Healesville Primary School


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Thursday 11th August, 2022

From the Principal's Desk…

Dear Parents and Carers,

It was great to see many of you at our open afternoon on Wednesday. I have been doing lots of tours for our school and it is a job I love, as I get to show case our school. You had that opportunity on Wednesday and I am sure you will agree the teaching and learning that is being undertaken at HPS is outstanding. Our classrooms are inviting and engaging with lots of stimulated learning happening and our community had a chance to see this on Wednesday.

As I visit our classrooms during the day it has been terrific to see so many parent helpers. Thank you for assisting us in our students’ learning journey. This shows how successful a home / school partnership can be. We are always on the lookout for more helpers, so if you would like to assist in any way please pop into the office or chat to your child’s teacher.

In our newsletter this week, Brooke Wandin has written about the Cultural Education Program and Sharon Gellert explains what our students have been learning about in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Both programs are very popular with our students and it is wonderful to see them so engaged in these sessions.

Our grade three and four students have been completing their swimming program this week. We have included some photos in our newsletter. From all accounts our students enjoyed it immensely and made great progress with their swimming ability.

Next week we welcome Fenna back from her long service leave. I would like to thank Nerine who has done an amazing job in her absence. We also had four weeks of an incredible opportunity for our students to learn all things basketball due to the basketball clinic. Thank you to Ali Bryan for organising this for our students. Their skills have certainly improved! I know they have enjoyed learning from professional basketballers.

We have some exciting opportunities for our students over the coming weeks. Week seven is Book Week – this runs from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th August. We have a great week of activities planned to celebrate, culminating with a BOOK CHARACTER DRESSUP PARADE on Friday 26th at 9:15am.

Also, the Lamont Book Fair in coming in week 8. We would love it if we had some parent helpers to assist with this.

Can you volunteer to help us run the Book Fair August 30 - Sept 2nd (in our school library)?

3:30pm - 3:45pm, 30/8 - 1/9 + 8:45am - 9am, 31/8 - 2/0

If you can help us for any of these sessions it would be much appreciated. Please contact the office if you are available.

On Thursday 1st of September, we will be holding our Father’s/Special Person’s breakfast. We look forward to seeing lots of you there to have an egg and bacon roll and participate in some Father’s Day activities with your child/children.

Take care,


Please note all dates/events are subject to change.

Monday 8th August - Friday12th Aug - Grades 3-4 Swimming Lessons.

Monday 22nd August - Friday 26th August - Book Week

Tuesday 23rd August - Grade 5/6 Round Robin.

Friday 26th August - Book Week Parade.

Monday 29th August - Curriculum Day.

Tuesday 30th August - Friday 2nd September - Lamont Book Fair

Thursday 1st September - Fathers Day Breakfast.

Tuesday 6th September - iFly Excursion

Tuesday 13th September - Parent/Teacher Interviews.

Friday 16th September - Term 3 final day - 2:30pm finish.

Student Awards

Prep B

Piper C - Learning Award - for her beautiful neat hand writing.

Prep H

Abaan R – Confidence award – For becoming more confident with his learning.

1/2 B

Tilly W - Learning Award - for using great words to describe their characters on the inside.

Violet N - Learning Award - for using great words to describe their characters on the inside.

Luna W - Learning Award - for using great words to describe their characters on the inside.


Levi W - Learning Award - for giving reading and writing a go.

Maddy C - Confidence Award - for being confident in all of her work.


Cooper R - Respect award - for calmly communicating with his friends when there were conflicts in the yard.

Matilda N - Community award - for speaking up for others to ensure the games at playtime are fair and fun for all.


Gypsy B - Learning Award & Kindness Award – Thinking and working well in our Maths open ended tasks.

Will S - Learning Award – Thinking and working well in our Maths open ended tasks.


Kevin C - Community Award - for always creating a positive learning environment and being a mentor to his peers.

Jordan M - Community Award - for being a proactive 'Lets Talk Mentor' and making an effort to create a positive learning environment.


Max L – For showing flexibility and resilience; essential life skills.

Indigo M – For her positive outlook and always giving her best.


Felix L - for being super positive in his approach to his work.

S.T.E.M Term 3

The children have had a great start to STEM for semester 3.

The Grade Prep students have been studying Australian animals. They have enjoyed learning about nocturnal and diurnal animals and how animals use camouflage to help them survive,

Year 1/2 students have been studying different forms of flight, including planes, helicopters, gliders and parachutes. They have learnt about the 4 forces of flight lift, thrust, drag, weight and how these force work together to keep an aircraft in the sky.

Year 3 to 6 students have been learning advanced Google Docs and Google Slides skills . They have been completing activities that are teaching them all of the skills required to format a document and produce a high quality piece of work.

Cultural Education

Wa wa!

During Term 3 the Preps are learning about Australian animals, including Wurundjeri creation stories, and their Woiwurrung names. We also made a paper bag dulaiwurrung (platypus) and a paper plate gurrborra (koala).

Grades 3 and 4 have created Wurundjeri biik using inspiration from the surrounding landscape and labelling with Woiwurrung words. We are also applying language when writing stories.

Grades 5 and 6 have explored the lyrics of the song ‘Took the Children Away written by Archie Roach and will now turn their attention to ‘The Children Came Back by Adam Briggs.

Brooke Wandin

3/4 Swimming Lessons

P/6 I News

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


Sustainability team

Community Corner

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Mrs Lockwood - School Administration

Whilst being a reading mum during 1987 I was offered a administration job in the school office. Having been a Primary School teacher in South Africa before migrating to Australia made it easy for me to be comfortable and happy in a school environment especially where my two children were attending.

I loved my job, the friendship and comradery of the staff some of which I have a lasting relationship with. I had a variety of jobs from developing photos in the dark room, ordering the school supplies, recording students' daily attendance, doing the school banking and issuing receipts, checking students hair ( for the odd intruder), photocopying, compiling and printing the newsletter and most important organizing Special and the daily Staff Morning Tea.

I spent twenty five happy years at HPS where I loved the students and had a good rapport with the parents. I loved being an important part of the organization and smooth running of the school. I remember my time spent at HPS with great fondness. I am still recognized by past students as”Mrs Lockwood from the School Office”

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Tennis Coaching - Free Trial

Please book in via the contacts below - all ages abilities welcome

WAYNE BROOM - ph - 0437008788 www.classictennis.com.au

Tennis Australia/USPTA Club Professional Coach


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COVID Resources


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.

Vaccine development: a guide for families | Raising Children Network
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COVID Testing in Yarra Ranges

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