Marlborough Primary School

15 August 2017
Issue 27
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

Curiosity is the engine that drives learning

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of going on an excursion to the musesum with our Foundation students. As Principal, it is easy to get tied up with constant future planning, problem solving and management tasks.  All of these tasks are vitally important to the school, however it is also important to regularly step out of this mode and step into the classroom (or in this case go on the excursion) to tap into the excitement and vibrancy of student learning. This helps me to maintain my own motivation and strive to continually making the school a better place.


Building and maintaining student motivation is also a crucial part of our role as educators. Having a highly differentiated and challenging curriculum for our students is key to this, as is creating an environment and situations that stimulate curious thinking. Curious students are motivated, stimulated and energised to search for solutions, ask questions and challenge the status quo. Curiosity enables learning to be powerful and to go deep.


Curiosity fuses three elements that support powerful learning

  • Positive Emotion: Curiosity stimulates our students to respond to unfamiliar or challenging information.
  • Intrinsic Motivation: Curiosity drives the impulse to learn. It leads our students to operate as self-directing, autonomous learners who shape and self-regulare their learning activities.
  • Pursuit of Knowledge: Curiosity gives learning and thinking a focus or direction.

(Munro, John; Curiouser and Curiouser)


As you can imagine, the Foundation students were highly excited and extremely curious whilst at the museum yesterday. This was not just the excitement of the excursion, it was also due the fact that they were surrounded by artefacts, images, sounds and experiences that were intellectually stimulating and highly engaging. The beauty of the museum is not that it our answers all of our quesitons, but that it makes us ask lots of questions. This is our aim within the daily classroom environment and we need to continually measure our success as a school by not just the answers students give, but by the questions they ask.



Dates to remember


Tuesday 15th

  • School Council Meeting

Wednesday 16th

  • Grade 5 Heathmont College Asia Day
  • Book Fair begins (until 22nd August)

Thursday 17th

  • Grade 5s attending Heathmont College "Annie the Musical"

Monday 21st

  • Grade 6 Science Challenge Day at Heathmont College

Wednesday 23rd

  • Gr 3/4/5/6 Netball Clinics (during normal PE classes)

Monday 28th 

  • Grade 5/6 Regional Tee Ball Final (for selected students)

Wednesday 30th

  • Gr 3/4/5/6 Netball Clinics (during normal PE classes)


Friday 1st

  • Gr 5/6 Geology Talk

Monday 4th

  • Hooptime - selected Gr 5/6 students
  • PA Meeting 7.30pm

Wednesday 6th

  • District Athletics (Grade 5/6s and selected 3/4 students)

Friday 8th

  • Sports Expo Morning (Gr 3/4/5/6)
  • Grade 1/2 Grandparents Day and Fairytale Ball

Monday 11th

  • Prep/1/2 Woodwork Incursion

Tuesday 12th

  • School Council Meeting

Wednesday 13th

  • Gr 3/4/5/6 Netball Clinics (during normal PE classes)
  • Whole School African Drumming Performance (evening)

Wednesday 20th

  • Gr 3/4/5/6 Netball Clinics (during normal PE classes)

Thursday 21st

  • Gr 5/6 Invention Convention
  • Grade 2 Sleepover
  • Grade 1/2 BBQ Dinner

Friday 22nd

  • Prep Breakfast
  • Last day of Term 3 - Early dismissal at 2.30pm

Pupils of the Week

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

Monday 21st August

Ruby J (PA) - For the amazing effort she has been putting into her learning.  Ruby has been doing wonderful writing and is a super reader.  Keep up your fantastic work!

Lucy E (PB) - For her amazing recount writing about our museum excursion.  Lucy always does her Personal Best writing and has been learning to add detail to her writing.  You're a star, Lucy!

Jack E (12A) - For doing his Personal Best to improve his counting.  You are doing a fantastic job, Jack and have almost reached your goal!  Keep up the great work!

Jake M (12B) - For doing your Personal Best in maths.  You worked really tough to add together money to buy items for Coles.  Great maths thinking!!

Henry W (12C) - For showing so much enthusiasm during Science lessons.  Your curiosity and passion really rubs off on your classmates.  Keep it up!

Vincent B (34B) - For trying his Personal Best with his communication skills and behaviour choives.  you have made significant improvement this term; keep up the good work!!

Hollie N (34C) - For creating a wonderful colourful Indonesian shadow puppet during our incursion last Monday.  Hollie loved watching the puppet performance and coloured her shadow puppet beautifully. Great job, Hollie!

James T (56A) - For the way he appolies himself to tasks.  James approaches his learning tasks with great diligence and care.  Super effort!!

Katie L (56B) - For always staying focused and getting her tasks done in a very timely manner. Well done, Katie.

Monday 28th August

Harrison D (PA) - For trying his Personal Best with his reading.  Harrison is sounding out workds well to help improve his reading.  Keep it up, Harrison!

Kaiden A (PB) - For his perseverence with his writing.  Kaiden has been learning the correct letter formations and always has a go with spelling words.  Way to go, Kaiden!

Tina V (12A) - For becoming a more independent writer and trying her Personal Best to chunk and spell tricky words.  Keep up the great effort, Tina!

Will M (12B) - For shwoing improvement in your writing.  it is fantastic to see you writing more and with better word choices.  Well done!

Jayden L (12C) - For your amazing abilities when working with fractions.  Well done for participating in group discussions and sharing your knowledge.

Leilani N (34B) - for being such a positive and energetic student who always tries her best with everything that she does.  I's great having you in my class!

Ayden V (34C) - For being a maths superstar.  Ayden has beeen trying his best to challenge himself in maths and did a great job on his multiplication test.  Well done, Ayden.

Nathan F (56A) - For the super effort he is putting into his clas work.  Nathan is really applying himself to his learning - fantastic!

Jayson N (56B) - for the constant neat presentation of his work and for striving to work harder to improve.  I am always very impressed with how neat your tub is too, Jayson. Well done.


School News

Earn & Learn 

Please remember to collect your Earn and Learn stickers when you shop at Woolies!!

Sticker sheets are available at the school office.

Grade 5/6 District Tee Ball Grand Final

On Friday 4th August, selected 5/6 students competed in the District Tee Ball Grand Final at Croydon Hills Primary School.  Marlborough played Bayswater North in the Grand Final. The students played brilliantly as a team and we won convincingly!!  


We are now off to the Regional Grand Final on Monday 28th August at Waverley Softball field.


Thank you to all Marlborough Tee Ball students and big Thank you to Hannah Lee, Maria Mucha and Lara Griffin who drove students to and from venue.


Bonny Chisholm


Chaplain's Chat

Kids Matter – Understanding Children’s Fears

Children can become frightened for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes their fears seem unreasonable to the adults in their lives. What may seem an unreasonable fear can feel very real to your child.

Some fears are very common amongst children with different sorts of fears appearing at different ages. Young children are often afraid of imaginary things like monsters. Primary school children are usually more fearful about things that might happen.

Children may not always tell you they are afraid. Often they show it through their behaviour. When children become frightened or worried they may:

  • have trouble sleeping
  • become clingy or demand that a parent stay close to them
  • lack confidence to do things they did happily before
  • avoid situations that make them feel frightened or anxious
  • complain of tummy aches or headaches

Learning to handle fears and worries helps children develop confidence. Here are some ways parents can help:

  • it is important to acknowledge how your child is feeling
  • naming the fear (eg ‘feeling frightened’) helps your child begin to see fear as a normal emotion that can be overcome
  • tell them how you learned to get over your fears when you were their age
  • asking what a favourite hero might do in a similar situation can sometimes be helpful for encouraging children to be brave
  • learning relaxation skills can be helpful for dealing with fears
  • help your child put realistic limits around the scary situation
  • monitor television viewing to minimise exposure to things that may be frightening

Additional resources are available for parents and carers on the KidsMatter website at

Dorothy Dullege
School Chaplain

2017 Parent Opinion Survey

For those families selected, don't forget to complete your survey by Sunday August 27th.

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


Car Boot Sale/Craft Market

A flyer will be coming home to each family tomorrow. We encourage you to hand it to a family member, friend or neighbour that you think may be interested in having a stall. The more people we have with stalls the better the day and the more money raised for our school. (If you require additional flyers please go to the office).


Thank you for your support.


The Jams and Preserves stall at the Car Boot Sale needs you!!

How can you help?

  • cooking: jam, marmalade, chutney, relish, cordial, pickles, sauce
  • donations of fresh fruit
  • glass jars

100% of profits will go to our school!


Please contact Robyn Revell 0404 440 711.



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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