Newsletter #7 – 16 May 2019

Principal’s Report

Curriculum Day:

On Friday the 10th of May our classroom teachers spent the day collaborating and learning with the teachers from Ripponlea Primary School and South Yarra Primary School. Our guest presenter was Misty Adoniou who is an Associate Professor in Language Literacy and English as a Second Language at the University of Canberra. Our focus for the day was “Scaffolding Literacy- using quality children’s literature to teach complexity and wonder in writing.”

In order to have a broad repertoire of literacy practices we need a deep reservoir of language knowledge. Remember, language and literacy are not the same. Literacy is about being able to make effective language choices and use language knowledge to make meaning in different contexts and for different purposes. Our staff had a great day collaborating with teachers from other schools and they all had many ‘take aways’ from the day.


Mother’s Day Stall:

Thank you and a BIG shout out to GPA and all of our volunteers who helped in our Mother’s Day stall.

This year our Student Councillors also joined in and worked alongside Libby Alessi in making mixed lollies bags to sell at the stall. Our Student Councillors saw firsthand all of the hard work that our school volunteers put in to raising precious funds for our school and also realise how much FUN it is giving back to the school community.

Buildings and Grounds:


What a joy it is to see the first signs of our grass being laid on our oval. The grass for the goal post areas will be going in next week and all of the finishing touches to our Kanga Cricket pitch will also start to take place. I am very excited to announce that we will be getting an area of the West Site playground prepared for new grass over the next fortnight. Jim and his team will be preparing the area for the laying of seeds to begin.

Drinking Bubblers:

We have installed 4 new drinking bubblers for the students on the West Site. If you haven’t seen them yet, make sure you go over and check them out! The students have been loving them, especially that now they can fill up their drink bottles from the bubblers. Stage 2 of our drinking bubblers will commence on the East Site over the coming weeks.

Education Week:

Next week is Education Week and this year’s theme is “inspire their future career”. Students start imagining their working lives from an early age. We can help them think about their passions and how they can achieve their career goals this Education Week, 19-25 May. This year is the 75th year of Education Week and is an opportunity for all schools to showcase and celebrate excellence in education through activities, open days, exhibitions and special events. Education Week is a great time for educators to show students how their hard work will shape their future career and lives. Career education in government schools is being transformed to ensure that students have the skills they need to meet the challenges of the future world of work, and this Education Week is a time to have them explore the opportunities ahead.

GHPS Education Week Events:

Tuesday 21st May:

9:30-10:30am Prep Parent Information Morning 2020

5:00-6:00pm Open Night: students and parents are welcome to come and look at all of the amazing learning that has happened so far in 2019 across the school

6:00-7:00pm- Prep Parent Information Evening 2020

Wednesday 22nd May:

8:00-8:45am- Community Breakfast

9:00-9:30am- Open Morning

Friday 24th May:

9:30-10:30am- Grandparents Morning Tea

Morning Tea being served in the Wendy Willson Hall 10-10:30am

(The School Choir will be singing at morning assembly and at the morning tea)

Please make sure you return the red form to let us know what events you will coming too. This is extremely helpful for us when we are ordering the food for the community breakfast and for GPA when organising the grandparent’s morning tea.


Education is NOT the learning of facts,

but the training of the mind to think.        Albert Einstein


Amy Tinetti

Acting Principal

Today is Education Support Personnel Day and we would like to acknowledge all of the wonderful work that our fantastic ESP team does for our staff, students and community.

Thank you to Anu, Ariane, Denise, Fiona, Julie, Laura, Lisa, Ruth, Tania and Tanya. We could not achieve what we do without your dedication and support.

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

Jon 0F – for listening and following instructions given by his teacher and peers this week. And for staying on task during his Art session. Well done Jon and Happy Birthday

Sai 0F – For trying his best to read out the ‘ng’ sounds during our guided reading session this week.

Vanshika 0S – For her improved skills and ability to stay focused on her work. Fantastic effort.

Tharini 1A – For being a very kind, caring and helpful classmate this week. You have made 1A’s new students feel very welcome.

Hiya 1E – For her impressive effort with her reading. Your comprehension was outstanding!

Isaac 1M – Your impressive narrative about a mystery box. You used your imagination and focussed well on the task! Awesome!

Adeeth 2C – Your dedication to your spelling and writing. You have improved so much.

Sanvi 2C – Writing such a detailed and impressive recount of her weekend. Your vocabulary has expanded so much!

Connor 2L – For being an excellent helper in digital learning and helping his peers with typing.

Agapi 2M – For an impressive start at Glen Huntly Primary School.

Arnav 3K – Creating a detailed, descriptive Sizzling Start at the beginning of his persuasive writing piece.

Dhevesh 3S – Excellent progress in his classwork. Your hard work is paying off!

Sahasra 3S – Having such an excellent attitude to school and learning and always giving 100%

Adhithi 4J – Regular valued contributions to class discussions this week

Vivi 4J – Regular valued contributions to class discussions this week

Kota 4R – For your engagement and detailed responses during guided reading this week. Well done!

Sethmundi 5S – Completing tasks to a high standard and being a respectful student of 5S.

Mahathi 6J – Taking Literacy Group tasks to and beyond your ability levels as asked, to produce detailed, deep and sophisticated work quality

How to help your child plan their writing BEFORE they write.

Eugenia Sassos

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This Term

  • After a visit from the SSFA. Jack, the clubs president offered some special scholarships for our GHPS students to play for the season for free. Those offered the scholarships were Arjun, Advaith and Abzel in Grades 4 & 5. As well as Sachin and Hudson in Grade 2. A great opportunity for these students and we wish them good luck for their season!

  • District Cross-Country notices have gone home this week. Place getters and winners will be announced at assembly this Friday.
  • Winter 5.6 sport friendly rounds starts this Friday. Notices have also gone home for our Winter Lightening Premiership Round held on Friday, 24th May.


Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or foster parents are eligible to apply for the Education State Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund.

To be eligible for the fund, a parent or legal guardian of a student attending a Victorian Primary School MUST hold a Pension or Concession Card or Centrelink Health Care Card.

This form is available from the office and must be filled out each year.

For more information, contact the office

Notices distributed to parents

May 3                       Applicable Students                     Active After School

May 5                        All Students                                   Creative Competition

May 6                       All Students                                    Education Week Information

May 9                       Year 1/2 Students                         Stimulating Science session

May 13                     Year 5/6 Students                         Lightening Premiership

May 14                     Applicable Students                     Cross Country




Thu 16           NO LITTLE BOOK WORMS

Tue 21             Open Night  5.00pm – 6.00pm

Wed 22           Community Breakfast  8.00am – 8.45am

Fri 24              Grandparents Morning Tea  10.00am – 10.30am

Fri 24             Year 5/6 Lightening Premiership


Mon 11           Queen’s Birthday Holiday