Acting Principal's Report
Welcome back to Term 2! I trust everyone had a fabulous holiday break and I believe there was some stunning Melbourne weather. I spent two weeks overseas in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, with most days being between 36 and 39 degrees! I had a lovely time exploring the sights, culture and food of these countries, with my highlights being bike riding around Luang Prabang in Laos and seeing Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
This term I will be Acting Principal as Principal Kate Gray is taking long service leave and having a well-deserved break! She will also be coaching the Under 15 Australian Schools Netball Team in their tournament in Fiji and we wish her and the team all the best! Naomi Mori-Hanazono will be Acting Assistant Principal during this time to support me.
ANZAC Day School’s Ceremony
On Wednesday 19th April, School Captains Callum and Jolene joined me at the Monash Waverley School’s ANZAC Ceremony at the Cenotaph at Central Reserve in Glen Waverley. Callum and Jolene listened to Colonel John Coulsen retell an ANZAC story and they laid a wreath on behalf of our school community to commemorate those who have died during World War 1.
Play Is The Way Session for Parents
We have advertised on Tiq Biz a parent session on ‘Play is the Way’ and we strongly encourage all parents to attend.
Date: Monday 8 May 2017
Venue: Gillian Penfold Hall
RSVP: Monday 24 April- either via Tiq Biz or contacting the
Cost: NIL- free event
Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served on the night
Our presenter, Wilson McCaskill, creator and founder of “Play Is The Way” will discuss and demonstrate:
- Behaviour education versus behaviour management.
- Helping children learn and practise behaviour that is socially responsible and personally effective.
- The National Curriculum domain of Personal and Social Capabilities and how Play Is The Way’s guiding concepts, games and self-reflective language help teachers to help students develop those capabilities.
- How parents can work alongside teachers to help children develop resilience, self-mastery and empathy.
- The obligation of schools to prepare children to live and learn well.
This session is the perfect opportunity to understand Play Is the Way through direct experience as well as ask questions and enjoy yourself with other parents and carers.
Wilson’s informative and easy reading book, “Children Aren’t Made Of China" will be available for the discounted price of $30 on the night.
Grade 6 Polos
At the very end of last term our new Grade 6 polo shirts and jackets arrived. We offered an alternative colour purple for the polo shirt this year, which contrasts well with our new school logo. This really makes our Year 6’s ‘stand out’ and our younger students know who our school leaders are. Chiara and Jay modelling the new design.
School Research Project
This year we are excited to announce the beginning of a 5-year research project on ways in which effective and sustainable school-based features and practices can help our Huntingdale students excel in different subject areas, help their learning of Japanese, and also help them to become interculturally competent. This project is called: 'Language distribution in a Japanese-English bilingual program: Processes and outcomes' and will be conducted by Dr. Marianne Turner, a senior lecturer in bilingual education and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) at Monash University. Marianne is also mother to Hector in 2E and Leo in FW so, if you'd like to ask any questions, she'll be around!
Running parallel to this is building our understanding of the language profile of our school community. We are asking that our families complete a survey online to help us with this. There are two versions of the survey:
At our Term 3 Curriculum Day staff will be undertaking a workshop in Bilingual Education and in building their own language profile.
If you have any questions about this project or the survey please come and see me.
On 26 March our Taiko Group performed at the City of Kingston/ Cheltenham Community Centre Multicultural Festival of Creative Arts. Our group preformed well on the day and got a warm reception from the audience, some of whom had never seeing Taiko drumming before! Thank you to Hanazono sensei and our wonderful parents for supervising our students on the day.
Premier’s Active April
At Huntingdale Primary School we are participating in Active April. This is a great way to promote health and fitness to children. If you sign up to Active April, you are eligible for a 10-free pass to local swim centres such as Oakleigh Rec. Students are able to track their activity on our team page.
To join up please visit the website: https://www.activeapril.vic.gov.au/
Our team name is huntingdale-ps.
Working With Children Check
Thank you to the many parents and volunteers who have submitted a copy of their Working With Children Check to Gill at the office.
Just a reminder if you wish to work in classrooms at our school including Literacy sessions, the Japanese Reading Program, ICU Week activities or any other curriculum area you must have a valid WWC check. All parents who attend excursions and camps must also have one.
Early in Term 4, we have our annual swimming program. Any parents wanting to come and watch children at the pool or help teachers must have a WWC check.
Information on how to obtain a WWC check can be found at:
If you have any questions, please come and see me.
On Saturday 15th of April, Emerson from Grade 3/4S competed in the
Victorian State Trampoline Championship. He competed in two events: Double Mini and Trampoline. He came away with a Bronze medal for trampolining. He was surprised he got it but was also very proud as he had tried his hardest in the competition.
A reminder that we ask that any parents who have a child who has achieved something special at any time to please take a photograph and write a short sentence or two about what the child did, when it happened and what it means to the child and send this through to the school account at [email protected] Achievements could be getting an award from the local footy team or ballet performance or library book club or gaining their Grey Wolf Award at Scouts or any other hobby your child pursues we’re here to celebrate Personal Best in whatever form that takes.
Notification re: Measles and Chickenpox Reminder
Each term there is a reminder in the newsletter regarding Measles and Chickenpox. As you may or may not be aware, there are currently children in our school community who are receiving medical treatment. The children participate in the normal school program without any major limitations when they are well enough to be here. A major concern, however, is if these students develop measles or chickenpox, they can become seriously ill. I seek your cooperation in preventing this situation. If your son/daughter has or may have measles or chickenpox or is unwell, I request that you do not send them to school during this period and notify your class teacher and the office as soon as possible. Thank you for your support in keeping our school a safe place for all of our children.
Anaphylaxis and Allergies
We have a number of children in the school with anaphylaxis and allergies to a range of things. We ask that all parents to avoid packing nuts or nut related products in their child’s lunch. This is will assist us all in keeping our environment safe for all of our children.
Have a great fortnight!