Healesville Primary School
Thursday 25th August, 2022
From the Principal's Desk…
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have had a wonderful week celebrating Book Week. Our local kinders even came to visit on Tuesday and Wednesday – they had a special story time with Georgia Horsley in her prep room. It was a great success and thank you to Georgia for organising this. Our celebrations have culminated in our Book Character Dress Up Parade. Lots of fun was had by all and our three lucky winners received a $20 voucher to use at our Book Fair next week. This will be set up in the Library on Tuesday 30th August. Everyone is welcome to come and view the display after school on Tuesday, before and after school on Wednesday and Thursday as well and before school on Friday. Books can also be purchased at this time.
This week we were also visited by two of our local Kinders. It was great to see them dress up in their costumes and enjoy story time with Georgia Horsley and myself.
Fathers’/Special Person Breakfast Thursday 1st September: we would like to invite all our fathers/special people to breakfast next Thursday. We will have egg and bacon rolls and sausages in bread. Please come and join us for a morning of fun and food. We will be cooking outside the canteen.
Next Monday is a curriculum day for our teachers and a pupil free day for our students. Staff will be working on planning units of work in Literacy for our students to work on in term four. We hope you enjoy your long weekend.
On Tuesday 13th September, which is in the last week of this term, we are holding parent teacher interviews. These will run for ten minutes and are primarily between parents/carers and teachers, but students are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity to discuss how your child has been progressing towards their learning goals and raise any concerns you may have with the teacher. There will be a dojo notification about how to book your time next Tuesday 30th August. Interviews will be available from 2:30pm to 7pm on 13/9/2022.
In this week’s newsletter we have information from Fenna Hogg about her amazing Creative Arts program and also, we hear from our Let’s Talk Buddies about what they have been doing.
Please note all dates/events are subject to change.
Monday 22nd August - Friday 26th August - Book Week
Friday 26th August - Book Week Parade.
Monday 29th August - Curriculum Day.
Tuesday 30th August - Friday 2nd September - Lamont Book Fair
Thursday 1st September - Fathers Day Breakfast.
Tuesday 6th September - iFly Excursion
Tuesday 13th September - Parent/Teacher Interviews.
Friday 16th September - Term 3 final day - 2:30pm finish.
Oaklee M - for working really hard to edit and publish his 'Dingo' writing.
Alexis C - Confidence Award - for becoming more confident to give things a go.
Lyla M - Learning Award - for her great writing.
Willow P - Learning Award - For her great writing.
Harvey W - For doing an amazing job on his hand writing and staying focused during writing.
Charlie S - For working really hard in writing and being a superstar learner.
Rydah M - For working really hard on his story.
Zoe R - For her positive, enthusiastic and mature approach to all set tasks. Zoe puts 100% into all her work.
Ryan L - For his positive attitude towards all his learning.
Lillian R - For being such a responsible and caring member of our class.
Ardi C - For creative and entertaining use of voice when writing from a character's perspective.
Ty H - For his huge effort in writing his fractured fairy tale story.
Amelia H - For her caring nature towards others, noticing when they need comforting.
Alyssa H - For always trying to do her best work.
Aaron B - For improving his writing using descriptive words.
Linden D - For working with a partner to make progress with his speech.
Alivia S - for her attentiveness, enthusiasm and positive attitude to her studies.
Madison P - For doing an amazing job on her personal goal.
Chloe R - Confidence Award - For amazing participation in the basketball clinics.
Levi W - Confidence Award - For amazing participation in the basketball clinics.
Bella H - Confidence Award - For amazing participation in the basketball clinics.
Macey N - Confidence Award - For amazing participation in the basketball clinics.
Nancy L - Learning Award - For learning so many basketball skills
So many creative things are happening in the Creative Arts rooms. We are very lucky to have a Performing Arts room and a Visual Arts room where we have lots of media and equipment to help us to develop our creativity.
In Term 3 we are developing our creative skills by using a selection of media, instruments, songs, games and drama activities based on the Theme - Animals, People and Places. Using puppets and masks the students will make and perform short plays which they will write themselves.
We are also creating a whole school activity. This takes the form of painted rocks which will be displayed permanently in our school yard. All staff and students will complete a rock to add to this display and I know it will be spectacular.
Keep your eyes open for other Arty and Dramatic happenings!
Let's Talk Program
Let’s Talk is a program that provides help for people in need and that need someone to talk to. We can help you with problems that are occurring in the yard or in your home that are upsetting or distracting you. Being a let's talk buddy has been a wonderful experience and has helped us be better people. We think the Let’s Talk program is a great way to make people feel safe and that it’s ok to open up about what is bothering you or what is making you feel uncomfortable. If you are not comfortable talking to us yet we can assure you we will accept your feelings and wait until you’re ready to speak to us. The Let’s Talk buddies are in the yard every lunchtime wearing a hot pink vest with a lanyard. We look forward to seeing you in the yard.
By two of the most wonderful buddies
Isla Campbell & Ruby Collins
Help is needed in our Vegie Garden!
Spring is coming and we would love some help preparing our gardens for spring planting.
If you’re available on Tuesday afternoons From 1.40 onwards, we would love a hand to weed, compost and mulch our gardens. Come along with your gardening gloves and join Ella our sustainability officer along with other enthusiastic young gardeners and turn our gardens into wonderful food producing havens.
Let the office know if you’re available
Greg Hysted - Past Student
My six years at HPS were probably a bit more unique compared to most. Both of my parents worked there and my best friend’s mum was in charge of the canteen. Highlights of my time there included the Big Blue Slide, collecting sports equipment off the roofs after school, and the five cent pikelets from the canteen. Lowlights included part of the school burning down when I was in in Grade 6, occasionally calling my teachers “mum”, and splitting my head open while playing downball.
After HPS I went to MLMC down the highway and then finally to the University of Melbourne where I majored in Applied Mathematics and Japanese. I then moved to Japan for a couple of years before returning to Melbourne to complete my Master of Teaching. I’m now a high school maths and Japanese teacher, and am appreciative for everything that HPS did to help me get here.
Greg Hysted (Class of 2000)
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