Rowville Primary School Newsletter

09 May 2018
Issue Ten
From the Principal
From The Assistant Principal
Library News
Rowville Kids Cafe
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
Aftercare - Camp Australia
Community Noticeboard
Rowville Primary School
(03) 9764 1955
Paratea Drive
Rowville, Victoria, 3178

From the Principal


Learning is the core purpose of schools… If you can’t learn, unlearn and relearn, you’re lost because sustainable and continuous learning is a given of the twenty-first century.

Nothing stops an organisation faster than people who believe that the way they worked yesterday is the best way to work tomorrow.


At the moment we are undertaking some focused learning as a staff around the teaching of reading. On Tuesday nights, our teachers have been gathering as a professional learning community to undertake learning that is facilitated by our learning specialists. We have been learning about small group instruction. When I first commenced teaching,  students were tested for their reading ability and were placed in a reading group where they remained for the rest of the year. We now group students that have similar needs in terms of learning. We think about how long we may need to group these students together. There is no formula for the size of the groups, the number of days and the length of time that students will work in these groups. We remain focused on what these students need to move forward in their learning. 


Our classroom environments are now structured with well-resourced classroom libraries. Our students are now able to borrow books from their classroom and from the new 21st century learning space. For students to grow as readers they need to be actually reading in class.

For every student to make a year of growth in their reading we need to cater for individual needs by differentiating our instruction and talking with our students about where they are in their learning, where they are going and how they will get there. On Friday 11 May and 25 May the school will be closed so that teachers can work intensively with Danny Hyndman, a Literacy consultant around the precise teaching of Reading. Danny will also work with teachers in our classrooms and after school on 28 May.


Today we farewell a long serving member of Rowville Primary School. Mrs Diana Franklin, our IT Specialist is leaving after almost ten years to take up a position in the private IT sector. Prior to her appointment at Rowville Primary School, Diana had worked in the corporate IT world and we were so fortunate to have her expertise in our school for such an extended period of time.  Through Diana’s leadership we have provided amazing opportunities for our students. We thank her for her work and wish her all the very best for the future. 

To celebrate Education Week, Rowville Primary School will be holding a Twilight School day on Thursday 24th May. School will start at 1.00pm and finish at 7.30pm. Information has been sent home with every student and is also available on your Compass news feed. Please return the completed Twilight School forms by Wednesday 16th May.                            

Anne Babich



Stoll, Fink and Earl (2003) it’s About Learning (And it’s About Time)

Harris, A.  A research project exploring the process of transformation in schools June 2008

From The Assistant Principal

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Centre is open!

Our middle and senior school students have begun their learning of fundamental STEM skills.  Classes have been excitedly collaborating to investigate and explore concepts within their year level Inquiry units, utilising the resources in our new Research and STEM Centre.  This new centre provides an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge in a range of curriculum areas through an inquiry based approach, with challenges linked to real-world problems. 

Here are some comments from our students:

  • The STEM centre is fun because you can write on the tables and learn new things.
  • The new centre is comfortable and there is a lot of space for everyone to sit, relax and learn.
  • I really liked the new, comfortable furniture and how the new bookshelves are set out around the room.
  • It was great to do three experiments about Earthquakes in the new STEM centre.
  • The couches were soft and I liked how we could work sitting on.  We also did a seed experiment, where the teacher wrote on the table.

Mrs Tiffany Bamford
Assistant Principal


Attendance Matters

Fact sheet for parents/carers

If your child is sick or absent, you are required to notify their school as soon as possible on the day of absence using one of the following methods:

  1. Online: log the absence directly using your school’s IT platform.
  2. Telephone: the school office and let the staff know your child’s name, class, date of absences and reason.
  3. Email: the school and provide the staff with your child’s name, class, date of absences and reason.

Notifying the school of your child’s absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and will fulfil your legal responsibility.


Why do I need to notify the school if my child is absent?

Schools need to know when and why a child is absent and you need to know if your child isn’t at school.

From the end of Term 2 2018, all Victorian government schools are required to contact parents/carers as soon as practicable on the same day of an unexplained student absence. If your child is absent on a particular day and you have not contacted the school to explain why, the absence will be marked as unexplained.

This system also promotes daily school attendance. Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education, they learn new things every day – missing school puts them behind.


What is your responsibility?

You are legally required to ensure your child attends school every day or you must provide an explanation for their absence. You should let the school know in advance of any upcoming absences or let them know in the morning if your child won’t be at school. In order for schools to implement the same day notification requirement, it’s essential that you provide the school with your most up-to-date contact details.

Generally one notification will be sent per family. Should there be circumstances that require both parents and carers to be notified, please contact the school to make the necessary arrangements.

Library News


May is National Family Reading Month. Scholastic Australia promote this event which is now in its 22nd year, where families are encouraged to come together to share a love of reading.  It is designed to get more children reading with their families. 

As role models, an adult reading to children can have an enormous effect on them.  I encourage everyone to take a moment, read and talk with your child about your favourite children’s books. Let’s help to grow a child’s enthusiasm for the wonderful world of books!



A reminder to all students at Rowville Primary School that everyone is participating in the Reading Challenge this year.  The students in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 are sharing 30 books with their classroom teachers.

Students in Years 3 to 6 are in the process of reading 15 books. The username and passwords were given to classroom teachers earlier in the term and students should now be logging into the Reading Challenge website to start listing the books they have read.  

The Reading Challenge finishes at Rowville Primary School on 10th August, 2018. If you would like further details on the Reading Challenge go to or contact Emily Biggins (F-2), Celia Williamson (3-6) or myself. All enquiries are welcome.



I was notified recently that one of our library books has been returned to the Westall Library by mistake. The book title is William Wild written by Lisa Thomson. If anyone lives near the Westall library in Clayton South I would appreciate some assistance in picking it up. Please let me know if you can help. 


Jackie Hicks – Library Technician



Welcome to our new Literacy column. Every week at assembly, students will share their love of reading. Reading is not only an important life skill but it is also a wonderful way to relax. Reading can take you places and allows students to develop their knowledge of words. This week we will feature our first two students.

Xavier  Year 3C- Tashi Books

Why did you start reading Tashi Books?

When I was choosing books to read, Mrs Welti suggested that I try and read Tashi books that were in our classroom library. I borrowed a book called ‘Tashi and the Mixed-Up Monster’ and that night I read the book at home. I really liked the story.

What happened after you read the first book?

 I really loved the story and I wanted to read more. Tashi has adventures and he is a brave and exciting character.

Where did you get your own copies of the books from?

I got the first one which is called, ‘A Special Selection of Tashi Books’ for my birthday and I read all the stories in that book in just one week. Then my mum went and found me the book that has all the Tashi stories in it called, ‘The Great Big Collection of Tashi.’

Would you recommend this book for other students to read?

Yes I really would recommend kids read Tashi because he has lots of adventures and Tashi is really brave.

 Ashana- Rae -  5 C  Harry Potter Books

What got you hooked into Harry Potter books?

Last year my friend Jezele was reading a Harry Potter book and I started asking her questions about it because I heard a lot the book but I hadn’t read it. 

Then my teacher in Year 4 last year started to read my class, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ but I missed a lot of the book. I then decided that I really wanted to see if it was as good as my friend said it was. So I went and asked my teacher if I could read the book.

What happened when you started to read the book?

When I first got the book I didn’t think it was as good as my friend said because she said it was all about this magic but the book just told me what had happened before the magic. I decided to persevere and keep reading and then I really got into the book. I loved it!  i loved all the characters and adventures and so I wanted to read more.

Where did you get the books from?

 After the first book, I went to the school library but the next book wasn’t available so I read a different Harry Potter book and it was even better than the last one I read. So I asked my mum to take me to Stud Park library so I could read more Harry Potter books. I read the one I missed and after that my dad got me my own library card so I could borrow the books.

I have noticed you have your own copies of Harry Potter. Where did you get these from?

For Christmas my parents got me my own Harry Potter book set and the Harry Potter movie set so I could read and watch my favourite books in movie form.       


Trish Welti

Year 3 Teacher

Rowville Kids Cafe

Please click on the link to view the current Kids Cafe menu:

Volunteers Needed

The canteen is needing some extra help from volunteers. If you are free to assist on a Monday or Friday please see the canteen staff or leave your name at the office.  Volunteers need to have a current working with children's check card.

Thank you to following volunteers for the next two weeks

Monday 14th May             Help Needed

Tuesday 15th May             L. Mcconnochie

Wednesday 16th May      J. Ng & G Davey

Thursday 17th May           S. Macdonald

Friday 18th May                  H. Haynes &                                                                                                                               L. Shore     

Monday 21st May               Help Needed

Tuesday 22nd May             L. Mcconnochie

Wednesday 23rd May       A. Diab

Thursday 24th May            Twilight School Dinners - Help needed

Friday 25th May                  Curriculum Day 

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Thank you to Fonterra

Rowville Primary School would like to recognise the contribution made by Fonterra to our Kitchen Garden Program.

Fonterra has generously donated $4100 towards the installation of our automatic watering system throughout our garden which was installed during the holidays.

The system will allow us to maintain our gardens throughout the year to their optimum potential. It will prevent the loss of plants and will give us confidence that when the school is closed over the hottest months of the year, the plants, in which we have invested our money and time, will survive and be available to harvest for our kitchen classes.



Mothers Day Stall

The annual mothers Day stay was held on Tuesday with the students enjoying the experience of purchases gifts for the special people in the life. The students will have another opportunity to purchase gifts for $5.00 each tomorrow, Thursday 10th May at lunchtime. Many thanks to these parents for their assistance running this event, Shelby Macdonald, Sara Bartlett, Lisa Baltruchaitis, Julie Ng, Goula Davey, Tracy Esposito, Sharon Dean and Pam Mitchell.



The Walkathon was a huge success and now is the time to return your sponsorship forms complete with donations prior to Friday 11th May, 2018. A raffle ticket will be placed in the draw for every $5.00 raised. Prizes will be issued and the raffle will be drawn on Monday 21st May, 2018.


Entertainment Books

Entertainment books are for sale at the office for $70 each or you may purchase online. The school receives $13 for each book sold.


Aftercare - Camp Australia

Aftercare News

Term 2, Week 4

The next two weeks will be Mothers Day! The children will be very busy making mother’s day cards and gifts for their loved ones.

Term 2, Week 5

This week is culture week! Children will share their knowledge of different languages, learn how to do some Indigenous Australian art work, and make a Chinese lantern!

A note from Brodie and Nicole

Friday 11th May and Friday 25th May are Curriculum Days at  Rowville Primary School

Camp Australia will be running care for these from 7 am to 6 pm. If you have any questions in regards to this, please feel free to speak to staff.

If you have enrolled your child to attend the pupil free day, please note that Camp Australia will provide breakfast and afternoon tea. Please ensure that your child has morning tea and lunch.

What to bring: Please ensure that children are sent with morning tea and lunch (a packed lunch box like they would for school). Camp Australia will provide breakfast and afternoon tea.

We’re here to make after school care visits the best experience possible – for you and your child.

If you have any questions about the program – please feel free to drop by, meet the team and see what happens in after school care first hand.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

The Camp Australia Team.
Program Details

To find out more about our program, view fees and to register visit

Service mobile number - 0438 286 035

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