Going GaGa

Our new GaGa Ball Pit is up and running. 

Thank you to the GPA and everyone else who helped to raise funds and make this possible.

School Anzac Day Service

Piper Keith Heale visited GHPS and played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes during our Anzac Day Service.

Forensic Science

Students have had a great time exploring the field of forensics and applying first hand investigations to explore the concepts of fingerprinting, cracking codes, taking evidence and magnifying prints.


Grade 4-6 students have trialled protective equipment including gloves, goggles/face masks, booties, jumpsuits and hair coverings or hairnet to prevent hair from getting mixed up in crime scene evidence.

Melinda Oldham    Science Specialist


NAIDOC Medal of excellence

Congratulations to Asher, 2C, on being selected as a recipient of the ‘NAIDOC Medal of Excellence’ (one of 20 awarded across the state) as part of this year’s colouring competition.

Black Belt Hasini

On Saturday the 22nd of June All Stars Martial Arts Academy hosted their mid year martial arts gradings at the national head office in East Bentleigh, Melbourne. Among the hundreds of students grading in various martial arts such as karate, muay thai boran, boxing and MMA, one student, Hasini Teddu graded for her black belt in Karate.

Hasini has been learning martial arts at All Stars Martial Arts Academy in East Bentleigh for over 4 years to prepare herself for this grading. She has shown great determination, commitment and discipline over the years and even more so leading up to the black rank grading.

Each student’s mental attitude, behaviour, concentration & fitness level have been assessed leading up to their grading as training & gradings are placed under pressure.

The black belt grading involves being observed and tested on various skills, such as physical techniques, fitness, self defence, verbal diffusion skills & coordination. To achieve this level, students must demonstrate to a panel of graders that they can execute each movement at a high standard. Hasini was also asked to use a range of techniques to defend herself from attackers.

Upon completion of the black belt grading each student is asked to resite the black belt pledge & make a solemn promise to All Stars Martial Arts Academy.

All students attaining black belts read aloud “I vow to live my life by the principles of a black belt, sincerity, modesty, courtesy, self control, etiquette, integrity & an unbeatable spirit”.

Hasini was presented with her black belt at the end of the grading, passing with exceptional results. Upon being presented her black belt, all passing students were asked to wear their new belts for 72 hours after the grading to remind themselves and everyone else of all the hard work & commitment it has taken to reach this level.


For or more info on All Stars Martial Arts Academy call 03 9579 0800/ Email info@allstarsdefence.com.au or visit www.allstarsdefence.com.au

Thank you!!

Best Regards,

Andrew Zrajko

Hanmadang 2019

The Hanmadang Taekwondo competition was held on Sunday 9th June. Ivory, Raffi, Asher and Sampson all competed.

All performed very well, with all receiving medals. Well done.


GHPS Cabaret 2019

Tuesday 17th September

Robert Blackwood Hall

Monash University, Clayton Campus

Rehearsals have started and costumes are being prepared for this years fabulous Cabaret.

Please advise class teachers, or the office, if your child will not be present for our performance.

Rocktober was a hit!

On the 27th of October the GPA together with a committee made up of staff and parents put on ROCKTOBER – a music trivia night. This committee was made up of Laura James-Clark, John Jacobs, Andrew Aitken, Mark Dorrington, Dave Johnstone and myself. We prepared both the trivia questions for the night and made up the band that played live music.

Many other members of the GPA helped in setting up the night. Caitilin Hawkins and Andrea Carveth decorated the hall on a budget of zero – but the hall looked magnificent. Hayley Kringas came and turned the high jump bar into a wonderful Photo Booth backdrop. Nicole and Theo Verginis along with Katherine Dench and Angela Natalier helped move desks from the classroom to the hall and by the time we got started our school hall had been transformed into the setting for ROCKTOBER.

The night was a mixture of trivia questions, fun games and live music. From my point of view, it was a great learning experience and I will be better able to streamline it for next time. Thanks to all those who helped on the night especially Tony Carveth for running the games. Some things worked well and some things didn’t but the overall vibe of the night was great and lots of people had lots of fun – the band was still playing well past midnight and to a hard-core audience of stayers who had hung around and were dancing and having a good time.

From a fundraising perspective – because we provided everything ourselves, there were no external costs. This meant everything we took on the night was profit. Special thanks to those who donated auction items and prizes – Melbourne Music Centre in North Road, Ormond, the Giouris family, Andrew Aitken and Caitilin Hawkins. Thanks also to Caitilin and Helen Matthews for the Cake Raffle donations.

A very special thank you to our fearless Principal Libby Alessi who took to the stage to sing Bon Jovi’s ‘Living On A Prayer’ (a rendition that Mr JBJ would have been proud of) and to all those who tossed some money into the guitar case to show appreciation for her efforts. Thanks also to Ross Donnan for his wonderful artwork promoting the night. It was great to see so many people there including former parents and friends of the school community.

The following day a small pack up crew of John Jacobs, Andrew Aitken, Mark Dorrington, Caitilin Hawkins, Laura James-Clark, Alice Jayaweera, Emily Jayaweera and myself got the classroom and hall back into order and the school cleaner ensured that things would be right for Monday. I’d also like to thank my wife Sarah McGregor for all her support.

Overall it was an enjoyable night where people had fun and raised some money for the school all while dancing to the beat.

Shan Jayaweera

Wonderful Art


Thank you to Ms Justine De Bruyn for the wonderful art displays around our school. All of the students are enjoying your fantastic classes and producing some amazing pieces.