Healesville Primary School


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Edition 13- Friday, 10th May, 2019

A Note from the Principal

Cross Country

WOW! HPS has amazing runners! Thank you to all the students, staff and parents who helped yesterday at the School Cross Country. It is great to see children physically active in our community. Good luck to all the students who will represent HPS at District Level. Mr Kent will publish full results as soon as they are processed.

Mother’s Day & Special Persons Morning

It was fantastic to see so many mothers and special people attend our morning this morning. This Sunday is a time where we celebrate the amazing jobs our mothers and special people do in our lives. It is important we don’t take these people for granted and we celebrate them. Make sure you give your mum or special person a big hug on Sunday!

Exciting News

Outstanding maths results.

Our school has been recognised for our outstanding growth by Australia’s National Reporting Authority (ACARA). We demonstrated “substantially above average gain in student numeracy achievement” last year in the NAPLAN test. This means that our students improved far more than most schools over the years between the Year 3 and Year 5 NAPLAN test.

We are extremely proud and honoured that our students have been recognised in this way. As a school we work hard to identify specific student needs and help them progress at their level. Recently we have been working on a more child-centred and strategic approach to teaching maths. We focus on number sense and being able to estimate and solve problems mentally. It is fantastic to see this work directly helping our students’ growth in numeracy. While NAPLAN and testing is not the be-all-and-end-all, to have this be identified is rewarding.


The annual National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests will be conducted next week. The NAPLAN tests involve all students in Years 3, 5, (7 and 9) from all states and territories across government and independent schools. The tests assess skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time, through the school curriculum.

NAPLAN tests fundamental skills rather than specific content, and as such is not a test for which students can study or drill. The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to let them know that NAPLAN is just one part of their school program, and to urge them to simply do the best they can on the day. Data from these tests provide education authorities and governments with information about how education programs are working and whether young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy. Internally, we also use the data along with many other forms of assessment, to form a picture of student performance, assisting in both the reporting of progress and the planning of future learning.

In addition to the one-off NAPLAN tasks, teachers track individual student growth over a long period of time, using tests and activities on our school’s agreed Assessment Schedule. Having multiple forms of feedback (that is, a variety of assessments) enables each teacher to craft appropriate learning tasks for every child’s ‘point of need’.

Tuesday 14 May


Wednesday 15 May


Thursday 16 May


Monday 20 May - 24 May

Education Week

Wednesday 22 May

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

Thursday 23 May

Alpha Production - King Arthur - whole school incursion - $10 per student

Book Fair open 3pm - 4pm

Friday 24 May

Book Fair open 3pm - 4pm

Friday 31 May

Year 5 - Technology Day at HHS

Tuesday 4 June

Parents & Community Helpers (P.A.C.H.) Meeting 9am-10am - Staffroom

New members welcome.

Monday 10 June

Public Holiday - Queens Birthday

Tuesday 11 June

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

1F: Euan D & Beau D

1/2V: Flynn H, Jasmine C & Casey S

3K: Mia S & Chloe R

4GH: Billy C

5/6K: Georgia C 5/6W: Frankie C

AFL Gala Day

On Monday the 6th May Healesville Primary school had 22 grade 4, 5, 6 girls participated in the AFL Pink Gala Day at Pinks Reserve in Kilsyth. The girls played four outstanding games winning two of those games and coming 8th overall. All the girls gave it their all and the sportsmanship was outstanding. Isabelle W was named “Best Player” for Healesville Primary School. Congratulations to all the girls who played. A big thank you to Renee Litchfield for being the goal umpire for all of our games and all the parents who came to help and support all the girls. I am very proud to have had the opportunity to coach the girls. We look forward to next year’s Gala.

Kelly Laidlaw

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Wishing all the mum's a Happy Mother's Day on Sunday. May you all have a magical day with your children.

Just a reminder that on the 22nd of May, Before and After School Care will be closed as Healesville Primary school will be a CURRICULUM DAY (pupil free day).

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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 Afters School Care, you need to enrol via the

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