School Photos will be tomorrow, 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.
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.
Klad Sports will be open for uniform purchases during the holidays during the second week. The slim fit track suit pants for girls are in stock. These are the same ones that our female staff wear. Don’t forget that uniforms are compulsory and the holidays is a great time to go and try on uniform for sizes.
End of term and Curriculum Day
The final day of term for students is Wednesday 31st March. School will finish at 2.30pm for students on this day. Please make arrangements for early pick up that day. Teachers will be working at a curriculum day on the Thursday on writing and Friday is Good Friday this year.
School Council Office Bearers
Our annual General Meeting of School Council was held last night. Our office bearers are:
President: Gareth Whitten
Vice President: Danelle Shuttleworth
Secretary: Danelle Shuttleworth
Treasurer: Charlotte Jones
All council members join either education, buildings and grounds or finance sub committees. We are looking forward to working with council during the year. Congratulations to our office bearers.
Parent Council Members: Gareth Whitten, Danelle Shuttleworth, Fiona Van Heeswyk, Charlotte Jones, David Frost, David Brennan, Nat Harvey, Trish Donovan and Nadine Kamsteeg
Staff Council Members: Sue Dean, Priscilla Salter, Alana Aiello, Libby Flanagan and Claire Keltie.
If you have a child starting prep in 2022 please see the office for an enrolment form. We encourage families to enrol as soon as possible to assist with our planning. It seems a long way away but we are already putting measures in place for next year. If you know anyone in the community who would like a tour please get them to contact the office to book a time. If parents have had a tour we encourage them to enrol as soon as possible as we are already planning for 2022.
As we approach the end of the term we will be farewelling Louise to her retirement at our on line assembly on Wednesday 31st March at 9.30am. There will be a presentation from the school and the staff. Please feel free to email Louise with your wishes through either the school email. You can also organise a time to call in and say goodbye through the email to her directly. Louise has been part of our school community for over 17 years and has been teaching for many more. During this time she has impacted upon the lives of so many families and students. Our school song was written and performed by Louise! Her outstanding contributions to our productions have given all children life skills preparing for their futures and the students who particularly enjoy the arts have benefited enormously. It is very difficult to sum up the differences that Louise has made to staff, students and families. Louise is a humble person but her career is to be celebrated. We wish her well for a wonderful retirement and know that she has many plans for a fantastic future.
Sue Dean and Priscilla Salter
Monday 19th April - First day of Term 2
Wednesday 21st April- School Council meeting
Friday 23rd April- 1/2 Healesville Sanctuary
Saturday 1st May - Prep 2022 Open Day
Thursday 6th May - GNPA Mothers day stall
Tuesday 11th May, Wednesday 12th May, Thursday 13th May Naplan
Wednesday 19th May School Council meeting
Friday 21st May District Cross Country
Wednesday 26th May-Friday 28th May 5/6 Camp
Tuesday 1st June Divisional Cross Country
Wednesday 2nd June- 5/6 Winter Sport
Monday 14th June- Queens Birthday Public Holiday
Tuesday 15th June Regional Cross Country
Wednesday 16th June School Council meeting
Friday 18th June - GNPA Colour Run
Friday 25th June- Last day of School- School Finishes at 2.30pm
Monday 12th July- First day of Term3
Monday 19th July- Dental Van
Wednesday 21st July- School Council meeting
Friday 30th July- House Athletics
Monday 16th - Friday 20th August- 3/4 Camp- 2 Groups
Wednesday 18th August- School Council meeting
Thursday 2nd September -District Athletics
Wednesday 15th September- School Council meeting
Friday 17th September- Term 4 ends- School Finishes at 2.30pm
Monday 4th October - Term 4 Starts
Wednesday 6th October -5/6 Summer Sport
Thursday 7th October - Divisional Athletics
Wednesday 20th October- School Council meeting
Thursday 21st October- Regional Athletics
Monday 1st November- Curriculum day (to be confirmed)
Tuesday 2nd November- Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Friday 12th November- Movie Night
Tuesday 7th December- Year 6 Transition day
Friday 17th December- Last day of Term 4
The Grade 5/6 students are learning about Mottainai which is the Japanese philosophy of mindful consumption. Each class has been challenged to reduce their landfill to fit into a yoghurt bucket each day. To do this they must consider what they bring from home and use at school, and ensure waste is placed in appropriate containers so it can be composted, recycled or re-used. Stay tuned to hear which class has had the greatest success at this task.
The Enviro Center is beginning to produce food that is ready for harvest. 5/6 I enjoyed picking the food in the photo and taste testing each item.
Can you name each vegetable in the picture?
Guinea Pig Carer Applications Are Open.
Term Two will see six new guinea pig carers from Grade 3/4 begin in the role. Being a guinea pig carer involves many different jobs and responsibilities such as supervising students holding the guinea pigs in a safe way at the Enviro Centre on Wednesdays at lunchtime, cleaning out their hutch, taking home a guinea pig on weekends and being available to do Enviro Centre duty over the holidays. Applications are available from the Specialist Office and must be returned to Mrs Casey by Friday the 26th of March. Anyone who is interested needs to fill out a new application.
Volunteers Needed for Enviro Duty over the holidays.
Over the holidays the chickens, guinea pigs and plants need families to volunteer to visit and ensure they are fed, watered, loved and looked after. You can take home any eggs you find and any produce that is ripe. It is a wonderful way to spend as little as half an hour or a whole morning or afternoon exploring the center and taking care of it. If you are home in the holidays and are interested in helping out please email Mrs Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org with the dates you are available between the 1st and 18th of April.
On Friday 12th March, five our students competed at the Regional Swimming Event in Balwyn. Congratulations to Adaya P, Claire P, Will K, Monique S and Hannah M on their efforts. A huge thank you to our parent helpers.
On Friday 5th of March all of the 5/6 students participated in a leadership incursion run by Jon and Jamie from Unleashing Personal Potential. We learnt how to be a leader with and without a badge, we learnt about ASIPIRE, each letter stands for a different leadership attribute that every good leader should show inside and outside of school.
A - Action
S - Serve
P - Persist
I - Influence
R - Respect
E - Encourage
After we learnt what ASPIRE means, everyone participated in the Epic Race, where we were put into groups with people that we don’t always work with. We had to complete lots of different activities where we had to work together to finish them. We got 1 point for completing each activity and up to 3 bonus points for using the attributes from ASPIRE. It was a really good day and we learnt lots of things. We are looking forward to using what we have learnt to show the rest of the school that Grade 5/6 students are great leaders.
By Millie C & Cooper C
|PREP C||Elijah S||Respect||For always showing the Golden Rule to his teachers and classmates. Keep it up!|
|PREP A||Levi D||Respect||For always going out of his way to help his classmates. Keep it up Levi!|
|1/2D||Sonya P||Respect||For always offering others help when they need it.|
|1/2B||Ruby B||Respect||For showing respect to her teachers and peers by being a great listener during class discussions.|
|1/2N||Georgia C||Excellence||For demonstrating excellence in all literacy tasks this week. Well done!|
|1/2C||Alex K||Excellence||For showing excellence in all the activities she is assigned. Well done Alex!|
|3/4D||Chloe S||Excellence||For always trying her personal best with all her learning.|
|3/4B||Jack O'M||Integrity||For keeping control of your emotions and making strong decisions in class throughout the week.|
|3/4E||Max X||Resilience||For demonstrating resilience in his writing this week. Keep it up!|
|3/4K||Clodagh G||Excellence||For working hard on her narrative this week.|
|3/4F||Harvey R||Respect||By making strong decisions about where to sit to minimise distactions to himself and others.|
|5/6O||Alfie W||integrity||For being brave and stepping out of his comfort zone during Play is the Way.|
|5/6A||Jack G||Excellence||for actively contributing to class discussions.|
|5/6G||Beau M G||Excellence||For demonstrating excellence when writing a sizzling start for his fairytale narrative.|
|5/6I||Adelaide C-M||Integrity||For offering assistance to a classmate and showing care and concern.|
|5/6S||Katie C||Excellence||For always being a strong and respectful contributor to classroom conversations.|
|MUSIC||Phoenix E-E||Excellence||For his great start to Music this year and singing a song he made up to the class.|
|LOTE||Lennox F||Integrity||For integrity in offering to work with those that need help.|
|ART||Cannon H||Resilience||For showing resilience when persisting with challenging tasks in Art.|
|PHYSICAL EDUCATION||Ella C||Resilience||For demonstrating resilience in overcoming pre race nerves to compete at Divisional Swimming.|
|PREP C||Zac C||Excellence||For working hard to improve his reading this week. Keep it up!|
|PREP A||Felix B||Excellence||For striving to achieve his personal best in all learning activities. Super job!|
|1/2D||Jake J||Excellence||For his continuous can do attitude in all learning activities.|
|1/2B||Ally S||Resilience||For showing resilience during all areas of her learning. Keep it up!|
|1/2N||Tao T B||Excellence||For Excellence in his recount writing this week. Well done!|
|1/2C||Isla W||Excellence||For showing excellence in her recount writing on Community Helpers this week.|
|3/4D||Zoe F||Excellence||For writing an exceptional narrative piece, well done.|
|3/4B||Violet D||Excellence||Asking questions and seeking help to support your learning.|
|3/4E||Rylie A||Resilience||For showing resilience during all areas of our learning this week!|
|3/4K||Summer C||Excellence||For pushing herself to improve her writing this week!|
|3/4F||Sierra D||Respect||For demonstrating Respect towards a new teacher and her classmates.|
|5/6O||Mikaela P||Respect||Showing respect to her peers by helping them to solve problems.|
|5/6A||Tyler P||Respect||For showing respect to a peer by checking they were okay when they were hurt during sport.|
|5/6G||Jedd F||Excellence||For working hard on using correct punctuation when writing his narrative.|
|5/6I||Josh M||Excellence||For working hard to improve his comprehension when reading.|
|5/6S||Flynn E||Integrity||For showing leadership and giving up his sports time to help his peers.|
|MUSIC||Ebony L||Excellence||For her excellent knowledge of instruments.|
|LOTE||Bridget M||Integrity||In working willingly and co-operatively at the Enviro Centre.|
|ART||Sebastian P||Excellence||for excellence when creating his Kadinsky collage.|
|PHYSICAL EDUCATION||Ruby G||Resilience||For her resilience in PE.|
The school council AGM and following that, the school council meeting was held last night (17th March). Office bearers for 2021 were elected unanimously – see Principal’s report for details.
The following points were discussed:
Term 1 – Easter Raffle
- Prep/Grade 1 Meet & Greet @ The Arboretum
Term 2 – Mothers Day Stall
- Colour run
Term 3 – School Family Tree
- Fathers Day Stall
Term 4 – Movie Night
- Monster Christmas Raffle
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 https://fb.me/e/2i18JbdzQ