Our Learning Process

learning process logoThis term we have been designing our new learning process model which you may have heard your children talking about at home. Students have been learning about the “learner traits” (life skills) during our whole school house initiatives’ on Thursday afternoons. These traits are what we believe makes us successful as learners and people who can work and contribute to society. We will be launching Our Learning Process model early next term with some fun games and theme days for everyone to get involved with. Here are the two logos we’ve come up with. Our grade 5/6s also had input into the final logo design.



New School Year

learning5Welcome back for the 2014 school year. We hope you had a great holiday and are ready for a big year of learning and fun. We send out a warm welcome to our new families and our Preps (16 in total). We hope you enjoy your time at Woolsthorpe Primary School. It was great to see our new Preps enjoy their first full day with Miss Daly. They looked very grown up in their uniforms and were very excited to start their learning journeys.

Over the holidays we enrolled 2 new students which brings our total number of students to 92. As I often say when new students enrol here at Woolsthorpe Primary School the whole family becomes part of our school community. We want all our families to be involved in school life and feel you can support your child’s learning journey. I am a strong believer that learning is a partnership between school and home, and the more we work together to support our students the better we can provide a learning experience that is supportive and personal. If you have any questions at any time please contact me, my door is always open.

newipadsAs a school community we look forward to beginning the new year in our wonderful brand new school facility. Everything is now complete and we have many exciting programs planned for students and their families. Over the holidays our art studio had a make over inside. Thanks to Trevor Hirst for coordinating thess works.

Term 1 is busy with our House Sports and Moyne Sports. Our whole school is heading to Grease the Musical in March (information will go home next week). Our wonderful Parents and Friends Association have been busy over the summer holidays cooking our Famous Woolsthorpe Primary School Pancakes at Port Fairy and the Lake Pertobe Markets.

Student Leadership and project based learning is a big focus this year with our senior students participating in the The Peters Project Student Leaders Congress. Our Kitchen Garden Program will be bigger and better in 2014 and our Playgroup will again be running many exciting and different early learning programs at school. All families with young children in the area are welcome to contact the school for details.

Parent Information Booklet 2014- We have updated our parent information booklet. See our website http://woolsthorpeps.global2.vic.edu.au/  for details. If you need a paper copy please contact Jodie. It is important that all parents PLEASE take time to read the booklet and familiarise yourself with the information. Many of the day to day operations of the school, dates for 2014, policy details etc. are mentioned in the booklet. Again, any questions please contact us.

Tiqbiz - All parents will need to have Tiqbiz set up on their phones this year to access our weekly newsletter. We will also be using Tiqbiz as a messaging service. For example if there are reminders or urgent messages you as parents need to know about. Please contact Jodie to get Tiqbiz set up on your phone. Also if your contact details or email have changed lately please ensure these are changed at school with Jodie. We must have up to date information and phones in case of an emergency.

Our Woolsthorpe Primary School website, Facebook page, along with our Thursday newsletter, form an important part of our communication between home and school.

The website will showcase what students and teachers are up to, both in the classroom and in the community. There will be updates from the Principal, links to classroom blogs, articles from students and teachers about the exciting programs happening and information for parents. We encourage you to visit the website often as we share with you the wonderful learning that is taking place at our school. Another great way to find out all that’s happening here at school is via our Twitter feeds @woolsthorpeps

Again, welcome back and we look forward to working with all families in 2014.

Community Spirit at it’s BEST!

Words cannot describe the feelings and sense of pride we as a school community feel today. We’ve had an amazing week of celebrations here at Woolsthorpe Primary School with the opening of the new school and our famous Woolsthorpe Primary School Country Fair.

I would like to say a huge thank you to the whole school community, parents, staff and students for their contributions and work in making this an amazing week full of community spirit and action. I would like to acknowledge the local community & businesses for their support through sponsorship, donations and service provision.

Our school is a special and unique place to work and learn because of the extra efforts all our families and staff go to. We have very high expectations of our parents, staff, and students, and we live up to these exceptions in our behaviours and work every day. Our values of Respect, Excellence, Care and Teamwork were visible and evident over the past 3 days and on behalf of the students I would like to thank everyone.

Friday was our new school opening, below is an article written by the local paper (Warrnambool Standard) which captures some of the celebrations. We thank the Standard for their support.

ONE family has been witness to five generations of change at Woolsthorpe Primary School. When William Harris first attended the school, his work would have been completed on slates with chalk. Today his great-great-grandson Alexander Bell completes most of his work on an iPad. Prep pupil Alexander is the latest link in a long family connection with the school and proudly took his father Scott and nana Shirley on a tour of their former school’s latest development, which was officially opened yesterday.

Shirley Bell said Alexander was the fifth generation of her family to attend the school and she couldn’t believe how the new school looked. “It’s fabulous, it’s so different from when I was here and now from when Scott was here,” Mrs Bell said. “My grandfather (William Harris) was the first member of the family to start their schooling here. Then there was my father Jack, then me, Scott and now Alexander.”

Premier and Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine officially opened the $2.5 million redevelopment yesterday, saying it took the school to a new level. “These new buildings are great, but what goes on inside the walls makes them exceptional,” Dr Napthine said. “When I walked in here today, I couldn’t help but notice in the schoolbag hanging on the hook, right next to the lunch box, there wasn’t an exercise book, there was an iPad. “The students at this school are now getting a modern education in modern surroundings.” The state government funded the redevelopment with contributions from Moyne Shire and the local community. The redevelopment involved construction of a new building with administration offices, four “learning studios” and open spaces, incorporating the old bluestone school building.

Principal Simon Perry said the redevelopment showed the school was still at the heart of the local community. “It’s been an 18-month-long community project,” Mr Perry said. “In small communities like Woolsthorpe the school is the hub of the community and this redevelopment had been a huge community project. “From the initial lobbying to fund-raising, the community has backed us the whole way.”

Official Opening of the new school

Woolsthorpe Primary School is very excited to invite members of our school community to the Official Opening of the new school.

DATE: Friday October 18th

TIME:   Official proceedings will commence at 11:00am, including the launch of the “History of Woolsthorpe Primary School Book”, followed by Morning Tea. Tours of the new school will be available from 10.00am


Please confirm your attendance by phoning the school on 5569 2241 by Monday, 14th October.

We hope to see you there!

Happy Students, Happy Parents, Happy Staff

Enrolment forms for 2014 Prep students are due in this week

To enrol contact Jodie in the office on (03) 55692241

Our school offers

  • a personalised learning program for every child
  • kinder to school transition programs starting soon
  • iPads for every student
  • school bus service to all families in Winslow, Mailors Flat area
  • a school that is safe & happy to learn in
  • teachers who care and work with families

For new families thinking about enrolling students, book a personalised tour anytime that suits by calling the office on (03) 55692241

email- woolsthorpe.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

Note- due to our NEW SCHOOL building project nearing completion our information night advertised for August 7 will now be postponed

historic term for our school community

Welcome back to another exciting and historic term for our school community. A lot has happened over the holidays with outside works on the new school. Most of the inside work is now done with flooring and fixtures to go. The new air conditioning was installed in the Multipurpose Centre also. We are in count down mode now and if all things go to plan we hope to be in the new school by week 3 in August, with the opening celebrations to happen in October leading up to our Fete on October 20th. In the meantime there is lots of planning and preparation to take place. We thank you for your patience and support during this process.

Enrolment forms for 2014 Prep students are due August 5th – 9th. If you know of any families who want to enrol students or would like enrolment packs please encourage them to contact the school. PLEASE NOTE- our information night on August 7 has been postponed due to the building and outside works happening on the new school. Information sessions and transition days will happen in term 4. Letters will be sent out at the end of term 3 so keep an eye out.

Our kitchen garden program will be happening again this term. The program goes from strength to strength thanks to our amazing parent volunteers. Student’s knowledge and skills have improved and teachers ability to link literacy and numeracy skills to cooking and gardening has been great to see evolve. If you want to be involved please contact Linda Robinson.

NEWSLETTER GOES MOBILE- The newsletter now goes out via email/tiqbiz & up online each Thursday from 3.00pm. DON’T forget also our Facebook page has updates and information about things happening at school.