Healesville Primary School


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Edition 12- Friday, 3rd May, 2019

A Note from the Principal

What a fantastic first week of term. Even though the week was short due to Easter and ANZAC Day our students returned to school happy and ready to learn. While I was conducting a School Tour this week I was very proud when I heard the comment ‘The students are fantastic at this school and they are all sitting quietly and doing their work’.

This term we will continue to explicitly teach students at their point of learning in literacy and numeracy by setting individual student goals while concentrating on developing a friendly school in partnership with families.

Friendly Schools and Families

During term 1 six Friendly Schools and Families articles have been added to our weekly newsletters. We have had a range of topics including

· Our goals for our Friendly and Safe School

· Parent’s role in Our Friendly School

· What is Bullying?

· Communicating effectively with your children

· Talking with your children about being bullied

· Talk with your children if they are bullying others

This week’s article aims to provide parents with an understanding of the role of a bystander in a bullying incident and provide strategies for parents to discuss with their children if they witness a bullying incident.

Talking with your children about bystanders.

Bullying involves more than the students who are bullied and those who bully others. Ninety-one per cent of children (in primary school) report having witnessed/seen bullying occurring. Bullying often continues because people who are involved do not talk about it and seek help. This includes people who observe bullying – the bystanders.

A bystander is someone who sees the bullying or knows that it is happening to someone else.

What can Bystanders do?

If children see another child being bullied they could:

· Ask a teacher or support person for help;

· Let the person doing the bullying know that what they are doing is bullying;

· Refuse to join in with the bullying and walk away;

· Support the student who is being bullied; and

· Support their friends and protect them from bullying by being there for them (children who are alone are more likely to be the target of bullying, so encourage your children to be aware of children who are left out or on their own in the playground).


Thank you to all the students who attended the ANZAC Dawn service and the Healesville ANZAC Day March. A special thanks to Mrs Williams and the other teachers for their organisation.

We want our students to tell us what they think!

We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School Survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.

Students from Years 4 -6 at our school will participate in the survey. Your child will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose built secure online survey tool. It is important to note that we are not in any way “testing” your child. Your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey.

This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school between Monday, 29 April to Friday, 7th June 2019.​ The survey only takes 20 minutes to complete and occurs during your child's class time.

If you would like more information, please speak to your Tom Gamble or myself or visit: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/management/improvement/Pages/performsurveyat.aspx

Monday 6th May

AFL Girls Gala Day - selected students

Tuesday 7 May

Parents & Community Helpers (P.A.C.H.) Meeting 9am-10am - Staffroom

New members welcome.

Wednesday 8 May

Bookclub due back

Thursday 9 May

House Cross Country Carnival - Whole School at Queens Park 10.00am - 2.00pm

Friday 10 May

Mothers' Day Breakfast 8am

Wednesday 22 May

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day - Students not required at School

Thursday 23 May

Alpha Production - King Arthur - whole school incursion

Book Fair open 3pm - 4pm

Friday 24 May

Book Fair open 3pm - 4pm

Friday 31 May

Year 5 - Technology Day at HHS

Tuesday 4 June

Parents & Community Helpers (P.A.C.H.) Meeting 9am-10am - Staffroom

New members welcome.

Monday 10 June

Public Holiday - Queens Birthday

Tuesday 11 June

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day - Students not required at School

Prep B: Hudson M & Jaxon H

1F: Ruby R, Connor H & Jayden L

1/2V: Carlotte K, Elliot K & Lewis C

3K: Mayah H

4GH: Senna D, Chloee D & Monique W

5/6W: Emily A

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Mothers' Day RSVP link - https://www.smore.com/ra0k8

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The Wellbeing Corner

Dear HPS families,

Welcome back to school for Term 2. Although this is the second week back it feels like the first. I hope the holiday break was fun and relaxing for you all. I am always amazed at how quickly the time flies! It is lovely seeing so many happy faces back at school ready for a great second term!

As many of you know, my role here is to provide support and care for the whole school community in whatever way is needed (socially, emotionally, and spiritually). I am available for coffee/tea chats with parents and staff, one on one time with students who need extra support for issues both in school and at home, practical help, running group programs and providing a listening ear. I also assist in the classroom when required. If you don’t know me yet, please come up and say hi. I would love to meet you. I am at school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

This term I, in the Wellbeing Corner, I will be focusing on a fabulous poster called, 101 Ways to Praise a Child (pictured here). Each week I will pick a couple of the sayings on the poster and highlight them in my article. Let’s make the words that we say to our children be positive and encouraging to build their self-concept.

Have a great term.


Penny (School Chaplain/Welfare)

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Leading up to Mothers' Day the children will be making cards, keys rings and personal mugs for their mum's.

If anyone has ANY MASON JARS you can spare and would like to donate to After School Care, could you please send them along so the children can grow some bean shoots and herbs.

from Stacey & Bob, Camp Australia - where we make children smile

If your child is unwell and unable to attend After School Care,

please call Stacey direct on 0405 440 885.

If you wish to enrol in Before and/or Afters School Care, you need to enrol via the

Camp Australia enrolment link below.