Newsletter 19

3rd December 2020


Principal's Report

Prep Transition
Our final prep transition experience will be next Tuesday from 9.30-11.30am.  We are thrilled that the children will come on site and spend the morning with their class and teacher.  Well done to all the families for supporting their children through this period.  We are so looking forward to school starting for preps next year.


Book Bags
Thank you to those families who have actioned their fees or contacted the office to make an individualised parent payment plan. We will be giving out book bags on Tuesday 8th December to those who have organised payment by December 4th.  There will be further dates.  Watch out for these on Compass.  Preps and year 1/2 bags will be on tables at the gates at 3.20, years 3-5 bags will be signed off by the teacher and put in student bags to bring home.  If you need another arrangement please call the office. There will be information coming to you via Compass.


Graduation will be held on Tuesday 15th December with information being sent directly to parents.  Whilst it will look different this year we are excited that some family will be able to attend.  Watch out for photos!


End of Year
Our students are doing very well as they approach the end of the year.  They can get very tired and can find it difficult to think about leaving their current class and teacher.  Be positive and help them embrace moving on.  Don’t forget that if you have any concerns you should contact your class teacher so they can do their best to support all children at this time.



Dates For Your Diary

4/12 Whole School Transition – students will have a session in their 2021 classroom with their teacher wherever possible 1.10pm-2pm

11/12 Reports go home to parents

15/12  Graduation

17/12 Final day for students 1.30 finish

18/12 Curriculum Day – school not open


27/1/21 Wednesday Teachers at school for planning

28/1/21 Thursday Professional development for staff

29/1/21 Friday First student day for years 1-6

1/2/21 Monday First Day for preps – 6

10/2/21 Wednesday Information Nights 6-7pm Prep-Year 2, 7-8pm Years 3-6

9/3/21 Tuesday Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences



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

Book Pack Collection

Thank you so much for the families whom have orgainsed payment and book  pack collection.

Payment terms relate to payments made in full or via payment plan on Compass or through the office via phone. 

If you processed payments or set up a payment plan after Tuesday 15th December book packs can be collected from the office on Wednesday 27th January 2021. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call the office on 03 9758 1662.

Alternatively they can be sent to the classroom from Friday 29th January.

Please note the office will not be open Friday 18th December 2020 or Thursday 28th January 2021 due to staff being involved in professional learning, thank you for your understanding.

Library books return reminder

As part of our end of year tasks we are required to perform a stocktake of the library.  To facilitate this process we ask that all library books be returned ASAP.

Year 5/6 Writing

During remote learning, the 5/6s were assigned a task to write a letter to someone so I decided I would write to Queen Elizabeth. We were told to ask questions to the people we were writing to and say some things we’ve been up to. I asked the Queen how she’s going and hoped she was doing well during the current situation I also drew her a little picture of a crown. About a month or so later she got my letter and on the 1/12/2020 I got home from school to find a letter waiting for me. Seeing the envelope I could tell the letter was from the Queen as the envelope stated it was from The Royal Mail. Opening the letter, I was so excited to see the letters spelling ‘Windsor Castle’ at the top of the page. It was such an amazing experience that I’ll never forget!

Harper K 56F

Student of the Week Term 4- Week starting 16th November 2020

Congratulations to the following students who received Student of the Week:
PREP CKobe DRespectFor being a positive role model for others by making strong choices about his learning.
PREP FWilliam JRespectFor making strong choices about where to sit so as to use his class time more effectively.
1 /2 DOscar JRespectFor being a respectful class member and showing his peers the right thing to do
1 /2 FAngus CExcellenceFor showing excellence in his willingness to extend his learning this week.
1 /2 GBrody WExcellenceFor striving to achieve his personal best in all areas this week, keep at it!
1 /2 KGracie LExcellenceFor striving for excellence in all areas of her learning this week!
1 /2OJosie MExcellenceFor showing excellence in all areas of her learning
3 /4AJedd FExcellenceFor showing excellence through his great discussions during our movie analysis of Wonder.
3 /4BTom FRespectFor being a positive role model and treating everyone with respect.
3 /4ENoah MResilienceFor showing resilience when facing challenging learning tasks. Keep it up!
3 /4KSierra BResilienceFor showing greater resilience and taking more risks in her learning, keep it up!
3 /4SBen SResilienceFor bouncing back so quickly after challenges this week.
5 /6DHenry WRespectFor consistently being a respectful member of our class and always making strong choices.
5 /6FElla LExcellenceFor always trying her personal best no matter who she works with
5 /6GEbony D-PExcellenceFor demonstrating excellence and her personal best in maths this week. Well done.
5/6IErin PRespectFor always demonstrating respect for others, both in and out of the classroom.
5 /6SMia RRespect
For going out of her way to make our school environment a cleaner place by collecting rubbish during break time.
MUSICStephanie L Prep FRespectFor always doing the right thing in music and respecting others.
LOTEAnnie C 1/2 DExcellenceFor showing excellence and always striving for her personal best in LOTE.
ARTAnnie C 1/2 DExcellenceFor showing excellence when learning new painting techniques in art.
PHYSICAL EDUCATIONJake F 5/6IExcellenceFor always striving to achieve his personal best in PE.

Student of the week - Term 4 Week starting 23rd November

Students of the Week

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

PREP CIslah H-DRespectFor treating others nicely by showing the Golden Rule. Keep it up!
PREP FLennox FResilienceFor avoiding distractions and focusing on his reading.
1 /2 DBruce BRespectFor helping others when they are feeling down.
1 /2 FBrody NRespectFor showing respect to others and himself throughout this week.
1 /2 GZoe FExcellenceFor pursuing her best in all writing tasks this week, excellent work!
1 /2 KHunter HExcellenceFor striving for excellence in all areas of his learning this week.
1 /2OTiago BExcellenceFor working hard to improve his fluency and accuracy in reading this week. Keep it up!
3 /4ABridget MExcellenceFor pursuing her personal best in all activities and setting a high standard for her peers!
3 /4BCody LRespectFor consistently being a respectful member of our class and always making strong choices.
3 /4EEva DExcellenceFor pursuing her personal best when analysing films this week! Well done
3 /4KCharlie AExcellence
For pushing outside of his comfort zone by sharing his ideas in class and showing growing readiness for Grade 5, keep it up!
3 /4SJack ORespectFor demonstrating increased respect to his teachers and peers. Keep it up Jack!
5 /6DClaire PExcellenceFor consistently challenging herself in Maths by multiplying decimals
5 /6FJackson MExcellenceFor his excellent analysis of famous speeches. Well done!
5 /6GMJ DExcellenceFor consistently showing excellence inside and outside of the classroom.
5/6IBilly TExcellencefor challenging himself with multiplying decimals.
5 /6SAva XExcellencefor stepping out of her comfort zone by running for a leadership pesition
MUSICDesmond V 1/2 DExcellenceFor his excellent behaviour, effort and attitude in Music.
1/2 F
Integrity and respectIn taking care of the LOTE classroom.
ARTChristina W-D 5/6FRespectFor being kind, helpful and always showing respect in Art
PHYSICAL EDUCATIONThomas S 3/4EExcellenceFor always striving for excellence in PE.

Monster Christmas Raffle

The Raffle will be drawn at assembly Friday 11th December and ticket sales will close Monday 7th December.  No late ticket sales can be accepted.  
Good Luck!

Ferntree Gully North Primary School Christmas Giving Tree

As per the past few years, Ferntree Gully North will be hosting a Giving Tree for donations of gifts for local families doing it tough.  Donations may be in the form of new presents for primary aged children and non-perishable food items for care packages.  Donations will be distributed at the Christmas lunch provided and hosted by Foothills Community Care (see advertisement and invitation below).
Please donate your gift from today through to Friday 11th December by sending to school with your child. All donations will be held in the front office. Please note: it is preferred that gifts remain unwrapped so they can be given to the correct age group on Christmas day. Thank you for your continued generosity and support. The response in the past from Ferntree Gully North has been very generous which has helped to support the 200+ people who come along on the day.

Uniform Shop

Klad Sports is our new uniform supplier.  Their team will be able to help you with all of the School uniform needs.

8 Macro Court 
Victoria, 3178 

 T:(03) 9763 0266

Please note School bags will now be available from Klad from the end of January 2022.

Klad Uniform Price List July 2020

Carols by Candlelight- Knox Council

Knox Carols is going virtual!

This year’s Knox Carols by Candlelight will be broadcast as a LIVE virtual event straight to your home.

Join us for an evening of festive entertainment featuring outstanding performers, sing-a-long Carols, family entertainment and all the fun of our usual large-scale event – in your own backyard!

Get together with your family and friends, be CovidSafe, and enjoy a wonderful evening as we bring in the festive season and celebrate Christmas 2020 style.

WHEN: Saturday 12 December, 6:30pm - 10pm
WHERE: Streamed LIVE to the Knox Arts and Events Facebook page

6:30pm - Family Christmas Entertainment
7:00pm - Knox Factor Grand Final
8:00pm - Main Carols by Candlelight Concert

View the full virtual program below.

For more information, visit
RSVP to the Facebook event for updates.


6:30pm - Family Christmas Entertainment

Sing, dance and giggle with The Mik Maks as they perform their Christmas show. This award winning band of brothers are ready to take you on a magical, musical Christmas journey. Join Al, Joel and loveable friend Drums the Panda as they perform family favourite Christmas carols and their very own Australian flavoured Mik Maks classics.

7.00pm - Knox Factor Grand Final

Knox Factor is a talent competition for aspiring vocalists from 5 years to 25 years of age, who either live, study, work or play within Knox. Our grand finalists will be battling it out on the Knox Carols stage to take home the title of the Knox Factor Winner.

8 - 10pm - Main Carols Concert

- Welcome to Country with Wurundjeri Elder
- Address by Mayor of Knox
- Craig Irvine, Master of Ceremony (MC)
- Jonathon Welch, Principle Artist
- Imogen Spendlove, Principle Artist
- Ricky Muscat, Principle Artist
- Director of Music, Lieutenant David Coit leading The Royal Australian Navy Band
- Tracey Kennedy and Katia Labozzetta, vocalists for The Royal Australian Navy Band
- The Chime Choir
- Knox Factor 2019 Winner, James Cormack-Brown
- Christmas message by Peter Lewis, Breakthrough Christian Church
- 3d Arts presents Santa’s Arrival

Visit for performer information.


Closed Captions will be available throughout the Knox Carols program, along with large print versions of the Carols Songbook. For any accessibility enquiries on event day, please contact the Accessibility Hotline on 0439 920 492.

Please note: This virtual event is recorded at Knox Community Arts Centre within the current Victoria Covid-19 restrictions

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