Marlborough Primary School

07 March 2017
Issue 17
Principal's Report
Pupils of the Week
Dates to remember
School News
Parent's Association
Out of School Hours Care
Class Blogs
Community News
Marlborough Primary School
03 9870 3468
Hardy Crescent
Heathmont, Victoria, 3135

Principal's Report

Musician in Residence

We have just organised a musician in residence to work with the students at Marlborough in Term 3. This will be a fantastic opportunity for all students from Foundaiton to Year 6 to participate and learn about music at school. As our student population grows, we would certainly be interested in having a Performing Arts/Music teacher in the future, but in the mean time our musician in residence will enable our students to have another fantastic learning experience.


Our musician in residence, Kofi Kunkpe, will be teaching the students African drumming (and dancing and singing) and each class will have a 50 minute lesson each week for the entire term and this will culminate in a whole school performance.


This program will be funded by the Parents Association. As a smaller school the support of all the school community in fundraising efforts make these extra learning experiences possible and I would like to thank the members of the Parents Association and any member of our school community who has contributed to or participated in fundraising events that has made this possible.

Professional Development

Professional Development is an ongoing process for all staff members at Marlborough. A strategic approach to improving our practices to meet student needs guides this Professional Development. This year as a school we are focusing on:

-building instructional practice of all teachers to ensure consistent high quality teaching and learning in every class

-building teacher capacity to analyse student data to inform teaching and learning (ensuring each student's work is differentiated and at their point of need every single day)

-building the leadership capacity across the school


As part of this Professional Development our Teaching and Learning Leaders (Mrs Douglas, Mrs Bondini, Mrs Reiner, Ms Cronin, Mrs Seregin) and myself are working with the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership in a program called Coaching for Leadership Teams. This program will support us as we build the leadership capacity across the school in order to implement the goals I have stated above in order to improve student learning outcomes.


Mrs Tonkin is also  working with Bastow as part of the Leadership for Business Managers program. As part of this program she will be focusing on developing her own leadership skills and improving practices in school administration to ensure we are as effective as possible in utilising school resources for our students.

Congratulations to Miss Simmonds

On behalf of the school staff and the community I would like to wish Miss Simmonds all the best for her upcoming wedding. I hope it is a wonderful day full of love and happiness and I wish you all the best for your married life.

Pupils of the Week

As there will only be one more assembly this Term (due to the Public Holiday on Monday 13th and the senior school Young Leaders Day on Monday 27th ) all remaining Students of the Week certificates will be presented on Monday 20th.

Monday 20th March

Tayeb L (Prep A) - For trying his Personal Best in journal writing.  He did some amazing writing using his knowledge of phonemes to sound out words.  Keep it up, Tayeb.

Ruby J (Prep A) - For trying her Personal Best at school and being a caring class member.  Ruby is trying really hard to be an excellent role model. What a superstar!

Kaiden A (Prep B) - For his persistence in practising and learning the phonemes this term!  Way to go, Kaiden! You're a star!

Alex S (12A) - For a fantastic recount of his weekend.  It was great to see you include so much detail. Great job!

Max W (12A) - For settling in so well to our class and our school.  Well done on a great start!

Dove A (12A) - For making sure her work is always neat and shows her Personal Best.  Dove always takes great pride in her work.  Keep up the great effort.

Tyler V (12B) - For your persistence and hard work during skip counting in maths.  It has been fantastic to see you achieving your Personal Best.

Charlotte S (12B) - For increasing your writing stamina. You have shown your Personal Best by focussing on your writing and adding lots of detail.

Jazmine B (12C) - For showing your Personal Best in maths this week.  You are showing persistence and are willing to take risks in your learning.

Abtin G (12C) - For working so very hard on your recounts.  It is fantastic to see you using capital letters and full stops.  Your spelling is fantastic.  Keep up the great work!

Pat C (12C) - For being helpful and kind to others when they need assistance.  Thanks Pat for always showing Mutual Respect.

Scarlett B (12C) - For always showing Attentive Listening so she know exactly what to do.  You're a great role model.

Lilly D (34A) - For her enthusiasm and attention to detail when learning joined cursive handwriting.  Lily is applying her understandings in all writing tasks and achieving her Personal Best.  Lovely handwriting, Lilly!

Zac B (34A) - For analysing the data on our class birthday chart and working out how much older Thomas is than Zac in days, hours, minutes and seconds.  What a challenge!  You worked well together!

Thomas L (34A) - For analysing the data on our class birthday chart and working out how much older he  is than Zac in days, hours, minutes and seconds.  What a challenge!  You worked well together!

Ryan E (34C) - For trying his Personal Best to make his writing clear and easy to read.  Ryan is working hard on his writing goals this term.  Well done, Ryan!!

Ruby T (34C) - For her wonderful start to the year.  Ruby works hard and tries her Personal Best in all areas!  We are going to miss Ruby so much when she leaves for her adventure in Germany.  We can't wait to Skype you and hear all about it!

Paislee D (56A) - For the super effort she is putting into her work.  Paislee is definitely trying her Personal Best this year.

Lewis M (56A) - For his fantastic work ethic.  Lewis always strives for his Personal Best and I was super impressed with his narrative writing this week.

Siobhan E (56B) - For pushing herself in Maths.  Siobhan has been trying hard and working to extend herself.  Well done, Siobhan!

Ella B (56B) - For always doing her Personal Best.  Ella is a fantastic role model.  Well done, Ella.  Keep being the great example!


Dates to remember


Tuesday 7th

  • Close of School Council Ballot

Monday 13th

  • ***Labour Day Public Holiday***

Tuesday 14th

  • School Council Meeting

Wednesday 15th

  • Preps attend fulltime from today

Friday 17th

  • Working Bee - 3.30pm

Sunday 19th

  • Family Portrait Fundraiser

Monday 20th

  • PA Meeting

Monday 27th

  • Young Leaders Day (Grade 6 Leadership group)

Friday 31st

  • Last day of Term 1  -Early dismissal at 2.30pm

School News

Working Bee

We will be holding a Working Bee on the afternoon of Friday 17th March from 3:30-5:30pm. Everyone is invited to come along and help, kids are welcome to stay and help or play and we will put on some food for those who come to help.


We will be focusing on building a garden bed and general tidy-up and maintenance of the school grounds.



2017 School Sports Victoria

If you are interested, able  and willing  to try out for Victorian teams for the following please register on the website. You will need to pay $25.00 to register plus the Principal has to sign off your recommendation. See Ms Chisholm for further information. See website for the dates. Please be aware you need to be an elite player in these sports.


“School Sport Victoria Team Vic State Team Trial Registrations are closing Friday 10 March 2017, for the following sports; Australian Football 12 Years and Under, Basketball 12 Years and Under, Football (Soccer) 12 Years and Under, Netball 12 Years and Under.  Swimming and Volleyball have a different closing date.

You can find all the details via School Sport Victoria’s website 

Achievement Program

The Achievement Program is a state-wide program developed by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education and Training to increase awareness of health and wellbeing as well as create a sustainable healthier environment within schools. We want our school to be formally recognised as a place that actively promotes the health and wellbeing of its students, staff and community and this is why our school has recently registered with The Achievement Program.


This evidenced based Health Promotion Framework will further support our school to sustainably embed our health and wellbeing into our school community as well as explore health topics like Healthy Eating and Oral Health, Physical Activity, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Tobacco Control, Sun Protection and Safe Environments.


Our school will be working with health promotion officers from EACH - Social and Community Health and Knox City Council who will support our school to become recognised as a Health Promoting School by the Victorian State Government.


Over the next few weeks and throughout the year, various forms of information will be disseminated, and input will be sought from the community to help facilitate this program into MPS.  We look forward to, and value your opinion.


The MPS Achievement Program Committee

Kathy McVeigh, Bec Trevillian, Joy Veith, Tess Morris & Beck Bennett

Bendigo Bank School Banking

Just a reminder that School Banking is every Thursday.

If you would like an information pack/application form please collect one from the school office.


Parent's Association

Portrait Fundraiser

We have received wonderful support for this year's Vision Portraits fundraiser on Sunday, March 19.

Get in quick to secure one of the last sessions available in the afternoon. Due to popular demand, a couple of extra sessions have been added after 5pm.


It's a wonderful opportunity to have a portrait taken of your child/children or the whole family. Even pets can be in the photograph. All the photographs will be taken outside in the school grounds.

For $15, each family will receive one 10"x13" photograph and wooden frame. One hundred per cent of each $15 booking fee will be donated to the school.


Further photographs and packages are available for purchase on the day, but families are under no obligation to buy.


Everyone that makes a booking goes into the running to win a $200 Vision Portrait voucher.

The photographs will be back in time for Mother's Day and would make a wonderful present for mum, grandma or another special family member.


To make a booking, and for further information, go to  

To see examples of photographs, go to

Friends and other family members are also welcome to book a session, so spread the word. 

If you have any questions, or are unable to make a computer booking, please contact Natalie Lanyon from the Parents Association on 0432 968 203 or [email protected]


Movie Tickets

Discount Movie tickets are now available online!!  No need to fill out forms or wait for your tickets to be printed  - you can go straight the website and get your tickets instantly (and our school still receives the commission!).



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