Jells Park News

08 March 2019
Issue Three
Mission and Values
Dates to Remember
Principal's Report
Student Leadership
Success Stories
Curriculum Matters
Community News
Ride to School Day
Community Events
Community Advertising
Jells Park Primary School
03 95606494
Petronella Avenue
Wheelers Hill, Victoria, 3150

Mission and Values

Our Mission

To nurture and develop individuals to become adaptable in a changing environment and to acquire a lifelong love of learning and the skills and attitudes necessary to function successfully in a sustainable global society.

Our Values

Respect, Honesty, Excellence and Resilience.

Student Oath

I am Proud to be an Australian

I will honour the flag

Obey the laws

Respect the community and

Care for the environment

Commitment to Child Safety

Jells Park Primary School is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.

Jells Park Primary School has zero tolerance for child abuse.


Jells Park Primary School is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.


If there are any concerns or questions regarding Child Safety procedures, please see one of the following staff members: Mr Kevin Oakey (Principal), Mr Dave O'Kane (Assistant Principal), Melissa McLeod (Leading Teacher - Wellbeing)

Acknowledgement of Land

Jells Park Primary School acknowledge the Woi Wurrung  people of the Kulin nation,

as the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which our school is situated, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present. 


Dates to Remember

Term Dates 2019

Term 1 - 29 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

March 2019

Monday 11 March - LABOUR DAY HOLIDAY - Students DO NOT attend

Tuesday 12 March to Thursday 21 March - Life Education Van

Wednesday 13 March - House Athletics (Levels 4-6)

Monday 18 March - Level 6 Lego & Metro Tunnel Excursion

Thursday 21 March - Level 5 Science Discovery Dome Incursion

Friday 22 March - Foundation Bicentennial Park Excursion

Tuesday 26 March - Level 4 Dandenong Market Excursion

April 2019

Wednesday 3 April - Student Leaders ANZAC Ceremony

Friday 5 April - Term 1 Finishes 2.30pm

Tuesday 23 April - Term 2 Commences

Thursday 25 April - ANZAC DAY HOLIDAY - Students DO NOT attend


May 2019

Friday 3 May - CURRICULUM DAY - Students DO NOT attend

Friday 24 May - REPORT WRITING DAY - Students DO NOT attend

2019 Camp Dates

Level 2       15 October

Level 3        7 - 8 November

Level 4        30 October - 1 November

Level 5        22 July - 26 July

Level 6        3 June - 7 June

2019 Student Free Days

Curriculum Day             Tuesday 29 January

Curriculum Day             Friday 3 May

Report Writing Day      Friday 24 May

Report Writing Day      Monday 4 November - Melbourne Cup Weekend

Principal's Report

Jells Park Primary School



Principal:                         Kevin Oakey

                                             [email protected] 





Assistant Principal:     Kellie Stewart

                                            [email protected]


Community help....

There are times when tragedy and heartbreak hits hard when it is close to home!!

One of Jells Park PS own staff members has been devastated by the recent bushfires and has lost their family home, all their possessions and  the horse stables. Fortunately the family and horses are safe. 

At times like this I know the Jells Park PS will want to help the family currently in distress.

You can assist by making donation to the school office. The most ideal donation would be vouchers, particularly from large brand stores (like Kmart, Target, Woolworths, Coles, etc). The family has lost all their household items and all the resources to stable their horses, however donation of specific items is problematic as they have nowhere to put them!! Vouchers would be best as they can be used for emergency items and can be saved for use to help the family re-establish their home later on.

The Student Rep Council at the school will also be addressing how they can support the fire ravaged community with some ideas coming next week.

Thank you in advance.

Worlds Greatest Shave

Not to be forgotten - apparently I will be having my head shaved!!

Level 5 student Sarah H. is driving a campaign to raise $2000 to support the Leukemia Foundation through the Worlds Greatest Shave. If this amount is raised I will be strapped to a chair and my golden (grey) locks will be chopped off.

Sarah lost her uncle to Leukemia and this is her passion to support the foundation - let's get behind her and make it happen. You can donate in the box in the office or go online:

* visit

* click on the green SPONSOR button

* search for Sarah Hilliard

* donate

2019 School Council AGM

On Wednesday 20 March the School Council is holding its AGM at 6.30pm. This is when the 2018 Annual Report will be presented to the Council and the broader community. It is an opportunity for you to hear how the school is performing and the results achieved throughout the previous year. If you would like to hear these results please join us in the staffroom at 6.30pm. Please RSVP to [email protected] by Wednesday 20 March 9.00am so we can arrange appropriate seating.

Thank You - Cambria Pallets

Many thanks to Vergan and Az at Cambria Pallets for their support of the school. They are donating over $1000 worth of wood and decking to the school. This is allowing us to finish the Veggie Patch seating, build some storage areas and, in due course, replace the decking outside the Grade 1/2 classrooms. Thanks very much for the support Cambria Pallets ( )

Student Leadership

School Captains 2019

Maddison M & Archer J

Vice Captains - Ella F (absent) & Harvey M


Bradman House Captains

Isabella S & Josh M

Vice Captains - Isobel H & Flynn W


Fraser House Captains

Liana M & Cooper H

Vice Captains - Hayley V & Charlie L


Freeman House Captains

Janey R & Elijah H

Vice Captains - Matilda W & Noah M


Perkins House Captains

Bella M & Jordan C

Vice Captains - Sharmitha K & Harley B


Environment Captains

Rusha R & Damon W

Vice Captains - Elissa R & Logan C


Performing Arts Captains

Alexis A & Jayden H

Vice Captains - Mia T & Sam B


Media Captains

Leah W & Shreyaj G

Vice Captains - Tea S & Andy C


Success Stories

Student Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received awards in weeks 5 & 6:


Foundation - Azariyah A, Flynn F, Aradhya S, Max S, Tiarna J, Andrew V, Ayden J, Anya C, Yanni A, Abby L, Daniel G

Level 1 - Bensen B, Thomas H, Isaac F, Jack B, Callum Y

Level 2 - Alannah V, Claire W, Rachel W, Illiana K, Johannes T

Level 3 - Harry H, Grace S, Ara L, Isabella S, Ryan W

Level 4 - Jax O, Sienna H, Willow M, Luke E, Caitlin L, Jemma H, Ava E, Sienna H, Ruby M

Level 5 - James C, Zeik K, Arvin L, Pia S, Samantha W, James K

Level 6 - Josh M, River R, Logan C, Damon W, Gabby M, Noah M, Lucas Z

Specialists - Ethan M (Art & LOTE), Emma T (LOTE), Arvin L (ICT)

District & Division Swimming

On Wednesday 27 February, some of our Level 4, 5 and 6 students competed in the WESA Swimming competition at Oakleigh Pools. It was a terrific day with everyone giving it their best attempt. Unfortunately, some very strong swimmers from the other schools in our District out classed Jells Park. We ended up finishing 4th behind Mt Waverley Nth PS (3rd) and Wheeler Hill PS and Camelot Rise PS, who finished Equal 1st. This is the first time in 9 years that Jells Park has not come away with the win.


Congratulation to the following students, who competed at the Division Competition on Tuesday 5 March, Sammy W, Emma T, Hayley B, Matilda W, Lawrence W, Jayden H, Te’a S, Zoe H, Keira W, Janey R and Elissa R.

A terrific effort by the above students for their efforts at Division.

Scott Zachariassen,

Sports Co-ordinator

Curriculum Matters

Foundation Update:

The Foundation students have settled well into their first year of formal schooling. We have been learning the letters of the alphabet and the sounds each letter makes. Did you know, that the letter A makes 3 different sounds?

During our SEL time each morning, we have been talking about making friends. Students practiced ways to introduce themselves to others and asking to play or join in a game. We have also been discussing the importance of teamwork. It was great to hear one student describe teamwork as “there’s no bosses and everyone listens to each other’s ideas”!

In Numeracy, students have been investigating numbers to 10 as well as 2D shapes and the difference between big and small.

A reminder that next Wednesday is the final assessment day. After the Labour Day long weekend, students will attend school Monday to Friday.

Level 4 African Drumming

This term the Year 4 students are learning about the Southern Hemisphere. We have been exploring the countries of Africa and South America in particularly. To help us further understand the cultures of these countries we had an incursion for African Drumming on Monday 4 March.

The students met our presenter Bridgit who had a large collection of African Drums of all shapes and sizes. After telling us a bit about the tradition of the drums and what they are made of, we finally got a chance to play them. The students learnt the different ways we can hit the drum with our hands to produce different sounds.

After this the students got a chance to play a tune according to how many syllables their name had in it. We had great fun inventing different ways to make fun sounds.

Finally the students were put into small groups and collectively came up with a mini song that they performed to the entire class. We had some highly creative tunes produced and everyone had a great time!

The Year 4 Team

Level 5 STEM

While some of our students have been at interschool sports the rest of us have been having fun and learning about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). We have been coding with the new program the school purchased called Kodable. The students have loved the challenge of reaching the next goal and being able to change their fuzzy. We have also designed, created and tested bridges made from icypole sticks. This activity was undertaken over three weeks and involved a lot of glue! The winning bridges carried a weight of 6.3kg without breaking.  Fantastic work to everyone.

Level 3 Werribee Zoo Excursion

Have you been to the most fun, spectacular and fantastic zoo ever?  Well, I have.  I went to Werribee Zoo on Monday.

Firstly, we learned about different animal features.  We were all split into groups of four.  Each group investigated one animal.  My group had the King of the Jungle, AKA Lion.  The lion skull had large canine teeth and a giant nostril. 

Secondly, we went into the Education Centre.  There were four enclosures.  There were three snakes and one baby crocodile. One of the snake’s names was Gasga.  We got to touch Gasga’s scaly skin.  Gasga is Madagascar boa constrictor.

Thirdly, we went to visit the hippos and ate lunch at ‘Hippo Beach’. 

Finally it was time for the best thing ever…………… THE SAFARI!!!!  Let the ride begin………………. There were lots of animals, such as crocodiles, rhinos and hippos. 

Sadly it was time to say goodbye to the zoo.  We all sat down in the bus.  It was about an hour and a half drive back to school.

By Janice

Level 6 The Battle of Long Pong

Level 6 is investigating the design process and the role of design and technology in construction.

'The Battle of Long Pong' had Level 6 students in groups of 4. Students had about 75 minutes to design and construct a device which would keep a ping pong ball in motion the longest. They were able to use any materials that could routinely be found at school and could also bring extra from home. There were some wonderfully creative ideas, testing, trial and error and great teamwork. The winning idea (2min of motion) involved a leaking water contraption which resulted in the ball slowly rising as the cup filled with water whilst the longest built contraption kept the ball moving for 21 seconds. There have been a range of construction challenges also including Lego flotation devices, newspaper towers and of course the term will finish with our annual Egg Drop challenge.

Next week, students will begin their own personal inquiry project based on something related to design and construction that they are interested in further investigating.

Level 6 team

Community News

Clean Up Australia Day

Last Friday was clean Australia Day. It turned out to be a great success. Foundation students cleaned up the little kids playground whilst the Level 1s cleaned up the basketball court and behind the gym. The big kids playground and behind the gym was cleaned up by Level 2 students. The dumpster area is always a tricky area and is often left a mess by birds and the dumpster truck but thanks to the Level 3 students it was tidied along with the courtyard and the school entrance. Grade 5s cleaned up the oval and behind the staff room and the grade 4s and 6s cleaned up Jells park. It was a very hot day but well done to the students and teachers that helped clean up our school and community.

Environment Captains (Rusha, Damon, Logan and Elissa)



Camps, Sports & Excursion Fund

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

Applications for 2019 are now open and will close on 28 June 2019 (end of term 2).


Eligibility requirements

Families holding a valid means-tested concession card are eligible to apply. A special consideration category also exists.

A payment of $125 for eligible primary school students and $225 for eligible secondary school students will be paid directly to the school to be used toward camps, sports and excursion costs for the student’s benefit.

Parents that received funding under the program at the school in 2018 do not need to complete an application form in 2019, providing there has been no change in their family circumstances. Schools are able to copy parent applications from 2018 to 2019 on the CSEF system.

Where a family or sibling is new to the school in 2019, an application form must be completed.  Forms can be downloaded here or collect a form from the office.

For more information on this program please visit this link:



Art Room News

It has been a very productive start to 2019 in Art. At the beginning of term, all students created a flower to add to our beautiful display on the wall and hanging in the Art Room. These flowers signify that everyone belongs in this special place.

This term Foundation students have focused on developing their drawing, painting and cutting skills. Currently they are working on creating a handprint fish using a rubbing technique. They are settling into the Art room well and enjoying all the fun things they experience in Art.

In our drawing unit Grade 1 and 2 students are busy creating monsters inspired by illustrator Rebecca Emberley using the drawing technique of rubbing. They have revisited using warm and cool colours to assemble their monsters. They are looking very cute, I mean scary.

All Grade 3 and 4 students have been working hard, using drawing techniques to create vibrant suns with a primary focus. They have also created their own monsters full of colour, line, pattern and texture by using oil pastels and rubbing plates.

The Grade 5 and 6 students have focused on using their imagination this term to create their artwork. They have created Picasso-inspired dogs and monsters that emerged as they kept drawing.


Mrs. McSweeney and Mrs. Serres.




OSHClub News

Hi Everyone! 

This past fortnight at OSHClub has been nothing short of AMAZING! We have been engaging in so many new and fun activities which the children are loving! We did a building competition to make the largest and most creative tower, using any materials they choose. We had card towers, book towers, block towers and so many more. The children's skills blew the staff members away, with how innovative and creative they were. This week we started an earn and learn program. The kids LOVED this activity, they had to form groups and make a shop of their choice. They had to design and make their products, as well as make their own money and divide $20 between the group members for their own shopping experience at the other shops. The aim of this activity was to get students to think about supply and demand, as well as using their fine motor skills and mathematics. This activity was a crowd favourite and we will be doing more of it in the future, so the kids can expand on their original ideas and create bigger and better products to sell at the next earn and learn market. 


Jells Park OSHClub team

 0422 032 371

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