Healesville Primary School


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Term 3 - Week 2 - Thursday July 23, 2020

From the Principal's Desk…

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to Term 3 and round two of remote learning. Firstly, I need to thank our staff, they are doing an amazing job with the students being at the core of all that they do. I also need to thank all of you for your consistent and ongoing support.

We have a team of staff continually updating our Facebook site and website so please take a look. It is informative as well as engaging, colourful and bright with a whole range of new photos. There are further plans for both of these mediums as we need to use them more and more to connect with the wider community during remote learning. We were extremely lucky last term to have one of our parents come and use his drone to take incredible footage of our school – it looks amazing.

Andrew Crossman has continued to work on our sustainability hub over the past weeks and it now has a water tank to provide water for our vegie gardens that Rosie is busy supervising the planting of. Our chickens are coming back this week and they have been greatly missed by all.

As you know we have had to continue to limit the amount of people that come onto our site. This means that parents, music teachers, visiting teachers apart from regional personal are unable to come onto our site. If you need us please contact the office and we can organise work packs, laptops and so forth to be collected from the office window at the front of the school. I still have laptops and dongles available for loan and hopefully next week there will be some iPads with sim cards available. Please let me know if you require a loan device.

Currently we are unable to undertake school tours for prospective parents. So, we will be creating opportunities for prospective parents to interact with staff, current parents and our captains on the website. Our plans include story time, art activities and question and answer forums on the website – so watch that space. If you have a prep student for next year, please contact Simone for an enrolment form.

For students attending onsite during the remote learning period, I will need all forms to be emailed to myself prior to the end of the day on Thursdays. This is so I can organise the teachers for the three learning hubs.

As we cannot have assemblies at the moment, our captains and students will have the opportunity to present their thoughts and work in our newsletter. This week we will be hearing from our captains as well as reading work by some of our students in the younger grades.

As always, take care and stay well.

Tracey Robertson-Smith


Tuesday 28 July

School Council Meeting 6:30 pm - via webex

Monday 3 August

Year 5/6 Camp Instalment Due

Tuesday 4th August -


(rescheduled for Tuesday 13 October)

Wednesday 26 August

Session 4: Storytime - All children due to commence school in 2021 welcome. 2.45 pm - 3.20 pm in School Library (covid pending)

Tuesday 1 September

Year 5/6 Camp Instalment and/or Final Payment due.

Friday 18 September

Last Day Term 3

COMING IN TERM 4 - Prep Transition Afternoons

From Archie K - 5/6S

Hey everyone,

Never thought we would end up back doing online learning, but here we are!

How did your first week go? Did you manage to get your work done most days? I didn't go so well last term but my first week of Online Learning 2.0 was ok!! I tried hard not to get distracted and completed all my tasks. I even finished early one day. When mum is home she makes sure I stay focused and feeds me snacks.

I hope you all try your best to get your work done and remember to have a few laughs with your family. it really makes this whole Coronavirus thing a lot easier.

I miss all my friends and can't wait to see you all again.

Keep smiling!!


From Charli L - 5/6S

Hi everyone,

Right now I have noticed that a lot of people are being a bit negative and I don't blame them, but I think we should focus more on the positive side of things.

Sure, life right now is far from perfect, but if you look at the big picture you will realize that it is not that bad. You still have your family, pets and the outdoors. The world will keep spinning and all we have to do is keep bouncing back no matter what happens, because staying at home isn't such a bad thing. After all home is where the heart is. So as long as we all continue to put on a brave face and smile, and to continue putting sanitiser on our hands then we will defeat this virus. Remember never be too hard on yourselves, because what we're going through isn’t easy, but there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. So good luck and remember there is always someone to talk to. Remember that you're never alone. Thank you to all the teachers for your encouragement and help throughout this journey.

On behalf of all the students of HPS we all appreciate it.

FEELINGS - by Brookley H (3/4B)

I feel frustrated in lockdown again,

I feel sad when I can’t see you in person,

I feel heavy when I can’t hug you,

I feel lost without my friends,

I feel crushed when I left you,

I feel annoyed I can’t see my teacher,

I feel safe at home,

I feel grateful to have my family with me,

I feel happy I have my mum by my side,

I feel loved from my rabbit’s cuddles,

I feel uncertain and mad at this Virus,

I feel sad I can’t write to my pen pal at school,


Some interesting reading from EACH:

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