Healesville Primary School


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Edition 33 - Friday, 26th October, 2018

A Note from the Principal


Our Fete is finally here! Tomorrow is our biannual fete starting at 10.00am finishing at 3.00pm.

I look forward to seeing you all there ready to have a great time.

Bike Ed

Bike Ed is well under way with grade 3 students having sessions based around Bike Checks and Safety of their bikes. The next sessions will be learning to ride safely while participating in fun activities.

Halloween Dress Up Day

Halloween is this Wednesday 31st October and to celebrate our students have the opportunity to dress up in character. I look forward to seeing all the wonderful outfits. No money required. The fete haunted house will also be open for viewing at $4:00 (the same rate as fete day).

Pupil Free Day – Monday 5 November

A reminder that Monday before the Melbourne Cup will be a pupil free day where teachers will be participating in Cultural Understanding Training.

Planning for 2019

Meeting the educational, social and emotional needs of every child is a job that all staff takes extremely seriously. Careful consideration is taken each year to place students into grades that best suit their learning. As well as considering child friendship selections and genuine parent issues, this is a complex task. Indeed, the teachers themselves are not assigned classes until the very end of this process.

Our grade to grade transition process is starting this week.

Week 7 - Students will be given the opportunity to meet the teachers in the year level above. (These teachers are the current teachers at that year level)

Week 8 – Students will be given the opportunity to meet the teachers in the year level above. (These teachers are the current teachers at that year level)

Week 9 – Students will be in their 2019 class, not necessary with their 2019 teacher.

Week 10 – Students spend time getting to know 2019 class and teacher.

Week 11 – Students spend time getting to know 2019 class and teacher.

Reading for Fun is Important

In my files I have article from The Age which begin;

Children who read for pleasure are likely to perform significantly better in the classroom than their peers who rarely read, according to a recent report by the University of London’s Institute of Education.

In the article the journalist, Brooke Lumsden, points out that reading for pleasure not only builds vocabulary and spelling but can also have a positive impact on Maths.

‘‘ It may seem surprising that reading for pleasure would help to improve children’s maths scores, but it is likely that strong reading ability will enable children to absorb and understand new information and affect their attainment in all subjects,’’ Dr Sullivan said in the institute’s report.

This research underlines the role good reading habits play in children’s development, and I think this final observation is a reminder of the crucial role parents play in partnership with schools in this.

Encouragement is crucial, however, particularly for reluctant readers. Ms Neilson says reading aloud from a variety of authors and genres, and offering children a range of reading materials including magazines and graphic novels, is critical in helping to meet their reading interests.

She explains that to support children in finding the success and positive self-esteem that reading can set them up for, we need to live what we teach.

‘‘ As parents, teachers and the whole community, we have a job to demonstrate to young people that reading has value for them personally. Lectures and speeches about that won’t do it for them, but modelling slow reading of great books and articles will.’’

Copyright © 2013 Fairfax Media

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Friday 26 October

Grade 3 Bike Education

General Clean-Up Day 2pm - 4pm

Saturday - 27 October


Friday 2 November

Grade 3 Bike Education

Monday 5th November

Curriculum Day - PUPIL FREE DAY

Tuesday 6th November

Melbourne Cup Day - PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Friday 9 November

Grade 3 Bike Education

Monday 12 - Friday 16 November

Year 5/6 Melbourne Discovery Camp

Grade 3 Bike Education

Friday 23 November

Grade 3 Bike Education

Monday 26 - Friday 30 November

Life Education Week

Grade 3 Bike Education

Friday 7 December

Grade 3 Bike Education

Friday 14 December

Kew Traffic School - Year 3

Wednesday 19 December

Grade 3 Warburton Trail Bike Hike

Prep B: Ty M & Bella H PV: Caleb R & Sophie A

1/2H: Summer M 1T: Jordan M & Amy L 2G: Eloise S

3B: Brodie O & Chloee D 3/4L: Chelsea M 4S: Skylar G

5/6D: Kayla D 5/6G: Olivia M 5/6S: Jye C 5/6W: Charlie F

General School Clean-Up!

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We are holding a final working bee session in preparation for our School Fete on Saturday 27th October.

Friday 26th October 2pm - 4pm

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Please register your name on the link below if you are able to help out at any of these sessions.

Healesville Primary School Choir

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On the 12th of October the H.P.S Choir went to Healesville Hospital to sing at a memorial service. It was a sad time because the service was remembering people who had died at the hospital.

Many family members were there and photos of their loved ones were displayed on a table. People were invited up to the front of the room to light a candle and say a few words of remembrance about their loved ones.

The choir sang “We’re Going Home” by Vance Joy. It was a song to be proud of and fitted in well with the occasion. It was an emotional time and some of our choir members remembered their own family too. We want to thank Healesville Hospital for inviting us to sing at their service. It was a great experience!

by Scarlett T, Archie K & Taya M

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General Information

Canteen Menu

Click here to order your uniforms online
Please click here to order your uniforms online.

School Login Details: Username - HPS Password - HPS

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Last week our students had the opportunity to work with representatives of the Healesville Music Festival, to decorate posters that will be displayed around Healesville for the Music Festival in November.

In the next couple of weeks the children will be drawing on some canvas to brighten up our room while we wait on getting a new coat of paint on the walls.

Stacey, Loveleen and Bob from 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 Afterschool Care, you need to enrol via the

Camp Australia enrolment link below.

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Are you experiencing domestic violence?

Help is available

Located at this school on select days, or by appointment, is a local specialist family violence service to support members of our school community who may be experiencing family violence.

This free service can provide information and specialist support, or are available just to have a chat. If you would like to drop in or make an appointment with the EDVOS Family Violence worker, enquire with the school administration for further details.

Or call EDVOS directly on 9259 4200. If you are in immediate danger please call 000