Newsletter #16 November 5, 2021


    Learning Today.                     Leading Tomorrow.                                                             

Principal’s Report

Happy Diwali 2021

Best wishes to all members of our school community who will be celebrating Diwali. Students were invited to come to school dressed up to celebrate and we hope they enjoyed this major festival celebration.

Return to school

We very much enjoyed students returning to school this week and hope they have had a great time seeing their friends and learning face to face once again. It has been a very welcome and much anticipated sight.

Staff Professional Learning

On Wednesday staff undertook professional learning to update their certificate in Management of Asthma and Practical CPR. Select staff continued with Level 2 First Aid training.

For the second half of the day, staff used worked examples with annotations for all Victorian curriculum levels to moderate pieces of writing.

Shade Sail Grant $25000

Such great news thanks to Mr Cameron White:  The school has just received a $25000 shade sail grant from a recent application. The shade sail is to be erected over the decking outside the library so we can create a covered outdoor learning space. when that is completed in early 2022.

West Site

Mr White and I have been discussing with the School Council and staff how to re-scape and upgrade the asphalted playing spaces on the West Site. In addition to removing the large tree root that was playing havoc with the asphalt, and having that smoothed out, we have been seeking quotes to resurface the asphalted areas with a new synthetic surface that will be a welcome and aesthetic addition to the play area.  We know everyone loves the grassed areas and they are remaining, but the whole space will be further complemented by what we are planning.


A reminder for all parents and students to arrive on time to school before 9am now that we have returned to school. A teacher will be on yard duty at 8.45am to supervise students in the playground.

Libby Alessi    Principal

Congratulations to the following students who received a ‘Student of the Week’ award.

0R – All your hard work and enthusiasm this week being back onsite! I am so proud of you all! I can’t wait to have more fun with you this term!

0S – Well done on an amazing first week back at school. I am so proud of your hard work and dedication. I can’t wait to see all the amazing things we can do this term!

1E – Your resilience, creativity, hard work and your constant smiling faces during remote learning. I can’t wait to finish off the year with you all!

1M – Your hard work, dedication and wonderful efforts that you have put into Remote Learning this term! I am so proud of you!

2C –For always showing kindness, perseverance and fantastic engagement throughout remote and onsite learning. I am so impressed with the absolutely outstanding efforts put in each week.

2K – Being such an incredible grade – showing resilience, kindness towards others, enthusiasm during all discussions, dedication to completing tasks and fantastic puzzle problem solving during our remote learning sessions. Also for settling in beautifully and smoothly back into the classroom this week.

3F – For your resilience and continued positive attitude during remote learning. Thank you for always bringing your beautiful smiles to every roll call and making me a very proud teacher.

Rhea Madhu 3O – For her Fantastic, Fractured Fairy Tale, The Three Little Pigs Told by the Big Bad Wolf. You incorporated some great punctuation and dialogue. Well done.

Varnika 4N – For your consistent effort during remote learning. Well done for always submitting tasks, contributing in class calls and asking questions to ensure you are completing work to the best of your ability. You’re a superstar!

Max 4R – For trying your hardest in Remote Learning and providing wonderful and thoughtful insights during focus groups and Literature Circles. Amazing effort!

5/6J – For being a supportive, courageous, and dedicated class throughout online learning. You have all shown great resilience in the way you have engaged in lessons and helped one another throughout 2021. You should all be so proud of your efforts! A fantastic start to Term 4!

5/6OP – Adapting to the ever-changing climate of remote to onsite learning. You continue to take it all in your stride and adapt to change so seamlessly. Think of all of the skills in resilience, organisation and persistence you have developed over the course of this year. Your work submissions and attendance have been outstanding.

5/6S – Being a resilient, reliable, encouraging, and supportive class throughout Remote Learning. You have shown that even through adversary, you’re able to show what terrific members of GHPS you truly are. You should be proud of your efforts and enjoy the remainder of 2021!

Music and Japanese – Arnaud Ong – Consistently high-quality learning task completion during Remote Home Learning, in both Music and Japanese, strongly exhibiting inspiring and profound commitment to advanced mastery and deep knowledge of all learning challenges, every week.

Excellence in Remote Learning – Aadhya Reddy Gadepally – Exceptional leadership with tutoring other students and consistently impressive learning task focus during Remote Learning.

Head lice do not transmit infectious diseases – they are transmitted by having head to head contact with someone who has head lice. You may be reassured to know that head lice are commonly found in places other than at Glen Huntly Primary School. Head lice are common in school-aged children and are the most adaptable of creatures. They have survived living solely on humans for 10,000 years!!!!

What can you do?
Check your child’s hair and in those instances where head lice or eggs are found, treat your child’s hair.

Please click here to see the attached pamphlet Treating and Controlling Head Lice, from the Department of Human Services. This pamphlet has informative guidelines regarding detecting and treating head lice and eggs.

How do I treat my child for head lice?
The attached pamphlet (as noted above) has informative guidelines regarding detecting and treating head lice and eggs.  The school also has additional information available regarding treatment and controlling head lice.

If head lice or eggs are found on your child’s hair you need to inform:

  • the school and advise when the treatment has started,
  • parents or carers of your child’s friends so they too have the opportunity to detect and treat their children if necessary.

When can my child return to school?
Health regulations requires that where a child has head lice, that child should not return to school until the day after appropriate treatment has started. Please note, this refers only to those children who have live head lice and does not refer to head lice eggs.

Glen Huntly Primary School is aware that head lice can be a sensitive issue and is committed to maintaining your confidentiality.

The Read-A-Thon is up and running! 

Funds raised will be supporting the States Schools’ Relief (50%) and GHPS library (50%), with families to collect donations and make one payment to GHPS via Compass at the end of the event.

Prizes will be awarded for the most books read and most money raised for Junior and Senior students! 

Closing date is Fri 12/11/2021. Click to download a  Pledge Form and Reading Log.

Happy Reading!

GPA Committee

Sport News

Active Schools Go For Gold Competition closes at 11:59pm on Sunday 7 November.

Go for Gold participants will be in the running to win a Fitbit Ace (one per participating school) via

Remember, the interschool competition will also be determined from these entries and council will award the Active Schools Champion trophy to the winning school.

The more students who enter means the more chance your school has of taking out the 2021 title.

The form is easy to complete with most questions asking entrants to select an answer from a drop-down list. Students do not need to upload their ticket, but they will need to enter the ticket code which is printed at the bottom of their ticket (front page).

Miss Kasambalis

Art News

CLICK HERE for information and Order Form

TheirCare News

Little Book Worms return in 2022

We look forward to seeing you then.

Notification of changes to Fee payments and

Excursion Permissions and Payments.

Due to the current situation of lockdown, and the upcoming Capital Works, we are making some amendments on how we will communicate regarding Excursion Permissions and Payments.

Communication notices regarding excursions will be sent through COMPASS.

Permissions are to be given through COMPASS.

Preferred payment method for Fee payments and Excursions is through COMPASS.

EFT will still be available in the office and, if no other method is possible, correct cash only (no change will be given).

This will allow us to always keep all the correct information available to staff whilst on an excursion.

CLICK HERE for Parent’s Guide to Compass