Newsletter #10

24th June 2021


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Principal's Report 24th June 2021

School will finish tomorrow at 2.30pm.  Out of Hours Care will be operating from 2.30pm.  We wish everyone a wonderful holiday and hope that we continue to have the eased restrictions during the break.  At this stage we assume our operations will stay the same.  If things change over the holidays we will notify you via Compass. Stay safe and we will see you on July 12th for the start of term 3.

Road Safety
With the holidays approaching it is a good opportunity for all families to revise their road safety.  We have had some reports of students darting between cars, riders not looking carefully and being alert and some adults not being as careful as they might when driving. Last year after lock down we did find that some had forgotten their road knowledge skills.  Remind and help children be safe on our roads.

Reports will be available on Compass from 4pm yesterday.  Interviews will be held on August 11.  Please download, read and save your report at home. If your child is in grade 6 please make sure you keep because as they finish their time here they will come off the system and you won't be able to access them in 2022.  If you have any questions at the moment please contact your teacher via email so they can help you.
Reports are an opportunity to celebrate your child’s efforts and achievements.  Students will be bringing home some workbooks to look at and talk about your child’s achievements for the semester.  The workbooks have some tags in them to identify what a task might have been and how a child would be successful.
Students have been working very hard this semester to adjust to their new classes and coping with two lockdowns this year. All our students are to be congratulated on demonstrating their ongoing efforts and achievements.
Again if you have any questions contact your classroom teacher.

Anita Burman
Anita Burman has been working at Ferntree Gully North doing year 5/6 music and is one of our great tutors.  She has been very fortunate to gain a more permanent position starting in term 3 at Belgrave Christian College.  We are very grateful for all that she has brought to our school but understand that a more permanent position is a great opportunity.  We wish her well.  If you would like to email her to wish her well you can do so through the school email address. Good luck Anita.

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. The Klad store will be open in the second week of the holidays.  This will provide you with plenty of time to go and try on. Going forward we will be working out a system where parents will have the opportunity for second hand swapping or purchasing.

We appreciate that if you have a child in grade 6 you might not want to purchase uniform for them.  That is okay but all students must be dressed appropriately and be able to engage in school activities confidently with uniform that allows them to participate.  Netball skirts are not appropriate and whilst we don’t expect year 6 parents to buy these so close to the end of the year, it would be expected that girls can wear shorts or track pants.

Thank you to everyone who has gotten their enrolment forms in.  If you are not sure about your personal situation please call me to discuss your needs.  We are working very hard to organise our arrangements for 2022 so you need to get enrolments in by the end of this term.  If you know of someone who is considering enrolling please prompt them with a reminder.

We welcome Jacki Atkinson to our specialist team for the remainder of the year.  Jacki will be teaching music prep-6.  She comes with a breadth of experience in teaching music and productions.  We know everyone will make her welcome.

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

From the Office

Office Opening Hours

The School Office is staffed between the hours of 8:15am-4:30pm Monday to Friday. For all enquiries please contact us on 9758 1662 or via email

Borrowed Spare Clothing

If your child has come home in spare clothing supplied by the School, please wash and return these items as soon as possible. As you might imagine in these wetter days we can go through our limited supply very quickly!  A spare set of clothing in school bags would be greatly appreciated ‘just in case’.  It’s not just the younger students that might need a change after the breaks.

Late Arrivals

A reminder to all parents that if your child arrives late to school, parents/guardians must come into the office so that students can be signed in to school by the office staff. We need to record the correct data for the absence.

If students arrive unattended there will be an unexplained absence entered in Compass and parents will be required to update with an explanation.

Lost Property 

Just a reminder to ensure all items are clearly named so that if lost can be reunited with students.  If you have received a pre loved item please make sure the name is updated.

We also ask please that you check your child’s uniform from time to time to ensure they haven’t brought home someone else’s clothing by mistake in the excitement of the day.

A Good News Story

A brand new jumper was found in the street by a very considerate community member.  The jumper had the child’s name and contact mobile number on the underside of the label so the parent could be contacted and the child reunited with their brand new jumper!

Yay for kind strangers!  Thank you!

Student of the week Term 2- Week Starting Monday 14th June 2021

Congratulations to the following students who received Student of the Week:
PREP C Chester T Excellence For writing an excellent recount during Big Write of our nature walk experience. Well done!
PREP F Henry B Excellence For demonstrating excellence when persisting to learn his high-frequency words. Well done!
1 /2 B Noah G Excellence For demonstrating excellence during our Big Write session. Keep up the outstanding work.
1 /2 C Zach W Excellence For showing excellence in our Big Write session this week. Well done Zach!
1 /2 D Indiana P Excellence For demonstrating excellence during our Big Write!
1 /2 N Max A Excellence Excellence in his writing tasks this week. Keep up the great effort!
3 /4D Johnny B Resilience For continuing to edit and revise his writing to improve it. Well done.
3 /4B Holly W Respect For showing respect in all aspects of our classroom. Thank you Holly.
3 /4E Eddie D Resilience For demonstrating resilience in all areas of his learning! Keep it up Eddie.
3 /4K Sam W Excellence For ensuring that the presentation of his work is at an excellent standard.
3 /4F William T Excellence For excellence in his improved focus and concentration during class time.
5 /6 O Ali A Respect For consistently demonstrating our school value of 'respect'.
5 /6A Emma T Excellence For seeking feedback on her reading goal.
5 /6G Caiah N Respect For consistently demonstrating our virtue of 'friendliness'.
5/6I Harper B Respect For always being respectful, helpful and kind to others.
5 /6S Jazmin M Resilience For showing resilience in learning by facing challenges head on.
MUSIC Khloe A Respect For consistently showing RESPECT and being a positive class member in Music. Great work!
LOTE William T Respect For listening, following instructions and working independently.
ART Kobe D Integrity for always showing integrity when working in the Art Room. Well done!
PHYSICAL EDUCATION Cooper C Excellence For excellence in all areas of PE.


Junior School Council News - Pyjama day

On Thursday 24th June, Junior School Council organised a fun pyjama dress up day for our school. The students wore pjs, Oodies, dressing gowns and slippers and were encouraged to bring a gold coin donation to raise money for some outdoor equipment. Each class participated in a story time activity which they enjoyed. 

It was a lovely way to end a hectic term!

Thank you to all for your support,


Red Cross Incursion

This week the 5/6s were visited by volunteers from the Red Cross Foundation. They spoke to us about forced migration and people seeking asylum. They helped us understand by showing us videos, real-life examples and a game. One of the volunteers, named Buddy, shared his experience of forced migration with us. Buddy migrated to Australia after coming from Syria.

At the end of the presentation, we had a small recap and then a quiz. One of the most interesting facts we learnt was that Australia only takes in less than 1% of migrants per year from around the world. The most common form of migration is on foot and if you were forced to migrate you wouldn’t have much time to pack. All of the 5/6’s thank the Red Cross volunteers for giving up their time to educate us on this important topic.

By Emma and Jack.

Parenting Ideas - Establishing digital boundaries for a good night’s sleep


It’s well established that sleep is vital for children and adolescents’ learning, physical health, mental wellbeing and emotional regulation. Yet, a concerning number of Australian children and adolescents aren’t meeting the national sleep guidelines according to a recent study*.

There are many reasons for young people’s poor sleep habits including school demands, co-curricular and/or work commitments, perceived pressure from parents and educators and consumption of energy drinks. Young people’s digital device habits can have a significant, negative impact on their sleep.

Handheld devices emit blue light which hampers melatonin production. This can result in the delayed onset of sleep and potentially shorten critical phases of the sleep cycle. Research confirms that children who have not yet gone through puberty are particularly vulnerable to blue light exposure in the evening as they have larger pupils, compared to post-puberty adolescents.

Strategies to stop screens from sabotaging your child’s sleep

Parents can have a positive influence on their child and teens’ digital habits and doing so will yield positive results for their child’s sleep and subsequent learning and wellbeing.

Establish a digital bedtime

Kids should switch off digital devices 60 minutes prior to falling asleep. Reinforce this habit by establishing a ‘landing zone’ such as a kitchen bench, or desk in a study or sideboard where digital devices go for charging and storage. Many students report that they ‘need’ to complete homework or submit assignments late at night. Verify the validity of such statements and work in partnership with your child’s school to limit this type of required screen activity at night. Parents need to also be good role models by switching off before bed too.

Tech-free zones

Bedrooms should be tech-free zones so consider buying an alarm clock if your child uses a mobile phone to wake themselves up. Keeping devices out of bedrooms removes the tech-temptation to use them throughout the night, reduces the likelihood that they’ll reach for them upon waking and lessens the chance of cyberbullying incidents. Ensure any devices left in bedrooms are on airplane mode and that the device is away from their line of sight.

Ensure a daily dose of ‘greentime’

Exposure to natural blue light from sources such as the sun is critical for regulating circadian rhythms and promoting sleepiness at night. Ensure your child/teen is exposed to bright, natural, daytime light preferably before midday each day.

Use blue light filters

Most devices include options for ‘night mode’ or ‘dark mode’ that reduce blue light exposure. Dimming the brightness of the screen in the settings or applying a filter on a desktop or laptop also assists.

Do a screen swap before bed

Encourage passive tech activities before bed such as watching TV, listening to an audiobook, music or podcast, or reading on an e-reader.

It can be a challenge navigating digital boundaries with your child or teen particularly when it involves sleep, which is vital for health, wellbeing and learning. Talk to them regularly about the importance of sleep using science and facts to substantiate your claims.

*The Australian Department of Health recommends between 9-11 hours of sleep for children (aged 5-13 years) and between 8-10 hours of sleep for adolescents (aged 14-17 years). A 2019 study published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies found that a quarter of 12-15 year olds were experiencing a concerning lack of sleep and more than half of the 16-17 year olds in the study were not getting the recommended 8-10 hours/night (Source: )

Dr Kristy Goodwin

Dr Kristy Goodwin is a digital wellbeing and performance speaker, author and researcher (and mum who also deals with her kids’ techno-tantrums!). She’s the author of Raising Your Child in a Digital World, and a media commentator who doesn’t suggest that we ban the iPhone, or unplug the gaming console (digital abstinence isn’t the solution). Kristy translates research into essential information and realistic strategies for parents to ensure kids and teens thrive in the digital world. For further details visit

Camp Australia

CSEF Application Form

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

Community News 24th June 2021

We are inviting you and your community to Family Fiesta - our annual school holiday festival of literature, music and theatre, where it’s all about the kids. The festival will feature some of Australia’s leading children’s authors and illustrators like Boori Monty Pryor, Alison Croggon, Jessica Parker, Heidi McKinnon, Aseel Tayah, as well as popular theatre productions and music favourites like Peter and the Wolf!

Please click below for more information:

Dates: 30 June, 1 July, 2 July, 3 July
Prices: Free - $15
Ages: 0-12 years

We are following the health advice and guidelines of the Victorian Government and Monash University’s COVIDSafe Plan in order to provide the safest environment for our visitors.

We appreciate your support. Monash University Performing Arts Centres.