Murrumbeena P.S. Newsletter

17 July 2019
Issue Nineteen
School Information
From The Principal
From the Assistant Principal
School Council 
What's Happening
Out of School Hours Care
MPS Carnival 2019- Saturday 9 November
Advertisements & Community Notices  
Murrumbeena PS
03 9568 1300
Hobart Road
Murrumbeena, Victoria, 3163

School Information


Monday July 22

Assembly conducted by  2S


Saturday 27 July

Working Bee- for Years 3-6

9.30-12.00 midday 


Monday 29 July 

Assembly conducted by 1F

Year 2- Cranbourne Botanic Gardens Excursion


Tuesday 30 July

Prep- Learning by Doing Incursion


Thursday 1 August

African Drumming Incursion- for Years 3-6


Monday August 5

Assembly conducted by 2H


Saturday 17 August

School Disco

5.00-6.30pm Prep- Grade 2

7.00-9.00pm Grades 3-6


Tuesday 17 September

School Concert - Palais Theatre


Friday 20 September

Last Day of Term 3- early dismissal 2.30pm


**Please refer to Compass Calendar for other term dates and events


8.55am - 10.40am

10.40am - 11.10am (Recess)

11.10am - 1.00pm

1.00pm-1:50pm (Lunch)

1.50pm - 3.30pm


Please note that school begins at 8.55am.

Children who arrive after this time will need to come via the office and accompanied by a parent to collect a late pass from the Compass kiosk. 


Our canteen is open Tuesday - Friday.

It is closed on Mondays.


Please see below for online ordering information. 



Our uniform shop is located near the office and is  open on Thursday mornings from 8.30am - 9.15am. 

The PSW shop in North Rd. Ormond is also open 6 days a week.

Online ordering with free delivery to the school is available.

If you prefer to have your order delivered to your home, please note that there is a fee of $8.65.


Please ensure all children's belongings are clearly labelled with their name and grade. Sometimes items are not returned to their rightful owner because they are not labelled correctly or clearly.

Our lost property is stored in colored bins near Room 6. 


Term 3

15 July - 20 September


Term 4

7 October - 20 December

4 November - Pupil Free Day


From The Principal


I hope everyone has had a lovely break! Term three promises to be a busy one, with a highlight being our school concert on Tuesday September 17 at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda.  Details regarding ticket sales will be available in the coming weeks. For new families, there will be a link to Ticketmaster published in future newsletters and on Compass.  Students who attend the school will be participating in the concert, but do NOT require tickets.

Other activities for the term include a working bee for Years 3-6 on Saturday July 27. A notice for this event will come out this week with an RSVP slip, so that we can allocate tasks. The main focus will be the SAKG area.

There is also the school disco booked on Saturday August 17 and ticket sales are available via Qkr. Thanks to Elizabeth Blutman for organising this event. I know she will be looking for lots of helpers on the night to assist with signing children in and out and for security.              


Believe it or not, we are now beginning planning for 2020 and I would like to remind families with children who will be beginning school next year that we are finalising enrolments now. I strongly encourage you to ensure any siblings have their enrolment forms submitted to the office as soon as possible.

We also ask that members of our school community assist us by informing any of their neighbours of the enrolment procedures, and direct them to the office to collect an enrolment form or to call the school on 95681300 to book a school tour.

If you already know that you are moving house or schools at the end of 2019, can you please forward this in writing to the office as soon as possible.


The school has gradually been replacing old furniture, bag lockers and tables. In this process we have a number of obsolete items that are pictured and are free to anyone interested.


If you would like any of these items, please contact the school office to arrange a pick up time.

Chairs that have been replaced in the library are the blue swivel ones, pictured above, and no longer go up and down. The trolleys pictured have stored student tubs, and the tables have been replaced with new ones with height adjustable options.



We are looking for parents who may wish to be on our OSHC subcommittee for School Council. We are currently due to meet at 5:30pm on the following dates (Aug 12, Sept 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9) but this can be altered to 6pm if that is more suitable.

Please email the school if you are interested.


Well done to our Year 6 students and their families for the huge effort in making yesterday’s market day such a success. The students loved the morning (even if a few too many lollies were consumed!) and they were respectful and helpful to the younger students who came to their stalls.

Well done.


Lynne Foster


From the Assistant Principal

CHILD SAFETY FOR FOR ALL SCHOOLS –The Ministerial Order introduced in 2016

Victorian schools are required under the Child Safety and Wellbeing Act to ensure that they implement compulsory child safe standards to protect children from harm. Murrumbeena Primary School is committed to child safety.  Regular articles will appear in the newsletter and on our website to promote our commitment to the Child Safety Standards.


The Child Safe Standards set out to create safe places for children to fully and actively participate in the life of the community benefiting everyone. Murrumbeena Primary School will ensure that the children in its care are protected to the best of its ability and in line with their duty of care and the compulsory child safe standards.


As a community we want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers.  We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children. There is zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures. We meet our legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.


Murrumbeena Primary is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks. We have robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers. Our school is committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks. As a community we support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, the cultural safety of children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability. Murrumbeena Primary has specific policies, procedures and training in places that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments.


At Murrumbeena Primary School:

  • Everyone connected to our school can help children be safe.
  • We have zero tolerance for any abuse of children.
  • We already have policies and processes in place to protect the care, safety and welfare of children. These are being strengthened to ensure a zero tolerance approach to child abuse. As policies are ratified at school council, they will be made available to your through the newsletter and on our web page.
  • Attached is our commitment to Child Safe Policy
  • There are clear boundaries about how adults in our school community will interact with the children here set out in our school’s Child Safe Code of Conduct. This will also be made available on the school’s website.

Chellee Plumb


School Council 

 –Policy Development

One of the roles of the School Council’s Education Committee is to regularly review the school’s polices.

Changes to policies occur for various reasons some of which include:

  • Government and legal changes and obligations
  • School practices change over time
  • Changes in the school’s demographic and community expectations

The most recent policy to be reviewed is the school’s ‘Attendance’ policy. This particular policy has changed quite significantly since it’s last review in 2015 as a result of the ‘Education State’s' emphasis and acknowledgement that we can’t educate students when they’re not at  school.

We invite parents to read the Attendance policy and should you have feedback or comments, please feel free to email the school.

Chellee Plumb

Photo: MPS Market Day

What's Happening

Photo: MPS Market Day


There was much excitement in the school yesterday morning as the year 6 students conducted their market day stalls.

The funds raised will go towards grade 6 graduation at the end of the year.

The total raised was an amazing $2260.70!


Saturday 17 August

Payment can be made via Qkr.

If you are wishing to volunteer, also please use Qkr. Prizes for the night (small toys, gadgets) will be gratefully accepted!


When your child wants to bring in birthday treats for their classmates, please be mindful to send along treats that have nothing in them that your child’s classmates may be allergic to. 

If there is a child with an allergy in your child’s class, please make sure to read the sign outside the classroom or speak with the teacher to ensure there are no children with allergies.

Birthday treats are fun and exciting to hand out, but can be harmful to some students with allergies. 

Amanda Daemen


Book Club catalogues are out again this month

 and are packed full of great books for all ages.

A NEW BOOK that is out now for 10+ year olds is the Kathryn Lasky 'Bears of the Ice'.

Can the cibs convince the animals of Ga’Hoole to destroy the dangerous ice clocks?  Great value for a hardcover book for only $12.00.

As Father’s Day will be in this term, there is a great new Picture Fiction book out entitled 'How NOT to Annoy DAD'  by Dave Hughes and Holly Ife.  Dad would love to hear his children reading this book to him on Father’s Day morning.

Hardcover book at only $14.00

Please be mindful that we are not accepting cash for Book Club anymore and all orders and payments need to be online using the new LOOP system

Books will still be delivered to your child in the class to take home.

Please make sure all purchases have been completed by Friday 2 August.

Any questions please contact Amanda in the IRC.


The following article about one of our talented year 6 students recently appeared in a soccer magazine.



The following exhibitions are on display in Melbourne:

 "Imari Porcelain: Brocades of Translucent Colour" (13 Oct 2018 – 29 Sept 2019)

The first major exhibition of Japanese Imari porcelain in Australia is showing at the National Gallery of Victoria. 130 pieces of Imari ware are on display, including bowls, plates, bottles, and figurines. The pieces are decorated with motifs such as flowers, birds, symbols, and mythological animals.

10:00am – 5:00pm daily

Where: NGV International

180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC

Cost: Free

See the NGV website for more information about the exhibition.


 "Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World" (24 May – 6 October 2019)

This photographic exhibition by Kip Fulbeck and Takahiro Kitamura explores traditional Japanese tattoo culture and its influence on modern tattoo practice. The exhibition includes life-sized photographs of full body tattoos, interactive elements, and more.

10:00am – 5:00pm daily

Where: Immigration Museum

400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC

Cost: Included with museum entry

$15 adult, free for concession, children, and members

See the Immigration Museum website for more information about the exhibition.


Shin Maki



Welcome to term 3 from the SAKG team!

We are excited to get the program up and running again this term and we have lots of great garden activities and recipes planned for the children.

Classes will resume next week.
There are still plenty of volunteering opportunities for this term for both garden and kitchen classes. Parents, grandparents, neighbours and family friends are all welcome to attend. Please follow the links listed below to sign up.
The links and our email addresses are also stored on the SAKG page of the school website for future reference. If you need to cancel a session, please email us directly if you cannot find a replacement. 

For those of you who have not volunteered before, please note the following:
All volunteers will require a Working With Children Check; these are free for volunteer status and are valid for 5 years. Please make sure that the office has sighted your Working With Children Check and that you have also signed a Child Safe Code of Conduct form (also at the office). Working With Children Checks can be applied for online and are processed at the post office.

Angel & Jac
SAKG specialists 



We are also currently looking for donations of succulents and succulent cuttings, as we will be teaching propagation this term. 


Jac Semmler

Garden Specialist











Out of School Hours Care



Photo: Book Stall 2017 Carnival

MPS Carnival 2019-
Saturday 9 November

Photo: Book Stall 2017 Carnival


The carnival steering team has been working hard coming up with a theme and finalizing stalls for the upcoming carnival.


Our theme for the 2019 carnival is 'Around the World'. We hope to take you on a journey with a range of cuisines and performances that you will never forget.

We will also be incorporating the Junior School Council's suggestion of 'Kids just wanting to have fun' into the theme, which will be represented in some capacity throughout the promotion of the carnival.


Thank you to those people who have donated bags of sugar. We are still accepting donations so if you haven’t yet donated and would like to do so please send it to the school office. (see Jam Stall Request)


Over the next few months, we will be requesting for some second hand toys, books, clothes (adults and kids), wine, craft goods, chocolates and other items that are needed for the various stalls.


Watch this space for the full list of what is required. We will develop a schedule where, each week or even fortnightly, we highlight what is required. All classrooms will have a donation box so children will know where to drop off their donations.  If you are planning on de-cluttering these school holidays, this is the best time 😉!!


Most stalls have already been filled. We will have a volunteer sign-up sheet in the coming months.


We still have a few roles/stalls to fill, so if you would like to be involved, please contact the school office.  9568 1300


Accountant- Updating overall budget (already set up), forecasting stall profitability and price setting.


Set up and Pack up team- Volunteers assistance to help with setting up and packing up is crucial to the running of this event. Can you assist with tasks of putting up a marquees, putting out furniture and equipment?


Plumbers, Electricians and Builders - We are also currently looking for a team of plumbers, electricians and builders who can help with the carnival.

Please contact the office for further details. If you can spare a few hours on the day to ensure stalls are operational, please yell out. We are not expecting you to ‘volunteer’ the entire day. The more helpers we have, the less each volunteer will have to do. So please contact us if you have these skills and would like to help.


Stalls- Souvlaki, Dutch Pancakes These were very successful stalls at the last carnival, but unfortunately, we don’t have anyone to run them this time. If you know of any family who would like to run these stalls, please let the school office know.


Briefing Session

We will be conducting a briefing session next term for all of the stall holders, so you will have a better understanding of what's involved in running a stall. You will have the opportunity to ask for additional support/advice during this session.

The reason for the session is that we are getting feedback from some parents who are a bit worried that they have not run a stall before and don't know what's involved. We want to reassure you that you will be supported throughout the process and that we are here to help!

 A huge thank you to all of the wonderful parents who have already put up their hands to help out with the carnival. It will not be a successful event without your help. All money raised will go towards much needed play equipment for the school. The Junior School Council has already had a meeting (with some input from the younger kids) and are deciding which new items they would like to see in their playgrounds. We cannot let them down!!!!


Books are now being accepted for the carnival book stall.

Please drop them off at the office. 


In the interests of sustainability, if anyone has kept jam jars from our last carnival (as pictured), we would much appreciate them being donated back to the school to re-use for this year's carnival. This would be helpful in order to keep sizing, and therefore pricing, the same.

If you do still have any of these jars, please return them before the end of this term.


***The parent volunteer who made all of the jams at the last few carnivals has left MPS. If the jam stall at this year's carnival is going to be successful once again, we obviously need volunteers to help make the jams/preserves.

If any parents or grandparents have a special interest in jam making or even have any recipes you would like to share, please contact Lou Cooper on [email protected]

Advertisements & Community Notices  















Murrumbeena P.S. Newsletter
2019 Canteen Menu - Term 1.pdf
Qkr Canteen Instructions.pdf
MPS Child Safe Policy.pdf
MPS Code of Conduct Child Safety.pdf
MPS Child Safety Commitment Foyer V2.pdf
Attendance Policy (draft) July 2019.pdf
Attendance Policy July 2019.pdf