Healesville Primary School


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Edition 5 - Friday, 1st March, 2019

A Note from the Acting Principal

Growth Mindset – Lifelong Learning

One of my relatives is an occupational therapist who works with children and families. She recently gave a talk on parenting in Healesville and I went to help, popping my head in near the end. In the theatre I saw many of the parents from our school, writing notes and listening intently. It reminded me of the work we are doing in the classroom on Growth Mindset. Part of the thinking and language of growth mindset is the idea that we are never “finished”; there is always work and learning to do. In that room were parents that I see as ‘experts’ and who are inspiring to me – as I grapple with my own parenting – and yet they were still working at improving themselves in this area.

Later in the week I watched an interview with Alex Honnold, who recently free-climbed El Capitan (an iconic 915m sheer rock wall in Yosemite) to become universally acknowledged as the greatest rock climber ever. He was asked what being the best in the world felt like and he said “I definitely don’t see myself as that... I actually have quite weak fingers and I’m working on that”. He had just come from working out in a climbing gym to become better.

Both these examples from our community and in the larger world are perfect models to the students in our school: people who are really really good at what they do, but not settling or saying “I’m good enough”. They continue to strive for improvement and to be lifelong learners.

As teachers we try every day to both model and teach this attribute. We show a love of learning and an openness to new ideas. In our work with students we look to challenge them at their point of need, with work and thinking that is ‘just hard enough’.

What are you working on? Can you share this with your child?

Tom Gamble, Acting Principal

Monday 4 March

Division Swimming (selected students) at Ringwood Aquanation

Friday 8 March

100% hOPE Choir - Incursion

Monday 11 March

Public Holiday - Labour Day

Wednesday 13 March

Year 6 - GRIP Excursion

Thursday 14 March

House Athletics - Prep to 2 HPS Oval 2pm - 3.00pm

House Athletics - Year 3 to 6 Morrison Reserve Mt Evelyn

Friday 15 March

Friendly School Family Picnic 4pm - 6pm

(National Day of Action Against Bullying)

Friday 22 March

Ride to School day

HEWI Queens Park Excursion - 3/4B & 4GH

Thursday 4 April

Healesville District Athletics - Mt Evelyn

Friday 5 April

End of Term 1

Tuesday 23 April

First Day Term 2

Selected Students to MacRobertson Girls High School 8am - 3pm approx.

Thursday 25 April

ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 30 April


Prep B: Rory A & Matilda N

1F: Mason P & Amelia H

1/2V: Jordan M & Sophie A,

2G: Kevin C, Taylor C, Casey W & Summer M

3K: Zoey F, Patrick L & Aaron B

3/4B: Cody R & Dylan O 4GH: Tahli N

5/6S: Katelyn B 5/6W: Liam W

PE: Prep B

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District Swimming Carnival (held Friday 22nd February)

Last Friday 35 students represented Healesville PS at the Upper Yarra District Swimming Sports at the Healesville Outdoor Pool. All of the students involved put in a fantastic effort and tried their hardest in all of their events and were a credit to both themselves and our school.

As a result of their fantastic performances, 9 students have qualified to represent the school at the Yarra Division Swimming Carnival at Aquanation in Ringwood on Monday March 4. These students are Emma N, Isabelle W, Mia S, Mia K, Jack K, Summer C, Archie K, Ashton C and Scarlett T. We wish all of these students the best of luck and congratulate them on their efforts to reach this level.

Chris Kent, Coordinator

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HPS District Swimming Team

Hi HPS families,

This week let’s take a look at the fourth school value; We are always LEARNING.

This is true as much for adults as it is for our children in school. Learning is just a part of everyday life.

If we take the perspective that no matter what activity we are engaged in, there is a learning opportunity then we will always see the value in whatever we do. This perspective can change the way we view our children’s education and their time at school. If we think learning is just about numbers on a page or letters and words to be written in books we narrow our understanding of learning and the ways in which we learn.


Scientists and psychologists have developed a number of different models to understand the different ways that people learn best. For example, the VARK model identifies four primary types of learners: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic. Each learning style responds best to a different method of teaching.

At HPS the teachers and staff use many different teaching approaches and activities to cater for the different learning styles.

It is an exciting place to be – why not talk to your child this week about the different activities they undertake at school and work out which learning style they represent? This is a fun thing to do with your child and is also learning for you both.

Have a great week.



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