Healesville Primary School


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Edition 39 - Friday, 14th December, 2018

A Note from the Principal

As the 2018 school year comes to a close I would like to acknowledge the amazing staff at Healesville Primary, our outstanding students and our wonderful parents and families.

This year we have achieved fantastic results across all areas of our school and we will work hard in 2019 to continue to improve and develop the learning outcomes for all students. Next year our focus will be Literacy – particularly Reading. We have been fortunate to access the Teaching Partners – Differentiated Support for School Improvement – Literacy program. This program gives us access to two Leading Teachers for 2 days per fortnight for the year to work alongside our staff in developing literacy for all students.

The teachers are beginning to finalise reports and getting them ready to be handed out on the last day of the year. Thank you to all our fabulous teachers for the dedication they show to the students of Healesville Primary School. This time of the year is a time to celebrate the year that we have had but also a time to start to think about the year to come. Students are currently participating in the grade to grade transition program where they spend time in the year above. This allows students to become familiar with the 2019 class setting and with the students around them. Next week students will know the grade they are in and their teacher for 2019.

2019 Teaching Structure

HPS is going to see some changes in our staffing structure for next year.

Prep Sharyn Borg

Year 1 Katie Fuller

Year 1/2 Catherine Vermeltfoort

Year 2 Tom Gamble

Year 3 TBC

Year 3/4 Meagan Bult

Year 4 Sharyn Gellert (3 days) Rosie House (2 Days)

Year 5/6 Marlene Williams

Year 5/6 Troy Stafford

Year 5/6 Chris Kent

P6J Jo Yates

Physical Ed

Kelly Laidlaw


Fenna Hogg

Performing Arts

Fenna Hogg

Education Support Staff

Maidi Mitchell

Andy Collett

Tina Stewart

Eleanor Bruce

Margaret Balsdon

Levelled Literacy Intervention Rosie House and Fenna Hogg

Office Staff

Louise George

Simone King

Chaplain & Welfare Support

Penny Mentiplay

Assistant Principal



Cameron Heath

Staffing for 2019

This year HPS will be saying goodbye to some amazing staff members who are moving on to the next chapter of their lives.

  • Barb Darling has been successful in obtaining the Principal position at Dixon's Creek Primary School. Good luck in your new role.
  • Ash Dent has been a valuable member of our teaching staff for the past 4 years and is moving on from Healesville Primary School and we wish her luck in her new endeavours.
  • Tanya Dale will be taking a year to pursue other interests, we hope to see her back at school in 2020.
  • Anna Donald will also be taking the year to pursue other interests and we also will welcome her back in 2020.
  • Claire Liston will be taking a year's leave to travel the world - we wish her all the very best.
  • Deeon Toogood has been a valuable member of our teaching staff at HPS for 2 years. She will take a position up at Woori Yallock PS next year and we wish her the very best at her new school.
  • David Singleton has been a valuable member of our teaching staff this year. Dave will take up a position at Chirnside Park PS next year and we also wish him the very best at his new school.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank these staff and wish them all the very best.

Captains' Day

Monday 17 December is Captains' Day. All students can wear free dress and enjoy the activities the Captains have organised. The Captains have planned a wonderful day with lots of things for students to buy and participate in.


On Tuesday 18 December, our Year 6 students will graduate from Healesville Primary School. Congratulations to all the graduating students and good luck in the future.

School Captains Announcement

We are proud to announce that Scarlett T and Oscar M will be our School Captains for 2019. I am sure that Scarlett and Oscar will be exceptional captains and role models for our community. I would however like to congratulate all of the students who applied for these roles. They took a risk in doing so and demonstrated good grace when they were unfortunately unsuccessful. I am proud of each and every student who partook in this process.

I would also like to thank our current School Captains, Mia and Riley for their leadership throughout 2018, you have been amazing.

Last Day of Term – Friday 21 December will be our last day of the school year where we will farewell our Graduating Year 6 students. At 1.20pm we will have the Year 6 students walk through the guard of honour with their buddies.

Free Dress Day - Friday will be a Free Dress day

Over the holidays, I am looking forward to spending time with Karen, Alex and Ben at home and at Phillip Island. Whatever you may be doing over summer, please stay safe, enjoy time with your family and friends and have a joyous Christmas. I wish you all a great New Year and see you in 2019 - with students beginning on Wednesday, 30th January

(If you and your family use our school grounds during the holidays and see any suspicious activity, please call DET Emergency Management ( 9589 6266 or Healesville Police ( 9871 4111).

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Monday 17 December (Out of Uniform Day)

Captains Day

Tuesday 18 December

Year 6 Graduation Evening 6pm

Wednesday 19 December

Grade 3 Warburton Trail Bike Hike

Pupil Packs available for pick up 9:00 - 1:30 pm

Thursday 20 December

Prep - 2 Healesville Sanctuary Excursion

Year 3/4 End of Year Cinema/Picnic Excursion

Year 5/6 Queens Park Pool Day

Pupil Packs available for pick up 9:00 - 1:30 pm

No Canteen

Friday 21 December (Out of Uniform Day)

Pupil Packs available for pick up 9:00 - 1:30 pm.

Last Day of the Year - Early close at 1.30 pm

NO buses on the last day - Bus travellers will need to make alternative arrangements.

No Canteen

Thursday 24 January 2019

Pupil packs available for collection from school office 9.00am -1.00pm

Friday 25 January

Pupil packs available for collection from school office 9.00am -1.00pm

Uniform Shop open at school 9.00am -1.00pm

Tuesday 29 January

Pupil packs available for collection from school office 11.30am - 3.00pm

Wednesday 30 January

First Day of School for Students in Grades 1 to 6

Thursday 31 January

All preps attend for a half day

Friday 1 February

All preps attend for a half day

Congratulations to Chum for Winning this Terms Token Count.

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REGISTER your interest and/or book in for term1, 2019. Tuesday to Friday

3 – 5 yr old fine motor skills group.

Group, Squad and Private lessons available.

Wayne Broom – USPTA/Tennis Australia Club Professional

ph 0437008788 - healesvilletennis@live.com.au

General Information

Canteen Menu

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Mondays: 9:00 am - 10:00 am during the term

Additional dates: 25th January 2019 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

or alternatively


www.surreyclothing.com.au (see below)

Click here to order your uniforms online
Please click here to order your uniforms online.

School Login Details: Username - HPS Password - HPS

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We have been making loads of Christmas decorations and have a cheeky elf causing disruption in Aftercare trying to keep an eye on ALL of the children.

We would like to say goodbye to Jake and Skye and wish them all the best in High school. They have been part of after school activities for 6 and a half years and we will really miss them.

Stacey & Bob from 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 Afterschool Care, you need to enrol via the

Camp Australia enrolment link below.

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Are you experiencing domestic violence?

Help is available

Located at this school on select days, or by appointment, is a local specialist family violence service to support members of our school community who may be experiencing family violence.

This free service can provide information and specialist support, or are available just to have a chat. If you would like to drop in or make an appointment with the EDVOS Family Violence worker, enquire with the school administration for further details.

Or call EDVOS directly on 9259 4200. If you are in immediate danger please call 000