Learning Snapshots


Our Athletics Sports day was a successful day where the entire community came together to help out and enjoy a great day together.  Thank you to the PFA and all the parents for proving a lovely lunch.  Our students were certainly well prepared for the day after practicing their athletic skills over throughout the term.  We were also luck enough to have Meggsie- a trained athletics coach come and spend the day with us at school teaching everyone correct techniques and giving us great coaching tips.




Firstly can I say a huge thank you to the whole school community: parents, staff and students for their contributions and work in making our Country Fair yet again a huge success. The day was full of community spirit and teamwork. I would like to acknowledge the local community and businesses for their support through sponsorship and donations. Our school is a special and unique place to work and learn because of the extra efforts our families and staff go to. Our trademark values of Respect, Excellence, Care and Teamwork were visible and evident on the weekend and I would like to thank everyone for their efforts. The money raised from this year’s Fair will go towards a new play area in place of the Billy McNeil memorial playground. Funds will also be used to purchase extra resources for students to enhance our learning programs in the classroom. Each year we heavily subside, camps and excursions through the money raised at our Country Fair and the wonderful work of our PFA (pancakes). Put simply all this work is for the students of our school to have the best possible education here at Woolsthorpe Primary School. Finally can I thank and acknowledge the work of all our area co-ordinators and give Suzi a special mention as overall Fair co-ordinator this year. Suzi spent many extra hours outside her normal work (with a helping hand from Tracey Taylor) preparing and planning for this year’s Fair. The work of Suzi and her whole team was amazing and shows what special relationships our parents and community have with our school.

Our Pizza Oven project is coming along nicely thanks to the work of Sam O’Keefe, Julie, Heather and Di from the community garden during the holidays. Check out the progress posts on our Woolsthorpe Kitchen Garden Facebook page. The Pizza Oven is a feature for our school and will be used for many years in the Kitchen Garden program and other events.


Our 2/3 and 4/5/6 Camps this year, were again a lot of fun with the students learning so many new skills. It was great to hear about the student’s experiences and also get some feedback about how wonderful the students were when they were out and about in the community. It’s nice to see our trademark values of, Respect, Excellence, Care and Teamwork really happening through the student’s actions. I would like to thank all staff for giving up their time (voluntary) away from their own families to run such a great camp experience for our students. Teachers spend many extra hours planning to ensure students are cared for and have a great experience at camp.


Monday November 11th our students conducted a Remembrance Day Service here at school which was a time to reflect and remember. The students did a fantastic job as always and showed great leadership. Sam Robinson and Tyra Toki represented our school and attended the Warrnambool Remembrance Day Service. Well done everyone!


Our swimming program at the Splash Factory is running smoothly. Swimming forms an important part of our overall PE/Sport program. It is great to see students for the first time in some cases enter the water and develop a lot of confidence in their abilities to swim and be safe in the water. The smiles on all the students’ faces tell the story! While students are a little tired the learning’s from the swimming program will be important life skills they can use forever. Thanks to all staff for their organisation over the 2 weeks with this program.

Benefits of Swimming- with less than 30% of children attending outside of school learn to swim programs; school swimming is an important program to provide all primary age children with water safety skills. Our nation is surrounded by water and swimming is one of our great passions. As well as being fun, swimming is a great way to keep fit, stay healthy and make friends. Swimming is a healthy activity that you can continue for a lifetime. It is a low-impact activity that has many physical and mental health benefits.

iPads for LEARNING

iPads are an amazing learning tool used at school for so many different programs and areas of learning. Our students and teachers are doing some amazingly creative and innovative work with their iPads


If you know of new families to the area or families wanting to attend our school please encourage them to visit and discuss enrolment. We often have student’s enrol between now and the beginning of next year. Please help spread the word about our wonderful school.

Education Week Open Night

2019 Education Week Flyer

Everyone is Welcome to our Open Night May 22 7pm

For 2020 Prep Students and Families and Prospective Families thinking about coming to our School, there will be School Tours of our amazing facilities.

Welcome from Simon Perry our Principal, meet teachers, support staff, students and parents. Collect Information Packs.

FREE Pizza Cooked in our new Pizza Oven

School Prospectus WPS 2019 Prospectus


Open Day is Everyday

 Happy Students Happy Parents Happy Staff 

Choosing a school for your child’s education is the most important decision that as parents you will ever make. So choosing the right school is vital. Here at Woolsthorpe Primary School we aim to make this decision making process easy. We invite you to visit our school and see for yourself why our school is unique and special. With small class size and Individualised Literacy and Numeracy programs our school ensures children and families have the best possible learning opportunities.

You are Welcome Anytime to Tour our Amazing School 

Call to arrange a school tour with our Principal for a time that suits you.
See for yourself what our school has to offer.
Meet our amazing team of teachers and support staff.
To receive an Information Pack contact Suzi 55 692241

House Sports Day

House Sports 2018 from Simon on Vimeo.

Our school House Sports Thursday was a fantastic day, along with our welcome BBQ this day gets bigger and better every year. Many thanks to all the staff, students and parents for their work and help on the day, our Trademark values of Respect, Excellence, Care and Teamwork were on full display for everyone to see. Thank you to our wonderful PFA and parents who cooked the BBQ, served lunch, assisted with events and cleaned up.

Discovery Learning

Discovery Learning from Simon on Vimeo.

In Discovery Learning at Woolsthorpe where our Learning Process is most visible we use students, parents and teachers passions to hook learners in, generate curiosities, wonderings and questions. We then give learners ownership, space and time to Grow Knowledge, Dig Deeper, and Share their learning with the world. ‘Knowing what to do when learners don’t know what to do is a valued part of Discovery Learning’

Discovery Learning iBook – Discovery Learning iBook

Discovery Learning Planner – Discovery Learning- Student Planner & Tracker

DIS Project

Student Leaders Congress 2017 project

As student leaders we are working towards making our school community a happier, healthier and more resilient community. We wanted to implement strategies that will have a positive and sustainable impact on the wellbeing of our school community. Over the year we will be working on three elements of wellbeing, MINDFULNESS, GRATITUDE and EMPATHY. The aim of the ‘dis project’ is to equip our school community with strategies and tools to be more mindful, grateful and empathetic which in turn will result in a more resilient school community.

Welcome Back for 2017

Welcome back to the 2017 school year. We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and summer break. I’m sure students are refreshed ready for another year of new learning opportunities and fun. We send out a warm welcome to our new families and Prep students. It was great to see our Preps enjoy their first day with Mrs Austen and start their learning journey here at Woolsthorpe.


Our wonderful PFA and parent helpers have again gone above and beyond over the summer holidays cooking our famous Woolsthorpe Primary School Pancakes at Port Fairy Parks, Koroit Truck Show and the Lake Pertobe Markets. A big thank you to all our families (and friends) who did a Pancake shift over the holidays. Your dedication to our school doesn’t go unnoticed, and we thank you for your continued support.

A big thank you also to the parents and students who watered our school oval and kept our veggie garden in good order during the holidays. The new oval is looking green and ready to go for our PE/Sport programs and lunch time cricket/football games.

Term 1 is always lots of fun with our school House Sports (athletics) Program. The House Sports are a great way to start the school year off, revisiting our Trademark values of Respect, Excellence, Care and Teamwork, across the school. As in past years, the House Sports Day at Brauerander Park is a whole day family event, please save this day in your diary: Wednesday, March 15. We have our PFA welcome BBQ on this day also and the whole family is welcome.

This year we have our School Fete – Country Fair. Traditionally held every two years, this is the biggest fundraising event for the school. It is also a great school community event, showcasing our amazing school to the families in our local community and area. We will be calling on everyone, to chip in and get involved in some way. We cannot hold our Fete without all families helping. Fete co-ordinator meetings will take place over the coming weeks, as work begins planning for our Country Fair. If there are businesses out there interested, we will again be offering sponsorship packages and opportunities.

Our Kitchen Garden Program will kick off again with our grade 5/6s on February 13. We are always looking for new parent helpers for our cooking days and gardening projects. If you are interested in helping and getting involved please leave your name with Suzi. Information about the Kitchen Garden Program will come home soon in our newsletter.

Communication and Information

Our Tiqbiz App along with our School Newsletter, is how we communicate between home and school with Parents. This year our school newsletter will be published Fortnightly with Tiqbiz used more for day to day communication and reminders. All parents need the Tiqbiz App set up on their phones to access our newsletter and receive information and updates. The newsletter is also emailed and on our school website.

We will also be using the Tiqbiz App as a messaging service for updates, notes and other information. If you need help to set up the Tiqbiz App on your phone please contact Suzi.

Facebook Twitter 

A great way to see and find out all that’s happening here at school in the classroom is via our Twitter feeds. Follow the school @woolsthorpeps and your child’s class to see all the great things happening.

Our school Facebook page has posts and updates, along with some information about programs and events. The Kitchen Garden Program has a Facebook page also, where they are sharing all the great things happening in the garden and recipes they are cooking.

Again, welcome back to a new year of learning, fun and discovery. I look forward to meeting new parents, students and working with all families in 2017.