The Bark february 2018 - Issue 12

Wow those holidays went by so fast! It's hard to believe that it's already Week 3 of school. My children have settled in pretty easily and I hope its been the same for all the children. Even my little Preppie has had a relatively smooth transition, and I know that's thanks to the loving and happy environment that she has been welcomed into by Wendy and Ian, in particular, but all the staff and students of Candlebark. Good luck to all the Preps and new students this year.

Here's to a super exciting, adventure full, year ahead!!

If you have anything you would like to contribute to future issues of 'The Bark' please feel free to email me; janeduggan26@yahoo.com.au

Jane Cahill - Editor In Chief


  • Welcome Back from John
  • Term Dates
  • What's Happening At Candlebark
  • Baby News
  • School Camps
  • Pastoral Care
  • Rental House Needed
  • HPV Vaccine
  • Community Notices

Welcome Back!

Hi everyone,

In our third week, the indications are good, and we feel we're in for a bottler of a year. The kids have settled in really quickly, including the new ones, and the Preps are as confident and cheerful as any group of Preps we've had. The weather continues to be baffling, with some violent electrical storms, and a cooler day at Lancefield Pool than we were expecting – but that didn't seem to bother the kids :-)

The good news is that we haven't yet had a Total Fire Ban Day this term and we are about halfway through the last month of summer!

Our first "educational" outing is on Thursday, with the year sevens going to the National Theatre production (from London) of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ at the Arts Centre in Melbourne. The book from which it is adapted is a famous one, and a riveting one, and the theatre performance has been lavished with praise by reviewers, so we are expecting a pretty sensational afternoon.

Those of you who know and appreciate Fitzroy Community School would have enjoyed the article about Principal Tim Berryman in last week's Age. Tim was talking about the importance of encouraging resilience and independence in young people, so that they are more likely to become confident, successful adults. He was however contradicted in the article by a lecturer in education from Queensland, who explained that children should not walk to school on their own, because they sometimes forget how to get there…!

Maybe that explains the mystery surrounding the school picnic at Hanging Rock.

This link will take you to a good interview with Tim on the TV program The Project, which followed on from the article in The Age. https://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/the-project/extra/season-9/kids-off-the-leash

Looking forward to the rest of the term – it's a short term, so we need to make the most of it!


Term Dates

  • Term 1: 31 January to 29 March
  • Term 2: 17 April to 22 June
  • Term 3: 16 July to 20 September
  • Term 4: 9 October to 13 December

Unlike 2016 and 2017, dates will be the same for both Candlebark and Alice Miller.

What's Happening at Candlebark

  • February 19 – Too Many Mirandas dance workshop at Candlebark Grade 5/6
  • February 19 – 22 – Candlebark Yr 7 Murray River Paddling camp
  • March 6 – Grade 3 to ‘The 78-Storey Treehouse’ play 1pm at UlumbarraTheatre, Bendigo
  • March 13 to 16 – Bright Camp – Wendy’s Preps, Grade 2, 3 and 5.
  • March 20 to 23 – Bright Camp – Ian’s Preps, Grade 1, 4 and 6.
  • March 29 – Grade 4 to ‘Junk’ show 12 noon at Ulumbarra Theate in Benidgo
  • April 17 – Mobile Dental Clinic at Candlebark all week (whole school)
  • April 17 – Year 7 immunisations at Candlebark
  • July 18 – Grade 5 to ‘Robot Song’ theatre performance 1.30 at The Engine Room, Bendigo

Baby News

Congratulations to Jess and her partner Steve on the happy & safe arrival of their new baby boy, Reuben (love his name!).

School Camps

There are two school camps in Term 1, which will between them involve all students from Prep to Grade 6. Each camp will run for 4 days and 3 nights, and we are going to a camping site we love, at Bright. The dates are as follows:

March 13-16: Wendy's prep class, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 5

March 20-23: Ian's prep class, Grade 1, Grade 4, Grade 6

More details will be provided closer to the dates.

Pastoral Care

Each year various teachers take on responsibility for different classes – a pastoral care role. What it means in practice is that queries to John about academic or social matters will be referred by John to the relevant teacher or teachers, so it will be easier and more efficient if the parents contact them directly rather than contacting John.

The breakdown of the groups is:


  • Wendy Powell - wpowell@candlebark.victoria.edu.au
  • Ian DeSilva - ian.desilva@hotmail.com
  • Leeanne Hahnel - anneelliot@live.com

Grade 1

  • Natalie Haimon - nhaimon7@gmail.com
  • Sarah Tacconelli - sarahtacconelli@hotmail.com

Grade 2

  • Peta Domm - domm.peta.l@edumail.vic.gov.au
  • Mandy DeLacy - amanda.delacy@gmail.com

Grade 3

  • Cameron Kerr - ckerr83@gmail.com
  • Glenda Earle - glendaearle44@gmail.com

Grade 4

  • Andrew Blizzard - andrewblizzard@me.com
  • Andrew Moffat - andrew2modffat@yahoo.com

Grade 5/6x

  • Steve Pollet - chtiven@gmail.com
  • Sam Ford - sford15@hotmail.com

Grade 5/6Y

  • Wendy Wright - wendyawright@gmail.com
  • Cathy Snowdon - snowdoncathy1@gmail.com

Grade 5/6z

  • Shaun Dennis - shaun_m_dennis@hotmail.com
  • Taran Carter - taran.carter@gmail.com

Grade 7

  • Joanne Croke - joannecroke@hotmail.com
  • Sam Thorpe - sjpthorpe@gmail.com

Rental House Needed

Stuart Orr has joined Alice Miller this year in the English department. He's looking for a rental property in the Macedon Ranges for himself, his wife and their baby daughter. Please get in touch with Stuart if you have any leads on this; they're a little thin on the ground!

His email is stuart.orr@alicemiller.school

HPV Vaccination

Community Notices


Register now for women’s netball and basketball in 2018

Would you like to play netball or basketball in 2018?

Buffalo Sports Stadium in Woodend offers women’s day and night netball competitions and The Stadium in Gisborne has a Thursday morning basketball competition.

The Monday morning netball competition games are played from 9am. Tuesday night netball games begin at 7.10pm.

Thursday morning basketball games are played from 9.30am.

New and experienced players welcome. Register as an individual or as a team—a number of teams are seeking extra players and new teams are always welcome.

The next season begins in February.

Family friendly competition, with no games in the school holidays, and children are welcome to attend.

To register contact Buffalo Sports Centre on 5427 3411 or email buffalo@mrsc.vic.gov.au.

To register for basketball, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/thestadium

Basketball and indoor soccer junior development programs

Enrol now

· Shooting Hoops basketball development Term 1, 2018: Mondays, 4pm-4.45pm from 5 February to 26 March. $70 per child.

· Goal Kick indoor soccer development Term 1, 2018: Fridays, 4pm-4.45pm from 2 Feb to 23 March. $80 per child.

Great for beginners to learn the basic skills and rules of the game before progressing into our junior competitions, for boys and girls aged 5–10 years.

Each program is held at the Romsey Recreation Centre, 12 Park Lane, Romsey. Call 5429 5637 or email rrc@mrsc.vic.gov.au to find out more.

Woodend District Netball Club

Woodend Neighbourhood House - TERM 1

Hello, we're back and raring to go! Make 2018 a year of learning and new experiences. We've got loads of incredible courses on offer so why not give something a go. School holidays are over and term 1 starts for us on Monday 5th.. Enrolments are open and places are filling fast.

Visit www.woodendnh.org.au or give Patrick a call on 5427 1845 to book in. Don't forget we've got spaces to hire if you're having an event or a meeting.

And, if you're keen to volunteer this year we're always looking for a few helping hands for our monthly Community Lunch (next one 16 Feb). Also, watch this space for some interesting projects coming up which need some extra brain power to get off the ground.

Oh and our AGM is also coming up and we'd love to grow our Committee - pop in and say hello if you think this is something for you.

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