Marlborough Primary School

09 November 2017
Issue 32
Principal's Report
Dates to remember
Pupils of the Week
School News
Parent's Association
Out of School Hours Care
Class Blogs
Community News
Marlborough Primary School
03 9870 3468
Hardy Crescent
Heathmont, Victoria, 3135

Principal's Report

STEAM Lab and Library Conversion

For those of you who have had a look inside our STEAM Lab and Library conversion you would be able to see that it is well on track. The vast majority of structural changes and flooring has been completed, furniture has been ordered and painting is underway. We are well on track to meet our aim of having it ready to use from day 1 of 2018.


I would also like to thank the school community for their generosity that is helping us to set up the Lab and the Library with equipment and books that we need. One family has purchased a 3D-Printer for the school, another purchased some fantastic books for us and the entire community has supported the Walkathon to a fantastic extent. We managed to raise over $3,000, and this money will go towards equipping our STEAM Lab.


Thank you all for this wonderful support, and I am really looking forward to students working in these spaces next year with a high level of engagement, solving problems and being creative.

Powerful Owl Project

Students had the opportunity to contribute to the Powerful Owl Project yesterday by planting native plants in the fenced off area next to the oval. This project aims to provide habitat for a locally-endangered animal (the Powerful Owl) and shortly we will be installing a large bird box that hopefully one may nest it.


The session on Friday gave the students the opportunity to learn about some plants that are locally native to this area and also develop their skills in planting and looking after a growing plant. A big thank you to Dave Callow and Annie Deslandes for organising this.

Long Service Leave

I have taken the opportunity to take Long Service Leave for 3 days this week (Wednesday 8th - Friday 10th November). Whilst I am away, Mel Douglas (Wednesday-Thursday) and Lisa Mackney (Friday) will be in charge. 

Dates to remember


Tuesday 14th

  • Topsy Turvy Dress Up Day (Gold coin donation and Icy Poles on sale)

Wednesday 15th 

  • Grade 5/6 Sovereign Hill Camp (until Friday 17th)

Monday 20th

  • Grade 1/2 Melbourne Zoo Excursion

Tuesday 21st

  • School Council 

Wednesday 22nd

  • Whole School Messenger Dogs Incursion
  • Golf Clinic
  • 2018 Prep Transition - 9.15am to 12.15pm

Thursday 23rd

  • Triple R Program - Session 6 & 7

Monday 27th

  • PA AGM and Planning Meeting

Wednesday 29th

  • Golf Clinic

Thursday 30th

  • Triple R Program - Session 8


Tuesday 5th

  • School Council Dinner

Wednesday 6th

  • Golf Clinic
  • 2018 Prep Transition - 9.30am to 1.00pm

Thursday 7th

  • Triple R Program - Session 9

Tuesday 12th

  • 2018 Prep Transition - 12.00pm to 1.00pm
  • Pop Up Second Hand Uniform Shop - 12.00pm to 1.00pm

Wednesday 13th

  • Golf Clinic

Thursday 14th

  • Triple R Program - Session 10
  • Christmas Carols - Evening

Friday 15th

  • Pop Up Second Hand Uniform Shop - 3.00pm to 4.00pm

Monday 18th

  • Grade 6 Graduation Dinner

Thursday 21st

  • Final Triple R Session (parents invited)

Friday 22nd

  • Final Day of Term 4 - Early dismissal at 1.30pm

Pupils of the Week

These students will be awarded their certificates at the following assemblies:

Monday 13th November 

Thomas S (PA) - For being a super role model for others.  He is displaying excellent initative and is really developing his independence.  Keep it up, Thomas.

Gabriel L (PB) - For the way you have extended your knowledge of money during our maths unit.  You're a star!

Dove A (12A) - For always doing her Personal Best, no matter the task.  It is very impressive how you stay focused and dedicated to your work.  Great job!

Nick R (12B) - For showing Attentive Listening during mini lessons.  We have all been so impressed by how focused and determined you have been this term.

Maddy S (34A) -  For her terrific personal writing.  Maddy has continued to expand her understanding of the writing traits to produce some entertaining writing pieces.

Vincent B (34B) - For continuing to improve his conflict skills and the way that he reacts when he doesn't get his way.  This has been an important hurdle for Vincent to overcome - well done!!!

Indigo B (34C) - For being such an encouraging friend.  Indigo is always looking to help and encourage her friends.  She is a wonderful role model and is always challenging herself with new things.

Sasha A (56A) - For her fantastic commitment towards WISE Changemakers group project.  Sasha is very skilled on the computer.

Sally L (56B) - For the effort she puts into her handwriting.  Sally always tries her Personal Best and takes her time to have lovely and neat work presentation.  Well done, Sally!

Monday 20th November

Lucy E (PB) - For always doing her Personal Best work and continually striving to improve in all subjects. You're a star, Lucy!

Chelsea A (12A) - For showing a fantastic imrpovement in her maths understanding and in her work.  Chelsea is becoming an expert on using partitioning to solve addition and subraction problems.  Keep up the great work, Chelsea!

Oliver A (12B) - For writing a detailed and accurate information report.  You paid careful attention to paraphrasing your information and using interesting words.

Michael D (12C) - For being so respectful to all his peers and teachers.  Well done, Michael, you are such a lovely person.

Liam B (12C) - For always showing Mutual Respect to everyone in our class, keep up the amazing work!

Will E (34C) - For his magnificent handwriting!  Will tries his Personal Best to make his writing neat, interesting and engaging to read.  Keep it up, Will!

Gemma G (56A) - For the way he is so keen to help others.  Gems is a very kind person and enthusiastically approaches all of her learning tasks.

Lewis M (56A) - For the way he diligently applies himself to his learning tasks.  Lewis is a great role model also.

Tristan L (56B) - For always working hard and showing his Personal Best.  Well done, Tristan, you are a great role model.


School News

SSV Maroondah and Manningham Division

Any swimmers aged 9,10, 11 and 12 who would like to compete in 2018 District Swimming please see Ms Chisholm. The 2018 is on Monday 19th February at Tintern Grammar.  Our division, Warrandyte South competes from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Students will have to make their own way to and from the venue. For qualifying times and events please see Ms Chisholm.



Chaplain’s Chat – November 2017

Kids Matter – Key Points for supporting children’s coping skills

Children need adult support and guidance as they learn to manage fear effectively. An important first step is acknowledging your child’s concerns.


Your support and encouragement will help your child to attempt what at first may seem scary to them. You can help your child recognise when they are feeling scared by naming the feeling. For example, you could say: “It sounds like you’re worried about …” or “Are you feeling a bit scared?” Labelling your child’s fear helps them to see that feeling scared is a normal feeling that can be managed.


You can also tell them how you deal with fear and worry. This helps children recognise that even grownups get scared and worried sometimes. You will help them see that feeling scared is something you do understand and can help them with.


Prepare your child for situations they may find scary by planning ahead and practising ways about what to do. Children will not learn when they are already feeling afraid, because fear makes it difficult for them to remember what you are teaching them. Preparation and practice will help them with their coping skills and help them see that they have tools to manage their fear.


If ongoing fear and worry make it hard for children to enjoy life or interferes with their ability to manage everyday activities, you may need to seek additional help.


Additional resources are available for parents and carers on the KidsMatter website at There are KidsMatter information sheets available on the website which you may find helpful.

Dorothy Dullege
School Chaplain

Cricket clinics at Marlborough PS.

Richard Armstrong from St Andrews Cricket Club has been running cricket clinics for the grade 3-6’s during PE lessons, while Aidan Miller, the Heathmont Cricket Club and myself have been coaching Preps -2's.  


The Milo program is just about to start at St Andrews Cricket Club. The Milo Program is suitable for students in grades Preps - 2. Children interested can sign up for $30 for the season. You get a package deal which includes Milo bag, shirt, hat, bat and ball.  Flyers are available from the office.


Yours in sport, Bonny Chisholm



Bendigo Bank School Banking

Just a reminder that School Banking is every Thursday.

If you would like an information pack/application form please collect one from the school office.


Parent's Association

Shopping Tour - Saturday 11th November

Forms for the shopping tour have now gone home.  Please kindly send these back asap.

Outlets we will visit include Siricco Leather, Bonds, Social Books, Ross’s Nuts, Candy Stripes, Raglan Fashion, Diana Ferrari, Bambis (homewares), Linen Factory, Converse and In Essense Aroma.


Cost is $52 pp. Morning/Afternoon Tea provided. Raffle Prizes and a Thank you gift is supplied.


This is a great day to meet other members of the school community, having a laugh and (best of all) you get to do all your Christmas shopping!  If you don’t want to shop you don’t have to! Just come along and have a day out with us mums, grandmas, friends with a glass of bubbly! Or two!


If you’re not sure about anything , please feel free to contact me and I’m more than happy to discuss the day with you.



PA President




Movie Tickets

Discount Movie tickets are now available online!!  No need to fill out forms or wait for your tickets to be printed  - you can go straight the website and get your tickets instantly (and our school still receives the commission!).



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