Winters Flat Primary School
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3 Roberts Ave
Castlemaine VIC 3450

Phone: 03 5472 1522

FLAT CHAT | 24th November 2021

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FLAT CHAT | 24th November 2021


The Community Engagement sub-committee have suggested Thursday 9th December for our end of year community event. We will have a Christmas theme and hope to see you there. Please see attached for the flyer.



Thank you so much to the community members who came to the Working Bee on Sunday. The weeding was amazing and brush cutters were buzzing in all directions. We hope to have one more session to get things in order before the long summer holiday. Special thanks to: Blair for some solid hours of brush-cutting before the working bee, coordination and OH&S induction with assistance from Helen W, Helen K, Peter G and Lucinda, Bron, Sam and Ava, Simon B, Jimmy and Sam, Annabelle, Dan, Heidi and Rupert, Monte and Finchley and Tony T.



We’re really pleased at the success of the acknowledgement system of Class Dojo and Golden Feathers in promoting positive behaviour across the school. With the behaviour Matrix displayed in every classroom and other spaces, most students are familiar with the positive expectations but are less aware of the processes when things go wrong. We are currently updating a visual flow chart so that everyone has a clear understanding of what are considered minor or major behaviours that interfere with academic and social success. The procedures to manage problems will be documented. A draft copy is attached to this Newsletter.



We hope to announce staffing and the 2022 class structure in our next Newsletter.



Faith – 11 in the fourth week of November

Jaya – 7 in the fourth week of November

Karen B - in the fourth week of November

Sylvie – 11 in the last week of November

Anne – in the last week of November

Michelle – in the last week of November

Hip Hip:  Hooray

Hip Hip:  Hooray

Hooray: Hip Hip

Suzanne Kinnersly


School Calendar




Friday 26th

Grade 6 Graduation Owls/Soccer Ball Orders Due (notes have been handed out to Grade 6 students)

Friday 26th

Grade 6 2022 T-shirt/payments due (notes have been handed out to Grade 5 students)

Monday 29th

Craft session- 2pm-3:15pm. Attendees must fully vaccinated and must sign in at the office on arrival.

Tuesday 30th

2022 Preps transition


Wednesday 1st

5/6 Maldon Bike Hike. See XUNO for details.

Monday 6th

Final assembly of the year- 2:40pm-3:15pm. Please note that parents/carers must be fully vaccinated to attend and must sign in at the office on arrival. Winners of the Coliban Water Poster competition will be awarded their prizes and we will present the winner of the Mango Fundraiser with their book voucher.

Tuesday 7th

State-wide Transition Day (10am-12pm- all students will be in their 2022 class during these times)

Wednesday 8th

P/1J, 2/3A, 3/4W Excursion (see XUNO for details).

Thursday 9th

End of year school community celebration (invite has been emailed to all families- please RSVP)

Tuesday 14th

Year 6 Graduation (more information to come)

Friday 17th

Last day of Term


Parent payments 2022

The parent payments schedule for 2022 was sent home last week with your child.  This document explains the guidelines and payment types that all schools must operate under.  Within our school, this support has allowed us to provide an enriched learning and teaching program for every student and is highly valued by our school community. The commitment from parents to contribute, benefits students and results in improved achievement outcomes, wellbeing and engagement in learning.  At Winters Flat Primary School, we design and develop learning and teaching programs drawing on the best educational knowledge and practices and strive to offer broad and enriched opportunities to students that are above and beyond what is required in the standard curriculum and what is provided for by Government funding. If you did not receive your copy of this document for your child please call the office.  We do not require payment until Term 1 2022.


Volunteers needed

We have some library books/readers that require contacting. If you are able to help please contact the office on 5472 1522.


Unexplained absences

Parents/carers whose child/ren have unexplained absences recorded on XUNO, have been sent an email today. If you have received this email, please log onto XUNO and action these absences at your earliest convenience.


Weeding Wednesday- Weed while you wait!

Each Wednesday afternoon, we will have some gardening tools available out the front of the school, and we would love if some parents/carers joined in on helping keep our gardens looking lovely!



A reminder that is mandatory for 3-6 students to bring a mask to wear to school. It is also recommended that P-2 students wear them.


We want to hear from you!

We want your ideas!!  The Community Engagement Sub-Committee for Winters Flat Primary School would like to know your ideas for social events for our whole school community for 2022 (in the hope that we will be able to gather in person together during the new year ahead). Please visit the link below and fill out the form.

Thank you in advance.


Book Club

Issue 8 of Book Club out now!

Orders can be made online through Loop

Orders due to the office by Wednesday 1st December.


Karen Mahoney & Renae Irwin


We have achieved 5 stars again! Thanks Terry for all your hard work!



Potato, Leek and Silverbeet Spiral Pies

Broad Bean Salad

Wheat Tortillas

Mexican Beans with roasted sweetpotato, or pumpkin, fennel and silverbeet

Passionfruit yo-yo's


Remember, all our recipes are available on our school website, so you can try them at home.


And what we're harvesting from the garden...

Broad Beans
Fennel Fronds

Volunteers please

Please contact the office if you are able to help with the watering and/or looking after the Chooks over the School Holiday period (18th December-27th January). 


Rosie & Terry
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

P/1 J | Perryn F

For showing Care for Others by helping other students in our class and for being a great friend. Thank you for your efforts.


P/1 J | Vincent M

For showing Care for Others by playing cooperatively with your friends and showing kindness to others.


P/1 J | Leonard P

For showing Care for Self by working hard to complete Maths activities. Well done on your great Maths thinking.


2/3 A | Samuel B

For showing Care for Self and Others by challenging yourself to take your projects to the next level, and for being a fantastic team mate. Great work Sam!


2/3 A | Ash B

For showing Care for Self by making fantastic choices this week and working super hard to complete your work. Great effort Ash!


3/4 W| Jimmy B

For showing Care for Others by showing wonderful leadership skills by being a positive role model and helping younger students. 


3/4 W | Stanley M-K

For showing Care for Others by showing wonderful leadership skills by being a positive role model and helping younger students. 


4/5 L | Izaiah R-H

For showing Care for Others. Well done on showing your amazing empathetic skills to other students in the school. Great job.


5/6 B | Jesse K

For showing Care for Self with the calm, no fuss attitude that you bring to school and completing your tasks with skill and competency. You are a quiet and intuitive leader within our class. Congratulations.


5/6 B | Ellie C, Tully S, and Sophia N

For showing Care for Self, Others, and the Environment by being Kitchen Whiz's! Thank you for your unceasing efforts in the Kitchen. Wherever I look, you are chopping, mixing, cleaning, sweeping, wiping, washing and drying, putting dishes away, emptying compost; the list is endless! Such awesome initiative that you display, never needing to be told what to do next, just intuitively 'seeing' the jobs and getting them done quietly without a fuss, making the whole job easier for others. Congratulations!


5/6 B | Jacob M

For showing Care for Self, Others, and the Environment by being a Tex-pert! Jacob, thank you for willingly volunteering/sacrifing yourself to the task of 'Dish Washer'. I expect that you are an amazing help at home as you are so 'well-trained' in the art of 'dishwashing technician'! 

Hello Winters Flat Community. Such a short amount of time left until the summer holidays! Did 2021 happen at all? It certainly did, but not in a way any of us could have foreseen. With just three and a half weeks left of Term 4, it is hard to believe that the year is almost over. We are using the time we have to help students establish a sense of belonging and connectedness to their school, teachers and peers.

A student’s sense of belonging at school is strongly influenced by relationships. When a student feels like they belong, they feel safe, respected, included and accepted. This sense of belonging drives academic motivation, a critical precursor for effective learning.

This week 3/4W will begin a series of sessions that explores the theme of Friendship. Students will be discussing and workshopping questions such as: What makes a good friend? What is a healthy friendship and what do unhealthy moments in a friendship look like? How do we recognise and respond to the emotions of others? And finally, how can we work together to create a respectful environment for all of us?

Next week 2/3A will have an online workshop facilitated by the Kids Helpline which will focus on establishing the skills needed to nurture healthy friendships and use conflict resolution strategies.

Since the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns and restrictions began, the Kids Helpline have created a series of free in-school and virtual sessions for schools covering topics from ‘Friendship’ and ‘Online Safety’ to ‘Transitioning to High School’ and ‘Bullying’. These programs are effective when they support an already established whole-school approach to Student Wellbeing. Sessions such as these provide a great opportunity to revisit topics and areas of concern from our embedded programs such as the whole-school weekly teaching and learning sessions using the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships program.

Respectful Relationships supports schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. As well as being a whole of school approach to promote and model respectful and positive relationships, it also supports educators to teach students how to build relationships, resilience and confidence.

I’ll update you in two weeks time with more Winters Flat Wellbeing news!

Stay well and stay connected.

Hannah O'Keefe

Wellbeing OfficerWinters Flat Primary School

(Wednesdays 9:30-2:30)



Remember, if you are concerned about the wellbeing of your child for any reason please let the school know so we can support you and your family. Reasons can included changes to your family or living arrangements, emotionally intense events or experiences, mental health concerns such as anxiety and peer related challenges at school or home.

If you or anyone you know needs support call Lifeline on 131 114 or Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) have a 24 hour number you can call to talk with someone and access services in the region: 1300 363 788 (

The Loddon Orange Door is also an excellent free service for adults, children and young people.  They can link you in with services. They are available 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays). Call 1800 512359

Here are some more good services with integrated support for children, young people and families

Australian Psychological Society

This is a professional association representing psychologists in Australia. The website can help you find a psychologist near you.

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue works to increase community awareness of depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders. The website has an extensive collection of downloadable resources. Beyond Blue’s information line can refer you to relevant services – phone 1300 224 636.

Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute raises awareness about depression and bipolar disorder. It works to improve diagnosis, treatment and community understanding of these conditions. The website has professional support and services for clinicians.

Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE)

This non-profit organisation works to improve the emotional wellbeing of parents. The website has evidence-based articles about emotional wellbeing in pregnancy and early parenthood for parents, family members and friends.

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI)

This organisation helps children whose parents have a mental illness. The website has resources for professionals working with these children and for family members. It also has links to other mental health services for adults and children.

Head to Health

This website provides access to trusted, relevant mental health care services, online programs and resources. Whether you want to improve your overall sense of wellbeing or you need help with something that’s concerning you, Head to Health can help you find the support that most suits your needs.


Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. It has centres throughout Australia providing support, information and advice to young people aged 12-25 years.


PANDA has a helpline providing information and support for people affected by postnatal and antenatal depression. The number is 1300 726 306 (Monday-Friday, 9am-7.30pm AEST/AEDT). The website also has a range of resources including perinatal anxiety and depression fact sheets to help people understand and cope with these conditions.

SANE Australia

SANE Australia runs education and other programs to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, their family and friends. The website has information on a range of mental health topics. Support is available through online chat or by calling the helpline – 1800 18 SANE (7263). There are also discussion forums where you can connect with others in a safe, anonymous environment.


THIS WAY UP provides evidence-based, online treatment programs for anxiety and depression. The programs are based on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) principles and include courses on pregnancy, postnatal mental health, mindfulness, insomnia, worry, stress, depression, chronic pain and wellbeing. All THIS WAY UP courses are free when prescribed by a health professional. The site also features a range of free coping and resilience tools to tackle feelings of stress, anxiety, and low mood.

Yarning SafeNStrong (YSNS)

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service have established a free and confidential counselling service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Yarning SafeNStrong (YSNS) is available to people and families who need to have a yarn with someone about their wellbeing.

Call 1800 959 563


Facebook @YarningSafenStrong

Youth Beyond Blue

This is a national initiative focusing on depression in youth. It provides useful information for young people and their parents and carers, including how to get help and several fact sheets on anxiety and stress.


LGBTI peer support and referral

1800 184 527 (6pm to 10pm daily)

Online chat 3pm to 12am daily


Family Drug & Gambling Help

1300 660 068


Parentline is a phone service for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old. We offer confidential and anonymous counselling and support on parenting issues.

13 22 89

*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. 



Please note that you must be fully vaccinated to attend the below event