Healesville Primary School


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Edition 3 - Friday, 15th February, 2019

A Note from the Principal

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Friendly Schools and Families

Aim: To encourage parent participation in the Friendly Schools & Families Program by providing strategies they can use at home to support the school’s efforts.

Parents’ Role in Our Friendly School

Research has demonstrated that efforts to change attitudes and behaviour of students are more likely to be successful if parents are actively involved and feel a sense of shared ownership of the process.

What can parents do to support activities in the school to reduce bullying?

  • Talk regularly with your children about bullying;
  • Encourage your children to ‘ask for help’ if they are being bullied at school;
  • If your children are fighting at home, help them discuss their problem and come to a mutual solution to the problem;
  • Encourage your children to be assertive by helping them practice speaking in a firm but friendly way, making eye contact, looking calm and smiling and feeling good about themselves;
  • Encourage your children to play with other children at school, at home and in the neighbourhood; and
  • Help your children improve their self-esteem by discussing the things they are good at, encouraging your children to ‘have-a-go’ at new activities, and encouraging your children to develop their own independence by allowing them to care for their belongings or manage their pocket money.

School Council

Thank you to the parents who have handed in a nomination form for the 2019 School Council.

We are still looking for parents to become school council members. Please contact the office if you are interested or know someone that would be.

Getting to Know You Interviews

Tuesday evening’s discussions proved to be a very positive start to ensuring that we can meet your child’s point of need in 2019. With discussions focused around each child’s interests and academic needs, teachers will now be able to tailor their approach to each student in order to better engage them in their learning. Looking ahead, the mid-year conferences will be an important opportunity for students to have their say in how they are progressing and where they feel they need to improve. Of course, our youngest students will have significant support in these conversations, but as we develop student agency and voice throughout the year, it is our hope that our older students will become more and more capable of identifying their own needs and discussing them in an open manner that enables future success. My thanks to all families for attending and to the teachers for making themselves available.

Cameron Heath, Principal

Tuesday 19 February

P.A.C.H. (Parent & Community Helpers)

Meeting 9am Staffroom - new members welcome

Friday 22 February

Upper Yarra District Swimming - selected students

Friday 8 March

100% hOPE Choir - Incursion

Monday 11 March

Public Holiday - Labour Day

Wednesday 13 March

Year 6 - GRIP Excursion

Friday 22 March

Ride to School day

Friday 5 April

End of Term 1

Tuesday 23 April

First Day Term 2

Includes awards for previous week....Well done!

Prep B: Robbie K & Hunter S

1F: Bella H, Blake D, Ty H & Dominic G

1/2V: Ruby C, Hanna N,Max G & Ella W

2G: Summer M, Julian B, Liam W, Kevin C & Annelise C

3K: Lucas M, Zoey F & Heidi R

3/4B: Cody R, Ruby G, Gemma S, Hunter E, Zave A & Grace S

4GH: Mia K & Billy C

5/6S: Oscar M, Chloe M & Jack K

5/6K: Isabelle W & Curtis P

5/6W: Jay F & Scarlett T

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!

Our first meeting for the year will be held next Tuesday, 19th Feb at 9.00am.

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.

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

Hi HPS families,

This week as we continue our series on the deeper meanings of our school values, we take a look at the value; We are part of a COMMUNITY.

“Community” is defined in the Meriam-Webster dictionary as, “a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society.”

Being part of a community is directly linked to the basic core human need to belong. We all have a need to belong and we create or join communities of people with whom we share common values, interests, geographical location and life-stages to satisfy this need.

Family is one such community, sporting teams and clubs are another, our places of work can be another, and of course, school.

The school community is extremely important to your children, as this is where they spend a large percentage of their time. They need to feel like they belong – in their classroom situation, with friends in the playground and any extra-curricular activities in which they take part.

The teachers and staff here at HPS understand the importance of community and seek to enable all the children in our care to feel as though they belong as we build a strong community at all levels.

Your role as parents is equally important as you get involved in your child’s learning and life here at school, and support them as they navigate their way through building great friendships, being great friends and developing a love of learning.

In what ways can you get involved and feel a part of the community here at HPS?

Your sense of belonging will grow and strengthen, you will make friends and find these school years with your child (children) will bring much joy and satisfaction to you all.

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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Canteen Menu

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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.

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