About our Health Promoting Canteen
Healthy eating and drinking at Woodend Primary School is about improving the health and wellbeing of our children.
We can do this by:
• Providing healthy food and beverages and support students and families to make better choices about their consumption
• Promoting nutritious and healthy choices
We reference the Government of South Australia’s Right Bite Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for South Australian pre schools and schools to ensure we are consistent with the recommended guidelines.
Our committee consists of canteen staff, parent volunteers and representatives of school leadership. Student volunteers support the canteen program. We also consult with students during times of planning and decision making.
We will minimise marketing commercialized products where possible.
When organizing ‘Special Lunch Days’, we will;
• Follow the Right Bite strategy guidelines in regards to advertising
• Follow the Right Bite strategy guidelines in regards to special occasions and only supply red category foods on one to two occasions per term.
We aim to promote produce that is freshly made to families.
In accordance with the Right Bite Strategy we identify healthy food choices called
The Stoplight System
Good healthy everyday foods eg. fruits, vegetables, grains, milk, lean meats etc
Sometimes foods. eg savoury commercial products, processed meats, snack food bars etc
Foods which are now banned. eg confectionery, deep fried foods, soft drinks, etc
In order to keep control of the size and rate of growth of the school, Woodend Primary School is zoned. In previous years, this meant that any child living within the zone was entitled to attend the school. Due to high student levels, this entitlement may not apply. The school will be increasing student capacity over the next few years. Please contact the front office staff to confirm if a place is available.
Transition to School
Transition to school is about how the adults in children's lives, at home, at preschool and at school work in partnership to understand and respond to the child's needs. This is much more than a series of transition visits to the school. Transition will therefore start sometime in the year before the child starts school and continue through the first year of schooling.
Orientation Visit to School
Orientation visits happen in a number of ways. Children from Woodend Children's Centre and Trott Park PreSchool come to our school with preschool staff for visits throughout the year. On those occasions they may visit a class or use some of our facilities.
For children from other preschools or children with specific needs, individual or group visits may be arranged, in consultation with the preschool director and the school principal. Such orientation visits may also be appropriate to support the transition of students from another school.
We also arrange two formal visits on the last two Wednesdays of the term before the child is due to start school. These visits are each for a morning and, most often, the children are placed in their class groups, in the classroom they will be in, with the teacher they will have. On the first of the visits parents meet with the principal followed by a meeting with the class teacher (if possible).
Prehistory, Woodend Estate and the beginning of Woodend Primary School.
Woodend is an historic Reynella name. Originally it was the name of Charle's Tanks property near Hallet Cove. John Lemon farmed the subject land and called it Woodend The land was purchased in 1896 for 1809 pounds by John Lemon's grandfather Jesse Lemon. It has been worked as a grazing and farming property until as recently as 1967.
In 1896, the land that would eventually become the Woodend housing estate, was bought by Jesse Lemon for one thousand eight hundred and nine pounds. His grandson, John Lemon farmed this land and called it Woodend after the name of Charles Tank's historic property near Hallet Cove. It had been worked as a grazing and farming property until 1967. Descendants of the Lemon's were and are inaugural students at Woodend School.
The Woodend housing estate began in 1985 when the Hickinbotham Group purchased 56 acres from the Land Commission with a further 150 acres purchased a year later. In 1986 the first of many discussions were held between the Hickinbotham Group and the Education Department about the need for a new school and kindergarten. After vigorous lobbying by families and residents the kindergarten and shopping centre was established in 1992 with the school opening on May 21st 1995.
When the school opened in 1995, staff members were Principal Sue Wollard; Chris Lever, yr 2/3; Vicki Gregory, Reception; Jenny Cullen, R/1; Mignonne Herriman, school secretary; and Lyne George, teacher librarian. It was a very small school with 52 students. The original front of the school was located on the Edward Beck Drive entrance to the current kitchen building. It consisted of a very small entry foyer with small counter to the left, which was for the front office staff to interact with visitors. That counter was closed up in 2003 and a secure learning support room was created. There was a large room between this front office and the library. That room was originally the SSO work room. In 2002 that room became the school’s first computer room. In 2003 more internal walls were removed to create a much bigger computer room. In 2009 lots of new building improvements occurred in the school and the computer room was relocated (to the Atrium for almost two years before moving to the plaza building in 2010) and this room became part of the library, to store all the teacher and curriculum resources.
Between 1995 and 2002 from the entry foyer, the principal’s office and (1997) the Deputy’s Principal’s office were down a corridor to the right. Opposite them was the sick room. At the end of the corridor was the staffroom. During 2002 the staffroom was moved to the newly refurbished shopping centre building, where it is now, and the growing school curriculum resources were moved to where the staffroom and sickroom had been. This area was then modified considerably in 2009 by removing many internal walls. The kitchen was build, for the school to become a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden School.
InFORMation for reception families
TRANSITION TO SCHOOL
TRANSITION – students and their families developing a sense of identity and belonging.
￼The world has changed...
The world is different. Students enrolling at Woodend in this year graduate in Year 7 in 2028 and will complete Year 12 in 2033. Ponder this. Questions? So what – now what? Since 1990 all of these technologies were available. Imagine what will be available for creating, collaborating and consuming for our students in 2028 when these students graduate?
We’re looking for different things … new skills and literacies, solutions, information, global, creativity, media and collaboration literacies as well as digital citizenship encompass the essential skills our students need to live and work successfully in the future.
￼The Early Years Learning Framework contained five outcomes which clearly addressed key areas in prior-to-school settings – identity, connecting and contributing, the importance of wellbeing, being confident and involved learners and effective communicators. These five outcomes are contained within our Australian Curriculum, in particular the General Capabilities (see white font on graphic).
The General Capabilities is a key dimension of the Australian Curriculum that encompass the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that together with the content of each learning area, assist students to function as learners in the 21st Century.
We are on a continual journey of improvement. We want to be able to support, nurture and build those new skills and literacies and have used recent research in the area of TRANSITION to do things differently. In consultation with prior-to-school settings we have worked with the seven essential principles that guide our practice with transition.
In particular, giving attention to building relationships that support;
• A STRONG SENSE OF IDENTITY
• A FEELING OF BELONGING
• HEALTHY DISPOSITIONS FOR LEARNING
We acknowledge and address the following principles.
• a long and complex process during which the child internalises the process of leaving their prior-to-school setting and moving to a new environment
• is ongoing – building a sense of identity and belonging
• we are all making adjustments to help your child belong
• takes place over time as each child – build on his / her identity
• each child brings their own sense of being and belonging from home and prior to school settings
• educators working together to build upon each child’s learning experiences with a focus on continuity of learning experiences and on ‘Play’. Children MUST play. You will see your child engaging in times of ‘free play’ which is their therapy and also times of ‘intentional play’ where there are links to the General Capabilities and learning outcomes within the Australian Curriculum. During play your child is learning new skills, constructing meaning and making greater sense of his/her world.
• ongoing discussions – building relationships – partnerships
‘It takes a village to raise a child’ (African proverb) – it is the partnerships required during the maturation of our youth. We are all this “village” and has never been more necessary than it is today. We live in a face-paced, instant information, and pressure-packed world. Today’s children are faced with a myriad of both challenges and opportunities. Navigating parenthood can be a daunting undertaking – home/school/community partnerships and supports are welcome and necessary to prepare our students for tomorrow.
What is your child thinking/feeling/saying about starting school? We recognise that all children begin school visits and school with different experiences, needs and energy levels. Does your child need to:
• Visit the school on the weekend?
• Come for one extra orientation visit?
• Do you need to develop a social story (photos of school) to look and prepare for school whilst on holidays?
Decide on what best suits your child to help them orient into school and transition more smoothly. Please contact us if your child needs more support to transition.
We recognise your child brings with him/her a rich and varied array of experiences from all facets of life.
Our ‘Building Connections’ conversations allow our Reception teachers to find out more about your child – their experiences, learning dispositions, strengths, personal and social capabilities and their home and community context. This is another element of the transition process. We also have:
• Acquaintance Night early in Term 1
• Parent/Teacher/Child discussions end Term 1/early Term 2
• Mid and End of Year Student Report
• Ongoing informal discussions between parent/carer and teacher throughout the year when required. We monitor how your child is transitioning and work in partnership with you to ensure s/he is managing the change and building their own identity and sense of belonging. So too with you, we are wanting to ensure that you and your family are managing the change and in time, become a valued part of the rich fabric of our Woodend Community. How can this occur?
• Parent Engagement is about you learning about learning. Come in, read, share learning with parents so that you better understand the learning that occurs at school in 2016 and beyond.
• Support your child’s learning – meet the teacher/s and parents within your child’s classroom. Ask questions, read, and collaborate so that you know what is happening in your child’s school life and feel an active part of it.
• Become involved in committees, events and social activities made available to you. We value your ideas and input to “grow” our community of learners – adult and child. In this way we build the capacity of the school through parent/carer voice and action. We are responsive to yours and the communities’ needs as you involve yourself.
• Embrace the opportunity to network with others – collaboration is one of our greatest strengths as a community. You may network by being present and involved at school or via communication channels set up by the school. School is also a wonderful opportunity to develop friendships – sometimes life long friendships. Make every effort to connect with parents/carers.
PLAY IS THE WAY
Woodend has incorporated PLAY IS THE WAY and other social and emotional learning programs such as Community Circle to target wellbeing and learning.
PLAY IS THE WAY® is a practical methodology for teaching social and emotional learning using guided play, classroom activities and an empowering language. It is a process that gives primary schools a way to develop, improve and entrench the personal and social capabilities of students.
PLAY IS THE WAY® is suitable for primary school children of all ages, abilities and ethnic backgrounds. No particular sporting or athletic ability is required to successfully participate.
The PLAY IS THE WAY® Complete Program uses:
• a unique program of physically interactive games
• key concepts to guide students through life and learning
• a specific and empowering language to help attain self-mastery
• a philosophy of behaviour education and student self-regulation that fosters independent, self-motivated, empathetic, life-long learners.
Wilson McCaskill is the Founder/Director of the program, Play Is The Way, and has presented workshops here at Woodend in previous years.
Bill Boylans is the Principal of Tapping Primary School in Western Australia where the purpose and ethos of the whole school centres around development of students social and emotional well being.
Wilson and Bill will work with us to consolidate our work with the programs we offer and support us in the next stages of our journey. We look forward to sharing our successes and using their expertise to improve our practices in the area of social and emotional learning.
For parents and caregivers, some great information, resources and videos can be found on the PLAY IS THE WAY website. For example the THE 4 I’s OF GOOD PARENTING and 10 TIPS FOR PARENTS. There is also a list of upcoming workshops if you would like to attend.
EXPECTATIONS FOR CHILDREN STARTING SCHOOL
It is necessary that they be able to:
• Follow simple instructions
• Have the ability to sit and listen
• Be able to find their won way around the school
• Know some rules, e.g. where the no running areas are, when they can/cannot talk
• Be ready for reading, writing, copying
• Talk quietly – ability to work as part of a group
• Be able to pack and unpack their won bags
• Differentiate between work and play
It is desirable that they:
• Be able to make friends
• Be able to tell the difference between a healthy snack, recess, lunch
Within the first few weeks they should:
• Write their name
• Be able to open packaging by self
• Teel the difference between books – maths, rioting, pasting – red, green, white dots
• Log onto a computer by themselves and type in their full name
• Be able to count and recognise numbers
We hope that this information is valuable to you. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any further questions. We look forward to building partnerships with you and your child.
Woodend Primary School is a dynamic, high-performing school with a strong culture of learning aimed at success for all. Students are supported to strive for higher standards, to manage themselves as learners and to support each other to learn. Students are taught how to learn, how to reflect on their learning, how to engage in substantive dialogue and go more deeply into learning. There is a focus on personalising and connecting learning to students' lives by valuing prior knowledge, harnessing real-life learning experiences and using multi-modal learning.
We strive to provide meaningful and rigorous learning experiences which develop in all students intercultural understandings, multi-literacies and numeracy, creative and critical thinking, sustainability and ecological stewardship, well-being and identity. R-7 Japanese, music, drama and PE are provided by specialist teachers. We are a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program school. Explore our website to learn more about our many special programs and great collaborative efforts by staff and parents that allow our students to reach their full potential.
We wish to be building the capacity of parents and caregivers to engage most effectively in their children's learning. There are already many great adult role models within our school community and our work is to help develop their influence and build greater confidence for all. Likewise, there are many great student role models who already support the learning of others; we wish to activate the capacity of more students to help each other learn more effectively. Our teachers are fabulous. They too, strive to better influence each other so that through team efforts we build greater learning continuity for each student.
Our vision for our students is about developing powerful learners who know how to learn; are able to think and respond to the unfamiliar with confidence and clarity; are able to critique, create and communicate; are able to make a positive difference to the lives and learning of others. We know that our vision becomes a reality through effective and sustained team efforts.
We conduct tours of the school regularly. Whether you are seeking to enrol your child at our school or you are already a school community member and would like to know more about what we do, please contact us to make a booking.
Steve Freeman - Principal
Jan-Ann Natar - Deputy Principal
Cathie Luke - Senior Leader: Early Years
Jarrod Lamshed - Senior Leader: Digital Technologies
Katie Oxenberry - Reception
Jennifer Toubia / Cathie Luke - Reception
Nikki Edwards / Hayley Boys - Reception
Courtney Mesecke - Reception / 1
Amelia Bolt - Year 1
Denise Ogilvie - Year 1
Melanie Goudie - Year 1
Lindy Podzuweit - Year 2
Tash Jacquier - Year 2
Jessica Harris / Sonia Gallaghar - Year 2
Jude Gabriel-Smith / Hayley Boys - Year 2
Kelly Green / Meg Hayes - Year 3
Jess Murphy - Year 3 / 4
John Brown - Year 3 / 4
Karen Sheppard - Year 3 / 4
Alanna Maurin - Year 3 / 4
Sara Guinan - Year 3 / 4
Peter Natar - Year 5
Liz Armanas / Kelly Packer - Year 5
Barb Williams / Lyn Klinkert - Year 5
Don Zampogna - Year 6/7
Lesley MacFarlane - Year 6/7
Peta Harnois - Year 6/7
Marc Saffin - Year 6/7
Jarrod Lamshed / Tegan Reid - Year 6/7
Sarah Vinall Sensei- Japanese
Rieko Woodley Sensei - Japanese
Matthew Hehner - Physical Education
Sue Thomson - The Arts
Vicki Gregory - Design & Technology
Cate Ellis - Design & Technology
Felicity Shevchenko - Library
Diedre Hauber - Learning Support
Robyn Cavallaro - Learning Support
Angela Burrows - Finance Officer
Kerri Bruggemann - Secretary
Trudi Engelhardt - Admin Support
School Service Officers
Dana Pentland - Student Support
Sharyn Paris - Student Support
Kym Sard - Student Support
Jenny Peake - Student Support
Ashleigh Carey - Student Support
Sam Leverenz - Student Support
Ken McTaggart - Groundsman
Dave Aparicio - ICT Technician
Sarah Buckley - Library Support
Amanda Whitrod - Kitchen Specialist
Emily Gray - Garden Specialist
Monday 9:00am - 9:30am
Wednesday 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Thursday 9:00am - 9:30am
Friday 9:00am - 9:30am
The uniform shop is run by volunteers and at the direction of Governing Council. School uniform is compulsory and to that end we have a good variety of styles. We carry most items for immediate sale. From time to time, we are able to offer second hand uniform items for sale. These are available in the Front Office.
Uniform Price List - Prices as of 01/06/2018
Girls & Boys Clothing
|Items||Colour||Size 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 / 12 / 14 / S / M|
|Zip Jackets (4 -12)||Navy||$45.00|
|Short Sleeve Polo Shirt||Navy||$26.00|
|Long Sleeve Polo Shirt||Navy||$34.00|
|Dress – Summer||$55.00||$55.00||$55.00||$55.00||$57.00||$57.00||$57.00|
|Culottes – Summer||$40.00||$40.00||$40.00||$40.00||$40.00||$40.00|
|Culottes – Winter||$50.00||$50.00||$50.00||$50.00||$50.00||$50.00|
|Skort - Navy||$23.00||$23.00||$23.00||$23.00||$23.00||$23.00|
|Culotte - Navy||$23.00||$23.00||$23.00||$23.00||$23.00||$23.00|
|Legionnaire Hat with Logo||Navy||$6.00|
|Slouch Hat with Logo||Navy||S / M / L||$10.00|
|Iron On Logo||Navy or Gold||$2.50|
Through powerful partnerships we will nurture and grow capabilities and dispositions in each student which empowers them to:
• Think and reason effectively and creatively
• Create innovate and add value
• Understand that effort matters
• Demonstrate team working proficiency
• Know how to learn and improve
• Demonstrate strength of character
• Be good citizens
• Interpret and communicate effectively in any media
We will work together as a community to develop the collective strategies and mindsets to achieve this vision for every student.