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.


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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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?

Learning in the Ideal School

The world today has become smaller than ever thanks to the advances of technology. Learning in today’s world means that students must be equipped with the necessary skills to navigate their way through a technology-based environment. Teaching must change and adapt to suit the environment and the learner. We must be flexible in our approach to how we engage leaners, and inspire creativity.

Students learn how to learn by engaging in the learning process. We use discovery learning time and all curriculum areas as a way to focus and embed our learning process here at Woolsthorpe.

At Woolsthorpe Our Learning Process model is designed to be a simple common language that all students can understand and use. Students 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 students 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.

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Leadership Shines

Peters Project Student Leaders Congress 2014
PPnightWe couldn’t be any more proud of the work all students and local schools did with this Project. The commitment and learning that took place by all students and their communities was simply amazing! Our goals of developing our local student leaders, valuing the learning process and linking communities was achieved and then some.
The total figure raised for Peters Project was a huge surprise and shows just what can be achieved when communities and local schools work together and think differently. Credit must go to the students themselves and their teachers, who took on the projects with maturity, a sense of purpose and a huge amount of creativity.
It just shows what students can do when we give them a voice and control of their learning (project based learning at its best).
Pupils from Woodford and Woolsthorpe primary schools Olivia Dalton, 12 (left), Grace Robinson, 12, Takara Gorman, 10, Ella Titmus, 12, Baillie Keast, 12, and Sophie Lemke, 12, presented Vicki Jellie with a cheque for $28,169 at the Student Leaders Congress Night of Celebration
Photo was taken by The Standard Newspaper

Peter’s Project Community Kitchen Garden Dinner

kgcdinnerOur school last Wednesday night held our Peter’s Project Community Kitchen Garden Dinner, as part of the project work from the Student Leaders Congress held in February at Deakin Warrnambool, attended by all local schools. We had 60 parents and locals attend the dinner. Our grade 6 student leaders and Mr Miller, along with the help of parents came together and raised around $5000.00 for the Peters Project Foundations. The night was also a celebration our Kitchen Garden Program here at the school, which is self-funded by the school and has been going since 2001/2002 when the veggie garden first started. We think this is a HUGE achievement for a school of 93 students and too good not to celebrate. This achievement shows the work our local students can and do when it comes to Making a Difference in our Communities. We thank everyone for their support.

Our project: Woolsthorpe Community Kitchen Garden Dinner

  • Planning and preparation by students and the project team for the event took about 2 months
  • The menu (3 courses) was designed by students and a parent helper
  • Students waited and severed meals on the night and cooked all but the main course meats
  • The produce was sourced and supplied by local business and from our Veggie Garden by students and parent helpers
  • An auction on the night was also held (raising about $2000) with many local businesses donating goods, services + a Geelong signed Jumper and Essendon signed Jumper

The Project was led by: Grade 6 student leaders and Mr Miller

Project Aim was: To raise awareness (and money) for the Peters Project Foundation

Our Facebook page POST from Vicki Jellie (Peters Project) who attended the dinner gives a good run down of the night, along with photos- https://www.facebook.com/WoolsthorpePrimarySchool

Community Kitchen Garden Dinner

Woolsthorpe Primary School Community Kitchen Garden Dinner

Special Guest speaker Vickie Jellie (Peter’s Project)

IMG_2283Early in the year as a group of student leaders we attended a local Student Leadership Conference at Deakin University. The aim of the conference was to get our school and local community involved in a project, aiming to help raise awareness and money for Peter’s Project. We decided to organise a dinner which helps showcase our kitchen garden program and also raises awareness in our community about Peter’s Project. With the help of parents we will be cooking and serving a dinner just like we do for our kitchen garden program here at school. But in this case parents will get to try our food. This will be our grade 5/6 kitchen garden program for the term. We guarantee it will be a fun night and a chance to catch up with parents in our community. We have Vicki Jellie from Peter’s Project as our guest speaker, along with Peter Headen & Dustin McCorkell from ACE radio. We really hope you can come. Tickets are now on sale at school, but there is a limit of 80 people. All money raised from the dinner is going to the Peter’s Project Foundation.

Yours Sincerely, Grade 6 Student Leaders


Wednesday June 18

7pmMultipurpose Centre Woolsthorpe Primary School

Dress: Semi Formal

Tickets: $50 includes a 3 course dinner and drinks

Menu designed by students using fresh produce from our garden and locally sourced produce from local suppliers