Jells Park News

10 May 2018
Issue Six
Mission and Values
Dates to Remember
Principal's Report
Success Stories
Curriculum Matters
Community News
Education Week 2018
Student Leadership
Sport Report
Student Wellbeing 
Community Advertising
Jells Park Primary School
03 95606494
Petronella Avenue
Wheelers Hill, Victoria, 3150

Mission and Values

Our Mission

To nurture and develop individuals to become adaptable in a changing environment and to acquire a lifelong love of learning and the skills and attitudes necessary to function successfully in a sustainable global society.

Our Values

Respect, Honesty, Excellence and Resilience.

Student Oath

I am Proud to be an Australian

I will honour the flag

Obey the laws

Respect the community and

Care for the environment

Commitment to Child Safety

Jells Park Primary School is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.

Jells Park Primary School has zero tolerance for child abuse.


Jells Park Primary School is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.


If there are any concerns or questions regarding Child Safety procedures, please see one of the following staff members: Mr Kevin Oakey (Principal), Mr Dave O'Kane (Assistant Principal), Melissa McLeod (Leading Teacher - Wellbeing)

Acknowledgement of Land

Jells Park Primary School acknowledge the Woi Wurrung  people of the Kulin nation,

as the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which our school is situated, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present. 


Dates to Remember

Term Dates 2018

Term 1- 30 January - 29 March

Term 2- 16 April - 29 June

Term 3- 16 July - 21 September

Term 4- 8 October - 21 December

Curriculum Days 2018

Friday 25 May 

Friday 24 August

Monday 5 November

Camps 2018

Level 3 - 8 November -9 November 

Level 4 - 31 October - 2 November

Level 5 - 23 July - 27 July 

Level 6 - 28 May - 1 June

Concert Dates 2018

Full Dress Rehearsal - Monday 10 December

Night - Wednesday 12 December 7pm

Matinee- Thursday 13 December 1pm

Night - Thursday 13 December 7pm

May 2018

Friday 11 May - Level 1 &2 IMAX & Museum Excursion

Friday 11 May- Level 6 Mothers Day Activities 9am-11am

Tuesday 15 May - NAPLAN

Wednesday 16 May- NAPLAN

Thursday 17 May - NAPLAN

Monday 20- Friday 25 May- Education Week

Tuesday 22 May - NEVR Choir Soundcheck 10am-2pm

Tuesday 22 May - NEVR Choir Youth Concert Hamer Hall 7pm-11pm

Wednesday 23 May - Senior Choir performing at Waverley Garden Shopping Centre

Wednesday 23 May- Open Night (6-8pm)

Wednesday 23 May - District Cross Country 

Thursday 24 May- Grandparents and special friends invited to Biggest Morning Tea

Monday 28 May- Friday 1 June - Level 6 Camp 

Tuesday 29 May- ICAS Science


Principal's Report

Jells Park Primary School


Principal:                         Kevin Oakey


Assistant Principal:     David O'Kane


Principals Conference

Mr O'Kane and myself attended the annual Principals Conference last week and were fortunate enough to hear from some outstanding speakers and experts. The conference opened with the amazingly strong Susan Alberti who inspired us with her story of resilience and determination. While I can't pass on everything that I learnt and heard, I can provide a few gems of advice from the different speakers.

Susan Alberti

Health is Wealth - look after yourself first.

Turn life challenges into a positive, don't dwell on the negative.

Thrive on competition - learn from a loss and do better next time.

Cecelia Telkes

Good leaders need 85% social & human skills, and just 15% technical skills.

Try to find similarities between cultures, rather than focus on the difference between cultures.

Don't worry about making mistakes - be calm & be awesome!!

Ryan Martin

Wellbeing should never have a 'judgement' factor - no-one is better or worse off than another.

Sleep ties health and bodies together - get enough!!

Simon Dowling

To go fast, go alone - To go far, go together.

Collaboration cannot include everybody - choose the best options.

Adopt a "What's possible" attitude.

Forge connections, bridge divides.

Luke Ross

Resilience is......               Learned and a decision.

                                                Situational and NOT stable.

                                                Is not something you have, it is something you do.

Resilience is coping and returning to normal, whereas Adapting is moving ahead and thriving.

Rachael Robertson  

Respect trumps harmony.

Collaboration - protect the tribe so the individual thrives.

Lead without a title - anyone can be a leader.

Show integrity with no triangles (don't speak to me about him - speak directly first!!).

Working With Children Check

Can I remind parents about the need to have a Working with Children Check when working in the school. No matter what role you have in supporting the school (classroom helper, PMP, sport, banking, etc) it is a requirement that we have a current WWC check. Parents will be asked for this card when you check in at the office and we really do not want to turn people away. Thank you.

Sibling Enrolments 

Jells Park has commenced tours and enrolments for any prospective 2019 Foundation students. Any current school families that have siblings ready to start school next year are invited to drop into the office, or make a phone call, to get an enrolment form.

Head Lice

There has been a recent occurrence of head lice in various year levels. We ask that all parents check their child/rens hair as a precautionary measure. Please see the attached information on how to treat head lice. If you detect any head lice, please notify the School. Health regulations require that where a child has head lice, that child should not return to school until the day after appropriate treatment has started. Jells park primary school is aware that head lice can be a sensitive issue and is committed to maintaining your confidentiality. 


Success Stories

Student Awards

Congratulations to the following students who won an award at Assembly on the 30th April 2018:

Jessie A (FJ), Sheza Islam (FH), Zian V (FF), Athan Loupetis (FMC), Chloe G (1B), Poppy L (1K), Inara B (1W), Zhongqi J (2A), Libby C (2A), Mitch J (2C), Sid P (2DW), Ha L (3C), Hayley B (3N), Stephanie B (4C), Fabio R (4K), Janey R (5T), River R (5M), Flynn W (5M), Claire S (5S), Mia T (5S), Josh M (5S), Jayden H (5S), Jordan G (6J), Emma H (6J), Callum C (6J), Aisha W (6J), Dev C (6W), Talise C (Lote), Zoe H (Art)


Congratulations to the following students who won an award at Assembly on 7 May 2018:

Luke S (FF), Benjamin B (FMC), Zahra N (1B), Bailey M (1K), Alex C (1W), Even W (2A), Ridhaa F (2C), Lex H (2DW), Caitlin L (3C), Alexis P (3M), Mikayla L (3M), Shiloh J (3N), Chern Sze C (4C), Mathew G (4L), Jezabel T (5T), Katie Y (5S), Harvey M (5S), Jett B.L. (6K), Jazzy P (6K) Danilo S (6W), Marcus C (Lote), Finlay T (Art), Sofia K (Music), Thayden T (Music), Zhangqi J (Music), Sameh R (ICT), Finlay T (ICT), Eddric N (ICT), Claire S (Year 5 Stem)

Got a story to tell??

Let us know, don't be shy, we love to celebrate our student's (past and present) successes.

Curriculum Matters

Maths Talent Quest 2018

Each year the school enters projects into the Maths Associations of Victoria’s Maths Talent Quest Competition. MTQ is an annual activity aimed at promoting interest in mathematics and fostering positive attitudes amongst students, teachers and parents. The focus of the MTQ is on the process of mathematical investigations and relating mathematics to everyday life. Students complete an investigation into an area/topic of interest of their choice. Previous ideas have included sports, hobbies, cooking, the zoo, fitness, gardening and holidays,  just to name a few.

Students who are interested in doing a project have been asked to brainstorm some ideas using a mind map and we’ve seen some fantastic ideas already. Students will be given all term to work on projects with the due date for projects the first week back in Term 3. Each Friday Mr. Noordhoff’s classroom will be open for students to come and work on projects if they wish. There will be two supervising teachers attending these sessions to assist students along with their projects. These sessions are not compulsory.

It’s not too late to take part, if anyone requires any additional information or would like to see some examples of previous projects please get in contact with any of the MTQ team.

Andrew Noordhoff, Tanya Maisey, Hayley Lakeman, Rebecca Cornall

Maths Talent Quest Team

Foundation - PMP

Last week, the Foundation students started PMP and Brain Gym rotations. Each week, classes will participate in PMP tasks that require lots of jumping, crawling, hopping, throwing and catching and most importantly, lots of fun and smiles. During Brain Gym rotations, students use the left and right hand sides of their brain to support the development of the way they can control how their bodies move. They listen to music whilst following directions that include marching, crawling and passing across the body. All Foundation students are thoroughly enjoying this new aspect of our curriculum.

NEVR Choir

This week and last, our NEVR choir students have been busy with rehearsals both at school and away, combining with the other schools that make up the Primary Choir. We have attended rehearsals at Mt Waverley Heights Primary School where we learnt how our part comes together with the other schools making up a choir of 250 students! The choir is being conducted my Mark O’Leary again this year and his cheerful and professional attitude has encouraged the students to get the best from the opportunity!

If you are interested in purchasing tickets for the performance at Hamer Hall on Tuesday 22nd May, you can find all the details at

Elise Gaudion

Performing Arts Teacher

Level 4- IMAX excursion

To enhance our classroom unit of study on ‘Natural Disasters’, the Grade 3 and 4 students went to IMAX to watch ‘Forces of Nature’. This was an entertaining documentary showing how the Earth has been shaped from natural disasters and the importance of scientists work in understanding them.

After the excursion the students enjoyed a picnic they had organised with a group of their friends. Everyone did a fantastic job in organising their picnic and had a wonderful time.

ICT Cyber safety

The speed at which technology evolves in this modern world is awe-inspiring. The world that parents grew up in is so vastly different to that of their children and as busy adults, it is often difficult to keep pace. The kids of today are extremely knowledgeable about certain aspects of this rapidly evolving technology but are also often very naïve about other aspects and it is our responsibility, as parents, educators and carers, to develop their awareness of cyber safety as a vital part of their education which is ideally a partnership between home and school. Below is a website with some interesting tips and articles that may be of some help to parents.

Heather Cook (ICT Specialist)

Community News

School Banking - HELP NEEDED

School Banking at JPPS is run by parent volunteers - We need your help!

If you are free any Tuesday mornings from 9.30am for an hour or so, please come in. No experience required. Please contact the office to register your interest.  If we do not have any parent helpers we will unfortunately need to suspend the school banking program. 

Jump Rope for Heart


Working Bee

We had our second Working Bee for the year on Saturday 28 April. The frosty morning air quickly gave way to beautiful Autumn sunshine, as the dedicated volunteers worked tirelessly to complete our jobs list. It was fantastic to see so many students come to help out with the sandpits and garden beds. One of the key achievements from the day was to level out the ground behind the Grade Three portables, in preparation for our new garden boxes and a future outdoor learning space. The team enjoyed a delicious sausage sizzle and friendly catch up on the deck together to complete a productive day.

With Education Week upon us, and with the intention of unveiling the newly refurbished building, we are calling on any volunteers who would be able to assist on Friday 18 May, from 3.45-5.30pm with tidying up the space around the outside of the admin building. Thank you again to all the helpers who did an amazing job, and we look forward to welcoming new volunteers in a couple of weeks.

Education Week 2018

Education Week- Monday 21 May - Thursday 24 May

The theme for the week is ‘Celebrating the Arts’!

Check out some of the activities we have planned!


MONDAY MAY 21: Multi-Age Day

We will be having a Multi-Age day here at JPPS. The session will run between 11:30am and 1:30pm, with activities centered on ‘Celebrating the Arts!’ This fun and exciting day for all will conclude with a special Assembly, presented by the Media Captains.


TUESDAY MAY 22: Junior Cross Country

Junior Cross Country will be run in the morning today. Which house will prevail? Also at some stage on this day the National Simultaneous Story Time Reading will be taking place. Later in the evening the NEVR Choir will be performing as well. We wish all competitors and vocalists the very best for this day!


WEDNESDAY MAY 23: Open Night

A wonderfully exciting day precedes Open Night of course! We have our Senior Choir performing at Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre. We also have our District Cross Country. Selected students from levels 4, 5 and 6 will be participating in this event. And as always we will wish our competitors and vocalists the very best for this day! And then the big one! The Jells Park Primary School Open Night will kick off from 6:00pm, with classrooms opening at that time and closing at 7:00pm. Come and visit our classrooms and partake in the amazing Art activities they will have on show. Afterwards, there will be a special whole school presentation. The Senior and Junior Choir will also be performing. The presentation will commence at 7:00pm, and will be concluding at 7:30pm.


THURSDAY MAY 24: Biggest Morning Tea!

This year JPPS teachers and students will be participating in the Biggest Morning Tea. Grandparents and Special friends will be invited too! There will also be a couple of Teacher vs. Student games! It is also a dress up day, so come to school dressed in RED - as we celebrate the word LOVE!


FRIDAY MAY 24: Curriculum Day!

After such an action-packed week, there is a student free day.

Student Leadership

Pop Up Veggie Gardens

After fundraising last year, lots of planning this year and finally some help from our friends at Bunnings, this week we saw the construction of our pop up, recycled veggie gardens in behind the Level 3 classrooms. We have 6 boxes so far and will be keen to add more over the coming months. Next these will be painted, have plastic inserted inside and then ready for filling with soil and seeds. It has been a long term plan for the Environment Captains and thanks to Miss Lakeman’s vision and planning and Mr Meredith and the Working Bee crew we are starting to see our garden area take shape.


Art News 


Over the past weeks, students have been creating pigeons using warm and cool colours. During this activity they have been learning how to work with soft pastels and water colours. They have also created patterns on their pigeons, which are really looking colourful.

Level 1 & 2

Students are currently creating Stained glass butterflies, which ties in with their Integrated Studies Unit about Mini-beasts. They have been practicing their cutting skills and drawing organic shapes. They are almost finished.

Level 3 & 4

Students are in the process of designing patterns from nature which will be transferred from paper to their final work on wood.  They are in the exploration phase where they are using images for inspiration yet are drawing from their observations and imagination. It is wonderful to see how they are developing their ideas.

Level 5 & 6

Students finished their colourful woollen God’s eyes last week, so this week they are learning about the Japanese Marbling technique. They will explore this ancient art using various materials.

Sport Report

House Cross Country

On Thursday May 3, the Level 3-6 students participated in the House Cross Country at Jells Park. It was a terrific day with every student trying their best in their designated event. Congratulations to the top 10 students who will progress through to the District Cross Country on Wednesday 23 May 2018. 


Congratulations to Fraser house who won the event. Bradman was a close second with Perkins and Freeman 3rd and 4th respectively. A big thank you to the parent helpers who assisted on the day.

Winners on the day were:

Level 3 Girls: Sienna H, Shiloh J, Keira W

Level 3 Boys: Kristian B, Chase W, William B

Under 10 Girls: Jezabel T, Inka N, Lexie B-C

Under 10 Boys: Matthew G, Camerson C, Charlie D

Under 11 Girls: Shelby V, Maddy M, Isobel H

Under 11 Boys: Sam B, Harley B, Ryan P

Under 12/13 Girls: Imogen W, Kira G, Aisha W

Under 12/13 Boys: Jordan G, Mitchell D, Hayden P

Student Wellbeing 

It's not Okay to be away!

With flu season fast approaching, it is important to recognize the implications that having a day off school can mean for your child! Of course, if your child is sick, needs to stay in bed and rest for the day, then that is completely unavoidable. However, sometimes students take days off for different reasons such as medical appointments (that aren’t urgent), and family holidays. These reasons may seem harmless, yet a student who misses 1 day a fortnight, is the same as missing 4 whole weeks of school a year!


Why is it important?

Being at school is the most important factor in your child’s education. Schooling helps children build good habits for later in life, such as becoming a more independent learner, and being able to interact with peers and adults. Attendance patterns are established early, with children missing days in kindergarten or the early years of primary school, often continuing this pattern in later years. School attendance is also correlated with students having better outcomes in jobs and health in the future. Being absent also disrupts students learning, with students missing fundamental skill development, and the process of learning in the classroom.


What can you do?

It is important to remember the implications of your child being absent and what role you can play to ensure full attendance. Try encouraging students to come to school to enjoy learning, and to be part of their friendship groups and the wider school community. If you are having trouble getting your child to school because of several factors, for example, anxiety, it is vital to talk to your child’s teacher(s) about what they can do to support you and your child.


Another way to ensure student attendance is by setting structure around routine such as:

  • Having a set time for breakfast
  • Set time to leave home for school
  • Helping kids get ready
  • Having a set bed time
  • Leaving technology out of bedrooms
  • Packing school bags the night before

These ideas and more can help ensure better attendance, and more learning!

Wellbeing Team


Ziggy has had a busy two weeks at school. She has attended her very first Cross Country. Luckily for her, there were plenty of students (and dogs) for her to play with. We are working hard to help Ziggy become accustomed to different people, environments and scenarios to help her stay calm at all times. She has started attending school assembly’s and staff meetings, and although she is getting very tired and sometimes cranky, she is making improvements in her attentiveness and demeanour in these scenarios.

If you see Ziggy around the school, fell free to come over and say hi. She does occasionally get a little bit spooked by adults, but this is all part of her training while she is young to help her become calm in all situations. With so much going on for her at school all the time, she is enjoying a well-earned day off today – unfortunately it might be too wet for a walk!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Small on [email protected]

We are very fortunate to have three community sponsors already and are always looking for more, so if you or anyone you know might be able to help please contact Mr Small at [email protected]

Families are also able to donate toward the cost of Ziggy's care through the Qkr app.

A huge thank you to Mulgrave Country Club for their generous donation towards Ziggy's training and food costs, Brandon Park Vet for their support of the program through free puppy classes and subsidized vet costs and to Waverley Park Dental Care for covering the costs of Ziggy's obedience training.




Hi everyone, 

The first thing I'd like to do is congratulate our OSHClubbers of the week - Josh W from Level 6 for being a great role model for the younger students, and Taylor B from Foundation for adjusting so quickly to coming to OSHClub every day - she is now friends with everyone! Unfortunately these two students did not get their certificates presented to them in assembly as I was extremely busy fixing issues with our new electronic system and completely forgot to get the certificates ready for the assemblies! Instead they were presented at OSHClub on an evening where we had 70 students in attendance.

Speaking of the new system, I'd like to thank all parents for their patience in figuring it out. It has taken a while but I think we're finally getting there. Unfortunately, this week it crashed for 3 consecutive sessions so we were back to paper based rolls, but we are now back online, hoping to stay that way!

A couple of things to note about the new software are as follows:

  1. You are no longer able to create online bookings less than 24 hours before the session commences, you must contact me or accounts. 
  2.  You are now unable to alter any contact details online - you need to ring me or ring accounts (1300 395 735) to do so.
  3.  Anyone who is listed on your emergency contacts list is able to create a pin code using their phone number to pick up your child/ren.

On another note, we are now busy creating new displays for our return to the GP room, so if you come visit us at OSHClub and see lots of art and craft things everywhere, do not be alarmed!

I'd also like to welcome our new assistant coordinator, Despina (Des) to the program. I wish you all the best in working within our program - it's a busy one!

Erin Halloran 

0422 032 371


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