Marlborough Primary School

01 August 2017
Issue 26
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

Acting Principal's Report - Mel Douglas

Mr. Mc Clare returns

It is with great pleasure that we can advise the school community that Shaun will be back at school next Monday 7th August and he is very much looking forward to being back. Thanks to everyone that helped cover his duties during his absence, your efforts are very much appreciated.


Curriculum & Special programs

Over the past fortnight, students have settled easily back into classroom routines and are demonstrating excitement about their new unit topics. In the Prep Unit, they are learning about                Toys, the Grade 1/2 unit are discovering Fairy Tales, the 3/4 unit are investigating Puppetry and the 5/6 unit are discovering Great Inventions of the past and future.


Last week, the 5/6 unit had an incursion where they learned all about 3D software design, how to print to a 3D printer and also about coding to program a robot to perform certain functions. Many students particpated in the Australian Mathematics competition (thanks to Mrs Reiner for stepping in to conduct these), there were cricket clinics and basketball during our Sport sessions, some students entered the Heathmont Secondary College Maths Challenge, the Preps visited Community Kids Child Care Centre, the 1/2s have had a year 9 Heathmont SC sports workshop and of course, our Sounds of Africa drumming workshops continued - so there were plenty of extra curricular opportunities for our students over the past 2 weeks at school.



Preps 100 days of school

This week, our Preps will celebrate their first 100 days of primary school with a special 100 days celebration. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our fantastic Prep staff, Lisa Reiner & Sam Howden for the dedication they have to our Preps and making their first 100 days so enjoyable. They really have come a long way!  


Curiouser & Curiouser

On Monday, staff surprised the student community by coming to school dressed in the theme of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ characters to promote our education focus of fostering Curiosity within our learning programs. Students also brought in ‘curious’ objects to share in our TRIBES cross community groups that lead to some great discussion. I n my TRIBES group we had an ostrich egg, a box brownie camera and a telescope to name a few objects that sparked our curiosity.


Staff Professional Development

Staff have been busy looking at data from Semester 1 and discussing how to track our students’ learning in order to develop progress over the next semester. We have been working hard to develop visual records such as data charts that we can use to share our year level data, looking for trends, areas of strengths and areas for improvements in our programs and teaching practices to build our collective teaching capacity. It is wonderful that we have such committed staff who share the ownership and care of students in their year levels to ensure learning outcomes are monitored and continue to be built upon.


Upcoming Events

There are a few very exciting events happening this Friday 4th August.

  • We have our ‘Jeans for Genes’ day being hosted by our Junior School Council. Students and staff are invited to wear their denim jeans or a denim jacket with their school uniform and bring along a gold coin donation to help with the Children’s Medical Research Institute.
  • The School Disco is also on. We hope to see as many students as possible at this fantastic event.
  • Good luck to our Grade 5/6 Tee Ball team whom on Friday will compete in their Grand Final.

Safety Reminders

Just a few other points I would like to raise to ensure the ongoing safety of the students and staff in our care:

  • Staff carpark – unfortunately, we are still seeing some people using the staff park as an access path to come into school. Please ensure that entering or leaving our school grounds is only via the front/back access gates and not through the car park. Cars are coming and going at all times and it is extremely unsafe.
  • Also that the car park is only for staff or authorised vehicles for parking. There is plenty of car parking available down Hardy Crescent. We thank you for your cooperation in these matters.
  • A reminder also that students are expected to be in full authorised school uniform as per our uniform policy. No one should be wearing yellow tops anymore. If for some reason your child needs to be temporarily out of uniform on a day, please send them along with a note explaining why they are out of uniform and when we can expect them to be back in uniform. This just all helps to unify our students as belonging to a school community and adheres to our uniform policy.
  • Rubbish – a reminder to all students that they should be removing all packaging from their snacks at morning recess and lunches prior to going out into the playground so that rubbish does not get dropped outside and ruin our beautiful school environment.


Mel Douglas - Acting Principal


Cash Handling Policy

As part of an ongoing process, MPS reviews policies due to Department of Education requirements to change the policy or because it was due to be reviewed as part of a cycle.


The Cash Handling Policy has been reviewed and had amendments made where deemed necessary and we are now distributing it to the school community to seek any feedback or give you the opportunity to ask questions about it.


If you have any questions or feedback about this policy please send an email to [email protected] 



Dates to remember


Tuesday 1st

  • Preps 100 Days of School Celebration

Friday 4th

  • Jeans for Genes Day
  • 5/6 District T Ball Grand Final (selected students)
  • School Disco - 6.30pm to 8.00pm (doors open at 6.15pm)

Thursday 10th

  • Community Kids to Preps

Friday 11th

  • Preps to Community Kids

Monday 14th

  • Preps Museum Excursion

Tuesday 15th

  • School Council Meeting

Wednesday 16th

  • Grade 5 Heathmont College Asia Day

Thursday 17th

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

Monday 21st

  • Grade 6 Science Challenge Day at Heathmont College

Wednesday 23rd

  • Netball Clinic

Wednesday 30th

  • Netball Clinic


Pupils of the Week

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

Monday 7th August

Xanthe N (PA) - For being a wonderful role model to others.  She is always willing to help her peers and teachers.  Xanthe also shows fantastic initiative!  You're a superstar!

Remy S (PB) - For her amazing knowledge of doubles during Maths!  I love your 'can do' attitude!  You're a star, Remy!

Aviraj T (12A) - For showing fantastic improvement in his Attentive Listening.  Keep up the great effort.

Samairah S (12B) - For developing excellent learning goals for Term 3.  You have thought very carefully about ways to improve your learning and achieve your Personal Best.  Well done!

Zach F (12C) - For always demonstrating resilience.  I love the way you don't let things bring you down, you stop and think 'right to pass' and get on with your learning.  Well done!

Lily D (34A) - For having the courage to sing 'We Go Together' to our whole class and introducing them to the musical Grease.  Lily became more confident as the song progressed - what a talented girl you are Lily!

Zac D (34B) - For improving his Attentive Listening skills and ensuring that he waits for his turn to share by placing his hand up.  Well done, Zac!

Angus D (34C) - For being an 'Angle Expert'.  Angus has been working hard to learn his different angles and did a wonderful job making angles with his arms.  Great job, Angus!

Tom M (56A)  - For his fantastic work ethic.  Tom applies himself to all tasks that he completes and does so with great enthusiasm.

Monday 14th August

Tia I (PA) - For trying her Personal Best with reading and writing.  She is working hard to improve her literacy skills and Tia is producing some amazing work!

Lenny H (PB) - For his perseverance in writing!  Lenny has been trying his Personal Best with sounding out and writing words.  Way to go, Lenny!

Finn J (12A) - For always doing his Personal Best in all tasks and displaying a postitive attitude towards his learning.  Well done, Finn.

Summer W (12B) - For showing great problem solving skills as you designed and created your fairytale castle using 2D and 3D shapes.  Well done!!

Ava D (12C) - For demonstrating your Personal Best when working with your 3D castle.  You showed persistence and pride in your work!  Well done.

Lily M (34A) - For doing her Personal Best with her Mathletics tasks each week.  Lily concentrates, ignoring distractions and completes her work in the time given to an excellent standard.  Well done, Lily!

Bailiey C (34B) - For being a terrific friend and assisting another student with their reading.  Thank you for considering other people and assisting them to achieve their Personal Best.

Fleur B (34C) - For her wonderful, expressive writing.  Fleur always includes her personality in her writing to make it very interesting to read.  Keep trying your Personal Best, Fleur!

Jasper E (56A) - For his fantastic ideas during our STEAM sessions.  Jasper has a very creative problem solving mind.


School News

Jeans for Genes Day - Friday August 4th

On Friday the 4th of August it will be Jeans for Genes day. We are asking all of the Marlborough PS community to please come to school wearing something denim and bring in a gold coin donation to support this cause. Each unit will have a donation box and a poster to remind us.


But please, no free dress. Students will still need to wear school uniform with their jeans. For example, you could swap your school pants for a pair of jeans, but still wear the school t-shirt and jumper. Or maybe they have a jeans jacket, so please still wear the school uniform but with the jeans jacket over the top of the school tshirt.


Every dollar raised on the day helps scientists at Children’s Medical Research Institute discover treatments and cures, to give every child the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. Children’s Medical Research Institute is dedicated to finding ways to treat or prevent childhood cancer, epilepsy, birth defects and genetic diseases in order to create brighter futures for all children including those who are with us today & those yet to come in to this world.


Thank you everyone for supporting this term’s first JSC fundraiser and Jeans for Genes Day.

Earn & Learn 

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

Sticker sheets are available at the school office.

2017 Parent Opinion Survey

On Friday, families who have been randomly selected will receive an email and a link, inviting them to take part in the 2017 Parent Opinion Survey. The survey will open next Monday, August 7th and close Sunday August 27th. If you have been selected please avail yourself of this opportunity to have your say in a number of areas of your school community.

Art Room News

Congratulations to Teig J, Sasha A, Kaela V and Nathan R whose sketches of Marlborough PS have been chosen to be published in the upcoming book ‘Sketches of Heathmont’ by the Heathmont Historical Society.


You can see their sketches and more information on the Art Room Blog. Congratulations!

Selamat Datang Term 3, 2017!

On Friday 21st July, I had the pleasure of attending the VILTA State Awards Ceremony at Melbourne University. Dove A and Scarlett B were awarded third places for their division in the state and Sasha A was awarded a Highly Commended Award for Level 3. It was an amazing effort considering there were over a thousand students who took part in Sayembara Lisan this year and they should be very proud of their results.



The main theme for the whole school this term is “binatang”- animals. The students are learning new vocabulary through games and songs. Students in the middle school are focusing on endangered animals in Indonesia. The senior school are focusing on basic translations.


Words to practise at home:

Students can test out their knowledge and revise their vocabulary at the Indonesian section of Languages Online at:

Section 17 Binatang


On the 16th of August the Grade 5 students will be attending Heathmont College for an Asian Day. The students will participate in different workshops such as batik making, mask making, martial arts and Indonesian dancing. The students will also take part in a skype session with Heathmont College’s sister school in Yogyakarta.


Terima kasih,

(Bu) Mary-Ellen Dowling

Basketball Clinics


On Friday 21st July,  Grade 5 and 6 students participated in the 'Bendigo Bank Ringwood Hawks Schools and Community Program'.  Two American players currently playing for the Ringwood Hawks (Tori from New York and Sydney from Minnesota) visited  Marlborough PS and ran a basketball clinic. The students actively partipated in fun warm ups, stretching, dribbling and shooting  drills.   Thank you to Sydney, Tori and Ken Harrington (for arranging the clinic) and the kind donation of basketballs to our school.  


Bonny Chisholm

PE Specialist Teacher

Ada's Fundraiser

At the end of last term, I sold puzzle piece bag tags to raise money for the Disabled Children’s Foundation. With help from the school community, I was able to raise $275, and sell over 86 tags! I hope this money will help the disabled. Thank you to everyone who supported my fundraiser, especially Mum and Mr McClare.



Cricket Clinics - 26th and 27th July

Richard Armstrong from Saint Andrews Cricket Club came to Marlborough PS and conducted cricket clinics for all grades during normal PE classes. The students learnt ball handling skills, bowling techniques and batting strategies. The highlights were the minor games of Continuous Cricket and Rapid Fire.


There are three local clubs in the Heathmont area (Saint Andrews, Heathmont Baptist and Heathmont Cricket Clubs), all of which are encouraging youth cricket and Milo Cricket.   If students are interested in playing cricket you can simply  go to website and select 'where can I play' and enter 3152 or 3135 and scroll down to the registered clubs in our area. The season starts Term 4 but registration is in August.  


Thank you to Richard  for volunteering his time to coach the students. Thank you to Aidan Miller from Heathmont Cricket Club who assisted in Thursday sessions. 


Bonny Chisholm

PE Specialist


Casserole Bank

We are in urgent need of more volunteers to:

  1. contribute a meal
  2. to take over the coordination at the end of 2017 & beyond

The Casserole Bank aims to have a store of meals kept at the school in the canteen deep freeze to assist families that may be struggling, going through a challenging time, have a new baby etc it is a wonderful way to support fellow Marlborough families.


Please consider if this is something you would like be involved with -  it is an amazing community service in our school.


For any questions please contact me, Naomi Foster  [email protected] Or 0425 770 526

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

School Disco

The Annual School Disco Fundraising Event will be held on Friday 4th of August from 6:30pm until 8:00pm (doors open at 6:15pm).  The event is starting later than previous years so no dinner will be available to purchase. We will just be selling a small amount of cakes, ices and biscuits. There will also be a number of LED items for students who wish to purchase them.  We hope that as many children as possible can attend this social event as it is a night they all enjoy and raises funds for additional facilities and resources for the school.  The funds from this event will contribute to the following this year:


· An entire set of Guided Readers for the 1-2 unit, (684 books) following the CAFÉ reading program. 

· Fountas and Pinell Assessment tool for the Prep, 1-2 units

· Building our resources for a STEAM Lab – robotics/3D printer 


If you have not paid for your children to attend it is possible to pay at the door on the night. If your children purchased the glow shoe laces then please remember to charge them.


See you on the dancefloor!!


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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