Huntingdale Primary School

20 December 2018
Issue Nineteen
Principal and Assistant Principal's Page
Student Achievements 
Dates to Remember 
Huntingdale Primary School
03 9544 2318
Grange Street
Oakleigh South, Victoria, 3167

Principal and Assistant Principal's Page

Principal's Report

Wow! It has been a busy, but great, year and full of fantastic events, learning and community. Here are some of the highlights:


Term 1

New Foundation children starting, COLC, district swimming, ICU Week-Food,  interschool sport,  Jissen University Visit, Parents as Partners Night, Nihongo Sports Night, Foundation Japanese language sessions, working bees, gymnastics sessions, school nurse visit for foundation students, Summer Gala Sports Day, Cultural Diversity Week and Harmony Day celebrations.


Term 2

COLC, 3-6 camp,  gymnastics, John Monash Little Mathematicians & Scientists Program, ANZAC Day Ceremony, cross country, Winter Gala Day,  NAPLAN, Education Week, Japanese magician, reports and learning folders, parent/teacher interviews, Year 6-7 Transition Information Night, Children’s Day celebrations, Tanabata Festival, ICU Week- arts & environment, interschool sport, Mothers’ Day morning tea, school photos, the working bee, Box Hill Festival, Monash Reconciliation Art display, Year 1 Melbourne Zoo Excursion, Grade 2 Excursion Coal Creek, Foundation Excursion to Myuna Farm, AFL clinics and ICAS Science Competition. Book Fair


Term 3

COLC, gymnastics, ICAS English and Mathematics Competitions, Kinder-Foundation transition, Education Support Staff Week, ICAS English and Mathematics Competitions, school working bee, Shioya Junior High visit, 6-7 transition, Germain Street Kinder Visits, athletics events, Fathers’ Day event, Literacy and Numeracy Week open morning for parents, ICU Week- dance and games, Share and Show Night, School Production and  Principal’s Day, Dental Visit, SBS radio interview    Minato-Ku visit,   Whole School Photo


Term 4

School working bees, Swimming, Kinder-Foundation Transition, World Teachers’ Day, Hot Shots Tennis, Foundation Cricket Clinics, Life Skills transition program for Year 5’s, Healthy Living and Growing 5/6’s, Dental Van, 5/6 Excursion to the city, Interschool Sports, Remembrance Day, In School transition, Responsible Pet ownership, 5/6 expo, Taiko Drumming, School Captains speeches, Carols in the Park, HPS Christmas Concert, in-school transition, Foundation information night, Year 7 orientation day, Japan Trip Planning, Reports and learning folders and Year 6 Graduation.


2019 Classes & Teachers

On Monday 17th December, students have visited their new grades in our traditional ‘walk up’ morning. Our staffing and teaching profile is as follows for 2019:

Principal - Ruth Biddle

Assistant Principal - Naomi Mori- Hanazono

5/6W - Rebecca Wood & Yukiko Shoya

5/6M - Pete Magart & Yukiko Shoya

 5/6K - Nozomi Koyama & Yukiko Shoya

5/6J -  Sarah Jang & Yukiko Shoya

3/4P - Maria Perrella & Eiji Nishikubo

3/4G - Erin Green & Eiji Nishikubo

3/4H - Brett Herskope & Eiji Nishikubo

3/4B  - Anita Buccieri & Eiji Nishikubo

2W -     Alyson Wakely & Moe Osugi

2O -      Amelia Olsson & Moe Osugi

2M -     Maria Mathews & Moe Osugi

1S -     Tomoko Smith & Annika Matchan 

1M -     Annika Matchan & Tomoko Smith

1JK -   Keiko Harada & Jo Ewart

FJK -   Jo Ewart & Keiko Harada 

FH -     Hisae Hatigan & Dan Thomas

FT -     Dan Thomas & Hisae Hatigan

5/6 Music, Taiko & Junior PE - 

Tadashi Hanazono

Arts - Mariko Hioki-Walker, Akiko Collins and Ryoko Yamaoka

Student Support - Nick Tolliday

The teaching staff will be supported by ES staff Wakana Karchnak, Mayumi Cake, Honami Ando, Mayu Harada, Francesca Smith and Jenny Celle. Gill Penfold will continue as Office Manager, Rosella Dossi as Business Manager and Brendan Ariens as DET ICT support.


We have a number of staff leaving us at the end of this year. This includes Kim Philpott (soon to be married!) who is taking a contract at Dandenong Primary School which is closer to her home. Linda Ooi-Chan is also working closer to home at Malvern Valley Primary School and Caitlin Webb is also taking a contract there. Tomomi Wakiya leaves us to concentrate on raising her young family and art teacher Naoko Inuzuka is moving interstate. I’d also like to thank Audra Simkus for her work in teaching 3/4N this half year. Nick Tolliday is returning next year and Audra will continue to work at the school as a CRT.



At assembly on the 3 December, Rachel from the Oakleigh Centro Shopping Centre, presented Rei, Jay and I with a $4000 cheque as the winners of the ‘Shop for Schools’ Promotion. Oakleigh Centro shoppers got a token every time they shopped and could choose a project from each school to vote on. We were the clear winners! The $4000 will go towards our Taiko Group for 2019 and buying new equipment.


DET Scholarships for y 4 to 12

Scholarships for year 12 students are now open. More than 140 scholarships, ranging in value from $600 to $30,000 are available to Year 12 students undertaking further study in 2019.  Recipients are able to use their scholarships to pay for iPads/computers, tertiary fees and accommodation.


More than 100 scholarships, ranging in value from $300 to $1,000 are available to students in years 4 to 11.  Previous recipients have used their scholarships to purchase textbooks, school uniforms and computers.


Scholarship selection criteria includes financial need or difficulties, student's school results and school and community activities the student takes part in.  For more information, visit


2018 Graduating Class

Tomorrow night we celebrate the achievements of our Year 6 students and their final year of Primary School at our Graduation Ceremony. The Year 6’s have been a fantastic group to work with this year and excellent role models to younger students. We are all extremely proud of the young people you have become. You have all come a long way, no matter how long or short your time at Huntingdale has been. We wish Elektra, Renji, Morris, Miku, Etel, Madeleine, Alex K, Shion, Naomi, Kento, Mio, Rei, Alex T, Kai B, Vinayak, Adele, Max, Sayuri, Jia, Mei, Hajin, Monique, Kai M, Liam, Leela, Jabu, William, Musashi, Taro, Kyle, Haruka, Anthony, Brian, Hana, Vaughan, Gabriel, Lucien, Aleah, Jay and Lara all the best as they move into Secondary School.


We wish all of our other students from other year levels leaving Huntingdale PS all the best for their educational future.


Team Holiday

Team Holiday is coming! If you would like your child to attend vacation care over the summer holidays please see Gill at the office or register online. Attendance numbers look strong, which is fantastic.


2019 Curriculum Days

School Council have met this month and endorsed the following curriculum days:

Tuesday 29th January

Wednesday 30 January

Friday 24th May

Friday 26th July


OHSC Club have been informed of the dates and we are confident they will be able to provide a service for us on these dates.


Last Day of School- 21 December

I would like to remind the school community that as always on the last day of school, Friday 21 December,  lessons  will finish at 1.30pm . OHSC Club will be open from 1.30 for parents who need to use this service.


First Day Back 2018

Students in Years 1-6 will start back at school from Thursday 31 January at 9.00am. Foundation students will have a staggered start on Friday 1 February. We will have a morning tea for our new Foundation families to welcome them into the school. Foundation students will have each Wednesday off in February, so that teachers can complete the Department of  Education  mandatory 1:1 literacy and numeracy assessments.


School Uniform

After consultation, our current Dress Code Policy was endorsed in November 2016. Our school uniform top colour changed from sky blue to teal blue as outlined in this policy. School Council decided to give parents a three- year window to be able to change to the new colour top. By the end of 2019 all students are expected to be in the new teal blue colour top. The exemption, of course, is the Year 6’s who choose their own colour shirt in consultation with the Principal as a memento of their final year at school. Many parents purchase uniform at the start of the school year and it is an excellent opportunity to change to the teal blue top.


School Start Time in 2019

As of next year our first bell will ring at 8.50am to signify that students can enter classrooms. From 8.50 am to 9.00am students can prepare their belongings in the classroom, be marked off the roll, hand in notices and be prepared for teaching instruction to begin at 9.00am. School will finish at 3.30pm each day as per normal.


Clare O’Neil ‘Community Spirit and

Leadership Award’

On Friday 14 December I was honoured to see Shion McDonald be awarded the ‘Community Spirit and Leadership Award’ by Federal MP for Hotham Clare O’Neil ‘. Shion was chosen by his teachers for this award for his excellent role as Environment Captain, being an ambassador for worldwide environment issues leading Hot Shots Tennis and also being a great mentor to our Foundation students. Well done Shion!

Rotary Scholarship

Each year the Huntingdale Rotary Club donates four scholarships to Huntingdale PS Year 4 students who display leadership qualities or make a significant contribution to the school. The scholarship is $375 which can be used over Year 5 and Year 6 to enhance learning opportunities.  This week the Year 4 teachers and I selected the following students:

Turiya- 3/4B , Joshua 3/4L, Lisa 3/4N and Kotone 3/4S. Well done to these students. They will be presented with a certificate early next year at assembly.


I wish all of our families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you have safe, fun and relaxing holiday and I look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

Ruth Biddle


Assistant Principal's Report

Wow! We have had many celebrations of children’s learning during this past fortnight. Some classes had classroom parties and some classses were busy with Christmas activities.


Grade 1 Expo

Grade 1 students had their Expo in class and invited their parents to share their learning. Children were so proud of their own books and enjoyed reading other children’s book.


Christmas Concert

We had our annual Christmas Concert on 13th December at South Oakleigh College due to the weather conditions. A big THANK YOU to SOC for letting us use their indoor space/gymnasium. Students and teachers worked very hard to bring their performances together on the night, and their performances were amazing. It was so nice to see the children were very excited about the event and they enjoyed the night so much. I hope you enjoyed the staff performance as well. We had lots of laughs during our practices and thoroughly enjoyed putting on our performance. Thank you Smith sensei for putting it all together on the night.


Junior Bilingual Choir

Our Junior Bilingual Choir was started this year by Annika Matchan and Tomomi Wakiya. Foundation to Grade 3 children are enjoying this club during lunchtime every Friday. They performed our school song at the recent Christmas concert. Miss Matchan and Wakiya sensei opened up to hear student’s voice to create the verse. Some parents gave them an advice to create music. It was great community engagement through this process of creating school song. We are looking forward to learn the song next year and sing at assembly every week.


Carols in the park

Our Choir and Taiko groups performed on 7th December in Oakleigh at the annual “Carols in the Park” It is a regular event for our school and we are so proud of their performances as they represent our school so well. Thank you Smith sensei and Hanazono T. sensei for leading the groups this year.


I hope you all have a lovely break with your family. I am looking forward to see you all next year.


Naomi Mori-Hanazono

Assistant Principal

Student Achievements 


Alec from 5/6M travelled to Sydney for the largest Australian competition for younger fencers, which also attracts many international competitors -- Alec was able to practice his Japanese a bit. Alec fenced epee and foil in U10 and U12 age groups and won individual silver in U10 epee event. In each event, he was a Victorian top-3 ranked fencer that earned him a spot in four Victoria A teams (team is three fencers plus a reserve). He then went on to win gold with Victorian U10 epee and U12 foil teams. Both team events were thrilling. In epee, his team was down 2 points, 38:40, before Alec's last bout, which Alec won 6:0 against an increasingly frustrated opponent, for the final score 44:40. In foil, they beat a very strong Singaporean team in the semi-final, after dismal start of 1:8, and then the NSW team with home turf support in the final. Alec was far smaller (as on the photo) and far less experienced than all the opponents. He was worried that he would be conceding a lot of points and letting the team down, and he was very proud that he managed to draw even in many of his bouts.


Shion McDonald

Shion McDonald (5/6 K) has always been keen on creating and designing since he was little. For the last couple years, Shion and Mr Toshi Handa, the instructor of the Kodomoon Art Class, have been working on a charity T-shirts project.  Shion’s designs are being used for this project. The final products are now complete and have gone online. Shion, his family, Mr Handa and other people involved in the T-Shirt project, are very excited about its potential to raise funds for charity for people in need. Please see the link.




Dates to Remember 

December 2018

Thu 20 - Grade 6 Graduation

Fri 21  - Last day of school - assembly 12.30 - dismissal 1.30pm

CAMP 2019 - First Week of April


Term Dates 2018

Term 4: 8 October to 21 December

Term Dates 2019

Term 1: 29 January (school teachers start) to 5 April


Term 2: 23 April to 28 June
Term 3: 15 July to 20 September
Term 4: 7 October to 20 December

Term Dates 2020

Term 1: 28 January (school teachers start) to 27 March * 
Term 2: 14 April to 26 June 
Term 3: 13 July to 18 September 
Term 4: 5 October to 18 Decembe

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