Kilsyth Primary School

07 November 2016
Issue Sixteen
Principal's Report
Kilsyth Primary Fair 2016
What's Happening @ KPS
From the Office
Foundation News
Junior School News
Middle School News
Senior School News
Student Wellbeing 
Student Awards
Community Notices
Kilsyth Primary School
9725 4320
Durham Road
Kilsyth, Victoria, 3137

Principal's Report

Celebrating our Successes

It has been so wonderful over recent weeks to celebrate some great successes here at Kilsyth Primary School.


Community Fair


Our Community Fair last month was a HUGE success, raising over $7,500  for our school.  This fantastic outcome is due to the hard work and dedication of many people who have shown a great passion and commitment for our school.  At our school assembly on Friday I was pleased to be able to publically acknowledge Mel Cooper and Amy Davis who led the team in making the day the success that it was.  The benefits this will bring our students will be long lasting.


Take a look at some of the photos of the day on the next page of this newsletter.


International Competition and Assessment for Schools (ICAS)


Results for students participating in this year’s ICAS program have come into the school and we are thrilled at the achievements of our students.  We have a number of students who have received Credits and Distinction awards.  A Credit places students in the top 25% of all students participating in the international competition, and a Distinction is award to those students in the top 10% of all students.  We have had students achieve Credits and Distinctions in English, Maths, Digital Technologies, and Spelling.  We have even had one student achieve a High Distinction for Science – placing them in the top 1% of all participating students.  We are so very proud of our students.  Make sure you are at assembly this Friday to see the certificates handed out!


Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI)



This year we have introduced a new approach to supporting students in developing their literacy skills, particularly reading.  Known as LLI, it involves small groups of students working intensively with a teacher for 30mins a day, three times a week.  This year it has mainly been Junior School students participating and we have seen massive improvement in the reading ability of these students.  Some students have made up to three times the expected amount of progress this year.  A great achievement.


Building on the success of the approach, we will be extending it into the Middle School next year and look forward to seeing similar positive results there.


Positive Climate for Learning

After a year of targeted professional learning and modifications to our classroom approaches focused on creating a positive climate for learning in our school it has been wonderful to see the changes in our classroom environments and then to see this reflected in the data we collect.  The results from this year’s Parent Opinion Survey show that parents have seen an improvement in classroom behaviour and our approach to behaviour management.  This has also been supported by the results of our Student Attitudes to School Survey results which show students are feeling more connected to their peers, motivated to learn and that they have seen an improvement in teacher effectiveness and empathy.


Our Parent Opinion Survey also showed that parents have seen an improvement in approachability of staff, teacher morale, parent input and our reporting processes.  It is reassuring to see that the hard work we have been doing in these areas is being recognised in our community.



And of course we are celebrating the learning our students have achieved this year.  Our teachers are continuing their assessment of student learning across all aspects of the curriculum, measuring growth in knowledge, skills and understanding and preparing comprehensive reports of these achievements for parents.  These reports are a great way to highlight the areas where students have achieved well, and to identify areas for further learning in the future.  I would like to thank, in advance, all our teachers for the hours of work that go into creating these powerful documents.  When reports come home in just over a month, I encourage you to spend some one-on-one time with your child talking about the year, their achievements and celebrating their successes.

2017 Grade Placements

At this time of year we begin finalising grade placements for all students.  This is a highly complex process that takes into consideration the academic, emotional and social learning needs of every student in our school.  If you would like to provide me with specific information about your child’s learning needs to be considered as part of this process, please send this to me in writing before Friday 18th November.  Please note: only discussion of learning will be considered.  Requests for specific teachers will not be entertained. 


School Council have decided to invest the profits of our Fair in providing more shaded areas for our students.  We are wanting to lay a deck and put a roof over the metal framework at the side of the oval and we need your help.


To make this project work we need the support of our school community.  We know we have many highly skilled parents and friends and we would really value your help.  We need to level out a small area of land, remove a metal upright, roof the framework, and build a deck.


Are you, or do you know, a builder?  a roofer? a landscaper? an engineer?


Can you, or do you know someone who can, weld? provide/drive a small excavator to level out the area? provide roofing or decking material at a reduced price? install roofing or decking? provide engineering advice and report? plumb guttering into an existing stormwater drain?


If that is you, please contact out office staff on 9725 4320.




Have a great week!


Kilsyth Primary Fair 2016


What's Happening @ KPS

Calendar of Events





3rd             Rotary Speech Contest-selected students 7-9pm

10th           Foundation 2017-Transition visit- 2.30-3.15pm

11th           Seniors-Community Sports Day

15th           Multicultural Day

16th           Schoool Council 4pm

22nd           Scientist in schools program

23rd            "All the Fun at the Fair"-Seniors

24th           Scientist in schools program 

                   Senior-Walmsley Village visit-1.50-2.50pm

                    Foundation 2017- Parent Information night 7.30pm

25th          Jump Disco

28th           Seniors-Kmart Wishing Tree



2nd            Year 6-Amazing Race

5th             STUDENT FREE DAY-Curriculum Day

6th             Year 6 to Secondary Schools Orientation

7th             Foundation-Mornington Beach Excursion

                    Middle-City Excursion

13th            Orientation Day-Foundation 2017

14th            Junior-Elizabeth Bridge Reserve Excursion

19th            Year 6  Graduation

20th            Year 6 Pool Day

                      Last Day of Term 4-1.30pm dismissal







Notices sent home this fortnight


Click on the link below to download copies of the notices:

  • No notices this fortnight


Kids Club is on!!





From the Office

Direct Deposit details:

Payments can be made via internet banking directly into the schools Bank account.


Acc Name:  Kilsyth Primary School Council

             BSB: 313 140 
             Account Number: 23183981
             Reference: (Family Surname)

Please also send an email to the school  notifying us that you have made the payment, and to which program/event it should be allocated. The email confirms your payment and states:



Child’s name, 

Amount paid

What the payment is for eg: Level 3 camp


Monday- Friday:  8.30am -4.00pm

Absences -Tiqbiz:

Please notify the office of your child's absence using the Tiqbiz app.



Download the app:

  • Apple App Store (iOS - iPhone or iPad)
  • Google Play (android phone or tablet
  • Windows (Phone or Tablet)
  • Mac or PC

Second Hand Uniform

Second hand uniform will be available for purchase from the office on Thursday afternoons from 3-3.45pm.

We welcome any donations of uniform that are in good condition to add to our dwindling supply of second hand uniform.


Please note that if you have ordered Subway and your child is absent on Friday, please organise to come and collect it from the office at 12.30pm. Unfortunately we are unable to cancel your order.

Foundation News

Cup Eve

What a great day we had on Cup Eve as our students engaged in a variety of learning experiences.  We mixed it up with some group challenges, phonics work, outside games, personal writing and creativity.  One of the creative tasks was the Pipe Cleaner Challenge.  Students only had a certain amount of foil and pipecleaners to design something together in a group of 3.  So pleasing to see the way they worked together and came across new challenges that they had to solve!  Well done students!


Reading Strategies

Having explored many reading strategies so far, we are currently focussing on our fluency.  The best way to describe this is 'reading the words accurately and at the right speed'. Students quite often guess words with only looking at the beginning letter.  With lots of positive praise and encouragement, we need to remind them that they know most of the phonemes (sounds in words) so could say them if they try.  Once they've heard themselves read the word aloud, they will self-correct if they've made a mistake or reread the sentence.  Part of our Daily 5 includes partner reading which allows students to read aloud and practise these strategies.  

I encourage you to give your child as many opportunities as possible to read aloud.  Even if you are unable to listen to them, give them a device to record themselves on and play it back.  They may like to take a book and read a short passage to family members, grandparents or close friends.  These are opportunities to really celebrate how far your child has come. Well done to everyone on their continual work at home! 



Like reading, writing becomes an everyday activity at home. Let your child see you writing.
Try some of these writing ideas at home:
* Write a shopping list or add items to the list and tick off the items
as you buy or unpack them.
* Keep a board to write and read family messages.
* Give your child a pad of sticky notes to write reminders for
* Plan and write your weekly menu together.


The expectation for the end of Foundation is that students understand that sounds in English are represented by upper- and lower-case letters and that they can be written using learned letter formation patterns for each case.  This means that their name begins with an upper case letter and the rest of the letters are written in lower case.



Some students are going through a growth spurt and looking forward to getting into their healthy and nutritious food that you've packed.  With this in mind, please ensure that your child has enough food in their lunch box for the day.  It's not a bad idea to pack extra fruit now that the nicer weather is on its way - hopefully!  An additional sandwich or some crackers is good too. Munch and Crunch consists of a piece of fresh fruit or vegetables or nuts.  Don't forget to pack spoons for some fruit - not apples as we have an apple cutter which we use for quicker and easier eating!

Minimal packet food is preferred.    #healthyfoodtofuelthemind 



Multicultural Day - 15th November

All the Fun of the Fair - 23rd November

Jump Disco - 25th November

Student Free Day - Mon 5th December

Mornington Beach - 7th December

Be the Best You Can Be!

Students are working hard to ensure they uphold our school motto 'Be the Best You Can Be.' It's an exciting time as I undergo numerous assessments entering the second report writing phase and we look towards Junior School for these students. They certainly do make teaching a pleasure!


Junior School News


We have had a few glimpses of sunny weather over the past two weeks. This has given us the opportunity to make the most of our beautiful grounds at KPS. The outdoor classroom was the perfect place to stimulate the senses of our young writers, and they produced some lovely free form poetry about the experience.


OUTDOORS by Stralia M

I hear the birds singing

I see the sight of humans moving

Fresh air coming towards my nose

Clean, tasty air

Smooth green grass


Home Reading

As we head towards a busy time of year, please ensure that you continue to support your child at home by listening to them read at least 5 nights a week. Nightly reading is crucial for the development of reading skills.


It is also highly beneficial to continue to read aloud to your child even though they are developing their own reading skills. Being read to exposes children to a wider range of texts than they can access on their own, builds their vocabulary and shows them what a fluent reader sounds like. 





Middle School News

Cup day Eve

The day before Melbourne Cup all Middle students had the opportunity to join the Seniors in some creative and enjoyable activities. The Middle and Senior students had to create their very own Cup day fashion. Students created fascinators and hats that would rival those seen at the Melbourne cup, they then had their own fashions on the fields and paraded their creations around the school. The Middle students were also able to create crosswords and participated in a probability challenge to try and pick the winner for the race that stops the nation. All students had a wonderful day and enjoyed the experience.


Middle students have been tapping into their poetic side and have been writing some fantastic Limericks and Haiku's.


Kangaroos can jump

Kangaroos live in bushland

Joeys are babies

Charlie Middle B


There once was a very fat dog,

Who sailed on a very old log.

He had a friend,

That could not bend,

And fell in a very big bog.

Tilli Middle B



They look very nice

They smell very beautiful

They are colourful

Alana Middle B

Kindergarten Visits

Students have been thoroughly enjoying visiting Hasen Park and Palm Grove weekly. The grade 4's are able to test out and develop their skills in being a buddy ready for next year. 


At Palm Grove I got to read to some of their kids. I also got to make a Volcano from sand. The ingredients we used were soda, food colouring and vinegar it was fun because I got to see it erupt.

Jordan Middle B

Important Dates

Multicultural Day - 15th November

All the Fun of the Fair - 23rd November

Jump Disco - 25th November

Student Free Day - Mon 5th December

City Excursion- 7th December

Senior School News


Things are certainly busy up in Senior School as we head deeper into Term Four! Our students are continuing to work with enthusiasm on their 'All the Fun of the Fair' CBL projects, focusing now on cost-effectiveness and strategies they can use to ensure that they make a profit on the day of the fair. In Maths, we are in our last week of Statistics and Probability - an excellent topic to be covering during Melbourne Cup week! 

What's coming up

Wednesday 9 November: Sadly, this will be our last day of sports coaching with Mooroolbark College. 
Wednesday 9 November: Boronia K-12 College Transition Visit. Representatives from Boronia K-12 will be visiting Kilsyth to meet with Year 6 students attending their school next year.

Friday 11 November: Senior School community sports day.

Wednesday 23 November: All the Fun of the Fair Market Day.

Friday 25 November: Jump Disco

Monday 28 November: Kmart Wishing Tree shopping night - meet at Kmart Chirnside Park at 5:30pm (further details below).

Friday 2 December: Amazing Race for Year 6 students.

Rotary Speech Contest

A very big congratulations to Year 5 students Ryan  and Ally, who were selected as the Kilsyth Primary School representatives for the Montrose and District Rotary Primary Schools Speech Contest on Thursday 3 November. Ryan and Ally spoke in front of a large crowd at the Mount Evelyn Public Hall, competing against students from five other local schools. They both performed fantastically and were excellent contenders to win on the night. Unfortunately, they lost out to a very tough competitor, but we received plenty of positive feedback about their performances. We are very proud of the effort and dedication they put in to represent their school, and congratulate them on their excellent performances.


Our students are working away at their projects for the All the Fun of the Fair Market Day coming up on Wednesday 23rd November. Over the past couple of weeks, students have focused on creating eye-catching advertisements for their product, service or form of entertainment. They are applying the persuasive techniques learnt in class to create posters, radio advertisements, slogans and jingles.

Just a reminder that any work required to produce their product or service for the fair should be done at home. This might require students getting together to work on their project outside of school hours. Thank you to all parents for the help and support that we know you will be showing your children as they work hard to complete this task!



Congratulations to our senior students on the dedication they are showing to their homework tasks in Term 4. Students are required to complete one Thinkers' Key, one spelling task, one Mental Maths task, and one hour's reading. In the weeks commencing 14 and 21 November, it's likely that CBL will become the main part of their homework. 


Science everywhere you look!

I really appreciate the student's curiosity about science in the world around them.  Check out the dragonfly Junior school students discovered. 

John Monash Science School 

Year 6 students took part in a Science Fair last Tuesday. We had fun participating in two hands on investigations looking at types of acids and creating rocks.  Year 10 students took us through the science fair exhibits. We really enjoyed walking around a university and getting a look at what study is like after high school.  It was a great day. A big appreciation to Miss Day and her dad and our parent helpers for coming along and making the day possible. 


Garden changes

Junior school have been working on change that happen to natural and made products. We compared pictures of gardens and had to compare the differences and similarities between before and after photos. 


Studying Clouds

Foundation have been busy learning about the different types of clouds. We have looked at Cirrus, Cumulus, Stratus and  Cumulonimbus. We have been outside stuyding the sky and making clouds in a jar. 


Art News

Multicultural Day

Multicultural Day is only a couple of weeks away. Please remember that students are to come either dressed in clothes that represent their country or clothes that are the colours of their countries flag. Parents are also asked to bring along food to share with their class that once again represents their country. If this is difficult, food that is the colour of their countries flag is also great. Remember that food cannot be heated or refrigerated at school.

Please be as creative or uncreative as you wish. I know some parents put in a huge effort on these days, which is fantastic. I also know myself, as a busy, working mother that this can be impossible. This is a fun day. Stress is to be avoided at all costs. So please don’t feel like you have to put a huge amount of effort and time into this because you truly do not. If you have any concerns or questions, please just come and have a chat with me.

Also, I am in need of boxes such as cereal boxes for Multicultural Day. If you have any hanging around, please send them along to Visual Arts room.

Kind Regards,

Kym Wallace


It has been a very busy start to the Term.  On the first Thursday we had 8 students compete in the Division Athletics championships at Bill Sewet Athletics Track. We would like to congratulate these students on achieving this level.  They all enjoyed the experience and competed to the best of their ability.  Below are the results.

















Long Jump / Hurdles



Triple Jump/800m












High Jump


Community Sports

The Year 5/6 students have been enjoying working with Mooroolbark College students on their athletics skills and they will use these skills to compete against other schools within our District next Friday at Oxley College.  


We are very excited that on the 28th of Novemeber we start our gymnastics program.  It will run for three weeks.  There is just a few house keeping rules for these days can you please remember:

Shoes and socks off (unless we are outdoors) - Students will be required to remove their shoes and socks just prior to the start of the session. During sessions students will be performing a variety of activities that require them to have their hands, their feet, or both on the ground. Shoes are removed at the start of the sessions for the safety of the other students in the session. Having your hand stepped on by a shoe hurts! Socks are removed as they slip on the mats (please do not wear stockings instead as these will have to come off to ensure your safety). 

No Jewellery / Watches / Badges - Necklaces can get tangled in equipment, watches often get caught and break their strap, etc... House Captain / School Captain / Happy Birthday / ANZAC / etc.. Badges that are pinned to clothing must be removed. As we are all barefoot, if these fall off during the session, they are likely to become stuck in someone's foot.

Long hair tied back - It's no fun to get your hair tangled around a bar or stuck in a trampoline spring.

No Skirts or Dresses Please! - Students will be performing activities that may involve going upside down. Students don't like having their underwear on show.

No Jeans - Jeans restrict your movement and are uncomfortable to wear with some of the activities we will be doing.


Looking forward to a great program.  

 Any questions about the program please view the following website or come and see me.


Kiralee Molnar 


Student Wellbeing 

Chaplain’s Chat
Childhood Worries

I am frequently asked questions around understanding childhood anxiety; Is this normal? How can I support my child? Should they see an expert? Will they just grow out of it? Is this a warning of greater difficulties in adolescence?

Michael Carr-Gregg is a highly qualified expert in this field and is also a very engaging and intelligible speaker.

I have been made aware of an extremely affordable talk he is giving later this month and am keen to make you aware of this opportunity.

I have listed the details regarding the talk here but if you do have any further queries regarding this please come and chat with me.

Gill Van Der Ende


How to tackle anxiety and build Resilience in Young people.
On November 21st, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

Anxiety in children is a normal part of childhood development.  But it is estimated that 8-22% of children experience anxiety more intensely and more often that other children, stopping them from getting the most out of life.

In this presentation leading child and adolescent psychologist will discuss what is a normal anxiety and what is not.  What are the common anxiety disorders and what parents and carers might do to build happy and resilient young people.


 When: Monday Nov 21st 7.00-8.30pm

Where: The Bentleigh Club, 33 Yawla St Bentleigh.

Cost: $20.00  (Collect tickets and pay on night – no eftpos)

To Book: [email protected] places are limited


Christmas Fair

St James and St Peter’s Anglican Church have been faithfully and diligently supporting our Breakfast Club every Thursday with both enthusiastic man-power and generous food donations.


This Saturday, Nov 5th they are holding a “Christmas Fair and Community Open Day” from 9am – 2pm.


Highlights will include-: Jumping Castle, Devonshire Teas, Local History Displays, Cake Stall, Bric-a-brac, Jewellery and Gift stalls, quality pre-loved clothing and lots more.


If you would like to support them they can be found at-:

686 Mt Dandenong Rd Kilsyth


Student Awards

Friday 21st October

Foundation           Ethan

We are so proud of the effort you showed with your writing about Colour poetry. What terrific ideas you wrote and your writing was super neat. Well done!



Welcome to Kilsyth Primary School Levi! We are very lucky to have such a friendly student in our class. We hope you enjoy learning with us and making new friends.



Cooper you have shared some excellent ideas on how we use our senses to describe different colours. Well done on your colour poetry! We look forward to reading more of your great words!


Junior A     Tenille

We love the way you are thinking about the books we are reading and the way you share your thoughts with the class.
Well Done!


Junior B         Brodie

It has been great to see you working so hard to learn new maths skills. I love the way are using your new knowledge.

Middle A       Charli  

Congratulations Charli on writing some fantastic poems this week. Poetry was tricky for you at first, but you hung in there, worked hard and achieved great success! Well done, keep up the good work.


Middle B               Alana

Alana you have an amazing imagination! Your excellent use of adjectives has allowed you to create some hilarious poems. You should be proud of the fantastic job you are doing, keep up the great work!


Middle C        Hermione

Hermione, you have worked so hard at staying focused during learning times. You have worked hard to switch straight in and get the task done. Keep it up!


Senior A        Regan

Regan has shown excellent effort with her speech writing! She continues to try her best in all tasks. Well done Regan!


Senior B          Jayden

Jayden, thank you for your great speech! You successfully used eye contact and your fantastic speaking voice which made your speech so interesting to listen to. I can tell you've really thought about what you had to say!


Science      Cooper D

I was impressed with your positive attitude this week. You produced great observations about lava viscosity.


Visual Art     Alysha H

Thank you for always working so hard in Visual Arts. You are such a great helper and go out of your way to assist in any way possible. Your enthusiasm and positive attitude are fantastic qualities to have. Keep up the great work.


                            Caleb G

Well done for consistently working to your full potential in Visual Arts. It is terrific to see you always trying your hardest in everything you do and the art work you produce is always outstanding. Keep up the great work!



Friday 28th October

Foundation            Brody

Thank you for bringing the most terrific manners to school every day. You are such a kind boy who listens to others. You sure know how to show respect and we love that about you Brody. Thank you!

Junior A                    Rylee

Welcome to Kilsyth PS Rylee. We are so lucky to have you as a member of Junior A.


Junior B            Amber

Amber, you consistently work hard to improve your skills. I love the way you push yourself to do better each day. This effort really showed in your work on division during the week.


Middle A                Cooper

Well done for helping students in need while outside in the playground. I am sure that they appreciated your help and assistance. Your attitude out in the yard at playtimes demonstrates our TRIBES agreements and is awesome to see. Keep up the good work!


Middle B              Josh

Josh you should be proud of how hard you have been working. Your reading continues to improve. Keep up the awesome work!


Middle C             Jade

Jade, what a fantastic job you are doing with your poetry writing! It is so good to see you give every single style of poetry we have looked at your best effort! Keep up the amazing work, you should be very proud.


Senior A          Cooper

Cooper, you have put an amazing effort into your work and in following our classroom expectations. Keep up the great work!!



Josh, it is wonderful to see you working independently on your literacy tasks and handwriting. Keep up the excellent work.          

Senior B        John

John, you always put in 110% to all of your work! I am particularly noticing the quality of your homework tasks. I am loving the ideas you are developing when completing your Thinkers Keys activities. I definitely want to see some of your ideas as actual things in the future! I'm so proud of your dedication to your learning.


Science         Will W

You are such a switched on learner. We love hearing your observations from investigations and you should be proud of your science skills.


Visual Arts      Cooper

It has been great to see how focused you have been in Visual Arts this week. You worked really well and have produced some wonderful art. Well done!


Physical Education            Luke

For great strategy thinking during our PE Session and working well with his peer.

Community Notices

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