Healesville Primary School
Thursday 23rd June, 2022
From the Principal's Desk…
Hello Parents and Carers,
This is our last newsletter for the term and what a term it has been - a bit of everything. Thank you to our parents who contributed to the parent forum which was part of our review process. So far there are some common themes in all levels of feedback being communication, consistency, student voice and high expectations. At our next meeting these will be explored more fully.
Over the school holiday period there will be a demolition company working at the school to demolish the small portable next to our After School Care building. There will be an area surrounding that portable which will be fenced off for safety reasons. Part of the car park on High Street will also be closed and used to house the sheds and equipment. All of the works will happen during the holiday period so will not affect school operation in term three.
Maidi Mitchell finished working with us at the end of last week. We would like to thank Maidi for her years of dedicated service to our students, staff and the school community. Maidi has been a smiling face and helping hand in our classrooms, on excursions, on camps and in our library. She has continually updated the community with photos of school activities on dojo and Facebook. We will miss her but wish her well for the future and are all slightly jealous of the idea of a four-day weekend.
We are also saying goodbye to the Dariol family, Henri and Hazel were in Prep H. We wish the family all the best for their inner city move. We have the Hughes family joining us in term three, welcoming three boys, Hayden, William and Brandon.
Last week Kylie Mayor one of our past parents, called in to the office. Her three children Josh, Ethan and Imogen all went through HPS. Kylie very generously donated a full range of picture story books that feature Indigenous culture and history. On behalf of our school community a heartfelt thank you for your generous donation.
Our school was also able to celebrate the significant milestone of one of our much-loved teachers. Marlene Williams was recognised by the Education Department at a formal ceremony over the weekend to celebrate forty years of teaching. Well done and congratulations Marlene – an amazing career. You have had a lifelong impact on so many of the students and families of HPS.
The mid-year reports have been released to our families on COMPASS this week. This has been a brand-new system for staff to navigate – hopefully there is a minimum of glitches. These reports also see the return to normal departmental formats for reports, including progression points for all curriculum areas. Our specialist teachers have also included comments and teacher judgements on each student’s work over this semester. There should be no surprises for any parent regarding student achievement, attitude and effort. Next term there will be scheduled parent teacher interviews at the end of the term. If you would like to discuss your child’s report for mid-year please make contact with your child’s teacher and a time can be arranged at the start of term three.
It's the completion of Term 2 tomorrow, the 24th of June. Please don’t forget school finishes at 2.30pm. The bus timetable will be running 1 hour earlier to cater for students catching the bus. Term 3 starts on Monday the 11th July.
Thank you for your continued support of our school. On behalf of the staff, I would like to wish all our families a safe and restful holiday. I hope the sun shines and we all get to spend some quality time outside.
Take care, stay well.
Yr.3/4 Planting event with HEWI Excursion
‘On Friday 17th June 3/4P and 4W joined HEWI and the Council in planting heaps of plants in Coronation Park. We went on a nature walk as well in the area and learnt a lot about our natural environment right on our doorstep. The students enjoyed getting their hands muddy and were really proud of their efforts in putting in plants to benefit our local environment, insects, birds and animals. We would like to thank Karen from HEWI (Healesville Environmental Watch Inc.) and Paul from the council and their teams.’
Bella R - For helping and caring for others in class.
Piper C - For all your hard work in literacy.
Tyler S - For great improvement in his handwriting.
Sebastian K - For his fantastic writing about Batman.
Sophie M - for all your hard work and concentrating in reading and writing.
Maddy C - for always trying her hardest in maths.
Kade M - for being a kind and helpful class member.
Sienna H - for learning to use talking marks in her writing.
Tilly W - for completing her 300 sight words.
Caleb R - for persevering with pesky problems in maths.
Jasmine C-R - Respect Award - for the respect she shows her bookwork for always thinking about making it look neat and beautifully presented.
James A - Learning award - for writing interesting scientific reports which include specific wording.
Amelia H - Kindness Award.
Max L - for helping pack up the gym.
Asher B - for being respectful during the sports session and by helping the teacher pack up.
Indigo M - for trying her best at Regional Cross Country and doing a fantastic job.
Felix L - for having a positive attitude towards his learning this week, great effort.
Interview with Healesville High School Captain - Lily Clements
My name is Lily Clements and I am one of the school captains at Healesville High School. I am also a past student of Healesville Primary School. My time at HPS was the best and I have so many great memories!
Basically, I remember my time at HPS as being fun! Some of my best memories centre around tournaments of long ball and going on school camps. Throughout my time at HPS, I managed to build a strong connection with my peers and this is something I am really grateful for. None of my close friends from HPS came to HHS, but this didn’t matter, because I had developed strong relationships during my seven years at primary school and I became close to other people when I started Year 7.
I feel really lucky to be part of a pretty small Year 12 class and my year level has such a close bond. We have spent almost 13 years together and have shared so much!
For students in Grade 6, my advice for starting high school is to build a good base for all your subjects. Try and set some clear goals when you start Year 7 and work hard to get the basic skills right, because this will help you as you move through high school. If you don’t understand something, don’t ignore it or push it away, ask for help!
Year 12 is challenging at times, but it makes it easier when you are doing it with your friends. When I finish school, I am hoping to eventually become a police officer and at the moment I am investigating university courses in Criminology and Policing.
Best wishes to all HPS students, especially the ones in Grade 6. Enjoy your time and make the most of it.
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