Greenvale Primary School Newsletter

20 February 2020
Term 1
Principal's Update Angelika Ireland
Assistant Principal Meredith Clegg
Sport Shannon Carroll
Family Activity Night
Junior School Council Brett McGinniskin
Class Captains Antoinette Usai
Library News Debbie Packham
Uniform Shop
Community and Advertising
Finance News
Term 1 Calendar
General Information
Greenvale Primary School
(03) 9333 2500
12-24 Bradford Avenue
Greenvale, Victoria, 3059

Principal's Update
Angelika Ireland

What our Foundation Students are Saying about School

What do you like about coming to school?

Comments from 0RC……………..


“ I like drawing pictures.”


“ I like writing my name.”


“ I like playing outside.”


“ I like playing outside.”


“ I like playing with Lenny.”


“ I like running in P.E.”


“ I like learning songs.”


“ I like going outside.”


“ I like drawing pictures.”


“ I like writing my name.”


“ I like playing cricket.”


“ I like playing with my friends.”


“ I like playing in the courtyard.”


“ I like playing with my friends.”


“ I like playing outside.”


“ I like playing outside.”


“ I like going to music.”


“ I like writing my name.”




Various exciting excursions/incursions are organised over the course of the year by the teachers to support the learning that occurs in the classrooms for your child’s particular year level. These excursions/incursions are an integral part of your child’s learning and teaches him/her many other skills outside of the classroom.


Organisation of these excursions is quite complex – buses, notes, booking of the venue, permission forms and payments, agenda for the day, duty of care requirements met….just to name a few.


The excursion note will have an end return date for your child’s permission note and money to be returned or completed online. This is about 3 working days before the excursion to enable arrangements to be finalised eg. bus lists, medical information, confirmation of bus seating etc.


All permission notes and monies must be returned by that date.  No late returns will be accepted.

1:1 Digital Technologies Program

Recently, we had some very excited Year 4 students when it was time for them to receive their new laptops. Our school has a well established 1:1 Digital Technologies program for all students in Year 4 to Year 6 with an average uptake of over 95%. This program has made a significant impact on the learning/teaching in these year levels and also impacted positively on student engagement. Our Foundation to Year 3 students are not forgotten. Foundation students have access to banks of iPads, Year 1- 2 students have 8 laptops per class and the Year 3 students have a laptop ratio of 1 to 2.


Each classroom has an Interactive Whiteboard or TV screen. The use of ICT has been greatly enhanced through student and teacher use of collaborative programs such as Office 365 programs such as, OneNote and Microsoft Teams where we educate our students in how to collaborate online and use social media in a socially acceptable way.


This year we will be introducing the online program SeeSaw as a Digital Portfolio for students in the Years 4, 5 and 6 and look forward to allowing parents a new window into their child’s learning.


All our work using Digital technology is underpinned with a strong Cybersafety message based on programs developed by the eSafety Commissioner on 'How to keep yourself safe online'.


Collection of Data

During the ordinary course of your child’s attendance at our school, school staff will collect your child’s personal and health information when necessary to educate your child, or to support your child’s social and emotional wellbeing or health in the school context. Such information will also be collected when required to fulfil a legal obligation, including duty of care, anti-discrimination law and occupational health and safety law. If that information is not collected, the school may be unable to provide optimal education or support to your child, or fulfil those legal obligations.


For example, health information may be collected through the school nurse, primary welfare officer or wellbeing staff member. If your child is referred to a specific health service at school, such as a Student Support Services officer, the required consent will be obtained. Our school also collects information provided by parents and carers through the School Entrance Health Questionnaire (SEHQ) and the Early Childhood Intervention Service (ECIS) Transition Form.


Our school may use online tools, such as apps and other software, to effectively collect and manage information about your child for teaching and learning purposes, parent communication and engagement; student administration; and school management purposes. When our school uses these online tools, we take steps to ensure that your child’s information is secure. If you have any concerns about the use of these online tools, please contact us.


School staff will only share your child’s personal or health information with other staff who need to know to enable the school to educate or support your child, or fulfil a legal obligation.


When our students transfer to another Victorian government school, personal and health information about that student will be transferred to that next school. Transferring this information is in the best interests of our students and assists that next school to provide optimal education and support to students.


In some limited circumstances, information may be disclosed outside of the school (and outside of the Department of Education and Training). The school will seek your consent for such disclosures unless the disclosure is allowed or mandated by law.


Our school values the privacy of every person. When collecting and managing personal and health information, all school staff must comply with Victorian privacy law. For more information about privacy including about how to access personal and health information held by the school about you or your child, see our Department of Education and Training schools’ privacy policy at the following link:     


Parent Learning Helpers and Community Links Member - Parents in Partnership

It would be great to see parents who are willing to volunteer to take on either or both of the above roles. We really value the partnership between home and school and encourage parents to be part of their child’s education and be involved in our school community.


Please let your child’s classroom teacher know if you are able to be a Parent Learning Helper. Parent Learning Helpers will be contacted by their child’s class teacher when volunteers are required in the class.


Please notify the office if you are interested in being on the Community Links Committee. Parents who have volunteered for Community Links and whole school special events will be contacted by the convenors of the Community Links Committee.


The role of the Community Links Member is to…….

  • be part of the Community Links Committee.
  • assist with the organisation of whole school fundraising/special events.
  • communicate with parents about any upcoming school events.
  • liaise with parents to enlist help for school events.
  • assist with the Uniform Shop if able to.

The role of the Learning Helper is to…….

  • help out in the classroom eg. literacy or maths sessions, hearing reading, putting up displays, assist and help organise classroom activities under the direction of the teacher.
  • help with excursions and incursions, special class events if required.

Food for Thought:

"Don’t feel bad that your child doesn't like you today

because you said no. Your job isn’t to be liked. Your

job is to raise a decent, kind, responsible human."



Angelika Ireland

Assistant Principal
Meredith Clegg

After School Pick Up

Most days after school there are students still waiting outside to be collected at 4:00pm or even later.   At that time teachers have finished after school duty, so there is noone looking out for the safety and wellbeing of these students.  They should be at our after school care provider Their Care, where they will be actively engaged and appropriately supervised. 

Attendance Data

This is our attendance data for the first three weeks of this term.   In just 13 school days there have been 644 absences, with 206 of those absent without a note.  Any student absence from school should be for a legitimate reason, with a note or certificate being provided.  The school’s Student Attendance Policy is on our website for your reference.

Shannon Carroll

Cross Country

On Thursday February 20th, students in Years 4, 5 and 6 (with a few select Year 3s) participated in the Greenvale Primary School Annual Cross Country.


On a gloomy summers day, our school spirit was still high as students competed against each other across six races covering 2000 and 3000 metre courses, trying to win maximum points for their house.
The first placed student from every race was announced as the Age Group Champion and students placing in the top ten earning their place in the Greenvale Cross Country team.


Congratulations to the following Age Group Champions:
10 Boys: Charlie
10 Girls: Victoria
11 Boys: Jake
11 Girls: Isabelle
12 Boys: Ridha
12 Girls: Azra


The the overall house standings, we finished with the following results:
4th: Gellibrand, (Green) 78 points
3rd: Cumberland, (Blue) 123 points
2nd: Woodlands, (Red) 124 points
1st: Oaklands, (Yellow) 153 points


Congratulations to Oaklands House for winning this year’s Cross Country.

Good luck to all members of the Cross Country Team as we go off to compete at District Cross Country in Term 2. Keep up the training and hard work!



Family Activity Night

Family Activity Night

Family fun night is almost here and to make it a fantastic and successful night, we need volunteers to help run the night.


The shifts are:



Volunteers Required

Volunteers we have


Set up












Please notify the office if you can help and in what area. Many hands make light work!


Junior School Council
Brett McGinniskin

Junior School Council

Late in 2019 whilst all the grades were cleaning and packing up their classrooms a small group of dedicated students were busily going about writing applications to apply for the position of Junior School Council. The quality of the applicants was as per usual very high and a credit to all of the Greenvale Primary School community. It is my pleasure to introduce the successful applicants for 2020.

Year 3 - Cinar and Jouri

Year 4 - Frankie and Nisa

Year 5 - Jemima and Hrayhaan

Year 6 - Sabrina, Canyon, Lily, Aydin, Srimijun and Efsa


The Junior School Council has had a busy beginning to the year and have enjoyed meeting together to learn what their roles and responsibilities are for the year. They are excited to represent the student population at Greenvale Primary School. The Junior School Council meet once a week to discuss student issues, share ideas and plan community events.

Grip Leadership Conference

On the 17th March the Junior School Council and House Captains will be travelling to the city by train to attend the GRIP Leadership Conference. This will be a fantastic opportunity for our student leaders to understand what each of them can bring to their roles in 2020.

Harmony Day

On Friday the 21st of February the Junior School Council have helped promote Harmony Day and organise a fundraiser supporting Wildlife Victoria. It is hoped all students are able to wear something orange and bring a donation to support our chosen charity.

Class Captains
Antoinette Usai

Class Captains

Congratulations to the Term 1, 2020 Class Captains of Year 4:

4AU- Marli and Samuel

4AK- Defne and Ahmed

4JS- Charlie and Evie

4NW- Finn and Kailyn

3/4D- Cedar and Jacob



This term, the Year 4 students began their one to one program and received their very own netbooks. Our students are more engaged and motivated than ever as we partake in various activities whilst using them. Some of our class captains can attest to this as seen below:


This term many year 4 students got a precious netbook. When the netbooks came we were in shock and very excited and everyone wanted to open them right away. What I really like about the netbooks is that you don’t need to use paper all the time now you can just use a netbook. I love to see every student so happy on their brand new netbooks! When we are sick of the mouse we can use tablet mode in lots of different ways and we have a pen it’s amazing!


I think we are all going to have a great year with our super-duper netbooks.

Ahmed 4AK


To parents, grandparents and guardians. Computers are really handy with work and your child loves using them. On your child’s laptop or computer there are some restrictions and things that you can do. These laptops are mainly used for work and home work.

At home and school it is very important that you take extra special care of your laptop.

Finn 4NW

Library News
Debbie Packham

The Book Fair is Coming!

Save the date – Monday 2nd March to Friday 6th March

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

  • Set the example. Let children see you read.
  • Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.
  • Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read. Children who choose their own books are more likely to read them.

The theme of our Scholastic Book Fair is Enchanted Forest, where we hope you will let their imagination grow!


It’s a fun reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school – like having our very own bookshop at school. There will be a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.


The Book Fair will be held in the Library and will be open between 8:30am and 9:00am, and 3:30pm and 4:00pm each day of the Book Fair (Monday 2nd March – Friday 6th March), and also during our Family Fun Night from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.  EFTPOS will be available.


We will also be having a very, very special book character coming to visit us during Book Fair Week.  I wonder who can guess who it will be????


I’m looking forward to meeting you all during the Book Fair Week. 

Miss Debbie

Book Club

Have you got your Book Club catalogue?  We are now doing Book Club once a term, so if you wanted to order this term now is the time to do it.  It would be terrific if you could order on line (follow the instructions on the order form) rather than send cash to school.  We are gradually transitioning to all on line orders over the next two terms.  If you need a hand with an online order,  please drop into the library and have a chat to me. 



Uniform Shop

Uniform News

The Uniform Shop will be open every Wednesday in Term 1 from 8:45am to 10:00am. All orders made via Qkr! will be sent to your child’s classroom within 2 days. 


Due to a price increase by our supplier some items will be increasing from Tuesday 28th January 2020, new prices are as follows:



School Dress


Community and Advertising


The above program is not endorsed by Greenvale Primary School.



Finance News

Have you downloaded Qkr! on your phone?

Follow the below steps to install it. You can pay for any excursions and activities, fundraising, order uniform and place a lunch order for your child.


Please make sure that you select the correct year level and class to ensure correct delivery. This must be done at the beginning of each year.




Do you have a Health Care Card?

Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents may be eligible to apply for CSEF (Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund). $125 per year is paid for eligible primary school students. If you haven’t already applied you can collect an application form from the notice stand in the Office or download and print the attachment.



Term 1 Calendar

Term 1 Calendar - Updated


General Information

Attendance - Late Arrival/Early Departure


Student Information

If your child has been diagnosed with any allergies, asthma, anaphylaxis or any other medical condition it is important that you inform the school as soon as possible.  All allergies, asthma and anaphylaxis must have the appropriate forms completed by your doctor with an action plan provided and medication provided to the school.



Office Hours and School Times




Change of Contact Details





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