Our GWPS School Beliefs

Our 4 core GWPS School Beliefs were recently highlighted in the ‘Link’ newsletter.

The students in our 1/2 area thought it would be a good idea to try and re-write the beliefs in a way that could be easy for our new prep students to understand.

The students did this collaboratively with the Jpod working together to produce 4 Y charts (one for each School Belief) attempting to show in pictures and words what each belief would ‘look like’, ‘sound like’ and ‘feel like’ at Grovedale West primary school.

Here is what the 1/2 students came up with

– We can all learn.
– A safe school is a happy school.
– We all look after each others things.
– We need to take care of each other.We need to be friendly to each other.

The 1/2 students shared these posters in our first whole school assembly and they have now helped to narrate a film to show to the preps.

The students will be watching the film in class but it would be great to watch it with your child so you can help them understand each of the beliefs.

It would be great to leave a comment to let the 1/2 students know what you thought of their work.

Many Thanks
The Prep Team

Transition to year 1 and house points challenge

The teachers and students really enjoyed our transition session last week as the prep students enjoyed their first experience of their new learning space, the JPOD, and got to know some of their new friends and teachers for next year.

Amongst other fun activities the students all drew a self portrait of themselves and these are already in pride of place in the J-pod learning area, giving the students a sense of identity within their new community.


Although the students are changing learning spaces we hope that their transition will be a seamless one, with many of the same approaches to teaching and learning that worked so well in prep continuing into year 1. Instead of the four teachers the students had this year, they will have 6 next year and they will use the learning spaces in a very similar way. Sometimes being in larger groups and often being in much smaller focused and targeted groups with a range of teachers during the week.


‘Investigations’ learning time will continue but will be called ‘Discovery Learning’ with the same emphasis on students taking responsibility for planning and guiding their own Inquiry learning, based sometimes around their own personal interests and at other times around the focused learning topic of the whole community. The rest of the curriculum will be very consistent and build upon all the prior learning and routines established in prep, with Cafe Reading, Letters and sounds, Numeracy and Philosophy all continuing with specialists in Art, Science, PE and Italian. A full timetable will be available early next year with the first J-pod newsletter.

The J-pod already has it’s own level blog and communication through newsletters and blog posts will continue in the same way as during the prep year.

Please get prepared and feel free to sign up now to the J-pod blog, at http://gwpsjpod.global2.vic.edu.au.

In addition to the students moving levels we will also have an interchange of staff, with Mr Ramage working in both prep and the J-pod next year and, therefore, this will bring a large knowledge of the current prep children quickly to the new J-pod team next year.

The students home group teachers will still be an important point of contact for the students (and parents) at the start and end of every day and the students will have their specialist session largely in these home groups.


We are looking forward to another great year at Grovedale West PS and as this might be one of our final Prep blog posts of the year, we would love for you (or your child) to post a comment with your highlight of this amazing first year at school. We love reading out comments to the class and with 10 house points for every comment posted this might have a big impact on our end of year House points challenge.

The Prep Team.

The “so what” of our Community Investigations

As our learning about the local community has developed this term, the students have been immersed in much information to help guide them towards something they can achieve to make a difference in their own lives or the lives of others in the community.

After our local community walk and our community immersion activities, the students noticed some rubbish outside in the local environment. During recent classroom activities we have explored the impact that rubbish can have on the local community and last week we asked the students the ‘SO WHAT’ question – ie given everything they have learnt about our community and the impact that rubbish in the community can have on animals, plants and humans, what are you going to do about it??

The students decided that they needed to find out first why people dropped rubbish on the ground. They decided to survey the school and the overwhelming message they got from other students was that people dropped rubbish usually because they were being Lazy. They decided that they needed to take the following action:

– Organise a clean up day for the local environment,and
– Use books, posters, songs, puppets shows, films and the prep blog to spread their message about the need to look after our environment.

We have been overwhelmed by the quality and creativity displayed by the students in their learning and we hope you will take the time to listen to the messages in their work below. There are lots of students featured in many of the pieces. It is truly amazing for such young learners to be using their literacy, numeracy, technology and thinking skills to such great effect.

Prep rubbish campaign -Books and posters below -by Ella, Josh, Joseph, Charlotte W, Angelina, Mikaylah, Ronak, Averleigh, Fynn, Imogen, Toby, Samantha

Our Clean up the School day will take place on Friday 5th December.

We are sure that the prep students are already making a difference to their local community, with their messages and desire to help look after our world.

Prep News 2

Check out this week’s fantastic edition of Prep News!

Also, here is this week’s notice board. Don’t forget swimming lessons start next Monday.

Week 7 learning focuses

If there is anything you would like us to report on in the next edition of Prep News, please let the kids know by posting a comment below.

The Prep Team