Healesville Primary School


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Edition 2 - Friday, 8th February, 2019

A Note from the Principal

Black Saturday

Black Saturday left deep scars on our landscapes and our lives. Ten years on, many of our community are still affected by the Black Saturday fires and, as a school community, we will be having a minute to pause, reflect and remember at our assembly on Friday. Many of our families, staff and students were directly affected by the bushfires through loss of loved ones, homes, schools or businesses. The legacy of the bushfires continues to be felt in communities to this day, and this time of remembrance may trigger difficult feelings for some members of our school community.

We know everyone has a different journey of recovery from a traumatic event such as this and I encourage you to take care of yourself and those around you during this time of remembrance and to access the support available if needed.

School Council

If any community members are interested in becoming a member of our amazing School Council, nomination forms are available at the school office.

Updating Medical Information

It is important for families to consider any changed medical needs of their children and ensure that we have up to date records regarding asthma, anaphylaxis, allergies or other conditions that may impact on the children at school. Please contact the office to discuss these or any other related medical notifications.

Student Illness and Accidents

At this time early in the school year it is a good idea to remind parents about the necessity to keep us up to date with phone numbers and emergency contact details. If your child is ill at school, or suffers an accident, then staff will give immediate care and appropriate first aid. However, it is necessary on occasions to contact parents and we are often frustrated by out of date information that delays this process. Please make sure you notify the office of any changes to yours or your Emergency Contact details. Obviously in extreme cases we may also deem it necessary to call an ambulance before consulting parents and you need to be aware of this. Please also keep the office informed of any change in medical issues faced by your children as this helps us to make the best choices for their welfare.

Parents and guardians should also be aware that they are generally responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any ambulance transport costs. Most medical costs will be refundable by Medicare. If you are a member of an ambulance or health insurance fund, you may also be able to claim transport or other expenses from the fund. The Department of Education and Training (DET) does not hold accident insurance for school students.

Is other Insurance available? Yes.

There are commercial providers of insurance for students and they can be found online or through your Insurance Broker.

Get to know you Interviews

Parents and Caregivers will have an opportunity to share information and discuss their child at the Get to know you interviews which will be held on Tuesday 12 February. Please use the link provided in this newsletter and on Dojo to book a time with your child’s teacher.

Traffic Management Around the School

Please ensure we are abiding by the road rules, including speed limits, around the school. The safety of our children is of the upmost importance.

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Cameron Heath, PRINCIPAL

2019 School and House Captains

Our 2019 Captains were presented with their new polo tops at our first assembly last week. Congratulations!
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A Peek at the Week

Tuesday 12th February

'Get to Know You' Interviews - 3:40 - 7:00pm

Book Club Orders due back.

Brass & Woodwind Musical Instrument Trials - interested Yr 5 & 6's

Friday - 15th February

Swimming Carnival Year 3 - 6 : 9:00am - 3:00pm

Swimming Carnival Years Prep - 2 : 11am - 1.00pm

Friday - 22nd February

Upper Yarra Division Swimming Sports (selected students)

Friday 8th March

100% hOPE Choir - Incursion

Monday 11th March

Public Holiday - Labour Day

Wednesday 13th March

Year 6 - GRIP Excursion

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

The Wellbeing Corner

with Penny & Dreana

Hi to all the HPS families,

I am really happy to be working alongside Penny during Term 1.

It's been lovely to meet such friendly, welcoming staff, students, and families. As Penny mentioned the school values are a great foundation to build a flourishing community on. Over the next few weeks we'll be focusing on some of those values.

We show RESPECT!

What a great school value. RESPECT empowers a person, and a community.

Showing respect demonstrates care toward others and helps build a healthy, safe, and enjoyable 'family'. When people show us respect they’re saying we’re valuable! We’re a worthwhile person! We matter and we’re important! We all need to feel that we matter and have something to contribute for us to grow and be the best person we can be, for ourselves, and the people around us. When we’re respectful toward others we also feel good about ourselves. It produces a sense of well being.

You can share some simple strategies with your child to help them learn to demonstrate RESPECT for others. Here’s a few I found but I’m sure you’ll have more to add to this list.

LISTENING to others shows we care about a person. It shows they matter. What they have to say is important. This lets them know they're important.

ENCOURAGING someone says we think they have the ability to achieve, that they have something to offer. It can be uplifting and make a difference. It can cause a person to give something another go and try again.

BE HELPFUL. We can show respect by being helpful toward another person. It shows we care about what they need.

SHOW GRATITUDE. Saying 'thank you' to a person shows we value their contribution and are pleased about what they have done.

As well as RESPECTING others it's important to RESPECT ourselves. Being true to who we are by making choices that align with our values is one important way to show RESPECT to ourselves.

It all comes back to asking the simple question....How would I like to be treated? And then go and do the same toward another person. Sounds easy but as we all know this is a life long process. What a valuable life lesson to begin sharing with your child now. :)

by Dreana Beitzel

Have a great term.


Penny (School Chaplain/Welfare)

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Canteen Menu

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Welcome back to another year with Camp Australia we have many new exciting events happening throughout the year. Please remember to bring a spare hat to after school care so you can have fun outside.

From Stacey & Bob from Camp Australia where we make children smile.

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.

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