased 2 Portable Netball Goals and some Shotputs with the vouchers that were collected during the Coles vouchers promotion earlier in the year.
A HUGE thank you to veryone who supported this initiative, which enabled us to replenish our sporting equipment.
There will be no lunch orders on Friday the 9th November, 2018.
HELP Needed with Trailer - Green Waste Disposal
If anyone is able to assist with delivering green waste by trailer to the tip, please contact the office on 5472 1522.
The Mt Alexander Council is offering free green waste disposal from 20th October to the 4th November, 2018.
World Teachers Day Friday 31st October 2018
This is an important day to recognise and acknowledge teachers across primary and secondary schools. On behalf of the Winters Flat School Council, I would like to extend a special thank you to all our teachers for the great work that they do inside, and outside the classroom. They work tirelessly to help ensure that our children come to a school that provides a nurturing, inclusive and dynamic approach to learning and development. They make a consistent effort to get to know all students in the school, and to make everyone feel welcome. It is not just the big things that teachers do like teaching the curriculum, going on school camps, and helping out at fundraising events but all the small things too like saying hello every morning, cutting up an apple at recess, and joining in with a game. All these things are what help to build our strong school community, and we are very fortunate to have such a committed group of teachers.
School Council President
Harry M - caring for self by listening careful during Maths and then putting in 100% effort. Great thinking Harry!
Seth B - caring for self by always getting his work done in a timely fashion. Well done Seth.
Iris D - caring for self by bringing a positive attitude to her learning - staying focused and always trying her best!
Sascha N - caring for self by showing great care with the presentation of her work - always outstanding!
Lila D - caring for others by enthusiastically explaining and teaching the game of Prodigy to the class.
Brodie T - caring for others by sharing ways to help remember how to solve problems in Mathematics. Well done!
Raven McA - caring for others by working respectfully with classmates and developing his interactions with others.
Maeve S - caring for others by using positive leadership skills of initiative, organisation and giving up her own time.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOCUS:
The winners are: Lucy N & Bonnie S.
CUMALONG CUP WINNERS:
I have recently moved my room into Creekview, so do encourage your child/ren to pop in and say hello. Tuesday morning drop-in is running again this term from 8.30 – 9.30 am, so if you have any areas of concern or any questions around supporting your child’s social and emotional development, please do drop in and gain mutual support from other parents.
WFPS was successful in securing some funding from The Maldon Community Bank’s Building Children’s Resilience grant. The grant is for a pilot project in providing Reflective Practice to early-years teachers (pre-school through to grade one) and middle years teachers (grade five through to year seven) in the region. We thank the Maldon Bank for their support of the teachers of the Mount Alexander Shire.
Katie Wilson, School Council President, is currently seeking out a guest speaker for an upcoming community forum – watch this space for more details! This forum is the initiative of the Well-being team, and the ideas for the forum have come from conversations with parents about their current needs in raising children in an increasingly complex society.
Over the next term, all of our staff will be having discussions on how best to implement a whole of school approach to Respectful Relationships, a government program. We will reflect on what we are doing well and areas we need to focus on in supporting whole of school respectful relationships. Eight of our staff will also start training in the Berry Street Education Model. Both of these whole of school well-being programs will be integrated into the whole school culture over the next two years.
Kim, Student Well-being
- Carrot & Garlic Butter Muffins
- Lemon Curd
- Anzac Biscuits
- Risotto of the Imagination
- Salad of the Imagination
- Orange & Cardamom Cupcakes.
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden - Chefs
Grade 5/6F - Eoin W & Robbie M.
Grade 1/2MB - Abigail P & Sophia N.
Grade 3/4BM - Kaire K, Sylvie N, Lucy N, Kayla F & Cedar C. Special Mention - Monty A, Jacob M & Zephyr N-W.
Grade 1/2MB - Sophia N & Amelia B.
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden - Gardeners
Grade 3/4BM - Indigo F , Eliza P, Ayden C, Lewin B & Zephyr N-W.
Grade 2/3W - Sara C, Pablo L, Levi J, Johnathan J & Ben C.
Grade 1/2M - Whole Class.
Watering and Feeding Chickens During School Holidays
A HUGE thank you to the families who looked after the garden and chickens during the school holidays. Your assistance was greatly appreciated.
Our school has signed up to participate in Walk to School Month in October.
We’d love to see families put their best foot forward and join thousands of other Victorian kids walk, ride or scoot to school.
Part way is ok! If you can’t walk the whole way, why not try parking the car a few blocks from school and walk, ride or scoot the rest.
Walk to School helps get kids active, and gives you a chance to talk and teach road safety skills while spending quality time together and getting active yourself.
Walk to School is a VicHealth initiative and Mount Alexander Shire Council is on board to help our school make the most of the program.
The Winters Flat Primary School Mango Fundraiser is on again this year.
Once again, we will be sourcing our mangoes direct from the grower in QLD, and having them delivered straight to our school as soon as the crop is ready.
It doesn’t get much fresher than that!
Trays are just $28 each, and contain Bowen Special Mangoes which are more formally known as Kensington Pride Mangoes. They are packed in a single layer tray, with approximately 7kg of Mangoes per tray. The number of Mangoes per tray depends on the size of the fruit, and may vary from 12 large Mangoes up to 23 small Mangoes.
So where do they come from?
The Mangoes are grown on a fabulous farm in Far North Queensland (about 50 SE of Townsville.
Instead of using poisons to control the control the grass and weeds, the farm free range chickens and cattle in the orchard, which is much more effective.
And as well as keeping the grass, weeds and bugs down, the chickens and cows also do their part and fertilise the soil in which the mangoes grow. Happy days...
As one of our biggest, most popular, and probably yummiest fundraising events, we’d love you to get behind it – and here’s a few tips how…
MAKE IT GREAT…
* Share the Mango love - let your family, co-workers, friends and neighbours know they can also enjoy farm fresh mangoes by ordering a tray from you as well (just add them to the mango list over the page).
* Reap the Mango rewards - The family that sells the most trays will receive a $100 gift voucher.
* Do not miss the Mango boat - make sure you complete and return this form, together with payment, to Winters Flat Primary School office by Friday 26th October 2018.
* Get those Mango recipes ready - Mangoes should be ready for collection from the school during the week commencing the 10th December, but we will confirm the arrival date in Flat Chat or via email.
NOTE: ORDERS MUST BE PAID FOR BEFORE DELIVERY.
Victorian Primary Schools Semi-Final Chess Tournament
WFPS Chess students have qualified to attend the Victorian Primary Schools Semi-Final Chess tournament at Marcellin College, Bulleen. This will be a 7 rounds Swiss System competition. The top teams will qualify for the State Grand-Final.
Cost of the tournament will be $20.00 per student.
Further information will be sent home with students involved closer to the date.
Students from P/1L, P/1J, 1/2MB and the Grade 2's from 2/3W, are participating in a P-2 Kickball Sports Day at Harcourt Recreation Reserve, Binghams Road, Harcourt.
(**Please note change of venue.)
They will be travelling by bus - leaving WFPS at 9:30am and returning by approximately 1:00pm.
Cost of the excursion is $6.00 - note and payment need to be returned to the school by Friday 26th October, 2018.
Further information contained on permission slip.
Students in Grades 3 and 4 will be doing Bike Education safety this Term - Friday 16th, 23rd and 30th November, for 2 hours.
Bikes need to be provided by students, which have to be in a roadworthy condition. Safety helmets must also be worn. It would be good for parents/caregivers to have a talk about road safety rules with their child prior to the sessions.
Please complete forms and return to school before this Friday.
Stonefields is rarely open to the public and this event offers garden lovers and food enthusiasts an exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes at one of Australia’s most celebrated gardens.
Guests can enjoy the spectacular vistas, walk through seven acres of gardens bursting with colour, chat with members of the Kitchen Garden Foundation team and, of course, shop for handmade and seasonal keepsakes made by Winters Flat and other Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden School students.
Also on offer: a selection of fine food and beverages, and a vibrant Community Market with rare plants and many other unique items. The full list of food and drink available will be announced on our Facebook event page closer to the date.
As is tradition, each day kicks-off with a small-group private tour of the gardens led by Paul Bangay and proudly sponsored by Ross Garden Tours; private tour tickets are strictly limited so book yours early. Paul will then join Stephanie Alexander at the book-signing marquee, with an extensive range of books available to buy.
Winters Flat PS is a polling booth on that day. This will be located at the deck in the middle of the administration block.
We will have barbecues selling bacon and egg rolls with a vegetarian option, as well as a cake stall.
Volunteers will be required from our school community to make cakes for the cake stall, sell cakes and assist with the barbecue on this day, from 8.00am – 2.00pm.
Like to help at this event?
Grade 6 Students who are attending CSC in 2019, will be attending a Transition Day at the college.
From 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, current Grades Prep to Year 5 students will be spending time in their classrooms for 2019.
This will include Grade Prep students commencing school in 2019.
Special Assembly - 9:15am to 10:45am approximately.
Excellence Awards will be presented at this assembly.
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Castlemaine Children's Choir - Term 4, 2018
Castlemaine Children’s Choir is starting back on Saturday October 20th.
The choir sings contemporary music and develops pitch and rhythm skills, and is for children in grade 3 and above (interested high school age young people are also welcome).
The choir performs occasionally at community events and is supported by Castlemaine Community House.
When - 10:30am to 11:15am Saturday mornings until December 15th. Will not run on 3rd November (long weekend) or Saturday 1st December.
Where - Continuing Education building, Templeton St, Castlemaine (next to old Fire Station)
Cost - $60 for 7 weeks (term commitment required)
To book in or find out more, contact email@example.com or phone Tim Watson on 0423 747 731.
About the choir leader
Tim Watson studied music at the Victorian College of the Arts and has performed in professional choirs. He was previously a primary school teacher and music teacher. He started the choir to bring children together from across the community and from different schools, so they could enjoy singing as a group and get to know each other. This is the only community choir for children and young people in Castlemaine.