Healesville Primary School

NEWSLETTER

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Edition 37 - Friday, 30th November, 2018

A Note from the Principal

The year is rapidly coming to an end and we have lots of fantastic lessons and extra curricula activities planned. We are getting closer and closer to finalising our staffing structure for 2019. On Friday 14 December the students will be notified of their teacher and classmates for 2019. Our transition for the next two Fridays will be students moving to the next year level with 2018 teachers.

With the year coming quickly to an end I thought it would be helpful for families to have the dates we already know.

Term dates for the 2019 school year are:

• Term 1: 30 January (Year 1 – 6 students start) to 5 April

• Term 2: 23 April to 28 June

• Term 3: 15 July to 20 September

• Term 4: 7 October to 20 December

The following Pupil Free Days for 2019 (including the state-wide pupil-free day on Tuesday 29th January) will be tabled at our next School Council for approval:

• Pupil Free Day 1: Tuesday 29th January – Berry Street training, Dyslexia Professional Learning for staff

• Pupil Free Day 2: TBC

• Pupil Free Day 3: TBC

• Pupil Free Day 4: Monday 4th November – Report Writing Day

Camp program for 2019:

• Year 2: School Sleep Over

• Year 3/4: ADANAC

• Year 5/6: Coonawarra Farm Resort and School Sleep Over

Navigating through primary school can be a challenge for some students. At all schools, classrooms are made up of wide and varied personalities with differing social, emotional, educational and physical needs. Currently students participate in a number of programs that are designed to build student resilience, provide students with coping strategies and to build a community that support and care for one another.

Growth Mindset

This approach has been introduced into the Year 5/6 area this year and will be introduced across the whole school in 2019.

Growth mindset is the belief that you can develop your talents and abilities through hard work, good strategies, and help from others. It stands in opposition to a fixed mindset, which is the belief that talents and abilities are unalterable traits, ones that can never be improved.

Berry Street

We have had two teachers participate in the Berry Street Education Model training and plan to introduce this approach across the school in 2019.

Berry Street Education Model is a program that enables teachers to increase engagement with challenging students and successfully improve all students’ self-regulation, growth and academic achievement.

Rock and Water

Each class across the school participate in a Rock and Water session each week.

The Rock and Water program is a series of lessons and activities that provide young people a pathway to self-awareness and increased self-confidence and social functioning.

The following programs are currently being researched by staff to determine the one that will best address the needs of our great school in order to make it even greater.

  • Friendly Schools and Families

The Friendly Schools and Families research has been recognised nationally and internationally as a successful evidence based bullying prevention program. This program comprises whole-school (including family) learning and teaching strategies, resources and case studies from Australian Schools. The comprehensive whole-school program, designed to maximise family involvement, has been found to significantly reduce bullying within the school setting.

  • Bulling No way

Bullying no Way is a website with resources, information and ideas for schools, students and parents around dealing with bullying and inappropriate behaviours.

  • Alannah and Madeline Foundation

The key objectives of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation is to care for students who have experienced or witnessed serious violence, reduce the incidence of bullying, cyber bullying and other cyber risks and advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children.

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Monday 3 - Friday 7 December

Year 5/6 Melbourne Discovery Camp


Tuesday 4 December

Parent Helper Morning Tea


Friday 7 December

Grade 3 Bike Education

All library books are due back


Tuesday 11 December

Yr 6 Secondary School Orientation Day

Prep Orientation Day 9:30 - 10:30 am

Uniform Shop Open 9.00 - 12.00 pm

Final School Banking Day


Friday 14 December

Kew Traffic School - Year 3


Monday 17 December

Captains Day


Tuesday 18 December

Year 6 Graduation Evening 6pm


Wednesday 19 December

Grade 3 Warburton Trail Bike Hike

Pupil Packs available for pick up 9:00 - 1:30 pm


Thursday 20 December

Year 3/4 End of Year Cinema/Picnic Excursion

Year 5/6 Queens Park Pool Day

Pupil Packs available for pick up 9:00 - 1:30 pm


Friday 21 December

Pupil Packs available for pick up 9:00 - 1:30 pm.

Last Day of the Year - Early close at 1.30 pm

NO buses on the last day - Bus travellers will need to make alternative arrangements.


Thursday 24 January 2019

Pupil packs available for collection from school office 9.00am -1.00pm


Friday 25 January

Pupil packs available for collection from school office 9.00am -1.00pm


Tuesday 29 January

Pupil packs available for collection from school office 11.30am - 3.00pm


Wednesday 30 January

First Day of School for Students in Grades 1 to 6

PB: Jayden L & Mason P PV: James A, Lucas R & Connor H

1T: Isla V & Lincoln V 1/2H: Paige B & Brookley H 2G: Ella K

3B: Whole class, Chloee D & Lucas M 3/4L: Ina H

4S: Emily A, Abbey K, Denzel P, Mia O, Jack K, Skylar G & Bella B

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General Information

Canteen Menu

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Click here to order your uniforms online
Please click here to order your uniforms online.

School Login Details: Username - HPS Password - HPS

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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.

Our theme this week is 'Dinosaurs'. We have made a display in the Before and After School Care room and the children are having loads of fun .


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

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Are you experiencing domestic violence?

Help is available

Located at this school on select days, or by appointment, is a local specialist family violence service to support members of our school community who may be experiencing family violence.

This free service can provide information and specialist support, or are available just to have a chat. If you would like to drop in or make an appointment with the EDVOS Family Violence worker, enquire with the school administration for further details.

Or call EDVOS directly on 9259 4200. If you are in immediate danger please call 000