Healesville Primary School


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Edition 16- Friday, 7th June 2019

A Note from the Principal

Disco Delight

Wow! What a winter wonderland night we had on Friday. The hall looked fantastic thanks to the crafty efforts of our Year 6’s and everyone looked fabulous in their wonderland outfits.

We had sno-cones, glow sticks, pizza and popcorn and plenty of great dancing. (Our students certainly know how to have a good time.) I am sure that you will join me in thanking Minnel Longhurst for organising this event. The children have been asking for a disco for some time and Minnel generously donated her time to make sure that they could have one. Thank you also to Laura Diston and Mel Stevenson for their fabulous face painting, Natalie Wells for her sno-cone machine and the hours spent serving many excited children, and Shirley Mills and Sarah Nugent for serving all the hungry children – the pizza was a big hit! Thank you to our staff Margaret Balsdon, Marlene Williams, Sharon Gellert, Katie Fuller, Kelly Laidlaw, Andy Collett and Louise George for their efforts to prepare the event and on the night. Thank you also to Bec Krizay who manned the ticket table and to all the mums who helped out.

We are all looking forward to the next disco!

Pupil Free Day Tuesday 11 June

Tuesday 11 June is a pupil free day at Healesville Primary School. Staff will be continuing their journey on building practices in reading to increase student outcomes.

Leadership Conference

On Tuesday and Wednesday Tom Gamble and I attended the 2019 Education State School Leadership Conference – Leading Learning for Excellence. The conference provided us with the opportunity to engage deeply with presenters from all around the globe.

Our first session was Collaborative Professionalism with Dr Peter Dewitt. During this session we explored collaborative leadership and how it creates a school climate that focuses on learning and helps make the leader part of an ongoing dialogue. We examined the six influences of instructional leadership, collective efficacy, professional learning, feedback, assessment-capable learners and family engagement. Peter guided us on excellence in teaching, creating a positive climate for learning, professional leadership and community engagement.

Session 2 – Student voice, agency and leadership with Dr Russell Quaglia. Russell shared his blue print for guiding students to find their true voice. We discussed how to create learning experiences that meet students’ individual learning needs and aspirations through genuine voice, agency and leadership.

Session 3 – Strength-based learning culture with Dr Robert Biswas-Diener. Robert explored methods for promoting a more positive school culture. The session focused on complaining – why people complain, what they complain about, and the effects of complaining. The discussion centred on more effective alternatives to complaining. It also highlighted the research on promoting a positive school culture.

Session 4 – Leadership and Change – System to School with Richard Gerver. Richard shared his practical experience and research on how to build an innovative education system that delivers high impact results for all learners.

Tom and I are excited to bring to staff some of the things we have learnt in order to build upon our already effective practices.

Wellbeing/Chaplain Update

Penny, our school chaplain, will be away for the remainder of the term, on holidays in South America. She will be back with many stories to tell at the start of Term 3 and hope everyone has a fabulous rest of term and winter holiday. While she is away please see Tom Gamble with any welfare issues you need to discuss.

Friday 7 June

Aussie Sports Expo - All year 5's & 6's

Saturday 8 June

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Monday 10 June

Public Holiday - Queens Birthday

Tuesday 11 June

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day - Students not required at School

Wednesday 12 June

Book Club due back

Wednesday 19 June

HUSHeducation Session 1- Years 5 & 6

Monday 24 June - Tuesday 25 June

Gifted Outreach Overnight Camp - selected grade 6 students

Wednesday 26 June

HUSHeducation Session 2 - Years 5 & 6

Thursday 27 June

Sovereign Hill - Years 5 & 6

Friday 28 June

Last Day Term 2

Monday 15 July

First Day Term 3

The Wellbeing Corner

with Penny

Dear HPS families,

This week we continue our positive affirmations from 101 Ways to Praise a Child with “You’re a good friend” and “You brighten my day, I like hanging out with you.”

Telling your child that they are a good friend when they display an attribute of good friendship affirms the value that being a good friend is important. If your child struggles with making friends, helping them to recognise that all they need to be a good friend is to care about others and listen and respect them. Telling your child that they brighten up your day and that you like hanging out with them is definitely going to fill their ‘love tank’ and make them feel great about themselves. Today, when you see your child/ren, find the time to tell them these two things and enjoy their heartfelt response.

Let’s always make the words that we say to our children be positive and encouraging and build their confidence.

Have a great week.



(School Chaplain/Welfare)

House Tokens


Casey S from 1/2H is missing a new unnamed YELLOW Sherrin Football.

It went missing last Friday. If anyone finds it could you please return it to Room 10.

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Canteen Menu

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Recipe for all the parents who walk into Before & After School Care and ask for the recipes that the children cook.

Remember that you can add anything to the mixture!


MONDAY 10th JUNE - Queens Birthday

TUESDAY 11th JUNE - HPS Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day

Just a reminder that on Tuesday 11th of June, Healesville Primary School Before & After School Care is CLOSED.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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

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 Afters School Care, you need to enrol via the

Camp Australia enrolment link below.