- NEWS | From The Principal
- NEWS | From The Office
- NEWS | From School Council
- NEWS | Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
- NEWS | From The Fundraising Committee
- STUDENTS OF THE WEEK
- EXCURSION | P/1 Tabloid Sports Day
- ACTIVITY | Grade 2-6 Golf Sessions
- EXCURSION| Me and My Shadow performance
- EVENT | Grandparents/Special Friends Day - Prep & Grade 1
- EVENT | A Night of Trivia
- Community Events
Maree Edwards - our local member for Bendigo West - called me on Monday with the very exciting news that Winters Flat would receive $2.9 million in this May state budget. This means we can continue to improve our buildings and facilities.
We are very grateful for the efforts of Maree, Katie Wilson and members of our school community past and present who lobbied so strongly for this funding.
The nature of the project will be officially announced following discussions with the Department of Education and Training.
The cake stall and barbecue was a great success and even though the number of voters was down we still made $977.00.
A very special thanks to parents, staff and members of school council who baked for the stall and helped with cooking and serving.
We would also like to acknowledge the generous donation of:
• Bacon and sausages from Don
• Eggs from Bruce Pauly from Bruce’s Kitchen as well as the Honest Egg Co, Daylesford
• Bread from Bakers Delight, Castlemaine
The money raised will go towards additional blinds in the new building.
PARENTING IDEAS – Dr Jodie Richardson
This week's article (pdf) provides some great tips about parenting anxious kids.
PHOTO DAY LAST FRIDAY
Thank you to the parents that brought in their photo forms on the day on Friday. All sibling photos were done as requested by parents. All students photos were taken on the day so if you did not return your form on the day you can still order photos by contacting Schoolpix on 1300 766 055 or via email .
* Grade Prep/1 will be heading to the tabloid sports on Friday (weather permitting) please return forms if you have not already done so.
* Preparation for Puberty classes started on Monday 27th May. These classes are for Grade 5 & 6 students only. You should have received a note with the details.
* Golf for Grades 2-6 will be commencing on Friday and run for four Fridays. Students will participate in this throughout the day on Friday. There is no cost for this event as it is subsidised through the Schools Sporting Program.
* Me and my Shadow performance is on Friday 7th June and is for Prep and Grade 1 students only, please return permission forms.
* Grandparents day for Grade Prep & 1 on Friday 14th June - notes will be handed out next week.
All of these items can be found in the events section of the newsletter.
CAMPS AND EXCURSION FUND
Last call for any families wishing to apply for this fund. If you have a health care card and have not previously claimed please see the office.
Students are still eating all of their food at recess time and not having anything left for lunch. Please ensure that your child has plenty of food FOR THE WHOLE DAY.
Accounts have been sent home for outstanding amounts last week. Could you please check your child's bag.
Karen Mahoney & Renae Wilson
SUMMARY OF MEETING
School Council Meeting held on Monday May 20th 2019`
Our third School Council meeting for 2019 was held on Monday May 20th. We started the meeting by reflecting on what has worked well since our last meeting, including the Mother’s Day Stall, Election Day BBQ, the Grade 2 camp to Boomerang Ranch and the Bendigo Cross Country.
We also heard about the fantastic work that Rosie Annear is doing with the Grade 5 and 6 students on the Mini Media project.
Teachers have been participating in literacy and numeracy training in collaboration with other local schools. A team of staff are now fully trained in the Berry Street Education Model.
We are excited to be hosting the Winters Flat Trivia Night on Saturday 15th June 2019. Please support this not to be missed fundraising event; tickets are available at the school office.
The next school council meeting is scheduled for Monday 17th June 2019 at 7pm.
School Council President
THIS WEEK IN THE KITCHEN & GARDEN...
What we're cooking in the kitchen this week...
With Jane in Italy, the kitchen was under the creative control of chef (and parent) Jason Newton, and Kay Tomlinson.
Inspired by Jane's Italian adventure, the recipes took on a little Mediterranean flavour...
Salad of the Imagination
Quince Muffins (a variation of the Apple and Cinnamon Muffins recipe - but using quince!)
Home made Ricotta
Tomato, Olive, Broccoli and Ricotta Pasta
And what we're harvesting from the garden...
HELP US BUILD AN INSECT HOTEL
As the weather starts to turn, the kids at our school are keen to make an insect hotel, so all our creeping, crawling and flying little friends have somewhere to get out of the cold.
But they need help...
We're looking for someone in our school community that could build a wooden frame for the kids to fill with all the right insecty parts.
Insect hotels come in all shapes and sizes, so the design options are unlimited (the ones below are just a few examples!). If you think you can help the kids with this project, please send us an email, or see Karen in the office.
Jane & Terry
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
FARMERS MARKETS GOURMET BBQ - Thank you!
Thanks to everyone who worked on Winters Flat’s Gourmet BBQ at the Castlemaine Farmers Market on Sunday 5 May and to all the families and teachers who came and bought something on the day!
We took in $1,740, sold one sausage or mushroom roll a minute, fed lots of hungry people with delicious, locally produced food, had fun and raised $650.00 for our whole-of-school term 3 project with local artist, Eliza Jane Gilchrist, called The more you look, the more you see.
Thank you to Jason Newton – chef extraordinaire for the menu, logistics planning and for the cooking demonstration with daughter Georgie.
Thank you to the amazing RedBeard Historic Bakery for donating all of the breadrolls for our BBQ. Please support RedBeard by buying their bread – only available at the Castlemaine Farmers Market or visit their Bakery in Trentham. Thanks to Bruce’s Kitchen for the donation of relish.
Thank you to the team of volunteers who made this all possible:
Dale Husted, Elissa Sadgrove, Sarah Day, Sharyn Robinson, Rani Kerin, Maeve Kerin, David Tobin, Catrina Weiss, Shera Blaise, Rhani Dean-Talbot, Peter Gringel, Peter Gringel, Nicole and Fergus and Emma Brown.
Thanks also to Blair Venn, Natasha and Amber, Lucinda Kaptein Gringel, Georgie and Anugus Newton, Juliet, our art teacher, and the students for designing the menu board.
And a huge thank you to Helen Kaptein, for tirelessly pulling the whole event - and the people - together!
ELECTION DAY BBQ - Thank you
Thank you to all the families and staff who supported the Winters Flat BBQ on Election Day. We had a great supply of delicious cakes, slices, biscuits, and cup cakes.
Thank you to Don KR Castlemaine for donating sausages and bacon, Honest Eggs Co and Bruce Pauly for the eggs, and Bakers Delight for the bread.
We were also very grateful for those who gave up time to help on the day: Blair V, Liza S, Keseyna W, Esther H-H, Rohan, Kirsty W, and Bianca.
We raised a total of $977. Part of this money will be put towards supporting the Art Project and the rest for supplies for the new building.
The Fundraising Subcommittee
STUDENTS OF THE WEEK
P/1 A | Peggy M-K
For showing Care for Self by always being ready to learn.
P/1 J | Aurora A-F
For showing Care for Self for completing tasks and being a good role model for others.
P/1 J | Jasmine R
For showing Care for Others by including other people in her games and being a great friend.
2/3F | Cindi O
For showing Care for Self by playing safely in the right places. Well done Cindi!
2/3F | Hobie H
For showing Care for Others by running a mini-lesson on 3-D drawing and helping everyone in the class to learn.
2/3W | Riley F
For showing Care for Others by having a big smile and enthusiastic attitude. Thanks you Riley.
2/3W | Saskia C
For showing Care for Self by following directions straight away and putting 100% effort into all tasks and activities.
Senior Leadership Community
For showing Care for Self and Others for always giving your best in P.E. Your respect, listening and great manners are appreciated. Well done!
For showing Care for Others. Thank you Dave for the gentle care, kindness and good humour that you bring to our group. Greatly appreciated.
For showing Care for Others. Thank you Ryan for your mature, respectful and confident contributions to our first P4P classes. A great help to everyone.
For showing Care for Self. Thank you for the great attitude that you bring to all lessons as a grade 6 student. An excellent 'can do' positive attitude.
For showing Care for Self. Congratulations on your sustained and creative writing during our writers workshop sessions. Beautiful work!
For showing Care for Self. Congratulations Milly on your beautiful writing craftmanship. Your passion and creativity shines through all of your writing. Great work.
For showing Care for Others. Thank you Chaz for your mature, respectful and confident contributions to our first P4P classes. A great help to everyone.
For making an effort to practice speaking during whole class activities.
For always attempting tasks with a positive attitude.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOCUS:
This week's positive behaviour focus is:
Showing care for self by playing safely in the right places.
The following students are recognised for their abilities to do so:
Georgie N – 2/3 F, Amelia B – 2/3 F & Sam G – 2/3 W
BEST CLASS ATTENDANCE (CUMALONG CUP)
The class with the best school attendance for the week ending May 17th is 2/3F.
The class with the best school attendance for the week ending May 24th is P/1A.
P/1 Tabloid Sports Day - Friday, 31st May 2019
The children from P/1A and P/1J will be participating in a Tabloid Sports Day at the Castlemaine Secondary College, Castlemaine, on Friday, 31st May 2019.
The children will be travelling by bus, leaving Winters Flat at 9.30am and returning by 1.00pm.
This is a great opportunity for the children to participate in a sporting activity as well as socialising with children from other schools in the district.
What to bring/wear: -
- school uniform (school top – blue pants)
- water bottle
- substantial Munch & Crunch and snack
- suitable footwear
- asthma medication (if required).
The cost is $6.00 (which includes buses and St. Johns Ambulance).
*If you are able to assist on the day please let your child’s class teacher know.
Fiona Johnston and Bianca Alvarez Harris
Grades 2-6 will participate in golf sessions as part of the Sporting Schools Grant. Students will participate from these grades at various times throughout each Friday. There is no cost for these golfing activities. The program will run for 4 weeks.
Me and My Shadow – GRADE PREP & GRADE 1
LIVE ON STAGE AT ULUMBARRA THEATRE
WHERE: Ulumbarra Theatre – 10- 20 Gaol Road, Bendigo.
WHAT: The art of play and creation from everyday objects– acrobatics, poetry and clowning around.
WHEN: Friday 7th June, 2019 SESSION TIME: 10.00 am
TIME: Students will depart school at 9:00 am and return at approx. 12:30 (Castlemaine Bus Lines)
COST: $12.00 to cover admission. Bus is free.
WEAR: School uniform
WHAT TO BRING: Snacks, water bottle
Fiona Johnston and Bianca Alvarez Harris
Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Afternoon
Prep & Grade 1 Children - Friday 14th June, 2019
Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Afternoon is a special occasion where students in Grade Prep and One show their guests around their classroom and then share a short performance with their Grandparents/Special Friends.
This week we are sending home an invitation with children in Grades P/1 for their grandparents or special friends to attend our special afternoon from 2.15pm to 3.15pm.
To assist preparations for this day we need to know numbers and the names of visitors attending. Please let your child’s teacher know if your child is unable to have a visitor, so arrangements can be made to ‘share’ visitors. If extra invitations are desired, please let us know.
To enable a special afternoon tea for the children and their visitors, could parents please bring a plate of food to share on the day.
If you could complete the following information slips and return them to the appropriate classroom teacher by Wednesday 12th June, this would assist greatly with our organising.
Fiona Johnston and Bianca Alvarez Harris
Winters Flat Primary School presents a night of trivia. Your chance to prove that you are cleverer than the teachers! Lock in that baby sitter for a night of child-free entertainment at Castlemaoine Senior Citizens Centre.
Tables of up to 6 people $50 or $10 per person to enter into a mixed team.
Bar available on the night - Snacks to buy - Prizes to be won
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY...
It's cold, and while we may dream of snuggling up in front of the fire, we probably should be exercising our bodies and minds, playing around, and getting that beautiful smile...
Get fit and fabulous with Dave Tobin...
Return of the Karate Kid...
This Winter, gets the kids on the dance floor...
...or on the golf course...