Newsletter #8

27th May 2021


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Principal's Report

From term 3, students who are not in uniform, will receive a reminder slip to wear correct uniform.  If you are not sure please visit the Klad Sports store in Rowville and you have the opportunity to try on all items before purchase.  Going forward we will be working out a system where parents will have the opportunity for second hand swapping or purchasing.

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.

Congratulations to staff and students for a successful Naplan week.  All students managed themselves well and results will come to parents in August/September. Please remember that most of the testing is a multiple choice experience and is a snapshot of a period of time in the day.  Teachers will use this information to add to their data and knowledge of your children.

 Education Week activities
The year our Education Week activities have been spread out.  We have had two open mornings for prep students for 2022, a morning tea on the green for prep mums celebrating Mother’s Day and we have our Expos coming up.  Expos are an opportunity for parents/special people to come into the classroom and see what their child or the class has been working on.  This year we will hold them in the last week of term.  Parents with surnames A-K will come on Tuesday June 22 2.45-3.30 and parents with surnames L-Z on Thursday June 24 2.45-3.30.  Parents will need to sign in at each classroom door for contact tracing purposes.  We will notify you closer to the time whether masks are required.  Please come along and share in the fantastic work our students have been doing.

National Boys Choir
The National Boys Choir has opportunities for boys to audition.  If you are interested there is information available at the following website or contact the office on the phone number provided. or phone 9872 4480. 

5/6 Camp
We have heard back from Camp.  The children are having a fabulous time even though there has been some rain.  Watch out on the school Facebook page and Compass for some photos.  There will be Compass notifications on Friday updating you on pick up teams.

Winter Sports
The 5/6 winter sports day is coming up.  Good luck to all students.

Life Ed
Life Education has been a big success with all students and classes. Make sure you ask your child something they might have learned at their session.

District Cross Country
Congratulations to all students who participated in the District Cross Country last week.  They were fabulous with everyone finishing and some great placings including one student who volunteered to be a last minute fill in who not only finished but has gone through to the next round.

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 2- Week starting Monday 10th May

Congratulations to the following students who received Student of the Week:
PREP CSam WExcellenceFor writing a great recount during Big Write this week. Well done mate!
PREP AHannah MExcellenceFor striving for excellence when learning her magic words in reading and writing. Amazing job!
1 /2 BXavier TExcellenceFor striving for excellence while reading challenging texts - amazing work Xave!
1 /2 CWillow WExcellenceFor demonstrating excellence in your Big Write this week. Great work Willow!
1 /2 DBlake KExcellenceFor demonstrating excellence in your Big Write this week. Well done Blake!
1 /2 NHayden BRespectFor making strong choices and and being respectful towards others this week.
3 /4DOlivia LRespectFor always showing respect to her peers and teachers at all times.
3 /4BEva DExcellenceFor your detailed lifecycle and reflection in Inquiry
3 /4EClementine CResilienceFor demonstrating resilience with her emotions during Naplan - Fantastic work!
3 /4KMichelle NExcellenceFor presenting an excellent homework presentastion to the class, well done!
3 /4FAdele FExcellenceFor demonstrating excellence during literacy by being a champion speller!
5 /6 OSamuel ARespectFor showing respect and tolerance to his classmates during Play Is The Way games!
5 /6AAmelia CExcellenceFor consistently applying herself in all learning areas.
5 /6GSeb LExcellenceFor showing initiative and asking for help when needed in maths.
5/6IAsher Mresiliencefor being resilient and working through a challenging situation.
5 /6SLachlan SResilienceFor showing resilience during NAPLAN by stepping out of his comfort zone. Well done!
MUSICLacey FIntegrityFor being a role model student during music sessions.
LOTESeb WIntegrityFor being helpful and respecting his peers and teacher.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION Alivia DExcellenceFor excellence in Discus.

Student of the week - Term 2 Week starting Monday 17th May

Congratulations to the following students who received Student of the Week:
PREP AHuddy WExcellenceFor striving for excellence when learning to add numbers together using counting on! Great job.
PREP FChase SExcellenceFor striving for excellence by always giving his best efforts this week. Keep it up!
1 /2 BTiago BExcellenceFor striving for excellence when reading challenging texts this week! Well done!
1 /2 CFrank TExcellenceFor demonstrating excellence in his writing this week! Well done Frank!
1 /2 DViolet DExcellenceFor showing excellence when writing her information report on koalas.
1 /2 NKobe DExcellenceFor demonstrating excellence and for pursing his personal best in all tasks this week.
3 /4DChloe BIntegrityFor showing integrity and responsibility at all times throughout the day.
3 /4BElaina BExcellence
Your efforts when constructing complex sentences. You managed to include all the different parts of speech!
3 /4EBenjamin MExcellenceFor confidently sharing his ideas about food chains in inquiry this week! Fantatsic work.
3 /4KMatilda BExcellenceFor engaging fully and pushing herself in maths this week. Great work!
3 /4FEli LExcellenceFor excellence in the improvement he has made with reading.
5 /6 OMikaela PExcellenceFor persisting with her persuasive writing to include wow words and persuasive techniques.
5 /6ALuna LExcellenceFor developing greater skills in the use of vertical multiplication.
5 /6GJamie v HExcellenceFor writing about the similarites and differences between the book and movie version of Holes.
5/6ILily JExcellenceFor building her capacity in the use of vertical multiplication.
5 /6SKaiden WRespectFor respecting his peers by showing genuine care for their wellbeing.
MUSICNaiima S & Ella CExcellenceFor demonstrating excellence in your sound composition. Well done!
LOTEKamryn HIntegrityIn showing care, concern and generosity to a class mate.
ARTAmelia CIntegrityAlways being kind and thoughtful and showing the greatest integrity in Art.
PHYSICAL EDUCATIONAngus SExcellenceFor excellence in performing Discus.

School Council

Items discussed at school council on the 19th May 2021.

  • Annual report has been endorsed by school council and is now available on the school website and was loaded on to Compass at the beginning of term. There is also a hard copy available at the office if anyone wishes to read through it.
  • The school is actively pursuing new options for making lunch orders available for students again. Please stay tuned.
  • You may have noticed that boom gates have been installed. This is to prevent people dumping rubbish in and around our bins.  This was costing our school money as this rubbish had to be removed.


If you have any questions regarding school council you can contact any of the school council members listed below:
  • Gareth Whitten – parent of Lexie (5/60)
  • Danelle Shuttleworth – parent of Angus (3/4E)
  • Fiona van Heeswyk – parent of Jamie (5/6G)
  • David Frost – parent of Toby (5/6S)
  • Charlotte Jones – parent of Oscar (3/4D) and Lachlan (5/6G)
  • David Brennan – parent of Fletcher (1/2B)
  • Trish Donovan – parent of Levi (Prep A), Violet (3/4B) and Tilly (5/6G)


Nadine Kamsteeg is stepping aside for the remainder of the year and Kristie Edmond (parent of Dakota in 3/4E) will replace her for 2021. Kristie is the current treasurer of GNPA.

Next meeting is to be held on the 16th June at 7.30.  If you wish to attend please notify Sue Dean by Monday 14th June.


Enviro News 27th May 2021

Dear Parents and Students,

Starting from Monday 31st May, we are setting up 2 boxes and you can put old T-shirts, long sleeve tops and clean cans into.

The boxes will be in the office.  The tops will be made into shopping bags and we will plant things in the cans in spring.

Please make sure anything you bring in is clean.  Any questions please talk to Mrs Casey.

Thanks Mia, Chelsea, Adaya and Larli

Junior School Council- Art Club

“The Junior School Council have started their weekly art and board game lunchtime clubs. They have been very popular so far and the students have reported that they are enjoying them.
The council members have been running the clubs, coming up with activities, organising materials and ensuring that they run smoothly. They have been doing a fantastic job! Thank you to all the families that have donated board games too, they are great”

Thanks Mrs Keltie

Junior School Council- Board Games

Mika 1/2C “There was lots of fun stuff to do.  I played Pay Day and Connect 4.”

Dexter 5/6A “I enjoyed board games club and I played chess.”

Fraser Prep C “I liked the games.  I played Bingo.”


Maggie Prep A “I loved art club because I got to draw with my friends.”

Finn 1/2D “I liked that we got to do drawings together and I would like to do it again.”

Millie 3/4E “It was fun because I got to do it with all my friends.”

District Cross Country - Friday 21st May 2021

District Cross Country was a glorious, sunny day at Crystalbrooke Reserve, Cardinia Reservoir. All of our Gully North students performed well and we finished runner's up in a tight finish out of nine schools. Well done to all of our competitors. A special thank you to our parent helpers. The top 15 in each race go  through to the divisional event at Yarra Valley Racecourse on Tuesday 1st June. Keeping in mind each race has up to 80 students, our FTGN kids should be very proud.

School placings:

  1. Tecoma PS
  2. FTGN PS
  3. Belgrave STH PS
  4. Upwey STH PS
  5. St Joseph's PS
  6. St John's PS
  7. Upwey PS
  8. St Thomas More PS
  9. UFTG PS

Individual placings:


9/10 Boys

Angus S 6th

Olly A 39th

Cooper K 16th

Jesse A 28th

Johnny B 17th

Reuben C 44th

Tyler S 26th


9/10 Girls

Hannah M  6th

Ellie M  44th

Holly W  26th

Matilda J  27th

Eliana M  37th

Zoe F   40th

Anouk C   32nd

Indigo M G   25th

Olivia L   28th


11 Boys

Thomas S   1st

Toby F    8th

Toby A   7th

Beau M G  18th

Cooper B  29th

Faraz S A  32nd

Joelan B  59th

Bill P    48th


11 Girls

Adaya P    2nd

Jade J   10th

Talwyn G  8th

Jacinta G   36th

Abby T   22nd

Hope S W 26th

Harlie R 33rd


12/13 Boys

Henry W 1st

Cooper S 13th

Cooper C 2nd

Daniel G 38th

Flynn E 5th

Will  K 6th

John W 26th

Luke M 29th

Kaiden W 30th

Cameron W 31st


12/13 Girls

Claire P 4th

Millie C 8th

Chelsea S 20th

Alyssa H 30th

Meisha S 17th

Amelia C 40th

Ella B S 38th

Ms Atkinson

SSV Basketball Trials

Congratulations to Claire P and Millie C on making it to the SSV (School Sports Victoria) State Basketball Trials. We wish them the best of luck in making it into the State team.

Ms Atkinson


GNPA are busy organising our Tough Gully Colour Run! We have lots of colour ready to splash about and some new obstacles to tackle.

This year we are raising funds for new Fixed Exercise Stations (to be located next to the BBQ area). The equipment will be a great addition to our PE program and will also be available for public use outside of school hours.

Students will be asking family and friends for Sponsor Donations. 

The class who raises most combined sponsorship will be the winners of a Pizza Party and of course Bragging Rights!!

Each class will also have a prize for the student who raises the most!

It's going to be a very exciting event! Tough Gully Colour Run

We are looking for people to help at our next event.

Tough Gully Colour Run

Friday 18th June.

Please leave your name and contact details at the office to register your interest to help. More details closer to the event!

All helpers must have a current Working with Childrens Check. (Please provide a copy to the office)

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Parenting Ideas- INSIGHTS On time, everyday

On time, every day

by Michael Grose

During the current COVID-19 pandemic parents are rightfully urged to take a cautious approach and keep children and young people at home if they show symptoms of the virus.

It’s a balancing act if you’re a parent as one the most important things you can do to ensure your child has a bright future is to make sure he or she goes to school every day—and gets there on time. It sounds simple, but it’s true. The correlation between school attendance and children’s achievement levels is well established. The more time kids spend at school, the more likely they are to experience school success.Of course, most people know this intuitively, yet school absenteeism is a huge problem in Australian schools.

According to a report by the Australian Curriculum and Assessment authority nearly 13 per cent of Australian students are missing at least one year of schooling by the time they reach year 10. In today’s highly competitive world, this rate of absenteeism is alarming, putting our kids at a distinct disadvantage.

Current research shows that mornings for most children are the most productive time of the day, with 10.00am the peak period for productivity. When children arrive late and take time to settle as they inevitably do, valuable learning time is lost.

It’s reassuring to know that you can maximise their chances of future success just by making sure they turn up to school every day. And, of course, regular school attendance also helps kids prepare for the workforce, where it will be expected that they turn up each day work-ready. The real world is unforgiving of those who stay away with no excuse.

As a parent:

  • Commit to sending kids to school every day
  • Make sure kids arrive at school and class on time
  • Inform the school when they are away, sending medical certificates and other evidence of genuine absence
  • Follow current COVID-19 health guidelines and recommendations
  • Consider catching-up on missed work
  • Make kids who are away stay in their bedroom, which is where unwell kids should be

Michael Grose

Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s an award-winning speaker and the author of 12 books for parents including Spoonfed Generation, and the bestselling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It. Michael is a former teacher with 15 years experience, and has 30 years experience in parenting education. He also holds a Master of Educational Studies from Monash University specialising in parenting education.

CSEF Application Form

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

Community News 27th May 2021