Newsletter 1 September 2016 – #26

Principal’s Report

Celebrating Literacy and Numeracy Week

Yesterday, 30th August, we were very excited to have Brian Nankervis, aka Raymond J Bartholomeuz, visit our school to perform some poetry reading for our Grade 1 – 6 students.

It was a wonderful performance and, along with using “The Party Hats” as part of the show, Brian commented that over all the years of visiting primary schools he had never seen anything as great as our band.

Well done Party Hats, and thank you Brian for such a lovely compliment. Mr Jacobs and Laura should be very proud and congratulated on their outstanding achievement with the students. 

GHPS Auskickers hit the big time



Last Sunday four of our GHPS students played in an Auskick grid game at Etihad Stadium. Will Short (3S), Michael Davey (2M), Evan Shields (2T) and Alex Verginis (2T) played at half time during the St. Kilda vs Brisbane Lions game on one of the AFL’s premier grounds.

Along with twenty of their Ormond Football Club Auskick friends they rucked, kicked, hand passed, marked and most exciting, all kicked goals during their once in a lifetime experience.

While truly soaking up the atmosphere all of our lads showed great passion and sportsmanship. Well done boys!!

2016 Paralympics in Rio

Russell Short, father of Jim, 4/5A and William, 3S, has been selected to represent Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. It will be his eighth Games and he will be competing in shot put.

Russell is an Australian legally blind athlete, who has competed at seven Paralympics and won six gold, two silver and four bronze medals.

Here is Jim’s report:

My Dad, Russell Short, is going to his 8th Paralympics in Rio.
He was the flag bearer at the Beijing Paralympics and he has been to Athens, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, London and Seoul.
In shot put, he held the world record which was 15.50 metres.
He will be throwing shot put in Rio at 11.30pm on 8th September and you can watch him on Channel 7 or on the Paralympics App.

Jim Short

We wish Russell well at the Games, and congratulate him on these fantastic achievements.

Awarded Leave to attend

Next week Ms Kamila Krauze will be attending the SMiSposium 2016 in Sydney from Monday 5th September and returning on Thursday 8th September. We look forward to hearing about Ms Krauze’s experience when she returns.

School Uniform

A reminder to please ensure your child is dressed in the GHPS correct uniform every day. The school really does pride itself on all students wearing the uniform correctly, and does not want this spoil by some students continuing to wear non-school colours. This includes differently coloured tights or stockings. Please wear maroon or navy ONLY.

Please contact the office if you need any further assistance.

Father’s Day Sunday 4th September

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in the GHPS Community. I hope you have a very nice day and your children give you some extra special attention. Maybe you will even get a special gift from the wonderful Father’s Day Stall!

Meeting Reminders:

Finance and School Council: Monday 5th September at 6pm and 6.30pm – EARLY START
End of Term 3: Early Dismissal 2.30pm Friday 16th September

Exciting Events

District Sports for the Squad Friday 2nd September
Prep – and 3-6 Disco: Saturday 10th September
Responsible Pet Care P -2 – Monday 12th September
Science Night for Parents, Students and Staff – Tuesday 13th September
Book Character Parade P -3 – Friday 16th Sep- 12-1pm

Libby Alessi



Remember to order your GHPS 2016 Cabaret DVD at the office.  $25.00 each


Stimulated Learning – Literacy and Numeracy

As you would be aware from the Home Reading competition notice that came home on Monday and from other communications, this week is:

To provide further impetus and traction to this special week of extra stimulated learning, yesterday the Years 1 to 6 students had the pleasure of participating in a Poetry performance and workshop, presented by Raymond J. Bartholomeuz (Brian Nankervis from the SBS show RocKwiz).

Brian also talked about how and why he has been inspired to write and perform poetry.

Today the students will be participating in a school wide Bingo participation, where:

  • Each class can choose 25 numbers from 1 to 50
  • Numbers will be read out each day over the PA system whilst the students are eating their lunch
  • The first grade to cross out all of their 25 numbers and call the office is the winning class

In addition to the above, there are other possible learning activities, which classes can implement to promote student interest and engagement in Literacy and Numeracy activities:

Links to Literacy and Numeracy week ideas /activities:
Six Word Stories, Read Alouds, Catch-a-Reader, Read for Australia – Friday 2 September 2016, Poem in your Pocket Poetry Workshop – Primary with Lorraine Marwood . Watch the video of Felicity Castagna where she explains the importance of literacy and provides some useful tips on reading from pre-school to high school.


Who won it? View the ‘Who won it?’ activity. Catch-an-Idea, Which way? View the ‘Which way’ activities. Thinkers are Winners View the ‘Thinkers are Winners’ activities.

At the national Literacy and Numeracy week website

(,  there are opportunities for parent/carer involvement as well, accessed by clicking on the Parent tab/picture icon on the right of the home page.

This will bring up information regarding:

  • About the week
  • You Can Make a Difference
  • How you can get involved
  • Making activities (board games, kites)
  • Write a story book
  • Top Literacy and Numeracy tips for parents
  • New Learning Potential App

This week there is a vast range of additional opportunities for you to be involved and provide further connections with the stimulated Literacy and Numeracy learning that your child experiences each week at Glen Huntly Primary School.

Please be sure to support and encourage your child’s successful involvement in the home reading competition this week, by hearing and sharing their oral reading at home and by signing their reading times for each day this week on the form provided.

David Jenkins
Assistant Principal

Notices distributed to parents

26th Aug              Athletic squad              District Aths
26th Aug             Prep B students            Move to room 7
29th Aug               All students           Home Reading comp
21st Aug               All students              Fathers’ Day Stall

Looking for a way to keep your children entertained over the school holidays?


Caulfield Recreation Centre’s spring school holiday program has a wide range of fun and exciting activities including Latitude, RollerRama, Mini-Golf, Magic Show, Freaky Friday and much more! For more information, or to register your child, call our centre on 9519 7500 or visit our website at


Important GPA Dates – TERM 3
(11 July – 16 September)

Friday, 2 September 2016 – Fathers’ Day Stall
Friday, 9 September 2016 (2.15PM – 3.15PM) – GPA Meeting in the Art Room (West site) – All welcome
Saturday, 10 September 2016 (8.00AM -1.00PM) – September Farmers Market (Grade 3 Families)
Saturday, 10 September 2016 (5 – 7.30pm) – Kids Disco – SAVE THE DATE
Friday, 16 September 2016 (lunchtime) – Pie lunch for last day of term

and many more exciting events to come

The Glen Huntly Parents Association (GPA) is the social and fundraising sub-committee of Glen Huntly Primary School.  We are a group of parents who organise fun activities and events for the children and the school community.  We also coordinate fundraising activities which provide much needed funds for our school.  We are always keen to welcome new members

– come along to our next meeting or let the office know if you would like to be added to our mailing list.

Read on to find out about:

  • REMINDER – Cadbury Fundraiser – money due back
  • Father’s Day Stall on tomorrow (Friday 2 September) – final callout for volunteers and donations
  • September Farmers Market on 10 September – callout for volunteers from Grade 3 to fill roster
  • Kids Disco on 10 September (5-7 pm) – tickets on sale now – callout for volunteers
  • Icy-pole and hot chocolates – on sale Friday lunchtime

Find a list of open SIGN UP rosters (including a brand new, Term 4 – Cake Raffle roster) at the end of this newsletter and SIGN UP!

Cadbury Chocolate Drive  


Money due back

If you haven’t already done so, please return all chocolate money to the office in the envelope supplied, clearly marked with your child’s name. Thank you for supporting our fundraising.  All money raised will go towards our Capital Works Project and assist with the purchase of split system air conditioners and classroom furniture.

Fathers’ Day Stall on tomorrow (Friday 2 September)

Don’t forget to send money in for our Father’s Day Stall tomorrow. We will have plenty of gifts for Dad ranging in price from $1, with most gifts in the $3-5 price bracket. Show Dad some love!

Also, don’t forget to bring your home made goodies and any gifts you would like to donate direct to our stall in the Art Room (West site) or to the office before 9.00am tomorrow. Simply:

  • fill cellophane bags with home-made items (such as chocolate balls, biscuits, fudge or gingerbread) or you can make a batch in a named container (so we can return it to you later) and we will bag them up for you. The options are endless – but please, no fresh cream or custard.
  • include information in each bag (or inside your named container) about what you have made, the ingredients you used, when it was made and who made it.

If you are available to help on Friday, pop by the stall and we will put you to work.

September Farmers Market

10 September 2016 – CALLOUT FOR VOLUNTEERS

The roster is now open for the September Farmers Market. This month we are calling on Grade 3 parents and children to fill the roster. Let’s see if you can go all the way and fill every single spot (show us how it’s done!).

Simply follow the September Farmers Market link below in the SIGN UP section at the end of this newsletter or on SkoolBag and choose one spot or more. Alternatively, you can email to find out how you can help.


Kids Disco on 10 September 2016 (5 – 7.30pm) in the Wendy Wilson Hall.

(extended til 8pm for parents to join in the fun).

Tickets are selling fast for the Kids Disco, returning this year on Saturday 10 September. Buy your tickets now from the Office by returning your order form and payment – tickets are $10 per child (friends are welcome too). The order form is also available on SkoolBag. There will be no ticket sales on the door on the day. Parents collecting children at 7.30 are welcome to join in the dancing fun until 8.00pm (while we clean up around you).

Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help. We still need your help:

  • Cleaning up the Hall afterwards from approx.. 7.30 – 8.15pm

Simply follow the Kids Disco link below in the SIGN UP section at the end of this newsletter or on SkoolBag and choose one spot or more. Alternatively, you can email to find out how you can help.

Icy Pole and Hot Chocolate Roster

Icy-poles and hot chocolates can be purchased every Friday for $1 each. Children who bring their own cup receive a free marshmallow!

Thank you to Nicole Verginis, Fiona Davey and Cassandra David-Shields for helping out last week. The roster has been filled for this term (see below).

Date Volunteers
2 September Yvonne Balfour Cassandra David-Shields Reham
9 September Melanie Birkby Fiona Davey Cassandra David-Shields
16 September Melanie Birkby Yvonne Balfour Dianne Mentis


We need your help on the following open rosters

EVENT Date(s) SignUp link % Filled
Father’s Day Stall 1 and 2 September 41%
September Farmers Market 10 September 19%
Kids Disco 10 September 79%
Term 4 – Cake Raffle 7 October – 16 December 0%


We are now using the SignUp website to coordinate upcoming events. Here’s how the website works:

1) Click on the event specific link, or copy it into your browser to see the roster. The links to open rosters will also be provided on SkoolBag.

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up by entering your name, email address and phone number! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.

SignUp does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address or if you need help, you can contact and we can sign you up.

The SignUp website will send you a reminder, and will let you change or cancel your spot if your circumstances change, or you can contact and we can change it for you.


Cake raffle

Congratulations to Alex 2T on winning Briana Price-Robertson’s delicious Chocolate Crackles at last week’s assembly and thank you to Briana for joining our bakers’ list.

This week’s creation is from Rose Agnew so don’t forget to bring your $1 coin and have the chance to win something delicious.



2nd Sept Rose Agnew
9th Sept Cassandra David-Shields
16th Sept Nicole Verginis




Thu 1st              Sporting After School Program – Softball
Fri 2nd                District Athletics
Fri 2nd                Father’s Day Stall
Mon 5th           Sporting After School Program – Athletics
Wed 7th           Sporting After School Program – Tennis
Thu 8th            Sporting After School Program – Softball
Sat 10th           Farmers’ Market
Sat 10th            Kids Disco
Fri 16th             Pie Lunch
Fri 16th             End of Term 3



To purchase uniform please see the uniform page on the website.

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