Kilsyth Primary School

02 March 2017
Issue Three
Principal's Report
What's Happening @ KPS
From the Office
Foundation News
Junior School News
Middle School News
Senior School News
Student Wellbeing 
Student Awards
Community Notices
Kilsyth Primary School
9725 4320
Durham Road
Kilsyth, Victoria, 3137

Principal's Report

Wonderful students, wonderful staff and wonderful community!

There is so much happening around our school. It is certainly a privilege to work in a vibrant, creative and caring community. Each and every classroom is well organised and students are engaged in tasks.  


Foundation: These students are settling into good routines and structure. There is a real buzz when you walk into the room. The students are so proud to show me  what they are learnng and the classroom is already filled with evidence of student's work.


Junior: The focus here is 'We are here to learn and have fun'! From the moment they enter this unique learning space the students know what is expected from them and are thriving in the structure and learning opportunities. With small group tasks, independent learning and  explicit teaching  happening within the first 10 minutes of each day the students understand what they are learning and why.


Middle: The consistency of teaching and learning in this area is so obvious. Walking through these classes shows me how well planned and organised they are. Each class has clear learning intentions (what students are learning about) and success criteria (what they will be able to do after the lesson) displayed proudly at the front of each class. Students understand what area of the curriculum and skills they are working on.


Senior: There is a calm yet productive feel in this area. Students are so enthusiastic to be in new 'learning spaces' with common understandings and high expectations set. They are certainly stepping up to their leadership roles and are showing initiative when they see what needs to be done. Many students have approached me to ask whether they can start lunchtime clubs such as, scooter and sport practice.


PE: We have had Hockey clinics and Tennis coaching so far. These are wonderful opportunities for our students to connect with local clubs. The physical education sessions are always jammed packed with activities that not only develop their skills but are done in a fun and challenging way.


Science: This hub of discovery has included live butterflies that came to us as tiny catterpillars'. Students have been able to study and experience first hand the lifecycle of a butterfly. This is just one aspect of our Science lab that has students talking enthusiastically about what they are exploring and discovering in Science.


Visual Arts/Indonesian: KPS is so lucky to have this wonderful program in place. Learning Indonesian while being creative and developing artistic skills is a fantastic way of combining Language and The Arts. Please talk to your child and find out what they are creating and how they can use the Indonesian language to communicate.


I have taken five tours of our school already with prospective enrolments for 2018. It is pleasing to note that the feedback is really positive. Comments like; 'The students are so engrossed in their learning', ''The teachers are calm' and 'The classrooms are colourful and organised' is so pleasing.





Twilight Market

Our Twilight Market is on again!!! Keep Friday 17th March 5.00pm -8.30pm free. It looks to be a great night with nearly 40 confirmed stallholders. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP to make this market successful. We DESPERATELY need help to set up, run the cake and BBQ stalls. We only need ONE hour of your time. IF you could spare one hour on the nigh it would be greatly appreciated.   

Leaflet Drop

A TIQBIZ went out asking for helpers to deliver leaflets in our area. These are available at the school office. There is no set amount you have to take, just take what you would like to deliver in your local area. ANY help will promote this wonderful night. 

Cake Stall

We are also asking for donations of cakes for our Cake Stall. Details and plates will go out on the 10th March. Delicious baked goodies will need to come back on Friday 17th March. If you require more plates to bake extra goodies they are available at the office.



Other Fundraising News

Easter Egg Raffle

Our annual Easter Egg Raffle will start next week. We rely on kind donations from families to make up baskets for the raffle. Any donation is welcomed. It doesn't necessarily need to be chocolate. It could be an Easter coloring book, small toy or tissue paper (to fill the basket).  Raffle tickets will be sent home at a later date. Tickets are $1 each.

Hot Cross Buns

We are having a Hot Cross Bun drive in partnership with our local Bakers Delight. Information will be sent out soon. Bakers Delight donates $2 from every 6pk sold!!


From behalf of the Fundraising Committee I would like to THANKYOU for your continued support. Funds raised will assist in the purchase of technology (iPads etc.) as well as resources for our library and outdoor decking space!

School Council election update

Voting for new members for KPS Council are now underway. If you haven't voted please get it in by 4pm Monday 6th March. 

Nominees will be annouced via Tiqbiz on Wednesday 8th March. 


To maintain our school's atmosphere, identity, pride and tone we expect all students to wear school uniform. Please find below a description of what i

School Uniform

*Please note the versatility of the school uniform.

  • The wearing of plain red or plain black clothing without Kilsyth PS logo is acceptable (i.e. no stripes, brand logos or embellishments)
  • ‘Appropriate footwear’ are sports runners black school shoes (Girls ‘ballet’ shoes, slip ons, canvas shoes or high heels are unacceptable.)
  • Mixing uniform (e.g. wearing long sleeves under short sleeves, tracksuits under dresses etc) is not acceptable.
  • Black bike shorts may be worn under dresses/skirts but must not be visible below the hemline.
  • Whilst the school preference is for black or red coats, it is acceptable for any colour raincoats/Winter coats to be worn outside in inclement/cold weather.    

Boys Uniform

Red T-shirt or polo shirt (long or short sleeves) – plain or with KPS logo (preferred)

Plain black loose-fitting shorts: mid-thigh length

Plain black school pants – no cargo pants or jeans

Plain black tracksuit pants

KPS Bomber jacket (preferred) or plain black jacket

Red windcheater – plain or with KPS logo (preferred)

Plain grey, white or black socks

Footwear - Sports runners or  black school shoes

School hat

Black or red beanie

Black or red scarf


Girls Uniform

Red and white check school dress

Black skirt or pinafore

Black tights

Red T-shirt or polo shirt (long or short sleeves) – plain or with KPS logo (preferred)

Plain black loose-fitting shorts: mid-thigh length

Plain black school pants – no cargo pants or jeans

Plain black loose fitting tracksuit pants

KPS Bomber jacket (preferred) or plain black jacket

Red windcheater – plain or with KPS logo (preferred)

Plain grey, white or black socks

Footwear - Sports runners or black school shoes

School hat

Black or red beanie

Black or red scarf

I have attached the complete Uniform Policy that outlines the expectations and also a uniform list. 

Thank you for your continued support.



Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!



What's Happening @ KPS

Calendar of Events




3rd            Interschool Sport-Away vs Oxley

^th            District swimming- Doncaster

6th-10th    School Nurse visits

10th          Interschool Sport-Away vs Manchester

14th          Foundation-Zoo excursion

17th          Interschool Sport-Away vs Lilydale

                   Market Night 5pm-8.30pm

20th          Division Lawn Bowls event

23th          School Photos

24th          Interschool Sport-Home vs Chirnside Park

                    KPS Jump Disco

29th           School Council

30th           Girls Division AFL gala Day

                    Whole School Athletics - 9am-3pm

                                                Yarra Ranges Athletics Track

31st            Interschool Sport-Bye

                     Last day Term 1- 2.30pm dismissal



17th           Easter Monday

18th           First Day Term 2

19th           Grandparents Afternoon- 2.30-3.30pm

21st            First aid workshops-Foun-Yr 6

25th            Anzac Day-Public holiday

26th-28th   Middle School Camp

26th-30th          Book Fair

27th             Year 5-Lilydale Heights SC Discovery-9am-12pm



2nd             Whole School Cross Country

3rd              Twilight Open Day

5th              Interschool Sport-Away vs Lilydale West

15th-19th    Senior Camp



Notices sent home this fortnight


Click on the link below to download copies of the notices:


Year 6's-Lilydale Highschool visit


Market night- Cake stall instuctions and label

Middle- Camp notice

Senior- Interschool Sport

Middle-Sizzling starts

Senior- Graduation Committee

ICAS registration letter

KPS Twilight Market flyer

Easter Raffle






From the Office

Direct Deposit details:

Payments can be made via internet banking directly into the schools Bank account.


Acc Name:  Kilsyth Primary School Council

             BSB: 313 140 
             Account Number: 23183981
             Reference: (Family Surname)

Please also send an email to the school  notifying us that you have made the payment, and to which program/event it should be allocated. The email confirms your payment and states:



Child’s name, 

Amount paid

What the payment is for eg: Level 3 camp


Monday- Friday:  8.30am -4.00pm

Absences -Tiqbiz:

Please notify the office of your child's absence using the Tiqbiz app.



Download the app:

  • Apple App Store (iOS - iPhone or iPad)
  • Google Play (android phone or tablet
  • Windows (Phone or Tablet)
  • Mac or PC

Second Hand Uniform

Second hand uniform will be available for purchase from the office on Thursday afternoons from 3-3.45pm.

We welcome any donations of uniform that are in good condition to add to our dwindling supply of second hand uniform.


Please note that if you have ordered Subway and your child is absent on Friday, please organise to come and collect it from the office at 12.30pm. Unfortunately we are unable to cancel your order.

Student Accident Insurance


Camps, Sport, and Excursion Fund (CSEF)

This is a state government grant available to parents who hold a valid Healthcare or Centrelink card, and provides $125.00 per eligible child for payment of excursion, incursion, camp or other school activity expenses. It cannot be used for fees or uniforms. Application Forms are available from the office and we will need to take a copy of applicable Healthcare or Centrelink cards. To be eligible, parent cards must valid on 30/01/2017. Applications must be returned to school no later than February 23rd.


Foundation News

Well done!

Awesome work everyone on your efforts with home reading! It's great to see the students exchanging their take home books and telling us stories about their reading experience at home.   With a few germs going around at the moment, it's always good to cuddle up with a good book!

Congratulations to Pippa and Archer who have progressed from Golden words to their Green and Red words! Excellent!



The students are loving spending time with their big buddies! Each Tuesday week we alternate between Buddies sessions and Tribes Time sessions.  Tribes Time sessions is spent with their big buddies focusing on our school values and relevant social skills such as building friendships and resilience skills.



Well done on a large number of our students borrowing from the library! It's so great to see their interest and knowledge of literacy developing.  Many students are now saying "when is it library time?" We love this!  We have been looking for authors whose last names begin with the same letter as student names. We've also been learning about features of a book: title, front cover, back cover, spine, author and blurb.  It's great to talk about these features before you start reading with your child.  Check out our little bookworms! 


SRC-Student Representative Council

At the beginning of each school year our classes select a boy and girl representative for the Student Representative Council.  The students form an important leadership team who take on responsibilities such as implementing new approaches to better our school, community engagement or promoting fundraisers for our school.  In April, that group of students attend the Shrine of Remembrance in the city for Anzac Day.  These students will be presented at assembly NEXT FRIDAY 10th March.  If your child is selected as our 2017 SRC you will receive a phone call from me inviting you to assembly next week.


News (previously called show and tell) forms an important part of our speaking and listening tasks.  Please check out our topic for next week - Change over time. 

We are looking forward to all students participating and developing their confidence and oral language skills. We have chosen topics that fit in with our history unit. I am sending home an activity sheet to complete with your child so they can discuss the pictures that they draw.


Zoo Excursion

We still have seats on the bus if you would like to join us for our upcoming excursion to the Melbourne Zoo! Please let me know.  You do require a Working with Children's Check. These are always great days out of the formal classroom where we see the students learning through a different light.  Thank you for your help in returning permission forms. Please don't forget to pack a healthy lunch with minimal packet food, a named water bottle and if your child has asthma, their asthma puffer. Thank you!

This Week

Each week we are getting more in tune with the school routines and expectations for learning at school.  It's FANTASTIC to see students building resilience and confidence as they wait in line (saying goodbye quickly) and coming into class ready for a positive day.  Thank you all for your support with this, including Gill and Mrs George!


Students are learning quickly to solve their own problems, pack and unpack their bags, pick themselves up if there is a tiny scratch or bump and build resilience in social situations.  We have focused this week on 'Acting like a Friend'.  Students made books where they had to identify situations where they may or may not use kind or unkind words, show inappropriate behaviours and choose better words or actions to show and say.  Students have identified this all fits with our Tribes agreements of MUTUAL RESPECT. We've explored many books this week with the theme of 'friendship' which has opened up relevant conversations for us at school.  All learning situations at school both inside and outside the classroom allow for students to establish and implement these skills. 


R & R

And after a hot and hectic week, sometimes we all just feel like doing this!  Thanks to all families who have notified their child's absence through Tiqbiz.  We appreciate your efforts in keeping our records up to date. 


Junior School News

What's happening in Junior!

What a wonderful few weeks we have had in Junior. Students are finally getting back into the routine of school and learning new and exciting things.


In the past weeks students have been developing their skills in writing recounts. They have been writing recounts about their weekends, holidays and books that have been read. Their skills are continuing to grow and it is wonderful to see the more interesting writing students are producing.


Maths has been building students skills in place value, making and counting numbers to 100 and beyond. It’s been fantastic seeing students understanding develop and grow.


In reading students have been getting individual reading goals to ensure they are achieving in their reading. Everyone has been working hard on developing the expectations for our guided reading groups. We have just started to learn about Schema which helps students connect their own experiences to those that are read in a book.


All Juniors should be proud of the effort they are all putting into their schooling. 

Special Visit

Last week Junior was lucky enough to have a special visit from Archer’s sister and her new baby rabbits. The Juniors loved patting and talking about the baby rabbits.  



The grade 1's have loved spending time with their buddies playing games and sharing stories. 



Grade 2’s please remember to complete your homework and bring it back to school on a Monday. You will get your new homework for the week on Wednesday.

Reading and Diaries

Please remember to read each night and write it in the diary. This will allow students to work on their reading goals at home and in the classroom.

Middle School News

What's happening.

Wow! In Middle School we can’t believe we are half way through the term already! We’ve been working hard and learning lots.


We have some exciting things coming up that we’d like to highlight.


The first on the list is the upcoming athletics carnival, which will be held on the 30th March. We’ve taken the opportunity to link the athletics skills Mrs Molnar is teaching in PE to our Middle School sports sessions. We have been practicing our ball games skills with tunnel ball and captain ball. This week we turn our attention to field events and will be honing our skills in shot put and discus. The students are looking forward to spending the athletics day showcasing their new skills!


Camp is fast approaching too! We are really looking forward to trying all the activities and spending time with each other away from school. A note was recently sent home with an intention to attend as well as the payment schedule and we thank all the parents who have responded so far. If you haven’t already please let us know ASAP.


A note went home this week to let you know about ICAS testing. This is an independent skills based assessment program. Students are able to participate in one or more subjects across the curriculum areas. It’s a fantastic opportunity for students to see how their educational growth is progressing! The details of subjects and the associated dates and costs are included on the note. All notes must be returned by Wednesday, 22nd March 2017.


Our learning opportunities have centred on children in the last couple of weeks. We have been discussing how to be a good friend and the qualities a good friend has. These include respect for one another and encouragement too. We have been learning about children in developing countries. It has been wonderful to see our students express their empathy for children in countries including Ghana and Uganda.


We look forward to the next couple of weeks as we have kicked off Genius Hour! We can’t wait to see what the students will come up with! You might find your children are asking you for some very odd sounding things in the next few weeks for their fabulous projects.

Senior School News


What a great first half of the term we have had!

Senior students are really into the swing of things now. We have started Interschool sport and have two of our teams sitting at the top of the ladder! Well done to Rugby Tag and Hot Shots Tennis. Well done to all of our teams for a great effort every week, and for the great sportsmanship we have showed.  Keep up the great work Kilsyth!


The time is coming upon us where sniffle season begins! If students can please bring in a box of tissues it would be very much appreciated.

GRIP Leadership Conference

Last Friday our Student Leaders attended the GRIP Leadership conference. From all reports they had a great day and we look forward to hearing more from them about the things they learnt.


It's a butterfly

It's been wonderful to see not only the Junior school become excited by the arrival of our butterflies but the whole school, including staff. They have really become a fabulous addition to the Science Hub and we will miss having them to look at and marvel at the life cycle we have been able to see up close for our Junior school unit. 

"I see two butterflies" Charlie 

"there are 6 empty cocoons. Christopher" 


Smart Goals 

I've been very impressed with the efforts Middle School have put into their Smart Goals for the year. Students from Middle to Senior school are selecting goals based on the Scientific Method in areas they want to be better in. By the end of term they will be up on display and we will reflect and update them regularly throughout the year. Feel free to come in and have a look and talk to your children at home about their progress. 


The heat on Yeast

Seniors have discovered that sugar, warm water with yeast creates the best result to activate the yeast. I must say how impressed I am with the way they are all writing up their observations to our experiments. The detail added has shown great improvement and they should be proud of what they are achieving. 


Science Awards

Congratulations to Kaylee and Jack for their science awards this week. 


What to do with your old spectacles 

Last week I was excited to find that you can recycle your old spectacles at Specsavers. The glasses go to organisations overseas to help people help. The Lions Club also have a similar program. If you have any old glasses you would like to recycle, I am more than happy to drop them off for you. 


Science at home

In my travels I have come across two great children's shows all about Science. They talk and explain the Scientific Method throughout each episode which is another great way to encourage their inquiry skills. The shows are called Dinosaur Train and Ready Jet Go. A great science outing is to head to Melbourne Zoo and check out the butterfly enclosure. 

Visual Arts News

It has been a couple of busy weeks for the students.

Foundation have been learning about self and have been working on the circle shape. A focus has been on correct pencil and scissor grip.

The junior students have been working on mark making and drawing using marks. They have now moved on from this and are not in the process of making a penguin out of egg cartons.

The middle students have been working on mark making with paint and are currently using these skills in a sea creature picture.

The seniors have been busy drawing and are currently drawing pictures which will be sent to our sister school in Indonesia.



The senior students have enjoyed demonstrating their knowledge of Indonesian vocabulary during Indonesian games. They also loved making and eating nasi goreng this week.

Nasi- rice

Goreng- fried

Materials Needed

Any egg cartons, shoe boxes and craft supplies would be greatly appreciated in the art room. Thank you for your continuing support.

PE News

We have had a very successful tennis coaching sessions with Platinum Tennis. It was great to see the Year 5/6 students using these skills in the inter-school sports competition. 

The Foundation to Year 2 students have been working on their throwing and catching skills.  We have been using balloons and beanbags to help their confidence. This week we have focused on stepping forward with our opposite foot to our throwing arm when throw.



 Our first Soccer Clinic after-school session was very well attended and it was great to see the students and parents in attendance.

The students worked on their dribbling and kicking skills making sure they didn't use their hands.   


Over the next couple of weeks the students will be working on their skills preparing for our Athletics day.  Students will be learning to triple jump, high jump, throw a discus and shot put.  

The Foundation to Year 2 student will be learning to jump hurdles, throw foxtails and learning to long jump.

If you are available to help on Thursday 30th March please let your classroom teacher or Mrs Molnar know.

Student Wellbeing 

Chaplain's Chat
"I matter.."

So many people I know struggle to earn the approval of their family , their colleagues and the wider community through the things they do, the roles they take on and the way they attempt to see themselves through the eyes of others, often in very honorable ways, but still without ultimate peace.

Our value as a human being does not arise from what we do, what titles we hold, the money or fine house we have but simply from who we are. 

Who we are is unique, wonderful, a gift and somewhat of a mystery. It is learning to be ourselves, valuing our self and accepting that we are our best person.

As we explore this for ourselves we can share it with those we love; and  nurture and encourage it in our children.

Honor your own ‘good self’ by taking time to be still (not easy I know).  It is in finding time to 'simply be', to learn gratitude and to focus on our intrinsic worth that we can know contentment. In these actions we are providing our self with approval, we  are not dependent on the fickle approval of the world.

Just like any important lesson as we are able to understand and appreciate its worth in our life we communicate it both intentionally and unconsciously to those we love and care for.

May you know deep contentment and through that be a blessing to those you encounter.

Gill Van Der Ende


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Learn strategies on being a wise and effective advocate for your young person.

FREE session @ Knox City Council, 23rd March from 6.30-8-30

This is a presentation from Spectrum Journeys to bring a fresh perspective about autism services.

Bookings essential:

Student Awards

Friday 24th February

Foundation    Lacey

Lacey you've had such a positive week at school! We love seeing your happy face. The way you come into our classroom ready to learn is amazing! Keep smiling!



 Erinn, we've been so impressed with your amazing listening skills. You sit still, have your eyes on the person speaking and use your brain to think so you can share your ideas. Thanks for leading the way with listening in our class. Well done!


Junior A          Arancha

Wow! What a teriffic start to the year Arancha. You are a great role modle with your learning. You give your best to everything you do!



Welcome To Kilsyth P.S., Mykayla. We are so lucky to have you as a member of Junior A!



Junior B                Tenille

What a great week you have had Tenille! Your continuous have a go attitude is something to be proud of. You are a wonderful role model to your fellow students. Keep up the great work!


Middle A            Jovi

Jovi, I have been so impressed by your fantastic attitude! You approach everything with a smile on your face and a zest to learn. Keep up the great effort and very well done.


Well done on a brilliant start to the year Steph! You’ve been putting in 100% to all of your learning tasks and I’m sure you’ll continue to do so. I was really impressed with your biographical acrostic poem. You did a great job describing yourself! Congratulations.


Middle B               Courtney

Your maths skills are on the fast track Courtney! You have worked so hard and should be so proud of your progress. Keep up the hard work.



Your maths skills are on the fast track Courtney! You have worked so hard and should be so proud of your progress. Keep up the hard work.


Middle C              Wilson

For working so hard in your literacy group this week. I love your ethusiasm for reading. Keep up the great work Wilson!

Senior B            Alana

I love the positive attitude you have been bringing to our classroom. You have given classroom tasks your best effort and I've enjoyed seeing you having fun while working with others. Well done Alana!


Senior C         Tilli

 Your level of effort in all learning areas is excellent. Keep up the good work!


                             Charlie T

You have had a fantastic start to the year. The level of effort you are putting into your work is impressive. Keep up the good work!


Physical Education         Andy T

It was great to see you involve yourself in our tennis sessions today, your skills have really improved. Keep it going Andy.


Science                Archer N

For some great science thinking about our senses and using great words during our science session.


                                 Riley P

Riley I am very impressed with the effort you are putting into your investigations. It’s wonderful to see you enjoying your learning and I can’t wait to see what you do next.


Visual Arts              Jame

You always work so well in Visual Arts and you have a wonderful imagination. It is always great to see what you will create next. Keep up the good work!






Community Notices

Local events:


Kilsyth Primary School
UNIFORM policy2.pdf
Uniform order January 2017.pdf
KPS A4 Flyer x4 per page.pdf
Wk 03-Lilydale High School 2017 sports day.pdf
Wk 04 - cake stall instructions MARKET.pdf
WK 04 - cake stall label 2017.pdf
Wk 04-2017 Camp First Payment Letter.pdf
Wk 04-Interschool Sport Summer.pdf
Wk 04-Permission letter for Sizzling Starts.pdf
Wk 05 - Graduation committee interest letter.pdf
Wk-05 ICAS registration letter.pdf
Wk-05- KPS Twilight Flyer.pdf
Wk-05-EASTER RAFFLE 2017 handout.pdf
Wk 03-Lilydale High School 2017 sports day.pdf
Wk 04-2017 Camp First Payment Letter.pdf
Wk 04-Interschool Sport Summer.pdf
Wk 04-Permission letter for Sizzling Starts.pdf
Wk 05 - Graduation committee interest letter.pdf
Wk-05 ICAS registration letter.pdf
Wk-05- KPS Twilight Flyer.pdf
Wk-05-EASTER RAFFLE 2017 handout.pdf
Wk 04 - cake stall instructions MARKET.pdf
WK 04 - cake stall label 2017.pdf
Wk 01- Student Accident Insuarance.pdf