Healesville Primary School


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Wednesday 8th March, 2023

From the Principal's Desk…

Hi parents and careers,

We are now halfway through term one and it really is an action-packed term with sporting, fundraising and community events. I would like to congratulate our students on their achievements at the Athletics Sports last week as well as their behaviour – it was a terrific day! I am incredibly proud of how our students conduct themselves out of school and how they represent Healesville Primary. Last week we had both the Federal member and State member of parliament visit us. They too commented on how lovely our students were and how calm our school environment is. Aaron Violi thought our classrooms were terrific, learning spaces and our grounds amazing. Cindy McLeish was very impressed that we had managed to have the three new shade sails installed and that much of that had been achieved with fundraising.

Fundraising also got us into the local paper again this week. One of our students Macey had contacted them to raise awareness for our Colour Fun Run. Our aim is to raise enough money to help us get a new playground where the three/four one is currently. Unfortunately, this playground has reached the end of its life and it is more cost effective to replace rather than repair. Any support you can give us for the colour fun run will be appreciated.

This week you will have received notification from the office for our parent teacher interviews on Tuesday 21st March from 2:30pm. Please make time to speak with your child’s teacher. These early interviews are crucial in giving teachers relevant information.

Next week also sees our year three and year five students participating in NAPLAN. It has been brought forward from May so it will be nice to have it over and done with early. There are four tests that our students undertake: reading, writing, maths and language, all of these are now online except for the grade three writing test.

On Sunday 19th March we will be holding a SCHOOL WORKING BEE from 9am – 1pm. There will be a BBQ to give you energy for the many jobs that need doing around our school. I would like to thank the Verstraten family who have organised STS Timber to donate the much-needed sleepers for the retaining walls above the asphalt area and around the prep – two playground. This is amazing – THANK YOU! Andrew Crossman with the assistance of Healesville Garden Supplies has organised for some much needed soft fall to be delivered to go under all of our playgrounds. Any help you can give us on the day would be greatly appreciated – many hands make light work.

A final reminder that next Monday is a public holiday for Labour Day. I hope everyone is able to enjoy a warm, sunny and relaxing weekend.



Please note all dates/events are subject to change.

Thursday 9th March - Division Swimming

Monday 13th March - Labour Day - Public Holiday

Wednesday 22nd March - School Photo Day

Wednesday 15th March - Friday 24th March - NAPLAN

Sunday 19th March - Working Bee

Tuesday 21st March - Parent Teacher Interviews

Thursday 30th March - Colour Fun Run

Friday 31st March - Curriculum Day

Monday 3rd April - House Cross Country (CHANGE OF DATE)

Thursday 6th April - Final Day of term 1 - 2:30pm finish

Friday 7th April - Good Friday Public Holiday

Monday 24th April - Curriculum Day

Tuesday 25th April - ANZAC Day (Public Holiday)

Wednesday 26th April - Students start first day of Term 2.

Student Awards


Logan H - Class 1/2G - for always trying his best, working hard and following school values and rules. Great job Logan!


Kassandra DC - Learning so many sight words.

Lincoln D - Being confident and participating in class discussions.


Heath M - for his fantastic writing about a picture prompt.

Maddison O - for her dedication to her reading.


Jacey P - for her great care in her work and always striving to do her best.

Marlee K - for great writing


Logan H - for amazing concentration & commitment to learning.

Tia C - For writing the sounds she hears in words and remembering her full stops and capital letters.


Evan K - Confidence Award - for always having the confidence to ask questions if you're not sure of something. What a great characteristic to have.

Hunter S - Respect Award - for having respect for his classmates as well as himself and always looking out for those around him. Well done Hunter.


Rory A - for showing an amazing effort in Maths.

Ivy G - For sharing fabulous ideas during Inquiry.


Jett B - Respect Award - For making a conscious effort to follow all classroom rules.

Charlotte K - Learning Award - for actively participating in class discussions.


Amy L - Learning Award - for excellent listening skills.

Casey S - Learning Award - for his positive attitude and effort.


Sophie A - Learning Award - for always being focused and making thoughtful contributions to lessons.

Maeve D - Learning Award - for concentrating in lessons and putting effort into her work.


Jett B - Outstanding effort in swimming.

Matilda N - wonderful effort in swimming.


Jaxon H - for his positive attitude and consistent effort in Maths.

Logan S - for his excellent response to our Maths task.

Teacher - Grade 1/2 - Dave Singleton

My name is David and I am very excited to be teaching 1/2S this year. I started teaching in 2018 here at Healesville Primary school and I am excited to be back. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have a little 20-month boy who keeps me very busy. I love all sports and am a crazy Collingwood supporter (please don’t hold that against me). My wife Leona and I have a very naughty pet dog named Honey who I like to tell lots of stories about!

Teacher - Grade 3/4 - Tayla Elsum

Hello everyone! My name is Tayla Elsum… soon to be Tayla O’keefe! Very excited to be getting married towards the end of the term. I’m new to teaching and to Healesville Primary, but I’m very excited to be a part of such a beautiful school with amazing staff, parents, and students. I have a 2-year-old daughter named Addilyn who I adore, a cat named meow (Addilyn named him) and a dog named Arlo. In my spare time I love to read and get crafty. My partner, Addie and I also love to go away as much as we can!

I’m looking forward to a great year within such an awesome school community.

P.E Teacher - Ali Mende

Hello everyone. I'm Ali Mende (The old Miss Bryan), and I am the luckiest teacher in this school because I get to teach PE. I think my role is very special because I get to know every student in the school and work closely with lots of parents and families during sporting our days.

I have 2 kids, Oakley and Opal, who both go to school at Healesville Primary. We also have a dog named Banksy, who we love to take on bush walks in the Healesville area.

Our family is very active and involved in lots of sports (GO BLOODS), but we are in our happy place when we are camping and fishing up on the Murray River, working on the farm in Mansfield, or snorkelling down at the beach - any beach. We love the outdoors.

Looking forward to another great year at Healesville P.S.

Specialist Teacher - Rosie House

Hello, my name is Rosie House and I have been a teacher at Healesville Primary School for over 20 years. This does NOT make me a fossil YET! I have a few roles at HPS this year. These include The TLI ( Tutor Learning Initiative) Coordinator where I work with small groups of students to assist them with reading, writing and spelling using the Sounds Write Phonic Program.

As well as this, I also get to have fun with the preps running their PE and Art program and help the sustainability team. Making sure we are treading lightly on our Earth by recycling our wastes, thinking about ways we can be a resource smart school, caring for our chooks and hopefully getting our veggie gardens up and running.

I live locally in Healesville with my husband Tim, 9 chooks, 3 donkeys and my gorgeous kelpie, Norma. I have two daughters, Zoe and Ruby who are all grown up and are having their own adventures as a vet and an anthropologist.

In my spare time you’ll often find me singing or playing my ukulele on the verandah, writing poetry, embarking on hiking and travel adventures, reading books, growing veggies, riding my bike, sitting around campfires, watching sunsets and walking along remote beaches.

The below picture is Hiking in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park Tasmania Feb 2023.

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Education Support - Jess Laurent

Hello. I’m Jess I am and educational support teacher and I have been working at Healesville Primary for 2 years or so now. I started as a parent helper and in P.A.C.H as well. I mostly work in the Prep-2 building. I have 4 children, 1 in high school and 3 at Healesville Primary School. I have lived in the community for 15 years now. I love the country feel of the town. As a family we love camping anywhere near a river in the middle of nowhere, motorbike riding, cooking, family dinners, and watching movies.

Office - Office Manager - Linda Freeman

Hi, I am Linda Freeman. I grew up in Healesville and attended both Healesville Primary and Healesville High School. Both my parents worked as teachers here at Healesville Primary School and now I work here!. I moved away for 13 years but I am now back in town and it feels like home. I love to bake and make an award winning relish which is delicious. I love my weekends, and sleeping in, just being with family makes me happy. We are going over to America this year, I can't wait to take my daughter to Disneyland, I have been many times, but it will be a different experience to be there with her and knowing what emotions she will be feeling as a young child in such a happy place. I'm sure our dog and cat will miss us.

Creative Art

We have had a very lively start to the Creative Arts Program.

In the Performing Arts room, the sounds of singing, laughing, and rhythm stick tapping can be heard. The screaming and yelling is due to the theatre sports games being fast and furious and so much fun! In the Visual Arts room the sights of paint splashing, sounds of happy chatting, sharing of ideas and stories and production of very delightful drawings is the usual daily scene.

Our Arts Captain, Hanna has now prepared and overseen two Art Club sessions at lunchtimes which offer a range of activities and a space to be creative.

Performing Arts include - singing, dancing, role playing, theatre sports, instrumental music, puppetry, dressing up, costume design, soundscapes and artist appreciation.

Visual Arts include - drawing, painting, printing, collage, clay, box building, threads and textiles, weaving, constructions and modelling.

Your children love attending the Creative Arts sessions - ask them about their favourite parts of these classes and you will be interested in their choices.

Fenna Hogg


This term the STEM classroom has been busy with lots of learning happening. The Grade Prep students have been doing some storybook STEM and learning how to work collaboratively in pairs. They have had fun using the STEM materials and have built many things including Jack’s beanstalk.

The Year 1 and 2 students have been learning about the 6 simple machine and how they make our life easier. They have built models of most of the simple machines including a lever catapult and a pulley system.

Year 3 and 4 students have been learning about different types of bridges and what makes them strong. They have been putting this learning into practice, by building a strong Truss bridge.

The year 5 and 6 students have been reacquainting themselves with the Engineering Design Process and how to work collaboratively as a team. They completed a deserted island challenge where they had to builds a hut, bridge and raft. They are currently studying an Esmart unit on cybersafety to earn an Esmart digital licence.


This term in PE we have had a big focus on team work and what it looks, feels and sounds like. I was so proud of our 3-6 students at our athletics sports, hearing so many positive stories about the encouragement and guidance our students were giving to each other. We will continue to develop the idea of 'being a good sportsperson' throughout the year. The P-2 students have their athletics carnival this Friday and I will be on the lookout for more of these positive interactions between the students.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our wonderful parents and families for all the support they give to us on our sporting days. You are a key part to providing these opportunities to our kids and we couldn't do it without the support.

Thanks everyone,


STEM Captain - Evan S

Hi, my name is Evan and I’m the STEM Captain. I live with a family of five. I love playing basketball and play for the Healesville Hornets on a Monday night at 6:45pm. It’s fun being on a team with friends. I love to ride my scooter and often go to the Marysville or Alexandra Skate Parks to have a bit more fun riding around and doing tricks. I also like to create stuff especially from Lego and Lego Technique. I’ll make things from the Lego set Mindstorms which I find really interesting. I can use my coding skills and create programmable robotic. I’ve enjoyed the lunchtime STEM club. Lots more kids are coming this year and asking when STEM is on. My favourite activity so far is when we made ping pong paddles. I want to be a doctor when I’m older. It would be a good job and I’d get to do surgeries.

Sustainability Captain - Mia B

Hi, my name is Mia and I am this year’s Sustainability Captain. In my family I have four people including me. I also have four dogs and a lot of sheep. We live on a 26 acre property. Last lambing season I bottle fed a lamb whose mum rejected it. We kept it in a sheep pen until it was big enough to go out with the other sheep. It was an enjoyable experience to look after the lamb. I love looking after and feeding the school chooks as well. There’s more work to it than you think because you have to make sure their pen and nesting boxes are cleaned and regularly collect the eggs. We sell the eggs at the school office which helps to pay for the chook food. I love it when the chooks come running when they see you have food. I just started basketball this year and play for the Healesville Hornets at the high school on Monday nights at 6pm.

Wellbeing Captain - Amy L

I’m the school’s Wellbeing Captain. I’m a middle child with one older sister and two younger sisters, no brothers. My favourite food is sushi and my favourite colour is purple. I like walking my dog and we go around the block most days. I love to paint with my dad. We paint sculptures like Marvel super heroes. It’s a great time to spend together. In the future I would like to travel the world and go to places like New York, Hawaii and Japan. I can also see myself working with animals fostering orphans of all kinds and working at an animal shelter.

Sports Captain - Jordan M

Hi, I’m the Sports Captain for the school. We had a great start to the year with swimming sports and our school’s Amazing Race family afternoon, both of which were a lot of fun. The athletic sports have also been a highlight. We’ve enjoyed lots of sporting events already and look forward to even more.

A bit about myself. I have one dog called Willow who I love to walk and play with. I like mountain bike riding and will ride around the neighbourhood, at the high school and on bush tracks where we’ve made some jumps. My favourite sport is football and I play for the Healesville Bloods. My favourite holiday spot is the Murray River. I love to fish there catching good eating cod. Once I caught one that was 57cm. I go fishing off the bank or from a kayak. Sometimes we catch carp which are introduced and a danger to our waterways. I also have fun on the rope swings, jumping into the water and swimming. In the future I want to travel around Australia and visit landmarks such as the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru.

Art Captain - Hanna N

Hello, I’m the Arts Captain. My favourite thing to do is art and I have tons of art projects on the go. Some of them are diamond painting, crocheting and cross stitch. I made a diamond painting of a car for dad and I’m working on one of a large tree. I’m crocheting a pillow with thick wool and have done a cross stitch of a cactus. I love to go to Japan for holidays, especially to visit my grandma and grandpa who live there. We went there last year for two weeks and visited Tokyo which was really busy. I’d like to go back to see Hiroshima some time. In the future I would like to visit Paris, France, especially to see the Eiffel Tower and of course tour the Louvre. Being interested in art it’s the perfect place to see wonderful famous art works including the Mona Lisa.

Library Captain - Lincoln VDZ

I’m Lincoln and I’m the Library Captain. I have wanted to be a captain since grade one and that dream has come true. I haven’t yet done much as Library Captain other than help out at Library Club at lunch time. In future I’m planning to do lots more and I’m thinking about introducing books for P-2, 3-4 and 5-6 year levels at assembly. I like having real jobs in the library like scanning books that have been returned and putting them back on the right shelves. Soon I will look at decorating the library too.

Now I will tell you a bit about myself. Once I went to Queensland’s Gold Coast and stayed for about a week at Turtle Beach Resort. We went to a number of theme parks while there. It was a lot of fun. I also like going camping with my family up the Murray where we go swimming and fishing.

Veggie Garden Help Needed

Hello all you earthy green thumbs out there!

We would love to prepare our sad unloved veggie gardens ready for some winter planting.

If you have some spare time on Wednesday afternoons between 2.30-3.30 or any other time that you would be happy to help us. Come along with your spade, gloves and gardening tools and help us get these gardens up and ready.

Please contact Rosie House.

Cheers Mia B (Sustainability Captain)


Dear Parents & Carers,

Get your Colour on, as you are already aware Healesville Primary School is hosting a Colour Explosion Fun Run very soon!

Colour Explosion Fun Run will be on held on Thursday 30 March from 2pm to 3.30pm.

The Fun Run will take place on our oval and we look forward to seeing as many parents, carers and grandparents on the day to cheer on the students taking part. If you need a white T-shirt for your child please visit the school office as soon as possible as we have limited sizes available, these are $5 each.

· Please make sure students wear a WHITE shirt and closed in shoes.

· Students will be given free sunglasses and a rainbow headband for the event.

· Students will be covered in non-toxic, biodegradable colour powder from head to toe.

· Please remember to bring an old towel for the children to sit on in the car to avoid coloured powder in your vehicle

If you haven’t already done so, please help your child to set up their cybersafe, online fundraising profile at www.australianfundraising.com.au.

Then, share your page with friends and family via social media, email or text! Your fundraising profile can’t be searched via Google or the platform – it can ONLY be accessed by the share feature. So don’t wait! Start sharing today! You can even create your own QR code via your account.

Please Note: This is an entirely online fundraiser; all cash donations must be converted to online donations to redeem your prizes.

Extra Incentives to Fundraise!

« Online Golden Coins – complete fun online tasks to redeem an extra $75 towards your prize credit.

« Monty the Monstar’s Bonus Prizes – achieve milestones to unlock Monty’s bonus prizes.

« $10,000 JB HI FI Spending Spree for one organisation’s highest fundraising student – it could be you!

« Our school will win an extra $5,000 if we have the highest average fundraised amount per student in 2023.

« A Play Station 5 Gaming Bundle – see your child’s sponsorship booklet for more!

Happy fundraising!

Yarra Ranges Special Development School

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** School Canteen News **

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Hello to all the Healesville Primary School families,

We have some exciting canteen news to share with you. We have partnered with Flexi Schools to bring online ordering to the canteen. No more hunting for change or brown bags on a Thursday or Friday morning! Our site is now live and will be taking orders for the 16th of March onwards. Once you have downloaded the app and set up your account you will be able to place orders each week or if you like to be super organized you can place orders in advance. You will see the promotional material in this weeks newsletter with instructions on how to set up your account and how to claim your $5 voucher (if you sign up and create your account in the first week). For any issues you have in setting up your account the friendly staff at Flexi Schools are available to help by calling 1300 361 769 Mon – Fri 8am to 12 pm.

While we all get used to this new system we will still be accepting orders sent up in the classroom baskets but hope to phase this out by the end of the Term.

As always please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. twoacrescuisine@gmail.com

Happy Ordering



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Community Notices

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Tennis Coaching - Free Trial

Please book in via the contacts below - all ages abilities welcome

WAYNE BROOM - ph - 0437008788 www.classictennis.com.au

Tennis Australia/USPTA Club Professional Coach


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COVID Resources


Emerging Minds COVID-19 translated resources
These COVID-19 resources have been translated into 18 languages and are available for you to share with the parents and families you work with.

Vaccine development: a guide for families | Raising Children Network
This informative guide from Raising Children Network provides clear and reliable information on how the COVID-19 vaccine development and approval process ensures safety, effectiveness and quality.

COVID Testing in Yarra Ranges

Staying informed about COVID expsoure sites
Here you'll find the current list of COVID-19 exposure sites
This website/app provides a handy visual to stay abreast of new exposures - https://covid19nearme.com.au/state/vic

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