Newsletter #12 – 1 August 2019

Principal’s Report

The first stage of our Capital Works has begun! Libby and I met with Paul Borci, our Project Manager from the Victorian School Building Authority and Ross Gardiner, our Senior Provision and Planning Officer from DET, to interview architects.

Libby has also met with our Student Council to receive feedback on how the schools physical environment could be improved. We received some fantastic ideas from our students, here are a few:

Year 1’s West Site Playground suggestions:

  • Swirly slides
  • Spider web play equipment
  • Sports area for soccer
  • Rock climbing wall
  • More monkey bars

Year 1 Classrooms suggestions:

  • Having doors and walls
  • A bigger whiteboard
  • More space to display work
  • Interactive whiteboard
  • Re-paint classrooms
  • More books for the book nook

Year 6 Whole School Improvement suggestions:

  • New fence entrances with proper gateways that are inviting
  • A bike shed on the West Site
  • Widening the gates on Lyons Rd and on the lane
  • Bigger, new and secure bike shed
  • New sports shed
  • Canteen area
  • Office for the Junior Site
  • Library on the West Site
  • More chickens
  • Coded boom gate
  • Extra sporting equipment
  • A new chook shed
  • Gardens around the edge of the yard
  • More native gardens
  • Larger new vegetable garden that students maintain linked with cooking
  • Indoor/outdoor classrooms
  • Conference interview/withdrawal rooms
  • Toilets inside the main building
  • New PA system across the school
  • Pond near the chicken shed

Our students had so many fantastic ideas and it was great to see the effort they put in to their answers. We would also like to hear from our parent community!

Please email the school on: with your response to the following question:

Describe how the development of the school’s physical environment could be improved to help our students learn.

We will be sharing all of our student, teacher and parent responses with our architects. School Council will also be sharing their thoughts on this at our meeting on Monday. Libby and I will also keep you informed on which architect company was successful in being chosen to work with GHPS.

Our wonderful Cabaret for 2019 is almost ready to go!

Laura is very happy with the way all classes have been rehearsing and trying their hardest to put on an exciting and fabulous performance. Lisa and Tania are busy helping the students try on their costumes and prepare for the big night. Mr Aitken has been assisting Laura during dance rehearsals and teaching the students the songs, which they have been singing beautifully.

We are all looking forward to another fantastic and fun night on Tuesday, 17th September. See you there!

100 Days of Prep:

Congratulations to our Prep students, parents and teachers for reaching the very special milestone of completing their first 100 days of school! It is always so rewarding to see the progress that all of our prep students make in their first 100 days of school and GHPS is extremely proud of them all.


Prep 2020:

If you have a child starting Prep at GHPS 2020 PLEASE hand in your enrolment form ASAP.

Also, if you know anyone in our community who has a Prep student starting with us in 2020 please give them a friendly reminder to get their enrolment form in as well!

Libby and I will be commencing with our Workforce Planning 2020 very soon!


Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

Amy Tinetti

Assistant Principal

Congratulations to the following students who have received a Student of the Week award

Srithan 0F – for settling into the routine of GHPS and for making some new friends. We are excited to have you in our Prep F family.

James 0F – for using his phonemic knowledge and pointing to the words during his guided reading session this week

Uchit 0N – For practising your reading during the holidays and moving up a level! You’re a star!

Ahaan 0N – For your awesome effort during our lessons on telling time to o’clock and half past. Well done!

Dylan 0R – For settling into Prep R with ease! You have had a wonderful first week!

Harvey 0R – For always trying his best during Monster Maths this week. You are a place value superstar!

Dishen 0S – For jumping up TWO reading levels over the holidays. Keep up the amazing work!

Rina 0S – For settling into prep S so well. Keep up the great work!

Sai 1A – For your hard work and focus in all Monster Maths lessons this term. Amazing effort!

Anvay 1A – For working independently with confidence during our open-ended maths challenge to create equal groups. Well done!

Vivaan 1E – For his fantastic effort in the classroom. Keep up the good work. I can’t wait to see what you achieve in this half of the year.

Twisha 1E – For always putting in her best effort in her work! Thank you for being a leader in our class.

Shanaya 1M – Showing your thinking while reading the book ‘Little Monster Did It’ in your readers’ notebook. You are a super star!

Ruchika 1M – editing your weekend recount and adding adjectives to make your writing more interesting. Well done!

Roshna 2C – Always taking great pride in the presentation of your work! You are a star!

Aanya 2C – being such a delightful member of 2C. I love your curious nature. keep on asking great questions.

Yashica 2L – For being enthusiastic in class discussions and trying her best in all her work

JP 3F – great understanding of short division

Diya 3F – great understanding of division

Mitesh 3K – Trying hard with writing, presenting in front of the room with confidence and making friends!

Charitha 3S – Always having such an enthusiastic attitude towards her school work.

Risa 3S – settling into GHPS so well.

Sara 3S – a wonderful first 2 weeks at GHPS.

Jinia 4C – For your excellent effort in applying Dynamic Dialogue into your writing.

Aradhya 4R – For your impressive focus and work during our reading and writing tasks this week. Keep it up!

Sully 4R – For taking initiative during our inquiry experiment and helping your classmates complete the task. Amazing!

Apurva 4R – For your spot-on summary of our reading text this week during guided reading. Keep up the great work!

Michael 5O – For being a wealth of knowledge relating to our ‘Earth and Space Science’ unit. Keep up the great enthusiasm!

Lakshmi 5S – For being a kind, caring and compassionate member of 5S who is always willing to help others in her class.

Sam, Alex and Nicholas 6J – Excellent empathy, admirable friendship support and for making a moral stance when this was seen to be necessary.

Chris 6J – For thoroughly seeking complete clarification from your teacher, in relation to dividing one fraction by another fraction.

Etai and Xavier 6P – Excellent empathy, admirable friendship support and for making a moral stance when this was seen to be necessary.

Thank you to Anupreet (Sam 5S) for working on the Earn and Learn stickers for us.

We appreciate all of your help.

What’s On In Sport?

Congratulations to Isabelle in 5S for receiving the Most Valuable Player award in he St Anthony’s Netball Club team.

You are a star Issy!

House Athletics

House Athletics will be held at Duncan McKinnon Reserve on Friday, 16th August.

Year 3-6  9.30am to 2.45pm

Prep to Year 2  10.30am to 1.30pm.

Get your House colours ready!

Exciting updates for the Premiers’ Reading Challenge!

Glen Huntly Primary School students have read a total of 11,849 books and 268 students have completed the challenge so far. That is over 66% of students at our school!

A massive congratulations to all those who have completed the challenge and don’t forget to keep reading as it all ends on the 6th of September!

From Miss Lucas-Lely – librarian

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Notices distributed to parents

29 July                          Year 3 Students           Plastic Bottles Needed

29 July                            All Students                 House Athletics

1 Aug                                All Families                  Book Week




Fri 16                    House Athletics

Fri 23                   Dress Up for Book Week

Wed 28               Cabaret Photo Day