Welcome Back

thumb_IMG_6822_1024 thumb_IMG_6827_1024Dear Families, 

Welcome back for the 2016 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 Prep students. We hope you enjoy your time at Woolsthorpe Primary School. It was great to see our new Preps enjoy their first full day with Mrs Austen. They looked very grown up in their uniforms and were very excited to start their learning journeys. We have 14 new prep students, which brings our total number of students this year to 98. As I often say, when we enrol new students here at Woolsthorpe Primary School, the whole family becomes part of our school and learning community. We welcome all our families to be involved in school life and feel you can support your child’s learning by participating in school activities and events like our Kitchen Garden Program, Discovery Learning, PFA pancake events, classroom helpers, sports days and many other programs. 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 for each child.

Our wonderful PFA and parent helpers have been busy over the summer holidays cooking our Famous Woolsthorpe Primary School Pancakes at Port Fairy and the Lake Pertobe Markets. A big thank you to all our families who did a Pancake Shift over the holidays. Thanks also to the parents that watered and kept our veggie garden and lawns alive. Over the holidays our new PFA and Storage shed was built. This will house our new pancake trailer, be used for school storage and other PFA items. Thanks to our School Council grounds committee for co-ordinating these works in the school holidays.

thumb_IMG_6835_1024Term 1 is always lots of fun with our school House Sports Program. The House Sports are a great way to start the school year off by revisiting our Trademark values of,  Respect, Excellence, Care and Teamwork, across the school. As in past years, the House Sports Day is a whole family event, please save this day in your diary. Thursday, March 3. We have our PFA welcome BBQ on this day also. Our Learning Process and Discovery Learning is a big focus again this year, with some exciting changes and new features. We will be involving parents, where possible, in our Discovery Learning day, by inviting parents/grandparents/community members in to share their own talents, passions and interests. This will ignite further Discoveries and interests in student’s thinking and build connections in our community. Shortly wewill be sending home some more information and gathering feedback.

Our Kitchen Garden Program will see some new and exiting changes. We are looking for new parent helpers for our cooking days and gardening projects. This year we have a parent Kitchen Garden team. 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.

thumb_IMG_6829_1024Parent Teacher Conferences are in Term 1, the week of March 21. Stay tuned also for our Playgroup dates and events. We encourage allfamilies in the area with pre school children to get involved in our Playgroup activities and fun, which are here at school each term.

Communication and Information. Our Woolsthorpe Primary School Website, Facebook page, along with our Thursday Newsletter, form an important part of our communication strategy between home and school.

Tiqbiz. All parents must have Tiqbiz set up on their phones/devices to access our weekly newsletter. We will also be using Tiqbiz as a messaging service and to send out updates, notes and other information. If you need helpto set up Tiqbiz we can do this at school for you. Please contact Suzi.

Twitter. Another great way to find out all that’s happening here at school is via our daily/weekly Twitter feed Follow the school or your child’s class. See all the great things happening.

Parent Information Booklet. We have updated our Parent Information Booklet. A copy will come home soon for all families via Tiqbiz. It is important that all parents read the booklet and keep it handy. Many of the day to day operations and processes of the school are mentioned in the booklet. Any questions please call the office.

If your contact details or email have changed lately please ensure these are changed at school with Suzi. We must have up-to-date information in case of an emergency.

Again, welcome back to a new year of learning, fun and discovery. I look forward to meeting parents, students and working with all families in 2016.

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Our Learning Story

Our school provides a unique and dynamic learning experience for its learners. We have a history and culture of high expectations, parent involvement and academic excellence. It is our intention to promote our trademark values of Respect, Excellence, Care and Teamwork. Our school is recognised by the local community for its safe and caring environment. We work with families closely to support and build strong relationships.

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Our new school was built in 2013. It has the latest up to date technology and learning spaces, where teachers work in collaborative teams to personalise learning for all students. iPad technology is embedded into all areas of learning and is strategically used to support learning. All students and staff have iPads to support our learning culture. Our House System, Creative Arts, Science Specialist, Discovery Learning, Kitchen and Gardening Programs are just some of the unique experiences our learners have here at Woolsthorpe.thumb_IMG_5587_1024

Our Learning Process model is designed to be a simple common language that all learners, both children and adults, can understand and use. Learners can identify and describe which part of the Learning Process they are in and why they are there. Our Learner Traits are important skills, which learners can draw upon when they are in any part of the Learning Process to overcome obstacles and be the best learner that they can be. Knowing what to do when learners don’t know what to do is a valued part of the Learning Process.

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We equip learners with traits necessary for their school life and real world contexts. Our school values each learner’s passions and aims to develop students’ confidence, knowledge, understanding, appreciation, curiosity and most of all a love of learning.

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Enrol Now

enrol now picOur school provides a unique and dynamic learning experience for its learners. We have a history and culture of high expectations, parent involvement and academic excellence. It is our intention to promote our trademark values of Respect, Excellence, Care and Teamwork. Our school is recognised by the local community for its safe and caring environment. We work with families closely to support and build strong relationships.

Our new school was built in 2013. It has the latest up to date technology and learning spaces, where teachers work in collaborative teams to personalise learning for all students. iPad technology is embedded into all areas of learning and is strategically used to support learning. All students and staff have iPads to support our learning culture. Our House System, Creative Arts, Science Specialist, Discovery Learning, Kitchen and Gardening Programs are just some of the unique experiences our learners have here at Woolsthorpe.

Our Learning Process model is designed to be a simple common language that all learners, both children and adults, can understand and use. Learners can identify and describe which part of the Learning Process they are in and why they are there. Our Learner Traits are important skills, which learners can draw upon when they are in any part of the Learning Process to overcome obstacles and be the best learner that they can be. Knowing what to do when learners don’t know what to do is a valued part of the Learning Process.

We equip learners with traits necessary for their school life and real world contexts. Our school values each learner’s passions and aims to develop students’ confidence, knowledge, understanding, appreciation, curiosity and most of all a love of learning.

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EDUCATION WEEK 2015 MAY 17-23

At Woolsthorpe Primary School we have clarity around what we want our approach to education to be like. We believe learning must be fun, real and tailored to suit every child’s needs. Education Week is your chance to see how we do this.

All prospective & current families welcome.

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Open Morning Wednesday May 20

School tours from 10am followed by morning tea at 11am.

*All prospective & current families welcome.

  • See how learning is different & made to be personalised at Woolsthorpe
  • See why our school is designed to be collaborative and open
  • Hear how skills and learning traits are valued and taught

 Parent iPad Night Wednesday May 20 7.00pm Explore, Create, Make 

*All prospective & current families welcome.

  • Dig Deeper with iPads for learning, ‘Makey Makey’ & 3D Printing

EDUCATION WEEK CALENDAR

Tuesday May 19 Jack and the Jumping Beanstalk. Visiting Performance from New Zealand company Playhouse.
Wednesday May 20 Open Morning
Wednesday May 20 Parent iPad Night 7.00pm Explore, Create, Make
Thursday May 21 Golf in Schools Program
Friday May 22 Walk to School & Healthy Breakfast

SCHOOL VISITS ANYTIME For prospective families thinking about enrolling students at our school and cannot make it on May 20, a personalised tour of the school can be made at any time with our Principal – Simon Perry.

Education Week activities can be seen on Twitter Follow Us @woolsthorpeps

TIME FLIES WHEN YOUR’E HAVING FUN

“Learning by doing”– On reflection there has been a lot of learning taking place across the school in such a short term this term. Students have settled nicely into their new 3dprinting56grades and continued to grow and improve. Our new Prep students are now thriving and are really enjoying their school experience. The smiles on their faces each day say it all. Teachers are always looking for new and engaging ways of enhancing the learning environment of our students. While our school is focused on Literacy and Numeracy at all times, we are always challenging students to explore, dig deeper with their learning and investigate new ideas. We do this through our Creative Arts and Science specialist programs and our Discovery Learning. This term students have been doing numerous projects in Discovery Learning time in which they explore areas of passion and talent. Students have been learning about our Learner Traits 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. Our Learning Process iBook is live on the iBooks store for parents to IMG_0434download and read. Staff have been active as always in term 1, attending local Professional Learning and learning together in teams on Monday and Tuesday nights. Our Staff are always learning and looking for new ways of supporting all students to achieve their best.

The Kitchen Garden program goes from strength to strength. Thanks to our amazing parent volunteers and helpers. Student’s knowledge and skills have certainly improved and their ability to link literacy and numeracy skills to cooking and gardening has been great to see evolve.

ANZAC DAY CEREMONY Next term, week 2 we will be holding an ANZAC Day ceremony at school on Friday April 24th. This ceremony is run by the student leaders. We invite all local community members and parents to come along and be part of the ceremony at 10.30am. Our student leaders and staff will also be laying a wreath at the ANZAC day ceremony in Warrnambool on Saturday April 25th.

THE LION KING As mentioned last week, we are having a whole school excursion to The Lion King at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne. This will be organised by some parent school councillors and staff. It will be subsided by the school and PFA, as we have done in past years. The date of the excursion is September 2nd. Further details will go home closer to the event.

Welcome Back

Welcome back for the 2015 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 Prep students. We hope you enjoy your time at Woolsthorpe Primary School. It was great to see our new Preps enjoy their first full day with Mrs Austen. They looked very grown up in their uniforms and were very excited to start their learning journeys.

IMG_4219 IMG_4221At the end of last year we had 3 new students enrol which brings our total number of students this year to 94. 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 by participating in school activities and events like Kitchen Garden.  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.

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. A big thank you to all our families who did a Pancake Shift over the holidays. Thanks also to the parents that watered and kept our veggie garden going.
Over the holidays work began on the basketball court area, with the new fence and court surface to be upgraded this term. Thanks to our School Council grounds committee for co-ordinating these works in the holidays.
Term 1 is busy with our House Sports and Moyne Sports. Student Leadership and Discovery Learning is a big focus this year with our senior students participating again in the Student Leaders Congress. Our Kitchen Garden Program will be bigger and better in 2015 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. 2015 is also our School Biannual Fete, in October. Traditionally this is the biggest fund raiser for the school and a great community school event. We will be calling on all families to chip in and get involved in some way. Co-ordinator meetings will take place in the coming weeks.
We welcome back Mrs Laura Cumming (formerly Miss Christensen) from family leave. Laura will be teaching Art and Science on Monday and Tuesday. All students this year will do 1 hour of Science, Art and Chinese (Fridays with Miss Han). We also welcome Miss Jacci Vandenberg who is teaching the Grade 2/3 class. Miss Vandenberg is very excited about her move to the area and looking forward to meeting families and students over the coming weeks.
Our Woolsthorpe Primary School Website, Facebook page, along with our Thursday Newsletter, form an important part of our communication strategy between home and school. Another great way to find out all that’s happening here at school is via our daily/weekly Twitter feeds Follow the school or your child’s class. This year from time to time there will be competitions announced via Twitter. So please hop on and see all the great things happening.

Again, welcome back to a new year of learning and discovery. I look forward to working with all families in 2015.

GOVERNORS VISIT

gov1The Governors visit on Saturday went extremely well. Congratulations to the whole community on their efforts. It was a great chance to showcase our school and share our Kitchen Garden and Apple Orchard projects with the Governor and Mrs Chernov. Thanks to the Moyne Shire and Colin Ryan for involving us in the visit. It was great to be part of the new War Memorial Opening, with students in years 4-6 involved with the ceremony and a number of students from all grades representing our school by attending the event. The Progress Society, along with Ray gov2Walker and Denis Richardson have done an amazing job with the new War Memorial and have demonstrated what communities can do when they work together. As always, I was very proud of our students and the way they conducted themselves, both at the War Memorial Ceremony and the Kitchen Garden Lunch. Thanks must go to Linda Robinson who cooked the Kitchen Garden lunch with the help of our students. Anton and Suzi also did a great job showing the Governor and Mrs Chernov around the garden and Apple Orchard. Tracey and Emily had the Multipurpose room looking amazing with Art work and the table setting and all the staff spent many extra hours preparing the school ready for the visit. Thank You everyone.

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LEADING RESEARCH

IMG_2980We had Deakin University researchers visit our year 1&2 students today to interview and film as part of a research project we are involved in this year in partnership with Deakin Warrnambool.

The research project is looking at how we use iPads to support Literacy learning here at our school, in creative and meaningful ways. This is a great opportunity for Mrs Austen and the students to work with researchers and other schools to share the great work that is going on in our school.

Other questions the researchers are looking at are:

  1. How are early years primary school teachers using iPads in their classrooms?
  2. How do conventional, well-established teaching approaches, classroom routines and materials feature in relation to the use of iPads in early years classrooms?
  3. How do teachers use iPads in creative ways to support students learning?