Healesville Primary School
Week 7- Thursday 12 March 2020
From the Principal's Desk…
It was terrific to see so many of our parents at the special assembly last week. Our school captains, Archie and Charli, ran an excellent assembly with all of our grade sixes speaking so well when they thanked our State Member Cindy McLeish for the new flags. It was impressive to see so many of our students able to sing the song in the Indigenous Language of our area with Brooke Wandin.
Grade 3 – 6 House Athletic Sports
Tomorrow is our grade three – six, House Athletics Sports. Thank you to Kelly Laidlaw for all of your time and effort in preparing for this event. Also to all of the teachers who supported her. It was terrific to hear from Kelly that we had so many willing parents to assist on the day. Thank you.
Our Parent Helpers
One of the special things about working at Healesville Primary is our parent helpers and volunteers who help with all of our programs and grounds. It is lovely to wander around the school and see so many helping our students with their reading in the mornings.
International Read to Me Day
Next week on Thursday 19th March it is International Read to Me Day. Catherine Vermelfoort, our Literacy Leader, has organised for classes to buddy up with each other and share a book together. This is also an opportunity for our students to bring in their favourite toy from home to read to. They might also like to have their photo taken at home reading to a treasured pet. Catherine thought it would be nice to put all of the photos together and show them to our community through the TV in the office entrance. So if you are free on the morning of the 19th please come and join us, and please share your photos with your child's teacher.
Today I met with the Principal from St Brigid’s and representatives from the traffic department from our local council. This was organised by one of our parents and local councillor Fiona McAlister. It was a very positive meeting that looked at the causes of traffic congestion that is experienced every school day by our parents in the streets surrounding our schools. The main concern is the safety of the students as they make their way to cars at the end of the day. We discussed possible ideas about how we could ensure their safety and relieve some of the congestion. Signage and timed parking spaces were suggested as well as surveying the parents from both schools for ideas. So watch this space – I am sure there will be more information regarding this shortly.
Family Picnic and the National Day against Bullying.
During the school day, students will participate in activities focused against bullying. Then we would like to invite all our families to come and along and share a picnic on the oval, have a fun game of cricket and catch up with everyone. The picnic will start from 4pm on Friday 20th March.
This term there has been a strong focus on professional development for staff on the Respectful Relationship Initiative from the Education Department. On Wednesday this week Sharon Gellert, our Wellbeing Leader and Kelly Laidlaw undertook further training on the different modules, so we can teach this effectively at our school. Next week our staff and the staff from Chum Creek Primary are joining together again for another Professional Learning session. This has been rolled out to schools over the past few years. I thought it would be beneficial for our school community to read some more information regarding this. The following is the suggested information for Primary School parents.
What is Respectful Relationships?
Respectful Relationships is about tackling family violence through education.
Rosie Batty, CEO of the Luke Batty Foundation “the school community is an essential part of social reform by modelling a culture of respect through the whole school, not just by teaching respect in the classroom”.
In 2017, respectful relationships education will be taught as part of the Victorian curriculum. The Victorian Government is supporting schools to model respectful relationships across the whole school community as part of its commitment to respectful relationships education.
The Government is providing Victorian schools with a range of extra supports and resources including, new Respectful Relationships teaching and learning materials.
In the classroom, children will learn problem-solving skills, to develop empathy, support their own wellbeing and build healthy relationships with others. The initiative will also provide resources to best support children and staff who are affected by family violence.
When children build positive relationships with their teachers and peers they feel safer and happier at school, are more resilient and have positive social attitudes. Positive relationships also increase a child’s sense of social connectedness and belonging which can result in better health and academic outcomes.
Further information about Respectful Relationships is available on the Department of Education and Training website: www.education.vic.gov.au/respectfulrelationships
These age-appropriate and evidence based materials are designed to enable teachers to develop student’s social and emotional capabilities to promote positive, healthy and respectful relationships. They provide teachers with handouts and activities for students that guide classroom discussion.
I am sure all of our parents here at Healesville Primary can see the value in this program. There can be no down side to us as a team developing our students to be positive and respectful to themselves and others.
Have a lovely weekend even though it is not a long one.
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Please use this link to REGISTER for the portal:
(please note, you will need your access key to link your child. This is available to established HPS parents in the email that we sent out to families on 30 July 2019). New families will have received their emails Thursday 30th January 2020.
You only need to register ONCE.
Once you've registered use the following link as your usual login.
Please use this link to LOGON to the portal:
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Friday 13 March
House Athletics - Years 3 to 6 - Morrison Reserve
Tuesday 17 March
Grip Leadership Conference - Year 6 Students
School Council Meeting 6.30 pm - 9.00 pm
Thursday 19 March
National Close the Gap Day
'International Read to Me Day' : 9 - 10am
Friday 20 March
HPS Family Picnic Day 4pm onwards
Grade 4 - Water Bugs
Monday 23 March
P6I - Parent Afternoon Tea 2.30 - 3.30 pm
Friday 27 March
Last Day Term 1
Bus travellers finish at 2:15 pm
School finishes 2:30 pm
Tuesday 14 April
First Day Term 2 - Students return to school
Tuesday 21 April
Our gardens are now producing zucchini, cucumbers & tomatoes, along with eggs from our chooks!
A number of the grade 5/6 students have been helping in the garden with mulching, picking, watering, planting and of course taste testing.
We are looking for anyone who can assist with our program, either practically and/or advising on what and where to establish a fruit orchard.
Ingredients from our Garden
Libi, Imogen, Val and Maidi made a quiche from all our homegrown ingredients from our garden.
Baking, Baking, Baking!
Our finished quiche - Yum
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CAMP AUSTRALIA - BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CARE
If your child is sick, away from school or will not be attending before school or after school care, please remember to cancel with:
- Camp Australia - 1300 105 343; AND
- Stacey HPS site - 0405 440 885
otherwise you will be charged for the day.
Stacey and the team at Camp Australia at -Healesville Primary School