Newsletter #9 July 16, 2021


    Learning Today,                     Leading Tomorrow.                                                             

Principal’s Report

Welcome back to all of our students, staff and families. We hope you are all well rested and ready for Term 3! We are so thrilled to be able to go ahead with our Cabaret this year and rehearsals have begun. Our Year 3 and Year 4 students will be off on their very first camp to Waratah Bay in August. Icy pole/Hot Chocolate Friday and our Cake Raffle will be back on Friday 23rd July and GPA will once again be running a Father’s Day Stall in September and will be planning more events for us to enjoy.

Our wonderful teachers have been busy planning an engaging and stimulating term of learning for our students. Students will be diving into their Writers Notebooks, Mentor Texts and Number Talks and will discover new things in their Inquiry Learning.


I would like to officially welcome Liz Howard as our newly appointed Business Manager and thank her for coming in during the last couple of weeks in term 2 and during the holidays for handover with Julie.

A start of a new era in the office and we look forward to working with you and wish you a wonderful career at GHPS.

It’s a boy!

Congratulations to Jasmine Roth and Mike on the safe arrival of baby River on Monday 12th July.

Mum and dad are very much in love with their beautiful baby boy, and we can’t wait for baby cuddles when they visit.

2022 Prep Enrolments

GHPS 2022 Enrolments are open for any families who have a child who is eligible to start school next year. If you have a child starting Prep 2022, come and collect an enrolment form from the office or you can download one from our website. Our Tours will be commencing again this term, and we will be visiting our local kinders and childcare centres with all of our tour information or you can find it on our website. If you have any friends or neighbours who have a child starting Prep next year, please encourage them to look at our website and to book in for a group or private tour.

Student Lead Conferences and Parent Teacher Meetings

Next week via Compass we will be sending out the Parent/Teacher interview link for you to book a meeting time with your child’s teacher. We will be conducting all meetings via webex and the interviews will be held over the following days:

Monday 26th July 3:40-4:30pm

Tuesday 27th July 2:30-5pm

Wednesday 28th July 3:40-4:30pm

Each meeting will go for 10 minutes, please be on time as teachers will be sticking to the 10 minute timeframe and will have to move to their next family at the scheduled time. This will be an opportunity to discuss your child’s Semester 1 Report and students will be celebrating their successes and their next learning goals.

Parents, you will need to book your appointment time by Friday 23rd July, as Compass will be locking this function that afternoon. All teachers meeting links will be available on Compass in the Class News Feed. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or the office on 9571 2931.

NAIDOC Week was celebrated across the country last week and this year’s theme was ‘Heal Country’. Our wellbeing theme this week is looking at the notion of family in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as it is closely tied to themes of connectedness and kinship.

In this setting, family structures are pivotal to identity formation, understanding one’s own spiritual and cultural belonging, and assists in establishing strong links with community. Ultimately, family and kinship are a cohesive force that bind Aboriginal people together.

Check out this video to find out more about the kinship system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

To facilitate more positive conversations as a family, the below questions have been developed to help families practise daily conversation. They are a great way to build deeper connections as your family shares a meal either in the morning, afternoon or evening or at a time that works best. Here are some great questions and ideas to get you started;

  • Remember someone who has done something kind for you recently. What did they do for you? How did this make you feel?
  • What is your perspective? Can you put yourself in someone else’s shoes and understand their point of view?
  • Who is someone you know who may be experiencing some difficulty currently? What could we do for them as a family?
  • What is something kind you are going to do for someone today?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices cared for Country, sustaining peoples and the natural environment for thousands of years prior to colonisation. As a nation, we can embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of our way of life. Embracing some of the traditional cultures and values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will help us heal as a country.

Tips to help your child:

Often, I get asked by parents how they can help their child at home.

Here is the link to the Departments Literacy and Numeracy Tips – To help your child every day.

It is filled with many activities for all age groups that you can use as a family at home.

Members of the Finance Subcommittee will meet in the Library on Monday 19 July at 6:15pm, followed by the School Council at 7pm.

“You got to try and reach for the stars

Or try and achieve the unreachable”

Cathy Freeman

Amy Tinetti             Assistant Principal

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

Rachel 0S – For all her hard work in Book Club this week. Your reading and writing is looking fabulous! Keep up the great work!

Siyana 3F – Her excellent work ethic. She always strives to achieve her best and takes pride in the presentation of her work.

Javin 3F – His use of descriptive words and similes in his narrative writing. Your stories are a joy to read.

Arnaud 5/6S – For continually striving to achieve his best in all subjects and still willing to help those in 5/6S. You are a selfless and respected student Arnaud, well done buddy!

Reconciliation Week

At the end of Term 2, we celebrated Reconciliation Week. The Year 2 students created a wonderful poster, which they proudly displayed to the whole school during assembly.

CLICK HERE to see all of the latest news from TheirCare.

Please remember to put your name on all uniform/property.

Lost property will be sorted every month and any uniform without a name will be put into the second hand uniform shop.

Other unnamed items will be donated to charity.

If your child attends before or after school care, please check their lost property as well.

Notices distributed to parents

13th July                         All Families                     Australian Early Development Census

13th July                        Prep Families                  AECD Information

14th July                        All Students                     Sporting Schools program



Mon 12              Term 3 Commences