CHPS eNewsletter 2018

20 September 2018
Term 3 Week 10
Dates to remember
Acting Principal's Report
What's happening at CHPS
Canteen & Uniform News
Mia's MessageBoard
For our students....
Community News
Croydon Hills Primary School
(03) 9725 1206
47-75 Campaspe Drive
Croydon Hills, Victoria, 3136

Dates to remember

2018 Important Dates


Friday 21st    -    Canteen Prep Footy Day Lunch

Friday 21st    -    Free Dress Day, gold coin Drought Relief

Friday 21st    -    Term 3 ends, 1.30pm dismissal


Sunday 7th - Thursday 18th  -  Korean Study Tour

Monday 8th    -   Term 4 begins

Thursday 11th    -    Division Athletics

Monday 14th - Friday 19th   -   Walk To School Week

Friday 19th    -    Crazy Sock Day

Friday 19th    -    Year 2 Sleepover JKC,JLS,JDS, JJL,JJM

Monday 15th    -    CHAPS Meeting

Wednesday 17th    -    Canteen Donut Day

Tuesday 23rd    -    Prep/Junior House Cross Country

Tuesday 23rd    -     Dads Matter, 7pm

Wednesday 24th - Friday 26th    -    Year 3 Camp Toolangi

Friday 26th    -    Year 2 Sleepover JTC, JKL, JMP, JTC,JKG

Monday 29th - Friday Nov 2nd    -   Year 5 Camp Coonawarra

Tuesday 30th    -   Street Art & Screen Worlds Tour, Y6 students 

Tuesday 30th     Dads Matter, 7pm 


Monday 5th    -    Curriculum Day

Tuesday 6th    -    Melbourne Cup Day

Wednesday 7th    -    Canteen Cup Day Lunch

Friday 9th    -    Maroondah 'Youth Voice for Peace' Event, Snr students

Tuesday 13th    -    Dads Matter, 7pm

Wednesday 14th - Friday 16th  - Year 4 Camp Manyung

Tuesday 20th    -    Dads Matter, 7pm

Tuesday 27th    -    Dads Matter, 7pm

Thursday 29th    -    CHAPS Colour Run


Wednesday 12th    -    Carols On The Oval

Tuesday 18th    -    Year 6 Graduation

Notices sent home this week

Year 2 Sleepover

Prep/Junior House Cross Country

Street Art Tour & Screen Worlds Excursion, Y6

Prep Holiday Writers


Acting Principal's Report

From Carol's desk....

A Great School Community

It is with pride that I say thank you to CHAPS and our school community for providing cupcakes for our students yesterday.  It would have been Jack Power’s 11th birthday on Wednesday, so a cupcake was provided for each of the students in our school. Our students loved it and it was a great way to celebrate the wonderful person that Jack was. The cakes were amazing!  Thank you to CHAPS for organising and coordinating,  the parents who baked them and also to everyone who helped distribute them to the students.

Cyber Safety Parent Night

Last Monday we had an information night for parents on cyber safety. Thank you very much to the parents who attended this event. It was a fantastic night and David, our presenter who is a Federal Police Officer, was able to provide practical information as to how parents can protect their children online. The presentation was part of ThinkUKnow, which aims to empower every Australian to be safe, respectful and resilient online. The program focuses on what young people do online, the challenges they face and what they can do if something goes wrong. The top tips from this program are

  • Start the cyber safety conversation with your child and let them teach you what they do online.
  • Stay in the know – take an interest in how your child uses technology. Why not have a go and try some of the aps yourself?
  • Speak to your child about respectful relationships.
  • Create a family online safety contract.  Visit for ideas.
  • Know what your kids are doing online, who they are friends with, and who they may be talking to.

You can find out more information about how to stay safe online at

Also, visit Mia’s MessageBoard page later in this newsletter, for some great advice on kids’ gaming and how to police it without aggravation.

Indonesian Teacher

Next term we welcome a new LOTE/Indonesian teacher to our school. Shannon Irwan starts at the beginning of Term 4. Shannon is passionate about teaching students about the Indonesian culture as well as the language.

End of Term

Term 3 finishes at the end of this week, so a reminder that school ends at 1.30pm on Friday.  School resumes on Monday October 8th for an 11 week Term 4. 

Also a reminder that we have a Pupil Free Day on Monday November 5th, prior to Cup Day, so teachers can plan for 2019,.

Carol Wyatt  -  Acting Principal

What's happening at CHPS

Free Dress Day - TOMORROW, 21/9

Don't forget,, we're having a Free Dress Day tomorrow, with a gold coin donation to help our farmers who are doing it tough in the drought.  Come dressed in your best farmers gear and we'll all go a little bit country - don't forget your gold coin for Drought Relief!


Performing Arts News

Last Thursday and Friday, State School Spectacular students got up bright and early and headed into Melbourne Arena for two big dress rehearsals. On Saturday we performed in two shows:  a matinee during the afternoon and another in the evening.  It was amazing being able to watch the event from our seats in the mass choir and we all really enjoyed the experience! 

CHPS will be participating in State School Spectacular again next year, it will be open for Year 5 and 6 students.  If you love singing you should definitely sign up!

Amana Temple  -  Performing Arts

Sports News

Prep & Junior House Cross Country

Next term we are having the Prep & Junior House Cross Country event on Tuesday October 23rd.  It is the 2nd week back and hopefully we will have lots of parent volunteers assisting the supervision of corners to make sure all students are safe when running around the school.  The Preps will run 1km and the Year 1 / 2 students will be running 1.5kms.  The students have been training for their run during Huff n Puff at the beginning of their PE lessons.  This is an event which does not require parent consent, as it is run within the boundary of the school, however it will still go out on Compass so that parents can complete the notice if they are able to assist with supervision on that morning. We would really appreciate parental help with this, as the staff will be busy supervising their classes.  Please either email me with a response or have your child hand in the notice to their class teacher or the office.  The first race will be the Year 2 Boys, followed by the Year 2 Girls, then Year 1 Boys, Year 1 Girls, Prep Boys and Prep Girls.  All children who complete the course will earn points for their House.  Children can wear their House colours for the event. Hope you can make it!

Noreen McMenaman  -  PE / Sport

Sustainability News

Walk to School Week

This year, Croydon Hills PS is holding Walk to School Week, beginning in week 2 of Term 4,  October 15th through to October 19th.  Students will have the opportunity to meet at one of four designated meeting areas near to the school (please see map attached below).  They will then walk to school together with other students, teachers and parents from the school community to support sustainable living and healthy lifestyles.  To finish off a great week we will be celebrating with a Crazy Sock day on Friday 19th.

We are looking for parent volunteers to assist on the mornings, helping to guide and direct the students as they walk to school.  Volunteers would have to meet at one of the designated walk stations at 8:20am, ready to begin walking with the students at 8:30.  If you are able to help out on any day of the week it would be greatly appreciated.  If you are able to help could you please let your classroom teacher know.


The Sustainability Team

Canteen & Uniform News

Canteen News

WHAT’S NEW? ( Available online only)

Salted Caramel & White Choc Cookie – $0.90

Banana Bread – Homemade $1.50 per slice (Gluten free option also available, $2.00 per slice)

Honey Joys – 50c each (Gluten free option also available 60c each)


Caramel UHT Oak Milk is no longer available due to supply issues

DAILY  MEAL DEALS Available online only

Monday Meal Deal $5.00

Cheese and Bacon Roll with an Oak Flavoured Milk & Anzac Cookie.

Tuesday Meal Deal $5.00

3 Steamed Dims Sims, Juice Box & 2 Homemade Cookies

Wednesday Meal Deal $6.50

Chicken Schnitzel Roll with lettuce, cheese & mayo, Juice Box & 2 Mini Muffins.

Thursday Meal Deal $6.00

Nachos with cheese, salsa & sour cream, Oak Flavoured Milk & Honey Joy

Friday Meal Deal $6.00

Bakers Delight Pizza Slab (Hawaiian or BBQ Bonanza), Juice Box & 2 Homemade Cookies



Please ensure online orders are placed AND confirmed as we have an increasing number of students with no lunch order at lunchtime.  This causes distress to the students and an extra workload at a busy service time for the Canteen staff.   Orders can be placed days in advance.

This service is available from Monday to Friday via the Flexischools website. Lunch orders can be placed online until 9am each day, we do however have a “late orders menu” which is a very limited menu and will be open for 1 hour from 9am -10am. This option is solely for emergencies and not for regular lunch orders. Please plan ahead and place orders early. Due to limited help we would not be able to accommodate a large volume of late orders. Please note – Sustainable Bags are NOT suitable for online ordering. A paper bag will be provided.

Karen Cyster  -  Canteen Manager

Uniform News


We still have many Prep children starting in 2019 to fit for uniforms.  Please contact the office on 9725 1206 to book in an appointment time for your child's uniform fitting.  We will make an appointment time for you to attend the Uniform Shop on Monday mornings or Thursday afternoons.

In Term 4 the Uniform Shop will continue to open on Monday 9.30 – 11.15am and Thursday 1 – 2.30pm for these appointments.  You may purchase on the day or we offer lay-by.

We will be open during the Transition Sessions, but this is NOT suitable for uniform fittings as we can get quite busy.


An exclusive (not compulsory) Hooded Top & Polo is available as part of the Year 6 School Uniform.  The Navy Blue items have been extremely popular, identifying the senior students of the school.

The Hoodies are navy blue with a school logo printed on the front and the names of all Year 6 students  printed on the back (delivery in Term 1 of the new year).  Please note:  these are NOT available through Flexischools.

The Polos are navy blue with a school logo printed on the front and with the caption “YEAR 6 CHPS” on the back (delivery in Term 4 of the current year).

Hoodie samples for sizing will be available in the Uniform Shop during normal operating hours (from Monday 8 October).  Outside of Uniform Shop hours, samples will be available from the school office.

Orders due by Friday 9 November 2018.       NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR HOODIES.

Uniform Shop Opening Hours: 

Monday 8.30am to 10am

Thursday 2.30pm to 4pm

Orders can be placed any day through  Your order will be processed during normal opening hours and delivered home via your child’s classroom. Order Forms can also be left at the office.

Orders and enquiries can be made by phoning the Uniform Shop during our opening hours.

All orders will be sent to your child’s classroom, unless otherwise specified.

Jo Lovell  -  Manager

Mia's MessageBoard

Parenting Resources on Gaming

It's hard to know where to look and who to trust for practical and useful advice on how to parent gaming. I recommend these guys – Institute of Games

If you go to the link above, you will find ‘The Parent Workbook’ that you can purchase for all the info you need. You will also find their phone number and can make an appointment for a private consultation if that is what you might need.

Here is an excerpt from an article that you might be interested in reading. Follow the link below to read the whole article

‘Could playing Fortnite lead to video game addiction?  The World Health Organisation says yes, but others disagree’

What parents can do:

An important aspect of being a parent today is guiding your child in ways that support them to have healthy attitudes to technology that ensure it becomes a positive aspect of their life.

Three key strategies for this are:

  1. Encourage a blend of physical activity and indoor activity from when your child is young. It’s also important to model this behaviour yourself.
  2. Spend time talking with your child and sometimes playing games with them online. We should not set up an “us vs them” attitude. This strategy allows you to understand your child as a technology user, and to make more informed decisions regarding their technology use.
  3. Use a range of resources to help you understand kids gaming. Beware of sensationalist media headlines that aim to shock you, and instead head for a range of trustworthy sources supported by credible experts and bodies.

Mia Sartori  -  Student Welfare Officer

For our students....

This week's birthdays....


Tuesday 18th:   Indiana PCV

Wednesday19th:   Adrian PCV, Elizabeth JKG, Freya MAP, Jack SKF,                                       Charlize SDB

Today:   Ameya PDR, Charlotte MAP, Abtin SAH, Ruby SSY

Tomorrow:   Will JMP, Charley MTC, Tom MBJ, Addison SKF,

                          Daisy SNR

Saturday 22nd:    Abby JJC, Zach MFP, Mariam MFP, Jaime SSY

Sunday 23rd:   Dinuli JTC, Blake JKG, Sharlotte JTC, Tobie MKU,                                        Ashley SRT


Congratulations!  We hope you had, or will have, a wonderful day!

....and during the holidays

Monday 24th:  Elliott JTC, Emily JDS, Mason MAP

Tuesday 25th:  Bradley MSH, Aleisha MTC

Wednesday 26th:  Alexander PAG, Ryder JKL,

                                      Angelina JDS, Tamika SKF

Thursday 27th:  Scarlett MTC, Sherize MFP, Ian SJT

Friday 28th:  Cameron SAH

Saturday 29th:  Owen PCV, Syna PKS

Sunday 30th:  Hunter JKG, Ben SRT


Monday 1st:  Aaron JKC, Jess SSY, Joshusa SSY

Tuesday 2nd:  Cianna SKF, Alex SRT

Wednesday 3rd:  Jett PDR, Emily JDS

Thursday 4th:  Jack JTC

Friday 5th:  Hunter MAP, Shannon MAP, Abigale MDG

Saturday 6th:  Jade JJL

Sunday 7th:  Diana JLS, Emily SSY

Well done, Karl!

Congratulations to Karl, SAH for earning his Scouting Grey Wolf Achievement Award.  Karl, who is a member of the 1st Croydon Hills Scout Troop, is one of only a relatively small group to attain this level, which is reached only after sustained effort, self-discipline, teamwork and leadership.  Well done, Karl!

A Swimmingly Good Time!


Spreading the Sustainable Message

Earlier this week our Senior students displayed their learning and innovative ideas to the rest of the school and the interested wider community, with their Sustainability Expo.  We can all take a lot of positive messages from their hard work and enthusiasm for a sustainable future!




Cadbury Chocolates

Thanks to everyone who has now returned their chocolate money -  a little later, but we really appreciate this.  We have 67 families still outstanding.  Please families, ensure you return today or tomorrow  or contact the office immediately to discuss.

Remember the school have paid for these chocolates already so we need your support and make payment now.

Entertainment Books

We still have some left for this year,come to the office and or purchase or online ! Some great savings in this book.

Next Meeting  : Monday 15th October, 2018   -  "BRING A FRIEND NIGHT "

Please come along with your great friend(s) and join in with some fun, inspiring, like-minded parents wanting to do the best for our school !   WE NEED YOU and YOUR GREAT IDEAS!  More to follow on this soon.


CHAPS Team are excited to host this event for our school again.  More info will be coming next term, so please place in your diary if you wish to watch your kids in colour!

Have a fantastic and wonderful fun filled holidays ! .... See you all next term

CHAPS Team 😊


Watch this space next term, dads, when we release all the news on our Camp Out On The Oval!

Community News

Local Clubs, Sports & Activities


For Parents


CHPS eNewsletter 2018
Walk to school map with walking path.pdf
2019 YEAR 6 HOODED TOP & POLO order form-a.pdf
Parent attendance fact sheet.pdf
Child attendance fact sheet.pdf
Wonga Park Cricket Club - Season 18-19.pdf
Sue Saliba Term 4 Tennis Coaching.pdf
2018-19 VenomTryouts Basketball.pdf
Sept School Holiday Cricket Program.JPG
Croydon Little Aths Rego Day.png
Croydon North Cricket Club Junior Registration.pdf
Boomtec Disco.pdf
Junior Golf Program, Chirnside Park.pdf
Come & Try Cycling, Blackburn.pdf
Light the Night Lilydale.pdf