Newsletter #3

4th March 2021


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Principal's Report 4th March 2021

Labour Day Holiday Monday 8th March
Please remember there is no school on Monday for the Labour Day long weekend.  On Tuesday we have student/parent/teacher interviews (see below) so we will be back to normal procedures on Wednesday.  This will be the first Wednesday for preps.

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences
Our student/parent/teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday March 9th, the day after the Labour Day Holiday.  Interviews will be face to face. 
Students will only attend their conference on that day. On Tuesday we will be ringing the bell every 15 minutes to signify the time for the next interview.  Parents and teachers will use this opportunity to share about the students. Please make sure that while you are waiting for your time you socially distance and wear a mask.  We will use our interview sheets for contact tracing details if needed. For new families to our school, this is an opportunity to further build the home/school partnership.  The conference will be an opportunity to share information and discuss goals. Bookings will close on today at 4pm.

Captain Badges
Nick Wakeling presented our Captain badges on Friday 26th February.  This is always an important milestone for our leaders.  Congratulations. Photos and recordings were taken and captains will be able to bring a USB to take them home.

Tomorrow all year 5/6 students will be involved in a leadership day at school.  We believe that all students are leaders and we know this day will provide many skills and teaching points for all students.

Just a reminder that if your child is unwell please keep them home to recover.  Children who exhibit possible Covid19 symptoms will be sent home, along with their siblings. If a child has a test they will need to be cleared and free from symptoms.  A medical clearance will only be needed if the symptoms linger after clearance.  As you would appreciate, these things can move quickly and would impact on many people in our community.

Parent Helpers Course
Thank you to all those who have expressed interest in the course.  If you missed the notice please contact Wendy Barr on the school email address to become involved.  As parents we all know how important it is to develop some skills to work with students in the home setting or volunteering at school.  It’s great to have so many people interested.  I know parents/carers will really benefit from this experience.

Mobile Device Policy
All DET schools in Victoria are required to have a mobile phone/device policy.  The new policy was official as of December 2019.  Our policy covers all devices.  Over the summer break we have noticed that a number of children received smart watches at Christmas time.  We completely understand why some parents favour these for before and after school times when their children may be walking.  At school, these functions need to be turned off for the period between 9am and 3.30pm.  This is managed by parents/carers in the settings of the watch.  If your child is wearing one please adjust the settings.  Whilst students are at school we need to support them in whatever ways are necessary.  Any student that has an issue of illness, wellbeing or anything else needs to see a teacher or the office so that we can support them appropriately.  Thank you for your support in this.  Please have a look at our policy through the link, Mobile Device Policy  or it is available on our website.

School Photos
School Photos will be on Friday 19th March.  Make sure you organise a polo shirt with a logo for the day.  It is a Friday so if your child wants to wear their sports shirt make sure they have the polo as well.  The information for photos is in the newsletter and notification has been on Compass.  Call the office if you need any further assistance.  You will need to order by the due date or you may incur an additional fee.

Don’t forget to consider visiting Klad for your uniforms for the cooler weather. The track pants for girls are now in stock.  It’s a great facility to try on for sizes and organise what you need.  Uniform gives us all a sense of belonging and pride in our school.

Hair that falls below the shoulder does need to be tied up to help prevent head lice and is a safety issue.  This does apply to all students.

Sue Dean and Priscilla Salter

Important Dates to Remember



Thursday 9th December- 3/4 Special Lunch

Monday 13th December- Grade 6 Graduation
Ceremony: 4.15pm-5.45pm at School
Dinner and Disco: Knox Club 6:15pm-9:15pm

Tuesday 14th December- Class Parties

Wednesday 15th December- Colour Run

Thursday 16th December - Last day of Term 4 2:30pm finish

Friday 17th December- Curriculum day No students at school



Friday 28th January-
Curriculum  day

Monday 31st January-Term 1 Students Start at 9:00am-Don't forget your hats.


Saturday 19th Feb 9.30am -11.00pm Save the date- Open Morning for Prep 2023

Student of the Week Term 1- Week starting 15th February 2021

Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students who received Student of the Week:

PREP CJames KResilienceFor being brave and coming to school with a big smile on his face. Keep it up!
PREP AMaddie CResilienceFor being brave and participating in all school activities with great enthusiasm. Terrfic job!
1/2DIndi CExcellenceFor having such a positive attitude towards her school work.
1/2BKade WExcellenceFor demonstrating excellence by being a strong role model for all his classmates.
1/2GNGrace LResilienceFor demonstrating resilience during our Play Is The Way games this week.
1/2KCBella HExcellenceFor having such a positive attitude towards her school work.
3/4DIndigo M-GRespectFor repecting others opinions and ideas.
3/4BAdam FIntegrityAlways choosing to control your actions. You are a role model to everyone in our grade.
3/4EKirra FExcellenceFor always striving to do her personal best in all her work. Keep it up!
3/4KRuby  PResilienceFor trying her best and never giving up.
3/4FMonique SRespectFor always showing resect to her teachers and peers.
5/6ODaniel GIntegrityAlways showing integrity by being a great role model in our grade.
5/6ACannon HExcellencefor challenging himself to improve his handwriting.
5/6GHayley VResectFor consistently showing kindness and respect to all of her classmates and teachers.
5/6IJett J-PExcellencefor challenging himself with factors and multiples in maths.
5/6SJacinta GRespectfor showing respect by stopping her learning to assist others.

Student of the Week - Term 1- Week starting 22nd February 2021

Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students who received Student of the Week:

PREP CLennox J-MExcellenceFor showing great whole body listening during learning time. Keep it up!
PREP ARishi BExcellenceFor striving for excellence in his writing by working hard to stretch the sounds out in words.
1/2DJesse HExcellenceFor showing continued enthusiasm in all leanring activities.
1/2BOllie AResileinceFor showing resilience during all areas of our learning this week!
1/2NEnock CExcellenceFor striving for excellence in all maths tasks this week.
1/2KCLogan H-HExcellenceFor consistently taking initative and helping his peers during learning.
3/4DDesmond VExcellenceFor showing persistance and resilience with his learning.
3/4BEllie MRespectConsistently maintaining focus in all classroom activities.
3/4EAnouk CExcellenceFor using descriptive words in her narrative writing.
3/4KOllie AExcellenceFor working hard to understand our inquiry topic.
3/4FAmelie NExcellenceFor her hard work in describing problems and solutions in narrative texts.
5/6OJade DExcellenceFor working hard to challenge herself during our maths goals.
5/6ARiely HExcellenceWorking well with his peers in a group.
5/6GMatilda DExcellenceFor challenging herself when working on our maths goals.
5/6INeve J-BExcellenceFor challenging herself with our maths goals. Well done!
5/6SLucy CExcellenceFor challenging herself to create strong writing ideas.
MUSICZachary WIntegrityFor showing initiative and moving the cushions so no-one trips over them.
ARTClementine CRespectFor always being respectful and kind in the Artroom.
PHYSICAL EDUCATIONJett J PExcellenceFor striving to achieve his personal best in PE.

School Photos

Enviro News


Ferntree Gully North Primary School believes that the actions we undertake at school will influence the school community’s beliefs and behaviour about sustainability. Congratulations to Adaya P, Talwyn G, Tallulah C and Lucy C who are our Enviro Leaders for 2021.

Our Environmental Leaders work towards reducing our ecological footprint by establishing and maintaining sustainable practices at school, and educating the school community. The ideas put forward by these students to reduce waste and increase recycling included a Garbage Gang, Nude Food Mondays and Waste Free Wednesdays, water saving ideas and a House competition to see who can bring in most recyclables from home.

Keep your eyes out for our sustainability projects which will be promoted in this newsletter and around the school.

Mrs Casey

District Swimming

On Wednesday 24th February, 29 of our students competed at the District Swimming Event. Many thanks to our wonderful parent helpers. Our students modelled our school values of excellence, integrity, respect and resilience.

Here are the placings:

Angus S-1st freestyle, 1st butterfly, 2nd backstroke

Eli L-2nd butterfly

Monique S-2nd breastroke, 2nd butterfly

Hannah M-3rd butterfly

Toby A- 1st breastroke, 2nd freestyle, 2nd backstroke

Jade J - 1st freestyle, 2nd backstroke

Talwyn G-2nd freestyle, 3rd breastroke

Adaya P - 3rd freestyle, 1st backstroke

Will K -2nd backstroke

Luke M - 3rd breastroke, 3rd butterfly

Ava X- 1st freestyle

Claire P -3rd freestyle, 1st backstroke, 1st breastroke

Chelsea S -2nd freestyle, 2nd backstroke, 2nd breastroke

Amelia C-3rd backstroke

Ms Atkinson 

Divisional Swimming 3rd March 2021

Well done to all our students at Divisional Swimming on Wednesday 3rd March. It was a chilly day for swimming at Croydon Outdoor Pool but our swimmers were resilient and strove to achieve their personal best. We have five very excited swimmers who have made it through to the Regional Swimming Event on Friday 12th March.

Adaya P- 2nd 50m Backstroke

Will K- 2nd 50m Backstroke

Claire P- 1st 50m Backstroke

Monique S- 1st 50m Butterfly

Hannah M- 2nd 50m Butterfly

GNPA- Welcome back




GNPA - Gully North Parents Association


Ferntree Gully North Primary School




INSIGHTS- Seven ways to be a positive influence on children and young people.

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Knox Arts and Events


Harmony at Sunset Concert - Book Now!

The Knox Harmony at Sunset Concert is an evening of entertainment which brings our community together to celebrate, share and embrace our cultural diversity, inclusion and community life in Knox.

The program will showcase some of Knox’s best local multicultural performance groups and other talented Melbourne based cultural acts.

Saturday 13 March. Entry from 5:30pm. Official opening at 6.00pm.
Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully


- Official Opening - Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, Wurundjeri Tribe

Shree Swaminarayan Temple

- The Pancretan Association

- Chinese Association of Victoria Lion Dance Troupe

- Amaru Tribe

- Amadou and Friends

Come down from 5.30pm to take your seat and enjoy pre-concert entertainment before the official opening at 6pm.

Tickets now available!
Tickets are available for $10 and it reserves your table on the lawn with up to 6 people. Please note: You must specific how many people will be joining your table at the time of booking.

The $10 ticketing fee is fully redeemable on food and beverages.
Along with coffee and ice cream, two delicious food trucks will be available.
Patrons are also invited to bring their own dinner/picnic baskets.
This event is strictly alcohol free.

Purchase your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

A COVID-Safe Knox Pop Up Event
This event is in compliance with the current Victorian Government’s COVID-19 restrictions. Physical distancing and COVID-Safe behaviours will be monitored.

Please visit to read the COVID-Safe requirements, Frequently Asked Questions and Terms & Conditions.

See the Facebook event for updates.

Purchase Tickets

Knox Drive-In Cinema Series

Knox is pleased to announce an exciting new series of Pop Up Drive-In Cinema events at the Knox Community Arts Centre carpark.

Join us for a CovidSafe cinematic experience, featuring a family friendly program of much loved movies.

Friday 26 March - Red Dog (PG) - Sold Out. Join the waiting list.
Saturday 17 April - GO! (PG) - On sale soon
Friday 14 May - Scoob! (PG) - On sale soon

The Knox Community Arts Centre is located at 790 Mountain Hwy, Bayswater.

Limited tickets available at $10 per motor vehicle. Tickets include entry (for one vehicle and its occupants), movie viewing and $10 worth of popcorn or icecream. 

Tickets for the Drive-In Cinema on Saturday 17 April and Friday 14 May will be on sale soon.
See our Facebook page for updates.

A COVID-Safe Knox Pop Up Event
This event is in compliance with the current Victorian Government’s COVID-19 restrictions. Physical distancing and COVID-Safe behaviours will be monitored.

Please visit to read the COVID-Safe requirements, Frequently Asked Questions and Terms & Conditions.

Please note: The screening of Red Dog (PG) has been rescheduled to Friday 26 March. Ticketholders will be contacted by email with options to transfer their tickets to the new date or refund them. Refunds available until 16 March 2021.
For more information, contact


Knox Community Arts Centre 2021 Season

Join us for the Knox Community Arts Centre 2021 Season Launch with a special performance of We've Only Just Begun - The Music of The Carpenters.

Featuring hits such as (They Long to Be) Close to You, Top of the World, Sweet Sweet Smile, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, Superstar, and We’ve Only Just Begun.

Tuesday 2 March at 11:00am
Knox Community Arts Centre, 790 Mountain Highway, Bayswater

Adults $20. Concession $18.
Purchase your tickets here or by calling the Knox Community Arts Centre Box Office on 9729 7287.

View the full 2021 program.
See the Facebook event for updates.

This event is in compliance with the current Victorian Government’s COVID-19 restrictions. Physical distancing and COVID-Safe behaviours will be monitored.

Please visit to read the COVID-Safe requirements, Frequently Asked Questions and Terms & Conditions.

Purchase Tickets

Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre

There are many classes on offer at the Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre, including Adult Pottery, Children's Pottery, Painting and Drawing Classes, and Children's Art Classes.

Bookings are now open! Call the Centre on 9758 9180 to enquire.

For information on the classes available, visit

Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre programs are in compliance with the current Victorian Government’s COVID-19 restrictions. Physical distancing and COVID-Safe behaviours will be monitored.


Public Art Lighting Project - EOI Closing!

Knox City Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from artists/teams of artists and/or lighting designers for the creation and installation of a permanent lighting artwork in Lupton Way, Boronia.

The Lupton Way Public Art Lighting Project aims to:
a) Provide a logical narrative for understanding place, by considering the themes identified as important to Boronia
b) Be designed and installed to reflect good sustainability practices
c) Reflect innovation and artistic excellence, both in concept design and structural integrity
d) Support Placemaking and cultural tourism

Submissions close Friday 26 February 2021
For more information, visit our website.


Knox Community Training Program

The Knox City Council Community Training is a series of free workshops presented over the year for individuals, community groups, clubs and not-for profit organisations in Knox who provide activities, programs and services in Knox.

If you are a volunteer, work for a not-for-profit community group or are interested in starting or joining a group, such as a local club or committee this program will be suitable for you.

All workshops will be held online via Zoom.
Bookings essential.

- Grant Writing - Are You Grant Ready?
- Safe Food Handling
- Strategic Planning
- KCC Grants Program
- Cultural Sensitivity

To register and find out more, visit or phone 9298 8000

Easter Colouring Competition & Easter Egg Hunt in conjunction with Darrell Lea Chocolate- Nick Wakeling


Nick Wakeling office, has given the opportunity for the children in his electorate to participate in his Easter Colouring competition.

Please see attached: 2021 Easter Colouring Competition Darrell Lea Nick Wakeling MP

Darrell Lea has kindly donated two Chocolate Easter prizes for the two overall winners of each age group (0-8yrs) & (8yrs and over) of this competition that will run on Facebook/Insta in conjunction with Darrell Lea.


Per Age Group

1st Prize (8yrs and over) Easter Hamper

2nd Prize (0-8yrs) Easter Hamper


Entries Close Thursday, 25 March 2021 at 5pm

COMPETITION will be Judged on Friday, 26 March 2021

WINNERS will be ANNOUNCED on Saturday, 27 March 2021 at the Easter Egg Hunt & via email/contact number


Entries can be returned by

Darrell Lea Outlet – 881-883 Wellington Road, Rowville

Nick Wakeling MP - Unit 4, 91 Dorset Road, Ferntree Gully


Post:     PO Box 551, Ferntree Gully VIC 3156

TXT:      Take a photo and txt to  - 0488 773 820

Darrell Lea Outlet in Rowville has also organised an Easter Egg Hunt. Tickets for the Easter Egg Hunt

CSEF Application Form

Please see below the link for the CSEF form:
CSEF Application Form 2021

Community News 4th March 2021