Photo: 3/4 B eating fruit

Huntingdale Primary School

13 June 2018
Issue Eight
Principal and Assistant Principal's Page
Student News
Jenny's Chatroom
Dates to Remember 
Huntingdale Primary School
03 9544 2318
Grange Street
Oakleigh South, Victoria, 3167

Principal and Assistant Principal's Page

Acting Principal's Report

Term 2 is almost at its end with just over two weeks to go. It is great to see our children starting to celebrate their work. I had the opportunity to visit Grade 3/4B in English class and Japanese class. It made my day spending this time with the children. Students were working on their projects and pushed themselves out of their comfort zone to speak Japanese in class.


Woolworth Colouring competition

Daniel from grade 34B won the recent colouring competition at Woolworths, Oakleigh.  Grade 3/4B received a fruit basket while Daniel is overseas. I went down to Grade 3/4B (and 34S) and cut up and shared these fruits with some children.

There were some fruits most students have never tasted before including Kaki (Persimmon) and Dragon fruit. It was a great opportunity for children to try new fruits and promote healthy eating. I really enjoyed seeing children’s faces as I cut the Dragon fruit.

Congratulations Daniel for your wonderful entry.


Request for Homestay for visiting International Students

We have been invited to provide homestay facilities for 2 study tours later in the year.

Details of the groups are:

  1. Minato-Ku Primary School

Number of Students -20

Number of Homestay Families Required –at least 10 (2 students per family if possible)

  1. Shioya Machi Junior High School

Number of Students -10

Number of Homestay Families Required-10

Number of Homestay Families Required-10 ( 1 student per family)


The Department of Education and Training has authorised a refund to homestay families of approx.. $45.00 per student per night to cover expenses. A “Working with Children” Check is also required for all adults over 18 staying in the home during that time which is free for volunteers however a passport photo is required to complete the application.

Various activities such as a visit by an Aboriginal Dance Group and Australian Reptile / Animal Group and a family for luncheon in the Hall are planned however for families are most welcome to plan other activities in their own time.

If you would like to be a host family for one or both schools, please let us know as soon as possible so we are able to include you in our communications..



The SLC will be having our next fundraiser on Wednesday 20th June in week 10. This will be a dress up day where you come to school as what you want to be when you grow up.


We will be raising money for Mat Bowtell’s Free 3D Hands charity. Matt is an ex-Huntingdale father who makes free prosthetic hands for children who can’t afford them with his 3D printer.

Please bring a gold coin donation on this day to help Mat continue his amazing work!

Thank you Miss Webb and the SLC.


Student Achievement

Emerson competed in the National Gymnastic Championships at Hisense Arena last Wednesday and Thursday.  He competed in Under 11 Boys Trampoline, Double Mini and Synchronised Trampoline.  

He came 11th in Double Mini, 4th in Synchronised Trampoline and came away with a Bronze Medal in Trampoline.  Competition was fierce with 28 competitors from all around Australia and New Zealand.  He showed the school values of Courage and Trying his best and really enjoyed making friends with new people from different states.


Markus from 2P completed his first stage of Black Belt on Saturday. 

 “Building leaders one black belt at a time!”, he has showed focus, teamwork, control, balance, memory, discipline, fitness and perseverance.

Naomi Mori-Hanazono

Acting Principal


Acting Assistant Principal's Report

It has been a pleasure to step into the role of Acting Assistant Principal while Miss Biddle enjoys a well-deserved long service leave break. I have been busy proofreading reports. I have enjoyed the insights they provide into classrooms and the many avenues of learning that students have been engaged in this semester. Our teachers have been reflecting on each and every student’s learning successes and planning goals for the semester ahead. Looking forward to parent teacher interviews on the 26th June (please check Flexibuzz to book your interview time).

ICAS Competitions

This year 90 of our students have entered ICAS competitions in the areas of Science, English and Maths. The ICAS is an assessment tool that is affiliated with the University of NSW and attracts participants from over 20 countries around the world. Last week the science competition was held and it was great to see how engaged and focused our students were during the skills-based tests. The English and Maths competitions are coming soon. Good luck to all participants!

We look forward to receiving our student’s results!

ICU (Intercultural Understanding) week

Next week we will be celebrating ICU week with the theme “Art and Environment”. Students will be making Tanabata wishes and attaching these to bamboo stalks, which always brighten up our hallways and classrooms. Our SLC (Student Leadership Council) has organised a special fundraiser dress up with the theme “What I’d like to be when I grow up” on Wednesday 20th June. Please see Flexibuzz for more information.

School Uniform

It is getting very cold in the mornings now. Please make sure that your children come to school wearing warm clothes with school colours.

Lost Property

Lost property is mounting up again…Please check the tubs in the office to see if anything belongs to your child. And, please remember, that if you put your child’s name on their lunch box, jacket, hat, etc., there is a better chance of the item making it back to its owner. At the end of each term unclaimed items are disposed of responsibly.


Soo Lee Tan

Acting Assistant Principal

Student News

Environment Captains' Report

Hi, everyone.

We are Elektra, Monique, and Shion, the Huntingdale Primary School environment captains.


We would like to report things we have done.


We have been getting the paper recycling out from each classroom to the recycle bin every week.


On 29 May, we went to the Germain Street kindergarten to talk about recycling and our environment. We wrote the script and played with puppets. It was fun.


We also had a speech about toothpaste recycling at the assembly. Hopefully, we can collect many recycling things.


We would like to bring many more ideas about the environment to our community. Please do not hesitate to tell us about your ideas.


Thank you for giving us an opportunity to think about the environment.

Jenny's Chatroom

Self Regulation and Emotional Control

(From a newsletter article by Kids Matter - Australian Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative)

Helping your children to self regulate their feelings and emotions can be like walking through a maze. Emotions are natural, but to learn how to control the presenting actions are what we need to learn. The following article might shed some light onto understanding this conundrum……

What every child needs for learning self regulation

What self-regulation is … and isn’t

Self-regulation is not simply self-control. It is the ability to manage our energy states, emotions, behaviour and attention: the ability to return to a balanced, calm and constant state of being.

Lack of sleep, noise, flashing lights, an argument, certain foods, stress and trauma can all throw us off balance. Our energy depletes and managing our feelings, behaviour and attention becomes more difficult.

Self-regulation is vital for children to manage life’s normal ups-and-downs: for concentration, social relationships and learning. It is a major task for a young child to regulate their feelings and behaviour consistently.

Learning to self-regulate begins at birth

For babies the world is an endless series of new experiences of movement, lights, sounds, tastes and textures. Babies are learning to self-regulate and need co-regulation from a safe attentive adult. Babies will regulate to a calm tone of voice, holding, rocking and gently touch as well as predictable routines with familiar adults. Eventually, they use the memory of comfort, created by calm regulating adult contact, to self soothe or regulate themselves.

Key factors assisting children to develop their capacity to self regulate

  • being with calm adults who provide safety and security
  • having predictable routines and clear boundaries
  • being listened to and acknowledged
  • watching the adults in their life manage their own feelings and behaviour
  • knowing the names of feelings and being able to identify their feelings by name
  • having adult support when they are upset, tired or angry
  • having unstructured time to play and learn at their own pace

When self-regulation difficulties occur

Reasons difficulties with self-regulation arise can include lack of adult attachment figures, sensitivities in the child’s body, stress and trauma. These difficulties can look like tantrums, fighting with peers, not following adult direction, worry, anxiety, withdrawing from social situations and turning away from parent, carer or educator.

What children need

We can support children finding the task of self-regulation too difficult by:

Hoping this was helpful for you but hey, if you are struggling please don’t hesitate to drop in for a completely confidential chat. A problem shared is a problem halved!

Jenny Celle

Chaplain to Huntingdale Primary School

Available on Mondays and Tuesdays

Dates to Remember 

June 2018

Fri 15 - Grade 5/6 Winter Gala Sports Day

Mon 18 to Fri 22 - ICU (Intercultural Understanding) week

Tue 19 - Regional Cross-Country

Wed 20 - SLC (Student Leadership Council) Dress Up Day/Morning                  Parade (gold coin donation)

Thu 21 - Grade 5/6 Walking Excursion to South Oakleigh Secondary


Mon 25 - Reports to go home (by email)

Mon 25 - No Assembly

Tue 26 - Parent-Teacher interviews (Foundation also Monday, 2W 

              also Wed)

Tue 26 - Southern Cross Recycling Drive - 8.30am to 9am

Thu 28 - Grade 5/6 Walking Excursion to South Oakleigh Secondary


Fri 29 - Last Day of Term 2 - Assembly 1.45pm - 2.30pm finish


July 2018

Mon 16 - First Day of Term 3

Fri 27 - Curriculum Day - Student-free Day

Term Dates 2018

Term 1: 29 January (Teachers start) STUDENTS START ON 31 JANUARY to 29 March

Term 2: 16 April to 29 June

Term 3: 16 July to 21 September

Term 4: 8 October to 21 December

Term Dates 2019

Term 1: 29 January (school teachers start) STUDENTS START ON 31 JANUARY 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

Click here to see Term Dates up to 2025


iSave Loyalty Program/Chaplaincy Funding.

There is a great Loyalty Program we were very recently asked to be part. It is called ISAVE and it is connected with an effort to collect funds for  Chaplaincy Programs. 

As you might be aware, in 2014 our school was unsuccessful in securing funds from the State Government and we have been funding the Chaplaincy Program for only 1.5 days per week since then.

Now we have been approached by Access Ministries again with this very good loyalty Program where parents pay $22 per year and save mainly 5% with many retailers, including Coles, Woolworth, Kmart, BigW, the Good Guys and many more. 5% on a weekly grocery shopping of about $200 makes you save $520 in a year.

Every time you use your loyalty card, some money is given to the school nominated by you when you join.  This program will enable the school to go back to funding the Chaplaincy program for 2 days per week plus resources and Professional Development for Jenny.

Please see attacjhed here detailed instructions on out to join. 



Working With Children Check

Under the new Child Safe regulations introduced last year by the Victorian State Government, any person having contact with children must present a current and valid Working With Children Check (WWC) card.   This includes visitors to schools – both presenters and parents – who are in the classroom or on an activity with the children.

As from 18th April 2017 (1st day of Term 2), all parents going in to the classroom to assist in anyway must sign in and out at the office and show their WWC.  Unfortunately without this card, we cannot allow you to go into the classroom or on the activity.


For details on how to apply for a Working With Children Check card please click here.



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