Healesville Primary School
Thursday 8th September, 2022
From the Principal's Desk…
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have exciting news – We are running a Trivia Night with Queens Park Kinder. This will be held at our school on Friday 11th November. So, get a group of friends together and organise a table. It will be so good to have everyone onsite and having fun whilst raising money for the kinder and the school. If you would like to assist in any way, helping on the night, helping with the setup, donating raffle prizes – anything, we would love to hear from you – so please call into the office. There is a flyer included in this newsletter.
It was wonderful to see so many of our fathers, grandfathers and special people attend our breakfast on Thursday last week. There was lots of fun to be had and another gumboot for the roof. Our students loved making their key rings – we hope you also love them.
There is another special event coming up very early next term. Our hall is being renamed in memory of Howard Jones, a previous principal, who had an incredible positive impact on the school and its community. This will be held on Friday 14th October in the hall, and it would be terrific to see lots of our parents and community members attending to celebrate with us and his family. Assembly will begin at 2:30pm.
Last week we had an incredibly successful book fair organised by Lamont Books and run by an amazing band of parent helpers. Thank you for the support – we sold just under $3000 worth of books, which means the school receives around $800 to spend on more books for our library.
Lately we have had quite a few non-Australian coins put into lunch orders. We know that some currency looks very similar. Could parents double check the coins going into lunch orders please.
Dojo – is a great means of communication. I use it frequently as do our staff and most of our parents. Could I request that parents do not message teachers overnight and expect replies. Teachers will reply but maybe not until the next day. They too need a break from school overnight.
Earlier this week we received some very sad news, Cheryl Williamson a past parent, passed away very suddenly. Her youngest daughter Georgia was our Sustainability Captain last year. On behalf of our community, we send our condolences to the family.
Finally, this week is National Child Safety Week and I have included some information for you to read about this. Child Safety is a big part of school life. We work hard to ensure the safety of our students; it is on the agenda for all our staff meetings and there is quite a lot of information on our school website as well.
National Child Protection Week (4-10 September)
Every Child in Every Community Needs a Fair Go
National Child Protection Week is all about the ways that we can all work together to build communities that support children and families.
Children are safest when they are listened to, respected and believed.
All adults can play a part by ‘tuning in’ to children in everyday situations about small worries; then they are much more likely to feel comfortable telling us if something big is wrong.
Talking with children about safety:
- Support children to identify trusted adults (both within the family and outside) they can talk to, if they are worried, upset, or don’t feel safe. Make sure these adults know they are on your child’s list.
- Remind children that they can talk to you or a trusted adult about anything, no matter how big or small their worry might be.
- Talk to children about how they know when they feel safe or unsafe. Help them to listen to their early warning signs (how their body feels), and to trust their feelings and instincts.
- Use everyday activities as opportunities for conversations (e.g. preparing meals and snacks, going for walks, playing, shopping). If children are used to having lots of communication, it can make it easier to talk when big or tricky issues come up.
- Be open to talking about all kinds of feelings, including anger, joy, frustration, fear and anxiety. This helps children to develop a ‘feelings vocabulary’.
National Child Protection Week is a great time to start conversations with children and families about feeling safe.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING NATIONAL CHILD PROTECTION WEEK!
Please note that our final day for this term is Friday 16th September. There will be an early finish – 2:30pm. The afternoon bus will leave school at 2pm on that day.
Term Four – is a NO HAT NO PLAY term. If you need to order a new hat online, please contact Surry Clothing.
Take care, enjoy our break away from school and I look forward to seeing everyone next term on Monday 3rd October.
Cultural Education - Brooke Wandin - Woiwurrung Language
Book Fair Photos
Book Fair Volunteers
Little Miss Giggles & Little Miss Princess
Book Fair in the library
Book Fair Volunteers
I wish I had duck feet & Mums don't fart!
Book Week Photos
News in P.E
This term in PE the students have been lucky enough to have some coaches from Kilsyth Basketball come to the school to teach them everything basketball. The students loved this program, and it was great to see them out in the yard showing off their new basketball skills.
In the second half of this term, the students have been getting nice and muddy out on the oval playing footy. The students have been playing using the AFL 9's rules, and have been rotating around the field so they all get a go at playing forward line, mid field, and back line. They have also been practicing their mud slides which has been lots of fun for everyone involved.
Please note all dates/events are subject to change.
Tuesday 13th September - Parent/Teacher Interviews.
Monday 12th September - Friday 16th September - Footy Week.
Friday 16th September - Footy Colours Day.
Friday 16th September - Final Day Term 3 - 2:30pm finish.
Monday 3rd October - Start of term 4
Friday 7th October - Saving Lil & Archie Production.
Friday 21st October - Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Day.
Tuesday 1st November - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Bella R - Learning Award - for working really hard on her writing goal this term.
Jack P – Community Award - for being a kind friend and helpful member of Prep H.
Brock R – Learning Award - for the fantastic improvements in his handwriting.
Reece M – Respect Award - for being a respectful member of Prep H and always following classroom rules.
Jedah E- Learning Award - For working hard and always listening carefully. Keep up the great effort.
Tyson C - Learning Award - For his excellent attitude to all learning tasks. Well done on finishing your 300 words. Great work.
Tyrone M – Learning Award – Writing and illustrating an imaginative fractured fairy tale with interesting wording and creative ending. The illustrations enhanced the story.
Astrid M – Learning Award– Writing and illustrating an imaginative fractured fairy tale with an interesting twist to the ending.
Hanna N - Learning Award - for always following adult instructions and working hard in Maths.
Max L – Community Award - For confidently and expertly representing Healesville Primary school at our local kinder visits.
Patrick L – Community Award – For confidently and expertly representing Healesville Primary school at our local kinder visits.
Ava K - Confidence Award - For becoming more confident in her approach to all of her learning, even sharing.
Bailey M - Improving a huge amount in his organisational skills and for the amount of work he is achieving in class.
Help is needed in our Vegie Garden!
Spring is coming and we would love some help preparing our gardens for spring planting.
If you’re available on Tuesday afternoons From 1.40 onwards, we would love a hand to weed, compost and mulch our gardens. Come along with your gardening gloves and join Ella our sustainability officer along with other enthusiastic young gardeners and turn our gardens into wonderful food producing havens.
Let the office know if you’re available
Rod Hysted - Former Teacher 1996-2011
"Healesville Primary was a big part of my life for quite a while.
The most treasured memory of my time at Healesville Primary School, is one of community. Not just within the school, between staff, between families and the school, between the staff and the students, but also how the school saw itself as a member of the local Healesville Community.
It was a beautiful place to be part of. We all worked very hard to build that sense of community, and it was recognised around the town.
I still value the relationships that were formed at that time, and still love catching up with staff, students and parents after all this time.”
Emerging Minds COVID-19 translated resources
These COVID-19 resources have been translated into 18 languages and are available for you to share with the parents and families you work with.
- This factsheet has five tips to help parents and carers use play to support children’s mental health during COVID-19: Using play to support children during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
- Emerging Minds has developed a toolkit which includes a range of resources to help practitioners and families navigate child mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: Supporting children's mental health during a pandemic toolkit - Emerging Minds
Vaccine development: a guide for families | Raising Children Network
This informative guide from Raising Children Network provides clear and reliable information on how the COVID-19 vaccine development and approval process ensures safety, effectiveness and quality.
COVID Testing in Yarra Ranges
Staying informed about COVID expsoure sites
Here you'll find the current list of COVID-19 exposure sites
This website/app provides a handy visual to stay abreast of new exposures - https://covid19nearme.com.au/state/vic