Healesville Primary School


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Edition 4 - Friday, 22nd February, 2019

A Note from the Principal

Growth Mindset

At Healesville Primary School we are passionate about developing students who are resilient, have a love of learning and are unafraid to act in order to accomplish goals. We embody and teach this daily in our classrooms – modelling and encouraging these traits in our students throughout the day.

Last year we introduced the Rock and Water program and our students take part in a weekly lesson that builds self-control, self-reflection and self-confidence. This year we are very excited to be adopting a school-wide approach to learning about “Growth Mindset”. Growth mindset is a concept discovered by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in research on achievement and success. The research showed that there are two mindsets: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. A person's mindset can profoundly influence the way they behave and learn.

People with a fixed mindset believe abilities and intelligence are fixed traits. You can either do maths or you can't. You can either make friends or you can't. They also believe that talent alone creates success – without effort. With a fixed mindset, there is a reluctance to take on new challenges.

People with a growth mindset believe that they can learn, change and develop needed skills through dedication and hard work. They are better equipped to handle setbacks and know that hard work and effort helps them accomplish and learn.

This week classes have been looking at “The Power of Yet.” This is a strategy that encourages students to allow themselves the gift of time to understand something. We are teaching our students that instead of saying that something doesn’t make sense, to add the word, “…yet”. When someone says that they don’t get it, we add the word, “…yet”. This simple reminder to persevere through challenges encourages students to persevere rather than give up and to believe that understanding will come with more effort, questions, or use of a different strategy.

We are very excited about the journey ahead in learning about growth mindset and using the ideas in the daily lives of our students. We know that this effect will be even greater by working in partnership with our parents. To help your children understand ‘The Power of Yet’ try using some of the ideas in the image below:

Tom Gamble - Acting Principal

Cameron Heath - Principal

Cameron Heath - Principal

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

Friday 15 March

Friendly School Carnival 4pm - 6pm

(National Day of Action Against Bullying)

Friday 22 March

Ride to School day

Friday 5 April

End of Term 1

Tuesday 23 April

First Day Term 2

Giant Chess & Checkers

Exciting News

Our giant chess and checkers pieces have arrived! Very soon the students will be able to play with these at recess and lunch time.

Thanks to P.A.C.H. for purchasing these sets for the school.

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New Members Welcome!

Please click on the link below to find out what we do, why we do it and why we need your support.

If you have any questions about P.A.C.H. please don't hesitate to give me, Louise George, a call on 5962 4053.

Everyone is welcome.


House Swimming Carnival (held Friday 15th February)

Myer is the winner of this year's House Swimming Carnival!

Myer was brilliantly lead by its new House Captains Isabelle W and Liam W. Thank you to all the parents who assisted with finish judging. The day wouldn't have run as smoothly without your assistance. It was a fantastic day seeing all the school in their house colors and students participating in many events and giving their best for their house.

The Interschool Carnival is being held at the Healesville Outdoor Pool today with more to follow in next weeks newsletter.

Chris Kent, Coordinator

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Holiday Care Survey - Please click on the active link here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9Q6X7VG.

Hi HPS families,

We Are Confident!

Being confident means we believe in who we are and what we can do!

What a fantastic attribute for any child as they embark on a life of learning. Confident people are generally positive, happy, and have a sense of wellbeing. They also tend to have less anxiety and fear. They are usually ok when they make mistakes and are able to learn from them. A confident person will be able to do what they think is right even if it’s not popular with others.

Here’s a few ideas around building confidence in your child..….

When a person feels valued and has a sense of belonging this builds confidence. Involving your child in family activities and chores makes a child feel part of the family. It builds a sense of belonging and helps build confidence.

Other habits that build confidence are: talking with your child about what they have achieved. What have they done well? What are they good at? What are their strengths?

Talk about what they love to do. What are they passionate about? This builds their sense of identity. They become confident about who they are and what they can contribute.

Encouraging your child to try new things and persist even when it feels too hard builds confidence.

When we feel special and important this builds our confidence. Spending one on one time with your child can increase a sense of self-worth and give them the message that they’re important. This builds confidence.

I have loved being in the classrooms at HPS hearing the teachers encourage the students to learn from their mistakes. The message they give is, ‘making mistakes is ok’ because that’s how we also learn. What an encouraging life lesson and a great confidence builder!

Have a great week.



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If you think your child may be interested in sitting any of the above assessments, please let me the name of the student and the subjects prior to 1/05/19, so that we can coordinate and book these for our school.

If you require further information about ICAS, you can log onto their website www.unswglobal.unsw.edu.au

or speak to Rosie House (ICAS coordinator at Healesville Primary School) for permission forms and payment enquiries.

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If your child is unwell and unable to attend After School Care,

please call Stacey direct on 0405 440 885.

If you wish to enrol in Before and/or Afterschool Care, you need to enrol via the

Camp Australia enrolment link below.

What We Have Been Doing in OSHC

We have been having a blast in OSHC! The children attending our program have already made great new friendships, learnt more than ever before and best of all, have been having heaps of fun. There’s been a variety of different activities and games that children of all ages have been engaging in.

Every day we aim to deliver a high-quality program that interests and engages your child, whilst getting to know them. That’s why our program is tailored to and guided by the needs of the children attending our service. In OSHC, your child can enjoy and engage in activities ranging from indoor and outdoor play time fun, constructive and manipulative play, as well as creative time. There’s also quiet time for homework, reading and relaxation.

Meet Our Team

We’re here to make OSHC the best experience possible for your child and family. If you have any questions about the program, feel free to drop by, meet our team and see what happens in our program first hand.

Program Details

To find out more about our program, view our fees and to register, visit www.campaustralia.com.au and search for your school.

We look forward to seeing you and your family soon!

from HPS Camp Australia team - Stacey & Bob, where we make children smile