Healesville Primary School


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Thursday, 3rd March 2022

From the Principal's Desk…

Hi Parents and Carers,

It would seem that the number of positive COVID cases within the school community is lessening, which is great. We are going to be supplied with RATs until the end of Term 1 so there will be a steady supply for ongoing testing. Masks are still mandatory in primary schools for grades three-six unless there is an exemption. Luckily, we finally received some supplies of masks from the Education Department and from the high school as they no longer require them. Thank you Healesville High School.

Class Dojo is our main communication system between home & school. I use Class Dojo to advise of school COVID cases and other important information regarding our school. It is also a way of communication between you and your child’s/children’s teachers. Please be aware though, that messages that are sent throughout the school day may not be seen by myself, or the teacher, until after class. The best way to communicate an urgent matter with the school is to ring the office and speak to Linda or Louise. If you are messaging a teacher over the weekend, or at night, please remember that they are on their own time and are under no obligation to respond until they are back in their normal working hours.

We are very pleased to announce that we have been successful with two shade sail grant applications. A new shade sail will be installed over part of the ruins area, to turn it into an outdoor learning space. There will also be another one installed over the grade five/six playground. The grade three/four playground will hopefully be getting a shade sail after our Colour Splatacular fundraising event on April 1st.

There is a lot that has been planned for the remaining five weeks of Term 1:

· Parent Teacher Interviews:

Parent teacher interviews Tuesday 8th March – these will be held via Webex between 3:40pm and 7:30pm. Please make sure that you book a time (see the link on Class Dojo or call the office) with your child/children’s teachers to chat about how they have settled into school for 2022. It is a perfect opportunity to advise staff of any concerns you may have and if they need some extra supports.

· Playgroup:

Healesville Primary School Playgroup makes a welcome return on Wednesday 9th March at 2:30pm. Rosie House will be running our playgroup this year and is really looking forward to having lots of fun with our pre-schoolers and their families. Everyone is welcome.

· Parent Helpers:

On Thursday 10th March we will be holding an information session for parents or carers that wish to assist at school. This will be starting at 9am and will be held in the school library. Please come along and learn how you can help. We would love to have helpers in the classroom, our specialist areas, the garden – everywhere really. To assist at school, you will need to have a Working With Children Check and be fully vaccinated.

· PACH (Parents and Community Helpers) Meeting:

On Wednesday 16th March at 9am we are holding our first meeting of PACH – Parents and Community Helpers. This is another fantastic opportunity to be involved in the school by organising fun activities, like a Mother’s Day morning tea or the Splatacular Fun Run. Please come along, bring your ideas and have a cuppa with me and other school community members.

· Working Bee:

On Friday 25th March we will be holding our first working bee for the year. We need your help to mulch the gardens and to spread soft fall under playgrounds. This year we are going to try a different approach – the working bee will start at 2:30pm and run over the last session of the school day and further into the afternoon. This will be followed by a BBQ to say thank you and also give everyone an opportunity to catch up as a school community. Our students will be involved in the last session of the day and our captains have divided up the school into different sections. We want to involve our students more, to look after our school and create a stronger sense of pride in the school and themselves.

· Prep 2023 Open Night

On Thursday 29th March at 6:30pm Sharyn Borg, Georgia Horsley and I will be holding a Prep 2023 OPEN NIGHT. This will be held in our amazing junior school building. If you have a child starting school next year, or any neighbours or friends that are looking at schools for 2023, please come along or send them along. Healesville Primary is the place to be in 2023.

· Colour Splatacular:

Friday 1st April will be our Colour Splatacular School Run 4 Fun. This is our major fundraiser for the year and money raised will be used for a shade sail over the grade 3/4 playground. We are looking for parents who would love to be involved on the day- please contact the office if you’re interested. It was a huge success last time and a lot of fun and this one has the added element of slime! (Mrs Williams was a dynamo on the fire hydrant water hose). Lots more information regarding this will be coming out over the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye on Class Dojo.

Take care, continue to regularly use your allocated supply of RATs and I look forward to seeing you at school at all of our events over the next few weeks.



Please not all dates/events are subject to change.

Tuesday 8th March - Parent-Teacher Interviews

Monday 14th March - Labour Day Holiday

Monday 21st March - House Athletics Grade 3-6

Wednesday 23rd March - School Photos

Tuesday 29th March - Prep '2023' Open Night

Friday 1st April - Colour Spat-acular

Wednesday 6th April - District Athletics

Friday 8th April - Last day of term 1 - school finishes at 2.30pm

Tuesday 26th April - First day of term 2

Student Awards

Prep B

Riley C - Respect Award - For always being friendly to his classmates.

Emma B - Learning Award - For always trying hard in class.

Prep H

Lyla M - Community Award - For always helping others and caring for our classroom.

Aurora F - Respect Award - For her fantastic active listening and treating others with kindness.


Cooper S - Respect Award

Sam H - Learning Award


Nevaeh K – Confidence Award

Heath M – Learning Award


Kasey S - Community Award - For always being willing to offer help to others.

Aiden P - Learning Award - For developing a more focused approach to his learning.


Cassius G - Learning Award - For Participating and contributing ideas in maths lessons.

Avah P - Community Award - For always being helpful, positive and friendly to her peers.

Will S - Confidence Award - For settling confidently into the class and school, making friends and being positive about everything.


Hannah N - Confidence Award - For having the grit and resilience to tackle a complex maths problem several times.

Chloe R - Learning Award - For trying her best in all of her learning tasks.


Zoey F - For her growth mindset. For showing excellent application and dedication to her studies and for giving everything 100%

Luis L - For showing the school value of learning and persisting when tasks become challenging.


Michael L - Respect Award - For being responsible and respectful when Ms Bult was away.


Jett VW - for taking on the role of a buddy in the 'Lets Talk' program.

Maths Award

Maddy C - for her amazing place value work.

Creative Arts

It's all happening in the Creative Arts Program!

Pirates and Villians!

Sea Monsters and Treasure!

The Creative Arts Program combines all of the Arts-Dancing, Music, Art, History, Plays, Acting, Dress-Ups, Games, Stories, Poems and Songs.

This terms themes is 'Oceans and Pirates' and the students are so excited to design pirate ships, create secret treasure maps, play Walk the Plank and dance to the Ally, Ally O.

One Eyed Jack treasures chest is fiercely guarded as it is filled to the brim with gold, pearls and his old eye patch.

Fenna Hogg

Creative Arts


The children have made a great start to STEM this year.

The Prep have settled in well and are beginning to learn all about the STEM process and how to work in collaborative teams. They have been doing some storybook STEM and are having a great time building with all of the STEM materials.

Grade 1/2s have been working on their planning and building skills, while completing some STEM tasks. Such as designing and building an animal enclosure.

Grade 3/ 4 have been learning different techniques they can use to attach cardboard and are working in collaborative teams to design and build an arcade game.

Year 5/6 have begun a unit on natural disasters and are currently learning all about earthquakes.

Physical Education

This term in PE we have been practicing the skills for our upcoming athletics carnivals which will be held on the 21st of March for grades 3-6 and the 25th of March for P-2 students. Students have joined in relays, long jump, and triple jump, shot put, discus and javelin, as well as developing some endurance for our long distance events and cross country which will be at the start of term 2. The preps have had a great start to PE. They have been practicing the different routines we follow in PE and learning some new locomotion skills such as galloping, skipping and how to run in a relay race.

During the last half of the term we will be focusing on cricket and developing throwing, catching, striking, and fielding skills. I loved seeing the grade 5/6 students keen to borrow some cricket equipment to play at lunchtime after our first cricket lesson this week. The P-2 students have been joined up to the Melbourne Stars Mascot Challenge and have each received a foam cricket ball to take home and practice some new skills each week. This week they are practicing catching skills. I can't wait to see how they all progress from week to week.

Thanks for a great start to the year HPS students!

Miss Bryan.

Maths Corner

Maths Tip of the week- On a regular basis, ask your child to explain some of the maths they have been doing at school that day, if you did it differently when you were at school, ask them to teach you how to do it.

Each fortnight in the newsletter, 1 level, Junior, Middle or Senior will have a maths puzzle, a prize will be awarded at assembly for a correct entry. Place your entry, make sure you include your name and class in the box outside Mr Kent’s office before the next weeks assembly.

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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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