Healesville Primary School


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Week 32- Thursday 17th October 2019

From the Principal's desk…

Welcome back to everyone. From all accounts our students all enjoyed the holiday as did the teachers.

This term we are trialling alternate weeks for newsletters and assemblies. Odd weeks are assemblies and even weeks are newsletter weeks.

We have hit the ground running with what promises to be a very busy term. Currently all of our junior grades are participating in a swimming program at the High School. This week we continue with our Prep 2020 transition program with the Prep BBQ on Thursday night. This is a great opportunity for our new families to meet each other in a social situation with many staff also attending.


On Monday 28th October, Rosie House has organised the grand opening of our new sustainability hub. Healesville High School students have been working with Rosie and Healesville High teachers to create this amazing new space. We have a wonderful house for chickens as well as new vegetable gardens. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am so please come along to celebrate this great achievement – an excellent example of teachers and students from two schools working together for a common goal.

Lunch Clubs:

Our term four lunch time clubs have begun with great success. Our clubs are being held in the library at lunchtime and run for about two thirds of the play period. This is a great opportunity for all students to have a break from the playground which can be a very busy and noisy place. These clubs were a result of the Junior School Council polling the students in all classes about what they would like to see happening at lunchtime.

· Monday : Sustainability

· Tuesday : Lego

· Wednesday : Story time

· Thursday : Chess /Board games

· Friday : Art/Drawing

Local Support Sessions:

I would like to draw your attention to a flyer in this newsletter about Managing Stress and Anxiety in our Children. This is a local support session for parents on cultivating the resilient mindset and managing their children’s anxiety, delivered by Eastern Health’s Senior Child and Family Counsellor, Fiona Sedgman and Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Eve Ember. This is an interactive session free of charge to parents of children in Yarra Valley schools. The session will be held at Healesville Hospital and Yarra Valley Health 6.00-7.30pm on Wednesday, October 23rd. Places are limited and bookings can be made through www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wiring-kids-to-manage-stress-and-anxiety-tickets-74908375969 I would like to actively encourage parents to attend.

School Run 4 Fun - Colour Explosion:

On Friday November 15th we are holding our major fundraising activity for this term. Our School Run 4 Fun – Colour Explosion. All students have already received their fundraising booklet and many have registered on-line and begun their fund raising. A huge thank you to Louise George and our PACH Committee for all of their hard work in organising this event. Please assist your child / children with their fundraising and remember to invite lots of family and friends along on the day as it promises to be amazing with a huge amount of fun and COLOUR! There is also the opportunity for parents and teachers to join in.

Tracey Robertson-Smith , Principal

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Please use the link below to register for the portal ..

Please note, you will need your access key to link your child. This is available in the email that we sent out to families on 30 July.

Monday 21 October

Physical Maths Day - selected 5/6 students

Tuesday 22 October

Bookclub due back

Tuesday 29 October (revised date)

Bridges to Prep - Numeracy 2.45-3.5pm

Monday 4 November

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 5 November

Melbourne Cup Day - PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 November

Life Education

Tuesday 12 November

PACH Meeting 9.00am

Thursday 14 November

Bridges to Prep - Literacy 2.45-3.5pm

Friday 15 November

School - Run 4 Fun - Colour Explosion

Monday 25 to Friday 29 November

Year 5/6 Camp Coonawarra

Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 December

Year 3/4 ADANAC Camp

Stars of the Week

1F: Blake D, Ruby R & Amelia H

1/2V: Zeke L, Jasmine C, Linden D & Hannah N

3K: Heidi R & Ella B

3/4B: Makenna G & Ruby G

5/6K: Charlie F 5/6S: Finlay McC 5/6W: Mia K

School Pride: 1/2H

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Yarra Division Athletics - 8th October 2019

Healesville Primary School had 16 students represent our district in the division athletics in Burwood today. Even though the weather wasn't kind to us to start with, it fined up later to dry us out. The students put in a great effort that we can be proud of.

We got lots of 3rd & 4th places. Summer placed 2nd in discus, Aemelia 2nd in 200m and Bradley (P6J) 1st in 100m & 200m making it through to Regional finals next Thursday.

Congratulations to all students on a fine performance on the day and good luck to the athletes going on.

Marlene Williams

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Operation Christmas Child

This term in Rock & Water our focus is on kindness. We have talked about how small acts of kindness can make a big difference in our world, and discussed the concept of “paying it forward.”

As part of this each class will participate in Operation Christmas Child. This is a project that distributes gifts to children in third world and developing countries. Each class will choose an age group and boy/girl to send their box to and will be able to track the progress of their box to see where it goes.

Attached is a list of items suitable to send, and a list of prohibited items. Items must be new, and as each class will only send one box, any extra donated items will be distributed locally to children in need. Please have a look at the list and if you are able, send along any suitable small donations.

We hope that this project will reinforce the joy of giving, while making a difference to children less fortunate than us. Thank you for your support.

Here is the link to the website if you would like further information: www.samaritanspurse.org.au

Margaret Balsdon

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Canteen Menu

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Great Fun in OSHC

Outside School Hours Care makes it possible for parents to work or attend to other commitments, secure in the knowledge that their children are being cared for by qualified Educators in a safe and supportive environment.

At Camp Australia, we know that the time spent at OSHC before and after school is a time for possibilities. Every session is guided by the childrens’ interests and reflects their dreams and imagination.

Having already spent the day in a classroom, children need the opportunity and space to explore their own interests – whether that be sports, craft or cooking – as opposed to being asked to absorb more information (unless there’s homework your child needs help with!).

It’s a time to form friendships outside their immediate classmates, to grow and learn, and/or to try something new. There’s no travel time, traffic or complicated arrangements to be made, so your child can leave the classroom and be playing soccer, eating a healthy snack or learning how to play a board game within minutes of leaving the classroom.

To find out more about our Camp Australia OSHC service please visit our website at www.campaustralia.com.au or call our friendly Customer Care Team on 1300 105 343. The team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except National Public Holidays).

We look forward to seeing you and your family soon!

From the Team at Camp Australia

Welcome back to Term 4.

I hoped you all had a great break.

Please remember to bring a spare hat to Before and After School Care.

We are excited to start this term with lots of new activities, games, quizzes, outside play.

Please keep an eye out for our recycling activities coming up in November.

Stacey, Bob and Ellie - Camp Australia, where we make children smile.