Healesville Primary School


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Thursday 9th February, 2023

From the Principal's Desk…

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome Back to 2023. We have had the best start to the year. Our students are amazing, and we have the best staff! Further on in this newsletter some of our staff have written a short paragraph to introduce themselves, one of our school programs has been outlined and some of our grade six leaders have introduced themselves.

I would like to remind all our families about using the school crossing to cross the roads surrounding the school. We do have some families taking their students across the road in between cars and this is so unsafe – I worry that they will then do this without you. Please use the crossing.

We are incredibly proud of everyone for working so hard to make the start of this year so successful. As I write this, we have already had two whole school rewards for the amount of SWPBS tokens that have been given out to our students for following our school rules and displaying our values to a very high level. In our next staff meeting, we will discuss another four rewards as more targets were achieved today. One of our classes has also had a class celebration – 5/6K made pizzas this week as they were the first class to receive a massive 150 tokens. Sharyn Borg has written an overview of the SWPBS program, our use of tokens and the ethos behind this program.

This week also saw the beginning of our 2023 partnership with the school community. Our PACH committee met on Tuesday to begin planning our fundraising activities for this year. There will be an activity every term – more information will come out about these dates and activities shortly. On Wednesday we held an information session for parents, grandparents and carers who would like to volunteer at school. If you were unable to attend, please pop into the office and I can run you through the information. I was very happy to see that some of our helpers have already begun helping in our rooms and I know that there will be lots of assistance for the House Swimming and Pool and Park fun day on Friday. Ali has done another amazing job organising everything and our students – THANK YOU ALI.

Just a reminder that Linda always lists all the upcoming dates for the term at the end of our newsletters. You will see that the Colour Run has a set date as does parent teacher interviews and our Amazing Race. The latter is a sports afternoon/ evening organised by Ali, our teachers, and our captains. The invitation is for all our families to attend and have a great time. It is an opportunity to meet new families to our school and re acquaint with old families and complete the challenge – there will be prizes.

The following is a list of our staff, specialist teachers and our education support staff.



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Please note all dates/events are subject to change.

Friday 10th February - House Swimming Sports

Wednesday 22nd February - P.A.C.H Family Twilight Sports - Amazing Race

Friday 24th February - District Swimming

Thursday 2nd March - House Athletics Day

Thursday 9th March - Division Swimming

Monday 13th March - Labour Day - Public Holiday

Wednesday 22nd March - School Photo Day

Wednesday 15th March - Friday 24th March - NAPLAN

Tuesday 21st March - Parent Teacher Interviews

Thursday 30th March - Colour Fun Run

Friday 31st March - Curriculum Day

Thursday 6th April - House Cross Country

Thursday 6th April - Final Day of term 1 - 2:30pm finish

Friday 7th April - Good Friday Public Holiday

Student Awards


Emily W - Confidence Award - For starting the day with confidence.

Sebastian C - Learning Award - For always having a red hot go!


Tanisha R - Confidence Award - For always being involved in class discussion.

Tait R - Confidence Award - For always presenting his work neatly.


Harrison G - Community Award - For being a great role model.

Nevaeh K - Community Award - For helping others.


Ava M - Confidence Award - For coming to school and making new friends and helping out the in the classroom.

Matilda N - For helping others in the classroom when finished work.


Jacob R - Confidence Award - For sharing new ideas and giving things 'a go'.

Brandon H - For a fantastic start to the year, keep it up!


James A - Confidence Award - for showing enthusiasm in 'getting to know each other' activities.

Avah P - Respect Award - For consistently showing respectful speaking and listening behaviours.


Lincoln V - For actively listening in all areas.


Jarrah T - Confidence Award - For settling well into 5/6W and working really hard.

Mia SC - Community Award - For being responsible in her role as Sustainability Captain, setting up things and being really caring.


Lewis - Community Award - For having a great start to the new school year. He is very helpful with the new students.

Principal - Tracey Robertson-Smith

A little bit about me – I have been the principal of HPS since term four 2019 (just in time for the pandemic ☹) I have three adult children, Rich, James and Liz. They have all left home so now it is just me and Alsa my dog. Alsa is a rescue dog that was meant to be a medium size – she is now 36 kilos. She is also my first rescue dog – would I do it again – jury is out on that one. However, the amount of love I get when I come home is wonderful. Walking her is one of my favourite things to do, she loves a long walk and so do I. My happy place is at the beach, I love to spend time in the sun and the sea -floating in a tyre is a favourite past time. Gardening, catching up with friends and family, reading, knitting and mosaicking are also relaxing past times. I think I made over twenty bird baths for friends during the lock downs. On my to do list is to make a birdbath with a platypus for school (the birdbath has been in the shed for a few months now). Spending time in the city of Melbourne is also a favourite past time and luckily that is where James lives so I get to go on lots of city adventures with him. I have discovered the joy of riding an electric scooter – so much fun! Travel is something that I am looking forward to getting back into now that we can. For the end of term one holidays I am going to relax on the beach in Bali, there will be afternoons by the pool and definitely cocktails. Can’t wait to lie back and look up at the sky watching the kites.

Teacher - Georgia Horsley

Hello Everyone! My name is Georgia and I have been teaching at Healesville Primary School since 2019. This year I am excited to be teaching a 1/2 class!

I am a dog lover and have a Kelpie called Pippa at home, she is my fur baby. I enjoy spending my holidays camping and love going to the river or the beach. In my spare time, I enjoy being creative and always have a craft project on the go.

I am a collector of earrings and love matching my crazy earrings to my colourful dresses. Nothing like a splash of colour to brighten the day.

Teacher - Marlene Williams

I have been at Healesville P.S. since 1989. Before that I was teaching at Boronia P.S. and was the P.E. teacher at Scoresby P.S. My three children went to Healesville P.S. with some of the parents we have now!!! I have two grandchildren aged 10 and 12. It has been wonderful being part of the community I teach in and teaching some children of students over the years. I love seeing past students grow up and find their own way in life and be successful in what they do. Also being at the school for some time it’s wonderful to see former students when they pop in to say hello. I love this school and this community.

On another note, I love my sport, and many will know I’m an enthusiastic supporter of Watts house. The lucky students happen to be in Watts. I also support Collingwood and own a wonderful Collingwood lunchbox which I feel everyone should have. I support the Vixens Netball Team as well and often will go along to the footy and netball games with family and friends. Over many years I played in basketball and netball teams, at one stage in a mixed netball competition playing with and against former students. That was rather amusing.

I love reading, craft and gardening. I can’t wait for the grass to grow just that little bit too long before I’m on my ride-on to cut it back. There’s always something to do in the garden over the seasons which keeps me very busy.

The favourite place I’ve been to would be Japan, traveling there with another teacher friend, visiting a few schools and going to not only some tourist destinations but also some out of the way places where the locals weren’t used to seeing overseas visitors. I also love the beach and body boarding in the waves or just taking long walks on the sand and taking in the fresh seafood on offer.

Teacher - Esther O'Halloran

Hi there!

My name is Esther. I am new to Healesville Primary School this year, I have been teaching at my previous school for the last ten years. Since moving to Healesville in 2020 I wanted to work at a school in my local community, so I am feeling very lucky getting to know you all! I am a mum of two boys who keep me busy (MAD FOR SPORT!). Our family loves camping, last year we did a big trip up to outback Queensland, it was amazing visiting places like the Stockman’s Hall of fame in Longreach and the dinosaur fossils in Winton. I have a gorgeous dog named Max who is a big part of our family, he loves to swim in the dam and fetch a ball, he keeps us all busy!

I can’t wait to have amazing adventures with you all this year!

Wellbeing Officer - Amelia Schiavello

A bit about me – hello everyone and welcome to 2023! This is my first year in the role of student wellbeing officer (alongside by beautiful Labrador Retriever, Doug) and my second year at Healesville Primary School. I myself actually attended Healesville Primary School from grade 3-6 during the stone ages, so HPS holds a very special place in my heart. I absolutely adore animals and my fur baby tribe consists of: three dogs (Reggie, Kaiya and Doug), 2 cats (Sassy and Colin), 4 chickens (Pinot, Gwen, Ginny and David), 3 cows (Daisy, Wilson and Greg) and 1 Shetland pony (Pepper). Safe to say it is very busy on our farm! I enjoy going for long bush walks with my dogs where they get to roam free. I also have a bit of an obsession with indoor plants! My collection consists of over 50 plants, much to my husband’s objection. My favourite place to visit is the beach, particularly in Summer! I love nothing more than lounging on the beach with a good book (Australian Crime Fiction) & swimming in the ocean on a hot day. I look forward to getting to know the wonderful HPS students and parents throughout the year. 😊

School Captain - Maddison

Hi, my name is Madison, and I am one of the school captains for this year.

I have four people in my family including me. I have four horses, one cat and two dogs. I play inline hockey which is like ice hockey on roller blades. I’m in a team called the Lilydale Rats. We have 9-10 people in a team with 5 on the rink at any one time. It’s like ice hockey because we also get padded up to play. I also do BMX racing and have ridden with Olympic champions. I’ve competed at state level and have won lots of medals. Another activity I enjoy is horse riding and can go over all sorts of jumps. You have to use many of the same skills in horse riding as you do in BMX racing. My favourite holiday I’ve been on was to America and hope to go back to Las Vegas and do a horse trail ride in the Grand Canyon. When I grow up I want to be a cake maker.

School Captain - Ruby Collins

Hi, my name is Ruby, and I’m one of the 2023 school captains. I’m the youngest of my siblings which I have two of. I live with my mum, dad, two brothers and my dog. I like to play footy and play for the Healesville Bloods U/12s. I was recently picked to play for the Rep team in the AFL Outer East Development Squad. I’ve also done acrobatics for a number of years and came first in the Victorian Championships in 2018, competing in the senior division. I was really proud being so young in a senior competition and doing so well. Last year I travelled to Queensland to compete in the national competition against acrobatic clubs Australia wide. I had lots of fun doing routines in pairs and trios in Level 6. One of my enjoyable pastimes is riding my 110 Kawasaki motorbike just for fun and of course wake boarding on the Murray. I love to compete in all school sporting events and try my best. When I’m older I’d like to become an AFLW player or work with animals.

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support – SWPBS

School Wide Positive Support Program is an evidence-based framework for Victorian government schools for preventing and responding to student behaviour.

School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support is a program for promoting and explicitly teaching appropriate and positive behaviours. Teaching, modelling and reinforcing positive social behaviour is an important part of a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioural expectations and acknowledging students for meeting them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehaviour to occur before responding.

Instead of using many different behaviour management strategies in each class, a consistent system of expectations for all students within our school is implemented in all areas including classrooms, specialist subjects and other settings such as in the playgrounds and toilets.

We have 5 school rules that apply to all areas of the school and are based around our school values of Respect, Learning, Confidence and Community. I have attached the 5 rules to the end of this information. Please discuss these with your child at home, I am sure they can tell you all about them!

We believe that by helping students practise good behaviour, we will build a school community where all students have an environment where they can succeed and grow.

We acknowledge good behaviour through the collection of tokens. Rewards can be School-wide, classroom or individual.

We are very proud with the behaviour we have seen since school has started. The children have collected so many tokens already. This week we have had two of our first rewards-extra play time and an icy pole at swimming. Junior School Council are meeting to create ideas for further rewards, as the children are continuing to fill the token holders. Keep up the fantastic work students.

Sharyn Borg

Well-Being Co-ordinator

Yarra Ranges Special Development School

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Community Notices

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Father's Day Church, 11 Symons St, Healesville

There is a new service starting at Father’s House Church, 11 Symons St, Healesville.

ON Monday evenings they are using their food van to give out Free hot food and free food relief boxes and free laundry relief, available Monday nights 6:30pm - 7:30pm.

Look out for James and the van.

They provide free boxes of foods, hot meals and laundry boxes with washing powder, laundry liquid, toilet cleaners, sanitary pads etc.


Check them out this week in the Mail newspaper.

If you would like more information or would like to chat to them about how you can get involved or support, please do let them know. If you know families that you feel would benefit from this, please do let them know they are available Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm at Father’s House Church, Healesville.

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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
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

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