Healesville Primary School


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Term 3 - Week 10 - Thursday 17 September 2020

From the Principal's Desk…

Dear Parents and Carers,

We made it – we got to the end of another very challenging term. Thank you for all that you do! This week we had our Parent Appreciation Day on Thursday. One day is not nearly enough for how you have assisted us throughout this year. We can’t thank you enough as you have made it possible for the remote learning to be such a success. The banners and messages are just a small token of how much we appreciate your support. I think this has been a great example of how valuable and important the relationship between home and school is. It is so true – TOGETHER WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

I also wanted to share with you an email I received from Cindy McLeish our State Member of Parliament yesterday. Cindy McLeish asked students and parents to nominate a teacher who they thought went above and beyond during remote learning. She was inundated with great responses and enjoyed reading over all the comments. Cindy wanted to share with myself and the staff, the comments teachers received from our school. The following teachers were nominated – CONGRATULATIONS to Georgia Horsley, Meagan Bult, Sharon Gellert, Sharyn Borg and Marlene Williams. Congratulations to all our other staff as well for the fantastic job they have also done during this time.

Holiday Activity:

Some of you may have seen an article that was on Channel Nine on the 1st of September about schools in Scoresby making paper flowers for a nursing home. The faces of the elderly showed how much they loved this and it really brightened up their lives. We as a staff have discussed how we would like to do the same for the four aged care facilities in Healesville. Over the holidays we are hoping that all of our students will make at least one paper flower. If all students do this then we could have over two hundred to deliver. They can be made with old wrapping paper, catalogues, scrap paper – any paper at all. I am including a website that has ideas and templates to use. Our plan is to get everyone to drop the flowers off at school during week one. Then we can divide them into four groups and make our deliveries in week two with hopefully our school and house captains involved. Holmwood contacted the school last week about writing cards for their residents as well and we thought that would be a great addition to the flowers. We know that these holidays will be a challenge as there are limited activities families can do so we hope that spending some time making flowers would be a great distraction that will bring joy to many of the elderly.


Important Information for Term Four

Please note we will be having a Curriculum Day on Monday 2nd November. This is the Melbourne Cup Weekend so there will be no school for students on the Monday or Tuesday. Teachers will be undertaking Professional Learning with Narissa Leung regarding the best practice in Literacy of using mentor texts.

As further information becomes available, I will update you. If pertinent information comes out during the school holiday period I will contact you through dojo.

  • All students will continue with remote learning for week one (Monday 5th October – Friday 9th October). Teachers will continue to work remotely as well providing the online platform of learning. We are able to offer onsite supervision to students of permitted workers for this week. So if that is you – please send in your onsite attendance forms asap.
  • Grade Prep, One and Two students return for face to face teaching from Monday 12th October (start of week 2). There will be no remote learning offered for these levels as those teachers will be back onsite teaching their classes.
  • Grade Three, Four, Five and Six students will continue with remote learning until the Government/ Education Department advise otherwise. Teachers of these levels will continue to work offsite unless they are required for supervision of students of permitted workers. We will continue to provide onsite supervision to students of permitted workers in grades 3 – 6 until everyone is back onsite. We will still need to complete onsite attendance forms for those levels.
  • There will be Specialist classes provided for students that are onsite as well as the remote learning specialist activities.
  • We are still unable to allow parents / carers/ visitors onsite at this time.
  • Camps and excursions cannot take place at this time.
  • Our school playgrounds are not available for community use.
  • Our transition sessions for our 2021 preps will be held through a remote platform at this stage.

Important information for Week Two and Beyond:

At the start of next term in week one, I will send out the following information again.

  • Staff will meet students at the drop off zone at the start of the day and provide hand sanitiser.
  • Students will need to bring their own water bottles.
  • We will continue to emphasis good hygiene practices, sanitiser will be available for all students and staff to use throughout the day.
  • Extra cleaning will continue to be provided – including sanitising the playground areas as well as high tough areas.
  • Temperature checks will continue for all students at the start of the day when they get to their classrooms.
  • Teachers will bring students to the drop off zone at 3:30pm at the end of the day. If you meet you child at another area – that can continue.

In this newsletter you will see another great initiative from our school captains – they held a cooking competition for our students. Have a look at what great chefs we have. There have been many examples of the fantastic work that has been achieved this term on our Facebook page as well as our newsletter. Congratulations to all of our students on the high standard of the work they completed this term. Well Done!

I would also like to congratulate the satellite unit of the Yarra Ranges Special Development School that has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Victorian Excellence in Education Awards. This is a spectacular achievement – well done to the staff!

Lastly – I hope everyone is able to take a well-earned relaxing break over the holiday period. I look forward to seeing Healesville Primary back in full operation as early as possible in term four.

Take care.

Tracey Robertson-Smith


Friday 18 September

  • Last Day Term 3
  • Onsite Learning Students finish 2:30pm
  • (Bus travellers finish 2:15pm)


Just a reminder we are still unable to allow parents/carers/visitors onsite at this time.

Monday 5 October - Friday 9 October

(Children of essential services/permitted workers are able to attend this week. Please make sure you have your form into us by tomorrow Friday 18th September).

Wednesday 7 October

(CANCELLED) - Prep Transition Afternoon

Monday 12th October

  • Welcome back to Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 return to school for onsite learning
  • (Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 to CONTINUE WITH REMOTE LEARNING until further notice from the Education Department - Children of essential services/permitted workers are able to attend).

Tuesday 13 October

WHOLE SCHOOL PHOTOS (CANCELLED) - Rescheduled to November 10

Wednesday 14 October

Preps 2021 Virtual Transition Afternoon - Meet the Principal & Prep Teachers 2.30 - 3.30pm

Monday 19 October - Friday 23 October


Tuesday 20 October

School Council Meeting 6.30 - 9pm

Wednesday 21 October

Prep 2021 Virtual Transition Evening - Parent Information Session 7 - 8pm

Wednesday 28 October

Prep 2021 Virtual Transition Afternoon - Virtual School Tour & Buddy Program 2.30 - 3.30pm

Monday 2 November


Tuesday 3 November


Wednesday 4 November

Preps 2021 Transition Afternoon Session 1 - Held onsite (Covid pending) 2.30-3.30pm

Tuesday 10 November


Wednesday 11 November

Preps 2021 Transition Afternoon Session 2 - Held onsite (Covid pending) 2.30-3.30pm

Wednesday 18 November

Preps 2021 Transition Afternoon Session 3 - Held onsite (Covid pending) 2.30-3.30pm

Winners of our Cooking Competition!

Well......we have the results of the Cooking Competition after a few weeks of students having fun in the kitchen and producing some FANTASTIC culinary delights.

The School Captains had an arduous task trying to choose the winners and a great discussion on the effort, creativity and elements involved in each entry.

They were very much aware that all entries were amazing, wanted to make everyone a winner and acknowledged that they had a really difficult task.

Student Awards

1/2G: Bella H - for enthusiastically participating in all learning activities throughout remote learning. Well done Bella!

3/4B: Michael L (MJ) - for working really hard on his reading and to

Ella B - for a super job on multiplication.

5/6S: Lyndsay M & Charli L - for their outstanding reports on Japan. They were so detailed and looked like they had been professionally done.

5/6W: Jack K - for his wonderful work on his report on Japan.

ART: Artists of the Week: Tyson C (Prep H), Abi R (5/6W), Ella D (5/6W), Evelyn B (5/6S), Maddy C (PH) & Beau D (1/2G)

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Hello to Yarra Ranges Athletics athletes, families and supporters!

We hope you are all well, keeping safe and sane during these difficult times. While we were unable to have a Cross Country season this winter, the weather is telling us that Summer is around the corner and eventually we will return to the track for competition.

YRA Virtual Competition

Missing athletics? While we are waiting for training and competition to resume the Committee are offering some virtual competition to help get us ready for Summer. Ready to learn new skills, hone your rusty skills and test yourself against other athletes in your age group? Senior athletes and Parents are encouraged, or should be expected, to join in and enter their results too!

Each week (on a Friday) a different athletic event and a strength exercise will be demonstrated by Coach Kate on the Yarra Ranges Athletics Facebook page. You then have one week (closing the following Thursday at 5pm) to comment on the post with your name, age, club (ie Redbacks) and result.

When do we start?

From Friday 11 September the first event will be the standing long jump (and triple jump for the older athletes) with push ups being the strength exercise. All you need is a measuring tape or ruler to measure the jump of your Athlete and a clock to time your push ups.

Which club will have the most participants? Who will jump the furthest in their age group? Which age group will have the most participants?

We will keep a tally, and a virtual leaderboard each week for a bit of friendly competition.

Spread the word

These coaching sessions and the virtual competition are not limited to YRA families only. Please tag your friends who might like to try athletics skills or who have been thinking about joining Athletics for 2020/21. Athletics is for everyone! Any guests or friends of members can join their favourite club for the virtual leaderboards.

Enjoy this virtual competition and skills sessions until we see you at the track!

If you have any questions please email info@yarrarangesathletics.org.au

YRA Committee 2020/21

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